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  1. Neutron dosimetry using optically stimulated luminescence

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    Miller, S. D.; Eschbach, P. A.

    1991-06-01

    The addition of thermoluminescent (TL) materials within hydrogenous matrices to detect neutron induced proton recoils for radiation dosimetry is a well known concept. Previous attempts to implement this technique have met with limited success, primarily due to the high temperatures required for TL readout and the low melting temperatures of hydrogen-rich plastics. Research in recent years PNL has produced a new Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) technique known as the Cooled Optically Stimulated Luminescence (COSL) that offers, for the first time, the capability of performing extremely sensitive radiation dosimetry at low temperatures. In addition to its extreme sensitivity, the COSL technique offers multiple readout capability, limited fading in a one year period, and the capability of analyzing single grains within a hydrogenous matrix.

  2. Container Verification Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence

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    Tanner, Jennifer E.; Miller, Steven D.; Conrady, Matthew M.; Simmons, Kevin L.; Tinker, Michael R.

    2008-10-01

    Containment verification is a high priority for safeguards containment and surveillance. Nuclear material containers, safeguards equipment cabinets, camera housings, and detector cable conduit are all vulnerable to tampering. Even with a high security seal on a lid or door, custom-built hinges and interfaces, and special colors and types of finishes, the surfaces of enclosures can be tampered with and any penetrations repaired and covered over. With today’s technology, these repairs would not be detected during a simple visual inspection. Several suggested solutions have been to develop complicated networks of wires, fiber-optic cables, lasers or other sensors that line the inside of a container and alarm when the network is disturbed. This results in an active system with real time evidence of tampering but is probably not practical for most safeguards applications. A more practical solution would be to use a passive approach where an additional security feature was added to surfaces which would consist of a special coating or paint applied to the container or enclosure. One type of coating would incorporate optically stimulated luminescent (OSL) material. OSL materials are phosphors that luminesce in proportion to the ionizing radiation dose when stimulated with the appropriate optical wavelengths. The OSL fluoresces at a very specific wavelength when illuminated at another, very specific wavelength. The presence of the pre-irradiated OSL material in the coating is confirmed using a device that interrogates the surface of the enclosure using the appropriate optical wavelength and then reads the resulting luminescence. The presence of the OSL indicates that the integrity of the surface is intact. The coating itself could be transparent which would allow the appearance of the container to remain unchanged or the OSL material could be incorporated into certain paints or epoxies used on various types of containers. The coating could be applied during manufacturing

  3. Optically stimulated luminescence dosimetry with gypsum wallboard (drywall).

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    Thompson, Jeroen W; Burdette, Kevin E; Inrig, Elizabeth L; Dewitt, Regina; Mistry, Rajesh; Rink, W Jack; Boreham, Douglas R

    2010-09-01

    Gypsum wallboard (drywall) represents an attractive target for retrospective dosimetry by optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) in the event of a radiological accident or malicious use of nuclear material. In this study, wallboard is shown to display a radiation-induced luminescence signal (RIS) as well as a natural background signal (NS), which is comparable in intensity to the RIS. Excitation and emission spectra show that maximum luminescence intensity is obtained for stimulation with blue light-emitting diodes (470 nm) and for detection in the ultraviolet region (290-370 nm). It is necessary to decrease the optical stimulation power dramatically in order to adequately separate the RIS from the interfering background signal. The necessary protocols are developed for accurately measuring the absorbed dose as low as 500 mGy and demonstrate that the RIS decays logarithmically with storage time, with complete erasure expected within 1-4 d.

  4. Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence properties of natural barytes.

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    Kitis, G; Kiyak, N G; Polymeris, G S

    2010-12-01

    Heavy, baryte-loaded, concrete is commonly used as radiation shielding material around high energy particle accelerators. Concrete samples received from a shielding block located at CERN cite contain many crystalline inclusions which were identified as barytes by X-ray diffraction analysis and separated by their color, classified as white, orange and green. Basic properties of thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) signals of these barytes samples such as thermal and optical stability, repeatability and mainly the linearity of both their luminescence responses were investigated as a function of beta dose. These results are also discussed regarding detailed investigation on the correlation between TL and OSL signals and their implications for retrospective dosimetry.

  5. Pixel Bleeding Correction in Laser Scanning Luminescence Imaging Demonstrated Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence.

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    Yukihara, Eduardo G; Ahmed, Md Foiez

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes and investigates the performance of an algorithm to correct for "pixel bleeding" caused by slow luminescence centers in laser scanning imaging (e.g., X-ray imaging using photostimulable phosphors and 2D dosimetry using optically stimulated luminescence). The algorithm is based on a deconvolution procedure that takes into account the lifetime of the slow luminescence center and is further constrained by the detection of fast and slow luminescence centers and combining rows scanned in opposite directions. The algorithm was tested using simulated data and demonstrated experimentally by applying it to image reconstruction of two types of Al2O3 X-ray detector films ( Al2O3:C and Al2O3 :C,Mg), whose use in 2D dosimetry in conjunction with laser-scanning readout has so far been prevented by slow luminescence centers (F-centers, 35 ms lifetime). We show that the algorithm allows the readout of Al2O3 film detectors 300-500 times faster than generally allowed considering the lifetime of the main luminescence centers. By relaxing the stringent requirements on the detector's luminescence lifetime, the algorithm opens the possibility of using new materials in 2D dosimetry as well as other laser scanning applications, such as X-ray imaging using storage phosphors and scanning confocal microscopy, although the effect of the noise introduced must be investigated for each specific application.

  6. Determination of Landscape Diffusivity Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence and Infrared Stimulated Luminescence Techniques

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    Stang, D.; Rhodes, E. J.; Heimsath, A. M.

    2011-12-01

    As landscapes undergo surface lowering by weathering and erosion, soil formation, mixing and transport processes play a key role. Determining the rates of soil mixing and transport is key to developing reliable models of hillslope erosion and landscape development, and is important in establishing a value for landscape diffusivity in numerical simulations. Mixing processes include biological mechanisms such as grains moving by gravity within burrows or root holes, grains being transported upwards by burrowing animals such as moles, gophers, rabbits, spiders, ants and other organisms, or larger scale processes such as tree throw. Non-biological mechanisms include surface wash and other slope transport processes, frost heave, movement caused by wetting and drying cycles, and grain transport by water within sediment pores. As optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) signals are light sensitive, they are reset by daylight exposure each time quartz or feldspar grains are brought to the surface. After re-burial, signals slowly re-grow as the grains are exposed to environmental radiation. We have adopted two complementary approaches that can provide information on processes and rates of grain mixing. Firstly we measured the apparent age distribution of single grains of quartz from discrete depths, providing in-depth data on the full range of grain histories since their last surface encounter. Secondly, we measured contiguous 1 cm spits of sediment from monoliths (vertical columns of sediment approx. 10 x 10 cm) using bulk IRSL, dominated by emissions from feldspars. The second approach sums the signals from all feldspar grains, and provides a rapid method to identify features such as burrows and root holes, as well as rapidly deposited surface events (e.g. small debris flow lobes). Combining both approaches, we are able to quantify the magnitude and timing of macroscale mixing processes (e.g. burrows, sediment slugs), while also

  7. Modelling thermal transfer in optically stimulated luminescence of quartz

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    Pagonis, V.; Chen, R.; Wintle, A. G.

    2007-02-01

    A previously published kinetic model for the production of luminescence signals in quartz is used to investigate the production of thermally transferred optically stimulated luminescence (TT-OSL) signals. This paper provides a mathematical description of the thermal transfer mechanism for two different phenomena that have been observed in previously published experiments (Aitken and Smith 1988 Quat. Sci. Rev. 7 387-93). The starting point is the model proposed by Bailey (2001 Radiat. Meas. 33 17-45). The numerical values of some of the parameters are varied so that they match the experimental data. The effect caused by varying these values is investigated. The first of these phenomena takes place after storing optically bleached samples at room temperature; this involves the traps responsible for the 110 °C thermoluminescence (TL) peak of quartz acting as a refuge trap. The second phenomenon concerns OSL signals that are induced by heating the samples after the bleaching of the OSL signal and involves a putative TL peak at ~230 °C associated with the refuge trap; specifically, the paper presents a simulation of the temperature dependence of the OSL signal measured by successively heating the quartz samples to higher temperatures up to ~400 °C.

  8. Optically stimulated luminescence dating of pottery from Turkey.

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    Oke, G; Yurdatapan, E

    2000-10-02

    In this study, the potential of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating for archaeological potteries was investigated. Firstly, recently purchased OSL and alpha counter systems were calibrated. Then, archaeological sherds taken from Datça-Burgaz (Muğla, Turkey) archaeological site of archaic and classical period (700-400 BC) were dated. Samples were prepared by the fine grain technique and paleodose was found by using the additive dose technique. The annual doses of uranium and thorium were determined by using the alpha counter. The potassium, which has no alpha activity, was determined by atomic absorption spectrometry. The age of the sherds was found to be 2340+/-190 years which is in good agreement with the archaeological evidence involving figurines and coins obtained in the same level.

  9. Protocols for Thermoluninescence and Optically Stimulated Luminescence Research at DOSAR

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    Bernal, SM

    2004-10-11

    The Life Sciences Division (LSD) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has a long record of radiation dosimetry research at the Dosimetry Applications Research (DOSAR) facility complex. These facilities have been used by a broad segment of the research community to perform a variety of experiments in areas including, but not limited to, radiobiology, radiation dosimeter and instrumentation development and calibration, and materials testing in a variety of radiation environments. Collaborations with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) have also led to important contributions in the area of archaeometry, particularly as it relates to the use of radiation dosimetry to date archaeological artifacts. This manual is to serve as the primary instruction and operation manual for dosimetric and archaeometric research at DOSAR involving thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). Its purpose is to (1) provide protocols for common practices associated with the research, (2) outline the relevant organizational structure, (3) identify the Quality Assurance plan, and (4) describe all the procedures, operations, and responsibilities for safe and proper operation of associated equipment. Each person who performs research at DOSAR using TL/OSL equipment is required to read the latest revision of this manual and be familiar with its contents, and to sign and date the manual's master copy indicating that the manual has been read and understood. The TL/OSL Experimenter is also required to sign the manual after each revision to signify that the changes are understood. Each individual is responsible for completely understanding the proper operation of the TL/OSL equipment used and for following the guidance contained within this manual. The instructions, protocols, and operating procedures in this manual do not replace, supersede, or alter the hazard mitigation controls identified in the Research Safety Summary (''Thermoluminescence/Optically Stimulated

  10. Design of Interrogation Protocols for Radiation Dose Measurements Using Optically-Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeters.

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    Abraham, Sara A; Kearfott, Kimberlee J; Jawad, Ali H; Boria, Andrew J; Buth, Tobias J; Dawson, Alexander S; Eng, Sheldon C; Frank, Samuel J; Green, Crystal A; Jacobs, Mitchell L; Liu, Kevin; Miklos, Joseph A; Nguyen, Hien; Rafique, Muhammad; Rucinski, Blake D; Smith, Travis; Tan, Yanliang

    2017-03-01

    Optically-stimulated luminescent dosimeters are capable of being interrogated multiple times post-irradiation. Each interrogation removes a fraction of the signal stored within the optically-stimulated luminescent dosimeter. This signal loss must be corrected to avoid systematic errors in estimating the average signal of a series of optically-stimulated luminescent dosimeter interrogations and requires a minimum number of consecutive readings to determine an average signal that is within a desired accuracy of the true signal with a desired statistical confidence. This paper establishes a technical basis for determining the required number of readings for a particular application of these dosimeters when using certain OSL dosimetry systems.

  11. Optimized readout system for cooled optically stimulated luminescence

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    Miller, S. D.; Eschbach, P. A.

    1990-09-01

    Cooled Optically Stimulated Luminescence (COSL) in CaF2:Mn is an ionizing radiation dosimetry method recently developed at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL). In this method CaF2:Mn crystals irradiated by gamma radiation at room temperature are cooled to liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K), stimulated by ultraviolet laser light at 326 nm, and allowed to warm to room temperature. Light emission proportional to the gamma exposure occurs as the TLD warms from liquid nitrogen temperature to room temperature. The new method is an example of a highly sensitive phototransfer technique which could form the basis for future radiation dosimetry applications. Measurements to date have shown high potential for measuring gamma exposures in the range of 10 microR. The high sensitivity of the COSL technique is due in part to the larger quantum efficiency of radiative recombination at low temperatures and to the complete absence of the incandescent background associated with conventional thermoluminescent readout methods. Along with the potential for a system which is more sensitive than thermoluminescent readers, multiple COSL readouts can be performed with minimal reduction in the COSL intensity. The multiple readout capability can serve as a possible permanent dosimetry record, thus allowing the reanalysis of a questionable reading. In an attempt to optimize the sensitivity of the COSL method, a new readout system is being developed.

  12. A new method of retrospective radiation dosimetry: Optically stimulated luminescence in dental enamel

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    Godfrey-Smith, D.I.; Pass, B.

    1997-05-01

    Currently, retrospective biophysical radiation dosimetry lacks a technique that is sensitive, non-invasive, and portable. This has made reliable cause and effect relationships between radiation exposure and its outcomes in humans difficult to establish. Since optical technology is amenable to miniaturization, a search for optically stimulated luminescence in dental enamel was begun. The first successful detection of time dependent optically stimulated luminescence from {gamma} irradiated enamel was accomplished. This luminescence is absent in enamel that is not irradiated or that was heated following irradiation. Thermoluminescence observations were made concurrently with the optical measurements which clarified the role of the organic component of enamel. 20 refs., 5 figs.

  13. Emergency Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimetry Using Different Materials

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    Sholom, S; DeWitt, R; Simon, SL; Bouville, A; McKeever, SWS

    2011-01-01

    Several materials were tested as possible individual emergency dosimeters using Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) as means to assess the exposure. Materials investigated included human nails, business cards and plastic buttons. The OSL properties of these materials were studied in comparison with those of teeth. Most samples revealed OSL signals only after exposure to ionizing radiation; some samples of business cards, however, displayed a strong initial “native” signal (i.e. existing in the samples prior to irradiation). The sensitivity (minimum measurable dose) of the samples was found to vary significantly from sample to sample of the same material and was in the range from several tens of mGy to a few dozens of Gy. The dose response curves were linear for doses below 10 Gy. Fading of the OSL signals was estimated for different lenghts of times and found to be ~95%, 45%, 30% and 15% for samples of teeth, business cards, buttons and nails, respectively, following storage at room temperature in the dark for a period of 3 weeks after exposure. For samples stored under routine laboratory light, fading was much faster and the radiation-induced signals almost disappeared after a few hours of such illumination. It was concluded that the tested materials could be used in triage situations to detect and estimate the possible overexposure of individuals if the measurements can be performed soon enough after exposure. PMID:22125409

  14. Remote auditing of radiotherapy facilities using optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters

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    Lye, Jessica Dunn, Leon; Kenny, John; Alves, Andrew; Lehmann, Joerg; Williams, Ivan; Kron, Tomas; Oliver, Chris; Butler, Duncan; Johnston, Peter; Franich, Rick

    2014-03-15

    Purpose: On 1 July 2012, the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service (ACDS) released its Optically Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeter (OSLD) Level I audit, replacing the previous TLD based audit. The aim of this work is to present the results from this new service and the complete uncertainty analysis on which the audit tolerances are based. Methods: The audit release was preceded by a rigorous evaluation of the InLight® nanoDot OSLD system from Landauer (Landauer, Inc., Glenwood, IL). Energy dependence, signal fading from multiple irradiations, batch variation, reader variation, and dose response factors were identified and quantified for each individual OSLD. The detectors are mailed to the facility in small PMMA blocks, based on the design of the existing Radiological Physics Centre audit. Modeling and measurement were used to determine a factor that could convert the dose measured in the PMMA block, to dose in water for the facility's reference conditions. This factor is dependent on the beam spectrum. The TPR{sub 20,10} was used as the beam quality index to determine the specific block factor for a beam being audited. The audit tolerance was defined using a rigorous uncertainty calculation. The audit outcome is then determined using a scientifically based two tiered action level approach. Audit outcomes within two standard deviations were defined as Pass (Optimal Level), within three standard deviations as Pass (Action Level), and outside of three standard deviations the outcome is Fail (Out of Tolerance). Results: To-date the ACDS has audited 108 photon beams with TLD and 162 photon beams with OSLD. The TLD audit results had an average deviation from ACDS of 0.0% and a standard deviation of 1.8%. The OSLD audit results had an average deviation of −0.2% and a standard deviation of 1.4%. The relative combined standard uncertainty was calculated to be 1.3% (1σ). Pass (Optimal Level) was reduced to ≤2.6% (2σ), and Fail (Out of Tolerance) was reduced to >3

  15. Optically Stimulated Luminescence Response of Commercial SiO2 Optical Fiber

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    Bogard, James S; Espinosa Garcia, Guillermo

    2008-01-01

    The use of Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) for radiation dosimetry has become increasingly popular in recent years. The OSL method is based on luminescence emitted from semiconductor materials stimulated with specific wavelengths of light, after being exposed to ionizing radiation. The OSL intensity is a function of the radiation dose absorbed by the material. This work complements previous studies by the authors of the thermoluminescence (TL) response by SiO{sub 2} commercial optical fiber exposed to ionizing radiation and provides preliminary results describing some of the material's OSL properties. Linear OSL response to beta-radiation dose, along with a consistent shape of the photon emission curve with time, were observed using a green/blue OSL excitation laser. The reproducibility of OSL response after repeated irradiations and the change in intensity with time were also examined. The search for and characterization of materials that exhibit this OSL response, in parallel with the continued development of OSL methodology and instrumentation, is an important scientific and commercial issue.

  16. Progress in Direct Dating of Tephra via Thermo- and Optically Stimulated Luminescence

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    Clark-Balzan, L.; Smith, V.; Preusser, F.

    2016-12-01

    Luminescence dating utilizes natural dosimeters (minerals and mineralloids) to calculate either time elapsed since crystallization or the last exposure to light or intense heat. Direct dating of volcanic materials via luminescence has been attempted for nearly fifty years with varying degrees of success: dim luminescence signals, anomalous signal loss (`fading') from volcanogenic minerals, incomplete mineral separation, and mineralogical and geochemical variability have been problematic (Fattahi and Stokes, 2003). Recent advances in measurement protocols to probe signals less prone to anomalous fading (Tsukamoto et al., 2007; 2010), and the development of equipment that allows direct imaging of luminescence-emitting grains via EMCCD cameras (Clark-Balzan and Schwenninger, 2012) offer new opportunities for tephra dating. The lack of available luminescence data on a wide variety of tephra, however, makes it difficult to predict which measurement techniques will be generally applicable given presumed high inter- and intra-sample variability. Therefore we present first results from a systematic characterization of luminescence emissions from a geochemically and geographically diverse body of tephras. Spectrometric analysis of luminescence emitted from plagioclase, glass, and quartz fractions during thermal and optical stimulation provide key data for optimization and testing of measurement protocols. We also show preliminary results of EMCCD imaging of both mineral separates and bulk tephras, emphasizing identification and characterization of mineral constituents and luminescence properties via the simultaneous measurement of many grains. EMCCD imaging allows luminescence characterization on the single grain level, thereby revealing variability between grains which cannot be measured via standard spectromectric techniques. Clark-Balzan, L., Schwenninger, J.-L., 2012, Radiation Measurements, v. 47, pp. 797-802. Fattahi, M., Stokes, S., 2003, Earth Science Reviews, v. 62

  17. Optically stimulated luminescence study in rare earth doped SrBPO5.

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    Gaikwad, Sonali; Patil, R R; Kulkarni, M S; Moharil, S V

    2017-09-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) was studied in rare earth doped SrBPO5 for the possible applications in radiation dosimetry using optically stimulated luminescence. The study shows that the sensitivity of the Eu doped SrBPO5 shows good OSL and the sensitivity is comparable to that of Al2O3:C. It is observed that annealing has a profound effect on the OSL sensitivity. Slowly cooled Eu doped sample shows highest sensitivity and is 77% compared to that Al2O3:C whereas lowest sensitivity is observed in the quenched sample. Other properties like good linearity and low fading will make this phosphor suitable for the applications in radiation dosimetry using OSL. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Investigation of a BeO-based optically stimulated luminescence dosemeter.

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    Sommer, M; Henniger, J

    2006-01-01

    The optical sensitivity of BeO-based luminophors has been well-known for many years. The optical stimulation of BeO with blue light is most effective. Then the dosemeters emit luminescent light in the ultraviolet-range around 325 nm. Matched on these facts a simple optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) treatment has been developed. Intense blue light-emitting diodes are used for cw-stimulation. A Hamamatsu solar blind photomultiplier detects the OSL-light. Good separation of both spectral ranges by optical filters is very important. The dosemeter has a linear dose response between approximately 20 muGy and >10 Gy. It was suggested, that a modification of stimulation conditions would allow measurements down to 1 muGy. Fading, photon energy dependence and reproducibility of OSL-signal correspond well with requirements to clinical and personal dosemeters. In addition, basic questions of the OSL-process in BeO have been investigated. A relevant point of interest was the dependency of the OSL-signal on stimulation power.

  19. Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) of dental enamel for retrospective assessment of radiation exposure

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    Yukihara, E.G.; Mittani, J.; McKeever, S.W.S.; Simon, S.L.

    2009-01-01

    This paper briefly reviews the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of dental enamel and discusses the potential and challenges of OSL for filling the technology gap in biodosimetry required for medical triage following a radiological/nuclear accident or terrorist event. The OSL technique uses light to stimulate a radiation-induced luminescence signal from materials previously exposed to ionizing radiation. This luminescence originates from radiation-induced defects in insulating crystals and is proportional to the absorbed dose of ionizing radiation. In our research conducted to date, we focused on fundamental investigations of the OSL properties of dental enamel using extracted teeth and tabletop OSL readers. The objective was to obtain information to support the development of the necessary instrumentation for retrospective dosimetry using dental enamel in laboratory, or for in situ and non-invasive accident dosimetry using dental enamel in emergency triage. An OSL signal from human dental enamel was detected using blue, green, or IR stimulation. Blue/green stimulation associated with UV emission detection seems to be the most appropriate combination in the sense that there is no signal from un-irradiated samples and the shape of the OSL decay is clear. Improvements in the minimum detection level were achieved by incorporating an ellipsoidal mirror in the OSL system to maximize light collection. Other possibilities to improve the sensitivity and research steps necessary to establish the feasibility of the technique for retrospective assessment of radiation exposure are also discussed. PMID:19623269

  20. Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) of dental enamel for retrospective assessment of radiation exposure.

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    Yukihara, E G; Mittani, J; McKeever, S W S; Simon, S L

    2007-07-01

    This paper briefly reviews the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of dental enamel and discusses the potential and challenges of OSL for filling the technology gap in biodosimetry required for medical triage following a radiological/nuclear accident or terrorist event. The OSL technique uses light to stimulate a radiation-induced luminescence signal from materials previously exposed to ionizing radiation. This luminescence originates from radiation-induced defects in insulating crystals and is proportional to the absorbed dose of ionizing radiation. In our research conducted to date, we focused on fundamental investigations of the OSL properties of dental enamel using extracted teeth and tabletop OSL readers. The objective was to obtain information to support the development of the necessary instrumentation for retrospective dosimetry using dental enamel in laboratory, or for in situ and non-invasive accident dosimetry using dental enamel in emergency triage. An OSL signal from human dental enamel was detected using blue, green, or IR stimulation. Blue/green stimulation associated with UV emission detection seems to be the most appropriate combination in the sense that there is no signal from un-irradiated samples and the shape of the OSL decay is clear. Improvements in the minimum detection level were achieved by incorporating an ellipsoidal mirror in the OSL system to maximize light collection. Other possibilities to improve the sensitivity and research steps necessary to establish the feasibility of the technique for retrospective assessment of radiation exposure are also discussed.

  1. Wringing the last drop of optically stimulated luminescence response for accurate dating of glacial sediments

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    Medialdea, Alicia; Bateman, Mark D.; Evans, David J.; Roberts, David H.; Chiverrell, Richard C.; Clark, Chris D.

    2017-04-01

    BRITICE-CHRONO is a NERC-funded consortium project of more than 40 researchers aiming to establish the retreat patterns of the last British and Irish Ice Sheet. For this purpose, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, among other dating techniques, has been used in order to establish accurate chronology. More than 150 samples from glacial environments have been dated and provide key information for modelling of the ice retreat. Nevertheless, luminescence dating of glacial sediments has proven to be challenging: first, glacial sediments were often affected by incomplete bleaching and secondly, quartz grains within the sediments sampled were often characterized by complex luminescence behaviour; characterized by dim signal and low reproducibility. Specific statistical approaches have been used to over come the former to enable the estimated ages to be based on grain populations most likely to have been well bleached. This latest work presents how issues surrounding complex luminescence behaviour were over-come in order to obtain accurate OSL ages. This study has been performed on two samples of bedded sand originated on an ice walled lake plain, in Lincolnshire, UK. Quartz extracts from each sample were artificially bleached and irradiated to known doses. Dose recovery tests have been carried out under different conditions to study the effect of: preheat temperature, thermal quenching, contribution of slow components, hot bleach after a measuring cycles and IR stimulation. Measurements have been performed on different luminescence readers to study the possible contribution of instrument reproducibility. These have shown that a great variability can be observed not only among the studied samples but also within a specific site and even a specific sample. In order to determine an accurate chronology and realistic uncertainties to the estimated ages, this variability must be taken into account. Tight acceptance criteria to measured doses from natural, not

  2. Charge trapping induced by plasma in alumina electrode surface investigated by thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence

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    Ambrico, P. F.; Ambrico, M.; Schiavulli, L.; Ligonzo, T.; Augelli, V.

    2009-02-02

    The plasma of a dielectric barrier discharge can fill traps in the alumina that cover the electrode. Trap energies and lifetimes are estimated by thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence. Comparison with similar results for traps created by other radiation sources clarifies the mechanisms regulating this effect. Alumina's trap energies are approximately 1 eV, and the traps remain active for several days after plasma exposure. These results could be important to keep dielectric barrier discharge plasmas uniform since a trapped charge can be an electron reservoir.

  3. Optically stimulated luminescence in NaMgF{sub 3}:Eu{sup 2+}

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    Dotzler, C.; Williams, G. V. M.; Rieser, U.; Edgar, A.

    2007-09-17

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescence (TL) measurements were performed on polycrystalline NaMgF{sub 3}:Eu{sup 2+} as well as sintered and quenched NaMgF{sub 3}:Eu{sup 2+} after exposure to ionizing radiation. The authors find a range of TL traps and the sintering and quenching process reduces the concentration of shallow traps. The resultant time integrated OSL intensity is linear from microgray dose levels to approximately 100 Gy, and hence this material is suitable for a personal and environmental dosimetry, where low dose levels are encountered and high sensitivity is required.

  4. Gamma response characterizations of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) affects personal dosimetry

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    Monthonwattana, S.; Esor, J.; Rungseesumran, T.; Intang, A.

    2017-06-01

    Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) is the current technique of personal dosimetry changed by Nuclear Technology Service Center instead of Thermoluminescence dosimetry (TLD) because OSL has more advantages, such as repeat reading and elimination of heating process. In this study, OSL was used to test the gamma response characterizations. Detailed OSL investigation on personal dosimetry was carried out in the dose range of 0.2 - 3.0 mSv. The batch homogeneity was 7.66%. R2 value of the linear regression was 0.9997. The difference ratio of angular dependence at ± 60° was 8.7%. Fading of the reading was about 3%.

  5. Characterization and modeling of relative luminescence efficiency of optically stimulated luminescence detectors exposed to heavy charged particles

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    Sawakuchi, Gabriel Oliveira

    Scope and method of study. This work investigates the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of carbon-doped aluminum oxide Al2O3:C detectors exposed to heavy charged particles (HCPs) with energies relevant to radiation protection in space, and cancer therapy. This investigation includes ground-based experiments in accelerators and theoretical studies of the detector's response. These theoretical studies are based on the track structure model (TSM) and require information of the spatial pattern of energy deposition around the HCP path---the radial dose distribution (RDD). Thus, RDDs were obtained using six analytical models, and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations with the code GEANT4. In addition, we propose a modified analytical model to improve the agreement between calculated and experimental efficiency values. Findings and conclusions. Dose response experiments showed that beta rays and H 1000 MeV radiations produced similar responses in the detectors and we concluded that the H 1000 MeV and beta radiations deposit energy similarly. We observed a common trend of decreasing the relative luminescence efficiency (etaHCP,gamma ) as increasing the unrestricted linear energy transfer in water ( LH2Oinfinity ) for all the detectors. For Luxel(TM) detectors the eta HCP,gamma was close to unit for particles with LH2Oinfinity lower than 3 keV/mum. TSM using the RDD from Chatterjee and Schaefer, Butts and Katz, Waligorski et al., Fageeha et al., Kiefer and Straaten, and Geibeta et al. models failed to predict the etaHCP,gamma values. We proposed a modified version of the RDD from Butts and Katz model, which agreed within 20% with relative luminescence efficiency experimental data. This was the first time that such agreement was achieved for a wide range of HCPs of different energies. MC simulations with GEANT4 agreed within 35% with etaHCP,gamma experimental data. Finally, we suggested a correction method, based on the calculation of etaHCP,gamma using the TSM

  6. Independent evaluation of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) 'dot' dosemeters for environmental monitoring.

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    Timilsina, Bindu; Gesell, Thomas F

    2011-01-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) 'dot' dosemeters (manufactured by Landauer®) are reported to have a high degree of environmental stability, high level of sensitivity and provide wide range of dose measuring capabilities from 0.05 mGy to 100 Gy. The optical read out method is fast and relatively simple and permits repeated read out, but few studies have been performed about its application in monitoring radiation in the environment. This study was initiated to independently test the performance of OSL dot dosemeters for the application of measuring doses of radiation in the outdoor environment. Testing was performed in the laboratory to evaluate reproducibility and stability and in the field to evaluate accuracy relative to calibrated high-pressure ionisation chambers. The results showed that OSL dot dosemeters had good reproducibility and stability in both laboratory and field tests and met the performance requirements of standards of the American National Standards Institute.

  7. Constraining Paleo-Glacier Dynamics Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) Bedrock Exposure Dating

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    Brun, F.; Valla, P.; King, G. E.; Herman, F.

    2014-12-01

    Quantifying glacier dynamics over the late-Pleistocene remains an important challenge for understanding glacial response to climate change. Historical glacier reconstructions are spatially limited (e.g. the European Alps) and cover only the last ~100 yrs, restricting their use as paleoclimatic proxies. Bedrock dating methods such as Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclides (TCN) dating or lichenometry allows glacier fluctuations to be reconstructed over longer timescales. However, these methods have limited temporal resolution, and therefore do not enable accurate dating of recent glacier fluctuations (e.g. short glacier re-advances). Here, we use a novel in situ dating method based on Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) to fill this temporal/spatial gap. OSL dating is based on the time-accumulation of trapped electrons in the lattice defects of minerals. OSL-exposure dating is based on the bleaching (i.e. resetting) of the minerals' luminescence signal when they are exposed to light (Sohbati et al., 2012 JGR-Solid Earth), which depends on exposure time, effective photon flux and light attenuation by minerals. We analyzed 10 samples in the Val d'Hérens (Swiss Alps) where post-LGM glacier dynamics remain poorly constrained and short glacier re-advances are thought to occur during the Holocene. Bedrock samples were drilled and small cores were sliced into 1-mm thick discs from which natural luminescence profiles were measured. We calibrated the luminescence model parameters using historically-exposed bedrock samples (~100 yr) near the Mont-Miné glacier, and used this on-site calibration to date surface exposure of glacial bedrock at various elevations along the valley; initial relative dating results are promising. Although OSL-exposure dating appears an efficient tool for historical glacier reconstructions, OSL bleaching over longer timescales (i.e. late-Pleistocene to Holocene) requires more investigation before use as a chronometer.

  8. Commissioning optically stimulated luminescence in vivo dosimeters for fast neutron therapy

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    Young, Lori A. Sandison, George; Yang, Fei; Woodworth, Davis; McCormick, Zephyr

    2016-01-15

    Purpose: Clinical in vivo dosimeters intended for use with photon and electron therapies have not been utilized for fast neutron therapy because they are highly susceptible to neutron damage. The objective of this work was to determine if a commercial optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) in vivo dosimetry system could be adapted for use in fast neutron therapy. Methods: A 50.5 MeV fast neutron beam generated by a clinical neutron therapy cyclotron was used to irradiate carbon doped aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C) optically simulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) in a solid water phantom under standard calibration conditions, 150 cm SAD, 1.7 cm depth, and 10.3 × 10.0 cm field size. OSLD fading and electron trap depletion studies were performed with the OSLDs irradiated with 20 and 50 cGy and monitored over a 24-h period to determine the optimal time for reading the dosimeters during calibration. Four OSLDs per group were calibrated over a clinical dose range of 0–150 cGy. Results: OSLD measurement uncertainties were lowered to within ±2%–3% of the expected dose by minimizing the effect of transient fading that occurs with neutron irradiation and maintaining individual calibration factors for each dosimeter. Dose dependent luminescence fading extended beyond the manufacturer’s recommended 10 min period for irradiation with photon or electron beams. To minimize OSL variances caused by inconsistent fading among dosimeters, the observed optimal time for reading the OSLDs postirradiation was between 30 and 90 min. No field size, wedge factor, or gantry angle dependencies were observed in the OSLDs irradiated by the studied fast neutron beam. Conclusions: Measurements demonstrated that uncertainties less than ±3% were attainable in OSLDs irradiated with fast neutrons under clinical conditions. Accuracy and precision comparable to clinical OSL measurements observed with photons can be achieved by maintaining individual OSLD calibration factors and

  9. Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence in various phases of doped Na2SO4

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    Gaikwad, S. U.; Patil, R. R.; Kulkarni, M. S.; Bhatt, B. C.; Moharil, S. V.

    2016-02-01

    The dependence of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescence (TL) response due to crystal phase in Cu and Cu,Mg-doped Na2SO4 was studied. Study shows that the slowly cooled samples which crystallize in phase V show good OSL sensitivity whereas the quenched samples of Na2SO4 which crystallize in phase III irrespective of doping show no OSL sensitivity. However, during storage when phase III samples get converted to phase V, samples show OSL sensitivity comparable to freshly prepared samples in phase V. Hence, it is observed that TL-OSL properties of doped Na2SO4 are phase dependent .This study will be helpful in developing OSL phosphors in which phase plays an important role in deciding the desired properties.

  10. Optically stimulated luminescence dosimetry performance of natural Brazilian topaz exposed to beta radiation.

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    Bernal, R; Souza, D N; Valerio, M E G; Cruz-Vázquez, C; Barboza-Flores, M

    2006-01-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) has become the technique of choice in many areas of dosimetry. Natural materials like topaz are available in large quantities in Brazil and other countries. They have been studied to investigate the possibility of use its thermoluminescence (TL) properties for dosimetric applications. In this work, we investigate the possibility of utilising the OSL properties of natural Brazilian topaz in dosimetry. Bulk topaz samples were exposed to doses up to 100 Gy of beta radiation and the integrated OSL as a function of the dose showed linear behaviour. The fading occurs in the first 20 min after irradiation but it is <6% of the integrated OSL measured shortly after exposure. We conclude that natural colourless topaz is a very suitable phosphor for OSL dosimetry.

  11. Optically stimulated luminescence dating of cave deposits at the Xiaogushan prehistoric site, northeastern China.

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    Zhang, Jia-Fu; Huang, Wei-Wen; Yuan, Bao-Yin; Fu, Ren-Yi; Zhou, Li-Ping

    2010-11-01

    The Xiaogushan cave site is one of the most important prehistoric sites in North China. The stone and bone artifacts found in the cave are similar to European contemporaneous artifacts. Cave deposits consist of five layers that have been dated from 46,353 ± 1179 to 4229 ± 135 cal. yr BP, using radiocarbon dating techniques on charcoal and bone samples collected from Layers 2-5. In this paper, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) techniques were applied to date six samples taken from Layers 1-3. The luminescence properties of the fine-grained and coarse-grained quartz extracts indicate that the materials are suitable for OSL dating using a single-aliquot regeneration-dose (SAR) protocol. The OSL ages obtained are broadly consistent with the stratigraphy and the associated calibrated radiocarbon ages. The dating results show that the cave was first occupied by humans about 70 ka. The human occupation of the cave may be related to climate change. An occupation hiatus is inferred to between ∼ 17 to ∼ 10 ka. The stone and bone artifacts found in Layers 2 and 3 may indicate the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transitions in the region.

  12. Three-dimensional radiation dosimetry based on optically-stimulated luminescence

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    Sadel, M.; Høye, E. M.; Skyt, P. S.; Muren, L. P.; Petersen, J. B. B.; Balling, P.

    2017-05-01

    A new approach to three-dimensional (3D) dosimetry based on optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL) is presented. By embedding OSL-active particles into a transparent silicone matrix (PDMS), the well-established dosimetric properties of an OSL material are exploited in a 3D-OSL dosimeter. By investigating prototype dosimeters in standard cuvettes in combination with small test samples for OSL readers, it is shown that a sufficient transparency of the 3D-OSL material can be combined with an OSL response giving an estimated >10.000 detected photons in 1 second per 1mm3 voxel of the dosimeter at a dose of 1 Gy. The dose distribution in the 3D-OSL dosimeters can be directly read out optically without the need for subsequent reconstruction by computational inversion algorithms. The dosimeters carry the advantages known from personal-dosimetry use of OSL: the dose distribution following irradiation can be stored with minimal fading for extended periods of time, and dosimeters are reusable as they can be reset, e.g. by an intense (bleaching) light field.

  13. Long persistent and optically stimulated luminescence behaviors of calcium aluminates with different trap filling processes

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    Zhang, Buhao; Xu, Xuhui; Li, Qianyue; Wu, Yumei; Qiu, Jianbei; Yu, Xue

    2014-09-15

    Properties of long persistent luminescence (LPL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+}, R{sup 3+} (R=Nd, Dy, Tm) materials were investigated. The observed phenomenon indicates that R{sup 3+} ions (R=Nd, Dy, Tm) have different effects on trap properties of CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+}. The greatly improved LPL performance was observed in Nd{sup 3+} co-doped samples, which indicates that the incorporation of Nd{sup 3+} creates suitable traps for LPL. While co-doping Tm{sup 3+} ions, the intensity of high temperature of thermoluminescence band in CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors is enhanced for the formation of the most suitable traps which benefits the intense and stable OSL. These results suggest that the effective traps contributed to the LPL/OSL are complex, of which could be an aggregation formation with shallow and deep traps other than simple traps from co-doped R{sup 3+} ions. The mechanism presented in the end potentially provides explanations of why the OSL of CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+}, R{sup 3+} exhibits different read-in/read-out performance as well. - Graphical abstract: OSL emission spectra of Ca{sub 0.995}Al{sub 2}O{sub 4}:0.0025Eu{sup 2+}, 0.0025R{sup 3+} (R=Nd, Dy, Tm) taken under varying stimulation time (0, 25, 50, 75, 100 s). Inset: Blue emission pictures under varying stimulation time. - Highlights: • The LPL and OSL properties of CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+}, R{sup 3+} were investigated. • An alternative approach to control the trap depth of CaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor was proposed. • A new oxide ETM phosphor exhibiting intense and stable OSL was explored.

  14. Experimental setup for camera-based measurements of electrically and optically stimulated luminescence of silicon solar cells and wafers.

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    Hinken, David; Schinke, Carsten; Herlufsen, Sandra; Schmidt, Arne; Bothe, Karsten; Brendel, Rolf

    2011-03-01

    We report in detail on the luminescence imaging setup developed within the last years in our laboratory. In this setup, the luminescence emission of silicon solar cells or silicon wafers is analyzed quantitatively. Charge carriers are excited electrically (electroluminescence) using a power supply for carrier injection or optically (photoluminescence) using a laser as illumination source. The luminescence emission arising from the radiative recombination of the stimulated charge carriers is measured spatially resolved using a camera. We give details of the various components including cameras, optical filters for electro- and photo-luminescence, the semiconductor laser and the four-quadrant power supply. We compare a silicon charged-coupled device (CCD) camera with a back-illuminated silicon CCD camera comprising an electron multiplier gain and a complementary metal oxide semiconductor indium gallium arsenide camera. For the detection of the luminescence emission of silicon we analyze the dominant noise sources along with the signal-to-noise ratio of all three cameras at different operation conditions.

  15. Performance of CVD diamond as an optically and thermally stimulated luminescence dosemeter.

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    Preciado-Flores, S; Schreck, M; Meléndrez, R; Chernov, V; Bernal, R; Cruz-Vázquez, C; Cruz-Zaragoza, E; Barboza-Flores, M

    2006-01-01

    Diamond is a material with extreme physical properties. Its radiation hardness, chemical inertness and tissue equivalence qualify it as an ideal material for radiation dosimetry. In the present work, the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics of a 10 microm thick CVD diamond (polycrystalline diamond films prepared by chemical vapor deposition) film were studied in order to test its performance as a beta radiation dosemeter. The TL response is composed of four main TL glow peaks; two of these are in the range of 150-200 degrees C and two additional peaks in the 250-400 degrees C temperature range. The integrated TL as a function of radiation dose is linear up to 100 Gy and increases with increasing dose exposure. The dose dependence of the integrated OSL exhibits a similar behavior. The observed OSL/TL behavior for the CVD diamond film clearly demonstrate its capability for applications in radiation dosimetry with special relevance in medical dosimetry owing to the diamond's intrinsic material properties.

  16. Characterization of optically stimulated luminescence dosemeters to measure organ doses in diagnostic radiology

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    Endo, A; Katoh, T; Kobayashi, I; Joshi, R; Sur, J; Okano, T

    2012-01-01

    Objective The aim of this study was to assess the characteristics of an optically stimulated luminescence dosemeter (OSLD) for use in diagnostic radiology and to apply the OSLD in measuring the organ doses by panoramic radiography. Methods The dose linearity, energy dependency and angular dependency of aluminium oxide-based OSLDs were examined using an X-ray generator to simulate various exposure settings in diagnostic radiology. The organ doses were then measured by inserting the dosemeters into an anthropomorphic phantom while using three panoramic machines. Results The dosemeters demonstrated consistent dose linearity (coefficient of variation<1.5%) and no significant energy dependency (coefficient of variation<1.5%) under the applied exposure conditions. They also exhibited negligible angular dependency (≤10%). The organ doses of the X-ray as a result of panoramic imaging by three machines were calculated using the dosemeters. Conclusion OSLDs can be utilized to measure the organ doses in diagnostic radiology. The availability of these dosemeters in strip form proves to be reliably advantageous. PMID:22116136

  17. Studies on new neutron-sensitive dosimeters using an optically stimulated luminescence technique

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    Kulkarni, M. S.; Luszik-Bhadra, M.; Behrens, R.; Muthe, K. P.; Rawat, N. S.; Gupta, S. K.; Sharma, D. N.

    2011-07-01

    The neutron response of detectors prepared using α-Al 2O 3:C phosphor developed using a melt processing technique and mixed with neutron converters was studied in monoenergetic neutron fields. The detector pellets were arranged in two different pairs: α-Al 2O 3:C + 6LiF/α-Al 2O 3:C + 7LiF and α-Al 2O 3:C + high-density polyethylene/α-Al 2O 3:C + Teflon, for neutron dosimetry using albedo and recoil proton techniques. The optically stimulated luminescence response of the Al 2O 3:C + 6,7LiF dosimeter to radiation from a 252Cf source was 0.21, in terms of personal dose equivalent Hp(10) and relative to radiation from a 137Cs source. This was comparable to results obtained with similar detectors prepared using commercially available α-Al 2O 3:C phosphor. The Hp(10) response of the α-Al 2O 3:C + 6,7LiF dosimeters was found to decrease by more than two orders of magnitude with increasing neutron energy, as expected for albedo dosimeters. The response of the α-Al 2O 3:C + high-density polyethylene/α-Al 2O 3:C + Teflon dosimeters was small, of the order of 1% to 2% in terms of Hp(10) and relative to radiation from a 137Cs source, for neutron energies greater than 1 MeV.

  18. Thermally and optically stimulated luminescence of new ZnO nanophosphors exposed to beta particle irradiation

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    Cruz-v&Ázquez, C.; Burruel-Ibarra, S. E.; Grijalva-Monteverde, H.; Chernov, V.; Bernal, R.

    In this work, we report on the thermoluminescence (TL) and the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of ZnO nanophosphors obtained by thermal annealing of ZnS powders synthesized by precipitation in a chemical bath deposition reaction. To obtain nanocrystalline ZnO, ZnS pellet-shaped samples were subjected to a sintering process at 700 °C during 24 h exposed to air at atmospheric pressure. Some samples were exposed to beta particles in the 0.15-10.15 kGy dose range and the integrated TL as a function of dose increased with dose level, with no saturation indication for the tested dose levels. Computerized glow-curve deconvolution of the experimental glow curves in individual peaks revealed a second-order kinetics. In order to test the OSL response, samples were irradiated with beta particles with doses up to 600 Gy, and an increasing intensity as dose increased was observed. We conclude that the new ZnO phosphors under investigation are good candidates to be used as dosimetric materials.

  19. Response of optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters subjected to X-rays in diagnostic energy range

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    Musa, Y.; Hashim, S.; Karim, M. K. A.; Bakar, K. A.; Ang, W. C.; Salehhon, N.

    2017-05-01

    The use of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) for dosimetry applications has recently increased considerably due to availability of commercial OSL dosimeters (nanoDots) for clinical use. The OSL dosimeter has a great potential to be used in clinical dosimetry because of its prevailing advantages in both handling and application. However, utilising nanoDot OSLDs for dose measurement in diagnostic radiology can only be guaranteed when the performance and characteristics of the dosimeters are apposite. In the present work, we examined the response of commercially available nanoDot OSLD (Al2O3:C) subjected to X-rays in general radiography. The nanoDots response with respect to reproducibility, dose linearity and signal depletion were analysed using microStar reader (Landauer, Inc., Glenwood, IL). Irradiations were performed free-in-air using 70, 80 and 120 kV tube voltages and tube currents ranging from 10 - 100 mAs. The results showed that the nanoDots exhibit good linearity and reproducibility when subjected to diagnostic X-rays, with coefficient of variations (CV) ranging between 2.3% to 3.5% representing a good reproducibility. The results also indicated average of 1% signal reduction per readout. Hence, the nanoDots showed a promising potential for dose measurement in general X-ray procedure.

  20. Emergency Dose Estimation Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence from Human Tooth Enamel

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    Sholom, S.; DeWitt, R.; Simon, S.L.; Bouville, A.; McKeever, S.W.S.

    2011-01-01

    Human teeth were studied for potential use as emergency Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dosimeters. By using multiple-teeth samples in combination with a custom-built sensitive OSL reader, 60Co-equivalent doses below 0.64 Gy were measured immediately after exposure with the lowest value being 27 mGy for the most sensitive sample. The variability of OSL sensitivity, from individual to individual using multiple-teeth samples, was determined to be 53%. X-ray and beta exposure were found to produce OSL curves with the same shape that differed from those due to ultraviolet (UV) exposure; as a result, correlation was observed between OSL signals after X-ray and beta exposure and was absent if compared to OSL signals after UV exposure. Fading of the OSL signal was “typical” for most teeth with just a few of incisors showing atypical behavior. Typical fading dependences were described by a bi-exponential decay function with “fast” (decay time around of 12 min) and “slow” (decay time about 14 h) components. OSL detection limits, based on the techniques developed to-date, were found to be satisfactory from the point-of-view of medical triage requirements if conducted within 24 hours of the exposure. PMID:21949479

  1. Characterization of optically stimulated luminescence dosemeters to measure organ doses in diagnostic radiology.

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    Endo, A; Katoh, T; Kobayashi, I; Joshi, R; Sur, J; Okano, T

    2012-03-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the characteristics of an optically stimulated luminescence dosemeter (OSLD) for use in diagnostic radiology and to apply the OSLD in measuring the organ doses by panoramic radiography. The dose linearity, energy dependency and angular dependency of aluminium oxide-based OSLDs were examined using an X-ray generator to simulate various exposure settings in diagnostic radiology. The organ doses were then measured by inserting the dosemeters into an anthropomorphic phantom while using three panoramic machines. The dosemeters demonstrated consistent dose linearity (coefficient of variation<1.5%) and no significant energy dependency (coefficient of variation<1.5%) under the applied exposure conditions. They also exhibited negligible angular dependency (≤ 10%). The organ doses of the X-ray as a result of panoramic imaging by three machines were calculated using the dosemeters. OSLDs can be utilized to measure the organ doses in diagnostic radiology. The availability of these dosemeters in strip form proves to be reliably advantageous.

  2. Response of Nanodot Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimeters to Therapeutic Electron Beams

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    Ponmalar, Y. Retna; Manickam, Ravikumar; Sathiyan, S.; Ganesh, K. M.; Arun, R.; Godson, Henry Finlay

    2017-01-01

    Response of Al2O3:C-based nanoDot optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosimeter was studied for the dosimetry of 6, 9, 12, 16, and 20 MeV therapeutic electron beams. With reference to ionization chamber, no change in the response was observed with the change in the energy of electron beams for the field size from 6 cm × 6 cm to 25 cm × 25 cm, dose rates from 100 MU/min to 600 MU/min, and the linearity in the response up to 300 cGy. The fading of the transient signal was higher for 20 MeV electron beam than that of 6 MeV electron beam by about 5% as compared to value at 20 min after irradiation. The depletion of OSL signal per readout in 200 successive readouts was also found to change with dose and energy of electron beam from 6 MeV (9% and 12% per readout at 2 and 10 Gy, respectively) to 20 MeV (9% and 16% at 2 and 10 Gy, respectively). The OSL sensitivity changed in the range from 2% to 6% with accumulated doses from 2 to 8 Gy and with electron energy from 6 to 20 MeV, but the sensitivity could be reset using an optical annealing treatment. Although negligible fading for postirradiation storage from 20 min to several months, acceptable precision and linearity in the desired range, and high reproducibility makes nanoDot dosimeters very attractive for the dosimetry of therapeutic electron beams, a note should be made for changes in sensitivity at doses beyond 2 Gy and electron beams energy dependence in reuse, short-term fading, and signal depletion on repeated readout. PMID:28405107

  3. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) as a chronometer for surface exposure dating

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    Sohbati, Reza; Murray, Andrew S.; Chapot, Melissa S.; Jain, Mayank; Pederson, Joel

    2012-09-01

    We pioneer a technique of surface-exposure dating based upon the characteristic form of an optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) bleaching profile beneath a rock surface; this evolves as a function of depth and time. As a field illustration of this new method, the maximum age of a premier example of Barrier Canyon Style (BCS) rock art in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, is constrained. The natural OSL signal from quartz grains is measured from the surface to a depth of >10 mm in three different rock samples of the Jurassic Navajo Sandstone. Two samples are from talus with unknown daylight exposure histories; one of these samples was exposed at the time of sampling and one was buried and no longer light exposed. A third sample is known to have been first exposed 80 years ago and was still exposed at the time of sampling. First, the OSL-depth profile of the known-age sample is modeled to estimate material-dependent and environmental parameters. These parameters are then used to fit the model to the corresponding data for the samples of unknown exposure history. From these fits we calculate that the buried sample was light exposed for ˜700 years before burial and that the unburied sample has been exposed for ˜120 years. The shielded surface of the buried talus sample is decorated with rock art; this rock fell from the adjacent Great Gallery panel. Related research using conventional OSL dating suggests that this rockfall event occurred ˜900 years ago, and so we deduce that the rock art must have been created between ˜1600 and 900 years ago. Our results are the first credible estimates of exposure ages based on luminescence bleaching profiles. The strength of this novel OSL method is its ability to establish both ongoing and prior exposure times, at decadal to millennial timescales or perhaps longer (depending on the environmental dose rate) even for material subsequently buried. This has considerable potential in many archeological, geological and geo

  4. Space radiation dosimetry: An optically stimulated luminescence radiation detector for low-Earth orbit

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    Gaza, Ramona

    Scope and method of study. The purpose of this study was to investigate Al2O3:C as a potential optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) radiation detector for Low-Earth Orbit. The OSL response of Al2O3:C was characterized in terms of its luminescence efficiency for a variety of heavy charged particles (HCPs) with features similar to those found in space. The HCP irradiations were performed using the HIMAC accelerator at Chiba (Japan), the proton facility at Loma Linda (CA) and the NSRL facility at Brookhaven (NY). The OSL curves were further investigated to obtain information about the 'mean efficiency' and 'mean LET', parameters that needed to assess the absorbed dose and the dose equivalent. This analysis was applied for simulated mixed radiation fields (ICCHIBAN) and actual space radiation exposures (i.e., STS-105, BRADOS, and TRACER). In parallel, the thermoluminescence response of dosimetry materials LiF:Mg,Ti and CaF2:Tm was also studied. Findings and conclusions. The OSL efficiency of Al2O 3:C exposed to HCPs was found to decrease with increasing linear energy transfer (LET) for the investigated LET range (i.e., from 0.4 keV/mum to 459 keV/mum). For simulated mixed radiation fields with a strong low-LET component, the results indicated that the OSL calibration methods (i.e., tau-method and R-method) can be used with good accuracy to obtain information about the absorbed dose and the dose equivalent. Nevertheless, for mixed fields with a strong high-LET component these methods will give larger errors when estimating the absorbed dose and the dose equivalent. For actual space radiation exposures, the results indicated that different materials/calibration methods (i.e., the LiF:Mg,Ti/HTR-method and the CaF2:Tm/peak 5 + 6/peak 3-method) give different results in terms of 'mean efficiency' and 'mean LET'. This was explained by suggesting that none of the above calibration methods can give information about the true average LET of the incident radiation, but rather

  5. Optically stimulated luminescence dating of aeolian sand in the otindag dune field and holocene climate change

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    Zhou, Y.L.; Lu, H.Y.; Mason, J.; Miao, X.D.; Swinehart, J.; Goble, R.

    2008-01-01

    The dune system in Otindag sand field of northern China is sensitive to climate change, where effective moisture and related vegetation cover play a controlling role for dune activity and stability. Therefore, aeolian deposits may be an archive of past environmental changes, possibly at the millennial scale, but previous studies on this topic have rarely been reported. In this study, thirty-five optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) ages of ten representative sand-paleosol profiles in Otindag sand field are obtained, and these ages provide a relatively complete and well-dated chronology for wet and dry variations in Holocene. The results indicate that widespread dune mobilization occurred from 9.9 to 8.2 ka, suggesting a dry early Holocene climate. The dunes were mainly stabilized between 8.0 and 2.7 ka, implying a relatively wet climate, although there were short-term penetrations of dune activity during this wet period. After ???2.3 ka, the region became dry again, as inferred from widespread dune activity. The "8.2 ka" cold event and the Little Ice Age climatic deterioration are detected on the basis of the dune records and OSL ages. During the Medieval Warm Period and the Sui-Tang Warm Period (570-770 AD), climate in Otindag sand field was relatively humid and the vegetation was denser, and the sand dunes were stabilized again. These aeolian records may indicate climate changes at millennial time scale during Holocene, and these climatic changes may be the teleconnection to the climate changes elsewhere in the world. ?? Science in China Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2008.

  6. Use of Optically Stimulated Luminescence Imaging Plates and Reader for Arms Control Applications

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    Miller, Steven D.; Tomeraasen, Paul L.; Burghard, Brion J.; Traub, Richard J.

    2001-07-05

    Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) technology has been pioneered at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for applications in personnel radiation dosimetry and commercially has become highly successful in replacing older technologies such as Thermoluminescence Dosimeters (TLDs) and film. OSL phosphors are used to measure radiation exposure by illuminating them with light after ionizing radiation exposure and measuring the amount of light emitted by the OSL phosphor. By using a two-dimensional plate of OSL material and raster scanning a light beam across the OSL plate a radiation pattern or image can be measured. The Arms Control community requires an electrons-free medium to measure the attributes of extent and symmetry on Pu pits in storage containers. OSL technology, used in the two-dimensional imaging mode, provides a means to measure these attributes with exposure times on the order of an hour. A special OSL reader has been built by PNNL to measure OSL imaging plates with a size of 20 cm by 30 cm. The reader uses 10 light emitting diode clusters with 10 corresponding photomultiplier tubes to measure an OSL imaging plate in less than 5 minutes. The resolution of each of the 10 measurement assemblies is 1 square-centimeter. A collimator assembly employing a Venetian-blind type collimator is used in conjunction with the OSL film to image the Pu pit within the storage container. The output of the OSL reader is a two dimensional array of intensities that will be used with the appropriate information barriers to measure extent and symmetry. This device also clearly distinguishes the difference between a point source and a distributed source. Details of the OSL technology, OSL reader system, collimator design, and system performance will be presented.

  7. An optically stimulated luminescence dosimeter for measuring patient exposure from imaging guidance procedures.

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    Ding, George X; Malcolm, Arnold W

    2013-09-07

    There is a growing interest in patient exposure resulting from an x-ray imaging procedure used in image-guided radiation therapy. This study explores a feasibility to use a commercially available optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosimeter, nanoDot, for estimating imaging radiation exposure to patients. The kilovoltage x-ray sources used for kV-cone-beam CT (CBCT) imaging acquisition procedures were from a Varian on-board imager (OBI) image system. An ionization chamber was used to determine the energy response of nanoDot dosimeters. The chamber calibration factors for x-ray beam quality specified by half-value layer were obtained from an Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory. The Monte Carlo calculated dose distributions were used to validate the dose distributions measured by using the nanoDot dosimeters in phantom and in vivo. The range of the energy correction factors for the nanoDot as a function of photon energy and bow-tie filters was found to be 0.88-1.13 for different kVp and bow-tie filters. Measurement uncertainties of nanoDot were approximately 2-4% after applying the energy correction factors. The tests of nanoDot placed on a RANDO phantom and on patient's skin showed consistent results. The nanoDot is suitable dosimeter for in vivo dosimetry due to its small size and manageable energy dependence. The dosimeter placed on a patient's skin has potential to serve as an experimental method to monitor and to estimate patient exposure resulting from a kilovoltage x-ray imaging procedure. Due to its large variation in energy response, nanoDot is not suitable to measure radiation doses resulting from mixed beams of megavoltage therapeutic and kilovoltage imaging radiations.

  8. SU-E-T-75: Commissioning Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimeters for Fast Neutron Therapy

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    Young, L; Yang, F; Sandison, G; Woodworth, D; McCormick, Z

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: Fast neutrons therapy used at the University of Washington is clinically proven to be more effective than photon therapy in treating salivary gland and other cancers. A nanodot optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) system was chosen to be commissioned for patient in vivo dosimetry for neutron therapy. The OSL-based radiation detectors are not susceptible to radiation damage caused by neutrons compared to diodes or MOSFET systems. Methods: An In-Light microStar OSL system was commissioned for in vivo use by radiating Landauer nanodots with neutrons generated from 50.0 MeV protons accelerated onto a beryllium target. The OSLs were calibrated the depth of maximum dose in solid water localized to 150 cm SAD isocenter in a 10.3 cm square field. Linearity was tested over a typical clinical dose fractionation range i.e. 0 to 150 neutron-cGy. Correction factors for transient signal fading, trap depletion, gantry angle, field size, and wedge factor dependencies were also evaluated. The OSLs were photo-bleached between radiations using a tungsten-halogen lamp. Results: Landauer sensitivity factors published for each nanodot are valid for measuring photon and electron doses but do not apply for neutron irradiation. Individually calculated nanodot calibration factors exhibited a 2–5% improvement over calibration factors computed by the microStar InLight software. Transient fading effects had a significant impact on neutron dose reading accuracy compared to photon and electron in vivo dosimetry. Greater accuracy can be achieved by calibrating and reading each dosimeter within 1–2 hours after irradiation. No additional OSL correction factors were needed for field size, gantry angle, or wedge factors in solid water phantom measurements. Conclusion: OSL detectors are a useful for neutron beam in vivo dosimetry verification. Dosimetric accuracy comparable to conventional diode systems can be achieved. Accounting for transient fading effects during the neutron beam

  9. Optically stimulated luminescence dating of Holocene alluvial fans, East Anatolian Fault System, Turkey

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    Dogan, Tamer; Cetin, Hasan; Yegingil, Zehra; Topaksu, Mustafa; Yüksel, Mehmet; Duygun, Fırat; Nur, Necmettin; Yegingil, İlhami

    2015-07-01

    In this study, the optically stimulated luminescence dating technique was used to determine the time of deposition of alluvial sediment samples from the Türkoğlu-Antakya segment of the East Anatolian Fault System (EAFS) in Turkey. The double-single aliquot regenerative dose protocol on fine grain samples was used to estimate equivalent doses (De). Annual dose rate was computed using elemental concentration of uranium (U) and thorium (Th) determined by using thick-source alpha counting and potassium (K) concentrations using X-ray fluorescence and/or atomic absorption spectroscopy. The environmental dose was measured in situ using α-Al2O3:C chips inside plastic tubes for a year. The two different bulk sediment samples collected from the Islahiye trench yielded ages of 4.54 ± 0.28 and 2.91 ± 0.23 ka. We also obtained a 2.60 ± 0.18 ka age for the alluvial deposit in the Kıranyurdu trench and 2.31 ± 0.14 ka age for an excavation area called Malzeme Ocağı. These ages were consistent with the corresponding calibrated Carbon-14 (14C) ages of the region. The differences between the determined ages were insufficient to clearly distinguish the disturbance event from the effects of bioturbation, biological mixing, or other sources of De variation in the region. They provide a record of alluvial aggradation in the region and may determine undocumented historical earthquake events.

  10. WE-E-18A-04: Precision In-Vivo Dosimetry Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimeters and a Pulsed-Stimulating Dose Reader

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    Chen, Q; Herrick, A; Hoke, S; Burns, J

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: A new readout technology based on pulsed optically stimulating luminescence is introduced (microSTARii, Landauer, Inc, Glenwood, IL60425). This investigation searches for approaches that maximizes the dosimetry accuracy in clinical applications. Methods: The sensitivity of each optically stimulated luminescence dosimeter (OSLD) was initially characterized by exposing it to a given radiation beam. After readout, the luminescence signal stored in the OSLD was erased by exposing its sensing area to a 21W white LED light for 24 hours. A set of OSLDs with consistent sensitivities was selected to calibrate the dose reader. Higher order nonlinear curves were also derived from the calibration readings. OSLDs with cumulative doses below 15 Gy were reused. Before an in-vivo dosimetry, the OSLD luminescence signal was erased with the white LED light. Results: For a set of 68 manufacturer-screened OSLDs, the measured sensitivities vary in a range of 17.3%. A sub-set of the OSLDs with sensitivities within ±1% was selected for the reader calibration. Three OSLDs in a group were exposed to a given radiation. Nine groups were exposed to radiation doses ranging from 0 to 13 Gy. Additional verifications demonstrated that the reader uncertainty is about 3%. With an external calibration function derived by fitting the OSLD readings to a 3rd-order polynomial, the dosimetry uncertainty dropped to 0.5%. The dose-luminescence response curves of individual OSLDs were characterized. All curves converge within 1% after the sensitivity correction. With all uncertainties considered, the systematic uncertainty is about 2%. Additional tests emulating in-vivo dosimetry by exposing the OSLDs under different radiation sources confirmed the claim. Conclusion: The sensitivity of individual OSLD should be characterized initially. A 3rd-order polynomial function is a more accurate representation of the dose-luminescence response curve. The dosimetry uncertainty specified by the manufacturer

  11. Late Quaternary rates of uplift and shortening at Baatar Hyarhan (Mongolian Altai) with optically stimulated luminescence

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    Nissen, Edwin; Walker, Richard; Molor, Erdenebat; Fattahi, Morteza; Bayasgalan, Amgalan

    2009-04-01

    We investigate mountain building in the Altai range of western Mongolia, focusing on Baatar Hyarhan, a NW-trending massif bounded by active thrust faults. Our primary aims are to describe how thrusting has evolved over time, to calculate late Quaternary slip rates by dating offset alluvial markers with optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and to compare these late Quaternary rates with measurements of deformation on decadal and geological timescales. Patterns of topography and drainage suggest that Baatar Hyarhan has grown in length and has propagated laterally from the SE towards the NW over time. On the NE side of the massif, the range-bounding Zereg fault appears active only along younger parts of Baatar Hyarhan; next to the oldest, SE part of the massif faulting has migrated into the adjacent Zereg Basin, where it has uplifted low, linear ridges of folded sediment, known locally as forebergs. On the SW side of the massif, only the range-bounding Tsetseg fault appears active. Using OSL, we establish ages of ~15, ~20 and ~85 kyr for alluvial deposits cut by these faults. These ages are close to those of alluvial markers in the separate Gobi Altai range, suggesting that periods of fan and terrace formation may correlate over wide tracts of Mongolia, presumably under the primary control of climate. Combining our OSL ages with offsets measured with differential GPS, we calculate Late Quaternary slip rates across forebergs in the Zereg Basin and across the range-bounding Zereg and Tsetseg faults. Uncertainties in fault dip (due to lack of clear fault exposures) and burial ages (due to incomplete resetting of the luminescence clock) mean that the exact slip rates are poorly constrained. Nevertheless, the vertical displacement rates we calculate across the Zereg and Tsetseg range-front faults-0.2-0.6 and 0.1-0.4 mm yr-1, respectively-are at the lower end of long-term (~5 Myr) estimates of 0.4-0.8 and 0.3-0.7 mm yr-1, respectively. Vertical rates of deformation may

  12. MgO:Li,Ce,Sm as a high-sensitivity material for Optically Stimulated Luminescence dosimetry

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    Oliveira, Luiz C.; Yukihara, Eduardo G.; Baffa, Oswaldo

    2016-01-01

    The goal of this work was to investigate the relevant dosimetric and luminescent properties of MgO:Li3%,Ce0.03%,Sm0.03%, a newly-developed, high sensitivity Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) material of low effective atomic number (Zeff = 10.8) and potential interest for medical and personal dosimetry. We characterized the thermoluminescence (TL), OSL, radioluminescence (RL), and OSL emission spectrum of this new material and carried out a preliminary investigation on the OSL signal stability. MgO:Li,Ce,Sm has a main TL peak at ~180 °C (at a heating rate of 5 °C/s) associated with Ce3+ and Sm3+ emission. The results indicate that the infrared (870 nm) stimulated OSL from MgO:Li,Ce,Sm has suitable properties for dosimetry, including high sensitivity to ionizing radiation (20 times that of Al2O3:C, under the measurement conditions) and wide dynamic range (7 μGy–30 Gy). The OSL associated with Ce3+ emission is correlated with a dominant, practically isolated peak at 180 °C. Fading of ~15% was observed in the first hour, probably due to shallow traps, followed by subsequent fading of 6–7% over the next 35 days. These properties, together with the characteristically fast luminescence from Ce3+, make this material also a strong candidate for 2D OSL dose mapping. PMID:27076349

  13. Optically- and thermally-stimulated luminescences of Ce-doped SiO2 glasses prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Okada, Go; Kasap, Safa; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2016-11-01

    Rare-earth doped phosphors have been used in many applications including radiation measurements. In the latter applications, the radiation photons are converted to light so that we can indirectly detect the radiation using a conventional photodetector. In this work, we have prepared and characterized a Ce-doped SiO2 glass for dosimeter applications. Unlike conventional techniques such as sol-gel synthesis, the sample was prepared by spark plasma sintering. Although the PL emission seems to be only from the Ce3+ ions in the structure, due to the X-ray induced luminescence, we have also observed optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL), and thermally-stimulated luminescence (TSL), owing to a pair of silylenes and a set of dioxasilirane and silylene in addition to Ce3+. We have measured the detector response vs irradiation dose for both the OSL and TSL. The detector response in both cases is linear over the dose range from at least 1 mGy to 2 Gy. Particularly, the sensitivity of TSL is so high that it should be considered to be a good candidate for practical applications.

  14. Energy dependence and angular dependence of an optically stimulated luminescence dosimeter in the mammography energy range.

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    Kawaguchi, Ai; Matsunaga, Yuta; Suzuki, Shoichi; Chida, Koichi

    2017-03-01

    This study aimed to investigate the energy dependence and the angular dependence of commercially available optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) point dosimeters in the mammography energy range. The energy dependence was evaluated to calculate calibration factors (CFs). The half-value layer range was 0.31-0.60 mmAl (Mo/Mo 22-28 kV, Mo/Rh 28-32 kV, and W/Rh 30-34 kV at 2-kV intervals). Mo/Rh 28 kV was the reference condition. Angular dependence was tested by rotating the X-ray tube from -90° to 90° in 30° increments, and signal counts from angled nanoDots were normalized to the 0° signal counts. Angular dependence was compared with three tube voltage and target/filter combinations (Mo/Mo 26 kV, Mo/Rh 28 kV and W/Rh 32 kV). The CFs of energy dependence were 0.94-1.06. In Mo/Mo 26-28 kV and Mo/Rh 28-32 kV, the range of CF was 0.99-1.01, which was very similar. For angular dependence, the most deteriorated normalized values (Mo/Mo, 0.37; Mo/Rh, 0.43; and W/Rh, 0.58) were observed when the X-ray tube was rotated at a 90° angle, compared to 0°. The most angular dependences of ± 30°, 60°, and 90° decreased by approximately 4%, 14%, and 63% respectively. The mean deteriorated measurement 30° intervals from 0° to ± 30° was 2%, from ± 30° to ± 60° was 8%, and from ± 60° to ± 90° was 40%. The range of energy dependence in typical mammography energy range was not as much as that in general radiography and computed tomography. For accurate measurement using nanoDot, the tilt needs to be under 30°.

  15. Recent developments of optically stimulated luminescence materials and techniques for radiation dosimetry and clinical applications

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    Pradhan, A. S.; Lee, J. I.; Kim, J. L.

    2008-01-01

    During the last 10 years, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) has emerged as a formidable competitor not only to thermoluminescence dosimetry (TLD) but also to several other dosimetry systems. Though a large number of materials have been synthesized and studied for OSL, Al2O3:C continues to dominate the dosimetric applications. Re-investigations of OSL in BeOindicate that this material might provide an alternative to Al2O3:C. Study of OSL of electronic components of mobile phones and ID cards appears to have opened up a feasibility of dosimetry and dose reconstruction using the electronic components of gadgets of everyday use in the events of unforeseen situations of radiological accidents, including the event of a dirty bomb by terrorist groups. Among the newly reported materials, a very recent development of NaMgF3:Eu2+ appears fascinating because of its high OSL sensitivity and tolerable tissue equivalence. In clinical dosimetry, an OSL as a passive dosimeter could do all that TLD can do, much faster with a better or at least the same efficiency; and in addition, it provides a possibility of repeated readout unlike TLD, in which all the dose information is lost in a single readout. Of late, OSL has also emerged as a practical real-time dosimeter for in vivo measurements in radiation therapy (for both external beams and brachytherapy) and in various diagnostic radiological examinations including mammography and CT dosimetry. For in vivo measurements, a probe of Al2O3:C of size of a fraction of a millimeter provides the information on both the dose rate and the total dose from the readout of radioluminescence and OSL signals respectively, from the same probe. The availability of OSL dosimeters in various sizes and shapes and their performance characteristics as compared to established dosimeters such as plastic scintillation dosimeters, diode detectors, MOSFET detectors, radiochromic films, etc., shows that OSL may soon become the first choice for point dose

  16. Constraining Middle Pleistocene Glaciations in Birmingham, England; Using Optical Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) Dating.

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    Gibson, S. M.; Gibbard, P. L.; Bateman, M. D.; Boreham, S.

    2014-12-01

    Birmingham is built on a complex sequence of Middle Pleistocene sediments, representing at least three lowland glaciations (MIS12, MIS6, and MIS2). British Geological Survey mapping accounts 75% of the land mass as Quaternary deposits; predominantly glacial-sandy tills, glacial-fluvial sands, clays and organic silts and peats. Understanding the age of fluvial-glacial outwash, related to specific glaciations, is critical in establishing a Geochronology of Birmingham. Shotton (1953) found a series of Middle Pleistocene glacial sediments, termed the Wolstonian, intermediate in age between MIS11 and MIS5e Interglacial's. Uncertainty surrounding the relation to East Anglian sequences developed by Rose (1987) implies Birmingham sequences should be referred to MIS12. Despite this, younger Middle Pleistocene glacial sequences occur in Birmingham, yet uncertainty has deepened over our understanding of the complex, inaccessible sediments, especially as deposits have similar extent with MIS2 sequences. Five Optical Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dates from three sites around Birmingham have been sampled. East of Birmingham, ice advanced from the Irish Sea and later the North East. In Wolston, a sample of outwash sand, associated with the Thurssington Till, is dated. In Meriden, two samples of outwash sands, associated with a distal Oadby Till, are dated. West of Birmingham, ice advanced from the Welsh Ice Sheet. In Seisdon, two samples of an Esker and outwash sand, associated with a Ridgeacre Till, are dated. Correlation of OSL dates provide an important constraint on understanding the history of Birmingham. Using GSI3D modeling to correlate geochronology and sedimentology, the significance of OSL dating can be understood within the complex sequences (and regional stratigraphy), complimented by Cosmogenic and Palynology dates taken in South West and North East. OSL dating on Birmingham's outwash sands, deposited by extensive repeated Middle Pleistocene glaciations, asserts the

  17. A methodology for on-board CBCT imaging dose using optically stimulated luminescence detectors.

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    Mail, Noor; Yusuf, Muhammad; Alothmany, Nazeeh; Kinsara, A Abdulrahman; Abdulkhaliq, Fahad; Ghamdi, Suliman M; Saoudi, Abdelhamid

    2016-09-08

    Cone-beam computed tomography CBCT systems are used in radiation therapy for patient alignment and positioning. The CBCT imaging procedure for patient setup adds substantial radiation dose to patient's normal tissue. This study pre-sents a complete procedure for the CBCT dosimetry using the InLight optically-stimulated-luminescence (OSL) nanoDots. We report five dose parameters: the mean slice dose (DMSD); the cone beam dose index (CBDIW); the mean volume dose (DMVD); point-dose profile, D(FOV); and the off-field Dose. In addition, CBCT skin doses for seven pelvic tumor patients are reported. CBCT-dose mea-surement was performed on a custom-made cylindrical acrylic body phantom (50cm length, 32cm diameter). We machined 25 circular disks (2 cm thick) with grooves and holes to hold OSL-nanoDots. OSLs that showed similar sensitivities were selected and calibrated against a Farmer-type ionization-chamber (0.6 CT) before being inserted into the grooves and holes. For the phantom scan, a standard CBCT-imaging protocol (pelvic sites: 125 kVp, 80 mA and 25 ms) was used. Five dose parameters were quantified: DMSD, CBDIW, DMVD, D(FOV), and the off-field dose. The DMSD for the central slice was 31.1 ± 0.85 mGy, and CBDIW was 34.5± 0.6 mGy at 16cm FOV. The DMVD was 25.6 ± 1.1 mGy. The off-field dose was 10.5 mGy. For patients, the anterior and lateral skin doses attributable to CBCT imaging were 39.04 ± 4.4 and 27.1 ± 1.3 mGy, respectively.OSL nanoDots were convenient to use in measuring CBCT dose. The method of selecting the nanoDots greatly reduced uncertainty in the OSL measurements. Our detailed calibration procedure and CBCT dose measurements and calculations could prove useful in developing OSL routines for CBCT quality assessment, which in turn gives them the property of high spatial resolution, meaning that they have the potential for measurement of dose in regions of severe dose-gradients.

  18. Detecting Stratigraphic Disturbance Using Normalized Luminescence Signals from a Portable Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) Reader: Improvements to Site Characterization in Holocene Eolian Deposits on the Canadian Great Plains

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    Munyikwa, K.; Gilliland, K.; Gibson, T.

    2016-12-01

    Portable optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) readers enable OSL signals to be acquired rapidly from untreated clastic sediments that contain feldspar or quartz. The signals reflect energy stored in mineral grains from environmental radiation. When OSL signals are plotted against depth, luminescence profiles are produced. We have previously demonstrated the use of portable OSL readers to construct luminescence profiles for the purposes of identifying strata that have experienced post-depositional disruption. In that study, our working hypothesis was that stratigraphic sequences that are intact feature OSL signals that increase with depth, commensurate with age. Conversely, disrupted sequences display fluctuating signals. The results confirmed our hypothesis but all data in that study displayed a high degree of scatter. We think that this scatter arose from a range of other variables, apart from age, that also influence OSL signals. These variables include luminescence sensitivity, mineralogy and size of the sample aliquot. In this study, we introduce an additional step whereby the OSL signals from the portable reader are normalized prior to analysis in order to remove the effects of those inter-aliquot variations. The study location is an archaeological site that lies next to an oilfield plant on a fossil dune landscape in east-central Alberta, Canada. Due to ongoing maintenance work at the site, associated heritage resource management efforts require a distinction to be made between depositional sequences that are intact from those that have been disturbed. The portable OSL reader was incorporated into the study for that purpose. Four excavations with depths of up to 120 cm were made and samples collected at 5 cm intervals. Using the portable reader, IRSL and blue OSL stimulation were then used on feldspar and quartz, respectively to analyze the samples. Acquired signals were normalized afterwards by giving each sample aliquot a small fixed laboratory

  19. Photoluminescence, optically stimulated luminescence, and thermoluminescence study of RbMgF{sub 3}:Eu{sup 2+}

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    Dotzler, C.; Williams, G. V. M.; Robinson, J.; Rieser, U.

    2009-01-15

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescence are observed in polycrystalline RbMgF{sub 3}:Eu{sup 2+} after x-ray, {gamma}-ray, or {beta} irradiation. The main electron traps are F-centers but there are other unidentified traps. The main hole traps at room temperature are probably Eu{sup 3+} and thermal or optical stimulation leads to electron-hole recombination at the Eu{sup 3+} site and Eu{sup 2+} emissions arising from {sup 6}P{sub J} to {sup 8}S{sub 7/2} and 4f{sup 5}d(E{sub g}) to {sup 8}S{sub 7/2} transitions. We find that some of the electron traps can be emptied by infrared stimulation and all of the electron traps can be emptied by white light stimulation. The OSL dark decay is long and exceeds 5 days for traps that are emptied by white light stimulation after initial infrared bleaching. Our results show that this compound can be used as a radiation dosimeter for intermediate dose levels where the {sup 87}Rb self-dose does not significantly affect the dose reading.

  20. Application of the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) technique for mouse dosimetry in micro-CT imaging

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    Vrigneaud, Jean-Marc; Courteau, Alan; Oudot, Alexandra; Collin, Bertrand; Ranouil, Julien; Morgand, Loïc; Raguin, Olivier; Walker, Paul; Brunotte, François

    2013-12-15

    Purpose: Micro-CT is considered to be a powerful tool to investigate various models of disease on anesthetized animals. In longitudinal studies, the radiation dose delivered by the micro-CT to the same animal is a major concern as it could potentially induce spurious effects in experimental results. Optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) are a relatively new kind of detector used in radiation dosimetry for medical applications. The aim of this work was to assess the dose delivered by the CT component of a micro-SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography)/CT camera during a typical whole-body mouse study, using commercially available OSLDs based on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C crystals.Methods: CTDI (computed tomography dose index) was measured in micro-CT with a properly calibrated pencil ionization chamber using a rat-like phantom (60 mm in diameter) and a mouse-like phantom (30 mm in diameter). OSLDs were checked for reproducibility and linearity in the range of doses delivered by the micro-CT. Dose measurements obtained with OSLDs were compared to those of the ionization chamber to correct for the radiation quality dependence of OSLDs in the low-kV range. Doses to tissue were then investigated in phantoms and cadavers. A 30 mm diameter phantom, specifically designed to insert OSLDs, was used to assess radiation dose over a typical whole-body mouse imaging study. Eighteen healthy female BALB/c mice weighing 27.1 ± 0.8 g (1 SD) were euthanized for small animal measurements. OLSDs were placed externally or implanted internally in nine different locations by an experienced animal technician. Five commonly used micro-CT protocols were investigated.Results: CTDI measurements were between 78.0 ± 2.1 and 110.7 ± 3.0 mGy for the rat-like phantom and between 169.3 ± 4.6 and 203.6 ± 5.5 mGy for the mouse-like phantom. On average, the displayed CTDI at the operator console was underestimated by 1.19 for the rat-like phantom and 2.36 for the mouse

  1. Optical, scintillation and thermally stimulated luminescence properties of Ce-doped yttrium-aluminum-indium garnet

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    Mori, Masaki; Okada, Go; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2017-01-01

    We have investigated the photoluminescence (PL), scintillation and thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) properties of 1 mol % Ce-doped Y3(Al X In1- X )5O12 (X = 0-1 Ce:YAING). These samples showed strong and broad PL emission by Ce3+ ion appeared in the spectral range from 480 to 620 nm. The PL decay profiles can be represented by a first-order exponential function with the decay time ranging 39-62 ns. Furthermore, the scintillation spectra showed similar features with those observed in PL. The scintillation decay time profiles were approximated by second or third order exponential decay functions, and we observed 26-61 ns component due to Ce3+ emission. The X-ray induced afterglow levels of Ce:YAING were worse than that of Ce:Y3Al5O12. The pulse height spectra of Ce:Y3(Al0.26In0.74)5O12 showed a clear photoabsorption peak, and that of the scintillation light yield was around 6,700 photons/MeV. In TSL glow curves, Ce:YAING show the glow peak at around 110 °C.

  2. Dose response of commercially available optically stimulated luminescent detector, Al2O3:C for megavoltage photons and electrons.

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    Kim, Dong Wook; Chung, Weon Kuu; Shin, Dong Oh; Yoon, Myonggeun; Hwang, Ui-Jung; Rah, Jeong-Eun; Jeong, Hojin; Lee, Sang Yeob; Shin, Dongho; Lee, Se Byeong; Park, Sung Yong

    2012-04-01

    This study examined the dose response of an optically stimulated luminescence dosemeter (OSLD) to megavoltage photon and electron beams. A nanoDot™ dosemeter was used to measure the dose response of the OSLD. Photons of 6-15 MV and electrons of 9-20 MeV were delivered by a Varian 21iX machine (Varian Medical System, Inc. Milpitas, CA, USA). The energy dependency was <1 %. For the 6-MV photons, the dose was linear until 200 cGy. The superficial dose measurements revealed photon irradiation to have an angular dependency. The nanoDot™ dosemeter has potential use as an in vivo dosimetric tool that is independent of the energy, has dose linearity and a rapid response compared with normal in vivo dosimetric tools, such as thermoluminescence detectors. However, the OSLD must be treated very carefully due to the high angular dependency of the photon beam.

  3. Optically stimulated luminescence and thermoluminescence efficiencies for high-energy heavy charged particle irradiation in Al2O3:C

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    Yukihara, E. G.; Gaza, R.; McKeever, S. W. S.; Soares, C. G.

    2004-01-01

    The thermally and optically stimulated luminescence (TL and OSL) response to high energy heavy-charged particles (HCPs) was investigated for two types of Al2O3:C luminescence dosimeters. The OSL signal was measured in both continuous-wave (CW) and pulsed mode. The efficiencies of the HCPs at producing TL or OSL, relative to gamma radiation, were obtained using four different HCPs beams (150 MeV/u 4He, 400 MeV/u 12C, 490 MeV/u 28Si, and 500 MeV/u 56Fe). The efficiencies were determined as a function of the HCP linear energy transfer (LET). It was observed that the efficiency depends on the type of detector, measurement technique, and the choice of signal. Additionally, it is shown that the shape of the CW-OSL decay curve from Al2O3:C depends on the type of radiation, and, in principle, this can be used to extract information concerning the LET of an unknown radiation field. The response of the dosimeters to low-LET radiation was also investigated for doses in the range from about 1-1000 Gy. These data were used to explain the different efficiency values obtained for the different materials and techniques, as well as the LET dependence of the CW-OSL decay curve shape. c2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Optically stimulated luminescence and thermoluminescence efficiencies for high-energy heavy charged particle irradiation in Al2O3:C

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    Yukihara, E. G.; Gaza, R.; McKeever, S. W. S.; Soares, C. G.

    2004-01-01

    The thermally and optically stimulated luminescence (TL and OSL) response to high energy heavy-charged particles (HCPs) was investigated for two types of Al2O3:C luminescence dosimeters. The OSL signal was measured in both continuous-wave (CW) and pulsed mode. The efficiencies of the HCPs at producing TL or OSL, relative to gamma radiation, were obtained using four different HCPs beams (150 MeV/u 4He, 400 MeV/u 12C, 490 MeV/u 28Si, and 500 MeV/u 56Fe). The efficiencies were determined as a function of the HCP linear energy transfer (LET). It was observed that the efficiency depends on the type of detector, measurement technique, and the choice of signal. Additionally, it is shown that the shape of the CW-OSL decay curve from Al2O3:C depends on the type of radiation, and, in principle, this can be used to extract information concerning the LET of an unknown radiation field. The response of the dosimeters to low-LET radiation was also investigated for doses in the range from about 1-1000 Gy. These data were used to explain the different efficiency values obtained for the different materials and techniques, as well as the LET dependence of the CW-OSL decay curve shape. c2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Thermally-assisted optically stimulated luminescence from deep electron traps in α-Al2O3:C,Mg

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    Kalita, J. M.; Chithambo, M. L.; Polymeris, G. S.

    2017-07-01

    We report thermally-assisted optically stimulated luminescence (TA-OSL) in α-Al2O3:C,Mg. The OSL was measured at elevated temperatures between 50 and 240 °C from a sample preheated to 500 °C after irradiation to 100 Gy. That OSL could be measured even after the preheating is direct evidence of the existence of deep electron traps in α-Al2O3:C,Mg. The TA-OSL intensity goes through a peak with measurement temperature. The initial increase is ascribed to thermal assistance to optical stimulation whereas the subsequent decrease in intensity is deduced to reflect increasing incidences of non-radiative recombination, that is, thermal quenching. The activation energy for thermal assistance corresponding to a deep electron trap was estimated as 0.667 ± 0.006 eV whereas the activation energy for thermal quenching was calculated as 0.90 ± 0.04 eV. The intensity of the TA-OSL was also found to increase with irradiation dose. The dose response is sublinear from 25 to 150 Gy but saturates with further increase of dose. The TA-OSL dose response has been discussed by considering the competition for charges at the deep traps. This study incidentally shows that TA-OSL can be effectively used in dosimetry involving large doses.

  6. SHEDDING NEW LIGHT ON THE AGE OF THE PALOUSE LOESS, SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON, USING OPTICALLY STIMULATED LUMINESCENCE DATING OF QUARTZ

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    Roberts, H. M.; Gaylord, D.; Foit, F. F.; Sweeney, M.; Busacca, A. J.

    2009-12-01

    A single-aliquot regenerative-dose (SAR) protocol was applied to fine-silt (4-11 micron), coarse-silt (35-50 micron), and sand-sized (90-125 micron) quartz grains extracted from loess from the Palouse, southeastern Washington. Since its introduction in 2000, this optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating method has been applied to a wide variety of sediments, and has been shown to be robust and reliable. A clearly defined set of quality control checks has been developed to assess the suitability of samples to which this method is applied; if a sample passes these quality checks, then the ages are considered to be reliable. For the Palouse loess samples in this study, the luminescence characteristics of the various size fractions differed, and not all quartz fractions proved to be suitable for OSL dating. The coarse-grain quartz samples appear to be contaminated with feldspar, probably as inclusions within the quartz grains. OSL ages were determined using the 35-50 micron quartz fraction; the OSL signals from both this and the 4-11 micron quartz fraction passed all of the quality control checks associated with determining an accurate and precise quartz SAR OSL age. On the basis on the luminescence characteristics, therefore, the quartz OSL ages generated are believed to be robust and reliable. At some sites within the Palouse Loess region, the quartz OSL ages generated were in agreement with independent age control provided by chemical identification of tephra layers associated with known eruptions. However, at a number of sites the quartz OSL ages and the tephra evidence did not agree. The cause of this discrepancy was unknown, but given the anticipated reliability of the quartz OSL ages, attention turned to re-evaluation and re-analysis of the tephra layers which had originally been sampled and analysed more than 15 years prior to collection of the samples for quartz OSL dating. The chronology at the site was further complicated by two much earlier studies

  7. Optically and thermally stimulated luminescence of KMgF3:Ce3 and NaMgF3:Ce3+.

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    Le Masson, N J M; Bos, A J J; Van Eijk, C W E; Furetta, C; Chaminade, J P

    2002-01-01

    The potentialities of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) for personal dosimetry of ionising radiation have stimulated the search for new synthetic materials with good dosimetric properties. The sensitivity of two new OSL materials KMgF3 and NaMgF3 doped with Ce3+ ions has been evaluated and found to be of the same order of magnitude as that of Al2O3:C. Several other characteristics have also been investigated. Promising results for KMgF3:Ce are the high sensitivity and the low fading. However, this material suffers from a high self-dose due to the presence of 40K. NaMgF5:Ce is sensitive as well but shows strong fading. Interesting information on the mechanism has been obtained by correlating the signals of OSL and TL. Furthermore, the different bleachabilities under blue LED illumination of the strongly overlapping glow peaks allowed the extraction of one single peak for KMgF3:Ce3+. The results demonstrate new possibilities offered by the combination of TL and OSL.

  8. SU-E-T-264: Preliminary Results On New Optically Stimulated Luminescent Materials for Proton Therapy Dosimetry

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    Doull, B; Zheng, Y; Yukihara, E

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: The objective of this work is to test the premise that luminescence materials with less under-response to proton beams can be identified by testing their dose response to low-LET radiation. The goal is to develop new Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) materials with improved response for proton therapy dosimetry. Methods: We first measured the dose response of new OSL materials, synthesized in our laboratory, to low-LET radiation (beta rays from a {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y source) and selected two materials having different OSL saturation characteristics and good dosimetric properties, namely MgB4O7:Ce,Li and MgO:Li. Commercial Al2O3:C was also used for comparison. These materials were then irradiated at several depths along a pristine proton beam. The luminescence responses of the materials, relative to the entrance response, were compared with the depth dose profile measured by a multiple-layer ion chamber. Results: The OSL signals of MgB4O7:Ce,Li and MgO:Li were characterized for signal stability, dose response, and response to a clinical proton beam. The materials were also compared with the commercial Al2O3:C. The signals from both MgB4O7:Ce,Li and MgO:Li were relatively stable after a one day delay following irradiation. The low-LET dose response of the materials showed that, over the dose range investigated (up to ∼800 Gy), MgB4O7:Ce,Li did not saturate, whereas MgO:Li and Al2O3:C saturated at doses of ∼100 Gy. MgB4O7:Ce,Li showed less underresponse to proton beams than MgO:Li and Al2O3:C. Conclusion: In general the material with the highest saturation doses for low-LET radiation (MgB4O7:Ce,Li) showed the least under-response to proton beams, which suggests that it may be possible to develop better OSL materials for proton dosimetry if the dose response can be controlled during synthesis. Nevertheless, the degree in which the response to proton beams can be controlled remains to be determined. The research is funded by the Oklahoma Center for

  9. Optically stimulated luminescence dating of late Holocene raised strandplain sequences adjacent to Lakes Michigan and Superior, Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

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    Argyilan, Erin P.; Forman, Steven L.; Johnston, John W.; Wilcox, Douglas A.

    2005-01-01

    This study evaluates the accuracy of optically stimulated luminescence to date well-preserved strandline sequences at Manistique/Thompson bay (Lake Michigan), and Tahquamenon and Grand Traverse Bays (Lake Superior) that span the past ∼4500 yr. The single aliquot regeneration (SAR) method is applied to produce absolute ages for littoral and eolian sediments. SAR ages are compared against AMS and conventional 14C ages on swale organics. Modern littoral and eolian sediments yield SAR ages 14C ages on swale organics. Significant variability in 14C ages >2000 cal yr B.P. complicates comparison to SAR ages at all sites. However, a SAR age of 4280 ± 390 yr (UIC913) on ridge77 at Tahquamenon Bay is consistent with regional regression from the high lake level of the Nipissing II phase ca. 4500 cal yr B.P. SAR ages indicate a decrease in ridge formation rate after ∼1500 yr ago, likely reflecting separation of Lake Superior from lakes Huron and Michigan. This study shows that SAR is a credible alternative to 14C methods for dating littoral and eolian landforms in Great Lakes and other coastal strandplains where 14C methods prove problematic.

  10. 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.

  11. Feasibility study of an optically-stimulated luminescent nanodot dosimeter (OSLnD) in high-energy photon beams

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    Kim, Jin-Young; Park, Sung-Kwang; Kim, Yon-Lae; Suh, Tae-Suk; Shin, Jung-Wook; Oh, Kyoung-Min; Nam, Sang-Hee; Kim, Jong-Eon; Min, Byung-In; Jo, Sun-Mi; Oh, Won-Young

    2014-10-01

    In-vivo dosimetry is essential to verify the position and the intensity of the radiation therapy, such as cranio-spinal irradiation (CSI) and total body irradiation (TBI). Various kinds of devices, such as a thermo-luminesence dosimeters (TLDs), metal-oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs), semiconductor diodes, and gafchromic films, are used in in-vivo dosimetry, and these have their respective pros and cons. An optically-stimulated luminescent nanodot dosimeter (OSLnD) made of Al2O3: C was developed to measure the radiation dose during diagnostics, but it is now used for clinical purposes. In this study, the characteristics of the OSLnD, such as its dose rate dependency, dose linearity, angular dependency, and field junction, were investigated under a 6 MV X-ray beam. The OSLnD showed a linear response at doses from 20 to 300 cGy in the dose linearity test. Also, the dose rate dependency was shown to be less than 3%, angular dependency to be less than 2%. The experimental results proved the OSLnD to be useful for measurements of the external dose and for intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in clinical radiotherapy.

  12. Radiation dose measurements of an on-board imager X-ray unit using optically-stimulated luminescence dosimeters.

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    Smith, Leon; Haque, Mamoon; Morales, Johnny; Hill, Robin

    2015-12-01

    Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is now widely used to image radiotherapy patients prior to treatment for the purpose of accurate patient setup. However each CBCT image delivered to a patient increases the total radiation dose that they receive. The measurement of the dose delivered from the CBCT images is not readily performed in the clinic. In this study, we have used commercially available optically stimulated luminescence (OSLD) dosimeters to measure the dose delivered by the Varian OBI on a radiotherapy linear accelerator. Calibration of the OSLDs was achieved by using a therapeutic X-ray unit. The dose delivered by a head CBCT scan was found to be 3.2 ± 0.3 mGy which is similar in magnitude to the dose of a head computed tomography (CT) scan. The results of this study suggest that the radiation hazard associated with CBCT is of a similar nature to that of conventional CT scans. We have also demonstrated that the OSLDs are suitable for these low X-ray dose measurements.

  13. Optically stimulated luminescence age controls on late Pleistocene and Holocene coastal lithosomes, North Carolina, USA

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    Mallinson, D.; Burdette, K.; Mahan, S.; Brook, G.

    2008-01-01

    Luminescence ages from a variety of coastal features on the North Carolina Coastal Plain provide age control for shoreline formation and relative sea-level position during the late Pleistocene. A series of paleoshoreline ridges, dating to Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5a and MIS 3 have been defined. The Kitty Hawk beach ridges, on the modern Outer Banks, yield ages of 3 to 2??ka. Oxygen-isotope data are used to place these deposits in the context of global climate and sea-level change. The occurrence of MIS 5a and MIS 3 shorelines suggests that glacio-isostatic adjustment (GIA) of the study area is large (ca. 22 to 26??m), as suggested and modeled by other workers, and/or MIS 3 sea level was briefly higher than suggested by some coral reef studies. Correcting the shoreline elevations for GIA brings their elevation in line with other sea-level indicators. The age of the Kitty Hawk beach ridges places the Holocene shoreline well west of its present location at ca. 3 to 2??ka. The age of shoreline progradation is consistent with the ages of other beach ridge complexes in the southeast USA, suggesting some regionally contemporaneous forcing mechanism. ?? 2007 University of Washington.

  14. A laboratory inter-comparison of quartz optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) results

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    Rees-Jones, J.; Hall, S. J. B.; Rink, W. J.

    In this study three sediment samples were used which came from two cave sites situated on the coast of Gibraltar, Gorham's Cave and Vanguard Cave. Both caves contain silts, sands and breccia deposits from the last interglacial through to the post-glacial period, from which beach sands were sampled for dating. The three sediment sample cores were each divided into two sub-samples, which were independently measured at McMaster University and Oxford University using quartz OSL. Similar sample preparation and measurement procedures were used at both laboratories, but different measurement equipment was employed in each. It was therefore hoped to identify any factors that may result in systematic differences between laboratories. The data showed very good agreement in results when a narrow wavelength band was used for stimulation, from either an argon-ion laser (514.5 nm) or a filtered halogen lamp (514±17 nm). This indicates that slight differences in factors such as laboratory lighting, measurement time, additive dose levels, detection filters, stimulation source and power did not produce differences in results. However, when a wide wavelength band from the halogen lamp was used for stimulation (440-560 nm) significantly different results were obtained, suggesting care needs to be taken with the waveband used.

  15. Application of optically stimulated luminescence technique to evaluate simultaneously accumulated and single doses with the same dosimeter

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    Malthez, Anna Luiza M. C.; Freitas, Marcelo B.; Yoshimura, Elisabeth M.; Button, Vera L. S. N.

    2014-02-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLD) can be read several times with a negligible loss (degradation) of signal. In this work, we explore this OSL property to estimate simultaneously the accumulated and single doses using a unique Al2O3 dosimeter, irradiated repeated times along over 4 months. This was done through several irradiations of OSLD (Landauer Luxel Dots) with two energies (28 keV X-rays and 1.25 MeV Co-60 gamma rays) and several doses distributed over time. Thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD) were used as a reference to compare the estimated doses obtained with OSLD. For each irradiation, and both energies, a calibration curve was evaluated with OSLD and TLD to estimate the dose values. The OSL readouts were made with a MicroStar (Landauer) OSL reader. To estimate background (BG) over time, a set of OSLD and TLD (Bycron TLD100) was not irradiated and BG was monitored at each readout section. After irradiations, the OSL and TL signals were converted to dose and values were compared. As a set of OSLD suffered no bleaching after the readouts, it was possible to estimate simultaneously the accumulated and single doses with a unique OSLD. Each single dose was estimated through the subtraction of successive accumulated doses determined for each single OSLD. We concluded that the single doses determined by OSL and TL techniques were compatible, and that the accumulated dose, obtained with OSL technique was comparable to the sum of single doses determined with TLD. We can conclude that using OSL technique and Al2O3 dosimeters it is possible to estimate simultaneously accumulated and single doses with the same dosimeter irradiated with low or high energy photons.

  16. Determination of average LET of therapeutic proton beams using Al2O3:C optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) detectors

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    Sawakuchi, Gabriel O.; Sahoo, Narayan; Gasparian, Patricia B. R.; Rodriguez, Matthew G.; Archambault, Louis; Titt, Uwe; Yukihara, Eduardo G.

    2010-09-01

    In this work we present a methodology and proof of concept to experimentally determine average linear energy transfer (LET) of therapeutic proton beams using the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of small Al2O3:C detectors. Our methodology is based on the fact that the shape of the OSL decay curve of Al2O3:C detectors depends on the LET of the radiation field. Thus, one can use the shape of the OSL decay curves to establish an LET calibration curve, which in turn permits measurements of LET. We performed irradiations at the M D Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center, Houston (PTCH), with passive scattering beams. We determined the average LET of the passive scattering beams using a validated Monte Carlo model of the PTCH passive scattering nozzle and correlated them with the shape of the OSL decay curve to obtain an LET calibration curve. Using this calibration curve and OSL measurements, we determined the averaged LET at various water-equivalent depths for therapeutic spread-out Bragg peaks and compared the results with averaged LETs determined using the Monte Carlo simulations. Agreement between measured and simulated fluence-averaged LET was within 24% for low energy spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) fields and within 14% for high energy SOBP fields. Agreement between measured and simulated dose-averaged LET was within 12% for low energy SOBP fields and within 47% for high energy SOBP fields. The data presented in this work demonstrated the correlation between the OSL decay curve shapes and the average LET of the radiation fields, providing proof of concept of the feasibility of using OSL from Al2O3:C detectors to measure average LET of therapeutic proton beams.

  17. Effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence of Al2O3:C

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    Yukihara, E. G.; Whitley, V. H.; McKeever, S. W. S.; Akselrod, A. E.; Akselrod, M. S.

    2004-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of Al2O3:C, principally on the shape of the OSL decay curve and on the OSL sensitivity. The effect of the degree of deep trap filling on the OSL was also studied by monitoring the sensitivity changes after doses of beta irradiation and after step-annealing of samples previously irradiated with high doses. The OSL response to dose shows a linear-supralinear-saturation behavior, with a decrease in the response for doses higher than those required for saturation. This behavior correlates with the sensitivity changes observed in the samples annealed only to 773 K, which show sensitization for doses up to 20-50 Gy and desensitization for higher doses. Data from the step-annealing study leads to the suggestion that the sensitization is caused by the filling of deep electron traps, which become thermally unstable at 1100-1200 K, whereas the desensitization is caused by the filling of deep hole traps, which become thermally unstable at 800-875 K, along with a concomitant decrease in the concentration of recombination centers (F+ -centers). Changes in the shape of the OSL decay curves are also observed at high doses, the decay becoming faster as the dose increases. These changes in the OSL decay curves are discussed in terms of multiple overlapping components, each characterized by different photoionization cross-sections. However, using numerical solutions of the rate equations for a simple model consisting of a main trap and a recombination center, it is shown that the kinetics of OSL process may also be partially responsible for the changes in the OSL curves at high doses in Al2O3:C. Finally, the implication of these results for the dosimetry of heavy charged particles is discussed. c2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence of Al2O3:C.

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    Yukihara, E G; Whitley, V H; McKeever, S W S; Akselrod, A E; Akselrod, M S

    2004-06-01

    This paper examines the effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of Al2O3:C, principally on the shape of the OSL decay curve and on the OSL sensitivity. The effect of the degree of deep trap filling on the OSL was also studied by monitoring the sensitivity changes after doses of beta irradiation and after step-annealing of samples previously irradiated with high doses. The OSL response to dose shows a linear-supralinear-saturation behavior, with a decrease in the response for doses higher than those required for saturation. This behavior correlates with the sensitivity changes observed in the samples annealed only to 773 K, which show sensitization for doses up to 20-50 Gy and desensitization for higher doses. Data from the step-annealing study leads to the suggestion that the sensitization is caused by the filling of deep electron traps, which become thermally unstable at 1100-1200 K, whereas the desensitization is caused by the filling of deep hole traps, which become thermally unstable at 800-875 K, along with a concomitant decrease in the concentration of recombination centers (F+ -centers). Changes in the shape of the OSL decay curves are also observed at high doses, the decay becoming faster as the dose increases. These changes in the OSL decay curves are discussed in terms of multiple overlapping components, each characterized by different photoionization cross-sections. However, using numerical solutions of the rate equations for a simple model consisting of a main trap and a recombination center, it is shown that the kinetics of OSL process may also be partially responsible for the changes in the OSL curves at high doses in Al2O3:C. Finally, the implication of these results for the dosimetry of heavy charged particles is discussed. c2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Evaluation of an X-Ray Dose Profile Derived from an Optically Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeter during Computed Tomographic Fluoroscopy

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    Hasegawa, Hiroaki; Sato, Masanori; Tanaka, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate scatter radiation dose to the subject surface during X-ray computed tomography (CT) fluoroscopy using the integrated dose ratio (IDR) of an X-ray dose profile derived from an optically stimulated luminescent (OSL) dosimeter. We aimed to obtain quantitative evidence supporting the radiation protection methods used during previous CT fluoroscopy. A multislice CT scanner was used to perform this study. OSL dosimeters were placed on the top and the lateral side of the chest phantom so that the longitudinal direction of dosimeters was parallel to the orthogonal axis-to-slice plane for measurement of dose profiles in CT fluoroscopy. Measurement of fluoroscopic conditions was performed at 120 kVp and 80 kVp. Scatter radiation dose was evaluated by calculating the integrated dose determined by OSL dosimetry. The overall percent difference of the integrated doses between OSL dosimeters and ionization chamber was 5.92%. The ratio of the integrated dose of a 100-mm length area to its tails (−50 to −6 mm, 50 to 6 mm) was the lowest on the lateral side at 80 kVp and the highest on the top at 120 kVp. The IDRs for different measurement positions were larger at 120 kVp than at 80 kVp. Similarly, the IDRs for the tube voltage between the primary X-ray beam and scatter radiation was larger on the lateral side than on the top of the phantom. IDR evaluation suggested that the scatter radiation dose has a high dependence on the position and a low dependence on tube voltage relative to the primary X-ray beam for constant dose rate fluoroscopic conditions. These results provided quantitative evidence supporting the radiation protection methods used during CT fluoroscopy in previous studies. PMID:26151914

  20. Effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence of Al2O3:C

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    Yukihara, E. G.; Whitley, V. H.; McKeever, S. W. S.; Akselrod, A. E.; Akselrod, M. S.

    2004-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of high-dose irradiation on the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of Al2O3:C, principally on the shape of the OSL decay curve and on the OSL sensitivity. The effect of the degree of deep trap filling on the OSL was also studied by monitoring the sensitivity changes after doses of beta irradiation and after step-annealing of samples previously irradiated with high doses. The OSL response to dose shows a linear-supralinear-saturation behavior, with a decrease in the response for doses higher than those required for saturation. This behavior correlates with the sensitivity changes observed in the samples annealed only to 773 K, which show sensitization for doses up to 20-50 Gy and desensitization for higher doses. Data from the step-annealing study leads to the suggestion that the sensitization is caused by the filling of deep electron traps, which become thermally unstable at 1100-1200 K, whereas the desensitization is caused by the filling of deep hole traps, which become thermally unstable at 800-875 K, along with a concomitant decrease in the concentration of recombination centers (F+ -centers). Changes in the shape of the OSL decay curves are also observed at high doses, the decay becoming faster as the dose increases. These changes in the OSL decay curves are discussed in terms of multiple overlapping components, each characterized by different photoionization cross-sections. However, using numerical solutions of the rate equations for a simple model consisting of a main trap and a recombination center, it is shown that the kinetics of OSL process may also be partially responsible for the changes in the OSL curves at high doses in Al2O3:C. Finally, the implication of these results for the dosimetry of heavy charged particles is discussed. c2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. SU-E-T-600: In Vivo Dosimetry for Total Body and Total Marrow Irradiations with Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimeters

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    Niedbala, M; Save, C; Cygler, J

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility of using optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) for in-vivo dosimetry of patients undergoing Total Body and Total Marrow Irradiations (TBI and TMI). Methods: TBI treatments of 12 Gy were delivered in 6 BID fractions with the patient on a moving couch under a static 10 MV beam (Synergy, Elekta). TMI treatments of 18 Gy in 9 BID fractions were planned and delivered using a 6 MV TomoTherapy unit (Accuray). To provide a uniform dose to the entire patient length, the treatment was split into 2 adjacent fields junctioned in the thigh region. Our standard clinical practice involves in vivo dosimetry with MOSFETs for each TBI fraction and TLDs for at least one fraction of the TMI treatment for dose verification. In this study we also used OSLDs. Individual calibration coefficients were obtained for the OSLDs based on irradiations in a solid water phantom to the dose of 50 cGy from Elekta Synergy 10 MV (TBI) and 6 MV (TMI) beams. Calibration coefficients were calculated based on the OSLDs readings taken 2 hrs post-irradiation. For in vivo dosimetry OSLDs were placed alongside MOSFETs for TBI patients and in approximately the same locations as the TLDs for TMI patients. OSLDs were read 2 hours post treatment and compared to the MOSFET and TLD results. Results: OSLD measured doses agreed within 5% with MOSFET and TLD results, with the exception of the junction region in the TMI patient due to very high dose gradient and difficulty of precise and reproducible detector placement. Conclusion: OSLDs are useful for in vivo dosimetry of TBI and TMI patients. The quick post-treatment readout is an advantage over TLDs, allowing the results to be obtained between BID fractions, while wireless detectors are advantageous over MOSFETs for treatments involving a moving couch.

  2. Determination of average LET of therapeutic proton beams using Al2O3:C optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) detectors.

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    Sawakuchi, Gabriel O; Sahoo, Narayan; Gasparian, Patricia B R; Rodriguez, Matthew G; Archambault, Louis; Titt, Uwe; Yukihara, Eduardo G

    2010-09-07

    In this work we present a methodology and proof of concept to experimentally determine average linear energy transfer (LET) of therapeutic proton beams using the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of small Al(2)O(3):C detectors. Our methodology is based on the fact that the shape of the OSL decay curve of Al(2)O(3):C detectors depends on the LET of the radiation field. Thus, one can use the shape of the OSL decay curves to establish an LET calibration curve, which in turn permits measurements of LET. We performed irradiations at the M D Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center, Houston (PTCH), with passive scattering beams. We determined the average LET of the passive scattering beams using a validated Monte Carlo model of the PTCH passive scattering nozzle and correlated them with the shape of the OSL decay curve to obtain an LET calibration curve. Using this calibration curve and OSL measurements, we determined the averaged LET at various water-equivalent depths for therapeutic spread-out Bragg peaks and compared the results with averaged LETs determined using the Monte Carlo simulations. Agreement between measured and simulated fluence-averaged LET was within 24% for low energy spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) fields and within 14% for high energy SOBP fields. Agreement between measured and simulated dose-averaged LET was within 12% for low energy SOBP fields and within 47% for high energy SOBP fields. The data presented in this work demonstrated the correlation between the OSL decay curve shapes and the average LET of the radiation fields, providing proof of concept of the feasibility of using OSL from Al(2)O(3):C detectors to measure average LET of therapeutic proton beams.

  3. WE-D-17A-06: Optically Stimulated Luminescence Detectors as ‘LET-Meters’ in Proton Beams

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    Granville, D; Sahoo, N; Sawakuchi, GO

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To demonstrate and evaluate the potential of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) detectors (OSLDs) for measurements of linear energy transfer (LET) in therapeutic proton beams. Methods: Batches of Al2O2:C OSLDs were irradiated with an absorbed dose of 0.2 Gy in un-modulated proton beams of varying LET (0.67 keV/μm to 2.58 keV/μm). The OSLDs were read using continuous wave (CW-OSL) and pulsed (P-OSL) stimulation modes. We parameterized and calibrated three characteristics of the OSL signals as functions of LET: CW-OSL curve shape, P-OSL curve shape and the ratio of the two OSL emission band intensities (ultraviolet/blue ratio). Calibration curves were created for each of these characteristics to describe their behaviors as functions of LET. The true LET values were determined using a validated Monte Carlo model of the proton therapy nozzle used to irradiate the OSLDs. We then irradiated batches of OSLDs with an absorbed dose of 0.2 Gy at various depths in two modulated proton beams (140 MeV, 4 cm wide spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) and 250 MeV, 10 cm wide SOBP). The LET values were calculated using the OSL response and the calibration curves. Finally, measured LET values were compared to the true values determined using Monte Carlo simulations. Results: The CW-OSL curve shape, P-OSL curve shape and the ultraviolet/blue-ratio provided proton LET estimates within 12.4%, 5.7% and 30.9% of the true values, respectively. Conclusion: We have demonstrated that LET can be measured within 5.7% using Al2O3:C OSLDs in the therapeutic proton beams used in this investigation. From a single OSLD readout, it is possible to measure both the absorbed dose and LET. This has potential future applications in proton therapy quality assurance, particularly for treatment plans based on optimization of LET distributions. This research was partially supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

  4. Thermally and optically stimulated luminescence in long persistent orthorhombic strontium aluminates doped with Eu, Dy and Eu, Nd

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    Zúñiga-Rivera, N. J.; Salas-Castillo, P.; Chernov, V.; Díaz-Torres, L. A.; Meléndrez, R.; García-Gutierrez, R.; Carrillo-Torres, R. C.; Barboza-Flores, M.

    2017-05-01

    The long persistent luminescence, thermoluminescence (TL) and IR stimulated luminescence properties of two orthorhombic strontium aluminates (Sr4Al14O25) co-doped with Eu2+, Dy3+ and Eu2+, Nd3+ exposed to beta radiation is reported. The phosphors were synthesized by the combustion method followed by a post-annealing treatment under a reductive carbon atmosphere. Photoluminescence emission spectra of both phosphors are typical for emission of Eu2+ ions with 7-fold and 10-fold coordination in Sr4Al14025 and consist of the main band at 480 nm and a weak band between 390 and 440 nm. After exposure to beta radiation the Sr4Al14025:Eu2+,Dy3+ phosphor exhibits two strongly overlapped TL peaks at about 70 and 100 °C while the low temperature TL of the Sr4Al14025:Eu2+,Nd3+ phosphor consist of two well separated peaks with maxima at about 60 and 130 °C. Additionally, both phosphors exhibit a weak TL between 180 and 400 °C. The traps responsible for the low temperature TL peaks are the Dy3+ and Nd3+ centers situated in two different Sr sites with 7-fold and 10-fold coordination. The thermal emptying of the Dy and Nd filled traps creates ultra-long intense afterglow, which gradually decays with time and remains detectable after 220 h storage in dark. IR stimulation of beta irradiated phosphors creates intense IR stimulated luminescence, which is related to the release of electrons from the filled Dy and Nd traps.

  5. Angular dependence of dose sensitivity of nanoDot optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters in different radiation geometries

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    Jursinic, Paul A.

    2015-10-15

    Purpose: A type of in vivo dosimeter, an optically stimulated luminescent dosimeter, OSLD, may have dose sensitivity that depends on the angle of incidence of radiation. This work measures how angular dependence of a nanoDot changes with the geometry of the phantom in which irradiation occurs and with the intrinsic structure of the nanoDot. Methods: The OSLDs used in this work were nanoDot dosimeters (Landauer, Inc., Glenwood, IL), which were read with a MicroStar reader (Landauer, Inc., Glenwood, IL). Dose to the OSLDs was delivered by 6 MV x-rays. NanoDots with various intrinsic sensitivities were irradiated in numerous phantoms that had geometric shapes of cylinders, rectangles, and a cube. Results: No angular dependence was seen in cylindrical phantoms, cubic phantoms, or rectangular phantoms with a thickness to width ratio of 0.3 or 1.5. An angular dependence of 1% was observed in rectangular phantoms with a thickness to width of 0.433–0.633. A group of nanoDots had sensitive layers with mass density of 2.42–2.58 g/cm{sup 3} and relative sensitivity of 0.92–1.09 and no difference in their angular dependence. Within experimental uncertainty, nanoDot measurements agree with a parallel-plate ion chamber at a depth of maximum dose. Conclusions: When irradiated in cylindrical, rectangular, and cubic phantoms, nanoDots show a maximum angular dependence of 1% or less at an incidence angle of 90°. For a sample of 78 new nanoDots, the range of their relative intrinsic sensitivity is 0.92–1.09. For a sample of ten nanoDots, on average, the mass in the sensitive layer is 73.1% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C and 26.9% polyester. The mass density of the sensitive layer of a nanoDot disc is between 2.42 and 2.58 g/cm{sup 3}. The angular dependence is not related to Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C loading of the nanoDot disc. The nanoDot at the depth of maximum dose has no more angular dependence than a parallel-plate ion chamber.

  6. Angular dependence of dose sensitivity of nanoDot optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters in different radiation geometries.

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    Jursinic, Paul A

    2015-10-01

    A type of in vivo dosimeter, an optically stimulated luminescent dosimeter, OSLD, may have dose sensitivity that depends on the angle of incidence of radiation. This work measures how angular dependence of a nanoDot changes with the geometry of the phantom in which irradiation occurs and with the intrinsic structure of the nanoDot. The OSLDs used in this work were nanoDot dosimeters (Landauer, Inc., Glenwood, IL), which were read with a MicroStar reader (Landauer, Inc., Glenwood, IL). Dose to the OSLDs was delivered by 6 MV x-rays. NanoDots with various intrinsic sensitivities were irradiated in numerous phantoms that had geometric shapes of cylinders, rectangles, and a cube. No angular dependence was seen in cylindrical phantoms, cubic phantoms, or rectangular phantoms with a thickness to width ratio of 0.3 or 1.5. An angular dependence of 1% was observed in rectangular phantoms with a thickness to width of 0.433-0.633. A group of nanoDots had sensitive layers with mass density of 2.42-2.58 g/cm(3) and relative sensitivity of 0.92-1.09 and no difference in their angular dependence. Within experimental uncertainty, nanoDot measurements agree with a parallel-plate ion chamber at a depth of maximum dose. When irradiated in cylindrical, rectangular, and cubic phantoms, nanoDots show a maximum angular dependence of 1% or less at an incidence angle of 90°. For a sample of 78 new nanoDots, the range of their relative intrinsic sensitivity is 0.92-1.09. For a sample of ten nanoDots, on average, the mass in the sensitive layer is 73.1% Al2O3:C and 26.9% polyester. The mass density of the sensitive layer of a nanoDot disc is between 2.42 and 2.58 g/cm(3). The angular dependence is not related to Al2O3:C loading of the nanoDot disc. The nanoDot at the depth of maximum dose has no more angular dependence than a parallel-plate ion chamber.

  7. Characterization of Al2O3 optically stimulated luminescence films for 2D dosimetry using a 6 MV photon beam

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    Ahmed, M. F.; Shrestha, N.; Schnell, E.; Ahmad, S.; Akselrod, M. S.; Yukihara, E. G.

    2016-11-01

    This work evaluates the dosimetric properties of newly developed optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) films, fabricated with either Al2O3:C or Al2O3:C,Mg, using a prototype laser scanning reader, a developed image reconstruction algorithm, and a 6 MV therapeutic photon beam. Packages containing OSL films (Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg) and a radiochromic film (Gafchromic EBT3) were irradiated using a 6 MV photon beam using different doses, field sizes, with and without wedge filter. Dependence on film orientation of the OSL system was also tested. Diode-array (MapCHECK) and ionization chamber measurements were performed for comparison. The OSLD film doses agreed with the MapCHECK and ionization chamber data within the experimental uncertainties (<2% at 1.5 Gy). The system background and minimum detectable dose (MDD) were  <0.5 mGy, and the dose response was approximately linear from the MDD up to a few grays (the linearity correction was  <10% up to ~2-4 Gy), with no saturation up to 30 Gy. The dose profiles agreed with those obtained using EBT3 films (analyzed using the triple channel method) in the high dose regions of the images. In the low dose regions, the dose profiles from the OSLD films were more reproducible than those from the EBT3 films. We also demonstrated that the OSL film data are independent on scan orientation and field size over the investigated range. The results demonstrate the potential of OSLD films for 2D dosimetry, particularly for the characterization of small fields, due to their wide dynamic range, linear response, resolution and dosimetric properties. The negligible background and potential simple calibration make these OSLD films suitable for remote audits. The characterization presented here may motivate further commercial development of a 2D dosimetry system based on the OSL from Al2O3:C or Al2O3:C,Mg.

  8. Re-evaluating the tephrochronology of the Palouse Loess, Washington State, using optically stimulated luminescence dating and single-shard major- and trace-element analyses

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    King, G. E.; Roberts, H. M.; Pearce, N. J.; Gaylord, D.; Sweeney, M.; Duller, G. A.; Smith, V.

    2013-12-01

    Tephra derived from Mount St Helens (MSH) are a critical component of the tephrochronology of the Palouse Loess region, Washington State, USA. New analyses of both source-proximal and -distal tephra units from Washington State using paired major-element and LA-ICP-MS trace-element geochemistry have been undertaken. These analyses reveal that MSH tephra commonly employed to constrain the timing of loess deposition, including tephra from MSH eruptive sets S (~16 ka) and M (~22 ka), cannot be differentiated using major-element chemistry alone. Further, some distal tephra in the Palouse Loess which were previously assigned as MSH Set S on the basis of major-element geochemistry or stratigraphy are now suggested through trace-element analysis to be other tephra, including MSH Set M. Additional support for this re-evaluation of these Palouse Loess tephra units has been provided by luminescence dating of loess that brackets the tephra units. Single-aliquot optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) methods developed for quartz (e.g. Wintle and Murray, 2006), and a new method proposed for dating feldspars (Thomsen et al., 2008; using the ';post-IR IRSL' signal) have been applied at several sites. The ages generated are stratigraphically consistent within each site, and show agreement between the two luminescence methods. Whilst these newly generated luminescence ages are not consistent in all cases with previously published tephra assignments, they are consistent with the revised tephrochronology proposed on the basis of new trace-element geochemistry. This combination of major- plus trace-element geochemistry and luminescence chronology provides a coherent picture of the tephrochronology of the sites examined in the Palouse. More broadly, this highlights the importance of combining both detailed geochemistry and geochronology in areas where tephra are geochemically indistinct. References Wintle A.G. and Murray, A.S., 2006. A review of quartz optically stimulated luminescence

  9. High resolution shallow geologic characterization of a late Pleistocene eolian environment using ground penetrating radar and optically stimulated luminescence techniques: North Carolina, USA

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    Mallinson, D.; Mahan, S.; Moore, Christine

    2008-01-01

    Geophysical surveys, sedimentology, and optically-stimulated luminescence age analyses were used to assess the geologic development of a coastal system near Swansboro, NC. This area is a significant Woodland Period Native American habitation and is designated the "Broad Reach" archaeological site. 2-d and 3-d subsurface geophysical surveys were performed using a ground penetrating radar system to define the stratigraphic framework and depositional facies. Sediment samples were collected and analyzed for grain-size to determine depositional environments. Samples were acquired and analyzed using optically stimulated luminescence techniques to derive the depositional age of the various features. The data support a low eolian to shallow subtidal coastal depositional setting for this area. Li-DAR data reveal ridge and swale topography, most likely related to beach ridges, and eolian features including low-relief, low-angle transverse and parabolic dunes, blowouts, and a low-relief eolian sand sheet. Geophysical data reveal dominantly seaward dipping units, and low-angle mounded features. Sedimentological data reveal mostly moderately-well to well-sorted fine-grained symmetrical to coarse skewed sands, suggesting initial aqueous transport and deposition, followed by eolian reworking and bioturbation. OSL data indicate initial coastal deposition prior to ca. 45,000 yBP, followed by eolian reworking and low dune stabilization at ca. 13,000 to 11,500 yBP, and again at ca. 10,000 yBP (during, and slightly after the Younger Dryas chronozone).

  10. Site characterization using a portable optically stimulated luminescence reader: delineating disrupted stratigraphy in Holocene eolian deposits on the Canadian Great Plains

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    Munyikwa, K.; Gilliland, K.; Gibson, T.; Plumb, E.

    2012-12-01

    The use of portable optically stimulated luminescence (POSL) readers to elucidate on complex depositional sequences has been demonstrated in a number of recent studies. POSL readers are robust versions of the traditional lab-bound luminescence readers and they can be used in the field, allowing for rapid decisions to be made when collecting samples for dating. Furthermore, in contrast with lab-bound readers, POSL readers can perform measurements on bulk samples, negating the need to carry out time-intensive mineralogical separations. The POSL reader is equipped with both infra-red and blue light (OSL) stimulating sources such that signal separation during measurement can be carried out by selectively exciting feldspar using the IR source (IRSL) after which a quartz dominant signal is obtained from the same sample using post-IR blue OSL. The signals obtained are then plotted to give luminescence profiles that depict the variation of the luminescence signal with depth. Signal intensities depend on mineralogical concentrations, grain luminescence sensitivities, dose rates as well as on burial ages of the grains. Where all these variables, apart from the burial age, are held constant up the depositional sequence the luminescence profile serves as a proxy for the chronostratigraphy. As a contribution to a growing archive of studies that have employed POSL readers to unravel complex depositional sequences, this study uses a POSL system developed by the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre to characterize the stratigraphy at an archaeological site that lies next to an oilfield plant located on a Holocene fossil dune landscape in southern Alberta, Canada. Oilfield activity was initiated at the site several decades ago and it involved the laying of pipelines below ground which disturbed considerable archaeological deposits. Subsequent work led to the discovery of the archeological site which was previously occupied by ancestral indigenous peoples at various

  11. Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence properties of the 0.5P₂O₅-xBaO-(0.5-x)Li₂O glass systems.

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    Timar-Gabor, A; Ivascu, C; Vasiliniuc, S; Daraban, L; Ardelean, I; Cosma, C; Cozar, O

    2011-05-01

    Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence properties of phosphate glasses doped with BaO and Li(2)O at various concentrations were studied. Lithium-doped glasses show a broad TL peak in the 200-300°C region with poor dosimetric characteristics. Barium-doped glasses feature at least two TL peaks, approximately at 200 and 400°C, which were attributed to Ba(2+) ions. They also produce a fast-decaying OSL signal correlated with the lower-temperature TL peak. Responses of both TL emissions to radiation doses up to 100 Gy are linear (R² >0.99). Due to its encouraging characteristics such as acceptable batch homogeneity, good measurement reproducibility and weak signal fading, the P₂O₅-xBaO glass can be considered as a candidate material for dosimetry in the high-dose range (>10 Gy).

  12. Dating human occupation at Toca do Serrote das Moendas, São Raimundo Nonato, Piauí-Brasil by electron spin resonance and optically stimulated luminescence.

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    Kinoshita, Angela; Skinner, Anne R; Guidon, Niede; Ignacio, Elaine; Felice, Gisele Daltrini; Buco, Cristiane de A; Tatumi, Sonia; Yee, Márcio; Figueiredo, Ana Maria Graciano; Baffa, Oswaldo

    2014-12-01

    Excavation of Toca do Serrote das Moendas, in Piauí state, Brazil revealed a great quantity of fossil wild fauna associated with human remains. In particular, fossils of a cervid (Blastocerus dichotomus) were found, an animal frequently pictured in ancient rock wall paintings. In a well-defined stratum, two loose teeth of this species were found in close proximity to human bones. The teeth were independently dated by electron spin resonance (ESR) in two laboratories. The ages obtained for the teeth were 29 ± 3 ka (thousands of years) and 24 ± 1 ka. The concretion layer capping this stratum was dated by optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) of the quartz grains to 21 ± 3 ka. As these values were derived independently in three different laboratories, using different methods and equipment, these results are compelling evidence of early habitation in this area.

  13. The response of thermally and optically stimulated luminescence from Al2O3:C to high-energy heavy charged particles.

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    Gaza, R; Yukihara, E G; McKeever, S W S

    2004-01-01

    The thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of Al2O3 dosimeters to high-energy heavy charged particles (HCP) has been studied using the heavy ion medical accelerator at Chiba, Japan. The samples were Al2O3 single-crystal chips, of the type usually known as TLD-500, and Luxel(TM) dosimeters (Al2O3:C powder in plastic) from Landauer Inc. The samples were exposed to 4He (150 MeV/u), 12C (400 MeV/u), 28Si (490 MeV/us) and 56Fe (500 MeV/u) ions, with linear energy transfer values covering the range from 2.26 to 189 keV/micrometers in water and doses from 1 to 100 mGy (to water). A 90Sr/90Y beta source, calibrated against a 60Co secondary standard, was used for calibration purposes. For OSL, we used both continuous-wave OSL measurements (CW-OSL, using green light stimulation at 525 nm) and pulsed OSL measurements (POSL, using 532 nm stimulation from a Nd:YAG Q-switched laser). The efficiencies (eta HCP, gamma) of the different HCPs at producing OSL or TL were observed to depend not only upon the linear energy transfer (LET) of the HCP, but also upon the sample type (single crystal chip or Luxel(TM)) and the luminescence method used to define the signal--i.e. TL, CW-OSL initial intensity, CW-OSL total area, or POSL. Observed changes in shape of the decay curve lead to potential methods for extracting LET information of unknown radiation fields. A discussion of the results is given, including the potential use of OSL from Al2O3 in the areas of space radiation dosimetry and radiation oncology.

  14. The response of thermally and optically stimulated luminescence from Al2O3:C to high-energy heavy charged particles

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    Gaza, R.; Yukihara, E. G.; McKeever, S. W. S.

    2004-01-01

    The thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of Al2O3 dosimeters to high-energy heavy charged particles (HCP) has been studied using the heavy ion medical accelerator at Chiba, Japan. The samples were Al2O3 single-crystal chips, of the type usually known as TLD-500, and Luxel(TM) dosimeters (Al2O3:C powder in plastic) from Landauer Inc. The samples were exposed to 4He (150 MeV/u), 12C (400 MeV/u), 28Si (490 MeV/us) and 56Fe (500 MeV/u) ions, with linear energy transfer values covering the range from 2.26 to 189 keV/micrometers in water and doses from 1 to 100 mGy (to water). A 90Sr/90Y beta source, calibrated against a 60Co secondary standard, was used for calibration purposes. For OSL, we used both continuous-wave OSL measurements (CW-OSL, using green light stimulation at 525 nm) and pulsed OSL measurements (POSL, using 532 nm stimulation from a Nd:YAG Q-switched laser). The efficiencies (eta HCP, gamma) of the different HCPs at producing OSL or TL were observed to depend not only upon the linear energy transfer (LET) of the HCP, but also upon the sample type (single crystal chip or Luxel(TM)) and the luminescence method used to define the signal--i.e. TL, CW-OSL initial intensity, CW-OSL total area, or POSL. Observed changes in shape of the decay curve lead to potential methods for extracting LET information of unknown radiation fields. A discussion of the results is given, including the potential use of OSL from Al2O3 in the areas of space radiation dosimetry and radiation oncology. c2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. The response of thermally and optically stimulated luminescence from Al2O3:C to high-energy heavy charged particles

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    Gaza, R.; Yukihara, E. G.; McKeever, S. W. S.

    2004-01-01

    The thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of Al2O3 dosimeters to high-energy heavy charged particles (HCP) has been studied using the heavy ion medical accelerator at Chiba, Japan. The samples were Al2O3 single-crystal chips, of the type usually known as TLD-500, and Luxel(TM) dosimeters (Al2O3:C powder in plastic) from Landauer Inc. The samples were exposed to 4He (150 MeV/u), 12C (400 MeV/u), 28Si (490 MeV/us) and 56Fe (500 MeV/u) ions, with linear energy transfer values covering the range from 2.26 to 189 keV/micrometers in water and doses from 1 to 100 mGy (to water). A 90Sr/90Y beta source, calibrated against a 60Co secondary standard, was used for calibration purposes. For OSL, we used both continuous-wave OSL measurements (CW-OSL, using green light stimulation at 525 nm) and pulsed OSL measurements (POSL, using 532 nm stimulation from a Nd:YAG Q-switched laser). The efficiencies (eta HCP, gamma) of the different HCPs at producing OSL or TL were observed to depend not only upon the linear energy transfer (LET) of the HCP, but also upon the sample type (single crystal chip or Luxel(TM)) and the luminescence method used to define the signal--i.e. TL, CW-OSL initial intensity, CW-OSL total area, or POSL. Observed changes in shape of the decay curve lead to potential methods for extracting LET information of unknown radiation fields. A discussion of the results is given, including the potential use of OSL from Al2O3 in the areas of space radiation dosimetry and radiation oncology. c2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Middle-Late Holocene earthquake history of the Gyrtoni Fault, Central Greece: Insight from optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating and paleoseismology

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    Tsodoulos, Ioannis M.; Stamoulis, Konstantinos; Caputo, Riccardo; Koukouvelas, Ioannis; Chatzipetros, Alexandros; Pavlides, Spyros; Gallousi, Christina; Papachristodoulou, Christina; Ioannides, Konstantinos

    2016-09-01

    The south-dipping Gyrtoni Fault defines the northeastern boundary of the Middle-Late Quaternary Tyrnavos Basin, Central Greece. The recognition and recent tectonic activity of the fault were previously based on mapping, remote sensing analyses and electrical resistivity tomography studies. To understand the Holocene seismotectonic behavior of the Gyrtoni Fault we excavated two paleoseismological trenches. To estimate the timing of past earthquakes using luminescence dating, we obtained twenty five fluvial-colluvial sediment and pottery samples from both the upthrown and the downthrown fault blocks. We applied the Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating to coarse grain quartz using the single-aliquot regenerative-dose (SAR) protocol. Our investigations of luminescence characteristics using various tests confirmed the suitability of the material for OSL dating. We found that the estimated OSL ages were internally consistent and agreed well with the available stratigraphical data, archaeological evidence and radiocarbon dates. The performed paleoseismological analysis emphasized the occurrence of three surface faulting events in a time span between 1.42 ± 0.06 ka and 5.59 ± 0.13 ka. Also, we recognized an earlier faulting event (fourth) has been also recognized to be older than 5.59 ± 0.13 ka. The mean throw per event value of 0.50-0.60 m could correspond to a ca. Mw 6.5 earthquake. An average fault slip rate of 0.41 ± 0.01 mm/a and an average recurrence time of 1.39 ± 0.14 ka were also estimated. Our results suggest that the elapsed time from the most recent event (minimum age 1.42 ± 0.06 ka) is comparable with the mean return period.

  17. Relative optically stimulated luminescence and thermoluminescence efficiencies of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C dosimeters to heavy charged particles with energies relevant to space and radiotherapy dosimetry

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    Sawakuchi, G. O.; Yukihara, E. G.; McKeever, S. W. S.; Benton, E. R.; Gaza, R.; Uchihori, Y.; Yasuda, N.; Kitamura, H.

    2008-12-15

    This article presents a comprehensive characterization of the thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) relative luminescence efficiencies of carbon-doped aluminum (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C) for heavy charged particles (HCPs) with atomic numbers ranging from 1 (proton) to 54 (xenon) and energies ranging from 7 to 1000 MeV/u, and investigates the dependence of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C response on experimental conditions. Relative luminescence efficiency values are presented for 19 primary charge/energy combinations, plus 31 additional charge/energy combinations obtained by introducing absorbers in the primary beam. Our results show that for energies of hundreds of MeV/u the data can be described by a single curve of relative luminescence efficiency versus linear energy transfer (LET). This information is needed to compensate for the reduced OSL efficiency to high-LET particles in such applications as space dosimetry. For lower energies, the relative luminescence efficiency as function of LET cannot be described by a single curve; instead, it separates into different components corresponding to different particles. We also present data on the low-LET dose response of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C, measured under the same experimental conditions in which the relative luminescence efficiencies to HCPs were obtained, providing information relevant to future theoretical investigations of HCP energy deposition and luminescence production in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C.

  18. New ages for Middle and Later Stone Age deposits at Mumba rockshelter, Tanzania: optically stimulated luminescence dating of quartz and feldspar grains.

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    Gliganic, Luke A; Jacobs, Zenobia; Roberts, Richard G; Domínguez-Rodrigo, Manuel; Mabulla, Audax Z P

    2012-04-01

    The archaeological deposits at Mumba rockshelter, northern Tanzania, have been excavated for more than 70 years, starting with Margit and Ludwig Köhl-Larsen in the 1930s. The assemblages of Middle Stone Age (MSA) and Later Stone Age (LSA) artefacts collected from this site constitute the type sequences for these cultural phases in East Africa. Despite its archaeological importance, however, the chronology of the site is poorly constrained, despite the application since the 1980s of several dating methods (radiocarbon, uranium-series and amino acid racemisation) to a variety of materials recovered from the deposits. Here, we review these previous chronologies for Mumba and report new ages obtained from optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) measurements on single grains of quartz and multi-grain aliquots of potassium (K) feldspar from the MSA and LSA deposits. Measurements of single grains of quartz allowed the rejection of unrepresentative grains and the application of appropriate statistical models to obtain the most reliable age estimates, while measurements of K-feldspars allowed the chronology to be extended to older deposits. The seven quartz ages and four K-feldspar ages provide improved temporal constraints on the archaeological sequence at Mumba. The deposits associated with the latest Kisele Industry (Bed VI-A) and the earliest Mumba Industry (Bed V) are dated to 63.4 ± 5.7 and 56.9 ± 4.8 ka (thousands of years ago), respectively, thus constraining the time of transition between these two archaeological phases to ~60 ka. An age of 49.1 ± 4.3 ka has been obtained for the latest deposits associated with the Mumba Industry, which show no evidence for post-depositional mixing and contain ostrich eggshell (OES) beads and abundant microlithics. The Nasera Industry deposits (Bed III) contain large quantities of OES beads and date to 36.8 ± 3.4 ka. We compare the luminescence ages with the previous chronologies for

  19. Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence properties of Dy3+-doped CaO-Al2O3-B2O3-based glasses

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    Yahaba, T.; Fujimoto, Y.; Yanagida, T.; Koshimizu, M.; Tanaka, H.; Saeki, K.; Asai, K.

    2017-02-01

    We developed Dy3+-doped CaO-Al2O3-B2O3 based glasses with Dy concentrations of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 mol% using a melt-quenching technique. The as-synthesized glasses were applicable as materials exhibiting thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). The optical and radiation response properties of the glasses were characterized. In the photoluminescence (PL) spectra, two emission bands due to the 4F9/2 → 6H15/2 and 4F9/2 → 6H13/2 transitions of Dy3+ were observed at 480 and 580 nm. In the OSL spectra, the emission band due to the 4F9/2 → 6H15/2 transition of Dy3+ was observed. Excellent TL and OSL responses were observed for dose ranges of 0.1-90 Gy. In addition, TL fading behavior was better than that of OSL in term of the long-time storage. These results indicate that the Dy3+-doped CaO-Al2O3-B2O3-based glasses are applicable as TL materials.

  20. Intracavitary in vivo dosimetry based on multichannel fiber-coupled radioluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C

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    Spasic, E.; Magne, S.; Aubineau-Laniece, I.; De Carlan, L.; Malet, C.; Ginestet, C.; Ferdinand, P.

    2011-07-01

    Fiber Optic Dosimetric Catheters (FODCs) composed of chains of alumina crystals are investigated by the CEA LIST within the French ANR-INTRADOSE Project in the purpose of intracavitary in vivo dosimetry (IVD) during Brachytherapy (BT) with iridium sources and Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) with linear accelerators. A dedicated process involving PMMA fibers, cast altogether forming hexagonal bundle, is demonstrated. Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) signals are recorded on-line after irradiation and absorbed doses are compared to planned dose distribution. Real-time dose measurements may also be performed by recording the Radioluminescence (RL), spontaneously emitted by the crystals during irradiation. In this case, a correction method is implemented to correct for stem effect influence (Cerenkov and scintillation generated within the fibers). For BT, the dual-fiber subtraction method is used (using a reference fiber) whereas the time discrimination method is used for IMRT. The experimental dose distribution leads to an underestimation of the source-sensor distance presumably due to energy dependence of the alumina crystal at low photon energy. At the time being, Monte-Carlo modeling of the FODC is performed with the aim to estimate this energy dependence and finally correct for it. Finally, metrological and preclinical validations are still running at Centre Leon Berard (Lyon (France)) in the purpose of checking the compliance of the FODC prototypes with treatment specifications and medical constraints. (authors)

  1. SU-E-T-315: The Change of Optically Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeters (OSLDs) Sensitivity by Accumulated Dose and High Dose

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    Han, S; Jung, H; Kim, M; Ji, Y; Kim, K; Choi, S; Park, S; Yoo, H; Yi, C

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: The objective of this study is to evaluate radiation sensitivity of optical stimulated luminance dosimeters (OSLDs) by accumulated dose and high dose. Methods: This study was carried out in Co-60 unit (Theratron 780, AECL, and Canada) and used InLight MicroStar reader (Landauer, Inc., Glenwood, IL) for reading. We annealed for 30 min using optical annealing system which contained fluorescent lamps (Osram lumilux, 24 W, 280 ∼780 nm). To evaluate change of OSLDs sensitivity by repeated irradiation, the dosimeters were repeatedly irradiated with 1 Gy. And whenever a repeated irradiation, we evaluated OSLDs sensitivity. To evaluate OSLDs sensitivity after accumulated dose with 5 Gy, We irradiated dose accumulatively (from 1 Gy to 5 Gy) without annealing. And OSLDs was also irradiated with 15, 20, 30 Gy to certify change of OSLDs sensitivity after high dose irradiation. After annealing them, they were irradiated with 1Gy, repeatedly. Results: The OSLDs sensitivity increased up to 3% during irradiating seven times and decreased continuously above 8 times. That dropped by about 0.35 Gy per an irradiation. Finally, after 30 times irradiation, OSLDs sensitivity decreased by about 7%. For accumulated dose from 1 Gy to 5 Gy, OSLDs sensitivity about 1 Gy increased until 4.4% after second times accumulated dose compared with before that. OSLDs sensitivity about 1 Gy decreased by 1.6% in five times irradiation. When OSLDs were irradiated ten times with 1Gy after irradiating high dose (10, 15, 20 Gy), OSLDs sensitivity decreased until 6%, 9%, 12% compared with it before high dose irradiation, respectively. Conclusion: This study certified OSLDs sensitivity by accumulated dose and high dose. When irradiated with 1Gy, repeatedly, OSLDs sensitivity decreased linearly and the reduction rate of OSLDs sensitivity after high dose irradiation had dependence on irradiated dose.

  2. Thermally stimulated luminescence of urine salts

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    Bordun, O.; Drobchak, O.

    2008-05-01

    The thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) of normal and pathological urine was studied. The presence of pathological salts leads to extinguishing of TSL intensity and to the appearance of additional stripes with maxima nearly 118 and 205K, except of characteristic stripes with the maxima nearly 173 and 260K. TSL stripes depend on urine constituents. The comparison of TSL intensity of normal and pathological urine is carried out and energies of thermal activation are determined for most intensive TSL stripes.

  3. SU-E-T-585: Optically-Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeters for Monitoring Pacemaker Dose in Radiation Therapy

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    Apicello, L; Riegel, A; Jamshidi, A

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: A sufficient amount of ionizing radiation can cause failure to components of pacemakers. Studies have shown that permanent damage can occur after a dose of 10 Gy and minor damage to functionality occurs at doses as low as 2 Gy. Optically stimulated thermoluminescent dosimeters (OSLDs) can be used as in vivo dosimeters to predict dose to be deposited throughout the treatment. The purpose of this work is to determine the effectiveness of using OSLDs for in vivo dosimetry of pacemaker dose. Methods: As part of a clinical in vivo dosimetry experience, OSLDs were placed at the site of the pacemaker by the therapist for one fraction of the radiation treatment. OSLD measurements were extrapolated to the total dose to be received by the pacemaker during treatment. A total of 79 measurements were collected from November 2011 to December 2013 on six linacs. Sixty-six (66) patients treated in various anatomical sites had the dose of their pacemakers monitored. Results: Of the 79 measurements recorded, 76 measurements (96 %) were below 2 Gy. The mean and standard deviation were 50.12 ± 76.41 cGy. Of the 3 measurements that exceeded 2 Gy, 2 measurements matched the dose predicted in the treatment plan and 1 was repeated after an unexpectedly high Result. The repeated measurement yielded a total dose less than 2 Gy. Conclusion: This analysis suggests OSLDs may be used for in vivo monitoring of pacemaker dose. Further research should be performed to assess the effect of increased backscatter from the pacemaker device.

  4. Energy absorption buildup factors, exposure buildup factors and Kerma for optically stimulated luminescence materials and their tissue equivalence for radiation dosimetry

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    Singh, Vishwanath P.; Badiger, N. M.

    2014-11-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) materials are sensitive dosimetric materials used for precise and accurate dose measurement for low-energy ionizing radiation. Low dose measurement capability with improved sensitivity makes these dosimeters very useful for diagnostic imaging, personnel monitoring and environmental radiation dosimetry. Gamma ray energy absorption buildup factors and exposure build factors were computed for OSL materials using the five-parameter Geometric Progression (G-P) fitting method in the energy range 0.015-15 MeV for penetration depths up to 40 mean free path. The computed energy absorption buildup factor and exposure buildup factor values were studied as a function of penetration depth and incident photon energy. Effective atomic numbers and Kerma relative to air of the selected OSL materials and tissue equivalence were computed and compared with that of water, PMMA and ICRU standard tissues. The buildup factors and kerma relative to air were found dependent upon effective atomic numbers. Buildup factors determined in the present work should be useful in radiation dosimetry, medical diagnostics and therapy, space dosimetry, accident dosimetry and personnel monitoring.

  5. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of Al2O3:C, BaFCl:Eu and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu phosphors.

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    Kumar, Pratik; Bahl, Shaila; Sahare, P D; Kumar, Surender; Singh, Manveer

    2015-12-01

    This paper investigates the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of BaFCl:Eu and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu phosphors for different doses and bleaching durations. The results have also been compared with the commercially available Landauer Al2O3:C (Luxel®) dosemeter. Nanocrystalline K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu is known to be a sensitive thermoluminescent phosphor, but its OSL response is hardly reported. At first, pellets of nanocrystalline K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu powder were prepared by adding Teflon as a binder. Their OSL signal was compared with that of the material in pure form, i.e. without adding the binder (in 100:1 ratio). It was observed that adding the binder does not appreciably affect the OSL intensity. On comparison with the commercially available Al2O3:C from Landauer, it was found that K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu is around 15 times less sensitive than Al2O3:C. 'Homemade' BaFCl:Eu phosphor has also been studied. The intensity of BaFCl:Eu was ∼20 times more than the standard Al2O3:C dosemeter and ∼200 times more sensitive than K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu in the dose range of 13-200 cGy. OSL dosemeters are believed to give luminescence signal even if they are read before, i.e. multiple reading may be possible under suitable conditions after single exposure. This was also checked for all the prepared dosemeters and it was found that Al2O3:C showed the least decrease of <2 %, followed by BaFCl:Eu of 15 % and K2Ca2(SO4)3:Eu with 20 %. Finally, Al2O3:C and BaFCl:Eu phosphors were also studied for their optical bleaching durations to which the respective signals get completely removed so that the phosphor can be re-used. It was observed that BaFCl:Eu is bleached faster and more easily than Al2O3:C.

  6. Study of thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) from α-keratin protein found in human hairs and nails: potential use in radiation dosimetry.

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    Mishra, D R; Soni, A; Rawat, N S; Bokam, G

    2016-05-01

    The thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of human nails and hairs containing α-keratin proteins have been investigated. For the present studies, black hairs and finger nails were selectively collected from individuals with ages between 25 and 35 years. The collected hairs/nails were cut to a size of < 1 mm and cleaned with distilled water to remove dirt and other potential physical sources of contamination. All samples were optically beached with 470 nm of LED light at 60 mW/cm(2) intensity and irradiated by a (60)Co γ source. The hair and nail samples showed overlapping multiple TL glow peaks in the temperature range from 70 to 210 ° C. Continuous wave (CW)-OSL measurements of hair samples at a wavelength of 470 nm showed the presence of two distinct OSL components with photoionization cross section (PIC) values of about 1.65 × 10(-18) cm(2) and about 3.48 × 10(-19) cm(2), while measurements of nail samples showed PIC values of about 6.98 × 10(-18) cm(2) and about 8.7 × 10(-19) cm(2), respectively. This difference in PIC values for hair and nail samples from the same individual is attributed to different arrangement of α-keratin protein concentrations in the samples. The OSL sensitivity was found to vary ± 5 times among nail and hair samples from different individuals, with significant fading (60% in 11 h) at room temperature. The remaining signal (after fading) can be useful for dose estimation when a highly sensitive OSL reader is used. In the absorbed dose range of 100 mGy-100 Gy, both the TL and OSL signals of hair and nail samples showed linear dose dependence. The results obtained in the present study suggest that OSL using hair and nail samples may provide a supplementary method of dose estimation in radiological and nuclear emergencies.

  7. Thermally stimulated luminescence origin in LiF crystals irradiated in a reactor at different temperatures

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    Kvatchadze, V.; Dekanozishvili, G.; Kalabegishvili, T.; Abramishvili, M.; Galustashvili, M.; Tavkhelidze, V.

    2015-06-01

    Thermally stimulated luminescence as well as optical absorption and emission spectra have been studied in LiF crystals irradiated in a reactor at different temperatures. It was shown that aggregate colour centres give rise to thermally stimulated luminescence peaks registered below 450°C. Peak at 470°C is observed only in crystals that have been irradiated at standard temperature of the reactor experimental channels. The peak is caused by interaction of dislocations and F centres.

  8. Thermally stimulated luminescence of urine salts

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    Bordun, O. M.; Drobchak, O. Z.

    2007-07-01

    We investigated thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) of urine salts in the normal state and with oxalate, urate, and phosphate salts. We found that the presence of pathological salts leads to a decrease of TSL intensity and to the appearance of additional TLS bands with maxima at 118 and 205 K in addition to the characteristic bands at 173 and 260 K. The TLS bands are related to the urine components. The TSL intensities of urine salts of different chemical composition are compared. The thermal activation energy of the strongest TSL bands is determined.

  9. Image reconstruction algorithm for optically stimulated luminescence 2D dosimetry using laser-scanned Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg films.

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    Ahmed, M F; Schnell, E; Ahmad, S; Yukihara, E G

    2016-10-21

    The objective of this work was to develop an image reconstruction algorithm for 2D dosimetry using Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) films imaged using a laser scanning system. The algorithm takes into account parameters associated with detector properties and the readout system. Pieces of Al2O3:C films (~8 mm  ×  8 mm  ×  125 µm) were irradiated and used to simulate dose distributions with extreme dose gradients (zero and non-zero dose regions). The OSLD film pieces were scanned using a custom-built laser-scanning OSL reader and the data obtained were used to develop and demonstrate a dose reconstruction algorithm. The algorithm includes corrections for: (a) galvo hysteresis, (b) photomultiplier tube (PMT) linearity, (c) phosphorescence, (d) 'pixel bleeding' caused by the 35 ms luminescence lifetime of F-centers in Al2O3, (e) geometrical distortion inherent to Galvo scanning system, and (f) position dependence of the light collection efficiency. The algorithm was also applied to 6.0 cm  ×  6.0 cm  ×  125 μm or 10.0 cm  ×  10.0 cm  ×  125 µm Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg films exposed to megavoltage x-rays (6 MV) and (12)C beams (430 MeV u(-1)). The results obtained using pieces of irradiated films show the ability of the image reconstruction algorithm to correct for pixel bleeding even in the presence of extremely sharp dose gradients. Corrections for geometric distortion and position dependence of light collection efficiency were shown to minimize characteristic limitations of this system design. We also exemplify the application of the algorithm to more clinically relevant 6 MV x-ray beam and a (12)C pencil beam, demonstrating the potential for small field dosimetry. The image reconstruction algorithm described here provides the foundation for laser-scanned OSL applied to 2D dosimetry.

  10. Image reconstruction algorithm for optically stimulated luminescence 2D dosimetry using laser-scanned Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg films

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    Ahmed, M. F.; Schnell, E.; Ahmad, S.; Yukihara, E. G.

    2016-10-01

    The objective of this work was to develop an image reconstruction algorithm for 2D dosimetry using Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) films imaged using a laser scanning system. The algorithm takes into account parameters associated with detector properties and the readout system. Pieces of Al2O3:C films (~8 mm  ×  8 mm  ×  125 µm) were irradiated and used to simulate dose distributions with extreme dose gradients (zero and non-zero dose regions). The OSLD film pieces were scanned using a custom-built laser-scanning OSL reader and the data obtained were used to develop and demonstrate a dose reconstruction algorithm. The algorithm includes corrections for: (a) galvo hysteresis, (b) photomultiplier tube (PMT) linearity, (c) phosphorescence, (d) ‘pixel bleeding’ caused by the 35 ms luminescence lifetime of F-centers in Al2O3, (e) geometrical distortion inherent to Galvo scanning system, and (f) position dependence of the light collection efficiency. The algorithm was also applied to 6.0 cm  ×  6.0 cm  ×  125 μm or 10.0 cm  ×  10.0 cm  ×  125 µm Al2O3:C and Al2O3:C,Mg films exposed to megavoltage x-rays (6 MV) and 12C beams (430 MeV u-1). The results obtained using pieces of irradiated films show the ability of the image reconstruction algorithm to correct for pixel bleeding even in the presence of extremely sharp dose gradients. Corrections for geometric distortion and position dependence of light collection efficiency were shown to minimize characteristic limitations of this system design. We also exemplify the application of the algorithm to more clinically relevant 6 MV x-ray beam and a 12C pencil beam, demonstrating the potential for small field dosimetry. The image reconstruction algorithm described here provides the foundation for laser-scanned OSL applied to 2D dosimetry.

  11. Development and characterization of remote radiation dosimetry systems using optically stimulated luminescence of alumina:carbon and potassium bromide:europium

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    Klein, David Matthew

    Scope and Method of Study. To develop and test the performance of two different dosimetry systems; one for in situ, high-sensitivity, inexpensive environmental monitoring, and another for near-real-time medical dosimetry. The systems are based on remote interrogation of the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) from Al2O3:C and KBr:Eu single crystal dosimeters (exposed to environmental and medical radiation fields, respectively) via fiber optic cables. The environmental system was tested in lab conditions using various radioactive sources including 60Co, 90 Sr, 137Cs, and 226Ra, as well as with 232Th-enriched soil stimulant. The medical system was tested under various diagnostic x-ray systems, including fluoroscopy and computed tomography (CT) machines, as well as with high dose rate 192Ir brachytherapy sources and 232 MeV proton therapy beams under simulated treatment conditions. Findings and Conclusions. The environmental system was shown to achieve sensitivity high enough for measuring an OSL signal resulting from a dose of ˜1 muGy, which is equivalent to ˜12 hours of natural background radiation. This sensitivity allows for monitoring of the radiation characteristics of a natural environment more rapidly and/or less expensively than existing methods, such as soil sampling and in situ gamma spectroscopy. The KBr:Eu-based medical system results show that the near-real-time data acquisition during irradiation allows for rapid quality assurance (QA) measurements that benefits from high spatial resolution. These features are not present in most current standard dosimeters such as thermoluminescent detectors and pencil ionization chambers. The dosimeter does exhibit energy dependence, and a sensitization during high dose rate procedures. As a result, a model has been proposed that provides a description of the possible mechanisms that govern the transfer of electrons and holes within KBr:Eu during OSL measurement at room temperature. Correction factors for these

  12. The influence of radiation-induced defects on thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence of α-Al2O3:C

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    Nyirenda, A. N.; Chithambo, M. L.

    2017-04-01

    It is known that when α-Al2O3:C is exposed to excessive amounts of ionising radiation, defects are induced within its matrix. We report the influence of radiation-induced defects on the thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) measured from α-Al2O3:C after irradiation to 1000 Gy. These radiation-induced defects are thermally unstable in the region 450-650 °C and result in TL peaks in this range when the TL is measured at 1 °C/s. Heating a sample to 700 °C obliterates the radiation-induced defects, that is, the TL peaks corresponding to the radiation induced defects are no longer observed in the subsequent TL measurements when moderate irradiation doses below 10 Gy are used. The charge traps associated with these radiation-induced defects are more stable than the dosimetric trap when the sample is exposed to either sunlight or 470-nm blue light from LEDs. TL glow curves measured following the defect-inducing irradiation produce a dosimetric peak that is broader and positioned at a higher temperature than observed in glow curves obtained before the heavy irradiation. In addition, sample sensitization/desensitization occurs due to the presence of these radiation-induced defects. Furthermore, both the activation energy and the kinetic order of the dosimetric peak evaluated when the radiation-induced defects are present in the sample are significantly lower in value than those obtained when these defects are absent. The radiation-induced defects also affect the shape and total light sum of the OSL signal as well as the position and width of the resultant residual phototransferred thermoluminescence main peak.

  13. Technical Performance of the Luxel Al2O3:C Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosemeter Element at Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Accident Dose Levels

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    Miller, Steven D.; Murphy, Mark K.

    2006-12-12

    The dose ranges typical for radiation oncology and nuclear accident dosimetry are on the order of 2?70 Gy and 0.1?5 Gy, respectively. In terms of solid-state passive dosimetry; thermoluminescent (TL) materials historically have been used extensively for these two applications, with silver-halide, leuco-dye, and BaFBr:Eu-based films being used on a more limited basis than TL for radiation oncology. This present work provides results on the performance of a film based on an aluminum oxide, Al2O3:C, for these dosimetry applications, using the optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL) readout method. There have been few investigations of Al2O3:C performance at radiation oncology and nuclear accident dose levels, and these have included minimal dosimetric and environmental effects information. Based on investigations already published, the authors of this present study determined that overall improvements over film and TLDs for this Al2O3:C OSL technology at radiation oncology and nuclear accident dose levels may include (1) a more tissue-equivalent response to photons compared to X-ray film, (2) higher sensitivity, (3) ability to reread dosemeters, and (4) diagnostic capability using small-area imaging. The results of the present investigation indicate that additional favorable performance characteristics for the Al2O3:C dosemeter are a wide dynamic range(0.001 to 100 Gy), a response insensitive to temperature and moisture over a wide range, negligible dose rate dependence, and minimal change in post-irradiation response. As a radiation detection medium, this OSL phosphor offers an assortment of dosimetry properties that will permit it to compete with current radiation detection technologies such as silver-halide, leuco-dye, and photostimulable-phosphor based films, as well as TLDs.

  14. Technical performance of the Luxel Al(2)O(3):C optically stimulated luminescence dosemeter element at radiation oncology and nuclear accident dose levels.

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    Miller, Steven D; Murphy, Mark K

    2007-01-01

    The dose ranges typical for radiation oncology and nuclear accident dosimetry are on the order of 2-70 Gy and 0.1-5 Gy, respectively. In terms of solid-state passive dosimetry, thermoluminescent (TL) materials historically have been used extensively for these two applications, with silver-halide, leuco-dye and BaFBr:Eu-based films being used on a more limited basis than TL for radiation oncology. This present work provides results on the performance of a film based on an aluminum oxide, Al(2)O(3):C, for these dosimetry applications, using the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) readout method. There have been few investigations of Al(2)O(3):C performance at radiation oncology and nuclear accident dose levels, and these have included minimal dosimetric and environmental effects information. Based on investigations already published, the authors of this present study determined that overall improvements over film and TLDs for this Al(2)O(3):C OSL technology at radiation oncology and nuclear accident dose levels may include (1) a more tissue-equivalent response to photons compared to X-ray film, (2) higher sensitivity, (3) ability to reread dosemeters and (4) diagnostic capability using small-area imaging. The results of the present investigation indicate that additional favourable performance characteristics for the Al(2)O(3):C dosemeter are a wide dynamic range (0.001-100 Gy), a response insensitive to temperature and moisture over a wide range, negligible dose rate dependence, and minimal change in post-irradiation response. As a radiation detection medium, this OSL phosphor offers an assortment of dosimetry properties that will permit it to compete with current radiation detection technologies such as silver-halide, leuco-dye and photostimulable-phosphor-based films, as well as TLDs.

  15. Energy dependence measurement of small-type optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosimeter by means of characteristic X-rays induced with general diagnostic X-ray equipment.

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    Takegami, Kazuki; Hayashi, Hiroaki; Okino, Hiroki; Kimoto, Natsumi; Maehata, Itsumi; Kanazawa, Yuki; Okazaki, Tohru; Hashizume, Takuya; Kobayashi, Ikuo

    2016-01-01

    For X-ray inspections by way of general X-ray equipment, it is important to measure an entrance-skin dose. Recently, a small optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosimeter was made commercially available by Landauer, Inc. The dosimeter does not interfere with the medical images; therefore, it is expected to be a convenient detector for measuring personal exposure doses. In an actual clinical situation, it is assumed that X-rays of different energies will be detected by a dosimeter. For evaluation of the exposure dose measured by a dosimeter, it is necessary to know the energy dependence of the dosimeter. Our aim in this study was to measure the energy dependence of the OSL dosimeter experimentally in the diagnostic X-ray region. Metal samples weighing several grams were irradiated and, in this way, characteristic X-rays having energies ranging from 8 to 85 keV were generated. Using these mono-energetic X-rays, the dosimeter was irradiated. Simultaneously, the fluence of the X-rays was determined with a CdTe detector. The energy-dependent efficiency of the dosimeter was derived from the measured value of the dosimeter and the fluence. Moreover, the energy-dependent efficiency was calculated by Monte-Carlo simulation. The efficiency obtained in the experiment was in good agreement with that of the simulation. In conclusion, our proposed method, in which characteristic X-rays are used, is valuable for measurement of the energy dependence of a small OSL dosimeter in the diagnostic X-ray region.

  16. An assessment of cumulative external doses from Chernobyl fallout for a forested area in Russia using the optically stimulated luminescence from quartz inclusions in bricks.

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    Ramzaev, V; Bøtter-Jensen, L; Thomsen, K J; Andersson, K G; Murray, A S

    2008-07-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) has been used for estimation of the accumulated doses in quartz inclusions obtained from two fired bricks, extracted in July 2004 from a building located in the forested surroundings of the recreational area Novie Bobovichi, the Bryansk Region, Russia. The area was significantly contaminated by Chernobyl fallout with initial (137)Cs ground deposition level of approximately 1.1 MBq m(-2). The accumulated OSL doses in sections of the bricks varied from 141 to 207 mGy, of which between 76 and 146 mGy are attributable to Chernobyl fallout. Using the OSL depth-dose profiles obtained from the exposed bricks and the results from a gamma-ray-survey of the area, the Chernobyl-related cumulative gamma-ray dose for a point detector located in free air at a height of 1m above the ground in the study area was estimated to be ca. 240 mGy for the time period starting on 27 April 1986 and ending on 31 July 2004. This result is in good agreement with the result of deterministic modelling of the cumulative gamma-ray dose in free air above undisturbed ground from the Chernobyl source in the Bryansk Region. Over the same time period, the external Chernobyl-related dose via forest pathway for the most exposed individuals (e.g., forest workers) is estimated to be approximately 39 mSv. Prognosis for the external exposure from 1986 to 2056 is presented and compared with the predictions given by other investigators of the region.

  17. Optically Stimulated Luminescence Response to Ionizing Radiation of Red Bricks (SiO2, Al2O3, and Fe2O3) Used as Building Materials

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    Bogard, James S; Espinosa Garcia, Guillermo

    2007-01-01

    Quartz is the most common mineral in our environment. It is found in granite, hydrothermal veins and volcanic rocks, as well as in sedimentary deposits derived from such solid materials. These sediments are also made into building materials, such as bricks and pottery. Thus the potential use of a dose reconstruction technique based on quartz grains is enormous, whether as a dating tool in archaeology and quaternary geology, or in nuclear accident dosimetry. This work describes the Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) response of red brick to ionizing radiation. The bricks, from the state of Puebla, Mexico, represent another class of materials that can be used in retrospective dosimetry following nuclear or radiological incidents. The chemical composition of fifteen bricks (three samples from five different brick factories) was determined, using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), be primarily SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and is believed to be representative for this common building material. Individual aliquots from these bricks were powdered in agate mortars and thermally annealed. Replicate samples of the aliquots were then irradiated with beta particles from a sealed source of {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y. The OSL response was measured with a Daybreak Model 2200 High-Capacity OSL Reader System. We present here for this material the characteristic OSL response to beta particles; the reproducibility of the OSL response; the linearity of the response in the dose range 0.47 Gy to 47 Gy; and the fading characteristics.

  18. Quaternary glacial history of the Kanas Valley, Chinese Altai, NW China, constrained by electron spin resonance and optically stimulated luminescence datings

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    Yang, Jianqiang; Chen, Yixin; Xu, Xiangke; Cui, Zhijiu; Xiong, Heigang

    2017-10-01

    The Chinese Altai is located on the northern edge of Central Asia. Rich geological records of Quaternary glaciations are preserved in this area. However, the glacial history in the Chinese Altai has hardly been investigated. This study aims to rebuild the regional glacial history in the Kanas Valley of the Chinese Altai. We present 14 electron spin resonance (ESR) ages and 3 optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) ages from glacial landforms. By integrating with ages from previous studies, five major glacial advances are identified during Marine Oxygen Isotope Stages (MIS) 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2, with ages of 167.0 ± 16.0-123.0 ± 18.0 ka, 97.0 ± 19.0-78.0 ± 7.0 ka, 76.0 ± 16.0-73.1 ± 6.6 ka, 52.1 ± 7.8-34.4 ± 4.2 ka, and 28.0 ± 3.3-16.1 ± 1.5 ka respectively. The glacial advance during MIS 5 is the local Last Glacial Maximum, and glaciers became successively more restricted from MIS 5 to MIS 2. In addition, the extensive MIS 3 glacial advance in the Chinese Altai contrasts with the absence of MIS 3 glacial advance in the Mongolia Altai. These glacial patterns reflect that precipitation brought by the westerlies might play a primary role on driving glacial advances during the Last Glacial in the Chinese Altai. This glacial chronology is in reasonable agreement with existing glacial chronologies from other parts of the Altai, Tian Shan and Pamir, indicating similar climate controls on the patterns of Quaternary glaciation across Central Asia Highlands.

  19. Practical calibration curve of small-type optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosimeter for evaluation of entrance skin dose in the diagnostic X-ray region.

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    Takegami, Kazuki; Hayashi, Hiroaki; Okino, Hiroki; Kimoto, Natsumi; Maehata, Itsumi; Kanazawa, Yuki; Okazaki, Tohru; Kobayashi, Ikuo

    2015-07-01

    For X-ray diagnosis, the proper management of the entrance skin dose (ESD) is important. Recently, a small-type optically stimulated luminescence dosimeter (nanoDot OSL dosimeter) was made commercially available by Landauer, and it is hoped that it will be used for ESD measurements in clinical settings. Our objectives in the present study were to propose a method for calibrating the ESD measured with the nanoDot OSL dosimeter and to evaluate its accuracy. The reference ESD is assumed to be based on an air kerma with consideration of a well-known back scatter factor. We examined the characteristics of the nanoDot OSL dosimeter using two experimental conditions: a free air irradiation to derive the air kerma, and a phantom experiment to determine the ESD. For evaluation of the ability to measure the ESD, a calibration curve for the nanoDot OSL dosimeter was determined in which the air kerma and/or the ESD measured with an ionization chamber were used as references. As a result, we found that the calibration curve for the air kerma was determined with an accuracy of 5 %. Furthermore, the calibration curve was applied to the ESD estimation. The accuracy of the ESD obtained was estimated to be 15 %. The origin of these uncertainties was examined based on published papers and Monte-Carlo simulation. Most of the uncertainties were caused by the systematic uncertainty of the reading system and the differences in efficiency corresponding to different X-ray energies.

  20. Characterization of optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters and investigating their potential for estimating pediatric organ doses in multi-slice computed tomography

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    Al-Senan, Rani Mohammed

    Recent epidemiologic studies have shown a strong association between the relatively high doses of pediatric CT and the risk of cancer. Quantifying organ doses, as a measure of the risk, is commonly based on either direct anthropomorphic phantom measurements or Monte Carlo simulation. The major disadvantage in the phantom approach is its high cost especially that, for pediatric CT dosimetry, various phantom sizes are required to represent different age groups of children. On the other hand, Monte Carlo simulation, although not considered costly, requires validation by anthropomorphic phantom measurements. The aim of this project was to develop two methods of organ dose estimation in pediatric CT: 1) from the measured surface dose using optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) and 2) by measuring the circumference of the body part being scanned as well as knowing the scan parameters. The project was based on a study proposed by the surgery department to monitor radiation exposure to children during their CT examination in the ER. A total of 200 pediatric patients were enrolled in this study which used OSLDs to monitor the doses. Specific aim 1 of this project was to characterize the OSLDs in the diagnostic energy range. Specific aim 2(a) was to find relationships between the patients' doses from OSLDs and both scan CTDI and the measured circumference. In specific aim 2(b) we carried out measurements using CTDI phantoms to investigate the relationships studied in specific aim 2(a). Specific aim 3 was to come up with models to estimate select organ doses from measuring surface dose or by using the circumference of the body part. To do this, pediatric examinations were simulated using a set of pediatric anthropomorphic phantoms in which doses of select organs were measured.

  1. The late-glacial fluvial terrace t7 at Raunheim (lower River Main), Germany. Constraining the chronological placement by optical stimulated luminescence dating.

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    Thiemeyer, Heinrich; Kadereit, Annette; Zipf, Lars; Flettner, Stephan

    2017-04-01

    The lower River Main valley exhibits up to seven fluvial terrace levels (t1 - t7, according to the stratigraphy of Semmel 1969). The lowermost terrace (t7) represents the most recently formed level which due to stratigraphical considerations is assumed to be of Late Pleistocene age (Semmel 1969). However, the chronological placement of the terrace has not been determined by numerical dating so far. The area was apparently roamed by Late Palaeolithic people as evidenced by artefacts which were discovered on a former sandy river bank between 87 m and 91 m above sea level on top of the t7 east of the town of Raunheim. We took this opportunity to open four trenches in order to localize additional in situ Palaeolithic artefacts and to investigate the stratigraphy of the sediments and soils and, for the first time, to provide numerical ages in order to narrow down the period of the t7 activity. Eight samples from three profiles in three of the trenches were collected for optical stimulated (OSL) dating. OSL dating occurred applying a blue light stimulated luminescence (BLSL) single aliquot regeneration (SAR) protocol (Murray & Wintle 2000) to small aliquots (few 102 grains) of quartz coarse grain separates (125 - 212 µm). The trenches showed that the t7 sediments consist of fluvial sand over gravel. They are overlain by calcareous loamy and sandy overbank deposits. At the investigated site the Holocene Cambisol at the surface passes into a Gleysol that has developed in a palaeochannel which is incised into the t7. The trenches revealed further that only parts of the Late Palaeolithic site are in situ and therefore contemporaneous with the fluvial sediments beneath the Cambisol. The upper part of the sections consists of colluvial deposits lying on truncated Cambisols. The OSL dating places the section into the period spanning the last glacial maximum (LGM) / late glacial to the late Holocene. The oldest investigated fluvial t7 sediments date around 24.7 ka. Slightly

  2. Enhanced UV Emission From Silver/ZnO And Gold/ZnO Core-Shell Nanoparticles: Photoluminescence, Radioluminescence, And Optically Stimulated Luminescence

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    Guidelli, E. J.; Baffa, O.; Clarke, D. R.

    2015-01-01

    The optical properties of core-shell nanoparticles consisting of a ZnO shell grown on Ag and Au nanoparticle cores by a solution method have been investigated. Both the ZnO/Ag and ZnO/Au particles exhibit strongly enhanced near-band-edge UV emission from the ZnO when excited at 325 nm. Furthermore, the UV intensity increases with the metal nanoparticle concentration, with 60-fold and 17-fold enhancements for the ZnO/Ag and ZnO/Au, core-shell nanoparticles respectively. Accompanying the increase in UV emission, there is a corresponding decrease in the broad band defect emission with nanoparticle concentration. Nonetheless, the broad band luminescence increases with laser power. The results are consistent with enhanced exciton emission in the ZnO shells due to coupling with surface plasmon resonance of the metal nanoparticles. Luminescence measurements during and after exposure to X-rays also exhibit enhanced UV luminescence. These observations suggest that metal nanoparticles may be suitable for enhancing optical detection of ionizing radiation. PMID:26365945

  3. Luminescent solar concentrator improvement by stimulated emission

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    Kaysir, Md Rejvi; Fleming, Simon; MacQueen, Rowan W.; Schmidt, Timothy W.; Argyros, Alexander

    2015-12-01

    Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) offer the prospect of reducing the cost of solar energy, and are a promising candidate for building integrated photovoltaic (PV) structures. However, the realization of commercially viable efficiency of LSCs is currently hindered by reabsorption losses. In this work, a method is introduced for reducing reabsorption as well as improving directional emission in LSCs by using stimulated emission. Light from a seed laser (potentially an inexpensive laser diode) passes through the entire length of the LSC panel, modifying the emission spectrum of excited dye molecules such that it is spectrally narrower, at wavelengths that minimize reabsorption, and directed by the seed laser towards a small target PV cell. A mathematical model of such a system is presented which identifies different physical parameters responsible for the power conversion efficiency and gives the net effective output power.

  4. Luminescent solar concentrators utilizing stimulated emission.

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    Kaysir, Md Rejvi; Fleming, Simon; MacQueen, Rowan W; Schmidt, Timothy W; Argyros, Alexander

    2016-03-21

    Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) are an emerging technology that aims primarily to reduce the cost of solar energy, with great potential for building integrated photovoltaic (PV) structures. However, realizing LSCs with commercially viable efficiency is currently hindered by reabsorption losses. Here, we introduce an approach to reducing reabsorption as well as improving directional emission in LSCs by using stimulated emission. Light from a seed laser (potentially an inexpensive laser diode) passes through the entire area of the LSC panel, modifying the emission spectrum of excited dye molecules such that it is spectrally narrower, at wavelengths that minimize reabsorption to allow net gain in the system, and directed towards a small PV cell. A mathematical model, taking into account thermodynamic considerations, of such a system is presented which identifies key parameters and allows evaluation in terms of net effective output power.

  5. Laboratory analysis and airborne detection of materials stimulated to luminesce by the sun

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    Hemphill, W.R.; Theisen, A.F.; Tyson, R.M.

    1984-01-01

    The Fraunhofer line discriminator (FLD) is an airborne electro-optical device used to image materials which have been stimulated to luminesce by the Sun. Such materials include uranium-bearing sandstone, sedimentary phosphate rock, marine oil seeps, and stressed vegetation. Prior to conducting an airborne survey, a fluorescence spectrometer may be used in the laboratory to determine the spectral region where samples of the target material exhibit maximum luminescence, and to select the optimum Fraunhofer line. ?? 1984.

  6. Conversion of the luminescence of laser dyes in opal matrices to stimulated emission

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    Alimov, O K; Basiev, T T; Orlovskii, Yu V; Osiko, V V; Samoilovich, M I

    2008-07-31

    The luminescence and laser characteristics of a synthetic opal matrix filled with organic dyes are studied upon excitation by nanosecond laser pulses. The appearance of stimulated emission in a partially ordered scattering medium is investigated. It is shown that if the luminescence spectrum of a dye (oxazine-17) is located far outside the photonic bandgap of the opal matrix, stimulated emission along a preferential direction in the (111) plane is observed when pumping exceeds a threshold even without an external optical cavity. The stimulated emission spectrum is considerably narrower than the luminescence spectrum and consists of several narrow lines located within the dye luminescence band. If the luminescence spectrum of a dye (rhodamine 6G) overlaps with the photonic bandgap of the opal matrix, a different picture is observed. The loss of radiation in the matrix leads to the red shift of the luminescence spectrum, while the stimulated emission as in the case of oxazine-17 lies is observed within the luminescence band. (active media, lasers, and amplifiers)

  7. Development and implementation of a remote audit tool for high dose rate (HDR) Ir-192 brachytherapy using optically stimulated luminescence dosimetry

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    Casey, Kevin E.; Alvarez, Paola; Kry, Stephen F.; Howell, Rebecca M.; Lawyer, Ann; Followill, David

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this work was to create a mailable phantom with measurement accuracy suitable for Radiological Physics Center (RPC) audits of high dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy sources at institutions participating in National Cancer Institute-funded cooperative clinical trials. Optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) were chosen as the dosimeter to be used with the phantom. Methods: The authors designed and built an 8 × 8 × 10 cm3 prototype phantom that had two slots capable of holding Al2O3:C OSLDs (nanoDots; Landauer, Glenwood, IL) and a single channel capable of accepting all 192Ir HDR brachytherapy sources in current clinical use in the United States. The authors irradiated the phantom with Nucletron and Varian 192Ir HDR sources in order to determine correction factors for linearity with dose and the combined effects of irradiation energy and phantom characteristics. The phantom was then sent to eight institutions which volunteered to perform trial remote audits. Results: The linearity correction factor was kL = (−9.43 × 10−5 × dose) + 1.009, where dose is in cGy, which differed from that determined by the RPC for the same batch of dosimeters using 60Co irradiation. Separate block correction factors were determined for current versions of both Nucletron and Varian 192Ir HDR sources and these vendor-specific correction factors differed by almost 2.6%. For the Nucletron source, the correction factor was 1.026 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.023–1.028], and for the Varian source, it was 1.000 (95% CI = 0.995–1.005). Variations in lateral source positioning up to 0.8 mm and distal/proximal source positioning up to 10 mm had minimal effect on dose measurement accuracy. The overall dose measurement uncertainty of the system was estimated to be 2.4% and 2.5% for the Nucletron and Varian sources, respectively (95% CI). This uncertainty was sufficient to establish a ±5% acceptance criterion for source strength audits under a formal RPC

  8. Technical Note: Precision and accuracy of a commercially available CT optically stimulated luminescent dosimetry system for the measurement of CT dose index

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    Vrieze, Thomas J.; Sturchio, Glenn M.; McCollough, Cynthia H.

    2012-11-15

    Purpose: To determine the precision and accuracy of CTDI{sub 100} measurements made using commercially available optically stimulated luminescent (OSL) dosimeters (Landaur, Inc.) as beam width, tube potential, and attenuating material were varied. Methods: One hundred forty OSL dosimeters were individually exposed to a single axial CT scan, either in air, a 16-cm (head), or 32-cm (body) CTDI phantom at both center and peripheral positions. Scans were performed using nominal total beam widths of 3.6, 6, 19.2, and 28.8 mm at 120 kV and 28.8 mm at 80 kV. Five measurements were made for each of 28 parameter combinations. Measurements were made under the same conditions using a 100-mm long CTDI ion chamber. Exposed OSL dosimeters were returned to the manufacturer, who reported dose to air (in mGy) as a function of distance along the probe, integrated dose, and CTDI{sub 100}. Results: The mean precision averaged over 28 datasets containing five measurements each was 1.4%{+-} 0.6%, range = 0.6%-2.7% for OSL and 0.08%{+-} 0.06%, range = 0.02%-0.3% for ion chamber. The root mean square (RMS) percent differences between OSL and ion chamber CTDI{sub 100} values were 13.8%, 6.4%, and 8.7% for in-air, head, and body measurements, respectively, with an overall RMS percent difference of 10.1%. OSL underestimated CTDI{sub 100} relative to the ion chamber 21/28 times (75%). After manual correction of the 80 kV measurements, the RMS percent differences between OSL and ion chamber measurements were 9.9% and 10.0% for 80 and 120 kV, respectively. Conclusions: Measurements of CTDI{sub 100} with commercially available CT OSL dosimeters had a percent standard deviation of 1.4%. After energy-dependent correction factors were applied, the RMS percent difference in the measured CTDI{sub 100} values was about 10%, with a tendency of OSL to underestimate CTDI relative to the ion chamber. Unlike ion chamber methods, however, OSL dosimeters allow measurement of the radiation dose profile.

  9. Estimating dose to implantable cardioverter-defibrillator outside the treatment fields using a skin QED diode, optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters, and LiF thermoluminescent dosimeters

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    Chan, Maria F.; Song, Yulin; Dauer, Lawrence T.; Li Jingdong; Huang, David; Burman, Chandra

    2012-10-01

    The purpose of this work was to determine the relative sensitivity of skin QED diodes, optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters (OSLDs) (microStar Trade-Mark-Sign DOT, Landauer), and LiF thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) as a function of distance from a photon beam field edge when applied to measure dose at out-of-field points. These detectors have been used to estimate radiation dose to patients' implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) located outside the treatment field. The ICDs have a thin outer case made of 0.4- to 0.6-mm-thick titanium ({approx}2.4-mm tissue equivalent). A 5-mm bolus, being the equivalent depth of the devices under the patient's skin, was placed over the ICDs. Response per unit absorbed dose-to-water was measured for each of the dosimeters with and without bolus on the beam central axis (CAX) and at a distance up to 20 cm from the CAX. Doses were measured with an ionization chamber at various depths for 6- and 15-MV x-rays on a Varian Clinac-iX linear accelerator. Relative sensitivity of the detectors was determined as the ratio of the sensitivity at each off-axis distance to that at the CAX. The detector sensitivity as a function of the distance from the field edge changed by {+-} 3% (1-11%) for LiF TLD-700, decreased by 10% (5-21%) for OSLD, and increased by 16% (11-19%) for the skin QED diode (Sun Nuclear Corp.) at the equivalent depth of 5 mm for 6- or 15-MV photon energies. Our results showed that the use of bolus with proper thickness (i.e., {approx}d{sub max} of the photon energy) on the top of the ICD would reduce the scattered dose to a lower level. Dosimeters should be calibrated out-of-field and preferably with bolus equal in thickness to the depth of interest. This can be readily performed in clinic.

  10. Estimating dose to implantable cardioverter-defibrillator outside the treatment fields using a skin QED diode, optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters, and LiF thermoluminescent dosimeters.

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    Chan, Maria F; Song, Yulin; Dauer, Lawrence T; Li, Jingdong; Huang, David; Burman, Chandra

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to determine the relative sensitivity of skin QED diodes, optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters (OSLDs) (microStar™ DOT, Landauer), and LiF thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) as a function of distance from a photon beam field edge when applied to measure dose at out-of-field points. These detectors have been used to estimate radiation dose to patients' implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) located outside the treatment field. The ICDs have a thin outer case made of 0.4- to 0.6-mm-thick titanium (∼2.4-mm tissue equivalent). A 5-mm bolus, being the equivalent depth of the devices under the patient's skin, was placed over the ICDs. Response per unit absorbed dose-to-water was measured for each of the dosimeters with and without bolus on the beam central axis (CAX) and at a distance up to 20 cm from the CAX. Doses were measured with an ionization chamber at various depths for 6- and 15-MV x-rays on a Varian Clinac-iX linear accelerator. Relative sensitivity of the detectors was determined as the ratio of the sensitivity at each off-axis distance to that at the CAX. The detector sensitivity as a function of the distance from the field edge changed by ± 3% (1-11%) for LiF TLD-700, decreased by 10% (5-21%) for OSLD, and increased by 16% (11-19%) for the skin QED diode (Sun Nuclear Corp.) at the equivalent depth of 5 mm for 6- or 15-MV photon energies. Our results showed that the use of bolus with proper thickness (i.e., ∼d(max) of the photon energy) on the top of the ICD would reduce the scattered dose to a lower level. Dosimeters should be calibrated out-of-field and preferably with bolus equal in thickness to the depth of interest. This can be readily performed in clinic. Copyright © 2012 American Association of Medical Dosimetrists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. SU-D-304-06: Measurement of LET in Patient-Specific Proton Therapy Treatment Fields Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence Detectors

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    Granville, DA; Sahoo, N; Sawakuchi, GO

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: To investigate the use of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) detectors (OSLDs) for measurements of dose-averaged linear energy transfer (LET) in patient-specific proton therapy treatment fields. Methods: We used Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C OSLDs made from the same material as commercially available nanoDot OSLDs from Landauer, Inc. We calibrated two parameters of the OSL signal as functions of LET in therapeutic proton beams: the ratio of the ultraviolet and blue emission intensities (UV/blue ratio) and the OSL curve shape. These calibration curves were created by irradiating OSLDs in passively scattered beams of known LET (0.96 to 3.91 keV/µm). The LET values were determined using a validated Monte Carlo model of the beamline. We then irradiated new OSLDs with the prescription dose (16 to 74 cGy absorbed dose to water) at the center of the spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) of four patient-specific treatment fields. From readouts of these OSLDs, we determined both the UV/blue ratio and OSL curve shape parameters. Combining these parameters with the calibration curves, we were able to measure LET using the OSLDs. The measurements were compared to the theoretical LET values obtained from Monte Carlo simulations of the patient-specific treatments fields. Results: Using the UV/blue ratio parameter, we were able to measure LET within 3.8%, 6.2%, 5.6% and 8.6% of the Monte Carlo value for each of the patient fields. Similarly, using the OSL curve shape parameter, LET measurements agreed within 0.5%, 11.0%, 2.5% and 7.6% for each of the four fields. Conclusion: We have demonstrated a method to verify LET in patient-specific proton therapy treatment fields using OSLDs. The possibility of enhancing biological effectiveness of proton therapy treatment plans by including LET in the optimization has been previously shown. The LET verification method we have demonstrated will be useful in the quality assurance of such LET optimized treatment plans. DA Granville received

  12. Development and implementation of a remote audit tool for high dose rate (HDR) Ir-192 brachytherapy using optically stimulated luminescence dosimetry

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    Casey, Kevin E.; Kry, Stephen F.; Howell, Rebecca M.; Followill, David; Alvarez, Paola; Lawyer, Ann

    2013-11-15

    Purpose: The aim of this work was to create a mailable phantom with measurement accuracy suitable for Radiological Physics Center (RPC) audits of high dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy sources at institutions participating in National Cancer Institute-funded cooperative clinical trials. Optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) were chosen as the dosimeter to be used with the phantom.Methods: The authors designed and built an 8 × 8 × 10 cm{sup 3} prototype phantom that had two slots capable of holding Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C OSLDs (nanoDots; Landauer, Glenwood, IL) and a single channel capable of accepting all {sup 192}Ir HDR brachytherapy sources in current clinical use in the United States. The authors irradiated the phantom with Nucletron and Varian {sup 192}Ir HDR sources in order to determine correction factors for linearity with dose and the combined effects of irradiation energy and phantom characteristics. The phantom was then sent to eight institutions which volunteered to perform trial remote audits.Results: The linearity correction factor was k{sub L}= (−9.43 × 10{sup −5}× dose) + 1.009, where dose is in cGy, which differed from that determined by the RPC for the same batch of dosimeters using {sup 60}Co irradiation. Separate block correction factors were determined for current versions of both Nucletron and Varian {sup 192}Ir HDR sources and these vendor-specific correction factors differed by almost 2.6%. For the Nucletron source, the correction factor was 1.026 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.023–1.028], and for the Varian source, it was 1.000 (95% CI = 0.995–1.005). Variations in lateral source positioning up to 0.8 mm and distal/proximal source positioning up to 10 mm had minimal effect on dose measurement accuracy. The overall dose measurement uncertainty of the system was estimated to be 2.4% and 2.5% for the Nucletron and Varian sources, respectively (95% CI). This uncertainty was sufficient to establish a ±5% acceptance

  13. Development and implementation of a remote audit tool for high dose rate (HDR) Ir-192 brachytherapy using optically stimulated luminescence dosimetry.

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    Casey, Kevin E; Alvarez, Paola; Kry, Stephen F; Howell, Rebecca M; Lawyer, Ann; Followill, David

    2013-11-01

    The aim of this work was to create a mailable phantom with measurement accuracy suitable for Radiological Physics Center (RPC) audits of high dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy sources at institutions participating in National Cancer Institute-funded cooperative clinical trials. Optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) were chosen as the dosimeter to be used with the phantom. The authors designed and built an 8 × 8 × 10 cm(3) prototype phantom that had two slots capable of holding Al2O3:C OSLDs (nanoDots; Landauer, Glenwood, IL) and a single channel capable of accepting all (192)Ir HDR brachytherapy sources in current clinical use in the United States. The authors irradiated the phantom with Nucletron and Varian (192)Ir HDR sources in order to determine correction factors for linearity with dose and the combined effects of irradiation energy and phantom characteristics. The phantom was then sent to eight institutions which volunteered to perform trial remote audits. The linearity correction factor was kL = (-9.43 × 10(-5) × dose) + 1.009, where dose is in cGy, which differed from that determined by the RPC for the same batch of dosimeters using (60)Co irradiation. Separate block correction factors were determined for current versions of both Nucletron and Varian (192)Ir HDR sources and these vendor-specific correction factors differed by almost 2.6%. For the Nucletron source, the correction factor was 1.026 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.023-1.028], and for the Varian source, it was 1.000 (95% CI = 0.995-1.005). Variations in lateral source positioning up to 0.8 mm and distal∕proximal source positioning up to 10 mm had minimal effect on dose measurement accuracy. The overall dose measurement uncertainty of the system was estimated to be 2.4% and 2.5% for the Nucletron and Varian sources, respectively (95% CI). This uncertainty was sufficient to establish a ± 5% acceptance criterion for source strength audits under a formal RPC audit program. Trial

  14. SU-E-CAMPUS-T-05: Preliminary Results On a 2D Dosimetry System Based On the Optically Stimulated Luminescence of Al2O3

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    Ahmed, M; Eller, S; Yukihara, E; Schnell, E; Ahmad, S; Akselrod, M; Hanson, O

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To develop a precise 2D dose mapping technique based on the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films for medical applications. Methods: A 2D laser scanning reader was developed using fast F{sup +}-center (lifetime of <7 ns) and slow F-center (lifetime of 35 ms) OSL emission from newly developed Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films (Landauer Inc.). An algorithm was developed to correct images for both material and system properties. Since greater contribution of the F??-center emission in the recorded signal increases the readout efficiency and robustness of image corrections, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C,Mg film samples are being investigated in addition to Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C samples. Preliminary investigations include exposure of the films to a 6 MV photon beam at 10 cm depth in solid water phantom with an SSD of 100 cm, using a 10 cm × 10 cm flat field or a 4 cm × 4 cm field with a 60° wedge filter. Kodak EDR2 radiographic film and EBT2 Gafchromic film were also exposed for comparison. Results: The results indicate that the algorithm is able to correct images and calculate 2D dose. For the wedge field irradiation, the calculated dose at the center of the field was 0.9 Gy for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C and 0.87 Gy for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C,Mg, whereas, the delivered dose was 0.95 Gy. A good qualitative agreement of the dose profiles was obtained between the OSL films and EDR2 and EBT2 films. Laboratory tests using a beta source suggest that a large dynamic range (10{sup −2}−10{sup 2} Gy) can be achieved using this technique. Conclusion: A 2D dosimetry system and an in-house image correction algorithm were developed for 2D film dosimetry in medical applications. The system is in the preliminary stage of development, but the data demonstrates the feasibility of this approach. This work was supported by Landauer, Inc.

  15. Luminescence Originating in an Optical Fiber

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-10-28

    TIME COVERED /1 14. DATE OF REPORT (Year Month, Oay) S.PAGE COUNT Technical FROM TO_ _ 28 October 1988 12 16. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTATION Applied ... Spectroscopy 17. COSATI CODES18. SUB Eg.TERMS (Continue on reverse if necessary and identify by block number) FIED OUPU Optical Fibers, Luminescence, Sensors

  16. Comparative dose evaluations between XVI and OBI cone beam CT systems using Gafchromic XRQA2 film and nanoDot optical stimulated luminescence dosimeters

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    Giaddui, Tawfik; Cui Yunfeng; Galvin, James; Yu Yan; Xiao Ying

    2013-06-15

    Purpose: To investigate the effect of energy (kVp) and filters (no filter, half Bowtie, and full Bowtie) on the dose response curves of the Gafchromic XRQA2 film and nanoDot optical stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) in CBCT dose fields. To measure surface and internal doses received during x-ray volume imager (XVI) (Version R4.5) and on board imager (OBI) (Version 1.5) CBCT imaging protocols using these two types of dosimeters. Methods: Gafchromic XRQA2 film and nanoDot OSLD dose response curves were generated at different kV imaging settings used by XVI (software version R4.5) and OBI (software version 1.5) CBCT systems. The settings for the XVI system were: 100 kVp/F0 (no filter), 120 kVp/F0, and 120 kVp/F1 (Bowtie filter), and for the OBI system were: 100 kVp/full fan, 125 kVp/full fan, and 125 kVp/half fan. XRQA2 film was calibrated in air to air kerma levels between 0 and 11 cGy and scanned using reflection scanning mode with the Epson Expression 10000 XL flat-bed document scanner. NanoDot OSLDs were calibrated on phantom to surface dose levels between 0 and 14 cGy and read using the inLight{sup TM} MicroStar reader. Both dosimeters were used to measure in field surface and internal doses in a male Alderson Rando Phantom. Results: Dose response curves of XRQA2 film and nanoDot OSLDs at different XVI and OBI CBCT settings were reported. For XVI system, the surface dose ranged between 0.02 cGy in head region during fast head and neck scan and 4.99 cGy in the chest region during symmetry scan. On the other hand, the internal dose ranged between 0.02 cGy in the head region during fast head and neck scan and 3.17 cGy in the chest region during chest M20 scan. The average (internal and external) dose ranged between 0.05 cGy in the head region during fast head and neck scan and 2.41 cGy in the chest region during chest M20 scan. For OBI system, the surface dose ranged between 0.19 cGy in head region during head scan and 4.55 cGy in the pelvis region during

  17. The deformation stimulated luminescence in KCl, KBr and KI crystals

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    Shunkeyev, K.; Sergeyev, D.; Drozdowski, W.; Brylev, K.; Myasnikova, L.; Barmina, A.; Zhanturina, N.; Sagimbaeva, Sh; Aimaganbetova, Z.

    2017-05-01

    Currently, strengthening of the intensity of luminescence in alkali halide crystals (AHC) at lattice symmetry lowering is discussed as a promising direction for the development of scintillation detectors [1-3]. In this regard, for the study of anion excitons and radiation defects in the AHC anion sublattice at deformation, the crystals with the same sizes of cations and different sizes of anions were chosen. In the X-ray spectra of KCl at 10 K, the luminescence at 3.88 eV; 3.05 eV and 2.3 eV is clearly visible. The luminescence at 3.05 eV corresponds to the tunneling recharge [F*, H]. Luminescence at 3.88 eV is quenched in the region of thermal destruction of F‧-centers and characterizes tunneling recharge of F‧, VK-centers. In KCl at 90 K, the luminescence of self-trapped excitons (STE) is completely absent. In KBr at deformation not only STE luminescence, but also deformation stimulated luminescence at 3.58 eV were recorded, the last one corresponds to tunneling recharge of F‧, VK-centers. In KI crystal at 10 K and 90 K at deformation, only STE luminescence is enhanced. There are no deformation luminescence bands in KI compares with KBr and KCl crystals.

  18. Monolithic Integrated Radiation Sensor Using Stimulated Luminescence From Alumina

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    McKeever, S. W. S.; Yukihara, E. G.; Stoebe, T. G.; Chen, T.-C.

    2005-01-01

    The project goal was to design and test a monolithic integrated device for radiation sensing, using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) from Al2O3:C. The device would consist of GaN/InGaN-based components epitaxially grown on each side of a A12O3:C substrate. Radiation energy stored in the substrate would be stimulated by visible emission from a GaN light-emitting diode (LED) grown on one side of the device, and the OSL emission from the substrate (in the blue region of the spectrum) would be detected by the InGaN pi-n diode grown on the other side of the substrate. The primary application of the device would be in space radiation environments. Thus, two major research thrusts were launched during this project. Firstly, research at Oklahoma State University (Dr. Stephen W.S. McKeever and Dr. E.G. Yukihara) concentrated on characterization of the OSL properties of Al2O3:C in radiation fields typical of those experienced in low-Earth orbit. Secondly, research at the University of Washington (Co-Is, Dr. T.G. Stoebe and Dr. T. Chen) focused of device development and GaN/InGaN epitaxial growth. While progress in each line of research has been substantial, the ultimate goal (that of producing a working prototype device) has not yet been reached. We detail the research progress and identify outstanding issues in this paper.

  19. Modeling of stimulated emission based luminescent solar concentrators.

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    Kaysir, Md Rejvi; Fleming, Simon; Argyros, Alexander

    2016-12-26

    The efficiency improvement of luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) necessary for practical realization is currently hindered by one major loss mechanism: reabsorption of emitted photons by the luminophores. Recently, we explored a promising technique for reducing reabsorption and also improving directional emission in LSCs utilizing stimulated emission, rather than only spontaneous emission, with an inexpensive seed laser. In this work, a model is developed to quantify the gain (i.e. the amount of amplification of a low power seed laser propagating through the solar-pumped concentrator) of stimulated-LSCs (s-LSCs) considering the effects of different important physical parameters. The net optical output power, available for a small PV cell, from the concentrator can also be determined from the model, which indicates the performance of s-LSCs. Finally, the performance of different existing material systems is investigated using literature values of the parameters required for the model, and a set of optimal parameters is suggested for practical realization of such a device.

  20. Dependence of the stimulated luminescence threshold in ZnO nanocrystals on their geometric shape

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    Gruzintsev, A. N. Redkin, A. N.; Barthou, C.

    2010-05-15

    The effect of the shape and dimensions of zinc oxide nanocrystals on the spontaneous luminescence decay times and the thresholds of stimulated luminescence in the ultraviolet spectral region is studied. It is shown that the columnar nanocrystals with hexagonal faceting exhibit the lowest threshold power of optical excitation for the diameters of the nanocavities are 100-200 nm, comparable to the absorption length for the excitation light. Different mechanisms of lasing are established for nanocrystals shaped as prisms and pyramids with a hexagonal base. Variations in the decay times and lasing thresholds can be attributed to different local densities of photon states in regularly shaped nanocrystals.

  1. Evaluation of environmental dose at JCO using luminescence from quartz stimulated by blue light.

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    Hong, D G; Galloway, R B; Takano, M; Hashimoto, T

    2001-01-01

    The environmental dose due to the recent nuclear accident at JCO, Japan, was estimated using luminescence optically stimulated from unheated quartz. Two methods originally developed for dating analysis, the single aliquot additive dose method and the single aliquot regeneration added dose method, were employed to confirm the dose rate. Consistent results were obtained from both methods and from thermoluminescence measurements. Although the dose rate values had lower precision than can be obtained from heated materials, it is suggested that luminescence from sedimentary quartz can usefully be employed in retrosepective dosimetry.

  2. Luminescent probes for optical in vivo imaging

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    Texier, Isabelle; Josserand, Veronique; Garanger, Elisabeth; Razkin, Jesus; Jin, Zhaohui; Dumy, Pascal; Favrot, Marie; Boturyn, Didier; Coll, Jean-Luc

    2005-04-01

    Going along with instrumental development for small animal fluorescence in vivo imaging, we are developing molecular fluorescent probes, especially for tumor targeting. Several criteria have to be taken into account for the optimization of the luminescent label. It should be adapted to the in vivo imaging optical conditions : red-shifted absorption and emission, limited overlap between absorption and emission for a good signal filtering, optimized luminescence quantum yield, limited photo-bleaching. Moreover, the whole probe should fulfill the biological requirements for in vivo labeling : adapted blood-time circulation, biological conditions compatibility, low toxicity. We here demonstrate the ability of the imaging fluorescence set-up developed in LETI to image the bio-distribution of molecular probes on short times after injection. Targeting with Cy5 labeled holo-transferrin of subcutaneous TS/Apc (angiogenic murine breast carcinoma model) or IGROV1 (human ovarian cancer) tumors was achieved. Differences in the kinetics of the protein uptake by the tumors were evidenced. IGROV1 internal metastatic nodes implanted in the peritoneal cavity could be detected in nude mice. However, targeted metastatic nodes in lung cancer could only be imaged after dissection of the mouse. These results validate our fluorescence imaging set-up and the use of Cy5 as a luminescent label. New fluorescent probes based on this dye and a molecular delivery template (the RAFT molecule) can thus be envisioned.

  3. Optical Receiver Based On Luminescent Light Trapping

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    Perry, Joseph W.; Cole, Terry; Zewail, Ahmed H.

    1991-01-01

    Experiment demonstrates feasibility of optical-communication receiver based on luminescent light trapping. Light-gathering element plate of transparent material impregnated with laser dye. Light from distant laser transmitter falls on plate and absorbed by dye molecules, which become excited and reradiate. Reradiated light confined within plate by total internal reflection as it propagates toward edge of plate. Light arriving at edge escapes from plate and detected by small, high-speed, high-gain photomultiplier tubes or other photosensitive devices. Simple, inexpensive, and accepts light from almost any angle. Receiver of this configuration supports reception of data at rate of 13 MHz and higher.

  4. Nonimaging optics in luminescent solar concentration.

    PubMed

    Markman, B D; Ranade, R R; Giebink, N C

    2012-09-10

    Light trapped within luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) is naturally limited in angular extent by the total internal reflection critical angle, θcrit, and hence the principles of nonimaging optics can be leveraged to increase LSC concentration ratio by appropriately reshaping the edges. Here, we use rigorous ray-tracing simulations to explore the potential of this concept for realistic LSCs with compound parabolic concentrator (CPC)-tapered edges and show that, when applied to a single edge, the concentration ratio is increased by 23% while maintaining >90% of the original LSC optical efficiency. Importantly, we find that CPC-tapering all of the edges enables a significantly greater intensity enhancement up to 35% at >90% of the original optical efficiency, effectively enabling two-dimensional concentration through a cooperative, ray-recycling effect in which rays rejected by one CPC are accepted by another. These results open up a significant opportunity to improve LSC performance at virtually no added manufacturing cost by incorporating nonimaging optics into their design.

  5. Red-IR stimulated luminescence in K-feldspar: Single or multiple trap origin?

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thalbitzer Andersen, Martin; Jain, Mayank; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    2012-08-01

    We investigate on the origins of the infra-red stimulated luminescence (IRSL) signals in 3 potassium feldspars based on IR-red spectroscopy (˜700-1050 nm) using a fiber-coupled tunable Ti:Sapphire laser, in combination with different thermal and optical (pre)treatments of the samples. We also measure dose-response curves with different wavelengths and at different stimulation temperatures so as to be able to distinguish between traps based on their electron trapping cross-sections. Our data suggest that the dosimetric signals, IRSL, and the post IR-IRSL in K-feldspars arise from a single electron trapping centre.

  6. Solid-state luminescence for the optical examination of archaeological glass beads

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    Zacharias, N.; Beltsios, K.; Oikonomou, A.; Karydas, A. G.; Bassiakos, Y.; Michael, C. T.; Zarkadas, Ch.

    2008-03-01

    The work pertains to the application of solid-state luminescence as a characterization tool for glassy ceramic cultural artefacts. An archaeological glass bead collection excavated at the city of Thebes, Greece and considered as unique in terms of typological variety and time span was examined with the application of luminescence techniques (thermoluminescence, optically stimulated luminescence). Additionally, X-rays fluorescence (XRF) was used to provide non-destructively the elemental concentration profile of the samples. The thermoluminescence signals following laboratory irradiation provided distinct groups of spectra types according to the color classification of the samples. For each sample, the signal sensitivity and growth were examined using both thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence recording. The study provides evidence for the usefulness of the combined application of luminescence and non-destructive, XRF-based, elemental analysis for the characterization of glass assemblages. Finally, due to the satisfactory level of radiation-induced signal intensity, the work suggests the possibility of chronological estimation of ancient glass beads using luminescence dating protocols.

  7. Optically stimulated differential impedance spectroscopy

    DOEpatents

    Maxey, Lonnie C; Parks, II, James E; Lewis, Sr., Samuel A; Partridge, Jr., William P

    2014-02-18

    Methods and apparatuses for evaluating a material are described. Embodiments typically involve use of an impedance measurement sensor to measure the impedance of a sample of the material under at least two different states of illumination. The states of illumination may include (a) substantially no optical stimulation, (b) substantial optical stimulation, (c) optical stimulation at a first wavelength of light, (d) optical stimulation at a second wavelength of light, (e) a first level of light intensity, and (f) a second level of light intensity. Typically a difference in impedance between the impedance of the sample at the two states of illumination is measured to determine a characteristic of the material.

  8. Theoretical model for thermally stimulated luminescence, conductivity and exoelectronic emission

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    Guissi, S.; Bindi, R.; Iacconi, P.; Jeambrun, D.; Lapraz, D.

    1998-01-01

    A theoretical model which takes into account thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL), conductivity (TSC) and exoelectronic emission (TSEE) is proposed in this article. The model is established for the case of a single type of electron trap, a single type of recombination centre and in the presence of thermally disconnected traps. It generalizes the model of Lewandowski and McKeever by taking the TSEE phenomenon into consideration. TSEE is described as resulting from the thermionic effect and so the model applies only to a thin solid film about 10 nm thick. As an application example, the influence of various parameters involved in the model on peak shape and position is investigated.

  9. The effect of different bleaching wavelengths on the sensitivity of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C optically stimulated luminescence detectors (OSLDs) exposed to 6 MV photon beams

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    Omotayo, Azeez A.; Cygler, Joanna E.; Sawakuchi, Gabriel O.

    2012-09-15

    Purpose: To determine the effect of different bleaching wavelengths on the response of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C optically stimulated luminescence detectors (OSLDs) exposed to accumulated doses of 6 MV photon beams. Methods: In this study the authors used nanoDot OSLDs readout with a MicroStar reader. The authors first characterized the dose-response, fading, and OSL signal loss of OSLDs exposed to doses from 0.5 to 10 Gy. To determine the effect of different bleaching wavelengths on the OSLDs' response, the authors optically treated the OSLDs with 26 W fluorescent lamps in two modes: (i) directly under the lamps for 10, 120, and 600 min and (ii) with a long-pass filter for 55, 600, and 2000 min. Changes in the OSLDs' sensitivity were determined for an irradiation-readout-bleaching-readout cycle after irradiations with 1 and 10 Gy dose fractions. Results: The OSLDs presented supralinearity for doses of 2 Gy and above. The signal loss rates for sequential readouts were (0.287 {+-} 0.007)% per readout in the reader's strong-stimulation mode, and (0.019 {+-} 0.002)% and (0.035 {+-} 0.007)% per readout for doses of 0.2 and 10 Gy, respectively, in the reader's weak-stimulation mode. Fading half-life values ranged from (0.98 {+-} 0.14) min to (1.77 {+-} 0.24) min and fading showed dose dependence for the first 10-min interval. For 10 and 55 min bleaching using modes (i) and (ii), the OSL signal increased 14% for an accumulated dose of 7 Gy (1 Gy fractions). For OSLDs exposed to 10 Gy fractions, the OSL signal increased 30% and 25% for bleaching modes (i) and (ii) and accumulated dose of 70 Gy, respectively. For 120 and 600 min bleaching using modes (i) and (ii), the OSL signal increased 2.7% and 1.5% for an accumulated dose of 7 Gy (1 Gy fractions), respectively. For 10 Gy fractions, the signal increased 14% for bleaching mode (i) (120 min bleaching) and decreased 1.3% for bleaching mode (ii) (600 min bleaching) for an accumulated dose of 70 Gy. For 600 and 2000 min bleaching

  10. Identifying irradiated flours by photo-stimulated luminescence technique

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    Ramli, Ros Anita Ahmad; Yasir, Muhamad Samudi; Othman, Zainon; Abdullah, Wan Saffiey Wan

    2014-02-01

    Photo-stimulated luminescence (PSL) technique was used in this study to detect gamma irradiation treatment of five types of flours (corn, rice, tapioca, wheat and glutinous rice) at four different doses 0, 0.2, .05 and 1kGy. The signal level was compared with two threshold values (700 and 5000). With the exception of glutinous rice, all irradiated samples produced a strong signal above the upper threshold (5000 counts/60s). All control samples produced negative result with the signals below the lower threshold (700 counts/60s) suggesting that the samples have not been irradiated. Irradiated glutinous rice samples produced intermediate signals (700 - 5000 counts/60s) which were subsequently confirmed using calibrated PSL. The PSL signals remained stable after 90 days of storage. The findings of this study will be useful to facilitate control of food irradiation application in Malaysia.

  11. Identifying irradiated flours by photo-stimulated luminescence technique

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    Ramli, Ros Anita Ahmad; Yasir, Muhamad Samudi; Othman, Zainon; Abdullah, Wan Saffiey Wan

    2014-02-12

    Photo-stimulated luminescence (PSL) technique was used in this study to detect gamma irradiation treatment of five types of flours (corn, rice, tapioca, wheat and glutinous rice) at four different doses 0, 0.2, .05 and 1kGy. The signal level was compared with two threshold values (700 and 5000). With the exception of glutinous rice, all irradiated samples produced a strong signal above the upper threshold (5000 counts/60s). All control samples produced negative result with the signals below the lower threshold (700 counts/60s) suggesting that the samples have not been irradiated. Irradiated glutinous rice samples produced intermediate signals (700 - 5000 counts/60s) which were subsequently confirmed using calibrated PSL. The PSL signals remained stable after 90 days of storage. The findings of this study will be useful to facilitate control of food irradiation application in Malaysia.

  12. Optical luminescence studies of the ethyl xanthate adsorption layer on the surface of sphalerite minerals.

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    Todoran, R; Todoran, D; Szakács, Zs

    2016-01-05

    In this work we propose optical luminescence measurements as a method to evaluate the kinetics of adsorption processes. Measurement of the intensity of the integral optical radiation obtained from the mineral-xanthate interface layer, stimulated with a monochromatic pulsating optical signal, as a function of time were made. The luminescence radiation was obtained from the thin interface layer formed at the separation surface between the sphalerite natural mineral and potassium ethyl xanthate solution, for different solution concentrations and pH-es at the constant industry standard temperature. This method enabled us to determine the time to achieve dynamic equilibrium in the formation of the interface layer of approximately 20min, gaining information on the adsorption kinetics in the case of xanthate on mineral surface and leading to the optimization of the industrial froth flotation process.

  13. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2010-04-13

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  14. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, Shimon; Schlam, Michael C; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2014-03-25

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit tight of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  15. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, Paul A.

    2015-11-10

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit tight of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  16. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2014-02-11

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  17. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2011-09-27

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  18. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2005-03-08

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  19. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2015-06-23

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  20. Optical Absorption and Luminescence Characteristics of LiCaB Glass Doped with Dy3+ and Sm3+

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    Srivastava, P.

    2017-07-01

    The glasses were prepared by a melt quenching technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical absorption, and luminescence spectral studies. The XRD analysis indicates that the prepared samples are of fully amorphous nature. Optical absorption spectra have been investigated using the Judd-Ofelt theory. Radiative parameters such as transition probabilities, branching ratios, radiative lifetime, and stimulated emission cross section have been evaluated using Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters. The luminescence spectra of both of Dy3+- as well of Sm3+-doped glasses were recorded with the 476 nm line of an Ar+ laser. Based on the values of stimulated emission cross section, radiative transition rate, and branching ratio of the emission transition 4F9/2 → 6H13/2 of Dy3+, it is suggested that 2 mol.% of Dy3+ LiCaB glass is a promising luminescent material for lasing applications.

  1. Visible luminescent Si nanocrystals: optical characterization and application

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    Svechnikov, Sergey V.; Kaganovich, E. B.

    1998-04-01

    Following the recent study on optical characterization and applications of porous silicon, this report provides a review of our research and development of visible luminescent Si nanocrystals with goal to extend functions of Si based materials. We present laser methods for obtaining porous silicon layers and silicon nanocrystalline composite films. Time resolve photoluminescence and optical properties are discussed. The report provides the results of films microstructure control by optical method. We present several examples of multilayers structures applications: lateral coordinate sensitive photovoltaic devices, new irreversible storage media for pulse recording, diffraction gratings, and cold cathode electron emitters.

  2. Donor characterization in ZnO by thermally stimulated luminescence

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    Ji, jianfeng; Boatner, Lynn A; Selim, F. A.

    2014-01-01

    Low temperature thermo-luminescence (TL) was applied to measurements of the ionization energy of donors in ZnO. Three hydrogen-related donors were characterized with ionization energies of 36, 47 and 55 meV - values that are in complete agreement with previous reports. The donor types can be switched by relevant thermal treatments. These measurements also revealed the presence of two distinct sources for the green luminescence in ZnO. This work indicates that TL can be used to measure the donor energies in luminescent semiconductors. This approach can be particularly useful for thin-film investigations when the results of Hall-effect measurements are obscured by contributions from conductive interfaces or substrates.

  3. Stimulated photorefractive optical neural networks

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    Owechko, Y.; Dunning, G.; Nordin, G.; Soffer, B. H.

    1992-12-01

    This final report describes research in optical neural networks performed under DARPA sponsorship at Hughes Aircraft Company during the period 1989-1992. The objective of demonstrating a programmable optical computer for flexible implementation of multi-layer neural network models was successfully achieved. The advantages of optics for neural network implementations include large storage capacity, high connectivity, and massive parallelism which result in high computation rates. The optical neurocomputer developed on this program is based on a new type of holography, cascaded grating holography (CGH), in which the neural network weights are distributed among angularly- and spatially-multiplexed gratings generated by stimulated processes in photorefractive crystals. This approach reduces crosstalk and improves the utilization of the optical input device. Successfully implemented neural networks include the Perceptron, Bidirectional Associative Memory, and multi-layer backpropagation networks. Up to 104 neurons, 2x10(7) weights, and processing rates of 2x10(7) connection updates per second were achieved. Packaging concepts for future versions of the neurocomputer were also studied.

  4. Detection of Luminescent Nanodiamonds Using a Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscope with an Aperture Probe

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    Shershulin, V. A.; Samoylenko, S. R.; Shenderova, O. A.; Vlasov, I. I.; Konov, V. I.

    2016-09-01

    Scanning near-fi eld optical microscopy (SNOM) with an aperture probe has been used to map the luminescence of isolated submicron diamond crystallites. 532-nm laser light was used to excite luminescence of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers. The sizes of the analyzed diamond crystallites were determined with an atomic-force microscope. The optical resolution for the lateral dimensions of the luminescing diamond crystallites was doubled on going from confocal luminescence microscopy to scanning near-fi eld optical microscopy with a 290-nm probe aperture diameter.

  5. Thermal History Using Microparticle Trap Luminescence

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-06-01

    Yukihara, L. G. Jacobsohn, M. W. Blair, and R. Muenchausen. "Feasibility ofUsing Oxyorthosilicates as Optically Stimulated Luminescence Detectors ". Radiat...L. G. Jacobsohn, R. Muenchausen. "Feasibility of using oxyorthosilicates as optically stimulated luminescence radiation detectors ." 7th...International Conference on Luminescent Detectors and Transformers of Ionizing Radiation, LUMDETR-2009, Krakow, Poland, July 12th- 17th (2009). 4. E. G

  6. Detection of UV light based on chemically stimulated luminescence of crystal phosphors

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    Grankin, D. V.; Grankin, V. P.; Martysh, M. A.

    2016-06-01

    High-efficiency accommodation of heterogeneous-reaction energy via an electronic channel and the possibility of using this effect to design an ionizing (UV) radiation detector based on chemically stimulated luminescence have been investigated. Preliminary irradiation of a ZnS sample by UV light is found to cause a luminescence flash under subsequent exposure of the sample surface to a flux of hydrogen atoms. The flash intensity depends on the UV excitation level and increases by several orders of magnitude in comparison with an unirradiated sample. It is shown that a new method for detecting UV light using chemically stimulated luminescence of crystal phosphors accumulating light yield can be developed based on this effect.

  7. Detection of surface impurity phases in high T.sub.C superconductors using thermally stimulated luminescence

    DOEpatents

    Cooke, D. Wayne; Jahan, Muhammad S.

    1989-01-01

    Detection of surface impurity phases in high-temperature superconducting materials. Thermally stimulated luminescence has been found to occur in insulating impurity phases which commonly exist in high-temperature superconducting materials. The present invention is sensitive to impurity phases occurring at a level of less than 1% with a probe depth of about 1 .mu.m which is the region of interest for many superconductivity applications. Spectroscopic and spatial resolution of the emitted light from a sample permits identification and location of the impurity species. Absence of luminescence, and thus of insulating phases, can be correlated with low values of rf surface resistance.

  8. Use of an airborne Fraunhofer line discriminator for the detection of solar stimulated luminescence

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    Watson, Robert D.; Hemphill, William R.

    1976-01-01

    Future work will include the integration of the FLO with a line scan imaging system in order to assess the contribution of two-dimensional spatial resolution to the interpretability and usefulness of luminescence data. It should also include 1) investigation of luminescence polarization of some materials, particularly metal stressed plants, 2) an assessment of the use of pulsed lasers to stimulate phosphorescence decay time in the nanosecond and microsecond ranges; and 3) a study to determine the feasibility of conducting an FLO experiment from the Space Shuttle or other spacecraft.

  9. Method of measuring luminescence of a material

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    Miller, Steven D.

    2015-12-15

    A method of measuring luminescence of a material is disclosed. The method includes applying a light source to excite an exposed material. The method also includes amplifying an emission signal of the material. The method further includes measuring a luminescent emission at a fixed time window of about 10 picoseconds to about 10 nanoseconds. The luminescence may be radio photoluminescence (RPL) or optically stimulated luminescence (OSL).

  10. X-ray and thermally stimulated luminescence in YAG

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    Smol'skaya, L.P.; Martynovich, E.F.; Davydchenko, A.G.; Smirnova, S.A.

    1987-07-01

    Yttrium aluminum garnet Y/sub 3/Al/sub 5/O/sub 12/ (YAG) crystals with rare earth ion (REI) impurities are widely used in laser technology and also in the capacity of cathode luminophors. Recently they have attracted the attention of researchers for their possible use as x-ray luminophors, scintillators, and thermoluminescent detectors. However, research in these areas is not very comprehensive. This work compares the intensity of x-ray luminescence (XRL) and the inertial characteristics of YAG monocrystals that are activated by REI (Ce/sup 3 +/, Sm/sup 3 +/, Dy/sup 3 +/, Tm/sup 3 +/, and Er/sup 3 +/), with the x-ray luminophore CsI-Tl. Since the existence of deep capture levels exerts a significant influence on the useful properties of x-ray luminophores, YAG thermoluminescence was also studied.

  11. Dynamic optical projection of acquired luminescence for aiding oncologic surgery

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    Sarder, Pinaki; Gullicksrud, Kyle; Mondal, Suman; Sudlow, Gail P.; Achilefu, Samuel; Akers, Walter J.

    2013-12-01

    Optical imaging enables real-time visualization of intrinsic and exogenous contrast within biological tissues. Applications in human medicine have demonstrated the power of fluorescence imaging to enhance visualization in dermatology, endoscopic procedures, and open surgery. Although few optical contrast agents are available for human medicine at this time, fluorescence imaging is proving to be a powerful tool in guiding medical procedures. Recently, intraoperative detection of fluorescent molecular probes that target cell-surface receptors has been reported for improvement in oncologic surgery in humans. We have developed a novel system, optical projection of acquired luminescence (OPAL), to further enhance real-time guidance of open oncologic surgery. In this method, collected fluorescence intensity maps are projected onto the imaged surface rather than via wall-mounted display monitor. To demonstrate proof-of-principle for OPAL applications in oncologic surgery, lymphatic transport of indocyanine green was visualized in live mice for intraoperative identification of sentinel lymph nodes. Subsequently, peritoneal tumors in a murine model of breast cancer metastasis were identified using OPAL after systemic administration of a tumor-selective fluorescent molecular probe. These initial results clearly show that OPAL can enhance adoption and ease-of-use of fluorescence imaging in oncologic procedures relative to existing state-of-the-art intraoperative imaging systems.

  12. Optical luminescence spectroscopy as a probe of the surface mineralogy of Mars

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    Treiman, A. H.

    1992-01-01

    Optical luminescence (OpL) spectroscopy is an attractive use of a visible-near-IR spectrometer on a Mars lander because mineral products of atmosphere-surface interactions on Mars will probably have characteristic OpL spectra. Optical luminescence spectra would be taken at night, when a spectrometer might otherwise sit idle. Also needed would be a source of exciting radiation, which could be shared with other experiments. Optical luminescence is emission of nonthermal optical photons (near-UV through near-IR) as a response to energy input. On absorption of energy, an atom (or ion) will enter an excited state. The favored decay of many such excited states involving valence-band electrons is emission of an optical photon. Optical luminescence spectra can be useful in determining mineralogy and mineral composition. Optical luminescence in crystals can arise from essential elements (or ions), trace-element substituents (activators), or defects. Common activators in salts of alkali and alkaline earth elements include Mn(2+)(VI), other transition metals, the rare earths, and the actinides. Trace substituents of other species can enhance or quench OpL (e.g., Pb(2+) vs. Fe(3+)). Optical luminescence can also arise from defects in crystal structures, including those caused by radiation and shock.

  13. Optical luminescence spectroscopy as a probe of the surface mineralogy of Mars

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Treiman, A. H.

    1992-01-01

    Optical luminescence (OpL) spectroscopy is an attractive use of a visible-near-IR spectrometer on a Mars lander because mineral products of atmosphere-surface interactions on Mars will probably have characteristic OpL spectra. Optical luminescence spectra would be taken at night, when a spectrometer might otherwise sit idle. Also needed would be a source of exciting radiation, which could be shared with other experiments. Optical luminescence is emission of nonthermal optical photons (near-UV through near-IR) as a response to energy input. On absorption of energy, an atom (or ion) will enter an excited state. The favored decay of many such excited states involving valence-band electrons is emission of an optical photon. Optical luminescence spectra can be useful in determining mineralogy and mineral composition. Optical luminescence in crystals can arise from essential elements (or ions), trace-element substituents (activators), or defects. Common activators in salts of alkali and alkaline earth elements include Mn(2+)(VI), other transition metals, the rare earths, and the actinides. Trace substituents of other species can enhance or quench OpL (e.g., Pb(2+) vs. Fe(3+)). Optical luminescence can also arise from defects in crystal structures, including those caused by radiation and shock.

  14. Semiconducting Polymer Nanoparticles with Persistent Near-infrared Luminescence Show Potential for In Vivo Optical Imaging**

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    Palner, Mikael; Pu, Kanyi; Shao, Shirley

    2015-01-01

    Materials with persistent luminescence are attractive for in vivo optical imaging since they have a long lifetime that allows the separation of excitation of fluorophores and image acquisition for time-delay imaging, thus eliminating tissue autofluorescence associated with fluorescence imaging. Persistently luminescent nanoparticles have previously been fabricated from toxic rare-earth metals. This work reports that nanoparticles made of the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV can generate luminescence persisting for an hour long upon single excitation. A near-infrared dye was encapsulated in the conjugated polymer nanoparticle to successfully generate persistent near-infrared luminescence through resonance energy transfer. This new persistent luminescence nanoparticles have been demonstrated for optical imaging applications in living mice. PMID:26223794

  15. Semiconducting Polymer Nanoparticles with Persistent Near-Infrared Luminescence for In Vivo Optical Imaging.

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    Palner, Mikael; Pu, Kanyi; Shao, Shirley; Rao, Jianghong

    2015-09-21

    Materials with persistent luminescence are attractive for in vivo optical imaging since they have a long lifetime that allows the separation of excitation of fluorophores and image acquisition for time-delay imaging, thus eliminating tissue autofluorescence associated with fluorescence imaging. Persistently luminescent nanoparticles have previously been fabricated from toxic rare-earth metals. This work reports that nanoparticles made of the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV can generate luminescence persisting for an hour upon single excitation. A near-infrared dye was encapsulated in the conjugated polymer nanoparticle to successfully generate persistent near-infrared luminescence through resonance energy transfer. This new persistent luminescence nanoparticles have been demonstrated for optical imaging applications in living mice.

  16. Hard X-ray-induced optical luminescence via biomolecule-directed metal clusters.

    PubMed

    Osakada, Yasuko; Pratx, Guillem; Sun, Conroy; Sakamoto, Masanori; Ahmad, Moiz; Volotskova, Olga; Ong, Qunxiang; Teranishi, Toshiharu; Harada, Yoshie; Xing, Lei; Cui, Bianxiao

    2014-04-07

    Here, we demonstrate that biomolecule-directed metal clusters are applicable in the study of hard X-ray excited optical luminescence, promising a new direction in the development of novel X-ray-activated imaging probes.

  17. The origin and dynamics of soft X-ray-excited optical luminescence of ZnO.

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    Armelao, Lidia; Heigl, Franziskus; Brunet, Sophie; Sammynaiken, Ramaswami; Regier, Tom; Blyth, Robert I R; Zuin, Lucia; Sankari, Rami; Vogt, Johannes; Sham, Tsun-Kong

    2010-12-03

    The distinct optical emission from ZnO materials, nanoneedles and microcrystallites synthesized with different sizes and morphologies by a flow deposition technique, is investigated with X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) and time-resolved X-ray excited optical luminescence (TR-XEOL) from a synchrotron light source at the O K and Zn L(3,2) edges. The innovative use of XEOL, allowing site-specific chemical information and luminescence information at the same time, is fundamental to provide direct evidence for the different behaviour and the crucial role of bulk and surface defects in the origin of ZnO optical emission, including dynamics. XEOL from highly crystalline ZnO nanoneedles is characterized by a sharp band-gap emission (~380 nm) and a broad red luminescence (~680 nm) related to surface defects. Luminescence from ZnO microcrystallites is mostly dominated by green emission (~510 nm) associated with defects in the core. TR-XEOL experiments show considerably faster decay dynamics in nanoneedles compared to microcrystallites for both band-gap emission and visible luminescence. Herein we make a fundamental step forward correlating for the first time the interplay of size, crystallinity, morphology and excitation energy with luminescence from ZnO materials.

  18. Laser stimulated plasma-induced luminescence for on-air material analysis

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    Veltri, S.; Barberio, M.; Liberatore, C.; Scisciò, M.; Laramée, A.; Palumbo, L.; Legaré, F.; Antici, P.

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we present a method for performing analysis of the chemical composition and optical properties of materials using In-Air Plasma-Induced Luminescence. This is achieved by interaction of a focused high-energy laser with air, an interaction that produces a sub-millimetric plasma. The energetic electrons generated and accelerated in the plasma at energies higher than 5 keV reach the target surface of the sample to be analyzed, causing luminescence emission and plasmonic resonance. Each material is characterized by different chemical and optical properties that can be determined with the above-described technique. As such, our method allows obtaining an exact analysis of the sample, covering surfaces in the range of tens of mm2, in only a few minutes. We show that the acquired information with our method is identical to what obtained with more sophisticated methods, such as SEM-cathodoluminescence and photoluminescence.

  19. Multispectral Cerenkov luminescence tomography for small animal optical imaging.

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    Spinelli, Antonello E; Kuo, Chaincy; Rice, Brad W; Calandrino, Riccardo; Marzola, Pasquina; Sbarbati, Andrea; Boschi, Federico

    2011-06-20

    Quite recently Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) has been introduced as a novel pre-clinical imaging for the in vivo imaging of small animals such as mice. The CLI method is based on the detection of Cerenkov radiation (CR) generated by beta particles as they travel into the animal tissues with an energy such that Cerenkov emission condition is satisfied. This paper describes an image reconstruction method called multi spectral diffuse Cerenkov luminescence tomography (msCLT) in order to obtain 3D images from the detection of CR. The multispectral approach is based on a set of 2D planar images acquired using a number of narrow bandpass filters, and the distinctive information content at each wavelength is used in the 3D image reconstruction process. The proposed msCLT method was tested both in vitro and in vivo using 32P-ATP and all the images were acquired by using the IVIS 200 small animal optical imager (Caliper Life Sciences, Alameda USA). Source depth estimation and spatial resolution measurements were performed using a small capillary source placed between several slices of chicken breast. The theoretical Cerenkov emission spectrum and optical properties of chicken breast were used in the modelling of photon propagation. In vivo imaging was performed by injecting control nude mice with 10 MBq of 32P-ATP and the 3D tracer bio-distribution was reconstructed. Whole body MRI was acquired to provide an anatomical localization of the Cerenkov emission. The spatial resolution obtained from the msCLT reconstructed images of the capillary source showed that the FWHM is about 1.5 mm for a 6 mm depth. Co-registered MRI images showed that the Cerenkov emission regions matches fairly well with anatomical regions, such as the brain, heart and abdomen. Ex vivo imaging of the different organs such as intestine, brain, heart and ribs further confirms these findings. We conclude that in vivo 3D bio-distribution of a pure beta-minus emitting radiopharmaceutical such as 32P

  20. Persistent luminescence induced by near infra-red photostimulation in chromium-doped zinc gallate for in vivo optical imaging

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    Sharma, Suchinder K.; Gourier, Didier; Teston, Eliott; Scherman, Daniel; Richard, Cyrille; Viana, Bruno

    2017-01-01

    The analysis of the optical spectroscopy of the Cr3+ doped spinel was initiated by Prof. Georges Boulon more than twenty years ago. More recently persistent luminescence nanoparticles of Cr doped zinc gallate have found interest for in vivo imaging of small animals. Here we evaluated near infra-red (NIR) excitation (or NIR photostimulation) via photo-transfer mechanism as an additional tool for in vivo optical imaging. Investigation of the persistent luminescence induced by NIR photostimulation is studied after either a primary UV (band-to-band excitation) or visible irradiation (direct Cr 3d-3d excitation). UV or visible pre-excited ZnGa2O4:Cr (ZGO:Cr) nanoparticles are kept active during several days thanks to deep traps (with depths 1 eV-1.2 eV) observed in these samples which can be probed through thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) technique showing glow curve maximums at 470 K and 530 K upon visible light excitation. These deep traps are stable at room temperature but can be emptied by NIR light photostimulation. Experiments were carried out to study the photostimulation induced trapping-detrapping in the ZGO:Cr phosphor. Photostimulation was also tested in vivo for small animal optical imaging to offer new perspectives and modalities.

  1. The development of photo-stimulated luminescence spectroscopy for three-dimensional stress measurements

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    Raghavan, Seetha

    The development of photo-stimulated luminescence spectroscopy (PSLS) for stress measurement in chromium-doped alumina has been motivated by the need for a nondestructive technique to establish the integrity of the thermally grown oxide (TGO) layer on turbine blades of jet engines. Applications of PSLS have been based on the R-line peak positions and their stress dependence has been fully exploited for planar measurements. However, factors associated with the oxide layer, such as its undulated nature and growth stresses, emphasize the need to measure other stress components unavailable with the planar model in use today. Our new findings on the piezospectroscopic nature of vibronic bands in the optical spectrum of chromium-doped alumina pave the way for a 3-D model of stress measurement never before established. The focus of this research is on developing the PSLS technique to measure 3-D stresses in chromium-doped alumina by studying the behavior of these less explored parameters and the experimental factors that affect their measurement. The development of a spectral analysis methodology based on genetic algorithms for optimization of the curve fitting was instrumental in detecting and monitoring the shifts of the peaks within the vibronic bands with stress. The stress measurement model was applied to polycrystalline alumina and thermal barrier coating specimens and data for future validation was obtained using synchrotron x-ray diffraction. This work leads to an improved stress-prediction method in non-destructive testing of the TGO and eventual life prediction of the thermal barrier coatings of aircraft engine turbine blades.

  2. Optical stimulation of peripheral nerves in vivo

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    Wells, Jonathon D.

    This dissertation documents the emergence and validation of a new clinical tool that bridges the fields of biomedical optics and neuroscience. The research herein describes an innovative method for direct neurostimulation with pulsed infrared laser light. Safety and effectiveness of this technique are first demonstrated through functional stimulation of the rat sciatic nerve in vivo. The Holmium:YAG laser (lambda = 2.12 mum) is shown to operate at an optimal wavelength for peripheral nerve stimulation with advantages over standard electrical neural stimulation; including contact-free stimulation, high spatial selectivity, and lack of a stimulation artifact. The underlying biophysical mechanism responsible for transient optical nerve stimulation appears to be a small, absorption driven thermal gradient sustained at the axonal layer of nerve. Results explicitly prove that low frequency optical stimulation can reliably stimulate without resulting in tissue thermal damage. Based on the positive results from animal studies, these optimal laser parameters were utilized to move this research into the clinic with a combined safety and efficacy study in human subjects undergoing selective dorsal rhizotomy. The clinical Holmium:YAG laser was used to effectively stimulate human dorsal spinal roots and elicit functional muscle responses recorded during surgery without evidence of nerve damage. Overall these results predict that this technology can be a valuable clinical tool in various neurosurgical applications.

  3. Stimulated Photorefractive Optical Neural Networks

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    1992-12-15

    This final report describes research in optical neural networks performed under DARPA sponsorship at Hughes Aircraft Company during the period 1989...in photorefractive crystals. This approach reduces crosstalk and improves the utilization of the optical input device. Successfully implemented neural ... networks include the Perceptron, Bidirectional Associative Memory, and multi-layer backpropagation networks. Up to 104 neurons, 2xl0(7) weights, and

  4. Stimulated thermal Rayleigh scattering in optical fibers.

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    Dong, Liang

    2013-02-11

    Recently, mode instability was observed in optical fiber lasers at high powers, severely limiting power scaling for single-mode outputs. Some progress has been made towards understanding the underlying physics. A thorough understanding of the effect is critical for continued progress of this very important technology area. Mode instability in optical fibers is, in fact, a manifestation of stimulated thermal Rayleigh scattering. In this work, a quasi-closed-form solution for the nonlinear coupling coefficient is found for stimulated thermal Rayleigh scattering in optical fibers. The results help to significantly improve understanding of mode instability.

  5. Optical and Thermal Stability of Oligofluorene/Rubber Luminescent Blend.

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    Barbosa, Camila G; Faez, Roselena; Péres, Laura O

    2016-09-01

    This paper proposes to obtain homogeneous and stable blends of oligo(9,9-dioctylfluorene)-co-phenylene (OF), a conjugated oligomer with strong tendency of formation of excimers in the solid state, and nitrile rubber (NBR). This rubber protection reduces the formation of polymer excimers in the films. The fluorene oligomer was synthesized via Suzuki reaction and incorporated in the nitrile rubber. The films were formed by spin coating and casting techniques on the proportions of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 % (w/w) of OF in the nitrile rubber (NBR). The structural, optical and thermal properties of the films were evaluated with infrared, UV-Vis, fluorescence and thermogravimetry, respectively. The nitrile rubber proved to be essential for the preparation of homogeneous and stable films, since it was not possible to obtain films with only fluorene using the above-mentioned techniques. Furthermore, luminescent properties of OF are unchanged and the excimers formation in the solid state decrease suggesting the efficiency of nitrile rubber as the matrix for making films.

  6. Localized excitons and defects in PbWO4 single crystals: a luminescence and photo-thermally stimulated disintegration study

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    Krasnikov, A.; Nikl, M.; Zazubovich, S.

    The cover picture refers to the article by Aleksei Krasnikov et al., that was selected as Editor's Choice [1]. It depicts a fragment of a lead tungstate (PbWO4) crystal lattice structure and illustrates the complex anion (WO4)2- tetrahedra bonded to the Pb2+ cation. Perturbation of the (WO4)2- tetrahedra by defects nearby results in exciton localization near the defects and a slightly different emission spectrum, which is shown in the diagram. Localized excitons are evidenced for the first time in the PbWO4 structure. Under selective irradiation of PbWO4 crystals in the ultraviolet spectral region, the decay of various localized excitons into stable defects takes place, which can be detected by a sensitive thermally stimulated luminescence method. Aleksei Krasnikov is a PhD student at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Martin Nikl holds a position as a senior scientist and head of the Laboratory of Luminescence and Scintillation Materials at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Svetlana Zazubovich is a senior scientist at the Institute of Physics, University of Tartu. The research groups of Martin Nikl and Svetlana Zazubovich have been collaborating closely for the last 15 years mainly in the field of optical spectroscopy of wide band-gap scintillation materials

  7. Optical trapping and luminescence of silica encapsulated quantum dots (Conference Presentation)

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    Rodríguez Rodríguez, Héctor; Acebrón, María.; Arias González, J. Ricardo; Hernández Juárez, Beatriz

    2016-09-01

    Semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots, QDs) represent a milestone in the field of luminescent nanoparticles owing to their unique optical properties. Silica encapsulation of colloidal QDs in optimized synthetic conditions provides an excellent method to reduce their cytotoxicity maintaining, at the same time, their optical properties.1 The ability to optically confine and spatially control these biocompatible nanostructures in liquid media boosts their investigation for bioimaging both as an ensemble as well as at a single particle-level. In this study we explore the optical trapping of silica-encapsulated QDs in a near infrared counter-propagating experimental configuration.2 Optically trapped QDs exhibit two photon-absorption mediated luminescence without additional excitation sources.3,4 We find that the luminescence, collected through one objective, evidences photo-bleaching and wavelength blue-shifts depending on the dispersive medium composition and power density in the laser focus.

  8. Optical Sensors Using Stimulated Brillouin Scattering

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    Christensen, Caleb A (Inventor); Zavriyev, Anton (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    A method for enhancing a sensitivity of an optical sensor having an optical cavity counter-propagates beams of pump light within the optical cavity to produce scattered light based on Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS). The properties of the pump light are selected to generate fast-light conditions for the scattered light, such that the scattered light includes counter-propagating beams of fast light. The method prevents the pump light from resonating within the optical cavity, while allowing the scattered light to resonate within the optical cavity. At least portions of the scattered light are interfered outside of the optical cavity to produce a beat note for a measurement of the optical sensor. The disclosed method is particularly applicable to optical gyroscopes.

  9. Use of scanning near-field optical microscope with an aperture probe for detection of luminescent nanodiamonds

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    Shershulin, V. A.; Samoylenko, S. R.; Shenderova, O. A.; Konov, V. I.; Vlasov, I. I.

    2017-02-01

    The suitability of scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) to image photoluminescent diamond nanoparticles with nanoscale resolution is demonstrated. Isolated diamond nanocrystals with an average size of 100 nm, containing negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy (NV-) centers, were chosen as tested material. The NV- luminescence was stimulated by continuous 532 nm laser light. Sizes of analyzed crystallites were monitored by an atomic force microscope. The lateral resolution of the order of 100 nm was reached in SNOM imaging of diamond nanoparticles using 150 nm square aperture of the probe.

  10. Luminescence, electron paramagnetic resonance, and optical properties of lunar material.

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    Geake, J E; Dollfus, A; Garlick, G F; Lamb, W; Walker, C; Steigmann, G A; Titulaer, C

    1970-01-30

    Dust samples have been found to luminesce weakly under proton excitation, but not under ultraviolet. Damage, recovery, and heating effects have been investigated. Chips of breccia show luminescence, from white inclusions only, under ultraviolet and protons. Some rock chips show general luminescence, mainly from plagioclase. No natural or excited thermoluminescence has been found for dust or chips. The electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum shows the same broad Fe(3+) dipole resonance for dust and for some chips; other chips show no response. The polarization characteristics of dust are found to be identical to those of the Sea of Tranquillity, independently of proton damage. Chips show characteristics unlike any part of the lunar surface.

  11. Luminescence-based optical sensor systems for monitoring water parameters

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    Lobnik, Aleksandra; Turel, Matejka; Korent, Špela Mojca

    2007-06-01

    Lanthanide-sensitized luminescence is very attractive because the intramolecular energy transfers between the absorbing ligand and the luminescent ion results in strong narrow-band fluorescence with a large Stokes' shift and long decay times. We will report about several sensor systems based either on sol-gel materials or lanthanide chelates for monitoring and controlling water parameters, such as heavy metals, amines, phosphates.

  12. Stimulation of luminescence of mycelium of luminous fungus Neonothopanus nambi by ionizing radiation.

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    Kobzeva, Tatiana V; Melnikov, Anatoly R; Karogodina, Tatiana Y; Zikirin, Samat B; Stass, Dmitri V; Molin, Yuri N; Rodicheva, Emma K; Medvedeva, Svetlana E; Puzyr, Alexey P; Burov, Andrey A; Bondar, Vladimir S; Gitelson, Joseph I

    2014-11-01

    The luminescent system of higher luminous fungi is not fully understood and the enzyme/substrate pair of the light emission reaction has not been isolated. It was suggested that luminescence of fungi involves oxidase-type enzymes, and reactive oxygen species are important for fungal light production. Generation of reactive oxygen species can be stimulated by ionizing irradiation, which has not been studied for luminous fungi. We report the effect of X-irradiation on the luminescence of fungus Neonothopanus nambi. Experiments were performed with mycelium on a home-built setup based on an X-ray tube and monochromator/photomultiplier tube. Application of X-rays does not change the emission spectrum, but after approximately 20 min of continuous irradiation, light production from unsupported mycelium starts growing and increases up to approximately five times. After peaking, its level decreases irrespective of the presence of X-irradiation. After staying at a certain level, light production collapses to zero, which is not related to the drying of the mycelium or thermal impact of radiation. The observed shape of kinetics is characteristic of a multistage and/or chain reaction. The time profile of light production must reflect the current levels of radicals present in the system and/or the activity of enzyme complexes involved in light production. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. Optical stimulation of neural tissue in vivo

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    Wells, Jonathon; Kao, Chris; Mariappan, Karthik; Albea, Jeffrey; Jansen, E. Duco; Konrad, Peter; Mahadevan-Jansen, Anita

    2005-03-01

    For more than a century, the traditional method of stimulating neural activity has been based on electrical methods, and it remains the gold standard to date. We report a technological breakthrough in neural activation in which low-level, pulsed infrared laser light is used to elicit compound nerve and muscle potentials in mammalian peripheral nerve in vivo. Optically induced neural action potentials are spatially precise, artifact free, and damage free and are generated by use of energies well below tissue ablation threshold. Thus optical stimulation presents a simple yet novel approach to contact-free in vivo neural activation that has major implications for clinical neurosurgery, basic neurophysiology, and neuroscience.

  14. X-ray excited optical luminescence : Understanding the light emission properties of silicon based nanostructures.

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    Sham, T.K.; Rosenberg, R. A.; Univ. of Western Ontario

    2007-01-01

    The recent advances in the study of light emission from matter induced by synchrotron radiation: X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) in the energy domain and time-resolved X-ray excited optical luminescence (TRXEOL) are described. The development of these element (absorption edge) selective, synchrotron X-ray photons in, optical photons out techniques with time gating coincide with advances in third-generation, insertion device based, synchrotron light sources. Electron bunches circulating in a storage ring emit very bright, widely energy tunable, short light pulses (<100 ps), which are used as the excitation source for investigation of light-emitting materials. Luminescence from silicon nanostructures (porous silicon, silicon nanowires, and Si-CdSe heterostructures) is used to illustrate the applicability of these techniques and their great potential in future applications.

  15. Synthesis and optical properties of luminescent core-shell structured silicate and phosphate nanoparticles

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    Dembski, Sofia; Rupp, Sabine; Milde, Moritz; Gellermann, Carsten; Dyrba, Marcel; Schweizer, Stefan; Batentschuk, Miroslaw; Osvet, Andres; Winnacker, Albrecht

    2011-05-01

    Monodisperse, luminescent core-shell structured inorganic nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel technology. They exhibit an amorphous SiO 2 core and a crystalline luminescent shell. Zn 2SiO 4:Mn 2+ and Ca 10(PO 4) 6OH:Eu 3+ shell materials are investigated. The influence of the doping concentration on optical and structural properties was studied. The resulting nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, transmission electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry, and photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  16. On the photo and thermally stimulated luminescence properties of U doped SrBPO{sub 5}

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    Kumar, Mithlesh Mohapatra, M.; Natarajan, V.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of SrBPO{sub 5}:U phosphor by solid state route. • Confirmed the stabilization of uranium as UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}. • Evaluation of order of kinetics and trap parameters of the system. • ESR-TSL correlation of the observed glow peak. • Probable mechanism proposed for the TSL glow peak. - Abstract: Un-doped and uranium doped SrBPO{sub 5} samples were synthesized using solid-state reaction route and investigated for their photo and luminescence properties. Photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of uranium doped sample showed five peaks at 502, 524, 547, 569 and 597 nm. The average frequency of symmetric stretching of O=U=O in the ground electronic state was found to be about 757 cm{sup −1}. PL decay time measurements on the system confirmed the stabilization of uranium as UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} in the matrix. Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) measurements carried out on gamma irradiated SrBPO{sub 5}:U sample showed a glow peak at 390 °K, whose spectral characteristics was found to be typical of UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}. The trap parameters were evaluated using different heating rate method. Room temperature EPR data suggested the formation of borate and oxygen based radical centers in the gamma-irradiated sample. Detailed EPR-TSL correlation studies confirmed the destruction of the oxygen radical to be responsible for the observed glow peak.

  17. Time-resolved luminescence from quartz: An overview of contemporary developments and applications

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    Chithambo, M. L.; Ankjærgaard, C.; Pagonis, V.

    2016-01-01

    Time-resolved optical stimulation of luminescence has become established as a key method for measurement of optically stimulated luminescence from quartz, feldspar and α-Al2O3:C, all materials of interest in dosimetry. The aim of time-resolved optical stimulation is to separate in time the stimulation and emission of luminescence. The luminescence is stimulated from a sample using a brief light pulse and the emission monitored during stimulation in the presence of scattered stimulating light or after pulsing, over photomultiplier noise only. Although the use of the method in retrospective dosimetry has been somewhat limited, the technique has been successfully applied to study mechanisms in the processes leading up to luminescence emission. The main means for this has been the temperature dependence of the luminescence intensity as well as the luminescence lifetimes determined from time-resolved luminescence spectra. In this paper we review some key developments in theory and applications to quartz including methods of evaluating lifetimes, techniques of evaluating kinetic parameters using both the dependence of luminescence intensity and lifetime on measurement temperature, and of lifetimes on annealing temperature. We then provide an overview of some notable applications such as separation of quartz signals from a quartz-feldspar admixture and the utility of the dynamic throughput, a measure of luminescence measured as a function of the pulse width. The paper concludes with some suggestions of areas where further exploration would advance understanding of dynamics of luminescence in quartz and help address some outstanding problems in its application.

  18. Optical absorption and luminescence in neutron-irradiated, silica-based fibers

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    Cooke, D.W.; Farnum, E.H.; Clinard, F.W.

    1995-04-01

    The objectives of this work are to assess the effects of thermal annealing and photobleaching on the optical absorption of neutron-irradiated, silica fibers of the type proposed for use in ITER diagnostics, and to measure x-ray induced luminescence of unirradiated (virgin) and neutron-irradiated fibers.

  19. An optical luminescence chronology for late Pleistocene aeolian activity in the Colombian and Venezuelan Llanos

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    Carr, Andrew S.; Armitage, Simon J.; Berrío, Juan-Carlos; Bilbao, Bibiana A.; Boom, Arnoud

    2016-03-01

    The lowland savannas (Llanos) of Colombia and Venezuela are covered by extensive aeolian landforms for which little chronological information exists. We present the first optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) age constraints for dunes in the Llanos Orientales of lowland Colombia and new ages for dunes in the Venezuelan Llanos. The sampled dunes are fully vegetated and show evidence of post-depositional erosion. Ages range from 4.5 ± 0.4 to 66 ± 4 ka, with the majority dating to 27-10 ka (Marine Isotope Stage 2). Some dunes accumulated quickly during the last glacial maximum, although most were active 16-10 ka. Accretion largely ceased after 10 ka. All dunes are elongated downwind from rivers, parallel with dry season winds, and are interpreted as source-bordering features. As they are presently isolated from fluvial sediments by gallery forest it is proposed that activity was associated with a more prolonged dry season, which restricted gallery forest, leading to greater sediment availability on river shorelines. Such variability in dry season duration was potentially mediated by the mean latitude of the ITCZ. The cessation of most dune accretion after ca. 10 ka suggests reduced seasonality and a more northerly ITCZ position, consistent with evidence from the Cariaco Basin.

  20. Optical and Electronic Properties of Luminescent and of Metastable Solids.

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    1982-07-29

    necessary and Identity by block number) donor-acceptor pair, gallim phosphide, hydrostatic pressure luminescence, zero-phonon line, R-line, alexandrite ... alexandrite (BeAI204 :Cr 3+). Both temperature and pressure dependence of the spectrum of alexandrite have been measured and interpreted. Also, the...materials such as alexandrite (BeAl 04 :Cr 3+). In both of these areas, we have added to the fundamental theoretical understanding and also carried on

  1. Material and Optical Design Rules for High Performance Luminescent Solar Concentrators

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    Bronstein, Noah Dylan

    This dissertation will highlight a path to achieve high photovoltaic conversion efficiency in luminescent solar concentrators, devices which absorb sunlight with a luminescent dye and then re-emit it into a waveguide where it is ultimately collected by a photovoltaic cell. Luminescent concentrators have been studied for more than three decades as potential low-cost but not high efficiency photovoltaics. Astute application of the blackbody radiation law indicates that photonic design is necessary to achieve high efficiency: a reflective filter must be used to trap luminescence at all angles while allowing higher energy photons to pass through. In addition, recent advances in the synthesis of colloidal nanomaterials have created the possibility for lumophores with broad absorption spectra, narrow-bandwidth emission, high luminescence quantum yield, tunable Stokes shifts and tunable Stokes ratios. Together, these factors allow luminescent solar concentrators to achieve the optical characteristics necessary for high efficiency. We have fabricated and tested the first generation of these devices. Our experiments demonstrate that the application of carefully matched photonic mirrors and luminescent quantum dots can allow luminescent concentration factors to reach record values while maintaining high photon collection efficiency. Finally, the photonic mirror dramatically mitigates the negative impact of scattering in the waveguide, allowing efficient photon collection over distances much longer than the scattering length of the waveguide. After demonstrating the possibility for high performance, we theoretically explore the efficacy of luminescent concentrators with dielectric reflectors as the high-bandgap top-junctions in two-junction devices. Simple thermodynamic calculations indicate that this approach can be nearly as good as a traditional vertically stacked tandem. The major barriers to such a device are the optical design of narrow-bandwidth, angle

  2. Luminescence and stimulated emission in zinc oxide nanoparticles, films, and crystals

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    Xiong, G.; Wilkinson, J.; Lyles, J.; Ucer, K. B.; Williams, R. T.

    2003-01-01

    ZnO has attracted attention as a candidate material for ultraviolet light-emitting devices. Its 3.37-eV band gap is comparable to that of GaN, and single crystal substrates can be grown. Control of p-type conductivity in ZnO is under study in several laboratories including ours. We report streak camera measurements of time-resolved luminescence and stimulated emission excited in single crystal, film, and. particle samples under excitation by 300 fs laser pulses at temperatures from 17 K to 295 K. We also describe p-n junctions formed by control of oxygen pressure in reactive sputtering of ZnO films, and results of introducing nitrogen during reactive sputtering.

  3. Detection of irradiated spices using photo-stimulated luminescence technique (PSL)

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    Ramli, Ros Anita Ahmad; Yasir, Muhamad Samudi; Othman, Zainon; Abdullah, Wan Saffiey Wan

    2014-09-03

    Photo-stimulated luminescence (PSL) technique was applied to detect irradiated black pepper (Piper nigrum), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) and turmeric (Curcuma longa) after dark storage for 1 day, 3 and 6 months. Using screening and calibrated PSL, all samples were correctly discriminated between non-irradiated and spices irradiated with doses 1, 5 and 10 kGy. The PSL photon counts (PCs) of irradiated spices increased with increasing dose, with turmeric showing highest sensitivity index to irradiation compared to black pepper and cinnamon. The differences in response are possibly attributed to the varying quantity and quality of silicate minerals present in each spice sample. PSL signals of all irradiated samples reduced after 3 and 6 months storage. The results of this study provide a useful database on the applicability of PSL technique for the detection of Malaysian irradiated spices.

  4. Detection of irradiated spices using photo-stimulated luminescence technique (PSL)

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    Ramli, Ros Anita Ahmad; Yasir, Muhamad Samudi; Othman, Zainon; Abdullah, Wan Saffiey Wan

    2014-09-01

    Photo-stimulated luminescence (PSL) technique was applied to detect irradiated black pepper (Piper nigrum), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) and turmeric (Curcuma longa) after dark storage for 1 day, 3 and 6 months. Using screening and calibrated PSL, all samples were correctly discriminated between non-irradiated and spices irradiated with doses 1, 5 and 10 kGy. The PSL photon counts (PCs) of irradiated spices increased with increasing dose, with turmeric showing highest sensitivity index to irradiation compared to black pepper and cinnamon. The differences in response are possibly attributed to the varying quantity and quality of silicate minerals present in each spice sample. PSL signals of all irradiated samples reduced after 3 and 6 months storage. The results of this study provide a useful database on the applicability of PSL technique for the detection of Malaysian irradiated spices.

  5. Optically stimulated luminescence in doped NaCl

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    Gaikwad, S. U. Patil, R. R.; Kulkarni, M. S.; Bhatt, B. C.

    2016-05-06

    NaCl:Ca,Cu,P NaCl:Mg,Cu,P OSL phosphors are synthesized. Intense OSL is observed in these samples which is 14 times more than Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C. Same samples coated with PVA (poly vinyl actetae) polymer also show similar OSL properties and these coated samples are found to be less susceptible to the moisture due to protected layer of hydrophobic polymer. These coated samples may be useful as OSL dosimetersdue to high sensitivity and less or no susceptibility to moisture.

  6. Photostimulated near-infrared persistent luminescence as a new optical read-out from Cr3+-doped LiGa5O8

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    Liu, Feng; Yan, Wuzhao; Chuang, Yen-Jun; Zhen, Zipeng; Xie, Jin; Pan, Zhengwei

    2013-01-01

    In conventional photostimulable storage phosphors, the optical information written by x-ray or ultraviolet irradiation is usually read out as a visible photostimulated luminescence (PSL) signal under the stimulation of a low-energy light with appropriate wavelength. Unlike the transient PSL, here we report a new optical read-out form, photostimulated persistent luminescence (PSPL) in the near-infrared (NIR), from a Cr3+-doped LiGa5O8 NIR persistent phosphor exhibiting a super-long NIR persistent luminescence of more than 1,000 h. An intense PSPL signal peaking at 716 nm can be repeatedly obtained in a period of more than 1,000 h when an ultraviolet-light (250–360 nm) pre-irradiated LiGa5O8:Cr3+ phosphor is repeatedly stimulated with a visible light or a NIR light. The LiGa5O8:Cr3+ phosphor has promising applications in optical information storage, night-vision surveillance, and in vivo bio-imaging. PMID:23532003

  7. Morphology-dependent luminescence from ZnO nanostructures - An X-ray excited optical luminescence study at the Zn K-edge

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    Lobacheva, Olga; Murphy, Michael W; Ko, Jun Young Peter; Sham, Tsun-Kong

    2009-08-28

    ZnO nanostructures have been synthesized by thermal evaporation on Si substrates. It is found that the morphologies of the nanostructures are governed by growth conditions such as temperature, carrier-gas flow rate, and the nature of the substrate (with and without a catalyst). We report X-ray excited optical luminescence from ZnO nanostructures of distinctly different morphologies in the energy and time domain using excitation photon energies across the Zn K-edge. X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) study has clearly shown the morphology dependence of the ZnO optical properties. A correlation of luminescence with morphology, size, and crystallinity emerges.

  8. Spatially selective optical tuning of quantum dot thin film luminescence.

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    Chen, Jixin; Chan, Yang-Hsiang; Yang, Tinglu; Wark, Stacey E; Son, Dong Hee; Batteas, James D

    2009-12-30

    Photolithographically generated patterns have been created on immobilized CdSe QD thin films by fine-tuning their optical properties (intensity and emission wavelength) postsynthetically. These optically modified QDs show enhanced selectivity for binding of different ligands, affording the ability to fabricate optically reconfigurable surfaces for display or sensing applications. The patterns may be readily generated with any typical optical lithographic approach.

  9. Spectrographic studies: Electron induced luminescence in optical materials

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    Romanko, J.; Miles, J. K.; Cheever, P. R.

    1971-01-01

    The spectral luminescence induced in UV grade sapphire, MgF2 and LiF2, three fused silicas, and three Corning glasses, by 1/2, 1, 2, and 3 MeV electrons was recorded. In the wavelength range from the LiF UV cutoff to the near visible, a plane-grating spectrograph with photographic recording at resolutions of 0.8 and 1.6 nm was utilized. Qualitative results based on relative density tracings of seven of the nine materials obtained from preliminary plates are given.

  10. Modification by dantrolene, procaine and suxamethonium of caffeine-induced changes in aequorin luminescence transients and twitch tensions of directly-stimulated diaphragm muscle of mouse.

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    Kimura, I.; Kimura, M.; Kimura, M.

    1985-01-01

    A convenient method is described for measuring simultaneously Ca2+-related aequorin luminescence and twitch tension in the isolated diaphragm muscle of the mouse. Forty to fifty fibres were injected intracellularly with aequorin solution and the mechanical and luminescence responses to direct stimulation were recorded. The replacement of Na+ by K+ (to obtain 59 or 143.4 mM K+) in the nutrient solution decreased both aequorin luminescence and twitch tensions, but after a time lag, it produced a contracture. Caffeine (5 or 10 mM) increased both aequorin luminescence and twitch tensions, and after a time lag, it also produced a contracture. Dantrolene (1 and 30 microM) and procaine (10 microM, 300 microM and 1 mM) decreased aequorin luminescence transients and twitch tension. In addition procaine inhibited the caffeine-induced increase of aequorin luminescence, but dantrolene did not have this effect. At concentrations causing neuromuscular block, suxamethonium (130 microM) decreased aequorin luminescence transients and twitch tension. By contrast, (+)-tubocurarine (6.5 microM) did not affect the aequorin luminescence in directly stimulated muscles. These results suggest that Ca+-related aequorin luminescence transients accompanied by twitch tensions reflect the intracellular fast mobilization of compartmentalized Ca2+ from plasma membrane or sarcoplasmic reticulum, and that the increase in resting luminescence caused by a K+- or caffeine-induced contracture may be produced by the slow mobilization of Ca2+ from sarcoplasmic reticulum. PMID:4052732

  11. Secure optical communication using stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fiber

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    Yi, Lilin; Zhang, Tao; Li, Zhengxuan; Zhou, Junhe; Dong, Yi; Hu, Weisheng

    2013-03-01

    We propose to encrypt/decrypt high-speed optical signal using stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) effect in optical fiber for the first time. The broadened SBS gain or loss distorts the amplitude and phase of the optical signal so as to realize all-optical encryption. The corresponding SBS loss or gain with the same bandwidth and amplitude recovers the distorted signal to implement optical decryption. The encryption/decryption keys could be the SBS gain amplitude, bandwidth, central wavelength and the spectral shape, which are configurable and can be flexibly controlled by the users. The operation principle of the SBS based encryption and decryption is explained in detail. Complete encryption and error-free decryption for a 10.86-Gb/s on-off-keying signal has been experimentally demonstrated using broadband SBS amplification and absorption. The immunity of the proposed encryption method to the eavesdropper's attack is also analyzed. The SBS based secure optical communication is compatible with the current optical communication systems.

  12. Feldspar Infrared Stimulated Luminescence (IRSL) Thermochronology in the Eastern Pamir, China

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    Chen, J.; Qin, J.; Valla, P.; Yang, H.; Herman, F.; Huang, M.; Li, W.

    2013-12-01

    Using luminescence (Herman et al., 2010; Tsuchiya and Fujino, 2000) or ESR (Electron Spin Resonance, Grün et al., 1999) dating on quartz has shown great potential to quantify rock cooling histories and especially late-stage exhumation rates due to their relatively low closure temperatures. However, bedrock quartz often presents complications for OSL dating with dim signals or medium-slow components. Here, we explore the potential of feldspar infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) dating to provide multiple-thermochronometers within a single mineral. The Kongur Shan is located in northeastern Pamir, at the western end of the Himalayan-Tibetan orogenic belt, and presents exhumation rates of ~5 mm/a since 7-8 Ma (Robinson et al., 2010). Bedrock samples (granite, gneiss and schist) were collected from an elevation transect across the Kongur Shan normal fault (northern flank of the Kongur Shan massif) and along the east-flowing Ghez river. We investigated both IRSL-50°C, post-IR IRSL290°C, as well as for subset of samples Multi-elevated-temperature post-IR IRSL (METpIRIR, Li and Li, 2011) signals. Recycling ratios and dose recovery tests show that the IRSL-50°C and pIRIR-290°C protocols are applicable to bedrock samples. Significant fading corrections are needed for the apparent doses derived from the IRSL signal at 50°C, whereas fading rates for the post-IR IRSL signals are significantly smaller. Our results show that both IRSL-50°C and pIRIR-290°C signals are deviating from field saturation for footwall samples, with a progressive trend to younger apparent ages as getting closer to the fault; whereas samples from the hanging wall or far from the fault zone and at high elevation all appear to be in field saturation. This demonstrates the potential of luminescence thermochronometry, and especially of feldspar IRSL dating, in quantifying late Quaternary exhumation rates in active tectonic areas.

  13. Luminescent Properties of Arylpolyene Organic Dyes and Cross-Conjugated Ketones Promising for Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics Applications

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    Naumova, N. L.; Vasilyeva, I. A.

    2015-09-01

    The spectral-luminescent properties of some dyes of substituted arylpolyenes and cross-conjugated ketones class in Shpolsky matrices, promising for using in solving quantum optics and nanophotonics, were studied.

  14. Soft x-ray excited optical luminescence from poly(N-vinylcarbazole)

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    Naftel, S. J.; Kim, P.-S. G.; Sham, T. K.; Sammynaiken, R.; Yates, B. W.; Hu, Y.-F.

    2003-05-01

    X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) using tunable soft x rays from a synchrotron light source, together with x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy has been used to study the electronic structure and optical properties of thin films of poly(N-vinylcarbazole). It is found that carbon core level excitation enhances the formation of excimers emitting at 380 and 410 nm. A third excimer at 310 nm is also noted. In addition, excitations across the C K edge and the N K edge show noticeably different optical response. These results are interpreted in terms of the site specificity of the XEOL technique.

  15. Luminescence and photoinduced absorption in ytterbium-doped optical fibres

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    Rybaltovsky, A A; Aleshkina, S S; Likhachev, M E; Bubnov, M M; Umnikov, A A; Yashkov, M V; Gur'yanov, Aleksei N; Dianov, Evgenii M

    2011-12-31

    Photochemical reactions induced in the glass network of an ytterbium-doped fibre core by IR laser pumping and UV irradiation have been investigated by analysing absorption and luminescence spectra. We have performed comparative studies of the photoinduced absorption and luminescence spectra of fibre preforms differing in core glass composition: Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} : SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} : Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} : SiO{sub 2}, and P{sub 2}O{sub 5} : Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} : SiO{sub 2}. The UV absorption spectra of unirradiated preform core samples show strong bands peaking at 5.1 and 6.5 eV, whose excitation plays a key role in photoinduced colour centre generation in the glass network. 'Direct' UV excitation of the 5.1- and 6.5-eV absorption bands at 244 and 193 nm leads to the reduction of some of the Yb{sup 3+} ions to Yb{sup 2+}. The photodarkening of ytterbium-doped fibres by IR pumping is shown to result from oxygen hole centre generation. A phenomenological model is proposed for the IR-pumping-induced photodarkening of ytterbium-doped fibres. The model predicts that colour centre generation in the core glass network and the associated absorption in the visible range result from a cooperative effect involving simultaneous excitation of a cluster composed of several closely spaced Yb{sup 3+} ions.

  16. Vertically integrated optics for ballistic electron emission luminescence: Device and microscopy characterizations

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    Yi, Wei; Appelbaum, Ian; Russell, Kasey J.; Narayanamurti, Venkatesh; Schalek, Richard; Hanson, Micah P.; Gossard, Arthur C.

    2006-07-01

    By integrating a p-i-n photodiode photodetector directly into a ballistic electron emission luminescence (BEEL) heterostructure with GaAs quantum-well active region, we have obtained a photon detection efficiency of more than 10%. This is many orders of magnitude higher than conventional far-field detection scheme with the most sensitive single-photon counters, enabling BEEL microscopy in systems with no optical components. Detailed analysis shows found a parasitic bipolar injection in parallel with the desired optical coupling between the BEEL heterostructure and the integrated photodiode beyond a characteristic collector bias, which may be solved by improved device design or limiting the operating window of the collector bias. Preliminary BEEL microscopy images of a homogeneous GaAs quantum-well luminescent layer show lateral variations of photon emission correlated with the collector current injection level modulated by surface features or interface defects.

  17. Optical temperature sensing based on the luminescence from YAG:Pr transparent ceramics

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    Hu, Song; Lu, Chunhua; Liu, Xiaoxia; Xu, Zhongzi

    2016-10-01

    The YAG:Pr transparent ceramic was fabricated using a conventional solid-state reactive method to explore its possible application in optical thermometry. Photoluminescence and temperature-dependent luminescence were elaborately investigated under 452 nm excitation. The ceramic showed two intrinsic emission bands at 488 and 594 nm, which were attributed to characteristic Pr3+: 3P0 → 3H4 and 3P1 → 3H6 transitions, respectively. Down-conversion emissions from the two thermally coupled excited states of Pr3+ were recorded in the temperature range of 293-593 K. The Boltzmann distribution theory was adopted to interpret the temperature-dependent luminescence of Pr3+. The temperature sensitivity exhibited an increasing trend with the increase of temperature, typically, 0.0025 K-1 at 593 K. The results indicated that the present ceramic was a promising candidate for optical temperature sensor.

  18. Hybrid x-ray/optical luminescence imaging: Characterization of experimental conditions

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    Carpenter, C. M.; Sun, C.; Pratx, G.; Rao, R.; Xing, L.

    2010-08-15

    Purpose: The feasibility of x-ray luminescence imaging is investigated using a dual-modality imaging system that merges x-ray and optical imaging. This modality utilizes x-ray activated nanophosphors that luminesce when excited by ionizing photons. By doping phosphors with lanthanides, which emit light in the visible and near infrared range, the luminescence is suitable for biological applications. This study examines practical aspects of this new modality including phosphor concentration, light emission linearity, detector damage, and spectral emission characteristics. Finally, the contrast produced by these phosphors is compared to that of x-ray fluoroscopy. Methods: Gadolinium and lanthanum oxysulfide phosphors doped with terbium (green emission) or europium (red emission) were studied. The light emission was imaged in a clinical x-ray scanner with a cooled CCD camera and a spectrophotometer; dose measurements were determined with a calibrated dosimeter. Using these properties, in addition to luminescence efficiency values found in the literature for a similar phosphor, minimum concentration calculations are performed. Finally, a 2.5 cm agar phantom with a 1 cm diameter cylindrical phosphor-filled inclusion (diluted at 10 mg/ml) is imaged to compare x-ray luminescence contrast with x-ray fluoroscopic contrast at a superficial location. Results: Dose to the CCD camera in the chosen imaging geometry was measured at less than 0.02 cGy/s. Emitted light was found to be linear with dose (R{sup 2}=1) and concentration (R{sup 2}=1). Emission peaks for clinical x-ray energies are less than 3 nm full width at half maximum, as expected from lanthanide dopants. The minimum practical concentration necessary to detect luminescent phosphors is dependent on dose; it is estimated that subpicomolar concentrations are detectable at the surface of the tissue with typical mammographic doses, with the minimum detectable concentration increasing with depth and decreasing with dose. In

  19. Hybrid x-ray/optical luminescence imaging: characterization of experimental conditions.

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    Carpenter, C M; Sun, C; Pratx, G; Rao, R; Xing, L

    2010-08-01

    The feasibility of x-ray luminescence imaging is investigated using a dual-modality imaging system that merges x-ray and optical imaging. This modality utilizes x-ray activated nanophosphors that luminesce when excited by ionizing photons. By doping phosphors with lanthanides, which emit light in the visible and near infrared range, the luminescence is suitable for biological applications. This study examines practical aspects of this new modality including phosphor concentration, light emission linearity, detector damage, and spectral emission characteristics. Finally, the contrast produced by these phosphors is compared to that of x-ray fluoroscopy. Gadolinium and lanthanum oxysulfide phosphors doped with terbium (green emission) or europium (red emission) were studied. The light emission was imaged in a clinical x-ray scanner with a cooled CCD camera and a spectrophotometer; dose measurements were determined with a calibrated dosimeter. Using these properties, in addition to luminescence efficiency values found in the literature for a similar phosphor, minimum concentration calculations are performed. Finally, a 2.5 cm agar phantom with a 1 cm diameter cylindrical phosphor-filled inclusion (diluted at 10 mg/ml) is imaged to compare x-ray luminescence contrast with x-ray fluoroscopic contrast at a superficial location. Dose to the CCD camera in the chosen imaging geometry was measured at less than 0.02 cGy/s. Emitted light was found to be linear with dose (R(2)= 1) and concentration (R(2)= 1). Emission peaks for clinical x-ray energies are less than 3 nm full width at half maximum, as expected from lanthanide dopants. The minimum practical concentration necessary to detect luminescent phosphors is dependent on dose; it is estimated that subpicomolar concentrations are detectable at the surface of the tissue with typical mammographic doses, with the minimum detectable concentration increasing with depth and decreasing with dose. In a reflection geometry, x

  20. Time-resolved x-ray excited optical luminescence studies of II-VI semiconductor nanowires

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    Rosenberg, R. A.; Lee, S.-T.; Kim, P.-S. G.

    2005-03-01

    Due to quantum confinement effects nanostructures often exhibit unique and intriguing fluorescence behavior. X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) provides the capability to chemically map the sites responsible for producing low energy (1-6 eV) fluorescence. By taking advantage of the time structure of the x-ray pulses at the Advanced Photon Source, it also possible to determine the dynamic behavior of the states involved in the luminescence. In this presentation we show how this technique can be utilized to understand the XEOL from ZnS, ZnTe, and ZnO nanowires. Time-gated optical spectra show that the high-energy, band-edge states have a short lifetime while the lower-energy, deep-levels have a relatively long lifetime. X-ray excitation curves are obtained using the relevant optical photons as signals and compared to the corresponding x-ray absorption spectra. We will show how these results enable us to determine the local structure of the luminescent site(s).

  1. Electronic and Optical Properties of Luminescent Centers in Halides and Oxides

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    Du, Mao-Hua

    2014-03-01

    Luminescent materials, such as phosphors and scintillators, are widely used for fluorescent lighting, laser, medical imaging, nuclear material detection, etc. . The luminescence is usually activated by impurities (or activators), which act as luminescence centers. The activators are typically multi-valent ions that insert multiple electronic states in the band gap of the host material. In this talk, first-principles calculations of electronic structure and optical transitions are shown for a wide range of activators, including rare-earth ions (e.g., Ce3+, Eu2+) , ns2 ions (the ions that have outer electronic configurations of ns2, such as Tl+, Pb2+, Bi3+) , and transition-metal ions (e.g., Mn4+) , in a large number of halides and oxides. The results reveal how the activator-ligand hybridization affects the emission energy and the luminescence mechanism. New phosphors and scintillators are proposed based on the chemical trends emerging from the calculations of a large number of materials.

  2. Lanthanide upconversion luminescence at the nanoscale: fundamentals and optical properties

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    Nadort, Annemarie; Zhao, Jiangbo; Goldys, Ewa M.

    2016-07-01

    Upconversion photoluminescence is a nonlinear effect where multiple lower energy excitation photons produce higher energy emission photons. This fundamentally interesting process has many applications in biomedical imaging, light source and display technology, and solar energy harvesting. In this review we discuss the underlying physical principles and their modelling using rate equations. We discuss how the understanding of photophysical processes enabled a strategic influence over the optical properties of upconversion especially in rationally designed materials. We subsequently present an overview of recent experimental strategies to control and optimize the optical properties of upconversion nanoparticles, focussing on their emission spectral properties and brightness.

  3. Europium-enabled luminescent single crystal and bulk YAG and YGG for optical imaging

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    Skaudžius, Ramūnas; Enseling, David; Skapas, Martynas; Selskis, Algirdas; Pomjakushina, Ekaterina; Jüstel, Thomas; Kareiva, Aivaras; Rüegg, Christian

    2016-10-01

    Europium doped small particles presently receive great attention due to their excellent photoluminescent (PL) intensity, (photo)chemical stability, and linearity in the orange-red spectral region and find challenging biomedical application. Europium doped compounds are extremely good candidates for optical imaging due to stable luminescence, long fluorescence decay time, sharp emission peaks, i.e. narrow band width, in the red to near-infrared (NIR) region. Moreover, lasers based on red emission of europium also could be an attractive choice for medical application since NIR radiation can penetrate biological tissues such as human skin. This study allows to discuss luminescent properties of europium (5 at-% or 30 at-%) doped Y3Al5O12 and Y3Ga5O12 garnets in single crystals and powders. Europium enabled luminescent properties are discussed based on the concentration of europium and dopant local environment. All these compounds possess dominant 5D0 → 7F4 emission in the NIR region and are thus potential candidates for optical imaging.

  4. Tuning the Upconversion Luminescence Lifetimes of KYb2 F7 :Ho(3+) Nanocrystals for Optical Multiplexing.

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    Ding, Mingye; Chen, Daqin; Ma, Danyang; Liu, Peng; Song, Kaixin; Lu, Hongwei; Ji, Zhenguo

    2015-12-21

    Conventional luminescent color coding is limited by spectral overlap and the interference of background fluorescence, thus restricting the number of distinguishable identities that can be used in practice. Here, we demonstrate the possibility of generating diverse time-domain codes, specially designed for a single emission band, using lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystals. Based on the knowledge of concentration quenching, the upconversion luminescence kinetics of KYb2 F7 : Ho(3+) nanocrystals can be precisely controlled by modifying the dopant concentration of Ho(3+) ions, resulting in a tunable emission lifetime from 75.8 to 1944.5 μs, which suggests the practicality of these time-domain codes for optical multiplexing. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Optical pH sensor based on sol-gel-doped new luminescent dye

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    Lobnik, Aleksandra; Niederreiter, Karlheinz; Uray, Georg

    1999-11-01

    The sol-gel process is an exciting new technology that enables the production of gel glasses and ceramic materials at room temperature. Sol-gel technology offers simple methods for manipulation of the structure, configuration, composition and chemical characteristics of organic matrices. A novel longwave luminescent dye based on the europium luminescence initiated by a covalently bonded antenna fluorophore was designed, synthesized and characterized. The dye was successfully entrapped into various sol-gel and ormosil matrices and consequent optical- , leaching- and light fastness-properties were tested. Finally, sensor layer based on TMOS doped with Eu3+- complex and bromothymol blue was found to be most appropriate for purposes of sensing pH over the range 5-10.

  6. Spiropyran-based Photochromic Polymer Nanoparticles with Optically Switchable Luminescence

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    Zhu, Ming-Qiang; Zhu, Linyong; Han, Jason J.; Wuwei, Wu; Hurst, James K.; Li, Alexander D. Q.

    2008-01-01

    Emulsion polymerization yields 40–400 nm diameter polymer nanoparticles with spiropyran-merocyanine dyes incorporated into their hydrophobic cavities; in contrast to their virtually nonfluorescent character in most environments, the merocyanine forms of the encapsulated dyes are highly fluorescent. Spiro-mero photoisomerization is reversible, allowing the fluorescence to be switched “on” and “off” by alternating UV and visible light. Immobilizing the dye inside hydrophobic pockets of nanoparticles also improves its photostability, rendering it more resistant than the same dyes in solution to fatigue effects arising from photochemical switching. The photophysical characteristics of the encapsulated fluorophores differ dramatically from those of the same species in solution, making nanoparticle-protected hydrophobic fluorophores attractive materials for potential applications such as optical data storage and switching and biological fluorescent labeling. To evaluate the potential for biological tagging, these optically addressable nanoparticles have been delivered into living cells and imaged with a liquid nitrogen cooled CCD. PMID:16569006

  7. Thermally stimulated luminescence studies of undoped, Cu- and Mn-doped CaSO4 compounds

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    Manam, J.; Das, S.

    Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) of undoped and doped CaSO4 with activators such as Cu and Mn has been investigated. The polycrystalline samples of undoped and doped CaSO4 are prepared by the melting method. The formation of CaSO4 compound is confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared studies. Scanning electron microscopic studies of CaSO4 are also carried out. The TSL glow curves of undoped CaSO4, Cu- and Mn-doped CaSO4 are studied. Comparison of the thermoluminescence (TL) intensity of the most intensive glow peak of Cu-doped CaSO4 compound with that of undoped CaSO4 shows that addition of Cu impurity in CaSO4 compound enhances the TL intensity by about four times. However, the addition of Mn impurity to undoped CaSO4 increases the TL intensity by about three times when compared with that of undoped CaSO4. The TL-dose dependence of all three samples was studied and was observed to be almost linear in the studied range of irradiation time. Among the samples studied, namely undoped CaSO4 and Cu- and Mn-doped CaSO4, Cu-doped CaSO4 is found to be the most sensitive. The trap parameters, namely order of kinetics (b), activation energy (E) and frequency factor (s) associated with the most intensive glow peaks of CaSO4:Mn, CaSO4:Cu and CaSO4 phosphors were determined using the glow curve shape (Chen's) method.

  8. Analysis of thermally stimulated luminescence and conductivity without quasi-equilibrium approximation

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    Opanowicz, A.

    2007-08-01

    Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) and conductivity (TSC) are considered using the classical insulator model that assumes one kind of active trap, one kind of inactive deep trap and one kind of recombination centre. Kinetic equations describing the model are solved numerically without and with the use of quasi-equilibrium (QE) approximation. The QE state is characterized by the parameter qI = (dnc/dt)/Ie, where dnc/dt is the rate of change of free electron density, and Ie is the TSL intensity. The QE state parameter qI, the relative recombination probability γ = Ie/(Ie + It) (It is the trapping intensity) and a new parameter called a quasi-stationary (QS) state parameter q* = qIγ = (dnc/dt)/(Ie + It) are used for the analysis of the TSL and TSC. The QE and QS states are determined by conditions |qI| Lt 1 and, respectively, |q*| Lt 1. The TSL and TSC curves and the temperature dependences of qI, q*, γ the recombination lifetime and the occupancies of active traps and recombination centres are numerically calculated for five sets of kinetic parameters and different heating rates. These calculation results show that (1) the upper limit of the heating rate for the presence of the QS state appears at a higher heating rate than that for the QE state when the retrapping process is present, and (2) the TSL (TSC) curves in the QS state have properties similar to those for the TSL (TSC) curves in the QE state. Approximate formulae for calculation of the parameters qI and q* in the initial range of the TSL and TSC curves are derived and used in the heating-rate methods, proposed in this work, for determination of those parameters from the calculated TSL curves.

  9. Optical imaging in tissue with X-ray excited luminescent sensors.

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    Chen, Hongyu; Longfield, David E; Varahagiri, Venkata S; Nguyen, KhanhVan T; Patrick, Amanda L; Qian, Haijun; VanDerveer, Donald G; Anker, Jeffrey N

    2011-09-07

    We report a high-spatial resolution imaging technique to measure optical absorption and detect chemical and physical changes on surfaces embedded in thick tissue. Developing sensors to measure chemical concentrations on implanted surfaces through tissue is an important challenge for analytical chemistry and biomedical imaging. Tissue scattering dramatically reduces the resolution of optical imaging. In contrast, X-rays provide high spatial resolution imaging through tissue but do not measure chemical concentrations. We describe a hybrid technique which uses a scanning X-ray beam to irradiate Gd(2)O(2)S scintillators and detect the resulting visible luminescence through the tissue. The amount of light collected is modulated by optical absorption in close proximity to the luminescence source. By scanning the X-ray beam, and measuring total amount of light collected, one can measure the local absorption near scintillators at a resolution limited by the width of luminescence source (i.e. the width of the X-ray excitation beam). For proof of principle, a rectangular 1.7 mm scanning X-ray beam was used to excite a single layer of 8 μm Gd(2)O(2)S particles, and detect the absorption of 5 nm thick silver island film through 10 mm of pork. Lifetime and spectroscopic measurements, as well changing the refractive index of the surroundings indicate that the silver reduces the optical signal through attenuated total internal reflection. The technique was used to image the dissolution of regions of the silver island film which were exposed to 1 mM of H(2)O(2) through 1 cm of pork tissue.

  10. Optical neural stimulation modeling on degenerative neocortical neural networks

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    Zverev, M.; Fanjul-Vélez, F.; Salas-García, I.; Arce-Diego, J. L.

    2015-07-01

    Neurodegenerative diseases usually appear at advanced age. Medical advances make people live longer and as a consequence, the number of neurodegenerative diseases continuously grows. There is still no cure for these diseases, but several brain stimulation techniques have been proposed to improve patients' condition. One of them is Optical Neural Stimulation (ONS), which is based on the application of optical radiation over specific brain regions. The outer cerebral zones can be noninvasively stimulated, without the common drawbacks associated to surgical procedures. This work focuses on the analysis of ONS effects in stimulated neurons to determine their influence in neuronal activity. For this purpose a neural network model has been employed. The results show the neural network behavior when the stimulation is provided by means of different optical radiation sources and constitute a first approach to adjust the optical light source parameters to stimulate specific neocortical areas.

  11. X-ray excited optical luminescence detection by scanning near-field optical microscope: a new tool for nanoscience.

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    Larcheri, Silvia; Rocca, Francesco; Jandard, Frank; Pailharey, Daniel; Graziola, Roberto; Kuzmin, Alexei; Purans, Juris

    2008-01-01

    Investigations of complex nanostructured materials used in modern technologies require special experimental techniques able to provide information on the structure and electronic properties of materials with a spatial resolution down to the nanometer scale. We tried to address these needs through the combination of x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) using synchrotron radiation microbeams with scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) detection of the x-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) signal. This new instrumentation offers the possibility to carry out a selective structural analysis of the sample surface with the subwavelength spatial resolution determined by the SNOM probe aperture. In addition, the apex of the optical fiber plays the role of a topographic probe, and chemical and topographic mappings can be simultaneously recorded. Our working XAS-SNOM prototype is based on a quartz tuning-fork head mounted on a high stability nanopositioning system; a coated optical fiber tip, operating as a probe in shear-force mode; a detection system coupled with the microscope head control system; and a dedicated software/hardware setup for synchronization of the XEOL signal detection with the synchrotron beamline acquisition system. We illustrate the possibility to obtain an element-specific contrast and to perform nano-XAS experiments by detecting the Zn K and W L(3) absorption edges in luminescent ZnO and mixed ZnWO(4)-ZnO nanostructured thin films.

  12. Optical fiber spectroscopy: A study of the luminescent properties of the europium ion for thermal sensors

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    Buoncristiani, A. Martin

    1992-01-01

    Recently, there has been interest in developing a distributed temperature sensor integrated into an optical fiber. Such a system would allow embedding of the optical fiber within or on a structural material to provide for continuous monitoring of the material's temperature. Work has already begun on the development of a temperature sensor using the temperature dependent emission spectra from the lanthanide rare earths doped into crystalline hosts. The lifetime, the linewidth and the integrated intensity of this emission are each sensitive to changes in the temperature and can provide a basis for thermometry. One concept for incorporating this phenomena into an optical fiber based sensor involves bonding the optically active material to the cladding of an optical fiber and allowing the luminescent light to couple into the the fiber by the evanescent wave. Experimental work developing this concept has already been reported. Measurements of the linewidth of Eu3+:Y2O3, diffused into a fiber, made by Albin clearly show a strong and regular dependence on temperature over the range of 300 to 1000 K. We report here on a study of the temperature dependence of the lineshape of the emission at 611 nm using the data in references. We focus attention on understanding the general behavior of the Eu3+:Y2O3 system. Building upon understanding of this system we will be able to establish the physical criterial for a good optical fiber based temperature sensor and then to examine available data on other lanthanide rare earths and transition metal ions to determine the best luminescent system for temperature sensing in an optical fiber.

  13. Structural, optical and luminescence properties of Dy3+ doped bismuth phosphate glasses: Insights from 31P MAS NMR, absorption and photoluminescence

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    Damodaraiah, S.; Prasad, V. Reddy; Ratnakaram, Y. C.

    2017-05-01

    An investigation was carried out to observe structural and optical properties of 0.5 mol% Dy3+ doped different compositions of bismuth phosphate glasses (5, 10, 15 and 20 mol% Bi2O3). The structural characterization was accomplished by X-ray diffraction (XRD), 31P magic angle spin nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR) spectroscopy. The optical properties were studied using absorption and photo luminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters Ωλ (λ=2, 4 and 6) were evaluated from absorption spectra. From photoluminescence spectra, experimental branching ratios (βexp) and stimulated emission cross-sections (σP) were calculated. The decay profiles for 4F9/2 level were recorded and were fit exponential. The obtained results show the prepared Dy3+ doped bismuth phosphate glasses might be useful as good optical material for yellow emission.

  14. Optical filtering and luminescence property of some molybdates prepared by combustion synthesis

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    Yadav, P. J.; Joshi, C. P.; Moharil, S. V.

    2014-10-15

    As an important class of lanthanide inorganic compounds, rare earth ions doped molybdates have gained much attention due to their attractive luminescence and structural properties, supporting various promising applications as phosphor materials in the fields such as white light-emitting diodes, optical fibers, biolabel, lasers, and so on. The molybdate family has promising trivalent cation conducting properties and most of the optical properties result from electron transitions of the 4f shell, which are greatly affected by the composition and structures of rare-earth compounds. In this paper we report the molybdate CaMoO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} for red SSL and Bi{sub 1.4}Y{sub 0.6}MoO{sub 6}, Y{sub 6}MoO{sub 12} for optical filtering, prepared by one step combustion synthesis.

  15. Optical filtering and luminescence property of some molybdates prepared by combustion synthesis

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    Yadav, P. J.; Joshi, C. P.; Moharil, S. V.

    2014-10-01

    As an important class of lanthanide inorganic compounds, rare earth ions doped molybdates have gained much attention due to their attractive luminescence and structural properties, supporting various promising applications as phosphor materials in the fields such as white light-emitting diodes, optical fibers, biolabel, lasers, and so on. The molybdate family has promising trivalent cation conducting properties and most of the optical properties result from electron transitions of the 4f shell, which are greatly affected by the composition and structures of rare-earth compounds. In this paper we report the molybdate CaMoO4:Eu3+ for red SSL and Bi1.4Y0.6MoO6, Y6MoO12 for optical filtering, prepared by one step combustion synthesis.

  16. Efficiency estimates and practical aspects of an optical Kerr gate for time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy

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    Dmitruk, I.; Shynkarenko, Ye; Dmytruk, A.; Aleksiuk, D.; Kadan, V.; Korenyuk, P.; Zubrilin, N.; Blonskiy, I.

    2016-12-01

    We report experience of assembling an optical Kerr gate setup at the Femtosecond Laser Center for collective use at the Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This offers an inexpensive solution to the problem of time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy. Practical aspects of its design and alignment are discussed and its main characteristics are evaluated. Theoretical analysis and numerical estimates are performed to evaluate the efficiency and the response time of an optical Kerr gate setup for fluorescence spectroscopy with subpicosecond time resolution. The theoretically calculated efficiency is compared with the experimentally measured one of ~12% for Crown 5 glass and ~2% for fused silica. Other characteristics of the Kerr gate are analyzed and ways to improve them are discussed. A method of compensation for the refractive index dispersion in a Kerr gate medium is suggested. Examples of the application of the optical Kerr gate setup for measurements of the time-resolved luminescence of Astra Phloxine and Coumarin 30 dyes and both linear and nonlinear chirp parameters of a supercontinuum are presented.

  17. Luminescent conjugated oligothiophenes: optical dyes for revealing pathological hallmarks of protein misfolding diseases

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    Hammarström, Per; Lindgren, Mikael; Nilsson, K. Peter R.

    2010-08-01

    Luminescent conjugated polymers (LCPs) have been frequently utilized for optical biosensors. The detection schemes of these sensors are employing the light harvesting properties or the conformation sensitive optical properties of the conjugated polymers. LCPs have been utilized as colorimetric and fluorescent sensing elements for the recording of biological processes. However, LCPs have several limitations for being used as real time in vivo imaging agents. In this regard, novel thiophene based molecular scaffolds, denoted luminescent conjugated oligothiophenes (LCOs) have been developed. These LCOs are chemically defined molecules having distinct side chain functionalizations and a precise number of thiophene units. Herein the utilization of LCOs as specific ligands for the pathological hallmarks underlying protein misfolding diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, is described. The use of the conformation sensitive optical properties of the LCOs for spectral separation of these pathological entities in a diversity of in vitro, ex vivo or in vivo systems is demonstrated. The protein aggregates are easily identified due to the conformation-dependent emission profile from the LCOs and spectral assignment of protein aggregates can be obtained. Overall, these probes will offer practical research tools for studying protein misfolding diseases and facilitate the study of the molecular mechanism underlying these disorders.

  18. Silicates doped with luminescent ions: useful tools for optical imaging applications

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    le Masne de Chermont, Quentin; Richard, Cyrille; Seguin, Johanne; Chanéac, Corinne; Bessodes, Michel; Scherman, Daniel

    2009-02-01

    Fluorescence is increasingly used for in vivo imaging and has provided remarkable results. Howerver this technique presents several limitations, especially due to tissue autofluorescence under external illumination and weak tissue penetration of low wavelength excitation light. We have developed an alternative optical imaging technique using persistent luminescent nanoparticles suitable for small animal imaging. These nanoparticles can be excited before the injection, and their in vivo distribution can be followed in real-time for several hours. Chemical modifications of their surface is possible leading to lung or liver targeting, or to long-lasting blood circulation.

  19. Optical absorption and luminescence studies of fast neutron-irradiated complex oxides for jewellery applications

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    Mironova-Ulmane, N.; Skvortsova, V.; Popov, A. I.

    2016-07-01

    We studied the optical absorption and luminescence of agate (SiO2), topaz (Al2[SiO4](F,OH)2), beryl (Be3Al2Si6O18), and prehnite (Ca2Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)2) doped with different concentrations of transition metal ions and exposed to fast neutron irradiation. The exchange interaction between the impurity ions and the defects arising under neutron irradiation causes additional absorption as well as bands' broadening in the crystals. These experimental results allow us to suggest the method for obtaining new radiation-defect induced jewellery colors of minerals due to neutron irradiation.

  20. Glucose optical fibre sensor based on a luminescent molecularly imprinted polymer

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    Elosua, C.; Wren, S. P.; Sun, T.; Arregui, F. J.; Grattan, Kenneth T. V.

    2015-09-01

    An optrode able to detect glucose dissolved in water has been implemented. The device is based on the luminescence emission of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer synthesized specifically for glucose detection, therefore its intensity changes in presence of glucose. This sensing material is attached onto a cleaved ended polymer-clad optical fibre and it is excited by light via 1x2 fibre coupler. The reflected fluorescence signal increases when it is immersed into glucose solutions and recovers to the baseline when it is dipped in ultrapure water. This reversible behaviour indicates the measurement repeatability of using such a glucose sensor.

  1. Time-resolved synchrotron radiation excited optical luminescence: light-emission properties of silicon-based nanostructures.

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    Sham, Tsun-Kong; Rosenberg, Richard A

    2007-12-21

    The recent advances in the study of light emission from matter induced by synchrotron radiation: X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) in the energy domain and time-resolved X-ray excited optical luminescence (TRXEOL) are described. The development of these element (absorption edge) selective, synchrotron X-ray photons in, optical photons out techniques with time gating coincide with advances in third-generation, insertion device based, synchrotron light sources. Electron bunches circulating in a storage ring emit very bright, widely energy tunable, short light pulses (<100 ps), which are used as the excitation source for investigation of light-emitting materials. Luminescence from silicon nanostructures (porous silicon, silicon nanowires, and Si-CdSe heterostructures) is used to illustrate the applicability of these techniques and their great potential in future applications.

  2. Density functional theory predictions for blue luminescence and nonlinear optical properties of carbon-doped gallium nitride

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    Hu, XiaoLin; Zhang, YongFan; Zhuang, NaiFeng; Li, JunQian

    2010-12-01

    The TD-B3LYP method and the plane-wave formalism of DFT method were applied to predict the blue luminescence and nonlinear optical effect of C-doped GaN, respectively. The introduction of carbon dopant will generate different acceptor or donor levels, which are mainly composed by p electronic state, within the energy gap of GaN. Exploring the calculated luminescence spectra based on the optimized excited-state structure, C N:GaN exhibits high luminescence intensity and has nice monochromatic property. In addition, the corresponding second-order nonlinear optical coefficients are considerable, χ(2)xzx=-15.07 pm/V and χ(2)zzz=26.91 pm/V, which are about 28 times and 50 times of the second-order optical coefficient of KDP crystal.

  3. Visible light stimulating dual-wavelength emission and O vacancy involved energy transfer behavior in luminescence for coaxial nanocable arrays

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    Yang, Lei; Dong, Jiazhang; Jiang, Zhongcheng; Pan, Anlian; Zhuang, Xiujuan

    2014-06-01

    We report a strategy to investigate O vacancy (VO) involved energy transfer and dual-wavelength yellow emission in coaxial nanocable. By electric field deposition and subsequent sol-gel template approach, ZnO:Tb/Y2O3:Eu coaxial nanocable arrays are synthesized. After visible light excitation, system is promoted to O vacancy charge transfer state of VO(0/+). In the following cross relaxation, energy transfer from VO to the excitation energy level of Tb3+ in ZnO:Tb core area. While in Y2O3:Eu shell area, energy transfer to the excitation energy level of Eu3+. Subsequently, dual-wavelength emission is observed. By constructing nanocable with dual-wavelength emission, yellow luminescence is obtained. Adjust doping concentration of Eu3+ or Tb3+ in the range of 0.01-0.05, chromaticity coordinates of ZnO:Tb/Y2O3:Eu nanocable stably stays at yellow region in color space except ZnO:Tb0.01/Y2O3:Eu0.01. As Vo states act as media in energy transfer process in nanocablers, visible light can stimulate dual-wavelength emissions. Yellow luminescent nanocable arrays will have great applications in light-emitting diode luminescence.

  4. Visible light stimulating dual-wavelength emission and O vacancy involved energy transfer behavior in luminescence for coaxial nanocable arrays

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    Yang, Lei; Dong, Jiazhang; Jiang, Zhongcheng; Pan, Anlian; Zhuang, Xiujuan

    2014-06-14

    We report a strategy to investigate O vacancy (V{sub O}) involved energy transfer and dual-wavelength yellow emission in coaxial nanocable. By electric field deposition and subsequent sol-gel template approach, ZnO:Tb/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu coaxial nanocable arrays are synthesized. After visible light excitation, system is promoted to O vacancy charge transfer state of V{sub O}(0/+). In the following cross relaxation, energy transfer from V{sub O} to the excitation energy level of Tb{sup 3+} in ZnO:Tb core area. While in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu shell area, energy transfer to the excitation energy level of Eu{sup 3+}. Subsequently, dual-wavelength emission is observed. By constructing nanocable with dual-wavelength emission, yellow luminescence is obtained. Adjust doping concentration of Eu{sup 3+} or Tb{sup 3+} in the range of 0.01–0.05, chromaticity coordinates of ZnO:Tb/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu nanocable stably stays at yellow region in color space except ZnO:Tb{sub 0.01}/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sub 0.01}. As Vo states act as media in energy transfer process in nanocablers, visible light can stimulate dual-wavelength emissions. Yellow luminescent nanocable arrays will have great applications in light-emitting diode luminescence.

  5. A method to remove residual signals in fibre optic luminescence dosimeters

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    Lee, J. J.; Liu, P. Z. Y.; McKenzie, D. R.; Suchowerska, N.

    2013-03-01

    Whenever a fibre optic is used to convey a light signal through a radiation field, it is likely that an unwanted background signal will arise from Cerenkov or fluorescent light which will contaminate the signal. In luminescence dosimetry of high energy beams, when a fibre optic is used to convey the signal from the radiation field to the detector, Cerenkov light is the dominant contributor to the background signal and must be corrected for. In this work, a novel method is demonstrated to separate the signal from the unwanted background. A remotely operated shutter is used to block the signal, allowing the residual background in the fibre optic to be quantified. This background is subtracted from the total measurement acquired in a subsequent irradiation, enabling the luminescence signal to be extracted. Two types of shutter mechanism are considered: an electro-mechanical device to intercept the light path and an LCD device to block the light by cross-polarization. Both shutters were characterized and incorporated into a fibre optic dosimetry system used to measure the radiation dose produced by external beam radiation linear accelerators. The dosimeter using each of the shutters in turn was exposed to a 6 MV photon beam to determine their performance, including the measurement of field size dependent output factors. The mechanical shutter determined the output factors to within 0.29% of those measured with an ionization chamber, whereas the LCD shutter gave results that deviated by up to 2.4%. The switching precision of both shutters was good with standard deviations of less than 0.25% and both were able to completely block the light signal when closed. The use of shutters could therefore be applied to any fibre optic based system to quantify and remove a reproducible background arising from any source including ambient, fluorescent and Cerenkov light.

  6. Optical and luminescence properties of Dy3+ doped sodium silicate glass

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    Srisittipokakun, N.; Kaewkhao, J.

    2017-07-01

    The aim of the present work is to study the optical and luminescence properties of Dy2O3 doped Na2O-BaO-Bi2O3-SiO2 glasses. The Dy3+ ion is chosen as dopant because it emits three visible bands, blue (470-485 nm; 4F9/2→6H15/2), yellow (570-580 nm; 4F9/2→6H13/2) and red (640-655 nm; 4F9/2→6H11/2) luminescence and finds its applications in the fields of laser, white LEDs, telecommunication technology and display devices. NaBaBiSiDy glasses with the compositions of (30-x)SiO2: 10Bi2O3: 30Na2O: 30BaO: xDy2O3 where x=0.0, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 mol% were prepared by melt-quenching technique and characterized by using density, optical absorption photoluminescence (PL) and decay rate measurements as function of different concentrations. The density (ρ), molar volume (VM) and refractive index obtained were found to increase with increase in the concentration of Dy2O3 in the glass matrix. The chromaticity coordinates were calculated from emission spectra and analyzed with CIE color diagram and appear in the white light region under ultraviolet excitation.

  7. Measurement of solid-state optical refrigeration by two-band differential luminescence thermometry

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    Hehlen, Markus P; Epstein, Richard I; Patterson, Wendy M; Sheik - Bahae, Mansoor; Seletskiy, D V

    2009-01-01

    We present a non-contact spectroscopic teclmique for the measurement of laser-induced temperature changes in solids. Two-band differential luminescence thermometry (TBDLT) achieves a sensitivity of {approx}7 mK and enables precise measurement of the net quantum efficiency of optical refrigerator materials. TBDLT detects internal temperature changes by decoupling surface and bulk heating effects via time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy. Several Yb{sup 3+}-doped fluorozirconate (ZBLANI) glasses fabricated from precursors of varying purity and by different processes are analyzed in detail. A net quantum efficiency of 97.39% at 238 K (at a pump wavelength of 1020.5 nm) is found for a ZBLANI:1%Yb{sup 3+} laser-cooling sample produced from metal fluoride precursors that were purified by chelate-assisted solvent extraction and dried in hydrofluoric gas. In comparison, a ZBLANI:1%Yb{sup 3+} sample produced from commercial-grade metal fluoride precursors showed pronounced laser-induced heating that is indicative of a substantially higher impurity concentration. TBDLT enables rapid and sensitive benchmarking of laser-cooling materials and provides critical feedback to the development and optimization of high-performance optical cryocooler materials.

  8. Optical stimulation enables paced electrophysiological studies in embryonic hearts

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    Wang, Yves T.; Gu, Shi; Ma, Pei; Watanabe, Michiko; Rollins, Andrew M.; Jenkins, Michael W.

    2014-01-01

    Cardiac electrophysiology plays a critical role in the development and function of the heart. Studies of early embryonic electrical activity have lacked a viable point stimulation technique to pace in vitro samples. Here, optical pacing by high-precision infrared stimulation is used to pace excised embryonic hearts, allowing electrophysiological parameters to be quantified during pacing at varying rates with optical mapping. Combined optical pacing and optical mapping enables electrophysiological studies in embryos under more physiological conditions and at varying heart rates, allowing detection of abnormal conduction and comparisons between normal and pathological electrical activity during development in various models. PMID:24761284

  9. Optical nerve stimulation for a vestibular prosthesis

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    Harris, David M.; Bierer, Steven M.; Wells, Jonathon D.; Phillips, James O.

    2009-02-01

    Infrared Nerve Stimulation (INS) offers several advantages over electrical stimulation, including more precise spatial selectivity and improved surgical access. In this study, INS and electrical stimulation were compared in their ability to activate the vestibular branch of the VIIIth nerve, as a potential way to treat balance disorders. The superior and lateral canals of the vestibular system of Guinea pigs were identified and approached with the aid of precise 3-D reconstructions. A monopolar platinum stimulating electrode was positioned near the ampullae of the canals, and biphasic current pulses were used to stimulate vestibular evoked potentials and eye movements. Thresholds and input/output functions were measured for various stimulus conditions. A short pulsed diode laser (Capella, Lockheed Martin-Aculight, Inc., Bothell WA) was placed in the same anatomical position and various stimulus conditions were evaluated in their ability to evoke similar potentials and eye movements.

  10. Thermal and electron stimulated luminescence of natural bones, commercial hydroxyapatite and collagen.

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    Roman-Lopez, J; Correcher, V; Garcia-Guinea, J; Rivera, T; Lozano, I B

    2014-01-01

    The luminescence (cathodoluminescence and thermoluminescence) properties of natural bones (Siberian mammoth and adult elephant), commercial hydroxyapatite and collagen were analyzed. Chemical analyses of the natural bones were determined using by Electron Probe Micro-Analysis (EMPA). Structural, molecular and thermal characteristics were determined by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and Differential Thermal and Thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TG). Cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra of natural bones and collagen showed similar intense broad bands at 440 and 490 nm related to luminescence of the tetrahedral anion [Formula: see text] or structural defects. A weaker luminescence exhibited at 310 nm could be attributed to small amount of rare earth elements (REEs). Four luminescent bands at 378, 424, 468 and 576 nm were observed in the commercial hydroxyapatite (HAP). Both natural bones and collagen samples exhibited natural thermoluminescence (NTL) with well-defined glow curves whereas that the induced thermoluminescence (ITL) only appears in the samples of commercial hydroxyapatite and collagen. Additional explanations for the TL anomalous fading of apatite, as a crucial difficulty performing dosimetry and dating, are also considered.

  11. Stimulated emission depletion microscopy with optical fibers

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    Yan, Lu

    Imaging at the nanoscale and/or at remote locations holds great promise for studies in fields as disparate as the life sciences and materials sciences. One such microscopy technique, stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy, is one of several fluorescence based imaging techniques that offers resolution beyond the diffraction-limit. All current implementations of STED microscopy, however, involve the use of free-space beam shaping devices to achieve the Gaussian- and donut-shaped Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) carrying beams at the desired colors -- a challenging prospect from the standpoint of device assembly and mechanical stability during operation. A fiber-based solution could address these engineering challenges, and perhaps more interestingly, it may facilitate endoscopic implementation of in vivo STED imaging, a prospect that has thus far not been realized because optical fibers were previously considered to be incapable of transmitting the OAM beams that are necessary for STED. In this thesis, we investigate fiber-based STED systems to enable endoscopic nanoscale imaging. We discuss the design and characteristics of a novel class of fibers supporting and stably propagating Gaussian and OAM modes. Optimization of the design parameters leads to stable excitation and depletion beams propagating in the same fiber in the visible spectral range, for the first time, with high efficiency (>99%) and mode purity (>98%). Using the fabricated vortex fiber, we demonstrate an all-fiber STED system with modes that are tolerant to perturbations, and we obtain naturally self-aligned PSFs for the excitation and depletion beams. Initial experiments of STED imaging using our device yields a 4-fold improvement in lateral resolution compared to confocal imaging. In an experiment in parallel, we show the means of using q-plates as free-space mode converters that yield alignment tolerant STED microscopy systems at wavelengths covering the entire visible spectrum, and hence

  12. Variation of Spectra Luminescence Emission of Moganite under Different Stimulation Sources

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    Garcia-Guinea, J.; Bustillo, M. A.; Crespo-Feo, E.; Tormo, L.; Finch, A. A.; Hole, D. E.; Townsend, P. D.; Correcher, V.

    2009-08-01

    This work focuses on a characterization of various type of luminescence in Moganite-rich silica minerals from Mogan (Gran Canaria, Spain). The silica minerals formed by complicated hydrous processes exhibit luminescence emissions, which depend on sample temperature and type of an irradiation for excitation such as heat, laser, ion-beam, X-ray, incident electron beam and so on. Here we examined thermoluminescence (TL), ion beam luminescence (IBL), radioluminescence (RL), cathodoluminescence (CL) of moganite aliquots combined with Raman spectroscopy for clarification of relationship between lattice defects and the spectral luminescence emissions. The spatially-resolved CL spectroscopy coupled to the environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM-CL) displays different luminescence spectral signals between the moganite veined core (dull emission) and the rim (bright emission) together with larger porosity and additional ions in the outer part, suggesting a later alteration process with alkali, metals and volatile ions for the moganite formation. RL and IBL spectra of silica minerals in core and rim mainly show a progressive increase in intensity of RL emission band at 470-500 nm with decrease in sample temperature, which is caused by cryogenic stress on the [AlO4]0 centers. Continuous H+ ion beam implantation on samples at room temperature produces a subtle diminishing of blue emission and a quite brightening of red emission at 700 nm assigned to Fe3+ point defects. The white turbid rim with opaline SiO2 in cavities emits bright CL emission in panchromatic CL image, and has spectral emission bands at 290 nm with high intensity (100 000 a.u.) and one at 520 nm which are probably related to H2O(Si-OH) groups, H+, Na+ and metallic ions such as Fe3+, Ti4+ and Nb4+. Moganite core zones only display emission bands at 390 nm and 670 nm (8500 a.u.) attributed to [AlO4/Na+]0 centers and silanol groups, respectively.

  13. Stimulation of the human auditory nerve with optical radiation

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    Fishman, Andrew; Winkler, Piotr; Mierzwinski, Jozef; Beuth, Wojciech; Izzo Matic, Agnella; Siedlecki, Zygmunt; Teudt, Ingo; Maier, Hannes; Richter, Claus-Peter

    2009-02-01

    A novel, spatially selective method to stimulate cranial nerves has been proposed: contact free stimulation with optical radiation. The radiation source is an infrared pulsed laser. The Case Report is the first report ever that shows that optical stimulation of the auditory nerve is possible in the human. The ethical approach to conduct any measurements or tests in humans requires efficacy and safety studies in animals, which have been conducted in gerbils. This report represents the first step in a translational research project to initiate a paradigm shift in neural interfaces. A patient was selected who required surgical removal of a large meningioma angiomatum WHO I by a planned transcochlear approach. Prior to cochlear ablation by drilling and subsequent tumor resection, the cochlear nerve was stimulated with a pulsed infrared laser at low radiation energies. Stimulation with optical radiation evoked compound action potentials from the human auditory nerve. Stimulation of the auditory nerve with infrared laser pulses is possible in the human inner ear. The finding is an important step for translating results from animal experiments to human and furthers the development of a novel interface that uses optical radiation to stimulate neurons. Additional measurements are required to optimize the stimulation parameters.

  14. Optical parameters of ITO/TPD/Alq3/Al luminescent structures, containing arrays of CdSe/ZnS colloidal quantum dots

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    Mikhailov, I. I.; Tarasov, S. A.; Lamkin, I. A.; Tadtaev, P. O.; Kozlovich, L. I.; Solomonov, A. V.; Stepanov, E. M.

    2016-08-01

    The luminescent organic ITO/TPD/Alq3/Al structures and CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QD) arrays were created. Electrical and optical properties of the samples were examined. The luminescence of the layers and QD arrays was shown in the range of wavelengths from 400 to 680 nm. Luminescent structures with phosphors corresponding to the emission standards with CRI>98 and with color temperature of 5500 K and 6504 K were created.

  15. Enhanced optical luminescence in ZnO nanostructures following O 1s to pz excitation

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    Rosenberg, R. A.; Shenoy, G. K.; Zhou, X.-T.; Sham, T. K.

    2006-03-01

    Room temperature ultraviolet (˜385 nm) lasing in ZnO nanostructures has recently been demonstrated.^1 This phenomenon is thought to arise from the natural cavity formed by the wurtzite nanostructure and its faceted ends. X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) provides the capability to determine the nature of the sites responsible for producing low energy (1-6 eV) fluorescence. We will present XEOL excitation curves taken at the Zn L and O K edge obtained using both the defect (˜510 nm) and bandgap (˜370 nm) transitions as signals. Results obtained at the Zn L edge resemble the x-ray absorption curve of the nanostructure. However, striking differences are observed at the O K edge. Excitation to states of pz symmetry (along the c axis) leads to enhanced luminescence while excitation to px,y states (lying in the basal plane) decreases the yield. We interpret this phenomenon as resulting from the lower probability of quenching by near surface defects for states excited along the c-axis as opposed to those excited perpendicular to it. 1. M.H. Huang, et al., Science 292, 1897 (2001).

  16. Biochemical affinity sensing systems based on luminescence generation in the evanescent field of optical waveguides

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    Duveneck, Gert L.; Oroszlan, Peter; Abel, A. P.; Klee, B.; Steiner, V.; Ehrat, Markus; Gygax, D.; Widmer, H. M.

    1995-01-01

    We have developed a (bio)chemical analysis system based on luminescence generation and detection in the evanescent field associated with light guiding in an optical fiber. Our intention was directed towards optimization of not only the sensor, including the sensor handling and the immobilization of biochemical recognition elements, but also of the assay chemistry, with special emphasis on methods used for sensor regeneration, of the fluidic system, and of the experimental control software. Goals of this optimization process were not only to achieve high sensitivity, reproducibility and the related precision of the results, but also maximum regenerability of the sensors and system flexibility for a variety of different applications. Four examples of different bioaffinity assays, established on our sensor system, are presented: a competitive immunoassay for atrazine, a sandwich immunoassay for hirudin, a DNA hybridization assay, and first studies for the development of sensors based on membrane- bound receptors. In the atrazine assay, the sensor could be regenerated more than 300 times. In the hybridization assay, a detection limit of 7.5 multiplied by 10-14 M complementary fluorescein-labeled DNA was achieved. The performance of our system is compared with an established enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) on the example of the hirudin assay. In the concluding section of this paper, advantages and disadvantages of our fiberoptic, luminescence-based system, compared with commercialized systems, based on detection of changes of the effective refractive index, are discussed.

  17. Identification of Lanthanide(III) Luminophores in Magnetic Circularly Polarized Luminescence Using Raman Optical Activity Instrumentation.

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    Wu, Tao; Kapitán, Josef; Andrushchenko, Valery; Bouř, Petr

    2017-05-02

    Luminescence of lanthanide(III) ions sensitively reflects atomic environment. However, the signal may be weak and covered by Raman scattering. In the present study magnetic circularly polarized luminescence (MCPL) is explored as a more sensitive tool to recognize the lanthanide signal and assign underlying electronic transitions. MCPL spectra of the Na3[Ln(DPA)3] (Ln = Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er) complexes were recorded on a Raman optical activity (ROA) instrument. The ROA spectrometer equipped with the 532 nm laser excitation sensitively detects differences in scattering of left- and right-circularly polarized light caused by the magnetic field. Weak bands sometimes invisible in unpolarized measurement could be detected as MCPL. Observed transitions were assigned with the aid of the ligand-field theory. MCPL also reflects the environment: chloride and nitrate salts (LnCl3 and Ln(NO3)3) provide a different signal than the complex; for Nd(III) the signal responds to distribution of chloride and nitrate ions around the metal. The MCPL technique thus appears useful for identification and assignment of lanthanide transitions and increases the potential of fluorescent probes for applications in analytical chemistry and imaging.

  18. Effects of heat treatment on physical, microstructural and optical characteristics of PbS luminescent nanocrystals

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    Mozafari, Masoud; Moztarzadeh, Fathollah; Vashaee, Dayoosh; Tayebi, Lobat

    2012-04-01

    The oxidation of lead sulfide (PbS) luminescent nanocrystals (NCs) considerably changes their luminescence characteristics. Hence, an understanding of the oxidation mechanism, the structure and properties of oxidized moieties is important. In this research, well-defined spherical PbS NCs were synthesized via a simple, effective and surfactant-free method and characterized. Then, the effects of heat treatment (at 250, 350, 450 and 550 °C) on the PbS NCs were investigated. The transmission electron microscope (TEM) micrographs of the synthesized PbS NCs revealed that they had a well-defined spherical morphology. In addition, the average crystallite size using Scherrer's formula was about 13 nm and the calculated lattice constant using Bragg's equation was 0.5950 nm, which was very close to the value in the standard card (JCPDS No. 5-592). Furthermore, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that the heat treatment of samples at temperatures of 250, 350,450 and 550 °C in air results in the formation of oxide sulfate phase of the compositions PbSO4 and PbO·PbSO4. The lattice parameter, crystallite size, average internal stress, micro-strain and optical properties of PbS NCs were calculated and correlated with the heat-treatment temperature.

  19. Photo- and thermally stimulated luminescence of polyminerals extracted from herbs and spices

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    Cruz-Zaragoza, E.; Marcazzó, J.; Chernov, V.

    2012-08-01

    Ionizing radiation processing is a widely employed method for preservative treatment of foodstuffs. Usually it is possible to detect irradiated herbs and spices by resorting to luminescence techniques, in particular photo- and thermostimulated luminescence. For these techniques to be useful, it is necessary to characterize the response to radiation of each particular herb or spice. In this work, the thermoluminescence (TL) and photostimulated luminescence (PSL) properties of inorganic polymineral fractions extracted from commercial herbs and spices previously irradiated for disinfestation purposes have been analyzed. Samples of mint, cinnamon, chamomile, paprika, black pepper, coriander and Jamaica flower were irradiated from 50 to 400 Gy by using a beta source. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis has shown that the mineral fractions consist mainly of quartz and feldspars. The PSL and TL response as a function of the absorbed dose, and their fading at room temperature have been determined. The TL glow curves have been deconvolved in order to obtain characteristic kinetics parameters in each case. The results of this work show that PSL and TL are reliable techniques for detection and analysis of irradiated foodstuffs.

  20. Development of an optically-based tension-indicating implanted orthopedic screw with a luminescent spectral ruler

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    Ravikumar, Nakul; Rogalski, Melissa M.; Benza, Donny; Lake, Joshua; Urban, Matthew; Pelham, Hunter; Anker, Jeffrey N.; DesJardins, John D.

    2017-03-01

    An orthopaedic screw was designed with an optical tension-indicator to non-invasively quantify screw tension and monitor the load sharing between the bone and the implant. The screw both applies load to the bone, and measures this load by reporting the strain on the screw. The screw contains a colorimetric optical encoder that converts axial strain into colorimetric changes visible through the head of the screw, or luminescent spectral changes that are detected through tissue. Screws were tested under cyclic mechanical loading to mimic in-vivo conditions to verify the sensitivity, repeatability, and reproducibility of the sensor. In the absence to tissue, color was measured using a digital camera as a function of axial load on a stainless steel cannulated (hollow) orthopedic screw, modified by adding a passive colorimetric strain gauge through the central hole. The sensor was able to quantify clinically-relevant bone healing strains. The sensor exhibited good repeatability and reproducibility but also displayed hysteresis due to the internal mechanics of the screw. The strain indicator was also modified for measurement through tissue by replacing the reflective colorimetric sensor with a low-background X-ray excited optical luminescence signal. Luminescent spectra were acquired through 6 mm of chicken breast tissue. Overall, this research shows feasibility for a unique device which quantifies the strain on an orthopedic screw. Future research will involve reducing hysteresis by changing the mechanism of strain transduction in the screw, miniaturizing the luminescent strain gauge, monitoring bending as well as tension, using alternative luminescent spectral rulers based upon near infrared fluorescence or upconversion luminescence, and application to monitoring changes in pretension and load sharing during bone healing.

  1. Optical characterization, luminescence properties of Er3+ and Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped tellurite glasses for broadband amplification

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    Meruva, Seshadri; Carlos, Barbosa Luiz; Alberto Peres, Ferencz Junior Julio

    2014-03-01

    In the present paper, optical absorption and emission spectra and luminescence decay lifetimes of different concentrations, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1.0 mol% of Er3+ and 0.1Er3+/0.5Yb3+ co-doped tellurite glasses (TeO2-Bi2O3-ZnONb2O5) were reported. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters were determined and used to calculate spontaneous radiative transition probabilities (Arad), radiative lifetimes (τR), branching ratios (β) and stimulated emission cross-sections (σP) for certain emission transitions. NIR emission at 1.5μm and up-conversion spectra of Er3+ and Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped tellurite glasses were measured under excitation wavelength of 980 nm. The absorption, emission and gain cross-sections for 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition of Er3+ are determined. The peak emission cross-section of this transition is found to be higher (9.95×10-21 cm2) for 0.1 mol% of Er3+ and lower (6.81×10-21 cm2) for 1.0 mol% of Er3+ doped tellurite glasses, which is comparable to other oxide glasses. The larger peak emission cross-section for lower concentration of Er3+ is due to the high refractive index of glass matrix (2.1547), relation established from Judd-Ofelt theory. The observed full-widths at half maxima (FWHM) for lower and higher concentrations of Er3+ are 64nm and 96 nm respectively. The larger values of FWHM and peak emission cross-sections are potentially useful for optical amplification processes in the design of Erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFs). Under 980 nm excitation three strong up-conversion bands were observed at 530nm, 546nm and 665nm. The pump power dependent intensities and mechanisms involved in the up-conversion process have been studied. The luminescence decay profiles for 4I13/2 level were reported for all glass matrices.

  2. Dynamic View on Nanostructures: A Technique for Time Resolved Optical Luminescence Using Synchrotron Light Pulses at SRC, APS, and CLS

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    Heigl, F.; Jurgensen, A.; Zhou, X.-T.; Lam, S.; Murphy, M.; Ko, J.Y.P.; Sham, T.K.; Rosenberg, R.A.; Gordon, R.; Brewe, D.; Regier, T.; Armelao, L. )

    2007-01-22

    We present an experimental technique using the time structure of synchrotron radiation to study time resolved X-ray excited optical luminescence. In particular we are taking advantage of the bunched distribution of electrons in a synchrotron storage ring, giving short x-ray pulses (10-10{sup 2} picoseconds) which are separated by non-radiating gaps on the nano- to tens of nanosecond scale - sufficiently wide to study a broad range of optical decay channels observed in advanced nanostructured materials.

  3. Optical rogue waves and stimulated supercontinuum generation

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    Solli, Daniel R.; Ropers, Claus; Jalali, Bahram

    2010-06-01

    Nonlinear action is known for its ability to create unusual phenomena and unexpected events. Optical rogue waves-freak pulses of broadband light arising in nonlinear fiber-testify to the fact that optical nonlinearities are no less capable of generating anomalous events than those in other physical contexts. In this paper, we will review our work on optical rogue waves, an ultrafast phenomenon counterpart to the freak ocean waves known to roam the open oceans. We will discuss the experimental observation of these rare events in real time and the measurement of their heavytailed statistical properties-a probabilistic form known to appear in a wide variety of other complex systems from financial markets to genetics. The nonlinear Schrödinger equation predicts the existence of optical rogue waves, offering a means to study their origins with simulations. We will also discuss the type of initial conditions behind optical rogue waves. Because a subtle but specific fluctuation leads to extreme waves, the rogue wave instability can be harnessed to produce these events on demand. By exploiting this property, it is possible to produce a new type of optical switch as well as a supercontinuum source that operates in the long pulse regime but still achieves a stable, coherent output.

  4. Crystal structures and optical properties of new quaternary strontium europium aluminate luminescent nanoribbons

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    Li, Xufan; Budai, John D.; Liu, Feng; ...

    2014-11-12

    We report the synthesis and characterizations of three series of quaternary strontium europium aluminate (Sr-Eu-Al-O; SEAO) luminescent nanoribbons that show blue, green, and yellow luminescence from localized Eu2+ luminescent centers. These three series of SEAO nanoribbons are: blue luminescent, tetragonal Sr1-xEuxAl6O10 (01-xEuxAl2O4 (01-xEuxAl2O4 (0

  5. Remote optical fiber dosimetry

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    Huston, A. L.; Justus, B. L.; Falkenstein, P. L.; Miller, R. W.; Ning, H.; Altemus, R.

    2001-09-01

    Optical fibers offer a unique capability for remote monitoring of radiation in difficult-to-access and/or hazardous locations. Optical fiber sensors can be located in radiation hazardous areas and optically interrogated from a safe distance. A variety of remote optical fiber radiation dosimetry methods have been developed. All of the methods take advantage of some form of radiation-induced change in the optical properties of materials such as: radiation-induced darkening due to defect formation in glasses, luminescence from native defects or radiation-induced defects, or population of metastable charge trapping centers. Optical attenuation techniques are used to measure radiation-induced darkening in fibers. Luminescence techniques include the direct measurement of scintillation or optical excitation of radiation-induced luminescent defects. Optical fiber radiation dosimeters have also been constructed using charge trapping materials that exhibit thermoluminescence or optically stimulated luminescence (OSL).

  6. X-ray excited optical luminescence studies or ZnS and ZnO nanostructures.

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    Rosenberg, R. A.; Shenoy, G. K.; Heigl, F.; Lee, S.-T.; Tien, L. -C.; Norton, D.; Pearton, S.; Kim, P.-S. G.; Zhou, X. T.; Sham, T. K.; Experimental Facilities Division; Canadian Synchrotron Radiation Facility; City Univ. of Hong Kong; Univ. of Florida; Univ. of Western Ontario

    2006-01-01

    Due to their potential as optoelectronic devices, luminescing nanostructures have been among the most studied in the recent past. Room-temperature UV lasing has been demonstrated in ZnO nanowires. For highly asymmetric wurtzite structures, the orientation of the emitting luminescent dipole with respect to the excited state polarization can play a role in the luminescence yield. ZnS is an important, wide bandgap (E{sub g} = 3.54 eV for the thermodynamically stable zinc blende form at room temperature) II-VI semiconductor. It has been developed for a number of applications including UV light-emitting diodes, injection lasers and phosphors. In this presentation we will discuss results of a study on ZnS nanostructurees using synchrotron-radiation-based, x-ray-excited optical luminescence (XEOL). Results on ZnO will be presented elsewhere. The experimental approach has been described previously. All measurements were performed on beamline 4-ID-C at the Advanced Photon Source. Samples were prepared by a high-temperature growth technique described previously. Briefly, ZnS powder was placed in the center of a horizontal alumina tube upstream of a Si wafer, which was covered with 2 nm thiol-capped gold nanoparticles (used to catalyze the growth). The tube was heated to 1000 C while an Ar/H{sub 2} gas mixture flowed through the tube. This process resulted in the formation of nanoribbons of lengths in the range 10-100 {micro}m and widths less than 100 nm. The samples were characterized by high-resolution TEM images, which showed large areas of hexagonal wurtzite structure interspersed by nanosized regions with cubic sphalerite structure. Using XEOL, we have determined the local phase of the luminescing sites in ZnS nanowires. The inset of the accompanying figure shows the temperature-dependent optical spectrum obtained when exciting the nanowires with 1100 eV x-rays. There are three main peaks: a band-edge, exiton state at 338 nm, a defect-related emission at 430 nm, and a Au

  7. Synthesis, Characterization, Luminescent and Nonlinear Optical Responses of Nanosized ZnO

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    Multian, Volodymyr V.; Uklein, Andrii V.; Zaderko, Alexander N.; Kozhanov, Vadim O.; Boldyrieva, Olga Yu; Linnik, Rostyslav P.; Lisnyak, Vladyslav V.; Gayvoronsky, Volodymyr Ya

    2017-03-01

    In this study, we report soft and solvothermal methods for synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs). Both methods involve a precursor and are carried out at the middle low-temperature regime. The effect of different solvents on the ZnO NPs properties was studied. The nonlinear optical (NLO) response of the NPs was analyzed by the self-action of picosecond laser pulses at 1064 nm and by second harmonic generation (SHG) of a femtosecond laser pulses pump at 800 nm. The luminescence was studied within UV-visible ranges. It was shown that the NLO response efficiency significantly depends on the solvent. The obtained SHG efficiency of small ( 2 nm) ZnO NPs is comparable to the one obtained for large ( 150 nm) commercial ZnO NPs. The observed results are important for the application of the ZnO NPs in biolabeling.

  8. Synthesis, Characterization, Luminescent and Nonlinear Optical Responses of Nanosized ZnO.

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    Multian, Volodymyr V; Uklein, Andrii V; Zaderko, Alexander N; Kozhanov, Vadim O; Boldyrieva, Olga Yu; Linnik, Rostyslav P; Lisnyak, Vladyslav V; Gayvoronsky, Volodymyr Ya

    2017-12-01

    In this study, we report soft and solvothermal methods for synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs). Both methods involve a precursor and are carried out at the middle low-temperature regime. The effect of different solvents on the ZnO NPs properties was studied. The nonlinear optical (NLO) response of the NPs was analyzed by the self-action of picosecond laser pulses at 1064 nm and by second harmonic generation (SHG) of a femtosecond laser pulses pump at 800 nm. The luminescence was studied within UV-visible ranges. It was shown that the NLO response efficiency significantly depends on the solvent. The obtained SHG efficiency of small (~2 nm) ZnO NPs is comparable to the one obtained for large (~150 nm) commercial ZnO NPs. The observed results are important for the application of the ZnO NPs in biolabeling.

  9. Synthesis, characterisation, optical and luminescence properties of CoAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Agilandeswari, K.; Kumar, A. Ruban

    2015-06-24

    Solid state method has been used as an efficient method to synthesize blue pigment CoAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} at a temperature of 800°C. The products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformer infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and luminescent spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction pattern confirmed the formation of single phase CoAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Optical properties of CoAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic shows an energy band gap in the range of 3.10eV. The emission spectra of spinel CoAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} in the visible region confirmed the presence of tetrahedral coordinated Co{sup 2+} ions.

  10. In vivo X-Ray excited optical luminescence from phosphor-doped aerogel and Sylgard 184 composites

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    Allison, Stephen W.; Baker, Ethan S.; Lynch, Kyle J.; Sabri, Firouzeh

    2017-06-01

    X-Ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) is a new and noninvasive diagnostic technique suitable for in situ biochemical imaging and disease detection. The X-Ray excited optical luminescence of phosphor doping in crosslinked silica aerogel and Sylgard 184 hosts was investigated in this study. Composite silica aerogels and Sylgard 184 samples of 5%, 15%, and 50% concentrations by weight of La2O2S:Eu phosphor were prepared and inserted subcutaneously in a Sprague-Dawley rat and excited by X-Ray emission at 70 and 100 kV. A fiber optic bundle positioned within 5 mm of the sample collected the luminescence signal and conveyed it to a photomultiplier detector. The signal intensity scaled with dopant concentration. The time dependence of the predominantly red luminescence consisted of 60 cycle bursts of approximately 8 ms duration. The amplitude was modulated at about 10 Hz with a 60% depth. This indicates the time dependence of the X-Ray source. A simulation showed how to observe phosphor decay between individual burst pulses. The emission from the two types of composite samples was easily detected from the outside of the skin layer. Both Sylgard 184 and crosslinked silica aerogels are biocompatible and bio stable materials that could serve a variety of potential XEOL applications. These very strong signals imply potential for creating new In-vivo sensing applications and diagnostic tools.

  11. Density functional theory predictions for blue luminescence and nonlinear optical properties of carbon-doped gallium nitride

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    Hu, XiaoLin; Zhang, YongFan; Zhuang, NaiFeng; Li, JunQian

    2010-12-15

    The TD-B3LYP method and the plane-wave formalism of DFT method were applied to predict the blue luminescence and nonlinear optical effect of C-doped GaN, respectively. The introduction of carbon dopant will generate different acceptor or donor levels, which are mainly composed by p electronic state, within the energy gap of GaN. Exploring the calculated luminescence spectra based on the optimized excited-state structure, C{sub N}:GaN exhibits high luminescence intensity and has nice monochromatic property. In addition, the corresponding second-order nonlinear optical coefficients are considerable, {chi}{sup (2)}{sub xzx}=-15.07 pm/V and {chi}{sup (2)}{sub zzz}=26.91 pm/V, which are about 28 times and 50 times of the second-order optical coefficient of KDP crystal. -- Graphical abstract: Carbon dopant may introduce the different acceptor or donor level. The blue luminescence of C:GaN are considerable in the region of 400-480 nm, especially that of C{sub N}:GaN. Display Omitted

  12. Evaluation of Dynamic Optical Projection of Acquired Luminescence for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Large Animals.

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    Ringhausen, Elizabeth; Wang, Tylon; Pitts, Jonathan; Sarder, Pinaki; Akers, Walter J

    2016-12-01

    Open surgery requiring cytoreduction still remains the primary treatment course for many cancers. The extent of resection is vital for the outcome of surgery, greatly affecting patients' follow-up treatment including need for revision surgery in the case of positive margins, choice of chemotherapy, and overall survival. Existing imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography are useful in the diagnostic stage and long-term monitoring but do not provide the level of temporal or spatial resolution needed for intraoperative surgical guidance. Surgeons must instead rely on visual evaluation and palpation in order to distinguish tumors from surrounding tissues. Fluorescence imaging provides high-resolution, real-time mapping with the use of a contrast agent and can greatly enhance intraoperative imaging. Here we demonstrate an intraoperative, real-time fluorescence imaging system for direct highlighting of target tissues for surgical guidance, optical projection of acquired luminescence (OPAL). Image alignment, accuracy, and resolution was determined in vitro prior to demonstration of feasibility for operating room use in large animal models of sentinel lymph node biopsy. Fluorescence identification of regional lymph nodes after intradermal injection of indocyanine green was performed in pigs with surgical guidance from the OPAL system. Acquired fluorescence images were processed and rapidly reprojected to highlight indocyanine green within the true surgical field. OPAL produced enhanced visualization for resection of lymph nodes at each anatomical location. Results show the optical projection of acquired luminescence system can successfully use fluorescence image capture and projection to provide aligned image data that is invisible to the human eye in the operating room setting. © The Author(s) 2015.

  13. Enhancing and quenching luminescence with gold nanoparticle films: the influence of substrate on the luminescent properties

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    José Guidelli, Eder; Ramos, Ana Paula; Baffa, Oswaldo

    2016-01-01

    Gold nanoparticle (AuNP) films were sputtered over glass and aluminum substrates to enhance optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), a luminescent technique employed for radiation detection, from x-ray irradiated NaCl nanocrystals. The AuNP films deposited over glass led to enhanced-OSL emission, whereas the AuNP films deposited on aluminum substrates quenched the OSL emission. The enhanced-OSL intensity is proportional to the optical density of the film's plasmon resonance band at the stimulation wavelength. For the case of the AuNP/aluminum films, the luminescence quenching diminishes, and OSL intensity partially recovers upon increasing the distance between the AuNPs and the aluminum substrates, and between the luminescent nanocrystals and the AuNP films. These results suggest that plasmonic interactions between the emitter nanocrystals, the localized surface plasmons (LSP) of the AuNPs, and the substrate are responsible for the OSL enhancement and quenching. In this sense, the substrate dictates whether LSP relaxation occurs by radiative or non-radiative transisitions, leading to enhanced or quenched OSL, respectively. Therefore, besides showing that AuNP films can enhance and/or tune the sensitivity of luminescent radiation detectors, and demonstrating OSL as a new technique to investigate mechanisms of plasmon-enhanced luminescence, these results bring insights on how substrates strongly modify the optical properties of AuNP films.

  14. Luminescence properties of BaTiO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} obtained via microwave stimulated hydrothermal method

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    Pazik, R.; Wiglusz, R.J.; Strek, W.

    2009-06-03

    BaTiO{sub 3} nanocrystalline powders doped with the Eu{sup 3+} ions have been prepared using microwave stimulated hydrothermal method (MSHM). Structure, average grain size and morphology of the BaTiO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} were analyzed by means of the X-ray powder diffraction measurements, Raman spectroscopy and SEM microscopy. The luminescence properties and decay times of the hydrothermal BT:Eu{sup 3+} nanocrystalline powders have been investigated as a function of the grain size, dopant concentration, preparation conditions and sintering temperature. It was found that the studied properties are strongly dependent on the grain size of BaTiO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nano-crystallites.

  15. Surface contamination detection by means of near-infrared stimulation of thermal luminescence

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    Carrieri, Arthur H.; Roese, Erik S

    2006-02-01

    A method for remotely detecting liquid chemical contamination on terrestrial surfaces is presented. Concurrent to irradiation by an absorbing near-infrared beam, the subject soil medium liberates radiance called thermal luminescence (TL) comprising middle-infrared energies (numir) that is scanned interferometrically in beam duration tau. Cyclic states of absorption and emission by the contaminant surrogate are rendered from a sequential differential-spectrum measurement [deltaS(numir,tau)] of the scanned TL. Detection of chemical warfare agent simulant wetting soil is performed in this manner, for example, through pattern recognition of its unique, thermally dynamic, molecular vibration resonance bands on display in the deltaS(numir,tau) metric.

  16. FIBRE OPTICS Mid-IR luminescence of Cr2+ : II — VI crystals in chalcogenide glass fibres

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    Mironov, Roman A.; Karaksina, E. V.; Zabezhailov, A. O.; Shapashnikov, R. M.; Churbanov, M. F.; Dianov, Evgenii M.

    2010-11-01

    Optical fibres have been fabricated for the first time from As2S3 glass containing chromium-doped ZnS and ZnSe crystals, and their optical loss and luminescence spectra have been measured in the mid-IR. In the spectral range 2 — 3 μm, the optical loss in the fibres is 2 — 4 dB m-1. The fibres have a broad luminescence band in the range 1.8 — 3 μm, with a maximum near 1.9 μm, which is due to Cr2+ 5E — 5T2 intracentre transitions in the II - VI host.

  17. Observation on Effect of Optical Stimulation to Human Using Optical Topography

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    Yanai, Hiro-Fumi; Yorimoto, Akiyoshi; Kubota, Toshio; Fujii, Kan-ichi; Kawaguchi, Fumio; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Ichikawa, Noriyoshi; Koshino, Yoshihumi

    2005-08-01

    We have observed the time course features of cerebral response while a subject is performing the visual tracking task or visual tracking plus finger tapping task using Optiocal Topography (OT). The distribution maps of both oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobins are demonstrated in contrast with the time course diagram. The response of the cerebrum differs, depending on whether the optical stimulation is static or dynamic, even when the overall nature of the pattern and intensity of the stimulation is the same. The cerebral response to a dynamic optical stimulation is very rapid and clear, and greater in magnitude than that to static optical stimulation, but it is suppressed when an auxiliary finger tapping task is also performed. From these results, it was confirmed that OT is sensitive to both static and dynamic optical stimulations.

  18. Implantable optical-electrode device for stimulation of spinal motoneurons

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    Matveev, M. V.; Erofeev, A. I.; Zakharova, O. A.; Pyatyshev, E. N.; Kazakin, A. N.; Vlasova, O. L.

    2016-08-01

    Recent years, optogenetic method of scientific research has proved its effectiveness in the nerve cell stimulation tasks. In our article we demonstrate an implanted device for the spinal optogenetic motoneurons activation. This work is carried out in the Laboratory of Molecular Neurodegeneration of the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, together with Nano and Microsystem Technology Laboratory. The work of the developed device is based on the principle of combining fiber optic light stimulation of genetically modified cells with the microelectrode multichannel recording of neurons biopotentials. The paper presents a part of the electrode implant manufacturing technique, combined with the optical waveguide of ThorLabs (USA).

  19. Local probing and stimulation of neuronal cells by optical manipulation

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    Cojoc, Dan

    2014-09-01

    During development and in the adult brain, neurons continuously explore the environment searching for guidance cues, leading to the appropriate connections. Elucidating these mechanisms represents a gold goal in neurobiology. Here, I discuss our recent achievements developing new approaches to locally probe the growth cones and stimulate neuronal cell compartments with high spatial and temporal resolution. Optical tweezers force spectroscopy applied in conjunction with metabolic inhibitors reveals new properties of the cytoskeleton dynamics. On the other hand, using optically manipulated microvectors as functionalized beads or filled liposomes, we demonstrate focal stimulation of neurons by small number of signaling molecules.

  20. Optical spectroscopy of Dy3+ doped borate glasses for luminescence applications

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    Venkata Rao, K.; Babu, S.; Venkataiah, G.; Ratnakaram, Y. C.

    2015-08-01

    Dy3+ ion embedded in (50 - x)B2O3-20PbO-15MgF2-15NaCl-xDy2O3(x = 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0 and 2.0 mol%) borate glasses are prepared and investigated using Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), X-ray Diffractometer (XRD), Raman spectra, optical absorption and photoluminescence (PL) as function of different concentrations. Thermal stability of borate glass has been calculated from DTA profiles. The amorphous nature of glass matrix is confirmed by XRD. Based on Raman spectra, the functional groups that are present in the glass matrices have been analyzed. Based on the Judd-Ofelt theory, three spectral intensity parameters Ωλ (λ = 2, 4, 6) are calculated from absorption spectra. These parameters are used to determine radiative transition probabilities (AR), radiative lifetimes (τR) and branching ratios (βR) of Dy3+ transitions from the excited state manifolds to corresponding lower laying multiplet manifolds. PL spectra show two intense and one weak band due to 4F9/2 → 6H15/2 (blue), 6H13/2 (yellow) and 6H11/2 (red) transitions respectively. For these transitions luminescence properties are studied. With the increase in the concentration of Dy3+ ions, intensity increases up to 0.8 mol% and then concentration quenching is observed. This is (0.8 mol%) the optimized concentration for the present prepared glasses. Lifetimes (τexp) are calculated for all the glass matrices from decay curve analysis. Spectroscopic and luminescence properties at 0.8 mol% doped dysprosium ion are compared with other reported glass matrices. From the above analysis suggest that 0.8 mol% of Dy3+ doped borate glasses can be useful for yellow lighting applications in the visible spectral region.

  1. Luminescence dates for the Paleoindian site of Pedra Pintada, Brazil

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    Michab, M.; Feathers, J. K.; Joron, J.-L.; Mercier, N.; Selo, M.; Valladas, H.; Valladas, G.; Reyss, J.-L.; Roosevelt, A. C.

    Dates are presented for the Paleoindian levels of Pedra Pintada cave in Brazil, based on the thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) study of ten specimens of heated siliceous stones and three of sand, respectively. Also discussed are the details of preliminary mineralogical, radiographic, and analytical work done on the lithic specimens in France and the OSL work done on the sediments in the US. The luminescence dates are in agreement with radiocarbon dates for the same strata.

  2. Cell stimulation with optically manipulated microsources

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    Kress, Holger; Park, Jin-Gyu; Mejean, Cecile O; Forster, Jason D; Park, Jason; Walse, Spencer S; Zhang, Yong; Wu, Dianqing; Weiner, Orion D; Fahmy, Tarek M; Dufresne, Eric R

    2010-01-01

    Molecular gradients are important for various biological processes including the polarization of tissues and cells during embryogenesis and chemotaxis. Investigations of these phenomena require control over the chemical microenvironment of cells. We present a technique to set up molecular concentration patterns that are chemically, spatially and temporally flexible. Our strategy uses optically manipulated microsources, which steadily release molecules. Our technique enables the control of molecular concentrations over length scales down to about 1 µm and timescales from fractions of a second to an hour. We demonstrate this technique by manipulating the motility of single human neutrophils. We induced directed cell polarization and migration with microsources loaded with the chemoattractant formyl-methionine-leucine-phenylalanine. Furthermore, we triggered highly localized retraction of lamellipodia and redirection of polarization and migration with microsources releasing cytochalasin D, an inhibitor of actin polymerization. PMID:19915561

  3. Auto-aligning stimulated emission depletion microscope using adaptive optics.

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    Gould, Travis J; Kromann, Emil B; Burke, Daniel; Booth, Martin J; Bewersdorf, Joerg

    2013-06-01

    Stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy provides diffraction-unlimited resolution in fluorescence microscopy. Imaging at the nanoscale, however, requires precise alignment of the depletion and excitation laser foci of the STED microscope. We demonstrate here that adaptive optics can be implemented to automatically align STED and confocal images with a precision of 4.3 ± 2.3 nm.

  4. Stimulated electronic transition concept for an erasable optical memory

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

    1992-01-01

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

  5. Optical stimulation of the facial nerve: a surgical tool?

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    Richter, Claus-Peter; Teudt, Ingo Ulrik; Nevel, Adam E.; Izzo, Agnella D.; Walsh, Joseph T., Jr.

    2008-02-01

    One sequela of skull base surgery is the iatrogenic damage to cranial nerves. Devices that stimulate nerves with electric current can assist in the nerve identification. Contemporary devices have two main limitations: (1) the physical contact of the stimulating electrode and (2) the spread of the current through the tissue. In contrast to electrical stimulation, pulsed infrared optical radiation can be used to safely and selectively stimulate neural tissue. Stimulation and screening of the nerve is possible without making physical contact. The gerbil facial nerve was irradiated with 250-μs-long pulses of 2.12 μm radiation delivered via a 600-μm-diameter optical fiber at a repetition rate of 2 Hz. Muscle action potentials were recorded with intradermal electrodes. Nerve samples were examined for possible tissue damage. Eight facial nerves were stimulated with radiant exposures between 0.71-1.77 J/cm2, resulting in compound muscle action potentials (CmAPs) that were simultaneously measured at the m. orbicularis oculi, m. levator nasolabialis, and m. orbicularis oris. Resulting CmAP amplitudes were 0.3-0.4 mV, 0.15-1.4 mV and 0.3-2.3 mV, respectively, depending on the radial location of the optical fiber and the radiant exposure. Individual nerve branches were also stimulated, resulting in CmAP amplitudes between 0.2 and 1.6 mV. Histology revealed tissue damage at radiant exposures of 2.2 J/cm2, but no apparent damage at radiant exposures of 2.0 J/cm2.

  6. Fabrication of bright and thin Zn₂SiO₄ luminescent film for electron beam excitation-assisted optical microscope.

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    Furukawa, Taichi; Kanamori, Satoshi; Fukuta, Masahiro; Nawa, Yasunori; Kominami, Hiroko; Nakanishi, Yoichiro; Sugita, Atsushi; Inami, Wataru; Kawata, Yoshimasa

    2015-07-13

    We fabricated a bright and thin Zn₂SiO₄ luminescent film to serve as a nanometric light source for high-spatial-resolution optical microscopy based on electron beam excitation. The Zn₂SiO₄ luminescent thin film was fabricated by annealing a ZnO film on a Si₃N₄ substrate at 1000 °C in N₂. The annealed film emitted bright cathodoluminescence compared with the as-deposited film. The film is promising for nano-imaging with electron beam excitation-assisted optical microscopy. We evaluated the spatial resolution of a microscope developed using this Zn₂SiO₄ luminescent thin film. This is the first report of the investigation and application of ZnO/Si₃N₄ annealed at a high temperature (1000 °C). The fabricated Zn₂SiO₄ film is expected to enable high-frame-rate dynamic observation with ultra-high resolution using our electron beam excitation-assisted optical microscopy.

  7. Crystal structures and optical properties of new quaternary strontium europium aluminate luminescent nanoribbons

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    Li, Xufan; Budai, John D.; Liu, Feng; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Howe, Jane Y.; Sun, Chengjun; Tischler, Jonathan Zachary; Meltzer, Richard; Pan, Zhengwei

    2014-11-12

    We report the synthesis and characterizations of three series of quaternary strontium europium aluminate (Sr-Eu-Al-O; SEAO) luminescent nanoribbons that show blue, green, and yellow luminescence from localized Eu2+ luminescent centers. These three series of SEAO nanoribbons are: blue luminescent, tetragonal Sr1-xEuxAl6O10 (0luminescent, monoclinic Sr1-xEuxAl2O4 (0luminescent, hexagonal Sr1-xEuxAl2O4 (0luminescence properties were investigated. These one-dimensional SEAO luminescent nanoribbons can function as both light generators and waveguides, and thus have promising potential as the building blocks in miniaturized photonic circuitry.

  8. Monte Carlo simulation of an x-ray luminescence optical tomography scanner prototype

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    Rosas-González, S. E-mail: arnulfo@fisica.unam.mx; Martínez-Dávalos, A. E-mail: arnulfo@fisica.unam.mx; Rodríguez-Villafuerte, M. E-mail: arnulfo@fisica.unam.mx; Murrieta-Rodríguez, T. E-mail: arnulfo@fisica.unam.mx

    2014-11-07

    In this work we report the calculation of the deposited energy distribution produced by an x-ray luminescence optical tomography (XLOT) system in a phantom containing different concentrations of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Eu nanoparticles. The calculations were performed via Monte Carlo simulation considering spectra from a W target x-ray tube operating between 30 and 90 kVp, with 1.0 mm Al added filtration. CT and XLOT tomographic images were reconstructed from the same data. The results show that XLOT has better detectability than CT alone, that the dose scales linearly with kVp for a fixed concentration of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Eu and air-kerma rate, the scattered radiation contribution to the total dose and signal is about 20% and that the dose ratio for a 3 mm diameter insert containing 10 mg/ml Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S embedded in a 30 mm diameter water phantom is 6:1. This ratio drops to less than 2:1 for a 1 mg/ml concentration. Finally we show that the method of conjugate images can be used to correct for artifacts due to attenuation effects in XLOT images.

  9. Insights on proximity effect and multiphoton induced luminescence from gold nanospheres in far field optical microscopy

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    Borglin, Johan; Guldbrand, Stina; Evenbratt, Hanne; Kirejev, Vladimir; Ericson, Marica B.; Grönbeck, Henrik

    2015-12-07

    Gold nanoparticles can be visualized in far-field multiphoton laser-scanning microscopy (MPM) based on the phenomena of multiphoton induced luminescence (MIL). This is of interest for biomedical applications, e.g., for cancer diagnostics, as MPM allows for working in the near-infrared (NIR) optical window of tissue. It is well known that the aggregation of particles causes a redshift of the plasmon resonance, but its implications for MIL applying far-field MPM should be further exploited. Here, we explore MIL from 10 nm gold nanospheres that are chemically deposited on glass substrates in controlled coverage gradients using MPM operating in NIR range. The substrates enable studies of MIL as a function of inter-particle distance and clustering. It was shown that MIL was only detected from areas on the substrates where the particle spacing was less than one particle diameter, or where the particles have aggregated. The results are interpreted in the context that the underlying physical phenomenon of MIL is a sequential two-photon absorption process, where the first event is driven by the plasmon resonance. It is evident that gold nanospheres in this size range have to be closely spaced or clustered to exhibit detectable MIL using far-field MPM operating in the NIR region.

  10. Lanthanide doped Bi2O3 upconversion luminescence nanospheres for temperature sensing and optical imaging.

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    Lei, Pengpeng; Liu, Xiuling; Dong, Lile; Wang, Zhuo; Song, Shuyan; Xu, Xia; Su, Yue; Feng, Jing; Zhang, Hongjie

    2016-02-14

    Water-soluble lanthanide (Ln(3+)) doped Bi2O3 nanospheres have been successfully prepared through a solid-state-chemistry thermal decomposition process. The nanospheres exhibit intense upconversion luminescence (UCL) by doping the Ln(3+) (Ln = Yb, Er/Ho/Tm) ions into the Bi2O3 host matrix under 980 nm excitation. The ratio of red/green emission of Bi2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) nanospheres exhibits a significant change as the calcination temperature increases and the value could reach 105.6. Moreover, the UCL of Bi2O3:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) nanospheres are temperature-sensitive, where the intensity ratios of 799 and 808 nm emissions increase monotonously with temperature. The MTT assay reveals that Bi2O3:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) nanospheres exhibit good biocompatibility by grafting citric acid molecules on the surface. The application possibility of Bi2O3:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) nanospheres as bioprobes for optical imaging in vivo is also confirmed by the high-contrast photoluminescence images between the background and the UCL imaging area.

  11. Synthesis and Thermally Stimulated Luminescence of Polycrystalline Sr{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}

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    Dubovik, M.F.; Korshikova, T.I.; Parkhomenko, S.V.; Tolmachev, A.V.

    2005-12-15

    Specific features of the solid-phase synthesis of Sr{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} (x 0-0.15) in air are studied. The photo- and thermally stimulated luminescence of Sr{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} is investigated in the range of Eu content 0.01 < x < 0.15. The main energy parameters of traps are determined. It is shown that the peak of thermally stimulated luminescence at T = 380 K can be related to the decomposition and radiative relaxation of the [Eu{sup 3+}{sub Sr{sup 2}{sup +}} F{sup +} center] pair.

  12. Communication: X-ray excited optical luminescence from TbCl3 at the giant resonance of terbium.

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    Heigl, F; Jürgensen, A; Zhou, X-T; Hu, Y-F; Zuin, L; Sham, T K

    2013-02-14

    We have studied the optical recombination channels of TbCl(3) using x-ray excited optical luminescence at the N(4,5) absorption edge of Tb (giant resonance) in both the energy and time domain. The luminescence exhibits a relatively fast (5)D(3), and a slow (5)D(4) decay channel in the blue and green, respectively. The rather short lifetime of the (5)D(3) state indicates that the decay is mainly driven by Tb-Tb ion interaction via non-radiative energy transfer (cross-relaxation). At the giant resonance the X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) recorded using partial photoluminescence yield is inverted. In the pre-edge region the contrast of the spectral feature is significantly better in optical XANES than in total electron yield. Changes in the intensity of (5)D(3)-(7)F(5) (544 nm) and (5)D(4)-(7)F(6) (382 nm) optical transitions as the excitation energy is tuned across the giant resonance are also noted. The results provide detailed insight into the dynamics of the optical recombination channels and an alternative method to obtain high sensitivity, high energy resolution XANES at the giant resonance of light emitting rare-earth materials.

  13. Power-penalty-free all-optical decryption using stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fiber

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    Yi, L. L.; Zhang, T.; Li, Z. X.; Zhang, Y.; Dong, Y.; Hu, W. S.

    2013-04-01

    We propose to all-optically encrypt and decrypt high-speed optical signals using the stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) effect in optical fiber for the first time. The spectral-shaped SBS gain or loss distorts the broadband optical signal so as to realize optical encryption. A corresponding SBS loss or gain with the same spectral shape and amplitude recovers the distorted signal to implement optical decryption. We experimentally demonstrate the SBS encryption/decryption process on 10.86 Gb s-1 non-return-to-zero-on-off-keying (NRZ-OOK) data using phase-modulated Brillouin pumps to generate a spectral-shaped SBS gain/loss encryption key, and no power penalty is observed for the best decryption case. The proposed all-optical encryption/decryption method is completely compatible with existing fiber-optic communication systems.

  14. Study of optical and luminescent properties of nanocrystals NaYF4:Tm3+, Yb3+ in the UV range in the application of integrated optics

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    Asharchuk, I. M.; Molchanova, S. I.; Rocheva, V. V.; Baranov, M. S.; Sarycheva, M. E.; Khaydukov, K. V.

    2016-12-01

    Studied the photoluminescence properties of synthesized nanocrystals doped with rare-earth ions NaYF4:Tm3+, Yb3+, measured luminescence spectra and absorption in the visible and near infrared regions of 300-1000 nm. Were measured the energy of phonons these nanocrystals, the average phonon energy was 332cm-1. Made optical waveguide impregnated with nanoparticles NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ as the prospect of a compact source of radiation in the visible and UV range.

  15. Transformation-optics simulation method for stimulated Brillouin scattering

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    Zecca, Roberto; Bowen, Patrick T.; Smith, David R.; Larouche, Stéphane

    2016-12-01

    We develop an approach to enable the full-wave simulation of stimulated Brillouin scattering and related phenomena in a frequency-domain, finite-element environment. The method uses transformation-optics techniques to implement a time-harmonic coordinate transform that reconciles the different frames of reference used by electromagnetic and mechanical finite-element solvers. We show how this strategy can be successfully applied to bulk and guided systems, comparing the results with the predictions of established theory.

  16. Stimulated IR emission in an optically pumped cesium vapour

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    Sitnikov, M G; Znamenskiy, Nikolay V; Manykin, Eduard A; Petrenko, Evgenii A; Grigoryan, Grigorii G

    2000-03-31

    It is demonstrated that the optical pumping of a Cs vapour with light pulses of a dye laser tunable within the range of 15390-17920 cm{sup -1} gives rise to high-power stimulated IR emission on several atomic transitions. Analysis of threshold, energy, and spectral characteristics of this emission allowed the mechanism underlying this effect to be explained. (active media. lasers)

  17. Optical stimulation in mice lacking the TRPV1 channel

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    Suh, Eul; Izzo Matic, Agnella; Otting, Margarete; Walsh, Joseph T., Jr.; Richter, Claus-Peter

    2009-02-01

    Lasers can be used to stimulate neural tissue, including the sciatic nerve or auditory neurons. Wells and coworkers suggested that neural tissue is likely stimulated by heat.[1,2] Ion channels that can be activated by heat are the TRPV channels, a subfamily of the Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) ion channels. TRPV channels are nonselective cation channels found in sensory neurons involved in nociception. In addition to various chemicals, TRPV channels can also be thermally stimulated. The activation temperature for the different TRPV channels varies and is 43°C for TRPV1 and 39°C for TRPV3. By performing an immunohistochemical staining procedure on frozen 20 μm cochlear slices using a primary TRPV1 antibody, we observed specific immunostaining of the spiral ganglion cells. Here we show that in mice that lack the gene for the TRPV1 channel optical radiation cannot evoke action potentials on the auditory nerve.

  18. IR luminescence of tellurium-doped silica-based optical fibre

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    Dianov, Evgenii M; Alyshev, S V; Shubin, Aleksei V; Khopin, V F; Gur'yanov, Aleksei N

    2012-03-31

    Tellurium-doped germanosilicate fibre has been fabricated by the MCVD process. In contrast to Te-containing glasses studied earlier, it has a broad luminescence band (full width at half maximum of {approx}350 nm) centred at 1500 nm, with a lifetime of {approx}2 {mu}s. The luminescence of the fibre has been studied before and after gamma irradiation in a {sup 60}Co source to 309 and 992 kGy. The irradiation produced a luminescence band around 1100 nm, with a full width at half maximum of {approx}400 nm and lifetime of {approx}5 {mu}s. (letters)

  19. Effect of an electron beam irradiation on optical and luminescence properties of LiBaAlF6 single crystals

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    Ogorodnikov, I. N.; Pustovarov, V. A.; Omelkov, S. I.; Kirm, M.

    2017-07-01

    Paper reports the effect of a 10 keV, 110 keV and 10 MeV electron beam irradiation on optical and luminescence properties of LiBaAlF6 (LBAF) single crystals at 10, 90, and 293 K. Five absorption bands at 2.0, 3.2, 4.3, 4.9 and 5.5 eV were revealed in irradiated crystals in the energy range of 1.2-9.5 eV. Several PL emission bands (1.7-1.8, 2.2 and 2.5-3.5 eV) related to defects were found in the luminescence spectra at room temperature, while only one luminescence band at E = 2.2 eV appears at T = 90 K in LBAF crystals after a 10 MeV electron bombardment. The PL excitation spectra and time-response for these emission bands were studied at 10, 90, and 293 K. Thermoluminescence (TL) of irradiated crystals was studied in the temperature range of 90-740 K. New TL glow peaks at 166, 530 and 670 K were revealed and their parameters were determined. Temperature dependence of relative photoluminescence yield recorded monitoring emission at the 1.87 and 2.23 eV in the temperature range from 130 to 450 K, were fitted using five quenching processes related to TL glow peaks revealed in our research. Significant similarity in the manifestation of radiation-induced defects for LBAF and previously studied LiBaF3 single crystals is noted. The effect of an electron beam irradiation on optical and luminescence properties of LBAF single crystals and possible origin of the radiation defects were discussed.

  20. Gold Nanorod-assisted Optical Stimulation of Neuronal Cells.

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    Paviolo, Chiara; McArthur, Sally L; Stoddart, Paul R

    2015-04-27

    Recent studies have demonstrated that nerves can be stimulated in a variety of ways by the transient heating associated with the absorption of infrared light by water in neuronal tissue. This technique holds great potential for replacing or complementing standard stimulation techniques, due to the potential for increased localization of the stimulus and minimization of mechanical contact with the tissue. However, optical approaches are limited by the inability of visible light to penetrate deep into tissues. Moreover, thermal modelling suggests that cumulative heating effects might be potentially hazardous when multiple stimulus sites or high laser repetition rates are used. The protocol outlined below describes an enhanced approach to the infrared stimulation of neuronal cells. The underlying mechanism is based on the transient heating associated with the optical absorption of gold nanorods, which can cause triggering of neuronal cell differentiation and increased levels of intracellular calcium activity. These results demonstrate that nanoparticle absorbers can enhance and/or replace the process of infrared neural stimulation based on water absorption, with potential for future applications in neural prostheses and cell therapies.

  1. Luminescence, optical and laser Raman scattering studies on γ -irradiated terbium-doped potassium iodide crystals

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    Bangaru, S.

    2011-02-01

    This paper reports the thermoluminescence (TL), optical absorption and other laser Raman scattering studies performed on terbium-doped KI crystals γ-irradiated at room temperature. Photoluminescence studies confirm the presence of terbium ions in the KI matrix in their trivalent form. Formation of V3- and Z1-centres on F-bleaching of γ-irradiated crystals was observed. The characteristic emission due to Tb3+ ions in the spectral distribution under optically stimulated emission and TL emission confirms the participation of the Tb3+ ions in the recombination process. The Raman bands were identified as the totally symmetric vibration modes of f.c.c. species KI:Tb3+.

  2. Optically Stimulated Electron Emission Contamination Monitor and Method

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    Welch, Christopher S. (Inventor); Perey, Daniel F. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    An apparatus and method for performing quality inspections on a test surface based on optically stimulated emission of electrons. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a device for producing optical radiation having a plurality of different spectrum lines, selecting at least one of the spectrum lines, and directing the selected spectrum line to the test surface, and circuitry for detecting a current of photoelectrons emitted from the test surface, generating a signal indicative of photoelectron current, and for indicating a condition of quality based on the generated signal indicative of the photoelectron current. In one embodiment, the method comprises producing optical radiation having a plurality of different spectrum lines, selecting at least one of the spectrum lines and directing the selected spectrum line to the test surface, detecting a current of photoelectrons emitted from the test surface and generating a signal indicative of photoelectron current, and indicating a condition of quality based on the generated signal indicative of the photoelectron current.

  3. Optical stimulation of the prostate nerves: A potential diagnostic technique

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    Tozburun, Serhat

    There is wide variability in sexual potency rates (9--86%) after nerve-sparing prostate cancer surgery due to limited knowledge of the location of the cavernous nerves (CN's) on the prostate surface, which are responsible for erectile function. Thus, preservation of the CN's is critical in preserving a man's ability to have spontaneous erections following surgery. Nerve-mapping devices, utilizing conventional Electrical Nerve Stimulation (ENS) techniques, have been used as intra-operative diagnostic tools to assist in preservation of the CN. However, these technologies have proven inconsistent and unreliable in identifying the CN's due to the need for physical contact, the lack of spatial selectivity, and the presence of electrical artifacts in measurements. Optical Nerve Stimulation (ONS), using pulsed infrared laser radiation, is studied as an alternative to ENS. The objective of this study is sevenfold: (1) to develop a laparoscopic laser probe for ONS of the CN's in a rat model, in vivo; (2) to demonstrate faster ONS using continuous-wave infrared laser radiation; (3) to describe and characterize the mechanism of successful ONS using alternative laser wavelengths; (4) to test a compact, inexpensive all-single-mode fiber configuration for optical stimulation of the rat CN studies; (5) to implement fiber optic beam shaping methods for comparison of Gaussian and flat-top spatial beam profiles during ONS; (6) to demonstrate successful ONS of CN's through a thin layer of fascia placed over the nerve and prostate gland; and (7) to verify the experimentally determined therapeutic window for safe and reliable ONS without thermal damage to the CN's by comparison with a computational model for thermal damage. A 5.5-Watt Thulium fiber laser operated at 1870 nm and two pigtailed, single mode, near-IR diode lasers (150-mW, 1455-nm laser and 500-mW, 1550-nm laser) were used for non-contact stimulation of the rat CN's. Successful laser stimulation, as measured by an

  4. Hybrid Light Imaging Using Cerenkov Luminescence and Liquid Scintillation for Preclinical Optical Imaging In Vivo.

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    Shimamoto, Masako; Gotoh, Kumiko; Hasegawa, Koki; Kojima, Akihiro

    2016-08-01

    Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) has recently emerged as a molecular imaging modality for radionuclides emitting β-particles. The aim of this study was to develop a hybrid light imaging (HLI) technique using a liquid scintillator to assist CLI by increasing the optical signal intensity from both β-particle and γ-ray emitting radionuclides located at deep regions in vivo. A commercial optical imaging system was employed to collect all images by HLI and CLI. To investigate the performance characteristics of HLI with a commercially available liquid scintillator (Emulsifier-safe), phantom experiments were conducted for two typical β-particle and γ-ray emitters, sodium iodide (Na[(131)I]I) and 2-deoxy-2-[(18)F]fluoro-D-glucose ([(18)F]FDG), respectively. To evaluate the feasibility of HLI for in vivo imaging, HLI was applied to a Na[(131)I]I injected nu/nu mouse and an [(18)F]FDG injected Balb-c mouse and compared with CLI alone. Measured HLI wavelength spectra with Emulsifier-safe showed higher signal intensities than for CLI at 500-600 nm. For material preventing light transmission of 12-mm thickness, CLI imaging provided quite low intensity and obscure signals of the source. However, despite degraded spatial resolution, HLI imaging provided sustained visualization of the source shape, with signal intensities 10-14 times higher than for CLI at 10-mm thickness. Furthermore, at 0, 4, and 8-mm material thicknesses, HLI showed a strong correlation between Na[(131)I]I or [(18)F]FDG radioactivity and signal intensity, as for CLI. In vivo studies also demonstrated that HLI could successfully visualize Na[(131)I]I uptake in the mouse thyroid gland in the prone position and [(18)F]FDG accumulation in the heart in the supine position, which were not observed with CLI. Our preliminary studies suggest that HLI can provide enhanced imaging of a β-particle probe emitting together with γ-rays at deep tissue locations. HLI may be a promising imaging technique to assist

  5. Nanosecond and ultrafast optical power limiting in luminescent Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hexagonal nanomorphotype

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    Thomas, Paulose; Abraham, K. E.; Sreekanth, P.

    2015-02-07

    Nonlinear optical absorption and optical power limiting properties of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hexagonal nanomorphotype are investigated using open aperture Z-scan technique with the 5 ns and 100 fs laser pulses, at 532 nm and 800 nm excitation domains. At relatively low pulse energies (below 5 μJ), sample shows saturable absorption (SA), but on going to the higher energies an interesting switchover from saturable absorption to effective two photon absorption is observed in both excitation domains. The magnitude of effective two photon absorption coefficients is calculated to be in the range of 10{sup −10} m/W for nanosecond and 10{sup −15} m/W for femtosecond laser pulse energies, respectively. XRD and TEM study reveals the polycrystalline nature, hexagonal morphology, and size of the nanostructure. The luminescence emission property is examined by photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). It is found that some strange features exist in the luminescence spectra that are consistent with the nanoparticles size distribution. The PL emission lines are explained as originated from various optical band edges due to the size induced quantum confinement and band gap resonant PL absorption/emission behavior of semiconductor nanostructures.

  6. Exposure to Static Magnetic Field Stimulates Quorum Sensing Circuit in Luminescent Vibrio Strains of the Harveyi Clade

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    Talà, Adelfia; Delle Side, Domenico; Buccolieri, Giovanni; Tredici, Salvatore Maurizio; Velardi, Luciano; Paladini, Fabio; De Stefano, Mario; Nassisi, Vincenzo; Alifano, Pietro

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the evidence of electron-dense magnetic inclusions with polyhedral shape in the cytoplasm of Harveyi clade Vibrio strain PS1, a bioluminescent bacterium living in symbiosis with marine organisms, led us to investigate the behavior of this bacterium under exposure to static magnetic fields ranging between 20 and 2000 Gauss. When compared to sham-exposed, the light emission of magnetic field-exposed bacteria growing on solid medium at 18°C ±0.1°C was increased up to two-fold as a function of dose and growth phase. Stimulation of bioluminescence by magnetic field was more pronounced during the post-exponential growth and stationary phase, and was lost when bacteria were grown in the presence of the iron chelator deferoxamine, which caused disassembly of the magnetic inclusions suggesting their involvement in magnetic response. As in luminescent Vibrio spp. bioluminescence is regulated by quorum sensing, possible effects of magnetic field exposure on quorum sensing were investigated. Measurement of mRNA levels by reverse transcriptase real time-PCR demonstrated that luxR regulatory gene and luxCDABE operon coding for luciferase and fatty acid reductase complex were significantly up-regulated in magnetic field-exposed bacteria. In contrast, genes coding for a type III secretion system, whose expression was negatively affected by LuxR, were down-regulated. Up-regulation of luxR paralleled with down-regulation of small RNAs that mediate destabilization of luxR mRNA in quorum sensing signaling pathways. The results of experiments with the well-studied Vibrio campbellii strain BB120 (originally classified as Vibrio harveyi) and derivative mutants unable to synthesize autoinducers suggest that the effects of magnetic fields on quorum sensing may be mediated by AI-2, the interspecies quorum sensing signal molecule. PMID:24960170

  7. The manifestation of optical centers in UV-Vis absorption and luminescence spectra of white blood human cells

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    Terent'yeva, Yu G.; Yashchuk, V. M.; Zaika, L. A.; Snitserova, O. M.; Losytsky, M. Yu

    2016-12-01

    A white blood human cells spectral investigation is presented. The aim of this series of experiments was to obtain and analyze the absorption and luminescence (fluorescence and phosphorescence) spectra at room temperature and at 78 K of newly isolated white blood human cells and their organelles. As a result the optical centers and possible biochemical components that form the studied spectra where identified. Also the differences between the spectra of abnormal cells (B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia BCLL) and normal ones were studied for the whole cells and individual organelles.

  8. [Photo-stimulated and long persistent luminescence properties of Sr3SiO5 : Eu2+, RE3+ (RE = Nd3+, Ho3+, La3+)].

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    Zhang, Zhe; Xu, Xu-hui; Qiu, Jian-bei; Zhang, Xin; Yu, Xue

    2014-06-01

    A series of electron capture materials Sr3SiO5 : Eu2+, RE3+ (RE = Nd3+, Ho3+, La3+) were prepared by high temperature solid state method. The photo-stimulated luminescence (PSL) and long afterglow performance were evaluated. After excited by UV light, it showed a strong up-conversion photo-stimulated read-out response when stimulated by 980 nm laser, which is attributed to the existence of deep traps (438 K). This property was especially shown in Sr3 SiO5 : Eu2+, La3+ and Sr3SiO5 : EU2+, Ho3+. Subsequently, the trapping depth and carrier concentration were studied. In this way, we verified the cause of PSL. The calculation of parameters of trapping electron in the thermoluminescence spectrum is through the method of Chen's half width, getting the value of trapping depth under the temperature of 438 K, which contrasts to the energy of 980 nm laser radiation. At the same time, the afterglow performance after co-doping with rare earth ion was greatly improved. The afterglow time of Sr3 SiO5 : Eu2+ , La3+ is up to 12 hours. Research results show that the change in mixed trap structure is the primary cause of photo-stimulated and long persistent luminescence properties.

  9. EDITORIAL: Special issue on optical neural engineering: advances in optical stimulation technology Special issue on optical neural engineering: advances in optical stimulation technology

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    Shoham, Shy; Deisseroth, Karl

    2010-08-01

    Neural engineering, itself an 'emerging interdisciplinary research area' [1] has undergone a sea change over the past few years with the emergence of exciting new optical technologies for monitoring, stimulating, inhibiting and, more generally, modulating neural activity. To a large extent, this change is driven by the realization of the promise and complementary strengths that emerging photo-stimulation tools offer to add to the neural engineer's toolbox, which has been almost exclusively based on electrical stimulation technologies. Notably, photo-stimulation is non-contact, can in some cases be genetically targeted to specific cell populations, can achieve high spatial specificity (cellular or even sub-cellular) in two or three dimensions, and opens up the possibility of large-scale spatial-temporal patterned stimulation. It also offers a seamless solution to the problem of cross-talk generated by simultaneous electrical stimulation and recording. As in other biomedical optics phenomena [2], photo-stimulation includes multiple possible modes of interaction between light and the target neurons, including a variety of photo-physical and photo-bio-chemical effects with various intrinsic components or exogenous 'sensitizers' which can be loaded into the tissue or genetically expressed. Early isolated reports of neural excitation with light date back to the late 19th century [3] and to Arvanitaki and Chalazonitis' work five decades ago [4]; however, the mechanism by which these and other direct photo-stimulation, inhibition and modulation events [5-7] took place is yet unclear, as is their short- and long-term safety profile. Photo-chemical photolysis of covalently 'caged' neurotransmitters [8, 9] has been widely used in cellular neuroscience research for three decades, including for exciting or inhibiting neural activity, and for mapping neural circuits. Technological developments now allow neurotransmitters to be uncaged with exquisite spatial specificity (down to

  10. Stimulated emission on impurity – band optical transitions in semiconductors

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    Bekin, N A; Shastin, V N

    2015-02-28

    This paper examines conditions for population inversion and amplification in the terahertz range using impurity – band electron transitions in semiconductors and semiconductor structures. Our estimates indicate that stimulated emission on such transitions under optical excitation of impurities can be obtained in a semiconductor with a sufficiently high doping level if electron heating is restricted. At a CO{sub 2} laser pump power density near 0.2 MW cm{sup -2} (photon energy of 117 meV), the gain in n-GaAs may exceed the loss by 50 cm{sup -1} provided the electron gas temperature does not exceed 40 K. We analyse the influence of the carrier effective mass and doping compensation on the gain coefficient and briefly discuss the use of resonance tunnelling for obtaining stimulated emission on impurity – band transitions in quantum cascade heterostructures. (terahertz radiation)

  11. Unconventional Increase in Non-Radiative Transitions in Plasmon-Enhanced Luminescence: A Distance-Dependent Coupling

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    Guidelli, Eder José; Ramos, Ana Paula; Baffa, Oswaldo

    2016-11-01

    We used Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) from X-ray-irradiated sodium chloride nanocrystals to investigate how silver nanoparticle (AgNP) films enhanced luminescence. We controlled the emitter-AgNP distance and used the OSL intensity and decay times to explore the plasmonic interactions underlying the enhanced luminescence. Both intensity and decay times depended on the emitter-AgNP distance, which suggested that a mechanism involving energy transfer from the localized surface plasmons (LSPs) to the trapped electrons took place through a distance-dependent coupling. Compared to other plasmon-enhanced mechanisms, the energy transfer observed here occurred in the opposite bias: LSP relaxation stimulated electron transfer from non-optically active traps to optically active traps, which culminated in enhanced emission. Therefore, a different mechanism of plasmonic coupling converted optically unreachable electrons into useful luminescence information.

  12. Unconventional Increase in Non-Radiative Transitions in Plasmon-Enhanced Luminescence: A Distance-Dependent Coupling

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    Guidelli, Eder José; Ramos, Ana Paula; Baffa, Oswaldo

    2016-01-01

    We used Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) from X-ray-irradiated sodium chloride nanocrystals to investigate how silver nanoparticle (AgNP) films enhanced luminescence. We controlled the emitter-AgNP distance and used the OSL intensity and decay times to explore the plasmonic interactions underlying the enhanced luminescence. Both intensity and decay times depended on the emitter-AgNP distance, which suggested that a mechanism involving energy transfer from the localized surface plasmons (LSPs) to the trapped electrons took place through a distance-dependent coupling. Compared to other plasmon-enhanced mechanisms, the energy transfer observed here occurred in the opposite bias: LSP relaxation stimulated electron transfer from non-optically active traps to optically active traps, which culminated in enhanced emission. Therefore, a different mechanism of plasmonic coupling converted optically unreachable electrons into useful luminescence information. PMID:27848977

  13. Unconventional Increase in Non-Radiative Transitions in Plasmon-Enhanced Luminescence: A Distance-Dependent Coupling.

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    Guidelli, Eder José; Ramos, Ana Paula; Baffa, Oswaldo

    2016-11-16

    We used Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) from X-ray-irradiated sodium chloride nanocrystals to investigate how silver nanoparticle (AgNP) films enhanced luminescence. We controlled the emitter-AgNP distance and used the OSL intensity and decay times to explore the plasmonic interactions underlying the enhanced luminescence. Both intensity and decay times depended on the emitter-AgNP distance, which suggested that a mechanism involving energy transfer from the localized surface plasmons (LSPs) to the trapped electrons took place through a distance-dependent coupling. Compared to other plasmon-enhanced mechanisms, the energy transfer observed here occurred in the opposite bias: LSP relaxation stimulated electron transfer from non-optically active traps to optically active traps, which culminated in enhanced emission. Therefore, a different mechanism of plasmonic coupling converted optically unreachable electrons into useful luminescence information.

  14. Cooperative stimulated Brillouin and Rayleigh backscattering process in optical fiber.

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    Fotiadi, A A; Kiyan, R V

    1998-12-01

    We observed an unusually narrow spectrum of Stokes field and Gaussian statistics of Stokes power for the stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) process in 300-m single-mode optical fiber with high Rayleigh losses. The measured characteristics of the Stokes radiation indicate that SBS lasing took place in the fiber. The effect is explained as the result of dynamic distributed feedback that is due to double Rayleigh scattering (RS) of the Stokes field. The results of numerical simulation of the cooperative SBS-RS process in fiber are in good agreement with experimental results.

  15. Quartz Luminescence Applied in Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction of a Dune

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    Przegietka, K. R.; Richter, D.; Chruscinska, A.; Oczkowski, H. L.; Lankauf, K. R.; Szmanda, J.; Luc, M.; Chudziak, W.

    2005-01-01

    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescence (TL) dating were applied for studying the evolution of a dune at the archaeological site of Kaldus (Lower Vistula Valley, Poland), where excavation revealed a settlement sequence. The dating results are supported by investigations of optical bleaching characteristics of the dune quartz. The luminescence studies presented here are a part of a wider interdisciplinary project studying the dynamics of the local geomorphology and its relationship to human activity at the site from prehistoric times until early medieval ages.

  16. Generation of efficient 33 GHz optical combs using cascaded stimulated Brillouin scattering effects in optical fiber

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    Al-Mansoori, M. H.; Al-Sheriyani, A.; Al-Nassri, S.; Hasoon, F. N.

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate a multi-wavelength Brillouin-erbium fiber laser (BEFL) with ~33 GHz frequency spacing using cascaded stimulated Brillouin scattering effects in optical fiber. The proposed laser structure exhibits a stable output channel with a tuning range of 19 nm, from 1549 nm to 1568 nm. The number of stable output channels produced is six channels with a triple-Brillouin frequency spacing. The output channels exhibit high output power and high optical signal-to-noise ratios (OSNRs). The laser structure has the potential to be used as a multi-wavelength source for optical communication systems.

  17. Optical Phase Conjugation via Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Multimode Optical Fiber

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    1990-09-01

    Stimulated Scattering in Liquids. Phys. Rev., 171:160-171, July 1968. 46. D. Marcuse. Theory of Dielectric Optical Waveguides. In Quantum Electronics ... Principles and Applications, edited by Y. Pao. Academic Press, New York, 1974. 58 SECURITY CLASSIFICATION O r THIS PAGE Form ApprovedREPORT

  18. Stimulated Brillouin scattering in single mode optical fiber

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    Davis, Michael Andrew

    1997-09-01

    This thesis describes a number of experiments that have been performed to study various effects of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in single mode optical fibers. We have investigated the scattering process by measuring the power limiting effects and increased noise characteristics under different conditions. Additionally, we show a correlation between the relative intensity noise of the Brillouin scattered signal and its spectral bandwidth, which reinforces the theory that spontaneous Brillouin scattering is 'seeded' by random thermal perturbations in the optical fiber. This initial work demonstrates the potentially detrimental effects SBS can have on optical fiber systems. We have therefore also investigated a technique that will suppress the generation of Brillouin scattering. A phase modulation concept is described and the performance of the scheme is demonstrated with Mach-Zehnder interferometric sensors. In addition to the negative effects of SBS, certain aspects of the scattering process, such as the inherent Brillouin gain, can be used in a beneficial manner. We experiment with using the Brillouin scattering gain to produce a ring resonator laser and the generation of multiple laser signals. Furthermore, we demonstrate the use of the SBS gain to sense external strain and temperature perturbations of the optical fiber.

  19. EMCCD based luminescence imaging system for spatially resolved geo-chronometric and radiation dosimetric applications

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    Chauhan, N.; Adhyaru, P.; Vaghela, H.; Singhvi, A. K.

    2014-11-01

    We report the development of an Electron Multiplier Charge Coupled Device (EMCCD) based luminescence dating system. The system enables position sensitive measurements of luminescence for the estimation of spatially resolved distribution of equivalent dose for complex geological samples. The system includes: 1) a sample stimulation unit (with both thermal and optical stimulations), 2) an optics unit that comprises imaging optics and, 3) a data acquisition and processing unit. The system works in a LabVIEW environment with a graphical user interface (GUI). User specified stimulation protocols enable thermal and optical stimulation in any desired combination. The optics unit images the luminescence on to a EMCCD (512 × 512 pixels, each of 16μm × 16μm size) and maintains a unit magnification. This unit has flexible focusing and a filter housing that enables change of filters combinations without disturbing the setup. Time integrated EMCCD images of luminescence from the sample are acquired as a function of programmable dwell time and these images are processed using indigenously developed MATLAB based programs. Additionally, the programs align the acquired images using a set of control points (identifier features on the images) to a single pixel accuracy. The dose evaluation is based on integrated intensity from selected pixels followed by generation of a growth curve giving luminescence as a function of applied beta doses. Development of this EMCCD camera based luminescence system will enable in-situ luminescence measurements of the samples, without the requirement of separating mineral grains from their matrix. It will also allow age estimation of samples such as lithic artifacts/structures via dating of their surfaces, fusion crust of meteorites, pedogenic carbonates, etc and will additionally open up possibilities of application like testing spatial uniformity of doping in artificial luminescence phosphors, dating/dosimetry of inclusions etc.

  20. Selectivity of neural stimulation in the auditory system: a comparison of optic and electric stimuli.

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    Izzo, Agnella D; Suh, Eul; Pathria, Jyoti; Walsh, Joseph T; Whitlon, Donna S; Richter, Claus-Peter

    2007-01-01

    Pulsed, mid-infrared lasers were recently investigated as a method to stimulate neural activity. There are significant benefits of optically stimulating nerves over electrically stimulating, in particular the application of more spatially confined neural stimulation. We report results from experiments in which the gerbil auditory system was stimulated by optical radiation, acoustic tones, or electric current. Immunohistochemical staining for the protein c-FOS revealed the spread of excitation. We demonstrate a spatially selective activation of neurons using a laser; only neurons in the direct optical path are stimulated. This pattern of c-FOS labeling is in contrast to that after electrical stimulation. Electrical stimulation leads to a large, more spatially extended population of labeled, activated neurons. In the auditory system, optical stimulation of nerves could have a significant impact on the performance of cochlear implants, which can be limited by the electric current spread.

  1. Optical properties of tris(cyclopentadienyl)gadolinium. Luminescence from an interligand triplet under ambient conditions

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    Strasser, Andreas; Vogler, Arnd

    2003-09-01

    The organometallic compound GdCp 3 (Cp=cyclopentadienyl) in ether solution shows a green luminescence ( λmax=523 nm, φ=0.2). It is suggested that this emission originates from a triplet of the Cp 33- moiety.

  2. Synthesis and optical properties of macrocyclic lanthanide(III) chelates as new reagents for luminescent biolabeling.

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    Deslandes, Sébastien; Galaup, Chantal; Poole, Robert; Mestre-Voegtlé, Béatrice; Soldevila, Stéphanie; Leygue, Nadine; Bazin, Hervé; Lamarque, Laurent; Picard, Claude

    2012-11-14

    The convenient and efficient synthesis of two macrocyclic ligands (15- and 18-membered) based on a dipyrido-6,7,8,9-tetrahydrophenazine (dpqc) or 2,2':6',2''-terpyridine (tpy) heterocycle and a DTTA (diethylenetriaminetriacetic acid) skeleton is described. In these ligands the DTTA skeleton contains an additional extracyclic functionality (NH(2) group) suitable for covalent attachment to bioactive molecules. These octa- and nonadentate ligands form very stable and luminescent neutral lanthanide complexes in aqueous solutions at physiological pH. The corresponding Eu(III) and Tb(III) complexes are characterized by a maximum absorption wavelength compatible with nitrogen laser excitation (337 nm) and attractive lifetimes and quantum yields. Further introduction of a maleimide bioconjugatable handle in the Eu(III) complexes was investigated and a valuable luminescence brightness above 1500 dm(3) mol(-1) cm(-1) at 337 nm was obtained with the corresponding Eu(III) tpy-derivative. Finally, these two luminescent chelates were grafted onto thiol residues of a model antibody (Mab GSS11) without loss of their luminescent properties.

  3. Enhancement of luminescence of Rhodamine B by gold nanoparticles in thin films on glass for active optical materials applications

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    Levchenko, Viktoria; Grouchko, Michael; Magdassi, Shlomo; Saraidarov, Tsiala; Reisfeld, Renata

    2011-12-01

    Fluorescent dyes in solid matrices have many potential applications provided that their high optical efficiencies are achieved. We present here gold nanoparticles formed and incorporated together with fluorescent dye Rhodamine B into a film of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). The increase of fluorescence of the dye results from its interaction with surface plasmons. The electric charge on the gold nanoparticles and the distance between them and the dye molecules has a significant effect on the fluorescence intensity. Fluorescence enhancement of 74% was achieved for the negatively charged particles. Dynamic measurements reveal decrease of fluorescent lifetimes of the dye in presence of gold nanoparticles. Our findings enable utilization of films with enhanced fluorescence in optical materials such as luminescence solar concentrators, solid state tunable laser and active waveguides.

  4. Photoluminescence, thermally stimulated luminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance investigations of Tb{sup 3+} doped SrBPO{sub 5}

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    Kumar, Mithlesh; Seshagiri, T.K.; Kadam, R.M.; Godbole, S.V.

    2011-09-15

    Graphical abstract: EPR spectra of BOHC's in 2 kGy {gamma}-irradiated SrBPO{sub 5}:Tb sample using Receiver Gain RG = 4 x 10{sup 4}, Modulation Amplitude MA = 0.25 G, Microwave power setting 6.3 mW: (A) un-annealed sample recorded at 300 K, (B) un-annealed sample recorded at 100 K and (C) sample annealed at 550 K for 10 min and recorded at 100 K. Highlights: {yields} PL studies on Tb doped SrBPO{sub 5} phosphor have shown emission due to Tb{sup 3+} associated with {sup 5}D{sub 3} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub J} and {sup 5}D{sub 4} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 3, 4, 5 and 6) transitions. {yields} The EPR studies on {gamma}-irradiated samples revealed formation of three types of boron oxygen hole trapped centres viz., BOHC{sub 1}, BOHC{sub 2} and BOHC{sub 3} and an electron trapped centre. {yields} The TSL peak at 475 K was associated with the thermal destruction of BOHC{sub 2}. -- Abstract: Trap level spectroscopic studies were carried out on {gamma}-irradiated Tb (1 mole%) doped SrBPO{sub 5} were carried out using photoluminescence (PL), thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques. The incorporation of Tb in the 3+ oxidation state was ascertained from PL studies. Life time for Tb{sup 3+} emission corresponding to the intense transition {sup 5}D{sub 4} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 5} at 543 nm was determined. The spectral characteristics of the TSL glows have shown that Tb{sup 3+} ions act as the emission center for the glow peak at 475 K. The trap parameters of the glow peak were determined. EPR investigations at room temperature/77 K revealed the stabilization of three boron oxygen hole trapped centers (BOHC's) and oxygen centered radicals such as O{sup -} and O{sub 2}{sup -} and trapped electrons in room temperature {gamma}-irradiated samples. TSL glow peak at 475 K was found to be associated with recombination of electron released from trapped electron center and the BOHC{sub 2} center.

  5. Internal luminescence efficiencies in InGaP/GaAs/Ge triple-junction solar cells evaluated from photoluminescence through optical coupling between subcells.

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    Tex, David M; Imaizumi, Mitsuru; Akiyama, Hidefumi; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2016-12-08

    In-situ characterization is one of the most powerful techniques to improve material quality and device performance. Especially in view of highly efficient tandem solar cells this is an important issue for improving the cost-performance ratio. Optical techniques are suitable characterization methods, since they are non-destructing and contactless. In this work, we measured the power dependence of photoluminescence (PL) from the InGaP and GaAs subcells of an industry-standard triple-junction solar cell. High luminescence yields enhance the luminescence coupling, which was directly verified by time-resolved PL measurements. We present a new method to determine the internal luminescence efficiencies of InGaP and GaAs subcells with the aid of luminescence coupling. High luminescence efficiencies of 90% for GaAs and more than 20% for InGaP were found, which suggest that the material quality of the grown GaAs layer is excellent while the intrinsic luminescence limit of InGaP is still not reached even for high excitation conditions. The PL method is useful for probing the intrinsic material properties of the subcells in flat band condition, without influence of transport. Since no calibration of absolute PL is required, a fast screening of the material quality is possible, which should be extremely helpful for the solar cell industry.

  6. Internal luminescence efficiencies in InGaP/GaAs/Ge triple-junction solar cells evaluated from photoluminescence through optical coupling between subcells

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    Tex, David M.; Imaizumi, Mitsuru; Akiyama, Hidefumi; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2016-01-01

    In-situ characterization is one of the most powerful techniques to improve material quality and device performance. Especially in view of highly efficient tandem solar cells this is an important issue for improving the cost-performance ratio. Optical techniques are suitable characterization methods, since they are non-destructing and contactless. In this work, we measured the power dependence of photoluminescence (PL) from the InGaP and GaAs subcells of an industry-standard triple-junction solar cell. High luminescence yields enhance the luminescence coupling, which was directly verified by time-resolved PL measurements. We present a new method to determine the internal luminescence efficiencies of InGaP and GaAs subcells with the aid of luminescence coupling. High luminescence efficiencies of 90% for GaAs and more than 20% for InGaP were found, which suggest that the material quality of the grown GaAs layer is excellent while the intrinsic luminescence limit of InGaP is still not reached even for high excitation conditions. The PL method is useful for probing the intrinsic material properties of the subcells in flat band condition, without influence of transport. Since no calibration of absolute PL is required, a fast screening of the material quality is possible, which should be extremely helpful for the solar cell industry. PMID:27929037

  7. Internal luminescence efficiencies in InGaP/GaAs/Ge triple-junction solar cells evaluated from photoluminescence through optical coupling between subcells

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    Tex, David M.; Imaizumi, Mitsuru; Akiyama, Hidefumi; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2016-12-01

    In-situ characterization is one of the most powerful techniques to improve material quality and device performance. Especially in view of highly efficient tandem solar cells this is an important issue for improving the cost-performance ratio. Optical techniques are suitable characterization methods, since they are non-destructing and contactless. In this work, we measured the power dependence of photoluminescence (PL) from the InGaP and GaAs subcells of an industry-standard triple-junction solar cell. High luminescence yields enhance the luminescence coupling, which was directly verified by time-resolved PL measurements. We present a new method to determine the internal luminescence efficiencies of InGaP and GaAs subcells with the aid of luminescence coupling. High luminescence efficiencies of 90% for GaAs and more than 20% for InGaP were found, which suggest that the material quality of the grown GaAs layer is excellent while the intrinsic luminescence limit of InGaP is still not reached even for high excitation conditions. The PL method is useful for probing the intrinsic material properties of the subcells in flat band condition, without influence of transport. Since no calibration of absolute PL is required, a fast screening of the material quality is possible, which should be extremely helpful for the solar cell industry.

  8. A 3D glass optrode array for optical neural stimulation

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    Abaya, T.V.F.; Blair, S.; Tathireddy, P.; Rieth, L.; Solzbacher, F.

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents optical characterization of a first-generation SiO2 optrode array as a set of penetrating waveguides for both optogenetic and infrared (IR) neural stimulation. Fused silica and quartz discs of 3-mm thickness and 50-mm diameter were micromachined to yield 10 × 10 arrays of up to 2-mm long optrodes at a 400-μm pitch; array size, length and spacing may be varied along with the width and tip angle. Light delivery and loss mechanisms through these glass optrodes were characterized. Light in-coupling techniques include using optical fibers and collimated beams. Losses involve Fresnel reflection, coupling, scattering and total internal reflection in the tips. Transmission efficiency was constant in the visible and near-IR range, with the highest value measured as 71% using a 50-μm multi-mode in-coupling fiber butt-coupled to the backplane of the device. Transmittance and output beam profiles of optrodes with different geometries was investigated. Length and tip angle do not affect the amount of output power, but optrode width and tip angle influence the beam size and divergence independently. Finally, array insertion in tissue was performed to demonstrate its robustness for optical access in deep tissue. PMID:23243561

  9. Optical and luminescence studies of ZnMoO 4 using vacuum ultraviolet synchrotron radiation

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    Mikhailik, V. B.; Kraus, H.; Wahl, D.; Ehrenberg, H.; Mykhaylyk, M. S.

    2006-06-01

    In this paper we present a characterisation of ZnMoO 4 using spectroscopic techniques. Reflection, luminescence and luminescence excitation spectra were measured over the temperature range 8-295 K using VUV synchrotron radiation. The emission spectrum of the crystal exhibits a broad band with a maximum around 1.95 eV at 80 K that is attributed to the radiative transitions within MO 42- oxyanion complex. An interpretation of the observed features of the electronic excitations in the crystal is given based on present knowledge of the electronic structure and emission properties of molybdate crystals. The results of this study suggest that ZnMoO 4 is a suitable candidate for further testing for implementation as a target material in cryogenic scintillation searches for rare events.

  10. X-ray absorption fine structure and X-ray excited optical luminescence studies of II-VI semiconducting nanostructures

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    Murphy, Michael Wayne

    2010-06-01

    Various II-VI semiconducting nanomaterials such as ZnO-ZnS nanoribbons (NRs), CdSxSe1-x nanostructures, ZnS:Mn NRs, ZnS:Mn,Eu nanoprsims (NPs), ZnO:Mn nanopowders, and ZnO:Co nanopowders were synthesized for study. These materials were characterized by techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, element dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, selected area electron diffraction, and X-ray diffraction. The electronic and optical properties of these nanomaterials were studied by X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy and X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) techniques, using tuneable soft X-rays from a synchrotron light source. The complementary nature ofthe XAFS and XEOL techniques give site, element and chemical specific measurements which allow a better understanding of the interplay and role of each element in the system. Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of ZnS powder in a limited oxygen environment resulted in side-by-side biaxial ZnO-ZnS NR heterostructures. The resulting NRs contained distinct wurtzite ZnS and wurtzite ZnO components with widths of 10--100 nm and 20 --500 nm, respectively and a uniform interface region of 5-15 nm. XAFS and XEOL measurements revealed the luminescence of ZnO-ZnS NRs is from the ZnO component. The luminescence of CdSxSe1-x nanostructures is shown to be dependent on the S to Se ratio, with the band-gap emission being tunable between that of pure CdS and CdSe. Excitation of the CdSxSe 1-x nanostructures by X-ray in XEOL has revealed new de-excitation channels which show a defect emission band not seen by laser excitation. CVD of Mn2+ doped ZnS results in nanostructures with luminescence dominated by the yellow Mn2+ emission due to energy transfer from the ZnS host to the Mn dopant sites. The addition of EuCl3 to the reactants in the CVD process results in a change in morphology from NR to NP. Zn1-xMnxO and Zn1-xCOxO nanopowders were prepared by sol-gel methods at dopant concentrations

  11. Multicolour optical coding from a series of luminescent lanthanide complexes with a unique antenna.

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    Wartenberg, Nicolas; Raccurt, Olivier; Bourgeat-Lami, Elodie; Imbert, Daniel; Mazzanti, Marinella

    2013-03-04

    The bis-tetrazolate-pyridine ligand H(2)pytz sensitises efficiently the visible and/or near-IR luminescence emission of ten lanthanide cations (Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb). The Ln(III) complexes present sizeable quantum yields in both domains with a single excitation source. The wide range of possible colour combinations in water, organic solvents and the solid state makes the complexes very attractive for labelling and encoding.

  12. Optical spectra and luminescence of REE and TRU for analytical purposes in chloride melts

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    Aloy, A.S.; Gorshkov, N.G.; Nekhoroshkov, S.N.; Osipenko, A.G.; Mayorshin, A.A.

    2013-07-01

    This paper analyzes absorption spectra of molten salts containing some of the actinide and rare-earth elements (REE) and evaluated the prospects of using the individual transitions to control the composition of the spent molten salts using adsorption and luminescence spectroscopy from the standpoint of the theory of Judd-Ofelt. It is shown that the fluorescent method can be recommended only for the monitoring of the degree of purification of the molten salt from the REE in the final stage, when only trace amounts of fission products are in the molten salt. In this case, the content of REE in the molten process is much smaller than that of the used model samples and that eliminates the problem of a significant decrease in the population levels of fluorescent Eu{sup 3+} by quenching impurities. In addition, the presence of salt in the matrix of americium and curium can cause self-luminescence of Eu{sup 3+} due to alpha disintegration energy of transuranics, which also complicates the quantitative measurement of luminescence for the determination of REE.

  13. Improved properties of phosphor-filled luminescent down-shifting layers: reduced scattering, optical model, and optimization for PV application

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    Solodovnyk, Anastasiia; Lipovšek, Benjamin; Forberich, Karen; Stern, Edda; Krč, Janez; Batentschuk, Miroslaw; Topič, Marko; Brabec, Christoph J.

    2015-12-01

    We studied the optical properties of polymer layers filled with phosphor particles in two aspects. First, we used two different polymer binders with refractive indices n = 1.46 and n = 1.61 (λ = 600 nm) to decrease Δn with the phosphor particles (n = 1.81). Second, we prepared two particle size distributions D50 = 12 μm and D50 = 19 μm. The particles were dispersed in both polymer binders in several volume concentrations and coated onto glass with thicknesses of 150 - 600 μm. We present further a newly developed optical model for simulation and optimization of such luminescent down-shifting (LDS) layers. The model is developed within the ray tracing framework of the existing optical simulator CROWM (Combined Ray Optics / Wave Optics Model), which enables simulation of standalone LDS layers as well as complete solar cells (including thick and thin layers) enhanced by the LDS layers for an improved solar spectrum harvesting. Experimental results and numerical simulations show that the layers of the higher refractive index binder with larger particles result in the highest optical transmittance in the visible light spectrum. Finally we proved that scattering of the phosphor particles in the LDS layers may increase the overall light harvesting in the solar cell. We used numerical simulations to determine optimal layer composition for application in realistic thin-film photovoltaic devices. Surprisingly LDS layers with lower measured optical transmittance are more efficient when applied onto the solar cells due to graded refractive index and efficient light scattering. Therefore, our phosphor-filled LDS layers could possibly complement other light-coupling techniques in photovoltaics.

  14. Continuous-wave infrared optical nerve stimulation for potential diagnostic applications

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    Tozburun, Serhat; Cilip, Christopher M.; Lagoda, Gwen A.; Burnett, Arthur L.; Fried, Nathaniel M.

    2010-09-01

    Optical nerve stimulation using infrared laser radiation has recently been developed as a potential alternative to electrical nerve stimulation. However, recent studies have focused primarily on pulsed delivery of the laser radiation and at relatively low pulse rates. The objective of this study is to demonstrate faster optical stimulation of the prostate cavernous nerves using continuous-wave (cw) infrared laser radiation for potential diagnostic applications. A thulium fiber laser (λ=1870 nm) is used for noncontact optical stimulation of the rat prostate cavernous nerves in vivo. Optical nerve stimulation, as measured by an intracavernous pressure (ICP) response in the penis, is achieved with the laser operating in either cw mode, or with a 5-ms pulse duration at 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 100 Hz. Successful optical stimulation is observed to be primarily dependent on a threshold nerve temperature (42 to 45 °C), rather than an incident fluence, as previously reported. cw optical nerve stimulation provides a significantly faster ICP response time using a lower power (and also less expensive) laser than pulsed stimulation. cw optical nerve stimulation may therefore represent an alternative mode of stimulation for intraoperative diagnostic applications where a rapid response is critical, such as identification of the cavernous nerves during prostate cancer surgery.

  15. Continuous-wave infrared optical nerve stimulation for potential diagnostic applications.

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    Tozburun, Serhat; Cilip, Christopher M; Lagoda, Gwen A; Burnett, Arthur L; Fried, Nathaniel M

    2010-01-01

    Optical nerve stimulation using infrared laser radiation has recently been developed as a potential alternative to electrical nerve stimulation. However, recent studies have focused primarily on pulsed delivery of the laser radiation and at relatively low pulse rates. The objective of this study is to demonstrate faster optical stimulation of the prostate cavernous nerves using continuous-wave (cw) infrared laser radiation for potential diagnostic applications. A thulium fiber laser (λ=1870 nm) is used for noncontact optical stimulation of the rat prostate cavernous nerves in vivo. Optical nerve stimulation, as measured by an intracavernous pressure (ICP) response in the penis, is achieved with the laser operating in either cw mode, or with a 5-ms pulse duration at 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 100 Hz. Successful optical stimulation is observed to be primarily dependent on a threshold nerve temperature (42 to 45 °C), rather than an incident fluence, as previously reported. cw optical nerve stimulation provides a significantly faster ICP response time using a lower power (and also less expensive) laser than pulsed stimulation. cw optical nerve stimulation may therefore represent an alternative mode of stimulation for intraoperative diagnostic applications where a rapid response is critical, such as identification of the cavernous nerves during prostate cancer surgery.

  16. Optogenetics Based Rat-Robot Control: Optical Stimulation Encodes "Stop" and "Escape" Commands.

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    Chen, SiCong; Zhou, Hong; Guo, SongChao; Zhang, JiaCheng; Qu, Yi; Feng, ZhouYan; Xu, KeDi; Zheng, XiaoXiang

    2015-08-01

    Electric brain stimulation is frequently used in bio-robot control. However, one possible limitation of electric stimulation is the resultant wide range of influences that may lead to unexpected side-effects. Although there has been prior research done towards optogenetics based brain activation, there has not been much development regarding the comparisons between electric and optical methods of brain activation. In this study, we first encode "Stop" and "Escape" commands by optical stimulation in the dorsal periaqueductal grey (dPAG). The rats behavioral comparisons are then noted down under these two methods. The dPAG neural activity recorded during optical stimulation suggests rate and temporal coding mechanisms in behavioral control. The behavioral comparisons show that rats exhibit anxiety under the "Stop" command conveyed through both optical and electric methods. However, rats are able to recover more quickly from freezing only under optical "Stop" command. Under "Escape" commands, also conveyed through optical means, the rat would move with lessened urgency but the results are more stable. Moreover, c-Fos study shows the optical stimulation activates restricted range in midbrain: the optical stimulation affected only dPAG and its downstreams but electric stimulation activates both the upstream and downstream circuits, in which the glutamatergic neurons are largely occupied and play important role in "Stop" and "Escape" behavior controls. We conclude that optical stimulation is more suited for encoding "Stop" and "Escape" commands for rat-robot control.

  17. Ag7+ ion induced modification of morphology, optical and luminescence behaviour of charge compensated CaMoO4 nanophosphor

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    Dutta, S.; Som, S.; Kunti, A. K.; Sharma, S. K.; Kumar, Vijay; Swart, H. C.; Visser, H. G.

    2016-10-01

    The present paper reports on the swift heavy ion (SHI) induced structural, optical and luminescence properties of CaMoO4:Dy3+/K+ nanophosphor synthesized via hydrothermal route. Herein 100 MeV Ag7+ ion beam was used varying fluence from 1 × 1011 to 1 × 1013 ions/cm2. The depth profile of the Ag7+ ions was estimated using SRIM code. XRD and FESEM results revealed the loss of crystallinity and reduction in particle size after SHI irradiations. The XPS technique confirmed the stability of oxidation states of the elements. Reflectance spectra exhibited a red shift in the absorption band, followed by a decrease in band gap. Decrease in the intensity of the photoluminescence peaks without any change in band positions was also obtained after ion irradiation. The thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics were discussed in detail, and the trapping parameter was calculated. The results were compared on the grounds of linear energy transfer of the irradiated ions.

  18. Structure, optical and photoluminescence properties of LiGd1-xErx(WO4)2 green luminescence phosphor

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    Demiaï, A.; Derbal, M.; Guerbous, L.; Rekik, B.

    2017-03-01

    Double tungstate of lithium and trivalent gadolinium ions were prepared by mean of solid state reaction, and have been studied using X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering and photoluminescence analysis. The Er3+ concentration effects on the structural and optical properties were studied. The compounds crystallize in the scheelite like structure with space group I41/a, and Z = 2. Spectroscopic and structural properties of the Er3+ ions doping elements in LiGd(WO4)2 have been determined at room temperature. Steady and time resolved photoluminescence spectroscopies of the synthesized compounds are reported. Samples exhibit intense green emission of Er3+ (4S3/2 → 4I15/2 and 2H11/2 → 4I15/2 transitions) under 377 nm excitation wavelength and present luminescent quenching around 3 at% Er3+ concentration. The decay time decrease with increasing the Er3+ concentration.

  19. X-ray-excited optical luminescence of protein crystals: a new tool for studying radiation damage during diffraction data collection

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    Owen, Robin L.; Yorke, Briony A.; Pearson, Arwen R.

    2012-01-01

    During X-ray irradiation protein crystals radiate energy in the form of small amounts of visible light. This is known as X-ray-excited optical luminescence (XEOL). The XEOL of several proteins and their constituent amino acids has been characterized using the microspectrophotometers at the Swiss Light Source and Diamond Light Source. XEOL arises primarily from aromatic amino acids, but the effects of local environment and quenching within a crystal mean that the XEOL spectrum of a crystal is not the simple sum of the spectra of its constituent parts. Upon repeated exposure to X-rays XEOL spectra decay non-uniformly, suggesting that XEOL is sensitive to site-specific radiation damage. However, rates of XEOL decay were found not to correlate to decays in diffracting power, making XEOL of limited use as a metric for radiation damage to protein crystals. PMID:22525748

  20. X-ray-excited optical luminescence of protein crystals: a new tool for studying radiation damage during diffraction data collection.

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    Owen, Robin L; Yorke, Briony A; Pearson, Arwen R

    2012-05-01

    During X-ray irradiation protein crystals radiate energy in the form of small amounts of visible light. This is known as X-ray-excited optical luminescence (XEOL). The XEOL of several proteins and their constituent amino acids has been characterized using the microspectrophotometers at the Swiss Light Source and Diamond Light Source. XEOL arises primarily from aromatic amino acids, but the effects of local environment and quenching within a crystal mean that the XEOL spectrum of a crystal is not the simple sum of the spectra of its constituent parts. Upon repeated exposure to X-rays XEOL spectra decay non-uniformly, suggesting that XEOL is sensitive to site-specific radiation damage. However, rates of XEOL decay were found not to correlate to decays in diffracting power, making XEOL of limited use as a metric for radiation damage to protein crystals. © 2012 International Union of Crystallography

  1. Spectral and spatial dependence of
diffuse optical signals in response to
peripheral nerve stimulation

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    Chen, Debbie K.; Erb, M. Kelley; Tong, Yunjie; Yu, Yang; Sassaroli, Angelo; Bergethon, Peter R.; Fantini, Sergio

    2010-01-01

    Using non-invasive, near-infrared spectroscopy we have previously reported optical signals measured at or around peripheral nerves in response to their stimulation. Such optical signals featured amplitudes on the order of 0.1% and peaked about 100 ms after peripheral nerve stimulation in human subjects. Here, we report a study of the spatial and spectral dependence of the optical signals induced by stimulation of the human median and sural nerves, and observe that these optical signals are: (1) unlikely due to either dilation or constriction of blood vessels, (2) not associated with capillary bed hemoglobin, (3) likely due to blood vessel(s) displacement, and (4) unlikely due to fiber-skin optical coupling effects. We conclude that the most probable origin of the optical response to peripheral nerve stimulation is from displacement of blood vessels within the optically probed volume, as a result of muscle twitch in adjacent areas. PMID:21258519

  2. An Infrared Stimulated Luminescence (IRSL) Procedure for Estimating the Transport Rate of Potassium-Feldspar Grains in a Fluvial Setting

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    McGuire, C. P.; Rhodes, E. J.

    2013-12-01

    The Mojave River and Santa Clara River of Southern California were chosen as field sites to assess the feasibility of implementing infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) techniques to determine sediment transport rate. Feldspar sand grains in the active channel of these rivers are expected to be incompletely (partially) bleached by sunlight exposure during transport, causing the grains to have inherited charge at the time of deposition. A modification of the Post-IR IRSL procedure developed by Buylaert et al. (2009) was used for K-Feldspar grains (175-200 μm) at temperature increments of 50, 95, 140, 185, 230 °C over multiple bleach and artificial dose cycles, providing 5 signals of different sensitivity to light exposure. The measurements show an exponential decrease in equivalent dose (De) with distance down the Mojave River, with relatively less bleaching downriver for higher temperature measurements. The equivalent dose for samples at 50 °C is roughly constant along the river, at a low value of approximately 0.7 Grays. The results for higher temperature measurements suggest cyclical bleaching and burial as grains are transported downriver and higher energy (deeper) traps are gradually vacated. However, this interpretation cannot be applied to the Santa Clara River, as no simple relationship exists between the location of samples and their equivalent dose. Possible explanations for this observation include significant sediment flux from catchments with different mineralogy and recent geologic history. For the Mojave River, the relationship between De and distance downriver can be used to constrain transport rate. A bleaching experiment was designed for the Mojave River samples to assess the rate of signal loss as a function of daylight exposure time for each of the different IRSL signal components. The results for each exposure time were fit to the general order kinetics equation, a function used to fit IRSL read-out, using a non-linear regression (Levenberg

  3. Scintillation and storage luminescence properties of MgF2 transparent ceramics doped with Ce3+

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    Nakamura, Fumiya; Kato, Takumi; Okada, Go; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Fukuda, Kentaro; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2017-10-01

    In this paper, we report basic optical properties and scintillation and storage luminescence properties of MgF2:Ce transparent ceramics with different doping concentrations of Ce (0.01, 0.1 and 1%) synthesized by spark plasma sintering (SPS). In scintillation, thermally-stimulated luminescence (TSL) and optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL), the dominant emissions were due to the 5d-4f transitions of Ce3+ which appeared in the near-UV region peaking around 320 and 360 nm. The scintillation was evaluated by X-ray irradiation while OSL was observed under 540 nm stimulation. In particular, the TSL sensitivity was high and showed a good linearity from 0.1 mGy to 1000 mGy.

  4. Long-wavelength analyte-sensitive luminescent probes and optical (bio)sensors

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    Staudinger, Christoph; Borisov, Sergey M

    2016-01-01

    Long-wavelength luminescent probes and sensors become increasingly popular. They offer the advantage of lower levels of autofluorescence in most biological probes. Due to high penetration depth and low scattering of red and NIR light such probes potentially enable in vivo measurements in tissues and some of them have already reached a high level of reliability required for such applications. This review focuses on the recent progress in development and application of long-wavelength analyte-sensitive probes which can operate both reversibly and irreversibly. Photophysical properties, sensing mechanisms, advantages and limitations of individual probes are discussed. PMID:27134748

  5. Synthetic Aspects and Electro-Optical Properties of Fluorinated Arylenevinylenes for Luminescence and Photovoltaics

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    Martinelli, Carmela; Farinola, Gianluca M.; Pinto, Vita; Cardone, Antonio

    2013-01-01

    In this review, the main synthetic aspects and properties of fluorinated arylenevinylene compounds, both oligomers and polymers, are summarized and analyzed. Starting from vinyl organotin derivatives and aryl halides, the Stille cross-coupling reaction has been successfully applied as a versatile synthetic protocol to prepare a wide series of π-conjugated compounds, selectively fluorinated on the aromatic and/or vinylene units. The impact of fluoro-functionalization on properties, the solid state organization and intermolecular interactions of the synthesized compounds are discussed, also in comparison with the non-fluorinated counterparts. Luminescent and photovoltaic applications are also discussed, highlighting the role of fluorine on the performance of devices. PMID:28809206

  6. Optical and luminescence properties of Dy3+ ions in phosphate based glasses

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    Rasool, Sk. Nayab; Rama Moorthy, L.; Jayasankar, C. K.

    2013-08-01

    Phosphate glasses with compositions of 44P2O5 + 17K2O + 9Al2O3 + (30 - x)CaF2 + xDy2O3 (x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 mol %) were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), optical absorption, emission and decay measurements. The observed absorption bands were analyzed by using the free-ion Hamiltonian (HFI) model. The Judd-Ofelt (JO) analysis has been performed and the intensity parameters (Ωλ, λ = 2, 4, 6) were evaluated in order to predict the radiative properties of the excited states. From the emission spectra, the effective band widths (Δλeff), stimulated emission cross-sections (σ(λp)), yellow to blue (Y/B) intensity ratios and chromaticity color coordinates (x, y) have been determined. The fluorescence decays from the 4F9/2 level of Dy3+ ions were measured by monitoring the intense 4F9/2 → 6H15/2 transition (486 nm). The experimental lifetimes (τexp) are found to decrease with the increase of Dy3+ ions concentration due to the quenching process. The decay curves are perfectly single exponential at lower concentrations and gradually changes to non-exponential for higher concentrations. The non-exponential decay curves are well fitted to the Inokuti-Hirayama (IH) model for S = 6, which indicates that the energy transfer between the donor and acceptor is of dipole-dipole type. The systematic analysis of revealed that the energy transfer mechanism strongly depends on Dy3+ ions concentration and the host glass composition.

  7. Luminescence nanothermometry.

    PubMed

    Jaque, Daniel; Vetrone, Fiorenzo

    2012-08-07

    The current status of luminescence nanothermometry is reviewed in detail. Based on the main parameters of luminescence including intensity, bandwidth, bandshape, polarization, spectral shift and lifetime, we initially describe and compare the different classes of luminescence nanothermometry. Subsequently, the various luminescent materials used in each case are discussed and the mechanisms at the root of the luminescence thermal sensitivity are described. The most important results obtained in each case are summarized and the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are discussed.

  8. X-ray-excited optical luminescence and X-ray absorption fine-structures studies of CdWO4 scintillator.

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    Novais, S M V; Valerio, M E G; Macedo, Z S

    2012-07-01

    X-ray-excited optical luminescence (XEOL) emission and excitation spectra as well as the EXAFS signal of CdWO(4) were measured in the energy region of the Cd and W absorption edges. From EXAFS refinement, structural parameters such as number of atoms, distance from the absorbing atom and width of coordination shells in the W neighborhood were determined. The role of W-O interactions on the intrinsic luminescence of CdWO(4) is discussed. The efficiencies of conversion, transfer and emission processes involved in the scintillation mechanism showed to be high when self-trapped excitons are formed locally by direct excitation of W ions. Annihilation of these excitons provides the characteristic scintillation of CdWO(4), a broad band emission with maximum at 500 nm. The presence of two energetically different O positions in the lattice gives rise to the composite structure of the luminescence band, and no influence of extrinsic defects was noticed. A mismatch between the X-ray absorption coefficient and the zero-order luminescence curves corroborates that the direct excitation of Cd ions induces secondary electronic excitations not very effective in transferring energy to the luminescent group, WO(6).

  9. The use of the adding-doubling method for the optical optimization of planar luminescent down shifting layers for solar cells.

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    Leyre, Sven; Cappelle, Jan; Durinck, Guy; Abass, Aimi; Hofkens, Johan; Deconinck, Geert; Hanselaer, Peter

    2014-05-05

    To enhance the efficiency of solar cells, a luminescent down shifting layer can be applied in order to adapt the solar spectrum to the spectral internal quantum efficiency of the semiconductor. Optimization of such luminescent down shifting layers benefits from quick and direct evaluation methods. In this paper, the potential of the adding-doubling method is investigated to simulate the optical behavior of an encapsulated solar cell including a planar luminescent down shifting layer. The results of the adding-doubling method are compared with traditional Monte Carlo ray tracing simulations. The average relative deviation is found to be less than 1.5% for the absorptance in the active layer and the reflectance from the encapsulated cell, while the computation time can be decreased with a factor 52. Furthermore, the adding-doubling method is adopted to investigate the suitability of the SrB4O7:5%Sm2 + ,5%Eu2 + phosphor as a luminescent down shifting material in combination with a Copper Indium Gallium Selenide solar cell. A maximum increase of 9.0% in the short-circuit current can be expected if precautions are taken to reduce the scattering by matching the refractive index of host material to the phosphor particles. To be useful as luminescent down shifting material, the minimal value of the quantum yield of the phosphor is determined to be 0.64.

  10. Nonlinear Dynamics of Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Optical Fibres

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    Johnstone, Alan

    1992-09-01

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. This thesis presents an experimental investigation of the dynamical and steady-state behaviour of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) under cw pump conditions in single-mode optical fibres. Both SBS generated from the amplification of spontaneous Brillouin scattering, an SBS generator, and from the amplification of a probe signal, an SBS amplifier, were studied. For the generator without feedback, both the scattered wave and the transmitted pump were found to exhibit aperiodic behaviour under all operating conditions, fibres lengths between 25 m and 300 m were studied using a maximum pump power of 4 W, with the SBS showing approximately 100% modulation. The bandwidth of the chaotic SBS signal was found to be independent of the single-pass gain. The addition of feedback leads to the SBS and transmitted pump signals showing sustained or random bursts of quasi-periodic oscillations. The effects of varying the cavity reflectivity and also the pump power are shown. These were the first experimental reports of such behaviour (HAR90,JOH91) and were found to be in good agreement with the theoretical work carried out by Lu and Harrison (LU91a,LU91b). The output of an SBS amplifier was found to dynamically follow the applied probe signal except in some cases of high pump and very low probe values. Also investigated was the creation of phase singularities in the wavefronts of optical fibres. Only first-order screw dislocations were observed and their dependence on the number of fibre modes present was examined.

  11. In vivo measurements for high dose rate brachytherapy with optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters.

    PubMed

    Sharma, Renu; Jursinic, Paul A

    2013-07-01

    To show the feasibility of clinical implementation of OSLDs for high dose-rate (HDR) in vivo dosimetry for gynecological and breast patients. To discuss how the OSLDs were characterized for an Ir-192 source, taking into account low gamma energy and high dose gradients. To describe differences caused by the dose calculation formalism of treatment planning systems. OSLD irradiations were made using the GammaMedplus iX Ir-192 HDR, Varian Medical Systems, Milpitas, CA. BrachyVision versions 8.9 and 10.0, Varian Medical Systems, Milpitas, CA, were used for calculations. Version 8.9 used the TG-43 algorithm and version 10.0 used the Acuros algorithm. The OSLDs (InLight Nanodots) were characterized for Ir-192. Various phantoms were created to assess calculated and measured doses and the angular dependence and self-absorption of the Nanodots. Following successful phantom measurements, patient measurements for gynecological patients and breast cancer patients were made and compared to calculated doses. The OSLD sensitivity to Ir-192 compared to 6 MV is between 1.10 and 1.25, is unique to each detector, and changes with accumulated dose. The measured doses were compared to those predicted by the treatment planning system and found to be in agreement for the gynecological patients to within measurement uncertainty. The range of differences between the measured and Acuros calculated doses was -10%-14%. For the breast patients, there was a discrepancy of -4.4% to +6.5% between the measured and calculated doses at the skin surface when the Acuros algorithm was used. These differences were within experimental uncertainty due to (random) error in the location of the detector with respect to the treatment catheter. OSLDs can be successfully used for HDR in vivo dosimetry. However, for the measurements to be meaningful one must account for the angular dependence, volume-averaging, and the greater sensitivity to Ir-192 gamma rays than to 6 MV x-rays if 6 MV x-rays were used for OSLD calibration. The limitations of the treatment planning algorithm must be understood, especially for surface dose measurements. Use of in vivo dosimetry for HDR brachytherapy treatments is feasible and has the potential to detect and prevent gross errors. In vivo HDR brachytherapy should be included as part of the QA for a HDR brachytherapy program.

  12. Photon energy dependence of three fortuitous dosemeters from personal electronic devices, measured by optically stimulated luminescence.

    PubMed

    Beerten, Koen; Vanhavere, Filip

    2010-08-01

    New data are presented with regard to the relative OSL sensitivity of three different emergency dosemeters irradiated to various photon energies approximately between 48 and 1250 keV using blue excitation light. Investigated components extracted from commonly worn objects include those from USB flash drives (alumina substrate), mobile phones (Ba-rich silicate) and credit cards (chip card module). Several basic properties have been investigated such as the overall radiation sensitivity, the shape of the decay curve and fading of the OSL signal. An increase of the sensitivity for low energies relative to (60)Co gamma rays can be observed for the three dosemeters, the increase being very pronounced for the Ba-rich component (factor of 10) and less pronounced for the chip card module (factor of 2). It is concluded that proper dose correction factors for photon energy have to be applied in order to accurately determine the absorbed dose to tissue. The OSL sensitivity to neutron irradiation was investigated as well, but this was found to be less than the gamma sensitivity.

  13. Organ dose measurement using Optically Stimulated Luminescence Detector (OSLD) during CT examination

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    Yusuf, Muhammad; Alothmany, Nazeeh; Abdulrahman Kinsara, Abdulraheem

    2017-10-01

    This study provides detailed information regarding the imaging doses to patient radiosensitive organs from a kilovoltage computed tomography (CT) scan procedure using OSLD. The study reports discrepancies between the measured dose and the calculated dose from the ImPACT scan, as well as a comparison with the dose from a chest X-ray radiography procedure. OSLDs were inserted in several organs, including the brain, eyes, thyroid, lung, heart, spinal cord, breast, spleen, stomach, liver and ovaries, of the RANDO phantom. Standard clinical scanning protocols were used for each individual site, including the brain, thyroid, lung, breast, stomach, liver and ovaries. The measured absorbed doses were then compared with the simulated dose obtained from the ImPACT scan. Additionally, the equivalent doses for each organ were calculated and compared with the dose from a chest X-ray radiography procedure. Absorbed organ doses measured by OSLD in the RANDO phantom of up to 17 mGy depend on the organ scanned and the scanning protocols used. A maximum 9.82% difference was observed between the target organ dose measured by OSLD and the results from the ImPACT scan. The maximum equivalent organ dose measured during this experiment was equal to 99.899 times the equivalent dose from a chest X-ray radiography procedure. The discrepancies between the measured dose with the OSLD and the calculated dose from the ImPACT scan were within 10%. This report recommends the use of OSLD for measuring the absorbed organ dose during CT examination.

  14. Preliminary thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence investigation of commercial pharmaceutical preparations towards the drug sterilization dosimetry.

    PubMed

    Kazakis, Nikolaos A; Tsirliganis, Nestor C; Kitis, George

    2014-09-01

    Drug sterilization with ionizing radiation is a well-established technology and is gaining ground the last decades due to its numerous advantages. Identification of irradiated drugs would be interesting and, in this respect, the present work aims, for the first time to the authors' best knowledge, to explore whether OSL and TL can be employed as methods for post-sterilization dosimetry on commercial drugs, i.e., as tools for the detection of irradiated drugs. Five widely used drugs, i.e., Daktarin(®), Aspirin(®), Panadol(®), Brufen(®) and Procef(®), are used for this purpose. Preliminary findings are very promising towards the post-sterilization dosimetry and the use of commercial drugs for normal and/or accidental dosimetry.

  15. In vivo measurements for high dose rate brachytherapy with optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters

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    Sharma, Renu; Jursinic, Paul A.

    2013-07-15

    Purpose: To show the feasibility of clinical implementation of OSLDs for high dose-rate (HDR) in vivo dosimetry for gynecological and breast patients. To discuss how the OSLDs were characterized for an Ir-192 source, taking into account low gamma energy and high dose gradients. To describe differences caused by the dose calculation formalism of treatment planning systems.Methods: OSLD irradiations were made using the GammaMedplus iX Ir-192 HDR, Varian Medical Systems, Milpitas, CA. BrachyVision versions 8.9 and 10.0, Varian Medical Systems, Milpitas, CA, were used for calculations. Version 8.9 used the TG-43 algorithm and version 10.0 used the Acuros algorithm. The OSLDs (InLight Nanodots) were characterized for Ir-192. Various phantoms were created to assess calculated and measured doses and the angular dependence and self-absorption of the Nanodots. Following successful phantom measurements, patient measurements for gynecological patients and breast cancer patients were made and compared to calculated doses.Results: The OSLD sensitivity to Ir-192 compared to 6 MV is between 1.10 and 1.25, is unique to each detector, and changes with accumulated dose. The measured doses were compared to those predicted by the treatment planning system and found to be in agreement for the gynecological patients to within measurement uncertainty. The range of differences between the measured and Acuros calculated doses was -10%-14%. For the breast patients, there was a discrepancy of -4.4% to +6.5% between the measured and calculated doses at the skin surface when the Acuros algorithm was used. These differences were within experimental uncertainty due to (random) error in the location of the detector with respect to the treatment catheter.Conclusions: OSLDs can be successfully used for HDR in vivo dosimetry. However, for the measurements to be meaningful one must account for the angular dependence, volume-averaging, and the greater sensitivity to Ir-192 gamma rays than to 6 MV x-rays if 6 MV x-rays were used for OSLD calibration. The limitations of the treatment planning algorithm must be understood, especially for surface dose measurements. Use of in vivo dosimetry for HDR brachytherapy treatments is feasible and has the potential to detect and prevent gross errors. In vivo HDR brachytherapy should be included as part of the QA for a HDR brachytherapy program.

  16. Influence of surface coating on structural, morphological and optical properties of upconversion-luminescent LaF3:Yb/Er nanoparticles

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    Ansari, Anees A.; Yadav, Ranvijay; Rai, S. B.

    2016-07-01

    LaF3:Yb/Er (core), LaF3:Yb/Er@LaF3 (core/shell) and LaF3:Yb/Er@LaF3@SiO2 (core/shell/SiO2) nanoparticles were synthesized using citric-acid-based complexation process. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, optical absorption, band-gap energy ( E g), Fourier transform infrared and upconversion emission spectroscopy were employed to investigate the structural, morphological and optical properties of the synthesized core and core/shell/SiO2 nanoparticles. These core/shell/SiO2 nanoparticles can be well dispersed in aqueous solvents to form clear colloidal solution. The optical band-gap energy was decreased after shell formation due to increase in the crystalline size. The growth of an inactive and porous silica layers simultaneously on the surface of luminescent core-nanoparticles resulting an increase in average crystalline size of the nanoparticles. As-prepared inert shell-coated core/shell nanoparticles show intensive upconversion-luminescence as compared to the seed-core and silica-surface-modified core/shell/SiO2 nanoparticles because luminescent ions (Yb3+ and Er3+) ions located at the particle surface were protected from the non-radiative decay arising from surface dangling bonds and capping agent. However, our study revealed that there was only a slight reduction in upconversion efficiency for the silica-modified core/shell nanoparticles, indicating that upconversion properties of the upconversion nanoparticles are largely preserved in the core/shell/SiO2 nanoparticles. Absorption and upconversion-luminescence properties were examined for future application in the development of optical devices as well as optical bioprobes.

  17. Luminescence properties and optical dephasing in a glass-ceramic containing sodium-niobate nanocrystals

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    Almeida, E.; de S. Menezes, L.; de Araújo, Cid B.; Lipovskii, A. A.

    2011-06-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) and degenerate four-wave-mixing (DFWM) experiments were performed in a silica-niobic composite containing NaNbO3 nanocrystals. The PL results indicate the presence of in-gap states attributed to excitons in the nanocrystals and defect centers. The luminescence of the samples becomes more intense at low temperatures, indicating that nonradiative relaxations dominate the dynamics of the in-gap states. The DFWM experiments allowed for measurements of the homogeneous relaxation time, (20 ± 3) fs, of the third-order polarization at room temperature. The main contributions to the dynamics of the electronic response are attributed to the trapping of electrons in the in-gap states and to carrier and phonon scattering.

  18. Electrical stimulation vs. pulsed and continuous-wave optical stimulation of the rat prostate cavernous nerves, in vivo

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    Perkins, William C.; Lagoda, Gwen A.; Burnett, Arthur; Fried, Nathaniel M.

    2015-07-01

    Identification and preservation of the cavernous nerves (CNs) during prostate cancer surgery is critical for post-operative sexual function. Electrical nerve stimulation (ENS) mapping has previously been tested as an intraoperative tool for CN identification, but was found to be unreliable. ENS is limited by the need for electrode-tissue contact, poor spatial precision from electrical current spreading, and stimulation artifacts interfering with detection. Alternatively, optical nerve stimulation (ONS) provides noncontact stimulation, improved spatial selectivity, and elimination of stimulation artifacts. This study compares ENS to pulsed/CW ONS to explore the ONS mechanism. A total of eighty stimulations were performed in 5 rats, in vivo. ENS (4 V, 5 ms, 10 Hz) was compared to ONS using a pulsed diode laser nerve stimulator (1873 nm, 5 ms, 10 Hz) or CW diode laser nerve stimulator (1455 nm). Intracavernous pressure (ICP) response and nerve compound action potentials (nCAPs) were measured. All three stimulation modes (ENS, ONS-CW, ONS-P) produced comparable ICP magnitudes. However, ENS demonstrated more rapid ICP response times and well defined nCAPs compared to unmeasurable nCAPs for ONS. Further experiments measuring single action potentials during ENS and ONS are warranted to further understand differences in the ENS and ONS mechanisms.

  19. Facial fluid synthesis for assessment of acne vulgaris using luminescent visualization system through optical imaging and integration of fluorescent imaging system

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    Balbin, Jessie R.; Dela Cruz, Jennifer C.; Camba, Clarisse O.; Gozo, Angelo D.; Jimenez, Sheena Mariz B.; Tribiana, Aivje C.

    2017-06-01

    Acne vulgaris, commonly called as acne, is a skin problem that occurs when oil and dead skin cells clog up in a person's pores. This is because hormones change which makes the skin oilier. The problem is people really do not know the real assessment of sensitivity of their skin in terms of fluid development on their faces that tends to develop acne vulgaris, thus having more complications. This research aims to assess Acne Vulgaris using luminescent visualization system through optical imaging and integration of image processing algorithms. Specifically, this research aims to design a prototype for facial fluid analysis using luminescent visualization system through optical imaging and integration of fluorescent imaging system, and to classify different facial fluids present in each person. Throughout the process, some structures and layers of the face will be excluded, leaving only a mapped facial structure with acne regions. Facial fluid regions are distinguished from the acne region as they are characterized differently.

  20. Successful performance of luminescence dating on glacial sediments

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    Medialdea, Alicia; Bateman, Mark; Evans, David; Roberts, David; Chiverrell, Richard; Clark, Christopher

    2016-04-01

    The use of luminescence dating to establish accurate chronology of sedimentary environments has been exponentially increasing in the last decades. The age range covered and the versatility of the technique have made it become a key in studies of the Quaternary. Nevertheless luminescence dating of glacial sediments has shown to be challenging because of being affected by incomplete bleaching but also due to the complex luminescence behaviour of quartz grain within these sediments. This complexity often causes standard protocols in luminescence dating to be inadequate for this type of material. More than 150 samples from glacial environments are being dated using OSL (optically stimulated luminescence) to provide a base for the BRITICE-CHRONO project which aim is to establish the retreat patterns of the last British and Irish Ice Sheet. This work presents the successful performance of luminescence dating on a selection of these samples for which ages coherent with the LGM have been estimated when applying improved measuring and analysing methods. Comparison with the results obtained using standard protocols showed that implausible ages would have been derived otherwise. In addition, within the B-C project duplicate samples of some sedimentary units have been measured. The coherent results obtained show the reproducibility of these improved methods giving robustness to the age estimates and providing a solid base for the establishing of the ice retreat patterns.

  1. Electronic structure and optical properties of CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1−x} solid solution nanostructures from X-ray absorption near edge structure, X-ray excited optical luminescence, and density functional theory investigations

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    Murphy, M. W.; Yiu, Y. M. Sham, T. K.; Ward, M. J.; Liu, L.; Hu, Y.; Zapien, J. A.; Liu, Yingkai

    2014-11-21

    The electronic structure and optical properties of a series of iso-electronic and iso-structural CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1−x} solid solution nanostructures have been investigated using X-ray absorption near edge structure, extended X-ray absorption fine structure, and X-ray excited optical luminescence at various absorption edges of Cd, S, and Se. It is found that the system exhibits compositions, with variable local structure in-between that of CdS and CdSe accompanied by tunable optical band gap between that of CdS and CdSe. Theoretical calculation using density functional theory has been carried out to elucidate the observations. It is also found that luminescence induced by X-ray excitation shows new optical channels not observed previously with laser excitation. The implications of these observations are discussed.

  2. Probing Luminescence Dating Of Archaeologically Significant Carved Rock Types

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    Liritzis, Ioannis; Kitis, George; Galloway, Robert B.; Vafiadou, Asimina; Tsirliganis, Nestoras C.; Polymeris, George S.

    The thermoluminescence (TL) and Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating of crystalline materials, first applied to calcites (limestone buildings), has been extended to carved megalithic monuments made of granites, basalt and sandstones derived from archaeological sites. Various applied criteria for potential dating included pulsed blue light stimulation, different preheating and solar simulator bleaching, while the single (and multiple) aliquot regeneration and additive dose procedures were used for equivalent dose determination. The decay curves of signal loss follow a power law, n-p; for blue stimulation the signal loss of quartz and feldspar is better approached by an exponential law, 1-aln(n).

  3. Monitoring pH-Triggered Drug Release from Radioluminescent Nanocapsules with X-Ray Excited Optical Luminescence

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    Chen, Hongyu; Moore, Thomas; Qi, Bin; Colvin, Daniel C.; Jelen, Erika K.; Hitchcock, Dale A.; He, Jian; Mefford, O. Thompson; Gore, John C.; Alexis, Frank; Anker, Jeffrey N.

    2013-01-01

    One of the greatest challenges in cancer therapy is to develop methods to deliver chemotherapy agents to tumor cells while reducing systemic toxicity to non-cancerous cells. A promising approach to localizing drug release is to employ drug-loaded nanoparticles with coatings that release the drugs only in the presence of specific triggers found in the target cells such as pH, enzymes, or light. However, many parameters affect the nanoparticle distribution and drug release rate and it is difficult to quantify drug release in situ. In this work, we show proof of principle for a “smart” radioluminescent nanocapsule with X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) spectrum that changes during release of the optically absorbing chemotherapy drug, doxorubicin. XEOL provides an almost background-free luminescent signal for measuring drug release from particles irradiated by a narrow X-ray beam. We study in vitro pH triggered release rates of doxorubicin from nanocapsules coated with a pH responsive polyelectrolyte multilayer using HPLC and XEOL spectroscopy. The doxorubicin was loaded to over 5 % by weight, and released from the capsule with a time constant in vitro of ~ 36 days at pH 7.4, and 21.4 hr at pH 5.0, respectively. The Gd2O2S:Eu nanocapsules are also paramagnetic at room temperature with similar magnetic susceptibility and similarly good MRI T2 relaxivities to Gd2O3, but the sulfur increases the radioluminescence intensity and shifts the spectrum. Empty nanocapsules did not affect cell viability up to concentrations of at least 250 μ/ml. These empty nanocapsules accumulated in a mouse liver and spleen following tail vein injection, and could be observed in vivo using XEOL. The particles are synthesized with a versatile template synthesis technique which allows for control of particle size and shape. The XEOL analysis technique opens the door to non-invasive quantification of drug release as a function of nanoparticle size, shape, surface chemistry and tissue

  4. Growth, characterization and luminescence and optical properties of rare-earth elements and transition metals doped in wide bandgap nitride semiconductors

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    Maqbool, Muhammad

    Rare-earth element and transition metals doped AlN, GaN and BN films were successfully grown using reactive magnetron sputtering. The structural, optical and luminescence properties of these nitride films were then studied using Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-rays diffraction, Cathodoluminescence and Tube furnace. Both amorphous and crystalline films were obtained depending on the substrate temperature during the deposition. Cryogenically grown amorphous films were the principal focus of this research. The substrate were cooled using liquid nitrogen during the growth and pure amorphous films were obtained. Crystalline films were also obtained using an electric heater to keep substrates at high temperature. X-ray diffraction analysis was used to confirm the structure of films. Rare-earth elements Ho, Gd, Pr, Tm and Sm and transition metals W and Y were doped into the nitride films by co-sputtering. The optical and luminescence properties of these nitride materials were studied using Cathodoluminescence. Characteristic light emissions related to these Ho+3, Gd +3, Pr+3, Tm+3, Sm+3, W+3 and Y+3 ions were observed. The results show the suitability of these materials for potential applications of light-emitting devices. Luminescence enhancement in the nitride materials was studied by co-doping Gd with Ho, Pr, Sm and W in nitride materials. Stripes of these materials were also prepared and studied for luminescence enhancement. It was observed that not only the presence of Gd but also some interference phenomena enhance luminescence in these materials. More than 100% enhancement in luminescence shows that these techniques used for luminescence enhancement are successful and useful for future applications. Stopping power of AlN for electrons and depth penetration of electron were studied by making bilayers of AlN doped with Tm+3 and Ho+3 ions. Electron beams of different energies were allowed to penetrate in the known thickness of the AlN:Tm/AlN:Ho bilayer. Stopping power

  5. Optical coherence tomography and optical coherence domain reflectometry for deep brain stimulation probe guidance

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    Jeon, Sung W.; Shure, Mark A.; Baker, Kenneth B.; Chahlavi, Ali; Hatoum, Nagi; Turbay, Massud; Rollins, Andrew M.; Rezai, Ali R.; Huang, David

    2005-04-01

    Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is FDA-approved for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Currently, placement of DBS leads is guided through a combination of anatomical targeting and intraoperative microelectrode recordings. The physiological mapping process requires several hours, and each pass of the microelectrode into the brain increases the risk of hemorrhage. Optical Coherence Domain Reflectometry (OCDR) in combination with current methodologies could reduce surgical time and increase accuracy and safety by providing data on structures some distance ahead of the probe. For this preliminary study, we scanned a rat brain in vitro using polarization-insensitive Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). For accurate measurement of intensity and attenuation, polarization effects arising from tissue birefringence are removed by polarization diversity detection. A fresh rat brain was sectioned along the coronal plane and immersed in a 5 mm cuvette with saline solution. OCT images from a 1294 nm light source showed depth profiles up to 2 mm. Light intensity and attenuation rate distinguished various tissue structures such as hippocampus, cortex, external capsule, internal capsule, and optic tract. Attenuation coefficient is determined by linear fitting of the single scattering regime in averaged A-scans where Beer"s law is applicable. Histology showed very good correlation with OCT images. From the preliminary study using OCT, we conclude that OCDR is a promising approach for guiding DBS probe placement.

  6. Optical Characterization of Strong UV Luminescence Emitted from the Excitonic Edge of Nickel Oxide Nanotowers

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Kuo, Yi-Ming; Chan, Ching-Hsiang; Ma, Yuan-Ron

    2015-01-01

    NiO had been claimed to have the potential for application in transparent conducting oxide, electrochromic device for light control, and nonvolatile memory device. However, the detailed study of excitonic transition and light-emission property of NiO has rarely been explored to date. In this work, we demonstrate strong exciton-complex emission of high-quality NiO nanotowers grown by hot-filament metal-oxide vapor deposition with photoluminescence as an evaluation tool. Fine and clear emission features coming from the excitonic edge of the NiO are obviously observed in the photoluminescence spectra. A main excitonic emission of ~3.25 eV at 300 K can be decomposed into free exciton, bound excitons, and donor-acceptor-pair irradiations at lowered temperatures down to 10 K. The band-edge excitonic structure for the NiO nanocrystals has been evaluated and analyzed by transmission and thermoreflectacne measurements herein. All the experimental results demonstrate the cubic NiO thin-film nanotower is an applicable direct-band-gap material appropriate for UV luminescence and transparent-conducting-oxide applications. PMID:26506907

  7. ESR, optical absorption, and luminescence studies of the peroxy-radical defect in topaz

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    Priest, V.; Cowan, D.L. ); Yasar, H.; Ross, F.K. , University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri )

    1991-11-01

    Fast-neutron irradiation of natural topaz crystals produces a single paramagnetic radiation damage center in high concentration. ESR of this center shows a holelike spectrum with {ital S}=1/2 and a strongly anisotropic {ital g} tensor: {ital g}{sub {ital x}{ital x}}=2.0027, {ital g}{sub {ital y}{ital y}}=2.0055, and {ital g}{sub {ital z}{ital z}}=2.0407. We identify this defect as an intrinsic O{sub 2}{sup {minus}} center in the form of a peroxy radical. The orientation of the {ital g} tensor helps confirm this assignment, as does the extraordinary thermal stability; annealing temperatures near 800 {degree}C are required for complete removal. Two uv absorption bands are associated with the peroxy radical, each with oscillator strength near 0.09. Pumping in the higher energy band leads to a polarization-sensitive 2.5-eV luminescence; the other uv band apparently relaxes nonradiatively.

  8. Optical Characterization of Strong UV Luminescence Emitted from the Excitonic Edge of Nickel Oxide Nanotowers

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Kuo, Yi-Ming; Chan, Ching-Hsiang; Ma, Yuan-Ron

    2015-10-01

    NiO had been claimed to have the potential for application in transparent conducting oxide, electrochromic device for light control, and nonvolatile memory device. However, the detailed study of excitonic transition and light-emission property of NiO has rarely been explored to date. In this work, we demonstrate strong exciton-complex emission of high-quality NiO nanotowers grown by hot-filament metal-oxide vapor deposition with photoluminescence as an evaluation tool. Fine and clear emission features coming from the excitonic edge of the NiO are obviously observed in the photoluminescence spectra. A main excitonic emission of ~3.25 eV at 300 K can be decomposed into free exciton, bound excitons, and donor-acceptor-pair irradiations at lowered temperatures down to 10 K. The band-edge excitonic structure for the NiO nanocrystals has been evaluated and analyzed by transmission and thermoreflectacne measurements herein. All the experimental results demonstrate the cubic NiO thin-film nanotower is an applicable direct-band-gap material appropriate for UV luminescence and transparent-conducting-oxide applications.

  9. Fiber-optic apparatus and method for measurement of luminescence and Raman scattering

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    Myrick, M.L.; Angel, S.M.

    1993-03-16

    A dual fiber forward scattering optrode for Raman spectroscopy with the remote ends of the fibers in opposed, spaced relationship to each other to form a analyte sampling space therebetween and the method of measuring Raman spectra utilizing same are described. One optical fiber is for sending an exciting signal to the remote sampling space and, at its remote end, has a collimating microlens and an optical filter for filtering out background emissions generated in the fiber. The other optical fiber is for collecting the Raman scattering signal at the remote sampling space and, at its remote end, has a collimating microlens and an optical filter to prevent the exciting signal from the exciting fiber from entering the collection fiber and to thereby prevent the generation of background emissions in the collecting fiber.

  10. Fiber-optic apparatus and method for measurement of luminescence and raman scattering

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    Myrick, Michael L.; Angel, Stanley M.

    1993-01-01

    A dual fiber forward scattering optrode for Raman spectroscopy with the remote ends of the fibers in opposed, spaced relationship to each other to form a analyte sampling space therebetween and the method of measuring Raman spectra utilizing same. One optical fiber is for sending an exciting signal to the remote sampling space and, at its remote end, has a collimating microlens and an optical filter for filtering out background emissions generated in the fiber. The other optical fiber is for collecting the Raman scattering signal at the remote sampling space and, at its remote end, has a collimating microlens and an optical filter to prevent the exciting signal from the exciting fiber from entering the collection fiber and to thereby prevent the generation of background emissions in the collecting fiber.

  11. Optical fibre luminescence sensor for real-time LDR brachytherapy dosimetry

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    Woulfe, P.; Sullivan, F. J.; O'Keeffe, S.

    2016-05-01

    An optical fibre sensor for monitoring low dose radiation is presented. The sensor is based on a scintillation material embedded within the optical fibre core, which emits visible light when exposed to low level ionising radiation. The incident level of ionising radiation can be determined by analysing the optical emission. An optical fibre sensor is presented, based on radioluminescence whereby radiation sensitive scintillation material, terbium doped gadolinium oxysulphide (Gd2O2S:Tb), is embedded in a cavity of 250μm of a 500μm plastic optical fibre. The sensor is designed for in-vivo monitoring of the radiation dose during radio-active seed implantation for brachytherapy, in prostate cancer treatment, providing oncologists with real-time information of the radiation dose to the target area and/or nearby critical structures. The radiation from the brachytherapy seeds causes emission of visible light from the scintillation material through the process of radioluminescence, which penetrates the fibre, propagating along the optical fibre for remote detection using a multi-pixel photon counter. The sensor demonstrates a high sensitivity to Iodine-125, the radioactive source most commonly used in brachytherapy for treating prostate cancer.

  12. All-optical control of neuronal function via optical delivery of light-sensitive proteins and optogenetic stimulation

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    Villalobos, Alex; Gu, Ling; Mohanty, Samarendra

    2012-02-01

    While pulsed laser beams have been used for stimulation of neurons, cellular specificity during optical stimulation is achieved by photo-sensitization of genetically-targeted cells by optogenetic means. However, till date, the process of optogenetic-sensitization primarily involves use of viral vectors. In rare occasions, electroporation has been used. Here, we report an all-optical method in which pulsed laser beam is used for delivery of genes, encoding optogenetic probes, to spatially-targeted cells, followed by optogenetic stimulation and optical detection of the activation process. Use of laser microbeam enabled highly precise spatially-patterned delivery of optogenes, as confirmed by expression of conjugated fluorescent protein. Light-activation of opsin-expressing cells was confirmed by calcium-imaging. The laser-assisted expression of optogenetic probes in spatially-targeted regions in combination with light-assisted activation and optical detection of neural activity will help in better understanding of the neuronal circuitry.

  13. A concise synthesis of optically active solanacol, the germination stimulant for seeds of root parasitic weeds.

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    Kumagai, Hiroshi; Fujiwara, Mami; Kuse, Masaki; Takikawa, Hirosato

    2015-01-01

    Solanacol, isolated from tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.), is a germination stimulant for seeds of root parasitic weeds. A concise synthesis of optically active solanacol has been achieved by employing enzymatic resolution as a key step.

  14. Photoinduced (WO4)3--La3+ center in PbWO4: Electron spin resonance and thermally stimulated luminescence study

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    Laguta, V. V.; Martini, M.; Meinardi, F.; Vedda, A.; Hofstaetter, A.; Meyer, B. K.; Nikl, M.; Mihóková, E.; Rosa, J.; Usuki, Y.

    2000-10-01

    The localization of electrons at W6+ sites perturbed by lanthanum in PbWO4 is studied by electron spin resonance (ESR) and thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) measurements. The (WO4)3--La3+ centers are created at the W6+ sites close to La3+ in two different ways: (i) direct trapping of electrons from the conduction band under ultraviolet or x-ray irradiation at T=60 K (ii) retrapping of electrons freed from unperturbed (WO4)3- centers after irradiation at T<40 K followed by heating up to T around 60 K. Electron transfer from La3+-perturbed to unperturbed W6+ sites stimulated by red light illumination is also observed. The proposed mechanism of electron localization at one of four equivalent tungstate ions close to La3+ is based on the pseudo-Jahn-Teller effect, which gives rise to a rhombic distortion of (WO4)3- complex. At T~95-98 K the (WO4)3--La3+ centers are thermally ionized giving rise to a TSL glow peak due to the recombination of detrapped electrons with localized holes. The emission spectrum of the TSL features one band peaking at 2.8 eV. The temperature dependence of both TSL and ESR intensity is analyzed in the frame of a general order recombination model. The thermal ionization energy of (WO4)3--La3+ centers has been calculated to be approximately 0.27 eV.

  15. Luminescence Dating of Sediments: An Increasingly Diverse Family of Methods and Range of Applications

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    Roberts, H. M.

    2015-12-01

    In recent years, the term 'luminescence dating' has expanded its meaning such that today it encompasses a range of luminescence dating methods and materials. Whilst the fundamental principles that underlie these different dating methods are essentially the same, namely that the event typically being recorded is the last exposure of the material to light or to heat, the various luminescence dating techniques do differ in their suitability in different situations. Today, in the field of luminescence dating of sediments, there are a number of minerals that can be used for dating (quartz and feldspar being the most commonly used), and for each mineral it is possible to obtain a number of different luminescence signals (some obtained using optical stimulation, and some obtained by heating). These different luminescence signals may build-up and deplete in the natural environment at different rates from each other, and can span quite different time ranges. Additionally, the scale of analysis used in luminescence dating can now be varied (ranging from single sand-sized grains to multiple grains), as can the size range of the materials used for dating (ranging from fine-silt, coarse-silt, and sand-sized grains, through to large clasts and rock surfaces). Having such flexibility in the range of minerals, luminescence signals, grain sizes, and the scales of analysis available for dating, means that it is now possible to optimise the materials and methods selected for dating in any particular study in response to the precise scientific question to be addressed, the time-range of interest, and the likely mechanisms of re-setting of the luminescence signal in the context that is to be dated. In this paper, the flexibility offered by the growing family of luminescence techniques will be outlined by considering some of the different minerals, luminescence signals, and dramatically different timescales (tens of years to millions of years) potentially available for sediment dating

  16. Syntheses, structural characterization, luminescence and optical studies of Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes containing salophen ligand

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    More, M. S.; Pawal, S. B.; Lolage, S. R.; Chavan, S. S.

    2017-01-01

    Some Ni(II) (1a-d) and Zn(II) (2a-d) salophen complexes were prepared by the treatment of 5-bromosalicylaldehyde, 5-(trimethylsilylethynyl)salicylaldehyde, 5-(4-nitrophenyl)ethynylsalicylaldehyde or 5-(4-methoxyphenyl)ethynylsalicylaldehyde with nickel acetate or zinc acetate followed by addition of 2,3-diamino-5-bromopyridine. All complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, IR, 1H NMR and mass spectral studies. X-ray powder diffraction of representative complexes 1c and 2b and SEM studies of 1b and 2d are used to elucidate the crystal structure and morphology of the complexes. The electrochemical behavior reveals that the redox responses of Ni(II) complexes shifted to more negative potential in order to increase the π-conjugation in the complexes. Room temperature luminescence is observed for all complexes corresponding to π→π* ILCT transition with some MLCT character in DMF and is finely tuned by the degree of extended π-conjugation and variation of the substituent group with different electronic effects in the complexes. The second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of the complexes was screened by Kurtz-powder technique indicating that all complexes possesses promising potential for the application as a useful nonlinear optical material.

  17. Feasibility of dose assessment in radiological diagnostic equipments using Ce-doped radio-luminescent optical fibers

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    Caretto, N.; Chiodini, N.; Moretti, F.; Origgi, D.; Tosi, G.; Vedda, A.

    2010-01-01

    A mammography system, a conventional radiological equipment and a CT scanner operated at 120 kV were used to investigate the reproducibility, the sensitivity and the response linearity to a variety of X-ray tube current, high-voltage and dose values of a radio-luminescent dosimeter based on a Ce-doped optical fiber. The dosimeter reproducibility was very close to the ionization chamber reproducibility. The detector sensitivity was also calculated in order to evaluate the minimum detectable dose rate and a minimum detectable dose, considering a sampling time of 10 ms. All curves have a very good linear course with a correlation coefficient greater than 0.999. The fiber sensitivity (counts per unit dose) as a function of the X-ray tube voltage obtained with the conventional X-ray equipment decreases by increasing the photon energy, losing about 10% of its value from 60 to 120 kV. Also for CT scanner, the fiber responses are very good and reproducible. The new dosimetric system is complementary to usual dosimetry systems as ionization chambers, since it is mostly suitable for in vivo and on-line dosimetry. Scintillating fibers are very safe because they are not electrically powered and moreover they assure very high spatial resolution due to their reduced dimensions.

  18. Microalgae dual-head biosensors for selective detection of herbicides with fiber-optic luminescent O2 transduction.

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    Haigh-Flórez, David; de la Hera, Cristina; Costas, Eduardo; Orellana, Guillermo

    2014-04-15

    The microalgal species Dictyosphaerium chlorelloides (D. c.) was immobilized into porous silicone films and their photosynthetic activity was monitored with an integrated robust luminescent O2 sensor. The biosensor specificity towards a particular pesticide has been achieved by manufacturing a fiber-optic dual-head device containing both analyte-sensitive and analyte-resistant D. c. strains. The latter are not genetically modified microalgae, but a product of modified Luria-Delbrück fluctuation analysis followed by ratchet selection cycles. In this way the target herbicide decreases the O2 production of the analyte-sensitive immobilized strain without affecting the analyte-resistant population response; any other pollutant will lower the O2 production of both strains. The effect of the sample flow-rate, exposure time to the herbicide, biomass loading, biosensor film thickness, intensity of the actinic light, illumination cycle, and temperature on the biosensor response has been evaluated using waterborne simazine as test bench. The biosensing device is able to provide in situ measurements of the herbicide concentration every 180 min. The biosensor limit of detection for this herbicide was 12 μg L(-1), with a working range of 50-800 μg L(-1). The biosensor specificity to simazine has been assessed by comparing its response to that of isoproturon.

  19. Optical and luminescent properties of Sm³+ doped tellurite glasses.

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    Sasikala, T; Rama Moorthy, L; Mohan Babu, A

    2013-03-01

    Glasses with chemical composition of (62-x) TeO(2)+25 ZnO+8 K(2)O+5 CaO+x Sm(2)O(3) (TZKCSmx; x=0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 mol%) were prepared by melt quenching technique. The absorption spectrum was recorded in the UV-visible and NIR regions. The oscillator strengths of absorption bands were obtained by measuring the area under the bands. Judd-Ofelt analysis has been carried out to estimate the host dependent J-O intensity Ω(λ) (λ=2, 4, 6) parameters by least squares fitting approach. Photoluminescence spectra recorded in the visible region revealed intense green, orange and red emission bands in all the glasses, corresponding to the (4)G(5/2)→(6)H(5/2), (4)G(5/2)→(6)H(7/2) and (4)G(5/2)→(6)H(9/2) transitions respectively. From the emission spectra and J-O intensity parameters, various radiative parameters were calculated from the excited (4)G(5/2) to the lower lying (6)H(J) (J=5/2, 7/2, 9/2, 11/2) multiplet. Quenching of luminescence with the increase of Sm(3+) ions concentration has been observed. Decay times of excited (4)G(5/2) state decrease with the increase of the Sm(3+) ions concentration. The energy transfer mechanism that leads to the quenching of (4)G(5/2) state lifetime has been discussed. Inokuti-Hirayama (I-H) model was used to evaluate various energy transfer parameters, which are the qualitative indicators for the interaction among Sm(3+) ions. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Optical lattice-like cladding waveguides by direct laser writing: fabrication, luminescence, and lasing.

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    Nie, Weijie; He, Ruiyun; Cheng, Chen; Rocha, Uéslen; Rodríguez Vázquez de Aldana, Javier; Jaque, Daniel; Chen, Feng

    2016-05-15

    We report on the fabrication of optical lattice-like waveguide structures in an Nd:YAP laser crystal by using direct femtosecond laser writing. With periodically arrayed laser-induced tracks, the waveguiding cores can be located in either the regions between the neighbored tracks or the central zone surrounded by a number of tracks as outer cladding. The polarization of the femtosecond laser pulses for the inscription has been found to play a critical role in the anisotropic guiding behaviors of the structures. The confocal photoluminescence investigations reveal different stress-induced modifications of the structures inscribed by different polarization of the femtosecond laser beam, which are considered to be responsible for the refractive index changes of the structures. Under optical pump at 808 nm, efficient waveguide lasing at ∼1  μm wavelength has been realized from the optical lattice-like structure, which exhibits potential applications as novel miniature light sources.

  1. Complexation of Lactate with Nd(III) and Eu(III) at Variable Temperatures: Studies by Potentiometry, Microcalorimetry, Optical Absorption and Luminescence Spectroscopy

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    Tian, Guoxin; Martin, Leigh R.; Rao, Linfeng

    2010-10-01

    Complexation of neodymium(III) and europium(III) with lactate was studied at variable temperatures by potentiometry, absorption spectrophotometry, luminescence spectroscopy and microcalorimetry. Stability constants of three successive lactate complexes (ML{sup 2+}, ML{sup 2+} and ML{sub 3}(aq), where M stands for Nd and Eu, and L stands for lactate) at 10, 25, 40, 55 and 70 C were determined. The enthalpies of complexation at 25 C were determined by microcalorimetry. Thermodynamic data show that the complexation of trivalent lanthanides (Nd{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+}) with lactate is exothermic, and the complexation becomes weaker at higher temperatures. Results from optical absorption and luminescence spectroscopy suggest that the complexes are inner-sphere chelate complexes in which the protonated {alpha}-hydroxyl group of lactate participates in the complexation.

  2. Luminescence nanothermometry

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    Jaque, Daniel; Vetrone, Fiorenzo

    2012-07-01

    The current status of luminescence nanothermometry is reviewed in detail. Based on the main parameters of luminescence including intensity, bandwidth, bandshape, polarization, spectral shift and lifetime, we initially describe and compare the different classes of luminescence nanothermometry. Subsequently, the various luminescent materials used in each case are discussed and the mechanisms at the root of the luminescence thermal sensitivity are described. The most important results obtained in each case are summarized and the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are discussed.The current status of luminescence nanothermometry is reviewed in detail. Based on the main parameters of luminescence including intensity, bandwidth, bandshape, polarization, spectral shift and lifetime, we initially describe and compare the different classes of luminescence nanothermometry. Subsequently, the various luminescent materials used in each case are discussed and the mechanisms at the root of the luminescence thermal sensitivity are described. The most important results obtained in each case are summarized and the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are discussed. This work was supported by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid (Project S2009/MAT-1756), by the Spanish Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia (MAT2010-16161) and by Caja Madrid Foundation.

  3. Probing defect emissions in bulk, micro- and nano-sized α-Al2O3 via X-ray excited optical luminescence.

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    Wang, Zhiqiang; Li, Chunlei; Liu, Lijia; Sham, Tsun-Kong

    2013-02-28

    The electronic structure and optical properties of bulk, micro-sized, and nano-sized α-Al2O3 (wafer, microparticles (MPs), nanowires (NWs), and nanotubes (NTs)) have been investigated using X-ray absorption near-edge structures (XANES) and X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL). XANES results show that the wafer, MPs, and NTs have characteristic features of α-Al2O3. The NWs have a core∕shell structure with a single crystalline α-Al2O3 core surrounded by an amorphous shell, which is consistent with transmission electron microscopy result. It is found that some Al(3+) in the shell and core∕shell interface of the NWs as well as the surface of the NTs were reduced to Al(2+) or Al(1+) during the growth process. XEOL results show that the wafer and MPs have a broad emission at 325 nm and a sharp emission at 694 nm, which are attributed to F(+) center and Cr(3+) impurities, respectively. The NWs exhibit an intense emission at 404 nm that comes from F center, while the NTs show relatively weak luminescence at 325, 433, and 694 nm, which are attributed to F(+) center, F center, and Cr(3+) impurities, respectively. The O K-edge XEOL confirms that the emissions of α-Al2O3 in the range of 250-550 nm are related to the oxygen site. Furthermore, on the basis of XEOL and photoluminescence yield, the strong luminescence of the NWs (404 nm) is related to the Al(2+) or Al(1+) in the shell and core∕shell interface, while the luminescence of the NTs at 325 and 433 nm are related to the bulk and the Al(2+) or Al(1+) on the surface, respectively.

  4. Luminescent and Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance Studies of CdS/PVA Nanocomposite

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    Rudko, Galyna Yu.; Vorona, Igor P.; Fediv, Volodymyr I.; Kovalchuk, Andrii; Stehr, Jan E.; Shanina, Bela D.; Chen, WeiMin M.; Buyanova, Irina A.

    2017-02-01

    A series of solid nanocomposites containing CdS nanoparticles in polymeric matrix with varied conditions on the interface particle/polymer was fabricated and studied by photoluminescence (PL) and optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) methods. The results revealed interface-related features in both PL and ODMR spectra. The revealed paramagnetic centers are concluded to be involved in the processes of photo-excited carriers relaxation.

  5. Implantable optogenetic device with CMOS IC technology for simultaneous optical measurement and stimulation

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    Haruta, Makito; Kamiyama, Naoya; Nakajima, Shun; Motoyama, Mayumi; Kawahara, Mamiko; Ohta, Yasumi; Yamasaki, Atsushi; Takehara, Hiroaki; Noda, Toshihiko; Sasagawa, Kiyotaka; Ishikawa, Yasuyuki; Tokuda, Takashi; Hashimoto, Hitoshi; Ohta, Jun

    2017-05-01

    In this study, we have developed an implantable optogenetic device that can measure and stimulate neurons by an optical method based on CMOS IC technology. The device consist of a blue LED array for optically patterned stimulation, a CMOS image sensor for acquiring brain surface image, and eight green LEDs surrounding the CMOS image sensor for illumination. The blue LED array is placed on the CMOS image sensor. We implanted the device in the brain of a genetically modified mouse and successfully demonstrated the stimulation of neurons optically and simultaneously acquire intrinsic optical images of the brain surface using the image sensor. The integrated device can be used for simultaneously measuring and controlling neuronal activities in a living animal, which is important for the artificial control of brain functions.

  6. Tunable Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Planar Optical Circuits

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-11-01

    interaction between optical and acoustic modes using a combination of material , geometry and optical pump characteristics. While the choice of material and...interaction, making it the material of choice for chip-scale SBS. SBS was characterized in a 7 cm long As2S3 rib waveguide using the backscattered...2011). 3. Ravi Pant, Adam Byrnes , Christopher G. Poulton, Enbang Li, Duk-Yong Choi, Stephen J. Madden, Barry Luther-Davies, and Benjamin J

  7. A novel approach to prepare optically active ion doped luminescent materials via electron beam evaporation into ionic liquids

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    Richter, K.; Lorbeer, C.; Mudring, A. -V.

    2014-11-10

    A novel approach to prepare luminescent materials via electron-beam evaporation into ionic liquids is presented which even allows doping of host lattices with ions that have a strong size mismatch. Thus, to prove this, MgF2 nanoparticles doped with Eu3+ were fabricated. The obtained nanoparticles featured an unusually high luminescence lifetime and the obtained material showed a high potential for application.

  8. A novel approach to prepare optically active ion doped luminescent materials via electron beam evaporation into ionic liquids

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    Richter, K.; Lorbeer, C.; Mudring, A. -V.

    2014-11-10

    A novel approach to prepare luminescent materials via electron-beam evaporation into ionic liquids is presented which even allows doping of host lattices with ions that have a strong size mismatch. Thus, to prove this, MgF2 nanoparticles doped with Eu3+ were fabricated. The obtained nanoparticles featured an unusually high luminescence lifetime and the obtained material showed a high potential for application.

  9. Chiroptical properties of an optically pure dicopper(I) trefoil knot and its enantioselectivity in luminescence quenching reactions

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    Meskers; Dekkers; Rapenne; Sauvage

    2000-06-16

    Chiroptical spectroscopy is used to investigate the properties of an optically pure dinuclear copper(I) trefoil knot. For the metal-to-ligand charge tranfer (MLCT) transition in the visible region (520 nm), the electric and magnetic transition dipole moments are determined from absorption and circular dichroism spectra: 2.8 Debye and 0.5 Bohr magneton (muB). Circular polarization in the luminescence (CPL) of the knot is determined and this allows the electric and magnetic transition dipole moments in emission to be calculated: 0.02 Debye and 0.003 muB. The large difference between the moments in absorption and emission shows that the emission observed does not originate directly from the 1MLCT state. Given the low probability for radiative decay we assign the long-lived emitting excited state to a 3MLCT state. The copper(I) trefoil knot is found to quench the emission from TbIII and EuIII(dpa)3(3)-(dpa = pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylate) with a bimolecular rate constant of 3.2 and 3.3 x 10(7)M(-1)S(-1), respectively, at room temperature in water-acetonitrile (1:1 by volume). Experimental results indicate that the (lambda)-knot preferentially quenches the lambda enantiomer of the lanthanide complex with an enantioselectivity (ratio of quenching rate constants for lambda and lambda: kqlambda/kqdelta) of 1.012+/-0.002 for EuIII and 1.0180+/-0.003 for TbIII.

  10. Electronic structure and optical properties of 2,5,8,11-tetra-tert-butylperylene polyhedral crystals from x-ray absorption near-edge structure and x-ray excited optical luminescence studies

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    Lv, Jingyu; Ko, Peter J. Y.; Zhang, Ying; Liu, Lijia; Zhang, Xiujuan; Zhang, Xiaohong; Sun, Xuhui; Sham, T. K.

    2011-06-01

    X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and x-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) have been used to study the optical properties of 2,5,8,11-tetra-tert-butylperylene (TBPe) polyhedral crystals with morphology varies from cube to rhombic dodecahedron. Benefit from the high resolution of synchrotron radiation spectroscopy, C 1s to π∗ and σ∗ transitions from different carbon sites in TBPe can be clearly distinguished in the carbon K-edge XANES. XEOL studies reveal that different crystals exhibit multiple emission bands with different branching ratio. It is also found that all the polyhedral crystals exhibit a weak luminescence in the near infrared, which is absent in the powder sample.

  11. Spatial and temporal variability in response to hybrid electro-optical stimulation

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    Duke, Austin R.; Lu, Hui; Jenkins, Michael W.; Chiel, Hillel J.; Jansen, E. Duco

    2012-06-01

    Hybrid electro-optical neural stimulation is a novel paradigm combining the advantages of optical and electrical stimulation techniques while reducing their respective limitations. However, in order to fulfill its promise, this technique requires reduced variability and improved reproducibility. Here we used a comparative physiological approach to aid the further development of this technique by identifying the spatial and temporal factors characteristic of hybrid stimulation that may contribute to experimental variability and/or a lack of reproducibility. Using transient pulses of infrared light delivered simultaneously with a bipolar electrical stimulus in either the marine mollusk Aplysia californica buccal nerve or the rat sciatic nerve, we determined the existence of a finite region of excitability with size altered by the strength of the optical stimulus and recruitment dictated by the polarity of the electrical stimulus. Hybrid stimulation radiant exposures yielding 50% probability of firing (RE50) were shown to be negatively correlated with the underlying changes in electrical stimulation threshold over time. In Aplysia, but not in the rat sciatic nerve, increasing optical radiant exposures (J cm-2) beyond the RE50 ultimately resulted in inhibition of evoked potentials. Accounting for the sources of variability identified in this study increased the reproducibility of stimulation from 35% to 93% in Aplysia and 23% to 76% in the rat with reduced variability.

  12. Luminescent, magnetic and optical properties of ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites

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    Raleaooa, Pule V.; Roodt, Andreas; Mhlongo, Gugu G.; Motaung, David E.; Kroon, Robin E.; Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng M.

    2017-02-01

    The structure, particle morphology, optical and magnetic properties of ZnO, ZnS and ZnO-ZnS nanoparticles prepared by the sol-gel method are reported. ZnO and ZnS were combined at room temperature by an ex situ synthetic route to prepare ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites. The nanocomposites exhibited particle morphology different from that of ZnO and ZnS nanoparticles. The ZnO and ZnS nanoparticles exhibited quantum confinement as inferred from the widening of their respective bandgap energies. The electron paramagnetic resonance data provided evidence for the existence of magnetic clusters near the surface, electron to nuclei interactions and defect states. The ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites exhibited tunable emission that was dependent on the ratio of ZnO to ZnS. These composites were evaluated for application in different types of light emitting devices.

  13. Optical and radiation-induced luminescence properties of Ce-doped magnesium aluminoborate glasses

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    Nakauchi, Daisuke; Okada, Go; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Kawano, Naoki; Kawaguchi, Noriaki; Yanagida, Takayuki

    2017-10-01

    Optical, radioluminescence (RL) and thermoluminescence (TL) properties of magnesium aluminoborate glasses were evaluated. The samples were synthesized by the conventional melt-quenching technique using an alumina crucible under ambient atmosphere. After polishing, all the samples show good transparency. In photoluminescence, RL and TL, the emission is predominantly due to the 5d-4f transitions of Ce3+ appearing as a broad feature peaking around 300-500 nm, and the decay time constants are affected by concentration quenching but on the typical range for the 5d-4f transitions of Ce3+. TL glow curves are characterized as a single but broad glow peak over 100-300 °C, and the TL intensity monotonically increases with the X-ray dose irradiated over 1-10000 mGy.

  14. Study of optical and luminescence properties of silicon — semiconducting silicide — silicon multilayer nanostructures

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    Galkin, N. G.; Galkin, K. N.; Dotsenko, , S. A.; Goroshko, D. L.; Shevlyagin, A. V.; Chusovitin, E. A.; Chernev, I. M.

    2017-01-01

    By method of in situ differential spectroscopy it was established that at the formation of monolayer Fe, Cr, Ca, Mg silicide and Mg stannide islands on the atomically clean silicon surface an appearance of loss peaks characteristic for these materials in the energy range of 1.1-2.6 eV is observed. An optimization of growth processes permit to grow monolithic double nanoheterostructures (DNHS) with embedded Fe, Cr and Ca nanocrystals, and also polycrystalline DNHS with NC of Mg silicide and Mg stannide and Ca disilicide. By methods of optical spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy it was shown that embedded NC form intensive peaks in the reflectance spectra at energies up to 2.5 eV and Raman peaks. In DNS with β-FeSi2 NC a photoluminescence and electroluminescence at room temperature were firstly observed.

  15. Third order nonlinear optical, luminescence and electrical properties of bis glycine hydrobromide single crystals

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    Surekha, R.; Sagayaraj, P.; Ambujam, K.

    2014-03-01

    Optical quality bis glycine hydrobromide (BGHB) single crystal was grown by slow evaporation technique. The third order nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear absorption coefficient of the grown crystal were measured by Z-scan studies. The third order nonlinear susceptibility was found to be 9.612 × 10-4 esu which is fairly higher than the other glycine compounds. The Photoluminescence spectra reveal the emission bands for BGHB crystals. The band gap energy was calculated to be 3.1 eV. The Photoconductivity studies were employed to determine the dependence of photocurrent on the applied electric field. Negative photoconductivity was exhibited by the sample. The d.c. conductivity of the grown crystal was measured by the complex impedance analysis wherein the obtained plot in the form of semicircle finds application in Debye relaxation for materials having large dc conductivity.

  16. Study of optical and luminescence properties of silicon — semiconducting silicide — silicon multilayer nanostructures

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    Galkin, N. G.; Galkin, K. N.; Dotsenko, , S. A.; Goroshko, D. L.; Shevlyagin, A. V.; Chusovitin, E. A.; Chernev, I. M.

    2016-12-01

    By method of in situ differential spectroscopy it was established that at the formation of monolayer Fe, Cr, Ca, Mg silicide and Mg stannide islands on the atomically clean silicon surface an appearance of loss peaks characteristic for these materials in the energy range of 1.1-2.6 eV is observed. An optimization of growth processes permit to grow monolithic double nanoheterostructures (DNHS) with embedded Fe, Cr and Ca nanocrystals, and also polycrystalline DNHS with NC of Mg silicide and Mg stannide and Ca disilicide. By methods of optical spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy it was shown that embedded NC form intensive peaks in the reflectance spectra at energies up to 2.5 eV and Raman peaks. In DNS with β-FeSi2 NC a photoluminescence and electroluminescence at room temperature were firstly observed.

  17. Structural and optical effects induced by gamma irradiation on NdPO{sub 4}: X-ray diffraction, spectroscopic and luminescence study

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    Sadhasivam, S.; Rajesh, N.P.

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • Inorganic NdPO{sub 4} crystal was grown first time using potassium polyphosphate (K{sub 6}P{sub 4}O{sub 13}) flux. • NdPO{sub 4} crystal is insoluble in water, non-hygroscopic and high radiation resistance favoring for actinides host. • Actinide immobilization can be made at 1273 K. • High yield of 1061 nm photon emission. - Abstract: Rare earth orthophosphate (NdPO{sub 4}) monazite single crystals were grown using high temperature flux growth method employing K{sub 6}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} (K{sub 6}) as molten solvent. Their structural parameters were studied using single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) method. The grown crystals were examined by SEM and EDX techniques for their homogeniousity and inclusion in the crystals. The influence of gamma irradiation in structural and optical absorption properties were studied by the powder XRD, FTIR and reflectance spectroscopy. The effect of gamma irradiation on luminescence properties was recorded. No significant structural change is observed up to 150 kGy gamma dose. The gamma ray induced charge trap in the crystal was saturated to 40 kGy dose. The luminescence intensity decreases with an increase in the irradiation. The emission of luminescence intensity stabilizes above 40 kGy gamma dose.

  18. Stimulated Brillouin Scattering Phase Conjugation in Fiber Optic Waveguides

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    2008-07-01

    States Air Force, Department of Defense, or the United States Government AFIT/DS/ENP/08-S03 STIMULATED BRILLOUIN SCATTERING PHASE...The logistics burden of chemical lasers has prompted the DoD to develop solid- state lasers for high-power applications such as the 100 kW Joint High...Power Solid- State Laser program. For the success of laser weapons, the high power laser is needed in addition to advanced beam control and

  19. Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy of flavin after optical excitation.

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    Weigel, A; Dobryakov, A; Klaumünzer, B; Sajadi, M; Saalfrank, P; Ernsting, N P

    2011-04-07

    In blue-light photoreceptors using flavin (BLUF), the signaling state is formed already within several 100 ps after illumination, with only small changes of the absorption spectrum. The accompanying structural evolution can, in principle, be monitored by femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS). The method is used here to characterize the excited-state properties of riboflavin and flavin adenine dinucleotide in polar solvents. Raman modes are observed in the range 90-1800 cm(-1) for the electronic ground state S(0) and upon excitation to the S(1) state, and modes >1000 cm(-1) of both states are assigned with the help of quantum-chemical calculations. Line shapes are shown to depend sensitively on resonance conditions. They are affected by wavepacket motion in any of the participating electronic states, resulting in complex amplitude modulation of the stimulated Raman spectra. Wavepackets in S(1) can be marked, and thus isolated, by stimulated-emission pumping with the picosecond Raman pulses. Excited-state absorption spectra are obtained from a quantitative comparison of broadband transient fluorescence and absorption. In this way, the resonance conditions for FSRS are determined. Early differences of the emission spectrum depend on excess vibrational energy, and solvation is seen as dynamic Stokes shift of the emission band. The nπ* state is evidenced only through changes of emission oscillator strength during solvation. S(1) quenching by adenine is seen with all methods in terms of dynamics, not by spectral intermediates.

  20. Synthesis of Optically Active, X-Shaped, Conjugated Compounds and Dendrimers Based on Planar Chiral [2.2]Paracyclophane, Leading to Highly Emissive Circularly Polarized Luminescence.

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    Gon, Masayuki; Morisaki, Yasuhiro; Sawada, Risa; Chujo, Yoshiki

    2016-02-12

    Optically active, Fréchet-type dendrimers containing an emissive X-shaped π-electron system as the core unit were synthesized. Gram-scale optical resolution and transformations of 4,7,12,15-tetrasubstituted [2.2]paracyclophanes were also carried out. The high-generation dendrons effectively absorbed UV light and transferred energy to the core, resulting in high photoluminescence (PL) from the core. In addition, the dendrons sufficiently isolated the emissive X-shaped conjugated core and bright emission was observed from both thin films and solutions. Intense circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) was observed from the thin film. The dendrimer films exhibited excellent optical properties, such as large molar extinction coefficients, high fluorescence quantum efficiencies, intense PL and CPL, and large CPL dissymmetry factors. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Optical bleaching, TSL and OSL features of CVD diamond.

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    Benabdesselam, M; Iacconi, P; Trinkler, L; Berzina, B; Butler, J E

    2006-01-01

    Luminescence and optical features of chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamond have been studied in view of the potential application of this material in ionising radiation dosimetry field. For this purpose, thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) techniques have been used. A large amount of work has emphasised the excellent dosimetric properties of CVD diamond. Nevertheless, TSL measurements showed that after irradiation, this material is extremely sensitive to ambient light and the stored dose information is drastically affected by optical bleaching. From OSL analysis, it follows that both types of processes (TSL and OSL) were characterised by the same excitation and emission spectra and that optical bleaching originated from a broad stimulation band lying from visible to near infrared with a continuous character.

  2. Optical Properties of the Defect State Luminescence of Zn2 SnO4 Nanowires

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    Yakami, Baichhabi; Paudyal, Uma; Nandyala, Shashank; Rimal, Gaurab; Cooper, Jason K.; Chen, Jiajun; Chien, Teyu; Wang, Wenyong; Pikal, Jon M.; Department of Electrical; Computer Engineering Team; Department of Physics; Astronomy Team

    Nanowires (NWs) are a promising option for sensitized solar cells, sensors & display technology. Most of the work thus far has focused on binary oxides for these NWs, but ternary oxides have advantages in additional control of optical and electronic properties. Here we report on the diffuse reflectance, Low Temperature (LT) and Room Temperature (RT) photoluminescence (PL), PL excitation and Time Resolved PL (TRPL) of Zinc Tin Oxide (ZTO) NWs grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition. Our results show two broad peaks centered at 640 nm & 450 nm. The complex emission spectra was studied by Time Resolved Emission Spectroscopy (TRES) and Intensity dependent PL. The intensity dependent TRPL shows that 640 nm states decay much slower than the 450 nm states. We propose an energy band model for the NWs containing donor and acceptor states in the band gap with the associated transitions between these states that are consistent with our results. The effect of annealing in air and vacuum is carried out to study the origin of defect states in these NWs. . Department of Energy.

  3. A microscale photovoltaic neurostimulator for fiber optic delivery of functional electrical stimulation.

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    Song, Yoon-Kyu; Stein, John; Patterson, William R; Bull, Christopher W; Davitt, Kristina M; Serruya, Mijail D; Zhang, Jiayi; Nurmikko, Arto V; Donoghue, John P

    2007-09-01

    Recent advances in functional electrical stimulation (FES) show significant promise for restoring voluntary movement in patients with paralysis or other severe motor impairments. Current approaches for implantable FES systems involve multisite stimulation, posing research issues related to their physical size, power and signal delivery, surgical and safety challenges. To explore a different means for delivering the stimulus to a distant muscle nerve site, we have elicited in vitro FES response using a high efficiency microcrystal photovoltaic device as a neurostimulator, integrated with a biocompatible glass optical fiber which forms a lossless, interference-free lightwave conduit for signal and energy transport. As a proof of concept demonstration, a sciatic nerve of a frog is stimulated by the microcrystal device connected to a multimode optical fiber (core diameter of 62.5 microm), which converts optical activation pulses ( approximately 100 micros) from an infrared semiconductor laser source (at 852 nm wavelength) into an FES signal.

  4. Improved differentiation between luminescence decay components by use of time-resolved optical activity measurements and selective lifetime modulation.

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    Schauerte, J A; Gafni, A; Steel, D G

    1996-01-01

    The analysis of luminescence decay experiments from proteins is typically modeled as a combination of independent first-order decay functions. However, Poisson noise in the photon counting experiment limits the ability of this approach to resolve decay components from separate lumiphores with similar lifetimes. To provide further differentiation, we incorporate time-resolved circular polarization of luminescence, an additional independent observable, into the analysis. In the simplest case, for example, each lumiphore's chirality is assumed to be time independent and is determined by the position of the lumiphore with respect to the surrounding chiral environment within the protein. In this paper, we describe the analysis of simultaneously recorded time-resolved luminescence and circularly polarized luminescence data to obtain improved temporal resolution. When combined with selective dynamic luminescence quenching, in a model system comprising a mixture of Tb/transferrin and Tb/conalbumin, we demonstrate resolution between two decay components with a lifetime difference of 7% and a difference in emission anisotropy of 5 X 10(-2). Evidence for the improved discrimination is further demonstrated by the increase in curvature of the chi 2 surface that results from the additional information. PMID:8785358

  5. Note: Automated optical focusing on encapsulated devices for scanning light stimulation systems

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    Bitzer, L. A.; Benson, N. Schmechel, R.

    2014-08-15

    Recently, a scanning light stimulation system with an automated, adaptive focus correction during the measurement was introduced. Here, its application on encapsulated devices is discussed. This includes the changes an encapsulating optical medium introduces to the focusing process as well as to the subsequent light stimulation measurement. Further, the focusing method is modified to compensate for the influence of refraction and to maintain a minimum beam diameter on the sample surface.

  6. Enhanced electron-hole plasma stimulated emission in optically pumped gallium nitride nanopillars

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    Lo, M.-H.; Cheng, Y.-J.; Kuo, H.-C.; Wang, S.-C.

    2011-03-01

    An enhanced stimulated emission was observed in optically pumped GaN nanopillars. The nanopillars were fabricated from an epitaxial wafer by patterned pillar etching followed by crystalline regrowth. Under optical excitation, a strong redshifted stimulated emission peak emerged from a broad spontaneous emission background. The emission is attributed to the electron-hole plasma gain at high carrier density. The emission slope efficiency was greatly enhanced by 20 times compared with a GaN substrate under the same pumping condition. The enhancement is attributed to the better photon and gain interaction from the multiple scattering of photons among nanopillars.

  7. A magneto-optical study of bismuth-doped MgO - Al2O3 - SiO2 glass: on the nature of near-infrared luminescence

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    Laguta, A. V.; Denker, B. I.; Sverchkov, S. E.; Razdobreev, I. M.

    2017-02-01

    This paper presents results of a detailed magneto-optical spectroscopy study of bismuth-doped aluminosilicate glass. At least three distinct optical centres are shown to coexist in the glass: bismuth ion clusters, Bi+ ions and defects in the glass structure, with energy transfer between the last two species. Analysis of magnetic circular dichroism and magnetic circular polarisation of luminescence as functions of magnetic field and temperature indicates that all three centres have an even number of electrons (holes). Experimental evidence is presented that both 'red' and near-infrared luminescence bands are due to transitions in the defects.

  8. High speed data encryption and decryption using stimulated Brillouin scattering effect in optical fiber

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    Yi, Lilin; Zhang, Tao; Hu, Weisheng

    2011-11-01

    A novel all-optical encryption/decryption method based on stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) effect in optical fiber is proposed for the first time. The operation principle is explained in detail and the encryption and decryption performance is experimentally evaluated. The encryption keys could be the SBS gain amplitude, bandwidth, central wavelength and spectral shape, which are configurable and flexibly controlled by the users. We experimentally demonstrate the SBS encryption/decryption process of a 10.86-Gb/s non-return-to-zero (NRZ) data by using both phase-modulated and current-dithered Brillouin pumps for proof-of-concept. Unlike the traditional optical encryption methods of chaotic communications and optical code-division-multiplexing access (OCDMA), the SBS based encryption/decryption technique can directly upgrade the current optical communication system to a secure communication system without changing the terminal transceivers, which is completely compatible with the current optical communication systems.

  9. Analysis of optical neural stimulation effects on neural networks affected by neurodegenerative diseases

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    Zverev, M.; Fanjul-Vélez, F.; Salas-García, I.; Ortega-Quijano, N.; Arce-Diego, J. L.

    2016-03-01

    The number of people in risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease increases as the life expectancy grows due to medical advances. Multiple techniques have been developed to improve patient's condition, from pharmacological to invasive electrodes approaches, but no definite cure has yet been discovered. In this work Optical Neural Stimulation (ONS) has been studied. ONS stimulates noninvasively the outer regions of the brain, mainly the neocortex. The relationship between the stimulation parameters and the therapeutic response is not totally clear. In order to find optimal ONS parameters to treat a particular neurodegenerative disease, mathematical modeling is necessary. Neural networks models have been employed to study the neural spiking activity change induced by ONS. Healthy and pathological neocortical networks have been considered to study the required stimulation to restore the normal activity. The network consisted of a group of interconnected neurons, which were assigned 2D spatial coordinates. The optical stimulation spatial profile was assumed to be Gaussian. The stimulation effects were modeled as synaptic current increases in the affected neurons, proportional to the stimulation fluence. Pathological networks were defined as the healthy ones with some neurons being inactivated, which presented no synaptic conductance. Neurons' electrical activity was also studied in the frequency domain, focusing specially on the changes of the spectral bands corresponding to brain waves. The complete model could be used to determine the optimal ONS parameters in order to achieve the specific neural spiking patterns or the required local neural activity increase to treat particular neurodegenerative pathologies.

  10. Postural adaptations to repeated optic flow stimulation in older adults.

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    O'Connor, Kathryn W; Loughlin, Patrick J; Redfern, Mark S; Sparto, Patrick J

    2008-10-01

    The purpose of this study is to understand the processes of adaptation (changes in within-trial postural responses) and habituation (reductions in between-trial postural responses) to visual cues in older and young adults. Of particular interest were responses to sudden increases in optic flow magnitude. The postural sway of 25 healthy young adults and 24 healthy older adults was measured while subjects viewed anterior-posterior 0.4 Hz sinusoidal optic flow for 45 s. Three trials for each of three conditions were performed: (1) constant 12 cm optic flow amplitude (24 cm peak-to-peak), (2) constant 4 cm amplitude (8 cm p-t-p), and (3) a transition in amplitude from 4 to 12 cm. The average power of head sway velocity (P(vel)) was calculated for consecutive 5s intervals during the trial to examine the changes in sway within and between trials. A mixed factor repeated measures ANOVA was performed to examine the effects of subject Group, Trial, and Interval on the P(vel). P(vel) was greater in older adults in all conditions (p<0.001). During the 12 cm constant amplitude trials, within-trial adaptation occurred for all subjects, but there were differences in the between-trial habituation. P(vel) of the older adults decreased significantly between all 3 trials, but decreased only between Trials 1 and 2 in young adults. While the responses of the young adults to the transition in optic flow from 4 to 12 cm did not significantly change, older adults had an increase in P(vel) following the transition, ranging from 6.5 dB for the first trial to 3.4 dB for the third trial. These results show that older adults can habituate to repeated visual perturbation exposures; however, this habituation requires a greater number of exposures than young adults. This suggests aging impacts the ability to quickly modify the relative weighting of the sensory feedback for postural stabilization.

  11. An integrated optical coherence microscopy imaging and optical stimulation system for optogenetic pacing in Drosophila melanogaster (Conference Presentation)

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    Alex, Aneesh; Li, Airong; Men, Jing; Jerwick, Jason; Tanzi, Rudolph E.; Zhou, Chao

    2016-03-01

    Electrical stimulation is the clinical standard for cardiac pacing. Although highly effective in controlling cardiac rhythm, the invasive nature, non-specificity to cardiac tissues and possible tissue damage limits its applications. Optogenetic pacing of the heart is a promising alternative, which is non-invasive and more specific, has high spatial and temporal precision, and avoids the shortcomings in electrical stimulation. Drosophila melanogaster, which is a powerful model organism with orthologs of nearly 75% of human disease genes, has not been studied for optogenetic pacing in the heart. Here, we developed a non-invasive integrated optical pacing and optical coherence microscopy (OCM) imaging system to control the heart rhythm of Drosophila at different developmental stages using light. The OCM system is capable of providing high imaging speed (130 frames/s) and ultrahigh imaging resolutions (1.5 μm and 3.9 μm for axial and transverse resolutions, respectively). A light-sensitive pacemaker was developed in Drosophila by specifically expressing the light-gated cation channel, channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) in transgenic Drosophila heart. We achieved non-invasive and specific optical control of the Drosophila heart rhythm throughout the fly's life cycle (larva, pupa, and adult) by stimulating the heart with 475 nm pulsed laser light. Heart response to stimulation pulses was monitored non-invasively with OCM. This integrated non-invasive optogenetic control and in vivo imaging technique provides a novel platform for performing research studies in developmental cardiology.

  12. Measurements of Thermally Stimulated Luminescence in Gamma-Irradiated Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene in the Presence of Vitamin E

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    Abdi, Dereje; Jahan, Muhammed; Walters, Benjamin

    2011-03-01

    Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) was detected in medical grade ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) GUR 1020 (Ticona) after gamma irradiation at room temperature (22circ; C) in air or nitrogen and subsequent heating from 22circ; C to 399circ; C using a commercial TSL apparatus (Thermec). A typical TSL glow curve exhibits two major glow peaks near 116circ; C and 200circ; C with a weak shoulder near 250circ; C. Additional glow peak is observed near 140circ; C in GUR 1020E (UHMWPE containing 0.1% vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol (α -T)). Full-width-at-half-max (FWHM) and activation energy for each peak were found as follows. 116circ; C: 40circ; C, 1.2 eV; 140circ; C: 40circ; C, 1.3 eV; 200circ; C: 64circ; C, 1.0 eV; 250circ; C: 56circ; C, 1.5 eV. The glow peaks seem to follow a kinetic order of 1.5. While the 116&-circ; C glow is produced in all irradiated samples, the 200circ; - and 250&-circ; C peaks are produced when irradiation is performed in air, suggesting that these latter glow peaks are associated with the oxygen-centered species and the former (at 116circ; C) with polyethylene (PE) radicals. The 140&-circ; C peak could result from thermal breakdown of vitamin E radical (α -T-O*). Irradiation dose, 30, 65 or 100 kGy, simply changes the TSL intensity without affecting the TSL characteristic. Vitamin E, which is used as an antioxidant, does not seem to affect the TSL in UHMWPE. NSF Center for Biosurfaces and the University of Memphis.

  13. Electrical potentials from the eye and optic nerve of Strombus: effects of electrical stimulation of the optic nerve.

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    Gillary, H L

    1977-02-01

    1. Photic stimulation of the mature eye of Strombus can evoke in the optic nerve 'on' activity in numerous small afferent fibres and repetitive 'off' bursts of afferent impulses in a smaller number of larger fibres. 2. Synchronous invasion of the eye by electrically evoked impulses in small optic nerve fibres (apparently the 'on' afferents, antidromically activated) can evoke a burst of impulses in the larger 'off' fibres which propagate away from the eye. Invasion of the eye via one branch of optic nerve can evoke an answering burst in another branch. 3. Such electrically evoked bursts are similar to light-evoked 'off' bursts with respect to their impulse composition, their ability to be inhibited by illumination of the eye, and their susceptibility to MgCl2 anaesthesia. 4. Invasion of the eye by a train of repetitive electrically evoked impulses in the absence of photic stimulation can give rise to repetitive 'off' bursts as well as concomitant oscillatory potentials in the eye which are similar to those normally evoked by cessation of a photic stimulus. 5. The electrically evoked 'off' bursts appear to be caused by an excitatory rebound following the cessation of inhibitory synaptic input from photoreceptors which can be antidromically activated by electrical stimulation of the optic nerve. 6. The experimental results suggest that the rhythmic discharge of the 'off' fibres evoked by the cessation of a photic stimulus is mediated by the abrupt decrease of inhibitory synaptic input from the receptors.

  14. Luminescent detection of hydrazine and hydrazine derivatives

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    Swager, Timothy M [Newton, MA; Thomas, III, Samuel W.

    2012-04-17

    The present invention generally relates to methods for modulating the optical properties of a luminescent polymer via interaction with a species (e.g., an analyte). In some cases, the present invention provides methods for determination of an analyte by monitoring a change in an optical signal of a luminescent polymer upon exposure to an analyte. Methods of the present invention may be useful for the vapor phase detection of analytes such as explosives and toxins. The present invention also provides methods for increasing the luminescence intensity of a polymer, such as a polymer that has been photobleached, by exposing the luminescent polymer to a species such as a reducing agent.

  15. Mach-Zehnder interference microscopy optically records electrically stimulated cellular activity in unstained nerve cells.

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    Kaul, R A; Mahlmann, D M; Loosen, P

    2010-10-01

    Dual-beam white light interference microscopy monitors changes in the optical density of the investigated object with high sensitivity. We report on the recording of dynamic changes in a neuron's optical density evoked by extracellular electrical stimulation. These recorded changes were analysed and unambiguously connected to the investigated object, an invertebrate neuron of the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis. The results provide evidence for the method's applicability in visualizing cellular dynamics purely by evaluating changes in a cell's optical properties. © 2010 The Authors Journal compilation © 2010 The Royal Microscopical Society.

  16. Aligned Nanofibers from Polypyrrole/Graphene as Electrodes for Regeneration of Optic Nerve via Electrical Stimulation.

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    Yan, Lu; Zhao, Bingxin; Liu, Xiaohong; Li, Xuan; Zeng, Chao; Shi, Haiyan; Xu, Xiaoxue; Lin, Tong; Dai, Liming; Liu, Yong

    2016-03-23

    The damage of optic nerve will cause permanent visual field loss and irreversible ocular diseases, such as glaucoma. The damage of optic nerve is mainly derived from the atrophy, apoptosis or death of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Though some progress has been achieved on electronic retinal implants that can electrically stimulate undamaged parts of RGCs or retina to transfer signals, stimulated self-repair/regeneration of RGCs has not been realized yet. The key challenge for development of electrically stimulated regeneration of RGCs is the selection of stimulation electrodes with a sufficient safe charge injection limit (Q(inj), i.e., electrochemical capacitance). Most traditional electrodes tend to have low Q(inj) values. Herein, we synthesized polypyrrole functionalized graphene (PPy-G) via a facile but efficient polymerization-enhanced ball milling method for the first time. This technique could not only efficiently introduce electron-acceptor nitrogen to enhance capacitance, but also remain a conductive platform-the π-π conjugated carbon plane for charge transportation. PPy-G based aligned nanofibers were subsequently fabricated for guided growth and electrical stimulation (ES) of RGCs. Significantly enhanced viability, neurite outgrowth and antiaging ability of RGCs were observed after ES, suggesting possibilities for regeneration of optic nerve via ES on the suitable nanoelectrodes.

  17. Experimental study on stimulated Rayleigh scattering in optical fibers.

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    Zhu, Tao; Bao, Xiaoyi; Chen, Liang; Liang, Hao; Dong, Yongkang

    2010-10-25

    The linewidth, the threshold, and frequency shift of the stimulated Rayleigh scattering (STRS) in single mode fiber (SMF-28e), large effective area fiber (LEAF) and polarization maintaining fiber (PMF) have been studied using heterodyne detection to separate the Brillouin scattering with a fiber laser for the first time to the best of our knowledge. Experimental results show that the linewidth of STRS and spontaneous Rayleigh scattering are ~9 kHz, ~10 kHz, and ~11 kHz, and ~25 kHz, ~30 kHz, and ~27 kHz for SMF-28e, LEAF and PMF, respectively. The threshold power for STRS for 2 km SMF-28e, 7 km LEAF, and 100 m PMF are 11 dBm, 4.5 dBm and 16.5 dBm, respectively. The measured Rayleigh gain coefficient is a 2 × 10(-13) m/W for SMF-28e. Also, weak frequency shift could be observed when input power is large enough before SBS occurred. Because of the properties of narrower bandwidth and lower threshold power of STRS in fibers, some of applications, such as narrower filter, could be realized.

  18. Stimulated emission in optically pumped atomic-copper vapor

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    Jin Joong Kim; Nackchin Sung

    1987-11-01

    We have observed, for the first time to our knowledge, stimulated emission in atomic-copper vapor that is excited by a resonant tunable laser beam. One of the important and interesting results obtained in this experiment is that excitation of the /sup 2/P/sub 1/2/ level of the copper atoms generates strong amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) for both /sup 2/P/sub 1/2/--/sup 2/D/sub 3/2/ and /sup 2/P/sub 3/2/--/sup 2/D/sub 5/2/ transitions. This is the first reported direct experimental evidence observed for collisional mixing between the /sup 2/P/sub 1/2/ and /sup 2/P/sub 3/2/ levels in a copper-vapor laser. Excitation of the /sup 2/P/sub 3/2/ level induces substantially weaker ASE for the /sup 2/P/sub 1/2/--/sup 2/D/sub 3/2/ transition. In addition, we observed collision-induced ASE for both transitions over a wide range of detuning of the pump frequency. The preliminary results of the experiment are presented, and the implications of the results for high-pressure copper-vapor lasers are discussed.

  19. Optical recordings from the human nasal mucosa in response to olfactory stimulation.

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    Ishimaru, Tadashi; Reden, Jens; Krone, Franziska; Scheibe, Mandy

    2007-08-23

    Using the intrinsic optical signal the present study aimed to investigate changes in blood flow at the nasal epithelium in response to specific olfactory stimulation. Recording equipment included an endoscope, a CCD camera, and a light source of 617 nm. Two concentrations of the specific olfactory stimulant H(2)S (2.8 and 5.6 ppm), generated by a computer-controlled olfactometer, were used for olfactory stimulation. Eight healthy normosmic volunteers participated. Using 5.6 ppm H(2)S stimuli, responses were typically recorded from the olfactory cleft, middle turbinate, and middle meatus while responses were less pronounced for 2.8 ppm H(2)S stimuli. Response areas were significantly larger for the 5.6 ppm H(2)S stimuli. While further experiments are needed, recordings of the intrinsic optical signal may be used to obtain responses from the nasal cavity to specific olfactory stimuli.

  20. Improvements to luminescence dating of Quaternary sediments deformed by earthquakes

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    Lawson, M. J.; Rhodes, E. J.; Barrera, W. A.; Ochoa, G. T.

    2012-12-01

    Luminescence dating of sediments on timescales of decades to several hundred thousand years provides the potential to improve our understanding of the dynamics of fault movement and earthquake generation. Sedimentary structures offset by fault slip such as terrace risers, and deposits deformed by seismicity may be dated over timescales that help bridge the gap between direct observation and the geologic record. Neotectonic environments offer unique challenges for the optical dating of quartz, using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) signals. Quartz grains eroded from bedrock often display low OSL sensitivity, high thermal transfer, and in some cases suffer from signal contributions from microscopic inclusions of other minerals. Anomalous fading of feldspar, and differing responses to specific measurement protocols by different minerals, make signal contamination a potential issue with quartz OSL. A previous test to assess quartz signal purity (the "quartziness" test) has been expanded to include more components for analysis. These include not only normalized thermal quenching (OSL signal response to measurement at different temperatures), but also IRSL (infra-red stimulated luminescence intensity, a ratio of IRSL signal to OSL intensity (post IRSL bleach) and a ratio of OSL (post-IRSL bleach) to non IRSL bleached OSL signal intensities. When graphed, feldspar and quartz samples occupy distinct regions that aid in the assessment of signal contributions for new samples as a check on sample preparation and OSL dating suitability. We examine the performance of this approach for detecting quartz signal contamination using samples from Southern California, New Zealand and High Asia.

  1. Microprocessor-controlled optical stimulating device to improve the gait of patients with Parkinson's disease.

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    Ferrarin, M; Brambilla, M; Garavello, L; Di Candia, A; Pedotti, A; Rabuffetti, M

    2004-05-01

    Different types of visual cue for subjects with Parkinson's disease (PD) produced an improvement in gait and helped some of them prevent or overcome freezing episodes. The paper describes a portable gait-enabling device (optical stimulating glasses (OSGs) that provides, in the peripheral field of view, different types of continuous optic flow (backward or forward) and intermittent stimuli synchronised with external events. The OSGs are a programmable, stand-alone, augmented reality system that can be interfaced with a PC for program set-up. It consists of a pair of non-corrective glasses, equipped with two matrixes of 70 micro light emitting diodes, one on each side, controlled by a microprocessor. Two foot-switches are used to synchronise optical stimulation with specific gait events. A pilot study was carried out on three PD patients and three controls, with different types of optic flow during walking along a fixed path. The continuous optic flow in the forward direction produced an increase in gait velocity in the PD patients (up to + 11% in average), whereas the controls had small variations. The stimulation synchronised with the swing phase, associated with an attentional strategy, produced a remarkable increase in stride length for all subjects. After prolonged testing, the device has shown good applicability and technical functionality, it is easily wearable and transportable, and it does not interfere with gait.

  2. Design of a compact laparoscopic probe for optical stimulation of the cavernous nerves

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    Tozburun, Serhat; Fried, Nathaniel M.

    2009-02-01

    The cavernous nerves are responsible for erectile function and course along the prostate surface, varying in size and location among patients, making preservation of sexual function challenging after prostate cancer surgery. Electrical stimulation has proven inconsistent and unreliable in identifying these nerves and evaluating nerve function. Optical stimulation of the rat cavernous nerves has recently been reported as a alternative to electrical stimulation, with potential advantages including noncontact stimulation and improved spatial selectivity. This study describes the design of a compact laparoscopic probe for future clinical use in optical nerve stimulation. The 10-Fr (3.4-mm-OD) prototype laparoscopic probe includes an aspheric lens for collimation of the laser beam with a 0.8- mm-diameter spot, coupled with a 200-μm-core optical fiber. A 45° gold-coated rod mirror in the probe tip provides side-firing delivery of the laser radiation. The probe handle houses a miniature linear motorized stage for lateral scanning of the probe tip over a 25-mm line along the prostate surface. A 5.5-W Thulium fiber laser with tunable wavelength range of 1850-1880 nm was tested with the probe. The probe fits through a standard 5-mm-ID laparoscopic port and is capable of delivering pulse energies up to 8 mJ (1.6 J/cm2) at a 2.5-ms pulse duration, well above the threshold (~ 0.35 J/cm2) for optical stimulation of the cavernous nerves.

  3. Effect of irradiation and thermal annealing on quartz materials luminescence

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    Korovkin, M. V.; Ananyeva, L. G.

    2017-01-01

    X-ray and gamma-quanta irradiation of radiation-resistant quartz materials including natural and synthetic quartz crystals and high-purity quartzite causes the luminescence in the ultraviolet range (365 nm), thermally stimulated luminescence and radiofrequency electromagnetic emission. Preliminary radiation and thermal annealing improves luminescence properties of quartz materials.

  4. Luminescence properties of Er3+ ions doped bismuth borate glasses for 1.53 \\xB5m broadband optical amplifiers

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    Mariyappan, M.; Suthanthirakumar, P.; Arunkumar, S.; Marimuthu, K.

    2017-05-01

    A new series of Er3+ ions doped bismuth borate glasses were prepared with the composition (40—x)B2O3 + 20Bi2O3+20Na2O+20CaF2+xEr2O3 (where x= 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 1 and 2 in wt%). The spectroscopic behaviors of the titled glasses have been examined through absorption, luminescence and decay spectral analysis. Luminescence spectra along with the JO intensity parameters have been used to determine the various radiative properties like transition probability (A), stimulated emission cross-section (σp), lifetimes (τcal, τexp), branching ratios (βR) and effective bandwidth (Δλeff) for the 4S3/2 →4I15/2 and 4I13/2→4I15/2 emission transitions and the results were discussed and reported. By employing the McCumbar theory, absorption and emission cross-sections for the 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition (1.53 μm) were calculated for all the titled glasses. The decay curves of the 4I13/2 level have been measured and the fall in lifetime value with the increase in Er3+ ion content have been studied through the energy transfer process takes place between the nearby Er3+ ions.

  5. Nonlinear optical absorption and stimulated Mie scattering in metallic nanoparticle suspensions

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    He, Guang S.; Law, Wing-Cheung; Baev, Alexander; Liu, Sha; Swihart, Mark T.; Prasad, Paras N.

    2013-01-01

    The nonlinear optical properties of four metallic (Au-, Au/Ag-, Ag-, and Pt-) nanoparticle suspensions in toluene have been studied in both femtosecond and nanosecond regimes. Nonlinear transmission measurements in the femtosecond laser regime revealed two-photon absorption (2PA) induced nonlinear attenuation, while in the nanosecond laser regime a stronger nonlinear attenuation is due to both 2PA and 2PA-induced excited-state absorption. In the nanosecond regime, at input pump laser intensities above a certain threshold value, a new type of stimulated (Mie) scattering has been observed. Being essentially different from all other well known molecular (Raman, Brillouin) stimulated scattering effects, the newly observed stimulated Mie scattering from the metallic nanoparticles exhibits the features of no frequency shift and low pump threshold requirement. A physical model of induced Bragg grating initiated by the backward Mie scattering from metallic nanoparticles is proposed to explain the gain mechanism of the observed stimulated scattering effect.

  6. Creating a meaningful visual perception in blind volunteers by optic nerve stimulation

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    Brelén, M. E.; Duret, F.; Gérard, B.; Delbeke, J.; Veraart, C.

    2005-03-01

    A blind volunteer, suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, has been chronically implanted with an optic nerve visual prosthesis. Vision rehabilitation with this volunteer has concentrated on the development of a stimulation strategy according to which video camera images are converted into stimulation pulses. The aim is to convey as much information as possible about the visual scene within the limits of the device's capabilities. Pattern recognition tasks were used to assess the effectiveness of the stimulation strategy. The results demonstrate how even a relatively basic algorithm can efficiently convey useful information regarding the visual scene. By increasing the number of phosphenes used in the algorithm, better performance is observed but a longer training period is required. After a learning period, the volunteer achieved a pattern recognition score of 85% at 54 s on average per pattern. After nine evaluation sessions, when using a stimulation strategy exploiting all available phosphenes, no saturation effect has yet been observed.

  7. Towards increasing the spatial resolution of luminescence chronologies - Portable luminescence reader measurements and standardized growth curves applied to the beach-ridge plain of Phra Thong Island, Thailand

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    Brill, Dominik; Jankaew, Kruawun; Brückner, Helmut

    2016-04-01

    Since optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating is time consuming and cost intensive, age information available for individual study sites is usually restricted to significantly less than 100 ages. In particular the interpretation of complex depositional systems with temporally and spatially diverse sedimentation histories may suffer from the effects of a poor spatial resolution or an ineffective distribution of chronological data. In these cases, time and cost efficient approaches that provide reasonable dating accuracy are required to substitute or complement full luminescence dating. For the sandy beach-ridge plain of Phra Thong Island, Thailand, which is chronologically constrained by a set of approximately 50 luminescence ages, we evaluated the potential (i) of luminescence profiling using a portable luminescence reader, and (ii) of standardized growth curves (SGCs) to improve the resolution and sampling strategy of OSL dating in coastal settings. Although SGCs are related to some shortcomings in dating accuracy, and luminescence profiling with even the favorable conditions provided by the homogeneous sandy stratigraphy of the beach-ridge plain does not equal full luminescence dating, both approaches are capable of reproducing some of the main chronostratigraphic features of the island. This includes the differentiation between Holocene and last interglacial ridges, as well as the identification of the general east-west progradation and some (but not all) of several 1500-2000 year hiatuses within the Holocene sediment succession. However, while both approaches can successfully identify relative chronological trends, robust absolute age estimates can only be achieved by considering the highly variable dosimetry, which is the main contributing factor to bulk luminescence signals apart from deposition age on Phra Thong Island. At Phra Thong, portable reader signals as a proxy for palaeodoses combined with sample-specific dose rates proved as the best

  8. An acido-triggered reversible luminescent and nonlinear optical switch based on a substituted styrylpyridine: EFISH measurements as an unusual method to reveal a protonation-deprotonation NLO contrast.

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    Cariati, Elena; Dragonetti, Claudia; Lucenti, Elena; Nisic, Filippo; Righetto, Stefania; Roberto, Dominique; Tordin, Elisa

    2014-02-14

    Diphenyl-(4-{2-[4-(2-pyridin-4-yl-vinyl)-phenyl]-vinyl}-phenyl)-amine (DPVPA) constitutes a novel acido-triggered reversible luminescent and nonlinear optical switch. Remarkably, for the first time the Electric-Field Induced Second Harmonic generation (EFISH) technique is used to reveal a protonation-deprotonation NLO contrast.

  9. High temperature luminescence of Dy3+ in crystalline silicon in the optical communication and eye-safe spectral regions.

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    Lourenço, M A; Mustafa, Z; Ludurczak, W; Wong, L; Gwilliam, R M; Homewood, K P

    2013-09-15

    We report on photoluminescence in the 1.3 and 1.7 μm spectral ranges in silicon doped with dysprosium. This is attributed to the Dy3+ internal transitions between the second Dy3+ excited state and the ground state, and between the third Dy3+ excited state and the ground state. Luminescence is achieved by Dy implantation into Si substrates codoped with boron, to form dislocation loops, and show a strong dependence on fabrication process. The spectra consist of several sharp lines with the strongest emission at 1736 nm, observed up to 200 K. No Dy3+ luminescence is observed in samples without B codoping, showing the paramount importance of dislocation loops to enable the Dy emission.

  10. The effect of ionizing radiation on the optical properties of NaMgF3(Mn): Observation of an F-center Mn complex

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    Schuyt, J. J.; Williams, G. V. M.

    2017-08-01

    We report the results from optical absorption, photoluminescence, radioluminescence, and optically stimulated luminescence measurements on polycrystalline NaMgF3(Mn). A point defect that absorbed near 340 nm at 300 K was observed after X-ray irradiation, which is not seen in the pure compound and may be due to self-trapped holes close to the Mn sites. This defect could be optically bleached, and optically stimulated luminescence was observed during the bleaching process. Non-distorted and distorted Mn2+ photoluminescence was found where only the non-distorted sites showed optically stimulated luminescence. Both sites displayed radioluminescence, but the dependence on the radiation dose was different for each site. An F-center Mn complex was observed after X-ray irradiation, which has not been previously reported for the NaMgF3(Mn) compound. The photoluminescence emission at 670 nm from this complex increased with increasing radiation dose and was not bleached by optical excitation at 566 nm. However, it could be bleached after 254 nm excitation. Thus, unlike Mn2+ optically stimulated luminescence, the photoluminescence from this emission can be used to provide a non-destructive measure of the radiation dose. Our results show that NaMgF3(Mn) can potentially be used as a radiation dosimeter for dose-rate monitoring via radioluminescence, continual monitoring of individual doses via F-center Mn complex photoluminescence, and cumulative dose detection via optically stimulated luminescence.

  11. Biocompatible Optically Transparent MEMS for Micromechanical Stimulation and Multimodal Imaging of Living Cells.

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    Fior, Raffaella; Kwok, Jeanie; Malfatti, Francesca; Sbaizero, Orfeo; Lal, Ratnesh

    2015-08-01

    Cells and tissues in our body are continuously subjected to mechanical stress. Mechanical stimuli, such as tensile and contractile forces, and shear stress, elicit cellular responses, including gene and protein alterations that determine key behaviors, including proliferation, differentiation, migration, and adhesion. Several tools and techniques have been developed to study these mechanobiological phenomena, including micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). MEMS provide a platform for nano-to-microscale mechanical stimulation of biological samples and quantitative analysis of their biomechanical responses. However, current devices are limited in their capability to perform single cell micromechanical stimulations as well as correlating their structural phenotype by imaging techniques simultaneously. In this study, a biocompatible and optically transparent MEMS for single cell mechanobiological studies is reported. A silicon nitride microfabricated device is designed to perform uniaxial tensile deformation of single cells and tissue. Optical transparency and open architecture of the device allows coupling of the MEMS to structural and biophysical assays, including optical microscopy techniques and atomic force microscopy (AFM). We demonstrate the design, fabrication, testing, biocompatibility and multimodal imaging with optical and AFM techniques, providing a proof-of-concept for a multimodal MEMS. The integrated multimodal system would allow simultaneous controlled mechanical stimulation of single cells and correlate cellular response.

  12. Biocompatible optically transparent MEMS for micromechanical stimulation and multimodal imaging of living cells

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    Fior, Raffaella; Kwok, Jeanie; Malfatti, Francesca; Sbaizero, Orfeo; Lal, Ratnesh

    2015-01-01

    Cells and tissues in our body are continuously subjected to mechanical stress. Mechanical stimuli, such as tensile and contractile forces, and shear stress, elicit cellular responses, including gene and protein alterations that determine key behaviors, including proliferation, differentiation, migration, and adhesion. Several tools and techniques have been developed to study these mechanobiological phenomena, including micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). MEMS provide a platform for nano-to-microscale mechanical stimulation of biological samples and quantitative analysis of their biomechanical responses. However, current devices are limited in their capability to perform single cell micromechanical stimulations as well as correlating their structural phenotype by imaging techniques simultaneously. In this study, a biocompatible and optically transparent MEMS for single cell mechanobiological studies is reported. A silicon nitride microfabricated device is designed to perform uniaxial tensile deformation of single cells and tissue. Optical transparency and open architecture of the device allows coupling of the MEMS to structural and biophysical assays, including optical microscopy techniques and atomic force microscopy (AFM). We demonstrate the design, fabrication, testing, biocompatibility and multimodal imaging with optical and AFM techniques, providing a proof-of-concept for a multimodal MEMS. The integrated multimodal system would allow simultaneous controlled mechanical stimulation of single cells and correlate cellular response. PMID:25549773

  13. Effects of optical irradiation parameters on safe peripheral nerve stimulation with infrared light

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    Katz, Elizabeth; Kim, Do-Hyun; Ilev, Ilko; Krauthamer, Victor

    2009-02-01

    Optical stimulation (OS) is a relatively novel approach for restoring function to the damaged nervous system. The effectiveness and safety of OS is dependent upon selecting the appropriate stimulation parameters. This involves stimulating neurons to their activation threshold while preventing laser-induced tissue injury. Although significant advances have been made in studying the efficacy of OS, safety parameters are still being developed. We have employed electrophysiological techniques to determine salient experimental parameters of safety that can be used to optimize OS. Extracellular recordings of compound nerve potentials were obtained from excised adult rat sciatic nerves. OS was accomplished with infrared pulsed Nd:YAG, Er:YAG and diode lasers that had peak wavelength emissions at 1.064 μm, 2.94 μm and 1.85 μm, respectively. Electrically evoked compound action potentials (E-CAPs) were assayed before and after laser irradiation to determine if OS affected E-CAPs. Injurious laser irradiation doses were observed at levels 2-3 fold greater than optical threshold, producing tissue hyalinization and decreases in the peak amplitude of E-CAPs. However, effects on electrical threshold and conduction velocity were negligible. At laser irradiation doses near optical threshold, low repetition rates of laser pulses produced a gradual increase in laser evoked CAP (L-CAP) amplitudes, suggesting a cumulative effect in the interactions between light and tissue. Higher repetition rates (5-10 Hz) at laser irradiation doses 2-3 fold above optical threshold produced a decrement in L-CAP and E-CAP amplitudes. These results suggest that laser pulse parameters have a direct impact on optical stimulation and damage thresholds.

  14. NIR luminescence studies on Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped sodium telluroborate glasses for lasers and optical amplifer applications

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    Annapoorani, K.; Murthy, N. Suriya; Marimuthu, K.

    2016-05-01

    Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped Sodium telluroborate glasses were prepared with the chemical composition (49.5-x)B2O3+25TeO2+5Li2CO3+10ZnO+10NaF+0.5Er2O3+xYb2O3 (where x= 0.1, 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 in mol %) following the melt quenching technique. With the addition of Yb3+ ions into Er3+ ions in the prepared glasses, the absorption cross-section values were found to increase due to the effective energy transfer from 2F5/2 level of Yb3+ ions to the 4I11/2 level of Er3+ ions. The fluorescence around 1550 nm correspond to the 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition was observed under 980 nm pumping. Among the present glasses, integrated intensity was found to be higher for 1.0 mol% Yb3+ ion glass. The parameters such as stimulated emission cross- section, Gain bandwidth and quantum efficiency of the 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition was found to be higher for the NTBE1.0Y glass and the same is suggested for potential NIR lasers and optical amplifier applications.

  15. Multiple Channel Laser Beam Combination and Phasing Using Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Optical Fibers

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    2005-12-01

    Mandel’shtam–Brillouin scattering,” JETP Lett ., 15, 109-112, 1972. 41 . Hellwarth, R. W., “Phase conjugation by stimulated backscattering,” ch. 7, Optical...wavefront-reversing mirrors,” Sov . Phys . JETP , 52, 847-851, 1980. 79. Valley, M., G. Lombardi, and R. Aprahamian, “Beam combination by stimulated...Thomas, and R. Byer, Monolithic, “Unidirectional single-mode Nd:YAG ring laser”, Opt. Lett ., 10, 65-67, 1985 . 56. Imai, M. and E. H. Hara

  16. Multiple Channel Laser Beam Combination and Phasing Using Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Optical Fibers

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    2005-12-22

    Mandel’shtam–Brillouin scattering,” JETP Lett ., 15, 109-112, 1972. 41 . Hellwarth, R. W., “Phase conjugation by stimulated backscattering,” ch. 7, Optical...wavefront-reversing mirrors,” Sov . Phys . JETP , 52, 847-851, 1980. 79. Valley, M., G. Lombardi, and R. Aprahamian, “Beam combination by stimulated...Thomas, and R. Byer, Monolithic, “Unidirectional single-mode Nd:YAG ring laser”, Opt. Lett ., 10, 65-67, 1985 . 56. Imai, M. and E. H. Hara

  17. Understanding landscape dynamics of the Sierra de Juarez, southern Mexico: An exploratory approach using inherited luminescence signals

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    Muñoz-Salinas, Esperanza; Castillo, Miguel; Caballero, Lizeth; Lacan, Pierre

    2017-07-01

    We explore inherited luminescence signals to generate information about different mechanisms involved in mobilization of debris flows in rivers (n = 12) of the Sierra de Juárez (Oaxaca, Mexico), that flow across the Oaxaca and Donaji faults. Sediment samples composed of poly-mineral and poly-grain sizes were optically stimulated using a Pulsed-Photon Stimulated Luminescence unit. In most of the rivers, the luminescence signals intensities fall with increasing distance from their source and the luminescence of different grain size fractions were variable. Our results suggest that mineral grains were transported in the water column without any stratification based on grain sizes, indicating debris flows and/or hyper-concentrated flows. A correlation between the inherited luminescence signals and the mean basin slope provides information about the river basin topography. Our results suggest that mobilization of sediments is related to the steepness of topography produced by the Oaxaca fault formation and inherited luminescence signals has a good potential to unravel the processes involved in the transport of fluvial sediment in mountainous settings of southern Mexico.

  18. Optical parametric amplification and oscillation assisted by low-frequency stimulated emission.

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    Longhi, Stefano

    2016-04-15

    Optical parametric amplification and oscillation provide powerful tools for coherent light generation in spectral regions inaccessible to lasers. Parametric gain is based on a frequency down-conversion process and, thus, it cannot be realized for signal waves at a frequency ω3 higher than the frequency of the pump wave ω1. In this Letter, we suggest a route toward the realization of upconversion optical parametric amplification and oscillation, i.e., amplification of the signal wave by a coherent pump wave of lower frequency, assisted by stimulated emission of the auxiliary idler wave. When the signal field is resonated in an optical cavity, parametric oscillation is obtained. Design parameters for the observation of upconversion optical parametric oscillation at λ3=465 nm are given for a periodically poled lithium-niobate (PPLN) crystal doped with Nd(3+) ions.

  19. Progress in chemical luminescence-based biosensors: A critical review.

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    Roda, Aldo; Mirasoli, Mara; Michelini, Elisa; Di Fusco, Massimo; Zangheri, Martina; Cevenini, Luca; Roda, Barbara; Simoni, Patrizia

    2016-02-15

    Biosensors are a very active research field. They have the potential to lead to low-cost, rapid, sensitive, reproducible, and miniaturized bioanalytical devices, which exploit the high binding avidity and selectivity of biospecific binding molecules together with highly sensitive detection principles. Of the optical biosensors, those based on chemical luminescence detection (including chemiluminescence, bioluminescence, electrogenerated chemiluminescence, and thermochemiluminescence) are particularly attractive, due to their high-to-signal ratio and the simplicity of the required measurement equipment. Several biosensors based on chemical luminescence have been described for quantitative, and in some cases multiplex, analysis of organic molecules (such as hormones, drugs, pollutants), proteins, and nucleic acids. These exploit a variety of miniaturized analytical formats, such as microfluidics, microarrays, paper-based analytical devices, and whole-cell biosensors. Nevertheless, despite the high analytical performances described in the literature, the field of chemical luminescence biosensors has yet to demonstrate commercial success. This review presents the main recent advances in the field and discusses the approaches, challenges, and open issues, with the aim of stimulating a broader interest in developing chemical luminescence biosensors and improving their commercial exploitation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Ultrafast optical response of the Au-BaO thin film stimulated by femtosecond pulse laser

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    Wu, J. L.; Wang, C. M.; Zhang, G. M.

    1998-06-01

    The pump-probe method was applied to study the dependence of the transient optical transmissivity upon time delay for the Au-BaO composite thin film stimulated by a femtosecond pulsed laser. It was observed that the light absorption of the thin film increased rapidly and then resumed its initial value in several picoseconds. Optical relaxation is a process in which nonequilibrium electrons, excited by laser pulses and originating from Au ultrafine particles, return to the equilibrium state. In this article, the value of the electron-phonon coupling constant g of gold ultrafine particles in the composite thin film was calculated theoretically.

  1. In Vivo Mapping of Cortical Columnar Networks in the Monkey with Focal Electrical and Optical Stimulation

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    Roe, Anna Wang; Chernov, Mykyta M.; Friedman, Robert M.; Chen, Gang

    2015-01-01

    There are currently largescale efforts to understand the brain as a connection machine. However, there has been little emphasis on understanding connection patterns between functionally specific cortical columns. Here, we review development and application of focal electrical and optical stimulation methods combined with optical imaging and fMRI mapping in the non-human primate. These new approaches, when applied systematically on a large scale, will elucidate functionally specific intra-areal and inter-areal network connection patterns. Such functionally specific network data can provide accurate views of brain network topology. PMID:26635539

  2. Electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves induces optical responses via skeletal muscle kinematics

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    Erb, M. Kelley; Chen, Debbie K.; Sassaroli, Angelo; Fantini, Sergio; Bergethon, Peter R.

    2011-02-01

    We have previously reported an optical response in human subjects occurring at 100 ms following electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves. In the present study, an animal model has been created to directly investigate the myogenic components of the signal. In addition, experiments have been performed in human subjects to investigate the signal's neuroanatomical specificity, sensitivity to muscle motion, and spatial and spectral features. The results of this work suggest that the observed optical signal derives from stimulus-induced motion associated with muscle contraction and likely contains myological information of clinical value.

  3. Optical Recording of Retinal and Visual Cortical Responses Evoked by Electrical Stimulation on the Retina

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    Osanai, Makoto; Sakaehara, Haruko; Sawai, Hajime; Song, Wen-Jie; Yagi, Tetsuya

    To develop a retinal prosthesis for blind patients using an implanted multielectrode array, it is important to study the response properties of retinal ganglion cells and of the visual cortex to localized retinal electrical stimulation. Optical imaging can reveal the spatio-temporal properties of neuronal activity. Therefore, we conducted a calcium imaging study to investigate response properties to local current stimulation in frog retinas, and a membrane potential imaging study to explore the visual cortical responses to retinal stimulation in guinea pigs. In the retina, local current stimuli evoked transient responses in the ganglion cells located near the stimulus electrode. The spatial pattern of the responding area was altered by changing the location of the stimulation. Local electrical stimulation to the retina also caused transient responses in the visual cortex. The responding cortical areas in the primary visual cortex were localized. A spatially different cortical response was observed to stimulation of a different position on the retina. These results suggest that the imaging study has great potential in revealing the spatio-temporal properties of the neuronal response for the retinal prosthesis.

  4. Synthesis, characterization and optical studies of highly luminescent ZnS nanoparticles associated with hypromellose matrix as a green and novel stabilizer.

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    Tiwari, Ashish; Khan, S A; Kher, R S; Dhoble, S J

    2014-09-01

    ZnS nanoparticles stabilized by a carbohydrate-based matrix, hypromellose (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) were prepared via a wet chemical method. The nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electon microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. X-Ray diffraction patterns revealed a zinc blende structure. Thermogravimetric analysis suggested that polymer attached to the surface decomposes at 700 °C. Absorption measurements were carried out and calculation of the diameter polydispersity index (DPI) suggests the formation of monodisperse nanoparticles. The optical properties of the as-prepared samples were studied by UV/vis spectroscopy and steady-state photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The PL studies indicate the applicability of these nanoparticles as biocompatible sensors or luminescence markers in future.

  5. Development of implantable optoelectronic module for optical brain tissue stimulation in freely moving mice

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    Rusakov, Konstantin; Czajkowski, Rafał; Kaźmierczak, Andrzej

    2015-09-01

    The research aims to design and manufacture of wireless optogenetics devices for freely moving animals in cages IntelliCage system. The purpose of the device is to stimulate specific brain regions using light. The constructed device consists of a light source and optical fibre structure responsible for delivering light into the corresponding region of the brain of the animal. The size of the animal (mouse) and the fact that it is freely moving imposes substantial limitations with respect to the size and weight of the optoelectronic device. The present paper describes research on optical fibre structure fabrication, assembling it to the small size (less than 500 × 500 μm2 top surface) LED chip and experimental validation of the optoelectronic stimulator.

  6. Hybrid electro-optical stimulation of the rat sciatic nerve induces force generation in the plantarflexor muscles

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    Duke, Austin R.; Peterson, Erik; Mackanos, Mark A.; Atkinson, James; Tyler, Dustin; Jansen, E. Duco

    2012-12-01

    Objective. Optical methods of neural activation are becoming important tools for the study and treatment of neurological disorders. Infrared nerve stimulation (INS) is an optical technique exhibiting spatially precise activation in the native neural system. While this technique shows great promise, the risk of thermal damage may limit some applications. Combining INS with traditional electrical stimulation, a method known as hybrid electro-optical stimulation, reduces the laser power requirements and mitigates the risk of thermal damage while maintaining spatial selectivity. Here we investigate the capability of inducing force generation in the rat hind limb through hybrid stimulation of the sciatic nerve. Approach. Hybrid stimulation was achieved by combining an optically transparent nerve cuff for electrical stimulation and a diode laser coupled to an optical fiber for infrared stimulation. Force generation in the rat plantarflexor muscles was measured in response to hybrid stimulation with 1 s bursts of pulses at 15 and 20 Hz and with a burst frequency of 0.5 Hz. Main results. Forces were found to increase with successive stimulus trains, ultimately reaching a plateau by the 20th train. Hybrid evoked forces decayed at a rate similar to the rate of thermal diffusion in tissue. Preconditioning the nerve with an optical stimulus resulted in an increase in the force response to both electrical and hybrid stimulation. Histological evaluation showed no signs of thermally induced morphological changes following hybrid stimulation. Our results indicate that an increase in baseline temperature is a likely contributor to hybrid force generation. Significance. Extraneural INS of peripheral nerves at physiologically relevant repetition rates is possible using hybrid electro-optical stimulation.

  7. Resonance-shifting luminescent solar concentrators

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    Giebink, Noel Christopher; Wiederrecht, Gary P; Wasielewski, Michael R

    2014-09-23

    An optical system and method to overcome luminescent solar concentrator inefficiencies by resonance-shifting, in which sharply directed emission from a bi-layer cavity into a glass substrate returns to interact with the cavity off-resonance at each subsequent reflection, significantly reducing reabsorption loss en route to the edges. In one embodiment, the system comprises a luminescent solar concentrator comprising a transparent substrate, a luminescent film having a variable thickness; and a low refractive index layer disposed between the transparent substrate and the luminescent film.

  8. Near infrared radio-luminescence of O{sub 2} loaded radiation hardened silica optical fibers: A candidate dosimeter for harsh environments

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    Di Francesca, D.; Girard, S.; Boukenter, A.; Ouerdane, Y.; Agnello, S.; Gelardi, F. M.; Marcandella, C.; Paillet, P.

    2014-11-03

    We report on an experimental investigation of the infrared Radio-Luminescence (iRL) emission of interstitial O{sub 2} molecules loaded in radiation hardened pure-silica-core and fluorine-doped silica-based optical fibers (OFs). The O{sub 2} loading treatment successfully dissolved high concentrations of oxygen molecules into the silica matrix. A sharp luminescence at 1272 nm was detected when 2.5 cm of the treated OFs were irradiated with 10 keV X-rays. This emission originates from the radiative decay of the first excited singlet state of the embedded O{sub 2} molecules. The dose, dose-rate, and temperature dependencies of the infrared emission are studied through in situ optical measurements. The results show that the iRL is quite stable in doses of up to 1 MGy(SiO{sub 2}) and is linearly dependent on the dose-rate up to the maximum investigated dose-rate of ∼200 kGy(SiO{sub 2})/h. The temperature dependency of the iRL shows a decrease in efficiency above 200 °C, which is attributed to the non-radiative decay of the excited O{sub 2} molecules. The results obtained and the long-term stability of the O{sub 2}-loading treatment (no out-gassing effect) strongly suggest the applicability of these components to real-time remote dosimetry in environments characterized by high radiation doses and dose-rates.

  9. Luminescence dating and palaeomagnetic age constraint on hominins from Sima de los Huesos, Atapuerca, Spain.

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    Arnold, Lee J; Demuro, Martina; Parés, Josep M; Arsuaga, Juan Luis; Aranburu, Arantza; Bermúdez de Castro, José María; Carbonell, Eudald

    2014-02-01

    Establishing a reliable chronology on the extensive hominin remains at Sima de los Huesos is critical for an improved understanding of the complex evolutionary histories and phylogenetic relationships of the European Middle Pleistocene hominin record. In this study, we use a combination of 'extended-range' luminescence dating techniques and palaeomagnetism to provide new age constraint on sedimentary infills that are unambiguously associated with the Sima fossil assemblage. Post-infrared-infrared stimulated luminescence (pIR-IR) dating of K-feldspars and thermally transferred optically stimulated luminescence (TT-OSL) dating of individual quartz grains provide weighted mean ages of 433 ± 15 ka (thousands of years) and 416 ± 19 ka, respectively, for allochthonous sedimentary horizons overlying the hominin-bearing clay breccia. The six replicate luminescence ages obtained for this deposit are reproducible and provide a combined minimum age estimate of 427 ± 12 ka for the underlying hominin fossils. Palaeomagnetic directions for the luminescence dated sediment horizon and underlying fossiliferous clays display exclusively normal polarities. These findings are consistent with the luminescence dating results and confirm that the hominin fossil horizon accumulated during the Brunhes Chron, i.e., within the last 780 ka. The new bracketing age constraint for the Sima hominins is in broad agreement with radiometrically dated Homo heidelbergensis fossil sites, such as Mauer and Arago, and suggests that the split of the H. neanderthalensis and H. sapiens lineages took place during the early Middle Pleistocene. More widespread numerical dating of key Early and Middle Pleistocene fossil sites across Europe is needed to test and refine competing models of hominin evolution. The new luminescence chronologies presented in this study demonstrate the versatility of TT-OSL and pIR-IR techniques and the potential role they could play in helping to refine evolutionary

  10. Temperature-controlled optical stimulation of the rat prostate cavernous nerves.

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    Tozburun, Serhat; Hutchens, Thomas C; McClain, Michael A; Lagoda, Gwen A; Burnett, Arthur L; Fried, Nathaniel M

    2013-06-01

    Optical nerve stimulation (ONS) may be useful as a diagnostic tool for intraoperative identification and preservation of the prostate cavernous nerves (CN), responsible for erectile function, during prostate cancer surgery. Successful ONS requires elevating the nerve temperature to within a narrow range (~42 to 47°C) for nerve activation without thermal damage to the nerve. This preliminary study explores a prototype temperature-controlled optical nerve stimulation (TC-ONS) system for maintaining a constant (±1°C) nerve temperature during short-term ONS of the rat prostate CNs. A 150-mW, 1455-nm diode laser was operated in continuous-wave mode, with and without temperature control, during stimulation of the rat CNs for 15 to 30 s through a fiber optic probe with a 1-mm-diameter spot. A microcontroller opened and closed an in-line mechanical shutter in response to an infrared sensor, with a predetermined temperature set point. With TC-ONS, higher laser power settings were used to rapidly and safely elevate the CNs to a temperature necessary for a fast intracavernous pressure response, while also preventing excessive temperatures that would otherwise cause thermal damage to the nerve. With further development, TC-ONS may provide a rapid, stable, and safe method for intraoperative identification and preservation of the prostate CNs.

  11. Gold nanoparticle-assisted all optical localized stimulation and monitoring of Ca2+ signaling in neurons

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    Lavoie-Cardinal, Flavie; Salesse, Charleen; Bergeron, Éric; Meunier, Michel; De Koninck, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Light-assisted manipulation of cells to control membrane activity or intracellular signaling has become a major avenue in life sciences. However, the ability to perform subcellular light stimulation to investigate localized signaling has been limited. Here, we introduce an all optical method for the stimulation and the monitoring of localized Ca2+ signaling in neurons that takes advantage of plasmonic excitation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). We show with confocal microscopy that 800 nm laser pulse application onto a neuron decorated with a few AuNPs triggers a transient increase in free Ca2+, measured optically with GCaMP6s. We show that action potentials, measured electrophysiologically, can be induced with this approach. We demonstrate activation of local Ca2+ transients and Ca2+ signaling via CaMKII in dendritic domains, by illuminating a single or few functionalized AuNPs specifically targeting genetically-modified neurons. This NP-Assisted Localized Optical Stimulation (NALOS) provides a new complement to light-dependent methods for controlling neuronal activity and cell signaling. PMID:26857748

  12. Temperature-controlled optical stimulation of the rat prostate cavernous nerves

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    Tozburun, Serhat; Hutchens, Thomas C.; McClain, Michael A.; Lagoda, Gwen A.; Burnett, Arthur L.; Fried, Nathaniel M.

    2013-06-01

    Optical nerve stimulation (ONS) may be useful as a diagnostic tool for intraoperative identification and preservation of the prostate cavernous nerves (CN), responsible for erectile function, during prostate cancer surgery. Successful ONS requires elevating the nerve temperature to within a narrow range (˜42 to 47°C) for nerve activation without thermal damage to the nerve. This preliminary study explores a prototype temperature-controlled optical nerve stimulation (TC-ONS) system for maintaining a constant (±1°C) nerve temperature during short-term ONS of the rat prostate CNs. A 150-mW, 1455-nm diode laser was operated in continuous-wave mode, with and without temperature control, during stimulation of the rat CNs for 15 to 30 s through a fiber optic probe with a 1-mm-diameter spot. A microcontroller opened and closed an in-line mechanical shutter in response to an infrared sensor, with a predetermined temperature set point. With TC-ONS, higher laser power settings were used to rapidly and safely elevate the CNs to a temperature necessary for a fast intracavernous pressure response, while also preventing excessive temperatures that would otherwise cause thermal damage to the nerve. With further development, TC-ONS may provide a rapid, stable, and safe method for intraoperative identification and preservation of the prostate CNs.

  13. All-optical bidirectional neural interfacing using hybrid multiphoton holographic optogenetic stimulation

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    Paluch-Siegler, Shir; Mayblum, Tom; Dana, Hod; Brosh, Inbar; Gefen, Inna; Shoham, Shy

    2015-01-01

    Abstract. Our understanding of neural information processing could potentially be advanced by combining flexible three-dimensional (3-D) neuroimaging and stimulation. Recent developments in optogenetics suggest that neurophotonic approaches are in principle highly suited for noncontact stimulation of network activity patterns. In particular, two-photon holographic optical neural stimulation (2P-HONS) has emerged as a leading approach for multisite 3-D excitation, and combining it with temporal focusing (TF) further enables axially confined yet spatially extended light patterns. Here, we study key steps toward bidirectional cell-targeted 3-D interfacing by introducing and testing a hybrid new 2P-TF-HONS stimulation path for accurate parallel optogenetic excitation into a recently developed hybrid multiphoton 3-D imaging system. The system is shown to allow targeted all-optical probing of in vitro cortical networks expressing channelrhodopsin-2 using a regeneratively amplified femtosecond laser source tuned to 905 nm. These developments further advance a prospective new tool for studying and achieving distributed control over 3-D neuronal circuits both in vitro and in vivo. PMID:26217673

  14. Investigation on optical and acoustic fields of stimulated Brillouin scattering in As2S3 suspended-core optical fibers

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    Xu, Qiang; Gao, Weiqing; Li, Xue; Ni, Chenquan; Chen, Xiangcai; Chen, Li; Zhang, Wei; Hu, Jigang; Chen, Xiangdong; Yuan, Zijun

    2016-10-01

    The optical and acoustic fields of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) effect in the As2S3 chalcogenide suspended-core microstructured optical fibers (MOFs) are investigated by the finite-element method (FEM). The optical and acoustic fundamental modes at 1550 nm are analyzed with the core diameters of the MOFs varying from 1.0 to 6.0 μm. For each case, the holes of the MOFs are filled with different materials such as trichlormethane (CHCL3), alcohol and water. When the core diameter is 6.0 μm, the maximum peak intensity of the optical fundamental mode is in the case with air holes, while the minimum value is in the case filled with CHCL3. The ratio of difference is 0.66%. The minimum peak intensity of the acoustic fundamental mode is in the case with air holes, while the maximum value is in the case filled with water. The ratio of difference is 0.13%. The same rule occurs in the fiber cores of 4.5, 3.0 and 2.0 μm, where the decreases of 0.97%, 1.48%, 1.94% for optical field and the increases of 0.24%, 0.34%, 0.74% for acoustic field are obtained, respectively. When the core diameter is 1.0 μm, ratios of difference for optical and acoustic fields are much higher than those in the cases of 2.0-6.0 μm, which are 3.55% and 29.13%, respectively. The overlap factors between optical and acoustic fields are calculated, which are changed with the core diameter and the filled material in holes. Our results will be helpful to strengthen or suppress the SBS effect in practical applications.

  15. Optical imaging of the retina in response to the electrical stimulation

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    Fujikado, Takashi; Okawa, Yoshitaka; Miyoshi, Tomomitsu; Hirohara, Yoko; Mihashi, Toshifumi; Tano, Yasuo

    2008-02-01

    Purposes: To determine if reflectance changes of the retina can be detected following electrical stimulation to the retina using a newly developed optical-imaging fundus camera. Methods: Eyes of cats were examined after pupil dilation. Retina was stimulated either focally by a ball-type electrode (BE) placed on the fenestrated sclera or diffusely using a ring-type electrode (RE) placed on the corneoscleral limbus. Electrical stimulation by biphasic pulse trains was applied for 4 seconds. Fundus images with near-infrared (800-880 nm) light were obtained between 2 seconds before and 20 seconds after the electrical stimulation (ES). A two-dimensional map of the reflectance changes (RCs) was constructed. The effect of Tetrodotoxin (TTX) was also investigated on RCs by ES using RE. Results: RCs were observed around the retinal locus where the stimulating electrodes were positioned (BE) or in the retina of the posterior pole (RE), in which the latency was about 0.5 to 1.0 sec and the peak time about 2 to 5 sec after the onset of ES. The intensity of the RCs increased with the increase of the stimulus current in both cases. RCs were completely suppressed after the injection of TTX. Conclusions: The functional changes of the retina either by focal or diffuse electrical stimulation were successfully detected by optical imaging of the retina. The contribution of retinal ganglion cells on RCs by ES was confirmed by TTX experiment. This method may be applied to the objective evaluation of the artificial retina.

  16. Stimulating student interest in optics via a versatile optics demonstration laboratory

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    Cobb, Stephen H.; Beyer, Louis M.; Tarvin, John T.

    1995-10-01

    Funding from a NSF-ILI grant has been used to establish an Optics and Laser Demonstration Laboratory at Murray State University. This facility is proving to be very versatile, with experiments and demonstrations supporting undergraduate courses in geometrical and physical optics, modern physics, and an advanced laboratory instrumentation course. The lab includes a CCD camera system which is used by upper level students to investigate diffraction effects, signal/noise ratios of detection systems, and efficiency of binary optical elements. Also, the lab supports two new courses which have been developed to accompany the grant. One course, Laser Physics, is for upper level physics majors, while the second course, Light and Lasers in Action, will use optical phenomena to introduce physical concepts to non-majors of various disciplines. The lab is receiving recognition as the centerpiece for departmental outreach into the public schools. Local elementary, middle, and high school classes visit the lab on field trips and are given demonstrations in optics and lasers. Faculty also transport lab equipment to area schools for demonstrations, and have loaned equipment to schools for use in the classroom and at science fairs. The content, activities, and reception of the lab are described.

  17. Quantitative luminescence imaging system

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    Erwin, D.N.; Kiel, J.L.; Batishko, C.R.; Stahl, K.A.

    1990-08-14

    The QLIS images and quantifies low-level chemiluminescent reactions in an electromagnetic field. It is capable of real time nonperturbing measurement and simultaneous recording of many biochemical and chemical reactions such as luminescent immunoassays or enzyme assays. The system comprises image transfer optics, a low-light level digitizing camera with image intensifying microchannel plates, an image process or, and a control computer. The image transfer optics may be a fiber image guide with a bend, or a microscope, to take the light outside of the RF field. Output of the camera is transformed into a localized rate of cumulative digitalized data or enhanced video display or hard-copy images. The system may be used as a luminescent microdosimetry device for radiofrequency or microwave radiation, as a thermal dosimeter, or in the dosimetry of ultra-sound (sonoluminescence) or ionizing radiation. It provides a near-real-time system capable of measuring the extremely low light levels from luminescent reactions in electromagnetic fields in the areas of chemiluminescence assays and thermal microdosimetry, and is capable of near-real-time imaging of the sample to allow spatial distribution analysis of the reaction. It can be used to instrument three distinctly different irradiation configurations, comprising (1) RF waveguide irradiation of a small Petri-dish-shaped sample cell, (2) RF irradiation of samples in a microscope for the microscopic imaging and measurement, and (3) RF irradiation of small to human body-sized samples in an anechoic chamber. 22 figs.

  18. Quantitative luminescence imaging system

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    Erwin, David N.; Kiel, Johnathan L.; Batishko, Charles R.; Stahl, Kurt A.

    1990-01-01

    The QLIS images and quantifies low-level chemiluminescent reactions in an electromagnetic field. It is capable of real time nonperturbing measurement and simultaneous recording of many biochemical and chemical reactions such as luminescent immunoassays or enzyme assays. The system comprises image transfer optics, a low-light level digitizing camera with image intensifying microchannel plates, an image process or, and a control computer. The image transfer optics may be a fiber image guide with a bend, or a microscope, to take the light outside of the RF field. Output of the camera is transformed into a localized rate of cumulative digitalized data or enhanced video display or hard-copy images. The system may be used as a luminescent microdosimetry device for radiofrequency or microwave radiation, as a thermal dosimeter, or in the dosimetry of ultra-sound (sonoluminescence) or ionizing radiation. It provides a near-real-time system capable of measuring the extremely low light levels from luminescent reactions in electromagnetic fields in the areas of chemiluminescence assays and thermal microdosimetry, and is capable of near-real-time imaging of the sample to allow spatial distribution analysis of the reaction. It can be used to instrument three distinctly different irradiation configurations, comprising (1) RF waveguide irradiation of a small Petri-dish-shaped sample cell, (2) RF irradiation of samples in a microscope for the microscopie imaging and measurement, and (3) RF irradiation of small to human body-sized samples in an anechoic chamber.

  19. Signal and response properties indicate an optoacoustic effect underlying the intra-cochlear laser-optical stimulation

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    Kallweit, Nicole; Baumhoff, Peter; Krueger, Alexander; Tinne, Nadine; Heisterkamp, Alexander; Kral, Andrej; Maier, Hannes; Ripken, Tammo

    2016-02-01

    Optical cochlea stimulation is under investigation as a potential alternative to conventional electric cochlea implants in treatment of sensorineural hearing loss. If direct optical stimulation of spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) would be feasible, a smaller stimulation volume and, therefore, an improved frequency resolution could be achieved. However, it is unclear whether the mechanism of optical stimulation is based on direct neuronal stimulation or on optoacoustics. Animal studies on hearing vs. deafened guinea pigs already identified the optoacoustic effect as potential mechanism for intra-cochlear optical stimulation. In order to characterize the optoacoustic stimulus more thoroughly the acoustic signal along the beam path of a pulsed laser in water was quantified and compared to the neuronal response properties of hearing guinea pigs stimulated with the same laser parameters. Two pulsed laser systems were used for analyzing the influence of variable pulse duration, pulse energy, pulse peak power and absorption coefficient. Preliminary results of the experiments in water and in vivo suggesta similar dependency of response signals on the applied laser parameters: Both datasets show an onset and offset signal at the beginning and the end of the laser pulse. Further, the resulting signal amplitude depends on the pulse peak power as well as the temporal development of the applied laser pulse. The data indicates the maximum of the first derivative of power as the decisive factor. In conclusion our findings strengthen the hypothesis of optoacoustics as the underlying mechanism for optical stimulation of the cochlea.

  20. Intraorbital implantation of a stimulating electrode for an optic nerve visual prosthesis. Case report.

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    Brelén, Mårten E; De Potter, Patrick; Gersdorff, Michel; Cosnard, Guy; Veraart, Claude; Delbeke, Jean

    2006-04-01

    Research into visual prosthetics is expected to revolutionize the treatment of blind patients with incurable outer retinal degenerative disease. Substantial evidence shows that useful visual sensations can be produced by controlled electrical stimulation of the optic nerve. To make the optic nerve visual prosthesis more acceptable, implantation techniques safer and less invasive than those previously used have been developed. A medial transconjunctival approach is now used to implant a stimulating electrode around the intraorbital section of the optic nerve. This new technique allows sufficient exposure of the nerve after detaching only one rectus muscle and performing a lateral canthotomy. Previously, an electrode was implanted in the intracranial part of the optic nerve, which required more invasive surgery. The new technique was first developed in cadavers and in patients undergoing eye enucleations. Finally, a 68-year-old blind man suffering from retinitis pigmentosa underwent long-term implantation. In this case report the authors describe the technique and outline some of the challenges involved.

  1. Elimination of Cerenkov interference in a fibre-optic-coupled radiation dosemeter.

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    Justus, Brian L; Falkenstein, Paul; Huston, Alan L; Plazas, Maria C; Ning, Holly; Miller, Robert W

    2006-01-01

    An optical fibre point dosemeter based on the gated detection of the luminescence from a Cu(1+)-doped fused quartz detector effectively eliminated errors due to Cerenkov radiation and native fibre fluorescence. The gated optical fibre dosemeter overcomes serious problems faced by scintillation and optically stimulated luminescence approaches to optical fibre point dosimetry. The dosemeter was tested using an external beam radiotherapy machine that provided pulses of 6 MV X rays. Gated detection was used to discriminate the signal collected during the radiation pulses, which included contributions from Cerenkov radiation and native fibre fluorescence, from the signal collected between the radiation pulses, which contained only the long-lived luminescence from the Cu(1+)-doped fused quartz detector. Gated detection of the luminescence provided accurate, real-time dose measurements that were linear with absorbed dose, independent of dose rate and that were accurate for all field sizes studied.

  2. Non-Gaussian statistics and optical rogue waves in stimulated Raman scattering.

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    Monfared, Yashar E; Ponomarenko, Sergey A

    2017-03-20

    We explore theoretically and numerically optical rogue wave formation in stimulated Raman scattering inside a hydrogen filled hollow core photonic crystal fiber. We assume a weak noisy Stokes pulse input and explicitly construct the input Stokes pulse ensemble using the coherent mode representation of optical coherence theory, thereby providing a link between optical coherence and rogue wave theories. We show that the Stokes pulse peak power probability distribution function (PDF) acquires a long tail in the limit of nearly incoherent input Stokes pulses. We demonstrate a clear link between the PDF tail magnitude and the source coherence time. Thus, the latter can serve as a convenient parameter to control the former. We explain our findings qualitatively using the concepts of statistical granularity and global degree of coherence.

  3. Simulation of multi-element multispectral UV radiation source for optical-electronic system of minerals luminescence analysis

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    Peretyagin, Vladimir S.; Korolev, Timofey K.; Chertov, Aleksandr N.

    2017-02-01

    The problems of dressability the solid minerals are attracted attention of specialists, where the extraction of mineral raw materials is a significant sector of the economy. There are a significant amount of mineral ore dressability methods. At the moment the radiometric dressability methods are considered the most promising. One of radiometric methods is method photoluminescence. This method is based on the spectral analysis, amplitude and kinetic parameters luminescence of minerals (under UV radiation), as well as color parameters of radiation. The absence of developed scientific and methodological approaches of analysis irradiation area to UV radiation as well as absence the relevant radiation sources are the factors which hinder development and use of photoluminescence method. The present work is devoted to the development of multi-element UV radiation source designed for the solution problem of analysis and sorting minerals by their selective luminescence. This article is presented a method of theoretical modeling of the radiation devices based on UV LEDs. The models consider such factors as spectral component, the spatial and energy parameters of the LEDs. Also, this article is presented the results of experimental studies of the some samples minerals.

  4. Development of optics with micro-LED arrays for improved opto-electronic neural stimulation

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    Chaudet, Lionel; Neil, Mark; Degenaar, Patrick; Mehran, Kamyar; Berlinguer-Palmini, Rolando; Corbet, Brian; Maaskant, Pleun; Rogerson, David; Lanigan, Peter; Bamberg, Ernst; Roska, Botond

    2013-03-01

    The breakthrough discovery of a nanoscale optically gated ion channel protein, Channelrhodopsin 2 (ChR2), and its combination with a genetically expressed ion pump, Halorhodopsin, allowed the direct stimulation and inhibition of individual action potentials with light alone. This work reports developments of ultra-bright elec­ tronically controlled optical array sources with enhanced light gated ion channels and pumps for use in systems to further our understanding of both brain and visual function. This work is undertaken as part of the European project, OptoNeuro. Micro-LED arrays permit spatio-temporal control of neuron stimulation on sub-millisecond timescales. However they are disadvantaged by their broad spatial light emission distribution and low fill factor. We present the design and implementation of a projection and micro-optics system for use with a micro-LED array consisting of a 16x16 matrix of 25 μm diameter micro-LEDs with 150 μm centre-to-centre spacing and an emission spectrum centred at 470 nm overlapping the peak sensitivity of ChR2 and its testing on biological samples. The projection system images the micro-LED array onto micro-optics to improve the fill-factor from ~2% to more than 78% by capturing a larger fraction of the LED emission and directing it correctly to the sample plane. This approach allows low fill factor arrays to be used effectively, which in turn has benefits in terms of thermal management and electrical drive from CMOS backplane electronics. The entire projection system is integrated into a microscope prototype to provide stimulation spots at the same size as the neuron cell body (μ10 pm).

  5. Alternating Current Stimulation for Vision Restoration after Optic Nerve Damage: A Randomized Clinical Trial

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    Schittkowski, Michael P.; Antal, Andrea; Ambrus, Géza Gergely; Paulus, Walter; Dannhauer, Moritz; Michalik, Romualda; Mante, Alf; Bola, Michal; Lux, Anke; Kropf, Siegfried; Brandt, Stephan A.; Sabel, Bernhard A.

    2016-01-01

    Background Vision loss after optic neuropathy is considered irreversible. Here, repetitive transorbital alternating current stimulation (rtACS) was applied in partially blind patients with the goal of activating their residual vision. Methods We conducted a multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial in an ambulatory setting with daily application of rtACS (n = 45) or sham-stimulation (n = 37) for 50 min for a duration of 10 week days. A volunteer sample of patients with optic nerve damage (mean age 59.1 yrs) was recruited. The primary outcome measure for efficacy was super-threshold visual fields with 48 hrs after the last treatment day and at 2-months follow-up. Secondary outcome measures were near-threshold visual fields, reaction time, visual acuity, and resting-state EEGs to assess changes in brain physiology. Results The rtACS-treated group had a mean improvement in visual field of 24.0% which was significantly greater than after sham-stimulation (2.5%). This improvement persisted for at least 2 months in terms of both within- and between-group comparisons. Secondary analyses revealed improvements of near-threshold visual fields in the central 5° and increased thresholds in static perimetry after rtACS and improved reaction times, but visual acuity did not change compared to shams. Visual field improvement induced by rtACS was associated with EEG power-spectra and coherence alterations in visual cortical networks which are interpreted as signs of neuromodulation. Current flow simulation indicates current in the frontal cortex, eye, and optic nerve and in the subcortical but not in the cortical regions. Conclusion rtACS treatment is a safe and effective means to partially restore vision after optic nerve damage probably by modulating brain plasticity. This class 1 evidence suggests that visual fields can be improved in a clinically meaningful way. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01280877 PMID:27355577

  6. Charge trapping and luminescence in biochemical systems

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    Cooke, D. Wayne

    A review of radiation-induced charge trapping and release in biochemical systems is given. Several techniques appropriate to studying this damage are discussed; electron spin resonance (ESR), electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR), optical absorption, muon spin rotation (μSR), and thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL), for example, with the emphasis being on TSL. Experimental aspects of this technique, along with many results from TSL studies of amino acids, proteins, DNA, RNA, and related compounds are reviewed. Specific models derived from analyses of the TSL glow curves and emission spectra are discussed. The overwhelming majority of these studies suggest that electronic deexcitation of the radiation-induced trapped charge occurs via the singlet and triplet manifolds of the molecule.

  7. Functional optical coherence tomography of rat olfactory bulb with periodic odor stimulation

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    Watanabe, Hideyuki; Rajagopalan, Uma Maheswari; Nakamichi, Yu; Igarashi, Kei M.; Kadono, Hirofumi; Tanifuji, Manabu

    2016-01-01

    In rodent olfactory bulb (OB), optical intrinsic signal imaging (OISI) is commonly used to investigate functional maps to odorant stimulations. However, in such studies, the spatial resolution in depth direction (z-axis) is lost because of the integration of light from different depths. To solve this problem, we propose functional optical coherence tomography (fOCT) with periodic stimulation and continuous recording. In fOCT experiments of in vivo rat OB, propionic acid and m-cresol were used as odor stimulus presentations. Such a periodic stimulation enabled us to detect the specific odor-responses from highly scattering brain tissue. Swept source OCT operating at a wavelength of 1334 nm and a frequency of 20 kHz, was employed with theoretical depth and lateral resolutions of 6.7 μm and 15.4 μm, respectively. We succeeded in visualizing 2D cross sectional fOCT map across the neural layer structure of OCT in vivo. The detected fOCT signals corresponded to a few glomeruli of the medial and lateral parts of dorsal OB. We also obtained 3D fOCT maps, which upon integration across z-axis agreed well with OISI results. We expect such an approach to open a window for investigating and possibly addressing toward inter/intra-layer connections at high resolutions in the future. PMID:27231593

  8. Seizure Reduction through Interneuron-mediated Entrainment using Low Frequency Optical Stimulation

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    Ladas, Thomas P.; Chiang, Chia-Chu; Gonzalez-Reyes, Luis E.; Nowak, Theodore; Durand, Dominique M.

    2015-01-01

    Low frequency electrical stimulation (LFS) can reduce neural excitability and suppress seizures in animals and patients with epilepsy. However the therapeutic outcome could benefit from the determination of the cell types involved in seizure suppression. We used optogenetic techniques to investigate the role of interneurons in LFS (1Hz) in the epileptogenic hippocampus. Optical low frequency stimulation (oLFS) was first used to activate the cation channel channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) in the Thy1-ChR2 transgenic mouse that expresses ChR2 in both excitatory and inhibitory neurons. We found that oLFS could effectively reduce epileptiform activity in the hippocampus through the activation of GAD-expressing hippocampal interneurons. This was confirmed using the VGAT-ChR2 transgenic mouse, allowing for selective optical activation of only GABA interneurons. Activating hippocampal interneurons through oLFS was found to cause entrainment of neural activity similar to electrical stimulation, but through a GABAA-mediated mechanism. These results confirm the robustness of the LFS paradigm and indicate that GABA interneurons play an unexpected role of shaping inter-ictal activity to decrease neural excitability in the hippocampus. PMID:25863022

  9. Optical path of infrared neural stimulation in the guinea pig and cat cochlea

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    Rajguru, Suhrud M.; Hwang, Margaret; Moreno, Laura E.; Matic, Agnella I.; Stock, Stuart R.; Richter, Claus-Peter

    2011-03-01

    It has been demonstrated previously that infrared neural stimulation (INS) can be used to stimulate spiral ganglion cells in the cochlea. With INS, neural stimulation can be achieved without direct contact of the radiation source and the tissue and is spatially well resolved. The presence of fluids or bone between the target structure and the radiation source may lead to absorption or scattering of the radiation and limit the efficacy of INS. To develop INS based cochlear implants, it is critical to determine the beam path of the radiation in the cochlea. In the present study, we utilized noninvasive X-ray microtomography (microCT) to visualize the orientation and location of the optical fiber within the guinea pig and cat cochlea. Overall, the results indicated that the optical fiber was directed towards the spiral ganglion cells in the cochlea and not the nerve fibers in the center of the modiolus. The fiber was approximately 300 μm away from the target structures. In future studies, results from the microCT will be correlated with physiology obtained from recordings in the midbrain.

  10. In vivo dosimetry with optically stimulated dosimeters and RTQA2 radiochromic film for intraoperative radiotherapy of the breast

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    Price, Caleb; Pederson, Aaron; Frazier, Chanté; Duttenhaver, John

    2013-09-15

    Purpose: Measurements were taken with optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) and with RTQA2 radiochromic film to evaluate the use of each for in vivo dosimetry with intraoperative radiotherapy of the breast.Methods: Nonlinear calibration curves were established for OSLDs and RTQA2 radiochromic film using the Intrabeam 50 kV{sub p} source. Measurements were taken in a water phantom and compared to absolute dose measurements taken with an ionization chamber to investigate the characteristics of both types of dosimeters, including energy response and radiative absorption. In vivo readings were taken on the skin and in the tumor cavity using OSLDs and RTQA2 radiochromic film for 10 patients and 20 patients respectively. A prescription of 20 Gy to the surface of the applicator was used for all in vivo measurements in this study.Results: OSLDs were found to have an approximate uncertainty of ±7% for readings near the surface of the applicator and ±17% for readings at distances typical to the skin. The radiative absorption by OSLD was negative, indicating that this type of dosimeter absorbs less radiation than water in the targeted intraoperative radiotherapy energy range. RTQA2 film exhibited no energy dependence and all film readings were within ±8% of the delivered dose. The maximum radiative absorption in film was 8.5%. Radiochromic film measurements were found to be on average 18.2 ± 3.3 Gy for the tumor cavity and 2.1 ± 0.8 Gy for positions on the skin superior and inferior to the Intrabeam applicator. Average cavity measurements taken with OSLDs were 15.9 ± 3.9 Gy and average skin doses were 1.4 ± 0.8 Gy.Conclusions: OSLDs produce results with an uncertainty comparable to other dosimeters near the surface of the applicator but the uncertainty increases to an unacceptably high level with distance from the applicator. RTQA2 radiochromic film is shown to be accurate both at the surface of the applicator and at distances of 1–2 cm.

  11. Theoretical principles underlying optical stimulation of a channelrhodopsin-2 positive pyramidal neuron

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    Foutz, Thomas J.; Arlow, Richard L.

    2012-01-01

    Optogenetics is an emerging field of neuromodulation that permits scaled, millisecond temporal control of the membrane dynamics of genetically targeted cells using light. Optogenetic technology has revolutionized neuroscience research; however, numerous biophysical questions remain on the optical and neuronal factors impacting the modulation of neural activity with photon-sensitive ion channels. To begin to address such questions, we developed a computational tool to explore the underlying principles of optogenetic neural stimulation. This “light-neuron” model consists of theoretical representations of the light dynamics generated by a fiber optic in brain tissue, coupled to a multicompartment cable model of a cortical pyramidal neuron embedded with channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) membrane dynamics. Simulations revealed that the large energies required to generate an action potential are primarily due to the limited conductivity of ChR2, and that the major determinants of stimulation threshold are the surface area of illuminated cell membrane and proximity to the light source. Our results predict that the activation threshold is sensitive to many of the properties of ChR2 (density, conductivity, and kinetics), tissue medium (scattering and absorbance), and the fiber-optic light source (diameter and numerical aperture). We also illustrate the impact of redistributing the ChR2 expression density (uniform vs. nonuniform) on the activation threshold. The model system developed in this study represents a scientific instrument to characterize the effects of optogenetic neuromodulation, as well as an engineering design tool to help guide future development of optogenetic technology. PMID:22442566

  12. Laterality of Stance during Optic Flow Stimulation in Male and Female Young Adults

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    Persiani, Michela; Piras, Alessandro; Squatrito, Salvatore; Raffi, Milena

    2015-01-01

    During self-motion, the spatial and temporal properties of the optic flow input directly influence the body sway. Men and women have anatomical and biomechanical differences that influence the postural control during visual stimulation. Given that recent findings suggest a peculiar role of each leg in the postural control of the two genders, we investigated whether the body sway during optic flow perturbances is lateralized and whether anteroposterior and mediolateral components of specific center of pressure (COP) parameters of the right and left legs differ, reexamining a previous experiment (Raffi et al. (2014)) performed with two, side-by-side, force plates. Experiments were performed on 24 right-handed and right-footed young subjects. We analyzed five measures related to the COP of each foot and global data: anteroposterior and mediolateral range of oscillation, anteroposterior and mediolateral COP velocity, and sway area. Results showed that men consistently had larger COP parameters than women. The values of the COP parameters were correlated between the two feet only in the mediolateral axis of women. These findings suggest that optic flow stimulation causes asymmetry in postural balance and different lateralization of postural controls in men and women. PMID:26539509

  13. Electrical stimulation with a penetrating optic nerve electrode array elicits visuotopic cortical responses in cats

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    Lu, Yiliang; Yan, Yan; Chai, Xinyu; Ren, Qiushi; Chen, Yao; Li, Liming

    2013-06-01

    Objective. A visual prosthesis based on penetrating electrode stimulation within the optic nerve (ON) is a potential way to restore partial functional vision for blind patients. We investigated the retinotopic organization of ON stimulation and its spatial resolution. Approach. A five-electrode array was inserted perpendicularly into the ON or a single electrode was advanced to different depths within the ON (˜1-2 mm behind the eyeball, 13 cats). A sparse noise method was used to map ON electrode position and the visual cortex. Cortical responses were recorded by a 5 × 6 array. The visuotopic correspondence between the retinotopic position of the ON electrode was compared with the visual evoked cortical map and the electrical evoked potentials elicited in response to ON stimulation. Main results. Electrical stimulation with penetrating ON electrodes elicited cortical responses in visuotopographically corresponding areas of the cortex. Stimulation of the temporal side of the ON elicited cortical responses corresponding to the central visual field. The visual field position shifted from the lower to central visual field as the electrode penetrated through the depth of the ON. A spatial resolution of ˜ 2° to 3° within a limited cortical visuotopic representation could be obtained by this approach. Significance. Visuotopic electrical stimulation with a relatively fine spatial resolution can be accomplished using penetrating electrodes implanted at multiple sites and at different depths within the ON just behind the globe. This study also provides useful experimental data for the design of electrode density and the distribution of penetrating ON electrodes for a visual prosthesis.

  14. Persistent Luminescence Nanophosphor Involved Near-Infrared Optical Bioimaging for Investigation of Foodborne Probiotics Biodistribution in Vivo: A Proof-of-Concept Study.

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    Liu, Yaoyao; Liu, Jing-Min; Zhang, Dongdong; Ge, Kun; Wang, Peihua; Liu, Huilin; Fang, Guozhen; Wang, Shuo

    2017-09-20

    Probiotics has attracted great attention in food nutrition and safety research field, but thus far there are limited analytical techniques for visualized and real-time monitoring of the probiotics when they are ingested in vivo. Herein, the optical bioimaging technique has been introduced for investigation of foodborne probiotics biodistribution in vivo, employing the near-infrared (NIR) emitting persistent luminescence nanophosphors (PLNPs) of Cr(3+)-doped zinc gallogermanate (ZGGO) as the contrast nanoprobes. The ultrabrightness, super long afterglow, polydispersed size, low toxicity, and excellent photostability and biocompatibility of PLNPs were demonstrated to be qualified as a tracer for labeling probiotics via antibody (anti-Gram positive bacteria LTA antibody) recognition as well as contrast agent for long-term bioimaging the probiotics. In vivo optical bioimaging assay showed that the LTA antibody functionalized ZGGO nanoprobes that could be efficiently tagged to the probiobics were successfully applied for real-time monitoring and nondamaged probing of the biodistribution of probiotics inside the living body after oral administration. This work presents a proof-of-concept that exploited the bioimaging methodology for real-time and nondamaged researching the foodborne probiotics behaviors in vivo, which would open up a novel way of food safety detection and nutrition investigation.

  15. Testing a luminescence surface-exposure dating technique

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    Gliganic, Luke A.; Meyer, Michael; Gehring, Sebastian

    2016-04-01

    Recent work has shown that the relationship between the luminescence signal (optically stimulated [OSL] and infra-red stimulated [IRSL]) and depth into a rock surface can be used to estimate the length of time since that rock surface has been exposed to sunlight (Sohbati et al., 2012), thus serving as a means for surface-exposure dating. Despite the potential of this new dating tool, few published studies have tested or used this technique. Here, we present the results of two tests of the method. First, we perform laboratory bleaching experiments using two unexposed bedrock samples of different lithologies (granite and quartzite). Sub-samples were bleached for various durations (0 to 100,000 s) in a solar simulator, and IRSL/OSL-depth profiles were measured and fitted using the model of Sohbati et al. (2012). Results of fitting for each sub-sample were then compared. Second, we used a granite boulder from a known age moraine (1850 CE) to test the reproducibility of bleaching depth curves. Multiple cores were collected from the same ~5 cm2 surface area of the boulder, and IRSL-depth profiles were measured and modelled. While our systematic tests confirm the general physical basis of luminescence surface-exposure dating method, we found unexpected scatter in both adjacent bleaching depth curves and the fitting parameters of isochronous rock surfaces for some of our samples. Potential sources of error, including small-scale lithological variabilities and implications for accuracy and precision of the method are discussed. Sohbati, R., Murray, A.S., Chapot, M.S., Jain, M., Pederson, J. (2012) Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) as a chronometer for surface exposure dating. Journal of Geophysical Research 117 (B9), B09202. doi.org/10.1029/2012JB009383.

  16. Lanthanide luminescence for functional materials and bio-sciences.

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    Eliseeva, Svetlana V; Bünzli, Jean-Claude G

    2010-01-01

    Recent startling interest for lanthanide luminescence is stimulated by the continuously expanding need for luminescent materials meeting the stringent requirements of telecommunication, lighting, electroluminescent devices, (bio-)analytical sensors and bio-imaging set-ups. This critical review describes the latest developments in (i) the sensitization of near-infrared luminescence, (ii) "soft" luminescent materials (liquid crystals, ionic liquids, ionogels), (iii) electroluminescent materials for organic light emitting diodes, with emphasis on white light generation, and (iv) applications in luminescent bio-sensing and bio-imaging based on time-resolved detection and multiphoton excitation (500 references).

  17. Stimulated orientational and thermal scatterings and self-starting optical phase conjugation with nematic liquid crystals

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    Khoo; Liang

    2000-11-01

    A quantitative theory and experimental results on self-starting optical phase conjugation, using stimulated orientational and thermal scattering in nematic liquid crystal films, are presented. The coupled wave-material equations for the laser-induced refractive index changes, grating formation, and coherent wave mixing effects are developed. Analytical solutions are obtained for the case of negligible pump depletion, and numerical solutions for various input and generated signals, taking losses into account, are obtained. Experimentally, we demonstrate the feasibility of realizing these stimulated scattering and phase conjugation processes in thin (200 &mgr;m) nematic liquid crystal with a milliwatt-power cw laser. Theoretical estimates for various gain constants and threshold intensities, and their dependence on various physical parameters, are found to be in good agreement with experimental observations.

  18. Long-term optical stimulation of channelrhodopsin-expressing neurons to study network plasticity

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    Lignani, Gabriele; Ferrea, Enrico; Difato, Francesco; Amarù, Jessica; Ferroni, Eleonora; Lugarà, Eleonora; Espinoza, Stefano; Gainetdinov, Raul R.; Baldelli, Pietro; Benfenati, Fabio

    2013-01-01

    Neuronal plasticity produces changes in excitability, synaptic transmission, and network architecture in response to external stimuli. Network adaptation to environmental conditions takes place in time scales ranging from few seconds to days, and modulates the entire network dynamics. To study the network response to defined long-term experimental protocols, we setup a system that combines optical and electrophysiological tools embedded in a cell incubator. Primary hippocampal neurons transduced with lentiviruses expressing channelrhodopsin-2/H134R were subjected to various photostimulation protocols in a time window in the order of days. To monitor the effects of light-induced gating of network activity, stimulated transduced neurons were simultaneously recorded using multi-electrode arrays (MEAs). The developed experimental model allows discerning short-term, long-lasting, and adaptive plasticity responses of the same neuronal network to distinct stimulation frequencies applied over different temporal windows. PMID:23970852

  19. Photoluminescence and Optically Stimulated Luminescence Studies of LiAlO2 and LiGaO2 Crystals

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    2015-03-26

    LiAlO2 and LiGaO2 good candidates for detecting thermal neutrons [3]. Lithium compounds can also be used for tritium breeding which makes them...45 Appendix A. Fluorolog Xenon Lamp Output Power The following power ( PWR ) data for the Fluorolog’s xenon lamp was taken by D.A. Buchanan with an...399 nm where there are two measurements taken. This data is similar, but not equivalent to that taken using the built-in R1 photo-diode. λ (nm) PWR (mW

  20. Measurement of radiation dose with BeO dosimeters using optically stimulated luminescence technique in radiotherapy applications.

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    Şahin, Serdar; Güneş Tanır, A; Meriç, Niyazi; Aydınkarahaliloğlu, Ercan

    2015-09-01

    The radiation dose delivered to the target by using different radiotherapy applications has been measured with the help of beryllium oxide (BeO) dosimeters to be placed inside the rando phantom. Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy (3DCRT), Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and Intensity-Modulated Arc Therapy (IMAT) have been used as radiotherapy application. Individual treatment plans have been made for the three radiotherapy applications of rando phantom. The section 4 on the phantom was selected as target and 200 cGy doses were delivered. After the dosimeters placed on section 4 (target) and the sections 2 and 6 (non-target) were irradiated, the result was read through the OSL technique on the Risø TL/OSL system. This procedure was repeated three times for each radiotherapy application. The doses delivered to the target and the non-target sections as a result of the 3DCRT, IMRT and IMAT plans were analyzed. The doses received by the target were measured as 204.71 cGy, 204.76 cGy and 205.65 cGy, respectively. The dose values obtained from treatment planning system (TPS) were compared to the dose values obtained using the OSL technique. It has been concluded that, the radiation dose can be measured with the OSL technique by using BeO dosimeters in medical practices.

  1. Late Quaternary floods and droughts in the Nile valley, Sudan: new evidence from optically stimulated luminescence and AMS radiocarbon dating

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    Williams, M. A. J.; Williams, F. M.; Duller, G. A. T.; Munro, R. N.; El Tom, O. A. M.; Barrows, T. T.; Macklin, M.; Woodward, J.; Talbot, M. R.; Haberlah, D.; Fluin, J.

    2010-05-01

    Our results show that the late Pleistocene Nile in northern Sudan was shifting position and actively aggrading at 145 ± 20 kyr, 83 ± 24 kyr, 32 ± 8 kyr and 20.7 ± 0.2 kyr and indicate, for the first time, a phase of high-energy flow in the White Nile at 27.8 ± 3.2 kyr, with still high but somewhat reduced flow in that river at 13.3 kyr, 10 kyr and 4.8-4.0 kyr. Beach ridges associated with a 386 m strandline of the White Nile have OSL ages of 27.5 ± 2.7 kyr and 14.5 ± 1.6 kyr. The Holocene terraces and former channels of the main Nile have ages of 11 kyr, 6.5-5.0 kyr and 4.8-4.0 kyr, after which there was a general decline in flood discharge. The now arid main Nile valley in northern Sudan was significantly wetter during the early to middle Holocene, with a lake up to 450 km 2 in area, fed by an overflow channel from the early Holocene Nile between 9.5 kyr and 7.5 kyr. Previously stable late Pleistocene dunes were reactivated at intervals during the Holocene, with five samples from the White Nile valley indicating brief phases of Holocene dune activity at 9.9 ± 2.0 kyr, 9.0 ± 2.8 kyr, 6.6 ± 0.9 kyr, 4.8 ± 0.9 kyr and 2.9 ± 0.5 kyr, the earliest of which occurred within periods of generally wetter climate and higher Nile flow. The youngest freshwater shells on the Khor Abu Habl alluvial fan west of the White Nile correspond to a time of regionally wetter climate between 1.7 and 1.0 kyr. Our results suggest that millennial scale climatic instability may have been characteristic of Holocene climates in this region.

  2. Resetting of Quartz OSL (optically stimulated luminescence) Signals by Frictional Heating in Experimentally Sheared Gouges at Seismic Slip Rates.

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    Kim, J. H.; Choi, J. H.; Chauhan, N.; Lee, S.; Hirose, T.; Ree, J. H.

    2014-12-01

    Recent studies on natural and experimental seismic faults have revealed that frictional heating plays an important role in earthquake dynamics as well as in producing mineralogical and microstructural signatures of seismic faulting. Here, we report changes in OSL signals in quartz by frictional heating in experimental fault gouges. The gouges (80% of quartz and 20% of bentonite by weight) with a thickness of 1 mm were sheared between sandstone cylinders (diameter: 25 mm) at a normal stress of 1 MPa and slip rate of 1.31 m/s. The quartz grains from a sand dune on the western coast of South Korea were sieved to select size fractions between 90 and 250 μm. The equivalent dose (De) of the undeformed quartz grains was 8.0 ± 0.3 Gy. Upon displacement, the friction abruptly increases to the 1st peak (with friction coefficient μ ≈ 0.75) followed by slip weakening. Then the fault zones show two more peak frictions (μ ≈ 0.53~0.75) and finally reach a steady-state friction (μ ≈ 0.2~0.35). The fault can be divided into three zones based grain size (thus slip rate); slip localization (SLZ), intermediate slip-rate (ISZ) and low slip-rate (LSZ) zones. SLZ develops adjacent to the moving side of the sandstone cylinder with P-foliation and shear band. The size of quartz (Dq) in ISZ and LSZ is 5-30 μm and 50-250 μm, respectively. SEM and TEM analyses indicate that the fault gouge of SLZ consists of subangular quartz clasts (Dq ≈ 3 μm) and matrix of nano-scale quartz, unidentified silicate minerals and amorphous material. The fault zones were sectioned into six layers (~160 µm thick for each layer) parallel to the fault zone boundary for OSL analyses. Quartz grains from all the layers except the one immediately adjacent to the stationary side of the sandstone cylinder show De of 'effectively' 0 Gy indicating a full resetting of OSL signals. The partial resetting of OSL signal in the layer adjacent to the stationary side of the cylinder indicates the temperature (T) there was not enough to empty the main OSL traps (i.e. 325 °C TL traps), which is supported by T (~250 °C) measured at the stationary side with thermocouples. Our results suggest that frictional heat during seismic events reset 'geologic clocks' of fault rocks and OSL signals in quartz from gouges in natural fault zones can be used to constrain the age of seismic events.

  3. Jak/Stat Signaling Stimulates Zebrafish Optic Nerve Regeneration and Overcomes the Inhibitory Actions of Socs3 and Sfpq

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    Elsaeidi, Fairouz; Bemben, Michael A.; Zhao, Xiao-Feng

    2014-01-01

    The regenerative failure of mammalian optic axons is partly mediated by Socs3-dependent inhibition of Jak/Stat signaling (Smith et al., 2009, 2011). Whether Jak/Stat signaling is part of the normal regenerative response observed in animals that exhibit an intrinsic capacity for optic nerve regeneration, such as zebrafish, remains unknown. Nor is it known whether the repression of regenerative inhibitors, such as Socs3, contributes to the robust regenerative response of zebrafish to optic nerve damage. Here we report that Jak/Stat signaling stimulates optic nerve regeneration in zebrafish. We found that IL-6 family cytokines, acting via Gp130-coupled receptors, stimulate Jak/Stat3 signaling in retinal ganglion cells after optic nerve injury. Among these cytokines, we found that CNTF, IL-11, and Clcf1/Crlf1a can stimulate optic axon regrowth. Surprisingly, optic nerve injury stimulated the expression of Socs3 and Sfpq (splicing factor, proline/glutamine rich) that attenuate optic nerve regeneration. These proteins were induced in a Jak/Stat-dependent manner, stimulated each other's expression and suppressed the expression of regeneration-associated genes. In vivo, the injury-dependent induction of Socs3 and Sfpq inhibits optic nerve regeneration but does not block it. We identified a robust induction of multiple cytokine genes in zebrafish retinal ganglion cells that may contribute to their ability to overcome these inhibitory factors. These studies not only identified mechanisms underlying optic nerve regeneration in fish but also suggest new molecular targets for enhancing optic nerve regeneration in mammals. PMID:24523552

  4. Optical and electrical stimulation of the rat prostate cavernous nerves: priming and fatigue studies

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    Kaouk, Ghallia S.; Perkins, William C.; Lagoda, Gwen A.; Burnett, Arthur L.; Fried, Nathaniel M.

    2015-02-01

    Optical nerve stimulation (ONS) is being explored as an alternative to electrical nerve stimulation (ENS) for use as an intra-operative diagnostic method for identification and preservation of prostate cavernous nerves (CNs) during radical prostatectomy. Nerve priming and fatigue studies were performed to further characterize CNs and provide insight into the different ONS and ENS mechanisms. ONS studies were conducted using a 1455-nm diode laser, coupled to fiber optic probe, and delivering a collimated, 1-mm-diameter laser spot on CNs. For nerve priming studies, laser power was escalated in 5 mW increments (15 - 60 mW) with each stimulation lasting 15 s, until a strong ICP response was observed, and then power was similarly de-escalated. For ONS fatigue studies, a constant laser power was delivered for a period of 10 min. ENS studies were conducted for comparison, with standard parameters (4 V, 5 ms, 16 Hz) for fatigue studies (10 min. duration), but incrementally increasing/decreasing voltage (0.1 - 4.0 V) for priming studies with 15 s stimulations. ONS threshold was approximately 20% higher during initial escalating laser power steps (6.4 W/cm2) than in subsequently de-escalating laser power steps (5.1 W/cm2), demonstrating a nerve priming effect. Evidence of nerve priming during ENS was not observed. For nerve fatigue studies, ONS of CNs showed a peak ICP response at about 60 s, followed by a gradual decay in ICP, while ENS maintained a strong, but cyclical ICP. Nerve priming may allow repetitive ONS of CNs at lower and hence safer laser power settings. Both nerve priming and fatigue studies revealed different mechanisms for ONS and ENS.

  5. X-Ray Excited Luminescence and X-Ray Irradiation Effect on CdS sub 1-x Se sub x Nanocrystals Optical Absorption

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    2001-06-01

    Zagreb, Croatia bUniversity of Zagreb, Geotechnical Faculty Varaýdin, Hallerova aleja 7, 42000 Vara ~din, Croatia X-ray excited luminescence and X-ray...UNCLASSIFIED Defense Technical Information Center Compilation Part Notice ADPO11551 TITLE: X-Ray Excited Luminescence and X-Ray Irradiation Effect on...UNCLASSIFIED Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, Vol. 3, No. 2, June 2001, p. 509 - 514 X-RAY EXCITED LUMINESCENCE AND X-RAY IRRADIATION

  6. Suppression of Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Optical Fibers Using a Linearly Chirped Diode Laser

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    2012-07-02

    modulation n,” Chin. Opt. Lett. 7, 29–31 (2009). 3 . D. Brown, M. Dennis, and W. Torruellas, “Improved phase modulation for SBS mitigation in kW -class fiber ...D. Björk, I. Majid, and K. Tankala, “ kW class, narrow-linewidth, counter pumped fiber amplifiers,” Solid State and Diode Laser Technical Review, 17...Suppression of stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fibers using a linearly chirped diode laser J. O. White, 1,* A. Vasilyev, 2 J. P

  7. Arbitrary phase modulation for optical spectral control and suppression of stimulated Brillouin scattering

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    Harish, Achar V.; Nilsson, Johan

    2015-05-01

    We investigate the use of external phase modulation to broaden the linewidth of a laser source. We use nonlinear optimization to find phase modulations that create nearly tophat-shaped discrete spectra and thus the highest total power within a limited linewidth and a limited peak spectral power density. Such phase modulations and spectra can be realized with an arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and are attractive for suppressing stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fiber. Compared to alternative modulation approaches, the AWG benefits from a large number of degrees of freedom and well-controlled spectral phase in the AWG output.

  8. Optic flow improves adaptability of spatiotemporal characteristics during split-belt locomotor adaptation with tactile stimulation

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    Anthony Eikema, Diderik Jan A.; Chien, Jung Hung; Stergiou, Nicholas; Myers, Sara A.; Scott-Pandorf, Melissa M.; Bloomberg, Jacob J.; Mukherjee, Mukul

    2015-01-01

    Human locomotor adaptation requires feedback and feed-forward control processes to maintain an appropriate walking pattern. Adaptation may require the use of visual and proprioceptive input to decode altered movement dynamics and generate an appropriate response. After a person transfers from an extreme sensory environment and back, as astronauts do when they return from spaceflight, the prolonged period required for re-adaptation can pose a significant burden. In our previous paper, we showed that plantar tactile vibration during a split-belt adaptation task did not interfere with the treadmill adaptation however, larger overground transfer effects with a slower decay resulted. Such effects, in the absence of visual feedback (of motion) and perturbation of tactile feedback, is believed to be due to a higher proprioceptive gain because, in the absence of relevant external dynamic cues such as optic flow, reliance on body-based cues is enhanced during gait tasks through multisensory integration. In this study we therefore investigated the effect of optic flow on tactile stimulated split-belt adaptation as a paradigm to facilitate the sensorimotor adaptation process. Twenty healthy young adults, separated into two matched groups, participated in the study. All participants performed an overground walking trial followed by a split-belt treadmill adaptation protocol. The tactile group (TC) received vibratory plantar tactile stimulation only, whereas the virtual reality and tactile group (VRT) received an additional concurrent visual stimulation: a moving virtual corridor, inducing perceived self-motion. A post-treadmill overground trial was performed to determine adaptation transfer. Interlimb coordination of spatiotemporal and kinetic variables was quantified using symmetry indices, and analyzed using repeated-measures ANOVA. Marked changes of step length characteristics were observed in both groups during split-belt adaptation. Stance and swing time symmetry were

  9. Numerical Study of Phase Conjugation in Stimulated Brillouin Scattering from an Optical Waveguide.

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    1982-12-30

    L RD-Ai23 237 NUMERICAL STUDY OF PHASE CONJUGATION IN STIMULATED i/i BRILLOVIN SCATTERING FROM AN OPTICAL MAYEGUIDE(U) NAVAL I RESEARCH LAB ...IEL’S(x, z)12 dX (7) is proportional to the total pump or backscatter power, assuming unit width along the . direction. From Eqs. ( lab ) and (3), one can...Es c EL). According to Eqs. ( lab ) and (3). H remains constant when g - 0; thus H - H(Z2) at all points beyond z2. III. LOW REFLECTIVITY LIMIT This

  10. Luminescence and structural properties of oxyorthosilicate and Al2O3 nanophosphors

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    Blair, Michael W; Jacobsohn, Luiz G; Bennett, Bryan L; Tornga, Stephanie C; Muenchausen, Ross E; Yukihara, Eduardo G

    2008-01-01

    A large amount of research has been conducted on semiconducting quantum dots exploring quantum confinement effects. On the other hand, nanophosphors -- inorganic insulating nanostructured luminescent materials -- have received considerably less attention. Our research involving nanomaterials has then focused on the question: How does reduced dimensionality affect the physical and chemical behavior of nanophosphors? In order to partially answer this fundamental question, we have produced numerous oxides, among them Lu{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}Ce (LSO), Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce (YSO), Gd{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce (GSO), and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and characterized their structural and luminescent properties. Structure, grain size, phase purity and chemical homogeneity in the nanoscale were determined using x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance. The luminescent properties of the nanophosphors were characterized by thermoluminescence, radioluminescence, photoluminescence, and optically stimulated luminescence. In this work, we present an overview of the nascent field of nanophosphors, and summarize the results obtained in our laboratory with particular emphasis on the luminescent properties.

  11. Sharp tunable optical filters based on the polarization attributes of stimulated Brillouin scattering.

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    Wise, Assaf; Tur, Moshe; Zadok, Avi

    2011-10-24

    Sharp and highly-selective tunable optical band-pass filters, based on stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) amplification in standard fibers, are described and demonstrated. Polarization pulling of the SBS-amplified signal wave is used to increase the selectivity of the filters to 30 dB. Pump broadening via synthesized direct modulation was used to provide a tunable, sharp and uniform amplification window: Pass-band widths of 700 MHz at half maximum and 1 GHz at the -20 dB points were obtained. The central frequency, bandwidth and shape of the filter can be arbitrarily set. Compared with scalar SBS-based filters, the polarization-enhanced design provides a higher selectivity and an elevated depletion threshold. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  12. Closed-loop optical stimulation and recording system with GPU-based real-time spike sorting