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  1. Probing Intermolecular Coupled Vibrations between Two Molecules

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    Han, Zhumin; Czap, Gregory; Xu, Chen; Chiang, Chi-lun; Yuan, Dingwang; Wu, Ruqian; Ho, W.

    2017-01-01

    Intermolecular interactions can induce energy shifts and coupling of molecular vibrations. However, the detection of intermolecular coupled vibrations has not been reported at the single molecule level. Here we detected an intermolecular coupled vibration between two CO molecules, one on the surface and another on the tip within the gap of a subkelvin scanning tunneling microscope, and analyzed the results by density functional calculations. We attribute the evolution of the energy and intensity of this coupled vibration as a function of tip-sample distance to the tilting and orbital alignment of the two CO molecules.

  2. A test of the significance of intermolecular vibrational coupling in isotopic fractionation

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    Herman, Michael F.; Currier, Robert P.; Peery, Travis B.; Clegg, Samuel M.

    2017-09-01

    Intermolecular coupling of dipole moments is studied for a model system consisting of two diatomic molecules (AB monomers) arranged co-linearly and which can form non-covalently bound dimers. The dipolar coupling is a function of the bond length in each molecule as well as of the distance between the centers-of-mass of the two molecules. The calculations show that intermolecular coupling of the vibrations results in an isotope-dependent modification of the AB-AB intermolecular potential. This in turn alters the energies of the low-lying bound states of the dimers, producing isotope-dependent changes in the AB-AB dimer partition function. Explicit inclusion of intermolecular vibrational coupling then changes the predicted gas-dimer isotopic fractionation. In addition, a mass dependence in the intermolecular potential can also result in changes in the number of bound dimer states in an equilibrium mixture. This in turn leads to a significant dimer population shift in the model monomer-dimer equilibrium system considered here. The results suggest that intermolecular coupling terms should be considered when probing the origins of isotopic fractionation.

  3. A test of the significance of intermolecular vibrational coupling in isotopic fractionation

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    Herman, Michael F.; Currier, Robert P.; Peery, Travis B.; ...

    2017-07-15

    Intermolecular coupling of dipole moments is studied for a model system consisting of two diatomic molecules (AB monomers) arranged co-linearly and which can form non-covalently bound dimers. The dipolar coupling is a function of the bond length in each molecule as well as of the distance between the centers-of-mass of the two molecules. The calculations show that intermolecular coupling of the vibrations results in an isotope-dependent modification of the AB-AB intermolecular potential. This in turn alters the energies of the low-lying bound states of the dimers, producing isotope-dependent changes in the AB-AB dimer partition function. Explicit inclusion of intermolecular vibrationalmore » coupling then changes the predicted gas-dimer isotopic fractionation. In addition, a mass dependence in the intermolecular potential can also result in changes in the number of bound dimer states in an equilibrium mixture. This in turn leads to a significant dimer population shift in the model monomer-dimer equilibrium system considered here. Finally, the results suggest that intermolecular coupling terms should be considered when probing the origins of isotopic fractionation.« less

  4. Tandem intermolecular Suzuki coupling/intramolecular vinyl triflate-arene coupling.

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    Willis, Michael C; Claverie, Christelle K; Mahon, Mary F

    2002-04-21

    Treatment of a benzyl substituted meso-ditriflate with boronic acids in the presence of palladium acetate, triphenylphosphine and caesium fluoride results in intermolecular Suzuki coupling followed by vinyl triflate-arene cyclisation to provide, in high yields, single regioisomers of tricyclic-carbocycles.

  5. Probing Intermolecular Interaction through Thermal-Lens Spectroscopy

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    Bhattacharyya, Indrajit; Kumar, Pardeep; Goswami, Debabrata

    2013-01-01

    Binary liquid mixtures are studied using femtosecond pump–probe thermal-lens (TL) spectroscopy. Changes in the measured TL signals as a function of relative concentration of binary mixtures show that these result from a combined effect of physical and molecular properties of the constituent binary liquids. The experimental TL values deviate from the ones calculated from phenomenological equations. These, we argue, are due to an underestimation of the influence of molecular interactions when the TL signals are calculated by using physical parameters only. PMID:21166402

  6. Intermolecular Alignment in Y145Stop Human Prion Protein Amyloid Fibrils Probed by Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy

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    Helmus, Jonathan J.; Surewicz, Krystyna; Apostol, Marcin I.; Surewicz, Witold K.; Jaroniec, Christopher P.

    2011-01-01

    The Y145Stop mutant of human prion protein, huPrP23-144, has been linked to PrP cerebral amyloid angiopathy, an inherited amyloid disease, and also serves as a valuable in vitro model for investigating the molecular basis of amyloid strains. Prior studies of huPrP23-144 amyloid by magic-angle spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR revealed a compact β-rich amyloid core region near the C-terminus and an unstructured N-terminal domain. Here, with the focus on understanding the higher order architecture of huPrP23-144 fibrils, we probe the intermolecular alignment of β-strands within the amyloid core using MAS NMR techniques and fibrils formed from equimolar mixtures of 15N-labeled protein and 13C-huPrP23-144 prepared with [1,3-13C] or [2-13C]glycerol. Numerous intermolecular correlations involving backbone atoms observed in 2D 15N-13C spectra unequivocally suggest an overall parallel in-register alignment of the β-sheet core. Additional experiments that report on intermolecular 15N-13CO and 15N-13Cα dipolar couplings yield an estimated strand spacing that is within ~10% of the ~4.7–4.8 Å distances typical for parallel β-sheets. PMID:21827207

  7. Intermolecular alignment in Y145Stop human prion protein amyloid fibrils probed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Helmus, Jonathan J; Surewicz, Krystyna; Apostol, Marcin I; Surewicz, Witold K; Jaroniec, Christopher P

    2011-09-07

    The Y145Stop mutant of human prion protein, huPrP23-144, has been linked to PrP cerebral amyloid angiopathy, an inherited amyloid disease, and also serves as a valuable in vitro model for investigating the molecular basis of amyloid strains. Prior studies of huPrP23-144 amyloid by magic-angle-spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR spectroscopy revealed a compact β-rich amyloid core region near the C-terminus and an unstructured N-terminal domain. Here, with the focus on understanding the higher-order architecture of huPrP23-144 fibrils, we probed the intermolecular alignment of β-strands within the amyloid core using MAS NMR techniques and fibrils formed from equimolar mixtures of (15)N-labeled protein and (13)C-huPrP23-144 prepared with [1,3-(13)C(2)] or [2-(13)C]glycerol. Numerous intermolecular correlations involving backbone atoms observed in 2D (15)N-(13)C spectra unequivocally suggest an overall parallel in-register alignment of the β-sheet core. Additional experiments that report on intermolecular (15)N-(13)CO and (15)N-(13)Cα dipolar couplings yielded an estimated strand spacing that is within ∼10% of the distances of 4.7-4.8 Å typical for parallel β-sheets.

  8. Rh(I)-Catalyzed Intermolecular Hydroacylation: Enantioselective Cross-Coupling of Aldehydes and Ketoamides

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    2015-01-01

    Under Rh(I) catalysis, α-ketoamides undergo intermolecular hydroacylation with aliphatic aldehydes. A newly designed Josiphos ligand enables access to α-acyloxyamides with high atom-economy and enantioselectivity. On the basis of mechanistic and kinetic studies, we propose a pathway in which rhodium plays a dual role in activating the aldehyde for cross-coupling. A stereochemical model is provided to rationalize the sense of enantioinduction observed. PMID:24937681

  9. Density Analysis of Intra- and Intermolecular Vibronic Couplings toward Bath Engineering for Singlet Fission.

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    Ito, Soichi; Nagami, Takanori; Nakano, Masayoshi

    2015-12-17

    Vibronic coupling plays a crucial role in singlet fission whereby a singlet exciton splits into two triplet excitons. In order to reveal the physicochemical origin of the vibronic coupling associated with singlet fission as well as to clarify its relationship with chemical structure, we evaluate relevant vibronic couplings from the viewpoint of their spatial contributions described by vibronic coupling density. From the analysis using a model tetracene dimer, a typical singlet fission system, the frequency dependence of vibronic couplings in each electronic state is found to be significantly different from that of another depending on the nature of the electronic structure (intra/intermolecular excitation) and the related vibrational motion. These findings contribute not only to the fundamental understanding of the singlet fission mechanism from the viewpoint of vibronic couplings but also to opening a new path to designing highly efficient singlet fission materials through phonon-bath engineering.

  10. Coupled effects of substrate adhesion and intermolecular forces on polymer thin film glass-transition behavior.

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    Xia, Wenjie; Keten, Sinan

    2013-10-15

    Intermolecular noncovalent forces between polymer chains influence the mobility and glass-transition temperature (Tg), where weaker interchain interactions, all else being the same, typically results in lower bulk polymer Tg. Using molecular dynamics simulations, here we show that this relation can become invalid for supported ultrathin films when the substrate-polymer interaction is extremely strong and the polymer-polymer interactions are much weaker. This contrasting trend is found to be due to a more pronounced substrate-induced appreciation of the film Tg for polymers with weaker intermolecular interactions and low bulk Tg. We show that optimizing this coupling between substrate adhesion and bulk Tg maximizes thin film Tg, paving the way for tuning film properties through interface nanoengineering.

  11. The Origins of - and Inter-Molecular Vibrational Couplings: a Case Study of H_2O-Ar on Full and Reduced-Dimensional Potential Energy Surface

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    Hou, Dan; Ma, Yong-Tao; Zhang, Xiao-Long; Li, Hui

    2016-06-01

    The origin and strength of intra- and inter-molecular vibrational coupling is difficult to probe by direct experimental observations. However, explicitly including or not including some specific intramolecular vibrational modes to study intermolecular interaction provides a precise theoretical way to examine the effects of anharmonic coupling between modes. In this work, a full-dimension intra- and inter-molecular ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for H_2O-Ar, which explicitly incorporates interdependence on the intramolecular normal-mode coordinates of the H_2O monomer, has been calculated. In addition, four analytic vibrational-quantum-state-specific PESs are obtained by least-squares fitting vibrationally averaged interaction energies for the (νb{1},νb{2},νb{3})=(0,0,0),(0,0,1),(1,0,0),(0,1,0) states of H_2O to the three-dimensional Morse/long-range potential function. The resulting vibrationally averaged PESs provide good representations of the experimental infrared data, with RMS discrepancies smaller than 0.02 wn for all three rotational branches of the asymmetric stretch fundamental transitions. The infrared band origin shifts associated with three fundamental bands of H_2O in H_2O-Ar complex are predicted for the first time and are found to be in good agreement with the (extrapolated) experimental values. Upon introduction of additional intramolecular degrees of freedom into the intermolecular potential energy surface, there is clear spectroscopic evidence of intra- and intermolecular vibrational couplings. J. Chem. Phys., 144, 014301 (2016)

  12. Detection of intermolecular homonuclear dipolar coupling in organic rich shale by transverse relaxation exchange

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    Washburn, Kathryn E.; Cheng, Yuesheng

    2017-05-01

    The mechanism behind surface relaxivity within organic porosity in shales has been an unanswered question. Here, we present results that confirm the existence of intermolecular homonuclear dipolar coupling between solid and liquid phases in sedimentary organic matter. Transverse magnetization exchange measurements were performed on an organic-rich shale saturated with liquid hydrocarbon. Liquid and solid constituents were identified through both sample resaturation and through their T1/T2 ratios. Extensive cross peaks are observed in the T2-T2 exchange spectra between the solid and liquid constituents, indicating an exchange of magnetization between the two phases. This result cannot arise from physical molecular diffusion, and the dissolution energies are too high for chemical exchange, such that the magnetization exchange must arise from intermolecular homonuclear dipolar coupling. These results both confirm a possible source of surface relaxivity in organic matter and emphasize caution in the use of standard porous media interpretations of relaxation results in shales because of coupling between different magnetization environments.

  13. Detection of intermolecular homonuclear dipolar coupling in organic rich shale by transverse relaxation exchange.

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    Washburn, Kathryn E; Cheng, Yuesheng

    2017-03-04

    The mechanism behind surface relaxivity within organic porosity in shales has been an unanswered question. Here, we present results that confirm the existence of intermolecular homonuclear dipolar coupling between solid and liquid phases in sedimentary organic matter. Transverse magnetization exchange measurements were performed on an organic-rich shale saturated with liquid hydrocarbon. Liquid and solid constituents were identified through both sample resaturation and through their T1/T2 ratios. Extensive cross peaks are observed in the T2-T2 exchange spectra between the solid and liquid constituents, indicating an exchange of magnetization between the two phases. This result cannot arise from physical molecular diffusion, and the dissolution energies are too high for chemical exchange, such that the magnetization exchange must arise from intermolecular homonuclear dipolar coupling. These results both confirm a possible source of surface relaxivity in organic matter and emphasize caution in the use of standard porous media interpretations of relaxation results in shales because of coupling between different magnetization environments.

  14. 15N- 15N spin-spin coupling constants through intermolecular hydrogen bonds in the solid state

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    Claramunt, Rosa M.; Pérez-Torralba, Marta; María, Dolores Santa; Sanz, Dionisia; Elena, Bénédicte; Alkorta, Ibon; Elguero, José

    2010-10-01

    A 2hJNN intermolecular spin-spin coupling constant (SSCC) of 10.2 ± 0.4 Hz has been measured for the powdered tetrachlorogallate salt of pyridinium solvated by pyridine (pyridine-H +⋯pyridine cation 3). Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations at the B3LYP/6-311++G( d, p) level reproduced this value and two others reported in the literature for 2hJ intermolecular SSCCs, which were measured for complexes in solution.

  15. Intermolecular Electronic Coupling of Organic Units for Efficient Persistent Room‐Temperature Phosphorescence

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    Yang, Zhiyong; Mao, Zhu; Zhang, Xuepeng; Ou, Depei; Mu, Yingxiao; Zhao, Cunyuan; Liu, Siwei; Xu, Jiarui; Wu, Yuan‐Chun; Lu, Po‐Yen; Lien, Alan

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Although persistent room‐temperature phosphorescence (RTP) emission has been observed for a few pure crystalline organic molecules, there is no consistent mechanism and no universal design strategy for organic persistent RTP (pRTP) materials. A new mechanism for pRTP is presented, based on combining the advantages of different excited‐state configurations in coupled intermolecular units, which may be applicable to a wide range of organic molecules. By following this mechanism, we have developed a successful design strategy to obtain bright pRTP by utilizing a heavy halogen atom to further increase the intersystem crossing rate of the coupled units. RTP with a remarkably long lifetime of 0.28 s and a very high quantum efficiency of 5 % was thus obtained under ambient conditions. This strategy represents an important step in the understanding of organic pRTP emission. PMID:26836346

  16. X-filtering for a range of coupling constants: application to the detection of intermolecular NOEs

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    Zangger, Klaus; Oberer, Monika; Keller, Walter; Sterk, Heinz

    2003-02-01

    A new method for heteronuclear X-filtering is presented, which relies on repetitive applications of 90°( 1H)-τ(1/4 1J HC)-180°( 1H, 13C)-τ(1/4 1J HC)-90°( 1H, 13C)- PFG building blocks employing gradient-mediated suppression of magnetization built up for directly heteronuclear coupled protons. Thereby, a range of heteronuclear coupling constants can be suppressed by varying the delays of scalar coupling evolution both within and between individual transients. To achieve efficient destruction of 13C-coupled protons in macromolecular systems, the scalar coupling evolution delays were optimized using simulated annealing by including transverse relaxation effects. With a combination of regular hard pulses, delays and pulsed field gradients only, this method yields sufficient X-filtering to allow the observation of intermolecular nuclear overhauser effects in a molecular complex consisting of a 13C, 15N double-labeled, and an unlabeled protein. This is achieved by exciting magnetization of 12C- and 14N-bound protons and detecting 13C-bound 1H magnetization in a 3D 13C-filtered, 13C-edited NOESY-HSQC experiment. The method is tested on the 18 kDa homodimeric bacterial antidote ParD.

  17. Hypervalent Iodine(III)-Promoted Intermolecular C–C Coupling of Vindoline with β-Ketoesters and Related Substrates

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    Turner, Travis C.; Shibayama, Kotaro

    2013-01-01

    The regioselective intermolecular coupling reaction of vindoline with a wide range of substrates including β-ketoesters, β-diketones, β-ketoaldehydes, β-ketonitriles, malononitriles, and β-cyanoesters provides an opportunity for the synthesis of vinblastine analogues containing deep-seated changes in the upper velbanamine subunit. The transition-metal free hypervalent iodine(III)-promoted intermolecular sp3/sp2 coupling, representing a special class of selective C–H activation with direct carbon–carbon bond formation, proceeds with generation of a quaternary center capable of incorporation of the vinblastine C16′ methyl ester and functionalized for subsequent divergent heterocycle introduction. PMID:23421318

  18. Strong intermolecular antiferromagnetic verdazyl-verdazyl coupling in the solid state.

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    Eusterwiemann, S; Doerenkamp, C; Dresselhaus, T; Janka, O; de Oliveira, M; Daniliuc, C G; Eckert, H; Neugebauer, J; Pöttgen, R; Studer, A

    2017-06-21

    Strong magnetic couplings are generally observed intramolecularly in organic diradicals or in systems in which they are promoted by crystal engineering strategies involving, for example, transition metal ligation. We herein present a strong intermolecularly coupling verdazyl radical in the solid state without the use of such design strategies. The crystal structure of an acetylene-substituted verdazyl radical shows a unique antiparallel face-to-face orientation of the neighboring verdazyl molecules along with verdazyl-acetylene interactions giving rise to an alternating antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain. Single crystal structural data at 80, 100, 173, and 223 K show that one of the π-stacking distances depends on temperature, while heat capacity data indicate the absence of a phase transition. Based on this structural input, broken symmetry DFT calculations predict a change from an alternating linear Heisenberg chain with two comparable coupling constants J1 and J2 at higher temperatures towards dominant pair interactions at lower temperatures. The predicted antiferromagnetic coupling is confirmed experimentally by magnetic susceptibility, solid-state EPR and NMR spectroscopic results.

  19. Cross-dehydrogenative coupling for the intermolecular C–O bond formation

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    Krylov, Igor B; Vil’, Vera A

    2015-01-01

    Summary The present review summarizes primary publications on the cross-dehydrogenative C–O coupling, with special emphasis on the studies published after 2000. The starting compound, which donates a carbon atom for the formation of a new C–O bond, is called the CH-reagent or the C-reagent, and the compound, an oxygen atom of which is involved in the new bond, is called the OH-reagent or the O-reagent. Alcohols and carboxylic acids are most commonly used as O-reagents; hydroxylamine derivatives, hydroperoxides, and sulfonic acids are employed less often. The cross-dehydrogenative C–O coupling reactions are carried out using different C-reagents, such as compounds containing directing functional groups (amide, heteroaromatic, oxime, and so on) and compounds with activated C–H bonds (aldehydes, alcohols, ketones, ethers, amines, amides, compounds containing the benzyl, allyl, or propargyl moiety). An analysis of the published data showed that the principles at the basis of a particular cross-dehydrogenative C–O coupling reaction are dictated mainly by the nature of the C-reagent. Hence, in the present review the data are classified according to the structures of C-reagents, and, in the second place, according to the type of oxidative systems. Besides the typical cross-dehydrogenative coupling reactions of CH- and OH-reagents, closely related C–H activation processes involving intermolecular C–O bond formation are discussed: acyloxylation reactions with ArI(O2CR)2 reagents and generation of O-reagents in situ from C-reagents (methylarenes, aldehydes, etc.). PMID:25670997

  20. Probing acid-amide intermolecular hydrogen bonding by NMR spectroscopy and DFT calculations

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    Chaudhari, Sachin Rama; Suryaprakash, N.

    2012-05-01

    Benzene carboxylic acids and benzamide act as their self-complement in molecular recognition to form inter-molecular hydrogen bonded dimers between amide and carboxylic acid groups, which have been investigated by 1H, 13C and 15N NMR spectroscopy. Extensive NMR studies using diffusion ordered spectroscopy (DOSY), variable temperature 1D, 2D NMR, established the formation of heterodimers of benzamide with benzoic acid, salicylic acid and phenyl acetic acid in deuterated chloroform solution. Association constants for the complex formation in the solution state have been determined. The results are ascertained by X-ray diffraction in the solid state. Intermolecular interactions in solution and in solid state were found to be similar. The structural parameters obtained by X-ray diffraction studies are compared with those obtained by DFT calculations.

  1. The origins of intra- and inter-molecular vibrational couplings: A case study of H2O-Ar on full and reduced-dimensional potential energy surface.

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    Hou, Dan; Ma, Yong-Tao; Zhang, Xiao-Long; Li, Hui

    2016-01-07

    The origin and strength of intra- and inter-molecular vibrational coupling is difficult to probe by direct experimental observations. However, explicitly including or not including some specific intramolecular vibrational modes to study intermolecular interaction provides a precise theoretical way to examine the effects of anharmonic coupling between modes. In this work, a full-dimension intra- and inter-molecular ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for H2O-Ar, which explicitly incorporates interdependence on the intramolecular (Q1,  Q2,  Q3) normal-mode coordinates of the H2O monomer, has been calculated. In addition, four analytic vibrational-quantum-state-specific PESs are obtained by least-squares fitting vibrationally averaged interaction energies for the (v1,  v2,  v3) =  (0,  0,  0), (0,  0,  1), (1,  0,  0), (0,  1,  0) states of H2O to the three-dimensional Morse/long-range potential function. Each vibrationally averaged PES fitted to 442 points has root-mean-square (rms) deviation smaller than 0.15 cm(-1), and required only 58 parameters. With the 3D PESs of H2O-Ar dimer system, we employed the combined radial discrete variable representation/angular finite basis representation method and Lanczos algorithm to calculate rovibrational energy levels. This showed that the resulting vibrationally averaged PESs provide good representations of the experimental infrared data, with rms discrepancies smaller than 0.02 cm(-1) for all three rotational branches of the asymmetric stretch fundamental transitions. The infrared band origin shifts associated with three fundamental bands of H2O in H2O-Ar complex are predicted for the first time and are found to be in good agreement with the (extrapolated) experimental values. Upon introduction of additional intramolecular degrees of freedom into the intermolecular potential energy surface, there is clear spectroscopic evidence of intra- and intermolecular vibrational couplings.

  2. Probing the contribution of different intermolecular forces to the adsorption of spheroproteins onto hydrophilic surfaces.

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    Borges, João; Campiña, José M; Silva, A Fernando

    2013-12-27

    Protein adsorption is a delicate process, which results from the balance between the properties of proteins and their solid supports. Although the relevance of some of these parameters has been already unveiled, the precise involvement of electrostatics and other weaker intermolecular forces requires further comprehension. Aiming to contribute to this task, this work explores the attachment, rearrangement, and surface aggregation of a model spheroprotein, such as bovine β-lactoglobulin (β-LG), onto hydrophilic substrates prefunctionalized with different alkylthiol films. Thereby, a variety of electrostatic scenarios for the adsorption of β-LG could be recreated through the variation of the pH and the functional chemistry of the surfaces. The changes in surface mass density (plus associated water) and film flexibility were followed in situ with quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring. Film packing and aggregation were assessed by faradaic electrochemical measurements and ex situ atomic force microscopy and field effect scanning electron microscopy. In contrast to previous hypotheses arguing that electrostatic interactions between charged substrates and proteins would be the only driving force, a complex interplay between Coulombic and non-Coulombic intermolecular forces (which would depend upon the experimental conditions) has been suggested to explain the results.

  3. Detection of complex formation and determination of intermolecular geometry through electrical anharmonic coupling of molecular vibrations using electron-vibration-vibration two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

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    Guo, Rui; Fournier, Frederic; Donaldson, Paul M; Gardner, Elizabeth M; Gould, Ian R; Klug, David R

    2009-10-14

    Electrical interactions between molecular vibrations can be non-linear and thereby produce intermolecular coupling even in the absence of a chemical bond. We use this fact to detect the formation of an intermolecular complex using electron-vibration-vibration two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (EVV 2DIR) and also to determine the distance and angle between the two molecular species.

  4. Probing Intermolecular Interactions in Binary Liquid Mixtures Using Femtosecond Laser-Induced Self-Defocusing.

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    Maurya, Sandeep Kumar; Das, Dhiman; Goswami, Debabrata

    2016-06-13

    Photo-thermal behavior of binary liquid mixtures has been studied by high repetition rate (HRR) Z-scan technique with femtosecond laser pulses. Changes in the peak-valley difference in transmittance (ΔTP-V) for closed aperture Z-scan experiments are indicative of thermal effects induced by HRR femtosecond laser pulses. We show such indicative results can have a far-reaching impact on molecular properties and intermolecular interactions in binary liquid mixtures. Spectroscopic parameters derived from this experimental technique show that the combined effect of physical and molecular properties of the constituent binary liquids can be related to the components of the binary liquid. © The Author(s) 2016.

  5. Probing the self-association, intermolecular contacts, and folding propensity of amelogenin

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    Ndao, Moise; Dutta, Kaushik; Bromley, Keith M; Lakshminarayanan, Rajamani; Sun, Zhi; Rewari, Gita; Moradian-Oldak, Janet; Evans, John Spencer

    2011-01-01

    Amelogenins are an intrinsically disordered protein family that plays a major role in the development of tooth enamel, one of the most highly mineralized materials in nature. Monomeric porcine amelogenin possesses random coil and residual secondary structures, but it is not known which sequence regions would be conformationally attractive to potential enamel matrix targets such as other amelogenins (self-assembly), other matrix proteins, cell surfaces, or biominerals. To address this further, we investigated recombinant porcine amelogenin (rP172) using “solvent engineering” techniques to simultaneously promote native-like structure and induce amelogenin oligomerization in a manner that allows identification of intermolecular contacts between amelogenin molecules. We discovered that in the presence of 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) significant folding transitions and stabilization occurred primarily within the N- and C-termini, while the polyproline Type II central domain was largely resistant to conformational transitions. Seven Pro residues (P2, P127, P130, P139, P154, P157, P162) exhibited conformational response to TFE, and this indicates these Pro residues act as folding enhancers in rP172. The remaining Pro residues resisted TFE perturbations and thus act as conformational stabilizers. We also noted that TFE induced rP172 self-association via the formation of intermolecular contacts involving P4–H6, V19–P33, and E40–T58 regions of the N-terminus. Collectively, these results confirm that the N- and C-termini of amelogenin are conformationally responsive and represent potential interactive sites for amelogenin–target interactions during enamel matrix mineralization. Conversely, the Pro, Gln central domain is resistant to folding and this may have important functional significance for amelogenin. PMID:21351181

  6. Residence Times of Molecular Complexes in Solution from NMR Data of Intermolecular Hydrogen-Bond Scalar Coupling.

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    Zandarashvili, Levani; Esadze, Alexandre; Kemme, Catherine A; Chattopadhyay, Abhijnan; Nguyen, Dan; Iwahara, Junji

    2016-03-03

    The residence times of molecular complexes in solution are important for understanding biomolecular functions and drug actions. We show that NMR data of intermolecular hydrogen-bond scalar couplings can yield information on the residence times of molecular complexes in solution. The molecular exchange of binding partners via the breakage and reformation of a complex causes self-decoupling of intermolecular hydrogen-bond scalar couplings, and this self-decoupling effect depends on the residence time of the complex. For protein-DNA complexes, we investigated the salt concentration dependence of intermolecular hydrogen-bond scalar couplings between the protein side-chain (15)N and DNA phosphate (31)P nuclei, from which the residence times were analyzed. The results were consistent with those obtained by (15)Nz-exchange spectroscopy. This self-decoupling-based kinetic analysis is unique in that it does not require any different signatures for the states involved in the exchange, whereas such conditions are crucial for kinetic analyses by typical NMR and other methods.

  7. Optical properties of azobenzene-functionalized self-assembled monolayers: Intermolecular coupling and many-body interactions

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    Cocchi, Caterina; Moldt, Thomas; Gahl, Cornelius; Weinelt, Martin; Draxl, Claudia

    2016-12-01

    In a joint theoretical and experimental work, the optical properties of azobenzene-functionalized self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are studied at different molecular packing densities. Our results, based on density-functional and many-body perturbation theory, as well as on differential reflectance (DR) spectroscopy, shed light on the microscopic mechanisms ruling photo-absorption in these systems. While the optical excitations are intrinsically excitonic in nature, regardless of the molecular concentration, in densely packed SAMs intermolecular coupling and local-field effects are responsible for a sizable weakening of the exciton binding strength. Through a detailed analysis of the character of the electron-hole pairs, we show that distinct excitations involved in the photo-isomerization at low molecular concentrations are dramatically broadened by intermolecular interactions. Spectral shifts in the calculated DR spectra are in good agreement with the experimental results. Our findings represent an important step forward to rationalize the excited-state properties of these complex materials.

  8. Similarity-transformed perturbation theory on top of truncated local coupled cluster solutions: Theory and applications to intermolecular interactions

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    Azar, Richard Julian Head-Gordon, Martin

    2015-05-28

    Your correspondents develop and apply fully nonorthogonal, local-reference perturbation theories describing non-covalent interactions. Our formulations are based on a Löwdin partitioning of the similarity-transformed Hamiltonian into a zeroth-order intramonomer piece (taking local CCSD solutions as its zeroth-order eigenfunction) plus a first-order piece coupling the fragments. If considerations are limited to a single molecule, the proposed intermolecular similarity-transformed perturbation theory represents a frozen-orbital variant of the “(2)”-type theories shown to be competitive with CCSD(T) and of similar cost if all terms are retained. Different restrictions on the zeroth- and first-order amplitudes are explored in the context of large-computation tractability and elucidation of non-local effects in the space of singles and doubles. To accurately approximate CCSD intermolecular interaction energies, a quadratically growing number of variables must be included at zeroth-order.

  9. Strong intermolecular vibrational coupling through cyclic hydrogen-bonded structures revealed by ultrafast continuum mid-IR spectroscopy.

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    Stingel, Ashley M; Calabrese, Carmella; Petersen, Poul B

    2013-12-12

    Cyclic hydrogen-bonded structures are common motifs in biological systems, providing structural stability and mediating proton transfer for redox reactions. The mechanism of proton transfer across hydrogen-bonded interfaces depends on the strength of the intermolecular coupling between bridging OH/NH vibrational modes. Here we present a novel ultrafast continuum mid-IR spectroscopy experiment to study the vibrational dynamics of the 7-azaindole-acetic acid (7AI-Ac) heterodimer as a model system for asymmetric cyclic hydrogen-bonded structures. In addition to spreading of the excitation across the whole OH band within the time resolution of the experiment, excitation of a 300 cm(-1) region of the ∼1000 cm(-1) broad OH stretching mode of the acetic acid monomer leads to a frequency shift in the NH stretching mode of the 7AI monomer. This indicates that the NH and OH stretching modes located on the two monomers are strongly coupled despite being separated by 750 cm(-1). The strong coupling further causes the OH and NH bands to decay with a common decay time of ∼2.5 ps. This intermolecular coupling is mediated through the hydrogen-bonded structure of the 7AI-Ac heterodimer and is likely a general property of cyclic hydrogen-bonded structures. Characterizing the vibrational dynamics of and the coupling between the high-frequency OH/NH modes will be important for understanding proton transfer across such molecular interfaces.

  10. Probing intermolecular interactions in water/ionic liquid mixtures by far-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Dominguez-Vidal, Ana; Kaun, Nina; Ayora-Cañada, Maria Jose; Lendl, Bernhard

    2007-05-03

    Far-infrared spectra in the range from 600 to 20 cm-1 of two hydrophilic (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate) and one hydrophobic (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate) ionic liquids and their mixtures with water at different concentrations are reported. Shifts of the librational water bands depending on the nature of the anion are found to be related to the strength of the interaction between the water molecules and the anions. For both hydrophilic ionic liquids, the librational band is centered around 460 cm-1, whereas for the hydrophobic ionic liquid, it is shifted to 388 cm-1, indicating less hindered rotation of single water molecules. Multivariate curve resolution, paying special attention to the spectral range from 50 to 350 cm-1, was used to investigate the presence of different species with increasing water concentration. For both hydrophilic ionic liquids, a band located at 153 cm-1 was resolved into two different contributions. A small contribution at 202 cm-1 can be attributed to intermolecular interactions between water molecules forming dimers. The major contribution (centered at 148 cm-1) corresponds to water molecules that do not bond to each other via H-bonding. It is therefore assigned to a hindered translation arising from the stretching of the hydrogen bond between BF4- anions and water molecules. Formation of water dimers in the hydrophobic ionic liquid does not occur. Furthermore, the spectral contribution of the stretching of H-bonds between water molecules and PF6- cannot be unambiguously detected, which indicates an extremely weak interaction between water molecules and this anion.

  11. Probing Intramolecular versus Intermolecular CO2 Adsorption on Amine-Grafted SBA-15.

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    Yoo, Chun-Jae; Lee, Li-Chen; Jones, Christopher W

    2015-12-15

    A mesoporous silica SBA-15 is modified with an array of amine-containing organosilanes including (i) propylamine, SiCH2CH2CH2NH2 (MONO), (ii) propylethylenediamine, SiCH2CH2CH2NHCH2CH2NH2 (DI), (iii) propyldiethylenetriamine, SiCH2CH2CH2NHCH2CH2NHCH2CH2NH2 (TRI), and (iv) propyltriethylenetetramine, SiCH2CH2CH2NHCH2CH2N(CH2CH2NH2)2 (TREN) and the low loading silane adsorbents (∼0.45 mmol silane/g) are evaluated for their CO2 adsorption properties, with a focus on gaining insight into the propensity for intramolecular vs intermolecular CO2 adsorption. Adsorption isotherms at low CO2 coverages are measured while simultaneously recording the heat evolved via a Tian-Calvet calorimeter. The results are compared on a silane molecule efficiency basis (mol CO2 adsorbed/mol silane) to assess the potential for intramolecular CO2 adsorption, employing two amine groups in a single silane molecule. As the number of amines in the silane molecule increases (MONO < DI < TREN ∼ TRI), the silane molecule efficiency is enhanced owing to the ability to intramolecularly capture CO2. Analysis of the CO2 uptake for samples with the surface silanols removed by capping demonstrates that cooperative uptake due to amine-CO2-silanol interactions is also possible over these adsorbents and is the primary mode of sorption for the MONO material at the studied low silane loading. As the propensity for intramolecular CO2 capture increases due to the presence of multiple amines in a single silane molecule (MONO < DI < TREN ∼ TRI), the measured heat of adsorption also increases. This study of various amine-containing silanes at low coverage is the first to provide significant, direct evidence for intramolecular CO2 capture in a single silane molecule. Furthermore, it provides evidence for the relative heats of adsorption for physisorption on a silanol laden surface (ca. 37 kJ/mol), a silanol-capped surface (ca. 25 kJ/mol), via amine-CO2-silanol interactions (ca. 46 kJ/mol), and via amine-CO2

  12. Vibrational nano-spectroscopic imaging correlating structure with intermolecular coupling and dynamics.

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    Pollard, Benjamin; Muller, Eric A; Hinrichs, Karsten; Raschke, Markus B

    2014-04-11

    Molecular self-assembly, the function of biomembranes and the performance of organic solar cells rely on nanoscale molecular interactions. Understanding and control of such materials have been impeded by difficulties in imaging their properties with the desired nanometre spatial resolution, attomolar sensitivity and intermolecular spectroscopic specificity. Here we implement vibrational scattering-scanning near-field optical microscopy with high spectral precision to investigate the structure-function relationship in nano-phase separated block copolymers. A vibrational resonance is used as a sensitive reporter of the local chemical environment and we image, with few nanometre spatial resolution and 0.2 cm(-1) spectral precision, solvatochromic Stark shifts and line broadening correlated with molecular-scale morphologies. We discriminate local variations in electric fields between nano-domains with quantitative agreement with dielectric continuum models. This ability to directly resolve nanoscale morphology and associated intermolecular interactions can form a basis for the systematic control of functionality in multicomponent soft matter systems.

  13. Vibrational nano-spectroscopic imaging correlating structure with intermolecular coupling and dynamics

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    Pollard, Benjamin; Muller, Eric A.; Hinrichs, Karsten; Raschke, Markus B.

    2014-01-01

    Molecular self-assembly, the function of biomembranes and the performance of organic solar cells rely on nanoscale molecular interactions. Understanding and control of such materials have been impeded by difficulties in imaging their properties with the desired nanometre spatial resolution, attomolar sensitivity and intermolecular spectroscopic specificity. Here we implement vibrational scattering-scanning near-field optical microscopy with high spectral precision to investigate the structure–function relationship in nano-phase separated block copolymers. A vibrational resonance is used as a sensitive reporter of the local chemical environment and we image, with few nanometre spatial resolution and 0.2 cm−1 spectral precision, solvatochromic Stark shifts and line broadening correlated with molecular-scale morphologies. We discriminate local variations in electric fields between nano-domains with quantitative agreement with dielectric continuum models. This ability to directly resolve nanoscale morphology and associated intermolecular interactions can form a basis for the systematic control of functionality in multicomponent soft matter systems. PMID:24721995

  14. Probing intermolecular protein-protein interactions in the calcium-sensing receptor homodimer using bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET).

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    Jensen, Anders A; Hansen, Jakob L; Sheikh, Søren P; Bräuner-Osborne, Hans

    2002-10-01

    The calcium-sensing receptor (CaR) belongs to family C of the G-protein coupled receptor superfamily. The receptor is believed to exist as a homodimer due to covalent and non-covalent interactions between the two amino terminal domains (ATDs). It is well established that agonist binding to family C receptors takes place at the ATD and that this causes the ATD dimer to twist. However, very little is known about the translation of the ATD dimer twist into G-protein coupling to the 7 transmembrane moieties (7TMs) of these receptor dimers. In this study we have attempted to delineate the agonist-induced intermolecular movements in the CaR homodimer using the new bioluminescence resonance energy transfer technique, BRET2, which is based on the transference of energy from Renilla luciferase (Rluc) to the green fluorescent protein mutant GFP2. We tagged CaR with Rluc and GFP2 at different intracellular locations. Stable and highly receptor-specific BRET signals were obtained in tsA cells transfected with Rluc- and GFP2-tagged CaRs under basal conditions, indicating that CaR is constitutively dimerized. However, the signals were not enhanced by the presence of agonist. These results could indicate that at least parts of the two 7TMs of the CaR homodimer are in close proximity in the inactivated state of the receptor and do not move much relative to one another upon agonist activation. However, we cannot exclude the possibility that the BRET technology is unable to register putative conformational changes in the CaR homodimer induced by agonist binding because of the bulk sizes of the Rluc and GFP2 molecules.

  15. NMR Scalar Couplings across Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonds between Zinc-Finger Histidine Side Chains and DNA Phosphate Groups.

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    Chattopadhyay, Abhijnan; Esadze, Alexandre; Roy, Sourav; Iwahara, Junji

    2016-10-10

    NMR scalar couplings across hydrogen bonds represent direct evidence for the partial covalent nature of hydrogen bonds and provide structural and dynamic information on hydrogen bonding. In this article, we report heteronuclear (15)N-(31)P and (1)H-(31)P scalar couplings across the intermolecular hydrogen bonds between protein histidine (His) imidazole and DNA phosphate groups. These hydrogen-bond scalar couplings were observed for the Egr-1 zinc-finger-DNA complex. Although His side-chain NH protons are typically undetectable in heteronuclear (1)H-(15)N correlation spectra due to rapid hydrogen exchange, this complex exhibited two His side-chain NH signals around (1)H 14.3 ppm and (15)N 178 ppm at 35 °C. Through various heteronuclear multidimensional NMR experiments, these signals were assigned to two zinc-coordinating His side chains in contact with DNA phosphate groups. The data show that the Nδ1 atoms of these His side chains are protonated and exhibit the (1)H-(15)N cross-peaks. Using heteronuclear (1)H, (15)N, and (31)P NMR experiments, we observed the hydrogen-bond scalar couplings between the His (15)Nδ1/(1)Hδ1 and DNA phosphate (31)P nuclei. These results demonstrate the direct involvement of the zinc-coordinating His side chains in the recognition of DNA by the Cys2His2-class zinc fingers in solution.

  16. Unusual intermolecular "through-space" j couplings in p-se heterocycles.

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    Sanz Camacho, Paula; Athukorala Arachchige, Kasun S; Slawin, Alexandra M Z; Green, Timothy F G; Yates, Jonathan R; Dawson, Daniel M; Woollins, J Derek; Ashbrook, Sharon E

    2015-05-20

    Solid-state NMR spectra of new P-Se heterocycles based on peri-substituted naphthalene motifs show the presence of unusual J couplings between Se and P. These couplings are between atoms in adjacent molecules and occur "through space", rather than through conventional covalent bonds. Experimental measurements are supported by relativistic DFT calculations, which confirm the presence of couplings between nonbonded atoms, and provide information on the pathway of the interaction. This observation improves the understanding of J couplings and offers insight into the factors that affect crystal packing in solids, for future synthetic exploitation.

  17. Probing intermolecular interactions in a diethylcarbamazine citrate salt by fast MAS (1)H solid-state NMR spectroscopy and GIPAW calculations.

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    Venâncio, Tiago; Oliveira, Lyege Magalhaes; Ellena, Javier; Boechat, Nubia; Brown, Steven P

    2017-03-02

    Fast magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR is used to probe intermolecular interactions in a diethylcarbamazine salt, that is widely used as a treatment against adult worms of Wuchereria bancrofti which cause a common disease in tropical countries named filariasis. Specifically, a dihydrogen citrate salt that has improved thermal stability and solubility as compared to the free form is studied. One-dimensional (1)H, (13)C and (15)N and two-dimensional (1)H-(13)C and (14)N-(1)H heteronuclear correlation NMR experiments under moderate and fast MAS together with GIPAW (CASTEP) calculations enable the assignment of the (1)H, (13)C and (14)N/(15)N resonances. A two-dimensional (1)H-(1)H double-quantum (DQ) -single-quantum (SQ) MAS spectrum recorded with BaBa recoupling at 60kHz MAS identifies specific proton-proton proximities associated with citrate-citrate and citrate-diethylcarbamazine intermolecular interactions.

  18. Investigating Unusual Homonuclear Intermolecular "Through-Space" J Couplings in Organochalcogen Systems.

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    Sanz Camacho, Paula; McKay, David; Dawson, Daniel M; Kirst, Christin; Yates, Jonathan R; Green, Timothy F G; Cordes, David B; Slawin, Alexandra M Z; Woollins, J Derek; Ashbrook, Sharon E

    2016-11-07

    Although the electron-mediated spin-spin or J coupling is conventionally viewed as transmitted via covalent bonds, examples of J couplings between atoms that are not formally bonded but are in close proximity (termed "through-space" J couplings) have been reported. In this work, we investigate the observation of homonuclear (31)P J couplings in organochalcogen heterocycles, which occur between (31)P in two separate molecules, confirming without doubt their through-space nature. The presence of this interaction is even more surprising for one compound, where it occurs between crystallographically equivalent species. Although crystallographically equivalent species need not be magnetically equivalent in the solid state, owing to the presence of anisotropic interactions, we demonstrate that it is not the shielding anisotropy that lifts magnetic equivalence, in this case, but the presence of heteronuclear couplings to (77)Se. We support our experimental observations with periodic scalar-relativistic density functional theory calculations and coupling density deformation plots to visualize the mechanism of these interesting interactions.

  19. Langmuir probe differential measurement technique in inductively coupled RF plasmas

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    Djermanov, I.; Djermanova, N.; Kiss'ovski, Zh; Tsankov, Ts

    2007-04-01

    A differential measurement technique has been proposed in order to reduce noise level and stray capacitance leakage usually affecting Langmuir probe data. The technique employs two identically designed and biased Langmuir probes, connected to an instrumentation amplifier. Both probes are immersed in plasma of approximately the same space potential, one of them being plasma current collecting probe, and the second one being isolated from plasma and serving as a pick-up probe, detecting leakage currents from parasitic capacitive coupling and noise. Avoiding averaging of probe current data is the main advantage of the proposed differential technique. Experiments in the plasma expansion region of inductively driven RF source are shown to achieve lower electron temperature and higher electron density as measured by conventional single Langmuir probe. Obtaining more sharpness of the "knee" on the characteristic, thus lowering the uncertainty in plasma potential is another true merit of the differential Langmuir probe technique.

  20. Computational IR spectroscopy of water: OH stretch frequencies, transition dipoles, and intermolecular vibrational coupling constants

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    Choi, Jun-Ho; Cho, Minhaeng

    2013-05-01

    The Hessian matrix reconstruction method initially developed to extract the basis mode frequencies, vibrational coupling constants, and transition dipoles of the delocalized amide I, II, and III vibrations of polypeptides and proteins from quantum chemistry calculation results is used to obtain those properties of delocalized O-H stretch modes in liquid water. Considering the water symmetric and asymmetric O-H stretch modes as basis modes, we here develop theoretical models relating vibrational frequencies, transition dipoles, and coupling constants of basis modes to local water configuration and solvent electric potential. Molecular dynamics simulation was performed to generate an ensemble of water configurations that was in turn used to construct vibrational Hamiltonian matrices. Obtaining the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the matrices and using the time-averaging approximation method, which was developed by the Skinner group, to calculating the vibrational spectra of coupled oscillator systems, we could numerically simulate the O-H stretch IR spectrum of liquid water. The asymmetric line shape and weak shoulder bands were quantitatively reproduced by the present computational procedure based on vibrational exciton model, where the polarization effects on basis mode transition dipoles and inter-mode coupling constants were found to be crucial in quantitatively simulating the vibrational spectra of hydrogen-bond networking liquid water.

  1. The origins of intra- and inter-molecular vibrational couplings: A case study of H{sub 2}O-Ar on full and reduced-dimensional potential energy surface

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    Hou, Dan; Ma, Yong-Tao; Zhang, Xiao-Long; Li, Hui

    2016-01-07

    The origin and strength of intra- and inter-molecular vibrational coupling is difficult to probe by direct experimental observations. However, explicitly including or not including some specific intramolecular vibrational modes to study intermolecular interaction provides a precise theoretical way to examine the effects of anharmonic coupling between modes. In this work, a full-dimension intra- and inter-molecular ab initio potential energy surface (PES) for H{sub 2}O–Ar, which explicitly incorporates interdependence on the intramolecular (Q{sub 1},  Q{sub 2},  Q{sub 3}) normal-mode coordinates of the H{sub 2}O monomer, has been calculated. In addition, four analytic vibrational-quantum-state-specific PESs are obtained by least-squares fitting vibrationally averaged interaction energies for the (v{sub 1},  v{sub 2},  v{sub 3}) =  (0,  0,  0), (0,  0,  1), (1,  0,  0), (0,  1,  0) states of H{sub 2}O to the three-dimensional Morse/long-range potential function. Each vibrationally averaged PES fitted to 442 points has root-mean-square (rms) deviation smaller than 0.15 cm{sup −1}, and required only 58 parameters. With the 3D PESs of H{sub 2}O–Ar dimer system, we employed the combined radial discrete variable representation/angular finite basis representation method and Lanczos algorithm to calculate rovibrational energy levels. This showed that the resulting vibrationally averaged PESs provide good representations of the experimental infrared data, with rms discrepancies smaller than 0.02 cm{sup −1} for all three rotational branches of the asymmetric stretch fundamental transitions. The infrared band origin shifts associated with three fundamental bands of H{sub 2}O in H{sub 2}O–Ar complex are predicted for the first time and are found to be in good agreement with the (extrapolated) experimental values. Upon introduction of additional intramolecular degrees of freedom into the intermolecular potential energy surface, there is clear

  2. Intermolecular hydrogen bonds in hetero-complexes of biologically active aromatic molecules probed by the methods of vibrational spectroscopy

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    Semenov, M. A.; Blyzniuk, Iu. N.; Bolbukh, T. V.; Shestopalova, A. V.; Evstigneev, M. P.; Maleev, V. Ya.

    2012-09-01

    By the methods of vibrational spectroscopy (Infrared and Raman) the investigation of the hetero-association of biologically active aromatic compounds: flavin-mononucleotide (FMN), ethidium bromide (EB) and proflavine (PRF) was performed in aqueous solutions. It was shown that between the functional groups (Cdbnd O and NH2) the intermolecular hydrogen bonds are formed in the hetero-complexes FMN-EB and FMN-PRF, additionally stabilizing these structures. An estimation of the enthalpy of Н-bonding obtained from experimental shifts of carbonyl vibrational frequencies has shown that the H-bonds do not dominate in the magnitude of experimentally measured total enthalpy of the hetero-association reactions. The main stabilization is likely due to intermolecular interactions of the molecules in these complexes and their interaction with water environment.

  3. Intermolecular hydrogen bonds in hetero-complexes of biologically active aromatic molecules probed by the methods of vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Semenov, M A; Blyzniuk, Iu N; Bolbukh, T V; Shestopalova, A V; Evstigneev, M P; Maleev, V Ya

    2012-09-01

    By the methods of vibrational spectroscopy (Infrared and Raman) the investigation of the hetero-association of biologically active aromatic compounds: flavin-mononucleotide (FMN), ethidium bromide (EB) and proflavine (PRF) was performed in aqueous solutions. It was shown that between the functional groups (CO and NH(2)) the intermolecular hydrogen bonds are formed in the hetero-complexes FMN-EB and FMN-PRF, additionally stabilizing these structures. An estimation of the enthalpy of Н-bonding obtained from experimental shifts of carbonyl vibrational frequencies has shown that the H-bonds do not dominate in the magnitude of experimentally measured total enthalpy of the hetero-association reactions. The main stabilization is likely due to intermolecular interactions of the molecules in these complexes and their interaction with water environment.

  4. Intermolecular bonding of hemin in solution and in solid state probed by N K-edge X-ray spectroscopies.

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    Golnak, Ronny; Xiao, Jie; Atak, Kaan; Stevens, Joanna S; Gainar, Adrian; Schroeder, Sven L M; Aziz, Emad F

    2015-11-21

    X-ray absorption/emission spectroscopy (XAS/XES) at the N K-edge of iron protoporphyrin IX chloride (FePPIX-Cl, or hemin) has been carried out for dissolved monomers in DMSO, dimers in water and for the solid state. This sequence of samples permits identification of characteristic spectral features associated with the hemin intermolecular bonding. These characteristic features are further analyzed and understood at the molecular orbital (MO) level based on the DFT calculations.

  5. Strong intermolecular exciton couplings in solid-state circular dichroism of aryl benzyl sulfoxides.

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    Padula, Daniele; Di Pietro, Sebastiano; Capozzi, Maria Annunziata M; Cardellicchio, Cosimo; Pescitelli, Gennaro

    2014-09-01

    A series of 13 enantiopure aryl benzyl sulfoxides () with different substituents on the two aromatic rings has been previously analyzed by means of electronic circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Most of these compounds are crystalline and their X-ray structure is established. For almost one-half of the series, CD spectra measured in the solid state were quite different from those in acetonitrile solution. We demonstrate that the difference is due to strong exciton couplings between molecules packed closely together in the crystal. The computational approach consists of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations run on "dimers" composed of nearest neighbors found in the lattice. Solid-state CD spectra are well reproduced by the average of all possible pairwise terms. The relation between the crystal space group and conformation, and the appearance of solid-state CD spectra, is also discussed.

  6. Closed-shell ring coupled cluster doubles theory with range separation applied on weak intermolecular interactions.

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    Toulouse, Julien; Zhu, Wuming; Savin, Andreas; Jansen, Georg; Ángyán, János G

    2011-08-28

    We explore different variants of the random phase approximation to the correlation energy derived from closed-shell ring-diagram approximations to coupled cluster doubles theory. We implement these variants in range-separated density-functional theory, i.e., by combining the long-range random phase approximations with short-range density-functional approximations. We perform tests on the rare-gas dimers He(2), Ne(2), and Ar(2), and on the weakly interacting molecular complexes of the S22 set of Jurečka et al. [P. Jurečka, J. Šponer, J. Černý, and P. Hobza, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 8, 1985 (2006)]. The two best variants correspond to the ones originally proposed by Szabo and Ostlund [A. Szabo and N. S. Ostlund, J. Chem. Phys. 67, 4351 (1977)]. With range separation, they reach mean absolute errors on the equilibrium interaction energies of the S22 set of about 0.4 kcal/mol, corresponding to mean absolute percentage errors of about 4%, with the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set.

  7. Probing anomalous Higgs couplings in H → ZV decays

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    Modak, Tanmoy; Srivastava, Rahul

    2017-01-01

    We analyze the possibility of probing anomalous Higgs couplings in the rare decays H → ZV, V being a vector quarkonium state. These rare decays involve both gauge as well as the Yukawa sectors and either of them can potentially be anomalous. We show that the branching fractions for H → ZV decays in Standard Model (SM) are small, making it a sensitive probe for anomalous Higgs couplings originating from physics beyond SM. Moreover, as both V and Z can decay into pair of charged leptons, they provide experimentally clean channels and future LHC runs should observe such decays. We perform a model independent analysis and show how angular asymmetries can be used to probe these anomalous Higgs couplings, taking further decays of V and Z to pair of charged leptons into account. The angular asymmetries can provide significant information about anomalous Higgs couplings in both gauge and Yukawa sectors.

  8. Intermolecular forces.

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    Buckingham, A D

    1975-11-06

    The nature of molecular interactions is examined. Intermolecular forces are divided into long-range and short-range components; the former operate at distances where the effects of electron exchange are negligible and decrease as an inverse power of the separation. The long-range interactions may be subdividied into electrostatic, induction and dispersion contributions, where the electrostatic component is the interaction of the permanent charge distributions and the others originate in the fluctuations in the distributions. Typical magnitudes of the various contributions are given. The forces between macroscopic bodies are briefly considered, as are the effects of a medium. Some of the manifestations of molecular interactions are discussed.

  9. Probing scalar coupling differences via long-lived singlet states

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    DeVience, Stephen J.; Walsworth, Ronald L.; Rosen, Matthew S.

    2016-01-01

    We probe small scalar coupling differences via the coherent interactions between two nuclear spin singlet states in organic molecules. We show that the spin-lock induced crossing (SLIC) technique enables the coherent transfer of singlet order between one spin pair and another. The transfer is mediated by the difference in syn and anti vicinal or long-range J couplings among the spins. By measuring the transfer rate, we calculate a J coupling difference of 8 ± 2 mHz in phenylalanine-glycine-glycine and 2.57 ± 0.04 Hz in glutamate. We also characterize a coherence between two singlet states in glutamate, which may enable the creation of a long-lived quantum memory.

  10. Rotationally inelastic scattering of ND3 with H2 as a probe of the intermolecular potential energy surface

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    Tkáč, Ondřej; Saha, Ashim K.; Loreau, Jérôme; Ma, Qianli; Dagdigian, Paul J.; Parker, David H.; van der Avoird, Ad; Orr-Ewing, Andrew J.

    2015-12-01

    Differential cross sections (DCSs) are reported for rotationally inelastic scattering of ND3 with H2, measured using a crossed molecular beam apparatus with velocity map imaging (VMI). ND3 molecules were quantum-state selected in the ground electronic and vibrational levels and, optionally, in the j±k = 11- rotation-inversion level prior to collisions. Inelastic scattering of state-selected ND3 with H2 was measured at the mean collision energy of 580 cm-1 by resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionisation spectroscopy and VMI of ND3 in selected single final j'±k' levels. Comparison of experimental DCSs with close-coupling quantum-mechanical scattering calculations serves as a test of a recently reported ab initio potential energy surface. Calculated integral cross sections reveal the propensities for scattering into various final j'±k' levels of ND3 and differences between scattering by ortho and para H2. Integral and differential cross sections are also computed at a mean collision energy of 430 cm-1 and compared to our recent results for inelastic scattering of state-selected ND3 with He.

  11. Langmuir Probe Distortions and Probe Compensation in an Inductively Coupled Plasma

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    Ji, J. S.; Cappelli, M. A.; Kim, J. S.; Rao, M. V. V. S.; Sharma, S. P.

    1999-01-01

    In many RF discharges, Langmuir probe measurements are usually made against a background of sinusoidal (and not so sinusoidal) fluctuations in the plasma parameters such as the plasma potential (Vp), the electron number density (ne), and the electron temperature (Te). The compensation of sinusoidal fluctuations in Vp has been extensively studied and is relatively well understood. Less attention has been paid to the possible distortions introduced by small fluctuations in plasma density and/or plasma temperature, which may arise in the sheath and pre-sheath regions of RF discharges. Here, we present the results of a model simulation of probe characteristics subject to fluctuations in both Vp and ne. The modeling of probe distortion due to possible fluctuations in Te is less straightforward. A comparison is presented of calculations with experimental measurements using a compensated and uncompensated Langmuir probe in an inductively coupled GEC reference cell plasma, operating on Ar and Ar/CF4 mixtures. The plasma parameters determined from the compensated probe characteristics are compared to previous measurements of others made in similar discharges, and to our own measurements of the average electron density derived from electrical impedance measurements.

  12. Probing electroweak top quark couplings at hadron colliders

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    Baur, U.; Juste, A.; Orr, L.H.; Rainwater, D.

    2005-03-01

    We consider QCD tt{gamma} and ttZ production at hadron colliders as a tool to measure the tt{gamma} and ttZ couplings. At the Tevatron it may be possible to perform a first, albeit not very precise, test of the tt{gamma} vector and axial vector couplings in tt{gamma} production, provided that more than 5 fb{sup -1} of integrated luminosity are accumulated. The ttZ cross section at the Tevatron is too small to be observable. At the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) it will be possible to probe the tt{gamma} couplings at the few-percent level, which approaches the precision which one hopes to achieve with a next-generation e{sup +}e{sup -} linear collider. The LHC's capability of associated QCD ttV (V={gamma},Z) production has the added advantage that the tt{gamma} and ttZ couplings are not entangled. For an integrated luminosity of 300 fb{sup -1}, the ttZ vector (axial vector) coupling can be determined with an uncertainty of 45-85% (15-20%), whereas the dimension-five dipole form factors can be measured with a precision of 50-55%. The achievable limits improve typically by a factor of 2-3 for the luminosity-upgraded (3 ab{sup -1}) LHC.

  13. Intermolecular C-C Coupling Between 1-Methyl-1,2,3-Triazole and 2,2'-Bipyridine or 1,10-Phenanthroline at Mo(II) Complexes.

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    Riera, Lucia; Pérez, Julio; Fombona, Sergio; Díaz, Jesús

    2017-09-14

    Unsupported 1-methyl-1,2,3-triazole has been coordinated to {Mo(3-methallyl)(CO)2(N-N)} (N-N= 2,2'-bipyridine, bipy; or 1,10-phenanthroline,phen) fragments yielding cationic complexes which can be regarded as metalated triazolium salts. Their reactivity towards a strong base led to the deprotonation of the C5-H group of the triazole moiety, followed by an intermolecular nucleophilic attack to the ortho CH group of a bipy or phen ligand affording cyclic, bimetallic dearomatized C-C coupling products. The reaction of the neutral bipy derivative with an acid led to the formation of dihydropyridyl units by protonation of a CH group of the dearomatized rings, the dimeric nature of complexes being mantained upon protonation. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Secondary fluorescence in electron probe microanalysis of material couples

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    Llovet, X.; Pinard, P. T.; Donovan, J. J.; Salvat, F.

    2012-06-01

    We describe a semi-analytical method for the fast calculation of secondary fluorescence in electron probe microanalysis of material couples. The calculation includes contributions from primary K-, L- and M-shell characteristic x-rays and bremsstrahlung photons. The required physical interaction parameters (subshell partial cross sections, attenuation coefficients, etc) are extracted from the database of the Monte Carlo simulation code system PENELOPE. The calculation makes use of the intensities of primary photons released in interactions of beam electrons and secondary electrons. Since these intensities are not readily available and do not allow analytical calculation, they are generated from short Monte Carlo simulation runs. The reliability of the proposed calculation method has been assessed by comparing calculated, distance-dependent k-ratios with experimental data available in the literature and with results from simulations with PENELOPE. Numerical results are found to be in close agreement with both simulated and experimental data.

  15. Coupling Electrochemistry with Probe Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry.

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    Cai, Yi; Liu, Pengyuan; Held, Michael A; Dewald, Howard D; Chen, Hao

    2016-04-18

    A new coupling of electrochemistry with mass spectrometry (MS) using probe electrospray ionization (PESI) is presented. Due to the high salt tolerance of PESI, the detection of electrochemical reaction products in room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) is realized for the first time. Furthermore, PESI-MS allows the analysis of electrochemical reaction products on different or multiple electrode surfaces. In addition, peptides and proteins fractionated through isoelectric focusing (IEF) in the presence of an external electric field can also be directly analyzed by using PESI-MS, suggesting a new and rapid characterization means for the IEF technique. This study reveals the versatility of EC/PESI-MS, which could have an impact in electrochemistry and bioanalysis fields.

  16. Driving Forces for Covalent Assembly of Porphyrins by Selective C-H Bond Activation and Intermolecular Coupling on a Copper Surface.

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    Floris, Andrea; Haq, Sam; In't Veld, Mendel; Amabilino, David B; Raval, Rasmita; Kantorovich, Lev

    2016-05-11

    Recent synthesis of covalent organic assemblies at surfaces has opened the promise of producing robust nanostructures for functional interfaces. To uncover how this new chemistry works at surfaces and understand the underlying mechanisms that control bond-breaking and bond-making processes at specific positions of the participating molecules, we study here the coupling reaction of tetra(mesityl)porphyrin molecules, which creates covalently connected networks on the Cu(110) surface by utilizing the 4-methyl groups as unique connection points. Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), state-of-the-art density functional theory (DFT), and Nudged Elastic Band (NEB) calculations, we show that the unique directionality of the covalent bonding is found to stem from a chain of highly selective C-H activation and dehydrogenation processes, followed by specific intermolecular C-C coupling reactions that are facilitated by the surface, by steric constraints, and by anisotropic molecular diffusion. These insights provide the first steps toward developing synthetic rules for complex two-dimensional covalent organic chemistry that can be enacted directly at a surface to deliver specific macromolecular structures designed for specific functions.

  17. Solute-solvent intermolecular vibronic coupling as manifested by the molecular near-field effect in resonance hyper-Raman scattering.

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    Shimada, Rintaro; Hamaguchi, Hiro-o

    2011-01-21

    Vibronic coupling within the excited electronic manifold of the solute all-trans-β-carotene through the vibrational motions of the solvent cyclohexane is shown to manifest as the "molecular near-field effect," in which the solvent hyper-Raman bands are subject to marked intensity enhancements under the presence of all-trans-β-carotene. The resonance hyper-Raman excitation profiles of the enhanced solvent bands exhibit similar peaks to those of the solute bands in the wavenumber region of 21,700-25,000 cm(-1) (10,850-12,500 cm(-1) in the hyper-Raman exciting wavenumber), where the solute all-trans-β-carotene shows a strong absorption assigned to the 1A(g) → 1B(u) transition. This fact indicates that the solvent hyper-Raman bands gain their intensities through resonances with the electronic states of the solute. The observed excitation profiles are quantitatively analyzed and are successfully accounted for by an extended vibronic theory of resonance hyper-Raman scattering that incorporates the vibronic coupling within the excited electronic manifold of all-trans-β-carotene through the vibrational motions of cyclohexane. It is shown that the major resonance arises from the B-term (vibronic) coupling between the first excited vibrational level (v = 1) of the 1B(u) state and the ground vibrational level (v = 0) of a nearby A(g) state through ungerade vibrational modes of both the solute and the solvent molecules. The inversion symmetry of the solute all-trans-β-carotene is preserved, suggesting the weak perturbative nature of the solute-solvent interaction in the molecular near-field effect. The present study introduces a new concept, "intermolecular vibronic coupling," which may provide an experimentally accessible∕theoretically tractable model for understanding weak solute-solvent interactions in liquid.

  18. Coupling efficiency of ultra-small gradient-index fiber probe

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    Wang, Chi; Sun, Jianmei; Sun, Fan; Zhu, Jun; Yuan, Zhiwen; Asundi, Anand

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, the coupling efficiency of ultra-small GRIN fiber probe is studied for its focusing performance. Based on the light transmission characteristics of a Gaussian beam and the principle of optical imaging, with the analytical methods, the theoretical formula is deduced for the coupling efficiency of ultra-small GRIN fiber probe. Experiments were set-up and conducted for verification. Per the experimental results, for an ultra-small GRIN fiber probe with the focal length of 0.4 mm, the coupling efficiency measured at the focusing position was 57%, and above 44% within the 0-0.6 mm range. However, for a single-mode fiber, the coupling efficiency dropped to 17% when the distance increased to 0.2 mm. Thus, the ultra-small GRIN fiber probe boasts a superior focusing performance and coupling efficiency. This paper provides a theoretical basis for the application and research on ultra-small GRIN fiber probe.

  19. Improving the Mass-Limited Performance of Routine NMR Probes using Coupled Coils.

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    Marsden, Brian; Lim, Victor; Taber, Bob; Zens, Albert

    2016-07-01

    We report a method to convert, on demand, a general use dual-broadband probe to a high performance mass-limited probe for both high band and low band nuclei. This technology uses magnetic coupling of inductors to achieve this capability. The method offers a cost effective way of increasing the performance of routine NMR probes without having to change probes or increase the overall foot print of the spectrometer.

  20. Improving the Mass-Limited Performance of Routine NMR Probes using Coupled Coils

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    Marsden, Brian; Lim, Victor; Taber, Bob; Zens, Albert

    2016-07-01

    We report a method to convert, on demand, a general use dual-broadband probe to a high performance mass-limited probe for both high band and low band nuclei. This technology uses magnetic coupling of inductors to achieve this capability. The method offers a cost effective way of increasing the performance of routine NMR probes without having to change probes or increase the overall foot print of the spectrometer.

  1. Capacitively coupled RF voltage probe having optimized flux linkage

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    Moore, James A.; Sparks, Dennis O.

    1999-02-02

    An RF sensor having a novel current sensing probe and a voltage sensing probe to measure voltage and current. The current sensor is disposed in a transmission line to link all of the flux generated by the flowing current in order to obtain an accurate measurement. The voltage sensor is a flat plate which operates as a capacitive plate to sense voltage on a center conductor of the transmission line, in which the measured voltage is obtained across a resistance leg of a R-C differentiator circuit formed by the characteristic impedance of a connecting transmission line and a capacitance of the plate, which is positioned proximal to the center conductor.

  2. Higgs coupling constants as a probe of new physics

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    Kanemura, Shinya; Okada, Yasuhiro; Senaha, Eibun; Yuan, C.-P.

    2004-12-01

    We study new physics effects on the couplings of weak gauge bosons with the lightest CP-even Higgs boson (h), hZZ, and the trilinear coupling of the lightest Higgs boson, hhh, at the one-loop order, as predicted by the two Higgs doublet model. Those renormalized coupling constants can deviate from the standard model (SM) predictions due to two distinct origins: the tree level mixing effect of Higgs bosons and the quantum effect of additional particles in loop diagrams. The latter can be enhanced in the renormalized hhh coupling constant when the additional particles show the nondecoupling property. Therefore, even in the case where the hZZ coupling is close to the SM value, deviation in the hhh coupling from the SM value can become as large as plus 100%, while that in the hZZ coupling is at most minus 1% level. Such large quantum effect on the Higgs trilinear coupling is distinguishable from the tree level mixing effect, and is expected to be detectable at a future linear collider.

  3. Control of the probe absorption in coupled quantum wells in two dimensions

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    Kang, Chengxian; Ma, Yangcheng; Wang, Zhiping; Yu, Benli

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the probe absorption of a weak probe field in two dimensions (the so-called two-dimensional probe absorption) in an asymmetric two coupled quantum wells. It is found that, due to the joint quantum interference induced by the standing-wave and coherent coupling fields, the probe absorption can be easily controlled via adjusting the system parameters in two dimensions. Most importantly, the pattern of probe absorption can be localized at a particular position and the maximal probability of finding the pattern in one period of the standing-wave fields reaches unity by properly adjusting the system parameters. Thus, our scheme may provide some technological applications in solid-state optoelectronics and quantum information science.

  4. Probing Phase Coupling Between Two Spin-Torque Nano-Oscillators with an External Source

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    Li, Yi; de Milly, Xavier; Abreu Araujo, Flavio; Klein, Olivier; Cros, Vincent; Grollier, Julie; de Loubens, Grégoire

    2017-06-01

    Phase coupling between auto-oscillators is central for achieving coherent responses such as synchronization. Here we present an experimental approach to probe it in the case of two dipolarly coupled spin-torque vortex nano-oscillators using an external microwave field. By phase locking one oscillator to the external source, we observe frequency pulling on the second oscillator. From coupled phase equations we show analytically that this frequency pulling results from concerted actions of oscillator-oscillator and source-oscillator couplings. The analysis allows us to determine the strength and phase shift of coupling between two oscillators, yielding important information for the implementation of large interacting oscillator networks.

  5. Ionic-charge dependence of the intermolecular coulombic decay time scale for aqueous ions probed by the core-hole clock.

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    Pokapanich, Wandared; Kryzhevoi, Nikolai V; Ottosson, Niklas; Svensson, Svante; Cederbaum, Lorenz S; Öhrwall, Gunnar; Björneholm, Olle

    2011-08-31

    Auger electron spectroscopy combined with theoretical calculations has been applied to investigate the decay of the Ca 2p core hole of aqueous Ca(2+). Beyond the localized two-hole final states on the calcium ion, originating from a normal Auger process, we have further identified the final states delocalized between the calcium ion and its water surroundings and produced by core level intermolecular Coulombic decay (ICD) processes. By applying the core-hole clock method, the time scale of the core level ICD was determined to be 33 ± 1 fs for the 2p core hole of the aqueous Ca(2+). The comparison of this time constant to those associated with the aqueous K(+), Na(+), Mg(2+), and Al(3+) ions reveals differences of 1 and up to 2 orders of magnitude. Such large variations in the characteristic time scales of the core level ICD processes is qualitatively explained by different internal decay mechanisms in different ions as well as by different ion-solvent distances and interactions.

  6. Energy of the quasi-free electron in H{sub 2}, D{sub 2}, and O{sub 2}: Probing intermolecular potentials within the local Wigner-Seitz model

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    Evans, C. M. Krynski, Kamil; Streeter, Zachary; Findley, G. L.

    2015-12-14

    We present for the first time the quasi-free electron energy V{sub 0}(ρ) for H{sub 2}, D{sub 2}, and O{sub 2} from gas to liquid densities, on noncritical isotherms and on a near critical isotherm in each fluid. These data illustrate the ability of field enhanced photoemission (FEP) to determine V{sub 0}(ρ) accurately in strongly absorbing fluids (e.g., O{sub 2}) and fluids with extremely low critical temperatures (e.g., H{sub 2} and D{sub 2}). We also show that the isotropic local Wigner-Seitz model for V{sub 0}(ρ) — when coupled with thermodynamic data for the fluid — can yield optimized parameters for intermolecular potentials, as well as zero kinetic energy electron scattering lengths.

  7. Langmuir Probe Measurements in an Inductively Coupled GEC Reference Cell Plasma

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    Ji, J. S.; Kim, J. S.; Cappelli, M. A.; Sharma, S. P.; Arnold, J. O. (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    Measurements of electron number density, electron temperature, and electron energy distribution function (EEDF) using a compensated Langmuir probe have been performed on an inductively (transformer ) coupled Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC) reference cell plasma. The plasma source is operated with CH4, CF4, or their mixtures with argon. The effect of independently driving the electrode supporting the wafer on the probe data is studied. In particular, we find that the plasma structure depends on the phase in addition to the magnitude of the power coupled to the electrode relative to that of the transformer coil. The Langmuir probe is translated in a plane parallel to the electrode to investigate the spatial structure of the plasma. The probe data is also compared with fluid model predictions.

  8. NDE of a 3-D surface crack using closely coupled probes for DCPD technique

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    Saka, M.; Abe, H.; Hirota, D.; Komura, I.

    1998-11-01

    A procedure of applying the d-c potential drop technique using the closely coupled probes to NDE of a 3-D surface crack is newly developed. The calibration equation for three sensors which differ in the distance between the probes is derived. Experiments validated the use of the calibration equation for the NDE of cracks. The method to use the three sensors properly based on the measuring sensitivity is shown.

  9. The development of a shock-tube based characterization technique for air-coupled ultrasonic probes.

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    Revel, G M; Pandarese, G; Cavuto, A

    2014-08-01

    The present paper proposes a new characterization technique for air-coupled ultrasound probes. The technique is based on a shock tube to generate a controlled pressure wave to calibrate transducers within their operating frequency range. The aim is to generate a high frequency pressure wave (at least up to 200 kHz) with the low energy levels typical of commonly used air-coupled ultrasound probes. A dedicated shock-tube has been designed and tested to assess calibration performances. The sensor transfer function has been measured by using a pressure transducer as reference. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Probing gravitational non-minimal coupling with dark energy surveys

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    Geng, Chao-Qiang; Lee, Chung-Chi; Wu, Yi-Peng

    2017-03-01

    We investigate observational constraints on a specific one-parameter extension to the minimal quintessence model, where the quintessence field acquires a quadratic coupling to the scalar curvature through a coupling constant ξ . The value of ξ is highly suppressed in typical tracker models if the late-time cosmic acceleration is driven at some field values near the Planck scale. We test ξ in a second class of models in which the field value today becomes a free model parameter. We use the combined data from type-Ia supernovae, cosmic microwave background, baryon acoustic oscillations and matter power spectrum, to weak lensing measurements and find a best-fit value ξ {>}0.289 where ξ = 0 is excluded outside the 95% confidence region. The effective gravitational constant G_eff subject to the hint of a non-zero ξ is constrained to -0.003< 1- G_eff/G < 0.033 at the same confidence level on cosmological scales, and it can be narrowed down to 1- G_eff/G < 2.2 × 10^{-5} when combining with Solar System tests.

  11. Probing transmembrane mechanical coupling and cytomechanics using magnetic twisting cytometry

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    Wang, N.; Ingber, D. E.

    1995-01-01

    We recently developed a magnetic twisting cytometry technique that allows us to apply controlled mechanical stresses to specific cell surface receptors using ligand-coated ferromagnetic microbeads and to simultaneously measure the mechanical response in living cells. Using this technique, we have previously shown the following: (i) beta 1 integrin receptors mediate mechanical force transfer across the cell surface and to the cytoskeleton, whereas other transmembrane receptors (e.g., scavenger receptors) do not; (ii) cytoskeletal stiffness increases in direct proportion to the level of stress applied to integrins; and (iii) the slope of this linear stiffening response differs depending on the shape of the cell. We now show that different integrins (beta 1, alpha V beta 3, alpha V, alpha 5, alpha 2) and other transmembrane receptors (scavenger receptor, platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule) differ in their ability to mediate force transfer across the cell surface. In addition, the linear stiffening behavior previously observed in endothelial cells was found to be shared by other cell types. Finally, we demonstrate that dynamic changes in cell shape that occur during both cell spreading and retraction are accompanied by coordinate changes in cytoskeletal stiffness. Taken together, these results suggest that the magnetic twisting cytometry technique may be a powerful and versatile tool for studies analyzing the molecular basis of transmembrane mechanical coupling to the cytoskeleton as well as dynamic relations between changes in cytoskeletal structure and alterations in cell form and function.

  12. Probing transmembrane mechanical coupling and cytomechanics using magnetic twisting cytometry

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    Wang, N.; Ingber, D. E.

    1995-01-01

    We recently developed a magnetic twisting cytometry technique that allows us to apply controlled mechanical stresses to specific cell surface receptors using ligand-coated ferromagnetic microbeads and to simultaneously measure the mechanical response in living cells. Using this technique, we have previously shown the following: (i) beta 1 integrin receptors mediate mechanical force transfer across the cell surface and to the cytoskeleton, whereas other transmembrane receptors (e.g., scavenger receptors) do not; (ii) cytoskeletal stiffness increases in direct proportion to the level of stress applied to integrins; and (iii) the slope of this linear stiffening response differs depending on the shape of the cell. We now show that different integrins (beta 1, alpha V beta 3, alpha V, alpha 5, alpha 2) and other transmembrane receptors (scavenger receptor, platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule) differ in their ability to mediate force transfer across the cell surface. In addition, the linear stiffening behavior previously observed in endothelial cells was found to be shared by other cell types. Finally, we demonstrate that dynamic changes in cell shape that occur during both cell spreading and retraction are accompanied by coordinate changes in cytoskeletal stiffness. Taken together, these results suggest that the magnetic twisting cytometry technique may be a powerful and versatile tool for studies analyzing the molecular basis of transmembrane mechanical coupling to the cytoskeleton as well as dynamic relations between changes in cytoskeletal structure and alterations in cell form and function.

  13. Pneumatic switched angle spinning NMR probe with capacitively coupled double saddle coil.

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    Litvak, Ilya M; Espinosa, Catalina A; Shapiro, Rebecca A; Oldham, Andrew N; Duong, Vincent V; Martin, Rachel W

    2010-10-01

    Switched angle spinning (SAS) experiments can be used for generating isotropic-anisotropic correlations in oriented samples in a single experiment. In order for these methods to become widespread, specialized hardware is required. Here we describe the electronic and mechanical design and performance of a double-resonance SAS probe. Unlike many previous SAS probe implementations, the focus here is on systems where the dipolar couplings are partially averaged by molecular motion. This probe has a moving double saddle coil capacitively coupled to the stationary circuit. Angle switching is accomplished by a steam engine-type pneumatic mechanism. The speed and stability of the switching hardware for SAS experiments are demonstrated using spectra of model compounds.

  14. Pneumatic switched angle spinning NMR probe with capacitively coupled double saddle coil

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    Litvak, Ilya M.; Espinosa, Catalina A.; Shapiro, Rebecca A.; Oldham, Andrew N.; Duong, Vincent V.; Martin, Rachel W.

    2010-10-01

    Switched angle spinning (SAS) experiments can be used for generating isotropic-anisotropic correlations in oriented samples in a single experiment. In order for these methods to become widespread, specialized hardware is required. Here we describe the electronic and mechanical design and performance of a double-resonance SAS probe. Unlike many previous SAS probe implementations, the focus here is on systems where the dipolar couplings are partially averaged by molecular motion. This probe has a moving double saddle coil capacitively coupled to the stationary circuit. Angle switching is accomplished by a steam engine-type pneumatic mechanism. The speed and stability of the switching hardware for SAS experiments are demonstrated using spectra of model compounds.

  15. Protein conformational transitions coupled to binding in molecular recognition of unstructured proteins: deciphering the effect of intermolecular interactions on computational structure prediction of the p27Kip1 protein bound to the cyclin A-cyclin-dependent kinase 2 complex.

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    Verkhivker, Gennady M

    2005-02-15

    The relationship between folding mechanism coupled to binding and structure prediction of the tertiary complexes is studied for the p27(Kip) (1) protein which has an intrinsically disordered unbound form and undergoes a functional folding transition during complex formation with the phosphorylated cyclin A-cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (Cdk2) binary complex. Hierarchy of p27(Kip1) structural loss determined in our earlier studies from temperature-induced Monte Carlo simulations and subsequent characterization of the transition state ensemble (TSE) for the folding reaction have shown that simultaneous ordering of the p27(Kip1) native intermolecular interface for the beta-hairpin and beta-strand secondary structure elements is critical for nucleating a rapid kinetic transition to the native tertiary complex. In the present study, we investigate the effect of forming specific intermolecular interactions on structure prediction of the p27(Kip1) tertiary complex. By constraining different secondary structure elements of p27(Kip1) in their native bound conformations and conducting multiple simulated annealing simulations, we analyze differences in the success rate of predicting the native structure of p27(Kip1) in the tertiary complex. In accordance with the nucleation-condensation mechanism, we have found that further stabilization of the native intermolecular interface for the beta-hairpin and beta-strand elements of p27(Kip1), that become ordered in the TSE, but are hardly populated in the unbound state, results in a consistent acquisition of the native bound structure. Conversely, the excessive stablization of the local secondary structure elements, which are rarely detected in the TSE, has a detrimental effect on convergence to the native bound structure. (c) 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  16. Probing anomalous couplings using di-Higgs production in electron-proton collisions

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    Kumar, Mukesh; Ruan, Xifeng; Islam, Rashidul; Cornell, Alan S.; Klein, Max; Klein, Uta; Mellado, Bruce

    2017-01-01

    A proposed high energy Future Circular Hadron-Electron Collider would provide sufficient energy in a clean environment to probe di-Higgs production. Using this channel we show that the azimuthal angle correlation between the missing transverse energy and the forward jet is a very good probe for the non-standard hhh and hhWW couplings. We give the exclusion limits on these couplings as a function of integrated luminosity at a 95% C.L. using the fiducial cross sections. With appropriate error fitting methodology we find that the Higgs boson self coupling could be measured to be ghhh(1) = 1.00-0.17(0.12)+0.24(0.14) of its expected Standard Model value at √{ s} = 3.5 (5.0) TeV for an ultimate 10 ab-1 of integrated luminosity.

  17. Probing electromechanical coupling in collagen at the nanoscale via scanning probe microscopy

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    Denning, Denise

    Electromechanical coupling is ubiquitous in nature and is a functional characteristic in a large range of inorganic and organic materials, including collagen type I -- a fibrous protein abundant in mammals. Understanding the biofunctionality of electromechanical coupling in its linear form -- piezoelectricity, has been a topic of research spanning over seven decades and yet many questions still remain unanswered. Piezoelectricity in bone and connective tissues such as tendon has been investigated at the macroscopic scale since the discovery of piezoelectricity in bone in 1957 and induced currents via the piezoelectric effect have been shown to activate the healing process in tissues under tension. Biological systems consist of complex hierarchical structures which results from a high degree of organization from the macroscale down to the nanoscale. These complex structures, however, make quantitative piezoelectric measurements difficult. Therefore, there exists a need to understand these processes at the individual protein level -- i.e. at the nanoscale. In this thesis, a voltage-modulated form of atomic force microscopy called piezoresponse force microscopy is utilized to investigate the counterpart which is responsible for piezoelectricity in bone and connective tissues -- collagen. The polar properties of collagen were revealed at the nanoscale and were shown to result in a highly complex polar architecture in natural tissue, which is important for understanding tissue development. Shear piezoelectricity was discovered to persist in engineered collagen hydrogels, a study intended to highlight the importance of replicating both structural and functional properties in replacement tissues. The electromechanical properties of collagen type II were investigated which were previously unknown. Collagen type II was shown to be a shear piezoelectric, exhibiting an angle dependence of the piezoelectric signal with cantilever-fibril angle. In addition, the piezoelectric

  18. Tamm State-Coupled Emission: Effect of Probe Location and Emission Wavelength

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    2015-01-01

    We report the effect of the probe location and wavelength on the emission spatial distribution and spectral properties of fluorophores located on structures which display Tamm states. Our structure consists of a one-dimensional photonic crystal (1DPC)—that is, a multilayer structure of alternate high and low refractive index dielectrics—and a thin top silver film. Simulations show the presence of Tamm and surface plasmon modes in the structure. The electric field intensities for the Tamm modes are located mostly in the dielectric layer below the metal film. The corresponding field intensities for the surface plamon modes are located above the metal film in the distal side. Tamm states can be in resonance with the incident light normal or near normal to the surface, within the light line, and can be accessed without the use of a coupling prism or gratings. We investigated the emission spectra and angular distribution of the emission for probes located above and below the metal film to explore the interaction of fluorophores with Tamm plasmons and surface plasmons modes. Three probes were chosen with different overlap of the emission spectra with the Tamm modes. The fluorophores below the metal film coupled predominantly with the Tamm state and displayed more intense and only Tamm state-coupled emission (TSCE). Probes above the metal film display both surface plasmon-coupled emission (SPCE) and Tamm state-coupled emission. In contrast to SPCE, which shows only KR, P-polarized emission, the Tamm states can display both S- and P-polarized emission and can be populated using both RK and KR illuminations. The TSCE angle is highly sensitive to wavelength, which suggests the use of Tamm structures to provide both directional emission and wavelength dispersion. The combination of plasmonic and photonic structures with directional emission close to surface normal offers the opportunities for new design formats for clinical testing, portable devices, and other

  19. Theory of pump-probe experiments of metallic metamaterials coupled to the gain medium

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    Huang, Zhixiang; Koschny, Thomas; Soukoulis, Costas

    2012-05-04

    We establish a new approach for pump-probe simulations of metallic metamaterials coupled to the gain materials. It is of vital importance to understand the mechanism of the coupling of metamaterials with the gain medium. Using a four-level gain system, we have studied light amplification of arrays of metallic split-ring resonators with a gain layer underneath. We find that the differential transmittance ΔT/T can be negative for split-ring resonators on the top of the gain substrate, which is not expected, and ΔT/T is positive for the gain substrate alone. These simulations agree with pump-probe experiments and can help to design new experiments to compensate for the losses of metamaterials.

  20. Near-Field Infrared Pump-Probe Imaging of Surface Phonon Coupling in Boron Nitride Nanotubes.

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    Gilburd, Leonid; Xu, Xiaoji G; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri; Walker, Gilbert C

    2016-01-21

    Surface phonon modes are lattice vibrational modes of a solid surface. Two common surface modes, called longitudinal and transverse optical modes, exhibit lattice vibration along or perpendicular to the direction of the wave. We report a two-color, infrared pump-infrared probe technique based on scattering type near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) to spatially resolve coupling between surface phonon modes. Spatially varying couplings between the longitudinal optical and surface phonon polariton modes of boron nitride nanotubes are observed, and a simple model is proposed.

  1. Fluorescent probe environment and the structural and charge changes in energy coupling of mitochondrial membranes.

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    Chance, B

    1970-10-01

    The use of fluorescent probes to give continuous readouts of the structural states of mitochondrial membranes during energy coupling seems a logical extension of their use in the study of protein structural changes. A clear correlation of the probes' fluorescence characteristics with the acquisition of energy coupling can be demonstrated in fragmented and natural membrane using 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonate (ANS) and ethidium bromide respectively. The present contribution attempts to bring together contemporary viewpoints of this and other laboratories and the recent experimental data and give some detailed information on probe environment and on the structural or charge changes occurring upon energization. The energy-dependent region of the membrane is located at an aqueous interface between an outer layer of proteins (presumably cytochromes) and the membrane permeability barrier; the aromatic portion of ANS appears to be located in the lipid phase and the sulfonic acid group in the aqueous phase. The aqueous phase is probably a structured water region near paramagnetic membrane components such as cytochrome. Membrane energization arising from altered redox potential changes of cytochromes (b(T)) is communicated to the water structure through altered structural states of the hemoproteins, causing a decreased volume of the structured water region and increased interaction with the paramagnetic components in the energized state. Attendant alterations of protonic equilibria of membrane components induce both local and transmembrane changes in charge distribution, with consequent movements of ions, including the probe molecules themselves.

  2. The induced motion of a probe coupled to a bath with random resettings

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    Maes, Christian; Thiery, Thimothée

    2017-10-01

    We consider a probe linearly coupled to the center of mass of a nonequilibrium bath. We study the induced motion on the probe for a model where a resetting mechanism is added to an overdamped bath dynamics with quadratic potentials. The fact that each bath particle is at random times reset to a fixed position is known for optimizing diffusive search strategies, but here stands for the nonequilibrium aspect of the bath. In the large bath scaling limit the probe is governed by an effective Langevin equation. Depending on the value of the parameters, there appear three regimes: (i) an equilibrium-like regime but with a reduced friction and an increased effective temperature; (ii) a regime where the noise felt by the probe is continuous but non-Gaussian and exhibits fat-tails; (iii) a regime with a non-Gaussian noise exhibiting power-law distributed jumps. The model thus represents an exactly solvable case for the origin of nonequilibrium probe dynamics.

  3. Probing the Higgs Couplings to Photons in h→4l at the LHC

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    Chen, Yi; Harnik, Roni; Vega-Morales, Roberto

    2014-11-01

    We explore the sensitivity of the Higgs decay to four leptons, the so-called golden channel, to higher dimensional loop-induced couplings of the Higgs boson tomore » $ZZ$, $$Z\\gamma$$, and $$\\gamma\\gamma$$, allowing for general CP mixtures. The larger standard model tree level coupling $$hZ^\\mu Z_\\mu$$ is the dominant "background" for the loop induced couplings. However this large background interferes with the smaller loop induced couplings, enhancing the sensitivity. We perform a maximum likelihood analysis based on analytic expressions of the fully differential decay width for $$h\\to 4\\ell$$ ($$4\\ell \\equiv 2e2\\mu, 4e, 4\\mu$$) including all interference effects. We find that the spectral shapes induced by Higgs couplings to photons are particularly different than the $$hZ^\\mu Z_\\mu$$ background leading to enhanced sensitivity to these couplings. We show that even if the $$h\\to\\gamma\\gamma$$ and $$h\\to 4\\ell$$ rates agree with that predicted by the Standard Model, the golden channel has the potential to probe both the CP nature as well as the overall sign of the Higgs coupling to photons well before the end of high-luminosity LHC running ($$\\sim$$3 ab$$^{-1}$$).« less

  4. Probing the Higgs Couplings to Photons in h→4l at the LHC

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    Chen, Yi; Harnik, Roni; Vega-Morales, Roberto

    2014-11-01

    We explore the sensitivity of the Higgs decay to four leptons, the so-called golden channel, to higher dimensional loop-induced couplings of the Higgs boson to $ZZ$, $Z\\gamma$, and $\\gamma\\gamma$, allowing for general CP mixtures. The larger standard model tree level coupling $hZ^\\mu Z_\\mu$ is the dominant "background" for the loop induced couplings. However this large background interferes with the smaller loop induced couplings, enhancing the sensitivity. We perform a maximum likelihood analysis based on analytic expressions of the fully differential decay width for $h\\to 4\\ell$ ($4\\ell \\equiv 2e2\\mu, 4e, 4\\mu$) including all interference effects. We find that the spectral shapes induced by Higgs couplings to photons are particularly different than the $hZ^\\mu Z_\\mu$ background leading to enhanced sensitivity to these couplings. We show that even if the $h\\to\\gamma\\gamma$ and $h\\to 4\\ell$ rates agree with that predicted by the Standard Model, the golden channel has the potential to probe both the CP nature as well as the overall sign of the Higgs coupling to photons well before the end of high-luminosity LHC running ($\\sim$3 ab$^{-1}$).

  5. Probing the Higgs couplings to photons in h→4ℓ at the LHC.

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    Chen, Yi; Harnik, Roni; Vega-Morales, Roberto

    2014-11-07

    We explore the sensitivity of the Higgs decay to four leptons, the so-called golden channel, to higher dimensional loop-induced couplings of the Higgs boson to ZZ, Zγ, and γγ pairs, allowing for general CP mixtures. The larger standard model tree level coupling hZ(μ)Z(μ) is the dominant "background" for the loop-induced couplings. However, this large background interferes with the smaller loop-induced couplings, enhancing the sensitivity. We perform a maximum likelihood analysis based on analytic expressions of the fully differential decay width for h→4ℓ (4ℓ≡2e2μ,4e,4μ), including all interference effects. We find that the spectral shapes induced by Higgs couplings to photons are particularly different than the hZ(μ)Z(μ) background leading to enhanced sensitivity to these couplings. We show that even if the h→γγ and h→4ℓ rates agree with that predicted by the standard model, the golden channel has the potential to probe both the CP nature as well as the overall sign of the Higgs coupling to photons well before the end of a high-luminosity LHC.

  6. Exclusive radiative Higgs decays as probes of light-quark Yukawa couplings

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    König, Matthias; Neubert, Matthias

    2015-08-01

    We present a detailed analysis of the rare exclusive Higgs boson decays into a single vector meson and a photon and investigate the possibility of using these processes to probe the light-quark Yukawa couplings. We work with an effective Lagrangian with modified Higgs couplings to account for possible new-physics effects in a model-independent way. The h → Vγ decay rate is governed by the destructive interference of two amplitudes, one of which involves the Higgs coupling to the quark anti-quark pair inside the vector meson. We derive this amplitude at next-to-leading order in α s using QCD factorization, including the resummation of large logarithmic corrections and accounting for the effects of flavor mixing. The high factorization scale μ ˜ m h ensures that our results are rather insensitive to the hadronic parameters characterizing the light-cone distribution amplitude of the vector meson. The second amplitude arises from the loop-induced effective hγγ * and hγZ * couplings, where the off-shell gauge boson converts into the vector meson. We devise a strategy to eliminate theoretical uncertainties related to this amplitude to almost arbitrary precision. This opens up the possibility to probe for modifications of the c- and b-quark Yukawa couplings and modifications of the s-quark Yukawa coupling in the high-luminosity LHC run. In particular, we show that measurements of the ratios Br( h → Υ( nS) γ)/Br( h → γγ) and can provide complementary information on the real and imaginary parts of the b-quark Yukawa coupling. More accurate measurements would be possible at a future 100 TeV proton-proton collider.

  7. Development of (trimethylsilyl)ethyl ester protected enolates and applications in palladium-catalyzed enantioselective allylic alkylation: intermolecular cross-coupling of functionalized electrophiles.

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    Reeves, Corey M; Behenna, Douglas C; Stoltz, Brian M

    2014-05-02

    The development of (trimethylsilyl)ethyl ester protected enolates is reported. The application of this class of compounds in palladium-catalyzed asymmetric allylic alkylation is explored, yielding a variety of α-quaternary six- and seven-membered ketones and lactams. Independent coupling partner synthesis engenders enhanced allyl substrate scope relative to traditional β-ketoester substrates; highly functionalized α-quaternary ketones generated by the union of (trimethylsilyl)ethyl β-ketoesters and sensitive allylic alkylation coupling partners serve to demonstrate the utility of this method for complex fragment coupling.

  8. Probe And Enhancement Of SBS Based Phonons In Infrared Fibers Using Waveguide Coupled External Radiation

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    Yu, Chung; Chong, Yat C.; Fong, Chee K.

    1989-06-01

    Interaction of GHz and MHz radiation with CO2 laser propagation in a silver halide fiber using sBs based phonon coupling is furthet investigated. The external signal serves to both probe and enhance laser generated sBs phonons in the fiber. Efficient coupling of microwave radiation into the fiber is accomplished by placing the fiber in a hollow metallic waveguide, designed and constructed to transmit the dominant mode in the 0.9-2.0 GHz band. MHz radiation is conveniently coupled into the fiber using the guided microwave radiation as carrier. Phonon emissions from the fiber under CO2 laser pumping are first established on a spectrum analyzer; low frequency generators ale then tuned to match these frequencies and their maximum interaction recorded. Such interactions are systematically studied by monitoring the amplitude and waveform of the reflected and transmitted laser pulse at various power levels and frequencies of the externally coupled radiation. A plot of reflected laser power versus incident laser power reveals a distinct sBs generated phonon threshold. Variouslaunch directions of the GHz and MHz radiation with respect to the direction of laser propagation are realized to verify theory governing sBs interactions. The MHz radiation and its associated phonons in the fiber are convenient tools for probing sBs related phenomenon in infrared fibers.

  9. Probing dark excitons in atomically thin semiconductors via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons

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    Zhou, You; Scuri, Giovanni; Wild, Dominik S.; High, Alexander A.; Dibos, Alan; Jauregui, Luis A.; Shu, Chi; de Greve, Kristiaan; Pistunova, Kateryna; Joe, Andrew Y.; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Kim, Philip; Lukin, Mikhail D.; Park, Hongkun

    2017-09-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers with a direct bandgap feature tightly bound excitons, strong spin-orbit coupling and spin-valley degrees of freedom. Depending on the spin configuration of the electron-hole pairs, intra-valley excitons of TMD monolayers can be either optically bright or dark. Dark excitons involve nominally spin-forbidden optical transitions with a zero in-plane transition dipole moment, making their detection with conventional far-field optical techniques challenging. Here, we introduce a method for probing the optical properties of two-dimensional materials via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). This coupling selectively enhances optical transitions with dipole moments normal to the two-dimensional plane, enabling direct detection of dark excitons in TMD monolayers. When a WSe2 monolayer is placed on top of a single-crystal silver film, its emission into near-field-coupled SPPs displays new spectral features whose energies and dipole orientations are consistent with dark neutral and charged excitons. The SPP-based near-field spectroscopy significantly improves experimental capabilities for probing and manipulating exciton dynamics of atomically thin materials, thus opening up new avenues for realizing active metasurfaces and robust optoelectronic systems, with potential applications in information processing and communication.

  10. Probing dark excitons in atomically thin semiconductors via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons.

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    Zhou, You; Scuri, Giovanni; Wild, Dominik S; High, Alexander A; Dibos, Alan; Jauregui, Luis A; Shu, Chi; De Greve, Kristiaan; Pistunova, Kateryna; Joe, Andrew Y; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Kim, Philip; Lukin, Mikhail D; Park, Hongkun

    2017-09-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers with a direct bandgap feature tightly bound excitons, strong spin-orbit coupling and spin-valley degrees of freedom. Depending on the spin configuration of the electron-hole pairs, intra-valley excitons of TMD monolayers can be either optically bright or dark. Dark excitons involve nominally spin-forbidden optical transitions with a zero in-plane transition dipole moment, making their detection with conventional far-field optical techniques challenging. Here, we introduce a method for probing the optical properties of two-dimensional materials via near-field coupling to surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). This coupling selectively enhances optical transitions with dipole moments normal to the two-dimensional plane, enabling direct detection of dark excitons in TMD monolayers. When a WSe2 monolayer is placed on top of a single-crystal silver film, its emission into near-field-coupled SPPs displays new spectral features whose energies and dipole orientations are consistent with dark neutral and charged excitons. The SPP-based near-field spectroscopy significantly improves experimental capabilities for probing and manipulating exciton dynamics of atomically thin materials, thus opening up new avenues for realizing active metasurfaces and robust optoelectronic systems, with potential applications in information processing and communication.

  11. Prospective real-time head motion correction using inductively coupled wireless NMR probes.

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    Sengupta, Saikat; Tadanki, Sasidhar; Gore, John C; Welch, E Brian

    2014-10-01

    Head motion continues to be a major source of artifacts and data quality degradation in MRI. The goal of this work was to develop and demonstrate a novel technique for prospective, 6 degrees of freedom (6DOF) rigid body motion estimation and real-time motion correction using inductively coupled wireless nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) probe markers. Three wireless probes that are inductively coupled with the scanner's RF setup serve as fiducials on the subject's head. A 12-ms linear navigator module is interleaved with the imaging sequence for head position estimation, and scan geometry is updated in real time for motion compensation. Flip angle amplification in the markers allows the use of extremely small navigator flip angles (∼1°). A novel algorithm is presented to identify marker positions in the absence of marker specific receive channels. Motion correction is demonstrated in high resolution 2D and 3D gradient recalled echo experiments in a phantom and humans. Significant improvement of image quality is demonstrated in phantoms and human volunteers under different motion conditions. A novel real-time 6DOF head motion correction technique based on wireless NMR probes is demonstrated in high resolution imaging at 7 Tesla. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Prospective Real Time Head Motion Correction Using Inductively Coupled Wireless NMR Probes

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    Sengupta, Saikat; Tadanki, Sasidhar; Gore, John C.; Welch, E. Brian

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Head motion continues to be a major source of artifacts and data quality degradation in MRI. The goal of this work was to develop and demonstrate a novel technique for prospective, 6 degrees of freedom (6DOF) rigid body motion estimation and real time motion correction using inductively coupled wireless nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) probe markers. Methods Three wireless probes that are inductively coupled with the scanner’s RF setup serve as fiducials on the subject’s head. A 12 ms linear navigator module is interleaved with the imaging sequence for head position estimation, and scan geometry is updated in real time for motion compensation. Flip angle amplification in the markers allows the use of extremely small navigator flip angles (~1°). A novel algorithm is presented to identify marker positions in the absence of marker specific receive channels. The method is demonstrated for motion correction in 1 mm3 gradient recalled echo experiments in phantoms and humans. Results Significant improvement of image quality is demonstrated in phantoms and human volunteers under different motion conditions. Conclusion A novel real time 6 DOF head motion correction technique based on wireless NMR probes is demonstrated in high resolution imaging at 7 Tesla. PMID:24243810

  13. Coupled Ablation, Heat Conduction, Pyrolysis, Shape Change and Spallation of the Galileo Probe

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    Milos, Frank S.; Chen, Y.-K.; Rasky, Daniel J. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    The Galileo probe enters the atmosphere of Jupiter in December 1995. This paper presents numerical methodology and detailed results of our final pre-impact calculations for the heat shield response. The calculations are performed using a highly modified version of a viscous shock layer code with massive radiation coupled with a surface thermochemical ablation and spallation model and with the transient in-depth thermal response of the charring and ablating heat shield. The flowfield is quasi-steady along the trajectory, but the heat shield thermal response is dynamic. Each surface node of the VSL grid is coupled with a one-dimensional thermal response calculation. The thermal solver includes heat conduction, pyrolysis, and grid movement owing to surface recession. Initial conditions for the heat shield temperature and density were obtained from the high altitude rarefied-flow calculations of Haas and Milos. Galileo probe surface temperature, shape, mass flux, and element flux are all determined as functions of time along the trajectory with spallation varied parametrically. The calculations also estimate the in-depth density and temperature profiles for the heat shield. All this information is required to determine the time-dependent vehicle mass and drag coefficient which are necessary inputs for the atmospheric reconstruction experiment on board the probe.

  14. Fiber optic probe having fibers with endfaces formed for improved coupling efficiency and method using same

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    O`Rourke, P.E.; Livingston, R.R.

    1995-03-28

    A fiber optic probe is disclosed for detecting scattered light, with transmitting and receiving fibers having slanted ends and bundled together to form a bevel within the tip of the probe. The probe comprises a housing with a transparent window across its tip for protecting the transmitting and receiving fibers held therein. The endfaces of the fibers are slanted, by cutting, polishing and the like, so that they lie in a plane that is not perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the respective fiber. The fibers are held in the tip of the probe using an epoxy and oriented so that lines normal to the slanted endfaces are divergent with respect to one another. The epoxy, which is positioned substantially between the transmitting and receiving fibers, is tapered so that the transmitting fiber, the epoxy and the receiving fiber form a bevel of not more than 20 degrees. The angled fiber endfaces cause directing of the light cones toward each other, resulting in improved light coupling efficiency. A light absorber, such as carbon black, is contained in the epoxy to reduce crosstalk between the transmitting and receiving fibers. 3 figures.

  15. Fiber optic probe having fibers with endfaces formed for improved coupling efficiency and method using same

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    O'Rourke, Patrick E.; Livingston, Ronald R.

    1995-01-01

    A fiber optic probe for detecting scattered light, with transmitting and receiving fibers having slanted ends and bundled together to form a bevel within the tip of the probe. The probe comprises a housing with a transparent window across its tip for protecting the transmitting and receiving fibers held therein. The endfaces of the fibers are slanted, by cutting, polishing and the like, so that they lie in a plane that is not perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the respective fiber. The fibers are held in the tip of the probe using an epoxy and oriented so that lines normal to the slanted endfaces are divergent with respect to one another. The epoxy, which is positioned substantially between the transmitting and receiving fibers, is tapered so that the transmitting fiber, the epoxy and the receiving fiber form a bevel of not more than 20 degrees. The angled fiber endfaces cause directing of the light cones toward each other, resulting in improved light coupling efficiency. A light absorber, such as carbon black, is contained in the epoxy to reduce crosstalk between the transmitting and receiving fibers.

  16. Probing the flat band of optically trapped spin-orbital-coupled Bose gases using Bragg spectroscopy

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    Li, Wu; Chen, Lei; Chen, Zhu; Hu, Ying; Zhang, Zhidong; Liang, Zhaoxin

    2015-02-01

    Motivated by recent efforts in creating flat bands in ultracold atomic systems, we investigate how to probe a flat band in an optically trapped spin-orbital-coupled Bose-Einstein condensate using Bragg spectroscopy. We find that the excitation spectrum and the dynamic structure factor of the condensate are dramatically altered when the band structure exhibits various levels of flatness. In particular, when the band exhibits perfect flatness around the band minima corresponding to a near-infinite effective mass, a quadratic dispersion emerges in the low-energy excitation spectrum; in sharp contrast, for the opposite case when an ordinary band is present, the familiar linear dispersion arises. Such linear-to-quadratic crossover in the low-energy spectrum presents a striking manifestation of the transition of an ordinary band into a flat band, thereby allowing a direct probe of the flat band by using Bragg spectroscopy.

  17. Remote estimation of phycocyanin (PC) for inland waters coupled with YSI PC fluorescence probe.

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    Song, Kaishan; Li, Lin; Tedesco, Lenore; Clercin, Nicole; Hall, Bob; Li, Shuai; Shi, Kun; Liu, Dawei; Sun, Ying

    2013-08-01

    Nuisance cyanobacterial blooms degrade water resources through accelerated eutrophication, odor generation, and production of toxins that cause adverse effects on human health. Quick and effective methods for detecting cyanobacterial abundance in drinking water supplies are urgently needed to compliment conventional laboratory methods, which are costly and time consuming. Hyperspectral remote sensing can be an effective approach for rapid assessment of cyanobacterial blooms. Samples (n=250) were collected from five drinking water sources in central Indiana (CIN), USA, and South Australia (SA), which experience nuisance cyanobacterial blooms. In situ hyperspectral data were used to develop models by relating spectral signal with handheld fluorescence probe (YSI 6600 XLM-SV) measured phycocyanin (PC in cell/ml), a proxy pigment unique for indicating the presence of cyanobacteria. Three-band model (TBM), which is effective for chlorophyll-a estimates, was tuned to quantify cyanobacteria coupled with the PC probe measured cyanobacteria. As a comparison, two band model proposed by Simis et al. (Limnol Oceanogr, 50(11): 237-245, 2005; denoted as SM05) was paralleled to evaluate TBM model performance. Our observation revealed a high correlation between measured and estimated PC for SA dataset (R (2) =0.96; range: 534-20,200 cell/ml) and CIN dataset (R (2) =0.88; range: 1,300-44,500 cell/ml). The potential of this modeling approach for imagery data were assessed by simulated ESA/Centinel3/OLCI spectra, which also resulted in satisfactory performance with the TBM for both SA dataset (RMSE % =26.12) and CIN dataset (RMSE % =34.49). Close relationship between probe-measured PC and laboratory measured cyanobacteria biovolume was observed (R (2) =0.93, p<0.0001) for the CIN dataset, indicating a stable performance for PC probe. Based on our observation, field spectroscopic measurement coupled with PC probe measurements can provide quantitative cyanobacterial bloom

  18. Nanoscale resolved infrared probing of crystal structure and of plasmon-phonon coupling.

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    Huber, A; Ocelic, N; Taubner, T; Hillenbrand, R

    2006-04-01

    We show that slight variations of a crystal lattice cause significant spectral modifications of phonon-polariton resonant near-field interaction between polar semiconductor crystals and a scanning metal tip. Exploiting the effect for near-field imaging a SiC polytype boundary, we establish infrared mapping of crystal structure and crystal defects at 20 nm spatial resolution (lambda/500). By spectroscopic probing of doped SiC polytypes, we find that phonon-polariton resonant near-field interaction is also sensitive to electronic properties due to plasmon-phonon coupling in the crystals.

  19. Intermolecular interactions in solid benzene.

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    Kearley, G J; Johnson, M R; Tomkinson, J

    2006-01-28

    The lattice dynamics and molecular vibrations of benzene and deuterated benzene crystals are calculated from force constants derived from density-functional theory (DFT) calculations and compared with measured inelastic neutron-scattering spectra. A very small change (0.5%) in lattice parameter is required to obtain real lattice-mode frequencies across the Brillouin zone. There is a strong coupling between wagging and breathing modes away from the zone center. This coupling and sensitivity to cell size arises from two basic interactions. Firstly, comparatively strong interactions that hold the benzene molecules together in layers. These include an intermolecular interaction in which H atoms of one molecule link to the center of the aromatic ring of a neighboring molecule. The layers are held to each other by weaker interactions, which also have components that hold molecules together within a layer. Small changes in the lattice parameters change this second type of interaction and account for the changes to the lattice dynamics. The calculations also reveal a small auxetic effect in that elongation of the crystal along the b axis leads to an increase in internal pressure in the ac plane, that is, elongation in the b direction induces expansion in the a and c directions.

  20. Probing ultrafast energy transfer between excitons and plasmons in the ultrastrong coupling regime

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    Balci, Sinan; Kocabas, Coskun; Küçüköz, Betül; Karatay, Ahmet; Akhüseyin, Elif; Gul Yaglioglu, H.; Elmali, Ayhan

    2014-08-01

    We investigate ultrafast energy transfer between excitons and plasmons in ensembles of core-shell type nanoparticles consisting of metal core covered with a concentric thin J-aggregate (JA) shell. The high electric field localization by the Ag nanoprisms and the high oscillator strength of the JAs allow us to probe this interaction in the ultrastrong plasmon-exciton coupling regime. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of the coupled system have been measured using transient absorption spectroscopy revealing that the hybrid system shows half-plasmonic and half-excitonic properties. The tunability of the nanoprism plasmon resonance provides a flexible platform to study the dynamics of the hybrid state in a broad range of wavelengths.

  1. Using magnetic coupling to implement 1H, 19F, 13C experiments in routine high resolution NMR probes

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    Bowyer, Paul; Finnigan, Jim; Marsden, Brian; Taber, Bob; Zens, Albert

    2015-12-01

    We report in this paper the design of 1H, 19F, 13C circuitry using magnetic coupling which can do on demand experiments where one of the three nuclei is observed and the other two are decoupled. The implementation of this circuitry in routine NMR probes is compared with capacitive coupling methods where it was found that by using magnetic coupling the performance of the routine NMR probe was not impacted by the addition of this circuitry. It is surmised that using this type of circuitry would be highly desirable for those chemists doing routine 19F NMR.

  2. Transient absorption probe of intermolecular triplet excimer of naphthalene in fluid solutions: Identification of the species based on comparison to the intramolecular triplet excimers of covalently-linked dimers

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    Wang, X.; Kofron, W.G.; Kong, S.; Rajesh, C.S.; Modarelli, D.A.; Lim, E.C.

    2000-02-24

    The authors report here the observation of the laser-induced transient absorption spectrum of intermolecular triplet excimers of naphthalene in fluid solution. This assignment is confirmed by comparison to the transient absorption spectra of the intramolecular triplet excimers of covalently linked dimers of naphthalene and quinoxaline.

  3. Desensitization of metastable intermolecular composites

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    Busse, James R.; Dye, Robert C.; Foley, Timothy J.; Higa, Kelvin T.; Jorgensen, Betty S.; Sanders, Victor E.; Son, Steven F.

    2011-04-26

    A method to substantially desensitize a metastable intermolecular composite material to electrostatic discharge and friction comprising mixing the composite material with an organic diluent and removing enough organic diluent from the mixture to form a mixture with a substantially putty-like consistency, as well as a concomitant method of recovering the metastable intermolecular composite material.

  4. Alignment, vibronic level splitting, and coherent coupling effects on the pump-probe polarization anisotropy.

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    Smith, Eric R; Jonas, David M

    2011-04-28

    The pump-probe polarization anisotropy is computed for molecules with a nondegenerate ground state, two degenerate or nearly degenerate excited states with perpendicular transition dipoles, and no resonant excited-state absorption. Including finite pulse effects, the initial polarization anisotropy at zero pump-probe delay is predicted to be r(0) = 3/10 with coherent excitation. During pulse overlap, it is shown that the four-wave mixing classification of signal pathways as ground or excited state is not useful for pump-probe signals. Therefore, a reclassification useful for pump-probe experiments is proposed, and the coherent anisotropy is discussed in terms of a more general transition dipole and molecular axis alignment instead of experiment-dependent ground- versus excited-state pathways. Although coherent excitation enhances alignment of the transition dipole, the molecular axes are less aligned than for a single dipole transition, lowering the initial anisotropy. As the splitting between excited states increases beyond the laser bandwidth and absorption line width, the initial anisotropy increases from 3/10 to 4/10. Asymmetric vibrational coordinates that lift the degeneracy control the electronic energy gap and off-diagonal coupling between electronic states. These vibrations dephase coherence and equilibrate the populations of the (nearly) degenerate states, causing the anisotropy to decay (possibly with oscillations) to 1/10. Small amounts of asymmetric inhomogeneity (2 cm(-1)) cause rapid (130 fs) suppression of both vibrational and electronic anisotropy beats on the excited state, but not vibrational beats on the ground electronic state. Recent measurements of conical intersection dynamics in a silicon napthalocyanine revealed anisotropic quantum beats that had to be assigned to asymmetric vibrations on the ground electronic state only [Farrow, D. A.; J. Chem. Phys. 2008, 128, 144510]. Small environmental asymmetries likely explain the observed absence

  5. The triple Higgs coupling: a new probe of low-scale seesaw models

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    Baglio, Julien; Weiland, Cédric

    2017-04-01

    The measure of the triple Higgs coupling is one of the major goals of the high-luminosity run of the CERN Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) as well as the future colliders, either leptonic such as the International Linear Collider (ILC) or hadronic such as the 100 TeV Future Circular Collider in hadron-hadron mode (FCC-hh). We have recently proposed this observable as a test of neutrino mass generating mechanisms in a regime where heavy sterile neutrino masses are hard to be probed otherwise. We present in this article a study of the one-loop corrected triple Higgs coupling in the inverse seesaw model, taking into account all relevant constraints on the model. This is the first study of the impact on the triple Higgs coupling of heavy neutrinos in a realistic, renormalizable neutrino mass model. We obtain deviations from the Standard Model as large as to ˜ +30% that are at the current limit of the HL-LHC sensitivity, but would be clearly visible at the ILC or at the FCC-hh.

  6. Langmuir probe study of an inductively coupled magnetic-pole-enhanced helium plasma

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    Younus, Maria; Rehman, N. U.; Shafiq, M.; Naeem, M.; Zaka-ul-Islam, M.; Zakaullah, M.

    2017-03-01

    This study reports the effects of RF power and filling gas pressure variation on the plasma parameters, including the electron number density n e , electron temperature T e , plasma potential V p , skin depth δ, and electron energy probability functions (EEPFs) in a low-pressure inductively coupled helium plasma source with magnetic pole enhancement. An RF compensated Langmuir probe is used to measure these plasma parameters. It is observed that the electron number density increases with both the RF power and the filling gas pressure. Conversely, the electron temperature decreases with increasing RF power and gas pressure. It is also noted that, at low RF powers and gas pressures, the EEPFs are non-Maxwellian, while at RF powers of ≥50 W, they evolve into a Maxwellian distribution. The dependences of the skin depth and plasma potential on the RF power are also studied and show a decreasing trend.

  7. On the coupling efficiency of metal-coated near-field probes.

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    Alvarez, L; Xiao, M

    2001-05-01

    A theory for calculating the optical transmission of nanometric circular apertures in a thick and perfectly conducting screen coated upon an optical fibre has been developed. The theory is intended for the study of near-field probes and differs from other well known theories of radiation transmission through subwavelength apertures in the fact that it includes an optical fibre, making possible to distinguish which part of energy passing through the aperture is effectively coupled in guided modes. In a scanning near-field optical microscope tip, only the guided modes will reach the photodetector, and will contribute to the final read-out. A numerical calculation for different fibre parameters, to show the dependence of the guided transmission coefficient for the guided modes of the fibre, is presented. The agreement of the theory with earlier calculations where the optical fibre is not included is emphasized.

  8. Beyond Higgs couplings: Probing the Higgs with angular observables at future e$^{+}$e$^{-}$ colliders

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    Craig, Nathaniel; Gu, Jiayin; Liu, Zhen; Wang, Kechen

    2016-03-09

    Here, we study angular observables in the $ {e}^{+}{e}^{-}\\to ZH\\to {\\ell}^{+}{\\ell}^{-}b\\overline{b} $ channel at future circular e$^{+}$ e$^{-}$ colliders such as CEPC and FCC-ee. Taking into account the impact of realistic cut acceptance and detector effects, we forecast the precision of six angular asymmetries at CEPC (FCC-ee) with center-of-mass energy $ \\sqrt{s}=240 $ GeV and 5 (30) ab$^{-1}$ integrated luminosity. We then determine the projected sensitivity to a range of operators relevant for he Higgs-strahlung process in the dimension-6 Higgs EFT. Our results show that angular observables provide complementary sensitivity to rate measurements when constraining various tensor structures arising from new physics. We further find that angular asymmetries provide a novel means of both probing BSM corrections to the HZγ coupling and constraining the “blind spot” in indirect limits on supersymmetric scalar top partners.

  9. Soft Particle Spectrometer, Langmuir Probe, and Data Analysis for Aerospace Magnetospheric/Thermospheric Coupling Rocket Program

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    Sharber, J. R.; Frahm, R. A.; Scherrer, J. R.

    1997-01-01

    Under this grant two instruments, a soft particle spectrometer and a Langmuir probe, were refurbished and calibrated, and flown on three instrumented rocket payloads as part of the Magnetosphere/Thermosphere Coupling program. The flights took place at the Poker Flat Research Range on February 12, 1994 (T(sub o) = 1316:00 UT), February 2, 1995 (T(sub o) = 1527:20 UT), and November 27, 1995 (T(sub o) = 0807:24 UT). In this report the observations of the particle instrumentation flown on all three of the flights are described, and brief descriptions of relevant geophysical activity for each flight are provided. Calibrations of the particle instrumentation for all ARIA flights are also provided.

  10. Probing the function of ionotropic and G protein-coupled receptors in surface-confined membranes.

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    Danelon, Christophe; Terrettaz, Samuel; Guenat, Olivier; Koudelka, Milena; Vogel, Horst

    2008-10-01

    This article reports on recent electrical and optical techniques for investigating cellular signaling reactions in artificial and native membranes immobilized on solid supports. The first part describes the formation of planar artificial lipid bilayers on gold electrodes, which reveal giga-ohm electrical resistance and the insertion and characterization of ionotropic receptors therein. These membranes are suited to record a few or even single ion channels by impedance spectroscopy. Such tethered membranes on planar arrays of microelectrodes offer mechanically robust, long-lasting measuring devices to probe the influence of different chemistries on biologically important ionotropic receptors and therefore will have a future impact to probe the function of channel proteins in basic science and in biosensor applications. In a second part, we present complementary approaches to form inside-out native membrane sheets that are immobilized on micrometer-sized beads or across submicrometer-sized holes machined in a planar support. Because the native membrane sheets are plasma membranes detached from live cells, these approaches offer a unique possibility to investigate cellular signaling processes, such as those mediated by ionotropic or G protein-coupled receptors, with original composition of lipids and proteins.

  11. Langmuir Probe Measurements of Inductively Coupled Plasmas in CF4/Ar/O2 Mixtures

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    Rao, M. V. V. S.; Meyyappan, M.; Sharma, S. P.

    2000-01-01

    Fluorocarbon gases, such as CF4, and their mixtures are widely used in contemporary low-pressure and high-density plasma processing techniques. In such plasmas Langmuir probe is one of the most commonly employed diagnostic techniques to obtain electron number density (ne), electron temperature (Te), electron energy distribution function (EEDF), mean electron energy (Ee), ion number density (ni), and plasma potential (Vp). In this paper we report probe data for planar inductively coupled plasmas in CF4/O2/Ar mixtures. By varying the relative concentrations in the mixture, radial profiles of ne, ni, Te, Ee, Vp, EEDF were measured in the mid-plane of the plasma at 10 mTorr and 20 mTorr of gas pressures, and 200 W and 300 W of RF powers. Data show that ne and ni decrease with increase of CF4 content and decrease of gas-pressure but they increase with increase of RF-power, whereas Vp increases with decrease of gas-pressure and remains independent of RF-power. However, they all peak at the center of the plasma and decrease towards the edge while Te follows the other way and increases a little with increase of power. The measured EEDFs exhibit Druyvesteyn-like distribution at all pressures and powers. Data are analyzed and will be presented.

  12. Probing Single Molecules with a Tunable Femtosecond Laser Coupled RF-STM

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    Cao, Weicai

    Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) has become a powerful tool in nanoscience for imaging, manipulation and electronic spectroscopy. STM inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) first achieved chemical identification of molecular species by characterizing vibrational energies. Recently, with the STM itProbe and H2 rotational spectromicroscopy, molecular structure and chemical bonds are observed with the STM. Despite these successes in spatial resolution, various efforts have been made to combine fs laser with STM to overcome the temporal resolution limitation of STM, there is so far no clear evidence of simultaneous fs and A resolution. Electronic properties of organic molecules are of central importance to applications such as molecular electronics, organic LEDs, and solar cells. Properties of these molecules can be probed by the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at the single molecule level and with sub-A spatial resolution. The molecular orbital of 4, 7-Di ([2, 20-bithiophen]-5-yl) benzo[c] [1, 2, 5] thiadiazole (4T-BTD) with intramolecular donor-acceptor-donor sites is probed with the electronic state dI/dV imaging and H2 rotational and vibrational spectromicroscopy. 1, 4-Phenylene Diisocyanide (PDI) is probed by imaging with a CO-terminated tip and H2. PDI can self-assemble on noble metal surfaces to form nanostructures, which could have potential applications in molecular electronics and catalysis. Further combination of a RF-STM with a tunable femtosecond laser enables the investigation of light-molecule interactions. In this dissertation, efforts are spent to setup a new tunable fs laser (220 nm˜1040 nm) to couple with the RF-STM. The effects of the femtosecond laser are followed by detecting photo induced electron emission and photochemistry. A new double lock-in technique is applied to detect the weak laser-induced signal in the tunneling regime. To sharpen the energy width and increase the lifetime of the excited states of molecules, thin

  13. Probing Dynamically Tunable Localized Surface Plasmon Resonances of Film-Coupled Nanoparticles by Evanescent Wave Excitation

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    Mock, Jack J.; Hill, Ryan T.; Tsai, Yu-Ju; Chilkoti, Ashutosh; Smith, David R.

    2012-01-01

    The localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectrum associated with a gold nanoparticle (NP) coupled to a gold film exhibits extreme sensitivity to the nano-gap region where the fields are tightly localized. The LSPR of an ensemble of film-coupled NPs can be observed using an illumination scheme similar to that used to excite the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of a thin metallic film; however, in the present system, the light is used to probe the highly sensitive distance-dependent LSPR of the gaps between NPs and film rather than the delocalized SPR of the film. We show that the SPR and LSPR spectral contributions can be readily distinguished, and we compare the sensitivities of both modes to displacements in the average gap between a collection of NPs and the gold film. The distance by which the NPs are suspended in solution above the gold film is fixed via a thin molecular spacer layer, and can be further modulated by subjecting the NPs to a quasistatic electric field. The observed LSPR spectral shifts triggered by the applied voltage can be correlated with Angstrom scale displacements of the NPs, suggesting the potential for chip-scale or flow-cell plasmonic nanoruler devices with extreme sensitivity. PMID:22429053

  14. The intermolecular interaction in D2 - CX4 and O2 - CX4 (X = F, Cl) systems: Molecular beam scattering experiments as a sensitive probe of the selectivity of charge transfer component.

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    Cappelletti, David; Falcinelli, Stefano; Pirani, Fernando

    2016-10-07

    Gas phase collisions of a D2 projectile by CF4 and by CCl4 targets have been investigated with the molecular beam technique. The integral cross section, Q, has been measured for both collisional systems in the thermal energy range and oscillations due to the quantum "glory" interference have been resolved in the velocity dependence of Q. The analysis of the measured Q(v) data provided novel information on the anisotropic potential energy surfaces of the studied systems at intermediate and large separation distances. The relative role of the most relevant types of contributions to the global interaction has been characterized. Extending the phenomenology of a weak intermolecular halogen bond, the present work demonstrates that while D2 - CF4 is basically bound through the balance between size (Pauli) repulsion and dispersion attraction, an appreciable intermolecular bond stabilization by charge transfer is operative in D2 - CCl4. We also demonstrated that the present analysis is consistent with that carried out for the F((2)P)-D2 and Cl((2)P)-D2 systems, previously characterized by scattering experiments performed with state-selected halogen atom beams. A detailed comparison of the present and previous results on O2-CF4 and O2-CCl4 systems pinpointed striking differences in the behavior of hydrogen and oxygen molecules when they interact with the same partner, mainly due to the selectivity of the charge transfer component. The present work contributes to cast light on the nature and role of the intermolecular interaction in prototype systems, involving homo-nuclear diatoms and symmetric halogenated molecules.

  15. The intermolecular interaction in D2 - CX4 and O2 - CX4 (X = F, Cl) systems: Molecular beam scattering experiments as a sensitive probe of the selectivity of charge transfer component

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    Cappelletti, David; Falcinelli, Stefano; Pirani, Fernando

    2016-10-01

    Gas phase collisions of a D2 projectile by CF4 and by CCl4 targets have been investigated with the molecular beam technique. The integral cross section, Q, has been measured for both collisional systems in the thermal energy range and oscillations due to the quantum "glory" interference have been resolved in the velocity dependence of Q. The analysis of the measured Q(v) data provided novel information on the anisotropic potential energy surfaces of the studied systems at intermediate and large separation distances. The relative role of the most relevant types of contributions to the global interaction has been characterized. Extending the phenomenology of a weak intermolecular halogen bond, the present work demonstrates that while D2 - CF4 is basically bound through the balance between size (Pauli) repulsion and dispersion attraction, an appreciable intermolecular bond stabilization by charge transfer is operative in D2 - CCl4. We also demonstrated that the present analysis is consistent with that carried out for the F(2P)-D2 and Cl(2P)-D2 systems, previously characterized by scattering experiments performed with state-selected halogen atom beams. A detailed comparison of the present and previous results on O2-CF4 and O2-CCl4 systems pinpointed striking differences in the behavior of hydrogen and oxygen molecules when they interact with the same partner, mainly due to the selectivity of the charge transfer component. The present work contributes to cast light on the nature and role of the intermolecular interaction in prototype systems, involving homo-nuclear diatoms and symmetric halogenated molecules.

  16. Comparison of various interpretation methods of the electric probe measurements in inductively coupled Ar and O{sub 2} plasmas

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    Woo Seo, Min; Keun Bae, Min; Chung, T. H.

    2014-02-15

    In low-pressure inductively coupled argon and oxygen discharges, the plasma density and electron temperature and the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) were obtained by using a cylindrical electric probe. The plasma densities were determined by various methods to interpret the probe current-voltage characteristic curve: the EEDF integration, the electron saturation current, the ion current at the floating potential, and the orbital-motion-limited (OML) ion current. Quite a good agreement exists between the plasma densities determined by various classical methods. Although the probe technique has some limitation in electronegative plasmas, the plasma densities determined from OML theory compare well with those measured by the ion saturation current at the floating potential in the oxygen discharges. In addition, the EEDFs of inductively coupled Ar and oxygen plasmas are observed to be nearly Maxwellian at the pressure range of 1-40 mTorr.

  17. Phase Pinning by EPR Probe in Biphenyl Doped with Naphthalene

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    Veron, A.; Emery, J.

    1997-08-01

    The naphthalene Electronic Paramagnetic Resonance probe used to study the phase transitions in biphenyl does not account for the plane wave modulation of the incommensurate phase II. Its EPR spectra yields a phase distribution which looks like a “multi-soliton regime”. Moreover, the splitting between the edge singularities is not symmetrical, in contradiction with a linear one. This behaviour is not exhibited by the phenanthrene EPR probe whose spectra account well enough for the plane wave modulation with a linear coupling to the order parameter. To analyse the defect behaviour of the probe, we first introduce a coupling between the probe and the modulation wave and determine the phase distribution within the phenomenological Landau theory. Furthermore, a calculation based on intermolecular interaction is performed in order to describe the microscopic origin of this distribution and is applied to naphthalene and phenanthrene molecular probes.

  18. Fabry-perot modes enhanced pump-probe coupling in gold micro-disk patterned ruby thin film

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    Kumari, Satchi; Khare, Alika; Gupta, Reema; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2017-10-01

    Enhanced pump-probe coupling has been experimentally observed in epitaxial Ruby thin film patterned with equidistant gold micro-disks (∼100 μm), as compared to pure Ruby film. This has been attributed to Fabry-Perot and surface plasmon modes in Ruby/gold film. In case of S polarized pump and probe beam, Fabry-Perot modes leads to a two-wave mixing gain of ∼1.35. Moreover gain was ∼1.62 in P-polarization case, it has been attributed to coupling of Fabry-Perot and surface plasmon modes. Enhanced coupling for P-polarization can lead to improved nonlinear response in the thin film geometry. It can find applications in thin film based compact photonic devices.

  19. Tracking G-protein-coupled receptor activation using genetically encoded infrared probes.

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    Ye, Shixin; Zaitseva, Ekaterina; Caltabiano, Gianluigi; Schertler, Gebhard F X; Sakmar, Thomas P; Deupi, Xavier; Vogel, Reiner

    2010-04-29

    Rhodopsin is a prototypical heptahelical family A G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) responsible for dim-light vision. Light isomerizes rhodopsin's retinal chromophore and triggers concerted movements of transmembrane helices, including an outward tilting of helix 6 (H6) and a smaller movement of H5, to create a site for G-protein binding and activation. However, the precise temporal sequence and mechanism underlying these helix rearrangements is unclear. We used site-directed non-natural amino acid mutagenesis to engineer rhodopsin with p-azido-l-phenylalanine residues incorporated at selected sites, and monitored the azido vibrational signatures using infrared spectroscopy as rhodopsin proceeded along its activation pathway. Here we report significant changes in electrostatic environments of the azido probes even in the inactive photoproduct Meta I, well before the active receptor state was formed. These early changes suggest a significant rotation of H6 and movement of the cytoplasmic part of H5 away from H3. Subsequently, a large outward tilt of H6 leads to opening of the cytoplasmic surface to form the active receptor photoproduct Meta II. Thus, our results reveal early conformational changes that precede larger rigid-body helix movements, and provide a basis to interpret recent GPCR crystal structures and to understand conformational sub-states observed during the activation of other GPCRs.

  20. Experimental study of spatial nonuniformities in 100 MHz capacitively coupled plasma using optical probe

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    Volynets, V. N.; Ushakov, A. G.; Sung, D.; Tolmachev, Y. N.; Pashkovsky, V. G.; Lee, J. B.; Kwon, T. Y.; Jeong, K. S.

    2008-05-15

    Plasma spatial nonuniformities in the 100 MHz rf driven capacitively coupled reactor used for reactive ion etching of 300 mm substrates were experimentally studied using a linear scanning optical emission spectroscopy probe. Radial profiles of plasma emission intensity were measured both in argon and fluorocarbon-containing gas mixtures in the pressure interval of 10-80 mTorr and the rf power range of 500-1250 W. It was demonstrated that the plasma emission profiles strongly depend on the working gas composition and pressure. The profiles have a bell-like shape at pressures about 10 mTorr for all gases. As the pressure increases, the profile shape becomes more complex with the central and peripheral peaks, and the amplitudes of the peaks strongly depend on the working gas composition. It is suggested that the emission profiles show plasma spatial nonuniformities that can influence the etching rate profiles obtained with such systems. According to the existing theoretical models, the most probable reasons for these plasma nonuniformities are charged particle radial diffusion at low pressures (about 10 mTorr), as well as the standing wave and skin and edge effects at higher pressures. Using the experimental emission profiles, the working conditions have been found that allow one to achieve the most uniform plasma for discharges in argon and fluorocarbon-containing gas mixtures.

  1. Probing Protein Surface with a Solvent Mimetic Carbene Coupled to Detection by Mass Spectrometry

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    Gómez, Gabriela E.; Mundo, Mariana R.; Craig, Patricio O.; Delfino, José M.

    2012-01-01

    Much knowledge into protein folding, ligand binding, and complex formation can be derived from the examination of the nature and size of the accessible surface area (SASA) of the polypeptide chain, a key parameter in protein science not directly measurable in an experimental fashion. To this end, an ideal chemical approach should aim at exerting solvent mimicry and achieving minimal selectivity to probe the protein surface regardless of its chemical nature. The choice of the photoreagent diazirine to fulfill these goals arises from its size comparable to water and from being a convenient source of the extremely reactive methylene carbene (:CH2). The ensuing methylation depends primarily on the solvent accessibility of the polypeptide chain, turning it into a valuable signal to address experimentally the measurement of SASA in proteins. The superb sensitivity and high resolution of modern mass spectrometry techniques allows us to derive a quantitative signal proportional to the extent of modification (EM) of the sample. Thus, diazirine labeling coupled to electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) detection can shed light on conformational features of the native as well as non-native states, not easily addressable by other methods. Enzymatic fragmentation of the polypeptide chain at the level of small peptides allows us to locate the covalent tag along the amino acid sequence, therefore enabling the construction of a map of solvent accessibility. Moreover, by subsequent MS/MS analysis of peptides, we demonstrate here the feasibility of attaining amino acid resolution in defining the target sites.

  2. Beyond Higgs couplings: Probing the Higgs with angular observables at future e$$^{+}$$e$$^{-}$$ colliders

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    Craig, Nathaniel; Gu, Jiayin; Liu, Zhen; ...

    2016-03-09

    Here, we study angular observables in themore » $$ {e}^{+}{e}^{-}\\to ZH\\to {\\ell}^{+}{\\ell}^{-}b\\overline{b} $$ channel at future circular e$$^{+}$$ e$$^{-}$$ colliders such as CEPC and FCC-ee. Taking into account the impact of realistic cut acceptance and detector effects, we forecast the precision of six angular asymmetries at CEPC (FCC-ee) with center-of-mass energy $$ \\sqrt{s}=240 $$ GeV and 5 (30) ab$$^{-1}$$ integrated luminosity. We then determine the projected sensitivity to a range of operators relevant for he Higgs-strahlung process in the dimension-6 Higgs EFT. Our results show that angular observables provide complementary sensitivity to rate measurements when constraining various tensor structures arising from new physics. We further find that angular asymmetries provide a novel means of both probing BSM corrections to the HZγ coupling and constraining the “blind spot” in indirect limits on supersymmetric scalar top partners.« less

  3. Direct observation of intermolecular interactions mediated by hydrogen bonding

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    De Marco, Luigi; Reppert, Mike; Thämer, Martin; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2014-07-21

    Although intermolecular interactions are ubiquitous in physicochemical phenomena, their dynamics have proven difficult to observe directly, and most experiments rely on indirect measurements. Using broadband two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2DIR), we have measured the influence of hydrogen bonding on the intermolecular vibrational coupling between dimerized N-methylacetamide molecules. In addition to strong intramolecular coupling between N–H and C=O oscillators, cross-peaks in the broadband 2DIR spectrum appearing upon dimerization reveal strong intermolecular coupling that changes the character of the vibrations. In addition, dimerization changes the effects of intramolecular coupling, resulting in Fermi resonances between high and low-frequency modes. These results illustrate how hydrogen bonding influences the interplay of inter- and intramolecular vibrations, giving rise to correlated nuclear motions and significant changes in the vibrational structure of the amide group. These observations have direct impact on modeling and interpreting the IR spectra of proteins. In addition, they illustrate a general approach to direct molecular characterization of intermolecular interactions.

  4. Perturbation analyses of intermolecular interactions

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    Koyama, Yohei M.; Kobayashi, Tetsuya J.; Ueda, Hiroki R.

    2011-08-01

    Conformational fluctuations of a protein molecule are important to its function, and it is known that environmental molecules, such as water molecules, ions, and ligand molecules, significantly affect the function by changing the conformational fluctuations. However, it is difficult to systematically understand the role of environmental molecules because intermolecular interactions related to the conformational fluctuations are complicated. To identify important intermolecular interactions with regard to the conformational fluctuations, we develop herein (i) distance-independent and (ii) distance-dependent perturbation analyses of the intermolecular interactions. We show that these perturbation analyses can be realized by performing (i) a principal component analysis using conditional expectations of truncated and shifted intermolecular potential energy terms and (ii) a functional principal component analysis using products of intermolecular forces and conditional cumulative densities. We refer to these analyses as intermolecular perturbation analysis (IPA) and distance-dependent intermolecular perturbation analysis (DIPA), respectively. For comparison of the IPA and the DIPA, we apply them to the alanine dipeptide isomerization in explicit water. Although the first IPA principal components discriminate two states (the α state and PPII (polyproline II) + β states) for larger cutoff length, the separation between the PPII state and the β state is unclear in the second IPA principal components. On the other hand, in the large cutoff value, DIPA eigenvalues converge faster than that for IPA and the top two DIPA principal components clearly identify the three states. By using the DIPA biplot, the contributions of the dipeptide-water interactions to each state are analyzed systematically. Since the DIPA improves the state identification and the convergence rate with retaining distance information, we conclude that the DIPA is a more practical method compared with the

  5. Langmuir Probe and Mass Spectroscopic Measurements in Inductively Coupled CF4 Plasmas

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    Rao, M. V. V. S.; Sharma, Surendra; Cruden, B. A.; Meyyappan, M.

    2001-01-01

    Abstract Electron and ion energy distribution functions and other plasma parameters such as plasma potential (V(sub p)) , electron temperature (T(sub e)), and electron and ion number densities (n (sub e) and n(sub i)) in low pressure CF4 plasmas have been measured. The experiments were conducted in a GEC cell using an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) device powered by a 13.56 MHz radio-frequency (rf) power source. The measurements were made at 300 W of input rf power at 10, 30 and 50 mTorr gas pressures. Langmuir probe measurements suggest that n(sub e), n(sub i) and V(sub p) remain constant over 60% of the central electrode area, beyond which they decrease. Within the limits of experimental error (+/- 0.25 eV), T(sub e) remains nearly constant over the electrode area. T(sub e) and V(sub p) increase with a decrease in pressure. n(sub e) and n(sub i) are not affected as significantly as T(sub e) or V(sub p) by variation in the gas pressure. The electron energy distribution function (EEDF) measurements indicate a highly non-Maxwellian plasma. CF3+ is the most dominant ion product of the plasma, followed by CF2+ and CF+. The concentrations of CF2+ and CF+ are much larger than that is possible from direct electron impact ionization of the parent gas. The cross-section data suggest that the direct electron impact ionization of fragment neutrals and negative ion production by electron attachment may be responsible for increase of the minor ions.

  6. Probing protein surface with a solvent mimetic carbene coupled to detection by mass spectrometry.

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    Gómez, Gabriela E; Mundo, Mariana R; Craig, Patricio O; Delfino, José M

    2012-01-01

    Much knowledge into protein folding, ligand binding, and complex formation can be derived from the examination of the nature and size of the accessible surface area (SASA) of the polypeptide chain, a key parameter in protein science not directly measurable in an experimental fashion. To this end, an ideal chemical approach should aim at exerting solvent mimicry and achieving minimal selectivity to probe the protein surface regardless of its chemical nature. The choice of the photoreagent diazirine to fulfill these goals arises from its size comparable to water and from being a convenient source of the extremely reactive methylene carbene (:CH(2)). The ensuing methylation depends primarily on the solvent accessibility of the polypeptide chain, turning it into a valuable signal to address experimentally the measurement of SASA in proteins. The superb sensitivity and high resolution of modern mass spectrometry techniques allows us to derive a quantitative signal proportional to the extent of modification (EM) of the sample. Thus, diazirine labeling coupled to electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) detection can shed light on conformational features of the native as well as non-native states, not easily addressable by other methods. Enzymatic fragmentation of the polypeptide chain at the level of small peptides allows us to locate the covalent tag along the amino acid sequence, therefore enabling the construction of a map of solvent accessibility. Moreover, by subsequent MS/MS analysis of peptides, we demonstrate here the feasibility of attaining amino acid resolution in defining the target sites. © American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 2011

  7. Probing biased/partial agonism at the G protein-coupled A(2B) adenosine receptor.

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    Gao, Zhan-Guo; Balasubramanian, Ramachandran; Kiselev, Evgeny; Wei, Qiang; Jacobson, Kenneth A

    2014-08-01

    G protein-coupled A(2B) adenosine receptor (AR) regulates numerous important physiological functions, but its activation by diverse A(2B)AR agonists is poorly profiled. We probed potential partial and/or biased agonism in cell lines expressing variable levels of endogenous or recombinant A(2B)AR. In cAMP accumulation assays, both 5'-substituted NECA and C2-substituted MRS3997 are full agonists. However, only 5'-substituted adenosine analogs are full agonists in calcium mobilization, ERK1/2 phosphorylation and β-arrestin translocation. A(2B)AR overexpression in HEK293 cells markedly increased the agonist potency and maximum effect in cAMP accumulation, but less in calcium and ERK1/2. A(2B)AR siRNA silencing was more effective in reducing the maximum cAMP effect of non-nucleoside agonist BAY60-6583 than NECA's. A quantitative 'operational model' characterized C2-substituted MRS3997 as either balanced (cAMP accumulation, ERK1/2) or strongly biased agonist (against calcium, β-arrestin). N⁶-substitution biased against ERK1/2 (weakly) and calcium and β-arrestin (strongly) pathways. BAY60-6583 is ERK1/2-biased, suggesting a mechanism distinct from adenosine derivatives. BAY60-6583, as A(2B)AR antagonist in MIN-6 mouse pancreatic β cells expressing low A(2B)AR levels, induced insulin release. This is the first relatively systematic study of structure-efficacy relationships of this emerging drug target. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  8. Surface phonon coupling within boron nitride resolved by a novel near-field infrared pump-probe imaging technique

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    Gilburd, Leonid; Xu, Xiaoji G.; de Beer, Sissi; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri; Walker, Gilbert C.

    2016-09-01

    The excitation of surface phonon-polariton (SPhP) modes in polar materials using scattering type near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) has recently become an area of interest because of its potential for application as naturally occurring meta-materials and in low-loss energy transfer. Within this area, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are the primary structures under investigation. Here we present pump-probe continuous wave (CW) scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) - a novel two color pump-probe infrared technique which uses two continuous wave tunable light sources and is based on s-SNOM. The technique allows us to spatially resolve coupling of the longitudinal optical and surface phonon polariton modes in BNNTs. However, no similar coupling is observed in two-dimensional h-BN crystals.

  9. User's guide for the computer code COLTS for calculating the coupled laminar and turbulent flow over a Jovian entry probe

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    Kumar, A.; Graeves, R. A.

    1980-01-01

    A user's guide for a computer code 'COLTS' (Coupled Laminar and Turbulent Solutions) is provided which calculates the laminar and turbulent hypersonic flows with radiation and coupled ablation injection past a Jovian entry probe. Time-dependent viscous-shock-layer equations are used to describe the flow field. These equations are solved by an explicit, two-step, time-asymptotic finite-difference method. Eddy viscosity in the turbulent flow is approximated by a two-layer model. In all, 19 chemical species are used to describe the injection of carbon-phenolic ablator in the hydrogen-helium gas mixture. The equilibrium composition of the mixture is determined by a free-energy minimization technique. A detailed frequency dependence of the absorption coefficient for various species is considered to obtain the radiative flux. The code is written for a CDC-CYBER-203 computer and is capable of providing solutions for ablated probe shapes also.

  10. A IR Diode Laser Spectroscopic Study of Adsorption and Intermolecular Interactions on Stepped Metal Surfaces: Carbon Monoxide on Vicinal COPPER(100)

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    Borguet, Eric Urbain

    The kinetics of elementary surface processes, intermolecular interactions and stepped surfaces are intrinsic scientific interest, as well as being important to industrially relevant processes such as catalysis. A novel time-resolved surface sensitive technique, Transient Diode Laser Infrared Reflection-Absorption Spectroscopy, has been developed to investigate adsorption on stepped metal surfaces. The IR spectra display anomalous intensity behavior resulting in a minority step-CO species accounting for a disproportionate fraction of the spectral intensity. A model has been elaborated which successfully accounts for, and simulates, the observed spectra. This enables site specific concentrations to be determined, even in the presence of strong dynamic-dipole coupling. These methods allow the spectroscopy, kinetics and intermolecular interactions of CO on a stepped Cu(100) surface to be probed. In particular, it has been possible to observe a dynamic equilibrium between CO adsorbed at step and terrace sites and to investigate the kinetics of site exchange on this surface. The IR spectra also reveal the nature and range of the intermolecular interactions and the local order which results. The CO/Cu(100) system is characterized by repulsive first and second nearest neighbor interactions. As a consequence, the adsorbates adopt a configuration which maximizes the intermolecular distance. Additionally, a non-resonant, broadband, adsorbate induced change in surface reflectivity is observed both in the IR and visible. This linear dependence of this signal with coverage provides a simple method of determining total adsorbed CO concentration.

  11. An IR diode laser spectroscopic study of adsorption and intermolecular interactions on stepped metal surfaces: CO on vicinal Cu(100). [IR (infrared)

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    Borguet, E.R.

    1993-01-01

    The kinetics of elementary surface processes, intermolecular interactions and stepped surfaces are intrinsic scientific interest, as well as being important to industrially relevant processes such as catalysis. A novel time-resolved surface sensitive technique. Transient Diode Laser Infrared Reflection-Absorption Spectroscopy, has been developed to investigate adsorption on stepped metal surfaces. The IR spectra display anomalous intensity behavior resulting in a minority step-CO species accounting for a disporportionate fraction of the spectral intensity. A model has been elaborated which successfully accounts for, and simulates, the observed spectra. This enables site specific concentrations to be determined, even in the presence of strong dynamic-dipole coupling. These methods allow the spectroscopy, kinetics and intermolecular interactions of CO on a stepped Cu(100) surface to be probed. In particular, it has been possible to observe a dynamic equilibrium between CO adsorbed at step and terrace sites and to investigate the kinetics of site exchanges on this surface. The IR spectra also reveal the nature and range of the intermolecular interactions and the local order which results. The CO/Cu(100) system is characterized by repulsive first and second nearest neighbor interactions. As a consequence, the adsorbates adopt a configuration which maximizes the intermolecular distance. Additionally, a non-resonant, broadband, adsorbate induced change in surface reflectivity is observed both in the IR and visible. This linear dependence of this signal with coverage provides a simple method of determining total absorbed CO concentration.

  12. A flow microslot NMR probe coupled with a capillary isotachophoresis system exhibits improved properties compared to solenoid designs.

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    Gogiashvili, Mikheil; Telfah, Ahmad; Lambert, Jörg; Hergenröder, Roland

    2017-03-01

    We report on the hyphenation of capillary isotachophoresis (cITP) separations with online nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) detection using a planar microslot waveguide probe design. While cITP is commonly coupled with a solenoidal microcoil NMR probe, the structural information provided is limited by broad resonances and poor spectral resolution due to the magnetic field created by the separation current. The microslot probe design described herein allows the separation capillary to be oriented parallel to the static magnetic field, B 0, eliminating the spectral broadening produced by the secondary magnetic field induced by the separation current. This allows high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of the charged analytes to be obtained in online mode, whereas conventional solenoidal capillary NMR designs must resort to the stopped flow mode. The potential of the microslot probe for hyphenated electrophoretic separations is demonstrated by performing cITP focusing and online NMR detection of the (1)H NMR spectrum of a system containing spermine and aniline. Graphical Abstract High resolution NMR spectra in flow capillarelectrophoretic separations with microslot NMR probe.

  13. Preferences of rhodamine coupled (aminoalkyl)-piperazine probes towards Hg(II) ion and their FRET mediated signaling.

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    Biswal, Biswonath; Bag, Bamaprasad

    2013-08-14

    The metal ion induced absorption and emission signaling pattern of rhodamine coupled bis-(aminopropyl)-piperazine (1-3) and (aminoethyl)-piperazine (4) based probes evaluated in MeCN as well as in an MeCN-H2O binary mixture medium revealed that these probes exhibit optical signaling perturbations to a varying extent in MeCN, however, their complexation induced signaling could be tuned selectively towards Hg(II) in the presence of an aqueous component in the solvent medium where competitive interactions such as metal-probe interactions and hydration of metal ions play the determining factor to induce aqueous promoted Hg(II) selectivity. Attachment of another fluorophore (anthracene and nitrobenzofurazan moieties in 2 and 3 respectively) at the other end of the rhodamine coupled bis-(aminopropyl)-piperazine receptor enabled these probes to facilitate a complexation induced fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from the excited fluorophore to the ring-opened rhodamine along with contributions through operative PET inhibition and rhodamine delactonization processes. The enhancement in absorption transition of these probes at ~557 nm upon selective Hg(II)-complexation and consequent colourless to pink colour change in the solution imply a chromogenic signaling pattern whereas simultaneous fluorescence amplification and/or FRET initiation lead to fluorogenic signaling to facilitate detection at lower concentration. The Hg(II)-selective photo-physical spectral modulation in the presence of other competitive metal ions, and their reversible dual channel signaling pattern under the action of counter anions or chelating agents such as EDTA or ethylenediamine establish the potential of these probes for highly selective, sensitive and reversible 'OFF-ON-OFF' detection of Hg(II). The complexation induced optical signaling pattern of probes with a propyl-linker in their receptor (1-3) in comparison with that of 4 consisting of an ethyl-spacer indicate that signaling

  14. Franck—Condon breakdown as a probe of continuum coupling in molecular photoionization

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    Kakar, Sandeep; Choi, Heung Cheun; Poliakoff, E. D.

    1992-03-01

    We have measured vibrational branching ratios for 4σ -1 photoionization of CO in order to characterize continuum channel coupling. The results indicate that the shape resonance in the 5σ→ɛσ channel influences vibrational branching ratios of the 4σ -1 channel via continuum coupling, and the data illustrate how continuum channel coupling affects molecular photoionization dynamics.

  15. Simulated imaging of intermolecular bonds using high throughput real-space density functional calculations

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    Lee, Alex; Kim, Minjung; Chelikowsky, James

    2015-03-01

    Recent experimental noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies on 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-hq) assemblies have imaged distinct lines between molecules that are thought to represent intermolecular bonding. To aid the interpretation of these images, we calculate simulated AFM images of an 8-hq dimer with a CO functionalized tip using a real-space pseudopotential formalism. We examine the effects of Pauli repulsion and tip probe relaxation as explanations for the enhanced resolution that resolves these intermolecular force lines. Our study aims to compute ab initio real-space images of intermolecular interactions.

  16. Non-Covalent Fluorescent Labeling of Hairpin DNA Probe Coupled with Hybridization Chain Reaction for Sensitive DNA Detection.

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    Song, Luna; Zhang, Yonghua; Li, Junling; Gao, Qiang; Qi, Honglan; Zhang, Chengxiao

    2016-04-01

    An enzyme-free signal amplification-based assay for DNA detection was developed using fluorescent hairpin DNA probes coupled with hybridization chain reaction (HCR). The hairpin DNAs were designed to contain abasic sites in the stem moiety. Non-covalent labeling of the hairpin DNAs was achieved when a fluorescent ligand was bound to the abasic sites through hydrogen bonding with the orphan cytosine present on the complementary strand, accompanied by quench of ligand fluorescence. As a result, the resultant probes, the complex formed between the hairpin DNA and ligand, showed almost no fluorescence. Upon hybridization with target DNA, the probe underwent a dehybridization of the stem moiety containing an abasic site. The release of ligand from the abasic site to the solution resulted in an effective fluorescent enhancement, which can be used as a signal. Compared with a sensing system without HCR, a 20-fold increase in the sensitivity was achieved using the sensing system with HCR. The fluorescent intensity of the sensing system increased with the increase in target DNA concentration from 0.5 nM to 100 nM. A single mismatched target ss-DNA could be effectively discriminated from complementary target DNA. Genotyping of a G/C single-nucleotide polymorphism of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products was successfully demonstrated with the sensing system. Therefore, integrating HCR strategy with non-covalent labeling of fluorescent hairpin DNA probes provides a sensitive and cost-effective DNA assay.

  17. Near-field examination of perovskite-based superlenses and superlens-enhanced probe-object coupling

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    Kehr, S.C.; Liu, Y.M.; Martin, L.W.; Yu, P.; Gajek, M.; Yang, S.-Y.; Yang, C.-H.; Wenzel, M.T.; Jacob, R.; von Ribbeck, H.-G.; Helm, M.; Zhang, X.; Eng, L.M.; Ramesh, R.

    2011-01-01

    A planar slab of negative-index material works as a superlens with sub-diffraction-limited resolution, as propagating waves are focused and, moreover, evanescent waves are reconstructed in the image plane. Here we demonstrate a superlens for electric evanescent fields with low losses using perovskites in the mid-infrared regime. The combination of near-field microscopy with a tunable free-electron laser allows us to address precisely the polariton modes, which are critical for super-resolution imaging. We spectrally study the lateral and vertical distributions of evanescent waves around the image plane of such a lens, and achieve imaging resolution of λ/14 at the superlensing wavelength. Interestingly, at certain distances between the probe and sample surface, we observe a maximum of these evanescent fields. Comparisons with numerical simulations indicate that this maximum originates from an enhanced coupling between probe and object, which might be applicable for multifunctional circuits, infrared spectroscopy and thermal sensors. PMID:21427720

  18. Probing subdiffraction limit separations with plasmon coupling microscopy: concepts and applications.

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    Wu, Linxi; Reinhard, Björn M

    2014-06-07

    Due to their advantageous material properties, noble metal nanoparticles are versatile tools in biosensing and imaging. A characteristic feature of gold and silver nanoparticles is their ability to sustain localized surface plasmons that provide both large optical cross-sections and extraordinary photophysical stability. Plasmon coupling microscopy takes advantage of the beneficial optical properties and utilizes electromagnetic near-field coupling between individual noble metal nanoparticle labels to resolve subdiffraction limit separations in an all-optical fashion. This Tutorial provides an introduction into the physical concepts underlying distance dependent plasmon coupling, discusses potential experimental implementation of plasmon coupling microscopy, and reviews applications in the area of biosensing and imaging.

  19. Probing the Dipolar Coupling in a Heterospin Endohedral Fullerene-Phthalocyanine Dyad.

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    Zhou, Shen; Yamamoto, Masanori; Briggs, G Andrew D; Imahori, Hiroshi; Porfyrakis, Kyriakos

    2016-02-03

    Paramagnetic endohedral fullerenes and phthalocyanine (Pc) complexes are promising building blocks for molecular quantum information processing, for which tunable dipolar coupling is required. We have linked these two spin qubit candidates together and characterized the resulting electron paramagnetic resonance properties, including the spin dipolar coupling between the fullerene spin and the copper spin. Having interpreted the distance-dependent coupling strength quantitatively and further discussed the antiferromagnetic aggregation effect of the CuPc moieties, we demonstrate two ways of tuning the dipolar coupling in such dyad systems: changing the spacer group and adjusting the solution concentration.

  20. Probing Subdiffraction Limit Separations with Plasmon Coupling Microscopy: Concepts and Applications

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    Wu, Linxi

    2014-01-01

    Due to their advantageous materials properties, noble metal nanoparticles are versatile tools in biosensing and imaging. A characteristic feature of gold and silver nanoparticles is their ability to sustain localized surface plasmons that provide both large optical cross-sections and extraordinary photophysical stability. Plasmon Coupling Microscopy takes advantage of the beneficial optical properties and utilizes electromagnetic near-field coupling between individual noble metal nanoparticle labels to resolve subdiffraction limit separations in an all-optical fashion. This Tutorial provides an introduction into the physical concepts underlying distance dependent plasmon coupling, discusses potential experimental implementations of Plasmon Coupling Microscopy, and reviews applications in the area of biosensing and imaging. PMID:24390574

  1. Facile synthesis of diazido-functionalized biaryl compounds as radioisotope-free photoaffinity probes by Suzuki-Miyaura coupling.

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    Hosoya, Takamitsu; Inoue, Atsushi; Hiramatsu, Toshiyuki; Aoyama, Hiroshi; Ikemoto, Takaaki; Suzuki, Masaaki

    2009-03-15

    Suzuki-Miyaura coupling of 3-azido-5-(azidomethyl)phenylboronic acid pinacol ester with various aryl bromides affords corresponding diazido-functionalized biaryl compounds in good yields. This approach provides an easy access to radioisotope-free photoaffinity probes possessing biaryl structure. By using this method, we prepared a novel diazido-functionalized dantrolene analog, which showed selective inhibitory effect on physiological Ca(2+) release (PCR) from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) in mouse skeletal muscle without affecting Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+) release (CICR).

  2. Pump-probe optical switching in prism-coupled Au :SiO2 nanocomposite waveguide film

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    Lee, Kyeong-Seok; Lee, Taek-Sung; Kim, Won-Mok; Cho, Sunghun; Lee, Soonil

    2007-10-01

    The resonance properties due to the surface plasmon excitation of metal nanoparticles make the nanocomposite films promising for various applications such as optical switching devices. In spite of the well-known ultrasensitive operation of optical switches based on a guided wave, the application of nanocomposite film has inherent limitation originating from the excessive optical loss related to the surface plasmon resonance. In this study, we address this problem and present the experimental and theoretical analyses on the pump-probe optical switching in prism-coupled Au(1vol%):SiO2 nanocomposite waveguide film.

  3. Intermolecular potentials for hexafluoride gases

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    Aziz, R.A. . Dept. of Physics); Taylor, W.L. )

    1989-10-31

    Second virial coefficient and viscosity data were used to evaluate intermolecular potential functions proposed in the literature for SF{sub 6}, UF{sub 6}, and WF{sub 6}. It was found that none of the potentials could predict the properties simultaneously. By suitable adjustment of the repulsive wall, we constructed an inverse power (n{minus}7) potential which correlates second virial coefficient and viscosity data at the same time. The best integer repulsive exponent for SF{sub 6} was found to be n = 40, while that for UF{sub 6} and WF{sub 6} was n = 46. 41 refs., 10 figs., 11 tabs.

  4. Direct analyte-probed nanoextraction coupled to nanospray ionization-mass spectrometry of drug residues from latent fingerprints.

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    Clemons, Kristina; Wiley, Rachel; Waverka, Kristin; Fox, James; Dziekonski, Eric; Verbeck, Guido F

    2013-07-01

    Here, we present a method of extracting drug residues from fingerprints via Direct Analyte-Probed Nanoextraction coupled to nanospray ionization-mass spectrometry (DAPNe-NSI-MS). This instrumental technique provides higher selectivity and lower detection limits over current methods, greatly reducing sample preparation, and does not compromise the integrity of latent fingerprints. This coupled to Raman microscopy is an advantageous supplement for location and identification of trace particles. DAPNe uses a nanomanipulator for extraction and differing microscopies for localization of chemicals of interest. A capillary tip with solvent of choice is placed in a nanopositioner. The surface to be analyzed is placed under a microscope, and a particle of interest is located. Using a pressure injector, the solvent is injected onto the surface where it dissolves the analyte, and then extracted back into the capillary tip. The solution is then directly analyzed via NSI-MS. Analyses of caffeine, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and ecstasy have been performed successfully.

  5. Adsorption kinetics and intermolecular interactions of CO adsorbed on Cu(100) by transient laser reflection-absorption spectroscopy

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    Borguet, E.; Dai, H.L.

    1993-12-31

    IR and visible transient laser spectroscopic techniques have been developed to probe adsorption/desorption kinetics and intermolecular interactions of the CO/Cu(100) system. Vibrational spectroscopy, in general, can provide information about the nature of species adsorbed on surfaces e.g. chemical identity, site, orientation and concentration. In the presence of a few percent of CO adsorbed at step/defect sites, the spectra of the CO adsorbed on the terrace sites are greatly perturbed through dynamic-dipole coupling. This perturbation depends strongly on the intermolecular distance and the short-range order of the adsorbates. An analysis of this dynamic-dipole coupling reveals that the local arrangement of adsorbates is dominant by repulsive nearest-neighbor interactions. Successful modeling of the observed lineshapes allows the populations at each site to be determined at all coverages. The authors have also observed non-resonant adsorbate induced changes in both the IR and visible reflectance for a number of different adsorbates. This provides a simple and sensitive optical means of studying adsorption and desorption kinetics.

  6. Probing the Higgs self coupling via single Higgs production at the LHC

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    Degrassi, G.; Giardino, P. P.; Maltoni, F.; Pagani, D.

    2016-12-16

    Here, we propose a method to determine the trilinear Higgs self coupling that is alternative to the direct measurement of Higgs pair production total cross sections and differential distributions. Furthermore, the method relies on the effects that electroweak loops featuring an anomalous trilinear coupling would imprint on single Higgs production at the LHC. We first calculate these contributions to all the phenomenologically relevant Higgs production (ggF, VBF, WH, ZH, t$\\bar{t}$ ) and decay (γγ,WW*/ZZ*→ 4f, b$\\bar{b}$,ττ) modes at the LHC and then estimate the sensitivity to the trilinear coupling via a one-parameter fit to the single Higgs measurements at the LHC 8 TeV. We also found that the bounds on the self coupling are already competitive with those from Higgs pair production and will be further improved in the current and next LHC runs.

  7. Probing the Higgs self coupling via single Higgs production at the LHC

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    Degrassi, G.; Giardino, P. P.; Maltoni, F.; ...

    2016-12-16

    Here, we propose a method to determine the trilinear Higgs self coupling that is alternative to the direct measurement of Higgs pair production total cross sections and differential distributions. Furthermore, the method relies on the effects that electroweak loops featuring an anomalous trilinear coupling would imprint on single Higgs production at the LHC. We first calculate these contributions to all the phenomenologically relevant Higgs production (ggF, VBF, WH, ZH, tmore » $$\\bar{t}$$ ) and decay (γγ,WW*/ZZ*→ 4f, b$$\\bar{b}$$,ττ) modes at the LHC and then estimate the sensitivity to the trilinear coupling via a one-parameter fit to the single Higgs measurements at the LHC 8 TeV. We also found that the bounds on the self coupling are already competitive with those from Higgs pair production and will be further improved in the current and next LHC runs.« less

  8. Using Spin Observables and Polarizations to Probe Top-Higgs FCNC Couplings at Colliders

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    Melić, Blaženka; Patra, Monalisa

    2017-07-01

    We present how the polarized linear colliders can be used, complementary to the LHC, to fully determine the top-Higgs flavor changing neutral current (FCNC) couplings by using produced asymmetries and top spin polarizations and correlations.

  9. Probing the Higgs self coupling via single Higgs production at the LHC

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    Degrassi, G.; Giardino, P. P.; Maltoni, F.; Pagani, D.

    2016-12-01

    We propose a method to determine the trilinear Higgs self coupling that is alternative to the direct measurement of Higgs pair production total cross sections and differential distributions. The method relies on the effects that electroweak loops featuring an anomalous trilinear coupling would imprint on single Higgs production at the LHC. We first calculate these contributions to all the phenomenologically relevant Higgs production ( ggF, VBF, WH, ZH, toverline{t}H ) and decay (γ γ, W{W}^{ast }/Z{Z}^{ast}to 4f,boverline{b},τ τ ) modes at the LHC and then estimate the sensitivity to the trilinear coupling via a one-parameter fit to the single Higgs measurements at the LHC 8 TeV. We find that the bounds on the self coupling are already competitive with those from Higgs pair production and will be further improved in the current and next LHC runs.

  10. Probing crystal packing of uniformly (13)C-enriched powder samples using homonuclear dipolar coupling measurements.

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    Mollica, Giulia; Dekhil, Myriam; Ziarelli, Fabio; Thureau, Pierre; Viel, Stéphane

    2015-02-01

    The relationship between the crystal packing of powder samples and long-range (13)C-(13)C homonuclear dipolar couplings is presented and illustrated for the case of uniformly (13)C-enriched L-alanine and L-histidine·HCl·H2O. Dipolar coupling measurement is based on the partial reintroduction of dipolar interactions by spinning the sample slightly off-magic-angle, while the coupling of interest for a given spin pair is isolated with a frequency-selective pulse. A cost function is used to correlate the so-derived dipolar couplings to trial crystal structures of the samples under study. This procedure allowed for the investigation of the l-alanine space group and L-histidine·HCl·H2O space group and unit-cell parameters.

  11. Thin-layer chromatography and mass spectrometry coupled using proximal probe thermal desorption with electrospray or atmospheric pressure chemica lionization

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    Ovchinnikova, Olga S; Van Berkel, Gary J

    2010-01-01

    An atmospheric pressure proximal probe thermal desorption sampling method coupled with secondary ionization by electrospray or atmospheric pressure chemical ionization was demonstrated for the mass spectrometric analysis of a diverse set of compounds (dyestuffs, pharmaceuticals, explosives and pesticides) separated on various high-performance thin-layer chromatography plates. Line scans along or through development lanes on the plates were carried out by moving the plate relative to a stationary heated probe positioned close to or just touching the stationary phase surface. Vapors of the compounds thermally desorbed from the surface were drawn into the ionization region of a combined electrospray ionization/atmospheric pressure chemical ionization source where they merged with reagent ions and/or charged droplets from a corona discharge or an electrospray emitter and were ionized. The ionized components were then drawn through the atmospheric pressure sampling orifice into the vacuum region of a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer and detected using full scan, single ion monitoring, or selected reaction monitoring mode. Studies of variable parameters and performance metrics including the proximal probe temperature, gas flow rate into the ionization region, surface scan speed, read-out resolution, detection limits, and surface type are discussed.

  12. Biocompatible magnetofluorescent probes: luminescent silicon quantum dots coupled with superparamagnetic iron(III) oxide.

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    Erogbogbo, Folarin; Yong, Ken-Tye; Hu, Rui; Law, Wing-Cheung; Ding, Hong; Chang, Ching-Wen; Prasad, Paras N; Swihart, Mark T

    2010-09-28

    Luminescent silicon quantum dots (SiQDs) are gaining momentum in bioimaging applications, based on their unique combination of optical properties and biocompatibility. Here, we report the development of a multimodal probe that combines the optical properties of silicon quantum dots with the superparamagnetic properties of iron oxide nanoparticles to create biocompatible magnetofluorescent nanoprobes. Multiple nanoparticles of each type are coencapsulated within the hydrophobic core of biocompatible phospholipid-polyethyleneglycol (DSPE-PEG) micelles. The size distribution and composition of the magnetofluorescent nanoprobes were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Enhanced cellular uptake of these probes in the presence of a magnetic field was demonstrated in vitro. Their luminescence stability in a prostate cancer tumor model microenvironment was demonstrated in vivo. This paves the way for multimodal silicon quantum-dot-based nanoplatforms for a variety of imaging and delivery applications.

  13. Routes to probe Bismuth induced strong-coupling superconductivity in bimetallic BiIn alloys.

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    Gandhi, Ashish Chhaganlal; Wu, Sheng Yun

    2017-08-25

    We report the observation of strong electron-phonon coupling in intergranular linked BiIn superconductors over an infinite range mediated by low-lying phonons. An enhanced superconducting transition temperature was observed from the magnetization, revealing a main diamagnetic Meissner state below TC(0) = 5.86(1) K and a critical field HC(0) = 1355(15) Oe with an In2Bi phase of the composite sample. The electron-phonon coupling to low lying phonons is found to be the leading mechanism for observed strong-coupling superconductivity in the BiIn system. Our findings suggest that In2Bi is in the strong-coupling region with TC(0) = 5.62(1) K, λep = 1.45, ωln = 45.92 K and α = 2.23. The estimated upper critical field can be well-described by a power law with α value higher than 2, consistent with the strong electron-phonon coupling.

  14. Scalar-tensor gravity with scalar-matter direct coupling and its cosmological probe

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    Kim, Jik-Su; Kim, Chol-Jun

    2017-08-01

    Making use of the SNIa data set, Nesseris and Perivolaropoulos [Phys. Rev. D 73, 103511 (2006), 10.1103/PhysRevD.73.103511] have found the gravitation constant to evolve in accordance with scalar-tensor gravity. On the other hand, Majerotto et al. [arXiv:astro-ph/0410543] and Guo et al. [Phys. Rev. D 76, 023508 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevD.76.023508] have found a definite signature of dark energy-dark matter coupling in Einstein tensor gravity background. However, the results of the above works are quite contradictory, so we cannot be sure which of these results should be accepted because both models use different background gravitation. We construct a more inclusive model with scalar-background space-time and scalar-matter couplings. Making use of SNIa(Union) and baryon acoustic oscillation data sets, we made likelihood analyses; the results show that the background gravitation has the tensor characteristics within a confidence level of 68% and the scalar-matter coupling has a rather large positive value δ =±1.01 . As Guo et al. showed, however, inclusion of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) data set in the likelihood analysis significantly reduces the allowed region of the coupling compared to the case without CMB data. Therefore, the value of scalar-matter coupling in this paper could have been estimated too large and the inclusion of CMB data in the next work is expected to yield a more realistic result.

  15. Direct coupling of electromembrane extraction to mass spectrometry - Advancing the probe functionality toward measurements of zwitterionic drug metabolites.

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    Rye, Torstein Kige; Fuchs, David; Pedersen-Bjergaard, Stig; Petersen, Nickolaj Jacob

    2017-08-29

    A triple-flow electromembrane extraction (EME) probe was developed and coupled directly to electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Metabolic reaction mixtures (pH 7.4) containing drug substances and related metabolites were continuously drawn (20 μL/min) into the EME probe in one flow channel, and mixed inside the probe with 7.5 μL min(-1) of 1 M formic acid as make-up flow from a second flow channel. Following this acidification, the drug substances and their related metabolites were continuously extracted by EME at 400 V, across a supported liquid membrane (SLM) comprising 2-nitrophenyl octyl ether (and for some experiments containing 30% triphenyl phosphate (TPP)), and into 20 μL min(-1) of formic acid as acceptor phase, which was introduced through a third flow channel. The acceptor phase was pumped directly to the MS system, and the ion intensity of extracted analytes was followed continuously as function of time. The triple-flow EME probe was used for co-extraction of positively charged parent drugs and their zwitterionic drug metabolites (hydroxyzine and its carboxylic acid metabolite cetirizine; and vortioxetine and its carboxylic acid metabolite Lu AA34443). While the zwitterionic metabolites could not be extracted at pH 7.4, it was shown that by acidifying the sample solution the zwitterionic metabolites could be extracted effectively. Various extraction parameters like make-up flow, extraction voltage and SLM composition were optimized for simultaneous extraction of parent drugs and metabolites. It was found that TPP added to the SLM improved extraction efficiencies of certain drug metabolites. Finally the optimized and characterized triple-flow EME probe was used for online studying the in-vitro metabolism of hydroxyzine and vortioxetine by rat liver microsomes. Due to the automated pre-extraction acidification of the rat liver microsomal solutions, it was possible to continuously monitor formation of the zwitterionic drug

  16. Infrared probe of spin-phonon coupling in antiferromagnetic honeycomb lattice compound Li₂MnO₃.

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    Song, Seungjae; Lee, Sanghyun; Jeon, Seyoung; Park, Je-Geun; Moon, S J

    2015-12-09

    We investigated temperature-dependent infrared-active phonon modes of honeycomb Li2MnO3 which shows an antiferromagnetic transition at T(N)  =  36 K. In the far-infrared frequency region, we observed fourteen phonon modes. We obtained the temperature dependence of each phonon mode from the analysis of optical conductivity spectra by using the Lorentz and the Fano-type oscillator models. We found that the resonance frequencies of nine phonon modes showed an anomalous behavior near T(N) that should be attributed to the spin-phonon coupling. We calculated the magnitude of the spin-phonon coupling constant from the shift in the resonance frequencies of the phonon modes below T(N). Our results suggest that Li2MnO3 is weakly frustrated and that spin-phonon coupling plays a role in antiferromagnetic ordering.

  17. Coupled plasmon-waveguide resonators: a new spectroscopic tool for probing proteolipid film structure and properties.

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    Salamon, Z; Macleod, H A; Tollin, G

    1997-01-01

    A variant of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy has been developed that involves a coupling of plasmon resonances in a thin metal film and waveguide modes in a dielectric overcoating. This new technique is referred to as coupled plasmon-waveguide resonance (CPWR) spectroscopy. It combines a greatly enhanced sensitivity (due to increased electromagnetic field intensities at the dielectric surface) and spectral resolution (due to decreased resonance linewidths), with the ability to directly measure anisotropies in refractive index and optical absorption coefficient in a dielectric film adsorbed onto the surface of the overcoating. Experimental data obtained with an egg phosphatidylcholine bilayer are presented to document these properties. PMID:9370473

  18. Probing the Excitations of a Lieb-Liniger Gas from Weak to Strong Coupling

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    Meinert, F.; Panfil, M.; Mark, M. J.; Lauber, K.; Caux, J.-S.; Nägerl, H.-C.

    2015-08-01

    We probe the excitation spectrum of an ultracold one-dimensional Bose gas of cesium atoms with a repulsive contact interaction that we tune from the weakly to the strongly interacting regime via a magnetic Feshbach resonance. The dynamical structure factor, experimentally obtained using Bragg spectroscopy, is compared to integrability-based calculations valid at arbitrary interactions and finite temperatures. Our results unequivocally underlie the fact that holelike excitations, which have no counterpart in higher dimensions, actively shape the dynamical response of the gas.

  19. Probing extra Yukawa couplings by precision measurements of Higgs boson properties

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    Hou, Wei-Shu; Kikuchi, Mariko

    2017-07-01

    If one removes any ad hoc symmetry assumptions, the general two-Higgs-doublet model should have additional Yukawa interactions independent from fermion mass generation, in general involving flavor-changing neutral Higgs couplings. These extra couplings can affect the discovered Higgs boson h through fermion loop contributions. We calculate the renormalized h Z Z coupling at the one-loop level and evaluate the dependence on heavy Higgs boson mass and extra Yukawa coupling ρt t. Precision measurements at future colliders can explore the parameter space, and can give stronger bounds on ρt t than the current bound from flavor experiments. As a side result, we find that if ρt tcos γ <0 , where cos γ is the exotic Higgs component of h , the ρt t-induced top loop contribution cancels against bosonic loop contributions, and one may have alignment without decoupling, namely sin (-γ )≃1 , but exotic scalar bosons could have masses of several hundred GeV.

  20. Tetrahedral DNA probe coupling with hybridization chain reaction for competitive thrombin aptasensor.

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    Chen, Ying-Xu; Huang, Ke-Jing; He, Liu-Liu; Wang, Yi-Han

    2017-09-15

    A novel competitive aptasensor for thrombin detection is developed by using a tetrahedral DNA (T-DNA) probe and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) signal amplification. Sulfur and nitrogen co-doped reduced graphene oxide (SN-rGO) is firstly prepared by a simple reflux method and used for supporting substrate of biosensor. Then, T-DNA probe is modified on the electrode by Au-S bond and a competition is happened between target thrombin and the complementary DNA (cDNA) of aptamer. The aptamer binding to thrombin forms an aptamer-target conjugate and make the cDNA remained, and subsequently hybridizes with the vertical domain of T-DNA. Finally, the cDNAs trigger HCR, which results in a great current response by the catalysis of horseradish peroxidase to the hydrogen peroxide + hydroquinone system. For thrombin detection, the proposed biosensor shows a wide linearity range of 10(-13)-10(-8)M and a low detection limit of 11.6fM (S/N = 3), which is hopeful to apply in biotechnology and clinical diagnosis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Probing the C P nature of the Higgs coupling in t t ¯ events at the LHC

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    Amor dos Santos, S.; Fiolhais, M. C. N.; Frederix, R.; Gonçalo, R.; Gouveia, E.; Martins, R.; Onofre, A.; Pease, C. M.; Peixoto, H.; Reigoto, A.; Santos, R.; Silva, J.

    2017-07-01

    The determination of the C P nature of the Higgs coupling to top quarks is addressed in this paper, using t t ¯h events produced in √{s }=13 TeV proton-proton collisions at the LHC. Dileptonic final states are employed, with two oppositely charged leptons and four jets, corresponding to the decays t →b W+→b ℓ+νℓ,t ¯→b ¯W-→b¯ℓ-ν ¯ℓ, and h →b b ¯. Pure scalar (h =H ), pure pseudoscalar (h =A ), and C P -violating Higgs boson signal events, generated with MadGraph5_aMC@NLO, are fully reconstructed through a kinematic fit. We furthermore generate samples that have both a C P -even and a C P -odd component in the t t ¯h coupling in order to probe the ratio of the two components. New angular distributions of the decay products, as well as C P angular asymmetries, are explored in order to separate the scalar from the pseudoscalar components of the Higgs boson and reduce the contribution from the dominant irreducible background, t t ¯b b ¯. Significant differences between the angular distributions and asymmetries are observed, even after the full kinematic fit reconstruction of the events, allowing to define the best observables for a global fit of the Higgs couplings parameters.

  2. Long-lived coherence in pentafluorobenzene as a probe of ππ(*) - πσ(*) vibronic coupling.

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    Hüter, O; Sala, M; Neumann, H; Zhang, S; Studzinski, H; Egorova, D; Temps, F

    2016-07-07

    The dynamics of pentafluorobenzene after femtosecond laser excitation to the optically bright ππ(*) first excited electronic state have been investigated by femtosecond time-resolved time-of-flight mass spectrometry and femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging spectroscopy. The observed temporal profiles exhibit a bi-exponential decay behavior with a superimposed, long-lived, large-amplitude oscillation with a frequency of νosc = 78-74 cm(-1) and a damping time of τD = 5-2 ps. On the basis of electronic structure and quantum dynamics calculations, the oscillations have been shown to arise due to vibronic coupling between the optically bright ππ(*) state and the energetically close-lying optically dark πσ(*) state. The coupling leads to a pronounced double-well character of the lowest excited adiabatic potential energy surface along several out-of-plane modes of b1 symmetry. The optical electronic excitation initiates periodic wavepacket motion along these modes. In the out-of-plane distorted molecular configuration, the excited state acquires substantial πσ(*) character, thus modulating the ionization probability. The photoelectron spectra and the anisotropy of their angular distribution confirm the periodically changing electronic character. The ionizing probe laser pulse directly maps the coupled electron-nuclear motion into the observed signal oscillations.

  3. Desensitization and recovery of metastable intermolecular composites

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    Busse, James R [South Fork, CO; Dye, Robert C [Los Alamos, NM; Foley, Timothy J [Los Alamos, NM; Higa, Kelvin T [Ridgecrest, CA; Jorgensen, Betty S [Jemez Springs, NM; Sanders, Victor E [White Rock, NM; Son, Steven F [Los Alamos, NM

    2010-09-07

    A method to substantially desensitize a metastable intermolecular composite material to electrostatic discharge and friction comprising mixing the composite material with an organic diluent and removing enough organic diluent from the mixture to form a mixture with a substantially putty-like consistency, as well as a concomitant method of recovering the metastable intermolecular composite material.

  4. Accurate temperature imaging based on intermolecular coherences in magnetic resonance.

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    Galiana, Gigi; Branca, Rosa T; Jenista, Elizabeth R; Warren, Warren S

    2008-10-17

    Conventional magnetic resonance methods that provide interior temperature profiles, which find use in clinical applications such as hyperthermic therapy, can develop inaccuracies caused by the inherently inhomogeneous magnetic field within tissues or by probe dynamics, and work poorly in important applications such as fatty tissues. We present a magnetic resonance method that is suitable for imaging temperature in a wide range of environments. It uses the inherently sharp resonances of intermolecular zero-quantum coherences, in this case flipping up a water spin while flipping down a nearby fat spin. We show that this method can rapidly and accurately assign temperatures in vivo on an absolute scale.

  5. Probing the CP nature of Higgs couplings in tth events at the LHC

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    Fiolhais, Miguel; Pease, Christopher; Onofre, Antonio

    2017-01-01

    The CP nature of the Higgs coupling to top quarks (tth) is studied in proton-proton collision events at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV at the LHC. Pure scalar and pseudo-scalar Higgs boson signal events are generated with MadGraph5_aMC@NLO, and analysed in dileptonic final states with two oppositely charged leptons and four jets. These events are fully reconstructed by applying a kinematic fit. As a result, new angular distributions of the decay products as well as CP angular asymmetries are explored to separate the scalar from the pseudo-scalar components of the Higgs boson, which allows to reduce the contribution from the dominant irreducible background, ttbb. In addition, significant differences between the angular distributions and asymmetries are observed, providing new observables for a global fit of the Higgs couplings parameters.

  6. Nonplanar 4-Jets in Quarkonium Decays as a Probe for 3-Gluon Coupling

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    Muta, T.; Niuya, T.

    1982-11-01

    We calculate the acoplanarity (à la Fox-Wolfram) distribution of 4 jets generated by orthoquarkonium decays: 3S1(Qbar{Q})→ GGGG, GGqbar{q}. The result shows that the deviation from planar event due to 4 jets is significantly large showing the importance of the effect of 3-gluon couplings in quantum chromodynamics. The average acoplanarity is calculated to be =(0.45+0.153Nf)αs/π with Nf the number of flavors of produced quarks and αs the QCD coupling strength. As a by-product we calculated the decay rate of the parapositronium into 4 photons which results in Γ4γ=(0.0139±0.0001)α7 me with me the electron mass.

  7. Probing the interlayer coupling of twisted bilayer MoS2 using photoluminescence spectroscopy.

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    Huang, Shengxi; Ling, Xi; Liang, Liangbo; Kong, Jing; Terrones, Humberto; Meunier, Vincent; Dresselhaus, Mildred S

    2014-10-08

    Two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a promising material for optoelectronic devices due to its strong photoluminescence emission. In this work, the photoluminescence of twisted bilayer MoS2 is investigated, revealing a tunability of the interlayer coupling of bilayer MoS2. It is found that the photoluminescence intensity ratio of the trion and exciton reaches its maximum value for the twisted angle 0° or 60°, while for the twisted angle 30° or 90° the situation is the opposite. This is mainly attributed to the change of the trion binding energy. The first-principles density functional theory analysis further confirms the change of the interlayer coupling with the twisted angle, which interprets our experimental results.

  8. Probing phonon-rotation coupling in helium nanodroplets: Infrared spectroscopy of CO and its isotopomers

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    Haeften, Klaus von; Rudolph, Stephan; Simanovski, Iaroslav; Havenith, Martina; Zillich, Robert E.; Whaley, K. Birgitta

    2006-02-01

    We have recorded the R(0){nu}{sub CO}=1(leftarrow)0 IR spectrum of CO and its isotopomers in superfluid helium nanodroplets. For droplets with average size N > or approx. 2000 helium atoms, the transition exhibits a Lorentzian shaped linewidth of 0.034 cm{sup -1}, indicating a homogeneous broadening mechanism. The rotational constants could be deduced and were found to be reduced to about 60% of the corresponding gas-phase values (63% for the reference {sup 12}C {sup 16}O species). Accompanying calculations of the pure rotational spectra were carried out using the method of correlated basis functions in combination with diffusion Monte Carlo (CBF/DMC). These calculations show that both the reduction of the rotational B constant and the line broadening can be attributed to phonon-rotation coupling. The reduction in B is confirmed by path integral correlation function calculations for a cluster of 64 {sup 4}He atoms, which also reveal a non-negligible effect of finite size on the collective modes. The phonon-rotation coupling strength is seen to depend strongly on the strength and anisotropy of the molecule-helium interaction potential. Comparison with other light rotors shows that this coupling is particularly high for CO. The CBF/DMC analysis shows that the J=1 rotational state couples effectively to phonon states, which are only present in large helium droplets or bulk. In particular, they are not present in small clusters with n{<=}20, thereby accounting for the much narrower linewidths and larger B constant measured for these sizes.

  9. Probing conformational changes in rhodopsin using hydrogen-deuterium exchange coupled to mass spectrometry.

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    Orban, Tivadar; Tsybovsky, Yaroslav

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogen-deuterium exchange coupled to mass spectrometry is a powerful tool to evaluate changes in protein conformation between two or more states. Here, we describe a complete methodology that can be used to assess conformational changes in rhodopsin accompanying its transition from the inactive to activated state upon light exposure. This approach may be employed to investigate the structure and conformational changes of various membrane proteins.

  10. Antiferromagnetic Spin Coupling between Rare Earth Adatoms and Iron Islands Probed by Spin-Polarized Tunneling.

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    Coffey, David; Diez-Ferrer, José Luis; Serrate, David; Ciria, Miguel; de la Fuente, César; Arnaudas, José Ignacio

    2015-09-03

    High-density magnetic storage or quantum computing could be achieved using small magnets with large magnetic anisotropy, a requirement that rare-earth iron alloys fulfill in bulk. This compelling property demands a thorough investigation of the magnetism in low dimensional rare-earth iron structures. Here, we report on the magnetic coupling between 4f single atoms and a 3d magnetic nanoisland. Thulium and lutetium adatoms deposited on iron monolayer islands pseudomorphically grown on W(110) have been investigated at low temperature with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The spin-polarized current indicates that both kind of adatoms have in-plane magnetic moments, which couple antiferromagnetically with their underlying iron islands. Our first-principles calculations explain the observed behavior, predicting an antiparallel coupling of the induced 5d electrons magnetic moment of the lanthanides with the 3d magnetic moment of iron, as well as their in-plane orientation, and pointing to a non-contribution of 4f electrons to the spin-polarized tunneling processes in rare earths.

  11. Antiferromagnetic Spin Coupling between Rare Earth Adatoms and Iron Islands Probed by Spin-Polarized Tunneling

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    Coffey, David; Diez-Ferrer, José Luis; Serrate, David; Ciria, Miguel; Fuente, César de la; Arnaudas, José Ignacio

    2015-01-01

    High-density magnetic storage or quantum computing could be achieved using small magnets with large magnetic anisotropy, a requirement that rare-earth iron alloys fulfill in bulk. This compelling property demands a thorough investigation of the magnetism in low dimensional rare-earth iron structures. Here, we report on the magnetic coupling between 4f single atoms and a 3d magnetic nanoisland. Thulium and lutetium adatoms deposited on iron monolayer islands pseudomorphically grown on W(110) have been investigated at low temperature with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The spin-polarized current indicates that both kind of adatoms have in-plane magnetic moments, which couple antiferromagnetically with their underlying iron islands. Our first-principles calculations explain the observed behavior, predicting an antiparallel coupling of the induced 5d electrons magnetic moment of the lanthanides with the 3d magnetic moment of iron, as well as their in-plane orientation, and pointing to a non-contribution of 4f electrons to the spin-polarized tunneling processes in rare earths. PMID:26333417

  12. Probing the Viability of Oxo-Coupling Pathways in Iridium-Catalyzed Oxygen Evolution.

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    Graeupner, Jonathan; Hintermair, Ulrich; Huang, Daria L; Thomsen, Julianne M; Takase, Mike; Campos, Jesús; Hashmi, Sara M; Elimelech, Menachem; Brudvig, Gary W; Crabtree, Robert H

    2013-10-14

    A series of Cp*Ir(III) dimers have been synthesized to elucidate the mechanistic viability of radical oxo-coupling pathways in iridium-catalyzed O2 evolution. The oxidative stability of the precursors toward nanoparticle formation and their oxygen evolution activity have been investigated and compared to suitable monomeric analogues. We found that precursors bearing monodentate NHC ligands degraded to form nanoparticles (NPs), and accordingly their O2 evolution rates were not significantly influenced by their nuclearity or distance between the two metals in the dimeric precursors. A doubly chelating bis-pyridine-pyrazolide ligand provided an oxidation-resistant ligand framework that allowed a more meaningful comparison of catalytic performance of dimers with their corresponding monomers. With sodium periodate (NaIO4) as the oxidant, the dimers provided significantly lower O2 evolution rates per [Ir] than the monomer, suggesting a negative interaction instead of cooperativity in the catalytic cycle. Electrochemical analysis of the dimers further substantiates the notion that no radical oxyl-coupling pathways are accessible. We thus conclude that the alternative path, nucleophilic attack of water on high-valent Ir-oxo species, may be the preferred mechanistic pathway of water oxidation with these catalysts, and bimolecular oxo-coupling is not a valid mechanistic alternative as in the related ruthenium chemistry, at least in the present system.

  13. Probing the Viability of Oxo-Coupling Pathways in Iridium-Catalyzed Oxygen Evolution

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    Graeupner, Jonathan; Hintermair, Ulrich; Huang, Daria L.; Thomsen, Julianne M.; Takase, Mike; Campos, Jesús; Hashmi, Sara M.; Elimelech, Menachem; Brudvig, Gary W.; Crabtree, Robert H.

    2013-01-01

    A series of Cp*IrIII dimers have been synthesized to elucidate the mechanistic viability of radical oxo-coupling pathways in iridium-catalyzed O2 evolution. The oxidative stability of the precursors toward nanoparticle formation and their oxygen evolution activity have been investigated and compared to suitable monomeric analogues. We found that precursors bearing monodentate NHC ligands degraded to form nanoparticles (NPs), and accordingly their O2 evolution rates were not significantly influenced by their nuclearity or distance between the two metals in the dimeric precursors. A doubly chelating bis-pyridine–pyrazolide ligand provided an oxidation-resistant ligand framework that allowed a more meaningful comparison of catalytic performance of dimers with their corresponding monomers. With sodium periodate (NaIO4) as the oxidant, the dimers provided significantly lower O2 evolution rates per [Ir] than the monomer, suggesting a negative interaction instead of cooperativity in the catalytic cycle. Electrochemical analysis of the dimers further substantiates the notion that no radical oxyl-coupling pathways are accessible. We thus conclude that the alternative path, nucleophilic attack of water on high-valent Ir-oxo species, may be the preferred mechanistic pathway of water oxidation with these catalysts, and bimolecular oxo-coupling is not a valid mechanistic alternative as in the related ruthenium chemistry, at least in the present system. PMID:24474842

  14. Antibodies to probe endogenous G protein-coupled receptor heteromer expression, regulation, and function

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    Gomes, Ivone; Gupta, Achla; Bushlin, Ittai; Devi, Lakshmi A.

    2014-01-01

    Over the last decade an increasing number of studies have focused on the ability of G protein-coupled receptors to form heteromers and explored how receptor heteromerization modulates the binding, signaling and trafficking properties of individual receptors. Most of these studies were carried out in heterologous cells expressing epitope tagged receptors. Very little information is available about the in vivo physiological role of G protein-coupled receptor heteromers due to a lack of tools to detect their presence in endogenous tissue. Recent advances such as the generation of mouse models expressing fluorescently labeled receptors, of TAT based peptides that can disrupt a given heteromer pair, or of heteromer-selective antibodies that recognize the heteromer in endogenous tissue have begun to elucidate the physiological and pathological roles of receptor heteromers. In this review we have focused on heteromer-selective antibodies and describe how a subtractive immunization strategy can be successfully used to generate antibodies that selectively recognize a desired heteromer pair. We also describe the uses of these antibodies to detect the presence of heteromers, to study their properties in endogenous tissues, and to monitor changes in heteromer levels under pathological conditions. Together, these findings suggest that G protein-coupled receptor heteromers represent unique targets for the development of drugs with reduced side-effects. PMID:25520661

  15. Probing Higgs boson couplings in H + γ production at the LHC

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    Khanpour, Hamzeh; Khatibi, Sara; Mohammadi Najafabadi, Mojtaba

    2017-10-01

    In this paper, we examine the potential of Higgs boson production associated with a photon at the LHC to probe the new physics effects in the framework of the standard model effective field theory. It is shown that the differential kinematic distributions such as photon transverse momentum and invariant mass of Higgs + γ in Higgs associated production are powerful variables to explore the coefficients of dimension six operators. The analysis is performed in the decay channel of Higgs boson into a b b bar pair including the main sources of background processes and a realistic simulation of the detector effects. We provide constraints at 95% confidence level on the Wilson coefficients of dimension-six operators affecting Higgs boson plus a photon production. We show to what extent these limits could be improved at the high luminosity LHC. The effect of these constraints on a well-motivated beyond standard model scenario is presented.

  16. Probing variations of the Rashba spin-orbit coupling at the nanometre scale

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    Bindel, Jan Raphael; Pezzotta, Mike; Ulrich, Jascha; Liebmann, Marcus; Sherman, Eugene Ya.; Morgenstern, Markus

    2016-10-01

    As the Rashba effect is an electrically tunable spin-orbit interaction, it could form the basis for a multitude of applications, such as spin filters, spin transistors and quantum computing using Majorana states in nanowires. Moreover, this interaction can determine the spin dephasing and antilocalization phenomena in two dimensions. However, the real space pattern of the Rashba parameter, which critically influences spin transistors using the spin-helix state and the otherwise forbidden electron backscattering in topologically protected channels, is difficult to probe. Here, we map this pattern down to nanometre length scales by measuring the spin splitting of the lowest Landau level using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy. We reveal strong fluctuations correlated with the local electrostatic potential for an InSb inversion layer with a large Rashba coefficient (~1 eV Å). This type of Rashba field mapping enables a more comprehensive understanding of its fluctuations, which might be decisive towards robust semiconductor-based spintronic devices.

  17. Perturbation factors in the clinical handling of a fiber-coupled Raman probe for cutaneous in vivo diagnostic Raman spectroscopy.

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    Schleusener, Johannes; Gluszczynska, Patrycja; Reble, Carina; Gersonde, Ingo; Helfmann, Jürgen; Cappius, Hans-Joachim; Fluhr, Joachim W; Meinke, Martina C

    2015-01-01

    The application of fiber-coupled Raman probes for the discrimination of cancerous and normal skin has the advantage of a non-invasive in vivo application, easy clinical handling, and access to the majority of body sites, which would otherwise be limited by stationary Raman microscopes. Nevertheless, including optical fibers and miniaturizing optical components, as well as measuring in vivo, involves the sensibility to external perturbation factors that could introduce artifacts to the acquired Raman spectra and thereby potentially reduce classification performance. In this study, typical perturbation factors of Raman measurements with a Raman fiber probe, optimized for clinical in vivo discrimination of skin cancer, were investigated experimentally. Measurements were performed under standardized conditions in clinical settings in vivo on human skin, as well as ex vivo on porcine ears. Raman spectra were analyzed in the fingerprint region between 1150 and 1730 cm(-1) using principal component analysis. The largest artifacts in the Raman spectra were found in measurements performed under the influence of strong ambient light conditions as well as after miscellaneous pre-treatments to the skin, such as use of a permanent marker or a sunscreen. Minor influences were also found in measurements using H2O immersion and when varying the probe contact force. The effect of reasonable variation of the fiber-bending radius was found to be of negligible impact. The influence of measurements on hairy or sun-exposed body sites, as well as inter-subject variation, was also investigated. The presented results may serve as a guide to avoid negative effects during the process of data acquisition and so avoid misclassification in tumor discrimination.

  18. A Dual Functional Electroactive and Fluorescent Probe for Coupled Measurements of Vesicular Exocytosis with High Spatial and Temporal Resolution.

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    Liu, Xiaoqing; Savy, Alexandra; Maurin, Sylvie; Grimaud, Laurence; Darchen, François; Quinton, Damien; Labbé, Eric; Buriez, Olivier; Delacotte, Jérôme; Lemaître, Frédéric; Guille-Collignon, Manon

    2017-02-20

    In this work, Fluorescent False Neurotransmitter 102 (FFN102), a synthesized analogue of biogenic neurotransmitters, was demonstrated to show both pH-dependent fluorescence and electroactivity. To study secretory behaviors at the single-vesicle level, FFN102 was employed as a new fluorescent/electroactive dual probe in a coupled technique (amperometry and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM)). We used N13 cells, a stable clone of BON cells, to specifically accumulate FFN102 into their secretory vesicles, and then optical and electrochemical measurements of vesicular exocytosis were experimentally achieved by using indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent electrodes. Upon stimulation, FFN102 started to diffuse out from the acidic intravesicular microenvironment to the neutral extracellular space, leading to fluorescent emissions and to the electrochemical oxidation signals that were simultaneously collected from the ITO electrode surface. The correlation of fluorescence and amperometric signals resulting from the FFN102 probe allows real-time monitoring of single exocytotic events with both high spatial and temporal resolution. This work opens new possibilities in the investigation of exocytotic mechanisms.

  19. A novel method of multiple nucleic acid detection: Real-time RT-PCR coupled with probe-melting curve analysis.

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    Han, Yang; Hou, Shao-Yang; Ji, Shang-Zhi; Cheng, Juan; Zhang, Meng-Yue; He, Li-Juan; Ye, Xiang-Zhong; Li, Yi-Min; Zhang, Yi-Xuan

    2017-09-04

    A novel method, real-time reverse transcription PCR (real-time RT-PCR) coupled with probe-melting curve analysis, has been established to detect two kinds of samples within one fluorescence channel. Besides a conventional TaqMan probe, this method employs another specially designed melting-probe with a 5' terminus modification which meets the same label with the same fluorescent group. By using an asymmetric PCR method, the melting-probe is able to detect an extra sample in the melting stage effectively while it almost has little influence on the amplification detection. Thus, this method allows the availability of united employment of both amplification stage and melting stage for detecting samples in one reaction. The further demonstration by simultaneous detection of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in one channel as a model system is presented in this essay. The sensitivity of detection by real-time RT-PCR coupled with probe-melting analysis was proved to be equal to that detected by conventional real-time RT-PCR. Because real-time RT-PCR coupled with probe-melting analysis can double the detection throughputs within one fluorescence channel, it is expected to be a good solution for the problem of low-throughput in current real-time PCR. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  20. Characterization of O2/Ar inductively coupled plasma studied by using a Langmuir probe and global model

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    Liu, Wei; Wen, De-Qi; Zhao, Shu-Xia; Gao, Fei; Wang, You-Nian

    2015-04-01

    An O2/Ar inductively coupled plasma is investigated by a Langmuir probe and a global model (volume averaged model). The electron density, electron temperature and electron energy distribution function (EEDF) are measured at different O2 contents, gas pressures and applied powers. At fixed pressure and power, the electron density first drops quickly with the O2 ratio and then tends to saturate in the high O2 ratio range. The effective electron temperature exhibits completely opposite behaviors at low and high pressures. This is caused by the different evolving behaviors of low and high energy electrons of the EEDFs with the O2 ratio. Both the Langmuir probe and the global model predict that the electron density of O2/Ar mixed plasma first increases, peaks and then drops constantly, upon increasing the pressure. An analysis based on the simulation reveals that the non-monotonic variation of electron density with the pressure is due to the non-monotonic variation of the ionizations from both ground state O and metastable O*. Due to the strong ionizations, the electron density increases linearly with the power. The effective electron temperature is unchanged because the EEDF shape that determines the electron temperature is not varied upon increasing the power. The calculated electron density and temperature when varying the power agree better with the experiments at high pressure, i.e. 45 mTorr. The quantitative deviation between the model and the experiment when varying the pressure and the O2 ratio can be explained by two aspects. (1) The electron energy probability function is assumed to have a Maxwellian distribution in the global model while the realistic EEDFs vary significantly with the pressure and/or the O2 ratio, as revealed by the experiment. (2) The power transfer efficiency (i.e. the fraction of the power coupled into plasma) increases with the pressure.

  1. Magnetoencephalography with a two-color pump-probe, fiber-coupled atomic magnetometer

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    Johnson, Cort; Schwindt, Peter D. D.; Weisend, Michael

    2010-12-01

    The authors have detected magnetic fields from the human brain with a compact, fiber-coupled rubidium spin-exchange-relaxation-free magnetometer. Optical pumping is performed on the D1 transition and Faraday rotation is measured on the D2 transition. The beams share an optical axis, with dichroic optics preparing beam polarizations appropriately. A sensitivity of <5 fT/√Hz is achieved. Evoked responses resulting from median nerve and auditory stimulation were recorded with the atomic magnetometer. Recordings were validated by comparison with those taken by a commercial magnetoencephalography system. The design is amenable to arraying sensors around the head, providing a framework for noncryogenic, whole-head magnetoencephalography.

  2. Dichroism as a probe for parity-breaking phases of spin-orbit coupled metals

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    Norman, M. R.

    2015-08-07

    Recently, a general formalism has been presented for gyrotropic, ferroelectric, and multipolar order in spin-orbit coupled metals induced by spin-spin interactions. Here, I point out that the resulting order parameters are equivalent to expectation values of operators that determine natural circular dichroic signals in optical and x-ray absorption, and list several examples in this connection. As a result, the particular case of the tensor order in the pyrochlore superconductor Cd2Re2O7 is discussed in more detail.

  3. Dichroism as a probe for parity-breaking phases of spin-orbit coupled metals

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    Norman, M. R.

    2015-08-07

    Recently, a general formalism has been presented for gyrotropic, ferroelectric, and multipolar order in spin-orbit coupled metals induced by spin-spin interactions. Here, I point out that the resulting order parameters are equivalent to expectation values of operators that determine natural circular dichroic signals in optical and x-ray absorption, and list several examples in this connection. As a result, the particular case of the tensor order in the pyrochlore superconductor Cd2Re2O7 is discussed in more detail.

  4. Development of Feedhorn-Coupled Multichroic Polarimeters for the Inflation Probe Mission

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    McMahon, Jeff

    This proposal seeks support for the development of millimeter-wavelength multichroic polarimeters optimized for detecting Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) polarization signals with a future NASA Inflation Probe Mission. The technologies developed under this proposal would also have applications in future submillimeter astrophysics satellite missions. The proposed technology would increase the overall experimental sensitivity of an Inflation Probe Mission over that achievable by single-frequency pixels, making efficient use of available diffraction-limited focal plane area while maintaining unmatched control over systematics through the use of corrugated feedhorns. The sensitivity, multi-frequency coverage, and control of detector systematics offered by this technology on the Inflation Probe Mission would provide the definitive measurement of CMB polarization and foreground sources. These data would unambiguously detect or rule out all models of Grand Unified Theory (GUT) scale inflation, provide a precise measurement of the sum of the neutrino masses, and enable a wide variety of astrophysical and additional cosmological measurements. Control of systematics and foregrounds are paramount for a successful detection of the faint inflationary signal. Corrugated feedhorns are the gold standard for producing symmetric beams with low cross-polarization. Using ring-loaded slots, they can be designed to exceed one octave in bandwidth, allowing for multiple bands using a single feed. For the optimal characterization and control of foregrounds, approximately 10 bands are needed over a frequency range roughly spanning 40-300 GHz. Our plan is to develop a scalable multichroic architecture with four frequency bands within an octave of bandwidth, which we will then scale to three different frequency ranges, for a total of 12 bands with band centers on a logarithmic scale ranging from 40-288 GHz. At the key frequencies for CMB polarization (100-150 GHz) our proposed detectors

  5. Probing triple Higgs couplings of the two Higgs doublet model at a linear collider

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    Arhrib, Abdesslam; Benbrik, Rachid; Chiang, C.-W.

    2008-06-01

    We study double Higgs production at the future linear collider in the framework of the two Higgs doublet models through the following channels: e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}{phi}{sub i}{phi}{sub j}Z, {phi}{sub i}=h{sup 0}, H{sup 0}, A{sup 0}, H{sup {+-}}. All these processes are sensitive to triple Higgs couplings. Hence observations of them provide information on the triple Higgs couplings that help reconstructing the scalar potential. We also discuss the double Higgs-Strahlung e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}h{sup 0}h{sup 0}Z in the decoupling limit where h{sup 0} mimics the standard model Higgs boson. The processes e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}h{sup 0}h{sup 0}Z and e{sup +}e{sup -}{yields}h{sup 0}H{sup 0}Z are also discussed in the fermiophobic limit where distinctive signatures such as 4{gamma}+X, 2{gamma}+X, and 6{gamma}+X are expected in the Type-I two Higgs doublet model.

  6. Trajectory-probed instability and statistics of desynchronization events in coupled chaotic systems

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    Oliveira, Gilson F. de Chevrollier, Martine; Oriá, Marcos; Passerat de Silans, Thierry; Souza Cavalcante, Hugo L. D. de

    2015-11-15

    Complex systems, such as financial markets, earthquakes, and neurological networks, exhibit extreme events whose mechanisms of formation are not still completely understood. These mechanisms may be identified and better studied in simpler systems with dynamical features similar to the ones encountered in the complex system of interest. For instance, sudden and brief departures from the synchronized state observed in coupled chaotic systems were shown to display non-normal statistical distributions similar to events observed in the complex systems cited above. The current hypothesis accepted is that these desynchronization events are influenced by the presence of unstable object(s) in the phase space of the system. Here, we present further evidence that the occurrence of large events is triggered by the visitation of the system's phase-space trajectory to the vicinity of these unstable objects. In the system studied here, this visitation is controlled by a single parameter, and we exploit this feature to observe the effect of the visitation rate in the overall instability of the synchronized state. We find that the probability of escapes from the synchronized state and the size of those desynchronization events are enhanced in attractors whose shapes permit the chaotic trajectories to approach the region of strong instability. This result shows that the occurrence of large events requires not only a large local instability to amplify noise, or to amplify the effect of parameter mismatch between the coupled subsystems, but also that the trajectories of the system wander close to this local instability.

  7. Mode Coupling in Plasmonic Heterodimers Probed with Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy.

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    Flauraud, Valentin; Bernasconi, Gabriel D; Butet, Jérémy; Alexander, Duncan T L; Martin, Olivier J F; Brugger, Juergen

    2017-03-14

    While plasmonic antennas composed of building blocks made of the same material have been thoroughly studied, recent investigations have highlighted the unique opportunities enabled by making compositionally asymmetric plasmonic systems. So far, mainly heterostructures composed of nanospheres and nanodiscs have been investigated, revealing opportunities for the design of Fano resonant nanostructures, directional scattering, sensing and catalytic applications. In this article, an improved fabrication method is reported that enables precise tuning of the heterodimer geometry, with interparticle distances made down to a few nanometers between Au-Ag and Au-Al nanoparticles. A wide range of mode energy detuning and coupling conditions are observed by near field hyperspectral imaging performed with electron energy loss spectroscopy, supported by full wave analysis numerical simulations. These results provide direct insights into the mode hybridization of plasmonic heterodimers, pointing out the influence of each dimer constituent in the overall electromagnetic response. By relating the coupling of non-dipolar modes and plasmon-interband interaction with the dimer geometry, this work facilitates the development of plasmonic heterostructures with tailored responses, beyond the possibilities offered by homodimers.

  8. Trajectory-probed instability and statistics of desynchronization events in coupled chaotic systems

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    de Oliveira, Gilson F.; Chevrollier, Martine; Passerat de Silans, Thierry; Oriá, Marcos; de Souza Cavalcante, Hugo L. D.

    2015-11-01

    Complex systems, such as financial markets, earthquakes, and neurological networks, exhibit extreme events whose mechanisms of formation are not still completely understood. These mechanisms may be identified and better studied in simpler systems with dynamical features similar to the ones encountered in the complex system of interest. For instance, sudden and brief departures from the synchronized state observed in coupled chaotic systems were shown to display non-normal statistical distributions similar to events observed in the complex systems cited above. The current hypothesis accepted is that these desynchronization events are influenced by the presence of unstable object(s) in the phase space of the system. Here, we present further evidence that the occurrence of large events is triggered by the visitation of the system's phase-space trajectory to the vicinity of these unstable objects. In the system studied here, this visitation is controlled by a single parameter, and we exploit this feature to observe the effect of the visitation rate in the overall instability of the synchronized state. We find that the probability of escapes from the synchronized state and the size of those desynchronization events are enhanced in attractors whose shapes permit the chaotic trajectories to approach the region of strong instability. This result shows that the occurrence of large events requires not only a large local instability to amplify noise, or to amplify the effect of parameter mismatch between the coupled subsystems, but also that the trajectories of the system wander close to this local instability.

  9. Probing Nonadiabaticity in the Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Reaction Catalyzed by Soybean Lipoxygenase

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    2014-01-01

    Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) plays a vital role in many biological and chemical processes. PCET rate constant expressions are available for various well-defined regimes, and determining which expression is appropriate for a given system is essential for reliable modeling. Quantitative diagnostics have been devised to characterize the vibronic nonadiabaticity between the electron–proton quantum subsystem and the classical nuclei, as well as the electron–proton nonadiabaticity between the electrons and proton(s) within the quantum subsystem. Herein these diagnostics are applied to a model of the active site of the enzyme soybean lipoxygenase, which catalyzes a PCET reaction that exhibits unusually high deuterium kinetic isotope effects at room temperature. Both semiclassical and electronic charge density diagnostics illustrate vibronic and electron–proton nonadiabaticity for this PCET reaction, supporting the use of the Golden rule nonadiabatic rate constant expression with a specific form of the vibronic coupling. This type of characterization will be useful for theoretical modeling of a broad range of PCET processes. PMID:25258676

  10. A microcoil NMR probe for coupling microscale HPLC with on-line NMR spectroscopy.

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    Subramanian, R; Kelley, W P; Floyd, P D; Tan, Z J; Webb, A G; Sweedler, J V

    1999-12-01

    An HPLC NMR system is presented that integrates a commercial microbore HPLC system using a 0.5-mm column with a 500-MHz proton NMR spectrometer using a custom NMR probe with an observe volume of 1.1 microL and a coil fill factor of 68%. Careful attention to capillary connections and NMR flow cell design allows on-line NMR detection with no significant loss in separation efficiency when compared with a UV chromatogram. HPLC NMR is performed on mixtures of amino acids and small peptides with analyte injection amounts as small as 750 ng; the separations are accomplished in less than 10 min and individual NMR spectra are acquired with 12 s time resolution. Stopped-flow NMR is achieved by diversion of the chromatographic flow after observation of the beginning of the analyte band within the NMR flow cell. Isolation of the compound of interest within the NMR detection cell allows multidimensional experiments to be performed. A stopped-flow COSY spectrum of the peptide Phe-Ala is acquired in 3.5 h with an injected amount of 5 micrograms.

  11. Hydrated fractions of cellulosics probed by infrared spectroscopy coupled with dynamics of deuterium exchange.

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    Driemeier, Carlos; Mendes, Fernanda M; Ling, Liu Yi

    2015-08-20

    This article presents a novel method to selectively probe the non-crystalline, hydrated fractions of cellulosic biomass. The method is based on time-resolved infrared spectra analyzed to provide information on spectral and dynamical features of deuterium exchange (OH → OD) in D2O atmosphere. We assign deuterium exchange spectral regions (700-3800 cm(-1)) and explore changes due to relative humidity, different cellulosic samples, and infrared polarization. Here, two results are highlighted. First, a wide range of celluloses isolated from plants show remarkable spectral similarities whatever the relative amounts of cellulose and xylan. This result supports an inherent type of hydrated disorder which is mostly insensitive to the molecular identities of the associated polysaccharides. Second, polarized infrared analysis of cotton reveals hydrated cellulose having chains preferentially aligned with those of crystals, while the hydroxyls of hydrated cellulose present much more randomized orientation. Our results provide new insights on molecular and group orientation and on hydrogen bonding in hydrated fractions of cellulosic biomass.

  12. Resolving Intra- and Inter-Molecular Structure with Non-Contact Atomic Force Microscopy

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    Jarvis, Samuel Paul

    2015-01-01

    A major challenge in molecular investigations at surfaces has been to image individual molecules, and the assemblies they form, with single-bond resolution. Scanning probe microscopy, with its exceptionally high resolution, is ideally suited to this goal. With the introduction of methods exploiting molecularly-terminated tips, where the apex of the probe is, for example, terminated with a single CO, Xe or H2 molecule, scanning probe methods can now achieve higher resolution than ever before. In this review, some of the landmark results related to attaining intramolecular resolution with non-contact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) are summarised before focussing on recent reports probing molecular assemblies where apparent intermolecular features have been observed. Several groups have now highlighted the critical role that flexure in the tip-sample junction plays in producing the exceptionally sharp images of both intra- and apparent inter-molecular structure. In the latter case, the features have been identified as imaging artefacts, rather than real intermolecular bonds. This review discusses the potential for NC-AFM to provide exceptional resolution of supramolecular assemblies stabilised via a variety of intermolecular forces and highlights the potential challenges and pitfalls involved in interpreting bonding interactions. PMID:26307976

  13. Resolving Intra- and Inter-Molecular Structure with Non-Contact Atomic Force Microscopy.

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    Jarvis, Samuel Paul

    2015-08-21

    A major challenge in molecular investigations at surfaces has been to image individual molecules, and the assemblies they form, with single-bond resolution. Scanning probe microscopy, with its exceptionally high resolution, is ideally suited to this goal. With the introduction of methods exploiting molecularly-terminated tips, where the apex of the probe is, for example, terminated with a single CO, Xe or H2 molecule, scanning probe methods can now achieve higher resolution than ever before. In this review, some of the landmark results related to attaining intramolecular resolution with non-contact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) are summarised before focussing on recent reports probing molecular assemblies where apparent intermolecular features have been observed. Several groups have now highlighted the critical role that flexure in the tip-sample junction plays in producing the exceptionally sharp images of both intra- and apparent inter-molecular structure. In the latter case, the features have been identified as imaging artefacts, rather than real intermolecular bonds. This review discusses the potential for NC-AFM to provide exceptional resolution of supramolecular assemblies stabilised via a variety of intermolecular forces and highlights the potential challenges and pitfalls involved in interpreting bonding interactions.

  14. Interrogation of the intersubunit interface of the open Hv1 proton channel with a probe of allosteric coupling

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    Hong, Liang; Singh, Vikrant; Wulff, Heike; Tombola, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    The Hv1 voltage-gated proton channel is a dimeric complex consisting of two voltage-sensing domains (VSDs), each containing a gated proton permeation pathway. Dimerization is controlled by a cytoplasmic coiled-coil domain. The transitions from the closed to the open state in the two VSDs are known to occur cooperatively; however, the underlying mechanism is poorly understood. Intersubunit interfaces play a critical role in allosteric processes; but, such interfaces have not been determined in the open Hv1 channel. Here we show that 2-guanidinothiazole derivatives block the two Hv1 VSDs in a cooperative way, and use one of the compounds as a probe of allosteric coupling between open subunits. We find that the extracellular ends of the first transmembrane segments of the VSDs form the intersubunit interface that mediates coupling between binding sites, while the coiled-coil domain does not directly participate in the process. We also find strong evidence that the channel’s proton selectivity filter controls blocker binding cooperativity. PMID:26365828

  15. Effect of misalignment of air-coupled probes on Ao Lamb mode propagating in a metal plate.

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    Ramadas, C; Hood, Avinash; Khan, Irfan; Balasubramaniam, Krishnan

    2014-07-01

    Proper alignment of air-coupled ultrasonic transducers for generation and reception of Lamb waves is vital in order to acquire a high amplitude wave group. Any misalignment with either the transmitter or the receiver or both adversely influences the amplitude of a Lamb mode. This paper reports a systematic attempt to quantify the reduction in the amplitude of the fundamental anti-symmetric Lamb mode (Ao) in a metal plate caused by misalignments in air-coupled probes. Three different types of misalignments - linear, orientation and synchronised orientation were deliberately introduced in the transducers, and experiments were performed on a 6mm thick aluminium plate. Amplitudes of Ao mode measured at various configurations were normalised with that of Ao mode, captured in a reference configuration. Suitable curves fitted over the experimental data points revealed that Gaussian curves represent appropriately the variations in normalised amplitudes of Ao mode. Moreover, analytical expressions were derived to predict the difference in arrival times of Lamb mode(s) due to orientation and synchronised orientation misalignments.

  16. Probe diagnostics of argon-oxygen-tetramethyltin capacitively coupled plasmas for the deposition of tin oxide thin films

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    Pulpytel, J.; Morscheidt, W.; Arefi-Khonsari, F.

    2007-04-01

    Langmuir probe measurements in nondepositing and depositing rf capacitively coupled (CCP) plasmas are briefly reviewed and compared to the results obtained in our rf system used for the deposition of tin oxide (SnO{sub 2}) thin films from argon-oxygen-tetamethyltin [Sn(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}] plasmas. Typically in our experimental conditions for tin oxide deposition, values of kT{sub eff}= 1.2-1.5 eV and n{sub e}=3-5x10{sup 9} cm{sup -3} were measured. These values are consistent with those generally reported in other depositing discharges. The shape of the electron energy probability function (EEPF), obtained from the Druyvesteyn procedure, was discussed too. As a consequence of the two electron heating mechanisms in capacitively coupled discharges, that is, ohmic and stochastic heating, the electrons have a bi-Maxwellian EEPF at low pressure (in the range of 10-100 mTorr). Moreover, a deep 'hole' appears in the EEPF at the energy which could correspond to the resonant peak of the vibrational excitation cross section of some molecules which can be present in the discharge, such as N{sub 2}, CH{sub 4}, or CO.

  17. DNA-Linked Enzyme-Coupled Assay for Probing Glucosyltransferase Specificity.

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    Sukovich, David J; Modavi, Cyrus; de Raad, Markus; Prince, Robin N; Anderson, J Christopher

    2015-07-17

    Traditional enzyme characterization methods are low-throughput and therefore limit engineering efforts in synthetic biology and biotechnology. Here, we propose a DNA-linked enzyme-coupled assay (DLEnCA) to monitor enzyme reactions in a high-throughput manner. Throughput is improved by removing the need for protein purification and by limiting the need for liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LCMS) product detection by linking enzymatic function to DNA modification. We demonstrate the DLEnCA methodology using glucosyltransferases as an illustration. The assay utilizes cell free transcription/translation systems to produce enzymes of interest, while UDP-glucose and T4-β-glucosyltransferase are used to modify DNA, which is detected postreaction using qPCR or a similar means of DNA analysis. OleD and two glucosyltransferases from Arabidopsis were used to verify the assay's generality toward glucosyltransferases. We further show DLEnCA's utility by mapping out the substrate specificity for these enzymes.

  18. Probing magnetic excitations and correlations in single and coupled spin systems with scanning tunneling spectroscopy

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    Ternes, Markus

    2017-02-01

    Spectroscopic measurements with low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopes have been used very successfully for studying not only individual atomic or molecular spins on surfaces but also complexly designed coupled systems. The symmetry breaking of the supporting surface induces magnetic anisotropy which lead to characteristic fingerprints in the spectrum of the differential conductance and can be well understood with simple model Hamiltonians. Furthermore, correlated many-particle states can emerge due to the interaction with itinerant electrons of the electrodes, making these systems ideal prototypical quantum systems. In this manuscript more complex bipartite and spin-chains will be discussed additionally. Their spectra enable to determine precisely the nature of the interactions between the spins which can lead to the formation of new quantum states which emerge by interatomic entanglement.

  19. Probing the anomalous γγγZ coupling at the LHC with proton tagging

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    Baldenegro, C.; Fichet, S.; von Gersdorff, G.; Royon, C.

    2017-06-01

    The sensitivities to the anomalous quartic gauge boson coupling γγγZ are estimated via γZ production with intact protons in the forward region at the LHC. Proton tagging proves to be a powerful tool to suppress the background, which allows consideration of the hadronic decays of the Z boson in addition to the leptonic ones. We discuss the discovery potential for an integrated luminosity of 300 fb-1 and 3000 fb-1. The sensitivity we obtain at 300 fb-1 goes beyond the one expected from LHC bounds on the Z → γγγ decay by about three orders of magnitude. The γZ channel provides important discriminatory information with respect to the exclusive γγ channel, as many particles beyond the Standard Model (such as a radion or Kaluza Klein gravitons) predict a signal in the latter but not the former.

  20. Interwire coupling for I n(4 ×1 )/Si(111) probed by surface transport

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    Edler, F.; Miccoli, I.; Demuth, S.; Pfnür, H.; Wippermann, S.; Lücke, A.; Schmidt, W. G.; Tegenkamp, C.

    2015-08-01

    The In/Si(111) system reveals an anisotropy in the electrical conductivity and is a prototype system for atomic wires on surfaces. We use this system to study and tune the interwire interaction by adsorption of oxygen. Through rotational square four-tip transport measurements, both the parallel (σ||) and perpendicular (σ⊥) components are measured separately. The analysis of the I(V) curves reveals that σ⊥ is also affected by adsorption of oxygen, showing clearly an effective interwire coupling, in agreement with density-functional-theory-based calculations of the transmittance. In addition to these surface-state mediated transport channels, we confirm the existence of conducting parasitic space-charge layer channels and address the importance of substrate steps by performing the transport measurements of In phases grown on Si(111) mesa structures.

  1. Mechanical spectra measurement to probe the magnetolattice coupling in cupric oxide

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    Ying, X. N.; Wang, Y. N.

    2005-12-01

    Mechanical spectra (complex Young's modulus Y*=Y‧+i Y″ versus frequency and temperature) of polycrystalline cupric oxide CuO were measured by vibrating reed method from liquid nitrogen temperature to room temperature at the kilohertz frequency. The abnormal behavior of internal friction and the change of slope of the real part of the complex Young's modulus versus temperature are observed around 213 and 230 K, where two successive magnetic transitions were established. At low temperatures, below 130 K, a higher internal friction platform with the decrease of temperature was clearly observed which might show a phase transition. Our study indicates that mechanical spectrum is an effective tool to detect subtle phase transitions and there is a strong magnetolattice coupling in CuO.

  2. Probing the equilibrium dynamics of colloidal hard spheres above the mode-coupling glass transition.

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    Brambilla, G; El Masri, D; Pierno, M; Berthier, L; Cipelletti, L; Petekidis, G; Schofield, A B

    2009-02-27

    We use dynamic light scattering and computer simulations to study equilibrium dynamics and dynamic heterogeneity in concentrated suspensions of colloidal hard spheres. Our study covers an unprecedented density range and spans seven decades in structural relaxation time, tau(alpha0, including equilibrium measurements above phi(c), the location of the glass transition deduced from fitting our data to mode-coupling theory. Instead of falling out of equilibrium, the system remains ergodic above phi(c) and enters a new dynamical regime where tau(alpha) increases with a functional form that was not anticipated by previous experiments, while the amplitude of dynamic heterogeneity grows slower than a power law with tau(alpha), as found in molecular glass formers close to the glass transition.

  3. Magnetoelectric coupling of multiferroic chromium doped barium titanate thin film probed by magneto-impedance spectroscopy

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    Shah, Jyoti Kotnala, Ravinder K. E-mail: rkkotnala@gmail.com

    2014-04-07

    Thin film of BaTiO{sub 3} doped with 0.1 at. % Cr (Cr:BTO) has been prepared by pulsed laser deposition technique. Film was deposited on Pt/SrTiO{sub 3} substrate at 500 °C in 50 mTorr Oxygen gas pressure using KrF (298 nm) laser. Polycrystalline growth of single phase Cr:BTO thin film has been confirmed by grazing angle X-ray diffraction. Cr:BTO film exhibited remnant polarization 6.4 μC/cm{sup 2} and 0.79 MV/cm coercivity. Magnetization measurement of Cr:BTO film showed magnetic moment 12 emu/cc. Formation of weakly magnetic domains has been captured by magnetic force microscopy. Theoretical impedance equation fitted to experimental data in Cole-Cole plot for thin film in presence of transverse magnetic field resolved the increase in grain capacitance from 4.58 × 10{sup −12} to 5.4 × 10{sup −11} F. Film exhibited high value 137 mV/cm-Oe magneto-electric (ME) coupling coefficient at room temperature. The high value of ME coupling obtained can reduce the typical processing steps involved in multilayer deposition to obtain multiferrocity in thin film. Barium titanate being best ferroelectric material has been tailored to be multiferroic by non ferromagnetic element, Cr, doping in thin film form opens an avenue for more stable and reliable spintronic material for low power magnetoelectric random excess memory applications.

  4. Observed Coupling Between the International Space Station PCU Plasma and a FPMU Langmuir Probe Facilitated by the Geomagnetic Field

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    Hartman, William; Koontz, Steven L.

    2010-01-01

    Electrical charging of the International Space Station (ISS) is a matter of serious concern resulting from the possibility of vehicle arcing and electrical shock hazard to crew during extravehicular activity (EVA). A Plasma Contactor Unit (PCU) was developed and integrated into ISS in order to control the ISS floating potential, thereby, minimize vehicle charging and associated hazards. One of the principle factors affecting ISS electrical charging is the ionosphere plasma state (i.e., electron temperature and density). To support ISS electrical charging studies a Floating Potential Monitoring Unit (FPMU) is also integrated into ISS in order to measure the ionosphere properties using Langmuir probes (LP). The FPMU was located on the Starboard side of ISS. The PCU is located near the center of ISS with its plasma exhaust pointed to port. From its integration on ISS in 2006 through November of 2009, the FPMU data exhibited nominal characteristics during PCU operation. On November 21, 2009 the FPMU was relocated from the Starboard location to a new Port location. After relocation significant enhanced noise was observed in both the LP current-voltage sweeps and the derived electron temperature data. The enhanced noise only occurred when the PCU was in discharge and at unique and repeatable locations of the ISS orbit. The cause of this enhanced noise was investigated. It was found that there is coupling occurring between the PCU plasma and the FPMU LP. In this paper we shall 1) present the on-orbit data and the presence of enhanced noise, 2) demonstrate that the coupling of the PCU plasma and the FPMU measurements is geomagnetically organized, 3) show that coupling of the PCU plasma and the FPMU is primarily due to and driven by particle-wave interaction and 4) show that the ionosphere conditions are adequate for Alfven waves to be generated by the PCU plasma.

  5. Langmuir Probe Measurements of Inductively Coupled Plasma in CF4/AR/O2 Mixtures

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    Rao, M. V. V. S.; Cruden, Brett; Sharma, Surendra; Meyyappan, Meyya

    2001-01-01

    Inductively coupled plasmas of CF4:Ar:O2, which have been of importance to material processing, were studied in the GEC cell at 80:10:10, 60:20:20, and 40:30:30 mixture ratios. Radial distributions of plasma potential (V(sub p)), electron and ion number densities (n(sub e) and n(sub i)), electron temperature (T(sub e)), and electron energy distribution functions (EEDFs) were measured in the mid-plane of plasma across the electrodes in the pressure range of 10-50 mTorr, and RF power of 200 and 300 W. V(sub p), n(sub e) and n(sub i), which peak in the center of the plasma, increase with decrease of pressure. T(sub e) also increases with pressure but peaks toward the electrode edge. Both V(sub p) and T(sub e) remain nearly independent of RF power, whereas n(sub e) and n(sub i) increase with power. In all conditions the EEDFs exhibit non-Maxwellian shape and are more like Druyvesteyn form at higher energies. They exhibit a broad lip in the energy range 0-10 eV suggesting an electron loss mechanism, which could be due to via resonance electron attachment processes producing negative ions in this rich electronegative gas mixture. This behavior is more prominent towards the electrode edge.

  6. Langmuir Probe Measurements of Inductively Coupled Plasmas in CF4/Ar/O2 Mixtures

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    Rao, M. V. V. S.; Cruden, Brett; Sharma, Surendra; Meyyappan, Meyya

    2001-01-01

    Inductively coupled plasmas of CF4:Ar:O2, which have been of importance to material processing, were studied in the GEC cell at 80:10:10, 60:20:20, and 40:30:30 mixture ratios. Radial distributions of plasma potential (V(sub p)), electron and ion number densities (n(sub e) and n(sub i), electron temperature (T(sub e)), and electron energy distribution functions (EEDFs) were measured in the mid-plane of plasma across the electrodes in the pressure range of 10-50 mTorr, and RF (radio frequency) power of 200 and 300 W. V(sub p), n(sub e) and n(sub i), which peak in the center of the plasma, increase with decrease of pressure. T(sub e) also increases with pressure but peaks toward the electrode edge. Both V(sub p) and T(sub e) remain nearly independent of RF power, whereas n(sub e) and n(sub i) increase with power. In all conditions the EEDFs exhibit non-Maxwellian shape and are more like Druyvesteyn form at higher energies. They exhibit a broad dip in the energy range 0-10 eV suggesting an electron loss mechanism, which could be due to via resonance electron attachment processes producing negative ions in this rich electronegative gas mixture. This behavior is more prominent towards the electrode edge.

  7. Many-body effects in intermolecular forces.

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    Elrod, M J; Saykally, R J

    1994-11-01

    The authors provide a review and literature survey of many-body effects in intermolecular forces. Topics include experimental methods, theoretical methods, many-body effects in atomic systems, and many-body effects in aqueous and nonaqueous molecular systems.

  8. Probing the transition between seismically coupled and decoupled segments along an ancient subduction interface

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    Angiboust, Samuel; Kirsch, Josephine; Oncken, Onno; Glodny, Johannes; Monié, Patrick; Rybacki, Erik

    2015-06-01

    The transition zone at the downdip end of seismic coupling along subduction interfaces is often the site of megathrust earthquake nucleation and concentrated postseismic afterslip, as well as the focus site of episodic tremor and slip features. Exhumed remnants of the former Alpine subduction zone found in the Swiss Alps allow analyzing fluid and deformation processes near the transition zone region (30-40 km paleodepth). The Dent Blanche Thrust (DBT) is a lower blueschist-facies shear zone interpreted as a fossilized subduction interface where granitic mylonites overlie a metamorphosed accretionary wedge. We report field observations from the DBT region where multiple, several tens of meters thick foliated cataclastic networks are interlayered within the basal DBT mylonites. Petrological results and microstructural observations indicate that the various cataclasis events took place at near-peak metamorphic conditions (400-500°C, 1.1-1.3 GPa) during subduction of the Tethyan seafloor in Eocene times (42-48 Ma). Some of these networks exhibit mutual crosscutting relationships between mylonites, foliated cataclasites, and vein systems indicating mutual overprinting between brittle deformation and ductile creep. Whole-rock chemical compositions, in situ 40Ar-39Ar age data of recrystallized phengite, and Sr isotopic signatures reveal that DBT rocks also underwent multiple hydrofracturing and metasomatic events via the infiltration of fluids mainly derived from the oceanic metasediments underneath the DBT. From the rock fabrics, we infer strain rate fluctuations of several orders of magnitude beyond subduction strain rates (˜10-12 s-1) accompanied by fluctuation of supralithostatic and quasi-lithostatic fluid pressures (1 ≥ λ > 0.95). DBT brittle-plastic deformation switches highlight the diversity of deformation processes and fluid-rock interactions in the transition zone region of the subduction interface.

  9. Relative intermolecular orientation probed via molecular heat transport.

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    Chen, Hailong; Bian, Hongtao; Li, Jiebo; Wen, Xiewen; Zheng, Junrong

    2013-07-25

    In this work, through investigating a series of liquid, glassy, and crystalline samples with ultrafast multiple-mode 2D IR and IR transient absorption methods, we demonstrated that the signal anisotropy of vibrational relaxation-induced heat effects is determined by both relative molecular orientations and molecular rotations. If the relative molecular orientations are randomized or molecular rotations are fast compared to heat transfer, the signal anisotropy of heat effects is zero. If the relative molecular orientations are anisotropic and the molecular rotations are slow, the signal anisotropy of heat effects can be nonzero, which is determined by the relative orientations of the energy source mode and the heat sensor mode within the same molecule and in different molecules. We also demonstrated that the correlation between the anisotropy value of heat signal and the relative molecular orientations can be quantitatively calculated.

  10. Probing the transition between seismically coupled and decoupled segments along an ancient subduction interface

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    Angiboust, Samuel; Kirsch, Josephine; Oncken, Onno; Glodny, Johannes; Monié, Patrick; Rybacki, Erik

    2015-04-01

    Although of paramount importance for understanding the nature of mechanical coupling in subduction zones, the portions downdip of the locked segments of subduction interfaces remain poorly understood. These deep transition zones often are sites of megathrust earthquake nucleation and concentrated postseismic afterslip, as well as the focus sites of episodic tremor and slip features, recently discovered at several plate boundaries. The extensive, exhumed remnants of the former Alpine subduction zone found in the Swiss Alps allow analyzing fluid and deformation processes at the original depths of 30-40 km, typical for the depth range of such transition zones. We identify the shear zone at the base of the Dent Blanche complex (Dent Blanche Thrust, DBT) as a lower blueschist-facies, fossilized subduction interface where granitic mylonites overlie a metamorphosed ophiolite. We report field observations from the DBT region where a complex, discontinuous network of meter- to tens of meters-thick foliated cataclasites is interlayered with the basal DBT mylonites. Petrological results indicate that cataclasis took place at near peak metamorphic conditions (450-500°C, c. 1.2 GPa) during subduction of the Tethyan seafloor in Eocene times (42-48 Ma). Despite some tectonic reactivation during exhumation, these networks exhibit mutual cross-cutting relationships between mylonites, foliated cataclasites and vein systems indicating multiple switching between brittle deformation and ductile creep. Whole-rock chemical compositions, in situ 40Ar-39Ar age data of newly formed phengite, and strontium isotopic signatures reveal that these rocks also underwent multiple hydrofracturing events via infiltration of fluids mainly derived from the ophiolitic metasediments underneath the DBT. From the rock fabrics we infer strain rate fluctuations of several orders of magnitude beyond subduction strain rates (c. 10-12s-1) accompanied by fluctuation of near-lithostatic fluid pressures (1>λ>0

  11. Intraclade Heterogeneity in Nitrogen Utilization by Marine Prokaryotes Revealed Using Stable Isotope Probing Coupled with Tag Sequencing (Tag-SIP).

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    Morando, Michael; Capone, Douglas G

    2016-01-01

    Nitrogen can greatly influence the structure and productivity of microbial communities through its relative availability and form. However, the roles of specific organisms in the uptake of different nitrogen species remain poorly characterized. Most studies seeking to identify agents of assimilation have been correlative, indirectly linking activity measurements (e.g., nitrate uptake) with the presence or absence of biological markers, particularly functional genes and their transcripts. Evidence is accumulating of previously underappreciated functional diversity in major microbial subpopulations, which may confer physiological advantages under certain environmental conditions leading to ecotype divergence. This microdiversity further complicates our view of genetic variation in environmental samples requiring the development of more targeted approaches. Here, next-generation tag sequencing was successfully coupled with stable isotope probing (Tag-SIP) to assess the ability of individual phylotypes to assimilate a specific N source. Our results provide the first direct evidence of nitrate utilization by organisms thought to lack the genes required for this process including the heterotrophic clades SAR11 and the Archaeal Marine Group II. Alternatively, this may suggest the existence of tightly coupled metabolisms with primary assimilators, e.g., symbiosis, or the rapid and efficient scavenging of recently released products by highly active individuals. These results may be connected with global dominance often seen with these clades, likely conferring an advantage over other clades unable to access these resources. We also provide new direct evidence of in situ nitrate utilization by the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus in support of recent findings. Furthermore, these results revealed widespread functional heterogeneity, i.e., different levels of nitrogen assimilation within clades, likely reflecting niche partitioning by ecotypes.

  12. Water protein dynamic coupling and new opportunities for probing it at low to physiological temperatures in aqueous solutions

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    Mamontov, Eugene; Chu, Xiang-Qiang

    2012-01-01

    Both the structure and dynamics of biomolecules are known to be essential for their biological function. In the dehydrated state, the function of biomolecules, such as proteins, is severely impeded, so hydration is required for bioactivity. The dynamics of the hydrated biomolecules and their hydration water are related - but how closely? The problem involves several layers of complexity. Even for water in the bulk state, the contribution from various dynamic components to the overall dynamics is not fully understood. In biological systems, the effects of confinement on the hydration water further complicate the picture. Even if the various components of the hydration water dynamics are properly understood, which of them are coupled to the protein dynamics, and how? The studies of protein dynamics over the wide temperature range, from physiological to low temperatures, provide some answers to these question. At low temperatures, both the protein and its hydration water behave as solids, with only vibrational degrees of freedom. As the temperature is increased, non-vibrational dynamic components start contributing to the measurable dynamics and eventually become dominant at physiological temperatures. Thus, the temperature dependence of the dynamics of protein and its hydration water may allow probing various dynamic components separately. In order to suppress the water freezing, the low-temperature studies of protein rely on either low-hydrated samples (essentially, hydrated protein powders), or cryo-protective solutions. Both approaches introduce the hydration environments not characteristic of the protein environments in living systems, which are typically aqueous protein solutions of various concentrations. In this paper, we discuss the coupling between the dynamic components of the protein and its hydration water by critical examining of the existing literature, and then propose that proteins can be studied in an aqueous solution that is remarkably similar in

  13. Intraclade Heterogeneity in Nitrogen Utilization by Marine Prokaryotes Revealed Using Stable Isotope Probing Coupled with Tag Sequencing (Tag-SIP)

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    Morando, Michael; Capone, Douglas G.

    2016-01-01

    Nitrogen can greatly influence the structure and productivity of microbial communities through its relative availability and form. However, the roles of specific organisms in the uptake of different nitrogen species remain poorly characterized. Most studies seeking to identify agents of assimilation have been correlative, indirectly linking activity measurements (e.g., nitrate uptake) with the presence or absence of biological markers, particularly functional genes and their transcripts. Evidence is accumulating of previously underappreciated functional diversity in major microbial subpopulations, which may confer physiological advantages under certain environmental conditions leading to ecotype divergence. This microdiversity further complicates our view of genetic variation in environmental samples requiring the development of more targeted approaches. Here, next-generation tag sequencing was successfully coupled with stable isotope probing (Tag-SIP) to assess the ability of individual phylotypes to assimilate a specific N source. Our results provide the first direct evidence of nitrate utilization by organisms thought to lack the genes required for this process including the heterotrophic clades SAR11 and the Archaeal Marine Group II. Alternatively, this may suggest the existence of tightly coupled metabolisms with primary assimilators, e.g., symbiosis, or the rapid and efficient scavenging of recently released products by highly active individuals. These results may be connected with global dominance often seen with these clades, likely conferring an advantage over other clades unable to access these resources. We also provide new direct evidence of in situ nitrate utilization by the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus in support of recent findings. Furthermore, these results revealed widespread functional heterogeneity, i.e., different levels of nitrogen assimilation within clades, likely reflecting niche partitioning by ecotypes. PMID:27994576

  14. Probe tip heating assembly

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    Schmitz, Roger William; Oh, Yunje

    2016-10-25

    A heating assembly configured for use in mechanical testing at a scale of microns or less. The heating assembly includes a probe tip assembly configured for coupling with a transducer of the mechanical testing system. The probe tip assembly includes a probe tip heater system having a heating element, a probe tip coupled with the probe tip heater system, and a heater socket assembly. The heater socket assembly, in one example, includes a yoke and a heater interface that form a socket within the heater socket assembly. The probe tip heater system, coupled with the probe tip, is slidably received and clamped within the socket.

  15. Hyperfine interaction, spin polarization, and spin delocalization as probes of donor-bridge-acceptor interactions in exchange-coupled biradicals.

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    Kirk, Martin L; Shultz, David A; Habel-Rodriguez, Diana; Schmidt, Robert D; Sullivan, Ubie

    2010-11-18

    Computations and EPR spectroscopy are used to probe the spin distribution of donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) biradical complexes: Tp(Cum,Me)Zn(SQ-NN) (1), Tp(Cum,Me)Zn(SQ-1,4-Ph-NN) (2), Tp(Cum,Me)Zn(SQ-2,5-TP-NN) (3), and Tp(Cum,Me)Zn(SQ-2,5-Xyl-NN) (4) (SQ = orthosemiquinone and NN = nitronylnitroxide). These complexes are ground-state analogs of the charge-separated excited states formed in photoinduced electron transfer reactions. The intraligand magnetic exchange interaction (J) in these complexes is mediated by the bridges and has been found to stabilize the triplet ground states of 1 and 2. Detailed spectroscopic and bonding calculations have been used to elucidate the role of the bridge fragment (B) and its conformation relative to donor (SQ) and acceptor (NN) on spin density distributions. The computed results correlate well with experimental nitrogen hyperfine coupling constants.

  16. Ferromagnetic Cu-O-Cu coupling in CaCu3Sn4O12 probed by neutron diffraction.

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    Kayser, P; Retuerto, M; Sánchez-Benítez, J; Martínez-Lope, M J; Fernández-Díaz, M T; Alonso, J A

    2012-12-12

    The A-site ordered perovskite oxide with the formula CaCu(3)Sn(4)O(12) has been synthesized in polycrystalline form under moderate pressure conditions (3.5 GPa) in combination with high temperature (1000 °C). This oxide crystallizes in the cubic space group [Formula: see text] (no. 204) with the unit-cell parameter a = 7.64535(6) Å at 300 K. The SnO(6) network is extremely tilted, giving rise to a square planar coordination for Cu(2+) cations. The non-magnetic character of Sn(4+) offers an excellent opportunity to probe the magnetism of Cu(2+) at the A sublattice in CaCu(3)Sn(4)O(12). Magnetic susceptibility shows that this compound is ferromagnetic below T(C) = 10 K, which is an unusual magnetic behaviour in cuprates. This peculiar aspect has been examined by neutron powder diffraction. The refinement of the magnetic structure at 4 K indeed indicates a parallel coupling between Cu(2+) spins with a magnetic moment of 0.5 μ(B)/Cu atom.

  17. High Explosives Mixtures Detection Using Fiber Optics Coupled: Grazing Angle Probe/Fourier Transform Reflection Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy

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    Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M.; Soto-Feliciano, Yadira M.; Pacheco-Londoño, Leonardo C.; Hernández-Rivera, Samuel P.

    2008-12-01

    Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy operating in Reflection-Absorption mode has been demonstrated as a potential spectroscopic technique to develop new methodologies for detection of chemicals deposited on metallic surfaces. Mid-IR transmitting optical fiber bundle coupled to an external Grazing Angle Probe and an MCT detector together with a bench Michelson interferometer have been used to develop a highly sensitive and selective methodology for detecting traces of organic compounds on metal surfaces. The methodology is remote sensed, in situ and can detect surface loading concentrations of nanograms/cm2 of most target compounds. It is an environmentally friendly, solvent free technique that does not require sample preparation. In this work, the ever-important task of high explosives detection, present as traces of neat crystalline forms and in lab-made mixtures, equivalent to the important explosive formulation Pentolite, has been addressed. The sample set consisted of TNT, PETN (both pure samples) and the formulation based on them: Pentolite, present in various loading concentrations. The spectral data collected was subjected to a number of statistical pre-treatments, including first derivative and normalization transformations to make the data more suitable for the analysis. Principal Components Analysis combined with Linear Discriminant Analysis allowed the classification and discrimination of the target analytes contained in the sample set. Loading concentrations as 220 ng/cm2 were detected for each explosive in neat form and the in the simulated mixture of Pentolite.

  18. Light propagation from fluorescent probes in biological tissues by coupled time-dependent parabolic simplified spherical harmonics equations

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    Domínguez, Jorge Bouza; Bérubé-Lauzière, Yves

    2011-01-01

    We introduce a system of coupled time-dependent parabolic simplified spherical harmonic equations to model the propagation of both excitation and fluorescence light in biological tissues. We resort to a finite element approach to obtain the time-dependent profile of the excitation and the fluorescence light fields in the medium. We present results for cases involving two geometries in three-dimensions: a homogeneous cylinder with an embedded fluorescent inclusion and a realistically-shaped rodent with an embedded inclusion alike an organ filled with a fluorescent probe. For the cylindrical geometry, we show the differences in the time-dependent fluorescence response for a point-like, a spherical, and a spherically Gaussian distributed fluorescent inclusion. From our results, we conclude that the model is able to describe the time-dependent excitation and fluorescent light transfer in small geometries with high absorption coefficients and in nondiffusive domains, as may be found in small animal diffuse optical tomography (DOT) and fluorescence DOT imaging. PMID:21483606

  19. Langmuir Probe Measurements of Inductively Coupled CHF3/Ar and Ar/CHF3/O2 Plasmas

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    Sharma, S. P.; Rao, M. V. V. S.; Meyyappan, M.

    2000-01-01

    Plasma parameters, such as, electron number density (ne), electron temperature (Te), y electron energy distribution function (EEDF), mean electron energy (Ee), ion number density (ni), and plasma potential (Vp), have been measured by using Langmuir probe in low-pressure (10-50 mTorr) inductively coupled CHF3/Ar and CHF3/Ar/O2 plasmas generated in the GEC cell. The measurements were made at the center of the plasma, keeping the lower electrode grounded, for various CHF3/Ar and Ar/CHF3/O2 mixtures operating at 10-50 mTorr pressures and two input RF power levels, 200 and 300 W. EEDF data show a strong Druyvesteyn distribution with relatively lower number of low energy electrons as compared to a Maxwell distribution and a large electron population with energies higher than the plasma potential. The results further show that at low CHF3 concentrations (less than 50%) the electron number density remains nearly constant with increase in pressure. At higher CHF3 concentrations, however, it decreases with increase in pressure. Plasma potential and electron temperature increase with decrease in pressure and with increase in CHF3 concentration. An analysis of the above observations and mechanisms will be presented.

  20. An improved thin-layer chromatography/mass spectrometry coupling using a surface sampling probe electrospray ion trap system

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    Ford, Michael J; Van Berkel, Gary J

    2004-01-01

    A combined surface sampling probe/electrospray emitter coupled with an ion trap mass spectrometer was used for the direct read out of unmodified reversed-phase C18 thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plates. The operation of the surface sampling electrospray ionization interface in positive and negative ionization modes was demonstrated through the direct analysis of TLC plates on which a commercial test mix comprised of four dye compounds viz., rhodamine B, fluorescein, naphthol blue black, and fast green FCF, and an extract of the caffeine-containing plant Ilex vomitoria, were spotted and developed. Acquisition of full-scan mass spectra and automated collection of MS/MS product ion spectra while scanning a development lane along the surface of a TLC plate demonstrated the advantages of using an ion trap in this combination. Details of the sampling system, benefits of analyzing a developed lane in both positive ion and negative ion modes, levels of detection while surface scanning, surface scan speed effects, and the utility of three-dimensional data display, are also discussed.

  1. A jet emission model to probe the dynamics of accretion and ejection coupling in black hole X-ray binaries

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    Malzac, Julien

    2016-07-01

    Compact jets are probably the most common form of jets in X-ray binaries and Active Galactic Nuclei. They seem to be present in all sources in the so-called hard X-ray spectral state. They are characterised by a nearly flat Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) extending from the radio to the infrared bands. This emission is usually interpreted as partially self absorbed synchrotron emission from relativistic leptons accelerated in the jet. The observed flat spectral shape requires energy dissipation and acceleration of particules over a wide range of distances along the jet. This distributed energy dissipation is likely to be powered by internal shocks caused by fluctuations of the outflow velocity. I will discuss such an internal shock model in the context of black hole binaries. I will show that internal shocks can produce the observed SEDs and also predict a strong, wavelength dependent, variability that resembles the observed one. The assumed velocity fluctuations of the jet must originate in the accretion flow. The model thus predicts a strong connection between the observable properties of the jet in the radio to IR bands, and the variability of the accretion flow as observed in X-rays. If the model is correct, this offers a unique possibility to probe the dynamics of the coupled accretion and ejection processes leading to the formation of compact jets.

  2. Probing the existence of G protein-coupled receptor dimers by positive and negative ligand-dependent cooperative binding.

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    Albizu, Laura; Balestre, Marie-Noëlle; Breton, Christophe; Pin, Jean-Philippe; Manning, Maurice; Mouillac, Bernard; Barberis, Claude; Durroux, Thierry

    2006-11-01

    An increasing amount of ligand binding data on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is not compatible with the prediction of the simple mass action law. This may be related to the propensity of most GPCRs, if not all, to oligomerize. Indeed, one of the consequences of receptor oligomerization could be a possible cross-talk between the protomers, which in turn could lead to negative or positive cooperative ligand binding. We prove here that this can be demonstrated experimentally. Saturation, dissociation, and competition binding experiments were performed on vasopressin and oxytocin receptors expressed in Chinese hamster ovary or COS-7 cells. Linear, concave, and convex Scatchard plots were then obtained, depending on the ligand used. Moreover, some competition curves exhibited an increase of the radiotracer binding for low concentrations of competitors, suggesting a cooperative binding process. These data demonstrate that various vasopressin analogs display either positive or negative cooperative binding. Because positive cooperative binding cannot be explained without considering receptor as multivalent, these binding data support the concept of GPCR dimerization process. The results, which are in good accordance with the predictions of previous mathematical models, suggest that binding experiments can be used to probe the existence of receptor dimers.

  3. Trace analysis of energetic materials via direct analyte-probed nanoextraction coupled to direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry.

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    Clemons, Kristina; Dake, Jeffrey; Sisco, Edward; Verbeck, Guido F

    2013-09-10

    Direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry (DART-MS) has proven to be a useful forensic tool for the trace analysis of energetic materials. While other techniques for detecting trace amounts of explosives involve extraction, derivatization, solvent exchange, or sample clean-up, DART-MS requires none of these. Typical DART-MS analyses directly from a solid sample or from a swab have been quite successful; however, these methods may not always be an optimal sampling technique in a forensic setting. For example, if the sample were only located in an area which included a latent fingerprint of interest, direct DART-MS analysis or the use of a swab would almost certainly destroy the print. To avoid ruining such potentially invaluable evidence, another method has been developed which will leave the fingerprint virtually untouched. Direct analyte-probed nanoextraction coupled to nanospray ionization-mass spectrometry (DAPNe-NSI-MS) has demonstrated excellent sensitivity and repeatability in forensic analyses of trace amounts of illicit drugs from various types of surfaces. This technique employs a nanomanipulator in conjunction with bright-field microscopy to extract single particles from a surface of interest and has provided a limit of detection of 300 attograms for caffeine. Combining DAPNe with DART-MS provides another level of flexibility in forensic analysis, and has proven to be a sufficient detection method for trinitrotoluene (TNT), RDX, and 1-methylaminoanthraquinone (MAAQ).

  4. An improved thin-layer chromatography/mass spectrometry coupling using a surface sampling probe electrospray ion trap system.

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    Ford, Michael J; Van Berkel, Gary J

    2004-01-01

    A combined surface sampling probe/electrospray emitter coupled with an ion trap mass spectrometer was used for the direct read out of unmodified reversed-phase C18 thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plates. The operation of the surface sampling electrospray ionization interface in positive and negative ionization modes was demonstrated through the direct analysis of TLC plates on which a commercial test mix comprised of four dye compounds viz., rhodamine B, fluorescein, naphthol blue black, and fast green FCF, and an extract of the caffeine-containing plant Ilex vomitoria, were spotted and developed. Acquisition of full-scan mass spectra and automated collection of MS/MS product ion spectra while scanning a development lane along the surface of a TLC plate demonstrated the advantages of using an ion trap in this combination. Details of the sampling system, benefits of analyzing a developed lane in both positive ion and negative ion modes, levels of detection while surface scanning, surface scan speed effects, and the utility of three-dimensional data display, are also discussed. Copyright 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  5. Van Allen Probes observations of cross-scale coupling between electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves and higher-frequency wave modes

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    Colpitts, C. A.; Cattell, C. A.; Engebretson, M.; Broughton, M.; Tian, S.; Wygant, J.; Breneman, A.; Thaller, S.

    2016-11-01

    We present observations of higher-frequency ( 50-2500 Hz, 0.1-0.7 fce) wave modes modulated at the frequency of colocated lower frequency (0.5-2 Hz, on the order of fci) waves. These observations come from the Van Allen Probes Electric Field and Waves instrument's burst mode data and represent the first observations of coupling between waves in these frequency ranges. The higher-frequency wave modes, typically whistler mode hiss and chorus or magnetosonic waves, last for a few to a few tens of seconds but are in some cases observed repeatedly over several hours. The higher-frequency waves are observed to be unmodulated before and after the presence of the electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves, but when the EMIC waves are present, the amplitude of the higher-frequency waves drops to the instrument noise level once every EMIC wave cycle. Such modulation could significantly impact wave-particle interactions such as acceleration and pitch angle scattering, which are crucial in the formation and depletion of the radiation belts. We present one case study with broadband, high-frequency waves observed to be modulated by EMIC waves repeatedly over a 2 h time span on both spacecraft. Finally, we show two additional case studies where other high-frequency wave modes exhibit similar modulation.

  6. Combination Bands of the Nonpolar OCS Dimer Involving Intermolecular Modes

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    Rezaei, M.; Oliaee, J. Norooz; Moazzen-Ahmadi, N.; McKellar, A. R. W.

    2012-06-01

    Spectra of the nonpolar carbonyl sulfide in the region of the OCS ν_1 fundamental band were observed in a supersonic slit-jet apparatus. The expansion gas was probed using radiation from a tunable diode laser employed in a rapid-scan signal averaging mode. Three bands centered at 2085.906, 2103.504, and 2114.979 cm-1 were observed and anlysed. The rotational assignment and fitting of the bands were made by fixing the lower state parameters to those for the ground state of nonpolar (OCS)_2, thus confirming that they were indeed combination bands of the of the most stable isomer of OCS dimer. The band centered at 2085.906 cm-1 is a combination of the forbidden A_g intramolecular mode plus the geared bend intermolecular mode and that centered at 2114.979 cm-1 is a combination of the allowed B_u intramolecular mode plus the intermolecular van der Waals stretch. The combination at 2103.504 cm-1 can be assigned as a band whose upper state involves four quanta of the intramolecular bend or the B_u intramolecular mode plus two quanta of the intermolecular torsional mode. Isotopic work is needed to conclusively identify the vibrational assignment of this band. Our experimental frequencies for the geared bend and van der Waals modes are in good agreement with a recent high level ab initio calculation by Brown et al. J. Brown, Xiao-Gang Wang, T. Carrington Jr. and Richard Dawes, Journal of Chemical Physics, submitted.

  7. Probing local structures of siliceous zeolite frameworks by solid-state NMR and first-principles calculations of 29Si-O-29Si scalar couplings.

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    Cadars, Sylvian; Brouwer, Darren H; Chmelka, Bradley F

    2009-03-21

    Subtle structural details of siliceous zeolites are probed by using two-bond scalar (J) coupling constants to characterize covalently bonded 29Si-O-29Si site pairs and local framework order. Solid-state two-dimensional (2D) 29Si{29Si} NMR measurements and first-principles calculations of 2J(29Si-O-29Si) couplings shed insights on both the local structures of siliceous zeolites Sigma-2 and ZSM-12, as well as the sensitivity of J couplings for detailed characterization analyses. DFT calculations on a model linear silicate dimer show that 2J(Si-O-Si) couplings have complicated multiple angular dependencies that make semi-empirical treatments impractical, but which are amenable to cluster approaches for accurate J-coupling calculations in zeolites. DFT calculations of 2J(29Si-O-29Si) couplings of the siliceous zeolite Sigma-2, whose framework structure is known to high accuracy from single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies, yield excellent agreement between calculated and experimentally measured 2J(Si-O-Si) couplings. For the siliceous zeolite ZSM-12, calculated 2J(29Si-O-29Si) couplings based on less-certain powder X-ray diffraction analyses deviate significantly from experimental values, while a refined structure based on 29Si chemical-shift-tensor analyses shows substantially improved agreement. 29Si J-coupling interactions can be used as sensitive probes of local structures of zeolitic frameworks and offer new opportunities for refining and solving complicated structures, in combination with complementary scattering, modeling, and other nuclear spin interactions.

  8. Electroreductive Intermolecular Coupling of Coumarins with Benzophenones: Synthesis of 4-(2-Hydroxyphenyl)-5,5-diaryl-γ-butyrolactones, 2-(2,2-Diaryl-2,3-dihydrobenzofuran-3-yl)acetic Acids, and 4-(Diarylmethyl)coumarins.

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    Kise, Naoki; Hamada, Yusuke; Sakurai, Toshihiko

    2016-11-18

    The electroreductive coupling of coumarins with benzophenones in the presence of TMSCl gave adducts reacted at the 4-position of coumarins as trimethylsilyl ethers. From 3-methylcoumarin, 3,4-cis-adducts were formed stereoselectively. The de-trimethylsilylation of the adducts with 1 M HCl aq or TBAF in THF at 25 °C produced 4-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-5,5-diaryl-γ-butyrolactones. The γ-butyrolactones were further transformed to 2-(2,2-diaryl-2,3-dihydrobenzofuran-3-yl)acetic acids by treatment with 1 M HCl aq at reflux temperature. The de-trimethylsilylation of the adducts with 1 M HCl in MeOH afforded 2-(2,2-diaryl-2,3-dihydrobenzofuran-3-yl)acetic acid methyl esters. The de-trimethylsiloxylation of the adducts or dehydration of the γ-butyrolactones brought about 4-(diarylmethyl)coumarins.

  9. Density functional calculation of intermolecular potentials.

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    Nyeland, Carl

    2011-06-30

    Calculations of intermolecular potentials following the density functional theory (DFT) turn out to be very complicated without using some appropriate approximations. Most often the following three approximations have been considered. In one approximation the disturbed charge distributions during collisions are reduced to sums of undisturbed charge distributions from the colliding species. In another approximation, the so-called local density approximation (LDA), one neglects the fact that the intermolecular potentials that depend on charge densities also depend on gradients in the densities. In a third approximation one assumes that the intermolecular potential can be considered as a sum of two terms: a term for the long-range geometry and a term for the short-range geometry. In this Article the three approximations mentioned will be discussed for numerical accuracy for calculations of potentials between inert gas atoms and for calculations of potentials between surfaces and inert gas atoms. In the discussion a few other approximations will be mentioned too.

  10. Conformation and intermolecular interactions of SA2 peptides self-assembled into vesicles.

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    van Hell, Albert J; Klymchenko, Andrey; Burgers, Pepijn P; Moret, Ed E; Jiskoot, Wim; Hennink, Wim E; Crommelin, Daan J A; Mastrobattista, Enrico

    2010-09-02

    Previously we have shown that the recombinantly produced SA2 amphiphilic oligopeptide (Ac-Ala-Ala-Val-Val-Leu-Leu-Leu-Trp-Glu-Glu-COOH) self-assembles into nanovesicles (van Hell et al. 2007). In this study, the intermolecular interactions that contribute to the formation of such peptide vesicles are examined. First, analysis of a 3-hydroxyflavone fluorescent probe inserted into the peptide assemblies demonstrated that the peptide self-assembly is based on hydrophobic clustering. The polarity of this hydrophobic microenvironment was comparable to that of negatively charged lipid bilayers. A substantial level of hydration at the hydrophilic-hydrophobic interface was detected, as was further confirmed by tryptophan fluorescence analysis. However, organic solvents such as acetonitrile, tetrahydrofuran, or ethanol could not disrupt SA2 oligopeptide vesicles, whereas these solvents fully disintegrated lipid vesicles. Instead, the SA2 assembly immediately disintegrated in hydrogen breaking solvents such dimethylsulfoxide and dimethylformamide, suggesting the involvement of additional intermolecular interactions via hydrogen bonding. Circular dichroism and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy excluded well-defined patterns of intramolecular hydrogen bonding and indicated the polyproline type II as the dominant SA2 peptide conformation, which enables intermolecular hydrogen bonding. All-atom computational simulations were used to confirm the presence of such intermolecular hydrogen bonds and degrees of hydration. On the basis of the experimental and computational data presented, we propose a model of an interdigitated peptide assembly that involves intermolecular hydrogen bonding in addition to hydrophobic interactions that stabilize SA2 oligopeptide vesicles.

  11. Optical emission spectroscopy and Langmuir probe diagnostics of CH3F/O2 inductively coupled plasmas

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    Karakas, Erdinc; Donnelly, Vincent M.; Economou, Demetre J.

    2013-06-01

    A CH3F:O2 (50%:50%) inductively coupled discharge, sustained in a compact plasma reactor, was investigated as a function of power (20-400 W) and pressure (9-30 mTorr), using optical emission spectroscopy and Langmuir probe measurements. The electron density increased linearly with power but only weakly with pressure. The effective electron temperature was nearly independent of power and pressure. The gas temperature, obtained from the rotational structure of N2 (C → B) optical emission, increased from 400 to 900 K as a function of inductive mode power between 75 and 400 W at 10 mTorr. For constant feed gas flow, the absolute H, F, and O atom densities, estimated by optical emission rare gas actinometry, increased linearly with power. The absolute number density ratios H/Ar, F/Ar, and O/Ar, increased, decreased, and remained constant, respectively, with pressure. The H-atom density was estimated to be 5.4 × 1013 cm-3 at 400 W and 10 mTorr (gas temperature = 900 K), implying a high degree of dissociation of the CH3F feedstock gas. The F and O atom number densities were much lower (8.3 × 1012 cm-3 and 5.9 × 1012 cm-3, respectively) for the same conditions, suggesting that most of the fluorine and oxygen is contained in reaction products HF, CO, CO2, H2O, and OH. The relative number densities of HF, CO, and CO2 were observed to first rapidly increase with power, and then reach a plateau or decay slightly at higher power. Reaction mechanisms were proposed to explain the observed behavior of the number density of F and HF vs. power and pressure.

  12. Investigation of the electron kinetics in O2 capacitively coupled plasma with the use of a Langmuir probe

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    Kechkar, S.; Swift, P.; Kelly, S.; Kumar, S.; Daniels, S.; Turner, M.

    2017-06-01

    A Langmuir probe was used to measure various electron plasma parameters in O2 capacitively coupled plasma. It was shown that the variation in these plasma parameters was due to changes in the electron heating mechanisms as the discharge conditions varied. The so called ‘α-γ’ mode transition in O2 plasma (100 mTorr) was identified from the power evolution (30-600 W) of the electron energy probability function (EEPF), electron density (n e) and effective electron temperature (T eff). The EEPF evolved from Druyvesteyn to bi-Maxwellian with increasing applied power which resulted in a rapid decrease and an abrupt increase in T eff and n e respectively. Comparisons were made to the same mode transition for similar conditions in Ar plasma. The EEPFs were Druyvesteyn in the α mode and evolved into a Maxwellian like EEPF in the γ mode of an Ar plasma. Two distinct trends of n e versus power was observed, it was shown that the measured rf current and rf voltage had a similar behavior. The pressure evolution of the EEPF, n e, and T eff was also investigated in O2 plasma operated at both 30 and 200 W. At 30 W the number of high energy electrons decreased and flattening of the low energy portion of the EEPF occurred with increasing gas pressure (10-100 mTorr) which indicates a collisionless to collisional heating transition. However, at 200 W the right combination of rf voltage and pressure was met for the discharge to evolve into the γ mode as the pressure increased. This was evident from significant narrowing of the EEPF as the pressure increased.

  13. Optical emission diagnostics with electric probe measurements of inductively coupled Ar/O{sub 2}/Ar-O{sub 2} plasmas

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    Chung, T. H.; Kang, Hae Ra; Bae, Min Keun

    2012-11-15

    Physical properties of low-pressure inductively coupled argon, oxygen, and Ar-O{sub 2} mixture plasmas are investigated using optical emission spectroscopy (OES) combined with an rf-compensated Langmuir probe measurement. In each gas discharge, the electron density and the electron temperature were obtained by using the probe. The electron temperature was also obtained by OES models and compared with that measured by the probe. The electron temperature was observed to decrease with increasing power and pressure and also observed to decrease with increasing Ar content. Argon metastable densities were calculated based on an optical transition model. In Ar-O{sub 2} discharges, the dissociation fraction of O{sub 2} molecules was estimated using optical emission actinometry. The dissociation fraction was observed to increase with increasing power and Ar content.

  14. Intermolecular interaction potentials of the methane dimer from the local density approximation

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    Chen Xiangrong; Bai Yulin; Zhu Jun; Yang Xiangdong

    2004-03-01

    The intermolecular interaction potentials of methane (CH{sub 4}) dimer are calculated within the density functional theory in the local density approximation (LDA). It is found that the calculated potentials have minima when the intermolecular distance of CH{sub 4} dimer is about 7.0 a.u., which is in good agreement with the experiment. The depth of the potential is 0.017 eV. The results obtained by our LDA calculations seem to agree well with those obtained by MP2, MP3, and CCSD from the Moeller-Plesset and coupled cluster methods by Tsuzuki et al. and with the experimental data.

  15. Mapping intermolecular bonding in C₆₀.

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    Sundqvist, Bertil

    2014-08-22

    The formation of intermolecular bonds in C₆₀ has been investigated in detail at pressures below 2.2 GPa and up to 750 K. Fullerene samples were heated in a temperature gradient to obtain data on the formation of dimers and low-dimensional polymers along isobars. Intermolecular bonding was analyzed ex situ by Raman scattering, using both intramolecular modes and intermolecular stretching modes. Semi-quantitative reaction maps are given for the formation of dimers and chains. The activation energy for dimer formation decreases by 0.2 meV pm(-1) when intermolecular distances decrease and dimer formation is noticeably affected by the rotational state of molecules. Above 400-450 K larger oligomers are formed; below 1.4 GPa most of these are disordered, with small domains of linear chains, but above this the appearance of stretching modes indicates the existence of ordered one-dimensional polymers. At the highest pressures and temperatures two-dimensional polymers are also observed.

  16. An improved intermolecular potential for sulfur hexafluoride

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    Aziz, R.A.; Slaman, M.J. ); Taylor, W.L.; Hurly, J.J. Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221 )

    1991-01-15

    Second virial coefficient data and viscosity were used to evaluate effective isotropic intermolecular potential functions proposed in the literature for sulfur hexafluoride. It was found that none of the potentials could predict the properties simultaneously. We have constructed a Morse--Morse--Spline--van der Waals (MMSV) potential which satisfactorily correlates second virial coefficient and viscosity data at the same time.

  17. Mapping intermolecular bonding in C60

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    Sundqvist, Bertil

    2014-01-01

    The formation of intermolecular bonds in C60 has been investigated in detail at pressures below 2.2 GPa and up to 750 K. Fullerene samples were heated in a temperature gradient to obtain data on the formation of dimers and low-dimensional polymers along isobars. Intermolecular bonding was analyzed ex situ by Raman scattering, using both intramolecular modes and intermolecular stretching modes. Semi-quantitative reaction maps are given for the formation of dimers and chains. The activation energy for dimer formation decreases by 0.2 meV pm−1 when intermolecular distances decrease and dimer formation is noticeably affected by the rotational state of molecules. Above 400–450 K larger oligomers are formed; below 1.4 GPa most of these are disordered, with small domains of linear chains, but above this the appearance of stretching modes indicates the existence of ordered one-dimensional polymers. At the highest pressures and temperatures two-dimensional polymers are also observed. PMID:25145952

  18. Catalytic intermolecular alkene oxyamination with nitrenes.

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    Dequirez, Geoffroy; Ciesielski, Jennifer; Retailleau, Pascal; Dauban, Philippe

    2014-07-14

    The Rh(II)-catalyzed intermolecular addition of nitrenes to aromatic and aliphatic alkenes provides vicinal amino alcohols with yields of up to 95 % and complete regioselectivity. This 1,2-oxyamination reaction involves the formation of an aziridine intermediate that undergoes in situ ring opening. The latter is induced by the Rh-bound nitrene that behaves as a Lewis acid.

  19. Intermolecular Slip Mechanism in Tropocollagen Nanofibrils

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    2009-01-01

    our studies could advance our knowledge of mechan- isms underlying important collagen-related diseases like Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Ehlers-Danlos...collagen mutations, these studies could advance our knowledge of mechanisms underlying important collagen-related diseases like Osteogenesis ... Imperfecta or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE (SF298) (Continuation Sheet) Continuation for Block 13 ARO Report Number Intermolecular slip

  20. Intermolecular electron transfer from intramolecular excitation and coherent acoustic phonon generation in a hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer solid

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    Rury, Aaron S.; Sorenson, Shayne; Dawlaty, Jahan M.

    2016-03-01

    Organic materials that produce coherent lattice phonon excitations in response to external stimuli may provide next generation solutions in a wide range of applications. However, for these materials to lead to functional devices in technology, a full understanding of the possible driving forces of coherent lattice phonon generation must be attained. To facilitate the achievement of this goal, we have undertaken an optical spectroscopic study of an organic charge-transfer material formed from the ubiquitous reduction-oxidation pair hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone. Upon pumping this material, known as quinhydrone, on its intermolecular charge transfer resonance as well as an intramolecular resonance of p-benzoquinone, we find sub-cm-1 oscillations whose dispersion with probe energy resembles that of a coherent acoustic phonon that we argue is coherently excited following changes in the electron density of quinhydrone. Using the dynamical information from these ultrafast pump-probe measurements, we find that the fastest process we can resolve does not change whether we pump quinhydrone at either energy. Electron-phonon coupling from both ultrafast coherent vibrational and steady-state resonance Raman spectroscopies allows us to determine that intramolecular electronic excitation of p-benzoquinone also drives the electron transfer process in quinhydrone. These results demonstrate the wide range of electronic excitations of the parent of molecules found in many functional organic materials that can drive coherent lattice phonon excitations useful for applications in electronics, photonics, and information technology.

  1. VSCF calculations for the intra- and intermolecular vibrational modes of the water dimer and its isotopologs

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    Monteiro, João G. S.; Barbosa, André G. H.

    2016-11-01

    In this work we show how the VSCF method may be successfully used to describe all fundamental vibrational transitions of several isotopologs of water dimer. By expressing the normal mode displacements in terms of appropriate delocalized internal coordinates we are able to minimize the mode-mode coupling in the PES and thus yield PT2-VSCF frequencies in good agreement with the experiment. The use of curvilinear normal modes is of paramount importance to describe vibrational transitions of the very soft intermolecular modes. Within our approach the maximum calculated error for the (H2O)2 intermolecular frequencies are reduced from 311 cm-1 (Cartesian normal modes) to just 56 cm-1 (curvilinear normal modes). Plots of the diagonal intermolecular potential and of the vibrational wave function illustrate the remarkable effect of different coordinate systems. In conclusion, our PT2-VSCF calculations provide a fair anharmonic description of the fundamental transitions of water dimers.

  2. The benzene-argon ground-state intermolecular potential energy surface revisited.

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    Capelo, Silvia Bouzón; Fernández, Berta; Koch, Henrik; Felker, Peter M

    2009-04-30

    The benzene-Ar ground-state S(0) intermolecular potential energy surface is evaluated using the coupled cluster singles and doubles model including connected triple corrections and the augmented correlation consistent polarized valence triple-zeta basis set extended with a set of 3s3p2d1f1g midbond functions. The surface is characterized by absolute minima of -390.1 cm(-1) where the argon atom is located on the benzene C(6) axis at distances of +/-3.536 A, and has a general shape close to the available ground-state S(0) and the first singlet S(1) and triplet T(1) excited-state surfaces. Using the potential, the intermolecular level structure of the complex is evaluated. The new intermolecular potential energy surface gives very accurate results and improves those previously available.

  3. Cathodoluminescence, laser ablasion inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, electron probe microanalysis and electron paramagnetic resonance analyses of natural sphalerite

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    Karakus, M.; Hagni, R.D.; Koenig, A.; Ciftc, E.

    2008-01-01

    Natural sphalerite associated with copper, silver, lead-zinc, tin and tungsten deposits from various world-famous mineral deposits have been studied by cathodoluminescence (CL), laser ablasion inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to determine the relationship between trace element type and content and the CL properties of sphalerite. In general, sphalerite produces a spectrum of CL colour under electron bombardment that includes deep blue, turquoise, lime green, yellow-orange, orange-red and dull dark red depending on the type and concentration of trace quantities of activator ions. Sphalerite from most deposits shows a bright yellow-orange CL colour with ??max centred at 585 nm due to Mn2+ ion, and the intensity of CL is strongly dependent primarily on Fe2+ concentration. The blue emission band with ??max centred at 470-490 nm correlates with Ga and Ag at the Tsumeb, Horn Silver, Balmat and Kankoy mines. Colloform sphalerite from older well-known European lead-zinc deposits and late Cretaceous Kuroko-type VMS deposits of Turkey shows intense yellowish CL colour and their CL spectra are characterised by extremely broad emission bands ranging from 450 to 750 nm. These samples are characterised by low Mn (<10 ppm) and Ag (<1 ppm), and they are enriched in Tl (1-30 ppm) and Pb (80-1500 ppm). Strong green CL is produced by sphalerite from the Balmat-Edwards district. Amber, lime-green and red-orange sphalerite produced weak orange-red CL at room temperatures, with several emission bands centred at 490, 580, 630, 680, 745, with ??max at 630 nm being the strongest. These emission bands are well correlated with trace quantities of Sn, In, Cu and Mn activators. Sphalerite from the famous Ogdensburg and Franklin mines exhibited brilliant deep blue and orange CL colours and the blue CL may be related to Se. Cathodoluminescence behaviour of sphalerite serves to characterise ore

  4. Langmuir probe diagnostics of electron energy distributions with optical emission spectroscopy in capacitively coupled rf discharge in nitrogen

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    Abdel-Fattah, E.; Bazavan, M.; Sugai, H.

    2011-12-01

    Measurements with a rf compensated Langmuir probe and optical emission spectroscopy are carried out in capacitively coupled rf (13.56 MHz) pure nitrogen N{sub 2} discharges at fixed rf voltage over a wide range of pressure, 30 to 400 mTorr. The electron energy probability function (EEPF) measured below 100 mTorr resembles a bi-Maxwellian-type distribution. At pressure range of 100-200 mTorr, the EEPF has non-Maxwellian distribution with a ''dip'' near 4.5 eV. At the highest pressure of 400 mTorr, the EEPF evolves into a Druyvestein-like distribution and the ''dip'' disappears. The electron density significantly decreases with increase in the N{sub 2} pressure. On the other hand, the electron temperatures gradually decrease with an increase in N{sub 2} pressure, reaching minimum at 150 mTorr, beyond which it abruptly increases. Such evolution of the EEPFs shape with gas pressure has been discussed in terms of non-local electron kinetics and heating mode transition. The emission intensities of nitrogen (0-0) band of second positive system at 337.1 nm and (0-0) band of first negative systems at 391.4 nm are used to determine the dependence of their radiative states N{sub 2}(C{sup 3}{Pi}{sub u}) and N{sub 2}{sup +}(B{sup 2}{Sigma}{sub u}{sup +}) with nitrogen pressure. It is observed that the pressure influences the radiative states differently owing to their different populating mechanisms. The vibrational temperature T{sub {nu}ib} and rotational temperature T{sub rot} are measured for the sequence ({Delta}{nu}=-2) of N{sub 2} second positive system (C{sup 3}{Pi}{yields}B{sup 3}{Pi}{sub g}) using the method of comparing the measured and calculated spectra with a chi-squared minimization procedure. It was found that both T{sub {nu}ib} and T{sub rot} have similar dependences with N{sub 2} pressure; peaked at 100 mTorr beyond which it monotonically decreases with increase in the N{sub 2} pressure. The correlation between the observed maximum value of T{sub {nu}ib} around

  5. High-resolution absorptive intermolecular multiple-quantum coherence NMR spectroscopy under inhomogeneous fields

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    Lin, Meijin; Lin, Yanqin; Chen, Xi; Cai, Shuhui; Chen, Zhong

    2012-01-01

    Intermolecular multiple-quantum coherence (iMQC) is capable of improving NMR spectral resolution using a 2D shearing manipulation method. A pulse sequence termed CT-iDH, which combines intermolecular double-quantum filter (iDQF) with a modified constant-time (CT) scheme, is designed to achieve fast acquisition of high-resolution intermolecular zero-quantum coherences (iZQCs) and intermolecular double-quantum coherences (iDQCs) spectra without strong coupling artifacts. Furthermore, double-absorption lineshapes are first realized in 2D intermolecular multi-quantum coherences (iMQCs) spectra under inhomogeneous fields through a combination of iZQC and iDQC signals to double the resolution without loss of sensitivity. Theoretically the spectral linewidth can be further reduced by half compared to original iMQC high-resolution spectra. Several experiments were performed to test the feasibility of the new method and the improvements are evaluated quantitatively. The study suggests potential applications for in vivo spectroscopy.

  6. COUPLING

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    Frisch, E.; Johnson, C.G.

    1962-05-15

    A detachable coupling arrangement is described which provides for varying the length of the handle of a tool used in relatively narrow channels. The arrangement consists of mating the key and keyhole formations in the cooperating handle sections. (AEC)

  7. Development and Implementation of a Protein-Protein Binding Experiment to Teach Intermolecular Interactions in High School or Undergraduate Classrooms

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    Johnson, Sadie M.; Javner, Cassidy; Hackel, Benjamin J.

    2017-01-01

    The goal of this study was to create an accessible, inexpensive, and engaging experiment to teach high school and undergraduate chemistry or biology students about intermolecular forces and how they contribute to the behavior of biomolecules. We developed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to probe specific structure-function…

  8. Simultaneous Identification of 13 Foodborne Pathogens by Using Capillary Electrophoresis-Single Strand Conformation Polymorphism Coupled with Multiplex Ligation-Dependent Probe Amplification and Its Application in Foods.

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    Kim, So-Young; Chung, Boram; Chang, Jin-Hee; Jung, Gyoo Yeol; Kim, Hyoun Wook; Park, Beom-Young; Oh, Sang Suk; Oh, Mi-Hwa

    2016-10-01

    Capillary electrophoresis-single strand conformation polymorphism (CE-SSCP) coupled with stuffer-free multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) was developed to identify 13 species of foodborne pathogens simultaneously. Species-specific MLPA probes were designed for nine of these species. These probes were targeted to the groEL, glyA, MMS, tuf, inv, ipaH, nuc, vvh, and 16S rRNA genes, which corresponded to Bacillus cereus, Campylobacter coli, Cronobacter sakazakii, Enterococcus spp., Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio vulnificus, and Yersinia enterocolitica, respectively. MLPA probes that had been previously developed by our laboratory were used for the other four species (Campylobacter jejuni, Clostridium perfringens, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Listeria monocytogenes). The CE-SSCP method was optimized to identify all 13 foodborne microbes simultaneously in a single electrogram, in which 50-500 pg genomic DNA was detected per microbe. Twelve species were detected from animal-derived food samples (specifically, milk and sliced ham) that had been artificially inoculated with 12 of the foodborne pathogens, excluding V. vulnificus, which is not usually associated with animal foods. The method developed here could be used as an early warning system for outbreaks of foodborne diseases associated with animal-derived foods in the food industry.

  9. The NMR Chemical Shift: - and Intermolecular Effects

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    de Dios, Angel Cagandahan

    1992-01-01

    Gas phase NMR measurements were performed to provide a more accurate description of the shielding. These experiments were aimed to provide the finer details of shielding: its dependence on the geometry of the molecule and intermolecular factors. Together with these experiments were ab initio calculations of the shielding designed to deepen our understanding of how the shielding is affected by the internal motions of the molecule as well as interactions among the molecules. The exceptional cases of ^{15 }N in NH_3 and ^{31}P in PH_3 were rigorously studied. The deuterium-induced isotope shifts were found to be dominated by contributions arising from bond extension. The temperature dependence is found to be a combination of contributions coming from centrifugal stretching and bond angle distortion. These cases were compared with ^{13}C in CH_4 and ^{17 }O in H_2O revealing some general characteristics of shielding surfaces. As a model for the intermolecular shift for rare gas atoms, the argon dimer was used. Through a scaling scheme, measured second virial coefficients of the shielding of ^{129}Xe in various collision partners were satisfactorily reproduced from the ab initio shielding function of the argon dimer. The intermolecular shielding function also helped in interpreting gas-to-solution shifts of rare gases and the ^ {129}Xe NMR results from adsorption studies. Lastly, an attempt was made to develop a theory that would explain both intramolecular and intermolecular effects on the chemical shifts. It was discovered that a general shape for the shielding function was possible.

  10. Intermolecular Michael reactions: a computational investigation.

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    Kwan, Eugene E; Evans, David A

    2010-11-19

    Computational studies have suggested that η(3)-lithium enolates in which the cation is partially bound to both carbon and oxygen may be important reactive intermediates. DFT calculations are used to demonstrate that explicitly solvated acetone enolates are largely O-bound. With this premise in mind, the stereochemical course of intermolecular Michael additions is examined. The results are generally consistent with what is observed experimentally and the model advanced by Heathcock and co-workers.

  11. An assay for intermolecular exchange of alpha crystallin

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    Gopalakrishnan, S.; Takemoto, L.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1992-01-01

    An affinity column of alpha crystallin linked to cyanogen bromide-activated Sepharose was developed to study the exchange of alpha subunits. Alpha crystallin bound to the Sepharose-alpha complex was dissociated with 8 mol/l urea, followed by quantitation using high-performance reverse-phase liquid chromatography. The time course of binding at 37 degrees C showed a hyperbolic binding pattern reaching equilibrium between 6-18 hr. Under these conditions, binding of beta and gamma crystallins to the same matrix was less than 10% of the alpha values, as was binding of alpha to glycine-coupled Sepharose. This assay was used to demonstrate changes in the subunit exchange of alpha crystallins present in high molecular weight versus lower molecular weight aggregates of the human lens. These results show that this binding procedure was a specific reproducible assay that might be used to study intermolecular interactions of the alpha crystallins.

  12. An assay for intermolecular exchange of alpha crystallin

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    Gopalakrishnan, S.; Takemoto, L.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1992-01-01

    An affinity column of alpha crystallin linked to cyanogen bromide-activated Sepharose was developed to study the exchange of alpha subunits. Alpha crystallin bound to the Sepharose-alpha complex was dissociated with 8 mol/l urea, followed by quantitation using high-performance reverse-phase liquid chromatography. The time course of binding at 37 degrees C showed a hyperbolic binding pattern reaching equilibrium between 6-18 hr. Under these conditions, binding of beta and gamma crystallins to the same matrix was less than 10% of the alpha values, as was binding of alpha to glycine-coupled Sepharose. This assay was used to demonstrate changes in the subunit exchange of alpha crystallins present in high molecular weight versus lower molecular weight aggregates of the human lens. These results show that this binding procedure was a specific reproducible assay that might be used to study intermolecular interactions of the alpha crystallins.

  13. Tannin oxidation: intra- versus intermolecular reactions.

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    Poncet-Legrand, Céline; Cabane, Bernard; Bautista-Ortín, Ana-Belén; Carrillo, Stéphanie; Fulcrand, Hélène; Pérez, Javier; Vernhet, Aude

    2010-09-13

    Grape and apple condensed tannin fractions were autoxidized at high concentrations (5 g/L) in aqueous solutions and analyzed by thiolysis (depolymerization followed by HPLC analysis) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Structural parameters of native (unoxidized) tannin polymers were derived from SAXS according to the wormlike chain model: the length per monomer is 15 A, the length of the statistical segment 17 A, and the cross section of the macromolecule has a radius within the range 3-4.5 A. The rather short length of the statistical segment is an effect of the different location of interflavanol linkages, which cause a loss of orientational correlation between successive monomers. Oxidation created new bonds that were resistant to thiolysis, and, according to thiolysis, some of these new bonds were intramolecular. However, according to SAXS, oxidation at high tannin concentration caused the weight average degree of polymerization to increase, indicating that intermolecular reactions took place as well, creating larger macromolecules. In the case of the smaller grape seed tannins, these intermolecular reactions took place "end to end" leading to the formation of longer linear macromolecules, at least in the earlier stages of oxidation. In the case of the larger apple tannins, the SAXS patterns were characteristic of larger branched macromolecules. Accordingly, the intermolecular reactions were mainly "end to middle". This is in agreement with the higher probabilities of "end to middle" reactions arising from a higher ratio extension unit/terminal unit in the latter case.

  14. An isotopic mass effect on the intermolecular potential

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    Herman, Michael F.; Currier, Robert Patrick; Clegg, Samuel M.

    2015-09-28

    The impact of isotopic variation on the electronic energy and intermolecular potentials is often suppressed when calculating isotopologue thermodynamics. Intramolecular potential energy surfaces for distinct isotopologues are in fact equivalent under the Born–Oppenheimer approximation, which is sometimes used to imply that the intermolecular interactions are independent of isotopic mass. In this paper, the intermolecular dipole–dipole interaction between hetero-nuclear diatomic molecules is considered. It is shown that the intermolecular potential contains mass-dependent terms even though each nucleus moves on a Born–Oppenheimer surface. Finally, the analysis suggests that mass dependent variations in intermolecular potentials should be included in comprehensive descriptions of isotopologue thermodynamics.

  15. A triterpene oleanolic acid conjugate with 3-hydroxyflavone derivative as a new membrane probe with two-color ratiometric response.

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    Turkmen, Zeynep; Klymchenko, Andrey S; Oncul, Sule; Duportail, Guy; Topcu, Gulacti; Demchenko, Alexander P

    2005-07-29

    We report on the synthesis by coupling of a triterpenoid oleanolic acid with 4'-diethylamino-3-hydroxyflavone (FE) to produce an environment-sensitive biomembrane probe with two-band ratiometric response in fluorescence emission. The synthesized compound (probe FOT) was tested in a series of model solvents and demonstrated the response to solvent polarity and intermolecular hydrogen bonding very similar to that of parent probe FE. Meantime when incorporated into lipid bilayer membranes, it showed new features differing in response between lipids of different surface charges as well as between glycerophospholipids and sphingomyelin. We observed that in the conditions of coexistence of rafts and non-raft structures the probe is excluded from the rafts.

  16. NMR detection of intermolecular interaction sites in the dimeric 5'-leader of the HIV-1 genome.

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    Keane, Sarah C; Van, Verna; Frank, Heather M; Sciandra, Carly A; McCowin, Sayo; Santos, Justin; Heng, Xiao; Summers, Michael F

    2016-11-15

    HIV type-1 (HIV-1) contains a pseudodiploid RNA genome that is selected for packaging and maintained in virions as a noncovalently linked dimer. Genome dimerization is mediated by conserved elements within the 5'-leader of the RNA, including a palindromic dimer initiation signal (DIS) that has been proposed to form kissing hairpin and/or extended duplex intermolecular contacts. Here, we have applied a (2)H-edited NMR approach to directly probe for intermolecular interactions in the full-length, dimeric HIV-1 5'-leader (688 nucleotides; 230 kDa). The interface is extensive and includes DIS:DIS base pairing in an extended duplex state as well as intermolecular pairing between elements of the upstream Unique-5' (U5) sequence and those near the gag start site (AUG). Other pseudopalindromic regions of the leader, including the transcription activation (TAR), polyadenylation (PolyA), and primer binding (PBS) elements, do not participate in intermolecular base pairing. Using a (2)H-edited one-dimensional NMR approach, we also show that the extended interface structure forms on a time scale similar to that of overall RNA dimerization. Our studies indicate that a kissing dimer-mediated structure, if formed, exists only transiently and readily converts to the extended interface structure, even in the absence of the HIV-1 nucleocapsid protein or other RNA chaperones.

  17. Spin-lattice coupling in uranium dioxide probed by magnetostriction measurements at high magnetic fields (P08358-E001-PF)

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    Gofryk, K.; Jaime, M.

    2014-12-01

    Our preliminary magnetostriction measurements have already shown a strong interplay of lattice dynamic and magnetism in both antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic states, and give unambiguous evidence of strong spin- phonon coupling in uranium dioxide. Further studies are planned to address the puzzling behavior of UO2 in magnetic and paramagnetic states and details of the spin-phonon coupling.

  18. Time-averaging approximation in the interaction picture: Anisotropy of vibrational pump-probe experiments for coupled chromophores with application to liquid water

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    Yang, Mino

    2012-10-01

    A time-averaging approximation method developed to efficiently calculate the short-time dynamics of coupled vibrational chromophores using mixed quantum/classical theories is extended in order to be applicable to the study of vibrational dynamics at longer time scales. A quantum mechanical time propagator for long times is decomposed into the product of short-time propagators, and a time-averaging approximation is then applied to each of the latter. Using the extended time-averaging approximation, we calculate the anisotropy decay of the data obtained from impulsive vibrational pump-probe experiments on the OH stretching modes of water, which is in excellent agreement with numerically exact results.

  19. Temperature Dependence of the Surface Resistance of a Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O Whisker Measured by the Probe-Coupled Microstrip Resonator Method

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    Okai, Daisuke; Ohshima, Shigetoshi; Kishida, Satoru; Hatano, Takeshi

    2001-07-01

    The temperature dependence of the surface resistance of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O whiskers measured by the probe-coupled microstrip resonator method was examined. Two kinds of whiskers were measured: plate-like and wire-like. The surface resistances of the plate-like and wire-like whiskers were 0.65 mΩ and 1.6 mΩ at 53 K and 6.9 GHz, respectively. These values were approximately 4 ˜ 10 times larger than that of a high-quality Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox (Bi-2212) single crystal.

  20. Exciton dynamics in paracyclophane coupled dimers

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    Maddox, Jeremy; Kim, Jeongho; Moran, Andrew; Hong, Janice; Bazan, Guillermo; Scherer, Norbert; Mukamel, Shaul

    2005-03-01

    Understanding and manipulating through-space electronic communication within aggregates of organic fragments with delocalized bonding structures can impact a range of nanotechnology applications. However, interrogating aggregates of this type has encountered multiple difficulties in the past, ranging from heterogeneity of environments in the solid to the ill-defined geometry of intermolecular contacts in solution. These difficulties are circumvented by designing aggregates which contain [2.2]paracyclophane contacts among molecular units with well-defined architectures and dimensions. These offer excellent control over the distance and relative orientation of the participating units and provide a model system for detailed examination of the molecular structure-function relationship of conducting polymeric materials. We present a comparative experimental and theoretical study of a model complex consisting of two (oligo)phenylenevinylene chromophores that are strongly coupled through a paracyclophane junction. Ultrafast pump-probe anisotropy measurements are compared with numerical simulations to investigate the nature of exciton dynamics in strongly coupled chromophores.

  1. Coupling solid-phase microextraction with ambient mass spectrometry using surface coated wooden-tip probe for rapid analysis of ultra trace perfluorinated compounds in complex samples.

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    Deng, Jiewei; Yang, Yunyun; Fang, Ling; Lin, Li; Zhou, Haiyun; Luan, Tiangang

    2014-11-18

    Coupling solid-phase microextraction (SPME) with ambient mass spectrometry using surface coated wooden-tip probe was achieved for the first time and applied in the analysis of ultra trace perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in complex environmental and biological samples. We modified n-octadecyldimethyl[3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl]ammonium chloride on the surface of sharp wooden tip via silanization to form a novel SPME probe, which was then used for highly selective enrichment of PFCs from complex matrices and applied as a solid substrate to induce electrospray ionization for mass spectrometric analysis. The porous structural surface together with the dual extraction mechanisms (reversed phase adsorption and ion exchange adsorption) demonstrated that the SPME probe has an outstanding enrichment capacity, enhancing sensitivity by approximately 4000-8000 folds for the detection in aqueous samples, and 100-500-fold in whole blood and milk samples. The method showed good linearity, with correlation coefficient values (r(2)) of no less than 0.9931 for eight target PFCs. The limits of detection and qualification of the eight PFCs were 0.06-0.59 and 0.21-1.98 ng/L, respectively. Quantification of real samples was achieved by isotope internal standard calibration curve method or isotope dilution method, and ultratrace levels of PFCs present in lake water, river water, whole blood, and milk samples had been successfully detected and qualified.

  2. Theoretical and numerical evaluation of polarimeter using counter-circularly-polarized-probing-laser under the coupling between Faraday and Cotton-Mouton effect

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    Imazawa, Ryota; Kawano, Yasunori; Itami, Kiyoshi

    2016-04-01

    This study evaluated an effect of an coupling between the Faraday and Cotton-Mouton effect to a measurement signal of the Dodel-Kunz method which uses counter-circular-polarized probing-laser for measuring the Faraday effect. When the coupling is small (the Faraday effect is dominant and the characteristic eigenmodes are approximately circularly polarized), the measurement signal can be algebraically expressed and it is shown that the finite effect of the coupling is still significant. When the Faraday effect is not dominant, a numerical calculation is necessary. The numerical calculation under an ITER-like condition (Bt = 5.3 T, Ip = 15 MA, a = 2 m, ne = 1020 m-3 and λ = 119 μm) showed that difference between the pure Faraday rotation and the measurement signal of the Dodel-Kunz method was an order of one degree, which exceeds allowable error of ITER poloidal polarimeter. In conclusion, similar to other polarimeter techniques, the Dodel-Kunz method is not free from the coupling between the Faraday and Cotton-Mouton effect.

  3. Theoretical and numerical evaluation of polarimeter using counter-circularly-polarized-probing-laser under the coupling between Faraday and Cotton-Mouton effect.

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    Imazawa, Ryota; Kawano, Yasunori; Itami, Kiyoshi

    2016-04-01

    This study evaluated an effect of an coupling between the Faraday and Cotton-Mouton effect to a measurement signal of the Dodel-Kunz method which uses counter-circular-polarized probing-laser for measuring the Faraday effect. When the coupling is small (the Faraday effect is dominant and the characteristic eigenmodes are approximately circularly polarized), the measurement signal can be algebraically expressed and it is shown that the finite effect of the coupling is still significant. When the Faraday effect is not dominant, a numerical calculation is necessary. The numerical calculation under an ITER-like condition (Bt = 5.3 T, Ip = 15 MA, a = 2 m, ne = 10(20) m(-3) and λ = 119 μm) showed that difference between the pure Faraday rotation and the measurement signal of the Dodel-Kunz method was an order of one degree, which exceeds allowable error of ITER poloidal polarimeter. In conclusion, similar to other polarimeter techniques, the Dodel-Kunz method is not free from the coupling between the Faraday and Cotton-Mouton effect.

  4. Determination of the 14N quadrupole coupling constant of nitroxide spin probes by W-band ELDOR-detected NMR.

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    Florent, Marc; Kaminker, Ilia; Nagarajan, Vijayasarathi; Goldfarb, Daniella

    2011-06-01

    Nitroxide spin probe electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) has proven to be a very successful method to probe local polarity and solvent hydrogen bonding properties at the molecular level. The g(xx) and the (14)N hyperfine A(zz) principal values are the EPR parameters of the nitroxide spin probe that are sensitive to these properties and are therefore monitored experimentally. Recently, the (14)N quadrupole interaction of nitroxides has been shown to be also highly sensitive to polarity and H-bonding (A. Savitsky et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 112 (2008) 9079). High-field electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) was used successfully to determine the P(xx) and P(yy) principal components of the (14)N quadrupole tensor. The P(zz) value was calculated from the traceless character of the quadrupole tensor. We introduce here high-field (W-band, 95 GHz, 3.5 T) electron-electron double resonance (ELDOR)-detected NMR as a method to obtain the (14)N P(zz) value directly, together with A(zz). This is complemented by W-band hyperfine sublevel correlation (HYSCORE) measurements carried out along the g(xx) direction to determine the principal P(xx) and P(yy) components. Through measurements of TEMPOL dissolved in solvents of different polarities, we show that A(zz) increases, while |P(zz)| decreases with polarity, as predicted by Savitsky et al.

  5. Determination of the 14N quadrupole coupling constant of nitroxide spin probes by W-band ELDOR-detected NMR

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    Florent, Marc; Kaminker, Ilia; Nagarajan, Vijayasarathi; Goldfarb, Daniella

    2011-06-01

    Nitroxide spin probe electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) has proven to be a very successful method to probe local polarity and solvent hydrogen bonding properties at the molecular level. The g xx and the 14N hyperfine A zz principal values are the EPR parameters of the nitroxide spin probe that are sensitive to these properties and are therefore monitored experimentally. Recently, the 14N quadrupole interaction of nitroxides has been shown to be also highly sensitive to polarity and H-bonding (A. Savitsky et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 112 (2008) 9079). High-field electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) was used successfully to determine the P xx and P yy principal components of the 14N quadrupole tensor. The P zz value was calculated from the traceless character of the quadrupole tensor. We introduce here high-field (W-band, 95 GHz, 3.5 T) electron-electron double resonance (ELDOR)-detected NMR as a method to obtain the 14N P zz value directly, together with A zz. This is complemented by W-band hyperfine sublevel correlation (HYSCORE) measurements carried out along the g xx direction to determine the principal P xx and P yy components. Through measurements of TEMPOL dissolved in solvents of different polarities, we show that A zz increases, while | P zz| decreases with polarity, as predicted by Savitsky et al.

  6. Study of ablation and implosion stages in wire arrays using coupled ultraviolet and X-ray probing diagnostics

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    Anderson, A. A.; Ivanov, V. V.; Astanovitskiy, A. L.; Papp, D.; Wiewior, P. P.; Chalyy, O.

    2015-11-01

    Star and cylindrical wire arrays were studied using laser probing and X-ray radiography at the 1-MA Zebra pulse power generator at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Leopard laser provided backlighting, producing a laser plasma from a Si target which emitted an X-ray probing pulse at the wavelength of 6.65 Å. A spherically bent quartz crystal imaged the backlit wires onto X-ray film. Laser probing diagnostics at the wavelength of 266 nm included a 3-channel polarimeter for Faraday rotation diagnostic and two-frame laser interferometry with two shearing interferometers to study the evolution of the plasma electron density at the ablation and implosion stages. Dynamics of the plasma density profile in Al wire arrays at the ablation stage were directly studied with interferometry, and expansion of wire cores was measured with X-ray radiography. The magnetic field in the imploding plasma was measured with the Faraday rotation diagnostic, and current was reconstructed.

  7. Study of ablation and implosion stages in wire arrays using coupled ultraviolet and X-ray probing diagnostics

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    Anderson, A. A.; Ivanov, V. V.; Astanovitskiy, A. L.; Wiewior, P. P.; Chalyy, O.; Papp, D.

    2015-11-15

    Star and cylindrical wire arrays were studied using laser probing and X-ray radiography at the 1-MA Zebra pulse power generator at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Leopard laser provided backlighting, producing a laser plasma from a Si target which emitted an X-ray probing pulse at the wavelength of 6.65 Å. A spherically bent quartz crystal imaged the backlit wires onto X-ray film. Laser probing diagnostics at the wavelength of 266 nm included a 3-channel polarimeter for Faraday rotation diagnostic and two-frame laser interferometry with two shearing interferometers to study the evolution of the plasma electron density at the ablation and implosion stages. Dynamics of the plasma density profile in Al wire arrays at the ablation stage were directly studied with interferometry, and expansion of wire cores was measured with X-ray radiography. The magnetic field in the imploding plasma was measured with the Faraday rotation diagnostic, and current was reconstructed.

  8. Coupling an electrospray source and a solids probe/chemical ionization source to a selected ion flow tube apparatus

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    Melko, Joshua J.; Ard, Shaun G.; Shuman, Nicholas S.; Viggiano, Albert A.; Pedder, Randall E.; Taormina, Christopher R.

    2015-08-15

    A new ion source region has been constructed and attached to a variable temperature selected ion flow tube. The source features the capabilities of electron impact, chemical ionization, a solids probe, and electrospray ionization. The performance of the instrument is demonstrated through a series of reactions from ions created in each of the new source regions. The chemical ionization source is able to create H{sub 3}O{sup +}, but not as efficiently as similar sources with larger apertures. The ability of this source to support a solids probe, however, greatly expands our capabilities. A variety of rhenium cations and dications are created from the solids probe in sufficient abundance to study in the flow tube. The reaction of Re{sup +} with O{sub 2} proceeds with a rate constant that agrees with the literature measurements, while the reaction of Re{sub 2}{sup 2+} is found to charge transfer with O{sub 2} at about 60% of the collision rate; we have also performed calculations that support the charge transfer pathway. The electrospray source is used to create Ba{sup +}, which is reacted with N{sub 2}O to create BaO{sup +}, and we find a rate constant that agrees with the literature.

  9. Investigation of intermolecular double-quantum off-resonance longitudinal relaxation in the tilted rotating frame

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    Cai, Honghao; Zheng, Bingwen; Ke, Hanping; Chen, Zhong

    2015-11-01

    A modified correlation spectroscopy revamped by asymmetric z-gradients echo detection (CRAZED) sequence was applied to investigate the behavior of intermolecular double-quantum longitudinal relaxation processes in the tilted rotating frame. Theoretical formalism based on dipolar field theory was presented in detail. Spectroscopic measurements and quantitative analysis demonstrated that the signal intensities and intermolecular double-quantum off-resonance longitudinal relaxation time in the rotating frame (T1ρ, DQC eff) are inversely correlated with the tilt angle (θ), while positively correlated with the effective frequency of spin-locking field (ωe). Magnetic resonance imaging experiments of an agarose phantom also prove the validity of the theoretical analysis and demonstrated the feasibility of imaging based on T1ρ, DQC eff . The rotating-frame double-quantum relaxation measurements are useful for probing slow-motion molecules and this study provides the guidance for optimization of the spin-lock experiments.

  10. Tip relaxation in atomic force microscopy imaging simulations to resolve intermolecular bonds

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    Lee, Alex; Sakai, Yuki; Chelikowsky, Jim

    Experimental noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies have reported distinct lines in regions with no electron density for a variety of systems. The appearance of these lines is unexpected because Pauli repulsion is thought to be the dominant factor in the AFM imaging mechanism. These lines have been proposed to represent intermolecular bonding. Recent theoretical studies have shown that accounting for tip probe relaxation can sharpen images and highlight features that make simulations more comparable to experiment. We will apply a similar tip relaxation scheme to our computational method-which uses an ab initio real-space pseudopotential formalism with frozen density embedding theory added-to the study of dibenzo[a,h]thianthrene and an 8-hydroxyquinoline dimer to develop our interpretation of imaged intermolecular bonds. Work is supported by the DOE under DOE/DE-FG02-06ER46286 and by the Welch Foundation under Grant F-1837. Computational resources were provided by NERSC and XSEDE.

  11. Intermolecular potential energy surface for CS2 dimer.

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    Farrokhpour, Hossein; Mombeini, Zainab; Namazian, Mansoor; Coote, Michelle L

    2011-04-15

    A new four-dimensional intermolecular potential energy surface for CS(2) dimer is obtained by ab initio calculation of the interaction energies for a range of configurations and center-of-mass separation distances for the first time. The calculations were performed using the supermolecular approach at the Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation (MP2) level of theory with the augmented correlation consistent basis sets (aug-cc-pVxZ, x = D, T) and corrected for the basis-set superposition error using the full counterpoise correction method. A two-point extrapolation method was used to extrapolate the calculated energy points to the complete basis set limit. The effect of using the higher levels of theory, quadratic configuration interaction containing single, double, and perturbative triple excitations QCISD(T) and coupled cluster singles, doubles and perturbative triples excitations CCSD(T), on the shape of potential energy surface was investigated. It is shown that the MP2 level of theory apparently performs extremely poorly for describing the intermolecular potential energy surface, overestimating the total energy by a factor of nearly 1.73 in comparison with the QCISD(T) and CCSD(T) values. The value of isotropic dipole-dipole dispersion coefficient (C(6) ) of CS(2) fluid was obtained from the extrapolated MP2 potential energy surface. The MP2 extrapolated energy points were fitted to well-known analytical potential functions using two different methods to represent the potential energy surface analytically. The most stable configuration of the dimer was determined at R = 6.23 au, α = 90°, β = 90°, and γ = 90°, with a well depth of 3.980 kcal mol(-1) at the MP2 level of theory. Finally, the calculated second virial coefficients were compared with experimental values to test the quality of the presented potential energy surface. Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Quantitative determination of the lateral density and intermolecular correlation between proteins anchored on the membrane surfaces using grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering and grazing incidence X-ray fluorescence.

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    Abuillan, Wasim; Vorobiev, Alexei; Hartel, Andreas; Jones, Nicola G; Engstler, Markus; Tanaka, Motomu

    2012-11-28

    As a physical model of the surface of cells coated with densely packed, non-crystalline proteins coupled to lipid anchors, we functionalized the surface of phospholipid membranes by coupling of neutravidin to biotinylated lipid anchors. After the characterization of fine structures perpendicular to the plane of membrane using specular X-ray reflectivity, the same membrane was characterized by grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS). Within the framework of distorted wave Born approximation and two-dimensional Percus-Yevick function, we can analyze the form and structure factors of the non-crystalline, membrane-anchored proteins for the first time. As a new experimental technique to quantify the surface density of proteins on the membrane surface, we utilized grazing incidence X-ray fluorescence (GIXF). Here, the mean intermolecular distance between proteins from the sulfur peak intensities can be calculated by applying Abelé's matrix formalism. The characteristic correlation distance between non-crystalline neutravidin obtained by the GISAXS analysis agrees well with the intermolecular distance calculated by GIXF, suggesting a large potential of the combination of GISAXS and GIXF in probing the lateral density and correlation of non-crystalline proteins displayed on the membrane surface.

  13. Quantitative determination of the lateral density and intermolecular correlation between proteins anchored on the membrane surfaces using grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering and grazing incidence X-ray fluorescence

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    Abuillan, Wasim; Vorobiev, Alexei; Hartel, Andreas; Jones, Nicola G.; Engstler, Markus; Tanaka, Motomu

    2012-11-01

    As a physical model of the surface of cells coated with densely packed, non-crystalline proteins coupled to lipid anchors, we functionalized the surface of phospholipid membranes by coupling of neutravidin to biotinylated lipid anchors. After the characterization of fine structures perpendicular to the plane of membrane using specular X-ray reflectivity, the same membrane was characterized by grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS). Within the framework of distorted wave Born approximation and two-dimensional Percus-Yevick function, we can analyze the form and structure factors of the non-crystalline, membrane-anchored proteins for the first time. As a new experimental technique to quantify the surface density of proteins on the membrane surface, we utilized grazing incidence X-ray fluorescence (GIXF). Here, the mean intermolecular distance between proteins from the sulfur peak intensities can be calculated by applying Abelé's matrix formalism. The characteristic correlation distance between non-crystalline neutravidin obtained by the GISAXS analysis agrees well with the intermolecular distance calculated by GIXF, suggesting a large potential of the combination of GISAXS and GIXF in probing the lateral density and correlation of non-crystalline proteins displayed on the membrane surface.

  14. Molecular dynamics simulation of nonlinear spectroscopies of intermolecular motions in liquid water.

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    Yagasaki, Takuma; Saito, Shinji

    2009-09-15

    Water is the most extensively studied of liquids because of both its ubiquity and its anomalous thermodynamic and dynamic properties. The properties of water are dominated by hydrogen bonds and hydrogen bond network rearrangements. Fundamental information on the dynamics of liquid water has been provided by linear infrared (IR), Raman, and neutron-scattering experiments; molecular dynamics simulations have also provided insights. Recently developed higher-order nonlinear spectroscopies open new windows into the study of the hydrogen bond dynamics of liquid water. For example, the vibrational lifetimes of stretches and a bend, intramolecular features of water dynamics, can be accurately measured and are found to be on the femtosecond time scale at room temperature. Higher-order nonlinear spectroscopy is expressed by a multitime correlation function, whereas traditional linear spectroscopy is given by a one-time correlation function. Thus, nonlinear spectroscopy yields more detailed information on the dynamics of condensed media than linear spectroscopy. In this Account, we describe the theoretical background and methods for calculating higher order nonlinear spectroscopy; equilibrium and nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations, and a combination of both, are used. We also present the intermolecular dynamics of liquid water revealed by fifth-order two-dimensional (2D) Raman spectroscopy and third-order IR spectroscopy. 2D Raman spectroscopy is sensitive to couplings between modes; the calculated 2D Raman signal of liquid water shows large anharmonicity in the translational motion and strong coupling between the translational and librational motions. Third-order IR spectroscopy makes it possible to examine the time-dependent couplings. The 2D IR spectra and three-pulse photon echo peak shift show the fast frequency modulation of the librational motion. A significant effect of the translational motion on the fast frequency modulation of the librational motion is

  15. Coupling Between Dust Impact Charge Recollection and Spacecraft Potential on STEREO with Application to Solar Probe Plus.

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    Thayer, F.; Collette, A.; Malaspina, D.; Sternovsky, Z.

    2016-12-01

    Interstellar and interplanetary micrometer sized cosmic dust particles can be observed in-situ by spacecraft with electric field antennas through impact-generated charge recollection. When dedicated dust instruments are unavailable, detecting dust with electric field antennas can increase a mission's total scientific return. This study explores the relationship between charge recollection and antenna-to-spacecraft potential determined using data from the STEREO spacecraft in the solar wind. The results of this study can be helpful for predicting the amplitude and shape of dust impacts measured by spacecraft in diverse plasma environments, including the future Solar Probe Plus mission.

  16. Dynamics of a multimode system coupled to multiple heat baths probed by two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

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    Ishizaki, Akihito; Tanimura, Yoshitaka

    2007-09-27

    Reduced equation of motion for a multimode system coupled to multiple heat baths is constructed by extending the quantum Fokker-Planck equation with low-temperature correction terms (J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 2005, 74, 3131). Unlike such common approaches used to describe intramolecular multimode vibration as a Bloch-Redfield theory and a stochastic theory, the present formalism is defined by the molecular coordinates. To explore the correlation among different modes through baths, we consider two cases of system-bath couplings. One is a correlated case in which two modes are coupled to a single bath, and the other is an uncorrelated case in which each mode is coupled to a different bath. We further classify the correlated case into two cases, the plus- and minus-correlated cases, according to distinct correlation manners. For these, one-dimensional and two-dimensional infrared (2D-IR) spectra are calculated numerically by solving the equation of motion. It is demonstrated that 2D-IR spectroscopy has the ability to analyze the correlation of fluctuation-dissipation processes among different modes.

  17. Generalization of Ryan's theorem: Probing tidal coupling with gravitational waves from nearly circular, nearly equatorial, extreme-mass-ratio inspirals

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    Li Chao; Lovelace, Geoffrey

    2008-03-15

    Extreme-mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs) and intermediate-mass-ratio inspirals (IMRIs) - binaries in which a stellar-mass object spirals into a massive black hole or other massive, compact body - are important sources of gravitational waves for LISA and LIGO, respectively. Thorne has speculated that the waves from EMRIs and IMRIs encode, in principle, all the details of (i) the central body's spacetime geometry (metric), (ii) the tidal coupling (energy and angular momentum exchange) between the central body and orbiting object, and (iii) the evolving orbital elements. Fintan Ryan has given a first partial proof that this speculation is correct: Restricting himself to nearly circular, nearly equatorial orbits and ignoring tidal coupling, Ryan proved that the central body's metric is encoded in the waves. In this paper we generalize Ryan's theorem. Retaining Ryan's restriction to nearly circular and nearly equatorial orbits, and dropping the assumption of no tidal coupling, we prove that Thorne's conjecture is nearly fully correct: the waves encode not only the central body's metric but also the evolving orbital elements and (in a sense slightly different from Thorne's conjecture) the evolving tidal coupling.

  18. Quantitative analysis of cell surface membrane proteins using membrane-impermeable chemical probe coupled with 18O labeling.

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    Zhang, Haizhen; Brown, Roslyn N; Qian, Wei-Jun; Monroe, Matthew E; Purvine, Samuel O; Moore, Ronald J; Gritsenko, Marina A; Shi, Liang; Romine, Margaret F; Fredrickson, James K; Pasa-Tolić, Ljiljana; Smith, Richard D; Lipton, Mary S

    2010-05-07

    We report a mass spectrometry-based strategy for quantitative analysis of cell surface membrane proteome changes. The strategy includes enrichment of surface membrane proteins using a membrane-impermeable chemical probe followed by stable isotope (18)O labeling and LC-MS analysis. We applied this strategy for enriching membrane proteins expressed by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, a Gram-negative bacterium with known metal-reduction capability via extracellular electron transfer between outer membrane proteins and extracellular electron receptors. LC/MS/MS analysis resulted in the identification of about 400 proteins with 79% of them being predicted to be membrane localized. Quantitative aspects of the membrane enrichment were shown by peptide level (16)O and (18)O labeling of proteins from wild-type and mutant cells (generated from deletion of a type II secretion protein, GspD) prior to LC-MS analysis. Using a chemical probe labeled pure protein as an internal standard for normalization, the quantitative data revealed reduced abundances in Delta gspD mutant cells of many outer membrane proteins including the outer membrane c-type cytochromes OmcA and MtrC, in agreement with a previous report that these proteins are substrates of the type II secretion system.

  19. The origins of the directionality of noncovalent intermolecular interactions.

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    Wang, Changwei; Guan, Liangyu; Danovich, David; Shaik, Sason; Mo, Yirong

    2016-01-05

    The recent σ-hole concept emphasizes the contribution of electrostatic attraction to noncovalent bonds, and implies that the electrostatic force has an angular dependency. Here a set of clusters, which includes hydrogen bonding, halogen bonding, chalcogen bonding, and pnicogen bonding systems, is investigated to probe the magnitude of covalency and its contribution to the directionality in noncovalent bonding. The study is based on the block-localized wavefunction (BLW) method that decomposes the binding energy into the steric and the charge transfer (CT) (hyperconjugation) contributions. One unique feature of the BLW method is its capability to derive optimal geometries with only steric effect taken into account, while excluding the CT interaction. The results reveal that the overall steric energy exhibits angular dependency notably in halogen bonding, chalcogen bonding, and pnicogen bonding systems. Turning on the CT interactions further shortens the intermolecular distances. This bond shortening enhances the Pauli repulsion, which in turn offsets the electrostatic attraction, such that in the final sum, the contribution of the steric effect to bonding is diminished, leaving the CT to dominate the binding energy. In several other systems particularly hydrogen bonding systems, the steric effect nevertheless still plays the major role whereas the CT interaction is minor. However, in all cases, the CT exhibits strong directionality, suggesting that the linearity or near linearity of noncovalent bonds is largely governed by the charge-transfer interaction whose magnitude determines the covalency in noncovalent bonds.

  20. Interpreting the widespread nonlinear force spectra of intermolecular bonds

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    Friddle, Raymond W.; Noy, Aleksandr; De Yoreo, James J.

    2012-01-01

    Single molecule force spectroscopy probes the strength, lifetime, and energetic details of intermolecular interactions in a simple experiment. A growing number of these studies have reported distinctly nonlinear trends in rupture force with loading rate that are typically explained in conventional models by invoking complex escape pathways. Recent analyses suggested that these trends should be expected even for simple barriers based on the basic assumptions of bond rupture dynamics and thus may represent the norm rather than the exception. Here we explore how these nonlinear trends reflect the two fundamental regimes of bond rupture: (i) a near-equilibrium regime, produced either by bond reforming in the case of a single bond or by asynchronized rupture of multiple individual bonds, and (ii) a kinetic regime produced by fast, non-equilibrium bond rupture. We analyze both single- and multi-bonded cases, describe the full evolution of the system as it transitions between near- and far-from-equilibrium loading regimes, and show that both interpretations produce essentially identical force spectra. Data from 10 different molecular systems show that this model provides a comprehensive description of force spectra for a diverse suite of bonds over experimentally relevant loading rates, removes the inconsistencies of previous interpretations of transition state distances, and gives ready access to both kinetic and thermodynamic information about the interaction. These results imply that single-molecule binding free energies for a vast number of bonds have already been measured. PMID:22869712

  1. The Effect of Electrode Coupling on Single Molecule Device Characteristics: An X-Ray Spectroscopy and Scanning Probe Microscopy Study

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    Batra, Arunabh

    This thesis studies electronic properties of molecular devices in the limiting cases of strong and weak electrode-molecule coupling. In these two limits, we use the complementary techniques of X-Ray spectroscopy and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) to understand the mechanisms for electrode-molecule bond formation, the energy level realignment due to metal-molecule bonds, the effect of coupling strength on single-molecule conductance in low-bias measurements, and the effect of coupling on transport under high-bias. We also introduce molecular designs with inherent asymmetries, and develop an analytical method to determine the effect of these features on high-bias conductance. This understanding of the role of electrode-molecule coupling in high-bias regimes enables us to develop a series of functional electronic devices whose properties can be predictably tuned through chemical design. First, we explore the weak electrode-molecule coupling regime by studing the interaction of two types of paracyclophane derivates that are coupled 'through-space' to underlying gold substrates. The two paracyclophane derivatives differ in the strength of their intramolecular through-space coupling. X-Ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and Near-Edge X-ray Absorbance Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy allows us to determine the orientation of both molecules; Resonant Photoemission Spectroscopy (RPES) then allows us to measure charge transfer time from molecule to metal for both molecules. This study provides a quantititative measure of charge transfer time as a function of through-space coupling strength. Next we use this understanding in STM based single-molecule current-voltage measurements of a series of molecules that couple through-space to one electrode, and through-bond to the other. We find that in the high-bias regime, these molecules respond differently depending on the direction of the applied field. This asymmetric response to electric field direction results in

  2. Coherent coupling of two dopants in a silicon nanowire probed by Landau-Zener-Stückelberg interferometry.

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    Dupont-Ferrier, E; Roche, B; Voisin, B; Jehl, X; Wacquez, R; Vinet, M; Sanquer, M; De Franceschi, S

    2013-03-29

    We report on microwave-driven coherent electron transfer between two coupled donors embedded in a silicon nanowire. By increasing the microwave frequency we observe a transition from incoherent to coherent driving revealed by the emergence of a Landau-Zener-Stückelberg quantum interference pattern of the measured current through the donors. This interference pattern is fitted to extract characteristic parameters of the double-donor system. In particular we estimate a charge dephasing time of 0.3±0.1  ns, comparable to other types of charge-based two-level systems. The demonstrated coherent coupling between two dopants is an important step towards donor-based quantum computing devices in silicon.

  3. Colorimetric sensing by using allosteric-DNAzyme-coupled rolling circle amplification and a peptide nucleic acid-organic dye probe.

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    Ali, M Monsur; Li, Yingfu

    2009-01-01

    Target detection by the naked eye: The action of an RNA-cleaving allosteric DNAzyme in response to ligand binding was coupled to a rolling circle amplification process to generate long single-stranded DNA molecules for colorimetric sensing (see scheme). Upon hybridization of the resulting DNA with a complementary PNA sequence in the presence of a duplex-binding dye, the color of the dye changed from blue to purple.

  4. Human leukocyte antigen typing using a knowledge base coupled with a high-throughput oligonucleotide probe array analysis.

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    Zhang, Guang Lan; Keskin, Derin B; Lin, Hsin-Nan; Lin, Hong Huang; DeLuca, David S; Leppanen, Scott; Milford, Edgar L; Reinherz, Ellis L; Brusic, Vladimir

    2014-01-01

    Human leukocyte antigens (HLA) are important biomarkers because multiple diseases, drug toxicity, and vaccine responses reveal strong HLA associations. Current clinical HLA typing is an elimination process requiring serial testing. We present an alternative in situ synthesized DNA-based microarray method that contains hundreds of thousands of probes representing a complete overlapping set covering 1,610 clinically relevant HLA class I alleles accompanied by computational tools for assigning HLA type to 4-digit resolution. Our proof-of-concept experiment included 21 blood samples, 18 cell lines, and multiple controls. The method is accurate, robust, and amenable to automation. Typing errors were restricted to homozygous samples or those with very closely related alleles from the same locus, but readily resolved by targeted DNA sequencing validation of flagged samples. High-throughput HLA typing technologies that are effective, yet inexpensive, can be used to analyze the world's populations, benefiting both global public health and personalized health care.

  5. Jupiter probe heatshield configuration optimization

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    Dirling, R. B., Jr.; Binder, J. D.

    1978-01-01

    The effect of initial probe heatshield shape on the total probe mass loss during Jovian entry is considered. Modification of the aerothermal environment and probe entry trajectory due to changing probe heatshield shape is included in a computerized technique designed for rapid assessment of the effect of probe initial shape on heatshield mass loss. Results obtained indicate the importance of trajectory and heating distribution coupling with probe shape and mass change.

  6. Feasibility study of a swept frequency electromagnetic probe (SWEEP) using inductive coupling for the determination of subsurface conductivity of the earth and water prospecting in arid regions

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    Latorraca, G. A.; Bannister, L. H.

    1974-01-01

    Techniques developed for electromagnetic probing of the lunar interior, and techniques developed for the generation of high power audio frequencies were combined to make practical a magnetic inductive coupling system for the rapid measurement of ground conductivity profiles which are helpful when prospecting for the presence and quality of subsurface water. A system which involves the measurement of the direction, intensity, and time phase of the magnetic field observed near the surface of the earth at a distance from a horizontal coil energized so as to create a field that penetrates the earth was designed and studied to deduce the conductivity and stratification of the subsurface. Theoretical studies and a rudimentary experiment in an arid region showed that the approach is conceptually valid and that this geophysical prospecting technique can be developed for the economical exploration of subterranean water resources.

  7. Spatially resolved measurements of ion density and electron temperature in a dual-frequency capacitively coupled plasma by complete floating double probe technique

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    Jiang Xiangzhan; Liu Yongxin; Yang Shuo; Lu Wenqi; Bi Zhenhua; Li Xiaosong; Wang Younian

    2011-01-15

    Spatially resolved measurements of the ion density and electron temperature in a dual-frequency capacitively coupled Ar discharge plasma are performed with a newly developed complete floating double probe. Axial and radial distributions of the ion density and electron temperature under various high-frequency (HF) power and gas pressure were studied in detail. Both the ion density and the electron temperature increased with increasing HF power. With increasing gas pressure from 1.3 to 9.3 Pa, the radial profile of ion density below the driven electrode experienced a change from ''bimodal'' to ''unimodal'' shape, with better uniformity being achieved at the optimal pressure of about 5 Pa. In addition, changing the axial profile of ion density was also observed with the peak shift toward the powered electrode at higher pressures. The measured results showed satisfying consistency with that of improved two dimensional fluid simulations.

  8. Time-resolved ion flux, electron temperature and plasma density measurements in a pulsed Ar plasma using a capacitively coupled planar probe

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    Darnon, Maxime; Cunge, Gilles; Braithwaite, Nicholas St. J.

    2014-04-01

    The resurgence of industrial interest in pulsed radiofrequency plasmas for etching applications highlights the fact that these plasmas are much less well characterized than their continuous wave counterparts. A capacitively coupled planar probe is used to determine the time variations of the ion flux, electron temperature (of the high-energy tail of the electron energy distribution function) and plasma density. For a pulsing frequency of 1 kHz or higher, the plasma never reaches a steady state during the on-time and is not fully extinguished during the off-time. The drop of plasma density during the off-time leads to an overshoot in the electron temperature at the beginning of each pulse, particularly at low frequencies, in good agreement with modeling results from the literature.

  9. Intermolecular interaction approach for TADF (Conference Presentation)

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    Wong, Ken-Tsung

    2016-09-01

    Materials with thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) have recently emerged as new fluorescent emitters for highly efficient organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Molecule with TADF behavior needs to have a small singlet-triplet energy difference (ΔES-T) that allows the up-conversion from nonradiative triplet state (T1) to radiative singlet state (S1) via reverse intersystem crossing (RISC) process. Generally, molecules with small ΔES-T can be obtained via carefully manipulate the degree of "intramolecular" charge transfer (ICT) between electron-donating and -accepting components, such that the electron exchange energy that contributes to ΔES-T, can be minimized. Alternatively, excited state with small ΔES-T can be feasibly realized via "intermolecular" charge transfer occurring at the interface between spatially separating donor (D) and acceptor (A) molecules. Because the exchange energy decreases as the HOMO-LUMO separation distance increases, theoretically, the intermolecular D/A charge transfer state (or exciplex) should have rather small ΔES-T, leading to efficient TADF. However, it is still a challenge to access highly efficient exciplex systems. This is mainly because exciplex formation is commonly accompanied with a large red shift of emission spectra and long radiative lifetime, which tend to diminish photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) as well as electroluminescence (EL) performance. Until now, exciplex-based OLEDs with external quantum efficiency (EQE) above 10% are still limited. By judicious selection of donor and acceptor, the formation of efficient exciplex can be feasibly achieved. In this conference, our recent efforts on highly efficient exciplexes using C3-symmetry triazine acceptors and various donors, and their device characteristics will be presented.

  10. Some mathematical models of intermolecular autophosphorylation.

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    Doherty, Kevin; Meere, Martin; Piiroinen, Petri T

    2015-04-07

    Intermolecular autophosphorylation refers to the process whereby a molecule of an enzyme phosphorylates another molecule of the same enzyme. The enzyme thereby catalyses its own phosphorylation. In the present paper, we develop two generic models of intermolecular autophosphorylation that also include dephosphorylation by a phosphatase of constant concentration. The first of these, a solely time-dependent model, is written as one ordinary differential equation that relies upon mass-action and Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Beginning with the enzyme in its dephosphorylated state, it predicts a lag before the enzyme becomes significantly phosphorylated, for suitable parameter values. It also predicts that there exists a threshold concentration for the phosphorylation of enzyme and that for suitable parameter values, a continuous or discontinuous switch in the phosphorylation of enzyme are possible. The model developed here has the advantage that it is relatively easy to analyse compared with most existing models for autophosphorylation and can qualitatively describe many different systems. We also extend our time-dependent model of autophosphorylation to include a spatial dependence, as well as localised binding reactions. This spatio-temporal model consists of a system of partial differential equations that describe a soluble autophosphorylating enzyme in a spherical geometry. We use the spatio-temporal model to describe the phosphorylation of an enzyme throughout the cell due to an increase in local concentration by binding. Using physically realistic values for model parameters, our results provide a proof-of-concept of the process of activation by local concentration and suggest that, in the presence of a phosphatase, this activation can be irreversible.

  11. Studies on the radical species in inductively coupled Ar/CH4 plasma using improved single Langmuir probe diagnostic methods and fluid simulation

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    Cha, Ju-Hong; Seo, Kwon-Sang; Lee, Jung Yeol; Lee, Hae June; Lee, Ho-Jun

    2016-09-01

    An inductively coupled plasma source driven by 13.56MHz was prepared for the deposition of a-C:H thin film. Properties of the plasma source are investigated by fluid simulation including Navier-Stokes equation and home-made tuned single Langmuir probe. Signal attenuation ratios of the Langmuir probe at first and second harmonic frequency were 49dB and 46dB respectively. Numerical methods including fitting, digital smoothing, digital filter with window function were used to calculate the electron energy distribution accurately. Dependencies of plasma parameters on process were well agreed with simulation results. It was found that RF power, inlet pressure and composition ratio significantly affect to the electron density, temperature and energy distribution. Electron density and plasma potential profile were changed along the input power and gas pressure. Below the input power density of 0.1W/cm3 , higher plasma potential was observed at higher pressure. However, over the 0.1W/cm3 , lower plasma potential was observed along the higher pressure. This result was occurred owing to the change of electron energy distribution. And from the simulation results, the specific chemical reaction channel, not CxHy but CHx, affect to the radical density profile.

  12. Comet-FISH with strand-specific probes reveals transcription-coupled repair of 8-oxoGuanine in human cells

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    Guo, Jia; Hanawalt, Philip C.; Spivak, Graciela

    2013-01-01

    Oxidized bases in DNA have been implicated in cancer, aging and neurodegenerative disease. We have developed an approach combining single-cell gel electrophoresis (comet) with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) that enables the comparative quantification of low, physiologically relevant levels of DNA lesions in the respective strands of defined nucleotide sequences and in the genome overall. We have synthesized single-stranded probes targeting the termini of DNA segments of interest using a polymerase chain reaction-based method. These probes facilitate detection of damage at the single-molecule level, as the lesions are converted to DNA strand breaks by lesion-specific endonucleases or glycosylases. To validate our method, we have documented transcription-coupled repair of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in the ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) gene in human fibroblasts irradiated with 254 nm ultraviolet at 0.1 J/m2, a dose ∼100-fold lower than those typically used. The high specificity and sensitivity of our approach revealed that 7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG) at an incidence of approximately three lesions per megabase is preferentially repaired in the transcribed strand of the ATM gene. We have also demonstrated that the hOGG1, XPA, CSB and UVSSA proteins, as well as actively elongating RNA polymerase II, are required for this process, suggesting cross-talk between DNA repair pathways. PMID:23775797

  13. Comet-FISH with strand-specific probes reveals transcription-coupled repair of 8-oxoGuanine in human cells.

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    Guo, Jia; Hanawalt, Philip C; Spivak, Graciela

    2013-09-01

    Oxidized bases in DNA have been implicated in cancer, aging and neurodegenerative disease. We have developed an approach combining single-cell gel electrophoresis (comet) with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) that enables the comparative quantification of low, physiologically relevant levels of DNA lesions in the respective strands of defined nucleotide sequences and in the genome overall. We have synthesized single-stranded probes targeting the termini of DNA segments of interest using a polymerase chain reaction-based method. These probes facilitate detection of damage at the single-molecule level, as the lesions are converted to DNA strand breaks by lesion-specific endonucleases or glycosylases. To validate our method, we have documented transcription-coupled repair of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in the ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) gene in human fibroblasts irradiated with 254 nm ultraviolet at 0.1 J/m2, a dose ∼100-fold lower than those typically used. The high specificity and sensitivity of our approach revealed that 7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG) at an incidence of approximately three lesions per megabase is preferentially repaired in the transcribed strand of the ATM gene. We have also demonstrated that the hOGG1, XPA, CSB and UVSSA proteins, as well as actively elongating RNA polymerase II, are required for this process, suggesting cross-talk between DNA repair pathways.

  14. The Torque of the Planet: NASA Researcher Uses NCCS Computers to Probe Atmosphere-Land-Ocean Coupling

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    2002-01-01

    The study of Earth science is like a giant puzzle, says Braulio Sanchez. "The more you know about the individual pieces, the easier it is to fit them together." A researcher with Goddard's Space Geodesy Branch, Sanchez has been using NCCS supercomputer and mass storage resources to show how the angular momenta of the atmosphere, the oceans, and the solid Earth are dynamically coupled. Sanchez has calculated the magnitude of atmospheric torque on the planet and has determined some of the possible effects that torque has on Earth's rotation.

  15. Shot noise of spin-polarized charge currents as a probe of spin coherence in spin-orbit coupled nanostructures

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    Dragomirova, Ralitsa L.; Nikolić, Branislav K.

    2007-02-01

    We generalize the scattering theory of quantum shot noise to include the full spin-density matrix of electrons injected from a spin filtering or ferromagnetic electrode into a quantum-coherent nanostructure governed by arbitrary spin-dependent interactions. This formalism yields the spin-resolved shot noise power for different experimental measurement setups—with ferromagnetic source and ferromagnetic or normal drain electrodes—whose evaluation for the diffusive multichannel quantum wires with the Rashba spin-orbit (SO) coupling shows how spin decoherence and dephasing lead to substantial enhancement of charge current fluctuations (characterized by Fano factors >1/3 ). However, these processes and the corresponding shot-noise increase are suppressed in narrow wires, so that charge transport experiments measuring the Fano factor F↑→↑↓ in a ferromagnet/SO-coupled-wire/paramagnet setup also quantify the degree of phase coherence of transported spin—we predict a one-to-one correspondence between the magnitude of the spin-polarization vector and F↑→↑↓ .

  16. An isotopic mass effect on the intermolecular potential

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    Herman, Michael F.; Currier, Robert Patrick; Clegg, Samuel M.

    2015-09-28

    The impact of isotopic variation on the electronic energy and intermolecular potentials is often suppressed when calculating isotopologue thermodynamics. Intramolecular potential energy surfaces for distinct isotopologues are in fact equivalent under the Born–Oppenheimer approximation, which is sometimes used to imply that the intermolecular interactions are independent of isotopic mass. In this paper, the intermolecular dipole–dipole interaction between hetero-nuclear diatomic molecules is considered. It is shown that the intermolecular potential contains mass-dependent terms even though each nucleus moves on a Born–Oppenheimer surface. Finally, the analysis suggests that mass dependent variations in intermolecular potentials should be included in comprehensive descriptions of isotopologuemore » thermodynamics.« less

  17. X-ray Intermolecular Structure Factor (XISF): separation of intra- and intermolecular interactions from total X-ray scattering data

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    Mou, Q.; Benmore, C. J.; Yarger, J. L.

    2015-06-01

    XISF is a MATLAB program developed to separate intermolecular structure factors from total X-ray scattering structure factors for molecular liquids and amorphous solids. The program is built on a trust-region-reflective optimization routine with the r.m.s. deviations of atoms physically constrained. XISF has been optimized for performance and can separate intermolecular structure factors of complex molecules.

  18. Probing the Efficiency of Electron-Proton Coupling in Relativistic Collisionless Shocks through the Radio Polarimetry of Gamma-Ray Burst Afterglows

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    Toma, Kenji; Nakamura, Takashi; Ioka, Kunihito

    2008-05-22

    The late-time optical/radio afterglows of {gamma}-ray bursts (GRBs) are believed to be synchrotron emission of electrons accelerated in relativistic collisionless shocks propagating in the ambient medium of the sources. However, the fraction f of electrons that are coupled to protons and accelerated remains unclear and a large number of thermal electrons that are not coupled to protons may be left behind. If f<1, the true explosion energies of GRBs are f{sup -1} times larger than those commonly estimated with f = 1. Thus the value of f gives an important constraint on the nature of the central engine of GRBs and the physics of collisionless shocks. Although early-time radio observations can probe the thermal electrons, they are difficult at present. We show that the Faraday rotation effects of the thermal electrons may suppress the linear polarization of the afterglow at frequencies higher than the absorption frequency in the late time, if the magnetic field is ordered at least in parts, and that f can be constrained through the observation of the effects. We find that those effects may be detected with late-time, {>=}1 day, polarimetry with ALMA for a burst occurring within 1 Gpc (i.e., z{approx_equal}0.2), if f{approx}10{sup -1}.

  19. Mass Spectrometric and Langmuir Probe Measurements in Inductively Coupled Plasmas in Ar, CHF3/Ar and CHF3/Ar/O2 Mixtures

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    Kim, J. S.; Rao, M. V. V. S.; Cappelli, M. A.; Sharma, S. P.; Meyyappan, M.; Arnold, Jim (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Absolute fluxes and energy distributions of ions in inductively coupled plasmas of Ar, CHF3/Ar, and CHF3/Ar/O2 have been measured. These plasmas were generated in a Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC) cell modified for inductive coupling at pressures 10-50 mTorr and 100-300 W of 13.56 MHz radio frequency (RF) power in various feedgas mixtures. In pure Ar plasmas, the Ar(+) flux increases linearly with pressure as well as RF-power. Total ion flux in CHF3 mixtures decreases with increase in pressure and also CHF3 concentration. Relative ion fluxes observed in the present studies are analyzed with the help of available cross sections for electron impact ionization and charge-exchange ion-molecule reactions. Measurements of plasma potential, electron and ion number densities, electron energy distribution function, and mean electron energy have also been made in the center of the plasma with a RF compensated Langmuir probe. Plasma potential values are compared with the mean ion energies determined from the measured ion energy distributions and are consistent. Electron temperature, plasma potential, and mean ion energy vary inversely with pressure, but increase with CHF3 content in the mixture.

  20. A novel inter-fibre light coupling sensor probe using plastic optical fibre for ethanol concentration monitoring at initial production rate

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    Memon, Sanober F.; Lewis, Elfed; Pembroke, J. Tony; Chowdhry, Bhawani S.

    2017-04-01

    A novel, low cost and highly sensitive optical fibre probe sensor for concentration measurement of ethanol solvent (C2H5OH) corresponding to bio-ethanol production rate by an algae is reported. The principle of operation of the sensor is based on inter-fibre light coupling through an evanescent field interaction to couple the light between two multimode fibres mounted parallel to each other at a minimum possible separation i.e. < 1mm. The sensor was fabricated using a low cost 1000um plastic optical fibre (POF) and was characterized for real time measurement in the broadband spectrum including visible and near infra-red. The wavelength dependency of this sensor design was also investigated by post processing analysis of real time data and hence the optimum wavelength range determined. The proposed sensor has shown significant response in the range of 0.005 - 0.1 %v/v (%volume/volume or volume concentration) which depicts the high sensitivity for monitoring very minute changes in concentration corresponding refractive index changes of the solution. Numerically, sensor has shown the sensitivity of 21945 intensity counts/%v/v or 109.7 counts per every 0.0050 %v/v.

  1. Probing triple-W production and anomalous WWWW coupling at the CERN LHC and future TeV proton-proton collider

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    Wen, Yiwen; Qu, Huilin; Yang, Daneng; Yan, Qi-shu; Li, Qiang; Mao, Yajun

    2015-03-01

    Triple gauge boson production at the LHC can be used to test the robustness of the Standard Model and provide useful information for VBF di-boson scattering measurement. Especially, any derivations from SM prediction will indicate possible new physics. In this paper we present a detailed Monte Carlo study on measuring W ± W ± W ∓ production in pure leptonic and semileptonic decays, and probing anomalous quartic gauge WWWW couplings at the CERN LHC and future hadron collider, with parton shower and detector simulation effects taken into account. Apart from cut-based method, multivariate boosted decision tree method has been exploited for possible improvement. For the leptonic decay channel, our results show that at the TeV pp collider with integrated luminosity of 20(100)[3000] fb-1, one can reach a significance of 0.4(1.2)[10] σ to observe the SM W ± W ± W ∓ production. For the semileptonic decay channel, one can have 0.5(2)[14] σ to observe the SM W ± W ± W ∓ production. We also give constraints on relevant Dim-8 anomalous WWWW coupling parameters.

  2. Multiple DNA Extractions Coupled with Stable-Isotope Probing of Anthracene-Degrading Bacteria in Contaminated Soil▿†

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    Jones, Maiysha D.; Singleton, David R.; Sun, Wei; Aitken, Michael D.

    2011-01-01

    In many of the DNA-based stable-isotope probing (SIP) studies published to date in which soil communities were investigated, a single DNA extraction was performed on the soil sample, usually using a commercial DNA extraction kit, prior to recovering the 13C-labeled (heavy) DNA by density-gradient ultracentrifugation. Recent evidence suggests, however, that a single extraction of a soil sample may not lead to representative recovery of DNA from all of the organisms in the sample. To determine whether multiple DNA extractions would affect the DNA yield, the eubacterial 16S rRNA gene copy number, or the identification of anthracene-degrading bacteria, we performed seven successive DNA extractions on the same aliquot of contaminated soil either untreated or enriched with [U-13C]anthracene. Multiple extractions were necessary to maximize the DNA yield and 16S rRNA gene copy number from both untreated and anthracene-enriched soil samples. Sequences within the order Sphingomonadales, but unrelated to any previously described genus, dominated the 16S rRNA gene clone libraries derived from 13C-enriched DNA and were designated “anthracene group 1.” Sequences clustering with Variovorax spp., which were also highly represented, and sequences related to the genus Pigmentiphaga were newly associated with anthracene degradation. The bacterial groups collectively identified across all seven extracts were all recovered in the first extract, although quantitative PCR analysis of SIP-identified groups revealed quantitative differences in extraction patterns. These results suggest that performing multiple DNA extractions on soil samples improves the extractable DNA yield and the number of quantifiable eubacterial 16S rRNA gene copies but have little qualitative effect on the identification of the bacterial groups associated with the degradation of a given carbon source by SIP. PMID:21398486

  3. Probing mechanical principles of focal contacts in cell–matrix adhesion with a coupled stochastic–elastic modelling framework

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    Gao, Huajian; Qian, Jin; Chen, Bin

    2011-01-01

    Cell–matrix adhesion depends on the collective behaviours of clusters of receptor–ligand bonds called focal contacts between cell and extracellular matrix. While the behaviour of a single molecular bond is governed by statistical mechanics at the molecular scale, continuum mechanics should be valid at a larger scale. This paper presents an overview of a series of recent theoretical studies aimed at probing the basic mechanical principles of focal contacts in cell–matrix adhesion via stochastic–elastic models in which stochastic descriptions of molecular bonds and elastic descriptions of interfacial traction–separation are unified in a single modelling framework. The intention here is to illustrate these principles using simple analytical and numerical models. The aim of the discussions is to provide possible clues to the following questions: why does the size of focal adhesions (FAs) fall into a narrow range around the micrometre scale? How can cells sense and respond to substrates of varied stiffness via FAs? How do the magnitude and orientation of mechanical forces affect the binding dynamics of FAs? The effects of cluster size, cell–matrix elastic modulus, loading direction and cytoskeletal pretension on the lifetime of FA clusters have been investigated by theoretical arguments as well as Monte Carlo numerical simulations, with results showing that intermediate adhesion size, stiff substrate, cytoskeleton stiffening, low-angle pulling and moderate cytoskeletal pretension are factors that contribute to stable FAs. From a mechanistic point of view, these results provide possible explanations for a wide range of experimental observations and suggest multiple mechanisms by which cells can actively control adhesion and de-adhesion via cytoskeletal contractile machinery in response to mechanical properties of their surroundings. PMID:21632610

  4. Multiple DNA extractions coupled with stable-isotope probing of anthracene-degrading bacteria in contaminated soil.

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    Jones, Maiysha D; Singleton, David R; Sun, Wei; Aitken, Michael D

    2011-05-01

    In many of the DNA-based stable-isotope probing (SIP) studies published to date in which soil communities were investigated, a single DNA extraction was performed on the soil sample, usually using a commercial DNA extraction kit, prior to recovering the (13)C-labeled (heavy) DNA by density-gradient ultracentrifugation. Recent evidence suggests, however, that a single extraction of a soil sample may not lead to representative recovery of DNA from all of the organisms in the sample. To determine whether multiple DNA extractions would affect the DNA yield, the eubacterial 16S rRNA gene copy number, or the identification of anthracene-degrading bacteria, we performed seven successive DNA extractions on the same aliquot of contaminated soil either untreated or enriched with [U-(13)C]anthracene. Multiple extractions were necessary to maximize the DNA yield and 16S rRNA gene copy number from both untreated and anthracene-enriched soil samples. Sequences within the order Sphingomonadales, but unrelated to any previously described genus, dominated the 16S rRNA gene clone libraries derived from (13)C-enriched DNA and were designated "anthracene group 1." Sequences clustering with Variovorax spp., which were also highly represented, and sequences related to the genus Pigmentiphaga were newly associated with anthracene degradation. The bacterial groups collectively identified across all seven extracts were all recovered in the first extract, although quantitative PCR analysis of SIP-identified groups revealed quantitative differences in extraction patterns. These results suggest that performing multiple DNA extractions on soil samples improves the extractable DNA yield and the number of quantifiable eubacterial 16S rRNA gene copies but have little qualitative effect on the identification of the bacterial groups associated with the degradation of a given carbon source by SIP.

  5. Open Port Probe Sampling Interface for the Direct Coupling of Biocompatible Solid-Phase Microextraction to Atmospheric Pressure Ionization Mass Spectrometry.

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    Gómez-Ríos, Germán Augusto; Liu, Chang; Tascon, Marcos; Reyes-Garcés, Nathaly; Arnold, Don W; Covey, Thomas R; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2017-04-04

    In recent years, the direct coupling of solid phase microextraction (SPME) and mass spectrometry (MS) has shown its great potential to improve limits of quantitation, accelerate analysis throughput, and diminish potential matrix effects when compared to direct injection to MS. In this study, we introduce the open port probe (OPP) as a robust interface to couple biocompatible SPME (Bio-SPME) fibers to MS systems for direct electrospray ionization. The presented design consisted of minimal alterations to the front-end of the instrument and provided better sensitivity, simplicity, speed, wider compound coverage, and high-throughput in comparison to the LC-MS based approach. Quantitative determination of clenbuterol, fentanyl, and buprenorphine was successfully achieved in human urine. Despite the use of short extraction/desorption times (5 min/5 s), limits of quantitation below the minimum required performance levels (MRPL) set by the world antidoping agency (WADA) were obtained with good accuracy (≥90%) and linearity (R(2) > 0.99) over the range evaluated for all analytes using sample volumes of 300 μL. In-line technologies such as multiple reaction monitoring with multistage fragmentation (MRM(3)) and differential mobility spectrometry (DMS) were used to enhance the selectivity of the method without compromising analysis speed. On the basis of calculations, once coupled to high throughput, this method can potentially yield preparation times as low as 15 s per sample based on the 96-well plate format. Our results demonstrated that Bio-SPME-OPP-MS efficiently integrates sampling/sample cleanup and atmospheric pressure ionization, making it an advantageous configuration for several bioanalytical applications, including doping in sports, in vivo tissue sampling, and therapeutic drug monitoring.

  6. Linking proteins with anionic nanoparticles via protamine: ultrasmall protein-coupled probes for magnetic resonance imaging of apoptosis.

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    Schellenberger, Eyk; Schnorr, Jörg; Reutelingsperger, Chris; Ungethüm, Liset; Meyer, Wolfdietrich; Taupitz, Matthias; Hamm, Bernd

    2008-02-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of a target in vivo depends on the surface, size, and particle relaxivity of the target-specific nanoparticles for MRI. Here a new method for decorating very small iron oxide particles (VSOPs) with target-specific ligands is described. The method is based on the electrostatic attraction of the strongly positively charged peptide protamine to the anionic citrate shell of the electrostatically stabilized VSOPs. The protamine coat allows linkage chemistry and chimera technology to functionalize VSOPs or other negative charged surfaces with biologics. Annexin A5 (anxA5)-VSOP utilizing thiol chemistry was generated to couple biologically active anxA5 to VSOPs for in vivo MRI of apoptosis. Annexin A5-VSOP comprises five anxA5 molecules per iron oxide nanoparticle with a high R2 particle relaxivity of 180 000 mM(-1) s(-1) yet small hydrodynamic diameter of only 14.7+/-2.9 nm beneficial for in vivo MRI of extravascular targets.

  7. Intermolecular domain docking in the hairpin ribozyme

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    Sumita, Minako; White, Neil A.; Julien, Kristine R.; Hoogstraten, Charles G.

    2013-01-01

    The hairpin ribozyme is a prototype small, self-cleaving RNA motif. It exists naturally as a four-way RNA junction containing two internal loops on adjoining arms. These two loops interact in a cation-driven docking step prior to chemical catalysis to form a tightly integrated structure, with dramatic changes occurring in the conformation of each loop upon docking. We investigate the thermodynamics and kinetics of the docking process using constructs in which loop A and loop B reside on separate molecules. Using a novel CD difference assay to isolate the effects of metal ions linked to domain docking, we find the intermolecular docking process to be driven by sub-millimolar concentrations of the exchange-inert Co(NH3)63+. RNA self-cleavage requires binding of lower-affinity ions with greater apparent cooperativity than the docking process itself, implying that, even in the absence of direct coordination to RNA, metal ions play a catalytic role in hairpin ribozyme function beyond simply driving loop-loop docking. Surface plasmon resonance assays reveal remarkably slow molecular association, given the relatively tight loop-loop interaction. This observation is consistent with a “double conformational capture” model in which only collisions between loop A and loop B molecules that are simultaneously in minor, docking-competent conformations are productive for binding. PMID:23324606

  8. Intermolecular interaction studies of glyphosate with water

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    Manon, Priti; Juglan, K. C.; Kaur, Kirandeep; Sethi, Nidhi; Kaur, J. P.

    2017-07-01

    The density (ρ), viscosity (η) and ultrasonic velocity (U) of glyphosate with water have been measured on different ultrasonic frequency ranges from 1MHz, 2MHz, 3MHz & 5MHz by varying concentrations (0.05%, 0.10%, 0.15%, 0.20%, 0.25%, 0.30%, 0.35%, & 0.40%) at 30°C. The specific gravity bottle, Ostwald's viscometer and quartz crystal interferometer were used to determine density (ρ), viscosity (η) and ultrasonic velocity (U). These three factors contribute in evaluating the other parameters as acoustic impedance (Z), adiabatic compressibility (β), relaxation time (τ), intermolecular free length (Lf), free volume (Vf), ultrasonic attenuation (α/f2), Rao's constant (R), Wada's constant (W) and relative strength (R). Solute-solvent interaction is confirmed by ultrasonic velocity and viscosity values, which increases with increase in concentration indicates stronger association between solute and solvent molecules. With rise in ultrasonic frequency the interaction between the solute and solvent particles decreases. The linear variations in Rao's constant and Wada's constant suggest the absence of complex formation.

  9. Mechanism of Intermolecular Electron Transfer in Bionanostructures

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    Gruodis, A.; Galikova, N.; Šarka, K.; Saulė, R.; Batiuškaitė, D.; Saulis, G.

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant tumors worldwide. Most patients are inoperable and hepatoma cells are resistant to conventional chemotherapies. Thus, the development of novel therapies for HCC treatment is of paramount importance. Amongst different alimentary factors, vitamin C and vitamin K3 In the present work, it has been shown that the treatment of mouse hepatoma MH-22A cells by vitamin C and vitamin K3 at the ratio of 100:1 greatly enhanced their cytotoxicity. When cells were subjected to vitamin C at 200 μM or to vitamin K3 at 2 μM separately, their viability reduced by only about 10%. However, when vitamins C and K3 were combined at the same concentrations, they killed more than 90% of cells. To elucidate the mechanism of the synergistic cytotoxicity of the C&K3 mixture, theoretical quantum-chemical analysis of the dynamics of intermolecular electron transfer (IET) processes within the complexes containing C (five forms) and K3 (one form) has been carried out. Optimization of the ground state complex geometry has been provided by means of GAUSSIAN03 package. Simulation of the IET has been carried out using NUVOLA package, in the framework of molecular orbitals (MO). The rate of IET has been calculated using Fermi Golden rule. The results of simulations allow us to create the preliminary model of the reaction pathway.

  10. Interpolation of intermolecular potentials using Gaussian processes

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    Uteva, Elena; Graham, Richard S.; Wilkinson, Richard D.; Wheatley, Richard J.

    2017-10-01

    A procedure is proposed to produce intermolecular potential energy surfaces from limited data. The procedure involves generation of geometrical configurations using a Latin hypercube design, with a maximin criterion, based on inverse internuclear distances. Gaussian processes are used to interpolate the data, using over-specified inverse molecular distances as covariates, greatly improving the interpolation. Symmetric covariance functions are specified so that the interpolation surface obeys all relevant symmetries, reducing prediction errors. The interpolation scheme can be applied to many important molecular interactions with trivial modifications. Results are presented for three systems involving CO2, a system with a deep energy minimum (HF-HF), and a system with 48 symmetries (CH4-N2). In each case, the procedure accurately predicts an independent test set. Training this method with high-precision ab initio evaluations of the CO2-CO interaction enables a parameter-free, first-principles prediction of the CO2-CO cross virial coefficient that agrees very well with experiments.

  11. Thermodynamics of systems with different geometric constraints and intermolecular correlations.

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    Chen, Y; Kilburg, R R; Donohue, M D

    2009-09-17

    Four types of systems with different degrees of geometric constraint and intermolecular correlations were studied to determine the differences in their thermodynamics. The average configurational internal energies of these systems were calculated using Monte Carlo simulations, and the results are compared at the same temperatures and constant average bulk density. From the energy profiles for the four systems, the effects of geometry and intermolecular correlations on the systems' phase behavior are discussed. It was observed that indirect intermolecular correlations, rather than geometric constraints, are the key to achieving a first-order phase transition.

  12. Intermolecular hydrogen bonding in chlorine dioxide photochemistry: A time-resolved resonance Raman study

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    Philpott, Matthew P.; Hayes, Sophia C.; Thomsen, Carsten L.; Reid, Philip J.

    2001-01-01

    The geminate-recombination and vibrational-relaxation dynamics of chlorine dioxide (OClO) dissolved in ethanol and 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) are investigated using time-resolved resonance Raman spectroscopy. Stokes spectra are measured as a function of time following photoexcitation using degenerate pump and probe wavelengths of 398 nm. For OClO dissolved in ethanol, subpicosecond geminate recombination occurs resulting in the reformation of ground-state OClO with a quantum yield of 0.5±0.1. Following recombination, intermolecular-vibrational relaxation of OClO occurs with a time constant of 31±10 ps. For OClO dissolved in TFE, recombination occurs with a time constant of 1.8±0.8 ps and a quantum yield of only 0.3±0.1. The intermolecular-vibrational-relaxation time constant of OClO in TFE is 79±27 ps. The reduced geminate-recombination quantum yield, delayed recombination, and slower vibrational relaxation for OClO in TFE is interpreted in terms of greater self-association of the solvent. Degenerate pump-probe experiments are also presented that demonstrate decay of the Cl-solvent charge-transfer complex on the ˜1-ns time scale in ethanol and TFE. This time is significantly longer than the abstraction times observed for other systems demonstrating that Cl hydrogen abstraction from alcohols occurs in the presence of a significant energy barrier.

  13. NMR detection of intermolecular interaction sites in the dimeric 5′-leader of the HIV-1 genome

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    Keane, Sarah C.; Van, Verna; Frank, Heather M.; Sciandra, Carly A.; McCowin, Sayo; Santos, Justin; Heng, Xiao; Summers, Michael F.

    2016-01-01

    HIV type-1 (HIV-1) contains a pseudodiploid RNA genome that is selected for packaging and maintained in virions as a noncovalently linked dimer. Genome dimerization is mediated by conserved elements within the 5′-leader of the RNA, including a palindromic dimer initiation signal (DIS) that has been proposed to form kissing hairpin and/or extended duplex intermolecular contacts. Here, we have applied a 2H-edited NMR approach to directly probe for intermolecular interactions in the full-length, dimeric HIV-1 5′-leader (688 nucleotides; 230 kDa). The interface is extensive and includes DIS:DIS base pairing in an extended duplex state as well as intermolecular pairing between elements of the upstream Unique-5′ (U5) sequence and those near the gag start site (AUG). Other pseudopalindromic regions of the leader, including the transcription activation (TAR), polyadenylation (PolyA), and primer binding (PBS) elements, do not participate in intermolecular base pairing. Using a 2H-edited one-dimensional NMR approach, we also show that the extended interface structure forms on a time scale similar to that of overall RNA dimerization. Our studies indicate that a kissing dimer-mediated structure, if formed, exists only transiently and readily converts to the extended interface structure, even in the absence of the HIV-1 nucleocapsid protein or other RNA chaperones. PMID:27791166

  14. Investigations of Diffuse Intermolecular Electronic Systems

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    Muguet, Francis Fabien Michel

    1992-01-01

    Diffuse intermolecular electronic systems, such as the hydrated electron or the ammonia and water dimers, present both a theoretical and a practical computational challenge. The hydrated electron was discovered more than 25 years ago, yet there is still no consensus on an explanation of this phenomenon. A novel model is presented here, whereby the hydrated electron consists in an itinerant diHydronium radical structure. Although electrostatically neutral, the itinerant radical is shown to behave as a negative charge carrier under the influence of an electric field. Within this perspective, the hydrated electron may be considered a quasiparticle. Contrary to the absence of agreement between many experiments and the old but still popular cavity model description, the energetics in the new model are shown to be consistent with photophysical experimental data. In order to understand negatively charged water clusters, it is also proposed that a metastable bifurcated water dimer structure is able to bind an extra electron. Prior to our studies, no ab initio computations had been able to reproduce the experimental geometry of the ammonia dimer or to predict any water dimer anion with the Franck-Condon factors agreeing with those recently found in molecular beam experiments. In both cases the potential energy surface is determined by attractors corresponding to nonlinear and linear hydrogen bonded geometries, respectively. One attractor receives an unfair advantage in the computational procedure mainly because of the basis set superposition error (BSSE). There is still no agreement on a scheme for correcting the BSSE. A widely employed error estimation method is the counterpoise correction. A completely different new method is proposed using reorthonormalization of purified localized molecular orbitals. In terms of a BSSE corrected potential energy surface of the water dimer, a multi-attractor model of liquid water is briefly discussed. For further water molecular dynamics

  15. Intermolecular Vibrations of Hydrophobic Amino Acids

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    Williams, Michael Roy Casselman

    Hydrophobic amino acids interact with their chemical environment through a combination of electrostatic, hydrogen bonding, dipole, induced dipole, and dispersion forces. These interactions all have their own characteristic energy scale and distance dependence. The low-frequency (0.1-5 THz, 5-150 cm-1) vibrational modes of amino acids in the solid state are a direct indicator of the interactions between the molecules, which include interactions between an amino acid functional group and its surroundings. This information is central to understanding the dynamics and morphology of proteins. The alpha-carbon is a chiral center for all of the hydrophobic amino acids, meaning that they exist in two forms, traditionally referred to as L- and D-enantiomers. This nomenclature indicates which direction the molecule rotates plane-polarized visible light (levorotory and dextrorotory). Chiral a-amino acids in proteins are exclusively the L-variety In the solid state, the crystal lattice of the pure L-enantiomer is the mirror image of the D-enantiomer crystal lattice. These solids are energetically identical. Enantiomers also have identical spectroscopic properties except when the measurement is polarization sensitive. A mixture of equal amounts D- and L-amino acid enantiomers can crystallize into a racemic (DL-) structure that is different from that of the pure enantiomers. Whether a solution of both enantiomers will crystallize into a racemic form or spontaneously resolve into a mixture of separate D- and L-crystals largely depends on the interactions between molecules available in the various possible configurations. This is an active area of research. Low-frequency vibrations with intermolecular character are very sensitive to changes in lattice geometry, and consequently the vibrational spectra of racemic crystals are usually quite distinct from the spectra of the crystals of the corresponding pure enantiomers in the far-infrared (far-IR). THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz

  16. Self-diffusion studies by intra- and inter-molecular spin-lattice relaxometry using field-cycling: Liquids, plastic crystals, porous media, and polymer segments.

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    Kimmich, Rainer; Fatkullin, Nail

    2017-08-01

    Field-cycling NMR relaxometry is a well-established technique for probing molecular dynamics in a frequency range from typically a few kHz up to several tens of MHz. For the interpretation of relaxometry data, it is quite often assumed that the spin-lattice relaxation process is of an intra-molecular nature so that rotational fluctuations dominate. However, dipolar interactions as the main type of couplings between protons and other dipolar species without quadrupole moments can imply appreciable inter-molecular contributions. These fluctuate due to translational displacements and to a lesser degree also by rotational reorientations in the short-range limit. The analysis of the inter-molecular proton spin-lattice relaxation rate thus permits one to evaluate self-diffusion variables such as the diffusion coefficient or the mean square displacement on a time scale from nanoseconds to several hundreds of microseconds. Numerous applications to solvents, plastic crystals and polymers will be reviewed. The technique is of particular interest for polymer dynamics since inter-molecular spin-lattice relaxation diffusometry bridges the time scales of quasi-elastic neutron scattering and field-gradient NMR diffusometry. This is just the range where model-specific intra-coil mechanisms are assumed to occur. They are expected to reveal themselves by characteristic power laws for the time-dependence of the mean-square segment displacement. These can be favorably tested on this basis. Results reported in the literature will be compared with theoretical predictions. On the other hand, there is a second way for translational diffusion phenomena to affect the spin-lattice relaxation dispersion. If rotational diffusion of molecules is restricted, translational diffusion properties can be deduced even from molecular reorientation dynamics detected by intra-molecular spin-lattice relaxation. This sort of scenario will be relevant for adsorbates on surfaces or polymer segments under

  17. Synthesis and intermolecular interactions of N-benzylidenetyramines

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    Maldonado, Mauricio; Pérez-Redondo, Adrián; Quevedo, Rodolfo

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, the synthesis and intermolecular interactions between N-benzylidenetyramine molecules were investigated. The crystal structure of N-(4-nitrobenzylidene)tyramine shows a molecular organization in zigzag chains with intermolecular O-H⋯N hydrogen bonds between the azomethine and phenolic hydroxyl groups. Those chains are held together by C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds to generate layers, which are connected by C-H⋯O, π⋯π and NO2⋯π interactions.

  18. Cavity Photons as a Probe for Charge Relaxation Resistance and Photon Emission in a Quantum Dot Coupled to Normal and Superconducting Continua

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    Bruhat, L. E.; Viennot, J. J.; Dartiailh, M. C.; Desjardins, M. M.; Kontos, T.; Cottet, A.

    2016-04-01

    Microwave cavities have been widely used to investigate the behavior of closed few-level systems. Here, we show that they also represent a powerful probe for the dynamics of charge transfer between a discrete electronic level and fermionic continua. We have combined experiment and theory for a carbon nanotube quantum dot coupled to normal metal and superconducting contacts. In equilibrium conditions, where our device behaves as an effective quantum dot-normal metal junction, we approach a universal photon dissipation regime governed by a quantum charge relaxation effect. We observe how photon dissipation is modified when the dot admittance turns from capacitive to inductive. When the fermionic reservoirs are voltage biased, the dot can even cause photon emission due to inelastic tunneling to/from a Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer peak in the density of states of the superconducting contact. We can model these numerous effects quantitatively in terms of the charge susceptibility of the quantum dot circuit. This validates an approach that could be used to study a wide class of mesoscopic QED devices.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Tricarbonyl-Re/Tc(I) Chelate Probes Targeting the G Protein-Coupled Estrogen Receptor GPER/GPR30

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    Burai, Ritwik; Ramesh, Chinnasamy; Nayak, Tapan K.; Dennis, Megan K.; Bryant, Bj K.; Prossnitz, Eric R.; Arterburn, Jeffrey B.

    2012-01-01

    The discovery of the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor GPER (also GPR30) and the resulting development of selective chemical probes have revealed new aspects of estrogen receptor biology. The potential clinical relevance of this receptor has been suggested from numerous studies that have identified GPER expression in breast, endometrial, ovarian and other cancers. Thus GPER can be considered a candidate biomarker and target for non-invasive imaging and therapy. We have designed and synthesized a series of organometallic tricarbonyl-rhenium complexes conjugated to a GPER-selective small molecule derived from tetrahydro-3H-cyclopenta[c]quinoline. The activity and selectivity of these chelates in GPER-mediated signaling pathways were evaluated. These results demonstrate that GPER targeting characteristics depend strongly on the structure of the chelate and linkage. Ethanone conjugates functioned as agonists, a 1,2,3-triazole spacer yielded an antagonist, and derivatives with increased steric volume exhibited decreased activities. Promising GPER selectivity was observed, as none of the complexes interacted with the nuclear estrogen receptors. Radiolabeling with technetium-99m in aqueous media was efficient and gave radioligands with high radiochemical yields and purity. These chelates have favorable physicochemical properties, show excellent stability in biologically relevant media, exhibit receptor specificity and are promising candidates for continuing development as diagnostic imaging agents targeting GPER expression in cancer. PMID:23077529

  20. Design of a scanning probe microscope with advanced sample treatment capabilities: An atomic force microscope combined with a miniaturized inductively coupled plasma source.

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    Hund, Markus; Herold, Hans

    2007-06-01

    We describe the design and performance of an atomic force microscope (AFM) combined with a miniaturized inductively coupled plasma source working at a radio frequency of 27.12 MHz. State-of-the-art scanning probe microscopes (SPMs) have limited in situ sample treatment capabilities. Aggressive treatments such as plasma etching or harsh treatments such as etching in aggressive liquids typically require the removal of the sample from the microscope. Consequently, time consuming procedures are required if the same sample spot has to be imaged after successive processing steps. We have developed a first prototype of a SPM which features a quasi in situ sample treatment using a modified commercial atomic force microscope. A sample holder is positioned in a special reactor chamber; the AFM tip can be retracted by several millimeters so that the chamber can be closed for a treatment procedure. Most importantly, after the treatment, the tip is moved back to the sample with a lateral drift per process step in the 20 nm regime. The performance of the prototype is characterized by consecutive plasma etching of a nanostructured polymer film.

  1. Pd0-mediated rapid cross-coupling reactions, the rapid C-[11C]methylations, revolutionarily advancing the syntheses of short-lived PET molecular probes.

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    Suzuki, Masaaki; Doi, Hisashi; Koyama, Hiroko; Zhang, Zhouen; Hosoya, Takamitsu; Onoe, Hirotaka; Watanabe, Yasuyoshi

    2014-06-01

    Positron emission tomography is a noninvasive method for monitoring drug (or diagnostic) behavior and its localization on the target molecules in the living systems, including the human body, using a short-lived positron-emitting radionuclide. New methodologies for introducing representative short-lived radionuclides, (11)C and (18)F, into the carbon frameworks of biologically active organic compounds have been established by developing rapid C-[(11)C]methylations and C-[(18)F]fluoromethylations using rapid Pd(0)-mediated cross-coupling reactions between [(11)C]methyl iodide (sp(3)-hybridized carbon) and an excess amount of organotributylstannane or organoboronic acid ester having sp(2) (phenyl, heteroaromatic, or alkenyl), sp(alkynyl), or sp(3) (benzyl and cinnamyl)-hybridized carbons; and [(18)F]fluoromethyl halide (iodide or bromide) and an organoboronic acid ester, respectively. These rapid reactions provide a firm foundation for an efficient and general synthesis of short-lived (11)C- or (18)F-labeled PET molecular probes to promote in vivo molecular imaging studies. Copyright © 2014 The Chemical Society of Japan and Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Synergy between measurements of gravitational waves and the triple-Higgs coupling in probing the first-order electroweak phase transition

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    Hashino, Katsuya; Kakizaki, Mitsuru; Kanemura, Shinya; Matsui, Toshinori

    2016-07-01

    Probing the Higgs potential and new physics behind the electroweak symmetry breaking is one of the most important issues of particle physics. In particular, the nature of the electroweak phase transition is essential for understanding the physics of the early Universe, such that the strongly first-order phase transition is required for a successful scenario of electroweak baryogenesis. The strongly first-order phase transition is expected to be tested by precisely measuring the triple Higgs boson coupling at future colliders like the International Linear Collider. It can also be explored via the spectrum of stochastic gravitational waves to be measured at future space-based interferometers such as eLISA and DECIGO. We discuss the complementarity of both the methods in testing the strongly first-order phase transition of the electroweak symmetry in models with additional isospin singlet scalar fields with and without classical scale invariance. We find that they are synergetic in identifying specific models of electroweak symmetry breaking in more detail.

  3. Long range intermolecular interactions between the alkali diatomics Na2, K2, and NaK

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    Zemke, Warren T.; Byrd, Jason N.; Michels, H. Harvey; Montgomery, John A.; Stwalley, William C.

    2010-06-01

    Long range interactions between the ground state alkali diatomics Na2-Na2, K2-K2, Na2-K2, and NaK-NaK are examined. Interaction energies are first determined from ab initio calculations at the coupled-cluster with singles, doubles, and perturbative triples [CCSD(T)] level of theory, including counterpoise corrections. Long range energies calculated from diatomic molecular properties (polarizabilities and dipole and quadrupole moments) are then compared with the ab initio energies. A simple asymptotic model potential ELR=Eelec+Edisp+Eind is shown to accurately represent the intermolecular interactions for these systems at long range.

  4. Long range intermolecular interactions between the alkali diatomics Na(2), K(2), and NaK.

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    Zemke, Warren T; Byrd, Jason N; Michels, H Harvey; Montgomery, John A; Stwalley, William C

    2010-06-28

    Long range interactions between the ground state alkali diatomics Na(2)-Na(2), K(2)-K(2), Na(2)-K(2), and NaK-NaK are examined. Interaction energies are first determined from ab initio calculations at the coupled-cluster with singles, doubles, and perturbative triples [CCSD(T)] level of theory, including counterpoise corrections. Long range energies calculated from diatomic molecular properties (polarizabilities and dipole and quadrupole moments) are then compared with the ab initio energies. A simple asymptotic model potential E(LR)=E(elec)+E(disp)+E(ind) is shown to accurately represent the intermolecular interactions for these systems at long range.

  5. Intermolecular Singlet and Triplet Exciton Transfer Integrals from Many-Body Green's Functions Theory.

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    Wehner, Jens; Baumeier, Björn

    2017-03-08

    A general approach to determine orientation and distance-dependent effective intermolecular exciton transfer integrals from many-body Green's functions theory is presented. On the basis of the GW approximation and the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE), a projection technique is employed to obtain the excitonic coupling by forming the expectation value of a supramolecular BSE Hamiltonian with electron-hole wave functions for excitations localized on two separated chromophores. Within this approach, accounting for the effects of coupling mediated by intermolecular charge transfer (CT) excitations is possible via perturbation theory or a reduction technique. Application to model configurations of pyrene dimers shows an accurate description of short-range exchange and long-range Coulomb interactions for the coupling of singlet and triplet excitons. Computational parameters, such as the choice of the exchange-correlation functional in the density-functional theory (DFT) calculations that underly the GW-BSE steps and the convergence with the number of included CT excitations, are scrutinized. Finally, an optimal strategy is derived for simulations of full large-scale morphologies by benchmarking various approximations using pairs of dicyanovinyl end-capped oligothiophenes (DCV5T), which are used as donor material in state-of-the-art organic solar cells.

  6. Analysis of cytochrome P450 metabolites of arachidonic acid by stable isotope probe labeling coupled with ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry.

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    Zhu, Quan-Fei; Hao, Yan-Hong; Liu, Ming-Zhou; Yue, Jiang; Ni, Jian; Yuan, Bi-Feng; Feng, Yu-Qi

    2015-09-04

    Cytochrome P450 metabolites of arachidonic acid (AA) belong to eicosanoids and are potent lipid mediators of inflammation. It is well-known that eicosanoids play an important role in numerous pathophysiological processes. Therefore, quantitative analysis of cytochrome P450 metabolites of AA, including hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids (HETEs), epoxyeicosatreinoic acids (EETs), and dihydroxyeicosatrienoic acids (DHETs) can provide crucial information to uncover underlying mechanisms of cytochrome P450 metabolites of AA related diseases. Herein, we developed a highly sensitive method to identify and quantify HETEs, EETs, and DHETs in lipid extracts of biological samples based on stable isotope probe labeling coupled with ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. To this end, a pair of stable isotope probes, 2-dimethylaminoethylamine (DMED) and d4-2-dimethylaminoethylamine (d4-DMED), were utilized to facilely label eicosanoids. The heavy labeled eicosanoid standards were prepared and used as internal standards for quantification to minimize the matrix and ion suppression effects in mass spectrometry analysis. In addition, the detection sensitivities of DMED labeled eicosanoids improved by 3-104 folds in standard solution and 5-138 folds in serum matrix compared with unlabeled analytes. Moreover, a good separation of eicosanoids isomers was achieved upon DMED labeling. The established method provided substantial sensitivity (limit of quantification at sub-picogram), high specificity, and broad linear dynamics range (3 orders of magnitude). We further quantified cytochrome P450 metabolites of AA in rat liver, heart, brain tissues and human serum using the developed method. The results showed that 19 eicosanoids could be distinctly detected and the contents of 11-, 15-, 16-, 20-HETE, 5,6-EET, and 14,15-EET in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients and 5-, 11-, 12-, 15-, 16-, 20-HETE, 8,9-EET, and 5,6-DHET in myeloid leukemia patients had significant changes

  7. Probing Spin and Spin-Orbit Coupling effects in Narrow-gap Semiconductor Nano-structures by THz Magneto-photoresponse Spectroscopy and Magneto-transport Measurements

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    Pakmehr, Mehdi

    Using the spin degree of freedom in a emergent field Known as Spintronics has motivated scientist in different disciplines including physicist within last 10 years. Due to different interaction mechanisms which affects the physical behavior of spin (eg its state and transport properties) within solid medium (Semiconductors in our case), one needs to distinguish these mechanisms and their importance for making any practical spin based devices. For example the idea of making spin based transistors with electrons being transported within InGaAs and their spin state is being controlled by Rashba type field has been around for around 25 years but injection of spin polarized currents from a source into the channel has not been solved yet. Spin orbit coupling (SOC) is one of the mechanisms which changes the spin state of electrons and avoid the existence of pure spin state as a favorable one from device point of view. SOC could have a different origin depending on material type or structure of device. One method of measuring and quantifying this mechanisms within semiconductor nanostructures is through measuring the parameters known as Lande g-factor. This parameters turns out to be a promising one to probe different effects on electronic band structure including quantum confinement, strain, electric filed, etc. We probe a combination of these effects (SOC, Strain, band mixing, etc) by measuring different g-factor tensor components of narrow gap Zinc blend semiconductor nanostructures which we hope finally serve to the purpose of making reliable spin based devices* (Spintronics). To reach this goal we have developed and implemented THz magneto-Photoresponse spectroscopy in conjunction with magneto-transport measurements at cryogenic temperatures. The samples include InAs and HgTe based Quantum wells as well as InAs based quantum point contact. Our findings clarify the situation where the combination of SOC, Strain, quantum confinements as well as many body electron effect

  8. Energy transfer to a proton-transfer fluorescence probe: tryptophan to a flavonol in human serum albumin.

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    Sytnik, A; Litvinyuk, I

    1996-11-12

    A protein fluorescence probe system, coupling excited-state intermolecular Förster energy transfer and intramolecular proton transfer (PT), is presented. As an energy donor for this system, we used tryptophan, which transfers its excitation energy to 3-hydroxyflavone (3-HF) as a flavonol prototype, an acceptor exhibiting excited-state intramolecular PT. We demonstrate such a coupling in human serum albumin-3-HF complexes, excited via the single intrinsic tryptophan (Trp-214). Besides the PT tautomer fluorescence (lambda max = 526 nm), these protein-probe complexes exhibit a 3-HF anion emission (lambda max = 500 nm). Analysis of spectroscopic data leads to the conclusion that two binding sites are involved in the human serum albumin-3-HF interaction. The 3-HF molecule bound in the higher affinity binding site, located in the IIIA subdomain, has the association constant (k1) of 7.2 x 10(5) M-1 and predominantly exists as an anion. The lower affinity site (k2 = 2.5 x 10(5) M-1), situated in the IIA subdomain, is occupied by the neutral form of 3-HF (normal tautomer). Since Trp-214 is situated in the immediate vicinity of the 3-HF normal tautomer bound in the IIA subdomain, the intermolecular energy transfer for this donor/ acceptor pair has a 100% efficiency and is followed by the PT tautomer fluorescence. Intermolecular energy transfer from the Trp-214 to the 3-HF anion bound in the IIIA subdomain is less efficient and has the rate of 1.61 x 10(8) s-1 thus giving for the donor/acceptor distance a value of 25.5 A.

  9. Exciton dynamics reveal aggregates with intermolecular order at hidden interfaces in solution-cast organic semiconducting films.

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    Wong, Cathy Y; Cotts, Benjamin L; Wu, Hao; Ginsberg, Naomi S

    2015-01-12

    Large-scale organic electronics manufacturing requires solution processing. For small-molecule organic semiconductors, solution processing results in crystalline domains with high charge mobility, but the interfaces between these domains impede charge transport, degrading device performance. Although understanding these interfaces is essential to improve device performance, their intermolecular and electronic structure is unknown: they are smaller than the diffraction limit, are hidden from surface probe techniques, and their nanoscale heterogeneity is not typically resolved using X-ray methods. Here we use transient absorption microscopy to isolate a unique signature of a hidden interface in a TIPS-pentacene thin film, exposing its exciton dynamics and intermolecular structure. Surprisingly, instead of finding an abrupt grain boundary, we reveal that the interface can be composed of nanoscale crystallites interleaved by a web of interfaces that compound decreases in charge mobility. Our novel approach provides critical missing information on interface morphology necessary to correlate solution-processing methods to optimal device performance.

  10. Exciton dynamics reveal aggregates with intermolecular order at hidden interfaces in solution-cast organic semiconducting films

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    Wong, Cathy Y.; Cotts, Benjamin L.; Wu, Hao; Ginsberg, Naomi S.

    2015-01-01

    Large-scale organic electronics manufacturing requires solution processing. For small-molecule organic semiconductors, solution processing results in crystalline domains with high charge mobility, but the interfaces between these domains impede charge transport, degrading device performance. Although understanding these interfaces is essential to improve device performance, their intermolecular and electronic structure is unknown: they are smaller than the diffraction limit, are hidden from surface probe techniques, and their nanoscale heterogeneity is not typically resolved using X-ray methods. Here we use transient absorption microscopy to isolate a unique signature of a hidden interface in a TIPS-pentacene thin film, exposing its exciton dynamics and intermolecular structure. Surprisingly, instead of finding an abrupt grain boundary, we reveal that the interface can be composed of nanoscale crystallites interleaved by a web of interfaces that compound decreases in charge mobility. Our novel approach provides critical missing information on interface morphology necessary to correlate solution-processing methods to optimal device performance.

  11. Intermolecular interactions between imidazole derivatives intercalated in layered solids. Substituent group effect

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    González, M.; Lemus-Santana, A.A.; Rodríguez-Hernández, J.; Aguirre-Velez, C.I.; Knobel, M.; Reguera, E.

    2013-08-15

    This study sheds light on the intermolecular interactions between imidazole derive molecules (2-methyl-imidazole, 2-ethyl-imidazole and benzimidazole) intercalated in T[Ni(CN){sub 4}] layers to form a solid of formula unit T(ImD){sub 2}[Ni(CN){sub 4}]. These hybrid inorganic–organic solids were prepared by soft chemical routes and their crystal structures solved and refined from X-ray powder diffraction data. The involved imidazole derivative molecules were found coordinated through the pyridinic N atom to the axial positions for the metal T in the T[Ni(CN){sub 4}] layer. In the interlayers region ligand molecules from neighboring layers remain stacked in a face-to-face configuration through dipole–dipole and quadrupole–quadrupole interactions. These intermolecular interactions show a pronounced dependence on the substituent group and are responsible for an ImD-pillaring concatenation of adjacent layers. This is supported by the structural information and the recorded magnetic data in the 2–300 K temperature range. The samples containing Co and Ni are characterized by presence of spin–orbit coupling and pronounced temperature dependence for the effective magnetic moment except for 2-ethyl-imidazole related to the local distortion for the metal coordination environment. For this last one ligand a weak ferromagnetic ordering ascribed to a super-exchange interaction between T metals from neighboring layers through the ligands π–π interaction was detected. - Graphical abstract: In the interlayers region imidazole derivative molecules are oriented according to their dipolar and quadrupolar interactions and minimizing the steric impediment. Highlights: • Imidazole derivatives intercalation compounds. • Intermolecular interaction between intercalated imidazole derivatives. • Hybrid inorganic–organic solids. • Pi–pi interactions and ferromagnetic coupling. • Dipolar and quadrupolar interactions between intercalated imidazole derivatives.

  12. Long-term nitrogen fertilization of paddy soil shifts iron-reducing microbial community revealed by RNA-13C-acetate probing coupled with pyrosequencing

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    Ding, Long-Jun; Su, Jian-Qiang; Xu, Hui-Juan; Jia, Zhong-Jun; Zhu, Yong-Guan

    2015-01-01

    Iron reduction is an important biogeochemical process in paddy soils, yet little is known about the microbial coupling between nitrogen and iron reduction. Here, we investigated the shift of acetate-metabolizing iron-reducers under long-term nitrogen fertilization using 13C-acetate-based ribosomal RNA (rRNA)-stable isotope probing (SIP) and pyrosequencing in an incubation experiment, and the shift of putative iron-reducers in original field samples were investigated by 16S rRNA gene-based pyrosequencing. During SIP incubations, in the presence of iron(III) oxyhydroxides, more iron(II) formation and less methane production were detected in nitrogen-fertilized (N) compared with non-fertilized (NF) soil. In 13C-rRNA from microcosms amended with ferrihydrite (FER), Geobacter spp. were the important active iron-reducers in both soils, and labeled to a greater extent in N (31% of the bacterial classified sequences) than NF soils (11%). Pyrosequencing of the total 16S rRNA transcripts from microcosms at the whole community level further revealed hitherto unknown metabolisms of potential FER reduction by microorganisms including Pseudomonas and Solibacillus spp. in N soil, Dechloromonas, Clostridium, Bacillus and Solibacillus spp. in NF soil. Goethite (GOE) amendment stimulated Geobacter spp. to a lesser extent in both soils compared with FER treatment. Pseudomonas spp. in the N soil and Clostridium spp. in the NF soil may also be involved in GOE reduction. Pyrosequencing results from field samples showed that Geobacter spp. were the most abundant putative iron-reducers in both soils, and significantly stimulated by long-term nitrogen fertilization. Overall, for the first time, we demonstrate that long-term nitrogen fertilization promotes iron(III) reduction and modulates iron-reducing bacterial community in paddy soils. PMID:25171335

  13. Energy relaxation of intermolecular motions in supercooled water and ice: A molecular dynamics study

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    Yagasaki, Takuma; Saito, Shinji

    2011-12-01

    We investigate the energy relaxation of intermolecular motions in liquid water at temperatures ranging from 220 K to 300 K and in ice at 220 K using molecular dynamics simulations. We employ the recently developed frequency resolved transient kinetic energy analysis, which provides detailed information on energy relaxation in condensed phases like two-color pump-probe spectroscopy. It is shown that the energy cascading in liquid water is characterized by four processes. The temperature dependences of the earlier three processes, the rotational-rotational, rotational-translational, and translational-translational energy transfers, are explained in terms of the density of states of the intermolecular motions. The last process is the slow energy transfer arising from the transitions between potential energy basins caused by the excitation of the low frequency translational motion. This process is absent in ice because the hydrogen bond network rearrangement, which accompanies the interbasin transitions in liquid water, cannot take place in the solid phase. We find that the last process in supercooled water is well approximated by a stretched exponential function. The stretching parameter, β, decreases from 1 to 0.72 with decreasing temperature. This result indicates that the dynamics of liquid water becomes heterogeneous at lower temperatures.

  14. Five intermolecular vibrations of the CO2 dimer observed via infrared combination bands.

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    Norooz Oliaee, J; Dehghany, M; Rezaei, Mojtaba; McKellar, A R W; Moazzen-Ahmadi, N

    2016-11-07

    The weakly bound van der Waals dimer (CO2)2 has long been of considerable theoretical and experimental interest. Here, we study its low frequency intermolecular vibrations by means of combination bands in the region of the CO2 monomer ν3 fundamental (≈2350 cm(-1)), which are observed using a tunable infrared laser to probe a pulsed supersonic slit jet expansion. With the help of a recent high level ab initio calculation by Wang, Carrington, and Dawes, four intermolecular frequencies are assigned: the in-plane disrotatory bend (22.26 cm(-1)); the out-of-plane torsion (23.24 cm(-1)); twice the disrotatory bend (31.51 cm(-1)); and the in-plane conrotatory bend (92.25 cm(-1)). The disrotatory bend and torsion, separated by only 0.98 cm(-1), are strongly mixed by Coriolis interactions. The disrotatory bend overtone is well behaved, but the conrotatory bend is highly perturbed and could not be well fitted. The latter perturbations could be due to tunneling effects, which have not previously been observed experimentally for CO2 dimer. A fifth combination band, located 1.3 cm(-1) below the conrotatory bend, remains unassigned.

  15. Five intermolecular vibrations of the CO2 dimer observed via infrared combination bands

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    Norooz Oliaee, J.; Dehghany, M.; Rezaei, Mojtaba; McKellar, A. R. W.; Moazzen-Ahmadi, N.

    2016-11-01

    The weakly bound van der Waals dimer (CO2)2 has long been of considerable theoretical and experimental interest. Here, we study its low frequency intermolecular vibrations by means of combination bands in the region of the CO2 monomer ν3 fundamental (≈2350 cm-1), which are observed using a tunable infrared laser to probe a pulsed supersonic slit jet expansion. With the help of a recent high level ab initio calculation by Wang, Carrington, and Dawes, four intermolecular frequencies are assigned: the in-plane disrotatory bend (22.26 cm-1); the out-of-plane torsion (23.24 cm-1); twice the disrotatory bend (31.51 cm-1); and the in-plane conrotatory bend (92.25 cm-1). The disrotatory bend and torsion, separated by only 0.98 cm-1, are strongly mixed by Coriolis interactions. The disrotatory bend overtone is well behaved, but the conrotatory bend is highly perturbed and could not be well fitted. The latter perturbations could be due to tunneling effects, which have not previously been observed experimentally for CO2 dimer. A fifth combination band, located 1.3 cm-1 below the conrotatory bend, remains unassigned.

  16. Intermolecular Vibrational Modes Speed Up Singlet Fission in Perylenediimide Crystals.

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    Renaud, Nicolas; Grozema, Ferdinand C

    2015-02-05

    We report numerical simulations based on a non-Markovian density matrix propagation scheme of singlet fission (SF) in molecular crystals. Ab initio electronic structure calculations were used to parametrize the exciton and phonon Hamiltonian as well as the interactions between the exciton and the intramolecular and intermolecular vibrational modes. We demonstrate that the interactions of the exciton with intermolecular vibrational modes are highly sensitive to the stacking geometry of the crystal and can, in certain cases, significantly accelerate SF. This result may help in understanding the fast SF experimentally observed in a broad range of molecular crystals and offers a new direction for the engineering of efficient SF sensitizers.

  17. Insights into the Complexity of Weak Intermolecular Interactions Interfering in Host-Guest Systems.

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    Zhang, Dawei; Chatelet, Bastien; Serrano, Eloisa; Perraud, Olivier; Dutasta, Jean-Pierre; Robert, Vincent; Martinez, Alexandre

    2015-10-05

    The recognition properties of heteroditopic hemicryptophane hosts towards anions, cations, and neutral pairs, combining both cation-π and anion-π interaction sites, were investigated to probe the complexity of interfering weak intermolecular interactions. It is suggested from NMR experiments, and supported by CASSCF/CASPT2 calculations, that the binding constants of anions can be modulated by a factor of up to 100 by varying the fluorination sites on the electron-poor aromatic rings. Interestingly, this subtle chemical modification can also reverse the sign of cooperativity in ion-pair recognition. Wavefunction calculations highlight how short- and long-range interactions interfere in this recognition process, suggesting that a disruption of anion-π interactions can occur in the presence of a co-bound cation. Such molecules can be viewed as prototypes for examining complex processes controlled by the competition of weak interactions.

  18. Biaxial Dielectrophoresis Force Spectroscopy: A Stoichiometric Approach for Examining Intermolecular Weak Binding Interactions.

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    Park, In Soo; Kwak, Tae Joon; Lee, Gyudo; Son, Myeonggu; Choi, Jeong Woo; Choi, Seungyeop; Nam, Kihwan; Lee, Sei-Young; Chang, Woo-Jin; Eom, Kilho; Yoon, Dae Sung; Lee, Sangyoup; Bashir, Rashid; Lee, Sang Woo

    2016-04-26

    The direct quantification of weak intermolecular binding interactions is very important for many applications in biology and medicine. Techniques that can be used to investigate such interactions under a controlled environment, while varying different parameters such as loading rate, pulling direction, rupture event measurements, and the use of different functionalized probes, are still lacking. Herein, we demonstrate a biaxial dielectrophoresis force spectroscopy (BDFS) method that can be used to investigate weak unbinding events in a high-throughput manner under controlled environments and by varying the pulling direction (i.e., transverse and/or vertical axes) as well as the loading rate. With the BDFS system, we can quantitatively analyze binding interactions related to hydrogen bonding or ionic attractions between functionalized microbeads and a surface within a microfluidic device. Our BDFS system allowed for the characterization of the number of bonds involved in an interaction, bond affinity, kinetic rates, and energy barrier heights and widths from different regimes of the energy landscape.

  19. Intramolecular and intermolecular vibrational energy relaxation of CH 2I 2 dissolved in supercritical fluid

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    Sekiguchi, K.; Shimojima, A.; Kajimoto, O.

    2002-04-01

    A pump-probe experiment was performed to examine vibrational population relaxation of diiodomethane (CH 2I 2) molecule dissolved in supercritical CO 2. Using an apparatus with femtosecond time resolution, we observed the contributions of intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) and intermolecular vibrational energy transfer (VET) separately. IVR and VET rates were measured with varying solvent densities at a constant temperature. It is shown that the IVR rate is not density dependent while the VET rate increases with increasing density from 0.4 to 0.8 g cm-3. This observation suggests that the rate of the VET process is determined by solute-solvent collisions whereas the IVR rate is not much affected by solute-solvent interaction.

  20. Bead-probe complex capture a couple of SINE and LINE family from genomes of two closely related species of East Asian cyprinid directly using magnetic separation.

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    Tong, Chaobo; Guo, Baocheng; He, Shunping

    2009-02-19

    Short and long interspersed elements (SINEs and LINEs, respectively), two types of retroposons, are active in shaping the architecture of genomes and powerful tools for studies of phylogeny and population biology. Here we developed special protocol to apply biotin-streptavidin bead system into isolation of interspersed repeated sequences rapidly and efficiently, in which SINEs and LINEs were captured directly from digested genomic DNA by hybridization to bead-probe complex in solution instead of traditional strategy including genomic library construction and screening. A new couple of SINEs and LINEs that shared an almost identical 3'tail was isolated and characterized in silver carp and bighead carp of two closely related species. These SINEs (34 members), designated HAmo SINE family, were little divergent in sequence and flanked by obvious TSD indicated that HAmo SINE was very young family. The copy numbers of this family was estimated to 2 x 105 and 1.7 x 105 per haploid genome by Real-Time qPCR, respectively. The LINEs, identified as the homologs of LINE2 in other fishes, had a conserved primary sequence and secondary structures of the 3'tail region that was almost identical to that of HAmo SINE. These evidences suggest that HAmo SINEs are active and amplified recently utilizing the enzymatic machinery for retroposition of HAmoL2 through the recognition of higher-order structures of the conserved 42-tail region. We analyzed the possible structures of HAmo SINE that lead to successful amplification in genome and then deduced that HAmo SINE, SmaI SINE and FokI SINE that were similar in sequence each other, were probably generated independently and created by LINE family within the same lineage of a LINE phylogeny in the genomes of different hosts. The presented results show the advantage of the novel method for retroposons isolation and a pair of young SINE family and its partner LINE family in two carp fishes, which strengthened the hypotheses containing the

  1. Determination of hydrogen sulfide and volatile thiols in air samples by mercury probe derivatization coupled with liquid chromatography-atomic fluorescence spectrometry.

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    Bramanti, Emilia; D'Ulivo, Lucia; Lomonte, Cristina; Onor, Massimo; Zamboni, Roberto; Raspi, Giorgio; D'Ulivo, Alessandro

    2006-10-02

    A new procedure is proposed for the sampling and storage of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and volatile thiols (methanethiol or methyl mercaptan, ethanethiol and propanethiol) for their determination by liquid chromatography. The sampling procedure is based on the trapping/pre-concentration of the analytes in alkaline aqueous solution containing an organic mercurial probe p-hydroxymercurybenzoate, HO-Hg-C6H4-COO- (PHMB), where they are derivatized to stable PHMB complexes based on mercury-sulfur covalent bonds. PHMB complexes are separated on a C18 reverse phase column, allowing their determination by liquid chromatography coupled with sequential non-selective UV-vis (DAD) and mercury specific (chemical vapor generation atomic fluorescence spectrometry, CVGAFS) on-line detectors. PHMB complexes, S(PHMB)2CH3S-PHMB, C2H5S-PHMB and C3H7S-PHMB, are stable alt least for 12 h at room temperature and for 3 months if stored frozen (-20 degrees C). The best analytical figures of merits in the optimized conditions were obtained by CVGAFS detection, with detection limits (LODc) of 9.7 microg L(-1) for H2S, 13.7 microg L(-1) for CH(3)SH, 17.7 microg L(-1) for C2H5SH and 21.7 microg L(-1) for C3H7SH in the trapping solution in form of RS-PHMB complexes, the relative standard deviation (R.S.D.) ranging between 1.0 and 1.5%, and a linear dynamic range (LDR) between 10 and 9700 microg L(-1). Conventional UV absorbance detectors tuned at 254 nm can be employed as well with comparable R.S.D. and LDR, but with LODc one order of magnitude higher than AFS detector and lower specificity. The sampling procedure followed by LC-DAD-CVGAFS analysis has been validated, as example, for H2S determination by a certified gas permeation tube as a source of 3.071+/-0.154 microg min(-1) of H2S, giving a recovery of 99.8+/-7% and it has been applied to the determination of sulfur compounds in real gas samples (biogas and the air of a plant for fractional distillation of crude oil).

  2. Bead-probe complex capture a couple of SINE and LINE family from genomes of two closely related species of East Asian cyprinid directly using magnetic separation

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    Tong, Chaobo; Guo, Baocheng; He, Shunping

    2009-01-01

    Background Short and long interspersed elements (SINEs and LINEs, respectively), two types of retroposons, are active in shaping the architecture of genomes and powerful tools for studies of phylogeny and population biology. Here we developed special protocol to apply biotin-streptavidin bead system into isolation of interspersed repeated sequences rapidly and efficiently, in which SINEs and LINEs were captured directly from digested genomic DNA by hybridization to bead-probe complex in solution instead of traditional strategy including genomic library construction and screening. Results A new couple of SINEs and LINEs that shared an almost identical 3'tail was isolated and characterized in silver carp and bighead carp of two closely related species. These SINEs (34 members), designated HAmo SINE family, were little divergent in sequence and flanked by obvious TSD indicated that HAmo SINE was very young family. The copy numbers of this family was estimated to 2 × 105 and 1.7 × 105 per haploid genome by Real-Time qPCR, respectively. The LINEs, identified as the homologs of LINE2 in other fishes, had a conserved primary sequence and secondary structures of the 3'tail region that was almost identical to that of HAmo SINE. These evidences suggest that HAmo SINEs are active and amplified recently utilizing the enzymatic machinery for retroposition of HAmoL2 through the recognition of higher-order structures of the conserved 42-tail region. We analyzed the possible structures of HAmo SINE that lead to successful amplification in genome and then deduced that HAmo SINE, SmaI SINE and FokI SINE that were similar in sequence each other, were probably generated independently and created by LINE family within the same lineage of a LINE phylogeny in the genomes of different hosts. Conclusion The presented results show the advantage of the novel method for retroposons isolation and a pair of young SINE family and its partner LINE family in two carp fishes, which strengthened

  3. Superior structure stability and selectivity of hairpin nucleic acid probes with an l-DNA stem

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    Kim, Youngmi; Yang, Chaoyong James; Tan, Weihong

    2007-01-01

    Hairpin nucleic acid probes have been highly useful in many areas, especially for intracellular and in vitro nucleic acid detection. The success of these probes can be attributed to the ease with which their conformational change upon target binding can be coupled to a variety of signal transduction mechanisms. However, false-positive signals arise from the opening of the hairpin due mainly to thermal fluctuations and stem invasions. Stem invasions occur when the stem interacts with its complementary sequence and are especially problematic in complex biological samples. To address the problem of stem invasions in hairpin probes, we have created a modified molecular beacon that incorporates unnatural enantiomeric l-DNA in the stem and natural d-DNA or 2′-O-Me-modified RNA in the loop. l-DNA has the same physical characteristics as d-DNA except that l-DNA cannot form stable duplexes with d-DNA. Here we show that incorporating l-DNA into the stem region of a molecular beacon reduces intra- and intermolecular stem invasions, increases the melting temperature, improves selectivity to its target, and leads to enhanced bio-stability. Our results suggest that l-DNA is useful for designing functional nucleic acid probes especially for biological applications. PMID:17959649

  4. Student Understanding of Intermolecular Forces: A Multimodal Study

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    Cooper, Melanie M.; Williams, Leah C.; Underwood, Sonia M.

    2015-01-01

    The ability to use representations of molecular structure to predict the macroscopic properties of a substance is central to the development of a robust understanding of chemistry. Intermolecular forces (IMFs) play an important role in this process because they provide a mechanism for how and why molecules interact. In this study, we investigate…

  5. Intermolecular atom-atom bonds in crystals - a chemical perspective.

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    Thakur, Tejender S; Dubey, Ritesh; Desiraju, Gautam R

    2015-03-01

    Short atom-atom distances between molecules are almost always indicative of specific intermolecular bonding. These distances may be used to assess the significance of all hydrogen bonds, including the C-H⋯O and even weaker C-H⋯F varieties.

  6. Connecting Protein Structure to Intermolecular Interactions: A Computer Modeling Laboratory

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    Abualia, Mohammed; Schroeder, Lianne; Garcia, Megan; Daubenmire, Patrick L.; Wink, Donald J.; Clark, Ginevra A.

    2016-01-01

    An understanding of protein folding relies on a solid foundation of a number of critical chemical concepts, such as molecular structure, intra-/intermolecular interactions, and relating structure to function. Recent reports show that students struggle on all levels to achieve these understandings and use them in meaningful ways. Further, several…

  7. Intermolecular potentials from shock structure experiments. [for monatomic gases

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    Sturtevant, B.; Steinhilper, E. A.

    1974-01-01

    Ground-state intermolecular interaction potentials determined from shock structure experiments with four monatomic gases are reported. These potentials are assessed for self-consistency, using the law of corresponding states, and their suitability for engineering applications in rarefied gas dynamics is discussed.

  8. Dancing Crystals: A Dramatic Illustration of Intermolecular Forces

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    Mundell, Donald W.

    2007-01-01

    Crystals of naphthalene form on the surface of an acetone solution and dance about in an animated fashion illustrating surface tension, crystallization, and intermolecular forces. Additional experiments reveal the properties of the solution. Flows within the solutions can be visualized by various means. Previous demonstrations of surface motion…

  9. Learning about Intermolecular Interactions from the Cambridge Structural Database

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    Battle, Gary M.; Allen, Frank H.

    2012-01-01

    A clear understanding and appreciation of noncovalent interactions, especially hydrogen bonding, are vitally important to students of chemistry and the life sciences, including biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, and medicine. The opportunities afforded by the IsoStar knowledge base of intermolecular interactions to enhance the…

  10. Learning about Intermolecular Interactions from the Cambridge Structural Database

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    Battle, Gary M.; Allen, Frank H.

    2012-01-01

    A clear understanding and appreciation of noncovalent interactions, especially hydrogen bonding, are vitally important to students of chemistry and the life sciences, including biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, and medicine. The opportunities afforded by the IsoStar knowledge base of intermolecular interactions to enhance the…

  11. Connecting Protein Structure to Intermolecular Interactions: A Computer Modeling Laboratory

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    Abualia, Mohammed; Schroeder, Lianne; Garcia, Megan; Daubenmire, Patrick L.; Wink, Donald J.; Clark, Ginevra A.

    2016-01-01

    An understanding of protein folding relies on a solid foundation of a number of critical chemical concepts, such as molecular structure, intra-/intermolecular interactions, and relating structure to function. Recent reports show that students struggle on all levels to achieve these understandings and use them in meaningful ways. Further, several…

  12. Student Understanding of Intermolecular Forces: A Multimodal Study

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    Cooper, Melanie M.; Williams, Leah C.; Underwood, Sonia M.

    2015-01-01

    The ability to use representations of molecular structure to predict the macroscopic properties of a substance is central to the development of a robust understanding of chemistry. Intermolecular forces (IMFs) play an important role in this process because they provide a mechanism for how and why molecules interact. In this study, we investigate…

  13. Hydrogen-hydrogen intermolecular structure of polyethylene in the melt

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    Londono, J. D.; Annis, B. K.; Habenschuss, A.; Smith, G. D.; Borodin, O.; Tso, C.; Hsieh, E. T.; Soper, A. K.

    1999-05-01

    Three polyethylene samples, which differed in their degree of deuteration, were studied in neutron diffraction isotopic substitution (NDIS) experiments at 428 K. These results were complemented at small wavevectors by small angle neutron measurements. The intermolecular hydrogen-hydrogen (HH) structure function, hHH(Q), was obtained without recourse to intramolecular structure models, as demonstrated in a prior report. The PE experimental results are compared to computer simulation results for the alkanes C100 at 509 K and C44 at 350, 400, and 450 K. The small temperature dependence of the HH intermolecular radial distribution functions, gHH(r) for C44 indicates that the differences observed between the PE, C100, and C44 (450 K) results are, for the most part, not due to just temperature differences. It is shown that the string model, an analytic result from an integral equation theory of polymers (PRISM), can account approximately for the overall shape of the gHH(r) functions, and that this overall shape is dependent on the radius of gyration of the molecule. Further analysis shows that there are two other contributions to gHH(r), both of which are independent of chain length to first order. The first is due to chain-chain packing, and the second is due to local HH intermolecular correlations. These results are significant because they demonstrate that hHH(Q) is a useful function for studying intermolecular polymer structure, which has been shown to underpin phase behavior in polyolefin blends.

  14. Dancing Crystals: A Dramatic Illustration of Intermolecular Forces

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    Mundell, Donald W.

    2007-01-01

    Crystals of naphthalene form on the surface of an acetone solution and dance about in an animated fashion illustrating surface tension, crystallization, and intermolecular forces. Additional experiments reveal the properties of the solution. Flows within the solutions can be visualized by various means. Previous demonstrations of surface motion…

  15. Morphology and the Strength of Intermolecular Contact in Protein Crystals

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    Matsuura, Yoshiki; Chernov, Alexander A.

    2002-01-01

    The strengths of intermolecular contacts (macrobonds) in four lysozyme crystals were estimated based on the strengths of individual intermolecular interatomic interaction pairs. The periodic bond chain of these macrobonds accounts for the morphology of protein crystals as shown previously. Further in this paper, the surface area of contact, polar coordinate representation of contact site, Coulombic contribution on the macrobond strength, and the surface energy of the crystal have been evaluated. Comparing location of intermolecular contacts in different polymorphic crystal modifications, we show that these contacts can form a wide variety of patches on the molecular surface. The patches are located practically everywhere on this surface except for the concave active site. The contacts frequently include water molecules, with specific intermolecular hydrogen-bonds on the background of non-specific attractive interactions. The strengths of macrobonds are also compared to those of other protein complex systems. Making use of the contact strengths and taking into account bond hydration we also estimated crystal-water interfacial energies for different crystal faces.

  16. Improved Performance of DNA Microarray Multiplex Hybridization Using Probes Anchored at Several Points by Thiol-Ene or Thiol-Yne Coupling Chemistry.

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    Bañuls, Maria-Jose; Jiménez-Meneses, Pilar; Meyer, Albert; Vasseur, Jean-Jacques; Morvan, François; Escorihuela, Jorge; Puchades, Rosa; Maquieira, Ángel

    2017-02-15

    Nucleic acid microarray-based assay technology has shown lacks in reproducibility, reliability, and analytical sensitivity. Here, a new strategy of probe attachment modes for silicon-based materials is built up. Thus, hybridization ability is enhanced by combining thiol-ene or thiol-yne click chemistry reactions with a multipoint attachment of polythiolated probes. The viability and performance of this approach was demonstrated by specifically determining Salmonella PCR products up to a 20 pM sensitivity level.

  17. Intermolecular detergent-membrane protein noes for the characterization of the dynamics of membrane protein-detergent complexes.

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    Eichmann, Cédric; Orts, Julien; Tzitzilonis, Christos; Vögeli, Beat; Smrt, Sean; Lorieau, Justin; Riek, Roland

    2014-12-11

    The interaction between membrane proteins and lipids or lipid mimetics such as detergents is key for the three-dimensional structure and dynamics of membrane proteins. In NMR-based structural studies of membrane proteins, qualitative analysis of intermolecular nuclear Overhauser enhancements (NOEs) or paramagnetic resonance enhancement are used in general to identify the transmembrane segments of a membrane protein. Here, we employed a quantitative characterization of intermolecular NOEs between (1)H of the detergent and (1)H(N) of (2)H-perdeuterated, (15)N-labeled α-helical membrane protein-detergent complexes following the exact NOE (eNOE) approach. Structural considerations suggest that these intermolecular NOEs should show a helical-wheel-type behavior along a transmembrane helix or a membrane-attached helix within a membrane protein as experimentally demonstrated for the complete influenza hemagglutinin fusion domain HAfp23. The partial absence of such a NOE pattern along the amino acid sequence as shown for a truncated variant of HAfp23 and for the Escherichia coli inner membrane protein YidH indicates the presence of large tertiary structure fluctuations such as an opening between helices or the presence of large rotational dynamics of the helices. Detergent-protein NOEs thus appear to be a straightforward probe for a qualitative characterization of structural and dynamical properties of membrane proteins embedded in detergent micelles.

  18. Intermolecular vibrations of the CO2-CS2 complex: Experiment and theory agree, but understanding remains challenging

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    Dehghany, M.; Rezaei, Mojtaba; Moazzen-Ahmadi, N.; McKellar, A. R. W.; Brown, James; Wang, Xiao-Gang; Carrington, Tucker

    2016-12-01

    The infrared spectrum of the cross-shaped van der Waals complex CO2-CS2 is observed in the region of the CO2 ν3 fundamental band (≈2350 cm-1) using a tuneable diode laser to probe a pulsed supersonic slit jet expansion. Two combination bands are assigned, corresponding to the intermolecular torsion and CO2 bend modes, and their positions and rotational structure agree extremely well (<0.1 cm-1) with calculations based on a recent ab initio intermolecular potential. The b-type torsional band is well-behaved, but the a-type CO2 bending band is highly unusual, with large shifts between the subband origins for Ka = 0, 2, and 4. The shifts may be rationalized as due to tunnelling effects and Ka-dependent perturbations from other intermolecular modes. But even though they are well predicted by our calculations, there is no simple qualitative explanation. The predicted low-lying planar slipped parallel isomer of CO2-CS2 is not observed.

  19. Intermolecular forces and the glass transition.

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    Hall, Randall W; Wolynes, Peter G

    2008-01-17

    Random first-order transition theory is used to determine the role of attractive and repulsive interactions in the dynamics of supercooled liquids. Self-consistent phonon theory, an approximate mean field treatment consistent with random first-order transition theory, is used to treat individual glassy configurations, whereas the liquid phase is treated using common liquid-state approximations. Free energies are calculated using liquid-state perturbation theory. The transition temperature, T*A, the temperature where the onset of activated behavior is predicted by mean field theory; the lower crossover temperature, T*C, where barrierless motions actually occur through fractal or stringy motions (corresponding to the phenomenological mode coupling transition temperature); and T*K, the Kauzmann temperature (corresponding to an extrapolated entropy crisis), are calculated in addition to T*g, the glass transition temperature that corresponds to laboratory cooling rates. Relationships between these quantities agree well with existing experimental and simulation data on van der Waals liquids. Both the isobaric and isochoric behavior in the supercooled regime are studied, providing results for DeltaCV and DeltaCp that can be used to calculate the fragility as a function of density and pressure, respectively. The predicted variations in the alpha-relaxation time with temperature and density conform to the empirical density-temperature scaling relations found by Casalini and Roland. We thereby demonstrate the microscopic origin of their observations. Finally, the relationship first suggested by Sastry between the spinodal temperature and the Kauzmann temperatures, as a function of density, is examined. The present microscopic calculations support the existence of an intersection of these two temperatures at sufficiently low temperatures.

  20. Tuning intermolecular non-covalent interactions for nanowires of organic semiconductors

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    Jiang, Lang; Gao, Jianhua; Fu, Yanyan; Dong, Huanli; Zhao, Huaping; Li, Hongxiang; Tang, Qingxin; Chen, Keqiu; Hu, Wenping

    2010-12-01

    Anthracene and its derivatives are used to demonstrate a simple way to cast assemble nanowires of organic semiconductors with tuning of intermolecular non-covalent interactions by molecular design. The tuning of intermolecular interactions could be achieved by (i) decreasing intermolecular hydrophobic interactions by linking hydrophilic side chains to anthracene rings, (ii) increasing intermolecular interaction for self-assembly with the assistance of hydrogen bonds, and (iii) enhancing molecular π-π interaction by increasing the conjugated dimension of the compounds.

  1. Tuning intermolecular non-covalent interactions for nanowires of organic semiconductors.

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    Jiang, Lang; Gao, Jianhua; Fu, Yanyan; Dong, Huanli; Zhao, Huaping; Li, Hongxiang; Tang, Qingxin; Chen, Keqiu; Hu, Wenping

    2010-12-01

    Anthracene and its derivatives are used to demonstrate a simple way to cast assemble nanowires of organic semiconductors with tuning of intermolecular non-covalent interactions by molecular design. The tuning of intermolecular interactions could be achieved by (i) decreasing intermolecular hydrophobic interactions by linking hydrophilic side chains to anthracene rings, (ii) increasing intermolecular interaction for self-assembly with the assistance of hydrogen bonds, and (iii) enhancing molecular π-π interaction by increasing the conjugated dimension of the compounds.

  2. Long-range intermolecular interaction between broken DNA fragments

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    Pinchuk, Anatoliy O.; Vysotskii, Vladimir I.

    2001-03-01

    We analyzed the long-range intermolecular interaction between fragments of broken DNA. We considered two constituents of long-range intermolecular interaction. The first is a net electrostatic Coulomb interaction between charges, involved in a structure of opposite nucleotides, which we evaluate using Debye-Huckel theory. The second one is the Van der Waals interaction between the nucleotides. The general Lifshitz theory of Van der Waals forces was used to evaluate this interaction. Numerical calculations showed that a repulsive force between broken DNA fragments can arise in specific cases. This repulsion can prevent DNA from repairing itself after a double-strand break. The height of the barrier decreases with an increase of the ionic strength of the intracellular milieu, or with a reduction of its viscosity.

  3. Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonding in Peptide and Modified Jeffamine Organogels

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    Savin, Daniel; Richardson, Adam

    2011-03-01

    In these studies, we present two systems whereby supramolecular assembly results in rigid organogels. First, a series of AB diblock copolymers consisting of poly(Lysine(Z)) (P(Lys(Z)) blocks were synthesized and found to form stable, rigid organogels in THF (ca. 1 - 1.5 wt.% solutions) and chloroform at room temperature. In these systems, the protecting group on the P(Lys) side-chains remains intact and gel formation results from the assembly of the solventphobic P(Lys(Z)) chains through intermolecular beta-sheet formation. The non-peptide block was found to have an effect on organogel properties due to interfacial frustration, which disrupts H-bonding. Second, Jeffamine polymers were modified in a facile way to incorporate intermolecular H-bonding groups to yield networks able to gel various solvents as well as mineral and canola oil. We present the physical and rheological properties of the organogels produced.

  4. Separation of intra- and intermolecular contributions to the PELDOR signal

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    Schöps, Philipp; Plackmeyer, Jörn; Marko, Andriy

    2016-08-01

    Pulsed Electron-electron Double Resonance (PELDOR) is commonly used to measure distances between native paramagnetic centers or spin labels attached to complex biological macromolecules. In PELDOR the energies of electron magnetic dipolar interactions are measured by analyzing the oscillation frequencies of the recorded time resolved signal. Since PELDOR is an ensemble method, the detected signal contains contributions from intramolecular, as well as intermolecular electron spin interactions. The intramolecular part of the signal contains the information about the structure of the studied molecules, thus it is very important to accurately separate intra- and intermolecular contributions to the total signal. This separation can become ambiguous, when the length of the PELDOR signal is not much longer than twice the oscillation period of the signal. In this work we suggest a modulation depth scaling method, which can use short PELDOR signals in order to extract the intermolecular contribution. Using synthetic data we demonstrate the advantages of the new approach and analyze its stability with regard to signal noise. The method was also successfully tested on experimental data of three systems measured at Q-Band frequencies, two model compounds in deuterated and protonated solvents and one biological sample, namely BetP. The application of the new method with an assigned value of the signal modulation depth enables us to determine the interspin distances in all cases. This is especially interesting for the model compound with an interspin distance of 5.2 nm in the protonated solvent and the biological sample, since an accurate separation of the intra- and intermolecular PELDOR signal contributions would be difficult with the standard approach in those cases.

  5. Highly Stereoselective Intermolecular Haloetherification and Haloesterification of Allyl Amides

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    Soltanzadeh, Bardia; Jaganathan, Arvind; Staples, Richard J.

    2016-01-01

    An organocatalytic and highly regio-, diastereo-, and enantioselective intermolecular haloetherification and haloesterification reaction of allyl amides is reported. A variety of alkene substituents and substitution patterns are compatible with this chemistry. Notably, electronically unbiased alkene substrates exhibit exquisite regio- and diastereoselectivity for the title transformation. We also demonstrate that the same catalytic system can be used in both chlorination and bromination reactions of allyl amides with a variety of nucleophiles with little or no modification. PMID:26110812

  6. Calciate-mediated intermolecular hydroamination of diphenylbutadiyne with secondary anilines.

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    Glock, Carsten; Görls, Helmar; Westerhausen, Matthias

    2012-07-18

    Calciate-mediated intermolecular hydroamination of diphenylbutadiyne with N-phenyl and N-isopropyl-substituted anilines yields E- and Z-isomers of the corresponding 1-anilino-1,4-diphenylbut-1-ene-3-yne. In the case of HNPh(2) solely heterobimetallic K(2)Ca(NPh(2))(4) is able to effectively catalyze this hydroamination reaction in tetrahydrofuran at elevated temperatures.

  7. Energetics of Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonds in a Hydrophobic Protein Cavity

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    Liu, Lan; Baergen, Alyson; Michelsen, Klaus; Kitova, Elena N.; Schnier, Paul D.; Klassen, John S.

    2014-05-01

    This work explores the energetics of intermolecular H-bonds inside a hydrophobic protein cavity. Kinetic measurements were performed on the gaseous deprotonated ions (at the -7 charge state) of complexes of bovine β-lactoglobulin (Lg) and three monohydroxylated analogs of palmitic acid (PA): 3-hydroxypalmitic acid (3-OHPA), 7-hydroxypalmitic acid (7-OHPA), and 16-hydroxypalmitic acid (16-OHPA). From the increase in the activation energy for the dissociation of the (Lg + X-OHPA)7- ions, compared with that of the (Lg + PA)7- ion, it is concluded that the -OH groups of the X-OHPA ligands participate in strong (5 - 11 kcal mol-1) intermolecular H-bonds in the hydrophobic cavity of Lg. The results of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations suggest that the -OH groups of 3-OHPA and 16-OHPA act as H-bond donors and interact with backbone carbonyl oxygens, whereas the -OH group of 7-OHPA acts as both H-bond donor and acceptor with nearby side chains. The capacity for intermolecular H-bonds within the Lg cavity, as suggested by the gas-phase measurements, does not necessarily lead to enhanced binding in aqueous solution. The association constant (Ka) measured for 7-OHPA [(2.3 ± 0.2) × 105 M-1] is similar to the value for the PA [(3.8 ± 0.1) × 105 M-1]; Ka for 3-OHPA [(1.1 ± 0.3) × 106 M-1] is approximately three-times larger, whereas Ka for 16-OHPA [(2.3 ± 0.2) × 104 M-1] is an order of magnitude smaller. Taken together, the results of this study suggest that the energetic penalty to desolvating the ligand -OH groups, which is necessary for complex formation, is similar in magnitude to the energetic contribution of the intermolecular H-bonds.

  8. Covalent intermolecular interaction of the nitric oxide dimer (NO)2

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    Zhang, Hui; Zheng, Gui-Li; Lv, Gang; Geng, Yi-Zhao; Ji, Qing

    2015-09-01

    Covalent bonds arise from the overlap of the electronic clouds in the internucleus region, which is a pure quantum effect and cannot be obtained in any classical way. If the intermolecular interaction is of covalent character, the result from direct applications of classical simulation methods to the molecular system would be questionable. Here, we analyze the special intermolecular interaction between two NO molecules based on quantum chemical calculation. This weak intermolecular interaction, which is of covalent character, is responsible for the formation of the NO dimer, (NO)2, in its most stable conformation, a cis conformation. The natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis gives an intuitive illustration of the formation of the dimer bonding and antibonding orbitals concomitant with the breaking of the π bonds with bond order 0.5 of the monomers. The dimer bonding is counteracted by partially filling the antibonding dimer orbital and the repulsion between those fully or nearly fully occupied nonbonding dimer orbitals that make the dimer binding rather weak. The direct molecular mechanics (MM) calculation with the UFF force fields predicts a trans conformation as the most stable state, which contradicts the result of quantum mechanics (QM). The lesson from the investigation of this special system is that for the case where intermolecular interaction is of covalent character, a specific modification of the force fields of the molecular simulation method is necessary. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 90403007 and 10975044), the Key Subject Construction Project of Hebei Provincial Universities, China, the Research Project of Hebei Education Department, China (Grant Nos. Z2012067 and Z2011133), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11147103), and the Open Project Program of State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (Grant No. Y5

  9. Bimorpholine-mediated enantioselective intramolecular and intermolecular aldol condensation.

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    Kanger, Tõnis; Kriis, Kadri; Laars, Marju; Kailas, Tiiu; Müürisepp, Aleksander-Mati; Pehk, Tõnis; Lopp, Margus

    2007-07-06

    Monosalts of N-substituted bimorpholine derivatives are efficient organocatalysts in intramolecular and intermolecular aldol reactions. The properties of the catalysts can be tuned either by the selection of an appropriate acid for the salt formation or by the change of a substituent at the nitrogen atom. In aldol condensation, i-Pr-substituted bimorpholine is the most stereoselective catalyst affording products in high yield with enantioselectivities up to 95% ee.

  10. Direction-dependent intermolecular interactions: catechol on TiO2(110)-1×1

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    Li, Shao-Chun; Diebold, Ulrike

    2009-08-01

    The adsorption of a submonolayer of catechol (C6H6O2) on the rutile TiO2(110)-1×1 surface has been investigated by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). The catechol molecules are preferentially adsorbed on the surface 5-fold coordinated Ti4+ sites, and occupy two neighboring lattice Ti sites. No preference for adsorption at surface step edges is observed at room temperature. A statistical analysis of intermolecular distances demonstrates that the interaction between the molecules strongly depends on the surface crystallographic direction: catechol molecules exhibit attractive interaction along [1-1 0], while they repel each other along the [001] direction. The attractive interaction is proposed to be caused by the coupling of π bonding electrons and the repulsive interaction is possibly mediated by substrate.

  11. Intermolecular control of thermoswitching and photoswitching phenomena in two spin-crossover polymorphs

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    Buron-Le Cointe, M.; Hébert, J.; Baldé, C.; Moisan, N.; Toupet, L.; Guionneau, P.; Létard, J. F.; Freysz, E.; Cailleau, H.; Collet, E.

    2012-02-01

    We discuss here the important role of intermolecular coupling for the thermal- and light-induced molecular state switching in the solid state. Investigations were performed on the two crystalline polymorphs of the spin-crossover [Fe-(PM-BIA)2(NCS)2] material. In addition to structural studies at thermal equilibrium, light-induced phenomena were investigated through photocrystallography, photomagnetic, and dynamical optical measurements. Strong similarities between the thermal-equilibrium and the out-of-equilibrium light-induced transformations are observed in each polymorph: strong cooperative phenomena in one polymorph versus weak cooperative ones in the second polymorph. These different responses of the two crystalline forms of the compound to external perturbations are discussed at the microscopic level in terms of Ising-like model and two-mode description of on-site molecular potentials.

  12. Intermolecular interactions in AST zeolites through (14)N NMR and DFT calculations.

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    Dib, Eddy; Freire, Mélanie; Pralong, Valérie; Mineva, Tzonka; Alonso, Bruno

    2017-03-01

    The structure of the silica AST zeolites (octadecasil) synthesized in fluoride medium using tetramethylammonium (TMA) as the organic structure-directing agent has been reinvestigated using (14)N NMR quadrupolar parameters and DFT calculations. The value of the experimental (14)N quadrupolar coupling constant (CQ = 27 kHz) is larger than expected for a TMA cation possessing a high degree of motion. The analysis of a DFT-optimized octadecasil cluster along with the comparison between measured and calculated (14)N NMR parameters demonstrate the presence of weak C-H...O hydrogen bonds between the TMA in the [4(6)6(12)] cages and the silica skeleton. These intermolecular interactions can be related to the presence of Si...F tetrel bonds within the [4(6)] cages. These new results provide additional information with regard to the formation mechanisms and structure of the octadecasil zeolites.

  13. Raman Q-branch line shapes as a test of the H2-Ar intermolecular potential

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    Green, Sheldon

    1990-01-01

    The line-shape cross sections of vibrational Raman Q-branch spectra are determined theoretically for D2 and H2 in Ar. The calculations are based on accurate close-coupling matrices and the intermolecular potential obtained by Le Roy and Hutson (1987) from spectra of van der Waals complexes. The calculation techniques applied are explained, and the results are presented in tables and graphs and discussed in detail with reference to published experimental data. Agreement to within about 25 percent is obtained for the line widths, but the line shifts are found to be a factor of two smaller than the measured values, and a temperature dependence of line-width cross sections is predicted which is not observed experimentally.

  14. Nonresonant and resonant mode-specific intermolecular vibrational energy transfers in electrolyte aqueous solutions.

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    Bian, Hongtao; Chen, Hailong; Li, Jiebo; Wen, Xiewen; Zheng, Junrong

    2011-10-27

    The donor/acceptor energy mismatch and vibrational coupling strength dependences of interionic vibrational energy transfer kinetics in electrolyte aqueous solutions were investigated with ultrafast multiple-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy. An analytical equation derived from the Fermi's Golden rule that correlates molecular structural parameters and vibrational energy transfer kinetics was found to be able to describe the intermolecular mode specific vibrational energy transfer. Under the assumption of the dipole-dipole approximation, the distance between anions in the aqueous solutions was obtained from the vibrational energy transfer measurements, confirmed with measurements on the corresponding crystalline samples. The result demonstrates that the mode-specific vibrational energy transfer method holds promise as an angstrom molecular ruler.

  15. Spectrophotometric probe

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    Prather, William S.; O'Rourke, Patrick E.

    1994-01-01

    A support structure bearing at least one probe for making spectrophotometric measurements of a fluid using a source of light and a spectrophotometer. The probe includes a housing with two optical fibers and a planoconvex lens. A sleeve bearing a mirror surrounds the housing. The lens is separated from the mirror by a fixed distance, defining an interior space for receiving a volume of the fluid sample. A plurality of throughholes extending through the sleeve communicate between the sample volume and the exterior of the probe, all but one hole bearing a screen. A protective jacket surrounds the probe. A hollow conduit bearing a tube is formed in the wall of the probe for venting any air in the interior space when fluid enters. The probe is held at an acute angle so the optic fibers carrying the light to and from the probe are not bent severely on emergence from the probe.

  16. Spectrophotometric probe

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    Prather, W.S.; O'Rourke, P.E.

    1994-08-02

    A support structure is described bearing at least one probe for making spectrophotometric measurements of a fluid using a source of light and a spectrophotometer. The probe includes a housing with two optical fibers and a planoconvex lens. A sleeve bearing a mirror surrounds the housing. The lens is separated from the mirror by a fixed distance, defining an interior space for receiving a volume of the fluid sample. A plurality of throughholes extending through the sleeve communicate between the sample volume and the exterior of the probe, all but one hole bearing a screen. A protective jacket surrounds the probe. A hollow conduit bearing a tube is formed in the wall of the probe for venting any air in the interior space when fluid enters. The probe is held at an acute angle so the optic fibers carrying the light to and from the probe are not bent severely on emergence from the probe. 3 figs.

  17. Competing Intramolecular vs. Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonds in Solution

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    Nagy, Peter I.

    2014-01-01

    A hydrogen bond for a local-minimum-energy structure can be identified according to the definition of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC recommendation 2011) or by finding a special bond critical point on the density map of the structure in the framework of the atoms-in-molecules theory. Nonetheless, a given structural conformation may be simply favored by electrostatic interactions. The present review surveys the in-solution competition of the conformations with intramolecular vs. intermolecular hydrogen bonds for different types of small organic molecules. In their most stable gas-phase structure, an intramolecular hydrogen bond is possible. In a protic solution, the intramolecular hydrogen bond may disrupt in favor of two solute-solvent intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The balance of the increased internal energy and the stabilizing effect of the solute-solvent interactions regulates the new conformer composition in the liquid phase. The review additionally considers the solvent effects on the stability of simple dimeric systems as revealed from molecular dynamics simulations or on the basis of the calculated potential of mean force curves. Finally, studies of the solvent effects on the type of the intermolecular hydrogen bond (neutral or ionic) in acid-base complexes have been surveyed. PMID:25353178

  18. Reliable prediction of three-body intermolecular interactions using dispersion-corrected second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory

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    Huang, Yuanhang; Beran, Gregory J. O.

    2015-07-28

    Three-body and higher intermolecular interactions can play an important role in molecular condensed phases. Recent benchmark calculations found problematic behavior for many widely used density functional approximations in treating 3-body intermolecular interactions. Here, we demonstrate that the combination of second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory plus short-range damped Axilrod-Teller-Muto (ATM) dispersion accurately describes 3-body interactions with reasonable computational cost. The empirical damping function used in the ATM dispersion term compensates both for the absence of higher-order dispersion contributions beyond the triple-dipole ATM term and non-additive short-range exchange terms which arise in third-order perturbation theory and beyond. Empirical damping enables this simple model to out-perform a non-expanded coupled Kohn-Sham dispersion correction for 3-body intermolecular dispersion. The MP2 plus ATM dispersion model approaches the accuracy of O(N{sup 6}) methods like MP2.5 or even spin-component-scaled coupled cluster models for 3-body intermolecular interactions with only O(N{sup 5}) computational cost.

  19. Reliable prediction of three-body intermolecular interactions using dispersion-corrected second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory

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    Huang, Yuanhang; Beran, Gregory J. O.

    2015-07-01

    Three-body and higher intermolecular interactions can play an important role in molecular condensed phases. Recent benchmark calculations found problematic behavior for many widely used density functional approximations in treating 3-body intermolecular interactions. Here, we demonstrate that the combination of second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory plus short-range damped Axilrod-Teller-Muto (ATM) dispersion accurately describes 3-body interactions with reasonable computational cost. The empirical damping function used in the ATM dispersion term compensates both for the absence of higher-order dispersion contributions beyond the triple-dipole ATM term and non-additive short-range exchange terms which arise in third-order perturbation theory and beyond. Empirical damping enables this simple model to out-perform a non-expanded coupled Kohn-Sham dispersion correction for 3-body intermolecular dispersion. The MP2 plus ATM dispersion model approaches the accuracy of O(N6) methods like MP2.5 or even spin-component-scaled coupled cluster models for 3-body intermolecular interactions with only O(N5) computational cost.

  20. Rubrene: The Interplay between Intramolecular and Intermolecular Interactions Determines the Planarization of Its Tetracene Core in the Solid State.

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    Sutton, Christopher; Marshall, Michael S; Sherrill, C David; Risko, Chad; Brédas, Jean-Luc

    2015-07-15

    Rubrene is one of the most studied molecular semiconductors; its chemical structure consists of a tetracene backbone with four phenyl rings appended to the two central fused rings. Derivatization of these phenyl rings can lead to two very different solid-state molecular conformations and packings: One in which the tetracene core is planar and there exists substantive overlap among neighboring π-conjugated backbones; and another where the tetracene core is twisted and the overlap of neighboring π-conjugated backbones is completely disrupted. State-of-the-art electronic structure calculations show for all isolated rubrene derivatives that the twisted conformation is more favorable (by -1.7 to -4.1 kcal mol(-1)), which is a consequence of energetically unfavorable exchange-repulsion interactions among the phenyl side groups. Calculations based on available crystallographic structures reveal that planar conformations of the tetracene core in the solid state result from intermolecular interactions that can be tuned through well-chosen functionalization of the phenyl side groups and lead to improved intermolecular electronic couplings. Understanding the interplay of these intramolecular and intermolecular interactions provides insight into how to chemically modify rubrene and similar molecular semiconductors to improve the intrinsic materials electronic properties.

  1. Second law considerations in Fourier heat conduction of a lattice chain in relation to intermolecular potentials

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    Jesudason, Christopher G.

    2017-01-01

    Two aspects of conductive heat are focused here (i) the nature of conductive heat, defined as that form of energy that is transferred as a result of a temperature difference and (ii) the nature of the intermolecular potentials that induces both thermal energy flow and the temperature profile at the steady state for a 1-D lattice chain. It is found that the standard presuppositions of people like Benofy and Quay (BQ) following Joseph Fourier do not obtain for at least a certain specified regime of intermolecular potential parameters related to harmonic (quadratic) potentials for nearest neighbor interactions. For these harmonic potentials, it appears from the simulation results that steady state solutions exist utilizing non-synthetic thermostats that couple not just the two particles at the extreme ends of the lattice chain, but to a control volume of N particles located at either ends of the chain that does not accord with the unique analytical solutions that obtains for single particle thermostatting at the ends of the lattice with a different thermostatting algorithm that utilizes coupling coefficients. If the method used here is considered a more "realistic" or feasible model of the physical reality, then a re-evaluation of some aspects of the standard theoretical methodology is warranted since the standard model solution profile does not accord with the simulation temperature profile determined here for this related model. We also note that the sinusoidal temperature profile generated suggests that thermal integrated circuits with several thermal P-N junctions may be constructed, opening a way to create more complex thermal transistor circuits. A stationary principle is proposed for regions that violate the Fourier principle Jq.∇T ≤ 0, where Jq is the heat current vector and T the temperature.

  2. Probing the Structure of {sup 74}Ge Nucleus with Coupled-channels Analysis of {sup 74}Ge+{sup 74}Ge Fusion Reaction

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    Zamrun F, Muhammad; Kasim, Hasan Abu

    2010-12-23

    We study the fusion reaction of the {sup 74}Ge+{sup 74}Ge system in term of the full order coupled-channels formalism. We especially calculated the fusion cross section as well as the fusion barrier distribution of this reaction using transition matrix suggested by recent Coulomb excitation experiment. We compare the results with the one obtained by coupling matrix based on pure vibrational and rotational models. The present coupled-channels calculations for the barrier distributions obtained using experiment coupling matrix is in good agreement with the one obtained with vibrational model, in contrast to the rotational model. This is indicates that {sup 74}Ge nucleus favor a spherical shape than a deformed shape in its ground state. Our results will resolve the debates concerning the structure of this nucleus.

  3. Difference between ²JC2H3 and ²JC3H2 spin-spin couplings in heterocyclic five- and six-membered rings as a probe for studying σ-ring currents: a quantum chemical analysis.

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    Contreras, Rubén H; dos Santos, Francisco P; Ducati, Lucas C; Tormena, Cláudio F

    2010-12-01

    Adequate analyses of canonical molecular orbitals (CMOs) can provide rather detailed information on the importance of different σ-Fermi contact (FC) coupling pathways (FC term transmitted through the σ-skeleton). Knowledge of the spatial distribution of CMOs is obtained by expanding them in terms of natural bond orbitals (NBOs). Their relative importance for transmitting the σ-FC contribution to a given spin-spin coupling constants (SSCCs) is estimated by resorting to the expression of the FC term given by the polarisation propagator formalism. In this way, it is possible to classify the effects affecting such couplings in two different ways: delocalisation interactions taking place in the neighbourhood of the coupling nuclei and 'round the ring' effects. The latter, associated with σ-ring currents, are observed to yield significant differences between the FC terms of (2)J(C2H3) and (2)J(C3H2) SSCCs which, consequently, are taken as probes to gauge the differences in σ-ring currents for the five-membered rings (furan, thiophene, selenophene and pyrrol) and also for the six-membered rings (benzene, pyridine, protonated pyridine and N-oxide pyridine) used in the present study. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  4. Intermolecular vibrations of fluorobenzene-Ar up to 130 cm(-1) in the ground electronic state.

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    Gascooke, Jason R; Alexander, Ula N; Lawrance, Warren D

    2012-08-28

    Sixteen intermolecular vibrational levels of the S(0) state of the fluorobenzene-Ar van der Waals complex have been observed using dispersed fluorescence. The levels range up to ~130 cm(-1) in vibrational energy. The vibrational energies have been modelled using a complete set of harmonic and quartic anharmonic constants and a cubic anharmonic coupling between the stretch and long axis bend overtone that becomes near ubiquitous at higher energies. The constants predict the observed band positions with a root mean square deviation of 0.04 cm(-1). The set of vibrational levels predicted by the constants, which includes unobserved bands, has been compared with the predictions of ab initio calculations, which include all vibrational levels up to 70-75 cm(-1). There are small differences in energy, particularly above 60 cm(-1), however, the main differences are in the assignments and are largely due to the limitations of assigning the ab initio wavefunctions to a simple stretch, bend, or combination when the states are mixed by the cubic anharmonic coupling. The availability of these experimental data presents an opportunity to extend ab initio calculations to higher vibrational energies to provide an assessment of the accuracy of the calculated potential surface away from the minimum. The intermolecular modes of the fluorobenzene-Ar(2) trimer complex have also been investigated by dispersed fluorescence. The dominant structure is a pair of bands with a ~35 cm(-1) displacement from the origin band. Based on the set of vibrational modes calculated from the fluorobenzene-Ar frequencies, they are assigned to a Fermi resonance between the symmetric stretch and symmetric short axis bend overtone. The analysis of this resonance provides a measurement of the coupling strength between the stretch and short axis bend overtone in the dimer, an interaction that is not directly observed. The coupling matrix elements determined for the fluorobenzene-Ar stretch-long axis bend

  5. Small-angle X-ray scattering probe of intermolecular interaction in red blood cells

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    Liu, Guan-Fen; Wang, We-Jia; Xu, Jia-Hua; Dong, Yu-Hui

    2015-03-01

    With high concentrations of hemoglobin (Hb) in red blood cells, self-interactions among these molecules could increase the propensities of their polymerization and aggregation. In the present work, high concentration Hb in solution and red blood cells were analyzed by small-angle X-ray scattering. Calculation of the effective structure factor indicates that the interaction of Hb molecules is the same when they are crowded together in both the cell and physiological saline. The Hb molecules stay individual without the formation of aggregates and clusters in cells. Supported by National Basic Research Program of China (2009CB918600) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (10979005)

  6. Measurement of W+W- production in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV and probing anomalous triple-gauge-boson couplings with the ATLAS detector

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    Feng, Haolu

    This thesis presents the measurement of the vector boson pair W+W- production cross section in proton-proton collisions at the center-of-mass energy sqrt(s) = 8 TeV. The leptonic decay channels of the W+W- →ℓ +nuℓℓ-nu ℓor ℓ=(e,mu) are analyzed using data corresponding to 20.3 fb -1 of integrated luminosity collected by the ATLAS detector in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (in Geneva, Switzerland). The experimental signature of this measurement is two energetic isolated leptons ( e+e-, mu+mu-, e+mu-, e+/-mu∓) and associated large missing transverse energy (due to neutrinos in final states). A total of 6636 WW+ℓℓ candidate events is selected in ATLAS data with an estimation of 1547+/-28 background events from non-W+W- production processes. The measured total production cross section is 71+1.1 -1.1(stat)+5.7-5.0(syst)+2.1 -2.0)(lumi) pb, which is comparable with the theoretical prediction of 63.2+2.0-1.8 pb calculated with NNLO QCD and NLO EW corrections. The anomalous triple-gauge-boson couplings (WWZ and WWgamma) could signal new physics beyond the Standard Model at much higher energy scales compared to the directly detectable mass scale at the LHC. An effective Lagrangian is used to generalize the anomalous triple-gauge-boson couplings to describe the W ++W- productions at the LHC. These anomalous couplings can be experimentally probed by comparing the leading lepton transverse momentum spectrum with the theoretical predictions in different triple-gauge-boson coupling space. No observation of deviations from the Standard Model predicted couplings is found by a maximum likelihood fitting of the leading lepton transverse momentum. Therefore, the most stringent limits to date on the anomalous triple-gauge-boson couplings are set from this analysis.

  7. Swan probe: A nanoliter-scale and high-throughput sampling interface for coupling electrospray ionization mass spectrometry with microfluidic droplet array and multiwell plate.

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    Jin, Di-Qiong; Zhu, Ying; Fang, Qun

    2014-11-04

    Mass spectrometry provides a versatile detection method for high-throughput drug screening because it permits the use of native biological substrates and the direct quantification of unlabeled reaction products. This paper describes the design and application of a Swan-shaped probe for high-throughput and nanoliter-scale analysis of biological samples in both a microfluidic droplet array and a multiwell plate with electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The Swan probe is fabricated using a single capillary with quite low cost, and it consists of a U-shaped section with a micrometer-sized hole for sampling and a tapered tip for sample electrospray ionization. Continuous sample introduction was carried out under both sampling modes of push-pull and spontaneous injection by sequentially dipping the probe in the sample solutions and then removing them. High-throughput and reliable ESI-MS analysis was achieved in analyzing 256 droplets within 90 min with a peak height RSD of 12.6% (n = 256). To validate its potential in drug discovery, the present system was applied in the screening of inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase (AchE) and the measurement of the IC50 values of identified inhibitors.

  8. In vivo absolute quantification for mouse muscle metabolites using an inductively coupled synthetic signal injection method and newly developed 1H/31P dual tuned probe

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    Lee, Donghoon; Marro, Kenneth; Mathis, Mark; Shankland, Eric; Hayes, Cecil

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To obtain robust estimates of 31P metabolite content in mouse skeletal muscles using our recently developed MR absolute quantification method and a custom-built 1H/31P dual tuned radiofrequency (RF) coil optimized for mouse leg. Materials and Methods We designed and fabricated a probe consisting of two dual tuned 1H/31P solenoid coils: one leg was inserted to each solenoid. The mouse leg volume coil was incorporated with injector coils for MR absolute quantification. The absolute quantification method uses a synthetic reference signal injection approach and solves several challenges in MR absolute quantification including changes of coil loading and receiver gains. Results The 1H/31P dual tuned probe was composed of two separate solenoid coils, one for each leg, to increase coil filling factors and signal-to-noise ratio. Each solenoid was equipped with a second coil to allow injection of reference signals. 31P metabolite concentrations determined for normal mice were well within the expected range reported in the literature. Conclusion We developed an RF probe and an absolute quantification approach adapted for mouse skeletal muscle. PMID:24464912

  9. Novel electronic ferroelectricity in an organic charge-order insulator investigated with terahertz-pump optical-probe spectroscopy

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    Yamakawa, H.; Miyamoto, T.; Morimoto, T.; Yada, H.; Kinoshita, Y.; Sotome, M.; Kida, N.; Yamamoto, K.; Iwano, K.; Matsumoto, Y.; Watanabe, S.; Shimoi, Y.; Suda, M.; Yamamoto, H. M.; Mori, H.; Okamoto, H.

    2016-02-01

    In electronic-type ferroelectrics, where dipole moments produced by the variations of electron configurations are aligned, the polarization is expected to be rapidly controlled by electric fields. Such a feature can be used for high-speed electric-switching and memory devices. Electronic-type ferroelectrics include charge degrees of freedom, so that they are sometimes conductive, complicating dielectric measurements. This makes difficult the exploration of electronic-type ferroelectrics and the understanding of their ferroelectric nature. Here, we show unambiguous evidence for electronic ferroelectricity in the charge-order (CO) phase of a prototypical ET-based molecular compound, α-(ET)2I3 (ET:bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene), using a terahertz pulse as an external electric field. Terahertz-pump second-harmonic-generation(SHG)-probe and optical-reflectivity-probe spectroscopy reveal that the ferroelectric polarization originates from intermolecular charge transfers and is inclined 27° from the horizontal CO stripe. These features are qualitatively reproduced by the density-functional-theory calculation. After sub-picosecond polarization modulation by terahertz fields, prominent oscillations appear in the reflectivity but not in the SHG-probe results, suggesting that the CO is coupled with molecular displacements, while the ferroelectricity is electronic in nature. The results presented here demonstrate that terahertz-pump optical-probe spectroscopy is a powerful tool not only for rapidly controlling polarizations, but also for clarifying the mechanisms of ferroelectricity.

  10. Real-time dark-field light scattering imaging to monitor the coupling reaction with gold nanorods as an optical probe.

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    Zhang, Hong Zhi; Li, Rong Sheng; Gao, Peng Fei; Wang, Ni; Lei, Gang; Huang, Cheng Zhi; Wang, Jian

    2017-03-09

    Gold nanorods (GNRs) have opened up promising applications based on their reshaping, due to the fact that a tiny change in shape or size could directly lead to optical changes. Herein, we report chemical reshaping of GNRs induced by the coupling reaction between Au, ferric chloride and thiourea. In the coupling reaction, Fe(3+) oxidizes the GNRs to yield Au(i), which complexes with the thiourea ligand, lowering the Gibbs free energy of the gold species and promoting the reaction equilibrium to enable the chemical reshaping of the GNRs. This coupling reaction process was monitored using a light-scattering dark-field microscopy (DFM) imaging technique and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The light scattering underwent a colour change from bright red to yellow and finally to green, and the GNRs underwent a morphological change from rod-shaped to fusiform and finally to spherical, which is somewhat different from the results of other chemical etching processes of GNRs. It is believed that the coupling reaction induced chemical reshaping of GNRs not only provides an alternative way to monitor the coupling reaction, but also offers a facile way to obtain a desirable GNR morphology, which is important for the preparation of fusiform nanostructures.

  11. Characterization of structure and properties of thin film crystals and ferroelectric BiFeO3: A coupled TEM, SPM, and optical probe approach

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    Jokisaari, Jacob Ragnar

    Correlating advanced microscopy methods including transmission electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and optical spectroscopy on the same materials and even the same specimens allows complimentary measurements to be obtained, revealing new details about structure-property relationships measured on a nanometer scale. Combining measurements not only corroborates the information obtained from any particular method, but also compensates for deficiencies of any single technique. An array of microscopy techniques including high resolution transmission electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy were applied to address scientific and engineering questions concerning the structure and properties of domain patterns in BiFeO3 ferroelectric thin films and to examine novel TiO2(B) thin films suitable for Li-ion battery applications. In BiFeO3, application of these combined techniques allowed a relationship between epitaxial strain and domain width to be established, two cases of strained films with unique domain structures to be identified, transformation of domain structures from all 109° to mixed to all 71° based on differing film thicknesses of 100 and 200 nm to be observed, and to identify growth-induced defects that control domain structure over very long range, 100 nm or more, compared to many studies. In TiO2(B) films, a combination of advanced microscopy and first principals calculations were applied with Raman spectroscopy to produce a definitive reference for further investigation of the crystallinity, structure, composition, and properties of TiO2(B) materials with Raman spectroscopy. Finally to extend these studies of nanostructures and allow direct measurement of electronic and optical properties, the design, development, and construction of proof-of-concept prototypes of specimen rods for in-situ transmission electron microcopy combining electrical probe, scanning tunneling measurements, and optical excitation and

  12. Signatures of Solvation Thermodynamics in Spectra of Intermolecular Vibrations

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    2017-01-01

    This study explores the thermodynamic and vibrational properties of water in the three-dimensional environment of solvated ions and small molecules using molecular simulations. The spectrum of intermolecular vibrations in liquid solvents provides detailed information on the shape of the local potential energy surface, which in turn determines local thermodynamic properties such as the entropy. Here, we extract this information using a spatially resolved extension of the two-phase thermodynamics method to estimate hydration water entropies based on the local vibrational density of states (3D-2PT). Combined with an analysis of solute–water and water–water interaction energies, this allows us to resolve local contributions to the solvation enthalpy, entropy, and free energy. We use this approach to study effects of ions on their surrounding water hydrogen bond network, its spectrum of intermolecular vibrations, and resulting thermodynamic properties. In the three-dimensional environment of polar and nonpolar functional groups of molecular solutes, we identify distinct hydration water species and classify them by their characteristic vibrational density of states and molecular entropies. In each case, we are able to assign variations in local hydration water entropies to specific changes in the spectrum of intermolecular vibrations. This provides an important link for the thermodynamic interpretation of vibrational spectra that are accessible to far-infrared absorption and Raman spectroscopy experiments. Our analysis provides unique microscopic details regarding the hydration of hydrophobic and hydrophilic functional groups, which enable us to identify interactions and molecular degrees of freedom that determine relevant contributions to the solvation entropy and consequently the free energy. PMID:28783431

  13. Computing free energy hypersurfaces for anisotropic intermolecular associations.

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    Strümpfer, Johan; Naidoo, Kevin J

    2010-01-30

    We previously used an adaptive reaction coordinate force biasing method for calculating the free energy of conformation (Naidoo and Brady, J Am Chem Soc 1999, 121, 2244) and chemical reactions (Rajamani et al., J Comput Chem 2003, 24, 1775) amongst others. Here, we describe a generalized version able to produce free energies in multiple dimensions, descriptively named the free energies from adaptive reaction coordinate forces method. To illustrate it, we describe how we calculate a multidimensional intermolecular orientational free energy, which can be used to investigate complex systems such as protein conformation and liquids. This multidimensional intermolecular free energy W(r, theta(1), theta(2), phi) provides a measure of orientationally dependent interactions that are appropriate for applications in systems that inherently have molecular anisotropic features. It is a highly informative free energy volume, which can be used to parameterize key terms such as the Gay-Berne intermolecular potential in coarse grain simulations. To demonstrate the value of the information gained from the W(r, theta(1), theta(2), phi) hypersurfaces we calculated them for TIP3P, TIP4P, and TIP5P dimer water models in vacuum. A comparison with a commonly used one-dimensional distance free energy profile is made to illustrate the significant increase in configurational information. The W(r) plots show little difference between the three models while the W(r, theta(1), theta(2), phi) hypersurfaces reveal the underlying energetic reasons why these potentials reproduce tetrahedrality in the condensed phase so differently from each. Copyright 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Search for W' boson resonances decaying to a top and a bottom quark and probing anomalous Wtb couplings with 1 fb{sup -1} of D0 Data

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    Badaud, Frederique

    2008-11-23

    With the first evidence for single top quark production in the D0 detector at the Fermilab Tevatron pp-bar collider, the single top quark cross section is measured, limits on the masses of heavy W' boson resonances are set and anomalous Wtb couplings are studied.

  15. Intermolecular interactions of 4-pyrrolidino pyridine: a simulation study

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    Ranjan Bangal, Prakriti; Chakravorti, Sankar

    1999-10-01

    Simulations of intermolecular interaction by the AM1 method have been performed. The hydrogen bonding complex between and 4-pyrrolidino pyridine (PP) and water molecules with 1: n complexes have been considered to investigate possible stable complex configurations and to calculate the stable interaction energy. These calculations confirm the influence of water molecules on twisting of the pyrrolidino group in ground state. The excited state simulation predicts that the energy minimized geometry of the PP molecule takes an almost sandwich like structure, confirming the formation of an intramolecular exciplex in the gas phase as well as in nonpolar or in weakly polar solvents in line with the experimental findings.

  16. INTERMOLECULAR FORCES IN ASSOCIATION OF PURINES WITH POLYBENZENOID HYDROCARBONS.

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    PULLMAN, B; CLAVERIE, P; CAILLET, J

    1965-03-12

    The interactions in solution between purine or pyrimidine bases and polybenzenoid aromatic hydrocarbons probably consist in a vertical, stacking-type physical association. By molecular orbital calculations the role of the Van der Waals-London intermolecular forces in these interactions is determined. The electrostatic dipole-dipole forces are negligible, the polarization (or induction) dipole-induced dipole forces are contributory, but most important are the dispersion (or fluctuation) forces. This loose, physical type of interaction should not show any specificity with respect to the carcinogenic activity of the hydrocarbons.

  17. Effects of intermolecular interaction on inelastic electron tunneling spectra

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    Kula, Mathias; Luo, Yi

    2008-02-01

    We have examined the effects of intermolecular interactions on the inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) of model systems: a pair of benzenethiol or a pair of benzenedithiol sandwiched between gold electrodes. The dependence of the IETS on the mutual position of and distance between the paired molecules has been predicted and discussed in detailed. It is shown that, although in most cases, there are clear spectral fingerprints present which allow identification of the actual structures of the molecules inside the junction. Caution must be exercised since some characteristic lines can disappear at certain symmetries. The importance of theoretical simulation is emphasized.

  18. Structurally Defined Molecular Hypervalent Iodine Catalysts for Intermolecular Enantioselective Reactions

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    Haubenreisser, Stefan; Wöste, Thorsten H.; Martínez, Claudio; Ishihara, Kazuaki

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Molecular structures of the most prominent chiral non‐racemic hypervalent iodine(III) reagents to date have been elucidated for the first time. The formation of a chirally induced supramolecular scaffold based on a selective hydrogen‐bonding arrangement provides an explanation for the consistently high asymmetric induction with these reagents. As an exploratory example, their scope as chiral catalysts was extended to the enantioselective dioxygenation of alkenes. A series of terminal styrenes are converted into the corresponding vicinal diacetoxylation products under mild conditions and provide the proof of principle for a truly intermolecular asymmetric alkene oxidation under iodine(I/III) catalysis. PMID:26596513

  19. Electrophilic Cyclization and Intermolecular Acetalation of 2-(4-hydroxybut-1-yn-1-yl)benzaldehydes: Synthesis of Diiodinated Diepoxydibenzo[c,k][1,9]dioxacyclohexadecines.

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    Wang, Jia; Zhu, Hai-Tao; Chen, Si; Luan, Cheng; Xia, Yu; Shen, Yi; Li, Ying-Xiu; Hua, Yingxi; Liang, Yong-Min

    2017-09-01

    An expedient strategy for the preparation of diiodinated diepoxydibenzo[c,k][1,9]dioxacyclohexadecines from readily available 2-(4-hydroxybut-1-yn-1-yl)benzaldehydes through electrophile-triggered tandem cyclization/intermolecular acetalation sequence has been presented. The electrophilic macrocyclization can be performed under mild conditions and up to gram quantities. Moreover, palladium-catalyzed coupling and reduction reactions of the resulting iodides could efficiently afford oxa-macrocycles.

  20. Intermolecular potential and rovibrational states of the H2O-D2 complex

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    van der Avoird, Ad; Scribano, Yohann; Faure, Alexandre; Weida, Miles J.; Fair, Joanna R.; Nesbitt, David J.

    2012-05-01

    A five-dimensional intermolecular potential for H2O-D2 was obtained from the full nine-dimensional ab initio potential surface of Valiron et al. [P. Valiron, M. Wernli, A. Faure, L. Wiesenfeld, C. Rist, S. Kedžuch, J. Noga, J. Chem. Phys. 129 (2008) 134306] by averaging over the ground state vibrational wave functions of H2O and D2. On this five-dimensional potential with a well depth De of 232.12 cm-1 we calculated the bound rovibrational levels of H2O-D2 for total angular momentum J = 0-3. The method used to compute the rovibrational levels is similar to a scattering approach—it involves a basis of coupled free rotor wave functions for the hindered internal rotations and the overall rotation of the dimer—while it uses a discrete variable representation of the intermolecular distance coordinate R. The basis was adapted to the permutation symmetry associated with the para/ortho (p/o) nature of both H2O and D2, as well as to inversion symmetry. As expected, the H2O-D2 dimer is more strongly bound than its H2O-H2 isotopologue [cf. A. van der Avoird, D.J. Nesbitt, J. Chem. Phys. 134 (2011) 044314], with dissociation energies D0 of 46.10, 50.59, 67.43, and 73.53 cm-1 for pH2O-oD2, oH2O-oD2, pH2O-pD2, and oH2O-pD2. A rotationally resolved infrared spectrum of H2O-D2 was measured in the frequency region of the H2O bend mode. The ab initio calculated values of the rotational and distortion constants agree well with the values extracted from this spectrum.

  1. Topology-based modeling of intrinsically disordered proteins: balancing intrinsic folding and intermolecular interactions.

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    Ganguly, Debabani; Chen, Jianhan

    2011-04-01

    Coupled binding and folding is frequently involved in specific recognition of so-called intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), a newly recognized class of proteins that rely on a lack of stable tertiary fold for function. Here, we exploit topology-based Gō-like modeling as an effective tool for the mechanism of IDP recognition within the theoretical framework of minimally frustrated energy landscape. Importantly, substantial differences exist between IDPs and globular proteins in both amino acid sequence and binding interface characteristics. We demonstrate that established Gō-like models designed for folded proteins tend to over-estimate the level of residual structures in unbound IDPs, whereas under-estimating the strength of intermolecular interactions. Such systematic biases have important consequences in the predicted mechanism of interaction. A strategy is proposed to recalibrate topology-derived models to balance intrinsic folding propensities and intermolecular interactions, based on experimental knowledge of the overall residual structure level and binding affinity. Applied to pKID/KIX, the calibrated Gō-like model predicts a dominant multistep sequential pathway for binding-induced folding of pKID that is initiated by KIX binding via the C-terminus in disordered conformations, followed by binding and folding of the rest of C-terminal helix and finally the N-terminal helix. This novel mechanism is consistent with key observations derived from a recent NMR titration and relaxation dispersion study and provides a molecular-level interpretation of kinetic rates derived from dispersion curve analysis. These case studies provide important insight into the applicability and potential pitfalls of topology-based modeling for studying IDP folding and interaction in general. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  2. The rotational spectrum, geometry, and intermolecular force constant of the heterodimer of hydrogen cyanide and fluoroform

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    Goodwin, Elizabeth J.; Legon, A. C.

    1986-02-01

    The ground-state rotational spectra of six isotopic species of an intermolecular complex formed by hydrogen cyanide and fluoroform have been measured using the pulsed-nozzle, Fourier-transform microwave technique. The rotational constant B0, the centrifugal distortion constants DJ,DJK,HJ, HJK, and HKJ, and, where appropriate, the nuclear quadrupole coupling constants χ(14N) and χ(D) have been determined for each of the species HC14NṡṡṡHCF3, DC14NṡṡṡHCF3, HC14ṡṡṡDCF3, HC15NṡṡṡHCF3, HC15NṡṡṡDCF3, and DC15NṡṡṡHCF3. For HC14NṡṡṡHCF3 the values are as follows: B0=1151.2991(4) MHz, DJ=1.91(1) kHz, DJK=282.75(6) kHz, HJ=-0.1(1) Hz, HJK=44.3(5) Hz, HKJ=53(5) Hz, and χ(14N)=3.948(8) MHz. The form of the spectra and magnitudes of the rotational constants allow the conclusion that the geometry of the complex is of C3V symmetry with the nuclei in the order HCNṡṡṡHCF3 and lead to r(NṡṡṡC)=3.489(2) Å for HCF3 species but 3.483(1) Å for DCF3 species. The intermolecular stretching force constant determined from DJ is kσ=3.52 N m-1.

  3. Hybridization and electron-phonon coupling in ferroelectric BaTiO3 probed by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering

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    Fatale, S.; Moser, S.; Miyawaki, J.; Harada, Y.; Grioni, M.

    2016-11-01

    We investigated the ferroelectric perovskite material BaTiO3 by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) at the Ti L3 edge. We observe with decreasing temperature a transfer of spectral weight from the elastic to the charge-transfer spectral features, indicative of increasing Ti 3 d -O 2 p hybridization. When the incident photon energy selects transitions to the Ti 3 d eg manifold, the quasielastic RIXS response exhibits a tail indicative of phonon excitations. A fit of the spectral line shape by a theoretical model allows us to estimate the electron-phonon coupling strength M ˜0.25 eV, which places BaTiO3 in the intermediate coupling regime.

  4. Photon counting as a probe of superfluidity in a two-band Bose-Hubbard system coupled to a cavity field.

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    Rajaram, Sara; Trivedi, Nandini

    2013-12-13

    We show that photon number measurement can be used to detect superfluidity for a two-band Bose-Hubbard model coupled to a cavity field. The atom-photon coupling induces transitions between the two internal atomic levels and results in entangled polaritonic states. In the presence of a cavity field, we find different photon numbers in the Mott-insulating versus superfluid phases, providing a method of distinguishing the atomic phases by photon counting. Furthermore, we examine the dynamics of the photon field after a rapid quench to zero atomic hopping by increasing the well depth. We find a robust correlation between the field's quench dynamics and the initial superfluid order parameter, thereby providing a novel and accurate method of determining the order parameter.

  5. Pd-Catalyzed Carbonylative Carboperfluoroalkylation of Alkynes. Through-Space (13)C-(19)F Coupling as a Probe for Configuration Assignment of Fluoroalkyl-Substituted Olefins.

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    Domański, Sylwester; Staszewska-Krajewska, Olga; Chaładaj, Wojciech

    2017-08-04

    A four-component Pd-catalyzed protocol for direct synthesis of perfluoroalkyl-substituted enones is reported. Under mild conditions and low catalyst loading, alkynes, iodoperfluoroalkanes, (hetero)arylboronic acids, and carbon monoxide are assembled into highly elaborate products with good yields and excellent regio- and stereoselectivities. The configuration of the products was confirmed by the observation of through-space (13)C-(19)F couplings, accessible through the analysis of routine (13)C NMR spectra.

  6. Suppressor analysis of the MotB(D33E) mutation to probe bacterial flagellar motor dynamics coupled with proton translocation.

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    Che, Yong-Suk; Nakamura, Shuichi; Kojima, Seiji; Kami-ike, Nobunori; Namba, Keiichi; Minamino, Tohru

    2008-10-01

    MotA and MotB form the stator of the proton-driven bacterial flagellar motor, which conducts protons and couples proton flow with motor rotation. Asp-33 of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium MotB, which is a putative proton-binding site, is critical for torque generation. However, the mechanism of energy coupling remains unknown. Here, we carried out genetic and motility analysis of a slowly motile motB(D33E) mutant and its pseudorevertants. We first confirmed that the poor motility of the motB(D33E) mutant is due to neither protein instability, mislocalization, nor impaired interaction with MotA. We isolated 17 pseudorevertants and identified the suppressor mutations in the transmembrane helices TM2 and TM3 of MotA and in TM and the periplasmic domain of MotB. The stall torque produced by the motB(D33E) mutant motor was about half of the wild-type level, while those for the pseudorevertants were recovered nearly to the wild-type levels. However, the high-speed rotations of the motors under low-load conditions were still significantly impaired, suggesting that the rate of proton translocation is still severely limited at high speed. These results suggest that the second-site mutations recover a torque generation step involving stator-rotor interactions coupled with protonation/deprotonation of Glu-33 but not maximum proton conductivity.

  7. Intermolecular interactions and the thermodynamic properties of supercritical fluids

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    Yigzawe, Tesfaye M.; Sadus, Richard J.

    2013-05-01

    The role of different contributions to intermolecular interactions on the thermodynamic properties of supercritical fluids is investigated. Molecular dynamics simulation results are reported for the energy, pressure, thermal pressure coefficient, thermal expansion coefficient, isothermal and adiabatic compressibilities, isobaric and isochoric heat capacities, Joule-Thomson coefficient, and speed of sound of fluids interacting via both the Lennard-Jones and Weeks-Chandler-Andersen potentials. These properties were obtained for a wide range of temperatures, pressures, and densities. For each thermodynamic property, an excess value is determined to distinguish between attraction and repulsion. It is found that the contributions of intermolecular interactions have varying effects depending on the thermodynamic property. The maxima exhibited by the isochoric and isobaric heat capacities, isothermal compressibilities, and thermal expansion coefficient are attributed to interactions in the Lennard-Jones well. Repulsion is required to obtain physically realistic speeds of sound and both repulsion and attraction are necessary to observe a Joule-Thomson inversion curve. Significantly, both maxima and minima are observed for the isobaric and isochoric heat capacities of the supercritical Lennard-Jones fluid. It is postulated that the loci of these maxima and minima converge to a common point via the same power law relationship as the phase coexistence curve with an exponent of β = 0.32. This provides an explanation for the terminal isobaric heat capacity maximum in supercritical fluids.

  8. Quantitative analysis of intermolecular interactions in orthorhombic rubrene

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    Hathwar, Venkatesha R.; Sist, Mattia; Jørgensen, Mads R. V.; Mamakhel, Aref H.; Wang, Xiaoping; Hoffmann, Christina M.; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Overgaard, Jacob; Iversen, Bo Brummerstedt

    2015-01-01

    Rubrene is one of the most studied organic semiconductors to date due to its high charge carrier mobility which makes it a potentially applicable compound in modern electronic devices. Previous electronic device characterizations and first principles theoretical calculations assigned the semiconducting properties of rubrene to the presence of a large overlap of the extended π-conjugated core between molecules. We present here the electron density distribution in rubrene at 20 K and at 100 K obtained using a combination of high-resolution X-ray and neutron diffraction data. The topology of the electron density and energies of intermolecular interactions are studied quantitatively. Specifically, the presence of Cπ⋯Cπ interactions between neighbouring tetracene backbones of the rubrene molecules is experimentally confirmed from a topological analysis of the electron density, Non-Covalent Interaction (NCI) analysis and the calculated interaction energy of molecular dimers. A significant contribution to the lattice energy of the crystal is provided by H—H interactions. The electron density features of H—H bonding, and the interaction energy of molecular dimers connected by H—H interaction clearly demonstrate an importance of these weak interactions in the stabilization of the crystal structure. The quantitative nature of the intermolecular interactions is virtually unchanged between 20 K and 100 K suggesting that any changes in carrier transport at these low temperatures would have a different origin. The obtained experimental results are further supported by theoretical calculations. PMID:26306198

  9. Hybrid materials from intermolecular associations between cationic lipid and polymers.

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    Pereira, Edla M A; Kosaka, Priscila M; Rosa, Heloísa; Vieira, Débora B; Kawano, Yoshio; Petri, Denise F S; Carmona-Ribeiro, Ana M

    2008-08-07

    Intermolecular associations between a cationic lipid and two model polymers were evaluated from preparation and characterization of hybrid thin films cast on silicon wafers. The novel materials were prepared by spin-coating of a chloroformic solution of lipid and polymer on silicon wafer. Polymers tested for miscibility with the cationic lipid dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) were polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The films thus obtained were characterized by ellipsometry, wettability, optical and atomic force microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and activity against Escherichia coli. Whereas intermolecular ion-dipole interactions were available for the PMMA-DODAB interacting pair producing smooth PMMA-DODAB films, the absence of such interactions for PS-DODAB films caused lipid segregation, poor film stability (detachment from the silicon wafer) and large rugosity. In addition, the well-established but still remarkable antimicrobial DODAB properties were transferred to the novel hybrid PMMA/DODAB coating, which is demonstrated to be highly effective against E. coli.

  10. Intermolecular interactions and the thermodynamic properties of supercritical fluids.

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    Yigzawe, Tesfaye M; Sadus, Richard J

    2013-05-21

    The role of different contributions to intermolecular interactions on the thermodynamic properties of supercritical fluids is investigated. Molecular dynamics simulation results are reported for the energy, pressure, thermal pressure coefficient, thermal expansion coefficient, isothermal and adiabatic compressibilities, isobaric and isochoric heat capacities, Joule-Thomson coefficient, and speed of sound of fluids interacting via both the Lennard-Jones and Weeks-Chandler-Andersen potentials. These properties were obtained for a wide range of temperatures, pressures, and densities. For each thermodynamic property, an excess value is determined to distinguish between attraction and repulsion. It is found that the contributions of intermolecular interactions have varying effects depending on the thermodynamic property. The maxima exhibited by the isochoric and isobaric heat capacities, isothermal compressibilities, and thermal expansion coefficient are attributed to interactions in the Lennard-Jones well. Repulsion is required to obtain physically realistic speeds of sound and both repulsion and attraction are necessary to observe a Joule-Thomson inversion curve. Significantly, both maxima and minima are observed for the isobaric and isochoric heat capacities of the supercritical Lennard-Jones fluid. It is postulated that the loci of these maxima and minima converge to a common point via the same power law relationship as the phase coexistence curve with an exponent of β = 0.32. This provides an explanation for the terminal isobaric heat capacity maximum in supercritical fluids.

  11. Quantitative analysis of intermolecular interactions in orthorhombic rubrene

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    Hathwar, Venkatesha R.; Sist, Mattia; Jørgensen, Mads R. V.; ...

    2015-08-14

    Rubrene is one of the most studied organic semiconductors to date due to its high charge carrier mobility which makes it a potentially applicable compound in modern electronic devices. Previous electronic device characterizations and first principles theoretical calculations assigned the semiconducting properties of rubrene to the presence of a large overlap of the extended π-conjugated core between molecules. We present here the electron density distribution in rubrene at 20 K and at 100 K obtained using a combination of high-resolution X-ray and neutron diffraction data. The topology of the electron density and energies of intermolecular interactions are studied quantitatively. Specifically,more » the presence of Cπ...Cπinteractions between neighbouring tetracene backbones of the rubrene molecules is experimentally confirmed from a topological analysis of the electron density, Non-Covalent Interaction (NCI) analysis and the calculated interaction energy of molecular dimers. A significant contribution to the lattice energy of the crystal is provided by H—H interactions. The electron density features of H—H bonding, and the interaction energy of molecular dimers connected by H—H interaction clearly demonstrate an importance of these weak interactions in the stabilization of the crystal structure. Finally, the quantitative nature of the intermolecular interactions is virtually unchanged between 20 K and 100 K suggesting that any changes in carrier transport at these low temperatures would have a different origin. The obtained experimental results are further supported by theoretical calculations.« less

  12. He-, Ne-, and Ar-phosgene intermolecular potential energy surfaces.

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    Munteanu, Cristian R; Henriksen, Christian; Felker, Peter M; Fernández, Berta

    2013-05-09

    Using the CCSD(T) model, we evaluated the intermolecular potential energy surfaces of the He-, Ne-, and Ar-phosgene complexes. We considered a representative number of intermolecular geometries for which we calculated the corresponding interaction energies with the augmented (He complex) and double augmented (Ne and Ar complexes) correlation-consistent polarized valence triple-ζ basis sets extended with a set of 3s3p2d1f1g midbond functions. These basis sets were selected after systematic basis set studies carried out at geometries close to those of the surface minima. The He-, Ne-, and Ar-phosgene surfaces were found to have absolute minima of -72.1, -140.4, and -326.6 cm(-1) at distances between the rare-gas atom and the phosgene center of mass of 3.184, 3.254, and 3.516 Å, respectively. The potentials were further used in the evaluation of rovibrational states and the rotational constants of the complexes, providing valuable results for future experimental investigations. Comparing our results to those previously available for other phosgene complexes, we suggest that the results for Cl2-phosgene should be revised.

  13. Quantitative analysis of intermolecular interactions in orthorhombic rubrene

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    Hathwar, Venkatesha R.; Sist, Mattia; Jørgensen, Mads R. V.; Mamakhel, Aref H.; Wang, Xiaoping; Hoffmann, Christina M.; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Overgaard, Jacob; Iversen, Bo Brummerstedt

    2015-08-14

    Rubrene is one of the most studied organic semiconductors to date due to its high charge carrier mobility which makes it a potentially applicable compound in modern electronic devices. Previous electronic device characterizations and first principles theoretical calculations assigned the semiconducting properties of rubrene to the presence of a large overlap of the extended π-conjugated core between molecules. We present here the electron density distribution in rubrene at 20 K and at 100 K obtained using a combination of high-resolution X-ray and neutron diffraction data. The topology of the electron density and energies of intermolecular interactions are studied quantitatively. Specifically, the presence of Cπ...Cπinteractions between neighbouring tetracene backbones of the rubrene molecules is experimentally confirmed from a topological analysis of the electron density, Non-Covalent Interaction (NCI) analysis and the calculated interaction energy of molecular dimers. A significant contribution to the lattice energy of the crystal is provided by H—H interactions. The electron density features of H—H bonding, and the interaction energy of molecular dimers connected by H—H interaction clearly demonstrate an importance of these weak interactions in the stabilization of the crystal structure. Finally, the quantitative nature of the intermolecular interactions is virtually unchanged between 20 K and 100 K suggesting that any changes in carrier transport at these low temperatures would have a different origin. The obtained experimental results are further supported by theoretical calculations.

  14. A Probe of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling using Very Low Frequency (VLF) Radio Signal from North-West Cape (Australia) to Kolkata (India)

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    Nwankwo, Victor U. J.; Chakrabarti, Sandip Kumar

    Very low frequency (VLF) radio waves has been employed for the detection and study of various terrestrial and extra-terrestrial high energy phenomena such as solar flares, solar eclipse, gamma ray burst, lightning induced electron precipitation etc., and the subsequent variations in the lower ionosphere driven by these events. In this study, we exploit the propagation characteristics of VLF signal through the Earth-ionosphere waveguide, to probe changes in ionospheric signatures, induced by solar driven variations in magnetospheric conditions. Our study is based on the VLF signal (amplitude and phase) received at the Ionospheric and Earthquake Research Centre (IERC), Sitapur, under Indian Centre for Space Physics (ICSP), which is transmitted by the Australian NWC station at about 19.8kHz.

  15. Phase Separation in Ti-6Al-4V Alloys with Boron Additions for Biomedical Applications: Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy Investigation of Microgalvanic Couples and Corrosion Initiation

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    Davis, P. H.; Robles, K.; Livingston, K.; Johns, S.; Ravi, V. A.; Graugnard, E.; Hurley, M. F.

    2017-08-01

    To investigate the effect of boron additions on the corrosion behavior of Ti-6Al-4V for potential use in biomedical implants and devices, cast samples of Ti-6Al-4V were alloyed with 0.01% to 1.09% boron by weight and subjected to hot isostatic pressing. Subsequent analysis via scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive spectroscopy revealed the presence of both alpha ( α) and beta ( β) phase titanium, enriched in aluminum and vanadium, respectively. At all concentrations, boron additions affected the grain structure and were dispersed throughout both phases, but above the solubility limit, needle-like TiB structures also formed. The TiB needles and β phase exhibited similar surface potentials, whereas that of the α phase was found to be significantly lower. Nevertheless, when subjected to high applied electrochemical potentials in saline solutions, corrosion initiation was observed exclusively within the more noble β phase.

  16. Intermolecular charge transfer enhances two-photon absorption in yellow fluorescent protein.

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    Beerepoot, Maarten T P; Friese, Daniel H; Ruud, Kenneth

    2014-04-07

    We present a quantum chemical study of the two-photon absorption (TPA) properties of yellow fluorescent protein (YFP), a mutant of the extensively studied green fluorescent protein. The aromatic chromophore of YFP has a π-stacking interaction with the aromatic ring of a tyrosine residue (Tyr203) in a parallel-displaced structure with a distance of about 3.4 Å. We study the TPA spectrum of the π-stacking system of YFP using the well-established Coulomb-attenuated B3LYP density functional (CAM-B3LYP) and the second-order approximate coupled-cluster model CC2. This work presents both the first comprehensive study of the two-photon absorption spectrum of YFP and the largest-scale coupled-cluster calculation of two-photon absorption that has ever been performed. We analyze the intermolecular charge-transfer (ICT) transitions in this stacked system and show that the ICT transitions are an important mechanism for enhancing the TPA cross sections in YFP. We investigate the distance dependence of the ICT transitions and show that their TPA cross sections are strongly dependent on the separation of the aromatic moieties. This provides a means for tuning the TPA properties of YFP and other structurally related fluorescent proteins through molecular engineering.

  17. On the effect of a radiation field in modifying the intermolecular interaction between two chiral molecules

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    Salam, A.

    2006-01-01

    The change in the mutual energy of interaction between a pair of chiral molecules coupled via the exchange of a single virtual photon and in the presence of an electromagnetic field is calculated using nonrelativistic quantum electrodynamics. The particular viewpoint adopted is one that has an intuitive physical appeal and resembles a classical treatment. It involves the coupling of electric and magnetic dipole moments induced at each center by the incident radiation field to the resonant dipole-dipole interaction tensor. The energy shift is evaluated for fixed as well as random orientations of the molecular pair with respect to the direction of propagation of the field. A complete polarization analysis is carried out for the former situation by examining the effect of incident radiation that is linearly or circularly polarized and traveling in a direction that is parallel or perpendicular to the intermolecular distance vector. After tumble averaging, all polarization dependence of the energy shift vanishes. In both cases the interaction energy is directly proportional to the irradiance of the applied field, and is discriminatory, changing sign when one optically active species is replaced by its enantiomer. The asymptotic behavior of the energy shift at the limits of large and small separations is also studied.

  18. Probing Higgs width and top quark Yukawa coupling from t t¯ and t t¯ t¯ productions

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    Cao, Qing-Hong; Chen, Shao-Long; Liu, Yandong

    2017-03-01

    We demonstrate that four top-quark production is a powerful tool to constrain the top Yukawa coupling. The constraint is robust in the sense that it does not rely on the Higgs boson decay. Taking into account the projection of the t t ¯H production by the ATLAS Collaboration, we obtained a bound on the Higgs boson width, ΓH≤2.57 ΓHSM, at the 14 TeV Large Hadron Collider with an integrated luminosity of 300 fb-1.

  19. Keto-enol tautomerization and intermolecular proton transfer in photoionized cyclopentanone dimer in the gas phase

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    Ghosh, Arup K.; Chatterjee, Piyali; Chakraborty, Tapas

    2014-07-28

    Time-of-flight mass spectra of cyclopentanone and its clusters cooled in a supersonic jet expansion have been measured following 4-, 3-, and 2-photon ionizations by the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th harmonic wavelengths, respectively, of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. The mass spectra reveal signatures of energetically favored keto to enol tautomerization of the molecular ion leading to intermolecular proton transfer, and this observation is found sharply dependent on the ionization wavelengths used. Electronic structure calculation predicts that in spite of the energetic preference, keto-enol conversion barrier of isolated molecular ion is high. However, the barrier is significantly reduced in a CH⋯O hydrogen-bonded dimer of the molecule. The transition states associated with tautomeric conversion of both cyclopentanone monomer and dimer cations have been identified by means of intrinsic reaction co-ordinate calculation. In a supersonic jet expansion, although a weakly bound dimer is readily generated, the corresponding cation and also the protonated counterpart are observed only for ionization by 532 nm. For other two ionization wavelengths, these species do not register in the mass spectra, where the competing reaction channels via α-cleavage of the ring become dominant. In contrast to the report of a recent study, we notice that the intact molecular ion largely survives fragmentations when ionized from the 2-photon resonant 3p Rydberg state as intermediate using nanosecond laser pulses, and the corresponding resonant 3-photon ionization spectrum has been recorded probing the intact molecular ion.

  20. Experimental probes of axions

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    Chou, Aaron S.; /Fermilab

    2009-10-01

    Experimental searches for axions or axion-like particles rely on semiclassical phenomena resulting from the postulated coupling of the axion to two photons. Sensitive probes of the extremely small coupling constant can be made by exploiting familiar, coherent electromagnetic laboratory techniques, including resonant enhancement of transitions using microwave and optical cavities, Bragg scattering, and coherent photon-axion oscillations. The axion beam may either be astrophysical in origin as in the case of dark matter axion searches and solar axion searches, or created in the laboratory from laser interactions with magnetic fields. This note is meant to be a sampling of recent experimental results.

  1. Diagnostics of capacitively-coupled hydrocarbon plasmas for deposition of diamond-like carbon films using quadrupole mass spectrometry and Langmuir probe

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    Oda, Akinori; Fukai, Shun; Kousaka, Hiroyuki; Ohta, Takayuki

    2015-09-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films are the hydrogenated amorphous carbon films, which contains a mixture of sp2- and sp3-bonded carbon. The DLC films have been widely used for various applications, such as automotive, semiconductors, medical devices, since have excellent material properties in lower friction, higher chemical stability, higher hardness, higher wear resistance. Until now, numerous investigations on the DLC films using plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition have been done. For precise control of coating technique of DLC films, it is enormously important to clarify the fundamental properties in hydrocarbon plasmas, as a source of hydrocarbon ions and radicals. In this paper, the fundamental properties in a low pressure radio-frequency hydrocarbon (Ar/CH4 (1 %) gas mixture) plasmas have been diagnosed using a quadrupole mass spectrometer (HIDEN ANARYTICAL Ltd., EQP-300) and Langmuir probe system (HIDEN ANARYTICAL Ltd., ESPion). This work was partly supported by KAKENHI (No.26420247), and a ``Grant for Advanced Industrial Technology Development (No.11B06004d)'' in 2011 from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan.

  2. Novel bacteria capable of degrading phenanthrene in activated sludge revealed by stable-isotope probing coupled with high-throughput sequencing.

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    Li, Jibing; Zhang, Dayi; Song, Mengke; Jiang, Longfei; Wang, Yujie; Luo, Chunling; Zhang, Gan

    2017-09-27

    The indigenous microorganisms responsible for degrading phenanthrene (PHE) in activated biosludge were identified using DNA-based stable isotope probing. Besides the well-known PHE degraders Burkholderia, Ralstonia, Sinobacteraceae and Arthrobacter, we for the first time linked the taxa Paraburkholderia and Kaistobacter with in situ PHE biodegradation. Analysis of PAH-RHDα gene detected in the heavy DNA fraction of (13)C-PHE treatment suggested the mechanisms of horizontal gene transfer or inter-species hybridisation in PAH-RHD gene spread within the microbial community. Additionally, three cultivable PHE degraders, Microbacterium sp. PHE-1, Rhodanobacter sp. PHE-2 and Rhodococcus sp. PHE-3, were isolated from the same activated biosludge. Among them, Rhodanobacter sp. PHE-2 is the first identified strain in its genus with PHE-degrading ability. However, the involvement of these strains in PHE degradation in situ was questionable, due to their limited enrichment in the heavy DNA fraction of (13)C-PHE treatment and lack of PAH-RHDα gene found in these isolates. Collectively, our findings provide a deeper understanding of the diversity and functions of indigenous microbes in PHE degradation.

  3. Electromechanical method coupling non-invasive skin impedance probing and in vivo subcutaneous liquid microinjection: controlling the diffusion pattern of nanoparticles within living soft tissues.

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    Sung, Baeckkyoung; Kim, Se Hoon; Lee, Jin-Kyu; Lee, Byung-Cheon; Soh, Kwang-Sup

    2014-08-01

    Transdermal drug delivery is the way to transport drug carriers, such as nanoparticles, across the skin barrier to the dermal and/or subcutaneous layer. In order to control the transdermal drug delivery process, based on the heterogeneous and nonlinear structures of the skin tissues, we developed a novel electromechanical method combining in vivo local skin impedance probing, subcutaneous micro-injection of colloidal nanoparticles, and transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Experiments on the nude mice using in vivo fluorescence imaging exhibited significantly different apparent diffusion patterns of the nanoparticles depending on the skin impedance: Anisotropic and isotropic patterns were observed upon injection into low and high impedance points, respectively. This result implies that the physical complexity in living tissues may cause anisotropic diffusion of drug carriers, and can be used as a parameter for controlling drug delivery process. This method also can be combined with microneedle-based drug release systems, micro-fabricated needle-electrodes, and/or advanced in vivo targeting/imaging technologies using nanoparticles.

  4. Intermolecular vibrations of (CH2)2O-HF and -DF hydrogen bonded complexes investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Cirtog, M; Asselin, P; Soulard, P; Madebène, B; Alikhani, M E

    2010-10-14

    A series of Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) of the hydrogen bonded complexes (CH(2))(2)O-HF and -DF have been recorded in the 50-750 cm(-1) range up to 0.1 cm(-1) resolution in a static cell maintained at near room temperature. The direct observation of three intermolecular transitions enabled us to perform band contour analysis of congested cell spectra and to determine reliable rovibrational parameters such as intermolecular frequencies, rovibrational and anharmonic coupling constants involving two l(1) and l(2) librations and one σ stretching intermolecular motion. Inter-inter anharmonic couplings could be identified between ν(l(1)), ν(l(2)), ν(σ) and the two lowest frequency bending modes. The positive sign of coupling constants (opposite with respect to acid stretching intra-inter ones) reveals a weakening of the hydrogen bond upon intermolecular excitation. The four rovibrational parameters ν(σ) and x(σj) (j = σ, δ(1), δ(2)) derived in the present far-infrared study and also in a previous mid-infrared one [Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2005, 1, 592] make deviations appear smaller than 1% for frequencies and 12% for coupling constants which gives confidence to the reliability of the data obtained. Anharmonic frequencies obtained at the MP2 level with Aug-cc-pvTZ basis set agree well with experimental values over a large set of frequencies and coupling constants. An estimated anharmonic corrected value of the dissociation energy D for both oxirane-HF (2424 cm(-1)) and -DF (2566 cm(-1)) has been derived using a level of theory as high as CCSD(T)/Aug-cc-pvQZ, refining the harmonic value previously calculated for oxirane-HF with the MP2 method and a smaller basis set. Finally, contrary to short predissociation lifetimes evidenced for acid stretching excited states, any homogeneous broadening related to vibrational dynamics of (CH(2))(2)O-HF and -DF has been observed within the three highest frequency intermolecular states, as expected with low

  5. Thermodynamic curvature for attractive and repulsive intermolecular forces.

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    May, Helge-Otmar; Mausbach, Peter; Ruppeiner, George

    2013-09-01

    The thermodynamic curvature scalar R for the Lennard-Jones system is evaluated in phase space, including vapor, liquid, and solid state. We paid special attention to the investigation of R along vapor-liquid, liquid-solid, and vapor-solid equilibria. Because R is a measure of interaction strength, we traced out the line R=0 dividing the phase space into regions with effectively attractive (R<0) or repulsive (R>0) interactions. Furthermore, we analyzed the dependence of R on the strength of attraction applying a perturbation ansatz proposed by Weeks-Chandler-Anderson. Our results show clearly a transition from R>0 (for poorly repulsive interaction) to R<0 when loading attraction in the intermolecular potential.

  6. Intermolecular forces and energies between ligands and receptors.

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    Moy, V T; Florin, E L; Gaub, H E

    1994-10-14

    The recognition mechanisms and dissociation pathways of the avidin-biotin complex and of actin monomers in actin filaments were investigated. The unbinding forces of discrete complexes of avidin or streptavidin with biotin analogs are proportional to the enthalpy change of the complex formation but independent of changes in the free energy. This result indicates that the unbinding process is adiabatic and that entropic changes occur after unbinding. On the basis of the measured forces and binding energies, an effective rupture length of 9.5 +/- 1 angstroms was calculated for all biotin-avidin pairs and approximately 1 to 3 angstroms for the actin monomer-monomer interaction. A model for the correlation among binding forces, intermolecular potential, and molecular function is proposed.

  7. Transetherification on Polyols by Intra- and Intermolecular Nucleophilic Substitutions

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    Muraoka, Takahiro; Adachi, Kota; Chowdhury, Rainy; Kinbara, Kazushi

    2014-01-01

    Transetherification on polyols involving intra- and intermolecular nucleophilic substitutions is reported. Di- or trialkoxide formation of propane-1,3-diol or 2-(hydroxymethyl)propane-1,3-diol derivatives by NaH triggers the reaction via oxetanes formation, where the order to add NaH and a polyol significantly influences the yields of products. It was demonstrated that the protective group on the pentaerythritol skeleton is apparently transferred to the hydrophilic and hydrophobic chain molecules bearing a leaving group in one-step, and a protective group conversion from tosyl to benzyl was successful using a benzyl-appending triol to afford a desired product in 67% yield. PMID:24663293

  8. Intermolecular vibrational energy transfers in liquids and solids.

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    Chen, Hailong; Wen, Xiewen; Guo, Xunmin; Zheng, Junrong

    2014-07-21

    Resonant and nonresonant intermolecular vibrational energy transfers in KSCN/KSC(13)N/KS(13)C(15)N aqueous and DMF solutions and crystals are studied. Both energy-gap and temperature dependent measurements reveal some surprising results, e.g. inverted energy-gap dependent energy transfer rates and opposite temperature dependences of resonant and nonresonant energy transfer rates. Two competing mechanisms are proposed to be responsible for the experimental observations. The first one is the dephasing mechanism in which the measured energy transfer rate originates from the dephasing of the energy donor-acceptor coherence, and the second one is the phonon-compensation mechanism derived from the second order perturbation. It is found that both the nonresonant energy transfers in the liquids and resonant energy transfers in both liquids and solids can be well described by the first mechanism. The second mechanism explains the nonresonant energy transfers in one series of the solid samples very well.

  9. Dissecting Anion Effects in Gold(I)-Catalyzed Intermolecular Cycloadditions

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    Homs, Anna; Obradors, Carla; Lebœuf, David; Echavarren, Antonio M

    2014-01-01

    From a series of gold complexes of the type [t-BuXPhosAu(MeCN)]X (X=anion), the best results in intermolecular gold(I)-catalyzed reactions are obtained with the complex with the bulky and soft anion BAr4F− [BAr4F−=3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenylborate] improving the original protocols by 10–30% yield. A kinetic study on the [2+2] cycloaddition reaction of alkynes with alkenes is consistent with an scenario in which the rate-determining step is the ligand exchange to generate the (η2-phenylacetylene)gold(I) complex. We have studied in detail the subtle differences that can be attributed to the anion in this formation, which result in a substantial decrease in the formation of unproductive σ,π-(alkyne)digold(I) complexes by destabilizing the conjugated acid formed. PMID:26190958

  10. Optical probe

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    Hencken, Kenneth; Flower, William L.

    1999-01-01

    A compact optical probe is disclosed particularly useful for analysis of emissions in industrial environments. The instant invention provides a geometry for optically-based measurements that allows all optical components (source, detector, rely optics, etc.) to be located in proximity to one another. The geometry of the probe disclosed herein provides a means for making optical measurements in environments where it is difficult and/or expensive to gain access to the vicinity of a flow stream to be measured. Significantly, the lens geometry of the optical probe allows the analysis location within a flow stream being monitored to be moved while maintaining optical alignment of all components even when the optical probe is focused on a plurality of different analysis points within the flow stream.

  11. X-ray Intermolecular Structure Factor ( XISF ): separation of intra- and intermolecular interactions from total X-ray scattering data

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    Mou, Q.; Benmore, C. J.; Yarger, J. L.

    2015-05-09

    XISFis a MATLAB program developed to separate intermolecular structure factors from total X-ray scattering structure factors for molecular liquids and amorphous solids. The program is built on a trust-region-reflective optimization routine with the r.m.s. deviations of atoms physically constrained.XISFhas been optimized for performance and can separate intermolecular structure factors of complex molecules.

  12. Intermolecular vibrations and fast relaxations in supercooled ionic liquids

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    Ribeiro, Mauro C. C.

    2011-06-01

    Short-time dynamics of ionic liquids has been investigated by low-frequency Raman spectroscopy (4 < ω < 100 cm-1) within the supercooled liquid range. Raman spectra are reported for ionic liquids with the same anion, bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, and different cations: 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium, 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium, 1-butyl-1-methylpiperidinium, trimethylbutylammonium, and tributylmethylammonium. It is shown that low-frequency Raman spectroscopy provides similar results as optical Kerr effect (OKE) spectroscopy, which has been used to study intermolecular vibrations in ionic liquids. The comparison of ionic liquids containing aromatic and non-aromatic cations identifies the characteristic feature in Raman spectra usually assigned to librational motion of the imidazolium ring. The strength of the fast relaxations (quasi-elastic scattering, QES) and the intermolecular vibrational contribution (boson peak) of ionic liquids with non-aromatic cations are significantly lower than imidazolium ionic liquids. A correlation length assigned to the boson peak vibrations was estimated from the frequency of the maximum of the boson peak and experimental data of sound velocity. The correlation length related to the boson peak (˜19 Å) does not change with the length of the alkyl chain in imidazolium cations, in contrast to the position of the first-sharp diffraction peak observed in neutron and X-ray scattering measurements of ionic liquids. The rate of change of the QES intensity in the supercooled liquid range is compared with data of excess entropy, free volume, and mean-squared displacement recently reported for ionic liquids. The temperature dependence of the QES intensity in ionic liquids illustrates relationships between short-time dynamics and long-time structural relaxation that have been proposed for glass-forming liquids.

  13. Intermolecular vibrations and fast relaxations in supercooled ionic liquids.

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    Ribeiro, Mauro C C

    2011-06-28

    Short-time dynamics of ionic liquids has been investigated by low-frequency Raman spectroscopy (4 < ω < 100 cm(-1)) within the supercooled liquid range. Raman spectra are reported for ionic liquids with the same anion, bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, and different cations: 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium, 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium, 1-butyl-1-methylpiperidinium, trimethylbutylammonium, and tributylmethylammonium. It is shown that low-frequency Raman spectroscopy provides similar results as optical Kerr effect (OKE) spectroscopy, which has been used to study intermolecular vibrations in ionic liquids. The comparison of ionic liquids containing aromatic and non-aromatic cations identifies the characteristic feature in Raman spectra usually assigned to librational motion of the imidazolium ring. The strength of the fast relaxations (quasi-elastic scattering, QES) and the intermolecular vibrational contribution (boson peak) of ionic liquids with non-aromatic cations are significantly lower than imidazolium ionic liquids. A correlation length assigned to the boson peak vibrations was estimated from the frequency of the maximum of the boson peak and experimental data of sound velocity. The correlation length related to the boson peak (∼19 Å) does not change with the length of the alkyl chain in imidazolium cations, in contrast to the position of the first-sharp diffraction peak observed in neutron and X-ray scattering measurements of ionic liquids. The rate of change of the QES intensity in the supercooled liquid range is compared with data of excess entropy, free volume, and mean-squared displacement recently reported for ionic liquids. The temperature dependence of the QES intensity in ionic liquids illustrates relationships between short-time dynamics and long-time structural relaxation that have been proposed for glass-forming liquids.

  14. Evaluation of intermolecular forces in a circulating system.

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    Guo, Qiuquan; Liu, Mei; Yang, Jun

    2011-11-01

    Intercellular interactions, which are mediated by a variety of complex intercellular molecules through the processes of formation and dissociation of molecular bonds, play a critical role in regulating cellular functions in biological systems. Various approaches are applied to evaluate intercellular or molecular bonding forces. To quantify the intermolecular interaction forces, flow chamber has become a meaningful technique as it can ultimately mimic the cellular microenvironment in vivo under physiological flow conditions. Hydrodynamic forces are usually used to predict the intercellular forces down to the single molecular level. However, results show that only using hydrodynamic force will overestimate up to 30% of the receptor-ligand strength when the non-specific forces such as Derjaguin-Landau-Verway-Overbeek (DLVO) forces become un-neglected. Due to the nature of high ion concentration in the physiological condition, electrostatic force is largely screened which will cause DLVO force unbalanced. In this study, we propose to take account of the DLVO force, including van der Waals (VDW) force and electrostatic force, to predict the intermolecular forces of a cell doublet and cell-substrate model in a circulating system. Results also show that the DLVO force has a nonlinear effect as the cell-cell or cell-substrate distance changes. In addition, we used the framework of high accuracy hydrodynamic theories proved in colloidal systems. It is concluded that DLVO force could not be ignored in quantitative studies of molecular interaction forces in circulating system. More accurate prediction of intercellular forces needs to take account of both hydrodynamic force and DLVO force. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Intermolecular potential functions from spectroscopic properties of weakly bound complexes

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    Muenter, J.S.

    1992-01-01

    Goal is to consolidate the information from high resolution spectroscopy of weakly bound cluster molecules through a theoretical model of intermolecular potential energy surfaces. The ability to construct analytic intermolecular potential functions that accurately predict the interaction energy between small molecules will have a major impact in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology. This document presents the evolution and capabilities of a potential function model developed here, and then describes plans for future developments and applications. This potential energy surface (PES) model was first used on (HCCH){sub 2}, (CO{sub 2}){sub 2}, HCCH - CO{sub 2}; it had to be modified to work with HX dimers and CO{sub 2}-HX complexes. Potential functions have been calculated for 15 different molecular complexes containing 7 different monomer molecules. Current questions, logical extensions and new applications of the model are discussed. The questions are those raised by changing the repulsion and dispersion terms. A major extension of the PES model will be the inclusion of induction effects. Projects in progress include PES calculations on (HCCH){sub 3}, CO{sub 2} containing complexes, (HX){sub 2}, HX - CO{sub 2}, CO{sub 2} - CO, (CO{sub 2}){sub 3}, and (OCS){sub 2}. The first PES calculation for a nonlinear molecule will be for water and ammonia complexes. Possible long-term applications for biological molecules are discussed. Differences between computer programs used for molecular mechanics and dynamics in biological systems are discussed, as is the problem of errors. 12 figs, 74 refs. (DLC)

  16. Intermolecular magnetic interactions in stacked DNA base pairs.

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    Martínez, Fernando A; Aucar, Gustavo A

    2017-10-09

    The influence of pi-stacking on the magnetic properties of atoms that belong to adenine-thymine and guanine-cytosine pairs in sequences of three and five layers of DNA base pairs was analysed. As probes we used NMR spectroscopic parameters, which are among the most useful tools to learn about the transmission of magnetic interactions in molecules. Four DFT functionals were employed: B3LYP, BHANDLYP, KT2 and KT3, together with the SOPPA method. Besides, given that the number of non-hydrogen atoms of the supramolecular systems studied here is larger than 50 we applied a locally dense basis set scheme. Our results show that the piling up of a few Watson-Crick base pairs above and below a given pair modifies its NMR spectroscopic parameters by an amount that may be measurable and the percentage of variation does not depend on dispersion. We found that magnetic shieldings are more sensitive than J-couplings, and also that some atoms are more sensitive than others. Stacking affects the shielding of non-hydrogen atoms like nitrogens, that are donors in hydrogen bonds, HBs, and the carbons bonded to them. The amount of variation of these shieldings was found to be from 2% to 5% when the pairs are considered first as isolated, and then, placed in the middle of a sequence of three layers of base pairs. Such a variation becomes vanishingly small when the sequence contains more than three layers, showing that the stacking effect on NMR spectroscopic parameters has a local nature. We have also found a pattern for shieldings. First, equivalent atoms of similar monomers (thymine and adenine, or guanine and cytosine) have similar values of absolute shieldings in isolated pairs, and the amount of variation from isolated pairs to aggregates of a few pairs is also similar, meaning that equivalent atoms are affected in a similar manner by pi-stacking. Second, the hydrogen atoms which belong to hydrogen bonds are more sensitive to the piling up than the non-hydrogen atoms.

  17. Final Project Report - Coupled Biogeochemical Process Evaluation for Conceptualizing Trichloriethylene Co-Metabolism: Co-Metabolic Enzyme Activity Probes and Modeling Co-Metabolism and Attenuation

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    Starr, Robert C; Orr, Brennon R; Lee, M Hope; Delwiche, Mark

    2010-02-26

    Trichloroethene (TCE) (also known as trichloroethylene) is a common contaminant in groundwater. TCE is regulated in drinking water at a concentration of 5 µg/L, and a small mass of TCE has the potential to contaminant large volumes of water. The physical and chemical characteristics of TCE allow it to migrate quickly in most subsurface environments, and thus large plumes of contaminated groundwater can form from a single release. The migration and persistence of TCE in groundwater can be limited by biodegradation. TCE can be biodegraded via different processes under either anaerobic or aerobic conditions. Anaerobic biodegradation is widely recognized, but aerobic degradation is less well recognized. Under aerobic conditions, TCE can be oxidized to non hazardous conditions via cometabolic pathways. This study applied enzyme activity probes to demonstrate that cometabolic degradation of TCE occurs in aerobic groundwater at several locations, used laboratory microcosm studies to determine aerobic degradation rates, and extrapolated lab-measured rates to in situ rates based on concentrations of microorganisms with active enzymes involved in cometabolic TCE degradation. Microcosms were constructed using basalt chips that were inoculated with microorganisms to groundwater at the Idaho National Laboratory Test Area North TCE plume by filling a set of Flow-Through In Situ Reactors (FTISRs) with chips and placing the FTISRs into the open interval of a well for several months. A parametric study was performed to evaluate predicted degradation rates and concentration trends using a competitive inhibition kinetic model, which accounts for competition for enzyme active sites by both a growth substrate and a cometabolic substrate. The competitive inhibition kinetic expression was programmed for use in the RT3D reactive transport package. Simulations of TCE plume evolution using both competitive inhibition kinetics and first order decay were performed.

  18. Highly sensitive determination of nitric oxide in biologic samples by a near-infrared BODIPY-based fluorescent probe coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Zhang, Hui-Xian; Chen, Jian-Bo; Guo, Xiao-Feng; Wang, Hong; Zhang, Hua-Shan

    2013-11-15

    Nitric oxide (NO) acts as an important regulator and mediator in numerous processes of biological systems. In this work, the analytical potential of a novel near-infrared (NIR, >600 nm) BODIPY-based fluorescent probe for NO, 8-(3,4-diaminophenyl)-4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-di(1,2-dihydro) naphtho[b, g]s-indacene (DANPBO-H) has been evaluated in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). In 25 mM pH 6.50 borate buffer, DANPBO-H reacted with NO to give the corresponding triazole, DANPBO-H-T, at 35 °C for 20 min. DANPBO-H-T was eluted using a mobile phase of methanol/tetrahydrofuran/50mM pH 7.00 H3Cit-NaOH buffer (81:7:12, v/v/v) in 4 min on a C8 column and detected with fluorescence detection at excitation and emission wavelengths of 621 and 631 nm, respectively. The limit of detection (LOD) (signal-to-noise=3) reached to 5.50×10(-10) M. Excellent selectivity was observed against other reactive oxygen/nitrogen species. Various representative biological matrixes including the whole blood and organs of mice, the pangen and radical of rice, human vascular endothelial (ECV-304) cells and mouse macrophage (RAW 264.7) cells were used to verify the feasibility and resistance to interfering effects from complex biological sample matrixes of the developed DANPBO-H-based HPLC method. Compared to the existing derivatization-based HPLC methods for NO, the proposed method eliminates interfering effects from complex biological sample matrixes efficiently owing to the fluorescence detection in the NIR region, and is more advantageous and robust for the sensitive and selective determination of NO in complex biological samples.

  19. Coupling of laser excitation and inelastic neutron scattering: attempt to probe the dynamics of light-induced C-phycocyanin dynamics.

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    Combet, Sophie; Pieper, Jörg; Coneggo, Frédéric; Ambroise, Jean-Pierre; Bellissent-Funel, Marie-Claire; Zanotti, Jean-Marc

    2008-06-01

    Excitation energy transfer (EET) in light-harvesting antennae is a highly efficient key event in photosynthesis, where light-induced dynamics of the antenna pigment-protein complexes may play a functional role. So far, however, the relationship between EET and protein dynamics remains unknown. C-phycocyanin (C-PC) is the main pigment/protein complex present in the cyanobacterial antenna, called "phycobilisome". The aim of the present study was to investigate light-induced C-PC internal thermal motions (ps timescale) measured by inelastic neutron scattering. To synchronize the beginning of the laser flash (6 ns duration) with that of the neutron test pulse ( approximately 87 micros duration), we developed a novel type of "time-resolved" experimental setup on MIBEMOL time-of-flight neutron spectrometer (LLB, France). Data acquisition has been modified to get quasi-simultaneously "light" and "dark" measurements (with and without laser, respectively) and eliminate many spurious effects that could occur on the sample during the experiment. The study was carried out on concentrated C-PC ( approximately 135 g/L protein in D(2)O phosphate buffer), contained in an aluminium/sapphire sample holder (almost "transparent" for neutrons) and homogeneously illuminated inside an "integrating sphere". We observed very similar incoherent dynamical structure factors of C-PC with or without light. The vibrational density of states showed two very slightly increased vibrational modes with light, at approximately 30 and approximately 50 meV ( approximately 240 and approximately 400 cm(-1), respectively). These effects have to be verified by further experiments before probing any temporal evolution, by introducing a time delay between the laser flash and the neutron test pulse.

  20. Visualized detection of single-base difference in multiplexed loop-mediated isothermal amplification amplicons by invasive reaction coupled with oligonucleotide probe-modified gold nanoparticles.

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    Lu, Yan; Ma, Xueping; Wang, Jianping; Sheng, Nan; Dong, Tianhui; Song, Qinxin; Rui, Jianzhong; Zou, Bingjie; Zhou, Guohua

    2017-04-15

    Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is a well-developed DNA amplification method with an ultra-high sensitivity, but it is difficult to recognize a single-base difference (like genotyping) in target-specific amplicons by conventional detection ways, such as the intercalation of dyes into dsDNA amplicons or the increase of solution turbidity along with the polymerization process. To allow genotyping based on LAMP suitable for POCT (point-of-care testing) or on-site testing, here we proposed a highly specific and cost-effective method for detecting a single-base difference in LAMP amplicons. The method includes three key steps, sequence amplifier to amplify multiple fragments containing the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of interest, allele identifier to recognize a targeted base in the amplicons by invasive reaction, and signal generator to yield signals by hybridization-induced assembly of oligonucleotide probe-modified gold nanoparticles. Because the allele identifier is sensitive to one base difference, it is possible to use multiplexed LAMP (mLAMP) to generate amplicon mixtures for multiple SNP typing. Genotyping of 3 different SNPs (CYP2C19*2, CYP2C19*3 and MDR1-C3435T) for guiding the dosage of clopidogrel is successfully carried out in a 3-plex LAMP on real clinical samples. As our method relies on the naked-eye detection and constant-temperature reaction, no expensive instrument is required for both target amplification and sequence identification, thus much suitable for inexpensive gene-guided personalized medicine in source-limited regions.

  1. General, mild, and intermolecular Ullmann-type synthesis of diaryl and alkyl aryl ethers catalyzed by diol-copper(I) complex.

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    Naidu, Ajay B; Jaseer, E A; Sekar, Govindasamy

    2009-05-15

    A wide range of diaryl ethers and alkyl aryl ethers are synthesized through intermolecular C(aryl)-O bond formation from the corresponding aryl iodides/aryl bromides and phenols/alcohols through Ullmann-type coupling reaction in the presence of a catalytic amount of easily available (+/-)-diol L3-CuI complex under very mild reaction conditions. Less reactive aryl bromides can also be used for O-arylation of phenols under the same reaction conditions without increasing the reaction temperature, catalyst loading, and time. The catalytic system not only is capable of coupling hindered substrate but also tolerates a broad range of a series of functional groups.

  2. Meeting the Challenge of Intermolecular Gold(I)-Catalyzed Cycloadditions of Alkynes and Allenes

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    Muratore, Michael E; Homs, Anna; Obradors, Carla; Echavarren, Antonio M

    2014-01-01

    The development of gold(I)-catalyzed intermolecular carbo- and hetero-cycloadditions of alkynes and allenes has been more challenging than their intramolecular counterparts. Here we review, with a mechanistic perspective, the most fundamental intermolecular cycloadditions of alkynes and allenes with alkenes. PMID:25048645

  3. The use of intermolecular potential functions in fitting pressure induced spectra

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    Goorvitch, D.; Silvaggio, P. M.; Boese, R. W.

    1981-01-01

    An example is presented which demonstrates the importance of using physically realistic derivatives of the intermolecular potential when fitting pressure-induced spectra. The use of nonrealistic derivatives may mask second-order temperature effects in the theory. As the temperature decreases, the intermolecular potential may have an important angular dependence.

  4. Intermolecular interactions in rifabutin—2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin—water solutions

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    Anshakova, A. V.; Yermolenko, Yu. V.; Konyukhov, V. Yu.; Polshakov, V. I.; Maksimenko, O. O.; Gelperina, S. E.

    2015-05-01

    The possibility of a intermolecular complex rifabutin (RB)-2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) formed as a result of the interaction of the piperidine fragment of the RB molecule and the hydrophobic cavity of the HP-β-CD molecule was found. The stability constant of the intermolecular complex was determined.

  5. Quantifying intra- and intermolecular phenomena: challenging yet exciting territory for quantum chemistry.

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    Corminboeuf, Clémence

    2014-01-01

    van der Waals interactions occur in all molecules and intermolecular complexes but are poorly described by the most widely used electronic structure framework. This paper addresses the efforts pursued in our laboratory to improve the performance of standard density functional approximations and deliver modern strategies to analyze and fine-tune the underlying physics of intra- and intermolecular interactions.

  6. Problem-Based Learning in 9th Grade Chemistry Class: "Intermolecular Forces"

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    Tarhan, Leman; Ayar-Kayali, Hulya; Urek, Raziye Ozturk; Acar, Burcin

    2008-01-01

    This research study aims to examine the effectiveness of a problem-based learning (PBL) on 9th grade students' understanding of intermolecular forces (dipole-dipole forces, London dispersion forces and hydrogen bonding). The student's alternate conceptions about intermolecular bonding and their beliefs about PBL were also measured. Seventy-eight…

  7. Problem-Based Learning in 9th Grade Chemistry Class: "Intermolecular Forces"

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    Tarhan, Leman; Ayar-Kayali, Hulya; Urek, Raziye Ozturk; Acar, Burcin

    2008-01-01

    This research study aims to examine the effectiveness of a problem-based learning (PBL) on 9th grade students' understanding of intermolecular forces (dipole-dipole forces, London dispersion forces and hydrogen bonding). The student's alternate conceptions about intermolecular bonding and their beliefs about PBL were also measured. Seventy-eight…

  8. High pressure luminescence probes in polymers

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    Drickamer, H.G.

    1980-01-01

    High pressure luminescence has proved to be a very powerful tool for characterizing crystalline solids and liquids. Two problems involving glassy polymers are analyzed. In the first problem the excited states of azulene and its derivatives are used to probe intermolecular interactions in PMMA and PS. In the second problem the change in emission intensity with pressure from two excimer states of polyvinylcarbazole as a pure polymer and in dilute solution in polystyrene (PS), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polyisoliutylene (PIB) is studied. The relative emission from the two states depends strongly on the possibility for motion of polymer segments. The observations are related to the proximity to the glass transition.

  9. Wave-wave and wave-particle interactions in the inner magnetosphere measured with Van Allen Probes: cross coupling between wave modes and its effect on radiation belt dynamics

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    Colpitts, C. A.; Cattell, C. A.; Broughton, M.; Engebretson, M. J.

    2015-12-01

    We will show observations of waveform bursts using the Electric Field and Waves (EFW) burst data on the Van Allen Probes satellites with intermediate frequency waves such as whistler mode, magnetosonic and lower hybrid. These observations show very strong modulation of these waves by lower frequency waves such as EMIC or ULF. We are analyzing the burst data and cross coupling between wave modes to determine how prevalent the cross coupling between wave modes is and under what conditions it occurs. To supplement the EFW data, each satellite is also equipped with a full complement of particle instruments, including the HOPE instrument measuring lower energy (1 eV - 50 keV) particles and MagEIS instruments measuring higher energy (20 keV - 5 MeV) particles. The energy and angular resolution of these detectors are sufficient to resolve the scattering and energization arising from the distinct wave modes, using the signatures in the trapped electron populations predicted by theory for the various mechanisms. Comparison of the burst waveform data with the electron data from HOPE and MagEIS, for times with and without coupling between the wave modes, will allow us to identify how the cross coupling affects electron dynamics in the radiation belts. The significance of wave-particle interactions in the formation and depletion of the radiation belts has long been established, but is still not completely understood. Specifically, pitch angle scattering from waves such as plasmaspheric hiss and electromagnetic ion cyclotron [EMIC] waves near the duskside plasmapause is known to contribute to electron loss from the radiation belts, primarily through precipitation into the atmosphere. Higher frequency waves such as whistler mode chorus and magnetosonic waves observed near the equator in the lower hybrid frequency range are widely believed to be primary means for electron energization. However, these and other competing processes often occur simultaneously, and an accurate model

  10. Structural variability and the nature of intermolecular interactions in Watson-Crick B-DNA base pairs.

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    Czyznikowska, Z; Góra, R W; Zaleśny, R; Lipkowski, P; Jarzembska, K N; Dominiak, P M; Leszczynski, J

    2010-07-29

    A set of nearly 100 crystallographic structures was analyzed using ab initio methods in order to verify the effect of the conformational variability of Watson-Crick guanine-cytosine and adenine-thymine base pairs on the intermolecular interaction energy and its components. Furthermore, for the representative structures, a potential energy scan of the structural parameters describing mutual orientation of the base pairs was carried out. The results were obtained using the hybrid variational-perturbational interaction energy decomposition scheme. The electron correlation effects were estimated by means of the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory and coupled clusters with singles and doubles method adopting AUG-cc-pVDZ basis set. Moreover, the characteristics of hydrogen bonds in complexes, mimicking those appearing in B-DNA, were evaluated using topological analysis of the electron density. Although the first-order electrostatic energy is usually the largest stabilizing component, it is canceled out by the associated exchange repulsion in majority of the studied crystallographic structures. Therefore, the analyzed complexes of the nucleic acid bases appeared to be stabilized mainly by the delocalization component of the intermolecular interaction energy which, in terms of symmetry adapted perturbation theory, encompasses the second- and higher-order induction and exchange-induction terms. Furthermore, it was found that the dispersion contribution, albeit much smaller in terms of magnitude, is also a vital stabilizing factor. It was also revealed that the intermolecular interaction energy and its components are strongly influenced by four (out of six) structural parameters describing mutual orientation of bases in Watson-Crick pairs, namely shear, stagger, stretch, and opening. Finally, as a part of a model study, much of the effort was devoted to an extensive testing of the UBDB databank. It was shown that the databank quite successfully reproduces the

  11. Vibrational dynamics of aqueous hydroxide solutions probed using broadband 2DIR spectroscopy

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    Mandal, Aritra; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-11-01

    We employed ultrafast transient absorption and broadband 2DIR spectroscopy to study the vibrational dynamics of aqueous hydroxide solutions by exciting the O-H stretch vibrations of the strongly hydrogen-bonded hydroxide solvation shell water and probing the continuum absorption of the solvated ion between 1500 and 3800 cm-1. We observe rapid vibrational relaxation processes on 150-250 fs time scales across the entire probed spectral region as well as slower vibrational dynamics on 1-2 ps time scales. Furthermore, the O-H stretch excitation loses its frequency memory in 180 fs, and vibrational energy exchange between bulk-like water vibrations and hydroxide-associated water vibrations occurs in ˜200 fs. The fast dynamics in this system originate in strong nonlinear coupling between intra- and intermolecular vibrations and are explained in terms of non-adiabatic vibrational relaxation. These measurements indicate that the vibrational dynamics of the aqueous hydroxide complex are faster than the time scales reported for long-range transport of protons in aqueous hydroxide solutions.

  12. Vibrational dynamics of aqueous hydroxide solutions probed using broadband 2DIR spectroscopy

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    Mandal, Aritra; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-11-21

    We employed ultrafast transient absorption and broadband 2DIR spectroscopy to study the vibrational dynamics of aqueous hydroxide solutions by exciting the O–H stretch vibrations of the strongly hydrogen-bonded hydroxide solvation shell water and probing the continuum absorption of the solvated ion between 1500 and 3800 cm{sup −1}. We observe rapid vibrational relaxation processes on 150–250 fs time scales across the entire probed spectral region as well as slower vibrational dynamics on 1–2 ps time scales. Furthermore, the O–H stretch excitation loses its frequency memory in 180 fs, and vibrational energy exchange between bulk-like water vibrations and hydroxide-associated water vibrations occurs in ∼200 fs. The fast dynamics in this system originate in strong nonlinear coupling between intra- and intermolecular vibrations and are explained in terms of non-adiabatic vibrational relaxation. These measurements indicate that the vibrational dynamics of the aqueous hydroxide complex are faster than the time scales reported for long-range transport of protons in aqueous hydroxide solutions.

  13. Complexities of bloom dynamics in the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense revealed through DNA measurements by imaging flow cytometry coupled with species-specific rRNA probes

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    Brosnahan, Michael L.; Farzan, Shahla; Keafer, Bruce A.; Sosik, Heidi M.; Olson, Robert J.; Anderson, Donald M.

    2013-01-01

    Measurements of the DNA content of different protist populations can shed light on a variety of processes, including cell division, sex, prey ingestion, and parasite invasion. Here, we modified an Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB), a custom-built flow cytometer that records images of microplankton, to measure the DNA content of large dinoflagellates and other high-DNA content species. The IFCB was also configured to measure fluorescence from Cy3-labeled rRNA probes, aiding the identification of Alexandrium fundyense (syn. A. tamarense Group I), a photosynthetic dinoflagellate that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The modified IFCB was used to analyze samples from the development, peak and termination phases of an inshore A. fundyense bloom (Salt Pond, Eastham, MA USA), and from a rare A. fundyense ‘red tide’ that occurred in the western Gulf of Maine, offshore of Portsmouth, NH (USA). Diploid or G2 phase (‘2C’) A. fundyense cells were frequently enriched at the near-surface, suggesting an important role for aggregation at the air-sea interface during sexual events. Also, our analysis showed that large proportions of A. fundyense cells in both the Salt Pond and red tide blooms were planozygotes during bloom decline, highlighting the importance of sexual fusion to bloom termination. At Salt Pond, bloom decline also coincided with a dramatic rise in infections by the parasite genus Amoebophrya. The samples that were most heavily infected contained many large cells with higher DNA-associated fluorescence than 2C vegetative cells, but these cells’ nuclei were also frequently consumed by Amoebophrya trophonts. Neither large cell size nor increased DNA-associated fluorescence could be replicated by infecting an A. fundyense culture of vegetative cells. Therefore we attribute these characteristics of the large Salt Pond cells to planozygote maturation rather than Amoebophrya infection, though an interaction between infection and planozygote maturation may

  14. Complexities of bloom dynamics in the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense revealed through DNA measurements by imaging flow cytometry coupled with species-specific rRNA probes

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    Brosnahan, Michael L.; Farzan, Shahla; Keafer, Bruce A.; Sosik, Heidi M.; Olson, Robert J.; Anderson, Donald M.

    2014-05-01

    Measurements of the DNA content of different protist populations can shed light on a variety of processes, including cell division, sex, prey ingestion, and parasite invasion. Here, we modified an Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB), a custom-built flow cytometer that records images of microplankton, to measure the DNA content of large dinoflagellates and other high-DNA content species. The IFCB was also configured to measure fluorescence from Cy3-labeled rRNA probes, aiding the identification of Alexandrium fundyense (syn. A. tamarense Group I), a photosynthetic dinoflagellate that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The modified IFCB was used to analyze samples from the development, peak and termination phases of an inshore A. fundyense bloom (Salt Pond, Eastham, MA, USA), and from a rare A. fundyense ‘red tide’ that occurred in the western Gulf of Maine, offshore of Portsmouth, NH (USA). Diploid or G2 phase (‘2C’) A. fundyense cells were frequently enriched at the near-surface, suggesting an important role for aggregation at the air-sea interface during sexual events. Also, our analysis showed that large proportions of A. fundyense cells in both the Salt Pond and red tide blooms were planozygotes during bloom decline, highlighting the importance of sexual fusion to bloom termination. At Salt Pond, bloom decline also coincided with a dramatic rise in infections by the parasite genus Amoebophrya. The samples that were most heavily infected contained many large cells with higher DNA-associated fluorescence than 2C vegetative cells, but these cells' nuclei were also frequently consumed by Amoebophrya trophonts. Neither large cell size nor increased DNA-associated fluorescence could be replicated by infecting an A. fundyense culture of vegetative cells. Therefore, we attribute these characteristics of the large Salt Pond cells to planozygote maturation rather than Amoebophrya infection, though an interaction between infection and planozygote maturation may

  15. Diffusion and molecular interactions in a methanol/polyimide system probed by coupling time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy with gravimetric measurements.

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    Musto, Pellegrino; Galizia, Michele; La Manna, Pietro; Pannico, Marianna; Mensitieri, Giuseppe

    2014-01-01

    In this contribution the diffusion of methanol in a commercial polyimide (PMDA-ODA) is studied by coupling gravimetric measurements with in-situ, time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy. The spectroscopic data have been treated with two complementary techniques, i.e., difference spectroscopy (DS) and least-squares curve fitting (LSCF). These approaches provided information about the overall diffusivity, the nature of the molecular interactions among the system components and the dynamics of the various molecular species. Additional spectroscopic measurements on thin film samples (about 2 μm) allowed us to identify the interaction site on the polymer backbone and to propose likely structures for the H-bonding aggregates. Molar absorptivity values from a previous literature report allowed us to estimate the population of first-shell and second-shell layers of methanol in the polymer matrix. In terms of diffusion kinetics, the gravimetric and spectroscopic estimates of the diffusion coefficients were found to be in good agreement with each other and with previous literature reports. A Fickian behavior was observed throughout, with diffusivity values markedly affected by the total concentration of sorbed methanol.

  16. Transport-related triplet states and hyperfine couplings in organic tandem solar cells probed by pulsed electrically detected magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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    Kraffert, Felix; Bahro, Daniel; Meier, Christoph; Denne, Maximilian; Colsmann, Alexander; Behrends, Jan

    2017-09-01

    Tandem solar cells constitute the most successful organic photovoltaic devices with power conversion efficiencies comparable to thin-film silicon solar cells. Especially their high open-circuit voltage - only achievable by a well-adjusted layer stacking - leads to their high efficiencies. Nevertheless, the microscopic processes causing the lossless recombination of charge carriers within the recombination zone are not well understood yet. We show that advanced pulsed electrically detected magnetic resonance techniques such as electrically detected (ED)-Rabi nutation measurements and electrically detected hyperfine sublevel correlation (ED-HYSCORE) spectroscopy help to understand the role of triplet excitons in these microscopic processes. We investigate fully working miniaturised organic tandem solar cells and detect current-influencing doublet states in different layers as well as triplet excitons located on the fullerene-based acceptor. We apply ED-HYSCORE in order to study the nuclear spin environment of the relevant electron/hole spins and detect a significant amount of the low abundant (13)C nuclei coupled to the observer spins. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Probing the photoexcited states of rhodium corroles by time-resolved Q-band EPR. Observation of strong spin-orbit coupling effects.

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    Rozenshtein, V; Wagnert, L; Berg, A; Stavitski, E; Berthold, T; Kothe, G; Saltsman, I; Gross, Z; Levanon, H

    2008-06-19

    The photoexcited states of two 5,10,15-tris(pentafluorophenyl)corroles (tpfc), hosting Rh(III) in their core, namely Rh(pyr)(PPh 3)(tpfc) and Rh(PPh 3)(tpfc), have been studied by time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) combined with pulsed laser excitation. Using the transient nutation technique, the spin polarized spectra are assigned to photoexcited triplet states. The spectral widths observed for the two Rh(III) corroles crucially depend on the axial ligands at the Rh(III) metal ion. In case of Rh(PPh 3)(tpfc), the TREPR spectra are found to extend over 200 mT, which exceeds the spectral width of non-transition-metal corroles by more than a factor of 3. Moreover, the EPR lines of the Rh(III) corroles are less symmetric than those of the non-transition-metal corrroles. The peculiarities in the TREPR spectra of the Rh(III) corroles can be rationalized in terms of strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) associated with the transition-metal character of the Rh(III) ion. It is assumed that SOC in the photoexcited Rh(III) corroles effectively admixes metal centered (3)dd-states to the corrole centered (3)pipi*-states detected in the TREPR experiments. This admixture leads to an increased zero-field splitting and a large g-tensor anisotropy as manifested by the excited Rh(III) corroles.

  18. Diffusion and molecular interactions in a methanol/polyimide system probed by coupling time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy with gravimetric measurements

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    Musto, Pellegrino; Galizia, Michele; La Manna, Pietro; Pannico, Marianna; Mensitieri, Giuseppe

    2013-01-01

    In this contribution the diffusion of methanol in a commercial polyimide (PMDA-ODA) is studied by coupling gravimetric measurements with in-situ, time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy. The spectroscopic data have been treated with two complementary techniques, i.e., difference spectroscopy (DS) and least-squares curve fitting (LSCF). These approaches provided information about the overall diffusivity, the nature of the molecular interactions among the system components and the dynamics of the various molecular species. Additional spectroscopic measurements on thin film samples (about 2 μm) allowed us to identify the interaction site on the polymer backbone and to propose likely structures for the H-bonding aggregates. Molar absorptivity values from a previous literature report allowed us to estimate the population of first-shell and second-shell layers of methanol in the polymer matrix. In terms of diffusion kinetics, the gravimetric and spectroscopic estimates of the diffusion coefficients were found to be in good agreement with each other and with previous literature reports. A Fickian behavior was observed throughout, with diffusivity values markedly affected by the total concentration of sorbed methanol. PMID:24809042

  19. Transport-related triplet states and hyperfine couplings in organic tandem solar cells probed by pulsed electrically detected magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Kraffert, Felix; Bahro, Daniel; Meier, Christoph; Denne, Maximilian; Colsmann, Alexander; Behrends, Jan

    2017-09-01

    Tandem solar cells constitute the most successful organic photovoltaic devices with power conversion efficiencies comparable to thin-film silicon solar cells. Especially their high open-circuit voltage - only achievable by a well-adjusted layer stacking - leads to their high efficiencies. Nevertheless, the microscopic processes causing the lossless recombination of charge carriers within the recombination zone are not well understood yet. We show that advanced pulsed electrically detected magnetic resonance techniques such as electrically detected (ED)-Rabi nutation measurements and electrically detected hyperfine sublevel correlation (ED-HYSCORE) spectroscopy help to understand the role of triplet excitons in these microscopic processes. We investigate fully working miniaturised organic tandem solar cells and detect current-influencing doublet states in different layers as well as triplet excitons located on the fullerene-based acceptor. We apply ED-HYSCORE in order to study the nuclear spin environment of the relevant electron/hole spins and detect a significant amount of the low abundant 13C nuclei coupled to the observer spins.

  20. Probing the Role of Interlayer Coupling and Coulomb Interactions on Electronic Structure in Few-Layer MoSe 2 Nanostructures

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    Bradley, Aaron J.; M. Ugeda, Miguel; da Jornada, Felipe H.; ...

    2015-03-16

    Despite the weak nature of interlayer forces in transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) materials, their properties are highly dependent on the number of layers in the few-layer two-dimensional (2D) limit. Here, we present a combined scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and GW theoretical study of the electronic structure of high quality single- and few-layer MoSe2 grown on bilayer graphene. We find that the electronic (quasiparticle) bandgap, a fundamental parameter for transport and optical phenomena, decreases by nearly one electronvolt when going from one layer to three due to interlayer coupling and screening effects. Our results paint a clear picture of the evolution ofmore » the electronic wave function hybridization in the valleys of both the valence and conduction bands as the number of layers is changed. This demonstrates the importance of layer number and electron-electron interactions on van der Waals heterostructures and helps to clarify how their electronic properties might be tuned in future 2D nanodevices.« less

  1. Probing the Role of Interlayer Coupling and Coulomb Interactions on Electronic Structure in Few-Layer MoSe 2 Nanostructures

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    Bradley, Aaron J.; M. Ugeda, Miguel; da Jornada, Felipe H.; Qiu, Diana Y.; Ruan, Wei; Zhang, Yi; Wickenburg, Sebastian; Riss, Alexander; Lu, Jiong; Mo, Sung-Kwan; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Zhi-Xun; Louie, Steven G.; Crommie, Michael F.

    2015-03-16

    Despite the weak nature of interlayer forces in transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) materials, their properties are highly dependent on the number of layers in the few-layer two-dimensional (2D) limit. Here, we present a combined scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and GW theoretical study of the electronic structure of high quality single- and few-layer MoSe2 grown on bilayer graphene. We find that the electronic (quasiparticle) bandgap, a fundamental parameter for transport and optical phenomena, decreases by nearly one electronvolt when going from one layer to three due to interlayer coupling and screening effects. Our results paint a clear picture of the evolution of the electronic wave function hybridization in the valleys of both the valence and conduction bands as the number of layers is changed. This demonstrates the importance of layer number and electron-electron interactions on van der Waals heterostructures and helps to clarify how their electronic properties might be tuned in future 2D nanodevices.

  2. Gold Nanoparticle Internal Structure and Symmetry Probed by Unified Small-Angle X-ray Scattering and X-ray Diffraction Coupled with Molecular Dynamics Analysis.

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    Fleury, Blaise; Cortes-Huerto, Robinson; Taché, Olivier; Testard, Fabienne; Menguy, Nicolas; Spalla, Olivier

    2015-09-09

    Shape and size are known to determine a nanoparticle's properties. Hardly ever studied in synthesis, the internal crystal structure (i.e., particle defects, crystallinity, and symmetry) is just as critical as shape and size since it directly impacts catalytic efficiency, plasmon resonance, and orients anisotropic growth of metallic nanoparticles. Hence, its control cannot be ignored any longer in today's research and applications in nanotechnology. This study implemented an unprecedented reliable measurement combining these three structural aspects. The unified small-angle X-ray scattering and diffraction measurement (SAXS/XRD) was coupled with molecular dynamics to allow simultaneous determination of nanoparticles' shape, size, and crystallinity at the atomic scale. Symmetry distribution (icosahedra-Ih, decahedra-Dh, and truncated octahedra-TOh) of 2-6 nm colloidal gold nanoparticles synthesized in organic solvents was quantified. Nanoparticle number density showed the predominance of Ih, followed by Dh, and little, if any, TOh. This result contradicts some theoretical predictions and highlights the strong effect of the synthesis environment on structure stability. We foresee that this unified SAXS/XRD analysis, yielding both statistical and quantitative counts of nanoparticles' symmetry distribution, will provide new insights into nanoparticle formation, growth, and assembly.

  3. Isotope Probing of the UDP‐Apiose/UDP‐Xylose Synthase Reaction: Evidence of a Mechanism via a Coupled Oxidation and Aldol Cleavage

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    Eixelsberger, Thomas; Horvat, Doroteja; Gutmann, Alexander; Weber, Hansjörg

    2017-01-01

    Abstract The C‐branched sugar d‐apiose (Api) is essential for plant cell‐wall development. An enzyme‐catalyzed decarboxylation/pyranoside ring‐contraction reaction leads from UDP‐α‐d‐glucuronic acid (UDP‐GlcA) to the Api precursor UDP‐α‐d‐apiose (UDP‐Api). We examined the mechanism of UDP‐Api/UDP‐α‐d‐xylose synthase (UAXS) with site‐selectively 2H‐labeled and deoxygenated substrates. The analogue UDP‐2‐deoxy‐GlcA, which prevents C‐2/C‐3 aldol cleavage as the plausible initiating step of pyranoside‐to‐furanoside conversion, did not give the corresponding Api product. Kinetic isotope effects (KIEs) support an UAXS mechanism in which substrate oxidation by enzyme‐NAD+ and retro‐aldol sugar ring‐opening occur coupled in a single rate‐limiting step leading to decarboxylation. Rearrangement and ring‐contracting aldol addition in an open‐chain intermediate then give the UDP‐Api aldehyde, which is intercepted via reduction by enzyme‐NADH. PMID:28102965

  4. PROBING THE CARBON–PHOSPHORUS BOND COUPLING IN LOW-TEMPERATURE PHOSPHINE (PH{sub 3})–METHANE (CH{sub 4}) INTERSTELLAR ICE ANALOGUES

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    Turner, Andrew M.; Abplanalp, Matthew J.; Kaiser, Ralf I.

    2016-03-10

    Phosphine, which has now been confirmed around the carbon-rich star IRC+10216, provides the first example of a phosphorus-containing single bond in interstellar or circumstellar media. While four compounds containing both phosphorus and carbon have been discovered, none contain a carbon–phosphorus single bond. Here, we show that this moiety is plausible from the reaction of phosphine with methane in electron-irradiated interstellar ice analogues. Fractional sublimation allows for detection of individual products at distinct temperatures using reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometry (ReTOF) coupled with vacuum ultraviolet photoionization. This method produced phosphanes and methylphosphanes as large as P{sub 8}H{sub 10} and CH{sub 3}P{sub 8}H{sub 9}, which demonstrates that a phosphorus–carbon bond can readily form and that methylphosphanes sublime at 12–17 K higher temperatures than the non-organic phosphanes. Also, irradiated ices of phosphine with deuterated-methane untangle the reaction pathways through which these methylphosphanes were formed and identified radical recombination to be preferred over carbene/phosphinidene insertion reactions. In addition, these ReTOF results confirm that CH{sub 3}PH{sub 2} and CH{sub 6}P{sub 2} can form via insertion of carbene and phosphinidene and that the methylenediphosphine (PH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}PH{sub 2}) isomer forms in the ices, although methylphosphine (CH{sub 3}P{sub 2}H{sub 3}) is likely the more abundant isomer and that phosphanes and organophosphanes preferentially fragment via the loss of a phosphino group when photoionized. While the formation of methylphosphine is overall endoergic, the intermediates produced by interactions with energetic electrons proceed toward methylphosphine favorably and barrierlessly and provide plausible mechanisms toward hitherto unidentified interstellar compounds.

  5. Electrophoresis-mass spectrometry probe

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    Andresen, Brian D.; Fought, Eric R.

    1987-01-01

    The invention involves a new technique for the separation of complex mixtures of chemicals, which utilizes a unique interface probe for conventional mass spectrometers which allows the electrophoretically separated compounds to be analyzed in real-time by a mass spectrometer. This new chemical analysis interface, which couples electrophoresis with mass spectrometry, allows complex mixtures to be analyzed very rapidly, with much greater specificity, and with greater sensitivity. The interface or probe provides a means whereby large and/or polar molecules in complex mixtures to be completely characterized. The preferred embodiment of the probe utilizes a double capillary tip which allows the probe tip to be continually wetted by the buffer, which provides for increased heat dissipation, and results in a continually operating interface which is more durable and electronically stable than the illustrated single capillary tip probe interface.

  6. Electrophoresis-mass spectrometry probe

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    Andresen, B.D.; Fought, E.R.

    1987-11-10

    The invention involves a new technique for the separation of complex mixtures of chemicals, which utilizes a unique interface probe for conventional mass spectrometers which allows the electrophoretically separated compounds to be analyzed in real-time by a mass spectrometer. This new chemical analysis interface, which couples electrophoresis with mass spectrometry, allows complex mixtures to be analyzed very rapidly, with much greater specificity, and with greater sensitivity. The interface or probe provides a means whereby large and/or polar molecules in complex mixtures to be completely characterized. The preferred embodiment of the probe utilizes a double capillary tip which allows the probe tip to be continually wetted by the buffer, which provides for increased heat dissipation, and results in a continually operating interface which is more durable and electronically stable than the illustrated single capillary tip probe interface. 8 figs.

  7. Excitonic couplings between molecular crystal pairs by a multistate approximation

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    Aragó, Juan Troisi, Alessandro

    2015-04-28

    In this paper, we present a diabatization scheme to compute the excitonic couplings between an arbitrary number of states in molecular pairs. The method is based on an algebraic procedure to find the diabatic states with a desired property as close as possible to that of some reference states. In common with other diabatization schemes, this method captures the physics of the important short-range contributions (exchange, overlap, and charge-transfer mediated terms) but it becomes particularly suitable in presence of more than two states of interest. The method is formulated to be usable with any level of electronic structure calculations and to diabatize different types of states by selecting different molecular properties. These features make the diabatization scheme presented here especially appropriate in the context of organic crystals, where several excitons localized on the same molecular pair may be found close in energy. In this paper, the method is validated on the tetracene crystal dimer, a well characterized case where the charge transfer (CT) states are closer in energy to the Frenkel excitons (FE). The test system was studied as a function of an external electric field (to explore the effect of changing the relative energy of the CT excited state) and as a function of different intermolecular distances (to probe the strength of the coupling between FE and CT states). Additionally, we illustrate how the approximation can be used to include the environment polarization effect.

  8. Astrophysical probes of fundamental physics

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    Martins, C. J. A. P.

    2009-10-01

    I review the motivation for varying fundamental couplings and discuss how these measurements can be used to constrain fundamental physics scenarios that would otherwise be inaccessible to experiment. I highlight the current controversial evidence for varying couplings and present some new results. Finally I focus on the relation between varying couplings and dark energy, and explain how varying coupling measurements might be used to probe the nature of dark energy, with some advantages over standard methods. In particular I discuss what can be achieved with future spectrographs such as ESPRESSO and CODEX.

  9. Ice-Borehole Probe

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    Behar, Alberto; Carsey, Frank; Lane, Arthur; Engelhardt, Herman

    2006-01-01

    An instrumentation system has been developed for studying interactions between a glacier or ice sheet and the underlying rock and/or soil. Prior borehole imaging systems have been used in well-drilling and mineral-exploration applications and for studying relatively thin valley glaciers, but have not been used for studying thick ice sheets like those of Antarctica. The system includes a cylindrical imaging probe that is lowered into a hole that has been bored through the ice to the ice/bedrock interface by use of an established hot-water-jet technique. The images acquired by the cameras yield information on the movement of the ice relative to the bedrock and on visible features of the lower structure of the ice sheet, including ice layers formed at different times, bubbles, and mineralogical inclusions. At the time of reporting the information for this article, the system was just deployed in two boreholes on the Amery ice shelf in East Antarctica and after successful 2000 2001 deployments in 4 boreholes at Ice Stream C, West Antarctica, and in 2002 at Black Rapids Glacier, Alaska. The probe is designed to operate at temperatures from 40 to +40 C and to withstand the cold, wet, high-pressure [130-atm (13.20-MPa)] environment at the bottom of a water-filled borehole in ice as deep as 1.6 km. A current version is being outfitted to service 2.4-km-deep boreholes at the Rutford Ice Stream in West Antarctica. The probe (see figure) contains a sidelooking charge-coupled-device (CCD) camera that generates both a real-time analog video signal and a sequence of still-image data, and contains a digital videotape recorder. The probe also contains a downward-looking CCD analog video camera, plus halogen lamps to illuminate the fields of view of both cameras. The analog video outputs of the cameras are converted to optical signals that are transmitted to a surface station via optical fibers in a cable. Electric power is supplied to the probe through wires in the cable at a

  10. Oriented covalent immobilization of antibodies for measurement of intermolecular binding forces between zipper-like contact surfaces of split inteins

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    Sorci, Mirco; Dassa, Bareket; Liu, Hongwei; Anand, Gaurav; Dutta, Amit K.; Pietrokovski, Shmuel; Belfort, Marlene; Belfort, Georges

    2013-01-01

    In order to measure the intermolecular binding forces between two halves (or partners) of naturally split protein splicing elements called inteins, a novel thiol-hydrazide linker was designed and used to orient immobilized antibodies specific for each partner. Activation of the surfaces was achieved in one step allowing direct force measurements of the formation of a peptide bond catalyzed by the binding of the two partners of the split intein (called protein trans-splicing). Through this binding process, a whole functional intein is formed resulting in subsequent splicing. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to directly measure the split intein partner binding at 1µm/s between native (wild-type) and mixed pairs of C- and N-terminal partners of naturally occurring split inteins from three cyanobacteria. Native and mixed pairs exhibit similar binding forces within the error of the measurement technique (~52 pN). Bioinformatic sequence analysis and computational structural analysis discovered a zipper-like contact between the two partners with electrostatic and non-polar attraction between multiple aligned ion pairs and hydrophobic residues. Also, we tested the Jarzynski’s equality and demonstrated, as expected, that non-equilibrium dissipative measurements obtained here gave larger energies of interaction as compared with those for equilibrium. Hence, AFM coupled with our immobilization strategy and computational studies provides a useful analytical tool for the direct measurement of intermolecular association of split inteins and could be extended to any interacting protein pair. PMID:23679912

  11. A quantum chemical study of H2S2: Intramolecular torsional mode and intermolecular interactions with rare gases

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    Maciel, Glauciete S.; Barreto, Patricia R. P.; Palazzetti, Federico; Lombardi, Andrea; Aquilanti, Vincenzo

    2008-10-01

    The structural and energetic properties of the H2S2 molecule have been studied using density functional theory, second-order Møller-Plesset method, and coupled cluster theory with several basis sets. In order to extend previous work on intra- and intermolecular dynamics of the chirality changing modes for H2O2 and its derivatives, our focus has been on the torsion around the S-S bond, along with an extensive characterization of the intermolecular potentials of H2S2 with the rare gases (He, Ne, Ar, and Kr). Use is made of previously defined coordinates and expansion formulas for the potentials which allow for a faithful representation of geometrical and symmetry properties of these systems that involve the interaction of an atom with a floppy molecule. The potential energy surfaces obtained in this work are useful for classical and quantum mechanical simulations of molecular collisions responsible for chirality changing processes of possible interest in the modeling of prebiotic phenomena.

  12. Ab initio intermolecular potential energy surfaces for the Ar-NCCN van der Waals complexes

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    Solimannejad, Mohammad; Jouypazadeh, Hamidreza; Farrokhpour, Hossein

    2014-11-01

    The intermolecular potential energy surface of complex pairing argon with cyanogen molecule (NCCN) was calculated using the coupled cluster with single and double and perturbative triple excitations (CCSD(T)) with aug-cc-pvdz basis set extended with a set of mid-bond (3s3p2d1f1g) functions. The interaction energies were calculated by the supermolecular approach with the full counterpoise correction for the basis set superposition error. The calculated potential energies were fitted to an analytical expression. The calculated Ar-NCCN potential energy surface shows a global minimum at 3.35 Å, the distance between argon and centre of mass of cyanogen, for the T-shaped geometry and two local minimum at distance of 5.54 Å for the linear geometry on one side of cyanogen. Finally, the interaction second virial coefficients were calculated using the fitted potential energy surface and were compared with those obtained by the parameters of the Beattie-Bridgeman equation of states of pure argon and cyanogens fluids, approximately.

  13. Intermolecular forces between low generation PAMAM dendrimer condensed DNA helices: role of cation architecture.

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    An, Min; Parkin, Sean R; DeRouchey, Jason E

    2014-01-28

    In recent years, dendriplexes, complexes of cationic dendrimers with DNA, have become attractive DNA delivery vehicles due to their well-defined chemistries. To better understand the nature of the forces condensing dendriplexes, we studied low generation poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer-DNA complexes and compared them to comparably charged linear arginine peptides. Using osmotic stress coupled with X-ray scattering, we have investigated the effect of molecular chain architecture on DNA-DNA intermolecular forces that determine the net attraction and equilibrium interhelical distance within these polycation condensed DNA arrays. In order to compact DNA, linear cations are believed to bind in DNA grooves and to interact with the phosphate backbone of apposing helices. We have previously shown a length dependent attraction resulting in higher packaging densities with increasing charge for linear cations. Hyperbranched polycations, such as polycationic dendrimers, presumably would not be able to bind to DNA and correlate their charges in the same manner as linear cations. We show that attractive and repulsive force amplitudes in PAMAM-DNA assemblies display significantly different trends than comparably charged linear arginines resulting in lower DNA packaging densities with increasing PAMAM generation. The salt and pH dependencies of packaging in PAMAM dendrimer-DNA and linear arginine-DNA complexes were also investigated. Significant differences in the force curve behaviour and salt and pH sensitivities suggest that different binding modes may be present in DNA condensed by dendrimers when compared to linear polycations.

  14. Liquid chloroform structure from computer simulation with a full ab initio intermolecular interaction potential

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    Yin, Chih-Chien; Li, Arvin Huang-Te; Chao, Sheng D.

    2013-11-01

    We have calculated the intermolecular interaction energies of the chloroform dimer in 12 orientations using the second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory. Single point energies of important geometries were calibrated by the coupled cluster with single and double and perturbative triple excitation method. Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets up to aug-cc-pVQZ have been employed in extrapolating the interaction energies to the complete basis set limit values. With the ab initio potential data we constructed a 5-site force field model for molecular dynamics simulations. We compared the simulation results with recent experiments and obtained quantitative agreements for the detailed atomwise radial distribution functions. Our results were also consistent with previous results using empirical force fields with polarization effects. Moreover, the calculated diffusion coefficients reproduced the experimental data over a wide range of thermodynamic conditions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ab initio force field which is capable of competing with existing empirical force fields for liquid chloroform.

  15. Intercalation of organic molecules in 2D copper (II) nitroprusside: Intermolecular interactions and magnetic properties

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    Osiry, H.; Cano, A.; Lemus-Santana, A.A.; Rodríguez, A.; Carbonio, R.E.; Reguera, E.

    2015-10-15

    This contribution discusses the intercalation of imidazole and its 2-ethyl derivative, and pyridine in 2D copper nitroprusside. In the interlayer region, neighboring molecules remain interacting throu gh their dipole and quadrupole moments, which supports the solid 3D crystal structure. The crystal structure of this series of intercalation compounds was solved and refined from powder X-ray diffraction patterns complemented with spectroscopic information. The intermolecular interactions were studied from the refined crystal structures and low temperature magnetic measurements. Due to strong attractive forces between neighboring molecules, the resulting π–π cloud overlapping enables the ferromagnetic coupling between metal centers on neighboring layers, which was actually observed for the solids containing imidazole and pyridine as intercalated molecules. For these two solids, the magnetic data were properly described with a model of six neighbors. For the solid containing 2-ethylimidazole and for 2D copper nitroprusside, a model of four neighbors in a plane is sufficient to obtain a reliable data fitting. - Highlights: • Intercalation of organic molecules in 2D copper (II) nitroprusside. • Molecular properties of intercalation compounds of 2D copper (II) nitroprusside. • Magnetic properties of hybrid inorganic–organic solids. • Hybrid inorganic–organic 3D framework.

  16. Ground state analytical ab initio intermolecular potential for the Cl{sub 2}-water system

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    Hormain, Laureline; Monnerville, Maurice Toubin, Céline; Duflot, Denis; Pouilly, Brigitte; Briquez, Stéphane; Bernal-Uruchurtu, Margarita I.; Hernández-Lamoneda, Ramón

    2015-04-14

    The chlorine/water interface is of crucial importance in the context of atmospheric chemistry. Modeling the structure and dynamics at this interface requires an accurate description of the interaction potential energy surfaces. We propose here an analytical intermolecular potential that reproduces the interaction between the Cl{sub 2} molecule and a water molecule. Our functional form is fitted to a set of high level ab initio data using the coupled-cluster single double (triple)/aug-cc-p-VTZ level of electronic structure theory for the Cl{sub 2} − H{sub 2}O complex. The potential fitted to reproduce the three minima structures of 1:1 complex is validated by the comparison of ab initio results of Cl{sub 2} interacting with an increasing number of water molecules. Finally, the model potential is used to study the physisorption of Cl{sub 2} on a perfectly ordered hexagonal ice slab. The calculated adsorption energy, in the range 0.27 eV, shows a good agreement with previous experimental results.

  17. Resolution enhancement in in vivo NMR spectroscopy: detection of intermolecular zero-quantum coherences

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    Faber, Cornelius; Pracht, Eberhard; Haase, Axel

    2003-04-01

    Intermolecular zero-quantum coherences are insensitive to magnetic field inhomogeneities. For this reason we have applied the HOMOGENIZED sequence [Vathyam et al., Science 272 (1996) 92] to phantoms containing metabolites at low concentrations, phantoms with air inclusions, an intact grape, and the head of a rat in vivo at 750 MHz. In the 1H-spectra, the water signal is efficiently suppressed and line broadening due to susceptibility gradients is effectively removed along the indirectly detected dimension. We have obtained a 1H-spectrum of a 2.5 mM solution of γ-aminobutyric acid in 12 min scan time. In the phantom with air inclusions a reduction of line widths from 0.48 ppm in the direct dimension to 0.07 ppm in the indirect dimension was observed, while in a deshimmed grape the reduction was from 1.4 to 0.07 ppm. In a spectrum of the grape we were able to resolve glucose resonances at 0.3 ppm from the water in 6 min scan time. J-coupling information was partly retained. In the in vivo spectra of the rat brain five major metabolites were observed.

  18. Impact of Intermolecular Distance on Singlet Fission in a Series of TIPS Pentacene Compounds.

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    Wu, Yishi; Liu, Ke; Liu, Huiying; Zhang, Yi; Zhang, Haoli; Yao, Jiannian; Fu, Hongbing

    2014-10-16

    Singlet fission has attracted considerable interest for its potential application in organic photovoltaics. However, the underlying microscopic mechanism is not well understood and the molecular parameters that govern SF efficiency remain unclear. We herein study the primary exciton photogeneration and evolution in the thin film of a series of pentacene derivatives (TIPS-Pn and ADPD-Pn) using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. With a favorable "long-edge on" packing motif, the singlet-excited slip-stacked TIPS-Pn and ADPD-Pn molecules undergo ultrafast fission to produce triplet excitonic states with time constants of ∼0.3 ps. More importantly, the ADPD-Pn compound features a considerably higher triplet yield than TIPS-Pn (162 ± 10% vs 114 ± 15%). The enhanced electronic coupling as a result of closer interchromophore distance (3.33 Å for ADPD-Pn vs 3.40 Å for TIPS-Pn) is suggested to account for the much higher triplet yield for ADPD-Pn relative to that for TIPS-Pn, proving SF can be readily modulated by adjusting the intermolecular distance.

  19. Role of Amino Acid Insertions on Intermolecular Forces between Arginine Peptide Condensed DNA Helices

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    DeRouchey, Jason E.; Rau, Donald C.

    2011-01-01

    In spermatogenesis, chromatin histones are replaced by arginine-rich protamines to densely compact DNA in sperm heads. Tight packaging is considered necessary to protect the DNA from damage. To better understand the nature of the forces condensing protamine-DNA assemblies and their dependence on amino acid content, the effect of neutral and negatively charged amino acids on DNA-DNA intermolecular forces was studied using model peptides containing six arginines. We have previously observed that the neutral amino acids in salmon protamine decrease the net attraction between protamine-DNA helices compared with the equivalent homo-arginine peptide. Using osmotic stress coupled with x-ray scattering, we have investigated the component attractive and repulsive forces that determine the net attraction and equilibrium interhelical distance as a function of the chemistry, position, and number of the amino acid inserted. Neutral amino acids inserted into hexa-arginine increase the short range repulsion while only slightly affecting longer range attraction. The amino acid content alone of salmon protamine is enough to rationalize the forces that package DNA in sperm heads. Inserting a negatively charged amino acid into hexa-arginine dramatically weakens the net attraction. Both of these observations have biological implications for protamine-DNA packaging in sperm heads. PMID:21994948

  20. Infrared Chemical Nano-Imaging: Accessing Structure, Coupling, and Dynamics on Molecular Length Scales

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    Muller, Eric A.; Pollard, Benjamin; Raschke, Markus Bernd

    2015-04-02

    This Perspective highlights recent advances in infrared vibrational chemical nano-imaging. In its implementations of scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) and photothermal-induced resonance (PTIR), IR nanospectroscopy provides few-nanometer spatial resolution for the investigation of polymer, biomaterial, and related soft-matter surfaces and nanostructures. Broad-band IR s-SNOM with coherent laser and synchrotron sources allows for chemical recognition with small-ensemble sensitivity and the potential for sensitivity reaching the single-molecule limit. Probing selected vibrational marker resonances, it gives access to nanoscale chemical imaging of composition, domain morphologies, order/disorder, molecular orientation, or crystallographic phases. Local intra- and intermolecular coupling can be measured through frequency shifts of a vibrational marker in heterogeneous environments and associated inhomogeneities in vibrational dephasing. In combination with ultrafast spectroscopy, the vibrational coherent evolution of homogeneous sub-ensembles coupled to their environment can be observed. Outstanding challenges are discussed in terms of extensions to coherent and multidimensional spectroscopies, implementation in liquid and in situ environments, general sample limitations, and engineering s-SNOM scanning probes to better control the nano-localized optical excitation and to increase sensitivity.

  1. Effect of donor orientation on ultrafast intermolecular electron transfer in coumarin-amine systems

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    Singh, P. K.; Nath, S.; Bhasikuttan, A. C.; Kumbhakar, M.; Mohanty, J.; Sarkar, S. K.; Mukherjee, T.; Pal, H.

    2008-09-21

    Effect of donor amine orientation on nondiffusive ultrafast intermolecular electron transfer (ET) reactions in coumarin-amine systems has been investigated using femtosecond fluorescence upconversion measurements. Intermolecular ET from different aromatic and aliphatic amines used as donor solvents to the excited coumarin-151 (C151) acceptor occurs with ultrafast rates such that the shortest fluorescence lifetime component ({tau}{sub 1}) is the measure of the fastest ET rate ({tau}{sub 1}={tau}{sub ET}{sup fast}=(k{sub ET}{sup fast}){sup -1}), assigned to the C151-amine contact pairs in which amine donors are properly oriented with respect to C151 to maximize the acceptor-donor electronic coupling (V{sub el}). It is interestingly observed that as the amine solvents are diluted by suitable diluents (either keeping solvent dielectric constant similar or with increasing dielectric constant), the {tau}{sub 1} remains almost in the similar range as long as the amine dilution does not cross a certain critical limit, which in terms of the amine mole fraction (x{sub A}) is found to be {approx}0.4 for aromatic amines and {approx}0.8 for aliphatic amines. Beyond these dilutions in the two respective cases of the amine systems, the {tau}{sub 1} values are seen to increase very sharply. The large difference in the critical x{sub A} values involving aromatic and aliphatic amine donors has been rationalized in terms of the largely different orientational restrictions for the ET reactions as imposed by the aliphatic (n-type) and aromatic ({pi}-type) nature of the amine donors [A. K. Satpati et al., J. Mol. Struct. 878, 84 (2008)]. Since the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of the n-type aliphatic amines is mostly centralized at the amino nitrogen, only some specific orientations of these amines with respect to the close-contact acceptor dye [also of {pi}-character; A. K. Satpati et al., J. Mol. Struct. 878, 84 (2008) and E. W. Castner et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 104, 2869

  2. Pollution Probe.

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    Chant, Donald A.

    This book is written as a statement of concern about pollution by members of Pollution Probe, a citizens' anti-pollution group in Canada. Its purpose is to create public awareness and pressure for the eventual solution to pollution problems. The need for effective government policies to control the population explosion, conserve natural resources,…

  3. Pollution Probe.

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    Chant, Donald A.

    This book is written as a statement of concern about pollution by members of Pollution Probe, a citizens' anti-pollution group in Canada. Its purpose is to create public awareness and pressure for the eventual solution to pollution problems. The need for effective government policies to control the population explosion, conserve natural resources,…

  4. Phosphite-oxazole/imidazole ligands in asymmetric intermolecular Heck reaction.

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    Mazuela, Javier; Tolstoy, Paivi; Pàmies, Oscar; Andersson, Pher G; Diéguez, Montserrat

    2011-02-07

    We describe the application of a new class of ligands--the phosphite-oxazole/imidazole (L1-L5a-g)--in asymmetric intermolecular Pd-catalyzed Heck reactions under thermal and microwave conditions. These ligands combine the advantages of the oxazole/imidazole moiety with those of the phosphite moiety: they are more stable than their oxazoline counterparts, less sensitive to air and other oxidizing agents than phosphines and phosphinites, and easy to synthesize from readily available alcohols. The results indicate that activities, regio- and enantioselectivities, are highly influenced by the type of nitrogen donor group (oxazole or imidazole), the oxazole and biaryl-phosphite substituents and the axial chirality of the biaryl moiety of the ligand. By carefully selecting the ligand components, we achieved high activities, regio- (up to 99%) and enantioselectivities (up to 99%) using several triflate sources. Under microwave-irradiation conditions, reaction times were considerably shorter (from 24 h to 30 min) and regio- and enantioselectivities were still excellent.

  5. Thermal selectivity of intermolecular versus intramolecular reactions on surfaces.

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    Cirera, Borja; Giménez-Agulló, Nelson; Björk, Jonas; Martínez-Peña, Francisco; Martin-Jimenez, Alberto; Rodriguez-Fernandez, Jonathan; Pizarro, Ana M; Otero, Roberto; Gallego, José M; Ballester, Pablo; Galan-Mascaros, José R; Ecija, David

    2016-03-11

    On-surface synthesis is a promising strategy for engineering heteroatomic covalent nanoarchitectures with prospects in electronics, optoelectronics and photovoltaics. Here we report the thermal tunability of reaction pathways of a molecular precursor in order to select intramolecular versus intermolecular reactions, yielding monomeric or polymeric phthalocyanine derivatives, respectively. Deposition of tetra-aza-porphyrin species bearing ethyl termini on Au(111) held at room temperature results in a close-packed assembly. Upon annealing from room temperature to 275 °C, the molecular precursors undergo a series of covalent reactions via their ethyl termini, giving rise to phthalocyanine tapes. However, deposition of the tetra-aza-porphyrin derivatives on Au(111) held at 300 °C results in the formation and self-assembly of monomeric phthalocyanines. A systematic scanning tunnelling microscopy study of reaction intermediates, combined with density functional calculations, suggests a [2+2] cycloaddition as responsible for the initial linkage between molecular precursors, whereas the monomeric reaction is rationalized as an electrocyclic ring closure.

  6. Thermal selectivity of intermolecular versus intramolecular reactions on surfaces

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    Cirera, Borja; Giménez-Agulló, Nelson; Björk, Jonas; Martínez-Peña, Francisco; Martin-Jimenez, Alberto; Rodriguez-Fernandez, Jonathan; Pizarro, Ana M.; Otero, Roberto; Gallego, José M.; Ballester, Pablo; Galan-Mascaros, José R.; Ecija, David

    2016-01-01

    On-surface synthesis is a promising strategy for engineering heteroatomic covalent nanoarchitectures with prospects in electronics, optoelectronics and photovoltaics. Here we report the thermal tunability of reaction pathways of a molecular precursor in order to select intramolecular versus intermolecular reactions, yielding monomeric or polymeric phthalocyanine derivatives, respectively. Deposition of tetra-aza-porphyrin species bearing ethyl termini on Au(111) held at room temperature results in a close-packed assembly. Upon annealing from room temperature to 275 °C, the molecular precursors undergo a series of covalent reactions via their ethyl termini, giving rise to phthalocyanine tapes. However, deposition of the tetra-aza-porphyrin derivatives on Au(111) held at 300 °C results in the formation and self-assembly of monomeric phthalocyanines. A systematic scanning tunnelling microscopy study of reaction intermediates, combined with density functional calculations, suggests a [2+2] cycloaddition as responsible for the initial linkage between molecular precursors, whereas the monomeric reaction is rationalized as an electrocyclic ring closure. PMID:26964764

  7. Polyelectrolyte brushes in mixed ionic medium studied via intermolecular forces

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    Farina, Robert; Laugel, Nicolas; Pincus, Philip; Tirrell, Matthew

    2011-03-01

    The vast uses and applications of polyelectrolyte brushes make them an attractive field of research especially with the growing interest in responsive materials. Polymers which respond via changes in temperature, pH, and ionic strength are increasingly being used for applications in drug delivery, chemical gating, etc. When polyelectrolyte brushes are found in either nature (e.g., surfaces of cartilage and mammalian lung interiors) or commercially (e.g., skin care products, shampoo, and surfaces of medical devices) they are always surrounded by mixed ionic medium. This makes the study of these brushes in varying ionic environments extremely relevant for both current and future potential applications. The polyelectrolyte brushes in this work are diblock co-polymers of poly-styrene sulfonate (N=420) and poly-t-butyl styrene (N=20) which tethers to a hydrophobic surface allowing for a purely thermodynamic study of the polyelectrolyte chains. Intermolecular forces between two brushes are measured using the SFA. As multi-valent concentrations are increased, the brushes collapse internally and form strong adhesion between one another after contact (properties not seen in a purely mono-valent environment).

  8. Intermolecular Structural Change for Thermo-Switchable Polymeric photosensitizer

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    Park, Wooram; Park, Sin-Jung; Cho, Soojeong; Shin, Heejun; Jung, Young-Seok; Lee, Byeongdu; Na, Kun; Kim, Dong-Hyun

    2016-08-31

    A switchable photosensitizer (PS), which can be activated at a spe-cific condition beside light, has tremendous advantages for photo-dynamic therapy (PDT). Herein, we developed a thermo-switchable polymeric photosensitizer (T-PPS) by conjugating PS (Pheophor-bide-a, PPb-a) to a temperature-responsive polymer backbone of biocompatible hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC). Self-quenched PS molecules linked in close proximity by pi-pi stacking in T-PPS were easily transited to an active monomeric state by the tempera-ture induced phase transition of polymer backbones. The tempera-ture responsive inter-molecular interaction changes of PS molecules in T-PPS were demonstrated in synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and UV-Vis spectrophotometer analysis. The T-PPS allowed switchable activation and synergistically enhanced cancer cell killing effect at the hyperthermia temperature (45 °C). Our developed T-PPS has the considerable potential not only as a new class of photomedicine in clinics but also as a biosensor based on temperature responsiveness.

  9. Thermal selectivity of intermolecular versus intramolecular reactions on surfaces

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    Cirera, Borja; Giménez-Agulló, Nelson; Björk, Jonas; Martínez-Peña, Francisco; Martin-Jimenez, Alberto; Rodriguez-Fernandez, Jonathan; Pizarro, Ana M.; Otero, Roberto; Gallego, José M.; Ballester, Pablo; Galan-Mascaros, José R.; Ecija, David

    2016-03-01

    On-surface synthesis is a promising strategy for engineering heteroatomic covalent nanoarchitectures with prospects in electronics, optoelectronics and photovoltaics. Here we report the thermal tunability of reaction pathways of a molecular precursor in order to select intramolecular versus intermolecular reactions, yielding monomeric or polymeric phthalocyanine derivatives, respectively. Deposition of tetra-aza-porphyrin species bearing ethyl termini on Au(111) held at room temperature results in a close-packed assembly. Upon annealing from room temperature to 275 °C, the molecular precursors undergo a series of covalent reactions via their ethyl termini, giving rise to phthalocyanine tapes. However, deposition of the tetra-aza-porphyrin derivatives on Au(111) held at 300 °C results in the formation and self-assembly of monomeric phthalocyanines. A systematic scanning tunnelling microscopy study of reaction intermediates, combined with density functional calculations, suggests a [2+2] cycloaddition as responsible for the initial linkage between molecular precursors, whereas the monomeric reaction is rationalized as an electrocyclic ring closure.

  10. Noncovalent Intermolecular Forces in Phycobilisomes of Porphyridium cruentum.

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    Zilinskas, B A; Glick, R E

    1981-08-01

    Using sensitized fluorescence as a measure of intactness of phycobilisomes isolated from Porphyridium cruentum, the effects of various environmental perturbations on phycobilisome integrity were investigated. The rate of phycobilisome dissociation in 0.75 ionic strength sodium salts proceeds in the order: SCN(-) > NO(3) (-) > Cl(-) > C(6)H(5)O(7) (3-) > SO(4) (2-) > PO(4) (3-), as predicted from the lyotropic series of anions and their effects on hydrophobic interactions in proteins. Similarly, increasing temperature (to 30 C) and pH values approaching the isoelectric points of the biliproteins stabilize phycobilisomes. Deuterium substitution at exchangeable sites on the phycobiliproteins decreases the rate of phycobilisome dissociation, while substitution at nonexchangeable sites increases rates of dissociation. It is concluded that hydrophobic intermolecular interactions are the most important forces in maintaining the phycobilisome structure. Dispersion forces also seem to contribute to phycobilisome stabilization. The adverse effects of electrostatic repulsion must not be ignored; however, it seems that the requirement of phycobilisomes of high salt concentrations is not simply countershielding of charges on the proteins.

  11. Intermolecular forces between the motor protein and the filament.

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    Suda, H; Taylor, T W

    1993-03-07

    Intermolecular forces between motor proteins and filaments were evaluated on the basis of the experimental data of an in vitro motility assay by considering the molecular friction in the movement system. The molecular friction was caused by a different mechanism from that of the hydrodynamic drag. However, the molecular frictional forces apparently gave the same expression as the hydrodynamic frictional forces. The resulting equation was very effective in examining the physical properties of the weak interaction in the dynein-microtubules system from basic experiments carried out by Vale et al. (1989). From careful analysis of their experimental data, it was concluded that the hydrodynamic friction was not dominant, even in the weak binding state. The electrostatic interaction between dynein-heads and microtubules in the weak binding state was analyzed by applying the DLVO (Derjaguin-Landau-Verway-Overbeek) theory in colloid science through the ionic dependence of one-dimensional diffusion. The interacting distance between charges which took part in the weak adhesion was estimated to be 3 nm. In the present study, the molecular mechanism of the sliding velocity was also investigated for the myosin-actin filaments and the kinesin-microtubules systems by fitting the ATP-dependence and the ionic dependence in ATP-driven active sliding.

  12. Resonant Auger decay driving intermolecular Coulombic decay in molecular dimers.

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    Trinter, F; Schöffler, M S; Kim, H-K; Sturm, F P; Cole, K; Neumann, N; Vredenborg, A; Williams, J; Bocharova, I; Guillemin, R; Simon, M; Belkacem, A; Landers, A L; Weber, Th; Schmidt-Böcking, H; Dörner, R; Jahnke, T

    2014-01-30

    In 1997, it was predicted that an electronically excited atom or molecule placed in a loosely bound chemical system (such as a hydrogen-bonded or van-der-Waals-bonded cluster) could efficiently decay by transferring its excess energy to a neighbouring species that would then emit a low-energy electron. This intermolecular Coulombic decay (ICD) process has since been shown to be a common phenomenon, raising questions about its role in DNA damage induced by ionizing radiation, in which low-energy electrons are known to play an important part. It was recently suggested that ICD can be triggered efficiently and site-selectively by resonantly core-exciting a target atom, which then transforms through Auger decay into an ionic species with sufficiently high excitation energy to permit ICD to occur. Here we show experimentally that resonant Auger decay can indeed trigger ICD in dimers of both molecular nitrogen and carbon monoxide. By using ion and electron momentum spectroscopy to measure simultaneously the charged species created in the resonant-Auger-driven ICD cascade, we find that ICD occurs in less time than the 20 femtoseconds it would take for individual molecules to undergo dissociation. Our experimental confirmation of this process and its efficiency may trigger renewed efforts to develop resonant X-ray excitation schemes for more localized and targeted cancer radiation therapy.

  13. Localized-overlap approach to calculations of intermolecular interactions

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    Rob, Fazle

    Symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) based on the density functional theory (DFT) description of the monomers [SAPT(DFT)] is one of the most robust tools for computing intermolecular interaction energies. Currently, one can use the SAPT(DFT) method to calculate interaction energies of dimers consisting of about a hundred atoms. To remove the methodological and technical limits and extend the size of the systems that can be calculated with the method, a novel approach has been proposed that redefines the electron densities and polarizabilities in a localized way. In the new method, accurate but computationally expensive quantum-chemical calculations are only applied for the regions where it is necessary and for other regions, where overlap effects of the wave functions are negligible, inexpensive asymptotic techniques are used. Unlike other hybrid methods, this new approach is mathematically rigorous. The main benefit of this method is that with the increasing size of the system the calculation scales linearly and, therefore, this approach will be denoted as local-overlap SAPT(DFT) or LSAPT(DFT). As a byproduct of developing LSAPT(DFT), some important problems concerning distributed molecular response, in particular, the unphysical charge-flow terms were eliminated. Additionally, to illustrate the capabilities of SAPT(DFT), a potential energy function has been developed for an energetic molecular crystal of 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethylene (FOX-7), where an excellent agreement with the experimental data has been found.

  14. Cobalt complex of cinchonine: intermolecular interactions in two crystalline modifications.

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    Skórska, Agnieszka; Oleksyn, Barbara J; Sliwiński, Jan

    2002-01-01

    Two crystalline modifications of cinchonine cobalt complex, C19H23Cl3CoN2O, were obtained from mixture of saturated alcohol solutions of CoCl3 x 6H2O and cinchonine. The X-ray structure analysis revealed that the asymmetric unit of one modification, CoCn1, contains only zwitterionic molecules of the complex. In the asymmetric unit of the other, CoCn2, there are two molecules of the title compound and two molecules of ethanol. The influence of the absolute configuration, the CoCl3 coordination with quinoline, and the presence of alcohol molecules on the studied structures was established by comparison of the crystal and molecular structures of both cobalt complexes with the analogous quinine complex and zinc complex of cinchonine. The interactions that dominate in the packing of the molecules in both structures are intermolecular hydrogen bonds. They form characteristic ring systems, depending on the presence of the alcohol molecules. The ring features are also related to the absolute configuration of the alkaloid.

  15. Determination of stepsize parameters for intermolecular vibrational energy transfer

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    Tardy, D.C.

    1992-03-01

    Intermolecular energy transfer of highly excited polyatomic molecules plays an important role in many complex chemical systems: combustion, high temperature and atmospheric chemistry. By monitoring the relaxation of internal energy we have observed trends in the collisional efficiency ({beta}) for energy transfer as a function of the substrate's excitation energy and the complexities of substrate and deactivator. For a given substrate {beta} increases as the deactivator's mass increase to {approximately}30 amu and then exhibits a nearly constant value; this is due to a mass mismatch between the atoms of the colliders. In a homologous series of substrate molecules (C{sub 3}{minus}C{sub 8}) {beta} decreases as the number of atoms in the substrate increases; replacing F with H increases {beta}. All substrates, except for CF{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} and CF{sub 2}HCl below 10,000 cm{sup {minus}1}, exhibited that {beta} is independent of energy, i.e. <{Delta}E>{sub all} is linear with energy. The results are interpreted with a simple model which considers that {beta} is a function of the ocillators energy and its vibrational frequency. Limitations of current approximations used in high temperature unimolecular reactions were evaluated and better approximations were developed. The importance of energy transfer in product yields was observed for the photoactivation of perfluorocyclopropene and the photoproduction of difluoroethyne. 3 refs., 18 figs., 4 tabs.

  16. Quantitative tomographic imaging of intermolecular FRET in small animals

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    Venugopal, Vivek; Chen, Jin; Barroso, Margarida; Intes, Xavier

    2012-01-01

    Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) is a nonradiative transfer of energy between two fluorescent molecules (a donor and an acceptor) in nanometer range proximity. FRET imaging methods have been applied to proteomic studies and drug discovery applications based on intermolecular FRET efficiency measurements and stoichiometric measurements of FRET interaction as quantitative parameters of interest. Importantly, FRET provides information about biomolecular interactions at a molecular level, well beyond the diffraction limits of standard microscopy techniques. The application of FRET to small animal imaging will allow biomedical researchers to investigate physiological processes occurring at nanometer range in vivo as well as in situ. In this work a new method for the quantitative reconstruction of FRET measurements in small animals, incorporating a full-field tomographic acquisition system with a Monte Carlo based hierarchical reconstruction scheme, is described and validated in murine models. Our main objective is to estimate the relative concentration of two forms of donor species, i.e., a donor molecule involved in FRETing to an acceptor close by and a nonFRETing donor molecule. PMID:23243567

  17. Cantilevered probe detector with piezoelectric element

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    Adams, Jesse D; Sulchek, Todd A; Feigin, Stuart C

    2014-04-29

    A disclosed chemical detection system for detecting a target material, such as an explosive material, can include a cantilevered probe, a probe heater coupled to the cantilevered probe, and a piezoelectric element disposed on the cantilevered probe. The piezoelectric element can be configured as a detector and/or an actuator. Detection can include, for example, detecting a movement of the cantilevered probe or a property of the cantilevered probe. The movement or a change in the property of the cantilevered probe can occur, for example, by adsorption of the target material, desorption of the target material, reaction of the target material and/or phase change of the target material. Examples of detectable movements and properties include temperature shifts, impedance shifts, and resonant frequency shifts of the cantilevered probe. The overall chemical detection system can be incorporated, for example, into a handheld explosive material detection system.

  18. Cantilevered probe detector with piezoelectric element

    DOEpatents

    Adams, Jesse D; Sulchek, Todd A; Feigin, Stuart C

    2013-04-30

    A disclosed chemical detection system for detecting a target material, such as an explosive material, can include a cantilevered probe, a probe heater coupled to the cantilevered probe, and a piezoelectric element disposed on the cantilevered probe. The piezoelectric element can be configured as a detector and/or an actuator. Detection can include, for example, detecting a movement of the cantilevered probe or a property of the cantilevered probe. The movement or a change in the property of the cantilevered probe can occur, for example, by adsorption of the target material, desorption of the target material, reaction of the target material and/or phase change of the target material. Examples of detectable movements and properties include temperature shifts, impedance shifts, and resonant frequency shifts of the cantilevered probe. The overall chemical detection system can be incorporated, for example, into a handheld explosive material detection system.

  19. Cantilevered probe detector with piezoelectric element

    DOEpatents

    Adams, Jesse D.; Sulchek, Todd A.; Feigin, Stuart C.

    2010-04-06

    A disclosed chemical detection system for detecting a target material, such as an explosive material, can include a cantilevered probe, a probe heater coupled to the cantilevered probe, and a piezoelectric element disposed on the cantilevered probe. The piezoelectric element can be configured as a detector and/or an actuator. Detection can include, for example, detecting a movement of the cantilevered probe or a property of the cantilevered probe. The movement or a change in the property of the cantilevered probe can occur, for example, by adsorption of the target material, desorption of the target material, reaction of the target material and/or phase change of the target material. Examples of detectable movements and properties include temperature shifts, impedance shifts, and resonant frequency shifts of the cantilevered probe. The overall chemical detection system can be incorporated, for example, into a handheld explosive material detection system.

  20. Cantilevered probe detector with piezoelectric element

    DOEpatents

    Adams, Jesse D; Sulchek, Todd A; Feigin, Stuart C

    2013-04-30

    A disclosed chemical detection system for detecting a target material, such as an explosive material, can include a cantilevered probe, a probe heater coupled to the cantilevered probe, and a piezoelectric element disposed on the cantilevered probe. The piezoelectric element can be configured as a detector and/or an actuator. Detection can include, for example, detecting a movement of the cantilevered probe or a property of the cantilevered probe. The movement or a change in the property of the cantilevered probe can occur, for example, by adsorption of the target material, desorption of the target material, reaction of the target material and/or phase change of the target material. Examples of detectable movements and properties include temperature shifts, impedance shifts, and resonant frequency shifts of the cantilevered probe. The overall chemical detection system can be incorporated, for example, into a handheld explosive material detection system.