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  1. Charge exchange processes of high energy heavy ions channeled in crystals

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    Andriamonje, S.; Chevallier, M.; Cohen, C.; Dural, J.; Genre, R.; Girard, Y.; Groeneveld, K. O.; Kemmler, J.; Kirsch, R.; L'Hoir, A.; Maier, R.; Poizat, J. C.; Quéré, Y.; Remillieux, J.; Schmaus, D.; Toulemonde, M.

    The interaction of moving ions with single crystals is very sensitive to the orientation of the incident beam with respect to the crystalline directions of the target. The experiments show that high energy heavy ion channeling deeply modifies the slowing down and charge exchange processes. In this review, we describe the opportunity offered by channeling conditions to study the charge exchange processes. Some aspects of the charge exchange processes with high energy channeled heavy ions are selected from the extensive literature published over the past few years on this subject. Special attention is given to the work performed at the GANIL facility on the study of Radiative Electron Capture (REC), Electron Impact Ionisation (EII), and convoy electron emission. Finally we emphasize the interest of studying resonant charge exchange processes such as Resonant Coherent Excitation (RCE), Resonant Transfer and Excitation (RTE) or Dielectronic Recombination (DR) and the recently proposed Nuclear Excitation by Electron Capture (NEEC).

  2. Charge exchange processes involving highly charged ions and targets of interest in astrophysics and fusion plasmas

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    Otranto, S.

    2012-11-01

    Renewed interest in charge exchange processes involving highly charged ions arises because of their crucial role in the planned ITER reactor as well as to recent X-ray observations in the astrophysical context. In this work, the classical trajectory Monte Carlo method (CTMC) is used to calculate state selective single charge exchange n-level cross sections and line emission cross sections pertinent to both fields. These are contrasted to recent laboratory data from KVI for the Xe18+ + Na(3s) collision system and NIST/BERLIN-EBIT data for the Ar18+ +Ar system.

  3. Modeling the Hydrogen-Proton Charge-Exchange Process in Global Heliospheric Simulations

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    DeStefano, A.; Heerikhuisen, J.

    2015-12-01

    The environment surrounding our Solar System has a vast and dynamic structure. As the Sun rounds the Milky Way galaxy, interstellar dust and gas interact with the Sun's outflow of solar wind. A bubble of hot plasma forms around the Sun due to this interaction, called the heliosphere. In order to understand the structure of the heliosphere, observations and simulations must work in tandem. Within the past decade or so, 3D models of the heliosphere have been developed exhibiting non- symmmetric as well as predicting structures such as the hydrogen wall and the IBEX ribbon. In this poster we explore new ways to compute charge-exchange source terms. The charge-exchange process is the coupling mechanism between the MHD and kinetic theories. The understanding of this process is crucial in order to make valuable predictions. Energy dependant cross section terms will aid in settling non-linear affects coupling the intestellar and solar particles. Through these new ways of computing source terms, resolving fine structures in the plasma in the heliopause may be possible. In addition, other non-trivial situations, such as charge-exchange mediated shocks, may be addressed.

  4. Dynamics of the fully stripped ion-hydrogen atom charge exchange process in dense quantum plasmas

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    Zhang, Ling-yu; Wan, Jiang-feng; Zhao, Xiao-ying; Xiao, Guo-qing; Duan, Wen-shan; Qi, Xin; Yang, Lei

    2014-09-15

    The plasma screening effects of dense quantum plasmas on charge exchange processes of a fully stripped ion colliding with a hydrogen atom are studied by the classical trajectory Monte Carlo method. The inter-particle interactions are described by the exponential cosine-screened Coulomb potentials. It is found that in weak screening conditions, cross sections increase with the increase of the ionic charge Z. However, in strong screening conditions, the dependence of cross sections on the ionic charge is related to the incident particle energy. At high energies, cross sections show a linear increase with the increase of Z, whereas at low energies, cross sections for Z≥4 become approximately the same. The He{sup 2+} and C{sup 6+} impacting charge exchange cross sections in dense quantum plasmas are also compared with those in weakly coupled plasmas. The interactions are described by the static screened Coulomb potential. It is found that for both He{sup 2+} and C{sup 6+}, the oscillatory screening effects of dense quantum plasmas are almost negligible in weak screening conditions. However, in strong screening conditions, the oscillatory screening effects enhance the screening effects of dense quantum plasmas, and the enhancement becomes more and more significant with the increase of the screening parameter and the ionic charge.

  5. First Observation of the Decay D{sub s}{sup +}{yields}pn

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    Athar, S. B.; Patel, R.; Yelton, J.; Rubin, P.; Eisenstein, B. I.; Karliner, I.; Mehrabyan, S.; Lowrey, N.; Selen, M.; White, E. J.; Wiss, J.; Mitchell, R. E.; Shepherd, M. R.; Besson, D.; Pedlar, T. K.; Cronin-Hennessy, D.; Gao, K. Y.; Hietala, J.; Kubota, Y.; Klein, T.

    2008-05-09

    Using e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}D{sub s}*{sup -}D{sub s}{sup +} data collected near the peak D{sub s} production energy, E{sub cm}=4170 MeV, with the CLEO-c detector, we present the first observation of the decay D{sub s}{sup +}{yields}pn. We measure a branching fraction B(D{sub s}{sup +}{yields}pn)=(1.30{+-}0.36{sub -0.16}{sup +0.12})x10{sup -3}. This is the first observation of a charmed meson decaying into a baryon-antibaryon final state.

  6. What can be Learned from X-ray Spectroscopy Concerning Hot Gas in Local Bubble and Charge Exchange Processes?

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    Snowden, Steve

    2007-01-01

    What can be learned from x-ray spectroscopy in observing hot gas in local bubble and charge exchange processes depends on spectral resolution, instrumental grasp, instrumental energy band, signal-to-nose, field of view, angular resolution and observatory location. Early attempts at x-ray spectroscopy include ROSAT; more recently, astronomers have used diffuse x-ray spectrometers, XMM Newton, sounding rocket calorimeters, and Suzaku. Future observations are expected with calorimeters on the Spectrum Roentgen Gamma mission, and the Solar Wind Charge Exchange (SWCX). The Geospheric SWCX may provide remote sensing of the solar wind and magnetosheath and remote observations of solar CMEs moving outward from the sun.

  7. Yield ratio estimates using regional Pn and Pg from North Korea's underground nuclear explosions

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    Kim, Tae Sung; Kang, Ik-Bum; Kim, Geun-Young

    2009-11-01

    On May 25, 2009 North Korea executed a second nuclear test in the vicinity of P'unggyeri where the first nuclear test was performed on October 9, 2006. Seismic signals from the two underground nuclear explosions (UNEs) are recorded at broadband stations in South Korea and China. Seismic signals from fourteen broadband stations operated by the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), three broadband stations of Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) in South Korea and the Mudanjiang station (MDJ) of GSN in China are used for this study. Clear Pn, Pg, and Lg phases propagated over 800 km. The nearly co-located two UNEs and seismic recordings at the same stations enable us to estimate the ratio of the Pn and Pg displacement amplitude spectra between two events by eliminating the path effect. The 95% confidence interval of the mean yield ratio is constrained as a function of the depth ratio and all the estimates of Pn and Pg spectral ratios. The mean yield ratio ranges from 3.45 to 6.36 in the 95% confidence interval based on the depth range estimates by Bennett (2008, 2009).

  8. Determination of 16O and 18O sensitivity factors and charge-exchange processes in low-energy ion scattering

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    Téllez, H.; Chater, R. J.; Fearn, S.; Symianakis, E.; Brongersma, H. H.; Kilner, J. A.

    2012-10-01

    Quantitative analysis in low-energy ion scattering (LEIS) requires an understanding of the charge-exchange processes to estimate the elemental sensitivity factors. In this work, the neutralization of He+ scattered by 18O-exchanged silica at energies between 0.6 and 7 keV was studied. The process is dominated by Auger neutralization for Ei < 0.8 keV. An additional mechanism starts above the reionization threshold. This collision-induced neutralization becomes the dominant mechanism for Ei > 2 keV. The ion fractions P+ were determined for Si and O using the characteristic velocity method to quantify the surface density. The 18O/16O sensitivity ratio indicates an 18% higher sensitivity for the heavier O isotope.

  9. Proposal for studying N* resonances with the pp{yields}pn{pi}{sup +} reaction

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    Wu Jiajun; Zou, B. S.; Ouyang Zhen

    2009-10-15

    A theoretical study of the pp{yields}pn{pi}{sup +} reaction for antiproton beam energy from 1 to 4 GeV is made by including contributions from various known N* and {delta}* resonances. It is found that for the beam energy around 1.5 GeV, the contribution of the Roper resonance N{sub (1440)}* produced by the t-channel {sigma} exchange dominates over all other contributions. Since such a reaction can be studied in the forthcoming PANDA experiment at the GSI Facility of Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), the reaction will be realistically the cleanest place for studying the properties of the Roper resonance and the best place for looking for other ''missing''N* resonances with large coupling to N{sigma}.

  10. Observation of lines above 2000 A in OVIII and CVI in the PLT tokamak due to charge-exchange processes: diagnostic applications

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    Suckewer, S; Skinner, C.H.; Stratton, B.; Bell, R.; Cavallo, A.; Hosea, J.; Hwang, D.; Schilling, G.

    1984-02-01

    Hydrogen-like oxygen and carbon lines from high-n transitions with wavelengths above 2000 A were observed as a result of charge-exchange processes during neutral beam injection of hydrogen atoms into the Princeton Large Torus (PLT) tokamak. The lines are: OVIII 2976 A (8 ..-->.. 7 transitions), CVI 3434 A (7 ..-->.. 6), and CVI 5291 A (8 ..-->.. 7). Application of these lines for Doppler ion temperature measurements and initial obeservations of neutral beam vertical and horizontal distributions in the plasma are presented.

  11. Models of stellar population at high redshift, as constrainedby PN yields and luminosity function

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    Maraston, C.

    The stellar phase of Thermally-Pulsating Asymptotic giant branch is the last major evolutionary stage of intermediate-mass stars which afterwards evolve into planetary nebulae. The TP-AGB phase is affected by mass-loss and instabilities which notoriously make its theoretical modelling uncertain. This review focuses on the effects such modelling has on stellar population models for galaxies, with particular focus on the high-z Universe where galaxies are young and contain a large number of short-living TP-AGB stars. I shall present the models, discuss how different prescriptions for the treatment of the TP-AGB affect the theoretical integrated spectral energy distribution and how these compare to galaxy data, and discuss implications for the PN nebulae luminosity function stemming from the various assumptions. Finally I shall discuss the inclusion of hot evolved stars on stellar population models and how they compare to data for old galaxies at our present time.

  12. Determination of {sup 16}O and {sup 18}O sensitivity factors and charge-exchange processes in low-energy ion scattering

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    Tellez, H.; Chater, R. J.; Fearn, S.; Symianakis, E.; Kilner, J. A.; Brongersma, H. H.

    2012-10-08

    Quantitative analysis in low-energy ion scattering (LEIS) requires an understanding of the charge-exchange processes to estimate the elemental sensitivity factors. In this work, the neutralization of He{sup +} scattered by {sup 18}O-exchanged silica at energies between 0.6 and 7 keV was studied. The process is dominated by Auger neutralization for E{sub i} < 0.8 keV. An additional mechanism starts above the reionization threshold. This collision-induced neutralization becomes the dominant mechanism for E{sub i} > 2 keV. The ion fractions P{sup +} were determined for Si and O using the characteristic velocity method to quantify the surface density. The {sup 18}O/{sup 16}O sensitivity ratio indicates an 18% higher sensitivity for the heavier O isotope.

  13. Interface pn junction arrays with high yielded grown p-Si microneedles by vapor-liquid-solid method at low temperature

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    Islam, Md. Shofiqul; Ishida, Makoto

    2015-01-01

    In this work we report the fabrication and investigation of the properties of interface pn junction arrays formed at the interface of vertically aligned p-Si microneedles and n-Si substrate. Arrays of boron doped p-Si microneedles were grown on n-Si substrate with the maximum yield of 100% by Au-catalysed vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth using in-situ doping with the mixed gas of Si2H6 and B2H6 at temperature less than 700 °C, which is low as compared to the temperature (1100 °C) required by diffusion process to dope Si microneedles after VLS growth. The physical dimension (diameter, length) and position of these p-Si microneedles can be controlled. The variation of growth rate, diameter, conductivity, impurity concentration and hole mobility of these p-Si microneeedles were investigated with the variation of boron doping. The pn junctions, formed with p-Si microneedles having different diameters, were found to exhibit standard diode characteristics. These pn junction embedded Si microneedle arrays might be potential candidate in sensor area applications. Again, low temperature processing would be compatible to integrate these junction arrays with other circuitry on a chip. This work provides one step forward to realize more sophisticated vertical active devices (BJT, MOSFET, etc) with Si microneedles.

  14. Imaging the Pre-PN/PN Transition

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    Gledhill, T.

    2014-04-01

    "We present 2 - 2.4 micron integral-field spectroscopy, using Gemini NIFS, of a sample of hot post-AGB stars with early B spectral types. These stars are just starting to ionize their environments and turn into planetary nebulae (PN). Unlike in the earlier dusty pre-PN phase, where outflow morphology is often visible in dust-scattered light, these hot post-AGB stars do not generally reveal their envelope structure in near-IR continuum emission, which is dominated by the bright central star. Instead we use molecular hydrogen emission lines to study the asymmetrical envelopes of these objects and atomic hydrogen and helium recombination lines to probe the extent and shape of the developing ionized region. This combination provides a unique snapshot as the ionization front propagates into the already-shaped pre-PN molecular material, just at the transition point where the new PN is emerging."

  15. Mapping Lateral Pn Attenuation Variation in Asia

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    Yang, X.; Phillips, W. S.; Randall, G. E.

    2009-12-01

    Pn travels most of its path in the uppermost mantle. Mapping of the lateral variation of Pn amplitude attenuation may shed light on the physical and chemical state, and dynamics of the upper mantle. In addition to material attenuation, Pn amplitudes are affected by other factors including the spherical shape of the Earth and Moho topography. In order to derive reliable Pn attenuation, we adopt a frequency-dependent Pn geometric-spreading model, which was designed to account for the effect of the Earth’s sphericity, to correct Pn amplitudes in preparation for attenuation estimation. We obtain physically reasonable attenuation estimates from Pn amplitudes corrected using the new spreading model. Pn amplitudes corrected using the traditional frequency-independent power-law spreading model, on the other hand, yield attenuation estimates that are either too large or negative. Using properly geometric-spreading corrected Pn amplitudes, we conducted attenuation tomography and developed 2D Pn attenuation models at multiple frequencies from 0.5 Hz to 8 Hz for Asia. Overall Pn attenuation patterns correlate, to some degree, with our current knowledge of the state of the upper mantle of the region. We see consistent low attenuation in cratonic regions and high attenuation along the western Pacific Ocean. The attenuation pattern in the Tibetan Plateau region seems to be frequency dependent with high attenuation around 1 Hz and low attenuation at 8 Hz. Application of the attenuation model to the nuclear-explosion discrimination problem leads to appreciable improvements of the discriminant compared with currently adopted method.

  16. PnMPI

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    Schulz, Martin; de Supinski, Bronis R.

    2008-02-01

    PnMPI is a tool infrastructure for parallel programs implemented using the message passing interface (MPI). It enables users to dynamically assemble multiple tools, both existing and newly developed ones, into a single tool chain and to execute them concurrently. This provides new options for scalable tools designs including (but not concurrently. This provides new options for scalable tool designs including (but not limited to) the transparent virtualization of MPI environments of an application. In addition, PnMPI allows tools to export support routines to other tools. This promotes a separation of tasks between tools which leads to enhanced tool modularity. PnMPI has been implemented for a variety of platforms including Linux and AIX clusters, and a static version of PnMPI is available on Blue Gene/L.

  17. Impurity charge-exchange processes processes in Tokamak plasmas

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    Puiatti, M. E.; Breton, C.; Michelis, C.; Mattioll, M.

    1981-02-01

    Charge exchange reactions between multiply charged impurity ions and neutral hydrogen isotopes were considered. Ionization equilibrium and radiative losses were evaluated for oxygen and iron in the presence of either thermal or beam neutrals. The influence of thermal neutrals on recently reported results from chemically heated TFR discharges is also discussed.

  18. Charge-Exchange Processes of Titanium-Doped Aluminate Crystals

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    Wong, Wing Cheong

    1995-01-01

    Titanium exists in more than one charge state in the aluminate crystals: it is stable as Ti^ {3+} and Ti^{4+}. Other than the intense Ti^{4+ } absorption, a ubiquitous absorption/luminescence excitation band in the UV region is identified as a titanium -bound exciton in Al_2rm O_3, Y_3Al_5rm O_{12}, {rm YAlO}_3, MgAl_2O _4, and LaMgAl_{11} {rm O}_{19}. One -step and two-step photoconductivities of Ti^ {3+} are measured and compared. While the selectivity of the two-step process is demonstrated, its use in locating the energy threshold is hampered by the small Franck-Condon factor for the transition between the Ti^{3+} ^2{ rm E} excited state and Ti^ {4+}. The titanium-bound exciton band, together with the one-step photocurrent signal, makes it possible to determine the photoionization energy threshold accurately. The charge-transfer transition energy thresholds of Ti^{4+} are obtained from the emission and the luminescence excitation spectra. Locally and non-locally charge compensated Ti^{4+ } are found in Al_2{rm O}_3. The luminescence kinetics for the two kinds of Ti^{4+} are well explained by a three-level system with a lower triplet excited state and a higher singlet excited state. These charge-exchange threshold energies can be deduced from the Born-Haber thermodynamical cycle. The electrostatic site potentials are calculated and from it, the calculated photoionization and charge-transfer energy thresholds are found to be consistent with the experimental results. The deficiency of this model is pointed out and possible improvement is discussed. Quantitatively, the sum of the two charge-exchange energy thresholds is close to the band-gap energy of the host crystal. This offers a convenient way for material characterization. Provided that any two of the three quantities (band-gap energy, photoionization energy threshold, and charge-transfer transition energy threshold) have been found, the third quantity can be calculated. In addition, the trapping of charge carriers is investigated with thermally-stimulated conductivity and thermally-stimulated luminescence. The identities of the electron traps and hole traps are deduced from the results of several differently doped Al_2{ rm O}_3..

  19. Discharge flow-tube studies of O(3P)+N2H4 reaction: The rate coefficient values over the temperature range 252-423 K and the OH(X 2Π) product yield at 298 K

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    Vaghjiani, Ghanshyam L.

    1996-04-01

    The absolute second-order reaction rate coefficient, k1, for the gas phase reaction, O(3P)+N2H4→products, was studied in a discharge flow-tube apparatus. The reaction was studied under pseudo-first-order conditions in O(3P) concentration (i.e., [N2H4]≫[O(3P)]). The O atoms were generated by a microwave discharge of a suitable precursor gas in He in a fixed side-arm reactor upstream of the flow tube, or in the sliding inner injector of the flow tube. The hydrazine concentration was photometrically measured and introduced into the apparatus in a flow of He via the sliding injector or the fixed side-arm port, respectively. The kinetics of the O-atoms in the reaction was directly followed by 130.2-130.6 nm cw-resonance fluorescence detection of O(3P) at the fixed detector situated downstream of the flow tube. The Arrhenius expression, k1=(7.35±2.16)×10-13 exp[(640±60)/T] cm3 molec-1 s-1, in the temperature range 252-423 K, was fit to the data points. The rate coefficient at room temperature was, within experimental errors, independent of the He buffer gas pressure in the range 1.74 to 8.30 Torr, or the O-atom source reactor. The formation of OH(X 2Π) in the reaction, which can be vibrationally excited (v″≤2), was directly detected by pulsed laser-induced fluorescence. The total yield of OH in the reaction was determined to be (0.15±0.05) at 298 K, of which ˜50% is thought to be produced vibrationally hot. These results suggest that the single-H-atom removal channel is a minor process, in agreement with earlier molecular beam studies in which a direct two-H-atom removal channel was proposed to be the principal reaction mechanism by which O(3P) reacts with N2H4.

  20. PN lock indicator for dithered PN code tracking loop

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    Carson, L. M. (Inventor)

    1981-01-01

    In a delay-lock one-delta (+or - 1/2 chip) dithered PN code tracking loop, an indication of lock in the PN code tracking loop is provided by delaying the dithered local PN code by a half chip to produce a +0, -1 dithered PN code that is then multiplied with the received PN-spread IF signal to produce a signal proportional to the correlation of this dithered code offset from the received code. The correlation signal is bandpass filtered, amplified with AGC control, and square-law detected to obtain a dc signal proportional to the degree of correlation. The dc signal is multiplied by the dithering control signal to effectivity substract noise voltage from the lock correlation signal which is then compared with a PN lock status signal.

  1. (p,n) systematics and the cosmological connection

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    Ward, T.E.; Breeden, J.; Porter, R.

    1987-01-01

    Inclusive measurements of (p,n) reactions at intermediate energies of 50 to 1000 MeV have yielded new information in recent years on the energy and target mass dependence for direct interactions in (p,n) reactions. Furthermore, central collision processes can add appreciably to the inelastic cross-section at intermediate energy producing intermediate mass fragments (IMF) in substantial yields at energies above 200 MeV. These systematics are of much value for interpreting cosmic-ray exposure times, alteration of elemental abundances, and cosmological processes. 59 refs., 4 figs.

  2. Combined GMSK Communications and PN Ranging

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    Orr, Richard; Divsalar, Dariush

    2008-01-01

    A document discusses a method by which GMSK (Gaussian minimum shift keying) modulation and a pseudonoise (PN) ranging signal may be combined. By isolating the in-phase and quadrature components after carrier lock, and extracting their low-pass and band-pass filtered components, there is enough information available to both demodulate data and track the PN signal. The proposed combined GMSK communications and PN ranging is one potential approach to address emerging requirements for simultaneous high data rate communications from and tracking of vehicles in deep space or at the Moon.

  3. Single gate p-n junctions in graphene-ferroelectric devices

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    Hinnefeld, J. Henry; Mason, Nadya; Xu, Ruijuan; Pandya, Shishir; Martin, Lane W.; Rogers, Steven; Shim, Moonsub

    2016-05-16

    Graphene's linear dispersion relation and the attendant implications for bipolar electronics applications have motivated a range of experimental efforts aimed at producing p-n junctions in graphene. Here we report electrical transport measurements of graphene p-n junctions formed via simple modifications to a PbZr{sub 0.2}Ti{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} substrate, combined with a self-assembled layer of ambient environmental dopants. We show that the substrate configuration controls the local doping region, and that the p-n junction behavior can be controlled with a single gate. Finally, we show that the ferroelectric substrate induces a hysteresis in the environmental doping which can be utilized to activate and deactivate the doping, yielding an “on-demand” p-n junction in graphene controlled by a single, universal backgate.

  4. Fully integrated litho aware PnR design solution

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    Beylier, Charlotte; Moyroud, Clement; Bernard Granger, Fabrice; Robert, Frederic; Yesilada, Emek; Trouiller, Yorick; Marin, Jean-Claude

    2012-03-01

    Design For Manufacturing (DFM) is becoming essential to ensure good yield for deep sub micron technologies. As design rules cannot anticipate all manufacturing marginalities resulting from problematic 2D patterns, the latter has to be addressed at design level through DFM tools. To deploy DFM strategy on back end levels, STMicroelectronics has implemented a CAD solution for lithographic hotspots search and repair. This allows the detection and the correction, at the routing step, of hotspots derived from lithographic simulation after OPC treatment. The detection of hotspots is based on pattern matching and the repair uses local reroute ability already implemented in Place and Route (PnR) tools. This solution is packaged in a Fast LFD Kit for 28 nm technology and fully integrated in PnR platforms. It offers a solution for multi suppliers CAD vendors routed designs. To ensure a litho friendly repair, the flow integrates a step of local simulation of the rerouted zones. This paper explains the hotspots identification, their detection through pattern matching and repair in the PnR platform. Run time, efficiency rate, timing and RC parasitic impacts are also analyzed.

  5. Differential Travel-Time Pn Tomography in Northeast Asia

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    Steck, L. K.; Rowe, C. A.; Phillips, W. S.; Hartse, H. E.; Mackey, K. G.; Fujita, K.

    2005-12-01

    We are using relative travel-time residuals to derive a 2D function that maps laterally-varying Pn residual slowness deviations from a background IASP91 model, as well as to obtain site terms based on the residual differentials. We apply the technique to events from the Michigan State University eastern Russia seismic database. We have selected event / station geometries such that a 20 km change in source location results in less than 0.2 second change in the travel-time residual differences, based on synthetic sensitivity studies. For this study we restrict our test to source-receiver distances of 2 - 20 degrees. The eastern Russian database provides us with differential raypaths for 459 stations from the region, yielding 27,291 station pair combinations with a catalog of 65,489 earthquakes between 45 and 80 degrees North, and 100 to 175 degrees East. This resulted in 666,387 differential paths from which to invert for the Pn slowness perturbations and station corrections. Results provide the first detailed look at Pn variations in this large region of northeastern Asia. The comparison of pick residual differentials allows us to investigate catalog quality by inverting for systematic pick outliers among station-pair relationships. This can be a valuable tool for catalog QC when waveforms are not available for pick validation.

  6. Teleseismic Pn Coda Modeled as Crustal Scattering

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    Nielsen, L.; Thybo, H.; Morozov, I. B.; Solodilov, L.

    2002-12-01

    Teleseismic Pn arrivals with a long, high-amplitude coda are observed to offsets larger than 3000 km along the Peaceful Nuclear Explosion (PNE) seismic profiles Quartz and Ruby, which were recorded in the former Soviet Union. Analysis of the observed data shows that the teleseismic Pn contains significant amounts of energy in the low- (0-2.5 Hz), mid- (2.5-5.0 Hz) and high-frequency (5.0-10 Hz) ranges. We model the teleseismic Pn arrivals as multiple sub-Moho refractions, which travel over large distances due to a positive vertical upper mantle velocity gradient, which is characteristic for the study area. Crustal scattering is found to fully account for the teleseismic Pn coda. Tests show that it is not necessary to include upper mantle heterogeneity in the seismic models in order to match the key characteristics of the teleseismic Pn. Our modeling results are based on two-dimensional visco-elastic finite-difference seismic wavefield simulations in 2000 km long and 250 km deep models of the crustal-upper mantle system. The computationally demanding calculations are facilitated by the use of multiprocessor supercomputer systems. Our preferred model of crustal scattering is in agreement with high-resolution wide-angle and normal-incidence seismic data sets collected in other areas, which typically show reflective crustal intervals and an almost transparent uppermost mantle down to about 80-100 km depth.

  7. Atomically Abrupt Topological p-n Junction.

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    Kim, Sung Hwan; Jin, Kyung-Hwan; Kho, Byung Woo; Park, Byeong-Gyu; Liu, Feng; Kim, Jun Sung; Yeom, Han Woong

    2017-08-24

    Topological insulators (TI's) are a new class of quantum matter with extraordinary surface electronic states, which bear great potential for spintronics and error-tolerant quantum computing. In order to put a TI into any practical use, these materials need to be fabricated into devices whose basic units are often p-n junctions. Interesting electronic properties of a 'topological' p-n junction were proposed theoretically such as the junction electronic state and the spin rectification. However, the fabrication of a lateral topological p-n junction has been challenging because of materials, process, and fundamental reasons. Here, we demonstrate an innovative approach to realize a p-n junction of topological surface states (TSS's) of a three-dimensional (3D) topological insulator (TI) with an atomically abrupt interface. When a ultrathin Sb film is grown on a 3D TI of Bi2Se3 with a typical n-type TSS, the surface develops a strongly p-type TSS through the substantial hybridization between the 2D Sb film and the Bi2Se3 surface. Thus, the Bi2Se3 surface covered partially with Sb films bifurcates into areas of n- and p-type TSS's as separated by atomic step edges with a lateral electronic junction of as short as 2 nm. This approach opens a different avenue toward various electronic and spintronic devices based on well-defined topological p-n junctions with the scalability down to atomic dimensions.

  8. Photocurrent Measurements of Carbon Nanotube PN Junctions

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    Gabor, Nathaniel; Zhong, Zhaohui; Bosnick, Ken; Park, Jiwoong; McEuen, Paul

    2007-03-01

    Gated p-n junctions in semiconducting nanotubes have recently drawn much attention for their electronic and optoelectronic characteristics [1,2,3]. We investigate the photocurrent response at a nanotube gated p-n junction using a focused laser illumination source. We find that the photocurrent at zero source-drain bias increases linearly with optical power for the component of light along the length of the nanotube. Scanned photocurrent imaging demonstrates that carrier generation occurs primarily between the p- and n- type segments of the device. Measurements in an optical cryostat down to 4K reveal large photoresponse and step-like structure in the reverse bias photocurrent. These results show that nanotube p-n junctions are highly sensitive, nanoscale photodetectors. [1] J.U. Lee et al, App. Phys. Lett. 85, 145 (2004). [2] J.U. Lee, App. Phys. Lett. 87, 073101 (2005). [3] K. Bosnick et al, App. Phys. Lett. 89, 163121 (2006).

  9. Silicon fiber with p-n junction

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    Homa, D.; Cito, A.; Pickrell, G.; Hill, C.; Scott, B.

    2014-09-22

    In this study, we fabricated a p-n junction in a fiber with a phosphorous doped silicon core and fused silica cladding. The fibers were fabricated via a hybrid process of the core-suction and melt-draw techniques and maintained overall diameters ranging from 200 to 900 μm and core diameters of 20–800 μm. The p-n junction was formed by doping the fiber with boron and confirmed via the current-voltage characteristic. The demonstration of a p-n junction in a melt-drawn silicon core fiber paves the way for the seamless integration of optical and electronic devices in fibers.

  10. The dynamic organic p-n junction.

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    Matyba, Piotr; Maturova, Klara; Kemerink, Martijn; Robinson, Nathaniel D; Edman, Ludvig

    2009-08-01

    Static p-n junctions in inorganic semiconductors are exploited in a wide range of today's electronic appliances. Here, we demonstrate the in situ formation of a dynamic p-n junction structure within an organic semiconductor through electrochemistry. Specifically, we use scanning kelvin probe microscopy and optical probing on planar light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) with a mixture of a conjugated polymer and an electrolyte connecting two electrodes separated by 120 microm. We find that a significant portion of the potential drop between the electrodes coincides with the location of a thin and distinct light-emission zone positioned >30 microm away from the negative electrode. These results are relevant in the context of a long-standing scientific debate, as they prove that electrochemical doping can take place in LECs. Moreover, a study on the doping formation and dissipation kinetics provides interesting detail regarding the electronic structure and stability of the dynamic organic p-n junction, which may be useful in future dynamic p-n junction-based devices.

  11. Origin of teleseismic Pn coda: crustal scattering

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    Nielsen, L.; Thybo, H.

    2003-04-01

    Teleseismic Pn arrivals with a long, high-amplitude coda, are observed to offsets larger than 3000 km along the Peaceful Nuclear Explosion (PNE) seismic profile Quartz, which was recorded in the former Soviet Union. Analysis of the observed data shows that the teleseismic Pn contains significant amounts of energy in the low- (0-2.5 Hz), mid- (2.5-5.0 Hz) and high-frequency (5.0-10 Hz) ranges. The length of the coda wavetrain seems to increase with increasing frequency. The teleseismic Pn arrivals are interpreted as multiple sub-Moho refractions, which travel over large distances due to a positive vertical upper mantle velocity gradient, which is characteristic for the study area. From wave field modelling, we find that crustal scattering fully accounts for the teleseismic Pn coda. It is not necessary to include upper mantle heterogeneity in the seismic models in order to match the key characteristics of the teleseismic Pn. Our modelling results are based on two-dimensional visco-elastic finite-difference simulations of the seismic wave field in 2000 km long and 250 km deep models of the crust-upper mantle system. The computationally demanding calculations are facilitated by the use of multiprocessor supercomputers. Our preferred model of crustal scattering is in agreement with high-resolution wide-angle and normal-incidence seismic data sets collected in different areas, which typically show reflective crustal intervals and an almost transparent uppermost mantle down to about 20-25 s two-way travel time (80-100 km depth).

  12. Charge exchange processes in He+/Cu scattering at low energy

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    Khalal-Kouache, K.; Bruckner, B.; Roth, D.; Goebl, D.; Bauer, P.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper we present results on charge exchange of He+ ions at a polycrystalline Cu surface. Monte Carlo simulations were used to calculate the trajectories of projectiles scattered by an angle Θ = 136 ° . By including Auger neutralization and charge exchange in close collisions, energy spectra of the scattered ions as well as ion fraction values were calculated for primary energies in the range 0.5-5 keV and compared to experimental results. In the simulations, the Auger neutralization rate Γ and the probabilities of resonant neutralization (PRN) and reionization (PRI) are treated as free parameters. Using well accepted values from literature for these quantities very good agreement between simulations and experimental data was achieved.

  13. On the auto and cross correlation of PN sequences

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    Morakis, J. C.

    1969-01-01

    The autocorrelation and crosscorrelation properties of pseudorandom (PN) sequences are analyzed by using some important properties of PN sequences. These properties make this discussion understandable without the need of linear algebraic approach. The analysis is followed by some experimental results.

  14. Predicting NCLEX-PN success with the HESI Exit Exam.

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    Young, Anne; Willson, Pamela

    2010-01-01

    Surveys were mailed to directors of 72 randomly selected practical nursing (PN) schools that administered Elsevier's HESI Exit Exam for Practical Nurses (E2-PN) during the 2006-2007 academic year. Data were collected regarding students' NCLEX-PN outcomes and the schools' benchmarking and remediation policies. The first version of the E2-PN was 99.48% accurate in predicting NCLEX-PN success. Versions two and three of the E2-PN, which were administered to students who were remediated because they did not achieve the faculty-designated benchmark, were also highly accurate in predicting NCLEX-PN success. Most faculties set 850 as their school's E2-PN benchmark, and 73% of the respondents required remediation for students who did not achieve the benchmark score. The most frequently cited remediation strategy was tutoring.

  15. The lateral variation of Pn velocity gradient under Eurasia

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    Yang, Xiaoning

    2017-05-03

    We report that mantle lid P wave velocity gradient, or Pn velocity gradient, reflects the depth and lateral variations of thermal and rheological state of the uppermost mantle. Mapping the Pn velocity gradient and its lateral variation helps us gain insight into the temperature, composition, and dynamics of the uppermost mantle. In addition, because Pn velocity gradient has profound influence on Pn propagation behavior, an accurate mapping of Pn velocity gradient also improves the modeling and prediction of Pn travel times and amplitudes. In this study, I used measured Pn travel times to derive path-specific Pn velocity gradients. I thenmore » inverted these velocity gradients for two-dimensional (2-D) Pn velocity-gradient models for Eurasia based on the assumption that a path-specific Pn velocity gradient is the mean of laterally varying Pn velocity gradients along the Pn path. Result from a Monte Carlo simulation indicates that the assumption is appropriate. The 2-D velocity-gradient models show that most of Eurasia has positive velocity gradients. High velocity gradients exist mainly in tectonically active regions. Most tectonically stable regions show low and more uniform velocity gradients. In conclusion, strong velocity-gradient variations occur largely along convergent plate boundaries, particularly under overriding plates.« less

  16. TDRSS telecommunications system, PN code analysis

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    Dixon, R.; Gold, R.; Kaiser, F.

    1976-01-01

    The pseudo noise (PN) codes required to support the TDRSS telecommunications services are analyzed and the impact of alternate coding techniques on the user transponder equipment, the TDRSS equipment, and all factors that contribute to the acquisition and performance of these telecommunication services is assessed. Possible alternatives to the currently proposed hybrid FH/direct sequence acquisition procedures are considered and compared relative to acquisition time, implementation complexity, operational reliability, and cost. The hybrid FH/direct sequence technique is analyzed and rejected in favor of a recommended approach which minimizes acquisition time and user transponder complexity while maximizing probability of acquisition and overall link reliability.

  17. Mapping high Pn velocity beneath the Colorado Plateau constrains uplift models

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    Beghoul, Noureddine; Barazangi, Muawia

    1989-06-01

    The massive International Seismological Centre data set of the past 20 years and the two-station method are used to determine Pn velocities in the mantle lid beneath the Colorado plateau. In this method the event is located at distances where Pn is the first arrival (2°-16°) and the path is in or very near the azimuth of the two-station pair and crosses the plateau. This technique to a large extent minimizes the hypocenter mislocation effect and possible errors due to variations in the crustal structure near the source, since only the difference in travel times at the two stations is used. However, this technique has a few underlying assumptions and possible sources of errors (such as the quality of the Pn data base and station delays caused by varying crustal structure) that require an extremely careful application of the method. A detailed study of the source of errors and a methodology of selection of the data are presented. Application of this method to the Colorado plateau using all possible two-station pairs from 53 stations located within or along the margin of the plateau yields an average high Pn velocity of 8.12±0.09 km/s. This value is considerably larger than the average value of 7.83 km/s based on available but very limited seismic refraction profiles but is remarkably similar to the average value of 8.1 km/s for the relatively stable midcontinent region. Our new Pn velocity for the Colorado plateau eliminates the paradox in the literature that emphasizes the rather close similarity between average Pn velocities beneath the Colorado plateau and the Basin and Range Province while their tectonic and magmatic Cenozoic history is dramatically different. Previous models for the structure and evolution of the plateau have used the low Pn velocity as an important constraint on density and thermal state of the lithosphere. Hence such models should be reexamined on the basis of this new uppermost mantle Pn velocity determination. There are two main models

  18. A Pn Spreading Model Constrained with Observed Amplitudes in Asia

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    2011-09-01

    of observed Pn amplitudes from the tectonically active regions of Asia to evaluate the performance of Y2007 and to develop new, observation-based...a set of observed Pn amplitudes from the tectonically active regions of Asia to evaluate the performance of Y2007 and to develop new observation-based...tomographic inversions to map the lateral Pn attenuation variation. RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHED Introduction It has long been recognized that the

  19. Mapping Pn amplitude spreading and attenuation in Asia

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    Yang, Xiaoning; Phillips, William S; Stead, Richard J

    2010-12-06

    Pn travels most of its path in the mantle lid. Mapping the lateral variation of Pn amplitude attenuation sheds light on material properties and dynamics of the uppermost region of the mantle. Pn amplitude variation depends on the wavefront geometric spreading as well as material attenuation. We investigated Pn geometric spreading, which is much more complex than a traditionally assumed power-law spreading model, using both synthetic and observed amplitude data collected in Asia. We derived a new Pn spreading model based on the formulation that was proposed previously to account for the spherical shape of the Earth (Yang et. al., BSSA, 2007). New parameters derived for the spreading model provide much better correction for Pn amplitudes in terms of residual behavior. Because we used observed Pn amplitudes to construct the model, the model incorporates not only the effect of the Earth's spherical shape, but also the effect of potential upper-mantle velocity gradients in the region. Using the new spreading model, we corrected Pn amplitudes measured at 1, 2, 4 and 6 Hz and conducted attenuation tomography. The resulting Pn attenuation model correlates well with the regional geology. We see high attenuation in regions such as northern Tibetan Plateau and the western Pacific subduction zone, and low attenuation for stable blocks such as Sichuan and Tarim basins.

  20. Measurement of χcj decaying into pn̄π⁻ and pn̄π⁻π⁰

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    Ablikim, M.; Achasov, M. N.; Albayrak, O.; ...

    2012-09-26

    Using a data sample of 1.06×10⁸ ψ' events collected with the BESIII detector in 2009, the branching fractions of χcJ→pn̄π⁻ and χcJ→pn̄π⁻π⁰ (J=0, 1, 2) are measured. (Throughout the text, inclusion of charge conjugate modes is implied if not stated otherwise.) The results for χc⁰→pn̄π⁻ and χc²→pn̄π⁻ are consistent with, but much more precise than, those of previous measurements. The decays of χc1→pn̄π⁻ and χcJ→pn̄π⁻π⁰ are observed for the first time.

  1. Field-effect P-N junction

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    Regan, William; Zettl, Alexander

    2015-05-05

    This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus related to field-effect p-n junctions. In one aspect, a device includes an ohmic contact, a semiconductor layer disposed on the ohmic contact, at least one rectifying contact disposed on the semiconductor layer, a gate including a layer disposed on the at least one rectifying contact and the semiconductor layer and a gate contact disposed on the layer. A lateral width of the rectifying contact is less than a semiconductor depletion width of the semiconductor layer. The gate contact is electrically connected to the ohmic contact to create a self-gating feedback loop that is configured to maintain a gate electric field of the gate.

  2. Studies of silicon PN junction solar cells

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    Lindholm, F. A.

    1975-01-01

    Silicon pn junction solar cells made with low-resistivity substrates show poorer performance than traditional theory predicts. The purpose of this research was to identify and characterize the physical mechanisms responsible for the discrepancy. Attention was concentrated on the open circuit voltage in shallow junction cells of 0.1 ohm-cm substrate resistivity. A number of possible mechanisms that can occur in silicon devices were considered. Two mechanisms which are likely to be of main importance in explaining the observed low values of open-circuit voltage were found: (1) recombination losses associated with defects introduced during junction formation, and (2) inhomogeneity of defects and impurities across the area of the cell. To explore these theoretical anticipations, various diode test structures were designed and fabricated and measurement configurations for characterizing the defect properties and the areal inhomogeneity were constructed.

  3. Novel pneumoviruses (PnVs): Evolution and inflammatory pathology

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    Glineur, Stephanie F.; Renshaw, Randall W.; Percopo, Caroline M.; Dyer, Kimberly D.; Dubovi, Edward J.; Domachowske, Joseph B.; Rosenberg, Helene F.

    2013-09-01

    A previous report of a novel pneumovirus (PnV) isolated from the respiratory tract of a dog described its significant homology to the rodent pathogen, pneumonia virus of mice (PVM). The original PnV–Ane4 pathogen replicated in and could be re-isolated in infectious state from mouse lung but elicited minimal mortality compared to PVM strain J3666. Here we assess phylogeny and physiologic responses to 10 new PnV isolates. The G/glycoprotein sequences of all PnVs include elongated amino-termini when compared to the characterized PVMs, and suggest division into groups A and B. While we observed significant differences in cytokine production and neutrophil recruitment to the lungs of BALB/c mice in response to survival doses (50 TCID{sub 50} units) of representative group A (114378-10-29-KY-F) and group B (7968-11-OK) PnVs, we observed no evidence for positive selection (dN>dS) among the PnV/PnV, PVM/PnV or PVM/PVM G/glycoprotein or F/fusion protein sequence pairs. - Highlights: • We consider ten novel isolates of the pneumovirus (PnV) first described by Renshaw and colleagues. • The G/glycoprotein sequences of all PnVs include elongated amino-termini when compared to PVM. • We detect cytokine production and neutrophil recruitment to the lungs of mice in response to PnV. • We observed no evidence for positive selection (dN>dS) among the gene sequence pairs.

  4. Single P-N junction tandem photovoltaic device

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    Walukiewicz, Wladyslaw [Kensington, CA; Ager, III, Joel W.; Yu, Kin Man [Lafayette, CA

    2012-03-06

    A single P-N junction solar cell is provided having two depletion regions for charge separation while allowing the electrons and holes to recombine such that the voltages associated with both depletion regions of the solar cell will add together. The single p-n junction solar cell includes an alloy of either InGaN or InAlN formed on one side of the P-N junction with Si formed on the other side in order to produce characteristics of a two junction (2J) tandem solar cell through only a single P-N junction. A single P-N junction solar cell having tandem solar cell characteristics will achieve power conversion efficiencies exceeding 30%.

  5. Single P-N junction tandem photovoltaic device

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    Walukiewicz, Wladyslaw [Kensington, CA; Ager, III, Joel W.; Yu, Kin Man [Lafayette, CA

    2011-10-18

    A single P-N junction solar cell is provided having two depletion regions for charge separation while allowing the electrons and holes to recombine such that the voltages associated with both depletion regions of the solar cell will add together. The single p-n junction solar cell includes an alloy of either InGaN or InAlN formed on one side of the P-N junction with Si formed on the other side in order to produce characteristics of a two junction (2J) tandem solar cell through only a single P-N junction. A single P-N junction solar cell having tandem solar cell characteristics will achieve power conversion efficiencies exceeding 30%.

  6. Pn anisotropic tomography and mantle dynamics beneath China

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    Zhou, Zhigang; Lei, Jianshe

    2016-08-01

    We present a new high-resolution Pn anisotropic tomographic model of the uppermost mantle beneath China inferred from 52,061 Pn arrival-time data manually picked from seismograms recorded at provincial seismic stations in China and temporary stations in Tibet and the Tienshan orogenic belt. Significant features well correlated with surface geology are revealed and provide new insights into the deep dynamics beneath China. Prominent high Pn velocities are visible under the stable cratonic blocks (e.g., the Tarim, Junngar, and Sichuan basins, and the Ordos block), whereas remarkable low Pn velocities are observed in the tectonically active areas (e.g., Pamir, the Tienshan orogenic belt, central Tibet and the Qilian fold belt). A distinct N-S trending low Pn velocity zone around 86°E is revealed under the rift running from the Himalayan block through the Lhasa block to the Qiangtang block, which indicates the hot material upwelling due to the breaking-off of the subducting Indian slab. Two N-S trending low Pn velocity belts with an approximate N-S Pn fast direction along the faults around the Chuan-Dian diamond block suggest that these faults may serve as channels of mantle flow from Tibet. The fast Pn direction changes from N-S in the north across 27°N to E-W in the south, which may reflect different types of mantle deformation. The anisotropy in the south could be caused by the asthenospheric flow resulted from the eastward subduction of the Indian plate down to the mantle transition zone beneath the Burma arc. Across the Talas-Fergana fault in the Tienshan orogenic belt, an obvious difference in velocity and anisotropy is revealed. To the west, high Pn velocities and an arc-shaped fast Pn direction are observed, implying the Indo-Asian collision, whereas to the east low Pn velocities and a range-parallel Pn fast direction are imaged, reflecting the northward underthrusting of the Tarim lithosphere and the southward underthrusting of the Kazakh lithosphere. In

  7. Crystal, magnetic, and electronic structures, and properties of new BaMnPnF (Pn = As, Sb, Bi).

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    Saparov, Bayrammurad; Singh, David J; Garlea, Vasile O; Sefat, Athena S

    2013-01-01

    New BaMnPnF (Pn = As, Sb, Bi) are synthesized by stoichiometric reaction of elements with BaF₂. They crystallize in the P4/nmm space group, with the ZrCuSiAs-type structure, as indicated by X-ray crystallography. Electrical resistivity results indicate that Pn = As, Sb, and Bi are semiconductors with band gaps of 0.73 eV, 0.48 eV and 0.003 eV (extrinsic value), respectively. Powder neutron diffraction reveals a G-type antiferromagnetic order below T(N) = 338(1) K for Pn = As, and below T(N) = 272(1) K for Pn = Sb. Magnetic susceptibility increases with temperature above 100 K for all the materials. Density functional calculations find semiconducting antiferromagnetic compounds with strong in-plane and weaker out-of-plane exchange coupling that may result in non-Curie Weiss behavior above TN. The ordered magnetic moments are 3.65(5) μ(B)/Mn for Pn = As, and 3.66(3) μ(B)/Mn for Pn = Sb at 4 K, as refined from neutron diffraction experiments.

  8. [Ectopic expression of the PnANTL1 and PnANTL2 black poplar genes in transgenic tobacco plants].

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    Kuluev, B R; Kniazev, A V; Il'iasova, A A; Chemeris, A V

    2012-10-01

    Four putative orthologs of the AINTEGUMENTA gene were found in the poplar (Populus trichocarpa) genome. Two of them, which we called PnANTL1 and PnANTL2, were isolated from black poplar (Populus nigra L.) and transgenic tobacco plants were generated on their basis. Tobacco plants that were transgenic for the PnANTL1 gene were characterized by increased leaf length, smaller flower size, and different defects in the development of the corolla and stamens. Tobacco plants that were transgenic for the PnANTL2 gene were characterized by an increased length of leaves and larger flowers. The increase in the leaf size in all transgenic plants was determined by stimulation of cell expansion; the number of cells was even reduced in the case of the PnANTL1 gene. Ectopic expression of the PnANTL1 and PnANTL2 genes promoted an increase in the level of mRNA of some tobacco expansins. The data we obtained demonstrate the involvement of transcription factors of the AP2 subfamily in the regulation of cell expansion.

  9. Electrical Properties of Dilute Nitride GaAsPN/GaPN MQW p- i- n Diode

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    Sertel, T.; Ozen, Y.; Tataroglu, A.; Asar, T.; Cetin, S. S.; Ozcelik, S.

    2017-07-01

    In this study, the electrical properties of dilute nitride GaAsPN/GaPN multi-quantum well p- i- n diodes were investigated by using current-voltage ( I- V) measurements at room temperature. The diode structure was grown on silicon (Si) (100) substrate misoriented by 4° towards the [110] direction using the molecular beam epitaxy technique, and ohmic contacts were formed on this structure by metallization process. The forward bias I- V characteristics of the diode were analyzed by the thermionic emission theory. Ideality factor ( n), barrier height (Φb) and series resistance ( R s), which are the main electrical parameters of diodes, were determined from I- V characteristic, Norde and Cheung methods. The obtained experimental results were compared with each other. From the I- V characteristic, the values of n and Φb were found to be 2.86 eV and 0.69 eV, respectively. The barrier height values, which were obtained from the Norde function and I- V characteristic, were in good agreement with each other. It was also found that the values of series resistance determined from the Norde and Cheung functions were compatible with each other.

  10. Analytical theory of the space-charge region of lateral p-n junctions in nanofilms

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    Gurugubelli, Vijaya Kumar Karmalkar, Shreepad

    2015-07-21

    There is growing interest in fabricating conventional semiconductor devices in a nanofilm which could be a 3D material with one reduced dimension (e.g., silicon-on-insulator (SOI) film), or single/multiple layers of a 2D material (e.g., MoS{sub 2}), or a two dimensional electron gas/two dimensional hole gas (2DEG/2DHG) layer. Lateral p-n junctions are essential parts of these devices. The space-charge region electrostatics in these nanofilm junctions is strongly affected by the surrounding field, unlike in bulk junctions. Current device physics of nanofilms lacks a simple analytical theory of this 2D electrostatics of lateral p-n junctions. We present such a theory taking into account the film's thickness, permittivity, doping, interface charge, and possibly different ambient permittivities on film's either side. In analogy to the textbook theory of the 1D electrostatics of bulk p-n junctions, our theory yields simple formulas for the depletion width, the extent of space-charge tails beyond this width, and the screening length associated with the space-charge layer in nanofilm junctions; these formulas agree with numerical simulations and measurements. Our theory introduces an electrostatic thickness index to classify nanofilms into sheets, bulk and intermediate sized.

  11. First observation of the decay Ds+-->pn.

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    Athar, S B; Patel, R; Yelton, J; Rubin, P; Eisenstein, B I; Karliner, I; Mehrabyan, S; Lowrey, N; Selen, M; White, E J; Wiss, J; Mitchell, R E; Shepherd, M R; Besson, D; Pedlar, T K; Cronin-Hennessy, D; Gao, K Y; Hietala, J; Kubota, Y; Klein, T; Lang, B W; Poling, R; Scott, A W; Zweber, P; Dobbs, S; Metreveli, Z; Seth, K K; Tomaradze, A; Libby, J; Powell, A; Wilkinson, G; Ecklund, K M; Love, W; Savinov, V; Lopez, A; Mendez, H; Ramirez, J; Ge, J Y; Miller, D H; Shipsey, I P J; Xin, B; Adams, G S; Anderson, M; Cummings, J P; Danko, I; Hu, D; Moziak, B; Napolitano, J; He, Q; Insler, J; Muramatsu, H; Park, C S; Thorndike, E H; Yang, F; Artuso, M; Blusk, S; Khalil, S; Li, J; Mountain, R; Nisar, S; Randrianarivony, K; Sultana, N; Skwarnicki, T; Stone, S; Wang, J C; Zhang, L M; Bonvicini, G; Cinabro, D; Dubrovin, M; Lincoln, A; Naik, P; Rademacker, J; Asner, D M; Edwards, K W; Reed, J; Briere, R A; Ferguson, T; Tatishvili, G; Vogel, H; Watkins, M E; Rosner, J L; Alexander, J P; Cassel, D G; Duboscq, J E; Ehrlich, R; Fields, L; Gibbons, L; Gray, R; Gray, S W; Hartill, D L; Heltsley, B K; Hertz, D; Hunt, J M; Kandaswamy, J; Kreinick, D L; Kuznetsov, V E; Ledoux, J; Mahlke-Krüger, H; Mohapatra, D; Onyisi, P U E; Patterson, J R; Peterson, D; Riley, D; Ryd, A; Sadoff, A J; Shi, X; Stroiney, S; Sun, W M; Wilksen, T

    2008-05-09

    Using e+e--->Ds*-Ds+ data collected near the peak Ds production energy, Ecm=4170 MeV, with the CLEO-c detector, we present the first observation of the decay Ds+-->pn. We measure a branching fraction B(Ds+-->pn)=(1.30+/-0.36(-0.16)+0.12)x10(-3). This is the first observation of a charmed meson decaying into a baryon-antibaryon final state.

  12. Search strategy effects on PN acquisition performance. [Pseudonoise

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    Weinberg, A.

    1981-01-01

    The present paper focusses on 'random' and 'expanding window' PN acquisition search strategies and analytically develops the PN acquisition time statistics as functions of salient system parameters such as prediction SNR, detection and false alarm probabilities and a priori information on epoch location. The significance of this analysis is its general applicability to arbitrary postdetection processing schemes. Computed performance results account for the above salient parameters, wherein sequential detection is employed in conjunction with random and selected expanding window search strategies.

  13. Array analysis of regional Pn and Pg wavefields from the Nevada Test Site

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    Leonard, M.A. . Dept. of Geology and Geophysics Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA )

    1991-06-01

    Small-aperture high-frequency seismic arrays with dimensions of a few kilometers or less, can improve our ability to seismically monitor compliance with a low-yield Threshold Test Ban Treaty. This work studies the characteristics and effectiveness of array processing of the regional Pn and Pg wavefields generated by underground nuclear explosions at the Nevada Test Site. Waveform data from the explosion HARDIN (m{sub b} = 5.5) is recorded at a temporary 12-element, 3-component, 1.5 km-aperture array sited in an area of northern Nevada. The explosions VILLE (m{sub b} = 4.4) and SALUT (m{sub b} = 5.5) are recorded at two arrays sited in the Mojave desert, one a 96-element vertical-component 7 km-aperture array and the other a 155-element vertical-component 4 km-aperture array. Among the mean spectra for the m{sub b} = 5.5 events there are significant differences in low-frequency spectral amplitudes between array sites. The spectra become nearly identical beyond about 6 Hz. Spectral ratios are used to examine seismic source properties and the partitioning of energy between Pn and Pg. Frequency-wavenumber analysis at the 12-element array is used to obtain estimates of signal gain, phase velocity, and source azimuth. This analysis reveals frequency-dependent biases in velocity and azimuth of the coherent Pn and Pg arrivals. Signal correlation, the principal factor governing array performance, is examined in terms of spatial coherence estimates. The coherence is found to vary between the three sites. In all cases the coherence of Pn is greater than that for Pg. 81 refs., 92 figs., 5 tabs.

  14. On The Partition Dimension of Cm + Pn Graph

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    Vertana, Hidra; Atmojo Kusmayadi, Tri

    2017-06-01

    Let G be a connected graph with V (G) = {v 1, v 2, …, vi } and E(G) = {e 1, e 2, …, ej }, where V (G) is vertex set and E(G) is edge set. If S ⊆ V (G) and v ∈ V (G), then the distance between v and S is de ned by d(v, S) = min{d(v, x)|x ∈ S}. For an ordered k-partition Π = {S 1, S 2, …, Sk } of V (G), the representation of v with respect to Π is r(v|Π) with r(v|Π) = (d(v, S 1), d(v, S 2), …, d(v, Sk )). If the representation of v ∈ V (G) with respect to Π are distinct, so Π is called a resolving partition of V (G). The minimum cardinality of resolving partition Π is called a partition dimension of G, denoted by pd(G). In this paper, we study the partition dimension of a Cm + Pn graph. Cm + Pn graph is a graph formed from join operation of cycle graph Cm with order m ≥ 3 and path Pn with order n ≥ 2. Cm + Pn is the union Cm ∪ Pn together with all edges uavb , for ua ∈ V (Cm ) and vb ∈ V (Pn ) with 1 ≤ a ≤ m and 1 ≤ b ≤ n. We obtain the partition dimension of Cm + Pn graph is pd(C 3 + Pn ) = g where g is the smallest positive integer such that n ≤ 5g - 12 for g = 5 and n≤ \\frac{{g}3-7{g}2+20g-18}{2} for g ≥ 6, and pd(Cq + Pn ) = min{p + f, r + t, x + y} for q ≥ 4 and n ≥ 2 where p, f, r, t, x and y are some positive integers related to the number of partition classes containing vertices of Cq and Pn .

  15. Hybrid pn-junction solar cells based on layers of inorganic nanocrystals and organic semiconductors: optimization of layer thickness by considering the width of the depletion region.

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    Saha, Sudip K; Guchhait, Asim; Pal, Amlan J

    2014-03-07

    We report the formation and characterization of hybrid pn-junction solar cells based on a layer of copper diffused silver indium disulfide (AgInS2@Cu) nanoparticles and another layer of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) molecules. With copper diffusion in the nanocrystals, their optical absorption and hence the activity of the hybrid pn-junction solar cells was extended towards the near-IR region. To decrease the particle-to-particle separation for improved carrier transport through the inorganic layer, we replaced the long-chain ligands of copper-diffused nanocrystals in each monolayer with short-ones. Under illumination, the hybrid pn-junctions yielded a higher short-circuit current as compared to the combined contribution of the Schottky junctions based on the components. A wider depletion region at the interface between the two active layers in the pn-junction device as compared to that of the Schottky junctions has been considered to analyze the results. Capacitance-voltage characteristics under a dark condition supported such a hypothesis. We also determined the width of the depletion region in the two layers separately so that a pn-junction could be formed with a tailored thickness of the two materials. Such a "fully-depleted" device resulted in an improved photovoltaic performance, primarily due to lessening of the internal resistance of the hybrid pn-junction solar cells.

  16. High resolution scanning optical imaging of a frozen polymer p-n junction

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    AlTal, Faleh; Gao, Jun

    2016-09-01

    Semiconductor homojunctions such as p-n or p-i-n junctions are the building blocks of many semiconductor devices such as diodes, photodetectors, transistors, or solar cells. The determination of junction depletion width is crucial for the design and realization of high-performance devices. The polymer analogue of a conventional p-n or p-i-n junction can be created by in situ electrochemical doping in a polymer light-emitting electrochemical cell (LEC). As a result of doping and junction formation, the LECs possess some highly desirable device characteristics. The LEC junction, however, is still poorly understood due to the difficulties of characterizing a dynamic-junction device. Here, we report concerted optical-beam-induced-current (OBIC) and scanning photoluminescence (PL) imaging studies of planar LECs that have been frozen to preserve the doping profile. By optimizing the cell composition, the electrode work function, and the turn-on conditions, we realize a long, straight, and highly emissive p-n junction with an interelectrode spacing of 700 μm. The extremely broad planar cell allows for time-lapse fluorescence imaging of the in situ electrochemical doping process and detailed scanning of the entire cell. A total of eighteen scans at seven locations along the junction have been performed using a versatile, custom cryogenic laser scanning apparatus. The Gaussian OBIC profiles yield an average 1/e2 junction width of only 1.5 μm, which is the smallest ever reported in a planar LEC. The controlled dedoping of the frozen device via warming cycles leads to an unexpectedly narrower OBIC profile, suggesting the presence and disappearance of fine structures at the edges of the frozen p-n junction. The results reported in this work provide new insight into the nature and structure of the LEC p-n junction. Since only about 0.2% of the entire device area is photoactive in response to an incident optical beam, the effective junction width (or volume) must be

  17. Bounds on the Information Carrying Capacity of Pn Waves

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    Harris, D B

    2008-12-01

    Upper and lower bounds on the capacity of the Pn wave to transmit information about source identity are developed using models and measurements of Pn spatial signal structure across the ARCES array. The results show a very significant increase in information carrying capacity when contrasting observed propagation conditions with idealized free-space propagation. In essence, scattering greatly increases Pn channel capacity. As shown in a previous contribution, this increase in information can be captured with matched field calibrations and exploited to resolve sources more closely spaced than the Rayleigh resolution limit. These results mirror practices in cellular telephones that use arrays at the transmitter and receiver to exploit scattering for increased channel capacity.

  18. Studies of silicon p-n junction solar cells

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    Neugroschel, A.; Lindholm, F. A.

    1979-01-01

    To provide theoretical support for investigating different ways to obtain high open-circuit voltages in p-n junction silicon solar cells, an analytical treatment of heavily doped transparent-emitter devices is presented that includes the effects of bandgap narrowing, Fermi-Dirac statistics, a doping concentration gradient, and a finite surface recombination velocity at the emitter surface. Topics covered include: (1) experimental determination of bandgap narrowing in the emitter of silicon p-n junction devices; (2) heavily doped transparent regions in junction solar cells, diodes, and transistors; (3) high-low-emitter solar cell; (4) determination of lifetimes and recombination currents in p-n junction solar cells; (5) MOS and oxide-charged-induced BSF solar cells; and (6) design of high efficiency solar cells for space and terrestrial applications.

  19. Electron optics with p-n junctions in ballistic graphene

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    Chen, Shaowen; Han, Zheng; Elahi, Mirza M.; Habib, K. M. Masum; Wang, Lei; Wen, Bo; Gao, Yuanda; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Hone, James; Ghosh, Avik W.; Dean, Cory R.

    2016-09-01

    Electrons transmitted across a ballistic semiconductor junction are expected to undergo refraction, analogous to light rays across an optical boundary. In graphene, the linear dispersion and zero-gap band structure admit highly transparent p-n junctions by simple electrostatic gating. Here, we employ transverse magnetic focusing to probe the propagation of carriers across an electrostatically defined graphene junction. We find agreement with the predicted Snell’s law for electrons, including the observation of both positive and negative refraction. Resonant transmission across the p-n junction provides a direct measurement of the angle-dependent transmission coefficient. Comparing experimental data with simulations reveals the crucial role played by the effective junction width, providing guidance for future device design. Our results pave the way for realizing electron optics based on graphene p-n junctions.

  20. The 'depletion layer' of amorphous p-n junctions

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    Von Roos, O.

    1981-01-01

    It is shown that within reasonable approximations for the density of state distribution within the mobility gap of a:Si, a one-to-one correspondence exists between the electric field distribution in the transition region of an amorphous p-n junction and that in the depletion layer of a crystalline p-n junction. Thus it is inferred that the depletion layer approximation which leads to a parabolic potential distribution within the depletion layer of crystalline junctions also constitutes a fair approximation in the case of amorphous junctions. This fact greatly simplifies an analysis of solid-state electronic devices based on amorphous material (i.e., solar cells).

  1. What can be Learned from X-Ray Spectroscopy Concerning Hot Gas in the Local Bubble and Charge Exchange Processes

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    Snowden, Steven L.

    2007-01-01

    Solar wind charge exchange produces diffuse X-ray emission with a variable surface brightness comparable to that of the cosmic background. While the temporal variation of the charge exchange emission allows some separation of the components, there remains a great deal of uncertainty as to the zero level of both. Because the production mechanisms of the two components are considerably different, their spectra would provide critical diagnostics to the understanding of both. However, current X-ray observatories are very limited in both spectral resolution and sensitivity in the critical soft X-ray (less than 1.0 keV) energy range. Non-dispersive high-resolution spectrometers, such as the calorimeter proposed for the Spectrum Roentgen Gamma mission, will be extremely useful in distinguishing the cascade emission of charge exchange from the spectra of thermal bremsstrahlung cosmic plasmas.

  2. What Can Be Learned from X-Ray Spectroscopy Concerning Hot Gas in the Local Bubble and Charge Exchange Processes?

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    Snowden, S. L.

    2008-01-01

    Both solar wind charge exchange emission and diffuse thermal emission from the Local Bubble are strongly dominated in the soft X-ray band by lines from highly ionized elements. While both processes share many of the same lines, the spectra should differ significantly due to the different production mechanisms, abundances, and ionization states. Despite their distinct spectral signatures, current and past observatories have lacked the spectral resolution to adequately distinguish between the two sources. High-resolution X-ray spectroscopy instrumentation proposed for future missions has the potential to answer fundamental questions such as whether there is any hot plasma in the Local Hot Bubble, and if so, what are the abundances of the emitting plasma and whether the plasma is in equilibrium. Such instrumentation will provide dynamic information about the solar wind including data on ion species which are currently difficult to track. It will also make possible remote sensing of the solar wind.

  3. Experimental investigation of the reaction of helium ions with dimethyl ether: stereodynamics of the dissociative charge exchange process.

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    Cernuto, Andrea; Tosi, Paolo; Martini, Luca Matteo; Pirani, Fernando; Ascenzi, Daniela

    2017-03-09

    The fate of dimethyl ether (DME, CH3OCH3) in collisions with He(+) ions is of high relevance for astrochemical models aimed at reproducing the abundances of complex organic molecules in the interstellar medium. Here we report an investigation on the reaction of He(+) ions with DME carried out using a Guided Ion Beam Mass Spectrometer (GIB-MS), which allows the measurement of reactive cross-sections and branching ratios (BRs) as a function of the collision energy. We obtain insights into the dissociative charge (electron) exchange mechanism by investigating the nature of the non-adiabatic transitions between the relevant potential energy surfaces (PESs) in an improved Landau-Zener approach. We find that the large interaction anisotropy could induce a pronounced orientation of the polar DME molecule in the electric field generated by He(+) so that at short distances the collision complex is confined within pendular states, a particular case of bending motion, which gives rise to intriguing stereodynamic effects. The positions of the intermolecular potential energy curve crossings indicate that He(+) captures an electron from an inner valence orbital of DME, thus causing its dissociation. In addition to the crossing positions, the symmetry of the electron density distribution of the involved DME orbitals turns out to be a further major point affecting the probability of electron transfer. Thus, the anisotropy of the intermolecular interaction and the electron densities of the orbitals involved in the reaction are the key "ingredients" for describing the dynamics of this dissociative charge transfer.

  4. The Oklahoma PN/ADN Articulation Project Report.

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    Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City.

    In response to a critical nursing shortage in the state of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Practical Nursing (PN)/Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Articulation Project Coordinating Committee was formed in spring 1990 to develop a proposal for program articulation. A curriculum matrix was designed and adopted for use by five regional subcommittees which…

  5. Predictors of NCLEX-PN Success for Practical Nursing Students

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    Eickhoff, Mary Ann

    2016-01-01

    There is currently a nursing shortage in the United States. By 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects, the number of job openings for Practical Nurses (PN) will be 168,500, an increase of 25% over 2012 (BLS, 2014). Nursing education does not currently meet present, much less future needs. Nursing programs have limited space; according…

  6. Transition metal dichalcogenide heterojunction PN diode toward ultimate photovoltaic benefits

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    Ahn, Jongtae; Jeon, Pyo Jin; Raza, Syed Raza Ali; Pezeshki, Atiye; Min, Sung-Wook; Hwang, Do Kyung; Im, Seongil

    2016-12-01

    Recently, two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) semiconductors as van der Waals (vdW) materials have attracted much attention from researchers. Among many 2D TMDC materials, a few layer-thin molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten diselenide (WSe2) have been most intensively studied respectively as 2D n- and p-type semiconductors. Here, we have fabricated vertical vdW heterojunction n-MoS2/p-WSe2 diode with a few tens nm-thick layers by using vertically-sandwiched ohmic terminals, so that no quasi neutral region may exist between two terminals. As a result, we obtained high photo responsivity at zero volt without any electric power, and it appears comparable to those of commercially-optimized Si PN diode. Photo-voltage output of 0.3 V was easily obtained from our vdW PN diode as open circuit voltage, and can be doubled up to 0.6 V by using two PN diodes. These beneficial photovoltaic results from vdW PN diode were directly applied to PV switching dynamics and transistor photo gating, for the first time. We regard that our vdW n-MoS2/p-WSe2 heterojunction diode could maximize its photovoltaic energy benefits with optimized TMDC thicknesses.

  7. Predictors of NCLEX-PN Success for Practical Nursing Students

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    Eickhoff, Mary Ann

    2016-01-01

    There is currently a nursing shortage in the United States. By 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects, the number of job openings for Practical Nurses (PN) will be 168,500, an increase of 25% over 2012 (BLS, 2014). Nursing education does not currently meet present, much less future needs. Nursing programs have limited space; according…

  8. Thermopower and conductance for a graphene p-n junction.

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    Lv, Shu-Hui; Feng, Shu-Bo; Li, Yu-Xian

    2012-04-11

    The thermopower and conductance in a zigzag graphene p-n junction are studied by using the nonequilibrium Green's function method combined with the tight-binding Hamiltonian. Our results show that the conductance and thermopower of the junction can be modulated by its width, the potential drop, and the applied perpendicular magnetic fields. A narrow graphene p-n junction shows insulating characteristics, and its thermopower is much larger than that of the wider one around the Dirac point. The insulating characteristic of the junction decreases as the width increases. In particular, with increasing junction width or the potential drop, the first conductance plateau is strongly enhanced and the thermopower is inverted around the Dirac point. A perpendicular magnetic field strongly suppresses the conductance and enhances the thermopower in the p-n region. The influence of edge vacancy defects on the conductance and thermopower is also discussed. Our results provide theoretical references for modulating the electronic and thermal properties of a graphene p-n junction by tuning its geometry and working conditions.

  9. High Temperature Thermoelectric Device Concept Using Large Area PN Junctions

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    Chavez, R.; Angst, S.; Hall, J.; Stoetzel, J.; Kessler, V.; Bitzer, L.; Maculewicz, F.; Benson, N.; Wiggers, H.; Wolf, D.; Schierning, G.; Schmechel, R.

    2014-06-01

    A new high temperature thermoelectric device concept using large area nanostructured silicon p-type and n-type ( PN) junctions is presented. In contrast to conventional thermoelectric generators, where the n-type and p-type semiconductors are connected electrically in series and thermally in parallel, we experimentally demonstrate a device concept in which a large area PN junction made from highly doped densified silicon nanoparticles is subject to a temperature gradient parallel to the PN interface. In the proposed device concept, the electrical contacts are made at the cold side eliminating the hot side substrate and difficulties that go along with high temperature electrical contacts. This concept allows temperature gradients greater than 300 K to be experimentally applied with hot side temperatures larger than 800 K. Electronic properties of the PN junctions and power output characterizations are presented. A fundamental working principle is discussed using a particle network model with temperature and electric fields as variables, and which considers electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity according to Fourier's law, as well as Peltier and Seebeck effects.

  10. The emergence of online learning in PN Education.

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    Hopkins, David D

    2008-01-01

    For the fifth year in a row the online learning sector outpaced growth rates of the traditional classroom. Online learning continues to garner increasing levels of positive support from administrators, employers, and students who value the option of online education at increasingly greater levels. PN Education has largely remained on the sidelines of this revolution. However, with the nursing crisis growing, students, governments, and institutions demanding more access and convenience to educational options, and the emergence of the Millennial Generation making up the majority of the students, the time has come for PN programs to embrace the potential of online learning. With its diverse mix of didactic, clinical, and lab requirements, PN education is ideally suited for the newest evolution of online delivery-Blended Learning 2.0. This paper will analyze in detail the overall state of affairs of online learning, especially as it pertains to educating the next generation of practical nurses, and finally to provide an overview of the key components of a quality online program in PN Education.

  11. Pn anisotropy tomography of the Colorado Plateau and adjacent areas

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    Cheng, Shengyao

    The Pn tomography method utilizes seismic waves that refract along the Moho interface to perform inversion in order to investigate velocity anomalies and seismic anisotropy in the uppermost mantle. Results from Pn tomography can provide important information about the composition, temperature, and tectonic processes beneath the study area. Over the past decades, numerous seismic and geologic studies have been conducted in the Colorado Plateau and its adjacent areas to reveal crustal and mantle structures and processes responsible for the diverse surface geological features and tectonic events that have occurred in this area. To investigate lateral variations in the uppermost mantle in terms of temperature, composition and orientation of anisotropic fabrics beneath Colorado Plateau and adjacent areas, the Pn tomography method was applied. The current research uses data from 468 local earthquakes recorded by 186 stations from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Data Management Center. A total of 2548 seismograms were used to invert the velocity and anisotropic structures. Resulting low velocity anomalies beneath the westernmost part of the CP suggest a high-temperature top mantle, probably as a result of active mantle upwelling and hot asthenosphere replacement of cold lithosphere. In contrast, the high velocity anomaly represents cool and stable uppermost mantle. In comparison with the shear wave splitting and shear stress results, the fast orientation of Pn wave anisotropy may reflect the extension direction of Basin and Range and Rio Grand Rift studies.

  12. SMARTS Thermal Architecture for PnPSat-2

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    Bugby, D. C.; Zimbeck, W. R.; Preble, J. C.; Kroliczek, E. J.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an integrated thermal-mechanical architecture for responsive small satellites that combines the intrinsic thermal management capabilities of the Satellite Modular and Reconfigurable Thermal System (SMARTS) with the modular, quick assembly mechanical design offered by the Plug-and-Play Satellite-2 (PnPSat-2) structure. PnPSat-2 is the second generation Plug and Play satellite bus. SMARTS and PnPSat-2 are technology development programs funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland AFB, NM. To meet the three-tiered responsive space needs of the DoD, varying levels of responsiveness from immediate (Tier 1), to days (Tier 2), to months (Tier 3) are needed. SMARTS offers an intrinsic thermal solution that combines a multi-heat pipe isothermal bus, oversized body-mounted radiators, a bus-to-radiator loop heat pipe (LHP) thermal transport/switching system, and maximum external insulation. PnPSat-2 offers an intrinsic mechanical solution that includes panels with embedded electronics, multiple component mounting locations, and features that allow the spacecraft to be transitioned to a flat-sat for easy assembly, integration, de-integration, and reassembly. To combine the two architectures, internal half-panels were redesigned to include spreader heat pipes (SHPs) for intra-panel isothermalization, side-to-top panel structural brackets were replaced by a combined bracket-header heat pipe (HHP) for inter-panel isothermalization, and an LHP evaporator was mounted to the HHP to enable variable conductance between the isothermal spacecraft bus and body-mounted (condensers) radiators. To evaluate the concept, a three-panel thermal test bed will be configured to simulate the combined SMARTS/PnPSat-2 configuration. The paper will describe the system design, key analytical trades, hardware status, and available test data.

  13. Transition region width of nanowire hetero- and pn-junctions grown using vapor-liquid-solid processes

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    Li, Na; Tan, Teh Y.; Gösele, U.

    2008-03-01

    The transition region width of nanowire heterojunctions and pn-junctions grown using vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) processes has been modeled. With two constituents or dopants I and II, the achievable width or abruptness of the junctions is attributed to the residual I atom/molecule stored in the liquid droplet at the onset of introducing II to grow the junction, and the stored I atom/molecule consumption into the subsequently grown crystal layers. The model yields satisfactory quantitative fits to a set of available Si-Ge junction data. Moreover, the model provides a satisfactory explanation to the relative junction width or abruptness differences between elemental and compound semiconductor junction cases, as well as a guideline for achieving the most desirable pn-junction widths.

  14. Eccentric-orbit EMRI gravitational wave energy fluxes to 7PN order

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    Forseth, Erik; Evans, Charles R.; Hopper, Seth

    2015-12-01

    We present new results through 7PN order on the energy flux from eccentric extreme-mass-ratio binaries. The black hole perturbation calculations are made at very high accuracy (200 decimal places) using a Mathematica code based on the Mano-Suzuki-Takasugi (MST) analytic function expansion formalism. All published coefficients in the expansion through 3PN order are confirmed and new analytic and numeric terms are found to high order in $e^2$ at orders between 3.5PN and 7PN. We also show original work in finding (nearly) arbitrarily accurate expansions for hereditary terms at 1.5PN, 2.5PN, and 3PN orders. We fit to a model where at each PN order an eccentricity singular function is factored out, improving substantially the fit even as $e \\to 1$.

  15. Narrow-band light emission from a single carbon nanotube p-n diode

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    Kinoshita, Megumi; Mueller, Thomas; Steiner, Mathias; Perebeinos, Vasili; Bol, Ageeth; Farmer, Damon; Avouris, Phaedon

    2010-03-01

    We present the first observation of electroluminescence from electrostatically-generated carbon nanotube (CNT) p-n junctions[1]. While CNT optoelectronics has made much progress in recent years, observations of emission from electrically excited CNT devices have been limited to the high-bias regime and with low efficiency. Furthermore, the resulting broad linewidths are broad, making it difficult to investigate electronic levels and carrier dynamics. We find that p-n junctions allow for better carrier control at lower power inputs, resulting in emission with near-zero threshold, low self-heating and efficiency two to three orders of magnitude greater compared to previous device configurations. This yields higher signal-to-noise ratio and narrower linewidths (down to ˜35 meV) that allows us to identify localized excitonic transitions that have previously been observed only in photoluminescent studies. [1] T. Mueller, M. Kinoshita, M. Steiner, V. Perebeinos, A. Bol, D. Farmer, and Ph. Avouris, Nature Nanotech., web publication, November 15 2009.

  16. Two-dimensional radiation in absorbing-emitting-scattering media using the P-N approximation

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    Ratzel, A. C., III; Howell, J. R.

    1982-06-01

    Radiative energy transfer in a gray absorbing, emitting and isotropically scattering medium is considered in a two-dimensional (2-D) rectangular enclosure using the P-N differential approximation. The 2-D moment of intensity partial differential equations (PDE's) are combined to yield a single second-order PDE for the P-1 approximation and four coupled second-order PDE's for the P-3 approximation. P-1 approximation results are obtained from separation of variables solutions, and P-3 results are obtained numerically using successive-over-relaxation methods. The P-N approximation results are compared with numerical Hottel zone results and with results from an approximation method developed by Modest. The studies show that the P-3 approximation can be used to predict emissive power distributions and heat transfer rates in 2-D media with opacities of unity or greater. The P-1 approximation is identical to the diffusion solution and is thus applicable only if the medium is optically dense.

  17. Measurement of χcj decaying into pn̄π⁻ and pn̄π⁻π⁰

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    Ablikim, M.; Achasov, M. N.; Albayrak, O.; Ambrose, D. J.; An, F. F.; An, Q.; Bai, J. Z.; Ban, Y.; Becker, J.; Bennett, J. V.; Bertani, M.; Bian, J. M.; Boger, E.; Bondarenko, O.; Boyko, I.; Briere, R. A.; Bytev, V.; Cai, X.; Cakir, O.; Calcaterra, A.; Cao, G. F.; Cetin, S. A.; Chang, J. F.; Chelkov, G.; Chen, G.; Chen, H. S.; Chen, J. C.; Chen, M. L.; Chen, S. J.; Chen, X.; Chen, Y. B.; Cheng, H. P.; Chu, Y. P.; Cronin-Hennessy, D.; Dai, H. L.; Dai, J. P.; Dedovich, D.; Deng, Z. Y.; Denig, A.; Denysenko, I.; Destefanis, M.; Ding, W. M.; Ding, Y.; Dong, L. Y.; Dong, M. Y.; Du, S. X.; Fang, J.; Fang, S. S.; Fava, L.; Feldbauer, F.; Feng, C. Q.; Ferroli, R. B.; Fu, C. D.; Fu, J. L.; Gao, Y.; Geng, C.; Goetzen, K.; Gong, W. X.; Gradl, W.; Greco, M.; Gu, M. H.; Gu, Y. T.; Guan, Y. H.; Guo, A. Q.; Guo, L. B.; Guo, Y. P.; Han, Y. L.; Harris, F. A.; He, K. L.; He, M.; He, Z. Y.; Held, T.; Heng, Y. K.; Hou, Z. L.; Hu, H. M.; Hu, T.; Huang, G. M.; Huang, G. S.; Huang, J. S.; Huang, X. T.; Huang, Y. P.; Hussain, T.; Ji, C. S.; Ji, Q.; Ji, Q. P.; Ji, X. B.; Ji, X. L.; Jiang, L. L.; Jiang, X. S.; Jiao, J. B.; Jiao, Z.; Jin, D. P.; Jin, S.; Jing, F. F.; Kalantar-Nayestanaki, N.; Kavatsyuk, M.; Kuehn, W.; Lai, W.; Lange, J. S.; Li, C. H.; Li, Cheng; Li, Cui; Li, D. M.; Li, F.; Li, G.; Li, H. B.; Li, J. C.; Li, K.; Li, Lei; Li, Q. J.; Li, S. L.; Li, W. D.; Li, W. G.; Li, X. L.; Li, X. N.; Li, X. Q.; Li, X. R.; Li, Z. B.; Liang, H.; Liang, Y. F.; Liang, Y. T.; Liao, G. R.; Liao, X. T.; Liu, B. J.; Liu, C. L.; Liu, C. X.; Liu, C. Y.; Liu, F. H.; Liu, Fang; Liu, Feng; Liu, H.; Liu, H. H.; Liu, H. M.; Liu, H. W.; Liu, J. P.; Liu, K. Y.; Liu, Kai; Liu, P. L.; Liu, Q.; Liu, S. B.; Liu, X.; Liu, Y. B.; Liu, Z. A.; Liu, Zhiqiang; Liu, Zhiqing; Loehner, H.; Lu, G. R.; Lu, H. J.; Lu, J. G.; Lu, Q. W.; Lu, X. R.; Lu, Y. P.; Luo, C. L.; Luo, M. X.; Luo, T.; Luo, X. L.; Lv, M.; Ma, C. L.; Ma, F. C.; Ma, H. L.; Ma, Q. M.; Ma, S.; Ma, T.; Ma, X. Y.; Ma, Y.; Maas, F. E.; Maggiora, M.; Malik, Q. A.; Mao, Y. J.; Mao, Z. P.; Messchendorp, J. G.; Min, J.; Min, T. J.; Mitchell, R. E.; Mo, X. H.; Morales Morales, C.; Motzko, C.; Muchnoi, N. Yu.; Muramatsu, H.; Nefedov, Y.; Nicholson, C.; Nikolaev, I. B.; Ning, Z.; Olsen, S. L.; Ouyang, Q.; Pacetti, S.; Park, J. W.; Pelizaeus, M.; Peng, H. P.; Peters, K.; Ping, J. L.; Ping, R. G.; Poling, R.; Prencipe, E.; Qi, M.; Qian, S.; Qiao, C. F.; Qin, X. S.; Qin, Y.; Qin, Z. H.; Qiu, J. F.; Rashid, K. H.; Rong, G.; Ruan, X. D.; Sarantsev, A.; Schaefer, B. D.; Schulze, J.; Shao, M.; Shen, C. P.; Shen, X. Y.; Sheng, H. Y.; Shepherd, M. R.; Song, X. Y.; Spataro, S.; Spruck, B.; Sun, D. H.; Sun, G. X.; Sun, J. F.; Sun, S. S.; Sun, Y. J.; Sun, Y. Z.; Sun, Z. J.; Sun, Z. T.; Tang, C. J.; Tang, X.; Tapan, I.; Thorndike, E. H.; Toth, D.; Ullrich, M.; Varner, G. S.; Wang, B.; Wang, B. Q.; Wang, D.; Wang, D. Y.; Wang, K.; Wang, L. L.; Wang, L. S.; Wang, M.; Wang, P.; Wang, P. L.; Wang, Q.; Wang, Q. J.; Wang, S. G.; Wang, X. L.; Wang, Y. D.; Wang, Y. F.; Wang, Y. Q.; Wang, Z.; Wang, Z. G.; Wang, Z. Y.; Wei, D. H.; Wei, J. B.; Weidenkaff, P.; Wen, Q. G.; Wen, S. P.; Werner, M.; Wiedner, U.; Wu, L. H.; Wu, N.; Wu, S. X.; Wu, W.; Wu, Z.; Xia, L. G.; Xiao, Z. J.; Xie, Y. G.; Xiu, Q. L.; Xu, G. F.; Xu, G. M.; Xu, H.; Xu, Q. J.; Xu, X. P.; Xu, Z. R.; Xue, F.; Xue, Z.; Yan, L.; Yan, W. B.; Yan, Y. H.; Yang, H. X.; Yang, Y.; Yang, Y. X.; Ye, H.; Ye, M.; Ye, M. H.; Yu, B. X.; Yu, C. X.; Yu, H. W.; Yu, J. S.; Yu, S. P.; Yuan, C. Z.; Yuan, Y.; Zafar, A. A.; Zallo, A.; Zeng, Y.; Zhang, B. X.; Zhang, B. Y.; Zhang, C.; Zhang, C. C.; Zhang, D. H.; Zhang, H. H.; Zhang, H. Y.; Zhang, J. Q.; Zhang, J. W.; Zhang, J. Y.; Zhang, J. Z.; Zhang, S. H.; Zhang, X. J.; Zhang, X. Y.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, Y. H.; Zhang, Y. S.; Zhang, Z. P.; Zhang, Z. Y.; Zhao, G.; Zhao, H. S.; Zhao, J. W.; Zhao, K. X.; Zhao, Lei; Zhao, Ling; Zhao, M. G.; Zhao, Q.; Zhao, Q. Z.; Zhao, S. J.; Zhao, T. C.; Zhao, X. H.; Zhao, Y. B.; Zhao, Z. G.; Zhemchugov, A.; Zheng, B.; Zheng, J. P.; Zheng, Y. H.; Zhong, B.; Zhong, J.; Zhong, Z.; Zhou, L.; Zhou, X. K.; Zhou, X. R.; Zhu, C.; Zhu, K.; Zhu, K. J.; Zhu, S. H.; Zhu, X. L.; Zhu, Y. C.; Zhu, Y. M.; Zhu, Y. S.; Zhu, Z. A.; Zhuang, J.; Zou, B. S.; Zou, J. H.

    2012-09-26

    Using a data sample of 1.06×10⁸ ψ' events collected with the BESIII detector in 2009, the branching fractions of χcJpn̄π⁻ and χcJpn̄π⁻π⁰ (J=0, 1, 2) are measured. (Throughout the text, inclusion of charge conjugate modes is implied if not stated otherwise.) The results for χc⁰pn̄π⁻ and χpn̄π⁻ are consistent with, but much more precise than, those of previous measurements. The decays of χc1pn̄π⁻ and χcJpn̄π⁻π⁰ are observed for the first time.

  18. Lipid emulsions containing fish oil protect against PN-induced cholestatic liver disease in preterm piglets

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    During their first weeks of life preterm infants are dependent on parenteral nutrition (PN). However, PN is associated with the development of cholestasis (PN Associated Liver Disease PNALD). Studies in children showed that fish oil-based lipid emulsions can reverse PNALD; whether they prevent PNALD...

  19. The Involvement of Protease Nexin-1 (PN1) in the Pathogenesis of Intervertebral Disc (IVD) Degeneration

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    Wu, Xinghuo; Liu, Wei; Duan, Zhenfeng; Gao, Yong; Li, Shuai; Wang, Kun; Song, Yu; Shao, Zengwu; Yang, Shuhua; Yang, Cao

    2016-01-01

    Protease nexin-1 (PN-1) is a serine protease inhibitor belonging to the serpin superfamily. This study was undertaken to investigate the regulatory role of PN-1 in the pathogenesis of intervertebral disk (IVD) degeneration. Expression of PN-1 was detected in human IVD tissue of varying grades. Expression of both PN-1 mRNA and protein was significantly decreased in degenerated IVD, and the expression levels of PN-1 were correlated with the grade of disc degeneration. Moreover, a decrease in PN-1 expression in primary NP cells was confirmed. On induction by IL-1β, the expression of PN-1 in NP cells was decreased at day 7, 14, and 21, as shown by western blot analysis and immunofluorescence staining. PN-1 administration decreased IL-1β-induced MMPs and ADAMTS production and the loss of Agg and Col II in NP cell cultures through the ERK1/2/NF-kB signaling pathway. The changes in PN-1 expression are involved in the pathogenesis of IVD degeneration. Our findings indicate that PN-1 administration could antagonize IL-1β-induced MMPs and ADAMTS, potentially preventing degeneration of IVD tissue. This study also revealed new insights into the regulation of PN-1 expression via the ERK1/2/NF-kB signaling pathway and the role of PN-1 in the pathogenesis of IVD degeneration. PMID:27460424

  20. pN0(i+) Breast Cancer: Treatment Patterns, Locoregional Recurrence, and Survival Outcomes

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    Karam, Irene; Lesperance, Maria F.; Berrang, Tanya; Speers, Caroline; Tyldesley, Scott; Truong, Pauline T.

    2013-11-15

    Purpose: To examine treatment patterns, recurrence, and survival outcomes in patients with pN0(i+) breast cancer. Methods and Materials: Subjects were 5999 women with AJCC (6th edition) pT1-3, pN0-N1a, M0 breast cancer diagnosed between 2003 and 2006. Of these, 4342 (72%) had pN0, 96 (2%) had pN0(i+), 349 (6%) had pNmic (micrometastases >0.2 mm to ≤2 mm), and 1212 (20%) had pN1a (1-3 positive macroscopic nodes) disease. Treatment characteristics and 5-year Kaplan-Meier local recurrence, regional recurrence (RR), locoregional recurrence (LRR), and overall survival were compared between nodal subgroups. Multivariable analysis was performed using Cox regression modeling. A 1:3 case-match analysis examined outcomes in pN0(i+) cases compared with pN0 controls matched for similar tumor and treatment characteristics. Results: Median follow-up was 4.8 years. Adjuvant systemic therapy use increased with nodal stage: 81%, 92%, 95%, and 94% in pN0, pN0(i+), pNmic, and pN1a disease, respectively (P<.001). Nodal radiation therapy (RT) use also increased with nodal stage: 1.7% in pN0, 27% in pN0(i+), 33% in pNmic, and 63% in pN1a cohorts (P<.001). Five-year Kaplan-Meier outcomes in pN0 versus pN0(i+) cases were as follows: local recurrence 1.7% versus 3.7% (P=.20), RR 0.5% versus 2.2% (P=.02), and LRR 2.1% versus 5.8% (P=.02). There were no RR events in 26 patients with pN0(i+) disease who received nodal RT and 2 RR events in 70 patients who did not receive nodal RT. On multivariable analysis, pN0(i+) was not associated with worse locoregional control or survival. On case-match analysis, LRR and overall survival were similar between pN0(i+) and matched pN0 counterparts. Conclusions: Nodal involvement with isolated tumor cells is not a significant prognostic factor for LRR or survival in this study's multivariable and case-match analyses. These data do not support the routine use of nodal RT in the setting of pN0(i+) disease. Prospective studies are needed to define optimal

  1. Discovery of a photoresponse amplification mechanism in compensated PN junctions

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    Zhou, Yuchun; Rahman, Samia N.; Hall, David; Lo, Yu-Hwa; Liu, Yu-Hsin; Sham, L. J.

    2015-01-19

    We report the experimental evidence of uncovering a photoresponse amplification mechanism in heavily doped, partially compensated silicon p-n junctions under very low bias voltage. We show that the observed photocurrent gain occurs at a bias that is more than an order of magnitude below the threshold voltage for conventional impact ionization. Moreover, contrary to the case of avalanche detectors and p-i-n diodes, the amplified photoresponse is enhanced rather than suppressed with increasing temperature. These distinctive characteristics lead us to hypothesize that the inelastic scattering between energetic electrons (holes) and the ionized impurities in the depletion and charge neutral regions of the p-n junction in a cyclic manner plays a significant role in the amplification process. Such an internal signal amplification mechanism, which occurs at much lower bias than impact ionization and favors room temperature over cryogenic temperature, makes it promising for practical device applications.

  2. Molecular p-n Junction Photodiodes of Langmuir Multilayer Semiconductors

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    Sakai, Kunihiro; Saito, Mitsuyoshi; Sugi, Michio; Iizima, Sigeru

    1985-07-01

    The electrical and photoelectric characteristics of Langmuir-Blodgett film heterojunctions have been studied using organic p-n diodes consisting of monolayers of four kinds of merocyanine (MX) dyes stacked on monolayers of distearyl paraquat (PQ). A rectifying effect observed in the dark indicates that the PQ and MX monolayers act as n-type and p-type regions, respectively. The photocarriers are identified as electrons generated in the photosensitive MX monolayers. Comparison between different types of MX dyes suggests that laterial motion of carriers occurs in the p-n junctions, and that the acceptor nuclei, i.e., rhodanine in MX, play a dominant role in determining the diffusion potential with respect to the PQ n-type region.

  3. Snake trajectories in ultraclean graphene p-n junctions

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    Rickhaus, Peter; Makk, Péter; Liu, Ming-Hao; Tóvári, Endre; Weiss, Markus; Maurand, Romain; Richter, Klaus; Schönenberger, Christian

    2015-03-01

    Snake states are trajectories of charge carriers curving back and forth along an interface. There are two types of snake states, formed by either inverting the magnetic field direction or the charge carrier type at an interface. The former has been demonstrated in GaAs-AlGaAs heterostructures, whereas the latter has become conceivable only with the advance of ballistic graphene where a gap-less p-n interface governed by Klein tunnelling can be formed. Such snake states were hidden in previous experiments due to limited sample quality. Here we report on magneto-conductance oscillations due to snake states in a ballistic suspended graphene p-n junction, which occur already at a very small magnetic field of 20 mT. The visibility of 30% is enabled by Klein collimation. Our finding is firmly supported by quantum transport simulations. We demonstrate the high tunability of the device and operate it in different magnetic field regimes.

  4. Antimonide-based pN Terahertz Mixer Diodes

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    2011-06-01

    are under development including the InAs channel high electron mobility transistors , the heterojunction bipolar transistors , the resonant tunneling...used to make high frequency mixer diodes. This article describes several features of the InGaSb/InAlAsSb pN diode that act to minimize the diffusion...for the collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data

  5. PN Initial Data with Waves: Progress in Evolution

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    Kelly, Bernard

    2008-01-01

    In Kelly, Tichy, Campanelli & Whiting Phys. Rev. D vol. 76, 024008 (2007). we presented nonspinning black-hole binary data for numerical relativity, based on solving the constraint equations to 2.5pN order in an ADM-Transverse-Traceless gauge. Here we report on the first steps in evolving this data in full NR. We review the orbital and waveform characteristics, and how these may be improved in future evolutions.

  6. Frequency-Dependent Nature of Pn in Western China

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    2009-09-30

    recorded by the Hi-CLIMB (An Integrated Study of the Himalayan-Tibetan Continental Lithosphere during Mountain Building) array in the region. Seismic...of Pn seismic attributes in order to investigate the trade-offs of large scale lithospheric structure, small scale heterogeneities and attenuation in... Lithosphere during Mountain Building) array in the region. Seismic attributes, including arrival times, Hilbert envelope amplitudes and instantaneous and

  7. Electrospun Composite Nanofibers of Semiconductive Polymers for Coaxial PN Junctions

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    Serrano, William; Thomas, Sylvia

    The objective of this research is to investigate the conditions under P3HT and Activink, semiconducting polymers, form 1 dimension (1D) coaxial p-n junctions and to characterize their behavior in the presence of UV radiation and organic gases. For the first time, fabrication and characterization of semiconductor polymeric single fiber coaxial arrangements will be studied. Electrospinning, a low cost, fast and reliable method, with a coaxial syringe arrangement will be used to fabricate these fibers. With the formation of fiber coaxial arrangements, there will be investigations of dimensionality crossovers e.g., from one-dimensional (1D) to two-dimensional (2D). Coaxial core/shell fibers have been realized as seen in a recent publication on an electrospun nanofiber p-n heterojunction of oxides (BiFeO3 and TiO2, respectively) using the electrospinning technique with hydrothermal method. In regards to organic semiconducting coaxial p-n junction nanofibers, no reported studies have been conducted, making this study fundamental and essential for organic semiconducting nano devices for flexible electronics and multi-dimensional integrated circuits.

  8. Non PN junction solar cells using carrier selective contacts

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    Bowden, Stuart; Ghosh, Kunal; Honsberg, Christiana

    2013-03-01

    A novel device concept utilizing the approach of selectively extracting carriers at the respective contacts is outlined in the work. The dominant silicon solar cell technology is based on a diffused, top-contacted p-n junction on a relatively thick silicon wafer for both commercial and laboratory solar cells. The VOC and hence the efficiency of a diffused p-n junction solar cell is limited by the emitter recombination current and a value of 720 mV is considered to be the upper limit. The value is more than 100 mV smaller than the thermodynamic limit of VOC as applicable for silicon based solar cells. Also, in diffused junction the use of thin wafers (< 50 um) are problematic because of the requirement of high temperature processing steps. But a number of roadmaps have identified solar cells manufactured on thinner silicon wafers to achieve lower cost and higher efficiency. The carrier selective contact device provides a novel alternative to diffused p-n junction solar cells by eliminating the need for complementary doping to form the emitter and hence it allows the solar cells to achieve a VOC of greater than 720 mV. Also, the complete device structure can be fabricated with low temperature thin film deposition or organic coating on silicon substrates and thus epitaxially grown silicon or kerfless silicon, in addition to standard silicon wafers can be utilized.

  9. Electroluminescence from Ge1-ySny diodes with degenerate pn junctions

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    Gallagher, J. D.; Senaratne, C. L.; Wallace, P. M.; Menéndez, J.; Kouvetakis, J.

    2015-09-01

    The light emission properties of GeSn pn diodes were investigated as a function of alloy composition and doping levels. Very sharp interfaces between contiguous ultra-highly doped p- and n-layers were obtained using in situ doping with B2H6 and P(SiH3)3 in a chemical vapor deposition environment, yielding nearly ideal model systems for systematic studies. Changes in the doping levels and layer Sn concentrations are shown to greatly affect the electroluminescence spectra. This sensitivity should make it possible to optimize the emission efficiency for these structures in the interesting quasi-direct regime, for which direct gap luminescence is observed due to the proximity of the conduction band quasi-Fermi level to the minimum of the conduction band at the center of the Brillouin zone. Such structures represent the basic building block of Ge-based electrically pumped lasers.

  10. Analysis of Pn Anisotropy Beneath the Juan de Fuca Plate

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    VanderBeek, B. P.; Toomey, D. R.

    2016-12-01

    We use Pn phases from 40 earthquakes located along the Blanco Transform Fault and the northern Juan de Fuca (JdF) Ridge to constrain the magnitude and orientation of shallow mantle anisotropy beneath the JdF plate. Data are recorded on the year 3 deployment of Cascadia Initiative ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs) and a complimentary array of OBSs located along the Blanco Transform Fault. Nearly 1000 hand-picked Pn arrivals provide complete coverage of the JdF plate. Using a subset of our Pn dataset, we relocated the Blanco events used in this study. Mantle velocities are computed from Pn delay times using the updated source parameters. We find that the best-fit fast-axis azimuth of shallow mantle anisotropy is 92 ± 1°, with a magnitude of 4 ± 1% and a mean velocity of 7.8 km/s (Fig. 1). The observed orientation of anisotropy is rotated 11° counterclockwise to the mean paleo-spreading direction sampled by our dataset. Our results compliment previous measurements of shallow mantle anisotropy beneath the JdF Ridge [VanderBeek et al., 2016] and asthenospheric anisotropy beneath the JdF plate [Bodmer et al., 2015]. Together, these observations provide constraints on mantle deformation across multiple scales and depths. Surprisingly, the seismically inferred orientations of mantle divergence beneath the JdF Ridge and the direction of asthenospheric flow beneath the plate interior from SKS splitting are rotated ahead of recent clockwise changes in JdF plate motion. In comparison, Pn anisotropy averaged across the JdF plate trends between the inferred directions of mantle flow at the ridge and beneath the plate interior. Our results indicate that shallow mantle anisotropy continues to evolve off-axis as the mantle flow field transitions from divergence near the ridge to simple shear that is more closely aligned with absolute plate motion. Moreover, all measurements of anisotropy across the JdF plate indicate that asthenospheric flow is driven by more than plate motion.

  11. Structural and thermoelectric properties of zintl-phase CaLiPn (Pn=As, Sb, Bi)

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    Chandran, Anoop K.; Gudelli, Vijay Kumar; Sreeparvathy, P. C.; Kanchana, V.

    2016-11-01

    First-principles calculations were carried out to study the structural, mechanical, dynamical and transport properties of zintl phase materials CaLiPn (Pn=As, Sb and Bi). We have used two different approaches to solve the system based on density functional theory. The plane wave pseudopotential approach has been used to study the structural and dynamical properties whereas, full potential linear augment plane wave method is used to examine the electronic structure, mechanical and thermoelectric properties. The calculated ground-state properties agree quite well with experimental values. The computed electronic structure shows the investigated compounds to be direct band gap semiconductors. Further, we have calculated the thermoelectric properties of all the investigated compounds for both the carriers at various temperatures. We found a high thermopower for both the carriers, especially n-type doping to be more favourable, which enabled us to predict that CaLiPn might have promising applications as a good thermoelectric material. Further, the phonon dispersion curves of the investigated compounds showed flat phonon modes and we also find lower optical and acoustic modes to cut each other at the lower frequency range, which further indicate the investigated compounds to possess reasonably low thermal conductivity. We have also analysed the low value of the thermal conductivity through the empirical relations and discussions are presented here.

  12. Prognostic Value of Preoperative Serum Levels of Periostin (PN) in Early Breast Cancer (BCa).

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    Nuzzo, Pier Vitale; Rubagotti, Alessandra; Argellati, Francesca; Di Meglio, Antonio; Zanardi, Elisa; Zinoli, Linda; Comite, Paola; Mussap, Michele; Boccardo, Francesco

    2015-07-28

    PN is a secreted cell adhesion protein critical for carcinogenesis. Elevated serum levels of PN have been implicated as playing an important role in different types of cancer, and a few reports suggest a potential role as a prognostic marker. We evaluated the prognostic significance of preoperative serum PN concentration in patients with BCa receiving curative surgery. Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) was performed to determine the preoperative serum PN level in 182 patients. The correlations between serum PN concentration with clinical pathological features and PN expression in primary tumor samples were analyzed. The prognostic impact of serum PN levels with all-cause and BCa-specific mortality was also investigated. Appropriate statistics were used. Elevated serum PN levels were significantly associated with patient age (p = 0.005), adjuvant systemic therapy (p = 0.04) and progesterone receptor (PgR) status (p = 0.02). No correlation between PN preoperative serum levels and other clinical-pathological parameters, including either the epithelial or the stromal PN expression of primary tumor or the combination of the two, was found. Similarly, no association between serum PN levels and either all-cause or BCa-specific mortality was found. However, subgroup analysis revealed a correlation between higher PN serum levels and all-cause mortality in patients with node-negative disease (p = 0.05) and in those with a low PgR expression (p = 0.03). Higher levels of serum PN were also found to correlate with BCa-specific mortality in the subgroup of patients who did not receive any adjuvant systemic therapy (p = 0.04). Our findings suggest that PN was detectable in the serum of early BCa patients before surgery and increased base-line serum levels predicted worse long-term survival outcomes in specific subgroups of patients.

  13. Prognostic Value of Preoperative Serum Levels of Periostin (PN) in Early Breast Cancer (BCa)

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    Nuzzo, Pier Vitale; Rubagotti, Alessandra; Argellati, Francesca; Di Meglio, Antonio; Zanardi, Elisa; Zinoli, Linda; Comite, Paola; Mussap, Michele; Boccardo, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    PN is a secreted cell adhesion protein critical for carcinogenesis. Elevated serum levels of PN have been implicated as playing an important role in different types of cancer, and a few reports suggest a potential role as a prognostic marker. We evaluated the prognostic significance of preoperative serum PN concentration in patients with BCa receiving curative surgery. Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) was performed to determine the preoperative serum PN level in 182 patients. The correlations between serum PN concentration with clinical pathological features and PN expression in primary tumor samples were analyzed. The prognostic impact of serum PN levels with all-cause and BCa-specific mortality was also investigated. Appropriate statistics were used. Elevated serum PN levels were significantly associated with patient age (p = 0.005), adjuvant systemic therapy (p = 0.04) and progesterone receptor (PgR) status (p = 0.02). No correlation between PN preoperative serum levels and other clinical-pathological parameters, including either the epithelial or the stromal PN expression of primary tumor or the combination of the two, was found. Similarly, no association between serum PN levels and either all-cause or BCa-specific mortality was found. However, subgroup analysis revealed a correlation between higher PN serum levels and all-cause mortality in patients with node-negative disease (p = 0.05) and in those with a low PgR expression (p = 0.03). Higher levels of serum PN were also found to correlate with BCa-specific mortality in the subgroup of patients who did not receive any adjuvant systemic therapy (p = 0.04). Our findings suggest that PN was detectable in the serum of early BCa patients before surgery and increased base-line serum levels predicted worse long-term survival outcomes in specific subgroups of patients. PMID:26225965

  14. ZnO PN Junctions for Highly-Efficient, Low-Cost Light Emitting Diodes

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    David P. Norton; Stephen Pearton; Fan Ren

    2007-09-30

    By 2015, the US Department of Energy has set as a goal the development of advanced solid state lighting technologies that are more energy efficient, longer lasting, and more cost-effective than current technology. One approach that is most attractive is to utilize light-emitting diode technologies. Although III-V compound semiconductors have been the primary focus in pursuing this objective, ZnO-based materials present some distinct advantages that could yield success in meeting this objective. As with the nitrides, ZnO is a direct bandgap semiconductor whose gap energy (3.2 eV) can be tuned from 3.0 to 4 eV with substitution of Mg for higher bandgap, Cd for lower bandgap. ZnO has an exciton binding energy of 60 meV, which is larger than that for the nitrides, indicating that it should be a superior light emitting semiconductor. Furthermore, ZnO thin films can be deposited at temperatures on the order of 400-600 C, which is significantly lower than that for the nitrides and should lead to lower manufacturing costs. It has also been demonstrated that functional ZnO electronic devices can be fabricated on inexpensive substrates, such as glass. Therefore, for the large-area photonic application of solid state lighting, ZnO holds unique potential. A significant impediment to exploiting ZnO in light-emitting applications has been the absence of effective p-type carrier doping. However, the recent realization of acceptor-doped ZnO material overcomes this impediment, opening the door to ZnO light emitting diode development In this project, the synthesis and properties of ZnO-based pn junctions for light emitting diodes was investigated. The focus was on three issues most pertinent to realizing a ZnO-based solid state lighting technology, namely (1) achieving high p-type carrier concentrations in epitaxial and polycrystalline films, (2) realizing band edge emission from pn homojunctions, and (3) investigating pn heterojunction constructs that should yield efficient light

  15. Crystal Growth and Characterization of the Narrow-Band-Gap Semiconductors OsPn 2 (Pn = P, As, Sb)

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    Bugaris, Daniel E.; Malliakas, Christos D.; Shoemaker, Daniel P.; Do, Dat T.; Chung, Duck Young; Mahanti, Subhendra D.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2014-09-15

    Using metal fluxes, crystals of the binary osmium dipnictides OsPn(2) (Pn = P, As, Sb) have been grown for the first time. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction confirms that these compounds crystallize in the marcasite structure type with orthorhombic space group Pnnm. The structure is a three-dimensional framework of corner- and edge-sharing OsPn(6) octahedra, as well as [Pn(2)(-4)] anions. Raman spectroscopy shows the presence of PP single bonds, consistent with the presence of [Pn(2)(-4)] anions and formally Os4+ cations. Optical-band-gap and high-temperature electrical resistivity measurements indicate that these materials are narrow-band-gap semiconductors. The experimentally determined Seebeck coefficients reveal that nominally undoped OsP2 and OsSb2 are n-type semiconductors, whereas OsAs2 is p-type. Electronic band structure using density functional theory calculations shows that these compounds are indirect narrow-band-gap semiconductors. The bonding p orbitals associated with the Pn(2) dimer are below the Fermi energy, and the corresponding antibonding states are above, consistent with a PnPn single bond. Thermopower calculations using Boltzmann transport theory and constant relaxation time approximation show that these materials are potentially good thermoelectrics, in agreement with experiment.

  16. Experimental study of exclusive $^2$H$(e,e^\\prime p)n$ reaction mechanisms at high $Q^2$

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    Kim Egiyan; Gegham Asryan; Nerses Gevorgyan; Keith Griffioen; Jean Laget; Sebastian Kuhn; Gary Adams; Moscov Amaryan; Pawel Ambrozewicz; Marco Anghinolfi; Gerard Audit; Harutyun AVAKIAN; Harutyun Avakian; Hovhannes Baghdasaryan; Nathan Baillie; Jacques Ball; Nathan Baltzell; Steve Barrow; Vitaly Baturin; Marco Battaglieri; Ivan Bedlinski; Ivan Bedlinskiy; Mehmet Bektasoglu; Matthew Bellis; Nawal Benmouna; Barry Berman; Angela Biselli; Lukasz Blaszczyk; Sylvain Bouchigny; Sergey Boyarinov; Robert Bradford; Derek Branford; William Briscoe; William Brooks; Stephen Bueltmann; Volker Burkert; Cornel Butuceanu; John Calarco; Sharon Careccia; Daniel Carman; Antoine Cazes; Shifeng Chen; Philip Cole; Patrick Collins; Philip Coltharp; Dieter Cords; Pietro Corvisiero; Donald Crabb; Volker Crede; John Cummings; Natalya Dashyan; Rita De Masi; Raffaella De Vita; Enzo De Sanctis; Pavel Degtiarenko; Haluk Denizli; Lawrence Dennis; Alexandre Deur; Kahanawita Dharmawardane; Richard Dickson; Chaden Djalali; Gail Dodge; Joseph Donnelly; David Doughty; Michael Dugger; Steven Dytman; Oleksandr Dzyubak; Hovanes Egiyan; Lamiaa Elfassi; Latifa Elouadrhiri; Paul Eugenio; Renee Fatemi; Gleb Fedotov; Gerald Feldman; Robert Feuerbach; Robert Fersch; Michel Garcon; Gagik Gavalian; Gerard Gilfoyle; Kevin Giovanetti; Francois-Xavier Girod; John Goetz; Atilla Gonenc; Christopher Gordon; Ralf Gothe; Michel Guidal; Matthieu Guillo; Hayko Guler; Lei Guo; Vardan Gyurjyan; Cynthia Hadjidakis; Kawtar Hafidi; Hayk Hakobyan; Rafael Hakobyan; Charles Hanretty; John Hardie; F. Hersman; Kenneth Hicks; Ishaq Hleiqawi; Maurik Holtrop; Charles Hyde-Wright; Yordanka Ilieva; David Ireland; Boris Ishkhanov; Eugeny Isupov; Mark Ito; David Jenkins; Hyon-Suk Jo; Kyungseon Joo; Henry Juengst; Narbe Kalantarians; James Kellie; Mahbubul Khandaker; Wooyoung Kim; Andreas Klein; Franz Klein; Alexei Klimenko; Mikhail Kossov; Zebulun Krahn; Laird Kramer; V. Kubarovsky; Joachim Kuhn; Sergey Kuleshov; Jeff Lachniet; Jorn Langheinrich; David Lawrence; Ji Li; Kenneth Livingston; Haiyun Lu; Marion MacCormick; Claude Marchand; Nikolai Markov; Paul Mattione; Simeon McAleer; Bryan McKinnon; John McNabb; Bernhard Mecking; Surik Mehrabyan; Joseph Melone; Mac Mestayer; Curtis Meyer; Tsutomu Mibe; Konstantin Mikhaylov; Ralph Minehart; Marco Mirazita; Rory Miskimen; Viktor Mokeev; Kei Moriya; Steven Morrow; Maryam Moteabbed; James Mueller; Edwin Munevar Espitia; Gordon Mutchler; Pawel Nadel-Turonski; Rakhsha Nasseripour; Silvia Niccolai; Gabriel Niculescu; Maria-Ioana Niculescu; Bogdan Niczyporuk; Megh Niroula; Rustam Niyazov; Mina Nozar; Grant O'Rielly; Mikhail Osipenko; Alexander Ostrovidov; Kijun Park; Evgueni Pasyuk; Craig Paterson; Sergio Pereira; Joshua Pierce; Nikolay Pivnyuk; Dinko Pocanic; Oleg Pogorelko; Sergey Pozdnyakov; Barry Preedom; John Price; Yelena Prok; Dan Protopopescu; Brian Raue; Gregory Riccardi; Giovanni Ricco; Marco Ripani; Barry Ritchie; Federico Ronchetti; Guenther Rosner; Patrizia Rossi; Franck Sabatie; Julian Salamanca; Carlos Salgado; Joseph Santoro; Vladimir Sapunenko; Reinhard Schumacher; Vladimir Serov; Youri Sharabian; Nikolay Shvedunov; Alexander Skabelin; Elton Smith; Lee Smith; Daniel Sober; Daria Sokhan; Aleksey Stavinskiy; Samuel Stepanyan; Stepan Stepanyan; Burnham Stokes; Paul Stoler; Steffen Strauch; Mauro Taiuti; David Tedeschi; Ulrike Thoma; Avtandil Tkabladze; Svyatoslav Tkachenko; Luminita Todor; Clarisse Tur; Maurizio Ungaro; Michael Vineyard; Alexander Vlassov; Daniel Watts; Lawrence Weinstein; Dennis Weygand; M. Williams; Elliott Wolin; Michael Wood; Amrit Yegneswaran; Lorenzo Zana; Jixie Zhang; Bo Zhao; Zhiwen Zhao

    2007-06-01

    The reaction {sup 2}H(e,e{prime} p)n has been studied with full kinematic coverage for photon virtuality 1.75 < 5.5 {approx} GeV{sup 2}. Comparisons of experimental data with theory indicate that for very low values of neutron recoil momentum (p{sub n} < 100 MeV/c) the neutron is primarily a spectator and the reaction can be described by the plane-wave impulse approximation. For 100 < 750 MeV/c proton-neutron rescattering dominates the cross section, while {Delta} production followed by the N{Delta} {yields} NN transition is the primary contribution at higher momenta.

  17. Determination de la qualite spectrale de faisceaux pulses de rayons X a l'aide de jonction P.N.

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    Guille, B.; Bernard, M.

    1982-06-01

    The current measured with a p-n junction is a function of the two parameters necessary to define the X-ray beam quality from the voltage applied to the tube and the additional filtration. Replacing the junction by screens of different atomic number yields ratios which are dependent only on the required characteristics of the beam. Nomograms have enabled the studied X-ray quality for "pulsed" generators to be obtained; the voltages applied to the tube are between 48 kV to 94 kV; the filters of aluminium have thicknesses of between 0 to 6 mm. The equivalence continuous voltage-pulsed voltage agrees with the literature.

  18. Trees increase their P:N ratio with size

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    Sardans, J; Peñuelas, J.

    2015-01-01

    Aim Phosphorus (P) tends to become limiting in aging terrestrial ecosystems, and its resorption efficiency is higher than for other elements such as nitrogen (N). We thus hypothesized that trees should store more P than those other elements such as N when tree size increases and that this process should be enhanced in slow-growing late successional trees. Location Catalan forests. Methods We have used data from the Catalan Forest Inventory that contains field data of the P and N contents of total aboveground, foliar and woody biomasses of the diverse Mediterranean, temperate and alpine forests of Catalonia (1018 sites). We used correlation and general lineal models (GLM) to analyze the allometric relationships between nutrient contents of different aboveground biomass fractions (foliar, branches and stems) and total aboveground biomass. Results Aboveground forest P content increases proportionally more than aboveground forest N content with increasing aboveground biomass. Two mechanisms underlie this. First, woody biomass increases proportionally more than foliar biomass having woody biomass higher P:N ratio than foliar biomass. Second, wood P:N ratio increases with tree size. These results are consistent with the generally higher foliar resorption of P than of N. Slow-growing species accumulate more P in total aboveground with size than fast-growing species mainly as a result of their large capacity to store P in wood. Main conclusions Trees may have thus developed long-term adaptive mechanisms to store P in biomass, mainly in wood, thereby slowing the loss of P from the ecosystems, reducing its availability for competitors, and implying an increase in the P:N ratio in forest biomass with aging. This trend to accumulate more P than N with size is more accentuated in slow-growing, large, long-living species of late successional stages. This way they partly counterbalance the gradual decrease of P in the soil. PMID:25983656

  19. Pn anisotropic tomography and dynamics under eastern Tibetan plateau

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    Lei, Jianshe; Li, Yuan; Xie, Furen; Teng, Jiwen; Zhang, Guangwei; Sun, Changqing; Zha, Xiaohui

    2014-03-01

    We present a new anisotropic tomographic model of the uppermost mantle around eastern Tibet using Pn traveltime data from a newly deployed temporary seismic array and recent observation bulletins of Chinese provincial networks. Our results are generally consistent with previous results but provide new insights into the dynamics of Tibetan plateau. Prominent high-velocity (high-V) anomalies are visible under Alashan block and Qaidam and Sichuan basins, which clearly outline their tectonic margins. A distinct high-V zone representing the double-sided subduction of Indo-Eurasian plates is imaged from Lhasa block to the south of Qaidam basin. A pronounced low-velocity (low-V) zone is observed from Songpan-Ganzi block to southern Chuan-Dian diamond block, suggesting the existence of hot material upwelling there. Crustal strong earthquakes frequently occurred around high-V anomalies or transition zones from high-V to low-V anomalies, suggesting that these earthquakes could be related to lateral heterogeneities in the mantle. The Pn fast direction approximately rotates around Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis, and it is tangential to the margins of Sichuan basin, suggesting that the mantle material flow of Tibetan plateau may have affected east China. In the Yunnan region to the south of 26°N, the Pn fast direction is different from SKS splitting results, indicating that the mantle lithosphere could be mechanically decoupled at certain depth below the uppermost mantle, which might be attributable to the subduction of Indian (or Burma) slab. Although the correlation between anisotropy and velocity is complicated, anisotropy strength could be associated with the pattern of velocity anomalies in the region.

  20. A CW radar for ranging with PN/PSK modulation

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    Knapp, W.; Waesserling, H. G.; Wigger, B.

    The design and performance of a compact CW spread-spectrum ranging radar with pseudonoise phase-shift-keying (PN/PSK) modulation are discussed. The operating principles of the SAW convolver employed for matched filtering (Grossl, 1985) are explained; the system configuration is illustrated with a block diagram; and performance data are summarized in a table. The radar provides range resolution 2 m out to a maximum range of 2.4 km. Operating parameters include code length 511 chirps, dynamic range 50 dB, pseudorandom-function repetition rate 31.9 MHz, processing time 16 microsec, and target recognition level above noise 38 dB.

  1. Time Shifted PN Codes for CW Lidar, Radar, and Sonar

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    Campbell, Joel F. (Inventor); Prasad, Narasimha S. (Inventor); Harrison, Fenton W. (Inventor); Flood, Michael A. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A continuous wave Light Detection and Ranging (CW LiDAR) system utilizes two or more laser frequencies and time or range shifted pseudorandom noise (PN) codes to discriminate between the laser frequencies. The performance of these codes can be improved by subtracting out the bias before processing. The CW LiDAR system may be mounted to an artificial satellite orbiting the earth, and the relative strength of the return signal for each frequency can be utilized to determine the concentration of selected gases or other substances in the atmosphere.

  2. Photocurrent generation efficiency of a carbon nanotube pn junction

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    McCulley, Daniel; Aspitarte, Lee; Minot, Ethan

    Carrier multiplication effects can enhance the quantum efficiency of photovoltaic devices. For example, quantum dot solar cells have demonstrated photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies greater than 100% when photon energies exceed twice the band gap. Carbon nanotube photodiodes exhibit carrier multiplication effects (Gabor et al., Science 2009), but the quantum efficiency of such photodiodes has not previously been characterized. We have reproduced the carrier multiplication phenomena in individual CNT pn junctions and investigated the conditions under which it occurs. We will present early results quantifying the internal quantum efficiency of the process.

  3. Development of reverse biased p-n junction electron emission

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    Fowler, P.; Muly, E. C.

    1971-01-01

    A cold cathode emitter of hot electrons for use as a source of electrons in vacuum gauges and mass spectrometers was developed using standard Norton electroluminescent silicon carbide p-n diodes operated under reverse bias conditions. Continued development including variations in the geometry of these emitters was carried out such that emitters with an emission efficiency (emitted current/junction current) as high as 3 x 10-0.00001 were obtained. Pulse measurements of the diode characteristics were made and showed that higher efficiency can be attained under pulse conditions probably due to the resulting lower temperatures resulting from such operation.

  4. Eccentric orbit E/IMRI gravitational wave fluxes to 7PN order

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    Forseth, Erik; Evans, Charles R.; Hopper, Seth

    2016-03-01

    Knowledge of gravitational wave fluxes (energy and angular momentum, at both infinity and the horizon) from eccentric-orbit inspirals is extended from 3PN to 7PN order at lowest order in small mass ratio. Previous post-Newtonian eccentric-orbit results up to 3PN relative order are confirmed by our new black hole perturbation calculations. The calculations are based on Mano, Suzuki, and Takasugi (MST) analytic function expansions, and results are computed to 200 decimal places of accuracy using Mathematica. Over 1,700 distinct orbits were computed, each with as many as 7,000 Fourier-harmonic modes. A large number of PN coefficients between 3.5PN and 7PN orders were determined, either in exact analytic form or with accurate numerical values, in expansions in powers of a PN compactness parameter and its logarithm, and powers of eccentricity. We show a parametrization that removes singularities in the fluxes as the eccentricity approaches unity, thus making the expansions more convergent at high eccentricity. We also found (nearly) arbitrarily accurate expansions for the previously discussed 1.5PN, 2.5PN, and 3PN hereditary terms.

  5. Shot noise generated by graphene p-n junctions in the quantum Hall effect regime

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    Kumada, N.; Parmentier, F. D.; Hibino, H.; Glattli, D. C.; Roulleau, P.

    2015-09-01

    Graphene offers a unique system to investigate transport of Dirac Fermions at p-n junctions. In a magnetic field, combination of quantum Hall physics and the characteristic transport across p-n junctions leads to a fractionally quantized conductance associated with the mixing of electron-like and hole-like modes and their subsequent partitioning. The mixing and partitioning suggest that a p-n junction could be used as an electronic beam splitter. Here we report the shot noise study of the mode-mixing process and demonstrate the crucial role of the p-n junction length. For short p-n junctions, the amplitude of the noise is consistent with an electronic beam-splitter behaviour, whereas, for longer p-n junctions, it is reduced by the energy relaxation. Remarkably, the relaxation length is much larger than typical size of mesoscopic devices, encouraging using graphene for electron quantum optics and quantum information processing.

  6. Tomographic Imaging of Pn and Sn Velocities in the Middle East and Central Asia

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    Pei, S.; Sun, Y.; Toksoz, M. N.

    2009-12-01

    We have obtained Vp and Vs velocity images of the uppermost mantle beneath the Middle East and Central Asia by performing tomographic inversion of both Pn and Sn travel times. In total 654,999 Pn and 121,838 Sn arrivals were selected from the ISC/EHB database and the Annual Bulletin of Chinese Earthquakes. Average Pn and Sn velocities are 8.04 km/s and 4.60 km/s, respectively with maximum velocity perturbations more than 6%. Pn velocities correlate well with topography. In general, low velocities are found beneath mountains and high velocities are found beneath oceans, basins and plains with low elevation. Tectonic boundaries are clearly outlined in between the high and low Pn velocities. These boundaries include Hellenic arc, Cyprean arc, Zagros suture, Charman fault, Hari Rod fault. The Sn velocities show similar patterns to the Pn velocities.

  7. Shot noise generated by graphene p-n junctions in the quantum Hall effect regime.

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    Kumada, N; Parmentier, F D; Hibino, H; Glattli, D C; Roulleau, P

    2015-09-04

    Graphene offers a unique system to investigate transport of Dirac Fermions at p-n junctions. In a magnetic field, combination of quantum Hall physics and the characteristic transport across p-n junctions leads to a fractionally quantized conductance associated with the mixing of electron-like and hole-like modes and their subsequent partitioning. The mixing and partitioning suggest that a p-n junction could be used as an electronic beam splitter. Here we report the shot noise study of the mode-mixing process and demonstrate the crucial role of the p-n junction length. For short p-n junctions, the amplitude of the noise is consistent with an electronic beam-splitter behaviour, whereas, for longer p-n junctions, it is reduced by the energy relaxation. Remarkably, the relaxation length is much larger than typical size of mesoscopic devices, encouraging using graphene for electron quantum optics and quantum information processing.

  8. High-frequency Pn,Sn phases recorded by ocean bottom seismometers on the Cocos plate

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    McCreery, C.S.

    1981-05-01

    Data from ocean bottom seismometers located on the Cocos plate indicate that high-frequency Pn,Sn phases are generated by earthquakes along the subducting margin of that plate and are propagated across the plate. The Sn phase appears to be severely attenuated as it approaches the ridge crest. Estimates of Pn velocity are lower than previous extimates for western Pacific paths, which may indicate a relationship between Pn,Sn velocity and lithospheric age. High frequencies found in these phases suggest that Q for Pn,Sn propagation across the Cocos plate is similar to that for the western Pacific.

  9. Eccentric-orbit extreme-mass-ratio inspiral gravitational wave energy fluxes to 7PN order

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    Forseth, Erik; Evans, Charles R.; Hopper, Seth

    2016-03-01

    We present new results through 7PN order on the energy flux from eccentric extreme-mass-ratio binaries. The black hole perturbation calculations are made at very high accuracy (200 decimal places) using a Mathematica code based on the Mano-Suzuki-Takasugi analytic function expansion formalism. All published coefficients in the expansion through 3PN order at lowest order in the mass ratio are confirmed and new analytic and numeric terms are found to high order in powers of e2 at post-Newtonian orders between 3.5PN and 7PN. We also show original work in finding (nearly) arbitrarily accurate expansions for hereditary terms at 1.5PN, 2.5PN, and 3PN orders. An asymptotic analysis is developed that guides an understanding of eccentricity singular factors, which diverge at unit eccentricity and which appear at each PN order. We fit to a model at each PN order that includes these eccentricity singular factors, which allows the flux to be accurately determined out to e →1 .

  10. Calcium channel receptor sites for (+)-[3H]PN 200-110 in coronary artery.

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    Yamada, S; Kimura, R; Harada, Y; Nakayama, K

    1990-01-01

    The receptor sites for 1,4-dihydropyridine (DHP) Ca++ channel antagonists in porcine coronary artery were identified and characterized by a binding assay using (+)-[3H]PN 200-110 as a radioligand. Specific (+)-[3H]PN 200-110 binding in porcine coronary artery was saturable, reversible and of high affinity (Kd = 0.24 nM) and it showed a pharmacological specificity as well as stereoselectivity which characterized the receptor sites for DHP Ca++ channel antagonists. DHP antagonists competed for the (+)-[3H]PN 200-110 binding in order: PN 200-110 greater than mepirodipine greater than nisoldipine greater than nicardipine greater than nitrendipine greater than nimodipine greater than nifedipine greater than (-)-PN 200-110. (+)-PN 200-110 was approximately 140 times as potent as the (-)-isomer. The potencies (PKi) of these eight DHP Ca++ channel antagonists in competing for (+)-[3H]PN 200-110 binding sites in porcine coronary artery correlated well with their pharmacological potencies. Specific (+)-[3H]PN 200-110 binding in the coronary artery was enhanced by d-cis-diltiazem and was inhibited incompletely by verapamil and D-600. In EDTA-pretreated coronary artery, the maximal number of binding sites for specific (+)-[3H]PN 200-110 binding was reduced (80%) markedly, and it was restored to the untreated level by the addition of Ca++ and Mg++.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  11. Isoelectronic analogues of PN: Remarkably stable multiply charged cations

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    Wong, Ming Wah; Radom, L. )

    1990-01-25

    The structures and stabilities of PN and its 27 isoelectronic analogues, CS, SiO, BCl, AlF, BeAr, MgNe, Sn{sup +}, PO{sup +}, CCl{sup +}, SiF{sup +}, BAr{sup +}, AlNe{sup +}, SO{sup 2+}, NCl{sup 2+}, PF{sup 2+}, CAr{sup 2+}, SiNe{sup 2+}, OCl{sup 3+}, SF{sup 3+}, NAr{sup 3+}, PNe{sup 3+}, FCl{sup 4+}, OAr{sup 4+}, SNe{sup 4+}, FAr{sup 5+}, ClNe{sup 5+}, and ArNe{sup 6+}, have been examined by ab initio molecular orbital theory. The CASSCF/6-311G(MC)(d) level was used to determine the ground-state potential energy curves and spectroscopic constants for the 28 diatomic systems. Equilibrium structures were also obtained with the 6-311G(MC)(d) basis set at the MP3 and ST4CCD levels, and dissociation energies were determined at the MP4/6-311 + G(MC)(2df) and MP4/6-311 + G(MC)(3d2f) levels. For the neutral and monocation analogues of PN, the calculated equilibrium geometries (at MP3/6-311G(MC)(d)) and dissociation energies (at MP4/6-311 + G(MC)(3d2f)) are in very good agreement with available experimental values. All the dication analogues of PN, namely, SO{sup 2+}, NCl{sup 2+}, PF{sup 2+}, CAr{sup 2+}, and SiNe{sup 2+}, are predicted to be experimentally observable species. Of these, the SO{sup 2+}, NCl{sup 2+}, and CAr{sup 2+} dications are calculated to be kinetically stable species, with large barriers associated with the exothermic charge-separation reactions, while the PF{sup 2+} and SiNe{sup 2+} dications are predicted not only to be kinetically stable but also to be thermodynamically stable species.

  12. HST Imagery and Temperature Fluctuations for the PN NGC 6818

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    Rubin, Robert H.; Dufour, Reginald J.; Browning, Matt; Harrington, J. Patrick

    1998-05-01

    We present new HST/WFPC2 imagery for the planetary nebula (PN) NGC 6818. Observations were made in line filters F437N, F487N, F502N, and F656N plus continuum filter F547M. The primary goal was to develop a high spatial resolution ( ~ 0.1'') map of the intrinsic line ratio [O III] 4363/5007 and thereby evaluate the electron temperature (T_e) and the mean-square T_e variation (t(2) ) across the PN. In this process we developed an extinction map from the F487N (Hβ ) and F656N (Hα ) images by comparing the observed line ratios in each pixel to the theoretical ratio and computing a c(Hβ ) map which was used to correct the observed 4363/5007 ratios for reddening. We also adjust for the continuum contribution to the line filter data. We present color-coded pictures of the reddening (c(Hβ )) map, the [O III] T_e map, as well as our determinations of t(2) . The T_e map shows a decline from ~ 14000 K in the inner regions to ~ 11000 K at the outer edge. Such a radial T_e gradient is expected for a high-excitation nebula with a prominent He(++) zone such as NGC 6818. A composite of images taken in 3 filters (F656N, red; F487N, blue; and F502N, [O III] 5007, green) shows a roughly spherical outer envelope as well as a brighter vase-shaped interior ``bubble". There is a prominent orifice to the North and a smaller one to the South, along the major axis, possibly caused by a blow-out from a fast wind. This nebula has an appearance remarkably similar to that of the PN NGC 3918 previously imaged with HST by H. Bond. We note from the continuum images (F547M) two stars in the nebular field that are fainter than the prominent central star; these are roughly 2--4'' N and NE of the central star. Further study is needed to establish whether or not there may be a physical association of either star with the central star. Supported by AURA/STScI grant related to GO-6792.

  13. Spatial valley separation in strained graphene pn junction

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    Tian, HongYu; Wang, Jun

    2017-09-01

    Valleytronics in analogy to spintronics aims to use the electron valley degree of freedom to carry and manipulate information, and one of urgent tasks in this field is to generate valley-polarized electrons. In this work, we propose using the electron focusing effect in a strained graphene pn junction to separate valleys spatially through a beam of valley-unpolarized electrons, since the strain-induced pseudo-gauge potentials are opposite for K and K^\\prime valleys and severely affect the trajectories of K and K^\\prime electron propagation. We numerically simulate this valley-separated Veselago lens effect in a lattice model and demonstrate that pseudo-gauge potentials can efficiently control valley separation patterns.

  14. Surface and implantation effects on p-n junctions

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    Schacham, Samuel E.; Finkman, Eliezer

    1990-01-01

    The contribution of the graded region of implanted p-n junctions is analyzed using an exponential profile. Though previously neglected, it was recently shown that this contribution to the saturation current of HgCdTe diodes is significant. Assuming a dominant Auger recombination, an analytical solution to the continuity equation is obtained. An expression for the current generation by the graded region is presented for both ohmic and reflecting boundary conditions. A revised condition for a wide region is derived. When the region is narrow, the current differs drastically from that of the zero-gradient case. The effects of the junction depth and the substrate and surface concentrations on the current are investigated. It is shown that the reverse current does not saturate.

  15. Rectifying behaviour of spin coated pn hetero-junction

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    Yogamalar, N. Rajeswari; Bose, A. Chandra

    2015-06-24

    Rectifying pn hetero- junction is fabricated with an acceptor p-type organic semiconductor namely tetra- chloro dihydroxy tetra-iodo fluorescein (Rose Bengal (RB)) followed by an inorganic n-type ZnO semiconductor on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate. The n-type ZnO films are formed by unintentional doping and doping with aluminium (Al) and yttrium (Y) donors. The surface morphology and the distribution of grains are observed from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The current-voltage (I-V) characteristic of the rectifying diode is measured to characterize the junction properties. The I-V plots obtained from the hetero- junction with electric contact shows a diode characteristic different from that of an ideal behavior. The overall efficiency of the diode exhibits a greater dependency on the film crystallinity, carrier concentration, and reverse saturation current.

  16. First tests with fully depleted PN-CCD's

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    Strueder, L.; Lutz, G.; Sterzik, M.; Holl, P.; Kemmer, J.; Prechtel, U.; Ziemann, T.; Rehak, P.

    1987-01-01

    We have fabricated 280 ..mu..m thick fully depletable pn CCD's on high resistivity silicon ()rho) approx. 2.5 k..cap omega..cm). Its operation is based on the semiconductor drift chamber principle proposed by Gatti and Rheak. They are designed as energy and position sensitive radiation detector for (minimum) ionizing particles and X-ray imaging. Two dimensional semiconductor device modeling demonstrates the basic charge transer mechanisms. Prototypes of the detectors have been tested in static and dynamic conditions. A preliminary charge transfer inefficiency was determined to 6 x 10)sup)minus)3). The charge loss during the transfer is discussed and as a consequence we have developed an improved design for a second fabrication iteration which is now being produced. 4 refs., 15 figs.

  17. Elastic np → np( pn) scattering at intermediate energies

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    Troyan, Yu. A.; Anikina, M. Kh.; Belyaev, A. V.; Ierusalimov, A. P.; Troyan, A. Yu.

    2014-03-01

    The study of the elastic np → np( pn) scattering was carried out at the momenta of incident quasimonochromatic neutrons P 0 = 1.43, 2.23 and 5.20 GeV/ c. The differential cross sections of the processes of elastic np scattering, both without (cos Φ* p < 0) and with charge exchange (cos Φ* p >0) of nucleons, are analyzed. The results are compared with the data of other experiments. The suggested pole model takes into account exchange by π meson, ρ meson, and includes the peripheral exchange mechanism. This model permits one to get a good description of the data of elastic np scattering at the energy region 1-10 GeV.

  18. Focusing RKKY interaction by graphene P-N junction

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    Zhang, Shu-Hui; Zhu, Jia-Ji; Yang, Wen; Chang, Kai

    2017-09-01

    The carrier-mediated RKKY interaction between local spins plays an important role for the application of magnetically doped graphene in spintronics and quantum computation. Previous studies largely concentrate on the influence of electronic states of uniform systems on the RKKY interaction. Here we reveal a very different way to manipulate the RKKY interaction by showing that the anomalous focusing—a well-known electron optics phenomenon in graphene P-N junctions—can be utilized to refocus the massless Dirac electrons emanating from one local spin to the other local spin. This gives rise to rich spatial interference patterns and symmetry-protected non-oscillatory RKKY interaction with a strongly enhanced magnitude. It may provide a new way to engineer the long-range spin-spin interaction in graphene.

  19. Polarimetry of R Aqr and PN M2-9

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    Navarro, Silvana G.; Sabin, Laurence; Ramírez Vélez; , Julio; Hiriart, David

    2014-08-01

    The bipolar or more complex morphology observed in planetary nebulae have been explained by two principal hypothesis: by the existence of a companion and an accreting disk or by the effects of magnetic field, (or a combination of both). Symbiotics are binary systems and some of them show morphologies similar to those observed on planetary nebulae. This fact could support the binary hypothesis for PNe. We have therefore performed polarimetric observations of symbiotic systems and some planetary nebulae in order, first to detect linear polarisation with POLIMA at the San Pedro Mártir observatory, and ultimately to prove the existence and physical properties of those disks. We present here the first results of a project dedicated to the analysis of the polarisation observed in evolved objects starting with the PN M2-9 and R Aqr.

  20. Shallow mantle velocities beneath the southern Appalachians from Pn phases

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    MacDougall, Julia G.; Fischer, Karen M.; Forsyth, Donald W.; Hawman, Robert B.; Wagner, Lara S.

    2015-01-01

    constrain mantle structure that might contribute to the topography of the southern Appalachian Mountains, Pn phases from regional earthquakes recorded in northern Georgia by EarthScope Southeastern Suture of the Appalachian Margin Experiment and Transportable Array stations were used to solve for shallow mantle P wave velocities. Mantle velocities vary laterally, with values of 7.6-7.8 km/s beneath the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge terrane and northwestern flank of the Inner Piedmont terranes and values of 8.3-8.5 km/s farther south where elevation is lower. The zone of low-velocity mantle could represent a source of buoyancy that helps to support the higher elevations, in addition to the root of thickened crust that also exists beneath the mountains.

  1. Pn tomography of the western United States using USArray

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    Buehler, Janine S.; Shearer, Peter M.

    2010-09-01

    USArray has now provided several years of high-quality seismic data and improved ray coverage for much of the western United States, which will enable increased resolution for studies of the lithospheric and deeper structure of the North American continent. Here we analyze Pn arrival times from the transportable stations of USArray to resolve crustal thickness and uppermost mantle structure. We use 123,008 Pn picks from April 2004 to October 2009 as measured by the Array Network Facility at epicentral distances from 180 to 1450 km. These picks are derived from 778 stations at ˜70 km spacing and 7903 earthquakes and quarry blasts. Applying the classic time-term method, we use a regularized least squares inversion to estimate crustal thickness variations and image velocity perturbations in the uppermost mantle just below the Moho. We also consider upper mantle anisotropy and describe the velocity perturbations with a cos 2ϕ azimuthal variation. Our crustal thickness map generally agrees with receiver function results from other researchers but differs in some details. We obtain an average upper mantle velocity of 7.93 km/s, with higher velocities beneath eastern Washington and northern Idaho, and lower velocities near the California-Mexico border, the Sierra Nevada, the northern coastal California region, and the greater Yellowstone area. We observe large anisotropic anomalies in southern California as well as in the Snake River Plain area. These results should complement other seismic studies (e.g., body and surface wave tomography and shear wave splitting) to provide information about composition, temperature, and tectonic processes in the western United States.

  2. Investigation of the transport properties and compositions of the Ca2RE7Pn5O5 series (RE=Pr, Sm, Gd, Dy; Pn=Sb, Bi)

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    Forbes, Scott; Yuan, Fang; Kosuda, Kosuke; Kolodiazhnyi, Taras; Mozharivskyj, Yurij

    2016-10-01

    The Ca2RE7Pn5O5 phases (RE=Pr, Sm, Gd, Dy; Pn=Sb, Bi) were successfully prepared from high temperature reactions at 1225-1300 °C. These phases maintain the same structure types as the parent RE9Pn5O5 phases, except for a Ca/RE mixing. The study and preparation of these phases was motivated by the desire to shift the metallic type properties of the parent RE9Pn5O5 phases to a level more suitable for thermoelectric applications. Electrical resistivity measurements performed on pure, bulk samples indicated all phases to be narrow band gap semiconductors or semimetals, supporting the charge balanced electron count of the Ca2RE7Pn5O5 composition. Unfortunately, all samples are too electrically resistive for any potential usage as thermoelectrics. Electronic band structure calculations performed on idealized RE9Pn5O5 structures revealed the presence of a pseudogap at the Fermi level, which is consistent with the observed electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient behavior.

  3. An Investigation of NCLEX-PN Performance and Student Perceptions among Practical Nursing Graduates

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    Abston-Coleman, Sharon L.; Levy, Dessie R.

    2010-01-01

    Students in practical nursing programs require 32 weeks of coursework (1 academic year) and completion of a national licensing exam (NCLEX-PN) to secure employment. The purpose of this study was to identify selected academic variables that were related to NCLEX-PN performance for first-time test takers of two types of practical nursing programs at…

  4. The empirical connection between (p,n) cross sections and beta decay transition strengths

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    Taddeucci, T.N.

    1988-01-01

    A proportionality is assumed to exist between 0/degree/ (p,n) cross sections and the corresponding beta decay transition strengths. The validity of this assumption is tested by comparison of measured (p,n) cross sections and analogous beta decay strengths. Distorted waves impulse approximation calculations also provide useful estimates of the accuracy of the proportionality relationship. 14 refs., 10 figs.

  5. An Investigation of NCLEX-PN Performance and Student Perceptions among Practical Nursing Graduates

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    Abston-Coleman, Sharon L.; Levy, Dessie R.

    2010-01-01

    Students in practical nursing programs require 32 weeks of coursework (1 academic year) and completion of a national licensing exam (NCLEX-PN) to secure employment. The purpose of this study was to identify selected academic variables that were related to NCLEX-PN performance for first-time test takers of two types of practical nursing programs at…

  6. Gas Sensors Based on Ceramic p-n Heterocontacts

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    Aygun, Seymen Murat

    2005-01-01

    Ceramic p-n heterocontacts based on CuO/ZnO were successfully synthesized and a systematic study of their hydrogen sensitivity was conducted. The sensitivity and response rates of CuO/ZnO sensors were studied utilizing current-voltage, current-time, and impedance spectroscopy measurements. The heterocontacts showed well-defined rectifying characteristics and were observed to detect hydrogen via both dc and ac measurements. Surface coverage data were derived from current-time measurements which were then fit to a two-site Langmuir adsorption model quite satisfactorily. The fit suggested that there should be two energetically different adsorption sites in the system. The heterocontacts were doped in an attempt to increase the sensitivity and the response rate of the sensor. First, the effects of doping the p-type (CuO) on the sensor characteristics were investigated. Doping the p-type CuO with both acceptor and isovalent dopants greatly improved the hydrogen sensitivity. The sensitivity of pure heterocontact observed via I-V measurements was increased from ~2.3 to ~9.4 with Ni doping. Dopants also enhanced the rectifying characteristics of the heterocontacts. Small amounts of Li addition were shown to decrease the reverse bias (saturation) current to 0.2 mA at a bias level of -5V. No unambiguous trends were observed between the sensitivity, the conductivity, and the density of the samples. Comparing the two phase microstructure to the single phase microstructure there was no dramatic increase in the sensitivity. Kinetic studies also confirmed the improved sensor characteristics with doping. The dopants decreased the response time of the sensor by decreasing the response time of one of the adsorption sites. The n-type ZnO was doped with both acceptor and donor dopants. Li doping resulted in the degradation of the p-n junction and the response time of the sensor. However, the current-voltage behavior of Ga-doped heterocontacts showed the best rectifying characteristics

  7. Pronounced Photovoltaic Response from Multilayered Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides PN-Junctions.

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    Memaran, Shahriar; Pradhan, Nihar R; Lu, Zhengguang; Rhodes, Daniel; Ludwig, Jonathan; Zhou, Qiong; Ogunsolu, Omotola; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Smirnov, Dmitry; Fernández-Domínguez, Antonio I; García-Vidal, Francisco J; Balicas, Luis

    2015-11-11

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are layered semiconductors with indirect band gaps comparable to Si. These compounds can be grown in large area, while their gap(s) can be tuned by changing their chemical composition or by applying a gate voltage. The experimental evidence collected so far points toward a strong interaction with light, which contrasts with the small photovoltaic efficiencies η ≤ 1% extracted from bulk crystals or exfoliated monolayers. Here, we evaluate the potential of these compounds by studying the photovoltaic response of electrostatically generated PN-junctions composed of approximately 10 atomic layers of MoSe2 stacked onto the dielectric h-BN. In addition to ideal diode-like response, we find that these junctions can yield, under AM-1.5 illumination, photovoltaic efficiencies η exceeding 14%, with fill factors of ~70%. Given the available strategies for increasing η such as gap tuning, improving the quality of the electrical contacts, or the fabrication of tandem cells, our study suggests a remarkable potential for photovoltaic applications based on TMDs.

  8. Analytical Study of 90Sr Betavoltaic Nuclear Battery Performance Based on p-n Junction Silicon

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    Rahastama, Swastya; Waris, Abdul

    2016-08-01

    Previously, an analytical calculation of 63Ni p-n junction betavoltaic battery has been published. As the basic approach, we reproduced the analytical simulation of 63Ni betavoltaic battery and then compared it to previous results using the same design of the battery. Furthermore, we calculated its maximum power output and radiation- electricity conversion efficiency using semiconductor analysis method.Then, the same method were applied to calculate and analyse the performance of 90Sr betavoltaic battery. The aim of this project is to compare the analytical perfomance results of 90Sr betavoltaic battery to 63Ni betavoltaic battery and the source activity influences to performance. Since it has a higher power density, 90Sr betavoltaic battery yields more power than 63Ni betavoltaic battery but less radiation-electricity conversion efficiency. However, beta particles emitted from 90Sr source could travel further inside the silicon corresponding to stopping range of beta particles, thus the 90Sr betavoltaic battery could be designed thicker than 63Ni betavoltaic battery to achieve higher conversion efficiency.

  9. PnTgs1-like expression during reproductive development supports a role for RNA methyltransferases in the aposporous pathway.

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    Siena, Lorena A; Ortiz, Juan Pablo A; Leblanc, Olivier; Pessino, Silvina

    2014-11-18

    In flowering plants, apomixis (asexual reproduction via seeds) is widely believed to result from failure of key regulators of the sexual female reproductive pathway. In the past few years, both differential display and RNA-seq comparative approaches involving reproductive organs of sexual plants and their apomictic counterparts have yielded extensive lists of candidate genes. Nevertheless, only a limited number of these genes have been functionally characterized, with few clues consequently available for understanding the molecular control of apomixis. We have previously identified several cDNA fragments with high similarity to genes involved in RNA biology and with differential amplification between sexual and apomictic Paspalum notatum plants. Here, we report the characterization of one of these candidates, namely, N69 encoding a protein of the S-adenosyl-L-methionine-dependent methyltransferases superfamily. The purpose of this work was to extend the N69 cDNA sequence and to characterize its expression at different developmental stages in both sexual and apomictic individuals. Molecular characterization of the N69 cDNA revealed homology with genes encoding proteins similar to yeast and mammalian trimethylguanosine synthase/PRIP-interacting proteins. These proteins play a dual role as ERK2-controlled transcriptional coactivators and mediators of sn(o)RNA and telomerase RNA cap trimethylation, and participate in mammals and yeast development. The N69-extended sequence was consequently renamed PnTgs1-like. Expression of PnTgs1-like during reproductive development was significantly higher in floral organs of sexual genotypes compared with apomicts. This difference was not detected in vegetative tissues. In addition, expression levels in reproductive tissues of several genotypes were negatively correlated with facultative apomixis rates. Moreover, in situ hybridization observations revealed that PnTgs1-like expression is relatively higher in ovules of sexual plants

  10. Nonperturbative contributions from complexified solutions in C PN -1 models

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    Fujimori, Toshiaki; Kamata, Syo; Misumi, Tatsuhiro; Nitta, Muneto; Sakai, Norisuke

    2016-11-01

    We discuss the nonperturbative contributions from real and complex saddle point solutions in the C P1 quantum mechanics with fermionic degrees of freedom, using the Lefschetz thimble formalism beyond the Gaussian approximation. We find bion solutions, which correspond to (complexified) instanton-anti-instanton configurations stabilized in the presence of the fermionic degrees of freedom. By computing the one-loop determinants in the bion backgrounds, we obtain the leading order contributions from both the real and complex bion solutions. To incorporate quasizero modes which become nearly massless in a weak coupling limit, we regard the bion solutions as well-separated instanton-anti-instanton configurations and calculate a complexified quasimoduli integral based on the Lefschetz thimble formalism. The nonperturbative contributions from the real and complex bions are shown to cancel out in the supersymmetric case and give an (expected) ambiguity in the nonsupersymmetric case, which plays a vital role in the resurgent trans-series. For nearly supersymmetric situations, evaluation of the Lefschetz thimble gives results in precise agreement with those of the direct evaluation of the Schrödinger equation. We also perform the same analysis for the sine-Gordon quantum mechanics and point out some important differences showing that the sine-Gordon quantum mechanics does not correctly describe the 1d limit of the C PN -1 field theory of R ×S1.

  11. Quinap and congeners: atropos PN ligands for asymmetric catalysis.

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    Fernández, Elena; Guiry, Patrick J; Connole, Kieran P T; Brown, John M

    2014-06-20

    Among the range of P,N-chelating ligands that have been employed in asymmetric catalysis, those relying on atropisomerism for the stability of individual enantiomers form a definable class. These APN (atropos P,N) ligands require a specific type of biaryl, with one component carrying a pendant phosphine unit, most commonly diaryl substituted, and the other bearing an sp(2)-nitrogen adjacent to the biaryl link. When substituents in the biaryl inhibit rotation about the linking bond, stable nonracemizing six-membered ring chelates can be formed. This Perspective relates the background to the initial synthesis in 1993 of Quinap, the original member of the series, and initial observations on its effectiveness in asymmetric catalysis. The current state of play in development of syntheses of this and other members of the APN ligand family is assessed, and their applications in asymmetric catalysis are presented. These include hydroboration and diboration of alkenes, 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions, alkynylation of iminium salts in a three-component (A(3)) condensation, and conjugate additions of Cu acetylides.

  12. Chaotic Behaviour of a Driven P-N Junction

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    Perez, Jose Maria

    The chaotic behavior of a driven p-n junction is experimentally examined. Bifurcation diagrams for the system are measured, showing period doubling bifurcations up to f/32, onset of chaos, reverse bifurcations of chaotic bands, and periodic windows. Some of the measured bifurcation diagrams are similar to the bifurcation diagram of the logistic map x(,n+1) = (lamda)x(,n)(1 - x(,n)). A return map is also measured showing approximately a one-dimensional map with a single extremum at low driving voltages. The intermittency route to chaos is experimentally observed to occur near a tangent bifurcation as the system approaches a period 5 window at (lamda) = (lamda)(,5). Data are presented for the dependence of the average laminar length on (epsilon) = (lamda)(,5) - (lamda), and for the probability distribution P(l) vs. l. The effects of additive stochastic noise on period doubling, chaos, windows, and intermittency are examined and are found to agree with the logistic model and universal predictions. Three examples of crisis of the attractor are observed. The crises occur when an unstable orbit intersects the chaotic attractor. A period adding sequence is reported in which wide periodic windows of period 2, 3, 4, ... are observed for increasing driving voltage. The initial period doubling cascade and the period adding sequence are compared to two theoretical models, with reasonable success.

  13. Background Studies for the pn-CCD Detector of CAST

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    Rodriguez, A.; Beltran, B.; Cebrian, S.; Gomez, H.; Irastorza, I. G.; Luzon, G.; Morales, J.; Ruz, J.; Villar, J. A.; Hartmann, R.; Kotthaus, R.; Klose, C.; Kuster, M.; Strueder, L.

    2007-03-28

    The CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) experiment searches for axions from the Sun converted into photons with energies up to around 10 keV via the inverse Primakoff effect in the high magnetic field of a superconducting Large Hadron Collider (LHC) prototype magnet. A backside illuminated pn-CCD detector in conjunction with an X-ray mirror optics is one of the three detectors used in CAST to register the expected photon signal. Since this signal is very rare a detailed study of the detector background has been undertaken with the aim to understand and further reduce the background level of the detector. The analysis is based on measured data taken during the data taking period of 2003 and 2004 of CAST and on Monte Carlo simulations of background with different origin. The background study performed for this detector show that the level of background (8.00{+-}0.07)x10-5 counts cm-2 s-1 keV-1 between 1 and 7 keV is dominated by the external gamma background due to natural activities at the experimental site, while radioactive impurities in the detector itself and cosmic neutrons contribute with a smaller fraction.

  14. Cavitation tests with feed pump PN-1500-350

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    Chegurko, L.E.; Churbakova, G.I.; Gavrilova, V.M.; Vasil'ev, V.A.

    1984-05-01

    At the Ural Branch of the All-Union Thermotechnical Institute, the cavitation characteristics of the seven stage feed pump PN-1500-350 were obtained and analyzed. The pressure at the inlet was changed by a valve while the feed, the rotational frequency of the rotor, and the water temperature remained constant. In the tests of the pump, constant feed was ensured with the aid of a control valve, and water was not extracted from the first stage. By changing the pressure at the inlet with unchanged feed, determination was made of the permissible cavitation margin, marking the appearance of low-frequency vibrations of the rotor and a change of the amplitude of the pressure pulsations. The tests showed that when the cavitation margin is reduced to approximately 60m, the head of the first stage and the efficiency of the pump remained practically unchanged. The lowest possible pressure at the pump inlet was determined from the appearance of vibrations for axial shift. To this minimum pressure at the inlet correspond the cavitation margins of 67.6, 71.8, 72.3 and 73.3 m. The theoretical minimal permissible cavitation margin was determined by Rudnev's formula.

  15. Titanium-dioxide nanotube p-n homojunction diode

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    Alivov, Yahya E-mail: pnagpal@colorado.edu; Ding, Yuchen; Singh, Vivek; Nagpal, Prashant E-mail: pnagpal@colorado.edu

    2014-12-29

    Application of semiconductors in functional optoelectronic devices requires precise control over their doping and formation of junction between p- and n-doped semiconductors. While doped thin films have led to several semiconductor devices, need for high-surface area nanostructured devices for photovoltaic, photoelectrochemical, and photocatalytic applications has been hindered by lack of desired doping in nanostructures. Here, we show titanium-dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) nanotubes doped with nitrogen (N) and niobium (Nb) as acceptors and donors, respectively, and formation of TiO{sub 2} nanotubes p-n homojunction. This TiO{sub 2}:N/TiO{sub 2}:Nb homojunction showed distinct diode-like behaviour with rectification ratio of 1115 at ±5 V and exhibited good photoresponse for ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm) with sensitivity of 0.19 A/W at reverse bias of −5 V. These results can have important implications for development of nanostructured metal-oxide solar-cells, photodiodes, LED's, photocatalysts, and photoelectrochemical devices.

  16. Atomically thin p-n junctions with van der Waals heterointerfaces.

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    Lee, Chul-Ho; Lee, Gwan-Hyoung; van der Zande, Arend M; Chen, Wenchao; Li, Yilei; Han, Minyong; Cui, Xu; Arefe, Ghidewon; Nuckolls, Colin; Heinz, Tony F; Guo, Jing; Hone, James; Kim, Philip

    2014-09-01

    Semiconductor p-n junctions are essential building blocks for electronic and optoelectronic devices. In conventional p-n junctions, regions depleted of free charge carriers form on either side of the junction, generating built-in potentials associated with uncompensated dopant atoms. Carrier transport across the junction occurs by diffusion and drift processes influenced by the spatial extent of this depletion region. With the advent of atomically thin van der Waals materials and their heterostructures, it is now possible to realize a p-n junction at the ultimate thickness limit. Van der Waals junctions composed of p- and n-type semiconductors--each just one unit cell thick--are predicted to exhibit completely different charge transport characteristics than bulk heterojunctions. Here, we report the characterization of the electronic and optoelectronic properties of atomically thin p-n heterojunctions fabricated using van der Waals assembly of transition-metal dichalcogenides. We observe gate-tunable diode-like current rectification and a photovoltaic response across the p-n interface. We find that the tunnelling-assisted interlayer recombination of the majority carriers is responsible for the tunability of the electronic and optoelectronic processes. Sandwiching an atomic p-n junction between graphene layers enhances the collection of the photoexcited carriers. The atomically scaled van der Waals p-n heterostructures presented here constitute the ultimate functional unit for nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  17. Synthesis, Crystal and Electronic Structures of the Pnictides AE3TrPn3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga; Pn = P, As)

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    Stoyko, Stanislav; Voss, Leonard; He, Hua; ...

    2015-09-24

    New ternary arsenides AE3TrAs3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga) and their phosphide analogs Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3 have been prepared by reactions of the respective elements at high temperatures. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies reveal that Sr3AlAs3 and Ba3AlAs3 adopt the Ba3AlSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oC56, space group Cmce, Z = 8). This structure is also realized for Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3. Likewise, the compounds Sr3GaAs3 and Ba3GaAs3 crystallize with the Ba3GaSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oP56, space group Pnma, Z = 8). Both structures are made up of isolated pairs of edge-shared AlPn4 and GaPn4 tetrahedra (Pn = pnictogen, i.e.,more » P or As), separated by the alkaline-earth Sr2+ and Ba2+ cations. In both cases, there are no homoatomic bonds, hence, regardless of the slightly different atomic arrangements, both structures can be rationalized as valence-precise [AE2+]3[Tr3+][Pn3-]3, or rather [AE2+]6[Tr2Pn6]12-, i.e., as Zintl phases.« less

  18. Magnetic electron focusing and tuning of the electron current with a pn-junction

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    Milovanović, S. P. Ramezani Masir, M. Peeters, F. M.

    2014-01-28

    Transverse magnetic focusing properties of graphene using a ballistic four terminal structure are investigated. The electric response is obtained using the semiclassical billiard model. The transmission exhibits pronounced peaks as a consequence of skipping orbits at the edge of the structure. When we add a pn-junction between the two probes, snake states along the pn-interface appear. Injected electrons are guided by the pn-interface to one of the leads depending on the value of the applied magnetic field. Oscillations in the resistance are found depending on the amount of particles that end up in each lead.

  19. Many-body effects on optical gain in GaAsPN/GaPN quantum well lasers for silicon integration

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    Park, Seoung-Hwan

    2014-02-14

    Many-body effects on the optical gain in GaAsPN/GaP QW structures were investigated by using the multiband effective-mass theory and the non-Markovian gain model with many-body effects. The free-carrier model shows that the optical gain peak slightly increases with increasing N composition. In addition, the QW structure with a larger As composition shows a larger optical gain than that with a smaller As composition. On the other hand, in the case of the many-body model, the optical gain peak decreases with increasing N composition. Also, the QW structure with a smaller As composition is observed to have a larger optical gain than that with a larger As composition. This can be explained by the fact that the QW structure with a smaller As or N composition shows a larger Coulomb enhancement effect than that with a larger As or N composition. This means that it is important to consider the many-body effect in obtaining guidelines for device design issues.

  20. [Effects of combined application of nitrogen and phosphorus on diurnal variation of photosynthesis at grain-filling stage and grain yield of super high-yielding wheat].

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    Zhao, Hai-bo; Lin, Qi; Liu, Yi-guo; Jiang, Wen; Liu, Jian-jun; Zhai, Yan-ju

    2010-10-01

    Taking super high-yielding wheat cultivar Jimai 22 as test material, a field experiment was conducted to study the effects of combined application of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) on the diurnal variation of photosynthesis at grain-filling stage and the grain yield of the cultivar. In treatments CK (without N and P application) and low N/P application (225 kg N x hm(-2) and 75 kg P x hm(-2)), the diurnal variation of net photosynthetic rate (Pn) was presented as double-peak curve, and there existed obvious midday depression of photosynthesis. Under reasonable application of N/P (300 kg N x hm(-2) and 150 kg P x hm(-2), treatment N2P2), the midday depression of photosynthesis weakened or even disappeared. Stomatal and non-stomatal limitations could be the causes of the midday depression. Increasing N and P supply increased the Pn, stomatal conductance (Gs), stomatal limitation value (Ls), and transpiration rate (Tr). Fertilizer P had less effects on the photosynthesis, compared with fertilizer N. When the P supply was over 150 kg x hm(-2), the increment of Pn was alleviated and even decreased. Among the fertilization treatments, treatment N2P2 had the highest Pn, Gs, and water use efficiency, being significantly different from CK. It appeared that fertilizer N had greater regulatory effect on the diurnal variation of photosynthesis, compared with fertilizer P, while the combined application of N and P had significant co-effect on the Pn, Gs, and Tr. A combined application of 300 kg N x hm(-2) and 150 kg P x hm(-2) benefited the enhancement of Pn and grain yield.

  1. Imaging the p-n junction in a gallium nitride nanowire with a scanning microwave microscope

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    Imtiaz, Atif; Wallis, Thomas M.; Brubaker, Matt D.; Blanchard, Paul T.; Bertness, Kris A.; Sanford, Norman A.; Kabos, Pavel; Weber, Joel C.; Coakley, Kevin J.

    2014-06-30

    We used a broadband, atomic-force-microscope-based, scanning microwave microscope (SMM) to probe the axial dependence of the charge depletion in a p-n junction within a gallium nitride nanowire (NW). SMM enables the visualization of the p-n junction location without the need to make patterned electrical contacts to the NW. Spatially resolved measurements of S{sub 11}{sup ′}, which is the derivative of the RF reflection coefficient S{sub 11} with respect to voltage, varied strongly when probing axially along the NW and across the p-n junction. The axial variation in S{sub 11}{sup ′}  effectively mapped the asymmetric depletion arising from the doping concentrations on either side of the junction. Furthermore, variation of the probe tip voltage altered the apparent extent of features associated with the p-n junction in S{sub 11}{sup ′} images.

  2. Plasmon-enhanced photothermoelectric conversion in chemical vapor deposited graphene p-n junctions.

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    Wu, Di; Yan, Kai; Zhou, Yu; Wang, Huan; Lin, Li; Peng, Hailin; Liu, Zhongfan

    2013-07-31

    Graphene p-n junctions grown by chemical vapor deposition hold great promise for the applications in high-speed, broadband photodetectors and energy conversion devices, where efficient photoelectric conversion can be realized by a hot-carrier-assisted photothermoelectric (PTE) effect and hot-carrier multiplication. However, the overall quantum efficiency is restricted by the low light absorption of single-layer graphene. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of a plasmon-enhanced PTE conversion in chemical vapor deposited graphene p-n junctions. Surface plasmons of metallic nanostructures placed near the graphene p-n junctions were found to significantly enhance the optical field in the active layer and allow for a 4-fold increase in the photocurrent. Moreover, the utilization of localized plasmon enhancement facilitates the realization of efficient PTE conversion of graphene p-n junction devices under global illumination, which may offer an avenue for practical applications of graphene-based photodetectors and solar cells.

  3. Part-Based Visual Tracking via Online Weighted P-N Learning

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    Fan, Heng; Xiang, Jinhai; Xu, Jun

    2014-01-01

    We propose a novel part-based tracking algorithm using online weighted P-N learning. An online weighted P-N learning method is implemented via considering the weight of samples during classification, which improves the performance of classifier. We apply weighted P-N learning to track a part-based target model instead of whole target. In doing so, object is segmented into fragments and parts of them are selected as local feature blocks (LFBs). Then, the weighted P-N learning is employed to train classifier for each local feature block (LFB). Each LFB is tracked through the corresponding classifier, respectively. According to the tracking results of LFBs, object can be then located. During tracking process, to solve the issues of occlusion or pose change, we use a substitute strategy to dynamically update the set of LFB, which makes our tracker robust. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method outperforms the state-of-the-art trackers. PMID:25133228

  4. SEM observation of p-n junction in semiconductors using fountain secondary electron detector

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    Sekiguchi, Takashi; Kimura, Takashi; Iwai, Hideo

    2016-11-01

    When we observe a p-n junction in a certain semiconductors using scanning electron microscope, it is known that the p-type region is brighter than n-type region in secondary electron (SE) image. To clarify this origin, the p-n junctions in 4H-SiC was observed using fountain secondary electron detector (FSED). The original FSED image shows brighter p-region than n-region, which is similar to the SE image taken by Everhart-Thonley detector, mainly due to the background component of SE signal. By subtracting the background, the line profiles of FSED signal across p-n junction have been recorded according to the SE energies. These profiles may include the detailed information of p-n junction.

  5. Comparison of the pp → π+pn and pp → π+d production rates

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    Fäldt, G.; Wilkin, C.

    2017-07-01

    Fully constrained bubble chamber data on the pp →π+ pn and pp →π+ d reactions are used to investigate the ratio of the counting rates for the two processes at low pn excitation energies. Whereas the ratio is in tolerable agreement with that found in a high resolution spectrometer experiment, the angular distribution in the final pn rest frame shows that the deviation from the predictions of final state interaction theory must originate primarily from higher partial waves in the pn system. These considerations might also be significant for the determination of the S-wave Λp scattering length from data on the pp →K+ Λp reaction.

  6. Snake states in graphene quantum dots in the presence of a p-n junction

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    Zarenia, M.; Pereira, J. M., Jr.; Peeters, F. M.; Farias, G. A.

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the magnetic interface states of graphene quantum dots that contain p-n junctions. Within a tight-binding approach, we consider rectangular quantum dots in the presence of a perpendicular magnetic field containing p-n as well as p-n-p and n-p-n junctions. The results show the interplay between the edge states associated with the zigzag terminations of the sample and the snake states that arise at the p-n junction due to the overlap between electron and hole states at the potential interface. Remarkable localized states are found at the crossing of the p-n junction with the zigzag edge having a dumb-bell-shaped electron distribution. The results are presented as a function of the junction parameters and the applied magnetic flux.

  7. Simulation of interface states effect on the scanning capacitance microscopy measurement of p-n junctions

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    Yang, J.; Kong, F. C. J.

    2002-12-01

    A two-dimensional numerical simulation model of interface states in scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) measurements of p-n junctions is presented. In the model, amphoteric interface states with two transition energies in the Si band gap are represented as fixed charges to account for their behavior in SCM measurements. The interface states are shown to cause a stretch-out and a parallel shift of the capacitance-voltage characteristics in the depletion and neutral regions of p-n junctions, respectively. This explains the discrepancy between the SCM measurement and simulation near p-n junctions, and thus modeling interface states is crucial for SCM dopant profiling of p-n junctions.

  8. A CMOS Microdisplay Utilizing Hot Carrier Electroluminescence From Reverse-biased Si PN Junctions

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    Xu, Kaikai; Snyman, Lukas W.; Polleux, Jean-Luc; Aharoni, Herzl

    2017-06-01

    The emission of visible light by a monolithically integrated Si p-n junction under reverse bias is presented, and a fully CMOS integrated optical-type fingerprint sensor using Si light emitting devices is achieved.

  9. Pn tomography with Moho depth correction from eastern Europe to western China

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    Lü, Yan; Ni, Sidao; Chen, Ling; Chen, Qi-Fu

    2017-02-01

    We proposed a modified Pn velocity and anisotropy tomography method by considering the Moho depth variations using the Crust 1.0 model and obtained high-resolution images of the uppermost mantle Pn velocity and anisotropy structure from eastern Europe to western China. The tomography results indicate that the average Pn velocities are approximately 8.0 and 8.1 km/s under the western and eastern parts of the study area, respectively, with maximum velocity perturbations of 3%-4%. We observed high Pn velocities under the Adriatic Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Arabian Plate, Indian Plate, and in the Tarim and Sichuan Basins but low Pn velocities under the Apennine Peninsula, Dead Sea fault zone, Anatolia, Caucasus, Iranian Plateau, Hindu Kush, and in the Yunnan and Myanmar regions. Generally, regions with stable structures and low lithospheric temperatures exhibit high Pn velocities. Low Pn velocities provide evidence for the upwelling of hot material, which is associated with plate subduction and continental collision processes. Our Pn velocity and anisotropy imaging results indicate that the Adriatic microplate dives to the east and west, the hot material upwelling caused by subduction beneath the Tibetan Plateau is not as significant as that in the Caucasus and Myanmar regions, the lithosphere exhibits coupled rotational movement around the Eastern Himalayan syntaxes, and the areas to the north and south of 26°N in the Yunnan region are affected by different geodynamic processes. Our newly captured images of the uppermost mantle velocity and anisotropy structure provide further information about continental collision processes and associated dynamic mechanisms.

  10. Detection of interstellar PN - The first phosphorus-bearing species observed in molecular clouds

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    Ziurys, L. M.

    1987-01-01

    Phosphorus nitride (PN) has been detected in the interstellar medium. The J = 2-1, 3-2, 5-4, and 6-5 rotational lines of this species have been observed toward Orion-KL, and the J = 2-1 transition in Sgr B2 and W51. The PN line profiles in Orion indicate that the molecule's emission arises from the 'plateau' or 'doughnut' region associated with the outflow from IRc2. The species is thus primarily present in hot, dense gas. Column densities derived for PN toward Orion-KL are (3-4) x 10 to the 13th/sq cm, but may be as high as 10 to the 14th/sq cm, if the species is located in a 10-arcsec region. These column densities imply a fractional abundance for PN in the Orion 'plateau' of (1-4) x 10 to the -10th. Such a large abundance for PN is not predicted by quiescent cloud ion-molecule chemistry and suggests that high-temperature processes are responsible for the synthesis of PN in the KL outflow.

  11. Optoelectronic devices based on electrically tunable p-n diodes in a monolayer dichalcogenide.

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    Baugher, Britton W H; Churchill, Hugh O H; Yang, Yafang; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo

    2014-04-01

    The p-n junction is the functional element of many electronic and optoelectronic devices, including diodes, bipolar transistors, photodetectors, light-emitting diodes and solar cells. In conventional p-n junctions, the adjacent p- and n-type regions of a semiconductor are formed by chemical doping. Ambipolar semiconductors, such as carbon nanotubes, nanowires and organic molecules, allow for p-n junctions to be configured and modified by electrostatic gating. This electrical control enables a single device to have multiple functionalities. Here, we report ambipolar monolayer WSe2 devices in which two local gates are used to define a p-n junction within the WSe2 sheet. With these electrically tunable p-n junctions, we demonstrate both p-n and n-p diodes with ideality factors better than 2. Under optical excitation, the diodes demonstrate a photodetection responsivity of 210 mA W(-1) and photovoltaic power generation with a peak external quantum efficiency of 0.2%, promising values for a nearly transparent monolayer material in a lateral device geometry. Finally, we demonstrate a light-emitting diode based on monolayer WSe2. These devices provide a building block for ultrathin, flexible and nearly transparent optoelectronic and electronic applications based on ambipolar dichalcogenide materials.

  12. Detection of interstellar PN - The first phosphorus-bearing species observed in molecular clouds

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    Ziurys, L. M.

    1987-01-01

    Phosphorus nitride (PN) has been detected in the interstellar medium. The J = 2-1, 3-2, 5-4, and 6-5 rotational lines of this species have been observed toward Orion-KL, and the J = 2-1 transition in Sgr B2 and W51. The PN line profiles in Orion indicate that the molecule's emission arises from the 'plateau' or 'doughnut' region associated with the outflow from IRc2. The species is thus primarily present in hot, dense gas. Column densities derived for PN toward Orion-KL are (3-4) x 10 to the 13th/sq cm, but may be as high as 10 to the 14th/sq cm, if the species is located in a 10-arcsec region. These column densities imply a fractional abundance for PN in the Orion 'plateau' of (1-4) x 10 to the -10th. Such a large abundance for PN is not predicted by quiescent cloud ion-molecule chemistry and suggests that high-temperature processes are responsible for the synthesis of PN in the KL outflow.

  13. Dynamic visualization of axial p-n junctions in single gallium nitride nanorods under electrical bias.

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    Lu, Yu-Jung; Lu, Ming-Yen; Yang, Yu-Chen; Chen, Hung-Ying; Chen, Lih-Juann; Gwo, Shangjr

    2013-09-24

    We demonstrate a direct visualization method based on secondary electron (SE) imaging in scanning electron microscopy for mapping electrostatic potentials across axial semiconductor nanorod p-n junctions. It is found that the SE doping contrast can be directly related to the spatial distribution of electrostatic potential across the axial nanorod p-n junction. In contrast to the conventional SE doping contrast achieved for planar p-n junctions, the quasi-one-dimensional geometry of nanorods allows for high-resolution, versatile SE imaging under high accelerating voltage, long working distance conditions. Furthermore, we are able to delineate the electric field profiles across the axial nanorod p-n junction as well as depletion widths at different reverse biases. By using standard p-n junction theory and secondary ion mass spectroscopy, the carrier concentrations of p- and n-regions can be further extracted from the depletion widths under reverse biasing conditions. This direct imaging method enables determination of electrostatic potential variation of p-n junctions in semiconductor nanorod and nanowire devices with a spatial resolution better than 10 nm.

  14. Mass spectrometry method to identify aging pathways of Sp- and Rp-tabun adducts on human butyrylcholinesterase based on the acid labile P-N bond.

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    Jiang, Wei; Cashman, John R; Nachon, Florian; Masson, Patrick; Schopfer, Lawrence M; Lockridge, Oksana

    2013-04-01

    The phosphoramidate nerve agent tabun inhibits butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and acetylcholinesterase by making a covalent bond on the active site serine. The adduct loses an alkyl group in a process called aging. The mechanism of aging of the tabun adduct is controversial. Some studies claim that aging proceeds through deamination, whereas crystal structure studies show aging by O-dealkylation. Our goal was to develop a method that clearly distinguishes between deamination and O-dealkylation. We began by studying the tetraisopropyl pyrophosphoramide adduct of BChE because this adduct has two P-N bonds. Mass spectra showed that the P-N bonds were stable during trypsin digestion at pH 8 but were cleaved during pepsin digestion at pH 2. The P-N bond in tabun was also acid labile, whereas the P-O bond was stable. A scheme to distinguish aging by deamination from aging by O-dealkylation was based on the acid labile P-N bond. BChE was inhibited with Sp- and Rp-tabun thiocholine nerve agent model compounds to make adducts identical to those of tabun with known stereochemistry. After aging and digestion with pepsin at pH 2, peptide FGES198AGAAS from Sp-tabun thiocholine had a mass of 902.2 m/z in negative mode, indicating that it had aged by deamination, whereas peptide FGES198AGAAS from Rp-tabun thiocholine had a mass of 874.2 m/z in negative mode, indicating that it had aged by O-dealkylation. BChE inhibited by authentic, racemic tabun yielded both 902.2 and 874.2 m/z peptides, indicating that both stereoisomers reacted with BChE and aged either by deamination or dealkylation.

  15. Mass Spectrometry Method to Identify Aging Pathways of Sp- and Rp-Tabun Adducts on Human Butyrylcholinesterase Based on the Acid Labile P-N Bond

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    Lockridge, Oksana

    2013-01-01

    The phosphoramidate nerve agent tabun inhibits butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and acetylcholinesterase by making a covalent bond on the active site serine. The adduct loses an alkyl group in a process called aging. The mechanism of aging of the tabun adduct is controversial. Some studies claim that aging proceeds through deamination, whereas crystal structure studies show aging by O-dealkylation. Our goal was to develop a method that clearly distinguishes between deamination and O-dealkylation. We began by studying the tetraisopropyl pyrophosphoramide adduct of BChE because this adduct has two P-N bonds. Mass spectra showed that the P-N bonds were stable during trypsin digestion at pH 8 but were cleaved during pepsin digestion at pH 2. The P-N bond in tabun was also acid labile, whereas the P-O bond was stable. A scheme to distinguish aging by deamination from aging by O-dealkylation was based on the acid labile P-N bond. BChE was inhibited with Sp- and Rp-tabun thiocholine nerve agent model compounds to make adducts identical to those of tabun with known stereochemistry. After aging and digestion with pepsin at pH 2, peptide FGES198AGAAS from Sp-tabun thiocholine had a mass of 902.2 m/z in negative mode, indicating that it had aged by deamination, whereas peptide FGES198AGAAS from Rp-tabun thiocholine had a mass of 874.2 m/z in negative mode, indicating that it had aged by O-dealkylation. BChE inhibited by authentic, racemic tabun yielded both 902.2 and 874.2 m/z peptides, indicating that both stereoisomers reacted with BChE and aged either by deamination or dealkylation. PMID:23345579

  16. Synthesis, Crystal and Electronic Structures of the Pnictides AE3TrPn3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga; Pn = P, As)

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    Stoyko, Stanislav; Voss, Leonard; He, Hua; Bobev, Svilen

    2015-09-24

    New ternary arsenides AE3TrAs3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga) and their phosphide analogs Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3 have been prepared by reactions of the respective elements at high temperatures. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies reveal that Sr3AlAs3 and Ba3AlAs3 adopt the Ba3AlSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oC56, space group Cmce, Z = 8). This structure is also realized for Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3. Likewise, the compounds Sr3GaAs3 and Ba3GaAs3 crystallize with the Ba3GaSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oP56, space group Pnma, Z = 8). Both structures are made up of isolated pairs of edge-shared AlPn4 and GaPn4 tetrahedra (Pn = pnictogen, i.e., P or As), separated by the alkaline-earth Sr2+ and Ba2+ cations. In both cases, there are no homoatomic bonds, hence, regardless of the slightly different atomic arrangements, both structures can be rationalized as valence-precise [AE2+]3[Tr3+][Pn3-]3, or rather [AE2+]6[Tr2Pn6]12-, i.e., as Zintl phases.

  17. Preparation and activity evaluation of p-n junction photocatalyst NiO/TiO2.

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    Shifu, Chen; Sujuan, Zhang; Wei, Liu; Wei, Zhao

    2008-06-30

    p-n Junction photocatalyst NiO/TiO2 was prepared by sol-gel method using Ni(NO3)2.6H2O and tetrabutyl titanate [Ti(OC4H9)4] as the raw materials. The p-n junction photocatalyst NiO/TiO2 was characterized by UV-vis diffuse reflection spectrum, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activity of the photocatalyst was evaluated by photocatalytic reduction of Cr2O7(2-) and photocatalytic oxidation of rhodamine B. The results show that, for photocatalytic reduction of Cr2O7(2-), the optimum percentage of doped-NiO is 0.5% (mole ratio of Ni/Ti). The photocatalytic activity of the p-n junction NiO/TiO2 is much higher than that of TiO2 on the photocatalytic reduction of Cr2O7(2-). However, the photocatalytic activity of the p-n junction photocatalyst NiO/TiO2 is much lower than that of TiO2 on the photocatalytic oxidation of rhodamine B. Namely, the p-n junction photocatalyst NiO/TiO2 has higher photocatalytic reduction activity, but lower photocatalytic oxidation activity. Effects of heat treatment on the photocatalytic activity of p-n junction photocatalyst NiO/TiO2 were investigated. The mechanisms of influence on the photocatalytic activity were also discussed by the p-n junction principle.

  18. Olivary Climbing Fiber Alterations in PN40 Rat Cerebellum Following Postnatal Ethanol Exposure

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    Pierce, Dwight R.; Hayar, Abdallah; Williams, D. Keith; Light, Kim Edward

    2011-01-01

    Developmental ethanol exposure in rats during postnatal days (PN) 4–6 is known to cause significant loss of cerebellar Purkinje cells. It is not known what happens to the surviving neurons as they continue to develop. This study was designed to quantify the interactions between the olivary climbing fibers and the Purkinje cells when the cerebellar circuits have matured. Rat pups were treated with a daily dose of ethanol (4.5 g/kg body weight) delivered by intragastric intubation on PN4, PN4-6, or PN7-9. The interactions between climbing fibers and Purkinje cells were examined on PN40 using confocal microscopy. Mid-vermal cerebellar sections were stained with antibodies to calbindin-D28k (to visualize Purkinje cells) and vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGluT2, to visualize climbing fibers). Confocal z-stack images were obtained from Lobule 1 and analyzed with Imaris software to quantify the staining of the two antibodies. The VGluT2 immunostaining was significantly reduced and this was associated with alterations in the synaptic integrity, and synaptic number per Purkinje cell with only a single exposure on PN4 enough to cause the alterations. Previously, we demonstrated similar deficits in climbing fiber innervation when analyzed on PN14 (Pierce, Hayar, Williams, and Light, 2010). The present study confirms that these alterations are sustained and further identifies the decreased synaptic density as well as alterations to the general morphology of the molecular layer of the cerebellar cortex that are the result of the binge ethanol exposure. PMID:21241681

  19. Observations of the Magnitude Dependence of Pn/Lg Ratios from Underground Explosions in Central Asia

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    Xie, J.; Patton, H. J.; Kim, W.

    2001-12-01

    Xie and Patton (1999, JGR) developed scaling relationships for seismic moment M0 and corner frequency fc determined from Pn and Lg spectra for many explosions and earthquakes located in central Asia. Scaling relationships were found to depend on the phase and the source type. Pn/Lg ratios ratios are predicted to increase significantly in a frequency range determined by Lg fc (lower limit) and Pn fc (upper limit). The increase slows down or stops outside this frequency range, and the range shifts to higher frequency with decreasing event magnitude. As a result, ratios from smaller events reach maxima at higher frequencies than do larger events. This predicted magnitude-dependent frequency shift of Pn/Lg ratios has been marked by controversy over whether direct observations support it or not. Here we summarize results from direct observations of Pn/Lg spectral ratios for Semipalatinsk and Lop Nor explosions. These observations include (1) ratios from Lop Nor explosions between 1992-1996 recorded on multiple broad-band stations, (2) ratios from Semipalatinsk explosions between 1987-1989 recorded on the Chinese station WMQ, (3) ratios from chemical explosions at Semipalatinsk between 1997-1999 recorded on broad-band Kazakhstan network stations, and (4) ratios from Semipalatinsk explosions between 1987-1989 from the Borovoye Digital Seismogram Archive (Kim et al., 2001). Pn/Lg ratios are stacked in three event populations with mb values of ~ 6.0, 5.0 and 4.0, respectively. Additionally, Pn/Lg ratios are available from multiple stations from a mb=6.6 explosion. The stacked ratios are compared with one another for near-repeated paths or for paths for which corrections are known based on path Q-inversions. All of the stacked Pn/Lg ratios show magnitude-dependence and statistically support the predicted magnitude-dependent frequency shift. The observations also indicate more complexity in Pn/Lg ratios from the mb ~ 4 population, which is largely made up of recent chemical

  20. Ternary CaCu{sub 4}P{sub 2}-type pnictides AAg{sub 4}Pn{sub 2} (A=Sr, Eu; Pn=As, Sb)

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    Stoyko, Stanislav S.; Khatun, Mansura; Scott Mullen, C.; Mar, Arthur

    2012-08-15

    Four ternary pnictides AAg{sub 4}Pn{sub 2} (A=Sr, Eu; Pn=As, Sb) were prepared by reactions of the elements at 850 Degree-Sign C and their crystal structures were determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. These silver-containing pnictides AAg{sub 4}Pn{sub 2} adopt the trigonal CaCu{sub 4}P{sub 2}-type structure (Pearson symbol hR21, space group R3-bar m, Z=3; a=4.5555(6) A, c=24.041(3) A for SrAg{sub 4}As{sub 2}; a=4.5352(2) A, c=23.7221(11) A for EuAg{sub 4}As{sub 2}; a=4.7404(4) A, c=25.029(2) A for SrAg{sub 4}Sb{sub 2}; a=4.7239(3) A, c=24.689(2) A for EuAg{sub 4}Sb{sub 2}), which can be derived from the trigonal CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type structure of the isoelectronic zinc-containing pnictides AZn{sub 2}Pn{sub 2} by insertion of additional Ag atoms into trigonal planar sites within [M{sub 2}Pn{sub 2}]{sup 2-} slabs built up of edge-sharing tetrahedra. Band structure calculations on SrAg{sub 4}As{sub 2} and SrAg{sub 4}Sb{sub 2} revealed that these charge-balanced Zintl phases actually exhibit no gap at the Fermi level and are predicted to be semimetals. - Graphical abstract: SrAg{sub 4}As{sub 2} and related pnictides adopt a CaCu{sub 4}P{sub 2}-type structure in which additional Ag atoms enter trigonal planar sites within slabs built from edge-sharing tetrahedra. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AAg{sub 4}Pn{sub 2} are the first Ag-containing members of the CaCu{sub 4}P{sub 2}-type structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag atoms are stuffed in trigonal planar sites within CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type slabs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag-Ag bonding develops through attractive d{sup 10}-d{sup 10} interactions.

  1. R3Au9Pn (R = Y, Gd–Tm; Pn = Sb, Bi): A link between Cu10Sn3 and Gd14Ag51

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    Celania, Chris; Smetana, Volodymyr; Provino, Alessia; ...

    2017-06-05

    A new series of intermetallic compounds R3Au9Pn (R = Y, Gd–Tm; Pn = Sb, Bi) has been discovered during the explorations of the Au-rich parts of rare-earth-containing ternary systems with p-block elements. The existence of the series is strongly restricted by both geometric and electronic factors. R3Au9Pn compounds crystallize in the hexagonal crystal system with space group P63/m (a = 8.08–8.24 Å, c = 8.98–9.08 Å). All compounds feature Au-Pn, formally anionic, networks built up by layers of alternating edge-sharing Au@Au6 and Sb@Au6 trigonal antiprisms of overall composition Au6/2Pn connected through additional Au atoms and separated by a triangular cationicmore » substructure formed by R atoms. From a first look, the series appears to be isostructural with recently reported R3Au7Sn3 (a ternary ordered derivative of the Cu10Sn3-structure type), but no example of R3Au9M is known when M is a triel or tetrel element. R3Au9Pn also contains Au@Au6Au2R3 fully capped trigonal prisms, which are found to be isostructural with those found in the well-researched R14Au51 series. This structural motif, not present in R3Au7Sn3, represents a previously unrecognized link between Cu10Sn3 and Gd14Ag51 parent structure types. Magnetic property measurements carried out for Ho3Au9Sb reveal a complex magnetic structure characterized by antiferromagnetic interactions at low temperature (TN = 10 K). Two metamagnetic transitions occur at high field with a change from antiferromagnetic toward ferromagnetic ordering. Density functional theory based computations were performed to understand the materials’ properties and to shed some light on the stability ranges. As a result, this allowed a better understanding of the bonding pattern, especially of the Au-containing substructure, and elucidation of the role of the third element in the stability of the structure type.« less

  2. R3Au9Pn (R = Y, Gd-Tm; Pn = Sb, Bi): A Link between Cu10Sn3 and Gd14Ag51.

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    Celania, Chris; Smetana, Volodymyr; Provino, Alessia; Pecharsky, Vitalij; Manfrinetti, Pietro; Mudring, Anja-Verena

    2017-06-19

    A new series of intermetallic compounds R3Au9Pn (R = Y, Gd-Tm; Pn = Sb, Bi) has been discovered during the explorations of the Au-rich parts of rare-earth-containing ternary systems with p-block elements. The existence of the series is strongly restricted by both geometric and electronic factors. R3Au9Pn compounds crystallize in the hexagonal crystal system with space group P63/m (a = 8.08-8.24 Å, c = 8.98-9.08 Å). All compounds feature Au-Pn, formally anionic, networks built up by layers of alternating edge-sharing Au@Au6 and Sb@Au6 trigonal antiprisms of overall composition Au6/2Pn connected through additional Au atoms and separated by a triangular cationic substructure formed by R atoms. From a first look, the series appears to be isostructural with recently reported R3Au7Sn3 (a ternary ordered derivative of the Cu10Sn3-structure type), but no example of R3Au9M is known when M is a triel or tetrel element. R3Au9Pn also contains Au@Au6Au2R3 fully capped trigonal prisms, which are found to be isostructural with those found in the well-researched R14Au51 series. This structural motif, not present in R3Au7Sn3, represents a previously unrecognized link between Cu10Sn3 and Gd14Ag51 parent structure types. Magnetic property measurements carried out for Ho3Au9Sb reveal a complex magnetic structure characterized by antiferromagnetic interactions at low temperature (TN = 10 K). Two metamagnetic transitions occur at high field with a change from antiferromagnetic toward ferromagnetic ordering. Density functional theory based computations were performed to understand the materials' properties and to shed some light on the stability ranges. This allowed a better understanding of the bonding pattern, especially of the Au-containing substructure, and elucidation of the role of the third element in the stability of the structure type.

  3. pn-Junction Delineation in Si Devices Using Scanning Capacitance Spectroscopy

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    Edwards, Hal

    2000-03-01

    The scanning capacitance microscope (SCM) is a carrier-sensitive imaging tool based upon the well-known scanning-probe microscope (SPM). Scanning capacitance spectroscopy (SCS) is a new way to utilize an SCM to delineate pn junctions in Si devices. SCS produces two-dimensional pn-junction maps that show features as small as 10 nm. SCS also provides an estimate of the pn-junction depletion width and hence the doping level near the pn junction. We report SCS measurements of deep-submicron field-effect transistors, showing the source-drain extender profile. We show SCM and SCS data in a failure-analysis application, in which we determined the cause of a leaky field-effect transistor. SCM and SCS are powerful tools for Si bipolar transistors, in which the doping-related structures are quite complex. We show microscopic evidence of the narrow-emitter effect, and image the width of the pn junction to explain an electric field-induced hot-carrier reliability issue. We show a comparison of top-view and cross-sectional SCS measurements of nwell-nwell shallow-trench isolation structures, to reveal the effects of photoresist scumming in sub-design-rule isolation widths. We show initial results on a method to delineate constant-potential contours within the depletion region. We discuss the limits to our present understanding of SCM and SCS and some potential sources of error.

  4. Quantum-Transport Characteristics of a p-n Junction on Single-Layer TiS3.

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    Iyikanat, Fadil; Senger, Ramazan T; Peeters, Francois M; Sahin, Hasan

    2016-12-05

    By using density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's function-based methods, we investigated the electronic and transport properties of a TiS3 monolayer p-n junction. We constructed a lateral p-n junction on a TiS3 monolayer using Li and F adatoms. An applied bias voltage caused significant variability in the electronic and transport properties of the TiS3 p-n junction. In addition, the spin-dependent current-voltage characteristics of the constructed TiS3 p-n junction were analyzed. Important device characteristics were found, such as negative differential resistance and rectifying diode behaviors for spin-polarized currents in the TiS3 p-n junction. These prominent conduction properties of the TiS3 p-n junction offer remarkable opportunities for the design of nanoelectronic devices based on a recently synthesized single-layered material.

  5. Comparison of the pn quasiparticle RPA and shell model for Gamow-Teller beta and double-beta decays

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    Zhao, Liang; Brown, B. Alex

    1993-06-01

    We examine the validity of the pn quasiparticle RPA (pnQRPA) as a model for calculating β+ and 2νββ Gamow-Teller decays by making a comparison of the pnQRPA with a large-basis shell-model calculation within the 0f1p shell. We employ A=46 nuclei (those with six valence nucleons) for this comparison. Our comparison includes the decay matrix elements summed over final states, the strength distributions, and, for the first time, the coherent transition matrix elements (CTME). The pnQRPA overestimates the total β+ and 2νββ matrix elements. There are large differences in the shape of the spectra as well as in the CTME between the pnQRPA and shell-model results. Empirical improvements for the pnQRPA are discussed.

  6. Comparison of the [ital pn] quasiparticle RPA and shell model for Gamow-Teller beta and double-beta decays

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    Zhao, L.; Brown, B.A. )

    1993-06-01

    We examine the validity of the [ital pn] quasiparticle RPA ([ital pn]QRPA) as a model for calculating [beta][sup +] and 2[nu][beta][beta] Gamow-Teller decays by making a comparison of the [ital pn]QRPA with a large-basis shell-model calculation within the 0[ital f]1[ital p] shell. We employ [ital A]=46 nuclei (those with six valence nucleons) for this comparison. Our comparison includes the decay matrix elements summed over final states, the strength distributions, and, for the first time, the coherent transition matrix elements (CTME). The [ital pn]QRPA overestimates the total [beta][sup +] and 2[nu][beta][beta] matrix elements. There are large differences in the shape of the spectra as well as in the CTME between the [ital pn]QRPA and shell-model results. Empirical improvements for the [ital pn]QRPA are discussed.

  7. Plasmid pCBI carries genes for anaerobic benzoate catabolism in Alcaligenes xylosoxidans subsp. denitrificans PN-1.

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    Blake, C K; Hegeman, G D

    1987-01-01

    Pseudomonas sp. strain PN-1 is reclassified as Alcaligenes xylosoxidans subsp. denitrificans PN-1. Strain PN-1 is a gram-negative, rod-shaped organism, is motile by means of lateral flagella, is oxidase positive, and does not ferment sugars. Plasmid pCBI, carrying genes for the anaerobic degradation of benzoate in strain PN-1, is 17.4 kilobase pairs in length and is transmissible to a number of denitrifying Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas stutzeri strains. A restriction endonuclease map was constructed. PMID:2822651

  8. Nanoscale imaging of the photoresponse in PN junctions of InGaAs infrared detector

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    Xia, Hui; Li, Tian-Xin; Tang, Heng-Jing; Zhu, Liang; Li, Xue; Gong, Hai-Mei; Lu, Wei

    2016-02-01

    Electronic layout, such as distributions of charge carriers and electric field, in PN junction is determinant for the photovoltaic devices to realize their functionality. Considerable efforts have been dedicated to the carrier profiling of this specific region with Scanning Probe Microscope, yet reliable analysis was impeded by the difficulty in resolving carriers with high mobility and the unclear surface effect, particularly on compound semiconductors. Here we realize nanometer Scanning Capacitance Microscopic study on the cross-section of InGaAs/InP photodetctors with the featured dC/dV layout of PN junction unveiled for the first time. It enables us to probe the photo-excited minority carriers in junction region and diagnose the performance deficiency of the diode devices. This work provides an illuminating insight into the PN junction for assessing its basic capability of harvesting photo-carriers as well as blocking leakage current in nanoscopic scale.

  9. The effects of notch filters on the correlation properties of a PN signal

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    Sussman, S. M.; Ferrari, E. J.

    1974-01-01

    With wideband pseudo-noise (PN) communications systems, it is sometimes desirable to supplement the inherent interference rejection capabilities by adding notch filters to attenuate relatively narrowband interference. This correspondence presents an investigation of the effects of notch filters on the performance of PN correlation receivers. A theoretical analysis of the correlation drop due to filter distortion has been conducted and confirmed by experimentation. Additional measurements and analysis have established the trade-off between correlation drop and interference suppression as a function of interference bandwidth. A typical result is that by incurring a penalty of a 1-dB drop in correlation peak, interfering signals having bandwidths of 2 to 3% of the PN chip rate can be attenuated by 25 dB.

  10. Nanoscale imaging of the photoresponse in PN junctions of InGaAs infrared detector

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    Xia, Hui; Li, Tian-Xin; Tang, Heng-Jing; Zhu, Liang; Li, Xue; Gong, Hai-Mei; Lu, Wei

    2016-01-01

    Electronic layout, such as distributions of charge carriers and electric field, in PN junction is determinant for the photovoltaic devices to realize their functionality. Considerable efforts have been dedicated to the carrier profiling of this specific region with Scanning Probe Microscope, yet reliable analysis was impeded by the difficulty in resolving carriers with high mobility and the unclear surface effect, particularly on compound semiconductors. Here we realize nanometer Scanning Capacitance Microscopic study on the cross-section of InGaAs/InP photodetctors with the featured dC/dV layout of PN junction unveiled for the first time. It enables us to probe the photo-excited minority carriers in junction region and diagnose the performance deficiency of the diode devices. This work provides an illuminating insight into the PN junction for assessing its basic capability of harvesting photo-carriers as well as blocking leakage current in nanoscopic scale. PMID:26892069

  11. Security of Classic PN-Spreading Codes for Hybrid DS/FH Spread-Spectrum Systems

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    Ma, Xiao; Olama, Mohammed M; Kuruganti, Phani Teja; Smith, Stephen Fulton; Djouadi, Seddik M

    2013-01-01

    Hybrid direct sequence/frequency hopping (DS/FH) spread-spectrum communication systems have recently received considerable interest in commercial applications in addition to their use in military communications because they accommodate high data rates with high link integrity, even in the presence of significant multipath effects and interfering signals. The security of hybrid DS/FH systems strongly depends on the choice of PN-spreading code employed. In this paper, we examine the security, in terms of unicity distance, of linear maximal-length, Gold, and Kasami PN-spreading codes for DS, FH, and hybrid DS/FH spread-spectrum systems without additional encryption methods. The unicity distance is a measure of the minimum amount of ciphertext required by an eavesdropper to uniquely determine the specific key used in a cryptosystem and hence break the cipher. Numerical results are presented to compare the security of the considered PN-spreading codes under known-ciphertext attacks.

  12. Fast Risetime Reverse Bias Pulse Failures in SiC PN Junction Diodes

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    Neudeck, Philip G.; Fazi, Christian; Parsons, James D.

    1996-01-01

    SiC-based high temperature power devices are being developed for aerospace systems which will require high reliability. One behavior crucial to power device reliability. To date, it has necessarily been assumed to date is that the breakdown behavior of SiC pn junctions will be similar to highly reliable silicon-based pn junctions. Challenging this assumption, we report the observation of anomalous unreliable reverse breakdown behavior in moderately doped (2-3 x 10(exp 17) cm(exp -3)) small-area 4H- and 6H-SiC pn junction diodes at temperatures ranging from 298 K (25 C) to 873 K (600 C). We propose a mechanism in which carrier emission from un-ionized dopants and deep level defects leads to this unstable behavior. The fundamental instability mechanism is applicable to all wide bandgap semiconductors whose dopants are significantly un-ionized at typical device operating temperatures.

  13. Veselago lensing in graphene with a p-n junction: Classical versus quantum effects

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    Milovanović, S. P.; Moldovan, D.; Peeters, F. M.

    2015-10-01

    The feasibility of Veselago lensing in graphene with a p-n junction is investigated numerically for realistic injection leads. Two different set-ups with two narrow leads are considered with absorbing or reflecting side edges. This allows us to separately determine the influence of scattering on electron focusing for the edges and the p-n interface. Both semiclassical and tight-binding simulations show a distinctive peak in the transmission probability that is attributed to the Veselago lensing effect. We investigate the robustness of this peak on the width of the injector, the position of the p-n interface, and different gate potential profiles. Furthermore, the influence of scattering by both short- and long-range impurities is considered.

  14. Strong Excitonic Emission from (001)-Oriented Diamond P-N Junction

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    Makino, Toshiharu; Kato, Hiromitsu; Ogura, Masahiko; Watanabe, Hideyuki; Ri, Sung-Gi; Yamasaki, Satoshi; Okushi, Hideyo

    2005-09-01

    We have succeeded in fabricating (001)-oriented diamond p-n junctions with good diode characteristics and realized UV light emission by current-injection at room temperature. As p-n junctions, a phosphorus-doped n-type layer was formed on (001)-oriented boron-doped p-type one by applying an optimized homoepitaxial growth technique based on micro-wave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Current-voltage characteristics showed a rectification ratio of 106 at ± 30 V at room temperature. The existence of the space-charge layer through the p-n junction was confirmed from capacitance--voltage characteristics. A strong UV light emission at 235 nm was observed at forward current over 20 mA and is attributed to free exciton recombination.

  15. The ZnO p-n homojunctions modulated by ZnMgO barriers

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    Yang, Jing-Jing; Fang, Qing-Qing; Wang, Dan-Dan; Du, Wen-Han

    2015-04-01

    In this paper, we fabricated the ultrathin ZnO p-n homojunctions, which modulated by ZnMgO asymmetrical double barriers (ADB). The ADB p-n homojunctions displays step-like curve in the absorption spectrums, this is the first time that quantum confinement effect has been observed in the absorption spectrums at room temperature (RT). The Hall-effect data confirm there is 2-dimensional electron gas in the interface of the ZnMgO ADB p-n junctions. The quantum confinement effect enhances the hall-mobility μ to 103 cm2V -1s-1 based on the polarity of the films. There was no rectification property in the ZnO homojunctions with thickness of 250nm, however, when the ADB was added in the n-type layer of the homojunctions, it displays a typical Zener diode rectification property in the I-V curve.

  16. HST/WFPC2 Observations of the Core of KjPn 8

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    López, José Alberto; Meaburn, John; Rodríguez, Luis F.; Vázquez, Roberto; Steffen, Wolfgang; Bryce, Myfanwy

    Narrow-band images of the core of the extraordinary poly-polar planetary nebula KjPn 8 have been obtained with the WFPC2 camera on board the Hubble Space Telescope. Spasmodic bipolar ejections, in changing directions have occurred over thousands of years to create KjPn 8. The central star is finally revealed in these observations and its compact nebular core is resolved into a remarkably young ≍ 500 years old, elliptical ionized ring. The highest speed bipolar outflows are perpendicular to this central ring which is identified as the latest event in the creation of this nebula. The formation history of KjPn 8 has involved two distinct planetary nebula-like events, probably originating from a binary core evolution with components of similar mass.

  17. Identification of PN1, a Predominant Voltage-Dependent Sodium Channel Expressed Principally in Peripheral Neurons

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    Toledo-Aral, Juan J.; Moss, Brenda L.; He, Zhi-Jun; Koszowski, Adam G.; Whisenand, Teri; Levinson, Simon R.; Wolf, John J.; Silos-Santiago, Inmaculada; Halegoua, Simon; Mandel, Gail

    1997-02-01

    Membrane excitability in different tissues is due, in large part, to the selective expression of distinct genes encoding the voltage-dependent sodium channel. Although the predominant sodium channels in brain, skeletal muscle, and cardiac muscle have been identified, the major sodium channel types responsible for excitability within the peripheral nervous system have remained elusive. We now describe the deduced primary structure of a sodium channel, peripheral nerve type 1 (PN1), which is expressed at high levels throughout the peripheral nervous system and is targeted to nerve terminals of cultured dorsal root ganglion neurons. Studies using cultured PC12 cells indicate that both expression and targeting of PN1 is induced by treatment of the cells with nerve growth factor. The preferential localization suggests that the PN1 sodium channel plays a specific role in nerve excitability.

  18. Nanoscale imaging of the photoresponse in PN junctions of InGaAs infrared detector.

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    Xia, Hui; Li, Tian-Xin; Tang, Heng-Jing; Zhu, Liang; Li, Xue; Gong, Hai-Mei; Lu, Wei

    2016-02-19

    Electronic layout, such as distributions of charge carriers and electric field, in PN junction is determinant for the photovoltaic devices to realize their functionality. Considerable efforts have been dedicated to the carrier profiling of this specific region with Scanning Probe Microscope, yet reliable analysis was impeded by the difficulty in resolving carriers with high mobility and the unclear surface effect, particularly on compound semiconductors. Here we realize nanometer Scanning Capacitance Microscopic study on the cross-section of InGaAs/InP photodetectors with the featured dC/dV layout of PN junction unveiled for the first time. It enables us to probe the photo-excited minority carriers in junction region and diagnose the performance deficiency of the diode devices. This work provides an illuminating insight into the PN junction for assessing its basic capability of harvesting photo-carriers as well as blocking leakage current in nanoscopic scale.

  19. Epitaxial Growth of an Organic p-n Heterojunction: C60 on Single-Crystal Pentacene.

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    Nakayama, Yasuo; Mizuno, Yuta; Hosokai, Takuya; Koganezawa, Tomoyuki; Tsuruta, Ryohei; Hinderhofer, Alexander; Gerlach, Alexander; Broch, Katharina; Belova, Valentina; Frank, Heiko; Yamamoto, Masayuki; Niederhausen, Jens; Glowatzki, Hendrik; Rabe, Jürgen P; Koch, Norbert; Ishii, Hisao; Schreiber, Frank; Ueno, Nobuo

    2016-06-01

    Designing molecular p-n heterojunction structures, i.e., electron donor-acceptor contacts, is one of the central challenges for further development of organic electronic devices. In the present study, a well-defined p-n heterojunction of two representative molecular semiconductors, pentacene and C60, formed on the single-crystal surface of pentacene is precisely investigated in terms of its growth behavior and crystallographic structure. C60 assembles into a (111)-oriented face-centered-cubic crystal structure with a specific epitaxial orientation on the (001) surface of the pentacene single crystal. The present experimental findings provide molecular scale insights into the formation mechanisms of the organic p-n heterojunction through an accurate structural analysis of the single-crystalline molecular contact.

  20. Two-dimensional dopant profiling of gallium nitride p-n junctions by scanning capacitance microscopy

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    Lamhamdi, M.; Cayrel, F.; Frayssinet, E.; Bazin, A. E.; Yvon, A.; Collard, E.; Cordier, Y.; Alquier, D.

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional imaging of dopant profiles for n and p-type regions are relevant for the development of new power semiconductors, especially for gallium nitride (GaN) for which classical profiling techniques are not adapted. This is a challenging task since it needs a technique with simultaneously good sensitivity, high spatial resolution and high dopant gradient resolution. To face these challenges, scanning capacitance microscopy combined with Atomic Force Microscopy is a good candidate, presenting reproducible results, as demonstrated in literature. In this work, we attempt to distinguish reliably and qualitatively the various doping concentrations and type at p-n and unipolar junctions. For both p-n and unipolar junctions three kinds of samples were prepared and measured separately. The space-charge region of the p-n metallurgical junction, giving rise to different contrasts under SCM imaging, is clearly observed, enlightening the interest of the SCM technique.

  1. Veselago lensing in graphene with a p-n junction: Classical versus quantum effects

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    Milovanović, S. P. Moldovan, D. Peeters, F. M.

    2015-10-21

    The feasibility of Veselago lensing in graphene with a p-n junction is investigated numerically for realistic injection leads. Two different set-ups with two narrow leads are considered with absorbing or reflecting side edges. This allows us to separately determine the influence of scattering on electron focusing for the edges and the p-n interface. Both semiclassical and tight-binding simulations show a distinctive peak in the transmission probability that is attributed to the Veselago lensing effect. We investigate the robustness of this peak on the width of the injector, the position of the p-n interface, and different gate potential profiles. Furthermore, the influence of scattering by both short- and long-range impurities is considered.

  2. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of quaternary iron selenides: Ba2FePnSe5 (Pn=Sb, Bi)

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    Wang, Jian; Greenfield, Joshua T.; Kovnir, Kirill

    2016-10-01

    Two new barium iron pnictide-selenides, Ba2FeSbSe5 and Ba2FeBiSe5, were synthesized by a high-temperature solid-state route and their crystal structures were determined using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Both compounds are isomorphic to the high pressure phase Ba3FeS5 and crystallize in the orthorhombic space group Pnma (No. 62) with cell parameters of a=12.603(2)/12.619(2) Å, b=9.106(1)/9.183(1) Å, c=9.145(1)/9.123(1) Å and Z=4 for Ba2FeSbSe5 and Ba2FeBiSe5, respectively. According to differential scanning calorimetry, Ba2FePnSe5 compounds exhibit high thermal stability and melt congruently at 1055(5) K (Pn=Sb) and 1105(5) K (Pn=Bi). Magnetic characterizations reveal strong antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor interactions in both compounds resulting in an antiferromagnetic ordering at 58(1) K for Ba2FeSbSe5 and 79(2) K for Ba2FeBiSe5. The magnetic interactions between Fe3+ centers, which are at least 6 Å apart from each other, are mediated by superexchange interactions.

  3. Solution of transport equations in layered media with refractive index mismatch using the PN-method.

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    Phillips, Kevin G; Jacques, Steven L

    2009-10-01

    The PN-method is a spectral discretization technique used to obtain numerical solutions to the radiative transport equation. To the best of our knowledge, the PN-method has yet to be generalized to the case of refractive index mismatch in layered slabs used to numerically simulate skin. Our main contribution is the application of a collocation method that takes into account refractive index mismatch at layer interfaces. The stability, convergence, and accuracy of the method are established. Example calculations demonstrating the flexibility of the method are performed.

  4. Transfer to the continuum calculations of quasifree (p,pn) and (p,2p) reactions

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    Gomez-Ramos, M.; Moro, A. M.

    2016-05-01

    Nucleon removal (p, pn) and (p, 2p) reactions at intermediate energies have gained renewed attention in recent years as a tool to extract information from exotic nuclei. The information obtained from these experiments is expected to be sensitive to deeper portions of the wave function of the removed nucleon than knockout reactions with heavier targets. In this contribution, we present calculations for (p, 2p) and (p, pn) reactions performed within the so-called transfer to the continuum method (TR*). Results for stable and unstable nuclei are presented, and compared with experimental data, when available.

  5. Visualizing the photovoltaic behavior of a type-II p-n heterojunction superstructure

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    Xing, Juanjuan; Takeguchi, Masaki; Hashimoto, Ayako; Cao, Junyu; Ye, Jinhua

    2014-04-21

    Photovoltaic behavior of a CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} p-n multi-junction was investigated with electron holography combined with an in situ light irradiation system. Potential profiles of the samples with and without light irradiation were extracted to measure the open circuit photovoltage generated either by the whole heterojunction superstructure or from each p-n junction. Investigation on the variation in the energy band configuration under light irradiation revealed the mechanism involved in the photoelectric effect, with respect to the properties of the heterojunction and its periodic quantum structure.

  6. Visualizing the photovoltaic behavior of a type-II p-n heterojunction superstructure

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    Xing, Juanjuan; Takeguchi, Masaki; Hashimoto, Ayako; Cao, Junyu; Ye, Jinhua

    2014-04-01

    Photovoltaic behavior of a CaFe2O4/ZnFe2O4 p-n multi-junction was investigated with electron holography combined with an in situ light irradiation system. Potential profiles of the samples with and without light irradiation were extracted to measure the open circuit photovoltage generated either by the whole heterojunction superstructure or from each p-n junction. Investigation on the variation in the energy band configuration under light irradiation revealed the mechanism involved in the photoelectric effect, with respect to the properties of the heterojunction and its periodic quantum structure.

  7. Semiconductor device PN junction fabrication using optical processing of amorphous semiconductor material

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    Sopori, Bhushan; Rangappan, Anikara

    2014-11-25

    Systems and methods for semiconductor device PN junction fabrication are provided. In one embodiment, a method for fabricating an electrical device having a P-N junction comprises: depositing a layer of amorphous semiconductor material onto a crystalline semiconductor base, wherein the crystalline semiconductor base comprises a crystalline phase of a same semiconductor as the amorphous layer; and growing the layer of amorphous semiconductor material into a layer of crystalline semiconductor material that is epitaxially matched to the lattice structure of the crystalline semiconductor base by applying an optical energy that penetrates at least the amorphous semiconductor material.

  8. A Van Der Waals Homojunction: Ideal p-n Diode Behavior in MoSe2.

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    Jin, Youngjo; Keum, Dong Hoon; An, Sung-Jin; Kim, Joonggyu; Lee, Hyun Seok; Lee, Young Hee

    2015-10-07

    A MoSe2 p-n diode with a van der Waals homojunction is demonstrated by stacking undoped (n-type) and Nb-doped (p-type) semiconducting MoSe2 synthesized by chemical vapor transport for Nb substitutional doping. The p-n diode reveals an ideality factor of ≈1.0 and a high external quantum efficiency (≈52%), which increases in response to light intensity due to the negligible recombination rate at the clean homojunction interface.

  9. Consciousness loss during epileptogenesis: implication for VLPO-PnO circuits

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    Feng, Maohui; He, Zhigang; Liu, Baowen; Li, Zhixiao; Tao, Guorong; Wu, Duozhi; Xiang, Hongbing

    2017-01-01

    There is a growing concern about consciousness loss during epileptic seizures. Understanding neural mechanisms could lead to a better comprehension of cerebral circuit function in the control of consciousness loss in intractable epilepsy. We propose that ventrolateral preoptic area (VLPO)- PnO (nucleus pontis oralis) circuits may serve a major role in the loss of consciousness in drug-refractory epilepsy. Future behavioural and neuroimaging studies are clearly needed to understand the functional connectivity between the VLPO and PnO during loss of consciousness in drug-refractory epilepsy, to greatly prevent unconsciousness in this disorder and improve the quality of life in patients with intractable epilepsy. PMID:28337311

  10. Laser direct writing of modulation-doped nanowire p/n junctions.

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    Nam, Woongsik; Mitchell, James I; Xu, Xianfan

    2016-12-02

    We demonstrate a single-step, laser-based technique to fabricate axial modulation-doped silicon nanowires. Our method is based on laser-direct-write chemical vapor deposition and has the capability to fabricate nanowires as small as 60 nm, which is far below the diffraction limit of the laser wavelength of 395 nm, with precise control of nanowire position, length, and orientation. By switching dopant gases during nanowire writing, p-n junction nanowires are produced. The p-n junction nanowires are fabricated into multifinger devices with parallel metal contacts and electrically tested to demonstrate diode characteristics.

  11. Compressional Wave Q in the Uppermost Mantle Beneath the Tibetan Plateau Measured Using Pn Wave Spectra

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    Xie, J.

    2003-12-01

    Pn waves from three near-colocated seismic events in the eastern Tarim Basin are well-recorded by the INDEPTH III and II arrays, which are deployed from northern to southern Tibet with a small east-west spread (between ˜88 and 91° E). The paths run southward and sample the Tibetan mantle with epicentral distances increasing from 870 to 1540 km. These waves have spectral contents that are distinctly different from those collected from the Kyrghistan network (KNET), to which the paths traverse westward through the eastern Tienshan. Pn Q beneath Tibet and Tienshan must therefore be different. Xie and Patton (1999,JGR, 104, 941-954) have simultaneously estimated source spectra of the co-located events, and path-averaged Pn Q to the KNET stations. Under a simplified geometrical spreading of Δ -1.3, they have estimated Q0 and η (Pn Q at 1 Hz and its frequency dependence) to KNET to be about 360 and 0.5, respectively. Using those estimates as a priori knowledge, we estimate that Q0 and η are ~180 and 0.3 along paths to northern Tibet, and ˜260 and 0.0 along paths to southern Tibet. The southward increase of Q0 correlates well with a similar increase in Pn velocity contained in previous tomographic images. Additionally, we measured Pn Q using a two-station method along two profiles (from station SANG to TUNL, and GANZ to MAQI) deployed during the 1991-1992 Sino-US Tibetan Plateau experiment. Both profiles are located to the east of 92° E. Along profile SANG-TUNL, we estimate Q0 and η to be ˜270 and 0.0, respectively. The Q0 value is rather high, but correlates well with the high Pn velocities of > 8.1 km/s re-measured in this study. Our results suggest that the zone of low Pn Q0 and velocity in northern Tibet, which is likely caused by high mantle temperature and partial melting, is confined to the west of 92° E. This is so despite that the zone of high Sn attenuation extends to further east.

  12. A critical test of organic P-N photovoltaic cells

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    Bird, G.R.

    1996-09-01

    We present an urgent view of the field of organic solid state photovoltaic cells. This is a proper time to select the most promising materials from the Electrophotographic Industry, materials long tried in terms of stability, high quantum yield of charge carriers, but set apart by unusually high quantum yields at low applied fields. Our experience with the candidate dyes has covered new tests for identifiable impurities and removal of these impurities by verifiable methods. A new method of purification, reactive train sublimation, has been developed for DNT, one of the simplest of the outstanding perylene dyes, and the method seems applicable to some of the other promising perylene derivatives. It removes the offending impurity by converting it into the desired pure product. The role of water of hydration in the {open_quotes}wine cellar effect{close_quotes}, the slowly rising performance of newly made phthalocyanine containing cells has been analyzed. Under the concept of feasibility testing before a final refinement for practicality of materials and production methods, the hydration can be controlled for high level testing. At the same time, efforts go forward to eliminate the need. At least one of the best phthalocyanine components, X-H{sub 2}Pc, does not require water for peak performance. Finally, we have attacked BBIP (bis-benzimidazole perylene) one of the best and most enigmatic of the near infrared sensors. It has long been known and used as a mixture of synthetic isomers, and we hypothesize that either of these would be better than the uncontrolled mixture. A partial success in the form of isolating highly enriched crystals for an X-ray structure of the trans-molecule, is first presented here. A simple optical analysis method has been developed to follow enrichment procedures. For all of its difficult history, this material seems closest to a state of readiness for critical feasibility testing.

  13. The structural classification of the highly disordered crystal phases of [Nn][BF4], [Nn][PF6], [Pn][BF4], and [Pn][PF6] salts (Nn(+) = tetraalkylammonium and Pn(+) = tetraalkylphosphonium).

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    Matsumoto, Kazuhiko; Harinaga, Ukyo; Tanaka, Ryo; Koyama, Akira; Hagiwara, Rika; Tsunashima, Katsuhiko

    2014-11-21

    The structures of 16 symmetric tetraalkylammonium (Nn(+)) and tetraalkylphosphonium (Pn(+)) salts ([Nn][BF4], [Nn][PF6], [Pn][BF4], and [Pn][PF6], where n = 1 to 4, and denotes the number of carbon atoms in each alkyl chain) have been investigated by X-ray diffraction in order to elucidate the effect of ion size on the disordered structure of organic salts. All the salts exhibit one or more solid-solid phase transitions in differential scanning calorimetric curves. Powder X-ray diffraction revealed that the highest temperature solid phase of these salts belongs to a crystal system with a high cubic or hexagonal symmetry. The structures are classified into 5 different types: CsCl', NaCl, NaCl', inverse NiAs, and TBPPF6. The CsCl'-type whose octant corresponds to the original CsCl unit cell is observed for [N1][PF6] owing to the orientational difference for the cation or the anion. The NaCl-type structure is observed for the N2(+) and P2(+) salts while the NaCl'-type structure is observed for [N3][PF6], where the configuration of ions is based on the NaCl-type but the four equivalent positions in the original NaCl lattice split into two sets of equivalent positions (three and one). The inverse NiAs structure is observed for [P3][PF6]. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction reveals that the disordering of ions in [P4][PF6] becomes more significant with increasing temperature. The new structure of a cubic phase, the TBPPF6-type structure, is found for the salts with long alkyl chains. The structure is roughly determined at 333 K and the ions therein are highly disordered but not rotating. The validity of the radius ratio rule is confirmed through appropriate assessment of the ion size.

  14. Sensitive thermal microsensor with pn junction for heat measurement of a single cell

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    Yamada, Taito; Inomata, Naoki; Ono, Takahito

    2016-02-01

    A sensitive thermal microsensor based on a pn junction diode for heat measurements of biological single cells is developed and evaluated. Using a fabricated device, we demonstrated the heat measurement of a single brown fat cell. The principle of the sensor relies on the temperature dependence of the pn junction diode resistance. This method has a capability of the highly thermal sensitivity by downsizing and the advantage of a simple experimental setup using electrical circuits without any special equipment. To achieve highly sensitive heat measurement of single cells, downsizing of the sensor is necessary to reduce the heat capacity of the sensor itself. The sensor with the pn junction diode can be downsized by microfabrication. A bridge beam structure with the pn junction diode as a thermal sensor is placed in vacuum using a microfludic chip to decrease the heat loss to the surroundings. A temperature coefficient of resistance of 1.4%/K was achieved. The temperature and thermal resolutions of the fabricated device are 1.1 mK and 73.6 nW, respectively. The heat measurements of norepinephrine stimulated and nonstimulated single brown fat cells were demonstrated, and different behaviors in heat generation were observed.

  15. Enhanced spin Seebeck effect in a germanene p-n junction

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    Zheng, Jun; Chi, Feng; Guo, Yong

    2014-12-28

    Spin Seebeck effect in a germanene p-n junction is studied by using the nonequilibrium Green's function method combined with the tight-binding Hamiltonian. We find that the thermal bias ΔT can generate spin thermopower when a local exchange field is applied on one edge of the germanene nano-ribbon. The magnitude of the spin thermopower can be modulated by the potential drop across the two terminals of the p-n junction. When the value of the potential drop is smaller than the spin-orbit interaction strength, the spin thermopower is enhanced by two orders of magnitude larger as compared to the case of zero p-n voltage. Optimal temperature corresponding to maximum spin thermopower is insensitive to the potential drop. In the p-n region, maximum spin thermopower can be obtained at relatively higher temperatures. When the value of the potential drop is larger than that of the spin-orbit interaction, however, the spin Seebeck effect decays rapidly with increasing potential drop or temperature. By optimizing the structure parameters, the magnitude of the spin thermopower can be remarkably enhanced due to the coexistence of the exchange field and the potential drop.

  16. Studies of silicon p-n junction solar cells. [open circuit photovoltage

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    Lindholm, F. A.

    1976-01-01

    Single crystal silicon p-n junction solar cells made with low resistivity substrates show poorer solar energy conversion efficiency than traditional theory predicts. The physical mechanisms responsible for this discrepancy are identified and characterized. The open circuit voltage in shallow junction cells of about 0.1 ohm/cm substrate resistivity is investigated under AMO (one sun) conditions.

  17. Bismuthoxyiodide Nanoflakes/Titania Nanotubes Arrayed p-n Heterojunction and Its Application for Photoelectrochemical Bioanalysis

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    Zhao, Wei-Wei; Liu, Zhao; Shan, Shu; Zhang, Wen-Wen; Wang, Jing; Ma, Zheng-Yuan; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2014-03-01

    We have developed sensitive detection of cancer biomarker vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) using the p-n heterojunction comprised of p-type BiOI nanoflakes (NFs) array and n-type TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) array. Due to the unique arrayed structure and the synergy effect of photoelectrochemistry in the formed p-n junction, the synthesized configuration has superior excitation efficiency and thus excellent photoresponsibility. Then, the fabricated p-n heterojunction was integrated with an exquisite bioassay protocol for addressing VEGF using a sandwich immunoassay with glucosedehydrogenase (GDH) as the enzyme tags. Due to the excellent performance of BiOI NFs array/TiO2 NTs array and the ingenious signaling mechanism, the proposed system could achieve the sensitive and specific VEGF detection. This work not only presents a simple BiOI NFs array/TiO2 NTs array p-n heterojunction for general applications in the broad photochemistry areas, but also opens a different horizon for current development of advanced PEC biomolecular detection.

  18. Photocurrent spectroscopy of exciton and free particle optical transitions in suspended carbon nanotube pn-junctions

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    Chang, Shun-Wen; Theiss, Jesse; Hazra, Jubin; Aykol, Mehmet; Kapadia, Rehan; Cronin, Stephen B.

    2015-08-03

    We study photocurrent generation in individual, suspended carbon nanotube pn-junction diodes formed by electrostatic doping using two gate electrodes. Photocurrent spectra collected under various electrostatic doping concentrations reveal distinctive behaviors for free particle optical transitions and excitonic transitions. In particular, the photocurrent generated by excitonic transitions exhibits a strong gate doping dependence, while that of the free particle transitions is gate independent. Here, the built-in potential of the pn-junction is required to separate the strongly bound electron-hole pairs of the excitons, while free particle excitations do not require this field-assisted charge separation. We observe a sharp, well defined E{sub 11} free particle interband transition in contrast with previous photocurrent studies. Several steps are taken to ensure that the active charge separating region of these pn-junctions is suspended off the substrate in a suspended region that is substantially longer than the exciton diffusion length and, therefore, the photocurrent does not originate from a Schottky junction. We present a detailed model of the built-in fields in these pn-junctions, which, together with phonon-assistant exciton dissociation, predicts photocurrents on the same order of those observed experimentally.

  19. Photovoltaic effect in few-layer black phosphorus PN junctions defined by local electrostatic gating.

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    Buscema, Michele; Groenendijk, Dirk J; Steele, Gary A; van der Zant, Herre S J; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres

    2014-08-28

    In conventional photovoltaic solar cells, photogenerated carriers are extracted by the built-in electric field of a semiconductor PN junction, defined by ionic dopants. In atomically thin semiconductors, the doping level can be controlled by the field effect, enabling the implementation of electrically tunable PN junctions. However, most two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors do not show ambipolar transport, which is necessary to realize PN junctions. Few-layer black phosphorus (b-P) is a recently isolated 2D semiconductor with direct bandgap, high mobility, large current on/off ratios and ambipolar operation. Here we fabricate few-layer b-P field-effect transistors with split gates and hexagonal boron nitride dielectric. We demonstrate electrostatic control of the local charge carrier type and density in the device. Illuminating a gate-defined PN junction, we observe zero-bias photocurrents and significant open-circuit voltages due to the photovoltaic effect. The small bandgap of the material allows power generation for illumination wavelengths up to 940 nm, attractive for energy harvesting in the near-infrared.

  20. Photocurrent generation in lateral graphene p-n junction created by electron-beam irradiation

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    Yu, Xuechao; Shen, Youde; Liu, Tao; Wu, Tao (Tom); Jie Wang, Qi

    2015-01-01

    Graphene has been considered as an attractive material for optoelectronic applications such as photodetectors owing to its extraordinary properties, e.g. broadband absorption and ultrahigh mobility. However, challenges still remain in fundamental and practical aspects of the conventional graphene photodetectors which normally rely on the photoconductive mode of operation which has the drawback of e.g. high dark current. Here, we demonstrated the photovoltaic mode operation in graphene p-n junctions fabricated by a simple but effective electron irradiation method that induces n-type doping in intrinsic p-type graphene. The physical mechanism of the junction formation is owing to the substrate gating effect caused by electron irradiation. Photoresponse was obtained for this type of photodetector because the photoexcited electron-hole pairs can be separated in the graphene p-n junction by the built-in potential. The fabricated graphene p-n junction photodetectors exhibit a high detectivity up to ~3 × 1010 Jones (cm Hz1/2 W−1) at room temperature, which is on a par with that of the traditional III–V photodetectors. The demonstrated novel and simple scheme for obtaining graphene p-n junctions can be used for other optoelectronic devices such as solar cells and be applied to other two dimensional materials based devices. PMID:26152225

  1. Diffused P+-N solar cells in bulk GaAs

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    Borrego, J. M.; Ghandhi, S. K.

    1982-01-01

    Recently melt grown GaAs, made by liquid encapsulation techniques, has become available. This material is of sufficiently good quality to allow the fabrication of solar cells by direct diffusion. Results obtained with p(+)/n junction solar cells made by zinc diffusion are described. The quality of bulk GaAs for this application is evaluated.

  2. Two-dimensional non-volatile programmable p-n junctions

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    Li, Dong; Chen, Mingyuan; Sun, Zhengzong; Yu, Peng; Liu, Zheng; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Zhang, Zengxing

    2017-09-01

    Semiconductor p-n junctions are the elementary building blocks of most electronic and optoelectronic devices. The need for their miniaturization has fuelled the rapid growth of interest in two-dimensional (2D) materials. However, the performance of a p-n junction considerably degrades as its thickness approaches a few nanometres and traditional technologies, such as doping and implantation, become invalid at the nanoscale. Here we report stable non-volatile programmable p-n junctions fabricated from the vertically stacked all-2D semiconductor/insulator/metal layers (WSe2/hexagonal boron nitride/graphene) in a semifloating gate field-effect transistor configuration. The junction exhibits a good rectifying behaviour with a rectification ratio of 104 and photovoltaic properties with a power conversion efficiency up to 4.1% under a 6.8 nW light. Based on the non-volatile programmable properties controlled by gate voltages, the 2D p-n junctions have been exploited for various electronic and optoelectronic applications, such as memories, photovoltaics, logic rectifiers and logic optoelectronic circuits.

  3. Fast single-element PN acquisition for the TDRSS MA system

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    Davisson, Lee D.; Flikkema, Paul G.

    1988-11-01

    A description is given and a performance analysis presented of a novel pseudonoise (PN) code acquisition approach for the tracking and data relay satellite system (TDRSS) multiaccess (MA) return subsystem. The MA subsystem uses a phased array onboard the TDRS with 30 elements whose received signals are each independently retransmitted to the ground for beam forming. In the current operational system, acquisition is performed by using a serial search of the possible PN epochs on the beam-formed 30-element signal. The approach performs acquisition on a single (arbitrary) element signal using a parallel (i.e., simultaneous) search of all possible PN epochs. Since only one element signal is used, no beam forming is required prior to PN acquisition. The approach is based on sampling and digital processing of the received signal and incorporates techniques which counteract the effects of Doppler and asynchronous data symboling. The probability of correct acquisition as a function of acquisition time, signal-to-noise ratio, data rate, and user satellite Doppler is analyzed.

  4. Gate-tunable carbon nanotube–MoS2 heterojunction p-n diode

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    Jariwala, Deep; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Wu, Chung-Chiang; Prabhumirashi, Pradyumna L.; Geier, Michael L.; Marks, Tobin J.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Hersam, Mark C.

    2013-01-01

    The p-n junction diode and field-effect transistor are the two most ubiquitous building blocks of modern electronics and optoelectronics. In recent years, the emergence of reduced dimensionality materials has suggested that these components can be scaled down to atomic thicknesses. Although high-performance field-effect devices have been achieved from monolayered materials and their heterostructures, a p-n heterojunction diode derived from ultrathin materials is notably absent and constrains the fabrication of complex electronic and optoelectronic circuits. Here we demonstrate a gate-tunable p-n heterojunction diode using semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and single-layer molybdenum disulfide as p-type and n-type semiconductors, respectively. The vertical stacking of these two direct band gap semiconductors forms a heterojunction with electrical characteristics that can be tuned with an applied gate bias to achieve a wide range of charge transport behavior ranging from insulating to rectifying with forward-to-reverse bias current ratios exceeding 104. This heterojunction diode also responds strongly to optical irradiation with an external quantum efficiency of 25% and fast photoresponse <15 μs. Because SWCNTs have a diverse range of electrical properties as a function of chirality and an increasing number of atomically thin 2D nanomaterials are being isolated, the gate-tunable p-n heterojunction concept presented here should be widely generalizable to realize diverse ultrathin, high-performance electronics and optoelectronics. PMID:24145425

  5. Estimating p-n Diode Bulk Parameters, Bandgap Energy and Absolute Zero by a Simple Experiment

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    Ocaya, R. O.; Dejene, F. B.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a straightforward but interesting experimental method for p-n diode characterization. The method differs substantially from many approaches in diode characterization by offering much tighter control over the temperature and current variables. The method allows the determination of important diode constants such as temperature…

  6. Gate-tunable carbon nanotube-MoS2 heterojunction p-n diode.

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    Jariwala, Deep; Sangwan, Vinod K; Wu, Chung-Chiang; Prabhumirashi, Pradyumna L; Geier, Michael L; Marks, Tobin J; Lauhon, Lincoln J; Hersam, Mark C

    2013-11-05

    The p-n junction diode and field-effect transistor are the two most ubiquitous building blocks of modern electronics and optoelectronics. In recent years, the emergence of reduced dimensionality materials has suggested that these components can be scaled down to atomic thicknesses. Although high-performance field-effect devices have been achieved from monolayered materials and their heterostructures, a p-n heterojunction diode derived from ultrathin materials is notably absent and constrains the fabrication of complex electronic and optoelectronic circuits. Here we demonstrate a gate-tunable p-n heterojunction diode using semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and single-layer molybdenum disulfide as p-type and n-type semiconductors, respectively. The vertical stacking of these two direct band gap semiconductors forms a heterojunction with electrical characteristics that can be tuned with an applied gate bias to achieve a wide range of charge transport behavior ranging from insulating to rectifying with forward-to-reverse bias current ratios exceeding 10(4). This heterojunction diode also responds strongly to optical irradiation with an external quantum efficiency of 25% and fast photoresponse <15 μs. Because SWCNTs have a diverse range of electrical properties as a function of chirality and an increasing number of atomically thin 2D nanomaterials are being isolated, the gate-tunable p-n heterojunction concept presented here should be widely generalizable to realize diverse ultrathin, high-performance electronics and optoelectronics.

  7. Estimating p-n Diode Bulk Parameters, Bandgap Energy and Absolute Zero by a Simple Experiment

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    Ocaya, R. O.; Dejene, F. B.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a straightforward but interesting experimental method for p-n diode characterization. The method differs substantially from many approaches in diode characterization by offering much tighter control over the temperature and current variables. The method allows the determination of important diode constants such as temperature…

  8. Bismuthoxyiodide Nanoflakes/Titania Nanotubes Arrayed p-n Heterojunction and Its Application for Photoelectrochemical Bioanalysis

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    Zhao, Wei-Wei; Liu, Zhao; Shan, Shu; Zhang, Wen-Wen; Wang, Jing; Ma, Zheng-Yuan; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2014-01-01

    We have developed sensitive detection of cancer biomarker vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) using the p-n heterojunction comprised of p-type BiOI nanoflakes (NFs) array and n-type TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) array. Due to the unique arrayed structure and the synergy effect of photoelectrochemistry in the formed p-n junction, the synthesized configuration has superior excitation efficiency and thus excellent photoresponsibility. Then, the fabricated p-n heterojunction was integrated with an exquisite bioassay protocol for addressing VEGF using a sandwich immunoassay with glucosedehydrogenase (GDH) as the enzyme tags. Due to the excellent performance of BiOI NFs array/TiO2 NTs array and the ingenious signaling mechanism, the proposed system could achieve the sensitive and specific VEGF detection. This work not only presents a simple BiOI NFs array/TiO2 NTs array p-n heterojunction for general applications in the broad photochemistry areas, but also opens a different horizon for current development of advanced PEC biomolecular detection. PMID:24651880

  9. High-speed infra-red modulator with multilayered pn-junctions

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    Yamada, S.; Urisu, T.; Mizushima, Y.

    1983-10-01

    A high-speed infra-red modulator having a GaAs multilayered pn-junction and resonator structure is proposed. Device operation is based on infra-red interaction with injected carriers at each junction. The performance calculation reveals an amplitude of 50 percent, and an approximately pi phase modulation depth with expected bandwidth in the gigahertz order.

  10. High-Frequency, 6.2 Angstrom pN Heterojunction Diodes

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    2012-01-01

    Furthermore, the first monolithic microwave integrated circuits ( MMICs ) fabricated using 6.1 Å based HEMTs have been demonstrated [3]. New mate- rials...are expected toexceed theper- formance of current state-of-the-art GaAs Schottky diodes. In this letter, MMIC -compatible Sb-based pN heterojunction

  11. Nonlinear screening and ballistic transport in a graphene p-n junction.

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    Zhang, L M; Fogler, M M

    2008-03-21

    We study the charge density distribution, the electric field profile, and the resistance of an electrostatically created lateral p-n junction in graphene. We show that the electric field at the interface of the electron and hole regions is strongly enhanced due to limited screening capacity of Dirac quasiparticles. Accordingly, the junction resistance is lower than estimated in previous literature.

  12. Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide with a Well-Defined PN 3 -Ru Pincer Complex

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    Min, Shixiong; Rasul, Shahid; Li, Huaifeng; ...

    2015-11-13

    We established a well-defined PN3-Ru pincer complex (5) bearing a redox-active bipyridine ligand with an aminophosphine arm as an effective and stable molecular electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction to CO and HCOOH with negligible formation of H2 in a H2O/MeCN mixture.

  13. A frequency-dependent log-quadratic Pn spreading model in the Northeast China and Korean peninsula

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    Hao, J.; Zhao, L.; Xie, X. B.; Yao, Z.

    2015-12-01

    In 9 October 2006, 25 May 2009, and 12 February 2013, North Korea conducted three successive nuclear tests near the China-Korea border. Based on 297 broadband stations distributed in East China, South Korea, and Japan, the digital seismograms from these nuclear tests are collected to investigate the geometric spreading and attenuation of seismic Pn waves in Northeast China and Korean Peninsula. A highly accurate broadband Pn-wave data set generated by North Korean nuclear tests is used to constrain parameters of a frequency-dependent log-quadratic geometric spreading function and a power-law Pn Q model. The geometric spreading function and apparent Pn wave Q is obtained for the studied area between 2.0 and 10.0 Hz. By taking the two-station amplitude ratios of the Pn spectra, followed by correcting it for the known spreading function, we can strip the effects of source and crust legs from the apparent Pn Q, and retrieve the P-wave attenuation information along the pure upper mantle path. We then use a tomographic approach to obtain the upper mantle P-wave attenuation in Northeast China and Korean Peninsula. The Pn wave spectra observed in China are compared with those recorded in Japan, and the result reveals that the high-frequency Pn signal across the oceanic path attenuated faster than those through the continental path. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grants 41174048 and 41374065).

  14. Electronic transport in graphene: p-n junctions, shot noise, and nanoribbons

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    Williams, James Ryan

    2009-12-01

    Novel, two-dimensional materials have allowed for the inception and elucidation of a plethora of physical phenomena. On such material, a hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms called graphene, is a unique, truly two-dimensional molecular conductor. This thesis describes six experiments that elucidate some interesting physical properties and technological applications of graphene, with an emphasis on graphene-based p-n junctions. A technique for the creation of high-quality p-n junctions of graphene is described. Transport measurements at zero magnetic field demonstrate local control of the carrier type and density bipolar graphene-based junctions. In the quantum Hall regime, new plateaus in the conductance are observed and explained in terms of mode mixing at the p-n interface. Shot noise in unipolar and bipolar graphene devices is measured. A density-independent Fano factor is observed, contrary to theoretical expectations. Further, an independence on device geometry is also observed. The role of disorder on the measured Fano factor is discussed, and comparison to recent theory for disordered graphene is made. The effect of a two-terminal geometry, where the device aspect ratio is different from unity, is measured experimentally and analyzed theoretically. A method for extracting layer number from the conductance extrema is proposed. A method for a conformal mapping of a device with asymmetric contacts to a rectangle is demonstrated. Finally, possible origins of discrepancies between theory and experiment are discussed. Transport along p-n junctions in graphene is reported. Enhanced transport along the junction is observed and attributed to states that exist at the p-n interface. A correspondence between the observed phenomena at low-field and in the quantum Hall regime is observed. An electric field perpendicular to the junction is found to reduce the enhanced conductance at the p-n junction. A corollary between the p-n interface states and "snake states" in an

  15. Yield Advances in Peanut

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    Average yields of peanut in the U.S. set an all time record of 4,695 kg ha-1 in 2012. This far exceeded the previous record yield of 3,837 kg ha-1 in 2008. Favorable weather conditions undoubtedly contributed to the record yields in 2012; however, these record yields would not have been achievable...

  16. Modeling potential hydrochemical responses to climate change and increasing CO2 at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest using a dynamic biogeochemical model (PnET-BGC)

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    Pourmokhtarian, Afshin; Driscoll, Charles T.; Campbell, John L.; Hayhoe, Katharine

    2012-07-01

    Dynamic hydrochemical models are useful tools for understanding and predicting the interactive effects of climate change, atmospheric CO2, and atmospheric deposition on the hydrology and water quality of forested watersheds. We used the biogeochemical model, PnET-BGC, to evaluate the effects of potential future changes in temperature, precipitation, solar radiation, and atmospheric CO2on pools, concentrations, and fluxes of major elements at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, United States. Future climate projections used to run PnET-BGC were generated specifically for the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest with a statistical technique that downscales climate output (e.g., air temperature, precipitation, solar radiation) from atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (AOGCMs) to a finer temporal and spatial resolution. These climate projections indicate that over the twenty-first century, average air temperature will increase at the site by 1.7°C to 6.5°C with simultaneous increases in annual average precipitation ranging from 4 to 32 cm above the long-term mean (1970-2000). PnET-BGC simulations under future climate change show a shift in hydrology characterized by later snowpack development, earlier spring discharge (snowmelt), greater evapotranspiration, and a slight increase in annual water yield (associated with CO2 effects on vegetation). Model results indicate that under elevated temperature, net soil nitrogen mineralization and nitrification markedly increase, resulting in acidification of soil and stream water, thereby altering the quality of water draining from forested watersheds. Invoking a CO2 fertilization effect on vegetation under climate change substantially mitigates watershed nitrogen loss, highlighting the need for a more thorough understanding of CO2 effects on forest vegetation.

  17. Pn-waves Travel-time Anomaly beneath Taiwan from Dense Seismic Array Observations and its Possible Tectonic Implications

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    Lin, Y. Y.; Huang, B. S.; Ma, K. F.; Hsieh, M. C.

    2015-12-01

    We investigated travel times of Pn waves, which are of great important for understanding the Moho structure in Taiwan region. Although several high quality tomographic studies had been carried out, observations of Pn waves are still the most comprehensive way to elucidate the Moho structure. Mapping the Moho structure of Taiwan had been a challenging due to the small spatial dimension of Taiwan island with two subduction systems. To decipher the tectonic structure and understanding of earthquake hazard, the island of Taiwan have been implemented by several high density seismic stations, including 71 short-period stations of Central Weather Bureau Seismic Network (CWBSN) and 42 broardband stations of Broadband Array in Taiwan for Seismology (BATS). High quality seismic records of these stations would be used to identify precise Pn-wave arrival times. After station-elevation correction, we measure the difference between the observed and theoretical Pn arrivals from the IASPI 91 model for each station. For correcting uncertainties of earthquake location and origin time, we estimate relative Pn anomaly, ΔtPn , between each station and a reference station. The pattern of ΔtPn reflects the depth anomaly of Moho beneath Taiwan. In general, Pn waves are commonly observed from shallow earthquake at epicentral distance larger than 120 km. We search the global catalog since 2005 and the criteria are M > 5.5, focal depth < 30 km and epicentral distance > 150 km. The 12 medium earthquakes from north Luzon are considered for analysis. We choose a station, TWKB, in the most southern point of Taiwan as the reference station due to that all events are from the south. The results indicate obvious different patterns of ΔtPn from different back-azimuths. The ΔtPn pattern of the events in the first group from the south south-east indicates that the Pn arrivals delay suddenly when the Pn waves pass through the Central Range, suggesting the Moho becomes deep rapidly. However, we

  18. Gravitational-wave phasing for low-eccentricity inspiralling compact binaries to 3PN order

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    Moore, Blake; Favata, Marc; Arun, K. G.; Mishra, Chandra Kant

    2016-06-01

    Although gravitational radiation causes inspiralling compact binaries to circularize, a variety of astrophysical scenarios suggest that binaries might have small but non-negligible orbital eccentricities when they enter the low-frequency bands of ground- and space-based gravitational-wave detectors. If not accounted for, even a small orbital eccentricity can cause a potentially significant systematic error in the mass parameters of an inspiralling binary [M. Favata, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 101101 (2014)]. Gravitational-wave search templates typically rely on the quasicircular approximation, which provides relatively simple expressions for the gravitational-wave phase to 3.5 post-Newtonian (PN) order. Damour, Gopakumar, Iyer, and others have developed an elegant but complex quasi-Keplerian formalism for describing the post-Newtonian corrections to the orbits and waveforms of inspiralling binaries with any eccentricity. Here, we specialize the quasi-Keplerian formalism to binaries with low eccentricity. In this limit, the nonperiodic contribution to the gravitational-wave phasing can be expressed explicitly as simple functions of frequency or time, with little additional complexity beyond the well-known formulas for circular binaries. These eccentric phase corrections are computed to 3PN order and to leading order in the eccentricity for the standard PN approximants. For a variety of systems, these eccentricity corrections cause significant corrections to the number of gravitational-wave cycles that sweep through a detector's frequency band. This is evaluated using several measures, including a modification of the useful cycles. By comparing to numerical solutions valid for any eccentricity, we find that our analytic solutions are valid up to e0≲0.1 for comparable-mass systems, where e0 is the eccentricity when the source enters the detector band. We also evaluate the role of periodic terms that enter the phasing and discuss how they can be incorporated into some of

  19. PO and PN in the wind of the oxygen-rich AGB star IK Tauri

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    De Beck, E.; Kamiński, T.; Patel, N. A.; Young, K. H.; Gottlieb, C. A.; Menten, K. M.; Decin, L.

    2013-10-01

    Context. Phosphorus-bearing compounds have only been studied in the circumstellar environments of the asymptotic giant branch star IRC +10 216 and the protoplanetary nebula CRL 2688, both carbon-rich objects, and the oxygen-rich red supergiant VY CMa. The current chemical models cannot reproduce the high abundances of PO and PN derived from observations of VY CMa. No observations have been reported of phosphorus in the circumstellar envelopes of oxygen-rich asymptotic giant branch stars. Aims: We aim to set observational constraints on the phosphorous chemistry in the circumstellar envelopes of oxygen-rich asymptotic giant branch stars, by focussing on the Mira-type variable star IK Tau. Methods: Using the IRAM 30 m telescope and the Submillimeter Array, we observed four rotational transitions of PN (J = 2-1,3-2,6-5,7-6) and four of PO (J = 5/2-3/2,7/2-5/2,13/2-11/2,15/2-13/2). The IRAM 30 m observations were dedicated line observations, while the Submillimeter Array data come from an unbiased spectral survey in the frequency range 279-355 GHz. Results: We present the first detections of PN and PO in an oxygen-rich asymptotic giant branch star and estimate abundances X(PN/H2) ≈ 3 × 10-7 and X(PO/H2) in the range 0.5-6.0 × 10-7. This is several orders of magnitude higher than what is found for the carbon-rich asymptotic giant branch star IRC +10 216. The diameter (≲0.''7) of the PN and PO emission distributions measured in the interferometric data corresponds to a maximum radial extent of about 40 stellar radii. The abundances and the spatial occurrence of the molecules are in very good agreement with the results reported for VY CMa. We did not detect PS or PH3 in the survey. Conclusions: We suggest that PN and PO are the main carriers of phosphorus in the gas phase, with abundances possibly up to several 10-7. The current chemical models cannot account for this, underlining the strong need for updated chemical models that include phosphorous compounds. This

  20. [Relationships of wheat leaf stomatal traits with wheat yield and drought-resistance].

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    Wang, Shu-Guang; Li, Zhong-Qing; Jia, Shou-Shan; Sun, Dai-Zhen; Shi, Yu-Gang; Fan, Hua; Liang, Zeng-Hao; Jing, Rui-Lian

    2013-06-01

    Taking the DH population of wheat cultivar Hanxuan10/Lumai14 as test object, and by the methods of correlation analysis and path analysis, this paper studied the relationships of the flag leaf stomatal density (SD), stomatal length and width (SL and SW), stomatal conductance (g(s)), photosynthetic rate (P(n)), and transpiration rate (T(r)) on the 10th and 20th day after anthesis with the yield and the index of drought-resistance under the conditions of drought stress and normal irrigation. Under the two conditions, most of the test leaf traits on the 10th day after anthesis had less correlation with the yield and the index of drought-resistance, whereas the leaf traits on the 20th day after anthesis had significant positive correlations with thousand kernel weight but less correlation with grain number per ear, grain yield per plant, and index of drought-resistance. Path analysis showed that g(s), P(n), and T(r) were the main factors affecting the grain yield per plant (YPP) and the index of drought resistance (IDR), and the effects were stronger both in direct and in indirect ways. The direct and indirect effects of SD, SL, and SW on the YPP and IDR were lesser. Under both drought stress and normal irrigation, and on the 10th and 20th day after anthesis, there were significant correlations between SD and SL, and between SL and SW, g(s), P(n), and Tr, but the correlations of SD and SL with g(s), P(n), and T(r) changed with water condition or growth stage. Therefore, it would be not always a good means to select the leaf stomatal density and size as the targets for breeding to improve the leaf stomatal conductance, photosynthetic rate, and transpiration rate, and further, to promote the yield.

  1. Electrical/thermal transport and electronic structure of the binary cobalt pnictides CoPn{sub 2} (Pn = As and Sb)

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    Goto, Yosuke Miyao, Syuhei; Kamihara, Yoichi; Matoba, Masanori

    2015-06-15

    We demonstrate the electrical and thermal transport properties of polycrystalline CoPn{sub 2} (Pn = As and Sb) between 300 and 900 K. CoAs{sub 2} shows semiconducting electrical transport up to 900 K, while CoSb{sub 2} exhibits degenerate conduction. Sign inversion of the Seebeck coefficient is observed at ∼310 and ∼400 K for CoAs{sub 2} and CoSb{sub 2}, respectively. Thermal conductivity at 300 K is 11.7 Wm{sup −1}K{sup −1} for CoAs{sub 2} and 9.4 Wm{sup −1}K{sup −1} for CoSb{sub 2}. The thermoelectric power factor of CoAs{sub 2} is ∼10 μWcm{sup −1}K{sup −2}, although the dimensionless figure of merit is limited to ∼0.1 due to relatively high thermal conductivity. Using electronic structure calculations, the band gap value is calculated to be 0.55 eV for CoAs{sub 2} and 0.26 eV for CoSb{sub 2}.

  2. Color of postponed magnetic noise in K0.4[Cr (CN) 6 ] [Mn (R /S )-pn ] (R /S ) -pn H0.6 molecular ferrimagnet

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    Morgunov, R. B.; Talantsev, A. D.

    2016-10-01

    Exotic conditions for the existence and evolution of nonlinear spin ensembles (domain walls, spin solitons, skyrmions) in molecular-based magnets are incarnated in the macroscopic response of magnetization corresponding to collective stochastic behavior. The molecular ferrimagnet K0.4[Cr (CN) 6 ] [Mn (R /S )-pn ] (R /S ) -pn H0.6 manifests three types of magnetic relaxation: (a) continuous decay of magnetic moment, (b) stepwise relaxation by stochastic magnetization jumps, and (c) a single jump of magnetization in threshold magnetic field. Continuous relaxation at 20-50 K is provided by domain wall movement described in the frames of a strong pinning model, while a low-temperature continuous component of relaxation does not follow this model. Stepwise stochastic relaxation was observed below 8 K in both a sweeping reverse magnetic field and a stationary reverse magnetic field. Statistical treatment of the postponed magnetization jumps revealed a multimodal amplitude distribution of stochastic magnetization jumps corresponding to magnetic moment transitions between few clear distinguishable levels. Spectral density of magnetization jumps in a stationary magnetic field corresponds to white noise, while spectral density in a sweeping magnetic field manifests pink noise ˜1 /f provided by self-organized criticality. Postponed emission of magnetic noise in the 10-6-5 ×10-1Hz frequency range was observed in stationary conditions in contrast to Barkhausen noise.

  3. Study on the photocatalytic activity of p-n junction photocatalyst Cu2O/TiO2.

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    Shifu, Chen; Sujuan, Zhang; Wei, Liu; Wei, Zhao

    2009-07-01

    p-n junction photocatalyst Cu2O/TiO2 was prepared by ball milling through doping Cu2O into TiO2 and using H2O solution as disperser. The p-n junction photocatalyst Cu2O/TiO2 was characterized by UV-Vis diffuse reflection spectrum, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activity of the photocatalyst was evaluated by photocatalytic reduction of Cr2O7(2-) and photocatalytic oxidation of methyl orange (MO), respectively. The results showed that, for the photocatalytic reduction of Cr2O7(2-), the optimum percentage of doped-Cu2O is 1.0% (weight percentage). The photoreduction activity of the p-n junction Cu2O/TiO2 is much higher than that of TiO2 on the photocatalytic reduction of Cr2O7(2-). However, the photooxidation activity of the p-n junction photocatalyst Cu2O/TiO2 is much lower than that of TiO2 on the photocatalytic oxidation of methyl orange (MO). Namely, the p-n junction photocatalyst Cu2O/TiO2 has higher photocatalytic reduction activity, but lower photocatalytic oxidation activity. Cu2O and TiO2 were coupled highly, forming the p-n junction Cu2O/TiO2 photocatalyst. The photocatalytic activity of the p-n junction Cu2O/TiO2 was discussed by the p-n junction principle. Effect of ball milling time on the photocatalytic activity of p-n junction photocatalyst Cu2O/TiO2 was also investigated.

  4. Edge-channel interferometer at the graphene quantum Hall pn junction

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    Morikawa, Sei; Moriya, Rai; Masubuchi, Satoru Machida, Tomoki; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi

    2015-05-04

    We demonstrate a quantum Hall edge-channel interferometer in a high-quality graphene pn junction under a high magnetic field. The co-propagating p and n quantum Hall edge channels traveling along the pn interface functions as a built-in Aharonov-Bohm-type interferometer, the interferences in which are sensitive to both the external magnetic field and the carrier concentration. The trajectories of peak and dip in the observed resistance oscillation are well reproduced by our numerical calculation that assumes magnetic flux quantization in the area enclosed by the co-propagating edge channels. Coherent nature of the co-propagating edge channels is confirmed by the checkerboard-like pattern in the dc-bias and magnetic-field dependences of the resistance oscillations.

  5. Edge mixing dynamics in graphene p-n junctions in the quantum Hall regime.

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    Matsuo, Sadashige; Takeshita, Shunpei; Tanaka, Takahiro; Nakaharai, Shu; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito; Moriyama, Takahiro; Ono, Teruo; Kobayashi, Kensuke

    2015-09-04

    Massless Dirac electron systems such as graphene exhibit a distinct half-integer quantum Hall effect, and in the bipolar transport regime co-propagating edge states along the p-n junction are realized. Additionally, these edge states are uniformly mixed at the junction, which makes it a unique structure to partition electrons in these edge states. Although many experimental works have addressed this issue, the microscopic dynamics of electron partition in this peculiar structure remains unclear. Here we performed shot-noise measurements on the junction in the quantum Hall regime as well as at zero magnetic field. We found that, in sharp contrast with the zero-field case, the shot noise in the quantum Hall regime is finite in the bipolar regime, but is strongly suppressed in the unipolar regime. Our observation is consistent with the theoretical prediction and gives microscopic evidence that the edge states are uniquely mixed along the p-n junction.

  6. Thin-layer black phosphorous/GaAs heterojunction p-n diodes

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    Gehring, Pascal; Urcuyo, Roberto; Duong, Dinh Loc; Burghard, Marko; Kern, Klaus

    2015-06-08

    Owing to its high carrier mobility and thickness-tunable direct band gap, black phosphorous emerges as a promising component of optoelectronic devices. Here, we evaluate the device characteristics of p-n heterojunction diodes wherein thin black phosphorous layers are interfaced with an underlying, highly n-doped GaAs substrate. The p-n heterojunctions exhibit close-to-ideal diode behavior at low bias, while under illumination they display a photoresponse that is evenly distributed over the entire junction area, with an external quantum efficiency of up to 10% at zero bias. Moreover, the observed maximum open circuit voltage of 0.6 V is consistent with the band gap estimated for a black phosphorous sheet with a thickness on the order of 10 nm. Further analysis reveals that the device performance is limited by the structural quality of the black phosphorous surface.

  7. Effect of reabsorbed recombination radiation on the saturation current of direct gap p-n junctions

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    Von Roos, O.; Mavromatis, H.

    1984-01-01

    The application of the radiative transfer theory for semiconductors to p-n homojunctions subject to low level injection conditions is discussed. By virtue of the interaction of the radiation field with free carriers across the depletion layer, the saturation current density in Shockley's expression for the diode current is reduced at high doping levels. The reduction, due to self-induced photon generation, is noticeable for n-type material owing to the small electron effective mass in direct band-gap III-V compounds. The effect is insignificant in p-type material. At an equilibrium electron concentration of 2 x 10 to the 18th/cu cm in GaAs, a reduction of the saturation current density by 15 percent is predicted. It is concluded that realistic GaAs p-n junctions possess a finite thickness.

  8. Hidden quantum mirage by negative refraction in semiconductor P-N junctions

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    Zhang, Shu-Hui; Zhu, Jia-Ji; Yang, Wen; Lin, Hai-Qing; Chang, Kai

    2016-08-01

    We predict a robust quantum interference phenomenon in a semiconductor P-N junction: with a local pump on one side of the junction, the response of a local probe on the other side behaves as if the disturbance emanates not from the pump but instead from its mirror image about the junction. This phenomenon follows from the matching of Fermi surfaces of the constituent materials, thus it is robust against the details of the junction (e.g., width, potential profile, and even disorder), in contrast to the widely studied anomalous focusing caused by negative refraction. The recently fabricated P-N junctions in 2D semiconductors provide ideal platforms to explore this phenomenon and its applications to dramatically enhance charge and spin transport as well as carrier-mediated long-range correlation.

  9. Etude cristallochimique de LiPN 2: Une structure derivée de la cristobalite

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    Marchand, Roger; L'Haridon, Paul; Laurent, Yves

    1982-07-01

    LiPN 2 has been prepared by reaction between Li 3N and P 3N 5 nitrides. The unit cell is tetragonal with a = 4.567(1) and c = 7.140(4) Å. The space group is I overline42d . The structure is related to the β cristobalite type and is isostructural with CaGeN 2. It is built up from a PN 4 tetrahedra framework in the holes of which the lithium atoms are localized. The values of the rotation angle ф of tetrahedra, {c}/{a} ratio and θ (NPN) angle have been discussed in relation to the parameter x of the nitrogen atoms.

  10. Ultraviolet light-emitting diode of a cubic boron nitride pn junction made at high pressure

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    Mishima, Osamu; Era, Koh; Tanaka, Junzo; Yamaoka, Shinobu

    1988-09-01

    This paper reports on the first realization of an ultraviolet LED of a cubic boron nitride (cBN) pn junction. The pn junction was made by growing a Si-doped n-type crystal epitaxially on a Be-doped p-type seed crystal in a molybdenum growth cell placed in a high-pressure oven (at about 55 kbar and 1700 C) by using a temperature-difference method with LiCaBN2 as solvent, described by Mishima et al. (1987). The results of microscopic observations and spectroscopic studies showed that the light emission occurs near the junction region only in the forward-bias condition, with the spectra extending from about 215 nm to the red and only a few peaks, mainly in the UV region.

  11. φ-meson production in pN collisions close to threshold

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    Maeda, Y.; Hartmann, M.; Keshelashvili, I.; Büscher, M.; Koch, R.; Mikirtytchiants, S.; Ströher, H.

    2006-07-01

    At the ANKE facility of COSY Jülich, the reactions pp→ppφ and pn→dφ have been investigated. Data for the total cross section in pp entrance channel have been obtained at excess energies of 19 MeV, 35 MeV and 76 MeV. In case of the pn entrance channel the energy dependence of the cross section up to 80 MeV has been extracted by exploiting the intrinsic momentum of the target neutron using a deuterium target. The new φ data combined with the existing data on ω-meson production provides the φ/ω production ratio in both, the pp- and pn-channels. The preliminary ratios of both channels are found to be similar and about seven times larger than the ratio based on Okubo-Zweig-Iizuka (OZI) rule.

  12. φ-meson production in pN collisions close to threshold

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    Maeda, Y.

    2007-06-01

    At the ANKE facility of COSY Jülich, the reactions pp→ppφ and pn→dφ have been investigated. Data for the total cross section in the pp entrance channel have been obtained at excess energies of 19 MeV, 35 MeV and 76 MeV. In case of the pn entrance channel the energy dependence of the cross section up to 80 MeV has been extracted by exploiting the intrinsic momentum of the target neutron using a deuterium target. The new φ data combined with the existing data on ω-meson production provides the φ/ω production ratio in both, the pp- and pn-channels. The ratios of both channels are found to be similar and about eight times larger than the ratio based on Okubo-Zweig-Iizuka (OZI) rule.

  13. A modified PN code tracking loop - Its performance analysis and comparative evaluation

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    Yost, R. A.; Boyd, R. W.

    1982-05-01

    A modified PN code tracking loop (MCTL) has been reported by Yost and Boyd (1980). The MCTL makes it possible to reduce the hardware complexity of a noncoherent delay lock loop in multiple data rate applications. The MCTL utilizes the on-time or data channel as the reference. This concept eliminates the need for the traditional loop's sum channel (early signal plus late signal) and, hence, the hardware associated with that channel. This saving may be substantial if the channel were to be optimized for a number of different data rates. With the elimination of an entire IF channel, the MCTL complexity is nearly equivalent to the dithering loop for PN code tracking considered by Hartmann (1974). However, the MCTL does not suffer the loss in tracking performance (with respect to the traditional loop) that the dithering loop experiences.

  14. A PN-type quantum barrier for InGaN/GaN light emitting diodes.

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    Zhang, Zi-Hui; Tan, Swee Tiam; Ji, Yun; Liu, Wei; Ju, Zhengang; Kyaw, Zabu; Sun, Xiao Wei; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2013-07-01

    In this work, InGaN/GaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with PN-type quantum barriers are comparatively studied both theoretically and experimentally. A strong enhancement in the optical output power is obtained from the proposed device. The improved performance is attributed to the screening of the quantum confined Stark effect (QCSE) in the quantum wells and improved hole transport across the active region. In addition, the enhanced overall radiative recombination rates in the multiple quantum wells and increased effective energy barrier height in the conduction band has substantially suppressed the electron leakage from the active region. Furthermore, the electrical conductivity in the proposed devices is improved. The numerical and experimental results are in excellent agreement and indicate that the PN-type quantum barriers hold great promise for high-performance InGaN/GaN LEDs.

  15. Photoelectrochemical corrosion of GaN-based p-n structures

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    Fomichev, A. D.; Kurin, S. Yu; Ermakovi, I. A.; Puzyk, M. V.; Usikov, A. S.; Helava, H.; Nikiforov, A.; Papchenko, B. P.; Makarov, Yu N.; Chernyakov, A. E.

    2016-08-01

    Direct water photoelectrolysis using III-N materials is a promising way for hydrogen production. GaN/AlGaN based p-n structures were used in a photoelectrochemical process to investigate the material etching (corrosion) in an electrolyte. At the beginning, the corrosion performs through the top p-type layers via channels associated with threading defects and can penetrate deep into the structure. Then, the corrosion process occurs in lateral direction in n- type layers forming voids and cavities in the structure. The lateral etching is due to net positive charges at the AlGaN/GaN interfaces arising because of spontaneous and piezoelectric polarization in the structure and positively charged ionized donors in the space charge region of the p-n junction.

  16. Enhanced Photoelectrocatalytic Activity of BiOI Nanoplate-Zinc Oxide Nanorod p-n Heterojunction.

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    Kuang, Pan-Yong; Ran, Jing-Run; Liu, Zhao-Qing; Wang, Hong-Juan; Li, Nan; Su, Yu-Zhi; Jin, Yong-Gang; Qiao, Shi-Zhang

    2015-10-19

    The development of highly efficient and robust photocatalysts has attracted great attention for solving the global energy crisis and environmental problems. Herein, we describe the synthesis of a p-n heterostructured photocatalyst, consisting of ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) decorated with BiOI nanoplates (NPs), by a facile solvothermal method. The product thus obtained shows high photoelectrochemical water splitting performance and enhanced photoelectrocatalytic activity for pollutant degradation under visible light irradiation. The p-type BiOI NPs, with a narrow band gap, not only act as a sensitizer to absorb visible light and promote electron transfer to the n-type ZnO NRAs, but also increase the contact area with organic pollutants. Meanwhile, ZnO NRAs provide a fast electron-transfer channel, thus resulting in efficient separation of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. Such a p-n heterojunction nanocomposite could serve as a novel and promising catalyst in energy and environmental applications.

  17. Sequential cation exchange generated superlattice nanowires forming multiple p-n heterojunctions.

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    Tan, Chih-Shan; Hsiao, Ching-Hung; Wang, Shau-Chieh; Liu, Pei-Hsuan; Lu, Ming-Yen; Huang, Michael H; Ouyang, Hao; Chen, Lih-Juann

    2014-09-23

    Fabrication of superlattice nanowires (NWs) with precisely controlled segments normally requires sequential introduction of reagents to the growing wires at elevated temperatures and low pressure. Here we demonstrate the fabrication of superlattice NWs possessing multiple p-n heterojunctions by converting the initially formed CdS to Cu2S NWs first and then to segmented Cu2S-Ag2S NWs through sequential cation exchange at low temperatures. In the formation of Cu2S NWs, twin boundaries generated along the NWs act as the preferred sites to initiate the nucleation and growth of Ag2S segments. Varying the immersion time of Cu2S NWs in a AgNO3 solution controls the Ag2S segment length. Adjacent Cu2S and Ag2S segments in a NW were found to display the typical electrical behavior of a p-n junction.

  18. Edge mixing dynamics in graphene p-n junctions in the quantum Hall regime

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    Matsuo, Sadashige; Takeshita, Shunpei; Tanaka, Takahiro; Nakaharai, Shu; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito; Moriyama, Takahiro; Ono, Teruo; Kobayashi, Kensuke

    2015-09-01

    Massless Dirac electron systems such as graphene exhibit a distinct half-integer quantum Hall effect, and in the bipolar transport regime co-propagating edge states along the p-n junction are realized. Additionally, these edge states are uniformly mixed at the junction, which makes it a unique structure to partition electrons in these edge states. Although many experimental works have addressed this issue, the microscopic dynamics of electron partition in this peculiar structure remains unclear. Here we performed shot-noise measurements on the junction in the quantum Hall regime as well as at zero magnetic field. We found that, in sharp contrast with the zero-field case, the shot noise in the quantum Hall regime is finite in the bipolar regime, but is strongly suppressed in the unipolar regime. Our observation is consistent with the theoretical prediction and gives microscopic evidence that the edge states are uniquely mixed along the p-n junction.

  19. Uppermost mantle structure beneath eastern China and its surroundings from Pn and Sn tomography

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    Sun, Weijia; Kennett, B. L. N.

    2016-04-01

    The Pn and Sn residuals from regional events provide strong constraints on the structure and lithological characteristics of the uppermost mantle beneath eastern China and its surroundings. With the dense Chinese Digital Seismic Network in eastern China, separate Pn and Sn tomographic inversions have been exploited to obtain P and S velocities at a resolution of 2° × 2° or better. The patterns of P velocities are quite consistent with the S velocities at depth of 50 and 60 km, but the amplitude of P wave speed anomalies are a little larger than those of S wave speed. The low P wave speed, high S wave speed, and low Vp/Vs ratio beneath the northern part of Ordos Basin are related to upwelling hot material. Abrupt changes in material properties are indicated from the rapid variations in the Vp/Vs ratio.

  20. A Segmented Neutron Detector with a High Position Resolution for the (p,pn) Reactions

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    Kubota, Yuki; Sasano, Masaki; Uesaka, Tomohiro; Dozono, Masanori; Itoh, Masatoshi; Kawase, Shoichiro; Kobayashi, Motoki; Lee, CheongSoo; Matsubara, Hiroaki; Miki, Kenjiro; Miya, Hiroyuki; Ota, Shinsuke; Sekiguchi, Kimiko; Shima, Tatsushi; Taguchi, Takahiro; Tamii, Atsushi; Tang, Tsz Leung; Tokieda, Hiroshi; Wakasa, Tomotsugu; Wakui, Takashi; Yasuda, Jumpei; Zenihiro, Juzo

    We are developing a neutron detector with a high position resolution to study the single particle properties of nuclei by the knockout (p,pn) reaction at intermediate energies. We constructed a prototype detector consisting of plastic scintillating fibers and multi-anode photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). Test experiments using 200- and 70-MeV proton and 199-, 188-, 68-, and 50-MeV neutron were performed for characterizing its performance. Preliminary results show that a position resolution of about 3 mm at full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) is realized as designed. The resulting separation-energy resolution to be obtained for (p,pn) measurement would be 1 MeV in FWHM, when the detector is used at a distance of 2 m from the target for measuring the neutron momentum.

  1. A noncoherent delay-lock PN tracking loop - Impact of RFI and nonideal arm-filter characteristics

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    Comparetto, G.

    1987-11-01

    The effects of radio frequency interference and gain/phase imbalance on the performance of a noncoherent delay-lock PN tracking loop were investigated, and performance data generated by simulation and analysis are presented. The receiver modelled is the wide dynamics demodulator which is used to support tracking and data relay satellite system S-band single-access return link communications. Self-noise terms and nonideal arm-filter characteristics are found to be significant factors in determining PN tracking performance where PN code timing synchronization is a major concern.

  2. Effect of unequal rise and fall times on the autocorrelation function of a PN sequence

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    Churchill, F. E.

    1990-10-01

    The rise and fall times of a pseudo-noise (PN) waveform are of concern in a short-range, CW radar such as a missile fuze radar. An inequality creates a spurious pair of sidelobes and a spiky ripple on the sidelobes of the autocorrelation function, which may cause false alarms in the radar. Analytical expressions are presented which relate the spurious responses of the autocorrelation function to the waveform rise and fall times.

  3. Modeling pN2 through Geological Time: Implications for Planetary Climates and Atmospheric Biosignatures.

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    Stüeken, E E; Kipp, M A; Koehler, M C; Schwieterman, E W; Johnson, B; Buick, R

    2016-12-01

    Nitrogen is a major nutrient for all life on Earth and could plausibly play a similar role in extraterrestrial biospheres. The major reservoir of nitrogen at Earth's surface is atmospheric N2, but recent studies have proposed that the size of this reservoir may have fluctuated significantly over the course of Earth's history with particularly low levels in the Neoarchean-presumably as a result of biological activity. We used a biogeochemical box model to test which conditions are necessary to cause large swings in atmospheric N2 pressure. Parameters for our model are constrained by observations of modern Earth and reconstructions of biomass burial and oxidative weathering in deep time. A 1-D climate model was used to model potential effects on atmospheric climate. In a second set of tests, we perturbed our box model to investigate which parameters have the greatest impact on the evolution of atmospheric pN2 and consider possible implications for nitrogen cycling on other planets. Our results suggest that (a) a high rate of biomass burial would have been needed in the Archean to draw down atmospheric pN2 to less than half modern levels, (b) the resulting effect on temperature could probably have been compensated by increasing solar luminosity and a mild increase in pCO2, and (c) atmospheric oxygenation could have initiated a stepwise pN2 rebound through oxidative weathering. In general, life appears to be necessary for significant atmospheric pN2 swings on Earth-like planets. Our results further support the idea that an exoplanetary atmosphere rich in both N2 and O2 is a signature of an oxygen-producing biosphere. Key Words: Biosignatures-Early Earth-Planetary atmospheres. Astrobiology 16, 949-963.

  4. Nondestructive determination of the depth of planar p-n junctions by scanning electron microscopy

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    Chi, J.-Y.; Gatos, H. C.

    1977-01-01

    A method was developed for measuring nondestructively the depth of planar p-n junctions in simple devices as well as in integrated-circuit structures with the electron-beam induced current (EBIC) by scanning parallel to the junction in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results were found to be in good agreement with those obtained by the commonly used destructive method of lapping at an angle to the junction and staining to reveal the junction.

  5. Photovoltaic characteristics of diffused P/+N bulk GaAs solar cells

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    Borrego, J. M.; Keeney, R. P.; Bhat, I. B.; Bhat, K. N.; Sundaram, L. G.; Ghandhi, S. K.

    1982-01-01

    The photovoltaic characteristics of P(+)N junction solar cells fabricated on bulk GaAs by an open tube diffusion technique are described in this paper.Spectral response measurements were analyzed in detail and compared to a computer simulation in order to determine important material parameters. It is projected that proper optimization of the cell parameters can increase the efficiency of the cells from 12.2 percent to close to 20 percent.

  6. Concatenated shift registers generating maximally spaced phase shifts of PN-sequences

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    Hurd, W. J.; Welch, L. R.

    1977-01-01

    A large class of linearly concatenated shift registers is shown to generate approximately maximally spaced phase shifts of pn-sequences, for use in pseudorandom number generation. A constructive method is presented for finding members of this class, for almost all degrees for which primitive trinomials exist. The sequences which result are not normally characterized by trinomial recursions, which is desirable since trinomial sequences can have some undesirable randomness properties.

  7. Total number of planetary nebulae in different galaxies and the PN distance scale.

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    Peimbert, M.

    1990-12-01

    RESUMEN A partir de una muestra de quince galaxias se encuentra que la tasa de natalidad de nebulosas planetarias por unidad de luminosidad, , disminuye al aumentar la luminosidad y al aumentar (B - V)0. Se discuten posibles explicaciones para estos resultados. Se estima el valor de para la Galaxia y a partir de el se encuentra que el numero total de nebulosas planetarias en nuestra galaxia con R < 0.64 pc- es de 7200 j 1800. El valor galactico de implica que la mayorfa de las estrellas de masa intermedia pasa por la etapa de nebulosa planetaria. El valor galactico de , la tasa de mortalidad estelar por unidad de luminosidad y la tasa de natalidad de enanas blancas favorecen escalas de distancias largas para nebulosas planetarias, como la de Cudworth (1974) y la de Mallik y Peimbert (1988). ABSTRACT From a sample of fifteen galaxies it is found that the birth rate of PN per unit luminosity, , decreases with increasing luminosity and with increasing (B - V)0 possible reasons for these relationships are discussed. The value for the Galaxy is estimated and, from it, a total number of PN of 7200 # 1800 wid R < 0.64 pc is obtained. The galactic value implies that most of the intermediate mass stars go through the PN stage. The galactic value, the stellar death rate per unit luminosity and the white dwarf birth rate are in favor of long distance scales to PN like those of Cudworth (1974) and Mallik and (1988). Key wonis: NEBULAE.PLANETARY - STARS-EVOLUTION - STARS-SThLIAR STA. S

  8. Modeling pN2 through Geological Time: Implications for Planetary Climates and Atmospheric Biosignatures

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    Stüeken, E. E.; Kipp, M. A.; Koehler, M. C.; Schwieterman, E. W.; Johnson, B.; Buick, R.

    2016-12-01

    Nitrogen is a major nutrient for all life on Earth and could plausibly play a similar role in extraterrestrial biospheres. The major reservoir of nitrogen at Earth's surface is atmospheric N2, but recent studies have proposed that the size of this reservoir may have fluctuated significantly over the course of Earth's history with particularly low levels in the Neoarchean - presumably as a result of biological activity. We used a biogeochemical box model to test which conditions are necessary to cause large swings in atmospheric N2 pressure. Parameters for our model are constrained by observations of modern Earth and reconstructions of biomass burial and oxidative weathering in deep time. A 1-D climate model was used to model potential effects on atmospheric climate. In a second set of tests, we perturbed our box model to investigate which parameters have the greatest impact on the evolution of atmospheric pN2 and consider possible implications for nitrogen cycling on other planets. Our results suggest that (a) a high rate of biomass burial would have been needed in the Archean to draw down atmospheric pN2 to less than half modern levels, (b) the resulting effect on temperature could probably have been compensated by increasing solar luminosity and a mild increase in pCO2, and (c) atmospheric oxygenation could have initiated a stepwise pN2 rebound through oxidative weathering. In general, life appears to be necessary for significant atmospheric pN2 swings on Earth-like planets. Our results further support the idea that an exoplanetary atmosphere rich in both N2 and O2 is a signature of an oxygen-producing biosphere.

  9. VizieR Online Data Catalog: PN towards Galactic bulge. [OIII] fluxes (Kovacevic+, 2011)

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    Kovacevic, A. V.; Parker, Q. A.; Jacoby, G. H.; Sharp, R.; Miszalski, B.; Frew, D. J.

    2016-03-01

    We observed previously known and MASH PN in a 10°x10° region towards the Galactic bulge using the Cerro-Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) 4-m Blanco Telescope in Chile with the MOSAIC-II CCD Imager. A total of ~95h of photometric imaging was conducted, spread over two observing runs: six nights throughout 2008 June 9-14 and five nights from 2009 June 27 to July 2. (3 data files).

  10. Nondestructive determination of the depth of planar p-n junctions by scanning electron microscopy

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    Chi, J.-Y.; Gatos, H. C.

    1977-01-01

    A method was developed for measuring nondestructively the depth of planar p-n junctions in simple devices as well as in integrated-circuit structures with the electron-beam induced current (EBIC) by scanning parallel to the junction in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results were found to be in good agreement with those obtained by the commonly used destructive method of lapping at an angle to the junction and staining to reveal the junction.

  11. The effect of tides on the population of PN from interacting binaries

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    Madappatt, Niyas; De Marco, Orsola; Villaver, Eva

    2016-11-01

    We have used the tidal equations of Zahn to determine the maximum orbital distance at which companions are brought into Roche lobe contact with their giant primary, when the primary expands during the giant phases. This is a key step when determining the rates of interaction between giants and their companions. Our stellar structure calculations are presented as maximum radii reached during the red and asymptotic giant branch (RGB and AGB, respectively) stages of evolution for masses between 0.8 and 4.0 M⊙ (Z = 0.001-0.04) and compared with other models to gauge the uncertainty on radii deriving from details of these calculations. We find overall tidal capture distances that are typically 1-4 times the maximum radial extent of the giant star, where companions are in the mass range from 1 MJ to a mass slightly smaller than the mass of the primary. We find that only companions at initial orbital separations between ˜320 and ˜630 R⊙ will be typically captured into a Roche lobe-filling interaction or a common envelope on the AGB. Comparing these limits with the period distribution for binaries that will make planetary nebula (PN), we deduce that in the standard scenario where all ˜1-8 M⊙ stars make a PN, at most 2.5 per cent of all PN should have a post-common envelope central star binary, at odds with the observational lower limit of 15-20 per cent. The observed overabundance of post-interaction central stars of PN cannot be easily explained considering the uncertainties. We examine a range of explanations for this discrepancy.

  12. Pn tomography of South China Sea, Taiwan Island, Philippine archipelago, and adjacent regions

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    Li, Xibing; Song, Xiaodong; Li, Jiangtao

    2017-02-01

    The South China Sea (SCS) and its surrounding areas are geologically highly heterogeneous from the interactions of multiple plates in Southeast Asia (Eurasian plate, Indian-Australian plate, Philippine Sea plate, and Pacific plate). To understand the tectonics at depth, here we combined bulletin and handpicked data to conduct Pn tomography of the region. The results show distinct features that are correlated with the complex geology at surface, suggesting a lithosphere-scale tectonics of the region. Low Pn velocities are found along a belt of the western Pacific transpressional system from the Okinawa Trough and eastern East China Sea, across central and eastern Taiwan orogeny, to the island arcs of the Luzon Strait and the entire Philippine Islands, as well as under the Palawan Island and part of the continental margin north of the Pearl River Basin. High velocities are found under Ryukyu subduction zone, part of the Philippine subduction zone, part of the Eurasian subduction beneath the southwestern Taiwan, and the continent-ocean boundary between the south China and the SCS basin. The Taiwan Strait, the Mainland SE coast, and the main SCS basin sea are relatively uniform with average Pn values. Crustal thicknesses show large variations in the study region but also coherency with tectonic elements. The Pn pattern in Taiwan shows linear trends of surface geology and suggests strongly lithosphere-scale deformation of the young Taiwan orogenic belt marked by the deformation boundary under the Western Foothill and the Western Coastal Plain at depth, and the crustal thickness shows a complex pattern from the transpressional collision. Our observations are consistent with rifting and extension in the northern margin of the SCS but are not consistent with mantle upwelling as a mechanism for the opening and the subsequent closing of the SCS. The Philippine island arc is affected by volcanisms from both the Asian and Philippine Sea subductions in the south but mainly from

  13. PN Sequence Preestimator Scheme for DS-SS Signal Acquisition Using Block Sequence Estimation

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    Hyun, Kwangmin; Yoon, Dongweon; Park, Sang Kyu

    2005-12-01

    An [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.]-sequence (PN sequence) preestimator scheme for direct-sequence spread spectrum (DS-SS) signal acquisition by using block sequence estimation (BSE) is proposed and analyzed. The proposed scheme consists of an estimator and a verifier which work according to the PN sequence chip clock, and provides not only the enhanced chip estimates with a threshold decision logic and one-chip error correction among the first [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.] received chips, but also the reliability check of the estimates with additional decision logic. The probabilities of the estimator and verifier operations are calculated. With these results, the detection, the false alarm, and the missing probabilities of the proposed scheme are derived. In addition, using a signal flow graph, the average acquisition time is calculated. The proposed scheme can be used as a preestimator and easily implemented by changing the internal signal path of a generally used digital matched filter (DMF) correlator or any other correlator that has a lot of sampling data memories for sampled PN sequence. The numerical results show rapid acquisition performance in a relatively good CNR.

  14. Temperature-Dependent Asymmetry of Anisotropic Magnetoresistance in Silicon p-n Junctions

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    Yang, D. Z.; Wang, T.; Sui, W. B.; Si, M. S.; Guo, D. W.; Shi, Z.; Wang, F. C.; Xue, D. S.

    2015-01-01

    We report a large but asymmetric magnetoresistance in silicon p-n junctions, which contrasts with the fact of magnetoresistance being symmetric in magnetic metals and semiconductors. With temperature decreasing from 293 K to 100 K, the magnetoresistance sharply increases from 50% to 150% under a magnetic field of 2 T. At the same time, an asymmetric magnetoresistance, which manifests itself as a magnetoresistance voltage offset with respect to the sign of magnetic field, occurs and linearly increases with magnetoresistance. More interestingly, in contrast with other materials, the lineshape of anisotropic magnetoresistance in silicon p-n junctions significantly depends on temperature. As temperature decreases from 293 K to 100 K, the width of peak shrinks from 90° to 70°. We ascribe these novel magnetoresistance to the asymmetric geometry of the space charge region in p-n junction induced by the magnetic field. In the vicinity of the space charge region the current paths are deflected, contributing the Hall field to the asymmetric magnetoresistance. Therefore, the observed temperature-dependent asymmetry of magnetoresistance is proved to be a direct consequence of the spatial configuration evolution of space charge region with temperature. PMID:26323495

  15. The ZnO p-n homojunctions modulated by ZnMgO barriers

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    Yang, Jing-Jing; Fang, Qing-Qing Wang, Dan-Dan; Du, Wen-Han

    2015-04-15

    In this paper, we fabricated the ultrathin ZnO p-n homojunctions, which modulated by ZnMgO asymmetrical double barriers (ADB). The ADB p-n homojunctions displays step-like curve in the absorption spectrums, this is the first time that quantum confinement effect has been observed in the absorption spectrums at room temperature (RT). The Hall-effect data confirm there is 2-dimensional electron gas in the interface of the ZnMgO ADB p-n junctions. The quantum confinement effect enhances the hall-mobility μ to 10{sup 3} cm{sup 2}V {sup −1}s{sup −1} based on the polarity of the films. There was no rectification property in the ZnO homojunctions with thickness of 250nm, however, when the ADB was added in the n-type layer of the homojunctions, it displays a typical Zener diode rectification property in the I-V curve.

  16. Al00.3Ga0.7N PN diode with breakdown voltage >1600 V

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    Allerman, A. A.; Armstrong, A. M.; Fischer, A. J.; ...

    2016-07-21

    Demonstration of Al00.3Ga0.7N PN diodes grown with breakdown voltages in excess of 1600 V is reported. The total epilayer thickness is 9.1 μm and was grown by metal-organic vapour-phase epitaxy on 1.3-mm-thick sapphire in order to achieve crack-free structures. A junction termination edge structure was employed to control the lateral electric fields. A current density of 3.5 kA/cm2 was achieved under DC forward bias and a reverse leakage current <3 nA was measured for voltages <1200 V. The differential on-resistance of 16 mΩ cm2 is limited by the lateral conductivity of the n-type contact layer required by the front-surface contactmore » geometry of the device. An effective critical electric field of 5.9 MV/cm was determined from the epilayer properties and the reverse current–voltage characteristics. To our knowledge, this is the first aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN)-based PN diode exhibiting a breakdown voltage in excess of 1 kV. Finally, we note that a Baliga figure of merit (Vbr2/Rspec,on) of 150 MW/cm2 found is the highest reported for an AlGaN PN diode and illustrates the potential of larger-bandgap AlGaN alloys for high-voltage devices.« less

  17. Characterization of a pnCCD for applications with synchrotron radiation

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    Send, S.; Abboud, A.; Hartmann, R.; Huth, M.; Leitenberger, W.; Pashniak, N.; Schmidt, J.; Strüder, L.; Pietsch, U.

    2013-05-01

    In this work we study the response of a pnCCD by means of X-ray spectroscopy in the energy range between 6 keV and 20 keV and by Laue diffraction techniques. The analyses include measurements of characteristic detector parameters like energy resolution, count rate capability and effects of different gain settings. The limit of a single photon counting operation in white beam X-ray diffraction experiments is discussed with regard to the occurrence of pile-up events, for which the energy information about individual photons is lost. In case of monochromatic illumination the pnCCD can be used as a fast conventional CCD with a charge handling capacity (CHC) of about 300,000 electrons per pixel. If the CHC is exceeded, any surplus charge will spill to neighboring pixels perpendicular to the transfer direction due to electrostatic repulsion. The possibilities of increasing the number of storable electrons are investigated for different voltage settings by exposing a single pixel with X-rays generated by a microfocus X-ray source. The pixel binning mode is tested as an alternative approach that enables a pnCCD operation with significantly shorter readout times.

  18. Gravitational waveforms in scalar-tensor gravity at 2PN relative order

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    Sennett, Noah; Marsat, Sylvain; Buonanno, Alessandra

    2016-10-01

    We compute the gravitational waveform from a binary system in scalar-tensor gravity at 2PN relative order. We restrict our calculation to nonspinning binary systems on quasicircular orbits and compute the spin-weighted spherical modes of the radiation. The evolution of the phase of the waveform is computed in the time and frequency domains. The emission of dipolar radiation is the lowest-order dissipative process in scalar-tensor gravity. However, stringent constraints set by current astrophysical observations indicate that this effect is subdominant to quadrupolar radiation for most prospective gravitational-wave sources. We compute the waveform for systems whose inspiral is driven by: (a) dipolar radiation (e.g., binary pulsars or spontaneously scalarized systems) and (b) quadrupolar radiation (e.g., typical sources for space-based and ground-based detectors). For case (a), we provide complete results at 2PN, whereas for case (b), we must introduce unknown terms in the 2PN flux; these unknown terms are suppressed by constraints on scalar-tensor gravity.

  19. Giant magnetoresistance modulated by magnetic field in graphene p-n junction

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    Li, Yuan; Jalil, Mansoor B. A.; Zhou, Guanghui

    2014-11-10

    We investigate the tunneling transport across a graphene p-n junction under the influence of a perpendicular magnetic field (B field). We observe a sideway deflection of the transmission profile, which can be quantitatively explained by invoking the classical Lorentz force. By considering the trajectory of the Dirac fermions along their cyclotron orbits, we analytically derive the incident angles for transmission across the graphene junction under a B field, as well as the critical magnetic field for full suppression of tunneling across the junction. These analytical predictions are consistent with the numerical results obtained via the non-equilibrium Green's function method. A stronger B-field conductance modulation is obtained for a p-n as opposed to an n-n or p-p type graphene junction. The magnetic field also induces a forbidden region of almost zero transmission for electron energy close to the Dirac point, which can be utilized to achieve a giant magnetoresistance effect. Based on our analysis, we devise an optimal magneto-electrical transport modulation, which can potentially realize a giant magnetoresistance effect in graphene p-n junction systems.

  20. Growth and electrical rectification in axial in-situ doped p-n junction germanium nanowires

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    Picraux, Samuel T; Dayeh, Shadi; Zaslavsky, Alexander; Le, Son T

    2009-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrate the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth and electrical properties of axial in-situ doped p-n junction Ge nanowires (NWs). In-situ doping of the NWs was accomplished by introducing dopant gases (diborane and phosphine) together with GeH{sub 4} in the growth process. By changing dopant sources during growth, a p-n junction can be realized along the axis of the NWs. Metal contacts to the wires were defined using e-beam lithography patterning, followed by 100 nm Ni sputter deposition and lift-off. Four-point measurements of the fabricated devices at room temperature and at 77 K clearly show rectification with on/off current ratio up to two orders of magnitude when the bias is applied across the p-n junction. The ideality factor of the junction current points to a significant generation-recombination contribution. The Ohmic characteristics in the p and n regions outside the junction make it possible to estimate the doping levels. We also observed backgate control of the NW junction current.

  1. The iron-age of superconductivity: structural correlations and commonalities among the various families having -Fe-Pn- slabs (Pn = P, As and Sb).

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    Ganguli, Ashok K; Prakash, Jai; Thakur, Gohil S

    2013-01-21

    The fascination of mankind towards a sudden change of a property, like colour, shape, elasticity, viscosity, electrical conductivity and magnetism, is well known. If the change in property is such that it leads to disapperance of an existing property or development of a new property then the effect is magical. It is for this reason that superconductivity remains an enigma for scientists for over a century after Kammerlingh Onnes discovered that the electrical resistance of mercury falls to zero below a temperature of 4.2 K. Since then scientists have been enchanted by superconductivity. Over these hundred years attempts have been made to discover materials which show this effect at higher temperatures. After a very exciting period of Cu oxide superconductors (1986-1993) there has been a lull in the search for high T(c) materials. The discovery of superconductivity in 2008 at 26 K in LaOFeAs (F-doped) has renewed the excitement in the field of superconductivity. This breakthrough in an Fe-containing compound led to the discovery of several new families of Fe-based superconductors having either pnictogens (P, As) or chalcogen (Se, Te) of the type AFFeAs (A = alkaline-earth metal), AFe(2)As(2), AFeAs (A = alkali metals), A(3)M(2)O(5)Fe(2)As(2) (M = transition metals) and A(4)M(2)O(6)Fe(2)As(2). This review article discusses in detail the structural aspects of these new Fe-based superconductors which primarily consist of edge-shared distorted FeX(4) (X = pnictogen and chalcogen) tetrahedra and these tetrahedral layers are reponsible for enabling superconductivity. Extremely large upper critical field (>200 Tesla) of these superconductors make them promising for high field application. Structural commonalities and differences among different families of these superconductors have been outlined. We also discuss the common features and differences with the copper-oxide based superconductors. Here we have discussed all the Fe-based oxypnictide families (like LnOFePn, AFe(2

  2. Uppermost mantle velocity from Pn tomography in the Gulf of Aden

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    Corbeau, Jordane; Rolandone, Frédérique; Leroy, Sylvie; Al-Lazki, Ali; Keir, Derek; Stuart, Graham; Stork, Anna

    2013-04-01

    We present an analysis of Pn traveltimes to determine lateral variations of velocity in the uppermost mantle and crustal thickness beneath the Gulf of Aden and its margins. No detailed tomographic image of the entire Gulf of Aden was available. Previous tomographic studies covered the eastern Gulf of Aden and were thus incomplete or at a large scale with a too low resolution to see the lithospheric structures. From 1990 to 2010, 49206 Pn arrivals were selected from the International Seismological Center catalogue. We also used temporary networks : YOCMAL (Young Conjugate Margins Laboratory) networks with broadband stations located in Oman, Yemen and Socotra from 2003 to 2011, and Djibouti network from 2009 to 2011. From these networks we picked Pn arrivals and selected 4110 rays. Using a least-squares tomographic code (Hearn, 1996), these data were analyzed to solve for velocity variations in the mantle lithosphere. We perform different inversions for shorter and longer ray path data sets in order to separate the shallow and deep structure within the mantle lid. In the upper lid, zones of low velocity (7.7 km/s) around Sanaa, Aden, Afar, and along the Gulf of Aden are related to active volcanism. Off-axis volcanism and a regional melting anomaly in the Gulf of Aden area may be connected to the Afar plume, and explained by the model of channeling material away from the Afar plume along ridge-axis. Our study validates the channeling model and shows that the influence of the Afar hotspot may extend much farther eastwards along the Aden and Sheba ridges into the Gulf of Aden than previously believed. Still in the upper lid, high Pn velocities (>8,2 km/s) are observed in Yemen and may be related to the presence of a magmatic underplating under the volcanic margin of Aden and under the Red Sea margins. In the lower lid, zones of low velocities are spatially located differently than in the upper lid. On the Oman margin, a low velocity zone (7.6 km/s) suggests deep partial

  3. Acceptance Data Package: SXI Stepper Motor/Encoder. Aeroflex P/N 16187. A; Engineering Drawings and Associated Lists

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    1994-01-01

    Acceptance data package - engineering drawings and associated lists for fabrication, assembly and maintenance (cleaning, fluidized bed coating, bounding and staking) motor/encoded solar x-ray imager (SXI) (Aeroflex p/n 16187) were given.

  4. Immunological Reactivity of Blood from Healthy Humans to the rAls3p-N Vaccine Protein

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    Baquir, Beverlie; Lin, Lin; Ibrahim, Ashraf S.; Fu, Yue; Avanesian, Valentina; Tu, Ang; Edwards, John; Spellberg, Brad

    2010-01-01

    We determined reactivity of human blood to a vaccine based on the recombinant N-terminus of candidal Als3p (rAls3p-N) in preparation for future clinical trials. Healthy donor plasma had high immunoglobulin G titers (median, 1:51,200) and lower immunoglobulin A (median, 1:3,200) and immunoglobulin E (median, 1:128) titers to rAls3p-N by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. rAls3p-N stimulated interferon γ (IFN-γ) and interleukin (IL)–17, but not IL-4, from donor lymphocytes by enzyme-linked immunosorbent spot assay and IL-12 p70, IFN-γ, IL-17, and IL-10 by cytometric bead array. Donors reacted to diverse immunodominant epitopes. Thus, facile humoral and cellular assays can monitor immune responses to the rAls3p-N vaccine in planned clinical trials. PMID:20039802

  5. Axially connected nanowire core-shell p-n junctions: a composite structure for high-efficiency solar cells.

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    Wang, Sijia; Yan, Xin; Zhang, Xia; Li, Junshuai; Ren, Xiaomin

    2015-01-01

    A composite nanostructure for high-efficiency solar cells that axially connects nanowire core-shell p-n junctions is proposed. By axially connecting the p-n junctions in one nanowire, the solar spectrum is separated and absorbed in the top and bottom cells with respect to the wavelength. The unique structure of nanowire p-n junctions enables substantial light absorption along the nanowire and efficient radial carrier separation and collection. A coupled three-dimensional optoelectronic simulation is used to evaluate the performance of the structure. With an excellent current matching, a promising efficiency of 19.9% can be achieved at a low filling ratio of 0.283 (the density of the nanowire array), which is much higher than the tandem axial p-n junctions.

  6. Transparent CH3NH3SnCl3/Al-ZnO p-n heterojunction diode

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    Kumar, Sunil; Ansari, Mohd. Zubair; Khare, Neeraj

    2016-05-01

    A p-type Organic inorganic tin chloride (CH3NH3SnCl3) perovskite thin film has been synthesized by solution method. An n-type 1% Al doped ZnO (AZO) film has been deposited on FTO substrate by ultrasonic assisted chemical vapor deposition technique. A transparent CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction diode has been fabricated by spin coating technique. CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction shows 75% transparency in the visible region. I-V characteristic of CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction shows rectifying behavior of the diode. The diode parameters calculated as ideality factor η=2.754 and barrier height V= 0.76 eV. The result demonstrates the potentiality of CH3NH3SnCl3/AZO p-n heterojunction for transparent electronics.

  7. Trap-mediated electronic transport properties of gate-tunable pentacene/MoS2 p-n heterojunction diodes

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    Kim, Jae-Keun; Cho, Kyungjune; Kim, Tae-Young; Pak, Jinsu; Jang, Jingon; Song, Younggul; Kim, Youngrok; Choi, Barbara Yuri; Chung, Seungjun; Hong, Woong-Ki; Lee, Takhee

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the trap-mediated electronic transport properties of pentacene/molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) p-n heterojunction devices. We observed that the hybrid p-n heterojunctions were gate-tunable and were strongly affected by trap-assisted tunnelling through the van der Waals gap at the heterojunction interfaces between MoS2 and pentacene. The pentacene/MoS2 p-n heterojunction diodes had gate-tunable high ideality factor, which resulted from trap-mediated conduction nature of devices. From the temperature-variable current-voltage measurement, a space-charge-limited conduction and a variable range hopping conduction at a low temperature were suggested as the gate-tunable charge transport characteristics of these hybrid p-n heterojunctions. Our study provides a better understanding of the trap-mediated electronic transport properties in organic/2-dimensional material hybrid heterojunction devices. PMID:27829663

  8. Bipolar resistive switching in YMnO3/Nb:SrTiO3 pn-heterojunctions

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    Bogusz, Agnieszka; Bürger, Danilo; Skorupa, Ilona; Schmidt, Oliver G.; Schmidt, Heidemarie

    2016-11-01

    Resistively switching oxides are promising materials for use in electronic applications such as nonvolatile memories, logic gates, and artificial synapses. This work presents the bipolar resistive switching (BRS) in YMnO3/Nb:SrTiO3 pn-heterojunctions. A thermally driven electroforming process is required prior to the observed BRS. Results indicate that the BRS in YMnO3/Nb:SrTiO3 originates from the combined effects of charge trapping and detrapping processes along with the electro-migration of charged point defects in the depletion layer of the pn-heterojunction. It is shown that the built-in voltage of the pn-heterojunctions can be tuned by the oxygen partial pressure during growth of the YMnO3 thin film and impacts the working parameters of the resistively switching cell. This study provides a guideline for material engineering of bipolar resistive switches based on pn-heterojunctions.

  9. Snake states and Majorana's in graphene quantum dots in the presence of a p-n junction

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    Peeters, Francois; Zarenia, M.; Pereira, J. M., Jr.; Farias, G. A.

    2013-03-01

    We investigate the magnetic interface states of graphene quantum dots that contain p-n junctions. Within a tight-binding approach, we consider rectangular quantum dots in the presence of a perpendicular magnetic field containing p-n, as well as p-n-p and n-p-n junctions. The results show the interplay between the edge states associated with the zigzag terminations of the sample and the snake states that arise at the p-n junction, due to the overlap between electron and hole states at the potential interface. Remarkable localized states are found at the crossing of the p-n junction with the zigzag edge having a dumb-bell shaped electron distribution. These states are localized Majorana states. The results are presented as function of the junction parameters and the applied magnetic flux.

  10. Yield Improvement in Steel Casting (Yield II)

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    Richard A. Hardin; Christoph Beckermann; Tim Hays

    2002-02-18

    This report presents work conducted on the following main projects tasks undertaken in the Yield Improvement in Steel Casting research program: Improvement of Conventional Feeding and Risering Methods, Use of Unconventional Yield Improvement Techniques, and Case Studies in Yield Improvement. Casting trials were conducted and then simulated using the precise casting conditions as recorded by the participating SFSA foundries. These results present a statistically meaningful set of experimental data on soundness versus feeding length. Comparisons between these casting trials and casting trials performed more than forty years ago by Pellini and the SFSA are quite good and appear reasonable. Comparisons between the current SFSA feeding rules and feeding rules based on the minimum Niyama criterion reveal that the Niyama-based rules are generally less conservative. The niyama-based rules also agree better with both the trials presented here, and the casting trails performed by Pellini an d the SFSA years ago. Furthermore, the use of the Niyama criterion to predict centerline shrinkage for horizontally fed plate sections has a theoretical basis according to the casting literature reviewed here. These results strongly support the use of improved feeding rules for horizontal plate sections based on the Niyama criterion, which can be tailored to the casting conditions for a given alloy and to a desired level of soundness. The reliability and repeatability of ASTM shrinkage x-ray ratings was investigated in a statistical study performed on 128 x-rays, each of which were rated seven different times. A manual ''Feeding and Risering Guidelines for Steel Castings' is given in this final report. Results of casting trials performed to test unconventional techniques for improving casting yield are presented. These use a stacked arrangement of castings and riser pressurization to increase the casting yield. Riser pressurization was demonstrated to feed a casting up to four time s the

  11. Elevated carbon dioxide influences yield and photosynthetic responses of hydroponically-grown sweetpotato

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    Mortley, D.; Hill, J.; Loretan, P.; Bonsi, C.; Hill, W.; Hileman, D.; Terse, A.

    1996-01-01

    The response of 'TI-155' and 'Georgia Jet' sweetpotato cultivars to elevated CO2 concentrations of 400 (ambient), 750 and 1000 micromoles mol-1 were evaluated under controlled environment conditions using the nutrient film technique (NFT). Growth chamber conditions included photosynthetic photon flux (PPF) of 600 micromoles m-2 s-1, 14/10 light/dark period, and 70% +/- 5% RH. Plants were grown using a modified half-Hoagland nutrient solution with a pH range of 5.5-6.0 and an electrical conductivity of 0.12 S m-1. Gas exchange measurements were made using infrared gas analysis, an open-flow gas exchange system, and a controlled-climate cuvette. Photosynthetic (Pn) measurements were made at CO2 ranges of 50 to 1000 micromoles mol-1. Storage root yield/plant increased with CO2 up to 750 but declined at 1000 micromoles mol-1. Storage root dry matter (DM) and foliage dry weight increased with increasing CO2. Harvest index (HI) for both cultivars was highest at 750 micromoles mol-1. The PPF vs Pn curves were typical for C3 plants with saturation occurring at approximately 600 micromoles m-2 s-1. CO2 concentration did not significantly influence net Pn, transpiration, water-use-efficiency (WUE), and stomatal conductance. As measurement CO2 concentration increased, net Pn and WUE increased while transpiration and stomatal conductance decreased.

  12. Elevated carbon dioxide influences yield and photosynthetic responses of hydroponically-grown sweetpotato

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    Mortley, D.; Hill, J.; Loretan, P.; Bonsi, C.; Hill, W.; Hileman, D.; Terse, A.

    1996-01-01

    The response of 'TI-155' and 'Georgia Jet' sweetpotato cultivars to elevated CO2 concentrations of 400 (ambient), 750 and 1000 micromoles mol-1 were evaluated under controlled environment conditions using the nutrient film technique (NFT). Growth chamber conditions included photosynthetic photon flux (PPF) of 600 micromoles m-2 s-1, 14/10 light/dark period, and 70% +/- 5% RH. Plants were grown using a modified half-Hoagland nutrient solution with a pH range of 5.5-6.0 and an electrical conductivity of 0.12 S m-1. Gas exchange measurements were made using infrared gas analysis, an open-flow gas exchange system, and a controlled-climate cuvette. Photosynthetic (Pn) measurements were made at CO2 ranges of 50 to 1000 micromoles mol-1. Storage root yield/plant increased with CO2 up to 750 but declined at 1000 micromoles mol-1. Storage root dry matter (DM) and foliage dry weight increased with increasing CO2. Harvest index (HI) for both cultivars was highest at 750 micromoles mol-1. The PPF vs Pn curves were typical for C3 plants with saturation occurring at approximately 600 micromoles m-2 s-1. CO2 concentration did not significantly influence net Pn, transpiration, water-use-efficiency (WUE), and stomatal conductance. As measurement CO2 concentration increased, net Pn and WUE increased while transpiration and stomatal conductance decreased.

  13. Elevated carbon dioxide influences yield and photosynthetic responses of hydroponically-grown [correction of glown] sweetpotato.

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    Mortley, D; Hill, J; Loretan, P; Bonsi, C; Hill, W; Hileman, D; Terse, A

    1996-12-01

    The response of 'TI-155' and 'Georgia Jet' sweetpotato cultivars to elevated CO2 concentrations of 400 (ambient), 750 and 1000 micromoles mol-1 were evaluated under controlled environment conditions using the nutrient film technique (NFT). Growth chamber conditions included photosynthetic photon flux (PPF) of 600 micromoles m-2 s-1, 14/10 light/dark period, and 70% +/- 5% RH. Plants were grown using a modified half-Hoagland nutrient solution with a pH range of 5.5-6.0 and an electrical conductivity of 0.12 S m-1. Gas exchange measurements were made using infrared gas analysis, an open-flow gas exchange system, and a controlled-climate cuvette. Photosynthetic (Pn) measurements were made at CO2 ranges of 50 to 1000 micromoles mol-1. Storage root yield/plant increased with CO2 up to 750 but declined at 1000 micromoles mol-1. Storage root dry matter (DM) and foliage dry weight increased with increasing CO2. Harvest index (HI) for both cultivars was highest at 750 micromoles mol-1. The PPF vs Pn curves were typical for C3 plants with saturation occurring at approximately 600 micromoles m-2 s-1. CO2 concentration did not significantly influence net Pn, transpiration, water-use-efficiency (WUE), and stomatal conductance. As measurement CO2 concentration increased, net Pn and WUE increased while transpiration and stomatal conductance decreased.

  14. What can be learned from binding energy differences about nuclear structure: The example of {delta}V{sub pn}

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    Bender, M.

    2011-06-15

    We perform an analysis of a binding energy difference called {delta}V{sub pn}(N,Z){identical_to}-(1/4)[E(Z,N)-E(Z,N-2)-E(Z-2,N)+E(Z-2,N-2)] in the framework of a realistic nuclear model. It has been suggested that {delta}V{sub pn} values provide a sensitive probe of nuclear structure, and it has been put forward as a primary motivation for the measurement of specific nuclear masses. Using the angular momentum and particle-number projected generator coordinate method and the Skyrme interaction SLy4, we analyze the contribution brought to {delta}V{sub pn} by static deformation and dynamic fluctuations around the mean-field ground state. Our method gives a good overall description of {delta}V{sub pn} throughout the chart of nuclei with the exception of the anomaly related to the Wigner energy along the N=Z line. The main conclusions of our analysis of {delta}V{sub pn}, which are at variance with its standard interpretation, are that (i) the structures seen in the systematics of {delta}V{sub pn} throughout the chart of nuclei can be easily explained combining a smooth background related to the symmetry energy and correlation energies due to deformation and collective fluctuations, (ii) the characteristic pattern of {delta}V{sub pn} having a much larger size for nuclei that add only particles or only holes to a doubly magic nucleus than for nuclei that add particles for one nucleon species and holes for the other is a trivial consequence of the asymmetric definition of {delta}V{sub pn} and not due to a the different structure of these nuclei, (iii) {delta}V{sub pn} does not provide a very reliable indicator for structural changes, (iv){delta}V{sub pn} does not provide a reliable measure of the proton-neutron interaction in the nuclear energy density functional (EDF) or of that between the last filled orbits or of the one summed over all orbits, and (v) {delta}V{sub pn} does not provide a conclusive benchmark for nuclear EDF methods that is superior or complementary to

  15. Atmospheric Nitrogen Fluorescence Yield

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    Adams, J. H., Jr.; Christl, M. J.; Fountain, W. F.; Gregory, J. C.; Martens, K. U.; Sokolsky, Pierre; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Several existing and planned experiments estimate the energies of ultra-high energy cosmic rays from air showers using the atmospheric nitrogen fluorescence. The nitrogen fluorescence yield from air shower electrons depends on the atmospheric composition. We will discuss the uncertainties in the fluorescence yield form electrons in the real atmosphere and describe a concept for a small balloon payload to measure the atmospheric fluorescence yield as a function of attitude.

  16. [Morphological analysis of transgenic tobacco plants expressing the PnEXPA3 gene of black poplar (Populus nigra)].

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    Kuluev, B R; Safiullina, M G; Kniazev, A V; Chemeris, A V

    2013-01-01

    Transgenic tobacco plants overexpressing the PnEXPA3 gene of black poplar (Populus nigra), which encodes alpha-expansin, were obtained. The transgenic plants were characterized by increased size of epidermic and mesophyll cells of leaves. However, the size of leaves remained normal. Overexpression of the PnEXPA3 gene provided stimulatory effect only on the stem length. Other morphological traits of the transgenic plants remained unchanged.

  17. Linking structure and dynamics in (p,pn) reactions with Borromean nuclei: The 11Li(p,pn)10Li case

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    Gómez-Ramos, M.; Casal, J.; Moro, A. M.

    2017-09-01

    One-neutron removal (p , pn) reactions induced by two-neutron Borromean nuclei are studied within a Transfer-to-the-Continuum (TC) reaction framework, which incorporates the three-body character of the incident nucleus. The relative energy distribution of the residual unbound two-body subsystem, which is assumed to retain information on the structure of the original three-body projectile, is computed by evaluating the transition amplitude for different neutron-core final states in the continuum. These transition amplitudes depend on the overlaps between the original three-body ground-state wave function and the two-body continuum states populated in the reaction, thus ensuring a consistent description of the incident and final nuclei. By comparing different 11Li three-body models, it is found that the 11Li(p , pn) 10Li relative energy spectrum is very sensitive to the position of the p1/2 and s1/2 states in 10Li and to the partial wave content of these configurations within the 11Li ground-state wave function. The possible presence of a low-lying d5/2 resonance is discussed. The coupling of the single particle configurations with the non-zero spin of the 9Li core, which produces a spin-spin splitting of the states, is also studied. Among the considered models, the best agreement with the available data is obtained with a 11Li model that incorporates the actual spin of the core and contains ∼31% of p1/2-wave content in the n-9Li subsystem, in accord with our previous findings for the 11Li(p , d) 10Li transfer reaction, and a near-threshold virtual state.

  18. Effect of random p-n junctions on quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with polymer electrolyte

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    Cui, Jiarui; Yang, Ying; Yi, Pengfei; Guo, Xueyi

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, the effect of p-n junction additives via blending p-type semiconductors (NiO and CuI) with n-type TiO2 in polymer electrolyte on quasi-solid-state DSSCs is studied. The conduction mechanism of DSSCs modified with random p-n junctions has been investigated by FTIR, SEM, UV-Vis and electrochemical analysis. The results indicate that the CuI-TiO2 p-n blend modified polymer electrolyte reaches the maximum ionic conductivity of 6.44 mS cm-1, which is almost twice over than that of pure-TiO2 modified one. From photovoltaic study, it is found that introducing CuI-TiO2 and NiO-TiO2 p-n blends in polymer electrolyte can obviously improve electron recombination and light-to-electric conversion efficiency of DSSCs. The conversion efficiency of CuI-TiO2 p-n blend modified DSSC is 3.34%, which is much higher than that of pure TiO2 modified device (1.76%). It is also demonstrated that the photovoltaic properties of DSSCs directly depends on the ratio of p-type CuI and n-type TiO2 in the p-n blends and the optimal conversion efficiency of 4.27% is obtained at CuI:TiO2 ratio of 4:1.

  19. Peanut witches' broom (PnWB) phytoplasma-mediated leafy flower symptoms and abnormal vascular bundles development.

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    Liu, Chi-Te; Huang, Hsin-Mei; Hong, Syuan-Fei; Kuo-Huang, Ling-Long; Yang, Chiao-Yin; Lin, Yen-Yu; Lin, Chan-Pin; Lin, Shih-Shun

    2015-01-01

    The peanut witches' broom (PnWB) phytoplasma causes virescence symptoms such as phyllody (leafy flower) in infected peanuts. However, the obligate nature of phytoplasma limits the study of host-pathogen interactions, and the detailed anatomy of PnWB-infected plants has yet to be reported. Here, we demonstrate that 4',6'-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) staining can be used to track PnWB infection. The DAPI-stained phytoplasma cells were observed in phloem/internal phloem tissues, and changes in vascular bundle morphology, including increasing pith rays and thinner cell walls in the xylem, were found. We also discerned the cell types comprising PnWB in infected sieve tube members. These results suggest that the presence of PnWB in phloem tissue facilitates the transmission of phytoplasma via sap-feeding insect vectors. In addition, PnWB in sieve tube members and changes in vascular bundle morphology might strongly promote the ability of phytoplasmas to assimilate nutrients. These data will help further an understanding of the obligate life cycle and host-pathogen interactions of phytoplasma.

  20. Calculation of Delayed Neutron Yields for Various Libraries

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    Huynh, T. D.; Jouanne, C.

    2014-04-01

    This paper presents the comparison between the total delayed neutron yields (νdbar) calculated and the recommended values proposed by Tuttle, the experimental data of Waldo and those of Benedetti. These data are given for thermal, fast, and high energy fission ranges. The calculation of total delayed neutron yields is performed either by the NJOY nuclear data processing system or by the summation method. The decay data found in the various evaluations as the delayed neutron branching ratios (Pn) and the cumulative fission yields (CY) can also be validated by delayed neutron yield calculation using the summation method. In the first method, where the treatment is performed by the NJOY system, the general purpose evaluation files (JEFF-3, JEF-2, ENDF/B-VII.0 and ENDF/B-VI.4 were considered. In the summation calculation, the data used are the delayed neutron branching ratios (also called delayed neutron emission probabilities) and the cumulative fission yields that are given for thermal, fast, high energy fission and spontaneous fission. These data are found in the Radioactive Decay Data and Fission Yield Data files (File 8) of nuclear data evaluations. In this study, we also perform a benchmark calculation with various libraries: JEF-2.2, JEFF3.1.1, ENDF/B-VII.0, ENDF/B-VII.1 and JENDL/FP-2011.

  1. Reed canarygrass yield improvement

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    Reed canarygrass is well adapted to the northern USA. Eight cultivars and 72 accessions collected in rural landscapes from Iowa to New Hampshire were evaluated for yield. Accessions produced on average 7% higher biomass yield compared to existing cultivars. Naturalized populations of reed canarygras...

  2. Progress in p(+)n InP solar cells fabricated by thermal diffusion

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    Flood, D. J.; Brinker, D. J.; Weinberg, I.; Vargas, C.; Faur, Mircea; Faur, Maria; Goradia, C.; Goradia, M.; Fatemi, N. S.

    1993-01-01

    The performance results of our most recently thermally diffused InP solar cells using the p(+)n (Cd,S) structures are presented. We have succeeded in fabricating cells with measured AMO, 25 C V(sub oc) exceeding 880 mV (bare cells) which to the best of our knowledge is higher than previously reported V(sub oc) values for any InP homojunction solar cells. The cells were fabricated by thinning the emitter, after Au-Zn front contacting, from its initial thickness of about 4.5 microns to about 0.6 microns. After thinning, the exposed surface of the emitter was passivated by a thin (approximately 50A) P-rich oxide. Based on the measured EQY and J(sub sc)-V(sub oc) characteristics of our experimental high V(sub oc) p(+)n InP solar cells, we project that reducing the emitter thickness to 0.3 microns, using an optimized AR coating, maintaining the surface hole concentration of 3 x 10(exp 18)cm(sup -3), reducing the grid shadowing from actual 10.55 percent to 6 percent and reducing the contact resistance will increase the actual measured 12.57 percent AMO 25 C efficiency to about 20.1 percent. By using our state-of-the-art p(+)n structures which have a surface hole concentration of 4 x 10(exp 18)cm(sup -3) and slightly improving the front surface passivation, an even higher practically achievable AMO, 25 C efficiency of 21.3 percent is projected.

  3. Electrical and photovoltaic characteristics of MoS{sub 2}/Si p-n junctions

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    Hao, Lanzhong Liu, Yunjie Gao, Wei; Han, Zhide; Xue, Qingzhong; Zeng, Huizhong; Wu, Zhipeng; Zhu, Jun; Zhang, Wanli

    2015-03-21

    Bulk-like molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) thin films were deposited on the surface of p-type Si substrates using dc magnetron sputtering technique and MoS{sub 2}/Si p-n junctions were formed. The vibrating modes of E{sup 1}{sub 2g} and A{sub 1g} were observed from the Raman spectrum of the MoS{sub 2} films. The current density versus voltage (J-V) characteristics of the junction were investigated. A typical J-V rectifying effect with a turn-on voltage of 0.2 V was shown. In different voltage range, the electrical transporting of the junction was dominated by diffusion current and recombination current, respectively. Under the light illumination of 15 mW cm{sup −2}, the p-n junction exhibited obvious photovoltaic characteristics with a short-circuit current density of 3.2 mA cm{sup −2} and open-circuit voltage of 0.14 V. The fill factor and energy conversion efficiency were 42.4% and 1.3%, respectively. According to the determination of the Fermi-energy level (∼4.65 eV) and energy-band gap (∼1.45 eV) of the MoS{sub 2} films by capacitance-voltage curve and ultraviolet-visible transmission spectra, the mechanisms of the electrical and photovoltaic characteristics were discussed in terms of the energy-band structure of the MoS{sub 2}/Si p-n junctions. The results hold the promise for the integration of MoS{sub 2} thin films with commercially available Si-based electronics in high-efficient photovoltaic devices.

  4. Uncertainties in Supernova Yields

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    Young, Patrick A.; Fryer, C. L.

    2006-12-01

    Theoretical nucleosynthetic yields from supernovae are sensitive to both the details of the progenitor star and the explosion calculation. We attempt to comprehensively identify the sources of uncertainties in these yields. In this poster we concentrate on the variations in yields from a single progenitor arising from common 1-dimensional methods of approximating a supernova explosion. 3-dimensional effects in the explosion and the progenitor and improved physics in the progenitor evolution are also given preliminary consideration. For the 1-dimensional explosions we find that both elemental and isotopic yields for Si and heavier elements are a sensitive function of explosion energy. Also, piston-driven and thermal bomb type explosions have different yields for the same explosion energy. Yields derived from 1-dimensional explosions are non-unique. Bulk yields of common elements can vary by factors of several depending upon the assumptions of the calculation. This work was carried out in part under the auspices of the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory and supported by Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396, by a DOE SciDAC grant DE-FC02-01ER41176, an NNSA ASC grant, and a subcontract to the ASCI FLASH Center at the University of Chicago.

  5. Investigation of the /sup 12/C(. gamma. ,pn) reaction using tagged photons

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    Dancer, S.N.; MacGregor, I.J.D.; Annand, J.R.M.; Anthony, I.; Crawford, G.I.; Hall, S.J.; Kellie, J.D.; McGeorge, J.C.; Owens, R.O.; Wallace, P.A.; and others

    1988-09-05

    Tagged-photon measuremens of the /sup 12/C(..gamma..,pn) reaction in the photon energy range 83--133 MeV are reported. The measurements have achieved a good angular resolution, approx. =4/sup 0/, and a better missing-energy resolution, approx. =8 MeV, than any previous measurement. This has allowed events to be selected in which both the neutron and proton are ejected from the 1p shell of the /sup 12/C nucleus. The correlated momenta of the outgoing nucleon pairs are quantitatively explained by the quasideuteron mechanism.

  6. High Beginning-of-Life Efficiency p/n InP Solar Cells

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    Hoffman, Richard W., Jr.; Fatemi, Navid S.; Weizer, Victor G.; Jenkins, Phillip P.; Ringel, Steven A.; Scheiman, David A.; Wilt, David M.; Brinker, David J.

    2004-01-01

    We have achieved a new record efficiency of 17.6%, (AM0) for a p/n InP homo-epitaxy solar cell. In addition, we have eliminated a previously observed photo-degradation of cell performance, which was due to losses in J(sub sc). Cells soaked in AM0 spectrum at one-sun intensity for an hour showed no significant change in cell performance. We have discovered carrier passivation effects when using Zn as the p-type dopant in the OMVPE growth of InP and have found a method to avoid the unexpected effects which result from typical operation of OMVPE cell growth.

  7. Fighting topological freezing in the two-dimensional C PN -1 model

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    Hasenbusch, Martin

    2017-09-01

    We perform Monte Carlo simulations of the C PN -1 model on the square lattice for N =10 , 21, and 41. Our focus is on the severe slowing down related to instantons. To fight this problem we employ open boundary conditions as proposed by Lüscher and Schaefer for lattice QCD. Furthermore we test the efficiency of parallel tempering in a line defect. Our results for open boundary conditions are consistent with the expectation that topological freezing is avoided, while autocorrelation times are still large. The results obtained with parallel tempering are encouraging.

  8. Fabrication of p(+)-n junction GaAs solar cells by a novel method

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    Ghandhi, S. K.; Mathur, G.; Rode, H.; Borrego, J. M.

    1984-01-01

    A novel method for making p(+)-n diffused junction GaAs solar cells, with the formation of a diffusion source, an anti-reflective coating, and a protective cover glass in a single chemical-vapor deposition operation is discussed. Consideration is given to device fabrication and to solar-cell characteristics. The advantages of the technique are that the number of process steps is kept to an absolute minimum, the fabrication procedure is low-cost, and the GaAs surface is protected during the entire operation.

  9. Uncooled CMOS terahertz imager using a metamaterial absorber and pn diode.

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    Escorcia, Ivonne; Grant, James; Gough, John; Cumming, David R S

    2016-07-15

    We demonstrate a low-cost uncooled terahertz (THz) imager fabricated in a standard 180 nm CMOS process. The imager is composed of a broadband THz metamaterial absorber coupled with a diode microbolometer sensor where the pn junction is used as a temperature sensitive device. The metamaterial absorber array is integrated in the top metallic layers of a six metal layer process allowing for complete monolithic integration of the metamaterial absorber and sensor. We demonstrate the capability of the detector for stand-off imaging applications by using it to form transmission and reflection images of a metallic object hidden in a manila envelope.

  10. Hybrid PN-SN Calculations with SAAF for the Multiscale Transport Capability in Rattlesnake

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    Wang, Yaqi; Schunert, Sebastian; DeHart, Mark; Martineau, Richard

    2016-05-01

    Two interface conditions, the Lagrange multiplier method and the upwinding method, for hybrid \\pn-\\sn calculations is proposed for the self-adjoint angular flux (SAAF) formulation of the transport equation using the continuous finite element method (FEM) for spatial discretization. These interface conditions are implemented in Rattlesnake, the radiation transport application built on MOOSE, for the on-going multiscale transport simulation effort at INL. For smoothing the solution at the interface for the Lagrange multiplier method, a method based on \\sn Lagrange interpolation on the sphere is proposed. Numerical results indicate that the interface conditions give the expected convergence.

  11. Fabrication and characterization of 3D pn junction structure for radiation detection

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    Liu, Tingting; Liu, Tao; Li, Jinlong; Lin, Jilei; Chen, Xiaoming; Guo, Xinglong; Xin, Peisheng; Xu, Shaohui; Xue, Weijia; Wang, Lianwei

    2008-02-01

    In this report, p-type macroporous silicon has been prepared by anodization. A phosphorus diffusion step is employed for the formation of three dimensional pn junction structures on this macroporous silicon. I-V and C-V measurement were employed to characterize the electrical properties. The results were compared with numeric simulation with T-SUPREM4 and MEDICI. It has been demonstrated that three-dimensional structure can increase the effective junction area and the collective efficiency remarkably, and hence improve the performance of semiconductor radiation detector.

  12. Electron beam induced current profiling of ZnO p-n homojunctions

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    Chernyak, L.; Schwarz, C.; Flitsiyan, E. S.; Chu, S.; Liu, J. L.; Gartsman, K.

    2008-03-01

    Variable temperature electron beam induced current technique was employed for the profiling of ZnO p-n homojunctions and the extraction of minority electron diffusion length values in the Sb-doped p-type ZnO region. A thermally induced increase for diffusion length of minority electrons was determined to have an activation energy of ˜145meV. The latter parameter likely represents carrier delocalization energy and determines the increase of the diffusion length due to the reduction in recombination efficiency.

  13. Using Colored Stochastic Petri Net (CS-PN) software for protocol specification, validation, and evaluation

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    Zenie, Alexandre; Luguern, Jean-Pierre

    1987-01-01

    The specification, verification, validation, and evaluation, which make up the different steps of the CS-PN software are outlined. The colored stochastic Petri net software is applied to a Wound/Wait protocol decomposable into two principal modules: request or couple (transaction, granule) treatment module and wound treatment module. Each module is specified, verified, validated, and then evaluated separately, to deduce a verification, validation and evaluation of the complete protocol. The colored stochastic Petri nets tool is shown to be a natural extension of the stochastic tool, adapted to distributed systems and protocols, because the color conveniently takes into account the numerous sites, transactions, granules and messages.

  14. The radiation damage of crystalline silicon PN diode in tritium beta-voltaic battery.

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    Lei, Yisong; Yang, Yuqing; Liu, Yebing; Li, Hao; Wang, Guanquan; Hu, Rui; Xiong, Xiaoling; Luo, Shunzhong

    2014-08-01

    A tritium beta-voltaic battery using a crystalline silicon convertor composed of (100)Si/SiO2/Si3N4 film degrades remarkably with radiation from a high intensity titanium tritide film. Simulation and experiments were carried out to investigate the main factor causing the degradation. The radiation damages mainly comes from the x-ray emitted from the titanium tritide film and beta particle can relieve the damages. The x-ray radiation induced positive charges in the SiO2 film destroying the output property of the PN diode with the induction of an electric field.

  15. Chemical Visualization of a GaN p-n junction by XPS

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    Caliskan, Deniz; Sezen, Hikmet; Ozbay, Ekmel; Suzer, Sefik

    2015-01-01

    We report on an operando XPS investigation of a GaN diode, by recording the Ga2p3/2 peak position under both forward and reverse bias. Areal maps of the peak positions under reverse bias are completely decoupled with respect to doped regions and allow a novel chemical visualization of the p-n junction in a 2-D fashion. Other electrical properties of the device, such as leakage current, resistivity of the domains are also tapped via recording line-scan spectra. Application of a triangular voltage excitation enables probing photoresponse of the device. PMID:26359762

  16. The northern Walker Lane refraction experiment: Pn arrivals and the northern Sierra Nevada root

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    Louie, John N.; Thelen, Weston; Smith, Shane B.; Scott, James B.; Clark, Matthew; Pullammanappallil, Satish

    2004-09-01

    In May 2002, we collected a new crustal refraction profile from Battle Mountain, Nevada across western Nevada, the Reno area, Lake Tahoe, and the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains to Auburn, CA. Mine blasts and earthquakes were recorded by 199 Texan instruments extending across this more than 450-km-long transect. The use of large mine blasts and the ultra-portable Texan recorders kept the field costs of this profile to less than US$10,000. The seismic sources at the eastern end were mining blasts at Barrick's GoldStrike mine. The GoldStrike mine produced several ripple-fired blasts using 8000-44,000 kg of ANFO each, a daily occurrence. First arrivals from the larger GoldStrike blasts are obvious to distances of 300 km in the raw records. First arrivals from a quarry blast west of the survey near Watsonville, CA, located by the Northern California Seismic Network with a magnitude of 2.2, can be picked across the recording array to distances of 600 km. The Watsonville blast provides a western source, nearly reversing the GoldStrike blasts. A small earthquake near Bridgeport, CA. also produced pickable P-wave arrivals across the transect, providing fan-shot data. Arrivals from M5 events in the Mariana and Kuril Islands also appear in the records. This refraction survey observes an unexpectedly deep crustal root under the northern Sierra Nevada range, over 50 km in thickness and possibly centered west of the topographic crest. Pn delays of 4-6 s support this interpretation. At Battle Mountain, Nevada, we observe anomalously thin crust over a limited region perhaps only 150 km wide, with a Moho depth of 19-23 km. Pn crossover distances of less than 80 km support this anomaly, which is surrounded by observations of more normal, 30-km-thick crust. A 10-km-thick and high-velocity lower-crustal "pillow" is an alternative hypothesis, but unlikely due to the lack of volcanics west of Battle Mountain. Large mine and quarry blasts prove very effective crustal refraction sources

  17. Lateral graphene p-n junctions formed by the graphene/MoS2 hybrid interface

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    Meng, Jie; Song, Hua-Ding; Li, Cai-Zhen; Jin, Yibo; Tang, Lei; Liu, Dameng; Liao, Zhi-Min; Xiu, Faxian; Yu, Da-Peng

    2015-07-01

    Graphene/two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor heterostructures have been demonstrated to possess many advantages for electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, there are few reports about the utilization of a 2D semiconductor monolayer to tune the properties of graphene. Here, we report the fabrication and characterization of graphene p-n junctions based on graphene/MoS2 hybrid interfaces. Monolayered graphene across the monolayered MoS2 boundary is divided into n-type regions on the MoS2 and p-type regions on the SiO2 substrate. Such van der Waals heterostructure based graphene p-n junctions show good photoelectric properties. The photocurrent modulation of such devices by a single back gate is also demonstrated for the first time, which shows that the graphene on and off MoS2 regions have different responses to the gate voltage. Our results suggest that the atomic thin hybrid structure can remarkably extend the device applications.Graphene/two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor heterostructures have been demonstrated to possess many advantages for electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, there are few reports about the utilization of a 2D semiconductor monolayer to tune the properties of graphene. Here, we report the fabrication and characterization of graphene p-n junctions based on graphene/MoS2 hybrid interfaces. Monolayered graphene across the monolayered MoS2 boundary is divided into n-type regions on the MoS2 and p-type regions on the SiO2 substrate. Such van der Waals heterostructure based graphene p-n junctions show good photoelectric properties. The photocurrent modulation of such devices by a single back gate is also demonstrated for the first time, which shows that the graphene on and off MoS2 regions have different responses to the gate voltage. Our results suggest that the atomic thin hybrid structure can remarkably extend the device applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: More details on device fabrication, control

  18. Compact Q -balls and Q -shells in C PN-type models

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    Klimas, P.; Livramento, L. R.

    2017-07-01

    We show that the C PN model with an odd number of scalar fields and a V -shaped potential possesses some finite energy compact solutions in the form of Q -balls and Q -shells. Such solutions were obtained in 3 +1 dimensions. The Q -balls appear for N =1 and N =3 , whereas the Q -shells are present for higher odd numbers N . We show that the energy of the solutions behaves as E ˜|Q |5 /6 , where Q stands for the Noether charge.

  19. Spacially-resolved STIS spectroscopy of young H-deficient central stars of PN.

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    De Marco, O.; Cohen, M.; Barlow, M. J.

    2000-12-01

    Hydrogen-deficient central stars of planetary nebula (PN) present a mystery and a challenge in the evolution of low mass stars after they ascend the Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB). This class represents about 20% of all known central stars and seems to evolve as a result of an outburst event early in the life of the post-AGB star. During this event, which is thought to be similar to a helium shell outburst, ALL the hydrogen is burned or ejected, leaving a central star made of helium and carbon, which can later develop strong mass-loss. SwSt1 is one such star. It has a very young PN, with high density and a very small apparent radius. Its star is hot (35000K) and has a substantial mass-loss. Because of its youth, this object, together with a handful of central stars, can be used to trace the evolution of this class back to their AGB ancestry and to the event that made them different from H-rich central stars. Recently-acquired spacially-resolved STIS observations, show density and abundance layering in the PN gas, which can be used to trace the object's history. In this paper, the HST observations are analyzed with stellar non-LTE codes, to determine the stellar parameters and hence the stellar evolutionary status (effective temperature and radius). Nebular photo-ionization codes, which use the synthetic stellar atmosphere as input, are then used to model the nebular emission as a function of radius. Probing into as little as the last 500 years in the life of this class of objects using their young PN, can characterize the event that is responsible for their hydrogen-deficient nature. Mass-loss on and after the AGB is still one of the least understood events in stellar astrophysics. Progress in understanding the super-efficient mass-loss that leads to central stars stripped of hydrogen would constitute a significant advance in characterizing AGB mass-loss in general.

  20. Model of human breathing reflected signal received by PN-UWB radar.

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    Mabrouk, Mohamed; Rajan, Sreeraman; Bolic, Miodrag; Batkin, Izmail; Dajani, Hilmi R; Groza, Voicu Z

    2014-01-01

    Human detection is an integral component of civilian and military rescue operations, military surveillance and combat operations. Human detection can be achieved through monitoring of vital signs. In this article, a mathematical model of human breathing reflected signal received in PN-UWB radar is proposed. Unlike earlier published works, both chest and abdomen movements are considered for modeling the radar return signal along with the contributions of fundamental breathing frequency and its harmonics. Analyses of recorded reflected signals from three subjects in different postures and at different ranges from the radar indicate that ratios of the amplitudes of the harmonics contain information about posture and posture change.

  1. Disorder effects in the quantum Hall effect of graphene p-n junctions

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    Li, Jian; Shen, Shun-Qing

    2008-11-01

    The quantum Hall effect in graphene p-n junctions is studied numerically with emphasis on the effect of disorder at the interface of two adjacent regions. Conductance plateaus are found to be attached to the intensity of the disorder and are accompanied by universal conductance fluctuations in the bipolar regime, which is in good agreement with theoretical predictions of the random matrix theory on quantum chaotic cavities. The calculated Fano factors can be used in an experimental identification of the underlying transport character.

  2. Photocurrent enhancement of graphene phototransistors using p-n junction formed by conventional photolithography process

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    Shimatani, Masaaki; Ogawa, Shinpei; Fujisawa, Daisuke; Okuda, Satoshi; Kanai, Yasushi; Ono, Takao; Matsumoto, Kazuhiko

    2016-11-01

    A p-n junction was developed in a graphene transistor by a simple photolithography process used in typical semiconductor processes. The p- and n-type regions were formed by coating photoresist on part of the graphene channel and immersion of the uncovered graphene region in alkali developer, respectively. A 3-fold enhancement of the photocurrent was observed at the maximum field effect mobility. It is therefore important to maximize the field effect mobility by doping to maximize the photocurrent. The results obtained here are an important step toward the production of high-sensitivity graphene-based phototransistors compatible with conventional industrial procedures.

  3. δ-Ctenitoxin-Pn1a, a Peptide from Phoneutria nigriventer Spider Venom, Shows Antinociceptive Effect Involving Opioid and Cannabinoid Systems, in Rats.

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    Emerich, Bruna Luiza; Ferreira, Renata C M; Cordeiro, Marta N; Borges, Márcia Helena; Pimenta, Adriano M C; Figueiredo, Suely G; Duarte, Igor Dimitri G; de Lima, Maria Elena

    2016-04-12

    PnTx4(6-1), henceforth renamed δ-Ctenitoxin-Pn1a (δ-CNTX-Pn1a), a peptide from Phoneutria nigriventer spider venom, initially described as an insect toxin, binds to site 3 of sodium channels in nerve cord synaptosomes and slows down sodium current inactivation in isolated axons in cockroaches (Periplaneta americana). δ-CNTX-Pn1a does not cause any apparent toxicity to mice, when intracerebroventricularly injected (30 μg). In this study, we evaluated the antinociceptive effect of δ-CNTX-Pn1a in three animal pain models and investigated its mechanism of action in acute pain. In the inflammatory pain model, induced by carrageenan, δ-CNTX-Pn1a restored the nociceptive threshold of rats, when intraplantarly injected, 2 h and 30 min after carrageenan administration. Concerning the neuropathic pain model, δ-CNTX-Pn1a, when intrathecally administered, reversed the hyperalgesia evoked by sciatic nerve constriction. In the acute pain model, induced by prostaglandin E₂, intrathecal administration of δ-CNTX-Pn1a caused a dose-dependent antinociceptive effect. Using antagonists of the receptors, we showed that the antinociceptive effect of δ-CNTX-Pn1a involves both the cannabinoid system, through CB₁ receptors, and the opioid system, through μ and δ receptors. Our data show, for the first time, that δ-Ctenitoxin-Pn1a is able to induce antinociception in inflammatory, neuropathic and acute pain models.

  4. δ-Ctenitoxin-Pn1a, a Peptide from Phoneutria nigriventer Spider Venom, Shows Antinociceptive Effect Involving Opioid and Cannabinoid Systems, in Rats

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    Emerich, Bruna Luiza; Ferreira, Renata C. M.; Cordeiro, Marta N.; Borges, Márcia Helena; Pimenta, Adriano M. C.; Figueiredo, Suely G.; Duarte, Igor Dimitri G.; de Lima, Maria Elena

    2016-01-01

    PnTx4(6-1), henceforth renamed δ-Ctenitoxin-Pn1a (δ-CNTX-Pn1a), a peptide from Phoneutria nigriventer spider venom, initially described as an insect toxin, binds to site 3 of sodium channels in nerve cord synaptosomes and slows down sodium current inactivation in isolated axons in cockroaches (Periplaneta americana). δ-CNTX-Pn1a does not cause any apparent toxicity to mice, when intracerebroventricularly injected (30 μg). In this study, we evaluated the antinociceptive effect of δ-CNTX-Pn1a in three animal pain models and investigated its mechanism of action in acute pain. In the inflammatory pain model, induced by carrageenan, δ-CNTX-Pn1a restored the nociceptive threshold of rats, when intraplantarly injected, 2 h and 30 min after carrageenan administration. Concerning the neuropathic pain model, δ-CNTX-Pn1a, when intrathecally administered, reversed the hyperalgesia evoked by sciatic nerve constriction. In the acute pain model, induced by prostaglandin E2, intrathecal administration of δ-CNTX-Pn1a caused a dose-dependent antinociceptive effect. Using antagonists of the receptors, we showed that the antinociceptive effect of δ-CNTX-Pn1a involves both the cannabinoid system, through CB1 receptors, and the opioid system, through μ and δ receptors. Our data show, for the first time, that δ-Ctenitoxin-Pn1a is able to induce antinociception in inflammatory, neuropathic and acute pain models. PMID:27077886

  5. Argentina wheat yield model

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    Callis, S. L.; Sakamoto, C.

    1984-01-01

    Five models based on multiple regression were developed to estimate wheat yields for the five wheat growing provinces of Argentina. Meteorological data sets were obtained for each province by averaging data for stations within each province. Predictor variables for the models were derived from monthly total precipitation, average monthly mean temperature, and average monthly maximum temperature. Buenos Aires was the only province for which a trend variable was included because of increasing trend in yield due to technology from 1950 to 1963.

  6. Argentina soybean yield model

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    Callis, S. L.; Sakamoto, C.

    1984-01-01

    A model based on multiple regression was developed to estimate soybean yields for the country of Argentina. A meteorological data set was obtained for the country by averaging data for stations within the soybean growing area. Predictor variables for the model were derived from monthly total precipitation and monthly average temperature. A trend variable was included for the years 1969 to 1978 since an increasing trend in yields due to technology was observed between these years.

  7. Argentina corn yield model

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    Callis, S. L.; Sakamoto, C.

    1984-01-01

    A model based on multiple regression was developed to estimate corn yields for the country of Argentina. A meteorological data set was obtained for the country by averaging data for stations within the corn-growing area. Predictor variables for the model were derived from monthly total precipitation, average monthly mean temperature, and average monthly maximum temperature. A trend variable was included for the years 1965 to 1980 since an increasing trend in yields due to technology was observed between these years.

  8. Extremely large, gate tunable spin Hall angle in 3D Topological Insulator pn junction

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    Habib, K. M. Masum; Sajjad, Redwan; Ghosh, Avik

    2015-03-01

    The band structure of the surface states of a three dimensional Topological Insulator (3D TI) is similar to that of graphene featuring massless Dirac Fermions. We show that due to this similarity, the chiral tunneling of electron in a graphene pn junction also appears in 3D TI. Electrons with very small incident angle (modes) are allowed to transmit through a TI pn junction (TIPNJ) due to the chiral tunneling. The rest of the electrons are reflected. As a result, the charge current in a TIPNJ is suppressed. Due to the spin momentum locking, all the small angle modes are spin-down states. Therefore, the transmitted end of the TIPNJ becomes highly spin polarized. On the other hand, the spin of the reflected electron is flipped due to spin momentum locking. This enhances the spin current at the injection end. Thus, the interplay between the chiral tunneling and spin momentum locking reduces the charge current but enhances the spin current at the same time, leading to an extremely large (~20) spin Hall angle. Since the chiral tunneling can be controlled by an external electric field, the spin Hall angle is gate tunable. The spin current generated by a TIPNJ can be used for energy-efficient switching of nanoscaled ferromagnets, which is an essential part of spintronic devices. This work is supported by the NRI INDEX center.

  9. The ARGOS wavefront sensor pnCCD camera for an ELT: characteristics, limitations and applications

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    Orban de Xivry, G.; Ihle, S.; Ziegleder, J.; Barl, L.; Hartmann, R.; Rabien, S.; Soltau, H.; Strueder, L.

    2011-09-01

    From low-order to high-order AO, future wave front sensors on ELTs require large, fast, and low-noise detectors with high quantum efficiency and low dark current. While a detector for a high-order Shack-Hartmann WFS does not exist yet, the current CCD technology pushed to its limits already provides several solutions for the ELT AO detector requirements. One of these devices is the new WFS pnCCD camera of ARGOS, the Ground-Layer Adaptive Optics system (GLAO) for LUCIFER at LBT. Indeed, with its 264x264 pixels, 48 mu m pixel size and 1kHz frame rate, this camera provides a technological solution to different needs of the AO systems for ELTs, such as low-order but as well possibly higher order correction using pyramid wavefront sensing. In this contribution, we present the newly developped WFS pnCCD camera of ARGOS and how it fulfills future detector needs of AO on ELTs.

  10. Atomistic nature in band-to-band tunneling in two-dimensional silicon pn tunnel diodes

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    Tabe, Michiharu; Tan, Hoang Nhat; Mizuno, Takeshi; Muruganathan, Manoharan; Anh, Le The; Mizuta, Hiroshi; Nuryadi, Ratno; Moraru, Daniel

    2016-02-01

    We study low-temperature transport properties of two-dimensional (2D) Si tunnel diodes, or Si Esaki diodes, with a lateral layout. In ordinary Si Esaki diodes, interband tunneling current is severely limited because of the law of momentum conservation, while nanoscale Esaki diodes may behave differently due to the dopants in the narrow depletion region, by atomistic effects which release such current limitation. In thin-Si lateral highly doped pn diodes, we find clear signatures of interband tunneling between 2D-subbands involving phonon assistance. More importantly, the tunneling current is sharply enhanced in a narrow voltage range by resonance via a pair of a donor- and an acceptor-atom in the pn junction region. Such atomistic behavior is recognized as a general feature showing up only in nanoscale tunnel diodes. In particular, a donor-acceptor pair with deeper ground-state energies is likely to be responsible for such a sharply enhanced current peak, tunable by external biases.

  11. Shuttle vectors derived from pN315 for study of essential genes in Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Matsuo, Miki; Kurokawa, Kenji; Lee, Bok-Luel; Sekimizu, Kazuhisa

    2010-01-01

    Using the par to rep region of the 24653 bp plasmid pN315, which is present in Staphylococcus aureus strain N315, we constructed three vectors that can be shuttled between Escherichia coli and S. aureus and maintained stably in S. aureus. Due to plasmid incompatibility, the resident plasmid in S. aureus cells can be replaced via transformation with an entering plasmid, which carries a different drug resistance gene. To evaluate the applicability of this plasmid-based approach for identifying genes essential for S. aureus cell growth, the chromosomal mraY gene, which is involved in peptidoglycan biosynthesis, was deleted in cells harboring a resident plasmid with an intact mraY gene. The resultant disruptant was then transformed with an empty vector. Cells with a chromosomal mraY deletion but lacking the plasmid supplying mraY could not be recovered, suggesting that mraY is indispensable for staphylococcal cell growth or viability. In contrast, other two genes were shown to be dispensable by this system. Thus, the pN315-based plasmids appear to be useful for studying genes essential for S. aureus cell growth.

  12. Implication of recent (p,n) spin experiments and the necessity of relativity in nuclear physics

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    Toki, H.; Tanihata, I.

    1999-02-01

    The recent (p,n) spin experiments on various nuclear targets at forward angles suggest that the Gamow-Teller strength is almost exhausted by nucleon excitations, which limit the Landau-Migdal parameter for the delta nucleon to g'Δ<=0.2. This small g'Δ makes the nucleus in or very close to the condition for pion condensation and produces, if close, the precritical phenomena, which have been proved to be not occurring in the nucleus. One solution for reducing the pionic correlation is to take the relativistic description of the nuclear many-body system, which reduces the nonrelativistic pionic Lindhard function by about a factor of 2. This relativistic Lindhard function is also consistent with no enhancement of the longitudinal spin-response function against the transverse one as seen as RL/RT<=1 extracted in (p,p') and (p,n) experiments at large angles. These observations, when combined, indicate that the relativistic description is necessary to understand the low-energy properties of nucleus.

  13. Controlled Generation of a p-n Junction in a Waveguide Integrated Graphene Photodetector.

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    Schuler, Simone; Schall, Daniel; Neumaier, Daniel; Dobusch, Lukas; Bethge, Ole; Schwarz, Benedikt; Krall, Michael; Mueller, Thomas

    2016-11-09

    With its electrically tunable light absorption and ultrafast photoresponse, graphene is a promising candidate for high-speed chip-integrated photonics. The generation mechanisms of photosignals in graphene photodetectors have been studied extensively in the past years. However, the knowledge about efficient light conversion at graphene p-n junctions has not yet been translated into high-performance devices. Here, we present a graphene photodetector integrated on a silicon slot-waveguide, acting as a dual gate to create a p-n junction in the optical absorption region of the device. While at zero bias the photothermoelectric effect is the dominant conversion process, an additional photoconductive contribution is identified in a biased configuration. Extrinsic responsivities of 35 mA/W, or 3.5 V/W, at zero bias and 76 mA/W at 300 mV bias voltage are achieved. The device exhibits a 3 dB bandwidth of 65 GHz, which is the highest value reported for a graphene-based photodetector.

  14. Solar-energy conversion and light emission in an atomic monolayer p-n diode.

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    Pospischil, Andreas; Furchi, Marco M; Mueller, Thomas

    2014-04-01

    The limitations of the bulk semiconductors currently used in electronic devices-rigidity, heavy weight and high costs--have recently shifted the research efforts to two-dimensional atomic crystals such as graphene and atomically thin transition-metal dichalcogenides. These materials have the potential to be produced at low cost and in large areas, while maintaining high material quality. These properties, as well as their flexibility, make two-dimensional atomic crystals attractive for applications such as solar cells or display panels. The basic building blocks of optoelectronic devices are p-n junction diodes, but they have not yet been demonstrated in a two-dimensional material. Here, we report a p-n junction diode based on an electrostatically doped tungsten diselenide (WSe2) monolayer. We present applications as a photovoltaic solar cell, a photodiode and a light-emitting diode, and obtain light-power conversion and electroluminescence efficiencies of ∼ 0.5% and ∼ 0.1%, respectively. Given recent advances in the large-scale production of two-dimensional crystals, we expect them to profoundly impact future developments in solar, lighting and display technologies.

  15. Atomistic nature in band-to-band tunneling in two-dimensional silicon pn tunnel diodes

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    Tabe, Michiharu Tan, Hoang Nhat; Mizuno, Takeshi; Muruganathan, Manoharan; Anh, Le The; Mizuta, Hiroshi; Nuryadi, Ratno; Moraru, Daniel

    2016-02-29

    We study low-temperature transport properties of two-dimensional (2D) Si tunnel diodes, or Si Esaki diodes, with a lateral layout. In ordinary Si Esaki diodes, interband tunneling current is severely limited because of the law of momentum conservation, while nanoscale Esaki diodes may behave differently due to the dopants in the narrow depletion region, by atomistic effects which release such current limitation. In thin-Si lateral highly doped pn diodes, we find clear signatures of interband tunneling between 2D-subbands involving phonon assistance. More importantly, the tunneling current is sharply enhanced in a narrow voltage range by resonance via a pair of a donor- and an acceptor-atom in the pn junction region. Such atomistic behavior is recognized as a general feature showing up only in nanoscale tunnel diodes. In particular, a donor-acceptor pair with deeper ground-state energies is likely to be responsible for such a sharply enhanced current peak, tunable by external biases.

  16. Horizontal Silicon Nanowires with Radial p-n Junctions: A Platform for Unconventional Solar Cells.

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    Zhang, Xing; Pinion, Christopher W; Christesen, Joseph D; Flynn, Cory J; Celano, Thomas A; Cahoon, James F

    2013-06-20

    The silicon p-n junction is the most successful solar energy technology to date, yet it accounts for a marginal percentage of worldwide energy production. To change the status quo, a disruptive technological breakthrough is needed. In this Perspective, we discuss the potential for complex silicon nanowires to serve as a platform for next-generation photovoltaic devices. We review the synthesis, electrical characteristics, and optical properties of core/shell silicon nanowires that are subwavelength in diameter and contain radial p-n junctions. We highlight the unique features of these nanowires, such as optical antenna effects that concentrate light and intense built-in electric fields that enable ultrafast charge-carrier separation. We advocate a paradigm in which nanowires are arranged in periodic horizontal arrays to form ultrathin devices. Unlike conventional planar silicon, nanowire structures provide the flexibility to incorporate multiple semiconductor, dielectric, and metallic materials in a single system, providing the foundation for a disruptive, unconventional solar energy technology.

  17. High-Speed Scalable Silicon-MoS2 P-N Heterojunction Photodetectors

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    Dhyani, Veerendra; Das, Samaresh

    2017-01-01

    Two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a promising material for ultrasensitive photodetector owing to its favourable band gap and high absorption coefficient. However, their commercial applications are limited by the lack of high quality p-n junction and large wafer scale fabrication process. A high speed Si/MoS2 p-n heterojunction photodetector with simple and CMOS compatible approach has been reported here. The large area MoS2 thin film on silicon platform has been synthesized by sulfurization of RF-sputtered MoO3 films. The fabricated molecular layers of MoS2 on silicon offers high responsivity up to 8.75 A/W (at 580 nm and 3 V bias) with ultra-fast response of 10 μsec (rise time). Transient measurements of Si/MoS2 heterojunction under the modulated light reveal that the devices can function up to 50 kHz. The Si/MoS2 heterojunction is found to be sensitive to broadband wavelengths ranging from visible to near-infrared light with maximum detectivity up to ≈1.4 × 1012 Jones (2 V bias). Reproducible low dark current and high responsivity from over 20 devices in the same wafer has been measured. Additionally, the MoS2/Si photodetectors exhibit excellent stability in ambient atmosphere. PMID:28281652

  18. The ARGOS wavefront sensor pnCCD camera for an ELT: characteristics, limitations and applications

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    de Xivry, G. Orban; Ihle, S.; Ziegleder, J.; Barl, L.; Hartmann, R.; Rabien, S.; Soltau, H.; Strueder, L.

    2011-09-01

    From low-order to high-order AO, future wave front sensors on ELTs require large, fast, and low-noise detectors with high quantum efficiency and low dark current. While a detector for a high-order Shack-Hartmann WFS does not exist yet, the current CCD technology pushed to its limits already provides several solutions for the ELT AO detector requirements. One of these devices is the new WFS pnCCD camera of ARGOS, the Ground-Layer Adaptive Optics system (GLAO) for LUCIFER at LBT. Indeed, with its 264x264 pixels, 48 mu m pixel size and 1kHz frame rate, this camera provides a technological solution to different needs of the AO systems for ELTs, such as low-order but as well possibly higher order correction using pyramid wavefront sensing. In this contribution, we present the newly developped WFS pnCCD camera of ARGOS and how it fulfills future detector needs of AO on ELTs.

  19. Interlayer Exciton Optoelectronics in a 2D Heterostructure p-n Junction.

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    Ross, Jason S; Rivera, Pasqual; Schaibley, John; Lee-Wong, Eric; Yu, Hongyi; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David; Cobden, David; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2017-02-08

    Semiconductor heterostructures are backbones for solid-state-based optoelectronic devices. Recent advances in assembly techniques for van der Waals heterostructures have enabled the band engineering of semiconductor heterojunctions for atomically thin optoelectronic devices. In two-dimensional heterostructures with type II band alignment, interlayer excitons, where Coulomb bound electrons and holes are confined to opposite layers, have shown promising properties for novel excitonic devices, including a large binding energy, micron-scale in-plane drift-diffusion, and a long population and valley polarization lifetime. Here, we demonstrate interlayer exciton optoelectronics based on electrostatically defined lateral p-n junctions in a MoSe2-WSe2 heterobilayer. Applying a forward bias enables the first observation of electroluminescence from interlayer excitons. At zero bias, the p-n junction functions as a highly sensitive photodetector, where the wavelength-dependent photocurrent measurement allows the direct observation of resonant optical excitation of the interlayer exciton. The resulting photocurrent amplitude from the interlayer exciton is about 200 times smaller than the resonant excitation of intralayer exciton. This implies that the interlayer exciton oscillator strength is 2 orders of magnitude smaller than that of the intralayer exciton due to the spatial separation of electron and hole to the opposite layers. These results lay the foundation for exploiting the interlayer exciton in future 2D heterostructure optoelectronic devices.

  20. Solar-energy conversion and light emission in an atomic monolayer p-n diode

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    Pospischil, Andreas; Furchi, Marco M.; Mueller, Thomas

    2014-04-01

    The limitations of the bulk semiconductors currently used in electronic devices--rigidity, heavy weight and high costs--have recently shifted the research efforts to two-dimensional atomic crystals such as graphene and atomically thin transition-metal dichalcogenides. These materials have the potential to be produced at low cost and in large areas, while maintaining high material quality. These properties, as well as their flexibility, make two-dimensional atomic crystals attractive for applications such as solar cells or display panels. The basic building blocks of optoelectronic devices are p-n junction diodes, but they have not yet been demonstrated in a two-dimensional material. Here, we report a p-n junction diode based on an electrostatically doped tungsten diselenide (WSe2) monolayer. We present applications as a photovoltaic solar cell, a photodiode and a light-emitting diode, and obtain light-power conversion and electroluminescence efficiencies of ~0.5% and ~0.1%, respectively. Given recent advances in the large-scale production of two-dimensional crystals, we expect them to profoundly impact future developments in solar, lighting and display technologies.

  1. High-Speed Scalable Silicon-MoS2 P-N Heterojunction Photodetectors

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    Dhyani, Veerendra; Das, Samaresh

    2017-03-01

    Two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a promising material for ultrasensitive photodetector owing to its favourable band gap and high absorption coefficient. However, their commercial applications are limited by the lack of high quality p-n junction and large wafer scale fabrication process. A high speed Si/MoS2 p-n heterojunction photodetector with simple and CMOS compatible approach has been reported here. The large area MoS2 thin film on silicon platform has been synthesized by sulfurization of RF-sputtered MoO3 films. The fabricated molecular layers of MoS2 on silicon offers high responsivity up to 8.75 A/W (at 580 nm and 3 V bias) with ultra-fast response of 10 μsec (rise time). Transient measurements of Si/MoS2 heterojunction under the modulated light reveal that the devices can function up to 50 kHz. The Si/MoS2 heterojunction is found to be sensitive to broadband wavelengths ranging from visible to near-infrared light with maximum detectivity up to ≈1.4 × 1012 Jones (2 V bias). Reproducible low dark current and high responsivity from over 20 devices in the same wafer has been measured. Additionally, the MoS2/Si photodetectors exhibit excellent stability in ambient atmosphere.

  2. The serpin PN1 is a feedback regulator of FGF signaling in germ layer and primary axis formation.

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    Acosta, Helena; Iliev, Dobromir; Grahn, Tan Hooi Min; Gouignard, Nadège; Maccarana, Marco; Griesbach, Julia; Herzmann, Svende; Sagha, Mohsen; Climent, Maria; Pera, Edgar M

    2015-03-15

    Germ layer formation and primary axis development rely on Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs). In Xenopus, the secreted serine protease HtrA1 induces mesoderm and posterior trunk/tail structures by facilitating the spread of FGF signals. Here, we show that the serpin Protease nexin-1 (PN1) is transcriptionally activated by FGF signals, suppresses mesoderm and promotes head development in mRNA-injected embryos. An antisense morpholino oligonucleotide against PN1 has the opposite effect and inhibits ectodermal fate. However, ectoderm and anterior head structures can be restored in PN1-depleted embryos when HtrA1 and FGF receptor activities are diminished, indicating that FGF signals negatively regulate their formation. We show that PN1 binds to and inhibits HtrA1, prevents degradation of the proteoglycan Syndecan 4 and restricts paracrine FGF/Erk signaling. Our data suggest that PN1 is a negative-feedback regulator of FGF signaling and has important roles in ectoderm and head development.

  3. p-n junction CuO/BiVO₄ heterogeneous nanostructures: synthesis and highly efficient visible-light photocatalytic performance.

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    Wang, Wenzhong; Wang, Jun; Wang, Zhizhen; Wei, Xuanzhen; Liu, Li; Ren, Qingshan; Gao, Wenliang; Liang, Yujie; Shi, Honglong

    2014-05-14

    A new strategy via coupling a polyol route with an oxidation process has been developed to successfully synthesize p-n junction CuO/BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures. The experimental results reveal that the as-prepared p-n junction CuO/BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures exhibit much higher visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity for the degradation of model dye rhodamine B (RhB) than the pure BiVO4 nanocrystals. The photocatalytic degradation rate (C/C0) of the RhB for p-n junction CuO/BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures is about two times higher than that of pure BiVO4 nanocrystals. The enhanced photocatalytic efficiency is attributed to a large number of p-n junctions in CuO/BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures, which effectively reduces the recombination of electrons and holes by charge transfer from n-type BiVO4 to the attached p-type CuO nanoparticles. This work not only provides an efficient route to enhance the visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity of BiVO4, but also offers a new strategy for fabricating p-n junction heterogeneous nanostructure photocatalysts, which are expected to show considerable potential application in solar-driven wastewater treatment and water splitting.

  4. Design and fabrication of a 20 MHz pn-diode silicon ring resonator with in-plane vibration mode

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    Asahi, Yoichi; Tanigawa, Hiroshi; Nishino, Tomoki; Furutsuka, Takashi; Suzuki, Kenichiro

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we report a new microelectromechanical system (MEMS) resonator based on the pn-diode principle. The pn-diode-based resonator can eliminate the narrow gap that conventional electrostatic MEMS resonators need between driving electrodes. This is expected to solve several serious problems related to fabrication, packaging, and lifetime. However, the resonators previously reported had pn-diodes formed in the vertical direction. Because the resonant frequency is determined by the thickness of the resonator plate, the resonant frequency in formed resonators cannot be changed in the same chip. To solve this problem, we newly design a pn-diode resonator with a lateral vibration. Because the resonant frequency is determined by plate width, this new resonator can provide various resonators with different frequencies in a chip, which is most suitable for the integration of MEMS resonators with electronic circuits. Our research objective at present is related to design and fabrication. By using a simulator, we design a ring resonator of 20 MHz. In the fabrication, we develop a technique of using ion implantation to form a 3-µm-thick pn-diode. The results shown here are very useful for improving the MEMS resonators.

  5. Anisotropic surface melting in lyotropic cubic crystals. Part 1: Pn3m/L1 interface, poor faceting

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    Grenier, J.; Plötzing, T.; Rohe, D.; Pieranski, P.

    2006-02-01

    From experiments with ice or metal crystals, in the vicinity of their crystal/liquid/vapor triple points, it is known that melting of crystals starts on their surfaces and is anisotropic. It is shown here by direct observations under an optical microscope that this anisotropic surface melting phenomenon occurs also in lyotropic systems. In the case of C12EO2/water mixture, it takes place in the vicinity of the peritectic Pn3m/L3/L1 triple point. Above the peritectic triple point, where the Pn3m and L1 phases coexist in the bulk, the surface of a Pn3m-in-L1 crystal is composed of (111)-type facets surrounded by rough surfaces. The angular junction suggests that rough surfaces are wet by a L3-like layer while facets stay “dry”. This is analogous to the pre-melting at rough surfaces in solid crystals. Upon cooling below the peritectic triple point, where L3 and L1 phases coexist in the bulk, a thick layer of the L3 phase grows from the pre-melted, rough Pn3m/L1 interface. Simultaneously, facets stay dry and their radius decreases. In this tri-phasic configuration, stable in a narrow temperature range, the L3/L1 and L3/Pn3m interfaces have shapes of constant mean curvature surfaces having common borders: edges of facets.

  6. Continuous p-n junction with extremely low leakage current for micro-structured solid-state neutron detector applications

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    Huang, Kuan-Chih; Dahal, Rajendra; Lu, James J.-Q.; Danon, Yaron; Bhat, Ishwara B.

    2013-05-01

    Considerable progress has been achieved recently to enhance the thermal neutron detection efficiency of solid-state neutron detectors that incorporate neutron sensitive materials such as 10B and 6LiF in Si micro-structured p-n junction diode. Here, we describe the design, fabrication process optimization and characterization of an enriched boron filled honeycomb structured neutron detector with a continuous p+-n junction. Boron deposition and diffusion processes were carried out using a low pressure chemical vapor deposition to study the effect of diffusion temperature on current density-voltage characteristics of p+-n diodes. TSUPREM-4 was used to simulate the thickness and surface doping concentration of p+-Si layers. MEDICI was used to simulate the depletion width and the capacitance of the microstructured devices with continuous p+-n junction. Finally, current density-voltage and pulse height distribution of fabricated devices with 2.5×2.5 mm2 size were studied. A very low leakage current density of ~2×10-8 A/cm2 at -1 V (for both planar and honeycomb structured devices) and a bias-independent thermal neutron detection efficiency of ~26% under zero bias voltage were achieved for an enriched boron filled honeycomb structured neutron detector with a continuous p+-n junction.

  7. Photodetection in p-n junctions formed by electrolyte-gated transistors of two-dimensional crystals

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    Kozawa, Daichi; Pu, Jiang; Shimizu, Ryo; Kimura, Shota; Chiu, Ming-Hui; Matsuki, Keiichiro; Wada, Yoshifumi; Sakanoue, Tomo; Iwasa, Yoshihiro; Li, Lain-Jong; Takenobu, Taishi

    2016-11-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers have attracted much attention due to their strong light absorption and excellent electronic properties. These advantages make this type of two-dimensional crystal a promising one for optoelectronic device applications. In the case of photoelectric conversion devices such as photodetectors and photovoltaic cells, p-n junctions are one of the most important devices. Here, we demonstrate photodetection with WSe2 monolayer films. We prepare the electrolyte-gated ambipolar transistors and electrostatic p-n junctions are formed by the electrolyte-gating technique at 270 K. These p-n junctions are cooled down to fix the ion motion (and p-n junctions) and we observed the reasonable photocurrent spectra without the external bias, indicating the formation of p-n junctions. Very interestingly, two-terminal devices exhibit higher photoresponsivity than that of three-terminal ones, suggesting the formation of highly balanced anion and cation layers. The maximum photoresponsivity reaches 5 mA/W in resonance with the first excitonic peak. Our technique provides important evidence for optoelectronics in atomically thin crystals.

  8. Sonochemical Synthesis of a Zinc Oxide Core-Shell Nanorod Radial p-n Homojunction Ultraviolet Photodetector.

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    Vabbina, Phani Kiran; Sinha, Raju; Ahmadivand, Arash; Karabiyik, Mustafa; Gerislioglu, Burak; Awadallah, Osama; Pala, Nezih

    2017-06-14

    We report for the first time on the growth of a homogeneous radial p-n junction in the ZnO core-shell configuration with a p-doped ZnO nanoshell structure grown around a high-quality unintentionally n-doped ZnO nanorod using sonochemistry. The simultaneous decomposition of phosphorous (P), zinc (Zn), and oxygen (O) from their respective precursors during sonication allows for the successful incorporation of P atoms into the ZnO lattice. The as-formed p-n junction shows a rectifying current-voltage characteristic that is consistent with a p-n junction with a threshold voltage of 1.3 V and an ideality factor of 33. The concentration of doping was estimated to be NA = 6.7 × 10(17) cm(-3) on the p side from the capacitance-voltage measurements. The fabricated radial p-n junction demonstrated a record optical responsivity of 9.64 A/W and a noise equivalent power of 0.573 pW/√Hz under ultraviolet illumination, which is the highest for ZnO p-n junction devices.

  9. Direct imaging and probing of the p-n junction in a planar polymer light-emitting electrochemical cell.

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    Hu, Yufeng; Gao, Jun

    2011-02-23

    A vast array of semiconductor applications relies on the ability to dope the materials by the controlled introduction of impurities in order to achieve desired charge carrier concentration and conduction type. In this way, various functional metal/semiconductor or semiconductor/semiconductor junctions can be constructed for device applications. Conjugated polymers are organic semiconductors that can be electrochemically doped to form a dynamic p-n junction. The electronic structure and even the existence of such a polymer p-n junction had been the subject of intense scrutiny and debate. In this work, the formation of the world's largest frozen polymer p-n junction and its light-emission are visualized. With a pair of micromanipulated probes, we mapped the potential distribution of the p-n junction under bias across the entire interelectrode gap of over 10 mm. Site-selective current-voltage measurements reveal that the polymer junction is a graded p-n junction, with a much more conductive p region than n region.

  10. Functional expression of a recombinant toxin - rPnTx2-6 - active in erectile function in rat.

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    Torres, F S; Silva, C N; Lanza, L F; Santos, Agenor V; Pimenta, A M C; De Lima, M E; Diniz, M R V

    2010-12-15

    In the current study, the putative cDNA for PnTx2-6 toxin of the Phoneutria nigriventer spider venom was cloned and expressed as tioredoxin fusion protein in the cytoplasm of Escherichia coli. The fusion protein was purified from the bacterial extracts by combination of immobilized Ni-ion affinity and gel filtration chromatographies. Then, it was cleaved by enterokinase and the generated recombinant PnTx2-6 (rPnTx2-6) was further purified by reverse-phase HPLC. Likewise the native toxin purified from the spider venom, rPnTx2-6 potentiates the erectile function when injected in rats. This result indicates that the production of functional recombinant PnTx2-6 might be an alternative to provide this basic and valuable tool for study, as well as for further understanding such complex physiological system, including its correlation with the central nervous system and local tissue factors. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Extension of the DSX-formalism to 2PN order for the problem of light propagation

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    Xu, Chongming; Klioner, Sergei; Soffel, Michael; Wu, Xuejun

    2012-08-01

    The well known Damour - Soffel - Xu (DSX) formalism of relativistic celestial mechanics and astronomical reference systems is restricted to the first post - Newtonian (1PN) approximation of Einstein ’ s theory of gravity. The key features of the DSX - formalism are: the use of N+ 1 different coordinate systems for the description of the gravitational N body problem and a special canonical way of writing the metric tensor in these N+1coordinate systems; introducing the potentials (w, W) and vector potentials (w i ,W a ) to describe the metric tensor in global coordinates (small symbols) and in the local coordinate systems where the metric potentials satisfy linear equations and separating W and W a into internal and external parts in every N local coordinate systems. The internal part is determined by local gravitational sources (Blanchet - Damour (B - D) multipole moments) and the external part can be determined by matching the metric tensors in the global and the local system. It is the purpose of this work to extend the DS X formalism to include also certain terms of second post - Newtonian (2PN) order. Since one main field of application will be high - precision astrometry only the spatial part of the metric tensor will be modified to correctly describe the propagation of light - rays to 2PN order, considering also terms of order c - 6 . In this way new potentials (q ij , Q ab ) appear in the global and local metric tensors. These new potentials are related with the DSX metric potentials and the energy - momentum tensor and also satisfy linear equations. H ere it should be emphasized that the introduction of q ij and Q ab does not influence the relations and equations for the metric potentials, i.e., they do not destroy the spirit of the DSX formalism in our extension. As well as in the DSX formalism Q ab can be separated into an internal part Q +ab and an external part, ab . The Q +ab - terms in a local system will be related with the B - D mass - multipole

  12. Single amino acid substitutions in alpha-conotoxin PnIA shift selectivity for subtypes of the mammalian neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor.

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    Hogg, R C; Miranda, L P; Craik, D J; Lewis, R J; Alewood, P F; Adams, D J

    1999-12-17

    The alpha-conotoxins, a class of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) antagonists, are emerging as important probes of the role played by different nAChR subtypes in cell function and communication. In this study, the native alpha-conotoxins PnIA and PnIB were found to cause concentration-dependent inhibition of the ACh-induced current in all rat parasympathetic neurons examined, with IC(50) values of 14 and 33 nM, and a maximal reduction in current amplitude of 87% and 71%, respectively. The modified alpha-conotoxin [N11S]PnIA reduced the ACh-induced current with an IC(50) value of 375 nM and a maximally effective concentration caused 91% block. [A10L]PnIA was the most potent inhibitor, reducing the ACh-induced current in approximately 80% of neurons, with an IC(50) value of 1.4 nM and 46% maximal block of the total current. The residual current was not inhibited further by alpha-bungarotoxin, but was further reduced by the alpha-conotoxins PnIA or PnIB, and by mecamylamine. (1)H NMR studies indicate that PnIA, PnIB, and the analogues, [A10L]PnIA and [N11S]PnIA, have identical backbone structures. We propose that positions 10 and 11 of PnIA and PnIB influence potency and determine selectivity among alpha7 and other nAChR subtypes, including alpha3beta2 and alpha3beta4. Four distinct components of the nicotinic ACh-induced current in mammalian parasympathetic neurons have been dissected with these conopeptides.

  13. Pn wave geometrical spreading and attenuation in Northeast China and the Korean Peninsula constrained by observations from North Korean nuclear explosions

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    Zhao, Lian-Feng; Xie, Xiao-Bi; Tian, Bao-Feng; Chen, Qi-Fu; Hao, Tian-Yao; Yao, Zhen-Xing

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the geometric spreading and attenuation of seismic Pn waves in Northeast China and the Korean Peninsula. A high-quality broadband Pn wave data set generated by North Korean nuclear tests is used to constrain the parameters of a frequency-dependent log-quadratic geometric spreading function and a power law Pn Q model. The geometric spreading function and apparent Pn wave Q are obtained for Northeast China and the Korean Peninsula between 2.0 and 10.0 Hz. Using the two-station amplitude ratios of the Pn spectra and correcting them with the known spreading function, we remove the contributions of the source and crust from the apparent Pn Q and retrieve the P wave attenuation information along the pure upper mantle path. We then use both Pn amplitudes and amplitude ratios in a tomographic approach to obtain the upper mantle P wave attenuation in the studied area. The Pn wave spectra observed in China are compared with those recorded in Japan, and the result reveals that the high-frequency Pn signal across the oceanic path attenuated faster compared with those through the continental path.

  14. Improved photocatalytic activity of single crystal ZnO nanorod derived from highly effective P/N heterojunction

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    Yan, Xiaoyan; Gong, Changwei; Wang, Jian; Liang, Liping; Zhao, Li; Zhang, Mingang; Chai, Yuesheng

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Schematic showing on photocatalytic degradation 2,4-DCP of ZnO NRs/BDD heterojunction. - Highlights: • Single-crystal ZnO nanorods based P/N heterojunction has been synthesized. • Vertical growth ZnO NRs on BDD can effectively photocatalytic decompose 2,4-DCP. • The rate constant of photocatalysis can be enhanced due to P/N heterojunction. - Abstract: Highly effective single-crystal ZnO nanorods based P/N heterojunction has been synthesized by a controllable crystal seed-induced hydrothermal vertical growth method, which facilitates the separation of the photogenerated electrons and holes due to its endogenous space charge region and suitable band structure. Therefore, photocatalytic activity for degradation of the toxic pollutants is markedly enhanced.

  15. Novel fully vertical GaN p-n diode on Si substrate grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Mase, Suguru; Urayama, Yuya; Hamada, Takeaki; Freedsman, Joseph J.; Egawa, Takashi

    2016-11-01

    We report novel GaN fully vertical p-n diode on Si grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The thick strained layer superlattice is effective in controlling a doping level of 1016 cm-3 in an n--GaN drift layer. The GaN p-n diode exhibits a differential on-resistance R on of 7.4 mΩ cm2, a turn-on voltage of 3.4 V, and a breakdown voltage V B of 288 V. The corresponding Baliga’s figure of merit (FOM) V\\text{B}2/R\\text{on} is 11.2 MW/cm2. A good FOM value for the GaN-on-Si vertical p-n diode is realized for a drift layer thickness of 1.5 µm without using substrate removal technology.

  16. Spin isospin responses via (p,n) and (n,p) reactions

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    Ichimura, M.; Sakai, H.; Wakasa, T.

    2006-04-01

    Recent progress in the study of spin-isospin responses by charge exchange (p,n) and (n,p) reactions at 300-500 MeV is reviewed with special emphases on quenching of the total Gamow-Teller (GT) strength at a momentum transfer q=0 fm and enhancement of the spin-longitudinal (pionic) response in quasielastic scattering (QES) at q≈1.7 fm. This progress has been made possible by the development of experimental techniques such as polarization transfer measurements for (p,n) reactions and quasi-monochromatic neutron beam production for (n,p) measurements. Currently operating (p→,n→) and (n,p) facilities are described. We present a detailed method of multipole decomposition analysis to extract GT strengths from the continuum spectra of the Zr90(p,n) and (n,p) reactions. From the obtained GT strength distributions, a quenching factor Q with respect to the GT sum rule value of 3(N-Z) can be derived. We also describe a method to obtain the polarized cross section IDi for the QES region from a complete set of polarization transfer coefficients D for the (p→,n→) reaction. The peak position of the GT giant resonance, the quenching factor Q, and the spin-longitudinal cross section IDq are used to estimate the values for the Landau-Migdal parameters, giving gNN‧=0.6-0.7 and gNΔ‧=0.2-0.4, which are appropriate for the wide range q≈0-1.7 fm. This small gNΔ‧ value leads to a large increase in pionic attraction in a large momentum transfer region. One possible consequence of this is a reduction of the critical density of pion condensation, which is briefly touched upon. Another consequence is precursor phenomena of pion condensation in the normal nuclear density which appear in the enhancement of IDq. Basic theoretical elements, including the Δ isobar degrees of freedom for analyzing experimental data, are described. Treatments of the continuum in reactions as well as in nuclear structure are emphasized. The framework of the distorted wave impulse approximation as

  17. Gate-tunable diode and photovoltaic effect in an organic-2D layered material p-n junction

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    Vélez, Saül; Ciudad, David; Island, Joshua; Buscema, Michele; Txoperena, Oihana; Parui, Subir; Steele, Gary A.; Casanova, Fèlix; van der Zant, Herre S. J.; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres; Hueso, Luis E.

    2015-09-01

    The semiconducting p-n junction is a simple device structure with great relevance for electronic and optoelectronic applications. The successful integration of low-dimensional materials in electronic circuits has opened the way forward for producing gate-tunable p-n junctions. In that context, we present here an organic (Cu-phthalocyanine)-2D layered material (MoS2) hybrid p-n junction with both gate-tunable diode characteristics and photovoltaic effect. Our proof-of-principle devices show multifunctional properties with diode rectifying factors of up to 104, while under light exposure they exhibit photoresponse with a measured external quantum efficiency of ~11%. As for their photovoltaic properties, we found open circuit voltages of up to 0.6 V and optical-to-electrical power conversion efficiency of 0.7%. The extended catalogue of known organic semiconductors and two-dimensional materials offer the prospect for tailoring the properties and the performance of the resulting devices, making organic-2D p-n junctions promising candidates for future technological applications.The semiconducting p-n junction is a simple device structure with great relevance for electronic and optoelectronic applications. The successful integration of low-dimensional materials in electronic circuits has opened the way forward for producing gate-tunable p-n junctions. In that context, we present here an organic (Cu-phthalocyanine)-2D layered material (MoS2) hybrid p-n junction with both gate-tunable diode characteristics and photovoltaic effect. Our proof-of-principle devices show multifunctional properties with diode rectifying factors of up to 104, while under light exposure they exhibit photoresponse with a measured external quantum efficiency of ~11%. As for their photovoltaic properties, we found open circuit voltages of up to 0.6 V and optical-to-electrical power conversion efficiency of 0.7%. The extended catalogue of known organic semiconductors and two-dimensional materials

  18. A DLTS study of 4H-SiC-based p-n junctions fabricated by boron implantation

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    Ivanov, P. A. Potapov, A. S.; Samsonova, T. P.; Korol'kov, O.; Sleptsuk, N.

    2011-10-15

    Deep-level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) has been used to study p-n junctions fabricated by implantation of boron into epitaxial 4H-SiC films with n-type conductivity and the donor concentration (8-9) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 14} cm{sup -3}. A DLTS signal anomalous in sign is observed; this signal is related to recharging of deep compensating boron-involved centers in the n-type region near the metallurgical boundary of the p-n junction.

  19. Comparative timber-yields

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    I. T. Haig

    1932-01-01

    During the last decade the U. S. Forest Service and several of the forest schools have completed rather comprehensive studies of the growth and yield of a number of commercially important native conifers. As the majority of these studies show the volumes obtainable in fully-stocked stands to very similar standards of utilization, they furnish an excellent opportunity...

  20. Water yield and hydrology

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    Pamela J. Edwards; Charles A. Troendle

    2012-01-01

    Investigations of hydrologic responses resulting from reducing vegetation density are fairly common throughout the Eastern United States. Although most studies have focused on the potential for increasing water yields or documenting effects from intensive practices that far exceed what would be done for fuel-reduction objectives, data from some less-intensive...

  1. [Effects of alternate partial root-zone subsurface drip irrigation on potato yield and water use efficiency].

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    Huang, Zhong-Dong; Qi, Xue-Bin; Fan, Xiang-Yang; Hu, Chao; Zhu, Dong-Hai; Li, Ping; Qiao, Dong-Mei

    2010-01-01

    Field experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of alternate partial root-zone subsurface drip irrigation (APRSDI) on the physiological responses, yield, and water use efficiency of potato. Compared with conventional drip irrigation (CDI), APRSDI had less negative effects on the potato leaf photosynthesis rate (P(n)), but decreased the transpiration rate and stomatal conductance significantly. The slightly higher P(n) under CDI was at the expense of consuming more water. No significant difference was observed in the potato yield under APRSDI and CDI, but APRSDI saved the irrigation amount by 25.8% and increased the irrigation water use efficiency and total water use efficiency by 27.5% and 15.3%, respectively, suggesting that APRSDI would be a feasible water-saving irrigation technique for the planting of potato.

  2. Measurement of the Induced Proton Polarization Pn in the 12C(e, e', p) reaction

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    Woo, R J; Barkhuff, David; Bertozzi, William; Chen, Jian-ping; Dale, Dan; Dodson, G; Dow, K A; Epstein, Marty; Farkhondeh, Manouchehr; Finn, Mike; Gilad, Shalev; Jones, Mark K; Joo, Kyungseon; Kelly, James; Kowalski, Stanley; Lourie, Bob; Madey, Richard; Margaziotis, Dimitri; Markowitz, Pete; McIntyre, Justin; Mertz, Christoph; Milbrath, Brian; Mitchell, Joseph; Perdrisat, Charles F; Punjabi, Vina; Rutt, Paul; Sarty, Adam; Tieger, D; Tschalaer, C; Turchinetz, William; Ulmer, Paul E; Van Verst, S P; Vellidis, C; Warren, Glen; Weinstein, Lawrence

    1998-01-19

    The first measurements of the induced proton polarization Pn for the 12C(e,e',p) reaction are reported. The experiment was performed at quasifree kinematics for energy and momentum transfer (w,q) = (294 MeV, 765 MeV/c) and sampled a missing momentum range of 0-250 MeV/c. The induced polarization arises from final-state interactions and for these kinematics is dominated by the real part of the spin-orbit optical potential. The distorted-wave impulse approximation provides good agreement with data for the 1 p3/2 shell. The data for the continuum suggest that both the 1s1/2 shell and underlying l > 1 configurations contribute.

  3. CMOS buried quad p-n junction photodetector for multi-wavelength analysis.

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    Richard, Charles; Courcier, Thierry; Pittet, Patrick; Martel, Stéphane; Ouellet, Luc; Lu, Guo-Neng; Aimez, Vincent; Charette, Paul G

    2012-01-30

    This paper presents a buried quad p-n junction (BQJ) photodetector fabricated with a HV (high-voltage) CMOS process. Multiple buried junction photodetectors are wavelength-sensitive devices developed for spectral analysis applications where a compact integrated solution is preferred over systems involving bulk optics or a spectrometer due to physical size limitations. The BQJ device presented here is designed for chip-based biochemical analyses using simultaneous fluorescence labeling of multiple analytes such as with advanced labs-on-chip or miniaturized photonics-based biosensors. Modeling and experimental measurements of the spectral response of the device are presented. A matrix-based method for estimating individual spectral components in a compound spectrum is described. The device and analysis method are validated via a test setup using individually modulated LEDs to simulate light from 4-component fluorescence emission.

  4. Assessing thermal damage in silicon PN-junctions using Raman thermometry

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    Beechem, Thomas E.; Serrano, Justin R.; McDonald, Anthony; Mani, Seethambal

    2013-03-28

    Laser machining is frequently utilized in the manufacture of photovoltaics. A natural by-product of these fabrication processes, heat, not only serves as a means of material removal but also modifies the material in an extended region beyond that ideally intended for alteration. This modified region, termed the heat affected zone, is detrimental to performance and should therefore be minimized. While undoubtedly thermal in origin, it is unclear exactly how the thermal environment during laser machining correlates to changes in the PN-junction that reduce performance. In response, we combine in-situ Raman based thermometry measurements with post-event failure analysis to identify the physical mechanisms damaging the junction during laser machining. From this approach, damage is shown to initiate prior to melting and be driven primarily by the diffusion of dopants for fluences that do not induce ablation. Additionally, comparatively small regions of damage are shown to have a large impact on operation.

  5. Dual-Gate Operation and Carrier Transport in SiGe p-n Junction Nanowires.

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    Delker, Collin J; Yoo, Jinkyoung; Bussmann, Ezra; Swartzentruber, Brian S; Harris, C T

    2017-10-05

    We investigate carrier transport in silicon-germanium nanowires with an axial p-n junction doping profile by fabricating these wires into transistors that feature separate top gates over each doping segment. By independently biasing each gate, carriers in the n- and p-side of the wire can be modulated. For these devices, which were fabricated with nickel source-drain electrical contacts, holes are the dominant charge carrier, with more favorable hole injection occurring on the p-side contact. Channel current exhibits greater sensitivity to the n-side gate, and in the reverse biased source-drain configuration, current is limited by the nickel/n-side Schottky contact. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  6. Defects in planar Si pn junctions studied with electrically detected magnetic resonance

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    Wimbauer, T.; Ito, K.; Mochizuki, Y.; Horikawa, M.; Kitano, T.; Brandt, M. S.; Stutzmann, M.

    2000-04-01

    We report electrically detected magnetic resonance (EDMR) measurements on planar Si pn junctions which were isolated via local oxidation of silicon (LOCOS). The investigations of the as-fabricated diodes show the presence of various defects. We observe Pb centers at the boundary to the LOCOS isolation and an isotropic Si dangling bond related signal which is assumed to be a consequence of ion implantation. The E'H center—a hydrogen-complexed oxygen vacancy in the SiO2 device isolation—is also detected via EDMR. The EDMR detection mechanism, which is based on resonant changes of the device current, restricts the detected oxide defects to those which are close to the interface.

  7. Application of PN and avalanche silicon photodiodes to low-level optical

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    Eppeldauer, G.; Schaefer, A. R.

    1988-01-01

    New approaches to the discovery of other planetary systems require very sensitive and stable detection techniques in order to succeed. Two methods in particular, the astrometric and the photometric methods, require this. To begin understanding the problems and limitations of solid state detectors regarding this application, preliminary experiments were performed at the National Bureau of Standards and a low light level detector characterization facility was built. This facility is briefly described, and the results of tests conducted in it are outlined. A breadboard photometer that was used to obtain stellar brightness ratio precision data is described. The design principles of PN and avalanche silicon photodiodes based on low light level measuring circuits are discussed.

  8. Current induced decomposition of Abrikosov vortices in p-n layered superconductors and heterostructures.

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    Rakhmanov, A L; Savel'ev, Sergey; Kusmartsev, F V

    2008-11-07

    We describe the decomposition of Abrikosov vortices into decoupled pancake vortices in superconductors having both electron and hole charge carriers. We estimate the critical current of such a decomposition, at which a superconducting-normal state transition occurs, and find that it is very sensitive to the magnetic field and temperature. The effect can be observed in recently synthesized self-doped high-Tc layered superconductors with electrons and holes coexisting in different Cu-O planes and in artificial p-n superconductor heterostructures. The sensitivity of the critical current to a magnetic field may be used for sensors and detectors of a magnetic field, which can be built up from the superconductor heterostructures.

  9. Current Induced Decomposition of Abrikosov Vortices in p-n Layered Superconductors and Heterostructures

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    Rakhmanov, A. L.; Savel'Ev, Sergey; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    2008-11-01

    We describe the decomposition of Abrikosov vortices into decoupled pancake vortices in superconductors having both electron and hole charge carriers. We estimate the critical current of such a decomposition, at which a superconducting-normal state transition occurs, and find that it is very sensitive to the magnetic field and temperature. The effect can be observed in recently synthesized self-doped high-Tc layered superconductors with electrons and holes coexisting in different Cu-O planes and in artificial p-n superconductor heterostructures. The sensitivity of the critical current to a magnetic field may be used for sensors and detectors of a magnetic field, which can be built up from the superconductor heterostructures.

  10. Electrochemical characterization of p(+)n and n(+)p diffused InP structures

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    Wilt, David M.; Faur, Maria; Faur, Mircea; Goradia, M.; Vargas-Aburto, Carlos

    1993-01-01

    The relatively well documented and widely used electrolytes for characterization and processing of Si and GaAs-related materials and structures by electrochemical methods are of little or no use with InP because the electrolytes presently used either dissolve the surface preferentially at the defect areas or form residual oxides and introduce a large density of surface states. Using an electrolyte which was newly developed for anodic dissolution of InP, and was named the 'FAP' electrolyte, accurate characterization of InP related structures including nature and density of surface states, defect density, and net majority carrier concentration, all as functions of depth was performed. A step-by-step optimization of n(+)p and p(+)n InP structures made by thermal diffusion was done using the electrochemical techniques, and resulted in high performance homojunction InP structures.

  11. H-Supermagic Labeling on Shrubs Graph and Lm ⨀ Pn

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    Ulfatimah, Risala; Roswitha, Mania; Atmojo Kusmayadi, Tri

    2017-06-01

    A nite simple graph G admits an H-covering if every edge of E(G) belongs to a subgraph of G isomorphic to H. We said the graph G = (V, E) that admits H-covering to be H-magic if there exists a bijection function f : V(G) ∪ E(G) → {1, 2, …, |V(G)| + |E(G)|} such that for each subgraph H‧ of G isomorphic to H, f(H‧) = ∑ υ∈V‧ f(υ) + ∑ e∈E‧ f(e) = m(f) is constant. Furthermore, if f(V) = 1, 2, …, |V(G)| then G is called H-supermagic. In this research we de ned S 2,2-supermagic labeling on shrub graph Š(m 1, m 2, …, mn ) and fish-supermagic labeling on Lm ⨀ Pn for m, n ≥ 2.

  12. Thermal Stability of Cu/NiSi-Contacted p+n Shallow Junction

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    Wang, Chao-Chun; Lin, Hsin-Hung; Chen, Mao-Chieh

    2004-09-01

    The thermal stability of Cu/NiSi-contacted p+n shallow junction diodes was investigated with respect to their electrical characteristics and metallurgical reactions. The TaN/Cu/NiSi/p+n junction diode remained intact after 30 min thermal annealing at temperatures of up to 350°C. Upon annealing at 375°C, a marked increase in reverse bias leakage current occurred, and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis indicated that Cu started to penetrate into the NiSi-contacted shallow junction region. After a higher temperature annealing at 425°C, a Cu3Si phase was formed. The failure of the TaN/Cu/NiSi/p+n junction diodes is attributed to the penetration of Cu through the NiSi layer into the junction region, leading to junction degradation by introducing deep-level trap states and the eventual formation of Cu3Si.

  13. Carbon doping induced peculiar transport properties of boron nitride nanoribbons p-n junctions

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    Liu, N.; Gao, G. Y.; Zhu, S. C.; Ni, Y.; Wang, S. L.; Liu, J. B.; Yao, K. L.

    2014-07-01

    By applying nonequilibrium Green's function combined with density functional theory, we investigate the electronic transport properties of carbon-doped p-n nanojunction based on hexagonal boron nitride armchair nanoribbons. The calculated I-V curves show that both the center and edge doping systems present obvious negative differential resistance (NDR) behavior and excellent rectifying effect. At low positive bias, the edge doping systems possess better NDR performance with larger peak-to-valley ratio (˜105), while at negative bias, the obtained peak-to-valley ratio for both of the edge and center doping systems can reach the order of 107. Meanwhile, center doping systems present better rectifying performance than the edge doping ones, and giant rectification ratio up to 106 can be obtained in a wide bias range. These outstanding transport properties are explained by the evolution of the transmission spectra and band structures with applied bias, together with molecular projected self-consistent Hamiltonian eigenvalues and eigenstates.

  14. The ``missing'' Gamow-Teller strength and the continuous (p,n) spectra

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    Cha, D.; Osterfeld, F.

    Microscopic analyses of complete forward angle intermediate energy (p,n)-spectra are presented for the reactions 90Zr(p,n), 208Pb(p,n) and 42Ca(p,n). It is shown that the whole spectra up to an excitation energy of Ex = 70 MeV are the result of correlated one-particle-one-hole (1p1h) spin-isospin transitions only. The spectra reflect, therefore, the linear spin-isospin response of the target nucleus to the probing (p,n) field. We find a large amount of the "missing" Gamow-Teller strength in the continuum part of the O0 spectrum. Then the total amount of Gamow-Teller strength observed in these nuclei is close to the lower sum rule limit of 3(N-Z).

  15. Photo-induced magnetic field imaging of p-n junction using a laser SQUID microscope

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    Daibo, Masahiro; Kotaka, Tadashi; Shikoda, Arimitsu

    2001-08-01

    We have constructed a laser superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) microscope for imaging photo-induced magnetic fields by focused laser beam. This system can improve the spatial resolution for semiconductor samples at room temperature. Our system consists of the following essential components, a laser diode, a high temperature superconductor SQUID gradiometer, a piezo driving non-magnetic ceramics XY stage, a lock-in amplifier and a video system. Under the practical condition without using a magnetic shield, the p-n junction of single crystal silicon was measured. The magnetic field gradient (d Bz/d x) of 600 fT/cm was obtained as images with spatial resolution of 20 μm. The laser SQUID microscope has the possibility of becoming a new tool for evaluation, because it offers noninvasive and non-contact access to semiconductors.

  16. DLTS Study of RIE-Induced Deep Levels in Si Using p+n Diode Arrays

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    Watanabe, Miyoko Oku; Taguchi, Minoru; Kanzaki, Koichi; Zohta, Yasuhito

    1983-02-01

    Deep levels in Si induced by reactive ion etching (RIE) of SiO2 film have been studied by DLTS. In order to detect the RIE-induced damage existing near the surface region, special device structures consisting of p+n diode arrays are used. It is found that the dominant deep levels produced by RIE are four hole traps. One level at Ev+0.40 eV exhibits the Poole-Frenkel effect, from which it is identified as an acceptor. Another level at Ev+0.46 eV is deduced to be an interstitial iron level from the emission rate. There is a strong decrease in the deep level concentrations upon annealing above 500°C. However, the deep levels do not completely disappear upon annealing at high temperatures. The deep level concentrations correlate well with the current-voltage characteristics of the devices.

  17. Template method for fabricating interdigitate p-n heterojunction for organic solar cell.

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    Hu, Jianchen; Shirai, Yasuhiro; Han, Liyuan; Wakayama, Yutaka

    2012-08-21

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates are used to fabricate arrays of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) pillars. This technique makes it possible to control the dimensions of the pillars, namely their diameters, intervals, and heights, on a tens-of-nanometer scale. These features are essential for enhancing carrier processes such as carrier generation, exciton diffusion, and carrier dissociation and transport. An interdigitated p-n junction between P3HT pillars and fullerene (C60) exhibits a photovoltaic effect. Although the device properties are still preliminary, the experimental results indicate that an AAO template is an effective tool with which to develop organic solar cells because highly regulated nanostructures can be produced on large areas exceeding 100 mm2.

  18. Template method for fabricating interdigitate p-n heterojunction for organic solar cell

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    Hu, Jianchen; Shirai, Yasuhiro; Han, Liyuan; Wakayama, Yutaka

    2012-08-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates are used to fabricate arrays of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) pillars. This technique makes it possible to control the dimensions of the pillars, namely their diameters, intervals, and heights, on a tens-of-nanometer scale. These features are essential for enhancing carrier processes such as carrier generation, exciton diffusion, and carrier dissociation and transport. An interdigitated p-n junction between P3HT pillars and fullerene (C60) exhibits a photovoltaic effect. Although the device properties are still preliminary, the experimental results indicate that an AAO template is an effective tool with which to develop organic solar cells because highly regulated nanostructures can be produced on large areas exceeding 100 mm2.

  19. Template method for fabricating interdigitate p-n heterojunction for organic solar cell

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates are used to fabricate arrays of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) pillars. This technique makes it possible to control the dimensions of the pillars, namely their diameters, intervals, and heights, on a tens-of-nanometer scale. These features are essential for enhancing carrier processes such as carrier generation, exciton diffusion, and carrier dissociation and transport. An interdigitated p-n junction between P3HT pillars and fullerene (C60) exhibits a photovoltaic effect. Although the device properties are still preliminary, the experimental results indicate that an AAO template is an effective tool with which to develop organic solar cells because highly regulated nanostructures can be produced on large areas exceeding 100 mm2. PMID:22908897

  20. Spin-Based Mach-Zehnder Interferometry in Topological Insulator p-n Junctions.

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    Ilan, Roni; de Juan, Fernando; Moore, Joel E

    2015-08-28

    Transport in three-dimensional topological insulators relies on the existence of a spin-momentum locked surface state that encloses the insulating bulk. In this work we show how, in a topological insulator p-n junction, a magnetic field turns this surface state into an electronic Mach-Zehnder interferometer. Transmission of the junction can be tuned from zero to unity, resulting in virtually perfect visibility of the interference pattern, and the reflected and transmitted currents carry opposite spin polarization so that the junction also acts as a spin filter. Our setup therefore realizes a novel and highly tunable spintronic device where the effects of spin-momentum locking in topological insulator surface states can be probed directly in a transport experiment.

  1. Short-range and tensor correlations in the 16O(e,e'pn) reaction

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    Giusti, C.; Müther, H.; Pacati, F. D.; Stauf, M.

    1999-11-01

    The cross sections for electron-induced two-nucleon knockout reactions are evaluated for the example of the 16O(e,e'pn)14N reaction leading to discrete states in the residual nucleus 14N. These calculations account for the effects of nucleon-nucleon correlations and include the contributions of two-body meson exchange currents as the pion seagull, pion in flight, and the isobar current contribution. The effects of short-range as well as tensor correlations are calculated within the framework of the coupled cluster method employing the Argonne V14 potential as a model for a realistic nucleon-nucleon interaction. The relative importance of correlation effects as compared to the contribution of the meson exchange currents depends on the final state of the residual nucleus. The cross section leading to specific states, such as, e.g., the ground state of 14N, is rather sensitive to the details of the correlated wave function.

  2. Modelling of chemical and thermal changes in well PN-26 Palinpinon geothermal field, Philippines

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    Malate, R.C.M.; O'Sullivan, M.J. )

    1991-01-01

    Significant changes in temperature, chloride and silica concentration have occurred in well PN-26 of the Palinpinon Geothermal Field as a result of reinjection fluid returning. The chloride changes are modelled by a simple time-dependent production - reinjection lumped parameter model. Analytic solutions are derived for both constant and variable production rates. The decline in measured wellbore temperature is then modelled by coupling the chloride mass balance model to a fracture flow model. Production silica changes are also modelled by coupling the silica mass balance model for the production area to a transport and deposition model for the fractured zone. The final model in this paper is able to match changes in chloride, temperature and silica.

  3. Precision measurement of the quasifree pn-->dvarphi reaction close to threshold.

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    Maeda, Y; Hartmann, M; Keshelashvili, I; Barsov, S; Büscher, M; Dzyuba, A; Dymov, S; Hejny, V; Kacharava, A; Kleber, V; Koch, H R; Koptev, V; Kulessa, P; Mersmann, T; Mikirtytchiants, S; Mussgiller, A; Nekipelov, M; Ohm, H; Schleichert, R; Stein, H J; Ströher, H; Valdau, Yu; Watzlawik, K H; Wilkin, C; Wüstner, P

    2006-10-06

    The quasifree pn-->dvarphi reaction has been studied at the Cooler Synchrotron COSY-Jülich, using the internal proton beam incident on a deuterium cluster-jet target and detecting a fast deuteron in coincidence with the K+K- decay of the varphi meson. The energy dependence of the total and differential cross sections are extracted for excess energies up to 80 MeV by determining the Fermi momentum of the target neutron on an event-by-event basis. Though these cross sections are consistent with s-wave production, the kaon angular distributions show the presence of p waves at quite a low energy. Production on the neutron is found to be stronger than on the proton but not by as much as for the eta meson.

  4. Solution-route low-temperature fabrication of thin-film p-n junctions

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    Panamá, Gustavo; Ayag, Kevin; Kim, Hongdoo

    2016-11-01

    In this work, p-n junctions were fabricated at low temperature by means of UV-assisted thermal annealing. At 200 °C, remarkable rectifying and optical properties were observed due to the conversion of the sol-gel precursors to oxide films, which was aided by UV exposure. The resulting p-NiO/n-ZnO structures are featured as the thinnest ever reported (≈55 nm) based on a solution process with a large forward electrical current 10 -2 -10 -1 A cm-2 and the lowest leakage current (1 μA cm-2). UV light and precursor solution engineering contributed to form metal-oxide bonding at relatively low temperature in ambient conditions. The heterojunctions fabricated by the proper combination of these alternatives and simple processes were evaluated using UV-vis and FT-IR spectroscopy, FE-SEM, AFM, XRD, XPS, and I-V curves.

  5. High breakdown single-crystal GaN p-n diodes by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Qi, Meng; Zhao, Yuning; Yan, Xiaodong; Li, Guowang; Verma, Jai; Fay, Patrick; Nomoto, Kazuki; Zhu, Mingda; Hu, Zongyang; Protasenko, Vladimir; Song, Bo; Xing, Huili Grace; Jena, Debdeep; Bader, Samuel

    2015-12-07

    Molecular beam epitaxy grown GaN p-n vertical diodes are demonstrated on single-crystal GaN substrates. A low leakage current <3 nA/cm{sup 2} is obtained with reverse bias voltage up to −20 V. With a 400 nm thick n-drift region, an on-resistance of 0.23 mΩ cm{sup 2} is achieved, with a breakdown voltage corresponding to a peak electric field of ∼3.1 MV/cm in GaN. Single-crystal GaN substrates with very low dislocation densities enable the low leakage current and the high breakdown field in the diodes, showing significant potential for MBE growth to attain near-intrinsic performance when the density of dislocations is low.

  6. Method utilizing laser-processing for the growth of epitaxial p-n junctions

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    Young, R.T.; Narayan, J.; Wood, R.F.

    1979-11-23

    This invention is a new method for the formation of epitaxial p-n junctions in silicon. The method is relatively simple, rapid, and reliable. It produces doped epitaxial layers which are of well-controlled thickness and whose electrical properties are satisfactory. An illustrative form of the method comprises co-depositing a selected dopant and amorphous silicon on a crystalline silicon substrate to form a doped layer of amorphous silicon thereon. This layer then is irradiated with at least one laser pulse to generate a melt front which moves through the layer, into the silicon body to a depth effecting melting of virginal silicon, and back to the surface of the layer. The method may be conducted with dopants (e.g., boron and phosphorus) whose distribution coefficients approximate unity.

  7. Gate-tunable electron focusing across graphene p-n junction

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    Chen, Shaowen; Han, Zheng; Wang, Lei; Dean, Cory; Hone, James

    Electrons moving across a ballistic semiconductor junction experience a change in trajectory described by an electronic version of Snell's law. In the case of a barrier separating regions of n and ptype carriers, negative refraction is expected, which theoretically leads to a Veselago type of electron focusing. Being a ballistic bipolar 2D system, hexagonal Boron Nitride-encapsulated graphene is expected to be a model a system to realize this effect, however, robust demonstration of veselago lensing has remained limited. We describe novel methods to fabricate high quality graphene p-n junctions with atomically sharp boundaries. Using a magnetic focusing measurement scheme, we demonstrate unambiguous signatures of negative refraction in these devices. Our observations are in good agreement with simulations and shed light on future application for electronic optics in ballistic graphene.

  8. Design of a Miniaturized Langmuir Plasma Probe for the QuadSat/PnP

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    Landavazo, M.; Jorgensen, A. M.; Del Barga, C.; Ferguson, D.; Guillette, D.; Huynh, A.; Klepper, J.; Kuker, J.; Lyke, J. C.; Marohn, B.; Mason, J.; Quiroga, J.; Ravindran, V.; Yelton, C.; Zagrai, A. N.; Zufelt, B.

    2011-12-01

    We have developed a miniaturized Langmuir plasma probe for measuring plasma density in low-earth orbit. Measuring plasma density in the upper ionosphere is important as a diagnostic for the rest of the ionosphere and as an input to space weather forecasting models. Developing miniaturized instrumentation allows easier deployment of a large number of small satellites for monitoring space weather. Our instrument was designed for the Swedish QuadSat/PnP, with the following constraints: A volume constraint of 5x5x1.25cm for the electronics enclosure, a mass budget 100 g, and a power budget of 0.5 W. We met the volume and mass constraints and where able to use less power than budgeted, only 0.25 W. We designed the probe for a bias range of +/-15V and current measurements in the 1 nA to 1 mA range (6 orders of magnitude). Necessary voltage of +/- 15 V and 3.3 V were generated on-board from a single 5 V supply. The electronics suite is based off carefully selected yet affordable commercial components that exhibit low noise, low leakage currents and low power consumption. Size constraints, low noise and low leakage requirements called for a carefully designed four layer PCB with a properly guarded current path using surface mount components on both sides. An ultra-low power microcontroller handles instrument functionality and is fully controllable over i2c using SPA-1 space plug and play. We elected for a probe launched deployed, which required careful design to survive launch vibrations while staying within the mass budget. The QuadSat/PnP has not been launched at the time of writing. We will present details of the instrument design and initial calibration data.

  9. A crust and upper mantle model of Eurasia and North Africa for Pn travel time calculation

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    Myers, S; Begnaud, M; Ballard, S; Pasyanos, M; Phillips, W S; Ramirez, A; Antolik, M; Hutchenson, K; Dwyer, J; Rowe, C; Wagner, G

    2009-03-19

    We develop a Regional Seismic Travel Time (RSTT) model and methods to account for the first-order effect of the three-dimensional crust and upper mantle on travel times. The model parameterization is a global tessellation of nodes with a velocity profile at each node. Interpolation of the velocity profiles generates a 3-dimensional crust and laterally variable upper mantle velocity. The upper mantle velocity profile at each node is represented as a linear velocity gradient, which enables travel time computation in approximately 1 millisecond. This computational speed allows the model to be used in routine analyses in operational monitoring systems. We refine the model using a tomographic formulation that adjusts the average crustal velocity, mantle velocity at the Moho, and the mantle velocity gradient at each node. While the RSTT model is inherently global and our ultimate goal is to produce a model that provides accurate travel time predictions over the globe, our first RSTT tomography effort covers Eurasia and North Africa, where we have compiled a data set of approximately 600,000 Pn arrivals that provide path coverage over this vast area. Ten percent of the tomography data are randomly selected and set aside for testing purposes. Travel time residual variance for the validation data is reduced by 32%. Based on a geographically distributed set of validation events with epicenter accuracy of 5 km or better, epicenter error using 16 Pn arrivals is reduced by 46% from 17.3 km (ak135 model) to 9.3 km after tomography. Relative to the ak135 model, the median uncertainty ellipse area is reduced by 68% from 3070 km{sup 2} to 994 km{sup 2}, and the number of ellipses with area less than 1000 km{sup 2}, which is the area allowed for onsite inspection under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, is increased from 0% to 51%.

  10. p-n Heterojunction of doped graphene films obtained by pyrolysis of biomass precursors.

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    Latorre-Sánchez, Marcos; Primo, Ana; Atienzar, Pedro; Forneli, Amparo; García, Hermenegildo

    2015-02-25

    Nitrogen-doped graphene [(N)G] obtained by pyrolysis at 900 °C of nanometric chitosan films exhibits a Hall effect characteristic of n-type semiconductors. In contrast, boron-doped graphene [(B)G] obtained by pyrolysis of borate ester of alginate behaves as a p-type semiconductor based also on the Hall effect. A p-n heterojunction of (B)G-(N)G films is built by stepwise coating of a quartz plate using a mask. The heterojunction is created by the partial overlapping of the (B)G-(N)G films. Upon irradiation with a xenon lamp of aqueous solutions of H(2) PtCl(6) and MnCl(2) in contact with the heterojunction, preferential electron migration from (B)G to (N)G with preferential location of positive holes on (B)G is established by observation in scanning electron microscopy of the formation of Pt nanoparticles (NP) on (N)G and MnO(2) NP on (B)G. The benefits of the heterojunction with respect to the devices having one individual component as a consequence of the electron migration through the p-n heterojunction are illustrated by measuring the photocurrent in the (B)G-(N)G heterojunction (180% current enhancement with respect to the dark current) and compared it to the photocurrent of the individual (B)G (15% enhancement) and (N)G (55% enhancement) components. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Critical Interface States Controlling Rectification of Ultrathin NiO-ZnO p-n Heterojunctions.

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    Steirer, K Xerxes; Ou, Kai Lin; Armstrong, Neal R; Ratcliff, Erin L

    2017-09-13

    Herein, we consider the heterojunction formation of two prototypical metal oxides: p-type NiO and n-type ZnO. Elementally abundant, low-cost metal oxide/oxide' heterojunctions are of interest for UV optical sensing, gas sensing, photocatalysis, charge confinement layers, piezoelectric nanogenerators, and flash memory devices. These heterojunctions can also be used as current rectifiers and potentially as recombination layers in tandem photovoltaic stacks by making the two oxide layers ultrathin. In the ultrathin geometry, understanding and control of interface electronic structure and chemical reactions at the oxide/oxide' interface are critical to functionality, as oxygen atoms are shared at the interface of the dissimilar materials. In the studies presented here the extent of chemical reactions and interface band bending is monitored using X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies. Interface reactivity is controlled by varying the near surface composition of nickel oxide, nickel hydroxide, and nickel oxyhydroxide using standard surface-treatment procedures. A direct correlation between relative percentage of interface hydroxyl chemistry (and hence surface Lewis basicity) and the local band edge alignment for ultrathin p-n junctions (6 nm NiO/30 nm ZnO) is observed. We propose an acid-base formulism to explain these results: the stronger the acid-base reaction, the greater the fraction of interfacial electronic states which lower the band offset between the ZnO conduction band and the NiO valence band. Increased interfacial gap states result in larger reverse bias current of the p-n junction and lower rectification ratios. The acid-base formulism could serve as a future design principle for oxide/oxide' and other heterojunctions based on dissimilar materials.

  12. Multiplet effects on the L/sub 2,3/ fluorescence yield of multiply ionized Ar

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    Chen, M. H.; Crasemann, B.

    1974-01-01

    The 2p fluorescence yield of Ar in the presence of zero to six 3p holes has been calculated by statistically averaging the fluorescence yields of initial states that consist of individual multiplet configurations, formed by coupling the 2p vacancy to the partially filled 3p shell. The L(sub 2,3) fluorescence yields for the (2p)-1 (3p)-n configurations of Ar are found to be 1.48, 17.97, 24.83, 37.84, 79.61, 112.16, and 121.48 x .0001 for n = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, respectively. Results agree reasonably well with experimental fluorescence yields deduced from ion-atom collision measurements.

  13. Long-term Cu stabilization and biomass yields of Giant reed and poplar after adding a biochar, alone or with iron grit, into a contaminated soil from a wood preservation site.

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    Oustriere, Nadège; Marchand, Lilian; Lottier, Nathalie; Motelica, Mikael; Mench, Michel

    2017-02-01

    A 2-year pot experiment was carried out to examine the aging effect of biochar (B), alone or combined with iron grit (Z), on Cu stabilization and plant growth in a contaminated soil (964mg Cu kg(-1)) from a wood preservation site. The experiment consisted in 3 soil treatments, either planted with Arundo donax L. (Ad) or Populus nigra L. (Pn): (1) untreated Cu-contaminated soil (Ad, Pn); (2) Unt+1% (w/w) B (AdB, PnB), and (3) Unt+1% B+1% Z (AdBZ, PnBZ). After 22months, the soil pore water (SPW) was sampled and roots and shoots were harvested. The SPW compositions at 3 and 22months were compared, showing that the SPW Cu(2+) concentration increased again in the PnB and PnBZ soils. Cultivation of A. donax enhanced the dissolved organic matter concentration in the SPW, which decreased its Cu(2+) concentration but promoted its total Cu concentration in the Ad and AdB soils. Adding Z with B reduced both SPW Cu(2+) and Cu concentrations in the pots cultivated by A. donax and P. nigra as compared to B alone. The B and BZ treatments did not enhance root and shoot yields of both plant species as compared to the Unt soil but their shoot Cu concentrations were in the range of common values. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Atmospheric Fluorescence Yield

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    Adams, James H., Jr.; Christl, M. J.; Fountain, W. F.; Gregory, J. C.; Martens, K.; Sokolsky, P.; Whitaker, Ann F. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Several existing and planned experiments estimate the energies of ultra-high energy cosmic rays from air showers using the atmospheric fluorescence from these showers. Accurate knowledge of the conversion from atmospheric fluorescence to energy loss by ionizing particles in the atmosphere is key to this technique. In this paper we discuss a small balloon-borne instrument to make the first in situ measurements versus altitude of the atmospheric fluorescence yield. The instrument can also be used in the lab to investigate the dependence of the fluorescence yield in air on temperature, pressure and the concentrations of other gases that present in the atmosphere. The results can be used to explore environmental effects on and improve the accuracy of cosmic ray energy measurements for existing ground-based experiments and future space-based experiments.

  15. Realization of radial p-n junction silicon nanowire solar cell based on low-temperature and shallow phosphorus doping.

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    Dong, Gangqiang; Liu, Fengzhen; Liu, Jing; Zhang, Hailong; Zhu, Meifang

    2013-12-27

    A radial p-n junction solar cell based on vertically free-standing silicon nanowire (SiNW) array is realized using a novel low-temperature and shallow phosphorus doping technique. The SiNW arrays with excellent light trapping property were fabricated by metal-assisted chemical etching technique. The shallow phosphorus doping process was carried out in a hot wire chemical vapor disposition chamber with a low substrate temperature of 250°C and H2-diluted PH3 as the doping gas. Auger electron spectroscopy and Hall effect measurements prove the formation of a shallow p-n junction with P atom surface concentration of above 1020 cm-3 and a junction depth of less than 10 nm. A short circuit current density of 37.13 mA/cm2 is achieved for the radial p-n junction SiNW solar cell, which is enhanced by 7.75% compared with the axial p-n junction SiNW solar cell. The quantum efficiency spectra show that radial transport based on the shallow phosphorus doping of SiNW array improves the carrier collection property and then enhances the blue wavelength region response. The novel shallow doping technique provides great potential in the fabrication of high-efficiency SiNW solar cells.

  16. Realization of radial p-n junction silicon nanowire solar cell based on low-temperature and shallow phosphorus doping

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    2013-01-01

    A radial p-n junction solar cell based on vertically free-standing silicon nanowire (SiNW) array is realized using a novel low-temperature and shallow phosphorus doping technique. The SiNW arrays with excellent light trapping property were fabricated by metal-assisted chemical etching technique. The shallow phosphorus doping process was carried out in a hot wire chemical vapor disposition chamber with a low substrate temperature of 250°C and H2-diluted PH3 as the doping gas. Auger electron spectroscopy and Hall effect measurements prove the formation of a shallow p-n junction with P atom surface concentration of above 1020 cm−3 and a junction depth of less than 10 nm. A short circuit current density of 37.13 mA/cm2 is achieved for the radial p-n junction SiNW solar cell, which is enhanced by 7.75% compared with the axial p-n junction SiNW solar cell. The quantum efficiency spectra show that radial transport based on the shallow phosphorus doping of SiNW array improves the carrier collection property and then enhances the blue wavelength region response. The novel shallow doping technique provides great potential in the fabrication of high-efficiency SiNW solar cells. PMID:24369781

  17. Transport Properties of p-n Junctions Formed in Boron/Nitrogen Doped Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Nanoribbons

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    Hammouri, Mahmoud; Vasiliev, Igor

    2014-03-01

    We apply ab initio computational methods based on density functional theory to study the transport properties of p-n junctions made of single-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons. The p-n junctions are formed by doping the opposite ends of carbon nanostructures with boron and nitrogen atoms. Our calculations are carried out using the SIESTA electronic structure code combined with the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation functional. The transport properties are calculated using a self-consistent nonequilibrium Green's function method implemented in the TranSIESTA package. The modeled nanoscale p-n junctions exhibit linear I-V characteristics in the forward bias and nonlinear I-V characteristics with a negative differential resistance in the reverse bias. The computed transmission spectra and the I-V characteristics of the p-n junctions are compared to the results of other theoretical studies and to the available experimental data. Supported by NMSU GREG Award and by NSF CHE-1112388.

  18. Organic/inorganic hybrid pn-junction between copper phthalocyanine and CdSe quantum dot layers as solar cells

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    Saha, Sudip K.; Guchhait, Asim; Pal, Amlan J.

    2012-08-01

    We have introduced an organic/inorganic hybrid pn-junction for solar cell applications. Layers of II-VI quantum dots and a metal-phthalocyanine in sequence have been used as n- and p-type materials, respectively, to form a junction. The film of quantum dots has been formed through a layer-by-layer process by replacing the long-chain ligands of the nanoparticles in each ultrathin layer or a monolayer with short-chain ones so that interparticle distance becomes small leading to a decrease in resistance of the quantum dot layer. With indium tin oxide and Au as electrodes, we have formed an inverted sandwiched structure. These electrodes formed ohmic contacts with the neighboring materials. From the current-voltage characteristics of the hybrid heterostructure, we have inferred formation of a depletion region at the pn-junction that played a key role in charge separation and correspondingly a photocurrent in the external circuit. For comparison, we have also formed and characterized Schottky devices based on components of the pn-junction keeping the electrode combination same. From capacitance-voltage characteristics, we have observed that the depletion region of the hybrid pn-junction was much wider as compared to that in Schottky devices based on components of the junction.

  19. Negative differential resistance observed from vertical p+-n+ junction device with two-dimensional black phosphorous

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    Lee, Daeyeong; Jang, Young Dae; Kweon, Jaehwan; Ryu, Jungjin; Hwang, Euyheon; Yoo, Won Jong; Samsung-SKKU Graphene/2D Center (SSGC) Collaboration

    A vertical p+-n+ homojunction was fabricated by using black phosphorus (BP) as a van der Waals two-dimensional (2D) material. The top and bottom layers of the materials were doped by chemical dopants of gold chloride (AuCl3) for p-type doping and benzyl viologen (BV) for n-type doping. The negative differential resistance (NDR) effect was clearly observed from the output curves of the fabricated BP vertical devices. The thickness range of the 2D material showing NDR and the peak to valley current ratio of NDR are found to be strongly dependent on doping condition, gate voltage, and BP's degradation level. Furthermore, the carrier transport of the p+-n+ junction was simulated by using density functional theory (DFT) and non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF). Both the experimental and simulation results confirmed that the NDR is attributed to the band-to-band tunneling (BTBT) across the 2D BP p+-n+ junction, and further quantitative details on the carrier transport in the vertical p+-n+ junction devices were explored, according to the analyses of the measured transfer curves and the DFT simulation results. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (2013R1A2A2A01015516).

  20. Influence of Sudden Change of Solar Mass in the PN Stage on the Orbit of Earth-Like Planet

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    Zhu, Yunfeng; Pan, Caijuan; Pan, Dasheng; Huang, Hongqiang; Chen, Zhi-Fu

    2014-09-01

    Assuming that the terminated mass is confined within the range of 0.4551-0.5813 M ⊙ when the sun is going to evolve into a white dwarf, the velocity of the sun projecting the shell in the PN stage is much greater than the revolving velocity of the earth-like planet, therefore, we think that the solar mass change is instantaneous.

  1. Resonant plasmonic terahertz detection in graphene split-gate field-effect transistors with lateral p-n junctions

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    Ryzhii, V.; Ryzhii, M.; Shur, M. S.; Mitin, V.; Satou, A.; Otsuji, T.

    2016-08-01

    We evaluate the proposed resonant terahertz (THz) detectors on the basis of field-effect transistors (FETs) with split gates, electrically induced lateral p-n junctions, uniform graphene layer (GL) or perforated (in the p-n junction depletion region) graphene layer (PGL) channel. The perforated depletion region forms an array of the nanoconstions or nanoribbons creating the barriers for the holes and electrons. The operation of the GL-FET- and PGL-FET-detectors is associated with the rectification of the ac current across the lateral p-n junction enhanced by the excitation of bound plasmonic oscillations in the p- and n-sections of the channel. Using the developed device model, we find the GL-FET- and PGL-FET-detector characteristics. These detectors can exhibit very high voltage responsivity at the THz radiation frequencies close to the frequencies of the plasmonic resonances. These frequencies can be effectively voltage tuned. We show that in PL-FET-detectors the dominant mechanism of the current rectification is due to the tunneling nonlinearity, whereas in the PGL-FET-detector the current rectification is primarily associated with the thermionic processes. Due to much lower p-n junction conductance in the PGL-FET-detectors, their resonant response can be substantially more pronounced than in the GL-FET-detectors corresponding to fairly high detector responsivity.

  2. Low-temperature-grown p-n ZnO nanojunction arrays as rapid and self-driven UV photodetectors.

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    Lu, Ming-Yen; Chen, Hung-Yi; Tsai, Cheng-Yu; Tseng, Yen-Ti; Kuo, Yu-Ting; Wang, Hsiang-Chen; Lu, Ming-Pei

    2016-10-25

    In this study p-type ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays were grown using a low-temperature hydrothermal method in the presence of various concentrations of Sb in the doping solution. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed the atomic percentages and chemical states of the Sb dopant atoms in the p-type ZnO NR arrays. Photoluminescence and electrical measurements confirmed the p-type characteristics of the Sb-doped ZnO NR arrays. Sequential growth of n- and p-ZnO was then implemented to form p-n ZnO nanojunction arrays. The photovoltaic properties of the p-n ZnO nanojunction devices were investigated under 365 nm UV light; the short-circuit current densities and open-circuit voltages exhibited linear and logarithmic dependence, respectively, on the power density of the UV light. In addition, the p-n ZnO nanojunction devices displayed a rapid response to UV light at zero bias, with a linear correlation between the responsivity and the incident light power. Such low-temperature growth of p-n ZnO nanojunctions appears to be a facile strategy for fabricating junctioned nanostructures with applications in energy-harvesting and self-driven photodetecting optoelectronics.

  3. The expansion proper motions of the extraordinary giant lobes of the planetary nebula KjPn 8 revisited

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    Boumis, P.; Meaburn, J.

    2013-04-01

    The primary aim is to establish a firm value for the distance to the extraordinary planetary nebula KjPn 8. Secondary aims are to measure the ages of the three giant lobes of this object as well as estimate the energy in the eruption, that caused the most energetic outflow, for comparison with that of an intermediate-luminosity optical transient (ILOT). For these purposes a mosaic of images in the Hα + [N II] optical emission lines has been obtained with the new Aristarchos telescope in 2011 for comparison with the images of the KjPn 8 giant lobes present on the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSSI-R) 1954 and POSSII-R 1991 plates. Expansion proper motions of features over this 57 yr baseline in the outflows are present. Using these, a firm distance to KjPn 8 of 1.8 ± 0.3 kpc has been derived for now the angle of the latest outflow to the sky has been established from Hubble Space Telescope imagery of the nebular core. Previously, the uncertain predictions of a bow-shock model were used for this purpose. The dynamical ages of the three separate outflows that form the giant lobes of KjPn 8 are also directly measured as 3200, 7200 and ≥5 × 104 yr, respectively, which confirms their sequential ejection. Moreover, the kinetic energy of the youngest and most energetic of these is measured as ≈1047 erg which is compatible with an ILOT origin.

  4. The behavior of series resistance of a p-n junction: the diode and the solar cell cases

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    Bueno, Poliana H.; Costa, Diogo F.; Eick, Alexander; Carvalho, André; Monteiro, Davies W. L.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a comparison of the impact of the internal parasitic series resistance of a p-n junction, as seen from the microelectronics and photovoltaic communities. The elusive thermal behavior of the aforementioned resistance gave this work its origin. Each community uses a different approach to interpret the operational current-voltage behavior of a p-n junction, which might lead to confusion, since scientists and engineers of these two realms seldom interact. An improvement in the understanding of the different approaches will help one to better model the performance of devices based on p-n junctions and therefore it will favor the performance predictions of photovoltaic cells. For diodes, series resistance is usually determined from a specific forward-bias region of the I-V curve on a semi-logarithmic scale. However, in Photovoltaics this region is not commonly reported and therefore other methods to determine Rs are employed. We mathematically modeled an experimentally obtained I-V curve with various pairs of the ideality factor and Rs and found that more than one pair accurately synthesizes the measured curve. We can conclude that the reported series resistance not only depends on physical parameters, e.g. temperature or irradiance, but also on fitting parameters, i.e. the ideality factor. Generally the behavior of a p-n junction depends on its operating conditions and electrical modeling.

  5. Gate-tunable diode and photovoltaic effect in an organic-2D layered material p-n junction.

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    Vélez, Saül; Ciudad, David; Island, Joshua; Buscema, Michele; Txoperena, Oihana; Parui, Subir; Steele, Gary A; Casanova, Fèlix; van der Zant, Herre S J; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres; Hueso, Luis E

    2015-10-07

    The semiconducting p-n junction is a simple device structure with great relevance for electronic and optoelectronic applications. The successful integration of low-dimensional materials in electronic circuits has opened the way forward for producing gate-tunable p-n junctions. In that context, we present here an organic (Cu-phthalocyanine)-2D layered material (MoS2) hybrid p-n junction with both gate-tunable diode characteristics and photovoltaic effect. Our proof-of-principle devices show multifunctional properties with diode rectifying factors of up to 10(4), while under light exposure they exhibit photoresponse with a measured external quantum efficiency of ∼11%. As for their photovoltaic properties, we found open circuit voltages of up to 0.6 V and optical-to-electrical power conversion efficiency of 0.7%. The extended catalogue of known organic semiconductors and two-dimensional materials offer the prospect for tailoring the properties and the performance of the resulting devices, making organic-2D p-n junctions promising candidates for future technological applications.

  6. Realization of radial p-n junction silicon nanowire solar cell based on low-temperature and shallow phosphorus doping

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    Dong, Gangqiang; Liu, Fengzhen; Liu, Jing; Zhang, Hailong; Zhu, Meifang

    2013-12-01

    A radial p-n junction solar cell based on vertically free-standing silicon nanowire (SiNW) array is realized using a novel low-temperature and shallow phosphorus doping technique. The SiNW arrays with excellent light trapping property were fabricated by metal-assisted chemical etching technique. The shallow phosphorus doping process was carried out in a hot wire chemical vapor disposition chamber with a low substrate temperature of 250°C and H2-diluted PH3 as the doping gas. Auger electron spectroscopy and Hall effect measurements prove the formation of a shallow p-n junction with P atom surface concentration of above 1020 cm-3 and a junction depth of less than 10 nm. A short circuit current density of 37.13 mA/cm2 is achieved for the radial p-n junction SiNW solar cell, which is enhanced by 7.75% compared with the axial p-n junction SiNW solar cell. The quantum efficiency spectra show that radial transport based on the shallow phosphorus doping of SiNW array improves the carrier collection property and then enhances the blue wavelength region response. The novel shallow doping technique provides great potential in the fabrication of high-efficiency SiNW solar cells.

  7. Semiconducting ZnSnN2 thin films for Si/ZnSnN2 p-n junctions

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    Qin, Ruifeng; Cao, Hongtao; Liang, Lingyan; Xie, Yufang; Zhuge, Fei; Zhang, Hongliang; Gao, Junhua; Javaid, Kashif; Liu, Caichi; Sun, Weizhong

    2016-04-01

    ZnSnN2 is regarded as a promising photovoltaic absorber candidate due to earth-abundance, non-toxicity, and high absorption coefficient. However, it is still a great challenge to synthesize ZnSnN2 films with a low electron concentration, in order to promote the applications of ZnSnN2 as the core active layer in optoelectronic devices. In this work, polycrystalline and high resistance ZnSnN2 films were fabricated by magnetron sputtering technique, then semiconducting films were achieved after post-annealing, and finally Si/ZnSnN2 p-n junctions were constructed. The electron concentration and Hall mobility were enhanced from 2.77 × 1017 to 6.78 × 1017 cm-3 and from 0.37 to 2.07 cm2 V-1 s-1, corresponding to the annealing temperature from 200 to 350 °C. After annealing at 300 °C, the p-n junction exhibited the optimum rectifying characteristics, with a forward-to-reverse ratio over 103. The achievement of this ZnSnN2-based p-n junction makes an opening step forward to realize the practical application of the ZnSnN2 material. In addition, the nonideal behaviors of the p-n junctions under both positive and negative voltages are discussed, in hope of suggesting some ideas to further improve the rectifying characteristics.

  8. Toward more robust projections of forest landscape dynamics under novel environmental conditions: embedding PnET within LANDIS-II

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    A. De Bruijn; E.J. Gustafson; B.R. Sturtevant; J.R. Foster; B.R. Miranda; N.I. Lichti; D.F. Jacobs

    2014-01-01

    Ecological models built on phenomenological relationships and behavior of the past may not be robustunder novel conditions of the future because global changes are producing environmental conditions that forests have not experienced historically. We developed a new succession extension for the LANDIS-II forest landscape model, PnET-Succession, to simulate forest growth...

  9. Development of Critical Thinking: Career Ladder P.N. and A.D. Nursing Students, Pre-Health Science Freshmen, Generic Baccalaureate Sophomore Nursing Students.

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    Kintgen-Andrews, Jean

    A study compared career ladder practical nursing (PN) and associate degree (AD) nursing students with their university counterparts with regard to the development of critical thinking over an academic year. The sample included 55 PN students, 55 AD students, 38 pre-health science freshmen, and 29 generic baccalaureate sophomore nursing students.…

  10. The effect of PN-1, a Traditional Chinese Prescription, on the Learning and Memory in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease

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    Yao, Zhi-Gang; Zhang, Ling; Liang, Liang; Liu, Yu; Yang, Ya-Jun; Huang, Lan; Zhu, Hua; Ma, Chun-Mei; Qin, Chuan

    2013-01-01

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been practiced for more than 3000 years. Prescription number 1 (PN-1) consists of several Chinese medicines and is designed according to TCM theories to treat patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. The evidence of clinical practice suggests the benefit effects of PN-1 on cognitive deficits of dementia patients. We try to prove and explain this by using contemporary methodology and transgenic animal models of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The behavioral studies were developed to evaluate the memory of transgenic animals after intragastric administration of PN-1 for 3 months. Amyloid beta-protein (Aβ) neuropathology was quantified using immunohistochemistry and ELISA. The western blotting was used to detect the levels of plasticity associated proteins. The safety of PN-1 on mice was also assessed through multiple parameters. Results showed that PN-1 could effectively relieve learning and memory impairment of transgenic animals. Possible mechanisms showed that PN-1 could significantly reduce plaque burden and Aβ levels and boost synaptic plasticity. Our observations showed that PN-1 could improve learning and memory ability through multiple mechanisms without detectable side effects on mice. We propose that PN-1 is a promising alternative treatment for AD in the future. PMID:23476695

  11. Significant runoff exports of particulate nitrogen (PN) with large tropical storms: Implications of climate variability for watersheds and aquatic ecosystems

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    Inamdar, S. P.; Dhillon, G.

    2014-12-01

    Nitrogen (N) is an important nutrient that contributes to eutrophication of water bodies and plays a key role in various terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem processes. Thus, understanding the amounts and timing of N inputs from watersheds to aquatic ecosystems is critical. Most research to date has focused on the dissolved forms (< 0.45 micron) of N such as nitrate-N and organic N, which constitute a major portion of the N flux during baseflow and small to moderate storm events. The amounts of particulate N (PN > 0.45 micron) in runoff, can however, increase dramatically with large storms such as those associated with tropical depressions and hurricanes and can have a lasting impact on downstream aquatic systems. We determined the exports and storm-event patterns of PN for two (12 and 79 ha) intensively instrumented, headwater, forested, catchments located in the Piedmont Region of Maryland. Stream runoff sampling has been performed for baseflow and storm events since 2011 and has included numerous large tropical storms including Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012). Key questions that we address are: How significant is the PN flux, i.e., what proportion of the annual N is exported as PN during the large tropical events? How does PN export vary with storm magnitude? How do PN exports change with catchment scale? What are the temporal patterns of dissolved and particulate N species during the largest storms? Observations for tropical storm Irene (2011) revealed that in just 59 hours this storm contributed to one-third of the annual (2011) N flux from the 12 ha watershed and 87% of this N was in particulate form. A large portion of this particulate N is likely deposited in the fluvial network, especially in headwater reaches, and could potentially become bioavailable. Understanding these contributions from large events is especially important considering that climate-change scenarios indicate increased intensity of hurricanes and tropical storms and thus potentially a greater

  12. Parametrized-4.5PN TaylorF2 approximants and tail effects to quartic nonlinear order from the effective one body formalism

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    Messina, Francesco; Nagar, Alessandro

    2017-06-01

    By post-Newtonian (PN) expanding the well-known, factorized and resummed, effective-one-body energy flux for circularized binaries, we show that (i) because of the presence of the resummed tail factor, the 4.5PN-accurate tails-of-tails-of-tails contribution to the energy flux recently computed by Marchand et al. [Classical Quantum Gravity 33, 244003 (2016), 10.1088/0264-9381/33/24/244003] is actually contained in the resummed expression; this is also the case of the next-to-leading-order tail-induced spin-orbit term of Marsat et al. [Classical Quantum Gravity 31, 025023 (2014), 10.1088/0264-9381/31/2/025023]; (ii) in performing this expansion, we also obtain, for the first time, the explicit 3.5PN leading-order tail-induced spin-spin flux term; and (iii) pushing the PN expansion of the (nonspinning) EOB flux up to 5.5PN order, we compute 4PN, 5PN, and 5.5PN contributions to the energy flux, though in a form that explicitly depends on, currently unknown, 4PN and 5PN non-test-mass corrections to the factorized waveform amplitudes. Within this (parametrized) 4.5PN accuracy, we calculate the Taylor F2 approximant. Focusing for simplicity on the nonspinning case and using the numerical-relativity calibrated IMRPhenomD waveform model as a benchmark, we demonstrate that it is possible to reproduce the derivative of the IMRPhenomD phase (say up to the frequency of the Schwarzschild last-stable-orbit) by flexing only a 4PN "effective" waveform amplitude parameter. A preliminary analysis also illustrates that similar results can be obtained for the spin-aligned case provided only the leading-order spin-orbit and spin-spin terms are kept. Our findings suggest that these types of EOB-derived, parametrized, higher-order, PN approximants may serve as promising tools to construct inspiral-merger-ringdown phenomenological models or even to replace the standardly used 3.5PN-accurate TaylorF2 approximant in searches of small-mass binaries.

  13. High affinity specific (/sup 3/H)(/sup +/)PN 200-110 binding to dihydropyridine receptors associated with calcium channels in rat cerebral cortex and heart

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    Lee, H.R.; Roeske, W.R.; Yamamura, H.I.

    1984-08-13

    The binding properties of the 1,4-dihydropyridine calcium channel antagonist, (/sup 3/H)(/sup +/)PN 200-110, were studied in rat cerebral cortical and cardiac homogenates (37/sup 0/C, Krebs phosphate buffer). Specific binding of (/sup 3/H)(/sup +/)PN 200-110 was saturable, reversible, and of high affinity (K/sub d/ values are 35 and 64 pM for the cerebral cortex and heart, respectively). In parallel studies with (/sup 3/H)(/sup +/)PN 200-110, the dissocation constant of (/sup 3/H)nitrendipine was 10-12 times higher. Substituted dihydropyridine calcium channel antagonists and agonists competively inhibited specific (/sup 3/H)(/sup +/)PN 200-110 binding, but d-cis diltiazem enhanced and verapamil incompletely inhibited (/sup 3/H)(/sup +/)PN 200-110 binding in both the cerebral cortex and the heart. The effects of diltiazem and verapamil on

  14. Physical Properties of the Very Young PN Hen3-1357 (Stingray Nebula) Based on Multiwavelength Observations

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    Otsuka, Masaaki; Parthasarathy, M.; Tajitsu, A.; Hubrig, S.

    2017-03-01

    We carried out a detailed analysis of the interesting and important very young planetary nebula (PN) Hen3-1357 (Stingray Nebula) based on a unique data set of optical to far-IR spectra and photometric images. We calculated the abundances of nine elements using collisionally excited lines (CELs) and recombination lines (RLs). The RL C/O ratio indicates that this PN is O-rich, which is also supported by the detection of the broad 9/18 μm bands from amorphous silicate grains. The observed elemental abundances can be explained by asymptotic giant branch (AGB) nucleosynthesis models for initially 1-1.5 M ⊙ stars with Z = 0.008. The Ne overabundance might be due to the enhancement of 22Ne isotope in the He-rich intershell. Using the spectrum of the central star synthesized by Tlusty as the ionization/heating source of the PN, we constructed the self-consistent photoionization model with Cloudy to the observed quantities and derived the gas and dust masses, dust-to-gas mass ratio, and core mass of the central star. About 80% of the total dust mass is from warm-cold dust component beyond ionization front. Comparison with other Galactic PNe indicates that Hen3-1357 is an ordinary amorphous silicate-rich and O-rich gas PN. Among other studied PNe, IC4846 shows many similarities in properties of the PN to Hen3-1357, although their post-AGB evolution is quite different from each other. Further monitoring of observations and comparisons with other PNe such as IC4846 are necessary to understand the evolution of Hen3-1357.

  15. Preparation, characterization and activity evaluation of p-n junction photocatalyst p-ZnO/n-TiO 2

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    Chen, Shifu; Zhao, Wei; Liu, Wei; Zhang, Sujuan

    2008-12-01

    In this paper, p-type ZnO powder was prepared by decomposition of zinc nitrate at 350 °C for 1 h. p-n junction photocatalyst p-ZnO/TiO 2 was prepared by ball milling of TiO 2 in H 2O solution doped with p-ZnO. The p-n junction photocatalyst p-ZnO/TiO 2 was characterized by UV-vis diffuse reflection spectrum, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and the fluorescence emission spectra. The photocatalytic activity of the photocatalyst was evaluated by photocatalytic reduction of Cr 2O 72- and photocatalytic oxidation of methyl orange (MO). The results showed that the photocatalytic activity of the p-n junction p-ZnO/TiO 2 is much higher than that of TiO 2 on the photocatalytic reduction of Cr 2O 72-. However, the photocatalytic activity of the photocatalyst is much lower than that of TiO 2 on the photocatalytic oxidation of methyl orange. Namely, the p-n junction photocatalyst p-ZnO/TiO 2 has higher photocatalytic reduction activity, but lower photocatalytic oxidation activity. When the amounts of doped p-ZnO are 0.0 and 2.0 wt.%, illumination for 20 min, the photoreduction efficiencies are 15.7 and 42.8%, and the photooxidation efficiencies are 68.1 and 26.1%, respectively. Effect of ball milling time on the photocatalytic activity of the photocatalyst was also investigated. The mechanisms of influence on the photocatalytic activity were also discussed by the p-n junction principle.

  16. Decreased bone turnover markers in children on long-term parenteral nutrition (PN) for intestinal failure (IF).

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    Derepas, Charlène; Kosar, Christina; Avitzur, Yaron; Wales, Paul W; Courtney-Martin, Glenda

    2015-01-01

    Metabolic bone disease (MBD) is a well-recognized but poorly understood complication of long-term parenteral nutrition (PN). Bone histomorphometry in adults has provided useful information but does not provide quantitative measures of bone resorption and is to invasive for children. Measurement of bone turnover markers provides an alternative less invasive approach. We therefore aimed to measure bone turnover markers in children on long-term PN for intestinal failure (IF), and to compare them to age- and gender-matched controls. Serum concentrations of osteocalcin (OC), bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BSAP), and c-telopeptide (CTx) were measured in IF patients treated at a multidisciplinary intestinal rehabilitation and home PN program at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Age- and gender-matched control participants were recruited for comparison. A total of 13 IF patients and 20 control participants were recruited. IF patients had lower serum OC and CTx concentrations when compared with controls: 42.43 ± 11.54 vs 68.39 ± 20.95 µg/L (P < .01) and 7.454 ± 2.17 vs 9.246 ± 1.92 (P < .05; mean ± SD) µg/L for OC and CTx, respectively. In a subgroup of 9 IF patients for whom BMD was available, OC and CTx concentration were negatively correlated to BMD (g/cm(2)) and BMD z score. Bone turnover markers may be useful indicators for identifying children on long-term PN at risk of MBD. Further studies are needed to validate the current results and determine the factors that influence the occurrence and evolution of MBD in children on PN. © 2013 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

  17. Metallic properties of Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}P{sub 4} and BaCu{sub 2}Pn{sub 2} (Pn=As, Sb)

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    Saparov, Bayrammurad; Sefat, Athena S.

    2012-07-15

    We report the synthesis of ternary barium copper pnictides, Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}P{sub 4} and BaCu{sub 2}Pn{sub 2} (Pn=As, Sb), and their structural, magnetic, and transport properties. They all crystallize in different structures shown by X-ray diffraction, although their structures reveal close relations. The body-centered tetragonal BaCu{sub 2}As{sub 2} adopts ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type (I4/mmm) structure, whereas Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}P{sub 4} is a copper-deficient derivative of this phase, crystallizing in the body-centered orthorhombic space group, Ibam. There are two polymorphs of BaCu{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}: {alpha}-BaCu{sub 2}Sb{sub 2} that adopts CaBe{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}-type structure; {beta}-BaCu{sub 2}Sb{sub 2} that is a 2:1 combination of CaBe{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}- and ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type structural segments. All phases are metallic and non-magnetic. The room temperature thermal conductivity for polycrystalline BaCu{sub 2}As{sub 2} is Almost-Equal-To 2 W/(m K) and the Seebeck coefficient is Almost-Equal-To 15 {mu}V/K, which result in a small ( Almost-Equal-To 0.03) thermoelectric figure of merit. - Graphical abstract: Ternary copper pnictides of barium Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}P{sub 4} and BaCu{sub 2}Pn{sub 2} (Pn=As, Sb) show metallic and non-magnetic behavior. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}P{sub 4} and BaCu{sub 2}Pn{sub 2} (Pn=As, Sb). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new form of BaCu{sub 2}Sb{sub 2} (CaBe{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}-type) obtained and characterized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The phases are metallic and non-magnetic in agreement with theory. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of BaCu{sub 2}As{sub 2} are quite low.

  18. Response of SOM Decomposition to Anthropogenic N Deposition: Simulations From the PnET-SOM Model.

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    Tonitto, C.; Goodale, C. L.; Ollinger, S. V.; Jenkins, J. P.

    2008-12-01

    Anthropogenic forcing of the C and N cycles has caused rapid change in atmospheric CO2 and N deposition, with complex and uncertain effects on forest C and N balance. With some exceptions, models of forest ecosystem response to anthropogenic perturbation have historically focused more on aboveground than belowground processes; the complexity of soil organic matter (SOM) is often represented with abstract or incomplete SOM pools, and remains difficult to quantify. We developed a model of SOM dynamics in northern hardwood forests with explicit feedbacks between C and N cycles. The soil model is linked to the aboveground dynamics of the PnET model to form PnET-SOM. The SOM model includes: 1) physically measurable SOM pools, including humic and mineral-associated SOM in O, A, and B soil horizons, 2) empirical soil turnover times based on 14C data, 3) alternative SOM decomposition algorithms with and without explicit microbial processing, and 4) soluble element transport explicitly linked to the hydrologic cycle. We tested model sensitivity to changes in litter decomposition rate (k) and completeness of decomposition (limit value) by altering these parameters based on experimental observations from long-term litter decomposition experiments with N fertilization treatments. After a 100 year simulation, the Oe+Oa horizon SOC pool was reduced by 15 % and the A-horizon humified SOC was reduced by 7 % for N deposition scenarios relative to forests without N fertilization. In contrast, predictions for slower time-scale pools showed negligible variation in response to variation in the limit values tested, with A-horizon mineral SOC pools reduced by < 3 % and B-horizon mineral SOC reduced by 0.1 % for N deposition scenarios relative to forests without N fertilization. The model was also used to test the effect of varying initial litter decomposition rate to simulate response to N deposition. In contrast to the effect of varying limit values, simulations in which only k

  19. Drilling ban yields verdict

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    Nation, L.M.

    1992-01-01

    This paper briefly reviews a lawsuit which is under appeal by the State of Michigan regarding a takings claim filed over a petroleum exploration site. The dispute arose as a result of a 1987 decision by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources forbidding the property owners from developing the mineral rights leased to Miller Brothers in the Huron/Manistee National Forest. This area is bisected by a trend of Silurian Niagaran reef complexes which has a known production history throughout the State. The dunes area of the national forest has been deemed a wilderness area. As a result of the State's decision, the courts have awarded a sum of 71 million dollars to the developer to cover damages and lost resources. The reserve estimates were taken from adjacent areas which showed that the Niagaran reefs are relatively consistent in their yield.

  20. The physics and kinematics of the evolved, interacting planetary nebula PN G342.0-01.7

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    Ali, A.; Amer, M. A.; Dopita, M. A.; Vogt, F. P. A.; Basurah, H. M.

    2015-11-01

    Integral field spectroscopy has been obtained for very few evolved planetary nebulae (PNe). Here we aim to study the physical and kinematical characteristics of the unstudied old planetary nebula PN G342.0-01.7, which shows evidence of interaction with its surrounding interstellar medium. We used integral field spectra from the Wide Field Spectrograph on the ANU 2.3 m telescope to provide spectroscopy across the whole object covering the spectral range 3400-7000 Å. We formed narrow-band images to investigate the excitation structure. The spectral analysis shows that the object is a distant Peimbert Type I planetary nebula (PN) of low excitation, formally of excitation class of 0.5. The low electron density, high dynamical age, and low surface brightness of the object confirm that it is observed fairly late in its evolution. It shows clear evidence for dredge-up of CN-processed material characteristic of its class. In addition, the low peculiar velocity of 7 km s-1 shows it to be a member of the young disk component of our Galaxy. We further determined an average expansion velocity of Vexp = 20.2 ± 1.3 km s-1, a local standard of rest radial velocity RVLSR = -27.7 ± 1.7 km s-1, and a distance of 2.06 ± 0.6 kpc for the object. We built a self-consistent photoionisation model for the PN matching the observed spectrum, the Hβ luminosity, and the diameter. On the basis of this we derive an effective temperature log Teff ~ 5.05 and luminosity 1.85 < log L< 2.25. The temperature is much higher than might have been expected using the excitation class, proving that this can be misleading in classifying evolved PNe. PN G342.0-01.7 is in interaction with its surrounding interstellar medium through which the object is moving in the south-west direction. This interaction drives a slow shock into the outer PN ejecta. A shock model suggests that it only accounts for about 10% of the total luminosity, but has an important effect on the global spectrum of the PN.

  1. Regional application of the PnET-BGC model to assess historical acidification of Adirondack lakes

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    Zhai, Jing; Driscoll, Charles T.; Sullivan, Timothy J.; Cosby, Bernard J.

    2008-01-01

    The Adirondack region of New York has high inputs of acidic deposition and large numbers of acidic lakes. The biogeochemical model, PnET-BGC, was applied to 44 statistically representative Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) lake watersheds in the Adirondacks. Model simulations help provide an understanding of historical effects of acidic deposition on soils and lake waters. Model simulations indicate that median annual concentrations of SO42- and NO3- in the 44 EMAP lakes were 15.9 μeq/L and 3.8 μeq/L, respectively, in 1850, compared to the median current measured values of 88.8 μeq/L and 20.0 μeq/L. Simulated median values of pH, acid-neutralizing capacity (ANC), and soil percent base saturation were 6.63, 67.7 μeq/L, and 12.3%, respectively, in 1850, compared to the median current measured values of 5.95, 27.8 μeq/L, and 7.9%. The estimated historical surface water acidification was greatest in lakes having low ANC below values of 100 μeq/L. This pattern of historical acidification is in agreement with a previous paleolimnological investigation.

  2. A robust expansion proper motion distance to the extraordinary planetary nebula KjPn 8

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    Boumis, P.; Meaburn, J.

    2014-04-01

    Since the discovery by Lopez, Vasquez and Rodriguez of the giant lobes projecting from the otherwise innocuous planetary nebula, KjPn 8, it has been imperative to obtain a robust distance (D) determination. This has now been achieved by comparing an image of the lobes taken in 2011 with the Greek Aristarchos telescope with that (POSSI-R) obtained in 1954: the baseline for expansive proper motions has therefore being extended to 57 yr. These proper motions, combined with previous radial velocity measurements and tilt of the most energetic outflow with respect to the sight line, as determined from HST imagery of the nebular core, give D = 1.8 ± 0.3 kpc. This value then lets the kinetic energy (approx 1047 erg) of the most recent and energetic outflow to be determined. It could be significant that this energy is consistent with an Intermediate Luminosity Optical Transient (ILOT) origin of the latest ejection as proposed for other similar objects by Soker and Kashi.

  3. Organic nanowire/crystalline silicon p-n heterojunctions for high-sensitivity, broadband photodetectors.

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    Deng, Wei; Jie, Jiansheng; Shang, Qixun; Wang, Jincheng; Zhang, Xiujuan; Yao, Shenwen; Zhang, Qing; Zhang, Xiaohong

    2015-01-28

    Organic/inorganic hybrid devices are promising candidates for high-performance, low-cost optoelectronic devices, by virtue of their unique properties. Polycrystalline/amorphous organic films are widely used in hybrid devices, because defects in the films hamper the improvement of device performance. Here, we report the construction of 2,4-bis[4-(N,N-dimethylamino)phenyl]squaraine (SQ) nanowire (NW)/crystalline Si (c-Si) p-n heterojunctions. Thanks to the high crystal quality of the SQ NWs, the heterojunctions exhibit excellent diode characteristics in darkness. It is significant that the heterojunctions have been found to be capable of detecting broadband light with wavelengths spanning from ultraviolet (UV) light, to visible (Vis) light, to near-infrared (NIR) light, because of the complementary spectrum absorption of SQ NWs with Si. The junction is demonstrated to play a core role in enhancing the device performance, in terms of ultrahigh sensitivity, excellent stability, and fast response. The photovoltaic characteristics of the heterojunctions are further investigated, revealing a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of up to 1.17%. This result also proves the potential of the device as self-powered photodetectors operating at zero external bias voltage. This work presents an important advance in constructing single-crystal organic nanostructure/inorganic heterojunctions and will enable future exploration of their applications in broadband photodetectors and solar cells.

  4. MOVPE growth and optical investigations of InGaPN alloys

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    Sanorpim, Sakuntam; Nakajima, Fumihiro; Nakadan, Nobuhiro; Kimura, Tokuharu; Katayama, Ryuji; Onabe, Kentaro

    2005-02-01

    InGaPN alloy films were grown on GaP (0 0 1) substrates by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) at 635 °C using trimethylgallium (TMGa), trimethylindium (TMIn), PH 3 and 1,1-dimethylhydrazine (DMHy) as the precursors of Ga, In, P and N, respectively. For the fixed combination of TMGa, PH 3 and TMIn flows, the composition control of In xGa 1-xP 1-yN y was achieved simply by changing the molar flow ratio of DMHy to the total group V sources, giving y=0-8.7% and x=17.6%. The grown films show a systematic red shift of the photoluminescence (PL) peak energy with increasing N content. On the other hand, with increasing the TMIn molar flow while the other flows were fixed, the N incorporation is much affected by the TMIn flow due to some reaction kinetics. In fact, the N content was decreased from y=2.6% to 1.6% while the In content was increased from x=0 to 10.9%. As a result, the apparent blueshift of the PL peak energy for this growth series is due to the reduction of N incorporation with increasing TMIn flow. The lattice-matched In xGa 1-xP 1-yN y ( x=17.6%, y=7.4%) film showed an excellent structural and optical quality in spite of the relatively high N content.

  5. Method for forming p-n junctions and solar-cells by laser-beam processing

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    Narayan, Jagdish; Young, Rosa T.

    1979-01-01

    This invention is an improved method for preparing p-n junction devices, such as diodes and solar cells. High-quality junctions are prepared by effecting laser-diffusion of a selected dopant into silicon by means of laser pulses having a wavelength of from about 0.3 to 1.1 .mu.m, an energy area density of from about 1.0 to 2.0 J/cm.sup.2, and a duration of from about 20 to 60 nanoseconds. Initially, the dopant is deposited on the silicon as a superficial layer, preferably one having a thickness in the range of from about 50 to 100 A. Depending on the application, the values for the above-mentioned pulse parameters are selected to produce melting of the silicon to depths in the range from about 1000 A to 1 .mu.m. The invention has been used to produce solar cells having a one-sun conversion efficiency of 10.6%, these cells having no antireflective coating or back-surface fields.

  6. Common-path interference and oscillatory Zener tunneling in bilayer graphene p-n junctions

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    Nandkishore, Rahul; Levitov, Leonid

    2011-01-01

    Interference and tunneling are two signature quantum effects that are often perceived as the yin and yang of quantum mechanics: a particle simultaneously propagating along several distinct classical paths versus a particle penetrating through a classically inaccessible region via a single least-action path. Here we demonstrate that the Dirac quasiparticles in graphene provide a dramatic departure from this paradigm. We show that Zener tunneling in gapped bilayer graphene, which governs transport through p-n heterojunctions, exhibits common-path interference that takes place under the tunnel barrier. Due to a symmetry peculiar to the gapped bilayer graphene bandstructure, interfering tunneling paths form conjugate pairs, giving rise to high-contrast oscillations in transmission as a function of the gate-tunable bandgap and other control parameters of the junction. The common-path interference is solely due to forward-propagating waves; in contrast to Fabry–Pérot-type interference in resonant-tunneling structures, it does not rely on multiple backscattering. The oscillations manifest themselves in the junction I–V characteristic as N-shaped branches with negative differential conductivity. The negative dI/dV, which arises solely due to under-barrier interference, can enable new high-speed active-circuit devices with architectures that are not available in electronic semiconductor devices. PMID:21825159

  7. P-type ZnO by Sb doping for PN-junction photodetectors

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    Liu, J. L.; Xiu, F. X.; Mandalapu, L. J.; Yang, Z.

    2006-02-01

    Sb-doped p-type ZnO films were grown on n-Si (100) by electron cyclotron resonance (ECR)-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE). Room temperature Hall effect measurements reveal that a heavily Sb-doped ZnO sample exhibits a low resistivity of 0.2 Ω cm, high hole concentration of 1.7×1018 cm -3, and high mobility of 20.0 cm2/V s. Low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements show an Sb-associated acceptor-bound exciton (A °X) emission exists at 3.358 eV at 8.5 K. The acceptor energy level of the Sb dopant is estimated to be 0.14 eV above the valence band. Based on these electrical and optical properties, p-n hetero- and homojunction photodetectors employing Sb-doped p-type ZnO films were designed and fabricated. The heterojunction photodiode consists of Sb-doped p-type ZnO grown on n-Si (100) substrate. An Sb-doped p-type ZnO layer with an n-type Ga-doped ZnO layer was grown on a p-Si (111) substrate to form the homojunction. Current-Voltage (I-V) characterizations reveal rectifying characteristics. Good photoresponse to UV light has been demonstrated for both hetero and homojunction photodetectors.

  8. A van der Waals pn heterojunction with organic/inorganic semiconductors

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    He, Daowei; Yang, Ziyi; Wu, Bing; Xu, Bingchen; Zhang, Yuhan; Li, Yun; Shi, Yi E-mail: xrwang@nju.edu.cn; Wang, Xinran E-mail: xrwang@nju.edu.cn; Pan, Yiming; Wang, Baigeng; Nan, Haiyan; Luo, Xiaoguang; Ni, Zhenhua; Gu, Shuai; Zhu, Jia; Chai, Yang

    2015-11-02

    van der Waals (vdW) heterojunctions formed by two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted tremendous attention due to their excellent electrical/optical properties and device applications. However, current 2D heterojunctions are largely limited to atomic crystals, and hybrid organic/inorganic structures are rarely explored. Here, we fabricate the hybrid 2D heterostructures with p-type dioctylbenzothienobenzothiophene (C{sub 8}-BTBT) and n-type MoS{sub 2}. We find that few-layer C{sub 8}-BTBT molecular crystals can be grown on monolayer MoS{sub 2} by vdW epitaxy, with pristine interface and controllable thickness down to monolayer. The operation of the C{sub 8}-BTBT/MoS{sub 2} vertical heterojunction devices is highly tunable by bias and gate voltages between three different regimes: interfacial recombination, tunneling, and blocking. The pn junction shows diode-like behavior with rectifying ratio up to 10{sup 5} at the room temperature. Our devices also exhibit photovoltaic responses with a power conversion efficiency of 0.31% and a photoresponsivity of 22 mA/W. With wide material combinations, such hybrid 2D structures will offer possibilities for opto-electronic devices that are not possible from individual constituents.

  9. Contacts between Two- and Three-Dimensional Materials: Ohmic, Schottky, and p-n Heterojunctions.

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    Xu, Yang; Cheng, Cheng; Du, Sichao; Yang, Jianyi; Yu, Bin; Luo, Jack; Yin, Wenyan; Li, Erping; Dong, Shurong; Ye, Peide; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2016-05-24

    After a decade of intensive research on two-dimensional (2D) materials inspired by the discovery of graphene, the field of 2D electronics has reached a stage with booming materials and device architectures. However, the efficient integration of 2D functional layers with three-dimensional (3D) systems remains a significant challenge, limiting device performance and circuit design. In this review, we investigate the experimental efforts in interfacing 2D layers with 3D materials and analyze the properties of the heterojunctions formed between them. The contact resistivity of metal on graphene and related 2D materials deserves special attention, while the Schottky junctions formed between metal/2D semiconductor or graphene/3D semiconductor call for careful reconsideration of the physical models describing the junction behavior. The combination of 2D and 3D semiconductors presents a form of p-n junctions that have just marked their debut. For each type of the heterojunctions, the potential applications are reviewed briefly.

  10. Microscopic description of charge-exchange nuclear resonances excited in ( p,n) reactions

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    Gareev, F.A.; Ershov, S.N.; Pyatov, N.I.; Fayans, S.A.

    1984-06-01

    The charge-exchange excitations for the /sup 48/Ca..-->../sup 48/Sc, /sup 90/Zr..-->../sup 90/Nb, and /sup 208/Pb..-->../sup 208/Bi isobar pairs are calculated using the methods of the theory of finite Fermi systems with the single-particle continuum taken into account exactly. Transition densities for the isobar-analog states, Gamow-Teller resonances, dipole (L = 1, S = 0) resonances, and spin-dipole (L = 1, S = 1) resonances are calculated. Differential cross sections for the ( p,n) reactions which excite these resonances are calculated in the distorted-wave impulse approximation for proton energies E/sub p/ in the 100--200 MeV range. A detailed comparison with experimental data is performed in order to determine the nucleon-nucleon effective interaction in the charge-exchange channel as well as the local quasiparticle charge e/sub q/(sigmatau) that characterizes the quenching of low-energy spin-flip transitions. It is shown, in particular, that the theory gives a good description of experiment for the value g' = 1.1 (G/sup prime//sub 0/ = 330 MeVxfm/sup 3/) of the Landau-Migdal strength parameter and for e/sub q/(sigmatau)roughly-equal0.8.

  11. Common-path interference and oscillatory Zener tunneling in bilayer graphene p-n junctions.

    PubMed

    Nandkishore, Rahul; Levitov, Leonid

    2011-08-23

    Interference and tunneling are two signature quantum effects that are often perceived as the yin and yang of quantum mechanics: a particle simultaneously propagating along several distinct classical paths versus a particle penetrating through a classically inaccessible region via a single least-action path. Here we demonstrate that the Dirac quasiparticles in graphene provide a dramatic departure from this paradigm. We show that Zener tunneling in gapped bilayer graphene, which governs transport through p-n heterojunctions, exhibits common-path interference that takes place under the tunnel barrier. Due to a symmetry peculiar to the gapped bilayer graphene bandstructure, interfering tunneling paths form conjugate pairs, giving rise to high-contrast oscillations in transmission as a function of the gate-tunable bandgap and other control parameters of the junction. The common-path interference is solely due to forward-propagating waves; in contrast to Fabry-Pérot-type interference in resonant-tunneling structures, it does not rely on multiple backscattering. The oscillations manifest themselves in the junction I-V characteristic as N-shaped branches with negative differential conductivity. The negative dI/dV, which arises solely due to under-barrier interference, can enable new high-speed active-circuit devices with architectures that are not available in electronic semiconductor devices.

  12. Thermal influence on charge carrier transport in solar cells based on GaAs PN junctions

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    Osses-Márquez, Juan; Calderón-Muñoz, Williams R.

    2014-10-21

    The electron and hole one-dimensional transport in a solar cell based on a Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) PN junction and its dependency with electron and lattice temperatures are studied here. Electrons and heat transport are treated on an equal footing, and a cell operating at high temperatures using concentrators is considered. The equations of a two-temperature hydrodynamic model are written in terms of asymptotic expansions for the dependent variables with the electron Reynolds number as a perturbation parameter. The dependency of the electron and hole densities through the junction with the temperature is analyzed solving the steady-state model at low Reynolds numbers. Lattice temperature distribution throughout the device is obtained considering the change of kinetic energy of electrons due to interactions with the lattice and heat absorbed from sunlight. In terms of performance, higher values of power output are obtained with low lattice temperature and hot energy carriers. This modeling contributes to improve the design of heat exchange devices and thermal management strategies in photovoltaic technologies.

  13. Room-temperature near-infrared electroluminescence from boron-diffused silicon pn junction diodes

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    Li, Si; Gao, Yuhan; Fan, Ruixin; Li, Dongsheng; Yang, Deren

    2015-02-01

    Silicon pn junction diodes with different doping concentrations were prepared by boron diffusion into Czochralski (CZ) n-type silicon substrate. Their room-temperature near-infrared electroluminescence (EL) was measured. In the EL spectra of the heavily boron doped diode, a luminescence peak at ~1.6 μm (0.78 eV ) was observed besides the band-to-band line (~1.1eV) under the condition of high current injection, while in that of the lightly boron doped diode only the band-to-band line was observed. The intensity of peak at 0.78 eV increases exponentially with current injection with no observable saturation at room temperature. Furthermore, no dislocations were found in the cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy image, and no dislocation-related luminescence was observed in the low-temperature photoluminescence spectra. We deduce the 0.78 eV emission originates from the irradiative recombination in the strain region of diodes caused by the diffusion of large number of boron atoms into silicon crystal lattice.

  14. Dynamic avalanche breakdown of a p-n junction: Deterministic triggering of a plane streamer front

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    Rodin, Pavel; Grekhov, Igor

    2005-06-01

    We discuss the dynamic impact ionization breakdown of a high voltage p-n junction which occurs when the electric field is increased above the threshold of avalanche impact ionization on a time scale smaller than the inverse thermogeneration rate. The avalanche-to-streamer transition characterized by generation of dense electron-hole plasma capable of screening the applied external electric field occurs in such regimes. We argue that the experimentally observed deterministic triggering of the plane streamer front at the electric-field strength above the threshold of avalanche impact ionization, yet below the threshold of band-to-band tunneling, is generally caused by field-enhanced ionization of deep-level centers. We suggest that the process-induced sulfur centers and native defects such as EL2, HB2, and HB5 centers initiate the front in Si and GaAs structures, respectively. In deep-level-free structures the plane streamer front is triggered by Zener band-to-band tunneling.

  15. Carrier phase recovery performance for PN-spread TDRSS link with radio-frequency interference

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    Mckenzie, T. M.; Braun, W. R.

    1979-01-01

    The carrier-phase recovery performance of a Costas loop for a nonlinear satellite channel with uplink and downlink noise is analyzed, and the extension of these results to the case where uplink radio-frequency interference (RFI) is present is considered. The signal format here is binary phase-shift-keyed (BPSK) or unbalanced quaternary phase-shift-keyed (UQPSK), the signals being either the non-return-to-zero (NRZ) or biphase (Manchester) type. With UQPSK, at least one data stream must be PN-spread. The channel comprises additive white Gaussian noise (WGN), a wideband filter, a bandpass nonlinearity and more additive WGN. The RFI being considered is pulsed continuous-wave, pulsed WGN, or a combination of the two. It is noted that the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) will be subjected to RFI from certain locations, especially in the S-band of frequencies. The characteristics of this link are generalized to form the assumptions underlying this analysis. The analytical results given include the S-curve of the equivalent loop and the phase-error variance of the linearized loop.

  16. RKKY interaction in P-N junction based on surface states of 3D topological insulator

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    Zhang, Shuhui; Yang, Wen; Chang, Kai

    The RKKY interaction mediated by conduction electrons supplies a mechanism to realize the long-range coupling of localized spins which is desired for the spin devices. Here, we examine the controllability of RKKY interaction in P-N junction (PNJ) based on surface states of 3D topological insulator (3DTI). In this study, through quantum way but not usual classical analogy to light propagation, the intuitive picture for electron waves across the interface of PNJ is obtained, e.g., Klein tunneling, negative refraction and focusing. Moreover, we perform the numerical calculations for all kinds of RKKY interaction including the Heisenberg, Ising, and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya terms. We find the focusing of surface states leads to the local augmentation of RKKY interaction. Most importantly, a dimension transition occurs, i.e., the decay rate of RKKY interaction from the deserved 1/R 2 to 1/ R . In addition, the quadratic gate-dependence of RKKY interaction is also beneficial to the application of 3DTI PNJ in the fields of spintronics and quantum computation. This work was supported by the MOST (Grant No. 2015CB921503, and No. 2014CB848700) and NSFC (Grant No. 11434010, No. 11274036, No. 11322542, and No. 11504018).

  17. Unusual Carbonaceous Dust Distribution in PN G095.2+00.7

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    Ohsawa, Ryou; Onaka, Takashi; Sakon, Itsuki; Mori, Tamami I.; Miyata, Takashi; Asano, Kentaro; Matsuura, Mikako; Kaneda, Hidehiro

    2012-12-01

    We investigate the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) features in the young Galactic planetary nebula PN G095.2+00.7 based on mid-infrared observations. The near- to mid-infrared spectra obtained with the AKARI/IRC and the Spitzer/IRS show the PAH features as well as the broad emission feature at 12 μm usually seen in proto-planetary nebulae (pPNe). The spatially resolved spectra obtained with Subaru/COMICS suggest that the broad emission around 12 μm is distributed in a shell-like structure, but the unidentified infrared band at 11.3 μm is selectively enhanced at the southern part of the nebula. The variation can be explained by a difference in the amount of the UV radiation to excite PAHs, and does not necessarily require the chemical processing of dust grains and PAHs. It suggests that the UV self-extinction is important to understand the mid-infrared spectral features. We propose a mechanism which accounts for the evolutionary sequence of the mid-infrared dust features seen in a transition from pPNe to PNe. Based in part on data collected at Subaru Telescope, which is operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

  18. New Aspects of Photocurrent Generation at Graphene pn Junctions Revealed by Ultrafast Optical Measurements

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    Aivazian, Grant; Sun, Dong; Jones, Aaron; Ross, Jason; Yao, Wang; Cobden, David; Xu, Xiaodong

    2012-02-01

    The remarkable electrical and optical properties of graphene make it a promising material for new optoelectronic applications. However, one important, but so far unexplored, property is the role of hot carriers in charge and energy transport at graphene interfaces. Here we investigate the photocurrent (PC) dynamics at a tunable graphene pn junction using ultrafast scanning PC microscopy. Pump-probe measurements show a temperature dependent relaxation time of photogenerated carriers that increases from 1.5ps at 290K to 4ps at 20K; while the amplitude of the PC is independent of the lattice temperature. These observations imply that it is hot carriers, not phonons, which dominate ultrafast energy transport. Gate dependent measurements show many interesting features such as pump induced saturation, enhancement, and sign reversal of probe generated PC. These observations reveal that the underlying PC mechanism is a combination of the thermoelectric and built-in electric field effects. Our results enhance the understanding of non-equilibrium electron dynamics, electron-electron interactions, and electron-phonon interactions in graphene. They also determine fundamental limits on ultrafast device operation speeds (˜500 GHz) for graphene-based photodetectors.

  19. Carbon doping induced peculiar transport properties of boron nitride nanoribbons p-n junctions

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    Liu, N.; Gao, G. Y.; Zhu, S. C.; Ni, Y.; Wang, S. L.; Yao, K. L.; Liu, J. B.

    2014-07-14

    By applying nonequilibrium Green's function combined with density functional theory, we investigate the electronic transport properties of carbon-doped p-n nanojunction based on hexagonal boron nitride armchair nanoribbons. The calculated I-V curves show that both the center and edge doping systems present obvious negative differential resistance (NDR) behavior and excellent rectifying effect. At low positive bias, the edge doping systems possess better NDR performance with larger peak-to-valley ratio (∼10{sup 5}), while at negative bias, the obtained peak-to-valley ratio for both of the edge and center doping systems can reach the order of 10{sup 7}. Meanwhile, center doping systems present better rectifying performance than the edge doping ones, and giant rectification ratio up to 10{sup 6} can be obtained in a wide bias range. These outstanding transport properties are explained by the evolution of the transmission spectra and band structures with applied bias, together with molecular projected self-consistent Hamiltonian eigenvalues and eigenstates.

  20. pn-junction delineation in Si devices using scanning capacitance spectroscopy

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    Edwards, Hal; Ukraintsev, Vladimir A.; San Martin, Richard; Johnson, F. Scott; Menz, Philip; Walsh, Shawn; Ashburn, Stan; Wills, K. Scott; Harvey, Ken; Chang, Mi-Chang

    2000-02-01

    The scanning capacitance microscope (SCM) is a carrier-sensitive imaging tool based upon the well-known scanning-probe microscope (SPM). As reported in Edwards et al. [Appl. Phys. Lett. 72, 698 (1998)], scanning capacitance spectroscopy (SCS) is a new data-taking method employing an SCM. SCS produces a two-dimensional map of the electrical pn junctions in a Si device and also provides an estimate of the depletion width. In this article, we report a series of microelectronics applications of SCS in which we image submicron transistors, Si bipolar transistors, and shallow-trench isolation structures. We describe two failure-analysis applications involving submicron transistors and shallow-trench isolation. We show a process-development application in which SCS provides microscopic evidence of the physical origins of the narrow-emitter effect in Si bipolar transistors. We image the depletion width in a Si bipolar transistor to explain an electric field-induced hot-carrier reliability failure. We show two sample geometries that can be used to examine different device properties.

  1. Comparison of Ge, InGaAs p-n junction solar cell

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    Korun, M.; Navruz, T. S.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the effect of material parameters on the efficiency of Ge and InGaAs p-n junction solar cells which are most commonly used as the sub-cell of multi-junction solar cells are investigated and the results due to these two cells are compared. The efficiency of Ge (EG =0.67 eV) solar cell which is easy to manufacture and inexpensive in cost, is compared with the efficiency of InGaAs (EG =0.74 eV) solar cell which is coming with drawback of high production difficulties and cost. The theoretical efficiency limit of Ge and InGaAs solar cells with optimum thickness were determined by using detailed balance model under one sun AM1.5 illumination. Since the band gap values of two cells are close to each other, approximate detailed balance efficiency limits of 16% for InGaAs and 14% for Ge are obtained. When drift-diffusion model is used and the thicknesses and doping concentrations are optimized, the maximum efficiency values are calculated as 13% for InGaAs and 9% for Ge solar cell. For each solar cell external quantum efficiency curves due to wavelength are also sketched and compared.

  2. UNUSUAL CARBONACEOUS DUST DISTRIBUTION IN PN G095.2+00.7

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    Ohsawa, Ryou; Onaka, Takashi; Sakon, Itsuki; Mori, Tamami I.; Miyata, Takashi; Asano, Kentaro; Matsuura, Mikako; Kaneda, Hidehiro

    2012-12-01

    We investigate the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) features in the young Galactic planetary nebula PN G095.2+00.7 based on mid-infrared observations. The near- to mid-infrared spectra obtained with the AKARI/IRC and the Spitzer/IRS show the PAH features as well as the broad emission feature at 12 {mu}m usually seen in proto-planetary nebulae (pPNe). The spatially resolved spectra obtained with Subaru/COMICS suggest that the broad emission around 12 {mu}m is distributed in a shell-like structure, but the unidentified infrared band at 11.3 {mu}m is selectively enhanced at the southern part of the nebula. The variation can be explained by a difference in the amount of the UV radiation to excite PAHs, and does not necessarily require the chemical processing of dust grains and PAHs. It suggests that the UV self-extinction is important to understand the mid-infrared spectral features. We propose a mechanism which accounts for the evolutionary sequence of the mid-infrared dust features seen in a transition from pPNe to PNe.

  3. Transitions between quantum states of the spin-soliton structure in molecular magnets [Mn{( R/ S)- pn}]2[Mn{( R/ S)- pn}2(H2O)][Cr(CN)6]2

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    Morgunov, R. B.; Kirman, M. V.; Talantsev, A. D.

    2015-08-01

    A series of jumps of the magnetic moment (up to five jumps) with an amplitude of 1-10% of the saturation magnetization has been observed upon demagnetizing the molecular magnet [Mn{( R/ S)- pn}]2[Mn{( R/ S)- pn}2(H2O)][Cr(CN)6]2 in a narrow region of magnetic fields close to the coercive force. A decrease in the temperature leads to an increase in the critical magnetic field, which corresponds to the onset of the series of demagnetization jumps. The obtained experimental data agree with theoretical predictions on jump-like transitions between the magnetization curves upon attaining critical magnetic fields caused by the energy quantization of spin solitons.

  4. Nanostructured p-type CZTS thin films prepared by a facile solution process for 3D p-n junction solar cells.

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    Park, Si-Nae; Sung, Shi-Joon; Sim, Jun-Hyoung; Yang, Kee-Jeong; Hwang, Dae-Kue; Kim, JunHo; Kim, Gee Yeong; Jo, William; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Kang, Jin-Kyu

    2015-07-07

    Nanoporous p-type semiconductor thin films prepared by a simple solution-based process with appropriate thermal treatment and three-dimensional (3D) p-n junction solar cells fabricated by depositing n-type semiconductor layers onto the nanoporous p-type thin films show considerable photovoltaic performance compared with conventional thin film p-n junction solar cells. Spin-coated p-type Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films prepared using metal chlorides and thiourea show unique nanoporous thin film morphology, which is composed of a cluster of CZTS nanograins of 50-500 nm, and the obvious 3D p-n junction structure is fabricated by the deposition of n-type CdS on the nanoporous CZTS thin films by chemical bath deposition. The photovoltaic properties of 3D p-n junction CZTS solar cells are predominantly affected by the scale of CZTS nanograins, which is easily controlled by the sulfurization temperature of CZTS precursor films. The scale of CZTS nanograins determines the minority carrier transportation within the 3D p-n junction between CZTS and CdS, which are closely related with the photocurrent of series resistance of 3D p-n junction solar cells. 3D p-n junction CZTS solar cells with nanograins below 100 nm show power conversion efficiency of 5.02%, which is comparable with conventional CZTS thin film solar cells.

  5. Steady-state characteristics of lateral p-n junction vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Ryzhii, V.; Tsutsui, N.; Khmyrova, I.; Ikegami, T.; Vaccaro, P. O.; Taniyama, H.; Aida, T.

    2001-09-01

    We developed an analytical device model for lateral p-n junction vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (LJVCSELs) with a quantum well active region. The model takes into account the features of the carrier injection, transport, and recombination in LJVCSELs as well as the features of the photon propagation in the cavity. This model is used for the calculation and analysis of the LJVCSEL steady-state characteristics. It is shown that the localization of the injected electrons primarily near the p-n junction and the reabsorption of lateral propagating photons significantly effects the LJVCSELs performance, in particular, the LJVCSEL threshold current and power-current characteristics. The reincarnation of electrons and holes due to the reabsorption of lateral propagating photons can substantially decrease the threshold current.

  6. Least-Squares PN Formulation of the Transport Equation Using Self-Adjoint-Angular-Flux Consistent Boundary Conditions.

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    Vincent M. Laboure; Yaqi Wang; Mark D. DeHart

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we study the Least-Squares (LS) PN form of the transport equation compatible with voids in the context of Continuous Finite Element Methods (CFEM).We first deriveweakly imposed boundary conditions which make the LS weak formulation equivalent to the Self-Adjoint Angular Flux (SAAF) variational formulation with a void treatment, in the particular case of constant cross-sections and a uniform mesh. We then implement this method in Rattlesnake with the Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) framework using a spherical harmonics (PN) expansion to discretize in angle. We test our implementation using the Method of Manufactured Solutions (MMS) and find the expected convergence behavior both in angle and space. Lastly, we investigate the impact of the global non-conservation of LS by comparing the method with SAAF on a heterogeneous test problem.

  7. Least-Squares PN Formulation of the Transport Equation Using Self-Adjoint-Angular-Flux Consistent Boundary Conditions

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    Laboure, Vincent M.; Wang, Yaqi; DeHart, Mark D.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we study the Least-Squares (LS) PN form of the transport equation compatible with voids [1] in the context of Continuous Finite Element Methods (CFEM).We first deriveweakly imposed boundary conditions which make the LS weak formulation equivalent to the Self-Adjoint Angular Flux (SAAF) variational formulation with a void treatment [2], in the particular case of constant cross-sections and a uniform mesh. We then implement this method in Rattlesnake with the Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) framework [3] using a spherical harmonics (PN) expansion to discretize in angle. We test our implementation using the Method of Manufactured Solutions (MMS) and find the expected convergence behavior both in angle and space. Lastly, we investigate the impact of the global non-conservation of LS by comparing the method with SAAF on a heterogeneous test problem.

  8. Long-term performance and microbial ecology of a two-stage PN-ANAMMOX process treating mature landfill leachate.

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    Li, Huosheng; Zhou, Shaoqi; Ma, Weihao; Huang, Pengfei; Huang, Guotao; Qin, Yujie; Xu, Bin; Ouyang, Hai

    2014-05-01

    Long-term performance of a two-stage partial nitritation (PN)-anaerobic ammonium oxidation (ANAMMOX) process treating mature landfill leachate was investigated. Stable partial nitritation performance was achieved in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) using endpoint pH control, providing an effluent with a ratio of NO2(-)-N/NH4(+)-N at 1.23 ± 0.23. High rate nitrogen removal over 4 kg N/m(3)/d was observed in the ANAMMOX reactor in the first three months. However, during long-term operation, the ANAMMOX reactor can only stably operate under nitrogen load of 1 kg N/m(3)/d, with 85 ± 1% of nitrogen removal. The ammonium oxidizing bacteria (AOB) in the PN-SBR were mainly affiliated to Nitrosomonas sp. IWT514, Nitrosomonas eutropha and Nitrosomonas eutropha, the anaerobic ammonium oxidizing bacteria (AnAOB) in the ANAMMOX reactor were mainly affiliated to Kuenenia stuttgartiensis.

  9. Thermally stable pn-junctions based on a single transparent perovskite semiconductor BaSnO3

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    Kim, Hoon Min; Kim, Useong; Park, Chulkwon; Kwon, Hyukwoo; Char, Kookrin

    2016-05-01

    We report p-doping of the BaSnO3 (BSO) by replacing Ba with K. The activation energy of K-dopants is estimated to be about 0.5 eV. We have fabricated pn junctions by using K-doped BSO as a p-type and La-doped BSO as an n-type semiconductor. I-V characteristics of these devices exhibit an ideal rectifying behavior of pn junctions with the ideality factor between 1 and 2, implying high integrity of the BSO materials. Moreover, the junction properties are found to be very stable after repeated high-bias and high-temperature thermal cycling, demonstrating a large potential for optoelectronic functions.

  10. Electrical characterization of ZnO/NiO p-n junction prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Merih Akyuzlu, A.; Dagdelen, Fethi; Gultek, Ahmet; Hendi, A. A.; Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin

    2017-04-01

    ZnO and NiO films were synthesized on fluourine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate by the sol-gel method. The surface morphology of the films was investigated by atomic force microscopy. The optical band gaps of the ZnO and NiO films were found to be 3.198 and 3.827eV, respectively. A ZnO/NiO p-n junction diode was prepared and electrical charge transport mechanism of the diode was analyzed using thermionic emission and Norde functions. The ideality factor, barrier height and series resistance of the diode were determined to be 6.46, 1.036eV and 39.1 M {Ω} , respectively. The obtained results indicate that ZnO/NiO p-n junction can be used as transparent diode for optic communications.

  11. Imaging of built-in electric field at a p-n junction by scanning transmission electron microscopy

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    Shibata, Naoya; Findlay, Scott D.; Sasaki, Hirokazu; Matsumoto, Takao; Sawada, Hidetaka; Kohno, Yuji; Otomo, Shinya; Minato, Ryuichiro; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2015-01-01

    Precise measurement and characterization of electrostatic potential structures and the concomitant electric fields at nanodimensions are essential to understand and control the properties of modern materials and devices. However, directly observing and measuring such local electric field information is still a major challenge in microscopy. Here, differential phase contrast imaging in scanning transmission electron microscopy with segmented type detector is used to image a p-n junction in a GaAs compound semiconductor. Differential phase contrast imaging is able to both clearly visualize and quantify the projected, built-in electric field in the p-n junction. The technique is further shown capable of sensitively detecting the electric field variations due to dopant concentration steps within both p-type and n-type regions. Through live differential phase contrast imaging, this technique can potentially be used to image the electromagnetic field structure of new materials and devices even under working conditions. PMID:26067359

  12. Determination of some basic physical parameters of SnO based on SnO/Si pn heterojunctions

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    Li, Xiuxia; Liang, Lingyan E-mail: h-cao@nimte.ac.cn; Cao, Hongtao E-mail: h-cao@nimte.ac.cn; Qin, Ruifeng; Zhang, Hongliang; Gao, Junhua; Zhuge, Fei

    2015-03-30

    P-SnO/n-Si heterojunctions were constructed by using e-beam evaporation in combination with ultra-violet lithography technique. The current-voltage and capacitance-voltage characteristics of the pn heterojunctions were systematically investigated, through which the diode parameters, such as the turn-on voltage, forward-to-reverse current ratio, series resistance, ideality factor, and build-in voltage, were also determined. In particular, the pn heterojunctions presented a relatively good electrical rectifying behavior, with a forward-to-reverse current ratio up to 58 ± 5 at ±2.0 V. The relative permittivity and work function of the SnO films were measured to be 18.8 ± 1.7 and 4.3 eV, respectively. The energy band diagram of the heterojunctions was depicted in detail, which can interpret the rectifying behavior very well.

  13. High Fill Factors of Si Solar Cells Achieved by Using an Inverse Connection Between MOS and PN Junctions.

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    Wang, Liang-Xing; Zhou, Zhi-Quan; Zhang, Tian-Ning; Chen, Xin; Lu, Ming

    2016-12-01

    Fill factors (FFs) of ~0.87 have been obtained for crystalline Si (c-Si) solar cells based on Ag front contacts after rapid thermal annealing. The usual single PN junction model fails to explain the high FF result. A metal/oxide/semiconductor (MOS) junction at the emitter is found to be inversely connected to the PN one, and when its barrier height/e is close to the open-circuit voltage of the solar cell, very high FF is obtainable. In this work, although the open-circuit voltage (<580 mV) is not high here, the efficiency of c-Si solar cell still reaches the state-of-the-art value (>20 %) due to the high FF achieved.

  14. Mapping Electrostatic Profiles Across Axial p-n Junctions in Si Nanowires using Off-Axis Electron Holography

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    Gan, Zhaofeng; Perea, Daniel E.; Yoo, Jinkyoung; Picraux, Samuel T.; Smith, David J.; Mccartney, Martha R.

    2013-10-07

    Si nanowires (NWs) with axial p-n junctions were grown by the vapor-liquid-solid method. Transmission electron microscopy and electron holography were used to characterize the microstructure and electrostatic properties. Measurement of the potential profile showed the presence of a p-n junction with a height of 1.0±0.3V. A Schottky barrier was observed at the end of the NW due to the Au catalyst particle. Comparison with simulations indicated dopant concentrations of 1019cm-3 for donors and 1017cm-3 for acceptors. These results confirm the benefit of combining off-axis electron holography with simulations for determining localized information about the electrically active dopant distributions in nanowire structures.

  15. Imaging of built-in electric field at a p-n junction by scanning transmission electron microscopy.

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    Shibata, Naoya; Findlay, Scott D; Sasaki, Hirokazu; Matsumoto, Takao; Sawada, Hidetaka; Kohno, Yuji; Otomo, Shinya; Minato, Ryuichiro; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2015-06-12

    Precise measurement and characterization of electrostatic potential structures and the concomitant electric fields at nanodimensions are essential to understand and control the properties of modern materials and devices. However, directly observing and measuring such local electric field information is still a major challenge in microscopy. Here, differential phase contrast imaging in scanning transmission electron microscopy with segmented type detector is used to image a p-n junction in a GaAs compound semiconductor. Differential phase contrast imaging is able to both clearly visualize and quantify the projected, built-in electric field in the p-n junction. The technique is further shown capable of sensitively detecting the electric field variations due to dopant concentration steps within both p-type and n-type regions. Through live differential phase contrast imaging, this technique can potentially be used to image the electromagnetic field structure of new materials and devices even under working conditions.

  16. Electrolysis as a controllable method for establishing p-n junctions in multi-nanolayer films of amorphous selenium

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    John, Joshua D.; Saito, Ichitaro; Ochiai, Jun; Toyama, Ryo; Masuzawa, Tomoaki; Yamada, Takatoshi; Chua, Daniel H. C.; Okano, Ken

    2017-08-01

    We present a controllable way of establishing a p-n junction in amorphous selenium (a-Se) using electrolysis. Amorphous selenium is used as an anode in the electrolysis of NaCl solution. By varying the duration of the electrolysis, we can make the contact to a-Se either Ohmic or rectifying and control the built-in potential and full depletion voltage of the contacts and junctions formed in the a-Se. I-V and C-V measurements show that after electrolysis rectification occurs and that as the duration of electrolysis increases, the direction of rectification changes, with the magnitudes of the built-in potential and the full depletion becoming higher. From the results, we present a model for the electrochemical process of forming the p-n junction and highlight the dependence on the duration of the electrolysis.

  17. Yield enhancement with DFM

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    Paek, Seung Weon; Kang, Jae Hyun; Ha, Naya; Kim, Byung-Moo; Jang, Dae-Hyun; Jeon, Junsu; Kim, DaeWook; Chung, Kun Young; Yu, Sung-eun; Park, Joo Hyun; Bae, SangMin; Song, DongSup; Noh, WooYoung; Kim, YoungDuck; Song, HyunSeok; Choi, HungBok; Kim, Kee Sup; Choi, Kyu-Myung; Choi, Woonhyuk; Jeon, JoongWon; Lee, JinWoo; Kim, Ki-Su; Park, SeongHo; Chung, No-Young; Lee, KangDuck; Hong, YoungKi; Kim, BongSeok

    2012-03-01

    A set of design for manufacturing (DFM) techniques have been developed and applied to 45nm, 32nm and 28nm logic process technologies. A noble technology combined a number of potential confliction of DFM techniques into a comprehensive solution. These techniques work in three phases for design optimization and one phase for silicon diagnostics. In the DFM prevention phase, foundation IP such as standard cells, IO, and memory and P&R tech file are optimized. In the DFM solution phase, which happens during ECO step, auto fixing of process weak patterns and advanced RC extraction are performed. In the DFM polishing phase, post-layout tuning is done to improve manufacturability. DFM analysis enables prioritization of random and systematic failures. The DFM technique presented in this paper has been silicon-proven with three successful tape-outs in Samsung 32nm processes; about 5% improvement in yield was achieved without any notable side effects. Visual inspection of silicon also confirmed the positive effect of the DFM techniques.

  18. Nitric Oxide-Induced Vasorelaxation in Response to PnTx2-6 Toxin from Phoneutria nigriventer Spider in Rat Cavernosal Tissue

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    Nunes, Kenia P.; Cordeiro, Marta N.; Richardson, Michael; Borges, Marcia N.; Diniz, Simone O.F.; Cardoso, Valbert N.; Tostes, Rita; De Lima, Maria Elena; Webb, Robert Clinton; Leite, Romulo

    2011-01-01

    Introduction Priapism is one of several symptoms observed in accidental bites by the spider Phoneutria nigriventer. The venom of this spider is comprised of many toxins, and the majority has been shown to affect excitable ion channels, mainly sodium (Na+) channels. It has been demonstrated that PnTx2-6, a peptide extracted from the venom of P. nigriventer, causes erection in anesthetized rats and mice. Aim We investigated the mechanism by which PnTx2-6 evokes relaxation in rat corpus cavernosum. Main Outcome Measures PnTx2-6 toxin potentiates nitric oxide (NO)-dependent cavernosal relaxation. Methods Rat cavernosal strips were incubated with bretylium (3 × 10−5 M) and contracted with phenylephrine (PE; 10−5 M). Relaxation responses were evoked by electrical field stimulation (EFS) or sodium nitroprusside (SNP) before and after 4 minutes of incubation with PnTx2-6 (10−8 M). The effect of PnTx2-6 on relaxation induced by EFS was also tested in the presence of atropine (10−6 M), a muscarinic receptor antagonist, N-type Ca2+ channel blockers (ω-conotoxin GVIA, 10−6 M) and sildenafil (3 × 10−8 M). Technetium99m radiolabeled PnTx2-6 subcutaneous injection was administrated in the penis. Results Whereas relaxation induced by SNP was not affected by PnTx2-6, EFS-induced relaxation was significantly potentiated by this toxin as well as PnTx2-6 plus SNP. This potentiating effect was further increased by sildenafil, not altered by atropine, however was completely blocked by the N-type Ca2+ channels. High concentrated levels of radiolabeled PnTx2-6 was specifically found in the cavernosum tissue, suggesting PnTx2-6 is an important toxin responsible for P. nigriventer spider accident-induced priapism. Conclusion We show that PnTx2-6 slows Na+ channels inactivation in nitrergic neurons, allowing Ca2+ influx to facilitate NO/cGMP signalling, which promotes increased NO production. In addition, this relaxation effect is independent of phosphodiesterase enzyme type 5

  19. Diffused junction p(+)-n solar cells in bulk GaAs. II - Device characterization and modelling

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    Keeney, R.; Sundaram, L. M. G.; Rode, H.; Bhat, I.; Ghandhi, S. K.; Borrego, J. M.

    1984-01-01

    The photovoltaic characteristics of p(+)-n junction solar cells fabricated on bulk GaAs by an open tube diffusion technique are presented in detail. Quantum efficiency measurements were analyzed and compared to computer simulations of the cell structure in order to determine material parameters such as diffusion length, surface recombination velocity and junction depth. From the results obtained it is projected that proper optimization of the cell parameters can increase the efficiency of the cells to close to 20 percent.

  20. Diffused junction p(+)-n solar cells in bulk GaAs. II - Device characterization and modelling

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    Keeney, R.; Sundaram, L. M. G.; Rode, H.; Bhat, I.; Ghandhi, S. K.; Borrego, J. M.

    1984-01-01

    The photovoltaic characteristics of p(+)-n junction solar cells fabricated on bulk GaAs by an open tube diffusion technique are presented in detail. Quantum efficiency measurements were analyzed and compared to computer simulations of the cell structure in order to determine material parameters such as diffusion length, surface recombination velocity and junction depth. From the results obtained it is projected that proper optimization of the cell parameters can increase the efficiency of the cells to close to 20 percent.

  1. Frequency-Dependent Nature of Pn in Western China: Gaussian Beam Modeling of Data from the Hi-CLIMB Experiment

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    2008-09-30

    Integrated Study of the Himalayan-Tibetan Continental Lithosphere during Mountain Building). This experiment is one of the largest broadband seismic...China using data from Hi-CLIMB (An Integrated Study of the Himalayan-Tibetan Continental Lithosphere during Mountain Building). This experiment is one of...the propagation of regional Pn waves recorded by Hi-CLIMB (An Integrated Study of the Himalayan-Tibetan Continental Lithosphere during Mountain

  2. Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide with a Well-Defined PN 3 -Ru Pincer Complex

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    Min, Shixiong; Rasul, Shahid; Li, Huaifeng; Grills, David C.; Takanabe, Kazuhiro; Li, Lain-Jong; Huang, Kuo-Wei

    2015-11-13

    We established a well-defined PN3-Ru pincer complex (5) bearing a redox-active bipyridine ligand with an aminophosphine arm as an effective and stable molecular electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction to CO and HCOOH with negligible formation of H2 in a H2O/MeCN mixture.

  3. Estimating oak growth and yield

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    Martin E. Dale; Donald E. Hilt

    1989-01-01

    Yields from upland oak stands vary widely from stand to stand due to differences in age, site quality, species composition, and stand structure. Cutting history and other past disturbances such as grazing or fire also affect yields.

  4. Shortcomings in wheat yield predictions

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    Semenov, Mikhail A.; Mitchell, Rowan A. C.; Whitmore, Andrew P.; Hawkesford, Malcolm J.; Parry, Martin A. J.; Shewry, Peter R.

    2012-06-01

    Predictions of a 40-140% increase in wheat yield by 2050, reported in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, are based on a simplistic approach that ignores key factors affecting yields and hence are seriously misleading.

  5. Single Atomically Sharp Lateral Monolayer p-n Heterojunction Solar Cells with Extraordinarily High Power Conversion Efficiency.

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    Tsai, Meng-Lin; Li, Ming-Yang; Retamal, José Ramón Durán; Lam, Kai-Tak; Lin, Yung-Chang; Suenaga, Kazu; Chen, Lih-Juann; Liang, Gengchiau; Li, Lain-Jong; He, Jr-Hau

    2017-08-01

    The recent development of 2D monolayer lateral semiconductor has created new paradigm to develop p-n heterojunctions. Albeit, the growth methods of these heterostructures typically result in alloy structures at the interface, limiting the development for high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) devices. Here, the PV properties of sequentially grown alloy-free 2D monolayer WSe2 -MoS2 lateral p-n heterojunction are explores. The PV devices show an extraordinary power conversion efficiency of 2.56% under AM 1.5G illumination. The large surface active area enables the full exposure of the depletion region, leading to excellent omnidirectional light harvesting characteristic with only 5% reduction of efficiency at incident angles up to 75°. Modeling studies demonstrate the PV devices comply with typical principles, increasing the feasibility for further development. Furthermore, the appropriate electrode-spacing design can lead to environment-independent PV properties. These robust PV properties deriving from the atomically sharp lateral p-n interface can help develop the next-generation photovoltaics. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Reconfigurable p-n junction diodes and the photovoltaic effect in exfoliated MoS{sub 2} films

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    Sutar, Surajit; Agnihotri, Pratik; Comfort, Everett; Ung Lee, Ji; Taniguchi, T.; Watanabe, K.

    2014-03-24

    Realizing basic semiconductor devices such as p-n junctions are necessary for developing thin-film and optoelectronic technologies in emerging planar materials such as MoS{sub 2}. In this work, electrostatic doping by buried gates is used to study the electronic and optoelectronic properties of p-n junctions in exfoliated MoS{sub 2} flakes. Creating a controllable doping gradient across the device leads to the observation of the photovoltaic effect in monolayer and bilayer MoS{sub 2} flakes. For thicker flakes, strong ambipolar conduction enables realization of fully reconfigurable p-n junction diodes with rectifying current-voltage characteristics, and diode ideality factors as low as 1.6. The spectral response of the photovoltaic effect shows signatures of the predicted band gap transitions. For the first excitonic transition, a shift of >4{sub kB}T is observed between monolayer and bulk devices, indicating a thickness-dependence of the excitonic coulomb interaction.

  7. AlGaAs/InGaAsN/GaAs PnP double heterojunction bipolar transistor

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    Chang, P.C.; Baca, A.G.; Li, N.Y.; Sharps, P.R.; Hou, H.Q.; Laroche, J.R.; Ren, F.

    2000-01-04

    The authors demonstrated a functional PnP double heterojunction bipolar transistor (DHBT) using AlGaAs, InGaAsN, and GaAs. The band alignment between InGaAsN and GaAs has a large {triangle}E{sub c} and negligible {triangle}E{sub v}, this unique characteristic is very suitable for PnP DHBT applications. The metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOCVD) grown Al{sub 0.3}Ga{sub 0.7}As/In{sub 0.03}Ga{sub 0.97}As{sub 0.99}N{sub 0.01}/GaAs PnP DHBT is lattice matched to GaAs and has a peak current gain of 25. Because of the smaller bandgap (E{sub g}=1.20eV) of In{sub 0.03}Ga{sub 0.97}As{sub 0.99}N{sub 0.01} used for the base layer, this device has a low V{sub ON} of 0.79 V, which is 0.25 V lower than in a comparable Pnp AlGaAs/GaAs HBT. And because GaAs is used for the collector, its BV{sub CEO} is 12 V, consistent with BV{sub CEO} of AlGaAs/GaAs HBTs.

  8. Direct determination of minority carrier diffusion lengths at axial GaAs nanowire p-n junctions.

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    Gutsche, Christoph; Niepelt, Raphael; Gnauck, Martin; Lysov, Andrey; Prost, Werner; Ronning, Carsten; Tegude, Franz-Josef

    2012-03-14

    Axial GaAs nanowire p-n diodes, possibly one of the core elements of future nanowire solar cells and light emitters, were grown via the Au-assisted vapor-liquid-solid mode, contacted by electron beam lithography, and investigated using electron beam induced current measurements. The minority carrier diffusion lengths and dynamics of both, electrons and holes, were determined directly at the vicinity of the p-n junction. The generated photocurrent shows an exponential decay on both sides of the junction and the extracted diffusion lengths are about 1 order of magnitude lower compared to bulk material due to surface recombination. Moreover, the observed strong diameter-dependence is well in line with the surface-to-volume ratio of semiconductor nanowires. Estimating the surface recombination velocities clearly indicates a nonabrupt p-n junction, which is in essential agreement with the model of delayed dopant incorporation in the Au-assisted vapor-liquid-solid mechanism. Surface passivation using ammonium sulfide effectively reduces the surface recombination and thus leads to higher minority carrier diffusion lengths.

  9. Light-Triggered Pyroelectric Nanogenerator Based on a pn-Junction for Self-Powered Near-Infrared Photosensing.

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    Wang, Xingfu; Dai, Yejing; Liu, Ruiyuan; He, Xu; Li, Shuti; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2017-08-22

    A nanogenerator, as a self-powered system, can operate without an external power supply for energy harvesting, signal processing, and active sensing. Here, near-infrared (NIR) photothermal triggered pyroelectric nanogenerators based on pn-junctions are demonstrated in a p-Si/n-ZnO nanowire (NW) heterostructure for self-powered NIR photosensing. The pyroelectric-polarization potential (pyro-potential) induced within wurtzite ZnO NWs couples with the built-in electric field of the pn-junction. At the moment of turning on or off the NIR illumination, external current flow is induced by the time-varying internal electric field of the pn-heterostructure, which enables a bias-free operation of the photodetectors (PDs). The NIR PD exhibits a high on/off photocurrent ratio up to 10(7) and a fast photoresponse component with a rise time of 15 μs and a fall time of 21 μs. This work provides an unconventional strategy to achieve active NIR sensing, which may find promising applications in biological imaging, optoelectronic communications, and optothermal detections.

  10. Chemically fixed p-n heterojunctions for polymer electronics by means of covalent B-F bond formation.

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    Hoven, Corey V; Wang, Huiping; Elbing, Mark; Garner, Logan; Winkelhaus, Daniel; Bazan, Guillermo C

    2010-03-01

    Widely used solid-state devices fabricated with inorganic semiconductors, including light-emitting diodes and solar cells, derive much of their function from the p-n junction. Such junctions lead to diode characteristics and are attained when p-doped and n-doped materials come into contact with each other. Achieving bilayer p-n junctions with semiconducting polymers has been hindered by difficulties in the deposition of thin films with independent p-doped and n-doped layers. Here we report on how to achieve permanently fixed organic p-n heterojunctions by using a cationic conjugated polyelectrolyte with fluoride counteranions and an underlayer composed of a neutral conjugated polymer bearing anion-trapping functional groups. Application of a bias leads to charge injection and fluoride migration into the neutral layer, where irreversible covalent bond formation takes place. After the initial charging and doping, one obtains devices with no delay in the turn on of light-emitting electrochemical behaviour and excellent current rectification. Such devices highlight how mobile ions in organic media can open opportunities to realize device structures in ways that do not have analogies in the world of silicon and promise new opportunities for integrating organic materials within technologies now dominated by inorganic semiconductors.

  11. Crop yield gaps in Cameroon.

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    Yengoh, Genesis T; Ardö, Jonas

    2014-03-01

    Although food crop yields per hectare have generally been increasing in Cameroon since 1961, the food price crisis of 2008 and the ensuing social unrest and fatalities raised concerns about the country's ability to meet the food needs of its population. This study examines the country's potential for increasing crop yields and food production to meet this food security challenge. Fuzzy set theory is used to develop a biophysical spatial suitability model for different crops, which in turn is employed to ascertain whether crop production is carried out in biophysically suited areas. We use linear regression to examine the trend of yield development over the last half century. On the basis of yield data from experimental stations and farmers' fields we assess the yield gap for major food crops. We find that yields have generally been increasing over the last half century and that agricultural policies can have significant effects on them. To a large extent, food crops are cultivated in areas that are biophysically suited for their cultivation, meaning that the yield gap is not a problem of biophysical suitability. Notwithstanding, there are significantly large yield gaps between actual yields on farmers' farms and maximum attainable yields from research stations. We conclude that agronomy and policies are likely to be the reasons for these large yield gaps. A key challenge to be addressed in closing the yield gaps is that of replenishing and properly managing soil nutrients.

  12. Integrated Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (AMSU-A). Performance Verification Report: METSAT (S/N) AMSU-A1 Receiver Assemblies P/N 1356429-1 S/N F06 and P/N 1356409-1 S/N F06

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    1999-01-01

    This is the Performance Verification Report, METSAT (S/N 109) AMSU-A1 Receiver Assemblies, P/N 1356429-1 S/N F06 and P/N 1356409 S/N F06, for the Integrated Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (AMSU-A).

  13. Electrical and Optical Performance Characteristics of p/n InGaAs Monolithic Interconnected Modules

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    Wilt, David M.; Fatemi, Navid S.; Jenkins, Phillip P.; Weizer, Victor G.; Hoffman, Richard W., Jr.; Murray, Christopher S.; Riley, David R.

    1997-01-01

    There has been a traditional trade-off in ThermoPhotoVoltaic (TPV) energy conversion development between system efficiency and power density. This trade-off originates from the use of front surface spectral controls such as selective emitters and various types of filters. A Monolithic Interconnected Module (MIM) structure has been developed which allows for both high power densities and high system efficiencies. The MIM device consists of many individual Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) devices series-connected on a single semi-insulating Indium Phosphide (InP) substrate. The MIMs are exposed to the entire emitter output, thereby maximizing output power density. An InfraRed (IR) reflector placed on the rear surface of the substrate returns the unused portion of the emitter output spectrum back to the emitter for recycling, thereby providing for high system efficiencies. Initial MIM development has focused on a 1 sq cm device consisting of eight (8) series interconnected cells. MIM devices, produced from 0.74eV InGaAs, have demonstrated V(sub infinity) = 3.2 volts, J(sub sc) = 70 mA/sq cm and a fill factor of 66% under flashlamp testing. IR reflectance measurements (greater than 2 microns) of these devices indicate a reflectivity of greater than 82%. MIM devices produced from 0.55 eV InGaAs have also been demonstrated. In addition, conventional p/n InGaAs devices with record efficiencies (11.7% AM0) have been demonstrated.

  14. An efficient p-n heterojunction photocatalyst constructed from a coordination polymer nanoplate and a partically reduced graphene oxide for visible-light hydrogen production.

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    Xu, Xinxin; Lu, Tingting; Liu, Xiaoxia; Wang, Xiuli

    2015-10-05

    A new p-n heterojunction photocatalyst has been synthesized successfully through chemical-bond-mediated combination of coordination polymer nanoplates (CPNPs) and partially reduced graphene oxide (PRGO) with a simple colloidal blending process. Photocatalytic H2 production by the p-n heterojunction photocatalyst PRGO/CPNP was investigated under visible-light irradiation, which illustrates that PRGO/CPNP exhibits a much higher photocatalytic H2 production rate than neat the CPNPs. The improvement of this photocatalytic property can be attributed to the inner electrical field formed in the p-n heterojunction, which impedes recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes. In PRGO/CPNP, the existence of the p-n heterojunction has been confirmed by electrochemical methods clearly. For PRGO/CPNP, the reductive degree of the PRGO has a great influence on the H2 production rate and an ideal condition to get a PRGO/CPNP photocatalyst with higher performance has been obtained.

  15. Integrated Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (AMSU-A). Performance Verification Report: Antenna Drive Subsystem METSAT AMSU-A2 (PN:1331200-2, SN:108)

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    Haapala, C.

    1999-01-01

    This is the Performance Verification Report, Antenna Drive Subassembly, Antenna Drive Subsystem, METSAT AMSU-A2 (P/N 1331200-2, SN: 108), for the Integrated Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (AMSU-A).

  16. Electrical properties of C-doped p-type GaP and GaPN grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Liu Zhengxin; Kawanami, Hitoshi; Sakata, Isao

    2010-01-18

    The electrical properties of C-doped p-type GaP and GaPN epilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy using CBr{sub 4} as a doping source have been investigated. C is shown to be a relatively shallow acceptor both in GaP and GaPN, with the activation energy in the regions of 16-33 and 18-35 meV, respectively. GaP demonstrates ordinary conduction characteristics, whereas GaPN has a typical mixed conduction effect and the impurity conduction becomes dominant at low temperatures. It is conjectured that impurity conduction and ionized impurity scattering mechanisms in GaPN may be related to the inactivated C and N radicals.

  17. Draft genome sequence of Exiguobacterium aurantiacum strain PN47 isolate from saline ponds, known as "Salar del Huasco", located in the Altiplano in the North of Chile.

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    Strahsburger, Erwin; Zapata, Felipe; Pedroso, Inti; Fuentes, Derie; Tapia, Paz; Ponce, Raul; Valdes, Jorge

    2017-07-18

    In this report, we present a draft genome of 2,886,173bp of an Exiguobacterium aurantiacum strain PN47 isolate from the sediment of a saline pond named "Salar del Huasco" in the Altiplano in the North of Chile. Strain PN47 encodes adaptive characteristics enabling survival in extreme environmental conditions of high heavy metal and salt concentrations and high alkalinity. Copyright © 2017 Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  18. Clinical trial: the incidence of NSAID-associated endoscopic gastric ulcers in patients treated with PN 400 (naproxen plus esomeprazole magnesium) vs. enteric-coated naproxen alone.

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    Goldstein, J L; Hochberg, M C; Fort, J G; Zhang, Y; Hwang, C; Sostek, M

    2010-08-01

    Gastroprotective co-therapy may reduce the risk of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-associated gastric ulcers, but adherence is suboptimal. To compare the incidence of gastric ulcers with PN 400 [enteric-coated (EC) naproxen 500 mg and immediate-release esomeprazole 20 mg], or EC naproxen. Two randomized, double-blind, multicentre studies (PN400-301, PN400-302). Patients [stratified by low-dose aspirin (< or =325 mg) use] aged > or =50 years or 18-49 years with a history of ulcer, received PN 400 BID (301, n = 218; 302, n = 210) or EC naproxen 500 mg BID (301, n = 216; 302, n = 210) for 6 months. The primary endpoint was the cumulative incidence of endoscopic gastric ulcers. The cumulative incidence of gastric ulcers was significantly lower with PN 400 vs. EC naproxen (301: 4.1% vs. 23.1%, P < 0.001; 302: 7.1% vs. 24.3%, P < 0.001). PN 400 was associated with a lower combined incidence of gastric ulcers vs. EC naproxen in low-dose aspirin users (n = 201) (3.0% vs. 28.4%, P < 0.001) and non-users (n = 653) (6.4% vs. 22.2%, P < 0.001). The incidence of, and discontinuations due to, upper gastrointestinal (UGI) AEs was significantly lower with PN 400 relative to EC naproxen (P < 0.01, both studies). PN 400 significantly reduces the incidence of gastric ulcers, regardless of low-dose aspirin use, in at-risk patients, and is associated with improved UGI tolerability relative to EC naproxen (ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT00527782).

  19. Chemical-Bond-Mediated p-n Heterojunction Photocatalyst Constructed from Coordination Polymer Nanoparticles and a Conducting Copolymer: Visible-Light Active and Highly Efficient.

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    Xu, Xinxin; Lu, Tingting; Liu, Xiaoxia; Wang, Xiuli

    2015-11-23

    A visible-light-active p-n heterojunction photocatalyst has been synthesized by the enwrapping of poly[aniline-co-N-(4-sulfophenyl)aniline] (PAPSA) on a coordination polymer nanoparticle (NCP). Compared with the visible-light-inactive NCP, the new p-n heterojunction photocatalyst, PAPSA/NCP, exhibits a much higher efficiency in the reduction of Cr(VI) under visible light. PAPSA performs two functions in this p-n heterojunction photocatalyst. First, as a visible-light-active material, it extends the photoresponse region of the photocatalyst from the ultraviolet to the visible-light region. Secondly, as a p-type semiconductor possessing suitable energy levels with respect to NCP, PAPSA forms a p-n heterojunction with the n-type NCP; the inner electric field of the p-n heterojunction accelerates the separation of electrons and holes, which enhances the photocatalytic efficiency. Furthermore, the p-n heterojunction photocatalyst exhibits outstanding stability during the photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) .

  20. The coating of conducting copolymer on coordination polymer nanorod: A visible light active p-n heterojunction photocatalyst for H2 production

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    Jia, Yuan; Mei, Ming-liang; Xu, Xin-xin; Wang, Lin-shan

    2016-06-01

    A visible light active p-n heterojunction photocatalyst was synthesized successfully through in-situ chemical oxidation copolymerization of aniline (ANI) and diphenylamine-4-sulfonate (DPAS) with the existence of coordination polymer nanorod (CPNR) under initiation of ammonium persulfate (APS). Compared with neat coordination polymer nanorod, the resulted p-n heterojunction photocatalyst exhibits higher H2 generationrate under visible light irradiation. In this heterojunction photocatalyst, as a p-type semiconductor possessing suitable energy levels with coordination polymer nanorod, poly-(aniline-co-N-(4-sulfophenyl)-aniline) (PAPSA) forms p-n heterojunction with n-type coordination polymer nanorod, the inner electric field of p-n heterojunction accelerates the separation of electrons and holes, which enhances H2 production performance. Furthermore, the influence of concentration ratio between DPAS and ANI on photocatalytic property of the p-n heterojunction photocatalyst was discussed and a reasonable condition to fabricate photocatalyst with high H2 generationrate had been obtained. During photocatalytic water splitting H2 generation, the p-n heterojunction photocatalyst exhibited outstanding stability.

  1. Fabrication of BiOBr nanosheets@TiO2 nanobelts p-n junction photocatalysts for enhanced visible-light activity

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    Zhao, Yang; Huang, Xiang; Tan, Xin; Yu, Tao; Li, Xiangli; Yang, Libin; Wang, Shucong

    2016-03-01

    The construction of p-n junction structure is a smart strategy for improving the photocatalytic activity, since p-n junctions can inhibit the recombination of photo-induced charges. Herein, BiOBr nanosheets@TiO2 nanobelts p-n junction photocatalysts were prepared by assembling BiOBr nanosheets on the surface of TiO2 nanobelts via a hydrothermal route followed by a co-precipitation process. BiOBr@TiO2 p-n junction photocatalysts exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity in photocatalytic H2 production over water splitting and photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. Mott-Schottky plots confirmed the formation of p-n junctions in the interface of BiOBr and TiO2. The enhanced photocatalytic performance can be ascribed to the 1D nanostructure and the formation of p-n junctions. This work shows a potential application of low cost BiOBr as a substitute for noble metals in photocatalytic H2 production under visible light irradiation.

  2. P/N In(Al) GaAs multijunction laser power converters

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    Wojtczuk, Steven; Parados, Themis; Walker, Gilbert

    1994-01-01

    Eight In(AI)GaAs PN junctions grown epitaxially on the semi-insulating wafer were monolithically integrated in series to boost the approximately 0.4V photovoltage per typical In(Al)GaAs junction to over 3 volts for the 1 sq cm laser power converted (LPC) chip. Advantages of multijunction LCP designs include the need for less circuitry for power reconditioning and the potential for lower I(sup 2)R power loss. As an example, these LPC's have a responsivity of approximately 1 amp/watt. With a single junction LPC, 100 watts/sq cm incident power would lead to about 100 A/sq cm short-circuit current at approximately 0.4V open-cicuit voltage. One disadvantage is the large current would lead to a large I(sup 2)R loss which would lower the fill factor so that 40 watts/sq cm output would not be obtained. Another is that few circuits are designed to work at 0.4 volts, so DC-DC power conversion circuitry would be necessary to raise the voltage to a reasonable level. The multijunction LPC being developed in this program is a step toward solving these problems. In the above example, an eight-junction LPC would have eight times the voltage, approximately 3V, so that DC-DC power conversion may not be needed in many instances. In addition, the multijunction LPC would have 1/8 the current of a single-junction LPC, for only 1/64 the I(sup 2)R loss if the series resistance is the same. Working monolithic multijunction laser power converters (LPC's) were made in two different compositions of the In(x)Al(y)Ga(1-x-y)As semiconductor alloy, In(0.53)Ga(0.47)As (0.74 eV) and In(0.5)Al(0.1)Ga(0.4)As (0.87 eV). The final 0.8 sq cm LPC's had output voltages of about 3 volts and output currents up to about one-half amp. Maximum 1.3 micron power conversion efficiencies were approximately 22 percent. One key advantage of multijunction LPC's is that they have higher output voltages, so that less DC-DC power conversion circuitry is needed in applications.

  3. Geochronology of Danube Delta sediments The PN-II-RU-TE-2012-3-0351 project

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    Robert-Csaba, Begy; Andra-Rada, Iurian; (Rusu) Oana Alexandra, Dumitru; Luminita, Preoteasa; Hedvig, Simon; Alida, Timar-Gabor; Szabolcs, Kelemen

    2014-05-01

    fluxes within the Danube Delta and over the associated Danubian continental shelf, using the radiometric method of 210Pb (210Po) and 137Cs. The detailed stratigraphical survey of the deltaic sediments will provide an accurate view of the sedimentation characteristics in the last ~100 years, including the impact of the hydrotechnical works built within the Danube basin on the sedimentation rates and on the deltaic continental shelf evolution. Another important aspect of the present project is featured by the combined application of three complex radiometric and nuclear tools: alpha spectrometry (210Po), gamma-spectrometry (210Pb, 137Cs, and 226Ra) and luminescence absolute method. Acknoledgement: The financial support from the grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research CNCS-UEFISCDI, PN-II-RU-TE-2012-3-0351 (2013-2015) is acknoledged.

  4. Simulating and modeling the breakdown voltage in a semi-insulating GaAs P+N junction diode

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    Resfa, A.; Menezla, Brahimi. R.; Benchhima, M.

    2014-08-01

    This work aims to determine the characteristic I (breakdown voltage) of the inverse current in a GaAs PN junction diode, subject to a reverse polarization, while specifying the parameters that influence the breakdown voltage of the diode. In this work, we simulated the behavior of the ionization phenomenon by impact breakdown by avalanche of the PN junctions, subject to an inverse polarization. We will take into account both the trapping model in a stationary regime in the P+N structure using like material of basis the III-V compounds and mainly the GaAs semi-insulating in which the deep centers have in important densities. We are talking about the model of trapping in the space charge region (SCR) and that is the trap density donor and acceptor states. The carrier crossing the space charge region (SCR) of W thickness creates N electron—hole pairs: for every created pair, the electron and the hole are swept quickly by the electric field, each in an opposite direction, which comes back, according to an already accepted reasoning, to the crossing of the space charge region (SCR) by an electron or a hole. So the even N pair created by the initial particle provoke N2 ionizations and so forth. The study of the physical and electrical behaviour of semiconductors is based on the influence of the presence of deep centers on the characteristic I(V) current-tension, which requires the calculation of the electrostatic potential, the electric field, the integral of ionization, the density of the states traps, the diffusion current of minority in the regions (1) and (3), the current thermal generation in the region (2), the leakage current in the surface, and the breakdown voltage.

  5. TiO2-NiO p-n nanocomposite with enhanced sonophotocatalytic activity under diffused sunlight.

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    Vinoth, R; Karthik, P; Devan, K; Neppolian, B; Ashokkumar, Muthupandian

    2017-03-01

    TiO2-NiO composites with p-n junction were developed by assembling p-type NiO on n-type TiO2 using ultrasound assisted wet impregnation method. The sonophotocatalytic efficiencies of pure TiO2 and TiO2-NiO composites were evaluated under diffused sunlight using methyl orange (MO) as a model pollutant. The impregnation of NiO nanoparticles on TiO2 considerably enhanced the optical absorption in visible region (500-800nm) due to the formation of p-n junctions at the interface between TiO2 and NiO. The internal electric field induced by the p-n junction led to effective separation of electron-hole pairs and thereby generating a large amount of reactive species for the degradation of MO. The individual effect of ultrasound and diffused sunlight for the degradation of MO was found to be 30% and 6%, respectively. A synergy of 4.8 fold was achieved when ultrasound was combined with photocatalytic degradation process in the presence of diffused sunlight. The sonophotocatalytic activity of TiO2-NiO photocatalysts with different NiO loading was also evaluated and 10wt% NiO loading was found to be optimal. Moreover, 66% of Total Organic Carbon (TOC) removal was achieved with the optimized TiO2-NiO composite in 140min. In addition, the TiO2-NiO composite exhibited an enhanced photocurrent response under visible light illumination.

  6. Hydrogen Passivation of N(+)P and P(+)N Heteroepitaxial InP Solar Cell Structures

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    Chatterjee, B.; Davis, W. C.; Ringel, S. A.; Hoffman, R., Jr.

    1995-01-01

    Dislocations and related point defect complexes caused by lattice mismatch currently limit the performance of heteroepitaxial InP cells by introducing shunting paths across the active junction and by the formation of deep traps within the base region. We have previously demonstrated that plasma hydrogenation is an effective and stable means to passivate the electrical activity of such defects in specially designed heteroepitaxial InP test structures to probe hydrogen passivation at typical base depths within a cell structure. In this work, we present our results on the hydrogen passivation of actual heteroepitaxial n(+)p and p(+)n InP cell structures grown on GaAs substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). We have found that a 2 hour exposure to a 13.56 MHz hydrogen plasma at 275 C reduces the deep level concentration in the base regions of both n(+)p and p(+)n heteroepitaxial InP cell structures from as-grown values of 5 - 7 x 10(exp 14)/cc, down to 3 - 5 x 10(exp 12)/cc. All dopants were successfully reactivated by a 400 C, 5 minute anneal With no detectable activation of deep levels. I-V analysis indicated a subsequent approx. 100 fold decrease In reverse leakage current at -1 volt reverse bias, and an improved built in voltage for the p(+)n structures. ln addition to being passivated,dislocations are also shown to participate in secondary interactions during hydrogenation. We find that the presence of dislocations enhances hydrogen diffusion into the cell structure, and lowers the apparent dissociation energy of Zn-H complexes from 1.19 eV for homoepitaxial Zn-doped InP to 1.12 eV for heteroepitaxial Zn-doped InP. This is explained by additional hydrogen trapping at dislocations subsequent to the reactivation of Zn dopants after hydrogenation.

  7. Hydrogen passivation of N(+)-P and P(+)-N heteroepitaxial InP solar cell structures

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    Chatterjee, Basab; Davis, William C.; Ringel, Steve A.; Hoffman, Richard, Jr.

    1996-01-01

    Dislocations and related point defect complexes caused by lattice mismatch currently limit the performance of heteroepitaxial InP cells by introducing shunting paths across the active junction and by the formation of deep traps within the base region. We have previously demonstrated that plasma hydrogenation is an effective and stable means to passivate the electrical activity of such defects in specially designed heteroepitaxial InP test structures to probe hydrogen passivation at typical base depths within a cell structure. In this work, we present our results on the hydrogen passivation of actual heteroepitaxial n-p and p-n InP cell structures grown on GaAs substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). We have found that a 2 hour exposure to a 13.56 MHz hydrogen plasma at 275 C reduces the deep level concentration in the base regions of both n(+)-p and p(+)-n heteroepitaxial InP cell structures from as-grown values of 5-7 x 10(exp 14) cm(exp -3), down to 3-5 x 10(exp 12) cm(exp -3). All dopants were successfully reactivated by a 400 C, 5 minute anneal with no detectable activation of deep levels. One to five analysis indicated a subsequent approximately 100 fold decrease in reverse leakage current at -1 volt reverse bias, and an improved built in voltage for the p(+)-n structures. In addition to being passivated, dislocations are also shown to participate in secondary interactions during hydrogenation. We find that the presence of dislocations enhances hydrogen diffusion into the cell structure, and lowers the apparent dissociation energy of Zn-H complexes from 1.19 eV for homoepitaxial Zn-doped InP to 1.12 eV for heteroepitaxial Zn-doped InP. This is explained by additional hydrogen trapping at dislocations subsequent to the reactivation of Zn dopants after hydrogenation.

  8. Hydrogen Passivation of N(+)P and P(+)N Heteroepitaxial InP Solar Cell Structures

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    Chatterjee, B.; Davis, W. C.; Ringel, S. A.; Hoffman, R., Jr.

    1995-01-01

    Dislocations and related point defect complexes caused by lattice mismatch currently limit the performance of heteroepitaxial InP cells by introducing shunting paths across the active junction and by the formation of deep traps within the base region. We have previously demonstrated that plasma hydrogenation is an effective and stable means to passivate the electrical activity of such defects in specially designed heteroepitaxial InP test structures to probe hydrogen passivation at typical base depths within a cell structure. In this work, we present our results on the hydrogen passivation of actual heteroepitaxial n(+)p and p(+)n InP cell structures grown on GaAs substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). We have found that a 2 hour exposure to a 13.56 MHz hydrogen plasma at 275 C reduces the deep level concentration in the base regions of both n(+)p and p(+)n heteroepitaxial InP cell structures from as-grown values of 5 - 7 x 10(exp 14)/cc, down to 3 - 5 x 10(exp 12)/cc. All dopants were successfully reactivated by a 400 C, 5 minute anneal With no detectable activation of deep levels. I-V analysis indicated a subsequent approx. 100 fold decrease In reverse leakage current at -1 volt reverse bias, and an improved built in voltage for the p(+)n structures. ln addition to being passivated,dislocations are also shown to participate in secondary interactions during hydrogenation. We find that the presence of dislocations enhances hydrogen diffusion into the cell structure, and lowers the apparent dissociation energy of Zn-H complexes from 1.19 eV for homoepitaxial Zn-doped InP to 1.12 eV for heteroepitaxial Zn-doped InP. This is explained by additional hydrogen trapping at dislocations subsequent to the reactivation of Zn dopants after hydrogenation.

  9. Hydrogen passivation of N(+)-P and P(+)-N heteroepitaxial InP solar cell structures

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    Chatterjee, Basab; Davis, William C.; Ringel, Steve A.; Hoffman, Richard, Jr.

    1996-01-01

    Dislocations and related point defect complexes caused by lattice mismatch currently limit the performance of heteroepitaxial InP cells by introducing shunting paths across the active junction and by the formation of deep traps within the base region. We have previously demonstrated that plasma hydrogenation is an effective and stable means to passivate the electrical activity of such defects in specially designed heteroepitaxial InP test structures to probe hydrogen passivation at typical base depths within a cell structure. In this work, we present our results on the hydrogen passivation of actual heteroepitaxial n-p and p-n InP cell structures grown on GaAs substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). We have found that a 2 hour exposure to a 13.56 MHz hydrogen plasma at 275 C reduces the deep level concentration in the base regions of both n(+)-p and p(+)-n heteroepitaxial InP cell structures from as-grown values of 5-7 x 10(exp 14) cm(exp -3), down to 3-5 x 10(exp 12) cm(exp -3). All dopants were successfully reactivated by a 400 C, 5 minute anneal with no detectable activation of deep levels. One to five analysis indicated a subsequent approximately 100 fold decrease in reverse leakage current at -1 volt reverse bias, and an improved built in voltage for the p(+)-n structures. In addition to being passivated, dislocations are also shown to participate in secondary interactions during hydrogenation. We find that the presence of dislocations enhances hydrogen diffusion into the cell structure, and lowers the apparent dissociation energy of Zn-H complexes from 1.19 eV for homoepitaxial Zn-doped InP to 1.12 eV for heteroepitaxial Zn-doped InP. This is explained by additional hydrogen trapping at dislocations subsequent to the reactivation of Zn dopants after hydrogenation.

  10. Cost effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccination for infants and children with the conjugate vaccine PnC-7 in Germany.

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    Claes, Christa; Graf von der Schulenburg, Johann-Matthias

    2003-01-01

    The introduction of the conjugate vaccine PnC-7 implies that a pneumococcal vaccine is available, for the first time, which also gives children under the age of 2 years reliable protection against invasive pneumococcal infections and offers some protection against non-invasive pneumococcal infections. OBJECTIVE AND PERSPECTIVE: In the context of a multiple-period Markov model, a cost-effectiveness analysis of a recommendation for general pneumococcal vaccination in Germany for infants and children under the age of 2 years was performed from the healthcare payer, public authority and societal perspectives. Various published data on age-specific incidence rates, mortality rates, efficacy of the conjugate vaccine PnC-7 and treatment costs of pneumococcal infections were incorporated into a Markov model to quantify the consequences of vaccinating versus not vaccinating. From a German healthcare payers' perspective, general vaccination with the conjugate vaccine would redeem 51.1% of the vaccination costs due to avoidable treatment costs, whereas, from a broader point of view, the benefits, expressed in monetary terms, would exceed the cost of vaccination. The conjugate vaccine would require an investment of euro72 866 per life-year saved (discounted, healthcare payers' viewpoint). Besides this benchmark, there are further outcome measures which cannot be ignored by those deciding on a general vaccination recommendation: 450 000 preventable episodes of illness and 134 cases of sequelae which can be prevented. The vaccination with the conjugate vaccine PnC-7 is cost saving from a broader perspective and the results should not be ignored by policy makers in regard to a general vaccination recommendation.

  11. Chemical abundances in the PN Wray16-423 in the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy: constraining the dust composition

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    Otsuka, Masaaki

    2015-10-01

    We performed a detailed analysis of elemental abundances, dust features, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the C-rich planetary nebula (PN) Wray16-423 in the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy, based on a unique data set taken from the Subaru/HDS, MPG/ESO FEROS, HST/WFPC2, and Spitzer/IRS. We performed the first measurements of Kr, Fe, and recombination O abundance in this PN. The extremely small [Fe/H] implies that most Fe atoms are in the solid phase, considering into account the abundance of [Ar/H]. The Spitzer/IRS spectrum displays broad 16-24 μm and 30 μm features, as well as PAH bands at 6-9 and 10-14 μm. The unidentified broad 16-24 μm feature may not be related to iron sulphide (FeS), amorphous silicate, or PAHs. Using the spectral energy distribution model, we derived the luminosity and effective temperature of the central star, and the gas and dust masses. The observed elemental abundances and derived gas mass are in good agreement with asymptotic giant branch nucleosynthesis models for an initial mass of 1.90 M⊙ and a metallicity of Z = 0.004. We infer that respectively about 80, 50, and 90 per cent of the Mg, S, and Fe atoms are in the solid phase. We also assessed the maximum possible magnesium sulphide (MgS) and iron-rich sulphide (Fe50S) masses and tested whether these species can produce the band flux of the observed 30 μm feature. Depending on what fraction of the sulphur is in sulphide molecules such as CS, we conclude that MgS and Fe50S could be possible carriers of the 30 μm feature in this PN.

  12. pn-CCDs in a low-background environment: detector background of the CAST x-ray telescope

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    Kuster, M.; Cebrián, S.; Rodríquez, A.; Kotthaus, R.; Bräuninger, H.; Franz, J.; Friedrich, P.; Hartmann, R.; Kang, D.; Lutz, G.; Strüder, L.

    2005-08-01

    The CAST experiment at CERN (European Organization of Nuclear Research) searches for axions from the sun. The axion is a pseudoscalar particle that was motivated by theory thirty years ago, with the intention to solve the strong CP problem. Together with the neutralino, the axion is one of the most promising dark matter candidates. The CAST experiment has been taking data during the last two years, setting an upper limit on the coupling of axions to photons more restrictive than from any other solar axion search in the mass range below 10-1 eV. In 2005 CAST will enter a new experimental phase extending the sensitivity of the experiment to higher axion masses. The CAST experiment strongly profits from technology developed for high energy physics and for X-ray astronomy: A superconducting prototype LHC magnet is used to convert potential axions to detectable X-rays in the 1-10 keV range via the inverse Primakoff effect. The most sensitive detector system of CAST is a spin-off from space technology, aWolter I type X-ray optics in combination with a prototype pn-CCD developed for ESA's XMM-Newton mission. As in other rare event searches, background suppression and a thorough shielding concept is essential to improve the sensitivity of the experiment to the best possible. In this context CAST offers the opportunity to study the background of pn-CCDs and its long term behavior in a terrestrial environment with possible implications for future space applications. We will present a systematic study of the detector background of the pn-CCD of CAST based on the data acquired since 2002 including preliminary results of our background simulations.

  13. Nanostructured p-type CZTS thin films prepared by a facile solution process for 3D p-n junction solar cells

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    Park, Si-Nae; Sung, Shi-Joon; Sim, Jun-Hyoung; Yang, Kee-Jeong; Hwang, Dae-Kue; Kim, Junho; Kim, Gee Yeong; Jo, William; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Kang, Jin-Kyu

    2015-06-01

    Nanoporous p-type semiconductor thin films prepared by a simple solution-based process with appropriate thermal treatment and three-dimensional (3D) p-n junction solar cells fabricated by depositing n-type semiconductor layers onto the nanoporous p-type thin films show considerable photovoltaic performance compared with conventional thin film p-n junction solar cells. Spin-coated p-type Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films prepared using metal chlorides and thiourea show unique nanoporous thin film morphology, which is composed of a cluster of CZTS nanograins of 50-500 nm, and the obvious 3D p-n junction structure is fabricated by the deposition of n-type CdS on the nanoporous CZTS thin films by chemical bath deposition. The photovoltaic properties of 3D p-n junction CZTS solar cells are predominantly affected by the scale of CZTS nanograins, which is easily controlled by the sulfurization temperature of CZTS precursor films. The scale of CZTS nanograins determines the minority carrier transportation within the 3D p-n junction between CZTS and CdS, which are closely related with the photocurrent of series resistance of 3D p-n junction solar cells. 3D p-n junction CZTS solar cells with nanograins below 100 nm show power conversion efficiency of 5.02%, which is comparable with conventional CZTS thin film solar cells.Nanoporous p-type semiconductor thin films prepared by a simple solution-based process with appropriate thermal treatment and three-dimensional (3D) p-n junction solar cells fabricated by depositing n-type semiconductor layers onto the nanoporous p-type thin films show considerable photovoltaic performance compared with conventional thin film p-n junction solar cells. Spin-coated p-type Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films prepared using metal chlorides and thiourea show unique nanoporous thin film morphology, which is composed of a cluster of CZTS nanograins of 50-500 nm, and the obvious 3D p-n junction structure is fabricated by the deposition of n-type CdS on the

  14. Incorporating phenology into yield models

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    Gray, J. M.; Friedl, M. A.

    2015-12-01

    Because the yields of many crops are sensitive to meteorological forcing during specific growth stages, phenological information has potential utility in yield mapping and forecasting exercises. However, most attempts to explain the spatiotemporal variability in crop yields with weather data have relied on growth stage definitions that do not change from year-to-year, even though planting, maturity, and harvesting dates show significant interannual variability. We tested the hypothesis that quantifying temperature exposures over dynamically determined growth stages would better explain observed spatiotemporal variability in crop yields than statically defined time periods. Specifically, we used National Agricultural and Statistics Service (NASS) crop progress data to identify the timing of the start of the maize reproductive growth stage ("silking"), and examined the correlation between county-scale yield anomalies and temperature exposures during either the annual or long-term average silking period. Consistent with our hypothesis and physical understanding, yield anomalies were more correlated with temperature exposures during the actual, rather than the long-term average, silking period. Nevertheless, temperature exposures alone explained a relatively low proportion of the yield variability, indicating that other factors and/or time periods are also important. We next investigated the potential of using remotely sensed land surface phenology instead of NASS progress data to retrieve crop growth stages, but encountered challenges related to crop type mapping and subpixel crop heterogeneity. Here, we discuss the potential of overcoming these challenges and the general utility of remotely sensed land surface phenology in crop yield mapping.

  15. Breeding cassava for higher yield

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    Cassava is a root crop grown for food and for starch production. Breeding progress is slowed by asexual production and high levels of heterozygosity. Germplasm resources are rich and accessible to breeders through genebanks worldwide. Breeding objectives include high root yield, yield stability, dis...

  16. Brazil soybean yield covariance model

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    Callis, S. L.; Sakamoto, C.

    1984-01-01

    A model based on multiple regression was developed to estimate soybean yields for the seven soybean-growing states of Brazil. The meteorological data of these seven states were pooled and the years 1975 to 1980 were used to model since there was no technological trend in the yields during these years. Predictor variables were derived from monthly total precipitation and monthly average temperature.

  17. Rx for low cash yields.

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    Tobe, Chris

    2003-10-01

    Certain strategies can offer not-for-profit hospitals potentially greater investment yields while maintaining stability and principal safety. Treasury inflation-indexed securities can offer good returns, low volatility, and inflation protection. "Enhanced cash" strategies offer liquidity and help to preserve capital. Stable value "wrappers" allow hospitals to pursue higher-yielding fixed-income securities without an increase in volatility.

  18. Investigation of the Exclusive {sup 3}He(e,e{sup '}pn){sup 1}H Reaction

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    Middleton, D. G.; Grabmayr, P.; Hehl, T.; Heim, J.; Martin, I.; Moschini, F.; Annand, J. R. M.; Glazier, D. I.; MacGregor, I. J. D.; McGeorge, J. C.; Monstad, K.; Rosner, G.; Watts, D. P.; Antelo, M. Ases; Ayerbe, C.; Baumann, D.; Bermuth, J.; Bernauer, J.; Boehm, R.; Ding, M.

    2009-10-09

    Cross sections for the {sup 3}He(e,e{sup '}pn){sup 1}H reaction were measured for the first time at energy transfers of 220 and 270 MeV for several momentum transfers ranging from 300 to 450 MeV/c. Cross sections are presented as a function of the momentum of the recoil proton and the momentum transfer. Continuum Faddeev calculations using the Argonne V18 and Bonn-B nucleon-nucleon potentials overestimate the measured cross sections by a factor 5 at low recoil proton momentum with the discrepancy becoming smaller at higher recoil proton momentum.

  19. Enhancement of ultraviolet detecting by coupling the photoconductive behavior of GaN nanowires and p-n junction.

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    Liu, Nishuang; Tian, Weiwei; Zhang, Xianghui; Su, Jun; Zhang, Qi; Gao, Yihua

    2012-08-27

    The giant improvement of ultraviolet response behavior of a conventional GaN p-n film structured detector by the incorporation of slanted GaN nanowires is reported. The GaN nanowires/p-n film structure shows great photoresponse performance, exhibiting a short response time <0.1 s and a high sensitivity, being stable and reproducible with an on/off current contrast ratio as high as 1800 at zero bias under 365 nm ultraviolet light irradiation. Via carefully analyzing the experiment result and the band diagram of the device, the enhancement can be predominantly attributed to the photogenerated electrons in the slanted GaN nanowires.

  20. Electrically detected magnetic resonance of near-interface defects in Si pn-junction structures with LOCOS isolation

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    Wimbauer, T.; Mochizuki, Y.; Ito, K.; Horikawa, M.; Kitano, T.

    2000-06-01

    Electrically detected magnetic resonance (EDMR) measurements on planar Si pn-junctions with LOCOS isolation show different types of point defects. We observe P b-centers at the SiO 2/Si interface and detect for the first time via EDMR the so-called "74G doublet" — hydrogen-complexed oxygen vacancies in SiO 2 (LOCOS isolation). The location of the probed oxide defects has to be close enough to the SiO 2/Si interface so that a communication with the junction current can take place.

  1. Studies of Valence Band Alignment Between Nitrided GaPN/GaP (111) Interface Using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Khamari, Shailesh K.; Sinha, A. K.; Oak, S. M.; Banik, S.; Barman, S. R.; Dixit, V. K.

    2011-07-15

    The analysis of core levels positions of Ga{sub 3}d, N{sub 1s} and P{sub 2}p at different etching depth from the plasma nitrided GaP (111) surface shows that the nitrogen ions interact with both Gallium and Phosphorous ions with nearly equal probability. The analysis of valence band spectra shows the type-II band alignment between GaPN{sub 0.22}/GaP and the valence band offset is {approx}2.2{+-}0.1 eV.

  2. Comparison of CDOM EEMs Characteristics along F and PN section in Eastern China Sea: significance for sources tracing

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    Du, Yong; Zhang, Xiaoyu; Jiang, Binbin; Huang, Dasong; Yao, Lingling

    2015-04-01

    In this paper, a total of 28 water samples were collected mainly from three sections(C section in the Yangtze river inner estuary, PN section and F section on the spindle of Changjiang diluted water influenced by different hydrodynamic processes),which taken on two cruises in spring and summer of 2011. Absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy were measured along with dissolved organic carbon(DOC) concentrations and temperature, salinity and another environmental parameters to characterize the material sources and environmental implications of dissolved organic matter(DOM). Two protein-like components(tyrosine-like peak B and tryptophan-like peak T1), and two humic-like components(marine humic-like peak M and ultraviolet region humic-like peak A ) were identified by PARAFAC. We discussed CDOM distribution characteristic, material composition, and influence factors during the slowly dilution process of Changjiang diluted water into the east China sea by comparing the correlation of the CDOM absorption, fluorescence intensity, and fluorescence peak with DOC, in order to provide the based biogeochemistry theory basis for building DOC implications using CDOM fluorescence properties. The results revealed that:1) the Yangtze river and its inner estuary (upstream of the river mouth) were detected a higher amount of humic-like components. With the rapid dilution (or settlement) at the inner estuary, the humic-like components would further spread and dilute slowly on PN section and F section. On PN section, the terrigenous material is the main source material, and the main mechanism of CDOM distribution characteristics is controlled by dilution diffusion. Affected by the water mass convergence, marine dissolved organic matter in local waters had obvious input. However, due to the complexed hydrodynamic environment on F section, the input of terrigenous material has many ways. The influence of marine dissolved organic matter increased with the offshore distance increases.2

  3. N.G. Basov and early works on semiconductor lasers at P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute

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    Eliseev, P G

    2012-12-31

    A survey is presented of works on creation and investigation of semiconductor lasers during 1957 - 1977 at the P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute. Many of these works were initiated by N.G. Basov, starting from pre-laser time, when N.G. Basov and his coworkers formulated principal conditions of creation of lasers on interband transitions in semiconductors. Main directions of further works were diode lasers based on various materials and structures, their characteristics of output power, high-speed operation and reliability. (special issue devoted to the 90th anniversary of n.g. basov)

  4. Hybrid van der Waals p-n Heterojunctions based on SnO and 2D MoS2.

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    Wang, Zhenwei; He, Xin; Zhang, Xi-Xiang; Alshareef, Husam N

    2016-11-01

    A p-type oxide/2D hybrid van der Waals p-n heterojunction is demonstrated for the first time between SnO (tin monoxide) (the p-type oxide) and 2D MoS2 (molybdenum disulfide), showing an ideality factor of 2 and rectification ratio up to 10(4) . The reported heterojunction is gate-tunable with typical anti-ambipolar transfer characteristics. Surface potential mapping is performed and a current model for such a heterojunction is proposed.

  5. A study of the electrical properties of p-n junctions formed by ion-implantation into gallium arsenide

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    Lin, A. H.

    1972-01-01

    In the process of ion implantation, ion beams bombard the surface and create undesirable surface effects. The surface effects were investigated, and surface leakage currents were shown to be reduced by surface treatment. I-V characteristics and C-V measurements were obtained for the Zn-GaAs and Zn-(In,Ga)As junction is considered as a p-i-n heterojunction, without generation-recombination current. The Zn-GaAs junction is considered as a p-n homojunction with appreciable generation-recombination currents.

  6. Adjacent-vertex-distinguishing proper total colouring number of {\\bar{K}}_{m}\\vee {P}_{n}

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    Liu, Shunqin

    2017-08-01

    Coloring is a fundamental problem in scientific computation and engineering design. In recent years, a variety of colorings frequently appeared and solved many problems in production. For example, adjacent-vertex-distinguishing proper total coloring, adjacent-vertex-distinguishing proper edge coloring, smarandachely-adjacent-vertex-distinguishing proper edge coloring. It is an important also difficult problem to discuss the coloring numbers of a given graph class. And we focus on the adjacent-vertex-distinguishing proper total coloring numbers in this paper. We study the adjacent-vertex-distinguishing proper total coloring numbers of joint graphs {\\bar{K}}m\\vee {P}n.

  7. Novel InGaAsN pn Junction for High-Efficiency Multiple-Junction Solar Cells

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    Allerman, A.A.; Chang, P.C.; Gee, J.M.; Hammons, B.E.; Hou, H.Q.; Jones, E.D.; Kurtz, S.R.; Reinhardt, K.C.

    1999-03-26

    We report the application of a novel material, InGaAsN, with bandgap energy of 1.05 eV as a junction in an InGaP/GaAs/InGaAsN/Ge 4-junction design. Results of the growth and structural, optical, and electrical properties were demonstrated, showing the promising perspective of this material for ultra high efficiency solar cells. Photovoltaic properties of an as-grown pn diode structure and improvement through post growth annealing were also discussed.

  8. Influence of perimeter recombination on high-efficiency GaAs p/n heteroface solar cells

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    Demoulin, Paul D.; Melloch, Michael R.; Lundstrom, Mark S.; Carpenter, M. S.; Tobin, Stephen P.

    1988-08-01

    Perimeter recombination currents have been characterized for 0.5-cm-square and 2-cm-square p/n GaAs solar cells. Measurements show that perimeter recombination dominates the n = 2 dark current component of these high-efficiency solar cells. The results also suggest that perimeter recombination will be substantial even in much-larger-area solar cells. Although little influence on open-circuit voltage is expected, perimeter recombination may adversely affect the cell's one-sun fill factor. Because of its importance to one-sun applications, recombination at the junction perimeter must be suppressed before GaAs solar cells approach their limiting conversion efficiencies.

  9. Measurement of the 3He(e,e'p)pn reaction at high missing energies and momenta

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    F. Benmokhtar; M. M. Rvachev; E. Penel-Nottaris

    2004-09-01

    Results of the Jefferson Lab Hall A quasielastic 3He(e,e'p)pn measurements are presented. These measurements were performed at fixed transferred momentum and energy, q = 1502 MeV/c and omega = 840 MeV, respectively, for missing momenta {+-} up to 1 GeV/c and missing energies in the continuum region, up to pion threshold; this kinematic coverage is much more extensive than that of any previous experiment. The cross section data are presented along with the effective momentum density distribution and compared to theoretical models.

  10. Multi-terminal magnetotransport measurements over a tunable graphene p-n junction created by AFM-nanomachining

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    Schmidt, H.; Smirnov, D.; Rode, J.; Haug, R. J.

    2013-12-01

    An Atomic Force Microscope is used to alter one part of a single layer graphene sample locally. Transport experiments at low temperatures are then used to characterize the different parts independently with field effect and Hall measurements. It is shown, that the nanomachining leads to an effective doping in the altered area and therefore to a difference in the charge carrier density of Δn = 3.5 ṡ 1015m-2 between the unchanged and changed part. These two parts can be tuned with a global backgate to form a junction of different polarity, i.e. a p-n junction.

  11. Genotypic variability in physiological, biomass and yield response to drought stress in pigeonpea.

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    Vanaja, M; Maheswari, M; Sathish, P; Vagheera, P; Jyothi Lakshmi, N; Vijay Kumar, G; Yadav, S K; Razzaq, Abdul; Singh, Jainender; Sarkar, B

    2015-10-01

    Three pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L. Millsp.) genotypes- GT-1, AKP-1 and PRG-158 with varying crop duration, growth habit and flowering pattern were evaluated for variability in their response for drought stress. Drought stress was imposed at initiation of flowering and the observations on biomass and seed yield parameters were recorded at harvest. The magnitude of response of individual component to drought stress was found to be genotype specific. Drought stress significantly decreased photosynthetic rate (PN), transpiration rate (Tr) and relative water content (RWC) in all the genotypes, however the magnitude of reduction differed with genotype. With drought stress, the reduction of PN was highest in GT-1 while reduction in Tr was highest in PRG-158. The genotype AKP-1, accumulated significantly higher concentrations of osmotic solutes especially proline under water deficit stress, this facilitated it to maintain higher relative water content (RWC) and lower malondialdehyde (MDA) content as compared to other genotypes. Drought stress also impacted biomass production and their partitioning to vegetative and reproductive components at harvest. There was significant variability between the genotypes for seed yield under drought stress while it was non-significant under well-watered condition. Drought stress enhanced flower drop and decreased flower to pod conversion resulting in reduced pod number and seed number in PRG-158 and GT-1. The genotype AKP-1 recorded superior performance for seed yield under stress environment due to its ability in maintaining pod and seed number as well as improved test weight (100 seed weight). Under drought stress, significant positive association of seed yield with proline, seed number, pod number and test weight clearly indicating their role in drought tolerance.

  12. PnPP-19, a Synthetic and Nontoxic Peptide Designed from a Phoneutria nigriventer Toxin, Potentiates Erectile Function via NO/cGMP.

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    Silva, Carolina Nunes; Nunes, Kenia Pedrosa; Torres, Fernanda Silva; Cassoli, Juliana Silva; Santos, Daniel Moreira; Almeida, Flávia De Marco; Matavel, Alessandra; Cruz, Jader Santos; Santos-Miranda, Arthur; Nunes, Allancer Divino C; Castro, Carlos Henrique; Machado de Ávila, Ricardo Andrés; Chávez-Olórtegui, Carlos; Láuar, Stephanie Stransky; Felicori, Liza; Resende, Jarbas Magalhães; Camargos, Elizabeth Ribeiro da Silva; Borges, Márcia Helena; Cordeiro, Marta Nascimento; Peigneur, Steve; Tytgat, Jan; de Lima, Maria Elena

    2015-11-01

    We designed a peptide, PnPP-19, comprising the potential active core of the Phoneutria nigriventer native toxin PnTx2-6. We investigated its role on erectile function, and its toxicity and immunogenicity. Erectile function was evaluated by the intracavernous pressure-to-mean arterial pressure ratio during electrical field stimulation on rat pelvic ganglia. Cavernous strips were contracted with phenylephrine and relaxation was induced by electrical field stimulation with or without PnPP-19 (10(-8) M). Activity on sodium channels was evaluated by electrophysiological screening of transfected channels on Xenopus oocytes and dorsal root ganglion cells. Antibodies were detected by indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in mice previously treated with the peptide. Histopathological studies were performed with mouse organs treated with different doses of PnPP-19. PnPP-19 was able to potentiate erection at 4 and 8 Hz in vivo and ex vivo. It showed no toxicity and low immunogenicity in mice, and did not affect sodium channels or rat hearts. PnPP-19 increased cyclic guanosine monophosphate levels at 8 Hz. This effect was inhibited by L-NAME (10(-4) M). Erectile function was partially inhibited by 7-nitroindazole (10(-5) M), a selective inhibitor of neuronal nitric oxide synthase. PnPP-19 potentiates erection in vivo and ex vivo via the nitric oxide/cyclic guanosine monophosphate pathway. It does not affect sodium channels or rat hearts and shows no toxicity and low immunogenicity. These findings make it a promising candidate as a novel drug in the therapy of erectile dysfunction. Copyright © 2015 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Increased cavernosal relaxation by Phoneutria nigriventer toxin, PnTx2-6, via activation at NO/cGMP signaling

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    Nunes, K.P.; Wynne, B.M.; Cordeiro, M.N.; Borges, M.H.; Richardson, M; Leite, R.; DeLima, M.E.; Webb, R. C

    2011-01-01

    Erectile dysfunction mechanisms in diabetic patients are multifactorial and often lead to resistance to current therapy. Animal toxins have been used as pharmacological tools to study penile erection. Human accidents involving the venom of Phoneutria nigriventer spider are characterized by priapism. We hypothesize that PnTx2-6 potentiates cavernosal relaxation in diabetic mice by increasing cGMP. This effect is nNOS dependent. Cavernosal strips were contracted with phenylephrine (10−5 M) and relaxed by electrical field stimulation (EFS, 20V, 1–32 Hz) in the presence or absence of PnTx2-6 (10−8 M).Cavernosal strips from nNOS and eNOS knocaut (KO) mice, besides nNOS inhibitor (10−5M), were used to evaluate the role of this enzyme in the potentiation effect evoked by PnTx2-6. Tissue cGMP levels were determined after stimulation with PnTx2-6 in presence or absence of L-NAME (10−4M) and ω-conotoxin GVIA (10−6M), an N-type calcium channel inhibitor. Results showed PnTx2-6 enhanced cavernosal relaxation in diabetic mice (65%) and eNOS KO mice, but not in nNOS KO mice. The toxin effect in the cavernosal relaxation was abolished by nNOS inhibitor. cGMP levels are increased by PnTx2-6, however L-NAME abolished this enhancement as well as ω-conotoxin GVIA. We conclude PnTx2-6 facilitates penile relaxation in diabetic mice through a mechanism dependent on nNOS, probably via increasing NO/cGMP production. PMID:21975567

  14. Increased cavernosal relaxation by Phoneutria nigriventer toxin, PnTx2-6, via activation at NO/cGMP signaling.

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    Nunes, K P; Wynne, B M; Cordeiro, M N; Borges, M H; Richardson, M; Leite, R; DeLima, M E; Webb, R C

    2012-01-01

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) mechanisms in diabetic patients are multifactorial and often lead to resistance to current therapy. Animal toxins have been used as pharmacological tools to study penile erection. Human accidents involving the venom of Phoneutria nigriventer spider are characterized by priapism. We hypothesize that PnTx2-6 potentiates cavernosal relaxation in diabetic mice by increasing cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). This effect is neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) dependent. Cavernosal strips were contracted with phenylephrine (10(-5) M) and relaxed by electrical field stimulation (20 V, 1-32 Hz) in the presence or absence of PnTx2-6 (10(-8) M). Cavernosal strips from nNOS- and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS)-knockout (KO) mice, besides nNOS inhibitor (10(-5) M), were used to evaluate the role of this enzyme in the potentiation effect evoked by PnTx2-6. Tissue cGMP levels were determined after stimulation with PnTx2-6 in presence or absence of N-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) (10(-4) M) and ω-conotoxin GVIA (10(-6) M), an N-type calcium channel inhibitor. Results showed that PnTx2-6 enhanced cavernosal relaxation in diabetic mice (65%) and eNOS KO mice, but not in nNOS KO mice. The toxin effect in the cavernosal relaxation was abolished by nNOS inhibitor. cGMP levels are increased by PnTx2-6, however, L-NAME abolished this enhancement as well as ω-conotoxin GVIA. We conclude that PnTx2-6 facilitates penile relaxation in diabetic mice through a mechanism dependent on nNOS, probably via increasing nitric oxide/cGMP production.

  15. Structure and physical properties of ternary W 5Si 3-type antimonides and bismuthides Zr 5M1-xPn 2+x ( M=Cr, Mn; Pn=Sb, Bi)

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    Tkachuk, Andriy V.; Mar, Arthur

    2004-11-01

    Four new ternary compounds Zr 5M1-xPn 2+x ( M=Cr, Mn; Pn=Sb, Bi) were synthesized by arc-melting and annealing at 800 °C. They crystallize in the tetragonal W 5Si 3-type structure. The crystal structure of Zr 5Cr 0.49(2)Sb 2.51(2) was refined from powder X-ray diffraction data by the Rietveld method (Pearson symbol tI32, tetragonal, space group I4/ mcm, Z=4, a=11.1027(6) Å, c=5.5600(3) Å). Four-probe electrical resistivity measurements on sintered polycrystalline samples indicated metallic behavior. Magnetic susceptibility measurements between 2 and 300 K revealed temperature-independent Pauli paramagnetism for Zr 5Cr 1-xSb 2+x and Zr 5Cr 1-xBi 2+x, but a strong temperature dependence for Zr 5Mn 1-xSb 2+x and Zr 5Mn 1-xBi 2+x which was fit to the Curie-Weiss law for the latter with θ=-11.3 K and μeff=1.81(1) μ. Band structure calculations for Zr 5Cr 0.5Sb 2.5 support a structural model in which Cr and Sb atoms alternate within the chain of interstitial sites formed at the centers of square antiprismatic Zr 8 clusters.

  16. Decomposing global crop yield variability

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    Ben-Ari, Tamara; Makowski, David

    2014-11-01

    Recent food crises have highlighted the need to better understand the between-year variability of agricultural production. Although increasing future production seems necessary, the globalization of commodity markets suggests that the food system would also benefit from enhanced supplies stability through a reduction in the year-to-year variability. Here, we develop an analytical expression decomposing global crop yield interannual variability into three informative components that quantify how evenly are croplands distributed in the world, the proportion of cultivated areas allocated to regions of above or below average variability and the covariation between yields in distinct world regions. This decomposition is used to identify drivers of interannual yield variations for four major crops (i.e., maize, rice, soybean and wheat) over the period 1961-2012. We show that maize production is fairly spread but marked by one prominent region with high levels of crop yield interannual variability (which encompasses the North American corn belt in the USA, and Canada). In contrast, global rice yields have a small variability because, although spatially concentrated, much of the production is located in regions of below-average variability (i.e., South, Eastern and South Eastern Asia). Because of these contrasted land use allocations, an even cultivated land distribution across regions would reduce global maize yield variance, but increase the variance of global yield rice. Intermediate results are obtained for soybean and wheat for which croplands are mainly located in regions with close-to-average variability. At the scale of large world regions, we find that covariances of regional yields have a negligible contribution to global yield variance. The proposed decomposition could be applied at any spatial and time scales, including the yearly time step. By addressing global crop production stability (or lack thereof) our results contribute to the understanding of a key

  17. Grapevine canopy reflectance and yield

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    Minden, K. A.; Philipson, W. R.

    1982-01-01

    Field spectroradiometric and airborne multispectral scanner data were applied in a study of Concord grapevines. Spectroradiometric measurements of 18 experimental vines were collected on three dates during one growing season. Spectral reflectance, determined at 30 intervals from 0.4 to 1.1 microns, was correlated with vine yield, pruning weight, clusters/vine, and nitrogen input. One date of airborne multispectral scanner data (11 channels) was collected over commercial vineyards, and the average radiance values for eight vineyard sections were correlated with the corresponding average yields. Although some correlations were significant, they were inadequate for developing a reliable yield prediction model.

  18. How to predict coker yield

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    Castiglioni, B.B.

    1983-09-01

    When planning studies require estimates of product yields from delayed coking, this method will help. It requires the use of two readily obtainable feed properties: API gravity and Conradson carbon. These properties, together with the key process variables of the coking unit, are used with the accompanying graphs to determine the yield structure. The calculated yields are those coming from the coke drum. An additional adjustment might be needed to correct for overlaps that might occur during fractionation. The adjustment would estimate the amount of gasoline remaining in the gas oil and the amount of gas oil carried away with the gasoline.

  19. Grapevine canopy reflectance and yield

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    Minden, K. A.; Philipson, W. R.

    1982-01-01

    Field spectroradiometric and airborne multispectral scanner data were applied in a study of Concord grapevines. Spectroradiometric measurements of 18 experimental vines were collected on three dates during one growing season. Spectral reflectance, determined at 30 intervals from 0.4 to 1.1 microns, was correlated with vine yield, pruning weight, clusters/vine, and nitrogen input. One date of airborne multispectral scanner data (11 channels) was collected over commercial vineyards, and the average radiance values for eight vineyard sections were correlated with the corresponding average yields. Although some correlations were significant, they were inadequate for developing a reliable yield prediction model.

  20. Enhancement of the Si p-n diode NIR photoresponse by embedding β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites

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    Shevlyagin, A. V.; Goroshko, D. L.; Chusovitin, E. A.; Galkin, K. N.; Galkin, N. G.; Gutakovskii, A. K.

    2015-10-01

    By using solid phase epitaxy of thin Fe films and molecular beam epitaxy of Si, a p+-Si/p-Si/β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites/n-Si(111) diode structure was fabricated. Transmission electron microscopy data confirmed a well-defined multilayered structure with embedded nanocrystallites of two typical sizes: 3-4 and 15-20 nm, and almost coherent epitaxy of the nanocrystallites with the Si matrix. The diode at zero bias conditions exhibited a current responsivity of 1.7 mA/W, an external quantum efficiency of about 0.2%, and a specific detectivity of 1.2 × 109 cm × Hz1/2/W at a wavelength of 1300 nm at room temperature. In the avalanche mode, the responsivity reached up to 20 mA/W (2% in terms of efficiency) with a value of avalanche gain equal to 5. The data obtained indicate that embedding of β-FeSi2 nanocrystallites into the depletion region of the Si p-n junction results in expansion of the spectral sensitivity up to 1600 nm and an increase of the photoresponse by more than two orders of magnitude in comparison with a conventional Si p-n junction. Thereby, fabricated structure combines advantage of the silicon photodiode functionality and simplicity with near infrared light detection capability of β-FeSi2.