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Sample records for neodymium oxides

  1. Electrolysis of neodymium oxide. Final report for the period August 19, 1991 through February 28, 1997

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    Keller, R.; Larimer, K.T.

    1997-05-01

    The objective of this research was to develop an electrolytic process for the continuous and economic production of neodymium alloys from neodymium oxide. The electrolysis of neodymium oxide continued to show promise for implementation as a low-cost process to produce high- quality neodymium or neodymium-iron alloy.

  2. Stabilization of neodymium oxide nanoparticles via soft adsorption of charged polymers.

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    Dorris, Annie; Sicard, Clémence; Chen, Mark C; McDonald, Arthur B; Barrett, Christopher J

    2011-09-01

    In this work, two synthetic polyelectrolytes, PSS and PAH, are employed as strong adsorbed surfactants to disperse and stabilize neodymium oxide nanoparticles. The acid-base equilibria of the oxide surfaces of the particles were investigated under different pH conditions in the absence and presence of polyelectrolytes, to optimize particle stabilization through enhancement of the effective repulsive surface charges. Surface charge amplification of a 3:5 ratio was achieved to permit improved particle transparency of 100-fold in visible wavelengths in neutral and acidic pH regimes, and a stable 10-fold surface charge amplification was achieved under basic pH conditions. The potential of polyelectrolytes as stabilizing agents for neodymium oxide NPs in large-scale particle physics experiments requiring extremely high optical transparency over long path length is evaluated based on optical absorbance and particle stability.

  3. Influence of neodymium concentration on excitation and emission properties of Nd doped gallium oxide nanocrystalline films

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    Podhorodecki, A.; Banski, M.; Misiewicz, J.; Lecerf, C.; Marie, P.; Cardin, J.; Portier, X.

    2010-09-01

    Gallium oxide and more particularly β-Ga2O3 matrix is an excellent material for new generation of devices electrically or optically driven as it is known as the widest band gap transparent conductive oxide. In this paper, the optical properties of neodymium doped gallium oxide films grown by magnetron sputtering have been analyzed. The influence of the Nd ions concentration on the excitation/emission mechanisms of Nd ions and the role of gallium oxide matrix have been investigated. The grain size reduction into gallium oxide films have been observed when concentration of Nd increases. It has been found for all samples that the charge transfer is the main excitation mechanism for Nd ions where defect states play an important role as intermediate states. As a consequence Nd emission efficiency increases with temperature giving rise to most intensive emission at 1087 nm at room temperature.

  4. Influence of neodymium concentration on excitation and emission properties of Nd doped gallium oxide nanocrystalline films

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    Podhorodecki, A.; Banski, M.; Misiewicz, J.; Lecerf, C.; Marie, P.; Cardin, J.; Portier, X.

    2010-09-15

    Gallium oxide and more particularly {beta}-Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix is an excellent material for new generation of devices electrically or optically driven as it is known as the widest band gap transparent conductive oxide. In this paper, the optical properties of neodymium doped gallium oxide films grown by magnetron sputtering have been analyzed. The influence of the Nd ions concentration on the excitation/emission mechanisms of Nd ions and the role of gallium oxide matrix have been investigated. The grain size reduction into gallium oxide films have been observed when concentration of Nd increases. It has been found for all samples that the charge transfer is the main excitation mechanism for Nd ions where defect states play an important role as intermediate states. As a consequence Nd emission efficiency increases with temperature giving rise to most intensive emission at 1087 nm at room temperature.

  5. Preparation of carbon nanotube-neodymium oxide composite and research on its catalytic performance

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    Zhao Lei; Wang Zhihua; Han Dongmei; Tao Dongliang; Guo Guangsheng

    2009-05-06

    Carbon Nanotube-Neodymium Oxide (CNT-Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}) composite was prepared by using acid treated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and neodymium nitrate in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate and ammonia liquid. Techniques of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) are used to characterize the morphology, structure, composition and catalytic property of the CNT-Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite. The experimental results show that the Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles, which have an average diameter of about 30-40 nm, are loaded on the surface of carbon nanotube. Compared with pure Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorods, the CNT-Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite can catalyze the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate more effectively. The sampling methods of the experimental samples made a difference on the catalytic experiment results, and the best catalytic result was obtained when de-ionized water served as the solvent of ammonium perchlorate.

  6. Neodymium Magnets.

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    Wida, Sam

    1992-01-01

    Uses extremely strong neodymium magnets to demonstrate several principles of physics including electromagnetic induction, Lenz's Law, domain theory, demagnetization, the Curie point, and magnetic flux lines. (MDH)

  7. Neodymium Magnets.

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    Wida, Sam

    1992-01-01

    Uses extremely strong neodymium magnets to demonstrate several principles of physics including electromagnetic induction, Lenz's Law, domain theory, demagnetization, the Curie point, and magnetic flux lines. (MDH)

  8. Properties of cerium-zirconium mixed oxides partially substituted by neodymium: Comparison with Zr-Ce-Pr-O ternary oxides

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    Mikulova, Jana; Rossignol, Sylvie . E-mail: Sylvie.rossignol@univ-poitiers.fr; Gerard, Francois; Mesnard, Danielle; Kappenstein, Charles; Duprez, Daniel

    2006-08-15

    CeO{sub 2} doped with praseodymium, neodymium and/or zirconium atoms were prepared by coprecipitation and by the sol-gel method. Structural properties were investigated by in situ XRD and Raman spectroscopy while oxygen storage capacity (OSC) was measured by transient CO oxidation. All the compounds, except pure Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}, have a fluorite-type structure as well as a Raman band at 560 cm{sup -1} characteristic of the oxygen vacancies involving non-stoichiometric oxides. The lattice parameter under hydrogen, being dependent on the temperature, revealed two reduction mechanisms: one at a low temperature at the surface and another at a high temperature in the bulk. Ce-Nd binary oxides show a strong tendency towards crystallite aggregation, which reduces accessibility to gases and OSC properties. Zirconium improves the thermal resistance to sintering of both Ce-Nd and Ce-Pr oxides. The Zr-Ce-Pr-O followed by Zr-Ce-Nd-O compounds displaying high oxygen mobility at a low temperature, appear to be very promising for practical applications such as OSC materials. - Graphical abstract: Variation of oxygen vacancies under hydrogen on ternary oxides.

  9. High-mobility thin film transistors with neodymium-substituted indium oxide active layer

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    Lin, Zhenguo; Lan, Linfeng Xiao, Peng; Sun, Sheng; Li, Yuzhi; Song, Wei; Gao, Peixiong; Wang, Lei; Ning, Honglong; Peng, Junbiao

    2015-09-14

    Thin-film transistors (TFTs) with neodymium-substituted indium oxide (InNdO) channel layer were demonstrated. The structural properties of the InNdO films as a function of annealing temperature have been analyzed using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The InNdO thin films showed polycrystalline nature when annealed at 450 °C with a lattice parameter (cubic cell) of 10.255 Å, which is larger than the cubic In{sub 2}O{sub 3} film (10.117 Å). The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy showed that no Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} clusters were found in the InNdO film, implying that Nd was incorporated into the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} lattice. The InNdO TFTs annealed at 450 °C exhibited more excellent electrical properties with a high mobility of 20.4 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} and better electric bias stability compared to those annealed at 300 °C, which was attributed to the reduction of the scattering centers and/or charge traps due to the decrease of the |Nd3d{sub 5/2}{sup 5}4f{sup 4}O2p{sup −1}〉 electron configuration.

  10. Authigenic oxide Neodymium Isotopic composition as a proxy of seawater: applying multivariate statistical analyses.

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    McKinley, C. C.; Scudder, R.; Thomas, D. J.

    2016-12-01

    The Neodymium Isotopic composition (Nd IC) of oxide coatings has been applied as a tracer of water mass composition and used to address fundamental questions about past ocean conditions. The leached authigenic oxide coating from marine sediment is widely assumed to reflect the dissolved trace metal composition of the bottom water interacting with sediment at the seafloor. However, recent studies have shown that readily reducible sediment components, in addition to trace metal fluxes from the pore water, are incorporated into the bottom water, influencing the trace metal composition of leached oxide coatings. This challenges the prevailing application of the authigenic oxide Nd IC as a proxy of seawater composition. Therefore, it is important to identify the component end-members that create sediments of different lithology and determine if, or how they might contribute to the Nd IC of oxide coatings. To investigate lithologic influence on the results of sequential leaching, we selected two sites with complete bulk sediment statistical characterization. Site U1370 in the South Pacific Gyre, is predominantly composed of Rhyolite ( 60%) and has a distinguishable ( 10%) Fe-Mn Oxyhydroxide component (Dunlea et al., 2015). Site 1149 near the Izu-Bonin-Arc is predominantly composed of dispersed ash ( 20-50%) and eolian dust from Asia ( 50-80%) (Scudder et al., 2014). We perform a two-step leaching procedure: a 14 mL of 0.02 M hydroxylamine hydrochloride (HH) in 20% acetic acid buffered to a pH 4 for one hour, targeting metals bound to Fe- and Mn- oxides fractions, and a second HH leach for 12 hours, designed to remove any remaining oxides from the residual component. We analyze all three resulting fractions for a large suite of major, trace and rare earth elements, a sub-set of the samples are also analyzed for Nd IC. We use multivariate statistical analyses of the resulting geochemical data to identify how each component of the sediment partitions across the sequential

  11. Twenty-Eight-Day Repeated Inhalation Toxicity Study of Nano-Sized Neodymium Oxide in Male Sprague-Dawley Rats.

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    Kim, Yong-Soon; Lim, Cheol-Hong; Shin, Seo-Ho; Kim, Jong-Choon

    2017-07-01

    Neodymium is a future-oriented material due to its unique properties, and its use is increasing in various industrial fields worldwide. However, the toxicity caused by repeated exposure to this metal has not been studied in detail thus far. The present study was carried out to investigate the potential inhalation toxicity of nano-sized neodymium oxide (Nd2O3) following a 28-day repeated inhalation exposure in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Male rats were exposed to nano-sized Nd2O3-containing aerosols via a nose-only inhalation system at doses of 0 mg/m(3), 0.5 mg/m(3), 2.5 mg/m(3), and 10 mg/m(3) for 6 hr/day, 5 days/week over a 28-day period, followed by a 28-day recovery period. During the experimental period, clinical signs, body weight, hematologic parameters, serum biochemical parameters, necropsy findings, organ weight, and histopathological findings were examined; neodymium distribution in the major organs and blood, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), and oxidative stress in lung tissues were analyzed. Most of the neodymium was found to be deposited in lung tissues, showing a dose-dependent relationship. Infiltration of inflammatory cells and pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) were the main observations of lung histopathology. Infiltration of inflammatory cells was observed in the 2.5 mg/m(3) and higher dose treatment groups. PAP was observed in all treatment groups accompanied by an increase in lung weight, but was observed to a lesser extent in the 0.5 mg/m(3) treatment group. In BALF analysis, total cell counts, including macrophages and neutrophils, lactate dehydrogenase, albumin, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha, increased significantly in all treatment groups. After a 4-week recovery period, these changes were generally reversed in the 0.5 mg/m(3) group, but were exacerbated in the 10 mg/m(3) group. The lowest-observed-adverse-effect concentration of nano-sized Nd2O3 was determined to be 0.5 mg/m(3), and the target organ was determined to

  12. Twenty-Eight-Day Repeated Inhalation Toxicity Study of Nano-Sized Neodymium Oxide in Male Sprague-Dawley Rats

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    Kim, Yong-Soon; Lim, Cheol-Hong; Shin, Seo-Ho; Kim, Jong-Choon

    2017-01-01

    Neodymium is a future-oriented material due to its unique properties, and its use is increasing in various industrial fields worldwide. However, the toxicity caused by repeated exposure to this metal has not been studied in detail thus far. The present study was carried out to investigate the potential inhalation toxicity of nano-sized neodymium oxide (Nd2O3) following a 28-day repeated inhalation exposure in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Male rats were exposed to nano-sized Nd2O3-containing aerosols via a nose-only inhalation system at doses of 0 mg/m3, 0.5 mg/m3, 2.5 mg/m3, and 10 mg/m3 for 6 hr/day, 5 days/week over a 28-day period, followed by a 28-day recovery period. During the experimental period, clinical signs, body weight, hematologic parameters, serum biochemical parameters, necropsy findings, organ weight, and histopathological findings were examined; neodymium distribution in the major organs and blood, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), and oxidative stress in lung tissues were analyzed. Most of the neodymium was found to be deposited in lung tissues, showing a dose-dependent relationship. Infiltration of inflammatory cells and pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) were the main observations of lung histopathology. Infiltration of inflammatory cells was observed in the 2.5 mg/m3 and higher dose treatment groups. PAP was observed in all treatment groups accompanied by an increase in lung weight, but was observed to a lesser extent in the 0.5 mg/m3 treatment group. In BALF analysis, total cell counts, including macrophages and neutrophils, lactate dehydrogenase, albumin, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha, increased significantly in all treatment groups. After a 4-week recovery period, these changes were generally reversed in the 0.5 mg/m3 group, but were exacerbated in the 10 mg/m3 group. The lowest-observed-adverse-effect concentration of nano-sized Nd2O3 was determined to be 0.5 mg/m3, and the target organ was determined to be the lung

  13. Optical Properties of Neodymium Oxide Nanoparticle-Doped Polyvinyl Alcohol Film

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    Keikhaei, Mansoureh; Motevalizadeh, Leili; Attaran-Kakhki, Ebrahim

    2016-04-01

    The structural and optical characteristics of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) doped with different concentration of Nd2O3 nanoparticles to use an active media for polymer laser were studied. The PVA polymer was considered as the host and Nd2O3 nanoparticles as the active element. The media as a thin film was prepared using spin coating technique. Structural properties of layers were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and atomic force microscope (AFM) technique. The effect of the concentrations of the neodymium source on the optical properties of Nd2O3/PVA thin films was investigated through UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and their optical band gap was evaluated. Also, the FTIR and fluorescence spectra of the samples were detected. The fluorescence spectra of films showed that the maximum wavelength occurred at 568nm with no significant shift.

  14. Effects of lanthanum, cerium, and neodymium on the nuclei and mitochondria of hepatocytes: accumulation and oxidative damage.

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    Huang, Peili; Li, Jianxin; Zhang, Shuhua; Chen, Chunxia; Han, Ying; Liu, Na; Xiao, Yang; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Man; Yu, Qiuhong; Liu, Yuting; Wang, Wei

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the contents of lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce), and neodymium (Nd) that accumulate in nuclei and mitochondria isolated from the liver and their corresponding potential oxidative damage effects on nuclei and mitochondria. Five-week-old male imprinting control region (ICR) mice were exposed to chlorides of La, Ce, or Nd by oral gavage with one of three doses: 10, 20, or 40 mg/kgBW/day for 6 weeks. The concentrations of administered elements in hepatocyte nuclei and mitochondria were determined with inductively coupled plasma-mass (ICP-MS) spectrometry. The accumulation of La, Ce, and Nd in hepatocyte nuclei and mitochondria gradually increased in a dose-dependent manner with exposure to the elements, although the concentrations of La, Ce, and Nd in hepatocyte mitochondria were lower than those in their counterpart nuclei. In hepatocyte nuclei, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) activities decreased, whereas glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity, glutathione (GSH) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels increased. In hepatocyte mitochondria, SOD, CAT, and GPx activities and GSH levels were significantly decreased, and MDA levels were significantly increased. These results suggest that La, Ce, and Nd presumably enter hepatocytes and mainly accumulate in the nuclei and induce oxidative damage in hepatic nuclei and mitochondria.

  15. Development of an empirical kinetic model for sonocatalytic process using neodymium doped zinc oxide nanoparticles.

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    Khataee, Alireza; Vahid, Behrouz; Saadi, Shabnam; Joo, Sang Woo

    2016-03-01

    The degradation of Acid Blue 92 (AB92) solution was investigated using a sonocatalytic process with pure and neodymium (Nd)-doped ZnO nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The 1% Nd-doped ZnO nanoparticles demonstrated the highest sonocatalytic activity for the treatment of AB92 (10 mg/L) with a degradation efficiency (DE%) of 86.20% compared to pure ZnO (62.92%) and sonication (45.73%) after 150 min. The results reveal that the sonocatalytic degradation followed pseudo-first order kinetics. An empirical kinetic model was developed using nonlinear regression analysis to estimate the pseudo-first-order rate constant (kapp) as a function of the operational parameters, including the initial dye concentration (5-25 mg/L), doped-catalyst dosage (0.25-1 g/L), ultrasonic power (150-400 W), and dopant content (1-6% mol). The results from the kinetic model were consistent with the experimental results (R(2)=0.990). Moreover, DE% increases with addition of potassium periodate, peroxydisulfate, and hydrogen peroxide as radical enhancers by generating more free radicals. However, the addition of chloride, carbonate, sulfate, and t-butanol as radical scavengers declines DE%. Suitable reusability of the doped sonocatalyst was proven for several consecutive runs. Some of the produced intermediates were also detected by GC-MS analysis. The phytotoxicity test using Lemna minor (L. minor) plant confirmed the considerable toxicity removal of the AB92 solution after treatment process.

  16. Nano neodymium oxide induces massive vacuolization and autophagic cell death in non-small cell lung cancer NCI-H460 cells.

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    Chen, Yong; Yang, Lisong; Feng, Chao; Wen, Long-Ping

    2005-11-11

    Neodymium, a rare earth element, was known to exhibit cytotoxic effects and induce apoptosis in certain cancer cells. Here we show that nano-sized neodymium oxide (Nano Nd2O3) induced massive vacuolization and cell death in non-small cell lung cancer NCI-H460 cells at micromolar equivalent concentration range. Cell death elicited by Nano Nd2O3 was not due to apoptosis and caspases were not involved. Electron microscopy and acridine orange staining revealed extensive autophagy in the cytoplasm of the cells treated by Nano Nd2O3. Autophagy induced by Nano Nd2O3 was accompanied by S-phase cell cycle arrest, mild disruption of mitochondrial membrane potential, and inhibition of proteasome activity. Bafilomycin A1, but not 3-MA, induced apoptosis while inhibiting autophagy. Our results revealed a novel biological function for Nano Nd2O3 and may have implications for the therapy of non-small cell lung cancer.

  17. Neodymium isotopic study of rare earth element sources and mobility in hydrothermal Fe oxide (Fe-P-REE) systems

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    Gleason, J.D.; Marikos, M.A.; Barton, M.D.; Johnson, D.A.

    2000-03-01

    Rare earth element (REE)-enriched, igneous-related hydrothermal Fe-oxide hosted (Fe-P-REE) systems from four areas in North America have been analyzed for their neodymium iosotopic composition to constrain REE sources and mobility in these systems. The Nd isotopic results evidence a common pattern of REE concentration from igneous sources despite large differences in age (Proterozoic to Tertiary), tectonic setting (subduction vs. intraplate), and magmatic style (mafic vs. felsic). In the Middle Proterozoic St. Francois Mountains terrane of southeastern Missouri, {epsilon}{sub Nd} for Fe-P-REE (apatite, monazite, xenotime) deposits ranges from +3.5 to +5.1, similar to associated felsic to intermediate igneous rocks of the same age ({epsilon}{sub Nd} = +2.6 to +6.2). At the mid-Jurassic Humboldt mafic complex in western Nevada, {epsilon}{sub Nd} for Fe-P-REE (apatite) mineralization varies between +1.1 and +2.4, similar to associated mafic igneous rocks ({minus}1.0 to +3.5). In the nearby Cortez Mountains in central Nevada, mid-Jurassic felsic volcanic and plutonic rocks ({epsilon}{sub Nd} = {minus}2.0 to {minus}4.4) are associated with Fe-P-REE (apatite-monazite) mineralization having similar {epsilon}{sub Nd}({minus}1.7 to {minus}2.4). At Cerro de Mercado, Durango, Mexico, all assemblages analyzed in this Tertiary rhyolite-hosted Fe oxide deposit have identical isotopic compositions with {epsilon}{sub Nd} = {minus}2.5. These data are consistent with coeval igneous host rocks being the primary source of REE in all four regions, and are inconsistent with a significant contribution of REE from other sources. Interpretations of the origin of these hydrothermal systems and their concomitant REE mobility must account for nonspecialized igneous sources and varied tectonic settings.

  18. Neodymium isotopic study of rare earth element sources and mobility in hydrothermal Fe-oxide (Fe-P-REE) systems

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    Gleason, James D.; Marikos, Mark A.; Barton, Mark D.; Johnson, David A.

    2000-03-01

    Rare earth element (REE)-enriched, igneous-related hydrothermal Fe-oxide hosted (Fe-P-REE) systems from four areas in North America have been analyzed for their neodymium isotopic composition to constrain REE sources and mobility in these systems. The Nd isotopic results evidence a common pattern of REE concentration from igneous sources despite large differences in age (Proterozoic to Tertiary), tectonic setting (subduction vs. intraplate), and magmatic style (mafic vs. felsic). In the Middle Proterozoic St. Francois Mountains terrane of southeastern Missouri, ɛ Nd for Fe-P-REE (apatite, monazite, xenotime) deposits ranges from +3.5 to +5.1, similar to associated felsic to intermediate igneous rocks of the same age (ɛ Nd = +2.6 to +6.2). At the mid-Jurassic Humboldt mafic complex in western Nevada, ɛ Nd for Fe-P-REE (apatite) mineralization varies between +1.1 and +2.4, similar to associated mafic igneous rocks (-1.0 to +3.5). In the nearby Cortez Mountains in central Nevada, mid-Jurassic felsic volcanic and plutonic rocks (ɛ Nd = -2.0 to -4.4) are associated with Fe-P-REE (apatite-monazite) mineralization having similar ɛ Nd (-1.7 to -2.4). At Cerro de Mercado, Durango, Mexico, all assemblages analyzed in this Tertiary rhyolite-hosted Fe oxide deposit have identical isotopic compositions with ɛ Nd = -2.5. These data are consistent with coeval igneous host rocks being the primary source of REE in all four regions, and are inconsistent with a significant contribution of REE from other sources. Interpretations of the origin of these hydrothermal systems and their concomitant REE mobility must account for nonspecialized igneous sources and varied tectonic settings.

  19. Nano neodymium oxide induces massive vacuolization and autophagic cell death in non-small cell lung cancer NCI-H460 cells

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    Chen Yong; Yang Lisong; Feng Chao; Wen Longping . E-mail: lpwen@ustc.edu.cn

    2005-11-11

    Neodymium, a rare earth element, was known to exhibit cytotoxic effects and induce apoptosis in certain cancer cells. Here we show that nano-sized neodymium oxide (Nano Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}) induced massive vacuolization and cell death in non-small cell lung cancer NCI-H460 cells at micromolar equivalent concentration range. Cell death elicited by Nano Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} was not due to apoptosis and caspases were not involved. Electron microscopy and acridine orange staining revealed extensive autophagy in the cytoplasm of the cells treated by Nano Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Autophagy induced by Nano Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} was accompanied by S-phase cell cycle arrest, mild disruption of mitochondrial membrane potential, and inhibition of proteasome activity. Bafilomycin A1, but not 3-MA, induced apoptosis while inhibiting autophagy. Our results revealed a novel biological function for Nano Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and may have implications for the therapy of non-small cell lung cancer.

  20. Preparation of radioactive praseodymium oxide as a multifunctional agent in nuclear medicine: expanding the horizons of cancer therapy using nanosized neodymium oxide.

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    Bakht, Mohamadreza K; Sadeghi, Mahdi; Ahmadi, Seyed J; Sadjadi, Sodeh S; Tenreiro, Claudio

    2013-01-01

    Many studies have attempted to assess the significance of the use of the β(-)particle emitter praseodymium-142 ((142)Pr) in cancer treatment. As praseodymium oxide (Pr(2)O(3)) powder is not water soluble, it was dissolved in HCl solution and the resultant solution had to be pH adjusted to be in an injectable radiopharmaceutical form. Moreover, it was shown that the nanosized neodymium oxide (Nd(2)O(3)) induced massive vacuolization and cell death in non-small-cell lung cancer. In this work, the production of (142)Pr was studied and water-dispersible nanosized Pr(2)O(3) was proposed to improve the application of (142)Pr in nuclear medicine. Data from different databases pertaining to the production of (142)Pr were compared to evaluate the accuracy of the theoretical calculations. Water-dispersible nanosized Pr(2)O(3) was prepared using a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) coating or PEGylation method as a successful mode of drug delivery. Radioactive (142)Pr(2)O(3) was produced via a (142)Pr(n,γ)(142)Pr reaction by thermal neutron bombardment of the prepared sample. There was good agreement between the reported experimental data and the data based on nuclear model calculations. In addition, a small part of nano-Pr(2)O(3) particles remained in suspension and most of them settled out of the water. Interestingly, the PEGylated Pr(2)O(3) nanoparticles were water dispersible. After neutron bombardment of the sample, a stable colloidal (142)Pr(2)O(3) was formed. The radioactive (142)Pr(2)O(3) decays to the stable (142)Nd(2)O(3). The suggested colloidal (142)Pr(2)O(3) as a multifunctional therapeutic agent could have dual roles in cancer treatment as a radiotherapeutic agent using nanosized (142)Pr(2)O(3) and as an autophagy-inducing agent using nanosized (142)Nd(2)O(3).

  1. Metals Fact Sheet: Neodymium

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    1992-11-01

    Neodymium was discovered in 1898 when it was separated from {open_quotes}dydimium,{close_quotes} a praseodymium-neodymium compound that was thought to be only one element. {open_quotes}Neodymium{close_quotes} is derived from the Greek words {open_quotes}neos{close_quotes} and {open_quotes}didymos,{close_quotes} which translates to {open_quotes}new twin.{close_quotes} This article discusses sources and applications of the element, and reviews world reserves and demands. Price trends in the commodity are also noted.

  2. Cerium neodymium oxide solid solution synthesis as a potential analogue for substoichiometric AmO2 for radioisotope power systems

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    Watkinson, E. J.; Ambrosi, R. M.; Williams, H. R.; Sarsfield, M. J.; Stephenson, K.; Weston, D. P.; Marsh, N.; Haidon, C.

    2017-04-01

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is sponsoring a research programme on the development of americium oxides for radioisotope generators and heater units. Cubic AmO2-(x/2) with an O/Am ratio between 1.65 and 1.75 is a potentially suitable compound for pellet sintering. C-type (Ia-3) Ce1-xNdxO2-(x/2) oxides with 0.5 < x < 0.7 could be used as a surrogate for some Ia-3 AmO2-(x/2). A new Ce1-xNdxO2-(x/2) production process has been investigated where a nominally selected x value of 0.6 was targeted: Ce and Nd nitrates and oxalic acid were added drop-wise into a vessel, where they continuously reacted to create oxalate precipitates. The effect of temperature (25 °C, 60 °C) of the reactants (mixed at 250 revolutions per minute) on oxalate particle shape and size were investigated. Oxalates were calcined at 900 °C to produce oxide particles. Oxalate particle properties were characterised as these are expected to influence oxides particle properties and fuel pellet sintering.

  3. Purification of cerium, neodymium and gadolinium for low background experiments

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    Boiko, R. S.; Barabash, A. S.; Belli, P.; Bernabei, R.; Cappella, F.; Cerulli, R.; Danevich, F. A.; Incicchitti, A.; Laubenstein, M.; Mokina, V. M.; Nisi, S.; Poda, D. V.; Polischuk, O. G.; Tretyak, V. I.

    2014-01-01

    Cerium, neodymium and gadolinium contain double beta active isotopes. The most interesting are 150Nd and 160Gd (promising for 0ν2β search), 136Ce (2β+ candidate with one of the highest Q2β). The main problem of compounds containing lanthanide elements is their high radioactive contamination by uranium, radium, actinium and thorium. The new generation 2β experiments require development of methods for a deep purification of lanthanides from the radioactive elements. A combination of physical and chemical methods was applied to purify cerium, neodymium and gadolinium. Liquid-liquid extraction technique was used to remove traces of Th and U from neodymium, gadolinium and for purification of cerium from Th, U, Ra and K. Co-precipitation and recrystallization methods were utilized for further reduction of the impurities. The radioactive contamination of the samples before and after the purification was tested by using ultra-low-background HPGe gamma spectrometry. As a result of the purification procedure the radioactive contamination of gadolinium oxide (a similar purification efficiency was reached also with cerium and neodymium oxides) was decreased from 0.12 Bq/kg to 0.007 Bq/kg in 228Th, from 0.04 Bq/kg to <0.006 Bq/kg in 226Ra, and from 0.9 Bq/kg to 0.04 Bq/kg in 40K. The purification methods are much less efficient for chemically very similar radioactive elements like actinium, lanthanum and lutetium.

  4. Preparation of transparent neodymium-doped yttrium aluminate garnet (Nd:YAG) ceramics with the use of freeze granulation

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    Wajler, Anna; Węglarz, Helena; Sidorowicz, Agata; Zych, Łukasz; Nakielska, Magdalena; Jach, Katarzyna; Tomaszewski, Henryk

    2015-12-01

    This paper presents the results of the application of freeze granulation to the production of transparent neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum garnet ceramics. Aqueous suspensions of aluminium oxide, yttrium oxide and neodymium oxide powders were prepared based on nanometric or submicronic powders which were either commercially available or prepared by precipitation. The relations between the composition of suspension, the properties of granulate and the final properties of ceramics (microstructure, optical transmission and emission spectra) were studied.

  5. Absolute isotopic composition and atomic weight of neodymium using thermal ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Zhao, Motian; Zhou, Tao; Wang, Jun; Lu, Hai; Fang, Xiang; Guo, Chunhua; Li, Qiuli; Li, Chaofeng

    2005-01-01

    Synthetic mixtures prepared gravimetrically from highly enriched isotopes of neodymium in the form of oxides of well-defined purity were used to calibrate a thermal ionization mass spectrometer. A new error analysis was applied to calculate the final uncertainty of the atomic weight value. Measurements on natural neodymium samples yielded an absolute isotopic composition of 27.153(19) atomic percent (at.%) 142Nd, 12.173(18) at.% 143Nd, 23.798(12) at.% 144Nd, 8.293(7) at.% 145Nd, 17.189(17) at.% 146Nd, 5.756(8) at.% 148Nd, and 5.638(9) at.% 150Nd, and the atomic weight of neodymium as 144.2415(13), with uncertainties given on the basis of 95% confidence limits. No isotopic fractionation was found in terrestrial neodymium materials.

  6. A 6-GW NEODYMIUM GLASS LASER,

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    A 6-GW neodymium glass laser with a simple phototropic Q-switch is described. The laser consists of three cylindrical rods in series, each 250 mm...operation (50-80 microsec. repetition frequency), the total output was 200 j. The use of a phototropic liquid switch and large-diameter neodymium glass

  7. Q-Switching in a Neodymium Laser

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    Holgado, Warein; Sola, Inigo J.; Jarque, Enrique Conejero; Jarabo, Sebastian; Roso, Luis

    2012-01-01

    We present a laboratory experiment for advanced undergraduate or graduate laser-related classes to study the performance of a neodymium laser. In the experiment, the student has to build the neodymium laser using an open cavity. After that, the cavity losses are modulated with an optical chopper located inside, so the Q-switching regime is…

  8. Q-Switching in a Neodymium Laser

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    Holgado, Warein; Sola, Inigo J.; Jarque, Enrique Conejero; Jarabo, Sebastian; Roso, Luis

    2012-01-01

    We present a laboratory experiment for advanced undergraduate or graduate laser-related classes to study the performance of a neodymium laser. In the experiment, the student has to build the neodymium laser using an open cavity. After that, the cavity losses are modulated with an optical chopper located inside, so the Q-switching regime is…

  9. Preparation of yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, and neodymium basic carbonate particles by homogeneous precipitation

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    Akinc, M.; Sordelet, D. )

    1987-07-01

    Uniform yttrium, lanthanum, cerium, and neodymium basic carbonate particles were prepared by homogeneous precipitation. Powders were characterized with respect to size, shape, crystal structure, and thermal decomposition behavior. Yttria precursor particles were spherical, monosized (0.4 {mu}m), and amorphous; whereas lanthana, neodymia, and ceria precursors were prismatic (ranging from 1 to 6 {mu}m in size) and crystalline. Crystal structure was found to be ancylite-type orthorhombic symmetry in all three cases. Upon heating in air, yttrium, lanthanum, and neodymium precursors underwent two-step decomposition to first form oxycarbonate and then oxide. Cerium hydroxycarbonate decomposed in a single step to form the oxide.

  10. Neodymium neutron cross section measurements.

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    Barry, D P; Trbovich, M J; Danon, Y; Block, R C; Slovacek, R E; Leinweber, G; Burke, J A; Drindak, N J

    2005-01-01

    Neutron capture and transmission measurements were performed by the time-of-flight technique at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute LINAC using metallic neodymium samples. The capture measurements were made at the 25-m-long flight station with a 16-segment NaI(Tl) multiplicity detector, and the transmission measurements were performed at 15 and 25 m flight stations with a 6Li glass scintillation detector. After the data were collected and reduced, resonance parameters were determined by simultaneously fitting the transmission and capture data with the multilevel R-matrix Bayesian code SAMMY. The resonance parameters for all naturally occurring neodymium isotopes lie within the energy range of 1.0-500 eV. The resulting resonance parameters were used to calculate the capture resonance integral with this energy region and were compared to calculations obtained when using the resonance parameters from ENDF-B/VI. The RPI parameters gave a resonance integral value of 32 +/- 0.5 b that is approximately 7% lower than that obtained with the ENDF-B/VI parameters. The current measurements significantly reduce the statistical uncertainties on the resonance parameters when compared with previously published parameters.

  11. Investigation of the Effect of Yttrium Oxide Nanoparticles Doped with Cerium and Neodymium on Electro-Optics of Liquid Crystal Polymer Composites

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    Zharkova, G. M.; Osipov, V. V.; Platonov, V. V.; Podkin, A. V.; Strel'tsov, S. A.

    2016-12-01

    Morphology and properties of liquid crystal polymer composites doped with inorganic nanoparticles are described. These composites comprised nematic liquid crystal 5CB, polyvinyl acetate, and nanoparticles of oxides (Y2O3, CeO2:Y2O3, and Nd2O3:Y2O3). Nanopowders were synthesized by the laser method of vaporization of a solid target under CO2-laser or fiber ytterbium laser irradiation. The effect of oxides on the electro-optical properties of the composites and times of response to an electrical pulse is investigated. It is shown that incorporation of CeO2:Y2O3 nanopowder in liquid crystal polymer composites affects the decrease of the control field and the increase of light transmission in an electric field stronger than incorporation of Nd2O3:Y2O3 nanoparticles.

  12. Electrosynthesis of neodymium oxide nanorods and its nanocomposite with conjugated conductive polymer as a hybrid electrode material for highly capacitive pseudocapacitors.

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    Mohammad Shiri, Hamid; Ehsani, Ali

    2017-06-01

    Herein, we report for the first time a facile and cost-efficient synthesis of metal oxide nanostructures comprised of nanorods type without the use of any additive. Nd(OH)3 and Nd2O3 nanorods were obtained by ultrasound wave assisted pulse electrochemical deposition in a Nd(NO3)3·6H2O nitrate bath. In addition, the interconnected nanorods were mesoporous leading to large electrochemical active sites for the redox reaction and fast ion transport within the Nd2O3 nanorods. Furthermore, for improving the electrochemical performance of conductive polymer, hybrid POAP/Nd2O3 films have then been fabricated by POAP electropolymerization in the presence of Nd2O3 nanorods as active electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors. Surface and electrochemical analyses have been used for characterization of Nd2O3 and POAP/Nd2O3 composite films. Different electrochemical methods including galvanostatic charge discharge experiments, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been applied to study the system performance. Prepared composite film exhibited a significantly high specific capacity, high rate capability and excellent cycling stability. Importantly, electrochemical investigation show that POAP/Nd2O3 nanorods composite material has better properties than POAP without Nd2O3 nanorods, suggesting it can be used as supercapacitor electrode material with excellent specific capacitance (379Fg(-1)) which indicates this material is a promising electrode material for energy storage applications in high-performance pseudocapacitors.

  13. A Comparison between Two Cell Designs for Electrochemical Neodymium Reduction Using Numerical Simulation

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    Haas, Tim; Hilgendorf, Simon; Vogel, Hanno; Friedrich, Bernd; Pfeifer, Herbert

    2017-08-01

    Nowadays, neodymium is almost solely produced by the electrochemical reduction of Neodymium oxide in fused fluoride salts. Thereby, the fluid flow distribution within the electrolysis cell is important for the productivity and efficiency of the process. In this work, the flow field within a conventional cell with vertical electrodes is compared to that of an innovative cell concept with horizontal electrodes by computational fluid dynamics. The numerical model uses the Eulerian volume of fluid approach to track phase boundaries between the continuous phases, while the Lagrangian discrete phase model is applied to compute the rising trajectories of emitted off-gas bubbles. The calculated results indicate that the new cell type is more suitable for the efficient, large-scale production of neodymium, since there is potential to decrease the cell voltage and enhance the current efficiency. By that, the specific energy consumption can be lowered significantly. However, an advanced level of automation is necessary to operate the new cell.

  14. Metal Atom Oxidation Laser

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    1976-09-01

    mixtures of dusts of rare earth fluorides and oxides administered intratracheally and by inhalation. Some of the test animals (guinea pigs) died of...neodymium and cerium oxides were also made. These dusts were administered intratracheally to white rats. The investigation showed that these oxides...but milder. Cerium oxide was the least damaging of the three. With regard to the" aerosols of the oxides of yttrium, neodymium and other rare earth

  15. Praseodymium Nitrate and Neodymium Complexation with Organophosphorus Reagents in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Solvent

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    Robert V. Fox; R. Duane Ball; Peter de B. Harrington; Harry W. Rollins; John G. Jolley; Chien M. Wai

    2004-11-01

    Complex formation reactions of praseodymium nitrate hexahydrate, and neodymium nitrate hexahydrate salts with tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP) and several other neutral organophosphorus reagents were investigated in supercritical carbon dioxide. The concentration of the metal complexes in the supercritical fluid (SCF) phase was determined using UV-Vis and luminescence spectroscopies. The stoichiometry of the complexes was determined using the mole-ratio method. Extraction equilibrium constants were calculated from the spectral data using least-squares regression and hard-equilibria models. UV-Vis absorbance data indicate that praseodymium nitrate and neodymium nitrate both form 1:4 lanthanide–tributyl phosphate complexes in supercritical carbon dioxide at 308 K. The conditional extraction coefficients for those two systems were calculated to be log Kex=7.45±0.06 for the praseodymium system and log Kex=7.52±0.03 for the neodymium system. For comparison, neodymium nitrate complexation reactions with tri-n-butyl phosphate and tributyl phosphite (TBPO3) were studied in hexane under ambient conditions. UV-Vis data indicate that a 1:4 neodymium–tributyl phosphate complex is formed in hexane with a conditional extraction coefficient of log Kex=3.4±0.2. Tributyl phosphite forms a 1:8 complex with neodymium in hexane with a conditional extraction coefficient of log Kex=11.0±0.1. Neodymium nitrate was titrated with other organophosphorus reagents, tributyl phosphite and tributyl phosphine oxide (TBPO), in supercritical carbon dioxide to investigate differences between neutral oxygen donor ligands and neutral phosphorus donor ligands. UV-Vis and luminescence data indicate that neodymium nitrate forms a 1:8 complex with tributyl phosphite and a 1:5 complex with tributyl phosphine oxide, compared to a 1:4 complex with tri-n-butyl phosphate. The conditional extraction coefficient for the 1:8 neodymium–tributyl phosphite system was calculated as log Kex=21.4±0.2 from UV

  16. Radio-Purification of Neodymium Chloride

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    Hans, S.; Yeh, M.; Cumming, J. B.; Hahn, R. L.

    2011-04-27

    Organometallic liquid scintillator becomes one of the man detection mediums for neutrino experiment. Liquid-liquid extraction is the method of choice for loading metallic ions of interest into the organic solvents at BNL. High purity of all starting materials is essential for the optimization of synthesis. A newly developed 'self-scavenging' technique was applied to purify undesired radioisotopes from the starting metal compound and found to effectively remove thorium and such containments from the neodymium chloride for SNO+.

  17. Neodymium(III) Complexes Capable of Multi-Electron Redox Chemistry.

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    Coughlin, Ezra J; Zeller, Matthias; Bart, Suzanne C

    2017-09-25

    A family of neodymium complexes featuring a redox-active ligand in three different oxidation states has been synthesized, including the iminoquinone (L(0) ) derivative, ((dipp) iq)2 NdI3 (1-iq), the iminosemiquinone (L(1-) ) compound, ((dipp) isq)2 NdI(THF) (1-isq), and the amidophenolate (L(2-) ) [K(THF)2 ][((dipp) ap)2 Nd(THF)2 ] (1-ap) and [K(18-crown-6)][((dipp) ap)2 Nd(THF)2 ] (1-ap crown) species. Full spectroscopic and structural characterization of each derivative established the +3 neodymium oxidation state with redox chemistry occurring at the ligand rather than the neodymium center. Oxidation with elemental chalcogens showed the reversible nature of the ligand-mediated reduction process, forming the iminosemiquinone metallocycles, [K(18-crown-6)][((dipp) isq)2 Nd(S5 )] (2-isq crown) and [K(18-crown-6)(THF)][((dipp) isq)2 Nd(Se5 )] (3-isq crown), which are characterized to contain a 6-membered twist-boat ring. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Neodymium-142 evidence for Hadean mafic crust.

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    O'Neil, Jonathan; Carlson, Richard W; Francis, Don; Stevenson, Ross K

    2008-09-26

    Neodymium-142 data for rocks from the Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt in northern Quebec, Canada, show that some rock types have lower 142Nd/144Nd ratios than the terrestrial standard (epsilon142Nd = -0.07 to -0.15). Within a mafic amphibolite unit, 142Nd/144Nd ratios correlate positively with Sm/Nd ratios and produce a 146Sm-142Nd isochron with an age of 4280(-81)(+53) million years. These rocks thus sample incompatible-element-enriched material formed shortly after Earth formation and may represent the oldest preserved crustal section on Earth.

  19. Neodymium nanoparticles: biosynthesis and structural analysis.

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    Ascencio, J A; Canizal, G; Medina-Flores, A; Bejar, L; Tavera, L; Matamoros, H; Liu, H B

    2006-04-01

    Small metallic nanoparticles of neodymium are obtained by a facile route based on the biosynthesis and the pH conditions that demonstrate the possibility of obtaining particles of 1-8 nm. The size is controlled by synthesis conditions. Smaller clusters were obtained with pH = 5, while for pH = 10 evidences of nanorods productions are found and this opens the perspective to use this rare-earth element for zero and one dimensional based applications. Using transmission electron microscopy techniques, the size distribution and structure are studied. Density functional theory-based calculations allow the determination of the lowest energy configuration, which is based on the hexagonal bulk symmetry. Theoretical models are used to simulate the high resolution transmission electron microscopy to identify the experimental image, determining that the synthesized nanoparticles reach the lowest energy hexagonal configurations.

  20. Neodymium YAG Lasers. Citations from the NTIS data base

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    Carrigan, B.

    1980-07-01

    Federally funded research reports on lasing of neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet are cited. Studies on design, fabrication, quantum efficiency, light pulses, stabilization, and testing are covered. Optical pumping, mode locking, frequency conversion, and modulation of these lasers are discussed. Laser applications such as optical communication, range finding, and tracking are included. Safety hazards and radiation damage related to neodymium YAG lasers are also covered. This updated bibliography contains 181 citations, 15 of which are new entries to the previous edition.

  1. Selective recognition of neodymium (III) using ion imprinted polymer particles.

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    Krishna, Paramesamangalam Gopi; Gladis, Joseph Mary; Rao, Talasila Prasada; Naidu, Gurijala Ramakrishna

    2005-01-01

    Neodymium (III) ion-imprinted polymer (IIP) materials were prepared by the copolymerization of neodymium (III)-5,7-dichloroquinoline-8-ol-4-vinylpyridine ternary complex with styrene(monomer), divinyl benzene (crosslinking monomer) in the presence of 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile (initiator). The synthesis was carried out in 2-methoxy ethanol medium (porogen) and the resultant material was filtered, washed, dried and powdered to form unleached IIP particles. The imprint ion was removed by stirring the above particles with 50% (v/v) HCl for 6 h to obtain leached IIP particles with cavities in the polymer particles. Control polymer (CP) particles were similarly prepared without imprint ion, i.e. neodymium (III). CP, unleached and leached IIP particles were characterized by TLC, IR, microanalysis, XRD and UV-visible spectrophotometric studies. The preconcentration of 5-150 microg of neodymium (III) ions present in 500 ml of solution was possible with as little as 40 mg of neodymium (III) IIP particles in the pH range 7.5-8.0 with a detection limit of 50 ng/l. Five replicate determinations of 25 microg of neodymium (III) present in 500 ml of solution gave a mean absorbance of 0.120 with a relative standard deviation of 2.65%. The imprinting effect of IIP particles was noticed in all preconcentration and selectivity studies when compared with CP particles. Furthermore, the selectivity coefficients of neodymium (III) IIP particles were much higher compared with the reported separation factors for the best liquid-liquid extractants, viz. di-2-ethylhexyl phosphoric acid and 2-ethylhexyl-ethylhexyl phosphonate. Kinetic and isotherm studies during rebinding of neodymium (III) onto IIP particles were also carried out.

  2. Effect Of Neodymium Substitution In Structural Characteristics Of Magnesium Ferrite

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    Thankachan, Smitha; Binu, P. J.; Xavier, Sheena; Mohammed, E. M.

    2011-10-20

    The effect of Nd{sup 3+} substitution on the structural properties of Magnesium ferrite was studied in the series MgNd{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4}, where x = 0 to 0.3 in steps of 0.05. The series was prepared by sol-gel technique which is one of the novel technique to prepare nanosized samples. Structural characterization was done using X-ray diffractometer and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer. XRD analysis reveals the prepared samples are single phasic till x = 0.2. From x0 = .25, a secondary phase of iron neodymium oxide appears along with the spinel phase. Particle size calculation shows the prepared samples are in the 9nm to 11 nm regime. Lattice parameter was found to increase with concentration of Nd. XRD and FTIR analysis confirmed spinel structure of the prepared samples. XRF result shows the expected composition of prepared samples. The frequency dependence of the dielectric constant in the range 100 Hz--120MHz was also studied

  3. Boundary processes traced by neodymium isotopes

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    Jeandel, C.; Lacan, F.

    2003-04-01

    Continental margins have been identified as preferential sites for removing of reactive elements from the ocean, on the base of U-series measurements (more specifically 231Pa/230Th). This process is called boundary scavenging (Bacon, 1988). Five years of neodymium isotopes data in water masses along the ocean margins (Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Greenland-Scotland ridge and Labrador Sea) suggests that Nd is transferred from the sediments to the ocean but the reverse also occurs via the so-called boundary scavenging. These processes are only detectable by isotopic ratio measurements because they affect the isotopic signature of the water mass coming in contact with the margin, without changing its concentration. They can involve much higher fluxes than net input processes: for example, the modification of the AAIW signature along the Papua New Guinea slope involves exchange processes only (Lacan and Jeandel, 2001). Since we suspect that such processes not only affect the Nd oceanic chemistry but also the chemical fate of other reactive elements in the ocean, we suggest that the concept of boundary scavenging should be extended to "boundary exchange".

  4. Nonaqueous Synthesis of Gadolinium and Neodymium Nanoparticles

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    Fukuda, R.; Castro, M.; Ho, P.-C.; Attar, S.; Golden, M.; Margosan, D.

    2014-03-01

    Nanoparticles are of great interest due to their magnetic properties, such as superparamagnetism, that are not exhibited by their bulk counterparts. Gd and Nd are being tested by applying the reverse micelle method. The reverse micelle method consists of using a surfactant with a large nonpolar solvent to polar solvent ratio to form spherical cages that control the size of the products. Many studies involving the reverse micelle method employ water as the polar solvent. Since Gd and Nd are highly reactive to water, methanol is used as a replacement with hexane or heptane as the nonpolar solvent. Gadolinium chloride or neodymium nitrate are reduced using sodium borohydride after the reverse micelles encapsulate the rare earth compound. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and light microscopy show small, spherical clusters with diameters in the micron range. Higher magnification of the SEM melted the clusters, even after cooling the sample to 87 K. The sample was coated with Pt to prevent melting. Energy dispersive x-ray measurements were conducted to find the chemical composition of the clusters, but the sample signals were too small to make a conclusion. Future growths will use the surfactant DDAB instead of AOT since DDAB is more stable when examined with SEM. Research at California State University-Fresno is supported by NSF DMR-1104544.

  5. Samarium-neodymium direct dating of fluorite mineralization.

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    Chesley, J T; Halliday, A N; Scrivener, R C

    1991-05-17

    The direct dating of many styles of hydrothermal mineralization has proved difficult, limiting understanding of the geological processes that lead to crustal fluid flow and the formation of major ore deposits. The hydrothermal mineral fluorite (CaF(2)) displays large variations in rare earth element (REE) abundance and samarium/neodymium ratios within a single vein. Samarium-neodymium dating of fluorite from the classic granite-hosted tin deposits of southwest England demonstrates its use as a precise chronometer of mineralization. The concentrations of light rare earth elements (LREEs) in the fluorites are highly variable and suggest the coeval precipitation of an LREE-rich phase as the most likely cause of the extreme variation in samarium/neodymium ratios.

  6. Neodymium-YAG transscleral cyclophotocoagulation. The role of pigmentation

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    Cantor, L.B.; Nichols, D.A.; Katz, L.J.; Moster, M.R.; Poryzees, E.; Shields, J.A.; Spaeth, G.L. )

    1989-08-01

    Using a rabbit model we investigated the role of pigmentation of the ciliary body in obtaining ciliodestruction by neodymium-YAG transscleral cyclophotocoagulation. There was marked destruction of the ciliary body in pigmented rabbit eyes, but no histologic effect was observed in albino rabbit eyes. These findings suggest that pigmentation of the ciliary body is important for obtaining the desired response from neodymium-YAG transscleral cyclophotocoagulation in rabbit eyes by our technique. Further study is necessary to define the role of pigmentation in human eyes in this treatment modality.

  7. New high-strength neodymium phosphate laser glass

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    Galagan, B I; Glushchenko, I N; Denker, B I; Kalachev, Yu L; Mikhailov, Viktor A; Sverchkov, S E; Shcherbakov, Ivan A; Kuleshov, N V

    2009-12-31

    A high-strength neodymium laser glass (SNLG) based on an alumoborophosphate composition is developed and synthesised; its physicochemical, spectral, luminescent, and lasing characteristics are studied. It is found that the chemical stability and thermal resistance of the new glass are considerably higher than the corresponding characteristics of known neodymium-doped phosphate laser glasses. Investigations of lasing upon longitudinal diode pumping showed that, due to the higher thermal resistance, the new glass allows one to obtain output powers twice as high as those of industrial GLS22 glass. (active media)

  8. Recycling potential of neodymium: the case of computer hard disk drives.

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    Sprecher, Benjamin; Kleijn, Rene; Kramer, Gert Jan

    2014-08-19

    Neodymium, one of the more critically scarce rare earth metals, is often used in sustainable technologies. In this study, we investigate the potential contribution of neodymium recycling to reducing scarcity in supply, with a case study on computer hard disk drives (HDDs). We first review the literature on neodymium production and recycling potential. From this review, we find that recycling of computer HDDs is currently the most feasible pathway toward large-scale recycling of neodymium, even though HDDs do not represent the largest application of neodymium. We then use a combination of dynamic modeling and empirical experiments to conclude that within the application of NdFeB magnets for HDDs, the potential for loop-closing is significant: up to 57% in 2017. However, compared to the total NdFeB production capacity, the recovery potential from HDDs is relatively small (in the 1-3% range). The distributed nature of neodymium poses a significant challenge for recycling of neodymium.

  9. Condensation reaction in the bandpass reaction cell improves sensitivity for uranium, thorium, neodymium and praseodymium measurements.

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    Vais, Vladimir; Li, Chunsheng; Cornett, Jack

    2003-09-01

    Condensation reactions in the bandpass reaction cell or dynamic reaction cell (DRC) were used for the determination of actinides and lanthanides such as uranium, thorium, neodymium and praseodymium. These elements react with oxygen reagent gas in the dynamic reaction cell of the ELAN DRC II instrument to give mono- and/or dioxo cationic species (UO(2)+, ThO+, NdO+ and PrO+, respectively). Increasing the oxygen flow rate in the dynamic reaction cell leads to the rapid decrease of the singly charged metal ions accompanied by the fast increase in the intensity of the oxide ion. This phenomenon is used to improve considerably the sensitivity of ICP-MS instruments equipped with a dynamic reaction cell for actinides and lanthanides. Estimated detection limits (EDL) obtained in this work for uranium, thorium, neodymium-144 and praseodymium are 0.022, 1.0, 0.045, and 0.10 ng L(-1), respectively. The detection limit for uranium measured in the standard (vented) mode of an ELAN DRC II was found to be 0.22 ng L(-1), which is an order of magnitude higher compared to the pressurized mode.

  10. Efficient wide-aperture neodymium glass rod amplifiers

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    Potemkin, A K; Zhurin, K A; Kirsanov, A V; Kopelovich, E A; Kuznetsov, M V; Kuz'min, A A; Flat, F A; Khazanov, Efim A; Shaikin, A A

    2011-06-30

    Amplifiers based on neodymium phosphate glass rods 60 - 100 mm in diameter are experimentally studied. The amplifiers are pumped by INP-16/250 tubular flash lamps placed in a universal pump cavity with a two-section mirror reflector. A compact high-voltage capacitive energy storage with a preionisation circuit was developed to supply the lamps. (lasers)

  11. Materials flow analysis of neodymium, status of rare earth metal in the Republic of Korea.

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    Swain, Basudev; Kang, Leeseung; Mishra, Chinmayee; Ahn, JoongWoo; Hong, Hyun Seon

    2015-11-01

    Materials flow analysis of neodymium, status of rare earth elements (REEs) in the Republic of Korea has been investigated. Information from various resources like the Korean Ministry of Environment, Korea international trade association, United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database and from individual industry were collected and analyzed for materials flow analysis of neodymium. Demand of neodymium in the Republic of Korea for the year 2010 was 409.5 tons out of which the majority of neodymium, i.e., 68.41% was consumed by domestic electronics industry followed by medical appliances manufacturing (13.36%). The Republic Korea is one of the biggest consumer and leading exporter of these industrial products, absolutely depends on import of neodymium, as the country is lacking natural resources. The Republic of Korea has imported 325.9 tons of neodymium permanent magnet and 79.5 tons of neodymium containing equipment parts mainly for electronics, medical appliances, and heavy/light vehicles manufacturing industry. Out of which 95.4 tons of neodymium permanent magnet get exported as an intermediate product and 140.6 tons of neodymium in the form of consumable products get exported. Worldwide the neodymium is at the high end of supply chain critical metal because of increasing demand, scarcity and irreplaceable for technological application. To bring back the neodymium to supply stream the recycling of end of life neodymium-bearing waste can be a feasible option. Out of total domestic consumption, only 21.9 tons of neodymium have been collected and subsequently recycled. From material flow analysis, the requirement for an efficient recycling system and element-wise material flow management for these REEs in the Republic of Korea were realized and recommended.

  12. Cerium(III) and neodymium(III) complexes as scavengers of X/XO-derived superoxide radical.

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    Kostova, Irena; Traykova, Maria

    2006-09-01

    The cerium (III) and neodymium (III) complexes with 3,3'-benzylidenebis[4-hydroxycoumarin] were synthesized and characterized by different analytical and spectral methods. The synthesis of these complexes is taken into consideration with cytotoxic screening and study of their antioxidant effect. Their cytotoxicity toward cancerous cell cultures correlated with the weakness of the coordinative bond between the cation and organic ligand and with the capability to scavenge superoxide radicals as well. On the basis of the data reported by us earlier and our new results, it was proposed that cerium (III) complex with 3,3'-benzylidenebis[4-hydroxycoumarin] might induce intracellular acidification along with control over the extracellular oxidative stress.

  13. Chromatographic separation of neodymium isotopes by using chemical exchange process.

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    Ismail, I M; Ibrahim, M; Aly, H F; Nomura, M; Fujii, Y

    2011-05-20

    The neodymium isotope effects were investigated in Nd-malate ligand exchange system using the highly porous cation exchange resin SQS-6. The temperature of the chromatographic columns was kept constant at 50°C by temperature controlled water passed through the columns jackets. The separation coefficient of neodymium isotopes, ɛ's, was calculated from the isotopic ratios precisely measured by means of an ICP mass spectrometer equipped with nine collectors as ion detectors. The separation coefficient, ɛ×10(5), were calculated and found to be 1.4, 4.8, 5.4, 10.6, 16.8 and 20.2 for (143)Nd, (144)Nd, (145)Nd, (146)Nd, (148)Nd and (150)Nd, respectively.

  14. Dissociation of cerium(III) and neodymium(III) phthalocyanines

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    Lomova, T. N.

    2015-07-01

    The kinetics of dissociation of phthalocyanine complexes with cerium(III) and neodymium(III) (X)LnPc (X = Cl-, Br-, AcO-) under the action of acetic acid in ethanol with isolation of the macrocyclic ligand depending on the temperature was studied. The kinetic equations with the numerical values of rate constants, activation parameters, and the stoichiometric mechanisms with the limiting simple reaction between the nonionized AcOH molecule and (phthalocyaninato)lanthanide(III) in the axially coordinated ((X)LnPc, cerium complexes) or axially ionized ([(AcOH)LnPc]+X-, neodymium complexes) state were derived by solving the direct and inverse problems. As shown by a comparative analysis of quantitative kinetic data, the state is determined by the electronic structure of the metal cation and the mutual effect of the axial and equatorial ligands in the first coordination sphere.

  15. Neodymium-YAG laser vitreolysis in sickle cell retinopathy

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    Hrisomalos, N.F.; Jampol, L.M.; Moriarty, B.J.; Serjeant, G.; Acheson, R.; Goldberg, M.F.

    1987-08-01

    Six patients with proliferative sickle cell retinopathy and vitreous bands were treated with the neodymium-YAG (Nd-YAG) laser to accomplish lysis of avascular traction bands or to clear the media in front of the macula. Transection of bands was possible in five of the six cases but in two of these the effect was only partial. Three cases were satisfactorily treated with the Nd-YAG laser application alone, two eventually required conventional vitreoretinal surgery, and one patient's condition stabilized despite failure of the treatment. Complications from the treatment occurred in three cases and included subretinal (choroidal) hemorrhage, preretinal hemorrhage, microperforation of a retinal vein, and focal areas of damage to the retinal pigment epithelium. Neodymium-YAG vitreolysis may be a useful modality in carefully selected patients with proliferative sickle cell retinopathy, but potentially sight-threatening complications may occur.

  16. Comment on "Neodymium-142 evidence for Hadean mafic crust".

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    Andreasen, Rasmus; Sharma, Mukul

    2009-07-17

    O'Neil et al. (Reports, 26 September 2008, p. 1828) presented neodymium-142 data for rocks from northern Quebec, Canada, and suggested that these rocks may represent the oldest preserved crustal section on Earth. We argue that the age of the rocks is based on a spurious correlation between rocks that are probably not co-genetic and negative (142)Nd anomalies that may be the result of an analytical artifact.

  17. [Neodymium magnet injury causing nasal fracture: a case report].

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    Aykan, Andaç; Güzey, Serbülent; Avşar, Sedat; Öztürk, Serdar

    2015-05-01

    In parallel with technological developments, small size but strong magnets are commonly used in modern devices. In terms of foreign body injuries, magnet injuries are quite rare. However, due to their unique characteristics, there are some difficulties in their management. The magnetic field generated by the magnet affects the surgical instruments and make treatment difficult. In this case report, a nasal injury due to neodymium magnet and our alternative approach for its management was reported.

  18. Complexation of di-amides of dipicolinic acid with neodymium

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    Lapka, J.L.; Paulenova, A.

    2013-07-01

    Di-amides have undergone significant studies as possible ligands for use in the partitioning of trivalent minor actinides and lanthanides. The binding affinities of three isomeric ligands with neodymium in acetonitrile solution have been investigated. The stability constants of the metal-ligand complexes formed between different isomers of N,N'-diethyl-N,N'- ditolyl-di-picolinamide (EtTDPA) and trivalent neodymium in acetonitrile have been determined by spectrophotometric and calorimetric methods. Each isomer of EtTDPA has been found to be capable of forming three complexes with trivalent neodymium, Nd(EtTDPA), Nd(EtTDPA){sub 2}, and Nd(EtTDPA){sub 3}. Values from spectrophotometric and calorimetric titrations are within reasonable agreement with each other. The order of stability constants for each metal:ligand complex decreases in the order Et(m)TDPA > Et(p)TDPA > Et(o)TDPA. The obtained values are comparable to other di-amidic ligands obtained under similar system conditions and mirror previously obtained solvent extraction data for EtTDPA at low ionic strengths. (authors.

  19. Isotope effects of neodymium in different ligands exchange systems studied by ion exchange displacement chromatography

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    Ismail, Ibrahim; Fawzy, Ahmed S.; Ahmad, Mohammad I.; Aly, Hisham F.; Nomura, Masao; Fujii, Yasuhiko

    2012-01-01

    The isotope effects of neodymium in Nd-glycolate ligand exchange system were studied by using ion exchange chromatography. The separation coefficients of neodymium isotopes, ε’s, were calculated from the observed isotopic ratios at the front and rear boundaries of the neodymium adsorption band. The values of separation coefficients of neodymium isotopes, ε’s, for the Nd-glycolate ligand exchange system were compared with those of Nd-malate and Nd-citrate, which indicated that the isotope effects of neodymium as studied by the three ligands takes the following direction Malate > Citrate > Glycolate. This order agrees with the number of available sites for complexation of each ligand. The values of the plate height, HETP of Nd in Nd-ligand exchange systems were also calculated. PMID:25685410

  20. Isotope effects of neodymium in different ligands exchange systems studied by ion exchange displacement chromatography.

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    Ismail, Ibrahim; Fawzy, Ahmed S; Ahmad, Mohammad I; Aly, Hisham F; Nomura, Masao; Fujii, Yasuhiko

    2013-03-01

    The isotope effects of neodymium in Nd-glycolate ligand exchange system were studied by using ion exchange chromatography. The separation coefficients of neodymium isotopes, ε's, were calculated from the observed isotopic ratios at the front and rear boundaries of the neodymium adsorption band. The values of separation coefficients of neodymium isotopes, ε's, for the Nd-glycolate ligand exchange system were compared with those of Nd-malate and Nd-citrate, which indicated that the isotope effects of neodymium as studied by the three ligands takes the following direction Malate > Citrate > Glycolate. This order agrees with the number of available sites for complexation of each ligand. The values of the plate height, HETP of Nd in Nd-ligand exchange systems were also calculated.

  1. Do foraminifera accurately record seawater neodymium isotope composition?

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    Scrivner, Adam; Skinner, Luke; Vance, Derek

    2010-05-01

    Palaeoclimate studies involving the reconstruction of past Atlantic meridional overturning circulation increasingly employ isotopes of neodymium (Nd), measured on a variety of sample media (Frank, 2002). In the open ocean, Nd isotopes are a conservative tracer of water mass mixing and are unaffected by biological and low-temperature fractionation processes (Piepgras and Wasserburg, 1987; Lacan and Jeandel, 2005). For decades, benthic foraminifera have been widely utilised in stable isotope and geochemical studies, but have only recently begun to be exploited as a widely distributed, high-resolution Nd isotope archive (Klevenz et al., 2008), potentially circumventing the difficulties associated with other methods used to recover past deep-water Nd isotopes (Klevenz et al., 2008; Rutberg et al., 2000; Tachikawa et al., 2004). Thus far, a single pilot study (Klevenz et al., 2008) has indicated that core-top sedimentary benthic foraminifera record a Nd isotope composition in agreement with the nearest available bottom seawater data, and has suggested that this archive is potentially useful on both millennial and million-year timescales. Here we present seawater and proximal core-top foraminifer Nd isotope data for samples recovered during the 2008 "RETRO" cruise of the Marion Dufresne. The foraminifer samples comprise a depth-transect spanning 3000m of the water column in the Angola Basin and permit a direct comparison between high-resolution water column and core-top foraminiferal Nd isotope data. We use these data to assess the reliability of both planktonic and benthic foraminifera as recorders of water column neodymium isotope composition. Frank, M., 2002. Radiogenic isotopes: Tracers of past ocean circulation and erosional input, Rev. Geophys., 40 (1), 1001, doi:10.1029/2000RG000094. Klevenz, V., Vance, D., Schmidt, D.N., and Mezger, K., 2008. Neodymium isotopes in benthic foraminifera: Core-top systematics and a down-core record from the Neogene south Atlantic

  2. Local immunity in treating skin melanoma by neodymium pulsed laser

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    Moskalik, Konstantin G.

    1997-06-01

    The number and correlation of skin stroma cells was studied on mice C57B1 with the subcutaneously transplanted melanoma B16 which was exposed to neodymium pulsed laser radiation. Within 1-5 days after the exposure the total number of the free skin stroma cells was found to increase in the periphery from the radiation epicenter and the number of lymphocytes, macrophages and leucocytes tended to grow. Lymphoid infiltration was also revealed in the preparations of the epithelized wound and cicatrix on the skin melanoma sites in the patients who had undergone pulsed laser radiation therapy.

  3. Pulsed neodymium-YAG laser trabeculotomy: energy requirements and replicability.

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    Dutton, G N; Allan, D; Cameron, S A

    1989-01-01

    Short pulsed laser trabeculotomy has been shown to reduce intraocular pressure in patients with primary open angle glaucoma. This study seeks to determine the energy levels required to produce a fistula into the canal of Schlemm for four different Q-switched neodymium-YAG lasers. The laser was fired at fixed human trabecular meshwork specimens at a range of energy settings for each laser and the characteristics and replicability of the lesions produced were analysed. Energy levels between 3 and 5 mJ were sufficient to produce fistulae into the canal of Schlemm with an approximately 50% success rate for each instrument. Images PMID:2706207

  4. Effect of transscleral neodymium: YAG cyclophotocoagulation on intraocular lenses

    SciTech Connect

    Blomquist, P.H.; Gross, R.L.; Koch, D.D. )

    1990-03-01

    A neodymium: YAG laser operating in the thermal mode was used to irradiate isolated intraocular lenses (IOLs) and to perform transscleral cyclophotocoagulation on pseudophakic autopsy eyes to investigate the potential damage to IOL haptics such irradiation may cause. In the isolated IOLs, 70 mJ of energy deformed and partially melted both polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polypropylene haptics. One of the capsular-fixated PC-IOL haptics in an autopsy eye partially melted when irradiated with the maximum energy level (8.8 J), with the aiming beam focused 1 mm posterior to the limbus and maximal posterior focus offset.

  5. Abundance analysis of neodymium in the solar atmosphere

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    Abdelkawy, Ali G. A.; Shaltout, Abdelrazek M. K.; Beheary, M. M.; Bakry, A.

    2017-10-01

    Based on non-local thermodynamical equilibrium (NLTE) calculations, the solar neodymium (Nd) content was found based on a model atom of singly ionized neodymium (Nd ii) containing 153 energy levels and 42 line transitions plus the ground state of Nd iii. Here, we re-derive the solar Nd abundance using the model of the solar photosphere of Holweger & Müller.We succeed in selecting a good sample line list, relying on 20 Nd ii solar lines together with the most accurate transition probabilities measured experimentally and available observational data. With damping parameters obtained from the literature, we find a mean NLTE solar photospheric Nd abundance of log ɛNd(1D) = 1.43 ± 0.16, which is in excellent agreement with the meteoritic value (log ɛNd = 1.45 ± 0.02). For a set of selected Nd ii lines, the NLTE abundance correction is found to be +0.01 dex compared with the standard LTE effect. The influence of collisional interactions with electrons and neutral hydrogen atoms is investigated in detail.

  6. Incorporation of cerium and neodymium in uranyl phases

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    Kim, Cheol-Woon; Wronkiewicz, David J.; Finch, Robert J.; Buck, Edgar C.

    2006-07-01

    The potential for incorporating rare earth elements (REE) into/onto crystalline compounds has been evaluated by precipitating uranyl phases from aqueous solutions containing either cerium or neodymium. These REEs serve both as monitors for evaluating the potential repository behavior of REE radionuclides, and as surrogate elements for actinides (e.g., Ce 4+ and Nd 3+ for Pu 4+ and Am 3+, respectively). The present experiments examined the behavior of REE in the presence of ianthinite ([U24+(UO2)4O6(OH)4(H2O)4](H2O)5), becquerelite (Ca(UO 2) 6O 4(OH) 6(H 2O) 8), and other uranyl hydroxide compounds commonly noted as alteration products during the corrosion of UO 2, spent nuclear fuel, and naturally occurring uraninite. The results of these experiments demonstrate that significant quantities of both cerium ( Kd = 1020) and neodymium ( Kd = 840) are incorporated within the uranium alteration phases and suggest that ionic substitution and/or adsorption to the uranyl phases can play a key role in the limiting the mobility of REE (and by analogy, actinide elements) in a nuclear waste repository.

  7. Magnetic behaviour of Neodymium-substituted strontium hexaferrite

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    Bhat, Bilal Hamid; Want, Basharat

    2016-03-01

    Neodymium-substituted strontium hexaferrites, Sr1- x Nd x Fe12O19 ( x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20), have been successfully synthesized by using citrate precursor method. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry. The X-ray diffraction results show that the prepared samples are crystalline in nature and are of single phase with the space group P63/mmc. Transmission electron microscopy results show that the prepared sample is composed of fine nanoparticles with an average size of 80 nm. The effect on magnetic behaviour of strontium hexaferrite with neodymium substitution was analysed by using first-order reversal curves (FORCs). FORC analysis was done in order to know the domain state of magnetization of the nanoparticles and the nature of magnetic interactions among the particles. FORC diagrams depict a single peak, suggesting that the substituted systems are formed of interacting nanoparticles.

  8. Origin of the Sudbury Complex by meteoritic impact: Neodymium isotopic evidence

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Faggart, B.E.; Basu, A.R.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1985-01-01

    Samarium-neodymium isotopic data on whole rocks and minerals of the Sudbury Complex in Canada gave an igneous crystallization age of 1840 ?? 21 ?? 106 years. The initial epsilon neodymium values for 15 whole rocks are similar to those for average upper continental crust, falling on the crustal trend of neodymium isotopic evolution as defined by shales. The rare earth element concentration patterns of Sudbury rocks are also similar to upper crustal averages. These data suggest that the Sudbury Complex formed from melts generated in the upper crust and are consistent with a meteoritic impact.

  9. Electrolytic production of neodymium without perfluorinated carbon compounds on the offgases

    DOEpatents

    Keller, Rudolf; Larimer, Kirk T.

    1998-01-01

    A method of producing neodymium in an electrolytic cell without formation of perfluorinated carbon gases (PFCs), the method comprising the steps of providing an electrolyte in the electrolytic cell and providing an anode in an anode region of the electrolyte and providing a cathode in a cathode region of the electrolytic cell. Dissolving an oxygen-containing neodymium compound in the electrolyte in the anode region and maintaining a more intense electrolyte circulation in the anode region than in the cathode region. Passing an electrolytic current between said anode and said cathode and depositing neodymium metal at the cathode, preventing the formation of perfluorinated carbon gases by limiting anode over voltage.

  10. Analysis of the structure and Mössbauer study of the neodymium substitution in the Sr-hexaferrite

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    Pérez-Juache, T. J.; Guerrero, A. L.; Cabal-Velarde, J. G.; Mirabal-García, M.; Palomares-Sánchez, S. A.; Matutes-Aquino, J. A.

    2016-12-01

    This work reads on the obtainment of the strontium hexaferrite substituted with neodymium in its pure phase using the solid state reaction method. The solubility of neodymium on the strontium hexaferrite was investigated according with the formula Sr1-xNdxFe12O19, for x=0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25. Results indicate that neodymium is soluble in the hexaferrite until x=0.15. In samples with higher neodymium content there are traces of secondary phases. Analysis of magnetic and structural properties was performed in function of the neodymium content, always in its solubility range. From the structural properties, it was observed that the addition of a little neodymium quantity in the Sr-hexaferrite causes an important reduction of the unit cell volume. Also, magnetic properties are strongly linked to the structural behavior, in this case a trend to reduce the magnetization of the samples was detected when neodymium content increased, which can be explained in terms of fluctuations of the superexchange coupling conducted by the neodymium interactions with the structure. Mössbauer analysis was carried out in order to analyze the effects of the neodymium substitution on the hyperfine parameters, as well as to confirm the preferential site of the neodymium substitution in the Sr-hexaferrite.

  11. A new contact neodymium: YAG laser for cyclophotocoagulation

    SciTech Connect

    Iwach, A.G.; Drake, M.V.; Hoskins, H.D. Jr.; Schuster, B.L.; Vassiliadis, A.; Crawford, J.B.; Hennings, D.R. )

    1991-06-01

    A newly developed compact (40 kg), self-contained contact Neodymium:YAG laser produces high-peak, high-energy (800 mJ/pulse), short (1.0 millisecond) pulses with 1 to 3 pulses/exposure. Energy is delivered via a 320-microns cleaved quartz fiber optic probe. Cyclophotocoagulation was performed in five eyes of three medium-sized Dutch-pigmented rabbits. The eyes received exposures of 1 to 3 pulses/exposure. Energy delivered ranged from 100 to 800 mJ/pulse. Histopathology revealed ciliary body disruption and hemorrhage with no damage to overlying sclera. When used for transscleral cyclodiathermy in the rabbit, the laser created significant ciliary body disruption with minimal scleral injury.

  12. Segmental irradiation of the bladder with neodymium YAG laser irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    McPhee, M.S.; Mador, D.R.; Tulip, J.; Ritchie, B.; Moore, R.; Lakey, W.H.

    1982-11-01

    The Neodymium YAG laser energy source can be readily adapted for cystoscopic use by some simple modifications of existing urologic equipment. Both the fiberoptic resectoscope and a deflecting cystourethroscope have been adapted for this purpose. Fixation of the fiber tip 1 cm. from the target and use of a divergent beam of 36 degrees allows the delivery of standardized dosage to a relatively large bladder tissue volume. Animal experiments involving 35 mongrel dogs established that repetitive overlapping doses of 200 joules ech can successfully treat a large area of bladder resulting in a full thickness bladder wall injury. This technique has been used in 4 high risk patients with infiltrating bladder cancer without adverse sequelae. The ability to reliably produce a full thickness lesion may give this modality a therapeutic advantage over conventional cautery techniques especially for the treatment of residual infiltrative carcinoma.

  13. Isotope enrichment by frequency-tripled temperature tuned neodymium laser photolysis of formaldehyde

    DOEpatents

    Marling, John B.

    1977-01-01

    Enrichment of carbon, hydrogen and/or oxygen isotopes by means of isotopically selective photo-predissociation of formaldehyde is achieved by irradiation provided by a frequency-tripled, temperature tuned neodymium laser.

  14. Modification of neodymium-doped ZnO hybrid nanoparticles under mild hydrothermal conditions.

    PubMed

    Shahmoradi, Behzad; Soga, K; Ananda, S; Somashekar, R; Byrappa, K

    2010-07-01

    The morphology and particle size of neodymium-doped ZnO hybrid nanoparticles were tailored through fabrication under mild hydrothermal conditions (T = 150-250 degrees C, P = autogeneous, t = 18 h) for the first time using two surface modifiers: caprylic acid and n-butylamine. Characterization of these nanoparticles was carried out using powder XRD, FTIR, SEM, zeta-potential analysis and UV-vis spectroscopy. The results revealed that modification of ZnO nanoparticles using neodymium as a dopant and caprylic acid or n-butylamine as a surfactant could change the optical and physical properties of the surface-modified neodymium-doped ZnO hybrid nanoparticles. The work proved the efficiency of caprylic acid and n-butylamine as suitable surfactants for surface modification of neodymium-doped ZnO hybrid nanoparticles.

  15. Microscale Demonstration of the Paramagnetism of Liquid Oxygen with a Neodymium Magnet

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Mattson, Bruce

    2007-01-01

    A microscale classroom demonstration of the paramagnetic behavior of various samples of liquid oxygen with neodymium magnet is being presented. The experiment should be done with extreme caution, as liquid oxygen reacts violently with organic matters.

  16. Microscale Demonstration of the Paramagnetism of Liquid Oxygen with a Neodymium Magnet

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Mattson, Bruce

    2007-01-01

    A microscale classroom demonstration of the paramagnetic behavior of various samples of liquid oxygen with neodymium magnet is being presented. The experiment should be done with extreme caution, as liquid oxygen reacts violently with organic matters.

  17. Ultralow-threshold neodymium-doped microsphere lasers on a silicon chip

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    Ding, Yang; Fan, Huibo; Zhang, Xun; Jiang, Xiaoshun; Xiao, Min

    2017-07-01

    We demonstrate ultralow-threshold neodymium-doped silica microsphere lasers on a silicon chip with lasing wavelengths of 900 nm and 1060 nm. Neodymium-doped microsphere cavities are fabricated with a series of doping concentrations using silica sol-gel films. Experimentally, we observe single-mode lasing emissions from the high-Q microsphere cavities with a threshold of as low as 1.2 μW.

  18. Description of the traction characteristics of the neodymium compensators of the automatic vibration isolations

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    Gurova, E. G.; Panchenko, Y. V.; Gurov, M. G.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper the method of calculation of neodymium magnets was presented. The calculation of the neodymium magnets characteristics and stiffness correctors of the vibration isolator according to the requirements for vibration isolation devices with stiffness compensators was performed. This research has been performed with the support of the President scholarship for young scientists, order No. 184 of Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation of the 10th of March 2015.

  19. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Neodymium-Ion Doped Nanostructured Titania Thin Films

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2001-11-01

    reactions, which break down harmful organic pollutants to relatively harmless constituent chemicals. Semiconductor photocatalysis takes advantage of the...UNCLASSIFIED Defense Technical Information Center Compilation Part Notice ADP012201 TITLE: Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Neodymium-Ion...Society V5.2 SOL-GEL SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NEODYMIUM-ION DOPED NANOSTRUCTURED TITANIA THIN FILMS Andrew Burns~ln, W. Li("t, C. Baker"l) and

  20. Neodymium and strontium isotope evidence for crustal contamination of continental volcanics.

    PubMed

    Carter, S R; Evensen, N M; Hamilton, P J; O'nions, R K

    1978-11-17

    Combined neodymium and strontium isotope studies on Tertiary volcanics from northwest Scotland indicate that their parental mantle isotopic compositions have been substantially modified in many instances by contamination with the Precambrian continental crust through which they were erupted. The occurrence of samarium-neodymium and rubidium-strontium "pseudoisochrons" of different ages in these contaminated continental volcanics indicates that they are artifacts of the contamination processes and have no temporal significance with respect to mantle fractionation events.

  1. Near-infrared electroluminescence at room temperature from neodymium-doped gallium nitride thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Kim, Joo Han; Holloway, Paul H.

    2004-09-06

    Strong near-infrared (NIR) electroluminescence (EL) at room temperature from neodymium (Nd)-doped gallium nitride (GaN) thin films is reported. The Nd-doped GaN films were grown by radio-frequency planar magnetron cosputtering of separate GaN and metallic Nd targets in a pure nitrogen ambient. X-ray diffraction data did not identify the presence of any secondary phases and revealed that the Nd-doped GaN films had a highly textured wurtzite crystal structure with the c-axis normal to the surface of the film. The EL devices were fabricated with a thin-film multilayered structure of Al/Nd-doped GaN/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2}/indium-tin oxide and tested at room temperate. Three distinct NIR EL emission peaks were observed from the devices at 905, 1082, and 1364 nm, arising from the radiative relaxation of the {sup 4}F{sub 3sol2} excited-state energy level to the {sup 4}I{sub 9sol2}, {sup 4}I{sub 11sol2}, and {sup 4}I{sub 13sol2} levels of the Nd{sup 3+} ion, respectively. The threshold voltage for all the three emission peaks was {approx}150 V. The external power efficiency of the fabricated EL devices was {approx}1x10{sup -5} measured at 40 V above the threshold voltage.

  2. Optical constants determination of neodymium and gadolinium in the 3-nm to 100-nm wavelength range

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    Kjornrattanawanich, B.; Windt, D. L.; Uspenskii, Y. A.; Seely, J. F.

    2006-08-01

    The optical constants (n, k) of the wavelength-dependent index of refraction N = n+ik = 1-δ+ik of Nd (Neodymium) and Gd (Gadolinium) are determined in the wavelength range of 3 nm to 100 nm by the transmittance method using synchrotron radiation. Nd and Gd films with thicknesses ranging from 5 nm to 180 nm were fabricated on Si photodiodes (which served as the coating substrates as well as the detectors) and capped with Si layers to protect these reactive rare earth elements from oxidation. The imaginary part (k) obtained directly from the transmittance measurement is used in the derivation of the real part (δ) of the complex index of refraction N through the Kramers- Kronig integral. The measured optical constants are used in the design of currently developed Nd- and Gd-based multilayers for solar imaging applications. Our results on Nd and Gd optical constants and the reflectance of some Nd- and Gd-based multilayers are presented.

  3. Perovskite catalysts for oxidative coupling

    DOEpatents

    Campbell, K.D.

    1991-06-25

    Perovskites of the structure A[sub 2]B[sub 2]C[sub 3]O[sub 10] are useful as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of lower alkane to heavier hydrocarbons. A is alkali metal; B is lanthanide or lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, praseodymium, gadolinium or dysprosium; and C is titanium.

  4. Perovskite catalysts for oxidative coupling

    DOEpatents

    Campbell, Kenneth D.

    1991-01-01

    Perovskites of the structure A.sub.2 B.sub.2 C.sub.3 O.sub.10 are useful as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of lower alkane to heavier hydrocarbons. A is alkali metal; B is lanthanide or lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, praseodymium, gadolinium or dysprosium; and C is titanium.

  5. Research and development of neodymium phosphate laser glass for high power laser application

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hu, Lili; He, Dongbing; Chen, Huiyu; Wang, Xin; Meng, Tao; Wen, Lei; Hu, Junjiang; Xu, Yongchun; Li, Shunguang; Chen, Youkuo; Chen, Wei; Chen, Shubin; Tang, Jingping; Wang, Biao

    2016-12-01

    Neodymium phosphate laser glass is a key optical element for high-power laser facility. In this work, the latest research and development of neodymium phosphate laser glass at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), China, is addressed. Neodymium phosphate laser glasses, N31, N41, NAP2, and NAP4, for high peak power and high average power applications have been developed. The properties of these glasses are presented and compared to those of other commercial neodymium phosphate laser glass from the Schott and Hoya companies and the Vavilov State Optical Institute (GOI), Russia. Continuous melting and edge cladding are the two key fabrication techniques that are used for the mass production of neodymium phosphate laser glass slabs. These techniques for the fabrication of large-aperture N31 neodymium phosphate laser glass slabs with low stress birefringence and residual reflectivity have been developed by us The effect of acid etching on the microstructure, optical transmission, and mechanical properties of NAP2 glass is also discussed.

  6. Research and development of neodymium phosphate laser glass for high power laser application

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hu, Lili; He, Dongbing; Chen, Huiyu; Wang, Xin; Meng, Tao; Wen, Lei; Hu, Junjiang; Xu, Yongchun; Li, Shunguang; Chen, Youkuo; Chen, Wei; Chen, Shubin; Tang, Jingping; Wang, Biao

    2017-01-01

    Neodymium phosphate laser glass is a key optical element for high-power laser facility. In this work, the latest research and development of neodymium phosphate laser glass at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), China, is addressed. Neodymium phosphate laser glasses, N31, N41, NAP2, and NAP4, for high peak power and high average power applications have been developed. The properties of these glasses are presented and compared to those of other commercial neodymium phosphate laser glass from the Schott and Hoya companies and the Vavilov State Optical Institute (GOI), Russia. Continuous melting and edge cladding are the two key fabrication techniques that are used for the mass production of neodymium phosphate laser glass slabs. These techniques for the fabrication of large-aperture N31 neodymium phosphate laser glass slabs with low stress birefringence and residual reflectivity have been developed by us The effect of acid etching on the microstructure, optical transmission, and mechanical properties of NAP2 glass is also discussed.

  7. Evaluating United States and world consumption of neodymium, dysprosium, terbium, and praseodymium in final products

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    Hart, Matthew

    This paper develops scenarios of future rare-earth-magnet metal (neodymium, dysprosium, terbium, and praseodymium) consumption in the permanent magnets used in wind turbines and hybrid electric vehicles. The scenarios start with naive base-case scenarios for growth in wind-turbine and hybrid-electric-vehicle sales over the period 2011 to 2020, using historical data for each good. These naive scenarios assume that future growth follows time trends in historical data and does not depend on any exogenous variable. Specifically, growth of each technological market follows historical time trends, and the amount of rare earths used per unit of technology remains fixed. The chosen reference year is 2010. Implied consumptions of the rare earth magnet metals are calculated from these scenarios. Assumptions are made for the material composition of permanent magnets, the market share of permanent-magnet wind turbines and vehicles, and magnet weight per unit of technology. Different scenarios estimate how changes in factors like the material composition of magnets, growth of the economy, and the price of a substitute could affect future consumption. Each scenario presents a different method for reducing rare earth consumption and could be interpreted as potential policy choices. In 2010, the consumption (metric tons, rare-earth-oxide equivalent) of each rare-earth-magnet metal was as follows. Total neodymium consumption in the world for both technologies was 995 tons; dysprosium consumption was 133 tons; terbium consumption was 50 tons; praseodymium consumption was zero tons. The base scenario for wind turbines shows there could be strong, exponential growth in the global wind turbine market. New U.S. sales of hybrid vehicles would decline (in line with the current economic recession) while non-U.S. sales increase through 2020. There would be an overall increase in the total amount of magnetic rare earths consumed in the world. Total consumption of each rare earth in the short

  8. Structure of fluorite-like compound based on Nd₅Mo₃O₁₆ with lead partly substituting for neodymium.

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    Antipin, Alexander M; Sorokina, Natalia I; Alekseeva, Olga A; Kuskova, Alexandra N; Kharitonova, Elena P; Orlova, Ekaterina I; Voronkova, Valentina I

    2015-04-01

    A single crystal of Nd5Mo3O16 with lead partly substituting for neodymium, which has a fluorite-like structure, was studied by precision X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission microscopy and EDX microanalysis. The crystal structure is determined in the space group Pn3¯n. It was found that the Pb atoms substitute in part for Nd atoms in the structure and are located in the vicinity of Nd2 positions. Partial substitutions of Mo cations for Nd positions and of Nd for Mo positions in crystals of the Ln5Mo3O16 oxide family are corroborated by X-ray diffraction for the first time. The first experimental verification of the location of an additional oxygen ion in the voids abutting MoO4 tetrahedra was obtained.

  9. Diffusion kinetics of samarium and neodymium in garnet, and a method for determining cooling rates of rocks

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    Ganguly; Tirone; Hervig

    1998-08-07

    Experimental determinations of the diffusion coefficients of samarium and neodymium in almandine garnet and theoretical considerations show that one cannot assign a sufficiently restricted range of closure temperature, TC, to the samarium-neodymium decay system in garnet for the purpose of constraining the cooling rate. However, it is shown that the samarium-neodymium cooling age of garnet can be used to calculate both cooling rate and TC if the temperature and age at the peak metamorphic conditions are known.

  10. Thermoluminescent sensitivity of single clad neodymium doped SiO2 optical fibres measured with 6 MeV photons

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    Saeed, M. A.; Hossain, I.; Hida, N.; Wagiran, H.

    2013-10-01

    This study investigates the thermoluminescent sensitivity of neodymium doped SiO2 optical fibre with various dose ranges from 0.5 Gy to 4.0 Gy by 6 MeV photon irradiations. The TL responses of the neodymium doped silica fibres are compared with available TLD-100 dosimeter in order to determine the suitability as a TL material. We found that the TLD-100 and neodymium doped silica fibre have a significant linear signal to dose relationship. Neodymium doped fibres sensitivity is approximately 11% of TLD-100.

  11. Electrochemical properties of dual phase neodymium-doped ceria alkali carbonate composite electrolytes in intermediate temperature

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    Kim, Ji-Tae; Lee, Tae-Hee; Park, Ka-Young; Seo, Yongho; Kim, Ki Buem; Song, Sun-Ju; Park, Byoungnam; Park, Jun-Young

    2015-02-01

    Composite electrolyte materials composed of neodymium-doped ceria (Nd0.2Ce0.8O1.9; NDC) and (Li-0.5Na)2CO3 are investigated to understand the unique behaviors of their multi-ionic conduction. In the intermediate temperature, the NDC-based carbonate composite electrolytes exhibit a much higher conductivity compared to pure NDC. It has been claimed that the oxide ions are transported in the doped-ceria phase via oxygen vacancies and the protons are conducted through the second carbonate phase, thereby resulting in an enhanced ionic conductivity. However, it has not been experimentally demonstrated if the proton conduction within the carbonate phase aided in improving the conductivity of oxygen ions in the composite system. Hence, the primary objective of this work is to cultivate a deeper insight into the conduction property of these composites as an attempt to clarify the ionic transport phenomenon responsible for enhanced conductivity. Electrical conductivities of NDC and NDC/carbonate materials are investigated as a function of oxygen partial pressure and vapor pressure of water to understand transport properties of composite electrolytes. The ionic and electronic transference numbers of composite electrolytes are measured by the oxygen- and hydrogen-concentration cells containing water. The dominant charge carriers are identified quantitatively through the analysis of the partial conductivity of proton, oxygen ions, and electrons (holes). Understanding the transport properties and transference numbers of composite electrolytes can contribute to the development of commercial solid oxide fuel cells, which can be done by reducing the operating temperature using a highly ionic conductive NDC/carbonate composite electrolyte at the intermediate temperature.

  12. Femtosecond diode-pumped mode-locked neodymium lasers

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    Kubeček, Václav; Jelínek, Michal; Čech, Miroslav; Vyhlídal, David; Su, Liangbi; Jiang, Dapeng; Ma, Fengkai; Qian, Xiaobo; Wang, Jingya; Xu, Jun

    2016-12-01

    Fluoride-type crystals (CaF2, SrF2) doped with neodymium Nd3+ and codoped with buffer ions for breaking clusters of active ions and increasing fluorescence efficiency, present interesting alternative as laser active media for the diode-pumped mode-locked lasers. In comparison with widely used materials as Nd:YAG or Nd:YVO4, they have broad emission spectra as well as longer fluorescence lifetime, in comparison with Nd:glass, SrF2 and CaF2 have better thermal conductivity. In spite of the fact, that this thermal conductivity decreases with Nd3+ doping concentration, these crystals are alternative for the Nd:glass in subpicosecond mode-locked laser systems. In this paper we review the basic results reported recently on these active materials and in the second part we present our results achieved in low power diode pumped passively mode locked lasers with Nd,La:CaF2 and Nd,Y:SrF2 crystals. The pulses as short as 258 fs at wavelength of 1057 nm were obtained in the first case, while 5 ps long pulses at 1065 nm were generated from the second laser system.

  13. Defluoridation of water using neodymium-modified chitosan.

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    Yao, Ruihua; Meng, Fanping; Zhang, Longjun; Ma, Dongdong; Wang, Mingli

    2009-06-15

    The water containing high fluoride ions could do harm to human and environment. In this work, the applicability of neodymium-modified chitosan as adsorbents for the removal of excess fluoride ions from water was studied. The effect of various physico-chemical parameters such as temperature (283-323 K), pH (5-9), adsorbent dose (0.2-2.0 g L(-1)), particle size (0.10-0.50mm) and the presence of co-anions (NO(3)(-), Cl(-) and SO(4)(2-)) on removal of fluoride ions were studied. The equilibrium sorption data were fitted reasonably well for Langmuir isotherm model, the maximum equilibrium sorption had found to be 11.411-22.380 mg g(-1). Sorption dynamics study revealed that the pseudo-second-order was suitable to describe the kinetics process of fluoride ions sorption onto the adsorbent with the initial sorption rate 1.70, 2.10 and 2.67 mg g(-1)min(-1) at 283, 303 and 323 K, and the sorption process was complex, both the boundary of liquid film and intra-particle diffusion contributed to the rate-determining step. The used adsorbents could be regenerated in 24h by 4 g L(-1) of sodium hydroxide.

  14. Dielectric properties of neodymium-modified PLZT ceramics

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    Płońska, M.; Adamczyk, M.

    2015-08-01

    Relaxor ferroelectrics or relaxors are a class of disordered single crystals and ceramic materials, of peculiar structure as well as properties. The commonly known examples of such materials are Pb(Mg,Nb)O3 (PMN) ceramics as well as single crystals. The second most extensively studied relaxor ceramics is lanthanum-doped lead zirconate-titanate, described as x/65/35 PLZT when lanthanum content is x = 6-10 at%. Throughout the last few decades, there has been an increasing interest in rare-earth-doped PLZT ceramics, because PLZT can be easily substituted with lanthanide elements for La3+ ions. For this reason, the present studies concern the changes in microstructure and crystal structure as well as in dielectric properties, caused by modification of 8/65/35 PLZT with neodymium dopant. Modification of this material with Nd3+ influences the microstructure, electrooptical and dielectric properties, whereas the changes in crystal structure are slight. It was also observed that the maximum value of dielectric properties decreases and moves to a low temperature. Described changes in physical properties are associated with the significant improvement of relaxor properties, characteristic for pure 8/65/35 PLZT ceramics.

  15. Early tissue response to transscleral neodymium: YAG cyclophotocoagulation.

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    Blasini, M; Simmons, R; Shields, M B

    1990-06-01

    Transscleral cyclophotocoagulation was performed with a neodymium: YAG laser on five patients 24-72 hr before enucleation for a blind, painful eye. The thermal mode at 20 ms and a maximum offset between aiming and therapeutic beams were kept constant. Variable parameters evaluated were energy levels between 2 and 8 J and distance from the limbus of 0.5-3.0 mm. Because of the underlying distortion in three of the eyes, meaningful interpretation by light microscopic evaluation was possible only in the other two. This suggested that the early histologic hallmark of the procedure is similar to that previously observed in human autopsy eyes with ciliary epithelial damage and elevation from underlying tissue. In addition, fibrin and scant inflammatory cells were seen in the space between ciliary epithelium and stroma. Minimal damage was observed in the ciliary muscle. These findings suggest that direct damage to the ciliary epithelium is the most likely mechanism of reduced aqueous production by this cyclodestructive procedure. The findings also support the concept that an anterior placement of approximately 1.0-1.5 mm posterior to the limbus is most likely to damage the ciliary epithelium of the pars plicata.

  16. Phase equilibria in the neodymium-cadmium binary system.

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    Skołyszewska-Kühberger, Barbara; Reichmann, Thomas L; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-09-05

    The equilibrium phase diagram of the neodymium-cadmium system has been established by thermal, metallographic and X-ray analysis based on a study of 70 alloys. The system contains three congruently melting intermetallic compounds, i.e. NdCd (1040 °C), NdCd2 (995 °C), Nd11Cd45 (855 °C), and four incongruently melting compounds NdCd3 (860 °C), Nd13Cd58 (740 °C), NdCd6 (655 °C) and NdCd11 (520 °C). Four eutectic reactions are found in this binary system, i.e. at ∼25 at.% Cd and 770 °C, at 58 at.% Cd and 955 °C, at 79 at.% Cd and 850 °C, and very close to pure Cd at 318 °C, as well as one eutectoid reaction at ∼15 at.% Cd and 500 °C. The solid solubility of Nd in Cd is negligible. Dilatometric curves were recorded for three Nd-Cd compositions up to 4 at.% Cd, to accurately determine phase transitions between the solid solutions of Cd in the low- and high-temperature modification of Nd.

  17. Identification of Neodymium in the Apogee H-Band Spectra

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    Hasselquist, Sten; Shetrone, Matthew; Cunha, Katia; Smith, Verne V.; Holtzman, Jon; Lawler, J. E.; Allende Prieto, Carlos; Beers, Timothy C.; Chojnowski, Drew; Fernández-Trincado, J. G.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Hearty, Fred R.; Majewski, Steven R.; Pereira, C. B.; Placco, Vinicius M.; Villanova, Sandro; Zamora, Olga

    2016-12-01

    We present the detection of 10 lines of singly ionized neodymium (Nd ii, Z = 60) in H-band spectra using observations from the SDSS-III Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) survey. These lines were detected in a metal-poor ([Fe/H] ˜ -1.5), neutron-capture element-enhanced star recently discovered in the APOGEE sample. Using an optical high-resolution spectrum, we derive a Nd abundance for this star using Nd ii lines with precise, laboratory-derived gf values. This optical abundance is used to derive log(gf) values for the H-band lines. We use these lines to rederive Nd ii abundances for two more metal-rich, s-process enhanced stars observed by APOGEE and find that these lines yield consistent Nd ii abundances, confirming the Nd enhancement of these stars. We explore the region of parameter space in the APOGEE sample over which these lines can be used to measure Nd ii abundances. We find that Nd abundances can be reliably derived for ˜18% of the red giants observed by APOGEE. This will result in ˜50,000 Milky Way stars with Nd ii abundances following the conclusion of APOGEE-2, allowing for studies of neutron-capture element abundance distributions across the entire Milky Way.

  18. Transendoscopic neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet laser irradiation in horses.

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    Tate, L P; Sweeney, C L; Cullen, J M; Corbett, W T; Newman, H C; Brown, T C; Ketner, M T

    1989-05-01

    A neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser was used to study effects of applying laser irradiation transendoscopically to the corniculate process of the arytenoid cartilage in horses. Dosimetry was established initially in vitro in 10 corniculate cartilages that were irradiated and examined histologically to determine penetration depths at selected power settings. Eleven horses were given xylazine IV and butorphoral tartrate IV, and their left ventricle and corniculate process were irradiated. Six horses had left laryngeal hemiplegia and were euthanatized and necropsied 14 weeks after laser application and evaluation for upper airway stridor. Endoscopy was performed in the 5 other horses; they were euthanatized and necropsied at selected intervals to characterize the healing process. Healing was by second intention and was complete at 14 weeks. Two horses developed buds of granulation tissue along the laser incision, which resolved after a second laser application. Scar tissue formation resulted in left of midline displacement of the dorsal portion of the right corniculate process. The left ventricle healed without complications and was totally ablated. All horses had inspiratory stridor when exercised 14 weeks after laser irradiation.

  19. Power neodymium-glass amplifier of a repetitively pulsed laser

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    Vinogradov, Aleksandr V.; Gaganov, V. E.; Garanin, Sergey G.; Zhidkov, N. V.; Krotov, V. A.; Martynenko, S. P.; Pozdnyakov, E. V.; Solomatin, I. I.

    2011-11-01

    A neodymium-glass diode-pumped amplifier with a zigzag laser beam propagation through the active medium was elaborated; the amplifier is intended for operation in a repetitively pulsed laser. An amplifier unit with an aperture of 20 × 25 mm and a ~40-cm long active medium was put to a test. The energy of pump radiation amounts to 140 J at a wavelength of 806 nm for a pump duration of 550 μs. The energy parameters of the amplifier were experimentally determined: the small-signal gain per pass ~3.2, the linear gain ~0.031 cm-1 with a nonuniformity of its distribution over the aperture within 15%, the stored energy of 0.16 — 0.21 J cm-3. The wavefront distortions in the zigzag laser-beam propagation through the active element of the amplifier did not exceed 0.4λ (λ = 0.63 μm is the probing radiation wavelength).

  20. Dielectric and impedance spectroscopic studies of neodymium gallate

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    Sakhya, Anup Pradhan; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-05-01

    The AC electrical properties of a polycrystalline neodymium gallate, NdGaO3 (NGO), synthesized by the sol-gel method have been investigated by employing impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range from 42 Hz to 5 MHz and in the temperature range from 323 K to 593 K. The X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic phase with Pbnm space group at room temperature. Two relaxation processes with different relaxation times are observed from the impedance as well as modulus spectroscopic measurements, which have been attributed to the grain and the grain boundary effects at different temperatures in NGO. The complex impedance data are analyzed by an electrical equivalent circuit consisting of a resistance and a constant phase element in parallel. It has been observed that the value of the capacitance and the resistance associated with the grain boundary is higher than those associated with the grain. The temperature dependent electrical conductivity shows the negative temperature coefficient of resistance. The frequency dependent conductivity spectra are found to follow the power law.

  1. Accidental macular hole following neodymium:YAG posterior capsulotomy.

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    Munteanu, Mihnea; Petrović, Zarko; Stanca, Horia; Rosca, Cosmin; Jianu, Adelina; Boruga, Ovidiu

    2014-01-01

    Posterior capsular opacification (PCO) is the commonest complication of cataract surgery, occurring in up to one-third of patients in a period of five years. The treatment of choice is the Neodymium:YAG laser posterior capsulotomy. This treatment can be associated with several complications, some of them severe. A rare complication of this procedure is the accidental induced macular hole. A 54-year-old female patient was referred to our Department because of a severe loss of vision and a central scotoma at the right eye. The patient underwent a Nd:YAG posterior capsulotomy 2 days ago, for a PCO. The fundus examination at presentation revealed a round retinal defect in the macular region, a massive inferior preretinal hemorrhage and a mild vitreous hamorrhage. A 6-months follow-up of the case, including retinography and fluorescein angiography, is presented. Although the Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy is a safe, noninvasive, and effective outpatient procedure to improve vision hindered by PCO, it must be recognized that it carries a low but definite risk of serious complications. Physicians and patients should be aware of these rare but severe complications regarding this otherwise safe procedure. Fortunately, most of the complications related to this procedure are transient and can be managed by proper medication.

  2. Dielectric and impedance behavior of neodymium substituted strontium hexaferrite

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    Bhat, Bilal Hamid; Samad, Rubiya; Want, Basharat

    2016-09-01

    In this study, dielectric behavior and complex impedance of neodymium (Nd) substituted strontium hexaferrite system: Sr1- x Nd x Fe12O19 ( x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0. 20), synthesized by citrate precursor technique, have been evaluated as a function of applied frequency and temperature. Variation of dielectric constant and dielectric loss with frequency shows the identical behavior for all the compositions. The value of dielectric constant increases with Nd doping. Relaxation process is observed in the composition x = 0.20, and the peaks in this composition shift toward the higher-frequency region as the temperature increases. The dielectric constants show temperature-independent behavior at low temperature, whereas at higher temperatures it increases for all the frequencies. The AC conductivity follows Jonscher's power law, showing that conduction mechanism is due to polaron hopping. Complex impedance as a function of composition and temperature is used to examine the role of grain and grain boundary in the prepared material. Cole-cole plot shows only one semicircle up to x = 0.15, while as for x = 0.20 two semicircles are observed. The conduction mechanism is explained on the basis of both grain and grain boundary.

  3. Laboratory and clinical experience with neodymium:YAG laser prostatectomy

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    Kabalin, John N.

    1996-05-01

    Since 1991, we have undertaken extensive laboratory and clinical studies of the Neodymium:YAG (Nd:YAG) laser for surgical treatment of bladder outlet obstruction due to prostatic enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Side-firing optical fibers which emit a divergent, relatively low energy density Nd:YAG laser beam produce coagulation necrosis of obstructing periurethral prostate tissue, followed by gradual dissolution and slough in the urinary stream. Laser-tissue interactions and Nd:YAG laser dosimetry for prostatectomy have been studied in canine and human prostate model systems, enhancing clinical application. Ongoing studies examine comparative Nd:YAG laser dosimetry for various beam configurations produced by available side-firing optical fibers and continue to refine operative technique. We have documented clinical outcomes of Nd:YAG laser prostatectomy in 230 consecutive patients treated with the UrolaseTM side-firing optical fiber. Nd:YAG laser coagulation the prostate produces a remarkably low acute morbidity profile, with no significant bleeding or fluid absorption. No postoperative incontinence has been produced. Serial assessments of voiding outcomes over more than 3 years of followup show objective and symptomatic improvement following Nd:YAG laser prostatectomy which is comparable to older but more morbid electrosurgical approaches. Nd:YAG laser prostatectomy is a safe, efficacious, durable and cost-effective treatment for BPH.

  4. Electrolytic production of neodymium without perfluorinated carbon compounds on the offgases

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    Keller, R.; Larimer, K.T.

    1998-09-22

    A method is described for producing neodymium in an electrolytic cell without formation of perfluorinated carbon gases (PFCs), the method comprising the steps of providing an electrolyte in the electrolytic cell and providing an anode in an anode region of the electrolyte and providing a cathode in a cathode region of the electrolytic cell. Dissolving an oxygen-containing neodymium compound in the electrolyte in the anode region and maintaining a more intense electrolyte circulation in the anode region than in the cathode region. Passing an electrolytic current between said anode and said cathode and depositing neodymium metal at the cathode, preventing the formation of perfluorinated carbon gases by limiting anode over voltage. 4 figs.

  5. Neodymium associated with foraminiferal carbonate as a recorder of seawater isotopic signatures

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    Tachikawa, Kazuyo; Piotrowski, Alexander M.; Bayon, Germain

    2014-03-01

    Neodymium isotopic ratios in marine environments have been used as a tracer of water masses and exchange processes between dissolved and particulate phases. The interest in this tracer has been growing with improvement of our knowledge on its chemical behaviour in the modern ocean and the identification of sedimentary phases that preserve past seawater ɛNd values. In the last few decades the Nd isotopic composition measured on Fe-Mn crusts, sediment leachates, bulk carbonate fraction, corals and fish teeth have been increasingly interpreted in the context of understanding the role of the ocean in paleoclimate changes. In particular, calcareous foraminiferal tests (shells) have acquired increasing attention as an archive of seawater Nd isotopic signatures, because it allows continuous high-resolution records to be measured and directly compared to other proxies including stable isotopes and trace metals. The main challenge of interpreting the Nd isotopic composition of foraminifera is determining the origin of the Nd preserved within them. In this review, we present an overview of methodological progress including that of bulk foraminifera and microanalyses within foraminiferal tests, as well as geochemical meaning of extracted Nd concentrations and isotopic compositions. The growing body of evidence suggests that Nd isotopic signatures of sedimentary planktonic foraminifera correspond to bottom water values rather than surface water ones. The Nd-rich phases associated with sedimentary foraminifera are adhesive nano-scale particles of Mn and Fe oxides and hydroxides, and Mn-rich carbonates formed within layers of foraminiferal calcite. Mechanical cleaning to remove clay minerals is likely to be sufficient in most cases to reconstruct past bottom water circulations. Unresolved issues include the potential influence of pore water Nd on ɛNd values extracted from sedimentary foraminiferal tests under different sedimentalogical and oceanographic conditions.

  6. Rare earth elements and neodymium isotopes in sedimentary organic matter

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    Freslon, Nicolas; Bayon, Germain; Toucanne, Samuel; Bermell, Sylvain; Bollinger, Claire; Chéron, Sandrine; Etoubleau, Joel; Germain, Yoan; Khripounoff, Alexis; Ponzevera, Emmanuel; Rouget, Marie-Laure

    2014-09-01

    We report rare earth element (REE) and neodymium (Nd) isotope data for the organic fraction of sediments collected from various depositional environments, i.e. rivers (n = 25), estuaries (n = 18), open-ocean settings (n = 15), and cold seeps (n = 12). Sedimentary organic matter (SOM) was extracted using a mixed hydrogen peroxide/nitric acid solution (20%-H2O2-0.02 M-HNO3), after removal of carbonate and oxy-hydroxide phases with dilute hydrochloric acid (0.25 M-HCl). A series of experimental tests indicate that extraction of sedimentary organic compounds using H2O2 may be complicated occasionally by partial dissolution of sulphide minerals and residual carbonates. However, this contamination is expected to be minor for REE because measured concentrations in H2O2 leachates are about two-orders of magnitude higher than in the above mentioned phases. The mean REE concentrations determined in the H2O2 leachates for samples from rivers, estuaries, coastal seas and open-ocean settings yield relatively similar levels, with ΣREE = 109 ± 86 ppm (mean ± s; n = 58). The organic fractions leached from cold seep sediments display even higher concentration levels (285 ± 150 ppm; mean ± s; n = 12). The H2O2 leachates for most sediments exhibit remarkably similar shale-normalized REE patterns, all characterized by a mid-REE enrichment compared to the other REE. This suggests that the distribution of REE in leached sedimentary organic phases is controlled primarily by biogeochemical processes, rather than by the composition of the source from which they derive (e.g. pore, river or sea-water). The Nd isotopic compositions for organic phases leached from river sediments are very similar to those for the corresponding detrital fractions. In contrast, the SOM extracted from marine sediments display εNd values that typically range between the εNd signatures for terrestrial organic matter (inferred from the analysis of the sedimentary detrital fractions) and marine organic matter

  7. Recent Progress in the Development of Neodymium Doped Ceramic Yttria

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    Prasad, Narasimha S.; Edwards, Chris; Trivedi, Sudhir B.; Kutcher, Susan; Wang, Chen-Chia; Kim, Joo-Soo; Hommerich, Uwe; Shukla, Vijay; Sadangi, Rajendra; Kear, Bernard

    2007-01-01

    Solid-state lasers play a significant role in providing the technology necessary for active remote sensing of the atmosphere. Neodymium doped yttria (Nd:Y2O3) is considered to be an attractive material due to its possible lasing wavelengths of aprrox.914 nm and approx.946 nm for ozone profiling. These wavelengths when frequency tripled can generate UV light at approx.305 nm and approx.315 nm, which is particularly useful for ozone sensing using differential absorption lidar technique. For practical realization of space based UV transmitter technology, ceramic Nd:Y2O3 material is considered to possess great potential. A plasma melting and quenching method has been developed to produce Nd3+ doped powders for consolidation into Nd:Y2O3 ceramic laser materials. This far-from-equilibrium processing methodology allows higher levels of rare earth doping than can be achieved by equilibrium methods. The method comprises of two main steps: (a) plasma melting and quenching to generate dense, and homogeneous doped metastable powders, (b) pressure assisted consolidation of these powders by hot isostatic pressing to make dense nanocomposite ceramics. Using this process, several 1" x 1" ceramic cylinders have been produced. The infrared transmission of undoped Y2O3 ceramics was as high as approx.75% without anti-reflection coating. In the case of Nd:Y2O3 ceramics infrared transmission values of approx.50% were achieved. Furthermore, Nd:Y2O3 samples with dopant concentrations of up to approx.2 at. % were prepared without significant emission quenching.

  8. Dissolution of functional materials and rare earth oxides into pseudo alveolar fluid.

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    Takaya, Mitsutoshi; Shinohara, Yasushi; Serita, Fumio; Ono-Ogasawara, Mariko; Otaki, Noriko; Toya, Tadao; Takata, Ayako; Yoshida, Katsumi; Kohyama, Norihiko

    2006-10-01

    The dissolution rates of rare earth oxides and two types of rare earth containing functional materials into water, saline solution, and Gamble's fluid were measured in order to evaluate the biological effects of rare earth-containing functional materials. The tested materials were yttrium, lanthanum, cerium and neodymium oxides, and neodymium-boron-iron magnet alloy (NdBFe) and lanthanum-mish-metal-nickel-cobalt (LmNiCo) hydrogen-containing alloy. The dissolution rates of the rare earth oxides were very low, resulting in concentrations of rare earth elements in the test solutions of the order of ppb. In the most extreme case, Gamble's fluid dissolved 1,400 times more of the rare earth oxides than pure water. Fairly high concentration of neodymium were found in the dissolving fluids, which means that trace neodymium present as an impurity in each rare earth oxide dissolved preferentially. For yttrium oxide, the ratio of neodymium to yttrium that dissolved in the saline solution was greater than 78,000 to 1, taking into account the amount of each that was originally present in the yttrium oxide.

  9. Samarium-neodymium systematics in kimberlites and in the minerals of garnet lherzolite inclusions

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    Basu, A.R.; Tatsumoto, M.

    1979-01-01

    The initial ratios of neodymium-143 to neodymium-144 in kimberlites ranging in age between 90 ?? 106 to 1300 ?? 106 years from South Africa, India, and the United States are different from the corresponding ratios in the minerals of peridotite inclusions in the kimberlites but are identical to the ratios in the basaltic achondrite Juvinas at the times of emplacement of the respective kimberlite pipes. This correlation between the kimberlites and Juvinas, which represents the bulk chondritic earth in rare-earth elements, strongly indicates that the kimberlite's source in the mantle is chondritic in rare-earth elements and relatively primeval in composition. Copyright ?? 1979 AAAS.

  10. Samarium-neodymium systematics in kimberlites and in the minerals of garnet lherzolite inclusions.

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    Basu, A R; Tatsumoto, M

    1979-07-27

    The initial ratios of neodymium-143 to neodymium-144 in kimberlites ranging in age between 90 x 10(6) to 1300 x 10(6) years from South Africa, India, and the United States are different from the corresponding ratios in the minerals of peridotite inclusions in the kimberlites but are identical to the ratios in the basaltic achondrite Juvinas at the times of emplacement of the respective kimberlite pipes. This correlation between the kimberlites and Juvinas, which represents the bulk chondritic earth in rare-earth elements, strongly indicates that the kimberlite's source in the mantle is chondritic in rare-earth elements and relatively primeval in composition.

  11. Synthesis of neodymium hydroxide nanotubes and nanorods by soft chemical process.

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    Shi, Weidong; Yu, Jiangbo; Wang, Haishui; Yang, Jianhui; Zhang, Hongjie

    2006-08-01

    A facile soft chemical approach using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as template is successfully designed for synthesis of neodymium hydroxide nanotubes. These nanotubes have an average outer diameter around 20 nm, inner diameter around 2 nm, and length ranging from 100 to 120 nm, high BET surface area of 495.71 m(2) g(-1). We also find that neodymium hydroxide nanorods would be obtained when CTAB absented in reaction system. The Nd(OH)3 nanorods might act as precursors that are converted into Nd2O3 nanorods through dehydration at 550 degrees C. The nanorods could exhibit upconversion emission characteristic under excitation of 591 nm at room temperature.

  12. Groundtruthing the Neodymium Isotope Proxy in Deep-Sea Corals

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    van de Flierdt, T.; Robinson, L. F.; Adkins, J. F.

    2007-12-01

    The Nd isotopic composition of marine precipitates is increasingly recognized as a powerful tool in paleoceanography. Unlike nutrient proxies such as δ13C or Cd/Ca, Nd isotopes are not thought to be altered by biological processes, and thus may serve as a quasi-conservative water mass mixing tracer. However, any archive, which is used to extract authigenic Nd isotopes, needs careful examination, to test the integrity of the inferred seawater signal. Here we present first data on cleaning experiments and modern calibration experiments on different species of deep-sea corals. Seven different coral samples ranging in age from modern to ~220ka were selected for experiments designed to remove ferromanganese crusts and / or organic residues that may contain high concentrations of Nd and Th. The aim was to determine whether the rigorous chemical procedure we use to remove Th associated with these crusts is effective at removing Nd, and whether it causes any fractionation in the Nd isotopic composition of the coral aragonite. Crusts were found to contain Th-232 concentrations of up to ~160ppm, with 232Th/230Th ratios dependent on the oceanic location of the coral. Un-cleaned corals had Th-232 concentrations of up to 8ppb and the cleaning procedure reduced these values to less than 0.2ppb in both modern and fossil specimens. Neodymium isotopic compositions reveal that for modern corals, with no visible coating, a pre-cleaning step is sufficient to yield the isotopic composition of ambient seawater. The ferromanganese coating around fossil corals however may have a very different isotopic composition than the coral aragonite since it may be a time-integrated signal biased towards modern values. This bias is observed for intermediate water depth D. dianthus corals from stage 3 in the northwest Atlantic. Modern D. dianthus skeletons from the northwest Atlantic and the Drake Passage reflect the seawater Nd isotopic composition, and we are extending this modern calibration to

  13. Dissolved Neodymium Isotopes and Concentrations in the South Pacific

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    Basak, C.; Pahnke, K.

    2013-12-01

    The isotopic composition of dissolved Neodymium (expressed as ɛNd) in seawater is becoming increasingly established as a tracer for present and past water mass structure and flow paths. The South Pacific represents the largest sector of the Southern Ocean and harbors major areas of bottom and intermediate water mass formation and is therefore a key area for understanding present and past deep ocean circulation. While more dissolved Nd data are becoming available from different ocean basins, the South Pacific is still understudied with respect to the distribution of Nd isotopes and concentrations. In this study we have analyzed dissolved Nd isotopes and concentrations from 11 water column profiles across the South Pacific between 46°S and 69°S that sample all water masses. Our data show that the bottom water in the vicinity of the Ross Sea (Ross Sea Bottom water, RSBW) is represented by an ɛNd value of ~ -7, while the overlying Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW) carries a signature of ɛNd = -8 to -9. The characteristic Nd isotopic signal of RSBW can be tracked along its flow path into the southeast Pacific where it progressively looses its signal through interaction with ambient CDW. The easternmost stations, closer to South America, exhibit an excursion towards radiogenic ɛNd at ≤2000 m water depth. This change towards more positive ɛNd coincides with low oxygen and high phosphate concentrations representing Pacific Deep Water (PDW) and possibly indicates water mass mixing of CDW with more radiogenic PDW. While the Nd isotopic composition shows apparent variations between stations and different water masses, the concentration profiles show a rather uniform and gradual increase with depth, a pattern typical for open ocean settings. Spatial and vertical contrasts in Nd isotopic values throughout the South Pacific indicate that Nd isotopes can be used as a water mass tracer in this region. It is reasonable to infer that local lithology in the Ross Sea influenced

  14. Neodymium YAG (yttrium-aluminum-garnet) lasers. (Latest citations from the Inspec database). Published Search

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    1996-02-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the properties and applications of neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) lasers. Applications include welding, soldering of printed circuit boards, medical applications, telecommunication systems, rangefinding, and optical pumping of high powered lasers.(Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  15. Demonstrating and Measuring Relative Molar Magnetic Susceptibility Using a Neodymium Magnet

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    Malerich, Charles; Ruff, Patricia K.; Bird, Aubrey

    2004-01-01

    An easy-to-see method for demonstrating and measuring the magnetic force between paramagnetic substance and a rare earth magnet is presented. The readily available trapezoid-shaped neodymium magnet and a low cost, easy-to-set-up, portable apparatus are used in the experiments.

  16. Neodymium as the main feature of permanent magnets from hard disk drives (HDDs).

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    München, Daniel Dotto; Veit, Hugo Marcelo

    2017-03-01

    As a way to manage neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets wasted in end-of-life hard disk drives (HDDs), a waste characterization is needed prior to a recycling process. Due to their magnetic properties, NdFeB magnets are essential in technological applications nowadays, thus causing an increase in the industrial demand for rare earth metals. However, these metals have a short supply, since they are difficult to obtain from ores, creating a critical market. In this work, a study of the characterization of sintered neodymium-iron-boron magnets was undertaken by qualitatively and quantitatively uncovering the neodymium recovery potential from this type of electronic waste. From the collection and disassembly of hard disk drives, in which the magnet represents less than 3% of the total weight, an efficient demagnetization process was proceeded at 320°C. Then, the magnet was ground and screened for an X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, which showed the Nd2Fe14B tetragonal phase as the dominant constituent of the sample. An analysis was also carried out in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES), where the magnet composition showed 21.5wt% of neodymium and 65.1wt% of iron, among other chemicals. This Nd content is higher than the one found in Nd ores, enhancing the recyclability and the importance of waste management.

  17. Neodymium YAG lasers. Citations from the International Aerospace Abstracts data base

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    Mauk, S. C.

    1980-01-01

    Various aspects of neodymium yag lasers are discussed in approximately 267 citations. Laser materials and outputs, laser mode locking; crystal, fiber, and nonlinear optics, optical pumping communications, energy conversion efficiency, and laser applications are covered. Pulsed, continuous wave, solid state, Q switched, infrared, and dye lasers are included.

  18. Mathematical Description and Modeling of the Vibration Isolation Device with Neodymium Compensator Stiffness

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    Gurova, E. G.

    2017-07-01

    In this article a mathematical description of the block diagram of the vibration isolation device with stiffness compensator is given. The vibration isolation system simulation performed with different functional elements, during which operation waveforms obtained with neodymium device compensator of the stiffness. Research & Development is under the scholarship of the President of Russian Federation, order No 184 from 10th of March 2015.

  19. Neodymium-rich precipitate phases in a high-chromium ferritic/martensitic steel

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    Shen, Yinzhong; Zhou, Xiaoling; Shang, Zhongxia

    2016-05-01

    Neodymium being considered as nitride forming element has been used in a design of advanced ferritic/martensitic (FM) steels for fossil fired power plants at service temperatures of 630 °C to 650 °C to effectively improve the creep strength of the steels. To fully understand the characteristics of neodymium precipitates in high-Cr FM steels, precipitate phases in an 11Cr FM steel with 0.03 wt% addition of Nd have been investigated by transmission electron microscopy. Three neodymium phases with a face-centered cubic crystal structure and different composition were observed in the steel. They consisted of neodymium carbonitride with an average lattice parameter of 1.0836 nm, Nd-rich carbonitride mainly containing Mn, and Nd-rich MN nitride mainly containing Mn and Co. Other three Nd-rich and Nd-containing phases, which appear to be Nd-Co-Cr/Nd-rich intermetallic compounds and Cr-Fe-rich nitride containing Nd, were also detected in the steel. Nd-relevant precipitates were found to be minor phases compared with M23C6 and Nb/V/Ta-rich MX phases in the steel. The content of Nd in other precipitate phases was very low. Most of added Nd is considered to be present as solid solution in the matrix of the steel.

  20. Neodymium and hafnium boundary contributions to seawater along the West Antarctic continental margin

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    Rickli, Jörg; Gutjahr, Marcus; Vance, Derek; Fischer-Gödde, Mario; Hillenbrand, Claus-Dieter; Kuhn, Gerhard

    2014-05-01

    Neodymium and hafnium isotopes and elemental concentrations (Sm, Nd, Hf, Zr) have been measured in three water column profiles south of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in, and to the east of the Ross Sea, in conjunction with five bottom water samples from the Amundsen Sea Embayment.

  1. Neodymium:YAG treatment of interlenticular opacification in a secondary piggyback case.

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    Gayton, J L; Van der Karr, M; Sanders, V

    2001-09-01

    Interlenticular opacification (ILO) developed 7 months after secondary acrylic piggyback lens implantation in which the anterior lens was placed in the bag. This resulted in glare and a hyperopic shift. Treating the ILO with the neodymium:YAG laser successfully reduced the glare and corrected the hyperopic shift.

  2. Demonstrating and Measuring Relative Molar Magnetic Susceptibility Using a Neodymium Magnet

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    Malerich, Charles; Ruff, Patricia K.; Bird, Aubrey

    2004-01-01

    An easy-to-see method for demonstrating and measuring the magnetic force between paramagnetic substance and a rare earth magnet is presented. The readily available trapezoid-shaped neodymium magnet and a low cost, easy-to-set-up, portable apparatus are used in the experiments.

  3. Mechanisms of magma generation beneath hawaii and mid-ocean ridges: uranium/thorium and samarium/neodymium isotopic evidence.

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    Sims, K W; Depaolo, D J; Murrell, M T; Baldridge, W S; Goldstein, S J; Clague, D A

    1995-01-27

    Measurements of uranium/thorium and samarium/neodymium isotopes and concentrations in a suite of Hawaiian basalts show that uranium/thorium fractionation varies systematically with samarium/neodymium fractionation and major-element composition; these correlations can be understood in terms of simple batch melting models with a garnet-bearing peridotite magma source and melt fractions of 0.25 to 6.5 percent. Midocean ridge basalts shows a systematic but much different relation between uranium/thorium fractionation and samarium/neodymium fractionation, which, although broadly consistent with melting of a garnet-bearing peridotite source, requires a more complex melting model.

  4. Fingerprinting Northeast Atlantic water masses using neodymium isotopes

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    Dubois-Dauphin, Quentin; Colin, Christophe; Bonneau, Lucile; Montagna, Paolo; Wu, Qiong; Van Rooij, David; Reverdin, Gilles; Douville, Eric; Thil, François; Waldner, Astrid; Frank, Norbert

    2017-08-01

    Dissolved neodymium (Nd) isotopic composition (expressed as εNd) has been analysed for 82 seawater samples collected from 13 stations stretching from the Alboran Sea to the Iceland Basin. The distribution of the εNd values of water masses was thus investigated for the first time along the western European margin in order to explore whether the water masses flowing in the eastern subpolar and subtropical Atlantic reveal distinct isotopic patterns. The Modified Atlantic Water (MAW) in the Alboran Sea displays εNd values (between -9.2 ± 0.2 and -8.9 ± 0.2) that are significantly more radiogenic than those reported in previous studies (-10.8 ± 0.2 to -9.7 ± 0.2), suggesting temporal variations in the Nd isotopic composition of the water that enters the Mediterranean Sea from the Strait of Gibraltar. The εNd value of the underlying modified Winter Intermediate Water (WIW) has been established for the first time (-9.8 ± 0.3) and is compatible with a Nd signature acquired from the sinking of MAW in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Within the Gulf of Cádiz, southern Mediterranean Sea Water (MSW) (-10.6 ± 0.2) differs slightly from the northern MSW (-9.9 ± 0.4) owing to a significant contribution of modified East Antarctic Intermediate Water (EAAIW) (-10.9 ± 0.2). In the northeast Atlantic, the North Atlantic Current surface water located in the inter-gyre region (north of 46°N) displays εNd values of between -14.0 ± 0.3 and -15.1 ± 0.3, reflecting the subpolar gyre signature. Along the western European margin, εNd values of surface water decrease toward the north (from -10.4 ± 1.6 to -13.7 ± 1.0) in agreement with the gradual mixing between subtropical and subpolar water. At intermediate depth, εNd values decrease from -9.9 ± 0.4 within the Gulf of Cádiz to -12.1 ± 0.2 within the Porcupine Seabight, indicating a strong dilution of the MSW with subpolar water. Within the Rockall Trough and the Iceland Basin, the more negative εNd values at mid

  5. Neodymium isotopes in biogenic carbonates: reliable archives of ɛNd

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    Montagna, P.; Goldstein, S. L.; Taviani, M.; Frank, N.; McCulloch, M. T.

    2010-12-01

    Neodymium isotope (143Nd/144Nd) compositions from dispersed authigenic ferromanganese oxide fraction in marine sediments, ferromanganese crusts, foraminiferal shells and fossil fish teeth are employed to trace provenance and water mass mixing in the past, having the advantage of not being fractionated by biological processes in the water column. In the modern ocean the different water masses ultimately derive their ɛNd values through continental weathering, erosion and particle-seawater interactions. This geochemical tracer has been only recently applied to scleractinian deep-water coral skeletons sourced from various sites and depths in the Atlantic ocean. Aragonitic corals can be precisely dated by U-series, potentially providing century-long records of intermediate and bathyal zone variability at sub-decadal resolution. Motivated by these recent findings we have investigated the Nd isotopic compositions of living specimens of various calcifying organisms collected in two key locations of the Mediterranean Sea and in the Southern Ocean. In particular, we analyzed several specimens of the aragonitic deep-water corals Desmophyllum dianthus, Lophelia pertusa, Madrepora oculata, Flabellum impensum, the temperate coral Cladocora caespitosa, the calcitic gorgonian coral Corallium rubrum, the bivalves Glans aculeata and Karnekampia bruei and the polychate Serpula vermicularis. Most of the samples were retrieved from the Strait of Sicily and the Southern Adriatic Sea at different water depths. Ten seawater samples from three new profiles in the Mediterranean were also collected at the same locations and depths, offering a unique opportunity to compare the Nd isotopic composition of biogenic carbonates directly with the surrounding ambient seawater. The Mediterranean Sea is particularly suited for this comparison exercise since it is characterized by water masses displaying a large range of ɛNd values, from -10.5 in the Western Mediterranean to -4.8 in the Eastern

  6. Seawater-derived neodymium isotope records in the Chukchi Sea, western Arctic Ocean during Holocene: implications for oceanographic circulation

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    Lee, Borom; Nam, Seung-Il; Huh, Youngsook; Lee, Mi Jung

    2015-04-01

    Changes in oceanographic circulation in the Artic have a large influence on the global oceanic and climate system of the Earth through the geological times. In particular, freshwater input from the North Pacific to the western Arctic Ocean affects the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) after the opening of the Bering Strait. Seawater-derived neodymium isotope in marine sediments has been used as a proxy to trace the origin of water masses and oceanic circulation system. The global average residence time of Nd is shorter than the global ocean mixing time and dissolved Nd in seawater behaves quasi-conservatively. In the modern Arctic Ocean, the Nd isotope distribution is dominated by Atlantic source water, although the circum-Arctic riverine discharge and Pacific-derived waters also have noticeable impacts. In this study, we investigated seawater-derived neodymium isotope records from a sediment core recovered from the Chukchi Sea to understand the changes in hydrograhic circulation of the western Arctic during the Holocene. A gravity core, ARA02B 01A, was collected on the northern shelf of the Chukchi Sea (73°37.8939'N, 166°30.9838'W, ca. 111 m in water depth) during the RV Araon expedition in 2011. To obtain seawater-derived Nd records, we extracted Fe-Mn oxide coatings as an authigenic fraction from bulk sediments by leaching with acid-reducing solution after removing carbonate by leaching with acetic acid. Our preliminary results might show a general pattern of increasing radiogenic ɛNd values through Holocene intervals. Therefore, it implies that ɛNd results may be related with variations in the intensity of Bering Strait inflow during the last ~9.31 ka BP. The radiogenic trend was strongly pronounced from the late Holocene (ɛNd -7.23; ca. 8.84 ka BP) to the middle Holocene (ɛNd -4.78; ca. 6.18 ka BP) and vaguely during the middle Holocene. After 4.13 ka BP, ɛNd values were increased again from -4.86 to -4.03 at 0.57 ka BP. But 87Sr/86Sr

  7. A supported liquid membrane system for the selective recovery of rare earth elements from neodymium-based permanent magnets

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    Kim, Daejin; Powell, Lawrence; Delmau, Lætitia H.; ...

    2016-04-04

    We present that the rare earth elements (REEs) play a vital role in the development of green energy and high-tech industries. In order to meet the fast-growing demand and to ensure sufficient supply of the REEs, it is essential to develop an efficient REE recovery process from post-consumer REE-containing products. In this research effort, we have developed a supported liquid membrane system utilizing polymeric hollow fiber modules to extract REEs from neodymium-based magnets with neutral extractants such as tetraoctyl digylcol amide (TODGA). The effect of process variables such as REE concentration, molar concentration of acid, and membrane area on REEmore » recovery was investigated. We have demonstrated the selective extraction and recovery of REEs such as Nd, Pr, and Dy without co-extraction of non-REEs from permanent NdFeB magnets through the supported liquid membrane system. The extracted REEs were then recovered by precipitation followed by the annealing step to obtain crystalline REE powders in nearly pure form. Finally, the recovered REE oxides were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and inductively coupled plasma–optical emission spectroscopy.« less

  8. A supported liquid membrane system for the selective recovery of rare earth elements from neodymium-based permanent magnets

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    Kim, Daejin; Powell, Lawrence; Delmau, Lætitia H.; Peterson, Eric S.; Herchenroeder, Jim; Bhave, Ramesh R.

    2016-04-04

    We present that the rare earth elements (REEs) play a vital role in the development of green energy and high-tech industries. In order to meet the fast-growing demand and to ensure sufficient supply of the REEs, it is essential to develop an efficient REE recovery process from post-consumer REE-containing products. In this research effort, we have developed a supported liquid membrane system utilizing polymeric hollow fiber modules to extract REEs from neodymium-based magnets with neutral extractants such as tetraoctyl digylcol amide (TODGA). The effect of process variables such as REE concentration, molar concentration of acid, and membrane area on REE recovery was investigated. We have demonstrated the selective extraction and recovery of REEs such as Nd, Pr, and Dy without co-extraction of non-REEs from permanent NdFeB magnets through the supported liquid membrane system. The extracted REEs were then recovered by precipitation followed by the annealing step to obtain crystalline REE powders in nearly pure form. Finally, the recovered REE oxides were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and inductively coupled plasma–optical emission spectroscopy.

  9. A simple and fast preparation of neodymium-substituted nanocrystalline Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Cheney, Marcos A.; Hanifehpour, Younes; Joo, Sang Woo; Min, Bong-Ki

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Synthesis of Mn{sub 2−x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 3} with mixed morphology -- Abstract: Neodymium (Nd) ions were substituted for manganese in the crystal lattice of synthetic Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}, via oxidation of Mn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} in basic solution at room temperature. Doping of Nd into the lattice structure of Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been reported for the first time, which resulted in materials with new composition, morphology and optical properties. The synthesized materials were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM, XPS and TOF-SIMS. Light (2.6%) Nd doping resulted in a mixture of rods, plates and small sheets, while heavy (8.9%) Nd doping resulted in rods, large sheets and large single crystals. The effect of structural doping of Nd ions into Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} resulted in a red shift in the absorbance.

  10. Comparison of sutureless argon- and neodymium:YAG-welded ileo-ileal anastomosis using a biodegradable intraluminal stent

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    Costello, Anthony J.; Johnson, Douglas E.; Wishnow, Kenneth I.

    1990-06-01

    Sutureless end-to-end ileo-ileal intestinal anastomoses were successfully constructed with both the 1.06 jim neodymium:YAG and the 488/515-nm argon lasers. A 5-watt power setting was used with the neodymium:YAG, and various biologic solutions were added to the anastomotic seam during lasing. Power settings of 1.5, 3, 4, and 5 watts were used for argon lasing, with and without an exogenous chromophore. At the 4-watt argon setting, a continuous infusion of normal saline was dripped onto the anastomosis during lasing, replacing the chromophore. All bowel anastomoses were constructed with the aid of a biodegradable intraluminal stent that held the bowel ends in place during construction of the watertight ileal fusion and then completely degraded within 8 hours. We concluded that the neodymium:YAG seemed superior for tissue fusion using the techniques outlined, as it was associated with fewer anastomotic leaks. It appeared easier to determine the end-point of tissue fusion with the neodymium:YAG than the argon, because the tissue changes were more obvious during neodymium:YAG lasing. The deeper penetration into the bowel wall of neodymium:YAG laser energy may confer a welding advantage over the more shallow penetration of the argon wavelength.

  11. NEW ACTIVE MEDIA AND ELEMENTS OF LASER SYSTEMS: Influence of short-lived color centers on the lifetime of a metastable level of neodymium in silicate glasses

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    Dzhibladze, M. I.; Lazarev, L. E.

    1987-11-01

    It was found that the short-lived color centers formed in neodymium-activated silicate glasses under the action of the violet part of the pump spectrum increased the lifetime of a neodymium metastable level by more than an order of magnitude in needle-shaped waveguide lasers. The highly efficient suppression of superradiance and a strong increase in the gain of the active element were due to stimulated decay of the color centers accompanying absorption of photons emitted by the neodymium.

  12. Photocatalytic treatment of municipal wastewater using modified neodymium doped TiO(2) hybrid nanoparticles.

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    Shahmoradi, Behzad; Ibrahim, Ibrahim A; Sakamoto, Naonori; Ananda, Sannaiah; Somashekar, Rudrappa; Row, Tagur N Guru; Byrappa, Kullaiah

    2010-08-01

    Photocatalytic degradation of municipal wastewater was investigated using reagent grade TiO(2) and modified neodymium doped TiO(2) hybrid nanoparticles. For the first time, surface modification of Nd(3 +) doped TiO(2) hybrid nanoparticles were carried out with n-butylamine as surface modifier under mild hydrothermal conditions. The modified nanoparticles obtained were characterized by Powder XRD, FTIR, DLS, TEM, BET surface area, zeta potential and UV-Vis Spectroscopy. The characterization results indicated better morphology, particle size distribution and low agglomeration of the nanoparticles synthesized. It was found that photodegradation of wastewater using surface modified neodymium doped TiO(2) nanoparticles was more compared to pure TiO(2), which can be attributed to the doping and modification with n-butylamine.

  13. Determination of some heavy metals by flame atomic absorption spectrometry before coprecipitation with neodymium hydroxide.

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    Soylak, Mustafa; Kizil, Nebiye

    2011-01-01

    A procedure is described for the determination of trace amounts of Cd(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Pb(II), Fe(III), Co(II), and Mn(II) that combines flame atomic absorption spectrometry with neodymium hydroxide coprecipitation. The influences of analytical parameters (amount of neodymium, pH of the model solutions, etc.) that affect quantitative recoveries of the analyte ions were investigated. The effects of concomitant ions were also examined. The detection limits for analytes were found in the range of 0.2-3.3 microg/L. The validation of the presented procedure was controlled by analysis of certified reference materials (National Institute of Standards and Technology 1570a spinach leaves and TMDA 54.4 fortified lake water). The applications of the procedure were performed by the analysis of water, food, and herbal plants from Turkey.

  14. Neodymium-doped nanoparticles for infrared fluorescence bioimaging: The role of the host

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    Rosal, Blanca del; Pérez-Delgado, Alberto; Rocha, Ueslen; Martín Rodríguez, Emma; Jaque, Daniel; Misiak, Małgorzata; Bednarkiewicz, Artur; Vanetsev, Alexander S.; Orlovskii, Yurii; Jovanović, Dragana J.; Dramićanin, Miroslav D.; Upendra Kumar, K.; Jacinto, Carlos; Navarro, Elizabeth; and others

    2015-10-14

    The spectroscopic properties of different infrared-emitting neodymium-doped nanoparticles (LaF{sub 3}:Nd{sup 3+}, SrF{sub 2}:Nd{sup 3+}, NaGdF{sub 4}: Nd{sup 3+}, NaYF{sub 4}: Nd{sup 3+}, KYF{sub 4}: Nd{sup 3+}, GdVO{sub 4}: Nd{sup 3+}, and Nd:YAG) have been systematically analyzed. A comparison of the spectral shapes of both emission and absorption spectra is presented, from which the relevant role played by the host matrix is evidenced. The lack of a “universal” optimum system for infrared bioimaging is discussed, as the specific bioimaging application and the experimental setup for infrared imaging determine the neodymium-doped nanoparticle to be preferentially used in each case.

  15. Lattice thermal expansion and solubility limits of neodymium-doped ceria

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    Zhang, Jinhua; Ke, Changming; Wu, Hongdan; Yu, Jishun; Wang, Jingran

    2016-11-01

    NdxCe1-xO2-0.5x (x=0-1.0) powders were prepared by reverse coprecipitation-calcination method and characterized by XRD. The crystal structure of product powders transformed from single fluorite structure to the complex of fluorite and C-type cubic structure, and finally to trigonal structure with the increase of x-value. An empirical equation simulating the lattice parameter of neodymium doped ceria was established based on the experimental data. The lattice parameters of the fluorite structure solid solutions increased with extensive adoption of Nd3+, and the heating temperature going up. The average thermal expansion coefficients of neodymium doped ceria with fluorite structure are higher than 13.5×10-6 °C-1 from room temperature to 1200 °C.

  16. Solar nebula heterogeneity in p-process samarium and neodymium isotopes.

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    Andreasen, Rasmus; Sharma, Mukul

    2006-11-03

    Bulk carbonaceous chondrites display a deficit of approximately 100 parts per million (ppm) in 144Sm with respect to other meteorites and terrestrial standards, leading to a decrease in their 142Nd/144Nd ratios by approximately 11 ppm. The data require that samarium and neodymium isotopes produced by the p process associated with photodisintegration reactions in supernovae were heterogeneously distributed in the solar nebula. Other samarium and neodymium isotopes produced by rapid neutron capture (r process) in supernovae and by slow neutron capture (s process) in red giants were homogeneously distributed. The supernovae sources supplying the p- and r-process nuclides to the solar nebula were thus disconnected or only weakly connected.

  17. Broadening of paramagnetic resonance lines by charged point defects in neodymium-doped scheelites

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    Baibekov, E. I.; Zverev, D. G.; Kurkin, I. N.; Rodionov, A. A.; Malkin, B. Z.; Barbara, B.

    2014-05-01

    We study paramagnetic resonance linewidth in a series of CaWO4 and CaMoO4 crystals with different concentrations of neodymium ions (0.0031-0.81 at %). Experimental data are interpreted in the framework of the statistical theory of line broadening by charged point defects. In our calculations, three different contributions are singled out: arising from the local electric fields, electric field gradients and magnetic fields of the nearby point defects. The interaction parameters are determined from the spectroscopic data available for Nd:CaWO4 crystal. Direct calculations of the linewidth are performed for different crystal orientations with respect to external magnetic field. We conclude that major contribution to the broadening comes from the interactions with random electric fields produced by neodymium and charge compensator ions.

  18. Influence of admixtures on the crystallization and properties of neodymium pentaphosphate

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    Litvin, B. N.; Bebikh, L. G.

    1982-05-01

    Neodymium pentaphosphate monocrystals of good quality were grown from phosporic acid solutions containing alkaline metals, Sb and Pb admixtures. The changes in the crystal habit are connected with the properties of the interacting admixtures, and the (P 10O 28) ∞ ribbons which distinguish the structure of pentaphosphates. The presence of B, Al, Si, Ge, Cr and Mn does not influence the quality of the crystals. The NdP 5O 14 grown from the K-containing solution was tested, for CW generation with α = 1.05 μm and a second harmonic pumping of the neodymium laser (λ = 0.53 μm, frequency = 12.5 Hz) using a resonator consisting of spherical ( R = 5 cm) and plane mirrors ( R = 99.8%) with a threshold pumping of 56 μJ.

  19. Neodymium-doped nanoparticles for infrared fluorescence bioimaging: The role of the host

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    del Rosal, Blanca; Pérez-Delgado, Alberto; Misiak, Małgorzata; Bednarkiewicz, Artur; Vanetsev, Alexander S.; Orlovskii, Yurii; Jovanović, Dragana J.; Dramićanin, Miroslav D.; Rocha, Ueslen; Upendra Kumar, K.; Jacinto, Carlos; Navarro, Elizabeth; Martín Rodríguez, Emma; Pedroni, Marco; Speghini, Adolfo; Hirata, Gustavo A.; Martín, I. R.; Jaque, Daniel

    2015-10-01

    The spectroscopic properties of different infrared-emitting neodymium-doped nanoparticles (LaF3:Nd3+, SrF2:Nd3+, NaGdF4: Nd3+, NaYF4: Nd3+, KYF4: Nd3+, GdVO4: Nd3+, and Nd:YAG) have been systematically analyzed. A comparison of the spectral shapes of both emission and absorption spectra is presented, from which the relevant role played by the host matrix is evidenced. The lack of a "universal" optimum system for infrared bioimaging is discussed, as the specific bioimaging application and the experimental setup for infrared imaging determine the neodymium-doped nanoparticle to be preferentially used in each case.

  20. Neodymium lasers as a source of synchronized high-power optical pulses

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    Sizer, Theodore, II; Duling, Irl N., III

    1988-02-01

    The recent considerable progress in the development of solid-state lasers, primarily neodymium-based lasers for use as sources of short, synchronized, high-power optical pulses, is reviewed. The amplification of femtosecond optical pulses using synchronous amplification techniques with these lasers has proved particularly applicable to experimentation. The authors also presents a laser design which combines several advantageous qualities into a single laser cavity.

  1. Development of a novel neodymium compound for in vivo fluorescence imaging.

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    Aita, Kazuki; Temma, Takashi; Kuge, Yuji; Saji, Hideo

    2007-01-01

    We developed a novel fluorescent probe that contains the neodymium(III) complex moiety and fluorescein moiety. This probe can emit long-lived near-infrared luminescence derived from a Nd ion through excitation of the fluorescein moiety with visible light (lambda(ex) = 488 nm, lambda(em) = 880 nm, lifetime = 2.3 micros). These results indicate the possibility of the probe as a candidate for in vivo fluorescence molecular imaging.

  2. Neodymium(III) Complexation by Amino-Carbohydrates via a Ligand-Controlled Hydrolysis Mechanism

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    Levitskaia, Tatiana G.; Chen, Yongsheng; Fulton, John L.; Sinkov, Sergey I.

    2011-07-28

    Chelation of neodymium-III Nd(III) by D-glucosamine (DGA) and chitosan was investigated in solution at near-physiological pH and ionic strength. This research demonstrates the first example of the lanthanide ion heteroleptic hydroxo-carbohydrate complex in solution. It was demonstrated that DGA and chitosan suppressed formation of polynuclear Nd(III) species at elevated pH.

  3. Powerful neodymium laser radiation for the treatment of facial carcinoma: 5 year follow-up data.

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    Moskalik, Konstantin; Kozlow, Alexander; Demin, Eugeny; Boiko, Ernest

    2010-01-01

    A retrospective non-comparative follow-up study was performed to evaluate the curative efficacy of powerful neodymium laser radiation (λ = 1,060 nm) for the treatment of 2,837 patients with 3,001 histologically confirmed facial skin carcinoma lesions of stages T1-2N0M0: 2,743 primary basal cell carcinomas (BCC), 172 recurrent limited basal cell carcinomas (RLBCC), and 86 primary squamous cells carcinomas (SCC). All patients were followed-up from 5 to 11 years (mean: 8.2 years; median: 7.0 years) after treatment. The overall recurrence rate (RR) after treatment with laser radiation of facial carcinomas was 2.5% of all irradiated tumours (mean: 13.4 months; median: 11.0 months). Patients with BCC treated by radiation with the pulsed Neodymium (Nd) laser developed RR in 2.2% of cases and patients treated with the Nd:YAG laser had RR of 3.1%. Recurrences following treatment for RLBCC, and those of SCC, after irradiation with the Nd laser appeared in 4.1% and 4.6% of patients, respectively. Neodymium laser radiation is a safe and effective means of treating facial carcinomas of stages T1-2N0M0 with good cosmetic results.

  4. Stability of the complexes of some lanthanides with coumarin derivatives. II. Neodymium(III)-acenocoumarol.

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    Kostova, Irena; Manolov, Ilia; Radulova, Maritza

    2004-06-01

    A complex of neodymium(III) with 4-hydroxy-3[1-(4-nitrophenyl)-3-oxobutyl]-2H-1-benzopyran-2-one (acenocoumarol) was synthesized by mixing water solutions of neodymium(III) nitrate and the ligand (metal to ligand molar ratio of 1:3). The complex was characterized and identified by elemental analysis, conductivity, IR, 1H NMR and mass spectral data. DTA and TGA were applied to study the composition of the compound. Elemental and mass spectral analysis of the complex indicated the formation of a compound of the composition NdR3 x 6H2O, where R = C19H14NO6-) The reaction of neodymium(III) with acenocoumarol was studied in detail by the spectrophotometric method. The stepwise formation of three complexes, vis., NdR2+, NdR2+ and NdR3 was established in the pH region studied (pH 3.0-7.5). The equilibrium constants for 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 complexes were determined to be log K1 = 6.20 +/- 0.06; log K2 = 3.46 +/- 0.07 and log K2) = 2.58 +/- 0.05, respectively.

  5. Subtissue thermal sensing based on neodymium-doped LaF₃ nanoparticles.

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    Rocha, Uéslen; Jacinto da Silva, Carlos; Ferreira Silva, Wagner; Guedes, Ilde; Benayas, Antonio; Martínez Maestro, Laura; Acosta Elias, Mónica; Bovero, Enrico; van Veggel, Frank C J M; García Solé, José Antonio; Jaque, Daniel

    2013-02-26

    In this work, we report the multifunctional character of neodymium-doped LaF₃ core/shell nanoparticles. Because of the spectral overlap of the neodymium emission bands with the transparency windows of human tissues, these nanoparticles emerge as relevant subtissue optical probes. For neodymium contents optimizing the luminescence brightness of Nd³⁺:LaF₃ nanoparticles, subtissue penetration depths of several millimeters have been demonstrated. At the same time, it has been found that the infrared emission bands of Nd³⁺:LaF₃ nanoparticles show a remarkable thermal sensitivity, so that they can be advantageously used as luminescent nanothermometers for subtissue thermal sensing. This possibility has been demonstrated in this work: Nd³⁺:LaF₃ nanoparticles have been used to provide optical control over subtissue temperature in a single-beam plasmonic-mediated heating experiment. In this experiment, gold nanorods are used as nanoheaters while thermal reading is performed by the Nd³⁺:LaF₃ nanoparticles. The possibility of a real single-beam-controlled subtissue hyperthermia process is, therefore, pointed out.

  6. Separation of samarium and neodymium: a prerequisite for getting signals from nuclear synthesis.

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    Maji, Samir; Lahiri, Susanta; Wierczinski, Birgit; Korschinek, Gunther

    2006-12-01

    (146)Sm (T(1/2) = 10(8) y) is a long-lived radionuclide which has been produced in significant amounts during burning in a supernova (SN). Detection of this SN produced long-lived radionuclide on Earth may be helpful for getting information on nuclear synthesis at the time of our solar system's formation. Only accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) can determine such minute traces of (146)Sm still expected in the Earth's crust. However, the villain of (146)Sm measurement through AMS is its naturally occurring stable isobar (146)Nd which is a million times more abundant than the trace amount of (146)Sm. Therefore an efficient method for the separation of samarium and neodymium is required to measure (146)Sm through AMS. A simple liquid-liquid extraction (LLX) based method for separation of samarium and neodymium has been developed using radiometric simulation. Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (HDEHP) has been used as the organic reagent. A very high separation factor ( approximately 10(6)) can be achieved when a solution containing samarium and neodymium is reduced by hydroxylamine hydrochloride followed by extraction with 0.1% HDEHP diluted in cyclohexane from 0.025 M HCl solution.

  7. X-ray radiometric determination of lanthanides (praseodymium, neodymium, and samarium) in soils

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    Savichev, A. T.; Vodyanitskii, Yu. N.

    2011-04-01

    A procedure of the modified energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence method (X-ray radiometric analysis using a 241Am radionuclide source) was developed for the identification of praseodymium, neodymium, and samarium. The procedure is based on the exclusion of the disturbing effect of barium and lanthanum on the lines of praseodymium and neodymium, as well as the effect of lanthanum and cerium on the lines of samarium. On the basis of the new method, data were obtained on the geochemistry of three lanthanides in soils of the northern taiga. Praseodymium and neodymium were detected by the X-ray radiometric method even in podzols depleted of heavy metals. The method can detect samarium at the levels of the soil clarke and higher. Positive samarium (or, wider, rare-earth) anomalies can be expected in the soils located not far from the deposits of apatite-nephelines, loparites, and phosphorites and in the soils developed on alkaline granites and carbonate weathering crusts.

  8. Safety and efficacy of Neodymium-Yag laser photocoagulation: an experimental study in dogs.

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    Rutgeerts, P; Vantrappen, G; Geboes, K; Broeckaert, L

    1981-01-01

    Acute and chronic experiments were carried out in 26 beagle dogs to study the safety and efficacy of Neodymium-Yag laser photocoagulation in the treatment of bleeding gastric lesions. Continuous high power (50-60 W) Neodymium-Yag laser photocoagulation applied to the exposed stomach of the dog produced evaporation lesions that reached the muscle layer after six to 10 seconds and caused free perforation after 10 to 12 seconds. The tissue damage caused by these long lasting exposures was closely related to the working distance. Moreover, long pulses of high power photocoagulation were not always effective in stopping experimentally induced gastric bleedings. Short pulses (1/2-1 s) of very high power (60-70 W) caused less tissue evaporation, which reached the muscle layers only after 14 to 18 pulses and caused free perforation after 22 to 24 pulses. The tissue damage was not related to the working distance when short pulses were used. Repeated shots of high power Yag laser radiation always resulted in stopping the experimental bleedings without deep injury. It is concluded that high power Neodymium-Yag laser photocoagulation is safe and may be used with success in the treatment of bleeding gastric lesions if the radiation is performed in shots of short duration (1 s or less). Clinical studies in man are warranted and indicated. Images Fig. 3 Fig. 7 Fig. 8 PMID:7193164

  9. Lanthanum and neodymium solubility in simplified SiO{sub 2}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Na{sub 2}O-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CaO high level waste glass

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    Kidari, Abdessamad; Bardez-Giboire, Isabelle

    2012-08-15

    Lanthanum and neodymium incorporation in simplified high level waste glasses has been investigated for SiO{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 3}Na{sub 2}OAl{sub 2}O{sub 3}CaO compositions quenched from 1200 degrees C, for varying La /(La + Nd) (atomic) and increasing rare-earth oxides contents. In this system and beyond the solubility limit, rare-earths (RE) elements are reported to form apatite phases with the general formula Ca{sub 2}RE{sub 8}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}. In the current study, speciation of these trivalent RE{sup 3+} cations in both amorphous network and crystal phases was determined from X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption at 10 K, Raman spectroscopy, and electron probe microanalysis. It appeared that RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} solubility was higher for La -rich formulations than for Nd -rich ones and that an increase in the RE oxide content reduces the connectivity of the network building units through formation of non-bridging oxygens at the expense of the oxygen bridges. This depolymerization of the glass network did not affect neodymium environment which consisted in silicate tetrahedra. The composition of the apatite crystals was found to be affected by the La /(La + Nd) of the parent glass and deviation from the ideal composition (Ca{sub 2}RE{sub 8}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 6}O{sub 2}) occurred in the neodymium end of the system. It thus appears that both RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} solubility and crystal composition are strongly dependent on the type and crystal chemistry of the RE elements. (authors)

  10. Cytotoxic activity of new neodymium (III) complexes of bis-coumarins.

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    Kostova, Irena; Manolov, Ilia; Momekov, Georgi

    2004-09-01

    Complexes of neodymium (III) with bis-coumarins: 3,3'-benzylidene-bis(4-hydroxy-2H-1-benzopyran-2-one); bis(4-hydroxy-2-oxo-2H-chromen-3-yl)-piridin-2-yl-methane; bis(4-hydroxy-2-oxo-2H-chromen-3-yl)-piridin-4-yl-methane; bis(4-hydroxy-2-oxo-2H-chromen-3-yl)-(1H-pyrazol-3-yl)-methane were synthesized by reaction of neodymium (III) salt and the ligands, in amounts equal to metal:ligand molar ratio of 1:2. The complexes were prepared by adding an aqueous solution of neodymium (III) salt to an aqueous solution of the ligand subsequently raising the pH of the mixture gradually to ca. 5.0 by adding dilute solution of sodium hydroxide. The neodymium (III) complexes with bis-coumarins were characterized by different physicochemical methods-elemental analysis, IR-, (1)H- and (13)C-NMR-spectroscopies and mass-spectral data. The spectral data of neodymium (III) complexes were interpreted on the basis of comparison with the spectra of the free ligands. This analysis showed that in the Nd (III) complexes the ligands coordinated to the metal ion through both deprotonated hydroxyl groups. On the basis of the nu(C=O) red shift observed, participation of the carbonyl groups in the coordination to the metal ion was also suggested. Cytotoxic screening by MTT assay was carried out. The complexes were tested on HL-60, HL-60/Dox and SKW-3 cell lines. The overall results from the preliminary screening program revealed that all of the new Nd (III) complexes reach 50% inhibition of the malignant cells proliferation and thus could be considered as biologically active. On the basis of the IC(50) values obtained compounds Nd(L(1))(OH).H(2)O and Nd(L(3))(OH).2H(2)O were found to exert superior activity in comparison to the remaining complexes.

  11. Neodymium-complex-doped photodefined polymer channel waveguide amplifiers.

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    Yang, Jing; Diemeer, Mart B J; Geskus, Dimitri; Sengo, Gabriël; Pollnau, Markus; Driessen, Alfred

    2009-02-15

    Channel waveguides based on a polymer, 6-fluorinated-dianhydride/epoxy, which is actively doped with a Nd complex, Nd(thenoyltrifluoroacetone)(3) 1,10-phenanthroline, are fabricated by a simple and reproducible procedure, spin coating a photodefinable cladding polymer onto a thermally oxidized silicon wafer, photopatterning, backfilling with the active core polymer, and spin coating with an upper cladding layer. Photoluminescence at 1060 nm from the Nd(3+) ions with a lifetime of 130 mus is observed. Optical gain at 1060 nm is demonstrated in channel waveguides with different Nd(3+) concentrations. By accounting for the waveguide loss of 0.1 dB/cm, an internal net gain of 8 dB is demonstrated for a 5.6-cm-long channel waveguide amplifier. Owing to the nature of the Nd(3+) complex, energy-transfer upconversion affects the gain only at Nd(3+) concentrations above 1 x 10(20) cm(-3).

  12. The geochemical balance of the rare earth elements and neodymium isotopes in the oceans

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    Bertram, C.J.; Elderfield, H. )

    1993-05-01

    Profiles of REE concentrations and neodymium isotope measurements in the western Indian Ocean are consistent with published data from the other major oceans. REE concentrations show a strong hydrographic control. The influence of intermediate water masses is particularly significant. Surface water concentrations vary with salinity. Particulate REEs are less than 5% of dissolved concentration, except for Ce, where up to [approximately]20% of total REEs are present as >0.4 [mu]m particles. In contrast to dissolved profiles, concentration profiles of particulate REEs, including Ce, all increase with depth. REE concentrations correlate with silica over all but the deepest waters, although, in detail, correlations are complex. The neodymium isotopic composition of Indian Ocean seawater (avg. [epsilon][sub Nd(0)] = [minus]8.3) is intermediate between that for the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Comparison of REE data from the major oceans shows that the HREEs behave more like Si than do the LREEs. Sm/Nd ratios are near-constant for all oceans, whereas Er/Nd ratios vary between the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. The fractionation of the REEs in surface seawaters can be explained by fractionation factors relative to silica from [approximately]0.12 for La to 0.05 for Er. Use of a seven-box model shows that the interoceanic variations in neodymium isotopic compositions and Nd concentrations cannot be reconciled unless particle-water exchange is invoked. The degree of exchange required is consistent with particle residence times of [approximately]1--10 yr. 54 refs., 18 figs., 4 tabs.

  13. ACTIVE MEDIA. LASERS: Diode-array-pumped repetitively pulsed neodymium phosphate glass laser

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    Bogatov, A. P.; Drakin, A. E.; Miftakhutdinov, D. R.; Mikaelyan, G. T.; Starodub, A. N.

    2008-09-01

    Repetitively pulsed generation (200 μs, 40 Hz) was obtained in a neodymium phosphate glass laser pumped by a 870-nm diode array. The maximum slope lasing efficiency with respect to the optical pump energy equal to 13% is restricted by the factor (≈0.23) of active-medium filling by the mode field. By adjusting the laser cavity, the single-transverse mode regime, in particular, the generation of the TEM00 mode is obtained in the entire range of pump energies.

  14. [Some effects of the neodymium ion on the cell wall structure of Staphyloccocus aruea].

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    Huo, Guang Hua; Zhang, Dong Yan; Zhang, Tong

    2007-12-01

    The aim of this research is to study the effect of neodymium ion on the cell wall structure of Staphyloccocus aruea using transmission electron microscope, amino acid analyzer, infrared absorption spectrometry (IR). Experimental results show that Nd3+ can change the shape and the structure of the cell wall of Staphyloccocus aruea NdCl3 with lower concentration than the bacteriostatic concentration can help to synthesize the cell wall structure of Staphyloccocus aruea. Nd3+ with higher concentration than the bacteriostatic concentration can break the peptide bond and the hydrogen bond so as to break the net structure in the peptideoglycan cell.

  15. Neodymium and lead isotope evidence for enriched early Archean crust in North America

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    Bowring, Samuel A.; Housh, Todd B.; Isachsen, Clark E.; Podosek, Frank A.; King, Janet E.

    1989-01-01

    Neodymium and lead isotope measurements and uranium-lead zircon geochronology from Archaean gneisses of the Slave Province in the Northwest Territories of Canada are reported. The gneisses contain zircons with cores older than 3.842 Gyr and an epsilon(Nd) (3.7 Gyr) of - 4.8. This is the oldest reported chondritic model age for a terrestrial sample and provides evidence for strongly enriched pre-3.8-Gyr crust, a reservoir complementary to the depleted mantle already in existence by 3.8 Gyr before the present.

  16. Laser amplifier based on a neodymium glass rod 150 mm in diameter

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    Shaykin, A A; Fokin, A P; Soloviev, A A; Kuzmin, A A; Shaikin, I A; Burdonov, K F; Khazanov, E A; Charukhchev, A V

    2014-05-30

    A unique large-aperture neodymium glass rod amplifier is experimentally studied. The small-signal gain distribution is measured at different pump energies. The aperture-averaged gain is found to be 2.3. The stored energy (500 J), the maximum possible pump pulse repetition rate, and the depolarisation in a single pulse and in a series of pulses with a repetition rate of one pulse per five minutes are calculated based on the investigations performed. It is shown that the use of this amplifier at the exit of the existing laser can increase the output pulse energy from 300 to 600 J. (lasers)

  17. Effect of reactor radiation on the operation of a neodymium inorganic liquid laser

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    Dobrovol'skii, A F; Kabakov, D V; Seregin, A A; Seregina, E A; Tikhonov, G V

    2009-02-28

    The radiation parameters of a neodymium liquid laser based on phosphorus oxychloride are measured upon irradiation of the laser medium by neutrons and gamma-rays from a BARS-6 two-zone reactor. This irradiation increases the laser energy by 20%-30% compared to the laser energy in the absence of irradiation. The lasing threshold is observed to decrease with increasing the irradiation dose. In the case of simultaneous optical and nuclear pumping of the laser medium, the free-running regime of laser operation converts to the regime of high-power pulses. (lasers)

  18. Bi-phasic titanium dioxide nanoparticles doped with nitrogen and neodymium for enhanced photocatalysis

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    Gomez, Virginia; Bear, Joseph C.; McNaughter, Paul D.; McGettrick, James D.; Watson, Trystan; Charbonneau, Cecile; O'Brien, Paul; Barron, Andrew R.; Dunnill, Charles W.

    2015-10-01

    Bi-phasic or multi-phasic composite nanoparticles for use in photocatalysis have been produced by a new synthetic approach. Sol-gel methods are used to deposit multiple layers of active material onto soluble substrates. In this work, a layer of rutile (TiO2) was deposited onto sodium chloride pellets followed by an annealing step and a layer of anatase. After dissolving the substrate, bi-phasic nanoparticles containing half anatase and half rutile TiO2; with ``Janus-like'' characteristics are obtained. Nitrogen and neodymium doping of the materials were observed to enhance the photocatalytic properties both under UV and white light irradiation. The unique advantage of this synthetic method is the ability to systematically dope separate sides of the nanoparticles. Nitrogen doping was found to be most effective on the anatase side of the nanoparticle while neodymium was found to be most effective on the rutile side. Rhodamine B dye was effectively photodegraded by co-doped particles under white light.Bi-phasic or multi-phasic composite nanoparticles for use in photocatalysis have been produced by a new synthetic approach. Sol-gel methods are used to deposit multiple layers of active material onto soluble substrates. In this work, a layer of rutile (TiO2) was deposited onto sodium chloride pellets followed by an annealing step and a layer of anatase. After dissolving the substrate, bi-phasic nanoparticles containing half anatase and half rutile TiO2; with ``Janus-like'' characteristics are obtained. Nitrogen and neodymium doping of the materials were observed to enhance the photocatalytic properties both under UV and white light irradiation. The unique advantage of this synthetic method is the ability to systematically dope separate sides of the nanoparticles. Nitrogen doping was found to be most effective on the anatase side of the nanoparticle while neodymium was found to be most effective on the rutile side. Rhodamine B dye was effectively photodegraded by co

  19. Neodymium-doped phosphate fiber lasers with an all-solid microstructured inner cladding.

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    Zhang, Guang; Zhou, Qinling; Yu, Chunlei; Hu, Lili; Chen, Danping

    2012-06-15

    We report on high-power fiber lasers based on index-guiding, all-solid neodymium-doped (Nd-doped) phosphate photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with a hexagonal-shaped inner cladding. The optimum fiber laser with a 36 cm length active fiber, generated up to 7.92 W output power at 1053 nm, which benefited from a high absorption coefficient for pump power due to its noncircular inner cladding. The guiding properties of the all-solid PCF were also investigated. A stable mode with a donut-shaped profile and a power-dependent laser beam quality have been observed experimentally and analyzed.

  20. Neodymium neutron transmission and capture measurements and development of a new transmission detector

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    Barry, Devin P.

    Neodymium is a 235U fission product and is important in reactor neutronic calculations. The aim of this thesis is to improve upon the existing neutron cross section data of neodymium. Neutron capture and transmission measurements were performed by the time-of-flight technique at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute LINAC using metallic neodymium samples. The capture measurements were made at the 25-m flight station with a 16-segment Nal multiplicity detector, and the transmission measurements were performed at 15-m and 25-m flight stations, respectively, with 6Li glass scintillation detectors. After the data were collected and reduced, resonance parameters were determined by simultaneously fitting the transmission and capture data with the multilevel R-matrix Bayesian code SAMMY. The resonance parameters for all naturally occurring neodymium isotopes were deduced within the energy range of 1.0 eV to 500 eV. The resulting resonance parameters were used to calculate the capture resonance integral with this energy region and were compared to calculations obtained when using the resonance parameters from ENDF-B/VI. The RPI parameters gave a resonance integral value of 32 +/- 1 barns that is approximately 7% lower than that obtained with the ENDF-B/VI parameters. The current measurements significantly reduce the statistical uncertainties on the resonance parameters when compared with previously published parameters. This thesis also explains the resolution function in detail and discusses its importance when fitting experimental data to extract resonance parameters. More accurate resolution function parameters were determined for epithermal transmission and capture measurements by fitting well known resonances in Uranium-238. Improved transmission bare-bounce target in-beam photomultiplier tube (PMT) resolution function parameters were found and compared to those used previously at the RPI LINAC and a marked improvement in the quality of the fits is shown. In addition

  1. Study of structural and spectral properties of neodymium-doped lead-yttrium oxyfluoride nano-glass-ceramics

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    Bibik, A. Yu.; Nuryev, R. K.; Aseev, V. A.; Kolobkova, E. V.; Nikonorov, N. V.

    2015-06-01

    Processes of nanocrystalline phase formation in transparent yttrium oxyfluoride nano-glass-ceramics doped with neodymium ions are studied. An optimal heat treatment regime for a given glass composition is determined using differential thermal analysis (DTA). Glasses are heat-treated for 30, 60, and 120 min; the sizes of crystals are calculated, and the unit cell parameters are determined. The physicochemical and spectral properties of yttrium oxyfluoride glasses doped with neodymium ions, as well as of nano-glass-ceramics based on these glasses, are studied.

  2. Spectroscopic study of neodymium doped lead-bismuth-borate glasses

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    Pasha, Altaf; Dayani, P.; Negalur, Mahesh; Swamy, Manjunatha; Abhiram, J.; Rajaramakrishna, R.

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports on different physical and optical properties of rare earth doped heavy metal oxide glasses. The glass composition of 10Bi2O3-30PbO-60B2O3-xNd2O3 where x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1 (in mol %) has been synthesized using melt-quenching technique. Refractive index measurements for these glasses were done and physical parameters were studied. Structural properties of these glasses were analysed through infrared spectra that was recorded between 1600cm-1 and 300cm-1 in transmission mode. The optical absorption spectra were recorded in the wavelength range from 300 to 700 nm. The transitions originated from ground state energy 4I9/2. The energy level analysis has been carried out by considering absorption spectral bands. The results thus obtained are comparable with reports on similar glasses, indicating that the prepared glasses may have potential laser applications.

  3. Spectroscopic study of neodymium doped lead-bismuth-borate glasses

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    Pasha, Altaf; Dayani, P.; Negalur, Mahesh; Swamy, Manjunatha; Abhiram, J.; Rajaramakrishna, R.

    2016-05-06

    This paper reports on different physical and optical properties of rare earth doped heavy metal oxide glasses. The glass composition of 10Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-30PbO-60B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-xNd{sub 2}O{sub 3} where x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1 (in mol %) has been synthesized using melt-quenching technique. Refractive index measurements for these glasses were done and physical parameters were studied. Structural properties of these glasses were analysed through infrared spectra that was recorded between 1600cm{sup −1} and 300cm{sup −1} in transmission mode. The optical absorption spectra were recorded in the wavelength range from 300 to 700 nm. The transitions originated from ground state energy {sup 4}I{sub 9/2}. The energy level analysis has been carried out by considering absorption spectral bands. The results thus obtained are comparable with reports on similar glasses, indicating that the prepared glasses may have potential laser applications.

  4. Analysis of Self-Pumped Optical Parametric Interaction for NEODYMIUM:MAGNESIUM OXIDE:LITHIUM Niobate.

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    Prasad, Narasimha Srikantaiah

    With the advent of lasers an era in optics began. Initially, lasers were designed and engineered to generate discrete wavelengths. Subsequent research yielded commercially successful solid state lasers with limited tunability. Triggered by the availability of lasers delivering high intensity, extensive research was carried out in experimental nonlinear optics. In the realm of nonlinear optics, parametric interaction or three wave mixing process has attained significant importance. Nonlinear devices such as optical parametric amplifiers (OPAs) and broadly tunable coherent sources known as optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) were developed based on parametric interaction. Parametric devices normally operate using an intense pump which is external to the device. Currently, research is being conducted to develop highly efficient intra-cavity parametric devices in which the nonlinear crystals is placed inside the laser cavity. Further, advances are being made in semiconductor diode laser (SDL) technology to achieve laser beams of high quality. Considerations include compactness, high efficiency, low power requirements, and cost effectiveness. The desire to replace flash lamps with highly efficient SDLs as optical pump sources and to develop high performance crystalline media have stimulated active areas of research today. The main objective of the present investigation involves the study of three wave mixing processes due to pump radiation that is generated internally inside a crystalline medium. A medium that offers both stimulated emission and parametric gain i.e., a lasing medium that satisfies all the requirements of a parametric process is considered. One such medium that is identified is Nd:MgO:LiNbO _3 crystal. This material is established as a lasing material with excellent electro-optic and nonlinear optical properties. Until now efficient lasing action, internal Q-switching, and self-doubling have been demonstrated. In this study, the requirements to achieve parametric interaction is analytically formulated and experimentally demonstrated using Nd:MgO:LiNbO_3. The results obtained form a sound basis to subsequent analysis of parametric interaction by a pump radiation that is generated internally in the same crystal. Using laser theory and principles of optical parametric interaction, the theory of self-pumped optical parametric interaction is formulated. This encompasses, the requirements of an interaction medium, laser pump generation, Q-switching, cavity analysis, and conditions for parametric interaction. Driven by an internally generated laser pump, the specific processes of optical parametic amplification, optical parametric oscillation, and frequency up-conversion are explored. In this study, novel tuning techniques are considered and spectral performance characteristics of these devices are presented. The design architectures of self-pumped OPO, OPA, and frequency up-converter devices using Nd:MgO:LiNbO _3 crystals are described. It is envisaged that self-pumped parametric devices can outperform present day intra-cavity devices which are bulky and expensive.

  5. Spectroscopic Properties of Neodymium and Erbium-Doped Magnesium Oxide Ceramics

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    2015-09-01

    desirable advance in laser power scalability. It is worth noting that single-crystalline MgO, doped by transition metal (TM) ions, such as chromium (Cr3...which was a clear manifestation of significant power- scaling potential. No further laser successes have been reported with transition metal doped...transparent ceramics fabricated from specially formulated nanopowders. The results are presented with major emphasis on potential laser application and the

  6. Fluorescence lifetimes for neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garret and yttrium oxide powders

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    Christensen, H. P.; Gabbe, D. R.; Jenssen, H. P.

    1982-02-01

    A simple theoretical model for the radiative lifetime of a fluorescent ion in a particle of a powder is described. The model predicts that the lifetime depends on the size of the particle, the density of the powder, and the refractive index of the surrounding medium. For a dilute system of very small particles the lifetime should be inversely proportional to the index of the surroundings. In Nd-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and Y2O3 powders, prepared by different methods, the Nd3+: 4F32 decay rate was measured and compared to the particle size, the powder density, and the refractive index of the surroundings. In agreement with the theory the decay is slower the smaller the particles, the less dense the powder, and the lower the refractive index. For index-matched conditions the decay rate is close to what is observed in the bulk single crystal.

  7. Antineoplastic activity of new lanthanide (cerium, lanthanum and neodymium) complex compounds.

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    Kostova, Irena; Kostova, Raina; Momekov, Georgi; Trendafilova, Natasha; Karaivanova, Margarita

    2005-01-01

    Cerium (III), lanthanum (III) and neodymium (III) complexes with 3,3'-benzylidenebis[4-hydroxycoumarin] were synthesized in view of their application as cytotoxic agents. The complexes were characterized by different physicochemical methods: elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and IR spectroscopy. The spectra of the complexes were interpreted on the basis of comparison with the spectrum of the free ligand. The vibrational analysis showed that in the complexes the ligand coordinated to the metal ion through both deprotonated hydroxyl groups; however, participation of the carbonyl groups in the coordination to the metal ion was also suggested. The evaluation of the cytotoxic activity of the novel lanthanide complexes on HL-60 myeloid cells revealed that they are potent cytotoxic agents. The cerium complex was found to exhibit superior activity in comparison to the lanthanum and neodymium coordination compounds, the latter being the least active. Our data give us reason to conclude that the newly synthesized lanthanide complexes should be submitted to further more detailed pharmacological and toxicological evaluation.

  8. Investigation of Carboxylic Acid-Neodymium Conversion Films on Magnesium Alloy

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    Cui, Xiufang; Liu, Zhe; Lin, Lili; Jin, Guo; Wang, Haidou; Xu, Binshi

    2015-01-01

    The new carboxylic acid-neodymium anhydrous conversion films were successfully prepared and applied on the AZ91D magnesium alloy surface by taking absolute ethyl alcohol as solvent and four kinds of soluble carboxylic acid as activators. The corrosion resistance of the coating was measured by potentiodynamic polarization test in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution in pH 7.0. The morphology, structure, and constituents of the coating were observed by scanning electron microscope, energy dispersivespectrum, x-ray photoelectron spectrum, and Fourier infrared spectrometer. Results show that corrosion resistance properties of samples coated with four different anhydrous conversion films were improved obviously. The corrosion potential increased, corrosion current density decreased, and polarization resistance increased. Among these four kinds of conversion films the one added with phytic exhibits the best corrosion resistant property. The mechanism of anhydrous-neodymium conversion film formation is also analyzed in this paper. It reveals that the gadolinium conversion coating is mainly composed of stable Nd2O3, MgO, Mg(OH)2, and carboxylate of Nd. And that the sample surface is rich in organic functional groups.

  9. Simulation of the Magnetic Characteristics and Properties of the Neodymium Compensator of the Stiffness

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    Gurova, E. G.; Gurov, M. G.; Panchenko, Y. V.

    2016-08-01

    This research is devoted to consideration of the possibility to use the software ELCUT for development of the magnetic compensator of the stiffness based on neodymium magnets. The software represents precision enough apparatus to solve the issues of the magnetostatic. The solution of these issues is the most important phase at the stage of the designing and calculation of the magnetic compensator of the stiffness, so as at the beginning we need to find the traction force of the interaction between magnet and magnetic materials to provide necessary falling traction characteristic of the compensator. In this paper the simulated models of the neodymium magnets are shown; the view of the field are calculated, the plots of the distribution and directions of the magnetic field strength and induction vectors are presented. Results, which were obtained during of the simulation, further will be used for designing and creation of the magnetic compensator of the stiffness based on supermagnets. Research & Development is under the scholarship of the President of Russian Federation, order №184 from 10th of March 2015.

  10. Azo calix[4]arene based neodymium(III)-selective PVC membrane sensor.

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    Menon, Shobhana K; Modi, Nishith R; Patel, Bhargav; Patel, Manishkumar B

    2011-02-15

    We found that the PVC membrane, containing azo calix[4]arene is a suitable ionophore, exhibited a Nernstian response for neodymium (Nd(3+)) ions (with slope of 19.8±0.2 mV decade(-1) for the triply charged ion) over a wide linear range of 4.0×10(-8) to 1.0×10(-1) mol L(-1) with a detection limit 1.0×10(-8) mol L(-1), a relatively fast response time, in the whole concentration range (<10 s), and a considerable life time at least for four months in the pH range of 4.0-8.0. Furthermore, the electrode revealed high selectivity with respect to all the common alkali, alkaline earth, transition and heavy metal ions, including the members of the lanthanide family other than Nd(3+). Concerning its applications, it was effectively employed for the determination of neodymium ions in industrial waste water as well as in lake water.

  11. Neodymium doped hydroxyapatite theranostic nanoplatforms for colon specific drug delivery applications.

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    Victor, Sunita Prem; Paul, Willi; Vineeth, V M; Komeri, Remya; Jayabalan, Muthu; Sharma, Chandra P

    2016-09-01

    Theranostic nanoplatforms integrate therapeutic payloads with diagnostic agents, and help monitor therapeutic response. In this regard, stimuli responsive nanoplatforms further favour combinatorial therapeutic approach that can considerably improve efficacy and specificity of treatment. Herein, we present the engineering of a smart theranostic nanoplatform based on neodymium doped hydroxyapatite (HAN). The presence of neodymium endows the HAN nanoplatforms with near-infrared fluorescence capability. These HAN nanoparticles were then subsequently modified with alginic acid (HANA) to confer pH responsiveness to the synthesized nanoplatforms delivering them to the colon after oral administration. These nanoplatforms possessing optimum size, needle shaped morphology and negative zeta potential, are conducive to cellular internalization. On excitation at 410nm they exhibit near infrared emission at 670nm unraveling their theranostic capabilities. Cytotoxic effects systematically assessed using MTT and live dead assays reveal excellent viability. Raman microscopic imaging technique used to visualize uptake in HeLa cells demonstrate increased uptake from 4 to 16h, with growing cluster size and localization in the cytoplasm. Moreover the concomitant presence of alginic acid manifested advantages of augmented loading and pH dependent release profiles of the model drug, 4 acetyl salicylic acid (4ASA). We could thus establish a theranostic system for early tumour detection, targeted tumour therapy and monitoring of colon cancer that can be administered via the oral route.

  12. Spectroscopic properties of neodymium(III)-containing polyoxometalates in aqueous solution.

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    But, Slawomir; Lis, Stefan; Deun, Rik Van; Parac-Vogt, Tatjana N; Görller-Walrand, Christiane; Binnemans, Koen

    2005-11-01

    The spectroscopic properties of the neodymium(III)-containing polyoxometalates (POMs) [Nd(PW(11)O(39))(2)](11-), [Nd(PMo(2)W(9)O(39))(2)](11-), [Nd(PMo(4)W(7)O(39))(2)](11-), [Nd(PMo(6)W(5)O(39))(2)](11-), [Nd(SiMo(2)W(9)O(39))(2)](13-), [Nd(P(2)W(17)O(61))(2)](17-), [NdW(10)O(36)](9-), [NdP(5)W(30)O(110)](12-) and [NdAs(4)W(40)O(140)](25-) are described. Absorption spectra of aqueous solutions of the complexes have been recorded and the transition intensities are parameterised in terms of the Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters Omega(lambda) (lambda=2, 4, 6). Marked differences were found between the luminescence lifetimes of the complexes of the type Nd(POM) and those of the type Nd(POM)(2), due to a better shielding of the neodymium(III) ions from the bulk water molecules in the latter type of complexes.

  13. Selective Leaching Process for Neodymium Recovery from Scrap Nd-Fe-B Magnet

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    Lee, Ching-Hwa; Chen, Yu-Jung; Liao, Ching-Hua; Popuri, Srinivasa R.; Tsai, Shang-Lin; Hung, Chi-En

    2013-12-01

    Neodymium-iron-boron (Nd-Fe-B) magnets were most widely applied to permanent magnetic products in the world due to their high magnetic force. The increasing growth of scrap Nd-Fe-B magnets resulted in disposal problems and the reduction of neodymium (Nd) valuable resources. In this study, we developed a simple hydrometallurgical precipitation process with pH adjustment to separate and recover Nd 100 pct recovery from scrap Nd-Fe-B magnets. Several physical and chemical methods such as demagnetization, grinding, screening, and leaching processes were also adopted to investigate the recovery of Nd and other metals from scrap Nd-Fe-B magnets. The leaching process was carried out with four leaching reagents such as NaOH, HCl, HNO3, and H2SO4. Batch studies were also conducted to optimize the leaching operating conditions with respect to leaching time, concentration of leaching reagent, temperature, and solid/liquid ratio for both HCl and H2SO4 leaching reagents. Nd was successfully separated and recovered with 75.41 wt pct from optimized H2SO4 leaching solution through precipitation. Further, the purity and weight percentage of the obtained Nd product was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) analysis. An X-ray diffraction (XRD) study confirmed the obtained product of Nd was in the form of NdOOH and Nd(OH)3.

  14. Neodymium:YAG laser coagulation prostatectomy: 3 years of experience with 227 patients.

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    Kabalin, J N; Bite, G; Doll, S

    1996-01-01

    For 3 years we prospectively followed a cumulative cohort of men who underwent neodymium:YAG laser coagulation prostatectomy to relieve bladder outlet obstruction to determine the safety, efficacy and durability of this procedure. A total of 227 men with symptomatic bladder outlet obstruction was treated with the Urolase side-firing laser fiber between October 15, 1991 and October 15, 1994. Voiding outcomes, including peak urinary flow rates, residual urine volumes and American Urological Association symptom scores, were measured with time, and immediate and long-term complications were assessed. Median patient followup was 26 months (maximum 42). Significant improvement occurred in all measured voiding parameters, including 133% in peak flow rates and 61% in symptom scores 1 year postoperatively. Overall 87% of patients noticed improved quality of life as a result of surgery. Minimum postoperative followup was 6 months in all cases. Complications included prostatitis in 2.6% of patients, urethral stricture in 1.8%, bladder neck contracture in 4.4% and reoperation for residual prostate tissue in 5.3%. Neodymium:YAG laser coagulation of the prostate represents an efficacious surgical intervention for symptomatic bladder outlet obstruction with minimal associated morbidity. Voiding outcomes are durable through 3 years.

  15. Synthesis, property and crystal structure of a novel two-dimensional network organic-inorganic hybrid compound based on the neodymium III center and Keggin-type heteropolyanion of [α-BW 12O 40] 5-

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    Niu, Jingyang; Zhao, Junwei; Wang, Jingping; Ma, Pengtao

    2004-08-01

    A novel two-dimensional infinite network organic-inorganic hybrid neodymium(III)-centered compound of formula (dmaH) 2[Nd(dmf) 4(H 2O)][α-BW 12O 40]·H 2O ( 1) [dma=dimethylamine and dmf= N, N-dimethylformamide] is obtained by the conventional self-assembly reaction of neodymium oxide, N, N-dimethylformamide and borotungstic acid (α-H 5BW 12O 40·30H 2O) in the mixed solvent of acetonitrile and water, and characterized by IR, UV-visible spectra and X-ray single crystal diffraction. Structural analysis indicates that every [α-BW 12O 40] 5- polyanion interconnects with three adjacent [Nd(dmf) 4(H 2O)] 3+ subunits by means of W-O-Nd bridges, meanwhile, every [Nd(dmf) 4(H 2O)] 3+ building block is surrounded by three neighboring [α-BW 12O 40] 5- polyanions by making use of which an unprecedented two-dimensional extended network structure can be constructed. Interestingly, this structure pattern may act as useful model for the design and assembly of functional molecule-based compounds, especially in the field of molecular sieve materials.

  16. Development of a reliable analytical method for liquid anion-exchange extraction and separation of neodymium(III).

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    Kokare, Balasaheb N; Kamble, Ganesh S; Sargar, Balasaheb M; Anuse, Mansing A

    2012-01-01

    The liquid-liquid extraction of neodymium(III) from succinate media (0.06 M) has been studied at pH 6.0 with the solution of 0.1 M of N-n-octylaniline in xylene when equilibrium is maintained for 5 min. The back-extraction of neodymium(III) has been performed by using 0.1 M HClO₄. The effect of various parameters, such as pH, equilibrium time, extractant concentration, stripping agents, organic diluents, and aqueous to organic volume ratio on the extraction of neodymium(III) has been studied. On the basis of slope analysis, the stoichiometry of the extracted species was determined as 1 : 1 : 2 [RR'NH₂⁺Nd(succinate)₂⁻](org). The method is free from interference of large number cations and anions. The method was used for the selective extraction of neodymium(III) from its binary mixture with U(VI), Zr(IV), Nb(V), La(III), Th(IV), Ce(IV), and Y(III). The proposed method is selective and was successfully applied to the synthetic mixtures to show the practical utility of the extractant.

  17. Development of a Reliable Analytical Method for Liquid Anion-Exchange Extraction and Separation of Neodymium(III)

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    Kokare, Balasaheb N.; Kamble, Ganesh S.; Sargar, Balasaheb M.; Anuse, Mansing A.

    2012-01-01

    The liquid-liquid extraction of neodymium(III) from succinate media (0.06 M) has been studied at pH 6.0 with the solution of 0.1 M of N-n-octylaniline in xylene when equilibrium is maintained for 5 min. The back-extraction of neodymium(III) has been performed by using 0.1 M HClO4. The effect of various parameters, such as pH, equilibrium time, extractant concentration, stripping agents, organic diluents, and aqueous to organic volume ratio on the extraction of neodymium(III) has been studied. On the basis of slope analysis, the stoichiometry of the extracted species was determined as 1 : 1 : 2 [RR′NH2+Nd(succinate)2−](org). The method is free from interference of large number cations and anions. The method was used for the selective extraction of neodymium(III) from its binary mixture with U(VI), Zr(IV), Nb(V), La(III), Th(IV), Ce(IV), and Y(III). The proposed method is selective and was successfully applied to the synthetic mixtures to show the practical utility of the extractant. PMID:22701373

  18. Structural and optical properties of Nd{sup 3+} doped gadolinium oxide 1D nanorods

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    Boopathi, G. Mohan, R.; Raj, S. Gokul; Kumar, G. Ramesh

    2014-04-24

    Neodymium doped gadolinium hydroxide [Nd:Gd(OH)3] nanorods were successfully synthesized at 60 °C through co-precipitation method. The dopant percentage was maintained at 5% and calcination was done at 750 °C temperature for 1 hour to form the respective neodymium doped gadolinium oxide [Nd:Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}] nanorods. The as-formed and annealed products were investigated in detail by using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDX), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectrophotometry.

  19. Development studies for a novel wet oxidation process

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    Dhooge, P.M.; Hakim, L.B.

    1994-01-01

    A catalytic wet oxidation process (DETOX), which uses an acidic iron solution to oxidize organic compounds to carbon dioxide, water, and other simple products, was investigated as a potential method for the treatment of multicomponent hazardous and mixed wastes. The organic compounds picric acid, poly(vinyl chloride), tetrachlorothiophene, pentachloropyridine, Aroclor 1260 (a polychlorinated biphenyl), and hexachlorobenzene were oxidized in 125 ml reaction vessels. The metals arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, cerium (as a surrogate for plutonium), chromium, lead, mercury, neodymium (as a surrogate for uranium), nickel, and vanadium were tested in the DETOX solution. Barium, beryllium, cerium, chromium, mercury, neodymium, nickel, and vanadium were all found to be very soluble (>100 g/l) in the DETOX chloride-based solution. Arsenic, barium, cadmium, and lead solubilities were lower. Lead could be selectively precipitated from the DETOX solution. Chromium(VI) was reduced to relatively non-toxic chromium(III) by the solution. Six soils were contaminated with arsenic, barium, beryllium, chromium, lead, and neodymium oxides at approximately 0.1% by weight, and benzene, trichloroethene, mineral oil, and Aroclor 1260 at approximately 5% by weight total, and 5.g amounts treated with the DETOX solution in unstirred 125. ml reaction bombs. It is felt that soil treatment in a properly designed system is entirely possible despite incomplete oxidation of the less volatile organic materials in these unstirred tests.

  20. Extruded channel waveguides in a neodymium-doped lead-silicate glass for integrated optic applications

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    Mairaj, Arshad K.; Feng, Xian; Hewak, Daniel W.

    2003-10-01

    We report on the development of channel waveguides in a lead-silicate glass through the extrusion technique. An extruded glass slab with four imbedded fibers each with core size of 8 by 2.5 μm in the horizontal and vertical directions was manufactured. These neodymium-doped channel waveguides were in single-mode operation at 808 nm and had attenuation of 0.1 dB cm-1 at 1.06 μm. The measured 4F3/2 lifetime of 488 μs and emission cross section of 2.5×10-20 cm2 were in good agreement with reported values. The integration of multiple glass variants into a single compact platform is presented as a manufacturing route for complex integrated optical waveguides.

  1. Defect characterization in neodymium doped thallium indium disulfide crystals by thermoluminescence measurements

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    Delice, S.; Gasanly, N. M.

    2016-10-01

    Characteristics of defect centers in neodymium doped TlInS2 single crystals have been investigated in virtue of thermoluminescence measurements carried out at low temperatures (10-300 K) with various heating rates between 0.4 and 1.2 K s-1. One glow peak was detected with peak maximum temperature of 26 K at a rate of 0.4 K s-1. The observed glow peak was analyzed using three points and heating rate methods. The analysis results revealed the presence of one trap level with activation energy of 14 meV. Three points method showed that mixed order of kinetic dominates the trapping level. Shift of peak maximum temperature to higher values and decrease in TL intensity were observed as the heating rate was increased progressively. Distribution of traps was demonstrated using an experimental method based on illumination temperature varying between 10 and 14 K.

  2. The durability of parylene coatings on neodymium-iron-boron magnets.

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    Noar, J H; Wahab, A; Evans, R D; Wojcik, A G

    1999-12-01

    A parylene coating is frequently used to prevent corrosion of neodymium-iron-boron magnets when they are used intra-orally. This in vitro study was designed to test the durability of parylene coating in a simulated oral environment. Single and double parylene-coated magnets were subjected to grinding and crushing forces in an industrial ball mill. The results demonstrate that abrasion and wear was visible around the edges after 1 hour of testing, with a breach of the coating noted under high magnification scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The conclusion of the study is that parylene coating is unlikely to withstand intra-oral forces. The shape of the magnets, the manufacturing process involved in their production, and the thickness of the parylene coating are important factors to consider with respect to the durability of magnets used in the mouth.

  3. Investigation on microstructure and martensitic transformation of neodymium-added NiTi shape memory alloys

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    Maashaa, Dovchinvanchig; Dorj, Ulzii-Orshikh; Lee, Malrey; Lee, Min Hi; Zhao, Chunwang; Dashjav, Munguntsetseg; Woo, Seon-Mi

    2016-10-01

    The effect of rare earth element neodymium (Nd) addition on the microstructure and martensitic transformation behavior of Ni50Ti50-xNdx (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 at.%) shape memory alloy was investigated by scanning electronic microscope, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. The results show that the microstructure of Ni-Ti-Nd ternary alloy consists of NiNd phase, NiTi2 and the NiTi matrix. A one-step martensitic transformation is observed in the alloys. The martensitic transformation temperature Ms increases sharply increasing 0.1-0.7 at.% Nd content is added.

  4. Calf thymus DNA binding studies of the new neodymium-naproxen complex.

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    Huo, Ruina; Xu, Guiqing; Jiang, Xiaoying; Ge, Yao; Xue, Zaikun; Cui, Fengling

    2012-05-01

    Fluorescence spectroscopy in combination with UV absorption spectroscopy was carried out to investigate the interaction between the neodymium-naproxen complex (Nd-NAP) and calf thymus DNA (ctDNA). The experimental results showed that Nd-NAP intercalated with the ctDNA base pairs. Analysis of fluorescence quenching data of Nd-NAP by ctDNA at different temperatures using a Stern-Volmer equation revealed that dynamic and static quenching occurred simultaneously. The binding constants and the number of binding sites at 293 and 310 K were obtained as 2.904 × 10(4) L mol(-1), 1.172 and 2.432 × 10(4) L mol(-1), 1.143, respectively. The thermodynamic parameters ΔG, ΔH, and ΔS calculated at different temperatures indicated that hydrogen bonding and van der Waals force were the main binding forces.

  5. Vacuum ultraviolet field emission lamp consisting of neodymium ion doped lutetium fluoride thin film as phosphor.

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    Yanagihara, Masahiro; Tsuji, Takayuki; Yusop, Mohd Zamri; Tanemura, Masaki; Ono, Shingo; Nagami, Tomohito; Fukuda, Kentaro; Suyama, Toshihisa; Yokota, Yuui; Yanagida, Takayuki; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2014-01-01

    A vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) field emission lamp was developed by using a neodymium ion doped lutetium fluoride (Nd(3+) : LuF3) thin film as solid-state phosphor and carbon nanofiber field electron emitters. The thin film was synthesized by pulsed laser deposition and incorporated into the lamp. The cathodoluminescence spectra of the lamp showed multiple emission peaks at 180, 225, and 255 nm. These emission spectra were in good agreement with the spectra reported for the Nd(3+) : LuF3 crystal. Moreover, application of an acceleration voltage effectively increased the emission intensity. These results contribute to the performance enhancement of the lamp operating in the VUV region.

  6. Heavy metals chromium and neodymium reduced phosphorylation level of heat shock protein 27 in human keratinocytes.

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    Zhang, Qihao; Zhang, Lei; Xiao, Xue; Su, Zhijian; Zou, Ping; Hu, Hao; Huang, Yadong; He, Qing-Yu

    2010-06-01

    Heavy metals may exert their acute and chronic effects on the human skin through stress signals. In the present study, 2DE-based proteomics was used to analyze the protein expression in human keratinocytes exposed to heavy metals, chromium and neodymium, and 10 proteins with altered expression were identified. Among these proteins, small heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) was up-regulated significantly and the up-regulation was validated by Western blot and immunofluorescence. In addition, the mRNA expression level of HSP27 markedly increased as detected by quantitative PCR. More interestingly, the ratio of phosphorylated HSP27 and total HSP27 significantly decreased in keratinocytes treated with the heavy metals. These findings suggested that heavy metals reduced the phosphorylation level of HSP27, and that the ratio of p-HSP27 and HSP27 may represent a potential marker or additional endpoint for the hazard assessment of skin irritation caused by chemical products.

  7. The effect of popcorn and carbonization on neodymium: YAG laser dosimetry in the canine model.

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    Perlmutter, A P; Vargas, J C; Muschter, R

    1995-01-01

    Neodymium:YAG laser irradiation of the canine prostate provides an experimental model for the study of the laser-tissue interaction in laser prostatectomy. Prostate irradiation was undertaken using right-angle-firing laser fibers through an open suprapubic cystotomy, and the procedure was monitored by video endoscopy via a perineal urethrostomy. The effects of popcorn and surface carbonization on intraprostatic heating profiles were determined by interstitial thermometry. We found that popcorn reduced intraprostatic temperatures but that continued irradiation resulted in the restoration of heating. Carbonization resulted in the loss of heating ability deep in the prostate. These observations allow the urologist to understand the thermal implications of observed surface change and to modify lasing parameters during surgery to obtain the desired laser-tissue interaction.

  8. Extraction chromatography of neodymium by an organophosphorous extractant supported on various polymeric resins

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    Takigawa, D.Y.

    1993-04-01

    Fifteen resins coated with dihexyl-N,N-diethylcarbamoylmethyl phosphonate (CMP) were studied for their extraction of neodymium (Nd) in 4.0 and 7.0 M nitric acid. Resin properties, such as chemical composition and physical morphology, which can influence Nd extraction as well as subsequent resin regeneration (Nd stripping), were identified. Hydrophilic or polar resins coated with CMP efficiently extracted the Nd. Resins initially washed free of residual monomer and solvent before CMP coating outperformed their untreated counterparts. The macroporous styrene-divinylbenzene hydrophobic resins that were high in surface area were less effective supports compared with hydrophilic microporous Aurorez, polybenzimidazole (PBI) and macroporous Amberlite polyacrylic resins. Only one resin, Duolite C-467, showed no measurable improvement in Nd extraction with CMP coating. CMP-coated Aurorez PBI, a microporous and hydrophilic polymeric resin with an average surface area, showed the best overall efficiency for Nd removal and resin regeneration.

  9. Bleb reduction using combined photodisruptive and photocoagulative neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser.

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    Kumar, Harsh; Dangda, Sonal

    2016-12-01

    This case report aims to highlight the role of photodisruptive neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) (1064 nm) laser in the treatment of bleb dysesthesia, which occurs in overhanging blebs or with perilimbal spread. Although treatment of such dysesthetic blebs with laser photocoagulation has been previously described, cases where the height of bleb precludes laser penetration, desired effect might not be seen. We herein describe a technique using a combination of photocoagulative (532 nm) and photodisruptive (1064 nm) Nd:YAG laser for a high bleb migrating nasally and inferiorly along the limbus in a 64-year-old female, causing hypotony and consequent macular edema. Successful reduction could be achieved within a week of treatment. By 6 weeks, intraocular pressure improved to 8 mmHg, macular edema subsided, and visual acuity improved to 6/6. Although surgical procedures to correct bleb dysesthesia are available, laser procedures being quick outpatient modalities are more comfortable for the patients.

  10. Influence of the neodymium glass parameters on the amplified spontaneous emission in slab amplifier

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    Wang, Bingyan; Zhang, Junyong; Zhang, Yanli; Wang, Li; Zhu, Jianqiang

    2015-02-01

    Amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) causes the decrease of the inverted population density and the nonuniformity of gain in slab amplifier for high power laser systems. In this paper, a three dimension model, based on the data in SG-II, in which the residual reflection in the cladding and the ASE process are taken into consideration, is built to analyze the space distribution and time evolution of small signal gain coefficient using Monte Carlo algorithm and ray tracing. This model has been verified by comparing with the experimental data. The traverse size of slab is 68.2cm×36.3cm, which is usually decided by the clear aperture and the manufacture. By means of the model, the impact of thickness, residual reflectivity and the stimulated cross section of neodymium glass to the ASE are analyzed in detail.

  11. Vacuum Ultraviolet Field Emission Lamp Consisting of Neodymium Ion Doped Lutetium Fluoride Thin Film as Phosphor

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    Yanagihara, Masahiro; Tsuji, Takayuki; Yusop, Mohd Zamri; Tanemura, Masaki; Nagami, Tomohito; Fukuda, Kentaro; Suyama, Toshihisa; Yokota, Yuui; Yanagida, Takayuki; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2014-01-01

    A vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) field emission lamp was developed by using a neodymium ion doped lutetium fluoride (Nd3+ : LuF3) thin film as solid-state phosphor and carbon nanofiber field electron emitters. The thin film was synthesized by pulsed laser deposition and incorporated into the lamp. The cathodoluminescence spectra of the lamp showed multiple emission peaks at 180, 225, and 255 nm. These emission spectra were in good agreement with the spectra reported for the Nd3+ : LuF3 crystal. Moreover, application of an acceleration voltage effectively increased the emission intensity. These results contribute to the performance enhancement of the lamp operating in the VUV region. PMID:25302320

  12. Current status and future outlook for bonded neodymium permanent magnets (invited)

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    Croat, J. J.

    1997-04-01

    Bonded neodymium magnets can provide significant size and weight reduction and/or performance enhancement over sintered and, particularly, bonded ferrite permanent magnets and, moreover, provide these benefits at reasonable cost. Primarily for these reasons, these bonded magnets are now used in a wide and growing range of computer peripheral, office automation, and consumer electronic applications and now constitute the fastest growing segment of the permanent magnet market. The current status of these materials will be reviewed. Included is a brief overview of the manufacture of these magnetically isotropic magnets and a discussion of their unique properties and features from the perspective of both bonded magnet producer and user. Major applications are discussed as are some of the factors that will drive the market for these materials in the future. New technical developments, including the status and outlook for anisotropic bonded materials, high remanance isotropic materials and high temperature bonded magnets will also be discussed.

  13. High-energy neodymium laser radiation for the treatment of face cutaneous melanoma.

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    Moskalik, K G; Kozlov, A P; Demin, E V

    2010-01-01

    This study retrospectively evaluated the curative efficacy of two powerful pulsed Neodymium (Nd) lasers (lambda = 1060 nm, pulse duration 1 and 4.5 msec, maximum pulse energy 700 and 1000 J, respectively) for the treatment of 47 patients with histologically confirmed stage I cutaneous melanoma of the face who were followed-up 5 years and more. The estimated 5-year survival rate was 82.9%. Regional and distant metastases developed in 23.4% of the patients. There were no cases with local recurrences. High-energy pulsed Nd laser radiation is effective in treating flat and / or slightly raised cutaneous stage I facial melanomas, while the therapeutic result is also accompanied by positive cosmetic result.

  14. Neodymium in the oceans: a global database, a regional comparison and implications for palaeoceanographic research

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    Griffiths, Alexander M.; Lambelet, Myriam; Little, Susan H.; Stichel, Torben; Wilson, David J.

    2016-01-01

    The neodymium (Nd) isotopic composition of seawater has been used extensively to reconstruct ocean circulation on a variety of time scales. However, dissolved neodymium concentrations and isotopes do not always behave conservatively, and quantitative deconvolution of this non-conservative component can be used to detect trace metal inputs and isotopic exchange at ocean–sediment interfaces. In order to facilitate such comparisons for historical datasets, we here provide an extended global database for Nd isotopes and concentrations in the context of hydrography and nutrients. Since 2010, combined datasets for a large range of trace elements and isotopes are collected on international GEOTRACES section cruises, alongside classical nutrient and hydrography measurements. Here, we take a first step towards exploiting these datasets by comparing high-resolution Nd sections for the western and eastern North Atlantic in the context of hydrography, nutrients and aluminium (Al) concentrations. Evaluating those data in tracer–tracer space reveals that North Atlantic seawater Nd isotopes and concentrations generally follow the patterns of advection, as do Al concentrations. Deviations from water mass mixing are observed locally, associated with the addition or removal of trace metals in benthic nepheloid layers, exchange with ocean margins (i.e. boundary exchange) and/or exchange with particulate phases (i.e. reversible scavenging). We emphasize that the complexity of some of the new datasets cautions against a quantitative interpretation of individual palaeo Nd isotope records, and indicates the importance of spatial reconstructions for a more balanced approach to deciphering past ocean changes. This article is part of the themed issue ‘Biological and climatic impacts of ocean trace element chemistry’.

  15. The photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of neodymium and iodine doped TiO(2) nanoparticles.

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    Jiang, Xuefeng; Yang, Lu; Liu, Peng; Li, Xi; Shen, Jian

    2010-08-01

    A series of photocatalysts were synthesized by neodymium and iodine doped TiO(2). The characteristics of neodymium and iodine doped TiO(2) were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra, and scanning electronic microscope (SEM). In the synthesis process, Nd:I:TiO(2) with different doping content (molar ratios) calcined at different temperature was designed. After the photocatalysts were synthesized under different condition, they were compared with each other by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB). The most efficient catalyst to degrade MB was Nd combined with I doped TiO(2) with molar ratio of 5:10:100 calcined at 400 degrees C. It is anatase crystal and the average size of crystallites was about 6.0 nm. It has absorption spectrometry in the visible light range of 400-550 nm. In addition, compared with pure TiO(2), the doped catalyst also has intense absorption at 528, 587, 683, 750, 808, and 881 nm. The catalytic efficiency was tested by monitoring the photocatalytic degradation, and detriment of MB and bovine serum albumin (BSA). The antibacterial activities were studied by Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). The results showed that the optimum doping contents was Nd:I:TiO(2)=5:10:100 (molar ratio) calcined at 400 degrees C, and the synthesized catalyst could inhibit E. coli and S. aureus through damaging their outer membrane (even deteriorated completely) by the irradiation of visible light.

  16. Neodymium in the oceans: a global database, a regional comparison and implications for palaeoceanographic research

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    van de Flierdt, Tina; Griffiths, Alexander M.; Lambelet, Myriam; Little, Susan H.; Stichel, Torben; Wilson, David J.

    2016-11-01

    The neodymium (Nd) isotopic composition of seawater has been used extensively to reconstruct ocean circulation on a variety of time scales. However, dissolved neodymium concentrations and isotopes do not always behave conservatively, and quantitative deconvolution of this non-conservative component can be used to detect trace metal inputs and isotopic exchange at ocean-sediment interfaces. In order to facilitate such comparisons for historical datasets, we here provide an extended global database for Nd isotopes and concentrations in the context of hydrography and nutrients. Since 2010, combined datasets for a large range of trace elements and isotopes are collected on international GEOTRACES section cruises, alongside classical nutrient and hydrography measurements. Here, we take a first step towards exploiting these datasets by comparing high-resolution Nd sections for the western and eastern North Atlantic in the context of hydrography, nutrients and aluminium (Al) concentrations. Evaluating those data in tracer-tracer space reveals that North Atlantic seawater Nd isotopes and concentrations generally follow the patterns of advection, as do Al concentrations. Deviations from water mass mixing are observed locally, associated with the addition or removal of trace metals in benthic nepheloid layers, exchange with ocean margins (i.e. boundary exchange) and/or exchange with particulate phases (i.e. reversible scavenging). We emphasize that the complexity of some of the new datasets cautions against a quantitative interpretation of individual palaeo Nd isotope records, and indicates the importance of spatial reconstructions for a more balanced approach to deciphering past ocean changes. This article is part of the themed issue 'Biological and climatic impacts of ocean trace element chemistry'.

  17. Effect of corrosion products (neodymium iron boron) on oral fibroblast proliferation.

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    Evans, R D; McDonald, F

    1995-01-01

    The biological effects of the corrosion products of neodymium iron boron (Nd2Fe14B) magnets are largely unknown. The aim of this study was to identify the types of corrosion product and to evaluate the effect of the corrosion products (CP) of Nd2Fe14B magnets on the proliferation of human oral mucosal fibroblasts. Uncoated Nd2Fe14B magnets were stored in saline at 37 degrees C for 6 months and the corrosion products collected. 100 microL of a cell suspension (human oral mucosal fibroblasts [14 x 10(4) cells/mL]) was aliquoted into 72 wells of a 96-well plate, the remaining plates receiving culture medium only. After 12 h incubation at 37 degrees C, each well then received 100 microL of either (A) culture medium, (B) 100% CP, (C) 50% CP, or (D) 0% CP. The plates were reincubated at 37 degrees C for a further 48, 96, or 144 h. Fibroblast proliferation was assessed using the methylene blue uptake/elution technique. The compounds in the corrosion product were examined using quantitative X-ray analysis. Statistical analysis (ANOVA, Bonferroni's test 0.05, SAS v 6.04), showed that at each time point, the cell numbers in groups B, C, and D were significantly lower than group A. Within groups B, C, and D no significant differences were found, despite the suggestion of a dose response effect. Fibroblast proliferation in the presence of corrosion products was significantly lower than with culture medium. Fibroblast proliferation did occur in the presence of 0, 50, and 100% CP. The actual corrosion products appeared to be salts of iron but 3.2% (+/- 0.6) of neodymium chloride (NdCl3) was found.

  18. Neodymium isotopic characterization of Ross Sea Bottom Water and its advection through the southern South Pacific

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    Basak, Chandranath; Pahnke, Katharina; Frank, Martin; Lamy, Frank; Gersonde, Rainer

    2015-06-01

    Since the inception of the international GEOTRACES program, studies investigating the distribution of trace elements and their isotopes in the global ocean have significantly increased. In spite of this large-scale effort, the distribution of neodymium isotopes (143Nd/144Nd, εNd) and concentrations ([Nd]) in the high latitude South Pacific is still understudied, specifically north of the Antarctic Polar Front (APF). Here we report dissolved Nd isotopes and concentrations from 11 vertical water column profiles from the South Pacific between South America and New Zealand and across the Antarctic frontal system. Results confirm that Ross Sea Bottom Water (RSBW) is represented by an εNd value of ∼ - 7, and for the first time show that these Nd characteristics can be traced into the Southeast Pacific until progressive mixing with ambient Lower Circumpolar Deep Water (LCDW) dilutes this signal north of the APF. That is, εNd behaves conservatively in RSBW, opening a path for studies of past RSBW behavior. Neodymium concentrations show low surface concentrations and a linear increase with depth north of the APF. South of the APF, surface [Nd] is high and increases with depth but remains almost constant below ∼1000 m. This vertical and spatial [Nd] pattern follows the southward shoaling density surfaces of the Southern Ocean and hence suggests supply of Nd to the upper ocean through upwelling of Nd-rich deep water. Low particle abundance due to reduced opal production and seasonal sea ice cover likely contributes to the maintenance of the high upper ocean [Nd] south of the APF. This suggests a dominant lateral transport component on [Nd] and a reduced vertical control on Nd concentrations in the South Pacific south of the APF.

  19. Concentrations and isotopic compositions of neodymium in the eastern Indian Ocean and Indonesian straits

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    Jeandel, Catherine; Thouron, Danièle; Fieux, Michèle

    1998-08-01

    Four profiles of Nd concentration and isotopic composition were determined at two stations in the eastern Indian Ocean along a north/south section between Bali and Port-Hedland and at two others in the Timor and Sumba straits. Neodymium concentrations increase with depth, between 7.2 pmol/L at the surface to 41.7 pmol/L close to the bottom. The ɛ Nd of the different water masses along the section are -7.2 ± 0.2 for the Indian Bottom Waters and -6.1 ± 0.2 for the Indian Deep Waters. The intermediate and thermocline waters are less radiogenic at st-10 than at st-20 (-5.3 ± 0.3 and -3.6 ± 0.2, respectively). In the Timor Passage and Sumba Strait, ɛ Nd of the Indonesian waters is -4.1 ± 0.2 and that of the North Indian Intermediate Waters is -2.6 ± 0.3. These distinct isotopic signals constrain the origins of the different water masses sampled in the eastern Indian Ocean. They fix the limit of the nonradiogenic Antarctic and Indian contributions to the southern part of the section whereas the northern part is influenced by radiogenic Indonesian flows. In addition, the neodymium isotopic composition suggests that in the north, deep waters are influenced by a radiogenic component originating from the Sunda Arch Slope flowing deeper than 1200 m, which was not documented previously. Mixing calculations assess the conservativity of ɛ Nd on the scale of an oceanic basin. The origin of the surprising radiogenic signal of the NIIW is discussed and could result from a remobilization of Nd sediment-hosted on the Java shelf, requiring important dissolved/particulate exchange processes. Such processes, occurring in specific areas, could play an important role in the world ocean Nd budget.

  20. Variability of neodymium isotopes associated with planktonic foraminifera in the Pacific Ocean during the Holocene and Last Glacial Maximum

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    Hu, Rong; Piotrowski, Alexander M.; Bostock, Helen C.; Crowhurst, Simon; Rennie, Victoria

    2016-08-01

    The deep Pacific Ocean holds the largest oceanic reservoir of carbon which may interchange with the atmosphere on climatologically important timescales. The circulation of the deep Pacific during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), however, is not well understood. Neodymium (Nd) isotopes of ferromanganese oxide coatings precipitated on planktonic foraminifera are a valuable proxy for deep ocean water mass reconstruction in paleoceanography. In this study, we present Nd isotope compositions (εNd) of planktonic foraminifera for the Holocene and the LGM obtained from 55 new sites widely distributed in the Pacific Ocean. The Holocene planktonic foraminiferal εNd results agree with the proximal seawater data, indicating that they provide a reliable record of modern bottom water Nd isotopes in the deep Pacific. There is a good correlation between foraminiferal εNd and seawater phosphate concentrations (R2 = 0.80), but poorer correlation with silicate (R2 = 0.37). Our interpretation is that the radiogenic Nd isotope is added to the deep open Pacific through particle release from the upper ocean during deep water mass advection and aging. The data thus also imply the Nd isotopes in the Pacific are not likely to be controlled by silicate cycling. In the North Pacific, the glacial Nd isotopic compositions are similar to the Holocene values, indicating that the Nd isotope composition of North Pacific Deep Water (NPDW) remained constant (-3.5 to -4). During the LGM, the southwest Pacific cores throughout the water column show higher εNd corroborating previous studies which suggested a reduced inflow of North Atlantic Deep Water to the Pacific. However, the western equatorial Pacific deep water does not record a corresponding radiogenic excursion, implying reduced radiogenic boundary inputs during the LGM probably due to a shorter duration of seawater-particle interaction in a stronger glacial deep boundary current. A significant negative glacial εNd excursion is evident in

  1. Homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction of neodymium(III) by choline hexafluoroacetylacetonate in the ionic liquid choline bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide.

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    Onghena, Bieke; Jacobs, Jeroen; Van Meervelt, Luc; Binnemans, Koen

    2014-08-14

    The ionic liquid choline bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [Chol][Tf2N], was used for the extraction of neodymium(III), in combination with choline hexafluoroacetylacetonate, [Chol][hfac], as the extractant. The binary mixture of [Chol][Tf2N] and water shows temperature-dependent phase behavior, with an upper critical solution temperature of 72 °C. A novel extraction technique, homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction (HLLE), was applied to this solvent system. HLLE is based on the use of thermomorphic solvent mixtures and has the advantage of forming a homogeneous phase during mixing. Extraction is not kinetically hindered by an interface and the extraction equilibrium is reached faster than in the case of heterogeneous mixing in conventional solvent extraction. Several extraction parameters were studied for the extraction of neodymium(III) with [Chol][hfac]: temperature, pH, extractant concentration and loading of the ionic liquid phase. A speciation study was performed to determine the stoichiometry of the extracted neodymium(III) complex and a plausible extraction mechanism is proposed. Neodymium is extracted as a tetrakis hexafluoroacetylacetonate complex with one choline cation as counter ion. The crystal structure of the extracted complex showed the presence of a coordination bond between the choline counter ion and the neodymium(III) center, resulting in a coordination number of nine. The stripping of the loaded neodymium and the influence of acid and extractant concentrations on the phase behavior of the [Chol][Tf2N]-H2O system were investigated.

  2. Bioaccumulation of cerium and neodymium by Bacillus cereus isolated from rare earth environments of Chavara and Manavalakurichi, India.

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    Challaraj Emmanuel, E S; Vignesh, V; Anandkumar, B; Maruthamuthu, S

    2011-10-01

    Rare earth elements (REEs) are among the common minerals in the Rare earth environment that are very precious and also enhance soil properties. The aim of this present study is to evaluate the accumulation of REEs by bacterial isolates of rare earth environment. Morphological and biochemical characterization were done for 37 bacterial isolates and also molecular studies were carried out using 16S rRNA sequencing method. The assessment of REEs composition in soil samples of Chavara and Manavalakurichi analyzed using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) showed the abundance of Cerium and Neodymium among lanthanides. The bioaccumulation study of rare earth elements by Bacillus cereus were accomplished employing FT-IR spectrum and ICP-OES analysis. The significant accumulation of rare earth elements especially Cerium and Neodymium was noticed in Bacillus cereus isolated from rare earth environment.

  3. ELEMENTS OF LASER SETUPS: Highly efficient passive Q switches for a neodymium laser based on thiopyrylotricarbocyanine dyes

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    Bezrodnyi, V. I.; Derevyanko, Nadezhda A.; Ishchenko, Aleksandr A.; Kropachev, A. V.

    2009-01-01

    The spectral, photochemical and nonlinear optical properties of a group of thiopyrylotricarbocyanine dyes in a polyurethane matrix are studied and compared with well-known materials for passive Q-switching such as nickel BDN and BDNII complexes. Passive laser Q switches based on these dyes feature the high modulation efficiency (up to 76%) in neodymium lasers and high photochemical stability. It is shown that the service life of Q switches can be considerably increased by removing oxygen from a polymer matrix.

  4. Neodymium glass laser with a pulse energy of 220 J and a pulse repetition rate of 0.02 Hz

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    Kuzmin, A A; Kulagin, O V; Khazanov, Efim A; Shaykin, A A

    2013-07-31

    A compact neodymium glass laser with a pulse energy of 220 J and a record-high pulse repetition rate of 0.02 Hz (pulse duration 30 ns) is developed. Thermally induced phase distortions are compensated using wave phase conjugation. The integral depolarisation of radiation is decreased to 0.4% by using linear compensation schemes. The second harmonic of laser radiation can be used for pumping Ti : sapphire multipetawatt complexes. (letters)

  5. Supported neodymium catalysts for isoprene and rac-β-butyrolactone polymerization: modulation of reactivity by controlled grafting.

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    Terrier, Michael; Brulé, Emilie; Vitorino, Marta J; Ajellal, Noureddine; Robert, Carine; Gauvin, Régis M; Thomas, Christophe M

    2011-01-17

    A series of hybrid materials, bearing neodymium silylamide initiating groups, have been shown to mediate isoprene polymerization when combined with alkyl aluminum activators [methylaluminoxane, AlEt(2)Cl, Al(iBu)(3)]. The surface species nature and relative distribution were correlated with isoprene polymerization activity and selectivity. This approach to stereocontrol modulation has been extended to racemic β-butyrolactone isoselective ring opening polymerization.

  6. Vitreous changes after neodymium-YAG laser irradiation of the posterior lens capsule or mid-vitreous

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    Lerman, S.; Thrasher, B.; Moran, M.

    1984-04-01

    Exposure of four monkey and 26 rabbit eyes to neodymium-YAG laser irradiation to the posterior lens capsule or the mid-vitreous area clearly demonstrated significant vitreous changes (liquefaction) as measured by viscosity analyses and proton relaxation studies. We found marked molecular alterations in the vitreous of the exposed eye compared with the contralateral control (unirradiated) eye. These alterations, occurring immediately after laser treatment, were probably the result of acoustic transients accompanying the laser irradiation.

  7. Variations in the neodymium and strontium isotopic composition and REE content of molluscan shells from the Cretaceous Western Interior seaway

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    Whittaker, S.G.; Kyser, T.K. )

    1993-08-01

    Rare earth element concentrations, [epsilon][sub ND](T) values, and strontium isotopic compositions of mollusc shells were used to trace variations in the neodymium and strontium isotopic composition of the epicontinental Late Cretaceous Western Interior seaway of North America. Rare earth element patterns are different in aragonite and calcite produced by the molluscs endemic to the seaway, indicating that either mineralogical control or possibly scavenging by organic films associated with the different phases of biogenic carbonate resulted in differential partitioning of the REEs from seawater during shell formation. The biogenic carbonate also may contain REEs associated with Fe-flocs trapped in the shells during growth, but these flocs cannot result in different REE patterns of aragonite and calcite produced by the molluscs. The neodymium isotopic composition of the Western Interior seaway is inferred to have varied 13 [epsilon]-units over 20 My as a result of incursions of seawater from the Arctic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, river influx from tectonically active terranes, benthic diagenetic fluxes, and volcanic ash falls. Ash from a variety of volcanic centers in western North America was significant in producing rapid and marked changes in [sup 143]Nd/[sup 144]Nd ratios of the seaway, and abrupt regional variations in neodymium isotopic composition of the seaway make the construction of an accurate neodymium isotope evolution curve difficult for this basin. Strontium isotopic compositions of the mollusc shells indicate the [sup 87]Sr/[sup 86]Sr ratio of the Western Interior seaway was generally similar to contemporaneous oceans, although, periodically, the basin had strontium isotopic compositions distinct from contemporaneous seawater. 58 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs.

  8. Mode locking and Q switching of a diode laser pumped neodymium-doped yttrium lithium fluoride laser

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    Maker, G.T.; Ferguson, A.I.

    1989-01-30

    We have developed a mode-locked, diode pumped, neodymium-doped yttrium lithium fluoride (Nd:YLF) laser operating at 1.053 ..mu..m. The laser produces pulses of 18 ps duration at an average power level of 12 mW. When Q switched the duration of the pulse train was 140 ns, giving rise to peak powers of 15 kW.

  9. The efficacy of facial skin cancer treatment with high-energy pulsed neodymium and Nd:YAG lasers.

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    Moskalik, Konstantin; Kozlov, Alexander; Demin, Eugeny; Boiko, Ernest

    2009-04-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the curative and cosmetic efficacy of treatment for facial skin cancer using neodymium laser irradiation. Due to the complex anatomy of the area, therapy for facial skin cancer is difficult. Laser irradiation was used for the treatment of 3461 patients with 3624 facial skin cancer lesions of stages T(1-2)N(0)M(0:) 3346 basal cell skin cancers, 188 limited basal cell skin cancer recurrences, and 90 squamous cell skin cancers. Pulsed neodymium (Nd) and Nd:YAG lasers were used as the energy sources. The patients were followed-up from 3 mo to 5 y or more. Patients with basal cell skin cancer treated by irradiation with the Nd laser developed recurrences in 1.8% of cases, and patients treated with the Nd:YAG laser had a recurrence rate of 2.5%. Recurrences following treatment for basal cell skin cancer, and those of squamous cell skin cancer, after irradiation with the Nd laser appeared in 3.7% and 4.4% of patients, respectively. Overall, the frequency of facial skin cancer recurrences after treatment with laser irradiation was 2.1% of all the irradiated tumors. Neodymium laser irradiation is an effective method to treat facial skin cancer of stages T(1-2)N(0)M(0), and results in acceptable cosmetic results.

  10. Neodymium Isotope data for Foraminifera Indicates Increased Nile Outflow During Mediterranean Anoxic Events

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    Scrivner, A. E.; Vance, D.; Rohling, E. J.

    2001-12-01

    The environmental conditions leading to deep water anoxia in the Eastern Mediterranean during sapropel formation remain controversial. It is broadly accepted that sapropels are the result of either water column stagnation or increased export production, or both. Oxygen isotopes indicate reduced surface-water salinities during sapropel formation, which would have facilitated deep-water stagnation via convective stabilisation of the water column. A number of sources for the additional freshwater have been proposed, including glacial meltwater influx, increased outflow from European rivers, increased precipitation over the Mediterranean region as a whole, and increased Nile outflow due to intensification of the African monsoon. Oxygen isotopes by themselves cannot fully distinguish between these various possibilities. Though the exact mode of incorporation of neodymium (Nd) into foraminiferal tests remains a matter of debate, Nd isotopes in sedimentary planktonic foraminifera clearly record those in surface seawater and not any other part of the water column or the sediment1,2. Here we present Nd isotopic data for both the present-day Nile and for sedimentary foraminifera from ODP core 967, which demonstrate a significant increase in Nile outflow during the formation of sapropel S5. Samples of Nile river water were collected from the Sudan in the dry season and analysed for neodymium isotope compositions. These analyses clearly show that the River Nile has both a very high neodymium concentration compared to the Mediterranean and a distinct 143Nd/144Nd ratio. \\epsilonNd (defined as ((143Nd/144Ndsample)/(143Nd/ 144NdCHUR)-1)\\times104) for the main Nile around and below Khartoum is -3. In the wet season (sampling in progress), the Blue Nile (\\epsilonNd = +1) dominates over the White Nile (\\epsilonNd = -16) and the total Nile discharge is vastly greater, so that the annually-integrated \\epsilonNd of the main Nile should be even higher than -3. In contrast, the

  11. Neodymium and strontium isotopic constraints on soil sources in Barbados, West Indies

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    Borg, Lars E.; Banner, Jay L.

    1996-11-01

    Neodymium and strontium isotopic compositions and Sm/Nd ratios are used to constrain the sources of silicate-rich soils developed on uplifted Pleistocene coral-reef limestones on Barbados, West Indies. The geographic and geologic setting of Barbados facilitates the application of these tracers to the evaluation of the following soil sources: (1) Pleistocene reef limestone regolith, (2) Tertiary carbonate rocks, sandstones, and mudstones that are exposed in northeastern Barbados, (3) volcanic ash erupted from the Lesser Antilles arc, (4) Saharan dust transported by trade winds, and (5) fertilizer. The soils have ɛNd values that range from -6.6 to -1.9, 87Sr /86Sr values of 0.70890 to 0.71067, and Sm/Nd ratios of 0.223-0.260. The Pleistocene limestone component is the most significant source of Sr in the soils and a negligible source of Nd. Comparison of Sm and Nd concentrations and neodymium isotopic compositions of soil samples that are weathered to varying extents indicates that Sm and Nd are relatively unfractionated and retained in the soils during weathering. ɛNd and Sm/Nd variations in the soils, therefore, primarily reflect the compositions and proportions of the silicate sources. Mass balance calculations based on SmNd systematics require that the silicate soil components contain between 30-85% volcanic ash, with the remaining silicate fraction comprised of old, continentally-derived sediment. In contrast to Sm and Nd, Sr is mobilized and removed from the soils during weathering. Strontium from volcanic and carbonate sources is preferentially removed relative to continental silicate sources. The strontium isotopic compositions of the soils, therefore, reflect the combined effects of the degree of weathering and the compositions and proportions of the soil sources. Mass balance calculations indicate that at least 35-60% of the initial Sr in the soils has been removed by weathering. These results illustrate (1) the utility of radiogenic isotopes in

  12. The interplay between particulate and dissolved neodymium in the Western North Atlantic: First insights and interpretations

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    Stichel, T.; Kretschmer, S.; Lambelet, M.; van de Flierdt, T.; Rutgers van der Loeff, M.; Rijkenberg, M. J. A.; Gerringa, L. J.; De Baar, H. J. W.

    2014-12-01

    Dissolved neodymium (Nd) isotopes (expressed as ɛNd) have been widely used as a water mass tracer to reconstruct paleo ocean circulation. However, the marine geochemical cycle of Nd is not well understood. Unclear input mechanisms, scarcity of available data, and observed decoupling between dissolved ɛNd and Nd concentration patterns ([Nd]) are only a few of the unresolved issues. The latter is often referred to as the Nd paradox(e.g. Goldstein and Hemming 2003). Here we revisit this paradox with an unprecedented data set on particulate Nd isotope and concentration data from five stations along the Dutch GEOTRACES transect GA02 in the western North and equatorial Atlantic Ocean (cruises 64PE319 and 64PE321 from April to July 2010). Particulates were collected with in-situ pumps on 0.8 µm Supor filters and subjected to a total digestion procedure in the home laboratory. The particulates collected farthest north (Irminger Sea and Labrador Sea) show a strong affinity to the nearby land masses in their Nd isotope composition: Very negative values (ɛNd ≈-20) are observed in the Labrador Sea, which is surrounded by old continental rocks. More positive values of up to ɛNd ≈-4 are found east of Greenland probably derived from the Nansen Fjord Formation's basaltic rocks. In these two areas the particulate ɛNd is offset from dissolved Nd isotopes by up to 7.7 ɛ-units, but reveals a similar vertical distribution. Further downstream of the flow path of the North Atlantic Deep Water, dissolved and particulate Nd isotopic compositions in the water column seem to merge and become indistinguishable from one another south of Bermuda (BATS station). This seems to indicate that particulate and dissolved fractions exchange with increasing distance from source regions and age of water masses. Neodymium concentrations in particulates [pNd] are low (KD<5%) and invariant. However, most stations show a significant increase in [pNd] close to the seafloor, where [pNd] nearly

  13. Neodymium doped fluoroindogallate glasses as highly-sensitive luminescent non-contact thermometers

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    Nunes, Luiz A. O.; Souza, Adelmo S.; Carlos, Luís D.; Malta, Oscar L.

    2017-01-01

    Trivalent neodymium (Nd3+) can be used as high performance temperature luminescent ion sensor, namely in the near infrared spectral region. The disadvantage presented in the use of this ion is that transitions from thermally coupled levels show very different emission intensities. In order to solve this critical problem we propose to use Nd3+-doped fluoroindogallate glasses with low phonon cutoff energy (500 cm-1) as the active medium. By using a dopant concentration that minimizes losses due to cross relaxation processes and detecting the emissions of the thermally coupled levels with a R928 photomultiplier, without correction response for the wavelength dependence of the intensity, we have succeeded in getting the highest relative thermal sensitivities so far observed, 2.5%ṡK-1 and 7.4%ṡK-1, for the 4F5/2 → 4I9/2/4F3/2 → 4I9/2 and 4F7/2 → 4I9/2/4F3/2 → 4I9/2 intensity ratios, respectively at 288 K.

  14. Mineralogy of the mid-ocean-ridge basalt source from neodymium isotopic composition of abyssal peridotites.

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    Salters, Vincent J M; Dick, Henry J B

    2002-07-04

    Inferring the melting process at mid-ocean ridges, and the physical conditions under which melting takes place, usually relies on the assumption of compositional similarity between all mid-ocean-ridge basalt sources. Models of mantle melting therefore tend to be restricted to those that consider the presence of only one lithology in the mantle, peridotite. Evidence from xenoliths and peridotite massifs show that after peridotite, pyroxenite and eclogite are the most abundant rock types in the mantle. But at mid-ocean ridges, where most of the melting takes place, and in ophiolites, pyroxenite is rarely found. Here we present neodymium isotopic compositions of abyssal peridotites to investigate whether peridotite can indeed be the sole source for mid-ocean-ridge basalts. By comparing the isotopic compositions of basalts and peridotites at two segments of the southwest Indian ridge, we show that a component other than peridotite is required to explain the low end of the (143)Nd/(144)Nd variations of the basalts. This component is likely to have a lower melting temperature than peridotite, such as pyroxenite or eclogite, which could explain why it is not observed at mid-ocean ridges.

  15. Scalable waveguide design for three-level operation in Neodymium doped fiber laser

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    Pax, Paul H.; Khitrov, Victor V.; Drachenberg, Derrek R.; Allen, Graham S.; Ward, Benjamin; Dubinskii, Mark; Messerly, Michael J.; Dawson, Jay W.

    2016-12-12

    We have constructed a double clad neodymium doped fiber laser operating on the three-level 4F3/24I9/2 transition. The laser has produced 11.5 W at 925 nm with 55% slope efficiency when pumped at 808 nm, comparable to the best previous results for a double-clad fiber configuration on this transition. Higher power pumping with both 808 nm and 880 nm sources resulted in an output of 27 W, albeit at lower slope efficiency. In both cases, output power was limited by available pump, indicating the potential for further power scaling. To suppress the stronger four-level 4F3/24I11/2 transition we developed a waveguide that provides spectral filtering distributed along the length of the fiber, based on an all-solid micro-structured optical fiber design, with resonant inclusions creating a leakage path to the cladding. Furthermore, the waveguide supports large mode areas and provides strong suppression at selectable wavelength bands, thus easing the restrictions on core and cladding sizes that limited power scaling of previous approaches.

  16. Scalable waveguide design for three-level operation in Neodymium doped fiber laser

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    Pax, Paul H.; Khitrov, Victor V.; Drachenberg, Derrek R.; ...

    2016-12-12

    We have constructed a double clad neodymium doped fiber laser operating on the three-level 4F3/2 → 4I9/2 transition. The laser has produced 11.5 W at 925 nm with 55% slope efficiency when pumped at 808 nm, comparable to the best previous results for a double-clad fiber configuration on this transition. Higher power pumping with both 808 nm and 880 nm sources resulted in an output of 27 W, albeit at lower slope efficiency. In both cases, output power was limited by available pump, indicating the potential for further power scaling. To suppress the stronger four-level 4F3/2 → 4I11/2 transition wemore » developed a waveguide that provides spectral filtering distributed along the length of the fiber, based on an all-solid micro-structured optical fiber design, with resonant inclusions creating a leakage path to the cladding. Furthermore, the waveguide supports large mode areas and provides strong suppression at selectable wavelength bands, thus easing the restrictions on core and cladding sizes that limited power scaling of previous approaches.« less

  17. Rapid neodymium release to marine waters from lithogenic sediments in the Amazon estuary

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    Rousseau, Tristan C. C.; Sonke, Jeroen E.; Chmeleff, Jérôme; van Beek, Pieter; Souhaut, Marc; Boaventura, Geraldo; Seyler, Patrick; Jeandel, Catherine

    2015-01-01

    Rare earth element (REE) concentrations and neodymium isotopic composition (ɛNd) are tracers for ocean circulation and biogeochemistry. Although models suggest that REE release from lithogenic sediment in river discharge may dominate all other REE inputs to the oceans, the occurrence, mechanisms and magnitude of such a source are still debated. Here we present the first simultaneous observations of dissolved (<0.45 μm), colloidal and particulate REE and ɛNd in the Amazon estuary. A sharp drop in dissolved REE in the low-salinity zone is driven by coagulation of colloidal matter. At mid-salinities, total dissolved REE levels slightly increase, while ɛNd values are shifted from the dissolved Nd river endmember (−8.9) to values typical of river suspended matter (−10.6). Combining a Nd isotope mass balance with apparent radium isotope ages of estuarine waters suggests a rapid (3 weeks) and globally significant Nd release by dissolution of lithogenic suspended sediments. PMID:26158849

  18. Potential interference of small neodymium magnets with cardiac pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.

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    Wolber, Thomas; Ryf, Salome; Binggeli, Christian; Holzmeister, Johannes; Brunckhorst, Corinna; Luechinger, Roger; Duru, Firat

    2007-01-01

    Magnetic fields may interfere with the function of cardiac pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). Neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets, which are small in size but produce strong magnetic fields, have become widely available in recent years. Therefore, NdFeB magnets may be associated with an emerging risk of device interference. We conducted a clinical study to evaluate the potential of small NdFeB magnets to interfere with cardiac pacemakers and ICDs. The effect of four NdFeB magnets (two spherical magnets 8 and 10 mm in diameter, a necklace made of 45 spherical magnets, and a magnetic name tag) was tested in forty-one ambulatory patients with a pacemaker and 29 patients with an ICD. The maximum distance at which the magnetic switch of a device was influenced was observed. Magnetic interference was observed in all patients. The maximum distance resulting in device interference was 3 cm. No significant differences were found with respect to device manufacturer and device types. Small NdFeB magnets may cause interference with cardiac pacemakers and ICDs. Patients should be cautioned about the interference risk associated with NdFeB magnets during daily life.

  19. Neodymium(III) Complexes of Dialkylphosphoric and Dialkylphosphonic Acids Relevant to Liquid-Liquid Extraction Systems

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    Lumetta, Gregg J.; Sinkov, Sergey I.; Krause, Jeanette A.; Sweet, Lucas E.

    2016-01-27

    The complexes formed during the extraction of neodymium(III) into hydrophobic solvents containing acidic organophosphorus extractants were probed by single-crystal X-ray diffractometry, visible spectrophotometry, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The crystal structure of the compound Nd(DMP)3 (1, DMP = dimethyl phosphate) revealed a polymeric arrangement in which each Nd(III) center is surrounded by six DMP oxygen atoms in a pseudo-octahedral environment. Adjacent Nd(III) ions are bridged by (MeO)2POO– anions, forming the polymeric network. The diffuse reflectance visible spectrum of 1 is nearly identical to that of the solid that is formed when an n-dodecane solution of di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (HA) is saturated with Nd(III), indicating a similar coordination environment around the Nd center in the NdA3 solid. The visible spectrum of the HA solution fully loaded with Nd(III) is very similar to that of the NdA3 material, both displaying hypersensitive bands characteristic of an pseudo-octahedral coordination environment around Nd. These spectral characteristics persisted across a wide range of organic Nd concentrations, suggesting that the pseudo-octahedral coordination environment is maintained from dilute to saturated conditions.

  20. Design and optimization of arrays of neodymium iron boron-based magnets for magnetic tweezers applications

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    Zacchia, Nicholas A.; Valentine, Megan T.

    2015-05-15

    We present the design methodology for arrays of neodymium iron boron (NdFeB)-based magnets for use in magnetic tweezers devices. Using finite element analysis (FEA), we optimized the geometry of the NdFeB magnet as well as the geometry of iron yokes designed to focus the magnetic fields toward the sample plane. Together, the magnets and yokes form a magnetic array which is the basis of the magnetic tweezers device. By systematically varying 15 distinct shape parameters, we determined those features that maximize the magnitude of the magnetic field gradient as well as the length scale over which the magnetic force operates. Additionally, we demonstrated that magnetic saturation of the yoke material leads to intrinsic limitations in any geometric design. Using this approach, we generated a compact and light-weight magnetic tweezers device that produces a high field gradient at the image plane in order to apply large forces to magnetic beads. We then fabricated the optimized yoke and validated the FEA by experimentally mapping the magnetic field of the device. The optimization data and iterative FEA approach outlined here will enable the streamlined design and construction of specialized instrumentation for force-sensitive microscopy.

  1. Interference of neodymium magnets with cardiac pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators: an in vitro study.

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    Ryf, Salome; Wolber, Thomas; Duru, Firat; Luechinger, Roger

    2008-01-01

    Permanent magnets may interfere with the function of cardiac pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). Neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets have become widely available in recent years and are incorporated in various articles of daily life. We conducted an in-vitro study to evaluate the ability of NdFeB magnets for home and office use to cause interference with cardiac pacemakers and ICDs. The magnetic fields of ten NdFeB magnets of different size and shape were measured at increasing distances beginning from the surface until a field-strength (B-field) value of 0.5 mT was reached. Furthermore, for each magnet the distance was determined at which a sample pacemaker switched from magnet mode to normal mode. Depending on the size and remanence of individual magnets, a B-field value of 0.5 mT was found at distances ranging from 1.5 cm to 30 cm and a value of 1 mT at distances from 1 cm to 22 cm. The pacemaker behavior was influenced at distances from 1 cm to 24 cm. NdFeB magnets for home and office use may cause interference with cardiac pacemakers and ICDs at distances up to 24 centimeters. Patient education and product declarations should include information about the risk associated with these magnets.

  2. Osmium and neodymium isotopic constraints on the temporal and spatial evolution of Siberian flood basalt sources

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    Horan, M.F.; Walker, R.J.; Fedorenko, V.A.; Czamanske, G.K.

    1995-01-01

    Picrites from the Gudchikhinsky suite, the oldest rocks examined, have ??Os of +5.3 to +6.1 and ??Nd of +3.7 to +4.0. The osmium and neodymium isotopic compositions of these rocks are similar to some modern ocean-island basalts (OIB), consistent with their derivation from an mantle plume. Picrites from the stratigraphically higher Tuklonsky suite have similar ??Os of +3.4 to +6.5, but ??Nd of -0.9 to -2.6. The similar ??Os, but lower ??Nd , suggest that some magmas from the same OIB-type, mantle source were contaminated by lithospheric components. A differentiated ankaramite flow, associated with the top of the stratigraphically higher Morongovsky suite, has ??Os of +9.8 to +10.2 and ??Nd of +1.3 to +1.4. The higher ??Os may indicate that the plume source was heterogeneous with respect to osmium isotopic composition, consistent with osmium isotopic measurements in rocks from other plume sources. Mg-rich, alkaline rocks (meymechites) from the Guli area that erupted much nearer the end of the flood-basalt event have ??Os of -1.2 to -2.6 and ??Nd of +3.7 to +4.9. These rocks were probably produced by low degrees of partial melting of mantle after the main stages of flood-basalt production. -from Authors

  3. Rhenium-osmium and samarium-neodymium isotopic systematics of the stillwater complex

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    Lambert, D.D.; Morgan, J.W.; Walker, R.J.; Shirey, S.B.; Carlson, R.W.; Zientek, M.L.; Koski, M.S.

    1989-01-01

    Isotopic data for the Stillwater Complex, Montana , which formed about 2700 Ma (million years ago), were obtained to evaluate the role of magma mixing in the formation of strategic platinum-group element (PGE) ore deposits. Neodymium and osmium isotopic data indicate that the intrusion formed from at least two geochemically distinct magmas. Ultramafic affinity (U-type) magmas had initial ??Nd of -0.8 to -3.2 and a chondritic initial 187Os/186Os ratio of ???0.88, whereas anorthositic affinity (A-type) magmas had ??Nd of -0.7 to +1.7 and an initial 187Os/186Os ratio of ???1.13. These data suggest that U-type magmas were derived from a lithospheric mantle source containing recycled crustal materials whereas A-type magmas originated either by crustal contamination of basaltic magmas or by partial melting of basalt in the lower crust. The Nd and Os isotopic data also suggest that Os, and probably the other PGEs in ore horizons such as the J-M Reef, was derived from A-type magmas. The Nd and Os isotopic heterogeneity observed in rocks below the J-M Reef also suggests that A-type magmas were injected into the Stillwater U-type magma chamber at several stages during the development of the Ultramafic series.

  4. Spectroscopic characterization of alkali modified zinc-tellurite glasses doped with neodymium.

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    Rajeswari, R; Babu, S Surendra; Jayasankar, C K

    2010-09-15

    Neodymium doped zinc-tellurite glasses of composition TeO(2)-ZnO-Na(2)O-Li(2)O have been prepared and characterized for their thermal, structural and optical properties. Differential thermal analysis revealed reasonably good forming tendency of the glass composition. FTIR spectra were used to analyze the functional groups present in the glass. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters were derived from the absorption spectrum and used to calculate the radiative lifetime, branching ratio and stimulated emission cross-section for (4)F(3/2)-->(4)I(9/2, 11/2, 13/2) transitions. The quantum efficiency of the (4)F(3/2) level is comparable to the typical values obtained for the Nd(2)O(3)-doped glasses. The decay properties for higher concentration of Nd(2)O(3) were analyzed using Inokuti-Hirayama model to investigate the non-radiative relaxation of the (4)F(3/2) emitting level. The experimental values of branching ratio and saturation intensity of (4)F(3/2)-->(4)I(11/2) transition and calculated spectroscopic quality factor indicate the favourable lasing action in these glasses.

  5. Analysis of a 10 megawatt space-based solar-pumped neodymium laser system

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    Kurweg, U. H.

    1984-01-01

    A ten megawatt solar-pumped continuous liquid laser system for space applications is examined. It is found that a single inflatable mirror of 434 m diameter used in conjunction with a conical secondary concentrator is sufficient to side pump a liquid neodymium lasant in an annular tube of 6 m length and 1 m outer and 0.8 m inner diameter. About one fourth of intercepted radiation converging on the laser tube is absorbed and one fifth of this radiation is effective in populating the upper levels. The liquid lasant is flowed through the annular laser cavity at 1.9 m/s and is cooled via a heat exchanger and a large radiator surface comparable in size to the concentrating mirror. The power density of incident light within the lasant of approximately 68 watt/cu cm required for cw operation is exceeded in the present annular configuration. Total system weight corresponds to 20,500 kg and is thus capable of being transported to near Earth orbit by a single shuttle flight.

  6. Power scaling of diode-pumped neodymium yttrium aluminum borate laser

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    Hemmati, Hamid

    1991-01-01

    Preliminary results are presented of the efficient diode-pumped operation of a neodymium yttrium aluminum borate (NYAB) laser at 531.5 nm using two 1-W diode-laser arrays for the pump. With 1380 mW of CW power incident on the crystal, as much as 51 mW of 532.5-nm laser radiation was obtained with the unoptimized cavity. The corresponding optical-to-optical conversion efficiency was 3.7 percent. A plot of the output 531.5 nm vs incident 807 nm pump power is shown. The crystal output power was critically dependent on the rotational and translational adjustment of the NYAB crystal inside the cavity. It is suggested that a crystal cut at the exact phase matching angle, placed in a cavity with proper optimal reflection and transmission mirror coatings, and pumped at proper wavelength can result in higher output power. Thus, the NYAB output power approaches that of a CW intracavity frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser.

  7. Highly efficient neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet laser end pumped by a semiconductor laser array

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    Sipes, D. L.

    1985-01-01

    In recent experiments, 80-mW CW power in a single mode has been achieved from a neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser with only 1 W of electrical power input to a single semiconductor laser array pump. This corresponds to an overall efficiency of 8 percent, the highest reported CW efficiency for a Nd:YAG laser. A tightly focused semiconductor laser end pump configuration is used to achieve high pumping intensities (on the order of 1 kW/sq cm), which in turn causes the photon to photon conversion efficiency to approach the quantum efficiency (76 percent for Nd:YAG at 1.06 microns pumped at 0.810 micron). This is achieved despite the dual-lobed nature of the pump. Through the use of simple beam-combining schemes (e.g., polarization coupling and multireflection point pumping), output powers over 1 W and overall electrical to optical efficiencies as high as 10 percent are expected.

  8. Design and optimization of arrays of neodymium iron boron-based magnets for magnetic tweezers applications

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    Zacchia, Nicholas A.; Valentine, Megan T.

    2015-05-01

    We present the design methodology for arrays of neodymium iron boron (NdFeB)-based magnets for use in magnetic tweezers devices. Using finite element analysis (FEA), we optimized the geometry of the NdFeB magnet as well as the geometry of iron yokes designed to focus the magnetic fields toward the sample plane. Together, the magnets and yokes form a magnetic array which is the basis of the magnetic tweezers device. By systematically varying 15 distinct shape parameters, we determined those features that maximize the magnitude of the magnetic field gradient as well as the length scale over which the magnetic force operates. Additionally, we demonstrated that magnetic saturation of the yoke material leads to intrinsic limitations in any geometric design. Using this approach, we generated a compact and light-weight magnetic tweezers device that produces a high field gradient at the image plane in order to apply large forces to magnetic beads. We then fabricated the optimized yoke and validated the FEA by experimentally mapping the magnetic field of the device. The optimization data and iterative FEA approach outlined here will enable the streamlined design and construction of specialized instrumentation for force-sensitive microscopy.

  9. PENTAMETHYLCYCLOPENTADIENYL DERIVATIVES OF THE TRIVALENT LANTHANIDE ELEMENTS (NEODYMIUM, SAMARIUM, AND YTTERBIUM)

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    Tilley, T. Don; Andersen, R.A.

    1980-07-01

    The anionic complexes of the type (ML{sub x})(Me{sub 5}C{sub 5}){sub 2}M'Cl{sub 2}, where M is lithium or sodium, L is diethyl ether or N,N,-N{prime},N{prime}-tetramethylethylenediamine, and M{prime} is neodymium, samarium, or ytterbium, have been prepared from the metal trichlorides and the pentamethylcyclopentadienide anion. The neutral species (Me{sub 5}C{sub 5}){sub 2}NdCl(THF), (Me{sub 5}C{sub 5}){sub 2}NdN(SiMe{sub 3}){sub 2}, and (Me{sub 5}C{sub 5}){sub 2}YbCl(THF) have also been prepared. The mono-ring derivatives (Na(OEt{sub 2}){sub 2})((C{sub 5}Me{sub 5})NdCl{sub 3}) and (Me{sub 5}C{sub 5})Nd(N(SiMe{sub 3}){sub 2}){sub 2} are also described.

  10. Bleb reduction using combined photodisruptive and photocoagulative neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser

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    Kumar, Harsh; Dangda, Sonal

    2016-01-01

    This case report aims to highlight the role of photodisruptive neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) (1064 nm) laser in the treatment of bleb dysesthesia, which occurs in overhanging blebs or with perilimbal spread. Although treatment of such dysesthetic blebs with laser photocoagulation has been previously described, cases where the height of bleb precludes laser penetration, desired effect might not be seen. We herein describe a technique using a combination of photocoagulative (532 nm) and photodisruptive (1064 nm) Nd:YAG laser for a high bleb migrating nasally and inferiorly along the limbus in a 64-year-old female, causing hypotony and consequent macular edema. Successful reduction could be achieved within a week of treatment. By 6 weeks, intraocular pressure improved to 8 mmHg, macular edema subsided, and visual acuity improved to 6/6. Although surgical procedures to correct bleb dysesthesia are available, laser procedures being quick outpatient modalities are more comfortable for the patients. PMID:28112138

  11. Temporal stability of the neodymium isotope signature of the Holocene to glacial North Atlantic

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    van de Flierdt, Tina; Robinson, Laura F.; Adkins, Jess F.; Hemming, Sidney R.; Goldstein, Steven L.

    2006-12-01

    The neodymium isotopic composition of marine precipitates is increasingly recognized as a powerful tool for identifying changes in ocean circulation and mixing on million year to millennial timescales. Unlike nutrient proxies such as δ13C or Cd/Ca, Nd isotopes are not thought to be altered in any significant way by biological processes, and thus they can serve as a quasi-conservative water mass tracer. However, the application of Nd isotopes in understanding the role of thermohaline circulation in rapid climate change is currently hindered by the lack of direct constraints on the signature of the North Atlantic end-member through time. Here we present the first results of Nd isotopes measured in U-Th-dated deep-sea corals from the New England seamounts in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Our data are consistent with the conclusion that the Nd isotopic composition of North Atlantic deep and intermediate water has remained nearly constant through the last glacial cycle. The results address long-standing concerns that there may have been significant changes in the Nd isotopic composition of the North Atlantic end-member during this interval and substantiate the applicability of this novel tracer on millennial timescales for paleoceanography research.

  12. Planar waveguides in neodymium-doped calcium niobium gallium garnet crystals produced by proton implantation

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    Chun-Xiao, Liu; Meng, Chen; Li-Li, Fu; Rui-Lin, Zheng; Hai-Tao, Guo; Zhi-Guang, Zhou; Wei-Nan, Li; She-Bao, Lin; Wei, Wei

    2016-04-01

    In this work, the fabrication and optical properties of a planar waveguide in a neodymium-doped calcium niobium gallium garnet (Nd:CNGG) crystal are reported. The waveguide is produced by proton (H+) implantation at 480 keV and a fluence of 1.0×1017 ions/cm2. The prism-coupling measurement is performed to obtain the dark mode of the waveguide at a wavelength of 632.8 nm. The reflectivity calculation method (RCM) is used to reconstruct the refractive index profile. The finite-difference beam propagation method (FD-BPM) is employed to calculate the guided mode profile of the waveguide. The stopping and range of ions in matter 2010 (SRIM 2010) code is used to simulate the damage profile induced by the ion implantation. The experimental and theoretical results indicate that the waveguide can confine the light propagation. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11405041, 61405240, 61077070, 61177086, 51002181, and 61177084), the Scientific Research Starting Foundation for New Teachers of Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPTSF) (Grant No. NY214159), and the Research Center of Optical Communications Engineering & Technology, Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. ZSF0401).

  13. Laser treatment of a neodymium magnet and analysis of surface characteristics

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    Yilbas, B. S.; Ali, H.; Rizwan, M.; Kassas, M.

    2016-08-01

    Laser treatment of neodymium magnet (Nd2Fe14B) surface is carried out under the high pressure nitrogen assisting gas. A thin carbon film containing 12% WC carbide particles with 400 nm sizes are formed at the surface prior to the laser treatment process. Morphological and metallurgical changes in the laser treated layer are examined using the analytical tools. The corrosion resistance of the laser treated surface is analyzed incorporating the potentiodynamic tests carried out in 0.05 M NaCl+0.1 M H2SO4 solution. The friction coefficient of the laser treated surface is measured using the micro-scratch tester. The wetting characteristics of the treated surface are assessed incorporating the sessile water drop measurements. It is found that a dense layer consisting of fine size grains and WC particles is formed in the surface region of the laser treated layer. Corrosion resistance of the surface improves significantly after the laser treatment process. Friction coefficient of laser treated surface is lower than that of the as received surface. Laser treatment results in superhydrophobic characteristics at the substrate surface. The formation of hematite and grain size variation in the treated layer slightly lowers the magnetic strength of the laser treated workpiece.

  14. Biosorption of neodymium on Chlorella vulgaris in aqueous solution obtained from hard disk drive magnets

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    Kucuker, Mehmet Ali; Wieczorek, Nils; Kuchta, Kerstin; Copty, Nadim K.

    2017-01-01

    In recent years, biosorption is being considered as an environmental friendly technology for the recovery of rare earth metals (REE). This study investigates the optimal conditions for the biosorption of neodymium (Nd) from an aqueous solution derived from hard drive disk magnets using green microalgae (Chlorella vulgaris). The parameters considered include solution pH, temperature and biosorbent dosage. Best-fit equilibrium as well as kinetic biosorption models were also developed. At the optimal pH of 5, the maximum experimental Nd uptakes at 21, 35 and 50°C and an initial Nd concentration of 250 mg/L were 126.13, 157.40 and 77.10 mg/g, respectively. Analysis of the optimal equilibrium sorption data showed that the data fitted well (R2 = 0.98) to the Langmuir isotherm model, with maximum monolayer coverage capacity (qmax) of 188.68 mg/g, and Langmuir isotherm constant (KL) of 0.029 L/mg. The corresponding separation factor (RL) is 0.12 indicating that the equilibrium sorption was favorable. The sorption kinetics of Nd ion follows well a pseudo-second order model (R2>0.99), even at low initial concentrations. These results show that Chlorella vulgaris has greater biosorption affinity for Nd than activated carbon and other algae types such as: A. Gracilis, Sargassum sp. and A. Densus. PMID:28388641

  15. Efficient eye-safe neodymium doped composite yttrium gallium garnet crystal laser.

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    Yu, Haohai; Wang, Shuxian; Han, Shuo; Wu, Kui; Su, Liangbi; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Zhengping; Xu, Jun; Wang, Jiyang

    2014-03-15

    We report a laser-diode pumped continuous-wave (cw) and passively Q-switched eye-safe laser at about 1.42 μm with the neodymium-doped yttrium gallium garnet (Nd:YGG) crystal for the first time to our knowledge. The composite Nd:YGG crystal was developed originally. A systematic comparison of laser performance between the homogeneously doped and composite Nd:YGG crystal was made, which showed that the composite Nd:YGG manifested less thermally induced effects. Cw output power of 2.06 W was obtained with the slope efficiency of 20.7%. With a V:YAG as a saturable absorber, the passive Q-switching at 1.42 μm was gotten with the pulse width, pulse energy, and peak power of 34 ns, 46.7 μJ, and 1.4 kW, respectively. The present work should provide a potential candidate for the generation of eye-safe lasers.

  16. A new solid-state, frequency-doubled neodymium-YAG photocoagulation system.

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    Jalkh, A E; Pflibsen, K; Pomerantzeff, O; Trempe, C L; Schepens, C L

    1988-06-01

    We have developed a solid-state laser system that produces a continuous green monochromatic laser beam of 532 nm by doubling the frequency of a neodymium-YAG laser wavelength of 1064 nm with a potassium-titamyl-phosphate crystal. Photocoagulation burns of equal size and intensity were placed in two rabbit eyes with the solid-state laser system and the regular green argon laser system, respectively, using the same slit-lamp mode of delivery. Histologic findings of lesion sections revealed no important differences between the two systems. In theory, the longer wavelength of the solid-state laser offers the advantages of less scattering in ocular media, higher absorption by oxyhemoglobin, and less absorption by macular xanthophyll than the 514-nm wavelength of the regular green argon laser. The solid-state laser has impressive technical advantages: it contains no argon-ion gas tube that wears out and is expensive to replace; it is much more power efficient, and thus considerably smaller and compact; it is sturdier and easily movable; it does not require external cooling; it uses a 220-V monophasic alternating current; and it requires little maintenance.

  17. Constraints on ocean circulation at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum from neodymium isotopes

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    Abbott, April N.; Haley, Brian A.; Tripati, Aradhna K.; Frank, Martin

    2016-04-01

    Global warming during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) ˜ 55 million years ago (Ma) coincided with a massive release of carbon to the ocean-atmosphere system, as indicated by carbon isotopic data. Previous studies have argued for a role of changing ocean circulation, possibly as a trigger or response to climatic changes. We use neodymium (Nd) isotopic data to reconstruct short high-resolution records of deep-water circulation across the PETM. These records are derived by reductively leaching sediments from seven globally distributed sites to reconstruct past deep-ocean circulation across the PETM. The Nd data for the leachates are interpreted to be consistent with previous studies that have used fish teeth Nd isotopes and benthic foraminiferal δ13C to constrain regions of convection. There is some evidence from combining Nd isotope and δ13C records that the three major ocean basins may not have had substantial exchanges of deep waters. If the isotopic data are interpreted within this framework, then the observed pattern may be explained if the strength of overturning in each basin varied distinctly over the PETM, resulting in differences in deep-water aging gradients between basins. Results are consistent with published interpretations from proxy data and model simulations that suggest modulation of overturning circulation had an important role for initiation and recovery of the ocean-atmosphere system associated with the PETM.

  18. Efficient graphene Q switching and mode locking of 1.34 μm neodymium lasers.

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    Xu, Jin-Long; Li, Xian-Lei; He, Jing-Liang; Hao, Xiao-Peng; Yang, Ying; Wu, Yong-Zhong; Liu, Shan-De; Zhang, Bai-Tao

    2012-07-01

    We demonstrate that few-layered graphene sheets used as a saturable absorber can provide efficient Q-switching and mode-locking modulation in 1.34 μm Nd:GdVO(4) bulk lasers. The minimum Q-switched pulses were 450 ns for 260 mW average power, 43 kHz repetition rate, and 2.5 μJ pulse energy. For the mode-locked laser, an average power of 1.29 W was achieved with 11 ps pulse duration and 13 nJ pulse energy. To our knowledge, this average power is the highest yet obtained from a graphene mode-locked laser, and the corresponding optical-optical efficiency of 23% is the best result among 1.3 μm neodymium mode-locked lasers. The quality factor M(2) of the Q-switched beam was 1.4 and 1.6 in the horizontal and longitudinal planes, respectively, and the M(2) of the mode-locked beam reached 1.1 and 1.0. These results clearly indicate the advantages of few-layered graphene as a saturable absorber.

  19. Posterior capsule opacification and neodymium: YAG capsulotomy with heparin-surface-modified intraocular lenses.

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    Winther-Nielson, A; Johansen, J; Pedersen, G K; Corydon, L

    1998-07-01

    To compare the effect of heparin-surface-modified (HSM) and conventional unmodified poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) intraocular lenses (IOLs) on the formation of posterior capsule opacification (PCO). Department of Ophthalmology, Vejle Hospital, Denmark. This prospective, randomized, double-blind study comprised 250 eyes of 246 patients who had uneventful extracapsular cataract extraction in otherwise healthy eyes with implantation of a biconvex IOL or a convex-plano lens with a continuous laser ridge. Patients were examined once a year for 3 years, at which time the degree of PCO was recorded. A neodymium:YAG laser capsulotomy was performed if certain criteria were met. The incidence of PCO was statistically significantly higher in eyes with an HSM convex-plano laser-ridge IOL than in those with an unmodified convex-plano lens (P < .005). There were no significant differences between any other groups. The incidence of PCO was higher in eyes with an HSM convex-plano IOL with a laser ridge.

  20. Subtotal canine prostatectomy with the neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser.

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    Hardie, E M; Stone, E A; Spaulding, K A; Cullen, J M

    1990-01-01

    A technique was developed for subtotal prostatectomy in dogs with the neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser. In six normal dogs, full-thickness necrosis of the prostate occurred if the central-lateral region within 5 mm of the urethra was photoablated at 60 watts for 1 second. Moderate to superficial necrosis occurred when the prostate within 5 mm of the urethra was photoablated at 35 watts for 2 seconds or 60 watts for 0.5 second. At necropsy, leakage of the urethra occurred in two dogs at sites treated at 60 watts for 1 second. In a clinical study, complications associated with subtotal prostatectomy with the Nd:YAG laser (n = 6) were compared with complications associated with prostatic drainage (n = 6) in dogs with prostatic disease. Intraoperative death (2/6 dogs) and nocturnal incontinence (4/4 surviving dogs) occurred with subtotal prostatectomy. Uncontrolled prostatic infection (2/6 dogs) occurred with prostatic drainage and resulted in the death of one dog on day 11. Four of five dogs surviving prostatic drainage developed recurrent urinary tract infection.

  1. Refractory open-angle glaucoma after neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser lysis of vitreous floaters.

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    Cowan, Lisa A; Khine, Kay T; Chopra, Vikas; Fazio, Doreen T; Francis, Brian A

    2015-01-01

    To illustrate 3 cases of chronic open-angle glaucoma secondary to the neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser vitreolysis procedure for symptomatic vitreous floaters. Observational case series. Location of the study was the Doheny Eye Institute. Three eyes of 2 patients who developed chronic open-angle glaucoma after Nd:YAG vitreolysis for symptomatic floaters presenting with very high intraocular pressure (IOP >40 mm Hg) were selected. The time from the laser treatment to the onset of elevated pressure ranges from 1 week to 8 months. There was no associated inflammation, steroid use, or other identifiable cause of chronic IOP elevation. All eyes were treated initially with glaucoma medication, followed by selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and eventually glaucoma surgery (Trabectome) in 2 eyes for disease management. In all eyes, intraocular pressures were eventually stabilized within a normal pressure range from 18 to 38 months following Nd:YAG vitreolysis. At the latest follow-up post surgery, all eyes had intraocular pressures of 22 mm Hg or less with or without medications. Secondary open-angle glaucoma is a complication of Nd:YAG vitreolysis for symptomatic floaters that may present with an increase in intraocular pressure immediately, or many months after the surgery. Furthermore this complication may be permanent and require chronic medical therapy or glaucoma surgery. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Morphological changes in human skin melanoma treated by high-energy pulsed neodymium laser radiation.

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    Moskalik, K G; Alexeeva, L N; Novik, V I; Demin, E V; Kozlov, A P

    2011-01-01

    The neodymium (Nd) laser irradiation has been successfully applied to the treatment of slightly elevated skin melanoma. At the same time the histologic aspects of such a treatment have not been precisely investigated. The aim of this study was to retrace the histological features in human primary cutaneous melanomas after 1060 nm high energy mono pulsed Nd laser treatment in the dynamic healing of the affected tissues. Histologic analysis of cutaneous melanomas irradiated by Nd laser was carried out. Tissue specimens were taken before and immediately after exposure to laser and 1 hour, and 1, 2 and 3 days after wards. Also the wounds that appeared after the scab fell off and the scars formed following laser irradiation were also the subject of histologic analysis at 2, 4 and 6 months post-treatment. The Nd laser irradiation caused coagulation necrosis of melanoma, epidermis and dermis with skin appendices and superficial layers of subcutaneous fatty tissue. Foci of laser destruction were characterized by strict locality and efficient separation from the adjacent tissues, by the presence of stasis, thrombosis and coagulation of blood and lymphatic vessels. There was an increase of lymphocytes, macrophages and histiocytes in the area damaged by laser as well as in wounds and scars. The pulsed Nd laser induces acute photothermal damages of melanoma tissue, which differs from the usual thermal lesions and the most critical difference of the effect of this modality is gain of immunocompetent cells in the affected tissue after laser beam application.

  3. Treatment of onychomycosis using a submillisecond 1064-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser.

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    Carney, Caitlin; Cantrell, Wendy; Warner, Judy; Elewski, Boni

    2013-10-01

    Laser treatment has emerged as a novel treatment modality for onychomycosis. We sought to determine thermal response and optical effects of a submillisecond neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) 1064-nm laser on common fungal nail pathogens, and the clinical efficacy and safety of the Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser on onychomycotic toenails. A 4-part in vitro and in vivo study was conducted using a Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser. The first portion evaluated 3 different nail pathogens in suspension at 7 heat and time exposures. The second and third parts of the study irradiated pure fungal colonies. The final portion involved an in vivo treatment of toenails over 5 treatment sessions. A fungicidal effect for Trichophyton rubrum was seen at 50°C after 15 minutes, and for Epidermophyton floccosum at 50°C after 10 minutes. Limited growth of Scytalidium was seen at 55°C after 5 minutes. No inhibition was observed after laser treatment of fungal colonies or suspensions. In vivo treatment of toenails showed no improvement in Onychomycosis Severity Index score. The Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser was the only laser tested. Laser treatment of onychomycosis was not related to thermal damage or direct laser effects. In vivo treatment did not result in onychomycosis cure. Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Biosorption of neodymium on Chlorella vulgaris in aqueous solution obtained from hard disk drive magnets.

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    Kucuker, Mehmet Ali; Wieczorek, Nils; Kuchta, Kerstin; Copty, Nadim K

    2017-01-01

    In recent years, biosorption is being considered as an environmental friendly technology for the recovery of rare earth metals (REE). This study investigates the optimal conditions for the biosorption of neodymium (Nd) from an aqueous solution derived from hard drive disk magnets using green microalgae (Chlorella vulgaris). The parameters considered include solution pH, temperature and biosorbent dosage. Best-fit equilibrium as well as kinetic biosorption models were also developed. At the optimal pH of 5, the maximum experimental Nd uptakes at 21, 35 and 50°C and an initial Nd concentration of 250 mg/L were 126.13, 157.40 and 77.10 mg/g, respectively. Analysis of the optimal equilibrium sorption data showed that the data fitted well (R2 = 0.98) to the Langmuir isotherm model, with maximum monolayer coverage capacity (qmax) of 188.68 mg/g, and Langmuir isotherm constant (KL) of 0.029 L/mg. The corresponding separation factor (RL) is 0.12 indicating that the equilibrium sorption was favorable. The sorption kinetics of Nd ion follows well a pseudo-second order model (R2>0.99), even at low initial concentrations. These results show that Chlorella vulgaris has greater biosorption affinity for Nd than activated carbon and other algae types such as: A. Gracilis, Sargassum sp. and A. Densus.

  5. Clinical comparison of semiconductor diode versus neodymium: YAG non-contact cyclo photocoagulation.

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    Ulbig, M W; McHugh, D A; McNaught, A I; Hamilton, A M

    1995-01-01

    AIMS--The advent of diode lasers has allowed their use in transscleral cyclo photocoagulation for refractory glaucoma. A trial was performed to compare the ocular hypotensive and inflammatory effects of cyclo photocoagulation using a continuous wave diode (810 nm) and a free running neodymium:yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) laser (1064 nm). METHODS--Forty patients with refractory glaucoma were randomised to receive either diode or Nd:YAG therapy. The intraocular pressure (IOP) and inflammatory response to treatment were monitored over 3 months. RESULTS--There was no significant laser related difference in the effect on IOP after one treatment. There was, however, a difference in effect in retreatments with the IOP lowering effect significantly less, but equally sustained in diode retreatment patients. Severe postoperative complications such as hyphaema or fibrinous anterior uveitis only occurred in the Nd:YAG group. CONCLUSION--The degree and duration of the ocular hypotensive response to cyclo photocoagulation appears to be related to the available power output of the system used, and the extent of tissue damage. Images PMID:7626573

  6. Influence of size of neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser posterior capsulotomy on visual function.

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    Hayashi, K; Nakao, F; Hayashi, H

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the influence that the size of a neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser capsulotomy performed for posterior capsule opacification (PCO) has on visual acuity (VA), and on contrast VA and that in the presence of glare (glare VA). A total of 41 consecutive eyes with PCO first underwent Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy of smaller than pupillary size, after which the capsulotomy was secondarily enlarged, 2 weeks later, to greater than pupillary size. Best-corrected VA, and contrast VA and glare VA under photopic and mesopic conditions were measured after the small and large capsulotomies were made. After enlargement, the mean capsulotomy area increased significantly from 4.8 to 15.3 mm(2) (P<0.0001). Best-corrected VA did not improve significantly after enlargement (P=0.1282). However, photopic contrast VA and glare VA at moderate to low contrast visual target before enlargement were significantly worse than those after enlargement (P

  7. Application of neodymium isotope ratio measurements for the origin assessment of uranium ore concentrates.

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    Krajkó, Judit; Varga, Zsolt; Yalcintas, Ezgi; Wallenius, Maria; Mayer, Klaus

    2014-11-01

    A novel procedure has been developed for the measurement of (143)Nd/(144)Nd isotope ratio in various uranium-bearing materials, such as uranium ores and ore concentrates (UOC) in order to evaluate the usefulness and applicability of variations of (143)Nd/(144)Nd isotope ratio for provenance assessment in nuclear forensics. Neodymium was separated and pre-concentrated by extraction chromatography and then the isotope ratios were measured by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). The method was validated by the measurement of standard reference materials (La Jolla, JB-2 and BCR-2) and the applicability of the procedure was demonstrated by the analysis of uranium samples of world-wide origin. The investigated samples show distinct (143)Nd/(144)Nd ratio depending on the ore type, deposit age and Sm/Nd ratio. Together with other characteristics of the material in question, the Nd isotope ratio is a promising signature for nuclear forensics and suggests being indicative of the source material, the uranium ore.

  8. Sensitization of neodymium ion luminescence by chromium ions in a Gd/sub 3/Ga/sub 5/O/sub 12/ crystal

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    Zharikov, E.V.; Il'ichev, N.N.; Laptev, V.V.; Malyutin, A.A.; Ostroumov, V.G.; Pashinin, P.P.; Shcherbakov, I.A.

    1982-03-01

    An investigation is reported of the spectral, luminescence, and lasing properties of a Gd/sub 3/Ga/sub 5/O/sub 12/ crystal activated with chromium and neodymium ions. The high efficiency of the energy transfer process from chromium to neodymium ions is demonstrated. For example, the probability of an elementary Cr/sup 3 +/--Nd/sup 3 +/ interaction event in a Gd/sub 3/Ga/sub 5/O/sub 12/ crystal was 12 times higher than that in a Y/sub 3/Al/sub 5/O/sub 12/ crystal. It was found that sensitization of neodymium ion luminescence by chromium ions can increase severalfold the energy characteristics of cw and pulsed neodymium lasers. An investigation of the free-lasing parameters shows that the ultimate differential lasing efficiency of neodymium in a Gd/sub 3/Ga/sub 5/O/sub 12/:Cr:Nd crystal is 3.6 times higher than that for a YAG:Nd crystal under comparable conditions.

  9. Investigating the flux of North Atlantic Deep Water into the South Atlantic Basin during Termination I: Observations from Neodymium Isotopes

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    Hartman, A. E.; Goldstein, S. L.; Hemming, S. R.; Pahnke, K.

    2010-12-01

    The South Atlantic is a region of intermixing between North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW) and southern-sourced deep waters. The strength of NADW formation can be used to monitor changes in meridional overturning circulation. Neodymium (Nd) isotopes have been shown to be a valuable water mass tracer in this region because the ɛNd value of intermediate and deep waters is dependent on the mixing ratio of southern- and northern-sourced water. A spliced record from cores RC11-83 (42.07°S, 9.717°E, 4718m) and TNO57-21 (40.6°S, 7.816°E, 4918 m) showed a decrease (>2ɛNd units) during the last termination, indicative of a retreat or shoaling of NADW in the South Atlantic during glacial periods1. Nearby core TNO57-6 (42.92°S, 8.88°E, 3750m) is slightly further south and significantly shallower than RC11-83/TNO57-21. A substantially greater Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to Holocene offset (>4 ɛNd units) at this site was replicated in two studies1,2. The more dramatic shift was interpreted to record more Pacific-like waters reaching the TNO57-6 site, and the Circum-Antarctic in general, during the LGM. Here we show that the methods for obtaining the bottom water ɛNd signal were likely compromised by a contaminating phase within the fine sediment during leaching. To develop a reliable record for TNO57-6, we modified our previous procedure, in line with the Cambridge group3, and are extracting the ɛNd values of dissolved Fe-Mn oxide encrusted, mixed-species planktonic foraminifera. The ɛNd values of fish debris from the same depth confirm that the foram record is representing the bottom water signal. Although the new record still predicts an ɛNd unit decrease during Termination I, the bottom waters at this site during the LGM are less Pacific-like than originally thought. Therefore, the new record shows a very similar trend to RC11-83/TNO57-21 and both core sites were likely bathed in the same bottom waters during the LGM and Holocene. However, there are clues that the

  10. Synthesis of 0.1% & 0.2% neodymium doped barium zirconium titanate (BaZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3}) and study of their dielectric behaviour

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    Kumar, Anil Kumar, Vipin; Gupta, Merry; Ghumman, S. S.

    2015-08-28

    Efforts have been made to ease process of producing widely used multilayered ceramics of Barium Zirconium Titanium Oxides and study their dielectric behaviour and structural properties. For this purpose, adequate proportions of Barium Carbonate, Zirconium Oxide and Titanium Oxide were taken and hand milled for 2 hours. Neodymium composition of the order of 0.1% and 0.2% was used for doping to weight percentage of BaZr0.2Ti0.8O3. The samples were authenticated using raw data obtained from Bruker AXS D8 advance Copper KL alpha source XRD equipment. Further, the samples were studied for their phase transition, composition, single phase perovskite structure using XRD technique. The technique has also been applied to know formation of stable homogeneous solid solution from XRD parameters. The other physical parameters like the morphology, micro structural information, crystal arrangements and topography have also been observed through SEM. The SEM has revealed information related to grain size development and composition of sample with fine agglomerates. For complete study of the compounds the atomic and weight composition has also been examined by Electron Dispersive Spectroscopy patterns. The comparison has been made with other works on ceramics at various frequencies and has yielded very interesting results.

  11. Visible absorption spectra of the 4f electron transitions of neodymium, praseodymium, holmium and erbium complexes with fleroxacin and their analytical application.

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    Wang, Naixing; Jiang, Wei; Xu, Xiuqin; Si, Zhikun; Bai, Haitao; Tian, Cong

    2002-05-01

    The absorption spectra of the 4f electron transitions of neodymium, praseodymium, holmium and erbium complexes with fleroxacin in the presence of cetylpyridinium chloride were studied by normal and derivative spectrophotometry. Their molar absorptivity at the maximum absorption bands are about 5.3 (at 571 nm) times greater for neodymium, 2.8 (at 483 nm) times greater for praseodymium, 12.6 (at 448.5 nm) times greater for holmium and 9.7 (at 519 nm) times greater for erbium than those in the absence of complexing agents. The second-derivative spectrum is used both to eliminate the interference from other rare earths and to improve the sensitivity. Beer's law is obeyed from 3.0 - 70 microg ml(-1) for neodymium and holmium, from 6.0 - 70 microg ml(-1) for erbium, and from 12.0 - 70 microg ml(-1) for praseodymium. The relative standard deviations are 1.9% and 1.5% for 7.5 microg ml(-1) of neodymium and holmium, and 2.1% and 1.6% for 15.0 microg ml(-1) of praseodymium and erbium, respectively. Their detection limits (signal-to-noise ratio = 2) are 3.2 microg ml(-1), 1.3 microg ml(-1), (1.1) microg ml(-1) and 2.5 microg ml(-1) for praseodymium, neodymium, holmium and erbium, respectively. A new system for the simultaneous determinations of the praseodymium, neodymium, holmium and erbium in rare earth mixtures with good accuracy and selectivity is proposed.

  12. Comparison of responses of tattoos to picosecond and nanosecond Q-switched neodymium: YAG lasers.

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    Ross, V; Naseef, G; Lin, G; Kelly, M; Michaud, N; Flotte, T J; Raythen, J; Anderson, R R

    1998-02-01

    To test the hypothesis that picosecond laser pulses are more effective than nanosecond domain pulses in clearing of tattoos. Intratattoo comparison trial of 2 laser treatment modalities. A large interdisciplinary biomedical laser laboratory on the campus of a tertiary medical center. Consecutive patients with black tattoos were enrolled; all 16 patients completed the study. We treated designated parts of the same tattoo with 35-picosecond and 10-nanosecond pulses from 2 neodymium:YAG lasers. Patients received a total of 4 treatments at 4-week intervals. All laser pulse parameters were held constant except pulse duration. Radiation exposure was 0.65 J/cm2 at the skin surface. Biopsies were performed for routine microscopic and electron microscopic analysis at the initial treatment session and 4 weeks after the final treatment in 8 consenting patients. Also, ink samples were irradiated in vitro. In vivo, on the completion of treatment, a panel of dermatologists not associated with the study (and blinded to the treatment type) evaluated photographs to assess tattoo lightening. Formalin-fixed specimens were examined for qualitative epidermal and dermal changes as well as depth of pigment alteration. Electron micrographs were examined for particle electron density and size changes (in vivo and in vitro). The gross in vitro optical density changes were measured. In 12 of 16 tattoos, there was significant lightening in the picosecond-treated areas compared with those treated with nanosecond pulses. Mean depth of pigment alteration was greater for picosecond pulses, but the difference was not significant. In vivo biopsy specimens showed similar electron-lucent changes for both pulse durations. In vitro results were similar for both pulse durations, showing increases in particle sizes and decreased electron density as well as gross ink lightening. Picosecond pulses are more efficient than nanosecond pulses in clearing black tattoos. Black tattoos clear principally by laser

  13. Optical and spectroscopic properties of neodymium doped cadmium-sodium borate glasses

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    Mohan, Shaweta; Thind, Kulwant Singh

    2017-10-01

    Neodymium doped cadmium sodium borate glasses having composition xCdO-(40-x) Na2CO3-59.5H3BO3-0.5Nd2O3; x = 10, 20 and 30 mol% were prepared by conventional melt-quenching technique. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the amorphous nature of the prepared glasses. Conventional methods were used to determine the physical properties such as density, molar volume, refractive index, and rare earth ion concentration. The Judd-Ofelt theory was applied on the optical absorption spectra of the glasses to evaluate the three phenomenological intensity parameters Ω2, Ω4 and Ω6. The calculated intensity parameters were further used to predict the radiative transition probability (A), radiative lifetime (τR) and branching ratio (βR) for the various fluorescent levels of Nd3+ ion in the prepared glass series. The effect of the compositional changes on the spectroscopic characteristics of Nd3+ ions have been studied and reported. The value of Ω2 is found to decrease with the decrease in the sodium content and the corresponding increase in the cadmium content. This can be ascribed to the changes in the asymmetry of the ligand field at the rare earth ion site and the change in rare earth oxygen (RE-O) covalency. Florescence spectra has been used to determine the peak wavelength (λp), effective line widths (Δλeff) and stimulated emission cross-section (σp) for the 4F3/2 → 4I9/2,4I11/2,4I13/2 transitions of the Nd3+ ion. The reasonably higher values of branching ratios and stimulated emission cross-section for the prepared glasses points towards the efficacy of these glasses as laser host materials. However, the glass with more sodium content is found to show better lasing properties.

  14. Color tuning in neodymium doped dicalcium silicate nanostructures prepared via ultrasound method

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    Venkataravanappa, M.; Nagabhushana, H.; Basavaraj, R. B.; Venkatachalaiah, K. N.; Prasad, B. Daruka

    2017-05-01

    Blue light emitting neodymium (Nd) doped dicalcium (Ca2SiO4) silicate nanostructures were prepared for the first time via ultrasound assisted sonochemical synthesis route using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant. The obtained final product was well characterized. The powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) profiles confirmed that product was highly crystalline in nature with monoclinic phase. Influence of various reaction parameters such as, the effect of sonication time, concentration of the surfactant and pH of the precursor solution on the morphology was studied in detail. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) was studied to evaluate the band gap energy of the products and the values were found in the range of 5.78 - 6.17 eV. The particle size was estimated by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and it was found in the range of 20-30 nm. Photoluminescence (PL) properties were studied in detail by recording emission spectra of all the Nd doped dicalcium silicate nanostructures at an excitation wavelength of 380 nm. The emission peaks were observed at 469, 520, 545 and 627 nm which corresponds to Nd3+ ion transitions. The 7 mol% Nd3+ doped Ca2SiO4 nanostructures showed maximum intensity. Further photometric measurements were done by evaluating, Commission International De I-Eclairage (CIE) and correlated color temperature (CCT). From CIE it was observed that the color coordinates lies in blue-green region, which slightly shifts to green as the Nd3+ concentration increases. The color purity and quantum efficiency were also estimated and the results indicate that the nanophosphor obtained in this route can be used in preparing light emitting diodes with a blue-green emission as prominent color.

  15. A spectrophotometric study of neodymium(III) complexation in chloride solutions

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    Migdisov, Art A.; Williams-Jones, A. E.

    2002-12-01

    The formation constants of neodymium complexes in chloride solutions have been determined spectrophotometrically at temperatures of 25 to 250°C and a pressure of 50 bars. The simple ion, Nd 3+, is dominant at 25°C, whereas NdCl 2+ and NdCl 2+ are the dominant species at elevated temperatures. Equilibrium constants were calculated for the following reactions: Nd 3+ + Cl - = NdCl 2+ β 1, Nd 3+ + 2 · Cl - = NdCl +2 β 2. The values of β 1 were found to be identical within experimental error to the values reported by Gammons et al. (1996) but substantially different from those proposed by Stepanchikova and Kolonin (1999). The values of β 2 obtained in this study agree relatively well with those of Gammons et al. (1996); differences are greatest at intermediate temperature and reach a maximum of one half an order of magnitude at 200°C. Theoretical estimates of β 1 and β 2 by Haas et al. (1995) using the revised Helgeson-Kirkham-Flowers (HKF) equation of state predict lower stability of NdCl 2+ and NdCl 2+ at temperatures above 150°C than determined in this study. A new fit to the HKF equation of state is therefore proposed, which yields values for β 1 and β 2 similar to those obtained experimentally. Using the formation constants reported in this study, we predict that typical seafloor hydrothermal vent fluids will contain a maximum concentration of Nd of ˜2 ppb. This value is several orders of magnitude lower than would be required to explain the levels of Nd mobility commonly reported for seafloor hydrothermal systems and suggests that other ligands may be more important than Cl in transporting rare earth elements in the Earth's crust.

  16. A spectrophotometric study of neodymium(III) complexation in sulfate solutions at elevated temperatures

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    Migdisov, Art. A.; Reukov, V. V.; Williams-Jones, A. E.

    2006-02-01

    The formation constants of neodymium complexes in sulfate solutions have been determined spectrophotometrically at temperatures of 30-250 °C and a pressure of 100 bars. The dominant species in the solution are NdSO 4+ and Nd(SO 4) 2-, with the latter complex being more important at higher temperature. Equilibrium constants were calculated for the following reactions: Nd+SO4=NdSO4,β1; Nd+2·SO4=Nd(SO4)2,β2; NdSO4+SO4=Nd(SO4)2,Ks. The values of β1 and β2, were determined for 30 and 100 °C, whereas for higher temperatures it was only possible to determine the stepwise formation constant Ks. The values of the formation constants obtained in this study for 30 and 100 °C are in excellent agreement with those predicted theoretically by Wood [Wood, S.A., 1990b. The aqueous geochemistry of the rare-earth elements and yttrium. 2. Theoretical predictions of speciation in hydrothermal solutions to 350 °C at saturation water vapor pressure. Chem. Geol.88 (1-2), 99-125] and Haas et al. [Haas, J.R., Shock, E.L., Sassani, D.C., 1995. Rare earth elements in hydrothermal sysytems: estimates of standard partial molal thermodynamic properties of aqueous complexes of the rare earth elements at high pressures and temperatures. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta59 (21), 4329-4350], and those for the stepwise formation constant ( Ks) agree reasonably well with the predictions of Wood (1990b).

  17. Passive Q-switching of a diode-pumped neodymium:YAG laser

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    Morris, J.A.

    1991-01-01

    Compact diode-pumped neodymium:YAG lasers are becoming common commercial devices. Such lasers are often Q-switched to enhance peak power or to allow greater harmonic conversion efficiency. Active electrooptic or acoustooptic modulators are usually used to Q-switch YAG lasers. While these techniques work well, they do require expensive and bulky modulators and driving electronics. For some applications a simpler technique, such as passive Q-switching, could replace these active Q-switches. This thesis investigates the suitability of two color center materials as possible saturable absorbers for compact Nd:YAG lasers. The first material, lithium fluoride with F{sub 2}{sup {minus}} defects, has been used previously as a Q-switch for flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG lasers. The second material, sodium chloride with F{sub 2}{sup +} defects, has not, to the author's knowledge, been used as a saturable absorber in a YAG laser. Lithium fluoride was found to be an excellent Q-switch material for a small diode-pumped YAG laser. The passively Q-switched pulses were comparable to the best results using active Q-switches. The LiF saturable absorber material is compact, inexpensive, and easy to prepare. The only discovered drawback to this material is the observation of a gradual bleaching of the saturable absorption with extended use at high peak powers. This thesis describes the properties and preparation of the LiF Q-switch material. The use of colored sodium chloride as a Q-switch material is also described. This material has the unique property that the amount of saturable loss in a particular crystal direction can be dynamically adjusted through the action of polarized light incident on the crystal.

  18. Optimal pulse durations for the treatment of leg telangiectasias with a neodymium YAG laser.

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    Parlette, Eric C; Groff, William F; Kinshella, Matthew J; Domankevitz, Yacov; O'Neill, Jennifer; Ross, E Victor

    2006-02-01

    Leg veins can be effectively treated with lasers. However, the optimal pulse duration for small leg veins has not been established in human studies with a Nd:YAG laser. The purpose of this study was to investigate a range of pulse durations to determine an optimal pulse duration for clearance of leg veins. After mapping and photo documentation of the leg veins to be treated, a variable pulse duration Neodymium:Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser (3-100 milliseconds) was used in a single test site session. Pulse durations of 3, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 milliseconds were used. At the 3-week follow-up, the optimal pulse duration was defined as that pulse duration which resulted in the most complete clearance of vessels with the least side effects. Up to 20 vessels were then treated using the established "optimal" pulse duration. Final evaluation was at 16 weeks after the initial visit. Three blinded observers rated the percent of vessels completely cleared based on initial and final photographs. Eighteen patients completed the study. Fluence thresholds for immediate vessel changes varied depending on spot size and vessel diameter, with larger fluences required for smaller spot sizes and smaller vessels. Shorter pulse durations (< or =20 milliseconds) were associated with occasional spot sized purpura and spot sized post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Longer pulse durations (40-60 milliseconds) achieved superior vessel elimination with less post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. With a single laser treatment, 71% of the treated vessels cleared. Compared to shorter pulses (<20 milliseconds), longer pulses may provide gentler heating of the vessel and a greater ratio of contraction to thrombosis. Copyright 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  19. Past Hydrological Variability in the Congo Basin inferred from Neodymium Isotopes

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    Bayon, G.

    2015-12-01

    Major events of vegetation changes and soil erosion occurred in Central Africa during the last few millennia, at a time when the first farmers settled in the rainforest. The palaeoclimatic context in which these environmental changes took place still remains poorly constrained. Improving our knowledge on the drivers of past hydrological variability in Central Africa is important to further evaluate the relative role of climate versus humans in shaping late Holocene African landscapes. In this study, we have used neodymium (Nd) isotopes in a marine sediment core to reconstruct the composition of the sediment load exported from the Congo Basin during the Holocene. Core KZR23 was recovered at 2200 m water depth from within the Congo submarine canyon and is characterized by high sedimentation rates (about 2m/kyr), thereby allowing reconstruction of past river sediment discharge at an unprecedented high temporal resolution. A suite of river particulate samples collected from the main tributaries within the Congo watershed was analyzed in order to tag each major sub-basin with the characteristic geochemical and Nd isotopic signatures of its source region. In parallel, an annual series of suspended particles sampled on a monthly basis at the Congo River ORE-HYBAM station (Brazzaville) was also analyzed to characterize the seasonality of sediment provenance in relation with present hydrological cycle. Using Nd isotopes as tracers for sediment provenance together and other proxy data for past erosion, vegetation and rainfall patterns (i.e. bulk sediment radiocarbon data, pollens, biomarkers, compound-specific isotope analyses), we will provide a more comprehensive picture of past hydrological variability in the Congo Basin for the Holocene period.

  20. Cataracts induced by neodymium-yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser lysis of vitreous floaters.

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    Koo, Ellen H; Haddock, Luis J; Bhardwaj, Namita; Fortun, Jorge A

    2017-06-01

    Neodymium-yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser vitreolysis has been proposed as a treatment modality for symptomatic vitreous floaters. The purpose of this paper is to report two cases of cataracts associated with posterior capsular compromise, induced by Nd:YAG laser vitreolysis for symptomatic vitreous floaters. Case series. Two patients who underwent ND:YAG laser vitreolysis for symptomatic floaters, presented with decline in visual acuity in the treated eye after the laser procedure. At the slit-lamp biomicroscope, each patient was found to have a posterior subcapsular cataract in the treated eye, with obvious loss of integrity of the posterior capsule. These two patients underwent cataract extraction by the same surgeon via phacoemulsification. Both eyes were found to have a defect in the posterior capsule intraoperatively. In both cases, a three-piece acrylic intraocular lens implant was placed in the sulcus, achieving optic capture. The best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/20 in both patients, at 1 month following the surgery. At 2 months, one patient had a BCVA of 20/15. The second patient maintained a BCVA of 20/20 at 3 months. Secondary cataract formation accompanied by loss of integrity of the posterior capsule is a potential complication of Nd:YAG laser vitreolysis for symptomatic floaters. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  1. Neodymium isotopic composition of intermediate and deep waters in the glacial southwest Pacific

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    Noble, Taryn L.; Piotrowski, Alexander M.; McCave, I. Nick

    2013-12-01

    Neodymium (Nd) isotopes, tracers of deep water mass source and mixing, were measured on sedimentary planktic foraminifera with authigenic coatings from a depth-transect of cores (1400-4800 m) from Chatham Rise in the southwest Pacific, over the past 30 ka. We observe deglacial variations in the Nd isotopic composition, which showed an average glacial composition of ɛNd=-5.0 (1σ; ±0.3n=4) for cores sites below 3200 mbsl. No significant deglacial variation was observed in the Nd isotopic composition of intermediate depth waters (1400 mbsl), in contrast with benthic foraminifera δC13 data. The deglacial ɛNd shift of CDW in the southwest Pacific is consistent with changes observed in the deep South Atlantic and Equatorial Indian Ocean, but ɛNd values are offset by ˜1ɛNd-unit to more radiogenic values throughout the deglacial records, likely due to admixture of a Nd isotope signal which was modified in the Southern Ocean or Pacific, perhaps by boundary exchange. However, this modification did not overprint the deglacial Nd isotope change. The consistent deglacial evolution of ɛNd in the South Atlantic, Equatorial Indian and southwest Pacific CDW, is evidence for the connection of CDW during the glacial, and propagation of diminished North Atlantic Deep Water export to the glacial Southern Ocean. In contrast, spatial heterogeneities in the benthic foraminifera δC13 of CDW have been observed in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific basins of the deep glacial Southern Ocean. The Nd isotope data implies a well-connected deep Southern Ocean, which transported waters from the Atlantic to the Indian and Pacific oceans, during the glacial. This suggests that basin-scale variability in the glacial δC13 composition of CDW was unrelated to circulation changes.

  2. How Well Do Neodymium Isotopes Trace AMOC Mixing? A Test in the Southwest Atlantic

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    Wu, Y.; Goldstein, S. L.; Pena, L.; Hartman, A. E.; Rijkenberg, M. J. A.; De Baar, H. J. W.

    2014-12-01

    Neodymium (Nd) isotope ratios are used to trace past AMOC circulation, based on observations that seawater Nd isotope ratios effectively "fingerprint" water masses, and that over long water mass transport distances in deep seawater they reflect values expected from water mass mixing. Over the past several years, studies have increasingly focused on the potential of external addition of Nd along water mass transport paths (for example through "boundary exchange" with particulates or addition from groundwaters), thus challenging the idea that Nd isotopes behave "quasi-conservatively" in the oceans. The SW Atlantic, with the major water masses involved in the AMOC (southward flowing NADW, northward flowing AAIW and AABW), is arguably the best place on Earth to evaluate how well Nd isotopes trace water mass mixing, in order to clarify its value for following the AMOC through time. We will report Nd isotope ratios of seawater collected on the SW Atlantic meridional transect of the NIOZ West Atlantic GEOTRACES Cruise Leg 3 (RRS James Cook 057), which sampled seawater profiles and the sediment surface at 18 stations between 0-50°S. Most stations are sampled in the open ocean, providing a test of whether Nd isotopes show quasi-conservative mixing systematics away from continental margins. The cruise section also provides several opportunities to test the potential effects of external Nd input. For example, it transects the continental shelf in the far south, the Rio Grande Rise, volcanic seamounts, and the major geological age boundaries of South America. It also crosses the major Southern Hemisphere wind zones, allowing us to test the impacts of aeolian input, and inputs from major rivers (Parana-Paraguay, Sao Francisco, Amazon). All of these features have the potential to modify the seawater Nd isotope ratios, allowing us to determine if they add significant external Nd.

  3. Effect of neodymium substitution on structural and ferroelectric properties of BNT ceramics

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    Pal, Vijayeta; Dwivedi, R.K.; Thakur, O.P.

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • First time, we synthesized (Bi{sub 1−x}Nd{sub x}){sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} system by semi wet technique. • Grain size reduced with doping and Nd acts as an inhibitor in the grain growth. • Specimen with x = 0.02 exhibits excellent ferroelectric properties at RT. • P–E loops show the co-existence of polar and non polar regions around ‘T{sub d}’. - Abstract: Polycrystalline specimens of (Bi{sub 1−x}Nd{sub x}){sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BNNT) ceramic system with compositions x ≤ 0.04 were synthesized by semi-wet technique using ethylene glycol precursor. Structural and electrical properties were investigated in detail to observe the effect of neodymium (Nd) substitution in BNT system. XRD patterns for all the specimens showed single phase formation with rhombohedral structure. Field emission scanning electron micrographs (FE-SEM) revealed that the grain growth was inhibited significantly with Nd content. The temperature dependence behaviour of dielectric constant revealed that the depolarisation temperature ‘T{sub d}’ decreases whereas temperature of maximum dielectric constant ‘T{sub m}’ increases with Nd concentration. The piezoelectric charge coefficient (d{sub 33}) showed maxima at x = 0.02 and well defined ferroelectric behaviour was observed for all the samples.

  4. High resolution neodymium characterization along the Mediterranean Sea margins: implications for ɛNd modeling.

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    Ayache, Mohamed; Dutay, Jean-claude; Arsouze, Thomas; Jeandel, Catherine; Revillon, Sidonie

    2016-04-01

    An extensive compilation of published neodymium (Nd) concentrations and isotopic compositions (ɛNd) was realized in order to establish a new database and a map (using a high resolution geological map of the area) of the distribution of these parameters for all the Mediterranean margins. Data were extracted from different kinds of samples: river solid discharge deposited on the shelf, sedimentary material collected on the margin or geological material outcropping above or close to a margin. Additional analyses of surface sediments were done, in order to improve this dataset in key areas (e.g Sicilian strait). The Mediterranean margin Nd isotopic signatures vary from non-radiogenic values around the Gulf of Lions, (ɛNd values -11) to radiogenic values around the Aegean and the Levantine sub-basins up to +6. Using a high resolution regional oceanic model (1/12° of horizontal resolution), ɛNd distribution was simulated for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea. The high resolution of the model provides the opportunity to study in more details the processes governing the Nd isotope distribution in the marine environment. This work highlights that a significant interannual variability of ɛNd distribution in seawater could occur. In particular, important hydrological events such as the Eastern Mediterranean Transient (EMT), associated with deep water formed in the Aegean sub-basin, could induce a shift in Nd IC at intermediate depths that could be noticeable in the Western part of the basin. This highlights that the temporal and geographical variations of ɛNd could represent an interesting insight of Nd as a quasi-conservative tracer of water masses in the Mediterranean Sea, in particular in the context of paleo-oceanographic applications, i.e. to explore if EMT-type signatures occurred in the past (Roether et al., 2014, Gacic et al., 2011).

  5. Acute effects of anti-inflammatory drugs on neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet laser-induced uveitis in dogs.

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    Millichamp, N J; Dziezyc, J; Rohde, B H; Chiou, G C; Smith, W B

    1991-08-01

    Dogs were treated with flunixin meglumine, a cyclooxygenase inhibitor; L-651,896, a 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor; and matrine, a herbal anti-inflammatory drug. Acute inflammation was induced in the eyes by disruption of the anterior lens capsule, using a neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet laser. Intraocular pressure, pupil diameter, and eicosanoid production in the aqueous humor were measured. Statistically significant effects were seen in the eyes of flunixin meglumine-treated dogs where mydriasis was maintained and aqueous prostaglandin E2 concentration was reduced.

  6. Morphologic and histologic changes in canine temporomandibular joint tissues following arthroscopic guided neodymium:YAG laser exposure

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    Bradrick, J.P.; Eckhauser, M.L.; Indresano, A.T. )

    1989-11-01

    A neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser beam was introduced by a quartz fiber passed arthroscopically into the superior joint space of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) of five mongrel dogs, with one joint serving as a control without laser wounds. Immediate postoperative death and examination of the disc grossly and histologically revealed different patterns for contact and noncontact burn wounds. The wounds exhibited signs of thermal coagulation necrosis similar to those reported in other tissues. The potential implications of the adaptation of the Nd:YAG laser to TMJ arthroscopic surgery are discussed.

  7. Large-mode-area single-mode-output Neodymium-doped silicate glass all-solid photonic crystal fiber

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    Li, Wentao; Chen, Danping; Qinling, Zhou; Hu, Lili

    2015-01-01

    We have demonstrated a 45 μm core diameter Neodymium-doped all-solid silicate glass photonic crystal fiber laser with a single mode laser output. The structure parameters and modes information of the fiber are both demonstrated by theoretical calculations using Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method and experimental measurements. Maximum 0.8 W output power limited by launched pump power has been generated in 1064 nm with laser beam quality factor M2 1.18. PMID:26205850

  8. Clinical efficacy of the dual-pulsed Q-switched neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser: Comparison with conservative mode.

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    Kim, Byung Wook; Lee, Mi Hye; Chang, Sung Eun; Yun, Woo Jin; Won, Chong Hyun; Lee, Mi Woo; Choi, Jee Ho; Moon, Kee Chan

    2013-12-01

    The quality (Q)-switched neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser is one of the first non-ablative lasers to be used for facial resurfacing and photorejuvenation. Recently, the method of low-fluence Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers known as 'laser toning' has been used for non-ablative skin rejuvenation and for the treatment of melasma in Asian countries. We report our experience of using a novel Q-switched Nd:YAG laser that was operated as a dual pulse at half fluence and 140-μs intervals compared with conservative mode laser.

  9. Pupil block glaucoma after neodymium:YAG capsulotomy in a patient with a partially subluxated posterior chamber intraocular lens.

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    Kersey, James P; McMullan, Tristan F W; Broadway, David C

    2005-07-01

    A 73-year-old-woman presented following neodymium:YAG capsulotomy for posterior capsular opacification with acute glaucoma. Previous cataract surgery had left her with a subluxated lens. Cornea edema obscured detail of the anterior chamber, but the edge of the lens could be seen clearly within the pupillary space. This produced a diagnostic dilemma because no obvious cause for pupil block could be seen. She failed to respond to medical therapy and had a laser iridotomy, following which her symptoms resolved. We believe this case demonstrates the importance of a laser iridotomy to exclude pupil block glaucoma when adequate visualization of the pupillary space is obscured.

  10. Large-mode-area single-mode-output Neodymium-doped silicate glass all-solid photonic crystal fiber.

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    Li, Wentao; Chen, Danping; Qinling, Zhou; Hu, Lili

    2015-07-24

    We have demonstrated a 45 μm core diameter Neodymium-doped all-solid silicate glass photonic crystal fiber laser with a single mode laser output. The structure parameters and modes information of the fiber are both demonstrated by theoretical calculations using Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method and experimental measurements. Maximum 0.8 W output power limited by launched pump power has been generated in 1064 nm with laser beam quality factor M(2) 1.18.

  11. Synthesis and thermal stability studies of a series of metastable Dion–Jacobson double-layered neodymium-niobate perovskites

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    Josepha, Elisha A.; Farooq, Sara; Mitchell, Cinnamon M.; Wiley, John B.

    2014-08-15

    The Dion–Jacobson double-layered perovskite, RbNdNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}, is used as a precursor to synthesize the series ANdNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} (A=H, Li, Na, K, NH{sub 4}, Ag), and (MCl)NdNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} (M=Mn, Fe, Cu) through ion-exchange reactions ≤400 °C. Thermal stability studies indicated that most of these compounds are metastable. A combination of X-ray powder diffraction and differential thermal analysis were used to determine various low temperature decomposition pathways; these pathways were very dependent on the interlayer species. Overall the ANdNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} series was found to be less stable than the corresponding lanthanides, ALaNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}. - Graphical abstract: A new series of topochemically-prepared metastable neodymium-containing layered perovskites are studied. - Highlights: • A series of new layered neodymium containing perovskites were synthesized by ion exchange. • Products were studied by variable temperature X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis. • Most of the series are metastable showing exothermic transitions on decomposition. • The Nd compounds are less stable due to the smaller size of the Nd relative to La.

  12. Assessment of optical path length in tissue using neodymium and water absorptions for application to near-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Nighswander-Rempel, Stephen P; Kupriyanov, Valery V; Shaw, R Anthony

    2005-01-01

    Quantitative analysis of blood oxygen saturation using near-IR spectroscopy is made difficult by uncertainties in both the absolute value and the wavelength dependence of the optical path length. We introduce a novel means of assessing the wavelength dependence of path length, exploiting the relative intensities of several absorptions exhibited by an exogenous contrast agent (neodymium). Combined with a previously described method that exploits endogenous water absorptions, the described technique estimates the absolute path length at several wavelengths throughout the visible/near-IR range of interest. Isolated rat hearts (n = 11) are perfused separately with Krebs-Henseleit buffer (KHB) and a KHB solution to which neodymium had been added, and visible/near-IR spectra are acquired using an optical probe made up of emission and collection fibers in concentric rings of diameters 1 and 3 mm, respectively. Relative optical path lengths at 520, 580, 679, 740, 800, 870, and 975 nm are 0.41+/-0.13, 0.49+/-0.21, 0.90+/-0.09, 0.94+/-0.01, 1.00, 0.84+/-0.01, and 0.78+/-0.08, respectively. The absolute path length at 975 nm is estimated to be 3.8+/-0.6 mm, based on the intensity of the water absorptions and the known tissue water concentration. These results are strictly valid only for the experimental geometry applied here.

  13. Global flows of critical metals necessary for low-carbon technologies: the case of neodymium, cobalt, and platinum.

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    Nansai, Keisuke; Nakajima, Kenichi; Kagawa, Shigemi; Kondo, Yasushi; Suh, Sangwon; Shigetomi, Yosuke; Oshita, Yuko

    2014-01-01

    This study, encompassing 231 countries and regions, quantifies the global transfer of three critical metals (neodymium, cobalt, and platinum) considered vital for low-carbon technologies by means of material flow analysis (MFA), using trade data (BACI) and the metal contents of trade commodities, resolving the optimization problem to ensure the material balance of the metals within each country and region. The study shows that in 2005 international trade led to global flows of 18.6 kt of neodymium, 154 kt of cobalt, and 402 t of platinum and identifies the main commodities and top 50 bilateral trade links embodying these metals. To explore the issue of consumption efficiency, the flows were characterized according to the technological level of each country or region and divided into three types: green ("efficient use"), yellow ("moderately efficient use"), and red ("inefficient use"). On this basis, the shares of green, yellow, and red flows in the aggregate global flow of Nd were found to be 1.2%, 98%, and 1.2%, respectively. For Co, the respective figures are 53%, 28%, and 19%, and for Pt 15%, 84%, and 0.87%. Furthermore, a simple indicator focusing on the composition of the three colored flows for each commodity was developed to identify trade commodities that should be prioritized for urgent technical improvement to reduce wasteful use of the metals. Based on the indicator, we discuss logical, strategic identification of the responsibilities and roles of the countries involved in the global flows.

  14. Electrochemical extraction of neodymium by co-reduction with aluminum in LiCl-KCl molten salt

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    Yan, Yong-De; Xu, Yan-Lu; Zhang, Mi-Lin; Xue, Yun; Han, Wei; Huang, Ying; Chen, Qiong; Zhang, Zhi-Jian

    2013-02-01

    The electrochemical behavior of Nd(III) ions in LiCl-KCl and LiCl-KCl-AlCl3 melts on a Mo electrode at 723 K was studied by various electrochemical techniques. The results showed that Nd(III) ions are reduced to Nd(0) through two consecutive steps, and the underpotential deposition of neodymium on pre-deposited Al electrode formed two kinds of Al-Nd intermetallic compounds in LiCl-KCl-AlCl3 solutions. The electrochemical extraction of neodymium was carried out in LiCl-KCl-AlCl3 melts on a Mo electrode at 873 K by potentiostatic and galvanostatic electrolysis. The extraction efficiency was 99.25% after potentiostatic electrolysis for 30 h. Al-Li-Nd bulk alloy was obtained by galvanostatic electrolysis. X-ray diffraction (XRD) suggested that Al2Nd and Al3Nd phases were formed in Al-Li-Nd alloy. The microstructure and micro-zone chemical analysis of Al-Li-Nd alloy were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), respectively.

  15. Effect of the addition of low rare earth elements (lanthanum, neodymium, cerium) on the biodegradation and biocompatibility of magnesium.

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    Willbold, Elmar; Gu, Xuenan; Albert, Devon; Kalla, Katharina; Bobe, Katharina; Brauneis, Maria; Janning, Carla; Nellesen, Jens; Czayka, Wolfgang; Tillmann, Wolfgang; Zheng, Yufeng; Witte, Frank

    2015-01-01

    Rare earth elements are promising alloying element candidates for magnesium alloys used as biodegradable devices in biomedical applications. Rare earth elements have significant effects on the high temperature strength as well as the creep resistance of alloys and they improve magnesium corrosion resistance. We focused on lanthanum, neodymium and cerium to produce magnesium alloys with commonly used rare earth element concentrations. We showed that low concentrations of rare earth elements do not promote bone growth inside a 750 μm broad area around the implant. However, increased bone growth was observed at a greater distance from the degrading alloys. Clinically and histologically, the alloys and their corrosion products caused no systematic or local cytotoxicological effects. Using microtomography and in vitro experiments, we could show that the magnesium-rare earth element alloys showed low corrosion rates, both in in vitro and in vivo. The lanthanum- and cerium-containing alloys degraded at comparable rates, whereas the neodymium-containing alloy showed the lowest corrosion rates. Copyright © 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Efficient Recovery of Neodymium in Acidic System by Free-Standing Dual-Template Docking Oriented Ionic Imprinted Mesoporous Films.

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    Zheng, Xudong; Zhang, Fusheng; Liu, Enli; Xu, Xuechao; Yan, Yongsheng

    2017-01-11

    Neodymium (Nd) is critical component of sintered neodymium magnets. Separation of Nd from consumer magnets has attracted a widespread attention. In this paper, we presented free-standing ionic imprinted mesoporous film materials for facile and highly efficient targeted separation of Nd from permanent magnets by dual-template docking oriented ionic imprinting (DTD-OII) method. DTD-OII is based on dual-template docking oriented molecular imprinting. Compared with conventional imprinting, this novel strategy does not need extra steps, but significantly advance imprinted efficiency. With optimization of functional monomer, our free-standing dual-template docking oriented ionic imprinted mesoporous films exhibit excellent adsorption of Nd by solid-liquid extraction. The Nd adsorption capacity for optimized films was 34.98 mg g(-1) under pH = 3.0. The distribution coefficient of Nd was 636 mL g(-1), which indicates films possess significantly selectivity of Nd. In addition, efficient dual-template docking oriented ionic imprinting makes films demonstrating an outstanding of reusability by cycle test, which appreciating their potential for industrial application.

  17. Magnetic field strength and reproducibility of neodymium magnets useful for transcranial static magnetic field stimulation of the human cortex.

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    Rivadulla, Casto; Foffani, Guglielmo; Oliviero, Antonio

    2014-07-01

    The application of transcranial static magnetic field stimulation (tSMS) in humans reduces the excitability of the motor cortex for a few minutes after the end of stimulation. However, when tSMS is applied in humans, the cortex is at least 2 cm away, so most of the strength of the magnetic field will not reach the target. The main objective of the study was to measure the strength and reproducibility of static magnetic fields produced by commercial neodymium magnets. We measured the strength and reproducibility of static magnetic fields produced by four different types of neodymium cylindrical magnets using a magnetic field-to-voltage transducer. Magnetic field strength depended on magnet size. At distances <1.5 cm, the magnetic field strength was affected by the presence of central holes (potentially useful for recording electroencephalograms). At distances >1.5 cm, the measurements made on the cylinder axis and 1.5 cm off the axis were comparable. The reproducibility of the results (i.e., the consistency of the field strength across magnets of the same size) was very high. These measurements offer a quantitative empirical reference for developing devices useful for tSMS protocols in both humans and animals. © 2013 International Neuromodulation Society.

  18. Cathodic processes of neodymium(iii) in LiF-NdF3-Nd2O3 melts.

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    Huang, Chao; Liu, Xiaolong; Gao, Yuan; Liu, Shizhe; Li, Bing

    2016-08-15

    In this paper, cyclic voltammetry and square wave voltammetry are applied to characterize the cathode processes of neodymium ions on a W electrode in LiF-NdF3 melts with or without the metal Nd. The results indicate that neodymium ions in the LiF-NdF3 (2 wt%) melt are reduced in two steps, i.e. Nd(3+) → Nd(2+) and Nd(2+) → Nd(0), corresponding to starting reduction potentials of 0.35 V vs. Li(+)/Li and 0.1 V vs. Li(+)/Li, respectively. The Nd(3+) → Nd(2+) process is controlled by mass transfer and the Nd(2+) → Nd(0) process is controlled by both an interfacial step and mass transfer. But in the LiF-NdF3 melt with excess metal Nd equilibrium, the kinetics of the above two processes are controlled by mass transfer. After potentiostatic electrolysis at 0.35 V in the LiF-NdF3-Nd2O3 melt NdF2 is formed on the Mo cathode, and metallic Nd is obtained by potentiostatic electrolysis at 0.1 V in the LiF-NdF3-Nd2O3-Nd melt, which validates the above electrochemical reduction results.

  19. Near-Infrared Neodymium Tag for Quantifying Targeted Biomarker and Counting Its Host Circulating Tumor Cells.

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    Liu, Chunlan; Lu, Shu; Yang, Limin; Chen, Peijie; Bai, Peiming; Wang, Qiuquan

    2017-09-05

    Quantitative information on a targeted analyte in a complex biological system is the most basic premise for understanding its involved mechanisms, and thus precise diagnosis of a disease if it is a so-called biomarker. Here, we designed and synthesized a neodymium (Nd)-cored tag [1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7-trisacetic acid (DOTA)-Nd complex together with a light-harvesting antenna aminofluorescein (AMF, λex/em = 494/520 nm), AMF-DOTA-Nd] with duplex signals, second near-infrared (NIR) window luminescence (λem = 1065 nm, 2.5 μs), and stable isotopic mass ((142)Nd). AMF-DOTA-Nd covalently linked with a urea-based peptidomimetic targeting group, 2-[3-(1,3-dicarboxypropyl)-ureido]pentanedioic acid (DUPA)-8-Aoc-Phe-Phe-Cys (DUPAaFFC) (DUPAaFFC-AMF-DOTA-Nd), allowing us to detect and quantify prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) and its splice variants (total PSMA, tPSMA), which was set as an example of targeted biomarkers in this study, using NIR and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) with the limit of detection (LOD) (3σ) of 0.3 ng/mL. When it was applied to the analysis of 80 blood samples from prostate cancer (PCa) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients as well as healthy volunteers, we found that 320 and 600 ng/mL tPSMA could be recommended as the threshold values to differentiate BPH from PCa and for the diagnosis of PCa. Moreover, PSMA-positive circulating tumor cells (CTCs) were counted using ICPMS being from 134 to 773 CTCs in the PCa blood samples of the Gleason score from 6 to 9 when the cell membrane-spanning mPSMA was tagged. Such a methodology developed could be expected to be applicable to other clinic-meaningful biomolecules and their host CTCs in liquid biopsy, when other specific targeting groups are modified to the NIR Nd tag.

  20. Neodymium Isotopes and REE pattern in seawater of the tropical Atlantic Ocean

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    Zieringer, M.; Frank, M.; Hathorne, E. C.

    2012-12-01

    Neodymium (Nd) isotopes and rare earth element (REE) patterns are used as tracers of present day ocean circulation and to fingerprint source materials. We present full water column Nd isotopic compositions and dissolved REE distributions in seawater of the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Samples were collected during the GEOTRACES expedition A11 (R/V Meteor) from Las Palmas (Canary Islands) to Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago). Highly variable REE concentrations and associated REE patterns in surface waters can be grouped into different oceanic provinces and reflect prominent local source provenances like volcanic islands and dust particles of continental origin. Generally, concentrations in the eastern basin, especially in the vicinity of the Canary Islands and off the coast of NW Africa, are higher than in the western basin. In the area of the Canary Islands shale-normalized REE pattern are characterized by a strong increase in concentrations of the heavy REE relative to the light REE, while south of it REE pattern are almost flat. Nd concentrations in surface waters range between a minimum of 14 pmol/kg in surface waters with reduced salinities (< 33.6 psu) due to freshwater input by the Amazon river and a maximum off the coast of NW Africa that provides evidence of inputs from partial dissolution of dust from the Sahara desert region and from ocean island wheathering. This is also reflected in the Nd isotopic composition, which ranges from ɛNd = - 12.7 to - 8.8. The most radiogenic values are measured between Tenerife and Grand Canary (ɛNd = - 8.8), while the Nd isotopic composition is least radiogenic in the open ocean surface waters. In addition to the surface waters we will present full water column profiles including samples from all major water masses that are present in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. The isotopic distribution of Nd together with the REE distribution in intermediate and deep waters provides information on water mass mixing and water

  1. Neodymium diffusion in orthopyroxene: Experimental studies and applications to geological and planetary problems

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    Sano, Jennifer; Ganguly, Jibamitra; Hervig, Richard; Dohmen, Ralf; Zhang, Xiaoyu

    2011-08-01

    resetting of the Sm-Nd mineral age by an "impulsive disturbance" [Prinzhoffer A, Papanastassiou D.A, Wasserburg G.J., 1992. Samarium-neodymium evolution of meteorites. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 56, 797-815].

  2. Rare earth elements and neodymium isotopes in world river sediments revisited

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    Bayon, G.; Toucanne, S.; Skonieczny, C.; André, L.; Bermell, S.; Cheron, S.; Dennielou, B.; Etoubleau, J.; Freslon, N.; Gauchery, T.; Germain, Y.; Jorry, S. J.; Ménot, G.; Monin, L.; Ponzevera, E.; Rouget, M.-L.; Tachikawa, K.; Barrat, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    Over the past decades, rare earth elements (REE) and their radioactive isotopes have received tremendous attention in sedimentary geochemistry, as tracers for the geological history of the continental crust and provenance studies. In this study, we report on elemental concentrations and neodymium (Nd) isotopic compositions for a large number of sediments collected near the mouth of rivers worldwide, including some of the world's major rivers. Sediments were leached for removal of non-detrital components, and both clay and silt fractions were retained for separate geochemical analyses. Our aim was to re-examine, at the scale of a large systematic survey, whether or not REE and Nd isotopes could be fractionated during Earth surface processes. Our results confirmed earlier assumptions that river sediments do not generally exhibit any significant grain-size dependent Nd isotopic variability. Most sediments from rivers draining old cratonic areas, sedimentary systems and volcanic provinces displayed similar Nd isotopic signatures in both clay and silt fractions, with ΔεNd(clay-silt) < |1|. A subtle decoupling of Nd isotopes between clays and silts was identified however in a few major river systems (e.g. Nile, Mississippi, Fraser), with clays being systematically shifted towards more radiogenic values. This observation suggests that preferential weathering of volcanic and/or sedimentary rocks relative to more resistant lithologies may occur in river basins, possibly leading locally to Nd isotopic decoupling between different size fractions. Except for volcanogenic sediments, silt fractions generally displayed homogeneous REE concentrations, exhibiting relatively flat shale-normalized patterns. However, clay fractions were almost systematically characterized by a progressive enrichment from the heavy to the light REE and a positive europium (Eu) anomaly. In agreement with results from previous soil investigations, the observed REE fractionation between clays and silts

  3. Extraction of seawater-derived neodymium from different phases of deep sea sediments by selective leaching

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    Blaser, P.; Lippold, J. A.; Frank, N.; Gutjahr, M.; Böhm, E.

    2014-12-01

    In order to deduce reliable information about the interaction of the oceans with the climate system as a whole in the past, the reconstruction of water mass circulation is crucial. The analysis of seawater-derived neodymium isotopes (143Nd/144Nd, expressed as ɛNd) in marine sediments provides a unique proxy for deep water provenance in particular in the Atlantic [1]. The ɛNd signature and thus the mixing proportion of the local bottom water masses is archived in authigenic phases in the sediment. Obtaining seawater ɛNd from authigenic accretions bound to foraminiferal tests has lately become the preferred since most reliable method [2]. Attempts have also been made to extract the Nd-rich authigenic metal fraction by leaching it off the bulk sediment and thereby use this proxy with less effort, in the highest possible resolution and in sediments where foraminifera are not sufficiently present. However, often other sedimentary components are also leached in the process and contaminate the extracted Nd [3,4]. In this project several core-top and older sediments across the Atlantic have been leached in ten consecutive steps with either dilute buffered acetic acid or an acid-reductive solution. The leachates were analysed on their elemental and Nd isotope compositions, as well as rare earth element (REE) distributions. By graduating the total leaching procedure into smaller stages the results display which processes take place in the course of sediment leaching in the laboratory and which components of the sediment are most reactive. Thus, they help to better evaluate the quality of sediment leaches for ɛNd analysis. Clearly, organic calcite acts as a fast reacting buffer and at the point where its amount is sufficiently reduced the leaching of other components commences and the Nd concentration peaks. Corruption of the extracted ɛNd signal by non-authigenic sources in many cases occured early in the leaching sequence, indicating that only very cautious leaching

  4. Enantiomeric NMR signal separation behavior and mechanism of samarium(III) and neodymium(III) complexes with (S,S)-ethylenediamine-N,N'-disuccinate.

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    Aizawa, Sen-Ichi; Okano, Masaru; Kidani, Takahiro

    2017-04-12

    Enantiomeric (1) H and (13) C NMR signal separation behaviors of various α-amino acids and DL-tartarate were investigated by using the samarium(III) and neodymium(III) complexes with (S,S)-ethylenediamine-N,N'-disuccinate as chiral shift reagents. A relatively smaller concentration ratio of the lanthanide(III) complex to substrates was suitable for the neodymium(III) complex compared with the samarium(III) one, striking a balance between relatively greater signal separation and broadening. To clarify the difference in the signal separation behavior, the chemical shifts of β-protons for fully bound D- and L-alanine (δb (D) and δb (L)) and their adduct formation constants (Ks) were obtained for both metal complexes. Preference for D-alanine was similarly observed for both complexes, while it was revealed that the difference between the δb (D) and δb (L) values is the significant factor to determine the enantiomeric signal separation. The neodymium(III) and samarium(III) complexes can be used complementarily for higher and smaller concentration ranges of substrates, respectively, because the neodymium(III) complex gives the larger difference between the δb (D) and δb (L) values with greater signal broadening compared to the samarium(III) complex.

  5. From the subtropics to the equator in the Southwest Pacific: Continental material fluxes quantified using neodymium data along modeled thermocline water pathways

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    Grenier, Mélanie; Jeandel, Catherine; Cravatte, Sophie

    2014-06-01

    The southwestern tropical Pacific, part of a major pathway for waters feeding the Equatorial Undercurrent, is a region of important geochemical enrichment through land-ocean boundary exchange. Here we develop an original method based on the coupling between dynamical modeling and geochemical tracer data to identify regions of enrichment along the water pathways from the subtropics to the equator, and to allow a refined quantification of continental material fluxes. Neodymium data are interpreted with the help of modeled Lagrangian trajectories of an Ocean General Circulation Model. We reveal that upper and lower thermocline waters have different pathways together with different geochemical evolutions. The upper thermocline waters entering the Solomon Sea mainly originate from the central subtropical gyre, enter the Coral Sea in the North Vanuatu Jet and likely receive radiogenic neodymium from the basaltic island margins encountered along their route. The lower thermocline waters entering the Solomon Sea mainly originate from northeast of New Zealand and enter the Coral Sea in the North Caledonian Jet. Depletion of their neodymium content likely occurs when flowing along the Australian and Papua coasts. Downstream from the Solomon Sea, waters flowing along the Papua New Guinea margins near the Sepik river mouth become surprisingly depleted in their neodymium content in the upper thermocline while enriched in the lower thermocline. This coupled approach is proposed as strong support to interpret the origin of the equatorial Pacific natural fertilization through a better understanding of the circulation, important objectives of the international GEOTRACES and SPICE programs, respectively.

  6. Characterization and study of pinning properties of bulk neodymium barium copper oxide superconductor with the neutron-induced fission

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    Osabe, Goro

    This dissertation describes work on characterization of the bulk Nd 1Ba2Cu3Oy high temperature superconductor, and investigation of flux pinning properties of columnar defects. The U/n process has been used to introduce quasi-columnar pinning centers into Nd123. The process involves adding 235U to the precursor powders of the superconductor, texturing, and irradiating with thermal neutrons. The nuclear fission fragments cause discontinuous broken columnar damage which acts as pinning centers. We intensively investigate the pinning properties due to the U/n process. We performed studies of superconductivity characteristics for U/n-Nd123, such as trapped field, critical current Jc, anisotropic, angular dependence of magnetization, flux creep, irreversible field and critical temperature. All measurements were made both before and after irradiation. The U/n process also results in chemical pinning centers smaller than 1mum. Pinning properties due to these chemical pinning centers were also investigated. Our results show that the U/n method increases the trapped field by factor of 4.45 (+/-0.36), and increases J c before 28,097 A/cm2 to values of 160,750 A/cm 2 at 77K with applied field 0.17T. If our best sample had been used at the best fluence, the sample would have reached a trapped field of 2997.9 G (3mm cube) at the peak fluence Fn = 0.885x10 16 n/cm2. A theoretical proposal for the summation problem for columnar pinning is also proposed. We introduce the concept of reduction of the order parameter due to the ion damage. We then have set up the summation problem for columnar defects. We use this approach for the summation problem in order to obtain Jc, as a function of diameter of columnar damage, number of incident ions, and magnetic field. These results have fairly good quantitative agreement with the actual experimental results. The calculations reveal that discontinuous columnar defects yield the maximum Jc in agreement with experiment. The highest Jc can be obtained when the radius of columnar defect is identical with the size of the coherence length. The reduction of the order parameter results in the reduction of Jc The experimental enhancement factor for trapped field was also fitted to the results of the Jc formula we obtained from the results of the summation problem.

  7. Neodymium Oxide Induces Cytotoxicity and Activates NF-κB and Caspase-3 in NR8383 Cells.

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    Huang, Li Hua; Yang, Hua; Su, Xin; Gao, Yan Rong; Xue, Hai Nan; Wang, Su Hua

    2017-01-01

    We investigated whether Nd2O3 treatment results in cytotoxicity and other underlying effects in rat NR8383 alveolar macrophages. Cell viability assessed by the MTT assay revealed that Nd2O3 was toxic in a dose-dependent manner, but not in a time-dependent manner. An ELISA analysis indicated that exposure to Nd2O3 caused cell damage and enhanced synthesis and release of inflammatory chemokines. A Western blot analysis showed that protein expression levels of caspase-3, nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and its inhibitor IκB increased significantly in response to Nd2O3 treatment. Both NF-κB and caspase-3 signaling were activated, suggesting that both pathways are involved in Nd2O3 cytotoxicity. Copyright © 2017 The Editorial Board of Biomedical and Environmental Sciences. Published by China CDC. All rights reserved.

  8. Neodymium and carbon isotopic fingerprints of warm Pliocene circulation throughout the deep Atlantic

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    Riesselman, C. R.; Scher, H. D.; Dowsett, H. J.; Robinson, M. M.

    2013-12-01

    The mid-Piacenzian age of the Pliocene is the most recent interval in Earth's history to sustain global warmth within the range predicted for the 21st century. To understand this interval, the USGS PRISM Project has developed a reconstruction of global conditions at 3.264-3.025 Ma, which includes a significant North Atlantic warm SST anomaly coupled with increased evaporation. Warm anomalies are also detected in the deep ocean as far as 46°S, suggesting that enhanced meridional overturning circulation may have been responsible for more southerly penetration of North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW). However, deep temperature proxies are not diagnostic of water mass, and some coupled model simulations predict transient decreases in NADW production in the 21st century, presenting a contrasting picture of future climate. We present a new multi-proxy synthesis of Atlantic deep ocean circulation during the PRISM interval, using the neodymium isotopic composition (ɛNd) of fossil fish teeth as a proxy for water mass source and the δ13C of benthic foraminifera as a proxy for water mass age. This reconstruction utilizes both new and previously published data from 11 DSDP and ODP sites in the North Atlantic (Site 610) and along depth transects from equatorial Ceara Rise, southern mid-latitude Walvis Ridge, and south Atlantic Meteor Rise/Agulhas Ridge. Published data from ferromanganese crusts constrain Pliocene Antarctic deep waters at ~ ɛNd = -8, distinct from the less radiogenic ɛNd = -11.5 that characterizes Pliocene northern component water (NCW). These values fingerprint northern and southern sources throughout the Atlantic basin. Pliocene fish teeth from Site 610 (2400 m water depth) and from four Ceara Rise sites (3000-4300 m) preserve distinctly North Atlantic ɛNd. When averaged across the PRISM interval, mean values for these five sites range from ɛNd = -10.97 to -10.25, and the Pliocene depth transect closely mirrors the structure of the modern column, indicating

  9. Scheelite-type sodium neodymium(III) ortho-oxidomolybdate(VI), NaNd[MoO(4)](2).

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    Schleid, Thomas; Hartenbach, Ingo

    2011-12-01

    Scheelite-type NaNd[MoO(4)](2) contains one crystallographic position (site symmetry [Formula: see text]) for the large cations, which is mixed-occupied by Na(+) and Nd(3+) cations in a 1:1 molar ratio. Thus, both are surrounded by eight O atoms in the shape of a trigonal dodeca-hedron. Furthermore, the structure consists of crystallographically unique [MoO(4)](2-) units (site symmetry [Formula: see text]) surrounded by eight sodium and neodymium cations, which are all vertex-attached. The polyhedra around the Na(+)/Nd(3+) cations are connected to four others via common edges, building up a three-dimensional network in whose tetra-hedral voids of O atoms the Mo(6+) cations reside.

  10. From electrocautery, balloon dilatation, neodymium-doped:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser to argon plasma coagulation and cryotherapy

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    Pickering, Edward M.; Lee, Hans J.

    2015-01-01

    Over the past decade, there has been significant advancement in the development/application of therapeutics in thoracic diseases. Ablation methods using heat or cold energy in the airway is safe and effective for treating complex airway disorders including malignant and non-malignant central airway obstruction (CAO) without limiting the impact of future definitive therapy. Timely and efficient use of endobronchial ablative therapies combined with mechanical debridement or stent placement results in immediate relief of dyspnea for CAO. Therapeutic modalities reviewed in this article including electrocautery, balloon dilation (BD), neodymium-doped:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser, argon plasma coagulation (APC), and cryotherapy are often combined to achieve the desired results. This review aims to provide a clinically oriented review of these technologies in the modern era of interventional pulmonology (IP). PMID:26807284

  11. Thermo-optic characterization of neodymium/nickel doped silica glasses prepared via sol-gel route.

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    Manuel, Ancy; Kumar, B Rajesh; Basheer, N Shemeena; Kumari, B Syamala; Paulose, P I; Kurian, Achamma; George, Sajan D

    2012-12-01

    Intrinsic as well as rare earth (Neodymium) doped silica glasses with various molar ratio of dopant and a metallic (Nickel) co-dopant is prepared via sol-gel route. The structural characterization of the sample is carried out using X-ray diffraction and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The influence of dopant and doping concentration on the optical properties of silica matrix is investigated via UV-VIS absorption spectroscopy. Effect of dopant on thermal effusivity value of the host matrix is carried out by laser induced open cell photoacoustic technique. Analysis of the results showed that doping affect the thermal effusivity value and results are interpreted in terms of structural modification of the lattice and phonon assisted heat transport mechanism.

  12. Value analysis of neodymium content in shredder feed: toward enabling the feasibility of rare earth magnet recycling.

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    Bandara, H M Dhammika; Darcy, Julia W; Apelian, Diran; Emmert, Marion H

    2014-06-17

    In order to facilitate the development of recycling technologies for rare earth magnets from postconsumer products, we present herein an analysis of the neodymium (Nd) content in shredder scrap. This waste stream has been chosen on the basis of current business practices for the recycling of steel, aluminum, and copper from cars and household appliances, which contain significant amounts of rare earth magnets. Using approximations based on literature data, we have calculated the average Nd content in the ferrous shredder product stream to be between 0.13 and 0.29 kg per ton of ferrous scrap. A value analysis considering rare earth metal prices between 2002 and 2013 provides values between $1.32 and $145 per ton of ferrous scrap for this material, if recoverable as pure Nd metal. Furthermore, we present an analysis of the content and value of other rare earths (Pr, Dy, Tb).

  13. Dislocation of polyfocal full-optics accommodative intraocular lens after neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet capsulotomy in vitrectomized eye.

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    Kang, Kyung Tae; Kim, Yu Cheol

    2013-11-01

    We report a case of dislocation of WIOL-CF® polyfocal full-optics intraocular lens (IOL) after neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd: YAG) laser capsulotomy in the vitrectomized eye. At 22 months before the dislocation of the IOL, a 55-year-old male patient underwent phacoemulsification with WIOL-CF® IOL implantation in a local clinic and 10 months after the cataract surgery the patient underwent pars plana vitrectomy, endolaser photocoagulation and 14% C 3 F 8 gas tamponade for the treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. At 9 months after the vitrectomy, the patient visited our clinic for a sudden decrease of vision after Nd: YAG capsulotomy in the local clinic. On fundus examination, the dislocated IOL was identified and the Nd: YAG capsulotomy site and the larger break, which is suspected to have been a route of the dislocation were observed in the posterior capsule.

  14. Effects of neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet laser irradiation on endometrium and on endometrial cysts in six mares.

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    Blikslager, A T; Tate, L P; Weinstock, D

    1993-01-01

    Effects of neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser irradiation on equine endometrium were evaluated in vitro and in six mares with endometrial cysts. The Nd:YAG laser was applied to six endometrial sites, in each of five uterine specimens, with power densities of 5659 to 33,954 J/cm2. Depth of tissue ablation was measured and graded on histologic sections of the tissue lesions. Power density had a significant effect on the depth of tissue ablation (p < .001). Grade 3 lesions (full-thickness ablation of the endometrium) were created with energy densities of 16,977 to 33,954 J/cm2. Six mares had endometrial cysts treated by photoablation. Two of the four mares that were reproductively sound but barren, despite appropriate breeding, produced foals after treatment. One mare remained reproductively unsound after treatment, and another mare that was treated postpartum was bred successfully.

  15. Longitudinal Spin Seebeck Effect in Bi-substituted Neodymium Iron Garnet on Gadolinium Gallium Garnet Substrate Prepared by MOD Method

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    Asada, H.; Kuwahara, A.; Sueyasu, K.; Ishibashi, T.; Liu, Q.; Lou, G.; Kishimoto, K.; Koyanagi, T.

    Bi-substituted Neodymium Iron Garnet (Nd3-xBixFe5O12, Bi:NIG) thin films with the Bi composition x=0-1.0 are prepared on both the (001) and (111) oriented gadolinium gallium garnet (GGG) substrates by a metal organic decomposition method. Crystalline qualities and magnetic properties of these films are examined by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. Longitudinal spin Seebeck effects (LSSEs) are investigated by means of the inverse spin Hall effect in a Pt film. The increase of LSSE voltage in Bi:NIG(x=0-1.0)/Pt bilayers on GGG(001) is observed with the increase of Bi composition. In the case of GGG(111), the LSSE voltage for Bi:NIG(x=1.0) is also larger than that for NIG.

  16. Activation cross-sections of deuteron induced nuclear reactions on neodymium up to 50 MeV

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    Tárkányi, F.; Takács, S.; Ditrói, F.; Hermanne, A.; Yamazaki, H.; Baba, M.; Mohammadi, A.; Ignatyuk, A. V.

    2014-04-01

    In the frame of a systematic study of activation cross sections of deuteron induced nuclear reactions on rare earths, the reactions on neodymium for production of therapeutic radionuclides were measured for the first time. The excitation functions of the natNd(d,x) 151,150,149,148m,148g,146,144,143Pm, 149,147,139mNd, 142Pr and 139gCe nuclear reactions were assessed by using the stacked foil activation technique and high resolution γ-spectrometry. The experimental excitation functions were compared to the theoretical predictions calculated with the modified model codes ALICE-IPPE-D and EMPIRE-II-D and with the data in the TENDL-2012 library based on latest version of the TALYS code. The application of the data in the field of medical isotope production and nuclear reaction theory is discussed.

  17. Covariation of deglacial North Pacific intermediate water ventilation and atmospheric CO2 evidenced by authigenic neodymium isotope composition

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    Du, J.; Haley, B. A.; Mix, A. C.

    2016-12-01

    The role of the North Pacific in the global carbon cycle during the last deglaciation remains unclear, largely because of the lack of suitable sedimentary archives. The neodymium isotope composition (ɛNd) of authigenic phases has been widely used as a watermass tracer in paleoceanography, but the foundation of this application remains uncertain because the diagenetic cycle of neodymium is poorly understood. Recently we examined the relationship of ɛNd among bottom water, pore water, authigenic phase and detrital sediment, and concluded that authigenic phases record the ɛNd of pore water, not bottom water. In light of this new development, we proposed that the deviation of authigenic ɛNd from detrital ɛNd could be used as a proxy for bottom water residence time on seafloor and by inference ocean ventilation rate. Here, we present new high resolution authigenic and detrital ɛNd records from an intermediate water site (EW0408-85JC, 682 m) in the Gulf of Alaska. Our results show that during Heinrich 1 and Younger Dryas the ɛNd of authigenic phases diverged from detrital sediments, corresponding to the peak rates of atmospheric CO2 increase. In contrast, during the Bolling-Allerod and Preboreal, authigenic ɛNd converged to detrital ɛNd, synchronous with hiatuses of atmospheric CO2 rise. These observations suggest that in the abrupt cooling events of the last deglaciation, better intermediate water ventilation allowed temporal connection between the deep respired carbon pool in the North Pacific and the atmosphere, leading to the rise of CO2, while in the abrupt warming events strong stratification prevented such interaction. Our new data thus reveal the critical role the North Pacific played in deglacial abrupt climate change events.

  18. Thermodynamic Features of the Complexation of Neodymium(III) and Americium(III) by Lactate in Trifluoromethanesulfonate Media.

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    Peter R. Zalupski; Leigh R. Martin; Kenneth L. Nash

    2010-10-01

    The protonation of lactate has been studied in a variety of electrolyte solutions using microcalorimetry to reveal a distinct medium influence imposed on the thermochemistry of the investigated equilibrium. The thermochemistry of lactate protonation, when studied directly in 1.0 M sodium lactate, agreed well with the studies performed in trifluoromethanesulfonate (triflate). This thermodynamic agreement suggests that the physical chemistry of lactate in the solutions applicable to the TALSPEAK process – a solvent extraction method for separating trivalent actinides from trivalent lanthanides within the scope of used nuclear fuel processing efforts – may be simulated in triflate solutions. Potentiometry, spectrophotometry and microcalorimetry have been subsequently used to study the thermodynamic features of neodymium and americium complexation by lactate using triflate as a strong background electrolyte. Three successive mononuclear lactate complexes were identified for Nd(III) and Am(III). The stability constants for neodymium, log ß1 = 2.60 ± 0.01, log ß2 = 4.66 ± 0.02 and log ß3 = 5.6 ± 0.1, and for americium, log ß1 = 2.60 ± 0.06, log ß2 = 4.7 ± 0.1 and log ß3 = 6.2 ± 0.2, were found to closely agree with the thermodynamic studies reported in sodium perchlorate solutions. Consequently, the thermodynamic medium effect, imposed on the TALSPEAK-related solution equilibria by the presence of strong background electrolytes such as NaClO4 and NaNO3, do not significantly impact the speciation in solution.

  19. Influence of the Central American Seaway and Drake Passage on ocean circulation and neodymium isotopes: A model study

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    Pfister, Patrik L.; Stocker, Thomas F.; Rempfer, Johannes; Ritz, Stefan P.

    2014-12-01

    The sensitivity of the neodymium isotopic composition (ɛNd) to tectonic rearrangements of seaways is investigated using an Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity. The shoaling and closure of the Central American Seaway (CAS) is simulated, as well as the opening and deepening of Drake Passage (DP). Multiple series of equilibrium simulations with various intermediate depths are performed for both seaways, providing insight into ɛNd and circulation responses to progressive throughflow evolutions. Furthermore, the sensitivity of these responses to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and the neodymium boundary source is examined. Modeled ɛNd changes are compared to sediment core and ferromanganese (Fe-Mn) crust data. The model results indicate that the North Atlantic ɛNd response to the CAS shoaling is highly dependent on the AMOC state, i.e., on the AMOC strength before the shoaling to shallow depths (preclosure). Three scenarios based on different AMOC forcings are discussed, of which the model-data agreement favors a shallow preclosure (Miocene) AMOC (˜6 Sv). The DP opening causes a rather complex circulation response, resulting in an initial South Atlantic ɛNd decrease preceding a larger increase. This feature may be specific to our model setup, which induces a vigorous CAS throughflow that is strongly anticorrelated to the DP throughflow. In freshwater experiments following the DP deepening, ODP Site 1090 is mainly influenced by AMOC and DP throughflow changes, while ODP Site 689 is more strongly influenced by Southern Ocean Meridional Overturning Circulation and CAS throughflow changes. The boundary source uncertainty is largest for shallow seaways and at shallow sites.

  20. Robustness of fossil fish teeth for seawater neodymium isotope reconstructions under variable redox conditions in an ancient shallow marine setting

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    Huck, Claire E.; van de Flierdt, Tina; Jiménez-Espejo, Francisco J.; Bohaty, Steven M.; Röhl, Ursula; Hammond, Samantha J.

    2016-03-01

    Fossil fish teeth from pelagic open ocean settings are considered a robust archive for preserving the neodymium (Nd) isotopic composition of ancient seawater. However, using fossil fish teeth as an archive to reconstruct seawater Nd isotopic compositions in different sedimentary redox environments and in terrigenous-dominated, shallow marine settings is less proven. To address these uncertainties, fish tooth and sediment samples from a middle Eocene section deposited proximal to the East Antarctic margin at Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Site U1356 were analyzed for major and trace element geochemistry, and Nd isotopes. Major and trace element analyses of the sediments reveal changing redox conditions throughout deposition in a shallow marine environment. However, variations in the Nd isotopic composition and rare earth element (REE) patterns of the associated fish teeth do not correspond to redox changes in the sediments. REE patterns in fish teeth at Site U1356 carry a typical mid-REE-enriched signature. However, a consistently positive Ce anomaly marks a deviation from a pure authigenic origin of REEs to the fish tooth. Neodymium isotopic compositions of cleaned and uncleaned fish teeth fall between modern seawater and local sediments and hence could be authigenic in nature, but could also be influenced by sedimentary fluxes. We conclude that the fossil fish tooth Nd isotope proxy is not sensitive to moderate changes in pore water oxygenation. However, combined studies on sediments, pore waters, fish teeth, and seawater are needed to fully understand processes driving the reconstructed signature from shallow marine sections in proximity to continental sources.

  1. Global Flows of Critical Metals Necessary for Low-Carbon Technologies: The Case of Neodymium, Cobalt, and Platinum

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    2014-01-01

    This study, encompassing 231 countries and regions, quantifies the global transfer of three critical metals (neodymium, cobalt, and platinum) considered vital for low-carbon technologies by means of material flow analysis (MFA), using trade data (BACI) and the metal contents of trade commodities, resolving the optimization problem to ensure the material balance of the metals within each country and region. The study shows that in 2005 international trade led to global flows of 18.6 kt of neodymium, 154 kt of cobalt, and 402 t of platinum and identifies the main commodities and top 50 bilateral trade links embodying these metals. To explore the issue of consumption efficiency, the flows were characterized according to the technological level of each country or region and divided into three types: green (“efficient use”), yellow (“moderately efficient use”), and red (“inefficient use”). On this basis, the shares of green, yellow, and red flows in the aggregate global flow of Nd were found to be 1.2%, 98%, and 1.2%, respectively. For Co, the respective figures are 53%, 28%, and 19%, and for Pt 15%, 84%, and 0.87%. Furthermore, a simple indicator focusing on the composition of the three colored flows for each commodity was developed to identify trade commodities that should be prioritized for urgent technical improvement to reduce wasteful use of the metals. Based on the indicator, we discuss logical, strategic identification of the responsibilities and roles of the countries involved in the global flows. PMID:24387330

  2. Neodymium isotope analyses after combined extraction of actinide and lanthanide elements from seawater and deep-sea coral aragonite

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    Struve, Torben; van de Flierdt, Tina; Robinson, Laura F.; Bradtmiller, Louisa I.; Hines, Sophia K.; Adkins, Jess F.; Lambelet, Myriam; Crocket, Kirsty C.; Kreissig, Katharina; Coles, Barry; Auro, Maureen E.

    2016-01-01

    Isotopes of the actinide elements protactinium (Pa), thorium (Th), and uranium (U), and the lanthanide element neodymium (Nd) are often used as complementary tracers of modern and past oceanic processes. The extraction of such elements from low abundance matrices, such as seawater and carbonate, is however labor-intensive and requires significant amounts of sample material. We here present a combined method for the extraction of Pa, Th, and Nd from 5 to 10 L seawater samples, and of U, Th, and Nd from <1 g carbonate samples. Neodymium is collected in the respective wash fractions of Pa-Th and U-Th anion exchange chromatographies. Regardless of the original sample matrix, Nd is extracted during a two-stage ion chromatography, followed by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) analysis as NdO+. Using this combined procedure, we obtained results for Nd isotopic compositions on two GEOTRACES consensus samples from Bermuda Atlantic Time Series (BATS), which are within error identical to results for separately sampled and processed dedicated Nd samples (ɛNd = -9.20 ± 0.21 and -13.11 ± 0.21 for 15 and 2000 m water depths, respectively; intercalibration results from 14 laboratories: ɛNd = -9.19 ± 0.57 and -13.14 ± 0.57). Furthermore, Nd isotope results for an in-house coral reference material are identical within analytical uncertainty for dedicated Nd chemistry and after collection of Nd from U-Th anion exchange chromatography. Our procedure does not require major adaptations to independently used ion exchange chromatographies for U-Pa-Th and Nd, and can hence be readily implemented for a wide range of applications.

  3. Neodymium Isotopic Composition of Deep-sea Corals from Rockall Bank, Implications for Variations of Eastern North Atlantic Intermediate Water Hydrology During the Past 10,000 years

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    Colin, C.; Frank, N.; Blamart, D.

    2006-12-01

    The main proxies for reconstructing past circulation of the ocean are stable C isotope ratios (d13C) of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and Cd/Ca ratios as recorded by benthic foraminifers. Both proxies vary as a function of nutrient content of ambient deep water and it is difficult to make quantitative estimates of mixing between water masses. In contrast to those classical ocean tracers, Nd-isotope ratios have been shown to be a promising new proxy to trace the water mass provenance and mixing. It has the advantage to be independent of fractionation induced by biological processes in the water column. Neodymium isotope ratios have been analyzed at high resolution on deep-sea corals (Lophelia pertusa) from core MD01-2454 (55°31.17N - 15°39.08W, water depth : 747 m) located on the Rockall bank in order to trace the eastern North Atlantic intermediate water hydrology during Holocene. To obtain this record rigorous cleaning techniques have been investigated to remove the authigenic fraction of Nd that can be precipitated on deep-water corals by iron-manganese oxide precipitation (Frank, 1998). In addition, a Nd-Oxyde technique for thermal ionization mass spectrometry has been used to precisely determine eNd of corals, which is mandatory as Nd is incorporated in the coralline aragonite solely in small traces (~5-10 ng/g). Deep-sea corals have been dated precisely by means of U-series dating. Core MD01-2454 provides a sedimentary record extending down to the last 10,000 years. eNd(0) values of the deep-sea corals from core MD01-2454G exhibit a range from -12 to -15.5 indicating a significant changes in water mass composition on Rockall Bank over the past 10,000 years. Moreover, several modern deep-water corals, collected from Gibraltar straight to the Norwegian Sea, have been analyzed and confirm that the Nd isotopic signature of deep-sea corals reflect those of the different modern intermediate water masses of the eastern North Atlantic (LSW, MOW, NAC, etc...). For

  4. 1,2,4-Diazaphospholide complexes of lanthanum(iii), cerium(iii), neodymium(iii), praseodymium(iii), and samarium(iii): synthesis, X-ray structural characterization, and magnetic susceptibility studies.

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    Zhao, Minggang; Wang, Lixia; Li, Pangpang; Ma, Jianping; Zheng, Wenjun

    2016-07-05

    A few heteroleptic, charge-separated heterobimetallic, and polymeric alkali metalate complexes of 1,2,4-diazaphospholide lanthanum(iii), cerium(iii), neodymium(iii), praseodymium(iii), and samarium(iii) were simply prepared via the metathesis reaction of MCl3 (THF)m (m = 1-2) and K[3,5-R2dp] ([3,5-R2dp](-) = 3,5-di-substituent-1,2,4-diazaphospholide; R = tBu, Ph) in a varied ratio (1 : 3, 1 : 4, and 1 : 5, respectively) at room temperature in tetrahydrofuran. All the complexes were fully characterized by (1)H, (13)C{(1)H}, (31)P{(1)H}, IR, and X-ray single crystal diffraction analysis despite their paramagnetism (excluding La(iii) complexes). The structures of the complexes were found to feature varied coordination modes. The magnetic properties of several compounds were studied by magnetic susceptibility, and the complexes presented the magnetic moments close to or lower than the theoretical values for the free ions in the trivalent oxidation states (Pr(3+), Nd(3+)).

  5. Rare-earth oxides of manganese and cobalt rival platinum for the treatment of carbon monoxide in auto exhaust.

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    Voorhoeve, R J; Remeika, J P; Freeland, P E; Matthias, B T

    1972-07-28

    The perovskite-like compounds RE(1-X)Pb(5)MnO(3) and RECoO(3), where RE (rare earth) is lanthanum, praseodymium, or neodymium, are active catalysts for the oxidation of carbon monoxide. Crushed single crystals of these compounds compare favorably with commercial platinum catalysts in initial activity and lifetime. Therefore, these compounds are promising substitutes for platinum in devices for the catalytic treatment of auto exhaust.

  6. Miscibility gap in the U-Nd-O phase diagram: a new approach of nuclear oxides in the environment?

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    Desgranges, L; Pontillon, Y; Matheron, P; Marcet, M; Simon, P; Guimbretière, G; Porcher, F

    2012-09-03

    To some extent, rare-earth-doped UO(2) is representative of an irradiated nuclear fuel. The two phases we observed previously in neodymium-doped UO(2) are now interpreted as the existence of a miscibility gap in the U-Nd-O phase diagram using new results obtained with Raman spectroscopy. Extrapolating the miscibility gap in the U-Nd-O phase diagram to irradiated UO(2) opens the path to a new understanding of nuclear oxides in the environment.

  7. Ablative fractionated erbium:YAG laser for the treatment of ice pick alar scars due to neodymium:YAG laser burns.

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    Cohen, Joel L; Babcock, Michael J

    2009-01-01

    The authors present a case of ice pick scars forming in the nasal alar grooves of a patient who was treated with a 1064-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser for facial telangiectasias. Treatment options for these types of scars are reviewed and specifically we report the success of an ablative fractionated 2940-nm erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser.

  8. Aqueous-phase quantitative NMR determination of amino acid enantiomer ratio by 13C-NMR using chiral neodymium shift reagent.

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    Florini, Nicola; Faglioni, Francesco; Zucchi, Claudia; Caglioti, Luciano; Pályi, Gyula

    2010-05-01

    A neodymium-(S)-PDTA (PDTA = N,N,N',N'-tetrakis[(hydroxycarbonyl)methyl]-1,2-diaminopropane) complex was found exceptionally useful in the quantitative determination of enantiomer ratios of water-soluble natural amino acids by (13)C-NMR. The method is demonstrated on mixtures of L- and D-enantiomers of various amino acids. The interactions of the chiral shift reagent with the amino acid molecules were rationalized by molecular orbital calculations.

  9. Characteristics of yttrium oxide laser ceramics with additives

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    Osipov, V V; Solomonov, V I; Orlov, A N; Shitov, V A; Maksimov, R N; Spirina, A V

    2013-03-31

    Neodymium- or ytterbium-doped laser ceramics with a disordered crystal-field structure formed by introduction of iso- and heterovalent elements into yttrium oxide are studied. It is shown that these additives broaden the spectral band of laser transitions, which makes it possible to use ceramics as active laser media emitting ultrashort pulses. Lasing was obtained in several samples of this ceramics. At the same time, it is shown that addition of zirconium and hafnium stimulates the Foerster quenching of upper laser levels and pump levels. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  10. Neodymium(III) molybdenum(VI) borate, NdBO(2)MoO(4).

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    Held, Peter; van der Wolf, Benjamin; Bohatý, Ladislav; Becker, Petra

    2011-06-01

    Single crystals of NdBO(2)MoO(4) were obtained from a molybdenum oxide-boron oxide flux under an air atmosphere. The structure features double chains of edge- and face-sharing distorted [NdO(10)] bicapped square-anti-prisms, which are linked by rows of isolated [MoO(4)] tetra-hedra and by zigzag chains of corner-sharing [BO(3)] groups, all of them running along the b axis. The chains of [NdO(10)], chains of [BO(3)] and rows of [MoO(4)] groups are arranged in layers parallel to the bc plane.

  11. Capillary electrophoresis coupled with in-column fiber-optic laser-induced fluorescence detection for the rapid separation of neodymium.

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    Cheng, Changming; Jiang, Tao; Han, Jun; Lv, Kai; Hu, Sheng; Wang, Xiaolin

    2016-10-01

    In this study, in-column fiber-optic (ICFO) laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection technique is coupled with capillary electrophoresis (CE) for the rapid separation of neodymium for the first time. The effects of buffer concentration, buffer pH, and separation voltage on the CE behaviors, including electrophoretic efficiency and detection sensitivity, are investigated in detail. Under the optimal condition determined in this study (15 mM borate buffer, pH 10.50, separation voltage 24 kV), neodymium could be separated effectively from the neighboring lanthanides (praseodymium and samarium) within several minutes, and the limit of detection for neodymium is estimated to be at the ppt level. The ICFO-LIF-CE system assembled in this study exhibits unique performance characteristics such as low cost and flexibility. Meanwhile, the separation efficiency and detection sensitivity of the assembled CE system are comparable to or somewhat better than those obtained in the previous traditional CE systems, indicating the potential of the assembled CE system for practical applications in the fields of spent nuclear fuel analysis, nuclear waste disposal/treatment, and nuclear forensics.

  12. A randomized controlled trial of peeling and aspiration of Elschnig pearls and neodymium: yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser capsulotomy

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    Bhargava, Rahul; Kumar, Prachi; Sharma, Shiv Kumar; Kaur, Avinash

    2015-01-01

    AIM To compare surgical peeling and aspiration and neodymium yttrium garnet laser capsulotomy for pearl form of posterior capsule opacification (PCO). METHODS A prospective, randomized, double blind, study was done at Rotary Eye Hospital, Maranda, Palampur, India, Santosh Medical College Hospital, Ghaziabad, India and Laser Eye Clinic, Noida India. Consecutive patients with pearl form of PCO following surgery, phacoemulsification, manual small incision cataract surgery and conventional extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) for age related cataract, were randomized to have peeling and aspiration or neodymium yttrium garnet laser capsulotomy. Corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), intra-operative and post-operative complications were compared. RESULTS A total of 634 patients participated in the study, and 314 (49.5%) patients were randomized to surgical peeling and aspiration group and 320 (50.5%) to the Nd:YAG laser group. The mean pre-procedural logMAR CDVA in peeling and neodymium: yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser group was 0.80±0.25 and 0.86±0.22, respectively. The mean final CDVA in peeling group (0.22±0.23) was comparable to Nd:YAG group (0.24±0.28; t test, P=0.240). There was a significant improvement in vision after both the procedures (P<0.001). A slightly higher percentage of patients in Nd:YAG laser group (283/88.3%) than in peeling group (262/83.4%) had a CDVA of 0.5 (20/63) or better at 9mo (P<0.001). On the contrary, patients having CDVA worse than 1.00 (20/200) was also significantly higher in Nd:YAG laser group as compared to peeling group (25/7.7% vs 15/4.7%, respectively). On application of ANCOVA, there was less than 0.001% risk that PCO thickness and total laser energy had no effect on rate of complications in Nd:YAG laser group and less than 0.001 % risk that PCO thickness had no effect on complications in peeling group respectively. Sum of square analysis suggests that in the Nd:YAG laser group, thick PCO had a stronger impact on

  13. A randomized controlled trial of peeling and aspiration of Elschnig pearls and neodymium: yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser capsulotomy.

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    Bhargava, Rahul; Kumar, Prachi; Sharma, Shiv Kumar; Kaur, Avinash

    2015-01-01

    To compare surgical peeling and aspiration and neodymium yttrium garnet laser capsulotomy for pearl form of posterior capsule opacification (PCO). A prospective, randomized, double blind, study was done at Rotary Eye Hospital, Maranda, Palampur, India, Santosh Medical College Hospital, Ghaziabad, India and Laser Eye Clinic, Noida India. Consecutive patients with pearl form of PCO following surgery, phacoemulsification, manual small incision cataract surgery and conventional extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) for age related cataract, were randomized to have peeling and aspiration or neodymium yttrium garnet laser capsulotomy. Corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), intra-operative and post-operative complications were compared. A total of 634 patients participated in the study, and 314 (49.5%) patients were randomized to surgical peeling and aspiration group and 320 (50.5%) to the Nd:YAG laser group. The mean pre-procedural logMAR CDVA in peeling and neodymium: yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser group was 0.80±0.25 and 0.86±0.22, respectively. The mean final CDVA in peeling group (0.22±0.23) was comparable to Nd:YAG group (0.24±0.28; t test, P=0.240). There was a significant improvement in vision after both the procedures (P<0.001). A slightly higher percentage of patients in Nd:YAG laser group (283/88.3%) than in peeling group (262/83.4%) had a CDVA of 0.5 (20/63) or better at 9mo (P<0.001). On the contrary, patients having CDVA worse than 1.00 (20/200) was also significantly higher in Nd:YAG laser group as compared to peeling group (25/7.7% vs 15/4.7%, respectively). On application of ANCOVA, there was less than 0.001% risk that PCO thickness and total laser energy had no effect on rate of complications in Nd:YAG laser group and less than 0.001 % risk that PCO thickness had no effect on complications in peeling group respectively. Sum of square analysis suggests that in the Nd:YAG laser group, thick PCO had a stronger impact on complications

  14. Metallic and insulating oxide interfaces controlled by electronic correlations.

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    Jang, H. W.; Felker, D. A.; Bark, C. W.; Wang, Y.; Niranjan , M. K.; Nelson, C. T.; Zhang, Y.; Su, D.; Folkman, C. M.; Baek, S. H.; Lee, S.; Janicka, K.; Zhu, Y.; Pan, X. Q.; Fong, D. D.; Tsymbal, E. Y.; Rzchowski, M. S.; Eom, C. B.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison; Univ. of Nebraska at Lincoln; Univ. of Michigan; BNL

    2011-01-01

    The formation of two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at complex oxide interfaces is directly influenced by the oxide electronic properties. We investigated how local electron correlations control the 2DEG by inserting a single atomic layer of a rare-earth oxide (RO) [R is lanthanum (La), praseodymium (Pr), neodymium (Nd), samarium (Sm), or yttrium (Y)] into an epitaxial strontium titanate oxide (SrTiO{sub 3}) matrix using pulsed-laser deposition with atomic layer control. We find that structures with La, Pr, and Nd ions result in conducting 2DEGs at the inserted layer, whereas the structures with Sm or Y ions are insulating. Our local spectroscopic and theoretical results indicate that the interfacial conductivity is dependent on electronic correlations that decay spatially into the SrTiO{sub 3} matrix. Such correlation effects can lead to new functionalities in designed heterostructures.

  15. Metallic and Insulating Oxide Interfaces Controlled by Electronic Correlations

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    Jang, H.W.; Su, D.; Jang, H.W.; Felker, D.A.; Bark, C.W.; Wang, Y.; Niranjan, M.K.; Nelson, C.T.; Zhang, Y.; Folkman, C.M.; Baek, S.H.; Lee, S.; Janicka, K.; Zhu, Y.; Pan, X.Q.; Fong,, D.D.; Tsymbal, E.Y.; Rzchowski, M.S.; Eom, C.B.

    2011-02-18

    The formation of two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at complex oxide interfaces is directly influenced by the oxide electronic properties. We investigated how local electron correlations control the 2DEG by inserting a single atomic layer of a rare-earth oxide (RO) [RO is lanthanum (La), praseodymium (Pr), neodymium (Nd), samarium (Sm), or yttrium (Y)] into an epitaxial strontium titanate oxide (SrTiO{sub 3}) matrix using pulsed-laser deposition with atomic layer control. We find that structures with La, Pr, and Nd ions result in conducting 2DEGs at the inserted layer, whereas the structures with Sm or Y ions are insulating. Our local spectroscopic and theoretical results indicate that the interfacial conductivity is dependent on electronic correlations that decay spatially into the SrTiO{sub 3} matrix. Such correlation effects can lead to new functionalities in designed heterostructures.

  16. Constraints on the neodymium (Nd) oceanic cycle in the Mediterranean Sea using a high resolution coupled model

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    Ayache, Mohamed; Jeandel, Catherine; Dutay, Jean-claude; Arsouze, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    Neodymium isotopic composition (Nd IC) is a tracer of oceanic circulation and lithogenic inputs to the ocean. An extensive compilation of published Nd isotopic values was realized in order to establish a database and a map of ɛNd and Nd concentrations characterizing all the Mediterranean margins. This was built based on different kinds of samples: riverine solid discharge deposited on the shelf, sedimentary material collected along the margins and geological material above or close to an oceanic margin (following Jeandel et al., 2007). The margin Nd isotopic signatures vary from non-radiogenic values around the Gulf of Lions (Nd IC values between -11.5 and -10), to radiogenic values around the Aegean and the Levantine sub-basins (Nd IC up to +6). Such West-East variation was also observed in the seawater data, which are becoming more radiogenic along the eastward circulation in the Mediterranean Sea (Tachikawa et al., 2004). The Nd budget proposed by these authors raised the hypothesis that the exchange of Nd along the margins could play a significant role in driving the oceanic distribution of this tracer. On a more global scale, it was further demonstrated and modelled that dissolved/particulate exchanges between continental margin sediments and open ocean (termed boundary exchange, BE), could be the dominant source-sink terms that determine the distribution of neodymium isotopes in the global ocean (Lacan and Jeandel, 2005a, Arsouze et al 2009). But this global scale study with it low-resolution configuration ORCA2 (2° of horizontal resolution) could not resolve many local and regional-scale features Our purpose is to test this hypothesis for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea by using a high resolution regional coupled model (1/12° of horizontal resolution). In a first approach we considered that boundary exchange is the only term governing Nd distribution in the Mediterranean Sea (other sources have been neglected). This aimed to validate the "Boundary

  17. Effects of chromia coatings on the high-temperature behavior of F17Ti stainless steel in air: Analytical studies of the effect of rare-earth-element oxides

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    Chevalier, S.; Dufour, P.; Bonnet, G.; Colson, J.C.

    1998-08-01

    The MOCVD deposition of neodymium oxide and/or chromium oxide provided beneficial effects both on isothermal- and cyclic high-temperature behavior of commercial F17Ti stainless steel. Fracture cross sections provided information about the morphology of the oxide scales formed on bare steel and coated specimens. The chromia scales developed small equiaxed grains on the Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-coated samples and columnar grains on the uncoated ones. Neodymium segregated within a surface layer composed of Mn{sub 1.5}Cr{sub 1.5}O{sub 4} spinel oxide. A complex phase (close to the structure of CeTi{sub 21}O{sub 38}) was identified in this zone. It could act as a source of neodymium ions, which could segregate to the grain boundaries of the chromia scale. Polished cross sections associated with X-ray mapping studies confirmed the scale structure and the location of the rare-earth element in the outer part of the oxide layer.

  18. Fluorescence and DNA-binding properties of neodymium(III) and praseodymium(III) complexes containing 1,10-phenanthroline

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    Khorasani-Motlagh, Mozhgan; Noroozifar, Meissam; Mirkazehi-Rigi, Sohaila

    2011-09-01

    The binding of neodymium(III) and praseodymium(III) complexes containing 1,10-phenanthroline, [M(phen) 2Cl 3·OH 2] (M = Nd ( 1), Pr ( 2)), to DNA has been investigated by absorption, emission, and viscosity measurements. The complexes show absorption decreasing in charge transfer band, fluorescence decrement when bound to DNA. The binding constant Kb has been determined by absorption measurement for both complexes and found to be (6.76 ± 0.12) × 10 4 for 1 and (1.83 ± 0.15) × 10 4 M -1, for 2. The fluorescence of [M(phen) 2Cl 3·OH 2] (M = Nd ( 1), Pr ( 2)) has been studied in detail. The results of fluorescence titration reveal that DNA has the strong ability to quenching the intrinsic fluorescence of Nd(III) and Pr(III) complexes through the static quenching procedure. The binding site number n, apparent binding constant Kb and the Stern-Volmer constant kSV are determined. Thermodynamic parameters, enthalpy change (Δ H°) and entropy change (Δ S°), are calculated according to relevant fluorescent data and Van't Hoff equation. The experimental data suggest that the complexes bind to DNA by non-intercalative mode. Major groove binding is the preferred mode of interaction for [M(phen) 2Cl 3·OH 2] (M = Nd ( 1), Pr ( 2)) with DNA.

  19. The development of microstructure during hydrogenation-disproportionation-desorption-recombination treatment of sintered neodymium-iron-boron-type magnets

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    Sheridan, R. S.; Harris, I. R.; Walton, A.

    2016-03-01

    The hydrogen absorption and desorption characteristics of the hydrogenation disproportionation desorption and recombination (HDDR) process on scrap sintered neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) type magnets have been investigated. At each stage of the process, the microstructural changes have been studied using high resolution scanning electron microscopy. It was found that the disproportionation reaction initiates at grain boundaries and triple points and then propagates towards the centre of the matrix grains. This process was accelerated at particle surfaces and at free surfaces produced by any cracks in the powder particles. However, the recombination reaction appeared to initiate randomly throughout the particles with no apparent preference for particle surfaces or internal cracks. During the hydrogenation of the grain boundaries and triple junctions, the disproportionation reaction was, however, affected by the much higher oxygen content of the sintered NdFeB compared with that of the as-cast NdFeB alloys. Throughout the entire HDDR reaction the oxidised triple junctions (from the sintered structure) remained unreacted and hence, remained in their original form in the fine recombined microstructure. This resulted in a very significant reduction in the proportion of cavitation in the final microstructure and this could lend to improved consolidation in the recycled magnets.

  20. Neodymium: YAG laser damage threshold. A comparison of injection-molded and lathe-cut polymethylmethacrylate intraocular lenses.

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    Wilson, S E; Brubaker, R F

    1987-01-01

    The possibility that injection-molded intraocular lenses (IOLs) with imperfections called iridescent clefts could have a decreased threshold to neodymium: YAG (Nd:YAG) laser-induced damage was investigated. Thresholds for Nd:YAG laser-induced damage were determined for injection-molded and lathe-cut polymethylmethacrylate lenses. When aimed at a membrane in contact with a posterior convex surface, the average thresholds were 0.96 +/- 0.18 mJ (Standard deviation [SD]) and 1.80 +/- 0.55 mJ, respectively. The difference was significant at P = 0.001. When injection-molding polymethylmethacrylate was used to make lathe-cut IOLs, very few iridescent clefts were present, and the threshold to Nd:YAG laser-induced damage was 0.94 +/- 0.25 mJ. Iridescent clefts are therefore produced during the injection-molding process but they do not lower the threshold to Nd:YAG laser-induced damage. Rather, the reduced threshold in injection-molded lenses is most probably a result of the polymethylmethacrylate used in their manufacture. Clinically, iridescent clefts in a lens suggest that it has been manufactured by an injection-molding process and that Nd:YAG laser posterior capsulotomy must be performed at the lowest possible energy level to avoid damage.

  1. Dynamic photopatterning of cells in situ by Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium ortho-vanadate laser.

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    Deka, Gitanjal; Okano, Kazunori; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2014-01-01

    Cellular micropattering has been increasingly adopted in quantitative biological experiments. A Q-switched pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium ortho-vanadate (Nd∶YVO4) laser directed in-situ microfabrication technique for cell patterning is presented. A platform is designed uniquely to achieve laser ablation. The platform is comprised of thin gold coating over a glass surface that functions as a thermal transducer and is over-layered by a cell repellant polymer layer. Micropatterns are engraved on the platform, subsequently exposing specific cell adhesive micro-domains by ablating the gold-polymer coating photothermally. Experimental results indicate that the proposed approach is applicable under culture conditions, viable toward cells, and has a higher engraving speed. Possible uses in arraying isolated single cells on the platform are also shown. Additionally, based on those micro-patterns, dynamic cellular morphological changes and migrational speed in response to geometrical barriers are studied to demonstrate the potential applications of the proposed approach. Our results further demonstrate that cells in narrower geometry had elongated shapes and higher migrational speed than those in wider geometry. Importantly, the proposed approach will provide a valuable reference for efforts to study single cell dynamics and cellular migration related processes for areas such as cell division, wound healing, and cancer invasion.

  2. The stable and water-soluble neodymium-doped lanthanide fluoride nanoparticles for near infrared probing of copper ion.

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    Xue, Fang-Min; Wang, He-Fang

    2012-09-15

    Neodymium (Nd(3+)) doped nanomaterials exhibited the unique near infrared (NIR) luminescence properties. However, the application of Nd-doped nanomaterials to chemosensors was rarely explored. Herein, the water-soluble 2-aminoethyl dihydrogen phosphate stabilized Nd-doped LaF(3) (ADP-Nd-LaF(3)) nanoparticles were explored as the NIR probe for chemosensors. The NIR emission intensity at 1061 nm of ADP-Nd-LaF(3) nanoparticles kept stable in the aqueous solution of various pH and coexisting of most common metal ions except copper ion, consequently, the ADP-Nd-LaF(3) nanoparticles were developed as a high selective NIR probe for Cu(II). The NIR emission of ADP-Nd-LaF(3) exhibits a linear quenching response to Cu(II) in the range 5-100 μM, with a detection limit of 0.8 μM. The precision of eleven replicate detections of 5 μM Cu(II) was 0.5% (RSD). The recovery of spiked Cu(II) in human urine and waste water samples ranged from 102 to 109%. The possible mechanism of Cu(II)-induced fluorescence quenching of ADP-Nd-LaF(3) nanoparticles was also discussed.

  3. Effect of U on the electronic properties of neodymium gallate (NdGaO3): theoretical and experimental studies.

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    Reshak, Ali Hussain; Piasecki, M; Auluck, S; Kityk, I V; Khenata, R; Andriyevsky, B; Cobet, C; Esser, N; Majchrowski, A; Swirkowicz, M; Diduszko, R; Szyrski, W

    2009-11-19

    We have performed a density functional calculation for the centrosymmetric neodymium gallate using a full-potential linear augmented plane wave method with the LDA and LDA+U exchange correlation. In particular, we explored the influence of U on the band dispersion and optical transitions. Our calculations show that U = 0.55 Ry gives the best agreement with our ellipsometry data taken in the VUV spectral range with a synchrotron source. Our LDA+U (U = 0.55) calculation shows that the valence band maximum (VBM) is located at T and the conduction band minimum (CBM) is located at the center of the Brillouin zone, resulting in a wide indirect energy band gap of about 3.8 eV in excellent agreement with our experiment. The partial density of states show that the upper valence band originates predominantly from Nd-f and O-p states, with a small admixture of Nd-s/p and Ga-p B-p states, while the lower conduction band prevailingly originates from the Nd-f and Nd-d terms with a small contribution of O-p-Ga-s/p states. The Nd-f states in the upper valence band and lower conduction band have a significant influence on the energy band gap dispersion which is illustrated by our calculations. The calculated frequency dependent optical properties show a small positive uniaxial anisotropy.

  4. The influence of pH and temperature on the aqueous geochemistry of neodymium in near surface conditions.

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    Cetiner, Ziya S

    2009-04-01

    Geochemical calculations were employed for the solubility and speciation of neodymium in a model soil solution as a function of pH. The calculations were based on the recently determined stability constants for Nd and solubility product for the Nd end-member of mineral monazite (NdPO(4)). Simulations were carried out at near neutral pH (pH 6.0 to pH 7.5) and 25 degrees C at the atmospheric CO(2) partial pressure. Additional calculations were also performed to assess Nd mobility at the extreme temperature conditions (300 degrees C) at neutral pH. Our results suggest that relatively dilute (Ionic Strength, I = 0.1), low-temperature waters may transport very small quantities of rare earth elements and actinides to the surficial environment at near neutral pH conditions. Evidently, higher temperature or extreme fluid composition may have a greater potential for mobilization of these elements. The results are pertinent to researchers interested in engineering applications for the precipitation of Nd and surrogate actinides from aqueous nuclear wastes.

  5. Fluorescence and DNA-binding properties of neodymium(III) and praseodymium(III) complexes containing 1,10-phenanthroline.

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    Khorasani-Motlagh, Mozhgan; Noroozifar, Meissam; Mirkazehi-Rigi, Sohaila

    2011-09-01

    The binding of neodymium(III) and praseodymium(III) complexes containing 1,10-phenanthroline, [M(phen)2Cl3·OH2] (M=Nd (1), Pr (2)), to DNA has been investigated by absorption, emission, and viscosity measurements. The complexes show absorption decreasing in charge transfer band, fluorescence decrement when bound to DNA. The binding constant Kb has been determined by absorption measurement for both complexes and found to be (6.76±0.12)×10(4) for 1 and (1.83±0.15)×10(4)M(-1), for 2. The fluorescence of [M(phen)2Cl3·OH2] (M=Nd (1), Pr (2)) has been studied in detail. The results of fluorescence titration reveal that DNA has the strong ability to quenching the intrinsic fluorescence of Nd(III) and Pr(III) complexes through the static quenching procedure. The binding site number n, apparent binding constant Kb and the Stern-Volmer constant kSV are determined. Thermodynamic parameters, enthalpy change (ΔH°) and entropy change (ΔS°), are calculated according to relevant fluorescent data and Van't Hoff equation. The experimental data suggest that the complexes bind to DNA by non-intercalative mode. Major groove binding is the preferred mode of interaction for [M(phen)2Cl3·OH2] (M=Nd (1), Pr (2)) with DNA.

  6. Irradiation of the posterior ocular segment with the neodymium-YAG laser in its free-running mode

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    Fankhauser, F.; Kwasniewska, S.; van der Zypen, E.

    1985-09-01

    A neodymium-YAG laser, operating in its free-running mode with pulse durations of 10 to 20 ms, was used to treat 63 cases of choroidal and retinal diseases. These cases included diabetic background retinopathies, thrombosis of the central retinal vein or branch retinal vein, neovascular membranes under the pigment epithelium, and retinal breaks or degenerations of the peripheral retina. Because the number of diabetic retinopathies (24) and their average follow-up time (25.5 months) are insufficient for the evaluation of irradiation effects, no definite statement as to the merits of this energy modality in such cases can be made. The irradiation of infarcted retina was followed by extensive atrophy of the involved area. No secondary glaucoma was observed during a follow-up period of 16.4 months. The irradiation in four cases of neovascular subretinal membranes was followed by disappearance of the membranes. However, relapse later occurred in all four cases. The irradiation of eight retinal breaks resulted in solid scar tissue. Two choroidal melanomas were destroyed and did not recur during a follow-up period of 22 months.

  7. Periorbital Syringomas Treated With an Externally Used 1,444 nm Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser.

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    Kim, Jun Young; Lee, Jae Won; Chung, Kee Yang

    2017-03-01

    The 1,444 nm wavelength is also well absorbed in water making it a possible setting for treatment of cystic lesions such as eccrine hydrocystomas and syringomas. The authors aimed to investigate the efficacy of an externally used 1,444 nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser for the treatment of periorbital syringomas. Nineteen patients with periorbital syringomas were treated twice with the externally used 1,444 nm Nd:YAG laser at 2-month intervals. Laser fluences were delivered to each papule with pulse energy of 160 mJ, 1.6 W of power, and at a 10 Hz pulse rate. Clinical improvement and patient satisfaction were assessed at 2 and 6 months after each treatment. Side effects were also examined. Clinical improvement of >50% was observed in 68.4% of individuals at 2 months after first treatment (2FT) and in all patients at 6 months after second treatment (6ST). Patient satisfaction of no less than "satisfied" was recorded for 63.2% of patients at 2FT, and in 89.5% of patients at 6ST. Erythema was observed in 63.2% of patients but only at 2FT. Externally used 1,444 nm Nd:YAG laser treatment may represent an effective and safe approach for the treatment of periorbital syringomas, resulting in good satisfaction and minimal side effects.

  8. Finite element analysis of neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet incisions for the prevention of anterior capsule contraction syndrome.

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    Wang, Yan-ling; Wang, Zhen-ze; Zhao, Lu; Xiong, Shi-hong; Li, Qian; Wang, Ning-li; Sun, An-qiang

    2013-02-01

    Anterior capsular contraction syndrome is a potential complication of continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis (CCC). Three neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser relaxing incisions decrease anterior capsular contraction but the mechanism is unknown. The present study analyzed the biomechanical mechanism of three Nd:YAG laser relaxing incisions made to reduce anterior capsular contraction. A three-dimensional control model and a three-dimensional Nd:YAG model of the anterior capsule with an opening diameter of 6 mm were created. Three incisions of 1 mm in length were made centrifugally at intervals of 120° around the opening circle. The stress alterations of the anterior capsule after CCC with and without Nd:YAG relaxation were numerically simulated and compared. In the control model, the stress was axially uniform in the inner area and relatively high near the inner rim of the opening. Meanwhile, in the Nd:YAG model, the stress level was very low in the inner opening areas, especially near the three incisions. The relaxing incisions in the Nd:YAG model significantly released the relatively high stress on the anterior capsule. Additionally, there was a high stress gradient near the relaxing incisions. Biomechanical effects of stress release may be the preventive mechanism of Nd:YAG incision against anterior capsular contraction syndrome.

  9. Atomistic-model study of temperature-dependent domain walls in the neodymium permanent magnet Nd2Fe14B

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    Nishino, Masamichi; Toga, Yuta; Miyashita, Seiji; Akai, Hisazumi; Sakuma, Akimasa; Hirosawa, Satoshi

    2017-03-01

    We studied the properties of domain walls (DWs) of the Neodymium magnet, Nd2Fe14B . Applying an atomistic model, in which the magnetic moments of all atoms and exchange interactions were determined by a first-principles calculation (Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Green's function method), we performed a Monte Carlo simulation for two types of DW, i.e., moving along the a axis and along the c axis, which are classified into a Bloch-type wall and a Neel-type wall, respectively. We found that the shapes of the DWs of both types are described well by those derived from the continuum model used in micromagnetics. We show that the estimated DW widths are very close to the experimentally evaluated ones. Furthermore, we discovered that the width of the latter type is smaller than that of the former type. We also investigated the temperature dependence of the DW width and found that at higher temperatures it becomes larger and the magnitude of the magnetization becomes smaller, which agrees with experimental observations.

  10. Dynamic photopatterning of cells in situ by Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium ortho-vanadate laser

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    Deka, Gitanjal; Okano, Kazunori; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2014-01-01

    Cellular micropattering has been increasingly adopted in quantitative biological experiments. A Q-switched pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium ortho-vanadate (Nd) laser directed in-situ microfabrication technique for cell patterning is presented. A platform is designed uniquely to achieve laser ablation. The platform is comprised of thin gold coating over a glass surface that functions as a thermal transducer and is over-layered by a cell repellant polymer layer. Micropatterns are engraved on the platform, subsequently exposing specific cell adhesive micro-domains by ablating the gold-polymer coating photothermally. Experimental results indicate that the proposed approach is applicable under culture conditions, viable toward cells, and has a higher engraving speed. Possible uses in arraying isolated single cells on the platform are also shown. Additionally, based on those micro-patterns, dynamic cellular morphological changes and migrational speed in response to geometrical barriers are studied to demonstrate the potential applications of the proposed approach. Our results further demonstrate that cells in narrower geometry had elongated shapes and higher migrational speed than those in wider geometry. Importantly, the proposed approach will provide a valuable reference for efforts to study single cell dynamics and cellular migration related processes for areas such as cell division, wound healing, and cancer invasion.

  11. Successful treatment of facial telangiectasias using a micropulse 1,064-nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser.

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    Rose, Amy E; Goldberg, David J

    2013-07-01

    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a microsecond 1,064-nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser for the treatment of facial telangiectasias. Subjects ages 35-70 with Fitzpatrick skin types I to III and facial telangiectasias underwent two treatments with a micropulse (0.65 ms) 1,064-nm Nd:YAG laser. Treatments were spaced 30 days apart, with a final evaluation 60 days after the second treatment. Evaluation included digital photography and an assessment of the degree of improvement on a scale from 1 to 5 by the subject and a nontreating investigator. Twenty subjects (18 women, two men) with Fitzpatrick skin type II and III completed the study. The nontreating investigator rated the objective clinical response as total clearance (100% clear) in 10% (n = 2) of subjects, significant clearance (≥50% clear) in 75% (n = 15), and some clearance (0-49% clear) in 15% (n = 3). None of the subjects was rated as having no clearance or worsening. In terms of subjective clearance reported by subjects, 80% (n = 16) reported significant clearance, with the remainder reporting some clearance. No adverse events were reported. The micropulse 1,064-nm Nd:YAG successfully treated facial telangiectasias with a high degree of patient satisfaction, minimal discomfort, and no adverse events. © 2013 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Successful Treatment of Classic Kaposi Sarcoma With Long-Pulse Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser: A Preliminary Study.

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    Özdemir, Mustafa; Balevi, Ali

    2017-03-01

    Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a systemic disease that can present with cutaneous lesions with or without internal involvement, mostly caused by infection with human herpesvirus-8. The treatment options include surgical excision, cryotherapy, radiotherapy, intralesional chemotherapy, laser, and elastic stockings for the prevention of lymphedema. This article presents 7 cases with classic KS treated with the long-pulse neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser. Forty-nine lesions of 7 KS patients (5 stage 1, 2 stage 2A) were treated with Nd:YAG laser with a spot size of 4 to 6 mm and a fluence of 180 J/cm increased by 10 J/cm in the neighboring area to a maximum of 260 J/cm. The pulse sequencing was 1.5, and delay time was 5 milliseconds. Sessions were continued at 4-week intervals for 2 to 4 sessions. All patients exhibited clinical and histological improvement. One session was sufficient for small lesions, whereas coalescing and multicentric lesions required up to 4 sessions. All the lesions healed in 2 to 4 weeks, with the only complication being mild atrophic scars. With the advantage of penetrating into deeper sites than other lasers, long-pulse Nd:YAG is an efficient and safe local treatment alternative especially for papulonodular and deeper lesions located on bony structures.

  13. Recurrent late-onset fibrotic capsular block syndrome after neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser anterior capsulotomy: a case report.

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    Koh, Joong Sik; Song, Young Bin; Wee, Won Ryang; Han, Young Keun

    2016-06-11

    Capsular block syndrome is an uncommon complication that occurs after cataract surgery. It is characterized by capsular distension, anterior intraocular lens displacement, anterior chamber shallowing, and unexpected myopic shifts. We report a case of recurrent fibrotic capsular block syndrome with Elschnig's pearl-type posterior capsule opacification 10 months after neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser anterior capsulotomy. A 72-year-old Asian man complained of decreased visual acuity 5 years after undergoing phacoemulsification with posterior chamber lens implantation. Under slit-lamp examination, late postoperative capsular block syndrome was diagnosed and Nd:YAG laser anterior capsulotomy was performed. Ten months after anterior capsulotomy, the patient returned with decreased visual acuity and was diagnosed with recurrent fibrotic capsular block syndrome. Nd:YAG laser posterior capsulotomy was performed. We found that fibrotic capsular block syndrome could recur with Elschnig's pearl-type posterior capsule opacification after Nd:YAG laser anterior capsulotomy for late postoperative capsular block syndrome without posterior capsule opacification.

  14. Organ-preserving neodymium-yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser therapy for penile carcinoma: a long-term follow-up.

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    Schlenker, Boris; Tilki, Derya; Seitz, Michael; Bader, Markus J; Reich, Oliver; Schneede, Peter; Hungerhuber, Edwin; Stief, Christian G; Gratzke, Christian

    2010-09-01

    To retrospectively analyse the long-term follow-up of 54 patients treated with organ-preserving laser therapy for penile carcinoma, as such therapy provides excellent cosmetic and functional results, but recurrence rates are high, which might impair the oncological outcome and worsen tumour-related survival. Between 1979 and 2008, 54 patients with penile carcinoma were treated with the neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser at our institution; 11 were classified as having carcinoma in situ (Tis), 39 as T1 and four as T2. There was local recurrence in 16 patients (42%); the mean (range) time to local recurrence was 53 (9-132) months. In half the patients the time to local recurrence was >53 months, with the latest recurrence at 132 months after initial therapy of primary tumour. There was no statistically significant difference in recurrence rates with Tis or invasive penile carcinoma. In lymph-node-negative patients at initial presentation, there were no newly developed positive lymph nodes during the follow-up. Organ-preserving laser therapy showed a relatively high recurrence rate in patients with a long-term follow up, but the oncological outcome and survival were not compromised by local recurrence. Therefore, laser therapy appears to be appropriate for treating premalignant lesions and early stages of penile carcinoma. Patients should be informed about the potential for late recurrence.

  15. Accuracy of fit of 3-to-3 retainers after adhesive fixation using a neodymium-iron-boron magnet chain.

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    Hahn, Wolfram; Wasser-Merkel, Wiebke; Lange, Katharina; Gruber, Rudolf M; Kubein-Meesenburg, Dietmar; Ihlow, Dankmar

    2011-10-01

    Six-base retainers are often used to prevent tertiary crowding. To minimize shear stress on the retainer, these should be fitted as precisely as possible. The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of fit of 6-base retainers after adhesive fixation using a neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnet chain or a resin positioning aid. A 6-base retainer was prepared for 40 pseudo-anonymous lower jaw models (2 × 20). Temporary fixation was performed with a resin positioning aid or a NdFeB magnet chain. The adhesive fixation of the retainers was randomized. The area and vertical distance between wire and teeth were determined by histomorphometry. The results were evaluated by ANOVA. The probability of error was specified as 5%. With the magnetic chain method, the area was significantly smaller than with the positioning aid (p = 0.0125). The difference between the two methods was ca. 1.3 mm². Moreover, the measured distance was affected significantly by the method used (p < 0.0002). With the magnet chain, the distance between the tooth and retainer was reduced by a mean of 0.05 mm. Conclusion. The fit of the retainer wire improves somewhat when the NdFeB magnet chain is used even though the wire is not as precisely positioned as it would be with a custom-made positioning aid.

  16. Neodymium:YAG laser damage on silicone intraocular lenses. A comparison of lesions on explanted lenses and experimentally produced lesions.

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    Newland, T J; Auffarth, G U; Wesendahl, T A; Apple, D J

    1994-09-01

    In this study we examined 17 explanted silicone intraocular lenses (IOLs) (two one-piece, 15 three-piece) that had evidence of neodymium:YAG (Nd:YAG) laser damage. The majority of lenses (47.1%) had been explanted because of persistent pigment deposits and chronic inflammation. Decentration or IOL dislocation had occurred with 29.4% of lenses. All 17 patients had had Nd:YAG laser posterior capsulectomy, anterior surface polishing, or both; treatments ranged from one to 13 times. By both clinical and gross examination, the laser lesions appeared dark. This was misinterpreted by some opthalmologists as pigment deposits and some patients had additional Nd:YAG laser treatment, which increased the severity of the laser damage. The mean depth of laser damage on the IOLs was 143 +/- 113.4 microns. It was between 51 and 175 microns in approximately 61.0% and deeper than 300 microns (maximum 660 microns) in 9.3%. We compared the explanted IOLs with silicone IOLs that were experimentally damaged using standard power levels from 0.3 to 3.0 mJ and different focal areas. The appearance of the experimentally induced laser burns was equivalent to that on the explanted IOLs, especially the dark laser pits. Since the laser lesions may resemble pigment deposits on slitlamp examination, we recommend careful examination of patients prior to planned laser therapy.

  17. Measurement of the distribution coefficient of neodymium in cubic ZrO 2

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    Römer, H.; Luther, K.-D.; Assmus, W.

    1993-05-01

    The incorporation of solute elements into single crystals has been examined for many years. In this paper we investigate the distribution coefficient of Nd 2O 3 in cubic stabilized zirconiumdioxide crystals. The distribution coefficient is measured as a function of the growth velocity. The validity of the Burton-Prim-Slichter theory [J.A. Burton, R.C. Prim and W.P. Slichter, J. Chem. Phys. 21 (1953) 1987] for the system zirconium dioxide/yttrium oxide is confirmed by the experimental results. The value for the equilibrium distribution coefficient is evaluated as k0 = 0.426.

  18. Effect of neodymium substitutions on electromagnetic properties in low temperature sintered NiCuZn ferrite

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    Wu, C. P.; Tung, M. J.; Ko, W. S.; Wang, Y. P.; Tong, S. Y.; Yang, M. D.

    2015-11-01

    Nd3+ ions substituted Ni0.37Cu0.14Zn0.52Fe2O4 (Nd3+ ions content=0, 0.01, 0.04, 0.6, 1.5 wt%) were prepared by the usual standard ceramic method at 1030 °C sintering temperature, and the composition dependence of the physical and magnetic properties has been investigated. SEM micrographs and EDX analysis revealed that it is no obvious impurities up to Nd3+ ions content wt%=0.04. For higher Nd3+ ions content samples (0.6 and 1.5 wt%), there are two kind of impurities Cu-rich and Nd-rich iron oxide phase. The saturation magnetization of the 0.01 wt% Nd3+ions content sample is higher as result of that the A-B sites distance and YK-angles are shorter and smaller. The saturation magnetization of 0.04-1.5 wt% Nd3+ ion content sample are reduced, since the total magnetic moments of the AB site are decreased. For the 0.6 wt% sample, the Curie temperature increasing is as result of the Cu-rich iron oxide separating out. The maximum enhancements of permeability μ‧ are improved to 11.2% (0.04 wt%) and 29.2% (0.6 wt%) at the 6.7 and 13.8 MHz, respectively. However, it is notice that small amount substitutions of Nd3+ increase the high frequency electromagnetic characteristics, can be applied to NFC technology and WPT technologies.

  19. Tungsten Bronze Barium Neodymium Titanate (Ba(6-3n)Nd(8+2n)Ti(18)O(54)): An Intrinsic Nanostructured Material and Its Defect Distribution.

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    Azough, Feridoon; Cernik, Robert Joseph; Schaffer, Bernhard; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Ramasse, Quentin Mathieu; Bigatti, Marco; Ali, Amir; MacLaren, Ian; Barthel, Juri; Molinari, Marco; Baran, Jakub Dominik; Parker, Stephen Charles; Freer, Robert

    2016-04-04

    We investigated the structure of the tungsten bronze barium neodymium titanates Ba(6-3n)Nd(8+2n)Ti(18)O(54), which are exploited as microwave dielectric ceramics. They form a complex nanostructure, which resembles a nanofilm with stacking layers of ∼12 Å thickness. The synthesized samples of Ba(6-3n)Nd(8+2n)Ti(18)O(54) (n = 0, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) are characterized by pentagonal and tetragonal columns, where the A cations are distributed in three symmetrically inequivalent sites. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction and electron energy loss spectroscopy allowed for quantitative analysis of the site occupancy, which determines the defect distribution. This is corroborated by density functional theory calculations. Pentagonal columns are dominated by Ba, and tetragonal columns are dominated by Nd, although specific Nd sites exhibit significant concentrations of Ba. The data indicated significant elongation of the Ba columns in the pentagonal positions and of the Nd columns in tetragonal positions involving a zigzag arrangement of atoms along the b lattice direction. We found that the preferred Ba substitution occurs at Nd[3]/[4] followed by Nd[2] and Nd[1]/[5] sites, which is significantly different to that proposed in earlier studies. Our results on the Ba(6-3n)Nd(8+2n)Ti(18)O(54) "perovskite" superstructure and its defect distribution are particularly valuable in those applications where the optimization of material properties of oxides is imperative; these include not only microwave ceramics but also thermoelectric materials, where the nanostructure and the distribution of the dopants will reduce the thermal conductivity.

  20. Theoretical and spectroscopic evidence for coordination ability of 3,3'-benzylidenedi-4-hydroxycoumarin. New neodymium (III) complex and its cytotoxic effect.

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    Kostova, Irena; Trendafilova, Natasha; Momekov, Georgi

    2005-02-01

    Theoretical and spectroscopic studies of 3,3'-benzylidenedi-4-hydroxycoumarin (bhc) have been performed. B3LYP/6-31G* calculations reproduced the experimental molecular structure of bhc and showed two O-H...O asymmetrical intramolecular hydrogen bonds with O...O distances 2.638 and 2.696 A. The calculated Fukui functions and Molecular Electrostatic Potential for bhc and its deprotonated form, bhc(2-), predicted that the most probable reactive sites for electrophilic attack and hydrogen bonds are the carbonyl oxygens, followed by the hydroxyl oxygens. The coordination ability of 3,3'-benzylidenedi-4-hydroxycoumarin has been proved in a complexation reaction with neodymium (III) ion. The new neodymium (III) complex of bhc was studied by elemental analyses, conductivity and other physical properties, mass spectra, (1)H, (13)C NMR, UV-Vis and IR spectroscopy. The data obtained are in agreement with the metal:ligand ratio of 1:1, and the formula Nd(bhc(2-))(OH)(H(2)O), where bhc(2-)=C(25)H(14)O(6)(2-). The vibrational analysis of the neodymium (III) complex, free bhc, and its monomeric building block, 4-hydroxycoumarin, showed that in the Nd(III) complex the ligand coordinates to the metal ion through both deprotonated hydroxyl groups. The participation of both carbonyl groups in coordination to the metal ion was confirmed by the significant shift of nu(C=O) to lower wavenumber. The evaluation of the cytotoxic activity of the new Nd(III) complex on SKW-3 and HL-60/Dox cells revealed, that it is a potent cytotoxic agent and should be subset further to more detailed pharmacological and toxicological study.

  1. Evaluation of the 4I11/2 terminal level lifetime for several neodymium-doped laser crystals and glasses

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    Bibeau, Camille

    1995-04-25

    All models of lasing action require knowledge of the physical parameters involved, of which many can be measured or estimated. The value of the terminal level lifetime is an important parameter in modeling many high power laser systems since the terminal level lifetime can have a substantial impact on the extraction efficiency of the system. However, the values of the terminal level lifetimes for a number of important laser materials such as ND:YAG and ND:YLF are not well known. The terminal level lifetime, a measure of the time it takes for the population to drain out of the terminal (lower) lasing level, has values that can range from picoseconds to microseconds depending on the host medium, thus making it difficult to construct one definitive experiment for all materials. Until recently, many of the direct measurements of the terminal level lifetime employed complex energy extraction or gain recovery methods coupled with a numerical model which often resulted in large uncertainties in the measured lifetimes. In this report we demonstrate a novel and more accurate approach which employs a pump-probe technique to measure the terminal level lifetime of 16 neodymium-doped materials. An alternative yet indirect method, which is based on the ``Energy Gap Law,`` is to measure the nonradiative lifetime of another transition which has the same energy gap as the transition of the terminal level lifetime. Employing this simpler approach, we measured the lifetime for 30 neodymium-doped materials. We show for the first time a direct comparison between the two methods and determine that the indirect method can be used to infer the terminal level lifetime within a factor of two for most neodymium-doped glasses and crystals.

  2. Neodymium, strontium, and lead isotopes in the Maloin Ranch Pluton, Wyoming: Implications for the origin of evolved rocks at anorthosite margins

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    Kolker, A.; Hanson, G.N. ); Frost, C.D. ); Geist, D.J. )

    1991-08-01

    Neodymium, strontium, and lead isotopic data are used in this study to investigate the origin of chemically evolved rocks in the Maloin Ranch Pluton, a composite body that borders and intrudes the Laramie Anorthosite. In the Maloin Ranch Pluton, these include ferrodiorite at the base of the intrusion, overalain progressively by fine-grained monzonite, monzosyenite, and porphyritic granite. Biotite gabbro and fine-grained granitic dikes are present locally at various levels of this sequence. The origin of the evolved rocks and their possible relation to associated anorthositic bodies has been much debated. In the Maloin Ranch Pluton, each rock type has distinct isotopic characteristics which, together with trace-element data previously reported, suggest different source characteristics for each member. Strontium and neodymium isotopic data for Maloin Ranch ferrodiorite and Laramie anorthositic rocks show considerable overlap, consistent with a comagmatic relation. Biotite gabbro is chemically and isotopically the most primitive rock type in the Maloin Ranch Pluton. The data suggest that biotite gabbro has a mantle source, but has undergone extensive fractionation in the crust. The authors' results suggest that the remainder (and bulk) of the intrusion formed by partial melting of the lower crust due to the emplacement of the Laramie Anorthosite. Trace-element and isotopic characteristics of the fine-grained monzonite are explained by partial melting of mantle-dervied lower crust, added to the margin of the Archean Wyoming craton at about 1.8 Ga. Neodymium, strontium, and lead isotope data for Maloin Ranch monzosyenite and porphyritic granite also suggest a lower crustal source.

  3. Liquid-liquid extraction of neodymium(III) by dialkylphosphate ionic liquids from acidic medium: the importance of the ionic liquid cation.

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    Rout, Alok; Kotlarska, Justyna; Dehaen, Wim; Binnemans, Koen

    2013-10-21

    The ionic liquids 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(2-ethylhexyl)phosphate, [C6mim][DEHP], 1-hexyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(2-ethylhexyl)phosphate, [C6mpyr][DEHP], and tetrabutylammonium bis(2-ethylhexyl)phosphate, [N4444][DEHP], were prepared and characterized using (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy. The extraction behavior of neodymium(iii) from nitrate medium by these ionic liquids, diluted with the room temperature ionic liquids 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [C6mim][NTf2], 1-hexyl-3-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [C6mpyr][NTf2], and tributylmethylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [N1444][NTf2], was studied. The distribution ratio of neodymium(iii) was measured as a function of various parameters, such as pH, concentration of the ionic liquid extractant, nature of diluents, concentration of ionic liquid cations and nitrate anions in the aqueous phase. The extraction behavior was compared with that obtained for a solution of the molecular extractant bis(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (DEHPA) in an ionic liquid diluent. The extraction of neodymium(iii) in the ionic liquids [C6mim][DEHP] and [C6mpyr][DEHP] showed markedly different extraction properties in comparison with that of the quaternary ammonium analogue [N4444][DEHP], especially concerning the pH dependence of the extraction process. These results show that the extraction process can be tuned by the selection of the ionic liquid cation. The extraction experiments also included the trivalent rare-earth ions lanthanum(iii), cerium(iii), praseodymium(iii), ytterbium(iii) and yttrium(iii). Studies of the stripping behavior and the reusability of the ionic liquids were carried out, which indicate that the ionic liquids can be reused with no loss in activity.

  4. Glacial freshwater discharge events recorded by authigenic neodymium isotopes in sediments from the Mendeleev Ridge, western Arctic Ocean

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    Jang, Kwangchul; Han, Yeongcheol; Huh, Youngsook; Nam, Seung-Il; Stein, Ruediger; Mackensen, Andreas; Matthiessen, Jens

    2013-05-01

    The freshwater budget of the Arctic Ocean is a key component governing the deep water formation in the North Atlantic and the global climate system. We analyzed the isotopic composition of neodymium (ɛNd) in authigenic phases of marine sediments on the Mendeleev Ridge in the western Arctic Ocean spanning an estimated time interval from present to about 75 ka BP. This continuous record was used to reconstruct the ɛNd of the polar deep water (PDW) and changes in freshwater sources to the PDW through time. Three deviations in ɛNd from a long term average of -10.2 were identified at estimated 46-51, 35-39 and 13-21 ka BP. The estimated 46-51 ka BP event can be traced to bursting of ice-dammed lakes accompanying the collapse of the Barents-Kara Ice Sheet, which would have released radiogenic Nd to the eastern Arctic Ocean. The cyclonic surface circulation in the eastern Arctic Ocean must have been stronger than at present for the event to be recorded on the Mendeleev Ridge. For the 35-39 and 13-21 ka BP events, it is likely that the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS) supplied the unradiogenic freshwater. The configuration of the anticyclonic circulation in the western Arctic was probably similar to today or expanded eastward. Our simple mass balance calculations suggest that large amounts of freshwater were released but due to significant deep water formation within the Arctic Ocean, the effect on the formation of NADW was probably minor.

  5. Physical properties of double perovskite-type barium neodymium osmate Ba{sub 2}NdOsO{sub 6}

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    Wakeshima, Makoto; Hinatsu, Yukio; Ohoyama, Kenji

    2013-01-15

    The crystal, magnetic structures and physical properties of the double perovskite-type barium neodymium osmate Ba{sub 2}NdOsO{sub 6} are investigated through powder X-ray and neutron diffraction, electrical conductivity, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat measurements. The Rietveld analysis reveals that the Nd and Os ions are arranged with regularity over the six-coordinate B sites in a distorted perovskite ABO{sub 3} framework. The monoclinic crystal structure described by space group P2{sub 1}/n (tilt system a{sup -}a{sup -}c{sup +}) becomes more distorted with decreasing temperature from 300 K down to 2.5 K. This compound shows a long-range antiferromagnetic ordering of Os{sup 5+} below 65 K. An antiferromagnetic ordering of Nd{sup 3+} also occurs at lower temperatures ({approx}20 K). The magnetic structure is of Type I and the magnetic moments of Nd{sup 3+} and Os{sup 5+} ions are in the same direction in the ab-plane. - Graphical Abstract: The Magnetic structure of Ba{sub 2}NdOsO{sub 6} is of Type I, and the magnetic moments of the Nd{sup 3+} and Os{sup 5+} ions are in the same direction in the ab-plane. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structures of Ba{sub 2}NdOsO{sub 6} are determined to be monoclinic below 300 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Its electrical resistivity shows a Mott variable-range hopping behavior with localized carriers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An antiferromagnetic ordering of the Os{sup 5+}moment occurs at 65 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The magnetic structure of Ba{sub 2}NdOsO{sub 6} is determined to be of Type I.

  6. Long-pulsed 1064-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser treatment for refractory warts on hands and feet.

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    Kimura, Utako; Takeuchi, Kaori; Kinoshita, Ayako; Takamori, Kenji; Suga, Yasushi

    2014-03-01

    Common warts (verruca vulgaris) are the most commonly seen benign cutaneous tumors. However, warts in the hands and feet regions often respond poorly to treatment, some are resistant to more than 6 months of treatment with currently available modalities, including cryotherapy, being defined as refractory warts. We investigated the usefulness of long-pulsed neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (LP-Nd:YAG) treatment for refractory warts. The clinical trial was conducted on 20 subjects (11 male, nine female) with a total of 34 lesions (periungual/subungual areas, plantar areas, fingers and/or toes). All the subjects suffered from refractory warts despite conventional treatments for more than 6 months. The patients were administrated up to six sessions of treatment, at intervals of 4 weeks between sessions, with an LP-Nd:YAG at a spot size of 5 mm, pulse duration of 15 msec and fluence of 150-185 J/cm(2) . Evaluation of the treatment results at 24 weeks after the initial treatment showed complete clearance of the refractory warts in 56% of the patients. Histological evaluation showed separation of the dermis and epidermis at the basement membrane with coagulated necrosis of the wart tissue in the lower epidermis, as well as coagulation and destruction of the blood vessels in the papillary dermis following the laser irradiation. No scarring, post-hyperpigmentary changes or serious adverse events were documented. Our preliminary results show that LP-Nd:YAG treatments are safe and effective for refractory warts of hands and feet, causing minimal discomfort, and is a viable treatment alternative.

  7. From the subtropics to the central equatorial Pacific Ocean: Neodymium isotopic composition and rare earth element concentration variations

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    Grenier, MéLanie; Jeandel, Catherine; Lacan, FrançOis; Vance, Derek; Venchiarutti, CéLia; Cros, Alexandre; Cravatte, Sophie

    2013-02-01

    Neodymium isotopic compositions (ɛNd) and rare earth element (REE) concentrations were measured for filtered surface to deep waters (112 samples) in the Southern Tropical Pacific. The relatively detailed picture of these tracer distributions allowed us to refine the areas where oceanic ɛNd variations occur. ɛNd values increase for most of the water masses flowing from Samoa to the Solomon Sea and in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) area, as already observed. Furthermore, water masses arriving from the eastern equatorial Pacific (200-550 m depth) also revealed radiogenic values, possibly acquired in the vicinity of the South American coasts and Galapagos Islands. These ɛNd variations affect the whole water column. The most likely process causing such variations is "boundary exchange" between the numerous radiogenic slopes/margins located in this area and seawater flowing past. Dissolution of atmospheric deposition and/or diffuse streaming of volcanic ash are also suggested to explain the radiogenic ɛNd observed at the surface in the PNG area. Interestingly, a positive europium (Eu) anomaly characterizes the normalized REE patterns of most of the studied water masses. This anomaly is consistent with the REE patterns of sediment and rock samples that are potential sources for the local waters. Such consistency reinforces the hypothesis that lithogenic sources play a major role in the oceanic REE budget, thanks to "boundary exchange." The data set presented here is a good basis for further sampling that will be realized in the framework of the ongoing GEOTRACES program (www.geotraces.org).

  8. Neodymium isotopic evidence for linked changes in Southeast Atlantic and Southwest Pacific circulation over the last 200 kyr

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    Hu, Rong; Noble, Taryn L.; Piotrowski, Alexander M.; McCave, I. Nicholas; Bostock, Helen C.; Neil, Helen L.

    2016-12-01

    Knowledge of the geometry and strength of the deep overturning circulation is central to the understanding of past climate variability on glacial-interglacial (G-I) timescales. In this study, neodymium (Nd) isotopic ratios on planktonic foraminifera are used to reconstruct the water mass source and mixing history of intermediate and deep water in the Southeast (SE) Atlantic and Southwest (SW) Pacific over the past 200 kyr from five sediment cores. Nd isotopes from a depth transect of cores in the SE Atlantic displayed a stronger geochemical gradient around 3.5 km at the LGM, with higher εNd values of ∼-6.0 below that boundary than those of ∼-7.8 above. In contrast, a similar εNd value (∼-9.5) is observed at both the intermediate and abyssal depths in the Holocene. The glacial upper ocean is 1.8 εNd units less radiogenic than the lower ocean, reflecting an increase in the amount of North Atlantic Component Water (NACW) in the upper SE Atlantic. A coherent Nd isotope change was observed in the SE Atlantic and SW Pacific intermediate and deep water with major excursion to more radiogenic εNd values during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 2, 4 and 6. This suggests the flux of NACW to the Southern Ocean was reduced during cold marine stages, possibly accompanied by changes in the water mass geometry. The constant 2 εNd-unit offset between intermediate water in the SE Atlantic and SW Pacific suggests the persistent propagation of less radiogenic NACW to the upper Pacific Ocean over the last glacial cycle. Moreover, the larger glacial vertical εNd gradients between the intermediate and deep waters in both the SE Atlantic and SW Pacific indicate a decreased proportion of NACW entrainment into the deep oceans, consistent with studies proposing reduced mixing between the upper and lower meridional overturning cells.

  9. Combined Intralesional Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminium Garnet Laser and Intratumoral Ligation as Curative Treatment for Craniofacial Arteriovenous Malformations.

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    Rojvachiranonda, Nond; Lerdlum, Sukalaya; Mahatumarat, Charan

    2016-03-01

    Craniofacial arteriovenous malformation (AVM), although very rare, has been a very difficult problem to treat especially when it is large and involves important structures. Surgical resection often results in unacceptable complications but still not curative. At our institution, treatment by combined intralesional neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet laser and intratumoral ligation has been successful in venous malformation. This minimally invasive technique was then applied to more challenging AVM on the head and neck. Disease control was studied using clinical parameters and magnetic resonance imaging.Four patients with moderate-to-severe (Schobinger 2-4) craniofacial AVM were treated by this technique from 2001 to 2011. Patient age ranged from 2 to 51 years (mean: 25 years). After 2 to 4 treatments and follow-up period of 1456 days, 3 (75%) were cured. One of them was infant with huge mass and secondary pulmonary hypertension. Clinical cure was achieved after 3 treatments without residual cardiovascular compromise. The other patient (25%) had cheek mass with intraorbital involvement. The authors did not treat periorbital lesion so as to avoid triggering intraorbital spreading. The rest of the cheek lesion was clinically and radiologically cured.Laser energy setting, ablative technique, and skin cooling are the main factors determining the success. Individualized laser settings and properly set endpoints can increase treatment effectiveness in shorter period. In conclusion, this minimally invasive technique was successful in curing AVM without complication. With more clinical study and development of soft tissue monitoring tools, it is possible that intralesional laser could become the treatment of choice for all cutaneous AVM.

  10. Sparkle/PM3 Parameters for the Modeling of Neodymium(III), Promethium(III), and Samarium(III) Complexes.

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    Freire, Ricardo O; da Costa, Nivan B; Rocha, Gerd B; Simas, Alfredo M

    2007-07-01

    The Sparkle/PM3 model is extended to neodymium(III), promethium(III), and samarium(III) complexes. The unsigned mean error, for all Sparkle/PM3 interatomic distances between the trivalent lanthanide ion and the ligand atoms of the first sphere of coordination, is 0.074 Å for Nd(III); 0.057 Å for Pm(III); and 0.075 Å for Sm(III). These figures are similar to the Sparkle/AM1 ones of 0.076 Å, 0.059 Å, and 0.075 Å, respectively, indicating they are all comparable models. Moreover, their accuracy is similar to what can be obtained by present-day ab initio effective potential calculations on such lanthanide complexes. Hence, the choice of which model to utilize will depend on the assessment of the effect of either AM1 or PM3 on the quantum chemical description of the organic ligands. Finally, we present a preliminary attempt to verify the geometry prediction consistency of Sparkle/PM3. Since lanthanide complexes are usually flexible, we randomly generated 200 different input geometries for the samarium complex QIPQOV which were then fully optimized by Sparkle/PM3. A trend appeared in that, on average, the lower the total energy of the local minima found, the lower the unsigned mean errors, and the higher the accuracy of the model. These preliminary results do indicate that attempting to find, with Sparkle/PM3, a global minimum for the geometry of a given complex, with the understanding that it will tend to be closer to the experimental geometry, appears to be warranted. Therefore, the sparkle model is seemingly a trustworthy semiempirical quantum chemical model for the prediction of lanthanide complexes geometries.

  11. Global mining risk footprint of critical metals necessary for low-carbon technologies: the case of neodymium, cobalt, and platinum in Japan.

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    Nansai, Keisuke; Nakajima, Kenichi; Kagawa, Shigemi; Kondo, Yasushi; Shigetomi, Yosuke; Suh, Sangwon

    2015-02-17

    Meeting the 2-degree global warming target requires wide adoption of low-carbon energy technologies. Many such technologies rely on the use of precious metals, however, increasing the dependence of national economies on these resources. Among such metals, those with supply security concerns are referred to as critical metals. Using the Policy Potential Index developed by the Fraser Institute, this study developed a new footprint indicator, the mining risk footprint (MRF), to quantify the mining risk directly and indirectly affecting a national economy through its consumption of critical metals. We formulated the MRF as a product of the material footprint (MF) of the consuming country and the mining risks of the countries where the materials are mined. A case study was conducted for the 2005 Japanese economy to determine the MF and MRF for three critical metals essential for emerging energy technologies: neodymium, cobalt and platinum. The results indicate that in 2005 the MFs generated by Japanese domestic final demand, that is, the consumption-based metal output of Japan, were 1.0 × 10(3) t for neodymium, 9.4 × 10(3) t for cobalt, and 2.1 × 10 t for platinum. Export demand contributes most to the MF, accounting for 3.0 × 10(3) t, 1.3 × 10(5) t, and 3.1 × 10 t, respectively. The MRFs of Japanese total final demand (domestic plus export) were calculated to be 1.7 × 10 points for neodymium, 4.5 × 10(-2) points for cobalt, and 5.6 points for platinum, implying that the Japanese economy is incurring a high mining risk through its use of neodymium. This country's MRFs are all dominated by export demand. The paper concludes by discussing the policy implications and future research directions for measuring the MFs and MRFs of critical metals. For countries poorly endowed with mineral resources, adopting low-carbon energy technologies may imply a shifting of risk from carbon resources to other natural resources, in particular critical metals, and a trade

  12. Application of capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence detection for the determination of trace neodymium in spent nuclear fuel using complexation with an emissive macrocyclic polyaminocarboxylate probe.

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    Haraga, Tomoko; Saito, Shingo; Sato, Yoshiyuki; Asai, Shiho; Hanzawa, Yukiko; Hoshino, Hitoshi; Shibukawa, Masami; Ishimori, Ken-ichiro; Takahashi, Kuniaki

    2014-01-01

    A simple and rapid method with low radiation exposure risk was developed for the determination of neodymium in spent nuclear fuel by capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence detection using a fluorescent probe having a macrocyclic hexadentate polyaminocarboxylate structure. The concentration of Nd(III) in a spent nuclear fuel sample was determined with no interference from various matrix elements, including lanthanides and uranium (at a 200-fold excess), with 92 ± 3% recovery. This is due to high resolution based on establishing a ternary complex equilibrium during migration in which the hydroxyl ion plays an auxiliary role (log K(Ln-L-OH) = 3.9-5.3).

  13. Transport Measurements on NEODYMIUM(1.85) CERIUM(.15) Copper OXYGEN(4-DELTA) Thin Films

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    Kussmaul, Andreas

    1992-01-01

    This work describes the synthesis and the study of the transport properties of thin films of Nd _{1.85}Ce_{.15 }CuO_{4-delta} carried out respectively at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in collaboration with Dr. A. Gupta, and at the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory under the direction of Dr. P. M. Tedrow. The thin films were prepared by laser ablation of a stoichiometric target on heated substrates in a reactive ambient. The influence of the deposition parameters was studied, and the use of a nitreous oxide ambient was found to yield a clear improvement of the sample quality. The transport properties of the films were measured at low temperatures and in high magnetic fields. Non superconducting samples showed a strong, highly anisotropic, negative magnetoresistance that is consistent with two dimensional weak-localization. Superconducting samples show two dimensional fluctuation effects above T_{c}. The theory of fluctuations in a magnetic field was used to extract the position of H_{c2} (in the perpendicular direction) in the broad and almost featureless resistive transition, and the extracted values were fit to the theory of dirty superconductors. The angular dependence of the resistive transition was studied close to T _{c} and found to be somewhat better described by a two-dimensional model. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14-0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617-253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.).

  14. Design, characterizaion and fabrication of neodymium doping profiles in transparent YAG ceramics

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    Wisdom, Jeffrey Alan

    Transparent laser ceramics offer significant fabrication advantages over traditional cubic-oxide single-crystal fabrication techniques, such as reduced processing time, scaling to large aperture sizes and reduced fabrication temperatures. Ceramic fabrication also allows a convenient route to engineering spatially-varying rare-earth doping profiles by creating a composition profile in the green-ceramic state. Optimized doping profiles have the potential to simultaneously improve diode-pumped laser efficiency and beam quality. The ability to arbitrarily engineer the doping profile of laser media opens a very large design space. The process of optimizing the doping profile for improved performance is dependent on the laser geometry (i.e., slab, rod, thin-disk, etc.) and is complicated by the change in thermal conductivity and refractive index of the host with doping level. In addition, spatially varying the rare-earth-ion concentration changes the distribution of thermal load within the gain medium. Without careful consideration, temperature-induced distortions will greatly reduce beam quality. To balance the multiple profile design constraints, a genetic algorithm was used to optimize the power delivered into diffraction-limited spot in the far field. The gain medium was composed of an Nd:Y3Al5O12 (Nd:YAG) zig-zag slab amplifier, edge pumped with 10 kW of diode pump power at 807.5 nm. The resulting doping profile is predicted to increase the power extracted from the laser and delivered into the far field by over 39% compared to the uniformly doped laser media that can be fabricated today. A simple Nd:YAG-core, YAG-clad planar waveguide structure was also fabricated. For the first time, laser oscillation was demonstrated in a 500-mum-wide doping profile fabricated directly from a green ceramic. However, the use of a reactive sintering method (Al2O3 and Y2O 3 reacted to produce Y3Al5O12 during sintering) to fabricate this structure is shown to transport significant

  15. Synthesis, Characterization and Antibacterial Studies of N-(Benzothiazol-2-yl)-4-chlorobenzenesulphonamide and Its Neodymium(III) and Thallium(III) Complexes.

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    Obasi, Lawrence Nnamdi; Oruma, Uchechukwu Susan; Al-Swaidan, Ibrahim Abdulrazak; Ramasami, Ponnadurai; Ezeorah, Chigozie Julius; Ochonogor, Alfred Ezinna

    2017-02-22

    N-(Benzothiazol-2-yl)-4-chlorobenzenesulphonamide (NBTCS) was synthesized by condensation reaction of 4-chlorobenzenesulphonyl chloride and 2-aminobenzothiazole in acetone under reflux. Neodymium(III) and thallium(III) complexes of the ligand were also synthesized. Both ligand and metal complexes were characterized using UV-Vis, IR, ¹H- and (13)C-NMR spectroscopies, elemental analysis and molar conductance measurement. IR studies revealed that the ligand is tridentate and coordinates to the metal ions through nitrogen and oxygen atoms of the sulphonamide group and nitrogen atom attached to benzothiazole ring. The neodymium(III) complex displays a coordination number of eight while thallium(III) complex displays a coordination number of six. The ligand and its complexes were screened in vitro for their antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli strains (E. coli 6 and E. coli 13), Proteus species, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa using the agar well diffusion technique. The synthesized compounds were found to be more active against the microorganisms screened relative to ciprofloxacin, gentamicin and co-trimoxazole.

  16. Electrochemistry and the mechanisms of nucleation and growth of neodymium during electroreduction from LiCl-KCl eutectic salts on Mo substrate

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    Tang, Hao; Pesic, Batric

    2015-03-01

    The electrochemical behavior of NdCl3 was studied on a Mo electrode in molten LiCl-KCl eutectic salts. The electroreduction of Nd(III)/Nd(0) involved two reaction steps, as confirmed by three different electrochemical techniques. In the first reaction step, Nd(III) is converted into soluble Nd(II), which undergoes further reduction into metallic Nd(0) in the second reaction step. The standard reaction rate constants for each reaction step were determined by Nicholson method. The rate constant values were used in Matsuda-Ayabe's criteria for testing the electrochemical reversibility. Accordingly, both reaction steps were quasi-reversible redox reactions. The nucleation mechanisms of neodymium metal deposited on a Mo substrate were predicted by using Scharifker-Hill model, and tested for the first time by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies of the electrode surface. The SEM studies confirmed that for the low initial concentration of NdCl3, neodymium nucleates and grows progressively, while for higher NdCl3 concentrations, the related mechanism is instantaneous. Both are governed by the aggregative growth mechanisms based on surface mobility of formed nanoclusters.

  17. The evolution of melasma therapy: targeting melanosomes using low-fluence Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet lasers.

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    Kauvar, Arielle N B

    2012-06-01

    Melasma is an acquired disorder of pigmentation that commonly affects women with phototypes III-V, and it has a negative impact on the quality of life in affected individuals. It presents clinically as symmetric tan or brown patches on the face, most often involving the forehead, cheeks, perioral region, and periorbital region. On histologic examination, there is increased melanin in the epidermis and/or an increased number of melanosomes in the dermis, with a normal number of highly melanized and dendritic melanocytes. The mainstay of treatment is the use of sunscreen along with topical medications that suppress melanogenesis. Clearance is usually incomplete and recurrences or exacerbations are frequent, probably because of the poor efficacy in clearing dermal melanosomes. Treatment with high-energy pigment-specific lasers, ablative resurfacing lasers, and fractional lasers results in an unacceptably high rate of postinflammatory hyper- and hypopigmentation and rebound melasma. Recently, promising results have been achieved with low-fluence Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet laser treatment, which can selectively target dermal melanosomes without producing inflammation or epidermal damage, in all skin phototypes. This article reviews the current treatment modalities for melasma, the rationale for using and the clinical results of combination therapy with low-fluence Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet lasers. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Endovenous laser ablation of the great and short saphenous veins with a 1320-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser: retrospective case series of 1171 procedures.

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    Moul, Danielle K; Housman, Leland; Romine, Sara; Greenway, Hubert

    2014-02-01

    Venous insufficiency is a common medical condition affecting up to 50.5% of women and 30.1% of men. Endovenous laser ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that safely and effectively treats reflux involving the great and short saphenous veins. We sought to present safety and efficacy data of 1171 endovenous laser ablations using the Scripps Clinic endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) protocol. We conducted an institutional review board-approved, retrospective chart analysis of 1171 endovenous laser ablations performed from March 2007 until February 2011 treated at Scripps Clinic with the 1320-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser with 1-month, 6-month, 1-year, and 2-year follow-up data. Our current overall experience is greater than 2000 EVLT procedures. The mean follow-up for this case series of 1171 EVLT procedures (1066 great saphenous veins and 105 short saphenous veins) is 11.4 months with an overall closure success rate of 99.9% for patients not lost to follow-up. There has been no incidence of deep vein thrombosis, permanent nerve damage, or pulmonary embolism related to laser ablation. Retrospective chart analysis, investigator bias, patients lost to follow-up, and lack of quality-of-life assessment are limitations. EVLT using a 1320-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser appears to be a viable option for venous insufficiency and venous ulceration unresponsive to conservative treatment. Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Treatment of melasma in men with low-fluence Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser versus combined laser and glycolic acid peeling.

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    Vachiramon, Vasanop; Sahawatwong, Sinijchaya; Sirithanabadeekul, Punyaphat

    2015-04-01

    Low-fluence Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum-garnet 1,064-nm laser (LFQS) and glycolic acid (GA) peeling have been reported as a treatment option for melasma. However, there are limited data on their efficacy in men. To compare the efficacy and safety of LFQS monotherapy with combined LFQS and 30% GA peeling in male patients with melasma. Fifteen males with mixed type melasma were randomized to receive 5 weekly sessions of LFQS on one side of the face and LFQS plus 30% GA peeling on the contralateral side and were followed for 12 weeks. Twelve patients completed the protocol. Mean relative lightness index (RL*I) of the combined treatment side was lowered throughout the study period, with the maximal improvement of 52.3% reduction at the fourth week follow-up (p = .023). Patient self-assessment was favorable in the combined treatment. However, the mean RL*I increased at 8 and 12 weeks of follow-up. One subject (8.3%) developed guttate hypopigmentation, which did not resolve by the 12-week follow-up. Low-fluence Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum-garnet 1,064-nm laser combined with GA peeling temporarily reduced melasma in men, but the incidence of side effects does not justify the short-lived benefits of this procedure. This technique requires further study.

  20. Sources and input mechanisms of hafnium and neodymium in surface waters of the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean

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    Stichel, Torben; Frank, Martin; Rickli, Jörg; Hathorne, Ed C.; Haley, Brian A.; Jeandel, Catherine; Pradoux, Catherine

    2012-10-01

    Radiogenic isotopes of hafnium (Hf) and neodymium (Nd) are powerful tracers for water mass transport and trace metal cycling in the present and past oceans. However, due to the scarcity of available data the processes governing their distribution are not well understood. Here we present the first combined dissolved Hf and Nd isotope and concentration data from surface waters of the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. The samples were collected along the Zero Meridian, in the Weddell Sea and in the Drake Passage during RV Polarstern expeditions ANTXXIV/3 and ANTXXIII/3 in the frame of the International Polar Year (IPY) and the GEOTRACES program. The general distribution of Hf and Nd concentrations in the region is similar. However, at the northernmost station located 200 km southwest of Cape Town a pronounced increase of the Nd concentration is observed, whereas the Hf concentration is minimal, suggesting much less Hf than Nd is released by the weathering of the South African Archean cratonic rocks. From the southern part of the Subtropical Front (STF) to the Polar Front (PF) Hf and Nd show the lowest concentrations (<0.12 pmol/kg and 10 pmol/kg, respectively), most probably due to the low terrigenous flux in this area and efficient scavenging of Hf and Nd by biogenic opal. In the vicinity of landmasses the dissolved Hf and Nd isotope compositions are clearly labeled by terrigenous inputs. Near South Africa Nd isotope values as low as ɛNd = -18.9 indicate unradiogenic inputs supplied via the Agulhas Current. Further south the isotopic data show significant increases to ɛHf = 6.1 and ɛNd = -4.0 documenting exchange of seawater Nd and Hf with the Antarctic Peninsula. In the open Southern Ocean the Nd isotope compositions are relatively homogeneous (ɛNd ˜ -8 to -8.5) towards the STF, within the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, in the Weddell Gyre, and the Drake Passage. The Hf isotope compositions in the entire study area only show a small range between

  1. Harmonic technology versus neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet laser and electrocautery for lung metastasectomy: an experimental study.

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    Fiorelli, Alfonso; Accardo, Marina; Carelli, Emanuele; Del Prete, Assunta; Messina, Gaetana; Reginelli, Alfonso; Berritto, Daniela; Papale, Ferdinando; Armenia, Emilia; Chiodini, Paolo; Grassi, Roberto; Santini, Mario

    2016-07-01

    We compared the efficacy of non-anatomical lung resections with that of three other techniques: monopolar electrocautery; neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet laser and harmonic technology. We hypothesized that the thermal damage with harmonic technology could be reduced because of the lower temperatures generated by harmonic technology compared with that of other devices. Initial studies were performed in 13 isolated pig lungs for each group. A 1.5-cm capsule was inserted within the lung to mimic a tumour and a total of 25 non-anatomical resections were performed with each device. The damage of the resected lung surface and of the tumour border were evaluated according to the colour (ranging from 0-pink colour to 4-black colour), histological (ranging from Score 0-no changes to Score 3-presence of necrotic tissue) and radiological (ranging from Score 0-isointense T2 signal at magnetic resonance imaging to Score 3-hyperintense T2 signal) criteria. A total of seven non-anatomical resections with harmonic technology were also performed in two live pigs to assess if ex vivo results could be reproducible in live pigs with particular attention to haemostatic and air-tightness properties. In the ex vivo lung, there was a statistical significant difference between depth of thermal damage (P < 0.0001) in electrocautery (1.3 [1.2-1.4]), laser (0.9 [0.6-0.9]) and harmonic (0.4 [0.3-0.5]) groups. Electrocautery had a higher depth of thermal damage compared with that of the laser (P = 0.01) and harmonic groups (P = 0.0005). The harmonic group had a less depth of thermal damage than that of the laser group (P = 0.01). Also, histological damages of tumour borders (P < 0.001) and resected lung surface (P < 0.001), radiological damage of tumour borders (P < 0.001) and resected lung surface (P < 0.001) and colour changes (P < 0.001) were statistically different between three study groups. Resections of in vivo pig lungs showed no bleeding; 2 of 7 cases of low air leaks were

  2. Neodymium isotopic composition and concentration in the western North Atlantic Ocean: Results from the GEOTRACES GA02 section

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    Lambelet, Myriam; van de Flierdt, Tina; Crocket, Kirsty; Rehkämper, Mark; Kreissig, Katharina; Coles, Barry; Rijkenberg, Micha J. A.; Gerringa, Loes J. A.; de Baar, Hein J. W.; Steinfeldt, Reiner

    2016-03-01

    The neodymium (Nd) isotopic composition of seawater is commonly used as a proxy to study past changes in the thermohaline circulation. The modern database for such reconstructions is however poor and the understanding of the underlying processes is incomplete. Here we present new observational data for Nd isotopes and concentrations from twelve seawater depth profiles, which follow the flow path of North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW) from its formation region in the North Atlantic to the northern equatorial Atlantic. Samples were collected during two cruises constituting the northern part of the Dutch GEOTRACES transect GA02 in 2010. The results show that the different water masses in the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean, which ultimately constitute NADW, have the following Nd isotope characteristics: Upper Labrador Sea Water (ULSW), εNd = -14.2 ± 0.3; Labrador Sea Water (LSW), εNd = -13.7 ± 0.9; Northeast Atlantic Deep Water (NEADW), εNd = -12.5 ± 0.6; Northwest Atlantic Bottom Water (NWABW), εNd = -11.8 ± 1.4. In the subtropics, where these source water masses have mixed to form NADW, which is exported to the global ocean, upper-NADW is characterised by εNd values of -13.2 ± 1.0 (2sd) and lower-NADW exhibits values of εNd = -12.4 ± 0.4 (2sd). While both signatures overlap within error, the signature for lower-NADW is significantly more radiogenic than the traditionally used value for NADW (εNd = -13.5) due to the dominance of source waters from the Nordic Seas (NWABW and NEADW). Comparison between the concentration profiles and the corresponding Nd isotope profiles with other water mass properties such as salinity, silicate concentrations, neutral densities and chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) concentration provides novel insights into the geochemical cycle of Nd and reveals that different processes are necessary to account for the observed Nd characteristics in the subpolar and subtropical gyres and throughout the vertical water column. While our data set

  3. Characteristic differences in the formation of complex coacervate core micelles from neodymium and zinc-based coordination polymers.

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    Yan, Yun; Besseling, Nicolaas A M; de Keizer, Arie; Stuart, Martien A Cohen

    2007-05-31

    In this paper we compare the formation of complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) from two different tricompontent mixtures, namely neodymium, the bisligand L2EO4 and the poly(cation)-block-poly(neutral) diblock copolymer P2MVP41-b-PEO205, and zinc, L2EO4 and P2MVP41-b-PEO205 mixed systems. Three sets of titration experiments were carried out for each system: (i) titration of diblock copolymer P2MVP41-b-PEO205 with the stoichiometric mixture of metal ions and bisligands, (ii) titration of a mixture of diblock copolymer and bisligand with metal ions, and (iii) titration of a mixture of diblock copolymer and metal ions with bisligands. In all the above three cases, micelles are found to form either in a broad range of charge ratios or in a broad range of metal/bisligand ratios. Upon addition of Nd2-(L2EO4)3 coordination polymer to P2MVP41-b-PEO205 solution, and upon addition of Nd3+ to a mixture of L2EO4 and P2MVP41-b-PEO205, micelles are found to form immediately after the first addition, whereas micelles show up in the similar zinc system only after a certain threshold Zn-(L2EO4) or Zn2+ concentration. This difference can be traced to the different structures of the Nd2-(L2EO4)3 and Zn-(L2EO4) coordination compounds. At very low concentrations, Zn-(L2EO4) are ring-like oligomers, but Nd2-(L2EO4)3 are larger networks. The network structure favors the formation of coacervate micellar core with P2MVP41-b-PEO205. Moreover, excess of Nd3+ ions will break up the C3Ms, while the same amount of Zn2+ has hardly any effect on the C3Ms. The breakdown of C3Ms by Nd3+ is due to the charge inversion of the coordination complex with increasing [Nd3+]/[L2EO4] ratio, which results in repulsive interaction between the coordination complex and the diblock copolymer, whereas no such interaction can occur in the zinc system.

  4. Mitochondrial selectivity and remarkable photocytotoxicity of a ferrocenyl neodymium(III) complex of terpyridine and curcumin in cancer cells.

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    Sarkar, Tukki; Banerjee, Samya; Mukherjee, Sanjoy; Hussain, Akhtar

    2016-04-21

    A series of four novel neodymium(iii) complexes of the formulation [Nd(R-tpy)(O-O)(NO3)2] (), where R-tpy is 4'-phenyl-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine (Ph-tpy; , ) and 4'-ferrocenyl-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine (Fc-tpy; , ); O-O is the conjugate base of acetylacetone (Hacac; , ) or curcumin (Hcurc; , ), are synthesized and characterized. The single crystal structure of shows that the complex is a discrete mononuclear species with the Nd(iii) centre in a nine coordinate environment provided by a set of O6N3 donor atoms. Complexes and having the simple acac ligand are prepared as control compounds. Complex , possessing an appended ferrocenyl (Fc) and the curcumin moiety, is remarkably photocytotoxic to HeLa and MCF-7 cancer cells in visible light giving respective IC50 values of 0.7 μM and 2.1 μM while being significantly less toxic to MCF-10A normal cells (IC50 = 34 μM) and in the dark (IC50 > 50 μM). The phenyl appended complex , lacking a ferrocenyl moiety, is significantly less toxic to both the cell lines when compared with . Complexes and , lacking the photoactive curcumin moiety, do not show any apparent toxicity both in light and in the dark. The cell death is apoptotic in nature and is mediated by the light-induced formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Fluorescence imaging experiment with HeLa cells reveals mitochondrial accumulation of complex within 4 h of incubation. The complexes bind to calf thymus (ct) DNA with moderate affinity giving Kb values in the range of 10(4)-10(5) M(-1). The curcumin complexes and cleave plasmid supercoiled DNA to its nicked circular form in visible light via(1)O2 and ˙OH pathways. The presence of the ferrocenyl moiety is likely to be responsible for the enhanced cellular uptake and photocytotoxicity of complex . Thus, the mitochondria targeting complex , being remarkably cytotoxic in light but non-toxic in the dark and to normal cells, is a potential candidate for photochemotherapeutic applications.

  5. Implications for post-comminution processes in subglacial suspended sediment using coupled radiogenic strontium and neodymium isotopes

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    Clinger, Anna E.; Aciego, Sarah M.; Stevenson, Emily I.; Arendt, Carli A.; Robbins, Mark J.

    2016-04-01

    Enhanced physical weathering rates in subglacial systems promote high levels of comminution, transport, and deposition of fine-grained sediment within the subglacial drainage network. The impact of shifts in sediment loads from variations in meltwater flux, and their effects on downstream ecosystems, remains poorly quantified and places a fundamental importance on our ability to characterize subglacial depositional environments. Here, for the first time, we assess the seasonal evolution of the subglacial suspended sediment using coupled radiogenic strontium (87Sr/86Sr) and neodymium (143Nd/144Nd) isotopic ratios with elemental ratios and in situ measurements. Weathering rates in fluvial and riverine systems have been traditionally assessed using radiogenic isotopic tracers: 143Nd/144Nd ratios relate to the crustal age whereas 87Sr/86Sr ratios relate to age and preferential mineral dissolution. Thus relative shifts in these ratios will allow us to characterize distinct sediment transport networks. We apply this technique to the Lemon Creek Glacier (LCG), Alaska, USA, and to the Athabasca Glacier (AG), Alberta, CA. At the LCG, the 143Nd/144Nd values range from εNd of - 4.6 (0.9) to - 8.7 (0.2), which suggests a poorly mixed sediment flux. However, the greatest period of variability may correlate with the drainage of a supraglacial lake and suggests caution should be exerted in time-scale 143Nd/144Nd provenance studies that may be affected by climatic disturbances. In contrast, limited variation is observed within the AG 143Nd/144Nd seasonal record. A consistent, direct relation between the Rb/Sr elemental ratio and the 87Sr/86Sr ratio proves interesting as it enables us to unravel incongruent weathering trends in the radiogenic Sr record. Correlation between the 87Sr/86Sr and total discharge suggests that the process is partially controlled by mantling of the bedrock, which can be detected using post-comminution ages. While the subglacial structure may be enabled by

  6. High-resolution neodymium characterization along the Mediterranean margins and modelling of ɛNd distribution in the Mediterranean basins

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    Ayache, Mohamed; Dutay, Jean-Claude; Arsouze, Thomas; Révillon, Sidonie; Beuvier, Jonathan; Jeandel, Catherine

    2016-09-01

    An extensive compilation of published neodymium (Nd) concentrations and isotopic compositions (Nd IC) was realized in order to establish a new database and a map (using a high-resolution geological map of the area) of the distribution of these parameters for all the Mediterranean margins. Data were extracted from different kinds of samples: river solid discharge deposited on the shelf, sedimentary material collected on the margin or geological material outcropping above or close to a margin. Additional analyses of surface sediments were done in order to improve this data set in key areas (e.g. Sicilian strait). The Mediterranean margin Nd isotopic signatures vary from non-radiogenic values around the Gulf of Lion, (ɛNd values ˜ -11) to radiogenic values around the Aegean and the Levantine sub-basins up to +6. Using a high-resolution regional oceanic model (1/12° of horizontal-resolution), ɛNd distribution was simulated for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea. The high resolution of the model provides a unique opportunity to represent a realistic thermohaline circulation in the basin and thus apprehend the processes governing the Nd isotope distribution in the marine environment. Results are consistent with the preceding conclusions on boundary exchange (BE) as an important process in the Nd oceanic cycle. Nevertheless this approach simulates a too-radiogenic value in the Mediterranean Sea; this bias will likely be corrected once the dust and river inputs will be included in the model. This work highlights that a significant interannual variability of ɛNd distribution in seawater could occur. In particular, important hydrological events such as the Eastern Mediterranean Transient (EMT), associated with deep water formed in the Aegean sub-basin, could induce a shift in ɛNd at deep/intermediate depths that could be noticeable in the eastern part of the basin. This underlines that the temporal and geographical variations of ɛNd could represent an interesting

  7. Fractional, nonablative Q-switched 1,064-nm neodymium YAG laser to rejuvenate photoaged skin: a pilot case series.

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    Luebberding, Stefanie; Alexiades-Armenakas, Macrene R

    2012-11-01

    Scientific research in the field of energy-based and light-based procedures made it possible to develop a very new and innovative generation of lasers that combine the benefit of a nonablative and a fractional laser device, promising skin rejuvenation without harming the epidermis. With this pilot case series, we performed one of the first systematic reports evaluating efficacy and safety of the fractional, nonablative Q-switched 1,064-nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser device in the treatment of rhytides of the face, neck, and chest. Seven healthy female subjects (mean ± standard deviation age, 53.8 ± 10.0 years) with visible signs of facial and neck skin aging were treated with fractional, nonablative Q-switched 1,064-nm Nd:YAG laser device (Pixel QS Nd:YAG; Alma Lasers Ltd, Caesarea, Israel). Treated areas were the face, including the periorbital and perioral regions (particularly the upper lip), neck, and chest. Treatments consisted of 3 sessions at 2- to 4-week intervals. Follow-up was performed monthly following the final treatment. The Alexiades-Armenakas Comprehensive Grading Scale of Skin Aging was employed to assess efficacy. Pain ratings were recorded by 10-point visual assessment scoring. Employing the validated, quantitative grading scale for rhytides of the face and neck, a 0.29 grade improvement, or 11.3% improvement, over baseline grade was observed in the 7-subject cohort that completed follow-up following a mean of approximately 2 treatments at approximately 1-month follow-up. No pain and rapidly resolving minimal erythema were noted in all subjects during treatment. The results of this pilot case series suggest that the treatment with the fractional, nonablative Q-switched 1,064-nm Nd:YAG laser device significantly improves superficial rhytides. With its outstanding safety, it seems to be particularly suitable for the treatment of sensitive areas, such as the periorbital region, lips, neck, and chest. The Q-switched Nd

  8. UV and fluorescence spectral changes induced by neodymium binding of N,N'-ethylenebis[2-(o-hydroxyphenolic)glycine] and N,N'-di(2-hydroxybenzyl)ethylenediamine-N,N' diacetic acid.

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    Wang, Zhijun; Yang, Binsheng

    2006-11-01

    In 0.01 M 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid (Hepes), pH 7.4 and room temperature, the binding of neodymium to N,N'-ethylenebis[2-(o-hydroxyphenolic)glycine] (EHPG), or N,N'-di(2-hydroxybenzyl)ethylenediamine-N,N' diacetic acid (HBED) had been studied from 210 to 330 nm by means of difference UV spectra. Two peaks at 240 and 292 nm appear in difference UV spectra after neodymium binding to EHPG or HBED. The 1:1 stable complex can be confirmed from spectral titration curves. The molar extinction coefficient of Nd-EHPG and Nd-HBED complexes are Deltaepsilon(Nd-EHPG)=(12.93+/-0.21) x 10(3)cm(-1)M(-1), Deltaepsilon(Nd-HBED)=(14.45+/-0.51) x 10(5)cm(-1)M(-1) at 240 nm, respectively. Using EDTA as a competitor, the conditional equilibrium constants of the complexes are logK(Nd-EHPG)=11.89+/-0.09 and logK(Nd-HBED)=12.19+/-0.15, respectively. At the same conditions, fluorescence measurements show that neodymium binding to EHPG leads to a quenching of the fluorescence of EHPG at near 310 nm. However, there is no obvious fluorescence change of HBED at 318 nm with the binding of neodymium to HBED.

  9. High-pressure and high-temperature studies on oxide garnets

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    Hua, Hong; Mirov, Sergey; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    1996-09-01

    We report high-pressure and high-temperature studies on a series of oxide garnets of chemical composition A3B2C3O12. The members of this family investigated are gadolinium scandium gallium garnet (GSGG), gadolinium gallium garnet (GGG), and yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG). The GSGG and GGG are doped with both neodymium and chromium while the YAG is doped only with neodymium. Photoluminescence, synchrotron x-ray-diffraction, and laser heating studies were carried out in a diamond-anvil cell. Variety of optical sensors (ruby, Sm-doped YAG) and x-ray pressure marker (copper) were employed for pressure measurement. Pressure-induced amorphization was observed in GSGG at 58+/-3 GPa and GGG at 84+/-4 GPa by x-ray-diffraction studies. The photoluminescence studies show only gradual broadening of emission bands through the amorphization transition. On increasing pressure beyond amorphization, very broad and featureless emission bands were observed in the fluorescence spectra at 77+/-2 GPa for GSGG and at 88+/-2 GPa for GGG. Laser heating of the pressure-induced amorphous phase in GSGG caused recrystallization to the stable cubic phase. High-pressure x-ray study on YAG shows that it retains cubic phase up to 101+/-4 GPa. A pressure-volume relation for each member of the oxide garnet at ambient temperatures is presented, structural transformation mechanisms, and application of oxide garnets as pressure sensors are also discussed.

  10. Vertical Water Mass Structure of the Southern Ocean Inferred From Neodymium Isotopes: Implications for Organic Carbon Burial

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    Martin, E. E.; Scher, H. D.

    2006-12-01

    Neodymium isotope records from the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean have documented first order changes in ocean circulation, such as Pacific throughflow following the early opening of Drake Passage, initiation of deep water export from the North Atlantic, and intensification of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC). These studies have shed light on changes in deep water circulation and production areas, however the impact of these changes on the vertical structure of the Southern Ocean is has not been explored. We investigated the middle Eocene to early Miocene sections of three vertically and horizontally offset Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) sites in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean (ODP Sites 689 (upper Maud Rise; paleodepth 1500 m), 690 (lower Maud Rise; paleodepth 2200 m), and 1090 (Agulhas Ridge; paleodepth 3700). Nd isotope records were generated from fossil fish teeth covering the interval from 45 to 25 Ma. Our goal was to investigate changes in the vertical water mass structure of the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. The vertical water mass structure of the Southern Ocean has been influenced by the development of the ACC, which is believed to have exerted an important control on the relationship between opal deposition and organic carbon burial in this region. Thus, this work is relevant for assessing the mechanisms thought to be responsible for the draw down of atmospheric carbon dioxide, an important factor in global climate change over this interval. During the middle Eocene, around 42 Ma, the ɛNd gradient between intermediate and deep waters in the Atlantic sector was about 1 ɛNd unit. ɛNd values at Maud Rise were -9.2 and - 9.5 (Sites 689 and 690 respectively), while ɛNd values at Agulhas Ridge were -8.5. Between 41 and 35 Ma ɛNd values at all three locations became more radiogenic as Pacific seawater entered the Atlantic following the early opening of Drake Passage. Agulhas Ridge ɛNd values increased to -6, and values at

  11. Effect of Partial Substitution of Neodymium with Praseodymium on the Magnetic and Process Properties of Sintered Magnets of Type NdFeB

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    Dormidontov, N. A.; Dormidontov, A. G.; Lileev, A. S.; Kamynin, A. V.; Lukin, A. A.

    2017-01-01

    The effect of substitution of neodymium with praseodymium in sintered magnets of type NdFeB on their magnetic and process properties in the concentration range of [Pr] = 0 - 13 wt.% is studied. The special features of milling of the alloys, sintering processes and heat treatments in the production of magnets containing praseodymium are discussed. Hysteresis characteristics of B r ≥ 1.2 T, H cJ ≥ 1200 kA/m, H cb ≥ 880 kA/m, H k ≥ 960 kA/m, and BH max ≥ 280 kJ/m3 are obtained for magnets with composition (in wt.%) 33 Nd, 10 Pr, 1.5 (Ti + Al + Cu), 1.3 B, the remainder Fe.

  12. Commentary: Is There Clinical Benefit From Using a Diode or Neodymium:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser in the Treatment of Periodontitis?

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    Cobb, Charles M

    2016-10-01

    Despite a quarter of a century of laser research, there is a persistent debate regarding the efficacy of dental lasers in the treatment of periodontitis or periodontal maintenance therapy. There are many claims and much hyperbole surrounding the use of lasers, either as a monotherapy or adjunctive to scaling and root planing, to treat periodontitis. There is little evidence that using a diode or neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser adds clinical value over and above conventional non-surgical or surgical periodontal treatment. There is a significant need for better designed human clinical trials. Data from such trials should be analyzed according to initial probing depth and characteristics of the treated sites, such as non-molar, molar flat surfaces, and molar furcations, and evaluated for long-term post-treatment results.

  13. Intense Pulsed Light and Q-Switched 1,064-nm Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser Treatment for the Scarring Lesion of Discoid Lupus Erythematosus.

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    Byun, Yun Sun; Son, Jee Hee; Cho, Yong Se; Chung, Bo Young; Cho, Hee Jin; Park, Chun Wook; Kim, Hye One

    2017-06-01

    Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a chronic form of cutaneous lupus that can cause permanent scarring. Treatment of DLE includes protection from sunlight and artificial sources of ultraviolet light, as well as systemic and topical medications. The first-line standard therapies are antimalarials and topical steroids. Other systemic therapies include systemic steroid, azathioprine, dapsone, and immunosuppressive agents. Topical tacrolimus and pimecrolimus have also been evaluated. Recent studies reported that several treatments, including pulsed dye laser, CO2 laser, intense pulsed light (IPL), and 1,064-nm long-pulse neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum (Nd:YAG) have been used for the cosmetic treatment of DLE. Here, we report a case of a DLE scar that was successfully treated with a combination therapy of IPL and Q-switched 1,064-nm Nd:YAG laser.

  14. [Effects of gas composition and pressure on the intensity and quality of the plasma induced by a high-energy neodymium glass laser].

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    Chen, Jin-zhong; Zhao, Shu-rui; Wei, Yan-hong; Guo, Qing-lin; Huai, Su-fang

    2005-03-01

    In this experiment, the effects of gas composition and pressure on the intensity and quality of the plasma induced by a high-energy neodymium glass laser were studied. The experimental results show that the spectral intensity of the plasma in the argon atmosphere is stronger than that in the air when the pressure is the same. For the steel alloy sample, the intensities of the emission spectrum reach the maximum values when the argon pressure is 0.8 x 10(5) Pa. The self-absorption phenomena of Al II 308.22 and Al II 309.27 nm lines strengthen with the increase of the pressure, and even serious self-reversal appears when the pressure is (0.8-0.9) x 10(5) Pa. The temperature of plasma also raises with the increase of the pressure. When the argon pressure is 0.93 x 10(5) Pa, t h e temperature is about 1500 K higher than that when the argon pressure is about 0.43 x 10(5) Pa.

  15. Long-Pulsed 532-Nm Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminium Garnet Laser for Treatment of Facial Plane Warts in 160 Yemeni Patients.

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    Alshami, Mohammad Ali; Mohana, Mona Jameel; Alshami, Ahlam Mohammad

    2016-11-01

    Warts in general and plane warts in particular pose a therapeutic challenge for dermatologists. Many treatment modalities exist, with variable success rates, side effect profiles, and precautions. The long-pulsed 532-nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (LP Nd:YAG) laser has not been previously used for this indication. This study was conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of the LP Nd:YAG laser for treating facial plane warts. A total of 160 Yemeni patients (62 women, 98 men; age range, 5-55 years) were exposed to 1 laser treatment session with the following parameters: wavelength, 532 nm; pulse duration, 20 millisecond; spot size, 2 to 3 mm; and fluence, 25 J/cm. The end point was graying or whitening of the lesion. Color photographs were taken before and immediately after treatment and at follow-up visits 1, 4, and 16 weeks after the laser session. An overall clearance rate of 92% after only one session was achieved, with minimal and transient side effects. The LP Nd:YAG laser is safe and effective for treating facial plane warts, with a success rate of 92% after only one session.

  16. Neodymium zirconate (Nd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) transparent ceramics as a solid state laser material

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    Feng Tao; Clarke, David R.; Jiang Danyu; Xia Jinfeng; Shi Jianlin

    2011-04-11

    Transparent neodymium zirconate (Nd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) ceramics have been fabricated from nanoparticles prepared by combustion synthesis. Emission at 1054.5 nm has been demonstrated using a laser diode pump at 800 nm. A transmittance of 60% at wavelengths longer than {approx}900 nm was achieved. A consequence of the very high concentration of Nd ions (1.32x10{sup 28} ions/m{sup 3}) is that the absorption bands are wider than those of Nd doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (Nd:YAG) facilitating pumping over a broader range of wavelengths. The full width at half maximum of the emission peak is also larger than that of Nd:YAG, and the decay time is 460 {mu}s making Nd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} an excellent candidate for efficient high-power microchip lasers emitting at 1054 nm with diode pumping at {approx}800 or {approx}900 nm.

  17. Enzymatically induced formation of neodymium hexacyanoferrate nanoparticles on the glucose oxidase/chitosan modified glass carbon electrode for the detection of glucose.

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    Sheng, Qinglin; Luo, Kai; Zheng, Jianbin; Zhang, Hongfang

    2008-11-15

    The formation of neodymium hexacyanoferrate (NdHCF) nanoparticles (NPs) on the surface of glucose oxidase/chitosan (GOx/CHIT) modified glass carbon electrode induced by enzymatic reaction was described and characterized. CHIT can be used not only as enzyme immobilizer, but also to provide active sites for NPs growth. Results showed that the optimized conditions of the GOx/CHIT film induced NdHCF NPs for the biosensing of glucose were 1.0mM Nd(3+) and 20.0mM Fe(CN)(6)(3-). The biocatalyzed generation of NdHCF NPs enabled the development of an electrochemical biosensor for glucose. The calculated apparent Michaelis-Menten constant was 7.5mM. The linear range for glucose detection was 0.01-10.0mM with the correlation coefficient of 0.9946, and the detection limit was 5 microM (S/N=3). Furthermore, this system avoids the interferences of other species during the biosensing process and can be used for the determination of glucose in human plasma samples.

  18. Using a neodymium magnet to target delivery of ferumoxide-labeled human neural stem cells in a rat model of focal cerebral ischemia.

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    Song, Miyeoun; Kim, Young-Ju; Kim, Yoon-ha; Roh, Jina; Kim, Seung U; Yoon, Byung-Woo

    2010-05-01

    Efficiency of targeted delivery of stem cells via transplantation by intravenous injection is limited because of rapid clearance. Thus, more effective, newer methods are required. We hypothesized that combining the use of ferumoxide labeling and magnetic fields could enhance targeted delivery of stem cells. The effects of a magnetic field on proliferation, viability, and differentiation of human neural stem cells (NSCs) were determined in culture, and the results indicated that the difference between control and cultures exposed to a magnetic field were insignificant. To assess migration in vitro, ferumoxide-labeled cells were seeded into a culture dish that had a neodymium magnet below its center, and the labeled NSCs were found to aggregate above the magnet. To investigate targeted delivery of NSCs in vivo, rats were separated into three groups: ischemia only (IO), ischemia with injection of ferumoxide-labeled cells (IC), and ischemia with injection of labeled cells and magnet exposure (ICM). Twenty-four hours after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo), labeled human NSCs were injected into the tail vein. Seven days after MCAo, ICM rats had a larger number and greater distribution of Prussian blue-positive NSCs as compared with controls. In addition, infarct volume in ICM rats was significantly reduced. Our study suggests that this use of a magnetic field may be useful for improving the efficacy of targeted migration of stem cells in stem-based cell therapy in ischemic brain injury.

  19. Dispersion of linear and nonlinear optical susceptibilities in calcium neodymium oxyborate Ca4NdO(BO3)3-LDA versus GGA.

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    Reshak, Ali H; Auluck, S; Kityk, I V

    2009-02-26

    We have performed ab inito theoretical calculations of the electronic structure and the linear and nonlinear optical susceptibilities for calcium neodymium oxyborate Ca4NdO(BO3)3 using two approximations for the exchange correlation (XC) potentials, the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Our calculations show that this compound is metallic-like, with density of states at the Fermi energy E(F), N(E(F)), of 5.95 and 10.33 states/Ry-cell or bare electronic specific heat coefficients of 1.03 and 1.79 mJ/mol-K2 for LDA and GGA, respectively. The overlap between the valence and conduction bands is strong, resulting in metallic behavior. We found that Nd-s/p/d, Ca-s/p, B-p, and O-s/p states controlled the overlapping around E(F). The effect of LDA and GGA on the band structure, density of states, and linear optical properties is very small, while for the nonlinear optical properties, it is very pronounced. Our calculations show that χ(111)(2)(ω) is the dominant component for both LDA and GGA. We find opposite signs of the contributions of the 2ω and 1ω inter/intraband to the real and imaginary parts for the dominant component throughout the wide optical frequency range.

  20. A novel chemiluminescence from the reaction of singlet oxygen with β-diketonates of europium(III), neodymium(III) and ytterbium(III).

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    Kazakov, Dmitri V; Safarov, Farit E

    2014-12-01

    Decomposition of 1,4-dimethylnaphthalene endoperoxide, which is the source of singlet oxygen, in the presence of β-diketonates of europium(III), neodymium(III) and ytterbium(III) is accompanied by bright chemiluminescence (CL) in visible and near infra-red spectral region due to characteristic emission from the lanthanides at λmax = 615 and 710 nm ((5)D0→(7)F2 and (5)D0→(7)F4 transitions of Eu(3+)), 900 nm ((4)F3/2→(4)I9/2 transition of Nd(3+)) and 1000 nm ((2)F5/2→(2)F7/2 transition of Yb(3+)). Singlet oxygen is the key intermediate responsible for the observed CL, which is presumably generated by the reaction of (1)O2 with ligands of the complexes. The CL phenomenon discovered herein paves the way towards the development of lanthanide-based CL probe for (1)O2.

  1. Biosorption and desorption of lanthanum(III) and neodymium(III) in fixed-bed columns with Sargassum sp.: perspectives for separation of rare earth metals.

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    Oliveira, Robson C; Guibal, Eric; Garcia, Oswaldo

    2012-01-01

    Rare earth (RE) metals are essentials for the manufacturing of high-technology products. The separation of RE is complex and expensive; biosorption is an alternative to conventional processes. This work focuses on the biosorption of monocomponent and bicomponent solutions of lanthanum(III) and neodymium(III) in fixed-bed columns using Sargassum sp. biomass. The desorption of metals with HCl 0.10 mol L(-1) from loaded biomass is also carried out with the objective of increasing the efficiency of metal separation. Simple models have been successfully used to model breakthrough curves (i.e., Thomas, Bohart-Adams, and Yoon-Nelson equations) for the biosorption of monocomponent solutions. From biosorption and desorption experiments in both monocomponent and bicomponent solutions, a slight selectivity of the biomass for Nd(III) over La(III) is observed. The experiments did not find an effective separation of the RE studied, but their results indicate a possible partition between the metals, which is the fundamental condition for separation perspectives.

  2. Neodymium yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser resection significantly improves quality of life in patients with malignant central airway obstruction due to lung cancer.

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    Zaric, B; Kovacevic, T; Stojsic, V; Sarcev, T; Kocic, M; Urosevic, M; Kalem, D; Perin, B

    2015-07-01

    Neodymium yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd : YAG) laser resection is one of the mostly used interventional pulmonology techniques for urgent desobstruction of malignant central airway obstruction (CAO). The major aim of this trial was to evaluate potential influence of Nd : YAG laser resection on overall quality of life (QoL) in patients with central lung cancer. Patients with malignant CAO scheduled for Nd : YAG laser resection were prospectively recruited in the trial. All patients were given European Organization for Research and Treatment, Quality of Life questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-30 v.3) before the procedure and approximately 2 weeks after the treatment. There were 37 male and 10 female patients, average age 54 ± 10 years. Most common tumour type was adenocarcinoma diagnosed in 51% of patients. Majority of patients were diagnosed in stage IIIB (53.2%) and stage IV (25.5%). Most common Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status was 1 (72.3%). Nd : YAG laser resection significantly improved (P<0.0001) QoL and overall health according to EORTC QLQ-30. However, in some of the questions dealing with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, family life, social activities and financial situation, we did not observe statistically significant improvement. Nd : YAG laser resection of malignant CAO significantly improves QoL and overall health in patients with lung cancer.

  3. A low-fluence 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet laser for the treatment of café-au-lait macules.

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    Kim, Hyeong-Rae; Ha, Jeong-Min; Park, Min-Soo; Lee, Young; Seo, Young-Joon; Kim, Chang-Deok; Lee, Jeung-Hoon; Im, Myung

    2015-09-01

    Café-au-lait macules (CALMs) are a common pigmentary disorder. Although a variety of laser modalities have been used to treat CALMs, their efficacies vary and dyspigmentation may develop. We evaluated the clinical efficacy and safety of a low-fluence 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) laser for the treatment of CALMs. In a preliminary investigation, 6 patients underwent a split-lesion comparative study with 532- and 1064-nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser treatment. In total, 32 patients with 39 CALMs were enrolled in a subsequent prospective trial to evaluate the treatment with a low-fluence 1064-nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. In the preliminary study, the 1064-nm treatment group had a more favorable response and a shorter recovery time. In a subsequent prospective trial of a 1064-nm laser, 74.4% of the lesions showed a clinical response with clearance of ≥50.0%. The treatment regimen was well tolerated; 15.4% of patients experienced adverse events. The study participants were followed for 6 months, and there were no relevant treatment controls in the prospective trial group. Low-fluence 1064-nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser therapy afforded good clinical improvement for treating CALMs. Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Histopathological study of the treatment of melasma lesions using a low-fluence Q-switched 1064-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser.

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    Kim, J E; Chang, S E; Yeo, U C; Haw, S; Kim, I-H

    2013-03-01

    The low-fluence 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet (QSNY) laser is a widely used treatment for melasma in East Asia, although its mechanism of action is unclear. The aim of this study was to elucidate the mechanism of action of the QSNY laser. We performed a histopathological study on eight Korean women who had considerable improvement in their melasma lesions after a series of low-fluence QSNY laser treatments. Compared with nonlesional skin, samples from melasma lesions showed increased reactivity in melanin (Fontana-Masson staining) and in melanogenesis-associated proteins, including α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone, tyrosinase, tyrosinase-related protein (TRP)-1, TRP-2, nerve growth factor and stem cell factor. After laser treatment, the melasma skin showed a decrease in the number of melanosomes and reduced expression of melanogenesis-associated proteins. Expression levels of the melanogenic proteins were reduced after laser treatment, although the number of melanocytes was unchanged even in hypopigmented areas. Based on these results, we believe that repeated application of low thermal energy via QSNY laser may result in damage to melanocytes and long-lasting hypopigmentation.

  5. Photorejuvenation using long-pulsed alexandrite and long-pulsed neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet lasers: a pilot study of clinical outcome and patients' satisfaction in Koreans.

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    Lee, Young Bok; Shin, Ji Yeon; Cheon, Min Suk; Oh, Shin Taek; Cho, Baik Kee; Park, Hyun Jeong

    2012-05-01

    Long-pulsed 755-nm alexandrite and long-pulsed 1064-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) lasers have been used for photorejuvenation of the face. The aim of this study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of long-pulsed alexandrite and long-pulsed Nd:YAG lasers for photorejuvenation in Korea. One hundred and sixteen Korean patients with photo-aged facial skin were enrolled. Sixty-two patients with facial pigmentation underwent long-pulsed alexandrite laser treatment. Eleven patients that wanted to improve facial pigmentation with minimal pain had quasi-long-pulsed alexandrite laser treatment. Forty three patients had long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser therapy. Outcome assessments included standard photographs and global evaluation by blinded investigators. The self-assessment grade was provided in questionnaires. Forty-four percent of patients reported excellent or good improvement of their pigmentary lesions (>50% improvement) using a long-pulsed alexandrite laser. Of patients who underwent long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser treatment, 36% reported excellent or good improvement in skin tightening, 50% in facial flushing and 45% in pigmentary lesions. We conclude that long-pulsed alexandrite and long-pulsed Nd:YAG lasers are safe and effective for facial photorejuvenation in Koreans.

  6. Treatment of Postinflammatory Pigmentation Due to Acne with Q-Switched Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet In 78 Indian Cases

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    Zawar, Vijay P.; Agarwal, Madhuri; Vasudevan, Biju

    2015-01-01

    Background: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a common sequela seen in the Indian population following affliction by acne. It is psychologically extremely disturbing for the patients and can severely affect the quality of life. Very few therapeutic modalities have proved to be really efficacious in this condition. Aims: The aim was to review our experience with 1,064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (QSNY) laser in the treatment of PIH. Materials and Methods: Seventy-eight patients with postacne hyperpigmentation were included in the study. They were treated with six sessions at two weekly intervals using a 1,064-nm QSNY laser. Patient and physician scores were assessed at 1 month and 3 months after the last treatment. Clinical photographs also were reviewed to determine the efficacy. Adverse effects were noted. Results: Seventy percent of the patients reported significant improvement in hyperpigmentation as compared to the baseline. The majority of the adverse events were limited to mild, brief erythema. Conclusion: The 1,064-nm QSNY laser is an effective modality for the treatment of PIH caused by acne. PMID:26865787

  7. Clinical evaluation of neodymium-iron-boron (Ne2Fe14B) rare earth magnets in the treatment of mid line diastemas.

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    Prasad, Mandava; Manoj-Kumar, Mitta; Gowri-Sankar, Singaraju; Chaitanya, Nellore; Vivek-Reddy, Ganugapanta; Venkatesh, Nettam

    2016-04-01

    To evaluate the closure of midline diastema using the Neodymium-Iron-Boron magnets and to compare the treatment duration of midline diastemas with the use of magnets compared to regular orthodontic treatment. Thirty patients with age group 12 to 30 years with the midline diastema ranging from 0.5 to 3mm were selected. These patients were divided into two groups. Diastema closure in one group was accomplished by conventional method, in other group was done with Ne2Fe14B magnets. These magnets were fitted to the labial surfaces of the maxillary central incisors such a way that the opposite poles of the magnets face each other. At each appointment, study models and radiographs were taken for study subjects and the midline diastema was measured using digital vernier calipers on the study models obtained. Descriptive statistics carried out using Paired t-test. Subjects treated with Ne2Fe14B magnets showed a significant difference compared to fixed orthodontic appliance subjects with respect to time of closure, rate of space closure and incisal inclination. Significant difference between 2 groups with reduction of 64.6 days in time to diastema closure in subjects treated with Ne2Fe14B magnets (P<0.05). Ne2Fe14B magnets more efficient in complete closure of mid line diastema in less duration of time. Midline diastema, Ne2Fe14B magnets, rare earth magnets, space closure.

  8. Infrared laser surgery of the cornea. Studies with a Raman-shifted neodymium:YAG laser at 2. 80 and 2. 92 micron

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    Stern, D.; Puliafito, C.A.; Dobi, E.T.; Reidy, W.T.

    1988-10-01

    Tissue absorption lengths for infrared radiation at 2.8 to 3.1 micron are very short due to strong absorption by water. Corneal ablation using pulsed lasers at these wavelengths can potentially produce incisions similar in quality to cuts produced by excimer lasers at 193 nm. The authors have used 8-ns pulses at 2.80 and 2.92 micron, generated by a Raman-shifted neodymium:YAG (Nd:YAG) laser, to make slit-like incisions in bovine and human corneas. At 2.8 micron, etch depth per pulse increases sigmoidally from 0.15 micron at 390 mJ/cm2 to 3.8 micron at 2200 mJ/cm2. No ablation occurs at fluences below 250 mJ/cm2. Light and transmission electron microscopy show smooth-walled incisions bordered by a thermally damaged region that varies in width from 1.5 micron at 600 mJ/cm2 to 10 micron at 2200 mJ/cm2. The small amount of tissue damage produced at low fluences suggests that infrared ablation may be useful in keratorefractive surgery.

  9. Influences of neodymium doping on magnetic and electrochemical properties of Li3V2(PO4)3/C synthesized via a sol-gel method

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    Liu, Liying; Qiu, Yongbin; Mai, Yongzhi; Wu, Qibai; Zhang, Haiyan

    2015-11-01

    A series of neodymium doped Li3V2-xNdx(PO4)3/C cathode materials have been successfully synthesized by a citric acid assisted sol-gel method. Nd doped samples (x ≤ 0.10) have well developed monoclinic structure of Li3V2(PO4)3 with enlarged unit cell volume. All samples present typical characteristics of paramagnetism in 4 < T ≤ 300 K, but the magnetic susceptibilities of Nd doped samples increase with Nd content (except for x = 0.15). Nd doped composites show better electrochemical property than that of the undoped one. Among them, the Li3V1.95Nd0.05(PO4)3/C displays the highest capacity and best cycle stability. The Li3V1.95Nd0.05(PO4)3/C presents the first discharge capacity of 129.2 mAh g-1 at 1 C rate in the voltage range of 3.0-4.3 V, 21.7% higher than that of Li3V2(PO4)3/C. And no capacity loss occurs after 100 cycles. The high structural stability, low charge-transfer resistance and rapid Li+ diffusion due to the presence of Nd3+ are mainly responsible for the superior electrochemical performance of Nd doped Li3V2(PO4)3/C cathode materials.

  10. Effects of long-pulsed 1,064-nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser on dermal collagen remodeling in hairless mice.

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    Lee, Young Bok; Kang, Na Hyeon; Eun, Young Sun; Cheon, Min Seok; Kim, Kyung Moon; Cho, Baik Kee; Park, Hyun Jeong

    2012-07-01

    Nonablative lasers are used for dermal collagen remodeling. Although clinical improvements have been reported using various laser devices, the mechanism of dermal collagen remodeling remains unknown. To investigate the effects of energy fluences of the long-pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) nonablative laser on dermal collagen remodeling and evaluate the dermal collagen remodeling mechanism. Hairless mice were pretreated with ultraviolet B irradiation to produce photo-damage. The laser treatment used a long-pulse 1,064-nm Nd:YAG laser at energy fluences of 20, 40, and 60 J/cm(2) . The amount of dermal collagen and expressions of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1), and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) of laser treated skin were compared with those of nontreated control skin. The long-pulse Nd:YAG laser treatment increased dermal collagen and significantly increased TGF-β expression. The expression of MMP-1 decreased with low energy fluence. The expression of TIMP-1 was not significantly different. Long-pulsed 1,064-nm Nd:YAG laser increases the dermal collagen in association with the increased expression of TGF-β. © 2012 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Treatment of café-au-lait macules with a high-fluenced 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet laser.

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    Kim, Jiehoon; Hur, Hoon; Kim, Yu Ri; Cho, Sung Bin

    2017-07-06

    Café-au-lait macules (CALMs) are light to dark brown macules or patches of increased melanin concentration found along the dermoepidermal junction. Although many attempts to treat CALMs using various kinds of laser/light-based devices have been reported, CALMs remain refractory thereto with high recurrence rates. In this case series, we describe four patients with idiopathic CALMs that were effectively and safely treated with a non-ablative, high-fluenced, Q-switched (QS), 1064-nm neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser. The typical laser parameters for treating CALMs, including a spot size of 7-7.5 mm, a fluence of 2.4-2.5 J/cm(2), and one to two passes until the appearance of mild erythema, but not petechiae, were utilized in this study over 12-24 treatment sessions at 2-week intervals. We suggest that high-fluenced QS 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser treatment can be used as an effective and alternative treatment modality for CALMs with minimal risk of side effects.

  12. Clinical and Histopathologic Assessment of Facial Melasma After Low-Fluence Q-Switched Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminium Garnet Laser.

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    Hofbauer Parra, Camila Anna; Careta, Mariana Figueroa; Valente, Neusa Yuriko Sakai; de Sanches Osório, Nuno Eduardo Guimaraes; Torezan, Luis Antonio Ribeiro

    2016-04-01

    Melasma is a frequent and difficult to treat skin disorder. Results of laser therapy are inconsistent. To determine the safety and efficacy of low-fluence Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (QS Nd:YAG) laser for melasma treatment and assess recurrence rates and histopathologic findings before and after treatment. Twenty patients were treated with 10 weekly sessions of low-fluence 1064-nm QS Nd:YAG laser at 1-week intervals. The modified Melasma Area and Severity Index (mMASI) score was evaluated at baseline; 1 week; and 1, 3, and 6 months after treatment. Epidermal melanin quantification was performed on 10 biopsy samples and compared before and after treatment. All patients showed improvement by mMASI scores, range (21%-75%) compared with that at baseline. No permanent side effects occurred. The recurrence rate was 81%. By histopathology, a slight, nonsignificant (p = .305) decrease in melanin deposition was seen in all layers of the epidermis 1 week after the laser treatments ended. The results confirm the safety and effectiveness of low-fluence QS Nd:YAG laser for treating melasma; however, the high recurrence suggests poor long-term results when the laser is used as a monotherapy.

  13. Transurethral endoscopic treatment of patients with upper tract urothelial carcinomas using neodymium-YAG and/or holmium-YAG laser ablation.

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    Tada, Yasuhiro; Yokomizo, Akira; Koga, Hirohumi; Seki, Naruhito; Kuroiwa, Kentaro; Tatsugami, Katsunori; Yamaguchi, Akito; Naito, Seiji

    2010-08-01

    To report our experience of treating patients with original and recurrent upper tract urothelial carcinomas (UC) using endoscopic lasers, with holmium-YAG and/or neodymium-YAG laser ablation, and for whom tumour stage and grade were obtained by endoscopic biopsy. From March 2003 to March 2007, 15 patients with upper tract UC were treated with endoscopic laser ablation as the primary management. Patients were followed up by intravenous urography, computed tomography, urine cytology and/or ureteroscopic surveillance at 3- to 12-month intervals. The median (range) follow-up was 25.5 (13-51) months. Of the 15 patients, five had an upper tract recurrence during the follow-up. Three of these were treated with total nephroureterectomy and two had a progression in tumour stage or grade. Three patients had residual tumours; they were treated with repeated endoscopic laser treatments and had no recurrence over a median (range) of 24 (13-26) months. The renal preservation rate was 12/15 and the local recurrence rate was six/15 after the initial endoscopy. The median operative duration and tumour size were 60 min and 10 mm, respectively. Patients with low-grade and -stage disease and normal contralateral kidneys also benefit from this approach, if there is an adequate endoscopic biopsy. As the operative duration tended to be associated with the maximum tumour size, this treatment is potentially available for a maximum tumour size of <4 cm; if the tumour is <4 cm surgery will require <120 min.

  14. Clinical evaluation of neodymium-iron-boron (Ne2Fe14B) rare earth magnets in the treatment of mid line diastemas

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    Manoj-Kumar, Mitta; Gowri-Sankar, Singaraju; Chaitanya, Nellore; Vivek-Reddy, Ganugapanta; Venkatesh, Nettam

    2016-01-01

    Background To evaluate the closure of midline diastema using the Neodymium-Iron-Boron magnets and to compare the treatment duration of midline diastemas with the use of magnets compared to regular orthodontic treatment. Material and Methods Thirty patients with age group 12 to 30 years with the midline diastema ranging from 0.5 to 3mm were selected. These patients were divided into two groups. Diastema closure in one group was accomplished by conventional method, in other group was done with Ne2Fe14B magnets. These magnets were fitted to the labial surfaces of the maxillary central incisors such a way that the opposite poles of the magnets face each other. At each appointment, study models and radiographs were taken for study subjects and the midline diastema was measured using digital vernier calipers on the study models obtained. Descriptive statistics carried out using Paired t-test. Results Subjects treated with Ne2Fe14B magnets showed a significant difference compared to fixed orthodontic appliance subjects with respect to time of closure, rate of space closure and incisal inclination. Significant difference between 2 groups with reduction of 64.6 days in time to diastema closure in subjects treated with Ne2Fe14B magnets (P<0.05). Conclusions Ne2Fe14B magnets more efficient in complete closure of mid line diastema in less duration of time. Key words:Midline diastema, Ne2Fe14B magnets, rare earth magnets, space closure. PMID:27034757

  15. Di-μ-but-2-enoato-bis­[diaqua­bis(but-2-enoato)neodymium(III)] 2,6-diamino­purine disolvate

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    Atria, Ana María; Astete, Alan; Garland, Maria Teresa; Baggio, Ricardo

    2011-01-01

    The title Nd complex [Nd2(C4H5O2)6(H2O)4]·2C5H6N6 is isotypic with two previously reported Dy and Ho isologues. It is composed of [Nd(crot)3(H2O)2]2 dimers [crot(onate) = but-2-enoate = C4H5O2], built up around symmetry centres and completed by 2,6-diamine­purine mol­ecules acting as solvates. The neodymium cations are coordinated by three chelating crotonato units and two water mol­ecules. One of the chelating carboxyl­ates acts also in a bridging mode, sharing one oxygen with both cations, and the final result is a pair of NdO9 tricapped prismatic polyhedra linked to each other through a central (Nd—O)2 loop. A most attractive aspect of the structures resides in the existence of a complex inter­molecular hydrogen-bonding interaction scheme involving two sets of tightly inter­linked, non-inter­secting one-dimensional structures, one of them formed by the [Nd(crot)3(H2O)2]2 dimers running along [100] and the second by the solvate mol­ecules evolving along [010]. PMID:22058842

  16. Comparative investigations of the effects of the neodymium:YAG laser at 1. 06 microns and 1. 32 microns on tissue

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    Frank, F.; Beck, O.J.; Hessel, S.; Keiditsch, E.

    1987-01-01

    The beneficial deep homogeneous coagulation of neodymium (Nd):YAG laser radiation at 1.06 microns owing to low absorption and high scattering in tissue has been documented widely. For another Nd:YAG laser wavelength at 1.32 microns the absorption coefficient of water and saline is approximately ten times higher than at 1.06 microns. This results in more efficient energy conversion into heat in tissue at 1.32 microns. The extinction coefficient in blood at 1.32 microns is only one-third of that at 1.06 microns. We would expect this to result in less heat dissipation by blood and deeper penetration in tissue at 1.32 microns. Nevertheless, at this wavelength scattering also contributes to an effective, uniform distribution of the laser light in the tissue. Animal experiments have been done to examine the effect of wavelength, irradiation time, and beam geometry on tissue damage and to assess its possible clinical uses. The results imply that the 1.32 microns wavelength will produce further indications for the use of the Nd:YAG laser in surgery.

  17. Calcium-borosilicate glass-ceramics wasteforms to immobilize rare-earth oxide wastes from pyro-processing

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    Kim, Miae; Heo, Jong

    2015-12-01

    Glass-ceramics containing calcium neodymium(cerium) oxide silicate [Ca2Nd8-xCex(SiO4)6O2] crystals were fabricated for the immobilization of radioactive wastes that contain large portions of rare-earth ions. Controlled crystallization of alkali borosilicate glasses by heating at T ≥ 750 °C for 3 h formed hexagonal Ca-silicate crystals. Maximum lanthanide oxide waste loading was >26.8 wt.%. Ce and Nd ions were highly partitioned inside Ca-silicate crystals compared to the glass matrix; the rare-earth wastes are efficiently immobilized inside the crystalline phases. The concentrations of Ce and Nd ions released in a material characterization center-type 1 test were below the detection limit (0.1 ppb) of inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy. Normalized release values performed by a product consistency test were 2.64·10-6 g m-2 for Ce ion and 2.19·10-6 g m-2 for Nd ion. Results suggest that glass-ceramics containing calcium neodymium(cerium) silicate crystals are good candidate wasteforms for immobilization of lanthanide wastes generated by pyro-processing.

  18. Determination of mass-dependent isotopic fractionation of cerium and neodymium in geochemical samples by MC-ICPMS.

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    Ohno, Takeshi; Hirata, Takafumi

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a new analytical method to determine the mass-dependent isotopic fractionations on Ce and Nd in geochemical samples. Mass discrimination effects on Ce and Nd were externally corrected by normalizing (149)Sm/(147)Sm and (153)Eu/(151)Eu, being 0.92124 and 1.0916, respectively based on an exponential law. The reproducibility of the isotopic ratio measurements on (142)Ce/(140)Ce, (146)Nd/(144)Nd and (148)Nd/(144)Nd were 0.08‰ (2SD, n = 25), 0.06‰ (2SD, n = 39) and 0.12‰ (2SD, n = 39), respectively. The present technique was applied to determine the variations of the Ce and Nd isotopic ratios for five geochemical reference materials (igneous rocks, JB-1a and JA-2; sedimentary rocks, JMn-1, JCh-1 and JDo-1). The resulting ratios for two igneous rocks (JB-1a and JA-2) and two sedimentary rocks (JMn-1 and JCh-1) did not vary significantly among the samples, whereas the Ce and Nd isotope ratios for the carbonate samples (JDo-1) were significantly higher than those for igneous and sedimentary rock samples. The 1:1 simple correlation between δ(142)Ce and δ(146)Nd indicates that there were no significant difference in the degree of isotopic fractionation between the Ce and Nd. This suggests that the isotopic fractionation for Ce found in the JDo-1 could be induced by geochemical or physicochemical processes without changing the oxidation status of Ce, since the redox-reaction can produce larger isotopic fractionation than the reactions without changing the oxidation state. The variations in the Ce and Nd isotope ratios for geochemical samples could provide new information concerning the physico-chemical processes of the sample formation.

  19. Efficacy of the Q-switched Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser in the Treatment of Blue-black Amateur and Professional Tattoos

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    Lakshmi, Chembolli; Krishnaswamy, Gayathri

    2015-01-01

    Background: Q-switched neodymium: yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd: YAG) laser at a wavelength of 1064 nm primarily targets dermal melanin and black tattoo ink. Recent studies have shown that this laser is effective in treating black tattoos. There are few studies conducted in India for the same. Aim: The aim was to assess the effectiveness of Q-switched Nd: YAG laser (QSNYL) in the treatment of blue-black tattoos following 3 treatment sessions. Materials and Methods: This study, a prospective interventional study included a total of 12 blue-black tattoos. Following informed consent for the procedure, as well as for photographs, a questionnaire was administered, and improvement perceived by the patient was recorded. In addition, global assessment score (GAS) by a blinded physician was also recorded. Photographs were taken at baseline and at every follow-up. Each patient underwent three treatment sessions with 1064 nm QSNYL at 4–6 weekly intervals. Fluences ranged from 1.8 to 9 J/cm2. The follow-up was done monthly for 4 months from the first treatment session. The response was assessed by patient assessment (PA) and GAS by comparing photographs. Results: After three treatment sessions, although no patient achieved clearance, most patients showed good response with few adverse effects. An average of 64.1% (GAS) and 54.2% (PA) improvement was observed in 12 tattoos. Tattoos more than 10-year-old showed quicker clearing than those less than 10-year-old. Amateur tattoos also showed a better response in comparison to professional tattoos. Conclusion: Totally, 1064 nm QSNYL is safe and effective for lightening blue-black tattoos in pigmented Indian skin. All patients achieved near complete clearance following the continuation of treatment (an average of six sessions) although this was spaced at longer intervals. PMID:26677271

  20. Efficacy of the Q-switched Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser in the Treatment of Blue-black Amateur and Professional Tattoos.

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    Lakshmi, Chembolli; Krishnaswamy, Gayathri

    2015-01-01

    Q-switched neodymium: yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd: YAG) laser at a wavelength of 1064 nm primarily targets dermal melanin and black tattoo ink. Recent studies have shown that this laser is effective in treating black tattoos. There are few studies conducted in India for the same. The aim was to assess the effectiveness of Q-switched Nd: YAG laser (QSNYL) in the treatment of blue-black tattoos following 3 treatment sessions. This study, a prospective interventional study included a total of 12 blue-black tattoos. Following informed consent for the procedure, as well as for photographs, a questionnaire was administered, and improvement perceived by the patient was recorded. In addition, global assessment score (GAS) by a blinded physician was also recorded. Photographs were taken at baseline and at every follow-up. Each patient underwent three treatment sessions with 1064 nm QSNYL at 4-6 weekly intervals. Fluences ranged from 1.8 to 9 J/cm(2). The follow-up was done monthly for 4 months from the first treatment session. The response was assessed by patient assessment (PA) and GAS by comparing photographs. After three treatment sessions, although no patient achieved clearance, most patients showed good response with few adverse effects. An average of 64.1% (GAS) and 54.2% (PA) improvement was observed in 12 tattoos. Tattoos more than 10-year-old showed quicker clearing than those less than 10-year-old. Amateur tattoos also showed a better response in comparison to professional tattoos. Totally, 1064 nm QSNYL is safe and effective for lightening blue-black tattoos in pigmented Indian skin. All patients achieved near complete clearance following the continuation of treatment (an average of six sessions) although this was spaced at longer intervals.

  1. Combination of Silicon and Neodymium Isotopes for a better understanding of past changes in bioproductivity and water mass mixing in the upwelling area off Peru

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    Grasse, P.; Ehlert, C.; Frank, M.; Stramma, L.

    2010-12-01

    The Peru coastal upwelling area is characterized by one of the most pronounced Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZ). Oxygen concentrations are controlled by consumption through decomposition of organic matter versus ventilation via ocean circulation. Surface productivity is a function of both nutrient supply and upwelling intensity. The isotopic composition of Neodymium (Nd) is a powerful proxy for the reconstruction of past ocean circulation due to its intermediate oceanic residence time and the fact that it is independent of biological fractionation. This is in contrast to Silicon (Si) isotopes, which are fractionated during utilization in a way that the lighter Si isotopes are preferentially incorporated into the diatom frustules. The upwelling area off Peru is mainly influenced by water masses from the Central Pacific, which show more radiogenic values (ɛNd = -2), than water masses from the Northern Pacific (ɛNd = -5 to -3) or water masses from the south, which carry an unradiogenic Nd isotope signature originating from the Southern Ocean (ɛNd = -8 to -9). Upwelled Waters on the shelf are mainly supplied from the Equatorial Under Current (EUC) a strong southward flowing water mass originating in the western pacific. Therefore the δ30Si signal of diatoms is mainly influenced by the isotopic signal of the EUC. Past changes in the hydrography therefore would also influence the Si isotopic signal of this productivity proxy independent of silicic acid utilization. For a better understanding of the influence of water mass mixing on the isotopic signatures in the coastal upwelling area and the OMZ, we directly compare the Nd isotope signatures with dissolved stable Silicon isotope data. The information obtained from the unique combination of the biologically influenced Si isotopes and the Nd isotopes will lead to a better understanding of reconstruction of past ocean circulation and productivity.

  2. The removal of cutaneous pigmented lesions with the Q-switched ruby laser and the Q-switched neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser. A comparative study.

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    Tse, Y; Levine, V J; McClain, S A; Ashinoff, R

    1994-12-01

    The Q-switched ruby laser (QSRL) (694 nm) has been used successfully in the removal of tattoos and a variety of cutaneous pigmented lesions. The frequency-doubled Q-switched neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser (QSNd:YAG) (1064 and 532 nm) has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of tattoos, however, little has been published regarding the QSNd:YAG laser in the removal of cutaneous pigmented lesions. The purpose of this study is to compare the efficacy and side effect profile of the QSRL and the frequency-doubled QSNd:YAG lasers in the removal of cutaneous pigmented lesions, including lentigines, café-au-lait macules, nevus of Ota, nevus spilus, Becker's nevus, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, and melasma. Twenty patients with pigmented lesions were treated with the QSRL and the frequency-doubled QSNd:YAG lasers. Clinical lightening of the lesion was assessed 1 month after a single treatment. Side effects and patient satisfaction were also evaluated. A minimum of 30% lightening was achieved in all patients after only one treatment with either the QSRL or the frequency-doubled QSNd:YAG laser. The QSRL seems to provide a slightly better treatment response than the QSNd:YAG laser. Neither laser caused scarring or textural change of the skin. Most patients found the QSRL to be more painful during treatment, but the QSNd:YAG laser caused more postoperative discomfort. Both the QSRL and the frequency-doubled QSND:YAG laser are safe and effective methods of treatment of epidermal and dermal pigmented lesions.

  3. Deep Ocean Circulation and Nutrient Contents from Atlantic-Pacific Gradients of Neodymium and Carbon Isotopes During the Last 1 Ma

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    Piotrowski, A. M.; Elderfield, H.; Howe, J. N. W.

    2014-12-01

    The last few million years saw changing boundary conditions to the Earth system which set the stage for bi-polar glaciation and Milankovich-forced glacial-interglacial cycles which dominate Quaternary climate variability. Recent studies have highlighted the relative importance of temperature, ice volume and ocean circulation changes during the Mid-Pleistocene Transition at ~900 ka (Elderfield et al., 2012, Pena and Goldstein, 2014). Reconstructing the history of global deep water mass propagation and its carbon content is important for fully understanding the ocean's role in amplifying Milankovich changes to cause glacial-interglacial transitions. A new foraminiferal-coating Nd isotope record from ODP Site 1123 on the deep Chatham Rise is interpreted as showing glacial-interglacial changes in the bottom water propagation of Atlantic-sourced waters into the Pacific via the Southern Ocean during the last 1 million years. This is compared to globally-distributed bottom water Nd isotope records; including a new deep western equatorial Atlantic Ocean record from ODP Site 929, as well as published records from ODP 1088 and Site 1090 in the South Atlantic (Pena and Goldstein, 2014), and ODP 758 in the deep Indian Ocean (Gourlan et al., 2010). Atlantic-to-Pacific gradients in deep ocean neodymium isotopes are constructed for key time intervals to elucidate changes in deep water sourcing and circulation pathways through the global ocean. Benthic carbon isotopes are used to estimate deep water nutrient contents of deep water masses and constrain locations and modes of deep water formation. References: Elderfield et al. Science 337, 704 (2012) Pena and Goldstein, Science 345, 318 (2014) Gourlan et al., Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 2484-2498 (2010)

  4. The use of a neodymium-iron-boron magnet device for positioning a multi-stranded wire retainer in lingual retention--a pilot study in humans.

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    Hahn, Wolfram; Fricke, Julia; Fricke-Zech, Susanne; Zapf, Antonia; Gruber, Rudolf; Sadat-Khonsari, Reza

    2008-10-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the time requirement of a newly developed device made of neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets for positioning a multi-stranded, canine-to-canine retainer during bonding compared with dental floss and a transfer tray. Forty-five patients aged between 12 and 33 years (26 male, 19 female) previously treated with fixed appliances were enrolled in the study. The patients were randomly allocated to three groups (15 per group). For each group a mandibular canine-to-canine retainer of 0.018 inch Dentaflex multi-stranded wire (Dentaurum) was prefabricated for each patient on a cast. The bonding procedure was identical, except for the method of positioning the wire during adhesive fixation: group A dental floss, group B a small prefabricated transfer tray of dental resin and group C the NdFeB magnet device. For each group, the time required for the complete bonding process was measured. Kruskal-Wallis and Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney tests were used for group and pairwise comparisons, respectively. The three methods required statistically significant different times (P < 0.001). The Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test revealed that wire positioning with the magnet device was significantly faster [4.98 minutes; standard deviation (SD) 0.68 minutes] than with dental floss (7.65 minutes, SD 1.14 minutes; P = 0.0001) or with transfer tray (5.75 minutes, SD 0.57 minutes; P = 0.001). The NdFeB magnet device is a timesaving appliance for positioning a multi-stranded, canine-to-canine retainer during bonding when compared with dental floss and an individually prefabricated transfer tray.

  5. Modulating the near-infrared luminescence of neodymium and ytterbium complexes with tridentate ligands based on benzoxazole-substituted 8-hydroxyquinolines.

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    Shavaleev, Nail M; Scopelliti, Rosario; Gumy, Frédéric; Bünzli, Jean-Claude G

    2009-04-06

    An improved synthesis of 2-(2'-benzothiazole)- and 2-(2'-benzoxazole)-8-hydroxyquinoline ligands that combine a tridentate N,N,O-chelating unit for metal binding and extended chromophore for light harvesting is developed. The 2-(2'-benzoxazole)-8-hydroxyquinoline ligands form mononuclear nine-coordinate complexes with neodymium, [Nd(kappa(3)-ligand)(3)], and an eight-coordinate complex with ytterbium, [Yb(kappa(3)-ligand)(2) x (kappa(1)-ligand) x H(2)O], as verified by crystallographic characterization of five complexes with four different ligands. The chemical stability of the complexes increases when the ligand contains 5,7-dihalo-8-hydroxyquinoline versus an 8-hydroxyquinoline group. The complexes feature a ligand-centered visible absorption band with a maximum at 508-527 nm and an intensity of (7.5-9.6) x 10(3) M(-1) x cm(-1). Upon excitation with UV and visible light within ligand absorption transitions, the complexes display characteristic lanthanide luminescence in the near-infrared at 850-1450 nm with quantum yields and lifetimes in the solid state at room temperature as high as 0.33% and 1.88 micros, respectively. The lanthanide luminescence in the complexes is enhanced upon halogenation of the 5,7-positions in the 8-hydroxyquinoline group and upon the addition of electron-donating substituents to the benzoxazole ring. Facile modification of chromophore units in 2-(2'-benzoxazole)-8-hydroxyquinoline ligands provides means for controlling the luminescence properties of their lanthanide complexes.

  6. Neodymium isotopes in authigenic phases, bottom waters and detrital sediments in the Gulf of Alaska and their implications for paleo-circulation reconstruction

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    Du, Jianghui; Haley, Brian A.; Mix, Alan C.

    2016-11-01

    The isotopic composition of neodymium (εNd) extracted from sedimentary Fe-Mn oxyhydroxide offers potential for reconstructing paleo-circulation, but its application depends on extraction methodology and the mechanisms that relate authigenic εNd to bottom water. Here we test methods to extract authigenic εNd from Gulf of Alaska (GOA) sediments and assess sources of leachate Nd, including potential contamination from trace dispersed volcanic ash. We show that one dominant phase is extracted via leaching of core-top sediments. Major and trace element geochemistry demonstrate that this phase is authigenic Fe-Mn oxyhydroxide. Contamination of leachate (authigenic) Nd from detrital sources is insignificant (<1%); our empirical results are consistent with established kinetic mineral dissolution rates and theory. Contamination of extracted εNd from leaching of volcanic ash is below analytical uncertainty. However, the εNd of core-top leachates in the GOA is consistently more radiogenic than bottom water. We infer that authigenic phases record pore water εNd, and the relationships of εNd among bottom waters, pore waters, authigenic phases and detrital sediments are primarily governed by the exposure time of bottom water to sea-floor sediments, rate of exchange across the sediment-water interface and the reactivity and composition of detrital sediments. We show that this conceptual model is applicable on the Pacific basin scale and provide a new framework to understand the role of authigenic phases in both modern and paleo-applications, including the use of authigenic εNd as a paleo-circulation tracer.

  7. Source characteristics of the ∼2.5 Ga Wangjiazhuang Banded Iron Formation from the Wutai greenstone belt in the North China Craton: Evidence from neodymium isotopes

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    Wang, Changle; Zhang, Lianchang; Dai, Yanpei; Li, Wenjun

    2014-10-01

    Here we first present samarium (Sm)-neodymium (Nd) isotopic data for the ∼2.5 Ga Wangjiazhuang BIF and associated lithologies from the Wutai greenstone belt (WGB) in the North China Craton. Previous geochemical data of the BIF indicate that there are three decoupled end members controlling REE compositions: high-T hydrothermal fluids, ambient seawater and terrigenous contaminants. Clastic meta-sediment samples were collected for major and trace elements studies in an attempt to well constrain the nature of detrital components of the BIF. Fractionated light rare earth elements patterns and mild negative Eu anomalies in the majority of these meta-sedimentary samples point toward felsic source rocks. Moreover, the relatively low Th/Sc ratios and positive εNd(t) values are similar to those of the ∼2.5 Ga granitoids, TTG gneisses and felsic volcanics in the WGB, further indicating that they are derived from less differentiated terranes. Low Chemical Index of Weathering (CIW) values and features in the A-CN-K diagrams for these meta-sediments imply a low degree of source weathering. Sm-Nd isotopes of the chemically pure BIF samples are characterized by negative εNd(t) values, whereas Al-rich BIF samples possess consistently positive εNd(t) features. Significantly, the associated supracrustal rocks in the study area have positive εNd(t) values. Taken together, these isotopic data also point to three REE sources controlling the back-arc basin depositional environment of the BIF, the first being seafloor-vented hydrothermal fluids (εNd(t) < -2.5) derived from interaction with the underlying old continental crust, the second being ambient seawater which reached its composition by erosion of parts of the depleted landmass (likely the arc) (εNd(t) > 0), the third being syndepositional detritus that received their features by weathering of a nearby depleted source (likely the arc) (εNd(t) > 0).

  8. A Retrospective Study on the Characteristics of Treating Nevus of Ota by 1064-nm Q-switched Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser

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    Liu, Yanting; Zeng, Weihui; Geng, Songmei

    2016-01-01

    Background: The Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (QS Nd:YAG) laser has a significant effect in treating nevus of Ota, but there is lack of a retrospective study about the characteristics of efficacy. Aims and Objectives: To retrospectively analyze the correlation between the clinical characteristics and efficacy, complications, recurrence of QS Nd:YAG laser in treating nevus of Ota. Materials and Methods: One hundred and seventy-one Chinese patients (144 female, 27 male) of nevus of Ota were treated with the 1064-nm QS Nd:YAG laser. All cases were treated with fluencies of 4–8 J/cm2 and a spot size of 2–4 mm. Clinical photographs were taken before every treatment and patients were followed up by their clinicians. Results: One hundred and forty-five patients (84.8%) acquired more than 75% improvement with an average of 4.6 sessions. The treatment effect has no significant correlation with sex (P > 0.05). The blue-black and brown lesions improved more than the light-brown (P < 0.05). Hyperpigmentation affected two (1.2%) of the patients and hypopigmentation affected one patient (0.6%). No other adverse effect was observed. Recurrence was seen in two patients (1.2%). Conclusion: The 1064-nm QS Nd:YAG laser is effective with rare complications and recurrence in the treatment of nevus of Ota. The efficacy correlated with lesion color, which is meaningful to estimate the prognosis. PMID:27293272

  9. Effect of subdermal 1,444-nm pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser on the nasolabial folds and cheek laxity.

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    Lee, Soo Hyun; Roh, Mi Ryung; Jung, Jin Young; Jee, Hyunjoong; Nam, Kyoung Ae; Chung, Kee Yang

    2013-07-01

    Wrinkle formation usually accompanies skin aging. In particular, accentuated nasolabial folds and loss of elasticity are early signs of skin aging. The use of 1,444-nm pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) lasers has increased in popularity. To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel 1,444-nm pulsed Nd:YAG laser in the treatment of NLF and cheek laxity using subdermal laser therapy. Ten Korean patients with moderate to severe NLF were enrolled. Each received a single treatment session with a 1,444-nm Nd:YAG laser. Two blinded physicians evaluated clinical improvement by rating comparative photographs on a 5-point scale. Efficacy was also assessed by measuring elasticity and roughness. Skin biopsies were performed on five volunteers before treatment and 3 months after treatment. The 1,444-nm Nd:YAG laser effectively promoted clinical improvement of NLF and cheek laxity (p < .05). Significant differences in elasticity and roughness were observed (p < .05). Epidermal proliferation was stimulated as demonstrated by increases in epidermal thickness and Ki-67 expression (p < .05). Quantitative image analyses of pre- and post-treatment biopsies revealed that collagen fibers increased from baseline (p > .05). Transforming growth factor beta and heat shock protein-70 messenger RNA levels quantified using real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction increased significantly from baseline (p < .05). The 1,444-nm Nd:YAG laser is an effective treatment modality with minimal complications for the treatment of NLF and cheek laxity, but further research with a larger group of patients is needed to confirm these findings. © 2013 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Combined vitamin C sonophoresis and neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (NdYAG) laser for facial hyperpigmentation: An outcome observation study in Asian patients.

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    Chen, Yu-Tsung; Chang, Chang-Cheng; Hsu, Cherng-Ru; Shen, Jen-Hsiang; Shih, Chao-Jen; Lin, Bor-Shyh

    2016-01-01

    The neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (NdYAG) laser therapy has been a popular technique for facial rejuvenation but certain adverse effects like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are issues of concern to Asian patients. To assess the outcome following combined treatment with vitamin C sonophoresis and NdYAG laser, in selected cases of facial hyperpigmentation. Twenty three women with dyschromia or melasma who had undergone five sessions of Q-switched NdYAG laser therapy followed by transdermal delivery of vitamin C via sonophoresis were selected after a retrospective review of case records. The objective and subjective clinical outcomes and the side effects, including erythema, scaling, pruritus, dryness and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation were evaluated. In both objective or subjective outcomes, 91.3% (21/23) of the patients showed an excellent or better outcome, while 8.7% (2/23) showed no change. A majority of the patients (73.9%, 17/23) experienced no post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or had slight post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which quickly resolved within 1 week. Only one (4.3%) patient had extreme post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which lasted for over a month. This was a retrospective study without a control group; a comparative study with a control group (patients treated with the laser alone, without vitamin C sonopheresis) is needed to determine the difference in the outcome. The use of vitamin C sonophoresis along with NdYAG laser may reduce the incidence of adverse effects in Asian patients. Patients experienced obvious improvement in hyperpigmentation and had lower chances of experiencing extreme or severe post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

  11. Beneficial Effect of Low Fluence 1,064 nm Q-Switched Neodymium:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser in the Treatment of Senile Lentigo

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    Nam, Jae-Hui; Kim, Han-Saem; Lee, Ga-Young

    2017-01-01

    Background Low fluence 1,064 nm Q-switched (QS) Neodymium:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser treatment, also known as laser toning, is widely used for pigmentary disorders. There has been no reliable evaluation of the effect of low fluence 1,064 nm QS Nd:YAG laser for senile lentigo. Objective To investigate the beneficial effect of low fluence 1,064 nm QS Nd:YAG laser in the treatment of senile lentigo on the face. Methods A retrospective review was conducted on patients treated only with repetitive low fluence 1,064 nm QS Nd:YAG laser. Among them, 12 patients with multiple senile lentigines before treatment were included. All side effects were recorded to assess the safety of the modality. Results Mean age was 56.1±7.8 years old and male-to-female ratio was 1:11. Mean treatment fluence was 1.62±0.16 J/cm2 and mean total treatment session was 8.8±2.6. Mean interval period between each session was 28.0±11.4 days and mean treatment session to reach marked and near total improvement was 8.7±2.8. At the final visit, seven of 12 (58.3%) patients reached marked and near total improvement, and three of 12 (25.0%) reached moderate improvement. No side effects occurred. Conclusion Repetitive low fluence 1,064 nm QS Nd:YAG laser treatment may be an effective and safe optional modality for senile lentigo. PMID:28761290

  12. Bimatoprost 0.03% versus brimonidine 0.2% in the prevention of intraocular pressure spike following neodymium:yttrium–aluminum–garnet laser posterior capsulotomy.

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    Artunay, Ozgur; Yuzbasioglu, Erdal; Unal, Mustafa; Rasier, Rifat; Sengul, Alper; Bahcecioglu, Halil

    2010-10-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of bimatoprost 0.03% with brimonidine 0.2% in preventing intraocular pressure (IOP) elevations after neodymium:yttrium–aluminum–garnet (Nd:YAG) laser posterior capsulotomy. In this prospective, randomized, double-masked study, 195 eyes of 195 consecutive patients who had YAG laser capsulotomy for posterior capsule opacification were recruited. Eyes received either 1 drop of bimatoprost 0.03% (98 patients) or brimonidine 0.2% (97 patients) at 1h before laser surgery. A masked observer measured IOP by Goldmann applanation tonometry before treatment and after treatment at 1h, 3h, 24h, and 7 days. Inflammation was evaluated after surgery. Formation of cystoid macular edema was assessed by measuring the macular thickness before and after laser surgery. The average peak of postoperative IOP elevation was 2.2±3.9mm Hg in the bimatoprost 0.03% and 3.6±3.1mm Hg in the brimonidine 0.2% group. The difference was statistically significant (P<0.001). Postoperative IOP elevations of 10mm Hg or more occurred in 1 eye (1.56%) in the bimatoprost 0.03% group and 5 eyes (7.35%) in the brimonidine 0.2%. This difference was statistically significant (P<0.001). Macular edema and anterior chamber reaction were not observed related to bimatoprost. No clinically significant side effects were noted in either group. Our results indicate that prophylactic use of bimatoprost 0.03% is more effective than brimonidine 0.2% in preventing IOP elevation immediately after YAG laser capsulotomy. Bimatoprost 0.03% as a prostamide analog may provide new option for preventing IOP elevation after YAG laser capsulotomy.

  13. Structural and superconducting properties of neodymium added (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y}

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    Biju, A.; Sarun, P.M.; Aloysius, R.P.; Syamaprasad, U.

    2007-12-04

    The effects of neodymium (Nd) addition on the phase evolution, structural and superconducting properties of (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub y} [(Bi,Pb)-2212] prepared by solid state synthesis in bulk polycrystalline form were studied. The Nd content was varied from x = 0 to 0.5 on a general stoichiometry of Bi{sub 1.7}Pb{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 2.0}Ca{sub 1.1}Cu{sub 2.1}Nd{sub x}O{sub y}. The samples were characterized by differential thermal analysis (DTA), powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), resistance-temperature (R-T) measurements and superconductivity measurements at 64 K. It was found that the melting temperature of (Bi,Pb)-2212 slightly increases and the endotherm broadens due to the Nd-addition. The c-lattice parameter initially decreases and then increases with Nd addition. The critical temperature (T{sub C}) and the critical current density (J{sub C}) of the added samples are highly enhanced. The added sample shows a maximum onset critical temperature (T{sub C-onset}) of 95.56 K (x = 0.3) and a maximum critical current density of 719 A/cm{sup 2} at 64 K (x = 0.2) against 76.7 K and 100 A/cm{sup 2}, respectively, for the pure sample. The results show that the enhancement in superconducting properties are not due to any improvement in microstructure or grain growth, but due to a decrease in hole concentration as a result of Nd doping, which changes the system from 'over-doped condition' to 'optimally doped condition'.

  14. Spectrophotometric determination of plutonium in highly radioactive liquid waste using an internal standardization technique with neodymium(III).

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    Surugaya, Naoki; Taguchi, Shigeo; Sato, Soichi; Watahiki, Masaru; Hiyama, Toshiaki

    2008-03-01

    A simple and rapid spectrophotometric method has been developed for the determination of Pu in highly radioactive liquid waste. This method uses Nd(III) as an internal standard, which enables us to determine the concentration of Pu and to authenticate the whole analytical scheme as well. A Nd(III) standard mixed with a sample solution and Pu was quantitatively oxidized to Pu(VI) with Ce(IV) in a nitric acid medium, having the maximum absorbance at 830 nm. A spectrophotometric measurement of Pu(VI) was subsequently performed to determine the concentration compared with the maximum absorbance of Nd(III) at 795 nm. It was estimated that the relative expanded uncertainty for a real sample is less than 10%. The limit of detection was calculated to be 1.8 mg/L (3 sigma). The proposed method was also validated through comparison experiments with isotope dilution mass spectrometry, and was successfully applied to analysis for nuclear waste management at spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plants.

  15. Effect of mixing Ce{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} ions in equimolar ratio on structural, optical and dielectric properties on pure cerium orthovanadate and neodymium orthovanadate

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    Verma, Seema; Gupta, Rashmi; Bamzai, K.K.

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: • CeV, NdV and mixed CeNdV nanoparticle prepared by chemical co precipitation method. • With mixing of Ce{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} morphology is totally changed in mixed CeNdV. • Optical band energy of CeV, NdV and CeNdV shows good photocatalyst under UV light. • Conduction mechanism in CeV due to large polaron and small polaron in CeNdV. - Abstract: Cerium orthovanadate, neodymium orthovanadate and mixed cerium neodymium orthovanadate nanoparticles was prepared by co-precipitation method. Powder X-ray diffraction reveals tetragonal zircon structure. Slight increase in lattice parameter, volume and decrease in X-ray density inferred that Ce{sup 3+} and Nd{sup 3+} ion replaces each other. Transmission electron microscopy suggests change in morphology with the effect of mixing and validates formation of nanocrystalline material. The infrared transmittance spectrum confirmed the presence of various functional groups. Dielectric properties as function of frequency show dielectric constant and loss tangent decreases with increase in frequency which is due to Maxwell–Wagner type interfacial polarization. The variation of AC conductivity measurement with frequency suggests conduction mechanism due to large polaron hopping in CeV whereas small polaron in mixed CeNdV. The activation energy decreases with rising frequency indicates the conduction mechanism is based on polaron hopping between localized states in disordered manner.

  16. Laser Direct Ablation of Indium Tin Oxide Films on Both Sides of Various Substrates.

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    Oh, Gi Taek; Kwon, Sang Jik; Han, Jae-Hee; Cho, Eou Sik

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate ablation of indium tin oxide (ITO) films onto both glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates, using a Q-switched diode-pumped neodymium-doped yttrium vanadate laser (Nd:YVO4, λ = 1064 nm) incident on both the front and back sides of the substrate. From scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and depth profile data, ITO patterns that were laser-ablated onto glass from the back side showed a larger abrupt change in the ablated line width than those ablated from the front. However, there were only slight differences in ablated line widths due to the direction of the incident laser beam. We provide a possible explanation in terms of several factors: dispersion of laser beam energy through the substrate, overlapping of each laser beam spot due to scanning speed, and the thickness of glass and PET substrates.

  17. Detecting Mantle Heterogeneity at a Grain Scale with Improvements in High Precision Neodymium Isotope (NdO+) Analysis

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    Honn, D.; Harvey, J.; Warren, J. M.; Baxter, E. F.

    2013-12-01

    Recent advances in the analysis of Nd isotopes by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) as an oxide[1,2] have led to significant improvements in our ability to measure small aliquots of Nd (e.g. 4 ng) to high levels of precision (10 ppm, 2 RSD). In one resulting application, the age precision achievable in garnet geochronology has been significantly improved, allowing the dating of multiple zones of an individual garnet to a resolution of × 0.5 Ma [2]. More recently, the methods described in [1] have been further improved upon, allowing 400 pg loads of Nd to be run at 25-50 ppm (2 RSE) precision. The ability to precisely analyse sub-ng aliquots of Nd opens up a whole new range of possible applications for this method. Chemical and isotopic heterogeneity in the Earth's mantle has been identified at a number of scales[3][4]. In particular, Nd isotope heterogeneity in abyssal peridotites has been recorded at a cm to km scale, revealing refractory domains of mantle Nd that are not readily observable in the basalts that they produce[5]. Here we present the preliminary results of experiments to determine the viability of single-grain (sub-mg) clinopyroxene analyses of Nd isotope measurements, with the goal of applying this method to the search for Nd isotope heterogeneity in mantle rocks on a cm scale. Optically pure clinopyroxene grains from a single peridotite xenolith from Kilbourne Hole, New Mexico[6] were hand-picked under a binocular microscope prior to purification for Nd isotope analyses using methods described in [1]. The internal reproducibility of unleached batches of 16, 8, 4 and 2 grains of clinopyroxene (<23 ppm, 2 RSE) is smaller than the degree of heterogeneity observed between the different populations of grains (>145 ppm). When single grains of clinopyroxene (0.4 - 1.2 mg) were leached in 1.5M HCl for 30 minutes at 80 degrees C and analysed, the degree of heterogeneity observed between grains was even greater (≤303 ppm) compared to the internal

  18. Neodymium, strontium and chromium isotopic studies of the LEW86010 and Angra dos Reis meteorites and the chronology of the angrite parent body

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    Nyquist, L. E.; Bansal, B.; Wiesmann, H.; Shih, C.-Y.

    1994-01-01

    Neodymium, stontium, and chromium isotopic studies of the LEW86010 angrite established its absolute age and the formation interval between its crystallization and condensation of Allende CAIs from the solar nebula. Pyroxene and phosphate were found to contain approximately 8% of its Sm and Nd inventory. A conventional Sm-147-Nd-143 isochron yielded an age of 4.53 +/- 0.04 Ga (2 sigma and Epsilon(sub Nd sup 143)) = 0.45 +/- 1.1. An Sm-146-Nd-142 isochron gives initial Sm-146/Sm-144 = 0.0076 +/- 0.0009 and Epsilon (sub Nd sup 142) = -2.5 +/- 0.4. The Rb-Sr analyses give initial Sr-87/Sr-86 Iota(sub Sr sup 87) = 0.698972 +/- 8 and 0.698970 +/- 18 for LEW and ADOR, respectively, relative to Sr-87/Sr-86 = 0.71025 for NBS987. The difference, Delta Iota(sub Sr Sup 87), between Iota (sub sr sup 87) for the angrites and literature values for Allende CAIs, corresponds to approximately Ma of growth in a solar nebula with a CI chondrite value of Rb-87/Sr-86 = 0.91, or approximately 5 Ma in a nebula with solar photospheric Rb-87/Sr-86 = 1.51. Excess Cr-53 from extinct Mn-53(t(sub 1/2) = 3.7 Ma)in LEW86010 corresponds to initial Mn-53/Mn-55 = 4.4 +/- 1.0 x 10(exp -5) for the inclusions as previously reported by the Paris group (Birck and Allegre, 1988). The Sm-146/Sm-144 value found for LEW86010 corresponds to solar system initial (Sm-146/Sm-144) = 0.0080 +/- 0.0009 for crystallization 8 Ma after Allende, the difference between Pb-Pb ages of angrites and Allende, or 0.0086 +/- 0.0009 for crystallation 18 Ma after Allende, using the Mn-Cr formation interval. The isotopic data are discussed in the context of a model in which an undifferentiated 'chondritic' parent body formed from the solar nebula approximately Ma after Allende CAIs and subsequently underwent differentiation accompanied by loss of volatiles. Parent bodies with Rb/Sr similar to that of CI, CM, or CO chondrites could satisfy the Cr and Sr isotopic systematics. If the angrite parent body had Rb/Sr similar to that of

  19. Short-term variability of dissolved rare earth elements and neodymium isotopes in the entire water column of the Panama Basin

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    Grasse, P.; Bosse, L.; Hathorne, E. C.; Böning, P.; Pahnke, K.; Frank, M.

    2017-10-01

    The distribution of dissolved rare earth elements (REEs) and neodymium isotopes (εNd) in the open ocean traces water mass mixing and provides information on lithogenic inputs to the source regions of the water masses. However, the processes influencing the REE budget at the ocean margins, in particular source and sink mechanisms, are not yet well quantified. In this study the first dissolved REE concentrations and Nd isotope compositions of seawater from the Panama Basin (RV Meteor cruise M90) in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific (EEP) are presented. The EEP is characterized by one of the world's largest oxygen minimum zones (OMZs). It is dominated by high particle fluxes that are expected to enhance the removal of REEs from the water column by scavenging. The measured REE concentrations peak at the surface indicating high lithogenic input, which is supported by shale-normalized REE patterns in surface waters and highly radiogenic εNd signatures ranging between +1.4 and +4.3, the latter value constituting the most radiogenic value measured for seawater to date. In contrast, intermediate and deep water REE concentrations are low compared to other Pacific Basins and suggest enhanced removal via scavenging associated with high particle fluxes. The εNd signatures of intermediate and deep waters are less radiogenic than surface waters ranging between -1.4 and +1.3 but significantly more radiogenic than source water masses in the EEP. The εNd signatures consequently do not reflect mixing of intermediate and deep water masses entering the Panama Basin but can only be explained by lithogenic inputs originating from source rocks with highly radiogenic Nd isotope signatures such as the Central American Volcanic Arc (ε Nd = + 3 to +10). Our data demonstrate significant surface input via continental particles, which are partially dissolved in the water column and thereby release REEs and particularly radiogenic Nd isotope signatures to the subsurface ocean. Data obtained

  20. Comparative Study of Diode Laser Versus Neodymium-Yttrium Aluminum: Garnet Laser Versus Intense Pulsed Light for the Treatment of Hirsutism.

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    Puri, Neerja

    2015-01-01

    Lasers are widely used for the treatment of hirsutism. But the choice of the right laser for the right skin type is very important. Before starting with laser therapy, it is important to assess the skin type, the fluence, the pulse duration and the type of laser to be used. To compare the efficacy and side effects of Diode laser, Neodymium-yttrium aluminum - garnet (Nd: YAG) laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) on 30 female patients of hirsutism. Thirty female patients with hirsutism were selected for a randomised controlled study. The patients were divided into three groups of 10 patients each. In group I patients diode laser was used, in group II patients long pulsed Nd: YAG laser was used and in group III, IPL was used. The patients were evaluated and result graded according to a 4-point scale as excellent, >75% reduction; good, 50-75% reduction; fair; 25-50% reduction; and poor, <25% reduction in hair density. It was seen that the percentage of hair reduction after two sessions of treatment was maximum (40%) in the diode laser group, followed by 35% hair reduction in the Nd: Yag laser group and 10% hair reduction in the IPL group. The percentage of hair reduction after four sessions of treatment was maximum (64%) in the diode laser group, followed by 62% hair reduction in the Nd: Yag laser group and 48% hair reduction in the IPL group. The percentage of hair reduction after eight sessions of treatment was maximum (92%) in the diode laser group, followed by 90% hair reduction in the Nd: YAG group and 70% hair reduction in the IPL group. To conclude for the Indian skin with dark hairs, the diode laser still stands the test of time. But, since the diode laser has a narrow margin of safety, proper pre and post-procedure cooling is recommended. Although, the side effects of Nd: YAG laser are less as compared to the diode laser, it is less efficacious as compared to the diode laser.

  1. Comparative Study of Diode Laser Versus Neodymium-Yttrium Aluminum: Garnet Laser Versus Intense Pulsed Light for the Treatment of Hirsutism

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    Puri, Neerja

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Lasers are widely used for the treatment of hirsutism. But the choice of the right laser for the right skin type is very important. Before starting with laser therapy, it is important to assess the skin type, the fluence, the pulse duration and the type of laser to be used. Aims: To compare the efficacy and side effects of Diode laser, Neodymium-yttrium aluminum — garnet (Nd: YAG) laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) on 30 female patients of hirsutism. Materials and Methods: Thirty female patients with hirsutism were selected for a randomised controlled study. The patients were divided into three groups of 10 patients each. In group I patients diode laser was used, in group II patients long pulsed Nd: YAG laser was used and in group III, IPL was used. The patients were evaluated and result graded according to a 4-point scale as excellent, >75% reduction; good, 50-75% reduction; fair; 25-50% reduction; and poor, <25% reduction in hair density. Results: It was seen that the percentage of hair reduction after two sessions of treatment was maximum (40%) in the diode laser group, followed by 35% hair reduction in the Nd: Yag laser group and 10% hair reduction in the IPL group. The percentage of hair reduction after four sessions of treatment was maximum (64%) in the diode laser group, followed by 62% hair reduction in the Nd: Yag laser group and 48% hair reduction in the IPL group. The percentage of hair reduction after eight sessions of treatment was maximum (92%) in the diode laser group, followed by 90% hair reduction in the Nd: YAG group and 70% hair reduction in the IPL group. Conclusions: To conclude for the Indian skin with dark hairs, the diode laser still stands the test of time. But, since the diode laser has a narrow margin of safety, proper pre and post-procedure cooling is recommended. Although, the side effects of Nd: YAG laser are less as compared to the diode laser, it is less efficacious as compared to the diode laser. PMID:26157309

  2. Neodymium, strontium and chromium isotopic studies of the LEW86010 and Angra dos Reis meteorites and the chronology of the angrite parent body

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    Nyquist, L. E.; Bansal, B.; Wiesmann, H.; Shih, C.-Y.

    1994-01-01

    Neodymium, stontium, and chromium isotopic studies of the LEW86010 angrite established its absolute age and the formation interval between its crystallization and condensation of Allende CAIs from the solar nebula. Pyroxene and phosphate were found to contain approximately 8% of its Sm and Nd inventory. A conventional Sm-147-Nd-143 isochron yielded an age of 4.53 +/- 0.04 Ga (2 sigma and Epsilon(sub Nd sup 143)) = 0.45 +/- 1.1. An Sm-146-Nd-142 isochron gives initial Sm-146/Sm-144 = 0.0076 +/- 0.0009 and Epsilon (sub Nd sup 142) = -2.5 +/- 0.4. The Rb-Sr analyses give initial Sr-87/Sr-86 Iota(sub Sr sup 87) = 0.698972 +/- 8 and 0.698970 +/- 18 for LEW and ADOR, respectively, relative to Sr-87/Sr-86 = 0.71025 for NBS987. The difference, Delta Iota(sub Sr Sup 87), between Iota (sub sr sup 87) for the angrites and literature values for Allende CAIs, corresponds to approximately Ma of growth in a solar nebula with a CI chondrite value of Rb-87/Sr-86 = 0.91, or approximately 5 Ma in a nebula with solar photospheric Rb-87/Sr-86 = 1.51. Excess Cr-53 from extinct Mn-53(t(sub 1/2) = 3.7 Ma)in LEW86010 corresponds to initial Mn-53/Mn-55 = 4.4 +/- 1.0 x 10(exp -5) for the inclusions as previously reported by the Paris group (Birck and Allegre, 1988). The Sm-146/Sm-144 value found for LEW86010 corresponds to solar system initial (Sm-146/Sm-144) = 0.0080 +/- 0.0009 for crystallization 8 Ma after Allende, the difference between Pb-Pb ages of angrites and Allende, or 0.0086 +/- 0.0009 for crystallation 18 Ma after Allende, using the Mn-Cr formation interval. The isotopic data are discussed in the context of a model in which an undifferentiated 'chondritic' parent body formed from the solar nebula approximately Ma after Allende CAIs and subsequently underwent differentiation accompanied by loss of volatiles. Parent bodies with Rb/Sr similar to that of CI, CM, or CO chondrites could satisfy the Cr and Sr isotopic systematics. If the angrite parent body had Rb/Sr similar to that of

  3. An evaluation of the origin and post-depositional modification of coal mineral matter using rare earth elements and neodymium isotopes

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    Schatzel, Steven Joseph

    2001-07-01

    This study was conducted in western Pennsylvania on the Lower Kittanning Coal bed to address the issue of coal mineral matter origin and depositional environment. Channel samples of the coal, the underlying clay (paleosol) unit, and the overlying shale were retrieved over a 170 km east-west range of sampling sites. Analytical techniques applied to the samples include the megascopic description of coal lithotypes, proximate and ultimate analysis, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), coal petrography, instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), and thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). Major cation concentrations in the coal are generally consistent with depositional environment interpretations made on the overlying shale (e.g., epigenetic mineralization). Titanium and shale overburden-normalized plots of the major cation data show that the coal bed is enriched in Fe and Ca compared to the overlying shale. Magnesium, sodium and potassium were depleted in the coal relative to the shale. Rare earth element (REE) concentrations and neodymium (Nd) isotopes were used to identify sources of coal mineral matter and processes of alteration. A high degree of similarity exists between chondrite normalized REE plots of the coal, the shale overburden and the North American Shale Composite. The Nd isotopic data from the Lower Kittanning Coal bed show a range of epsilonNd(t) (at time of deposition) from -8.4 to -9.9 at the study sites. The Nd isotopic data from the overlying shale and the underlying clay unit show a range from epsilonNd(t) values = -8.2 to -10.2. These data are interpreted to indicate a single mineral source throughout the deposition of all three units. That source appears to be clastic matter derived the Appalachian Mountains. An isochron-style plot of the isotopic data appears to indicate Sm-Nd fractionation occurred at the approximate age of the coal bed. This is interpreted as evidence of mobilization of the Sm and Nd

  4. Laser intervention on trabeculo-Descemet's membrane after resistant viscocanalostomy: Selective 532 nm gonioreconditioning or conventional 1064 nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser goniopuncture?

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    Sabur, Huri; Baykara, Mehmet; Can, Basak

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To compare the results of conventional 1064 nm neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum garnet laser goniopuncture (Nd:YAG-GP) and selective 532 nm Nd:YAG laser (selective laser trabeculoplasty [SLT]) gonioreconditioning (GR) on trabeculo-Descemet's membrane in eyes resistant to viscocanalostomy surgery. Methods: Thirty-eight eyes of 35 patients who underwent laser procedure after successful viscocanalostomy surgery were included in the study. When postoperative intraocular pressure (IOP) was above the individual target, the eyes were scheduled for laser procedure. Nineteen eyes underwent 532 nm SLT-GR (Group 1), and the remaining 19 eyes underwent conventional 1064 nm Nd:YAG-GP (Group 2). IOPs before and after laser (1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and last visit), follow-up periods, number of glaucoma medications, and complications were recorded for both groups. Results: Mean times from surgery to laser procedures were 17.3 ± 9.6 months in Group 1 and 13.0 ± 11.4 months in Group 2. Mean IOPs before laser procedures were 21.2 ± 1.7 mmHg in Group 1 and 22.8 ± 1.9 mmHg in Group 2 (P = 0.454). Postlaser IOP measurements of Group 1 were 12.1 ± 3.4 mmHg and 13.8 ± 1.7 mmHg in the 1st week and last visit, respectively; in Group 2, these measurements were 13.6 ± 3.7 mmHg and 14.9 ± 4.8 mmHg, respectively. There were statistically significant differences (P < 0.001) in IOP reduction at all visits in both groups; the results of the two groups were similar (P > 0.05). Mean follow-up was 16.6 ± 6.4 months after SLT-GR and 18.9 ± 11.2 months after Nd:YAG-GP. Conclusions: While conventional Nd:YAG-GP and SLT-GR, a novel procedure, are both effective choices in eyes resistant to viscocanalostomy, there are fewer complications with SLT-GR. SLT-GR can be an alternative to conventional Nd:YAG-GP. PMID:27688277

  5. The effects of sintering aids on defects, densification, and single crystal conversion of transparent neodymium:YAG ceramics

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    Stevenson, Adam J.

    reduced to <5 ppm in the samples at temperatures above 1500°C, as determined by mass spectrometry. For B2O3-SiO 2 doped samples, final stage densification and grain growth follow a more densifying sintering trajectory than SiO2 doped 1 at% Nd:YAG ceramics because B2O3-SiO2 doping reduces SiO2 content during final stage densification. The increased densification kinetics during intermediate stage sintering lead to highly transparent (84% in-line transmission at 400 nm) Nd:YAG ceramics when sintered at 1600°C in either vacuum or flowing O2. Optical absorption spectroscopy and electron spin resonance were used to study the effects of SiO2 doping on color center formation in Nd:YAG transparent ceramics. The primary color centers in sintered samples were F and F+-centers as evidenced by optical absorption in the 250 nm to 400 nm wavelength range and the presence of an electron spin resonance line at g=1.9977. Annealing in air at 1600°C for 10 h eliminated/reduced the number of color centers in the sample. The color center induced optical absorption was similar in the 280 nm to 400 nm wavelength range between 0.035 wt% and 0.28 wt% SiO2 doped 1 at% Nd:YAG. This indicates that SiO 2 doping has little or no effect on color center formation during sintering. Instead, color center formation was shown to be controlled by oxidation and reduction of variable valence impurity ions, primarily Fe2+/3+. After irradiating samples with ultraviolet light, optical absorption increased in the 250 nm to 800 nm wavelength range. Optical absorption in this range was associated with the formation of aggregate F-centers such as F2 and F2+ centers. After ultraviolet irradiation, two overlapping electron spin resonance lines were observed at g=1.9987 and g=2.0232 that are consistent with F+- and Oh - center formation. SiO2 content did not affect irradiation induced color center formation, as shown by similar optical absorption and electron spin resonance spin counts in 0.035 and 0.28 wt% SiO2

  6. Gain saturation in neodymium glasses

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    Brodov, M. E.; Epatko, I. V.; Ivanov, A. V.; Pashinin, P. P.; Serov, R. V.

    1987-12-01

    A theoretical model of gain saturation in Nd glasses is chosen which is based on minimum standard deviation from experimental data. It is shown that the laser-active-medium parameters cannot be determined effectively using this minimization. The possibility of using multipass schemes to choose the theoretical model is assessed.

  7. Neodymium isotopic variations in seawater

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    Piepgras, D. J.; Wasserburg, G. J.

    1980-01-01

    Direct measurement of the isotopic composition of Nd in the Atlantic agree with the Nd content in ferromanganese sediments and differ from the observed amounts in the Pacific samples. These data indicate the existence of distinctive differences in the isotopic composition of Nd in the waters of major oceans; the average values determined from seawater and ferromanganese sediments are considerably lower than in sources with oceanic mantle affinities showing that the REE in the oceans is dominated by continental sources. The Nd isotopic variations in seawater are applied to relate the residence time of Nd and mixing rates between the oceans.

  8. Electromagnetic Induction with Neodymium Magnets

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    Wood, Deborah; Sebranek, John

    2013-09-01

    In April 1820, Hans Christian Ørsted noticed that the needle of a nearby compass deflected briefly from magnetic north each time the electric current of the battery he was using for an unrelated experiment was turned on or off. Upon further investigation, he showed that an electric current flowing through a wire produces a magnetic field. In 1831 Michael Faraday and Joseph Henry separately expanded on Ørsted's discovery by showing that a changing magnetic field produces an electric current. Heinrich Lenz found in 1833 that an induced current has the opposite direction from the electromagnetic force that produced it. This paper describes an experiment that can help students to develop an understanding of Faraday's law and Lenz's law by studying the emf generated as a magnet drops through a set of coils having increasing numbers of turns.

  9. Electromagnetic Induction with Neodymium Magnets

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    Wood, Deborah; Sebranek, John

    2013-01-01

    In April 1820, Hans Christian Ørsted noticed that the needle of a nearby compass deflected briefly from magnetic north each time the electric current of the battery he was using for an unrelated experiment was turned on or off. Upon further investigation, he showed that an electric current flowing through a wire produces a magnetic field. In 1831…

  10. Electromagnetic Induction with Neodymium Magnets

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    Wood, Deborah; Sebranek, John

    2013-01-01

    In April 1820, Hans Christian Ørsted noticed that the needle of a nearby compass deflected briefly from magnetic north each time the electric current of the battery he was using for an unrelated experiment was turned on or off. Upon further investigation, he showed that an electric current flowing through a wire produces a magnetic field. In 1831…

  11. Efficacy and safety of fractional Q-switched 1064-nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser in the treatment of melasma in Chinese patients.

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    Yue, Baishuang; Yang, Qianli; Xu, Jinhua; Lu, Zhong

    2016-11-01

    Melasma is an acquired disorder of symmetrical hyperpigmentation commonly seen in patients with Fitzpatrick skin types III and IV. Various novel therapeutic modalities have emerged to treat melasma. The large-spot low-fluence QS Nd:YAG laser has been widely used in Asia; however, the modality needs to be optimized because of the high recurrence rate. The objective of this study is to explore the clinical efficacy and safety of fractional-mode (Pixel) Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) 1064-nm laser for treatment of melasma in Chinese patients. Twenty-seven patients were enrolled and completed all the treatment sessions and the 12-week follow-up. All were treated using the fractional-mode Pixel QS Nd:YAG (1064 nm) laser for eight sessions at a 2-3-week interval. Clinical photographs were taken using the Visia skin analysis imaging system. Two blinded assessors evaluated melasma area and severity index (MASI) scores before and 4 weeks after the final session. Melanin index (MI) and erythema index (EI) was measured before each treatment visit and after the final treatment. The degree of pigmentation and erythema was assessed using a tristimulus color analyzer. Physicians' global assessment (PGA) and patients' self-assessment were taken as the subjective assessments. Wilcoxon signed-rank test was performed to evaluate clinical response. Recurrence rate were also evaluated. Mean MASI scores decreased from 12.84 ± 6.89 to 7.29 ± 4.15 after treatment (p = 0.000). Seventy percent of patients got moderate to good improvements after all the treatment. Mean MI decreased significantly from 56.52 ± 23.35 to 32.75 ± 12.91 (p = 0.000). L value increased from 59.21 ± 2.22 before treatment to 61.60 ± 2.40 (p = 0.000) after therapy. The mean score of PGA was 3.76 ± 0.71, indicating a "moderate" clearance of the lesion. In patients' self-evaluations, 70 % of the patients rated the result as "good" to

  12. Preservation of fluorescence and Raman gain in the buried channel waveguides in neodymium-doped KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}(Nd:KGW) by femtosecond laser writing

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    Liu Xiaoyu; Qu Shiliang; Tan Yang; Chen Feng

    2011-02-20

    We report on the preservation of fluorescence and Raman gain in low-repetition-rate femtosecond laser written buried channel waveguides in neodymium-doped KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}. The propagation loss index, profile reconstruction, and calculation of the modal intensity distribution by the beam propagation method of the waveguide are presented. Microluminescence spectra of the waveguides show that the fluorescence properties of Nd{sup 3+} ions are not significantly affected by the waveguide formation processing, which indicates a fairly good potential for further laser actions in a compact device. Micro-Raman spectra are also performed to reveal the preservation of the characteristic 768 and 901 cm{sup -1} Raman mode intensities in the guiding regions.

  13. Thermochemistry of rare earth doped uranium oxides LnxU1-xO2-0.5x+y (Ln = La, Y, Nd)

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    Zhang, Lei; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2015-10-01

    Lanthanum, yttrium, and neodymium doped uranium dioxide samples in the fluorite structure have been synthesized, characterized in terms of metal ratio and oxygen content, and their enthalpies of formation measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. For oxides doped with 10-50 mol % rare earth (Ln) cations, the formation enthalpies from constituent oxides (LnO1.5, UO2 and UO3 in a reaction not involving oxidation or reduction) become increasingly exothermic with increasing rare earth content, while showing no significant dependence on the varying uranium oxidation state. The oxidation enthalpy of LnxU1-xO2-0.5x+y is similar to that of UO2 to UO3 for all three rare earth doped systems. Though this may suggest that the oxidized uranium in these systems is energetically similar to that in the hexavalent state, thermochemical data alone can not constrain whether the uranium is present as U5+, U6+, or a mixture of oxidation states. The formation enthalpies from elements calculated from the calorimetric data are generally consistent with those from free energy measurements.

  14. Thermochemistry of rare earth doped uranium oxides Ln x U 1-x O 2-0.5x+y (Ln = La, Y, Nd)

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    Zhang, Lei; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2015-10-01

    Lanthanum, yttrium, and neodymium doped uranium dioxide samples in the fluorite structure have been synthesized, characterized in terms of metal ratio and oxygen content, and their enthalpies of formation measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. For oxides doped with 10–50 mol % rare earth (Ln) cations, the formation enthalpies from constituent oxides (LnO1.5, UO2 and UO3 in a reaction not involving oxidation or reduction) become increasingly exothermic with increasing rare earth content, while showing no significant dependence on the varying uranium oxidation state. The oxidation enthalpy of LnxU1-xO2-0.5x+y is similar to that of UO2 to UO3 for all three rare earth doped systems. Though this may suggest that the oxidized uranium in these systems is energetically similar to that in the hexavalent state, thermochemical data alone can not constrain whether the uranium is present as U5+, U6+, or a mixture of oxidation states. The formation enthalpies from elements calculated from the calorimetric data are generally consistent with those from free energy measurements.

  15. [Nitric oxide].

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    Rovira, I

    1995-01-01

    Nitric oxide was identified as the relaxing factor derived from the endothelium in 1987. Nitric oxide synthesis allows the vascular system to maintain a state of vasodilation, thereby regulating arterial pressure. Nitric oxide is also found in platelets, where it inhibits adhesion and aggregation; in the immune system, where it is responsible for the cytotoxic action of macrophages; and in the nervous system, where it acts as neurotransmitter. A deficit in endogenous synthesis of nitric oxide contributes to such conditions as essential arterial hypertension, pulmonary hypertension and heart disease. An excess of nitrous oxide induced by endotoxins and cytokinins, meanwhile, is believed to be responsible for hypotension in septic shock and for hyperdynamic circulatory state in cirrhosis of the liver. Nitric oxide has also been implicated in the rejection of transplanted organs and in cell damage after reperfusion. Inhaled nitrous oxide gas reduces pulmonary hypertension without triggering systemic hypotension in both experimental and clinical conditions. It also produces selective vasodilation when used to ventilate specific pulmonary areas, thereby improving the ventilation/perfusion ratio and, hence, oxygenation. Nitric oxide inhalation is effective in pulmonary hypertension-coincident with chronic obstructive lung disease, in persistent neonatal pulmonary hypertension and in pulmonary hypertension with congenital or acquired heart disease. Likewise, it reduces intrapulmonary shunt in acute respiratory failure and improves gas exchange. Under experimental conditions nitric oxide acts as a bronchodilator, although it seems to be less effective for this purpose in clinical use.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  16. Studies on the complexation of neodymium(III) ion with 1,2,4-1H-triazole and 1,2,3-benzotriazole in absence and presence of calcium(II) ion in aqueous and some selected different aquated organic solvents by an absorption spectroscopy involving 4f-4f transitions.

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    Huidrom, Bimola; Ranjana Devi, N; Singh, Th David; Singh, N Rajmuhon

    2012-01-01

    The absorption spectra of trivalent neodymium ion with 1,2,4-1H-triazole and 1,2,3-benzotriazole in absence and presence of calcium(II) ion in aqueous and some selected different aquated organic solvents have been recorded in the visible and near infrared regions. From the data available in the absorption spectra, various spectroscopic parameters such as Slator-Condon (F(k)), Lande spin-orbit coupling constant (ξ(4f)), nephelauxetic ratio (β), bonding parameter (b(1/2)), percent covalency (δ), oscillator strength (P) and Judd-Ofelt intensity (T(λ)) parameters have been evaluated. The Judd-Ofelt intensity, T(λ) (λ=2, 4, 6) parameters are utilized in evaluating the P(cal) from various excited states of trivalent neodymium ions and ratifying as an inner sphere complexations. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Five different types of η(8)-cyclooctatetraenyl-lanthanide half-sandwich complexes from one ligand set, including a "giant neodymium wheel".

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    Sroor, Farid M; Hrib, Cristian G; Liebing, Phil; Hilfert, Liane; Busse, Sabine; Edelmann, Frank T

    2016-09-14

    -component reactions in a 1 : 1 : 1 molar ratio afforded the solvated half-sandwich complexes (COT)Ho(c-C3H5-C[triple bond, length as m-dash]C-C(NR)2)(THF) (13: R = (i)Pr; 14: R = Cy). A unique multidecker sandwich complex [(μ-η(8):η(8)-COT){Nd(c-C3H5-C[triple bond, length as m-dash]C-C(NCy)2)(μ-Cl)}2]4 (15) was prepared by reaction of anhydrous NdCl3 with K2COT and 1b in a one-pot reaction. The solid state structure of 15 revealed the presence of an unprecedented macrocyclic sandwich compound ("giant neodymium wheel") consisting of four COT rings sandwiched between eight Nd(3+) ions, and each Nd(3+) ion is bonded to one amidinate ligand and bridged by two chlorine atoms with the neighbouring Nd(3+) ion.

  18. Iron Oxides

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    Qafoku, Nikolla; Amonette, James E.

    2016-09-19

    Abstract: Fe oxides are common clay-sized oxide, oxyhydroxide and hydroxide soil minerals. They are compounds of Fe, O, and H that have structures based on close-packed arrays of O. The octahedral and tetrahedral cavities within these arrays are filled with either Fe3+ or Fe2+ to form Fe(O/OH)6, FeO6, or FeO4 structural units. All of the naturally occurring Fe oxide minerals usually undergo some degree of isomorphous substitution of other metal ions for Fe in their structures. Relatively simple techniques may be used to identify Fe oxides in the field based on their typical colors and magnetic properties. In the laboratory, a variety of instrumental techniques can be used to confirm phase identity and to quantify amount. Of these, X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, electron microscopy, thermal analysis, and Mössbauer spectroscopy are the most commonly used techniques. As oxides, the functional groups on their surfaces may have positive, negative, or no charge depending on pH and on the concentration and nature of other ions in the contact solution. A net positive surface charge usually is observed in soils because Fe oxides have a point-of-zero-charge in the neutral or slightly basic pHs. The functional groups on the surface form complexes with cations and anions from the aqueous phase. Their sorption and electron-buffering properties significantly affect the geochemical cycles of almost all elements having agronomic or environmental significance.

  19. The structure and stability of aqueous rare-earth elements in hydrothermal fluids: New results on neodymium(III) aqua and chloroaqua complexes in aqueous solutions to 500 °C and 520 MPa

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    Mayanovic, Robert A.; Anderson, Alan J.; Bassett, William A.; Chou, I.-Ming

    2009-01-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements were made at the Nd L3-edge on neodymium(III) aqua and chloroaqua complexes in low pH aqueous solutions from 25 to 500????C and up to 520??MPa. Analysis of the extended X-ray absorption fine structure of the XAS spectra measured from a 0.07??m Nd/0.16??m HNO3 aqueous solution reveals a contraction of the Nd-O distance of the Nd3+ aqua ion at a uniform rate of ~ 0.013????/100????C and a uniform reduction of the number of coordinated H2O molecules from 10.0 ?? 0.9 to 7.4 ?? 0.9 over the range from 25 to 500????C and up to 370??MPa. The rate of reduction of the first-shell water molecules with temperature for Nd3+ (26%) is intermediate between the rate for the Gd3+ aqua ion (22% from 25 to 500????C) and the rates for the Eu3+ (29% from 25 to 400????C) and the Yb3+ aqua ions (42% from 25 to 500????C) indicating an intermediate stability of the Nd3+ aqua ion consistent with the tetrad effect. Nd L3-edge XAS measurements of 0.05??m NdCl3 aqueous solution at 25 to 500????C and up to 520??MPa show that stepwise inner-sphere complexes most likely of the type Nd(H2O)?? - nCln+3 - n occur in the solution at elevated temperatures, where ?? ??? 9 at 150????C decreasing to ~ 6 at 500????C and the number of chloride ions (n) of the chloroaqua complexes increases uniformly with temperature from 1.2 ?? 0.2 to 2.0 ?? 0.2 in the solution upon increase of temperature from 150 to 500????C. Conversely, the number of H2O ligands of Nd(H2O)?? - nCln+3 - n complexes is uniformly reduced with temperature from 7.5 ?? 0.8 to 3.7 ?? 0.3 in the aqueous solution, in the same temperature range. These data show greater stability of neodymium(III) than gadolinium(III) and ytterbium(III) chloride complexes in low pH aqueous solutions at elevated temperatures. Our data suggest a greater stability of aqueous light REE than that of heavy REE chloride complexes in low pH fluids at elevated temperatures consistent with REE analysis of fluids from deep

  20. Oxide Thermoelectrics

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    Singh, David J

    2008-01-01

    Thermoelectricity in oxides, especially NaxCoO2 and related materials, is discussed from the point of view of first principles calculations and Boltzmann transport theory. The electronic structure of this material is exceptional in that it has a combination of very narrow bands and strong hybridization between metal d states and ligand p states. As shown within the framework of conventional Boltzmann transport theory, this leads to high Seebeck coefficients even at metallic carrier densities. This suggests a strategy of searching for other narrow band oxides that can be doped metallic with mobile carriers. Some possible avenues for finding such materials are suggested.

  1. Oxidation catalyst

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    Ceyer, Sylvia T.; Lahr, David L.

    2010-11-09

    The present invention generally relates to catalyst systems and methods for oxidation of carbon monoxide. The invention involves catalyst compositions which may be advantageously altered by, for example, modification of the catalyst surface to enhance catalyst performance. Catalyst systems of the present invention may be capable of performing the oxidation of carbon monoxide at relatively lower temperatures (e.g., 200 K and below) and at relatively higher reaction rates than known catalysts. Additionally, catalyst systems disclosed herein may be substantially lower in cost than current commercial catalysts. Such catalyst systems may be useful in, for example, catalytic converters, fuel cells, sensors, and the like.

  2. Construction and evaluation of a modular biofilm-forming chamber for microbial recovery of neodymium and semi-continuous biofilm preparation. Tolerance of Serratia sp.N14 on acidic conditions and neutralized aqua regia.

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    Vavlekas, Dimitrios A

    2017-02-01

    Recovery of neodymium from liquid metallic wastes and scrap leachates is a crucial step for its recycling, which can take place through the immobilized biofilms of Serratia sp. N14. These biofilms are produced in a fermentor vessel with a turnaround time of 10-14 days, which is unacceptable from an economic point of view for an industrial process. This study proposes the construction and evaluation of a modular system, whereby a biofilm-forming chamber is inserted into the continuous biomass outflow of the main chemostat vessel, for an alternative semi-continuous and economic production of biofilm. The activity of the biofilm from the outflow chamber was found to be the same as the one from the main chamber, which was stored in a cold room (4°C), for 9-12 months, depending on a 24 h nucleation step.Moreover, the ability of the biofilm to function in the presence of a leaching agent (aqua regia) or in acidic conditions was also evaluated. The biofilm of the main chamber can remain active even at 50% neutralized aqua regia (pH 3.0), while at acidic conditions, phosphate release of the cells is reduced to 50%. This strain proves to be very tolerant in low pH or high salt concentration solutions. The biofilm produced from the outflow of the main fermentor vessel is of acceptable activity, rather than being disposed.

  3. Kinetics and its accompanying thermodynamics studies on simultaneous complexation of heterobimetallic neodymium (III) with zinc (II) and L-tryptophan in aquated DMF using 4f-4f absorption spectra.

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    Huidrom, Bimola; Singh, N Rajmuhon

    2014-01-24

    The 4f-4f absorption spectra of the simultaneous heterobimetallic complexation of trivalent neodymium ion with l-tryptophan and divalent zinc ion in aquated DMF (50%, v/v) at pH 6.0 was recorded at the time interval of 1h. From the observed absorption spectra, the values of intensity parameters such as oscillator strength (P) and Judd-Ofelt intensity (Tλ) parameters, kinetics and thermodynamics parameters were evaluated. The rate constant increases with an increase in the temperature along with the oscillator strengths and Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters. The positive values of the change in the standard enthalpy (ΔH°) and entropy (ΔS°) indicate that the complexation is endothermic. The negative values of the change in the standard free energy (ΔG°) in the range from 293.15 K to 308.15 K, indicate that the reaction occurs spontaneously and hence the formation of heterobimetallic complex in the solution is favored kinetically and thermodynamically.

  4. Influence of irradiation with {gamma}-ray photons on the photoluminescence of Cd{sub 0.9}Zn{sub 0.1}Te crystals preliminarily subjected to the intense radiation of a neodymium laser

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    Glinchuk, K. D.; Medvid', A. P.; Mychko, A. M.; Naseka, Yu. M.; Prokhorovich, A. V.; Strilchuk, O. M.

    2013-04-15

    The effect of the preliminary treatment of Cd{sub 0.9}Zn{sub 0.1}Te crystals with high-power pulses of neodymium laser radiation (the power density is {<=}1.8 MW/cm{sup 2}, at a wavelength of 532 nm) on the low-temperature (5 K) photoluminescence induced by {gamma}-ray radiation (the dose was {Phi}{sub {gamma}} = 5 kGy) is studied. The luminescence bands are related to radiation-stimulated donor-acceptor pairs, which include shallow neutral donors and neutral cadmium vacancies stimulated by {gamma}-ray irradiation, the transition of free electrons to neutral cadmium vacancies formed by radiation, and the annihilation of excitons bound to the above vacancies. It is shown that, in the crystals preliminarily treated with laser radiation, the intensity of the {gamma}-ray-stimulated luminescence bands is significantly lower than in crystals not subjected to laser radiation. This fact is accounted for by a decrease in the concentration of cadmium vacancies generated by the {gamma}-ray radiation as a result of their annihilation during the course of their interaction with laser-stimulated defects, in particular, as a consequence of their recombination at laser-stimulated interstitial cadmium atoms.

  5. Prospective Comparison of Dual Wavelength Long-Pulsed 755-nm Alexandrite/1,064-nm Neodymium:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser versus 585-nm Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment for Rosacea

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    Seo, Hyun-Min; Kim, Jung-In; Kim, Han-Saem; Choi, Young-Jun

    2016-01-01

    Background Rosacea treatments including oral/topical medications and laser therapy are numerous but unsatisfactory. Objective To compare the effectiveness of the dual wavelength long-pulsed 755-nm alexandrite/1,064-nm neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser (LPAN) with that of 585-nm pulsed dye laser (PDL) for rosacea. Methods This was a randomized, single-blinded, comparative study. Full face received four consecutive monthly treatments with LPAN or PDL, followed-up for 6 months after the last treatment. Erythema index was measured by spectrophotometer, and digital photographs were evaluated by consultant dermatologists for physician's global assessment. Subjective satisfaction surveys and adverse effects were recorded. Results Forty-nine subjects with rosacea enrolled and 12 dropped out. There were no significant differences between LPAN and PDL in the mean reduction of the erythema index (p=0.812; 3.6% vs. 2.8%), improvement of physician's global assessment (p=1.000; 88.9% vs. 89.5%), and subject-rated treatment satisfaction (p=0.842; 77.8% vs. 84.2%). PDL showed more adverse effects including vesicles than LPAN (p=0.046; 26.3% vs. 0.0%). No other serious or permanent adverse events were observed in both treatments. Conclusion Both LPAN and PDL may be effective and safe treatments for rosacea. PMID:27746641

  6. In vitro and in vivo studies of osteoblast cell response to a titanium-6 aluminium-4 vanadium surface modified by neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser and silicon carbide paper.

    PubMed

    Khosroshahi, M E; Mahmoodi, M; Saeedinasab, H

    2009-11-01

    The effects of neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser and silicon carbide (SiC) paper on the surface micro-topography of titanium-6 aluminium-4 vanadium (Ti6Al4V) alloy were examined in relation to the response of bone cells. The study was performed in three distinct stages: (1) after surface treatment of samples by laser and SiC paper, the surface hardness, surface roughness, corrosion resistance and surface tension were evaluated; (2) the growth of mouse connective tissue fibroblast cells (L-929) on untreated and treated samples was assessed in vitro; (3) the response of goat osteoblast cells to untreated and treated implanted samples was assessed in vivo. The surface roughness varied between 7 +/- 0.02 for laser-treated samples (LTSs) at 140 J cm(-2) and 21.8 +/- 0.05 for mechanically treated samples (MTSs). The surface hardness was found to vary from 377 Vickers hardness number (VHN) for MTSs to 850 VHN for LTSs. A corrosion potential of -0.21V was achieved for the LTSs compared with -0.51V for the MTSs. The LTSs exhibited a more hydrophilic behaviour (i.e. wettability) than did the MTSs. No cytotoxicity effect, unlike for the MTSs, was observed for the LTSs. The results of in vivo tests indicated longitudinal growth of osteoblast cells along the grooves on the samples formed by the SiC paper, and multidirectional spreading of the cells on the LTSs.

  7. Induction of melasma by 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser therapy for acquired bilateral nevus of Ota-like macules (Hori nevus): A study on related factors in the Chinese population.

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    Wang, Ben; Xie, Hong-Fu; Tan, Jun; Xie, Hong-Ju; Xu, Lin-Yong; Ding, Rong; Liu, Fang-Fen; Chen, Xiang; Jian, Dan; Li, Ji

    2016-06-01

    Laser treatment has emerged as a common treatment modality for acquired bilateral nevus of Ota-like macules (ABNOM). To identify the ratio of melasma induction and exacerbation before and after laser therapy for ABNOM and to observe the risk factors related to the induction and exacerbation of melasma by laser therapy, we analyzed related factors of 1268 adult Chinese patients who underwent 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser (QNYL) treatment using case series and case-control studies. Overall, 24.0% of the ABNOM patients had mixed melasma. Among the ABNOM patients without melasma, after laser therapy the development of melasma was more frequently noted in patients older than 35 years (P < 0.0001), as well in patients whose ABNOM was less than 10 cm(2) (P = 0.027), ABNOM were light (similar to yellow-brown) in color (P = 0.021) and skin types were closer to type IV (P < 0.0001). New melasma lesions also appeared most frequently in the zygomatic region (P < 0.0001). Among the ABNOM patients with melasma, 89.5% experienced worsening of their melasma, irrespective of their related factors above. We concluded that the risk of inducing melasma is great after 1064-nm QNYL treatment in ABNOM patients, and particularly in the patients with both ABNOM and melasma. ABNOM patients should be treated as early as possible and before the age of 35 years.

  8. Prospective Comparison of Dual Wavelength Long-Pulsed 755-nm Alexandrite/1,064-nm Neodymium:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser versus 585-nm Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment for Rosacea.

    PubMed

    Seo, Hyun-Min; Kim, Jung-In; Kim, Han-Saem; Choi, Young-Jun; Kim, Won-Serk

    2016-10-01

    Rosacea treatments including oral/topical medications and laser therapy are numerous but unsatisfactory. To compare the effectiveness of the dual wavelength long-pulsed 755-nm alexandrite/1,064-nm neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser (LPAN) with that of 585-nm pulsed dye laser (PDL) for rosacea. This was a randomized, single-blinded, comparative study. Full face received four consecutive monthly treatments with LPAN or PDL, followed-up for 6 months after the last treatment. Erythema index was measured by spectrophotometer, and digital photographs were evaluated by consultant dermatologists for physician's global assessment. Subjective satisfaction surveys and adverse effects were recorded. Forty-nine subjects with rosacea enrolled and 12 dropped out. There were no significant differences between LPAN and PDL in the mean reduction of the erythema index (p=0.812; 3.6% vs. 2.8%), improvement of physician's global assessment (p=1.000; 88.9% vs. 89.5%), and subject-rated treatment satisfaction (p=0.842; 77.8% vs. 84.2%). PDL showed more adverse effects including vesicles than LPAN (p=0.046; 26.3% vs. 0.0%). No other serious or permanent adverse events were observed in both treatments. Both LPAN and PDL may be effective and safe treatments for rosacea.

  9. A randomized, observer-blinded, comparison of combined 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser plus 30% glycolic acid peel vs. laser monotherapy to treat melasma.

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    Park, K Y; Kim, D H; Kim, H K; Li, K; Seo, S J; Hong, C K

    2011-12-01

    Melasma is a common pigmentary disorder that poses therapeutic challenges. Mixed-type melasma usually does not respond to conventional monotherapy. To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminium-garnet laser (1064 QNYL) and 30% glycolic acid (GA) peel in the treatment of melasma. This was a split-face study, in which 16 patients were treated with 1064 QNYL (6-mm spot size, 2.0-2.3 J/cm(2) fluence) for six sessions at 1-week intervals to the entire face, and with GA for three sessions at 2-week intervals to the experimental side of the face. Clinical evaluations, measurements on a pigment measuring device (Mexameter), and assessment of patient satisfaction and adverse events were performed at baseline and every visit. After treatment, significant improvements from baseline were seen in Mexameter and modified Melasma Area and Severity Index (mMASI) on both sides of the face. The combined therapy side achieved an average 32.6% improvement in Mexameter readings and 37.4% improvement in mMASI, compared with 22% and 16.7%, respectively, on the side treated with laser only (P ≤ 0.05). Both the physician and patient assessments correlated with the Mexameter results and mMASI. Combined 1064 QNYL and GA seems to be superior to 1064 QNYL alone in the treatment of mixed-type melasma. © The Author(s). CED © 2011 British Association of Dermatologists.

  10. ALTERNATIVE OXIDANTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This chapter reports on the efforts of the USEPA to study chloramines, chlorine dioxide and ozone as alternative oxidants/disinfectants to chlorine for the control of disinfection by-rpdocuts (DBPs) in drinking water. It examines the control of DBPs like trihalomethanes and haloa...

  11. Propylene oxide

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    Propylene oxide ; CASRN 75 - 56 - 9 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Ef

  12. Merphos oxide

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    Merphos oxide ; CASRN 78 - 48 - 8 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Effe

  13. Thallium oxide

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    Thallium oxide ; CASRN 1314 - 32 - 5 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic E

  14. Ethylene oxide

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    EPA / 635 / R - 16 / 350Fc www.epa.gov / iris Evaluation of the Inhalation Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ( CASRN 75 - 21 - 8 ) In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System ( IRIS ) December 201 6 National Center for Environmental Assessment Office

  15. Nitric oxide

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    Nitric oxide ; CASRN 10102 - 43 - 9 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Ef

  16. Laser direct patterning of indium tin oxide for defining a channel of thin film transistor.

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    Wang, Jian-Xun; Kwon, Sang Jik; Han, Jae-Hee; Cho, Eou Sik

    2013-11-01

    In this work, using a Q-switched diode-pumped neodymium-doped yttrium vanadate (Nd:YVO4, lambda = 1064 nm) laser, a direct patterning of indium tin oxide (ITO) channel was realized on glass substrates and the results were compared and analyzed in terms of the effect of repetition rate, scanning speed on etching characteristics. The results showed that the laser conditions of 40 kHz repetition rate with a scanning speed of 500 mm/s were appropriate for the channeling of ITO electrodes. The length of laser-patterned channel was maintained at about 55 microm. However, residual spikes (about 50 nm in height) of ITO were found to be formed at the edges of the laser ablated area and a few ITO residues remained on the glass substrate after laser scanning. By dipping the laser-ablated ITO film in ITO diluted etchant (ITO etchant/DI water: 1/10) at 50 degrees C for 3 min, the spikes and residual ITO were effectively removed. At last, using the laser direct patterning, a bottom-source-drain indium gallium zinc oxide thin film transistor (IGZO-TFT) was fabricated. It is successfully demonstrated that the laser direct patterning can be utilized instead of photolithography to simplify the fabrication process of TFT channel, resulting in the increase of productivity and reduction of cost.

  17. Influence of molybdenum silicide additions on high-temperature oxidation resistance of silicon nitride materials

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    Klemm, H.; Tangermann, K.; Schubert, C.; Hermel, W.

    1996-09-01

    The influence of additions of molybdenum disilicide (MoSi{sub 2}) on the microstructure and the mechanical properties of a silicon nitride (Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}) material, with neodymium oxide (Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and aluminum nitride (AlN) as sintering aids, was studied. The composites, containing 5, 10, and 17.6 wt% MoSi{sub 2}, were fabricated by hot pressing. All materials exhibited a similar phase composition, detected by X-ray diffractometry. Up to MoSi{sub 2} additions of 10 wt%, mechanical properties such as strength, fracture toughness, or creep at 1,400 C were not affected significantly, in comparison to that of monolithic Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. The oxidation resistance of the composites, in terms of weight gain, degraded. After 1,000 h of oxidation at 1,400 and 1,450 C in air, a greater weight gain (by a factor of approximately three) was obtained, in comparison to that of the material without MoSi{sub 2}. Nevertheless, after 1,000 h of oxidation, the degradation in strength of the composites was considerably less severe than that of the material without MoSi{sub 2}. An additional layer was formed, caused by processes at the surface of the Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} material, preventing the formation of pores, cracks, or glassy-phase-rich areas, which are common features of oxidation damage in Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} materials. This surface layer, containing Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3} and silicon oxynitride (Si{sub 2}ON{sub 2}), was the result of reactions between MoSi{sub 2}, Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, and the oxygen penetrating by diffusion into the material during the high-temperature treatment.

  18. The structure and stability of aqueous rare-earth elements in hydrothermal fluids: New results on neodymium(III) aqua and chloroaqua complexes in aqueous solutions to 500 °C and 520 MPa

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    Mayanovic, R.A.; Anderson, A.J.; Bassett, W.A.; Chou, I.-M.

    2009-02-04

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements were made at the Nd L{sub 3}-edge on neodymium(III) aqua and chloroaqua complexes in low pH aqueous solutions from 25 to 500 C and up to 520 MPa. Analysis of the extended X-ray absorption fine structure of the XAS spectra measured from a 0.07 m Nd/0.16 m HNO{sub 3} aqueous solution reveals a contraction of the Nd-O distance of the Nd{sup 3+} aqua ion at a uniform rate of {approx} 0.013 {angstrom}/100 C and a uniform reduction of the number of coordinated H{sub 2}O molecules from 10.0 {+-} 0.9 to 7.4 {+-} 0.9 over the range from 25 to 500 C and up to 370 MPa. The rate of reduction of the first-shell water molecules with temperature for Nd{sup 3+} (26%) is intermediate between the rate for the Gd{sup 3+} aqua ion (22% from 25 to 500 C) and the rates for the Eu{sup 3+} (29% from 25 to 400 C) and the Yb{sup 3+} aqua ions (42% from 25 to 500 C) indicating an intermediate stability of the Nd{sup 3+} aqua ion consistent with the tetrad effect. Nd L{sub 3}-edge XAS measurements of 0.05 m NdCl{sub 3} aqueous solution at 25 to 500 C and up to 520 MPa show that stepwise inner-sphere complexes most likely of the type Nd(H{sub 2}O){sub {delta}-n}Cl{sub n}{sup +3-n} occur in the solution at elevated temperatures, where {delta} {approx} 9 at 150 C decreasing to {approx} 6 at 500 C and the number of chloride ions (n) of the chloroaqua complexes increases uniformly with temperature from 1.2 {+-} 0.2 to 2.0 {+-} 0.2 in the solution upon increase of temperature from 150 to 500 C. Conversely, the number of H{sub 2}O ligands of Nd(H{sub 2}O){sub {delta}-n}Cl{sub n}{sup +3-n} complexes is uniformly reduced with temperature from 7.5 {+-} 0.8 to 3.7 {+-} 0.3 in the aqueous solution, in the same temperature range. These data show greater stability of neodymium(III) than gadolinium(III) and ytterbium(III) chloride complexes in low pH aqueous solutions at elevated temperatures. Our data suggest a greater stability of aqueous light REE than

  19. Noise Spectroscopy in Strongly Correlated Oxides

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    Alsaqqa, Ali M.

    Strongly correlated materials are an interesting class of materials, thanks to the novel electronic and magnetic phenomena they exhibit as a result of the interplay of various degrees of freedom. This gives rise to an array of potential applications, from Mott-FET to magnetic storage. Many experimental probes have been used to study phase transitions in strongly correlated oxides. Among these, resistance noise spectroscopy, together with conventional transport measurements, provides a unique viewpoint to understand the microscopic dynamics near the phase transitions in these oxides. In this thesis, utilizing noise spectroscopy and transport measurements, four different strongly correlated materials were studied: (1) neodymium nickel oxide (NdNiO 3) ultrathin films, (2) vanadium dioxide (VO2) microribbons, (3) copper vanadium bronze (CuxV2O 5) microribbons and (4) niobium triselenide (NbSe3) microribbons. Ultra thin films of rare-earth nickelates exhibit several temperature-driven phase transitions. In this thesis, we studied the metal-insulator and Neel transitions in a series of NdNiO3 films with different lattice mismatches. Upon colling down, the metal-insulator phase transition is accompanied by a structural (orthorohombic to monoclinic) and magnetic (paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic) transitions as well, making the problem more interesting and complex at the same time. The noise is of the 1/f type and is Gaussian in the high temperature phase, however deviations are seen in the low temperature phases. Below the metal-insulator transition, noise magnitude increases by orders of magnitude: a sign of inhomogeneous electrical conduction as result of phase separation. This is further assured by the non-Gaussian noise signature. At very low temperatures (T < 50 K), the noise behavior switches between Gaussian and non-Gaussian over several hours, possibly arising from dynamically competing ground states. VO2 is one of the most widely studied strongly correlated

  20. Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) 1064-nm picosecond laser vs. Nd:YAG 1064-nm nanosecond laser in tattoo removal: a randomized controlled single-blind clinical trial.

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    Pinto, F; Große-Büning, S; Karsai, S; Weiß, C; Bäumler, W; Hammes, S; Felcht, M; Raulin, C

    2017-02-01

    For decades, nanosecond lasers (NSLs) have been used to remove tattoos. Since 2012, pulses of picosecond lasers (PSLs) have been available for tattoo removal. Based on a few observational studies, the claim has been made that PSLs are considerably more effective while showing fewer side-effects in comparison with NSLs. To compare the efficacy and side-effects of a PSL side by side with an NSL for tattoo removal. Twenty-one patients with 30 black tattoos were treated with PSL and NSL in a split-study design in two sessions at intervals of 6 weeks. The safety and efficacy of laser treatments were determined by blinded observers assessing randomized digital photographs in this prospective clinical study. The primary end point was the clearance of the tattoos ranging in quartiles from 0% to 100%; secondary end points were side-effects and pain. The average clearance overall as evaluated showed no statistical difference between NSL and PSL (P = 1·00). Using a visual analogue scale (0 = no pain, 10 = maximum pain), a value of 3·8 ± 1·0 was reported for the PSL, which was statistically different from NSL (7·9 ± 1·1, P < 0·001). Transient side-effects were observed, as well as hypo- and hyperpigmentation, but there was no statistically significant difference between PSL and NSL. After two treatments of black tattoos with a neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet laser (1064 nm), the use of picosecond pulses does not provide better clearance than nanosecond pulses. However, pain is less severe when using a PSL. © 2016 British Association of Dermatologists.

  1. PREFACE: Semiconducting oxides Semiconducting oxides

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    Catlow, Richard; Walsh, Aron

    2011-08-01

    Semiconducting oxides are amongst the most widely studied and topical materials in contemporary condensed matter science, with interest being driven both by the fundamental challenges posed by their electronic and magnetic structures and properties, and by the wide range of applications, including those in catalysis and electronic devices. This special section aims to highlight recent developments in the physics of these materials, and to show the link between developing fundamental understanding and key application areas of oxide semiconductors. Several aspects of the physics of this wide and expanding range of materials are explored in this special section. Transparent semiconducting oxides have a growing role in several technologies, but challenges remain in understanding their electronic structure and the physics of charge carriers. A related problem concerns the nature of redox processes and the reactions which interconvert defects and charge carriers—a key issue which may limit the extent to which doping strategies may be used to alter electronic properties. The magnetic structures of the materials pose several challenges, while surface structures and properties are vital in controlling catalytic properties, including photochemical processes. The field profits from and exploits a wide range of contemporary physical techniques—both experimental and theoretical. Indeed, the interplay between experiment and computation is a key aspect of contemporary work. A number of articles describe applications of computational methods whose use, especially in modelling properties of defects in these materials, has a long and successful history. Several papers in this special section relate to work presented at a symposium within the European Materials Research Society (EMRS) meeting held in Warsaw in September 2010, and we are grateful to the EMRS for supporting this symposium. We would also like to thank the editorial staff of Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter for

  2. Surface Complexation of Neodymium at the Rutile-Water Interface: A Potentiometric and Modeling Study in NaCl Media to 250°C

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    Ridley, Mora K.; Machesky, Michael L.; Wesolowski, David J; Palmer, Donald

    2005-01-01

    The adsorption of Nd{sup 3+} onto rutile surfaces was examined by potentiometric titration from 25 to 250 C, in 0.03 and 0.30m NaCl background electrolyte. Experimental results show that Nd{sup 3+} sorbs strongly, even at low temperature, with adsorption commencing below the pHznpc of rutile. In addition, there is a systematic increase in Nd{sup 3+} adsorption with increasing temperature. The experimental results were rationalized and described using surface oxygen proton affinities computed from the MUlti SIte Complexation or MUSIC model, coupled with a Stern-based three-layer description of the oxide/water interface. Moreover, molecular-scale information was incorporated successfully into the surface complexation model, providing a unique geometry for the adsorption of Nd{sup 3+} on rutile. The primary mode of Nd{sup 3+} adsorption was assumed to be the tetradentate configuration found for Y{sup 3+} adsorption on the rutile (110) surface from previously described in situ X-ray standing wave experiments, wherein the sorbing cations bond directly with two adjacent ''terminal'' and two adjacent ''bridging'' surface oxygen atoms. Similarly, the adsorption of Na{sup +} counterions was also assumed to be tetradentate, as supported by MD simulations of Na{sup +} interactions with the rutile (110) surface, and by analogous X-ray standing wave results for Rb{sup +} adsorption on rutile. Fitting parameters for Nd{sup 3+} adsorption included binding constants for the tetradentate adsorption complex and capacitance values for the inner-sphere binding plane. In addition, hydrolysis of the tetradentate adsorption complex was permitted and resulted in significantly improved model fits at higher temperature and pH values. The modeling results indicate that the Stern-based MUSIC surface-complexation model adequately accommodates molecular-scale information to uniquely rationalize and describe multivalent ion adsorption systematically into the hydrothermal regime.

  3. Surface complexation of neodymium at the rutile-water interface: A potentiometric and modeling study in NaCl media to 250°C

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    Ridley, Moira K.; Machesky, Michael L.; Wesolowski, David J.; Palmer, Donald A.

    2005-01-01

    The adsorption of Nd 3+ onto rutile surfaces was examined by potentiometric titration from 25 to 250°C, in 0.03 and 0.30 m NaCl background electrolyte. Experimental results show that Nd 3+ sorbs strongly, even at low temperature, with adsorption commencing below the pH znpc of rutile. In addition, there is a systematic increase in Nd 3+ adsorption with increasing temperature. The experimental results were rationalized and described using surface oxygen proton affinities computed from the MUlti SIte Complexation or MUSIC model, coupled with a Stern-based three-layer description of the oxide/water interface. Moreover, molecular-scale information was incorporated successfully into the surface complexation model, providing a unique geometry for the adsorption of Nd 3+ on rutile. The primary mode of Nd 3+ adsorption was assumed to be the tetradentate configuration found for Y 3+ adsorption on the rutile (110) surface from previously described in situ X-ray standing wave experiments, wherein the sorbing cations bond directly with two adjacent "terminal" and two adjacent "bridging" surface oxygen atoms. Similarly, the adsorption of Na + counterions was also assumed to be tetradentate, as supported by MD simulations of Na + interactions with the rutile (110) surface, and by analogous X-ray standing wave results for Rb + adsorption on rutile. Fitting parameters for Nd 3+ adsorption included binding constants for the tetradentate adsorption complex and capacitance values for the inner-sphere binding plane. In addition, hydrolysis of the tetradentate adsorption complex was permitted and resulted in significantly improved model fits at higher temperature and pH values. The modeling results indicate that the Stern-based MUSIC surface-complexation model adequately accommodates molecular-scale information to uniquely rationalize and describe multivalent ion adsorption systematically into the hydrothermal regime.

  4. Lipid oxidation and improving the oxidative stability.

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    Shahidi, Fereidoon; Zhong, Ying

    2010-11-01

    Lipids are a major component of food and important structural and functional constituents of cells in biological systems. However, this diverse group of substances is prone to oxidation through various pathways. Their oxidative stability depends on a number of intrinsic and extrinsic factors, including the unsaturation of their fatty acids, composition of minor components, environment conditions, delivery techniques and use of antioxidants, among others. Lipid oxidation has detrimental effects on both food quality and human health, and efforts must be made to minimize oxidation and improve oxidative stability of lipid products. Antioxidant strategy has been successfully employed in the food industry for quality preservation of the food products and in the medicinal industry for risk reduction of numerous oxidative stress-mediated diseases. This tutorial review will provide important knowledge about lipid oxidation, including the mechanism and factors involved in oxidation, as well as strategies for improving oxidative stability of lipids.

  5. Oxide surfaces.

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    Willmott, Phil

    2008-07-02

    Although the history of metal oxides and their surfaces goes back several decades to landmark studies, such as Mott and Peierls' explanation of electrical insulation in materials that are predicted in band theory to be conducting, or the observation by Morin of the superfast metal-to-insulator transition in vanadium dioxide, it is only in the last two decades that the world of condensed matter physics has become increasingly dominated by research into complex metal oxides. This has been driven most notably by an attempt to better understand and describe the fundamental physical processes behind their seemingly endless spectrum of properties, which in turn has also led to the discovery of novel phenomena, most prominently demonstrated by the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in 1986, colossal magnetoresistance in 1994, and most recently, the formation of a two-dimensional conducting layer at the interface between two band insulators in 2004. One important reason why metal oxides, particularly in the form of thin films, have become such a popular subject for basic condensed matter research is that they offer a uniquely versatile materials base for the development of novel technologies. They owe this versatility both to the many different elemental combinations that lead to structurally similar forms, and also to the fact that in many cases, the strong interaction between the valence electrons means that there is a subtle interplay between structure and magnetic and electronic properties. This aspect has led in recent years to the birth or renaissance of research fields such as spintronics, orbital ordering, and multiferroics. Surfaces and interfaces are especially interesting in these strongly-correlated electron systems, where the rearrangement of electrical charge resulting from a minimization of surface or interfacial energy can have unexpected and often exciting consequences. Indeed, as the drive to miniaturize devices well below the micron size

  6. Neodymium isotopic composition in foraminifera and authigenic phases of the South China Sea sediments: Implications for the hydrology of the North Pacific Ocean over the past 25 kyr

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    Wu, Qiong; Colin, Christophe; Liu, Zhifei; Thil, François; Dubois-Dauphin, Quentin; Frank, Norbert; Tachikawa, Kazuyo; Bordier, Louise; Douville, Eric

    2015-11-01

    ɛNd and normalized Rare Earth Elements (REE) patterns of benthic and planktonic foraminifera and Fe-Mn coatings precipitated on sediments have been investigated for the South China Sea (SCS) to (1) assess the reliability of the extraction of past seawater ɛNd in the SCS and to (2) reconstruct past hydrological changes during the last 25 kyr. Reductively cleaned mono-specific planktonic foraminifera (Globigerinoides ruber) and mixed benthic foraminifera in core-top sediments from 1500 to 2400 m display similar ɛNd values to those of the modern Pacific Deep Water (PDW) (ɛNd of -3.9 to -4.4). Furthermore, the ɛNd of the reductive cleaning solutions shows similar ɛNd values to ones obtained on cleaned foraminifera. Combined with PAAS-normalized REE patterns, these results confirm that the oxidative and reductive cleaning procedure applied to foraminifera does not totally remove all of the Fe-Mn coatings and that ɛNd values yielded by cleaned planktonic foraminifera retain the ɛNd imprint of the bottom and/or pore water. ɛNd values obtained from a leaching procedure carried out on the bulk non-decarbonated sediments are comparable to the ɛNd values of the modern PDW, whereas a similar leaching procedure applied to decarbonated sediments reveals a bias due to contamination with Nd deriving from lithogenic particles. In core MD05-2904, seawater ɛNd, reconstructed from planktonic foraminifera, indicates that the last glacial period is characterized by lower ɛNd (-5.2 ± 0.2 to -6.4 ± 0.3) than the late Holocene (-4.1 ± 0.2). Assuming that Nd input from river does not change strongly the ɛNd of the PDW of the northern SCS, these ɛNd variations suggest a higher relative proportions of southern-sourced water in the deep water of the western subtropical Pacific Ocean during the last glacial period.

  7. Oxygen nonstoichiometry and phase transitions of the neodymium-rich Nd 1+ xBa 2- xCu 3O z solid solution

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    Goodilin, E.; Limonov, M.; Panfilov, A.; Khasanova, N.; Oka, A.; Tajima, S.; Shiohara, Y.

    1998-05-01

    On the basis of chemical, thermal analysis and Cu K-edge X-ray absorption measurements, oxygen content in the Nd 1+ xBa 2- xCu 3O z solid solution was determined between 1000°C in air and 400°C in oxygen for x=0.05-0.9 compositions. It has been observed that the oxygen nonstoichiometry Δ z of the Nd 1+ xBa 2- xCu 3O 7+ x/2-Δ z solid solution decreases 2-2.5 times for a large substitution (Δ z≈0.3-0.33 for x=0.9), despite of the acclaimed higher total oxygen content. The difference in nonstoichiometry is explained by a higher average value of the copper oxidation state (ACV), which is vital for the solid solution with large x even at elevated temperatures (ACV≈2-2.05 for x>0.3 at 1000°C, PO 2=0.21 atm). On the contrary, the ACV after complete oxygenation is almost constant (about 2.25-2.3) for the whole series. The x-dependence of the oxygen content is not monotonous and structural phase transitions can be observed at x=0.3 and x=0.6, as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction and the Raman scattering spectroscopy. The first well-known transition is connected with the oxygen disorder due to the Nd substitution for Ba at random Ba-sites. In the present work, it is proved by the apical oxygen mode broadening in Raman spectra. Ordering of the Nd and Ba atoms with a subsequent orthorhombic distortion of the lattice may occur even at 1000°C in air due to the second transformation at x≈0.6. The invariable orthorhombicity of the Nd-rich solid solution with x>0.6 is not caused by the oxygen absorption as in the x=0.05 case. Existence of high- and low-temperature orthorhombic modifications of this solid solution has been observed for the first time. Finally, a tentative 3D ( z- x- T) diagram is suggested for the Nd 1+ xBa 2- xCu 3O z solid solution up to 1000°C in air, including the new x=0.6-0.9 region.

  8. 3-D laser confocal microscopy study of the oxidation of NdFeB magnets in atmospheric conditions

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    Meakin, J. P.; Speight, J. D.; Sheridan, R. S.; Bradshaw, A.; Harris, I. R.; Williams, A. J.; Walton, A.

    2016-08-01

    Neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnets are used in a number of important applications, such as generators in gearless wind turbines, motors in electric vehicles and electronic goods (e.g.- computer hard disk drives, HDD). Hydrogen can be used as a processing gas to separate and recycle scrap sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets from end-of-life products to form a powder suitable for recycling. However, the magnets are likely to have been exposed to atmospheric conditions prior to processing, and any oxidation could lead to activation problems for the hydrogen decrepitation reaction. Many previous studies on the oxidation of NdFeB magnets have been performed at elevated temperatures; however, few studies have been formed under atmospheric conditions. In this paper a combination of 3-D laser confocal microscopy and Raman spectroscopy have been used to assess the composition, morphology and rate of oxidation/corrosion on scrap sintered NdFeB magnets. Confocal microscopy has been employed to measure the growth of surface reaction products at room temperature, immediately after exposure to air. The results showed that there was a significant height increase at the triple junctions of the Nd-rich grain boundaries. Using Raman spectroscopy, the product was shown to consist of Nd2O3 and formed only on the Nd-rich triple junctions. The diffusion coefficient of the triple junction reaction product growth at 20 °C was determined to be approximately 4 × 10-13 cm2/sec. This value is several orders of magnitude larger than values derived from the diffusion controlled oxide growth observations at elevated temperatures in the literature. This indicates that the growth of the room temperature oxidation products are likely defect enhanced processes at the NdFeB triple junctions.

  9. Blue upconversion emission from Tm3+ sensitized by Nd3+ in aluminum oxide crystalline ceramic powders

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    Rakov, N.; Gómez, L. A.; Rátiva, D. J.; Maciel, G. S.

    2009-02-01

    Upconversion (UC) emission in thulium (Tm3+) and neodymium (Nd3+) co-doped aluminum oxide ceramic powders prepared by combustion synthesis was investigated at room temperature using a continuous wave laser operating at 800 nm. Our sample containing Tm3+ (1 wt.%) did not show any UC emission but our sample co-doped with Tm3+ and Nd3+ in 1:2 wt.% proportion presented blue (˜480 nm) UC intensity more than one order of magnitude larger than our sample co-doped with Tm3+ and Nd3+ in 1:1 wt.% proportion. X-ray diffraction data showed the presence of α-Al2O3 and REAlO3 (RE=Tm or Nd) crystalline phases in co-doped powders, while the singly doped powder has only α-Al2O3 phase. Our results show that the UC emission efficiency of Tm3+ and the host crystalline structure can be tailored by manipulating the Nd3+ doping concentration.

  10. Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders

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    ... other health conditions > Fatty acid oxidation disorders Fatty acid oxidation disorders E-mail to a friend Please ... these disorders, go to genetests.org . What fatty acid oxidation disorders are tested for in newborn screening? ...

  11. Hydrological variations of the intermediate water masses of the western Mediterranean Sea during the past 20 ka inferred from neodymium isotopic composition in foraminifera and cold-water corals

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    Dubois-Dauphin, Quentin; Montagna, Paolo; Siani, Giuseppe; Douville, Eric; Wienberg, Claudia; Hebbeln, Dierk; Liu, Zhifei; Kallel, Nejib; Dapoigny, Arnaud; Revel, Marie; Pons-Branchu, Edwige; Taviani, Marco; Colin, Christophe

    2017-01-01

    We present the neodymium isotopic composition (ɛNd) of mixed planktonic foraminifera species from a sediment core collected at 622 m water depth in the Balearic Sea, as well as ɛNd of scleractinian cold-water corals (CWC; Madrepora oculata, Lophelia pertusa) retrieved between 280 and 442 m water depth in the Alboran Sea and at 414 m depth in the southern Sardinian continental margin. The aim is to constrain hydrological variations at intermediate depths in the western Mediterranean Sea during the last 20 kyr. Planktonic (Globigerina bulloides) and benthic (Cibicidoides pachyderma) foraminifera from the Balearic Sea were also analyzed for stable oxygen (δ18O) and carbon (δ13C) isotopes. The foraminiferal and coral ɛNd values from the Balearic and Alboran seas are comparable over the last ˜ 13 kyr, with mean values of -8.94 ± 0.26 (1σ; n = 24) and -8.91 ± 0.18 (1σ; n = 25), respectively. Before 13 ka BP, the foraminiferal ɛNd values are slightly lower (-9.28 ± 0.15) and tend to reflect higher mixing between intermediate and deep waters, which are characterized by more unradiogenic ɛNd values. The slight ɛNd increase after 13 ka BP is associated with a decoupling in the benthic foraminiferal δ13C composition between intermediate and deeper depths, which started at ˜ 16 ka BP. This suggests an earlier stratification of the water masses and a subsequent reduced contribution of unradiogenic ɛNd from deep waters. The CWC from the Sardinia Channel show a much larger scatter of ɛNd values, from -8.66 ± 0.30 to -5.99 ± 0.50, and a lower average (-7.31 ± 0.73; n = 19) compared to the CWC and foraminifera from the Alboran and Balearic seas, indicative of intermediate waters sourced from the Levantine basin. At the time of sapropel S1 deposition (10.2 to 6.4 ka), the ɛNd values of the Sardinian CWC become more unradiogenic (-8.38 ± 0.47; n = 3 at ˜ 8.7 ka BP), suggesting a significant contribution of intermediate waters originated from the western basin

  12. Oxidation at Surfaces of Uranium Oxide Particles

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    Schueneman, Richard; Burgraff, Larry

    2001-04-01

    Uranium dioxide (UO2 (S)) is unstable in an oxidizing environment and oxidizes until covered with a layer of uranium trioxide (UO3 (C)). During the oxidation process, uranium cations change from U+4 to U+6 and the oxide crystal structure changes from face centered cubic to orthorhombic. Seven UO2(S) samples were prepared by pressing UO2 (S) powder into a tungsten screen and then subjected to five different temperatures and three partial pressures of oxygen. UO2 (S) oxidation was monitored with in situ photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Quantitative oxidation data was obtained with secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The in situ PL spectra did not identify UO3 (C) forming on the sample surfaces however, a new PL signature not associated with uranyl was observed. SIMS and XPS data from oxidized UO2 (S) samples indicated that at low temperatures, surface oxidation is kinetically limited and at high temperatures, surface oxidation is limited by diffusion. A model for the oxidation rate to UO3 (C) was not developed due to the temperature dependant oxidation process and high vacuum reduction of amorphous UO3 (A) present on the UO2 (S) sample surfaces prior to oxidation. A PL emission spectra intensity reduction was noticed on a UO3 (C) sample at room temperature under high vacuum. A reduction and re-oxidation of three additional UO3 (C) samples identified a kinetically irreversible reduction process for UO3(C) under high vacuum. A SIMS surface scan was performed on a fourth UO3(C) sample before and after exposure to ultra-high vacuum (10-8 torr) and the results suggest the reduction of UO3(C) to lower oxides (U3O8, U3O7 and UO2) at room temperature.

  13. Oxidation resistance of silicon ceramics

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    Yasutoshi, H.; Hirota, K.

    1984-01-01

    Oxidation resistance, and examples of oxidation of SiC, Si3N4 and sialon are reviewed. A description is given of the oxidation mechanism, including the oxidation product, oxidation reaction and the bubble size. The oxidation reactions are represented graphically. An assessment is made of the oxidation process, and an oxidation example of silicon ceramics is given.

  14. Thermally exfoliated graphite oxide

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    Prud'Homme, Robert K. (Inventor); Aksay, Ilhan A. (Inventor); Abdala, Ahmed (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A modified graphite oxide material contains a thermally exfoliated graphite oxide with a surface area of from about 300 sq m/g to 2600 sq m/g, wherein the thermally exfoliated graphite oxide displays no signature of the original graphite and/or graphite oxide, as determined by X-ray diffraction.

  15. Electrochemical oxidation of cholesterol

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    2015-01-01

    Summary Indirect cholesterol electrochemical oxidation in the presence of various mediators leads to electrophilic addition to the double bond, oxidation at the allylic position, oxidation of the hydroxy group, or functionalization of the side chain. Recent studies have proven that direct electrochemical oxidation of cholesterol is also possible and affords different products depending on the reaction conditions. PMID:25977713

  16. Photo-oxidation catalysts

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    Pitts, J. Roland; Liu, Ping; Smith, R. Davis

    2009-07-14

    Photo-oxidation catalysts and methods for cleaning a metal-based catalyst are disclosed. An exemplary catalyst system implementing a photo-oxidation catalyst may comprise a metal-based catalyst, and a photo-oxidation catalyst for cleaning the metal-based catalyst in the presence of light. The exposure to light enables the photo-oxidation catalyst to substantially oxidize absorbed contaminants and reduce accumulation of the contaminants on the metal-based catalyst. Applications are also disclosed.

  17. International strategic minerals inventory summary report; rare-earth oxides

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    Jackson, W.D.; Christiansen, Grey

    1993-01-01

    Bastnaesite, monazite, and xenotime are currently the most important rare-earth minerals. Bastnaesite occurs as a primary mineral in carbonatites. Monazite and xenotime also can be found in primary deposits but are recovered principally from heavy-mineral placers that are mined for titanium or tin. Each of these minerals has a different composition of the 15 rare-earth elements. World resources of economically exploitable rare-earth oxides (REO) are estimated at 93.4 million metric tons in place, composed of 93 percent in primary deposits and 7 percent in placers. The average mineral composition is 83 percent bastnaesite, 13 percent monazite, and 4 percent of 10 other minerals. Annual global production is about 67,000 metric tons of which 41 percent is from placers and 59 percent is from primary deposits; mining methods consist of open pits (94 percent) and dredging (6 percent). This output could be doubled if the operations that do not currently recover rare earths would do so. Resources are more than sufficient to meet the demand for the predictable future. About 52 percent of the world's REO resources are located in China. Ranking of other countries is as follows: Namibia (22 percent), the United States (15 percent), Australia (6 percent), and India (3 percent); the remainder is in several other countries. Conversely, 38 percent of the production is in China, 33 percent in the United States, 12 percent in Australia, and 5 percent each in Malaysia and India. Several other countries, including Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, make up the remainder. Markets for rare earths are mainly in the metallurgical, magnet, ceramic, electronic, chemical, and optical industries. Rare earths improve the physical and rolling properties of iron and steel and add corrosion resistance and strength to structural members at high temperatures. Samarium and neodymium are used in lightweight, powerful magnets for electric motors. Cerium and yttrium increase the

  18. Vibrational and excited electronic states of six-coordinate rare earth complexes with 2,6-lutidine n-oxide: [Ln(C 7H 9NO) 6](ClO 4) 3·H 2O (Ln=Pr,Nd,Sm,Eu,Gd,Dy)

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    Ban-Oganowska, H.; Godlewska, P.; Macalik, L.; Hanuza, J.; Oganowski, W.; Hermanowicz, K.

    2002-09-01

    A series of six-coordinate complexes of 2,6-lutidine N-oxide (C 7H 9NO) with praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, europium, gadolinium and dysprosium has been synthesised and chemically characterised. FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra in the range 80-4000 cm -1 as well as electronic absorption and emission spectra in the range 4000-50,000 cm -1 have been measured. The Lorenzian deconvolution of the vibrational contour in the 100-300 cm -1 region has been used in the discussion of the molecular and site symmetries of the Ln 3+ ion situated in the oxygen polyhedron. The sequence of the electronic levels for all RE ions has been obtained and assigned to the respective transitions.

  19. Allene oxide synthases and allene oxides.

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    Tijet, Nathalie; Brash, Alan R

    2002-08-01

    Allene oxides are unstable epoxides formed by the enzymatic dehydration of the lipoxygenase products of polyunsaturated fatty acids. The allene oxide synthases are of two structurally-unrelated types. In plants, a subfamily of cytochromes P450, designated as CYP74A, use the hydroperoxides of linoleic and linolenic acids as substrate. Both the 9- and 13-hydroperoxides may be converted to allene oxides and subsequently give rise to plant signaling molecules. In corals, a catalase-related hemoprotein functions as the allene oxide synthase. These marine invertebrates, as well as starfish, form allene oxides from the 8R-hydroperoxide of arachidonic acid. The coral allene oxide synthase from Plexaura homomalla occurs as the N-terminal domain of a natural fusion protein with the 8R-lipoxygenase that forms its substrate. This enzyme may be involved in biosynthesis of the cyclopentenone eicosanoids such as the clavulones.

  20. The Enzymatic Oxidation of Graphene Oxide

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    Kotchey, Gregg P.; Allen, Brett L.; Vedala, Harindra; Yanamala, Naveena; Kapralov, Alexander A.; Tyurina, Yulia Y.; Klein-Seetharaman, Judith; Kagan, Valerian E.; Star, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    Two-dimensional graphitic carbon is a new material with many emerging applications, and studying its chemical properties is an important goal. Here, we reported a new phenomenon – the enzymatic oxidation of a single layer of graphitic carbon by horseradish peroxidase (HRP). In the presence of low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (~40 µM), HRP catalyzed the oxidation of graphene oxide, which resulted in the formation of holes on its basal plane. During the same period of analysis, HRP failed to oxidize chemically reduced graphene oxide (RGO). The enzymatic oxidation was characterized by Raman, UV-Vis, EPR and FT-IR spectroscopy, TEM, AFM, SDS-PAGE, and GC-MS. Computational docking studies indicated that HRP was preferentially bound to the basal plane rather than the edge for both graphene oxide and RGO. Due to the more dynamic nature of HRP on graphene oxide, the heme active site of HRP was in closer proximity to graphene oxide compared to RGO, thereby facilitating the oxidation of the basal plane of graphene oxide. We also studied the electronic properties of the reduced intermediate product, holey reduced graphene oxide (hRGO), using field-effect transistor (FET) measurements. While RGO exhibited a V-shaped transfer characteristic similar to a single layer of graphene that was attributed to its zero band gap, hRGO demonstrated a p-type semiconducting behavior with a positive shift in the Dirac points. This p-type behavior rendered hRGO, which can be conceptualized as interconnected graphene nanoribbons, as a potentially attractive material for FET sensors. PMID:21344859

  1. The enzymatic oxidation of graphene oxide.

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    Kotchey, Gregg P; Allen, Brett L; Vedala, Harindra; Yanamala, Naveena; Kapralov, Alexander A; Tyurina, Yulia Y; Klein-Seetharaman, Judith; Kagan, Valerian E; Star, Alexander

    2011-03-22

    Two-dimensional graphitic carbon is a new material with many emerging applications, and studying its chemical properties is an important goal. Here, we reported a new phenomenon--the enzymatic oxidation of a single layer of graphitic carbon by horseradish peroxidase (HRP). In the presence of low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (∼40 μM), HRP catalyzed the oxidation of graphene oxide, which resulted in the formation of holes on its basal plane. During the same period of analysis, HRP failed to oxidize chemically reduced graphene oxide (RGO). The enzymatic oxidation was characterized by Raman, ultraviolet-visible, electron paramagnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Computational docking studies indicated that HRP was preferentially bound to the basal plane rather than the edge for both graphene oxide and RGO. Owing to the more dynamic nature of HRP on graphene oxide, the heme active site of HRP was in closer proximity to graphene oxide compared to RGO, thereby facilitating the oxidation of the basal plane of graphene oxide. We also studied the electronic properties of the reduced intermediate product, holey reduced graphene oxide (hRGO), using field-effect transistor (FET) measurements. While RGO exhibited a V-shaped transfer characteristic similar to a single layer of graphene that was attributed to its zero band gap, hRGO demonstrated a p-type semiconducting behavior with a positive shift in the Dirac points. This p-type behavior rendered hRGO, which can be conceptualized as interconnected graphene nanoribbons, as a potentially attractive material for FET sensors.

  2. Compact laser molecular beam epitaxy system using laser heating of substrate for oxide film growth

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    Ohashi, S.; Lippmaa, M.; Nakagawa, N.; Nagasawa, H.; Koinuma, H.; Kawasaki, M.

    1999-01-01

    A high-temperature, oxygen compatible, and compact laser molecular beam epitaxy (laser MBE) system has been developed. The 1.06 μm infrared light from a continuous wave neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser was used to achieve a wide range and rapid control of substrate temperature in ultrahigh vacuum and at up to 1 atm oxygen pressure. The maximum usable temperature was limited to 1453 °C by the melting point of the nickel sample holder. To our knowledge, this is the highest temperature reported for pulsed laser deposition of oxide films. The efficient laser heating combined with temperature monitoring by a pyrometer and feedback control of the Nd:YAG laser power by a personal computer made it possible to regulate the substrate temperature accurately and to achieve high sample heating and cooling rates. The oxygen pressure and ablation laser triggering were also controlled by the computer. The accurate growth parameter control was combined with real-time in situ surface structure monitoring by reflection high energy electron diffraction to investigate oxide thin film growth in detail over a wide range of temperatures, oxygen partial pressures, and deposition rates. We have demonstrated the performance of this system by the fabrication of homoepitaxial SrTiO3 films as well as heteroepitaxial Sr2RuO4, and SrRuO3 films on SrTiO3 substrates at temperatures of up to 1300 °C. This temperature was high enough to change the film growth mode from layer by layer to step flow.

  3. Samarium-neodymium evolution of meteorites

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    Prinzhofer, A.; Papanastassiou, D. A.; Wasserburg, G. J.

    1992-01-01

    The feasibility of using Sm-147 and Sm-146 as chronometers was investigated using Sm-Nd data obtained on three meteorites: Ibitira, Morristown, and Acapulco. The results of isotope analyses demonstrate the presence of in situ decay of short-lived Sm-146 in these meteorites with initial abundances of Sm-146/Sm-144 between 0.009 and 0.007 in different meteorites. Precisely defined Sm-147/Nd-143 internal isochrons were obtained yielding ages equal to 4.46 +/-0.02 AE for Ibitira, 4.47 +/-0.02 AE for Morristown, and 4.60 +/-0.03 AE for Acapulco. However, detailed examination of the coupled Sm-147/Nd-143 and Sm-146/Nd-142 parent-daughter systematics and of initial Nd-143/Nd-144 values indicated the presence of inconsistencies in the data in spite of the precise isochrons, indicating the need for care in the interpretation of the parent-daughter systematics, even when they appear well behaved.

  4. Two-Wavelength Neodymium Based Lasers

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    1995-12-01

    Eq (2.1) yields = OSEf Pump 7Abs (2.5) hvp Voo From the dependence of the gain on the upper state lifetime illustrated in Eq (2.5), it can be seen...state per unit volume using Eqs (2.2) and (2.3 W -= (1 - exp (-O.lcm Nd:YLF)) Ty (1 - exp (-L)) hv 4F Volmm Vol1mm hvp where t is the population build up...DA 3 23 DOCUMNTATON PGE 1 Form Approved REJO R71 DOC MEN ATIO PA E’ MB No. 0704-0188 Puoifc -nodri -ource, r "is coilection of vrormation is

  5. Development of the Neodymium Pentaphosphate (NPP) Laser

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    1979-10-01

    about 11% in the compound EUQ {^^I^ 8^5^14" ■’■^^ terminal level is approximately 1000 cm above ground. See Figure 4 for the relevant...H IS <U 0 5 P. o e PH;3 p^ 0) I—I t/5 •H J-i > > Td Pi m <U •H (/) iH oj P,r-I O -H U S •H :3 DHPM +-> fin

  6. Oxidative stress and myocarditis.

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    Tada, Yuko; Suzuki, Jun-Ichi

    2016-01-01

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide are produced highly in myocarditis. ROS, which not only act as effectors for pathogen killing but also mediate signal transduction in the stress responsive pathways, are closely related with both innate and adaptive immunity. On the other hand, oxidative stress overwhelming the capacity of anti-oxidative system generated in severe inflammation has been suggested to damage tissues and exacerbate inflammation. Oxidative stress worsens the autoimmunological process of myocarditis, and suppression of the anti-oxidative system and long-lasting oxidative stress could be one of the pathological mechanisms of cardiac remodeling leading to inflammatory cardiomyopathy. Oxidative stress is considered to be one of the promising treatment targets of myocarditis. Evidences of anti-oxidative treatments in myocarditis have not been fully established. Basic strategies of anti-oxidative treatments include inhibition of ROS production, activation of anti-oxidative enzymes and elimination of generated free radicals. ROS are produced by mitochondrial respiratory chain reactions and enzymes including NADPH oxidases, cyclooxygenase, and xanthine oxidase. Other systems involved in inflammation and stress response, such as NF-κB, Nrf2/Keap1, and neurohumoral factors also influence oxidative stress in myocarditis. The efficacy of anti-oxidative treatments could also depend on the etiology and the phases of myocarditis. We review in this article the pathological significance of ROS and oxidative stress, and the potential anti-oxidative treatments in myocarditis.

  7. Oxidative stress, nitric oxide, and diabetes.

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    Pitocco, Dario; Zaccardi, Francesco; Di Stasio, Enrico; Romitelli, Federica; Santini, Stefano A; Zuppi, Cecilia; Ghirlanda, Giovanni

    2010-01-01

    In the recent decades, oxidative stress has become focus of interest in most biomedical disciplines and many types of clinical research. Increasing evidence from research on several diseases show that oxidative stress is associated with the pathogenesis of diabetes, obesity, cancer, ageing, inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders, hypertension, apoptosis, cardiovascular diseases, and heart failure. Based on this research, the emerging concept is that oxidative stress is the "final common pathway", through which risk factors of several diseases exert their deleterious effects. Oxidative stress causes a complex dysregulation of cell metabolism and cell-cell homeostasis. In this review, we discuss the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and beta-cell dysfunction. These are the two most relevant mechanisms in the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes, and in the pathogenesis of diabetic vascular complications, the leading cause of death in diabetic patients.

  8. Oxidative Stress, Nitric Oxide, and Diabetes

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    Pitocco, Dario; Zaccardi, Francesco; Di Stasio, Enrico; Romitelli, Federica; Santini, Stefano A.; Zuppi, Cecilia; Ghirlanda, Giovanni

    2010-01-01

    In the recent decades, oxidative stress has become focus of interest in most biomedical disciplines and many types of clinical research. Increasing evidence from research on several diseases show that oxidative stress is associated with the pathogenesis of diabetes, obesity, cancer, ageing, inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders, hypertension, apoptosis, cardiovascular diseases, and heart failure. Based on this research, the emerging concept is that oxidative stress is the “final common pathway”, through which risk factors of several diseases exert their deleterious effects. Oxidative stress causes a complex dysregulation of cell metabolism and cell-cell homeostasis. In this review, we discuss the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and beta-cell dysfunction. These are the two most relevant mechanisms in the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes, and in the pathogenesis of diabetic vascular complications, the leading cause of death in diabetic patients. PMID:20703435

  9. In situ affinity purification of his-tagged protein A from Bacillus megaterium cultivation using recyclable superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Gädke, Johannes; Kleinfeldt, Lennart; Schubert, Chris; Rohde, Manfred; Biedendieck, Rebekka; Garnweitner, Georg; Krull, Rainer

    2017-01-20

    This paper discusses the use of recyclable functionalized nanoparticles for an improved downstream processing of recombinant products. The Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus megaterium was used to secrete recombinant protein A fused to a histidine tag into the culture supernatant in shaker flasks. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles functionalized with 3-glycidoxypropyl-trimethoxysilane-coupled-nitrilotriacetic-acid groups (GNTA-SPION) were synthesized and added directly to the growing culture. After 10min incubation time, >85% of the product was adsorbed onto the particles. The particles were magnetically separated using handheld neodymium magnets and the product was eluted. The GNTA-SPION were successfully regenerated and reused in five consecutive cycles. In the one-step purification, the purity of the product reached >99.9% regarding protein A. A very low particle concentration of 0.5g/L was sufficient for effective product separation. Bacterial growth was not influenced negatively by this concentration. Particle analysis showed similar properties between freshly synthesized and regenerated GNTA-SPION. The overall process efficiency was however influenced by partial disintegration of particle agglomerates and thus loss of particles. The demonstration of very fast in situ product removal from growing bacterial culture combined with a very high product purity within one step shows possibilities for automated large scale purification combined with recycling of biomass. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Nd:YVO4 laser direct ablation of indium tin oxide films deposited on glass and polyethylene terephthalate substrates.

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    Wang, Jian-Xun; Kwon, Sang Jik; Han, Jae-Hee; Cho, Eou Sik

    2013-09-01

    A Q-switched diode-pumped neodymium-doped yttrium vanadate (Nd:YVO4, lambda = 1064 nm) laser was applied to obtain the indium tin oxide (ITO) patterns on flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate by a direct etching method. After the ITO films were deposited on a soda-lime glass and PET substrate, laser ablations were carried out on the ITO films for various conditions and the laser ablated results on the ITO films were investigated and analyzed considering the effects of substrates on the laser etching. The laser ablated widths on ITO deposited on glass were found to be much narrower than those on ITO deposited on PET substrate, especially, at a higher scanning speed of laser beam such as 1000 mm/s and 2000 mm/s. As the thermal conductivity of glass substrate is about 7.5 times higher than that of PET, more thermal energy would be spread and transferred to lateral direction in the ITO film in case of PET substrate.

  11. Zinc oxide overdose

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    Zinc oxide is an ingredient in many products. Some of these are certain creams and ointments used ... prevent or treat minor skin burns and irritation. Zinc oxide overdose occurs when someone eats one of ...

  12. Electrolytic oxidation of anthracite

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    Senftle, F.E.; Patton, K.M.; Heard, I.

    1981-01-01

    An anthracite slurry can be oxidized only with difficulty by electrolytic methods in which aqueous electrolytes are used if the slurry is confined to the region of the anode by a porous pot or diaphragm. However, it can be easily oxidized if the anthracite itself is used as the anode. No porous pot or diaphragm is needed. Oxidative consumption of the coal to alkali-soluble compounds is found to proceed preferentially at the edges of the aromatic planes. An oxidation model is proposed in which the chief oxidants are molecular and radical species formed by the electrolytic decomposition of water at the coal surface-electrolyte interface. The oxidation reactions proposed account for the opening of the aromatic rings and the subsequent formation of carboxylic acids. The model also explains the observed anisotropic oxidation and the need for the porous pot or diaphragm used in previous studies of the oxidation of coal slurries. ?? 1981.

  13. Oxidative stress and anxiety

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    Rammal, Hassan; Soulimani, Rachid

    2009-01-01

    High O2 consumption, modest antioxidant defenses and a lipid-rich constitution make the brain highly vulnerable to redox imbalances. Oxidative damage in the brain causes nervous system impairment. Recently, oxidative stress has also been implicated in depression, anxiety disorders and high anxiety levels. The findings which establish a link between oxidative stress and pathological anxiety have inspired a number of other recent studies focusing on the link between oxidative status and normal anxiety and also on a possible causal relationship between cellular oxidative stress and emotional stress. This review examines the recent discoveries made on the link between oxidative status and normal anxiety levels and the putative role of oxidative stress in genesis of anxiety. We discuss the different opinions and questions that exist in the field and review the methodological approaches that are being used to determine a causal relationship between oxidative and emotional stress. PMID:20357926

  14. Bridged graphite oxide materials

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    Herrera-Alonso, Margarita (Inventor); McAllister, Michael J. (Inventor); Aksay, Ilhan A. (Inventor); Prud'homme, Robert K. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    Bridged graphite oxide material comprising graphite sheets bridged by at least one diamine bridging group. The bridged graphite oxide material may be incorporated in polymer composites or used in adsorption media.

  15. Studies in zirconium oxidation

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    Draley, J. E.; Drunen, C. J.; Levitan, J.

    1968-01-01

    Study provides insight into the oxidation mechanism of zirconium by combining electrical measurements with oxidation data. The measurement of electrical potential across growing scale on zirconium and the determination of conventional weight-change oxidation data were carried out at 550, 700, and 800 degrees C.

  16. Epitaxial superlattices of ionic conductor oxides

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    Orsini, A.; Medaglia, P. G.; Sanna, S.; Traversa, E.; Licoccia, S.; Tebano, A.; Balestrino, G.

    2009-07-01

    Pulsed Laser Deposition technique was used to engineer heterostructures of Yttrium-stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) and Gadolinium-doped Ceria (GDC) on perovskite substrates like Neodymium Gallate (NGO) and Strontium Titanate (STO). Epitaxial superlattices of the same number of layers of both materials were deposited with each block thickness as thin as 2 unit cells up to 30 unit cells. X-ray diffraction (XRD) investigation of the (002) symmetrical reflection allowed to evaluate the amount of material deposited in each layer constituting the superlattices. (113) asymmetrical reflections were analyzed to investigate strain effects on YSZ and GDC lattice parameters, evidencing the cube on cube growth of these films.

  17. Rhodium oxides in unusual oxidation states

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    Reisner, Barbara Alice

    Mixed valence RhIII/RhIV oxides have been proposed as a promising class of candidate compounds for superconductivity. Unfortunately, it is difficult to stabilize rhodates with a formal oxidation state approaching RhIV, as other techniques used for the synthesis of rhodium. oxides favor the most commonly observed formal oxidation state, RhIII. One technique which has been used to stabilize metal oxides in high formal oxidation states is crystallization from molten hydroxides. This thesis explores the use of molten hydroxides to enhance the reactivity of rhodium oxides in order to synthesize rhodates with high formal oxidation states. K0.5RhO2, Rb0.2RhO2, and CsxRhO2 were synthesized from pure alkali metal hydroxides. All crystallized with a previously unobserved polytype in the alkali metal rhodate system. Due to the low activity of dissolved oxygen species in LiOH and NaOH, LiRhO2 and NaRhO2 cannot be crystallized. The formal oxidation state of rhodium in AxRhO2 (A = K, Rb, Cs) is a function of the alkali metal hydroxide used to synthesize these oxides. These materials exhibit remarkable stability for layered metal oxides containing the heavier alkali metals, but all phases are susceptible to intercalation by water. The synthesis, structural characterization, magnetic susceptibility, and reactivity of these oxides are reported. Sr2RhO4 and a new rhodate were crystallized from a KOH-Sr(OH)2 flux. The synthesis and characterization of these materials is reported. Efforts to substitute platinum for rhodium in Sr 2RhO4 are also discussed. Mixed alkali metal-alkaline earth metal hydroxide fluxes were used to crystallize LiSr3RhO6, and NaSr3RhO 6. The synthesis of LiSr3RhO6 and NaSr3RhO 6 represents the first example of the stabilization of a rhodium oxide with a formal oxidation state approaching RhV. X-ray diffraction, electron beam microprobe analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, potentiometric titrations, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and magnetic susceptibility

  18. Oxidation state in chondrites

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    Rubin, Alan E.; Fegley, Bruce; Brett, Robin

    1988-01-01

    An evaluation is made of extant data on chondrite oxidation states and intrinsic O fugacities. A variety of oxidation states are exhibited by the chondritic meteorites; petrologic and chemical data may be used to arrange the major chondrite groups in order of oxidation state. The intrinsic O fugacity measurements on chondrite whole-rock samples are noted to display a corresponding ordering of oxidation states. Metamorphosed chondrites and igneous meteorites that were substantially altered by metamorphic reactions, outgassing, and igneous processes may preserve information on the oxidation state and size of their parent bodies.

  19. Oxidative DNA modifications.

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    Poulsen, Henrik E

    2005-07-01

    Oxidative DNA modifications are frequent in mammalian DNA and have been suggested an important mechanism in carcinogenesis, diabetes and ageing. The foundations for this suggestion are: Evidence for the importance of oxidative DNA modifications in cancer development is: high levels of oxidative lesions in cancer tissue; highly conserved and specific DNA repair systems targeting oxidative lesions; high levels of oxidative DNA lesions in oxidative DNA repair knock-out animals; defective repair of oxidative lesions in cancer-prone progeria syndromes; reduced cancer incidence in populations with high dietary antioxidant intake; and increased oxidative stress to DNA in tobacco smokers. Conflicting evidence for a relation between oxidative stress to DNA and cancer is: disagreement about the true levels and occurrence of the oxidative lesions in vivo; failure to identify the localization of oxidative lesions in important genes, e.g. tumor suppressor and oncogenes; lack of evidence that the oxidative lesions induce mutations in vivo; no cancer development in animals knocked-out for specific DNA repair enzymes in spite of high tissue levels of oxidative lesions; and unchanged cancer rates after antioxidant interventions in large clinical controlled and randomized trials. The rate of DNA oxidation has been estimated from urinary excretion of repair products and it is evident that if these lesions were not repaired, a large part of DNA would be oxidized to a degree not compatible with living. The methodologies by which oxidative DNA modifications are measured cover a wide and different range, advantages and disadvantages will be presented. One particular problem is artificial oxidation, and methods to prevent such artifacts will be presented together with results from a large interlaboratory standardization program. The methodology by which the lesions can be measured is complicated and prone to artifacts during DNA isolation, digestion, derivatization and maybe even during

  20. A Microscale Oxidation Puzzle

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    Pelter, Michael W.; Macudzinski, Rebecca M.; Passarelli, Mary Ellen

    2000-11-01

    We have adapted oxidation of an alcohol with sodium hypochlorite solution to a "puzzle" approach by using a diol as the substrate for oxidation. The diols under investigation have both a primary and a secondary hydroxyl group. There are three possible outcomes to the reaction: (i) only the primary alcohol is oxidized to the aldehyde (or carboxylic acid); (ii) only the secondary alcohol is oxidized to the ketone; or (iii) both alcohols are oxidized. The assignment is to perform the reaction and determine the structure of the product through interpretation of the IR spectrum. Examples using two commercially available diols are shown.