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  1. Practical application of a bidirectional microwave photonic filter: simultaneous transmission of analog TV signals

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    Correa-Mena, Ana Gabriela; Zaldívar-Huerta, Ignacio E.; Abril García, Jose Humberto; García-Juárez, Alejandro; Vera-Marquina, Alicia

    2016-10-01

    A practical application of a bidirectional microwave photonic filter (MPF) to transmit simultaneous analog TV signals coded on microwave carriers is experimentally demonstrated. The frequency response of the bidirectional MPF is obtained by the interaction of an externally modulated multimode laser diode emitting at 1.55 μm associated to the free-spectral range of the optical source, the chromatic dispersion parameter of the optical fiber, as well as the length of the optical link. The filtered microwave bandpass window generated around 2 GHz is used as electrical carrier in order to simultaneously transmit TV signals of 67.25 and 61.25 MHz in both directions. The obtained signal-to-noise ratios for the transmitted signals of 67.25 and 61.25 MHz are 37.62 and 44.77 dB, respectively.

  2. Digital communications: Microwave applications

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    Feher, K.

    Transmission concepts and techniques of digital systems are presented; and practical state-of-the-art implementation of digital communications systems by line-of-sight microwaves is described. Particular consideration is given to statistical methods in digital transmission systems analysis, digital modulation methods, microwave amplifiers, system gain, m-ary and QAM microwave systems, correlative techniques and applications to digital radio systems, hybrid systems, digital microwave systems design, diversity and protection switching techniques, measurement techniques, and research and development trends and unsolved problems.

  3. Phase-coded microwave signal generation based on a single electro-optical modulator and its application in accurate distance measurement.

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    Zhang, Fangzheng; Ge, Xiaozhong; Gao, Bindong; Pan, Shilong

    2015-08-24

    A novel scheme for photonic generation of a phase-coded microwave signal is proposed and its application in one-dimension distance measurement is demonstrated. The proposed signal generator has a simple and compact structure based on a single dual-polarization modulator. Besides, the generated phase-coded signal is stable and free from the DC and low-frequency backgrounds. An experiment is carried out. A 2 Gb/s phase-coded signal at 20 GHz is successfully generated, and the recovered phase information agrees well with the input 13-bit Barker code. To further investigate the performance of the proposed signal generator, its application in one-dimension distance measurement is demonstrated. The measurement accuracy is less than 1.7 centimeters within a measurement range of ~2 meters. The experimental results can verify the feasibility of the proposed phase-coded microwave signal generator and also provide strong evidence to support its practical applications.

  4. A low cost technique for synthesis of gold nanoparticles using microwave heating and its application in signal amplification for detecting Escherichia Coli O157:H7 bacteria

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    Thanh Ngo, Vo Ke; Giang Nguyen, Dang; Phat Huynh, Trong; Lam, Quang Vinh

    2016-09-01

    In the present work a low cost technique for preparation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using microwave heating was developed. The effect of different elements (precursor reagents, irradiation time, and microwave radiation power) on the final morphology of AuNPs obtained through the microwave assisted technique has been investigated. The characterization of the samples has been carried out by transmission electron microscopy, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and powder x-ray diffraction. The results showed that to some extent the above-mentioned characterizations influenced the size of synthetized nanoparticles and application of microwave heating has many advantages such as low cost, rapid preparation and highly uniform particles. As an application in quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) immunosensor, AuNPs are conjugated with the Escherichia coli (E.coli) O157:H7 antibodies for signal amplification to detect E.coli O157:H7 bacteria residual in QCM system.

  5. MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGY CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS APPLICATIONS

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    Microwave-accelerated chemical syntheses in various solvents as well as under solvent-free conditions have witnessed an explosive growth. The technique has found widespread application predominantly exploiting the inexpensive unmodified household microwave (MW) ovens although th...

  6. MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGY CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS APPLICATIONS

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    Microwave-accelerated chemical syntheses in various solvents as well as under solvent-free conditions have witnessed an explosive growth. The technique has found widespread application predominantly exploiting the inexpensive unmodified household microwave (MW) ovens although th...

  7. Non-military microwave applications

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    Bierman, Howard

    1990-04-01

    The nonmilitary applications of microwave technology in medicine, communications, and agriculture are discussed. Particular attention is given to a microwave multichannel multipoint video distribution system (a broadcasting system with up to 20 programs drawn from satellites, video tape libraries, and locally generated material); microwaves used in DBS distribution; satellite receivers for data communications; microwave thermography used for early cancer detection, brain temperature measurements, and appendicitis diagnosis; an experimental Doppler radar assembly for guiding robots walking on a factory floor; and an agricultural application where microwaves are used to break down slugs in soil and thus improve potato and grain crops. Schematic diagrams are included.

  8. Noise figure of microwave photonic links operating under large-signal modulation and its application to optoelectronic oscillators.

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    Hosseini, Seyyed Esmail; Banai, Ali

    2014-10-01

    The noise performance of intensity-modulation direct-detection microwave photonic links (MWPL) operating under large-signal conditions has been studied in this paper. A sinusoidal signal plus narrowband white Gaussian noise is applied at the radio frequency input of the link, and the output spectrum is derived using a nonlinear analytical approach. We show that the output SNR can be severely affected by the interaction of signal and noise due to the nonlinearity of the MWPL combined with the large input modulating signal. It is shown that the large-signal noise figure (NF) of an MWPL depends on the input power, a dependence that is not readily apparent under small-signal conditions, due to two unavoidable issues appearing in the large-signal conditions: (1) the link power gain is a function of its input power, and (2) the link power gain is not the same for the signal and noise due to the capture effect. We also have observed that if shot noise or laser relative intensity noise (RIN) is the dominant source of noise, link large-signal NF increases as the input signal power increases. We have shown that, when the MWPL is operating in the linear regime, our theoretical predictions approach the already published results on small-signal NF, which are verified by experimental data. We have shown that large-signal NF affects the noise performance of optoelectronic oscillators because they contain MWPLs at saturation.

  9. Microwave radiometry and applications

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    Polívka, Jiří

    1995-09-01

    a chance to penetrate surfaces of non-metallic objects down to some wavelengths, by which it is advantageous in certain applications over e.g. IR waves. An extreme example of capabilities of the microwave radiometry is found in radio astronomy, where it determines temperatures and spectral features of bodies so remote that their distance from us is measured in millions of light years. Other apparatus serve in remote observation of Earth s resources: soils, water regions and atmosphere. Similar systems also have found applications in medical studies of human body, e.g. in cancer and inflammation diagnostics. The paper presents a background of the radiometric method, comments to equipment design and outlines some of the applications.

  10. Digital signal processing in microwave radiometers

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    Lawrence, R. W.; Stanley, W. D.; Harrington, R. F.

    1980-01-01

    A microprocessor based digital signal processing unit has been proposed to replace analog sections of a microwave radiometer. A brief introduction to the radiometer system involved and a description of problems encountered in the use of digital techniques in radiometer design are discussed. An analysis of the digital signal processor as part of the radiometer is then presented.

  11. Medical applications of microwave imaging.

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    Wang, Zhao; Lim, Eng Gee; Tang, Yujun; Leach, Mark

    2014-01-01

    Ultrawide band (UWB) microwave imaging is a promising method for the detection of early stage breast cancer, based on the large contrast in electrical parameters between malignant tumour tissue and the surrounding normal breast-tissue. In this paper, the detection and imaging of a malignant tumour are performed through a tomographic based microwave system and signal processing. Simulations of the proposed system are performed and postimage processing is presented. Signal processing involves the extraction of tumour information from background information and then image reconstruction through the confocal method delay-and-sum algorithms. Ultimately, the revision of time-delay and the superposition of more tumour signals are applied to improve accuracy.

  12. Microwave applicators for BPH thermotherapy

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    Vrba, Jan; Hlavac, R.; Herza, Jan; Chovanec, Roman; Cvek, Jakub; Oppl, L.

    2004-04-01

    Paper deals with new results in the field of intracavitary microwave applicators used for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) treatment. We demonstrate here that it is necessary to use more sophisticated applicators than a simple monopole radiating structure. One of the good possibilities for safe and efficient treatments we propose here is a helix structure.

  13. Microwave signal processing with photorefractive dynamic holography

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    Fotheringham, Edeline B.

    Have you ever found yourself listening to the music playing from the closest stereo rather than to the bromidic (uninspiring) person speaking to you? Your ears receive information from two sources but your brain listens to only one. What if your cell phone could distinguish among signals sharing the same bandwidth too? There would be no "full" channels to stop you from placing or receiving a call. This thesis presents a nonlinear optical circuit capable of distinguishing uncorrelated signals that have overlapping temporal bandwidths. This so called autotuning filter is the size of a U.S. quarter dollar and requires less than 3 mW of optical power to operate. It is basically an oscillator in which the losses are compensated with dynamic holographic gain. The combination of two photorefractive crystals in the resonator governs the filter's winner-take-all dynamics through signal-competition for gain. This physical circuit extracts what is mathematically referred to as the largest principal component of its spatio-temporal input space. The circuit's practicality is demonstrated by its incorporation in an RF-photonic system. An unknown mixture of unknown microwave signals, received by an antenna array, constitutes the input to the system. The output electronically returns one of the original microwave signals. The front-end of the system down converts the 10 GHz microwave signals and amplifies them before the signals phase modulate optical beams. The optical carrier is suppressed from these beams so that it may not be considered as a signal itself to the autotuning filter. The suppression is achieved with two-beam coupling in a single photorefractive crystal. The filter extracts the more intense of the signals present on the carrier-suppressed input beams. The detection of the extracted signal restores the microwave signal to an electronic form. The system, without the receiving antenna array, is packaged in a 13 x 18 x 6″ briefcase. Its power consumption equals that

  14. Medical Applications of Microwave Imaging

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    Wang, Zhao; Lim, Eng Gee; Tang, Yujun

    2014-01-01

    Ultrawide band (UWB) microwave imaging is a promising method for the detection of early stage breast cancer, based on the large contrast in electrical parameters between malignant tumour tissue and the surrounding normal breast-tissue. In this paper, the detection and imaging of a malignant tumour are performed through a tomographic based microwave system and signal processing. Simulations of the proposed system are performed and postimage processing is presented. Signal processing involves the extraction of tumour information from background information and then image reconstruction through the confocal method delay-and-sum algorithms. Ultimately, the revision of time-delay and the superposition of more tumour signals are applied to improve accuracy. PMID:25379515

  15. Applications of active microwave imagery

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    Weber, F. P.; Childs, L. F.; Gilbert, R.; Harlan, J. C.; Hoffer, R. M.; Miller, J. M.; Parsons, J.; Polcyn, F.; Schardt, B. B.; Smith, J. L.

    1978-01-01

    The following topics were discussed in reference to active microwave applications: (1) Use of imaging radar to improve the data collection/analysis process; (2) Data collection tasks for radar that other systems will not perform; (3) Data reduction concepts; and (4) System and vehicle parameters: aircraft and spacecraft.

  16. Microwave torch. Physics and applications.

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    Gritsinin, Sergei; Knyazev, Vitalii; Kossyi, Igor

    2004-09-01

    New construction of a coaxial microwave torch (CMT) has been developed, tested and investigated. CMT provides a means for plasma stream production virtually in all gases and gaseous mixture flow at atmospheric pressure. A broad spectrum of diagnostics has been applied including microwave and laser interferometry, optical active and absorptive spectroscopy, laser holographic interferometry, microwave radiation detection, high-speed photography, etc. The time evolution of the torch operating in the pulsed mode is considered. It has been revealed that the evolution is different in noble and molecular gases. The characteristic feature of torches in noble gases is a dense core with plasma density no less than 1016 cm-3. Plasma bunches with density of 1014-1015 cm-3 successively propagate downstream from this core, which are seen as glow bursts. In molecular gases, the core is absent and the torch is formed by propagating plasma bunches. By optical diagnostics application temperature of neutral component of microwave torch has been determined. With high efficiency energy of microwave radiation comes into gas heating. Gas temperature is maximal near the nozzle (4,5 - 5,0 kK) and falls down in axial direction (to 2,5 - 3,0 kK). Torch is thermally-non-equilibrium plasma formation capable of significant change of working and surrounding gaseous state. Peculiarities of discharge development and maintenance are under discussion as well as possibilities to use microwave torch as a spaceborne plasma source, combustion ignitor, mean for nanoparticles production, different plasmachemical applications etc. Contact information: Mailing address: Prof. I.A.Kossyi General Physics Institute, 119991, Vavilov Street 38 Moscow, Russia Tel.: 7(095)135-41-65; Fax: 7(095)135-80-11 E-mail: kossyi@fpl.gpi.ru

  17. Preface to the special issue on "Integrated Microwave Photonic Signal Processing"

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    Azaña, José; Yao, Jianping

    2016-08-01

    As Guest Editors, we are pleased to introduce this special issue on ;Integrated Microwave Photonic Signal Processing; published by the Elsevier journal Optics Communications. Microwave photonics is a field of growing importance from both scientific and practical application perspectives. The field of microwave photonics is devoted to the study, development and application of optics-based techniques and technologies aimed to the generation, processing, control, characterization and/or distribution of microwave signals, including signals well into the millimeter-wave frequency range. The use of photonic technologies for these microwave applications translates into a number of key advantages, such as the possibility of dealing with high-frequency, wide bandwidth signals with minimal losses and reduced electromagnetic interferences, and the potential for enhanced reconfigurability. The central purpose of this special issue is to provide an overview of the state of the art of generation, processing and characterization technologies for high-frequency microwave signals. It is now widely accepted that the practical success of microwave photonics at a large scale will essentially depend on the realization of high-performance microwave-photonic signal-processing engines in compact and integrated formats, preferably on a chip. Thus, the focus of the issue is on techniques implemented using integrated photonic technologies, with the goal of providing an update of the most recent advances toward realization of this vision.

  18. Directional microwave applicator and methods

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    Fink, Patrick W. (Inventor); Lin, Greg Y. (Inventor); Chu, Andrew W. (Inventor); Dobbins, Justin A. (Inventor); Arndt, G. Dickey (Inventor); Ngo, Phong H. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    A miniature microwave antenna is disclosed which may be utilized for biomedical applications such as, for example, radiation induced hyperthermia through catheter systems. One feature of the antenna is that it possesses azimuthal directionality despite its small size. This directionality permits targeting of certain tissues while limiting thermal exposure of adjacent tissue. One embodiment has an outer diameter of about 0.095'' (2.4 mm) but the design permits for smaller diameters.

  19. Diode Structure for Microwave and Infrared Applications

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    Alcorn, George; Leinteran, Charles; Chiang, Bing

    1987-01-01

    Microwave signals switched or modulated optically. Planar diode with transparent cathode made in BaAs, Si, and InSb versions. Depending on specific configuration and material, such diode used for optical modulation of microwave signal or as infrared detector. Transparent cathode fabricated on GaAs diode so diode illuminates to generate and control short-circuit current.

  20. Microwave signal processing in two-frequency domain for ROF systems implementation: training course

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    Morozov, Oleg G.; Morozov, Gennady A.

    2014-04-01

    This article is presented materials from two tutorials: "Optical two-frequency domain reflectometry1, 2" and "Microwave technologies in industry, living systems and telecommunications3". These materials were prepared for master training courses and listed in the "SPIE Optical Education Directory" for 2013/2014. The main its theme is microwave photonics. Microwave photonics has been defined as the study of photonic devices operating at microwave frequencies and their application to microwave and optical systems. Its initial rationale was to use the advantages of photonic technologies to provide functions in microwave systems that are very complex or even impossible to carry out directly in the radiofrequency domain. But microwave photonics is also succeeding in incorporating a variety of techniques used in microwave engineering to improve the performance of photonic communication networks and systems. Three parts of this chapter are devoted to applications and construction principles of systems forming microwave photonic filters, measuring instantaneous frequency of microwave heterodyne signals and characterizing stimulated Mandelstam- Brillouin scattering spectrum in ROF systems. The main emphasis is on the use of the two-frequency symmetric radiation, generated by the Il'in-Morozov's method4, in given systems. It is forming radiation for the synthesis of optical filters coefficients, it's application and processing determine the increase in the signal-to-noise ratio during heterodyne frequencies monitoring and characterization of nonlinear effects spectrum.

  1. Recent advances in processing and applications of microwave ferrites

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    Harris, Vincent G.; Geiler, Anton; Chen, Yajie; Yoon, Soack Dae; Wu, Mingzhong; Yang, Aria; Chen, Zhaohui; He, Peng; Parimi, Patanjali V.; Zuo, Xu; Patton, Carl E.; Abe, Manasori; Acher, Olivier; Vittoria, Carmine

    2009-07-01

    Next generation magnetic microwave devices will be planar, smaller, weigh less, and perform well beyond the present state-of-the-art. For this to become a reality advances in ferrite materials must first be realized. These advances include self-bias magnetization, tunability of the magnetic anisotropy, low microwave loss, and volumetric and weight reduction. To achieve these goals one must turn to novel materials processing methods. Here, we review recent advances in the processing of microwave ferrites. Attention is paid to the processing of ferrite films by pulsed laser deposition, liquid phase epitaxy, spin spray ferrite plating, screen printing, and compaction of quasi-single crystals. Conventional and novel applications of ferrite materials, including microwave non-reciprocal passive devices, microwave signal processing, negative index metamaterial-based electronics, and electromagnetic interference suppression are discussed.

  2. Transportation of a microwave environment over networks and the applications

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    Shoji, Yozo

    2012-01-01

    The concept of the transportation of a microwave environment over networks using a digitized Radio-on-Fibre (DRoF) technique as well as the concept of in-network microwave processing, which could make the concept of "wired and wireless network virtualization" into a reality, is discussed. The new applications to a radio-on-demand service (RoD), software-defined radio-aware network (SDRAN), and microwave environments cloud are introduced. 10-Gbps Ethernet based microwave-to-network interface converter (MiNIC) are developed and the transportation of multiple digital TV broadcasting signals is demonstrated. It is shown that the MiNIC should use more than 8-bits resolution in digitization of a microwave environment when 7 channels of TV signals are included in it. The concept of remote microwave environments observation over networks is demonstrated, where the frequency channel and received signal strength indication (RSSI) of the detected digital TV broadcasting signals are remotely monitored.

  3. Scanning microwave-induced thermoacoustic tomography: signal, resolution, and contrast.

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    Ku, G; Wang, L V

    2001-01-01

    Scanning thermoacoustic tomography was explored in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Short microwave pulses were used to induce acoustic waves by thermoelastic expansion in biological tissues. Cross sections of tissue samples were imaged by a linear scan of the samples while a focused ultrasonic transducer detected the time-resolved thermoacoustic signals. Based on the microwave-absorption properties of normal and cancerous breast tissues, the piezoelectric signals in response to the thermoacoustic contrast were investigated over a wide range of electromagnetic frequencies and depths of tumor locations. The axial resolution is related to the temporal profile of the microwave pulses and to the impulse response of the ultrasonic transducer. The lateral resolution is related to the numerical aperture of the ultrasonic transducer as well as to the frequency spectra of the piezoelectric signals in the time window corresponding to the axial resolution. Gain compensation, counteracting the microwave attenuation, was applied to enhance the image contrast.

  4. A study on modulation and demodulation of microwave measurement signal

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    Yu, Yang; Wan, Yong

    2011-10-01

    Because of the frequency of microwave is so high that it's difficult to direct analysis of the attenuation of microwave energy to know the water content in crude oil. However, it is simple to use a 1 KHz square wave to modulate it and analysis the amplitude changes of low frequency square wave which output from demodulation to measure the water content in crude oil. So this paper designs a modulation and demodulation microwave measurement signal processing system, including detector, selected frequency amplifier, rectifier circuit, filter circuit, A/D converter, MCU system and so on, to realize the detect of microwave measurement signal. After software simulation and experimental demonstration, this system can detect microwave measurement signal which are modulated and demodulated accurately and digital display the water content in crude oil. It has some advantages, such as good stability, little error, low cost and so on.

  5. Preliminary development of digital signal processing in microwave radiometers

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    Stanley, W. D.

    1980-01-01

    Topics covered involve a number of closely related tasks including: the development of several control loop and dynamic noise model computer programs for simulating microwave radiometer measurements; computer modeling of an existing stepped frequency radiometer in an effort to determine its optimum operational characteristics; investigation of the classical second order analog control loop to determine its ability to reduce the estimation error in a microwave radiometer; investigation of several digital signal processing unit designs; initiation of efforts to develop required hardware and software for implementation of the digital signal processing unit; and investigation of the general characteristics and peculiarities of digital processing noiselike microwave radiometer signals.

  6. Microwave Tissue Ablation: Biophysics, Technology and Applications

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    2010-01-01

    Microwave ablation is an emerging treatment option for many cancers, cardiac arrhythmias and other medical conditions. During treatment, microwaves are applied directly to tissues to produce rapid temperature elevations sufficient to produce immediate coagulative necrosis. The engineering design criteria for each application differ, with individual consideration for factors such as desired ablation zone size, treatment duration, and procedural invasiveness. Recent technological developments in applicator cooling, power control and system optimization for specific applications promise to increase the utilization of microwave ablation in the future. This article will review the basic biophysics of microwave tissue heating, provide an overview of the design and operation of current equipment, and outline areas for future research for microwave ablation. PMID:21175404

  7. AC Josephson effect applications in microwave systems

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    Larkin, Serguey Y.

    1996-12-01

    A complication of the tasks solving by the modem radliolocation, radionavigation and communication systems connected with the demand promotion to the resolution and accuracy of coordinates definition and increase in the volumes of transmitted information in satellite communication systems has resulted in boisterous mastering of millimeter wave bands. Success in microwave technology reached in 80' allowed such leading instrument developing companies as Hewlett Packard; EIP, lB millimeter etc. to set up an output of mm- and submm-wave bands devices and systems. It has streamlined Scientific Technological Progress in several spheres, since millimeter, through infra-red frequency range was closed to researchers for a long period of time because of the absence of necessary equipment. At present microwave devices of the short-wave part of mm- wave band and of submm- wave bands are used not only in radiolocation and communications. Unique diagnostic systems based on the analysis of the radiation parameters of different microwave sources were created. They have their application in medicine, thermonuclear energetics, radioastronomy, biology, nuclear physics, the physics of the solid state body, geology, etc. The above circumstances caused the beginning of the measuring microwave technology researches in 60 to 600 GHz frequency range: generators, power and frequency meters, spectrum analyzers. The task of working out equipment and techniques of the effective control as well as frequency and intensity measurements of the microwave signals in the investigated range is of the special interest. Here are some examples. The creation of a thermonuclear reactor in ITER project is considered to be the project of the century in the energetics sphere. One of the basic engineering tasks in the course of project realization is the creation of the diagnostic equipment realizing in real time spectrum analysis of thermonuclear plasma radiation at the so called cyclotron hannonics. Such

  8. Microwave generator for scientific and medical applications

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    Surducan, V.; Surducan, E.; Ciupa, R.; Neamtu, C.

    2012-02-01

    Nowadays power microwave radiation is widely used in medical applications as hyperthermia, diathermy or ablation and for scientific applications such as plasma generation, digestion, or as a catalyst in green chemistry. Nevertheless, designing a suitably adapted microwave generator that meets both the scientific and the more restrictive medical criteria remains a difficult task. We present here a simplified approach in designing such a microwave generator, according to the IEC60601 medical standard. The generator, based on a continuous wave (CW) magnetron, is coupled via a TE10 waveguide to feed either a hyperthermia applicator or a reactor chamber. Microwave interactions with the probe (or the tissue) depend strongly on the magnetron's power supply parameters and the impedance match of the entire microwave circuit. Any unmatched elements (magnetron to waveguide, waveguide to applicator, applicator to patient) give rise to a large voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) which loads the generator with a surplus energy, converted to heat. Extra heating of the magnetron will deteriorate the amplitude of the generated microwave power field. We show here that, by using a proprietary patented temperature sensor sheet, we were able to detect and improve the impedance matching of the microwave circuit.

  9. Signal processing device to control microwave output

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    Pinto, J. G.

    1989-08-01

    The development of an electronic device to control the operation of a commercial microwave oven is discussed. This device when installed in conjunction with the existing circuitry of SHARP MICROWAVE OVEN (model R-9524) is capable of automatically advancing through a sequence of thawing recipes programmed and stored in the memory bank of the oven. The device therefore eliminates or minimizes human operator action needed in previous prototype version of a blood thawing device.

  10. Microwave thermography: principles, methods and clinical applications.

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    Myers, P C; Sadowsky, N L; Barrett, A H

    1979-06-01

    We review the physical principles, method of operation, measurement limitations, and potential medical applications of microwave thermography. We present detailed results of a study of breast cancer detection at 1.3 and 3.3 GHz, including the dependence of detection rates on microwave frequency, time, tumor depth, and tumor size. At 1.3 GHz, microwave thermography detects breast cancer as well as infrared thermography (true-positive rate = 0.76 when true-negative rate = 0.63). When the two methods are combined, the true-positive rate increases by about 0.1 over that of either method alone.

  11. Opto-Microwave Signal Processing: Up and Down Conversion Techniques

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    2003-04-01

    introduces the concepts of opto-microwave signal processing used in several communication systems today. Emphasis is placed on optical-microwave up- and...wave optical-wireless local multipoint distribution systems (LMDS), computer or CATV networks. The right answer for all of these challenges is the...division multiple access) system . In a TDMA system the transmitters of the stations are operated on a time sharing basis. In the receivers direct

  12. Systems and methods for remote long standoff biometric identification using microwave cardiac signals

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    McGrath, William R. (Inventor); Talukder, Ashit (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Systems and methods for remote, long standoff biometric identification using microwave cardiac signals are provided. In one embodiment, the invention relates to a method for remote biometric identification using microwave cardiac signals, the method including generating and directing first microwave energy in a direction of a person, receiving microwave energy reflected from the person, the reflected microwave energy indicative of cardiac characteristics of the person, segmenting a signal indicative of the reflected microwave energy into a waveform including a plurality of heart beats, identifying patterns in the microwave heart beats waveform, and identifying the person based on the identified patterns and a stored microwave heart beats waveform.

  13. Optical carrier-based microwave interferometers for sensing application

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    Huang, Jie; Lan, Xinwei; Wang, Hanzheng; Yuan, Lei; Xiao, Hai

    2014-06-01

    Optical fiber interferometers (OFIs) have been extensively utilized for precise measurements of various physical/chemical quantities (e.g., temperature, strain, pressure, rotation, refractive index, etc.). However, the random change of polarization states along the optical fibers and the strong dependence on the materials and geometries of the optical waveguides are problematic for acquiring high quality interference signal. Meanwhile, difficulty in multiplexing has always been a bottleneck on the application scopes of OFIs. Here, we present a sensing concept of optical carrier based microwave interferometry (OCMI) by reading optical interferometric sensors in microwave domain. It combines the advantages from both optics and microwave. The low oscillation frequency of the microwave can hardly distinguish the optical differences from both modal and polarization dispersion making it insensitive to the optical waveguides/materials. The phase information of the microwave can be unambiguitly resolved so that it has potential in fully distributed sensing. The OCMI concept has been implemented in different types of interferometers (i.e., Michelson, Mach-Zehnder, Fabry-Perot) among different optical waveguides (i.e., singlemode, multimode, and sapphire fibers) with excellent signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and low polarization dependence. A spatially continuous distributed strain sensing has been demonstrated.

  14. Sensing feeble microwave signals via an optomechanical transducer

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    Zhang, Keye; Bariani, Francesco; Dong, Ying; Zhang, Weiping; Meystre, Pierre

    2015-05-01

    Due to their low energy content microwave signals at the single-photon level are extremely challenging to measure. Guided by recent progress in single-photon optomechanics and hybrid optomechanical systems, we propose a multimode optomechanical transducer that can detect intensities significantly below the single-photon level via off-resonant adiabatic transfer of the microwave signal to the optical frequency domain where the measurement is then performed. The influence of intrinsic quantum and thermal fluctuations on the performance of this detector are considered in detail. We acknowledge financial support from National Basic Research Program of China, NSF, ARO and the DARPA QuaSAR and ORCHID programs.

  15. Tunable microwave signal generator with an optically-injected 1310 nm QD-DFB laser.

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    Hurtado, Antonio; Mee, Jesse; Nami, Mohsen; Henning, Ian D; Adams, Michael J; Lester, Luke F

    2013-05-06

    Tunable microwave signal generation with frequencies ranging from below 1 GHz to values over 40 GHz is demonstrated experimentally with a 1310 nm Quantum Dot (QD) Distributed-Feedback (DFB) laser. Microwave signal generation is achieved using the period 1 dynamics induced in the QD DFB under optical injection. Continuous tuning in the positive detuning frequency range of the quantum dot's unique stability map is demonstrated. The simplicity of the experimental configuration offers promise for novel uses of these nanostructure lasers in Radio-over-Fiber (RoF) applications and future mobile networks.

  16. Photonic microwave signals with zeptosecond-level absolute timing noise

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    Xie, Xiaopeng; Bouchand, Romain; Nicolodi, Daniele; Giunta, Michele; Hänsel, Wolfgang; Lezius, Matthias; Joshi, Abhay; Datta, Shubhashish; Alexandre, Christophe; Lours, Michel; Tremblin, Pierre-Alain; Santarelli, Giorgio; Holzwarth, Ronald; Le Coq, Yann

    2017-01-01

    Photonic synthesis of radiofrequency (RF) waveforms revived the quest for unrivalled microwave purity because of its ability to convey the benefits of optics to the microwave world. In this work, we perform a high-fidelity transfer of frequency stability between an optical reference and a microwave signal via a low-noise fibre-based frequency comb and cutting-edge photodetection techniques. We demonstrate the generation of the purest microwave signal with a fractional frequency stability below 6.5 × 10-16 at 1 s and a timing noise floor below 41 zs Hz-1/2 (phase noise below -173 dBc Hz-1 for a 12 GHz carrier). This outperforms existing sources and promises a new era for state-of-the-art microwave generation. The characterization is achieved through a heterodyne cross-correlation scheme with the lowermost detection noise. This unprecedented level of purity can impact domains such as radar systems, telecommunications and time-frequency metrology. The measurement methods developed here can benefit the characterization of a broad range of signals.

  17. Microwave photonic delay line signal processing.

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    Diehl, John F; Singley, Joseph M; Sunderman, Christopher E; Urick, Vincent J

    2015-11-01

    This paper provides a path for the design of state-of-the-art fiber-optic delay lines for signal processing. The theoretical forms for various radio-frequency system performance metrics are derived for four modulation types: X- and Z-cut Mach-Zehnder modulators, a phase modulator with asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer, and a polarization modulator with control waveplate and polarizing beam splitter. Each modulation type is considered to cover the current and future needs for ideal system designs. System gain, compression point, and third-order output intercept point are derived from the transfer matrices for each modulation type. A discussion of optical amplifier placement and fiber-effect mitigation is offered. The paper concludes by detailing two high-performance delay lines, built for unique applications, that exhibit performance levels an order of magnitude better than commercial delay lines. This paper should serve as a guide to maximizing the performance of future systems and offer a look into current and future research being done to further improve photonics technologies.

  18. Multiband rectenna for microwave applications

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    Okba, Abderrahim; Takacs, Alexandru; Aubert, Hervé; Charlot, Samuel; Calmon, Pierre-François

    2017-02-01

    This paper reports a multiband rectenna (rectifier + antenna) suitable for the electromagnetic energy harvesting of the spill-over loss of microwave antennas placed on board of geostationary satellites. Such rectenna is used for powering autonomous wireless sensors for satellite health monitoring. The topology of the rectenna is presented. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed compact rectenna can harvest efficiently the incident electromagnetic energy at three different frequencies that are close to the resonant frequencies of the cross-dipoles implemented in the antenna array. xml:lang="fr"

  19. Passive Microwave Remote Sensing for Land Applications

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    Land applications, in particular soil moisture retrieval, have been hampered by the lack of low frequency passive microwave observations and the coarse spatial resolution of existing sensors. The next decade could see several improved operational and exploratory missions using new technologies as w...

  20. Applications of microwave radiation environmental remediation technologies

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    Krause, T.R.; Helt, J.E.

    1993-05-01

    A growing number of environmental remediation technologies (e.g., drying, melting, or sintering) utilize microwave radiation as an integral part of the process. An increasing number of novel applications, such as sustaining low-temperature plasmas or enhancing chemical reactivity, are also being developed. An overview of such technologies being developed by the Department of Energy is presented. A specific example being developed at Argonne National Laboratory, microwave-induced plasma reactors for the destruction of volatile organic compounds, is discussed in more detail.

  1. Applications of microwave radiation environmental remediation technologies

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    Krause, T.R.; Helt, J.E.

    1993-01-01

    A growing number of environmental remediation technologies (e.g., drying, melting, or sintering) utilize microwave radiation as an integral part of the process. An increasing number of novel applications, such as sustaining low-temperature plasmas or enhancing chemical reactivity, are also being developed. An overview of such technologies being developed by the Department of Energy is presented. A specific example being developed at Argonne National Laboratory, microwave-induced plasma reactors for the destruction of volatile organic compounds, is discussed in more detail.

  2. Ferrite thin films for microwave applications

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    Zaquine, I.; Benazizi, H.; Mage, J. C.

    1988-11-01

    This paper describes the preparation and the properties of thin (a few micron-thick) ferrite films for microwave applications. The films were deposited by RF sputtering from a single ferrite target on two different 4-in-thick substrates, silicon and alumina, both bare and metallized. The as-deposited films were amorphous, requiring careful annealing in oxygen atmosphere. The optimum annealing temperature was determined by obtaining the highest possible magnetization for each ferrite. The conditions of microwave measurements are described together with the results.

  3. Photonics for microwave systems and ultra-wideband signal processing

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    Ng, W.

    2016-08-01

    The advantages of using the broadband and low-loss distribution attributes of photonics to enhance the signal processing and sensing capabilities of microwave systems are well known. In this paper, we review the progress made in the topical areas of true-time-delay beamsteering, photonic-assisted analog-to-digital conversion, RF-photonic filtering and link performances. We also provide an outlook on the emerging field of integrated microwave photonics (MWP) that promise to reduce the cost of MWP subsystems and components, while providing significantly improved form-factors for system insertion.

  4. Microwave applications and characterization of the microwave properties of high temperature superconducting films

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    Strayer, D. M.; Bautista, J. J.; Riley, A. L.; Dick, G. J.; Housley, R. L.

    1990-01-01

    The development by NASA JPL of high-temperature superconductors (HTSs) for use in microwave circuit elements is discussed. The synthesis of HTS films and characterization of their microwave absorption are reviewed. Applications to cryogenic low-noise receivers, spacecraft microwave systems, and low-noise oscillators are considered.

  5. Electrically tunable materials for microwave applications

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    Ahmed, Aftab; Goldthorpe, Irene A.; Khandani, Amir K.

    2015-03-01

    Microwave devices based on tunable materials are of vigorous current interest. Typical applications include phase shifters, antenna beam steering, filters, voltage controlled oscillators, matching networks, and tunable power splitters. The objective of this review is to assist in the material selection process for various applications in the microwave regime considering response time, required level of tunability, operating temperature, and loss tangent. The performance of a variety of material types are compared, including ferroelectric ceramics, polymers, and liquid crystals. Particular attention is given to ferroelectric materials as they are the most promising candidates when response time, dielectric loss, and tunability are important. However, polymers and liquid crystals are emerging as potential candidates for a number of new applications, offering mechanical flexibility, lower weight, and lower tuning voltages.

  6. Electrically tunable materials for microwave applications

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    Ahmed, Aftab Goldthorpe, Irene A.; Khandani, Amir K.

    2015-03-15

    Microwave devices based on tunable materials are of vigorous current interest. Typical applications include phase shifters, antenna beam steering, filters, voltage controlled oscillators, matching networks, and tunable power splitters. The objective of this review is to assist in the material selection process for various applications in the microwave regime considering response time, required level of tunability, operating temperature, and loss tangent. The performance of a variety of material types are compared, including ferroelectric ceramics, polymers, and liquid crystals. Particular attention is given to ferroelectric materials as they are the most promising candidates when response time, dielectric loss, and tunability are important. However, polymers and liquid crystals are emerging as potential candidates for a number of new applications, offering mechanical flexibility, lower weight, and lower tuning voltages.

  7. High-power microwaves for defense and accelerator applications

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    Manheimer, W. )

    1992-03-11

    This paper discusses high-power microwaves for application to the Defense Department and to the powering of large accelerators. The microwave sources discussed are the SLAC klystron, the relativistic klystron, the magnetron and the vircator.

  8. Flexible frequency selective metamaterials for microwave applications.

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    Gao, Bo; Yuen, Matthew M F; Ye, Terry Tao

    2017-03-21

    Metamaterials have attracted more and more research attentions recently. Metamaterials for electromagnetic applications consist of sub-wavelength structures designed to exhibit particular responses to an incident EM (electromagnetic) wave. Traditional EM (electromagnetic) metamaterial is constructed from thick and rigid structures, with the form-factor suitable for applications only in higher frequencies (above GHz) in microwave band. In this paper, we developed a thin and flexible metamaterial structure with small-scale unit cell that gives EM metamaterials far greater flexibility in numerous applications. By incorporating ferrite materials, the thickness and size of the unit cell of metamaterials have been effectively scaled down. The design, mechanism and development of flexible ferrite loaded metamaterials for microwave applications is described, with simulation as well as measurements. Experiments show that the ferrite film with permeability of 10 could reduce the resonant frequency. The thickness of the final metamaterials is only 0.3mm. This type of ferrite loaded metamaterials offers opportunities for various sub-GHz microwave applications, such as cloaks, absorbers, and frequency selective surfaces.

  9. Flexible frequency selective metamaterials for microwave applications

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    Gao, Bo; Yuen, Matthew M. F; Ye, Terry Tao

    2017-01-01

    Metamaterials have attracted more and more research attentions recently. Metamaterials for electromagnetic applications consist of sub-wavelength structures designed to exhibit particular responses to an incident EM (electromagnetic) wave. Traditional EM (electromagnetic) metamaterial is constructed from thick and rigid structures, with the form-factor suitable for applications only in higher frequencies (above GHz) in microwave band. In this paper, we developed a thin and flexible metamaterial structure with small-scale unit cell that gives EM metamaterials far greater flexibility in numerous applications. By incorporating ferrite materials, the thickness and size of the unit cell of metamaterials have been effectively scaled down. The design, mechanism and development of flexible ferrite loaded metamaterials for microwave applications is described, with simulation as well as measurements. Experiments show that the ferrite film with permeability of 10 could reduce the resonant frequency. The thickness of the final metamaterials is only 0.3mm. This type of ferrite loaded metamaterials offers opportunities for various sub-GHz microwave applications, such as cloaks, absorbers, and frequency selective surfaces. PMID:28322338

  10. Flexible frequency selective metamaterials for microwave applications

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    Gao, Bo; Yuen, Matthew M. F.; Ye, Terry Tao

    2017-03-01

    Metamaterials have attracted more and more research attentions recently. Metamaterials for electromagnetic applications consist of sub-wavelength structures designed to exhibit particular responses to an incident EM (electromagnetic) wave. Traditional EM (electromagnetic) metamaterial is constructed from thick and rigid structures, with the form-factor suitable for applications only in higher frequencies (above GHz) in microwave band. In this paper, we developed a thin and flexible metamaterial structure with small-scale unit cell that gives EM metamaterials far greater flexibility in numerous applications. By incorporating ferrite materials, the thickness and size of the unit cell of metamaterials have been effectively scaled down. The design, mechanism and development of flexible ferrite loaded metamaterials for microwave applications is described, with simulation as well as measurements. Experiments show that the ferrite film with permeability of 10 could reduce the resonant frequency. The thickness of the final metamaterials is only 0.3mm. This type of ferrite loaded metamaterials offers opportunities for various sub-GHz microwave applications, such as cloaks, absorbers, and frequency selective surfaces.

  11. Microwave oscillator with reduced phase noise by negative feedback incorporating microwave signals with suppressed carrier

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    Dick, G. J.; Saunders, J.

    1989-01-01

    Oscillator configurations which reduce the effect of 1/f noise sources for both direct feedback and stabilized local oscillator (STALO) circuits are developed and analyzed. By appropriate use of carrier suppression, a small signal is generated which suffers no loss of loop phase information or signal-to-noise ratio. This small signal can be amplified without degradation by multiplicative amplifier noise, and can be detected without saturation of the detector. Together with recent advances in microwave resonator Qs, these circuit improvements will make possible lower phase noise than can be presently achieved without the use of cryogenic devices.

  12. Extracting dielectric spectroscopic properties from microwave-induced thermoacoustic signals.

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    Shiyu Liu; Hao Nan; Dolatsha, Nemat; Arbabian, Amin

    2016-08-01

    Available data on the dielectric properties of biological tissue across a frequency range adds an extra degree of freedom of contrast besides the baseline structural information obtained by conventional imaging techniques. In this paper, we propose a new methodology to non-invasively extract the normalized effective conductivity of samples over a large frequency range using microwave-induced thermoacoustic (TA) signals. Additionally, a calibration approach has been adopted to remove the frequency dependency of the experimental setup errors as well as the RF power variation. The linear relationship between the TA signal amplitude on the absorbed microwave power is used to extract the properties of samples. Saline phantoms with various concentration are used to mimic different tissue materials in the proof-of-concept experiment. The extracted normalized effective conductivity by the proposed method matches the theoretical calculations as well as the direct contact measurements by a dielectric probe.

  13. Microwave integrated circuits for space applications

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    Leonard, Regis F.; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    1991-01-01

    Monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC), which incorporate all the elements of a microwave circuit on a single semiconductor substrate, offer the potential for drastic reductions in circuit weight and volume and increased reliability, all of which make many new concepts in electronic circuitry for space applications feasible, including phased array antennas. NASA has undertaken an extensive program aimed at development of MMICs for space applications. The first such circuits targeted for development were an extension of work in hybrid (discrete component) technology in support of the Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS). It focused on power amplifiers, receivers, and switches at ACTS frequencies. More recent work, however, focused on frequencies appropriate for other NASA programs and emphasizes advanced materials in an effort to enhance efficiency, power handling capability, and frequency of operation or noise figure to meet the requirements of space systems.

  14. Microwave integrated circuits for space applications

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    Leonard, Regis F.; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    Monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC), which incorporate all the elements of a microwave circuit on a single semiconductor substrate, offer the potential for drastic reductions in circuit weight and volume and increased reliability, all of which make many new concepts in electronic circuitry for space applications feasible, including phased array antennas. NASA has undertaken an extensive program aimed at development of MMICs for space applications. The first such circuits targeted for development were an extension of work in hybrid (discrete component) technology in support of the Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS). It focused on power amplifiers, receivers, and switches at ACTS frequencies. More recent work, however, focused on frequencies appropriate for other NASA programs and emphasizes advanced materials in an effort to enhance efficiency, power handling capability, and frequency of operation or noise figure to meet the requirements of space systems.

  15. Compressive sampling for time critical microwave imaging applications

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    O'Halloran, Martin; McGinley, Brian; Conceicao, Raquel C.; Kilmartin, Liam; Jones, Edward; Glavin, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Across all biomedical imaging applications, there is a growing emphasis placed on reducing data acquisition and imaging times. This research explores the use of a technique, known as compressive sampling or compressed sensing (CS), as an efficient technique to minimise the data acquisition time for time critical microwave imaging (MWI) applications. Where a signal exhibits sparsity in the time domain, the proposed CS implementation allows for sub-sampling acquisition in the frequency domain and consequently shorter imaging times, albeit at the expense of a slight degradation in reconstruction quality of the signals as the compression increases. This Letter focuses on ultra wideband (UWB) radar MWI applications where reducing acquisition is of critical importance therefore a slight degradation in reconstruction quality may be acceptable. The analysis demonstrates the effectiveness and suitability of CS with UWB applications. PMID:26609368

  16. Cosmic microwave background polarization signals from tangled magnetic fields.

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    Seshadri, T R; Subramanian, K

    2001-09-03

    Tangled, primordial cosmic magnetic fields create small rotational velocity perturbations on the last scattering surface of the cosmic microwave background radiation. For fields which redshift to a present value of B0 = 3 x 10(-9) G, these vector modes are shown to generate polarization anisotropies of order 0.1-4 microK on small angular scales (500signals result for n = 2 spectra. Unlike inflation generated, scalar modes, these signals are dominated by the odd parity, B-type polarization, which could help in their detection.

  17. Measuring Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation from Varying Signal Strengths

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    Davis, Bette; Gaul, W. C.

    2007-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation discusses the process of measuring radiofrequency and microwave radiation from various signal strengths. The topics include: 1) Limits and Guidelines; 2) Typical Variable Standard (IEEE) Frequency Dependent; 3) FCC Standard 47 CFR 1.1310; 4) Compliance Follows Unity Rule; 5) Multiple Sources Contribute; 6) Types of RF Signals; 7) Interfering Radiations; 8) Different Frequencies Different Powers; 9) Power Summing - Peak Power; 10) Contribution from Various Single Sources; 11) Total Power from Multiple Sources; 12) Are You Out of Compliance?; and 13) In Compliance.

  18. Surface Wave Multipath Signals in Near-Field Microwave Imaging

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    Meaney, Paul M.; Shubitidze, Fridon; Fanning, Margaret W.; Kmiec, Maciej; Epstein, Neil R.; Paulsen, Keith D.

    2012-01-01

    Microwave imaging techniques are prone to signal corruption from unwanted multipath signals. Near-field systems are especially vulnerable because signals can scatter and reflect from structural objects within or on the boundary of the imaging zone. These issues are further exacerbated when surface waves are generated with the potential of propagating along the transmitting and receiving antenna feed lines and other low-loss paths. In this paper, we analyze the contributions of multi-path signals arising from surface wave effects. Specifically, experiments were conducted with a near-field microwave imaging array positioned at variable heights from the floor of a coupling fluid tank. Antenna arrays with different feed line lengths in the fluid were also evaluated. The results show that surface waves corrupt the received signals over the longest transmission distances across the measurement array. However, the surface wave effects can be eliminated provided the feed line lengths are sufficiently long independently of the distance of the transmitting/receiving antenna tips from the imaging tank floor. Theoretical predictions confirm the experimental observations. PMID:22566992

  19. Photonic-assisted microwave signal multiplication and modulation using a silicon Mach–Zehnder modulator

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    Long, Yun; Zhou, Linjie; Wang, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Photonic generation of microwave signal is obviously attractive for many prominent advantages, such as large bandwidth, low loss, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. Based on a single integrated silicon Mach–Zehnder modulator (MZM), we propose and experimentally demonstrate a simple and compact photonic scheme to enable frequency-multiplicated microwave signal. Using the fabricated integrated MZM, we also demonstrate the feasibility of microwave amplitude-shift keying (ASK) modulation based on integrated photonic approach. In proof-of-concept experiments, 2-GHz frequency-doubled microwave signal is generated using a 1-GHz driving signal. 750-MHz/1-GHz frequency-tripled/quadrupled microwave signals are obtained with a driving signal of 250 MHz. In addition, a 50-Mb/s binary amplitude coded 1-GHz microwave signal is also successfully generated. PMID:26832305

  20. Slot-line applicator for microwave hyperthermia.

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    Togni, Paolo; Drízd'al, Tomás; Vrba, Jan; Vannucci, Luca

    2009-01-01

    Electromagnetic field interaction with biological tissues and their applications in cancer treatment research has become of growing interest. This paper describes the possibility of using a slot-line type applicator for microwave hyperthermia treatment in oncology. What we aim to show in this paper is that this type of applicator is particularly suitable for the treatment of superficial cancers with depths 2-3 cm below the body surface. To support this thesis, a 3D electromagnetic field simulator has been used to predict the specific absorbed ratio (SAR), and the consequent temperature distribution in the area under treatment. The results of the simulations are supported by experimental temperature measurements made with the help of an infrared thermo-camera on a homogeneous agar phantom. The possibility to use an array configuration of this applicator in order to treat bigger areas is also analyzed using computer simulation of SAR distribution.

  1. A photonic microwave source for optical applications

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    Wang, Wei; Cada, Michael; Seregelyi, Joe; Paquet, Stephane; Mihailov, Stephen; Lu, Ping; Bélisle, Claude

    2005-09-01

    Wireless technology is a cost-effective means to bring broadband communications to both mobile users and home consumers; however, deploying next generation, multi-GHz wireless systems is currently too expensive. For these systems, photonic technologies can bring cost reduction as well as an increase in performance, mainly due to the ultra low-loss property of optical fibers. One approach to signal distribution is to capitalise on the vast fibre-optic distribution networks deployed within and between cities. A microwave carrier can be optically deployed from central offices to remote antenna sites using these optical links. This paper will discuss the generation of such a microwave carrier using a dual-wavelength, external-cavity laser (ECL). Two different dual-wavelength ECL's, constructed with fiber-Bragg-gratings (FBG's), have been investigated. One uses a semiconductor gain chip with a dual-FBG acting as an external reflector. The other uses two similar dual-FBG reflectors on each side of a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). In both cases the wavelength separation between the gratings is 0.25 nm. We will demonstrate that a dual-wavelength emission can be temporarily stabilized in the gain-chip ECL if a specific phase relation, between the external feedback from the FBG's and the residual feedback from the gain chip, is satisfied at both lasing wavelengths. The power of the RF beat signal generated by the dual-wavelength optical signal was typically 25 dB above the noise floor. The 3-dB linewidth of the RF signal was approximately 2 MHz and it can be tuned over a frequency range of 200 MHz. The physical mechanisms underlying the observed laser instability will be briefly discussed.

  2. Carbon nanotubes and microwaves: interactions, responses, and applications.

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    Vázquez, Ester; Prato, Maurizio

    2009-12-22

    The interaction of microwaves with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is an interesting topic for a variety of potential applications. Microwaves have been used for the purification of CNTs and for their chemical functionalization, providing a technique for simple, green, and large-scale protocols. In addition, the selective destruction of metallic CNTs under microwave irradiation could potentially result in a batch of semiconducting-only nanotubes. As an innovative application, the combination of microwaves with well-aligned CNTs could produce a new illumination technology. Moreover, the microwave absorbing properties of CNTs and their different behavior from typical organic compounds may open the door to the preparation of a wide range of new materials useful in many fields. A few examples of practical applications include electromagnetic interference for protecting the environment from radiation and microwave hyperthermia for cancer treatment as well as other medical therapies requiring precise heating of biological tissues.

  3. Compact microwave ion source for industrial applications

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    Cho, Yong-Sub; Kim, Dae-Il; Kim, Han-Sung; Seol, Kyung-Tae; Kwon, Hyeok-Jung; Hong, In-Seok

    2012-02-15

    A 2.45 GHz microwave ion source for ion implanters has many good properties for industrial application, such as easy maintenance and long lifetime, and it should be compact for budget and space. But, it has a dc current supply for the solenoid and a rf generator for plasma generation. Usually, they are located on high voltage platform because they are electrically connected with beam extraction power supply. Using permanent magnet solenoid and multi-layer dc break, high voltage deck and high voltage isolation transformer can be eliminated, and the dose rate on targets can be controlled by pulse duty control with semiconductor high voltage switch. Because the beam optics does not change, beam transfer components, such as focusing elements and beam shutter, can be eliminated. It has shown the good performances in budget and space for industrial applications of ion beams.

  4. Trends of microwave dielectric materials for antenna application

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    Sulong, T. A. T.; Osman, R. A. M.; Idris, M. S.

    2016-07-01

    Rapid development of a modern microwave communication system requires a high quality microwave dielectric ceramic material to be used as mobile and satellite communication. High permittivity of dielectric ceramics leads to fabrication of compact device for electronic components. Dielectric ceramics which used for microwave applications required three important parameters such as high or appropriate permittivity (ɛr), high quality factor (Q f ≥ 5000GH z) and good temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (τf). This paper review of various dielectric ceramic materials used as microwave dielectric materials and related parameters for antenna applications.

  5. Trends of microwave dielectric materials for antenna application

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    Sulong, T. A. T. Osman, R. A. M.; Idris, M. S.

    2016-07-19

    Rapid development of a modern microwave communication system requires a high quality microwave dielectric ceramic material to be used as mobile and satellite communication. High permittivity of dielectric ceramics leads to fabrication of compact device for electronic components. Dielectric ceramics which used for microwave applications required three important parameters such as high or appropriate permittivity (ε{sub r}), high quality factor (Q {sub f} ≥ 5000 GH z) and good temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (τ{sub f}). This paper review of various dielectric ceramic materials used as microwave dielectric materials and related parameters for antenna applications.

  6. Applications of Microwave Photonics in Radio Astronomy and Space Communication

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    D'Addario, Larry R.; Shillue, William P.

    2006-01-01

    An overview of narrow band vs wide band signals is given. Topics discussed included signal transmission, reference distribution and photonic antenna metrology. Examples of VLA, ALMA, ATA and DSN arrays are given. . Arrays of small antennas have become more cost-effective than large antennas for achieving large total aperture or gain, both for astronomy and for communication. It is concluded that emerging applications involving arrays of many antennas require low-cost optical communication of both wide bandwidth and narrow bandwidth; development of round-trip correction schemes enables timing precision; and free-space laser beams with microwave modulation allow structural metrology with approx 100 micrometer precision over distances of 200 meters.

  7. Applications of Microwave Photonics in Radio Astronomy and Space Communication

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    D'Addario, Larry R.; Shillue, William P.

    2006-01-01

    An overview of narrow band vs wide band signals is given. Topics discussed included signal transmission, reference distribution and photonic antenna metrology. Examples of VLA, ALMA, ATA and DSN arrays are given. . Arrays of small antennas have become more cost-effective than large antennas for achieving large total aperture or gain, both for astronomy and for communication. It is concluded that emerging applications involving arrays of many antennas require low-cost optical communication of both wide bandwidth and narrow bandwidth; development of round-trip correction schemes enables timing precision; and free-space laser beams with microwave modulation allow structural metrology with approx 100 micrometer precision over distances of 200 meters.

  8. Microwave Power Combiners for Signals of Arbitrary Amplitude

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    Conroy, Bruce; Hoppe, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    Schemes for combining power from coherent microwave sources of arbitrary (unequal or equal) amplitude have been proposed. Most prior microwave-power-combining schemes are limited to sources of equal amplitude. The basic principle of the schemes now proposed is to use quasi-optical components to manipulate the polarizations and phases of two arbitrary-amplitude input signals in such a way as to combine them into one output signal having a specified, fixed polarization. To combine power from more than two sources, one could use multiple powercombining stages based on this principle, feeding the outputs of lower-power stages as inputs to higher-power stages. Quasi-optical components suitable for implementing these schemes include grids of parallel wires, vane polarizers, and a variety of waveguide structures. For the sake of brevity, the remainder of this article illustrates the basic principle by focusing on one scheme in which a wire grid and two vane polarizers would be used. Wire grids are the key quasi-optical elements in many prior equal-power combiners. In somewhat oversimplified terms, a wire grid reflects an incident beam having an electric field parallel to the wires and passes an incident beam having an electric field perpendicular to the wires. In a typical prior equal-power combining scheme, one provides for two properly phased, equal-amplitude signals having mutually perpendicular linear polarizations to impinge from two mutually perpendicular directions on a wire grid in a plane oriented at an angle of 45 with respect to both beam axes. The wires in the grid are oriented to pass one of the incident beams straight through onto the output path and to reflect the other incident beam onto the output path along with the first-mentioned beam.

  9. Feasibility analysis of microwave frequency to detect wood for potential microwave application

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    Thomas W. K., T.; Rahiman, M. H. F.; Soh, P. J.; Rahim, R. A.; Zakaria, Z.; Ang, Vernoon; Siow, L. T.

    2017-03-01

    Microwave frequency has the potential to assist and improve forest product industry in terms of quality and quantity. Consequently, it has been selected to perform non-destructive inspection on wood which is defected or contains resin internally. This paper describes an experiment to determine the relationship between the attenuation of microwave signals and the different diameters of the holes in tree trunks. This analysis can be used as a reference for an optimal setup for a new microwave tomography aimed at the inspection of valuable wood trunks.

  10. Integrated waveguide Bragg gratings for microwave photonics signal processing.

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    Burla, Maurizio; Cortés, Luis Romero; Li, Ming; Wang, Xu; Chrostowski, Lukas; Azaña, José

    2013-10-21

    Integrated Microwave photonics (IMWP) signal processing using Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years as an enabling technology for a number of functionalities not attainable by purely microwave solutions. In this context, integrated waveguide Bragg grating (WBG) devices constitute a particularly attractive approach thanks to their compactness and flexibility in producing arbitrarily defined amplitude and phase responses, by directly acting on coupling coefficient and perturbations of the grating profile. In this article, we review recent advances in the field of integrated WBGs applied to MWP, analyzing the advantages leveraged by an integrated realization. We provide a perspective on the exciting possibilities offered by the silicon photonics platform in the field of MWP, potentially enabling integration of highly-complex active and passive functionalities with high yield on a single chip, with a particular focus on the use of WBGs as basic building blocks for linear filtering operations. We demonstrate the versatility of WBG-based devices by proposing and experimentally demonstrating a novel, continuously-tunable, integrated true-time-delay (TTD) line based on a very simple dual phase-shifted WBG (DPS-WBG).

  11. Generation of phase-coded microwave signals using a polarization-modulator-based photonic microwave phase shifter.

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    Zhang, Yamei; Pan, Shilong

    2013-03-01

    A scheme for the generation of phase-coded microwave signals using an electrically tunable photonic microwave phase shifter is proposed and demonstrated. The photonic phase shifter is based on a single-sideband polarization modulator (PolM), and the tuning of the phase shifter is implemented by a second PolM. By introducing an RF signal to the first PolM and an electrical coding signal to the second PolM, a phase-coded microwave signal with binary phase codes or polyphase codes is achieved. An experiment is performed. The simple and flexible operation, high coding rate, large frequency range, excellent transmission performance, and high stability of the system is confirmed.

  12. A class of new microwave therapeutic applicators

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    Lin, James C.; Kantor, Gideon; Ghods, Abdolhamid

    1982-01-01

    A class of new direct-contact microwave applicators has been developed for diathermy and hyperthermia applications. They consist of three concentric, circular, cylindrical tubes. The inner cylinder may serve as a port for circulating coolant to reduce surface temperature or as a port for introducing ionizing radiation in combination therapy for cancer. The coaxial waveguides formed by the inner and middle cylinders and by the middle and outer cylinders permit the propagation of TE11 and TE21 modes, respectively, for dual-beam, single-frequency use. The combinations give relatively uniform, circularly symmetric heating distributions in the tissue. Heating pattern and leakage level measurements obtained for a 10-cm-diameter dual-beam 2450±50-MHz applicator show that the maximum leakage level at a distance of 5 cm from the surface of the applicator in contact with planar fat-muscle phantoms is less than 4 mW/cm2 for a therapeutic specific absorption rate (SAR) of 235 W/kg. This value corresponds to a net forward power of 26 W. The measured VSWR is about 1.25. The width of the heating pattern is about 4 cm at a depth of 2.2 cm into the simulated muscle, where the SAR is half the maximum, and decreases slowly as the depth into the muscle increases, thus giving it a fairly uniform distribution.

  13. Application of Reflected Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS-R) Signals in the Estimation of Sea Roughness Effects in Microwave Radiometry

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    Voo, Justin K.; Garrison, James L.; Yueh, Simon H.; Grant, Michael S.; Fore, Alexander G.; Haase, Jennifer S.; Clauss, Bryan

    2010-01-01

    In February-March 2009 NASA JPL conducted an airborne field campaign using the Passive Active L-band System (PALS) and the Ku-band Polarimetric Scatterometer (PolSCAT) collecting measurements of brightness temperature and near surface wind speeds. Flights were conducted over a region of expected high-speed winds in the Atlantic Ocean, for the purposes of algorithm development for salinity retrievals. Wind speeds encountered were in the range of 5 to 25 m/s during the two weeks deployment. The NASA-Langley GPS delay-mapping receiver (DMR) was also flown to collect GPS signals reflected from the ocean surface and generate post-correlation power vs. delay measurements. This data was used to estimate ocean surface roughness and a strong correlation with brightness temperature was found. Initial results suggest that reflected GPS signals, using small low-power instruments, will provide an additional source of data for correcting brightness temperature measurements for the purpose of sea surface salinity retrievals.

  14. Detection of radio-frequency modulated optical signals by two and three terminal microwave devices

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Simons, R. N.; Wojtczuk, S.

    1987-01-01

    An interdigitated photoconductor (two terminal device) on GaAlAs/GaAs heterostructure was fabricated and tested by an electro-optical sampling technique. Further, the photoresponse of GaAlAs/GaAs HEMT (three terminal device) was obtained by illuminating the device with an optical signal modulated up to 8 GHz. Gain-bandwidth product, response time, and noise properties of photoconductor and HEMT devices were obtained. Monolithic integration of these photodetectors with GaAs microwave devices for optically controlled phased array antenna applications is discussed.

  15. Detection of radio-frequency modulated optical signals by two and three terminal microwave devices

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Simons, R. N.; Wojtczuk, S.

    1987-01-01

    An interdigitated photoconductor (two terminal device) on GaAlAs/GaAs heterostructure was fabricated and tested by an electro-optical sampling technique. Further, the photoresponse of GaAlAs/GaAs HEMT (three terminal device) was obtained by illuminating the device with an optical signal modulated up to 8 GHz. Gain-bandwidth product, response time, and noise properties of photoconductor and HEMT devices were obtained. Monolithic integration of these photodetectors with GaAs microwave devices for optically controlled phased array antenna applications is discussed.

  16. Quantum-enabled temporal and spectral mode conversion of microwave signals

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    Andrews, R. W.; Reed, A. P.; Cicak, K.; Teufel, J. D.; Lehnert, K. W.

    2015-01-01

    Electromagnetic waves are ideal candidates for transmitting information in a quantum network as they can be routed rapidly and efficiently between locations using optical fibres or microwave cables. Yet linking quantum-enabled devices with cables has proved difficult because most cavity or circuit quantum electrodynamics systems used in quantum information processing can only absorb and emit signals with a specific frequency and temporal envelope. Here we show that the temporal and spectral content of microwave-frequency electromagnetic signals can be arbitrarily manipulated with a flexible aluminium drumhead embedded in a microwave circuit. The aluminium drumhead simultaneously forms a mechanical oscillator and a tunable capacitor. This device offers a way to build quantum microwave networks using separate and otherwise mismatched components. Furthermore, it will enable the preparation of non-classical states of motion by capturing non-classical microwave signals prepared by the most coherent circuit quantum electrodynamics systems. PMID:26617386

  17. Quantum-enabled temporal and spectral mode conversion of microwave signals.

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    Andrews, R W; Reed, A P; Cicak, K; Teufel, J D; Lehnert, K W

    2015-11-30

    Electromagnetic waves are ideal candidates for transmitting information in a quantum network as they can be routed rapidly and efficiently between locations using optical fibres or microwave cables. Yet linking quantum-enabled devices with cables has proved difficult because most cavity or circuit quantum electrodynamics systems used in quantum information processing can only absorb and emit signals with a specific frequency and temporal envelope. Here we show that the temporal and spectral content of microwave-frequency electromagnetic signals can be arbitrarily manipulated with a flexible aluminium drumhead embedded in a microwave circuit. The aluminium drumhead simultaneously forms a mechanical oscillator and a tunable capacitor. This device offers a way to build quantum microwave networks using separate and otherwise mismatched components. Furthermore, it will enable the preparation of non-classical states of motion by capturing non-classical microwave signals prepared by the most coherent circuit quantum electrodynamics systems.

  18. Quantum-enabled temporal and spectral mode conversion of microwave signals

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    Andrews, R. W.; Reed, A. P.; Cicak, K.; Teufel, J. D.; Lehnert, K. W.

    2015-11-01

    Electromagnetic waves are ideal candidates for transmitting information in a quantum network as they can be routed rapidly and efficiently between locations using optical fibres or microwave cables. Yet linking quantum-enabled devices with cables has proved difficult because most cavity or circuit quantum electrodynamics systems used in quantum information processing can only absorb and emit signals with a specific frequency and temporal envelope. Here we show that the temporal and spectral content of microwave-frequency electromagnetic signals can be arbitrarily manipulated with a flexible aluminium drumhead embedded in a microwave circuit. The aluminium drumhead simultaneously forms a mechanical oscillator and a tunable capacitor. This device offers a way to build quantum microwave networks using separate and otherwise mismatched components. Furthermore, it will enable the preparation of non-classical states of motion by capturing non-classical microwave signals prepared by the most coherent circuit quantum electrodynamics systems.

  19. Microwires enabled metacomposites towards microwave applications

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    Luo, Y.; Qin, F. X.; Scarpa, F.; Carbonell, J.; Ipatov, M.; Zhukova, V.; Zhukov, A.; Gonzalez, J.; Panina, L. V.; Peng, H. X.

    2016-10-01

    The work describes the microwave behavior of polymer composites containing parallel Fe-based and continuous/short-cut Co-based microwire arrays. A magnetic field-tunable metacomposite feature has been identified in the hybrid microwires composite containing 3 mm spaced Co-based wires and confirmed by the presence of transmission windows in the frequency band of 1-3.5 GHz. The magnetically tuned redshift-blueshift in the transmission window is due to the competing dynamic interactions between the different wires and the ferromagnetic resonance of the Fe-based microwires. When the Co-based inter-wire spacing is increased to 10 mm, dual-band transmission windows in the 1.5-3.5 GHz and 9-17 GHz bandwidths were observed. These transmission windows are likely induced by the ferromagnetic resonance of Fe-based wires and the long range dipolar resonance arising between Fe-Co wire couples. The hybridization of parallel Fe-based and short Co-based wires in the composites leads to a significant enhancement of the transmission window in the 1-6 GHz band due to the band-gap nature of the Co-based wires. The hybrid metacomposites containing microwires seem attractive in radio frequency identification application.

  20. Spectral hole burning and its application in microwave photonics

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    Putz, Stefan; Angerer, Andreas; Krimer, Dmitry O.; Glattauer, Ralph; Munro, William J.; Rotter, Stefan; Schmiedmayer, Jörg; Majer, Johannes

    2017-01-01

    Spectral hole burning, used in inhomogeneously broadened emitters, is a well-established optical technique, with applications from spectroscopy to slow light and frequency combs. In microwave photonics, electron spin ensembles are candidates for use as quantum memories with potentially long storage times. Here, we demonstrate long-lived collective dark states by spectral hole burning in the microwave regime. The coherence time in our hybrid quantum system (nitrogen-vacancy centres strongly coupled to a superconducting microwave cavity) becomes longer than both the ensemble's free-induction decay and the bare cavity dissipation rate. The hybrid quantum system thus performs better than its individual subcomponents. This opens the way for long-lived quantum multimode memories, solid-state microwave frequency combs, spin squeezed states, optical-to-microwave quantum transducers and novel metamaterials. Beyond these, new cavity quantum electrodynamics experiments will be possible where spin-spin interactions and many-body phenomena are directly accessible.

  1. Remote sensing of snowpack with microwave radiometers for hydrologic applications

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    Shiue, J. C.; Chang, A. T. C.; Boyne, H.; Ellerbruch, D.

    1978-01-01

    A microwave remote sensing of snowpack experiment is described and some preliminary data presented. A mobile field laboratory consisting of a four-frequency (5, 10.7, 18 and 37 GHz), all with dual linear (vertical and horizontal) polarizations, microwave radiometer system attached to a truck-mounted aerial lift was used to study the microwave emission characteristics of snowpacks in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the winter of 1977-78. The influence of snowpack physical parameters such as water equivalent, grain size, and melt-freeze cycle on its microwave brightness temperature and its implications to the application of microwave radiometric technique to remote sensing of snowpack for runoff prediction are discussed.

  2. Variable frequency microwave heating apparatus

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    Bible, Don W.; Lauf, Robert J.; Johnson, Arvid C.; Thigpen, Larry T.

    1999-01-01

    A variable frequency microwave heating apparatus (10) designed to allow modulation of the frequency of the microwaves introduced into a multi-mode microwave cavity (34) for testing or other selected applications. The variable frequency microwave heating apparatus (10) includes a microwave signal generator (12) and a high-power microwave amplifier (20) or a high-power microwave oscillator (14). A power supply (22) is provided for operation of the high-power microwave oscillator (14) or microwave amplifier (20). A directional coupler (24) is provided for detecting the direction and amplitude of signals incident upon and reflected from the microwave cavity (34). A first power meter (30) is provided for measuring the power delivered to the microwave furnace (32). A second power meter (26) detects the magnitude of reflected power. Reflected power is dissipated in the reflected power load (28).

  3. Variable frequency microwave heating apparatus

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    Bible, D.W.; Lauf, R.J.; Johnson, A.C.; Thigpen, L.T.

    1999-10-05

    A variable frequency microwave heating apparatus (10) designed to allow modulation of the frequency of the microwaves introduced into a multi-mode microwave cavity (34) for testing or other selected applications. The variable frequency microwave heating apparatus (10) includes a microwave signal generator (12) and a high-power microwave amplifier (20) or a high-power microwave oscillator (14). A power supply (22) is provided for operation of the high-power microwave oscillator (14) or microwave amplifier (20). A directional coupler (24) is provided for detecting the direction and amplitude of signals incident upon and reflected from the microwave cavity (34). A first power meter (30) is provided for measuring the power delivered to the microwave furnace (32). A second power meter (26) detects the magnitude of reflected power. Reflected power is dissipated in the reflected power load (28).

  4. Microwave applications range from under the soil to the stratosphere

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    Bierman, Howard

    1990-11-01

    While the current cutback in defense spending had a negative impact on the microwave industry, microwave technology is now being applied to improve mankind's health, to clean up the environment, and provide more food. The paper concentrates on solutions for traffic jams and collision avoidance, the application of microwave hyperthermia to detect and destroy cancer cells, applications for controlling ozone-layer depletion, for investigating iceberg activity and ocean-current patterns in the Arctic, and for measuring soil-moisture content to improve crop efficiency. An experimental 60-GHz communication system for maintaining contact with up to 30 vehicles is described, along with dielectric-loaded lens and multimicrostrip hyperthermia applicators, and microwave equipment for NASA's upper-atmosphere research satellite and ESA's remote-sensing satellite. Stripline techniques to monitor process control on semiconductor wafer and paper production lines are also outlined.

  5. Signals of Opportunity Earth Reflectometry (SoOp-ER): Enabling new microwave observations from small satellites

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    Garrison, J. L.; Piepmeier, J. R.; Shah, R.; Lin, Y. C.; Du Toit, C. F.; Vega, M. A.; Knuble, J. J.

    2016-12-01

    Several recent experiments have demonstrated remote sensing by reutilizing communication satellite transmissions as sources in a bistatic radar configuration. This technique, referred to as "Signals of Opportunity Earth Reflectometry" (SoOp-ER), combines aspects of passive radiometry, active scatterometry and radar altimetry, but is essentially a new and alternative approach to microwave remote sensing. Reflectometry was first demonstrated with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals, enabled by their use of pseudorandom noise (PRN) codes for ranging. Two decades of research in GNSS reflectometry has culminated in the upcoming launches of several satellite missions within the next few years (TechDemoSat-1, CYGNSS, and GEROS-ISS). GNSS signals, however, have low power and are confined to a few L-band frequencies allocated to radionavigation. Communication satellites, in contrast, transmit in nearly all bands penetrating the Earth's atmosphere at very high radiated powers to assure a low bit-error-rate. High transmission power and a forward scatter geometry result in a very high signal to noise ratio at the receiver. Surface resolution is determined by the signal bandwidth, not the antenna beam. In many applications, this will allow small, low gain antennas to be used to make scientifically useful measurements. These features indicate that SoOp-ER instruments would be an ideal technology for microwave remote sensing from small platforms. SoOp-ER observations are referenced at the specular point and a constellation of small satellites, evenly spaced in the same orbit, would provide global coverage through parallel specular point ground tracks. This presentation will summarize the current instrument development work by the authors on three different application of SoOp-ER: P-band (230-270 MHz) sensing of root-zone soil moisture (RZSM), S-band sensing of ocean winds and Ku/Ka-band altimetry. Potential mission scenarios using small satellite constellations

  6. Microwave processing of lunar materials: potential applications

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    Meek, T.T.; Cocks, F.H.; Vaniman, D.T.; Wright, R.A.

    1984-01-01

    The microwave processing of lunar materials holds promise for the production of either water, oxygen, primary metals, or ceramic materials. Extra high frequency microwave (EHF) at between 100 and 500 gigahertz have the potential for selective coupling to specific atomic species and a concomitant low energy requirement for the extraction of specific materials, such as oxygen, from lunar ores. The coupling of ultra high frequency (UHF) (e.g., 2.45 gigahertz) microwave frequencies to hydrogen-oxygen bonds might enable the preferential and low energy cost removal (as H/sub 2/O) of implanted protons from the sun or of adosrbed water which might be found in lunar dust in permanently shadowed polar areas. Microwave melting and selective phase melting of lunar materials could also be used either in the preparation of simplified ceramic geometries (e.g., bricks) with custom-tailored microstructures, or for the direct preparation of hermetic walls in underground structures. Speculatively, the preparation of photovoltaic devices based on lunar materials, especially ilmenite, may be a potential use of microwave processing on the moon. Preliminary experiments on UHF melting of terrestrial basalt, basalt/ilmenite and mixtures show that microwave processing is feasible.

  7. Photonic instantaneous frequency measurement of wideband microwave signals.

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    Li, Yueqin; Pei, Li; Li, Jing; Wang, Yiqun; Yuan, Jin; Ning, Tigang

    2017-01-01

    We propose a photonic system for instantaneous frequency measurement (IFM) of wideband microwave signals with a tunable measurement range and resolution based on a polarization-maintaining fiber Bragg grating (PM-FBG). Firstly, in order to be insensitive to laser power fluctuation, we aim at generating two different frequency to amplitude characteristics so that we can normalize them to obtain an amplitude comparison function (ACF). Then we encode these two different wavelengths in two perpendicular polarizations by using the PM-FBG which shows different transmission profiles at two polarizations. The ACF is capable of being adjusted by tuning polarization angle, therefore the measurement range and resolution are tunable. By theoretical analyses and simulated verification, a frequency measurement range of 0~17.2 GHz with average resolution of ±0.12 GHz can be achieved, which signifies a wide measurement range with relatively high resolution. Our system does not require large optical bandwidth for the components because the wavelength spacing can be small, making the system affordable, stable, and reliable with more consistent characteristics due to the narrowband nature of the optical parts. PM-FBG with high integration can be potentially used for more polarization manipulating systems and the use of a single-polarization dual-wavelength laser can simplify the architecture and enhance the stability.

  8. Microwave Sintering of Silver Nanoink for Radio Frequency Applications.

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    Kim, Kwang-Seok; Park, Bum-Geun; Jung, Kwang-Ho; Kim, Jong-Woong; Jeong, Myung Yung; Jung, Seung-Boo

    2015-03-01

    Microwave sintering is a promising method for low-temperature processes, as it provides advantages such as uniform, fast, and volumetric heating. In this study, we investigated the electrical characteristics of inkjet-printed silver (Ag) circuits sintered by microwaves. The microstructural evolutions of inkjet-printed Ag circuits sintered at various temperatures for different durations were observed with a field emission scanning electron microscope. The electrical properties of the inkjet-printed Ag circuits were analysed by electrical resistivity measurements and radio frequency properties including scattering-parameters in the frequency range of 20 MHz to 20 GHz. The experimental results show that the signal losses of the Ag circuits sintered by microwave heating were lower than those sintered by conventional heating as microwave heating led to granular films which were nearly fully sintered without pores on the surfaces. When the inkjet-printed Ag circuits were sintered by microwaves at 300 °C for 4 min, their electrical resistivity was 5.1 µΩ cm, which is 3.2 times larger than that of bulk Ag. Furthermore, microwave sintering at 150 °C for 4 min achieved much lower signal losses (1.1 dB at 20 GHz) than conventional sintering under the same conditions.

  9. 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.

  10. Microwave signal extraction from femtosecond mode-locked lasers with attosecond relative timing drift.

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    Kim, Jungwon; Kärtner, Franz X

    2010-06-15

    We present a feedback-control method for suppression of excess phase noise in the optical-to-electronic conversion process involved in the extraction of microwave signals from femtosecond mode-locked lasers. A delay-locked loop based on drift-free phase detection with a differentially biased Sagnac loop is employed to eliminate low-frequency (e.g., <1 kHz) excess phase noise and drift in the regenerated microwave signals. A 10 GHz microwave signal is extracted from a 200 MHz repetition rate mode-locked laser with a relative rms timing jitter of 2.4 fs (integrated from 1 mHz to 1 MHz) and a relative rms timing drift of 0.84 fs (integrated over 8 h with 1 Hz bandwidth) between the optical pulse train and the extracted microwave signal.

  11. Focused microwave-assisted Soxhlet extraction: devices and applications.

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    Luque-García, J L; Luque de Castro, M D

    2004-10-20

    An overview of a new extraction technique called focused microwave-assisted Soxhlet extraction (FMASE) is here presented. This technique is based on the same principles as conventional Soxhlet extraction but using microwaves as auxiliary energy to accelerate the process. The different devices designed and constructed so far, their advantages and limitations as well as their main applications on environmental and food analysis are discussed in this article.

  12. Dynamic modes of microwave signal autogeneration in a radio photonic ring generator

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    Kondrashov, A. V.; Ustinov, A. B.; Kalinikos, B. A.

    2017-02-01

    Dynamic modes of microwave signal autogeneration in a radio photonic generator have been investigated. The generator is a ring circuit with a low-pass filter and microwave amplifier in its microwave path. The optical path contains an optical fiber delay line. The generator demonstrates the periodical, chaotic, and noise dynamics. It has been shown that the correlation dimensionality of the random signal attractor in the chaotic generation mode saturates with increasing phase space dimensionality. Saturation is not observed in the noise-generation mode.

  13. Metamaterial lens applicator for microwave hyperthermia of breast cancer.

    PubMed

    Wang, Gang; Gong, Yu

    2009-01-01

    Artificial left-handed metamaterial (LHM) provides a new perspective for microwave hyperthermia. Four flat LHM slab lenses can be used to form a focus-flexible applicator for breast tumour hyperthermia. By adjusting microwave sources behind the four flat LHM lenses, microwaves emitted from the sources can be focused tightly at different points in the breast tissue so that necessary heating depth in breast tissue can be achieved. Numerical simulations with a two-dimensional finite-difference time-domain method indicate that hyperthermia with the proposed four-lens applicator of moderate LHM losses could be effective in achieving desired power deposition in a heterogeneous breast model. Temperature distribution obtained by solving the bio-heat transfer equation demonstrates that temperature above 43 degrees C can be maintained in the tumour volume for specific periods of time. Flat slab LHM lenses offer a feasible alternative to traditional mechanically scanned lens applicator and electronically scanned phased-array applicators.

  14. Microwave Technology--Applications in Chemical Synthesis

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    Microwave heating, being specific and instantaneous, is unique and has found a place for expeditious chemical syntheses. Specifically, the solvent-free reactions are convenient to perform and have advantages over the conventional heating protocols as summarized in the previous se...

  15. Microwave Technology--Applications in Chemical Synthesis

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    Microwave heating, being specific and instantaneous, is unique and has found a place for expeditious chemical syntheses. Specifically, the solvent-free reactions are convenient to perform and have advantages over the conventional heating protocols as summarized in the previous se...

  16. A 16-channel flex circuit for cryogenic microwave signal transmission

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    McGarey, Patrick; Mani, Hamdi; Wheeler, Caleb; Groppi, Christopher

    2014-07-01

    Heterodyne focal plane arrays used in the terahertz (THz) regime currently require a discrete set of rigid coaxial cables for the transmission of individual intermediate frequency (IF) signals. Consequently, the size of an array is limited to ~10s of pixels due to limited physical space and the complexity of assembly. In order to achieve an array with ~1000 pixels or greater, new interconnections must be developed capable of carrying multiple IF signals on a single carrier which is flexible, robust to noise, and terminated with a high density RF connector. As an intermediate step to the development of a ~1000 pixel heterodyne focal plane array, the Kilopixel Array Pathfinder Project (KAPPa) has developed a 16 channel IF flex circuit. Initially, design simulations were performed to evaluate various means of high-frequency (1~10 GHz) signal transmission, including microstrip, stripline and coplanar waveguides. The method allowing for the closest signal spacing and greatest resistance to radio frequency interference (RFI) was determined to be stripline. Designs were considered where stripline transitioned to microstrip in order to terminate the signal. As microstrip transmission lines are sensitive to RFI, a design featuring just stripline was evaluated. In both the stripline-to-microstrip and stripline-only designs, a three-layer copper-coated polyimide substrate was used. Signal transitions were accomplished by a signal carrying "hot" via passing through a series of three conductive pads, similar to work by Leib et al. (2010). The transition design essentially mimics a coaxial line, where the radial distance between the pads and the ground plane is optimized in order to achieve desired impedances. In simulation, 50 Ohm impedances were achieved throughout, with crosstalk and return loss limited to -30dB. Terminations are made via an array of Corning Gilbert G3PO blind mate connectors, which are small enough to match the 6mm pixel pitch of the KAPPa focal plane unit

  17. Micro-Coplanar Striplines: New Transmission Media for Microwave Applications

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    Goverdhanam, Kavita; Simons, Rainee N.; Katehi, Linda P. B.

    1998-01-01

    In this paper a new transmission line for microwave applications, referred to here as the Micro-Coplanar Stripline (MCPS), is introduced. The propagation characteristics, such as, characteristic impedance (Z(sub 0) and effective dielectric constant (epsilon eff) for a range of MCPS geometries have been modeled using the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) Technique and presented here. Also, preliminary experimental results on the performance of an MCP-Microstrip transition and an MCPS-fed patch antenna are presented. The results indicate several potential applications of the MCPS line in microwave integrated circuit technology.

  18. Ferrite thin films for microwave applications

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    Zaquine, I.; Benazizi, H.; Mage, J.C.

    1988-11-15

    Production of ferrite thin films is the key to integration of microwave ferrite devices (circulators for phased array antennas, for instance). The interesting materials are the usual microwave ferrites: garnets, lithium ferrites, barium hexaferrites. The required thicknesses are a few tens of micrometers, and it will be important to achieve high deposition rates. Different substrates can be used: silicon and alumina both with and without metallization. The films were deposited by rf sputtering from a single target. The as-deposited films are amorphous and therefore require careful annealing in oxygen atmosphere. The sputtered films are a few micrometers thick on 4 in. substrates. The optimum annealing temperature was found by trying to obtain the highest possible magnetization for each ferrite. The precision on the value of magnetization is limited by the precision on the thickness of the film. We obtain magnetization values slightly lower than the target's. The ferromagnetic resonance linewidth was measured on toroids from 5 to 18 GHz.

  19. Microwave Photonics: current challenges towards widespread application.

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    Capmany, José; Li, Guifang; Lim, Christina; Yao, Jianping

    2013-09-23

    Microwave Photonics, a symbiotic field of research that brings together the worlds of optics and radio frequency is currently facing several challenges in its transition from a niche to a truly widespread technology essential to support the ever-increasing values for speed, bandwidth, processing capability and dynamic range that will be required in next generation hybrid access networks. We outline these challenges, which are the subject of the contributions to this focus issue.

  20. Beamed microwave power transmission and its application to space

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    Brown, William C.; Eves, E. E.

    1992-01-01

    The general principles and special components of beamed microwave power transmission systems are outlined and their application to the space program are discussed. The beamed system is defined as starting with a dc source of power at the transmitting end, converting it to a microwave beam for transmission through space, and ending with the dc power output at the receiving end. An experimentally measured and certified dc-to-dc efficiency of 54 percent has been achieved, using this definition. The application discussed is that of a LEO to GEO transportation system that depends upon vehicles propelled by electric thrusters whose power is supplied by a microwave beam originating at the earth's surface. The advantages of the all-electronic system over a chemically propelled system are enumerated. The principles of space propulsion, particularly as they relate to electric propulsion, are outlined. Key components of the system and environmental considerations are discussed.

  1. Microwave power tubes for space applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kosmahl, H.

    1976-01-01

    Feasibility evaluations of klystron amplifiers for conversion of solar power in synchronous orbit into microwave power at 2.4 GHz and transmission to earth were carried out. It was found that amplitrons and klystrons, using a depressed collector augmentation, can achieve efficiencies in excess of 80% if the power output is kept higher than 50 kW. Body wound selenoid provides the needed beam-focusing field. Narrow bandwidth requirements permit a low cathode loading density of 0.5 A/sq cm produced at approximately 850 centigrades. Emission tests indicate a potential life expectancy of 20 to 40 years.

  2. Microwave processing of silicon nitride for advanced gas turbine applications

    SciTech Connect

    Tiegs, T.N.; Kiggans, J.O.

    1993-04-01

    Results from previous studies on microwave processing of silicon nitride-based ceramics are reviewed to ascertain the application of this technology to advanced gas turbine (AGT) materials. Areas of microwave processing that have been examined in the past are (1) sintering of powder compacts; (2) heat treatment of dense materials; and (3) nitridation of Si for reactionbonded silicon nitride. The sintering of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} powder compacts showed improved densification and enhanced grain growth. However, the high additive levels required to produce crack-free parts generally limit these materials to low temperature applications. Improved high-temperature creep resistance has been observed for microwave heat-treated materials and therefore has application to materials used in highly demanding service conditions. In contrast to Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, Si couples well in the microwave and sintered reaction-bonded silicon nitride materials have been fabricated in a one-step process with cost-effective raw materials. However, these materials are also limited to lower temperature applications, under about 1000{degrees}C.

  3. Microwave processing of silicon nitride for advanced gas turbine applications

    SciTech Connect

    Tiegs, T.N.; Kiggans, J.O.

    1993-01-01

    Results from previous studies on microwave processing of silicon nitride-based ceramics are reviewed to ascertain the application of this technology to advanced gas turbine (AGT) materials. Areas of microwave processing that have been examined in the past are (1) sintering of powder compacts; (2) heat treatment of dense materials; and (3) nitridation of Si for reactionbonded silicon nitride. The sintering of Si[sub 3]N[sub 4] powder compacts showed improved densification and enhanced grain growth. However, the high additive levels required to produce crack-free parts generally limit these materials to low temperature applications. Improved high-temperature creep resistance has been observed for microwave heat-treated materials and therefore has application to materials used in highly demanding service conditions. In contrast to Si[sub 3]N[sub 4], Si couples well in the microwave and sintered reaction-bonded silicon nitride materials have been fabricated in a one-step process with cost-effective raw materials. However, these materials are also limited to lower temperature applications, under about 1000[degrees]C.

  4. Application of Intermittent Microwave Irradiation to Western Blot Analysis.

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    Liu, Yu-Ting; Toyokuni, Shinya

    2015-01-01

    We established a shortened protocol for Western blot analysis using intermittent microwave irradiation. With this method, the procedure is completed within 1 h after applying the primary antibody, and thus greatly saves time. This procedure appears to be applicable to any antibody based on our experience of several years.

  5. A review of applications of microwave radiometry to oceanography

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    Wilheit, T. T., Jr.

    1978-01-01

    Following a review of the essential physics of microwave radiative transfer, oceanographic applications of this background physics are discussed using data from electrically scanning microwave radiometers on the Nimbus 5 and 6 satellites operating at 1.55-cm and 8-mm wavelengths, respectively. These data are interpreted in terms of rain rate, ice coverage, and first-year versus multiyear ice determination. It is shown that multifrequency radiometer measurements make it possible to separate the surface and atmospheric effects and to obtain useful measurements of sea surface temperature, surface wind speed, and atmospheric parameters along with improved measurements of rain and ice.

  6. Stabilization of microwave signal generated by a dual-polarization DBR fiber laser via optical feedback.

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    Liang, Yizhi; Jin, Long; Cheng, Linghao; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2014-12-01

    Microwave signals can be generated by beating the two orthogonal polarization modes from a dual-frequency fiber grating laser. In this paper, we present that the phase noise of the microwave signal can be significantly reduced via optical feedback by cascading an external cavity. This is achieved as a result of the bandwidth narrowing of each polarization laser mode when introducing phase-matched feedbacks into the laser cavity. By optimizing the external cavity length and the feedback ratio, the noise level over low frequencies has been reduced by up to 30 dB, from -42 to -72 dBc/Hz at 1 kHz, and from -72 to -102 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz. Meanwhile the relaxation resonant peaks can be eliminated. Compared with the existing techniques, the present method can offer a cost-effective, low-noise microwave signal, without the requirement for complex electrical feedback system.

  7. Magnetically Tunable Polymer Nanocomposites for RF and Microwave Device Applications

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    Stojak, K.; Pal, S.; Srikanth, H.; Morales, C.; Dewdney, J.; Wang, J.; Weller, T.

    2011-03-01

    There has been much interest in polymer nanocomposites (PNC) recently due to potential applications for EMI shielding, tunable electromagnetic devices and flexible electronics. We report synthesis, structural, magnetic and RF characterization on PNCs ranging from 20-80 wt-% loadings of Fe 3 O4 and CoFe 2 O4 nanoparticles (~ 8 nm) in a thermosetting resin from the Rogers Corporation. Nanoparticles were synthesized by thermal decomposition and characterized by XRD and TEM. Magnetic properties were studied using a Quantum Design PPMS. PNCs displayed characteristic features of superparamagnetism at room temperature and blocking at low temperature. Microwave transmission/reflection studies were done using a microstrip resonator. Strong tunability in the microwave absorption was observed. We extend our study to include nanoparticle-filled multi-walled carbon nanotubes synthesized by CVD. These high-aspect ratio magnetic nanostructures, with tunable anisotropy, are of particular interest in enhancing magnetic and microwave responses in existing PNCs.

  8. Ultra-thin metasurface microwave flat lens for broadband applications

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    Azad, Abul K.; Efimov, Anatoly V.; Ghosh, Shuprio; Singleton, John; Taylor, Antoinette J.; Chen, Hou-Tong

    2017-05-01

    We demonstrate a metasurface-based ultrathin flat lens operating at microwave frequencies. A series of subwavelength metallic split-ring resonators, which are sandwiched between two cross-polarized metallic gratings, are defined to obtain a radially symmetric parabolic phase distribution, covering relative phase differences ranging from 0 to 2.5π radians to create a lens. The tri-layer lens exhibits focusing/collimating of broadband microwaves from 7.0 to 10.0 GHz, with a gain enhancement of 17 dBi at a central wavelength 9.0 GHz while fed by a rectangular horn antenna. The measured focal length agrees reasonably well with design, achieving a 3 dB directionality <4.5° and confirming high-quality beam collimation along the propagation direction. The demonstrated metasurface flat lens enables light-weight, low-cost, and easily deployable flat transceivers for microwave communication, detection, and imaging applications.

  9. Novel microwave applicators for thermal therapy, ablation, and hemostasis

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    Ryan, Thomas P.; Clegg, Peter

    2009-02-01

    Microwave applicators are becoming more prevalent in cancer ablation therapy due to factors of penetration, high power, and shortened treatment time. These applicators create the largest zones of necrosis of available energy sources. Progress has been made both with interstitial applicators for surgical, laparoscopic, or radiological approaches, as well as surface applicators that provide hemostasis or precoagulation prior to resection. Most commonly, the applicators operate at 915 MHz or 2450 MHz, and are well matched to tissue. Surgical applicators are as large as 5.6 mm and have the capability to operate at 100-200 W. With smaller applicators, internal cooling may be required to avoid heating sensitive skin surfaces if used percutaneously or laparoscopically. With the interstitial applicators, animal studies have shown a strong relationship between power and ablation volume, including reaching a steady-state plateau in performance based more on power level and less on time. As shown in-vivo, MW surface applicators are very efficient in surface coagulation for hemostasis or precoagulation and in the treatment of surface breaking lesions. These applicators are also capable of deep penetration as applied from the surface. Characteristic treatment times for interstitial applicators are four minutes and for surface applicators, one minute or less is sufficient. Examples will be shown of multi-organ results with surface coagulation using high-power microwaves. Finally, future trends will be discussed that include treatment planning, multiple applicators, and navigation.

  10. Space applications of superconductivity - Microwave and infrared detectors

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    Hamilton, C. A.

    1980-01-01

    This is the fifth of a seven part series on the potential applications of superconductivity in space. The potential of superconducting microwave and infrared detectors for space applications is reviewed. The devices considered include bolometers, super-Schottky diodes and Josephson junctions operating as oscillators, mixers, and parametric amplifiers. In each case the description includes the physical mechanism, theoretical limits and the current state of the art for the superconducting device as well as its nonsuperconducting competitors.

  11. Space applications of superconductivity - Microwave and infrared detectors

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    Hamilton, C. A.

    1980-01-01

    This is the fifth of a seven part series on the potential applications of superconductivity in space. The potential of superconducting microwave and infrared detectors for space applications is reviewed. The devices considered include bolometers, super-Schottky diodes and Josephson junctions operating as oscillators, mixers, and parametric amplifiers. In each case the description includes the physical mechanism, theoretical limits and the current state of the art for the superconducting device as well as its nonsuperconducting competitors.

  12. Variable frequency microwave furnace system

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    Bible, Don W.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1994-01-01

    A variable frequency microwave furnace system (10) designed to allow modulation of the frequency of the microwaves introduced into a furnace cavity (34) for testing or other selected applications. The variable frequency microwave furnace system (10) includes a microwave signal generator (12) or microwave voltage-controlled oscillator (14) for generating a low-power microwave signal for input to the microwave furnace. A first amplifier (18) may be provided to amplify the magnitude of the signal output from the microwave signal generator (12) or the microwave voltage-controlled oscillator (14). A second amplifier (20) is provided for processing the signal output by the first amplifier (18). The second amplifier (20) outputs the microwave signal input to the furnace cavity (34). In the preferred embodiment, the second amplifier (20) is a traveling-wave tube (TWT). A power supply (22) is provided for operation of the second amplifier (20). A directional coupler (24) is provided for detecting the direction of a signal and further directing the signal depending on the detected direction. A first power meter (30) is provided for measuring the power delivered to the microwave furnace (32). A second power meter (26) detects the magnitude of reflected power. Reflected power is dissipated in the reflected power load (28).

  13. Variable frequency microwave furnace system

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    Bible, D.W.; Lauf, R.J.

    1994-06-14

    A variable frequency microwave furnace system designed to allow modulation of the frequency of the microwaves introduced into a furnace cavity for testing or other selected applications. The variable frequency microwave furnace system includes a microwave signal generator or microwave voltage-controlled oscillator for generating a low-power microwave signal for input to the microwave furnace. A first amplifier may be provided to amplify the magnitude of the signal output from the microwave signal generator or the microwave voltage-controlled oscillator. A second amplifier is provided for processing the signal output by the first amplifier. The second amplifier outputs the microwave signal input to the furnace cavity. In the preferred embodiment, the second amplifier is a traveling-wave tube (TWT). A power supply is provided for operation of the second amplifier. A directional coupler is provided for detecting the direction of a signal and further directing the signal depending on the detected direction. A first power meter is provided for measuring the power delivered to the microwave furnace. A second power meter detects the magnitude of reflected power. Reflected power is dissipated in the reflected power load. 5 figs.

  14. BOOK REVIEW: Generation and Application of High Power Microwaves

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    Hirshfield, J. L.

    1998-08-01

    A question often posed upon publication of a summer school proceedings is whether the contents are of lasting value, or are only an archive or diary of the gathering. This issue is exacerbated by the year's delay (or more) that is all too customary between the school itself and publication; and of course the attendees have had the contents in note form all along. Only occasionally, in this reviewer's experience, are the contents worth the purchase price of the book; and even less often is the book a useful reference for course work in a teaching context. It is thus gratifying to report that the present volume should be of lasting value, and should be a useful reference for students in high power microwave physics and related fields to have and to hold during their formative years. The editors, Professor Alan Cairns of the University of St Andrews, and Professor Alan Phelps of the University of Strathclyde, have assembled some 14 essays in the book on a range of topics on microwave source physics and the uses of high power microwaves for fusion plasma heating. Amongst the essays are several tutorials, including Alan Phelps' own 8 page introduction; Michael Petelin's elegant overview of a range of classical spontaneous and stimulated radiation processes for free electrons; Rodolfo Bonifacio's exposition on free electron waveguide lasers; James Eastwood's overview of computer modelling methods; Georges Faillon's review of klystrons; Alan Cairns's and Nat Fisch's lucid descriptions of the physical basis of plasma heating with intense microwaves; and Manfred Thumm's two thorough contributions on microwave mode converters and on applications. The other essays are less tutorial, but more topical, with expositions on new results on gyro-amplifiers by Monica Blank; on vacuum microelectronics issues for microwave power amplifiers by Morag Garven and Robert Parker; John Vomvoridis's theory of cyclotron resonance interactions for generation of high power microwaves using a

  15. Microwave applications to rock specimen drying in laboratory

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    Park, Jihwan; Park, Hyeong-Dong

    2014-05-01

    Microwave heating is the process in which electromagnetic wave with 300 MHz - 300 GHz heats dielectric material. Although in the beginning microwave was mainly used in food industry to cook or heat the food, it soon became clear that microwave had a large potential for other applications. It was thus introduced in geological fields of investigation like mineral processing, oil sand and oil shale extraction, soil remediation, waste treatment. However, the drying techniques using microwave was rarely treated in geology field. According to the ISRM suggested methods, experimental rock specimens in laboratory test were dried in 105°C oven for a period of at least 24 hours. In this method, hot air transmits heats to material by means of thermal conduction, and the heat was transferred from the surface to the inside of the rock specimens. The thermal gradient and moisture gradient can deteriorate the specimens, and energy can be wasted in bulk heating the specimens. The aim of our study was to compare physical property, microstructural property, and energy efficiency between microwave drying method and conventional oven drying method, and to suggest new method for rock drying. Granite, basalt, and sandstone were selected as specimens and were made in cylinder shape with 54 mm diameter. To compare two different methods, one set of saturated specimens were dried in 105°C conventional oven and the other set of saturated specimens were dried in microwave oven. After dried, the specimens were cooled and saturated in 20°C water 48 hours. The saturation-drying were repeated 50 cycles, and the physical property and microstructural property were measured every 10 cycles. Absorption and elastic wave velocity were measured to investigate the change of physical property, and microscope image and X-ray computed tomography image were obtained to investigate the change of microstructural property of rock specimens. The electricity consumption of conventional oven and microwave oven

  16. Silicon-on-sapphire technology for microwave power applications

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    Wetzel, Matthew Arthur

    Silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) MOSFETs offer many advantages such as reduced device and interconnect capacitance, availability of complementary devices with high microwave gain, and excellent device isolation, which make SOS technology a worthwhile choice for many applications. To meet future wireless communications demands, two areas must be addressed: aggressive scaling of device dimensions, which can reduce power consumption and increase speed; and development of power devices for radio frequency (RF) power amplifiers (PAs). RF PAs pose a number of device and modeling challenges. The objective of this dissertation is to demonstrate the inherent speed of 0.1 mum scaled CMOS technology and to characterize power MOSFETs for use in RF PAs. A 0.1 mum gate length CMOS technology was used to demonstrate the speed advantages of deep sub-micron MOSFETs. A 2:1 digital dynamic frequency divider was designed and tested with operating frequency from 6.5GHz to a record 26.5GHz (55% faster than the previous MOSFET record of 17GHz using a 0.25mum process). Large power MOSFETs were found to have microwave gain that decreased sharply with device size. To study this effect, power MOSFETs with different layout strategies were designed, fabricated, and tested. The effects of layout parasitics on RF performance were modeled using both lumped element models and distributed transmission line models. The RF characteristics of the power devices were accurately predicted. The effects of self-heating on SOS power MOSFETs were also investigated. Self-heating was found to play only a minor role in SOS technology. Finally, an RF PA was demonstrated using SOS MOSFETs. The 1GHz class-B amplifier was designed using NMOS devices and measure to have 8dB gain. At 1dB gain compression, the PA has 21dBm output power and a power added efficiency of 27%. The performance can be further enhanced through device optimization. Although class-B, the amplifier has good linearity, meeting IS-95 linearity

  17. PET based nanocomposite films for microwave packaging applications

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    Galdi, M. R. Olivieri, R.; Liguori, L.; Albanese, D. Di Matteo, M.; Di Maio, L.

    2015-12-17

    In recent years, changes in life standards have promoted the diffusion of Ready to Cook (RTC) and Ready to Eat (RTE) products for microwave ovens. However, the main limits in microwave (MW) ovens usage are often related to the proper choice of packaging materials suitable for such technology. In fact, packages for microwaveable RTC and RTE foods should ensure adequate preservation of the product before cooking/heating such as high barriers to gases and aromas and adequate control of water vapor transmission. In addition, microwaveable packaging material must be transparent to MW, thermally stable and resistant to the mechanical stress induced by the accumulation in the head space of volatile substances produced during the cooking. Polymeric materials are good candidates for microwaveable packaging thanks to their transparency to MW. In the last years a great interest is devoted to developing innovative solution based on the use of additives or systems that act as susceptors or heating enhancers for improving the characteristics of polymers in cooking/heating in MW ovens. The present work was focused on the production and characterization of nanocomposite copolyester based films suitable for microwaveable food packaging applications. The matrices selected consist in two PET copolymers modified with carbon black (ULTRA STD) and with titanium oxide (ULTRA NA). Nanocomposite co-extruded multilayer films were produced using different percentages (0%, 2% and 4%wt/wt) of Cloisite 20A (C20A). Films were analyzed for evaluating the effect of nanofiller on the morphology and barrier properties. Moreover, to verify the effectiveness of the designed systems in reducing the cooking times of meat products, MW heating tests were carried out on pork meat hamburgers in MW oven at varying supplied powers. The cooking tests have pointed out that the selected matrices are efficient in reducing cooking times and that even low concentration of C20A acts as heating enhancers of PET.

  18. PET based nanocomposite films for microwave packaging applications

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    Galdi, M. R.; Olivieri, R.; Liguori, L.; Albanese, D.; Di Matteo, M.; Di Maio, L.

    2015-12-01

    In recent years, changes in life standards have promoted the diffusion of Ready to Cook (RTC) and Ready to Eat (RTE) products for microwave ovens. However, the main limits in microwave (MW) ovens usage are often related to the proper choice of packaging materials suitable for such technology. In fact, packages for microwaveable RTC and RTE foods should ensure adequate preservation of the product before cooking/heating such as high barriers to gases and aromas and adequate control of water vapor transmission. In addition, microwaveable packaging material must be transparent to MW, thermally stable and resistant to the mechanical stress induced by the accumulation in the head space of volatile substances produced during the cooking. Polymeric materials are good candidates for microwaveable packaging thanks to their transparency to MW. In the last years a great interest is devoted to developing innovative solution based on the use of additives or systems that act as susceptors or heating enhancers for improving the characteristics of polymers in cooking/heating in MW ovens. The present work was focused on the production and characterization of nanocomposite copolyester based films suitable for microwaveable food packaging applications. The matrices selected consist in two PET copolymers modified with carbon black (ULTRA STD) and with titanium oxide (ULTRA NA). Nanocomposite co-extruded multilayer films were produced using different percentages (0%, 2% and 4%wt/wt) of Cloisite 20A (C20A). Films were analyzed for evaluating the effect of nanofiller on the morphology and barrier properties. Moreover, to verify the effectiveness of the designed systems in reducing the cooking times of meat products, MW heating tests were carried out on pork meat hamburgers in MW oven at varying supplied powers. The cooking tests have pointed out that the selected matrices are efficient in reducing cooking times and that even low concentration of C20A acts as heating enhancers of PET.

  19. Device for timing and power level setting for microwave applications

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    Ursu, M.-P.; Buidoş, T.

    2016-08-01

    Nowadays, the microwaves are widely used for various technological processes. The microwaves are emitted by magnetrons, which have strict requirements concerning power supplies for anode and filament cathodes, intensity of magnetic field, cooling and electromagnetic shielding. The magnetrons do not tolerate any alteration of their required voltages, currents and magnetic fields, which means that their output microwave power is fixed, so the only way to alter the power level is to use time-division, by turning the magnetron on and off by repetitive time patterns. In order to attain accurate and reproducible results, as well as correct and safe operation of the microwave device, all these requirements must be fulfilled. Safe, correct and reproducible operation of the microwave appliance can be achieved by means of a specially built electronic device, which ensures accurate and reproducible exposure times, interlocking of the commands and automatic switch off when abnormal operating conditions occur. This driving device, designed and realized during the completion of Mr.Ursu's doctoral thesis, consists of a quartz time-base, several programmable frequency and duration dividers, LED displays, sensors and interlocking gates. The active and passive electronic components are placed on custom-made PCB's, designed and made by means of computer-aided applications and machines. The driving commands of the electronic device are delivered to the magnetron power supplies by means of optic zero-passing relays. The inputs of the electronic driving device can sense the status of the microwave appliance. The user is able to enter the total exposure time, the division factor that sets the output power level and, as a novelty, the clock frequency of the time divider.

  20. Temperature monitoring utilising thermoacoustic signals during pulsed microwave thermotherapy: a feasibility study.

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    Lou, Cunguang; Xing, Da

    2010-01-01

    Thermotherapy is an attractive alternative to surgery and radiation therapy because of its ability to locally kill tumours while preserving surrounding normal tissues. An important part of successful thermotherapy is real-time temperature monitoring to control the area being heated while protecting normal tissue. The pulsed microwave absorbed by biological tissue can excite ultrasonic waves via thermoelastic expansion, while the magnitude of the acoustic signal is temperature-dependent. The goal of this work is to develop an approach for treatment monitoring of thermotherapy. The pulsed microwave serves as an acoustic excitation source as well as heating source. Temperature is real-time monitored by the magnitude of the thermoacoustic signals. Experiments were conducted in phantoms and fresh ex vivo tissues, an accuracy of 0.2 degrees C was obtained. This approach has the potential to be developed into a viable alternative to current clinical temperature monitoring device for microwave thermotherapy.

  1. Long-term stable microwave signal extraction from mode-locked lasers.

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    Kim, J; Ludwig, F; Felber, M; Kärtner, F X

    2007-07-09

    Long-term synchronization between two 10.225 GHz microwave signals at +10 dBm power level, locked to a 44.26 MHz repetition rate passively mode-locked fiber laser, is demonstrated using balanced optical-microwave phase detectors. The out-of-loop measurement result shows 12.8 fs relative timing jitter integrated from 10 Hz to 10 MHz. Long-term timing drift measurement shows 48 fs maximum deviation over one hour, mainly limited by drift of the out-of-loop characterization setup itself. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time to demonstrate long-term (>1 hour) 3 mrad-level phase stability of a 10.225 GHz microwave signal extracted from a mode-locked laser.

  2. WFL: Microwave Applications of Thin Ferroelectric Films

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    Romanofsky, Robert

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a family of tunable microwave circuits, operating from X- through Ka-band, based on laser ablated BaxSr1-xTiO films on lanthanum aluminate and magnesium oxide substrates. Circuits include voltage controlled oscillators, filters, phase shifters and antennas. A review of the basic theory of operation of these devices will be presented along with measured performance. Emphasis has been on low-loss phase shifters to enable a new phased array architecture. The critical role of phase shifter loss and transient response in reflectarray antennas will be discussed. The Ferroelectric Reflectarray Critical Components Space Experiment was launched on the penultimate Space Shuttle, STS-134, in May of 2011. It included a bank of ferroelectric phase shifters with two different stoichiometries as well as ancillary electronics. The experiment package and status will be reported. In addition, unusual results of a Van der Pauw measurement involving a ferroelectric film grown on buffered high resisitivity silicon will be discussed.

  3. Flexible microwave ablation applicator for the treatment of pulmonary malignancies

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    Pfannenstiel, Austin; Keast, Tom; Kramer, Steve; Wibowo, Henky; Prakash, Punit

    2017-02-01

    Microwave ablation (MWA) is an emerging minimally invasive treatment option for malignant lung tumors. Compared to other energy modalities, such as radiofrequency ablation, MWA offers the advantages of deeper penetration within high impedance tissues such as aerated lung, shorter treatment times, and less susceptibility to the cooling heat-sink effects of air and blood flow. Previous studies have demonstrated clinical use of MWA for treating lung tumors; however, these procedures have relied upon the percutaneous application of rigid microwave antennas. The objective of our work was to develop and characterize a novel flexible microwave applicator which could be integrated with a bronchoscopic imaging and software guidance platform to expand the use of MWA as a treatment option for small (< 2cm) pulmonary tumors. This applicator would allow physicians an even less invasive, immediate treatment option for lung tumors identified within the scope of current medical procedures. It may also improve applicator placement accuracy and increase efficacy while minimizing the risk of procedural complications. A 2D-axisymmetric coupled FEM electromagnetic-heat transfer model was implemented to characterize expected antenna radiation patterns, ablation size and shape, and optimize antenna design for lung tissue. A prototype device was fabricated and evaluated in ex vivo tissues to verify simulation results and serve as proof-of-concept. Additional experiments were conducted in an in vivo animal model to further characterize the proposed system.

  4. Experimental Demonstration of Microwave Signal/Electric Thruster Plasma Interaction Effects

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    Zaman, Afroz J.; Lambert, Kevin M.; Curran, Frank M.

    1995-01-01

    An experiment was designed and conducted in the Electric Propulsion Laboratory of NASA Lewis Research Center to assess the impact of ion thruster exhaust plasma plume on electromagnetic signal propagation. A microwave transmission experiment was set up inside the propulsion test bed using a pair of broadband horn antennas and a 30 cm 2.3 kW ion thruster. Frequency of signal propagation covered from 6.5 to 18 GHz range. The stainless steel test bed when enclosed can be depressurized to simulate a near vacuum environment. A pulsed CW system with gating hardware was utilized to eliminate multiple chamber reflections from the test signal. Microwave signal was transmitted and received between the two hours when the thruster was operating at a given power level in such a way that the signal propagation path crossed directly through the plume volume. Signal attenuation and phase shift due to the plume was measured for the entire frequency band. Results for this worst case configuration simulation indicate that the effects of the ion thruster plume on microwave signals is a negligible attenuation (within 0.15 dB) and a small phase shift (within 8 deg.). This paper describes the detailed experiment and presents some of the results.

  5. Design of microwave signal source for CS chip-scale atomic clock

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    Lei, Ji; Zhi, Meng Hui; Li, Xin Wei; Liang, Tang; Qiao, Dong Hai

    2017-03-01

    Nowadays, some countries have already invented chip-scale atomic clock (CSAC) based on coherent population trapping (CPT), and it has been applied in every areas. According to its working principle, the microwave signal source is one of the decisive factors affecting its stability. Usually the microwave signal source is a phase-locked loop circuit, it mainly includes a frequency synthesizer, a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) and a loop filter. This paper aims to develop a microwave signal source for Cs CSAC. First, a VCO should be designed, in order to validate the characteristic of the designed VCO, the VCO needs to be tested at high and low temperatures, and the results show that it has good stability of high and low temperatures. Second, for the purpose of verifying that the design and production consistency of the VCO are in good condition, 1000 VCOs are test, respectively. The statistical distribution of the phase noise at 1 kHz offset would be painted a curve. Finally, the designed VCO (PN: 61.01dBc/Hz@1kHz) will be applied in phase-locked loop, the test results show that the phase noise is -83.57dBc/Hz@300Hz, it is much better than -43dBc/Hz@300Hz which is the spec of CSAC. If the microwave signal source would be used in CSAC, its stability would be greatly improved.

  6. Specific features of waveguide heating due to transmission of high-power microwave signals

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    Kudryavtsev, I. V.; Gotselyuk, O. B.; Novikov, E. S.; Demin, V. G.

    2017-01-01

    Waveguide heating due to transmission of microwave signals is studied. Mathematical models are developed to evaluate heat liberation, and differential equations of thermal balance are derived with allowance for different working conditions of waveguides. The results prove the necessity of the further study of the effect of heat liberation in waveguides on strength and functional characteristics.

  7. High-Dynamic-Range Fiber-Optic Link For Microwave Signals

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    Logan, Ronald T., Jr.; Lutes, George F.

    1992-01-01

    Ultrastable fiber-optic communications system transmits microwave signals between antenna sites of Deep Space Network (DSN) and central processing station several kilometers away. Permits relocation of critical components from front-end areas of DSN antennas to central location, permitting radio-frequency (RF) antenna arraying, improving DSN flexibility, maintainability, and system performance. Also useful in commercial analog and digital communications.

  8. Investigation of microwave hologram techniques for application to earth resources

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    Larson, R. W.; Bayma, R. W.; Evans, M. B.; Zelenka, J. S.; Doss, H. W.; Ferris, J. E.

    1974-01-01

    An investigation of microwave hologram techniques for application to earth resources was conducted during the period from June 1971 to November 1972. The objective of this investigation has been to verify the feasibility of an orbital microwave holographic radar experiment. The primary advantage of microwave hologram radar (MHR) over the side-looking airborne radar (SLAR) is that of aspect or viewing angle; the MHR has a viewing angle identical with that of photography and IR systems. The combination of these systems can thus extend the multispectral analysis concept to span optical through microwave wavelengths. Another advantage is the capacity of the MHR system to generate range contours by operating in a two-frequency mode. It should be clear that along-track resolution of an MHR can be comparable with SLAR systems, but cross-track resolution will be approximately an order of magnitude coarser than the range resolution achievable with an arbitrary SLAR system. An advantage of the MHR over the SLAR is that less average transmitter power is required. This reduction in power results from the much larger receiving apertures associated with MHR systems.

  9. Release of hydrogen from nanoconfined hydrides by application of microwaves

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    Sanz-Moral, Luis Miguel; Navarrete, Alexander; Sturm, Guido; Link, Guido; Rueda, Miriam; Stefanidis, Georgios; Martín, Ángel

    2017-06-01

    The release of hydrogen from solid hydrides by thermolysis can be improved by nanoconfinement of the hydride in a suitable micro/mesoporous support, but the slow heat transfer by conduction through the support can be a limitation. In this work, a C/SiO2 mesoporous material has been synthesized and employed as matrix for nanoconfinement of hydrides. The matrix showed high surface area and pore volume (386 m2/g and 1.41 cm3/g), which enabled the confinement of high concentrations of hydride. Furthermore, by modification of the proportion between C and SiO2, the dielectric properties of the complex could be modified, making it susceptible to microwave heating. As with this heating method the entire sample is heated simultaneously, the heat transfer resistances associated to conduction were eliminated. To demonstrate this possibility, ethane 1,2-diaminoborane (EDAB) was embedded on the C/SiO2 matrix at concentrations ranging from 11 to 31%wt using a wet impregnation method, and a device appropriate for hydrogen release from this material by application of microwaves was designed with the aid of a numerical simulation. Hydrogen liberation tests by conventional heating and microwaves were compared, showing that by microwave heating hydrogen release can be initiated and stopped in shorter times.

  10. An integrated microwave Doppler cinemometer for transport applications

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    Descamps, P.; Bekkali, M. El; Vindevoghel, J.

    1991-08-01

    In order to automate the driving of terrestrial vehicles it is necessary to know at any time and with the highest accuracy the values of the speed of the vehicle and of the distance covered by the vehicle; it is also necessary to know the direction of the motion relative to the ground. These values must be measured in the real-time domain and this involves that contactless and very low time-constant sensors must be used. On the other hand, the applications concerned ask for a miniaturization of the whole measurement system. For these reasons, sensors using the Doppler effect in the microwave range are particularly well convenient to these applications. We developed an X band microwave Doppler cinemometer (MDC) with a printed antenna that is built using microstrip technology.

  11. Microsystem for signal processing applications

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    Frankenstein, B.; Froehlich, K.-J.; Hentschel, D.; Reppe, G.

    2005-05-01

    Acoustic monitoring of technological processes requires methods that eliminate noise as much as possible. Sensor-near signal evaluation can contribute substantially. Frequently, a further necessity exists to integrate the measuring technique in the monitored structure. The solution described contains components for analog preprocessing of acoustic signals, their digitization, algorithms for data reduction, and digital communication. The core component is a digital signal processor (DSP). Digital signal processors perform the algorithms necessary for filtering, down sampling, FFT computation and correlation of spectral components particularly effective. A compact, sensor-near signal processing structure was realized. It meets the Match-X standard, which as specified by the German Association for Mechanical and Plant Engineering (VDMA) for development of micro-technical modules, which can be combined to applicaiton specific systems. The solution is based on AL2O3 ceramic components including different signal processing modules as ADC, as well as memory and power supply. An arbitrary waveform generator has been developed and combined with a power amplifier for piezoelectric transducers in a special module. A further module interfaces to these transducers. It contains a multi-channel preamplifier, some high-pass filters for analog signal processing and an ADC-driver. A Bluetooth communication chip for wireless data transmission and a DiscOnChip module are under construction. As a first application, the combustion behavior of safety-relevant contacts is monitored. A special waveform up to 5MHz is produced and sent to the monitored object. The resulting signal form is evaluated with special algorithms, which extract significant parameters of the signal, and transmitted via CAN-bus.

  12. Micromachined microwave signal control device and method for making same

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    Forman, Michael A.

    2008-09-02

    A method for fabricating a signal controller, e.g., a filter or a switch, for a coplanar waveguide during the LIGA fabrication process of the waveguide. Both patterns for the waveguide and patterns for the signal controllers are created on a mask. Radiation travels through the mask and reaches a photoresist layer on a substrate. The irradiated portions are removed and channels are formed on the substrate. A metal is filled into the channels to form the conductors of the waveguide and the signal controllers. Micromachined quasi-lumped elements are used alone or together as filters. The switch includes a comb drive, a spring, a metal plunger, and anchors.

  13. Method for making a micromachined microwave signal control device

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    Forman, Michael A [Mountain House, CA

    2011-02-15

    A method for fabricating a signal controller, e.g., a filter or a switch, for a coplanar waveguide during the LIGA fabrication process of the waveguide. Both patterns for the waveguide and patterns for the signal controllers are created on a mask. Radiation travels through the mask and reaches a photoresist layer on a substrate. The irradiated portions are removed and channels are formed on the substrate. A metal is filled into the channels to form the conductors of the waveguide and the signal controllers. Micromachined quasi-lumped elements are used alone or together as filters. The switch includes a comb drive, a spring, a metal plunger, and anchors.

  14. Frequency switched narrow linewidth microwave signal photonic generation based on a double-Brillouin-frequency spaced fiber laser.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Peng; Wang, Tianshu; Jia, Qingsong; Sun, Hongwei; Dong, Keyan; Liu, Xin; Kong, Mei; Jiang, Huilin

    2014-04-10

    A simple photonic approach to generate microwave frequency switched microwave signal is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. In this scheme, a Brillouin fiber laser with double-Brillouin-frequency spacing is used. The Brillouin ring configuration suppresses incoming Brillouin pump and even-order Stokes signals in the cavity. In addition, it also allows propagation of the odd-order Brillouin Stokes signals from configuration to output coupler. A dual-wavelength optical signal is heterodyned at the high-speed photodetector to produce a microwave signal. Frequency switched microwave signals, at 10.75 and 21.39 GHz, respectively, can be obtained through adjusting the polarization controller (PC) and loss of the variable optical attenuator (VOA).

  15. Application of sparse array and MIMO in near-range microwave imaging

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    Qi, Yaolong; Wang, Yanping; Tan, Weixian; Hong, Wen

    2011-11-01

    Near range microwave imaging systems have broad application prospects in the field of concealed weapon detection, biomedical imaging, nondestructive testing, etc. In this paper, the techniques of MIMO and sparse line array are applied to near range microwave imaging, which can greatly reduce the complexity of imaging systems. In detail, the paper establishes two-dimensional near range MIMO imaging geometry and corresponding echo model, where the imaging geometry is formed by arranging sparse antenna array in azimuth direction and transmitting broadband signals in range direction; then, by analyzing the relationship between MIMO and convolution principle, the paper develops a method of arranging sparse line array which can be equivalent to a full array; and the paper deduces the backprojection algorithm applied to near ranging MIMO imaging geometry; finally, the imaging geometry and corresponding imaging algorithm proposed in this paper are investigated and verified by means of theoretical analysis and numerical simulations.

  16. Dependence of microwave-excitation signal parameters on frequency stability of caesium atomic clock

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    Petrov, A. A.; Davydov, V. V.; Vologdin, V. A.; Zalyotov, D. V.

    2015-11-01

    New scheme of the microwave - excitation signal for the caesium atomic clock is based on method of direct digital synthesis. The theoretical calculations and experimental research showed decrease step frequency tuning by several orders and improvement the spectral characteristics of the output signal of frequency synthesizer. A range of generated output frequencies is expanded, and the possibility of detuning the frequency of the neighboring resonance of spectral line that makes it possible to adjust the C-field in quantum frequency standard is implemented. Experimental research of the metrological characteristics of the quantum frequency standard on the atoms of caesium - 133 with new design scheme of the microwave - excitation signal showed improvement in daily frequency stability on 1.2*10-14.

  17. Spanish activities (research and industrial applications) in the field of microwave material treatment

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    Catala Civera, J.M.; Reyes Davo, E.R. de los

    1996-12-31

    The GCM (Microwave Heating Group) within the Communications Department at the Technical University of Valencia is dedicated to the study of microwaves and their use in the current industrial processes in the Valencian Community and in Spain. To this end, a microwave heating laboratory has been developed and the benefits of incorporating microwave technologies into current industrial processes have been demonstrated. In this paper some of the industrial applications which are being investigated are presented.

  18. Micromechanical Switches on GaAs for Microwave Applications

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    Randall, John N.; Goldsmith, Chuck; Denniston, David; Lin, Tsen-Hwang

    1995-01-01

    In this presentation, we describe the fabrication of micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) devices, in particular, of low-frequency multi-element electrical switches using SiO2 cantilevers. The switches discussed are related to micromechanical membrane structures used to perform switching of optical signals on silicon substrates. These switches use a thin metal membrane which is actuated by an electrostatic potential, causing the switch to make or break contact. The advantages include: superior isolation, high power handling capabilities, high radiation hardening, very low power operations, and the ability to integrate onto GaAs monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) chips.

  19. Recent applications of microwave irradiation to medicinal chemistry.

    PubMed

    Alcázar, Jesús; Oehlrich, Daniel

    2010-02-01

    The demands made on the pharmaceutical industry are changing at an unprecedented pace, making modern drug discovery dependent on high speed organic synthesis. Over the last few years, different technologies have been introduced in medicinal chemistry laboratories in order to improve their productivity. Microwave-assisted organic synthesis is proving to be instrumental in the rapid synthesis of compounds with new and improved biological activities. This review highlights the application of this approach as a way to explore analogue synthesis in medicinal chemistry over the last 3 years. We describe a number of examples taken from the literature that are related to various targets within different therapeutic areas. Clearly microwave irradiation is becoming a fundamental tool for optimizing key steps in the synthesis of target compounds within the field of drug discovery.

  20. Photonic generation of frequency-sextupled microwave signal based on dual-polarization modulation without an optical filter

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    Zhu, Zihang; Zhao, Shanghong; Li, Xuan; Qu, Kun; Lin, Tao

    2017-01-01

    Frequency-sextupled microwave signal generation based on dual-polarization modulation using an electro-optic dual-parallel polarization modulator (DPPolM) without an optical filter is proposed. From a theoretical analysis, the frequency-sextupled microwave signal can be obtained by properly adjusting the polarization directions of the modulated optical signals, the powers and the phases of the microwave drive signals applied to the DPPolM. Simulation results show that a 24 GHz microwave signal with an optical sideband suppression ratio (OSSR) exceeding 31 dB and a radio frequency spurious suppression ratio (RFSSR) higher than 25 dB is generated from a 4 GHz microwave drive signal, which match well with the theoretical analysis. Furthermore, it is also proved to be valid that even if the microwave drive voltage, the phase difference, and the polarization direction of light wave deviate from the ideal values to a certain degree, the performance of the generated frequency-sextupled microwave signal is still acceptable.

  1. Time domain finite element analysis of multimode microwave applicators

    SciTech Connect

    Dibben, D.C.; Metaxas, R.

    1996-05-01

    Analysis of multimode applicators in the frequency domain via the finite element technique produces a set of very ill-conditioned equations. This paper outlines a time domain finite element method (TDFE) for analyzing three dimensional microwave applicators where this ill-conditioning is avoided. Edge elements are used in order to handle sharp metal edges and to avoid spurious solutions. Analysis in the time domain allows field distributions at a range of different frequencies to be obtained with a single calculation. Lumping is investigated as a means of reducing the time taken for the calculation. The reflection coefficient is also obtained.

  2. Immunotropic influence of 900 MHz microwave GSM signal on human blood immune cells activated in vitro.

    PubMed

    Stankiewicz, Wanda; Dabrowski, Marek P; Kubacki, Roman; Sobiczewska, Elzbieta; Szmigielski, Stanisław

    2006-01-01

    In an earlier study we reported that G(o) phase peripheral blood mononulclear cells (PBMC) exposed to low-level (SAR = 0.18 W/kg) pulse-modulated 1300 MHz microwaves and subsequently cultured, demonstrate changed immune activity (Dabrowski et al., 2003). We investigated whether cultured immune cells induced into the active phases of cell cycle (G(1), S) and then exposed to microwaves will also be sensitive to electromagnetic field. An anechoic chamber of our design containing a microplate with cultured cells and an antenna emitting microwaves (900 MHz simulated GSM signal, 27 V/m, SAR 0.024 W/kg) was placed inside the ASSAB incubator. The microcultures of PBMC exposed to microwaves demonstrated significantly higher response to mitogens and higher immunogenic activity of monocytes (LM index) than control cultures. LM index, described in detail elsewhere (Dabrowski et al., 2001), represents the monokine influence on lymphocyte mitogenic response. The results suggest that immune activity of responding lymphocytes and monocytes can be additionally intensified by 900 MHz microwaves.

  3. Anisotropic artificial substrates for microwave applications

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    Shahvarpour, Attieh

    The perfect electromagnetic conductor (PEMC) boundary is a novel fundamental electromagnetic concept. It is a generalized description of the electromagnetic boundary conditions including the perfect electric conductor (PEC) and the perfect magnetic conductor (PMC) and due to its fundamental properties, it has the potential of enabling several electromagnetic applications. However, the PEMC boundaries concept had remained at the theoretical level and has not been practically realized. Therefore, motivated by the importance of this electromagnetic fundamental concept and its potential applications, the first contribution of this thesis is focused on the practical implementation of the PEMC boundaries by exploiting Faraday rotation principle and ground reflection in the ferrite materials which are intrinsically anisotropic. As a result, this thesis reports the first practical approach for the realization of PEMC boundaries. A generalized scattering matrix (GSM) is used for the analysis of the grounded-ferrite PEMC boundaries structure. As an application of the PEMC boundaries, a transverse electromagnetic (TEM) waveguide is experimentally demonstrated using grounded ferrite PMC (as particular case of the PEMC boundaries) side walls. Perfect electromagnetic conductor boundaries may find applications in various types of sensors, reflectors, polarization convertors and polarization-based radio frequency identifiers. Leaky-wave antennas perform as high directivity and frequency beam scanning antennas and as a result they enable applications in radar, point-to-point communications and MIMO systems. The second contribution of this thesis is introducing and analysing a novel broadband and highly directive two-dimensional leaky-wave antenna. This antenna operates differently in the lower and higher frequency ranges. Toward its lower frequencies, it allows full-space conical-beam scanning while at higher frequencies, it provides fixed-beam radiation (at a designable angle

  4. Summary of the Active Microwave Workshop, chapter 1. [utilization in applications and aerospace programs

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1975-01-01

    An overview is given of the utility, feasibility, and advantages of active microwave sensors for a broad range of applications, including aerospace. In many instances, the material provides an in-depth examination of the applicability and/or the technology of microwave remote sensing, and considerable documentation is presented in support of these techniques. An assessment of the relative strengths and weaknesses of active microwave sensor data indicates that satisfactory data are obtainable for several significant applications.

  5. Tunable microwave signal generation based on an Opto-DMD processor and a photonic crystal fiber

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Tao; Sang, Xin-Zhu; Yan, Bin-Bin; Ai, Qi; Li, Yan; Chen, Xiao; Zhang, Ying; Chen, Gen-Xiang; Song, Fei-Jun; Zhang, Xia; Wang, Kui-Ru; Yuan, Jin-Hui; Yu, Chong-Xiu; Xiao, Feng; Alameh, Kamal

    2014-06-01

    Frequency-tunable microwave signal generation is proposed and experimentally demonstrated with a dual-wavelength single-longitudinal-mode (SLM) erbium-doped fiber ring laser based on a digital Opto-DMD processor and four-wave mixing (FWM) in a high-nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (PCF). The high-nonlinear PCF is employed for the generation of the FWM to obtain stable and uniform dual-wavelength oscillation. Two different short passive sub-ring cavities in the main ring cavity serve as mode filters to make SLM lasing. The two lasing wavelengths are electronically selected by loading different gratings on the Opto-DMD processor controlled with a computer. The wavelength spacing can be smartly adjusted from 0.165 nm to 1.08 nm within a tuning accuracy of 0.055 nm. Two microwave signals at 17.23 GHz and 27.47 GHz are achieved. The stability of the microwave signal is discussed. The system has the ability to generate a 137.36-GHz photonic millimeter signal at room temperature.

  6. Analysis of photo-stimulation and microwave stimulation effects on EEG signal using Higuchi's fractal dimension method

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    Lipping, T.; Olejarczyk, E.; Parts, M.

    2004-07-01

    The microwave radiation effects on EEG-signal have been studied by comparison with photo-stimulaton. The study of photos-stimulation effects at 16 Hz frequency and microwave radiation stimulation effects at 450 MHz modulated with 7 Hz frequency show fractal dimension increase.

  7. Progress on conformal microwave array applicators for heating chestwall disease

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stauffer, P. R.; Maccarini, P. F.; Juang, T.; Jacobsen, S. K.; Gaeta, C. J.; Schlorff, J. L.; Milligan, A. J.

    2007-02-01

    Previous studies have reported the computer modeling, CAD design, and theoretical performance of single and multiple antenna arrays of Dual Concentric Conductor (DCC) square slot radiators driven at 915 and 433 MHz. Subsequently, practical CAD designs of microstrip antenna arrays constructed on thin and flexible printed circuit board (PCB) material were reported which evolved into large Conformal Microwave Array (CMA) sheets that could wrap around the surface of the human torso for delivering microwave energy to large areas of superficial tissue. Although uniform and adjustable radiation patterns have been demonstrated from multiple element applicators radiating into simple homogeneous phantom loads, the contoured and heterogeneous tissue loads typical of chestwall recurrent breast cancer have required additional design efforts to achieve good coupling and efficient heating from the increasingly larger conformal array applicators used to treat large area contoured patient anatomy. Thus recent work has extended the theoretical optimization of DCC antennas to improve radiation efficiency of each individual aperture and reduce mismatch reflections, radiation losses, noise, and cross coupling of the feedline distribution network of large array configurations. Design improvements have also been incorporated into the supporting bolus structure to maintain effective coupling of DCC antennas into contoured anatomy and to monitor and control surface temperatures under the entire array. New approaches for non-invasive monitoring of surface and sub-surface tissue temperatures under each independent heat source are described that make use of microwave radiometry and flexible sheet grid arrays of thermal sensors. Efforts to optimize the clinical patient interface and move from planar rectangular shapes to contoured vest applicators that accommodate entire disease in a larger number of patients are summarized. By applying heat more uniformly to large areas of contoured anatomy

  8. Miniature Microwave Applicator for Murine Bladder Hyperthermia Studies

    PubMed Central

    Salahi, Sara; Maccarini, Paolo F.; Rodrigues, Dario B.; Etienne, Wiguins; Landon, Chelsea D.; Inman, Brant A.; Dewhirst, Mark W.; Stauffer, Paul R.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose Novel combinations of heat with chemotherapeutic agents are often studied in murine tumor models. Currently, no device exists to selectively heat small tumors at depth in mice. In this project, we modelled, built and tested a miniature microwave heat applicator, the physical dimensions of which can be scaled to adjust the volume and depth of heating to focus on the tumor volume. Of particular interest is a device that can selectively heat murine bladder. Materials and Methods Using Avizo® segmentation software, we created a numerical mouse model based on micro-MRI scan data. The model was imported into HFSS™ simulation software and parametric studies were performed to optimize the dimensions of a water-loaded circular waveguide for selective power deposition inside a 0.15ml bladder. A working prototype was constructed operating at 2.45GHz. Heating performance was characterized by mapping fiber-optic temperature sensors along catheters inserted at depths of 0-1mm (subcutaneous), 2-3mm (vaginal), and 4-5mm (rectal) below the abdominal wall, with the mid-depth catheter adjacent to the bladder. Core temperature was monitored orally. Results Thermal measurements confirm the simulations which demonstrate that this applicator can provide local heating at depth in small animals. Measured temperatures in murine pelvis show well-localized bladder heating to 42-43°C while maintaining normothermic skin and core temperatures. Conclusions Simulation techniques facilitate the design optimization of microwave antennas for use in pre-clinical applications such as localized tumor heating in small animals. Laboratory measurements demonstrate the effectiveness of a new miniature water-coupled microwave applicator for localized heating of murine bladder. PMID:22690856

  9. Miniature microwave applicator for murine bladder hyperthermia studies.

    PubMed

    Salahi, Sara; Maccarini, Paolo F; Rodrigues, Dario B; Etienne, Wiguins; Landon, Chelsea D; Inman, Brant A; Dewhirst, Mark W; Stauffer, Paul R

    2012-01-01

    Novel combinations of heat with chemotherapeutic agents are often studied in murine tumour models. Currently, no device exists to selectively heat small tumours at depth in mice. In this project we modelled, built and tested a miniature microwave heat applicator, the physical dimensions of which can be scaled to adjust the volume and depth of heating to focus on the tumour volume. Of particular interest is a device that can selectively heat murine bladder. Using Avizo(®) segmentation software, we created a numerical mouse model based on micro-MRI scan data. The model was imported into HFSS™ (Ansys) simulation software and parametric studies were performed to optimise the dimensions of a water-loaded circular waveguide for selective power deposition inside a 0.15 mL bladder. A working prototype was constructed operating at 2.45 GHz. Heating performance was characterised by mapping fibre-optic temperature sensors along catheters inserted at depths of 0-1 mm (subcutaneous), 2-3 mm (vaginal), and 4-5 mm (rectal) below the abdominal wall, with the mid depth catheter adjacent to the bladder. Core temperature was monitored orally. Thermal measurements confirm the simulations which demonstrate that this applicator can provide local heating at depth in small animals. Measured temperatures in murine pelvis show well-localised bladder heating to 42-43°C while maintaining normothermic skin and core temperatures. Simulation techniques facilitate the design optimisation of microwave antennas for use in pre-clinical applications such as localised tumour heating in small animals. Laboratory measurements demonstrate the effectiveness of a new miniature water-coupled microwave applicator for localised heating of murine bladder.

  10. Complementary HFET technology for wireless digital and microwave applications

    SciTech Connect

    Baca, A.G.; Zolper, J.C.; Dubbert, D.F.

    1996-09-01

    Development of a complementary heterostructure field effect transistor (CHFET) technology for low-power, mixed-mode digital-microwave applications is presented. Digital CHFET technology with independently optimizable transistors has been shown to operate with 319 ps loaded gate delays at 8.9 fJ. Power consumption is dominated by leakage currents of the p-channel FET, while performance is determined by the characteristics of 0.7 {mu}m gate length devices. As a microwave technology, the nJFET forms the basis of low-power cirucitry without any modification to the digital process. Narrow band amplification with a 0.7x100 {mu}m nJFET has been demonstrated at 2.1-2.4 GHz with gains of 8-10 dB at 1 mW power. These amplifiers showed a minimum noise figure of 2.5 dB. Next generation CHFET transistors with sub 0.5 {mu}m gate lengths have also been developed. Cutoff frequencies of 49 and 11.5 GHz were achieved for n- and p-channel FETs with 0.3 and 0.4 {mu}m gates, respectively. These FETs will enable enhancements in both digital and microwave circuits.

  11. [Analysis of microwave-induced thermoacoustic signals and research-development preprocessor].

    PubMed

    Wei, Yusen; Wang, Hua; Zhu, Xinya; Jiao, Teng; Yang, Guosheng

    2009-06-01

    According to the results of analyzing the microwave-induced thermoacoustic signals, the amplitude and frequency were estimated and the designing parameters of preprocessor were decided. Based on the parameters, the signals preprocessor was designed with the band pass frequency ranging from 50 KHz to 3MHz, the gain ranging from 55 dB to 105 dB and the output noise being 1.32 V when the input was zero and the gain was 105 dB. The de-noising method of thermoacoustic signals was also discussed. The signals can be picked up by the preprocessor combined with the digital multipoint average method. The amplitude of signals is only 5 microV or even less. The results indicated that the preprocessor can meet the needs of thermoacoustic signals acquisition in bandwidth, gain and noise control.

  12. Multiresolution internal template cleaning: an application to the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe 7-yr polarization data

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    Fernández-Cobos, R.; Vielva, P.; Barreiro, R. B.; Martínez-González, E.

    2012-03-01

    The cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation data obtained by different experiments contain, besides the desired signal, a superposition of microwave sky contributions. Using a wavelet decomposition on the sphere, we present a fast and robust method to recover the CMB signal from microwave maps. We present an application to the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) polarization data, which shows its good performance, particularly in very polluted regions of the sky. The applied wavelet has the advantages that it requires little computational time in its calculations, it is adapted to the HEALPIX pixelization scheme and it offers the possibility of multiresolution analysis. The decomposition is implemented as part of a fully internal template fitting method, minimizing the variance of the resulting map at each scale. Using a χ2 characterization of the noise, we find that the residuals of the cleaned maps are compatible with those expected from the instrumental noise. The maps are also comparable to those obtained from the WMAP team, but in our case we do not make use of external data sets. In addition, at low resolution, our cleaned maps present a lower level of noise. The E-mode power spectrum ? is computed at high and low resolutions, and a cross-power spectrum ? is also calculated from the foreground reduced maps of temperature given by WMAP and our cleaned maps of polarization at high resolution. These spectra are consistent with the power spectra supplied by the WMAP team. We detect the E-mode acoustic peak at ℓ˜ 400, as predicted by the standard ΛCDM model. The B-mode power spectrum ? is compatible with zero.

  13. Status of ferrite technology for high volume microwave applications

    SciTech Connect

    Webb, D.C.

    1995-08-01

    With the emergence of high volume commercial and military applications, there is a growing need to reduce the size and cost of microwave ferrite components, especially ferrite circulators, to be more compatible with monolithic integrated circuits. The Ferrite Development Consortium, consisting of leading US ferrite government, university and industrial institutions, was formed under Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA) sponsorship to address these needs. Areas of Consortium technical activity include bulk and thick-film techniques for batch processing of ferrite devices, improved computer-aided-design tools and protype demonstrations. This paper will review the Consortium`s materials development needs and progress.

  14. A shuttle radar microwave subsystem for earth resources applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1975-01-01

    Microwave subsystem considerations are discussed as a design example for a radar for earth resources applications to be used in conjunction with the shuttle spacelab. This system with a multiplicity of frequencies and polarizations - L-band (25-cm wavelength), S-band (10-cm wavelength), and X-band (3.2-cm wavelength) at two orthogonal linear polarizations - was tentatively selected. The space shuttle vehicle constrains the antenna to approximately 8 m in length and 3 m in width. The frequencies and antenna size comprise the major constraints on the system described, and determine the sensor altitude, coverage, and major hardware parameters.

  15. 49 CFR 211.53 - Signal applications.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

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  16. 49 CFR 211.53 - Signal applications.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

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  17. 49 CFR 211.53 - Signal applications.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

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  18. 49 CFR 211.53 - Signal applications.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

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  19. 49 CFR 211.53 - Signal applications.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

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  20. Development of microwave rainfall retrieval algorithm for climate applications

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    KIM, J. H.; Shin, D. B.

    2014-12-01

    With the accumulated satellite datasets for decades, it is possible that satellite-based data could contribute to sustained climate applications. Level-3 products from microwave sensors for climate applications can be obtained from several algorithms. For examples, the Microwave Emission brightness Temperature Histogram (METH) algorithm produces level-3 rainfalls directly, whereas the Goddard profiling (GPROF) algorithm first generates instantaneous rainfalls and then temporal and spatial averaging process leads to level-3 products. The rainfall algorithm developed in this study follows a similar approach to averaging instantaneous rainfalls. However, the algorithm is designed to produce instantaneous rainfalls at an optimal resolution showing reduced non-linearity in brightness temperature (TB)-rain rate(R) relations. It is found that the resolution tends to effectively utilize emission channels whose footprints are relatively larger than those of scattering channels. This algorithm is mainly composed of a-priori databases (DBs) and a Bayesian inversion module. The DB contains massive pairs of simulated microwave TBs and rain rates, obtained by WRF (version 3.4) and RTTOV (version 11.1) simulations. To improve the accuracy and efficiency of retrieval process, data mining technique is additionally considered. The entire DB is classified into eight types based on Köppen climate classification criteria using reanalysis data. Among these sub-DBs, only one sub-DB which presents the most similar physical characteristics is selected by considering the thermodynamics of input data. When the Bayesian inversion is applied to the selected DB, instantaneous rain rate with 6 hours interval is retrieved. The retrieved monthly mean rainfalls are statistically compared with CMAP and GPCP, respectively.

  1. Control of microwave signals using bichromatic electromechanically induced transparency in multimode circuit electromechanical systems

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    Cheng, Jiang; Yuanshun, Cui; Xintian, Bian; Xiaowei, Li; Guibin, Chen

    2016-05-01

    We theoretically investigate the tunable delay and advancement of microwave signals based on bichromatic electromechanically induced transparency in a three-mode circuit electromechanical system, where two nanomechanical resonators with closely spaced frequencies are independently coupled to a common microwave cavity. In the presence of a strong microwave pump field, we obtain two transparency windows accompanied by steep phase dispersion in the transmitted microwave probe field. The width of the transparency window and the group delay of the probe field can be controlled effectively by the power of the pump field. It is shown that the maximum group delay of 0.12 ms and the advancement of 0.27 ms can be obtained in the current experiments. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11304110 and 11174101), the Jiangsu Natural Science Foundation, China (Grant Nos. BK20130413 and BK2011411), and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions of China (Grant Nos. 13KJB140002 and 15KJB460004).

  2. Satellite Microwave Communication Signal Degradation Due To Hall Thruster Plasma Plumes

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    Wiley, J. C.; Hallock, G. A.; Spencer, E. A.; Meyer, J. W.; Loane, J. T.

    2001-10-01

    We have developed a geometric optics vector ray-tracing code, BeamServer, for analyzing the effects of Hall thruster plasma plumes on satellite microwave communication signals. The possible effects include main beam attenuation and squinting, side lobe degradation, and induced cross-polarization. We report on a study of Hall current thruster (HCT) mounting positions on a realistic satellite configuration and a study with a highly shaped reflector. Results indicate HCT signal degradation can occur and should be considered in the satellite design process. Initial results of antenna pattern perturbations due to low frequency plume oscillations driven by thruster instabilities are also given.

  3. Optically controlled microwave devices and circuits: Emerging applications in space communications systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bhasin, Kul B.; Simons, Rainee N.

    1987-01-01

    Optical control of microwave devices and circuits by an optical fiber has the potential to simplify signal distribution networks in high frequency communications systems. The optical response of two terminal and three terminal (GaAs MESFET, HEMT, PBT) microwave devices are compared and several schemes for controlling such devices by modulated optical signals examined. Monolithic integration of optical and microwave functions on a single semiconductor substrate is considered to provide low power, low loss, and reliable digital and analog optical links for signal distribution.

  4. The separation for simultaneous transmission of baseband and microwave signals in a radio-over-fiber system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shen, Shikui; Lv, Min; Yang, Aiying; Cui, Jianmin; Sun, Yu-nan

    2010-11-01

    Simultaneous generation and transmission of 10-Gb/s baseband signal and 20-GHz microwave signal with 155-Mb/s on-off-keying (OOK) data on a single wavelength over 50-km-long fiber link based on a dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator (DPMZM) are investigated. After simultaneous modulation of the baseband signal and microwave signal at central office (CO), the hybrid signals are separated by interleaver(IL) or fiber Bragg grating (FBG) at base station (BS). The center wavelength spacing and bandwidth of IL, also the reflection ratio, center wavelength and bandwidth of FBG are to be considered carefully as the baseband and microwave signal are only tens of GHz spacing and hard to be separated with each other. Through theoretical analyses and simulation, for the demonstrated hybrid transmission system, the relations of Q factor with the reflection ratio and bandwidth of FBG are analyzed separately in different fiber links (SMF and DSF).

  5. Sensitivity Improvement and Cryogenic Application of Scanning Microwave Microscope

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    Takahashi, Hideyuki; Imai, Yoshinori; Maeda, Atsutaka

    2015-03-01

    The technique to probe the spatial distribution of electric properties has been more important in modern material science. Scanning near-field microwave microscope (SMM) can be a powerful tool to study inhomogeneous materials. Recently we have developed scanning tunneling/microwave microscope (STM/SMM) with high sensitivity. The SMM probe is a modified coaxial resonator whose resonant frequency is 10.7 GHz and Q-factor is 1200-1300 at room temperature. It is applicable to measurements at cryogenic environment. By downsizing the resonator probe, we achieved stable operation down to liquid helium temperature. Q-factor is enhanced to 2000-3000 below 77 K. As an example of application of our STM-SMM, we present the study on inhomogeneous iron-based superconductor KxFeySe2. We successfully observed the characteristic mesoscopic phase separation of the metallic phase and the semiconducting phase by two different scanning modes; constant current mode and constant Q-factor mode. The spatial resolution is no worse than 200nm, which is comparable to curvature radius of a probe tip.

  6. Gliding arc triggered microwave plasma arc at atmospheric pressure for coal gasification application

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jain, Vishal; Visani, A.; Patil, C.; Patel, B. K.; Sharma, P. K.; John, P. I.; Nema, S. K.

    2014-08-01

    Plasma torch is device that efficiently converts electrical energy in to thermal energy for various high temperature applications. The conventional plasma torch comprises of consumable electrodes namely anode and cathode electrodes. The replacement of these electrodes is a complex process owing to its cooling and process shut down requirements. However, microwave plasma arc is electrode-less plasma arc system that is an alternative method to conventional arc technology for generating plasma arc. In this technique, microwave power is efficiently coupled to generate plasma arc by using the property of polar molecule to absorb microwave power. The absorption of microwave power is in form of losses due to intermolecular friction and high collisions between the molecules. This is an efficient method because all microwave power can be absorbed by plasma arc. The main feature of microwave plasma arc is its large uniform high temperature column which is not possible with conventional arc discharge methods. Such type of plasma discharge is very useful in applications where sufficient residence time for treat materials is required. Microwave arc does not require any consumable electrodes and hence, it can be operated continuously that makes it very useful for hazardous effluent treatment applications. Further, microwave cannot ionize neutral particles at atmospheric pressure and hence, a gliding arc is initiated between two thin electrodes in the cavity by applying very low power high voltage (3kV) AC source. In this report, the method for generating microwave arc of 1kW power using commercial microwave oven is elaborated.

  7. Metasurface with Reconfigurable Reflection Phase for High-Power Microwave Applications (Briefing Charts)

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    2014-06-25

    Metasurfaces with Reconfigurable Reflection Phase for High-Power Microwave Applications Kenneth L. Morgan, Clinton P. Scarborough, Micah D...TITLE AND SUBTITLE Metasurface with Reconfigurable Reflection Phase for High- Power Microwave Applications 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b...Examples that demonstrate theoretical methods for extending the operating power levels of metasurface reflectarrays have been given •The proposed

  8. Compact Microwave Mercury Ion Clock for Space Applications

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    Prestage, John D.; Tu, Meirong; Chung, Sang K.; MacNeal, Paul

    2007-01-01

    We review progress in developing a small Hg ion clock for space operation based on breadboard ion-clock physics package where Hg ions are shuttled between a quadrupole and a 16-pole rf trap. With this architecture we have demonstrated short-term stability approx.1-2x10(exp -13) at 1 second, averaging to 10-15 at 1 day. This development shows that H-maser quality stabilities can be produced in a small clock package, comparable in size to an ultra-stable quartz oscillator required or holding 1-2x10(exp -13) at 1 second. We have completed an ion clock physics package designed to withstand vibration of launch and are currently building a approx. 1 kg engineering model for test. We also discuss frequency steering software algorithms that simultaneously measure ion signal size and lamp light output, useful for long term operation and self-optimization of microwave power and return engineering data.

  9. Compact Microwave Mercury Ion Clock for Space Applications

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    Prestage, John D.; Tu, Meirong; Chung, Sang K.; MacNeal, Paul

    2007-01-01

    We review progress in developing a small Hg ion clock for space operation based on breadboard ion-clock physics package where Hg ions are shuttled between a quadrupole and a 16-pole rf trap. With this architecture we have demonstrated short-term stability approx.1-2x10(exp -13) at 1 second, averaging to 10-15 at 1 day. This development shows that H-maser quality stabilities can be produced in a small clock package, comparable in size to an ultra-stable quartz oscillator required or holding 1-2x10(exp -13) at 1 second. We have completed an ion clock physics package designed to withstand vibration of launch and are currently building a approx. 1 kg engineering model for test. We also discuss frequency steering software algorithms that simultaneously measure ion signal size and lamp light output, useful for long term operation and self-optimization of microwave power and return engineering data.

  10. [Application of microwave irradiation technology to the field of pharmaceutics].

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    Zhang, Xue-Bing; Shi, Nian-Qiu; Yang, Zhi-Qiang; Wang, Xing-Lin

    2014-03-01

    Microwaves can be directly transformed into heat inside materials because of their ability of penetrating into any substance. The degree that materials are heated depends on their dielectric properties. Materials with high dielectric loss are more easily to reach a resonant state by microwaves field, then microwaves can be absorbed efficiently. Microwave irradiation technique with the unique heating mechanisms could induce drug-polymer interaction and change the properties of dissolution. Many benefits such as improving product quality, increasing energy efficiency and reducing times can be obtained by microwaves. This paper summarized characteristics of the microwave irradiation technique, new preparation techniques and formulation process in pharmaceutical industry by microwave irradiation technology. The microwave technology provides a new clue for heating and drying in the field of pharmaceutics.

  11. Photonic generation of a phase-coded microwave signal based on a single dual-drive Mach-Zehnder modulator.

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    Tang, Zhenzhou; Zhang, Tingting; Zhang, Fangzheng; Pan, Shilong

    2013-12-15

    A compact scheme for photonic generation of a phase-coded microwave signal using a dual-drive Mach-Zehnder modulator (DMZM) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. In the proposed scheme, the radio frequency (RF) carrier and the coding signal are sent to the two RF ports of the DMZM, respectively. By properly setting the amplitude of the coding signal and the bias voltage of the DMZM, an exact π-phase-shift phase-coded microwave signal is generated. The proposed scheme has a simple structure since only a single DMZM is required. In addition, good frequency tunability is achieved because no frequency-dependent electrical devices or wavelength-dependent optical devices are applied. The feasibility of the proposed scheme is verified by experiment. 2 or 2.5 Gb/s phase-coded 10 and 20 GHz microwave signals are successfully generated.

  12. Electrically detected magnetic resonance signal intensity at resonant frequencies from 300 to 900 MHz in a constant microwave field.

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    Sato, T; Yokoyama, H; Ohya, H; Kamada, H

    1999-08-01

    A method for electrically detected magnetic resonance (EDMR) measurement at different ESR frequencies under a constant alternating magnetic field has been established wherein the accurate relationship between EDMR signal intensity (from a photoexcited silicon crystal and a silicon diode) and a resonant frequency of 300 to 900 MHz (UHF band) was systematically clarified. EDMR signal intensity from a photoexcited silicon crystal against a resonant frequency fitted the curve of y = a(1 - e(-bx)) well, which approached a constant value at higher frequencies. The increase in the EDMR signal intensity from the silicon diode at higher resonant frequencies was smaller than that from the photoexcited silicon crystal. The difference can be explained by the influence of the skin effect; i.e., the microwaves do not penetrate deep into a highly conductive sample at higher frequencies. EDMR signal intensities of samples vs microwave power were measured at 890 MHz. The EDMR signal intensity from the silicon diode continued to increase as the microwave power was increased, while the signal intensity from the photoexcited silicon crystal saturated within the range. The difference can be similarly explained: due to the skin effect, the microwaves gradually penetrate into the silicon diode as the power increases, so that even when saturation has been reached outside, the microwave field inside the diode does not reach the saturation level. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  13. Compressed sensing reconstruction of a string signal from interferometric observations of the cosmic microwave background

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    Wiaux, Y.; Puy, G.; Vandergheynst, P.

    2010-03-01

    We propose an algorithm for the reconstruction of the signal induced by cosmic strings in the cosmic microwave background (CMB), from radio-interferometric data at arcminute resolution. Radio interferometry provides incomplete and noisy Fourier measurements of the string signal, which exhibits sparse or compressible magnitude of the gradient due to the Kaiser-Stebbins effect. In this context, the versatile framework of compressed sensing naturally applies for solving the corresponding inverse problem. Our algorithm notably takes advantage of a model of the prior statistical distribution of the signal fitted on the basis of realistic simulations. Enhanced performance relative to the standard CLEAN algorithm is demonstrated by simulated observations under noise conditions including primary and secondary CMB anisotropies.

  14. Characterization of microwave MESFET circuits under laser illumination. Applications to phased array radar, microwave communications, and digital clock control

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    Genco, Sheryl M.

    1994-10-01

    Optical injection of MESFET's directly affects the operating characteristics of the devices. The MESFET properties, induced by optical injection, can stabilize oscillator operating frequency, control amplifier gain, and open the door for feasible integrated microwave-optical devices. The optical injection of DC MESFET's, oscillators, and amplifiers is explored. Systems applications, including phased array radar, wave division multiplexing (WDM), and computer clock control, are provided. The main contributions of this research are analyzing the modulation properties of the locked laser subsystem, using the locked laser system to inject MESFET devices and characterizing the photo-effects in MESFET circuits, reducing the phase noise in a microwave oscillator via optical injection, and developing a theoretical description of the injection properties of oscillators that can be used to describe an injection locked laser and a microwave oscillator with a change of constants.

  15. Characterization of Microwave Mesfet Circuits Under Laser Illumination: Applications to Phased Array Radar, Microwave Communications and Digital Clock Control.

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    Genco, Sheryl Marie

    Optical injection of MESFETs directly affects the operating characteristics of the devices. The MESFET properties, induced by optical injection, can stabilize oscillator operating frequency, control amplifier gain and open the door for feasible integrated microwave-optical devices. The optical injection of DC MESFETs, oscillators, and amplifiers, is explored. Systems applications, including phased array radar, wave division multiplexing (WDM) and computer clock control, are provided. The main contributions of this research are analyzing the modulation properties of the locked laser subsystem, using the locked laser system to inject MESFET devices and characterizing the photo-effects in MESFET circuits, reducing the phase noise in a microwave oscillator via optical injection and developing a theoretical description of the injection properties of oscillators that can be used to describe an injection locked laser and a microwave oscillator with a change of constants.

  16. Passive microwave applications to snowpack monitoring using satellite data

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    Hall, D. K.; Foster, J. L.; Chang, A. T. C.; Rango, A.

    1979-01-01

    Nimbus-5 Electrically Scanned Microwave Radiometer data were analyzed for the fall of 1975 and winter and summer of 1976 over the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska to determine the applicability of those data to snowpack monitoring. It was found that when the snow depth remained constant at 12.7 cm, the brightness temperatures T sub B varied with air temperature. During April and May the production of ice lenses and layers within the snow, and possibly wet ground beneath the snow contribute to the T sub B variations also. Comparison of March T sub B values of three areas with the same (12.7 cm) snow depth showed that air temperature is the predominant factor controlling the T sub B differences among the three areas, but underlying surface conditions and individual snowpack characteristics are also significant factors.

  17. Spatial Division Multiplexed Microwave Signal processing by selective grating inscription in homogeneous multicore fibers.

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    Gasulla, Ivana; Barrera, David; Hervás, Javier; Sales, Salvador

    2017-01-30

    The use of Spatial Division Multiplexing for Microwave Photonics signal processing is proposed and experimentally demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, based on the selective inscription of Bragg gratings in homogeneous multicore fibers. The fabricated devices behave as sampled true time delay elements for radiofrequency signals offering a wide range of operation possibilities within the same optical fiber. The key to processing flexibility comes from the implementation of novel multi-cavity configurations by inscribing a variety of different fiber Bragg gratings along the different cores of a 7-core fiber. This entails the development of the first fabrication method to inscribe high-quality gratings characterized by arbitrary frequency spectra and located in arbitrary longitudinal positions along the individual cores of a multicore fiber. Our work opens the way towards the development of unique compact fiber-based solutions that enable the implementation of a wide variety of 2D (spatial and wavelength diversity) signal processing functionalities that will be key in future fiber-wireless communications scenarios. We envisage that Microwave Photonics systems and networks will benefit from this technology in terms of compactness, operation versatility and performance stability.

  18. Spatial Division Multiplexed Microwave Signal processing by selective grating inscription in homogeneous multicore fibers

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    Gasulla, Ivana; Barrera, David; Hervás, Javier; Sales, Salvador

    2017-01-01

    The use of Spatial Division Multiplexing for Microwave Photonics signal processing is proposed and experimentally demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, based on the selective inscription of Bragg gratings in homogeneous multicore fibers. The fabricated devices behave as sampled true time delay elements for radiofrequency signals offering a wide range of operation possibilities within the same optical fiber. The key to processing flexibility comes from the implementation of novel multi-cavity configurations by inscribing a variety of different fiber Bragg gratings along the different cores of a 7-core fiber. This entails the development of the first fabrication method to inscribe high-quality gratings characterized by arbitrary frequency spectra and located in arbitrary longitudinal positions along the individual cores of a multicore fiber. Our work opens the way towards the development of unique compact fiber-based solutions that enable the implementation of a wide variety of 2D (spatial and wavelength diversity) signal processing functionalities that will be key in future fiber-wireless communications scenarios. We envisage that Microwave Photonics systems and networks will benefit from this technology in terms of compactness, operation versatility and performance stability. PMID:28134304

  19. Spatial Division Multiplexed Microwave Signal processing by selective grating inscription in homogeneous multicore fibers

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    Gasulla, Ivana; Barrera, David; Hervás, Javier; Sales, Salvador

    2017-01-01

    The use of Spatial Division Multiplexing for Microwave Photonics signal processing is proposed and experimentally demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, based on the selective inscription of Bragg gratings in homogeneous multicore fibers. The fabricated devices behave as sampled true time delay elements for radiofrequency signals offering a wide range of operation possibilities within the same optical fiber. The key to processing flexibility comes from the implementation of novel multi-cavity configurations by inscribing a variety of different fiber Bragg gratings along the different cores of a 7-core fiber. This entails the development of the first fabrication method to inscribe high-quality gratings characterized by arbitrary frequency spectra and located in arbitrary longitudinal positions along the individual cores of a multicore fiber. Our work opens the way towards the development of unique compact fiber-based solutions that enable the implementation of a wide variety of 2D (spatial and wavelength diversity) signal processing functionalities that will be key in future fiber-wireless communications scenarios. We envisage that Microwave Photonics systems and networks will benefit from this technology in terms of compactness, operation versatility and performance stability.

  20. High temperature superconducting thin film microwave circuits: Fabrication, characterization, and applications

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Heinen, V. O.; Chorey, C. M.

    1990-01-01

    Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 films were grown on several microwave substrates. Surface resistance and penetration depth measurements were performed to determine the quality of these films. Here the properties of these films on key microwave substrates are described. The fabrication and characterization of a microwave ring resonator circuit to determine transmission line losses are presented. Lower losses than those observed in gold resonator circuits were observed at temperatures lower than critical transition temperature. Based on these results, potential applications of microwave superconducting circuits such as filters, resonators, oscillators, phase shifters, and antenna elements in space communication systems are identified.

  1. Microwave technology for waste management applications including disposition of electronic circuitry

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    Wicks, G.G.; Clark, D.E.; Schulz, R.L.; Folz, D.C.

    1995-09-01

    Microwave technology is being developed nationally and internationally for a variety of environmental remediation purposes. These efforts include treatment and destruction of a vast array of gaseous, liquid and solid hazardous wastes as well as subsequent immobilization of selected components. Microwave technology provides an important contribution to an arsenal of existing remediation methods that are designed to protect the public and environment from undesirable consequences of hazardous materials. Applications of microwave energy for environmental remediation will be discussed. Emphasized will be a newly developed microwave process designed to treat discarded electronic circuitry and reclaim the precious metals within for reuse.

  2. Low-power near-field microwave applicator for localized heating of soft matter

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    Copty, A.; Sakran, F.; Golosovsky, M.; Davidov, D.; Frenkel, A.

    2004-06-01

    We report a 9 GHz near-field microwave probe for local surface heating of microwave absorbing materials. The probe radiates microwave energy through a narrow slot microfabricated at the apex of the dielectric resonator. The microwave energy is concentrated in a small region close to the applicator, in such a way that the microwave intensity there is very high. A temperature of 60-120 °C can be achieved in a spot size as small as 0.3×0.5 mm2, using an input power of only a few watts. The applicator can be used for local heating, coagulation, and melting of various soft-matter mediums. Particularly, we emphasize results on local heating and coagulation of egg-white and albumin which may be used as a "biological solder" for tissue welding applications.

  3. Microwave applicator for in-drum processing of radioactive waste slurry

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    White, Terry L.

    1994-01-01

    A microwave applicator for processing of radioactive waste slurry uses a waveguide network which splits an input microwave of TE.sub.10 rectangular mode to TE.sub.01 circular mode. A cylindrical body has four openings, each receiving 1/4 of the power input. The waveguide network includes a plurality of splitters to effect the 1/4 divisions of power.

  4. Microwave and RF applications for micro-resonator based frequency combs

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    Nguyen, Thach G.; Shoeiby, Mehrdad; Ferrera, Marcello; Pasquazi, Alessia; Peccianti, Marco; Chu, Sai T.; Little, Brent E.; Morandotti, Roberto; Mitchell, Arnan; Moss, David J.

    2016-02-01

    Photonic integrated circuits that exploit nonlinear optics in order to generate and process signals all-optically have achieved performance far superior to that possible electronically - particularly with respect to speed. We review the recent achievements based in new CMOS-compatible platforms that are better suited than SOI for nonlinear optics, focusing on radio frequency (RF) and microwave based applications that exploit micro-resonator based frequency combs. We highlight their potential as well as the challenges to achieving practical solutions for many key applications. These material systems have opened up many new capabilities such as on-chip optical frequency comb generation and ultrafast optical pulse generation and measurement. We review recent work on a photonic RF Hilbert transformer for broadband microwave in-phase and quadrature-phase generation based on an integrated frequency optical comb. The comb is generated using a nonlinear microring resonator based on a CMOS compatible, high-index contrast, doped-silica glass platform. The high quality and large frequency spacing of the comb enables filters with up to 20 taps, allowing us to demonstrate a quadrature filter with more than a 5-octave (3 dB) bandwidth and an almost uniform phase response.

  5. Applications of Microwave Antenna Array for Wireless Power Transmission and Radar Imaging in Complex Environment

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    Zhang, Ce

    The focus of my research interests lies in the application of microwave antenna array system and array signal processing techniques to problems in wireless power transmission and radar imaging. The two research areas share the same underlying mathematical principle of time reversality of electromagnetic wave propagation. Based on this principle, the array antenna system and the associated signal processing algorithm are further improved to adapt to different scenarios. In my dissertation, the rest part presents an optimal algorithm for wireless power transmission with beamforming array. The optimal weight distribution on antenna array elements is found based on time reversal eigenmode technique. Our method is adaptive to the medium of the channel and can be applied to arbitrarily positioned antenna without degradation of efficiency. This novel method is analytically studied and verified with numerical electromagnetic simulations. The second part presents a new problem called "Hard-Wall Radar Imaging" (HWRI) has been proposed when the electromagnetic waves cannot penetrate the shielding walls (such as metallic walls). The research methodology involves algorithm development combined with experimental results to gain more insights into the real microwave imaging system. First, we implemented the imaging system with the conventional time reversal DORT (Decomposition of Time-Reversal Operator) imaging algorithm and adapted it into a new signal processing technique (multiplicative array technique) to obtain the image in the proposed scenario. Second, after having identified the drawbacks of the rest imaging system, the imaging system is improved to distributed MIMO radar configuration. The new imaging algorithm is also developed based on the techniques of Direction-of-Arrival(DoA) estimation and adaptive nulling. From this algorithm, the experimental results show that the new imaging system can localize two targets correctly. To resolve the problem of spurious clutter

  6. Using microwave Doppler radar in automated manufacturing applications

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    Smith, Gregory C.

    Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, manufacturers worldwide have used automation to improve productivity, gain market share, and meet growing or changing consumer demand for manufactured products. To stimulate further industrial productivity, manufacturers need more advanced automation technologies: "smart" part handling systems, automated assembly machines, CNC machine tools, and industrial robots that use new sensor technologies, advanced control systems, and intelligent decision-making algorithms to "see," "hear," "feel," and "think" at the levels needed to handle complex manufacturing tasks without human intervention. The investigator's dissertation offers three methods that could help make "smart" CNC machine tools and industrial robots possible: (1) A method for detecting acoustic emission using a microwave Doppler radar detector, (2) A method for detecting tool wear on a CNC lathe using a Doppler radar detector, and (3) An online non-contact method for detecting industrial robot position errors using a microwave Doppler radar motion detector. The dissertation studies indicate that microwave Doppler radar could be quite useful in automated manufacturing applications. In particular, the methods developed may help solve two difficult problems that hinder further progress in automating manufacturing processes: (1) Automating metal-cutting operations on CNC machine tools by providing a reliable non-contact method for detecting tool wear, and (2) Fully automating robotic manufacturing tasks by providing a reliable low-cost non-contact method for detecting on-line position errors. In addition, the studies offer a general non-contact method for detecting acoustic emission that may be useful in many other manufacturing and non-manufacturing areas, as well (e.g., monitoring and nondestructively testing structures, materials, manufacturing processes, and devices). By advancing the state of the art in manufacturing automation, the studies may help

  7. Low Loss Substrates for Microwave Applications and Sol-Gel Processing of Superconductors

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1994-03-31

    yttrium barium cuprate (YBCO) films and their microwave applications have been carried out. Several promising new hosts such as Sr(All/2Tal/2)03, Sr(Al1...primarily, for the deposition of high Tc superconducting (HTSC) yttrium barium cuprate (YBCO) films, in microwave device applications. Materials...normalized ionic polarizability in a given structural configuration. The method is applicable to oxides, fluorides and oxyfluorides and will provide a base

  8. Investigations of microwave plasmas - Applications in electrothermal thruster systems

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    Haraburda, Scott S.; Hawley, Martin C.

    1989-01-01

    Experimental studies which have been conducted to develop understanding of plasma processes used for spacecraft propulsion are reviewed. The techniques discussed are calorimetry and volume measurements using the TM 011 and TM 012 modes in the microwave cavity system. The use of plasmas in electrical propulsion and microwave induction is reviewed. Plasma containment, microwave power production, energy distribution, and the pressure and flow dependence of the energy distribution are addressed. The plasma dimensions and their dependence on pressure, flow, and power are considered.

  9. Application of Microwaves for Obtaining Ground Solid Fuel

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    Salomatov, Vl. V.; Pashchenko, S. É.; Sladkov, S. O.; Salomatov, Vas. V.

    2016-01-01

    This paper gives an analytical overview of theoretical and experimental data on the microwave grinding of coal. As a result of the work done, we have substantiated the urgency of microwave treatment (MWT) of coal for obtaining ground coal, which in turn has a positive effect on the operation efficiency of TPPs. Moreover, we have considered the positive effects of microwave grinding as applied to coke.

  10. Investigations of microwave plasmas - Applications in electrothermal thruster systems

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    Haraburda, Scott S.; Hawley, Martin C.

    1989-01-01

    Experimental studies which have been conducted to develop understanding of plasma processes used for spacecraft propulsion are reviewed. The techniques discussed are calorimetry and volume measurements using the TM 011 and TM 012 modes in the microwave cavity system. The use of plasmas in electrical propulsion and microwave induction is reviewed. Plasma containment, microwave power production, energy distribution, and the pressure and flow dependence of the energy distribution are addressed. The plasma dimensions and their dependence on pressure, flow, and power are considered.

  11. Large-signal microwave performance of GaN-based NDR diode oscillators

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    Alekseev, Egor; Pavlidis, Dimitris

    2000-06-01

    The GaN material parameters relevant to the negative differential resistance (NDR) devices are discussed, and their physical models based on the theoretical predictions and experimental device characteristics are introduced. Gunn diode design criteria were applied to design the GaN NDR diodes. A higher electrical strength of the GaN allowed operation with higher doping (˜10 17 cm -3) and at a higher bias (90 V for a 3 μm thick diode). The transient hydrodynamic simulations were used to carry out the harmonic power analysis of the GaN NDR diode oscillators in order to evaluate their large-signal microwave characteristics. The GaAs Gunn diode oscillators were also simulated for a comparison and verification purposes. The dependence of the oscillation frequency and output power on the GaN NDR diode design and operating conditions are reported. It was found that, due to the higher electron velocities and reduced time constants, GaN NDR diodes offered twice the frequency capability of the GaAs Gunn diodes (87 GHz vs. 40 GHz), while their output power density was 2×10 5 W/cm 2 compared with ˜10 3 W/cm 2 for the GaAs devices. The reported improvements in the microwave performance are supported by the high value of the GaN Pf2Z figure of merit, which is 50-100 times higher than the GaAs, indicating a strong potential of the GaN for the microwave signal generation.

  12. Soil surface roughness characterization for microwave remote sensing applications

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    Marzahn, P.; Rieke-Zapp, D.; Ludwig, R.

    2012-04-01

    With this poster we present a simple and efficient method to measure soil surface roughness in an agricultural environment. Micro scale soil surface roughness is a crucial parameter in many environmental applications. In recent studies it is strongly recognized that soil surface roughness significantly influences the backscatter of agricultural surface, especially on bare fields. Indeed, while different roughness indices depend on their measurement length, no satisfying roughness parametrization and measurement technique has been found yet, introducing large uncertainty in the interpretation of the radar backscattering. In this study, we introduce a photogrammetric system which consists of a customized consumer grade Canon EOS 5d camera and a reference frame providing ground control points. With the system one can generate digital surface models (DSM) with a minimum size of 1 x 2.5 m2, extendable to any desired size, with a ground x,y- resolution of 2 mm. Using this approach, we generated a set of DSM with sizes ranging from 2.5 m2 to 22 m2, acquired over different roughness conditions representing ploughed, harrowed as well as crusted fields on different test sites. For roughness characterization we calculated in microwave remote sensing common roughness indices such as the RMS- height s and the autocorrelation length l. In an extensive statistical investigation we show the behavior of the roughness indices for different acquisition sizes of the proposed method. Results indicate, compared to results from profiles generated out of the dataset, that using a three dimensional measuring device, the calculated roughness indices are more robust in their estimation. In addition, a strong directional dependency of the proposed roughness indices was observed which could be related to the orientation of the seedbed rows to the acqusition direction. In a geostatistical analysis, we decomposed the acquired roughness indices into different scales, yielding a roughness quantity

  13. Application of a Device for Uniform Web Drying and Preheating Using Microwave Energy

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    Frederick W. Ahrens; C. Habeger; J. Loughran; T. Patterson

    2003-10-02

    The project summarized in this report dealt with an evaluation of new microwave applicator ideas for paper preheating and drying. The technical basis for success in this project is the fact that Industrial Microwave Systems has recently identified certain previously unrecognized wave guide ''design variables'' and hardware implementation concepts that can be employed to greatly improve the uniformity of microwave energy distribution for continuous flow processes. Two applicator concepts were ultimately evaluated, a Cross-Machine Direction (CD) oriented applicator and a Machine Direction (MD) oriented applicator. The economic basis for success is the result of several factors. Since 1985, the capital expenditure required for an industrial microwave applicator system has decreased by a factor of four. The maintenance costs have decreased by a factor of 10 and the life expectancy of the magnetron has increased by more than a factor of four to in excess of 8,000 hours (nearly one year at 24 hours/day operation).

  14. A microwave applicator for uniform irradiation by circularly polarized waves in an anechoic chamber

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    Chiang, W. Y.; Wu, M. H.; Wu, K. L.; Lin, M. H.; Teng, H. H.; Tsai, Y. F.; Ko, C. C.; Yang, E. C.; Jiang, J. A.; Barnett, L. R.; Chu, K. R.

    2014-08-01

    Microwave applicators are widely employed for materials heating in scientific research and industrial applications, such as food processing, wood drying, ceramic sintering, chemical synthesis, waste treatment, and insect control. For the majority of microwave applicators, materials are heated in the standing waves of a resonant cavity, which can be highly efficient in energy consumption, but often lacks the field uniformity and controllability required for a scientific study. Here, we report a microwave applicator for rapid heating of small samples by highly uniform irradiation. It features an anechoic chamber, a 24-GHz microwave source, and a linear-to-circular polarization converter. With a rather low energy efficiency, such an applicator functions mainly as a research tool. This paper discusses the significance of its special features and describes the structure, in situ diagnostic tools, calculated and measured field patterns, and a preliminary heating test of the overall system.

  15. A microwave applicator for uniform irradiation by circularly polarized waves in an anechoic chamber.

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    Chiang, W Y; Wu, M H; Wu, K L; Lin, M H; Teng, H H; Tsai, Y F; Ko, C C; Yang, E C; Jiang, J A; Barnett, L R; Chu, K R

    2014-08-01

    Microwave applicators are widely employed for materials heating in scientific research and industrial applications, such as food processing, wood drying, ceramic sintering, chemical synthesis, waste treatment, and insect control. For the majority of microwave applicators, materials are heated in the standing waves of a resonant cavity, which can be highly efficient in energy consumption, but often lacks the field uniformity and controllability required for a scientific study. Here, we report a microwave applicator for rapid heating of small samples by highly uniform irradiation. It features an anechoic chamber, a 24-GHz microwave source, and a linear-to-circular polarization converter. With a rather low energy efficiency, such an applicator functions mainly as a research tool. This paper discusses the significance of its special features and describes the structure, in situ diagnostic tools, calculated and measured field patterns, and a preliminary heating test of the overall system.

  16. A microwave applicator for uniform irradiation by circularly polarized waves in an anechoic chamber

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    Chiang, W. Y.; Wu, M. H.; Wu, K. L.; Lin, M. H.; Teng, H. H.; Barnett, L. R.; Chu, K. R.; Tsai, Y. F.; Ko, C. C.; Yang, E. C.; Jiang, J. A.

    2014-08-15

    Microwave applicators are widely employed for materials heating in scientific research and industrial applications, such as food processing, wood drying, ceramic sintering, chemical synthesis, waste treatment, and insect control. For the majority of microwave applicators, materials are heated in the standing waves of a resonant cavity, which can be highly efficient in energy consumption, but often lacks the field uniformity and controllability required for a scientific study. Here, we report a microwave applicator for rapid heating of small samples by highly uniform irradiation. It features an anechoic chamber, a 24-GHz microwave source, and a linear-to-circular polarization converter. With a rather low energy efficiency, such an applicator functions mainly as a research tool. This paper discusses the significance of its special features and describes the structure, in situ diagnostic tools, calculated and measured field patterns, and a preliminary heating test of the overall system.

  17. Photonic generation of phase-stable and wideband chirped microwave signals based on phase-locked dual optical frequency combs.

    PubMed

    Tong, Yitian; Zhou, Qian; Han, Daming; Li, Baiyu; Xie, Weilin; Liu, Zhangweiyi; Qin, Jie; Wang, Xiaocheng; Dong, Yi; Hu, Weisheng

    2016-08-15

    A photonics-based scheme is presented for generating wideband and phase-stable chirped microwave signals based on two phase-locked combs with fixed and agile repetition rates. By tuning the difference of the two combs' repetition rates and extracting different order comb tones, a wideband linearly frequency-chirped microwave signal with flexible carrier frequency and chirped range is obtained. Owing to the scheme of dual-heterodyne phase transfer and phase-locked loop, extrinsic phase drift and noise induced by the separated optical paths is detected and suppressed efficiently. Linearly frequency-chirped microwave signals from 5 to 15 GHz and 237 to 247 GHz with 30 ms duration are achieved, respectively, contributing to the time-bandwidth product of 3×108. And less than 1.3×10-5 linearity errors (RMS) are also obtained.

  18. Broadband true time delay for microwave signal processing, using slow light based on stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fibers.

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    Chin, Sanghoon; Thévenaz, Luc; Sancho, Juan; Sales, Salvador; Capmany, José; Berger, Perrine; Bourderionnet, Jérôme; Dolfi, Daniel

    2010-10-11

    We experimentally demonstrate a novel technique to process broadband microwave signals, using all-optically tunable true time delay in optical fibers. The configuration to achieve true time delay basically consists of two main stages: photonic RF phase shifter and slow light, based on stimulated Brillouin scattering in fibers. Dispersion properties of fibers are controlled, separately at optical carrier frequency and in the vicinity of microwave signal bandwidth. This way time delay induced within the signal bandwidth can be manipulated to correctly act as true time delay with a proper phase compensation introduced to the optical carrier. We completely analyzed the generated true time delay as a promising solution to feed phased array antenna for radar systems and to develop dynamically reconfigurable microwave photonic filters.

  19. Circular Bioassay Platforms for Applications in Microwave-Accelerated Techniques

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    Mohammed, Muzaffer; Clement, Travis C.; Aslan, Kadir

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we present the design of four different circular bioassay platforms, which are suitable for homogeneous microwave heating, using theoretical calculations (i.e., COMSOL™ multiphysics software). Circular bioassay platforms are constructed from poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) for optical transparency between 400–800 nm, has multiple sample capacity (12, 16, 19 and 21 wells) and modified with silver nanoparticle films (SNFs) to be used in microwave-accelerated bioassays (MABs). In addition, a small monomode microwave cavity, which can be operated with an external microwave generator (100 W), for use with the bioassay platforms in MABs is also developed. Our design parameters for the circular bioassay platforms and monomode microwave cavity during microwave heating were: (i) temperature profiles, (ii) electric field distributions, (iii) location of the circular bioassay platforms inside the microwave cavity, and (iv) design and number of wells on the circular bioassay platforms. We have also carried out additional simulations to assess the use of circular bioassay platforms in a conventional kitchen microwave oven (e.g., 900 W). Our results show that the location of the circular bioassay platforms in the microwave cavity was predicted to have a significant effect on the homogeneous heating of these platforms. The 21-well circular bioassay platform design in our monomode microwave cavity was predicted to offer a homogeneous heating pattern, where inter-well temperature was observed to be in between 23.72–24.13°C and intra-well temperature difference was less than 0.21°C for 60 seconds of microwave heating, which was also verified experimentally. PMID:25568813

  20. Circular Bioassay Platforms for Applications in Microwave-Accelerated Techniques.

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    Mohammed, Muzaffer; Clement, Travis C; Aslan, Kadir

    2014-12-02

    In this paper, we present the design of four different circular bioassay platforms, which are suitable for homogeneous microwave heating, using theoretical calculations (i.e., COMSOL™ multiphysics software). Circular bioassay platforms are constructed from poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) for optical transparency between 400-800 nm, has multiple sample capacity (12, 16, 19 and 21 wells) and modified with silver nanoparticle films (SNFs) to be used in microwave-accelerated bioassays (MABs). In addition, a small monomode microwave cavity, which can be operated with an external microwave generator (100 W), for use with the bioassay platforms in MABs is also developed. Our design parameters for the circular bioassay platforms and monomode microwave cavity during microwave heating were: (i) temperature profiles, (ii) electric field distributions, (iii) location of the circular bioassay platforms inside the microwave cavity, and (iv) design and number of wells on the circular bioassay platforms. We have also carried out additional simulations to assess the use of circular bioassay platforms in a conventional kitchen microwave oven (e.g., 900 W). Our results show that the location of the circular bioassay platforms in the microwave cavity was predicted to have a significant effect on the homogeneous heating of these platforms. The 21-well circular bioassay platform design in our monomode microwave cavity was predicted to offer a homogeneous heating pattern, where inter-well temperature was observed to be in between 23.72-24.13°C and intra-well temperature difference was less than 0.21°C for 60 seconds of microwave heating, which was also verified experimentally.

  1. Compound semiconductors for low-noise microwave MESFET applications

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    Golio, J. M.; Trew, R. J.

    1980-07-01

    The paper discusses a one-dimensional field-effect transistor (FET) model in order to determine the low-noise potential of microwave MESFET's fabricated from material other than GaAs. The model makes possible the calculation of a small-signal equivalent circuit from which performance information is acquired from material parameters and device geometry. Material parameters, predicted from Monte Carlo calculations are used to simulate 1-micron devices fabricated from GaAs, InP, Ga(0.47)In(0.53)As(0.2), and Ga(0.5)In(0.5)As(0.96)Sb(0.04). Results from simulations comparing a Ga(0.5)In(0.5)As(0.96)Sb(0.04) device to an equivalent GaAs instrument indicate that a factor of two is possible in the minimum noise figure; considerable improvement in noise performance over GaAs equipment is predicted of devices fabricated from Ga(0.47)In(0.53)As and Ga(0.27)In(0.73)P(0.04)As(0.6) materials.

  2. Measurement of heart rate variability and stress evaluation by using microwave reflectometric vital signal sensing

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    Nagae, Daisuke; Mase, Atsushi

    2010-09-01

    In this paper, we present two robust signal processing techniques for stress evaluation using a microwave reflectometric cardiopulmonary sensing instrument. These techniques enable the heart rate variability (HRV) to be recovered from measurements of body-surface dynamic motion, which is subsequently used for the stress evaluation. Specifically, two novel elements are introduced: one is a reconfiguration of the HRV from the cross-correlation function between a measurement signal and a template signal which is constructed by averaging periodic component over a measurement time. The other is a reconstruction of the HRV from the time variation of the heartbeat frequency; this is evaluated by a repetition of the maximum entropy method. These two signal processing techniques accomplish the reconstruction of the HRV, though they are completely different algorithms. For validations of our model, an experimental setup is presented and several sets of experimental data are analyzed using the two proposed signal processing techniques, which are subsequently used for the stress evaluation. The results presented herein are consistent with electrocardiogram data.

  3. Measurement of heart rate variability and stress evaluation by using microwave reflectometric vital signal sensing.

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    Nagae, Daisuke; Mase, Atsushi

    2010-09-01

    In this paper, we present two robust signal processing techniques for stress evaluation using a microwave reflectometric cardiopulmonary sensing instrument. These techniques enable the heart rate variability (HRV) to be recovered from measurements of body-surface dynamic motion, which is subsequently used for the stress evaluation. Specifically, two novel elements are introduced: one is a reconfiguration of the HRV from the cross-correlation function between a measurement signal and a template signal which is constructed by averaging periodic component over a measurement time. The other is a reconstruction of the HRV from the time variation of the heartbeat frequency; this is evaluated by a repetition of the maximum entropy method. These two signal processing techniques accomplish the reconstruction of the HRV, though they are completely different algorithms. For validations of our model, an experimental setup is presented and several sets of experimental data are analyzed using the two proposed signal processing techniques, which are subsequently used for the stress evaluation. The results presented herein are consistent with electrocardiogram data.

  4. Design and optimization of polymer ring resonator modulators for analog microwave photonic applications

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    Hosseinzadeh, Arash; Middlebrook, Christopher T.

    2016-02-01

    Efficient modulation of electrical signals onto an optical carrier remains the main challenge in full implementation of microwave photonic links (MPLs) for applications such as antenna remoting and wireless access networks. Current MPLs utilize Mach-Zehnder Interferometers (MZI) with sinusoidal transfer function as electro-optic modulators causing nonlinear distortions in the link. Recently ring resonator modulators (RRM) consisting of a ring resonator coupled to a base waveguide attracted interest to enhance linearity, reduce the size and power consumption in MPLs. Fabrication of a RRM is more challenging than the MZI not only in fabrication process but also in designing and optimization steps. Although RRM can be analyzed theoretically for MPLs, physical structures need to be designed and optimized utilizing simulation techniques in both optical and microwave regimes with consideration of specific material properties. Designing and optimization steps are conducted utilizing full-wave simulation software package and RRM function analyzed in both passive and active forms and confirmed through theoretical analysis. It is shown that RRM can be completely designed and analyzed utilizing full-wave simulation techniques and as a result linearity effect of the modulator on MPLs can be studied and optimized. The material nonlinearity response can be determined computationally and included in modulator design and readily adaptable for analyzing other materials such as silicon or structures where theoretical analysis is not easily achieved.

  5. Oxide perovskite crystals for HTSC film substrates microwave applications

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    Bhalla, A. S.; Guo, Ruyan

    1995-01-01

    The research focused upon generating new substrate materials for the deposition of superconducting yttrium barium cuprate (YBCO) has yielded several new hosts in complex perovskites, modified perovskites, and other structure families. New substrate candidates such as Sr(Al(1/2)Ta(1/2))O3 and Sr(Al(1/2)Nb(1/2))O3, Ba(Mg(1/3)Ta(2/3))O3 in complex oxide perovskite structure family and their solid solutions with ternary perovskite LaAlO3 and NdGaO3 are reported. Conventional ceramic processing techniques were used to fabricate dense ceramic samples. A laser heated molten zone growth system was utilized for the test-growth of these candidate materials in single crystal fiber form to determine crystallographic structure, melting point, thermal, and dielectric properties as well as to make positive identification of twin free systems. Some of those candidate materials present an excellent combination of properties suitable for microwave HTSC substrate applications.

  6. Applications of Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW) Structure in Microwave Engineering

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    Shen, Zhi

    This thesis is focused on some applications of the Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW) structure in microwave engineering. It is mainly divided into two parts, covering a dual-band high Q filter and a broadband high gain ring slot antenna, both of which are based on SIW resonators. This work indicates strong potential of SIW structure in communication system and discusses its unique advantages in detail. In the first part of the thesis, a dual-band high Q second order filter is designed to work at around 10 GHz and 14 GHz. SIW cavities are chosen in order to fulfill the low loss requirements. Two kinds of perturbation theories are applied in this structure to make two second order pass bands. Transmission lines of proper length are designed to connect the cavities together and make them work efficiently. In the second part of the thesis, a broadband high gain SIW ring slot antenna working at around 18 GHz is discussed. The bandwidth of the antenna is approximately 12.7% and the gain is around 7 dB. The cavity mode is properly chosen to reach the high antenna gain requirement. The working mechanism of its broadband property is discussed in detail to reach a reasonable argument.

  7. Silicon heating by a microwave-drill applicator with optical thermometry

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    Herskowits, R.; Livshits, P.; Stepanov, S.; Aktushev, O.; Ruschin, S.; Jerby, E.

    2007-08-01

    This paper presents a method for heating silicon wafers locally by open-end coaxial microwave applicators, with optical techniques employed for measuring the temperature. Silicon samples of ~2 × 2 cm2 area were radiated in air atmosphere by a microwave drill operating at 2.45 GHz in the range of 20-450 W. The rate of temperature variation was measured by the Fabry-Pérot etalon effect in samples illuminated by InGaAs lasers. The steady-state temperatures were measured by the changes in the absorption index of an InGaAs laser beam. The experimental results indicate heating rates of ~150 K s-1 and a temperature range of 300-900 K across the silicon sample during the microwave heating process. Further operation of the microwave drill caused local melting of the silicon samples. This paper presents the experimental setup and results, as well as numerical simulations of the microwave heating process.

  8. High-power photodetector modules for microwave photonic applications

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    Li, Kejia; Xie, Xiaojun; Rouvalis, Efthymios; Fedderwitz, Sascha; Steffan, Andreas G.; Li, Qinglong; Yang, Zhanyu; Beling, Andreas; Campbell, Joe C.

    2015-03-01

    Recently, microwave photonic techniques have emerged to address the challenges that microwave systems face under high-frequency or wideband conditions. To a large extent, the performance of microwave photonic systems depends on the performance of individual optoelectronics devices, such as high power photodiodes. Here, we report a fullypackaged photodetector module based on InGaAs/InP modified uni-traveling carrier (MUTC) photodiode. The modules demonstrated a 3-dB bandwidth up to 50GHz and a record-high output power of 14.0 dBm at 50GHz.

  9. Investigations of microwave plasmas - Applications in electrothermal thruster systems

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    Haraburda, S.S.; Hawley, M.C.

    1989-01-01

    Experimental studies which have been conducted to develop understanding of plasma processes used for spacecraft propulsion are reviewed. The techniques discussed are calorimetry and volume measurements using the TM 011 and TM 012 modes in the microwave cavity system. The use of plasmas in electrical propulsion and microwave induction is reviewed. Plasma containment, microwave power production, energy distribution, and the pressure and flow dependence of the energy distribution are addressed. The plasma dimensions and their dependence on pressure, flow, and power are considered. 10 refs.

  10. Nearly noiseless amplification of microwave signals with a Josephson parametric amplifier

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    Castellanos-Beltran, Manuel

    2009-03-01

    A degenerate parametric amplifier transforms an incident coherent state by amplifying one of its quadrature components while deamplifying the other. This transformation, when performed by an ideal parametric amplifier, is completely deterministic and reversible; therefore the amplifier in principle can be noiseless. We attempt to realize a noiseless amplifier of this type at microwave frequencies with a Josephson parametric amplifier (JPA). To this end, we have built a superconducting microwave cavity containing many dc-SQUIDs. This arrangement creates a non-linear medium in a cavity and it is closely analogous to an optical parametric amplifier. In my talk, I will describe the current performance of this circuit, where I show I can amplify signals with less added noise than a quantum-limited amplifier that amplifies both quadratures. In addition, the JPA also squeezes the electromagnetic vacuum fluctuations by 10 dB. Finally, I will discuss our effort to put two such amplifiers in series in order to undo the first stage of squeezing with a second stage of amplification, demonstrating that the amplification process is truly reversible.[4pt] M. A. Castellanos-Beltran, K. D. Irwin, G. C. Hilton, L. R. Vale and K. W. Lehnert, Nature Physics, published on line, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nphys1090 (2008).

  11. Development of low loss hexaferrite materials for microwave applications

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    Su, Zhijuan

    Hexaferrites have been widely used in microwave and millimeter wave devices as permanent magnets and as gyromagnetic materials, e.g., in circulators, filters, isolators, inductors, and phase shifters. As a critical component in radar and modern wireless communication systems, it is the microwave circulator that has drawn much attention. Many efforts have been made to design light and miniature circulators with self-biased ferrite materials. We report the magnetic and structural properties of a series of W-type barium hexaferrites of composition BaZn2-xCoxFe16O27 where x=0.15, 0.20, and 0.25. The anisotropy field of these BaW ferrites decreased with the substitution of divalent Co ions, while, they maintained crystallographic c-axis texture. The measured anisotropy field was ~10 kOe, and a hysteresis loop squareness Mr/Ms=79% was obtained due to well-controlled grain size within the range of single domain scale. U-type barium hexaferrite thin films were deposited on (0001) sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The results indicate a measured anisotropy field of ~8 kOe, and the saturation magnetization (4piMs) of 3.6 kG. More interestingly, an optimal post-deposition annealing of the films results in a strong (0, 0, n) crystallographic texture and a high squareness (Mr/Ms= 92%) out of the film plane. Furthermore, the highly self-biased ferrite films exhibited low FMR linewidth of ~200 Oe. Improved performance and miniaturization are needed to meet the ever-increasing demands of devices used in ultra-high frequency (UHF), L-band, and S-band, which are of particular interest in a variety of commercial and defense related applications. Utilizing materials possessing high permeability and permittivity with low magnetic losses is a promising solution. As a critical component in radar and modern wireless communication systems, antenna elements with compact size are constantly sought. Ferrite composites of the nominal composition Ba3Co2+xIrxFe24-2xO41 were studied

  12. Optical frequency comb based multi-band microwave frequency conversion for satellite applications.

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    Yang, Xinwu; Xu, Kun; Yin, Jie; Dai, Yitang; Yin, Feifei; Li, Jianqiang; Lu, Hua; Liu, Tao; Ji, Yuefeng

    2014-01-13

    Based on optical frequency combs (OFC), we propose an efficient and flexible multi-band frequency conversion scheme for satellite repeater applications. The underlying principle is to mix dual coherent OFCs with one of which carrying the input signal. By optically channelizing the mixed OFCs, the converted signal in different bands can be obtained in different channels. Alternatively, the scheme can be configured to generate multi-band local oscillators (LO) for widely distribution. Moreover, the scheme realizes simultaneous inter- and intra-band frequency conversion just in a single structure and needs only three frequency-fixed microwave sources. We carry out a proof of concept experiment in which multiple LOs with 2 GHz, 10 GHz, 18 GHz, and 26 GHz are generated. A C-band signal of 6.1 GHz input to the proposed scheme is successfully converted to 4.1 GHz (C band), 3.9 GHz (C band) and 11.9 GHz (X band), etc. Compared with the back-to-back (B2B) case measured at 0 dBm input power, the proposed scheme shows a 9.3% error vector magnitude (EVM) degradation at each output channel. Furthermore, all channels satisfy the EVM limit in a very wide input power range.

  13. Some Signal Processing Techniques for Use in Broadband Time Domain Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Cooke, S. A.

    2016-06-01

    At the present time, in the typical broadband, time domain microwave spectroscopy experiment each free induction decay (FID) collected is on the order of 10^6 data points in length with a sampling rate on the order of 10-12 seconds per point. Traditionally, the FID is processed using a fast Fourier transform algorithm (FFT) with the resulting power spectrum used in ensuing spectral analyses. For use with the FFT algorithm we have implemented some pre- and post-processing techniques to improve the signal quality. These techniques include the use of Lissajous plots to ensure phase stability in signal addition, novel windowing functions, and also automated broadband phase corrections which allow the absorption spectrum to be used as a more highly resolved version of the traditional power spectrum (see figure). We have also implemented alternatives to the FFT algorithm for time domain signal processing including Hankel singular valued decomposition, a maximum entropy method, and wavelet transformations. Although these techniques are unlikely to be used in place of a fast Fourier transform we will demonstrate how each of these techniques may be used to augment the traditional FFT algorithm in regards to spectral analysis.

  14. Sea surface as seen at L-band microwaves: modeling and applications

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    Floury, Nicolas; Toso, Giovanni

    2002-01-01

    In the microwave domain, the development of interaction models has proved itself necessary for the understanding of the interaction between the electromagnetic wave and the sea surface and for the efficient retrieval of surface parameters from spaceborne measurements, such as in altimetry and wind scatterometry. New potential applications of microwaves over oceans involve frequencies such as L-band (around 1.5 GHz), both for active (such as the use of reflected GNSS signals for scatterometry and altimetry) and passive (extraction of ocean salinity from radiometric products) measurements. Classical models, mostly developed for higher frequencies and for close-to-nadir geometry's, may show limitations when applied to these new configurations. Another important issue is the sea surface description, which may need to be somehow refined to enable a complete picture of the interaction mechanisms at these wavelengths. L-band measurements of the sea surface (concurrent to local measurements of the sea state) are still quite scarce and this makes difficult the validation of modeling tools. It is however possible to use a well controlled full-wave approach, such as the moment method, as a reference to evaluate the assets and drawbacks of simpler asymptotic models (Physical Optics, two-scale model, etc .). The objective of this exercise is to exhibit a parameterization of the simpler models efficient enough to ensure an adequate restitution of the main scattering/emission mechanisms. Studies are conducted for different sea conditions. The wave-surface interaction mechanisms expected to drive the signal are studied for different configurations of observation. Then, the preliminary consequences in terms of interaction model accuracy at these wavelengths are pointed out.

  15. Broadband Microwave Wireless Power Transfer for Weak-Signal and Multipath Environments

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    Barton, Richard J.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we study the potential benefits of using relatively broadband wireless power transmission WPT strategies in both weak-signal and multipath environments where traditional narrowband strategies can be very inefficient. The paper is primarily a theoretical and analytical treatment of the problem that attempts to derive results that are widely applicable to many different WPT applications, including space solar power SSP.

  16. Application of microwave energy for in-drum solidification of simulated precipitation sludge

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    Petersen, R.D.; Johnson, A.J.; Swanson, S.D.; Thomas, R.L.

    1987-08-17

    The application of microwave energy for in-container solidification of simulated transuranic contaminated precipitation sludges has been tested. Results indicate volume reductions to 83% are achievable by the continuous feeding of pre-dried sludge into a waste container while applying microwave energy. An economic evaluation was completed showing achievable volume and weight reductions to 87% compared with a current immobilization process for wet sludge. 7 refs., 15 figs., 16 tabs.

  17. Microwave applicator for in-drum processing of radioactive waste slurry

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    White, T.L.

    1994-06-28

    A microwave applicator for processing of radioactive waste slurry uses a waveguide network which splits an input microwave of TE[sub 10] rectangular mode to TE[sub 01] circular mode. A cylindrical body has four openings, each receiving 1/4 of the power input. The waveguide network includes a plurality of splitters to effect the 1/4 divisions of power. 4 figures.

  18. Area Report. Developments in Microwave Antennas and Applications in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

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    1980-12-31

    if by block nimber) Denmark anechoic chamber near field testing Norway microwaves phased arrays Sweden industrial application radiometer antennas of...Stockholm. At the University of Gothenburg, phased - array technology is being developed for relative- ly small and simple systems and specific...whether to investigate some microwave antenna systems, for example, phased arrays . The main efforts in Norway are found at the Technical University of

  19. Application of microwave radiometry to improving climate data records.

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    Liljegren, J. C.; Cadeddu, M. P.; Decision and Information Sciences

    2007-01-01

    Microwave radiometers deployed by the U. S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program provide crucial data for a wide range of research applications. The accuracy and stability of these instruments also makes them ideal for improving climate data records: to detect and correct discontinuities in the long-term climate records, to validate and calibrate the climate data, to characterize errors in the climate records, and to plan for the future Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-Air network. This paper presents an overview of these capabilities with examples from ARM data. Two-channel microwave radiometers (MWR) operating at 23.8 and 31.4 GHz are deployed at each of eleven ARM Climate Research Facility (ACRF) field sites in the U.S. Southern Great Plains (SGP), Tropical Western Pacific (TWP), North Slope of Alaska (NSA), and with the ARM Mobile Facility in Niamey, Niger for the purpose of retrieving precipitable water vapor (PWV) and liquid water path (LWP). At these locations PWV ranges from as low as 1 mm (1 kg/m{sup 2}) at the NSA to 70 mm or more in the TWP; LWP can exceed 2 mm at many sites. The MWR accommodates this wide dynamic range for all non-precipitating conditions with a root-mean-square error of about 0.4 mm for PWV and 0.02 mm (20 g/m{sup 2}) for LWP. The calibration of the MWR is continuously and autonomously monitored and updated to maintain accuracy. Comparisons of collocated MWRs will be presented. Site-specific linear statistical retrievals are used operationally; more sophisticated retrievals are applied in post-processing the data. Because PWV is an integral measure, derived from both the relative humidity and temperature profiles of the radiosonde, it is a particularly useful reference quantity. Comparison of PWV measured by the MWR with PWV from radiosondes reveals dry biases and diurnal trends as well as general calibration variability in the radiosondes. To correct the bias and reduce the

  20. Microwave interaction with ceramics and its application to spinodal decomposition

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    Jian-bao Li; Yong Huang; Zhi-peng Xie

    1996-12-31

    Microwave energy has been used for heating and processing of food and some soft materials for decades. Microwaves have recently been used for heating high-melting point materials such as ceramic and inorganic materials. This paper reviews the main factors that affect microwave heating of ceramic materials and reports some experimental results of microwave processing as applied to the solid solution of high-molten metal carbides. Titanium and zirconium carbide are widely used as reinforcements for ceramic and cermet materials due to their high hardness and high-melting points. Their hardness is greatly affected by the composition and their solid solutions have higher hardness than pure elemental crystals. However, synthesis of their solid solution is difficult. A new convenient routs to synthesize the (Ti,Zr)C carbides solution uses fine co-precipitated ZrTiO{sub 4} powder as a raw material. By heating it with carbon black over 1800{degrees}C, the near pure solid solution powder of (Ti,Zr)C is obtained. This solid solution powder is metastable and is easily decomposed into two phases of TiC and ZrC by annealing it at 1000-1400{degrees}C. The separated phases form unique microstructures. Microwave processing caused the phase separation more perfectly closing the two elemental components of TiC and ZrC than conventional annealing. The relationships of the separated two phases were different by different heating facilities. The microstructure of the material by conventional annealing showed network like pattern and another one by microwave processing showed striated or modulated pattern. These Spinodal decomposition phenomena and their unique structures are expected to be new routs to design stronger grain boundary of ceramic materials and prepare the nano-materials.

  1. Titan's Sand Seas properties from the modelling of microwave-backscattered signal of Cassini/SAR

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    Lucas, Antoine; Rodriguez, Sébastien; Lommonier, Florentin; Ferrari, Cécile; Paillou, Philippe; Le Gall, Alice; Narteau, Clément

    2016-04-01

    Titan's sand seas may reflect the current and past surface conditions. Assessing the physicochemical properties and the morphodynamics of the equatorial linear dunes is a milestone in our comprehension of the climatic and geological history of the largest Saturn's moon. Based on enhanced SAR processing leading to despeckled Cassini RADAR data sets, we analyzed quantitatively the surface properties (e.g., slopes, texture, composition...) over the sand seas. First, using a large amount of overlaps and a wide range of incidence angle and azimuths, we show that the radar cross-section over the inter-dunes strongly differs from the one over the dunes. This strongly suggests significant difference in the physical properties between these two geomorphic units. Then, we derived quantitatively the surface properties from the modelling of microwave-backscattered signal using a Monte-Carlo inversion. Our results show that dunes are globally more microwaves absorbent than the inter-dunes. The inter-dunes are smoother with a higher dielectric constant than the dunes. Considering the composition, the inter-dunes are in between the dunes and the bright inselbergs mainly composed of water ice, suggesting the presence of a shallow layer of sediment in between the dunes. This may suggest that Titan dunes are developing over a coarser sediment bed similarly to what is observed in some terrestrial sand seas such as in Ténéré desert (Niger, see also contribution #EGU2016-13383). Additionally, potential secondary bedforms (such as ripples) as well as avalanche faces may have been detected.

  2. Application of microwave digestion to the analysis of peat

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    Papp, C.S.E.; Fischer, L.B.

    1987-01-01

    A microwave digestion technique for the dissolution of peat is described and compared with a dry ashing method and a nitric - perchloric - hydrofluoric acid wet digestion. Peat samples with different organic matter contents were used and Ca, Mg, Fe, AI, Na, K, Mn, Zn, Cu and Li were determined by atomic absoprtion spectrometry. The results obtained using the three dissolution techniques were in good agreement. The microwave method has the advantage of digesting the samples in less than 2 h and uses less acid than the conventional wet digestion method. Keeping the volume of the acid mixture as small as possible minimises contamination and leads to lower blank values.

  3. Silicon on insulator bipolar junction transistors for flexible microwave applications

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    Bavier, John McGoldrick

    Microwave frequency flexible electronic devices require a high quality semiconducting material and a set of fabrication techniques that are compatible with device integration onto flexible polymer substrates. Over the past ten years, monocrystalline silicon nanomembranes (SiNMs) have been studied as a flexible semiconducting material that is compatible with industrial Si processing. Fabricated from commercial silicon on insulator (SOI) wafers, SiNMs can be transferred to flexible substrates using a variety of techniques. Due to their high carrier mobilities, SiNMs are a promising candidate for flexible microwave frequency devices. This dissertation presents fabrication techniques for flexible SiNM devices in general, as well as the progress made towards the development of a microwave frequency SiNM bipolar junction transistor (BJT). In order to overcome previous limitations associated with adhesion, novel methods for transfer printing of metal films and SiNMs are presented. These techniques enable transfer printing of a range of metal films and improve the alignment of small transfer printed SiNM devices. Work towards the development of a microwave frequency BJT on SOI for SiNM devices is also described. Utilizing a self-aligned polysilicon sidewall spacer technique, a BJT with an ultra-narrow base region is fabricated and tested. Two regimes of operation are identified and characterized under DC conditions. At low base currents, devices exhibited forward current gain as high as betaF = 900. At higher base current values, a transconductance of 59 mS was observed. Microwave scattering parameters were obtained for the BJTs under both biasing conditions and compared to unbiased measurements. Microwave frequency gain was not observed. Instead, bias-dependent non-reciprocal behavior was observed and examined. Limitations associated with the microwave impedance-matched electrode configuration are presented. High current densities in the narrow electrodes cause localized

  4. All-fibre photonic signal generator for attosecond timing and ultralow-noise microwave

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    Jung, Kwangyun; Kim, Jungwon

    2015-11-01

    High-impact frequency comb applications that are critically dependent on precise pulse timing (i.e., repetition rate) have recently emerged and include the synchronization of X-ray free-electron lasers, photonic analogue-to-digital conversion and photonic radar systems. These applications have used attosecond-level timing jitter of free-running mode-locked lasers on a fast time scale within ~100 μs. Maintaining attosecond-level absolute jitter over a significantly longer time scale can dramatically improve many high-precision comb applications. To date, ultrahigh quality-factor (Q) optical resonators have been used to achieve the highest-level repetition-rate stabilization of mode-locked lasers. However, ultrahigh-Q optical-resonator-based methods are often fragile, alignment sensitive and complex, which limits their widespread use. Here we demonstrate a fibre-delay line-based repetition-rate stabilization method that enables the all-fibre photonic generation of optical pulse trains with 980-as (20-fs) absolute r.m.s. timing jitter accumulated over 0.01 s (1 s). This simple approach is based on standard off-the-shelf fibre components and can therefore be readily used in various comb applications that require ultra-stable microwave frequency and attosecond optical timing.

  5. All-fibre photonic signal generator for attosecond timing and ultralow-noise microwave

    PubMed Central

    Jung, Kwangyun; Kim, Jungwon

    2015-01-01

    High-impact frequency comb applications that are critically dependent on precise pulse timing (i.e., repetition rate) have recently emerged and include the synchronization of X-ray free-electron lasers, photonic analogue-to-digital conversion and photonic radar systems. These applications have used attosecond-level timing jitter of free-running mode-locked lasers on a fast time scale within ~100 μs. Maintaining attosecond-level absolute jitter over a significantly longer time scale can dramatically improve many high-precision comb applications. To date, ultrahigh quality-factor (Q) optical resonators have been used to achieve the highest-level repetition-rate stabilization of mode-locked lasers. However, ultrahigh-Q optical-resonator-based methods are often fragile, alignment sensitive and complex, which limits their widespread use. Here we demonstrate a fibre-delay line-based repetition-rate stabilization method that enables the all-fibre photonic generation of optical pulse trains with 980-as (20-fs) absolute r.m.s. timing jitter accumulated over 0.01 s (1 s). This simple approach is based on standard off-the-shelf fibre components and can therefore be readily used in various comb applications that require ultra-stable microwave frequency and attosecond optical timing. PMID:26531777

  6. All-fibre photonic signal generator for attosecond timing and ultralow-noise microwave.

    PubMed

    Jung, Kwangyun; Kim, Jungwon

    2015-11-04

    High-impact frequency comb applications that are critically dependent on precise pulse timing (i.e., repetition rate) have recently emerged and include the synchronization of X-ray free-electron lasers, photonic analogue-to-digital conversion and photonic radar systems. These applications have used attosecond-level timing jitter of free-running mode-locked lasers on a fast time scale within ~100 μs. Maintaining attosecond-level absolute jitter over a significantly longer time scale can dramatically improve many high-precision comb applications. To date, ultrahigh quality-factor (Q) optical resonators have been used to achieve the highest-level repetition-rate stabilization of mode-locked lasers. However, ultrahigh-Q optical-resonator-based methods are often fragile, alignment sensitive and complex, which limits their widespread use. Here we demonstrate a fibre-delay line-based repetition-rate stabilization method that enables the all-fibre photonic generation of optical pulse trains with 980-as (20-fs) absolute r.m.s. timing jitter accumulated over 0.01 s (1 s). This simple approach is based on standard off-the-shelf fibre components and can therefore be readily used in various comb applications that require ultra-stable microwave frequency and attosecond optical timing.

  7. Advanced components for microwave photonics

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    Fonjallaz, Pierre-Yves; Gunnarsson, Ola; Popov, Mikhail; Margulis, Walter; Petermann, Ingemar; Berlemont, David; Carlsson, Fredrik

    2003-04-01

    This persentation gives an overveiw of the field of microwave photonics with an emphasis on new fiber based devices which we belive have a real practical potential. Microwave photonics can be considered as the fruitful meeting point bewteen optics and microwave engineering, where optoelectronic devices and systems are used both for processing at microwave rates and for signal handling in microwave systems. The use of specialty fibers, glass poling and naturally fiber Bragg gratings opens new perspectives for the realization of low-cost devices with appropriate functionality. The application field for optical microwave transmission and processing spans from radar technology to cable TV and mobile communications systems. Over the last few years very much attention has been directed towards radio-over-fiber systems for the next-generation mobile communications infrastructure as well as hybrid fiber radio for picocell systems at 60 GHz or above. As a matter of fact, the higher the microwave frequencies, the greater are the similarities with the optical carrier and the more there is to be gained by processing the microwave signal in the optical domain. Other important application examples are beamforming networks for phased array antennas and subcarrier processing for routing in optical networks.

  8. Current loop signal conditioning: Practical applications

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    Anderson, Karl F.

    1995-01-01

    This paper describes a variety of practical application circuits based on the current loop signal conditioning paradigm. Equations defining the circuit response are also provided. The constant current loop is a fundamental signal conditioning circuit concept that can be implemented in a variety of configurations for resistance-based transducers, such as strain gages and resistance temperature detectors. The circuit features signal conditioning outputs which are unaffected by extremely large variations in lead wire resistance, direct current frequency response, and inherent linearity with respect to resistance change. Sensitivity of this circuit is double that of a Wheatstone bridge circuit. Electrical output is zero for resistance change equals zero. The same excitation and output sense wires can serve multiple transducers. More application arrangements are possible with constant current loop signal conditioning than with the Wheatstone bridge.

  9. Microwave remote sensing: Active and passive. Volume 3 - From theory to applications

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    Ulaby, F. T.; Moore, R. K.; Fung, A. K.

    1986-01-01

    Aspects of volume scattering and emission theory are discussed, taking into account a weakly scattering medium, the Born approximation, first-order renormalization, the radiative transfer method, and the matrix-doubling method. Other topics explored are related to scatterometers and probing systems, the passive microwave sensing of the atmosphere, the passive microwave sensing of the ocean, the passive microwave sensing of land, the active microwave sensing of land, and radar remote sensing applications. Attention is given to inversion techniques, atmospheric attenuation and emission, a temperature profile retrieval from ground-based observations, mapping rainfall rates, the apparent temperature of the sea, the emission behavior of bare soil surfaces, the emission behavior of vegetation canopies, the emission behavior of snow, wind-vector radar scatterometry, radar measurements of sea ice, and the back-scattering behavior of cultural vegetation canopies.

  10. Microwave remote sensing: Active and passive. Volume 3 - From theory to applications

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    Ulaby, F. T.; Moore, R. K.; Fung, A. K.

    1986-01-01

    Aspects of volume scattering and emission theory are discussed, taking into account a weakly scattering medium, the Born approximation, first-order renormalization, the radiative transfer method, and the matrix-doubling method. Other topics explored are related to scatterometers and probing systems, the passive microwave sensing of the atmosphere, the passive microwave sensing of the ocean, the passive microwave sensing of land, the active microwave sensing of land, and radar remote sensing applications. Attention is given to inversion techniques, atmospheric attenuation and emission, a temperature profile retrieval from ground-based observations, mapping rainfall rates, the apparent temperature of the sea, the emission behavior of bare soil surfaces, the emission behavior of vegetation canopies, the emission behavior of snow, wind-vector radar scatterometry, radar measurements of sea ice, and the back-scattering behavior of cultural vegetation canopies.

  11. BaM/YIG nano-composites: A microwave material for C to U band application

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    Sharma, Vipul; Kumari, Sweta; Kuanr, Bijoy Kumar

    2017-05-01

    Hexaferrites have become important candidates for a variety of microwave and millimeter wave devices due to their large uniaxial magneto-crystalline anisotropy and high saturation magnetization. The goal of the present investigation is to synthesize Barium hexaferrite/Yttrium Iron Garnet (BaFe12O19/Y3Fe5O12): (BaM/YIG) Nano-Composites (NCs) to be used in broad band microwave frequency range applications, especially as microwave absorber. X-ray diffractometry, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM), and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) techniques were used to characterize these NCs. Using a Cu coplanar wave guide and a Vector Network Analyzer, broadband (C to U) microwave absorption were investigated by placing the bulk sample in flip chip mode. Various mathematical models were employed to fit the experimental data to yield intrinsic and extrinsic damping parameters.

  12. Retrieval of water, ammonia and dynamics using microwave spectra: With application to Juno Microwave Radiometer

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    Li, Cheng; Ingersoll, Andrew P.; Janssen, Michael A.

    2016-10-01

    The Juno Microwave Radiometer (MWR) is designed to measure the thermal emission of Jupiter's atmosphere from the cloud tops at about 1 bar pressure to as deep as hundreds of bars pressure, with unprecedented accuracy and spatial resolution. Unlike infrared spectroscopy, microwave observations of giant planetary atmospheres are difficult to interpret due to the absence of spectral features and broad weighting functions. The observed quantity is an intricate consequence of thermodynamic and dynamic processes. To unravel the mystery, we introduce two scalar parameters (stretching and cooling) that describe the alteration of the atmospheric thermal and compositional structure by dynamics. Using the above parameters, we are able to fit the Galileo Probe results as well as model the spectral differences between hot spots, zones and belts in Jupiter's atmosphere observed by VLA (de Pater et al., 2016). Finally, we make use of the state-of-the-art retrieval method - Markov Chain Monte Carlo - to determine the joint probability distribution of all parameters of interest. This approach fully calibrates error, assesses covariance between parameters, and explores the widest possible types of atmospheric conditions as opposed to traditional trial-and-error method. We apply this method to simulated Juno/MWR observations. We show that the water abundance is constrained to +3.1/-1.5 times solar for a normal situation and is constrained to an upper limit for an extreme situation.

  13. Multispectral microwave imaging radar for remote sensing applications

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    Larson, R. W.; Rawson, R.; Ausherman, D.; Bryan, L.; Porcello, L.

    1974-01-01

    A multispectral airborne microwave radar imaging system, capable of obtaining four images simultaneously is described. The system has been successfully demonstrated in several experiments and one example of results obtained, fresh water ice, is given. Consideration of the digitization of the imagery is given and an image digitizing system described briefly. Preliminary results of digitization experiments are included.

  14. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis – Catalytic Applications in Aqueous Media

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    The development of sustainable methods directed towards the synthesis of molecules is due to the heightened awareness and recognition of alternative eco-friendly and economical protocols that have minimum impact on environment. Among others, microwave (MW)-assisted methodology ha...

  15. Microwave modeling and validation in food thawing applications.

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    Tilford, Tim; Baginski, Ed; Kelder, Jasper; Parrott, Kevin; Pericleous, Koulis

    2007-01-01

    Developing temperature fields in frozen cheese sauce undergoing microwave heating were simulated and measured. Two scenarios were investigated: a centric and offset placement on the rotating turntable. Numerical modeling was performed using a dedicated electromagnetic Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) module that was two-way coupled to the PHYSICA multiphysics package. Two meshes were used: the food material and container were meshed for the heat transfer and the microwave oven cavity and waveguide were meshed for the microwave field. Power densities obtained on the structured FDTD mesh were mapped onto the unstructured finite volume method mesh for each time-step/turntable position. On heating for each specified time-step the temperature field was mapped back onto the FDTD mesh and the electromagnetic properties were updated accordingly. Changes in thermal/electric properties associated with the phase transition were fully accounted for as well as heat losses from product to cavity. Detailed comparisons were carried out for the centric and offset placements, comparing experimental temperature profiles during microwave thawing with those obtained by numerical simulation.

  16. Microwave Moisture Meter for Nodestructive and Instantaneous Peanut Grading Application

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    A low-cost microwave moisture meter built with off-the-shelf components was developed, calibrated and tested in the laboratory and in the field for the grading of peanuts. The meter allows rapid and nondestructive determination of kernel moisture content from measurements on unshelled peanut pods. T...

  17. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis – Catalytic Applications in Aqueous Media

    EPA Science Inventory

    The development of sustainable methods directed towards the synthesis of molecules is due to the heightened awareness and recognition of alternative eco-friendly and economical protocols that have minimum impact on environment. Among others, microwave (MW)-assisted methodology ha...

  18. Passive microwave remote discriminator for the marine applications

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    Denisov, Alexander; Liu, Hao; Qiu, Jinghui; Denisova, Kateryna; Soldovieri, Francesco

    2016-10-01

    The specially calculated and prepared antiradar surfaces on special ships is very good for detecting them by the microwave radiometers. It is interesting to evaluate the possibility of using a passive millimeter wave (PMMW) radiometric discriminator for the remote controlling and finding such objects at real distances and also for environmental monitoring.

  19. Novel Three-Dimensional Vertical Interconnect Technology for Microwave and RF Applications

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    Goverdhanam, Kavita; Simons, Rainee N.; Katehi, Linda P. B.

    1999-01-01

    In this paper, novel 3D interconnects suitable for applications in microwave and RF integrated circuit technology have been presented. The interconnect fabrication process and design details are presented. In addition, measured and numerically modeled results of the performance of the interconnects have been shown. The results indicate that the proposed technology has tremendous potential applications in integrated circuit technology. C,

  20. Application of Ground Based Microwave Radiometry for Characterizing Tropical Convection

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    Renju, R.; Raju, C. S.

    2016-12-01

    The characterization of the microphysical and thermodynamical properties of convective events over the tropical coastal station Thiruvananthapuram (TVM, 8.5o N 76.9oE) has been carried out by utilizing multiyear Microwave Radiometer Profiler (MRP) observations. The analyses have been extended to develop a methodology to identify convective events, based on the radiometric brightness temperature (Tb) differences, at 30 GHz and 22.5 GHz channels and are compared using reflectivity and rainfall intensity deduced from concurrent and collocated disdrometer measurements. In all 84 such convections were identified using the above methodology over the station for a period of years, 2010-2013; both during pre- and post- Indian summer monsoon months and further evaluated by computing their stability indices. The occurrence of convection over this coastal station peaks in the afternoon and early morning hours with genesis, respectively, over the land and the sea. The number of occurrence of convective events are less during monsoon deficit year whereas strong and more during heavy monsoon rainfall year. These findings are further evaluated with the percentage occurrence of fractional convective clouds derived from microwave payload SAPHIR observations on Megha-Tropique satellite. Based on the analyses the frequency of occurrence of convection can be related to the monsoonal rainfall obtaining over the region. The analyses also indicate that the microwave radiometric brightness temperature of humidity channels depicts the type of convection and respond two hours prior to the occurrence of rainfall. In addition to that the multi-angle observations of microwave radiometer profiler have been utilized to study the propagation of convective systems. This study and the methodology developed for identifying convection have significance in microwave (Ka- and W-band) satellite propagation characterization since convection and precipitation are the major hindrance to satellite

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  4. Photonic subsampling analog-to-digital conversion of microwave signals at 40-GHz with higher than 7-ENOB resolution.

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    Kim, Jungwon; Park, Matthew J; Perrott, Michael H; Kärtner, Franz X

    2008-10-13

    Conversion of analog signals into digital signals is one of the most important functionalities in modern signal processing systems. As the signal frequency increases beyond 10 GHz, the timing jitter from electronic clocks, currently limited at approximately 100 fs, compromises the achievable resolution of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). Owing to their ultralow timing jitter, the use of optical pulse trains from passively mode-locked lasers has been considered to be a promising way for sampling electronic signals. In this paper, based on sub-10 fs jitter optical sampling pulse trains, we demonstrate a photonic subsampling ADC that downconverts and digitizes a narrowband microwave signal at 40 GHz carrier frequency with higher than 7 effective-number-of-bit (ENOB) resolution.

  5. A balanced wide-band amplifier for microwave applications

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    Panzariu, Mircea; Lupescu, Horia; Dumitrascu, Ana; Tamas, Razvan D.

    2015-02-01

    Due to its better performance, high fiability and large power capability, balanced amplifier is one of the most popular designs used in narrow band applications. However, with a balanced amplifier in class A operation, the band-pass is still narrow with classical coupler [1]. In this paper, we propose a new method for widen the band-pass and linearity of the amplifier, by using two Lange couplers and by adding two drivers, so that small signal could be amplified [2], [3], [4], [5]. The proposed amplifier works in the 0.9 - 2.4 GHz band, with good performances. We also propose an A class X-band amplifier, with Wilkinson power divider used as a combiner and divider. The amplifier will operate at 9,5 GHz with Continuous Wave (C.W). The two methods were validated by simulating the balanced amplifier with Lange coupler and the balanced amplifier with Wilkinson power divider, in class A operation.

  6. A novel approach to photonic generate microwave signals based on optical injection locking and four-wave mixing

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    Zhu, Huatao; Wang, Rong; Xiang, Peng; Pu, Tao; Fang, Tao; Zheng, Jilin; Li, Yuandong

    2017-10-01

    In this paper, a novel approach for photonic generation of microwave signals based on frequency multiplication using an injected distributed-feedback (DFB) semiconductor laser is proposed and demonstrated by a proof-of-concept experiment. The proposed system is mainly made up of a dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator (DPMZM) and an injected DFB laser. By properly setting the bias voltage of the DPMZM, ±2-order sidebands with carrier suppression are generated, which are then injected into the slave laser. Due to the optical sideband locking and four-wave mixing (FWM) nonlinearity in the slave laser, new sidebands are generated. Then these sidebands are sent to an optical notch filter where all the undesired sidebands are removed. Finally, after photodetector detection, frequency multiplied microwave signals can be generated. Thanks to the flexibility of the optical sideband locking and FWM, frequency octupling, 12-tupling, 14-tupling and 16-tupling can be obtained.

  7. A Novel Nanoionics-Based Switch for Microwave Applications

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    Nessel, James A.; Lee, Richard Q.; Mueller, Carl H.; Kozicki, Michael N.; Ren, Minghan; Morse, Jacki

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports the development and characterization of a novel switching device for use in microwave systems. The device utilizes a switching mechanism based on nanoionics, in which mobile ions within a solid electrolyte undergo an electrochemical process to form and remove a conductive metallic "bridge" to define the change of state. The nanoionics-based switch has demonstrated an insertion loss of approx.0.5dB, isolation of >30dB, low voltage operation (1V), low power (approx. micro-W) and low energy (approx. nJ) consumption, and excellent linearity up to 6 GHz. The switch requires fewer bias operations (due to non-volatile nature) and has a simple planar geometry allowing for novel device structures and easy integration into microwave power distribution circuits.

  8. Experimental investigations of microwave plasma UV lamp for food applications.

    PubMed

    Ortoneda, Montserrat; O'Keeffe, Sinead; Cullen, Jeff D; Al-Shamma'a, Ahmed I; Phipps, David A

    2008-01-01

    The food industry is keen to have new techniques that improve the safety and/or shelf life of food products without the use of preservatives. There is considerable interest in developing UV light and ozone (O3) treatments to enhance shelf life. A microwave radiation device that is a novel source of germicidal UV and O3 suitable for the food industry has been developed, which offers speed, cost and energy benefits over existing sources. With this system comes the need to monitor a number of conditions, primarily UV intensity and ozone gas concentrations. The effectiveness of intense UV exposure for short periods of time was assessed on different microorganisms. Culture plates were exposed to a range of doses of UV-C light, and the reduction in numbers of surviving microorganisms was recorded The results on the biocidal capacity of the microwave generated UV light are presented.

  9. The microwave instruments onboard FY-3 and their application in tropical cyclone precipitation retrieval

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    Lu, Naimeng; Gu, Songyan; Guo, Yang; Zhang, Miao

    2016-04-01

    With the increasing awareness of the importance of meteorological satellite, China initialed FENGYUN satellite program in 1971 and the first polar orbiting meteorological satellite FY-1A was launched in 1988. Up to now, totally 6 FENGYUN polar orbiting meteorological satellites were launched, of which FY-A/B/C/D belongs to the first generation with only one instrument on board and their applications mainly focused on image analyses. The second generation of Chinese polar orbit meteorological satellite, FY-3A /B /C were launched in 2008,,2010 and 2012 respectively. there were 11 instruments onboard FYA/B/C with both sounding and imaging capability, covering the spectrum from ultraviolet, visible, infrared to microwave. There are three microwave instruments onboard FY-3 series, including Microwave Humidity Sounder (MWHS), Microwave Temperature Sounder (MWTS) and Microwave Radiation Imager (MWRI). This paper first introduces these three instruments, their channel characteristics and their global O-B results. Their observations are also compared with NOAA equivalent channels. The second part of this paper introduces the tropical cyclone precipitation retrieval technique developed by NSMC, which include: 1) Precipitation concept model introduction 2) Precipitation sensitivity analysis 3) Satellite microwave imagery analysis 4) "Overlap lookup table" technique introduction 5) Results analysis The FY-3 precipitation retrieval products are operationally used in weather analysis and forecast. Due to China's vast territory and complex climate, the satellite data are irreplaceable and have been intensively applied to monitoring the severe weather such as typhoon, heavy precipitation etc. over China.

  10. The Application of Microwave Incineration to Regenerative Life Support

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    Sun, Sidney C.; Srinivasan, Venkatesh; Covington, Al (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    Future human exploration missions will require life support systems that are highly regenerative, requiring minimum resupply, enabling the crews to be largely self-sufficient. Solid wastes generated in space will be processed to recover usable material. Researchers at NASA Ames Research Center are studying a commercially-produced microwave incinerator as a solid waste processor. This paper will describe the results of testing to-date.

  11. Chemical vapor deposition coating of fibers using microwave application

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    Barmatz, Martin B. (Inventor); Hoover, Gordon (Inventor); Jackson, Henry W. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    Chemical vapor deposition coating is carried out in a cylindrical cavity. The fibers are heated by a microwave source that is uses a TM0N0 mode, where O is an integer, and produces a field that depends substantially only on radius. The fibers are observed to determine their heating, and their position can be adjusted. Once the fibers are uniformly heated, a CVD reagent is added to process the fibers.

  12. The Application of Microwave Incineration to Regenerative Life Support

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    Sun, Sidney C.; Srinivasan, Venkatesh; Covington, Al (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    Future human exploration missions will require life support systems that are highly regenerative, requiring minimum resupply, enabling the crews to be largely self-sufficient. Solid wastes generated in space will be processed to recover usable material. Researchers at NASA Ames Research Center are studying a commercially-produced microwave incinerator as a solid waste processor. This paper will describe the results of testing to-date.

  13. Periorbital thermal signal extraction and applications.

    PubMed

    Shastri, Dvijesh; Tsiamyrtzis, Panagiotis; Pavlidis, Ioannis

    2008-01-01

    We propose a novel method that localizes the thermal footprint of the facial and ophthalmic arterial-venous complexes in the periorbital area. This footprint is used to extract the mean thermal signal over time (periorbital signal), which is a correlate of the blood supply to the ocular muscle. Previous work demonstrated that the periorbital signal is associated to autonomic responses and it changes significantly upon the onset of instantaneous stress. The present method enables accurate and consistent extraction of this signal. It aims to replace the heuristic segmentation approach that has been used in stress quantification thus far. Applications in computational psychology and particularly in deception detection are the first to benefit from this new technology. We tested the method on thermal videos of 39 subjects who faced stressful interrogation for a mock crime. The results show that the proposed approach has improved the deception classification success rate to 82%, which is 20% higher compared to the previous approach.

  14. Novel materials, fabrication techniques and algorithms for microwave and THz components, systems and applications

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    Liang, Min

    This dissertation presents the investigation of several additive manufactured components in RF and THz frequency, as well as the applications of gradient index lens based direction of arrival (DOA) estimation system and broadband electronically beam scanning system. Also, a polymer matrix composite method to achieve artificially controlled effective dielectric properties for 3D printing material is studied. Moreover, the characterization of carbon based nano-materials at microwave and THz frequency, photoconductive antenna array based Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) near field imaging system, and a compressive sensing based microwave imaging system is discussed in this dissertation. First, the design, fabrication and characterization of several 3D printed components in microwave and THz frequency are presented. These components include 3D printed broadband Luneburg lens, 3D printed patch antenna, 3D printed multilayer microstrip line structure with vertical transition, THz all-dielectric EMXT waveguide to planar microstrip transition structure and 3D printed dielectric reflectarrays. Second, the additive manufactured 3D Luneburg Lens is employed for DOA estimation application. Using the special property of a Luneburg lens that every point on the surface of the Lens is the focal point of a plane wave incident from the opposite side, 36 detectors are mounted around the surface of the lens to estimate the direction of arrival (DOA) of a microwave signal. The direction finding results using a correlation algorithm show that the averaged error is smaller than 1º for all 360 degree incident angles. Third, a novel broadband electronic scanning system based on Luneburg lens phased array structure is reported. The radiation elements of the phased array are mounted around the surface of a Luneburg lens. By controlling the phase and amplitude of only a few adjacent elements, electronic beam scanning with various radiation patterns can be easily achieved

  15. Experimental determination of position-estimate accuracy using back-azimuth signals from a microwave landing system

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    Knox, C. E.

    1979-01-01

    Flight tests using the Boeing 737 airplane to obtain position estimates with back azimuth signals from a microwave landing system (MLS) are discussed. The equations and logic used to generate a navigation position estimate in the MLS back azimuth signal environment are described. The error in the navigation position estimate is determined. A summary of the Boeing 737 position estimate update process is described. The navigation position estimate error calculated flight data and radar tracking information is analyzed. The position estimate error data using the MLS inputs are compared with error data obtained during dual distance measuring equipment updates.

  16. Antenna Development for Multifunctional Armor Applications Using Embedded Spin-Torque Nano-Oscillator (STNO) as a Microwave Detector

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-08-09

    MULTIFUNCTIONAL ARMOR APPLICATIONS USING EMBEDDED SPIN-TORQUE NANO -OSCILLATOR (STNO) AS A MICROWAVE DETECTOR Elena Bankowski, PhD Thomas Meitzler, PhD...Rochester, MI ABSTRACT Recent advances in spintronics resulted in the development of a new class of radiation-resistant nano -sized microwave devices...spin-torque nano -oscillators (STNO). To use these novel nano -scale devices in wireless communications system as either microwave sources or detectors

  17. Applicability of solid state microwave technology to solar power satellites

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    Nalos, E. J.; Fitzsimmons, G. W.; Sperber, B. R.

    1979-01-01

    A potential SPS design using antenna mounted GaAs FET's as the basic dc-RF converter is described, together with the rationale of why such a design may represent a viable cost effective complement to current SPS designs using tube type dc-RF converters such as klystrons or crossed field amplifiers. An initial description of a microwave antenna array module is given, together with a concept of how such a module is to be integrated into the SPS overall design. A comparison is made of several such designs using either antenna mounted or solar cell mounted dc-RF converters.

  18. Applications of Microwaves to Remote Sensing of Terrain

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    Porter, R. A.

    1975-01-01

    A survey and study was conducted to define the role that microwaves may play in the measurement of a variety of terrain-related parameters. The survey consisted of discussions with many users and researchers in the field of remote sensing. In addition, a survey questionnaire was prepared and replies were solicited from these and other users and researchers. The results of the survey, and associated bibliography, were studied and conclusions were drawn as to the usefulness of radiometric systems for remote sensing of terrain.

  19. A review of applications of microwave radiometry to oceanography

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    Wilheit, T. T., Jr.

    1977-01-01

    The emissivity of sea ice and atmospheric precipitation was investigated. Using the above physics, the data from the Electrically Scanning Microwave Radiometers (ESMR's) on the Nimbus-5 and Nimbus-6 satellites operating at wavelengths of 1.55 cm and 8mm, respectively, can be interpreted in terms of rain rate, ice coverage, and first year versus multi-year ice determination. The rain rate data is being used to establish a climatology of rainfall over the oceans. Both ice and rain data sets have been generated for the Global Atmospheric Research Project Data Systems Test.

  20. Ferrite-superconductor devices for advanced microwave applications

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    Dionne, G.F.; Oates, D.E.; Temme, D.H.; Weiss, J.A.

    1996-07-01

    Microwave devices comprising magnetized ferrite in contact with superconductor circuits designed to eliminate magnetic field penetration of the superconductor have demonstrated phase shift without significant conduction losses. The device structures are adaptable to low- or high-{Tc} superconductors. A nonoptimized design of a ferrite phase shifter that employs niobium or YBCO meanderlines has produced over 1,000 degrees of differential phase shift with a figure of merit exceeding 1,000 degrees/dB at X band. By combining superconductor meanderline sections with alternating T junctions on a ferrite substrate in a configuration with three-fold symmetry, a low-loss three-port switching circulator has been demonstrated.

  1. Application of microwave radiometers for wetlands and estuaries monitoring

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    Shutko, A.; Haldin, A.; Novichikhin, E.

    1997-06-01

    This paper presents the examples of experimental data obtained with airborne microwave radiometers used for monitoring of wetlands and estuaries located in coastal environments. The international team of researchers has successfully worked in Russia, Ukraine and USA. The data presented relate to a period of time between 1990 and 1995. They have been collected in Odessa Region, Black Sea coast, Ukraine, in Regions of Pittsville and Winfield, Maryland, USA, and in Region of St. Marks, Florida, USA. The parameters discussed are a soil moisture, depth to a shallow water table, vegetation index, salinity of water surface.

  2. Real time data acquisition of commercial microwave link networks for hydrometeorological applications

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    Chwala, C.; Keis, F.; Kunstmann, H.

    2015-11-01

    The usage of data from commercial microwave link (CML) networks for scientific purposes is becoming increasingly popular, in particular for rain rate estimation. However, data acquisition and availability is still a crucial problem and limits research possibilities. To overcome this issue, we have developed an open source data acquisition system based on the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). It is able to record transmitted- and received signal levels of a large number of CMLs simultaneously with a temporal resolution of up to one second. We operate this system at Ericsson Germany, acquiring data from 450 CMLs with minutely real time transfer to our data base. Our data acquisition system is not limited to a particular CML hardware model or manufacturer, though. We demonstrate this by running the same system for CMLs of a different manufacturer, operated by an alpine skiing resort in Germany. There, the data acquisition is running simultaneously for four CMLs with a temporal resolution of one second. We present an overview of our system, describe the details of the necessary SNMP requests and show results from its operational application.

  3. Real-time data acquisition of commercial microwave link networks for hydrometeorological applications

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    Chwala, Christian; Keis, Felix; Kunstmann, Harald

    2016-03-01

    The usage of data from commercial microwave link (CML) networks for scientific purposes is becoming increasingly popular, in particular for rain rate estimation. However, data acquisition and availability is still a crucial problem and limits research possibilities. To overcome this issue, we have developed an open-source data acquisition system based on the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). It is able to record transmitted and received signal levels of a large number of CMLs simultaneously with a temporal resolution of up to 1 s. We operate this system at Ericsson Germany, acquiring data from 450 CMLs with minutely real-time transfer to our database. Our data acquisition system is not limited to a particular CML hardware model or manufacturer, though. We demonstrate this by running the same system for CMLs of a different manufacturer, operated by an alpine ski resort in Germany. There, the data acquisition is running simultaneously for four CMLs with a temporal resolution of 1 s. We present an overview of our system, describe the details of the necessary SNMP requests and show results from its operational application.

  4. Microwave heating: Industrial applications. (Latest citations from the EI Compendex*plus database). Published Search

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    1996-04-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning industrial uses and design of microwave heating equipment. Citations discuss applications in food processing, industrial heating, vulcanization, textile finishing, metallurgical sintering, ceramic manufacturing, paper industries, and curing of polymers. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  5. Characterizations of biodegradable epoxy-coated cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) thin film for flexible microwave applications

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    Hongyi Mi; Chien-Hao Liu; Tzu-Husan Chang; Jung-Hun Seo; Huilong Zhang; Sang June Cho; Nader Behdad; Zhenqiang Ma; Chunhua Yao; Zhiyong Cai; Shaoqin Gong

    2016-01-01

    Wood pulp cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) thin film is a novel recyclable and biodegradable material. We investigated the microwave dielectric properties of the epoxy coated-CNF thin film for potential broad applications in flexible high speed electronics. The characterizations of dielectric properties were carried out in a frequency range of 1–10 GHz. The dielectric...

  6. A Half Century of Research on Agricultural Applications for RF and Microwave Dielectric Heating

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    Basic principles of radio-frequency and microwave dielectric heating are presented, and research reports and reviews published over the past 50 or 60 years are identified for various dielectric heating applications that have been explored for potential use in the field of agriculture. Included are ...

  7. Silicon Nanomembrane Bipolar Junction Transistors for Microwave Frequency Applications

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    Bavier, John; Ballarotto, Vince; Cumings, John

    2014-03-01

    Silicon nanomembranes (SiNMs) are a promising material for flexible semiconductor devices due to their high carrier mobility and compatibility with standard CMOS processing. Previous studies have reported SiNM field-effect transistors with operating frequencies as high as 12 GHz. In order to expand the utility of SiNM devices, a method for the fabrication of monocrystalline microwave frequency silicon bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) will be presented. High-temperature processing of SiNM BJT devices is performed on a Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) wafer. Using angled ion implantation, conformal chemical vapor deposition and anisotropic reactive ion etching, a poly-silicon sidewall spacer is formed. This spacer defines a base region approximately 200nm wide without the use of electron beam lithography. Devices are then released using selective wet etching in HF and transferred to alternate flexible substrates. Microwave frequency data will be presented, and the effects of the transfer process on device performance will be discussed.

  8. Application of Microwave Energy at Treatment of Asbestos Cement (Eternit)

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    Znamenáčková, Ingrid; Dolinská, Silvia; Lovás, Michal; Hredzák, Slavomír; Matik, Marek; Tomčová, Jana; Čablík, Vladimír

    2016-10-01

    Asbestos is the common name applied to a group of natural, fibrous silicate minerals, which were once one of the most popular raw materials to be used in building materials. Asbestos was mainly used for the production of assortment asbestos cement products. Today it is generally known that asbestos belongs to the group of hazardous materials and shows carcinogenic activity. It is therefore advisable to attempt to dispose of asbestos minerals in asbestos-containing materials and to convert them into a harmless material. One of methods may be microwave thermal decomposition of asbestos minerals. The research was used for old etemit roof ceiling. X-ray analysis indicated the presence of undesirable chrysotile. Its thermal destruction was carried out in a microwave oven in the power of 2500 W. In case the heating time was 15 min, X-ray analysis was confirmed chrysotile change into harmless minerals. Thermal analysis was used for characterization and the thermal behaviour of the asbestos cement sample.

  9. Microwave remote sensing and its application to soil moisture detection

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    Newton, R. W. (Principal Investigator)

    1977-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. Experimental measurements were utilized to demonstrate a procedure for estimating soil moisture, using a passive microwave sensor. The investigation showed that 1.4 GHz and 10.6 GHz can be used to estimate the average soil moisture within two depths; however, it appeared that a frequency less than 10.6 GHz would be preferable for the surface measurement. Average soil moisture within two depths would provide information on the slope of the soil moisture gradient near the surface. Measurements showed that a uniform surface roughness similar to flat tilled fields reduced the sensitivity of the microwave emission to soil moisture changes. Assuming that the surface roughness was known, the approximate soil moisture estimation accuracy at 1.4 GHz calculated for a 25% average soil moisture and an 80% degree of confidence, was +3% and -6% for a smooth bare surface, +4% and -5% for a medium rough surface, and +5.5% and -6% for a rough surface.

  10. PROBING THE DARK FLOW SIGNAL IN WMAP 9 -YEAR AND PLANCK COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND MAPS

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    Atrio-Barandela, F.; Kashlinsky, A.; Ebeling, H.; Fixsen, D. J.; Kocevski, D. E-mail: Alexander.Kashlinsky@nasa.gov E-mail: Dale.Fixsen@nasa.gov

    2015-09-10

    The “dark flow” dipole is a statistically significant dipole found at the position of galaxy clusters in filtered maps of Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) temperature anisotropies. The dipole measured in WMAP 3-, 5-, and 7- year data releases was (1) mutually consistent, (2) roughly aligned with the all-sky CMB dipole, and (3) correlated with clusters’ X-ray luminosities. We analyzed WMAP 9 -year and Planck 1st- year data releases using a catalog of 980 clusters outside of the Kp0 mask to test our earlier findings. The dipoles measured on these new data sets are fully compatible with our earlier estimates, are similar in amplitude and direction to our previous results, and are in disagreement with the results of an earlier study by the Planck Collaboration. Furthermore, in the Planck data sets dipoles are found to be independent of frequency, ruling out the thermal Sunyaev–Zeldovich as the source of the effect. In the data of both WMAP and Planck we find a clear correlation between the dipole measured at the cluster location in filtered maps and the average anisotropy on the original maps, further proving that the dipole is associated with clusters. The dipole signal is dominated by the most massive clusters, with a statistical significance that is better than 99%, slightly larger than in WMAP. Since both data sets differ in foreground contributions, instrumental noise, and other systematics, the agreement between the WMAP and Planck dipoles argues against them being due to systematic effects in either of the experiments.

  11. Laboratory evaluation and application of microwave absorption properties under simulated conditions for planetary atmospheres

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    Steffes, Paul G.

    1987-01-01

    Laboratory measurements were conducted to evaluate properties of atmospheric gases under simulated conditions for the outer planets. A significant addition to this effort was the capability to make such measurements at millimeter wavelengths. Measurements should soon be completed on the millimeter wave absorption from ammonia under Jovian conditions. Also studied will be the feasibility of measuring the microwave and millimeter wave properties of phosphine (PH3) under simulated Jovian conditions. Further analysis and application of the laboratory results to microwave and millimeter wave absorption data for the outer planet, such as Voyager Radio Occultation experiments, will be pursued.

  12. 5. 8 GHz ophthalmic microwave applicator for treatment of choroidal melanoma

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    Finger, P.T.; Packer, S.; Svitra, P.; Paglione, R.W.; Albert, D.M.; Chess, J.

    1983-01-01

    We report on the use of a 5.8 GHz microwave applicator to treat choroidal melanoma (Greene) in rabbits. The physical requirements needed to treat these intraocular tumors are quite different from those encountered elsewhere in the body. From a trans-scleral approach the penetration needed is minimal (5 to 10 mm.). The fibrous sclera is the only structure between the heat source and the tumor. The sclera has a relatively low water content when compared to tumor. This fact in addition to the frequency dependent interactions of tissue and electromagnetic radiation, results in an advantage to the use of the 5.8 GHz microwave device in treating intraocular malignancies.

  13. The research of ceramic materials for applications in the glass industry including microwave heating techniques

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    Kogut, K.; Kasprzyk, K.; Zboromirska-Wnukiewicz, B.; Ruziewicz, T.

    2016-02-01

    The melting of a glass is a very energy-intensive process. Selection of energy sources, the heating technique and the method of heating recovery are a fundamental issue from the furnace design point of view of and economic effectiveness of the process. In these processes the problem constitutes the lack of the appropriate ceramic materials that would meet the requirements. In this work the standard ceramic materials were examined and verified. The possibilities of application of microwave techniques were evaluated. In addition the requirements regarding the parameters of new ceramic materials applied for microwave technologies were determined.

  14. [Microwave thermoacoustic signal analysis of biological tissues based on the coupling of multifield].

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    Tao, Chunjing; Song, Tao; Liu, Guoqiang; Yan, Jing

    2008-02-01

    According to the coupling relationship of electromagnetic field, thermal field and acoustic field during the time that microwave irradiates the biological tissues, we conducted a study on the microwave-induced thermoacoustic tomography forward problem. In the study, we started from the thermoacoustic wave propagation that incorporated the spatial inhomogeneities of thermal and acoustic properties, and we used a method based on the finite element to solve the thermoacoustic equation. As the penetration depth and the specific absorption rate changed with the microwave frequency in biological tissue, the hotspot position and value altered, so the pressure wave propagation and the detecting value would be influenced. By analyzing the simulation results, we found that different detection point has different information content. Because the microwave-induced acoustic waves contain abundant information about the structural, electromagnetic and acoustic properties of phantom, they can reflect information on the tissue composition and structure of the phantom effectively.

  15. Application of the Markov Chain Monte Carlo method for snow water equivalent retrieval based on passive microwave measurements

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    Pan, J.; Durand, M. T.; Vanderjagt, B. J.

    2015-12-01

    Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method is a retrieval algorithm based on Bayes' rule, which starts from an initial state of snow/soil parameters, and updates it to a series of new states by comparing the posterior probability of simulated snow microwave signals before and after each time of random walk. It is a realization of the Bayes' rule, which gives an approximation to the probability of the snow/soil parameters in condition of the measured microwave TB signals at different bands. Although this method could solve all snow parameters including depth, density, snow grain size and temperature at the same time, it still needs prior information of these parameters for posterior probability calculation. How the priors will influence the SWE retrieval is a big concern. Therefore, in this paper at first, a sensitivity test will be carried out to study how accurate the snow emission models and how explicit the snow priors need to be to maintain the SWE error within certain amount. The synthetic TB simulated from the measured snow properties plus a 2-K observation error will be used for this purpose. It aims to provide a guidance on the MCMC application under different circumstances. Later, the method will be used for the snowpits at different sites, including Sodankyla, Finland, Churchill, Canada and Colorado, USA, using the measured TB from ground-based radiometers at different bands. Based on the previous work, the error in these practical cases will be studied, and the error sources will be separated and quantified.

  16. A Novel Method for Preparation of Gold NanoBipyramids Using Microwave Irradiation and Its Application in Immunosensors

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    Huynh, Trong Phat; Ngo, Vo Ke Thanh; Nguyen, Dang Giang; Nguyen, Hoang Phuong Uyen; Nghiem, Quoc Dat; Lam, Quang Vinh; Huynh, Thanh Dat

    2016-05-01

    Gold nanobipyramids (NBPs) have attracted attention for producing smart sensing devices as diagnostic tools in biotechnological and medical applications, because they show more advantageous plasmonic properties than comparable gold nanorods. Normally, NBPs were synthesized using seed-mediated growth process at room temperature. In this report, our group describes a method for synthesising of NBPs using microwave irradiation with ascorbic acid reduction and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide + silver nitrate (AgNO3) as capping agents. The advantages of this method are a highly effective approach to fast and uniform NBPs. The product was characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray powder diffraction. As an application in quartz crystal microbalance immunosensors, NBPs is conjugated with the chloramphenicol antibodies for signal amplification to detect chloramphenicol residuals in the QCM system.

  17. Research of the applications of ITO in microwave-range surface plasmon waves

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    Lai, Senfeng; Wu, Wen; Gu, Wenhua

    2016-09-01

    Because of the electromagnetic field enhancement effect in subwavelength scale, the surface plasmon wave (SPW) has been widely used in beam forming, bio-prospecting, and subwavelength structure design. But most research work is in the visible light or terahertz frequency band, and the surface plasmonic material (SPM) is usually limited to metals. In the microwave band, complex structures have to be used to achieve the desired subwavelength effects, making use of both metal and dielectric materials. In this paper, we propose the excitation of SPW in the microwave range using a simple structure and the material of indium tin oxide (ITO). By measuring the electric field profile during the propagation process, the excitation of SPW in ITO was verified. At the same time, frequency dependence was seen during the propagation process. Therefore, ITO can be a good SPM in the microwave band, just like metals in the visible light band. Considering the transparent characteristics of ITO, it can have many interesting applications.

  18. Development of Si(1-x)Ge(x) technology for microwave sensing applications

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    Mena, Rafael A.; Taub, Susan R.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.; Young, Paul E.; Simons, Rainee N.; Rosenfeld, David

    1993-01-01

    The progress for the first year of the work done under the Director's Discretionary Fund (DDF) research project entitled, 'Development of Si(1-x)Ge(x) Technology for Microwave Sensing Applications.' This project includes basic material characterization studies of silicon-germanium (SiGe), device processing on both silicon (Si) and SiGe substrates, and microwave characterization of transmission lines on silicon substrates. The material characterization studies consisted of ellipsometric and magneto-transport measurements and theoretical calculations of the SiGe band-structure. The device fabrication efforts consisted of establishing SiGe device processing capabilities in the Lewis cleanroom. The characterization of microwave transmission lines included studying the losses of various coplanar transmission lines and the development of transitions on silicon. Each part of the project is discussed individually and the findings for each part are presented. Future directions are also discussed.

  19. Synthesis and applications of poly(2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) grafted agar: a microwave based approach.

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    Rani, G Usha; Mishra, Sumit; Pathak, Gopal; Jha, Usha; Sen, Gautam

    2013-10-01

    Synthesis of graft copolymers under the influence of microwave radiation alone is a rapid, efficient, clean, cheap, convenient, energy-saving and green method. Grafting of poly(2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) on agar backbone was carried out under the influence of microwave radiation. The synthesis is optimized in terms of percentage grafting and intrinsic viscosity, by varying the microwave irradiation time and monomer (2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) concentration. The synthesized graft copolymers have been characterized by intrinsic viscosity measurement, FTIR spectroscopy, UV-spectroscopy, elemental analysis (C, H, N, & S), thermal studies and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Flocculation efficacy of the synthesized graft copolymers was studied in 0.25% kaolin and 1% coal fine suspension, through 'jar test' procedure. Further, flocculation efficacy of the best grade, coagulant (alum) and agar were studied for possible application in remediation of metals from river water. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Dielectric characterization of PCL-based thermoplastic materials for microwave diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

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    Aguilar, Suzette M; Shea, Jacob D; Al-Joumayly, Mudar A; Van Veen, Barry D; Behdad, Nader; Hagness, Susan C

    2012-03-01

    We propose the use of a polycaprolactone (PCL)-based thermoplastic mesh as a tissue-immobilization interface for microwave imaging and microwave hyperthermia treatment. An investigation of the dielectric properties of two PCL-based thermoplastic materials in the frequency range of 0.5-3.5 GHz is presented. The frequency-dependent dielectric constant and effective conductivity of the PCL-based thermoplastics are characterized using measurements of microstrip transmission lines fabricated on substrates comprised of the thermoplastic meshes. We also examine the impact of the presence of a PCL-based thermoplastic mesh on microwave breast imaging. We use a numerical test bed comprised of a previously reported 3-D anatomically realistic breast phantom and a multi-frequency microwave inverse scattering algorithm. We demonstrate that the PCL-based thermoplastic material and the assumed biocompatible medium of vegetable oil are sufficiently well matched such that the PCL layer may be neglected by the imaging solution without sacrificing imaging quality. Our results suggest that PCL-based thermoplastics are promising materials as tissue immobilization structures for microwave diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

  1. Dielectric Characterization of PCL-Based Thermoplastic Materials for Microwave Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications

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    Aguilar, Suzette M.; Shea, Jacob D.; Al-Joumayly, Mudar A.; Van Veen, Barry D.; Behdad, Nader; Hagness, Susan C.

    2011-01-01

    We propose the use of a polycaprolactone (PCL)-based thermoplastic mesh as a tissue-immobilization interface for microwave imaging and microwave hyperthermia treatment. An investigation of the dielectric properties of two PCL-based thermoplastic materials in the frequency range of 0.5 – 3.5 GHz is presented. The frequency-dependent dielectric constant and effective conductivity of the PCL-based thermoplastics are characterized using measurements of microstrip transmission lines fabricated on substrates comprised of the thermoplastic meshes. We also examine the impact of the presence of a PCL-based thermoplastic mesh on microwave breast imaging. We use a numerical test bed comprised of a previously reported three-dimensional anatomically realistic breast phantom and a multi-frequency microwave inverse scattering algorithm. We demonstrate that the PCL-based thermoplastic material and the assumed biocompatible medium of vegetable oil are sufficiently well matched such that the PCL layer may be neglected by the imaging solution without sacrificing imaging quality. Our results suggest that PCL-based thermoplastics are promising materials as tissue immobilization structures for microwave diagnostic and therapeutic applications. PMID:21622068

  2. The Microwave Applications Theory Program at NRL and Some Chemistry Code Applications to Ionospheric Heating by Microwave Radiation.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-08-26

    RADIATION 1. INTRODUCTION The advent of high power pulsed microwave devices, the magnetrons, at NRL,I which currently generate ’U 1 G Watt at X 1 0 cm and a...separation needed to sustain such a plasma. ( g ) relaxation of the disturbed air and the impact of the late time air chemistry on multi pulse breakdown...and the first negative bands of N 2+ . These two band systems correspond2 7 to N2 +(B2E - X2 E) and N2 (C 3Tu - B 3 g ) transitions, respectively. The

  3. Superconducting Pb stripline resonators in parallel magnetic field and their application for microwave spectroscopy

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    Ebensperger, Nikolaj G.; Thiemann, Markus; Dressel, Martin; Scheffler, Marc

    2016-11-01

    Planar superconducting microwave resonators are key elements in a variety of technical applications and also act as sensitive probes for microwave spectroscopy of various materials of interest in present solid state research. Here superconducting Pb is a suitable material as a basis for microwave stripline resonators. To utilize Pb stripline resonators in a variable magnetic field (e.g. in ESR measurements), the electrodynamics of such resonators in a finite magnetic field has to be fully understood. Therefore we performed microwave transmission measurements (with ample applied power to work in linear response) on superconducting Pb stripline resonators in a variable, parallel magnetic field. We determined surface resistance, penetration depth, as well as real and imaginary parts, {σ }1 and {σ }2, of the complex conductivity of superconducting Pb as a function of a magnetic field. Here we find features reminiscent of those in temperature-dependent measurements, such as a maximum in {σ }1 (coherence peak). At magnetic fields above the critical field of this type-I superconductor we still find a low-loss microwave response, which we assign to remaining superconductivity in the form of filaments within the Pb. Hysteresis effects are found in the quality factor of resonances once the swept magnetic field has exceeded the critical magnetic field. This is due to normal conducting areas that are pinned and can therefore persist in the superconducting phase. Besides zero-field-cooling we show an alternative way to eliminate these even at T\\lt {T}c. Based on our microwave data, we also determine the critical magnetic field and the critical temperature of Pb in a temperature range between 1.6 K and 6.5 K and magnetic fields up to 140 mT, showing good agreement with BCS predictions. We also study a Sn sample in a Pb resonator to demonstrate the applicability of superconducting Pb stripline resonators in the experimental study of other (super-)conducting materials in a

  4. Microwave application on air drying of apple (var. Granny Smith). The influence of vacuum impregnation pretreatment

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    Martin Esparza, Maria Eugenia

    Combined hot air-microwave drying has been studied on apple (var. Granny Smith), with and without vacuum impregnation (VI) pretreatment with isotonic solution, respect to kinetics, microstructural and final quality items. In order to reach this objective, a drier has been designed and built, that allows to control and to register all the variables which take place during the drying process. Thermal and dielectric properties, that are very important characteristics when studying heat and mass transfer phenomena that occur during the combined drying process, have been related to temperature and/or moisture content throughout empirical equations. It could be observed that all these properties decreased with product moisture content. Respect to dielectric properties, a relationship among water binding forms to food structure and water molecules relaxation frequency has been found. On the other hand, the effect of drying treatment conditions (air rate, drying temperature, sample thickness and incident microwave power) on the drying rate, from an empirical model based on diffusional mechanisms with two kinetic parameters (k1 and k2), both function of the incident microwave power, has been studied. Microwave application to air drying implied a notable decrease on drying time, the higher the applied power the higher the reduction. Microstructural study by Cryo-Sem revealed fast water vaporization taking place when microwaves are applied. Vacuum impregnation did not implied an additional advantage for combined drying as drying rate was similar to that of NIV samples. Finally, it has been studied the influence of process conditions on the color and mechanical properties of the dried product (IV and NIV). Vacuum impregnation implied an increase on the fracture resistance and less purity and tone angle. Microwave application induced product browning with respect to air drying (tone decreased and purity increased).

  5. Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology for space communications applications

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    Connolly, Denis J.; Bhasin, Kul B.; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    1987-01-01

    Future communications satellites are likely to use gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated-circuit (MMIC) technology in most, if not all, communications payload subsystems. Multiple-scanning-beam antenna systems are expected to use GaAs MMIC's to increase functional capability, to reduce volume, weight, and cost, and to greatly improve system reliability. RF and IF matrix switch technology based on GaAs MMIC's is also being developed for these reasons. MMIC technology, including gigabit-rate GaAs digital integrated circuits, offers substantial advantages in power consumption and weight over silicon technologies for high-throughput, on-board baseband processor systems. For the more distant future pseudomorphic indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) and other advanced III-V materials offer the possibility of MMIC subsystems well up into the millimeter wavelength region. All of these technology elements are in NASA's MMIC program. Their status is reviewed.

  6. Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology for space communications applications

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    Connolly, Denis J.; Bhasin, Kul B.; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    1987-01-01

    Future communications satellites are likely to use gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated-circuit (MMIC) technology in most, if not all, communications payload subsystems. Multiple-scanning-beam antenna systems are expected to use GaAs MMICs to increase functional capability, to reduce volume, weight, and cost, and to greatly improve system reliability. RF and IF matrix switch technology based on GaAs MMICs is also being developed for these reasons. MMIC technology, including gigabit-rate GaAs digital integrated circuits, offers substantial advantages in power consumption and weight over silicon technologies for high-throughput, on-board baseband processor systems. For the more distant future pseudomorphic indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) and other advanced III-V materials offer the possibility of MMIC subsystems well up into the millimeter wavelength region. All of these technology elements are in NASA's MMIC program. Their status is reviewed.

  7. Application of a compact microwave ion source to radiocarbon analysis

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    Schneider, R. J.; Reden, K. F. von; Hayes, J. M.; Wills, J. S. C.

    1999-04-26

    The compact, high current, 2.45 GHz microwave-driven plasma ion source which was built for the Chalk River TASCC facility is presently being adapted for testing as a gas ion source for accelerator mass spectrometry, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution accelerator mass spectrometer. The special requirements for producing carbon-ion beams from micromole quantities of carbon dioxide produced from environmental samples will be discussed. These samples will be introduced into the ion source by means of argon carrier gas and a silicon capillary injection system. Following the extraction of positive ions from the source, negative ion formation in a charge exchange vapor will effectively remove the argon from the carbon beam. Simultaneous injection of the three carbon isotopes into the accelerator is planned.

  8. Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology for space communications applications

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    Connolly, Denis J.; Bhasin, Kul B.; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    Future communications satellites are likely to use gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated-circuit (MMIC) technology in most, if not all, communications payload subsystems. Multiple-scanning-beam antenna systems are expected to use GaAs MMICs to increase functional capability, to reduce volume, weight, and cost, and to greatly improve system reliability. RF and IF matrix switch technology based on GaAs MMICs is also being developed for these reasons. MMIC technology, including gigabit-rate GaAs digital integrated circuits, offers substantial advantages in power consumption and weight over silicon technologies for high-throughput, on-board baseband processor systems. For the more distant future pseudomorphic indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) and other advanced III-V materials offer the possibility of MMIC subsystems well up into the millimeter wavelength region. All of these technology elements are in NASA's MMIC program. Their status is reviewed.

  9. Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology for space communications applications

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    Connolly, Denis J.; Bhasin, Kul B.; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    1987-01-01

    Future communications satellites are likely to use gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated-circuit (MMIC) technology in most, if not all, communications payload subsystems. Multiple-scanning-beam antenna systems are expected to use GaAs MMIC's to increase functional capability, to reduce volume, weight, and cost, and to greatly improve system reliability. RF and IF matrix switch technology based on GaAs MMIC's is also being developed for these reasons. MMIC technology, including gigabit-rate GaAs digital integrated circuits, offers substantial advantages in power consumption and weight over silicon technologies for high-throughput, on-board baseband processor systems. For the more distant future pseudomorphic indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) and other advanced III-V materials offer the possibility of MMIC subsystems well up into the millimeter wavelength region. All of these technology elements are in NASA's MMIC program. Their status is reviewed.

  10. Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology for space communications applications

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    Connolly, Denis J.; Bhasin, Kul B.; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    1987-10-01

    Future communications satellites are likely to use gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated-circuit (MMIC) technology in most, if not all, communications payload subsystems. Multiple-scanning-beam antenna systems are expected to use GaAs MMIC's to increase functional capability, to reduce volume, weight, and cost, and to greatly improve system reliability. RF and IF matrix switch technology based on GaAs MMIC's is also being developed for these reasons. MMIC technology, including gigabit-rate GaAs digital integrated circuits, offers substantial advantages in power consumption and weight over silicon technologies for high-throughput, on-board baseband processor systems. For the more distant future pseudomorphic indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) and other advanced III-V materials offer the possibility of MMIC subsystems well up into the millimeter wavelength region. All of these technology elements are in NASA's MMIC program. Their status is reviewed.

  11. Application of microwave reflectometry to disordered petroleum multiphase flow study

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    Jannier, B.; Dubrunfaut, O.; Ossart, F.

    2013-02-01

    Microwave reflectometry is applied to multiphase flow metering in the context of oil extraction. Our sensor consists of two open-ended coaxial probes operating at complementary frequencies (at 600 MHz and around 36 GHz) and was designed to resist harsh field conditions. This paper presents and comments on results obtained in realistic dynamic conditions, on a triphasic flow loop (water-oil-gas). The main conclusions are the following: Bruggeman-Hanai's mixing rule applies to natural emulsions and can be used to determine the composition of the water-oil liquid phase; results obtained for annular flows are very sensitive to small perturbations such as bubbles or waves at the liquid-gas interface; in the case of triphasic slug flows, the composition of the liquid phase can be estimated by proper filtering of the data.

  12. Microwave-accelerated plasmonics: application to ultrafast and ultrasensitive clinical assays

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    Aslan, Kadir; Previte, Michael J. R.; Zhang, Yongxia; Geddes, Chris D.

    2007-02-01

    In recent years our laboratory has described the favorable effects of fluorophores in close proximity to metallic nanostructures (1-6). These include, increased system quantum yields (increased detectability) and much improved fluorophore photostabilities. These effects have led to many applications of metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF) including, improved DNA detection (7, 8), enhanced ratiometric sensing (5), metal-enhanced phosphorescence (9) and chemiluminescence signatures (10), as well as to the development of nano-rod (6), triangular nano-plate (4) and modified plastic surfaces (1, 3) for their multifarious applications. In all of our applications of MEF to date, we have been able to significantly optically amplify luminescence based signatures, but have been unable to modify the rates of the respective biochemical reactions being either studied or utilized, as these are dependent on the usual solution parameters of temperature, viscosity and their bioaffinity etc. However, our laboratory has recently shown that low power microwaves, when applied to the metallic nanostructures which are suitable for MEF, are preferentially heated, rapidly accelerating local biochemical reactions (11). Subsequently, ultra-fast and ultra-sensitive assays can be realized. We have recently termed the amalgamation of both MEF with microwave heating as "Microwave-Accelerated Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence (MAMEF)." In this conference proceeding, we summarize our MAMEF work on ultra-fast and sensitive myoglobin detection for rapid cardiac risk assessment and DNA detection for bioterrorism applications. In addition we present two new platform technologies, namely, Microwave-Accelerated Surface Plasmon-Coupled Directional Luminescence (MA-SPCL) for ultra fast assays using clinical samples and a Microwave-Accelerated Aggregation Assay (MA-AA) technology, for ultra fast solutionbased nanoparticle aggregation assays.

  13. The histological features of microwave coagulation therapy: an assessment of a new applicator design

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    Swift, Benjamin; Strickland, Andrew; West, Kevin; Clegg, Peter; Cronin, Nigel; Lloyd, David

    2003-01-01

    Microwave ablation of tumours within the liver may become an adjunct or alternative to resection in patients with primary or secondary cancers. This technique combines the benefits of a large, localized coagulative effect with a single insertion of the applicator, in a significantly shorter time than comparable treatments. A new range of microwave applicators were developed and tested in animal models and both ex-vivo and in-vivo specimens of human liver at resection. At laparotomy, the applicator tip was inserted into normal liver parenchyma and tumours, with each specimen subjected to irradiation for 180 s or more and at varying power outputs. On sectioning an area of spherical blanching was observed around the applicator cavity. Microscopically a zone of coagulative necrosis was seen adjacent to the site of probe insertion. Damage to blood vessels and bile ducts occurred distal to the probe cavity suggesting the passage of heated fluid, a finding that was diminished by temporary occlusion of the hepatic vasculature (a Pringle manoeuvre). Ultra-structural damage was confirmed within the burn zone and selected liver enzymes were shown to be functioning beyond this region. We suggest this indicates the surrounding liver parenchyma is functioning normally and therefore the volume of microwave-induced damage is controllable. We are confident that the new applicator design will allow the effective treatment of larger tumours in a safe and controlled manner with a single application of energy. PMID:12694484

  14. Development of a high power microwave thruster, with a magnetic nozzle, for space applications

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    Power, John L.; Chapman, Randall A.

    1989-01-01

    This paper describes the current development of a high-power microwave electrothermal thruster (MET) concept at the NASA Lewis Research Center. Such a thruster would be employed in space for applications such as orbit raining, orbit maneuvering, station change, and possibly trans-lunar or trans-planetary propulsion of spacecraft. The MET concept employs low frequency continuous wave (CW) microwave power to create and continuously pump energy into a flowing propellant gas at relative high pressure via a plasma discharge. The propellant is heated to very high bulk temperatures while passing through the plasma discharge region and then is expanded through a throat-nozzle assembly to produce thrust, as in a conventional rocket engine. Apparatus, which is described, is being assembled at NASA Lewis to test the MET concept to CW power levels of 30 kW at a frequency of 915 MHz. The microwave energy is applied in a resonant cavity applicator and is absorbed by a plasma discharge in the flowing propellant. The ignited plasma acts as a lossy load, and with optimal tuning, energy absorption efficiencies over 95 percent (based on the applied microwave power) are expected. Nitrogen, helium, and hydrogen will be tested as propellants in the MET, at discharge chamber pressures to 10 atm.

  15. Compact microwave re-entrant cavity applicator for plasma-assisted combustion

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    Hemawan, Kadek W.; Wichman, Indrek S.; Lee, Tonghun; Grotjohn, Timothy A.; Asmussen, Jes

    2009-05-01

    The design and experimental operation of a compact microwave/rf applicator is described. This applicator operates at atmospheric pressure and couples electromagnetic energy into a premixed CH4/O2 flame. The addition of only 2-15 W of microwave power to a premixed combustion flame with a flame power of 10-40 W serves to extend the flammability limits for fuel lean conditions, increases the flame length and intensity, and increases the number density and mixture of excited radical species in the flame vicinity. The downstream gas temperature also increases. Optical emission spectroscopy measurements show gas rotational temperatures in the range of 2500-3600 K. At the higher input power of ≥10 W microplasma discharges can be produced in the high electric field region of the applicator.

  16. Laboratory evaluation and application of microwave absorption properties under simulated conditions for planetary atmospheres

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    Steffes, P. G.

    1986-01-01

    After long arduous work with the simulator, measurements of the refractivity and absorptivity of nitrogen under conditions similar to those for Titan were completed. The most significant measurements, however, were those of the microwave absorption from gaseous ammonia under simulated conditions for the Jovian atmospheres over wavelengths from 1.3 to 22 cm. The results of these measurements are critical in that they confirm the theoretical calculation of the ammonia opacity using the Ben-Reuven lineshape. The application of both these results, and results obtained previously, to planetary observations at microwave frequencies were especially rewarding. Applications of the results for ammonia to radio astronomical observations of Jupiter in the 1.3 to 20 cm wavelength range and the application of results for gaseous H2SO4 under simulated Venus conditions are discussed.

  17. Signal correlation in the tandem of a spin oscillator and microwave frequency discriminator with laser-pumped alkali atoms

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    Baranov, A. A.; Ermak, S. V.; Sagitov, E. A.; Smolin, R. V.; Semenov, V. V.

    2016-02-01

    We have studied the influence of low-frequency noise on the stability of resonance frequency of a self-oscillating magnetometer on 87Rb vapor with simultaneous monitoring of the signal of radio-optical resonance on the magnetic-field-dependent microwave transition under laser pumping at the D 2 line of the head doublet. The difference of synchronous records of detected signals reduced to the same scale in magnetic field units was processed to determine the Allan variance as a function of the averaging time. The correlation coefficient characterizing the coupling of detected signals determined by the pumping rate and intensity of radio fields generated in the region of the absorption chamber. The self-oscillating magnetometer can only operate provided that there is laser tuning to the long-wavelength component of the electric-dipole transition.

  18. Microwave absorption in powders of small conducting particles for heating applications.

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    Porch, Adrian; Slocombe, Daniel; Edwards, Peter P

    2013-02-28

    In microwave chemistry there is a common misconception that small, highly conducting particles heat profusely when placed in a large microwave electric field. However, this is not the case; with the simple physical explanation that the electric field (which drives the heating) within a highly conducting particle is highly screened. Instead, it is the magnetic absorption associated with induction that accounts for the large experimental heating rates observed for small metal particles. We present simple principles for the effective heating of particles in microwave fields from calculations of electric and magnetic dipole absorptions for a range of practical values of particle size and conductivity. For highly conducting particles, magnetic absorption dominates electric absorption over a wide range of particle radii, with an optimum absorption set by the ratio of mean particle radius a to the skin depth δ (specifically, by the condition a = 2.41δ). This means that for particles of any conductivity, optimized magnetic absorption (and hence microwave heating by magnetic induction) can be achieved by simple selection of the mean particle size. For weakly conducting samples, electric dipole absorption dominates, and is maximized when the conductivity is approximately σ ≈ 3ωε(0) ≈ 0.4 S m(-1), independent of particle radius. Therefore, although electric dipole heating can be as effective as magnetic dipole heating for a powder sample of the same volume, it is harder to obtain optimized conditions at a fixed frequency of microwave field. The absorption of sub-micron particles is ineffective in both magnetic and electric fields. However, if the particles are magnetic, with a lossy part to their complex permeability, then magnetic dipole losses are dramatically enhanced compared to their values for non-magnetic particles. An interesting application of this is the use of very small magnetic particles for the selective microwave heating of biological samples.

  19. In-situ sputtering of YBCO films for microwave applications

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    Ballentine, P. H.; Kadin, A. M.; Mallory, D. S.

    1991-01-01

    RF magnetron sputtering from a single YBCO target onto a heated substrate (700 C) was used to obtain c-axis-oriented 1-2-3 films that are superconducting without a subsequent annealing or oxygenation step, with Tc(R = 0) as high as 88 K on MgO and LaAlO3 substrates. This process uses an 8-in-diameter target in the sputter-up configuration, with a central grounded shield to eliminate negative ion bombardment. It can reproducibly and uniformly cover substrates as large as 3-in across at rates exceeding 1 A/s. Maintaining film composition very close to stoichiometry is essential for obtaining films with good superconducting properties and surface morphology. Optimum films have critical currents of 1 MA/sq cm at 77 K. Measurements of microwave surface resistance based on a stripline resonator indicate low surface resistance for unpatterned YBCO ground planes, but excess loss and a strong power dependence in a patterned center strip.

  20. Microwave landing system modeling with application to air traffic control

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    Poulose, M. M.

    1991-01-01

    Compared to the current instrument landing system, the microwave landing system (MLS), which is in the advanced stage of implementation, can potentially provide significant fuel and time savings as well as more flexibility in approach and landing functions. However, the expanded coverage and increased accuracy requirements of the MLS make it more susceptible to the features of the site in which it is located. An analytical approach is presented for evaluating the multipath effects of scatterers that are commonly found in airport environments. The approach combines a multiplane model with a ray-tracing technique and a formulation for estimating the electromagnetic fields caused by the antenna array in the presence of scatterers. The model is applied to several airport scenarios. The reduced computational burden enables the scattering effects on MLS position information to be evaluated in near real time. Evaluation in near real time would permit the incorporation of the modeling scheme into air traffic control automation; it would adaptively delineate zones of reduced accuracy within the MLS coverage volume, and help establish safe approach and takeoff trajectories in the presence of uneven terrain and other scatterers.

  1. New scheme of the microwave signal formation for quantum frequency standard on the atoms of caesium-133

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    Petrov, A. A.; Davydov, V. V.

    2016-11-01

    In present work several directions of quantum frequency standard modernization are considered. A new implementation of a frequency synthesizer and a magnetic field control unit are presented. Experimental study of a frequency synthesizer showed improvement parameters of a microwave-excitation signal, such as step frequency tuning, time frequency tuning, range of generating frequencies and spectral characteristics. Magnetic field control unit eliminates one of the most important perturbing factors affecting the long-term frequency stability. Daily frequency stability of quantum frequency standard improved on 15%.

  2. Production of nitric oxide using a microwave plasma torch and its application to fungal cell differentiation

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    Na, Young Ho; Kumar, Naresh; Kang, Min-Ho; Cho, Guang Sup; Choi, Eun Ha; Park, Gyungsoon; Uhm, Han Sup

    2015-03-01

    The generation of nitric oxide by a microwave plasma torch is proposed for its application to cell differentiation. A microwave plasma torch was developed based on basic kinetic theory. The analytical theory indicates that nitric oxide density is nearly proportional to oxygen molecular density and that the high-temperature flame is an effective means of generating nitric oxide. Experimental data pertaining to nitric oxide production are presented in terms of the oxygen input in units of cubic centimeters per minute. The apparent length of the torch flame increases as the oxygen input increases. The various levels of nitric oxide are observed depending on the flow rate of nitrogen gas, the mole fraction of oxygen gas, and the microwave power. In order to evaluate the potential of nitric oxide as an activator of cell differentiation, we applied nitric oxide generated from the microwave plasma torch to a model microbial cell (Neurospora crassa: non-pathogenic fungus). Germination and hyphal differentiation of fungal cells were not dramatically changed but there was a significant increase in spore formation after treatment with nitric oxide. In addition, the expression level of a sporulation related gene acon-3 was significantly elevated after 24 h upon nitric oxide treatment. Increase in the level of nitric oxide, nitrite and nitrate in water after nitric oxide treatment seems to be responsible for activation of fungal sporulation. Our results suggest that nitric oxide generated by plasma can be used as a possible activator of cell differentiation and development.

  3. Microwave high performance liquid chromatography with UV-visible detection. Application to vitamins determination.

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    Terol, Amanda; Maestre, Salvador E; Prats, Soledad; Todolí, José L

    2012-05-07

    The present work describes the first attempt to use microwave reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (MW-HPLC) to carry out the separation of organic compounds. Biotin and riboflavin were selected for the characterization of the new separation technique. Additional vitamins (nicotinamide, pyridoxine and thiamine) were used as reference compounds. In order to perform the separation, a chromatographic column was placed inside a domestic microwave oven in a hanging position. The column particular location was an extremely critical point, since it precluded the actual power absorbed by the sample. In order to avoid magnetron damage, a heat well (i.e., water vessels) was used. Vitamins were detected using a UV-VIS detector. Results obtained showed that the application of microwave radiation, even at low power levels, gave rise to a significant modification in the characteristics of the chromatograms. It was found that retention times for biotin and riboflavin shortened as the power increased. Furthermore, the peak shape also changed, with the modification being more significant for the former vitamin than for the latter one. Furthermore, sensitivity also increased as the column was exposed to the action of microwave. Comparatively speaking, MW-HPLC was more efficient in terms of compound separation than when performed at room temperature or thermostatted at 45 °C HPLC. This was likely due to the combined action of a moderate and quick heating of the mobile phase with an increase in the analytes diffusivity caused by the radiation.

  4. Application of the thermoelectric MEMS microwave power sensor in a power radiation monitoring system

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    Bo, Gao; Jing, Yang; Si, Jiang; Debo, Wang

    2016-08-01

    A power radiation monitoring system based on thermoelectric MEMS microwave power sensors is studied. This monitoring system consists of three modules: a data acquisition module, a data processing and display module, and a data sharing module. It can detect the power radiation in the environment and the date information can be processed and shared. The measured results show that the thermoelectric MEMS microwave power sensor and the power radiation monitoring system both have a relatively good linearity. The sensitivity of the thermoelectric MEMS microwave power sensor is about 0.101 mV/mW, and the sensitivity of the monitoring system is about 0.038 V/mW. The voltage gain of the monitoring system is about 380 times, which is relatively consistent with the theoretical value. In addition, the low-frequency and low-power module in the monitoring system is adopted in order to reduce the electromagnetic pollution and the power consumption, and this work will extend the application of the thermoelectric MEMS microwave power sensor in more areas. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11304158), the Province Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu (No. BK20140890), the Open Research Fund of the Key Laboratory of MEMS of Ministry of Education, Southeast University (No. 3206005302), and the Scientific Research Foundation of Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (Nos. NY213024, NY215139).

  5. Wavelet-based regularization for robust microwave imaging in medical applications.

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    Scapaticci, Rosa; Kosmas, Panagiotis; Crocco, Lorenzo

    2015-04-01

    Microwave imaging (MWI) is an emerging tool for medical diagnostics, potentially offering unique advantages such as the capability of providing quantitative images of the inspected tissues. This involves, however, solving a challenging nonlinear and ill-posed electromagnetic inverse scattering problem. This paper presents a robust method for quantitative MWI in medical applications where very little, if any, a priori information on the imaging scenario is available. This is accomplished by employing a distorted Born iterative method and a regularization by projection technique, which reconstructs the tissue parameters using a wavelet basis expansion to represent the unknown contrast. This approach is suited for any microwave medical imaging application where the requirement for increased resolution dictates the use of higher frequency data and, consequently, a robust regularization strategy. To demonstrate the robustness of the proposed approach, this paper presents reconstructions of highly heterogeneous anatomically realistic numerical breast phantoms in a canonical 2-D configuration.

  6. Development of critical-area criteria for protecting Microwave Landing System azimuth and elevation antenna guidance signals

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    Dibenedetto, Michael Francis

    This dissertation presents the methodologies used to develop and validate protective zoning requirements for Microwave Landing System (MLS) azimuth and elevation guidance signals. Typically, the aviation community refers to these protective zoning requirements as critical areas. The purpose of defining critical areas about the azimuth and elevation antennas is to protect the radiated guidance signals from multipath errors caused by electromagnetic scattering of these signals by transient vehicles and aircraft. A method for applying the Federal Aviation Administration MLS Mathematic Model to characterize the guidance signal errors caused by interfering aircraft located ahead of the azimuth or elevation antenna is presented. This method was used to generate error-contour plots characterizing the guidance signal errors caused along a standard precision approach profile as a function of interfering aircraft type, location, and orientation. Error budgets were developed, including allocations to the error permitted to be caused by interfering aircraft. Based on these allocations, error-contour plots were analyzed to determine the areas that bound all of the interfering aircraft locations that have the potential to cause guidance-signal error that exceed the allocations. Methods for adapting these criteria to protect non-standard, computed-centerline, and advanced approach procedures are presented. The dissertation provides azimuth and elevation critical-area criteria for basic, computed-centerline, and advanced MLS procedures. Also, it presents the status of critical- area criteria development for Precision Distance Measuring Equipment. The dissertation recommends that validation and refinement of the criteria be performed as indicated by operational experience.

  7. Optically activated GaAs MMIC switch for microwave and millimeter wave applications

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    Paolella, Arthur C.; Madjar, Asher; Herczfeld, Peter R.; Sturzebecher, Dana

    1991-03-01

    Optical control of microwave devices particularly MMIC is a rapidly growing research area. The GaAs MESFET is the prime candidate as the optical detector for MMIC applications. In this paper a theoretical analysis is presented which predicts the photoresponse in the MESFET. The analysis includes both internal and external photovoltaic and photoconductive effects. The paper also describes the operation of an optically activated GaAs MMIC switch using GaAs MESFET as the optical detector.

  8. Illumination Effects on the Capacitance Spectra and Signal Quality Factor of Al/InSe/C Microwave Sensors

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    Qasrawi, A. F.

    2013-06-01

    Amorphous indium selenide thin films have been used in the design of a microwave-sensitive Schottky barrier. The illumination effects on the capacitance spectra, on the signal quality factor, and on the capacitance ( C)-voltage ( V) characteristics of the Al/InSe/C device are investigated. Particular shifts in the amplitude and in the resonance peaks of the capacitance spectra which were studied in the frequency range of 10.0 kHz to 3.0 GHz are observed. While the photoexcitation of these devices increased the capacity level by ˜1.6 times the original magnitude, the dark quality factor, which was 2.2 × 106 at 3.0 GHz, fell to 1.2 × 106 when subjected to luminance of 14.7 klux. Analysis of the C- V curves recorded at signal power ranging from wireless local area network (LAN) levels to the maximum output power of third generation (3G) mobiles reflected high tunability of capacitance upon increasing the voltage or power. The tunability of the biased capacitance was much more pronounced in the light than in the dark. The obtained characteristics of the Al/InSe/C sensors indicate their usability in radio and microwave technology.

  9. The importance of signals in the Doppler broadening range for middle-atmospheric microwave wind and ozone radiometry

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    Rüfenacht, Rolf; Kämpfer, Niklaus

    2017-09-01

    Doppler microwave radiometry is a novel technique for the measurement of horizontal wind profiles at altitudes between 10 and 0.03 hPa, where there is a substantial lack of observations. All wind radiometers currently in use rely on ground-based observations of microwave radiation emitted by atmospheric ozone. Besides the well-known primary ozone layer in the stratosphere a secondary ozone layer forms near 10-3 hPa during nighttime. We show that the emission signal of this secondary ozone layer cannot be neglected for the retrieval of mesospheric winds and that it can even alter nighttime ozone retrievals. However, the present study also demonstrates that with a reasonably adequate representation of the atmospheric reality in the mesopause region bias-free wind retrievals throughout the entire sensitive altitude range of the instruments can be achieved during day and nighttime. By applying the improved ozone a priori setup to real observation data the average zonal wind difference to models was substantially reduced and a realistic diurnal cycle was reproduced. Moreover the presence of the high nighttime mesopause ozone signal could enable future retrievals of mean winds beyond the altitude range dominated by pressure broadening.

  10. New microwave excitation signal generating circuit for quantum frequency standard on the atoms of caesium Cs133

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    Petrov, A. A.; Davydov, V. V.

    2016-03-01

    In this work the study, design, development and experimental results of a new microwave excitation signal generating circuit are presented. New design of this circuit is based on the method of direct digital synthesis. The results of theoretical calculations and experimental researches show that the new design not only has a high precision, but also has an improvement in the spectral characteristics of the output signal. Range of generated output frequencies is expanded, that leads to the possibility of detuning the frequency of the neighboring resonance of spectral line and adjust the C-field in quantum frequency standard. Experimental research of the metrological characteristics of the quantum frequency standard on the atoms of caesium with a new functional unit showed an improvement in the daily frequency stability.

  11. Investigation of a large power water-cooled microwave resonance window for application with the ECR ion source

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    Guo, Guo; Guo, Junwei; Niu, Xinjian; Liu, Yinghui; Wang, Hui; Wei, Yanyu

    2017-06-01

    A large power water-cooled microwave resonance window used for the electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source is investigated in this paper. The microwave characteristic simulation, thermal analysis, and structure design are deeply and successively carried out before fabrication. After the machining and welding of the components, the window is cold and hot tested. The application results demonstrate that when the input power is 2000 W, the reflected power is only 5 W. The vacuum is below 10-10 Pa, and the high power microwave operation can last 30 h continuously and reliably, which indicates that the design and assembling can achieve the high efficiency of the microwave transmission. Finally, the performance of the ECR ion source is enhanced by the improvement of the injected microwave power to the ECR plasma.

  12. Novel applications of microwaves in the metallurgical processing of a nickel-ferrous laterite ore and an aluminum industry waste

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    Samouhos, M.; Taxiarchou, M.; Kouvelos, E.

    2016-04-01

    Microwave radiation is a relatively new source of energy in the pyrometallurgical process. In this study, the application of microwaves in the carbothermic reductive roasting of a nickeliferous hematitic laterite ore and a red mud are investigated. The effective microwave heating (at temperatures above 900°C) of the aforementioned materials is attainable due to the relatively high values of their imaginary permittivity (ε")- In both two cases, the reduction of the included hematite was attempted, and the reduction degree was calculated as a function of: (a) the heating time and (b) the supplied microwave power. The mechanism of Fe+3 to Fe0 conversion was investigated using Mössbaurer spectroscopy revealing the formation of magnetite, fayalite and nano-structured metallic iron. Finally, it should be noted that that the gaseous products of the microwave pyrometallurgical process were analyzed using a mass spectroscopic technique, which is an important novelty.

  13. Photonic generation of stable microwave signals from a dual-wavelength Al2O3:Yb3+ distributed-feedback waveguide laser.

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    Bernhardi, E H; Khan, M R H; Roeloffzen, C G H; van Wolferen, H A G M; Wörhoff, K; de Ridder, R M; Pollnau, M

    2012-01-15

    We report the fabrication and characterization of a dual-wavelength distributed-feedback channel waveguide laser in ytterbium-doped aluminum oxide. Operation of the device is based on the optical resonances that are induced by two local phase shifts in the distributed-feedback structure. A stable microwave signal at ~15 GHz with a -3 dB width of 9 kHz was subsequently created via the heterodyne photodetection of the two laser wavelengths. The long-term frequency stability of the microwave signal produced by the free-running laser is better than ±2.5 MHz, while the power of the microwave signal is stable within ±0.35 dB.

  14. Derivation of a global soil moisture and vegetation database from passive microwave signals

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    De Jeu, Richard A. M.; Owe, Manfred

    2003-03-01

    A series of validation studies for a recently developed soil moisture retrieval algorithm is presented. The approach is largely theoretical, and uses a non-linear iterative optimisation procedure to solve for soil moisture and vegetation optical depth with a radiative transfer model from satellite microwave observations. The new theoretical approach is not dependent on field observations of soil moisture or canopy biophysical measurements and can be used at any wavelength in the microwave region. Details of the model and its development are discussed. Satellite retrievals were derived from 6.6 GHz Nimbus/SMMR brightness temperatures, and were validated with soil moisture data sets from the U.S., Mongolia, and Turkmenistan. Time series of the satellite-derived surface moisture compared well with the available ground observations and precipitation data. The vegetation optical depth showed similar seasonal patterns as the NDVI.

  15. Microwave array applicator for radiometry-controlled superficial hyperthermia

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    Stauffer, Paul R.; Jacobsen, Svein; Neuman, Daniel

    2001-06-01

    Hyperthermia therapy has been shown clinically effective for a variety of skin diseases but current heating equipment is inadequate for most patients. This effort describes the design and performance of a flexible microstrip array applicator intended for heating large regions of tissue over contoured anatomy while at the same time monitoring temperature of the underlying tissue by non-invasive radiometric sensing of blackbody radiation from the heated volume. For this dual purpose applicator, an array of broadband Archimedean spiral receive antennas is integrated into an array of Dual Concentric Conductor heating apertures. Applicator heating uniformity is assessed with electric field scans in homogenous muscle phantoms and with measured temperature distributions in clinical treatments of chestwall recurrence of breast carcinoma. The data demonstrate precisely controlled heating out to the perimeter of large (40 x 13 cm2) multiaperture conformal array applicators. Capabilities of the radiometry system are assessed by correlation of brightness temperatures measured in phantom loads of known temperature distribution as seen through an intervening 5 mm thick water bolus at constant 40°C. The radiometer demonstrates excellent sensitivity and an accuracy of +0.1-0.45°C for temperature measurements up to 5 cm deep in phantom when using a one dimensional weighting function analysis and up to 6 independent 500 MHz bandwidths within the 1-4 GHz range. The data clearly indicate that both heating and radiometric thermometry are possible using the same thin and flexible printed circuit board microstrip array applicator. Once development is complete, this dual mode conformal array applicator with multiplexed radiometric display system should provide significantly improved uniformity and ease of heating large area superficial tissue disease.

  16. A MARKOV CHAIN MONTE CARLO ALGORITHM FOR ANALYSIS OF LOW SIGNAL-TO-NOISE COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND DATA

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    Jewell, J. B.; O'Dwyer, I. J.; Huey, Greg; Gorski, K. M.; Eriksen, H. K.; Wandelt, B. D. E-mail: h.k.k.eriksen@astro.uio.no

    2009-05-20

    We present a new Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm for cosmic microwave background (CMB) analysis in the low signal-to-noise regime. This method builds on and complements the previously described CMB Gibbs sampler, and effectively solves the low signal-to-noise inefficiency problem of the direct Gibbs sampler. The new algorithm is a simple Metropolis-Hastings sampler with a general proposal rule for the power spectrum, C {sub l}, followed by a particular deterministic rescaling operation of the sky signal, s. The acceptance probability for this joint move depends on the sky map only through the difference of {chi}{sup 2} between the original and proposed sky sample, which is close to unity in the low signal-to-noise regime. The algorithm is completed by alternating this move with a standard Gibbs move. Together, these two proposals constitute a computationally efficient algorithm for mapping out the full joint CMB posterior, both in the high and low signal-to-noise regimes.

  17. Application of terrestrial microwave remote sensing to agricultural drought monitoring

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    Root-zone soil moisture information is a valuable diagnostic for detecting the onset and severity of agricultural drought. Current attempts to globally monitor root-zone soil moisture are generally based on the application of soil water balance models driven by observed meteorological variables. Suc...

  18. Microwave-assisted synthesis of carbon nanodots through an eggshell membrane and their fluorescent application.

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    Wang, Qi; Liu, Xing; Zhang, Lichun; Lv, Yi

    2012-11-21

    Carbon nanodots (C-Dots) as a new form of carbonaceous nanomaterials have aroused much interest and intensive research due to their inspiring properties. Compared to traditional semiconductor quantum dots, these newly emergent nanodots possess a number of advantageous characteristics, among which low-toxicity is particularly fascinating. More and more research into C-Dots have focused on synthesis methods and biology-related applications. Microwave-assisted approaches have attracted attention because microwave treatment can provide intensive and efficient energy, and as a consequence shorten the reaction time. In this article, we designed a "green", rapid, eco-friendly and waste-reused approach to synthesize fluorescent and water-soluble C-Dots from eggshell membrane (ESM) ashes according to a microwave-assisted process. ESM selected as the carbon source was a common protein-rich waste in daily life and can be obtained easily and cheaply. The C-Dots from our method showed the maximal fluorescence emission peak at 450 nm and the fluorescence quantum yield was about 14%. We further designed a sensitive probe for glutathione based on the fluorescence turn off and on of the C-Dots-Cu(2+) system, which showed a linear range of 0.5-80 μmol L(-1) and detection limit of 0.48 μmol L(-1). In general, the C-Dots prepared briefly and inexpensively from ESM revealed excellent fluorescent property with promising potential for applications such as sample detection and biotechnology.

  19. Self-assembled plasmonic templates produced by microwave annealing: applications to surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Panagiotopoulos, N. T.; Kalfagiannis, N.; Vasilopoulos, K. C.; Pliatsikas, N.; Kassavetis, S.; Vourlias, G.; Karakassides, M. A.; Patsalas, P.

    2015-05-01

    Perhaps the simplest method for creating metal nanoparticles on a substrate is by driving their self-assembly with the thermal annealing of a thin metal film. By properly tuning the annealing parameters one hopes to discover a recipe that allows the pre-determined design of the NP arrangement. However, thermal treatment is known for detrimental effects and is not really the manufacturer’s route of choice when it comes to large-scale applications. An alternative method is the use of microwave annealing, a method that has never been applied for metal processing, due to the high reflectance of microwave radiation at the surface of a metal. However, in this work we challenge the widely used nanostructuring methods by proving the microwave’s annealing ability to produce plasmonic templates, out of extremely thin metal films, by simply using a domestic microwave oven apparatus. We show that this process is generic and independent of the deposition method used for the metal and we further quantify the suitability of these plasmonic templates for use in surface-enhanced Raman scattering applications.

  20. Potential applications of a new microwave ECR (electron cyclotron resonance) multicusp plasma ion source

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    Tsai, C.C.

    1990-01-01

    A new microwave electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) multicusp plasma ion source using two ECR plasma production regions and multicusp plasma confinement has been developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This source has been operated to produce uniform and dense plasmas over large areas of 300 to 400 cm{sup 2}. The plasma source has been operated with continuous argon gas feed and pulsed microwave power. The discharge initiation phenomena and plasma properties have been investigated and studied as functions of discharge parameters. Together with the discharge characteristics observed, a hypothetical discharge mechanism for this plasma source is reported and discussed. Potential applications, including plasma and ion-beam processing for manufacturing advanced microelectronics and for space electric propulsion, are discussed. 7 refs., 6 figs.

  1. Application of microwave method for moisture determination of organic and organic-mineral soils

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    Kramarenko, V. V.; Nikitenkov, A. N.; Molokov, V. Yu; Shramok, A. V.; Pozdeeva, G. P.

    2016-03-01

    The problem of rapid drying arises when determining moisture, ash and organic matter content, as well as during many other soil tests. For highly-organic and organo-mineral peat soils the problem of advanced measurement of moisture content is of special importance, since after reweighing the dry sample increase in mass may be observed. The article examines the methods in determining the moisture content in peat and organic soils via microwave radiation, which will greatly speed up the process, simplify the complexity and cost of laboratory tests. The paper presents a detailed review of the methods determining moisture content in soils and characteristics, as well as application scope. The work contains the research results on moisture organic soils: drying in a microwave oven and the current domestic standards.

  2. Easy access to heterobimetallic complexes for medical imaging applications via microwave-enhanced cycloaddition

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    Desbois, Nicolas; Pacquelet, Sandrine; Dubois, Adrien; Michelin, Clément

    2015-01-01

    Summary The Cu(I)-catalysed Huisgen cycloaddition, known as “click” reaction, has been applied to the synthesis of a range of triazole-linked porphyrin/corrole to DOTA/NOTA derivatives. Microwave irradiation significantly accelerates the reaction. The synthesis of heterobimetallic complexes was easily achieved in up to 60% isolated yield. Heterobimetallic complexes were easily prepared as potential MRI/PET (SPECT) bimodal contrast agents incorporating one metal (Mn, Gd) for the enhancement of contrast for MRI applications and one “cold” metal (Cu, Ga, In) for future radionuclear imaging applications. Preliminary relaxivity measurements showed that the reported complexes are promising contrast agents (CA) in MRI. PMID:26664643

  3. Correlation Between X-ray And Microwave (sz) Signals From The Warm-hot Intergalactic Medium

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    Galeazzi, Massimiliano; Gupta, A.; Huffenberger, K.; Ursino, E.

    2010-05-01

    A large fraction of the low redshift baryons is believed to reside in a warm-hot filamentary gas in the intergalactic medium (WHIM). In the past we have successfully used XMM-Newton data to identify and characterize the WHIM angular signature using the autocorrelation function [Galeazzi 2009, 695, 1127]. Using the output of large scale hydrodynamic simulations we have also investigated the correlation between low energy X-ray emission and SZ effect from WHIM filaments. The largest of the current SZ surveys (with the South Pole Telescope [Ruhl 2004, Proc. SPIE, 5498, 11] and the Atacama Cosmology Telescope [Kosowsky 2004, NAR 47, 939; 2006, NAR 50, 969]) are mapping hundreds of square degrees at arcminute resolution at bands in 100-300 GHz, and have started identifying clusters detected by their SZ signature alone [e.g. Staniszewski 2009, ApJ, 701,32; Hincks 2009, arXiv:0907.0461]. Although the bulk of the total luminosity in the SZ effect is associated with collapsed structures like clusters, our work indicates that a significant fraction comes from unbound objects, mostly from overdense regions, like the WHIM. Due to the unique emission mechanism, the X-ray and SZ correlation provides additional constraints on the structure of the intergalactic gas. Adopting an adiabatic, polytropic model the SZ signal goes as ne1.2, compared with the x-ray emission that goes roughly as ne2 (slightly modified by the cooling function). In this paper we will discuss the result of our investigation on the correlation between X-ray emission and SZ signals and the implications for current X-ray and SZ observatories. We will also present our preliminary applications using actual data.

  4. Monolithic Microwave Switching Matrix

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    Fujikawa, Gene; Ch'en, Daniel R.; Petersen, Wendell C.

    1989-01-01

    Gallium arsenide integrated-circuit chip switches any of three microwave input signals to any of three output ports. Measuring 4.9 mm on side, chip contains nine field-effect transistor (FET) crosspoint switches. Housed in custom-designed package with standard connectors for easy integration into system. FET's on chip operated as passive switches and consume no static power and insignificant amounts of switching power. Chip module cascades with similar modules into large arrays handling as many as 100 inputs and 100 outputs. Applications include switching and routing vast amounts of data between computers at extremely high speed. On communications satellite, chip switches microwave signals to and from Earth stations and other satellites.

  5. Using a conformal water bolus to adjust heating patterns of microwave waveguide applicators

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    Stauffer, Paul R.; Rodrigues, Dario B.; Sinahon, Randolf; Sbarro, Lyndsey; Beckhoff, Valeria; Hurwitz, Mark D.

    2017-02-01

    Background: Hyperthermia, i.e., raising tissue temperature to 40-45°C for 60 min, has been demonstrated to increase the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy for cancer. Although multi-element conformal heat applicators are under development to provide more adjustable heating of contoured anatomy, to date the most often used applicator to heat superficial disease is the simple microwave waveguide. With only a single power input, the operator must be resourceful to adjust heat treatment to accommodate variable size and shape tumors spreading across contoured anatomy. Methods: We used multiphysics simulation software that couples electromagnetic, thermal and fluid dynamics physics to simulate heating patterns in superficial tumors from commercially available microwave waveguide applicators. Temperature distributions were calculated inside homogenous muscle and layered skin-fat-muscle-tumor-bone tissue loads for a typical range of applicator coupling configurations and size of waterbolus. Variable thickness waterbolus was simulated as necessary to accommodate contoured anatomy. Physical models of several treatment configurations were constructed for comparison of simulation results with experimental specific absorption rate (SAR) measurements in homogenous muscle phantom. Results: Accuracy of the simulation model was confirmed with experimental SAR measurements of three unique applicator setups. Simulations demonstrated the ability to generate a wide range of power deposition patterns with commercially available waveguide antennas by controllably varying size and thickness of the waterbolus layer. Conclusion: Heating characteristics of 915 MHz waveguide antennas can be varied over a wide range by controlled adjustment of microwave power, coupling configuration, and waterbolus lateral size and thickness. The uniformity of thermal dose delivered to superficial tumors can be improved by cyclic switching of waterbolus thickness during treatment to proactively shift

  6. Field Emitter Arrays for Plasma and Microwave Source Applications

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    Jensen, Kevin L.

    1998-11-01

    Field emitter arrays (FEAs) are attractive cathode candidates for many applications, e.g., electron microguns(C. Constancias, D. Herve, R. Accomo, and E. Molva, J. Vac. Sci. Tech. B13, 611, 1995.), miniaturized TWTs(H. Imura, S. Tsuida, M. Takahasi, A. Okamoto, H. Makishima, and S. Miyano, Tech. Dig. of the IEEE-IEDM (Dec. 7-11, Washington, DC) p721.), radiation sources, instrumentation , sensors, mass spectrometers, and electric propulsion (Hall thrusters (C. M. Marrese and Alec D. Gallimore, Tech. Dig. of Int'l. Conf. on Plasma Science, (Raleigh, NC, June 4-5, 1998), 1D05.)) due to their instant ON/OFF capability, high brightness and current density, large transconductance to capacitance ratio, low voltage operation, and so on. Two applications are significant: in the most widely pursued, FEAs may enable significant reductions in physical dimensions, weight, and power consumption of flat panel displays (FPDs)(A. Ghis, R. Meyer, P. Rambaud, F. Levy, and T. Leroux, IEEE-Trans. Elect. Dev. 36, 2320 (1991)), whereas the most challenging application, advanced RF tubes(M. A. Kodis, K. L. Jensen, E. G. Zaidman, B. Goplen, D. N. Smithe, IEEE-Trans. on Plas. Sci. 24, 970 (1996).), may benefit from the current densities and high pulse repetition frequencies field emitters are capable of. FEAs (a coplanar gate less than one micron from a microfabricated conical emitter for field enhancement), provide high current density for low gate voltages, are relatively temperature insensitive, and are capable of emission modulation at 10 GHz. High currents due to quantum mechanical tunneling are made possible by narrowing the field emission barrier to nanometer widths. Greater performance and robustness may be enabled through rugged low work function coatings. We shall describe the process of field emission by quantum mechanical tunneling, provide an overview of the applications and their demands on field emitters, and present a model of FEAs used to characterize their performance

  7. A compact microwave patch applicator for hyperthermia treatment of cancer.

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    Chakaravarthi, Geetha; Arunachalam, Kavitha

    2014-01-01

    Design and development of a compact microstrip C-type patch applicator for hyperthermia treatment of cancer is presented. The patch antenna is optimized for resonance at 434 MHz, return loss (S11) better than -15dB and co-polarized electric field in tissue. Effect of water bolus thickness on power delivery is studied for improved power coupling. Numerical simulations for antenna design optimization carried out using EM simulation software, Ansys HFSS(®), USA were experimentally verified. The effective field coverage for the optimized patch antenna and experimental results indicate that the compact antenna resonates at ISM frequency 434 MHz with better than -15 dB power coupling.

  8. Fabrication of thin bulk ceramics for microwave circulator applications

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    Ings, J.B.; Simmins, J.J.; May, J.L.

    1995-09-01

    Planer MMIC circulator applications require the production of thin, flat garnet, spinel, and hexagonal ferrite circulator elements. Fabrication of cira 250 {mu}m circulator elements was done by tape casting and roll compaction. For the garnet, tape cast gave equivalent results to roll compaction. For the spinel and hexaferrite materials, which undergo magnetic flocculation, roll compaction was found to be the preferred fabrication method. Roll compacted lithium ferrite resulted in higher densities and lower {triangle}H and tan{delta} than did the tape case material. Roll compacted barium hexaferrite resulted in higher densities and remanent magnetization than did the tape cast material.

  9. New Microwave-Based Missions Applications for Rainfed Crops Characterization

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    Sánchez, N.; Lopez-Sanchez, J. M.; Arias-Pérez, B.; Valcarce-Diñeiro, R.; Martínez-Fernández, J.; Calvo-Heras, J. M.; Camps, A.; González-Zamora, A.; Vicente-Guijalba, F.

    2016-06-01

    A multi-temporal/multi-sensor field experiment was conducted within the Soil Moisture Measurement Stations Network of the University of Salamanca (REMEDHUS) in Spain, in order to retrieve useful information from satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and upcoming Global Navigation Satellite Systems Reflectometry (GNSS-R) missions. The objective of the experiment was first to identify which radar observables are most sensitive to the development of crops, and then to define which crop parameters the most affect the radar signal. A wide set of radar variables (backscattering coefficients and polarimetric indicators) acquired by Radarsat-2 were analyzed and then exploited to determine variables characterizing the crops. Field measurements were fortnightly taken at seven cereals plots between February and July, 2015. This work also tried to optimize the crop characterization through Landsat-8 estimations, testing and validating parameters such as the leaf area index, the fraction of vegetation cover and the vegetation water content, among others. Some of these parameters showed significant and relevant correlation with the Landsat-derived Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (R>0.60). Regarding the radar observables, the parameters the best characterized were biomass and height, which may be explored for inversion using SAR data as an input. Moreover, the differences in the correlations found for the different crops under study types suggested a way to a feasible classification of crops.

  10. Sensing vegetation growth and senescence with reflected GPS signals: Active microwave detection of western North America phenology

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    Evans, Sarah Grace

    We explore a new technique to estimate vegetation growth and senescence using reflected GPS signals (multipath) measured by geodetic-quality GPS stations. The operational GPS-IR statistic Normalized Microwave Reflection Index (NMRI), a measure of multipath scattering, exhibits a clear seasonal cycle as is expected for vegetation growth and senescence. The sensing footprint is ˜1000 m 2, larger than that provided by typical in situ observations but smaller than that from space-based products. Since GPS satellites transmit L-band signals, the vegetation estimates derived from GPS reflections provide global phenology monitoring that is sensitive to changes in vegetation canopy water content and biomass. However, GPS reflections are insensitive to plant greenness, clouds, atmosphere, and solar illumination constraints that adversely affect optical-infrared remote sensing vegetation indices like Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). Temporal and spatial diffuse scattering of microwave GPS-IR index NMRI and MODIS-based NDVI is documented at both the site-by-site and regional scale at 184 sites over the western United States. We derive NMRI and NDVI range, correlation between NMRI and NDVI signals, and phenology parameters including: start of season, season length, and peak day of year of vegetation growth. These phenology indexes are compared over a five water-year time series (2008 to 2012) to gauge spatial and temporal offsets. Average correlations (R 2=0.527) were found with NMRI variations lagging NDVI by approximately 21 days. This is consistent with the idea that greenup precedes plant growth. Phenology metrics extracted by microwave NMRI record a later start of season, later peak day of year, and shorter season length than determined by optical NDVI. Metrics are offset spatially with the largest offsets along Pacific Ocean coastline, decreasing inland and subdivided by region, supporting that plant growth cycles are controlled by regional climates. This

  11. Remotely Tunable Nonlinear Metamaterial at Microwave Frequency

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    Lee, Shelby; Silva, Sinhara; Zhou, Jiangfeng

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate a remotely tunable metamaterial at microwave frequency. The metamaterial consists of a two-gap split ring resonator with varactor diodes integrated in to one of the gaps. By varying a microwave pump signal remotely, the capacitance of the varactor diodes can be controlled. Thus we can tune the working frequency of the metamaterial. Our metamaterials enable an easily-applicable approach to realize tunable frequency without an external bias circuit compared to other tunable metamaterials.

  12. Earth resources programs at the Langley Research Center. Part 1: Advanced Applications Flight Experiments (AAFE) and microwave remote sensing program

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    Parker, R. N.

    1972-01-01

    The earth resources activity is comprised of two basic programs as follows: advanced applications flight experiments, and microwave remote sensing. The two programs are in various stages of implementation, extending from experimental investigations within both the AAFE program and the microwave remote sensing program, to multidisciplinary studies and planning. The purpose of this paper is simply to identify the main thrust of the Langley Research Center activity in earth resources.

  13. Microwave grafted, composite and coprocessed materials: drug delivery applications.

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    Kaur, Loveleen; Singh, Inderbir

    2016-12-01

    Novel modified pharmaceutical materials with desired functionalities are required for the development of drug delivery systems. Excipients are no more inert ingredients but these are playing crucial roles in modifying physicochemical properties of drugs and for imparting desired functionalities in the delivery system. In this review article, modified materials such as grafted, composite and coprocessed have been discussed along with the updated reported literature on the same. Applications of grafted materials as drug release retardant, mucoadhesive polymer and tablet superdisintegrant have been elaborated. Use of composite materials in the development of transdermal films, hydrogels, microspheres, beads and nanoparticles have been discussed. Methods for the preparation of coprocessed materials along with commercial products of different coprocessed excipients have also been enlisted.

  14. Progress on applications of high temperature superconducting microwave filters

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    Chunguang, Li; Xu, Wang; Jia, Wang; Liang, Sun; Yusheng, He

    2017-07-01

    In the past two decades, various kinds of high performance high temperature superconducting (HTS) filters have been constructed and the HTS filters and their front-end subsystems have been successfully applied in many fields. The HTS filters with small insertion loss, narrow bandwidth, flat in-band group delay, deep out-of-band rejection, and steep skirt slope are reviewed. Novel HTS filter design technologies, including those in high power handling filters, multiband filters and frequency tunable filters, are reviewed, as well as the all-HTS integrated front-end receivers. The successful applications to various civilian fields, such as mobile communication, radar, deep space detection, and satellite technology, are also reviewed.

  15. Advanced flip chip technologies in rf, microwave, and MEMS applications

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    Oppermann, Hermann H.; Kallmayer, C.; Klein, M.; Aschenbrenner, R.; Reichl, Herbert

    2000-04-01

    A variety of flip chip technologies are available today which differ in bumping material, substrate type, pad metallization and joining method. They are found in packages as well as on multichip modules and directly flip chip bonded on the board. Components including flip chip like bal grid arrays and chip size packages are introduced. Flip chip is the most favored assembly technology for high frequency applications due to the small parasitic of the short bump interconnect. High performance packages for optoelectronic devices using self-alignment during a fluxless reflow soldering are shown as well as the integration of MMICs. High density multichip modules have been fabricated for large pixel defectors of a nuclear detector with eight Chips and more than 46000 I/Os with an acceptable yield. Flip chip technology is a very flexible assembly method for different applications. Variations of the bump structure can be used for MEMS packaging as well and it was demonstrated by the assembly of a thin membrane to form an absolute pressure sensor with a vacuum enclosure. For different packaging requirements the appropriate technology should be chosen very carefully. An overview will be given for different bumping and flip chip joining methods suitable for high volume production as well as for prototyping. Wafer bumping methods will focus on electro less deposition of nickel/gold as well as on electroplating of gold, SnPb and AuSn solders. For rapid prototyping single chip bumping methods are described. Examples of different joining methods - soldering, adhesive bonding and thermocompression bonding - will be shown.

  16. Co/graphite based light weight microwave absorber for electromagnetic shielding and stealth applications

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    Ansari, Azizurrahaman; Jaleel Akhtar, Mohammad

    2017-01-01

    The magnetic, thermal, thermo-mechanical, electromagnetic and microwave absorption properties of Co/graphite loaded polystyrene composites prepared by melt blending and injection molding techniques are studied in X-band (8.4–12.4 GHz) for seeking their usage as efficient light weight microwave absorbers. For profound understanding of electromagnetic absorption process at micro level, the advanced SEM and x-ray diffraction testing of the composites are carried out. The magnetic properties of the prepared Co/graphite loaded polystyrene composites are studied using the vibrating sample magnetometer. The thermal stability and thermo-mechanical properties of the prepared composites are analyzed by thermo gravimetric analysis and dynamic mechanical and thermal analysis, respectively. The complex permittivity and permeability values of the prepared composite samples in X-band of microwave frequency are extracted from the scattering data recorded during the vector network analyzer measurements. The minimum reflection loss (maximum absorption loss) of  ‑32.02 dB (99.94%) is achieved at 10.13 GHz for Co/graphite loaded polystyrene composite with the excess loading of graphite flakes for sample thickness of 1.8 mm. High absorption loss, light weight and low thickness of the proposed multicomponent Co/graphite loaded polystyrene composites make them promising candidates for electromagnetic shielding and stealth applications.

  17. Photonic bandgap crystals on magnetic-dielectric for microwave frequency applications

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    Tiwari, Manoj K.; Gupta, K. K.; Gupta, H. C.; Dube, D. C.

    2006-04-01

    The variation of magnetic permeability of substrate on Photonic Band Gap (PBG) has been studied for microstrip type periodic metallic structure and the experimental findings will be presented and discussed. Periodic structure was carved out in the metallic foil of 18 micron thickness and was put on the composite of magnetic and dielectric substrate. As the dielectric constant of the substrate affects the band gap for the photons in the microwave region, the combined effect of magneto-dielectric substrate have been studied here for different combination of ferrite materials with different composition and different sintering temperature. The substrate of Ni-Zn ferrite was prepared on the Perspex sheet of desired dimensions. The behavior of variation of band gap was also been studied for the air as dielectric material of the substrate. We found a well defined PBG and the band gap increases and transmission loss decreases in the microwave region with appropriate combination of magnetic and dielectric substrate. Thus it could be concluded that the dielectric constant viz. a viz. magnetic permeability plays an important role in the formation of broad band photonic materials for the microwave applications such as filters, antennas, frequency selective surfaces etc. Further work is going on to fabricate the patch antenna on the PBG embedded ground plane.

  18. Study of multipactor suppression of microwave components using perforated waveguide technology for space applications

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    Ye, Ming; Li, Yun; He, Yongning; Daneshmand, Mojgan

    2017-05-01

    With the development of space technology, microwave components with increased power handling capability and reduced weight have been urgently required. In this work, the perforated waveguide technology is proposed to suppress the multipactor effect of high power microwave components. Meanwhile, this novel method has the advantage of reducing components' weight, which makes it to have great potential in space applications. The perforated part of the waveguide components can be seen as an electron absorber (namely, its total electron emission yield is zero) since most of the electrons impacting on this part will go out of the components. Based on thoroughly benchmarked numerical simulation procedures, we simulated an S band and an X band waveguide transformer to conceptually verify this idea. Both electron dynamic simulations and electrical loss simulations demonstrate that the perforation technology can improve the multipactor threshold at least ˜8 dB while maintaining the acceptable insertion loss level compared with its un-perforated components. We also found that the component with larger minimum gap is easier to achieve multipactor suppression. This effect is interpreted by a parallel plate waveguide model. What's more, to improve the multipactor threshold of the X band waveguide transformer with a minimum gap of ˜0.1 mm, we proposed a perforation structure with the slope edge and explained its mechanism. Future study will focus on further optimization of the perforation structure, size, and distribution to maximize the comprehensive performances of microwave components.

  19. Signal transmission techniques for large-scale nuclear fuel reprocessing applications

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    Herndon, J.N.; Bible, D.W.

    1985-01-01

    The RCE is currently developing a prototypic microwave-based signal transmission system for reprocessing cell applications. This system, being developed for use in the Advanced Integrated Maintenance System (AIMS), will operate in the 10-GHz frequency range. Provisions are being made for five real-time video channels, three bidirectional data channels at one megabaud data rate each, and two audio channels. The basic utility of the concept has been proven in a laboratory demonstration using gallium arsenide gunn diode transmitter/receivers with horn antennas. Unidirectional transmission of one real-time video channel over a distance of 200 ft was demonstrated. No evidence of multipath interference was detected even when the transmission path was surrounded by metallic reflectors. The microwave signal transmission system for the AIMS application is in final design. Fabrication in the ORNL instrument shops will begin in October 1985, and the system should be operational in the Maintenance Systems Test Area (MSTA) at ORNL in the latter half of 1986.

  20. Nonreciprocal Microwave Signal Processing with a Field-Programmable Josephson Amplifier

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    Lecocq, F.; Ranzani, L.; Peterson, G. A.; Cicak, K.; Simmonds, R. W.; Teufel, J. D.; Aumentado, J.

    2017-02-01

    We report on the design and implementation of a field-programmable Josephson amplifier (FPJA)—a compact and lossless superconducting circuit that can be programmed in situ by a set of microwave drives to perform reciprocal and nonreciprocal frequency conversion and amplification. In this work, we demonstrate four modes of operation: frequency conversion (transmission of -0.5 dB, reflection of -30 dB), circulation (transmission of -0.5 dB, reflection of -30 dB, isolation of 30 dB), phase-preserving amplification (gain >20 dB , one photon of added noise) and directional phase-preserving amplification (reflection of -10 dB, forward gain of 18 dB, reverse isolation of 8 dB, one photon of added noise). The system exhibits quantitative agreement with the theoretical prediction. Based on a gradiometric superconducting quantum-interference device with Nb /Al -Al Ox/Nb Josephson junctions, the FPJA is first-order insensitive to flux noise and can be operated without magnetic shielding at low temperature. Owing to its flexible design and compatibility with existing superconducting fabrication techniques, the FPJA offers a straightforward route toward on-chip integration with superconducting quantum circuits such as qubits and microwave optomechanical systems.

  1. Simulation, design and fabrication of microwave ferrite components for monostatic radar applications

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    Adams, Ryan Seamus

    A theory encompassing ferrite materials and their application to microwave circuits is presented herein. Several aspects of these materials and the devices that incorporate them are discussed. In particular, the behavior of infinitely extended microwave ferrites in the presence of a radio frequency (rf) signal is reviewed. The conditions for Faraday rotation and birefringence are outlined and the electromagnetic wave response is quantified. Further, magnetostatic modes and spin waves are discussed which require that the rf electric intensity be identically zero. A time-domain simulation routine is presented that accounts for electromagnetic wave propagation within finitely extended ferrite materials. This routine is fully second-order accurate. The routine is validated by comparing the network parameter data of a stripline phase shifter against the data obtained from a popular frequency domain formulation. Excellent correlation is observed, thus establishing that the routine is consistent with other simulation approaches. A review of the Bode-Fano criterion is presented wherein the fundamental matchability of an arbitrary load impedance function is addressed. This criterion is represented by integral equations that provide a relationship between the bandwidth and tolerance of match of an arbitrary impedance function. This theory is applied to the matchability of three port circulators by appealing to the concept of a required load impedance for perfect isolation. When applied to circulators in this manner, the realized bandwidth can exceed the fundamental limit in certain cases, but it is shown that the Bode-Fano criterion still provides a good "rule of thumb" regarding the matchability of a given circulator device. Three circulators are presented in validation of the Bode-Fano criterion, each of which utilize ferrite materials that exhibit high crystalline anisotropy, and hence they are "self-biased" devices. Simulation data is provided for the frequency response

  2. Sub-picosecond timing fluctuation suppression in laser-based atmospheric transfer of microwave signal using electronic phase compensation

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    Chen, Shijun; Sun, Fuyu; Bai, Qingsong; Chen, Dawei; Chen, Qiang; Hou, Dong

    2017-10-01

    We demonstrated a timing fluctuation suppression in outdoor laser-based atmospheric radio-frequency transfer over a 110 m one-way free-space link using an electronic phase compensation technique. Timing fluctuations and Allan Deviation are both measured to characterize the instability of transferred frequency incurred during the transfer process. With transferring a 1 GHz microwave signal over a timing fluctuation suppressed transmission link, the total root-mean-square (rms) timing fluctuation was measured to be 920 femtoseconds in 5000 s, with fractional frequency instability on the order of 1 × 10-12 at 1 s, and order of 2 × 10-16 at 1000 s. This atmospheric frequency transfer scheme with the timing fluctuation suppression technique can be used to fast build an atomic clock-based frequency free-space transmission link since its stability is superior to a commercial Cs and Rb clock.

  3. Photonic generation of widely tunable phase-coded microwave signals based on a dual-parallel polarization modulator.

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    Liu, Shifeng; Zhu, Dan; Wei, Zhengwu; Pan, Shilong

    2014-07-01

    A photonic approach for the generation of a widely tunable arbitrarily phase-coded microwave signal based on a dual-parallel polarization modulator (DP-PolM) is proposed and demonstrated without using any optical or electrical filter. Two orthogonally polarized ± first-order optical sidebands with suppressed carrier are generated based on the DP-PolM, and their polarization directions are aligned with the two principal axes of the following PolM. Phase coding is implemented at a following PolM driven by an electrical coding signal. The inherent frequency-doubling operation can make the system work at a frequency beyond the operation bandwidth of the DP-PolM and the 90° hybrid. Because no optical or electrical filter is applied, good frequency tunability is realized. An experiment is performed. The generation of phase-coded signals tuning from 10 to 40 GHz with up to 10  Gbit/s coding rates is verified.

  4. Note: Tunable notch filter based on liquid crystal technology for microwave applications

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    Urruchi, V.; Marcos, C.; Torrecilla, J.; Sánchez-Pena, J. M.; Garbat, K.

    2013-02-01

    In this work, a compact design of an electrically tunable notch filter, based on liquid crystal (LC) technology, has been designed, manufactured, and characterized. The proposal has been achieved through particular configuration schemes with low cost inverted-microstrip structures and conventional spurlines structures due to its ease of integration. Central frequency tunability has been induced by applying low ac voltages, thus involving low power consumption. For these devices, filter responses have been approached specifically at microwave C-band frequency allocated for many satellite communications applications. Also, it has taken advantage of new highly anisotropic nematic LC mixtures at those frequency ranges.

  5. Noncosmological signal contributions to the COBE DMR anisotropy maps. [Differential Microwave Radiometer

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    Bennett, C. L.; Hinshaw, G.; Banday, A.; Kogut, A.; Wright, E. L.; Loewenstein, K.; Cheng, E. S.

    1993-01-01

    We examine the COBE Differential Microwave Radiometer (DMR) data for evidence of noncosmological source contributions. The DMR maps are cross-correlated with maps of rich clusters, extragalactic IRAS sources, HEAO 1 A-2 X-ray emission, and 5 GHz radio sources. We limit the rms contributions from these sources on a 7 deg angular scale to less than 10 micro-K (95 percent confidence level) in the DMR maps, although the LMC probably contributes about 50 micro-K to a limited region of the sky. Thus, our previous interpretation that the fluctuations in the COBE DMR data are most likely due to cosmic fluctuations at the surface of last scattering remains intact. The Comptonization parameter for hot electrons traced by rich clusters is limited to delta(y) less than 2 x 10 exp -6 (95 percent confidence level) averaged over the 7 deg DMR beam.

  6. Highly hydrogenated graphene through microwave exfoliation of graphite oxide in hydrogen plasma: towards electrochemical applications.

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    Eng, Alex Yong Sheng; Sofer, Zdenek; Šimek, Petr; Kosina, Jiri; Pumera, Martin

    2013-11-11

    Hydrogenated graphenes exhibit a variety of properties with potential applications in devices, ranging from a tunable band gap to fluorescence, ferromagnetism, and the storage of hydrogen. We utilize a one-step microwave-irradiation process in hydrogen plasma to create highly hydrogenated graphene from graphite oxides. The procedure serves the dual purposes of deoxygenation and concurrent hydrogenation of the carbon backbone. The effectiveness of the hydrogenation process is investigated on three different graphite oxides (GOs), which are synthesized by using the Staudenmaier, Hofmann, and Hummers methods. A systematic characterization of our hydrogenated graphenes is performed using UV/Vis spectroscopy, SEM, AFM, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), combustible elemental analysis, and electrical conductivity measurements. The highest hydrogenation extent is observed in hydrogenated graphene produced from the Hummers-method GO, with a hydrogen content of 19 atomic % in the final product. In terms of the removal of oxygen groups, microwave exfoliation yields graphenes with very similar oxygen contents despite differences in their parent GOs. In addition, we examine the prospective application of hydrogenated graphenes as electrochemical transducers through a cyclic voltammetry (CV) study. The highly hydrogenated graphenes exhibit fast heterogeneous electron-transfer rates, suggestive of their suitability for electrochemical applications in electrodes, supercapacitors, batteries, and sensors. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Packaged heterodyne source modules based on external cavity lasers for microwave applications

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    Chuyanov, Vadim; Kupershmidt, Vladimir; Kusnadi, Frans; Plaessmann, Henry; Ozcan, Meric

    2005-03-01

    External cavity lasers (ECL) based on semiconductor diode gain elements and Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) have been developed for Telecom (OC-48) nd Analog (CATV, QAM) applications. They possess very narrow linewidth (100 kHz) and exceptional wavelength stability. These qualities makes them attractive platform for implementation of heterodyne sources and Optical Phase Locked Loops (OPLL) for Microwave Photonics applications. We discuss two types of such heterodyne sources: heterodyne oscillator based on heterodyning of two ECL, and fixed frequency heterodyne oscillators based on ECL with FBG written in the polarization maintaining fiber. All two types of heterodyne sources were built based on industry standard 14-pin butterfly package. All of them exhibited excellent wavelength stability (less than 1 pm/mA and 1-2 pm/°C). Fixed frequency sources provided beat oscillation around 40 GHz. We present performance characteristics and measurement data on (linewidth, phase noise, heterodyne mixing, etc.) and discuss the merits of ECL use as heterodyne sources for Microwave Photonics applications.

  8. Performance quantification of applicators for microwave treatment of crushed mineral ore.

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    Bradshaw, Steven M; Ali, Abubeker Y; Marchand, Renier; Barnard, Andri

    2011-01-01

    Exposure of crushed mineral ores to microwaves at high power density (-10(9) to 10(11) W/ m3(abs)) and for short exposure times (< 0.1 s) induces grain boundary fracture around the grains of the value minerals at economically viable energy inputs (-1 kWh/t). In subsequent processing steps, liberation of the value minerals is enhanced, improving the efficiency of the process. In this paper the performance of transverse E-field applicators for the continuous treatment of 30 t/h of crushed ore was quantified using damage maps. These provide the amount of microwave-induced grain boundary damage and the fraction of the load treated as a function of input power and throughput. The damage maps are created by combining the outputs from thermal stress simulations (for the determination of thermal damage) with those from electromagnetic simulations (for the determination of the 3d dissipation of power in the load). The results are to be used to select the optimal applicator structure and operating parameters (bed height and speed) for a given ore. Results from two applicator configurations for a coarser and finer-grained galena-calcite ore are used to exemplify the results. It is shown high the texture of the ore significantly reduces performance in terms of achievable throughput and required energy input. It is also shown that sub-optimal electromagnetic design also results in reduced throughput and increased energy requirement.

  9. Apparatus and method for microwave processing of materials

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    Johnson, A.C.; Lauf, R.J.; Bible, D.W.; Markunas, R.J.

    1996-05-28

    Disclosed is a variable frequency microwave heating apparatus designed to allow modulation of the frequency of the microwaves introduced into a furnace cavity for testing or other selected applications. The variable frequency heating apparatus is used in the method of the present invention to monitor the resonant processing frequency within the furnace cavity depending upon the material, including the state thereof, from which the workpiece is fabricated. The variable frequency microwave heating apparatus includes a microwave signal generator and a high-power microwave amplifier or a microwave voltage-controlled oscillator. A power supply is provided for operation of the high-power microwave oscillator or microwave amplifier. A directional coupler is provided for detecting the direction and amplitude of signals incident upon and reflected from the microwave cavity. A first power meter is provided for measuring the power delivered to the microwave furnace. A second power meter detects the magnitude of reflected power. Reflected power is dissipated in the reflected power load. 10 figs.

  10. Apparatus and method for microwave processing of materials

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    Johnson, Arvid C.; Lauf, Robert J.; Bible, Don W.; Markunas, Robert J.

    1996-01-01

    A variable frequency microwave heating apparatus (10) designed to allow modulation of the frequency of the microwaves introduced into a furnace cavity (34) for testing or other selected applications. The variable frequency heating apparatus (10) is used in the method of the present invention to monitor the resonant processing frequency within the furnace cavity (34) depending upon the material, including the state thereof, from which the workpiece (36) is fabricated. The variable frequency microwave heating apparatus (10) includes a microwave signal generator (12) and a high-power microwave amplifier (20) or a microwave voltage-controlled oscillator (14). A power supply (22) is provided for operation of the high-power microwave oscillator (14) or microwave amplifier (20). A directional coupler (24) is provided for detecting the direction and amplitude of signals incident upon and reflected from the microwave cavity (34). A first power meter (30) is provided for measuring the power delivered to the microwave furnace (32). A second power meter (26) detects the magnitude of reflected power. Reflected power is dissipated in the reflected power load (28).

  11. Laboratory Evaluation and Application of Microwave Absorption Properties Under Simulated Conditions for Planetary Atmospheres

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    Steffes, Paul G.

    1998-01-01

    Radio absorptivity data for planetary atmospheres obtained from spacecraft radio occultation experiments, entry probe radio signal absorption measurements, and earth-based radio astronomical observations can be used to infer abundances of microwave absorbing constituents in those atmospheres, as long as reliable information regarding the microwave absorbing properties of potential constituents is available. The use of theoretically-derived microwave absorption properties for such atmospheric constituents, or using laboratory measurements of such properties taken under environmental conditions which are significantly different than those of the planetary atmosphere being studied, often leads to significant misinterpretation of available opacity data. For example, laboratory measurements completed recently by Kolodner and Steffes (ICARUS 132, pp. 151-169, March 1998, attached as Appendix A) under this grant (NAGS-4190), have shown that the opacity from gaseous H2SO4 under simulated Venus conditions is best described by a different formalism than was previously used. The recognition of the need to make such laboratory measurements of simulated planetary atmospheres over a range of temperatures and pressures which correspond to the altitudes probed by both spacecraft entry probe and orbiter radio occultation experiments and by radio astronomical observations, and over a range of frequencies which correspond to those used in such experiments, has led to the development of a facility at Georgia Tech which is capable of making such measurements. It has been the goal of this investigation to conduct such measurements and to apply the results to a wide range of planetary observations, both spacecraft and earth-based, in order to determine the identity and abundance profiles of constituents in those planetary atmospheres.

  12. Laboratory Evaluation and Application of Microwave Absorption Properties under Simulated Conditions for Planetary Atmospheres

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    Steffes, Paul G.

    2002-01-01

    Radio absorptivity data for planetary atmospheres obtained from spacecraft radio occultation experiments, entry probe radio signal absorption measurements, and earth-based or spacecraft-based radio astronomical (emission) observations can be used to infer abundances of microwave absorbing constituents in those atmospheres, as long as reliable information regarding the microwave absorbing properties of potential constituents is available. The use of theoretically-derived microwave absorption properties for such atmospheric constituents, or the use of laboratory measurements of such properties taken under environmental conditions that are significantly different than those of the planetary atmosphere being studied, often leads to significant misinterpretation of available opacity data. Laboratory measurements have shown that the centimeter-wavelength opacity from gaseous phosphine (PH3) under simulated conditions for the outer planets far exceeds that predicted from theory over a wide range of temperatures and pressures. This fundamentally changed the resulting interpretation of Voyager radio occultation data at Saturn and Neptune. It also directly impacts planning and scientific goals for study of Saturn's atmosphere with the Cassini Radio Science Experiment and the Rossini RADAR instrument. The recognition of the need to make such laboratory measurements of simulated planetary atmospheres over a range of temperatures and pressures which correspond to the altitudes probed by both radio occultation experiments and radio astronomical observations, and over a range of frequencies which correspond to those used in both spacecraft entry probe and orbiter (or flyby) radio occultation experiments and radio astronomical observations, has led to the development of a facility at Georgia Tech which is capable of making such measurements. It has been the goal of this investigation to conduct such measurements and to apply the results to a wide range of planetary observations

  13. Laboratory Evaluation and Application of Microwave Absorption Properties under Simulated Conditions for Planetary Atmospheres

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    Steffes, Paul G.

    2005-01-01

    Radio absorptivity data for planetary atmospheres obtained from spacecraft radio occultation experiments, entry probe radio signal absorption measurements, and earth- based or spacecraft-based radio astronomical (emission) observations can be used to infer abundances of microwave absorbing constituents in those atmospheres, as long as reliable information regarding the microwave absorbing properties of potential constituents is available. The use of theoretically-derived microwave absorption properties for such atmospheric constituents, or the use of laboratory measurements of such properties taken under environmental conditions that are significantly different than those of the planetary atmosphere being studied, often leads to significant misinterpretation of available opacity data. For example, new laboratory measurements completed recently by Mohammed and Steffes (2003 and 2004) under this grant (NAG5-12122,5/1/02-4/30/05), have shown that the millimeter-wavelength opacities from both gaseous phosphine (PH3) and gaseous ammonia ("3) under simulated conditions for the outer planets vary significantly from that predicted by theory over a wide range of temperatures and pressures. These results have directly impacted planning and scientific goals for study of Saturn's atmosphere with the Cassini Radio Science Experiment, as discussed below. The recognition of the need to make such laboratory measurements of simulated planetary atmospheres over a range of temperatures and pressures which correspond to the altitudes probed by both radio occultation experiments and radio astronomical observations, and over a range of frequencies which correspond to those used in both spacecraft entry probe and orbiter (or flyby) radio occultation experiments and radio astronomical observations, has led to the development of a facility at Georgia Tech which is capable of making such measurements. It has been the goal of this investigation to conduct such measurements and to apply the

  14. Signal Detection Theory-Based Information Processing for the Detection of Breast Cancer at Microwave Frequencies

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    2002-08-01

    the measurement noise, as well as the physical model of the forward scattered electric field. The Bayesian algorithms for the Uncertain Permittivity...received at multiple sensors. In this research project a tissue- model -based signal-detection theory approach for the detection of mammary tumors in the...oriented information processors. In this research project a tissue- model - based signal detection theory approach for the detection of mammary tumors in the

  15. Rapid microwave-assisted growth of silver nanoparticles on 3D graphene networks for supercapacitor application.

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    Khamlich, S; Khamliche, T; Dhlamini, M S; Khenfouch, M; Mothudi, B M; Maaza, M

    2017-05-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) grown on a three dimensional (3d) graphene networks (GNs) has been successfully prepared by an efficient and rapid microwave-assisted growth process to form GNs/AgNPs nanocomposite electrode materials for supercapacitor application. The 3d nature of the used GNs offers a unique architecture, which creates an efficient conduction networks and maximum utilization of space and interface, and acts as a conductive layer for the deposited AgNPs. The electrochemical performances of the fabricated electrode were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests. Specifically, the optimal GNs/AgNPs nanocomposite exhibits remarkable performances with a high specific capacitance of 528Fg(-1) at a current density of 1Ag(-1) and excellent capacitance retention of ∼93% after 3000cycles. Moreover, this microwave-assisted growth strategy of AgNPs is simple and effective, which could be extended to the construction of other three dimensional graphene based metallic composites for energy storage and conversion applications.

  16. Electrode microwave discharge: Areas of application and recent results of discharge physics

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    Lebedev, Yu A.; Epstein, I. L.; Tatarinov, A. V.; Shakhatov, V. A.

    2010-01-01

    The first paper on the electrode microwave discharge (EMD) appeared in 1996. Presently many problems of EMD physics and applications have already been solved. Several examples of EMD application are discussed: diamond growth, deposition of CNx films and nanotubes, deposition of metal films (Cu, Al), deposition of TiN and TiO2 films, generation of O2(a1Δ), and EMD as a plasma cathode. Results of EMD experiments and modeling give rise to the assumption that an EMD consists of a self-sustained domain (near-electrode plasma region with overcritical plasma density) which is surrounded by a region of a non-self-sustained discharge (ball shaped region with undercritical plasma density). We assumed that the layer of charge separation and of induced electrostatic field originated at the outer EMD boundary was one of the reasons for the abrupt decrease of the plasma density which leads to the formation of a compact plasma structure. Recent modeling results of the strongly nonuniform electrode microwave plasma based on a quasi static, 1D spherically symmetric model showed that such a layer can be generated at the point where a sudden increase of the total ionization rate takes place.

  17. Compact optical displacement sensing by detection of microwave signals generated from a monolithic passively mode-locked laser under feedback

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    Simos, Christos; Simos, Hercules; Nikas, Thomas; Syvridis, Dimitris

    2015-05-01

    A monolithic passively mode-locked laser is proposed as a compact optical sensor for displacements and vibrations of a reflecting object. The sensing principle relies on the change of the laser repetition frequency that is induced by optical feedback from the object under measurement. It has been previously observed that, when a semiconductor passively mode locked laser receives a sufficient level of optical feedback from an external reflecting surface it exhibits a repetition frequency that is no more determined by the mode-locking rule of the free-running operation but is imposed by the length of the external cavity. Therefore measurement of the resulting laser repetition frequency under self-injection permits the accurate and straightforward determination of the relative position of the reflecting object. The system has an inherent wireless capability since the repetition rate of the laser can be wirelessly detected by means of a simple antenna which captures the microwave signal generated by the saturable absorber and is emitted through the wiring of the laser. The sensor setup is very simple as it requires few optical components besides the laser itself. Furthermore, the deduction of the relative position of the reflecting object is straightforward and does not require any processing of the detected signal. The proposed sensor has a theoretical sub-wavelength resolution and its performance depends on the RF linewidth of the laser and the resolution of the repetition frequency measurement. Other physical parameters that induce phase changes of the external cavity could also be quantified.

  18. Microwave-Accelerated Surface Plasmon-Coupled Directional Luminescence: application to fast and sensitive assays in buffer, human serum and whole blood.

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    Aslan, Kadir; Malyn, Stuart N; Geddes, Chris D

    2007-05-31

    The applicability of a new technique, Microwave-Accelerated Surface Plasmon-Coupled Luminescence (MA-SPCL) for fast and sensitive bioassays in buffer, serum and whole blood using quantum dots as luminescence reporters is demonstrated. In this regard, a model bioassay based on the well-known interactions of biotin and streptavidin is used. Using MA-SPCL, the bioassay was kinetically completed within 1 min with the use of low power microwave heating as compared to the identical bioassay which took in excess of 30 min to reach >95% completion at room temperature, a 30-fold increase in assay kinetics. The luminescence emission from the quantum dots was coupled to surface plasmons of the gold film, enabling the detection of the luminescence emission in a highly directional fashion as compared to the normal isotropic emission, for enhanced sensitivity and detection. The combined effect of microwaves for faster assay kinetics, with surface plasmon-coupled luminescence for sensitive luminescence measurements, has also made possible the demonstration of the use of the MA-SPCL technique for assays run in complex media, such as human serum and whole blood, where the same assay could not be performed at room temperature due to the coagulation of blood. In the MA-SPCL assay run in serum and whole blood, the luminescence intensity from 33 nM quantum dots was 75% and 20% that of the luminescence intensity from the assay run in buffer, with a signal to noise ratio of 12.5 and 3, respectively.

  19. Microwave-assisted synthesis of II-VI semiconductor micro-and nanoparticles towards sensor applications

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    Majithia, Ravish Yogesh

    Engineering particles at the nanoscale demands a high degree of control over process parameters during synthesis. For nanocrystal synthesis, solution-based techniques typically include application of external convective heat. This process often leads to slow heating and allows decomposition of reagents or products over time. Microwave-assisted heating provides faster, localized heating at the molecular level with near instantaneous control over reaction parameters. In this work, microwave-assisted heating has been applied for the synthesis of II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals namely, ZnO nanopods and CdX (X = Se, Te) quantum dots (QDs). Based on factors such as size, surface functionality and charge, optical properties of such nanomaterials can be tuned for application as sensors. ZnO is a direct bandgap semiconductor (3.37 eV) with a large exciton binding energy (60 meV) leading to photoluminescence (PL) at room temperature. A microwave-assisted hydrothermal approach allows the use of sub-5 nm ZnO zero-dimensional nanoparticles as seeds for generation of multi-legged quasi one-dimensional nanopods via heterogeneous nucleation. ZnO nanopods, having individual leg diameters of 13-15 nm and growing along the [0001] direction, can be synthesized in as little as 20 minutes. ZnO nanopods exhibit a broad defect-related PL spanning the visible range with a peak at ~615 nm. Optical sensing based on changes in intensity of the defect PL in response to external environment (e.g., humidity) is demonstrated in this work. Microwave-assisted synthesis was also used for organometallic synthesis of CdX(ZnS) (X = Se, Te) core(shell) QDs. Optical emission of these QDs can be altered based on their size and can be tailored to specific wavelengths. Further, QDs were incorporated in Enhanced Green-Fluorescent Protein -- Ultrabithorax (EGFP-Ubx) fusion protein for the generation of macroscale composite protein fibers via hierarchal self-assembly. Variations in EGFP- Ubx˙QD composite

  20. Wideband Agile Digital Microwave Radiometer

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    Gaier, Todd C.; Brown, Shannon T.; Ruf, Christopher; Gross, Steven

    2012-01-01

    The objectives of this work were to take the initial steps needed to develop a field programmable gate array (FPGA)- based wideband digital radiometer backend (>500 MHz bandwidth) that will enable passive microwave observations with minimal performance degradation in a radiofrequency-interference (RFI)-rich environment. As manmade RF emissions increase over time and fill more of the microwave spectrum, microwave radiometer science applications will be increasingly impacted in a negative way, and the current generation of spaceborne microwave radiometers that use broadband analog back ends will become severely compromised or unusable over an increasing fraction of time on orbit. There is a need to develop a digital radiometer back end that, for each observation period, uses digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms to identify the maximum amount of RFI-free spectrum across the radiometer band to preserve bandwidth to minimize radiometer noise (which is inversely related to the bandwidth). Ultimately, the objective is to incorporate all processing necessary in the back end to take contaminated input spectra and produce a single output value free of manmade signals to minimize data rates for spaceborne radiometer missions. But, to meet these objectives, several intermediate processing algorithms had to be developed, and their performance characterized relative to typical brightness temperature accuracy re quirements for current and future microwave radiometer missions, including those for measuring salinity, soil moisture, and snow pack.

  1. Microwave integrated circuit for Josephson voltage standards

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    Holdeman, L. B.; Toots, J.; Chang, C. C. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    A microwave integrated circuit comprised of one or more Josephson junctions and short sections of microstrip or stripline transmission line is fabricated from thin layers of superconducting metal on a dielectric substrate. The short sections of transmission are combined to form the elements of the circuit and particularly, two microwave resonators. The Josephson junctions are located between the resonators and the impedance of the Josephson junctions forms part of the circuitry that couples the two resonators. The microwave integrated circuit has an application in Josephson voltage standards. In this application, the device is asymmetrically driven at a selected frequency (approximately equal to the resonance frequency of the resonators), and a d.c. bias is applied to the junction. By observing the current voltage characteristic of the junction, a precise voltage, proportional to the frequency of the microwave drive signal, is obtained.

  2. Application of lightning to passive microwave convective and stratiform partitioning in passive microwave rainfall retrieval algorithm over land from TRMM

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    Wang, Nai-Yu; Gopalan, Kaushik; Albrecht, Rachel I.

    2012-12-01

    This study analyzes relationships between lightning flash rate, radar reflectivity factor (reflectivity), and passive microwave brightness temperature (Tb) for convective and stratiform precipitation over land using multiyear data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. A new convective and stratiform index (CSI (an estimate of convective areal fraction)) for the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) is developed from the analysis. Four years of TRMM TMI, Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS), and Precipitation Radar (PR) data (2002-2005) are colocated and remapped to 0.1 and 0.05 degree grids for analysis. The scientific objective of this study is to understand the relationship between lightning and active and passive microwave precipitation observations and explore ways of using lightning information to enhance the discrimination between convective and stratiform precipitation in TMI rain rate retrieval algorithm. PR provides the reference convective and stratiform classification and is coincident with LIS which reports lightning parameters such as the occurrence (yes or no) and flash rates. Analysis of ˜14 million coincident precipitating TRMM measurements over land (i.e., excluding oceans and coasts) reveals that 6% of rain data have lightning flash rates greater than zero. For all lightning data, 60% have 0-1 fl min-1, 28% have 1-2 fl min-1, and 12% have flash rates greater than 2 fl min-1. Overall, 86.5% (13.5%) of lightning occurred in convective (stratiform) precipitation. In other words, stratiform rainfall is predominant when LIS detects no lightning, and the convective rain probability increases with increasing lightning frequency. For example, 34% of rainfall is convective for low flash rates (0-1 fl/min), whereas the convective probability increases to 99.7% for high flash rates (>=2 fl/min). This study develops a simple method that incorporates lightning into the CSI to test if lightning can help passive microwave (PM) delineate convective and

  3. Techniques of EMG signal analysis: detection, processing, classification and applications

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    Hussain, M.S.; Mohd-Yasin, F.

    2006-01-01

    Electromyography (EMG) signals can be used for clinical/biomedical applications, Evolvable Hardware Chip (EHW) development, and modern human computer interaction. EMG signals acquired from muscles require advanced methods for detection, decomposition, processing, and classification. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the various methodologies and algorithms for EMG signal analysis to provide efficient and effective ways of understanding the signal and its nature. We further point up some of the hardware implementations using EMG focusing on applications related to prosthetic hand control, grasp recognition, and human computer interaction. A comparison study is also given to show performance of various EMG signal analysis methods. This paper provides researchers a good understanding of EMG signal and its analysis procedures. This knowledge will help them develop more powerful, flexible, and efficient applications. PMID:16799694

  4. Templates for engineered nano-objects for use in microwave, electronic devices and biomedical sensing application

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    Ferain, E.; Legras, R.

    2009-03-01

    Nanoporous templates have been developed and fabricated employing technology based on heavy ion bombardment and track etching of polymer films or polymer layers deposited on substrates; an alternative and unique tool based on the adaptation of an atomic force microscopy has been also developed to elaborate nanotemplates with pores of ultra-small dimensions down to a few nanometers. Different types of nano-objects elaborated using these templates have been further characterized regarding their specific properties: spin dependent phenomena in magnetic nano-objects (GMR, TMR, spin filtering, magneto-Coulomb effect, spin transfer torque phenomena), microwave properties of ferromagnetic nanowires arrays, optical properties of confined emitting polymer and biomedical applications of magnetic (Ni) and Ni/Au composite nanowires. Potential application of magnetic nanowire arrays has been also considered in sensor for automotive contact-less positioning system.

  5. A novel microwave applicator for tailoring the energy input for hydrothermal synthesis of zeolites.

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    Stenzel, C; Brinkmann, M; Müller, J; Schertlen, R; Venot, Y; Wiesbeck, W

    2001-01-01

    A new applicator system for microwave heating of aqueous solutions for the hydrothermal synthesis of zeolite crystals has been developed and experimentally characterized. It is based on a short-ended coaxial waveguide with the solution being inserted as a lossy dielectric. The electrical and thermal design of the autoclave has been optimized by numerical simulations of the E-field and of the temperature distribution respectively. Different reference temperature profiles--a homogeneous and a gradient one--could be established within the zeolite solution and were held constant over time. From temperature measurements at various positions in the solution the two reference profiles could be verified. Temperature differences of less than 15 degrees C have been measured within the homogeneous autoclave whereas differences up to 55 degrees C have been found in the gradient autoclave. In the first synthesis experiments using this applicator zeolite crystals of the zeolite A and VPI-5-type could be successfully crystallized.

  6. Critical Performance Enhancement of Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Microwave Photonic Links through Nonlinear Photonic Signal Processing

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    2013-04-11

    four-wave mixing (FWM) interaction such that in an amplifier-less link we are thermally noise limited after photodetection due to a low received...link with self-phase modulation based enhancement and balanced detection. optical signal. During this quarter we have constructed the sampling-based...photodetector. Furthermore, 8-dB of signal gain, a 3.6-dB improvement in OIP3, and a 3.1 -dB improvement in OIP2. the use of the balanced detector allows for

  7. Microwave signal amplification and Pierce instability on radial electron flows in cylindrical and spherical diodes

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    Gnavi, G.; Gratton, F.T. )

    1994-11-01

    Linear space charge perturbations of focused electron beams flowing between cylindrical and spherical electrodes on convergent or divergent trajectories are studied, and the amplification of high-frequency signals when the flow is modulated at one electrode is computed. It is shown that divergent beams give the largest amplification effect. The instability of electron beams drifting through grounded grids (Pierce instability in cylindrical or spherical diodes) is also considered. The instability threshold occurs at higher critical currents when the curvature of the electrodes is large. Results for planar electrodes are recovered in the limit of zero curvature devices. Spherical configurations have better signal amplification and stability properties than similar planar or cylindrical systems.

  8. Diamond Radio Receiver: Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers as Fluorescent Transducers of Microwave Signals

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    Shao, Linbo; Zhang, Mian; Markham, Matthew; Edmonds, Andrew M.; Lončar, Marko

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrate a robust frequency-modulated radio receiver using electron-spin-dependent photoluminescence of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond. The carrier frequency of the frequency-modulated signal is in the 2.8-GHz range, determined by the zero-field splitting in the nitrogen-vacancy electronic ground state. The radio can be tuned over 300 MHz by applying an external dc magnetic field. We show the transmission of high-fidelity audio signals over a bandwidth of 91 kHz using the diamond radio. We demonstrate operating temperature of the radio as high as 350 ° C .

  9. Modulation and detection of the THz range signals using the highest harmonics of the fundamental frequency of the superlattice-based generator for biomedical applications

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    Makarov, Vladimir V.; Maksimenko, Vladimir A.; Ponomarenko, Vladimir I.; Khramova, Marina V.; Pavlov, Alexey N.; Prokhorov, Mikhail D.; Karavaev, Anatoly S.

    2016-04-01

    The data transmission method using the highest harmonics of semiconductor superlattice-based microwave generator has been proposed for biomedical applications. Semiconductor superlattice operated in charge domain formation regime is characterized by the rich high-harmonics power spectrum. The numerical modeling of modulation and detection of the THz range signals using the highest harmonics of the fundamental frequency of the superlattice-based generator was carried out. We have shown effectiveness of the proposed method and discussed the possible applications.

  10. Singular Value Decomposition-Based Modeling of Time Domain Signals in Broadband Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Minei, A. J.; Cooke, S. A.

    2013-06-01

    A singular value decomposition (SVD) signal processing method is newly applied to molecular free induction decays (FIDs) obtained using a time domain, broadband rotational spectrometer. It is demonstrated that for the strongest spectral transitions the SVD method can determine transition frequencies with a precision matching that of the fast Fourier transform method. Furthermore, the SVD-based analysis produces information concerning transition phase, amplitude, damping, and frequency for the strongest molecular signals. These parameters are shown as useful in regards to time-domain signal filtering. The computational expense of the SVD method is high and therefore this approach has the disadvantage that with our present computers the full molecular FID must be considerably truncated. The effects of FID truncation on the determined transition frequencies have been examined. Conversely, this truncation method illustrates that broadband spectra may be recovered from fragments as small as 1 % of the complete FID. The success of the SVD-based method is further examined in regards to weak signal detection, and frequency dependent detection. The pure rotational spectrum of 1H,1H,2H-perfluorocyclobutane is used for illustrative purposes in this study.

  11. Phase noise measurement of phase modulation microwave photonic links

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    Ye, Quanyi; Chen, Zhengyu; Xu, Zhiguo; Gao, Yingjie

    2015-10-01

    Microwave photonic links (MPLs) can provide many advantages over traditional coaxial and waveguide solutions due to its low loss, small size, lightweight, large bandwidth, superior stability and immunity to external interference. It has been considered in various applications such as: the transmission of radio frequency (RF) signal over optical carriers, video television transmission, radar and communication systems. Stability of phase of the microwave photonic links is a critical issue in several realistic applications. The delay line technique for phase noise measurement of phase modulation microwave photonic links is measured for the first time. Using this approach, the input signal noise and power supply noise can be effectively cancelled, and it does not require phase locking. The phase noise of a microwave photonic links with a 10 GHz sinusoidal signal is experimentally demonstrated.

  12. Microwave amplification with nanomechanical resonators.

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    Massel, F; Heikkilä, T T; Pirkkalainen, J-M; Cho, S U; Saloniemi, H; Hakonen, P J; Sillanpää, M A

    2011-12-14

    The sensitive measurement of electrical signals is at the heart of modern technology. According to the principles of quantum mechanics, any detector or amplifier necessarily adds a certain amount of noise to the signal, equal to at least the noise added by quantum fluctuations. This quantum limit of added noise has nearly been reached in superconducting devices that take advantage of nonlinearities in Josephson junctions. Here we introduce the concept of the amplification of microwave signals using mechanical oscillation, which seems likely to enable quantum-limited operation. We drive a nanomechanical resonator with a radiation pressure force, and provide an experimental demonstration and an analytical description of how a signal input to a microwave cavity induces coherent stimulated emission and, consequently, signal amplification. This generic scheme, which is based on two linear oscillators, has the advantage of being conceptually and practically simpler than the Josephson junction devices. In our device, we achieve signal amplification of 25 decibels with the addition of 20 quanta of noise, which is consistent with the expected amount of added noise. The generality of the model allows for realization in other physical systems as well, and we anticipate that near-quantum-limited mechanical microwave amplification will soon be feasible in various applications involving integrated electrical circuits.

  13. Thin Film Multilayer Conductor/Ferroelectric Tunable Microwave Components for Communication Applications

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    Miranda, Felix A.; Romanofsky, Robert R.; VanKeuls, Frederick W.; Mueller, Carl H.; Treece, Randolph E.; Rivkin, Tania V.

    1997-01-01

    High Temperature Superconductor/Ferroelectric (HTS/FE ) thin film multilayered structures deposited onto dielectric substrates are currently being investigated for use in low loss, tunable microwave components for satellite and ground based communications. The main goal for this technology is to achieve maximum tunability while keeping the microwave losses as low as possible, so as to avoid performance degradation when replacing conventional technology (e.g., filters and oscillators) with HTS/FE components. Therefore, for HTS/FE components to be successfully integrated into current working systems, full optimization of the material and electrical properties of the ferroelectric films, without degrading those of the HTS film; is required. Hence, aspects such as the appropriate type of ferroelectric and optimization of the deposition conditions (e.g., deposition temperature) should be carefully considered. The tunability range as well as the microwave losses of the desired varactor (i.e., tunable component) are also dependent on the geometry chosen (e.g., parallel plate capacitor, interdigital capacitor, coplanar waveguide, etc.). In addition, the performance of the circuit is dependent on the location of the varactor in the circuit and the biasing circuitry. In this paper, we will present our results on the study of the SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)/LaAl03 (STO/YBCO/LAO) and the Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3/YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)/LaAl03(BSTO/YBCO/ILAO) HTS/FE multilayered structures. We have observed that the amount of variation of the dielectric constant upon the application of a dc electric field is closely related to the microstructure of the film. The largest tuning of the STO/YBCO/LAO structure corresponded to single-phased, epitaxial STO films deposited at 800 C and with a thickness of 500 nm. Higher temperatures resulted in interfacial degradation and poor film quality, while lower deposition temperatures resulted in films with lower dielectric constants, lower tunabilities, and

  14. Assessing the accuracy of microwave radiometers and radio acoustic sounding systems for wind energy applications

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    Bianco, Laura; Friedrich, Katja; Wilczak, James M.; Hazen, Duane; Wolfe, Daniel; Delgado, Ruben; Oncley, Steven P.; Lundquist, Julie K.

    2017-05-01

    To assess current remote-sensing capabilities for wind energy applications, a remote-sensing system evaluation study, called XPIA (eXperimental Planetary boundary layer Instrument Assessment), was held in the spring of 2015 at NOAA's Boulder Atmospheric Observatory (BAO) facility. Several remote-sensing platforms were evaluated to determine their suitability for the verification and validation processes used to test the accuracy of numerical weather prediction models.The evaluation of these platforms was performed with respect to well-defined reference systems: the BAO's 300 m tower equipped at six levels (50, 100, 150, 200, 250, and 300 m) with 12 sonic anemometers and six temperature (T) and relative humidity (RH) sensors; and approximately 60 radiosonde launches.In this study we first employ these reference measurements to validate temperature profiles retrieved by two co-located microwave radiometers (MWRs) as well as virtual temperature (Tv) measured by co-located wind profiling radars equipped with radio acoustic sounding systems (RASSs). Results indicate a mean absolute error (MAE) in the temperature retrieved by the microwave radiometers below 1.5 K in the lowest 5 km of the atmosphere and a mean absolute error in the virtual temperature measured by the radio acoustic sounding systems below 0.8 K in the layer of the atmosphere covered by these measurements (up to approximately 1.6-2 km). We also investigated the benefit of the vertical velocity correction applied to the speed of sound before computing the virtual temperature by the radio acoustic sounding systems. We find that using this correction frequently increases the RASS error, and that it should not be routinely applied to all data.Water vapor density (WVD) profiles measured by the MWRs were also compared with similar measurements from the soundings, showing the capability of MWRs to follow the vertical profile measured by the sounding and finding a mean absolute error below 0.5 g m-3 in the lowest

  15. Disaggregation Of Passive Microwave Soil Moisture For Use In Watershed Hydrology Applications

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    Fang, Bin

    In recent years the passive microwave remote sensing has been providing soil moisture products using instruments on board satellite/airborne platforms. Spatial resolution has been restricted by the diameter of antenna which is inversely proportional to resolution. As a result, typical products have a spatial resolution of tens of kilometers, which is not compatible for some hydrological research applications. For this reason, the dissertation explores three disaggregation algorithms that estimate L-band passive microwave soil moisture at the subpixel level by using high spatial resolution remote sensing products from other optical and radar instruments were proposed and implemented in this investigation. The first technique utilized a thermal inertia theory to establish a relationship between daily temperature change and average soil moisture modulated by the vegetation condition was developed by using NLDAS, AVHRR, SPOT and MODIS data were applied to disaggregate the 25 km AMSR-E soil moisture to 1 km in Oklahoma. The second algorithm was built on semi empirical physical models (NP89 and LP92) derived from numerical experiments between soil evaporation efficiency and soil moisture over the surface skin sensing depth (a few millimeters) by using simulated soil temperature derived from MODIS and NLDAS as well as AMSR-E soil moisture at 25 km to disaggregate the coarse resolution soil moisture to 1 km in Oklahoma. The third algorithm modeled the relationship between the change in co-polarized radar backscatter and the remotely sensed microwave change in soil moisture retrievals and assumed that change in soil moisture was a function of only the canopy opacity. The change detection algorithm was implemented using aircraft based the remote sensing data from PALS and UAVSAR that were collected in SMPAVEX12 in southern Manitoba, Canada. The PALS L-band h-polarization radiometer soil moisture retrievals were disaggregated by combining them with the PALS and UAVSAR L

  16. Assessing the accuracy of microwave radiometers and radio acoustic sounding systems for wind energy applications

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    Bianco, Laura; Friedrich, Katja; Wilczak, James M.; ...

    2017-05-09

    To assess current remote-sensing capabilities for wind energy applications, a remote-sensing system evaluation study, called XPIA (eXperimental Planetary boundary layer Instrument Assessment), was held in the spring of 2015 at NOAA's Boulder Atmospheric Observatory (BAO) facility. Several remote-sensing platforms were evaluated to determine their suitability for the verification and validation processes used to test the accuracy of numerical weather prediction models.The evaluation of these platforms was performed with respect to well-defined reference systems: the BAO's 300 m tower equipped at six levels (50, 100, 150, 200, 250, and 300 m) with 12 sonic anemometers and six temperature (T) and relativemore » humidity (RH) sensors; and approximately 60 radiosonde launches.In this study we first employ these reference measurements to validate temperature profiles retrieved by two co-located microwave radiometers (MWRs) as well as virtual temperature (Tv) measured by co-located wind profiling radars equipped with radio acoustic sounding systems (RASSs). Results indicate a mean absolute error (MAE) in the temperature retrieved by the microwave radiometers below 1.5 K in the lowest 5?km of the atmosphere and a mean absolute error in the virtual temperature measured by the radio acoustic sounding systems below 0.8 K in the layer of the atmosphere covered by these measurements (up to approximately 1.6-2 km). We also investigated the benefit of the vertical velocity correction applied to the speed of sound before computing the virtual temperature by the radio acoustic sounding systems. We find that using this correction frequently increases the RASS error, and that it should not be routinely applied to all data.Water vapor density (WVD) profiles measured by the MWRs were also compared with similar measurements from the soundings, showing the capability of MWRs to follow the vertical profile measured by the sounding and finding a mean absolute error below 0.5 g m-3 in the

  17. Microwave measurements on a well-collimated dusty plasma sheet for communications blackout applications

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    Gillman, Eric; Amatucci, Bill

    2013-10-01

    A linear hollow cathode produces an electron beam that is accelerated into a low pressure (50 to 150 mTorr) background of Argon, producing an electron beam discharge. A relatively constant 170 Gauss axial magnetic field is produced by two electromagnet coils arranged in a Helmholtz configuration. This results in a well-collimated electron beam, producing a 2-dimensional discharge sheet (40 cm high by 30 cm wide by 1 cm thick) with densities as high as 1012 cm-3. The plasma sheet is intended to replicate the parameters of the plasma layer produced around hypersonic and reentry vehicles. The electron beam is accelerated vertically towards a grounded beam dump electrode. This electrode is modified to include an array of six piezo buzzers modified and filled with alumina powder. When powered with a modest voltage, the piezoelectric shakers drop dust particles into the plasma sheet discharge directly below. A transmitting microwave horn is oriented normal to the dense plasma sheet while the receiving horn is mounted on a stage that can be rotated up to 180 degrees azimuthally. Microwave transmission and scattering measurements of the plasma sheet are made in the S-band and X-band for applications related to communications blackout. This research was performed while the primary author held a National Research Council Research Associateship Award at the Naval Research Laboratory.

  18. Low-pressure microwave plasma ultraviolet lamp for water purification and ozone applications

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    Al-Shamma'a, A. I.; Pandithas, I.; Lucas, J.

    2001-09-01

    Low-pressure mercury lamps are commonly used for germicidal applications. The germicidal effect is due to the emission of light at 254 nm, which leads to the destruction of the most waterborne bacteria and viruses. The microwave plasma ultraviolet (UV) lamp (MPUVL) is a new technology for generating a high-intensity UV light and that can be also controlled to operate at 185 nm irradiation is in air at this wavelength produces ozone. The microwave power is injected into a resonant cavity and the surface wave excitation takes place within the cavity through that part of the discharge tube (fused silica) protruding inside it. The MPUVL has many advantages over conventional lamps, which are limited to an output power in the region of 30 W m-1, while MPUVL can deliver any amount of power per unit length and the tube can be of any shape, length or diameter. This paper describes the design of the MPUVL and compares its efficiency with that of conventional lamps through spectral analysis. Other results, which include the effects of temperature and different power inputs, are also discussed.

  19. Application of Atmospheric-Pressure Microwave Line Plasma for Low Temperature Process

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    Suzuki, Haruka; Nakano, Suguru; Itoh, Hitoshi; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru; Toyoda, Hirotaka

    2015-09-01

    Atmospheric pressure (AP) plasmas have been given much attention because of its high cost benefit and a variety of possibilities for industrial applications. In various kinds of plasma production technique, pulsed-microwave discharge plasma using slot antenna is attractive due to its ability of high-density and stable plasma production. In this plasma source, however, size of the plasma has been limited up to a few cm in length due to standing wave inside a waveguide. To solve this, we have proposed a newly-developed AP microwave plasma source that utilizes not standing wave but travelling wave. By using this plasma source, spatially-uniform AP line plasma with 40 cm in length was realized by pure helium discharge in 60 cm slot and with nitrogen gas additive of 1%. Furthermore, gas temperature as low as 400 K was realized in this device. In this study, as an example of low temperature processes, hydrophilic treatment of PET films was performed. Processing speed increased with pulse frequency and a water contact angle of ~20° was easily obtained within 5 s with no thermal damage to the substrate. To evaluate treatment-uniformity of long line length, PET films were treated by 90 cm slot-antenna plasma and uniform treatment performance was confirmed.

  20. Preparation of Ag-coated hollow microspheres via electroless plating for application in lightweight microwave absorbers

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    Kim, Wook-Joong; Kim, Sung-Soo

    2015-02-01

    Highly conductive Ag film is coated on hollow silica microspheres via electroless plating for application in lightweight microwave absorbers. The Ag plating is conducted using a two-step process of sensitizing and subsequent plating. The complex permeability and permittivity are determined using the reflection/transmission technique in the composite specimens of Ag-coated microspheres and silicone rubber matrix. Due to the large surface area of the microspheres, a relatively high concentration of AgNO3 is required in order to achieve a uniform Ag coating. In addition, a low concentration of fructose reducing agent is recommended for slow plating. The apparent electrical resistance of the Ag-coated microspheres is strongly dependent on the grain morphology. The thin and uniform Ag-coated particles are characterized by their low electrical resistance, which is as low as 0.1 Ω. The lower the electrical resistance of the microspheres, the higher the dielectric constant of the composite specimens, which results from the enhanced space-charge polarization between the conductive microspheres. The microwave absorbance is enhanced with decreases in the electrical resistance of microspheres due to the increased dielectric loss.

  1. Microwave hydrothermal transformation of amorphous calcium carbonate nanospheres and application in protein adsorption.

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    Qi, Chao; Zhu, Ying-Jie; Chen, Feng

    2014-03-26

    Calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate are the main components of biominerals. Among all of the forms of biominerals, amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) and amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) are the most important forms because they play a pivotal role in the process of biomineralization and are the precursors to the crystalline polymorphs. In this work, we first synthesized ACC in vitro using adenosine 5'-triphosphate disodium salt (ATP) as the stabilizer and investigated the transformation of the ACC under microwave hydrothermal conditions, and ACC/ACP composite nanospheres and carbonated hydroxyapatite (CHA) nanospheres were successfully prepared. In this novel strategy, ATP has two main functions: it serves as the stabilizer for ACC and the phosphorus source for ACP and CHA. Most importantly, the morphology and the size of the ACC precursor can be well-preserved after microwave heating, so it provides a new method for the preparation of calcium phosphate nanostructured materials using phosphorus-containing biomolecule-stabilized ACC as the precursor. Furthermore, the as-prepared ACC/ACP composite nanospheres have excellent biocompatibility and high protein adsorption capacity, indicating that they are promising for applications in biomedical fields such as drug delivery and protein adsorption.

  2. Laboratory evaluation and application of microwave absorption properties under simulated conditions for planetary atmospheres

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    Steffes, Paul G.

    1988-01-01

    In the first half of this grant year, laboratory measurements were conducted on the millimeter-wave properties of atmospheric gases under simulated conditions for the outer planet. Significant improvements in the current system have made it possible to accurately characterize the opacity from gaseous NH3 at longer millimeter wavelengths (7 to 10 mm) under simulated Jovian conditions. In the second half of the grant year, it is hoped to extend such measurements to even shorter millimeter-wavelengths. Further analysis and application of the laboratory results to microwave and millimeter-wave absorption data for the outer planets, such as results from Voyager Radio Occultation experiments and earth-based radio astronomical observations will be continued. The analysis of available multispectral microwave opacity data from Venus, including data from the most recent radio astronomical ovservations in the 1.3 to 3.6 cm wavelength range and newly obtained Pioneer-Venus Radio Occulatation measurements at 13 cm, using the laboratory measurements as an interpretative tool will be pursued.

  3. Phosphorous and nitrogen dual heteroatom doped mesoporous carbon synthesized via microwave method for supercapacitor application

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    Nasini, Udaya B.; Bairi, Venu Gopal; Ramasahayam, Sunil Kumar; Bourdo, Shawn E.; Viswanathan, Tito; Shaikh, Ali U.

    2014-03-01

    Phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) dual heteroatom doped mesoporous carbon (PNDC) synthesized by microwave assisted carbonization of tannin cross-linked to melamine in the presence of polyphosphoric acid was evaluated electrochemically for supercapacitor application. Controlling the N content by varying the amount of tannin to melamine in the carbonization process produced varying nitrogen, phosphorus and oxygen functionalities along with different physical properties. Electrochemical characterization studies revealed that N content is responsible for pseudocapacitance and high surface area plays a vital role in improving the capacitative behavior by enhanced electric double layer formation. In 1.0 M H2SO4 and 6.0 M KOH, PNDC-2 showed a high specific capacitance of 271 F g-1 and 236 F g-1, respectively. XPS results demonstrate the presence of pyridinic-N, quaternary-N as well as quinone type oxygen functionalities, which accounts for redox reactions and likely play an important role in the transportation of electrons during the charge/discharge process. Thus, the microwave assisted synthesis of doped carbon can provide a novel method of synthesizing materials useful for the fabrication of cheap and high performance supercapacitors.

  4. Application of microwave radiation to biofilm heating during wastewater treatment in trickling filters.

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    Zieliński, Marcin; Zielińska, Magdalena; Dębowski, Marcin

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the potential for improving wastewater treatment by the application of microwave radiation (MW) compared to convective heating (CH) of trickling filters. Microwaves were delivered to the biofilm in a continuous and intermittent way to obtain temperatures of 20, 25, 35 and 40 °C. Although there was no effect of MW on organic removal, the observed yield coefficient was lower during the continuous MW supply compared to the periodic dosage and CH. The presence of organic compounds in the influent and continuous biofilm exposure to MW resulted in ca. 10% higher efficiency and ca. 20% higher rate of nitrification compared to intermittent MW dosage and CH. Independent of the method of reactor heating, the absence of organic carbon in the influent induced a significant increase in ammonium oxidation efficiency at 20-35 °C. Despite the aerobic conditions in trickling filters, nitrogen loss was observed. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Thermal-distortion analysis of an antenna strongback for geostationary high-frequency microwave applications

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    Farmer, Jeffrey T.; Wahls, Deborah M.; Wright, Robert L.

    1990-01-01

    The global change technology initiative calls for a geostationary platform for Earth science monitoring. One of the major science instruments is the high frequency microwave sounder (HFMS) which uses a large diameter, high resolution, high frequency microwave antenna. This antenna's size and required accuracy dictates the need for a segmented reflector. On-orbit disturbances may be a significant factor in its design. A study was performed to examine the effects of the geosynchronous thermal environment on the performance of the strongback structure for a proposed antenna concept for this application. The study included definition of the strongback and a corresponding numerical model to be used in the thermal and structural analyses definition of the thermal environment, determination of structural element temperature throughout potential orbits, estimation of resulting thermal distortions, and assessment of the structure's capability to meet surface accuracy requirements. Analyses show that shadows produced by the antenna reflector surface play a major role in increasing thermal distortions. Through customization of surface coating and element expansion characteristics, the segmented reflector concept can meet the tight surface accuracy requirements.

  6. Metal-assisted and microwave accelerated-evaporative crystallization: Application to lysozyme protein

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    Mauge-Lewis, Kevin

    In response to the growing need for new crystallization techniques that afford for rapid processing times along with control over crystal size and distribution, the Aslan Research Group has recently demonstrated the use of Metal-Assisted and Microwave-Accelerated Evaporative Crystallization MA-MAEC technique in conjunction with metal nanoparticles and nanostructures for the crystallization of amino acids and organic small molecules. In this study, we have employed the newly developed MA-MAEC technique to the accelerated crystallization of chicken egg-white lysozyme on circular crystallization platforms in order to demonstrate the proof-of-principle application of the method for protein crystallization. The circular crystallization platforms are constructed in-house from poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and silver nanoparticle films (SNFs), indium tin oxide (ITO) and iron nano-columns. In this study, we prove the MA-MAEC method to be a more effective technique in the rapid crystallization of macromolecules in comparison to other conventional methods. Furthermore, we demonstrate the use of the novel iCrystal system, which incorporates the use of continuous, low wattage heating to facilitate the rapid crystallization of the lysozyme while still retaining excellent crystal quality. With the incorporation of the iCrystal system, we observe crystallization times that are even shorter than those produced by the MA-MAEC technique using a conventional microwave oven in addition to significantly improved crystal quality.

  7. Semiconductor polymer-based rf MEMS and its applications to microwave systems

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    Varadan, Vijay K.; Jose, K. A.; Vinoy, K. J.; Varadan, Vasundara V.

    2000-06-01

    During the past decade, several new fabrication techniques have evolved which helped popularize micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and numerous novel devices have been reported in diverse areas of engineering and science. One such area is microwave and millimeter wave systems. MEMS technology for microwave applications should solve many intriguing problems of high frequency technology for wireless communications. The recent and dramatic developments of personal communication devices forced the market to acquire miniaturized efficient devices, which is possible only by the development of RF MEMS. Semiconductor- polymer based sensor use silicon use silicon or compound semiconductors as inorganic parts with sensitive polymers as insulating, semiconducting or conductive materials. Organic thin film transistor has also been fabricated using this concept. These devices may allow control circuitry to be integrated with 2D or 3D MEMS. Interdigital type RF-MEMS can be designed and fabricated with Interdigital Electrodes (IDE) deposited on either polymer or an inorganic material such as Barium Strontium Titanate (BST). In the case of polymer-based device, we study the capacitance change and calibrate it for desired sensing application. In the inorganic case, we make use of the change in dielectric properties of BST as a function of DC bias. IDE will act like a RF filter and oscillator just like the comb-type RF MEMS devices. These polymeric based devices can be integrated with organic thin film transistors. RF switches, tuners and filters are some of the initial applications of RF MEMS although many others are still under development. In this paper we present the design and development of few devices such as phase shifters, switches and IDT capacitors. It is observed that, dielectric constant of BST thin film changes by more than 50 percent with an applied bias voltage of 25 V dc, which could therefore be easily implemented in RF switch.

  8. Microwave-assisted Synthesis and Biomedical Applications of Inorganic Nanostructured Materials

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    Jia, Juncai

    Inorganic nanostrucured materials have attracted much attention owing to their unique features and important applications in biomedicine. This thesis describes the development of rapid and efficient approaches to synthesize inorganic nanostructures, and introduces some potential applications. Magnetic nanostructures, such as necklace-like FeNi3 magnetic nanochains and magnetite nanoclusters, were synthesized by an efficient microwave-hydrothermal process. They were used as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents. Magnetic FeNi3 nanochains were synthesized by reducing iron(III) acetylacetonate and nickel(II) acetylacetonate with hydrazine in ethylene glycol solution without any template under microwave irradiation. This was a rapid and economical route based on an efficient microwave-hydrothermal process which significantly shortened the synthesis time to mins. The morphologies and size of the materials could be effectively controlled by adjusting the reaction conditions, such as, the reaction time, temperature and concentrations of reactants. The morphology and composition of the as-prepared products were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The size of the aligned nanospheres in the magnetic FeNi 3 chains could be adjusted from 150nm to 550nm by increasing the amounts of the precursors. Magnetic measurements revealed that the FeNi3 nanochains showed enhanced coercivity and saturation magnetization. Toxicity tests by exposure of FeNi3 nanochains to the zebrafish larvae showed that the as-prepared nanochains were biocompatible. In vitro magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirms the effectiveness of the FeNi 3 nanochains as sensitive MRI probes. Magnetite nanoclusters were synthesized by reducing iron(III) acetylacetonate with hydrazine in ethylene glycol under microwave irradiation. The nanoclusters showed enhanced T2

  9. Progress in GaAs Metamorphic HEMT Technology for Microwave Applications. High Efficiency Ka-Band MHEMT Power MMICs

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    Smith, P. M.; Dugas, D.; Chu, K.; Nichols, K.; Duh, K. H.; Fisher, J.; MtPleasant, L.; Xu, D.; Gunter, L.; Vera, A.

    2003-01-01

    This paper reviews recent progress in the development of GaAs metamorphic HEMT (MHEMT) technology for microwave applications. Commercialization has begun, while efforts to further improve performance, manufacturability and reliability continue. We also report the first multi-watt MHEMT MMIC power amplifiers, demonstrating up to 3.2W output power and record power-added efficiency (PAE) at Ka-band.

  10. Coupled field analysis of heat flow in the near field of a microwave applicator for tumor ablation.

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    Hardie, Donald; Sangster, Alan J; Cronin, Nigel J

    2006-01-01

    Microwave tumor ablation (MTA) offers a new approach for the treatment of hepatic neoplastic disease. Reliable and accurate information regarding the heat distribution inside biological tissue subjected to microwave thermal ablation is important for the efficient design of microwave applicators and for optimizing experiments, which aim to assess the effects of therapeutic treatments. Currently there are a variety of computational methods based on different vascular structures in tissue, which aim to model heat distribution during ablation. This paper presents results obtained from two such computational models for temperature distributions produced by a clinical 2.45 GHz MTA applicator immersed in unperfused ex vivo bovine liver, and compares them with measured results from a corresponding ex vivo experiment. The computational methods used to model the temperature distribution in tissue caused by the insertion of a 5.6 mm diameter "wandlike" microwave applicator are the Green's function method and the finite element method (FEM), both of which provide solutions of the heat diffusion partial differential equation. The results obtained from the coupled field simulations are shown to be in good agreement with a simplified analysis based on the bio-heat equation and with ex vivo measurements of the heat distribution produced by the clinical MTA applicator.

  11. Microwave-assisted chemistry: synthetic applications for rapid assembly of nanomaterials and organics.

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    Gawande, Manoj B; Shelke, Sharad N; Zboril, Radek; Varma, Rajender S

    2014-04-15

    The magic of microwave (MW) heating technique, termed the Bunsen burner of the 21st century, has emerged as a valuable alternative in the synthesis of organic compounds, polymers, inorganic materials, and nanomaterials. Important innovations in MW-assisted chemistry now enable chemists to prepare catalytic materials or nanomaterials and desired organic molecules, selectively, in almost quantitative yields and with greater precision than using conventional heating. By controlling the specific MW parameters (temperature, pressure, and ramping of temperature) and choice of solvents, researchers can now move into the next generation of advanced nanomaterial design and development. Microwave-assisted chemical reactions are now well-established practices in the laboratory setting although some controversy lingers as to how MW irradiation is able to enhance or influence the outcome of chemical reactions. Much of the discussion has focused on whether the observed effects can, in all instances, be rationalized by purely thermal Arrhenius-based phenomena (thermal microwave effects), that is, the importance of the rapid heating and high bulk reaction temperatures that are achievable using MW dielectric heating in sealed reaction vessels, or whether these observations can be explained by so-called "nonthermal" or "specific microwave" effects. In recent years, innovative and significant advances have occurred in MW hardware development to help delineate MW effects, especially the use of silicon carbide (SiC) reaction vessels and the accurate measurement of temperature using fiber optic (FO) temperature probes. SiC reactors appear to be good alternatives to MW transparent borosilicate glass, because of their high microwave absorptivity, and as such they serve as valuable tools to demystify the claimed magical MW effects. This enables one to evaluate the influence of the electromagnetic field on the specific chemical reactions, under truly identical conventional heating

  12. Utilization of Microwave Spectroscopy to Identify and Probe Reaction Dynamics of Hsno, a Crucial Biological Signaling Molecule

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    Nava, Matthew; Martin-Drumel, Marie-Aline; Stanton, John F.; Cummins, Christopher; McCarthy, Michael C.

    2016-06-01

    Thionitrous acid (HSNO), a potential key intermediate in biological signaling pathways, has been proposed to link NO and H2S biochemistries. Its existence and stability in vivo, however, remain controversial. By means of Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy, we establish that HSNO is spontaneously formed in high concentration when NO and H2S gases are simply mixed at room temperature in the presence of metallic surfaces. Our measurements reveal that HSNO is formed with high efficiency by the reaction H2S and N2O3 to produce HSNO and HNO2, where N2O3 is a product of NO disproportionation. These studies also suggest that further reaction of HSNO with H2S may form HNO and HSSH. The length of the S--N bond has been derived to high precision from isotopic studies, and is found to be unusually long, 1.84 Å -- the longest S--N bond reported to date for an SNO compound. The present structural and reactivity investigations of this elusive molecule provide a firm fundation to better understand its physiological chemistry and propensity to undergo S--N bond homolysis in vivo.

  13. Optimizing signal and image processing applications using Intel libraries

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    Landré, Jérôme; Truchetet, Frédéric

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents optimized signal and image processing libraries from Intel Corporation. Intel Performance Primitives (IPP) is a low-level signal and image processing library developed by Intel Corporation to optimize code on Intel processors. Open Computer Vision library (OpenCV) is a high-level library dedicated to computer vision tasks. This article describes the use of both libraries to build flexible and efficient signal and image processing applications.

  14. Linearized Optically Phase-Modulated Fiber Optic Links for Microwave Signal Transport

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    2009-03-03

    detectors (with internal 50- Ohm resistors) capable of 40-mA dc current per detector. With this link, the linearized SFDR would improve to 133 dB/Hz4/5...the IF) limitation on the signal. All calculations consider the 3dB power loss from the hybrid combiner and 6dB loss from parallel 50- Ohm resistors...283. [25] M. Nazarathy, J. Berger, A. Ley , I. Levi, and Y. Kagan, “Externally Modulated 80 Channel Am Catv Fiber-to-feeder Distribution System Over

  15. Microwave assisted synthesis of polyacrylamide grafted starch (St-g-PAM) and its applicability as flocculant for water treatment.

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    Mishra, Sumit; Mukul, Ankita; Sen, Gautam; Jha, Usha

    2011-01-01

    Polyacrylamide grafted starch (St-g-PAM) was made by a novel method of synthesis, involving combination of microwave radiation and a chemical free radical initiator (ceric ammonium nitrate) to initiate grafting reaction. This method (microwave assisted synthesis) is quick, highly reliable, reproducible and yields high quality product as compared to the conventional method (which uses a chemical free radical initiator alone to initiate the grafting reaction).The St-g-PAM grades synthesized were characterized by various physicochemical techniques. Further, its application as flocculant for wastewater treatment was investigated.

  16. RF/Microwave properties and applications of directly assembled nanotubes and nanowires: LDRD project 102662 final report.

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    Mayer, Theresa (The Pennyslvania State University, University Park, PA 16802); Vallett, Aaron (The Pennyslvania State University, University Park, PA 16802); Lee, Mark; Shaner, Eric Arthur; Jones, Frank E.; Talin, Albert Alec; Highstrete, Clark

    2006-11-01

    LDRD Project 102662 provided support to pursue experiments aimed at measuring the basic electrodynamic response and possible applications of carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires at radiofrequency to microwave frequencies, approximately 0.01 to 50 GHz. Under this project, a method was developed to integrate these nanomaterials onto high-frequency compatible co-planar waveguides. The complex reflection and transmission coefficients of the nanomaterials was studied as a function of frequency. From these data, the high-frequency loss characteristics of the nanomaterials were deduced. These data are useful to predict frequency dependence and power dissipation characteristics in new rf/microwave devices incorporating new nanomaterials.

  17. Space applications of superconducting microwave electronics at NASA Lewis Research Center

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    Leonard, R. F.; Bhasin, K. B.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Cubbage, C. D.; Chorey, C. Z.

    1993-01-01

    Since the discovery of high temperature superconductivity in 1987, NASA Lewis Research Center has been involved in efforts to demonstrate its advantages for applications involving microwave electronics in space, especially space communications. The program included thin film fabrication by means of laser ablation. Specific circuitry which was investigated includes microstrip ring resonators at 32 GHz, phase shifters which utilize a superconducting, optically activated switch, an 8x8 32 GHz superconducting microstrip antenna array, and an HTS-ring-resonator stabilized oscillator at 8 GHz. The latter two components are candidates for use in space experiments which are described in other papers. Experimental data on most of the circuits are presented as well as, in some cases, a comparison of their performance with an identical circuit utilizing gold or copper metallization.

  18. Novel designs of microwave discharge electrodeless lamps (MDEL) in photochemical applications. Use in advanced oxidation processes.

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    Horikoshi, Satoshi; Abe, Masahiko; Serpone, Nick

    2009-08-01

    Novel light sources based on microwave discharge electrodeless lamps (MDEL) are examined as potential light sources to drive photochemical processes, in particular advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) of which various applications are described. The MDELs possess several features that make them attractive as possible environmental remediation lamps and as light sources to activate metal oxide photocatalysts in environmental remediation processes. Accordingly, the article describes some of the many features, albeit non-exhaustively, of MDEL devices and reports some photoreactors that incorporate these MDELs. Fundamental issues of MDEL light sources in remediation processing of actual pollutants are introduced. Examples are taken from the oxidative destruction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs; e.g. acetaldehyde and toluene), from the oxidative degradation of contaminants present in wastewaters (e.g. the 2,4-D herbicide and the endocrine disruptor bisphenol-A) and from the remediation of dioxin-contaminated fly-ash, along with an actual industrial wastewater sample from the manufacturing of cement.

  19. RF/microwave non-destructive measurements of electrical properties of semiconductor wafers for thermophotovoltaic applications

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    Saroop, S.; Borrego, J.M.; Gutmann, R.J.

    1997-05-01

    A radio-frequency/microwave measurement system has been designed for non-contacting determination of sheet resistance and excess carrier lifetime of low-bandgap materials and junctions, specifically GaSb-based alloys for thermophotovoltaic (TPV) applications. The design incorporates RF circuitry in the 100--500 MHz frequency range and utilizes a Q-switched YAG laser at 1.32 microns to photo-generate electron-hole pairs and conductivity modulate the material and/or junction under test. Supplementary measurements with a GaAs pulsed diode laser at 904 nm provides a faster transient response with near-surface photogeneration. Initial measurements on GaSb substrates, Zn-diffused materials and epitaxially grown layers are presented and discussed.

  20. Active microwaves

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    Evans, D.; Vidal-Madjar, D.

    1994-01-01

    Research on the use of active microwaves in remote sensing, presented during plenary and poster sessions, is summarized. The main highlights are: calibration techniques are well understood; innovative modeling approaches have been developed which increase active microwave applications (segmentation prior to model inversion, use of ERS-1 scatterometer, simulations); polarization angle and frequency diversity improves characterization of ice sheets, vegetation, and determination of soil moisture (X band sensor study); SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) interferometry potential is emerging; use of multiple sensors/extended spectral signatures is important (increase emphasis).

  1. Characterization and Applications of Micro- and Nano- Ferrites at Microwave and Millimeter Waves

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    Chao, Liu

    Ferrite materials are one of the most widely used magnetic materials in microwave and millimeter wave applications such as radar, wireless communication. They provide unique properties for microwave and millimeter wave devices especially non-reciprocal devices. Some ferrite materials with strong magnetocrystalline anisotropy fields can extend these applications to tens of GHz range while reducing the size, weight and cost. This thesis focuses on characterization of such ferrite materials as micro- and nano-powder and the fabrication of the devices. The ferrite materials with strong magnetocrystalline anisotropy field are metal/non-metal substituted iron oxides oriented in low crystal symmetry. The ferrite materials characterized in this thesis include M-type hexagonal ferrites such as barium ferrite (BaFe12O19), strontium ferrite (SrFe12O19), epsilon phase iron oxide (epsilon-Fe 2O3), substituted epsilon phase iron oxide (epsilon-Ga xFe2-xO3, epsilon-AlxFe2-xO 3). These ferrites exhibit great anisotropic magnetic fields. A transmission-reflection based in-waveguide technique that employs a vector network analyzer was used to determine the scattering parameters for each sample in the microwave bands (8.2--40 GHz). From the S-parameters, complex dielectric permittivity and complex magnetic permeability are evaluated by an improved algorithm. The millimeter wave measurement is based on a free space quasi-optical spectrometer. Initially precise transmittance spectra over a broad millimeter wave frequency range from 40 GHz to 120 GHz are acquired. Later the transmittance spectra are converted into complex permittivity and permeability spectra. These ferrite powder materials are further characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) to understand the crystalline structure relating to the strength and the shift of the ferromagnetic resonance affected by the particle size. A Y-junction circulator working in the 60 GHz frequency band is designed based on characterized M

  2. Snowfall Rate Retrieval Using Passive Microwave Measurements and Its Applications in Weather Forecast and Hydrology

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    Meng, Huan; Ferraro, Ralph; Kongoli, Cezar; Yan, Banghua; Zavodsky, Bradley; Zhao, Limin; Dong, Jun; Wang, Nai-Yu

    2015-01-01

    (AMSU), Microwave Humidity Sounder (MHS) and Advance Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS). ATMS is the follow-on sensor to AMSU and MHS. Currently, an AMSU and MHS based land snowfall rate (SFR) product is running operationally at NOAA/NESDIS. Based on the AMSU/MHS SFR, an ATMS SFR algorithm has also been developed. The algorithm performs retrieval in three steps: snowfall detection, retrieval of cloud properties, and estimation of snow particle terminal velocity and snowfall rate. The snowfall detection component utilizes principal component analysis and a logistic regression model. It employs a combination of temperature and water vapor sounding channels to detect the scattering signal from falling snow and derives the probability of snowfall. Cloud properties are retrieved using an inversion method with an iteration algorithm and a two-stream radiative transfer model. A method adopted to calculate snow particle terminal velocity. Finally, snowfall rate is computed by numerically solving a complex integral. The SFR products are being used mainly in two communities: hydrology and weather forecast. Global blended precipitation products traditionally do not include snowfall derived from satellites because such products were not available operationally in the past. The ATMS and AMSU/MHS SFR now provide the winter precipitation information for these blended precipitation products. Weather forecasters mainly rely on radar and station observations for snowfall forecast. The SFR products can fill in gaps where no conventional snowfall data are available to forecasters. The products can also be used to confirm radar and gauge snowfall data and increase forecasters' confidence in their prediction.

  3. Superconducting noise bolometer with microwave bias and readout for array applications

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    Kuzmin, A. A.; Semenov, A. D.; Shitov, S. V.; Merker, M.; Wuensch, S. H.; Ustinov, A. V.; Siegel, M.

    2017-07-01

    We present a superconducting noise bolometer for terahertz radiation, which is suitable for large-format arrays. It is based on an antenna-coupled superconducting micro-bridge embedded in a high-quality factor superconducting resonator for a microwave bias and readout with frequency-division multiplexing in the GHz range. The micro-bridge is kept below its critical temperature and biased with a microwave current of slightly lower amplitude than the critical current of the micro-bridge. The response of the detector is the rate of superconducting fluctuations, which depends exponentially on the concentration of quasiparticles in the micro-bridge. Excess quasiparticles are generated by an incident THz signal. Since the quasiparticle lifetime increases exponentially at lower operation temperature, the noise equivalent power rapidly decreases. This approach allows for large arrays of noise bolometers operating above 1 K with sensitivity, limited by 300-K background noise. Moreover, the response of the bolometer always dominates the noise of the readout due to relatively large amplitude of the bias current. We performed a feasibility study on a proof-of-concept device with a 1.0 × 0.5 μm2 micro-bridge from a 9-nm thin Nb film on a sapphire substrate. Having a critical temperature of 5.8 K, it operates at 4.2 K and is biased at the frequency 5.6 GHz. For the quasioptical input at 0.65 THz, we measured the noise equivalent power ≈3 × 10-12 W/Hz1/2, which is close to expectations for this particular device in the noise-response regime.

  4. Wind Retrievals under Rain for Passive Satellite Microwave Radiometers and its Applications to Hurricane Tracking

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    Meissner, Thomas; Wentz, Frank J.

    2008-01-01

    We have developed an algorithm that retrieves wind speed under rain using C-hand and X-band channels of passive microwave satellite radiometers. The spectral difference of the brightness temperature signals due to wind or rain allows to find channel combinations that are sufficiently sensitive to wind speed but little or not sensitive to rain. We &ve trained a statistical algorithm that applies under hurricane conditions and is able to measure wind speeds in hurricanes to an estimated accuracy of about 2 m/s. We have also developed a global algorithm, that is less accurate but can be applied under all conditions. Its estimated accuracy is between 2 and 5 mls, depending on wind speed and rain rate. We also extend the wind speed region in our model for the wind induced sea surface emissivity from currently 20 m/s to 40 mls. The data indicate that the signal starts to saturate above 30 mls. Finally, we make an assessment of the performance of wind direction retrievals from polarimetric radiometers as function of wind speed and rain rate

  5. Superconductivity applications for infrared and microwave devices; Proceedings of the Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr. 19, 20, 1990

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    Bhasin, Kul B. (Editor); Heinen, Vernon O. (Editor)

    1990-01-01

    Various papers on superconductivity applications for IR and microwave devices are presented. The individual topics addressed include: pulsed laser deposition of Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O films, patterning of high-Tc superconducting thin films on Si substrates, IR spectra and the energy gap in thin film YBa2Cu3O(7-delta), high-temperature superconducting thin film microwave circuits, novel filter implementation utilizing HTS materials, high-temperature superconductor antenna investigations, high-Tc superconducting IR detectors, high-Tc superconducting IR detectors from Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films, Y-Ba-Cu0-O thin films as high-speed IR detectors, fabrication of a high-Tc superconducting bolometer, transition-edge microbolometer, photoresponse of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) granular and epitaxial superconducting thin films, fast IR response of YBCO thin films, kinetic inductance effects in high-Tc microstrip circuits at microwave frequencies.

  6. Microwave-induced combustion: Thermal and morphological aspects for understanding the mechanism of ignition process for analytical applications.

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    Pedrotti, Matheus F; Pereira, Leticia S F; Bizzi, Cezar A; Paniz, Jose N G; Barin, Juliano S; Flores, Erico M M

    2017-11-01

    In the present work, for the first time a systematic study was performed using an infrared camera and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled to energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) to evaluate the mechanisms involved in microwave-induced combustion method, which has been extensively used for sample preparation. Cellulose and glass fiber discs, wetted with the igniter solution (6molL(-1) NH4NO3), were evaluated under microwave field in a monomode system. The temperature of the discs surface was recorded during microwave irradiation and the effect of NH4NO3 concentration and irradiation time on cellulose oxidation was evaluated. The morphology of the discs surface was characterized by SEM before and after irradiation in an inert atmosphere. According to the results, the surface temperature of the discs increased near to 100°C and remained in this temperature for few seconds while water evaporate. After that, temperature increased over 200°C due to the thermal decomposition of NH4NO3 salt, releasing a large amount of energy that accelerates cellulose oxidation. The higher the igniter concentration, the shorter was the microwave irradiation time for cellulose oxidation. The SEM images revealed that cellulose disc was more porous after microwave irradiation, enhancing oxygen diffusion within the paper and making easier its ignition. The EDS spectrum of cellulose and glass fiber discs showed that signal intensity for nitrogen decreased after microwave irradiation, showing that NH4NO3 was consumed during this process. Therefore, it was demonstrated that the ignition process is the result of synergic interaction of NH4NO3 thermal decomposition and organic matter oxidation (cellulose) releasing heat and feeding the chain reaction. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Miniaturized Antennas and Metamaterial-Based Transmission Line Components in Microwave Circuits Applications

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    Chi, Pei-Ling

    This dissertation presents two diversities of miniaturization approaches to the antennas and microwave passive circuit components. The first approach is based on the unique metamaterial transmission line structures. The metamaterial structure or the left-handed structure is an artificial structure that is dispersion engineerable from its constituent parameters. By means of the left-handed transmission lines or the composite right/left-handed (CRLH) transmission lines to replace the conventional microstrip lines, microwave circuit components can be miniaturized via controlling the phase responses at the frequencies of interest, which saves the footprint size. Specifically, this idea was implemented on the dual-band 180°0 and 90° hybrid couplers and both of them demonstrate considerable size reductions in the experiments. On the other hand, the second methodology leading to miniaturization is taking advantage of the slow wave structures. The slow wave structures presented in this dissertation are formed using the capacitive loading periodically. The effective propagation constant beta is enhanced by increasing the effective shunt capacitance in the equivalent circuit model derived from the conventional transmission line theory. The associated guided wavelength is therefore decreased and the same physical structure is capable of operating at lower frequencies. The slow wave structures are employed for compact antenna applications. In particular, the slow wave enhancement factor (SWE), which is defined as the ratio of the loaded to the unloaded propagation constants (beta//beta), is investigated using the loaded unit cell of the equivalent transmission line model and utilized as a design tool for an arbitrary size reduction. It is shown that the SWE agrees very well with miniaturization factor, and therefore load parameters in the circuit model can be readily obtained when a specific size reduction is attempted. Slow wave antennas will be exemplified in the third

  8. Millimeter Wave Radar for detecting the speech signal applications

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    Li, Zong-Wen

    1996-12-01

    MilliMeter Wave (MMW) Doppler Radar with grating structures for the applications of detecting speech signals has been discovered in our laboratory. The operating principle of detection the acoustic wave signals based on the Wave Propagation Theory and Wave Equations of The ElectroMagnetic Wave (EMW) and Acoustic Wave (AW) propagating, scattering, reflecting and interacting has been investigated. The experimental and observation results have been provided to verify that MMW CW 40GHz dielectric integrated radar can detect and identify out exactly the existential speech signals in free space from a person speaking. The received sound signal have been reproduced by the DSP and the reproducer.

  9. Automated measurement of the bit-error rate as a function of signal-to-noise ratio for microwave communications systems

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    Kerczewski, Robert J.; Daugherty, Elaine S.; Kramarchuk, Ihor

    1987-01-01

    The performance of microwave systems and components for digital data transmission can be characterized by a plot of the bit-error rate as a function of the signal to noise ratio (or E sub b/E sub o). Methods for the efficient automated measurement of bit-error rates and signal-to-noise ratios, developed at NASA Lewis Research Center, are described. Noise measurement considerations and time requirements for measurement accuracy, as well as computer control and data processing methods, are discussed.

  10. Microwave thawing apparatus and method

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    Fathi, Zakaryae; Lauf, Robert J.; McMillan, April D.

    2004-06-01

    An apparatus for thawing a frozen material includes: a microwave energy source; a microwave applicator which defines a cavity for applying microwave energy from the microwave source to a material to be thawed; and a shielded region which is shielded from the microwave source, the shielded region in fluid communication with the cavity so that thawed material may flow from the cavity into the shielded region.

  11. Microwave opacity of phosphine: Application to remote sensing of the atmospheres of the outer planets

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    Hoffman, James Patrick

    2001-08-01

    The pressure-broadened absorption of gaseous phosphine was measured in the laboratory under simulated conditions for outer planet atmospheres. Phosphine absorption was shown to be stronger than theoretical calculations indicate by more than an order of magnitude at long centimeter wavelengths. A new laboratory measurement- based formalism was developed for computation of absorptivity of gaseous phosphine in a hydrogen-helium atmosphere. Application of this formalism has shown that, in equal abundance, phosphine is a stronger absorber at long centimeter wavelengths than is ammonia, contradicting the widely held assumption that ammonia is the single dominant microwave absorber in outer planet atmospheres. Re-examinations of the Voyager radio occultation experiment results at Saturn and Neptune revealed that the inferred ammonia abundance for both planets requires supersaturation if ammonia is assumed to be the only major source of microwave opacity. The new formalism for phosphine opacity has been applied to a reinterpretation of these results at Saturn and Neptune. Results indicate that phosphine mixing ratios of 3-12 ppm and 1-3 ppm for Saturn and Neptune, respectively, account for the additional opacity over ammonia and hydrogen sulfide saturation. An existing disk-average radiative transfer model has been updated to include the new formalism and has been applied to the Saturn and Neptune atmospheres. Results from the updated radiative transfer model indicate best- fit deep abundances that are consistent with those from the re-interpretation of Voyager radio occultation experiments and with those from ground-based radio telescope observations of the microwave emission spectra of those planets. Also, a new ray-tracing-based elliptical-shell local radiative transfer model has been developed to aid in prediction and, eventually, interpretation of measurement results from the Cassini RADAR/radiometer. The ability of the Cassini radiometer to detect phosphine has been

  12. Frequency selective surfaces and metamaterials for high-power microwave applications

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    Liu, Chien-Hao

    In recent years, metamaterials have received a significant amount of attention for providing engineered artificial properties which do not exist in nature such as high surface impedance, negative permittivity/permeability, and negative refractive index. However, under high-power illuminations, metamaterials tend to breakdown and alter their frequency responses. This dissertation includes two parts. First, I investigate the phenomenon of electromagnetic (EM) waves tunneling through epsilon- and mu-negative metamaterial slabs and its potential applications in designing high-power filters and frequency selective surfaces without breakdown. The second part is to investigate breakdown events in high-power microwave metamaterials. In this thesis, I examine EM waves tunneling through multi-layer structures composed of epsilon-negative (the relative permittivity is negative) materials sandwiched by double positive layers. Conventionally, EM waves can only propagate through epsilon-negative material under certain circumstance referred to as resonant tunneling. I demonstrate that this EM waves tunneling phenomenon is analogous to a well-known classic microwave filter theory. Based on this analogy, I proposed a synthesis procedure for designing this kind of structure from desired responses which are beneficial for developing high-power-capable spatial filters and microwave FSSs. To verify the proposed procedure, three prototypes of such a device are designed, fabricated and experimentally characterized and it is demonstrated that they can handle extremely high peak power levels. In the second half of my thesis, I study the impact of breakdown on the responses of metamaterials by examining several single-layer metasurfaces composed of miniaturized LC resonators. I demonstrate that the breakdown events, in atmospheric air, can be characterized with a reasonable degree of accuracy by modeling the streaming discharge as a low-impedance connection path. My recent study shows that

  13. Potential Applications of Satellite Based Low Frequency Microwave Measurements of Snow and Ice

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    West, Richard D.

    2000-01-01

    In this presentation we will examine some potential applications of low frequency microwave radar and radiometer data to remote sensing of snow and ice conditions over land. We focus on the following low frequency bands; L-band (1.28 GHz), S-band (2.69 GHz), and C-band (5.0 GHz). To predict the effect of snow cover on microwave emission, we need to characterize the dielectric properties of the snow in terms of important physical parameters such as snow density, temperature, and wetness. For the case of dry snow, we use an empirical mixing formula which gives the effective complex permittivity of snow as a function of density, temperature, and frequency. For wet snow, we use another mixing formula which gives the effective complex permittivity as a function of snow wetness. With dry snow, the loss at low microwave frequencies is very small so the corresponding penetration depths are very large (eg., 100 m). Clearly seasonal snow covers are far too thin to have a direct scattering or emission effect on these low frequency bands. There are, however, indirect effects introduced because of altered reflection at the snow/soil boundary, and an extra reflecting interface at the snow/air boundary. For C-band, layers of snow with different densities can have an impact if the number of layers grows sufficiently large. (eg., many meters of snow pack with cm-scale density layering.) Wet snow poses a more difficult problem. Liquid water is much more effective than ice at scattering and absorbing L-band radiation, so even a small amount of wetness will greatly reduce penetration. For example, with a snow wetness of 1 percent (volume fraction), and a density of 300 kg/cu. m, the penetration depths for L-band, S-band, and C-band are about 1.6 m, 0.3 m, and 0.15 m respectively. Very wet snow has more than 10 percent liquid water, and the corresponding L-band penetration is less than 0.2 m. Because the penetration distance is a strong function of frequency, it may be possible to

  14. Conformal Microwave Array (CMA) Applicators for Hyperthermia of Diffuse Chestwall Recurrence

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    Stauffer, Paul R.; Maccarini, Paolo; Arunachalam, Kavitha; Craciunescu, Oana; Diederich, Chris; Juang, Titania; Rossetto, Francesca; Schlorff, Jaime; Milligan, Andrew; Hsu, Joe; Sneed, Penny; Vujaskovic, Zeljko

    2010-01-01

    Purpose This article summarizes the evolution of microwave array applicators for heating large area chestwall disease as an adjuvant to external beam radiation, systemic chemotherapy, and potentially simultaneous brachytherapy. Methods Current devices used for thermotherapy of chestwall recurrence are reviewed. The largest conformal array applicator to date is evaluated in four studies: i) ability to conform to the torso is demonstrated with a CT scan of a torso phantom and MR scan of the conformal waterbolus component on a mastectomy patient; ii) Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and temperature distributions are calculated with electromagnetic and thermal simulation software for a mastectomy patient; iii). SAR patterns are measured with a scanning SAR probe in liquid muscle phantom for a buried coplanar waveguide CMA; and iv) heating patterns and patient tolerance of CMA applicators are characterized in a clinical pilot study with 13 patients. Results CT and MR scans demonstrate excellent conformity of CMA applicators to contoured anatomy. Simulations demonstrate effective control of heating over contoured anatomy. Measurements confirm effective coverage of large treatment areas with no gaps. In 42 hyperthermia treatments, CMA applicators provided well-tolerated effective heating of up to 500cm2 regions, achieving target temperatures of Tmin=41.4±0.7°C, T90=42.1±0.6°C, Tave=42.8±0.6°C, and Tmax=44.3±0.8°C as measured in an average of 90 points per treatment. Summary The CMA applicator is an effective thermal therapy device for heating large-area superficial disease such as diffuse chestwall recurrence. It is able to cover over three times the treatment area of conventional hyperthermia devices while conforming to typical body contours. PMID:20849262

  15. Conformal microwave array (CMA) applicators for hyperthermia of diffuse chest wall recurrence.

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    Stauffer, Paul R; Maccarini, Paolo; Arunachalam, Kavitha; Craciunescu, Oana; Diederich, Chris; Juang, Titania; Rossetto, Francesca; Schlorff, Jaime; Milligan, Andrew; Hsu, Joe; Sneed, Penny; Vujaskovic, Zeljko

    2010-01-01

    This article summarises the evolution of microwave array applicators for heating large area chest wall disease as an adjuvant to external beam radiation, systemic chemotherapy, and potentially simultaneous brachytherapy. Current devices used for thermotherapy of chest wall recurrence are reviewed. The largest conformal array applicator to date is evaluated in four studies: (1) ability to conform to the torso is demonstrated with a CT scan of a torso phantom and MR scan of the conformal water bolus component on a mastectomy patient; (2) specific absorption rate (SAR) and temperature distributions are calculated with electromagnetic and thermal simulation software for a mastectomy patient; (3) SAR patterns are measured with a scanning SAR probe in liquid muscle phantom for a buried coplanar waveguide CMA; and (4) heating patterns and patient tolerance of CMA applicators are characterised in a clinical pilot study with 13 patients. CT and MR scans demonstrate excellent conformity of CMA applicators to contoured anatomy. Simulations demonstrate effective control of heating over contoured anatomy. Measurements confirm effective coverage of large treatment areas with no gaps. In 42 hyperthermia treatments, CMA applicators provided well-tolerated effective heating of up to 500 cm(2) regions, achieving target temperatures of T(min) = 41.4 ± 0.7°C, T(90) = 42.1 ± 0.6°C, T(ave) = 42.8 ± 0.6°C, and T(max) = 44.3 ± 0.8°C as measured in an average of 90 points per treatment. The CMA applicator is an effective thermal therapy device for heating large-area superficial disease such as diffuse chest wall recurrence. It is able to cover over three times the treatment area of conventional hyperthermia devices while conforming to typical body contours.

  16. Contact flexible microstrip applicators (CFMA) in a range from microwaves up to short waves.

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    Gelvich, Edward A; Mazokhin, Vladimir N

    2002-09-01

    Contact flexible microstrip applicator (CFMA) is a new light-weight microstrip applicator type for superficial and deep local hyperthermia. Typical specimens are developed for operation at frequencies of 434, 70, 40, and 27 MHz. The main common features of CFMA, namely, their flexibility and light weight, as well as their aperture dimensions slightly depend on the operating frequency. Two antenna types are used in CFMAs: inductive antennas with a radiating plane electrical dipole at microwaves, and coplanar capacitive antennas, providing depression of the normal component of the electrical field in the very high-frequency (VHF) and high-frequency (HF) range. The flexibility of the applicators enables one to conform them with curved surfaces. In a bent state of the applicators there arises a focusing effect of energy deposition in deeper located tissues due to linear polarization of the irradiated electromagnetic (EM) field, inherent in CFMA. All CFMA are integrated with silicon water boluses which serve as a matching element, so as a skin cooling agent. Due to this and to the predominance of the tangential electrical component in the radiated EM field, no fat overheating effects are noticed, as a rule. The aperture of the developed applicators overlap the range 160-630 cm2 providing effective heating field sizes (EFSs) 64-400 cm2, respectively. The most bulky CFMAs with an aperture of (21 x 29) cm2 operating at the frequency of 434 MHz weigh 0.8 kg and 2.5 kg at 27 MHz. Phenomenological analysis of the radiating systems, as well as experimental evaluation of the applicators are presented. CFMAs operating at frequencies of 434 and 40 MHz are used in clinical practice. CFMA at 70 and 27 MHz are subjected to laboratory clinical investigations.

  17. Application of LSI to signal detection: The deltic DFPCC

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    Gassaway, J. D.; Whelchel, R. J.

    1975-01-01

    The development of the DELTIC DFPCC serial mode signal processor is discussed. The processor is designed to detect in the presence of background noise a signal coded into the zero crossings of the waveform. The unique features of the DELTIC DFPCC include versatility in handling a variety of signals and relative simplicity in implementation. A theoretical performance model is presented which predicts the expected value of the output signal as a function of the input signal to noise ratio. Experimental results obtained with the prototype system, which was breadboarded with LSI, MSI and SSI components, are given. The device was compared with other LSI schemes for signal processing and it was concluded that the DELTIC DFPCC is simpler and in some cases more versatile than other systems. With established LSI technology, low frequency systems applicable to sonar and similar problems are feasible.

  18. Flue gas treatment by simultaneous application of electron beam and microwave discharge

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    Zimek, Z.; Chmielewski, A.G.; Bulka, S.; Nichipor, H.

    1997-12-31

    The experimental set up for investigation of gaseous pollutants removal from flue gases under influence of electron beam and microwave energy discharge has been built. That allows one to investigate a combined removal concept based on simultaneous use of the electron beam and microwave energy. The energy consumption of the removal process was estimated under such conditions. The simultaneous use of the electron beam and microwave energy may create conditions where the total efficiency of removal process is higher compared with separate ones.

  19. Extremely Coherent Microwave Emission from Spin Torque Oscillator Stabilized by Phase Locked Loop

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    Tamaru, Shingo; Kubota, Hitoshi; Yakushiji, Kay; Yuasa, Shinji; Fukushima, Akio

    2015-01-01

    Spin torque oscillator (STO) has been attracting a great deal of attention as a candidate for the next generation microwave signal sources for various modern electronics systems since its advent. However, the phase noise of STOs under free running oscillation is still too large to be used in practical microwave applications, thus an industrially viable means to stabilize its oscillation has been strongly sought. Here we demonstrate implementation of a phase locked loop using a STO as a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) that generates a 7.344 GHz microwave signal stabilized by a 153 MHz reference signal. Spectrum measurement showed successful phase locking of the microwave signal to the reference signal, characterized by an extremely narrow oscillation peak with a linewidth of less than the measurement limit of 1 Hz. This demonstration should be a major breakthrough toward various practical applications of STOs. PMID:26658880

  20. Extremely Coherent Microwave Emission from Spin Torque Oscillator Stabilized by Phase Locked Loop.

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    Tamaru, Shingo; Kubota, Hitoshi; Yakushiji, Kay; Yuasa, Shinji; Fukushima, Akio

    2015-12-11

    Spin torque oscillator (STO) has been attracting a great deal of attention as a candidate for the next generation microwave signal sources for various modern electronics systems since its advent. However, the phase noise of STOs under free running oscillation is still too large to be used in practical microwave applications, thus an industrially viable means to stabilize its oscillation has been strongly sought. Here we demonstrate implementation of a phase locked loop using a STO as a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) that generates a 7.344 GHz microwave signal stabilized by a 153 MHz reference signal. Spectrum measurement showed successful phase locking of the microwave signal to the reference signal, characterized by an extremely narrow oscillation peak with a linewidth of less than the measurement limit of 1 Hz. This demonstration should be a major breakthrough toward various practical applications of STOs.

  1. Extremely Coherent Microwave Emission from Spin Torque Oscillator Stabilized by Phase Locked Loop

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    Tamaru, Shingo; Kubota, Hitoshi; Yakushiji, Kay; Yuasa, Shinji; Fukushima, Akio

    2015-12-01

    Spin torque oscillator (STO) has been attracting a great deal of attention as a candidate for the next generation microwave signal sources for various modern electronics systems since its advent. However, the phase noise of STOs under free running oscillation is still too large to be used in practical microwave applications, thus an industrially viable means to stabilize its oscillation has been strongly sought. Here we demonstrate implementation of a phase locked loop using a STO as a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) that generates a 7.344 GHz microwave signal stabilized by a 153 MHz reference signal. Spectrum measurement showed successful phase locking of the microwave signal to the reference signal, characterized by an extremely narrow oscillation peak with a linewidth of less than the measurement limit of 1 Hz. This demonstration should be a major breakthrough toward various practical applications of STOs.

  2. Development of a new procedure for the application of microwave energy during marble slab production.

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    Romera-Fernández, Jesus; Monzó-Cabrera, Juan; Requena-Pérez, Maria Eugenia; Vila-Marín, Maria Pilar; Martínez-González, Antonio

    2007-01-01

    In this work a new microwave-heating procedure is presented as a viable alternative for both the conventional and ultraviolet (UV) curing systems used in the natural stone industry. Both thermal simulations and experimental tests demonstrate that microwave energy highly reduces curing and storing times while maintaining the product's final quality. Several polymer mixtures have been obtained from commercial products and fillers for maximum microwave absorption and their complex permittivity has been properly measured. A continuous industrial microwave oven has been built specifically for this purpose and tested on Crema-Sierra Puerta marble samples and commercial epoxy and polyester resins.

  3. Novel Design Integrating a Microwave Applicator into a Crystallizer for Rapid Temperature Cycling. A Direct Nucleation Control Study

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    2017-01-01

    The control of nucleation in crystallization processes is a challenging task due to the often lacking knowledge on the process kinetics. Inflexible (predetermined) control strategies fail to grow the nucleated crystals to the desired quality because of the variability in the process conditions, disturbances, and the stochastic nature of crystal nucleation. Previously, the concept of microwave assisted direct nucleation control (DNC) was demonstrated in a laboratory setup to control the crystal size distribution in a batch crystallization process by manipulating the number of particles in the system. Rapid temperature cycling was used to manipulate the super(under)saturation and hence the number of crystals. The rapid heating response achieved with the microwave heating improved the DNC control efficiency, resulting in halving of the batch time. As an extension, this work presents a novel design in which the microwave applicator is integrated in the crystallizer, hence avoiding the external loop though the microwaves oven. DNC implemented in the 4 L unseeded crystallizer, at various count set points, resulted in strong efficiency enhancement of DNC, when compared to the performance with a slow responding system. The demonstrated crystallizer design is a basis for extending the enhanced process control opportunity to other applications. PMID:28729813

  4. Application of Signal Analysis to the Climate

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    2014-01-01

    The primary ingredient of the Anthropogenic Global Warming hypothesis, namely, the assumption that additional atmospheric carbon dioxide substantially raises the global temperature, is studied. This is done by looking at the data of temperature and CO2, both in the time domain and in the phase domain of periodic data. Bicentenary measurements are analyzed and a relaxation model is introduced in the form of an electronic equivalent circuit. The effects of this relaxation manifest themselves in delays in the time domain and correlated phase shifts in the phase domain. For extremely long relaxation time constants, the delay is maximally one-quarter period, which for the yearly-periodic signal means 3 months. This is not in line with the analyzed data, the latter showing delays of 9 (−3) months. These results indicate a reverse function of cause and effect, with temperature being the cause for atmospheric CO2 changes, rather than their effect. These two hypotheses are discussed on basis of literature, where it was also reported that CO2 variations are lagging behind temperature variations. PMID:27350978

  5. Application of Signal Analysis to the Climate.

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    Stallinga, Peter; Khmelinskii, Igor

    2014-01-01

    The primary ingredient of the Anthropogenic Global Warming hypothesis, namely, the assumption that additional atmospheric carbon dioxide substantially raises the global temperature, is studied. This is done by looking at the data of temperature and CO2, both in the time domain and in the phase domain of periodic data. Bicentenary measurements are analyzed and a relaxation model is introduced in the form of an electronic equivalent circuit. The effects of this relaxation manifest themselves in delays in the time domain and correlated phase shifts in the phase domain. For extremely long relaxation time constants, the delay is maximally one-quarter period, which for the yearly-periodic signal means 3 months. This is not in line with the analyzed data, the latter showing delays of 9 (-3) months. These results indicate a reverse function of cause and effect, with temperature being the cause for atmospheric CO2 changes, rather than their effect. These two hypotheses are discussed on basis of literature, where it was also reported that CO2 variations are lagging behind temperature variations.

  6. Microwave assisted preparation of magnesium phosphate cement (MPC) for orthopedic applications: a novel solution to the exothermicity problem.

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    Zhou, Huan; Agarwal, Anand K; Goel, Vijay K; Bhaduri, Sarit B

    2013-10-01

    There are two interesting features of this paper. First, we report herein a novel microwave assisted technique to prepare phosphate based orthopedic cements, which do not generate any exothermicity during setting. The exothermic reactions during the setting of phosphate cements can cause tissue damage during the administration of injectable compositions and hence a solution to the problem is sought via microwave processing. This solution through microwave exposure is based on a phenomenon that microwave irradiation can remove all water molecules from the alkaline earth phosphate cement paste to temporarily stop the setting reaction while preserving the active precursor phase in the formulation. The setting reaction can be initiated a second time by adding aqueous medium, but without any exothermicity. Second, a special emphasis is placed on using this technique to synthesize magnesium phosphate cements for orthopedic applications with their enhanced mechanical properties and possible uses as drug and protein delivery vehicles. The as-synthesized cements were evaluated for the occurrences of exothermic reactions, setting times, presence of Mg-phosphate phases, compressive strength levels, microstructural features before and after soaking in (simulated body fluid) SBF, and in vitro cytocompatibility responses. The major results show that exposure to microwaves solves the exothermicity problem, while simultaneously improving the mechanical performance of hardened cements and reducing the setting times. As expected, the cements are also found to be cytocompatible. Finally, it is observed that this process can be applied to calcium phosphate cements system (CPCs) as well. Based on the results, this microwave exposure provides a novel technique for the processing of injectable phosphate bone cement compositions. © 2013.

  7. All-optical microwave photonic filter based on two-frequency optical source

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    Morozov, Oleg G.; Sadeev, Tagir S.

    2011-04-01

    All-optical microwave filter has been a topic of interest for over two decades because of the many advantageous features such as large time-bandwidth product, wide tunability, high Q-factor, low loss, light weight, and immunity to electromagnetic interference offered by photonic devices. All-optical microwave photonic filter is a system used to implement microwave filtering in the optical domain, which can provide a large tunability and a high Q factor which are usually difficult to realize through conventional electronic methods. In addition, since the microwave signal is processed directly in the optical domain without additional optical-electrical and electrical-optical conversions, the photonic microwave filters are particularly suitable for applications such as optically controlled phased-array antennas, radio-over-fiber (RoF) systems, and other microwave-photonic links (MPLs). For these reasons, photonic microwave filters have attracted considerable interest for a few years.

  8. All-optical microwave photonic filter based on two-frequency optical source

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    Morozov, Oleg G.; Sadeev, Tagir S.

    2010-12-01

    All-optical microwave filter has been a topic of interest for over two decades because of the many advantageous features such as large time-bandwidth product, wide tunability, high Q-factor, low loss, light weight, and immunity to electromagnetic interference offered by photonic devices. All-optical microwave photonic filter is a system used to implement microwave filtering in the optical domain, which can provide a large tunability and a high Q factor which are usually difficult to realize through conventional electronic methods. In addition, since the microwave signal is processed directly in the optical domain without additional optical-electrical and electrical-optical conversions, the photonic microwave filters are particularly suitable for applications such as optically controlled phased-array antennas, radio-over-fiber (RoF) systems, and other microwave-photonic links (MPLs). For these reasons, photonic microwave filters have attracted considerable interest for a few years.

  9. Application of commercial microwave link (CML) derived precipitation data in a hydrology model

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    Smiatek, Gerhard; Chwala, Christian; Kunstmann, Harald

    2017-04-01

    In 2016 very local and extremely intensive convective events caused severe flooding in the Alpine space. Despite the large number of monitoring stations most of the rainfall events were not captured accurately by the existing rain gauge network. As the number of traditional precipitation monitoring sites is in general decreasing, novel rain monitoring techniques are gaining attention. One of the new techniques is the rainfall estimation from signal attenuation in commercial microwave link (CML) networks operated by cellular phone companies. In this contribution, we use CML-derived rainfall information to improve the streamflow forecast of the distributed hydrology model WaSiM-ETH in hindcasting and nowcasting modes. Our model domain covers the complex terrain of the Ammer catchment located in the German Alps. The hydrology model is operated with a spatial resolution of 100m and with an hourly time step. We present two alternative methods of rainfall estimation from CMLs and compare the results to data from rain gauges and a weather radar. Finally, we show the impact of the rainfall data sets on the hydrology model initialization and in discharge simulations of the Ammer River for selected episodes in 2015 and 2016. We found that the densification of the observation network by the CML observations leads to a significant improvement of the model performance.

  10. Aerogel Poly(butylene succinate) Biomaterial Substrate for RF and Microwave Applications

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    Habib Ullah, M.; Mahadi, W. N. L.; Latef, T. A.

    2015-08-01

    Polybutylene succinate (PBS) has become a potential candidate, similar to polypropylene (PP) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), for use as an organic plastic material due to its outstanding mechanical properties as well as high thermal deformation characteristics. A new composition of silica aerogel nanoparticles extracted from rice waste with PBS is proposed for use as a dielectric (ɛr = 4.5) substrate for microwave applications. A microstrip patch antenna was fabricated on the proposed dielectric substrate for multi-resonant ultra-wideband (UWB) applications. The performance characteristics of the proposed biomaterial-based antenna were investigated in a far-field measurement environment. The results indicate that the proposed biocompatible material-based antenna covered a bandwidth of 9.4 (2.3-11.7) GHz with stop bands from 5.5 GHz to 5.8 GHz and 7.0 GHz to 8.3 GHz. Peak gains of 9.82 dBi, 7.59 dBi, 8.0 dBi and 7.68 dBi were measured at resonant frequencies of 2.7 GHz, 4.6 GHz, 6.3 GHz and 9.5 GHz, respectively.

  11. Aerogel Poly(butylene succinate) Biomaterial Substrate for RF and Microwave Applications

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    Habib Ullah, M.; Mahadi, W. N. L.; Latef, T. A.

    2015-01-01

    Polybutylene succinate (PBS) has become a potential candidate, similar to polypropylene (PP) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), for use as an organic plastic material due to its outstanding mechanical properties as well as high thermal deformation characteristics. A new composition of silica aerogel nanoparticles extracted from rice waste with PBS is proposed for use as a dielectric (εr = 4.5) substrate for microwave applications. A microstrip patch antenna was fabricated on the proposed dielectric substrate for multi-resonant ultra-wideband (UWB) applications. The performance characteristics of the proposed biomaterial-based antenna were investigated in a far-field measurement environment. The results indicate that the proposed biocompatible material-based antenna covered a bandwidth of 9.4 (2.3–11.7) GHz with stop bands from 5.5 GHz to 5.8 GHz and 7.0 GHz to 8.3 GHz. Peak gains of 9.82 dBi, 7.59 dBi, 8.0 dBi and 7.68 dBi were measured at resonant frequencies of 2.7 GHz, 4.6 GHz, 6.3 GHz and 9.5 GHz, respectively. PMID:26238975

  12. Aerogel Poly(butylene succinate) Biomaterial Substrate for RF and Microwave Applications.

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    Habib Ullah, M; Mahadi, W N L; Latef, T A

    2015-08-04

    Polybutylene succinate (PBS) has become a potential candidate, similar to polypropylene (PP) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), for use as an organic plastic material due to its outstanding mechanical properties as well as high thermal deformation characteristics. A new composition of silica aerogel nanoparticles extracted from rice waste with PBS is proposed for use as a dielectric (εr = 4.5) substrate for microwave applications. A microstrip patch antenna was fabricated on the proposed dielectric substrate for multi-resonant ultra-wideband (UWB) applications. The performance characteristics of the proposed biomaterial-based antenna were investigated in a far-field measurement environment. The results indicate that the proposed biocompatible material-based antenna covered a bandwidth of 9.4 (2.3-11.7) GHz with stop bands from 5.5 GHz to 5.8 GHz and 7.0 GHz to 8.3 GHz. Peak gains of 9.82 dBi, 7.59 dBi, 8.0 dBi and 7.68 dBi were measured at resonant frequencies of 2.7 GHz, 4.6 GHz, 6.3 GHz and 9.5 GHz, respectively.

  13. Equivalent Electromagnetic Constants for Microwave Application to Composite Materials for the Multi-Scale Problem

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    Fujisaki, Keisuke; Ikeda, Tomoyuki

    2013-01-01

    To connect different scale models in the multi-scale problem of microwave use, equivalent material constants were researched numerically by a three-dimensional electromagnetic field, taking into account eddy current and displacement current. A volume averaged method and a standing wave method were used to introduce the equivalent material constants; water particles and aluminum particles are used as composite materials. Consumed electrical power is used for the evaluation. Water particles have the same equivalent material constants for both methods; the same electrical power is obtained for both the precise model (micro-model) and the homogeneous model (macro-model). However, aluminum particles have dissimilar equivalent material constants for both methods; different electric power is obtained for both models. The varying electromagnetic phenomena are derived from the expression of eddy current. For small electrical conductivity such as water, the macro-current which flows in the macro-model and the micro-current which flows in the micro-model express the same electromagnetic phenomena. However, for large electrical conductivity such as aluminum, the macro-current and micro-current express different electromagnetic phenomena. The eddy current which is observed in the micro-model is not expressed by the macro-model. Therefore, the equivalent material constant derived from the volume averaged method and the standing wave method is applicable to water with a small electrical conductivity, although not applicable to aluminum with a large electrical conductivity. PMID:28788395

  14. Equivalent Electromagnetic Constants for Microwave Application to Composite Materials for the Multi-Scale Problem.

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    Fujisaki, Keisuke; Ikeda, Tomoyuki

    2013-11-21

    To connect different scale models in the multi-scale problem of microwave use, equivalent material constants were researched numerically by a three-dimensional electromagnetic field, taking into account eddy current and displacement current. A volume averaged method and a standing wave method were used to introduce the equivalent material constants; water particles and aluminum particles are used as composite materials. Consumed electrical power is used for the evaluation. Water particles have the same equivalent material constants for both methods; the same electrical power is obtained for both the precise model (micro-model) and the homogeneous model (macro-model). However, aluminum particles have dissimilar equivalent material constants for both methods; different electric power is obtained for both models. The varying electromagnetic phenomena are derived from the expression of eddy current. For small electrical conductivity such as water, the macro-current which flows in the macro-model and the micro-current which flows in the micro-model express the same electromagnetic phenomena. However, for large electrical conductivity such as aluminum, the macro-current and micro-current express different electromagnetic phenomena. The eddy current which is observed in the micro-model is not expressed by the macro-model. Therefore, the equivalent material constant derived from the volume averaged method and the standing wave method is applicable to water with a small electrical conductivity, although not applicable to aluminum with a large electrical conductivity.

  15. Permeation mechanisms of pulsed microwave plasma deposited silicon oxide films for food packaging applications

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    Deilmann, Michael; Grabowski, Mirko; Theiß, Sebastian; Bibinov, Nikita; Awakowicz, Peter

    2008-07-01

    Silicon oxide barrier layers are deposited on polyethylene terephthalate as permeation barriers for food packaging applications by means of a low pressure microwave plasma. Hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) and oxygen are used as process gases to deposit SiOx coatings via pulsed low pressure plasmas. The layer composition of the coating is investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy to show correlations with barrier properties of the films. The oxygen permeation barrier is determined by the carrier gas method using an electrochemical detector. The transition from low to high barrier films is mapped by the transition from organic SiOxCyHz layers to quartz-like SiO1.7 films containing silanol bound hydrogen. A residual permeation as low as J = 1 ± 0.3 cm3 m-2 day-1 bar-1 is achieved, which is a good value for food packaging applications. Additionally, the activation energy Ep of oxygen permeation is analysed and a strong increase from Ep = 31.5 kJ mol-1 for SiOx CyHz-like coatings to Ep = 53.7 kJ mol-1 for SiO1.7 films is observed by increasing the oxygen dilution of HMDSO:O2 plasma. The reason for the residual permeation of high barrier films is discussed and coating defects are visualized by capacitively coupled atomic oxygen plasma etching of coated substrates. A defect density of 3000 mm-2 is revealed.

  16. Microwave-assisted extraction: Application to the determination of emerging pollutants in solid samples.

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    Sanchez-Prado, Lucia; Garcia-Jares, Carmen; Llompart, Maria

    2010-04-16

    Flame retardants, surfactants, pharmaceutical and personal care products, among other compounds, have been the object of numerous environmental studies. In this chapter, the application of microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) in the development of analytical methods for several groups of organic compounds with growing concern as emerging pollutants has been considered. Compared to other extraction techniques, optimization of MAE experimental conditions is rather easy owing to the low number of influential parameters (i.e. matrix moisture, nature of the solvent, time, power, and temperature in closed vessels). The great reduction in the extraction time and solvent consumption, as well as the possibility of performing multiple extractions, increasing the sample throughput, can also be highlighted among MAE advantages. In summary, the study of several applications of MAE to environmental problems demonstrates that this technique constitutes a good alternative for the determination of organic compounds in environmental samples. It can be used as a rapid screening tool, and also to obtain detailed information on the sources, behaviour and fate of emerging pollutants in environmental matrices. Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. New microwave spectrometer/imager has possible applications for pollution monitoring

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    Tooley, R. D.

    1970-01-01

    Microwave imager forms thermal-emissivity image of solid portion of planet Venus and provides data on the planet's atmosphere, surface, terminator, and temperature changes. These thermally produced multifrequency microwaves for image production of temperature profiles can be applied to water pollution monitoring, agriculture, and forestry survey.

  18. Reducing microwave absorption with fast frequency modulation.

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    Qin, Juehang; Hubler, A

    2017-05-01

    We study the response of a two-level quantum system to a chirp signal, using both numerical and analytical methods. The numerical method is based on numerical solutions of the Schrödinger solution of the two-level system, while the analytical method is based on an approximate solution of the same equations. We find that when two-level systems are perturbed by a chirp signal, the peak population of the initially unpopulated state exhibits a high sensitivity to frequency modulation rate. We also find that the aforementioned sensitivity depends on the strength of the forcing, and weaker forcings result in a higher sensitivity, where the frequency modulation rate required to produce the same reduction in peak population would be lower. We discuss potential applications of this result in the field of microwave power transmission, as it shows applying fast frequency modulation to transmitted microwaves used for power transmission could decrease unintended absorption of microwaves by organic tissue.

  19. Reducing microwave absorption with fast frequency modulation

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    Qin, Juehang; Hubler, A.

    2017-05-01

    We study the response of a two-level quantum system to a chirp signal, using both numerical and analytical methods. The numerical method is based on numerical solutions of the Schrödinger solution of the two-level system, while the analytical method is based on an approximate solution of the same equations. We find that when two-level systems are perturbed by a chirp signal, the peak population of the initially unpopulated state exhibits a high sensitivity to frequency modulation rate. We also find that the aforementioned sensitivity depends on the strength of the forcing, and weaker forcings result in a higher sensitivity, where the frequency modulation rate required to produce the same reduction in peak population would be lower. We discuss potential applications of this result in the field of microwave power transmission, as it shows applying fast frequency modulation to transmitted microwaves used for power transmission could decrease unintended absorption of microwaves by organic tissue.

  20. The application of information theory to biochemical signaling systems.

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    Rhee, Alex; Cheong, Raymond; Levchenko, Andre

    2012-08-01

    Cell signaling can be thought of fundamentally as an information transmission problem in which chemical messengers relay information about the external environment to the decision centers within a cell. Due to the biochemical nature of cellular signal transduction networks, molecular noise will inevitably limit the fidelity of any messages received and processed by a cell's signal transduction networks, leaving it with an imperfect impression of its environment. Fortunately, Shannon's information theory provides a mathematical framework independent of network complexity that can quantify the amount of information that can be transmitted despite biochemical noise. In particular, the channel capacity can be used to measure the maximum number of stimuli a cell can distinguish based upon the noisy responses of its signaling systems. Here, we provide a primer for quantitative biologists that covers fundamental concepts of information theory, highlights several key considerations when experimentally measuring channel capacity, and describes successful examples of the application of information theoretic analysis to biological signaling.

  1. A three-dimensional visualisation preoperative treatment planning system in microwave ablation for liver cancer: a preliminary clinical application.

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    Liu, Fangyi; Liang, Ping; Yu, Xiaoling; Lu, Tong; Cheng, Zhigang; Lei, Chenglong; Han, Zhiyu

    2013-11-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical application value of a 3D visualisation preoperative treatment planning system in microwave ablation for liver cancer. From December 2011 to November 2012, 94 enrolment patients of liver cancer were divided into two groups. The 3D preoperative planning group included 36 patients with 44 lesions, who underwent microwave ablation with the aid of the self-developed 3D visualisation preoperative treatment planning system. The 2D preoperative planning group included 58 patients with 64 lesions, who underwent microwave ablation according to conventional 2D image preoperative planning methods. After microwave ablation, therapeutic efficacy was assessed by contrast-enhanced imaging during follow-up. The 3D preoperative planning group had a higher success rate of first ablation than the 2D preoperative planning group (p = 0.01). There were more sessions in the 2D preoperative planning group than in the 3D preoperative planning group (p = 0.002). There were no significant differences in technique effectiveness rate between the 2D preoperative planning group (96.55%) and the 3D preoperative planning group (100%) according to the contrast-enhanced imaging follow-up after microwave ablation (p = 0.64). There were no significant differences in the rate of LTP between the 2D preoperative planning group and the 3D preoperative planning group (p = 0.64) during 3-12 months follow up (median 6 months). Compared with the 2D preoperative planning group, the 3D preoperative planning group had a higher success rate of first ablation and fewer sessions. Therefore, the 3D visualisation preoperative treatment planning system has a relatively high clinical application value.

  2. Application of Wavelets to Gearbox Vibration Signals for Fault Detection

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    Wang, W. J.; McFadden, P. D.

    1996-05-01

    The wavelet transform is used to represent all possible types of transients in vibration signals generated by faults in a gearbox. It is shown that the transform provides a powerful tool for condition monitoring and fault diagnosis. The vibration signal from a helicopter gearbox is used to demonstrate the application of the suggested wavelet by a simple computer algorithm. The major advantage of the wavelet transform for analyzing the signal is that it possesses multi-resolutions for localizing shirt-time components so that all possible types of gear faults can be displayed by a single time-scale distribution resulting from the transform.

  3. Applications of Hilbert Spectral Analysis for Speech and Sound Signals

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    Huang, Norden E.

    2003-01-01

    A new method for analyzing nonlinear and nonstationary data has been developed, and the natural applications are to speech and sound signals. The key part of the method is the Empirical Mode Decomposition method with which any complicated data set can be decomposed into a finite and often small number of Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMF). An IMF is defined as any function having the same numbers of zero-crossing and extrema, and also having symmetric envelopes defined by the local maxima and minima respectively. The IMF also admits well-behaved Hilbert transform. This decomposition method is adaptive, and, therefore, highly efficient. Since the decomposition is based on the local characteristic time scale of the data, it is applicable to nonlinear and nonstationary processes. With the Hilbert transform, the Intrinsic Mode Functions yield instantaneous frequencies as functions of time, which give sharp identifications of imbedded structures. This method invention can be used to process all acoustic signals. Specifically, it can process the speech signals for Speech synthesis, Speaker identification and verification, Speech recognition, and Sound signal enhancement and filtering. Additionally, as the acoustical signals from machinery are essentially the way the machines are talking to us. Therefore, the acoustical signals, from the machines, either from sound through air or vibration on the machines, can tell us the operating conditions of the machines. Thus, we can use the acoustic signal to diagnosis the problems of machines.

  4. Applications of Hilbert Spectral Analysis for Speech and Sound Signals

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    Huang, Norden E.

    2003-01-01

    A new method for analyzing nonlinear and nonstationary data has been developed, and the natural applications are to speech and sound signals. The key part of the method is the Empirical Mode Decomposition method with which any complicated data set can be decomposed into a finite and often small number of Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMF). An IMF is defined as any function having the same numbers of zero-crossing and extrema, and also having symmetric envelopes defined by the local maxima and minima respectively. The IMF also admits well-behaved Hilbert transform. This decomposition method is adaptive, and, therefore, highly efficient. Since the decomposition is based on the local characteristic time scale of the data, it is applicable to nonlinear and nonstationary processes. With the Hilbert transform, the Intrinsic Mode Functions yield instantaneous frequencies as functions of time, which give sharp identifications of imbedded structures. This method invention can be used to process all acoustic signals. Specifically, it can process the speech signals for Speech synthesis, Speaker identification and verification, Speech recognition, and Sound signal enhancement and filtering. Additionally, as the acoustical signals from machinery are essentially the way the machines are talking to us. Therefore, the acoustical signals, from the machines, either from sound through air or vibration on the machines, can tell us the operating conditions of the machines. Thus, we can use the acoustic signal to diagnosis the problems of machines.

  5. Properties of Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 thin films prepared by metalorganic solution deposition technique for microwave applications

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    Joshi, P. C.; Desu, S. B.

    1998-08-01

    We report on the properties of Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 thin films prepared by the metalorganic solution deposition technique. Bulk Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 ceramics have shown excellent dielectric properties at microwave frequencies; however, the high sintering temperature of bulk material is the major obstacle in their use as dielectric resonators to miniaturize microwave circuits. It was possible to obtain an ordered-perovskite phase of 0.3-μm-thick Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 films with trigonal symmetry at an annealing temperature of 700 °C, which is much lower than the bulk sintering temperatures. The electrical measurements were conducted on Pt/Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3/Pt capacitors. The typical measured small signal dielectric constant and dissipation factor at 100 kHz were 22.2 and 0.009, respectively. The dielectric constant of thin films was comparable to the typical values (ɛr˜23.5-25) reported for bulk ceramics. The temperature coefficient of capacitance was -145 ppm/°C in the measured temperature range of 25-125 °C. The leakage current density was lower than 10-7 A/cm2 at an applied electric field of 0.5 MV/cm. The high dielectric constant, which is comparable to bulk, low dielectric loss, and good temperature and bias stability suggest the suitability of Ba(Mg1/3Ta2/3)O3 thin films for microwave communications and integrated capacitor applications.

  6. Development of non-metallic and conformal dual band meta-skin and its absorption study for microwave applications

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    Borah, Dipangkar; Bhattacharyya, Nidhi S.

    2017-08-01

    An efficient approach for achieving a dual, conformal and non-metallic metamaterial absorber for microwave applications is proposed in this paper. The unit cell structures are simple circular ring resonators, made up of non-metallic and conducting expanded graphite, fabricated on a linear low density polyethylene substrate. The expanded graphite is synthesized, characterized and processed to be used as a conducting layer. The materials properties of linear low density polyethylene is investigated and found to be a promising candidate for flexible microwave applications. The developed absorber showed more than 90% absorption at 7.72 GHz and 9.92 GHz. Electric and magnetic fields are also simulated at the resonating frequency to understand the absorption mechanism. The proposed expanded graphite based metamaterial absorber possesses the advantages of being ultra-thin, flexible and non-corrosive.

  7. Optically-controlled microwave phase shifting and sampling by efficient photoconductive switching on LT-GaAs substrate integrated technology

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    Tripon-Canseliet, C.; Faci, S.; Blary, K.; Deshours, F.; Alquié, G.; Formont, S.; Chazelas, J.

    2006-09-01

    Microwave photonics contributes through ultrafast devices to the processing of high data rates. In this area, microwave photoconductive switches (MPCSs) in integrated technology have proved their performances to control the transmission of high frequency signals in complex systems. Their ability to switch microwave signal phase and magnitude is fully defined by a complex frequency-dependant ON/OFF ratio R ON/OFF determined from S-Parameters measurements in microwave frequency domain. This paper reports on a new design of MPCSs to be used, after realization and evaluation, as a basic block in optically controlled MMIC devices for application in high frequency samplers or phase shifters.

  8. Transmission of RF Signals Over Optical Fiber for Avionics Applications

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    Slaveski, Filip; Sluss, James, Jr.; Atiquzzaman, Mohammed; Hung, Nguyen; Ngo, Duc

    2002-01-01

    During flight, aircraft avionics transmit and receive RF signals to/from antennas over coaxial cables. As the density and complexity of onboard avionics increases, the electromagnetic interference (EM) environment degrades proportionately, leading to decreasing signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) and potential safety concerns. The coaxial cables are inherently lossy, limiting the RF signal bandwidth while adding considerable weight. To overcome these limitations, we have investigated a fiber optic communications link for aircraft that utilizes wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) to support the simultaneous transmission of multiple signals (including RF) over a single optical fiber. Optical fiber has many advantages over coaxial cable, particularly lower loss, greater bandwidth, and immunity to EM. In this paper, we demonstrate that WDM can be successfully used to transmit multiple RF signals over a single optical fiber with no appreciable signal degradation. We investigate the transmission of FM and AM analog modulated signals, as well as FSK digital modulated signals, over a fiber optic link (FOL) employing WDM. We present measurements of power loss, delay, SNR, carrier-to-noise ratio (CNR), total harmonic distortion (THD), and bit error rate (BER). Our experimental results indicate that WDM is a fiber optic technology suitable for avionics applications.

  9. Quantitative measurement of sheet resistance by evanescent microwave probe

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    Wang Zhengyu; Kelly, Michael A.; Shen Zhixun; Shao Lin; Chu, W.-K.; Edwards, Hal

    2005-04-11

    Quantitative measurement of microwave sheet resistance by a novel type of near-field microwave microscope -Evanescent Microwave Probe (EMP) - has been demonstrated. The data cover a wide range of sheet resistance from the metal limit to the insulator limit. Both finite element analysis (FEA) and a simple coaxial ring model have been shown to fit the data well. The demonstration of sheet resistance measurement with high spatial resolution in the GHz range shows the potential of EMP for semiconductor metrology applications. The data also reveal issues related to the large penetration depth, allowing substrate properties to affect the signal.

  10. Applications of pattern classification to time-domain signals

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    Bertoncini, Crystal Ann

    Many different kinds of physics are used in sensors that produce time-domain signals, such as ultrasonics, acoustics, seismology, and electromagnetics. The waveforms generated by these sensors are used to measure events or detect flaws in applications ranging from industrial to medical and defense-related domains. Interpreting the signals is challenging because of the complicated physics of the interaction of the fields with the materials and structures under study. Often the method of interpreting the signal varies by the application, but automatic detection of events in signals is always useful in order to attain results quickly with less human error. One method of automatic interpretation of data is pattern classification, which is a statistical method that assigns predicted labels to raw data associated with known categories. In this work, we use pattern classification techniques to aid automatic detection of events in signals using features extracted by a particular application of the wavelet transform, the Dynamic Wavelet Fingerprint (DWFP), as well as features selected through physical interpretation of the individual applications. The wavelet feature extraction method is general for any time-domain signal, and the classification results can be improved by features drawn for the particular domain. The success of this technique is demonstrated through four applications: the development of an ultrasonographic periodontal probe, the identification of flaw type in Lamb wave tomographic scans of an aluminum pipe, prediction of roof falls in a limestone mine, and automatic identification of individual Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags regardless of its programmed code. The method has been shown to achieve high accuracy, sometimes as high as 98%.

  11. A freely localized discharge excited by intense microwave beams in high-pressure gases. Physics and applications

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    Vikharev, A.L.; Gorbachev, A.M.

    1995-12-31

    In the paper the recent successes of IAP microwave discharge group in studies of a discharge excited by intense converging microwave beams in high-pressure gases are presented. This discharge as a source of nonequilibrium freely localized plasma is very promising for a lot of applications in industry such as surface treatment, thin film deposition and super-pure plasma chemistry. But its successful application depends on the understanding of the physical processes which define dynamics, complicated discharge structure and plasma parameters. In the experiments the microwaves of wavelength 8-mm, pulse power 400 kW, pulse duration 50--500 microsecond, pulses repetition frequency 0.1--10 Hz are used. The main discharge properties in different gases at pressure 100--760 Torr are investigated. Numerical simulation of the discharge dynamics, taking into account heating and displacement of the gas in the nonisobaric case, permits them to generalize the existing results of experimental studies, and to discover new effects associated with the appearance of the plasma filament. Thus, they have shown that ultraviolet (UV) emission call be stimulated from the plasma filament. The efficient generation of UV radiation in a high-pressure discharge shows that its application in plasma chemical reactors for clearing air of industrial pollution (e.g., freon) is promising.

  12. Sparse signal representation and its applications in ultrasonic NDE.

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    Zhang, Guang-Ming; Zhang, Cheng-Zhong; Harvey, David M

    2012-03-01

    Many sparse signal representation (SSR) algorithms have been developed in the past decade. The advantages of SSR such as compact representations and super resolution lead to the state of the art performance of SSR for processing ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation (NDE) signals. Choosing a suitable SSR algorithm and designing an appropriate overcomplete dictionary is a key for success. After a brief review of sparse signal representation methods and the design of overcomplete dictionaries, this paper addresses the recent accomplishments of SSR for processing ultrasonic NDE signals. The advantages and limitations of SSR algorithms and various overcomplete dictionaries widely-used in ultrasonic NDE applications are explored in depth. Their performance improvement compared to conventional signal processing methods in many applications such as ultrasonic flaw detection and noise suppression, echo separation and echo estimation, and ultrasonic imaging is investigated. The challenging issues met in practical ultrasonic NDE applications for example the design of a good dictionary are discussed. Representative experimental results are presented for demonstration. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Y-type hexagonal ferrites for microwave absorber and antenna applications

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    Stergiou, Charalampos A.; Litsardakis, George

    2016-05-01

    This article examines the potential of the Y-type hexagonal ferrites, BaSrCo2-xNixFe12O22, as passive microwave absorbing materials and magneto-dielectric antenna substrates. To this effect, we investigated the electromagnetic properties of the fabricated samples up to 18 GHz, in conjunction with the composition, microstructure and static magnetic characteristics. It was found that the Ni substitution yields the increase of permeability μ* and permittivity ε* as a consequence of the weaker magnetocrystalline anisotropy and enhanced dielectric orientation polarization. By virtue of their different ε* and μ* spectra, the Co-rich hexagonal ferrites appear as appropriate for narrowband-yet tunable-reflection reduction in the 2.6-18 GHz range (>20 dB), whereas with Ni addition wideband attenuation of the transmitted waves (>20 dB) is attained in the 7-18 GHz band. In addition, the persistence of high refractive index up to 1 GHz enables the utilization of these hexagonal ferrites in UHF antenna designs with smaller dimensions. Among them, designs with Co2-Y compound are liable to higher radiation efficiency, while Ni2-Y favours the achievement of wider bandwidth. On this basis, the performance of the produced materials in high frequency applications is evaluated and certain improvement directions are indicated.

  14. An 18-26 GHz Segmented Chirped Pulse Fourier Transform Microwave Spectrometer for Astrochemical Applications

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    Steber, Amanda; Fatima, Mariyam; Perez, Cristobal; Schnell, Melanie

    2017-06-01

    In the past decade, astrochemistry has seen an increase in interest. As higher throughput and increased resolution radio astronomy facilities come online, faster laboratory instrumentation that directly covers the frequency ranges of these facilities is needed. The 18-26 GHz region is of interest astronomically as many cold organic molecules have their peak intensity in this region. We present here a new segmented chirped pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectrometer operating between 18-26 GHz. Using state-of-the-art digital electronics and the segmented approach[1], this design has the potential to be faster and cheaper than the previously presented broadband design. Characterization of the instrument using OCS will be presented, along with a comparison to the previously built and optimized 18-26 CP-FTMW built at the University of Virginia. It will be coupled with a discharge nozzle[2], and its applications to astrochemistry will be explored in this talk. [1] Neill, J.L., Harris, B.J., Steber, A.L., Douglass, K.O., Plusquellic, D.F., Pate, B.H. Opt. Express, 21, 19743-19749, 2013. [2] McCarthy, M.C., Chen, W., Travers, M.J., Thaddeus, P. Astrophys. J. Suppl. Ser., 129, 611-623 , 2000.

  15. A monolithic K-band phase-locked loop for microwave radar application

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    Zhou, Guangyao; Ma, Shunli; Li, Ning; Ye, Fan; Ren, Junyan

    2017-02-01

    A monolithic K-band phase-locked loop (PLL) for microwave radar application is proposed and implemented in this paper. By eliminating the tail transistor and using optimized high-Q LC-tank, the proposed voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) achieves a tuning range of 18.4 to 23.3 GHz and reduced phase noise. Two cascaded current-mode logic (CML) divide-by-two frequency prescalers are implemented to bridge the frequency gap, in which inductor peaking technique is used in the first stage to further boost allowable input frequency. Six-stage TSPC divider chain is used to provide programmable division ratio from 64 to 127, and a second-order passive loop filter with 825 kHz bandwidth is also integrated on-chip to minimize required external components. The proposed PLL needs only approximately 18.2 μs settling time, and achieves a wide tuning range from 18.4 to 23.3 GHz, with a typical output power of ‑0.84 dBm and phase noise of ‑91.92 dBc/Hz @ 1 MHz. The chip is implemented in TSMC 65 nm CMOS process, and occupies an area of 0.56 mm2 without pads under a 1.2 V single voltage supply. Project supported by the National High-Tech Research and Development Program of China (No. 2013AA014101).

  16. Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Rapid Synthesis of Calcium Phosphates: Structural Control and Application in Protein Adsorption

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    Cai, Zhu-Yun; Peng, Fan; Zi, Yun-Peng; Chen, Feng; Qian, Qi-Rong

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic calcium phosphate (CaP)-based materials have attracted much attention in the biomedical field. In this study, we have investigated the effect of pH values on CaP nanostructures prepared using a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The hierarchical nanosheet-assembled hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanostructure was prepared under weak acidic conditions (pH 5), while the HAP nanorod was prepared under neutral (pH 7) and weak alkali (pH 9) condition. However, when the pH value increases to 11, a mixed product of HAP nanorod and tri-calcium phosphate nanoparticle was obtained. The results indicated that the pH value of the initial reaction solution played an important role in the phase and structure of the CaP. Furthermore, the protein adsorption and release performance of the as-prepared CaP nanostructures were investigated by using hemoglobin (Hb) as a model protein. The sample that was prepared at pH = 11 and consisted of mixed morphologies of nanorods and nanoprisms showed a higher Hb protein adsorption capacity than the sample prepared at pH 5, which could be explained by its smaller size and dispersed structure. The results revealed the relatively high protein adsorption capacity of the as-prepared CaP nanostructures, which show promise for applications in various biomedical fields such as drug delivery and protein adsorption.

  17. Thick barium hexaferrite (Ba-M) films prepared by electron-beam evaporation for microwave application

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    Wane, I.; Bessaudou, A.; Cosset, F.; Célérier, A.; Girault, C.; Decossas, J. L.; Vareille, J. C.

    2000-03-01

    Hexagonal ferrites such as barium or strontium hexaferrites have many existing and potential applications. Among these are microwave devices. In this paper we present the results of Ba-M thick ferrite films deposited on silicon (1 0 0) by electron-beam evaporation. To increase adhesion and reduce cracks, the films are also deposited on thin (#1 μm) metallic underlayers. The influence of deposition rate and post-deposition annealing on crystallographic structure, magnetic properties, morphology and chemical composition has been investigated. The deposition pressure was equal to 0.46 Pa and substrate temperature was kept at 200°C. The results show that, before annealing, the films do not crystallise under the bulk phase of BaFe 12O 19 (Ba-M) and magnetic measurements show no hysteresis curve. On the other hand, films annealed at 850°C for 2 h in oxygen atmosphere are magnetic and crystallise in the Ba-M phase. The coercive fields of these films range between 160 and 360 kA/m. The saturation magnetisation of the annealed films varies between 0.15 and 0.21 T. The EDX analysis shows that the Fe/Ba atomic ratio depends on the deposition rate. The SEM study shows homogeneous film surfaces and small grains size.

  18. Microwave ion beam sources for reactive etching and sputter deposition applications

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    Jolly, T. W.; Blackborrow, P.

    1990-01-01

    There are important industrial applications for broadbeam microwave ion beam sources which give current densities in the range 0.1-4.0 mA/cm2 at energies between 100 and 1500 eV. These include machines for the production of multilayer optical coatings by means of ion beam sputter deposition, and cassette-to-cassette machines for inert and reactive ion beam etching of semiconductor wafers. In both cases, the ability to run reliably, and at high power for several hundred hours without unscheduled maintenance is most valuable, and may well justify the extra cost of such a source over the conventional Kaufman hot-filament source. The sources discussed in this article use dual high-power grids of pyrolytic graphite, using a self-aligning design, to produce uniform ion beams with diameters of up to l2 cm. Stabilities of better than 1% over several hundred hours of operation are achieved. The design of the discharge chamber and grids enables operation on most inert and reactive gas mixtures. Typical run data and beam profiles obtained when running on argon, oxygen, and chlorine will be presented.

  19. Development of a heterogeneous microwave network fade simulation tool applicable to networks that span Europe

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    Paulson, Kevin S.; Basarudin, Hafiz

    2011-08-01

    Several research groups in Europe are developing joint channel simulators for arbitrarily complex networks of terrestrial and slant path, microwave telecommunications links. Currently, the Hull Rain Fade Network Simulator (HRFNS) developed at University of Hull can simulate rain fade on arbitrary terrestrial networks in the southern United Kingdom, producing joint rain fade time series with a 10 s integration time. This paper reports on work to broaden the function of the existing HRFNS to include slant paths such as Earth-space links and communications to high altitude platforms and unmanned airborne systems. The area of application of the new simulation tool is being extended to the whole of Europe, and other fade mechanisms are being included. Nimrod/OPERA has been chosen as the input meteorological data sets for the new system to simulate rain fade. Zero-degree isotherm heights taken from NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis Data are used in conjunction with the Eden-Bacon sleet (wet snow) model to introduce melting layer effects. Other fading mechanisms, including cloud fade, scintillation and absorption losses by atmospheric gasses, can be added to the simulator. The simulator is tested against ITU-R models for rain fade distribution experienced by terrestrial and Earth-space links in the southern United Kingdom. Statistics of fade dynamics, i.e., fade slope and fade duration, for a simulated Earth-space link are compared to International Telecommunication Union models.

  20. Microwave radiometry and its potential applications in biology and medicine: experimental studies.

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    Bigu-del-Blanco, J; Romero-Sierra, C; Watts, D G

    1975-01-01

    This paper presents experimental data on : (1) the natural emission of microwave radiation by biological systems, and (2) the effect of drugs as well as microwave radiation on specimen microwave emission. Experiments were conducted on guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, and human subjects. The results were obtained with two different radiometers, one of the correlation type and one of the Dicke type, operating in the X-band at about 9 GHz with a sensitivity of approximately 0.1 degrees K. The results demonstrate the feasibility of this technique and suggestions are made for its use in bilogy, medicine, and in the field of biocommunications.

  1. Utilizing commercial microwave for rapid and effective immunostaining.

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    Owens, Katrina; Park, Ji H; Kristian, Tibor

    2013-09-30

    There is an accumulating literature demonstrating the application of microwaves across a wide spectrum of histological techniques. Although exposure to microwaves for short periods resulted in substantial acceleration of all procedures this technique still is not adopted widely. In part, this may be due to concerns over solutions that will avoid induction of thermal damage to the tissue when using standard microwave. Here, we offer a cooling setup that can be used with conventional microwave ovens. We utilized dry ice for effective cooling during microwave irradiation of tissue samples. To prevent overheating, the cups with tissue during exposure to microwaves were surrounded with powdered dry ice. Since the dry ice does not touch the walls of the cups, freezing is prevented. Overheating is avoided by alternating the microwave treatment with 1-2 min time periods when the cups are cooled outside of the microwave oven. This technique was used on mouse brain sections that were immunostained with microglia-specific CD68 antiserum and astrocyte labeling GFAP antibody. Both standard and microwave-assisted immonolabeling gave comparable results visualizing cells with fine processes and low background signal. Short incubation time in the microwave requires high concentrations of antibody for tissue immunostaining. We show that by prolonging the microwaving procedure we were able to reduce the antibody concentration to the levels used in standard immunostaining protocol. In summary, our technique gives a possibility to use a conventional microwave for rapid and effective immunolabeling resulting in reduced amount of antibody required for satisfactory immunostaining. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  2. 21 CFR 1030.10 - Microwave ovens.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Microwave ovens. 1030.10 Section 1030.10 Food and... HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR MICROWAVE AND RADIO FREQUENCY EMITTING PRODUCTS § 1030.10 Microwave ovens. (a) Applicability. The provisions of this standard are applicable to microwave ovens...

  3. Remote Sensing of Tropical Cyclones: Applications from Microwave Radiometry and Global Navigation Satellite System Reflectometry

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    Morris, Mary

    Tropical cyclones (TCs) are important to observe, especially over the course of their lifetimes, most of which is spent over the ocean. Very few in situ observations are available. Remote sensing has afforded researchers and forecasters the ability to observe and understand TCs better. Every remote sensing platform used to observe TCs has benefits and disadvantages. Some remote sensing instruments are more sensitive to clouds, precipitation, and other atmospheric constituents. Some remote sensing instruments are insensitive to the atmosphere, which allows for unobstructed observations of the ocean surface. Observations of the ocean surface, either of surface roughness or emission can be used to estimate ocean surface wind speed. Estimates of surface wind speed can help determine the intensity, structure, and destructive potential of TCs. While there are many methods by which TCs are observed, this thesis focuses on two main types of remote sensing techniques: passive microwave radiometry and Global Navigation Satellite System reflectometry (GNSS-R). First, we develop and apply a rain rate and ocean surface wind speed retrieval algorithm for the Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD). HIRAD, an airborne passive microwave radiometer, operates at C-band frequencies, and is sensitive to rain absorption and emission, as well as ocean surface emission. Motivated by the unique observing geometry and high gradient rain scenes that HIRAD typically observes, a more robust rain rate and wind speed retrieval algorithm is developed. HIRAD's observing geometry must be accounted for in the forward model and retrieval algorithm, if high rain gradients are to be estimated from HIRAD's observations, with the ultimate goal of improving surface wind speed estimation. Lastly, TC science data products are developed for the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS). The CYGNSS constellation employs GNSS-R techniques to estimate ocean surface wind speed in all precipitating

  4. Assessing Applications of GPM and IMERG Passive Microwave Rain Rates in Modeling and Operational Forecasting

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    Zavodsky, B.; Le Roy, A.; Smith, M. R.; Case, J.

    2016-12-01

    In support of NASA's recently launched GPM `core' satellite, the NASA-SPoRT project is leveraging experience in research-to-operations transitions and training to provide feedback on the operational utility of GPM products. Thus far, SPoRT has focused on evaluating the Level 2 GPROF passive microwave and IMERG rain rate estimates. Formal evaluations with end-users have occurred, as well as internal evaluations of the datasets. One set of end users for these products is National Weather Service Forecast Offices (WFOs) and National Weather Service River Forecast Centers (RFCs), comprising forecasters and hydrologists. SPoRT has hosted a series of formal assessments to determine uses and utility of these datasets for NWS operations at specific offices. Forecasters primarily have used Level 2 swath rain rates to observe rainfall in otherwise data-void regions and to confirm model QPF for their nowcasting or short-term forecasting. Hydrologists have been evaluating both the Level 2 rain rates and the IMERG rain rates, including rain rate accumulations derived from IMERG; hydrologists have used these data to supplement gauge data for post-event analysis as well as for longer-term forecasting. Results from specific evaluations will be presented. Another evaluation of the GPM passive microwave rain rates has been in using the data within other products that are currently transitioned to end-users, rather than as stand-alone observations. For example, IMERG Early data is being used as a forcing mechanism in the NASA Land Information System (LIS) for real-time soil moisture product over eastern Africa. IMERG is providing valuable precipitation information to LIS in an otherwise data-void region. Results and caveats will briefly be discussed. A third application of GPM data is using the IMERG Late and Final products for model verification in remote regions where high-quality gridded precipitation fields are not readily available. These datasets can now be used to verify NWP

  5. Multicomponent doped barium strontium titanate thin films for tunable microwave applications

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    Alema, Fikadu Legesse

    In recent years there has been enormous progress in the development of barium strontium titanate (BST) films for tunable microwave applications. However, the properties of BST films still remain inferior compared to bulk materials, limiting their use for microwave technology. Understanding the film/substrate mismatch, microstructure, and stoichiometry of BST films and finding the necessary remedies are vital. In this work, BST films were deposited via radio frequency magnetron sputtering method and characterized both analytically and electrically with the aim of optimizing their properties. The stoichiometry, crystal structure, and phase purity of the films were studied by varying the oxygen partial pressure (OPP) and total gas pressure (TGP) in the chamber. A better stoichiometric match between film and target was achieved when the TGP is high (> 30 mTorr). However, the O2/Ar ratio should be adjusted as exceeding a threshold of 2 mTorr in OPP facilitates the formation of secondary phases. The growth of crystalline film on platinized substrates was achieved only with a lower temperature grown buffer layer, which acts as a seed layer by crystallizing when the temperature increases. Concurrent Mg/Nb doping has significantly improved the properties of BST thin films. The doped film has shown an average tunability of 53%, which is only ˜8 % lower than the value for the undoped film. This drop is associated with the Mg ions whose detrimental effects are partially compensated by Nb ions. Conversely, the doping has reduced the dielectric loss by ˜40 % leading to a higher figure of merit. Moreover, the two dopants ensure a charge neutrality condition which resulted in significant leakage current reduction. The presence of large amounts of empty shallow traps related to Nb Ti localize the free carriers injected from the contacts; thus increase the device control voltage substantially (>10 V). A combinatorial thin film synthesis method based on co-sputtering of two BST

  6. Assessing quality parameters in dry-cured ham using microwave spectroscopy.

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    Bjarnadottir, S G; Lunde, K; Alvseike, O; Mason, A; Al-Shamma'a, A I

    2015-10-01

    Microwave spectroscopy has been applied in numerous non-food industry applications, and recently also in the food industry, for non-destructive measurements. In this study, a dry-cured ham model was designed and chemical analyses were performed for determining water activity, water content and salt content (sodium chloride) for all samples. These chemical parameters were also measured using microwave spectroscopy, with a rectangular microwave cavity resonator. Results indicate that microwave spectroscopy may be a promising technique for determination of water activity, salt content and water content in dry-cured ham using either reflected or transmitted signals. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Characterization method of dielectric properties of free falling drops in a microwave processing cavity and its application in microwave internal gelation

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    Cabanes-Sempere, M.; Catalá-Civera, J. M.; Peñaranda-Foix, F. L.; Cozzo, C.; Vaucher, S.; Pouchon, M. A.

    2013-09-01

    Microwave internal gelation (MIG) is a chemical process proposed for the production of nuclear particle fuel. The internal gelation reaction is triggered by a temperature increase of aqueous droplets falling by gravity by means of non-contact microwave heating. Due to the short residence time of a solution droplet in a microwave heating cavity, a detailed knowledge of the interaction between microwaves and chemical solution (shaped in small drops) is required. This paper describes a procedure that enables the measurement of the dielectric properties of aqueous droplets that freely fall through a microwave cavity. These measurements provide the information to determine the optimal values of the parameters (such as frequency and power) that dictate the heating of such a material under microwaves.

  8. Magnetic field synthesis for microwave magnetics

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    Morgenthaler, F. R.

    1982-04-01

    The Microwave and Quantum Magnetics Group of the M.I.T. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science undertook a two-year research program directed at developing synthesis procedures that allow magnetostatic and/or magnetoelastic modes to be specially tailored for microwave signal processing applications that include magnetically tunable filters and limiters as well as delay lines that are either linearly dispersive or nondispersive over prescribed bandwidths. Special emphasis was given to devices employing thin films of yttrium iron garnet (YIG) that are blessed with spatially nonuniform dc magnetic fields.

  9. Effects of Normothermic Conditioned Microwave Irradiation on Cultured Cells Using an Irradiation System with Semiconductor Oscillator and Thermo-regulatory Applicator

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    Asano, Mamiko; Sakaguchi, Minoru; Tanaka, Satoshi; Kashimura, Keiichiro; Mitani, Tomohiko; Kawase, Masaya; Matsumura, Hitoshi; Yamaguchi, Takako; Fujita, Yoshikazu; Tabuse, Katsuyoshi

    2017-01-01

    We investigated the effects of microwave irradiation under normothermic conditions on cultured cells. For this study, we developed an irradiation system constituted with semiconductor microwave oscillator (2.45 GHz) and thermos-regulatory applicator, which could irradiate microwaves at varied output powers to maintain the temperature of cultured cells at 37 °C. Seven out of eight types of cultured cells were killed by microwave irradiation, where four were not affected by thermal treatment at 42.5 °C. Since the dielectric properties such as ε’, ε” and tanδ showed similar values at 2.45 GHz among cell types and media, the degree of microwave energy absorbed by cells might be almost the same among cell types. Thus, the vulnerability of cells to microwave irradiation might be different among cell types. In HL-60 cells, which were the most sensitive to microwave irradiation, the viability decreased as irradiation time and irradiation output increased; accordingly, the decrease in viability was correlated to an increase in total joule. However, when a high or low amount of joules per minute was supplied, the correlation between cellular viability and total joules became relatively weak. It is hypothesized that kinds of cancer cells are efficiently killed by respective specific output of microwave under normothermic cellular conditions. PMID:28145466

  10. Application of microwave energy in the control of DPM, oxides of nitrogen and VOC emissions

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    Pallavkar, Sameer M.

    The emissions of DPM (diesel particulate matter), NOx (oxides of nitrogen), and toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from diesel engine exhaust gases and other sources such as chemical process industry and manufacturing industry have been a great environmental and health concern. Most control technologies for these emissions require elevated temperatures. The use of microwave energy as a source of heat energy, however, has not been fully explored. In this study, the microwave energy was used as the energy source in three separate emission control processes, namely, the regeneration of diesel particulate filter (DPF) for DPM control, the NOx reduction using a platinum catalyst, and the VOC destruction involving a ceramic based material. The study has demonstrated that microwave heating is an effective method in providing heat for the studied processes. The control efficiencies associated with the microwave-assisted processes have been observed to be high and acceptable. Further research, however, is required for the commercial use of these technologies.

  11. Application of Monte Carlo algorithms to the Bayesian analysis of the Cosmic Microwave Background

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    Jewell, J.; Levin, S.; Anderson, C. H.

    2004-01-01

    Power spectrum estimation and evaluation of associated errors in the presence of incomplete sky coverage; nonhomogeneous, correlated instrumental noise; and foreground emission are problems of central importance for the extraction of cosmological information from the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

  12. Microwave assisted synthesis and characterization of barium titanate nanoparticles for multi layered ceramic capacitor applications.

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    Thirumalai, Sundararajan; Shanmugavel, Balasivanandha Prabu

    2011-01-01

    Barium titanate is a common ferroelectric electro-ceramic material having high dielectric constant, with photorefractive effect and piezoelectric properties. In this research work, nano-scale barium titanate powders were synthesized by microwave assisted mechano-chemical route. Suitable precursors were ball milled for 20 hours. TGA studies were performed to study the thermal stability of the powders. The powders were characterized by XRD, SEM and EDX Analysis. Microwave and Conventional heating were performed at 1000 degrees C. The overall heating schedule was reduced by 8 hours in microwave heating thereby reducing the energy and time requirement. The nano-scale, impurity-free and defect-free microstructure was clearly evident from the SEM micrograph and EDX patterns. LCR meter was used to measure the dielectric constant and dielectric loss values at various frequencies. Microwave heated powders showed superior dielectric constant value with low dielectric loss which is highly essential for the fabrication of Multi Layered Ceramic Capacitors.

  13. Model-estimated microwave emissions from rain systems for remote sensing applications

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    Smirnov, Mikhail T.; Meischner, Peter F.

    1996-12-01

    A simple model for estimating the upward and downward microwave emission from rain layer types above ground is presented. The emission properties of the rain layers are estimated from physical quantities such as the optical depth, the single-scattering albedo, the physical temperature, and a given drop size distribution for Mie scattering calculations. The underlying surface is characterized by the emissivity and the physical temperature. The transparency coefficient q and the reflection coefficient r of the rain layer are expressed by these physical quantities. The brightness temperature then is given by the physical temperature T, q, and r. The radiation transfer is estimated by the method of layer addition, described by Sobolev [1956], which avoids the necessity of solving the equation of radiation transfer. The accuracy of this simple model was estimated by comparisons with three-dimensional Monte Carlo calculations. The error is estimated to be less than 3 K for common situations and less than 8 K for unrealistic high optical depths. It is shown that any one of the quantities rain rate, rain layer depth, and physical temperature can be estimated with sufficient accuracy if the others are known. The basic model has been extended for application to inhomogeneous cloud layers and to include differences in brightness temperatures for horizontal and vertical polarizations for oblate raindrops. The main intended application of this model is rain rate estimation from space with low data processing efforts, especially for the Priroda mission. The model was tested for the downwelling emission during the field experiment CLEOPATRA by measurements with a polarimetric weather radar and rain gauges. The results verify the principles, and promising agreement was found at least for stratiform rain. The polarimetric extension of the model too showed promising results under quite different measurement conditions in Russia and southern Germany.

  14. Application of microwave energy in the manufacture of enhanced-quality green tea.

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    Gulati, Ashu; Rawat, Renu; Singh, Brajinder; Ravindranath, S D

    2003-07-30

    Green tea manufacture was standardized with respect to the inactivation of polyphenol oxidase (PPO), rolling, and drying for quality manufacture. Inactivation of PPO by parching, steaming, microwave heating, and oven heating was monitored in tea shoots. The inactivated shoots were rolled under regimens of high and low pressures and dried by microwave heating, oven heating, or sun-drying; total phenols and catechins were estimated. Parched and sun-dried teas contained the lowest levels of total phenols and catechins, and their infusions were dull in color with a slightly burnt odor. Microwave-inactivated and-dried teas showed the highest levels of total phenols and catechins, and their infusions were bright in color and sweet in taste with a subtle pleasant odor. In steam-inactivated and oven/microwave-dried teas, total phenol and catechin contents were intermediate between parched and sun-dried teas and microwave-inactivated and microwave-dried teas, and their infusions were bright with a umami taste.

  15. A Miniaturized Antenna with Negative Index Metamaterial Based on Modified SRR and CLS Unit Cell for UWB Microwave Imaging Applications

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    Islam, Md. Moinul; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Samsuzzaman, Md.; Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal; Misran, Norbahiah; Mansor, Mohd Fais

    2015-01-01

    A miniaturized antenna employing a negative index metamaterial with modified split-ring resonator (SRR) and capacitance-loaded strip (CLS) unit cells is presented for Ultra wideband (UWB) microwave imaging applications. Four left-handed (LH) metamaterial (MTM) unit cells are located along one axis of the antenna as the radiating element. Each left-handed metamaterial unit cell combines a modified split-ring resonator (SRR) with a capacitance-loaded strip (CLS) to obtain a design architecture that simultaneously exhibits both negative permittivity and negative permeability, which ensures a stable negative refractive index to improve the antenna performance for microwave imaging. The antenna structure, with dimension of 16 × 21 × 1.6 mm3, is printed on a low dielectric FR4 material with a slotted ground plane and a microstrip feed. The measured reflection coefficient demonstrates that this antenna attains 114.5% bandwidth covering the frequency band of 3.4–12.5 GHz for a voltage standing wave ratio of less than 2 with a maximum gain of 5.16 dBi at 10.15 GHz. There is a stable harmony between the simulated and measured results that indicate improved nearly omni-directional radiation characteristics within the operational frequency band. The stable surface current distribution, negative refractive index characteristic, considerable gain and radiation properties make this proposed negative index metamaterial antenna optimal for UWB microwave imaging applications. PMID:28787945

  16. A Miniaturized Antenna with Negative Index Metamaterial Based on Modified SRR and CLS Unit Cell for UWB Microwave Imaging Applications.

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    Islam, Md Moinul; Islam, Mohammad Tariqul; Samsuzzaman, Md; Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal; Misran, Norbahiah; Mansor, Mohd Fais

    2015-01-23

    A miniaturized antenna employing a negative index metamaterial with modified split-ring resonator (SRR) and capacitance-loaded strip (CLS) unit cells is presented for Ultra wideband (UWB) microwave imaging applications. Four left-handed (LH) metamaterial (MTM) unit cells are located along one axis of the antenna as the radiating element. Each left-handed metamaterial unit cell combines a modified split-ring resonator (SRR) with a capacitance-loaded strip (CLS) to obtain a design architecture that simultaneously exhibits both negative permittivity and negative permeability, which ensures a stable negative refractive index to improve the antenna performance for microwave imaging. The antenna structure, with dimension of 16 × 21 × 1.6 mm³, is printed on a low dielectric FR4 material with a slotted ground plane and a microstrip feed. The measured reflection coefficient demonstrates that this antenna attains 114.5% bandwidth covering the frequency band of 3.4-12.5 GHz for a voltage standing wave ratio of less than 2 with a maximum gain of 5.16 dBi at 10.15 GHz. There is a stable harmony between the simulated and measured results that indicate improved nearly omni-directional radiation characteristics within the operational frequency band. The stable surface current distribution, negative refractive index characteristic, considerable gain and radiation properties make this proposed negative index metamaterial antenna optimal for UWB microwave imaging applications.

  17. Microwave Ovens

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    ... Standards Industry Guidance Other Resources Description Microwave ovens heat food using microwaves, a form of electromagnetic radiation ... vibration results in friction between molecules, which produces heat that cooks the food. Risks/Benefits Microwaves are ...

  18. Microwave-aided synthesis and applications of gold and nickel nanoporous metal foams

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    Lu, Zhifeng

    In the field of nanoscience, nanoporous metal foams are a representative type of nanostructured materials, representing the ultimate form factor of a metal. They possess the hybrid properties of metal and nanoarchitectures, including the following properties such as good electrical and thermal conductivity, catalytic activity and high surface area, ultralow density, high strength-to-weight ratio. The outstanding properties bring the nanoporous metal foams to a wide range of applications, especially in the field of sensor system, energy storage and chemical catalyst. A new method of synthesis developed recently is presented for nanoporous metal foams of gold and nickel. The goal of this study is for the synthesis process of NMFs of and some applications in research and realistic life. Gold NMFs were produced by mixing gold chloride with ethylene glycol, ethanol, and reducing agent, and heating at 150 °C for 5 min with a CEM microwave. Both hydrazine and sodium borohydride were applied as the reducing agent for this redox reaction. Nickel NMFs were produced through the similar procedure with a little difference in the heating condition of 50 W, instead of 150 °C, with either hydrazine or sodium borohydride as the reducing agent. Gold NMFs were applied in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) as a substrate. It is presented that with the presence of gold NMFs, the detection of the rhodamine 6G (R6G), a model analyte, can be enhanced significantly. The limit of detection for rhodamine 6G was found to be 5.2 x 10 -7 M in this research. Nickel NMFs was applied to degrade methyl orange (MO). An aqueous MO solution will turn nearly colorless after only 10 h of mixing with 0.025 g of nickel NMFs at room temperature under dark condition. In order to study the kinetics of the degradation reaction, MO solution with different initial concentration were used. This application of Ni NMFs is applicable as waste treatment of industrial water and to protect the environment.

  19. Microwave Treatment for Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    Hernandez-Moya, Sonia

    2009-01-01

    NASA seeks to transfer the NASA developed microwave ablation technology, designed for the treatment of ventricular tachycardia (irregular heart beat), to industry. After a heart attack, many cells surrounding the resulting scar continue to live but are abnormal electrically; they may conduct impulses unusually slowly or fire when they would typically be silent. These diseased areas might disturb smooth signaling by forming a reentrant circuit in the muscle. The objective of microwave ablation is to heat and kill these diseased cells to restore appropriate electrical activity in the heart. This technology is a method and apparatus that provides for propagating microwave energy into heart tissues to produce a desired temperature profile therein at tissue depths sufficient for thermally ablating arrhythmogenic cardiac tissue while preventing excessive heating of surrounding tissues, organs, and blood. A wide bandwidth double-disk antenna is effective for this purpose over a bandwidth of about six gigahertz. A computer simulation provides initial screening capabilities for an antenna such as antenna, frequency, power level, and power application duration. The simulation also allows optimization of techniques for specific patients or conditions. In comparison with other methods that involve direct-current pulses or radio frequencies below 1 GHz, this method may prove more effective in treating ventricular tachycardia. This is because the present method provides for greater control of the location, cross-sectional area, and depth of a lesion via selection of the location and design of the antenna and the choice of microwave power and frequency.

  20. Application of fractal theory in analysis of human electroencephalographic signals.

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    Paramanathan, P; Uthayakumar, R

    2008-03-01

    In medical discipline, complexity measure is focused on the analysis of nonlinear patterns in processing waveform signals. The complexity measure of such waveform signals is well performed by fractal dimension technique, which is an index for measuring the complexity of an object. Its applications are found in diverse fields like medical, image and signal processing. Several algorithms have been suggested to compute the fractal dimension of waveforms. We have evaluated the performance of the two famous algorithms namely Higuchi and Katz. They contain some problems of determining the initial and final length of scaling factors and their performance with electroencephalogram (EEG) signals did not give better results. In this paper, fractal dimension is proposed as an effective tool for analyzing and measuring the complexity of nonlinear human EEG signals. We have developed an algorithm based on size measure relationship (SMR) method. The SMR algorithm can be used to detect the brain disorders and it locates the affected brain portions by analyzing the behavior of signals. The efficiency of the algorithm to locate the critical brain sites (recurrent seizure portion) is compared to other fractal dimension algorithms. The K-means clustering algorithm is used for grouping of electrode positions.

  1. Coaxial microwave plasma source

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    Gritsinin, S. I.; Gushchin, P. A.; Davydov, A. M.; Kossyi, I. A.; Kotelev, M. S.

    2011-11-15

    Physical principles underlying the operation of a pulsed coaxial microwave plasma source (micro-wave plasmatron) are considered. The design and parameters of the device are described, and results of experimental studies of the characteristics of the generated plasma are presented. The possibility of application of this type of plasmatron in gas-discharge physics is discussed.

  2. MICROWAVES IN ORGANIC SYNTHESIS

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    The effect of microwaves, a non-ionizing radiation, on organic reactions is described both in polar solvents and under solvent-free conditions. The special applications are highlighted in the context of solventless organic synthesis which involve microwave (MW) exposure of neat r...

  3. VHF SoOp (Signal of Opportunity) Technology Demonstration for Soil Moisture Measurement Using Microwave Hydraulic Boom Truck Platform

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    Joseph, A. T.; Deshpande, M.; Miles, L.; O'Neill, P. E.

    2016-12-01

    A goal of this research is to test deployable VHF antennas for 6U Cubesat platforms to enable validation of root zone soil moisture (RZSM) estimation algorithms for signal of opportunity (SoOp) remote sensing over the 240-270 MHz frequency band. The proposed work provides a strong foundation for establishing a technology development path for maturing a global direct surface soil moisture (SM) and RZSM measurement system over a variety of land covers. Knowledge of RZSM up to a depth of 1 meter and surface SM up to a depth of 0.05 meter on a global scale, at a spatial resolution of 1-10 km through moderate-to-heavy vegetation, is critical to understanding global water resources and the vertical moisture gradient in the Earth's surface layer which controls moisture interactions between the soil, vegetation, and atmosphere. Current observations of surface SM from space by L-band radiometers (1.4 GHz) and radars (1.26 GHz) are limited to measurements of surface SM up to a depth of 0.05 meter through moderate amounts of vegetation. This limitation is mainly due to the inability of L-band signals to penetrate through dense vegetation and deep into the soil column. Satellite observations of the surface moisture conditions are coupled to sophisticated models which extrapolate the surface SM into the root zone, thus providing an indirect estimate rather than a direct measurement of RZSM. To overcome this limitation, low-frequency airborne radars operating at 435 MHz and 118 MHz have been investigated, since these lower frequencies should penetrate denser vegetation and respond to conditions deeper in the soil. This presentation describes a new and less expensive technique for SM as well as RZSM direct measurement using Signal of Opportunity transmitters. Being less expensive and needing only passive simple RF receiver, the SoOp concept has the potential for being used for space borne applications, thus providing global SM and RZSM measurements. This study will describe

  4. VHF SoOp (Signal of Opportunity) Technology Demonstration for Soil Moisture Measurement Using Microwave Hydraulic Boom Truck Platform

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    Joseph, Alicia; Deshpande, Manohar; O'Neill, Peggy; Miles, Lynn

    2017-04-01

    A goal of this research is to test deployable VHF antennas for 6U Cubesat platforms to enable validation of root zone soil moisture (RZSM) estimation algorithms for signal of opportunity (SoOp) remote sensing over the 240-270 MHz frequency band. The proposed work provides a strong foundation for establishing a technology development path for maturing a global direct surface soil moisture (SM) and RZSM measurement system over a variety of land covers. Knowledge of RZSM up to a depth of 1 meter and surface SM up to a depth of 0.05 meter on a global scale, at a spatial resolution of 1-10 km through moderate-to-heavy vegetation, is critical to understanding global water resources and the vertical moisture gradient in the Earth's surface layer which controls moisture interactions between the soil, vegetation, and atmosphere. Current observations of surface SM from space by L-band radiometers (1.4 GHz) and radars (1.26 GHz) are limited to measurements of surface SM up to a depth of 0.05 meter through moderate amounts of vegetation. This limitation is mainly due to the inability of L-band signals to penetrate through dense vegetation and deep into the soil column. Satellite observations of the surface moisture conditions are coupled to sophisticated models which extrapolate the surface SM into the root zone, thus providing an indirect estimate rather than a direct measurement of RZSM. To overcome this limitation, low-frequency airborne radars operating at 435 MHz and 118 MHz have been investigated, since these lower frequencies should penetrate denser vegetation and respond to conditions deeper in the soil. This presentation describes a new and less expensive technique for SM as well as RZSM direct measurement using Signal of Opportunity transmitters. Being less expensive and needing only passive simple RF receiver, the SoOp concept has the potential for being used for space borne applications, thus providing global SM and RZSM measurements. This study will describe

  5. APPLICATIONS OF LASERS AND OTHER TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS: Laser system based on a commercial microwave oscillator with time compression of a microwave pump pulse

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    Arteev, M. S.; Vaulin, V. A.; Slinko, V. N.; Chumerin, P. Yu; Yushkov, Yu G.

    1992-06-01

    An analysis is made of the possibility of using a commercial microsecond microwave oscillator, supplemented by a device for time compression of microwave pulses, in pumping of industrial lasers with a high efficiency of conversion of the pump source energy into laser radiation. The results are reported of preliminary experiments on the commissioning of an excimer XeCl laser.

  6. Nanomechanical coupling between microwave and optical photons

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    Bochmann, Joerg; Vainsencher, Amit; Awschalom, David D.; Cleland, Andrew N.

    2013-11-01

    A variety of nanomechanical systems can now operate at the quantum limit, making quantum phenomena more accessible for applications and providing new opportunities for exploring the fundamentals of quantum physics. Such mechanical quantum devices offer compelling opportunities for quantum-enhanced sensing and quantum information. Furthermore, mechanical modes provide a versatile quantum bus for coupling hybrid quantum systems, supporting a quantum-coherent connection between different physical degrees of freedom. Here, we demonstrate a nanomechanical interface between optical photons and microwave electrical signals, using a piezoelectric optomechanical crystal. We achieve coherent signal transfer between itinerant microwave and optical fields by parametric electro-optical coupling using a localized phonon mode. We perform optical tomography of electrically injected mechanical states and observe coherent interactions between microwave, mechanical and optical modes, manifested as electromechanically induced optical transparency. Our on-chip approach merges integrated photonics with microwave nanomechanics and is fully compatible with superconducting quantum circuits, potentially enabling microwave-to-optical quantum state transfer, and photonic networks of superconducting quantum bits.

  7. Two-color, 30 second microwave-accelerated Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence DNA assays: a new Rapid Catch and Signal (RCS) technology.

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    Dragan, Anatoliy I; Golberg, Karina; Elbaz, Amit; Marks, Robert; Zhang, Yongxia; Geddes, Chris D

    2011-03-07

    For analyses of DNA fragment sequences in solution we introduce a 2-color DNA assay, utilizing a combination of the Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence (MEF) effect and microwave-accelerated DNA hybridization. The assay is based on a new "Catch and Signal" technology, i.e. the simultaneous specific recognition of two target DNA sequences in one well by complementary anchor-ssDNAs, attached to silver island films (SiFs). It is shown that fluorescent labels (Alexa 488 and Alexa 594), covalently attached to ssDNA fragments, play the role of biosensor recognition probes, demonstrating strong response upon DNA hybridization, locating fluorophores in close proximity to silver NPs, which is ideal for MEF. Subsequently the emission dramatically increases, while the excited state lifetime decreases. It is also shown that 30s microwave irradiation of wells, containing DNA molecules, considerably (~1000-fold) speeds up the highly selective hybridization of DNA fragments at ambient temperature. The 2-color "Catch and Signal" DNA assay platform can radically expedite quantitative analysis of genome DNA sequences, creating a simple and fast bio-medical platform for nucleic acid analysis.

  8. Iron phosphate nanostructures synthesized by microwave method and their applications in biosensing.

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    Yin, Yajing; Zhang, Hui; Wu, Ping; Zhou, Bo; Cai, Chenxin

    2010-10-22

    A fast, simple microwave heating method has been developed for synthesizing iron phosphate (FePO(4)) nanostructures. The nanostructures were characterized and confirmed by transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and UV-vis spectroscopy. The morphology and the size of the nanomaterials are significantly influenced by the concentration of the precursors and the kinds of surfactants. The nanostructures have been employed as an electrode substrate to immobilize myoglobin (Mb) and to facilitate the direct electron transfer (DET) reaction of the protein. After being immobilized on the nanomaterials, Mb can keep its natural structure and undergo effective DET reaction with a pair of well-defined redox peaks at - (330 ± 3.0) mV (pH 6.8) and an apparent electron transfer rate constant of 5.54 s(-1). The Mb-FePO(4)/GC electrode displays good features in the electrocatalytic reduction of H(2)O(2), and thus can be used as a biosensor for detecting substrates with a low detection limit (5 ± 1 µM), a wide linear range (0.01-2.5 mM), a high sensitivity (ca. 85 ± 3 µA mM(-1) cm(-2)), as well as good stability and reproducibility. Therefore, FePO(4) nanomaterials can become a simple and effective biosensing platform for the integration of proteins/enzymes and electrodes, which can provide analytical access to a large group of enzymes for a wide range of bioelectrochemical applications.

  9. Field control of multiferroic spherical core-shell nanocomposites with applications in microwave range

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    Ionescu, D.; Kovaci, M.

    2015-11-01

    Muliferroic spherical nanoparticle configurations consisting of magnetostrictive core encapsulated in piezoelectric shell have been studied. The particles were simulated in a test configuration with help of the HFSS 13.0 (by Ansoft). An external magnetic field H0 was applied, which determines the apparition of dipolar electric fields of tens of milivolts around nanoparticle structures, used for tuning and control of different microstructures, at molecular level and in spintronics. The nanoparticle compounds are: an A2BB'O6 double perovskite with large piezoelectric coefficients and a MeFe2O4 spinel or a AFe12O19 M-type hexagonal ferrite with large magnetostriction, resulting in nanoparticle configurations with large magnetoeletric (ME) effect. The strength of the ME effect is also increased by the effect of the closed-packed shape of the spherical core-shell configuration. Different magnetic phases (spinel versus hexaferrite) were considered, in order to determine their influence in the interaction process with the applied magnetic field. The diameter of the piezoelectric shell did not exceeded 300 nm, starting from about 50 nm. The components of the magnetoelectric coefficient tensor and the effective electric and magnetic susceptibilities have been determined by simulation in microwave range (2 - 8 GHz for spinel compounds, respectively 12 - 28 GHz for hexaferrite compounds), for different magnetic fields applied for control (0 - 400 Oe), fields depending on particles size. The tensor components depend on the physical properties of the constituents and also on the constituents geometry and relative position. Nanoparticle configurations geometry and the applied H0 field were modified in order to obtain a convenient variation and control of the compound susceptibilities. Graphs are available for choosing the optimal configuration and parameter values for a specific application.

  10. Nanosized Ce-Zn substituted microwave absorber material for X-band applications

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    Sadiq, Imran; Ali, Irshad; Rebrov, Evgeny; Naseem, Shahzad; Ashiq, M. Naeem; Rana, M. U.

    2014-12-01

    The sol-gel autocombustion method has been used to synthesize the Ce-Zn substituted with composition Sr2-xCexNi2Fe28-yZnyO46 (x=0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.010 and y=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) X-type hexagonal ferrites. The XRD analysis confirms the single phase of the material. The variation in lattice parameters can be observed with addition of Ce-Zn dopant. The ferrites substituted with Ce-Zn contents have low value of grain size than the unsubstituted ferrites. The crystallite size measured from TEM and HRTEM analysis was found in the range of 40-45 nm which is in good agreement with the theoretically measured by Scherer formula. The room temperature electrical resistivity lies in the range of ~109 Ω-cm, so the investigated sample can be considered good material for reducing the eddy current losses. The enhancement in magnetic properties (saturation magnetization, retentivity and coercivity) has been observed with the substitution of Ce-Zn contents in pure ferrites. The increment in resistivity and magnetic properties with the substitution of Ce-Zn dopant makes it important candidate to be used in the formation of multilayer chip inductors (MLCIs). The maximum reflection loss of -23.4 dB at 12.858 GHz is obtained by Ce-Zn doped ferrites and attenuation constant agrees well with the reflection loss. The microwave absorption properties of this substituted material reflect its applications in super high frequency (SHF) devices.

  11. Laser anemometer signals: visibility characteristics and application to particle sizing.

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    Adrian, R J; Orloff, K L

    1977-03-01

    The signal visibility characteristics of a dual beam laser anemometer operated in a backscatter mode have been investigated both experimentally and analytically. The analysis is based on Mie's electromagnetic scattering theory for spherical particles and is exact within the limitations of the scattering theory. It is shown that the signal visibility is a function of the ratio of the particle diameter to the fringe spacing in a certain, restricted case; but more generally it also depends on the Mie scattering size parameter, refractive index, the illuminating beam polarization, and the size, shape, and location of the light collecting aperture. The character of backscatter signal visibility differs significantly from the forward scatter case, and it is concluded that backscatter measurements of particle diameters using the visibility sizing technique may not always be possible. Restrictions on the forward scatter application of the visibility sizing method are also discussed.

  12. A printed Yagi-Uda antenna for application in magnetic resonance thermometry guided microwave hyperthermia applicators

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    Paulides, M. M.; Mestrom, R. M. C.; Salim, G.; Adela, B. B.; Numan, W. C. M.; Drizdal, T.; Yeo, D. T. B.; Smolders, A. B.

    2017-03-01

    Biological studies and clinical trials show that addition of hyperthermia stimulates conventional cancer treatment modalities and significantly improves treatment outcome. This supra-additive stimulation can be optimized by adaptive hyperthermia to counteract strong and dynamic thermoregulation. The only clinically proven method for the 3D non-invasive temperature monitoring required is by magnetic resonance (MR) temperature imaging, but the currently available set of MR compatible hyperthermia applicators lack the degree of heat control required. In this work, we present the design and validation of a high-frequency (433 MHz ISM band) printed circuit board antenna with a very low MR-footprint. This design is ideally suited for use in a range of hyperthermia applicator configurations. Experiments emulating the clinical situation show excellent matching properties of the antenna over a 7.2% bandwidth (S 11  <  -15 dB). Its strongly directional radiation properties minimize inter-element coupling for typical array configurations (S 21  <  -23 dB). MR imaging distortion by the antenna was found negligible and MR temperature imaging in a homogeneous muscle phantom was highly correlated with gold-standard probe measurements (root mean square error: RMSE  =  0.51 °C and R 2  =  0.99). This work paves the way for tailored MR imaging guided hyperthermia devices ranging from single antenna or incoherent antenna-arrays, to real-time adaptive hyperthermia with phased-arrays.

  13. A printed Yagi-Uda antenna for application in magnetic resonance thermometry guided microwave hyperthermia applicators.

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    Paulides, M M; Mestrom, R M C; Salim, G; Adela, B B; Numan, W C M; Drizdal, T; Yeo, D T B; Smolders, A B

    2017-03-07

    Biological studies and clinical trials show that addition of hyperthermia stimulates conventional cancer treatment modalities and significantly improves treatment outcome. This supra-additive stimulation can be optimized by adaptive hyperthermia to counteract strong and dynamic thermoregulation. The only clinically proven method for the 3D non-invasive temperature monitoring required is by magnetic resonance (MR) temperature imaging, but the currently available set of MR compatible hyperthermia applicators lack the degree of heat control required. In this work, we present the design and validation of a high-frequency (433 MHz ISM band) printed circuit board antenna with a very low MR-footprint. This design is ideally suited for use in a range of hyperthermia applicator configurations. Experiments emulating the clinical situation show excellent matching properties of the antenna over a 7.2% bandwidth (S 11  <  -15 dB). Its strongly directional radiation properties minimize inter-element coupling for typical array configurations (S 21  <  -23 dB). MR imaging distortion by the antenna was found negligible and MR temperature imaging in a homogeneous muscle phantom was highly correlated with gold-standard probe measurements (root mean square error: RMSE  =  0.51 °C and R (2)  =  0.99). This work paves the way for tailored MR imaging guided hyperthermia devices ranging from single antenna or incoherent antenna-arrays, to real-time adaptive hyperthermia with phased-arrays.

  14. Microwave-assisted rapid synthesis, characterization and application of poly (D,L-lactide)-graft-pullulan.

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    Tang, Xiao-Jiao; Huang, Jun; Xu, Liang-Yu; Li, Yang; Song, Juan; Ma, Yue; Yang, Li; Yuan, Dan; Wu, Hai-Yang

    2014-07-17

    A novel microwave-assisted method was developed to synthetize amphiphilic copolymer poly (d,l-lactide)-graft-pullulan (PL) in a monomode microwave reactor. The effects of microwave power, ratio of catalyst/lactide, ratio of lactide/hydroxyl group of pullulan (lactide/OH-P) and solvent on the synthesis were further investigated. Three samples (designated as PL 8, 9, and 6), characterized by FT-IR and NMR, were applied to form nanoparticles and microparticles investigated by dynamic light scattering, fluorescence spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. PL9 and PL6 were used for loading model drug curcumin. The results indicated that microwave-assisted synthesis shortened the copolymerization of PL, with higher yield and lactide conversion, from 24h to 5 min and showed some specific microwave effects compared with conventional oil heating. PL with a relative higher substitution degree gave nanoparticles with smaller sizes and critical aggregation concentrations. The solubility of curcumin was increased to 1.97 mg mL(-1) as the forms of nanoparticles. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Microwave-assisted derivatization: application to steroid profiling by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.

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    Casals, Gregori; Marcos, Josep; Pozo, Oscar J; Alcaraz, José; Martínez de Osaba, María Jesús; Jiménez, Wladimiro

    2014-06-01

    Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) remains as the gold-standard technique for the study of the steroid metabolome. A main limitation is the need of performing a derivatization step since incubation with strong silylations agents for long periods of time (usually 16 h) is required for the derivatization of hindered hydroxyls present in some steroids of interest. In the present work, a rapid, simple and reproducible microwave-assisted derivatization method was developed. In the method, 36 steroids already treated with methoxyamine (2% in pyridine) were silylated with 50 μl of N-trimethylsilylimidazole by using microwave irradiation, and the formed methyloxime-trimethylsilyl derivatives were analyzed by GC-MS. Microwave power and derivatization time silylation conditions were optimized being the optimum conditions 600 W and 3 min respectively. In order to evaluate the usefulness of this technique, the urine steroid profiles for 20 healthy individuals were analyzed. The results of a comparison of microwave irradiation with the classical heating protocol showed similar derivatization yields, thus suggesting that microwave-assisted silylation is a valid tool for the rapid steroid metabolome study.

  16. Microwave Ablation of Hepatic Malignancy

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    Lubner, Meghan G.; Brace, Christopher L.; Ziemlewicz, Tim J.; Hinshaw, J. Louis; Lee, Fred T.

    2013-01-01

    Microwave ablation is an extremely promising heat-based thermal ablation modality that has particular applicability in treating hepatic malignancies. Microwaves can generate very high temperatures in very short time periods, potentially leading to improved treatment efficiency and larger ablation zones. As the available technology continues to improve, microwave ablation is emerging as a valuable alternative to radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of hepatic malignancies. This article reviews the current state of microwave ablation including technical and clinical considerations. PMID:24436518

  17. A Very Fast Switched Attenuator Circuit for Microwave and R.F. Applications.

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    Quine, Richard W; Tseytlin, Mark; Eaton, Sandra S; Eaton, Gareth R

    2010-04-01

    An electronic circuit was designed and constructed that can switch an r.f. signal between two amplitude levels at very fast speed (less than 10 ns). The circuit incorporates a TTL control for convenient interfacing to existing equipment. The attenuation of the more attenuated state can be adjusted to be up to 12 dB more than for the less attenuated state. The initial application was in Pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy to produce a π/2 - π pulse sequence with pulses of equal time duration and 6 dB difference in amplitude. A new method for measuring electron spin echoes for narrow, homogeneously-broadened lines is described.

  18. Imaging calibration of thermoacoustic tomography distortion caused by microwave diffraction

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    Nie, Liming; Xing, Da

    2009-08-01

    A uniform energy field of microwave illumination on sample is assumed for microwave-induced thermoacoustic tomography. However, microwave transmitting out of the waveguide surface is nonuniform due to microwave diffraction, which would lead to uneven excitation of thermoacoustic pressure. Hence, the thermoacoustic images may be distorted especially at the edge of microwave radiation. A fast thermoacoustic tomography system at 6 GHz was developed for phantom study and in vivo animals imaging. The effects of microwave distribution inhomogeneity on nonuniform excitation of acoustic pressure were theoretically studied and a corresponding calibration algorithm for image distortion was also provided and experimentally verified. The distribution formulas of microwave field were derived using a Huygens diffraction principle model. Then a point microwave absorber moved under the microwave waveguide to measure the microwave field distribution. The measure data is in good agreement with the deduced result. Once the calibration map was obtained via the theoretical calculation, the TAT (thermoacoustic tomography) images could be calibrated by dividing the reconstructed image by the calibration map. Thermoacoustic images without and with calibration were reconstructed for comparison. According to the statistical results, after calibration the thermoacoustic contrast can be enhanced 2 times or more. Also it can be supposed that the farther the distance away from the illumination centre, the greater signal-noise-ratio (SNR) could be enhanced by the calibration. The results of experiment showed that this method could achieve even distribution of SNR and improve the reconstructed image quality. Therefore, this calibration method has potential application in solving the problem of imaging distortion especially at the edge of microwave illumination.

  19. Application of Microwave Irradiation and Heat to Improve Gliadin Detection and Ricin ELISA Throughput with Food Samples.

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    Garber, Eric A E; Thole, Joseph

    2015-06-11

    The utility of microwave irradiation to accelerate the onset of equilibrium and improve ELISA performance was examined using ELISAs for the detection of the plant toxin ricin and gliadin. The ricin ELISA normally requires several one hour incubations at 37 °C, a total assay time of approximately five hours, and employs a complex buffer containing PBS, Tween-20®, and non-fat milk. Different energy levels and pulse designs were compared to the use of abbreviated incubation times at 37 °C for the detection of ricin in food. The use of microwave irradiation had no significant advantage over the application of heat using an oven incubator and performed worse with some foods. In contrast, a gliadin ELISA that relied on 30 min incubation steps at room temperature and a salt-based buffer performed better upon irradiation but also displayed improvement upon incubating the microtiter plate at 37 °C. Whether microwave irradiation was advantageous compared to incubation in an oven was inconclusive. However, by abbreviating the incubation time of the ricin ELISA, it was possible to cut the assay time to less than 2 hours and still display LOD values < 10 ppb and recoveries of 78%-98%.

  20. Spectrum-transformed sequential testing method for signal validation applications

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    Gross, K.C.; Hoyer, K.K.

    1992-06-01

    The Sequential Probability Ratio Test (SPRT) has proven to be a valuable tool in a variety of reactor applications for signal validation and for sensor and equipment operability surveillance. One drawback of the conventional SPRT method is that its domain of application is limited to signals that are contaminated by gaussian white noise. Nongaussian process variables contaminated by serial correlation can produce higher-than-specified rates of false alarms and missed alarms for SPRT-based surveillance systems. To overcome this difficulty we present here the development and computer implementation of a new technique, the spectrum-transformed sequential testing method. This method retains the excellent surveillance advantage of the SPRT (extremely high sensitivity for very early annunciation of the onset of disturbances in monitored signals), and its false-alarm and missed-alarm probabilities are unaffected by the presence of serial correlation in the data. Example applications of the new method to serially-correlated reactor variables are demonstrated using data recorded from EBR-II.