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  1. Levitation apparatus for neutron diffraction investigations on high temperature liquids

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    Hennet, Louis; Pozdnyakova, Irina; Bytchkov, Aleksei; Cristiglio, Viviana; Palleau, Pierre; Fischer, Henry E.; Cuello, Gabriel J.; Johnson, Mark; Melin, Philippe; Zanghi, Didier; Brassamin, Severine; Brun, Jean-Francois; Price, David L.; Saboungi, Marie-Louise

    2006-05-15

    We describe a new high temperature environment based on aerodynamic levitation and laser heating designed for neutron scattering experiments up to 3000 deg. C. The sample is heated to the desired temperature with three CO{sub 2} lasers from different directions in order to obtain a homogeneous temperature distribution. The apparent temperature of the sample is measured with an optical pyrometer, and two video cameras are employed to monitor the sample behavior during heating. The levitation setup is enclosed in a vacuum-tight chamber, enabling a high degree of gas purity and a reproducible sample environment for structural investigations on both oxide and metallic melts. High-quality neutron diffraction data have been obtained on liquid Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} and ZrNi alloy for relatively short counting times (1.5 h)

  2. Investigation of Acrylic Acid at High Pressure Using Neutron Diffraction

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    2014-01-01

    This article details the exploration of perdeuterated acrylic acid at high pressure using neutron diffraction. The structural changes that occur in acrylic acid-d4 are followed via diffraction and rationalized using the Pixel method. Acrylic acid undergoes a reconstructive phase transition to a new phase at ∼0.8 GPa and remains molecular to 7.2 GPa before polymerizing on decompression to ambient pressure. The resulting product is analyzed via Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry and found to possess a different molecular structure compared with polymers produced via traditional routes. PMID:24650085

  3. Neutron diffraction investigation of lattice microstrain in ferrite steel

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    Camanzi, A.; Moze, O.

    1992-06-01

    The degradation of carbon steels when exposed to H rich environments is well known to result in catastrophic failure. In order to characterize in a comprehensive manner the structural effects of hydrogenation, a series of high resolution neutron powder diffraction measurements were carried out on cross-sections of carbon steel segments used for gas pipelines. Peak positions were measured to an accuracy of 0.001%, whilst line broadening of individual peaks was measured to an accuracy of 0.1%. The ( h k l) dependent peak linewidths were fitted using a pseudo-Voigt peak shape function. Non-hydrogenated materials were found to display a different diffraction linewidth dependence on the crystal elastic anisotropy than hydrogenated materials.

  4. Investigation of Renal Stones by X-ray and Neutron Diffraction

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    Baeva, M.; Boianova, A.; Beskrovnyi, A. I.; Shelkova, I.

    2007-04-23

    Renal stones were investigated by X-ray diffraction. The obtained results showed only one crystal phase in every sample. With the aim to verify eventual availability of second phase (under 3 volume %) the same renal stones were investigated by neutron diffraction. The neutron spectra proved that additional crystal phase was absent in the renal stones. The obtained results are scientific-practical, in aid of the medicine, especially in the case of renal stone disease.

  5. SINGLE CRYSTAL NEUTRON DIFFRACTION.

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    KOETZLE,T.F.

    2001-03-13

    Single-crystal neutron diffraction measures the elastic Bragg reflection intensities from crystals of a material, the structure of which is the subject of investigation. A single crystal is placed in a beam of neutrons produced at a nuclear reactor or at a proton accelerator-based spallation source. Single-crystal diffraction measurements are commonly made at thermal neutron beam energies, which correspond to neutron wavelengths in the neighborhood of 1 Angstrom. For high-resolution studies requiring shorter wavelengths (ca. 0.3-0.8 Angstroms), a pulsed spallation source or a high-temperature moderator (a ''hot source'') at a reactor may be used. When complex structures with large unit-cell repeats are under investigation, as is the case in structural biology, a cryogenic-temperature moderator (a ''cold source'') may be employed to obtain longer neutron wavelengths (ca. 4-10 Angstroms). A single-crystal neutron diffraction analysis will determine the crystal structure of the material, typically including its unit cell and space group, the positions of the atomic nuclei and their mean-square displacements, and relevant site occupancies. Because the neutron possesses a magnetic moment, the magnetic structure of the material can be determined as well, from the magnetic contribution to the Bragg intensities. This latter aspect falls beyond the scope of the present unit; for information on magnetic scattering of neutrons see Unit 14.3. Instruments for single-crystal diffraction (single-crystal diffractometers or SCDs) are generally available at the major neutron scattering center facilities. Beam time on many of these instruments is available through a proposal mechanism. A listing of neutron SCD instruments and their corresponding facility contacts is included in an appendix accompanying this unit.

  6. Lithium plating in lithium-ion batteries investigated by voltage relaxation and in situ neutron diffraction

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    von Lüders, Christian; Zinth, Veronika; Erhard, Simon V.; Osswald, Patrick J.; Hofmann, Michael; Gilles, Ralph; Jossen, Andreas

    2017-02-01

    In this work, lithium plating is investigated by means of voltage relaxation and in situ neutron diffraction in commercial lithium-ion batteries. We can directly correlate the voltage curve after the lithium plating with the ongoing phase transformation from LiC12 to LiC6 according to the neutron diffraction data during the relaxation. Above a threshold current of C/2 at a temperature of -2 °C, lithium plating increases dramatically. The results indicate that the intercalation rate of deposited lithium seems to be constant, independent of the deposited amount. It can be observed that the amount of plating correlates with the charging rate, whereas a charging current of C/2 leads to a deposited amount of lithium of 5.5% of the charge capacity and a current of 1C to 9.0%.

  7. Isotope effects in water as investigated by neutron diffraction and path integral molecular dynamics

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    Zeidler, Anita; Salmon, Philip S.; Fischer, Henry E.; Neuefeind, Jörg C.; Simonson, J. Mike; Markland, Thomas E.

    2012-07-01

    The structures of heavy and light water at 300 K were investigated by using a joint approach in which the method of neutron diffraction with oxygen isotope substitution was complemented by path integral molecular dynamics simulations. The diffraction results, which give intra-molecular O-D and O-H bond distances of 0.985(5) and 0.990(5) Å, were found to be in best agreement with those obtained by using the flexible anharmonic TTM3-F water model. Both techniques show a difference of ≃ 0.5% between the O-D and O-H intra-molecular bond lengths, and the results support a competing quantum effects model for water in which its structural and dynamical properties are governed by an offset between intra-molecular and inter-molecular quantum contributions. Further consideration of the O-O correlations is needed in order to improve agreement with experiment.

  8. Deformation mechanisms of a 20Mn TWIP steel investigated by in situ neutron diffraction and TEM

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    Shen, Yongfeng; Wang, Y. D.; Liu, Xiaopeng; Sun, Xin; Peng, R. Lin; Zhang, S. Y.; Zuo, Liang; Liaw, Peter K.

    2013-07-25

    The deformation mechanisms and associated microstructure changes during tensile loading of an annealed twinning-induced plasticity (TWIP) steel with the chemical composition of Fe–20Mn–3Si–3Al–0.045C (wt.%) were systematically investigated using in situ time-of-flight (TOF) neutron diffraction in combination with postmortem transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The initial microstructure of the investigated alloy consists of equiaxed austenitic grains with the initial α´-phase of ~7% in volume. In addition to dislocation slip, twinning and two kinds of martensitic transformations from the austenite to α´- and epsilon martensites were observed as the main deformation modes during the tensile deformation. In situ neutron diffraction provides a powerful tool to establish the deformation mode map for elucidating the role of different deformation modes in different strain regions. The critical stress is 520 MPa for the martensitic transformation from the austenite to α´-martensite, whereas a higher stress (>600 MPa) is required for actuating the deformation twin and/or the martensitic transformation from -martensite. Both epsilon- and α´-martensites act as the hard phases whereas mechanical twinning contributes to both strength and ductility of the studied steel. TEM observations confirmed that the twinning process was facilitated by the parent grains orientated with <111> or <110> parallel to the loading direction. The nucleation and growth of twins are attributed to the pole and self-generation formation mechanisms, as well as the stair-rod cross-slip mechanism.

  9. Optimizing Crystal Volume for Neutron Diffraction

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    Snell, Edward H.; vanderWoerd, Mark; Damon, Michael; Judge, Russell, A.; Myles, Dean; Meilleur, F.

    2006-01-01

    Neutron diffraction is uniquely sensitive to hydrogen positions and protonation state. In that context structural information from neutron data is complementary to that provided through X-ray diffraction. However, there are practical obstacles to overcome in fully exploiting the potential of neutron diffraction, Le. low flux and weak scattering. Several approaches are available to overcome these obstacles and we have investigated the simplest: increasing the diffracting volume of the crystals. Volume is a quantifiable metric that is well suited for experiment design and optimization techniques. By using response surface methods we have optimized xylose isomerase crystal volume, enabling neutron diffraction while we determined the crystallization parameters with the minimum of experiments. Our results suggest a systematic means of enabling neutron diffraction studies for a larger number of samples that require information on hydrogen position and/or protonation state.

  10. Pressure dependence of the magnetic order in CrAs: a neutron diffraction investigation

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    Keller, L.; White, J. S.; Babkevich, P.; ...

    2015-01-29

    The suppression of magnetic order with pressure concomitant with the appearance of pressure-induced superconductivity was recently discovered in CrAs. Here we present a neutron diffraction study of the pressure evolution of the helimagnetic ground-state towards and in the vicinity of the superconducting phase. Neutron diffraction on polycrystalline CrAs was employed from zero pressure to 0.65 GPa and at various temperatures. The helimagnetic long-range order is sustained under pressure and the magnetic propagation vector does not show any considerable change. The average ordered magnetic moment is reduced from 1.73(2) μB at ambient pressure to 0.4(1) μB close to the critical pressuremore » Pc ≈ 0.7 GPa, at which magnetic order is completely suppressed. The width of the magnetic Bragg peaks strongly depends on temperature and pressure, showing a maximum in the region of the onset of superconductivity. In conclusion, we interpret this as associated with competing ground-states in the vicinity of the superconducting phase.« less

  11. Texture Evolution and Phase Transformation in Titanium Investigated by In-Situ Neutron Diffraction

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    Ma, Dong; Stoica, Alexandru Dan; An, Ke; Yang, Ling; Bei, Hongbin; Mills, Rebecca A; Skorpenske, Harley David; Wang, Xun-Li

    2011-01-01

    We report in-situ neutron diffraction studies of texture evolution and the (hcp) (bcc) phase transformation in commercially pure cold-drawn titanium upon continuous heating and cooling, complemented by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements. We show that the recrystallization of the phase at elevated temperature enhanced the preexisting fiber texture, which eventually facilitated the nucleation and growth of the phase favored by the Burgers orientation relationship, i.e., {0001} //{110} . More strikingly, upon completion of the transformation, the {110} texture (or preferred orientation) in was eliminated immediately by the rapid grain growth of intergranular allotriomorphs. This resulted in the loss of the original -texture when Ti was transformed back to from to upon subsequent cooling, distinct from the known texture memory effect for rolling textures in titanium. Our present work provides useful experimental results for understanding the mechanisms of texture evolution and phase transformation in titanium and its alloys and, by and large, low-symmetry alloys such as zirconium.

  12. Neutron Reflectivity and Grazing Angle Diffraction

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    Ankner, J. F.; Majkrzak, C. F.; Satija, S. K.

    1993-01-01

    Over the last 10 years, neutron reflectivity has emerged as a powerful technique for the investigation of surface and interfacial phenomena in many different fields. In this paper, a short review of some of the work on neutron reflectivity and grazing-angle diffraction as well as a description of the current and planned neutron rcflectometers at NIST is presented. Specific examples of the characterization of magnetic, superconducting, and polymeric surfaces and interfaces are included. PMID:28053457

  13. Industrial applications of neutron diffraction

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    Felcher, G.P.

    1989-01-01

    Neutron diffraction (or, to be more general, neutron scattering) is a most versatile and universal tool, which has been widely employed to probe the structure, the dynamics and the magnetism of condensed matter. Traditionally used for fundamental research in solid state physics, this technique more recently has been applied to problems of immediate industrial interest, as illustrated in examples covering the main fields of endeavour. 14 refs., 14 figs.

  14. High-pressure neutron diffraction

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    Xu, Hongwu

    2011-01-10

    This lecture will cover progress and prospect of applications of high-pressure neutron diffraction techniques to Earth and materials sciences. I will first introduce general high-pressure research topics and available in-situ high-pressure techniques. Then I'll talk about high-pressure neutron diffraction techniques using two types of pressure cells: fluid-driven and anvil-type cells. Lastly, I will give several case studies using these techniques, particularly, those on hydrogen-bearing materials and magnetic transitions.

  15. Structure of Cu-As-Se glasses investigated by neutron diffraction with copper isotope substitution

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    Xin, Shuqin; Liu, Jian; Salmon, Philip S.

    2008-08-01

    Neutron diffraction with copper isotope substitution was used to study the structure of glassy Cu5As46.25Se48.75 , which lies at x=0.0513 on the (Cu2Se)x(AsSe)1-x pseudobinary tie line. The results are consistent with fourfold coordination of copper to matrix (As or Se) atoms at a mean distance of 2.40(2)Å and with threefold coordination of arsenic to one As and two Se atoms at a mean distance of 2.43(2)Å . A comparison is made with the structure of glassy AsSe and with the structure of a high-Cu content glass with x=0.25 . It is found that the short-range order of glassy AsSe is not changed when 5.13mol% of Cu2Se is added. However, the addition of 25mol% leads to a disruption of the intermediate-range order and to an alteration of the short-range order, which is consistent [within a scenario where arsenic remains threefold coordinated by matrix atoms at a mean distance of 2.42(2)Å ] with a substitution of As-As bonds by As-Se bonds. In the x=0.25 material, the Cu to matrix atom coordination number is ≃3 at 2.42(2)Å and the Cu-Cu nearest-neighbor coordination number is 1.0(3) at 2.70(4)Å . A comparison between (i) the measured structure of the glassy network formers AsSe and As2Se3 and (ii) the results obtained from first-principles molecular-dynamics methods points to a need for more accurate simulations in order to help elucidate the structure and properties of these materials.

  16. Micromechanical Behavior of Solid-Solution-Strengthened Mg-1wt.%Al Alloy Investigated by In-Situ Neutron Diffraction

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    Lee, Sooyeol; Woo, Wanchuck; Gharghouri, Michael; Yoon, Cheol; An, Ke

    2014-01-01

    In-situ neutron-diffraction experiments were employed to investigate the micromechanical behavior of solid-solution-strengthened Mg-1wt.%Al alloy. Two starting textures were used: 1) as-extruded then solutionized texture, T1, in which the basal poles of most grains are tilted around 70~85 from the extrusion axis, and 2) a reoriented texture, T2, in which the basal poles of most grains are tilted around 10~20 from the extrusion axis. Lattice strains and diffraction peak intensity variations were measured in situ during loading-unloading cycles in uniaxial tension. Twinning activities and stress states for various grain orientations were revealed. The results show that the soft grain orientations, favorably oriented for either extension twinning or basal slip, exhibit the stress relaxation, resulting in the compressive residual strain after unloading. On the other hand, the hard grain orientations, unfavorably oriented for both extension twinning and basal slip, carry more applied load, leading to much higher lattice strains during loading followed by tensile residual strains upon unloading.

  17. Feasibility of neutron diffraction on solid 3He

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    Siemensmeyer, K.; Schuberth, E. A.; Adams, E. D.; Takano, Y.; Guckelsberger, K.

    2000-07-01

    We have investigated the feasibility of neutron diffraction from solid 3He. The experiment will be performed at the HMI, first aiming for the properties of the antiferromagnetic ordering in the BCC phase and the ferromagnetic order in the HCP phase. Signal and beam heating considerations are essential to account for the enormous neutron absorption cross section of 3He. The study shows that neutron diffraction and transmission experiments are possible, relying on the experience gained from the neutron diffraction experiments on Cu and Ag at nanokelvin temperatures. A pressure cell has been developed which complies with the conflicting demands arising from the neutron and ultralow temperature aspects of the experiment. This work is a first step in an extensive effort to characterize 3He by neutron diffraction.

  18. DNA hydration studied by neutron fiber diffraction

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    Fuller, W.; Forsyth, V.T.; Mahendrasingam, A.; Langan, P.; Pigram, W.J.

    1994-12-31

    The development of neutron high angle fiber diffraction to investigate the location of water around the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) double-helix is described. The power of the technique is illustrated by its application to the D and A conformations of DNA using the single crystal diffractometer, D19, at the Institute Laue-Langevin, Grenoble and the time of flight diffractometer, SXD, at the Rutherford Appleton ISIS Spallation Neutron Source. These studies show the existence of bound water closely associated with the DNA. The patterns of hydration in these two DNA conformations are quite distinct and are compared to those observed in X-ray single crystal studies of two-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides. Information on the location of water around the DNA double-helix from the neutron fiber diffraction studies is combined with that on the location of alkali metal cations from complementary X-ray high angle fiber diffraction studies at the Daresbury Laboratory SRS using synchrotron radiation. These analyses emphasize the importance of viewing DNA, water and ions as a single system with specific interactions between the three components and provide a basis for understanding the effect of changes in the concentration of water and ions in inducing conformations] transitions in the DNA double-helix.

  19. Neutron diffraction investigation of residual stresses in transverse/oblique rail slices subjected to different grinding strategies

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    Gnaeupel-Herold, T.; Brand, P.C.; Prask, H.J.

    1999-05-01

    Using the Double Axis system for Residual stress, Texture, and Single crystal analysis (DARTS) at NIST, neutron diffraction residual stress measurements were carried out in the head region of five pairs of transverse and oblique cut slices of railroad track, each having a thickness of 6.35 mm. The slices were taken from a 300 HB rail of CFI 136 RE size. All slices except one unworn reference piece had the same accumulated tonnage but were ground in different intervals. The measurements confirm the results previously found which indicated the existence of high sub-surface residual tensile stresses, while the regional close to the wheel-rail contact line shows high residual compressive stresses.

  20. Investigation of the ɛ phase in the Fe-Al system by high-temperature neutron diffraction

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    Vogel, Sven C.; Stein, Frank; Palm, Martin

    2010-06-01

    In the central part of the Fe-Al system between about 58 and 65 at.% Al, a high-temperature phase denoted as ɛ occurs with a hitherto unknown crystallographic structure. The phase is stable between 1231°C and 1095°C. In order to study the crystallographic structure of the ɛ phase, in situ high-temperature neutron time-of-flight diffraction experiments have been performed at the HIPPO instrument at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). The ɛ phase was found to have the formula Fe5Al8 with a body-centred cubic structure of the Hume-Rothery Cu5Zn8 type (Ibar{4}3m (No. 217), Z=4, cI52) and 52 atoms in the unit cell. Its lattice parameter is a=8.9756(2) Å at 1120°C, which is 3.02 times that of cubic FeAl (B2) at the same temperature. We report here the evolution of the crystallographic parameters over the temperature range between 1080°C and 1120°C.

  1. Development of a Neutron Diffraction Based Experiemental Capability for Investigating Hydraulic Fracturing for EGS-like Conditions

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    Polsky, Yarom; Anovitz, Lawrence {Larry} M; An, Ke; Carmichael, Justin R; Bingham, Philip R; Dessieux Jr, Luc Lucius

    2013-01-01

    Hydraulic fracturing to enhance formation permeability is an established practice in the Oil & Gas (O&G) industry and is expected to be an enabler for EGS. However, it is rarely employed in conventional geothermal systems and there are significant questions regarding the translation of practice from O&G to both conventional geothermal and EGS applications. Lithological differences(sedimentary versus crystalline rocks, significantly greater formation temperatures and different desired fracture characteristics are among a number of factors that are likely to result in a gap of understanding of how to manage hydraulic fracturing practice for geothermal. Whereas the O&G community has had both the capital and the opportunity to develop its understanding of hydraulic fracturing operations empirically in the field as well through extensive R&D efforts, field testing opportunities for EGS are likely to be minimal due to the high expense of hydraulic fracturing field trials. A significant portion of the knowledge needed to guide the management of geothermal/EGS hydraulic fracturing operations will therefore likely have to come from experimental efforts and simulation. This paper describes ongoing efforts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop an experimental capability to map the internal stresses/strains in core samples subjected to triaxial stress states and temperatures representative of EGS-like conditions using neutron diffraction based strain mapping techniques. This capability is being developed at ORNL\\'s Spallation Neutron Source, the world\\'s most powerful pulsed neutron source and is still in a proof of concept phase. A specialized pressure cell has been developed that permits independent radial and axial fluid pressurization of core samples, with axial flow through capability and a temperature rating up to 300 degrees C. This cell will ultimately be used to hydraulically pressurize EGS-representative core samples to conditions of imminent fracture

  2. Quasi-steady state principle and in-situ real-time investigation of transient strains in 6061-T6 Al alloy using neutron diffraction

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    Woo, Wan Chuck; Brown, D. W.; Choo, Hahn; Clausen, B; David, Stan A; Feng, Zhili; Hubbard, Camden R; Wang, Xun-Li

    2007-01-01

    Neutron diffraction research has been limited to the "static" behavior of materials since the number of collected neutrons is insufficient to reach the adequate neutron counts in rapid changes of material state. In order to achieve the desired precision for the study of the transient material behavior, we propose an in-situ neutron-diffraction measurement method based on the quasi-steady state (QSS) phenomenon. The QSS principle was applied for the measurement of transient lattice spacing changes in a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy plate during thermo-mechanical processing.

  3. Neutron Larmor diffraction investigation of the rare-earth pyrochlores R2Ti2O7 (R =Tb , Dy, Ho)

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    Ruminy, M.; Groitl, F.; Keller, T.; Fennell, T.

    2016-11-01

    In this work, we present a neutron Larmor diffraction study of the rare-earth pyrochlores R2Ti2O7 with R =Tb , Dy, Ho. We measured the temperature dependence of the lattice parameter with precision 10-5, between 0.5 and 300 K in each of the three compounds. The lattice parameter of the spin ices Dy2Ti2O7 and Ho2Ti2O7 enters into the derivation of the charge of the emergent magnetic monopole excitations suggested to exist in these materials. We found that throughout the range of applicability of the theory of emergent monopoles in the spin ices there will be no renormalization of the monopole charge due to lattice contraction. In Tb2Ti2O7 , strong magnetoelastic interactions have been reported. We found no sign of the previously reported negative thermal expansion, but did observe anomalies in the thermal expansion that can be correlated with previously observed interactions between phonon and crystal-field excitations. Other features in the thermal expansion of all three compounds can be related to previously observed anomalies of the elastic constants, and explained by the phonon band structure of the rare-earth titanates. The temperature dependence of the lattice strain in all three compounds can be correlated with the thermal population of excited crystal-field levels.

  4. Measurement of neutron diffraction with compact neutron source RANS

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    Ikeda, Y.; Takamura, M.; Taketani, A.; Sunaga, H.; Otake, Y.; Suzuki, H.; Kumagai, M.; Oba, Y.; Hama, T.

    2016-11-01

    Diffraction is used as a measurement technique for crystal structure. X-rays or electron beam with wavelength that is close to the lattice constant of the crystal is often used for the measurement. They have sensitivity in surface (0.01mm) of heavy metals due to the mean free path for heavy ions. Neutron diffraction has the probe of the internal structure of the heavy metals because it has a longer mean free path than that of the X-rays or the electrons. However, the neutron diffraction measurement is not widely used because large facilities are required in the many neutron sources. RANS (Riken Accelerator-driven Compact Neutron Source) is developed as a neutron source which is usable easily in laboratories and factories. In RANS, fast neutrons are generated by 7MeV protons colliding on a Be target. Some fast neutrons are moderated with polyethylene to thermal neutrons. The thermal neutrons of 10meV which have wavelength of 10nm can be used for the diffraction measurement. In this study, the texture evolution in steels was measured with RANS and the validity of the compact neutron source was proved. The texture of IF steel sheets with the thickness of 1.0mm was measured with 10minutes run. The resolution is 2% and is enough to analyze a evolution in texture due to compression/tensile deformation or a volume fraction of two phases in the steel sample. These results have proven the possibility to use compact neutron source for the analysis of mesoscopic structure of metallic materials.

  5. Optimizing Crystal Volume for Neutron Diffraction Studies

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    Snell, E. H.

    2003-01-01

    For structural studies with neutron diffraction more intense neutron sources, improved sensitivity detector and larger volume crystals are all means by which the science is being advanced to enable studies on a wider range of samples. We have chosen a simplistic approach using a well understood crystallization method, with minimal amounts of sample and using design of experiment techniques to maximize the crystal volume all for minimum effort. Examples of the application are given.

  6. Neutron diffraction studies of natural glasses

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    Wright, A.C.; Erwin Desa, J.A.; Weeks, R.A.; Sinclair, R.N.; Bailey, D.K.

    1983-08-01

    A neutron diffraction investigation has been carried out of the structures of several naturally occurring glasses, viz. Libyan Desert glass, a Fulgurite, Wabar glass, Lechatelierite from Canon Diablo, a Tektite, Obsidian (3 samples), and Macusani glass. Libyan Desert sand has also been examined, together with crystalline ..cap alpha..-quartz and ..cap alpha..-cristobalite. A comparison of data for the natural glasses and synthetic vitreous silica (Spectrosil B) in both reciprocal and real space allows a categorisation into Silicas, which closely resemble synthetic vitreous silica, and Silicates, for which the resemblance to silica is consistently less striking. The data support the view that Libyan Desert glass and sand have a common origin, while the Tektite has a structure similar to that of volcanic glasses.

  7. Time-resolved neutron diffraction investigation of the effect of hydrogen on the high- Tc superconductor YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ

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    Balagurov, A. M.; Mironova, G. M.; Rudnickij, L. A.; Galkin, V. Ju.

    1990-12-01

    The results of a time-resolved neutron diffraction investigation of the interaction of hydrogen flow with the high- Tc superconductor YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ are presented. The experiment was carried out on the TOF diffractometer DN-2 at the reactor IBR-2 in Dubna. Hydrogenation was performed on small pieces of 1-2-3 ceramics which were enclosed inside a quartz tube. The sample was heated up to 350°C at a constant rate of 5°C/min. Diffraction patterns were collected every 3 min within the dhkl-interval of 1-20 Å. Up to 220°C the refinement yielded the well-known orthorhombic phase of the 1-2-3 structure without any remarkable reduction of the ( b- a)/( a+ b) ratio. Below this temperature the only change in the specimen was a gradual increase of the incoherent background which occured even at room temperature. Once the temperature of 220°C was reached, sample degradation took place as evidence by precipitation of metallic copper, a drastic increase of background and widening of the diffraction peaks. Simultaneously, the occupancy of O(4)+ O(5) sites fell to 0.6. No evidence was found for the formation of a solid solution of hydrogen in 1-2-3 structure.

  8. Maximizing Macromolecule Crystal Size for Neutron Diffraction Experiments

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    Judge, R. A.; Kephart, R.; Leardi, R.; Myles, D. A.; Snell, E. H.; vanderWoerd, M.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    A challenge in neutron diffraction experiments is growing large (greater than 1 cu mm) macromolecule crystals. In taking up this challenge we have used statistical experiment design techniques to quickly identify crystallization conditions under which the largest crystals grow. These techniques provide the maximum information for minimal experimental effort, allowing optimal screening of crystallization variables in a simple experimental matrix, using the minimum amount of sample. Analysis of the results quickly tells the investigator what conditions are the most important for the crystallization. These can then be used to maximize the crystallization results in terms of reducing crystal numbers and providing large crystals of suitable habit. We have used these techniques to grow large crystals of Glucose isomerase. Glucose isomerase is an industrial enzyme used extensively in the food industry for the conversion of glucose to fructose. The aim of this study is the elucidation of the enzymatic mechanism at the molecular level. The accurate determination of hydrogen positions, which is critical for this, is a requirement that neutron diffraction is uniquely suited for. Preliminary neutron diffraction experiments with these crystals conducted at the Institute Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France) reveal diffraction to beyond 2.5 angstrom. Macromolecular crystal growth is a process involving many parameters, and statistical experimental design is naturally suited to this field. These techniques are sample independent and provide an experimental strategy to maximize crystal volume and habit for neutron diffraction studies.

  9. Single crystal neutron diffraction for the inorganic chemist - a practical guide.

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    Piccoli, P.; Koetzle, T. F.; Schultz, A. J.; Intense Pulsed Neutron Source

    2007-01-01

    Advances and upgrades in neutron sources and instrumentation are poised to make neutron diffraction more accessible to inorganic chemists than ever before. These improvements will pave the way for single crystal investigations that currently may be difficult, for example due to small crystal size or large unit cell volume. This article aims to highlight what can presently be achieved in neutron diffraction and looks forward toward future applications of neutron scattering in inorganic chemistry.

  10. Unraveling protein catalysis through neutron diffraction

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    Myles, Dean

    Neutron scattering and diffraction are exquisitely sensitive to the location, concentration and dynamics of hydrogen atoms in materials and provide a powerful tool for the characterization of structure-function and interfacial relationships in biological systems. Modern neutron scattering facilities offer access to a sophisticated, non-destructive suite of instruments for biophysical characterization that provide spatial and dynamic information spanning from Angstroms to microns and from picoseconds to microseconds, respectively. Applications range from atomic-resolution analysis of individual hydrogen atoms in enzymes, through to multi-scale analysis of hierarchical structures and assemblies in biological complexes, membranes and in living cells. Here we describe how the precise location of protein and water hydrogen atoms using neutron diffraction provides a more complete description of the atomic and electronic structures of proteins, enabling key questions concerning enzyme reaction mechanisms, molecular recognition and binding and protein-water interactions to be addressed. Current work is focused on understanding how molecular structure and dynamics control function in photosynthetic, cell signaling and DNA repair proteins. We will highlight recent studies that provide detailed understanding of the physiochemical mechanisms through which proteins recognize ligands and catalyze reactions, and help to define and understand the key principles involved.

  11. Magnetic structures of actinide materials by pulsed neutron diffraction

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    Lawson, A.C.; Goldstone, J.A.; Huber, J.G.; Giorgi, A.L.; Conant, J.W.; Severing, A.; Cort, B.; Robinson, R.A.

    1990-01-01

    We describe some attempts to observe magnetic structure in various actinide (5f-electron) materials. Our experimental technique is neutron powder diffraction as practiced at a spallation (pulsed) neutron source. We will discuss our investigations of {alpha}-Pu, {delta}-Pu, {alpha}-UD{sub 3} and {beta}-UD{sub 3}. {beta}-UD{sub 3} is a simple ferromagnet: surprisingly, the moments on the two non-equivalent uranium atoms are the same within experimental error. {alpha}-UD{sub 3}, {alpha}-Pu and {delta}-Pu are non-magnetic, within the limits of our observations. Our work with pulsed neutron diffraction shows that it is a useful technique for research on magnetic materials.

  12. Status of the Neutron Imaging and Diffraction Instrument IMAT

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    Kockelmann, Winfried; Burca, Genoveva; Kelleher, Joe F.; Kabra, Saurabh; Zhang, Shu-Yan; Rhodes, Nigel J.; Schooneveld, Erik M.; Sykora, Jeff; Pooley, Daniel E.; Nightingale, Jim B.; Aliotta, Francesco; Ponterio, Rosa C.; Salvato, Gabriele; Tresoldi, Dario; Vasi, Cirino; McPhate, Jason B.; Tremsin, Anton S.

    A cold neutron imaging and diffraction instrument, IMAT, is currently being constructed at the ISIS second target station. IMAT will capitalize on time-of-flight transmission and diffraction techniques available at a pulsed neutron source. Analytical techniques will include neutron radiography, neutron tomography, energy-selective neutron imaging, and spatially resolved diffraction scans for residual strain and texture determination. Commissioning of the instrument will start in 2015, with time-resolving imaging detectors and two diffraction detector prototype modules. IMAT will be operated as a user facility for material science applications and will be open for developments of time-of-flight imaging methods.

  13. Growing Larger Crystals for Neutron Diffraction

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    Pusey, Marc

    2003-01-01

    Obtaining crystals of suitable size and high quality has been a major bottleneck in macromolecular crystallography. With the advent of advanced X-ray sources and methods the question of size has rapidly dwindled, almost to the point where if one can see the crystal then it was big enough. Quality is another issue, and major national and commercial efforts were established to take advantage of the microgravity environment in an effort to obtain higher quality crystals. Studies of the macromolecule crystallization process were carried out in many labs in an effort to understand what affected the resultant crystal quality on Earth, and how microgravity improved the process. While technological improvements are resulting in a diminishing of the minimum crystal size required, neutron diffraction structural studies still require considerably larger crystals, by several orders of magnitude, than X-ray studies. From a crystal growth physics perspective there is no reason why these 'large' crystals cannot be obtained: the question is generally more one of supply than limitations mechanism. This talk will discuss our laboratory s current model for macromolecule crystal growth, with highlights pertaining to the growth of crystals suitable for neutron diffraction studies.

  14. Investigation of the structure and properties of quartz in the {alpha}-{beta} transition range by neutron diffraction and mechanical spectroscopy

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    Nikitin, A. N. Markova, G. V.; Balagurov, A. M.; Vasin, R. N.; Alekseeva, O. V.

    2007-05-15

    The paper reports on the results of complex investigations into the physical properties of synthetic quartz single crystals and quartz powders in the temperature range of the {alpha}-{beta} transition with the use of neutron diffraction and mechanical spectroscopy. The crystal structure of quartz powders with different average sizes of grains is determined in the temperature range up to 620 deg. C and in the {alpha}-{beta} transition temperature range. The temperature dependences of the internal friction and the resonant frequency for quartz samples in the vicinity of the phase transition temperature are obtained upon excitation of vibrations in the planes parallel and perpendicular to the Z axis of the quartz crystal. The temperatures at the maxima of the internal friction in the range 560-620 deg. C are determined. The assumptions regarding the possible reasons for the shift of the phase transition temperature are made. It is revealed that the internal friction is characterized by a maximum that is observed in the vicinity of 350 deg. C and is not related to the structural transformations in quartz.

  15. Neutron diffraction studies of thin film multilayer structures

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    Majkrzak, C.F.

    1985-01-01

    The application of neutron diffraction methods to the study of the microscopic chemical and magnetic structures of thin film multilayers is reviewed. Multilayer diffraction phenomena are described in general and in particular for the case in which one of the materials of a bilayer is ferromagnetic and the neutron beam polarized. Recent neutron diffraction measurements performed on some interesting multilayer systems are discussed. 70 refs., 5 figs.

  16. Microstructure of Horseshoe Nails Using Neutron Diffraction

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    Goossens, D. J.; Studer, A. J.; Stachurski, Z. H.

    2010-04-01

    Neutron diffraction allows nondestructive testing of the bulk microstructure of mechanical components. The microstructures of horseshoe nails made through three different processes have been explored as a function of position along the nail. Despite all nails being made of similar plain low-carbon steel and being process annealed after manufacture, the microstructures are far from the same. Nails made from strip, using a cold forging stamping process, show narrower diffraction peaks indicating a narrower distribution of lattice parameters and also show diffraction peak intensity ratios closer to those expected for unstrained steel. Thus, the distribution of the orientation of grains in these nails is closer to that of undistorted steel compared to nails made through the other two processes considered—one a drawing from wire and the other a combination of rolling and cold forging. The blades of the drawn nails showed little preferred orientation but the converse was true in the heads. Differing patterns of preferred orientation suggest that the various manufacturing approaches result in substantially different mechanical advantages for the three types of nails, a result in accord with mechanical testing.

  17. Characterization of pottery fragments by nondestructive neutron diffraction

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    Barilaro, Donatella; Crupi, Vincenza; Majolino, Domenico; Venuti, Valentina; Barone, Germana; Kockelmann, Winfried

    2005-11-01

    The aim of the present work is the characterization of pottery fragments coming from the town of Caltagirone (Sicily, Italy). The samples belong to very different historical periods, from 18th century B.C. to 16th century A.D., and have finely decorated surfaces. Time-of-flight neutron-diffraction measurements were performed in order to obtain a quantitative identification of the mineralogical composition of the samples. A good determination of the relative weight fractions of the phases was obtained using the Rietveld analysis method. The application of neutron-diffraction technique allowed us to carry out a detailed analysis in a nondestructive way, so intact large fragments were investigated without damaging the precious decoration on the surface.

  18. Pulsed Neutron Powder Diffraction for Materials Science

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    Kamiyama, T.

    2008-03-01

    The accelerator-based neutron diffraction began in the end of 60's at Tohoku University which was succeeded by the four spallation neutron facilities with proton accelerators at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (Japan), Argonne National Laboratory and Los Alamos Laboratory (USA), and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK). Since then, the next generation source has been pursued for 20 years, and 1MW-class spallation neutron sources will be appeared in about three years at the three parts of the world: Japan, UK and USA. The joint proton accelerator project (J-PARC), a collaborative project between KEK and JAEA, is one of them. The aim of the talk is to describe about J-PARC and the neutron diffractometers being installed at the materials and life science facility of J-PARC. The materials and life science facility of J-PARC has 23 neutron beam ports and will start delivering the first neutron beam of 25 Hz from 2008 May. Until now, more than 20 proposals have been reviewed by the review committee, and accepted proposal groups have started to get fund. Those proposals include five polycrystalline diffractometers: a super high resolution powder diffractometer (SHRPD), a 0.2%-resolution powder diffractometer of Ibaraki prefecture (IPD), an engineering diffractometers (Takumi), a high intensity S(Q) diffractometer (VSD), and a high-pressure dedicated diffractometer. SHRPD, Takumi and IPD are being designed and constructed by the joint team of KEK, JAEA and Ibaraki University, whose member are originally from the KEK powder group. These three instruments are expected to start in 2008. VSD is a super high intensity diffractometer with the highest resolution of Δd/d = 0.3%. VSD can measure rapid time-dependent phenomena of crystalline materials as well as glass, liquid and amorphous materials. The pair distribution function will be routinely obtained by the Fourier transiformation of S(Q) data. Q range of VSD will be as wide as 0.01 Å-1

  19. Pulsed Neutron Powder Diffraction for Materials Science

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    Kamiyama, T.

    2008-03-17

    The accelerator-based neutron diffraction began in the end of 60's at Tohoku University which was succeeded by the four spallation neutron facilities with proton accelerators at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (Japan), Argonne National Laboratory and Los Alamos Laboratory (USA), and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK). Since then, the next generation source has been pursued for 20 years, and 1MW-class spallation neutron sources will be appeared in about three years at the three parts of the world: Japan, UK and USA. The joint proton accelerator project (J-PARC), a collaborative project between KEK and JAEA, is one of them. The aim of the talk is to describe about J-PARC and the neutron diffractometers being installed at the materials and life science facility of J-PARC. The materials and life science facility of J-PARC has 23 neutron beam ports and will start delivering the first neutron beam of 25 Hz from 2008 May. Until now, more than 20 proposals have been reviewed by the review committee, and accepted proposal groups have started to get fund. Those proposals include five polycrystalline diffractometers: a super high resolution powder diffractometer (SHRPD), a 0.2%-resolution powder diffractometer of Ibaraki prefecture (IPD), an engineering diffractometers (Takumi), a high intensity S(Q) diffractometer (VSD), and a high-pressure dedicated diffractometer. SHRPD, Takumi and IPD are being designed and constructed by the joint team of KEK, JAEA and Ibaraki University, whose member are originally from the KEK powder group. These three instruments are expected to start in 2008. VSD is a super high intensity diffractometer with the highest resolution of {delta}d/d = 0.3%. VSD can measure rapid time-dependent phenomena of crystalline materials as well as glass, liquid and amorphous materials. The pair distribution function will be routinely obtained by the Fourier transiformation of S(Q) data. Q range of VSD will be as wide as 0.01 A{sup -1}

  20. Neutron diffraction studies of viral fusion peptides

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    Bradshaw, Jeremy P.; J. M. Darkes, Malcolm; Katsaras, John; Epand, Richard M.

    2000-03-01

    Membrane fusion plays a vital role in a large and diverse number of essential biological processes. Despite this fact, the precise molecular events that occur during fusion are still not known. We are currently engaged on a study of membrane fusion as mediated by viral fusion peptides. These peptides are the N-terminal regions of certain viral envelope proteins that mediate the process of fusion between the viral envelope and the membranes of the host cell during the infection process. As part of this study, we have carried out neutron diffraction measurements at the ILL, BeNSC and Chalk River, on a range of viral fusion peptides. The peptides, from simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), influenza A and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV), were incorporated into stacked phospholipid bilayers. Some of the peptides had been specifically deuterated at key amino acids. Lamellar diffraction data were collected and analysed to yield information on the peptide conformation, location and orientation relative to the bilayer.

  1. Pressure-induced structural changes in the network-forming isostatic glass GeSe4: An investigation by neutron diffraction and first-principles molecular dynamics

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    Bouzid, Assil; Pizzey, Keiron J.; Zeidler, Anita; Ori, Guido; Boero, Mauro; Massobrio, Carlo; Klotz, Stefan; Fischer, Henry E.; Bull, Craig L.; Salmon, Philip S.

    2016-01-01

    The changes to the topological and chemical ordering in the network-forming isostatic glass GeSe4 are investigated at pressures up to ˜14.4 GPa by using a combination of neutron diffraction and first-principles molecular dynamics. The results show a network built from corner- and edge-sharing Ge(Se1 /2)4 tetrahedra, where linkages by Se2 dimers or longer Sen chains are prevalent. These linkages confer the network with a local flexibility that helps to retain the network connectivity at pressures up to ˜8 GPa, corresponding to a density increase of ˜37 % . The network reorganization at constant topology maintains a mean coordination number n ¯≃2.4 , the value expected from mean-field constraint-counting theory for a rigid stress-free network. Isostatic networks may therefore remain optimally constrained to avoid stress and retain their favorable glass-forming ability over a large density range. As the pressure is increased to around 13 GPa, corresponding to a density increase of ˜49 % , Ge(Se1 /2)4 tetrahedra remain as the predominant structural motifs, but there is an appearance of 5-fold coordinated Ge atoms and homopolar Ge-Ge bonds that accompany an increase in the fraction of 3-fold coordinated Se atoms. The band gap energy decreases with increasing pressure, and midgap states appear at pressures beyond ˜6.7 GPa. The latter originate from undercoordinated Se atoms that terminate broken Sen chains.

  2. The early development of neutron diffraction: science in the wings of the Manhattan Project.

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    Mason, T E; Gawne, T J; Nagler, S E; Nestor, M B; Carpenter, J M

    2013-01-01

    Although neutron diffraction was first observed using radioactive decay sources shortly after the discovery of the neutron, it was only with the availability of higher intensity neutron beams from the first nuclear reactors, constructed as part of the Manhattan Project, that systematic investigation of Bragg scattering became possible. Remarkably, at a time when the war effort was singularly focused on the development of the atomic bomb, groups working at Oak Ridge and Chicago carried out key measurements and recognized the future utility of neutron diffraction quite independent of its contributions to the measurement of nuclear cross sections. Ernest O. Wollan, Lyle B. Borst and Walter H. Zinn were all able to observe neutron diffraction in 1944 using the X-10 graphite reactor and the CP-3 heavy water reactor. Subsequent work by Wollan and Clifford G. Shull, who joined Wollan's group at Oak Ridge in 1946, laid the foundations for widespread application of neutron diffraction as an important research tool.

  3. High-precision neutron spectrometry, using diffraction focusing. Test experiment

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    Kuznetsov, I. A.; Berdnikov, Ya. A.; Berdnikov, A. Ya.; Borisov, Yu. V.; Braginetz, Yu. P.; Fedorov, V. V.; Lasitsa, M. V.; Semenikhin, S. Yu.; Khorina, M. L.; Voronin, V. V.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of double-crystal neutron focusing, using Laue diffraction in large perfect crystals was studied. The observed effect allows reach the angular resolution better than 0.03", that is ~ 10-2 of the Bragg reflection width. This fact makes it possible to create a new ultraprecise method for neutron spectrometry combining the spin-echo small angle neutron scattering with Laue diffraction.

  4. Crystal structure of human tooth enamel studied by neutron diffraction

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    Ouladdiaf, Bachir; Rodriguez-Carvajal, Juan; Goutaudier, Christelle; Ouladdiaf, Selma; Grosgogeat, Brigitte; Pradelle, Nelly; Colon, Pierre

    2015-02-01

    Crystal structure of human tooth enamel was investigated using high-resolution neutron powder diffraction. Excellent agreement between observed and refined patterns is obtained, using the hexagonal hydroxyapatite model for the tooth enamel, where a large hydroxyl deficiency ˜70% is found in the 4e site. Rietveld refinements method combined with the difference Fourier maps have revealed, however, that the hydroxyl ions are not only disordered along the c-axis but also within the basal plane. Additional H ions located at the 6h site and forming HPO42- anions were found.

  5. Examination of reactor grade graphite using neutron powder diffraction

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    DiJulio, D. D.; Hawari, A. I.

    2009-07-01

    Graphite is of principal interest in Generation IV nuclear reactor concepts. In particular, graphite will be the moderator for the Very High Temperature Reactor. In support of experimental and computational investigations that aim at understanding the behavior of reactor grade graphite under operating conditions, neutron powder diffraction experiments have been performed at the North Carolina State University PULSTAR reactor. The collected diffraction patterns exhibit intense broadening of several of the reflections, characteristic of turbostratic stacking. In order to quantify this disorder structurally, a model combined with a Rietveld-like refinement approach was implemented, which includes several refinable parameters that aim at describing this type of structure. Stacking parameters representing the probabilities of a random and registered shift between stacking packages were defined. The results indicate that the studied reactor grade graphite specimens contain a small fraction of layer disorder. The inferred interlayer spacing for the specimens is slightly larger than the theoretical value for graphite of 0.335 nm and the lattice constant is slightly less than 0.246 nm. The developed methodology is found to be successful in fitting the neutron diffraction patterns of reactor grade graphite.

  6. Future directions in high-pressure neutron diffraction

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    Guthrie, M.

    2015-04-01

    The ability to manipulate structure and properties using pressure has been well known for many centuries. Diffraction provides the unique ability to observe these structural changes in fine detail on lengthscales spanning atomic to nanometre dimensions. Amongst the broad suite of diffraction tools available today, neutrons provide unique capabilities of fundamental importance. However, to date, the growth of neutron diffraction under extremes of pressure has been limited by the weakness of available sources. In recent years, substantial government investments have led to the construction of a new generation of neutron sources while existing facilities have been revitalized by upgrades. The timely convergence of these bright facilities with new pressure-cell technologies suggests that the field of high-pressure (HP) neutron science is on the cusp of substantial growth. Here, the history of HP neutron research is examined with the hope of gleaning an accurate prediction of where some of these revolutionary capabilities will lead in the near future. In particular, a dramatic expansion of current pressure-temperature range is likely, with corresponding increased scope for extreme-conditions science with neutron diffraction. This increase in coverage will be matched with improvements in data quality. Furthermore, we can also expect broad new capabilities beyond diffraction, including in neutron imaging, small angle scattering and inelastic spectroscopy.

  7. Oxygen as a site specific structural probe in neutron diffraction

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    Neuefeind, Joerg C; Simonson, J Michael {Mike}; Salmon, Phil; Zeidler, Anita; Fischer, Henry E; Rauch, Helmut; Markland, Thomas; Lemmel, Hartmut

    2011-01-01

    Oxygen is a ubiquitous element, playing an essential role in most scientific and technological disciplines, and is often incorporated within a structurally disordered material where examples include molten silicates in planetary science, glasses used for lasers and optical communication, and water in biological processes. Establishing the structure of a liquid or glassy oxide and thereby its relation to the functional properties of a material is not, however, a trivial task owing to the complexity associated with atomic disorder. Here we approach this challenge by measuring the bound coherent neutron scattering lengths of the oxygen isotopes with the sensitive technique of neutron interferometry. We find that there is a small but finite contrast of 0.204(6) fm between the scattering lengths of the isotope 18O and oxygen of natural isotopic abundance natO, contrary to tables of recommended values. This has enabled us to investigate the structure of both light and heavy water by exploiting, for the first time, the method of oxygen isotope substitution in neutron diffraction, thus circumventing many of the significant problems associated with more traditional methods in which hydrogen is substituted by deuterium. We find a difference of ~0.5% between the O-H and O-D intra-molecular bond distances which is much smaller than recent estimates based on diffraction data and is found to be in excellent agreement with path integral molecular dynamics simulations made with a flexible polarisable water model. Our results demonstrate the potential for using oxygen isotope substitution as a powerful and effective site specific probe in a plethora of materials, of pertinence as instrumentation at next generation neutron sources comes online

  8. Neutron diffraction experiments with 40T pulsed magnets

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    Ohoyama, K.; Katoh, N.; Nojiri, H.; Matsuda, Y. H.; Hiraka, H.; Ikeda, K.; Shimizu, H. M.

    2006-11-01

    Aiming at realising neutron scattering experiments under B = 40T magnetic fields, we are developing diffusive techniques for neutron diffraction with a long pulse magnet. For the present experiments, we succeeded in observing the spin-flop transition of the antiferromagnet MnF2 around B = 10T using a 20T pulsed magnet on a neutron spectrometer installed at a reactor. 35T pulsed magnetic fields were also successfully generated.

  9. Uniaxial Orientational Order-Disorder Transitions in Diammine Magnesium Halides, Mg(ND 3) 2Cl 2 and Mg (ND 3) 2Br 2, Investigated by Neutron Diffraction

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    Leineweber, A.; Jacobs, H.; Fischer, P.; Böttger, G.

    2001-02-01

    Neutron powder diffraction on Mg(ND3)2Cl2 and Mg(ND3)2Br2 revealed as a function of temperature uniaxial orientational order-disorder behavior of the ND3 groups. The crystal structures of both compounds are built up from chains of octahedra 1∞[Mg(NH3)2X4/2] with X=Cl and Br arranged in different ways relative to each other. At ambient temperatures (X=Cl) and 270 K (X=Br) the ND3 groups are disordered with respect to a rotation about the bond Mg-N. The D atom density is well described by a fourfold split position, each D "site" connecting an N with an X atom: Mg(ND3)2Cl2, Cmmm, a=8.1828(6) Å, b=8.2007(6) Å, c=3.7543(2) Å, R(F2)Bragg=5.9%; Mg(ND3)2Br2, Pbam, a=5.9714(2) Å, b=11.9175(3) Å, c=3.98477(8) Å, R(F2)Bragg=7.9%. In both cases the c axis corresponds to the direction of the chains 1∞[Mg(NH3)2X4/2]. At low temperatures (8 K (X=Cl) and 1.5 K (X=Br)) both compounds are ordered with respect to the ND3 groups: They are arranged antiferroelectrically on either side of the chains 1∞[Mg(NH3)2X4/2]. The symmetry is lowered compared to the situation at ambient temperatures and 270 K respectively, which involves in both cases a doubling of the orthorhombic c axis: Mg(ND3)2Cl2, Ibmm, a=8.1319(3) Å, b=8.1338(3) Å, c=7.4410(2) Å, R(F2)Bragg=5.9%; Mg(ND3)2Br2, Pnam, a= 5.92837(8) Å, b=11.8448(2) Å, c=7.9117(1) Å, R(F2)Bragg=5.0%. Detailed evaluation of neutron diffraction data of Mg(ND3)2Cl2 as a function of temperature (50 K

  10. The early development of neutron diffraction: Science in the wings of the Manhattan Project

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    Mason, Thom; Gawne, Timothy J; Nagler, Stephen E; Nestor, Margaret Boone {Bonnie}; Carpenter, John M

    2012-01-01

    Although neutron diffraction was first observed using radioactive decay sources shortly after the discovery of the neutron, it was only with the availability of higher intensity neutron beams from the first nuclear reactors, constructed as part of the Manhattan project, that systematic investigation of Bragg scattering became possible. Remarkably, at a time when the war effort was singularly focused on the development of the atomic bomb, groups working at Oak Ridge and Chicago carried out key measurements and recognized the future utility of neutron diffraction quite independent of its contributions to the measurements of nuclear cross sections. Ernest O. Wollan, Lyle B. Borst, and Walter H. Zinn were all able to observe neutron diffraction in 1944 using the X-10 graphite reactor and the CP-3 heavy water reactor.

  11. The early development of neutron diffraction: science in the wings of the Manhattan Project

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    Mason, T. E. Gawne, T. J.; Nagler, S. E.; Nestor, M. B.; Carpenter, J. M.

    2013-01-01

    Early neutron diffraction experiments performed in 1944 using the first nuclear reactors are described. Although neutron diffraction was first observed using radioactive decay sources shortly after the discovery of the neutron, it was only with the availability of higher intensity neutron beams from the first nuclear reactors, constructed as part of the Manhattan Project, that systematic investigation of Bragg scattering became possible. Remarkably, at a time when the war effort was singularly focused on the development of the atomic bomb, groups working at Oak Ridge and Chicago carried out key measurements and recognized the future utility of neutron diffraction quite independent of its contributions to the measurement of nuclear cross sections. Ernest O. Wollan, Lyle B. Borst and Walter H. Zinn were all able to observe neutron diffraction in 1944 using the X-10 graphite reactor and the CP-3 heavy water reactor. Subsequent work by Wollan and Clifford G. Shull, who joined Wollan’s group at Oak Ridge in 1946, laid the foundations for widespread application of neutron diffraction as an important research tool.

  12. Macromolecular structure phasing by neutron anomalous diffraction

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    Cuypers, Maxime G.; Mason, Sax A.; Mossou, Estelle; Haertlein, Michael; Forsyth, V. Trevor; Mitchell, Edward P.

    2016-01-01

    In this report we show for the first time that neutron anomalous dispersion can be used in a practical manner to determine experimental phases of a protein crystal structure, providing a new tool for structural biologists. The approach is demonstrated through the use of a state-of-the-art monochromatic neutron diffractometer at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in combination with crystals of perdeuterated protein that minimise the level of hydrogen incoherent scattering and enhance the visibility of the anomalous signal. The protein used was rubredoxin in which cadmium replaced the iron at the iron-sulphur site. While this study was carried out using a steady-state neutron beam source, the results will be of major interest for capabilities at existing and emerging spallation neutron sources where time-of-flight instruments provide inherent energy discrimination. In particular this capability may be expected to offer unique opportunities to a rapidly developing structural biology community where there is increasing interest in the identification of protonation states, protein/water interactions and protein-ligand interactions – all of which are of central importance to a wide range of fundamental and applied areas in the biosciences. PMID:27511806

  13. Investigation Of Far-Field Diffraction

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    Wang, Yaujen; Scholl, Marija S.

    1993-01-01

    Report describes experimental investigation of far-field diffracton by normally illuminated circular apertures with diameters of several wavelengths of incident light. Purpose of investigation to determine whether Keller's "geometrical" theory of diffraction valid for diffraction phenomena of this kind.

  14. Neutron diffraction studies of amphipathic helices in phospholipid bilayers

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    Bradshaw, J.P.; Gilchrist, P.J.; Duff, K.C.; Saxena, A.M.

    1994-12-31

    The structural feature which is thought to facilitate the interaction of many peptides with phospholipid bilayers is the ability to fold into an amphipathic helix. In most cases the exact location and orientation of this helix with respect to the membrane is not known, and may vary with factors such as pH and phospholipid content of the bilayer. The growing interest in this area is stimulated by indications that similar interactions can contribute to the binding of certain hormones to their cell-surface receptors. We have been using the techniques of neutron diffraction from stacked phospholipid bilayers in an attempt to investigate this phenomenon with a number of membrane-active peptides. Here we report some of our findings with three of these: the bee venom melittin; the hormone calcitonin; and a synthetic peptide representing the ion channel fragment of influenza A M2 protein.

  15. Investigation of structural and dynamic properties of NH 4[N(CN) 2] by means of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction as well as vibrational and solid-state NMR spectroscopy

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    Lotsch, Bettina V.; Senker, Jürgen; Kockelmann, Winfried; Schnick, Wolfgang

    2003-11-01

    The crystal structure, spectroscopic and thermal properties of ammonium dicyanamide NH 4[N(CN) 2] have been thoroughly investigated by means of temperature-dependent single-crystal X-ray and neutron powder diffraction, vibrational and MAS-NMR spectroscopy as well as thermoanalytical measurements. The comprehensive elucidation of structural details is of special interest with respect to the unique solid-state transformation of ammonium dicyanamide into dicyandiamide. This reaction occurs at temperatures >80°C and it represents the isolobal analogue of Wöhler's historic transformation of ammonium cyanate into urea. NH 4[N(CN) 2] crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2 1/ c with lattice constants a=3.7913(8), b=12.412(2), c=9.113(2) Å, β=91.49(2)° and Z=4 (single-crystal X-ray data, T=200 K). The temperature dependence of the lattice constants shows anisotropic behavior, however, no evidence for phase transitions in the investigated temperature range was observed. The hydrogen positions could be localized by neutron diffraction (10-370 K), and the temperature-dependent behavior of the ammonium group has been analyzed by Rietveld refinements using anisotropic thermal displacement parameters. They were interpreted by utilizing a rigid body model and extracting the libration and translation matrices of the ammonium ion by applying the TLS formalism. The results obtained by the diffraction methods were confirmed and supplemented by vibrational spectroscopy and solid-state 15N and 13C MAS-NMR investigations.

  16. Lithium insertion properties of Li{sub x}TiNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} investigated by neutron diffraction and first-principles modelling

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    Catti, Michele; Pinus, Ilya; Knight, Kevin

    2015-09-15

    TiNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}, a good candidate as anode in lithium batteries, was treated with n-butyllithium to synthesize Li{sub x}TiNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} phases similar to those formed during electrochemical reactions. The Li{sub 2.67}TiNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Li{sub 3.33}TiNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} compounds, monoclinic C2/m, were studied by time-of-flight powder neutron diffraction. Their crystal structures, containing 3×3 blocks of (Ti,Nb)O{sub 6} octahedra, were Rietveld refined including Li positions. The Li atoms are distributed in similar amounts over sites with (Li–O) Coordination Numbers 5 and 4, although CN=5 should be preferred for having lower energy. Quantum-mechanical calculations were also performed, determining the average charge–discharge voltages to be 1.415 and 1.571 V for Li{sub 3.33}TiNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Li{sub 2.67}TiNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}, respectively, in good agreement with experimental results. An analysis of the theoretical charge distribution shows that, on lithiation, the chemical reduction of Ti and Nb atoms concentrates in the more condensed peripheral octahedra of the 3×3 block. This corresponds to electrons moving into a partly spin-polarized small band which gives rise to semi-metallic conductivity. - Graphical abstract: Structure of monoclinic Li{sub 3.33}TiNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}, and corresponding electron density of states. - Highlights: • Lithium was chemically inserted into the battery anode material TiNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}. • Li atoms are distributed over four- and fivefold oxygen coordinated sites. • On lithiation Nb and Ti atoms are reduced according to a peculiar structural pattern. • Theoretically predicted charge–discharge voltages fit experiments very well.

  17. In-situ neutron diffraction measurements of temperature and stresses during friction stir welding of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy

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    Woo, Wan Chuck; Feng, Zhili; Wang, Xun-Li; Brown, D. W.; Clausen, B; An, Ke; Choo, Hahn; Hubbard, Camden R; David, Stan A

    2007-01-01

    The evolution of temperature and thermal stresses during friction stir welding of Al6061-T6 was investigated by means of in-situ, time-resolved neutron diffraction technique. A method is developed to deconvolute the temperature and stress from the lattice spacing changes measured by neutron diffraction. The deep penetration capability of neutrons made it possible for the first time to obtain the temperature and thermal stresses inside a friction stir weld.

  18. In-situ neutron diffraction measurements of temperature and stresses during friction stir welding of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy

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    Feng, Zhili; Wang, Xun-Li; David, Stan A; Choo, Hahn; Hubbard, Camden R; Woo, Wan Chuck; Brown, D. W.; Clausen, B; An, Ke

    2007-01-01

    The evolution of temperature and thermal stresses during friction stir welding of Al6061-T6 was investigated by means of in situ, time resolved neutron diffraction technique. A method was developed to deconvolute the temperature and stress from the lattice spacing changes measured by neutron diffraction. The deep penetration capability of neutrons made it possible for the first time to obtain the temperature and thermal stresses inside a friction stir weld.

  19. The early development of neutron diffraction: science in the wings of the Manhattan Project

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    Mason, T. E.; Gawne, T. J.; Nagler, S. E.; Nestor, M. B.; Carpenter, J. M.

    2013-01-01

    Although neutron diffraction was first observed using radioactive decay sources shortly after the discovery of the neutron, it was only with the availability of higher intensity neutron beams from the first nuclear reactors, constructed as part of the Manhattan Project, that systematic investigation of Bragg scattering became possible. Remarkably, at a time when the war effort was singularly focused on the development of the atomic bomb, groups working at Oak Ridge and Chicago carried out key measurements and recognized the future utility of neutron diffraction quite independent of its contributions to the measurement of nuclear cross sections. Ernest O. Wollan, Lyle B. Borst and Walter H. Zinn were all able to observe neutron diffraction in 1944 using the X-10 graphite reactor and the CP-3 heavy water reactor. Subsequent work by Wollan and Clifford G. Shull, who joined Wollan’s group at Oak Ridge in 1946, laid the foundations for widespread application of neutron diffraction as an important research tool. PMID:23250059

  20. Neutron diffraction study of α-iron titanium cerium hydride

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    Lin, Hong; Niu, Shiwen; Gou, Cheng; Jin, Longhuan; Tao, Fang; Bao, Deyou; Su, Lanying

    1987-03-01

    The results of the neutron scattering method shows that the crystal structure of Fe0.94TiCe0.06H0.03 is the same as that of the FeTiH0.02. However, its diffraction peak intensities drop by 47-58%, the background increased markedly about 2 times and the lattice constant increase by 5%.

  1. Engineering related neutron diffraction measurements probing strains, texture and microstructure

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    Clausen, Bjorn; Brown, Donald W; Tome, Carlos N; Balogh, Levente; Vogel, Sven C

    2010-01-01

    Neutron diffraction has been used for engineering applications for nearly three decades. The basis of the technique is powder diffraction following Bragg's Law. From the measured diffraction patterns information about internal, or residual, strain can be deduced from the peak positions, texture information can be extracted from the peak intensities, and finally the peak widths can provide information about the microstructure, e.g. dislocation densities and grain sizes. The strains are measured directly from changes in lattice parameters, however, in many cases it is non-trivial to determine macroscopic values of stress or strain from the measured data. The effects of intergranular strains must be considered, and combining the neutron diffraction measurements with polycrystal deformation modeling has proven invaluable in determining the overall stress and strain values of interest in designing and dimensioning engineering components. Furthelmore, the combined use of measurements and modeling has provided a tool for elucidating basic material properties, such as critical resolved shear stresses for the active deformation modes and their evolution as a function of applied deformation.

  2. Carbonation profiles in cement paste analyzed by neutron diffraction

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    Galan, I.; Sanchez, J.; Andrade, C.; Evans, A.

    2012-02-01

    The present work deals with the carbonation process in cement based materials such as concrete. In order to clarify the evolution of the two main phases involved in the process, portlandite and calcium carbonate as a function of depth, spatially resolved neutron diffraction experiments have been performed at SALSA diffractometer at ILL in carbonated cement paste samples. Specimens submitted to different carbonation processes, both natural and accelerated, have been analyzed with this non destructive technique. The evolution of the main diffraction peaks of portlandite and calcite has been followed by means of neutron diffraction patterns measured at different depths. The results indicate that, in specimens subjected to CO2 atmospheres for 24 and 48 hours, the amount of calcite increases from the centre of the specimen to the surface. In both type of specimens calcite is formed at all depths analyzed, with higher quantities for the ones submitted to the longest carbonation period. Regarding the evolution of portlandite in these specimens, it almost completely disappeared, with only a low amount of the phase constant throughout the sample. In specimens subjected to air in a closed chamber for 21 months, higher amounts of portlandite were observed throughout the sample and little increase of calcite in the outer part, pointing out a much less severe reaction. The absorption effects are characterized by measuring in perpendicular directions and an absorption coefficient is calculated for portlandite.

  3. Bayesian Library for the Analysis of Neutron Diffraction Data

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    Ratcliff, William; Lesniewski, Joseph; Quintana, Dylan

    During this talk, I will introduce the Bayesian Library for the Analysis of Neutron Diffraction Data. In this library we use of the DREAM algorithm to effectively sample parameter space. This offers several advantages over traditional least squares fitting approaches. It gives us more robust estimates of the fitting parameters, their errors, and their correlations. It also is more stable than least squares methods and provides more confidence in finding a global minimum. I will discuss the algorithm and its application to several materials. I will show applications to both structural and magnetic diffraction patterns. I will present examples of fitting both powder and single crystal data. We would like to acknowledge support from the Department of Commerce and the NSF.

  4. Palladium deuteride formation in the cathode of an electrochemical cell: An in situ neutron diffraction study

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    Rotella, F.J.; Richardson, J.W. Jr.; Redey, L.; Felcher, G.P.; Hitterman, R.L.; Kleb, R.

    1991-12-31

    In this report, neutron diffraction of palladium cathodes is utilized to reveal palladium deuteride formation within the crystal structure of the metal. The experiment described in this report demonstrates the efficacy of neutron powder diffraction as a tool for structural studies of metal deuterides/hydrides and the feasibility of in situ diffraction measurements from a working electrochemical cell. (JL)

  5. Palladium deuteride formation in the cathode of an electrochemical cell: An in situ neutron diffraction study

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    Rotella, F.J.; Richardson, J.W. Jr.; Redey, L.; Felcher, G.P.; Hitterman, R.L.; Kleb, R.

    1991-01-01

    In this report, neutron diffraction of palladium cathodes is utilized to reveal palladium deuteride formation within the crystal structure of the metal. The experiment described in this report demonstrates the efficacy of neutron powder diffraction as a tool for structural studies of metal deuterides/hydrides and the feasibility of in situ diffraction measurements from a working electrochemical cell. (JL)

  6. Cosmic Coincidences: Investigations for Neutron Background Suppression

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    Heimbach, Craig R.

    2007-01-01

    Two experimental investigations were made in order to reduce background counts in neutron detectors. Each investigation relied upon the fact that neutron background is largely due to cosmic ray interactions with the air and ground. The first attempt was to look at neutron arrival times. Neutron events close in time were taken to have been of a common origin due to cosmic rays. The second investigation was similar, but based on coincident neutron/muon events. The investigations showed only a small effect, not practical for the suppression of neutron background. PMID:27110457

  7. Cosmic Coincidences: Investigations for Neutron Background Suppression.

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    Heimbach, Craig R

    2007-01-01

    Two experimental investigations were made in order to reduce background counts in neutron detectors. Each investigation relied upon the fact that neutron background is largely due to cosmic ray interactions with the air and ground. The first attempt was to look at neutron arrival times. Neutron events close in time were taken to have been of a common origin due to cosmic rays. The second investigation was similar, but based on coincident neutron/muon events. The investigations showed only a small effect, not practical for the suppression of neutron background.

  8. Crystallization of porcine pancreatic elastase and a preliminary neutron diffraction experiment

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    Kinoshita, Takayoshi; Tamada, Taro; Imai, Keisuke; Kurihara, Kazuo; Ohhara, Takashi; Tada, Toshiji; Kuroki, Ryota

    2007-04-01

    To investigate the structural characteristics of a covalent inhibitor bound to porcine pancreatic elastase (PPE), including H atoms and hydration by water, a crystal of porcine pancreatic elastase with its inhibitor was grown to a size of 1.6 mm{sup 3} for neutron diffraction study. The crystal diffracted to 2.3 Å resolution with sufficient quality for further structure determination owing to the similar atomic scattering properties of deuterium and carbon. Porcine pancreatic elastase (PPE) resembles the attractive drug target leukocyte elastase, which has been implicated in a number of inflammatory disorders. In order to investigate the structural characteristics of a covalent inhibitor bound to PPE, including H atoms and the hydration by water, a single crystal of PPE for neutron diffraction study was grown in D{sub 2}O containing 0.2 M sodium sulfate (pD 5.0) using the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. The crystal was grown to a size of 1.6 mm{sup 3} by repeated macroseeding. Neutron diffraction data were collected at room temperature using a BIX-3 diffractometer at the JRR-3 research reactor of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). The data set was integrated and scaled to 2.3 Å resolution in space group P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = 51.2, b = 57.8, c = 75.6 Å.

  9. Neutron diffraction studies of welds of aerospace aluminum alloys

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    Martukanitz, R.P.; Howell, P.R.; Payzant, E.A.; Spooner, S.; Hubbard, C.R.

    1996-10-01

    Neutron diffraction and electron microscopy were done on residual stress in various regions comprising variable polarity plasma arc welds of alloys 2219 (Al-6.3Cu) and 2195 (Al-4.0Cu-1.0Li-0.5Mg-0.5Ag). Results indicate that lattice parameter changes in the various weld regions may be attributed to residual stresses generated during welding, as well as local changes in microstructure. Distribution of longitudinal and transverse stress of welded panels shows peaks of tension and compression, respectively, within the HAZ and corroborate earlier theoretical results. Position of these peaks are related to position of minimum strength within the HAZ, and the magnitude of these peaks are a fraction of the local yield strength in this region. Weldments of alloy 2195-T8 exhibited higher peak residual stress than alloy 2219-T87. Comparison of neutron diffraction and microstructural analysis indicate decreased lattice parameters associated with the solid solution of the near HAZ; this results in decreased apparent tensile residual stress within this region and may significantly alter interpretation of residual stress measurements of these alloys. Considerable relaxation of residual stress occurs during removal of specimens from welded panels and was used to aid in differentiating changes in lattice parameters attributed to residual stress from welding and modifications in microstructure.

  10. Preliminary time-of-flight neutron diffraction study on diisopropyl fluorophosphatase (DFPase) from Loligo vulgaris

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    Blum, Marc-Michael; Koglin, Alexander; Rüterjans, Heinz; Schoenborn, Benno; Langan, Paul; Chen, Julian C.-H.

    2007-01-01

    Diisopropyl fluorophosphatase (DFPase) effectively hydrolyzes a number of organophosphorus nerve agents, including sarin, cyclohexylsarin, soman and tabun. Neutron diffraction data have been collected from DFPase crystals to 2.2 Å resolution in an effort to gain further insight into the mechanism of this enzyme. The enzyme diisopropyl fluorophosphatase (DFPase) from Loligo vulgaris is capable of decontaminating a wide variety of toxic organophosphorus nerve agents. DFPase is structurally related to a number of enzymes, such as the medically important paraoxonase (PON). In order to investigate the reaction mechanism of this phosphotriesterase and to elucidate the protonation state of the active-site residues, large-sized crystals of DFPase have been prepared for neutron diffraction studies. Available H atoms have been exchanged through vapour diffusion against D{sub 2}O-containing mother liquor in the capillary. A neutron data set has been collected to 2.2 Å resolution on a relatively small (0.43 mm{sup 3}) crystal at the spallation source in Los Alamos. The sample size and asymmetric unit requirements for the feasibility of neutron diffraction studies are summarized.

  11. Neutron and X-Ray Diffraction Studies of Advanced Materials

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    Barabash, Rozaliya; Tiley, Jaimie; Wang, Yandong; Liaw, Peter K

    2010-01-01

    The selection of articles in the special topic 'Neutron and X-Ray Studies of Advanced Materials' is based on the materials presented during the TMS 2009 annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, February 15-19, 2009. The development of ultrabrilliant third-generation synchrotron X-ray sources, together with advances in X-ray optics, has created intense X-ray microbeams, which provide the best opportunities for in-depth understanding of mechanical behavior in a broad spectrum of materials. Important applications include ultrasensitive elemental detection by X-ray fluorescence/absorption and microdiffraction to identify phase and strain with submicrometer spatial resolution. X-ray microdiffraction is a particularly exciting application compared with alternative probes of crystalline structure, orientation, and strain. X-ray microdiffraction is nondestructive with good strain resolution, competitive or superior spatial resolution in thick samples, and with the ability to probe below the sample surface. Moreover, the high-energy X-ray diffraction technique provides an effective tool for characterizing the mechanical and functional behavior in various environments (temperature, stress, and magnetic field). At the same time, some neutron diffraction instruments constructed mainly for the purpose of engineering applications can be found at nearly all neutron facilities. The first generation-dedicated instruments designed for studying in-situ mechanical behavior have been commissioned and used, and industrial standards for reliable and repeatable measurements have been developed. Furthermore, higher penetration of neutron beams into most engineering materials provides direct measurements on the distribution of various stresses (i.e., types I, II, and III) beneath the surface up to several millimeters, even tens of millimeters for important industrial components. With X-ray and neutron measurements, it is possible to characterize material behavior at different length scales. It

  12. Neutron and X-ray Microbeam Diffraction Studies around a Fatigue-Crack Tip after Overload

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    Lee, Sooyeol; Barabash, Rozaliya; Chung, Jin-Seok; Liaw, Peter K; Choo, Hahn; Sun, Yinan; Fan, C; Li, Li; Brown, Donald; Ice, Gene E

    2008-01-01

    An in-situ neutron diffraction technique was used to investigate the lattice-strain distributions and plastic deformation around a crack tip after overload. The lattice-strain profiles around a crack tip were measured as a function of the applied load during the tensile loading cycles after overload. Dislocation densities calculated from the diffraction peak broadening were presented as a function of the distance from the crack tip. Furthermore, the crystallographic orientation variations were examined near a crack tip using polychromatic X-ray microdiffraction combined with differential aperture microscopy. Crystallographic tilts are considerably observed beneath the surface around a crack tip, and these are consistent with the high dislocation densities near the crack tip measured by neutron peak broadening.

  13. A neutron diffraction study of ancient Greek ceramics

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    Siouris, I. M.; Walter, J.

    2006-11-01

    Non-destructive neutron diffraction studies were performed on three 2nd-century BC archaeological pottery fragments from the excavation site of Neos Scopos, Serres, in North Greece. In all the 273 K diagrams quartz and feldspars phase fractions are dominant. Diopside and iron oxide phases were also identifiable. The diopside content is found to decrease with increasing quartz-feldspar compositions. Iron oxides containing minerals were found to be present and the phase compositions reflect upon the coloring of the samples. However, the different content compositions of the phases may suggest different regions of the original clay materials as well as different preparation techniques. The firing temperatures were determined to be in the range of 900-1000 °C.

  14. Powder neutron diffraction studies of a carbonate fluorapatite

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    Leventouri, Th.; Chakoumakos, B. C.; Moghaddam, H. Y.; Perdikatsis, V.

    2000-02-01

    Atomic positional disorder of a single-phase natural carbonate fluorapatite (francolite) is revealed from analysis of the atomic displacement parameters (ADPs) refined from neutron powder diffraction data as a function of temperature and carbonate content. The ADPs of the francolite show a strong disturbance at the P, O3, and F sites. When it is heat treated to partially or completely remove the carbonate, the ADPs as well as the other structural parameters resemble those of a fluorapatite (Harding pegmatite) that was measured under the same conditions. The various structural changes are consistent with a substitution mechanism whereby the planar carbonate group replaces a phosphate group and lies on the mirror plane of the apatite structure. (c) 2000 Materials Research Society.

  15. Diffraction of slow neutrons by holographic SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle-polymer composite gratings

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    Klepp, J.; Fally, M.; Pruner, C.; Tomita, Y.; Plonka-Spehr, C.; Geltenbort, P.; Ivanov, S.; Manzin, G.; Andersen, K. H.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Ellabban, M. A.

    2011-07-15

    Diffraction experiments with holographic gratings recorded in SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle-polymer composites have been carried out with slow neutrons. The influence of parameters such as nanoparticle concentration, grating thickness, and grating spacing on the neutron-optical properties of such materials has been tested. Decay of the grating structure along the sample depth due to disturbance of the recording process becomes an issue at grating thicknesses of about 100 microns and larger. This limits the achievable diffraction efficiency for neutrons. As a solution to this problem, the Pendelloesung interference effect in holographic gratings has been exploited to reach a diffraction efficiency of 83% for very cold neutrons.

  16. Magnetic ground state of the two isostructual polymeric quantum magnets [Cu(HF2)(pyrazine)2]SbF6 and [Co(HF2)(pyrazine)2]SbF6 investigated with neutron powder diffraction

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    Brambleby, J.; Goddard, P. A.; Johnson, R. D.; ...

    2015-10-07

    The magnetic ground state of two isostructural coordination polymers, (i) the quasi-two-dimensional S=1/2 square-lattice antiferromagnet [Cu(HF2)(pyrazine)2]SbF6 and (ii) a related compound [Co(HF2)(pyrazine)2]SbF6, was examined with neutron powder diffraction measurements. We find that the ordered moments of the Heisenberg S=1/2 Cu(II) ions in [Cu(HF2)(pyrazine)2]SbF6 are 0.6(1)μb, while the ordered moments for the Co(II) ions in [Co(HF2)(pyrazine)2]SbF6 are 3.02(6)μb. For Cu(II), this reduced moment indicates the presence of quantum fluctuations below the ordering temperature. We also show from heat capacity and electron spin resonance measurements that due to the crystal electric field splitting of the S=3/2 Co(II) ions in [Co(HF2)(pyrazine)2]SbF6, this isostructualmore » polymer also behaves as an effective spin-half magnet at low temperatures. Furthermore, the Co moments in [Co(HF2)(pyrazine)2]SbF6 show strong easy-axis anisotropy, neutron diffraction data, which do not support the presence of quantum fluctuations in the ground state, and heat capacity data, which are consistent with 2D or close to 3D spatial exchange anisotropy.« less

  17. Three-port beam splitter for slow neutrons using holographic nanoparticle-polymer composite diffraction gratings

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    Klepp, J.; Fally, M.; Tomita, Y.; Pruner, C.; Kohlbrecher, J.

    2012-10-08

    Diffraction of slow neutrons by nanoparticle-polymer composite gratings has been observed. By carefully choosing grating parameters such as grating thickness and spacing, a three-port beam splitter operation for slow neutrons - splitting the incident neutron intensity equally into the {+-}1st and the 0th diffraction orders - has been realized. As a possible application, a Zernike three-path interferometer is briefly discussed.

  18. In situ neutron diffraction under high pressure—Providing an insight into working catalysts

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    Kandemir, Timur; Wallacher, Dirk; Hansen, Thomas; Liss, Klaus-Dieter; Naumann d'Alnoncourt, Raoul; Schlögl, Robert; Behrens, Malte

    2012-05-01

    In the present work the construction and application of a continuous flow cell is presented, from which neutron diffraction data could be obtained during catalytic reactions at high pressure. By coupling an online gas detection system, parallel structure and activity investigations of working catalysts under industrial relevant conditions are possible. The flow cell can be operated with different feed gases in a wide range from room temperature to 603 K. Pressures from ambient up to 6 MPa are applicable. An exchangeable sample positioning system makes the flow cell suitable for several different goniomter types on a variety of instrument beam lines. Complementary operational test measurements were carried out monitoring reduction of and methanol synthesis over a Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst at the high-flux powder diffraction beamline D1B at ILL and high-resolution diffraction beamline Echidna at ANSTO.

  19. Influence of neutron irradiation on the microstructure of nuclear graphite: An X-ray diffraction study

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    Zhou, Z.; Bouwman, W. G.; Schut, H.; van Staveren, T. O.; Heijna, M. C. R.; Pappas, C.

    2017-04-01

    Neutron irradiation effects on the microstructure of nuclear graphite have been investigated by X-ray diffraction on virgin and low doses (∼ 1.3 and ∼ 2.2 dpa), high temperature (750° C) irradiated samples. The diffraction patterns were interpreted using a model, which takes into account the turbostratic disorder. Besides the lattice constants, the model introduces two distinct coherent lengths in the c-axis and the basal plane, that characterise the volumes from which X-rays are scattered coherently. The methodology used in this work allows to quantify the effect of irradiation damage on the microstructure of nuclear graphite seen by X-ray diffraction. The results show that the changes of the deduced structural parameters are in agreement with previous observations from electron microscopy, but not directly related to macroscopic changes.

  20. In Situ Neutron Diffraction Study of NiTi-21Pt High-Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Benafan, O.; Gaydosh, D. J.; Noebe, R. D.; Qiu, S.; Vaidyanathan, R.

    2016-12-01

    In situ neutron diffraction was used to investigate the microstructural features of stoichiometric and Ti-rich NiTiPt high-temperature shape memory alloys with target compositions of Ni29Ti50Pt21 and Ni28.5Ti50.5Pt21 (in atomic percent), respectively. The alloys' isothermal and thermomechanical properties (i.e., moduli, thermal expansion, transformation strains, and dimensional stability) were correlated to the lattice strains, volume-averaged elastic moduli, and textures as determined by neutron diffraction. In addition, the unique aspects of this technique when applied to martensitic transformations in shape memory alloys are highlighted throughout the paper.

  1. Large-volume diamond cells for neutron diffraction above 90GPa

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    Boehler, Reinhard; Guthrie, Malcolm; Molaison, Jamie J; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Machida, Shinichi; Pradhan, Neelam; Tulk, Christopher A

    2013-01-01

    Quantitative high pressure neutron-diffraction measurements have traditionally required large sample volumes of at least 25 mm3 due to limited neutron flux. Therefore, pressures in these experiments have been limited to below 25 GPa. In comparison, for X-ray diffraction, sample volumes in conventional diamond cells for pressures up to 100 GPa have been less than 1 10 4 mm3. Here, we report a new design of strongly supported conical diamond anvils for neutron diffraction that has reached 94 GPa with a sample volume of 2 10 2 mm3, a 100-fold increase. This sample volume is sufficient to measure full neutron-diffraction patterns of D2O ice to this pressure at the high flux Spallation Neutrons and Pressure beamline at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This provides an almost fourfold extension of the previous pressure regime for such measurements.

  2. Neutron diffraction studies for realtime leaching of catalytic Ni

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    Iles, Gail N. Reinhart, Guillaume; Devred, François; Henry, Paul F. Hansen, Thomas C.

    2014-07-21

    The leaching of Al from intermetallic samples of Nickel Aluminium alloys to form Raney-type nickel catalysts is widely used in the hydrogenation industry, however, little is known of the leaching process itself. In this study, the leaching of Al was measured in realtime, in situ, using the high-flux powder neutron diffractometer, D20, at the Institut Laue-Langevin. Despite the liberation of hydrogen and effervescent nature of the reaction the transformation of the dry powder phases into Raney-type Ni was determined. Samples produced by gas-atomisation were found to leach faster than those produced using the cast and crushed technique. Regardless of processing route of the precursor powder, the formation of spongy-Ni occurs almost immediately, while Ni{sub 2}Al{sub 3} and NiAl{sub 3} continue to transform over longer periods of time. Small-angle scattering and broadening of the diffraction peaks is an evidence for the formation of the smaller Ni particles. Understanding the kinetics of the leaching process will allow industry to refine production of catalysts for optimum manufacturing time while knowledge of leaching dynamics of powders produced by different manufacturing techniques will allow further tailoring of catalytic materials.

  3. Neutron diffraction observations of interstitial protons in dense Ice

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    Guthrie, Malcolm; Boehler, Reinhard; Tulk, Christopher A; Molaison, Jamie J; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F; Li, Kuo; Hemley, Russell

    2013-01-01

    The motif of distinct H2O molecules in H-bonded networks is believed to persist up to the densest molecular phase of ice. At even higher pressures, where the molecule dissociates, it is generally assumed that the proton remains localized within these same networks. We report neutron-diffraction measurements on D2O that reveal the location of the D atoms directly up to 52 GPa, a pressure regime not previously accessible to this technique. The data show the onset of a structural change at similar to 13 GPa and cannot be described by the conventional network structure of ice VII above similar to 26 GPa. Our measurements are consistent with substantial deuteron density in the octahedral, interstitial voids of the oxygen lattice. The observation of this "interstitial" ice VII form provides a framework for understanding the evolution of hydrogen bonding in ice that contrasts with the conventional picture. It may also be a precursor for the superionic phase reported at even higher pressure with important consequences for our understanding of dense matter and planetary interiors.

  4. Neutron diffraction observations of interstitial protons in dense ice

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    Guthrie, Malcolm; Boehler, Reinhard; Tulk, Christopher A.; Molaison, Jamie J.; dos Santos, António M.; Li, Kuo; Hemley, Russell J.

    2013-01-01

    The motif of distinct H2O molecules in H-bonded networks is believed to persist up to the densest molecular phase of ice. At even higher pressures, where the molecule dissociates, it is generally assumed that the proton remains localized within these same networks. We report neutron-diffraction measurements on D2O that reveal the location of the D atoms directly up to 52 GPa, a pressure regime not previously accessible to this technique. The data show the onset of a structural change at ∼13 GPa and cannot be described by the conventional network structure of ice VII above ∼26 GPa. Our measurements are consistent with substantial deuteron density in the octahedral, interstitial voids of the oxygen lattice. The observation of this “interstitial” ice VII form provides a framework for understanding the evolution of hydrogen bonding in ice that contrasts with the conventional picture. It may also be a precursor for the superionic phase reported at even higher pressure with important consequences for our understanding of dense matter and planetary interiors. PMID:23757495

  5. Density functional and neutron diffraction studies of lithium polymer electrolytes.

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    Baboul, A. G.

    1998-06-26

    The structure of PEO doped with lithium perchlorate has been determined using neutron diffraction on protonated and deuterated samples. The experiments were done in the liquid state. Preliminary analysis indicates the Li-O distance is about 2.0 {angstrom}. The geometries of a series of gas phase lithium salts [LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}, Li(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 2}){sub 2}N, Li(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 2}){sub 2}CH, LiClO{sub 4}, LiPF{sub 6}, LiAsF{sub 6}] used in polymer electrolytes have been optimized at B3LYP/6-31G(d) density functional level of theory. All local minima have been identified. For the triflate, imide, methanide, and perchlorate anions, the lithium cation is coordinated to two oxygens and have binding energies of ca 141 kcal/mol at the B3LYP/6-311+G(3df,2p)/B3LYP/6-31G* level of theory. For the hexafluoroarsenate and hexafluorophosphate the lithium cation is coordinated to three oxygens and have binding energies of ca. 136 kcal/mol.

  6. Neutron diffraction study of metal-matrix composite with fullerite

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    Borisova, P. A.; Blanter, M. S.; Brazhkin, VV; Somenkov, VA; Filonenko, V. P.

    2016-09-01

    Interaction of amorphous fullerite C60 with austenitic Fe-33.2 wt. % Ni alloy at pressures 0-8 GPa and temperatures 600-1100 °C was studied by neutron diffraction. The amorphous fullerite was obtained by ball milling and mixed with the powder of the crystalline alloy. The interaction at sintering led to the dissolution of carbon in fcc Fe-Ni solid solution and the formation of carbide (Fe, Ni)3C, but the Fe-Ni-C alloy did not undergo phase transformations and preserved the original fcc structure. As a result, the alloy hardened, we could also witness a clear barometric effect: at the pressure of 2 GPa the amount of the dissolved carbon and the microhardness turned out to be significantly higher than those at 8 GPa. During sintering amorphous fullerite is undergoing phase transitions and its microhardness is higher than the microhardness of the metal component. At high temperatures of interaction graphite appears. The presence of Fe-Ni alloy in the composite reduces the temperature of graphite formation in comparison with transformations in the pure amorphous fullerene.

  7. Assessment of Shape Memory Alloys - From Atoms To Actuators - Via In Situ Neutron Diffraction

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    Benafan, Othmane

    2014-01-01

    As shape memory alloys (SMAs) become an established actuator technology, it is important to identify the fundamental mechanisms responsible for their performance by understanding microstructure performance relationships from processing to final form. Yet, microstructural examination of SMAs at stress and temperature is often a challenge since structural changes occur with stress and temperature and microstructures cannot be preserved through quenching or after stress removal, as would be the case for conventional materials. One solution to this dilemma is in situ neutron diffraction, which has been applied to the investigation of SMAs and has offered a unique approach to reveal the fundamental micromechanics and microstructural aspects of bulk SMAs in a non-destructive setting. Through this technique, it is possible to directly correlate the micromechanical responses (e.g., internal residual stresses, lattice strains), microstructural evolutions (e.g., texture, defects) and phase transformation properties (e.g., phase fractions, kinetics) to the macroscopic actuator behavior. In this work, in situ neutron diffraction was systematically employed to evaluate the deformation and transformation behavior of SMAs under typical actuator conditions. Austenite and martensite phases, yield behavior, variant selection and transformation temperatures were characterized for a polycrystalline NiTi (49.9 at. Ni). As the alloy transforms under thermomechanical loading, the measured textures and lattice plane-level variations were directly related to the cyclic actuation-strain characteristics and the dimensional instability (strain ratcheting) commonly observed in this alloy. The effect of training on the shape memory characteristics of the alloy and the development of two-way shape memory effect (TWSME) were also assessed. The final conversion from a material to a useful actuator, typically termed shape setting, was also investigated in situ during constrained heatingcooling and

  8. Lattice collapse and quenching of magnetism in CaFe[subscript 2]As[subscript 2] under pressure: A single-crystal neutron and x-ray diffraction investigation

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    Goldman, A.I.; Kreyssig, A.; Prokeš, K.; Pratt, D.K.; Argyriou, D.N.; Lynn, J.W.; Nandi, S.; Kimber, S.A.J.; Chen, Y.; Lee, Y.B.; Samolyuk, G.; Leão, J.B.; Poulton, S.J.; Bud'ko, S.L.; Ni, N.; Canfield, P.C.; Harmon, B.N.; McQueeney, R.J.

    2009-06-12

    Single-crystal neutron and high-energy x-ray diffraction measurements have identified the phase lines corresponding to transitions among the ambient-pressure paramagnetic tetragonal (T), the antiferromagnetic orthorhombic (O), and the nonmagnetic collapsed tetragonal (cT) phases of CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. We find no evidence of additional structures for pressures of up to 2.5 GPa (at 300 K). Both the T-cT and O-cT transitions exhibit significant hysteresis effects, and we demonstrate that coexistence of the O and cT phases can occur if a nonhydrostatic component of pressure is present. Measurements of the magnetic diffraction peaks show no change in the magnetic structure or ordered moment as a function of pressure in the O phase, and we find no evidence of magnetic ordering in the cT phase. Band-structure calculations show that the transition into the cT phase results in a strong decrease in the iron 3d density of states at the Fermi energy, consistent with a loss of the magnetic moment.

  9. Neutron diffraction study of the phase-specific stresses in graded alumina/zirconia ceramics

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    Lukáš, Petr; Vrána, Miroslav; Mikula, Pavel; Vleugels, J.; Anné, G.; van der Biest, O.

    2004-07-01

    New functionally graded Al2O3/Y-ZrO2 ceramics are developed as a new material for production of hip prosthesis, especially all-ceramic hip bearings. The used concept of graded ceramics is expected to provide better long-term performance based on improved mechanical properties and lower clinical risks. Mechanical properties are strongly dependent on distribution of residual stresses resulting mainly from phase specific stresses after cooling from sintering temperature. However, these stresses could be optimized by an appropriate selection of a concentration profile of constituent phases. The non-destructive neutron diffraction mapping of residual stresses has been used to investigate this problem experimentally.

  10. Single crystal neutron diffraction refinement of bullvalene at 110 K

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    Luger, P.; Buschmann, J.; McMullan, R.K.; Ruble, J.R.; Matias, P.; Jeffrey, G.A.

    1986-11-26

    A low-temperature neutron diffraction refinement of the crystal structure of bullvalene, C/sub 10/H/sub 10/, tricyclo(3.3.2.0/sup 2.8/)deca-2,5,8-triene, shows that the molecule is distorted only very slightly from the C/sub 3 upsilon/ symmetry expected for the isolated molecule, although the crystal structure symmetry is monoclinic. There is a small but significant difference between the shortest and longest of the C-C bonds in the cyclopropane ring, which are 1.536 (1), 1.533 (1), and 1.530 (1) A. The three ethylenic wings of the molecule are virtually identical, except for small differences in planarity and C-C-H angles. One wing is exactly planar within 0.002 (3) A. In the other two, one of the hydrogen atoms in each is significantly displaced from the plane by 0.027 (3) and 0.023 (3) A. The mean bond lengths in the ethylenic wings are C/sub ring/-C, 1.4727 (7) A; C=C, 1.3423 (7) A; =C-C, 1.5163 (7) A. The C-H bond lengths range from 1.086 (2) to 1.092 (2) A. The thermal motion analysis gives an unusually good fit to the rigid-body model. Corrections for harmonic thermal motion lengthened all C-C and C=C bonds uniformly by 0.003 A. For the C-H bonds, the harmonic riding motion and anharmonicity corrections almost cancel, so that the thermally corrected bond lengths differ from those measured by +/- 0.001 A.

  11. Neutron scattering and diffraction instrument for structural study on biology in Japan

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    Niimura, Nobuo

    1994-12-31

    Neutron scattering and diffraction instruments in Japan which can be used for structural studies in biology are briefly introduced. Main specifications and general layouts of the instruments are shown.

  12. Depolarization in the diffraction of polarized neutrons by a tungsten-186 single crystal

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    Aleksandrov, Y.A.; Vavra, J.; Vrana, M.; Goralik, L.; Kulda, I.; Lukash, P.; Mikula, P.; Chalupa, B.

    1985-09-10

    An observation of a depolarization of neutrons upon diffraction confirms that the paramagnetic phase of tungsten containing a microscopic cobalt impurity has regions in which the magnetic moments are ordered (magnetic clusters).

  13. Neutron irradiated uranium silicides studied by neutron diffraction and Rietveld analysis

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    Birtcher, R.C.; Mueller, M.H.; Richardson, J.W. Jr.

    1990-11-01

    The irradiation behavior of high-density uranium silicides has been a matter of interest to the nuclear industry for use in high power or low enrichment applications. Transmission electron microscopy studies have found that heavy ion bombardment renders U{sub 3}Si and U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} amorphous at temperatures below about 250 C and that U{sub 3}Si becomes mechanically unstable suffering rapid growth by plastic flow. In this present work, crystallographic changes preceding amorphization by fission fragment damage have been studied by high-resolution neutron diffraction as a function of damage produced by uranium fission at room temperature. Initially, both silicides had tetragonal crystal structures. Crystallographic and amorphous phases were studied simultaneously by combining conventional Rietveld refinement of the crystallographic phases with Fourier-filtering analysis of the non-crystalline scattering component. 13 refs., 5 figs.

  14. Neutron-diffraction characterization of tungsten-nickel-iron alloys. Preliminary technical report, 1984-1985

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    Prask, H.J.; Choi, C.S.

    1986-02-01

    Neutron diffraction and small-angle scattering were employed to elucidate the effect of strain aging on macroscopic properties of tungsten-nickel-iron (W-.07Ni-.03Fe) alloys. The neutron measurements indicate that strain aging causes reduction and redistribution of residual stresses induced by swaging, accompanied by void/precipitate evolution.

  15. Proceedings of the 1986 workshop on advanced time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction

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    Lawson, A.C.; Smith, K.

    1986-09-01

    This report contains abstracts of talks and summaries of discussions from a small workshop held to discuss the future of time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction and its implementation at the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center. 47 refs., 3 figs.

  16. Verification of the weak equivalence principle with Laue diffracting neutrons: Test experiment

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    Vezhlev, E. O.; Voronin, V. V.; Kuznetsov, I. A.; Semenikhin, S. Yu.; Fedorov, V. V.

    2013-07-01

    We propose a novel experiment to test the weak equivalence principle (WEP) for the Laue diffracting neutron. Our experiment is based on an essential magnification of an external affect on neutron diffracting by Laue for the Bragg angles close to the right one in couple with additional enhancement factor which exists due to the delay of the Laue diffracting neutron at such Bragg angles. This enhancement phenomena is proposed to be utilized for measuring the force which deviates from zero if WEP is violated. The accuracy of measuring inertial to gravitational neutron masses ratio for the introduced setup can reach ˜10-5, which is more than one order superior to the best present-day result.

  17. Probing the Hydrogen Sublattice of FeHx with High-Pressure Neutron Diffraction

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    Murphy, C. A.; Guthrie, M.; Boehler, R.; Somayazulu, M.; Fei, Y.; Molaison, J.; dos Santos, A. M.

    2013-12-01

    The combination of seismic, cosmochemical, and mineral physics observations have revealed that Earth's iron-rich core must contain some light elements, such as hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, silicon, and/or sulfur. Therefore, understanding the influence of these light elements on the structural, thermoelastic, and electronic properties of iron is important for constraining the composition of this remote layer of the Earth and, in turn, providing constraints on planetary differentiation and core formation models. The high-pressure structural and magnetic properties of iron hydride (FeHx) have previously been studied using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Such experiments revealed that the double hexagonal close-packed (dhcp) structure of FeHx is stable above a pressure of ~5 GPa and up to at least 80 GPa at 300 K [1]. In addition, dhcp-FeHx is ferromagnetic at low-pressures, but undergoes a magnetic collapse around 22 GPa [2]. X-ray experiments provide valuable insight into the properties of FeHx, but such techniques are largely sensitive to the iron component because it is difficult to detect the hydrogen sublattice with x-rays. Therefore, neutron diffraction has been used to investigate metastable FeHx, which is formed by quenching the high-pressure phase to liquid nitrogen temperatures and probing the sample at ambient pressure [3]. However, such neutron experiments have been limited to formation pressures below 10 GPa, and cannot be performed at ambient temperature. Here we present the first in-situ investigation of FeHx at 300 K using high-pressure neutron diffraction experiments performed at the Spallation Neutrons and Pressure Diffractometer (SNAP) instrument at the Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In order to achieve pressures of ~50 GPa, we loaded iron samples with a hydrogen gas pressure medium into newly designed large-volume panoramic diamond-anvil cells (DACs) for neutron diffraction experiments [4; 5]. We

  18. Aging behavior of lithium iron phosphate based 18650-type cells studied by in situ neutron diffraction

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    Paul, Neelima; Wandt, Johannes; Seidlmayer, Stefan; Schebesta, Sebastian; Mühlbauer, Martin J.; Dolotko, Oleksandr; Gasteiger, Hubert A.; Gilles, Ralph

    2017-03-01

    The aging behavior of commercially produced 18650-type Li-ion cells consisting of a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) based cathode and a graphite anode based on either mesocarbon microbeads (MCMB) or needle coke (NC) is studied by in situ neutron diffraction and standard electrochemical techniques. While the MCMB cells showed an excellent cycle life with only 8% relative capacity loss (i.e., referenced to the capacity after formation) after 4750 cycles and showed no capacity loss on storage for two years, the needle coke cells suffered a 23% relative capacity loss after cycling and a 11% loss after storage. Based on a combination of neutron diffraction and electrochemical characterization, it is shown that the entire capacity loss for both cell types is dominated by the loss of active lithium; no other aging mechanisms like structural degradation of anode or cathode active materials or deactivation of active material could be found, highlighting the high structural stability of the active material and the excellent quality of the investigated cells.

  19. In situ synthesis and characterization of uranium carbide using high temperature neutron diffraction

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    Reiche, H. Matthias; Vogel, Sven C.; Tang, Ming

    2016-04-01

    We investigated the formation of UCx from UO2+x and graphite in situ using neutron diffraction at high temperatures with particular focus on resolving the conflicting reports on the crystal structure of non-quenchable cubic UC2. The agents were UO2 nanopowder, which closely imitates nano grains observed in spent reactor fuels, and graphite powder. In situ neutron diffraction revealed the onset of the UO2 + 2C → UC + CO2 reaction at 1440 °C, with its completion at 1500 °C. Upon further heating, carbon diffuses into the uranium carbide forming C2 groups at the octahedral sites. This resulting high temperature cubic UC2 phase is similar to the NaCl-type structure as proposed by Bowman et al. Our novel experimental data provide insights into the mechanism and kinetics of formation of UC as well as characteristics of the high temperature cubic UC2 phase which agree with proposed rotational rehybridization found from simulations by Wen et al.

  20. Unraveling cyclic deformation mechanisms of a rolled magnesium alloy using in situ neutron diffraction

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    Wu, Wei; An, Ke; Liaw, Peter K.

    2014-12-23

    In the current study, the deformation mechanisms of a rolled magnesium alloy were investigated under cyclic loading using real-time in situ neutron diffraction under a continuous-loading condition. The relationship between the macroscopic cyclic deformation behavior and the microscopic response at the grain level was established. The neutron diffraction results indicate that more and more grains are involved in the twinning and detwinning deformation process with the increase of fatigue cycles. The residual twins appear in the early fatigue life, which is responsible for the cyclic hardening behavior. The asymmetric shape of the hysteresis loop is attributed to the early exhaustionmore » of the detwinning process during compression, which leads to the activation of dislocation slips and rapid strain-hardening. The critical resolved shear stress for the activation of tensile twinning closely depends on the residual strain developed during cyclic loading. In the cycle before the sample fractured, the dislocation slips became active in tension, although the sample was not fully twinned. The increased dislocation density leads to the rise of the stress concentration at weak spots, which is believed to be the main reason for the fatigue failure. Furthermore, the deformation history greatly influences the deformation mechanisms of hexagonal-close-packed-structured magnesium alloy during cyclic loading.« less

  1. Unraveling cyclic deformation mechanisms of a rolled magnesium alloy using in situ neutron diffraction

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    Wu, Wei; An, Ke; Liaw, Peter K.

    2014-12-23

    In the current study, the deformation mechanisms of a rolled magnesium alloy were investigated under cyclic loading using real-time in situ neutron diffraction under a continuous-loading condition. The relationship between the macroscopic cyclic deformation behavior and the microscopic response at the grain level was established. The neutron diffraction results indicate that more and more grains are involved in the twinning and detwinning deformation process with the increase of fatigue cycles. The residual twins appear in the early fatigue life, which is responsible for the cyclic hardening behavior. The asymmetric shape of the hysteresis loop is attributed to the early exhaustion of the detwinning process during compression, which leads to the activation of dislocation slips and rapid strain-hardening. The critical resolved shear stress for the activation of tensile twinning closely depends on the residual strain developed during cyclic loading. In the cycle before the sample fractured, the dislocation slips became active in tension, although the sample was not fully twinned. The increased dislocation density leads to the rise of the stress concentration at weak spots, which is believed to be the main reason for the fatigue failure. Furthermore, the deformation history greatly influences the deformation mechanisms of hexagonal-close-packed-structured magnesium alloy during cyclic loading.

  2. Structures and crystal chemistry of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}LnB'O{sub 6} (Ln=lanthanide B'=Nb{sup 5+} and Ta{sup 5+}): Part I. Investigation of Ba{sub 2}LnTaO{sub 6} using synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction

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    Saines, Paul J.; Spencer, Jarrah R.; Kennedy, Brendan J. Avdeev, Maxim

    2007-11-15

    The structure of 14 compounds in the series Ba{sub 2}LnTaO{sub 6} have been examined using synchrotron X-ray diffraction and found to undergo a sequence of phase transitions from I2/m monoclinic to I4/m tetragonal to Fm3-bar m cubic symmetry with decreasing ionic radii of the lanthanides. Ba{sub 2}LaTaO{sub 6} is an exception to this with variable temperature neutron diffraction being used to establish that the full series of phases adopted over the range of 15-500 K is P2{sub 1}/n monoclinic to I2/m monoclinic to R3-bar rhombohedral. The chemical environments of these compounds have also been investigated and the overbonding to the lanthanide cations is due to the unusually large size for the B-site in these perovskites. - Graphical abstract: The evolution of the structure across the series of double perovskites Ba{sub 2}LnTaO{sub 6} is established using a combination of synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction. The symmetry increases from monoclinic to tetragonal and then cubic as the size of the lanthanide decreases.

  3. Non-destructive Quantitative Phase Analysis and Microstructural Characterization of Zirconium Coated U-10Mo Fuel Foils via Neutron Diffraction

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    Cummins, Dustin Ray; Vogel, Sven C.; Hollis, Kendall Jon; Brown, Donald William; Dombrowski, David E.

    2016-10-18

    This report uses neutron diffraction to investigate the crystal phase composition of uranium-molybdenum alloy foils (U-10Mo) for the CONVERT MP-1 Reactor Conversion Project, and determines the effect on alpha-uranium contamination following the deposition of a Zr metal diffusion layer by various methods: plasma spray deposition of Zr powders at LANL and hot co-rolling with Zr foils at BWXT. In summary, there is minimal decomposition of the gamma phase U-10Mo foil to alpha phase contamination following both plasma spraying and hot co-rolling. The average unit cell volume, i.e. lattice spacing, of the Zr layer can be mathematically extracted from the diffraction data; co-rolled Zr matches well with literature values of bulk Zr, while plasma sprayed Zr shows a slight increase in the lattice spacing, indicative of interstitial oxygen in the lattice. Neutron diffraction is a beneficial alternative to conventional methods of phase composition, i.e. x ray diffraction (XRD) and destructive metallography. XRD has minimal penetration depth in high atomic number materials, particularly uranium, and can only probe the first few microns of the fuel plate; neutrons pass completely through the foil, allowing for bulk analysis of the foil composition and no issues with addition of cladding layers, as in the final, aluminum-clad reactor fuel plates. Destructive metallography requires skilled technicians, cutting of the foil into small sections, hazardous etching conditions, long polishing and microscopy times, etc.; the neutron diffraction system has an automated sample loader and can fit larger foils, so there is minimal analysis preparation; the total spectrum acquisition time is ~ 1 hour per sample. The neutron diffraction results are limited by spectra refinement/calculation times and the availability of the neutron beam source. In the case of LANSCE at Los Alamos, the beam operates ~50% of the year. Following the lessons learned from these preliminary results, optimizations to

  4. Defect dynamics in polycrystalline zirconium alloy probed in situ by primary extinction of neutron diffraction

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    Kabra, Saurabh; Yan, Kun; Carr, David G.; Harrison, Robert P.; Dippenaar, Rian J.; Reid, Mark; Liss, Klaus-Dieter

    2013-02-01

    After α + β-zirconium has fully transformed into β-phase upon heating, the intensities of all β-Zr Bragg reflections decrease simultaneously as a function of time. It is shown that this effect represents a transition from the kinematic to the dynamic theory of diffraction due to the ever increasing crystal perfection driven by thermal recovery of the system. The best fitting coherent crystallite size of 30 μm and other microstructural features are verified by in situ laser scanning confocal microscopy. This effect of primary extinction in neutron diffraction has been employed to further investigate the crystal perfection kinetics. Upon further heating, crystal recovery is identified as a process of dislocation annihilation, suffering from lattice friction. Upon cooling, precipitating α-Zr induces strain into the perfect β-crystallites, re-establishing the kinematic diffraction intensities. An Avrami analysis leads to the estimations of nucleation time, consumption of nucleation sites and lower-dimensional growth. Such technique bears great value for further investigation on all metal systems annealed close to the melting temperature.

  5. Magnetic symmetries in neutron and resonant x-ray Bragg diffraction patterns of four iridium oxides.

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    Lovesey, S W; Khalyavin, D D; Manuel, P; Chapon, L C; Cao, G; Qi, T F

    2012-12-12

    The magnetic properties of Sr(2)IrO(4), Na(2)IrO(3), Sr(3)Ir(2)O(7) and CaIrO(3) are discussed, principally in the light of experimental data in recent literature for Bragg intensities measured in x-ray diffraction with enhancement at iridium L-absorption edges. The electronic structure factors we report, which incorporate parity-even and acentric entities, serve the immediate purpose of making full use of crystal and magnetic symmetry to refine our knowledge of the magnetic properties of the four iridates from resonant x-ray diffraction data. They also offer a platform on which to interpret future investigations, using dichroic signals, resonant x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction, for example, as well as ab initio calculations of electronic structure. Unit-cell structure factors, suitable for x-ray Bragg diffraction enhanced by an electric dipole-electric dipole (E1-E1) event, reveal exactly which iridium multipoles are visible, e.g., a magnetic dipole parallel to the crystal c-axis (z-axis) and an electric quadrupole with yz-like symmetry in the specific case of CaIrO(3). Magnetic space-groups are assigned to Sr(2)IrO(4), Sr(3)Ir(2)O(7) and CaIrO(3), namely, P(I)cca, P(A)ban and Cm'cm', respectively, in the Belov-Neronova-Smirnova notation. The assignment for Sr(2)IrO(4) is possible because of our new high-resolution neutron diffraction data, gathered on a powder sample. In addition, the new data are used to show that the ordered magnetic moment of an Ir(4+) ion in Sr(2)IrO(4) does not exceed 0.29(4) μ(B). Na(2)IrO(3) has two candidate magnetic space-groups that are not resolved with currently available resonant x-ray data.

  6. A preliminary neutron diffraction study of rasburicase, a recombinant urate oxidase enzyme, complexed with 8-azaxanthin

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    Budayova-Spano, Monika; Bonneté, Françoise; Ferté, Natalie; El Hajji, Mohamed; Meilleur, Flora; Blakeley, Matthew Paul; Castro, Bertrand

    2006-03-01

    Neutron diffraction data of hydrogenated recombinant urate oxidase enzyme (Rasburicase), complexed with a purine-type inhibitor 8-azaxanthin, was collected to 2.1 Å resolution from a crystal grown in D{sub 2}O by careful control and optimization of crystallization conditions via knowledge of the phase diagram. Deuterium atoms were clearly seen in the neutron-scattering density map. Crystallization and preliminary neutron diffraction measurements of rasburicase, a recombinant urate oxidase enzyme expressed by a genetically modified Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain, complexed with a purine-type inhibitor (8-azaxanthin) are reported. Neutron Laue diffraction data were collected to 2.1 Å resolution using the LADI instrument from a crystal (grown in D{sub 2}O) with volume 1.8 mm{sup 3}. The aim of this neutron diffraction study is to determine the protonation states of the inhibitor and residues within the active site. This will lead to improved comprehension of the enzymatic mechanism of this important enzyme, which is used as a protein drug to reduce toxic uric acid accumulation during chemotherapy. This paper illustrates the high quality of the neutron diffraction data collected, which are suitable for high-resolution structural analysis. In comparison with other neutron protein crystallography studies to date in which a hydrogenated protein has been used, the volume of the crystal was relatively small and yet the data still extend to high resolution. Furthermore, urate oxidase has one of the largest primitive unit-cell volumes (space group I222, unit-cell parameters a = 80, b = 96, c = 106 Å) and molecular weights (135 kDa for the homotetramer) so far successfully studied with neutrons.

  7. Area detectors in single-crystal neutron diffraction

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    McIntyre, Garry J.

    2015-12-01

    The introduction of area detectors has brought about a gentle revolution in the routine application of single-crystal neutron diffractometry. Implemented first for macromolecular crystallography, electronic detectors subsequently gradually spread to chemical and physics-oriented crystallography at steady-state sources. The volumetric surveying of reciprocal space implicit in the Laue technique has required area detectors right from the start, whether using film and more recently image plates and CCD-based detectors at reactors, or scintillation detectors at spallation sources. Wide-angle volumetric data collection has extended application of neutron single-crystal diffractometry to chemical structures, sample volumes, and physical phenomena previously deemed impossible. More than 30 of the dedicated single-crystal neutron diffractometers at steady-state reactor and neutron spallation sources worldwide and accessible via peer-review proposal mechanisms are currently equipped with area detectors. Here we review the historical development of the various types of area detectors used for single crystals, discuss experimental aspects peculiar to experiments with such detectors, highlight the scientific fields where the use of area detectors has had a special impact, and forecast future developments in hardware, implementation, and software.

  8. An Approach to Model Neutron Diffraction Pattern of Uniaxial Deformed Sandstone Using Elastic Properties of Quartz

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    Breuer, S.; Schilling, F. R.; Mueller, B.; Scheffzuek, C.

    2015-12-01

    Mechanical properties of sedimentary rocks such as stress-strain-relations are essential for understanding dynamic processes within the Earth's crust. The measurement of in-situ lattice strain in bulk samples is possible with diffraction methods, e.g. with neutrons. The advantage of neutron diffraction is their high penetration depth, which enables to gather a statistically relevant number of grains by diffraction. The neutron time-of-flight diffraction at the strain diffractometer EPSILON which is located at the pulsed neutron source IBR-2M (JINR Dubna, RUS) enables the detection of the complete diffraction pattern up to λ = 7.1 Å (d = 5.1 Å). Uniaxial cyclic deformation experiments were carried out up to 50 MPa (three steps) on a macroscopically isotropic sandstone from Kuhbach / Lahr (Germany). The aim of the present study is to model diffraction patterns for different applied stress-levels, based on the zero-stress diffraction pattern and known elastic properties of Quartz single crystals. The as received model-predictions are compared to observations, both, in the direction of maximum stress (along the cylindric axis) and perpendicular to it. The results show that the shape of the grains has an influence on the macroscopic elastic behavior of the rock whereas the microscopic strain is affected in a different manner. The model is based on spherical quartz grains. The spheres are divided into slices. By removing some slices, the shape of sand grains is approximated. The reaction of each slice through the applied stress is modelled. Together with the relative volume of each slice and it´s elastic behavior, the diffraction pattern is predicted for different applied loads. Measured and modelled diffraction-patterns at different applied loads are in good agreement.

  9. The use of pulsed neutron diffraction to measure strain in composites

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    Bourke, M.A.M.; Goldstone, J.A.; Shi, N.; Gray, G.T. III; James, M.R.; Todd, R.I.

    1994-03-01

    Neutron diffraction is a technique for measuring strain in crystalline materials. It is non destructive, phase discriminatory and more penetrating than X rays. Pulsed neutron sources (in contrast with steady state reactor sources) are particularly appropriate for examining heterogeneous materials or for recording the polycrystalline response of all lattice reflections. Several different aspects of composite behavior can be characterized and examples are given of residual strain measurements, strain relaxation during heating, applied loading, and determination of the strain distribution function.

  10. Solid-state synthesis of LiBD(4) observed by in situ neutron diffraction.

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    Remhof, A; Friedrichs, O; Buchter, F; Mauron, Ph; Züttel, A; Wallacher, D

    2008-10-14

    The synthesis of Li[(11)BD(4)] from LiB and D(2) (p = 180 bar) is investigated by in situ neutron diffraction. The onset of the Li[(11)BD(4)] formation is observed far below the temperatures reported so far for the reaction from the pure elements, indicative of a lower activation barrier. We attribute the improved formation behavior to the breaking of the rigid boron lattice and intermixing of the elements on an atomic level when forming the binary compound LiB. The reaction starts with the decomposition of the initial LiB compound and the formation of LiD. At 623 K LiBD(4) starts to form. However, under the given experimental conditions (maximal temperature = 773 K) a complete reaction was not achieved; there is still residual LiD present.

  11. Application of neutron diffraction to measure residual strains in high temperature composites

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    Saigal, A. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering); Kupperman, D.S. )

    1991-01-01

    An experimental neutron diffraction technique was used to measure residual thermal strains developed in high temperature composites during postfabrication cooling. Silicon carbide fiber-reinforced titanium aluminide (over the temperature range 20--950{degree}C) and tungsten and saphikon fiber-reinforced nickel aluminide composites (at room temperature) were investigated. As a result of thermal expansion mismatch, compressive residual strains and stresses were generated in the silicon carbide fibers during cooldown. The axial residual strains were tensile in the matrix and were lower in nickel aluminide matrix as compared to those in titanium aluminide matrix. The average transverse residual strains in the matrix were compressive. Liquid-nitrogen dipping and thermal-cycling tend to reduce the fabrication-induced residual strains in silicon carbide fiber-reinforced titanium aluminide matrix composite. However, matrix cracking can occur as a result of these processes. 10 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  12. Neutron Diffraction Characterization of Residual Strain in Welded Inconel 718 for NASA Space Shuttle Flow Liners

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    Rathod, C.R.; Vaidyanathan, R.; Livescu, V.; Clausen, B.; Bourke, M. A. M.; Notardonato, W.U.; Femminineo, M.

    2004-06-28

    This work quantitatively assesses residual strains and stresses associated with the weld repair process used to repair cracks on NASA's space shuttle flow liners. The coupons used in this investigation were made of the same INCONEL 718 alloy used for the flow liners. They were subjected to identical welding and certification procedures that were carried out on the space shuttle. Neutron diffraction measurements at Los Alamos National Laboratory determined residual strains at selected locations in a welded coupon at 293 K and 135 K. The weld repair process introduced Mises effective residual stresses of up to 555 MPa. On comparing the measurements at 293 K and 135 K, no significant change to the residual strain profile was noted at the low temperature. This indicated minimal mismatch in the coefficients of thermal expansion between the base metal and the weld.

  13. Development of MnBi permanent magnet: neutron diffraction of MnBi powder

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    Cui, Jun; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Li, Guosheng; Polikarpov, Evgueni; Darsell, Jens T.; Kramer, Matthew J.; Zarkevich, Nikolai; Wang, L. L.; Johnson, D. D.; Marinescu, Melania; Huang, Qingzhen; Wu, Hui; Vuong, Nguyen V.; Liu, J.Ping

    2014-03-05

    MnBi attracts great attention in recent years for its great potential as permanent magnet materials. MnBi phase is difficult to obtain because of the rather drastic peritectic reaction between Mn and Bi. In this paper, we report our effort on synthesizing high purity MnBi compound using conventional powder metallurgical approaches. Neutron diffraction was carried out to investigate the crystal and nuclear structure of the obtained power. The result shows that the purity of the obtained powder is about 91wt.% at 300K, and the magnetic moment of the Mn atom in MnBi lattice is 4.424 and 4.013 μB at 50 K and 300 K respectively.

  14. Neutron diffraction analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa peptidyl-tRNA hydrolase 1.

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    McFeeters, Hana; Vandavasi, Venu Gopal; Weiss, Kevin L; Coates, Leighton; McFeeters, Robert L

    2016-03-01

    Perdeuterated peptidyl-tRNA hydrolase 1 from Pseudomonas aeruginosa was crystallized for structural analysis using neutron diffraction. Crystals of perdeuterated protein were grown to 0.15 mm(3) in size using batch crystallization in 22.5% polyethylene glycol 4000, 100 mM Tris pH 7.5, 10%(v/v) isopropyl alcohol with a 20-molar excess of trilysine as an additive. Neutron diffraction data were collected from a crystal at room temperature using the MaNDi single-crystal diffractometer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  15. Neutron-diffraction study up to 1600 °C of 3:2 mullite

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    Brunauer, G.; Frey, F.; Boysen, H.; Schneider, H.; Fischer, P.; Hansen, Th.; Többens, D.; Ehrenberg, H.

    Neutron-diffraction studies were carried out on pure and Cr-doped 3:2 (`sinter') mullite. To learn about structure-property relationships of this refractory material, thermal expansion coefficients and structural parameters were determined by in situ high-temperature investigations. Neutron experiments were performed at the powder diffractometers D2B/ILL, E9/HMI, and HRPT/PSI. All data gave a rather uniform picture of the thermal expansion coefficients: a linear behaviour below 1000 °C and significantly increased (mean) expansion between 1000 and 1600 °C. There is a marked anisotropy of the highest values along the b-axis of the orthorhombic mullite structure. Concerning the structural parameters and the derived bond lengths, there is an expansion of the Al1O6 octahedra, whereas the cross-linking Al2SiO4 tetrahedra stay more or less rigid, but may slightly rotate. Thus a major expansion along the b direction may be qualitatively understood. A structural discussion, however, is affected by the presence of disorder in mullite, in particular in Cr-doped mullite, as it is also reflected by the presence of a modulated diffuse background in the powder patterns.

  16. Investigations of stone consolidants by neutron imaging

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    Hameed, F.; Schillinger, B.; Rohatsch, A.; Zawisky, M.; Rauch, H.

    2009-06-01

    The chemical preservation and structural reintegration of natural stones applied in historical buildings is carried out by the use of different stone strengtheners. As these agents contain hydrogen, they offer good properties for neutron imaging. The main interest in the restoration process is the development of a suitable stone consolidant. In cooperation with the St. Stephans Cathedral and the geologists at Vienna University of Technology, we are investigating the penetration depth and distribution of different stone consolidants. These studies are being carried out with different stone samples, mostly porous natural building stones, limestones and sandstones. The two strengtheners used in this study are ethyl silicate ester (Wacker OH100) and dissolved polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA, Paraloid B72). Neutron radiography and neutron tomography can be used successfully to visualize the distribution of consolidants both in two and three dimensions.

  17. Empirically testing vaterite structural models using neutron diffraction and thermal analysis

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    Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Pracheil, Brenda M.; Koenigs, Ryan; Bruch, Ronald; Feygenson, Mikhail

    2016-11-18

    Otoliths, calcium carbonate (CaCO3) ear bones, are among the most commonly used age and growth structures of fishes. Most fish otoliths are comprised of the most dense CaCO3 polymorph, aragonite. Sturgeon otoliths, in contrast, have been characterized as the rare and structurally enigmatic polymorph, vaterite a metastable polymorph of CaCO3. Vaterite is an important material ranging from biomedical to personal care applications although its crystal structure is highly debated. We characterized the structure of sturgeon otoliths using thermal analysis and neutron powder diffraction, which is used non-destructively. We confirmed that while sturgeon otoliths are primarily composed of vaterite, they also contain the denser CaCO3 polymorph, calcite. For the vaterite fraction, neutron diffraction data provide enhanced discrimination of the carbonate group compared to x-ray diffraction data, owing to the different relative neutron scattering lengths, and thus offer the opportunity to uniquely test the more than one dozen crystal structural models that have been proposed for vaterite. Of those, space group P6522 model, a = 7.1443(4)Å , c = 25.350(4)Å , V = 1121.5(2)Å3 provides the best fit to the neutron powder diffraction data, and allows for a structure refinement using rigid carbonate groups.

  18. Empirically testing vaterite structural models using neutron diffraction and thermal analysis

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    Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Pracheil, Brenda M.; Koenigs, Ryan; ...

    2016-11-18

    Otoliths, calcium carbonate (CaCO3) ear bones, are among the most commonly used age and growth structures of fishes. Most fish otoliths are comprised of the most dense CaCO3 polymorph, aragonite. Sturgeon otoliths, in contrast, have been characterized as the rare and structurally enigmatic polymorph, vaterite a metastable polymorph of CaCO3. Vaterite is an important material ranging from biomedical to personal care applications although its crystal structure is highly debated. We characterized the structure of sturgeon otoliths using thermal analysis and neutron powder diffraction, which is used non-destructively. We confirmed that while sturgeon otoliths are primarily composed of vaterite, they alsomore » contain the denser CaCO3 polymorph, calcite. For the vaterite fraction, neutron diffraction data provide enhanced discrimination of the carbonate group compared to x-ray diffraction data, owing to the different relative neutron scattering lengths, and thus offer the opportunity to uniquely test the more than one dozen crystal structural models that have been proposed for vaterite. Of those, space group P6522 model, a = 7.1443(4)Å , c = 25.350(4)Å , V = 1121.5(2)Å3 provides the best fit to the neutron powder diffraction data, and allows for a structure refinement using rigid carbonate groups.« less

  19. Empirically testing vaterite structural models using neutron diffraction and thermal analysis

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    Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Pracheil, Brenda M.; Koenigs, Ryan P.; Bruch, Ronald M.; Feygenson, Mikhail

    2016-01-01

    Otoliths, calcium carbonate (CaCO3) ear bones, are among the most commonly used age and growth structures of fishes. Most fish otoliths are comprised of the most dense CaCO3 polymorph, aragonite. Sturgeon otoliths, in contrast, have been characterized as the rare and structurally enigmatic polymorph, vaterite—a metastable polymorph of CaCO3. Vaterite is an important material ranging from biomedical to personal care applications although its crystal structure is highly debated. We characterized the structure of Lake Sturgeon otoliths using thermal analysis and neutron powder diffraction, which is used non-destructively. We confirmed that while Lake Sturgeon otoliths are primarily composed of vaterite, they also contain the denser CaCO3 polymorph, calcite. For the vaterite fraction, neutron diffraction data provide enhanced discrimination of the carbonate group compared to x-ray diffraction data, owing to the different relative neutron scattering lengths, and thus offer the opportunity to uniquely test the more than one dozen crystal structural models that have been proposed for vaterite. Of those, space group P6522 model, a = 7.1443(4)Å, c = 25.350(4)Å, V = 1121.5(2)Å3 provides the best fit to the neutron powder diffraction data, and allows for a structure refinement using rigid carbonate groups. PMID:27857219

  20. Combined X-ray and neutron fibre diffraction studies of biological and synthetic polymers.

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    Parrot, I. M.; Urban, Volker S; Gardner, K. H.; Forsyth, V. T.

    2005-04-01

    The fibrous state is a natural one for polymer molecules which tend to assume regular helical conformations rather than the globular structures characteristic of many proteins. Fibre diffraction therefore has broad application to the study of a wide range of biological and synthetic polymers. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the general scope of the method and in particular to demonstrate the impact of a combined approach involving both X-ray and neutron diffraction methods. While the flux of modern X-ray synchrotron radiation sources allows high quality datasets to be recorded with good resolution within a very short space of time, neutron studies can provide unique information through the ability to locate hydrogen or deuterium atoms that are often difficult or impossible to locate using X-ray methods. Furthermore, neutron fibre diffraction methods can, through the ability to selectively label specific parts of a structure, be used to highlight novel aspects of polymer structure that can not be studied using X-rays. Two examples are given. The first describes X-ray and neutron diffraction studies of conformational transitions in DNA. The second describes structural studies of the synthetic high-performance polymer poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) (PPTA), known commercially as Kevlar{reg_sign} or Twaron{reg_sign}.

  1. Empirically testing vaterite structural models using neutron diffraction and thermal analysis

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    Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Pracheil, Brenda M.; Koenigs, Ryan P.; Bruch, Ronald M.; Feygenson, Mikhail

    2016-11-01

    Otoliths, calcium carbonate (CaCO3) ear bones, are among the most commonly used age and growth structures of fishes. Most fish otoliths are comprised of the most dense CaCO3 polymorph, aragonite. Sturgeon otoliths, in contrast, have been characterized as the rare and structurally enigmatic polymorph, vaterite—a metastable polymorph of CaCO3. Vaterite is an important material ranging from biomedical to personal care applications although its crystal structure is highly debated. We characterized the structure of Lake Sturgeon otoliths using thermal analysis and neutron powder diffraction, which is used non-destructively. We confirmed that while Lake Sturgeon otoliths are primarily composed of vaterite, they also contain the denser CaCO3 polymorph, calcite. For the vaterite fraction, neutron diffraction data provide enhanced discrimination of the carbonate group compared to x-ray diffraction data, owing to the different relative neutron scattering lengths, and thus offer the opportunity to uniquely test the more than one dozen crystal structural models that have been proposed for vaterite. Of those, space group P6522 model, a = 7.1443(4)Å, c = 25.350(4)Å, V = 1121.5(2)Å3 provides the best fit to the neutron powder diffraction data, and allows for a structure refinement using rigid carbonate groups.

  2. A large volume cell for in situ neutron diffraction studies of hydrothermal crystallizations.

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    Xia, Fang; Qian, Gujie; Brugger, Joël; Studer, Andrew; Olsen, Scott; Pring, Allan

    2010-10-01

    A hydrothermal cell with 320 ml internal volume has been designed and constructed for in situ neutron diffraction studies of hydrothermal crystallizations. The cell design adopts a dumbbell configuration assembled with standard commercial stainless steel components and a zero-scattering Ti-Zr alloy sample compartment. The fluid movement and heat transfer are simply driven by natural convection due to the natural temperature gradient along the fluid path, so that the temperature at the sample compartment can be stably sustained by heating the fluid in the bottom fluid reservoir. The cell can operate at temperatures up to 300 °C and pressures up to 90 bars and is suitable for studying reactions requiring a large volume of hydrothermal fluid to damp out the negative effect from the change of fluid composition during the course of the reactions. The capability of the cell was demonstrated by a hydrothermal phase transformation investigation from leucite (KAlSi(2)O(6)) to analcime (NaAlSi(2)O(6)⋅H(2)O) at 210 °C on the high intensity powder diffractometer Wombat in ANSTO. The kinetics of the transformation has been resolved by collecting diffraction patterns every 10 min followed by Rietveld quantitative phase analysis. The classical Avrami/Arrhenius analysis gives an activation energy of 82.3±1.1 kJ  mol(-1). Estimations of the reaction rate under natural environments by extrapolations agree well with petrological observations.

  3. A large volume cell for in situ neutron diffraction studies of hydrothermal crystallizations

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    Xia, Fang; Qian, Gujie; Brugger, Joël; Studer, Andrew; Olsen, Scott; Pring, Allan

    2010-10-01

    A hydrothermal cell with 320 ml internal volume has been designed and constructed for in situ neutron diffraction studies of hydrothermal crystallizations. The cell design adopts a dumbbell configuration assembled with standard commercial stainless steel components and a zero-scattering Ti-Zr alloy sample compartment. The fluid movement and heat transfer are simply driven by natural convection due to the natural temperature gradient along the fluid path, so that the temperature at the sample compartment can be stably sustained by heating the fluid in the bottom fluid reservoir. The cell can operate at temperatures up to 300 °C and pressures up to 90 bars and is suitable for studying reactions requiring a large volume of hydrothermal fluid to damp out the negative effect from the change of fluid composition during the course of the reactions. The capability of the cell was demonstrated by a hydrothermal phase transformation investigation from leucite (KAlSi2O6) to analcime (NaAlSi2O6ṡH2O) at 210 °C on the high intensity powder diffractometer Wombat in ANSTO. The kinetics of the transformation has been resolved by collecting diffraction patterns every 10 min followed by Rietveld quantitative phase analysis. The classical Avrami/Arrhenius analysis gives an activation energy of 82.3±1.1 kJ mol-1. Estimations of the reaction rate under natural environments by extrapolations agree well with petrological observations.

  4. Lamellar spacing of photosystem II membrane fragments upon dehydration studied by neutron membrane diffraction

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    Pieper, Jörg; Rusevich, Leonid; Hauß, Thomas; Renger, Gernot

    2016-02-01

    The effect of dehydration on the lamellar spacing of photosystem II (PS II) membrane fragments from spinach has been investigated using neutron membrane diffraction at room temperature. The diffraction data reveal a major peak at a scattering vector Q of 0.049 Å-1 at a relative humidity (r.h.) of 90% corresponding to a repeat distance D of about 129 Å. Upon dehydration to 44% r.h., this peak shifts to about 0.060 Å-1 corresponding to a distance of 104.7±2.5 Å. Within experimental error, the latter repeat distance remains almost the same at hydration levels below 44% r.h. indicating that most of the hydration water is removed. This result is consistent with the earlier finding that hydration-induced conformational protein motions in PS II membrane fragments are observed above 44% r.h. and correlated with the onset electron transfer in PS II (Pieper et al. 2008, Eur. Biophys. J. 37: 657-663).

  5. Lamellar spacing of photosystem II membrane fragments upon dehydration studied by neutron membrane diffraction

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    Pieper, Jörg; Rusevich, Leonid; Hauß, Thomas; Renger, Gernot

    2015-12-01

    The effect of dehydration on the lamellar spacing of photosystem II (PS II) membrane fragments from spinach has been investigated using neutron membrane diffraction at room temperature. The diffraction data reveal a major peak at a scattering vector Q of 0.049 Å-1 at a relative humidity (r.h.) of 90% corresponding to a repeat distance D of about 129 Å. Upon dehydration to 44% r.h., this peak shifts to about 0.060 Å-1 corresponding to a distance of 104.7±2.5 Å. Within experimental error, the latter repeat distance remains almost the same at hydration levels below 44% r.h. indicating that most of the hydration water is removed. This result is consistent with the earlier finding that hydration-induced conformational protein motions in PS II membrane fragments are observed above 44% r.h. and correlated with the onset electron transfer in PS II (Pieper et al. 2008, Eur. Biophys. J. 37: 657-663).

  6. Processing of Neutron Diffraction Data for Strain Measurement in Geological Materials

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    Polsky, Yarom; An, Ke; Anovitz, Lawrence {Larry} M; Bingham, Philip R; Carmichael, Justin R; Dessieux Jr, Luc Lucius

    2014-01-01

    : Conventional rock mechanics testing techniques typically involve the loading of samples and measurement of displacements or strains on the outer boundary of the specimen surface. Neutron diffraction based strain measurement techniques represent a unique and powerful tool for measuring the strain within geological materials under load. The structural variability and non-uniform crystallinity of geological materials, however, create many complexities in the intensity patterns that must be analyzed to quantify strains within the material. The attenuating and scattering properties of the pressure cell housing the sample further add difficulties to the data analysis. This paper describes the methods and processes used to process neutron scattering data for strain measurement in geological materials. It is intended to provide a primer for those in the rock mechanics community that are interested in utilizing this technique along with additional discussion of neutron diffraction experimental factors that may affect data quality.

  7. An In Situ Study of Sintering Behavior and Phase Transformation Kinetics in NiTi Using Neutron Diffraction

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    Chen, Gang; Liss, Klaus-Dieter; Cao, Peng

    2015-12-01

    The powder sintering behavior of NiTi from an elemental powder mixture of Ni/Ti has been investigated, using an in situ neutron diffraction technique. In the sintered alloys, the overall porosity ranges from 9.2 to 15.6 pct, while the open-to-overall porosity ratio is between 8.3 and 63.7 pct and largely depends on the sintering temperature. In comparison to powder compacts sintered at 1223 K and 1373 K (950 °C and 1100 °C), the powder compact sintered at 1153 K (880 °C) shows a much smaller pore size, a higher open-to-overall porosity ratio but smaller shrinkage and a lower density. Direct evidence of eutectoid transformation in the binary Ni-Ti system during furnace cooling to ca. 890 K (617 °C) is provided by in situ neutron diffraction. The intensities of the B2-NiTi reflections decrease during the holding stage at 1373 K (1100 °C), which has been elaborated as an extinction effect according to the dynamical theory of neutron diffraction, when distorted crystallites gradually recover to perfect crystals. The analysis on the first five reflections clarifies the non-existence of any order-disorder transition in the NiTi phase from B2-to-BCC structure.

  8. Neutron diffraction studies of magnetic-shape memory Ni-Mn-Ga single crystal

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    Heczko, Oleg; Prokes, Karel; Hannula, Simo-Pekka

    2007-09-01

    Neutron diffraction of single crystal of the typical example of magnetic-shape memory (MSM) alloy Ni 49.7Mn 29.3Ga 21 was carried out with a 2D position sensitive detector. The quality and inhomogeneity of the single crystal and martensite variant distribution was studied using ω-scan of selected nuclear Bragg reflections. The neutron diffraction reveals split of the (2 0 0) reflection of major martensite variant and large structural inhomogeneities in martensite phase. Using measurement in reciprocal space, we recorded a set of reflections that appear due to structural modulation (5 M) of the martensite, however, the set seems to be incomplete with missing or very weak reflections of second order compared with X-ray diffraction. The line of the magnetic reflection arising from the supposed antiferromagnetic ordering of the excess Mn atoms was very weak and it is difficult to discern from the background.

  9. Ionization Chamber for Prompt Fission Neutron Investigations

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    Zeynalov, Sh.; Zeynalova, O.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Sedyshev, P.; Shvetsov, V.

    In this work we report recent achievements in design of twin back-to-back ionization chamber (TIC) for fission fragment (FF) mass and kinetic energy measurement. Correlated FF kinetic energies, their masses and the angle of FF in respect to the axes in 3D Cartesian coordinates can be determined from analysis of the heights and shapes of the pulses induced by the fission fragments on the anodes of TIC. Anodes of TIC were designed as consisting of isolated strips each having independent electronic circuitry and special multi-channel pulse processing apparatus. Mathematical formulae provided for FF angles measured in respect to the coordinate axes. It was shown how the point of fission fragments origin on the target plane may be determined using the same measured data. The last feature made the TIC a rather powerful tool for prompt fission neutron (PFN) emission investigation in event-by-event analysis of individual fission reactions from non- point fissile source. Position sensitive neutron induced fission detector for neutron-imaging applications with both thermal and low energy neutrons was found as another possible implementation of the designed TIC.

  10. Electrostatic levitation facility optimized for neutron diffraction studies of high temperature liquids at a spallation neutron source

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    Mauro, N. A.; Vogt, A. J.; Derendorf, K. S.; Johnson, M. L.; Kelton, K. F.; Rustan, G. E.; Quirinale, D. G.; Goldman, A. I.; Kreyssig, A.; Lokshin, K. A.; Neuefeind, J. C.; An, Ke; Wang, Xun-Li; Egami, T.

    2016-01-15

    Neutron diffraction studies of metallic liquids provide valuable information about inherent topological and chemical ordering on multiple length scales as well as insight into dynamical processes at the level of a few atoms. However, there exist very few facilities in the world that allow such studies to be made of reactive metallic liquids in a containerless environment, and these are designed for use at reactor-based neutron sources. We present an electrostatic levitation facility, NESL (for Neutron ElectroStatic Levitator), which takes advantage of the enhanced capabilities and increased neutron flux available at spallation neutron sources (SNSs). NESL enables high quality elastic and inelastic neutron scattering experiments to be made of reactive metallic and other liquids in the equilibrium and supercooled temperature regime. The apparatus is comprised of a high vacuum chamber, external and internal neutron collimation optics, and a sample exchange mechanism that allows up to 30 samples to be processed between chamber openings. Two heating lasers allow excellent sample temperature homogeneity, even for samples approaching 500 mg, and an automated temperature control system allows isothermal measurements to be conducted for times approaching 2 h in the liquid state, with variations in the average sample temperature of less than 0.5%. To demonstrate the capabilities of the facility for elastic scattering studies of liquids, a high quality total structure factor for Zr{sub 64}Ni{sub 36} measured slightly above the liquidus temperature is presented from experiments conducted on the nanoscale-ordered materials diffractometer (NOMAD) beam line at the SNS after only 30 min of acquisition time for a small sample (∼100 mg)

  11. Electrostatic levitation facility optimized for neutron diffraction studies of high temperature liquids at a spallation neutron source.

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    Mauro, N A; Vogt, A J; Derendorf, K S; Johnson, M L; Rustan, G E; Quirinale, D G; Kreyssig, A; Lokshin, K A; Neuefeind, J C; An, Ke; Wang, Xun-Li; Goldman, A I; Egami, T; Kelton, K F

    2016-01-01

    Neutron diffraction studies of metallic liquids provide valuable information about inherent topological and chemical ordering on multiple length scales as well as insight into dynamical processes at the level of a few atoms. However, there exist very few facilities in the world that allow such studies to be made of reactive metallic liquids in a containerless environment, and these are designed for use at reactor-based neutron sources. We present an electrostatic levitation facility, NESL (for Neutron ElectroStatic Levitator), which takes advantage of the enhanced capabilities and increased neutron flux available at spallation neutron sources (SNSs). NESL enables high quality elastic and inelastic neutron scattering experiments to be made of reactive metallic and other liquids in the equilibrium and supercooled temperature regime. The apparatus is comprised of a high vacuum chamber, external and internal neutron collimation optics, and a sample exchange mechanism that allows up to 30 samples to be processed between chamber openings. Two heating lasers allow excellent sample temperature homogeneity, even for samples approaching 500 mg, and an automated temperature control system allows isothermal measurements to be conducted for times approaching 2 h in the liquid state, with variations in the average sample temperature of less than 0.5%. To demonstrate the capabilities of the facility for elastic scattering studies of liquids, a high quality total structure factor for Zr64Ni36 measured slightly above the liquidus temperature is presented from experiments conducted on the nanoscale-ordered materials diffractometer (NOMAD) beam line at the SNS after only 30 min of acquisition time for a small sample (∼100 mg).

  12. Electrostatic levitation facility optimized for neutron diffraction studies of high temperature liquids at a spallation neutron source

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    Mauro, N. A.; Vogt, A. J.; Derendorf, K. S.; ...

    2016-01-01

    Neutron diffraction studies of metallic liquids provide valuable information about inherent topological and chemical ordering on multiple length scales as well as insight into dynamical processes at the level of a few atoms. But, there exist very few facilities in the world that allow such studies to be made of reactive metallic liquids in a containerless environment, and these are designed for use at reactor-based neutron sources. We present an electrostatic levitation facility, NESL (for Neutron ElectroStatic Levitator), which takes advantage of the enhanced capabilities and increased neutron flux available at spallation neutron sources (SNSs). NESL enables high quality elasticmore » and inelastic neutron scattering experiments to be made of reactive metallic and other liquids in the equilibrium and supercooled temperature regime. The apparatus is comprised of a high vacuum chamber, external and internal neutron collimation optics, and a sample exchange mechanism that allows up to 30 samples to be processed between chamber openings. Two heating lasers allow excellent sample temperature homogeneity, even for samples approaching 500 mg, and an automated temperature control system allows isothermal measurements to be conducted for times approaching 2 h in the liquid state, with variations in the average sample temperature of less than 0.5%. Furthermore, to demonstrate the capabilities of the facility for elastic scattering studies of liquids, a high quality total structure factor for Zr64Ni36 measured slightly above the liquidus temperature is presented from experiments conducted on the nanoscale-ordered materials diffractometer (NOMAD) beam line at the SNS after only 30 min of acquisition time for a small sample ( 100 mg).« less

  13. Electrostatic levitation facility optimized for neutron diffraction studies of high temperature liquids at a spallation neutron source

    SciTech Connect

    Mauro, N. A.; Vogt, A. J.; Derendorf, K. S.; Johnson, M. L.; Rustan, G. E.; Quirinale, D. G.; Kreyssig, A.; Lokshin, K. A.; Neuefeind, J. C.; An, Ke; Wang, Xun-Li; Goldman, A. I.; Egami, T.; Kelton, K. F.

    2016-01-01

    Neutron diffraction studies of metallic liquids provide valuable information about inherent topological and chemical ordering on multiple length scales as well as insight into dynamical processes at the level of a few atoms. But, there exist very few facilities in the world that allow such studies to be made of reactive metallic liquids in a containerless environment, and these are designed for use at reactor-based neutron sources. We present an electrostatic levitation facility, NESL (for Neutron ElectroStatic Levitator), which takes advantage of the enhanced capabilities and increased neutron flux available at spallation neutron sources (SNSs). NESL enables high quality elastic and inelastic neutron scattering experiments to be made of reactive metallic and other liquids in the equilibrium and supercooled temperature regime. The apparatus is comprised of a high vacuum chamber, external and internal neutron collimation optics, and a sample exchange mechanism that allows up to 30 samples to be processed between chamber openings. Two heating lasers allow excellent sample temperature homogeneity, even for samples approaching 500 mg, and an automated temperature control system allows isothermal measurements to be conducted for times approaching 2 h in the liquid state, with variations in the average sample temperature of less than 0.5%. Furthermore, to demonstrate the capabilities of the facility for elastic scattering studies of liquids, a high quality total structure factor for Zr64Ni36 measured slightly above the liquidus temperature is presented from experiments conducted on the nanoscale-ordered materials diffractometer (NOMAD) beam line at the SNS after only 30 min of acquisition time for a small sample ( 100 mg).

  14. In-Situ Neutron Diffraction Studies of Complex Hydrogen Storage Materials

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    Yelon, William B.

    2013-05-13

    The thrust of this project was to investigate the structures of important materials with potential application to hydrogen storage, in an effort to meet the DOE goals for 2010 and 2015, namely 9% (wt) and 15% (wt) respectively. Unfortunately, no material has been found, despite the efforts of many laboratories, including our own, that achieves these goals in a reversible complex hydride such as ammonia borane (NH{sub 4}BH{sub 4}), and other ammonia based compounds, or with light hydrides such as LiBH{sub 4}, due either to their irreversibility or to the high decomposition temperatures and residual simple hydrides such as LiH from the decomposition of the last named compound. Nevertheless, several important technical goals have been accomplished that could be valuable to other DOE programs and would be available for collaborative research. These include the development of a high quality glove box with controlled (low) oxygen and water content, which we continue to employ for the synthesis of potential new materials (unfunded research) and the development of a high quality neutron diffraction furnace with controlled gas environment for studies of hydrogen uptake and loss as well as for studies with other gasses. This furnace was initially constructed with an alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) center tube to contain the sample and the flowing gas. The heaters are located in the vacuum space outside the tube and it was found that, for the low temperatures required for the study of hydrogen storage materials, the heat transfer was too poor to allow good control. At temperatures in excess of about 400C (and up to more than 1200C) the heat transfer and control are excellent. For the lower temperatures, however, the center tube was replaced by stainless steel and temperature control to 1C became possible. The paired heaters, above and below the neutron beam window allowed control of the temperature gradient to a similar precision. The high temperature capability of the furnace

  15. Yttrium aluminum garnet Nanoparticles with low antisite Defects studied with neutron and X-ray diffraction

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    Sang Yuanhua; Yu Dehong; Avdeev, Maxim; Qin Haiming; Wang Jiyang; Liu Hong; Lv Yaohui

    2012-08-15

    The presence of cation antisite defects is considered to be one of the most important factors determining the fluorescence, laser, and scintillation properties of rare earth-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) materials. However, no direct evidence or systematic investigation of antisite defect evolution as a function of cation composition variation in YAG has been reported in the previous literature. In this paper, we report a combined neutron and X-ray diffraction investigation on cation antisite defects performed on specially synthesized nonstoichiometric yttrium aluminum garnet nanoparticles to try to understand the defect chemistry in the YAG system. No evidence was found for Y{sub Al,16a}, Y{sub Al,24d} and Al{sub Y,24c} antisite defects in these specially fabricated samples within the limit of diffraction techniques. The results suggest that YAG materials containing low level or no antisite defects can be achieved through low temperature synthesis process. - Graphical Abstract: Through combined Rietveld refinement against both the NPD and XRD data, no or low level antisite defect exists in the low temperature synthesized YAG powders, bond lengths are changeless as a function of the nominal Y/Al ratio, nonstoichiometry has little influence on antisite defect formation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Defects investigation with combined Rietveld refinement of NPD and XRD. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer No or less than 2at% for Y{sub Al,16a} and Y{sub Al,24d} antisite defects. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nonstoichiometry has little influence on antisite defect formation.

  16. New neutron diffraction results on magnetic properties of the cubic rare earth compounds HoP and PrX2 (X=Ru, Rh, Ir, Pt)

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    Fischer, P.; Hälg, W.; Kaldis, E.; Greidanus, F. J. A. M.; Buschow, K. H. J.

    1982-09-01

    Neutron diffraction studies performed on polycrystalline, NaCl type HoP in external magnetic fields yield <100> as easy directions of magnetization in the ferromagnetic state. The magnetic ordering of the MgCu2 type Laves phase systems PrX2 (X=Ru, Rh, Ir, Pt) was investigated on powdered samples by means of neutron diffraction. Simple ferromagnetic structures were observed. The determined Curie temperatures confirm bulk measurements, and the values of the ordered magnetic moments indicate crystal field effects.

  17. Microscopic structure factor of liquid hydrogen by neutron-diffraction measurements

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    Celli, M.; Bafile, U.; Zoppi, M.; Cuello, G.J.; Formisano, F.; Magli, R.; Neumann, M.

    2005-01-01

    The center-of-mass structure factor of liquid para hydrogen has been measured, using neutron diffraction, in four thermodynamic states close to the triple point. Path integral Monte Carlo simulations have been carried out at the same temperatures and densities. The present experimental data are in reasonable quantitative agreement with the simulations and closer to these results than previous neutron determinations available in the literature. The thermodynamic derivatives of the structure factor, from both experiment and simulation, have been compared to previous measurements obtaining a quantitative consistency.

  18. MnO spin-wave dispersion curves from neutron powder diffraction

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    Goodwin, Andrew L.; Dove, Martin T.; Tucker, Matthew G.; Keen, David A.

    2007-02-15

    We describe a model-independent approach for the extraction of spin-wave dispersion curves from powder neutron total scattering data. Our approach is based on a statistical analysis of real-space spin configurations to calculate spin-dynamical quantities. The RMCPROFILE implementation of the reverse Monte Carlo refinement process is used to generate a large ensemble of supercell spin configurations from MnO powder diffraction data collected at 100 K. Our analysis of these configurations gives spin-wave dispersion curves for MnO that agree well with those determined independently using neutron triple-axis spectroscopic techniques.

  19. In-Situ Neutron Diffraction Studies of Micromechanical Behavior in a Friction Stir Welded AA7475-T761

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    Liu, X. P.; Lin Peng, R.; Hofmann, M.; Johansson, S.; Wang, Y. D.

    2011-01-01

    An in-situ neutron diffraction technique was used to investigate the lattice strain distributions and micromechanical behavior in a friction stir welded (FSW) sheet of AA7475-T761. The neutron diffraction experiments were performed on the spectrometer for material research, STRESS-SPEC, at FRM II (Garching, Germany). The lattice strain profiles around the weld center were measured as a function of the applied strain during the tensile loading and unloading. The anisotropic elastic and plastic properties of the FSW aluminum alloy were simulated by elasto-plastic self-consistent (EPSC) model to predict the anisotropic deformation behaviors involving the grain-to-grain interactions. Material parameters used for describing the constitutive laws of each test position were determined from the measured lattice strain distributions for different diffraction hkl planes as well as the macroscopic stress-strain curve of the FSW aluminum alloy. A good agreement between experimental results and numerical simulations was obtained. The present investigations provided a reliable prediction of the anisotropic micromechanical behavior of the FSW aluminum alloy during tensile deformation.

  20. Spinel materials for Li-ion batteries: new insights obtained by operando neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction.

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    Bianchini, Matteo; Fauth, François; Suard, Emmanuelle; Leriche, Jean Bernard; Masquelier, Christian; Croguennec, Laurence

    2015-12-01

    In the last few decades Li-ion batteries changed the way we store energy, becoming a key element of our everyday life. Their continuous improvement is tightly bound to the understanding of lithium (de)intercalation phenomena in electrode materials. Here we address the use of operando diffraction techniques to understand these mechanisms. We focus on powerful probes such as neutrons and synchrotron X-ray radiation, which have become increasingly familiar to the electrochemical community. After discussing the general benefits (and drawbacks) of these characterization techniques and the work of customization required to adapt standard electrochemical cells to an operando diffraction experiment, we highlight several very recent results. We concentrate on important electrode materials such as the spinels Li1 + xMn2 - xO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.10) and LiNi0.4Mn1.6O4. Thorough investigations led by operando neutron powder diffraction demonstrated that neutrons are highly sensitive to structural parameters that cannot be captured by other means (for example, atomic Debye-Waller factors and lithium site occupancy). Synchrotron radiation X-ray powder diffraction reveals how LiMn2O4 is subject to irreversibility upon the first electrochemical cycle, resulting in severe Bragg peak broadening. Even more interestingly, we show for the first time an ordering scheme of the elusive composition Li0.5Mn2O4, through the coexistence of Mn(3+):Mn(4+) 1:3 cation ordering and lithium/vacancy ordering. More accurately written as Li0.5Mn(3+)0.5Mn(4+)1.5O4, this intermediate phase loses the Fd\\overline 3m symmetry, to be correctly described in the P213 space group.

  1. Heterogeneous Catalysis under pressure - In-situ neutron diffraction under industrial conditions

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    Kandemir, Timur; Girgsdies, Frank; Kasatkin, Igor; Kunkes, Edward; Liss, Klaus-Dieter; Peterson, Vanessa K.; Schlögl, Robert; Behrens, Malte

    2012-02-01

    The present work describes the application of a tubular reactor that allows in-situ neutron diffraction on working catalysts at high pressures. The designed reactor enables the application to a sample of industrially-relevant reaction conditions, i.e., in a temperature range up to 330° C and 60 bar pressure, coupled with online gas-analysis. Application of the cell is demonstrated by ammonia synthesis over a commercial catalyst with diffraction data obtained from the high-resolution powder diffractometer, Echidna, at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, ANSTO.

  2. Stress-induced martensite variant reorientation in magnetic shape memory Ni Mn Ga single crystal studied by neutron diffraction

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    Molnar, P.; Sittner, P.; Lukas, P.; Hannula, S.-P.; Heczko, O.

    2008-06-01

    Stress-induced martensite variant reorientation in magnetic shape memory Ni-Mn-Ga single crystal was studied in situ by the neutron diffraction technique. Principles of determination of individual tetragonal martensitic variants in shape memory alloys are explained. Using neutron diffraction we show that the macroscopic strain originates solely from the martensite structure reorientation or variant redistribution. Neutron diffraction also reveals that the reorientation of martensite is not fully completed even at a stress value of 25 MPa, which is about 20 times larger than the mean stress needed for reorientation. Only one twinning system is active during the reorientation process.

  3. A flow-through hydrothermal cell for in situ neutron diffraction studies of phase transformations

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    O'Neill, Brian; Tenailleau, Christophe; Nogthai, Yung; Studer, Andrew; Brugger, Joël; Pring, Allan

    2006-11-01

    A flow-through hydrothermal cell for the in situ neutron diffraction study of crystallisation and phase transitions has been developed. It can be used for kinetic studies on materials that exhibit structural transformations under hydrothermal conditions. It is specifically designed for use on the medium-resolution powder diffractometer (MRPD) at ANSTO, Lucas Heights, Sydney. But it is planned to adapt the design for the Polaris beamline at ISIS and the new high-intensity powder diffractometer (Wombat) at the new Australian reactor Opal. The cell will operate in a flow-through mode over the temperature range from 25-300 °C and up to pressures of 100 bar. The first results of a successful transformation of pentlandite (Fe,Ni) 9S 8 to violarite (Fe,Ni) 3S 4 under mild conditions (pH∼4) at 120 °C and 3 bar using in situ neutron diffraction measurements are presented.

  4. Neutron diffraction measurements and modeling of residual strains in metal matrix composites

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    Saigal, A.; Leisk, G. G.; Hubbard, C. R.; Misture, S. T.; Wang, X. L.

    1996-01-01

    Neutron diffraction measurements at room temperature are used to characterize the residual strains in tungsten fiber-reinforced copper matrix, tungsten fiber-reinforced Kanthal matrix, and diamond particulate-reinforced copper matrix composites. Results of finite element modeling are compared with the neutron diffraction data. In tungsten/Kanthal composites, the fibers are in compression, the matrix is in tension, and the thermal residual strains are a strong function of the volume fraction of fibers. In copper matrix composites, the matrix is in tension and the stresses are independent of the volume fraction of tungsten fibers or diamond particles and the assumed stress free temperature because of the low yield strength of the matrix phase.

  5. Structural analysis of a completely amorphous {sup 238}Pu-doped zircon by neutron diffraction.

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    Fortner, J. A.

    1998-12-16

    The structure of a completely amorphous zircon was determined by time-of-flight neutron diffraction at Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS). The sample of metamict zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}),initially doped to 8.85 weight percent {sup 238}Pi, had been completely amorphized by alpha-recoil damage since its synthesis in 1981 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The measured diffraction structure factor, S(Q), indicated a completely amorphous sample, with no signs of residual zircon microcrystallinity. The pair distribution function obtained indicated that the structure was that of an oxide glass, retaining the Si-0, Zr-0, and O-O bond lengths of crystalline zircon.

  6. Structural analysis of a completely amorphous {sup 238}Pu-doped zircon by neutron diffraction.

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    Fortner, J. A.; Badyal, Y.; Price, D. C.; Hanchar, J. M.; Weber, W. J.; Materials Science Division; PNNL

    1999-01-01

    The structure of a completely amorphous zircon was determined by time-of-flight neutron diffraction at Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS). The sample of metamict zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}), initially doped to 8.85 weight percent {sup 238}Pu, had been completely amorphized by alpha-recoil damage since its synthesis in 1981 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The measured diffraction structure factor, S(Q), indicated a completely amorphous sample, with no signs of residual zircon microcrystallinity. The pair distribution function obtained indicated that the structure was that of an oxide glass, retaining the Si-0, Zr-0, and O-O bond lengths of crystalline zircon.

  7. In-Situ Studies of Intercritically Austempered Ductile Iron Using Neutron Diffraction

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    Druschitz, Alan; Aristizabal, Ricardo; Druschitz, Edward; Hubbard, Camden R; Watkins, Thomas R; Walker, Larry R; Ostrander, M

    2012-01-01

    Intercritically austempered ductile irons hold promise for applications requiring fatigue durability, excellent castability, low production energy requirements, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and excellent machinability. In the present study, four different ductile iron alloys, containing manganese and nickel as the primary austenite-stabilizing elements, were heat treated to obtain different quantities of austenite in the final microstructure. This paper reports the microstructures and phases present in these alloys. Further, lattice strains and diffraction elastic constants in various crystallographic directions and the transformation characteristics of the austenite as a function of applied stress were determined using in-situ loading with neutron diffraction at the second generation Neutron Residual Stress Facility (NRSF2) at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

  8. Revealing cyclic hardening mechanism of a TRIP steel by real-time in situ neutron diffraction

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    Yu, Dunji; An, Ke; Chen, Yan; Chen, Xu

    2014-01-01

    Real-time in situ neutron diffraction was performed on a transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) steel under cyclic loading at room temperature. By Rietveld refinement and single peak analysis, the volume fraction and average stress estimates as well as dislocation density of individual phases (austenite and martensite phase) were derived. The results reveal that the volume fraction of martensite phase, instead of individual phase strengthening, should be accounted for the remarkable secondary cyclic hardening.

  9. Residual strain scanning of alumina-based ceramic composites by neutron diffraction

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    Ruiz-Hervias, J.; Bruno, G.; Bueno, S.; Gurauskis, J.; Baudín, C.; Fan, K. Y.

    2014-11-01

    Residual strain profiles were measured by neutron diffraction in alumina-aluminum titanate ceramic composites sintered at two different temperatures, namely 1450 and 1550°C. The results show that irrespective of the direction and the sintering temperature, the obtained profiles are almost flat, with very similar results for both temperatures. In addition, the results demonstrate that the alumina is in compression whereas the aluminium titanate is subjected to tensile residual stresses.

  10. Texture analysis of bulk YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x by neutron diffraction

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    Kallend, J.S. ); Biondo, A.C.; Schultz, A.J.; Goretta, K.C. )

    1990-09-01

    Neutron diffraction has been used to generate Orientation Distribution Functions for two sinter-forged YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} specimens. Sinter forging imparted a strong texture, with c axes of crystals preferentially aligned parallel to the forging direction. The distribution of a and b axes was not uniform, which may have implications to critical current density. 14 refs., 6 figs.

  11. Neutron diffraction analysis of residual stresses near unannealed welds in anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks.

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    Becker, A T; Chumbley, L S; Goettee, D; Russell, A M

    2014-01-01

    Neutron diffraction analysis was employed to measure residual stresses near welds in used anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks. Tensile residual stresses contribute to stress corrosion cracking of nurse tanks, which can cause tanks to release toxic ammonia vapor. The analysis showed that tensile residual stresses were present in the tanks measured, and the magnitudes of these stresses approached the yield strength of the steel. Implications for agricultural safety and health are discussed.

  12. Testing energy quantization at the level of 100 kHz by neutron crystal diffraction

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    Summhammer, J.

    1996-10-01

    For the study of energy quantization in low-frequency potentials and the accompanying quantum effects we analyze a silicon double-crystal arrangement exploiting dynamical diffraction of neutrons to achieve the required extremely high energy resolution. The first crystal prepares a minimum-uncertainty beam that passes a potential region whose influence on the neutron energy is analyzed by the second crystal. With realistic parameters, changes of neutron energy below 0.5 neV can be resolved. This permits a test of quantized energy transfer in periodically time-dependent potentials of a frequency below 100 kHz. We also discuss three specific examples how to observe the quantum phenomena arising from the macroscopic wave packets thereby generated.

  13. Carbonado revisited: Insights from neutron diffraction, high resolution orientation mapping and numerical simulations

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    Piazolo, Sandra; Kaminsky, Felix V.; Trimby, Patrick; Evans, Lynn; Luzin, V.

    2016-11-01

    One of the most controversial diamond types is carbonado, as its origin and geological history are still under debate. Here, we investigate selected carbonado samples using neutron diffraction and high resolution orientation mapping in combination with numerical simulations. Neutron diffraction analyses show that fine grained carbonado samples exhibit a distinct lack of crystallographic preferred orientation. Quantitative crystallographic orientation analyses performed on transmission electron microscope (TEM) sections reveal that the 2-10 μm grains exhibit locally significant internal deformation. Such features are consistent with crystal plastic deformation of a grain aggregate that initially formed by rapid nucleation, characterized by a high number of nucleation sites and no crystallographic preferred orientation. Crystal plastic deformation resulted in high stress heterogeneities close to grain boundaries, even at low bulk strains, inducing a high degree of lattice distortion without significant grain size reduction and the development of a crystallographic preferred orientation. Observed differences in the character of the grain boundary network and internal deformation structures can be explained by significant post-deformation annealing occurring to variable degrees in the carbonado samples. Differences in intensity of crystal bending and subgrain boundary sharpness can be explained by dislocation annihilation and rearrangement, respectively. During annealing grain energy is reduced resulting in distinct changes to the grain boundary geometry. Grain scale numerical modelling shows that anisotropic grain growth, where grain boundary energy is determined by the orientation of a boundary segment relative to the crystallographic orientation of adjacent grains results in straight boundary segments with abrupt changes in orientation even if the boundary is occurring between two triple junctions forming a ;zigzag; pattern. In addition, in diamond anisotropic

  14. In-situ neutron diffraction study of deformation behavior of a multi-component high-entropy alloy

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    Wu, Y.; Liu, W. H.; He, Z. B.; Lu, Z. P.; Wang, X. L.; Ma, D.; Stoica, A. D.; Nieh, T. G.

    2014-02-03

    Deformation behavior of a high-entropy alloy (HEA) was investigated by in situ tensile deformation with neutron diffraction. It was found that the face-centered cubic (FCC) HEA alloy showed strong crystal elastic and plastic anisotropy, and the evolution of its lattice strains and textures were similar to those observed in conventional FCC metals and alloys. Our results demonstrated that, in spite of chemical complexity, the multi-component HEA behaved like a simple FCC metal and the deformation was caused by the motion of mixed dislocations.

  15. In situ neutron diffraction study of deformation behavior of a multi-component high-entropy alloy

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    Wu, Yuan; Liu, W H; Wang, Prof Xun-Li; Ma, Dong; Stoica, Alexandru Dan; Nieh, T. G.; He, Z b; Lu, Z.P.

    2014-01-01

    Deformation behavior of a high-entropy alloy (HEA) was investigated by in situ tensile deformation with neutron diffraction. It was found that the face-centered cubic (FCC) HEA alloy showed strong crystal elastic and plastic anisotropy, and the evolution of its lattice strains and textures were similar to those observed in conventional FCC metals and alloys. Our results demonstrated that, in spite of chemical complexity, the multi-component HEA behaved like a simple FCC metal and the deformation was caused by the motion of mixed dislocations.

  16. In-situ neutron diffraction study of deformation behavior of a multi-component high-entropy alloy

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    Wu, Y.; Liu, W. H.; Wang, X. L.; Ma, D.; Stoica, A. D.; Nieh, T. G.; He, Z. B.; Lu, Z. P.

    2014-02-01

    Deformation behavior of a high-entropy alloy (HEA) was investigated by in situ tensile deformation with neutron diffraction. It was found that the face-centered cubic (FCC) HEA alloy showed strong crystal elastic and plastic anisotropy, and the evolution of its lattice strains and textures were similar to those observed in conventional FCC metals and alloys. Our results demonstrated that, in spite of chemical complexity, the multi-component HEA behaved like a simple FCC metal and the deformation was caused by the motion of mixed dislocations.

  17. Neutron and X-ray powder diffraction study of skutterudite thermoelectrics

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    Wang, H.; Kirkham, M. J.; Watkins, T. R.; ...

    2016-02-17

    N- and p-type filled-skutterudite materials prepared for thermoelectric power generation modules were analyzed by neutron diffraction at the POWGEN beam line of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The skutterudite powders were processed by melt spinning, followed by ball milling and annealing. The n-type material consists of Ba–Yb–Co–Sb and the p-type material consists of Di–Fe–Ni–Sb or Di–Fe–Co–Sb (Di = didymium, an alloy of Pr and Nd). Powders for prototype module fabrication from General Motors and Marlow Industries were analyzed in this study. XRD and neutron diffraction studies confirm that both the n- and p-type materials have cubicmore » symmetry. Structural Rietveld refinements determined the lattice parameters and atomic parameters of the framework and filler atoms. The cage filling fraction was found to depend linearly on the lattice parameter, which in turn depends on the average framework atom size. Ultimately, this knowledge may allow the filling fraction of these skutterudite materials to be purposefully adjusted, thereby tuning the thermoelectric properties.« less

  18. Neutron and X-ray powder diffraction study of skutterudite thermoelectrics

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    Wang, H.; Kirkham, M. J.; Watkins, T. R.; Payzant, E. A.; Salvador, J. R.; Thompson, A. J.; Sharp, J.; Brown, D.; Miller, D.

    2016-02-17

    N- and p-type filled-skutterudite materials prepared for thermoelectric power generation modules were analyzed by neutron diffraction at the POWGEN beam line of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The skutterudite powders were processed by melt spinning, followed by ball milling and annealing. The n-type material consists of Ba–Yb–Co–Sb and the p-type material consists of Di–Fe–Ni–Sb or Di–Fe–Co–Sb (Di = didymium, an alloy of Pr and Nd). Powders for prototype module fabrication from General Motors and Marlow Industries were analyzed in this study. XRD and neutron diffraction studies confirm that both the n- and p-type materials have cubic symmetry. Structural Rietveld refinements determined the lattice parameters and atomic parameters of the framework and filler atoms. The cage filling fraction was found to depend linearly on the lattice parameter, which in turn depends on the average framework atom size. Ultimately, this knowledge may allow the filling fraction of these skutterudite materials to be purposefully adjusted, thereby tuning the thermoelectric properties.

  19. Verification of residual stresses in flash-butt-weld rails using neutron diffraction

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    Tawfik, David; Kirstein, Oliver; Mutton, Peter John; Chiu, Wing Kong

    2006-11-01

    Residual stresses developed during flash-butt welding may play a crucial role in prolonging the fatigue life of the welded tracks under service loading conditions. The finished welds typically exhibit high levels of tensile residual stresses in the web region of the weld. Moreover, the surface condition of the web may contain shear drag or other defects resulting from the shearing process which may lead to the initiation and propagation of fatigue cracks in a horizontal split web failure mode under high axle loads. However, a comprehensive understanding into the residual stress behaviour throughout the complex weld geometry remains unclear and is considered necessary to establish the correct localised post-weld heat treatment modifications intended to lower tensile residual stresses. This investigation used the neutron diffraction technique to analyse residual stresses in an AS60 flash-butt-welded rail cooled under normal operating conditions. The findings will ultimately contribute to developing modifications to the flash-butt-welding procedure to lower tensile residual stresses which may then improve rail performance under high axle load.

  20. Correlating cycling history with structural evolution in commercial 26650 batteries using in operando neutron powder diffraction

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    Goonetilleke, Damian; Pramudita, James C.; Hagan, Mackenzie; Al Bahri, Othman K.; Pang, Wei Kong; Peterson, Vanessa K.; Groot, Jens; Berg, Helena; Sharma, Neeraj

    2017-03-01

    Ex situ and time-resolved in operando neutron powder diffraction (NPD) has been used to study the structural evolution of the graphite negative electrode and LiFePO4 positive electrode within ANR26650M1A commercial batteries from A123 Systems, in what to our knowledge is the first reported NPD study investigating a 26650-type battery. Batteries with different and accurately-known electrochemical and storage histories were studied, enabling the tell-tale signs of battery degradation to be elucidated using NPD. The ex-situ NPD data revealed that the intensity of the graphite/lithiated graphite (LixC6 or LiyC) reflections was affected by battery history, with lower lithiated graphite (LiC12) reflection intensities typically corresponding to more abused batteries. This indicates that the lithiation of graphite is less progressed in more abused batteries, and hence these batteries have lower capacities. In operando NPD allows the rate of structural evolution in the battery electrode materials to be correlated to the applied current. Interestingly, the electrodes exhibit different responses to the applied current that depend on the battery cycling history, with this particularly evident for the negative electrode. Therefore, this work illustrates how NPD can be used to correlate a battery history with electrode structure.

  1. Lattice thermal expansion effects in pure and doped cordierite by time-of-flight neutron diffraction

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    Predecki, P.K.; Haas, J.; Faber, J. Jr.; Hitterman, R.L.

    1985-10-01

    The thermal expansion behavior of pure, Ge-doped and Li-doped hexagonal cordierites with respective compositions: 2Mg0 2Al2O3 5SiO2, 2Mg0 2Al2O3 4SiO2 GeO2, and 2Mg0 (2+x)Al2O3 (5-2x)SiO2 xLi2O with x = .174, was investigated using time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction at temperatures from 22 to 750C in vacuum. The data were refined in space group P6/mcc using the Rietveld method. The lattice thermal expansion curves of all 3 samples were quite similar. The negative c axis expansion is asociated with (1) displacement of the T2 cations generally toward the c axis channels and (2) changes in the distortion of the coupled T1/M tetrahedra/octahedra in the structure. Both contributions were present in all 3 samples but the first was more dominant in the Ge doped sample. The nature and origin of the distortions in T1 and M are discussed.

  2. Inorganic pyrophosphatase crystals from Thermococcus thioreducens for X-ray and neutron diffraction

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    Hughes, Ronny C.; Coates, Leighton; Blakeley, Matthew P.; Tomanicek, Steve J.; Langan, Paul; Kovalevsky, Andrey Y.; García-Ruiz, Juan M.; Ng, Joseph D.

    2012-01-01

    Inorganic pyrophosphatase (IPPase) from the archaeon Thermococcus thioreducens was cloned, overexpressed in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized in restricted geometry, resulting in large crystal volumes exceeding 5 mm3. IPPase is thermally stable and is able to resist denaturation at temperatures above 348 K. Owing to the high temperature tolerance of the enzyme, the protein was amenable to room-temperature manipulation at the level of protein preparation, crystallization and X-ray and neutron diffraction analyses. A complete synchrotron X-ray diffraction data set to 1.85 Å resolution was collected at room temperature from a single crystal of IPPase (monoclinic space group C2, unit-cell parameters a = 106.11, b = 95.46, c = 113.68 Å, α = γ = 90.0, β = 98.12°). As large-volume crystals of IPPase can be obtained, preliminary neutron diffraction tests were undertaken. Consequently, Laue diffraction images were obtained, with reflections observed to 2.1 Å resolution with I/σ(I) greater than 2.5. The preliminary crystallographic results reported here set in place future structure–function and mechanism studies of IPPase. PMID:23192028

  3. Inorganic pyrophosphatase crystals from Thermococcus thioreducens for X-ray and neutron diffraction.

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    Hughes, Ronny C; Coates, Leighton; Blakeley, Matthew P; Tomanicek, Steve J; Langan, Paul; Kovalevsky, Andrey Y; García-Ruiz, Juan M; Ng, Joseph D

    2012-12-01

    Inorganic pyrophosphatase (IPPase) from the archaeon Thermococcus thioreducens was cloned, overexpressed in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized in restricted geometry, resulting in large crystal volumes exceeding 5 mm3. IPPase is thermally stable and is able to resist denaturation at temperatures above 348 K. Owing to the high temperature tolerance of the enzyme, the protein was amenable to room-temperature manipulation at the level of protein preparation, crystallization and X-ray and neutron diffraction analyses. A complete synchrotron X-ray diffraction data set to 1.85 Å resolution was collected at room temperature from a single crystal of IPPase (monoclinic space group C2, unit-cell parameters a=106.11, b=95.46, c=113.68 Å, α=γ=90.0, β=98.12°). As large-volume crystals of IPPase can be obtained, preliminary neutron diffraction tests were undertaken. Consequently, Laue diffraction images were obtained, with reflections observed to 2.1 Å resolution with I/σ(I) greater than 2.5. The preliminary crystallographic results reported here set in place future structure-function and mechanism studies of IPPase.

  4. Sample positioning in neutron diffraction experiments using a multi-material fiducial marker

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    Marais, D.; Venter, A. M.; Markgraaff, J.; James, J.

    2017-01-01

    An alternative sample positioning method is reported for use in conjunction with sample positioning and experiment planning software systems deployed on some neutron diffraction strain scanners. In this approach, the spherical fiducial markers and location trackers used with optical metrology hardware are replaced with a specifically designed multi-material fiducial marker that requires one diffraction measurement. In a blind setting, the marker position can be determined within an accuracy of ±164 μm with respect to the instrument gauge volume. The scheme is based on a pre-determined relationship that links the diffracted peak intensity to the absolute positioning of the fiducial marker with respect to the instrument gauge volume. Two methods for establishing the linking relationship are presented, respectively based on fitting multi-dimensional quadratic functions and a cross-correlation artificial neural network.

  5. Disposition of ceramide in model lipid membranes determined by neutron diffraction.

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    Groen, D; Gooris, G S; Barlow, D J; Lawrence, M J; van Mechelen, J B; Demé, B; Bouwstra, J A

    2011-03-16

    The lipid matrix present in the uppermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, plays a crucial role in the skin barrier function. The lipids are organized into two lamellar phases. To gain more insight into the molecular organization of one of these lamellar phases, we performed neutron diffraction studies. In the diffraction pattern, five diffraction orders were observed attributed to a lamellar phase with a repeat distance of 5.4 nm. Using contrast variation, the scattering length density profile could be calculated showing a typical bilayer arrangement. To obtain information on the arrangement of ceramides in the unit cell, a mixture that included a partly deuterated ceramide was also examined. The scattering length density profile of the 5.4-nm phase containing this deuterated ceramide demonstrated a symmetric arrangement of the ceramides with interdigitating acyl chains in the center of the unit cell.

  6. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: Neutron Diffraction Measurements of a Thermally Fatigued Single Crystal Superalloy

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    Sun, Guang-Ai; Chen, Bo; Wu, Er-Dong; Li, Jin-Chao; Pirling, T.; Hughes, D.

    2009-08-01

    The thermally fatigued single crystal superalloy DZ125L is investigated by neutron diffraction measurements. The measurements, made using the phi angle oscillating method, provide more detailed and reliable data than those with the phi angle fixed. Diffraction studies show that the influence of thermal fatigue on the lattice parameters of the alloy is very limited. The stress analysis reveals that triaxial elastic hydrostatic stress plays a major role during thermal fatigue. The magnitude of the macrostress increases with the fatigue cycles, with the stress of the γ phase increasing more significantly than that of the γ' phase, and becoming fragile after many cycles. The changes in the microstrain are dependent on the reflection planes. The microstrains at the center of the sample are released by the thermal fatigue in comparison with those at the outlying locations, which has been attributed to the advance of the dislocation slips.

  7. Advanced sample environments for in situ neutron diffraction studies of nuclear materials

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    Reiche, Helmut Matthias

    Generation IV nuclear reactor concepts, such as the supercritical-water-cooled nuclear reactor (SCWR), are actively researched internationally. Operating conditions above the critical point of water (374°C, 22.1 MPa) and fuel core temperature that potentially exceed 1850°C put a high demand on the surrounding materials. For their safe application, it is essential to characterize and understand the material properties on an atomic scale such as crystal structure and grain orientation (texture) changes as a function of temperature and stress. This permits the refinement of models predicting the macroscopic behavior of the material. Neutron diffraction is a powerful tool in characterizing such crystallographic properties due to their deep penetration depth into condensed matter. This leads to the ability to study bulk material properties, as opposed to surface effects, and allows for complex sample environments to study e.g. the individual contributions of thermo-mechanical processing steps during manufacturing, operating or accident scenarios. I present three sample environments for in situ neutron diffraction studies that provide such crystallographic information and have been successfully commissioned and integrated into the user program of the High Pressure -- Preferred Orientation (HIPPO) diffractometer at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) user facility. I adapted a sample changer for reliable and fast automated texture measurements of multiple specimens. I built a creep furnace combining a 2700 N load frame with a resistive vanadium furnace, capable of temperatures up to 1000°C, and manipulated by a pair of synchronized rotation stages. This combination allows following deformation and temperature dependent texture and strain evolutions in situ. Utilizing the presented sample changer and creep furnace we studied pressure tubes made of Zr-2.5wt%Nb currently employed in CANDURTM nuclear reactors and proposed for future SCWRs, acting as the primary

  8. Structure of Calcium Aluminate Decahydrate (CaAl2O4.10D2O) from Neutron and X-ray Powder Diffraction Data

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    Christensen,A.; Lebech, B.; Sheptyakov, D.; Hanson, J.

    2007-01-01

    Calcium aluminate decahydrate is hexagonal with the space group P63/m and Z = 6. The compound has been named CaAl2O4{center_dot}10H2O (CAH10) for decades and is known as the product obtained by hydration of CaAl2O4 (CA) in the temperature region 273-288 K - one of the main components in high-alumina cements. The lattice constants depend on the water content. Several sample preparations were used in this investigation: one CAH10, three CAD10 and one CA(D/H)10, where the latter is a zero-matrix sample showing no coherent scattering contribution from the D/H atoms in a neutron diffraction powder pattern. The crystal structure including the positions of the H/D atoms was determined from analyses of four neutron diffraction powder patterns by means of the ab initio crystal structure determination program FOX and the FULLPROF crystal structure refinement program. Additionally, eight X-ray powder diffraction patterns (Cu K[alpha]1 and synchrotron X-rays) were used to establish phase purity. The analyses of these combined neutron and X-ray diffraction data clearly show that the previously published positions of the O atoms in the water molecules are in error. Thermogravimetric analysis of the CAD10 sample preparation used for the neutron diffraction studies gave the composition CaAl2(OD)8(D2O)2{center_dot}2.42D2O. Neutron and X-ray powder diffraction data gave the structural formula CaAl2(OX)8(X2O)2{center_dot}[gamma]X2O (X = D, H and D/H), where the [gamma] values are sample dependent and lie between 2.3 and 3.3.

  9. Partitioning of Elastic, Transformation, and Plastic Strains Exhibited by Shape-Memory Nickel-Titanium through Modeling and Neutron Diffraction

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    Stebner, Aaron Paul

    Empirical investigations and first principles calculations performed in the years since shape memory alloy (SMA) model development efforts began have unveiled contradictions between the microstructural deformation mechanisms at play within these materials and the phenomenological appearance of SMA deformations, which are used to develop constitutive models. Thus, in this work theoretical calculations, numerical modeling, and neutron diffraction experiments were performed to elucidate relationships between phenomenological appearance and mechanistic activity of SMA deformations, in particular Nickel-Titanium. Numerical methods and improvements were derived to allow for robust finite element implementation of a phenomenological SMA constitutive model. New methodologies were also developed to verify and validate mechanistic SMA constitutive model predictions of microstructure evolution for the first time. In depth neutron diffraction empirical studies investigated in situ non-proportional compression as well as large-deformation uniaxial tension and compression of bulk martensitic NiTi. From these studies, insights were gained as to the partitioning of both macroscopic stresses and strains realized of elasticity, recoverable and deformation twinning, and slip within populations of orientation-specific martensite plates. The implications these empirical findings have toward both the models presented in this work as well as future development of SMA constitutive models are documented.

  10. Crystallization and preliminary neutron diffraction experiment of human farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase complexed with risedronate

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    Yokoyama, Takeshi; Ostermann, Andreas; Mizuguchi, Mineyuki; Niimura, Nobuo; Schrader, Tobias E.; Tanaka, Ichiro

    2014-01-01

    Nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates (N-BPs), such as risedronate and zoledronate, are currently used as a clinical drug for bone-resorption diseases and are potent inhibitors of farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (FPPS). X-ray crystallographic analyses of FPPS with N-BPs have revealed that N-BPs bind to FPPS with three magnesium ions and several water molecules. To understand the structural characteristics of N-BPs bound to FPPS, including H atoms and hydration by water, neutron diffraction studies were initiated using BIODIFF at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ). FPPS–risedronate complex crystals of approximate dimensions 2.8 × 2.5 × 1.5 mm (∼3.5 mm3) were obtained by repeated macro-seeding. Monochromatic neutron diffraction data were collected to 2.4 Å resolution with 98.4% overall completeness. Here, the first successful neutron data collection from FPPS in complex with N-BPs is reported. PMID:24699741

  11. Crystallization and preliminary neutron diffraction experiment of human farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase complexed with risedronate.

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    Yokoyama, Takeshi; Ostermann, Andreas; Mizuguchi, Mineyuki; Niimura, Nobuo; Schrader, Tobias E; Tanaka, Ichiro

    2014-04-01

    Nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates (N-BPs), such as risedronate and zoledronate, are currently used as a clinical drug for bone-resorption diseases and are potent inhibitors of farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (FPPS). X-ray crystallographic analyses of FPPS with N-BPs have revealed that N-BPs bind to FPPS with three magnesium ions and several water molecules. To understand the structural characteristics of N-BPs bound to FPPS, including H atoms and hydration by water, neutron diffraction studies were initiated using BIODIFF at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ). FPPS-risedronate complex crystals of approximate dimensions 2.8 × 2.5 × 1.5 mm (∼3.5 mm(3)) were obtained by repeated macro-seeding. Monochromatic neutron diffraction data were collected to 2.4 Å resolution with 98.4% overall completeness. Here, the first successful neutron data collection from FPPS in complex with N-BPs is reported.

  12. Neutron and X-ray diffraction of plasma-sprayed zirconia-yttria thermal barrier coatings

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    Shankar, N. R.; Herman, H.; Singhal, S. P.; Berndt, C. C.

    1984-01-01

    ZrO2-7.8mol. pct. YO1.5, a fused powder, and ZrO2-8.7mol. pct. YO1.5, a prereacted powder, were plasma-sprayed onto steel substrates. Neutron diffraction and X-ray diffraction of the as-received powder, the powder plasma sprayed into water, as-sprayed coatings, and coatings heat-treated for 10 and 100 h were carried out to study phase transformations and ordering of the oxygen ions on the oxygen sublattice. The as-received fused powder has a much lower monoclinic percentage than does the pre-reacted powder, this resulting in a much lower monoclinic percentage in the coating. Heat treatment increases the percentages of the cubic and monoclinic phases, while decreasing the tetragonal content. An ordered tetragonal phase is detected by the presence of extra neutron diffraction peaks. These phase transformations and ordering will result in volume changes. The implications of these transformations on the performance of partially stabilized zirconia thermal barrier coatings is discussed.

  13. Structure of deuterated liquid n-butanol by neutron diffraction and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Cristiglio, Viviana; Gonzalez, Miguel Angel; Cuello, Gabriel Julio; Cabrillo, Carlos; Pardo, Luis Carlos; Silva-Santisteban, Alvaro

    Aliphatic alcohols are the simpler molecular liquids possessing a polar hydroxylic group and a nonpolar alkyl tail. While the structure of the smallest alcohols has been relatively well studied, no much attention has been paid to the temperature dependence of the pre-peak observed before the main diffraction peak. The role of H-bonding in causing this feature and the direct relation between the number of C atoms and their distance were discovered very early, suggesting a liquid picture constituted of straight chains joined by H-bonds with the formation of mesoscopic size clusters. X-rays and neutron diffraction measurements showed that the height of the pre-peak associated with the formation of H-bonds increases with temperature. To explain this counterintuitive effect, a complete diffraction study using two neutron diffractometers D4 and D16 (ILL, Grenoble, France) allowing to cover the range 0.01-23 Å t1 and exploring a temperature range from 100 K (glassy butanol) to 400 K (moderately supercritical conditions) has been conducted. Molecular Dynamics simulations using the OPLS-AA potential were also carried out as a function of temperature and compared to experiment. Experimental and numerical results of liquid n-butanol and its glassy transition will be presented.

  14. Characterisation of Residual Stresses Generated by Laser Shock Peening by Neutron and Synchrotron Diffraction

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    Evans, Alexander Dominic; King, Andrew; Pirling, Thilo; Peyre, Patrice; Withers, Phillip John

    The fatigue behaviour of engineering alloys can be significantly improved through the application of mechanical surface treatments. These processes generate significant compressive residual stresses near surface by inhomogeneous plastic deformation. In the case of mechanical surface treatments such as laser shock peening, certain burnishing and rolling techniques and ultrasonic impact treatment (UIT), the compressive residual stress layer can extend to a depth of the order of millimeters, with balancing tensile stresses located deeper. Techniques to characterise the residual stresses generated by such mechanical surface treatments non-destructively are mainly limited to diffraction methods using penetrating neutron and synchrotron X-ray radiations. The application of these radiation sources is illustrated here by the characterisation of residual strain distributions in a two types of specimens treated with laser shock peening (LSP). Analyses of diffraction peak broadening provide qualitative information concerning the depth to which the plastic deformation of the treatments extends. Two case studies of laser shock peening of titanium and aluminium alloys is presented to demonstrate the capabilities of neutron and synchrotron diffraction techniques in the field of residual stress characterisation of surface engineered material non-destructively.

  15. Asymmetric band flipping for time-of-flight neutron diffraction data

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    Whitfield, Pamela S.; Coelho, Alan A.

    2016-08-24

    Charge flipping with powder diffraction data is known to produce a result more reliably with high-resolution data,i.e.visible reflections at smalldspacings. This data are readily accessible with the neutron time-of-flight technique but the assumption that negative scattering density is nonphysical is no longer valid where elements with negative scattering lengths are present. The concept of band flipping was introduced in the literature, where a negative threshold is used in addition to a positive threshold during the flipping. But, it was not tested with experimental data at the time. Finallly, band flipping has been implemented inTOPAStogether with the band modification of low-density elimination and tested with experimental powder and Laue single-crystal neutron data.

  16. Asymmetric band flipping for time-of-flight neutron diffraction data

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    Whitfield, Pamela S.; Coelho, Alan A.

    2016-08-24

    Charge flipping with powder diffraction data is known to produce a result more reliably with high-resolution data,i.e.visible reflections at smalldspacings. This data are readily accessible with the neutron time-of-flight technique but the assumption that negative scattering density is nonphysical is no longer valid where elements with negative scattering lengths are present. The concept of band flipping was introduced in the literature, where a negative threshold is used in addition to a positive threshold during the flipping. But, it was not tested with experimental data at the time. Finallly, band flipping has been implemented inTOPAStogether with the band modification of low-densitymore » elimination and tested with experimental powder and Laue single-crystal neutron data.« less

  17. Preliminary neutron diffraction analysis of challenging human manganese superoxide dismutase crystals.

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    Azadmanesh, Jahaun; Trickel, Scott R; Weiss, Kevin L; Coates, Leighton; Borgstahl, Gloria E O

    2017-04-01

    Superoxide dismutases (SODs) are enzymes that protect against oxidative stress by dismutation of superoxide into oxygen and hydrogen peroxide through cyclic reduction and oxidation of the active-site metal. The complete enzymatic mechanisms of SODs are unknown since data on the positions of hydrogen are limited. Here, methods are presented for large crystal growth and neutron data collection of human manganese SOD (MnSOD) using perdeuteration and the MaNDi beamline at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The crystal from which the human MnSOD data set was obtained is the crystal with the largest unit-cell edge (240 Å) from which data have been collected via neutron diffraction to sufficient resolution (2.30 Å) where hydrogen positions can be observed.

  18. First principles calculations, neutron, and x-ray diffraction investigation of Y{sub 3}Ni{sub 13}B{sub 2}, Y{sub 3}Co{sub 13}B{sub 2}, and Y{sub 3}Ni{sub 10}Co{sub 3}B{sub 2}

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    Plugaru, N.; Valeanu, M.; Plugaru, R.; Campo, J.

    2014-01-14

    Fully relativistic calculations within the local spin density approximation and the generalized gradient approximation were performed to determine the local spin and orbital magnetic moments, as well as the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy of Y{sub 3}Ni{sub 13}B{sub 2}, Y{sub 3}Co{sub 13}B{sub 2}, and Y{sub 3}Ni{sub 10}Co{sub 3}B{sub 2} compounds. A weak in-plane magnetic anisotropy is determined for Y{sub 3}Ni{sub 13}B{sub 2}, under the assumption of a crystallographic-like magnetic unit cell and collinear magnetic moments. The calculations predict considerable c-axis anisotropy for Y{sub 3}Co{sub 13}B{sub 2} and Y{sub 3}Ni{sub 10}Co{sub 3}B{sub 2}, but smaller than that of YCo{sub 5}. The values of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy correlate well with both the magnitude of the orbital magnetic moment and the orbital magnetic moment anisotropy. The mixing between Co or Ni 3d states and B 2p states, observable at the bottom of the valence band of the 3d metal having a boron atom nearest neighbor, decreases the 3d spin and especially, the 3d orbital magnetic moments. Y{sub 3}Ni{sub 13}B{sub 2} and Y{sub 3}Ni{sub 10}Co{sub 3}B{sub 2} were also investigated by powder neutron diffraction experiments, at temperatures between 1.8 and 249 K. The Co and Ni site averaged magnetic moments calculated in the mixed compound are in fair agreement with the values obtained by the refinement of the magnetic contribution to the diffraction pattern.

  19. The magnetic structure of Co(NCNH)₂ as determined by (spin-polarized) neutron diffraction

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    Jacobs, Philipp; Houben, Andreas; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Müller, Paul; Dronskowski, Richard

    2013-06-01

    The magnetic structure of Co(NCNH)₂ has been studied by neutron diffraction data below 10 K using the SPODI and DNS instruments at FRM II, Munich. There is an intensity change in the (1 1 0) and (0 2 0) reflections around 4 K, to be attributed to the onset of a magnetic ordering of the Co²⁺ spins. Four different spin orientations have been evaluated on the basis of Rietveld refinements, comprising antiferromagnetic as well as ferromagnetic ordering along all three crystallographic axes. Both residual values and supplementary susceptibility measurements evidence that only a ferromagnetic ordering with all Co²⁺ spins parallel to the c axis is a suitable description of the low-temperature magnetic ground state of Co(NCNH)₂. The deviation of the magnetic moment derived by the Rietveld refinement from the expectancy value may be explained either by an incomplete saturation of the moment at temperatures slightly below the Curie temperature or by a small Jahn–Teller distortion. - Graphical abstract: The magnetic ground state of Co(NCNH)₂ has been clarified by (spin-polarized) neutron diffraction data at low temperatures. Intensity changes below 4 K arise due to the onset of ferromagnetic ordering of the Co²⁺ spins parallel to the c axis, corroborated by various (magnetic) Rietveld refinements. Highlights: • Powderous Co(NCNH)₂ has been subjected to (spin-polarized) neutron diffraction. • Magnetic susceptibility data of Co(NCNH)₂ have been collected. • Below 4 K, the magnetic moments align ferromagnetically with all Co²⁺ spins parallel to the c axis. • The magnetic susceptibility data yield an effective magnetic moment of 4.68 and a Weiss constant of -13(2) K. • The ferromagnetic Rietveld refinement leads to a magnetic moment of 2.6 which is close to the expectancy value of 3.

  20. Probing spin ordering in iron-platinum based antiferromagnetic films using neutron diffraction

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    Mani, Prakash

    The antiferromagnetic properties of chemically ordered and epitaxial films of FexPt100-x grown on MgO(111) & MgO(100) and Fe50Pt50- xRhx grown on MgO(100) have been studied with neutron diffraction. Epitaxial films of FexPt 100-x (x = 25, 30) have two kinds of antiferromagnetic ordering. The Neel temperature of spin wave vector QA = (1/2 1/2 0) is T N = 160 K and QB = (1/2 0 0) is TN = 100 K, respectively. Neutron diffraction is used to determine the phase diagram of the antiferromagnetic ordering as a function of composition and temperature. The nature of antiferromagnetic ordering was found to be strongly related to the lattice strain present in the system. Lattice-matched antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic films offer an ideal layered system to study exchange bias. The loop shifts in FePt3(AF)/CoPt 3(F) multilayers are correlated with rocking curve peak widths, and it has been shown that films with a narrower full-width-half-maximum have a smaller exchange bias. Neutron reflectivity is also applied to CoPt 3/FePt3 multilayers in order to probe layer-specific magnetizations owing to the significant difference in neutron scattering length density between Fe and Co. Fe50Pt50-xRh x (x˜10) exhibits a temperature dependent antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic-paramagnetic triple point near 400 K. The temperature and composition dependent spin structure of Fe50Pt 50-xRhx alloy films grown on MgO(100) have been determined for the first time with neutron diffraction. Three types of antiferromagnetic orderings were observed: (0 0 1/2), (1/2 1/2 1/2), and (1/2 1/2 3/2). Future studies have been planned to explore a magnetic field induced antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition in Fe50Pt50-xRh x alloy films.

  1. Structure of 2 molar NaOH in aqueous solution from neutron diffraction and empirical potential structure refinement

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    McLain, Sylvia E.; Imberti, Silvia; Soper, Alan K.; Botti, Alberto; Bruni, Fabio; Ricci, Maria Antonietta

    2006-09-01

    Neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution has been used to investigate aqueous solutions of 2M NaOH in the liquid state. The data were modeled using empirical potential structure refinement which allows for the extraction of the ion-water and water-water correlations. The data show that the ion-water radial distribution functions are in accordance with those found by previous studies on NaOH solutions and follow a trend which is dependent on the concentration of the solute. In particular, the shape of the hydroxide hydration shell is found to be concentration independent, but the number of water molecules occupying this shell increases with dilution. Additionally, the water-water correlations show that there is still a measurable effect on water structure with the addition of ions at this concentration, as the second shell in the water oxygen radial distribution function is compressed relative to the first shell. The data are also used to discuss the recent claims that the published radial distribution functions of water are unreliable, showing that data taken at different neutron sources, with different diffraction geometry and systematic errors lead to the same structural information when analyzed via a realistic modeling regime.

  2. Basic nanostructure of stratum corneum lipid matrices based on ceramides [EOS] and [AP]: a neutron diffraction study.

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    Schröter, Annett; Kessner, Doreen; Kiselev, Mikhail A; Hauss, Thomas; Dante, Silva; Neubert, Reinhard H H

    2009-08-19

    The goal of this study was to investigate the nanostructure of SC lipid model membranes comprising the most relevant SC lipids such as the unique-structured omega-acylceramide [EOS] in a near natural ratio with neutron diffraction. In models proposed recently the presence of ceramide [EOS] and FFA are necessary for the formation of one of the two existent crystalline lamellar phases of the SC lipids, the long-periodicity phase as well as for the normal barrier function of the SC. The focus of this study was placed on the influence of the FFA BA on the membrane structure and its localization within the membrane based on the ceramides [EOS] and [AP]. The internal nanostructure of such membranes was obtained by Fourier synthesis from the experimental diffraction patterns. The resulting neutron scattering length density profiles showed that the exceptionally long ceramide [EOS] is arranged in a short-periodicity phase created by ceramide [AP] by spanning through the whole bilayer and extending even further into the adjacent bilayer. Specifically deuterated BA allowed us to determine the exact position of this FFA inside this SC lipid model membrane. Furthermore, hydration experiments showed that the presented SC mimic system shows an extremely small intermembrane hydration of approximately 1 A, consequently the headgroups of the neighboring leaflets are positioned close to each other.

  3. Temperature-dependent neutron diffraction measurements from D2O hydrating single-supported lipid bilayers of DMPC

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    Buck, Z. N.; Torres, J.; Mazza, A.; Kaiser, H.; Taub, H.; Hansen, F. Y.; Miskowiec, A.; Tyagi, M.

    The freezing point depression of water associated with biological membranes, studied principally by NMR, has been of interest for decades. Here we have used neutron diffraction measurements at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) to investigate the freezing behavior of water associated with single-supported zwitterionic lipid bilayers composed of DMPC. Diffraction patterns obtained as a function of temperature reveal that water freezes abruptly into its hexagonal phase at 270 K with no evidence of amorphous ice. Following the initial crystallization of the membrane-associated water there is a region of continuous hexagonal crystal growth, which is believed to occur in the interfacial water closest to the membrane. The temperature-dependent intensity of the observed Bragg peaks have been compared with that of incoherently elastically-scattered neutrons collected on the High-Flux Backscattering Spectrometer at NIST from an identical sample hydrated with H2O [2]. We find excellent agreement between the two data sets, suggesting the absence of amorphous solid water and that all the water hydrating a DMPC membrane eventually freezes into the hexagonal crystalline phase. 2 M. Bai et al., Europhys. Lett. 98, 48006 (2012). Supported by NSF Grant Nos. DMR-0944772 and DGE-1069091.

  4. In situ observation of ErD2 formation during D-2 loading via neutron diffraction

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    Browning, Jim; Snow, Clark; Wixom, Ryan R; Llobet, Anna; Rodriguez, Mark

    2011-01-01

    In an effort to better understand the structural changes occurring during hydrogen loading of erbium target materials, we have performed in situ D{sub 2} loading of erbium metal (powder) at temperature (450 C) with simultaneous neutron diffraction analysis. This experiment tracked the conversion of Er metal to the {alpha} erbium deuteride (solid-solution) phase and then into the {beta} (fluorite) phase. Complete conversion to ErD{sub 2.0} was accomplished at 10 Torr D{sub 2} pressure with deuterium fully occupying the tetrahedral sites in the fluorite lattice.

  5. Mössbauer spectroscopy and neutron diffraction studies of neptunium antimonide NpSb

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    Sanchez, J. P.; Burlet, P.; Quézel, S.; Bonnisseau, D.; Rossat-Mignod, J.; Spirlet, J. C.; Rebizant, J.; Vogt, O.

    1988-09-01

    NpSb has been studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy ( 237Np and 121Sb resonances) and by neutron diffraction using single crystals. Np 3+ magnetic moments order antiferromagnetically below TN = 200 K in a triple- k type I structure. A strong mixing of 5 f electrons with anion p states can be deduced from results of 121Sb resonance. This mixing is certainty at the origin of the interaction mechanism responsible of the coupling between the Fourier components leading to the triple- k multiaxial magnetic structure.

  6. Feasibility of thermal strain measurements during quasi-steady state using neutron diffraction

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    Woo, Wan Chuck; Feng, Zhili; Wang, Xun-Li; An, Ke; Bailey, William Barton; David, Stan A; Hubbard, Camden R; Choo, Hahn

    2006-01-01

    Localized heating was imposed on a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy plate to cause thermal strains, and simultaneously interplanar spacing changes were measured using in-situ time-resolved neutron diffraction techniques. Two different methods were used: (1) direct real-time measurements of the transient behavior and (2) a series of measurements based on the quasi-steady state (QSS) principle. A comparison of the two results shows that the QSS method can represent the transient behavior under the current experimental conditions.

  7. Interrupted Magnetic First Order Transitions and Kinetic Arrest probed with In-field Neutron Diffraction

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    Siruguri, V.; Kaushik, S. D.; Rayaprol, S.; Babu, P. D.; Chaddah, P.; Sampathkumaran, E. V.; Hoser, A.; Ritter, C.

    2016-09-01

    In-field neutron diffraction studies were carried out on two compounds that exhibit magnetic first order phase transitions (FOPT). It is shown that the FOPT can be interrupted by an external magnetic field, resulting in a coexistence of kinetically arrested metastable states and equilibrium phases. Use of a novel protocol CHUF (Cooling and Heating under Unequal Fields) helps to determine the coexisting phase fractions and also to observe the devitrification of the kinetically arrested phase into the equilibrium phase, in a manner similar to that found in structural glassy systems.

  8. Neutron powder diffraction studies as a function of temperature of structure II hydrate formed from propane

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    Rawn, C.J.; Rondinone, A.J.; Chakoumakos, B.C.; Circone, S.; Stern, L.A.; Kirby, S.H.; Ishii, Y.

    2003-01-01

    Neutron powder diffraction data confirm that hydrate samples synthesized with propane crystallize as structure type II hydrate. The structure has been modeled using rigid-body constraints to describe C3H8 molecules located in the eight larger polyhedral cavities of a deuterated host lattice. Data were collected at 12, 40, 100, 130, 160, 190, 220, and 250 K and used to calculate the thermal expansivity from the temperature dependence of the lattice parameters. The data collected allowed for full structural refinement of atomic coordinates and the atomic-displacement parameters.

  9. The Crystal Structure of Thorium and Zirconium Dihydrides by X-ray and Neutron Diffraction

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    Rundle, R.E.; Shull, C.G.; Wollan, E.O.

    1951-04-20

    Thorium forms a tetragonal lower hydride of composition ThH{sub 2}. The hydrides ThH{sub 2}, ThD{sub 2}, and ZrD{sub 2} have been studied by neutron diffraction in order that hydrogen positions could be determined. The hydrides are isomorphous, and have a deformed fluorite structure. Metal-hydrogen distances in thorium hydride are unusually large, as in UH{sub 3}. Thorium and zirconium scattering amplitudes and a revised scattering amplitude for deuterium are reported.

  10. Neutron diffraction study of multiferroic Mo-doped CoFe2O4

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    Das, A.; Dwivedi, G. D.; Kumari, Poonam; Shahi, P.; Yang, H. D.; Ghosh, A. K.; Chatterjee, Sandip

    2015-04-01

    Neutron diffraction measurements have been carried out to study the coexistence of magnetic ordering and ferroelectricity at room temperature in CoFe1.8Mo0.2O4. It is observed from this study that the Mo6+ preferentially occupies the octahedral site and it converts some of the Fe3+ ions into Fe2+ ions in the tetrahedral site. The conversion of Fe3+ ions into Fe2+ ions modulate the Fe-Fe distances which in effect induce the ferroelectricity in magnetically ordered CoFe1.8Mo0.2O4.

  11. Structure determination of Ba5AlF13 by coupling electron, synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction, solid-state NMR and ab initio calculations.

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    Martineau, Charlotte; Allix, Mathieu; Suchomel, Matthew R; Porcher, Florence; Vivet, François; Legein, Christophe; Body, Monique; Massiot, Dominique; Taulelle, Francis; Fayon, Franck

    2016-10-04

    The room temperature structure of Ba5AlF13 has been investigated by coupling electron, synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction, solid-state high-resolution NMR ((19)F and (27)Al) and first principles calculations. An initial structural model has been obtained from electron and synchrotron powder diffraction data, and its main features have been confirmed by one- and two-dimensional NMR measurements. However, DFT GIPAW calculations of the (19)F isotropic shieldings revealed an inaccurate location of one fluorine site (F3, site 8a), which exhibited unusual long F-Ba distances. The atomic arrangement was reinvestigated using neutron powder diffraction data. Subsequent Fourier maps showed that this fluorine atom occupies a crystallographic site of lower symmetry (32e) with partial occupancy (25%). GIPAW computations of the NMR parameters validate the refined structural model, ruling out the presence of local static disorder and indicating that the partial occupancy of this F site reflects a local motional process. Visualisation of the dynamic process was then obtained from the Rietveld refinement of neutron diffraction data using an anharmonic description of the displacement parameters to account for the thermal motion of the mobile fluorine. The whole ensemble of powder diffraction and NMR data, coupled with first principles calculations, allowed drawing an accurate structural model of Ba5AlF13, including site-specific dynamical disorder in the fluorine sub-network.

  12. Structural characterization of titanium-doped Bioglass using isotopic substitution neutron diffraction.

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    Martin, Richard A; Moss, Robert M; Lakhkar, Nilay J; Knowles, Jonathan C; Cuello, Gabriel J; Smith, Mark E; Hanna, John V; Newport, Robert J

    2012-12-05

    Melt quenched silicate glasses containing calcium, phosphorus and alkali metals have the ability to promote bone regeneration and to fuse to living bone. Of these glasses 45S5 Bioglass® is the most widely used being sold in over 35 countries as a bone graft product for medical and dental applications; particulate 45S5 is also incorporated into toothpastes to help remineralize the surface of teeth. Recently it has been suggested that adding titanium dioxide can increase the bioactivity of these materials. This work investigates the structural consequences of incorporating 4 mol% TiO(2) into Bioglass® using isotopic substitution (of the Ti) applied to neutron diffraction and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES). We present the first isotopic substitution data applied to melt quench derived Bioglass or its derivatives. Results show that titanium is on average surrounded by 5.2(1) nearest neighbor oxygen atoms. This implies an upper limit of 40% four-fold coordinated titanium and shows that the network connectivity is reduced from 2.11 to 1.97 for small quantities of titanium. Titanium XANES micro-fluorescence confirms the titanium environment is homogenous on the micron length scale within these glasses. Solid state magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR confirms the network connectivity model proposed. Furthermore, the results show the intermediate range order containing Na-O, Ca-O, O-P-O and O-Si-O correlations are unaffected by the addition of small quantities of TiO(2) into these systems.

  13. Neutron Diffraction of Aqueous Tetramethylammonium Chloride (TMA) Solutions and TMA Intercalated Swelling Clays Under Burial Conditions

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    Patel, R.; Howard, C. A.; Greenwell, C.; Youngs, T.; Soper, A. K.; Skipper, N. T.

    2014-12-01

    There is a need for the improvement and optimisation of clay swelling inhibitors for the enhancement of oil and gas exploration. The hydration region of both ions and the possibility of ion pairing in 1 molar aqueous solution of clay swelling inhibitor, tetramethylammonium chloride (TMACl), in D2O, under elevated hydrostatic-pressures and temperatures has been determined with unprecedented detail using a combination of neutron diffraction and small-angle scattering in conjunction with hydrogen/deuterium isotopic labeling. The O-H correlation function (H-bonds) for the water in the 1.0M solution is measured and compared with that for pure D2O. Also investigated is the effect of burial conditions on the d-spacing of TMA-intercalated vermiculite. Contrary to expectations, no aggregation of TMA ions due to hydrophobic interactions is observed, nor are any ionic pairs of TMA+ and Cl- at these burial conditions. The data revealed a more ordered water-water structure with the addition of TMACl from bulk D2O. There is no change in the hydration structure measured at the applied elevated conditions. This is in remarkable contrast to pure water at the same conditions which is well known to be compressible. The dry d-spacing of the TMA-exchanged Eucatex vermiculite is measured at 13.66 Å which increases to 14.03 Å with the addition of D2O. Beyond this, there is no change in d-spacing with increasing pressure and temperature indicating the strength of the TMA ions binding to the clay interlayers and therefore its performance as a clay-swelling inhibitor.

  14. Neutron and X-ray single-crystal diffraction from protein microcrystals via magnetically oriented microcrystal arrays in gels.

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    Tsukui, Shu; Kimura, Fumiko; Kusaka, Katsuhiro; Baba, Seiki; Mizuno, Nobuhiro; Kimura, Tsunehisa

    2016-07-01

    Protein microcrystals magnetically aligned in D2O hydrogels were subjected to neutron diffraction measurements, and reflections were observed for the first time to a resolution of 3.4 Å from lysozyme microcrystals (∼10 × 10 × 50 µm). This result demonstrated the possibility that magnetically oriented microcrystals consolidated in D2O gels may provide a promising means to obtain single-crystal neutron diffraction from proteins that do not crystallize at the sizes required for neutron diffraction structure determination. In addition, lysozyme microcrystals aligned in H2O hydrogels allowed structure determination at a resolution of 1.76 Å at room temperature by X-ray diffraction. The use of gels has advantages since the microcrystals are measured under hydrated conditions.

  15. Structural factors that enhance lithium mobility in fast-ion Li(1+x)Ti(2-x)Al(x)(PO4)3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) conductors investigated by neutron diffraction in the temperature range 100-500 K.

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    Arbi, K; Hoelzel, M; Kuhn, A; García-Alvarado, F; Sanz, J

    2013-08-19

    Structural features responsible for lithium conductivity in Li(1+x)Ti(2-x)Al(x)(PO4)3 (x = 0, 0.2, and 0.4) samples have been investigated by Rietveld analysis of high-resolution neutron diffraction (ND) patterns. From structural analysis, variation of the Li site occupancies and atomic thermal factors have been deduced as a function of aluminum doping in the temperature range 100-500 K. Fourier map differences deduced from ND patterns revealed that Li ions occupy M1 sites and, to a lower extent, M3 sites, disposed around ternary axes. The occupation of M1 sites by Li ions is responsible for the preferential expansion of the rhombohedral R3c unit cell along the c axis with temperature. The occupation of less symmetric M3 sites decreases electrostatic repulsions among Li cations, favoring ion conductivity in Li(1+x)Ti(2-x)Al(x)(PO4)3 compounds. The variations detected on long-range lithium motions have been related to variations of the oxygen thermal factors with temperature. The information deduced by ND explains two lithium motion regimes deduced previously by (7)Li NMR and impedance spectroscopy.

  16. Real-time observations of lithium battery reactions—operando neutron diffraction analysis during practical operation

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    Taminato, Sou; Yonemura, Masao; Shiotani, Shinya; Kamiyama, Takashi; Torii, Shuki; Nagao, Miki; Ishikawa, Yoshihisa; Mori, Kazuhiro; Fukunaga, Toshiharu; Onodera, Yohei; Naka, Takahiro; Morishima, Makoto; Ukyo, Yoshio; Adipranoto, Dyah Sulistyanintyas; Arai, Hajime; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Ogumi, Zempachi; Suzuki, Kota; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji

    2016-01-01

    Among the energy storage devices for applications in electric vehicles and stationary uses, lithium batteries typically deliver high performance. However, there is still a missing link between the engineering developments for large-scale batteries and the fundamental science of each battery component. Elucidating reaction mechanisms under practical operation is crucial for future battery technology. Here, we report an operando diffraction technique that uses high-intensity neutrons to detect reactions in non-equilibrium states driven by high-current operation in commercial 18650 cells. The experimental system comprising a time-of-flight diffractometer with automated Rietveld analysis was developed to collect and analyse diffraction data produced by sequential charge and discharge processes. Furthermore, observations under high current drain revealed inhomogeneous reactions, a structural relaxation after discharge, and a shift in the lithium concentration ranges with cycling in the electrode matrix. The technique provides valuable information required for the development of advanced batteries. PMID:27357605

  17. REVIEW ARTICLE: Determination of residual stresses in materials and industrial components by neutron diffraction

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    Albertini, Gianni; Bruno, Giovanni; Carradò, Adele; Fiori, Fabrizio; Rogante, Massimo; Rustichelli, Franco

    1999-03-01

    We present a review of the determination of residual stresses in materials and components of industrial interest by using the non-destructive technique of neutron diffraction. The fundamental aspects are discussed, together with a brief description of the experimental facilities. Several experimental results are then reported, particularly concerning applications to materials and components for power plants (CrMo steel, AISI304 stainless steel and 2.25Cr1Mo ferritic steel), aerospace and automotive technology (Al alloys, metal matrix composites, nickel superalloy gas-turbine components) and fusion-reactor technology (AISI316L for the first wall). A few thermomechanical treatments are considered, such as welding, cold-expanded holes, thermoelastic coupling and thermal and mechanical fatigue. Moreover, a few applications to general industrial problems are shown, namely brazed ceramic-steel components, coatings and fatigue-cracked samples. In some cases, experimental results are compared with numerical models or results from x-ray diffraction measurements.

  18. Real-time observations of lithium battery reactions—operando neutron diffraction analysis during practical operation

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    Taminato, Sou; Yonemura, Masao; Shiotani, Shinya; Kamiyama, Takashi; Torii, Shuki; Nagao, Miki; Ishikawa, Yoshihisa; Mori, Kazuhiro; Fukunaga, Toshiharu; Onodera, Yohei; Naka, Takahiro; Morishima, Makoto; Ukyo, Yoshio; Adipranoto, Dyah Sulistyanintyas; Arai, Hajime; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Ogumi, Zempachi; Suzuki, Kota; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji

    2016-06-01

    Among the energy storage devices for applications in electric vehicles and stationary uses, lithium batteries typically deliver high performance. However, there is still a missing link between the engineering developments for large-scale batteries and the fundamental science of each battery component. Elucidating reaction mechanisms under practical operation is crucial for future battery technology. Here, we report an operando diffraction technique that uses high-intensity neutrons to detect reactions in non-equilibrium states driven by high-current operation in commercial 18650 cells. The experimental system comprising a time-of-flight diffractometer with automated Rietveld analysis was developed to collect and analyse diffraction data produced by sequential charge and discharge processes. Furthermore, observations under high current drain revealed inhomogeneous reactions, a structural relaxation after discharge, and a shift in the lithium concentration ranges with cycling in the electrode matrix. The technique provides valuable information required for the development of advanced batteries.

  19. Real-time observations of lithium battery reactions-operando neutron diffraction analysis during practical operation.

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    Taminato, Sou; Yonemura, Masao; Shiotani, Shinya; Kamiyama, Takashi; Torii, Shuki; Nagao, Miki; Ishikawa, Yoshihisa; Mori, Kazuhiro; Fukunaga, Toshiharu; Onodera, Yohei; Naka, Takahiro; Morishima, Makoto; Ukyo, Yoshio; Adipranoto, Dyah Sulistyanintyas; Arai, Hajime; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Ogumi, Zempachi; Suzuki, Kota; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji

    2016-06-30

    Among the energy storage devices for applications in electric vehicles and stationary uses, lithium batteries typically deliver high performance. However, there is still a missing link between the engineering developments for large-scale batteries and the fundamental science of each battery component. Elucidating reaction mechanisms under practical operation is crucial for future battery technology. Here, we report an operando diffraction technique that uses high-intensity neutrons to detect reactions in non-equilibrium states driven by high-current operation in commercial 18650 cells. The experimental system comprising a time-of-flight diffractometer with automated Rietveld analysis was developed to collect and analyse diffraction data produced by sequential charge and discharge processes. Furthermore, observations under high current drain revealed inhomogeneous reactions, a structural relaxation after discharge, and a shift in the lithium concentration ranges with cycling in the electrode matrix. The technique provides valuable information required for the development of advanced batteries.

  20. Non destructive neutron diffraction measurements of cavities, inhomogeneities, and residual strain in bronzes of Ghiberti's relief from the Gates of Paradise

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    Festa, G.; Senesi, R.; Alessandroni, M.; Andreani, C.; Vitali, G.; Porcinai, S.; Giusti, A. M.; Materna, T.; Paradowska, A. M.

    2011-03-01

    Quantitative neutron studies of cultural heritage objects provide access to microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic structures in a nondestructive manner. In this paper we present a neutron diffraction investigation of a Ghiberti Renaissance gilded bronze relief devoted to the measurement of cavities and inhomogeneities in the bulk of the sample, along with the bulk phase composition and residual strain distribution. The quantitative measurements allowed the determination of the re-melting parts extension, as well as improving current knowledge about the manufacturing process. The study provides significant and unique information to conservators and restorators about the history of the relief.

  1. Non destructive neutron diffraction measurements of cavities, inhomogeneities, and residual strain in bronzes of Ghiberti's relief from the Gates of Paradise

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    Festa, G.; Senesi, R.; Alessandroni, M.; Andreani, C.; Vitali, G.; Porcinai, S.; Giusti, A. M.; Materna, T.; Paradowska, A. M.

    2011-03-15

    Quantitative neutron studies of cultural heritage objects provide access to microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic structures in a nondestructive manner. In this paper we present a neutron diffraction investigation of a Ghiberti Renaissance gilded bronze relief devoted to the measurement of cavities and inhomogeneities in the bulk of the sample, along with the bulk phase composition and residual strain distribution. The quantitative measurements allowed the determination of the re-melting parts extension, as well as improving current knowledge about the manufacturing process. The study provides significant and unique information to conservators and restorators about the history of the relief.

  2. In Situ Neutron Diffraction Measurements During Annealing of Deformed Beryllium With Differing Initial Textures

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    Brown, Donald W.; Clausen, B.; Sisneros, T. A.; Balogh, L.; Beyerlein, I. J.

    2013-12-01

    The recovery of deformed beryllium was studied with mechanical testing and in situ neutron diffraction measurements. The initial texture of the material and the deformation rate were manipulated to produce four distinct deformation microstructures. The dislocation density was determined from line profile analysis of the neutron diffraction data collected as a function of temperature during annealing to a maximum homologous temperature of 0.53 following deformation. Mechanical testing was completed after the in situ annealing to determine the extent of the recovery of the flow stress. Both the dislocation density and flow stress recovered significantly by a relatively low homologous temperature of 0.3. A comparison with model calculations using a dislocation-based hardening law indicates that it is forest-type dislocations that annihilate during the relatively low temperature anneal; the dislocation substructure was stable at these temperatures. Finally, the motion of the dislocations during annealing prevented the development of intergranular thermal stresses due to the crystallographically anisotropic thermal expansion of beryllium.

  3. The chemical reactivity and structure of collagen studied by neutron diffraction

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    Wess, T.J.; Wess, L.; Miller, A.

    1994-12-31

    The chemical reactivity of collagen can be studied using neutron diffraction (a non-destructive technique), for certain reaction types. Collagen contains a number of lysine and hydroxylysine side chains that can react with aldehydes and ketones, or these side chains can themselves be converted to aldehydes by lysyl oxidase. The reactivity of these groups not only has an important role in the maintenance of mechanical strength in collagen fibrils, but can also manifest pathologically in the cases of aging, diabetes (reactivity with a variety of sugars) and alcoholism (reactivity with acetaldehyde). The reactivity of reducing groups with collagen can be studied by neutron diffraction, since the crosslink formed in the adduction process is initially of a Schiff base or keto-imine nature. The nature of this crosslink allows it to be deuterated, and the position of this relatively heavy scattering atom can be used in a process of phase determination by multiple isomorphous replacement. This process was used to study the following: the position of natural crosslinks in collagen; the position of adducts in tendon from diabetic rats in vivo and the in vitro position of acetaidehyde adducts in tendon.

  4. Neutron diffraction residual strain measurements in nanostructured hydroxyapatite coatings for orthopaedic implants.

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    Ahmed, R; Faisal, N H; Paradowska, A M; Fitzpatrick, M E; Khor, K A

    2011-11-01

    The failure of an orthopaedic implant can be initiated by residual strain inherent to the hydroxyapatite coating (HAC). Knowledge of the through-thickness residual strain profile in the thermally sprayed hydroxyapatite coating/substrate system is therefore important in the development of a new generation of orthopaedic implants. As the coating microstructure is complex, non-destructive characterization of residual strain, e.g. using neutron diffraction, provides a useful measure of through thickness strain profile without altering the stress field. This first detailed study using a neutron diffraction technique, non-destructively evaluates the through thickness strain measurement in nanostructured hydroxyapatite plasma sprayed coatings on a titanium alloy substrate (as-sprayed, heat treated, and heat treated then soaked in simulated body fluid (SBF)). The influence of crystallographic plane orientation on the residual strain measurement is shown to indicate texturing in the coating. This texturing is expected to influence both the biological and fracture response of HA coatings. Results are discussed in terms of the influence of heat-treatment and SBF on the residual stress profile for these biomedical coatings. The results show that the through thickness residual strain in all three coatings was different for different crystallographic planes but was on average tensile. It is also concluded that the heat-treatment and simulated body fluid exposure had a significant effect on the residual strain profile in the top layers of HAC.

  5. Neutron diffraction study of water freezing on aircraft engine combustor soot.

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    Tishkova, V; Demirdjian, B; Ferry, D; Johnson, M

    2011-12-14

    The study of the formation of condensation trails and cirrus clouds on aircraft emitted soot particles is important because of its possible effects on climate. In the present work we studied the freezing of water on aircraft engine combustor (AEC) soot particles under conditions of pressure and temperature similar to the upper troposphere. The microstructure of the AEC soot was found to be heterogeneous containing both primary particles of soot and metallic impurities (Fe, Cu, and Al). We also observed various surface functional groups such as oxygen-containing groups, including sulfate ions, that can act as active sites for water adsorption. Here we studied the formation of ice on the AEC soot particles by using neutron diffraction. We found that for low amount of adsorbed water, cooling even up to 215 K did not lead to the formation of hexagonal ice. Whereas, larger amount of adsorbed water led to the coexistence of liquid water (or amorphous ice) and hexagonal ice (I(h)); 60% of the adsorbed water was in the form of ice I(h) at 255 K. Annealing of the system led to the improvement of the crystal quality of hexagonal ice crystals as demonstrated from neutron diffraction.

  6. Cage occupancies in the high pressure structure H methane hydrate: A neutron diffraction study

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    Tulk, Christopher A; Klug, Dennis D; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F; Karotsis, Georgios; Guthrie, Malcolm; Molaison, Jamie J; Pradhan, Neelam

    2012-01-01

    A neutron diffraction study was performed on the CD{sub 4}: D{sub 2}O structure H clathrate hydrate to refine its CD{sub 4} fractional cage occupancies. Samples of ice VII and hexagonal (sH) methane hydrate were produced in a Paris-Edinburgh press and in situ neutron diffraction data collected. The data were analyzed with the Rietveld method and yielded average cage occupancies of 3.1 CD{sub 4} molecules in the large 20-hedron (5{sup 12}6{sup 8}) cages of the hydrate unit cell. Each of the pentagonal dodecahedron (5{sup 12}) and 12-hedron (4{sup 3}5{sup 6}6{sup 3}) cages in the sH unit cell are occupied with on average 0.89 and 0.90 CD{sub 4} molecules, respectively. This experiment avoided the co-formation of Ice VI and sH hydrate, this mixture is more difficult to analyze due to the proclivity of ice VI to form highly textured crystals, and overlapping Bragg peaks of the two phases. These results provide essential information for the refinement of intermolecular potential parameters for the water methane hydrophobic interaction in clathrate hydrates and related dense structures.

  7. Cage occupancies in the high pressure structure H methane hydrate: A neutron diffraction study

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    Tulk, C. A.; Klug, D. D.; dos Santos, A. M.; Karotis, G.; Guthrie, M.; Molaison, J. J.; Pradhan, N.

    2012-02-01

    A neutron diffraction study was performed on the CD4 : D2O structure H clathrate hydrate to refine its CD4 fractional cage occupancies. Samples of ice VII and hexagonal (sH) methane hydrate were produced in a Paris-Edinburgh press and in situ neutron diffraction data collected. The data were analyzed with the Rietveld method and yielded average cage occupancies of 3.1 CD4 molecules in the large 20-hedron (51268) cages of the hydrate unit cell. Each of the pentagonal dodecahedron (512) and 12-hedron (435663) cages in the sH unit cell are occupied with on average 0.89 and 0.90 CD4 molecules, respectively. This experiment avoided the co-formation of Ice VI and sH hydrate, this mixture is more difficult to analyze due to the proclivity of ice VI to form highly textured crystals, and overlapping Bragg peaks of the two phases. These results provide essential information for the refinement of intermolecular potential parameters for the water-methane hydrophobic interaction in clathrate hydrates and related dense structures.

  8. Neutron-diffraction measurement of residual stresses in Al-Cu cold-cut welding

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    Fiori, F.; Marcantoni, M.

    Usually, when it is necessary to join different materials with a large difference in their melting points, welding should be avoided. To overcome this problem we designed and built a device to obtain cold-cut welding, which is able to strongly decrease oxidation problems of the surfaces to be welded. Thanks to this device it is possible to achieve good joining between different pairs of materials (Al-Ti, Cu-Al, Cu-Al alloys) without reaching the material melting point. The mechanical and microstructural characterisation of the joining and the validation of its quality were obtained using several experimental methods. In particular, in this work neutron-diffraction experiments for the evaluation of residual stresses in Cu-Al junctions are described, carried out at the G5.2 diffractometer of LLB, Saclay. Neutron-diffraction results are presented and related to other experimental tests such as microstructural characterisation (through optical and scanning electron microscopy) and mechanical characterisation (tensile-strength tests) of the welded interface.

  9. Magnetic Structure of Goethite α-FeOOH: A Neutron Diffraction Study

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    Zepeda-Alarcon, E.; Nakotte, H.; Vogel, S. C.; Wenk, H.

    2013-12-01

    Goethite (α-FeOOH) is found in diverse natural ecosystems, it is by far the most common oxyhydroxide in terrestrial soils, sediments and clays and an important mineral in the biogeochemical cycle of iron at the Earth's surface. Neutron diffraction studies have found that the iron magnetic moments are collinear in a two sublattice antiferromagnetic structure, aligned parallel to the c axis in space group Pbnm (Forsyth et. al. 1968). However, goethite shows superparamagnetic behavior and also a weak ferromagnetic component that has been attributed to the presence of lattice distortions. It is thought that these changes in magnetic ordering could be due to a 13° canting of the magnetic moment with respect to the c-axis, which enables the flipping of the spins due to small perturbations in the lattice (Coey et. al. 1995). In this study we used neutron diffraction at HIPPO and NPDF beamlines at LANSCE of Los Alamos National Laboratory on a powder of natural goethite provided by A. Gualtieri. The nuclear and magnetic structures were determined by means of a Rietveld refinement with GSAS and it was found that the spins of the iron atoms are aligned parallel to the c-axis, with no evidence of spin canting. The net magnetic moment is lower than what has previously been found. These results provide further insight into the magnetic ordering of this mineral and can be important in understanding the physical processes responsible for goethite's intriguing magnetic behavior.

  10. Diffraction des neutrons : principe, dispositifs expérimentaux et applications

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    Muller, C.

    2003-02-01

    La diffraction de neutrons, sur monocristal ou sur échantillon polycristallin (ou poudre), est une technique très largement utilisée, en science des matériaux comme en biologie, lorsque l'on souhaite déterminer la structure cristalline d'un composé ou d'une molécule. Toutefois, le degré de précision de la détermination structurale est très corrélé au choix de l'instrument utilisé. Il s'en suit que la question “comment choisir l'instrument le mieux adapté au composé et à la problématique ?" apparaît comme fondamentale. L'objectif de ce cours est de tenter de répondre à cette question en décrivant brièvement les caractéristiques instrumentales de différents diffractomètres, en exposant les avantages spécifiques des expériences de diffraction de neutrons et en donnant quelques exemples d'application.

  11. Biochemical profiles of membranes from x-ray and neutron diffraction

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    McCaughan, L.; Krimm, S.

    1982-02-01

    X-ray and neutron diffraction methods provide some information about the distribution of mass in biological membranes and lipid-water systems. Scattering density profiles obtained from thes systems, however, usually are not directly interpretable in terms of the relative amounts of chemical constituents (e.g., lipid, protein, and water) as a function of position in the membrane. We demonstrate here that the combined use of x-ray and neutron-scattering profiles, together with information on the total amounts of each of the major membrane components, are sufficient to calculate unambiguously the volume fractions of these components at well-defined regions of the lamellar unit. Three cases are considered: a calculated model membrane pair, dipalmitoylphosphatidyl-choline-water multilayers, and rabbit sciatic nerve myelin. For the model system, we discuss the limitations imposed by finite resolution in the diffraction patterns. For the lipid-water multilayers, we calculate water volume fractions in the hydrocarbon tail, lipid headgroup, and interlamellar regions; estimates of these values by various methods are in good agreement with our results. For the nerve myelin, we predict new results for the distribution of protein through the membrane.

  12. Using Neutron Diffraction to Determine the Low-Temperature Behavior of Pb2+ in Lead Feldspar

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    Kolbus, L. M.; Anovitz, L. M.; Chakoumackos, B. C.; Wesolowski, D. J.

    2014-12-01

    Feldspar minerals comprise 60% of the Earth's crust, so it imperative that the properties of feldspar be well understood for seismic modeling. The structure of feldspar consists of a three-dimensional framework of strongly-bonded TO4 tetrahedra formed by the sharing of oxygen atoms between tetrahedra. The main solid solution series found in natural feldspars are alkali NaAlSi3O8 -KAlSi3O8 and plagioclase CaAl2Si2O8-NaAlSi3O8. Recently, efforts have been made to systematically quantify feldspars structural change at non-ambient temperatures by considering only the relative tilts of the tetrahedral framework [1]. This serves as a tool to predict various behaviors of the structure such as the relative anisotropy of unit cell parameters and volume evolution with composition and temperature. Monoclinic feldspars are well predicted by the model [1], but discrepancies still remain between the model predictions and real structures with respect to absolute values of the unit cell parameters. To improve the existing model, a modification must be made to account for the M-cation interaction with its surrounding oxygen atoms. We have, therefore, chosen to study the structure of Pb-feldspar (PbAl2Si2O8), which provides the opportunity to characterize a monoclinic Al2Si2 feldspar containing a large M-site divalent cation using neutron diffraction. Neutron diffraction allows for the characterization of the M-site cation interaction between the oxygen atoms in the polyhedral cage by providing information to accurately determine the atomic displacement parameters.. Lead feldspar was synthesized for this study using the method described in [2], and confirmed to have a monoclinic C2/m space group. In this talk we will present structural determinations and atomic displacement parameters of Pb-feldspar from 10 - 300K generated from Neutron diffraction at the POWGEN beamline at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National lab, and compare our results to those predicted by the

  13. Neutron diffraction studies of a four-coordinated hydride in near square-planar geometry

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    Liao, Jian -Hong; Dhayal, Rajendra Singh; Wang, Xiaoping; ...

    2014-10-07

    The structure of a nanospheric polyhydrido copper cluster, [Cu20(H)11{S2P(OiPr)2}9], was determined by single-crystal neutron diffraction. Cu20 cluster consists of an elongated triangular orthobicupola constructed from 18 Cu atoms that encapsulate a [Cu2H5}3- ion in the center with an exceptionally short Cu-Cu distance. The eleven hydrides in the cluster display three different coordination modes to the Cu atoms: Six μ3-hydrides in pyramidal geometry, two μ4-hydrides in tetrahedral cavity, and three μ4-hydrides in an unprecedented near square-planar geometry. The neutron data set was collected on a small crystal of the size 0.20 mm x 0.50 mm x 0.65 mm for seven daysmore » using the Spallation Neutron Source TOPAZ single-crystal time-of-flight Laue diffractometer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Furthermore, the final R-factor is 8.64% for 16014 reflections.« less

  14. Neutron diffraction studies of a four-coordinated hydride in near square-planar geometry

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    Liao, Jian -Hong; Dhayal, Rajendra Singh; Wang, Xiaoping; Kahlal, Samia; Saillard, Jean -Yves; Liu, C. W.

    2014-10-07

    The structure of a nanospheric polyhydrido copper cluster, [Cu20(H)11{S2P(OiPr)2}9], was determined by single-crystal neutron diffraction. Cu20 cluster consists of an elongated triangular orthobicupola constructed from 18 Cu atoms that encapsulate a [Cu2H5}3- ion in the center with an exceptionally short Cu-Cu distance. The eleven hydrides in the cluster display three different coordination modes to the Cu atoms: Six μ3-hydrides in pyramidal geometry, two μ4-hydrides in tetrahedral cavity, and three μ4-hydrides in an unprecedented near square-planar geometry. The neutron data set was collected on a small crystal of the size 0.20 mm x 0.50 mm x 0.65 mm for seven days using the Spallation Neutron Source TOPAZ single-crystal time-of-flight Laue diffractometer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Furthermore, the final R-factor is 8.64% for 16014 reflections.

  15. A Rietveld refinement method for angular- and wavelength-dispersive neutron time-of-flight powder diffraction data.

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    Jacobs, Philipp; Houben, Andreas; Schweika, Werner; Tchougréeff, Andrei L; Dronskowski, Richard

    2015-12-01

    This paper introduces a two-dimensional extension of the well established Rietveld refinement method for modeling neutron time-of-flight powder diffraction data. The novel approach takes into account the variation of two parameters, diffraction angle 2θ and wavelength λ, to optimally adapt to the varying resolution function in diffraction experiments. By doing so, the refinement against angular- and wavelength-dispersive data gets rid of common data-reduction steps and also avoids the loss of high-resolution information typically introduced by integration. In a case study using a numerically simulated diffraction pattern of Rh0.81Fe3.19N taking into account the layout of the future POWTEX instrument, the profile function as parameterized in 2θ and λ is extracted. As a proof-of-concept, the resulting instrument parameterization is then utilized to perform a typical refinement of the angular- and wavelength-dispersive diffraction pattern of CuNCN, yielding excellent residuals within feasible computational efforts. Another proof-of-concept is carried out by applying the same approach to a real neutron diffraction data set of CuNCN obtained from the POWGEN instrument at the Spallation Neutron Source in Oak Ridge. The paper highlights the general importance of the novel approach for data analysis at neutron time-of-flight diffractometers and its possible inclusion within existing Rietveld software packages.

  16. A Rietveld refinement method for angular- and wavelength-dispersive neutron time-of-flight powder diffraction data

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    Jacobs, Philipp; Houben, Andreas; Schweika, Werner; Tchougréeff, Andrei L.; Dronskowski, Richard

    2015-01-01

    This paper introduces a two-dimensional extension of the well established Rietveld refinement method for modeling neutron time-of-flight powder diffraction data. The novel approach takes into account the variation of two parameters, diffraction angle 2θ and wavelength λ, to optimally adapt to the varying resolution function in diffraction experiments. By doing so, the refinement against angular- and wavelength-dispersive data gets rid of common data-reduction steps and also avoids the loss of high-resolution information typically introduced by integration. In a case study using a numerically simulated diffraction pattern of Rh0.81Fe3.19N taking into account the layout of the future POWTEX instrument, the profile function as parameterized in 2θ and λ is extracted. As a proof-of-concept, the resulting instrument parameterization is then utilized to perform a typical refinement of the angular- and wavelength-dispersive diffraction pattern of CuNCN, yielding excellent residuals within feasible computational efforts. Another proof-of-concept is carried out by applying the same approach to a real neutron diffraction data set of CuNCN obtained from the POWGEN instrument at the Spallation Neutron Source in Oak Ridge. The paper highlights the general importance of the novel approach for data analysis at neutron time-of-flight diffractometers and its possible inclusion within existing Rietveld software packages. PMID:26664340

  17. Kossel diffraction and conformation investigation of colloidal crystals

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    Yang, Hao; Wang, Chao; Sun, Zhibin; Cao, Song; Zhai, Guangjie; Li, Ming

    2010-10-01

    Kossel-line diffraction method is an important way to measure the structure of crystals. Colloidal crystal is one of the hotspots on the condensed physics research. The paper investigates the kinetics process of crystallization on several hundreds nanometer particles in aqueous. In order to obtain the diffraction image, a 473nm wavelength laser is used to irradiate samples, and then the Kossel-line image of sample is projected onto the translucent screen and recorded by IEEE 1394 charge coupled device (CCD) cameras. Especially, gravity convection effects can be eliminated under microgravity environment, therefore the research of growth mechanism of colloidal crystals in the space has great scientific significance. The crystallization processes of three kinds of colloidal solution are investigated in the temperature field and electric field by means of the shear-flow assisted. Finally, laser diffraction images and white conformation images can be analyzed for exploring the phase-change rule of colloidal crystals. Besides, parameters can be adjusted online by remote control function in order to improve the flexibility of experiments.

  18. Measuring strain and stress distributions along rebar embedded in concrete using time-of-flight neutron diffraction

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    Suzuki, H.; Kusunoki, K.; Hatanaka, Y.; Mukai, T.; Tasai, A.; Kanematsu, M.; Kabayama, K.; Harjo, S.

    2014-02-01

    In modern society, architectural and civil engineering structures such as reinforced concrete buildings require high seismic performance to minimize the ‘megarisk’ exposed from urban earthquake hazards. In the reinforced concrete structures, the bond resistance between rebar and concrete is one important parameter for discussing its performance and it has been typically evaluated by measuring the strain distribution along the embedded rebar. Here, we present in-situ strain and stress measurements for the rebar in reinforced concrete using time-of-flight neutron diffraction as a novel alternative technique to typical strain gauges. It was demonstrated in this study that the three-dimensional deformation behavior of the embedded rebar in normal-strength concrete, cured in air, can be accurately measured under pull-out loading using time-of-flight neutron diffraction. Wider applications of neutron diffraction in the structural engineering field are expected for advanced understanding of actual phenomena on reinforced concrete structures.

  19. Effect of external stress on deuteride (hydride) precipitation in Zircaloy-4 using in situ neutron diffraction

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    Lin, Jun-li; An, Ke; Stoica, Alexandru D.; Heuser, Brent J.

    2017-04-01

    In situ neutron diffraction is utilized to study the deuteride (hydride) precipitation behavior in a cold-worked stress-relieved (CWSR) Zircaloy-4 material upon cooling from 420 °C to room temperature with a 78 MPa external stress applied along the rolling direction (RD) of the material. Two banks detector capture the diffraction signal from two principal directions of the specimen, the normal direction (ND) and the rolling direction (RD). The evolution of deuterium concentration in zirconium solid solution along the two specimen directions is measured by studying the δ-(220) peak intensity, applying the Rietveld refinement method to the diffraction data and using the measured zirconium c-axis lattice distortion. The deuterium concentration is observed to be higher for zirconium grains in the ND than the RD. The terminal solid solubility of precipitation (TSSp) for deuterium in the solution is then described using the Arrhenius equation. It is observed that the applied stress reduces the energy term Q in the Arrhenius equation when compared with the unstressed Q values from the work of others. A model by Puls is applied to study the effect of stress on deuterium solubility, with polycrystalline hydride precipitation strain calculated using the Kearns factor representative of the studied material. The experimental result does not agree with the model prediction of Puls.

  20. Intermediate-range order in permanently densified vitreous SiO sub 2 : A neutron-diffraction and molecular-dynamics study

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    Susman, S.; Volin, K.J.; Price, D.L.; Grimsditch, M.; Rino, J.P.; Kalia, R.K.; Vashishta, P. ); Gwanmesia, G.; Wang, Y.; Liebermann, R.C. )

    1991-01-01

    The structure of pressure-densified vitreous SiO{sub 2} has been investigated using neutron-diffraction and molecular-dynamics techniques. After compression to 16 GPa at room temperature, recovered samples have densities 20% higher than normal vitreous SiO{sub 2} and show substantial changes in the first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP): an indication of modification in the intermediate-range order. The changes in the FSDP are due to increased frustration caused by the decrease in the Si-O-Si bond angle and a shift in the Si-Si and O-O correlations in the range of 4--8 A toward lower distances.

  1. Neutron scattering investigations of frustated magnets

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    Fennell, Tom

    This thesis describes the experimental investigation of frustrated magnetic systems based on the pyrochlore lattice of corner-sharing tetrahedra. Ho2Ti207 and Dy2Ti207 are examples of spin ices, in which the manifold of disordered magnetic groundstates maps onto that of the proton positions in ice. Using single crystal neutron scattering to measure Bragg and diffuse scattering, the effect of applying magnetic fields along different directions in the crystal was investigated. Different schemes of degeneracy removal were observed for different directions. Long and short range order, and the coexistence of both could be observed by this technique.The field and temperature dependence of magnetic ordering was studied in Ho2Ti207 and Dy2Ti207. Ho2Ti2()7 has been more extensively investigated. The field was applied on [00l], [hh0], [hhh] and [hh2h]. Dy2Ti207 was studied with the field applied on [00l] and [hho] but more detailed information about the evolution of the scattering pattern across a large area of reciprocal space was obtained.With the field applied on [00l] both materials showed complete degeneracy removal. A long range ordered structure was formed. Any magnetic diffuse scattering vanished and was entirely replaced by strong magnetic Bragg scattering. At T =0.05 K both materials show unusual magnetization curves, with a prominent step and hysteresis. This was attributed to the extremely slow dynamics of spin ice materials at this temperature.Both materials were studied in greatest detail with the field applied on [hh0]. The coexistence of long and short range order was observed when the field was raised at T = 0.05 K. The application of a field in this direction separated the spin system into two populations. One could be ordered by the field, and one remained disordered. However, via spin-spin interactions, the field restricted the degeneracy of the disordered spin population. The neutron scattering pattern of Dy2Ti207 shows that the spin system was separated

  2. Neutron diffraction study of the formation kinetics of ordered antiphase domains in titanium carbohydride TiC x H y

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    Khidirov, I.

    2015-09-01

    The kinetics of formation and growth of ordered antiphase domains (APDs) in titanium carbohydride TiC0.50H0.21 has been investigated by neutron diffraction. A model of ordered APDs is proposed. It is established that the pronounced ordering of interstitial atoms and APDs begin at 450°C. It is shown that the period of ordered APDs ( Р ≈ 10-12) is independent of the exposure time at a constant temperature. It is found that the temperature of ordered APDs, T OAPD, increases nonlinearly with an increase in the carbon concentration in the range 0.50 ≤ C/Ti ≤ 0.70. The formation temperature of ordered APDs is found to correlate with the concentration dependence of the order-disorder transition temperature and be 0.60 of the order-disorder transition temperature: T APD = 0.60 Т С.

  3. Monoclinic β-Li2TiO3: Neutron diffraction study and estimation of Li diffusion pathways

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    Monchak, M.; Dolotko, O.; Mühlbauer, M. J.; Baran, V.; Senyshyn, A.; Ehrenberg, H.

    2016-11-01

    A neutron powder diffraction study on lithium titanate Li2TiO3 was performed at low temperatures. The monoclinic β-phase has been found to be stable over the whole investigated range of temperatures (4 K-300 K). A smooth and nonlinear increase of the lattice parameters has been observed upon heating and correlated to the behavior of interatomic distances. Lithium diffusion pathways in Li2TiO3 were estimated theoretically on the basis of the obtained structural data using bond-valence modeling. Experimentally diffusion pathways were evaluated by analysis of the negative nuclear scattering densities at 1073 K, which were reconstructed using a maximum entropy method. Although the bond-valence mismatch map indicated a possible Li diffusion either in ab plane or along c direction, analysis of the experimental data revealed that Li migration is thermodynamically less feasible in latter case.

  4. Residual Stress Analysis in Girth-welded Ferritic and Austenitic Steel Pipes Using Neutron and X-Ray Diffraction

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    Hempel, Nico; Bunn, Jeffrey R; Nitschke-Pagel, Thomas; Payzant, E Andrew; Dilger, Klaus

    2016-01-01

    This paper is dedicated to the thorough experimental analysis of the residual stresses in the vicinity of tubular welds and the mechanisms involved in their formation. Pipes made of a ferritic-pearlitic structural steel and an austenitic stainless steel are investigated in this study. The pipes feature a similar geometry and are MAG welded with two passes and comparable parameters. Residual strain mappings are carried out using X-ray and neutron diffraction. The combined use of both techniques permits both near-surface and through-wall analyses of the residual stresses. The findings allow for a consistent interpretation of the mechanisms accounting for the formation of the residual stress fields due to the welding process. Since the results are similar for both materials, it can be concluded that residual stresses induced by phase transformations, which can occur in the structural steel, play a minor role in this regard.

  5. Use of neutron and X-ray diffraction to study the precipitation mechanisms of oxides in ODS materials

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    Toualbi, L.; Ratti, M.; André, G.; Onimus, F.; de Carlan, Y.

    2011-10-01

    It is usually accepted that the formation of nano-clusters inside Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) materials is due to the dissolution of the yttrium oxide during the mechanical alloying and to the precipitation of the nano-oxides during the consolidation process. A study was conducted to follow the dissolution and the re-precipitation of the phases after mechanical alloying and different heat treatments. A Fe-9Cr powder was milled during different milling times with 10 wt.% of yttria and/or titanium in a planetary mill. Using neutron and X-ray diffractions and the Rietveld method, the dissolution and re-precipitation of yttria was investigated. Even with a content of 10 wt.%, the yttria particles disappear during milling to form a structure which can be described as Fe crystallites coexisting with amorphous domains composed of Y and O atoms. After annealing Y and O atoms re-precipitate into the matrix to form yttria crystallites.

  6. Thermal neutron diffraction determination of the magnetic structure of EuCu{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}

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    Rowan-Weetaluktuk, W. N.; Ryan, D. H.; Lemoine, P.; Cadogan, J. M.

    2014-05-07

    The magnetic structure of EuCu{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} has been determined by flat-plate neutron powder diffraction. Two magnetic phases are present in the neutron diffraction pattern at 3.5 K. They have the same moment, within error, and a common transition temperature. Both {sup 151}Eu and {sup 153}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy show that the two magnetic phases belong to the same crystallographic phase. Both phases can be modelled by planar helimagnetic structures: one with a propagation vector of [0.654(1), 0, 0], the other with a propagation vector of [0.410(1), 0.225(1), 0].

  7. Comparison of quartz crystallographic preferred orientations identified with optical fabric analysis, electron backscatter and neutron diffraction techniques.

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    Hunter, N J R; Wilson, C J L; Luzin, V

    2017-02-01

    Three techniques are used to measure crystallographic preferred orientations (CPO) in a naturally deformed quartz mylonite: transmitted light cross-polarized microscopy using an automated fabric analyser, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and neutron diffraction. Pole figure densities attributable to crystal-plastic deformation are variably recognizable across the techniques, particularly between fabric analyser and diffraction instruments. Although fabric analyser techniques offer rapid acquisition with minimal sample preparation, difficulties may exist when gathering orientation data parallel with the incident beam. Overall, we have found that EBSD and fabric analyser techniques are best suited for studying CPO distributions at the grain scale, where individual orientations can be linked to their source grain or nearest neighbours. Neutron diffraction serves as the best qualitative and quantitative means of estimating the bulk CPO, due to its three-dimensional data acquisition, greater sample area coverage, and larger sample size. However, a number of sampling methods can be applied to FA and EBSD data to make similar approximations.

  8. In-situ monitoring the realkalisation process by neutron diffraction: Electroosmotic flux and portlandite formation

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    Castellote, Marta . E-mail: martaca@ietcc.csic.es; Llorente, Irene; Andrade, Carmen; Turrillas, Xavier; Alonso, Cruz; Campo, Javier

    2006-05-15

    Even though the electroosmotic flux through hardened cementitious materials during laboratory realkalisation trials had been previously noticed, it has never been in-situ monitored, analysing at the same time the establishment of the electroosmotic flux and the microstructure changes in the surroundings of the rebar. In this paper, two series of cement pastes, cast with CEM I and CEM I substituted in a 35% by fly ash, previously carbonated at 100% CO{sub 2}, were submitted to realkalisation treatments followed on line by simultaneous acquisition of neutron diffraction data. As a result, it has been possible to confirm the electroosmosis as the driving force of carbonates towards the rebar and to determine the range of pH in the anolyte in which most of the relevant electroosmotic phenomena takes place. On the other hand, the behaviour of the main crystalline phases involved in the process has been monitored during the treatment, with the precipitation of portlandite as main result.

  9. Degradation analysis of 18650-type lithium-ion cells by operando neutron diffraction

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    Shiotani, Shinya; Naka, Takahiro; Morishima, Makoto; Yonemura, Masao; Kamiyama, Takashi; Ishikawa, Yoshihisa; Ukyo, Yoshio; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Ogumi, Zempachi

    2016-09-01

    In-situ and operando neutron diffraction are used to analyze the degradation of 18650-type Li-ion cells. Structural characterization of the electrode materials is performed by applying the Rietveld refinement technique to the in-situ data. The structural refinement of both electrodes in the degraded cells indicates that the amount of active Li-ions is reduced by 14.4% and 13.7% in the cathode and anode, respectively. This reduction is good in agreement with the capacity loss determined electrochemically. The results suggest that capacity loss might be mainly caused by loss of active Li-ions due to side reactions such as solid electrolyte interface (SEI) growth. Furthermore, operando measurements are performed to examine the deterioration of the electrode and active materials. Because the structural evolution depending on capacity is increased in the cathode of degraded cells, it is presumed that the cathode active material has deteriorated due to phase transitions.

  10. Uranium Hydridoborates: Synthesis, Magnetism, and X-ray/Neutron Diffraction Structures.

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    Braunschweig, H; Gackstatter, A; Kupfer, T; Radacki, K; Franke, S; Meyer, K; Fucke, K; Lemée-Cailleau, M-H

    2015-08-17

    While uranium hydridoborate complexes containing the [BH4](-) moiety have been well-known in the literature for many years, species with functionalized borate centers remained considerably rare. We were now able to prepare several uranium hydridoborates (1-4) with amino-substituted borate moieties with high selectivity by smooth reaction of [Cp*2UMe2] (Cp* = C5Me5) and [Cp'2UMe2] (Cp' = 1,2,4-tBu3C5H2) with the aminoborane H2BN(SiMe3)2. A combination of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, deuteration experiments, magnetic SQUID measurements, and X-ray/neutron diffraction studies was used to verify the anticipated molecular structures and oxidation states of 1-4 and helped to establish a linear tridentate coordination mode of the borate anions.

  11. Neutron diffraction study of the BiFeO₃ spin cycloid at low temperature.

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    Herrero-Albillos, Julia; Catalan, Gustau; Rodriguez-Velamazan, José Alberto; Viret, Michel; Colson, Dorothée; Scott, James F

    2010-06-30

    The reported observation of two anomalies in the intensity of the magnon Raman peaks of BiFeO₃ at 140 and 200 K (Singh et al 2008 J. Phys.: Condens. Mater 20 252203; Cazayous et al 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 037601) led to the hypothesis that such anomalies might originate from a spin reorientation transition. In order to test this hypothesis, we have used temperature-dependent neutron diffraction to track the evolution of the magnetic configuration in single crystals of BiFeO₃. Our results indicate that there is no average reorientation of the spins. This suggests that the magnon anomalies may instead be related to the freezing of modes that do not alter the average projection of the spins over the plane of the cycloid, as also reported for multiferroic TbMnO₃ (Senff et al 2006 J. Phys.: Condens. Mater 18 2069).

  12. Neutron diffraction study of the BiFeO3 spin cycloid at low temperature

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    Herrero-Albillos, Julia; Catalan, Gustau; Rodriguez-Velamazan, José Alberto; Viret, Michel; Colson, Dorothée; Scott, James F.

    2010-06-01

    The reported observation of two anomalies in the intensity of the magnon Raman peaks of BiFeO3 at 140 and 200 K (Singh et al 2008 J. Phys.: Condens. Mater 20 252203; Cazayous et al 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 037601) led to the hypothesis that such anomalies might originate from a spin reorientation transition. In order to test this hypothesis, we have used temperature-dependent neutron diffraction to track the evolution of the magnetic configuration in single crystals of BiFeO3. Our results indicate that there is no average reorientation of the spins. This suggests that the magnon anomalies may instead be related to the freezing of modes that do not alter the average projection of the spins over the plane of the cycloid, as also reported for multiferroic TbMnO3 (Senff et al 2006 J. Phys.: Condens. Mater 18 2069).

  13. Fast and simple method for Goss texture evaluation by neutron diffraction

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    Kucerakova, M.; Kolařík, K.; Čapek, J.; Vratislav, S.; Kalvoda, L.

    2016-09-01

    Requirement of low power losses is one of the crucial demands laid on properties of electric steel sheets used in construction of various magnetic circuits. For cold-rolled grain- oriented (CRGO) Fe-3%Si sheets used in majority of power distribution transformers, the Goss texture {110}<001> is known to provide the best utility properties (low power loses, high magnetic permeability). Due to the coarse grain size of CRGO steel, neutron diffraction (ND) is dominantly used to characterize the sheets' texture in order to achieve statistically significant data. In this paper, we present a fast and simple method for characterization of Goss texture perfection level in CRGO steel sheets based on monochromatic ND. The method is tested on 8 samples differing in fabrication technology and magnetic properties. Satisfactory performance of the method and its suitability for a detail texture analyses is tested by juxtaposition of the obtained textural and the magnetic characteristics measured by Barkhausen method.

  14. Application of neutron diffraction technology to the determination of residual strain in engineering composites

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    Kupperman, D.S.

    1992-12-01

    Knowledge of fabrication induced residual stresses in the fiber and matrix of advanced engineering composites is important as these stresses can greatly influence the mechanical properties of these composites. In this paper, the application of neutron diffraction technology to the determination of thermal residual strains in the constituents of composites (from which stresses can be calculated) is discussed. Experimental determination of temperature dependent strain in the fiber and matrix of three composites compare favorably with the results of analytical and finite element methods used to predict strain. These composites (two ceramic matrix and one metal matrix) are materials of interest to a variety of industries. In this paper, the benefit of applying a National Laboratory developed technology to a problem of interest to industry, is shown.

  15. Application of neutron diffraction technology to the determination of residual strain in engineering composites

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    Kupperman, D.S.

    1992-01-01

    Knowledge of fabrication induced residual stresses in the fiber and matrix of advanced engineering composites is important as these stresses can greatly influence the mechanical properties of these composites. In this paper, the application of neutron diffraction technology to the determination of thermal residual strains in the constituents of composites (from which stresses can be calculated) is discussed. Experimental determination of temperature dependent strain in the fiber and matrix of three composites compare favorably with the results of analytical and finite element methods used to predict strain. These composites (two ceramic matrix and one metal matrix) are materials of interest to a variety of industries. In this paper, the benefit of applying a National Laboratory developed technology to a problem of interest to industry, is shown.

  16. Study of tempering behavior of lath martensite using in situ neutron diffraction

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    Shi, Z.M.; Gong, W.; Tomota, Y.; Harjo, S.; Li, J.; Chi, B.; Pu, J.

    2015-09-15

    To elucidate changes in the density and substructure of dislocations during tempering of lath martensite steel, a convolutional multiple whole-profile fitting method was applied to in situ neutron diffraction profiles. With increasing tempering temperature, the dislocation density scarcely changed in the beginning and then decreased at temperatures above 473 K, whereas the dislocation arrangement drastically changed at temperatures above 673 K. The strength of the steel is speculated to depend on the density and arrangement of dislocations. - Highlights: • A convolutional multiple whole-profile fitting method was applied. • Dislocation density and dislocation arrangement changing with tempering were discussed. • Dislocation density scarcely changed in the beginning. • And then dislocation density decreased at temperatures above 473 K. • The dislocation arrangement drastically changed at temperatures above 673 K.

  17. Synthesis of specifically deuterated ceramide [AP]-C18 and its biophysical characterization using neutron diffraction.

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    Sonnenberger, Stefan; Eichner, Adina; Hauß, Thomas; Schroeter, Annett; Neubert, Reinhard H H; Dobner, Bodo

    2017-02-12

    The very heterogeneous group of ceramides is known to be mandatory for proper barrier functions of the outermost layer of mammalian skin, referred to as stratum corneum (SC). The synthesis of a specifically deuterated ceramide [AP]-C18 variant is described. The synthesized ceramide contains the racemic forms of the α hydroxy fatty acid. For the biophysical implementation, the received diastereomeric ceramide was applied in a neutron diffraction experiment. Therefore, a SC lipid model membrane was prepared containing the described ceramide (CER), cholesterol (CHOL), stearic acid (SA), and cholesterol sulfate (ChS) in a ratio of 55/25/15/5wt%. Thus, we were able to localize the deuterated molecule part within the bilayers. In the process, a short-periodicity phase (SPP) was observed with a unit cell scale of about 44Å. For the first time, we were able to confirm former ideas concerning the arrangement of the CER within this quaternary lipid model membrane.

  18. A neutron diffraction and isotopic substitution measurement of the structure of liquid Cu2Se

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    Hamilton, M. A.; Barnes, A. C.; Beck, U.; Buchanan, P.; Howells, W. S.

    2000-11-01

    The partial structure factors and pair distribution functions of liquid Cu2Se have been determined by neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution. The structure shows characteristics typical of those of an ionic 2:1 melt consisting of Cu+ and Se2- ions with the cations moving through a more ordered Se2- sub-structure. A detailed comparison has been made with recent results obtained for liquid Ag2Se. The structure is similar although there is no evidence of the double peak structure in the cation-cation partial structure factor, SCuCu(Q), as has been found in SAgAg(Q) for liquid Ag2Se and, to a more limited extent, for liquid Ag2Te. There is also less order in the Se2- sub-structure based on a comparison of SSeSe(Q) and the Bhatia-Thornton concentration-concentration structure factor, SCC(Q), for the two liquids.

  19. Neutron diffraction study of (NH4I)0.73(KI)0.27

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    Paasch, M.; McLntyre, G. J.; Reehuis, M.; Sonntag, R.; Loidl, A.

    1995-03-01

    Powder and single crystal neutron diffraction experiments were performed on (NH4I)0.73(KI)0.27 and provide experimental evidence for the occurence of a new phase below 63K. This ɛ phase has trigonal symmetry (space group R3m) and was, so far, not observed in the ammonium halides. It can be characterized by an almost undistorted NaCl lattice, with two in-equivalent NH4 sites of the four NH4 molecules per unit cell. The NH4 group at the trigonal axis (the former cubic <111> axis) is almos perfectly tetrahedral. The other three NH4 molecules are 0.18 Å off center and exhibit C3v symmetry with the polar axis along the remaining three body diagonals. Hence, this ɛ phase reveals a complex dipolar order with a residual moment along the trigonal axis.

  20. Neutron diffraction study of Li4Ti5O12 at low temperatures

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    Dolotko, Oleksandr; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Mühlbauer, Martin J.; Boysen, Hans; Monchak, Mykhailo; Ehrenberg, Helmut

    2014-10-01

    The crystal structure of the "zero-strain" positive electrode material Li4Ti5O12 was characterized by neutron powder diffraction in the temperature range 3.4 K-300 K. No phase transition was detected, and the thermal evolution of lattice parameters has been evaluated by the 2nd order Grüneisen approximation using the Debye formalism for internal energy and intrinsic anharmonicity contributions. A relatively high Debye temperature θD = 689 ± 71 K was determined. The thermal behavior of cation-anion bond lengths in octahedral and tetrahedral environments is discussed. The lithium diffusion pathway in Li4Ti5O12 was discussed on the basis of bond-valence modeling.

  1. On the numerical corrections of time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction data.

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    Avdeev, M.; Jorgensen, J.; Short, S.; Von Dreele, R.

    2007-08-01

    Time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction data for NIST Standard Reference Materials have been used to study the adequacy of the peak profile model obtained from a convolution of back-to-back exponentials with a pseudo-Voigt function that is widely used in Rietveld refinement. It is shown that, while the empirical models for d-spacing (wavelength) dependence of Gaussian and Lorentzian components of the pseudo-Voigt function and rise exponent are satisfactory, the behavior of the decay exponent and peak positions demonstrate significant deviations, which can be corrected by numerical methods. The practical side of this process as implemented in GSAS and FULLPROF and the effect of the corrections on the Rietveld analysis results are discussed.

  2. Numerical investigation of diffraction of acoustic waves by phononic crystals

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    Moiseyenko, Rayisa P.; Declercq, Nico F.; Laude, Vincent

    2012-05-01

    Diffraction as well as transmission of acoustic waves by two-dimensional phononic crystals (PCs) composed of steel rods in water are investigated in this paper. The finite element simulations were performed in order to compute pressure fields generated by a line source that are incident on a finite size PC. Such field maps are analyzed based on the complex band structure for the infinite periodic PC. Finite size computations indicate that the exponential decrease of the transmission at deaf frequencies is much stronger than that in Bragg band gaps.

  3. Magnetic Structure of Divalent Europium Compound EuGa4 Studied by Single-Crystal Time-of-Flight Neutron Diffraction

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    Kawasaki, Takuro; Kaneko, Koji; Nakamura, Ai; Aso, Naofumi; Hedo, Masato; Nakama, Takao; Ohhara, Takashi; Kiyanagi, Ryoji; Oikawa, Kenichi; Tamura, Itaru; Nakao, Akiko; Munakata, Koji; Hanashima, Takayasu; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2016-11-01

    The magnetic structure of the intermetallic compound EuGa4 was investigated using single-crystal neutron diffraction with the time-of-flight (TOF) Laue technique on the new diffractometer SENJU at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) of the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC). Despite of the high neutron absorption of Eu, a vast number of diffraction spots were observed without isotope enrichment. The magnetic reflections appeared at positions with diffraction indices of h + k + l ≠ 2n below 16 K, indicating that the ordering vector is q = (0,0,0). The continuous evolution of the magnetic reflection intensity below TN follows a squared Brillouin function for S = 7/2. By adopting a wavelength-dependent absorption collection, the magnetic structure of EuGa4 was revealed that a nearly full magnetic moment of 6.4 μB of Eu lies within the basal plane of the lattice. In this study, we reveal a well-localized divalent Eu magnetism in EuGa4 and demonstrate a high ability of SENJU to investigate materials with high neutron absorption.

  4. Plastic ice in confined geometry: the evidence from neutron diffraction and NMR relaxation.

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    Webber, J Beau W; Dore, John C; Strange, John H; Anderson, Ross; Tohidi, Bahman

    2007-10-17

    Neutron diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation studies have been made of water/ice in mesoporous SBA-15 silica with ordered structures of cylindrical mesopores with a pore diameter ∼8.6 nm, over the temperature range 180-300 K. Both measurements show similar depressed freezing and melting points due to the Gibb-Thomson effect. The neutron diffraction measurements for fully filled pores show, in addition to cubic and hexagonal crystalline ice, the presence of a disordered water/ice component extending a further 50-80 K, down to around or below 200 K. NMR relaxation measurements over the same temperature range show a free induction decay that is partly Gaussian and characteristic of brittle ice but that also exhibits a longer exponential relaxation component. An argument has been made (Liu et al 2006 J. Phys:. Condens. Matter 18 10009-28; Webber et al 2007 Magn. Reson. Imag. 25 533-6) to suggest that this is an observation of ice in a plastic or rotationally mobile state, and that there is a fully reversible inter-conversion between brittle and plastic states of ice as the temperature is lowered or raised. More recent detailed NMR measurements are also discussed that allow the extraction of activation enthalpies and an estimate to be made of the equilibrium thickness, as a function of temperature, if the the assumption is made that the plastic component is in the form of a layer at the silica interface. The two different techniques suggest a maximum layer thickness of about 1.0-1.5 nm.

  5. Plastic ice in confined geometry: the evidence from neutron diffraction and NMR relaxation

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    Webber, J. Beau W.; Dore, John C.; Strange, John H.; Anderson, Ross; Tohidi, Bahman

    2007-10-01

    Neutron diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation studies have been made of water/ice in mesoporous SBA-15 silica with ordered structures of cylindrical mesopores with a pore diameter ~8.6 nm, over the temperature range 180-300 K. Both measurements show similar depressed freezing and melting points due to the Gibb-Thomson effect. The neutron diffraction measurements for fully filled pores show, in addition to cubic and hexagonal crystalline ice, the presence of a disordered water/ice component extending a further 50-80 K, down to around or below 200 K. NMR relaxation measurements over the same temperature range show a free induction decay that is partly Gaussian and characteristic of brittle ice but that also exhibits a longer exponential relaxation component. An argument has been made (Liu et al 2006 J. Phys:. Condens. Matter 18 10009-28 Webber et al 2007 Magn. Reson. Imag. 25 533-6) to suggest that this is an observation of ice in a plastic or rotationally mobile state, and that there is a fully reversible inter-conversion between brittle and plastic states of ice as the temperature is lowered or raised. More recent detailed NMR measurements are also discussed that allow the extraction of activation enthalpies and an estimate to be made of the equilibrium thickness, as a function of temperature, if the the assumption is made that the plastic component is in the form of a layer at the silica interface. The two different techniques suggest a maximum layer thickness of about 1.0-1.5 nm.

  6. Nanostructures of Mg0.65Ti0.35Dx studied with x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, and magic-angle-spinning H2 NMR spectroscopy

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    Srinivasan, S.; Magusin, P. C. M. M.; Kalisvaart, W. P.; Notten, P. H. L.; Cuevas, F.; Latroche, M.; van Santen, R. A.

    2010-02-01

    Magnesium transition-metal alloys have a high hydrogen-storage capacity and show improved hydrogen-uptake and -release kinetics compared to magnesium alone. In the present study we have investigated the structure of bulk magnesium-titanium deuteride Mg0.65Ti0.35Dx prepared via mechanical alloying and gas-phase deuterium absorption by combined use of x-ray diffraction (XRD), neutron diffraction, and magic-angle-spinning H2 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The initial ball-milled alloy has two XRD-distinct Mg and Ti fcc phases. Even after prolonged exposure to deuterium gas at 75 bar and 175°C the materials with and without palladium catalyst are only partly deuterated. Deuterium loading causes the formation of, on the one hand, bct (rutile) MgD2 nanodomains with interdispersed TiDy layers and, on the other hand, a separate fcc (fluorite) TiDz phase. The TiDy phase is XRD invisible, but shows clearly up at a H2 NMR shift of -43ppm between the shift of MgD2 (3 ppm) and the Knight shift of the TiDz phase (-143ppm) . Exchange NMR indicates complete deuterium exchange at 25°C between the MgD2 and TiDy phase within 1 s, as consistent with intimate contacts between these phases. Combined analysis of the XRD and NMR peak areas suggests that the deuterium concentrations y and z in the TiDy and TiDz domains are about 1.5 and 2.0, respectively. Comparing the intrinsic cell parameters of rutile MgH2 and fluorite TiH2 , we propose that stabilization of the mixed nanocomposite may arise from a coherent coupling between the crystal structures of the rutile MgD2 nanodomains and the thin layers of fcc TiDy .

  7. The intermolecular hydrogen-hydrogen structure of chain-molecule liquids from neutron diffraction

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    Londono, J. D.; Annis, B. K.; Turner, J. Z.; Soper, A. K.

    1994-11-01

    Neutron diffraction isotopic substitution experiments on liquid n-decane (C10H22) and n-eicosane (C20H42) are described. The intermolecular H-H structure function hHH(Q) and the intermolecular H-H correlation function ginterHH(r) are obtained without recourse to models of the intramolecular structure. The structure of the ginterHH(r) found at 2.5, 5.0, and 7.0 Å corresponds to different shells in the H-H pair correlation function. In addition, ginterHH(r)<1 for a considerable range, due to the screening of intermolecular correlations by intramolecular correlations. This ``correlation hole'' effect is accentuated by extrapolation of the structure functions to the expected infinite wavelength limit, and shows good agreement with values determined from small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data. All of these features are in good agreement with the results of molecular dynamics simulations for the closely related system C13H28.

  8. Neutron diffraction as a tool in the study of reinforced concrete. Compilation of some cases

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    Castellote, M.

    2014-11-01

    Cementitious materials are much more complex than it seems at a first sight. On one hand, due to the excess of water needed to make the mix workable, a network of pores is generated, that puts in contact the material with the environment and allows their attack by aggressive agents that can be physical of chemical agents, producing the deterioration of the concrete itself and corrosion of the rebars. Then, it is necessary to study the transport properties and the chemical and physical interaction of aggressive agents with the solid and liquid phases of the cement paste the corrosion of the rebars, and the reparation processes. This is an approach concerning the service life of structures, however, we cannot forget an important chapter which is gaining much relevance in the last time: that of the special uses of concrete, for which, tailored concretes have to be designed. In order to undertake these problems, we need new analysis tools, different that the traditionally ones applied to study concrete, that allows the understanding of the mechanisms regulating the processes. One of these analysis tools is neutron diffraction that gives us the possibility of study the bulk of materials using a quite big specimen. In this work, 4 different problems undertaken with the help of neutrons in experiments carried out by the group of the author at the ILL, at the D1B and D20 instruments are presented.

  9. Neutron diffraction study of δ-alloy Pu242-Ga aging

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    Somenkov, V. A.; Blanter, M. S.; Glazkov, V. P.; Laushkin, A. V.; Orlov, V. K.

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, we report on a continuing neutron diffraction study of the mean-square atom displacements occurring during the long-term self-irradiation of a Pu-Ga alloy. The measurements were performed at room temperature using the sample based on the isotope Pu242 with low neutron absorption cross-section to which the short-lived isotope Pu238 (1.4 wt.%) was added to accelerate self-irradiation. We obtain the maximum self-irradiation equivalent time of 35.5 years, 12 years longer than in our previous papers. In the entire range of self-irradiation time a single fcc phase is preserved. It was found that after the two stages of change in the mean-square displacements we observed earlier (rapid growth up to ∼5-6 equivalent years and a slow decline in the range of ∼6-25 years), comes a stage of stabilization (after ∼25 years). The stabilization can be explained by the emergence of a balance between the formation of point defects and their absorption by helium bubbles and dislocation loops which accumulated over time.

  10. The structure of phosphate glass biomaterials from neutron diffraction and (31)P nuclear magnetic resonance data.

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    Pickup, D M; Ahmed, I; Guerry, P; Knowles, J C; Smith, M E; Newport, R J

    2007-10-17

    Neutron diffraction and (31)P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy were used to probe the structure of phosphate glass biomaterials of general composition (CaO)0.5-x(Na2O)x(P2O5)0.5 (x = 0, 0.1 and 0.5). The results suggest that all three glasses have structures based on chains of Q(2) phosphate groups. Clear structural differences are observed between the glasses containing Na2O and CaO. The P-O bonds to bridging and non-bridging oxygens are less well resolved in the neutron data from the samples containing CaO, suggesting a change in the nature of the bonding as the field strength of the cation increases [Formula: see text]. In the (CaO)0.5(P2O5)0.5 glass most of the Ca(2+) ions are present in isolated CaOx polyhedra whereas in the (Na2O)0.5(P2O5)0.5 glass the NaOx polyhedra share edges leading to a Na-Na correlation. The results of the structural study are related to the properties of the (CaO)0.4(Na2O)0.1(P2O5)0.5 biomaterial.

  11. Magnetostructural transition in Fe{sub 5}SiB{sub 2} observed with neutron diffraction

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    Cedervall, Johan; Kontos, Sofia; Hansen, Thomas C.; Balmes, Olivier; Martinez-Casado, Francisco Javier; Matej, Zdenek; Beran, Premysl; Svedlindh, Peter; Gunnarsson, Klas; Sahlberg, Martin

    2016-03-15

    The crystal and magnetic structure of Fe{sub 5}SiB{sub 2} has been studied by a combination of X-ray and neutron diffraction. Also, the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy constant has been estimated from magnetisation measurements. High quality samples have been prepared using high temperature synthesis and subsequent heat treatment protocols. The crystal structure is tetragonal within the space group I4/mcm and the compound behaves ferromagnetically with a Curie temperature of 760 K. At 172 K a spin reorientation occurs in the compound and the magnetic moments go from aligning along the c-axis (high T) down to the ab-plane (low T). The magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy constant has been estimated to 0.3 MJ/m{sup 3} at 300 K. - Highlights: • The crystal and magnetic structure of Fe{sub 5}SiB{sub 2} has been studied by diffraction. • At 172 K a spin reorientation occurs in the compound. • The magnetic moments are aligned along the c-axis at high T. • The magnetic moments are aligned in the ab-plane at low T. • The magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy constant has been estimated to 0.3 MJ/m{sup 3}.

  12. Optimizations in angular dispersive neutron powder diffraction using divergent beam geometries

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    Buchsteiner, Alexandra; Stüßer, Norbert

    2009-01-01

    Angular dispersive neutron powder diffractometers are usually built using beam divergencies defined by Soller type collimators. To account for the needs of resolution for crystal structure refinement a good in-pile collimation α1, a high take-off angle above 90∘ at the monochromator and a good collimation α3 in front of the detector bank are chosen whereas the value of α2 for the collimation between monochromator and sample is less crucial. During the last years new strategies were developed at our institute using wide divergent beam geometries defined by fan collimators or slit-type diaphragms which correlate ray direction and wavelength within the beam. Here we present the performance of a newly developed fan collimator, which enables one to adjust the opening of the collimator channels on both sides independently. This fan collimator is positioned in front of the monochromator at the instrument E6 at the Helmholtz Centre Berlin (formerly Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin). It will be shown that control of the beam divergency allows optimization of the resolution in a large angular diffraction range. Hence the resolution and intensity can be adapted to the needs of powder diffraction. Monte Carlo simulations using McStas are used to check and prove the optimal setting of the instrument. We obtain a very good agreement between experimental and simulated data and demonstrate the superior outcome of the new instrument configuration with respect to Soller type instruments.

  13. Neutron diffraction studies on magnetic properties of Ca5Ni4V6O24

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    Sharma, Shivani; Singh, Kiran; Lalla, N. P.; Suard, E.; Simon, Ch.

    2017-01-01

    The temperature dependent neutron powder diffraction (NPD) and magnetization measurements of vanadium based garnet Ca5Ni4V6O24 (CNVO) have been performed to explore its crystal and magnetic structures. The magnetization results illustrate two magnetic anomalies at 7 and 4 K. The Rietveld analysis of room temperature x-ray diffraction and NPD data confirms its Ia-3d crystal structure. The temperature dependent NPD shows the emergence of magnetic reflections below 7 K whose intensity keeps on increasing with decreasing temperature down to 1.5 K. The crystal structure remains cubic down to 1.5 K. Rietveld analysis reveals that below 7 K, the Ni moments in CNVO undergo a commensurate collinear A-type antiferromagnetic ordering with propagation vector k=(0,0,0) and the per site ordered moment of Ni2+ is 1.69±0.05 μB. Absence of any additional magnetic or nuclear reflections below 4 K confirms that the nuclear and magnetic structures remain invariant across the 4 K magnetic anomaly.

  14. A neutron diffraction study of chemisorbed methyl groups in the structure of Y zeolite

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    Vratislav, S.; Dlouhá, M.; Bosáček, V.

    A powder diffraction study of the structure of NaY zeolites with chemisorbed CD 3+ species created by a reaction of Na + cations with d-methyliodide show that chemisorbed methyl groups are preferentially located in alfa cages at O(1) oxygen sites. A complete set of the structural parameters in the frame of Fd3m space group for unperturbed NaY with NaY after the formation of surface methoxy groups were given and an influence of chemisorbed species on the distribution of Na + cations in the lattice was detected by neutron diffraction. Our results show that the population of cationic sites has been changed significantly after the chemisorption of methyl iodide. While the occupation of S II in NaY without adsorbate was 32 Na + per unit cell (i.e. 100%), after the chemisorption of CH 3I it was found to be 19.6 (61%) and in case of CD 3I 21.4 (67%). On the same samples also a significant decrease of population in S I‧ was detected accompanied by a slight increase of population in S I sites.

  15. Neutron diffraction study of a non-strichiometric Ni-Mn-Ga MSM alloy

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    Ari-Gur, Pnina; Garlea, Vasile O

    2013-01-01

    The structure and chemical order of a Heusler alloy of non-stoichiometric composition Ni-Mn-Ga were studied using constant-wavelength (1.538 ) neutron diffraction at 363K and the diffraction pattern was refined using the FullProf software. At this temperature the structure is austenite (cubic) with Fm-3m space group and lattice constant of a = 5.83913(4) [ ]. The chemical order is of critical importance in these alloys, as Mn becomes antiferromagnetic when the atoms are closer than the radius of the 3d shell. In the studied alloy the refinement of the site occupancy showed that the 4b (Ga site) contained as much as 22% Mn; that significantly alters the distances between the Mn atoms in the crystal and, as a result, also the exchange energy between some of the Mn atoms. Based on the refinement, the composition was determined to be Ni1.91Mn1.29Ga0.8

  16. A comparison of dilatometry and in-situ neutron diffraction in tracking bulk phase transformations in a martensitic stainless steel

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    Christien, F.; Telling, M.T.F.; Knight, K.S.

    2013-08-15

    Phase transformations in the 17-4PH martensitic stainless steel have been studied using different in-situ techniques, including dilatometry and high resolution neutron diffraction. Neutron diffraction patterns were quantitatively processed using the Rietveld refinement method, allowing the determination of the temperature-dependence of martensite (α′, bcc) and austenite (γ, fcc) phase fractions and lattice parameters on heating to 1000 °C and then cooling to room temperature. It is demonstrated in this work that dilatometry doesn't permit an accurate determination of the end temperature (Ac3) of the α′ → γ transformation which occurs upon heating to high temperature. The analysis of neutron diffraction data has shown that the respective volumes of the two phases become very close to each other at high temperature, thus making the dilatometric technique almost insensitive in that temperature range. However, there is a very good agreement between neutron diffraction and dilatometry at lower temperature. The martensitic transformation occurring upon cooling has been analysed using the Koistinen–Marburger equation. The thermal expansion coefficients of the two phases have been determined in addition. A comparison of the results obtained in this work with data from literature is presented. - Highlights: • Martensite is still present at very high temperature (> 930 °C) upon heating. • The end of austenitisation cannot be accurately monitored by dilatometry. • The martensite and austenite volumes become similar at high temperature (> ∼ 850 °C)

  17. Single-crystal neutron diffraction studies on Ni-based metal-pnictide superconductor BaNi2As2

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    Kothapalli, Karunakar; Ronning, F; Bauer, E D; Schultz, A J; Nakotte, Heinz

    2009-01-01

    We report the results of single-crystal neutron diffraction studies of the superconductor BaNi{sub 2}As{sub 2}. The experiments were performed on a tiny crystal of mass 0.8 mg at several temperatures between 20 and 200 K using the Single Crystal Diffractometer, SCD, at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. Above 130 K, BaNi{sub 2}As{sub 2} crystallizes in the tetragonal ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure. Our neutron diffraction data corroborate a first-order structural transition around 130 K with a relatively large hysteresis of about 10K, in agreement with observations from bulk studies. The anisotropic thermal displacement coefficients are enhanced along c-axis approaching the transition, and a splitting is observed for in-plane type reflections below the transition, which is evidence for a change in crystal structure.

  18. Investigating the Defect Structures in Transparent Conducting Oxides Using X-ray and Neutron Scattering Techniques

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    González, Gabriela B.

    2012-10-23

    Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) materials are implemented into a wide variety of commercial devices because they possess a unique combination of high optical transparency and high electrical conductivity. Created during the processing of the TCOs, defects within the atomic-scale structure are responsible for their desirable optical and electrical properties. Therefore, studying the defect structure is essential to a better understanding of the behavior of transparent conductors. X-ray and neutron scattering techniques are powerful tools to investigate the atomic lattice structural defects in these materials. This review paper presents some of the current developments in the study of structural defects in n-type TCOs using x-ray diffraction (XRD), neutron diffraction, extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), pair distribution functions (PDFs), and x-ray fluorescence (XRF).

  19. Investigations on landmine detection by neutron-based techniques.

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    Csikai, J; Dóczi, R; Király, B

    2004-07-01

    Principles and techniques of some neutron-based methods used to identify the antipersonnel landmines (APMs) are discussed. New results have been achieved in the field of neutron reflection, transmission, scattering and reaction techniques. Some conclusions are as follows: The neutron hand-held detector is suitable for the observation of anomaly caused by a DLM2-like sample in different soils with a scanning speed of 1m(2)/1.5 min; the reflection cross section of thermal neutrons rendered the determination of equivalent thickness of different soil components possible; a simple method was developed for the determination of the thermal neutron flux perturbation factor needed for multi-elemental analysis of bulky samples; unfolded spectra of elastically backscattered neutrons using broad-spectrum sources render the identification of APMs possible; the knowledge of leakage spectra of different source neutrons is indispensable for the determination of the differential and integrated reaction rates and through it the dimension of the interrogated volume; the precise determination of the C/O atom fraction requires the investigations on the angular distribution of the 6.13MeV gamma-ray emitted in the (16)O(n,n'gamma) reaction. These results, in addition to the identification of landmines, render the improvement of the non-intrusive neutron methods possible.

  20. Numerical investigations on reignition behavior of detonation diffraction

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    Wang, Cheng; Han, Wen-Hu; Bi, Yong; Ding, Jian-Xu

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, by adopting a fifth-order weighted essentially non-oscillatory (WENO) scheme with a third-order TVD Runge-Kutta time stepping method for two-dimensional reactive Euler equations, a parallel code is developed, and reignition behavior after a self-sustaining detonation from the tube into free space filled with H2/O2 mixtures is investigated. The numerical results show that the initial pressure has a great influence on the detonation cellular width, and that as the initial pressure increases, the cellular width gradually decreases and the cellular shape changes from irregular structure to regular structure, demonstrating the detonation instability to stability transition. When the initial pressure is larger than 1.2 atm, the detonation wave expands over the edge of the splitter plate, reignition can come into being because enough transverse waves collide with each other at the leading edge of the expanding front. When the initial pressure is 1.2 atm, hot spots appear on the front, and ignite the combustible gas near the hot spots after detonation diffraction. When the initial pressure is 1.0 atm, reignition fails. These findings hint that a critical initial pressure exists between 1.0-1.2 atm for direct reignition after detonation diffraction.

  1. Phase separation in ceramide[NP] containing lipid model membranes: neutron diffraction and solid-state NMR.

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    Schroeter, Annett; Stahlberg, Sören; Školová, Barbora; Sonnenberger, Stefan; Eichner, Adina; Huster, Daniel; Vávrová, Kateřina; Hauß, Thomas; Dobner, Bodo; Neubert, Reinhard H H; Vogel, Alexander

    2017-03-08

    The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the skin and protects the organism against external influences as well as water loss. It consists of corneocytes embedded in a mixture of ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol in a molar ratio of roughly 1 : 1 : 1. The unique structural and compositional arrangement of these stratum corneum lipids is responsible for the skin barrier properties. Many studies investigated the organization of these barrier lipids and, in particular, the exact conformation of ceramides. However, so far no consensus has been reached. In this study, we investigate a model system comprised of N-(non-hydroxy-tetracosanoyl)-phytosphingosine/cholesterol/tetracosanoic acid (CER[NP]-C24/CHOL/TA) at a 1 : 1 : 1 molar ratio using neutron diffraction and (2)H solid-state NMR spectroscopy at temperatures from 25 °C to 80 °C. Deuterated variants of all three lipid components of the model system were used to enable their separate investigation in the NMR spectra and quantification of the amount of molecules in each phase. Neutron scattering experiments show the coexistence of two lipid phases at low temperatures with repeat spacings of 54.2 Å and 43.0 Å at a physiological skin temperature of 32 °C. They appear to be indistinguishable in the (2)H NMR spectra as both phases are crystalline and ceramide molecules do not rotate around their long axis on a microsecond timescale. The evolution of these phases upon heating is followed and with increasing temperature fluid and even isotropically mobile molecules are observed. A model of the organization of the lamellar phases is proposed in which the thicker phase consists of CER[NP]-C24 in a hairpin conformation mixed with CHOL and TA, while the phase with a repeat spacing of 43.0 Å contains CER[NP]-C24 in a V-shape conformation.

  2. Investigation of albedo neutrons by the Intercosmos-17 satellite

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    Dubinskii, Iu.; Efimov, Iu. E.; Kudela, K.; Mikhaeli, L.; Roiko, I.; Chichikaliuk, Iu. A.

    1982-09-01

    Measurements were made with the Intercosmos-17 scintillation counter in 1977 in order to investigate the contribution of albedo neutrons with energies of 1-30 MeV to the formation of radiation-belt protons of corresponding energies. The differential current density of albedo neutrons is presented for the invariant latitude of 42.7 deg during a quiet period of solar activity (October 8-10, 1977). The following value is obtained for this differential current density: I0 (1 MeV) = 0.104 + or - 0.023 neutrons/sq cm s MeV.

  3. Powder neutron diffraction of α-UB 2C (α-UB 2C-type)

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    Rogl, Peter; Fischer, Peter

    1991-02-01

    The crystal structure of α-UB 2C (low temperature modification below T = 1675(25)°C) was determined from powder X-ray data (RT) and powder neutron diffraction data (at 29 K) employing the Rietveld-Young-Wiles profile analysis method. α-UB 2C crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pmma with a = 0.60338(3), b = 0.35177(2), c = 0.41067(2) nm, V = 0.0872 nm 3, Z = 2. The residuals of the neutron refinement were R1 = 0.032 and RF = 0.043. The crystal structure of α-UB 2C is a new structure type where planar nonregular 6 3-U-metal layers alternate with planar nonmetal layers of the type (B 6C 2) 3. Boron atoms are in a typical triangular prismatic metal surrounding with a tetrakaidekahedral coordination B[U 6B 2C 1], whereas carbon atoms occupy the center points of rectangular bipyramids C[U 4B 2]. The crystal structure of α-UB 2C derives from the high temperature modification β-UB 2C (ThB 2C-type, R overline3m ), which reveals a similar stacking of slightly puckered metal layers 6 3, alternating with planar layers B 6 · (B 6C 3) 2. The phase transition from β-UB 2C to α-UB 2C is thus essentially generated by carbon diffusion within the limit∞2 B 6 · (B 6C 3) 2 layers to form limit∞2 (B 6C 2) 3 layers.

  4. Microdosimetric investigations at the fast neutron therapy facility at Fermilab

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    Langen, K.M.

    1997-12-01

    Microdosimetry was used to investigate three issues at the neutron therapy facility (NTF) at Fermilab. Firstly, the conversion factor from absorbed dose in A-150 tissue equivalent plastic to absorbed dose in ICRU tissue was determined. For this, the effective neutron kerma factor ratios, i.e., oxygen tissue equivalent plastic and carbon to A-150 tissue equivalent plastic, were measured in the neutron beam. An A-150 tissue equivalent plastic to ICRU tissue absorbed dose conversion factor of 0.92 {+-} 0.04 was determined. Secondly, variations in the radiobiological effectiveness (RBE) in the beam were mapped by determining variations in two related quantities, e{sup *} and R, with field size and depth in tissue. Maximal variation in e{sup *} and R of 9% and 15% respectively were determined. Lastly, the feasibility of utilizing the boron neutron capture reaction on boron-10 to selectively enhance the tumor dose in the NTF beam was investigated.

  5. Structure of zinc and niobium tellurite glasses by neutron and x-ray diffraction

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    Hoppe, U.; Yousef, E.; Rüssel, C.; Neuefeind, J.; Hannon, A. C.

    2004-03-01

    Neutron and x-ray diffraction experiments of high resolving power with neutrons from a spallation source and high-energy photons from a synchrotron have been performed on compositional series of binary Zn, Nb and on mixed Zn/Nb tellurite glasses. The Te-O, Zn-O and Nb-O coordination numbers are determined by Gaussian fitting of the first-neighbour peaks in the neutron and x-ray data simultaneously. The transition of TeO4 to TeO3 units with increasing fraction of a second component is indicated by decreasing total Te-O coordination numbers. This transition appears different for glasses with ZnO or Nb2O5 additions. Details of the Te-O peaks suggest there are two species of Te-O bonds with lengths of {\\sim }0.19 and {\\sim }0.21 nm. The change of their fractions shows excellent agreement with the existence of TeO4 trigonal bipyramids and TeO3 trigonal pyramids. All oxygen atoms from ZnO and Nb2O5 are used for rupture of Te-O-Te bridges, which is accompanied with a change of nearly all participating TeO4 to TeO3 groups. The tendency for a {\\mathrm {TeO}}_{4} \\to {\\mathrm {TeO}}_{3} change decreases for glasses of higher second component content which is accompanied by the occurrence of TeO4 groups with non-bridging oxygens. The Nb tellurite glasses show transition to network-forming behaviour with the formation of Nb-O-Nb bridges. The fractions of TeO3 units of ternary Zn/Nb tellurite glasses agree with an additivity behaviour of the modifying effects of ZnO and Nb2O5 additions. Some of these results have already been presented in thesis work: Yousef E 2003 A study of some physical properties of tellurite glass (Al-Azhar University, Assiut Egypt).

  6. Neutron diffraction measurements and micromechanical modelling of temperature-dependent variations in TATB lattice parameters

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    Yeager, John D.; Luscher, Darby J.; Vogel, Sven C.; Clausen, Bjorn; Brown, Donald W.

    2016-02-02

    Triaminotrinitrobenzene (TATB) is a highly anisotropic molecular crystal used in several plastic-bonded explosive (PBX) formulations. TATB-based explosives exhibit irreversible volume expansion (“ratchet growth”) when thermally cycled. A theoretical understanding of the relationship between anisotropy of the crystal, crystal orientation distribution (texture) of polycrystalline aggregates, and the intergranular interactions leading to this irreversible growth is necessary to accurately develop physics-based predictive models for TATB-based PBXs under various thermal environments. In this work, TATB lattice parameters were measured using neutron diffraction during thermal cycling of loose powder and a pressed pellet. The measured lattice parameters help clarify conflicting reports in the literature as these new results are more consistent with one set of previous results than another. The lattice parameters of pressed TATB were also measured as a function of temperature, showing some differences from the powder. This data is used along with anisotropic single-crystal stiffness moduli reported in the literature to model the nominal stresses associated with intergranular constraints during thermal expansion. The texture of both specimens were characterized and the pressed pellet exhibits preferential orientation of (001) poles along the pressing direction, whereas no preferred orientation was found for the loose powder. Lastly, thermal strains for single-crystal TATB computed from lattice parameter data for the powder is input to a self-consistent micromechanical model, which predicts the lattice parameters of the constrained TATB crystals within the pellet. The agreement of these model results with the diffraction data obtained from the pellet is discussed along with future directions of research.

  7. Neutron diffraction measurements and micromechanical modelling of temperature-dependent variations in TATB lattice parameters

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    Yeager, John D.; Luscher, Darby J.; Vogel, Sven C.; ...

    2016-02-02

    Triaminotrinitrobenzene (TATB) is a highly anisotropic molecular crystal used in several plastic-bonded explosive (PBX) formulations. TATB-based explosives exhibit irreversible volume expansion (“ratchet growth”) when thermally cycled. A theoretical understanding of the relationship between anisotropy of the crystal, crystal orientation distribution (texture) of polycrystalline aggregates, and the intergranular interactions leading to this irreversible growth is necessary to accurately develop physics-based predictive models for TATB-based PBXs under various thermal environments. In this work, TATB lattice parameters were measured using neutron diffraction during thermal cycling of loose powder and a pressed pellet. The measured lattice parameters help clarify conflicting reports in the literaturemore » as these new results are more consistent with one set of previous results than another. The lattice parameters of pressed TATB were also measured as a function of temperature, showing some differences from the powder. This data is used along with anisotropic single-crystal stiffness moduli reported in the literature to model the nominal stresses associated with intergranular constraints during thermal expansion. The texture of both specimens were characterized and the pressed pellet exhibits preferential orientation of (001) poles along the pressing direction, whereas no preferred orientation was found for the loose powder. Lastly, thermal strains for single-crystal TATB computed from lattice parameter data for the powder is input to a self-consistent micromechanical model, which predicts the lattice parameters of the constrained TATB crystals within the pellet. The agreement of these model results with the diffraction data obtained from the pellet is discussed along with future directions of research.« less

  8. Six-axis multi-anvil press for high-pressure, high-temperature neutron diffraction experiments.

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    Sano-Furukawa, A; Hattori, T; Arima, H; Yamada, A; Tabata, S; Kondo, M; Nakamura, A; Kagi, H; Yagi, T

    2014-11-01

    We developed a six-axis multi-anvil press, ATSUHIME, for high-pressure and high-temperature in situ time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction experiments. The press has six orthogonally oriented hydraulic rams that operate individually to compress a cubic sample assembly. Experiments indicate that the press can generate pressures up to 9.3 GPa and temperatures up to 2000 K using a 6-6-type cell assembly, with available sample volume of about 50 mm(3). Using a 6-8-type cell assembly, the available conditions expand to 16 GPa and 1273 K. Because the six-axis press has no guide blocks, there is sufficient space around the sample to use the aperture for diffraction and place an incident slit, radial collimators, and a neutron imaging camera close to the sample. Combination of the six-axis press and the collimation devices realized high-quality diffraction pattern with no contamination from the heater or the sample container surrounding the sample. This press constitutes a new tool for using neutron diffraction to study the structures of crystals and liquids under high pressures and temperatures.

  9. Methods for lipid nanostructure investigation at neutron and synchrotron sources

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    Kiselev, M. A.

    2011-03-01

    A lipid membrane is a main component of biological membranes. Contemporary bionanotechnologies use phospholipids and ceramides as basic components of drugs and cosmetic preparations. Phospholipids-based nanoparticles are used as drug carriers. Effective development of bionanotechnologies in Russia calls for creation of physical methods to diagnose the particle nanostructure which would be promising for application in pharmacology. Radiation with wavelengths of 1-10 Å is an adequate instrument for detecting the nanostructure of lipid bi- and monolayers. The review deals with methods that apply neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation for studying nanostructures of lipid membranes, phospholipid nanoparticles, and phospholipid monolayers on a water surface by techniques of diffraction, small-angle scattering, and reflectometry. The importance of the mutually complementary application of neutron and synchrotron radiation for solving urgent problems of membrane biophysics, microbiology, dermapharmacology, and bionanotechnologies is demonstrated by particular examples of studies of phospholipid membranes and ceramide-based membranes. The efficiency of development and application of new methods for solving urgent problems of biophysics is shown. The review is written on the basis of results obtained over the period of 1999-2010 at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) Laboratory of Neutron Physics in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Departments of universities of France (Paris-Sud, Chatenay Malabry) and Germany (Martin Luther University, Halle). The experiments were performed at various European and Russian neutron and synchrotron sources.

  10. X-ray diffraction investigation of ultrafine boron nitride powders

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    Gurov, S.V.; Chukalin, V.I.; Rezchikova, T.V.; Torbov, V.J.; Troitskii, V.N.

    1986-01-01

    This paper presents an x-ray diffraction analysis of ultrafine boron nitride powders of different mean particle sizes. Diffraction spectra of the ultrafine boron nitride powders were obtained using a DRON-1 apparatus. The experimental facts are indicative of a turbostratic character of deformation of the hexagonal lattice of ultrafinely divided boron nitride.

  11. Understanding structural changes in NMC Li-ion cells by in situ neutron diffraction

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    Dolotko, O.; Senyshyn, A.; Mühlbauer, M. J.; Nikolowski, K.; Ehrenberg, H.

    2014-06-01

    Commercial NMC cells of 18650-type based on a Lix(Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2)O2 cathode and a graphitic anode were studied in situ using a combination of high-resolution monochromatic neutron powder diffraction and electrochemical analysis. The structural changes of the electrode materials during cell charge/discharge have been determined using Rietveld refinement and single profile decomposition techniques. A transformation of the graphitic anode to LiC12 and LiC6 through the formation of higher ordered lithium intercalated carbons was observed. A different behavior of electrochemically-driven lattice distortion was observed for NMC material in comparison to LixCoO2 and its influence on the overall cell performance has been discussed in brief. Detailed analysis of the structural changes in the Lix(Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2)O2 cathode material revealed reversible Li/Ni cation mixing (5.6(8)%), which is state-of-charge independent below 1600 mAh and vanishing above 1800 mAh (∼0.8Qmax).

  12. Uranium surroundings in borosilicate glass from neutron and x-ray diffraction and RMC modelling.

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    Fábián, M; Proffen, Th; Ruett, U; Veress, E; Sváb, E

    2010-10-13

    Neutron and high-energy x-ray diffraction measurements have been performed on multi-component 55SiO(2)·10B(2)O(3)·25Na(2)O·5BaO·ZrO(2) borosilicate host glass loaded with 30 wt% UO(3). Both the traditional Fourier transformation technique and the reverse Monte Carlo simulation of the experimental data have been applied to get structural information. It was established that the basic network structure consists of tetrahedral SiO(4) units and of mixed tetrahedral BO(4) and trigonal BO(3) units, similar to the corresponding host glass. Slight changes have been observed in the oxygen surroundings of the Na and Zr modifier cations; both the Na-O and Zr-O distances decrease and a more compact short-range structure has been obtained compared to the host glass. For the U-O correlations two distinct peaks were resolved at 1.84 and 2.24 Å, and for higher distances intermediate-range correlations were observed. Significant correlations have been revealed between U and the network former Si and B atoms. Uranium ions take part in the network forming, which may be the reason for the observed good glassy stability and hydrolytic properties.

  13. Single-crystal polarized FTIR spectroscopy and neutron diffraction refinement of cancrinite

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    Della Ventura, Giancarlo; Gatta, G. Diego; Redhammer, Gunter J.; Bellatreccia, Fabio; Loose, Anja; Parodi, Gian Carlo

    2009-04-01

    We relate a single-crystal FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) and neutron diffraction study of two natural cancrinites. The structural refinements show that the oxygen site of the H2O molecule lies off the triad axis. The water molecule is almost symmetric and slightly tilted from the (0001) plane. It is involved in bifurcated hydrogen bridges, with Ow···O donor-acceptor distances >2.7 Å. The FTIR spectra show two main absorptions. The first at 3,602 cm-1 is polarized for E ⊥ c and is assigned to the ν3 mode. The second, at 3,531 cm-1, is also polarized for E ⊥ c and is assigned to ν1 mode. A weak component at 4,108 cm-1 could possibly indicate the presence of additional OH groups in the structure of cancrinite. Several overlapping bands in the 1,300-1,500 cm-1 range are strongly polarized for E ⊥ c, and are assigned to the vibrations of the CO3 group.

  14. Residual Stresses in DC cast Aluminum Billet: Neutron Diffraction Measurements and Thermomechanical Modeling

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    Drezet, J.-M.; Evans, A.; Pirling, T.

    2011-05-04

    Thermally-induced residual stresses, generated during the industrial Direct Chill casting process of aluminum alloys, can cause both significant safety concerns as well as the formation of defects during down-stream processing. Although these thermally induced strains can be partially relieved by permanent deformation, cracks will be generated either during solidification (hot tears) or post-solidification cooling (cold cracks) when stresses exceed the deformation limit of the alloy. Furthermore, the thermally induced strains result in the presence of large internal stresses within the billet before further processing steps. Although numerical models have been previously developed to compute these residual stresses, most of the computations have been validated only against measured surface distortions. In the present work, the variation in residual elastic strains and stresses in the steady state regime of casting has been measured as a function of radial position using neutron diffraction in an AA6063 grain-refined cylindrical billet. These measurements have been carried out on the same billet section at Poldi at PSI-Villigen and at Salsa at ILL-Grenoble and compare favorably. The results are used to validate a thermo-mechanical finite element casting model and to assess the level of stored elastic energy within the billet.

  15. Neutron diffraction of titanium aluminides formed by continuous electron-beam treatment

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    Valkov, S.; Neov, D.; Luytov, D.; Petrov, P.

    2016-03-01

    Ti-Al-based alloys were produced by hybrid electron-beam technologies. A composite Ti-Al film was deposited on a Ti substrate by electron-beam evaporation (EBE), followed by electron-beam treatment (EBT) by a continuously scanned electron beam. The speed of the specimens motion during the EBT were V 1 = 1 cm/sec and V 2 = 5 cm/sec, in order to realize two different alloying mechanisms -- by surface melting and by electron-beam irradiation without melting the surface. The samples prepared were characterized by XRD and neutron diffraction to study the crystal structure on the surface and in depth. SEM/EDX analysis was conducted to explore the surface structure and analyze the chemical composition. Nanoindentation measurements were also carried out. No intermetallic phases were registered in the sample treated at velocity V 1, while the sample treated at V 2 exhibited a Ti3Al/TiAl structure on the surface, transformed to Ti/TiAl in depth. The nanoindentation test demonstrated a significant negative hardness gradient from the surface to the depth of the sample.

  16. Magnetostructural phase transitions in NiO and MnO: Neutron diffraction data

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    Balagurov, A. M.; Bobrikov, I. A.; Sumnikov, S. V.; Yushankhai, V. Yu.; Mironova-Ulmane, N.

    2016-07-01

    Structural and magnetic phase transitions in NiO and MnO antiferromagnets have been studied by high-precision neutron diffraction. The experiments have been performed on a high-resolution Fourier diffractometer (pulsed reactor IBR-2), which has the record resolution for the interplanar distance and a high intensity in the region of large interplanar distances; as a result, the characteristics of both transitions have been determined simultaneously. It has been shown that the structural and magnetic transitions in MnO occur synchronously and their temperatures coincide within the experimental errors: T str ≈ T mag ≈ (119 ± 1) K. The measurements for NiO have been performed with powders with different average sizes of crystallites (~1500 nm and ~138 nm). It has been found that the transition temperatures differ by ~50 K: T str = (471 ± 3) K, T mag = (523 ± 2) K. It has been argued that a unified mechanism of the "unsplit" magnetic and structural phase transition at a temperature of T mag is implemented in MnO and NiO. Deviation from this scenario in the behavior of NiO is explained by the quantitative difference—a weak coupling between the magnetic and secondary structural order parameters.

  17. Residual Stresses in DC cast Aluminum Billet: Neutron Diffraction Measurements and Thermomechanical Modeling

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    Drezet, J.-M.; Evans, A.; Pirling, T.

    2011-05-01

    Thermally-induced residual stresses, generated during the industrial Direct Chill casting process of aluminum alloys, can cause both significant safety concerns as well as the formation of defects during down-stream processing. Although these thermally induced strains can be partially relieved by permanent deformation, cracks will be generated either during solidification (hot tears) or post-solidification cooling (cold cracks) when stresses exceed the deformation limit of the alloy. Furthermore, the thermally induced strains result in the presence of large internal stresses within the billet before further processing steps. Although numerical models have been previously developed to compute these residual stresses, most of the computations have been validated only against measured surface distortions. In the present work, the variation in residual elastic strains and stresses in the steady state regime of casting has been measured as a function of radial position using neutron diffraction in an AA6063 grain-refined cylindrical billet. These measurements have been carried out on the same billet section at Poldi at PSI-Villigen and at Salsa at ILL-Grenoble and compare favorably. The results are used to validate a thermo-mechanical finite element casting model and to assess the level of stored elastic energy within the billet.

  18. Distribution of Drug Molecules in Lipid Membranes: Neutron Diffraction and MD Simulations.

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    Boggara, Mohan; Mihailescu, Ella; Krishnamoorti, Ramanan

    2009-03-01

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) e.g. Aspirin and Ibuprofen, with chronic usage cause gastro intestinal (GI) toxicity. It has been shown experimentally that NSAIDs pre-associated with phospholipids reduce the GI toxicity and also increase the therapeutic activity of these drugs compared to the unmodified ones. In this study, using neutron diffraction, the DOPC lipid bilayer structure (with and without drug) as well as the distribution of a model NSAID (Ibuprofen) as a function of its position along the membrane normal was obtained at sub-nanometer resolution. It was found that the bilayer thickness reduces as the drug is added. Further, the results are successfully compared with atomistic Molecular Dynamics simulations. Based on this successful comparison and motivated by atomic details from MD, quasi-molecular modeling of the lipid membrane is being carried out and will be presented. The above study is expected to provide an effective methodology to design drug delivery nanoparticles based on a variety of soft condensed matter such as lipids or polymers.

  19. Spin and orbital ordering in TlMnO3: Neutron diffraction study

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    Khalyavin, Dmitry D.; Manuel, Pascal; Yi, Wei; Belik, Alexei A.

    2016-10-01

    Crystal and magnetic structures of the high-pressure stabilized perovskite phase of TlMnO3 have been studied by neutron powder diffraction. The crystal structure involves two types of primary structural distortions: a+b-b- octahedral tilting and antiferrodistortive type of orbital ordering, whose common action reduces the symmetry down to triclinic P 1 ¯ . The orbital pattern and the way it is combined with the octahedral tilting are different from the family of LnMnO3 (Ln = lanthanide or Y) manganites who share with TlMnO3 the same tilting scheme. The experimentally determined magnetic structure with the k =(1 /2 ,0 ,1 /2 ) propagation vector and PS1 ¯ symmetry implies anisotropic exchange interactions with a ferromagnetic coupling within the (1 ,0 ,1 ¯) planes and an antiferromagnetic one between them (A type). The spins in the primary magnetic mode were found to be confined close to the (1 ,0 ,1 ¯) plane, which underlines the predominant role of the single ion anisotropy with the local easy axes of Mn3 + following the Jahn-Teller distortions of the octahedra. In spite of the same octahedral tilting scheme in the perovskite structures of both LnMnO3 and TlMnO3 manganites, a coupling of the secondary ferromagnetic component to the primary A-type spin configuration through antisymmetric exchange interaction is allowed in the former and forbidden in the latter cases.

  20. Equation of state of lithium deuteride from neutron diffraction under high pressure

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    Besson, J. M.; Weill, G.; Hamel, G.; Nelmes, R. J.; Loveday, J. S.; Hull, S.

    1992-02-01

    Time-of-flight neutron-diffraction spectra of powder samples of 7LiD have been recorded at 300 K, up to 10 GPa at the ISIS spallation source. The experimental setup consists of a 2.5-MN hydraulic press, 50 kg in mass, acting on a toroidal anvil cell. This allows compression of 100-mm3 samples to over 10 GPa, with better stress homogeneity than flat-anvil devices. The equation of state of 7LiD has been related to the NaCl pressure scale with a precision of 1.5×10-3 on the volume variation under pressure. Comparison of existing calculations with the present data shows variable agreement, depending on the calculational hypotheses. Reassessment of the divergent theoretical estimates for the pressure of band crossing in lithium hydrides reconciles them to a common prediction of about 180 GPa for the pressure of semi- metallization. However, the present work cannot reduce the wide separation of the estimates for the B1-->B2 structural-transition pressure.

  1. High-temperature single-crystal neutron diffraction study ofnatural chondrodite

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    Kunz, Martin; Lager, George A.; Burgi, Hans-Beat; Fernandez-Diaz,Maria Teresa

    2006-06-19

    The H-atom environment in a Tilly Foster chondrodite wasanalyzed using single-crystal neutron-diffraction data collected at 500,700 and 900 K and previously published low temperature data collected at10 K, 100 K and 300 K on the same crystal(Mg4.64Fe0.28Mn0.014Ti0.023(Si1.01O4)2F1.16OH0.84, Friedrich et al.2001). The full mean square displacement matrix S of the O-H pair wasdetermined from the temperature dependence of the anisotropicdisplacement parameters, enabling a proper correction of the O-H bond forthermal vibration without assumptions about the correlation of O and Hmovements. The results show that the perpendicular O-H motions inchondrodite are intermediate between the riding and the independentmotion models. The corrected O-H bond lengths do not change withtemperature whereas the corrected H...F distances show an increase of~;0.02 Angstrom with temperature, as do the Mg-O distances. This resultshows that spectroscopic observations on the strength of the covalent O-Hbond cannot be interpreted unambiguously in terms of a correspondingbehaviour of the associated H...O/F hydrogen bond.

  2. Three-Orthogonal-Direction Stress Mapping around a Fatigue-Crack Tip Using Neutron Diffraction

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    Huang, E.-Wen; Lee, Soo Yeol; Woo, Wanchuck; Lee, Kuan-Wei

    2012-08-01

    Quantitative determination of the stress fields around the crack tip is a challenging and important subject to understand the fatigue crack-growth mechanism. In the current study, we measured the distribution of residual stresses and the evolution of the stress fields around a fatigue crack tip subjected to the constant-amplitude cyclic loading in a 304L stainless steel compact-tension (CT) specimen. The three orthogonal stress components ( i.e., crack growth, crack opening, and through thickness) of the CT specimen were determined as a function of distance from the crack tip with 1-mm spatial resolution along the crack-propagation direction. In-situ neutron-diffraction results show that the enlarged tensile stresses were developed during loading along the through-thickness direction at a localized volume close to the crack tip, resulting in the lattice expansion in all three orthogonal directions during P max. The current study suggests that the atypical plane strainlike behavior observed at the midthickness position might be the reason for the mechanism of the faster crack-growth rate inside the interior than that near the surface.

  3. Neutron Powder Diffraction Study on the Magnetic Structure of NdPd5Al2

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    Metoki, Naoto; Yamauchi, Hiroki; Kitazawa, Hideaki; Suzuki, Hiroyuki S.; Hagihala, Masato; Frontzek, Matthias D.; Matsuda, Masaaki; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime A.

    2017-03-01

    The magnetic structure of NdPd5Al2 has been studied by neutron powder diffraction. We observed the magnetic reflections with the modulation vector q = (1/2,0,0) below the ordering temperature TN. We found a collinear magnetic structure with a Nd moment of 2.7(3) μB at 0.5 K parallel to the c-axis, where the ferromagnetically ordered a-planes stack with a four-Nd-layer period having a ++- sequence along the a-direction with the distance between adjacent Nd layers equal to a/2 (magnetic space group Panma). This "stripe"-like modulation is very similar to that in CePd5Al2 with q = (0.235,0.235,0) with the Ce moment parallel to the c-axis. These structures with in-plane modulation are a consequence of the two-dimensional nature of the Fermi surface topology in this family, originating from the unique crystal structure with a very long tetragonal unit cell and a large distance of >7 Å between the rare-earth layers separated by two Pd and one Al layers.

  4. Neutron diffraction studies of the interaction between amphotericin B and lipid-sterol model membranes

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    Foglia, Fabrizia; Lawrence, M. Jayne; Demeė, Bruno; Fragneto, Giovanna; Barlow, David

    2012-10-01

    Over the last 50 years or so, amphotericin has been widely employed in treating life-threatening systemic fungal infections. Its usefulness in the clinic, however, has always been circumscribed by its dose-limiting side-effects, and it is also now compromised by an increasing incidence of pathogen resistance. Combating these problems through development of new anti-fungal agents requires detailed knowledge of the drug's molecular mechanism, but unfortunately this is far from clear. Neutron diffraction studies of the drug's incorporation within lipid-sterol membranes have here been performed to shed light on this problem. The drug is shown to disturb the structures of both fungal and mammalian membranes, and co-localises with the membrane sterols in a manner consistent with trans-membrane pore formation. The differences seen in the membrane lipid ordering and in the distributions of the drug-ergosterol and drug-cholesterol complexes within the membranes are consistent with the drug's selectivity for fungal vs. human cells.

  5. In Situ Neutron Diffraction Studies of Large Monotonic Deformations of Superelastic Nitinol

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    Stebner, Aaron P.; Paranjape, Harshad M.; Clausen, Bjørn; Brinson, L. Catherine; Pelton, Alan R.

    2015-06-01

    Superelastic Nitinol micromechanics are studied well into plastic deformation regimes using neutron diffraction. Insights are made into the nature of initial transformation, bulk transformation, plastic deformation, and unloading. Schmid factor predictions based on habit plane variants are found to best describe the very first grains that transform, prior to the transformation plateaus. However, the bulk transformation behavior that gives rise to transformation plateaus violates single crystal Schmid factor analyses, indicating that in bulk polycrystals, it is the effect of grain neighborhoods, not the orientations of individual grains, that drives transformation behaviors. Beyond the plateaus, a sudden shift in micromechanical deformation mechanisms is observed at ~8.50 %/4.75 % tension/compression engineering strain. This mechanism results in reverse-phase transformation in both cases, indicating a strong relaxation in internal stresses of the samples. It is inferred that this mechanism is most likely initial bulk plastic flow, and postulated that it is the reason for a transition from fatigue life enhancement to detriment when pre-straining superelastic Nitinol. The data presented in this work provide critical datasets for development and verification of both phenomenological internal variable-driven and micromechanical theories of transformation-plasticity coupling in shape memory alloys.

  6. Neutron Diffraction Study of 1,2,3-Trichlorobenzene-d3

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    Groke, Dirk; Heger, Gernot; Schweiss, Bernd Peter; Weiss, Alarich

    1994-05-01

    In order to explain the observed 35Cl-NQR anomaly of the title compound, a neutron diffraction study on single crystals was carried out at 295 K and 158 K. No significant structural changes concerning phase transitions or molecular disorder between the two experiments were observed. The space group is P21/c = C2h5 with 8 molecules per unit cell. The asymmetric unit contains 2 molecules. The cell parameters were determined to a = 1264(4) pm, b = 825(2) pm, c = 1503(3) pm, ß = 14.3(3)° at 295 K and a = 1243(2)pm, b = 815(1) pm, c = 1494(2) pm, ß = 114.3(1)° at 158 K. The molecules show rigid-body behaviour. No significant changes of the molecular geometry were observed. A strong variation of the temperature factors as function of the temperature was detected. An anharmonicity of the librational potential of the molecules was found by evaluation of the thermal parameters as function of temperature. For verifying the existence of dynamic processes which lead to a bleaching out of the 35Cl-NQR lines difference, Fourier syntheses were calculated. A reorientation or an order-disorder process as suggested by 35Cl-NQR spectroscopy above 230 K could not be confirmed within the error of the experiments. The degree of deuteration of the samples was determined by refinement of the occupation factors of the deuterium sites.

  7. NEUTRON DIFFRACTION MEASUREMENT OF RESIDUAL STRESSES IN FRICTION STIR PROCESSED NANOCOMPOSITE SURFACE LAYER

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    Xu, Hanbing; Hubbard, Camden R; An, Ke; Wang, Xun-Li; Feng, Zhili; Qu, Jun

    2009-01-01

    Friction stir processing (FSP) was successfully used to stir and mix nano-sized Al2O3 particles into a Al6061-T6 aluminum plate to form a nanocomposite layer up to 3 mm thick. This nanocomposite surface has demonstrated significantly improved surface hardness, yield strength, and wear-resistance without sacrificing the substrate ductility and conductivity. Neutron diffraction analysis was conducted to determine the residual stress distribution in the nanocomposite surface layer. For comparison, the residual stress of the aluminum surface that was processed similarly but had no particle involved was also measured. Results showed that the macro-level residual stresses in the FSP zone without particles are low due to the annealing effect induced by the long heating time and large heat input. The macro-level residual stresses in the FSP-processed Al-Al2O3 nanocomposite zone are tensile up to 100 MPa in all three directions. The details of the results will be further discussed in the paper.

  8. Atomic structure of Mg-based metallic glasses from molecular dynamics and neutron diffraction.

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    Gulenko, Anastasia; Forto Chungong, Louis; Gao, Junheng; Todd, Iain; Hannon, Alex C; Martin, Richard A; Christie, Jamieson K

    2017-03-13

    We use a combination of classical molecular dynamics simulation and neutron diffraction to identify the atomic structure of five different Mg-Zn-Ca bulk metallic glasses, covering a range of compositions with substantially different behaviour when implanted in vitro. There is very good agreement between the structures obtained from computer simulation and those found experimentally. Bond lengths and the total correlation function do not change significantly with composition. The zinc and calcium bonding shows differences between composition: the distribution of Zn-Ca bond lengths becomes narrower with increasing Zn content, and the preference for Zn and Ca to avoid bonding to themselves or each other becomes less strong, and, for Zn-Ca, transforms into a positive preference to bond to each other. This transition occurs at about the same Zn content at which the behaviour on implantation changes, hinting at a possible structural connection. A very broad distribution of Voronoi polyhedra are also found, and this distribution broadens with increasing Zn content. The efficient cluster packing model, which is often used to describe the structure of bulk metallic glasses, was found not to describe these systems well.

  9. Interaction of substance P with phospholipid bilayers: A neutron diffraction study.

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    Bradshaw, J P; Davies, S M; Hauss, T

    1998-01-01

    Neutron diffraction has been used to study the membrane-bound structure of substance P (SP), a member of the tachykinin family of neuropeptides. The depth of penetration of its C-terminus in zwitterionic and anionic phospholipid bilayers was probed by specific deuteration of leucine 10, the penultimate amino acid residue. The results show that the interaction of SP with bilayers, composed of either dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC), or a 50:50 mixture of DOPC and the anionic phospholipid dioleoylphosphatidylglycerol (DOPG), takes place at two locations. One requires insertion of the peptide into the hydrophobic region of the bilayer, the other is much more peripheral. The penetration of the peptide into the hydrophobic region of the bilayer is reflected in a marked difference in the water distribution profiles. SP is seen to insert into DOPC bilayers, but a larger proportion of the peptide is found at the surface when compared to the anionic bilayers. The positions of the two label populations show only minor differences between the two types of bilayer. PMID:9675189

  10. Kinetics of methane-ethane gas replacement in clathrate-hydrates studied by time-resolved neutron diffraction and Raman spectroscopy.

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    Murshed, M Mangir; Schmidt, Burkhard C; Kuhs, Werner F

    2010-01-14

    The kinetics of CH(4)-C(2)H(6) replacement in gas hydrates has been studied by in situ neutron diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Deuterated ethane structure type I (C(2)H(6) sI) hydrates were transformed in a closed volume into methane-ethane mixed structure type II (CH(4)-C(2)H(6) sII) hydrates at 5 MPa and various temperatures in the vicinity of 0 degrees C while followed by time-resolved neutron powder diffraction on D20 at ILL, Grenoble. The role of available surface area of the sI starting material on the formation kinetics of sII hydrates was studied. Ex situ Raman spectroscopic investigations were carried out to crosscheck the gas composition and the distribution of the gas species over the cages as a function of structure type and compared to the in situ neutron results. Raman micromapping on single hydrate grains showed compositional and structural gradients between the surface and core of the transformed hydrates. Moreover, the observed methane-ethane ratio is very far from the one expected for a formation from a constantly equilibrated gas phase. The results also prove that gas replacement in CH(4)-C(2)H(6) hydrates is a regrowth process involving the nucleation of new crystallites commencing at the surface of the parent C(2)H(6) sI hydrate with a progressively shrinking core of unreacted material. The time-resolved neutron diffraction results clearly indicate an increasing diffusion limitation of the exchange process. This diffusion limitation leads to a progressive slowing down of the exchange reaction and is likely to be responsible for the incomplete exchange of the gases.

  11. Texture analysis of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) Fe alloys by X-ray and neutron diffraction

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    Béchade, J. L.; Mathon, M. H.; Branger, V.; Réglé, H.; Alamo, A.

    2002-07-01

    The ferritic ODS alloys studied were obtained by mechanical alloying. This strengthening method is very attractive, in particular for nuclear applications. In order to ensure the alloy a good compromise between mechanical resistance and ductility at high temperatures, it is necessary to control the microstructure and in particular the evolution during the recrystallization. First, a preliminary study, performed by X ray diffraction and optical microscopy, shows several grain growth mechanisms ; in particular, the “abnormal” grain growth mechanism which conducts to a large grain size [1], [2]. After annealing (3600s at 1470^{circ}C), the 30% cold-worked (swaging) alloys exhibit an heterogeneous microstructure with a large grains size ( 200 to 500 μm) in the heart and near the surface of the material when the intermediate zone is inhabited by small grains ( 1 μm). Fora higher cold-work level (60%), large size grains are only present in the periphery of the material. On account of the large grain size and strong heterogeneity of the microstructure, texture analysis using laboratory x-ray beam in not well adapted and so we have decided to use neutron beam. The neutron diffraction texture analysis has been performed at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin on the 6T1 diffractometer on 2 different rods of the alloy (corresponding to the reduction ratios of 30% and 60%). Specific samples have been machined to characterise separately the zones with a different microstructure. After deformation, the alloys exhibit a typical α-fibre texture \\{ hkl \\} <1l0> whatever the area of the sample and the reduction ratio. After recrystallization, a very inhomogeneous texture is evidenced through the thickness of the sample, in particular for the rod deformed with a reduction ratio of 30% : in the heart and in the periphery of the rod, a “single-crystal” type texture is observed; the a fibre remains for the intermediate diameter of the rod. For the rod cold rolled with a

  12. Use of a miniature diamond-anvil cell in high-pressure single-crystal neutron Laue diffraction

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    Binns, Jack; Kamenev, Konstantin V.; McIntyre, Garry J.; Moggach, Stephen A.; Parsons, Simon

    2016-01-01

    The first high-pressure neutron diffraction study in a miniature diamond-anvil cell of a single crystal of size typical for X-ray diffraction is reported. This is made possible by modern Laue diffraction using a large solid-angle image-plate detector. An unexpected finding is that even reflections whose diffracted beams pass through the cell body are reliably observed, albeit with some attenuation. The cell body does limit the range of usable incident angles, but the crystallographic completeness for a high-symmetry unit cell is only slightly less than for a data collection without the cell. Data collections for two sizes of hexamine single crystals, with and without the pressure cell, and at 300 and 150 K, show that sample size and temperature are the most important factors that influence data quality. Despite the smaller crystal size and dominant parasitic scattering from the diamond-anvil cell, the data collected allow a full anisotropic refinement of hexamine with bond lengths and angles that agree with literature data within experimental error. This technique is shown to be suitable for low-symmetry crystals, and in these cases the transmission of diffracted beams through the cell body results in much higher completeness values than are possible with X-rays. The way is now open for joint X-ray and neutron studies on the same sample under identical conditions. PMID:27158503

  13. Use of a miniature diamond-anvil cell in high-pressure single-crystal neutron Laue diffraction.

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    Binns, Jack; Kamenev, Konstantin V; McIntyre, Garry J; Moggach, Stephen A; Parsons, Simon

    2016-05-01

    The first high-pressure neutron diffraction study in a miniature diamond-anvil cell of a single crystal of size typical for X-ray diffraction is reported. This is made possible by modern Laue diffraction using a large solid-angle image-plate detector. An unexpected finding is that even reflections whose diffracted beams pass through the cell body are reliably observed, albeit with some attenuation. The cell body does limit the range of usable incident angles, but the crystallographic completeness for a high-symmetry unit cell is only slightly less than for a data collection without the cell. Data collections for two sizes of hexamine single crystals, with and without the pressure cell, and at 300 and 150 K, show that sample size and temperature are the most important factors that influence data quality. Despite the smaller crystal size and dominant parasitic scattering from the diamond-anvil cell, the data collected allow a full anisotropic refinement of hexamine with bond lengths and angles that agree with literature data within experimental error. This technique is shown to be suitable for low-symmetry crystals, and in these cases the transmission of diffracted beams through the cell body results in much higher completeness values than are possible with X-rays. The way is now open for joint X-ray and neutron studies on the same sample under identical conditions.

  14. Neutron Diffraction Studies of the Atomic Vibrations of Bulk and Surface Atoms of Nanocrystalline SiC

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    Stelmakh, S.; Grzanka, E.; Zhao, Y.; Palosz, W.; Palosz, B.

    2004-01-01

    Thermal atomic motions of nanocrystalline Sic were characterized by two temperature atomic factors B(sub core), and B(sub shell). With the use of wide angle neutron diffraction data it was shown that at the diffraction vector above 15A(exp -1) the Wilson plots gives directly the temperature factor of the grain interior (B(sub core)). At lower Q values the slope of the Wilson plot provides information on the relative amplitudes of vibrations of the core and shell atoms.

  15. Synthesis and Neutron Diffraction Study of Na 3WN 3 and Na 3MoN 3

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    Rauch, P. E.; DiSalvo, F. J.; Brese, N. E.; Partin, D. E.; O'Keeffe, M.

    1994-05-01

    We have used our ambient pressure method for the synthesis of ternary alkali metal nitrides to synthesize a new class of nitrides, Na 3MN 3 ( M = Mo or W). These compounds were synthesized from the metal nitride and NaNH 2 at 500°C under flowing ammonia at atmospheric pressure. The structures were examined using X-ray powder diffraction and neutron powder diffraction and were found to be identical with that obtained from the single crystal prepared at high pressure by Ostermann, Zachwieja, and Jacobs.

  16. Energy-dispersive neutron imaging and diffraction of magnetically driven twins in a Ni2MnGa single crystal magnetic shape memory alloy

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    Kabra, Saurabh; Kelleher, Joe; Kockelmann, Winfried; Gutmann, Matthias; Tremsin, Anton

    2016-09-01

    Single crystals of a partially twinned magnetic shape memory alloy, Ni2MnGa, were imaged using neutron diffraction and energy-resolved imaging techniques at the ISIS spallation neutron source. Single crystal neutron diffraction showed that the crystal produces two twin variants with a specific crystallographic relationship. Transmission images were captured using a time of flight MCP/Timepix neutron counting detector. The twinned and untwinned regions were clearly distinguishable in images corresponding to narrow-energy transmission images. Further, the spatially-resolved transmission spectra were used to elucidate the orientations of the crystallites in the different volumes of the crystal.

  17. α-Phase transformation kinetics of U – 8 wt% Mo established by in situ neutron diffraction

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    Garlea, Elena; Steiner, M. A.; Calhoun, C. A.; Klein, R. W.; An, K.; Agnew, S. R.

    2016-05-08

    The α-phase transformation kinetics of as-cast U - 8 wt% Mo below the eutectoid temperature have been established by in situ neutron diffraction. α-phase weight fraction data acquired through Rietveld refinement at five different isothermal hold temperatures can be modeled accurately utilizing a simple Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov impingement-based theory, and the results are validated by a corresponding evolution in the γ-phase lattice parameter during transformation that follows Vegard’s law. Neutron diffraction data is used to produce a detailed Time-Temperature-Transformation diagram that improves upon inconsistencies in the current literature, exhibiting a minimum transformation start time of 40 min at temperatures between 500 °C and 510 °C. Lastly, the transformation kinetics of U – 8 wt% Mo can vary significantly from as-cast conditions after extensive heat treatments, due to homogenization of the typical dendritic microstructure which possesses non-negligible solute segregation.

  18. High-resolution neutron diffraction study of CuNCN: New evidence of structure anomalies at low temperature

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    Jacobs, Philipp; Houben, Andreas; Dronskowski, Richard; Tchougréeff, Andrei L.

    2013-12-14

    Copper carbodiimide (CuNCN) is the nitrogen-containing analogue of cupric oxide. Based on high-resolution neutron-diffraction data, CuNCN's lattice parameters are derived as a function of the temperature. In accordance with a recent synchrotron study, a clear trend in the cell parameter a is observed accompanying the changing magnetic behavior. With decreasing temperature, a slowly decreases to a minimum at ∼100 K after which it rises again. The same trend—albeit more pronounced—is observed for the c lattice parameter at ∼35 K. The herein presented neutron powder-diffraction data also support the conjectured sequence of transitions from the high-temperature one-dimensional resonating valence-bond (RVB) state to a transient two-dimensional RVB state and eventually, at lowest temperatures, into another two-dimensional RVB state, presumably the ground state.

  19. Neutron diffraction and electrical transport studies on the incommensurate magnetic phase transition in holmium at high pressures.

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    Thomas, Sarah A; Uhoya, Walter O; Tsoi, Georgiy M; Wenger, Lowell E; Vohra, Yogesh K; Chesnut, Gary N; Weir, Samuel T; Tulk, Christopher A; dos Santos, Antonio M

    2012-05-30

    Neutron diffraction and electrical transport measurements have been made on the heavy rare earth metal holmium at high pressures and low temperatures in order to elucidate its transition from a paramagnetic (PM) to a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered phase as a function of pressure. The electrical resistance measurements show a change in the resistance slope as the temperature is lowered through the antiferromagnetic Néel temperature. The temperature of this antiferromagnetic transition decreases from approximately 122 K at ambient pressure at a rate of -4.9 K GPa(-1) up to a pressure of 9 GPa, whereupon the PM-to-AFM transition vanishes for higher pressures. Neutron diffraction measurements as a function of pressure at 89 and 110 K confirm the incommensurate nature of the phase transition associated with the antiferromagnetic ordering of the magnetic moments in a helical arrangement and that the ordering occurs at similar pressures as determined from the resistance results for these temperatures.

  20. Neutron diffraction and electrical transport studies on the incommensurate magnetic phase transition in holmium at high pressures

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    Thomas, Sarah; Uhoya, Walter; Tsoi, Georgiy; Wenger, Lowell E; Vohra, Yogesh; Chesnut, Gary Neal; Weir, S. T.; Tulk, Christopher A; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F

    2012-01-01

    Neutron diffraction and electrical transport measurements have been made on the heavy rare earth metal holmium at high pressures and low temperatures in order to elucidate its transition from a paramagnetic (PM) to a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered phase as a function of pressure. The electrical resistance measurements show a change in the resistance slope as the temperature is lowered through the antiferromagnetic Neel temperature. The temperature of this antiferromagnetic transition decreases from approximately 122 K at ambient pressure at a rate of -4.9 K GPa(-1) up to a pressure of 9 GPa, whereupon the PM-to-AFM transition vanishes for higher pressures. Neutron diffraction measurements as a function of pressure at 89 and 110 K confirm the incommensurate nature of the phase transition associated with the antiferromagnetic ordering of the magnetic moments in a helical arrangement and that the ordering occurs at similar pressures as determined from the resistance results for these temperatures.

  1. Neutron diffraction study of Bi doped cubic spinel Co{sub 2}MnO{sub 4}

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    Rajeevan, N. E.; Kaushik, S. D.; Kumar, Ravi

    2015-06-24

    Polycrystalline Bi doped spinel Bi{sub x}Co{sub 2-x}MnO{sub 4} compounds were prepared by solid state reaction route. Room temperature neutron diffraction study reveals that all the compounds are formed in cubic phase and there is no change in the crystal structure due to Bi doping and the compound has cubic structure with Fd-3m space group. Cell parameter found to increase with respect to Bi doping and ferrimagnetic nature is established through magnetization. Low temperature neutron diffraction is carried out and emphasis the ferrimagnetic ordering in the samples of Bi{sub x}Co{sub 2-x}MnO{sub 4} series.

  2. Quantitative phase analysis of challenging samples using neutron powder diffraction. Sample #4 from the CPD QPA round robin revisited

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    Whitfield, Pamela S.

    2016-04-29

    Here, quantitative phase analysis (QPA) using neutron powder diffraction more often than not involves non-ambient studies where no sample preparation is possible. The larger samples and penetration of neutrons versus X-rays makes neutron diffraction less susceptible to inhomogeneity and large grain sizes, but most well-characterized QPA standard samples do not have these characteristics. Sample #4 from the International Union of Crystallography Commission on Powder Diffraction QPA round robin was one such sample. Data were collected using the POWGEN time-of-flight (TOF) neutron powder diffractometer and analysed together with historical data from the C2 diffractometer at Chalk River. The presence of magneticmore » reflections from Fe3O4 (magnetite) in the sample was an additional consideration, and given the frequency at which iron-containing and other magnetic compounds are present during in-operando studies their possible impact on the accuracy of QPA is of interest. Additionally, scattering from thermal diffuse scattering in the high-Qregion (<0.6 Å) accessible with TOF data could impact QPA results during least-squares because of the extreme peak overlaps present in this region. Refinement of POWGEN data was largely insensitive to the modification of longer d-spacing reflections by magnetic contributions, but the constant-wavelength data were adversely impacted if the magnetic structure was not included. A robust refinement weighting was found to be effective in reducing quantification errors using the constant-wavelength neutron data both where intensities from magnetic reflections were ignored and included. Results from the TOF data were very sensitive to inadequate modelling of the high-Q (lowd-spacing) background using simple polynomials.« less

  3. Fluid bilayer structure determination: Joint refinement in composition space using X-ray and neutron diffraction data

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    White, S.H.; Wiener, M.C.

    1994-12-31

    Experimentally-determined structural models of fluid lipid bilayers are essential for verifying molecular dynamics simulations of bilayers and for understanding the structural consequences of peptide interactions. The extreme thermal motion of bilayers precludes the possibility of atomic-level structural models. Defining {open_quote}the structure{close_quote} of a bilayer as the time-averaged transbilayer distribution of the water and the principal lipid structural groups such as the carbonyls and double-bonds (quasimolecular fragments), one can represent the bilayer structure as a sum of Gaussian functions referred to collectively as the quasimolecular structure. One method of determining the structure is by neutron diffraction combined with exhaustive specific deuteration. This method is impractical because of the expense of the chemical syntheses and the limited amount of neutron beam time currently available. We have therefore developed the composition space refinement method for combining X-ray and minimal neutron diffraction data to arrive at remarkably detailed and accurate structures of fluid bilayers. The composition space representation of the bilayer describes the probability of occupancy per unit length across the width of the bilayer of each quasimolecular component and permits the joint refinement of X-ray and neutron lamellar diffraction data by means of a single quasimolecular structure that is fitted simultaneously to both data sets. Scaling of each component by the appropriate neutron or X-ray scattering length maps the composition-space profile to the appropriate scattering length space for comparison to experimental data. The difficulty with the method is that fluid bilayer structures are generally only marginally determined by the experimental data. This means that the space of possible solutions must be extensively explored in conjunction with a thorough analysis of errors.

  4. Quantitative phase analysis of challenging samples using neutron powder diffraction. Sample #4 from the CPD QPA round robin revisited

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    Whitfield, Pamela S.

    2016-04-29

    Here, quantitative phase analysis (QPA) using neutron powder diffraction more often than not involves non-ambient studies where no sample preparation is possible. The larger samples and penetration of neutrons versus X-rays makes neutron diffraction less susceptible to inhomogeneity and large grain sizes, but most well-characterized QPA standard samples do not have these characteristics. Sample #4 from the International Union of Crystallography Commission on Powder Diffraction QPA round robin was one such sample. Data were collected using the POWGEN time-of-flight (TOF) neutron powder diffractometer and analysed together with historical data from the C2 diffractometer at Chalk River. The presence of magnetic reflections from Fe3O4 (magnetite) in the sample was an additional consideration, and given the frequency at which iron-containing and other magnetic compounds are present during in-operando studies their possible impact on the accuracy of QPA is of interest. Additionally, scattering from thermal diffuse scattering in the high-Qregion (<0.6 Å) accessible with TOF data could impact QPA results during least-squares because of the extreme peak overlaps present in this region. Refinement of POWGEN data was largely insensitive to the modification of longer d-spacing reflections by magnetic contributions, but the constant-wavelength data were adversely impacted if the magnetic structure was not included. A robust refinement weighting was found to be effective in reducing quantification errors using the constant-wavelength neutron data both where intensities from magnetic reflections were ignored and included. Results from the TOF data were very sensitive to inadequate modelling of the high-Q (lowd-spacing) background using simple polynomials.

  5. Neutron powder diffraction experiments on AMnF 4 (A=K, Rb): nuclear and magnetic structures

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    Morón, M. C.; Palacio, F.; Rodriguez-Carvajal, J.

    1992-06-01

    Neutron powder diffraction experiments show that KMnF 4 is monoclinic, space group P2 1/a, and RbMnF 4 orthorhombic, space group Pmab, between room temperature and 1.5K. The magnetic structure of both compounds is antiferromagnetic with Tc =6.6K for KMnF 4 and T = 3.9K for RbMnF 4.

  6. Accuracy of determination of position and width of molecular groups in biological and lipid membranes via neutron diffraction.

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    Gordeliy, V I; Chernov, N I

    1997-07-01

    Neutron diffraction combined with the deuterium-labelled molecular groups of biological and model membrane components allows one to detect with high accuracy the structure of these objects. Experiments of this kind are only possible at unique high-flux neutron sources, and the planning of neutron-diffraction experiments must take into account some special requirements primarily related to the duration of the experiment and the accuracy of estimation of membrane structure parameters as a result of finite time of the measurements. This paper deals with the question of statistical accuracy of the position x(0) and width v of the distribution of deuterium labels in membranes along the normal of their plane, which are determined in a neutron diffraction experiment. It is shown that the accuracy of x(0) and v estimation does not depend on membrane constitution. It is dependent only on the scattering amplitude of the deuterium label, the label position x(0) and the distribution width v. Analytic calculations show that the statistical errors Deltax(0) and Deltav are inversely proportional to the scattering amplitude of the label and, as usual, to the square root of measurement time. The question of Deltax0 and Deltav dependence on the number of structure factors used in the calculations of x(0) and v is also studied. It is shown that, the accuracy of x(0) estimation is approximately constant with down to four structure factors used, and, with the number of the factors below four, it deteriorates drastically. Analogous is the behaviour of Deltav(h(max)) relation with one exception: abrupt deterioration of the accuracy occurs beginning with five structure factors used. One does not have to measure the highest diffraction reflections which takes a much longer time compared with the first ones. It is an important result. All the problems mentioned above have also been considered for the case of two different deuterium labels in membranes.

  7. Neutron Diffraction Residual Strain Tensor Measurements Within The Phase IA Weld Mock-up Plate P-5

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    Hubbard, Camden R

    2011-09-01

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has worked with NRC and EPRI to apply neutron and X-ray diffraction methods to characterize the residual stresses in a number of dissimilar metal weld mockups and samples. The design of the Phase IA specimens aimed to enable stress measurements by several methods and computational modeling of the weld residual stresses. The partial groove in the 304L stainless steel plate was filled with weld beads of Alloy 82. A summary of the weld conditions for each plate is provided in Table 1. The plates were constrained along the long edges during and after welding by bolts with spring-loaded washers attached to the 1-inch thick Al backing plate. The purpose was to avoid stress relief due to bending of the welded stainless steel plate. The neutron diffraction method was one of the methods selected by EPRI for non-destructive through thickness strain and stress measurement. Four different plates (P-3 to P-6) were studied by neutron diffraction strain mapping, representing four different welding conditions. Through thickness neutron diffraction strain mappings at NRSF2 for the four plates and associated strain-free d-zero specimens involved measurement along seven lines across the weld and at six to seven depths. The mountings of each plate for neutron diffraction measurements were such that the diffraction vector was parallel to each of the three primary orthogonal directions of the plate: two in-plane directions, longitudinal and transverse, and the direction normal to the plate (shown in left figure within Table 1). From the three orthogonal strains for each location, the residual stresses along the three plate directions were calculated. The principal axes of the strain and stress tensors, however, need not necessarily align with the plate coordinate system. To explore this, plate P-5 was selected for examination of the possibility that the principal axes of strain are not along the sample coordinate system axes. If adequate data could

  8. Structure of iron phosphate glasses modified by alkali and alkaline earth additions: neutron and x-ray diffraction studies.

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    Bingham, P A; Barney, E R

    2012-05-02

    The structure of iron phosphate glasses modified by additions of K(2)O and BaO, with nominal molar compositions [(1 - x)(0.6P(2)O(5)-0.4Fe(2)O(3))]xMe(y)O, where x = 0-0.4 in increments of 0.1; Me=K or Ba; and y = 1 or 2, has been investigated using neutron diffraction and x-ray diffraction techniques. Fitted coordination numbers for P-O and Fe-O showed a notable change in the P-O(NBO) and P-O(BO) contributions at greater than 20 mol% modifier addition, with barium producing a markedly larger increase in P-O(NBO) contribution than potassium. Fitting of T(N)(r) and T(X)(r) provided average n(BaO) = 9 and n(KO) = 6. Iron occurs in a range of coordination sites in these glasses: ([6])Fe(2+), ([4])Fe(3+), ([5])Fe(3+) and ([6])Fe(3+). The partitioning between these sites gives average n(FeO) = 5.2-5.8, with barium-doped glasses exhibiting higher average n(FeO) than potassium-doped glasses. The stronger depolymerizing effect of Ba(2+) than K(+) on the phosphate network, coupled with its greater ionic charge and higher Me-O, Fe-O and O···O coordination numbers, explain previously observed divergences in physical properties between the barium-doped and the potassium-doped glasses.

  9. Neutron diffraction study on very high elastic strain of 6% in an Fe{sub 3}Pt under compressive stress

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    Yamaguchi, Takashi; Fukuda, Takashi Kakeshita, Tomoyuki; Harjo, Stefanus; Nakamoto, Tatsushi

    2014-06-09

    An Fe{sub 3}Pt alloy with degree of order 0.75 exhibits a second-order-like martensitic transformation from a cubic structure to a tetragonal one at about 90 K; its tetragonality c/a changes nearly continuously from 1 to 0.945 on cooling from 90 K to 14 K. We have investigated the change in lattice parameters in a single crystal of the Fe{sub 3}Pt alloy at 93 K under compressive stresses, σ, applied in the [001] direction by neutron diffraction. The tetragonality c/a has decreased continuously from 1 to 0.907 with an increase in |σ| up to |σ| = 280 MPa; the corresponding lattice strain in the [001] direction, due to the continuous structure change, increases from 0% to 6.1%. When the stress of 300 MPa is reached, c/a has changed abruptly from 0.907 to 0.789 due to a first-order martensitic transformation.

  10. Using neutron powder diffraction and first-principles calculations to understand the working mechanisms of porous coordination polymer sorbents.

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    Chevreau, Hubert; Duyker, Samuel G; Peterson, Vanessa K

    2015-12-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are promising solid sorbents, showing gas selectivity and uptake capacities relevant to many important applications, notably in the energy sector. To improve and tailor the sorption properties of these materials for such applications, it is necessary to gain an understanding of their working mechanisms at the atomic and molecular scale. Specifically, it is important to understand how features such as framework porosity, topology, chemical functionality and flexibility underpin sorbent behaviour and performance. Such information is obtained through interrogation of structure-function relationships, with neutron powder diffraction (NPD) being a particularly powerful characterization tool. The combination of NPD with first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations enables a deep understanding of the sorption mechanisms, and the resulting insights can direct the future development of MOF sorbents. In this paper, experimental approaches and investigations of two example MOFs are summarized, which demonstrate the type of information and the understanding into their functional mechanisms that can be gained. Such information is critical to the strategic design of new materials with targeted gas-sorption properties.

  11. High Temperature Deformation Mechanism in Hierarchical and Single Precipitate Strengthened Ferritic Alloys by In Situ Neutron Diffraction Studies

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    Song, Gian; Sun, Zhiqian; Li, Lin; Clausen, Bjørn; Zhang, Shu Yan; Gao, Yanfei; Liaw, Peter K.

    2017-01-01

    The ferritic Fe-Cr-Ni-Al-Ti alloys strengthened by hierarchical-Ni2TiAl/NiAl or single-Ni2TiAl precipitates have been developed and received great attentions due to their superior creep resistance, as compared to conventional ferritic steels. Although the significant improvement of the creep resistance is achieved in the hierarchical-precipitate-strengthened ferritic alloy, the in-depth understanding of its high-temperature deformation mechanisms is essential to further optimize the microstructure and mechanical properties, and advance the development of the creep resistant materials. In the present study, in-situ neutron diffraction has been used to investigate the evolution of elastic strain of constitutive phases and their interactions, such as load-transfer/load-relaxation behavior between the precipitate and matrix, during tensile deformation and stress relaxation at 973 K, which provide the key features in understanding the governing deformation mechanisms. Crystal-plasticity finite-element simulations were employed to qualitatively compare the experimental evolution of the elastic strain during tensile deformation at 973 K. It was found that the coherent elastic strain field in the matrix, created by the lattice misfit between the matrix and precipitate phases for the hierarchical-precipitate-strengthened ferritic alloy, is effective in reducing the diffusional relaxation along the interface between the precipitate and matrix phases, which leads to the strong load-transfer capability from the matrix to precipitate. PMID:28387230

  12. In-situ neutron diffraction study of cathode/electrolyte interactions under electrical load and elevated temperature

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    Tonus, F.; Skinner, S. J.

    2016-05-01

    Fuel cells are proposed as a future energy conversion technology that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the point of operation due to their ability to produce electrical energy from non-hydrocarbon fuel sources. The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is amongst the most efficient fuel cell types, however, due to the high cell operating temperature cation diffusion occurs between the different components of the cell, resulting in rapid degradation of the power output. In this paper we investigate cation migration between the promising intermediate temperature-SOFC cathode La1-xSrxCo1-yFeyO3-δ (LSCF) and a fluorite type electrolyte Ce1-xPrxO2-δ (CPO). The crystallographic structure evolution and degradation of the materials were studied by neutron diffraction in-situ under pseudo-operating conditions, i.e. at 600 °C under air and under electrical polarisation. The lattice parameter and cation occupancy evolution were analysed by Rietveld refinement as a function of time and applied potential. The materials were found to be stable, as no impurity formation, lattice parameter or site occupancy evolution was observed during the experiment. However La migration prior to the experiment from LSCF to CPO was observed as well as B-site vacancies in LSCF.

  13. Deformation mechanisms in a precipitation-strengthened ferritic superalloy revealed by in situ neutron diffraction studies at elevated temperatures

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    Huang, Shenyan; Gao, Yanfei; An, Ke; Zheng, Lili; Wu, Wei; Teng, Zhenke; Liaw, Peter K

    2014-10-22

    In this study, the ferritic superalloy Fe–10Ni–6.5Al–10Cr–3.4Mo strengthened by ordered (Ni,Fe)Al B2-type precipitates is a candidate material for ultra-supercritical steam turbine applications above 923 K. Despite earlier success in improving its room-temperature ductility, the creep resistance of this material at high temperatures needs to be further improved, which requires a fundamental understanding of the high-temperature deformation mechanisms at the scales of individual phases and grains. In situ neutron diffraction has been utilized to investigate the lattice strain evolution and the microscopic load-sharing mechanisms during tensile deformation of this ferritic superalloy at elevated temperatures. Finite-element simulations based on the crystal plasticity theory are employed and compared with the experimental results, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Based on these interphase and intergranular load-partitioning studies, it is found that the deformation mechanisms change from dislocation slip to those related to dislocation climb, diffusional flow and possibly grain boundary sliding, below and above 873 K, respectively. Insights into microstructural design for enhancing creep resistance are also discussed.

  14. Network structure of molybdate glasses by neutron and X-ray diffraction and reverse Monte Carlo modelling

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    Fabian, M.; Svab, E.; Krezhov, K.

    2016-09-01

    Rare-earth molybdate glasses have been prepared by rapid quench technique, the network structure was investigated by neutron and high-energy X-ray diffraction. For data evaluation the reverse Monte Carlo simulation technique was applied to obtain a possible 3dimensional network configuration, which is consistent with the experimental data. From the modelling the partial atomic correlation functions giJ(r) and the coordination number distributions CNij have been revealed. Formation of MoO4 (55%) and MoO6 (25%) units was established for the binary 90MoO3-10Nd2O3 glass. The B-O first neighbour distribution show a relatively broad first neighbour distance at 1.40A, the average coordination numbers show the presents of trigonal BO3 and tetrahedral BO4 groups. For 50MoO3-25Nd2O3-25B2O3 sample mixed MoO4-BO4 and MoO4-BO3 linkages form pronounced intermediate-range order.

  15. Deformation mechanisms in a precipitation-strengthened ferritic superalloy revealed by in situ neutron diffraction studies at elevated temperatures

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    Huang, Shenyan; Gao, Yanfei; An, Ke; ...

    2014-10-22

    In this study, the ferritic superalloy Fe–10Ni–6.5Al–10Cr–3.4Mo strengthened by ordered (Ni,Fe)Al B2-type precipitates is a candidate material for ultra-supercritical steam turbine applications above 923 K. Despite earlier success in improving its room-temperature ductility, the creep resistance of this material at high temperatures needs to be further improved, which requires a fundamental understanding of the high-temperature deformation mechanisms at the scales of individual phases and grains. In situ neutron diffraction has been utilized to investigate the lattice strain evolution and the microscopic load-sharing mechanisms during tensile deformation of this ferritic superalloy at elevated temperatures. Finite-element simulations based on the crystal plasticitymore » theory are employed and compared with the experimental results, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Based on these interphase and intergranular load-partitioning studies, it is found that the deformation mechanisms change from dislocation slip to those related to dislocation climb, diffusional flow and possibly grain boundary sliding, below and above 873 K, respectively. Insights into microstructural design for enhancing creep resistance are also discussed.« less

  16. Refinement of atomic and magnetic structures using neutron diffraction for synthesized bulk and nano-nickel zinc gallate ferrite

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    Ata-Allah, S. S.; Balagurov, A. M.; Hashhash, A.; Bobrikov, I. A.; Hamdy, Sh.

    2016-01-01

    The parent NiFe2O4 and Zn/Ga substituted spinel ferrite powders have been prepared by solid state reaction technique. As a typical example, the Ni0.7Zn0.3Fe1.5Ga0.5O4 sample has been prepared by sol-gel auto combustion method with the nano-scale crystallites size. X-ray and Mössbauer studies were carried out for the prepared samples. Structure and microstructure properties were investigated using the time-of-flight HRFD instrument at the IBR-2 pulsed reactor, at a temperatures range 15-473 K. The Rietveld refinement of the neutron diffraction data revealed that all samples possess cubic symmetry corresponding to the space group Fd3m. Cations distribution show that Ni2+ is a complete inverse spinel ion, while Ga3+ equally distributed between the two A and B-sublattices. The level of microstrains in bulk samples was estimated as very small while the size of coherently scattered domains is quite large. For nano-structured sample the domain size is around 120 Å.

  17. Magnetic phase transitions of MnWO4 studied by the use of neutron diffraction

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    Lautenschläger, G.; Weitzel, H.; Vogt, T.; Hock, R.; Böhm, A.; Bonnet, M.; Fuess, H.

    1993-09-01

    Neutron-powder-diffraction data, collected with the D1B diffractometer, and single-crystal data, collected with the D10 four-circle diffractometer, both at the Institut Max von Laue-Paul Langevin, Grenoble, and single-crystal data, collected with the DN4 four-circle diffractometer at the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Grenoble, show that MnWO4 (space group P2/c) undergoes three magnetic phase transitions below 14 K. The transition temperatures are 13.5 K (paramagnet-AF3), 12.3 K (AF3-AF2), and 8.0 K (AF2-AF1). Phases AF3 and AF2 are incommensurate with the crystallographic lattice. The propagation vector is k=(-0.214,1/2,0.457) in each case. In AF3 the magnetic moments order in the ac plane, whereas in AF2 an additional component in the [010] direction exists. The corresponding magnetic structures were found to be a sine wave in the case of AF3 and an elliptical spiral in the case of AF2. Other possibilities, like a simple spiral, a sine wave, and commensurate collinear spin arrangements, are also discussed for AF2. The magnetic structure in AF1 was refined based on a previously reported model. It is commensurate with a propagation vector k=(+/-1/4,1/2,1/2). The magnetic moments are again collinear in the ac plane as in AF3, forming an angle of 37° with the a axis.

  18. Neutron Diffraction Study Oxygen Dissolution Alpha(sub 2)-Ti3Al

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    Jones, Camille Y.; Luecke, William E.; Copland, Evan

    2005-01-01

    Rietveld refinements of neutron powder diffraction data on alpha(sub 2)-Ti3Al have been performed to determine the crystal structure as a function of interstitial oxygen (O) concentration for three alloys with a Ti/Al ratio of approximately equal to 2.34 and O concentrations of 0.25%, 3.99% and 7.71%. The structures of the allows are hexagonal in space group P6(sub 3)/mmc where Ti and Al atoms populate unique sites with excess Al at the Ti site and O atoms occupy octahedral interstitial sites surrounded by six Ti sites. The length of the c-axis was found to increase linearly as the O occupancy of the interstitial sites increased; this lattice lengthening effect was much less pronounced along the alpha axis. Correspondingly, the increases in the lengths of Ti-Al and Ti-Ti bonds with a major component of their direction parallel to the c-axis were roughly an order of magnitude greater than the increases in the lengths of Ti-al and Ti-Ti bonds more closely aligned with the alpha-axis. Densities calculated form the lattice parameters and occupancy factors fall in the range (4.118 plus or minus 0.004) grams per cubic centimeter to (4.194 plus or minus 0.004) grams per cubic centimeter, and exhibit a nearly linear increase with oxygen concentration. Measured densities of (4.113 plus or minus 0.001) grams per cubic centimeter, (4.146 plus or minus 0.009) grams per cubic centimeter, and (4.191 plus or minus 0.002) grams per cubic centimeter for these alloys agree with the results of the refinements.

  19. Variable temperature neutron diffraction and X-ray charge density studies of tetraacetylethane.

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    Piccoli, Paula M B; Koetzle, Thomas F; Schultz, Arthur J; Zhurova, Elizabeth A; Stare, Jernej; Pinkerton, A Alan; Eckert, Juergen; Hadzi, Dusan

    2008-07-24

    Single crystal neutron diffraction data have been collected on a sample of enolized 3,4-diacetyl-2,5-hexanedione (tetraacetylethane, TAE) at five temperatures between 20 and 298 K to characterize the temperature-dependent behavior of the short, strong, intramolecular hydrogen bond. Upon decreasing the temperature from 298 K to 20 K, the O2-H1 distance decreases from 1.171(11) to 1.081(2) A and the O1...H1 distance increases from 1.327(10) to 1.416(6) A. The convergence of the C-O bond lengths from inequivalent distances at low temperature to identical values (1.285(4) A) at 298 K is consistent with a resonance-assisted hydrogen bond. However, a rigid bond analysis indicates that the structure at 298 K is disordered. The disorder vanishes at lower temperatures. Short intermolecular C-H...O contacts may be responsible for the ordering at low temperature. The intramolecular O...O distance (2.432 +/- 0.006 A) does not change with temperature. X-ray data at 20 K were measured to analyze the charge density and to gain additional insight into the nature of the strong hydrogen bond. Quantum mechanical calculations demonstrate that periodic boundary conditions provide significant enhancement over gas phase models in that superior agreement with the experimental structure is achieved when applying periodicity. One-dimensional potential energy calculations followed by quantum treatment of the proton reproduce the location of the proton nearer to the O2 site reasonably well, although they overestimate the O-H distance at low temperatures. The choice of the single-point energy calculation strategy for the proton potential is justified by the fact that the proton is preferably located nearer to O2 rather than being equally distant to O1 and O2 or evenly distributed (disordered) between them.

  20. A Mixed {alpha}/{beta} Superstructure in NASICON Ionic Conductors: Neutron Diffraction Study of Li

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    Catti, Michele

    2001-02-01

    The lithium conductors Li{sub 2}FeTi(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and Li{sub 2}FeZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, synthesized by solid-state reaction and characterized by X-ray powder diffractometry, were studied structurally at room temperature by neutron powder diffraction at high resolution (HRPD, ISIS Facility, U.K.). By trial-and-error and Rietveld refinements (R{sub p}=0.111, R(F{sup 2})=0.112), the first compound (orthorhombic Pbca, Z=8; a=8.5515(1), b=8.6229(1), c=23.9116(3) {angstrom}) was shown to have a complex superstructure sharing features of both the {alpha} and {beta} NASICON-type phases of LiZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Four (001) layers of PO{sub 4} and (Fe, Ti)O{sub 6} polyhedra are present per unit-cell, and they are related both by -1 inversion centers ({alpha} structure) and by a glide planes ({beta} structure). Ti{sup 4+} and Fe{sup 3+} order in the two interlayer regions, respectively. Owing to the structure complexity, only half of the lithium atoms could be refined in tetrahedral coordination with < Li-O > =1.99 {angstrom}. Li{sub 2}FeZr(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (orthorhombic Pbna, Z=4; a=8.70559(8), b=8.78572(9), c=12.2202(1) {angstrom}) proved to be similar to {beta}-LiZr2(PO4)3; however, by Fourier synthesis and Rietveld refinement (R{sub p}=0.0618, R(F{sup 2})=0.0574) Li was located in a fully ordered tetrahedral configuration with < Li-O >=2.01 {angstrom}, instead of being disordered as in the phase of LiZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}.

  1. Neutron diffraction study of the beta' and gamma phases of LiFeO{sub 2}

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    Barre, Maud; Catti, Michele

    2009-09-15

    The beta, beta', gamma and alpha phases of LiFeO{sub 2}, synthesized as powders, were annealed at different temperatures and characterized by X-ray measurements. The beta' and gamma modifications were also studied by time-of-flight neutron diffraction (ISIS Facility, UK). The structure of the beta' phase was refined in the monoclinic C2/c space group (a=8.566(1), b=11.574(2), c=5.1970(5) A, beta=146.064(5){sup o}) to wR{sub p}=0.071-0.080 (data from four counter banks). Fe and Li atoms are ordered over two of the four independent sites, and partially disordered over the other two. The ordered Li has a distorted tetrahedral coordination. The gamma structure was refined at RT (a=4.047(1), c=8.746(2) A) and at 570 deg. C (a=4.082(3), c=8.822(6) A) in the I4{sub 1}/amd symmetry, showing full order with Li in octahedral coordination at RT, and in a split-atom configuration at high temperature. On annealing, the beta' polymorph was found to transform to gamma at 550 deg. C, thus suggesting that it is a metastable phase. Electrostatics is discussed as the driving force for the alpha->beta'->gamma ordering process of LiFeO{sub 2}. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of beta'-LiFeO{sub 2} (monoclinic C2/c). Lithium and iron atoms are both ordered (blue and yellow balls) and partially disordered (green balls) over four independent sites. The beta' phase transforms to fully ordered gamma (tetragonal I4{sub 1}/amd) at 550 deg. C.

  2. Oxygen transport pathways in Ruddlesden–Popper structured oxides revealed via in situ neutron diffraction

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    Tomkiewicz, Alex C.; Tamimi, Mazin; Huq, Ashfia; ...

    2015-09-21

    Ruddlesden-Popper structured oxides, general form An+1BnO3n+1, consist of n-layers of the perovskite structure stacked in between rock-salt layers, and have potential application in solid oxide electrochemical cells and ion transport membrane reactors. Three materials with constant Co/Fe ratio, LaSrCo0.5Fe0.5O4-δ (n = 1), La0.3Sr2.7CoFeO7-δ (n = 2), and LaSr3Co1.5Fe1.5O10-δ (n = 3) were synthesized and studied via in situ neutron powder diffraction between 765 K and 1070 K at a pO2 of 10-1 atm. Then, the structures were fit to a tetragonal I4/mmm space group, and were found to have increased total oxygen vacancy concentration in the order La0.3Sr2.7CoFeO7-δ > LaSr3Co1.5Fe1.5O10-δmore » > LaSrCo0.5Fe0.5O4-δ, following the trend predicted for charge compensation upon increasing Sr2+/La3+ ratio. The oxygen vacancies within the material were almost exclusively located within the perovskite layers for all of the crystal structures with only minimal vacancy formation in the rock-salt layer. Finally, analysis of the concentration of these vacancies at each distinct crystallographic site and the anisotropic atomic displacement parameters for the oxygen sites reveals potential preferred oxygen transport pathways through the perovskite layers.« less

  3. Operando Lithium Dynamics in the Li-Rich Layered Oxide Cathode Material via Neutron Diffraction

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    Liu, Haodong; An, Ke; Venkatachalam, Subramanian; Qian, Danna; Zhang, Minghao; Meng, Ying Shirley

    2016-04-06

    Neutron diffraction under operando battery cycling is used to study the lithium and oxygen dynamics of high Li-rich Li(Lix/3Ni(3/8-3x/8)Co(1/4-x/4)Mn(3/8+7x/24)O2 (x = 0.6, HLR) and low Li-rich Li(Lix/3Ni(1/3-x/3)Co(1/3-x/3)Mn(1/3+x/3)O2 (x = 0.24, LLR) compounds that exhibit different degrees of oxygen activation at high voltage. The measured lattice parameter changes and oxygen position show largely contrasting changes for the two cathodes where the LLR exhibits larger movement of oxygen and lattice contractions in comparison to the HLR that maintains relatively constant lattice parameters and oxygen position during the high voltage plateau until the end of charge. Density functional theory calculations show the presence of oxygen vacancy during the high voltage plateau; changes in the lattice parameters and oxygen position are consistent with experimental observations. Lithium migration kinetics for the Li-rich material is observed under operando conditions for the first time to reveal the rate of lithium extraction from the lithium layer, and transition metal layer is related to the different charge and discharge characteristics. At the beginning of charging, the lithium extraction predominately occurs within the lithium layer. The lithium extraction from the lithium layer slows down and extraction from the transition metal layer evolves at a faster rate once the high voltage plateau is reached.

  4. Operando Lithium Dynamics in the Li-Rich Layered Oxide Cathode Material via Neutron Diffraction

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    Liu, Haodong; An, Ke; Venkatachalam, Subramanian; ...

    2016-04-06

    Neutron diffraction under operando battery cycling is used to study the lithium and oxygen dynamics of high Li-rich Li(Lix/3Ni(3/8-3x/8)Co(1/4-x/4)Mn(3/8+7x/24)O2 (x = 0.6, HLR) and low Li-rich Li(Lix/3Ni(1/3-x/3)Co(1/3-x/3)Mn(1/3+x/3)O2 (x = 0.24, LLR) compounds that exhibit different degrees of oxygen activation at high voltage. The measured lattice parameter changes and oxygen position show largely contrasting changes for the two cathodes where the LLR exhibits larger movement of oxygen and lattice contractions in comparison to the HLR that maintains relatively constant lattice parameters and oxygen position during the high voltage plateau until the end of charge. Density functional theory calculations show the presencemore » of oxygen vacancy during the high voltage plateau; changes in the lattice parameters and oxygen position are consistent with experimental observations. Lithium migration kinetics for the Li-rich material is observed under operando conditions for the first time to reveal the rate of lithium extraction from the lithium layer, and transition metal layer is related to the different charge and discharge characteristics. At the beginning of charging, the lithium extraction predominately occurs within the lithium layer. The lithium extraction from the lithium layer slows down and extraction from the transition metal layer evolves at a faster rate once the high voltage plateau is reached.« less

  5. Investigation of constraints on few-neutron forces in neutron matter by empirical information on the neutron skin of 48Ca and 208Pb

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    Sammarruca, Francesca

    2016-11-01

    The neutron matter equation of state is calculated from two-neutron forces up to fifth order of the chiral expansion, and the order-by-order convergence of the predictions is investigated. Based on these equations of state, the binding energies and the neutron and proton density distributions in 208Pb and 48Ca are derived, with particular attention paid to the neutron skins, the focal point of this paper. Anticipating future experiments which will provide reliable information on the weak charge density in nuclei, the theoretical uncertainties and the possibility of constraining the size of few-neutron forces in neutron matter are discussed.

  6. X-ray and neutron diffraction measurements of dislocation density and subgrain size in a friction stir welded aluminum alloy

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    Claussen, Bjorn; Woo, Wanchuck; Zhili, Feng; Edward, Kenik; Ungar, Tamas

    2009-01-01

    The dislocation density and subgrain size were determined in the base material and friction-stir welds of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. High-resolution X-ray diffraction measurement was performed in the base material. The result of the line profile analysis of the X-ray diffraction peak shows that the dislocation density is about 4.5 x 10{sup 14} m{sup 02} and the subgrain size is about 200 nm. Meanwhile, neutron diffraction measurements have been performed to observe the diffraction peaks during friction-stir welding (FSW). The deep penetration capability of the neutron enables us to measure the peaks from the midplane of the Al plate underneath the tool shoulder of the friction-stir welds. The peak broadening analysis result using the Williamson-Hall method shows the dislocation density of about 3.2 x 10{sup 15} m{sup -2} and subgrain size of about 160 nm. The significant increase of the dislocation density is likely due to the severe plastic deformation during FSW. This study provides an insight into understanding the transient behavior of the microstructure under severe thermomechanical deformation.

  7. A neutron diffraction study and mode analysis of compounds of the system La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} (x=1, 0.8, 0.5, 0.2) and an investigation of their magnetic properties

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    Clemens, Oliver; Berry, Frank J.; Wright, Adrian J.; Knight, Kevin S.; Perez-Mato, J.M.; Igartua, J.M.; Slater, Peter R.

    2013-10-15

    We report here a detailed study of the system La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3−x}F{sub x}, by neutron powder diffraction- and magnetic-measurements. All the compounds are robust antiferromagnetics with ordering temperatures well above room temperature. Magnetic moments are shown to align parallel to the c-axis. FC-ZFC measurements indicate a small canting of the magnetic moments, resulting in a ferromagnetic component with a maximum for La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}FeO{sub 2.5}F{sub 0.5}. We show that the system exhibits a composition-driven transition from a phase, for low fluorination levels (x≤0.5), with Pnma symmetry and the usual system of octahedral tiltings, to a phase with space group Imma for higher fluorine contents, where a correlated distortion of the oxygen octahedra plays a significant role. The consistency of the structural models, with respect to the expected continuity of the amplitudes of the different distortion modes and the invariance of their internal form, was monitored through the symmetry mode decomposition of the structures. - Graphical abstract: The crystal and magnetic structure of La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}FeO{sub 2.5}F{sub 0.5}. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The compounds La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} (x=1, 0.8, 0.5, 0.2) were studied by neutron diffraction. • A mode analysis shows lower symmetry for Sr rich compounds than previously reported. • SrFeO{sub 2}F crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Imma. • Magnetic moments resulting from canting depend on metric distortion. • The magnetic structure was determined for La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}FeO{sub 2.5}F{sub 0.5}.

  8. Structure of Se-Te glasses studied using neutron, X-ray diffraction and reverse Monte Carlo modelling

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    Itoh, Keiji

    2017-02-01

    Pulsed neutron diffraction and synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements were performed on Se100-xTex bulk glasses with x=10, 20, 30 and 40. The coordination numbers obtained from the diffraction results demonstrate that Se and Te atoms are twofold coordinated and the glass structure is formed by the chain network. The three-dimensional structure model for Se60Te40 glass obtained by using reverse Monte Carlo modelling shows that the alternating arrangements of Se and Te atoms compose the major part of the chain clusters but several other fragments such as Sen chains and Te-Te dimers are also present in large numbers. The chain clusters have geometrically disordered forms and the interchain atomic order is different from those in the crystal structures of trigonal Se and trigonal Te.

  9. Investigation of the agglomeration and amorphous transformation effects of neutron irradiation on the nanocrystalline silicon carbide (3C-SiC) using TEM and SEM methods

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    Huseynov, Elchin M.

    2017-04-01

    Nanocrystalline 3C-SiC particles irradiated by neutron flux during 20 h in TRIGA Mark II light water pool type research reactor. Silicon carbide nanoparticles were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) devices before and after neutron irradiation. The agglomeration of nanoparticles was studied comparatively before and after neutron irradiation. After neutron irradiation the amorphous layer surrounding the nanoparticles was analyzed in TEM device. Neutron irradiation defects in the 3C-SiC nanoparticles and other effects investigated by TEM device. The effect of irradiation on the crystal structure of the nanomaterial was studied by selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and electron diffraction patterns (EDP) analysis.

  10. Influence of the penetration enhancer isopropyl myristate on stratum corneum lipid model membranes revealed by neutron diffraction and (2)H NMR experiments.

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    Eichner, Adina; Stahlberg, Sören; Sonnenberger, Stefan; Lange, Stefan; Dobner, Bodo; Ostermann, Andreas; Schrader, Tobias E; Hauß, Thomas; Schroeter, Annett; Huster, Daniel; Neubert, Reinhard H H

    2017-05-01

    The stratum corneum (SC) provides the main barrier properties in native skin. The barrier function is attributed to the intercellular lipids, forming continuous multilamellar membranes. In this study, SC lipid membranes in model ratios were enriched with deuterated lipids in order to investigate structural and dynamical properties by neutron diffraction and (2)H solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Further, the effect of the penetration enhancer isopropyl myristate (IPM) on the structure of a well-known SC lipid model membrane containing synthetically derived methyl-branched ceramide [EOS], ceramide [AP], behenic acid and cholesterol (23/10/33/33wt%) was investigated. IPM supported the formation of a single short-periodicity phase (SPP), in which we determined the molecular organization of CER[AP] and CER[EOS]-br for the first time. Furthermore, the thermotropic phase behavior of the lipid system was analyzed by additional neutron diffraction studies as well as by (2)H solid-state NMR spectroscopy, covering temperatures of 32°C (physiological skin temperature), 50°C, and 70°C with a subsequent cooldown back to skin temperature. Both techniques revealed a phase transition and a hysteresis effect. During the cooldown, Bragg peaks corresponding to a long-periodicity phase (LPP) appeared. Additionally, (2)H NMR revealed that the IPM molecules are isotopic mobile at all temperatures.

  11. Investigation of certain diffraction effects in an optical disk.

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    Yoo, J H; Lee, C W; Shin, D H; Bartlett, C; Cheong, K L; Erwin, J K; Mansuripur, M

    1997-12-10

    We report certain diffraction effects that are pertinent to the operation of double-layer optical recording media. For simulating cross-talk effects for double layers, the diffraction of light from the out-of-focus layer and the resulting distribution on the in-focus layer are studied by use of computer simulations. The findings are then verified qualitatively by direct measurements. We also describe a technique for analyzing (by computer simulation) the focus-error signal (FES), taking into account the cross talk between two layers, in systems that use the astigmatic method in conjunction with the double-layer disk. The results of our computer simulations of the FES give us a 10% cross-talk contribution to the original signal. The results of the FES evaluation are compared with those measured in an actual disk drive; good agreement between computation and measurement is obtained.

  12. Hemoglobin redux: combining neutron and X-ray diffraction with mass spectrometry to analyse the quaternary state of oxidized hemoglobins

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    Mueser, Timothy C. Griffith, Wendell P.; Kovalevsky, Andrey Y.; Guo, Jingshu; Seaver, Sean; Langan, Paul; Hanson, B. Leif

    2010-11-01

    X-ray and neutron diffraction studies of cyanomethemoglobin are being used to evaluate the structural waters within the dimer–dimer interface involved in quaternary-state transitions. Improvements in neutron diffraction instrumentation are affording the opportunity to re-examine the structures of vertebrate hemoglobins and to interrogate proton and solvent position changes between the different quaternary states of the protein. For hemoglobins of unknown primary sequence, structural studies of cyanomethemoglobin (CNmetHb) are being used to help to resolve sequence ambiguity in the mass spectra. These studies have also provided additional structural evidence for the involvement of oxidized hemoglobin in the process of erythrocyte senescence. X-ray crystal studies of Tibetan snow leopard CNmetHb have shown that this protein crystallizes in the B state, a structure with a more open dyad, which possibly has relevance to RBC band 3 protein binding and erythrocyte senescence. R-state equine CNmetHb crystal studies elaborate the solvent differences in the switch and hinge region compared with a human deoxyhemoglobin T-state neutron structure. Lastly, comparison of histidine protonation between the T and R state should enumerate the Bohr-effect protons.

  13. Oxygen transport pathways in Ruddlesden–Popper structured oxides revealed via in situ neutron diffraction

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    Tomkiewicz, Alex C.; Tamimi, Mazin; Huq, Ashfia; McIntosh, Steven

    2015-09-21

    Ruddlesden-Popper structured oxides, general form An+1BnO3n+1, consist of n-layers of the perovskite structure stacked in between rock-salt layers, and have potential application in solid oxide electrochemical cells and ion transport membrane reactors. Three materials with constant Co/Fe ratio, LaSrCo0.5Fe0.5O4-δ (n = 1), La0.3Sr2.7CoFeO7-δ (n = 2), and LaSr3Co1.5Fe1.5O10-δ (n = 3) were synthesized and studied via in situ neutron powder diffraction between 765 K and 1070 K at a pO2 of 10-1 atm. Then, the structures were fit to a tetragonal I4/mmm space group, and were found to have increased total oxygen vacancy concentration in the order La0.3Sr2.7CoFeO7-δ > LaSr3Co1.5Fe1.5O10-δ > LaSrCo0.5Fe0.5O4-δ, following the trend predicted for charge compensation upon increasing Sr2+/La3+ ratio. The oxygen vacancies within the material were almost exclusively located within the perovskite layers for all of the crystal structures with only minimal vacancy formation in the rock-salt layer. Finally, analysis of the concentration of these vacancies at each distinct crystallographic site and the anisotropic atomic displacement parameters for the oxygen sites reveals potential preferred oxygen transport pathways through the perovskite layers.

  14. Microdosimetric investigations at the Fast Neutron Therapy Facility at Fermilab

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    Langen, Katja Maria

    1997-01-01

    Microdosimetry was used to investigate three issues at the neutron therapy facility (NTF) at Fermilab. Firstly, the conversion factor from absorbed dose in A-150 tissue equivalent plastic to absorbed dose in ICRU tissue was determined. For this, the effective neutron kerma factor ratios, i.e. oxygen tissue equivalent plastic and carbon to A-150 tissue equivalent plastic, were measured in the neutron beam. An A-150 tissue equivalent plastic to ICRU tissue absorbed dose conversion factor of 0.92 ± 0.04 determined. Secondly, variations in the radiobiological effectiveness (RBE) in the beam were mapped by determining variations in two related quantities, e* and R, with field size and depth in tissue. Maximal variation in e* and R of 9% and 15% respectively were determined. Lastly, the feasibility of utilizing the boron neutron capture reaction on boron-10 to selectively enhance the tumor dose in the NTF beam was investigated. In the unmodified beam, a negligible enhancement for a 50 ppm boron loading was measured. To boost the boron dose enhancement to 3% it was necessary to change the primary proton energy from 66 MeV and to filter the beam by 90 mm of tungsten.

  15. Diffraction pattern from thermal neutron incoherent elastic scattering and the holographic reconstruction of the coherent scattering length distribution

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    Sur, B.; Anghel, V.N.P.; Rogge, R.B.; Katsaras, J.

    2005-01-01

    The diffraction of spherical waves (S waves) interacting with a periodic scattering length distribution produces characteristic intensity patterns known as Kossel and Kikuchi lines (collectively called K lines). The K-line signal can be inverted to give the three-dimensional structure of the coherent scattering length distribution surrounding the source of S waves - a process known as 'Gabor holography' or, simply, 'holography'. This paper outlines a kinematical formulation for the diffraction pattern of monochromatic plane waves scattering from a mixed incoherent and coherent S-wave scattering length distribution. The formulation demonstrates that the diffraction pattern of plane waves incident on a sample with a uniformly random distribution of incoherent scatterers is the same as that from a sample with a single incoherent scatterer per unit cell. In practice, one can therefore reconstruct the holographic data from samples with numerous incoherent S-wave scatterers per unit cell. Thus atomic resolution thermal neutron holography is possible for materials naturally rich in incoherent thermal neutron scatterers, such as hydrogen (e.g., biological and polymeric materials). Additionally, holographic inversions from single-wavelength data have suffered from the so-called conjugate or twin-image problem. The formulation presented for holographic inversion - different from those used previously [e.g., T. Gog et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 3132 (1996)] - eliminates the twin-image problem for single-wavelength data.

  16. Neutron scattering investigation of a macroscopic single crystal of a lyotropic Lα phase

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    Goecking, K. D.; Monkenbusch, M.

    1998-07-01

    Water-rich lamellar samples of the quaternary microemulsion SDS-pentanol-water-dodecane have been prepared in form of 1 mm×10 mm×20 mm macroscopic mono domains. The shape is given by the quartz cuvette containing the sample, the layer planes are parallel to the cuvette walls. Diffraction patterns and "rocking curves" have been obtained by neutron diffraction using a triple-axis spectrometer. Three "pseudo-Bragg peaks" have been observed, their (relative) intensities yield a new experimental access to estimate the product of the elastic constants η-2 propto Bκ resulting in a lower value than obtained from synchrotron investigation using peak shape fitting (Roux D. et al., Micelles, Membranes, Microemulsions and Monolayers (Springer, New York, Berlin) 1994).

  17. Perdeuteration, crystallization, data collection and comparison of five neutron diffraction data sets of complexes of human galectin-3C

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    Manzoni, Francesco; Saraboji, Kadhirvel; Sprenger, Janina; Kumar, Rohit; Noresson, Ann-Louise; Nilsson, Ulf J.; Leffler, Hakon; Fisher, S. Zoë; Schrader, Tobias E.; Ostermann, Andreas; Coates, Leighton; Blakeley, Matthew P.; Oksanen, Esko; Logan, Derek T.

    2016-01-01

    Galectin-3 is an important protein in molecular signalling events involving carbohydrate recognition, and an understanding of the hydrogen-bonding patterns in the carbohydrate-binding site of its C-terminal domain (galectin-3C) is important for the development of new potent inhibitors. The authors are studying these patterns using neutron crystallography. Here, the production of perdeuterated human galectin-3C and successive improvement in crystal size by the development of a crystal-growth protocol involving feeding of the crystallization drops are described. The larger crystals resulted in improved data quality and reduced data-collection times. Furthermore, protocols for complete removal of the lactose that is necessary for the production of large crystals of apo galectin-3C suitable for neutron diffraction are described. Five data sets have been collected at three different neutron sources from galectin-3C crystals of various volumes. It was possible to merge two of these to generate an almost complete neutron data set for the galectin-3C–lactose complex. These data sets provide insights into the crystal volumes and data-collection times necessary for the same system at sources with different technologies and data-collection strategies, and these insights are applicable to other systems. PMID:27841752

  18. Extracting grain-orientation-dependent data from in situ time-of-flight neutron diffraction. I. Inverse pole figures

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    Stoica, Grigoreta M.; Stoica, Alexandru Dan; An, Ke; ...

    2014-11-28

    The problem of calculating the inverse pole figure (IPF) is analyzed from the perspective of the application of time-of flight neutron diffraction toin situmonitoring of the thermomechanical behavior of engineering materials. On the basis of a quasi-Monte Carlo (QMC) method, a consistent set of grain orientations is generated and used to compute the weighting factors for IPF normalization. The weighting factors are instrument dependent and were calculated for the engineering materials diffractometer VULCAN (Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory). The QMC method is applied to face-centered cubic structures and can be easily extended to other crystallographic symmetries. Examples includemore » 316LN stainless steelin situloaded in tension at room temperature and an Al–2%Mg alloy, substantially deformed by cold rolling and in situannealed up to 653 K.« less

  19. The structure of molten CaSiO3: A neutron diffraction isotope substitution and aerodynamic levitation study.

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    Skinner, Lawrie; Benmore, Chris J; Weber, Richard; Santodonato, Louis J; Tumber, Sonia; Neuefeind, Joerg C; Lazareva, Lena; Du, Jincheng; Parise, John B

    2012-01-01

    We have performed neutron diffraction isotopic substitution experiments on aerodynamically levitated droplets of CaSiO3, to directly extract intermediate and local structural information on the Ca environment. The results show a substantial broadening of the Ca-O peak in the pair distribution function of the melt compared to the glass, which comprises primarily of 6- and 7-fold coordinated Ca-polyhedra. The broadening can be explained by a re-distribution of Ca-O bond lengths, especially towards longer distances in the liquid. The first order neutron difference function provides a rigorous test of recent molecular dynamics simulations and supports the model of the presence of short chains or channels of edge shared Ca-octahedra in the liquid state. It is suggested that the polymerization of Ca-polyhedra is responsible for the fragile viscosity behavior of the melt and the glass forming ability in CaSiO3.

  20. Possible charge disproportionation in 3R-AgNiO2 studied by neutron powder diffraction

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    Chung, J.-H.; Lim, J.-H.; Shin, Y. J.; Kang, J.-S.; Jaiswal-Nagar, D.; Kim, K. H.

    2008-12-01

    Using neutron-scattering techniques, we have investigated the nuclear and the magnetic structures of the triangular antiferromagnet 3R-AgNiO2 . The symmetry analysis based on the group theory suggests that the 3×3 charge order proposed for 2H-AgNiO2 [E. Wawrzyńska , Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 157204 (2007)] will have a monoclinic symmetry if present in the trigonal lattice of 3R-AgNiO2 . The Rietveld refinement shows that symmetry reduction in the NiO2 layer is consistent with the prediction of the group theory. The pair density function consistently shows that the nearest-neighbor Ni-O bonds split into two groups separated by approximately 0.1Å . The antiferromagnetic Bragg peaks observed below TN=25K can be described by the propagation vector k=(0,1,0) of the monoclinic unit cell. The similarities of the local structure and the antiferromagnetic order strongly suggest that the novel charge order observed in 2H-AgNiO2 also exists in 3R-AgNiO2 .

  1. In situ high-energy X-ray diffraction study of tensile deformation of neutron-irradiated polycrystalline Fe-9%Cr alloy

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    Zhang, Xuan; Li, Meimei; Park, Jun -Sang; Kenesei, Peter; Almer, Jonathan; Xu, Chi; Stubbins, James F.

    2016-12-30

    The effect of neutron irradiation on tensile deformation of a Fe-9wt.%Cr alloy was investigated using in situ high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction during room-temperature uniaxial tensile tests. New insights into the deformation mechanisms were obtained through the measurements of lattice strain evolution and the analysis of diffraction peak broadening using the modified Williamson-Hall method. Two neutron-irradiated specimens, one irradiated at 300 °C to 0.01 dpa and the other at 450 °C to 0.01dpa, were tested along with an unirradiated specimen. The macroscopic stress–strain curves of the irradiated specimens showed increased strength, reduced ductility and work-hardening exponent compared to the unirradiated specimen. The evolutions of the lattice strain, the dislocation density and the coherent scattering domain size in the deformation process revealed different roles of the submicroscopic defects in the 300°C/0.01 dpa specimen and the TEM-visible nanometer-sized dislocation loops in the 450°C/0.01 dpa specimen: submicroscopic defects extended the linear work hardening stage (stage II) to a higher strain, while irradiation-induced dislocation loops were more effective in dislocation pinning. Lastly, while the work hardening rate of stage II was unaffected by irradiation, significant dynamic recovery in stage III in the irradiated specimens led to the early onset of necking without stage IV as observed in the unirradiated specimen.

  2. Neutron powder diffraction studies of LiIO 3 and (HIO 3, 2LiIO 3)

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    Bouillot, J.; Coquet, E.; Pannetier, J.; Crettez, J.-M.

    1986-02-01

    A study of the kinetics of transition of powdered samples of LiIO 3 has been performed in order to determine the domain of stability of the γ-phase and to refine its structure. For a better undertanding of the transition mechanism which may involve the presence of proton impurities, the decomposition of (HIO 3, 2LiIO 3), while increasing the temperature, has been recorded continuously by means of neutron powder diffraction and the different features appearing in the observed patterns have been analyzed. A tentative interpretation is given.

  3. In situ x-ray and neutron powder diffraction study of LaNi5-xSnx-H systems

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    Bowman, Robert C., Jr.; Nakamara, Yumiko; Akiba, Etsuo

    2004-01-01

    This paper will present results of in situ XRD measurements of LaNi4.75Sn0.25 .during the initial absorption-desorption cycle, These measurements were performed under a similar condition to that for LaNi4.75Al0.25 previously reported [1]. The data were analyzed by the Rietveld method. Lattice parameter change and strain formation accompanying hydride phase formation and decomposition will be discussed. In addition, results of in situ neutron diffraction of LaNi4.78Sn0.22, focusing on hydrogen occupation in the hydride phase, will be presented.

  4. A 3D profile function suitable for integration of neutron time-of-flight single crystal diffraction peaks

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    Gutmann, Matthias J.

    2017-03-01

    A 3D profile function is presented suitable to integrate reflections arising in time-of-flight (TOF) single crystal neutron diffraction experiments. In order to account for the large asymmetry of the peak shape in the TOF direction, a 3D Gaussian ellipsoid in the pixel (x, z) and time-of-flight coordinates is convoluted with a rising and falling exponential along the time-of-flight direction. An analytic expression is derived, making it suitable for least-squares fitting. The application of this function in detector space or reciprocal space is straightforward.

  5. In-situ observation of ErD2 formation during D2 loading via neutron diffraction.

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    Browning, James Frederick; Llobet, Anna; Snow, Clark Sheldon; Rodriguez, Mark Andrew; Wixom, Ryan R.

    2010-09-01

    In an effort to better understand the structural changes occurring during hydrogen loading of erbium target materials, we have performed in situ D{sub 2} loading of erbium metal (powder) at temperature (450 C) with simultaneous neutron diffraction analysis. This experiment tracked the conversion of Er metal to the {alpha} erbium deuteride (solid-solution) phase and then into the {beta} (fluorite) phase. Complete conversion to ErD{sub 2.0} was accomplished at 10 Torr D{sub 2} pressure with deuterium fully occupying the tetrahedral sites in the fluorite lattice.

  6. Neutron Diffraction Study of Nonstoichiometry in Ba1.5La1.5Cu3Oy

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    Izumi, Fujio; Takayama-Muromachi, Eiji; Kobayashi, Michiko; Uchida, Yoshishige; Asano, Hajime; Ishigaki, Tōru; Watanabe, Noboru

    1988-05-01

    The structure parameters of annealed and quenched samples of Ba1.5La1.5Cu3Oy were refined by the Rietveld analysis of TOF neutron powder diffraction data. Partial occupation of an oxygen site at (0, 1/2, 0) causes nonstoichiometry in the oxide. The y values calculated from the occupation factors of oxygen at this site are 7.20 (annealed) and 6.76 (quenched), which are in fair agreement with those determined by iodometry: 7.15 (annealed) and 6.74 (quenched).

  7. Magnetic Barkhausen Noise and Neutron Diffraction Techniques for the Study of Intergranular Residual Strains in Mild Steel

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    Hutanu, Roxana; Clapham, Lynann; Rogge, Ronald

    2004-02-26

    Intergranular residual stresses (IS) are microscopic residual stresses which have been found to accumulate along the <100> direction in steels. The <100> direction is also the magnetic easy axis direction in steel. This work involved Magnetic Barkhausen Noise (MBN) studies on steel samples, deformed uniaxially to increasing levels of strain. The MBN results indicated that a bulk magnetic easy axis was produced by the deformation process, and neutron diffraction experiments showed that this easy axis was correlated with the tensile strain in grains oriented in the <100> direction.

  8. Residual stress characterization of steel TIG welds by neutron diffraction and by residual magnetic stray field mappings

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    Stegemann, Robert; Cabeza, Sandra; Lyamkin, Viktor; Bruno, Giovanni; Pittner, Andreas; Wimpory, Robert; Boin, Mirko; Kreutzbruck, Marc

    2017-03-01

    The residual stress distribution of tungsten inert gas welded S235JRC+C plates was determined by means of neutron diffraction (ND). Large longitudinal residual stresses with maxima around 600 MPa were found. With these results as reference, the evaluation of residual stress with high spatial resolution GMR (giant magneto resistance) sensors was discussed. The experiments performed indicate a correlation between changes in residual stresses (ND) and the normal component of local residual magnetic stray fields (GMR). Spatial variations in the magnetic field strength perpendicular to the welds are in the order of the magnetic field of the earth.

  9. In situ neutron diffraction of heavily drawn steel wires with ultra-high strength under tensile loading

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    Tomota, Y. . E-mail: tomota@mx.ibaraki.ac.jp; Suzuki, T.; Kanie, A.; Shiota, Y.; Uno, M.; Moriai, A.; Minakawa, N.; Morii, Y.

    2005-01-10

    To make clear the strengthening mechanism of heavily drawn steel wires exhibiting ultra-high strength, in situ neutron diffraction during tensile loading was performed. A ferrite steel (FK) subjected to a true strain of 6.6 and a pearlite steel (PS) subjected to 4.0 were extended on a tensile tester and (1 1 0) diffraction profiles were measured at various holding stresses. Tensile strengths of steel FK and PS are 1.7 and 3.7 GPa, respectively. The change in (1 1 0) spacing with tensile stress is reversible, i.e., elastic, close to the relevant tensile strength. A stress versus (1 1 0) lattice plane strain is linear for steel FK while evidently nonlinear at higher stresses for steel PS. In steel PS in which cementite peaks were hardly observed, the strengthening mechanism is postulated to be different from that for as-patented pearlite steels.

  10. Estimation of residual stress in cold rolled iron-disks using magnetic and ultrasonic methods and neutron diffraction technique

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    Aksenov, V.L.; Balagurov, A.M.; Taran, Yu.V.; Bokuchava, G.D.; Schreiber, J.

    1995-12-31

    Variation of internal stress states in cold rolled sheet metal can essentially influence the result of forming processes. Therefore it is important to control the forming process by a practicable in line testing method. For this purpose magnetic and ultrasonic nondestructive methods are available. However, it is necessary to calibrate these techniques. This paper describes a first step of such a calibration procedure making use of the neutron diffraction method. On the basis of the diffraction results an assessment of the magnetic and ultrasonic methods for the estimation of residual stress in the cold rolled iron-disks was made. Reasonable measuring concepts for practical applications to forming processes with cold rolled sheet metal are discussed.

  11. Investigation of neutron converters for production of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) neutron dosimeters using Al 2O 3:C

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    Mittani, J. C. R.; da Silva, A. A. R.; Vanhavere, F.; Akselrod, M. S.; Yukihara, E. G.

    2007-07-01

    This paper presents the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of neutron dosimeters in powder and in the form of pellets prepared with a mixture of Al 2O 3:C and neutron converters. The neutron converters investigated were high density polyethylene (HDPE), lithium fluoride (LiF), lithium fluoride 95% enriched with 6Li ( 6LiF), lithium carbonate 95% enriched with 6Li ( 6Li 2CO 3), boric acid enriched with 99% of 10B (H310BO) and gadolinium oxide (Gd 2O 3). The proportion of Al 2O 3:C and neutron converter in the mixture was varied to optimize the total OSL signal and neutron sensitivity. The neutron sensitivity and dose-response were determined for the OSL dosimeters using a bare 252Cf source and compared to the response of Harshaw TLD-600 and TLD-700 dosimeters ( 6LiF:Mg,Ti and 7LiF:Mg,Ti). The results demonstrate the possibility of developing an OSL dosimeter made of Al 2O 3:C powder and neutron converter with a neutron sensitivity (defined as the ratio between the 60Co equivalent gamma dose and the reference neutron absorbed dose) and neutron-gamma discrimination comparable to the TLD-600/TLD-700 combination. It was shown that the shape of the OSL decay curves varied with the type of the neutron converter, demonstrating the influence of the energy deposition mechanism and ionization density on the OSL process in Al 2O 3:C.

  12. Complementarity of real-time neutron and synchrotron radiation structural investigations in molecular biology

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    Aksenov, V. L.; Kiselev, M. A.

    2010-12-15

    General problems of the complementarity of different physical methods and specific features of the interaction between neutron and matter and neutron diffraction with respect to the time of flight are discussed. The results of studying the kinetics of structural changes in lipid membranes under hydration and self-assembly of the lipid bilayer in the presence of a detergent are reported. The possibilities of the complementarity of neutron diffraction and X-ray synchrotron radiation and developing a free-electron laser are noted.

  13. Neutrons and music: Imaging investigation of ancient wind musical instruments

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    Festa, G.; Tardino, G.; Pontecorvo, L.; Mannes, D. C.; Senesi, R.; Gorini, G.; Andreani, C.

    2014-10-01

    A set of seven musical instruments and two instruments cares from the 'Fondo Antico della Biblioteca del Sacro Convento' in Assisi, Italy, were investigated through neutron and X-ray imaging techniques. Historical and scientific interests around ancient musical instruments motivate an intense research effort for their characterization using non-destructive and non-invasive techniques. X-ray and neutron tomography/radiography were applied to the study of composite material samples containing wood, hide and metals. The study was carried out at the NEUTRA beamline, PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland). Results of the measurements provided new information on the composite and multi-scale structure, such as: the internal structure of the samples, position of added materials like metals, wood fiber displays, deformations, presence of adhesives and their spatial distribution and novel insight about construction methods to guide the instruments' restoration process.

  14. A powder neutron diffraction study of the magnetic structure of FeV{sub 2}S{sub 4}

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    Powell, A.V.; Vaqueiro, P.; Ritter, C.

    1999-05-01

    Variable-temperature powder neutron diffraction data demonstrate that FeV{sub 2}S{sub 4} undergoes a transition to a long-range magnetically ordered state at 135(7) K, in agreement with magnetic susceptibility data. High-resolution neutron diffraction data collected at 1.9 K reveal that magnetic ordering results in a doubling of the crystallographic unit-cell dimensions (I2/m a = 5.8303(2), b = 3.2761(1), c = 11.2398(4) {angstrom}, {beta} = 92.046(2){degree}) in the a and c directions and that the magnetic structure is described by a propagation vector of ({1/2}, 0, {1/2}). Cations in an ordered defect layer, 76% of which are Fe(II), possess an average ordered moment of 1.86(5) {mu}{sub B}, which is directed at an angle of 75{degree} to the layer. Cation-cation interactions reduce the average moment of cations in the MS{sub 2} unit to 0.17(4) {mu}{sub B}. The complex magnetic structure involves essentially collinear antiferromagnetic ordering between nearest-neighbor cations.

  15. CO2 Sorption to Subsingle Hydration Layer Montmorillonite Clay Studied by Excess Sorption and Neutron Diffraction Measurements

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    Rother, Gernot; Ilton, Eugene S.; Wallacher, Dirk; Hauβ, Thomas; Schaef, Herbert T.; Qafoku, Odeta; Rosso, Kevin M.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Krukowski, Elizabeth G.; Stack, Andrew G.; Grimm, Nico; Bodnar, Robert J.

    2013-01-02

    Geologic storage of CO2 requires that the caprock sealing the storage rock is highly impermeable to CO2. Swelling clays, which are important components of caprocks, may interact with CO2 leading to volume change and potentially impacting the seal quality. The interactions of supercritical (sc) CO2 with Na saturated montmorillonite clay containing a subsingle layer of water in the interlayer region have been studied by sorption and neutron diffraction techniques. The excess sorption isotherms show maxima at bulk CO2 densities of ≈0.15 g/cm3, followed by an approximately linear decrease of excess sorption to zero and negative values with increasing CO2 bulk density. Neutron diffraction experiments on the same clay sample measured interlayer spacing and composition. The results show that limited amounts of CO2 are sorbed into the interlayer region, leading to depression of the interlayer peak intensity and an increase of the d(001) spacing by ca. 0.5 Å. The density of CO2 in the clay pores is relatively stable over a wide range of CO2 pressures at a given temperature, indicating the formation of a clay-CO2 phase. Finally, at the excess sorption maximum, increasing CO2 sorption with decreasing temperature is observed while the high-pressure sorption properties exhibit weak temperature dependence.

  16. CO2 Adsorption to Sub-Single Hydration Layer Montmorillonite Clay Studied by Excess Sorption and Neutron Diffraction

    SciTech Connect

    Rother, Gernot; Ilton, Eugene; Wallacher, Dirk; Hauss, Thomas; Schaef, Herbert; Qafoku, Odeta; Rosso, Kevin M.; Felmy, Andrew; Krukowski, Elizabeth G; Stack, Andrew G; Bodnar, Robert J

    2013-01-01

    Geologic storage of CO2 requires that the caprock sealing the storage rock is highly impermeable by CO2. Swelling clays, which are important components of caprocks, may react with CO2 under volume change, potentially impacting the seal quality. The interactions of scCO2 with Na saturated montmorillonite clay containing a sub-single layer of water in the interlayer region have been studied by sorption and neutron diffraction techniques. The excess sorption isotherms show maxima at bulk CO2 densities of 0.15 g/cm3, followed by an approximately linear decrease of excess sorption to zero and negative values with increasing CO2 bulk density. Neutron diffraction experiments on the same clay sample measured interlayer spacing and composition. The results show that limited amounts of CO2 are sorbed into the interlayer region, leading to depression of the interlayer peak intensity and an increase of the d(001) spacing by ca. 0.5 . The density of CO2 in the clay pores is relatively stable over a wide range of CO2 pressures at a given temperature, indicating the formation of a clay-CO2 phase. At low pressure increasing CO2 adsorption with decreasing temperature is observed while the high-pressure sorption properties exhibit weak or no temperature dependence. Supercritical fluids, sorption phenomena, carbon dioxide, carbon sequestration, caprock integrity

  17. Neutron diffraction and electrical transport studies on magnetic ordering in terbium at high pressures and low temperatures

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    Thomas, Sarah A.; Montgomery, Jeffrey M.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Chesnut, Gary N.; Weir, Samuel T.; Tulk, Christopher A.; dos Santos, Antonio M.

    2013-06-11

    Neutron diffraction and electrical transport measurements have been carried out on the heavy rare earth metal terbium at high pressures and low temperatures in order to elucidate the onset of ferromagnetic order as a function of pressure. The electrical resistance measurements show a change in slope as the temperature is lowered through the ferromagnetic Curie temperature. The temperature of this ferromagnetic transition decreases from approximately 240 K at ambient pressure at a rate of –16.7 K/GPa up to a pressure of 3.6 GPa, at which point the onset of ferromagnetic order is suppressed. Neutron diffraction measurements as a function of pressure at temperatures ranging from 90 K to 290 K confirm that the change of slope in the resistance is associated with the ferromagnetic ordering, since this occurs at pressures similar to those determined from the resistance results at these temperatures. Furthermore, a change in ferromagnetic ordering as the pressure is increased above 3.6 GPa is correlated with the phase transition from the ambient hexagonal close packed (hcp) structure to an α-Sm type structure at high pressures.

  18. Neutron diffraction studies on the Heusler alloy Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 37}Sb{sub 13}

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    Rama Rao, N. V.; Chelvane, J. Arout; Chandrasekaran, V.; Morozkin, A. V.; Lamsal, J.; Yelon, W. B.; Nirmala, R.; Suresh, K. G.; Malik, S. K.

    2011-04-01

    The evolution of martensitic to austenitic transformation in Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 37}Sb{sub 13} has been studied usingtemperature dependent neutron diffraction, thermal property, and magnetization studies. Differential scanning calorimetric studies reveal a martensitic transformation T{sub M} around 291 K. The magnetization data yield a ferromagnetic ordering temperature of 329 K in the austenitic phase and 230 K in the martensitic phase. The analysis of the powder neutron diffraction data in the temperature range of 325-12 K indicates a structural transition from a high temperature cubic L2{sub 1} type structure to an orthorhombic structure. At 270 K, both cubic and orthorhombic phases coexist. Anisotropic unit cell changes are observed at the martensitic transformation: The unit cell expands by about 1.5% along the a axis, by about 2.5% along the c axis, and compresses by about 4.28% along the b axis. Both cubic and orthorhombic phases show commensurate collinear ferromagnetic ordering with a magnetic moment of {approx}3.67 {mu}{sub B}/Mn in Mn (2a and 2f) sites.

  19. Neutron diffraction evidence for kinetic arrest of first order magneto-structural phase transitions in some functional magnetic materials.

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    Siruguri, V; Babu, P D; Kaushik, S D; Biswas, Aniruddha; Sarkar, S K; Krishnan, Madangopal; Chaddah, P

    2013-12-11

    Neutron diffraction measurements, performed in the presence of an external magnetic field, have been used to show structural evidence for the kinetic arrest of the first order phase transition from (i) the high temperature austenite phase to the low temperature martensite phase in the magnetic shape memory alloy Ni37Co11Mn42.5Sn9.5, (ii) the higher temperature ferromagnetic phase to the lower temperature antiferromagnetic phase in the half-doped charge ordered compound La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 and (iii) the formation of glass-like arrested states in both compounds. The cooling and heating under unequal fields protocol has been used to establish phase coexistence of metastable and equilibrium states, and also to demonstrate the devitrification of the arrested metastable states in the neutron diffraction patterns. We also explore the field–temperature dependent kinetic arrest line TK(H), through the transformation of the arrested phase to the equilibrium phase. This transformation has been observed isothermally in reducing H, as also on warming in constant H. TK is seen to increase as H increases in both cases, consistent with the low-T equilibrium phase having lower magnetization.

  20. Procedure for Computing Residual Stresses from Neutron Diffraction Data and its Application to Multi-Pass Dissimilar Weld

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    Zhang, Wei; Feng, Zhili; Crooker, Paul

    2011-01-01

    Neutron diffraction is a powerful tool for non-destructive measurement of internal residual stresses of welded structures. The conventional approach for determination of residual stresses requires the knowledge of stress-free lattice spacing a priori. For multiple-pass dissimilar metal welds common to nuclear reactor pipeline systems, the stress-free lattice parameter is a complex function of position due to the chemistry inhomogeneity in the weld region and can be challenging to determine experimentally. This paper presents a new approach to calculate the residual stress field in dissimilar welds without the use of stress-free lattice parameter. The theoretical basis takes advantage of the fact that the normal component of welding residual stresses is typically small for thin plate or pipe welds. The applicability of the new approach is examined and justified in a multi-pass dissimilar metal weld consisting of a stainless steel plate and a nickel alloy filler metal. The level of uncertainties associated with this new approach is assessed. Neutron diffraction experiment is carried out to measure the lattice spacing at various locations in the dissimilar weld. A comb-shaped specimen, electro-discharge machined from a companion weld, is used to determine the stress-free lattice spacing. The calculated results from the new approach are consistent with those from the conventional approach. The new approach is found to be a practical method for determining the two in-plane residual stress components in thin plate or pipe dissimilar metal welds.

  1. α-Phase transformation kinetics of U – 8 wt% Mo established by in situ neutron diffraction

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    Garlea, Elena; Steiner, M. A.; Calhoun, C. A.; ...

    2016-05-08

    The α-phase transformation kinetics of as-cast U - 8 wt% Mo below the eutectoid temperature have been established by in situ neutron diffraction. α-phase weight fraction data acquired through Rietveld refinement at five different isothermal hold temperatures can be modeled accurately utilizing a simple Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov impingement-based theory, and the results are validated by a corresponding evolution in the γ-phase lattice parameter during transformation that follows Vegard’s law. Neutron diffraction data is used to produce a detailed Time-Temperature-Transformation diagram that improves upon inconsistencies in the current literature, exhibiting a minimum transformation start time of 40 min at temperatures between 500 °Cmore » and 510 °C. Lastly, the transformation kinetics of U – 8 wt% Mo can vary significantly from as-cast conditions after extensive heat treatments, due to homogenization of the typical dendritic microstructure which possesses non-negligible solute segregation.« less

  2. Quantitative analysis of hydrogen sites and occupancy in deep mantle hydrous wadsleyite using single crystal neutron diffraction

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    Purevjav, Narangoo; Okuchi, Takuo; Tomioka, Naotaka; Wang, Xiaoping; Hoffmann, Christina

    2016-01-01

    Evidence from seismological and mineralogical studies increasingly indicates that water from the oceans has been transported to the deep earth to form water-bearing dense mantle minerals. Wadsleyite [(Mg, Fe2+)2SiO4] has been identified as one of the most important host minerals incorporating this type of water, which is capable of storing the entire mass of the oceans as a hidden reservoir. To understand the effects of such water on the physical properties and chemical evolution of Earth’s interior, it is essential to determine where in the crystal structure the hydration occurs and which chemical bonds are altered and weakened after hydration. Here, we conduct a neutron time-of-flight single-crystal Laue diffraction study on hydrous wadsleyite. Single crystals were grown under pressure to a size suitable for the experiment and with physical qualities representative of wet, deep mantle conditions. The results of this neutron single crystal diffraction study unambiguously demonstrate the method of hydrogen incorporation into the wadsleyite, which is qualitatively different from that of its denser polymorph, ringwoodite, in the wet mantle. The difference is a vital clue towards understanding why these dense mantle minerals show distinctly different softening behaviours after hydration. PMID:27725749

  3. Crystal and magnetic structures of Cr{sub 1∕3}NbSe{sub 2} from neutron diffraction

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    Gubkin, A. F. Baranov, N. V.; Proskurina, E. P.; Sherokalova, E. M.; Selezneva, N. V.; Kousaka, Y.; Akimitsu, J.; Miao, P.; Lee, S.; Ishikawa, Y.; Torii, S.; Zhang, J.; Kamiyama, T.; Campo, J.

    2016-01-07

    Neutron diffraction measurements of the Cr intercalated niobium diselenide Cr{sub 1∕3}NbSe{sub 2} together with magnetization measurements have revealed that this compound exhibits ferromagnetic ordering below T{sub C} = 96 K unlike a chiral helimagnetic order observed in the sulfide compound Cr{sub 1∕3}NbS{sub 2}. As derived from neutron diffraction data, the Cr magnetic moments μ{sub Cr} = 2.83 ± 0.03 μ{sub B} in Cr{sub 1∕3}NbSe{sub 2} are aligned within basal plane. The discrepancy in the magnetic states of Cr{sub 1∕3}NbS{sub 2} and Cr{sub 1∕3}NbSe{sub 2} is ascribed to the difference in the preferential site occupation of Cr ions in crystal lattices. In Cr{sub 1∕3}NbSe{sub 2}, the Cr ions are predominantly distributed over 2b Wyckoff site, which determines a centrosymmetric character of the crystal structure unlike Cr{sub 1∕3}NbS{sub 2}, where the Cr ions are mainly located in 2c position and the crystal structure is non-centrosymmetric.

  4. Neutron diffraction study of the Li-ion battery cathode Li2FeP2O7.

    PubMed

    Barpanda, Prabeer; Rousse, Gwenaëlle; Ye, Tian; Ling, Chris D; Mohamed, Zakiah; Klein, Yannick; Yamada, Atsuo

    2013-03-18

    With a combination of magnetic susceptibility measurements and low-temperature neutron diffraction analyses, the magnetic structure of Li2FeP2O7 cathode has been solved. This pyrophosphate Li2FeP2O7 compound stabilizes into a monoclinic framework (space group P2(1)/c), having a pseudolayered structure with the constituent Li/Fe sites distributed into MO6 and MO5 building units. The magnetic susceptibility follows a Curie-Weiss behavior above 50 K. Li2FeP2O7 shows a long-range antiferromagnetic ordering at T(N) = 9 K, as characterized by the appearance of distinct additional peaks in the neutron diffraction pattern below T(N). Its magnetic reflections can be indexed with a propagation vector k = (0,0,0). The magnetic moments inside the FeO6-FeO5 clusters are ferromagnetic, whereas these clusters are antiferromagnetic along the chains. The adjacent chains are in turn ferromagnetically arranged along the a-axis. The magnetic structure of Li2FeP2O7 cathode material is described focusing on their localized spin-spin exchange. The magnetic structure and properties have been generalized for Li2FeP2O7-Li2CoP2O7 binary solid solutions.

  5. Quantitative analysis of hydrogen sites and occupancy in deep mantle hydrous wadsleyite using single crystal neutron diffraction

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    Purevjav, Narangoo; Okuchi, Takuo; Tomioka, Naotaka; Wang, Xiaoping; Hoffmann, Christina

    2016-10-01

    Evidence from seismological and mineralogical studies increasingly indicates that water from the oceans has been transported to the deep earth to form water-bearing dense mantle minerals. Wadsleyite [(Mg, Fe2+)2SiO4] has been identified as one of the most important host minerals incorporating this type of water, which is capable of storing the entire mass of the oceans as a hidden reservoir. To understand the effects of such water on the physical properties and chemical evolution of Earth’s interior, it is essential to determine where in the crystal structure the hydration occurs and which chemical bonds are altered and weakened after hydration. Here, we conduct a neutron time-of-flight single-crystal Laue diffraction study on hydrous wadsleyite. Single crystals were grown under pressure to a size suitable for the experiment and with physical qualities representative of wet, deep mantle conditions. The results of this neutron single crystal diffraction study unambiguously demonstrate the method of hydrogen incorporation into the wadsleyite, which is qualitatively different from that of its denser polymorph, ringwoodite, in the wet mantle. The difference is a vital clue towards understanding why these dense mantle minerals show distinctly different softening behaviours after hydration.

  6. Visualizing the chemistry and structure dynamics in lithium-ion batteries by in-situ neutron diffraction

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    Wang, Xun-Li; An, Ke; Cai, Lu; Feng, Zhili; Nagler, Stephen E.; Daniel, Claus; Rhodes, Kevin J.; Stoica, Alexandru D.; Skorpenske, Harley D.; Liang, Chengdu; Zhang, Wei; Kim, Joon; Qi, Yue; Harris, Stephen J.

    2012-01-01

    We report an in-situ neutron diffraction study of a large format pouch battery cell. The succession of Li-Graphite intercalation phases was fully captured under an 1C charge-discharge condition (i.e., charge to full capacity in 1 hour). However, the lithiation and dilithiation pathways are distinctively different and, unlike in slowing charging experiments with which the Li-Graphite phase diagram was established, no LiC24 phase was found during charge at 1C rate. Approximately 75 mol. % of the graphite converts to LiC6 at full charge, and a lattice dilation as large as 4% was observed during a charge-discharge cycle. Our work demonstrates the potential of in-situ, time and spatially resolved neutron diffraction study of the dynamic chemical and structural changes in “real-world” batteries under realistic cycling conditions, which should provide microscopic insights on degradation and the important role of diffusion kinetics in energy storage materials. PMID:23087812

  7. Visualizing the Structural Evolution of LSM/xYSZ Composite Cathodes for SOFC by in-situ Neutron Diffraction

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    Chen, Yan; Yang, Ling; Ren, Fei; An, Ke

    2014-01-01

    Composite cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells, the mixtures of (La0.8Sr0.2)0.95MnO3- (LSM) and (Y2O3)x(ZrO2)1-x (xYSZ, x = 3, 6, 8 and 10), have the thermal stability unraveled at elevated temperatures by using in-situ neutron diffraction. The Rietveld refinement analysis of neutron diffraction visualizes the phase evolutions and the ion activities in the material systems. The phase transition of tetragonal YSZ at T > 900 C leads to a heterogeneous redistribution of Mn ions. The reaction of LSM and YSZ occurring at T > 1100 C was revealed as a three-stage process, yielding La2Zr2O7, SrZrO3 and MnO. The activities of Y, Mn and La ions at elevated temperatures are derived by the structural analysis, and the three-stage reaction of YSZ and LSM was found strongly correlated to ions behaviors.

  8. Neutron diffraction and electrical transport studies on magnetic ordering in terbium at high pressures and low temperatures

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    Thomas, Sarah A.; Montgomery, Jeffrey M.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; ...

    2013-06-11

    Neutron diffraction and electrical transport measurements have been carried out on the heavy rare earth metal terbium at high pressures and low temperatures in order to elucidate the onset of ferromagnetic order as a function of pressure. The electrical resistance measurements show a change in slope as the temperature is lowered through the ferromagnetic Curie temperature. The temperature of this ferromagnetic transition decreases from approximately 240 K at ambient pressure at a rate of –16.7 K/GPa up to a pressure of 3.6 GPa, at which point the onset of ferromagnetic order is suppressed. Neutron diffraction measurements as a function ofmore » pressure at temperatures ranging from 90 K to 290 K confirm that the change of slope in the resistance is associated with the ferromagnetic ordering, since this occurs at pressures similar to those determined from the resistance results at these temperatures. Furthermore, a change in ferromagnetic ordering as the pressure is increased above 3.6 GPa is correlated with the phase transition from the ambient hexagonal close packed (hcp) structure to an α-Sm type structure at high pressures.« less

  9. CO2 sorption to subsingle hydration layer montmorillonite clay studied by excess sorption and neutron diffraction measurements.

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    Rother, Gernot; Ilton, Eugene S; Wallacher, Dirk; Hauβ, Thomas; Schaef, Herbert T; Qafoku, Odeta; Rosso, Kevin M; Felmy, Andrew R; Krukowski, Elizabeth G; Stack, Andrew G; Grimm, Nico; Bodnar, Robert J

    2013-01-02

    Geologic storage of CO(2) requires that the caprock sealing the storage rock is highly impermeable to CO(2). Swelling clays, which are important components of caprocks, may interact with CO(2) leading to volume change and potentially impacting the seal quality. The interactions of supercritical (sc) CO(2) with Na saturated montmorillonite clay containing a subsingle layer of water in the interlayer region have been studied by sorption and neutron diffraction techniques. The excess sorption isotherms show maxima at bulk CO(2) densities of ≈ 0.15 g/cm(3), followed by an approximately linear decrease of excess sorption to zero and negative values with increasing CO(2) bulk density. Neutron diffraction experiments on the same clay sample measured interlayer spacing and composition. The results show that limited amounts of CO(2) are sorbed into the interlayer region, leading to depression of the interlayer peak intensity and an increase of the d(001) spacing by ca. 0.5 Å. The density of CO(2) in the clay pores is relatively stable over a wide range of CO(2) pressures at a given temperature, indicating the formation of a clay-CO(2) phase. At the excess sorption maximum, increasing CO(2) sorption with decreasing temperature is observed while the high-pressure sorption properties exhibit weak temperature dependence.

  10. Are geological media homogeneous or heterogeneous for neutron investigations?

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    Woźnicka, U; Drozdowicz, K; Gabańska, B; Krynicka, E; Igielski, A

    2003-01-01

    The thermal neutron absorption cross section of a heterogeneous material is lower than that of the corresponding homogeneous one which contains the same components. When rock materials are investigated the sample usually contains grains which create heterogeneity. The heterogeneity effect depends on the mass contribution of highly and low-absorbing centers, on the ratio of their absorption cross sections, and on their sizes. An influence of the granulation of silicon and diabase samples on the absorption cross section measured with Czubek's method has been experimentally investigated. A 20% underestimation of the absorption cross section has been observed for diabase grains of sizes from 6.3 to 12.8 mm.

  11. Structural and magnetic behavior of the cubic oxyfluoride SrFeO{sub 2}F studied by neutron diffraction

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    Thompson, Corey M.; Blakely, Colin K.; Flacau, Roxana; Greedan, John E.; Poltavets, Viktor V.

    2014-11-15

    The oxyfluoride SrFeO{sub 2}F has been prepared via a low temperature route involving the infinite-layer SrFeO{sub 2} and XeF{sub 2}. SrFeO{sub 2}F crystallizes in the cubic space group Pm-3m with disordered oxygen and fluorine atoms on the anion site. Recent reports demonstrated that SrFeO{sub 2}F is antiferromagnetic at room temperature and the zero field cooled and field cooled curves diverge at ∼150 K and ∼60 K, suggesting that the material has a spin glassy magnetic state at low temperatures. In this article, variable-temperature neutron diffraction (4–723 K) was performed to clarify the magnetic behavior observed in this material. Neutron powder diffraction measurements confirmed the antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the system at room temperature. Below 710(1) K, the magnetic structure is a G-type AFM structure characterized by a propagation vector k=(1/2 , 1/2 , 1/2 ). The ordered moments on Fe{sup 3+} are 4.35(6)µ{sub B} at 4 K and 4.04(5)µ{sub B} at 290 K. Our results indicate that the cubic structure is retained all the way to base temperature (4 K) in contrast to PbFeO{sub 2}F. These results are compared with those of Pb and Ba analogs which exhibit very similar magnetic behavior. Furthermore, the observation of magnetic reflections at 4 K in the diffraction pattern shows the absence of the previously proposed spin glassy behavior at low temperatures. Previous proposals to explain the ZFC/FC divergences are examined. - Graphical abstract: Variable temperature powder neutron diffraction was employed to follow the evolution of the long range antiferromagnetic state in SrFeO{sub 2}F. - Highlights: • SrFeO{sub 2}F prepared via low temperature route involving SrFeO{sub 2} and XeF{sub 2}. • The cubic structure, Pm-3m, is retained at low temperatures, 4 K. • The magnetic structure is G-type AFM with T{sub N}=710 K and Fe{sup 3+} moment of 4.35µ{sub B}. • A small volume, bulk decoupled, spin glassy domain/cluster mechanism is proposed.

  12. Arrangement of ceramide [EOS] in a stratum corneum lipid model matrix: new aspects revealed by neutron diffraction studies.

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    Kessner, Doreen; Kiselev, Mikhail; Dante, Silvia; Hauss, Thomas; Lersch, Peter; Wartewig, Siegfried; Neubert, Reinhard H H

    2008-07-01

    The lipid matrix in stratum corneum (SC) plays a key role in the barrier function of the mammalian skin. The major lipids are ceramides (CER), cholesterol (CHOL) and free fatty acids (FFA). Especially the unique-structured omega-acylceramide CER[EOS] is regarded to be essential for skin barrier properties by inducing the formation of a long-periodicity phase of 130 angstroms (LPP). In the present study, the arrangement of CER[EOS], either mixed with CER[AP] and CHOL or with CER[AP], CHOL and palmitic acid (PA), inside a SC lipid model membrane has been studied for the first time by neutron diffraction. For a mixed CER[EOS]/CER[AP]/CHOL membrane in a partly dehydrated state, the internal membrane nanostructure, i.e. the neutron scattering length density profile in the direction normal to the surface, was obtained by Fourier synthesis from the experimental diffraction patterns. The membrane repeat distance is equal to that of the formerly used SC lipid model system composed of CER[AP]/CHOL/PA/ChS. By comparing both the neutron scattering length density profiles, a possible arrangement of synthetic long-chain CER[EOS] molecules inside a SC lipid model matrix is suggested. The analysis of the internal membrane nanostructure implies that one CER[EOS] molecule penetrates from one membrane layer into an adjacent layer. A 130 angstroms periodicity phase could not be observed under experimental conditions, either in CER/CHOL mixtures or in CER/CHOL/FFA mixture. CER[EOS] can be arranged inside a phase with a repeat unit of 45.2 angstroms which is predominately formed by short-chain CER[AP] with distinct polarity.

  13. A Neutron and X-Ray Diffraction Study of Ca-Mg-Cu Metallic Glasses (Postprint)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-04-01

    copper has a total of 6.5 neighbours which are in close contact, but has a total coordination number of about 12-13, when atoms which are almost in...contact are included. 15. SUBJECT TERMS ternary alloy systems, glasses, metallic rapid solidification processing, diffraction 16. SECURITY...online 16 March 2011 Keywords: A. Ternary alloy systems B. Glasses, metallic C. Rapid solidification processing F. Diffraction a b s t r a c t The

  14. Ferroelastic contribution to the piezoelectric response in lead zirconate titanate by in situ stroboscopic neutron diffraction

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    Jones, Jacob L.; Hoffman, Mark; Daniels, John E.; Studer, Andrew J.

    2006-11-01

    Ferroelastic domain switching during dynamic actuation is measured in situ for a piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic utilizing a new capability developed on The Australian Strain Scanner (TASS) at ANSTO. Diffraction patterns are obtained as a function of time during a 1 Hz cycle. The change in the 0 0 2 and 2 0 0 diffraction intensities indicates there is ferroelastic domain switching at sub-coercive (weak) fields.

  15. Investigations of fundamental phenomena in quantum mechanics with neutrons

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    Hasegawa, Yuji

    2014-04-01

    Neutron interferometer and polarimeter are used for the experimental investigations of quantum mechanical phenomena. Interferometry exhibits clear evidence of quantum-contextuality and polarimetry demonstrates conflicts of a contextual model of quantum mechanics á la Leggett. In these experiments, entanglements are achieved between degrees of freedom in a single-particle: spin, path and energy degrees of freedom are manipulated coherently and entangled. Both experiments manifest the fact that quantum contextuality is valid for phenomena with matter waves with high precision. In addition, another experiment is described which deals with error-disturbance uncertainty relation: we have experimentally tested error-disturbance uncertainty relations, one is derived by Heisenberg and the other by Ozawa. Experimental results confirm the fact that the Heisenberg's uncertainty relation is often violated and that the new relation by Ozawa is always larger than the limit. At last, as an example of a counterfactual phenomenon of quantum mechanics, observation of so-called quantum Cheshire Cat is carried out by using neutron interferometer. Experimental results suggest that pre- and post-selected neutrons travel through one of the arms of the interferometer while their magnetic moment is located in the other arm.

  16. Investigating Coincidence Techniques in Biomedical Applications of Neutron Activation Analysis

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    Chowdhury, P.; Gramer, R.; Tandel, S. K.; Reinhardt, C. J.

    2004-05-01

    While neutron activation analysis has been widely used in biomedical applications for some time, the use of non-radioactive tracer techniques, to monitor, for example, organ blood flow, is more recent. In these studies, pre-clinical animal models are injected with micro-spheres labeled with stable isotopes of elements that have a high neutron absorption cross-section. Subsequently, samples of blood and/or tissue from different locations in the body are subjected to neutron activation analysis to measure the propagation of the labeled micro-spheres through the body. Following irradiation, the counting (with high-resolution Ge detectors) is typically delayed by a few days to dissipate short-lived activity in the samples and improve signal-to-noise for the peaks of interest in the activation spectrum. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether coincidence techniques (for isotopes which decay via two-photon cascades) could improve signal-to-noise and turn-around times. The samples were irradiated at the 1 MW research reactor at the UMass Lowell Radiation Laboratory. The analysis of the multi-parameter coincidence data recorded in event-mode will be presented and compared with the standard method of recording singles spectra.

  17. Determination of the absolute configuration of (+)-neopentyl-1-d alcohol by neutron and x-ray diffraction analysis

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    Yuan, H.S.H.; Stevens, R.C.; Bau, R. ); Mosher, H.S. ); Koetzle, T.F. )

    1994-12-20

    The absolute configuration of (+)-neopentyl-1-d alcohol, prepared by the reduction of 2,2-dimethylpropanol-1-d by actively fermenting yeast, has been determined to be S by neutron diffraction. The neutron study was carried out on the phthalate half ester of neopentyl-1-d alcohol, crystallized as its strychnine salt. The absolute configuration of the (-)-strychninium cation was first determined by an x-ray anomalous dispersion study of its iodide salt. The chiral skeleton of strychnine then served as a reference from which the absolute configuration of the -O-CHD-C(CH[sub 3])[sub 3] group of neopentyl phthalate was determined. Difference Fourier maps calculated from the neutron data showed unambiguously that the -O-CHD-C(CH[sub 3])[sub 3] groups of both independent molecules in the unit cell had the S configuration. This work proves conclusively that the yeast system reduces aldehydes by delivering hydrogen to the re face of the carbonyl group. Crystallographic details: (-)-strychninium (+)-neopentyl-1-d phthalate, space group P2[sub 1] (monoclinic), a = 18.564(6) [angstrom], b = 7.713(2) [angstrom], c = 23.361(8) [angstrom], [beta] = 94.18(4)[degrees], V = 3336.0(5) [angstrom][sup 3], Z = 2 (T = 100 K). Final agreement factors are R(F) = 0.073 for 2768 reflections collected at room temperature (x-ray analysis) and R(F) = 0.144 for 960 reflections collected at 100 K (neutron analysis). 49 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. The structure of calcium metaphosphate glass obtained from x-ray and neutron diffraction and reverse Monte Carlo modelling.

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    Wetherall, K M; Pickup, D M; Newport, R J; Mountjoy, G

    2009-01-21

    The short range structure of (CaO)(0.5)(P(2)O(5))(0.5) glass has been studied using x-ray and neutron diffraction and modelled using the reverse Monte Carlo method. Using this combination of techniques has allowed six interatomic correlations to be distinguished and fitted to obtain a set of bond lengths and coordination numbers that describe the structure of the glass. The glass consists of metaphosphate chains of phosphate tetrahedra and each phosphate unit has two non-bridging oxygen atoms available for coordination with Ca. The Ca-O correlation was fitted with two peaks at 2.35 and 2.86 Å, representing a broad distribution of bond lengths. The total Ca-O coordination is 6.9 and is consistent with distorted polyhedral units such as capped octahedra or capped trigonal prisms. It is found that most non-bridging oxygen atoms are bonded to two calcium atoms. All of these observations are consistent with Hoppe's model for phosphate glasses. Furthermore, the medium range order is revealed to consist of phosphate chains intertwined with apparently elongated clusters of Ca ions, and the Ca-O and Ca-P correlations contributed significantly to the first sharp diffraction peak in x-ray diffraction.

  19. An Investigation of Flare Footpoint DEMs using AIA Diffraction Patterns

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    Raftery, Claire; Bain, Hazel; Schwartz, Richard; Torre, Gabriele; Krucker, Sam

    2015-04-01

    The heating of flare footpoints by accelerated electrons is a well-established component of the standard flare model. However, limitations of current instruments make it challenging to obtain high cadence, high resolution observations of the brightest footpoint regions, predominantly due to low cadence, or pixel saturation.In moderate and large flares observed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, CCD pixels in the footpoint regions are frequently saturated despite the automatic exposure control. Using the method of Schwartz et al. (2014), we reconstruct saturated footpoint kernels in the brightest flaring regions and investigate the evolving footpoint differential emission measure at the full 12 second AIA cadence. This is compared to the changing electron fluxes observed with the Reuven Ramaty Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) to investigate the relationship between the non-thermal electron energy flux and the footpoint thermal response.(Schwartz, R. A., Torre, G., & Piana, M. (2014), Astrophysical Journal Letters, 793, LL23 )

  20. New neutron small-angle diffraction instrument at the Brookhaven High Flux Beam Reactor

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    Schneider, D.K.; Schoenborn, B.P.

    1982-01-01

    The new instrument utilizes cold neutrons emerging from a series of straight neutron guides. A multilayered monochromator is used in combination with a short collimator to obtain a monochromatized beam with a wavelength between 4 and 10 A and a wavelength spread of about 10%. The flux at 5 A exceeds 10/sup 6/ ns/sup -1/ cm/sup -2/ in a typical beam of 6-mm diameter at the sample. The spectrometer itself incorporates provisions for computer-controlled positioning of samples and a two-dimensional detector. At a sample-detector distance between 50 and 200 cm the detector can be centered at scattering angles of up to 45/sup 0/. The beam-defining components, the monochromator, the collimator, and various slits, are easily accessible and exchangeable for alternative devices. These features make the instrument modular and give it flexibility approaching that of standard x-ray equipment.

  1. High-pressure cell for neutron diffraction with in situ pressure control at cryogenic temperatures.

    PubMed

    Jacobsen, Matthew K; Ridley, Christopher J; Bocian, Artur; Kirichek, Oleg; Manuel, Pascal; Khalyavin, Dmitry; Azuma, Masaki; Attfield, J Paul; Kamenev, Konstantin V

    2014-04-01

    Pressure generation at cryogenic temperatures presents a problem for a wide array of experimental techniques, particularly neutron studies due to the volume of sample required. We present a novel, compact pressure cell with a large sample volume in which load is generated by a bellow. Using a supply of helium gas up to a pressure of 350 bar, a load of up to 78 kN is generated with leak-free operation. In addition, special fiber ports added to the cryogenic center stick allow for in situ pressure determination using the ruby pressure standard. Mechanical stability was assessed using finite element analysis and the dimensions of the cell have been optimized for use with standard cryogenic equipment. Load testing and on-line experiments using NaCl and BiNiO3 have been done at the WISH instrument of the ISIS pulsed neutron source to verify performance.

  2. High-pressure cell for neutron diffraction with in situ pressure control at cryogenic temperatures

    SciTech Connect

    Jacobsen, Matthew K.; Ridley, Christopher J.; Bocian, Artur; Kamenev, Konstantin V.; Kirichek, Oleg; Manuel, Pascal; Khalyavin, Dmitry; Azuma, Masaki; Attfield, J. Paul

    2014-04-15

    Pressure generation at cryogenic temperatures presents a problem for a wide array of experimental techniques, particularly neutron studies due to the volume of sample required. We present a novel, compact pressure cell with a large sample volume in which load is generated by a bellow. Using a supply of helium gas up to a pressure of 350 bar, a load of up to 78 kN is generated with leak-free operation. In addition, special fiber ports added to the cryogenic center stick allow for in situ pressure determination using the ruby pressure standard. Mechanical stability was assessed using finite element analysis and the dimensions of the cell have been optimized for use with standard cryogenic equipment. Load testing and on-line experiments using NaCl and BiNiO{sub 3} have been done at the WISH instrument of the ISIS pulsed neutron source to verify performance.

  3. Proton Conduction Path in Rb3H(SeO4)2 Studied by High Temperature Neutron Single Crystal Diffraction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kiyanagi, Ryoji; Ishikawa, Yoshihisa; Noda, Yukio

    A superprotonic conductor, Rb3H(SeO4)2, was structurally investigated by means of neutron single crystal diffraction. The hydrogen bond length was found to gradually elongate as the temperature approaches the superprotonic phase transition temperature and jumps to a much longer value upon the transition. The structure of SeO4 tetrahedron remains unchanged below the transition temperature and becomes more distorted upon the transition with disordered apical oxygen forming three disordered hydrogen bonds. Consequently, the hydrogen atoms (protons) in the hydrogen bonds are significantly delocalized two-dimensionally being indicative of the proton migration. In the proton distribution map, there found small bumps between the adjacent hydrogen bonds. They may be interstitial sites for the conducting protons corresponding to a monomer state of [HSeO4]-.

  4. Neutron diffraction study of the formation kinetics of ordered antiphase domains in titanium carbohydride TiC{sub x}H{sub y}

    SciTech Connect

    Khidirov, I.

    2015-09-15

    The kinetics of formation and growth of ordered antiphase domains (APDs) in titanium carbohydride TiC{sub 0.50}H{sub 0.21} has been investigated by neutron diffraction. A model of ordered APDs is proposed. It is established that the pronounced ordering of interstitial atoms and APDs begin at 450°C. It is shown that the period of ordered APDs (P ≈ 10–12) is independent of the exposure time at a constant temperature. It is found that the temperature of ordered APDs, T{sub OAPD}, increases nonlinearly with an increase in the carbon concentration in the range 0.50 ≤ C/Ti ≤ 0.70. The formation temperature of ordered APDs is found to correlate with the concentration dependence of the order–disorder transition temperature and be 0.60 of the order–disorder transition temperature: T{sub APD} = 0.60Τ{sub C}.

  5. Crystal structure of acetanilide at 15 and 295 K by neutron diffraction. Lack of evidence for proton transfer along the N-H...O hydrogen bond

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    Johnson, S.W.; Eckert, J.; Barthes, M.; McMullan, R.K.; Muller, M.

    1995-11-02

    The crystal structure of acetanilide C{sub 8}H{sub 9}NO, M{sub r} = 135.17, orthorhombic, space group Pbca, Z=8, has been determined from neutron diffraction data at 15 and 295 K. The crystal data obtained are presented. This new investigation of the structure of acetanilide has been undertaken in order to assess a recent suggestion that confirmational substates in the amide proton position may be responsible for the vibrational anomalies. We found no evidence for multiple conformations or transfer along the N-H...O hydrogen bond of the amide proton at either temperature. However the intramolecular O...H6 distance from O to the nearest phenyl ring proton is unusually short and the amide proton has relatively close contacts with one of the phenyl and one of the methyl protons, which may well affect the vibrational parameters of the respective molecular groups. 44 refs., 6 figs., 5 tabs.

  6. Structural changes produced during heating of the fast ion conductor Li 0.18La 0.61TiO 3. A neutron diffraction study

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    Sanz, Jesus; Varez, Alejandro; Alonso, Jose A.; Fernandez, Maria. T.

    2004-04-01

    The doubled perovskite structure (2 ap, 2 ap, 2 ap) of the fast ionic conductor Li 0.18La 0.61TiO 3 was investigated between 5 and 773 K by powder neutron diffraction. The Rietveld refinement of this orthorhombic ( Cmmm Space Group) perovskite showed that at low temperature, La and vacancy rich planes alternate along [001] direction, and TiO 6 octahedra were out-of-phase tilted around the b-axis. As temperature increased, the octahedral tilting decreased and the structure approaches, at about 773 K, that of the tetragonal phase, a, ap, 2 ap ( P4/ mmm Space Group). In the temperature range of the study, the La-vacancy distribution remained unchanged, but LaO 12 cuboctahedra became more regular. In the tetragonal phase the elimination of this tilting favors the two-dimensional motion of lithium in alternate ab-planes of the perovskite.

  7. [Cu32(H)20{S2P(O i Pr)2 }12 ]: The Largest Number of Hydrides Recorded in a Molecular Nanocluster by Neutron Diffraction

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    Dhayal, Rajendra S.; Liao, Jian-Hong; Kahlal, Samia; ...

    2015-04-20

    An air- and moisture-stable nanoscale polyhydrido copper cluster [Cu32(H)20{S2P(O i Pr)2 }12 ] (1H) was synthesized and structurally characterized. The molecular structure of 1H exhibits a hexacapped pseudo-rhombohedral core of 14 Cu atoms sandwiched between two nestlike triangular cupola fragments of (2x9) Cu atoms in an elongated triangular gyrobicupola polyhedron. The discrete Cu32 cluster is stabilized by 12 dithiophosphate ligands and a record number of 20 hydride ligands, which were found by high-resolution neutron diffraction to exhibit tri-, tetra-, and pentacoordinated hydrides in capping and interstitial modes. We conclude that this result was further supported by a density functional theorymore » investigation on the simplified model [Cu32(H)20(S2PH2)12].« less

  8. Neutron diffraction study of. beta. -uranium pentafluoride between 77 and 403/sup 0/K

    SciTech Connect

    Taylor, J.C.; Waugh, A.B.

    1980-11-15

    The structure of ..beta..-UF/sub 5/ has been refined by neutron powder profile analyses at 77, 293, 348, and 403/sup 0/K. The structure is relatively temperature insensitive within this range and at 403/sup 0/K there is a slow conversion to ..cap alpha..-UF/sub 5/. The coordination polyhedron may be described as either a square antiprism or a dodecahedron, the former polyhedron giving the better fit with the observed atomic positions.

  9. Absolute configuration of a chiral CHD group via neutron diffraction: confirmation of the absolute stereochemistry of the enzymatic formation of malic acid

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    Bau, R.; Brewer, I.; Chiang, M.Y.; Fujita, S.; Hoffman, J.; Watkins, M.I.; Koetzle, T.F.

    1983-09-30

    Neutron diffraction has been used to monitor the absolute stereochemistry of an enzymatic reaction. (-)(2S)malic-3-d acid was prepared by the action of fumarase on fumaric acid in D/sub 2/O. After a large number of cations were screened, it was found that (+)(R)..cap alpha..-phenylethylamine forms the large crystals necessary for a neutron diffraction analysis. The subsequent structure determination showed that (+)(R)..cap alpha..-phenylethylammonium (-)(2S)malate-3-d has an absolute configuration of R at the CHD site. This result confirms the absolute stereochemistry of fumarate-to-malate transformation as catalyzed by the enzyme fumarase.

  10. Cryostat system for investigation on new neutron moderator materials at reactor TRIGA PUSPATI

    SciTech Connect

    Dris, Zakaria bin; Mohamed, Abdul Aziz bin; Hamid, Nasri A.; Azman, Azraf; Ahmad, Megat Harun Al Rashid Megat; Jamro, Rafhayudi; Yazid, Hafizal

    2016-01-22

    A simple continuous flow (SCF) cryostat was designed to investigate the neutron moderation of alumina in high temperature co-ceramic (HTCC) and polymeric materials such as Teflon under TRIGA neutron environment using a reflected neutron beam from a monochromator. Cooling of the cryostat will be carried out using liquid nitrogen. The cryostat will be built with an aluminum holder for moderator within stainless steel cylinder pipe. A copper thermocouple will be used as the temperature sensor to monitor the moderator temperature inside the cryostat holder. Initial measurements of neutron spectrum after neutron passing through the moderating materials have been carried out using a neutron spectrometer.

  11. Cryostat system for investigation on new neutron moderator materials at reactor TRIGA PUSPATI

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dris, Zakaria bin; Mohamed, Abdul Aziz bin; Hamid, Nasri A.; Azman, Azraf; Ahmad, Megat Harun Al Rashid Megat; Jamro, Rafhayudi; Yazid, Hafizal

    2016-01-01

    A simple continuous flow (SCF) cryostat was designed to investigate the neutron moderation of alumina in high temperature co-ceramic (HTCC) and polymeric materials such as Teflon under TRIGA neutron environment using a reflected neutron beam from a monochromator. Cooling of the cryostat will be carried out using liquid nitrogen. The cryostat will be built with an aluminum holder for moderator within stainless steel cylinder pipe. A copper thermocouple will be used as the temperature sensor to monitor the moderator temperature inside the cryostat holder. Initial measurements of neutron spectrum after neutron passing through the moderating materials have been carried out using a neutron spectrometer.

  12. La diffraction des neutrons et des rayons X pour l'étude structurale des liquides et des verres

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    Fischer, H. E.; Salmon, P. S.; Barnes, A. C.

    2003-02-01

    La compréhension de mainte propriété physique d'un verre ou d'un liquide nécessite la connaissance des facteurs de structure partiels (PSFs) qui décrivent chacun la distribution d'une espèce atomique autour d'une autre. La technique de diffraction des neutrons avec substitution isotopique (NDIS) [1,2,3], ayant bien réussi a déterminer les PSFs de certains composés [4,5], est pourtant restreinte aux isotopes présentant un contraste suffisant en longueur de diffusion. D'un autre cote, la technique de diffusion anomale des rayons X (AXS ou AXD) [6] permet de faire varier la longueur de diffusion d'une espèce atomique pourvu que son énergie d'absorption soit à la fois accessible et suffisamment élevée pour donner un assez grand transfert du moment. La combinaison des techniques de diffraction des neutrons (avec ou sans substitution isotopique) et de diffraction des rayons X (avec ou sans diffusion anomale) peut donc permettre d'obtenir un meilleur contraste en longueurs de diffusion pour un système donné, mais exige une analyse de données plus soignée pour pouvoir bien tenir compte des erreurs systématiques qui sont différentes pour les 2 techniques [7]. Pour les atomes ayant des distributions électroniques quasi-sphériques, e.g. dans le cas d'un alliage liquide, la combinaison des techniques de NDIS et de diffraction des rayons X s'est déjà montrée très avantageuse pour la détermination des PSFs [8,9]. Dans le cas des verres ayant d'importantes liaisons covalentes, l'effective combinaison des 2 techniques peut être moins directe mais facilitée lorsqu'il s'agit des atomes de grand Z [10,11]. Nous présentons ici un sommaire du méthode et quelques exemples des résultats.

  13. Neutron diffraction study of the magnetic-field-induced transition in Mn{sub 3}GaC

    SciTech Connect

    Çakir, Ö.; Acet, M.; Farle, M.; Senyshyn, A.

    2014-01-28

    The antiperovskite Mn{sub 3}GaC undergoes an isostructural cubic–cubic first order transition from a low-temperature, large-cell-volume antiferromagnetic state to a high-temperature, small-cell-volume ferromagnetic state at around 160 K. The transition can also be induced by applying a magnetic field. We study here the isothermal magnetic-field-evolution of the transition as ferromagnetism is stabilized at the expense of antiferromagnetism. We make use of the presence of the two distinct cell volumes of the two magnetic states as a probe to observe by neutron diffraction the evolution of the transition, as the external magnetic field carries the system from the antiferromagnetic to the ferromagnetic state. We show that the large-volume antiferromagnetic and the small-volume ferromagnetic states coexist in the temperature range of the transition. The ferromagnetic state is progressively stabilized as the field increases.

  14. X-ray/neutron diffraction studies and ab initio electronic structure of CeMgNi 4 and its hydride

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    Roquefere, Jean-Gabriel; Matar, Samir F.; Huot, Jacques; Bobet, Jean-Louis

    2009-11-01

    The crystal structure of CeMgNi 4 intermetallic compound has been studied by both X-ray and neutron diffraction. Rietveld refinement shows that both 4a and 4c sites are occupied by Ce and Mg. The exchange has been evaluated to be about 15%. The hydrogenation of the sample leads to a decomposition and to the formation of CeH 2.52. Ab initio calculations using pseudo-potential and all-electron DFT methods are performed to explain such an unexpected behaviour. They predict a larger stability of the hydride system in the orthorhombic structure rather than in the cubic one. Anti-bonding Ce-H interactions within the hydride are proposed to assess the observed easy decomposition. Moreover, the metastability introduced by mechanosynthesis (i.e. exchange between Ce and Mg) was also evaluated.

  15. In situ neutron diffraction studies of a commercial, soft lead zirconate titanate ceramic: response to electric fields and mechanical stress

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    Pramanick, Abhijit; Prewitt, Anderson D.; Cottrell, Michelle A.; Lee, Wayne; Studer, Andrew J.; An, Ke; Hubbard, Camden R.; Jones, Jacob L.

    2010-06-01

    Structural changes in commercial lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics (EC-65) under the application of electric fields and mechanical stress were measured using neutron diffraction instruments at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The structural changes during electric-field application were measured on the WOMBAT beamline at ANSTO and include non-180° domain switching, lattice strains and field-induced phase transformations. Using time-resolved data acquisition capabilities, lattice strains were measured under cyclic electric fields at times as short as 30 μs. Structural changes including the (002) and (200) lattice strains and non-180° domain switching were measured during uniaxial mechanical compression on the NRSF2 instrument at ORNL. Contraction of the crystallographic polarization axis, (002), and reorientation of non-180° domains occur at lowest stresses, followed by (200) elastic strains at higher stresses.

  16. Direct Observation by Neutron Diffraction of Antiferromagnetic Ordering in s Electrons Confined in Regular Nanospace of Sodalite

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    Nakano, Takehito; Matsuura, Masato; Hanazawa, Atsufumi; Hirota, Kazuma; Nozue, Yasuo

    2012-10-01

    Sodium clusters formed in the regular nanospace of sodalite (aluminosilicate zeolite) are known to show antiferromagnetic order without any magnetic elements. The clusters are arrayed in a body centered cubic structure. We have performed a neutron diffraction study and succeeded in detecting the magnetic Bragg peaks of the s-electron spins for the first time. The observation of both 001 and 111 magnetic reflections confirms the antiferromagnetic order with the antiparallel coupling between the nearest neighbor clusters. The magnetic form factor was examined by analyzing the intensity ratios of the magnetic and nuclear Bragg peaks. The result is in good agreement with the shape of the s-electron wave function derived from theoretical studies of the sodium nanoclusters in the cages.

  17. Direct observation by neutron diffraction of antiferromagnetic ordering in s electrons confined in regular nanospace of sodalite.

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    Nakano, Takehito; Matsuura, Masato; Hanazawa, Atsufumi; Hirota, Kazuma; Nozue, Yasuo

    2012-10-19

    Sodium clusters formed in the regular nanospace of sodalite (aluminosilicate zeolite) are known to show antiferromagnetic order without any magnetic elements. The clusters are arrayed in a body centered cubic structure. We have performed a neutron diffraction study and succeeded in detecting the magnetic Bragg peaks of the s-electron spins for the first time. The observation of both 001 and 111 magnetic reflections confirms the antiferromagnetic order with the antiparallel coupling between the nearest neighbor clusters. The magnetic form factor was examined by analyzing the intensity ratios of the magnetic and nuclear Bragg peaks. The result is in good agreement with the shape of the s-electron wave function derived from theoretical studies of the sodium nanoclusters in the cages.

  18. Neutron Diffraction Study On Gamma To Alpha Phase Transition In Ce0.9th0.1 Alloy

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    Lashley, Jason C1; Heffner, Robert H; Llobet, A; Darling, T W; Jeong, I K

    2008-01-01

    Comprehensive neutron diffraction measurements were performed to study the isostructural {gamma} {leftrightarrow} {alpha} phase transition in Ce{sub 0.9}Th{sub 0.1} alloy. Using Rietveld refinements, we obtained lattice and thermal parameters as a function of temperature. From the temperature slope of the thermal parameters, we determined Debye temperatures {Theta}{sup {gamma}}{sub D} = 133(1) K and {Theta}{sup {alpha}}{sub D} = 140(1) K for the {gamma} phase and the {alpha} phase, respectively. This result implies that the vibrational entropy change is not significant at the {gamma} {leftrightarrow} {alpha} transition, contrary to that from elemental Cerium [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 105702, 2004].

  19. FEA predictions of residual stress in stainless steel compared to neutron and x-ray diffraction measurements. [Finite element analysis

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    Flower, E.C.; MacEwen, S.R.; Holden, T.M.

    1987-05-01

    Residual stresses in a body arise from nonuniform plastic deformation and continue to be an important consideration in the design and the fabrication of metal components. The finite element method offers a potentially powerful tool for predicting these stresses. However, it is important to first verify this method through careful analysis and experimentation. This paper describes experiments using neutron and x-ray diffraction to provide quantitative data to compare to finite element analysis predictions of deformation induced residual stress in a plane stress austenitic stainless steel ring. Good agreement was found between the experimental results and the numerical predictions. Effects of the formulation of the finite element model on the analysis, constitutive parameters and effects of machining damage in the experiments are addressed.

  20. Synthesis and Neutron Powder Diffraction Structural Analysis of Oxidized Delafossite YCuO2.5

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    Garlea, Vasile O; Darie, Celine; Isnard, Olivier; Bordet, Pierre

    2006-01-01

    We report a study of the evolution of the structure of the delafossite-derived compounds YCuO{sub 2+{delta}} as a function of oxygen stoichiometry. The structural details of the oxygenated material YCuO{sub 2.5} were examined by means of high-resolution neutron powder diffraction. We confirmed that YCuO{sub 2.5} adopts an orthorhombic superstructure (a = {radical}3a{sub H}, b=c{sub H}, c=2a{sub H}) in which the anions are located at the center of corner-sharing triangles to form undulating chains of Cu{sup 2+} (s=1/2), running along a-axis direction.

  1. In-situ neutron diffraction of LaCoO{sub 3} perovskite under uniaxial compression. II. Elastic properties

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    Lugovy, Mykola; Aman, Amjad; Orlovskaya, Nina; Chen, Yan; Kuebler, Jakob; Graule, Thomas; Reece, Michael J.; Ma, Dong; Stoica, Alexandru D.; An, Ke

    2014-07-07

    Calculations of elastic constants and development of elastic anisotropy under uniaxial compression in originally isotropic polycrystalline LaCoO{sub 3} perovskite are reported. The lattice strains in individual (hkl) planes as well as average lattice strain were determined both for planes oriented perpendicular and parallel to the loading direction using in-situ neutron diffraction. Utilizing average lattice strains as well as lattice strains along the a and c crystallographic directions, an attempt was made to determine Poisson's ratio of LaCoO{sub 3}, which was then compared with that measured using an impulse excitation technique. The elastic constants were calculated and Young's moduli of LaCoO{sub 3} single crystal in different crystallographic directions were estimated.

  2. A neutron diffraction study of oxygen and nitrogen ordering in a kinetically stable orthorhombic iron doped titanium oxynitride

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    Wu, On Ying; Parkin, Ivan P; Hyett, Geoffrey

    2012-06-15

    The synthesis of a polycrystalline powder sample of iron doped orthorhombic titanium oxynitride, Ti{sub 2.92}Fe{sub 0.01}O{sub 4.02}N{sub 0.98}, on the scale of 0.7 g has been achieved. This was conducted by the unusual route of delamination from a steel substrate of a thin film deposited using atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition. The structure of the titanium oxynitride is presented, determined from a combined analysis of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. The use of neutron diffraction allows the position of the oxygen and nitrogen ions in the material to be reported unambiguously for the first time. In this study Ti{sub 2.92}Fe{sub 0.01}O{sub 4.02}N{sub 0.98} is found to crystallise in the Cmcm space group, iso-structural pseudobrookite, with lattice parameters a=3.81080(6) A, b=9.6253(2) A, and c=9.8859(2) A, and contains partial oxygen-nitrogen ordering. Of the three anion sites in this structure one is exclusively occupied by oxygen, while the remaining two sites are occupied by oxygen and nitrogen in a disordered manner. Testing indicates that this iron doped titanium oxynitride is a metastable phase that decomposes above 700 Degree-Sign C into TiN and TiO{sub 2}, the thermodynamic products. - Graphical abstract: We report the synthesis of Ti{sub 2.92}Fe{sub 0.01}O{sub 4.02}N{sub 0.98} deposited as a thin film using atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition onto stainless steel, which is then delaminated to produce a polycrystalline powder sample. This powder sample was used in a neutron diffraction experiment, and analysis of this data has allowed the position of the oxygen and nitrogen ions in the material to be reported unambiguously for the first time. Ti{sub 2.92}Fe{sub 0.01}O{sub 4.02}N{sub 0.98} is found to crystallise in the Cmcm space group iso-structural pseudobrookite and contains partial oxygen-nitrogen ordering. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Partial oxygen and nitrogen ordering has been observed using neutron

  3. Neutron Zeeman beam-splitting for the investigation of magnetic nanostructures

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    Kozhevnikov, S. V.; Ott, F.; Semenova, E.

    2017-03-01

    Zeeman spatial splitting of a neutron beam takes place during a neutron spin-flip in magnetically non-collinear systems at grazing incidence geometry. We apply the neutron beam-splitting method for the investigation of magnetically non-collinear clusters of submicron size in a thin film. The experimental results are compared with ones obtained by other methods.

  4. Neutron powder diffraction study of the crystal and magnetic structures of BiNiO{sub 3} at low temperature

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    Carlsson, Sandra J.E.; Azuma, Masaki; Shimakawa, Yuichi; Takano, Mikio; Hewat, Alan; Attfield, J. Paul

    2008-03-15

    The crystal and magnetic structures of the charge ordered perovskite BiNiO{sub 3} have been studied at temperatures from 5 to 300 K using neutron diffraction. Rietveld analysis of the data shows that the structure remains triclinic (space group P1-bar) throughout the whole temperature range. Bond-valence sum calculations based on the Bi-O and Ni-O bond distances confirm that the charge distribution is Bi{sup 3+}{sub 0.5}Bi{sup 5+}{sub 0.5}Ni{sup 2+}O{sub 3} down to 5 K. The magnetic cell is identical to that of the triclinic superstructure and a G-type antiferromagnetic model gives a good fit to the magnetic intensities, with an ordered Ni{sup 2+} moment of 1.76(3) {mu}{sub B} at 5 K. However, BiNiO{sub 3} is ferrimagnetic due to the inexact cancellation of opposing, inequivalent moments in the low symmetry cell. - Graphical abstract: A neutron diffraction study shows that the perovskite BiNiO{sub 3} retains the unusual charge distribution Bi{sup 3+}{sub 0.5}Bi{sup 5+}{sub 0.5}Ni{sup 2+}O{sub 3} down to 5 K. The Ni{sup 2+} moments are ordered in the G-type antiferromagnetic arrangement shown; however, BiNiO{sub 3} is ferrimagnetic due to the inexact cancellation of the four inequivalent moments in the triclinic unit cell.

  5. Gamma-ray and neutron diffraction studies of CoF2: magnetostriction, electron density and magnetic moments.

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    Jauch, W; Reehuis, M; Schultz, A J

    2004-01-01

    Accurate structure factors up to sin theta/lambda = 1.6 A(-1) have been measured with 316.5 keV gamma-rays from CoF(2), both at room temperature and in the antiferromagnetic state at 10 K. The same crystal was used to collect extended time-of-flight neutron diffraction data in the two magnetic states, which allowed an accurate determination of the fluorine positional parameter. For room temperature, the standard structural parameters are reported. At 10 K, a complete charge-density study has been carried out. The total number of 3d electrons on Co is found to be 6.95 (3). The experimental populations of the d orbitals agree with expectation from crystal field theory. The fluorine valence region exhibits a strong dipolar deformation. Electronic properties at the bond critical points and integrated atomic properties are derived from the static model electron density, revealing the Co-F interactions as purely ionic. On magnetic ordering, a shift of the fluorine ions of 1.5 (4) x 10(-3) A is found which confirms a prediction from theory of optical birefringence. The effect of magnetostriction on the distortion of the ligand coordination octahedra is compared for the late members of the 3d transition-metal difluorides. From neutron powder diffraction, an ordered magnetic moment of 2.60 (4) mu(B) per cobalt ion is found. Despite the strong deviation from the ideal spin value of 3 mu(B), there is still an appreciable orbital contribution to the local magnetic moment.

  6. Re-entrant magneto-elastic transition in HoFe 4Ge 2 a neutron diffraction study

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    Schobinger-Papamantellos, P.; Rodríguez-Carvajal, J.; André, G.; Ritter, C.; Buschow, K. H. J.

    2004-09-01

    The re-entrant magneto-elastic transition of the antiferromagnetic HoFe 4Ge 2 compound has been studied by neutron powder diffraction as a function of temperature. The magnetic phase diagram comprises the wave vectors: ( q1o, q2o, q1t) and three magnetic transitions, two of them occurring simultaneously with the structural changes at Tc, TN=52 and Tc', Tic1 =15 K, the third being purely magnetic at Tic2 =40 K. The first transition is of second order while the latter two of first order. The sequence of phases follows the path: P42/mnm (HT), Tc, TN=52 K→ Cmmm (IT): ( q1o=(0,1/2,0) , T i c2 =40 K ⇒ q2o=(0,q y,0)) , Tc', T i c1 =15 K⇒ P42/mnm (LT): q1t=(0,1/2,0) . The magnetic structures described by the wave vectors ( q1o, q2o and q1t), where the components are referred to the reciprocal basis of the conventional Cmmm cell, correspond to canted multi-axial arrangements. The q2o wave vector length of the amplitude modulated phase varies non-monotonously, decreasing fast just below Tic2 ,—slowly between 36 K— Tc', Tic1 and jumping to the q1t=(0,1/2,0) lock-in value at Tc', Tic1 simultaneously with the first order re-entrant transition to the (LT) tetragonal phase. In the coexisting meta-stable orthorhombic phase from Tc', Tic1 down to 1.5 K the length of the wave vector q2o continues to decrease. To solve the magnetic structures of all the phases appearing in this complex situation, arising from competing ordering mechanisms and anisotropies of the underlying sublattices, we have used the simulated annealing method of global optimisation on high-resolution neutron powder diffraction data.

  7. A method for detailed simulations of neutron diffraction from imperfect crystals

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    Alianelli, L.; Wilson, N.; Andersen, K. H.; Sánchez del Río, M.; Felici, R.

    2004-08-01

    An upgraded version of the McStas Monochromator-curved module is presented. The new component, called Monochromator-reflect, is based on the use of input files for interpolating the neutron reflection and transmission probabilities according to the theoretical reflectivity of the crystal. These probabilities depend on the energy and angle at the crystal surface and also on the crystal mosaicity, geometry, material scattering cross-section, attenuation coefficient, and Bragg planes. We present details of the algorithm and definitions which are essential for a correct use of the module and show the improvements that it offers.

  8. Quantitation of water in membranes by neutron diffraction and X-ray techniques

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    Knott, R.B.; Schoenborn, B.P.

    1986-01-01

    The general principle of placing neutron and X-ray scattering density profiles on an absolute scale is being applied to an increasing number of problems in structural biology. This maximizes the information from the experiments by facilitating the identification of various molecular species. The greater detail available on the membrane water distribution has been highlighted in this chapter. The quantitative analysis of water in the headgroup region and the intermembrane water layer provides valuable information on membrane structure and function. The single most important limitation of the method is the lack of resolution. Improvements in experimental techniques will improve the resolution in a number of situations.

  9. Local ordering of Jahn-Teller orbitals in LiNiO2 by neutron powder diffraction

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    Chung, Jae-Ho; Egami, Takeshi; Shamoto, Shin-Ichi; Proffen, Thomas; Ghorayeb, Andre

    2004-03-01

    The orbital state of LiNiO2 has been controversial, since there is no signature of long-range Jahn-Teller distortion, unlike NaNiO2 that shows ferromagnetic orbital order. We have neutron pair distribution function analysis to reveal important features, such as the local J-T distortion, the sharp oxygen-oxygen distance correlations, and unusual temperature dependence. These observations can be explained by a local ordering of Ni^3+ Jahn-Teller orbitals, where three neighboring 3d_z^2-r^2/3 orbitals share an oxygen site to form a trimer. Under this arrangement, it is expected that a medium-range elastic field will induce a curvature on NiO2 layers, which frustrates long-range order and is consistent with the systematic peak broadening observed in the neutron diffraction profiles. We propose that this local ordering is the basis for the complex magnetic properties observed in this material.

  10. Visualizing the Structural Evolution of LSM/xYSZ Composite Cathodes for SOFC by in-situ Neutron Diffraction

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    Chen, Yan; Yang, Ling; Ren, Fei; An, Ke

    2014-01-01

    Thermal stability of composite cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells, the mixtures of (La0.8Sr0.2)0.95MnO3−δ (LSM) and (Y2O3)x(ZrO2)1−x (xYSZ, x = 3, 6, 8 and 10), is determined using in-situ neutron diffraction. Thanks to the most advanced high flux neutron source, our work highlights the visualization of the phase evolutions in heterogeneous material systems at high temperatures, along with the analysis of the diffusion activities of transition metal ions that reveal the reaction mechanism and kinetics. It is found that the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition in YSZ at T > 900°C leads to a heterogeneous redistribution of Mn ions. The subsequent reaction of LSM and YSZ occurring at T > 1100°C is revealed as a three-stage kinetic process, yielding La2Zr2O7, SrZrO3 and MnO. The diffusion activities of Y, Mn and La ions in the heterogeneous systems at elevated temperatures are derived by the structural analysis, and the three-stage reaction of YSZ and LSM is found strongly correlated to ions' behaviors as functions of temperature. PMID:24899139

  11. Hemoglobin redux: combining neutron and X-ray diffraction with mass spectrometry to analyse the quaternary state of oxidized hemoglobins.

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    Mueser, Timothy C; Griffith, Wendell P; Kovalevsky, Andrey Y; Guo, Jingshu; Seaver, Sean; Langan, Paul; Hanson, B Leif

    2010-11-01

    Improvements in neutron diffraction instrumentation are affording the opportunity to re-examine the structures of vertebrate hemoglobins and to interrogate proton and solvent position changes between the different quaternary states of the protein. For hemoglobins of unknown primary sequence, structural studies of cyanomethemoglobin (CNmetHb) are being used to help to resolve sequence ambiguity in the mass spectra. These studies have also provided additional structural evidence for the involvement of oxidized hemoglobin in the process of erythrocyte senescence. X-ray crystal studies of Tibetan snow leopard CNmetHb have shown that this protein crystallizes in the B state, a structure with a more open dyad, which possibly has relevance to RBC band 3 protein binding and erythrocyte senescence. R-state equine CNmetHb crystal studies elaborate the solvent differences in the switch and hinge region compared with a human deoxyhemoglobin T-state neutron structure. Lastly, comparison of histidine protonation between the T and R state should enumerate the Bohr-effect protons.

  12. Visualizing the structural evolution of LSM/xYSZ composite cathodes for SOFC by in-situ neutron diffraction.

    PubMed

    Chen, Yan; Yang, Ling; Ren, Fei; An, Ke

    2014-06-05

    Thermal stability of composite cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells, the mixtures of (La0.8Sr0.2)0.95MnO(3-δ) (LSM) and (Y2O3)(x)(ZrO2)(1-x) (xYSZ, x = 3, 6, 8 and 10), is determined using in-situ neutron diffraction. Thanks to the most advanced high flux neutron source, our work highlights the visualization of the phase evolutions in heterogeneous material systems at high temperatures, along with the analysis of the diffusion activities of transition metal ions that reveal the reaction mechanism and kinetics. It is found that the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition in YSZ at T > 900°C leads to a heterogeneous redistribution of Mn ions. The subsequent reaction of LSM and YSZ occurring at T > 1100°C is revealed as a three-stage kinetic process, yielding La2Zr2O7, SrZrO3 and MnO. The diffusion activities of Y, Mn and La ions in the heterogeneous systems at elevated temperatures are derived by the structural analysis, and the three-stage reaction of YSZ and LSM is found strongly correlated to ions' behaviors as functions of temperature.

  13. Neutron Diffraction on NaNi2 BiO6 : Complex Interactions on a Honeycomb Lattice

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    Scheie, Allen; Ross, Kate; Seibel, Elizabeth; Rodriguez-Rivera, Jose; Broholm, Collin; Cava, Robert; InstituteQuantum Matter Collaboration

    Magnetic crystals with a honeycomb lattice can have a very high degree of frustration when next-nearest neighbor interactions are strong. Such complex interactions can lead to Kitaev model physics, including a proposed spin liquid phase. Using neutron scattering, we studied the magnetic properties of a new spin-1/2 honeycomb compound, NaNi2BiO6, which was known to have heat capacity peaks indicative of a phase transition at 5 K. The magnetic order indicates beyond nearest-neighbor exchange as well as significant inter-plane interaction, which allows for a study of rich and complex structure. In this talk I report the magnetic structure of the compound as found with neutron powder diffraction, and discuss the exchanges necessary to lead to such a complex order. The work at IQM was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Material Sciences and Engineering, under Grant No. DEFG02-08ER46544.

  14. Interparticle effects in low-angle x-ray and neutron diffraction from chromatin.

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    Spencer, M; Staynov, D Z

    1980-01-01

    Published diffraction data are critically reviewed, and replotted in a new way to show the variation with concentration of the 8- to 25- nm diffraction maximum. Most of the early data are found to be consistent with a single model for a liquid-type array of mutually repulsive particles, whose molecular weight is calculated to be that of a nucleosome or possibly a dimer. The data for all but the highest concentrations, where distortion due to dehydration is possible, support no particular model for the higher-order coiling of chains of nucleosomes, and cannot be used to support models for "native" chromatin. Only in the presence of excess salts or after isolation with polyamines is there aggregation in solution of nucleosomes, which then give peaks at 11 and 5.5 nm that do not change much with concentration. Recent work by the authors confirms that under some conditions nucleosome undergo a transition to a state whose diffraction is consistent with hexagonal packing of extended DNA to which histones are still attached. This state is probably responsible for much of the strong 2.7-nm peak previously obtained from certain samples, which was in some cases assigned to nucleosome structure. Only the peak at 3.7 nm is clearly attributable to the form factor of the isolated native nucleosome. PMID:7260277

  15. Structural investigation of carbon/carbon composites by neutron scattering

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    Prem, Manfred; Krexner, Gerhard; Peterlik, Herwig

    2006-11-01

    Carbon/carbon (C/C) composite material was investigated by means of small-angle as well as wide-angle elastic neutron scattering. The C/C-composites were built up from bi-directionally woven fabrics from PAN-based carbon fibers. Pre-impregnation with phenolic resin was followed by pressure curing and carbonization at 1000 °C and a final heat treatment at either 1800 or 2400 °C. Measurements of the samples were performed in orientations arranging the carbon fibers, respectively, parallel and perpendicular to the incoming beam. Structural features of the fibers as well as the inherently existing pores are presented and the influence of the heat treatment is discussed. The results are compared to earlier X-ray investigations of carbon fibers and C/C-composites.

  16. In situ high-energy X-ray diffraction study of tensile deformation of neutron-irradiated polycrystalline Fe-9%Cr alloy

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    Zhang, Xuan; Li, Meimei; Park, Jun -Sang; ...

    2016-12-30

    The effect of neutron irradiation on tensile deformation of a Fe-9wt.%Cr alloy was investigated using in situ high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction during room-temperature uniaxial tensile tests. New insights into the deformation mechanisms were obtained through the measurements of lattice strain evolution and the analysis of diffraction peak broadening using the modified Williamson-Hall method. Two neutron-irradiated specimens, one irradiated at 300 °C to 0.01 dpa and the other at 450 °C to 0.01dpa, were tested along with an unirradiated specimen. The macroscopic stress–strain curves of the irradiated specimens showed increased strength, reduced ductility and work-hardening exponent compared to the unirradiated specimen.more » The evolutions of the lattice strain, the dislocation density and the coherent scattering domain size in the deformation process revealed different roles of the submicroscopic defects in the 300°C/0.01 dpa specimen and the TEM-visible nanometer-sized dislocation loops in the 450°C/0.01 dpa specimen: submicroscopic defects extended the linear work hardening stage (stage II) to a higher strain, while irradiation-induced dislocation loops were more effective in dislocation pinning. Lastly, while the work hardening rate of stage II was unaffected by irradiation, significant dynamic recovery in stage III in the irradiated specimens led to the early onset of necking without stage IV as observed in the unirradiated specimen.« less

  17. Compact turnkey focussing neutron guide system for inelastic scattering investigations

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    Brandl, G.; Georgii, R.; Dunsiger, S. R.; Tsurkan, V.; Loidl, A.; Adams, T.; Pfleiderer, C.; Böni, P.

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate the performance of a compact neutron guide module which boosts the intensity in inelastic neutron scattering experiments by approximately a factor of 40. The module consists of two housings containing truly curved elliptic focussing guide elements, positioned before and after the sample. The advantage of the module lies in the ease with which it may be reproducibly mounted on a spectrometer within a few hours, on the same timescale as conventional sample environments. It is particularly well suited for samples with a volume of a few mm3, thus enabling the investigation of materials which to date would have been considered prohibitively small or samples exposed to extreme environments, where there are space constraints. We benchmark the excellent performance of the module by measurements of the structural and magnetic excitations in single crystals of model systems. In particular, we report the phonon dispersion in the simple element lead. We also determine the magnon dispersion in the spinel ZnCr2Se4 (V = 12.5 mm3), where strong magnetic diffuse scattering at low temperatures evolves into distinct helical order.

  18. Compact turnkey focussing neutron guide system for inelastic scattering investigations

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    Brandl, G.; Georgii, R.; Dunsiger, S. R.; Tsurkan, V.; Loidl, A.; Adams, T.; Pfleiderer, C.; Böni, P.

    2015-12-21

    We demonstrate the performance of a compact neutron guide module which boosts the intensity in inelastic neutron scattering experiments by approximately a factor of 40. The module consists of two housings containing truly curved elliptic focussing guide elements, positioned before and after the sample. The advantage of the module lies in the ease with which it may be reproducibly mounted on a spectrometer within a few hours, on the same timescale as conventional sample environments. It is particularly well suited for samples with a volume of a few mm{sup 3}, thus enabling the investigation of materials which to date would have been considered prohibitively small or samples exposed to extreme environments, where there are space constraints. We benchmark the excellent performance of the module by measurements of the structural and magnetic excitations in single crystals of model systems. In particular, we report the phonon dispersion in the simple element lead. We also determine the magnon dispersion in the spinel ZnCr{sub 2}Se{sub 4} (V = 12.5 mm{sup 3}), where strong magnetic diffuse scattering at low temperatures evolves into distinct helical order.

  19. Investigations of low-temperature neutron embrittlement of ferritic steels

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    Farrell, K.; Mahmood, S.T.; Stoller, R.E.; Mansur, L.K.

    1992-12-31

    Investigations were made into reasons for accelerated embrittlement of surveillance specimens of ferritic steels irradiated at 50C at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) pressure vessel. Major suspects for the precocious embrittlement were a highly thermalized neutron spectrum,a low displacement rate, and the impurities boron and copper. None of these were found guilty. A dosimetry measurement shows that the spectrum at a major surveillance site is not thermalized. A new model of matrix hardening due to point defect clusters indicates little effect of displacement rate at low irradiation temperature. Boron levels are measured at 1 wt ppM or less, inadequate for embrittlement. Copper at 0.3 wt % and nickel at 0.7 wt % are shown to promote radiation strengthening in iron binary alloys irradiated at 50 to 60C, but no dependence on copper and nickel was found in steels with 0.05 to 0.22% Cu and 0.07 to 3.3% Ni. It is argued that copper impurity is not responsible for the accelerated embrittlement of the HFIR surveillance specimens. The dosimetry experiment has revealed the possibility that the fast fluence for the surveillance specimens may be underestimated because the stainless steel monitors in the surveillance packages do not record an unexpected component of neutrons in the spectrum at energies just below their measurement thresholds of 2 to 3 MeV.

  20. Superconductivity in CaFe2As2 under uniaxial pressure: new insights from neutron diffraction experiments

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    Prokeš, K.; Kreyssig, A.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Pratt, D. K.; Ni, N.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; McQueeney, R. J.; Argyriou, D. N.; Goldman, A. I.

    2010-03-01

    CaFe2As2, a member of the 122 iron arsenide family, is not superconducting at ambient pressure. It undergoes structural and antiferromagnetic transitions at TTO = 172 K that are strongly coupled [1]. In clamped cell pressure measurements using a liquid medium, superconductivity has been observed with TC as high as 12 K [2]. However, measurements using a He-gas pressure cell, where non-hydrostatic pressure components are minimized show no evidence of superconductivity [3]. We report on neutron diffraction experiments using CaFe2As2 single crystals under uniaxial pressure applied along the c axis. We find that, above 0.05 GPa, several structural phases coexist at low temperature. Simultaneous diffraction/resistivity measurements strongly suggest that a pressure-stabilized tetragonal phase is responsible for the superconductivity in CaFe2As2. -- The work at Ames Laboratory was supported by US DOE (DE-AC02-07CH11358). [1] A.I. Goldman, et al., PRB 78 (2008) 100506. [2] M.S. Torikachvili, et al., PRL 101 (2008) 057006. [3] W.Yu, et al., PRB 79 (2009) 020511.

  1. Measurement of residual stress fields in FHPP welding: a comparison between DSPI combined with hole-drilling and neutron diffraction

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    Viotti, Matias R.; Albertazzi, Armando; Staron, Peter; Pisa, Marcelo

    2013-04-01

    This paper shows a portable device to measure mainly residual stress fields outside the optical bench. This system combines the traditional hole drilling technique with Digital Speckle Pattern Interferometry. The novel feature of this device is the high degree of compaction since only one base supports simultaneously the measurement module and the hole-drilling device. The portable device allows the measurement of non-uniform residual stresses in accordance with the ASTM standard. In oil and gas offshore industries, alternative welding procedures among them, the friction hydro pillar processing (FHPP) is highlighted and nowadays is an important maintenance tool since it has the capability to produce structure repairs without risk of explosions. In this process a hole is drilled and filled with a consumable rod of the same material. The rod, which could be cylindrical or conical, is rotated and pressed against the hole, leading to frictional heating. In order to assess features about the residual stress distribution generated by the weld into the rod as well as into the base material around the rod, welded samples were evaluated by neutron diffraction and by the hole drilling technique having a comparison between them. For the hole drilling technique some layers were removed by using electrical discharge machining (EDM) after diffraction measurements in order to assess the bulk stress distribution. Results have shown a good agreement between techniques.

  2. Anti-site mixing and magnetic properties of Fe3Co3Nb2 studied via neutron powder diffraction

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    Xu, Xiaoshan; Zhang, Xiaozhe; Yin, Yuewei; ...

    2016-11-02

    We studied the crystal structure and magnetic properties of the rare-earth-free intermetallic compound Fe3Co3Nb2, which has recently been demonstrated to have potentially high magnetic anisotropy, using temperature-dependent neutron powder diffraction. The temperature dependence of the diffraction spectra reveals a magnetic transition between 300 and 400 K, in agreement with the magnetometry measurements. According to the structural refinement of the paramagnetic state and the substantial magnetic contribution to the diffuse scattering in the ferromagnetic state, the Fe/Co anti-site mixing is so strong that the site occupation for Fe and Co is almost random. The projection of the magnetic moments turned outmore » to be non-zero along the c axis and in the a–b plane of Fe3Co3Nb2, most likely because of the exchange interactions between the randomly orientated nanograins in the samples. As a result, these findings suggest that future studies on the magnetism of Fe3Co3Nb2 need to take the Fe/Co anti-site mixing into account, and the exchange interactions need to be suppressed to obtain large remanence and coercivity.« less

  3. In situ shape and distance measurements in neutron scattering and diffraction

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    Fujiwara, Satoru; Mendelson, R.A.

    1994-12-31

    Neutron scattering combined with selective isotopic labeling and contrast matching is useful for obtaining in situ structural information about a selected particle, or particles, in a macromolecular complex. The observed intensities, however, may be distorted by inter-complex interference and by scattering-length-density fluctuations of the (otherwise) contrast-matched portions. Methods have been proposed to cancel out such distortions (Hoppe`s method, the Statistical Labeling Method, and the Triple Isotopic Substitution Method). With these methods as well as related unmixed-sample methods, structural information about the selected particles can be obtained without these distortions. We have generalized these methods so that, in addition to globular particles in solution, they can be applied to in situ structures of systems having underlying symmetry and/or net orientation as well. The information obtainable from such experiments is discussed.

  4. Neutron Diffraction Studies of Some Rare Earth-Transition Metal Deuterides.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-04-01

    in the x 0.4 to 0.6 range resulting in an absence of long range-maqntic order. The phenomenon is srir2o that expected of spin-glass behavior.- eutron ...diffraction and thermal magnetization measurements on small single crystals of ErNi3, ErCo3, and ErFe 3 (space group R3m) show that the...Sparallel to b ........................... 37 13. Thermal variations of the spontaneous moment components Hs1< and along C and -b

  5. A highly hydrated α-cyclodextrin/1-undecanol inclusion complex: crystal structure and hydrogen-bond network from high-resolution neutron diffraction at 20 K.

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    Gallois-Montbrun, Delphine; Le Bas, Geneviève; Mason, Sax A; Prangé, Thierry; Lesieur, Sylviane

    2013-04-01

    The monoclinic C2 crystal structure of an α-cyclodextrin/1-undecanol host-guest inclusion complex was solved using single-crystal neutron diffraction. Large high-quality crystals were specially produced by optimizing temperature-controlled growth conditions. The hydrate crystallizes in a channel-type structure formed by head-to-head dimer units of α-cyclodextrin molecules stacked like coins in a roll. The alkyl chain of the guest lipid is entirely embedded inside the tubular cavity delimited by the α-cyclodextrin dimer and adopts an all-trans planar zigzag conformation, while the alcohol polar head group is outside close to the α-cyclodextrin primary hydroxyl groups. The cyclodextrin dimer forms columns, which adopt a quasi-square arrangement much less compact than the quasi-hexagonal close packing already observed in the less hydrated α-cyclodextrin channel-type structures usually found with similar linear guests. The lack of compactness of this crystal form is related to the high number of interstitial water molecules. The replacement of 1-undecanol by 1-decanol does not modify the overall crystal structure of the hydrate as shown by additional X-ray diffraction investigations comparing the two host-guest assemblies. This is the first study that analyses the entire hydrogen-bonding network involved in the formation of a cyclodextrin dimer surrounded by its shell of water molecules.

  6. New large volume hydrothermal reaction cell for studying chemical processes under supercritical hydrothermal conditions using time-resolved in situ neutron diffraction

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    Ok, Kang Min; O'Hare, Dermot; Smith, Ronald I.; Chowdhury, Mohammed; Fikremariam, Hanna

    2010-12-01

    The design and testing of a new large volume Inconel pressure cell for the in situ study of supercritical hydrothermal syntheses using time-resolved neutron diffraction is introduced for the first time. The commissioning of this new cell is demonstrated by the measurement of the time-of-flight neutron diffraction pattern for TiO2 (Anatase) in supercritical D2O on the POLARIS diffractometer at the United Kingdom's pulsed spallation neutron source, ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The sample can be studied over a wide range of temperatures (25-450 °C) and pressures (1-355 bar). This novel apparatus will now enable us to study the kinetics and mechanisms of chemical syntheses under extreme environments such as supercritical water, and in particular to study the crystallization of a variety of technologically important inorganic materials.

  7. New large volume hydrothermal reaction cell for studying chemical processes under supercritical hydrothermal conditions using time-resolved in situ neutron diffraction.

    PubMed

    Ok, Kang Min; O'Hare, Dermot; Smith, Ronald I; Chowdhury, Mohammed; Fikremariam, Hanna

    2010-12-01

    The design and testing of a new large volume Inconel pressure cell for the in situ study of supercritical hydrothermal syntheses using time-resolved neutron diffraction is introduced for the first time. The commissioning of this new cell is demonstrated by the measurement of the time-of-flight neutron diffraction pattern for TiO(2) (Anatase) in supercritical D(2)O on the POLARIS diffractometer at the United Kingdom's pulsed spallation neutron source, ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The sample can be studied over a wide range of temperatures (25-450 °C) and pressures (1-355 bar). This novel apparatus will now enable us to study the kinetics and mechanisms of chemical syntheses under extreme environments such as supercritical water, and in particular to study the crystallization of a variety of technologically important inorganic materials.

  8. Room-temperature ultrahigh-resolution time-of-flight neutron and X-ray diffraction studies of H/D-exchanged crambin

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    Chen, Julian C.-H.; Fisher, Zoë; Kovalevsky, Andrey Y.; Mustyakimov, Marat; Hanson, B. Leif; Zhurov, Vladimir V.; Langan, Paul

    2012-01-01

    The room-temperature (RT) X-ray structure of H/D-exchanged crambin is reported at 0.85 Å resolution. As one of the very few proteins refined with anisotropic atomic displacement parameters at two temperatures, the dynamics of atoms in the RT and 100 K structures are compared. Neutron diffraction data from an H/D-exchanged crambin crystal collected at the Protein Crystallo­graphy Station (PCS) showed diffraction beyond 1.1 Å resolution. This is the highest resolution neutron diffraction reported to date for a protein crystal and will reveal important details of the anisotropic motions of H and D atoms in protein structures. PMID:22297981

  9. INVESTIGATION OF A FAST NEUTRON MONITORING SYSTEM USING SEMICONDUCTOR DETECTORS.

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    EFFECTS, PREAMPLIFIERS, INTEGRATED CIRCUITS, SOLAR CELLS, CALIFORNIUM , RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES, SENSITIVITY, GAMMA RAYS, TEMPERATURE, SILICON ALLOYS, GALLIUM ALLOYS, ARSENIC ALLOYS, CARBIDES, FAST NEUTRONS.

  10. Residual stress analysis of an aircraft landing gear part using neutron diffraction

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    Shin, Eunjoo; Seong, Baek Seok; Sim, Cheul Muu

    2013-07-01

    The residual stress of a landing gear part of a fighter jet that has a frequent practice of takeoff and landing was evaluated for the safety. The sample was a cylindrical steel bar with a 22.2 mm diameter and 55 mm length used to fix the main landing gear to the aircraft body. For a deep measurement up to 6 mm, we used a neutron beam. From the measurements, the tensile and compressive strain in the axial direction were observed around one side of the pin hole which was across the steel bar vertically with an 8 mm diameter. The strain distribution along the length of the bar presented a similar tendency through the thickness and a larger value on the surface. The maximum value of the residual stress around the pin hole was about 100 MPa. However, there was no strain on the opposite side of the pin hole. From the results, it may be surmised that the steel bar received a steady force in one direction around the pin hole, however the force was weak and affected a small limited area and thus not influence on the steel bar on the whole.

  11. A high-temperature neutron diffraction study of Nb2AlC and TiNbAlC

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    Bentzel, Grady W.; Lane, Nina J.; Vogel, Sven C.; ...

    2014-12-16

    In this paper, we report on the crystal structures of Nb2AlC and TiNbAlC actual composition (Ti0.45,Nb0.55)2AlC compounds determined from Rietveld analysis of neutron diffraction patterns in the 300-1173 K temperature range. The average linear thermal expansion coefficients of a Nb2AlC sample in the a and c directions are, respectively, 7.9(5)x10-6 K-1 and 7.7(5)x10-6 K-1 on one neutron diffractometer and 7.3(3)x10-6 K-1 and 7.0(2)x10-6 K-1 on a second diffractometer. The respective values for the (Ti0.45,Nb0.55)2AlC composition - only tested on one diffractometer - are 8.5(3)x10-6 K-1 and 7.5(5)x10-6 K-1. These values are relatively low compared to other MAX phases. Like othermore » MAX phases, however, the atomic displacement parameters show that the Al atoms vibrate with higher amplitudes than the Ti and C atoms, and 1 more along the basal planes than normal to them. In addition, when the predictions of the atomic displacement parameters obtained from density functional theory are compared to the experimental results, good quantitative agreement is found for the Al atoms. In case of the Nb and C atoms, the agreement was more qualitative.« less

  12. Crystal structures of deuterated sodium molybdate dihydrate and sodium tungstate dihydrate from time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction.

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    Fortes, A Dominic

    2015-07-01

    Time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction data have been measured from ∼90 mol% deuterated isotopologues of Na2MoO4·2H2O and Na2WO4·2H2O at 295 K to a resolution of sin (θ)/λ = 0.77 Å(-1). The use of neutrons has allowed refinement of structural parameters with a precision that varies by a factor of two from the heaviest to the lightest atoms; this contrasts with the X-ray based refinements where precision may be > 20× poorer for O atoms in the presence of atoms such as Mo and W. The accuracy and precision of inter-atomic distances and angles are in excellent agreement with recent X-ray single-crystal structure refinements whilst also completing our view of the hydrogen-bond geometry to the same degree of statistical certainty. The two structures are isotypic, space-group Pbca, with all atoms occupying general positions, being comprised of edge- and corner-sharing NaO5 and NaO6 polyhedra that form layers parallel with (010) inter-leaved with planes of XO4 (X = Mo, W) tetra-hedra that are linked by chains of water mol-ecules along [100] and [001]. The complete structure is identical with the previously described molybdate [Capitelli et al. (2006 ▸). Asian J. Chem. 18, 2856-2860] but shows that the purported three-centred inter-action involving one of the water mol-ecules in the tungstate [Farrugia (2007 ▸). Acta Cryst. E63, i142] is in fact an ordinary two-centred 'linear' hydrogen bond.

  13. Crystal structures of deuterated sodium molybdate dihydrate and sodium tungstate dihydrate from time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction

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    Fortes, A. Dominic

    2015-01-01

    Time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction data have been measured from ∼90 mol% deuterated isotopologues of Na2MoO4·2H2O and Na2WO4·2H2O at 295 K to a resolution of sin (θ)/λ = 0.77 Å−1. The use of neutrons has allowed refinement of structural parameters with a precision that varies by a factor of two from the heaviest to the lightest atoms; this contrasts with the X-ray based refinements where precision may be > 20× poorer for O atoms in the presence of atoms such as Mo and W. The accuracy and precision of inter­atomic distances and angles are in excellent agreement with recent X-ray single-crystal structure refinements whilst also completing our view of the hydrogen-bond geometry to the same degree of statistical certainty. The two structures are isotypic, space-group Pbca, with all atoms occupying general positions, being comprised of edge- and corner-sharing NaO5 and NaO6 polyhedra that form layers parallel with (010) inter­leaved with planes of XO4 (X = Mo, W) tetra­hedra that are linked by chains of water mol­ecules along [100] and [001]. The complete structure is identical with the previously described molybdate [Capitelli et al. (2006 ▸). Asian J. Chem. 18, 2856–2860] but shows that the purported three-centred inter­action involving one of the water mol­ecules in the tungstate [Farrugia (2007 ▸). Acta Cryst. E63, i142] is in fact an ordinary two-centred ‘linear’ hydrogen bond. PMID:26279871

  14. Synchrotron imaging and diffraction to investigate internal features of stable tearing fracture phenomenon in metallic specimens.

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    Frink, Elizabeth; Lease, Kevin

    2012-07-01

    In situ synchrotron imaging and diffraction on beamline 1-ID-C at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) has been used to investigate the internal features present during the stable tearing fracture phenomenon in low-constraint metallic specimens. The results that are obtained from this investigation show that the internal features are identifiable with these techniques, and this initial investigation lays the groundwork for future, more in-depth investigations with some improvements to the methods.

  15. Neutron-diffraction studies of the crystal structure and the color enhancement in γ-irradiated tourmaline

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    Maneewong, Apichate; Seong, Baek Seok; Shin, Eun Joo; Kim, Jeong Seog; Kajornrith, Varavuth

    2016-01-01

    Tourmaline gemstones have an extremely complex composition and show great variety in color. Most color centers are related to transition-metal ions. Oxidation/reduction of these ions is known to be related with the color enhancement of tourmaline caused by gamma-ray ( γ)-irradiation and/or thermal treatment. However, the current understanding of the microscopic structure of the color centers remains weak. In this work, γ-irradiation was performed on three types of tourmaline gemstones to enhance the colors of the gemstones: two pink from Afghanistan and one green from Nigeria. All three samples were irradiated at 600 and 800 kGy. Their crystal structural and chemical behaviors have been investigated by using a Rietveld refinement analysis of neutron diffraction data, Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF), Ultraviolet-visible Spectroscopy (UV-Vis) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and the results were compared with data obtained for samples in the natural state. Pink tourmaline of a high number of Mn ions (T2, 0.24 wt%) showed significant improvement in the quality of the pink color (rubellite) after irradiation of 800 kGy while the pink tourmaline of low MnO content (T1, 0.08 wt%) showed color adulteration. Pink color enhancement in T2, responding to darker pink, was associated with increases in the two absorption bands, one peaking at 396 and the other at 522 nm, after irradiation. These absorption bands are ascribed to d-d transitions of divalent manganese. T1 with color enhancement due to oxidation of Mn2+ showed a slightly larger < Y- O> distance. The green tourmaline containing much higher amounts of both Mn (T3) and Fe ions, 2.59 wt% and 5.7 wt%, respectively, changed to a yellow color after irradiation at 800 kGy. The refined structural parameters of this sample revealed distortions in the Z site. The < Z- O> distance decreased from 2.033 to 2.0192 Å. In addition, the unit-cell parameter was decreased after irradiation. The color change

  16. Neutron diffraction from macroscopic objects and transverse coherence of the wavefunction: The Fresnel zone plates

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    Altissimo, M.; Petrillo, C.; Sacchetti, F.; Sani, L.; Stahn, J.

    2008-02-01

    A new high resolution (400 nm) Fresnel Zone Plate (ZP) of 1 mm diameter has been designed and produced in order to accurately measure its spatial resolution and efficiency. This experiment is an extension of the previous tests performed to measure the efficiency of these devices. The measurements were carried out on the diffractometer Morpheus at PSI using a new ZP designed to obtain a small focal length of 0.833 m at 4.7 Å. In this experiment a 0.8 mm edge square neutron source at 4.7 Å was demagnified by the ZP by a factor 2 down to about 0.4 mm at 1.24 m distance from the ZP. With this configuration, using a Gd knife edge, we determined the transverse profile of the image with a spatial accuracy of 0.01 mm. In addition an appropriate configuration was used to measure the efficiency of the ZP, which was equal to 0.28±0.02, to be compared to 0.325, that is the ideal value at 4.7 Å. The result for the ZP resolution suggests that the image has a broadening in the range of 0.01 mm, corresponding to an effective wave front coherence over a distance greater than 50 μm, to be compared to some 0.2 μm as deduced from the indetermination principle, according to the beam divergence. Numerical simulations of the ZP are performed with a partially coherent wave front to show the effect of the phase variation on the intensity at different positions.

  17. Neutron diffraction study of monoclinic brannerite-type CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6}

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    Markkula, Mikael; Arevalo-Lopez, Angel M.; Paul Attfield, J.

    2012-08-15

    A variable-temperature powder neutron diffraction study of the monoclinic brannerite-type CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} (space group C2/m, a=9.2531(2), b=3.5040(1), c=6.6201(1) A and {beta}=111.617(1) Degree-Sign at 300 K) is reported. No structural transition is observed down to 4 K, but a magnetostriction accompanying antiferromagnetic order at T{sub N}=15 K is discovered. Antiferromagnetic order observed below T{sub N} has an a Multiplication-Sign b Multiplication-Sign 2c supercell in which Co{sup 2+} moments of magnitude 4.77(4) {mu}{sub B} at 4 K lie in the ac plane and are ferromagnetically coupled within chains of edge-sharing CoO{sub 6} octahedra parallel to b. Ferromagnetic chains are coupled antiferromagnetically to neighbouring chains in the a and c directions, and a model for the interchain order in the reported 1/3 magnetization plateau region is proposed. - Graphical abstract: Antiferromagnetic order of Co{sup 2+} moments in monoclinic brannerite type CoV2O6 results in a magnetostriction at the 15 K Neel transition. An alternative coupling between ferromagnetic chains is proposed to account for a 1/3 magnetization plateau in this material. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Variable-temperature powder neutron diffraction study of the monoclinic brannerite-type CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} is reported. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetostriction accompanying antiferromagnetic order at T{sub N}=15 K in monoclinic CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} is discovered. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Antiferromagnetic order in a Multiplication-Sign b Multiplication-Sign 2c supercell of CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} is determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Model for spin order in the reported 1/3 magnetization plateau of CoV{sub 2}O{sub 6} is proposed.

  18. In-situ Time-Resolved Neutron Diffraction Measurements of Microstructure Variations during Friction Stir Welding in a 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy

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    Woo, Wan Chuck; Wang, Xun-Li; Ungar, Prof Tomas; Feng, Zhili; David, Stan A; Clausen, B; Hubbard, Camden R

    2008-01-01

    The microstructure change is one of the most important research areas in the friction stir welding (FSW). However, direct observation of microstructure changes during FSW has been extremely challenging because many measurement techniques are inapplicable. Recently developed in-situ time-resolved neutron diffraction methodology, which drastically improves the temporal resolution of neutron diffraction, enables to observe the transient microstructure changes during FSW. We installed a portable FSW system in the Spectrometer for MAterials Research at Temperature and Stress (SMARTS) at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center and the FSW was made on 6.35mm-thickness 6061-T6 Al alloy plate. At the same time, the neutron beam was centered on the mid-plane of the Al plate at 8 mm from the tool center (underneath the tool shoulder) and the diffraction peak was continuously measured during welding. The peak broadening analysis has been performed using the Williamson-Hall Method. The result shows that the dislocation density of about 3.2 x 10^15 m-2 duing FSW, which is the significant increse compared to the before (4.5 x 10^14 m-2) and after (4.0 x 10^14 m-2) the FSW. The quantitatively analysis of the grain structure can provide an insight to understand the transient variation of the microstructure during FSW.

  19. Magnetic structure of La2O3FeMnSe2: neutron diffraction and physical property measurements.

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    Landsgesell, S; Blumenröther, E; Prokeš, K

    2013-02-27

    We report on the characterization of the mixed layered lanthanum iron manganese oxyselenide La(2)O(3)FeMnSe(2), where Fe and Mn share the same crystallographic position. The susceptibility data show a magnetic transition temperature of 76 K and a strong difference between field cooled and zero field cooled (ZFC) data at low fields. While the ZFC magnetization curve exhibits negative values below about 45 K, hysteresis measurement reveals, after an initial negative magnetic moment, a hysteresis loop typical for ferromagnetic material, pointing to competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interactions. Resistivity and dielectric permittivity measurements indicate that La(2)O(3)FeMnSe(2) is a semiconductor. We performed x-ray diffraction at 295 K and neutron diffraction at 90 and 1.7 K. The nuclear and magnetic structure was refined in the space group I4/mmm with a = 4.11031 (3) Å and c = 18.7613 (2) Å at 295 K. We did not detect a structural distortion and the Fe and Mn atoms were randomly distributed. The magnetic order was found to be antiferromagnetic, with a propagation vector q = (0,0,0) and magnetic moments of 3.44 (5) μ(B) per Fe/Mn atom aligned within the a-b plane. This magnetic order is different with respect to the pure Fe or Mn compositions reported in other studies.

  20. Glycine zinc sulfate penta-hydrate: redetermination at 10 K from time-of-flight neutron Laue diffraction.

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    Fortes, A Dominic; Howard, Christopher M; Wood, Ian G; Gutmann, Matthias J

    2016-10-01

    Single crystals of glycine zinc sulfate penta-hydrate [systematic name: hexa-aqua-zinc tetra-aquadiglycinezinc bis-(sulfate)], [Zn(H2O)6][Zn(C2H5NO2)2(H2O)4](SO4)2, have been grown by isothermal evaporation from aqueous solution at room temperature and characterized by single-crystal neutron diffraction. The unit cell contains two unique ZnO6 octa-hedra on sites of symmetry -1 and two SO4 tetra-hedra with site symmetry 1; the octa-hedra comprise one [tetra-aqua-diglycine zinc](2+) ion (centred on one Zn atom) and one [hexa-aqua-zinc](2+) ion (centred on the other Zn atom); the glycine zwitterion, NH3(+)CH2COO(-), adopts a monodentate coordination to the first Zn atom. All other atoms sit on general positions of site symmetry 1. Glycine forms centrosymmetric closed cyclic dimers due to N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds between the amine and carboxyl-ate groups of adjacent zwitterions and exhibits torsion angles varying from ideal planarity by no more than 1.2°, the smallest values for any known glycine zwitterion not otherwise constrained by a mirror plane. This work confirms the H-atom locations estimated in three earlier single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies with the addition of independently refined fractional coordinates and Uij parameters, which provide accurate inter-nuclear X-H (X = N, O) bond lengths and consequently a more accurate and precise depiction of the hydrogen-bond framework.

  1. Water dynamics in graphite oxide investigated with neutron scattering.

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    Buchsteiner, Alexandra; Lerf, Anton; Pieper, Jörg

    2006-11-16

    Graphite oxide is an inorganic multilayer system that preserves the layered structure of graphite but not the conjugated bond structure. In the past few years, detailed studies of the static structure of graphite oxide were carried out. This was mainly done by NMR investigations and led to a new structural model of graphite oxide. The layer distance of graphite oxide increases with increasing humidity level, giving rise to different spacings of the carbon layers in the range from 6 to 12 A. As a consequence, different types of motions of water and functional groups appear. Information about the mobility of the water molecules is not yet complete but is crucial for the understanding of the structure of the carbon layers as well as the intercalation process. In this paper, the hydration- and temperature-dependent dynamic behavior of graphite oxide will be investigated by quasielastic neutron scattering using the time-of-flight spectrometer NEAT at the Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin. The character of the embedded water does not change over a wide range of hydration levels. Especially the interlayer water remains tightly bound and does not show any translational motion. In samples with excess water, however, the water is also distributed in noninterlayer voids, leading to the observation of additional motions of bulklike or confined water. The dynamic behavior of hydrated graphite oxide can be described by a consistent model that combines two two-site jump motions for the motions of the water molecules and the motions of OH groups.

  2. Influence of Cr doping on the magnetic structure of the FeAs-strips compound CaFe4As3: A single-crystal neutron diffraction study

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    Manuel, P.; Chapon, L. C.; Trimarchi, G.; Todorov, I. S.; Chung, D. Y.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Gutmann, M. J.; Freeman, A. J.; Kanatzidis, M. G.

    2013-09-01

    We have studied the magnetic structure of a Cr-doped iron-arsenide compound CaFe4As3 by means of single crystal neutron diffraction. The neutron data reveal that below 90 K, an antiferromagnetic structure with propagation vector k=0 is adopted. Refinement of the magnetic structure using one of the modes allowed by symmetry analysis indicates that two of the four Fe sites, including the one where the selective substitution Fe/Cr happens, bear reduced magnetic moments. Density functional theory calculations confirm the stability of such a magnetic arrangement.

  3. Computation of diffuse scattering arising from one-phonon excitations in a neutron time-of-flight single-crystal Laue diffraction experiment

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    Gutmann, Matthias J.; Graziano, Gabriella; Mukhopadhyay, Sanghamitra; Refson, Keith; von Zimmerman, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Direct phonon excitation in a neutron time-of-flight single-crystal Laue diffraction experiment has been observed in a single crystal of NaCl. At room temperature both phonon emission and excitation leave characteristic features in the diffuse scattering and these are well reproduced using ab initio phonons from density functional theory (DFT). A measurement at 20 K illustrates the effect of thermal population of the phonons, leaving the features corresponding to phonon excitation and strongly suppressing the phonon annihilation. A recipe is given to compute these effects combining DFT results with the geometry of the neutron experiment. PMID:26306090

  4. Molecular Visualization of Methane - Carbon Dioxide Solid Solution in Gas Hydrates by High Resolution Neutron Powder Diffraction

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    Everett, M.; Rawn, C.; Huq, A.; Chakoumakos, B. C.; Phelps, T. J.

    2012-12-01

    The exchange of CO2 for CH4 in natural gas hydrates could produce energy from untapped sources while at the same time sequestering CO2. In addition to the energy and environmental aspects the solid solution of (CH4)1-x(CO2)x 5.75H2O provides a framework inclusion structure that enables the scientific study of how two molecules that differ greatly in their bonding, shape, coordination and molecular weight can influence the structure and properties of the compound and interact with the framework that occludes the molecules. Samples synthesized by cooling liquid water pressurized with either pure CH4 or CO2 or mixtures of the two gases to temperatures where hydrate formation occurs have been studied using high-resolution neutron diffraction. Static images of the nuclear scattering density of the free moving gas molecules have been determined. Cage occupants and occupancies, the volume change of the unit cell and the individual cages based on composition have been determined.

  5. Collinear antiferromagnetism in trigonal SrMn2As2 revealed by single-crystal neutron diffraction

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    Das, Pinaki; Sangeetha, N. S.; Pandey, Abhishek; Benson, Zackery A.; Heitmann, T. W.; Johnston, D. C.; Goldman, A. I.; Kreyssig, A.

    2017-01-01

    Iron pnictides and related materials have been a topic of intense research for understanding the complex interplay between magnetism and superconductivity. Here we report on the magnetic structure of SrMn2As2 that crystallizes in a trigonal structure (P\\bar{3}m1 ) and undergoes an antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition at {{T}\\text{N}}=118(2) K. The magnetic susceptibility remains nearly constant at temperatures T≤slant {{T}\\text{N}} with \\boldsymbol{H}\\parallel \\boldsymbol{c} whereas it decreases significantly with \\boldsymbol{H}\\parallel \\boldsymbol{a}\\boldsymbol{b} . This shows that the ordered Mn moments lie in the \\boldsymbol{a}\\boldsymbol{b} plane instead of aligning along the \\boldsymbol{c} -axis as in tetragonal BaMn2As2. Single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements on SrMn2As2 demonstrate that the Mn moments are ordered in a collinear Néel AFM phase with {{180}\\circ} AFM alignment between a moment and all nearest neighbor moments in the basal plane and also perpendicular to it. Moreover, quasi-two-dimensional AFM order is manifested in SrMn2As2 as evident from the temperature dependence of the order parameter.

  6. Neutron diffraction study of magnetic ordering of the manganese bismuth chloro-sulfide: MnBiS{sub 2}Cl

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    Doussier-Brochard, C.; Leone, P. Andre, G.; Moelo, Y.

    2009-04-02

    In quaternary compounds of Mn{sup 2+}PnQ{sub 2}X (Pn = Sb, Bi; Q = S, Se; X = Cl, Br, I), Mn atoms in octahedral coordination (4 Q and 2 X) form waved layers separated by Pn atoms. The magnetic structure of the manganese bismuth chloro-sulfide MnBiS{sub 2}Cl has been determined by neutron powder diffraction, revealing a magnetic ordering with an incommensurate wave-vector along b-axis (k = [0, 0.3978, 0]) at 1.6 K. Two modulation models, sinusoidal and helicoidal, give quite equivalent magnetic reliability factors (R{sub mag} = 0.0450 and 0.0481, respectively). The magnetic moment decreases with increasing temperature, to zero at T{sub N} = 32 K. The evolution of the propagation wave-vector shows an irregularity at about 28 K. It could evidence two-phase transitions in agreement with the specific heat measurements. These results are compared to those of manganese antimony chloro-sulfide MnSbS{sub 2}Cl, isotypic with MnBiS{sub 2}Cl.

  7. Neutron Diffraction Study of Strain/Stress States and Subgrain Defects in a Creep-Deformed, Single-Crystal Superalloy

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    Wu, Erdong; Sun, Guangai; Chen, BO; Zhang, Jian; Ji, Vincent; Klosek, Vincent; Mathon, Marie-Helene

    2014-01-01

    A single crystal superalloy with initial sample axis 10 deg deviated from [001] was creep deformed at 1273 K (1000 °C) 235 MPa and its triaxial strain/stress state and subgrain defects were studied by neutron diffraction. Normal internal stresses with their directions close to the loading axis and their scales smaller than those perpendicular to the axis were observed and attributed to a lattice rotation toward [001] pole. The internal stress at a level approaching to the loading stress and mostly in the state of interphase stress was induced during the first stage of creep prior to rafting and associated to lattice rotation, microstrain relaxation and line-up of misoriented γ'-precipitates. The internal stress was diminished and released at final stage of creep associated with a reduction in unit-cell volume and a transition of strain/stress state between the two phases. The observation was explained by development of dislocations and raft structure during creep.

  8. Modeling of ground albedo neutrons to investigate seasonal cosmic ray-induced neutron variations measured at high-altitude stations

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    Hubert, G.; Pazianotto, M. T.; Federico, C. A.

    2016-12-01

    This paper investigates seasonal cosmic ray-induced neutron variations measured over a long-term period (from 2011 to 2016) in both the high-altitude stations located in medium geomagnetic latitude and Antarctica (Pic-du-Midi and Concordia, respectively). To reinforce analysis, modeling based on ground albedo neutrons simulations of extensive air showers and the solar modulation potential was performed. Because the local environment is well known and stable over time in Antarctica, data were used to validate the modeling approach. A modeled scene representative to the Pic-du-Midi was simulated with GEANT4 for various hydrogen properties (composition, density, and wet level) and snow thickness. The orders of magnitudes of calculated thermal fluence rates are consistent with measurements obtained during summers and winters. These variations are dominant in the thermal domain (i.e., En < 0.5 eV) and lesser degree in epithermal and evaporation domains (i.e., 0.5 eV < En < 0.1 MeV and 0.1 MeV < En < 20 MeV, respectively). Cascade neutron (En > 20 MeV) is weakly impacted. The role of hydrogen content on ground albedo neutron generation was investigated with GEANT4 simulations. These investigations focused to mountain environment; nevertheless, they demonstrate the complexity of the local influences on neutron fluence rates.

  9. A single-crystal neutron and X-ray diffraction study of pezzottaite, Cs(Be2Li)Al2Si6O18

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    Gatta, G. Diego; Adamo, Ilaria; Meven, Martin; Lambruschi, Erica

    2012-11-01

    The chemical composition and the crystal structure of pezzottaite [ideal composition Cs(Be2Li)Al2Si6O18; space group: {{R}} overline{{3}} c, a = 15.9615(6) Å, c = 27.8568(9) Å] from the type locality in Ambatovita (central Madagascar) were investigated by electron microprobe analysis in wavelength dispersive mode, thermo-gravimetric analysis, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray (at 298 K) and neutron (at 2.3 K) diffraction. The average chemical formula of the sample of pezzottaite resulted Cs1,Cs2(Cs0.565Rb0.027K0.017)Σ0.600 Na1,Na2(Na0.101Ca0.024)Σ0.125Be2.078Li0.922 Al1,Al2(Mg0.002Mn0.002Fe0.003Al1.978)Σ1.985 Si1,Si2,Si3(Al0.056Si5.944)Σ6O18·0.27H2O. The (unpolarized) IR spectrum over the region 3,800-600 cm-1 was collected and a comparison with the absorption bands found in beryl carried out. In particular, two-weak absorption bands ascribable to the fundamental H2O stretching vibrations (i.e. 3,591 and 3,545 cm-1) were observed, despite the mineral being nominally anhydrous. The X-ray and neutron structure refinements showed: ( a) a non-significant presence of aluminium, beryllium or lithium at the Si1, Si2 and Si3 sites, ( b) the absence (at a significant level) of lithium at the octahedral Al1, Al2 and Al3 sites and ( c) a partial lithium/beryllium disordering between tetrahedral Be and Li sites.

  10. A method for the monitoring of metal recrystallization based on the in-situ measurement of the elastic energy release using neutron diffraction

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    Christien, F. Le Gall, R.; Telling, M. T. F.; Knight, K. S.

    2015-05-15

    A method is proposed for the monitoring of metal recrystallization using neutron diffraction that is based on the measurement of stored energy. Experiments were performed using deformed metal specimens heated in-situ while mounted at the sample position of the High Resolution Powder Diffractometer, HRPD (ISIS Facility), UK. Monitoring the breadth of the resulting Bragg lines during heating not only allows the time-dependence (or temperature-dependence) of the stored energy to be determined but also the recrystallized fraction. The analysis method presented here was developed using pure nickel (Ni270) specimens with different deformation levels from 0.29 to 0.94. In situ temperature ramping as well as isothermal annealing was undertaken. The method developed in this work allows accurate and quantitative monitoring of the recrystallization process. The results from neutron diffraction are satisfactorily compared to data obtained from calorimetry and hardness measurements.

  11. A method for the monitoring of metal recrystallization based on the in-situ measurement of the elastic energy release using neutron diffraction

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    Christien, F.; Telling, M. T. F.; Knight, K. S.; Le Gall, R.

    2015-05-01

    A method is proposed for the monitoring of metal recrystallization using neutron diffraction that is based on the measurement of stored energy. Experiments were performed using deformed metal specimens heated in-situ while mounted at the sample position of the High Resolution Powder Diffractometer, HRPD (ISIS Facility), UK. Monitoring the breadth of the resulting Bragg lines during heating not only allows the time-dependence (or temperature-dependence) of the stored energy to be determined but also the recrystallized fraction. The analysis method presented here was developed using pure nickel (Ni270) specimens with different deformation levels from 0.29 to 0.94. In situ temperature ramping as well as isothermal annealing was undertaken. The method developed in this work allows accurate and quantitative monitoring of the recrystallization process. The results from neutron diffraction are satisfactorily compared to data obtained from calorimetry and hardness measurements.

  12. A method for the monitoring of metal recrystallization based on the in-situ measurement of the elastic energy release using neutron diffraction.

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    Christien, F; Telling, M T F; Knight, K S; Le Gall, R

    2015-05-01

    A method is proposed for the monitoring of metal recrystallization using neutron diffraction that is based on the measurement of stored energy. Experiments were performed using deformed metal specimens heated in-situ while mounted at the sample position of the High Resolution Powder Diffractometer, HRPD (ISIS Facility), UK. Monitoring the breadth of the resulting Bragg lines during heating not only allows the time-dependence (or temperature-dependence) of the stored energy to be determined but also the recrystallized fraction. The analysis method presented here was developed using pure nickel (Ni270) specimens with different deformation levels from 0.29 to 0.94. In situ temperature ramping as well as isothermal annealing was undertaken. The method developed in this work allows accurate and quantitative monitoring of the recrystallization process. The results from neutron diffraction are satisfactorily compared to data obtained from calorimetry and hardness measurements.

  13. Structural analysis of PrBaMn2O5+δ under SOFC anode conditions by in-situ neutron powder diffraction

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    Tomkiewicz, Alex C.; Tamimi, Mazin A.; Huq, Ashfia; McIntosh, Steven

    2016-10-01

    The crystal structure and oxygen stoichiometry of the proposed double perovskite solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode material PrBaMn2O5+δ were determined under SOFC anode conditions via in-situ neutron diffraction. Measurements were performed in reducing atmospheres between 692 K and 984 K. The structure was fit to a tetragonal (space group P4/mmm) layered double perovskite structure with alternating Pr and Ba A-site cation layers. Under all conditions examined, the oxygen sites in the Ba and Mn layers were fully occupied, while the sites in the Pr layer were close to completely vacant. The results of the neutron diffraction experiments are compared to previous thermogravimetric analysis experiments to verify the accuracy of both experiments. PrBaMn2O5+δ was shown to be stable over a wide range of reducing atmospheres similar to anode operating conditions in solid oxide fuel cells without significant structural changes.

  14. High-level expression and deuteration of sperm whale myoglobin: A study of its solvent structure by X-ray and neutron diffraction methods

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    Shu, F.; Ramakrishnan, V.; Schoenborn, B.P.

    1994-12-31

    Neutron diffraction has become one of the best ways to study light atoms, such as hydrogens. Hydrogen however has a negative coherent scattering factor, and a large incoherent scattering factor, while deuterium has virtually no incoherent scattering, but a large positive coherent scattering factor. Beside causing high background due to its incoherent scattering, the negative coherent scattering of hydrogen tends to cancel out the positive contribution from other atoms in a neutron density map. Therefore a fully deuterated sample will yield better diffraction data with stronger density in the hydrogen position. On this basis, a sperm whale myoglobin gene modified to include part of the A cII protein gene has been cloned into the T7 expression system. Milligram amounts of fully deuterated holo-myoglobin have been obtained and used for crystallization. The synthetic sperm whale myoglobin crystallized in P2{sub 1} space group isomorphous with the native protein crystal. A complete X-ray diffraction dataset at 1.5{Angstrom} has been collected. This X-ray dataset, and a neutron data set collected previously on a protonated carbon-monoxymyoglobin crystal have been used for solvent structure studies. Both X-ray and neutron data have shown that there are ordered hydration layers around the protein surface. Solvent shell analysis on the neutron data further has shown that the first hydration layer behaves differently around polar and apolar regions of the protein surface. Finally, the structure of per-deuterated myoglobin has been refined using all reflections to a R factor of 17%.

  15. Vacancy Generation and Oxygen Uptake in Cu-Doped Pr-CeO2 Materials using Neutron and in Situ X-ray Diffraction.

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    D'Angelo, Anita M; Webster, Nathan A S; Chaffee, Alan L

    2016-12-19

    The oxygen uptake ability of Pr-CeO2-based oxygen carriers, catalysts, and solid oxide fuel cells can be attributed to 3+ cation generation and the presence of vacant oxygen sites. Oxygen occupancies of CeO2, Pr-CeO2, and 5% Cu-doped Pr-CeO2 were investigated using neutron diffraction and related to the oxygen uptake as determined using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The presence of vacant tetrahedral oxygen sites at room temperature did not correspond to low-temperature oxygen uptake. The materials did not uptake oxygen at 420 °C, but oxygen uptake was observed at 600 °C, which indicated that a minimum temperature needs to be met to generate sufficient vacancies/3+ cations. Variations in the lattice parameter as a function of temperature were revealed using in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD). With increasing temperature the lattice parameter increased linearly due to thermal expansion and was followed by an exponential increase at ∼300-400 °C as cations were reduced. Despite segregation of Cu into CuO at high dopant concentration, at 600 °C a higher O2 uptake was obtained for Ce0.65Pr0.20Cu0.15O2-δ (120 μmol g(-1)), in comparison to Ce0.75Pr0.2Cu0.05O2-δ (92 μmol g(-1)), and was higher than that for Ce0.8Pr0.2O2-δ (55 μmol g(-1)). Both Pr and Cu introduce vacancies and promote the O2 uptake of CeO2.

  16. Deformation Behavior of Solid-Solution-Strengthened Mg-9wt%Al Alloy: In-Situ Neutron Diffraction and Elastic-Viscoplastic Self-Consistent Modeling

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    Lee, Sooyeol; Wang, H; Gharghouri, Michael; Nayyeri, G.; Woo, Wan; Shin, E; Wu, Peidong; Poole, W. J.; Wu, Wei; An, Ke

    2014-01-01

    In situ neutron diffraction and elastic viscoplastic self-consistent (EVPSC) modeling have been employed to understand the deformation mechanisms of the loading unloading process under uniaxial tension in a solid-solution-strengthened extruded Mg 9 wt.% Al alloy. The initial texture measured by neutron diffraction shows that the {00.2} basal planes in most grains are tilted around 20 30 from the extrusion axis, indicating that basal slip should be easily activated in a majority of grains under tension. Non-linear stress strain responses are observed during unloading and reloading after the material is fully plastically deformed under tension. In situ neutron diffraction measurements have also demonstrated the non-linear behavior of lattice strains during unloading and reloading, revealing that load redistribution continuously occurs between soft and hard grain orientations. The predicted macroscopic stress strain curve and the lattice strain evolution by the EVPSC model are in good agreement with the experimental data. The EVPSC model provides the relative activities of the available slip and twinning modes, as well as the elastic and plastic strains of the various grain families. It is suggested that the non-linear phenomena in the macroscopic stress strain responses and microscopic lattice strains during unloading and reloading are due to plastic deformation by the operation of basal a slip in the soft grain orientations (e.g. {10.1}, {11.2} and {10.2} grain families).

  17. H-bonding scheme and cation partitioning in axinite: a single-crystal neutron diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopic study

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    Gatta, G. Diego; Redhammer, Günther J.; Guastoni, Alessandro; Guastella, Giorgio; Meven, Martin; Pavese, Alessandro

    2016-05-01

    The crystal chemistry of a ferroaxinite from Colebrook Hill, Rosebery district, Tasmania, Australia, was investigated by electron microprobe analysis in wavelength-dispersive mode, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and single-crystal neutron diffraction at 293 K. The chemical formula obtained on the basis of the ICP-AES data is the following: ^{X1,X2} {{Ca}}_{4.03} Y ( {{{Mn}}_{0.42} {{Mg}}_{0.23} {{Fe}}^{2 + }_{1.39} } )_{Σ 2.04} ^{Z1,Z2} ( {{{Fe}}^{3 + }_{0.15} {{Al}}_{3.55} {{Ti}}_{0.12} } )_{Σ 3.82} ^{T1,T2,T3,T4} ( {{{Ti}}_{0.03} {{Si}}_{7.97} } )_{Σ 8} ^{T5} {{B}}_{1.96} {{O}}_{30} ( {{OH}} )_{2.18} . The 57Fe Mössbauer spectrum shows unambiguously the occurrence of Fe2+ and Fe3+ in octahedral coordination only, with Fe2+/Fe3+ = 9:1. The neutron structure refinement provides a structure model in general agreement with the previous experimental findings: the tetrahedral T1, T2, T3 and T4 sites are fully occupied by Si, whereas the T5 site is fully occupied by B, with no evidence of Si at the T5, or Al or Fe3+ at the T1- T5 sites. The structural and chemical data of this study suggest that the amount of B in ferroaxinite is that expected from the ideal stoichiometry: 2 a.p.f.u. (for 32 O). The atomic distribution among the X1, X2, Y, Z1 and Z2 sites obtained by neutron structure refinement is in good agreement with that based on the ICP-AES data. For the first time, an unambiguous localization of the H site is obtained, which forms a hydroxyl group with the oxygen atom at the O16 site as donor. The H-bonding scheme in axinite structure is now fully described: the O16- H distance (corrected for riding motion effect) is 0.991(1) Å and an asymmetric bifurcated bonding configuration occurs, with O5 and O13 as acceptors [i.e. with O16··· O5 = 3.096(1) Å, H··· O5 = 2.450(1) Å and O16- H··· O5 = 123.9(1)°; O16··· O13 = 2.777(1) Å, H··· O13 = 1.914(1) Å and O16- H··· O13 = 146

  18. Structural investigation of GaInP nanowires using X-ray diffraction

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    Kriegner, D.; Persson, J.M.; Etzelstorfer, T.; Jacobsson, D.; Wallentin, J.; Wagner, J.B.; Deppert, K.; Borgström, M.T.; Stangl, J.

    2013-01-01

    In this work the structure of ternary GaxIn1 − xP nanowires is investigated with respect to the chemical composition and homogeneity. The nanowires were grown by metal–organic vapor-phase epitaxy. For the investigation of ensemble fluctuations on several lateral length scales, X-ray diffraction reciprocal space maps have been analyzed. The data reveal a complicated varying materials composition across the sample and in the nanowires on the order of 20%. The use of modern synchrotron sources, where beam-sizes in the order of several 10 μm are available, enables us to investigate compositional gradients along the sample by recording diffraction patterns at different positions. In addition, compositional variations were found also within single nanowires in X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy measurements. PMID:24089580

  19. Structural investigation of GaInP nanowires using X-ray diffraction.

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    Kriegner, D; Persson, J M; Etzelstorfer, T; Jacobsson, D; Wallentin, J; Wagner, J B; Deppert, K; Borgström, M T; Stangl, J

    2013-09-30

    In this work the structure of ternary Ga x In1 - x P nanowires is investigated with respect to the chemical composition and homogeneity. The nanowires were grown by metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy. For the investigation of ensemble fluctuations on several lateral length scales, X-ray diffraction reciprocal space maps have been analyzed. The data reveal a complicated varying materials composition across the sample and in the nanowires on the order of 20%. The use of modern synchrotron sources, where beam-sizes in the order of several 10 μm are available, enables us to investigate compositional gradients along the sample by recording diffraction patterns at different positions. In addition, compositional variations were found also within single nanowires in X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy measurements.

  20. Evolution of multilayer Ar films on graphite below and above the bulk triple point: a neutron diffraction study

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    Gay, J. M.; Suzanne, J.; Dash, J. G.; Lauter, H. J.

    1991-09-01

    Neutron diffraction is used to study the growth behavior of thin films of argon adsorbed on graphite foam in the temperature range 55.5 K-90.5 K. It is shown that a uniform film is condensed at 65.5 K for thicknesses below 4.5 layers. For higher coverages, bulk crystallites start to grow into capillaries whereas the uniform film grows much more slowly to reach a thickness of 6.4 layers for a total coverage of about 20 statistical layers. A model is presented showing that the capillary condensation probably occurs in conical pores and open corners. At 80.5 K, a liquid-like phase, 1.5 layer thick, is observed revealing the occurrence of surface melting. Above the bulk melting point (T_m=83.8 K), all the bulk crystallites have melted but a solid film is still present on the graphite surface. Its thickness varies from 1 to 3-4 layers depending on total coverage and temperature. The melting temperatures of these solid films are reported. Finally, the uniform solid film is laterally compressed with respect to bulk (111) planes with a continuous relaxation when its thickness increases. On étudie par diffraction de neutrons le mode de croissance de films minces d'argon adsorbé sur de la mousse de graphite (foam) dans la gamme de températures 55,5 K-90,5 K. Un film uniforme est formé à 65,5 K lorsque l'épaisseur est inférieure à 4,5 couches. Pour des recouvrements plus grands, des cristallites commencent à se condenser tandis que le film uniforme continue à croître beaucoup plus lentement jusqu'à une épaisseur de 6,4 couches pour un taux de couverture total d'environ 20 couches statistiques. On présente un modèle qui montre que la condensation capillaire se produit dans des pores coniques et des coins. A 80,5 K, on observe une phase de type liquide de 1,5 couche qui est la signature de la fusion de surface. Au-dessus du point de fusion tridimensionnel (T_m=83,8 K), tous les cristallites ont fondu mais un film solide est toujours présent sur la surface de

  1. Revealing the Formation Mechanism and Effect of Pressure on the Magnetic Order of Multiferroic BiMn2O5 Through Neutron Powder Diffraction

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    Dang, N. T.; Kozlenko, D. P.; Kichanov, S. E.; Jabarov, S. G.; Mammadov, A. I.; Mekhtieva, R. Z.; Phan, T. L.; Smotrakov, V. G.; Eremkin, V. V.; Savenko, B. N.

    2017-02-01

    The crystal and magnetic structures of the strong magnetoelectric BiMn2O5 have been studied as a function of pressure up to 5.7 GPa in the temperature range from 10 K to 60 K by means of neutron powder diffraction. The results reveal that the Pbam orthorhombic crystal structure remains unchanged in the investigated thermodynamic range. At ambient pressure, a long-range commensurate antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase with propagation vector q = (1/2, 0, 1/2) formed below T N = 41(2) K, accompanied by anomalies in the temperature dependence of structural parameters including the lattice parameters, interatomic distances, and bond angles. This AFM phase remained stable in the studied pressure range, and the relevant pressure coefficient of the Néel temperature was determined to be 3.0(4) K/GPa. No incommensurate AFM phase was detected. The magnetic properties of BiMn2O5 and their difference from most other RMn2O5 compounds were analyzed in terms of competing exchange interactions.

  2. Temperature- and pressure-dependent structural study of {Fe(pmd)2[Ag(CN)2]2}n spin-crossover compound by neutron Laue diffraction.

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    Rodríguez-Velamazán, José Alberto; Cañadillas-Delgado, Laura; Castro, Miguel; McIntyre, Garry J; Real, José Antonio

    2014-06-01

    The effect of pressure (up to 0.17 GPa) on the spin-crossover compound {Fe(pmd)2[Ag(CN)2]2}n [orthorhombic isomer (II), pmd = pyrimidine] has been investigated by temperature- and pressure-dependent neutron Laue diffraction and magnetometry. The cooperative high-spin ↔ low-spin transition, centred at ca 180 K at ambient pressure, is shifted to higher temperatures as pressure is applied, showing a moderate sensitivity of the compound to pressure, since the spin transition is displaced by ca 140 K GPa(-1). The space-group symmetry (orthorhombic Pccn) remains unchanged over the pressure-temperature (P-T) range studied. The main structural consequence of the high-spin to low-spin transition is the contraction of the distorted octahedral [FeN6] chromophores, being more marked in the axial positions (occupied by the pmd units), than in the equatorial positions (occupied by four [Ag(CN)2](-) bridging ligands).

  3. In operando neutron diffraction study of a commercial graphite/(Ni, Mn, Co) oxide-based multi-component lithium ion battery

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    Nazer, N. S.; Yartys, V. A.; Azib, T.; Latroche, M.; Cuevas, F.; Forseth, S.; Vie, P. J. S.; Denys, R. V.; Sørby, M. H.; Hauback, B. C.; Arnberg, L.; Henry, P. F.

    2016-09-01

    In situ neutron diffraction was employed to investigate the structural evolution of the electrode materials in an ICR 10440 commercial cylindrical lithium-ion battery, which has a discharge capacity of 360 mAh and a nominal voltage of 3.7 V. A three-phase mixture of Li(Ni,Mn,Co)O2, LiCoO2 and LiMn2O4 was identified as the active material of the cathode, with graphite acting as the anode material. The study revealed that the graphite anode underwent structural changes to form a series of insertion-type lithiated derivatives, with up to 12.7% volume expansion for the Li-saturated compound LiC6. The charge-discharge behavior was more complex for the cathode. Here, the charge process was associated with partial lithium depletion from the initially Li-saturated compounds, leading to volume shrinkage for Li(Ni,Mn,Co)O2, in contrast to (Ni,Mn)-free LiCoO2. Electrochemical discharge experiments performed under a fast regime (2 C) at 5, 25 and 45 °C revealed that the discharge capacity followed the trend of an increased diffusion rate of Li+ ions in the electrolyte and Li atoms in both electrodes, being highest for 45 °C. At the lowest tested temperature (5 °C), a rapid drop in the discharge capacity took place using the same kinetic regime.

  4. Interplay between crystal and magnetic structures in YFe2(HαD1-α)4.2 compounds studied by neutron diffraction

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    Paul-Boncour, V.; Guillot, M.; Isnard, O.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Hoser, A.; Hansen, T.; Stuesser, N.

    2017-01-01

    We report a detailed magnetic structure investigation of YFe2(HαD1-α)4.2 (α=0, 0.64, 1) compounds presenting a strong (H,D) isotope effect by neutron diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy analysis. They crystallize in the same monoclinic structure (Pc space group) with 8 inequivalent Fe sites having different H(D) environment. At low temperature, the compounds are ferromagnetic (FM) and show an easy magnetization axis perpendicular to the b axis and only slightly tilted away from the c axis. Upon heating, they display a first order transition from a ferromagnetic towards an antiferromagnetic (AFM) structure at TM0 which is sensitive to the H/D isotope nature. The AFM cell is described by doubling the crystal cell along the monoclinic b axis. It presents an unusual coexistence of non magnetic Fe layer sandwiched by two thicker ferromagnetic Fe layers which are antiparallel to each other. This FM-AFM transition is driven by the loss of ordered moment on one Fe site (Fe7) through an itinerant electron metamagnetic (IEM) behaviour. The key role of the Fe7 position is assigned to both its hydrogen rich atomic environment and its geometric position. Above TM0 a field induced metamagnetic transition is observed from the AFM towards the FM structure accompanied by a cell volume increase. Both thermal and magnetic field dependence of the magnetic structure are found strongly related to the anisotropic cell distortion induced by (H,D) order in interstitial sites.

  5. Neutron Diffraction Study of Parasitic Nd-Moment Order in the Checkerboard-Type Phase Nd1.3Sr0.7NiO4

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    Kobayashi, Riki; Yoshizawa, Hideki; Matsuda, Masaaki; ...

    2015-05-25

    In this paper, the Nd-moment order in the layered nickelate Nd2-xSrxNiO4 (x = 0.7) has been investigated by performing a neutron diffraction experiment using a single crystal sample. First, the checkerboard (CB)-type charge order was confirmed by observing the temperature dependence of the nuclear superlattice peak at Q=(5,0,0) between 1.9 and 300 K, which indicates that the transition temperature of the CB-type charge order is above 300 K. Magnetic superlattice peaks with the propagation vector k=(1-ε,0,1) appear below 67 K, and the value of ε was determined to be 0.455 in good agreement with previous studies. The intensity of themore » magnetic superlattice peaks appearing below 67 K shows a sharp increase below ≈20 K. This behavior indicates that the Nd moments freeze under the influence of the Ni ordering. The CB-type antiferromagnetic (AFM) Ni order in the NiO2 layers is stacked antiferromagnetically in the c-axis direction, while the Nd moments in the Nd/SrO2 layers are coupled antiferromagnetically with the Ni moments. Finally, the Nd moments are parallel to the c-axis, while the Ni moments are canted towards the c-axis direction from the basal ab-plane at low temperatures where the Nd moments are well ordered.« less

  6. Neutron Diffraction Study of Parasitic Nd-Moment Order in the Checkerboard-Type Phase Nd1.3Sr0.7NiO4

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    Kobayashi, Riki; Yoshizawa, Hideki; Matsuda, Masaaki; Kajimoto, Ryoichi; Ishizaka, Kyoko; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-06-01

    The Nd-moment order in the layered nickelate Nd2-xSrxNiO4 (x = 0.7) has been investigated by performing a neutron diffraction experiment using a single crystal sample. First, the checkerboard (CB)-type charge order was confirmed by observing the temperature dependence of the nuclear superlattice peak at Q = (5,0,0) between 1.9 and 300 K, which indicates that the transition temperature of the CB-type charge order is above 300 K. Magnetic superlattice peaks with the propagation vector k = (1 - ɛ ,0,1) appear below 67 K, and the value of ɛ was determined to be 0.455 in good agreement with previous studies. The intensity of the magnetic superlattice peaks appearing below 67 K shows a sharp increase below ≈20 K. This behavior indicates that the Nd moments freeze under the influence of the Ni ordering. The CB-type antiferromagnetic (AFM) Ni order in the NiO2 layers is stacked antiferromagnetically in the c-axis direction, while the Nd moments in the Nd/SrO2 layers are coupled antiferromagnetically with the Ni moments. The Nd moments are parallel to the c-axis, while the Ni moments are canted towards the c-axis direction from the basal ab-plane at low temperatures where the Nd moments are well ordered.

  7. On the mechanism of triclinic distortion in Chevrel Phase as probed by in-situ neutron diffraction.

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    Levi, E; Mitelman, A; Aurbach, D; Isnard, O

    2007-09-03

    This work presents, for the first time, a general mechanism of a rhombohedral (R)-triclinic (T) phase transition in Chevrel Phases (CPs) with small cations (radius<1 A), which was unclear in spite of intensive studies of these important materials in the past. In contrast to previous interpretation of the R<-->T transition in some CPs as cation ordering, T-distortion is regarded here as a particular case of general adaptation of the framework to cation insertion, which includes the deformations of the coordination polyhedra and their tilting. The research is based on a combination of experimental studies (in-situ neutron diffraction at different temperatures) for one model compound, MgMo6Se8, and structural analysis for a variety of known CPs. This analysis shows that the structure flexibility is fundamentally different for the R and T forms. As a result of the lower flexibility, in the R form, a strict correlation exists between the compression of the framework along the -3 symmetry axis and the cation position in the structure (the so-called 'delocalization'). The decreasing delocalization in the R-CPs, which occurs on cooling, leads to excessive repulsion within the cations pairs (R-Cu1.8Mo6S8 case) or undesirable asymmetry in the cation polyhedra (R-MgMo6Se8 case). The higher flexibility of the T framework allows for relaxation of these structural strains by increasing the cation-cation distances and forming a more symmetric cation environment, sometimes with higher coordination number (CN), like CN=5 in the T-Fe2Mo6S8 type. Thus, this work also proposes possible driving forces for T-distortion in CPs.

  8. High-sensitivity neutron diffraction of membranes: Location of the Schiff base end of the chromophore of bacteriorhodopsin

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    Heyn, M.P.; Westerhausen, J.; Wallat, I.; Seiff, F. )

    1988-04-01

    Three important events in the functional cycle of bacteriorhodopsin occur at the chromophore: the primary absorption of light, the isomerization from the all-trans to the 13-cis form, and the deprotonation and reprotonation of its Schiff base. The protonated Schiff base linkage of the chromophore with lysine-216 plays an essential role in the color regulation of the pigment and is most likely directly involved in the charge translocation of this light-driven proton pump. Although much is known about the structure of the protein, the position of this key functional group has not yet been determined. The authors have synthesized a retinal in which the five protons closest to the Schiff base are replaced by deuterons. The labeled retinal was spontaneously incorporated into bacteriorhodopsin by using a mutant of Halobacterium halobium that is deficient in the synthesis of retinal. The position of the labeled Schiff base end of the chromophore was determined in the two-dimensional projected density of dark-adapted bacteriorhodopsin by neutron diffraction. The result fits very well with their previous work using retinals that were selectively deuterated in the middle of the polyene chain or in the cyclohexene ring. A coherent structure emerges with the three labeled positions on one line, separated by distances that are in good agreement with the tilt angle of the polyene chain (about 20{degree}). The results show that it is possible to locate a small group containing as few as five deuterons in a membrane protein of molecular weight 27,000.

  9. Structure of Nb2O5-NaPO3 glasses by X-ray and neutron diffraction.

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    Hoppe, U; Delevoye, L; Montagne, L; Zimmermann, M v; Hannon, A C

    2013-06-14

    X-ray and neutron diffraction of excellent resolving power are used to determine the atomic structure of niobium phosphate glasses. These studies complement the results of earlier (31)P and (93)Nb nuclear magnetic resonance, Raman scattering and O1s X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the (Nb2O5)x-(NaPO3)(1-x) glasses (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.40). The Nb-O distances behave uniformly for glasses of 0.08 ≤ x ≤ 0.20 with distorted NbO6 octahedra that are characterized by a corner with a short Nb-O bond of 0.174 nm, four bonds of ~0.20 nm and a longer bond. The concomitant change of PO4 units from chain to end groups extends likewise to glasses of x = ~0.20, i.e. only one O atom per Nb contributes to the rupture of phosphate chains. This behaviour differs from that of related crystal structures and phosphate glasses of other oxide additions. Asymmetric Nb-O-Nb bridges that include the short Nb-O bond are formed for glasses of x ≤ 0.20 while symmetric bridges with two Nb-O bonds of ~0.190 nm appear for x > 0.2. A pre-peak at 8 nm(-1) is found in the S(Q) for glasses of 0.08 ≤ x ≤ 0.20 which is interpreted as the presence of niobate and sodium phosphate micro-domains. The weakness of this pre-peak if it is compared with that of similar GeO2-KPO3 glasses is explained with modifications of the micro-domain structure by a fraction of non-bridging O in Nb-O···Na(+) sites. The pre-peak vanishes for the glass of x = 0.40.

  10. In operando neutron diffraction study of LaNdMgNi9H13 as a metal hydride battery anode

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    Nazer, N. S.; Denys, R. V.; Yartys, V. A.; Hu, Wei-Kang; Latroche, M.; Cuevas, F.; Hauback, B. C.; Henry, P. F.; Arnberg, L.

    2017-03-01

    La2MgNi9-related alloys are superior metal hydride battery anodes as compared to the commercial AB5 alloys. Nd-substituted La2-yNdyMgNi9 intermetallics are of particular interest because of increased diffusion rate of hydrogen and thus improved performance at high discharge currents. The present work presents in operando characterization of the LaNdMgNi9 intermetallic as anode for the nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery. We have studied the structural evolution of LaNdMgNi9 during its charge and discharge using in situ neutron powder diffraction. The work included experiments using deuterium gas and electrochemical charge-discharge measurements. The alloy exhibited a high electrochemical discharge capacity (373 mAh/g) which is 20% higher than the AB5 type alloys. A saturated β-deuteride synthesized by solid-gas reaction at PD2 = 1.6 MPa contained 12.9 deuterium atoms per formula unit (D/f.u.) which resulted in a volume expansion of 26.1%. During the electrochemical charging, the volume expansion (23.4%) and D-contents were found to be slightly reduced. The reversible electrochemical cycling is performed through the formation of a two-phase mixture of the α-solid solution and β-hydride phases. Nd substitution contributes to the high-rate dischargeability, while maintaining a good cyclic stability. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) was used to characterize the anode electrode on cycling. A mathematical model for the impedance response of a porous electrode was utilized. The EIS showed a decreased hydrogen transport rate during the long-term cycling, which indicated a corresponding slowing down of the electrochemical processes at the surface of the metal hydride anode.

  11. Structural and magnetic properties of LaFe{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} studied by neutron diffraction, electron diffraction and magnetometry

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    Azad, A.K. . E-mail: azad@studsvik.uu.se; Mellergard, A.; Eriksson, S.-G.; Ivanov, S.A.; Yunus, S.M.; Lindberg, F.; Svensson, G.; Mathieu, R.

    2005-10-06

    The structural and magnetic properties of the perovskite type compound LaFe{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} have been studied by temperature dependent neutron powder diffraction and magnetization measurements. Rietveld refinement of the neutron diffraction data shows that the compound crystallizes in an orthorhombic perovskite structure with a random positioning of the Fe and Cr cations at the B sublattice. The magnetic structure at 10 K is a collinear antiferromagnetic one with the magnetic moment per site being equal to 2.79(4) {mu}{sub B}. Magnetisation measurements confirm the overall antiferromagnetic behaviour. Moreover, it indicates a weak uncompensated magnetic moment close to the transition temperature T {sub N} {approx} 265 K. This moment can be described by a magnetic cluster state, which remains up to 550 K. Electron diffraction patterns along with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images reveal that the crystallites are composed by domains of different orientation, which share the same cubic perovskite sub-cell reflections.

  12. X-Ray and Neutron Diffraction Measurements of Dislocation Density and Subgrain Size in a Friction-Stir-Welded Aluminum Alloy

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    Woo, Wan Chuck; Ungar, Prof Tomas; Feng, Zhili; Kenik, Edward A; Clausen, B

    2009-01-01

    The dislocation density and subgrain size were determined in the base material and friction-stir welds of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. High-resolution X-ray diffraction measurement was performed in the base material. The result of the line profile analysis of the X-ray diffraction peak shows that the dislocation density is about 4.5 x 10{sup 14} m{sup -2} and the subgrain size is about 200 nm. Meanwhile, neutron diffraction measurements have been performed to observe the diffraction peaks during friction-stir welding (FSW). The deep penetration capability of the neutron enables us to measure the peaks from the midplane of the Al plate underneath the tool shoulder of the friction-stir welds. The peak broadening analysis result using the Williamson-Hall method shows the dislocation density of about 3.2 x 10{sup 15} m{sup -2} and subgrain size of about 160 nm. The significant increase of the dislocation density is likely due to the severe plastic deformation during FSW. This study provides an insight into understanding the transient behavior of the microstructure under severe thermomechanical deformation.

  13. Weissenberg-type neutron diffraction camera and its application to the structural and magnetic phase transitions of KMnF3

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    Watanabe, S.; Yoshimura, M.; Hidaka, M.; Yoshizawa, H.

    2006-07-01

    A Weissenberg-type neutron diffraction camera (W-NDC) equipped with a neutron imaging-plate (NIP) has been developed. The W-NDC gives Weissenberg-type and rotational diffraction patterns at low-temperature (10 Kdiffracted from the aluminum containers and the specimen holder, a radial slit with several polymer sheets coated with 6LiF powder is continuously oscillated around the specimen during measurements. A test structural analysis for a single crystal NaCl suggests that the integrated intensities of reflections obtained from the Weissenberg-type diffraction patterns adequately satisfy a structural refinement by means of a least square method, though a fading effect of the photon energy stored in the NIP should be regarded during measurements. Structural and magnetic phase transitions in KMnF3 have been studied by using the W-NDC, to eliminate an inconsistency for temperature, and to enable an ordering of the phase transition as reported.

  14. Systematic investigation of background sources in neutron flux measurements with a proton-recoil silicon detector

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    Marini, P.; Mathieu, L.; Acosta, L.; Aïche, M.; Czajkowski, S.; Jurado, B.; Tsekhanovich, I.

    2017-01-01

    Proton-recoil detectors (PRDs), based on the well known standard H(n,p) elastic scattering cross section, are the preferred instruments to perform precise quasi-absolute neutron flux measurements above 1 MeV. The limitations of using a single silicon detector as PRD at a continuous neutron beam facility are investigated, with the aim of extending such measurements to neutron energies below 1 MeV. This requires a systematic investigation of the background sources affecting the neutron flux measurement. Experiments have been carried out at the AIFIRA facility to identify these sources. A study on the role of the silicon detector thickness on the background is presented and an energy limit on the use of a single silicon detector to achieve a neutron flux precision better than 1% is given.

  15. INVESTIGATING SUPERCONDUCTIVITY IN NEUTRON STAR INTERIORS WITH GLITCH MODELS

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    Haskell, B.; Pizzochero, P. M.; Seveso, S.

    2013-02-20

    The high-density interior of a neutron star is expected to contain superconducting protons and superfluid neutrons. Theoretical estimates suggest that the protons will form a type II superconductor in which the stellar magnetic field is carried by flux tubes. The strong interaction between the flux tubes and the neutron rotational vortices could lead to strong ''pinning'', i.e., vortex motion could be impeded. This has important implications especially for pulsar glitch models as it would lead to a large part of the vorticity of the star being decoupled from the ''normal'' component to which the electromagnetic emission is locked. In this Letter, we explore the consequences of strong pinning in the core on the ''snowplow'' model for pulsar glitches, making use of realistic equations of state and relativistic background models for the neutron star. We find that, in general, a large fraction of the pinned vorticity in the core is not compatible with observations of giant glitches in the Vela pulsar. Thus, the conclusion is that either most of the core is in a type I superconducting state or the interaction between vortices and flux tubes is weaker than previously assumed.

  16. Data processing of the active neutron experiment DAN for a Martian regolith investigation

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    Sanin, A. B.; Mitrofanov, I. G.; Litvak, M. L.; Lisov, D. I.; Starr, R.; Boynton, W.; Behar, A.; DeFlores, L.; Fedosov, F.; Golovin, D.; Hardgrove, C.; Harshman, K.; Jun, I.; Kozyrev, A. S.; Kuzmin, R. O.; Malakhov, A.; Milliken, R.; Mischna, M.; Moersch, J.; Mokrousov, M. I.; Nikiforov, S.; Shvetsov, V. N.; Tate, C.; Tret'yakov, V. I.; Vostrukhin, A.

    2015-07-01

    Searching for water in the soil of Gale Crater is one of the primary tasks for the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover named Curiosity. The primary task of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) experiment on board the rover is to investigate and qualitatively characterize the presence of water along the rover's traverse across Gale Crater. The water depth distribution may be found from measurements of neutrons generated by the Pulsing Neutron Generator (PNG) included in the DAN instrument, scattered by the regolith and returned back to the detectors. This paper provides a description of the data processing of such measurements and data products of DAN investigation.

  17. AND/R: Advanced neutron diffractometer/reflectometer for investigation of thin films and multilayers for the life sciences

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    Dura, Joseph A.; Pierce, Donald J.; Majkrzak, Charles F.; Maliszewskyj, Nicholas C.; McGillivray, Duncan J.; Loesche, Mathias; O'Donovan, Kevin V.; Mihailescu, Mihaela; Perez-Salas, Ursula; Worcester, David L.; White, Stephen H.

    2006-07-15

    An elastic neutron scattering instrument, the advanced neutron diffractometer/reflectometer (AND/R), has recently been commissioned at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research. The AND/R is the centerpiece of the Cold Neutrons for Biology and Technology partnership, which is dedicated to the structural characterization of thin films and multilayers of biological interest. The instrument is capable of measuring both specular and nonspecular reflectivity, as well as crystalline or semicrystalline diffraction at wave-vector transfers up to approximately 2.20 A{sup -1}. A detailed description of this flexible instrument and its performance characteristics in various operating modes are given.

  18. Investigation of petrified wood by synchrotron X-ray fluorescence and diffraction methods

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    Kuczumow, Andrzej; Chevallier, Pierre; Dillmann, Philippe; Wajnberg, Piotr; Rudaś, Michał

    2000-10-01

    Pieces of petrified wood from south-eastern Poland comprising one of the greatest European collections were investigated. The age of Miocene wood was estimated at 50 million years. Taxodioxylon sequoianum Gothan. was recognised as the dominating species among the preserved samples. Silica material, basic for the petrifaction processes, was investigated by synchrotron-based microfluorescence and microdiffraction. Different distribution patterns were determined after careful examination of linear scans and elemental maps: calcium, potassium and titanium were uniformly spread in the silica matrix while the iron content was concentrated in clear inclusions; other detected elements, as Cu, Zn, Cr, As were observed mainly in the form of inclusions. There was no difference in microdiffractograms for silica between the places of original dark and light wood. One could find little difference in diffraction patterns of samples with the elevated content of iron. In general, the diffraction patterns of silica from petrified wood could be associated with quartz patterns from 1998 JCPDS-International Centre for Diffraction Data.

  19. Investigation of the Statistical Properties of Stable Eu Nuclei using Neutron-Capture Reactions

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    Agvaanluvsan, U; Alpizar-Vicente, A; Becker, J A; Becvar, F; Bredeweg, T A; Clement, R; Esch, E; Folden, III, C M; Hatarik, R; Haight, R C; Hoffman, D C; Krticka, M; Macri, R A; Mitchell, G E; Nitsche, H; O'Donnell, J M; Parker, W; Reifarth, R; Rundberg, R S; Schwantes, J M; Sheets, S A; Ullmann, J L; Vieira, D J; Wilhelmy, J B; Wilk, P; Wouters, J M; Wu, C Y

    2005-10-04

    Neutron capture for incident neutron energies <1eV up to 100 keV has been measured for {sup 151,153}Eu targets. The highly efficient DANCE (Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments) array coupled with the intense neutron beam at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center is used for the experiment. Stable Eu isotopes mass separated and electroplated on Be backings were used. Properties of well-resolved, strong resonances in two Eu nuclei are examined. The parameters for most of these resonances are known. Detailed multiplicity information for each resonance is obtained employing the high granularity of the DANCE array. The radiative decay cascades corresponding to each resonance are obtained in the experiment. The measurements are compared to simulation of these cascades which calculated with various models for the radiative strength function. Comparison between the experimental data and simulation provides an opportunity to investigate the average quantities.

  20. Structural and magnetic phase transitions of the orthovanadates RVO3 (R= Dy, Ho, Er) as seen via neutron diffraction

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    Reehuis, M.; Ulrich, C.; Prokeš, K.; Mat'aš, S.; Fujioka, J.; Miyasaka, S.; Tokura, Y.; Keimer, B.

    2011-02-01

    The structural and magnetic phase behavior of RVO3 with R=v Dy, Ho, and Er was studied by single-crystal neutron diffraction. Upon cooling, all three compounds show structural transitions from orthorhombic (space group Pbnm) to monoclinic (p21/b) symmetry due to the onset of orbital order at T= 188-200 K, followed by Néel transitions at T= 110-113 K due to the onset of antiferromagnetic (C-type) order of the vanadium moments. Upon further cooling, additional structural phase transitions occur for DyVO3 and ErVO3 at 60 and 56 K, respectively, where the monoclinic structure changes to an orthorhombic structure with the space group Pbnm, and the magnetic order of the V sublattice changes to a G-type structure. These transition temperatures are reduced compared to the ones previously observed for nonmagnetic R3+ ions due to exchange interactions between the V3+ and R3+ ions. For ErVO3, R-R exchange interactions drive a transition to collinear magnetic order at T= 2.5 K. For HoVO3, the onset of noncollinear, weakly ferromagnetic order of the Ho moments nearly coincides with the structural phase transition from the monoclinic to the low-temperature orthorhombic structure. This transition is characterized by an extended hysteresis between 24 and 36 K. The Dy moments in DyVO3 also exhibit noncollinear, weakly ferromagnetic order upon cooling below 13 K. With increasing temperature, the monoclinic structure of DyVO3 reappears in the temperature range between 13 and 23 K. This reentrant structural transition is associated with a rearrangement of the Dy moments. A group theoretical analysis showed that the observed magnetic states of the R3+ ions are compatible with the lattice structure. The results are discussed in the light of recent data on the magnetic field dependence of the lattice structure and magnetization of DyVO3 and HoVO3.

  1. Neutron diffraction study of the magnetic ordering in the series R 2 BaNiO 5 (R = Rare Earth)

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    García-Matres, E.; Martínez, J. L.; Rodríguez-Carvajal, J.

    2001-11-01

    A neutron diffraction study, as a function of temperature, of the title compounds is presented. The whole family (space group Immm, a 3.8Å, b 5.8Å, c 11.3Å) is structurally characterised by the presence of flattened NiO6 octahedra that form chains along the a-axis, giving rise to a strong Ni-O-Ni antiferromagnetic interaction. Whereas for Y-compound only strong 1D correlations exist above 1.5 K, presenting the Haldane gap characteristic of 1D AF chain with integer spin, 3D AF ordering is established simultaneously for both R and Ni sublattices at temperatures depending on the rare earth size and magnetic moment. The magnetic structures of R2BaNiO5 ( R=Nd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Tm) have been determined and refined as a function of temperature. The whole family orders with a magnetic structure characterised by the temperature-independent propagation vector = (1/2, 0, 1/2). At 1.5 K the directions of the magnetic moments differ because of the different anisotropy of the rare earth ions. Except for Tm and Yb (which does not order above 1.5 K), the magnetic moment of the R3+ cations are close to the free-ion value. The magnetic moment of Ni2+ is around 1.4 , the strong reduction with respect to the free-ion value is probably due to a combination of low-dimensional quantum effects and covalency. The thermal evolution of the magnetic structures from TN down to 1.5 K is studied in detail. A smooth re-orientation, governed by the magnetic anisotropy of R3+, seems to occur below and very close to TN in some of these compounds: the Ni moment rotates from nearly parallel to the a-axis toward the c-axis following the R moments. We demonstrate that for setting up the 3D magnetic ordering the R-R exchange interactions cannot be neglected.

  2. Feasibility study for the investigation of Nitinol self-expanding stents by neutron techniques

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    Rogante, M.; Pasquini, U.; Rosta, L.; Lebedev, V.

    2011-02-01

    In this paper, neutron techniques - in particular, small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and neutron diffraction (ND) - are considered for the non-destructive characterization of Nitinol artery stents. This roughly equiatomic (50Ni-50Ti at%) shape memory alloy (SMA) exhibits significant properties of superelasticity and biocompatibility that make it suitable to be typically used as smart material for medical implants and devices. Nitinol self-expanding artery stents, as permanent vascular support structures, supply an ideal option to bypass surgery, but they are submitted for the whole of patient's life to the dynamical stress of the artery pulsation and the aggression from the biological environment. These stents, consequently, can suffer from wear and fracture occurrence likely due to a variety of cyclic fatigue, overload conditions and residual stresses. Neutrons have recently become a progressively more important probe for various materials and components and they allow achieving information complementary to those obtained from the traditional microstructural analyses. The outputs from the preliminary works already carried out in this field consent to consider neutron techniques capable to contribute to the development of these crucial medical implants. The achievable results can yield trends adoptable in monitoring of the stent features.

  3. Neutron diffraction study of the martensitic transformation and chemical order in Heusler alloy Ni1.91Mn1.29Ga0.8

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    Ari-Gur, Pnina; Garlea, Vasile O.; Cao, Huibo; ...

    2015-11-05

    In this study, Heusler alloys of Ni-Mn-Ga compositions demonstrate ferromagnetic shape memory effect in the martensitic state. The transformation temperature and the chemical order depend strongly on the composition. In the current work, the structure and chemical order of the martensitic phase of Ni1.91Mn1.29Ga0.8 were studied using neutron diffraction; the diffraction pattern was refined using the FullProf software. It was determined that the structural transition occurs around 330 K. At room temperature, 300 K, which is below the martensite transformation temperature, all the Bragg reflections can be described by a monoclinic lattice with a symmetry of space group P 1more » 2/m 1 and lattice constants of a = 4.23047(7) [Å], b = 5.58333(6) [Å], c = 21.0179(2) [Å], beta = 90.328(1). The chemical order is of critical importance in these alloys, and it was previously studied at 363 K. Analysis of the neutron diffraction in the monoclinic phase shows that the chemical order is maintained during the martensitic transformation.« less

  4. Neutron diffraction study of the La1-xPrxMn2Si2 ( x=0.4, 0.7 and 1) compounds and the general description of the magnetic behavior of Mn in RMn2Ge2 and RMn2Si2

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    Dincer, I.; Elerman, Y.; Elmali, A.; Ehrenberg, H.; André, G.

    2007-06-01

    The magnetic structures of the La1-xPrxMn2Si2 ( x=0.4, 0.7 and 1) have been investigated by powder neutron diffraction between 2 and 308 K. According to magnetic measurements, the x=0.4 sample shows a typical SmMn2Ge2-like magnetic behavior. Neutron diffraction indicates a canted antiferromagnetic structure below 130 K and a canted ferromagnetic structure above 240 K. Between 130 and 240 K, the canted ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic structures coexist. Since the magnetic moments of Mn atoms, the unit cell parameters and the scale parameters of the canted antiferromagnetism and canted ferromagnetism are highly correlated between 130 and 240 K, a special refinement procedure was introduced. The critical Mn-Mn value was determined as 2.87 A˚, and the spontaneous volume change and linear magnetostriction are derived. Neutron diffraction revealed a canted antiferromagnetic structure for La0.3Pr0.7Mn2Si2. A canted antiferromagnetic structure was also detected for PrMn2Si2 by neutron diffraction in contrast to previous reports of a collinear arrangement. The present results are compiled together with previous ones on RMn2Ge2 and RMn2Si2 (R: Y, La and rare-earth) compounds in two magnetic phase diagrams. These two graphics summarize the general magnetic behavior of Mn in the RMn2Ge2 and RMn2Si2 compounds.

  5. Preliminary time-of-flight neutron diffraction studies of Escherichia coli ABC transport receptor phosphate-binding protein at the Protein Crystallography Station

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    Sippel, K. H.; Bacik, J.; Quiocho, F. A.; Fisher, S. Z.

    2014-01-01

    Inorganic phosphate is an essential molecule for all known life. Organisms have developed many mechanisms to ensure an adequate supply, even in low-phosphate conditions. In prokaryotes phosphate transport is instigated by the phosphate-binding protein (PBP), the initial receptor for the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) phosphate transporter. In the crystal structure of the PBP–phosphate complex, the phosphate is completely desolvated and sequestered in a deep cleft and is bound by 13 hydrogen bonds: 12 to protein NH and OH donor groups and one to a carboxylate acceptor group. The carboxylate plays a key recognition role by accepting a phosphate hydrogen. PBP phosphate affinity is relatively consistent across a broad pH range, indicating the capacity to bind monobasic (H2PO4 −) and dibasic (HPO4 2−) phosphate; however, the mechanism by which it might accommodate the second hydrogen of monobasic phosphate is unclear. To answer this question, neutron diffraction studies were initiated. Large single crystals with a volume of 8 mm3 were grown and subjected to hydrogen/deuterium exchange. A 2.5 Å resolution data set was collected on the Protein Crystallography Station at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. Initial refinement of the neutron data shows significant nuclear density, and refinement is ongoing. This is the first report of a neutron study from this superfamily. PMID:24915101

  6. An investigation into the use of electron back scattered diffraction to measure recrystallized fraction

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    Black, M.P.; Higginson, R.L. . Dept. of Engineering Materials)

    1999-06-18

    The Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) technique is in its infancy and is a highly promising area of development. Use of EBSD has been predominantly for the determination of crystallographic textures. Other applications have also been considered, which include: crystal structure determination, phase determination, grain boundary studies and both elastic and plastic deformation measurement. Although it has been acknowledged that an important use of the EBSD could be in the measurement of recrystallization and its kinetics there are a number of inherent problems with such measurements using EBSD. These problems include the ability of the system to index deformed microstructures even those on a fine scale, the difficulties of analyzing patterns in the region of grain boundaries and the problems of sample preparation which is critical in the quality of the diffraction patterns obtained. The aim of the present study is to determine whether it is possible to measure the volume fraction recrystallized using EBSP of partially recrystallized stainless steel. This has been done by investigation of the quality of matching between the observed and calculated diffraction patterns, and the quality of the observed patterns measured in terms of their contrast. The material used was stainless steel 316L.

  7. Extracting grain-orientation-dependent data from in situ time-of-flight neutron diffraction. I. Inverse pole figures

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    Stoica, Grigoreta M.; Stoica, Alexandru Dan; An, Ke; Ma, Dong; Vogel, S. C.; Carpenter, J. S.; Wang, Xun-Li

    2014-11-28

    The problem of calculating the inverse pole figure (IPF) is analyzed from the perspective of the application of time-of flight neutron diffraction toin situmonitoring of the thermomechanical behavior of engineering materials. On the basis of a quasi-Monte Carlo (QMC) method, a consistent set of grain orientations is generated and used to compute the weighting factors for IPF normalization. The weighting factors are instrument dependent and were calculated for the engineering materials diffractometer VULCAN (Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory). The QMC method is applied to face-centered cubic structures and can be easily extended to other crystallographic symmetries. Examples include 316LN stainless steelin situloaded in tension at room temperature and an Al–2%Mg alloy, substantially deformed by cold rolling and in situannealed up to 653 K.

  8. Magnetic properties of PrX 2 compounds (X = Pt, Rh, Ru, Ir) studied by hyperfine specific heat, magnetization and neutron-diffraction measurements

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    Greidanus, F. J. A. M.; de Jongh, L. J.; Huiskamp, W. J.; Fischer, P.; Furrer, A.; Buschow, K. H. J.

    1983-04-01

    Magnetic ordering phenomena in rare-earth intermetallic compounds can be unravelled most advantageously in the case of simple crystallographic structure and when a combination of microscopic techniques is applied. Here we shall present the temperature and magnetic field dependence of the magnetic moment of the cubic PrX 2 compounds (X = Pt, Rh, Ru, Ir), as inferred from hyperfine specific-heat, magnetization and neutron-diffraction measurements. The results are compared with a mean-field calculation, taking crystalline electric field and bilinear (dipolar) exchange interactions into account. Adopting experimental values of the Lea, Leask and Wolf parameters x and W from inelastic neutron scattering results, we find satisfactory agreement between our magnetic data and the mean-field theory. An observed discrepancy of about 15% between the calculated and measured saturation values of the spontaneous magnetization can be explained by the presence of quadrupolar interactions.

  9. Metal ion roles and the movement of hydrogen during reaction catalyzed by D-xylose isomerase: a joint x-ray and neutron diffraction study.

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    Kovalevsky, Andrey Y; Hanson, Leif; Fisher, S Zoe; Mustyakimov, Marat; Mason, Sax A; Forsyth, V Trevor; Blakeley, Matthew P; Keen, David A; Wagner, Trixie; Carrell, H L; Katz, Amy K; Glusker, Jenny P; Langan, Paul

    2010-06-09

    Conversion of aldo to keto sugars by the metalloenzyme D-xylose isomerase (XI) is a multistep reaction that involves hydrogen transfer. We have determined the structure of this enzyme by neutron diffraction in order to locate H atoms (or their isotope D). Two studies are presented, one of XI containing cadmium and cyclic D-glucose (before sugar ring opening has occurred), and the other containing nickel and linear D-glucose (after ring opening has occurred but before isomerization). Previously we reported the neutron structures of ligand-free enzyme and enzyme with bound product. The data show that His54 is doubly protonated on the ring N in all four structures. Lys289 is neutral before ring opening and gains a proton after this; the catalytic metal-bound water is deprotonated to hydroxyl during isomerization and O5 is deprotonated. These results lead to new suggestions as to how changes might take place over the course of the reaction.

  10. Negative thermal expansion in the Russian blue analog Zn3[Fe(CN)6]2: x-ray diffraction and neutron vibrational studies

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    Nakotte, Heinz; Daemen, Luke; Adak, Sourav

    2009-01-01

    The cubic Prussian Blue (PB) analog, Zn{sub 3} [Fe(CN){sub 6}]{sub 2}, has been studied by X-ray powder diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering (INS). X-ray data collected at 300 and 84 K revealed negative thermal expansion (NTE) behavior for this material. The NTE coefficient was found to be -31.1 x 10{sup -6} K{sup -1}. The neutron vibrational spectrum for Zn{sub 3}[Fe(CN){sub 6}]{sub 2}.xH{sub 2}O, was studied in detail. The INS spectrum showed well-defined, well-separated bands corresponding to the stretching of and deformation modes of the Fe and Zn octahedra, all below 800 cm{sup -1}.

  11. A physics investigation of deadtime losses in neutron counting at low rates with Cf252

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    Evans, Louise G; Croft, Stephen

    2009-01-01

    {sup 252}Cf spontaneous fission sources are used for the characterization of neutron counters and the determination of calibration parameters; including both neutron coincidence counting (NCC) and neutron multiplicity deadtime (DT) parameters. Even at low event rates, temporally-correlated neutron counting using {sup 252}Cf suffers a deadtime effect. Meaning that in contrast to counting a random neutron source (e.g. AmLi to a close approximation), DT losses do not vanish in the low rate limit. This is because neutrons are emitted from spontaneous fission events in time-correlated 'bursts', and are detected over a short period commensurate with their lifetime in the detector (characterized by the system die-away time, {tau}). Thus, even when detected neutron events from different spontaneous fissions are unlikely to overlap in time, neutron events within the detected 'burst' are subject to intrinsic DT losses. Intrinsic DT losses for dilute Pu will be lower since the multiplicity distribution is softer, but real items also experience self-multiplication which can increase the 'size' of the bursts. Traditional NCC DT correction methods do not include the intrinsic (within burst) losses. We have proposed new forms of the traditional NCC Singles and Doubles DT correction factors. In this work, we apply Monte Carlo neutron pulse train analysis to investigate the functional form of the deadtime correction factors for an updating deadtime. Modeling is based on a high efficiency {sup 3}He neutron counter with short die-away time, representing an ideal {sup 3}He based detection system. The physics of dead time losses at low rates is explored and presented. It is observed that new forms are applicable and offer more accurate correction than the traditional forms.

  12. Investigation of the neutron activation of endohedral rare earth metallofullerenes

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    Shilin, V. A. Lebedev, V. T.; Kolesnik, S. G.; Kozlov, V. S.; Grushko, Yu. S.; Sedov, V. P.; Kukorenko, V. V.

    2011-12-15

    Endohedral lanthanide metallofullerenes and their water-soluble biocompatible derivatives have been synthesized. The effect that fast-neutron irradiation has on the stability and nuclear physical properties of endohedral metallofullerenes that are used as magnetocontrast materials ({sup 46}Sc, {sup 140}La, {sup 141}Nd, {sup 153}Sm, {sup 152}Eu, {sup 154}Eu, {sup 153}Sm, {sup 160}Tb, {sup 169}Yb, {sup 170}Tm (isomers I and III), and {sup 177}Lu) is studied. Our hypothesis, according to which carbon-shell relaxation is based on the fast nonradiative processes of an electron shake-off type, is confirmed.

  13. The magnetic and neutron diffraction studies of La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles prepared via molten salt synthesis

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    Kačenka, M.; Kaman, O.; Jirák, Z.; Maryško, M.; Veverka, P.; Veverka, M.; Vratislav, S.

    2015-01-15

    Series of single-phase La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles (x=0.25−0.47) with the size of about 50 nm was prepared in molten NaNO{sub 2}. TEM evidenced well dispersed particles that are not interconnected by sintering bridges in contrast to traditional products. Interestingly, some reduction of the perovskite cell volume, particularly at higher Sr-contents, was detected by XRD. Moreover, reduced magnetization and decreased Curie temperature in comparison to sol–gel samples were observed. Neutron diffraction analysis of the as-prepared nanoparticles and several comparative samples with x=0.37 indicated that the anomalous behavior of studied particles probably originate in the overdoped outer shell. The overdoping might result from both the surface oxygen chemisorption and from an increased Sr concentration in the shell. By all means, the overdoping would lead to compressive surface stress, driving the x=0.37 ground state toward a mixture of FM and A-type AFM ordering as observed by neutron diffraction. - Graphical abstract: La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles with the size of about 50 nm were prepared by newly established method in molten NaNO{sub 2}. TEM proved the formation of well-separated particles without sintering bridges, the major advantage over traditional preparation methods. - Highlights: • Series of La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles was prepared by novel method in NaNO{sub 2} melt. • Lower magnetization and Curie temperature in comparison to sol–gel nanoparticles was observed. • Overdoping of outer shell was indicated by neutron diffraction and cerimetric titration. • Overdoping shifts La{sub 0.37}Sr{sub 0.63}MnO{sub 3} ground state to a mixture of FM and A-type AFM ordering.

  14. X-ray diffraction investigation of 1-phenyl-3-isopropyl-5-(benzothiazol-2-yl)formazan

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    Slepukhin, P. A.; Pervova, I. G.; Rezinskikh, Z. G.; Lipunova, G. N.; Gorbatenko, Yu. A.; Lipunov, I. N.

    2008-01-01

    The crystal structure of 1-phenyl-3-isopropyl-5-(benzothiazol-2-yl)formazan is investigated using X-ray diffraction. The compound crystallizes in the form of two crystallographically independent molecules ( A and B) in identical conformations that are stabilized by intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The intermolecular hydrogen bonds N-H…N (N…N, 2.892 and 2.939 Å) link molecules into AB dimers. Both molecules have a flattened structure, except for the isopropyl fragment. The bonds in the formazan chains are delocalized. Molecules A and B have close geometric characteristics.

  15. Phase transition sequence in ferroelectric Aurivillius compounds investigated by single crystal X-ray diffraction

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    Boullay, P.; Tellier, J.; Mercurio, D.; Manier, M.; Zuñiga, F. J.; Perez-Mato, J. M.

    2012-09-01

    The investigation of the phase transition sequence in SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) and SrBi2Nb2O9 (SBN) is reported using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. By monitoring specific reflections as a function of temperature, sensitive either to the superstructure formation or to polar displacements, it was possible to check the existence or not of an intermediate phase. This latter was confirmed in SBT, but within experimental accuracy could not be detected in SBN.

  16. Determination of the absolute configuration of (-)-(2R)-succinic-2-d acid by neutron diffraction study: Unambiguous proof of the absolute stereochemistry of the NAD/sup +//NADH interconversion

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    Yuan, H.S.H.; Stevens, R.C.; Fujita, S.; Watkins, M.I.; Koetzle, T.F.; Bau, R.

    1988-05-01

    The absolute configuration of the CHD group (D = deuterium) in (-)-(2R)-succinic-2-d acid, as prepared from (-)-(2S,3R)-malic-3-d acid, has been shown unambiguously to be R by the technique of single-crystal neutron diffraction. The optically active cation (+)-phenylethylammonium was used as the chiral reference. The structure of (C/sub 6/H/sub 5/CH/sub 3/CHNH/sub 3/)/sup +/(HOOCCH/sub 2/CHDCOOO)/sup -/ has been studied with x-ray diffraction at room temperature and neutron diffraction at room temperature and neutron diffraction at 100 K. Crystal data from the neutron diffraction analysis of the phenylethylammonium slat of the title compound at 100 K: space group P2/sub 1/; a = 8.407 /angstrom/, b = 8.300 /angstrom/, c = 8.614 /angstrom/, ..beta.. = 91.20/degrees/; unit cell volume = 600.9 /angstrom//sup 3/, Z = 2. The result confirms the stereochemistry of the malate/succinate transformation, as well as the NAD/sup +//NADH interconversion, and demonstrates the usefulness of the single-crystal neutron diffraction method for determining the absolute configuration of molecules having a chiral monodeuteriomethylene group.

  17. Neutron diffraction analysis and electrochemical performance of spinel Ni(Mn{sub 2−x}Co{sub x})O{sub 4} as anode materials for lithium ion battery

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    Zhao, Hu; Liu, Lei; Hu, Zhongbo; Sun, Limei; Han, Songbai; Liu, Yuntao; Chen, Dongfeng; Liu, Xiangfeng

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • The reversible capacity and cyclability of Ni(Mn{sub 2−x}Co{sub x})O{sub 4} first increases and then decreases with increasing Co content. • Neutron diffraction and Rielveld refinements are applied to analyze the site occupancies of Mn, Co, O and Ni. • Excessive Co ions in 8a and 16d sites reduce the structure stability leading to poor electrochemical performance. - Abstract: The effects of Co substitution on the structure and electrochemical performances of spinel Ni(Mn{sub 2−x}Co{sub x})O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.5, and 1.0) have been investigated. With the increase of Co content the lattice parameters decrease owing to the smaller ion radius of Co than Mn. The reversible capacity and cyclability of Ni(Mn{sub 2−x}Co{sub x})O{sub 4} first increase and then decrease with the increase of Co content and NiMn{sub 1.5}Co{sub 0.5}O{sub 4} shows the best electrochemical performance in compared to the other two samples. Neutron diffraction and Rielveld refinement are further applied to analyze the site occupancies of the elements of Mn, Co, O and Ni. A certain amount of Co ions substitution are favorable to enhance the electrochemical performance, but excessive Co ions in 8a and 16d sites reduce the stability of host structure which leads to the poor electrochemical performance.

  18. Evidence for monoclinic distortion in the ground state phase of underdoped La1.95Sr0.05CuO4: A single crystal neutron diffraction study

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    Singh, Anar; Schefer, Jurg; Sura, Ravi; ...

    2016-03-24

    The existing controversy about the symmetry of the crystal structure of the ground state of the critical doped La1.95Sr0.05CuO4 has been resolved by analyzing the single crystal neutron diffraction data collected between 5 and 730 K. We observed small but significant intensities for "forbidden" reflections given by extinction rules of the orthorhombic Bmab space group at low temperatures. A careful investigation of neutron diffraction data reveals that the crystal structure of La1.95Sr0.05CuO4 at 5 K is monoclinic with B2/m (2/m 1 1) space group. The monoclinic structure emerges from the orthorhombic structure in a continuous way; however, the structure ismore » stable below similar to 120K which agrees with other observed phenomena. Lastly, our results on symmetry changes are crucial for the interpretation of physical properties also in other high temperature superconductors with similar structures.« less

  19. Evidence for monoclinic distortion in the ground state phase of underdoped La1.95Sr0.05CuO4: A single crystal neutron diffraction study

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    Singh, Anar; Schefer, Jurg; Sura, Ravi; Conder, Kazimierz; Sibille, Romain F.; Ceretti, Monica; Frontzek, Matthias; Paulus, Werner

    2016-03-24

    The existing controversy about the symmetry of the crystal structure of the ground state of the critical doped La1.95Sr0.05CuO4 has been resolved by analyzing the single crystal neutron diffraction data collected between 5 and 730 K. We observed small but significant intensities for "forbidden" reflections given by extinction rules of the orthorhombic Bmab space group at low temperatures. A careful investigation of neutron diffraction data reveals that the crystal structure of La1.95Sr0.05CuO4 at 5 K is monoclinic with B2/m (2/m 1 1) space group. The monoclinic structure emerges from the orthorhombic structure in a continuous way; however, the structure is stable below similar to 120K which agrees with other observed phenomena. Lastly, our results on symmetry changes are crucial for the interpretation of physical properties also in other high temperature superconductors with similar structures.

  20. Effect of charge transfer on the local order in liquid group IV isoelectronic compounds: neutron diffraction data versus numerical tight-binding simulations

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    Prigent, G.; Bellissent, R.; Gaspard, J.-P.; Bichara, C.

    1999-06-15

    In a simple tight-binding approach, we consider the role of charge transfer and entropy in the semiconductor-to-metal transition which may occur upon melting group IV elements and their isoelectronic III-V and II-VI compounds. In the liquid state, entropy is shown to destabilise the diamond structure in favor of a metallic simple cubic-like local order, while charge transfer tends to keep the semiconducting tetrahedral local order of the solid state. These results are consistent with neutron diffraction data.