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  1. Sapphire shaped crystals for medicine

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    Shikunova, A.; Kurlov, V. N.

    2016-01-01

    The favorable combination of excellent optical and mechanical properties of sapphire makes it an attractive structural material for medicine. We have developed a new kind of medical instruments and devices for laser photodynamic and thermal therapy, laser surgery, fluorescent diagnostics, and cryosurgery based on sapphire crystals of various shapes with capillary channels in their volume.

  2. Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Fiber Sensor Instrumentation

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    Anbo Wang; Russell May; Gary R. Pickrell

    2000-10-28

    The goal of this 30 month program is to develop reliable accurate temperature sensors based on single crystal sapphire materials that can withstand the temperatures and corrosive agents present within the gasifier environment. The research for this reporting period has been segregated into two parallel paths--corrosion resistance measurements for single crystal sapphire fibers and investigation of single crystal sapphire sensor configurations. The ultimate goal of this phase one segment is to design, develop and demonstrate on a laboratory scale a suitable temperature measurement device that can be field tested in phase two of the program.

  3. Thermal debracketing of single crystal sapphire brackets.

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    Rueggeberg, F A; Lockwood, P E

    1992-01-01

    Because of their optical clarity, single crystal sapphire brackets provide an esthetic advantage over many other types of orthodontic brackets. However, debonding of these brackets has caused iatrogenic damage to enamel. Thermal debonding has been proposed for use in removing sapphire brackets without causing damage to teeth. This study determined the temperature required at the enamel/resin interface to thermally debond sapphire brackets from etched bovine enamel using 23 different commercially available orthodontic resins and one experimental product. The results indicate a wide range of debonding temperatures for the various resins. As a group, the powder-liquid materials had a statistically lower debonding temperature than the two-paste, the no-mix products, or the light-cured materials, for which the temperatures were all similar. This paper presents relative information a clinician can use in selecting an orthodontic bonding resin to minimize thermal damage to the teeth while debonding sapphire brackets.

  4. Submicron diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Hill, Cary; Homa, Daniel; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2014-10-02

    In this work, a submicron-diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber was demonstrated via wet acid etching at elevated temperatures. Etch rates on the order 2.3 µm/hr were achievable with a 3:1 molar ratio sulfuric-phosphoric acid solution maintained at a temperature of 343°C. A sapphire fiber with an approximate diameter of 800 nm was successfully fabricated from a commercially available fiber with an original diameter of 50 µm. The simple and controllable etching technique provides a feasible approach to the fabrication of unique waveguide structures via traditional silica masking techniques. The ability to tailor the geometry of sapphire optical fibers is the first step in achieving optical and sensing performance on par with its fused silica counterpart.

  5. Submicron diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Hill, Cary; Homa, Daniel; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2014-10-02

    In this work, a submicron-diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber was demonstrated via wet acid etching at elevated temperatures. Etch rates on the order 2.3 µm/hr were achievable with a 3:1 molar ratio sulfuric-phosphoric acid solution maintained at a temperature of 343°C. A sapphire fiber with an approximate diameter of 800 nm was successfully fabricated from a commercially available fiber with an original diameter of 50 µm. The simple and controllable etching technique provides a feasible approach to the fabrication of unique waveguide structures via traditional silica masking techniques. The ability to tailor the geometry of sapphire optical fibers ismore » the first step in achieving optical and sensing performance on par with its fused silica counterpart.« less

  6. Anisotropy of sapphire single crystal sputtering

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    Minnebaev, K. F.; Tolpin, K. A.; Yurasova, V. E.

    2015-08-15

    We have studied the spatial distribution of particles sputtered from the base (0001) plane of a sapphire single crystal with trigonal crystalline lattice (α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) that can be considered a superposition of two hexagonal close packed (hcp) structures–the ideal sublattice of oxygen and a somewhat deformed sublattice of aluminum. It is established that the particles sputtered from the base plane of sapphire are predominantly deposited along the sides of an irregular hexagon with spots at its vertices. The patterns of spots have been also studied for sputtering of particles from the (0001) face of a zinc single crystal with the hcp lattice. The spots of sputtered Zn atoms are arranged at the vertices of concentric equilateral hexagons. In both cases, the observed anisotropy of sputtering is related to focused collisions (direct and assisted focusing) and the channeling process. The chemical composition of spots has been determined in various regions of sputtered sapphire deposition. The results are discussed in comparison to analogous earlier data for secondary ion emission from an α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} single crystal.

  7. Modern trends in crystal growth and new applications of sapphire

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    Akselrod, Mark S.; Bruni, Frank J.

    2012-12-01

    We provide an overview of the latest market trends and modern competing methods of sapphire crystal growth and the application of sapphire wafers as LED substrates. Almost all methods of high temperature growth from the melt are suitable for sapphire production, but each of these methods has its advantages and disadvantages depending on the application and required finished product form factor. Special attention is paid to the review of defects and imperfections that allow the engineering of new active devices based on sapphire.

  8. Study of the crystal structure of silicon nanoislands on sapphire

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    Krivulin, N. O. Pirogov, A. V.; Pavlov, D. A.; Bobrov, A. I.

    2015-02-15

    The results of studies of the crystal structure of silicon nanoislands on sapphire are reported. It is shown that the principal defects in silicon nanoislands on sapphire are twinning defects. As a result of the formation of such defects, different crystallographic orientations are formed in silicon nanoislands on sapphire. In the initial stages of the molecular-beam epitaxy of silicon on sapphire, there are two basic orientations: the (001) orientation parallel to the surface and the (001) orientation at an angle of 70° to the surface.

  9. SINGLE-CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION

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    A. Wang; G. Pickrell; R. May

    2002-09-10

    In this research program, several optical instruments for high temperature measurement based on single crystal sapphire material are introduced and tested for real-time, reliable, long-term monitoring of temperatures for coal gasifier. These are sapphire fiber extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometric (EFPI) sensor; intensity-measurement based polarimetric sapphire sensor and broadband polarimetric differential interferometric (BPDI) sapphire sensor. Based on current evaluation and analysis of the experimental results, the broadband polarimetric differential interferometric (BPDI) sensor system was chosen for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the self-calibrating measurement of optical path differences (OPD) in a single-crystal sapphire disk, which is a function of both the temperature dependent birefringence and the temperature dependent dimensional changes. The BPDI sensor system extracts absolute temperature information by absolute measurement of phase delays. By encoding temperature information in optical spectrum instead of optical intensity, this sensor guarantees its relative immunity to optical source power fluctuations and fiber losses, thus providing a high degree of long-term measurement stability which is highly desired in industrial applications. The entire prototype for BPDI system including the single crystal sapphire probe, zirconia prism, alumina extension tube, optical components and signal processing hardware and software have shown excellent performance in the laboratory experiments shown in this report.

  10. A peek into the history of sapphire crystal growth

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    Harris, Daniel C.

    2003-09-01

    After the chemical compositions of sapphire and ruby were unraveled in the middle of the 19th century, chemists set out to grow artificial crystals of these valuable gemstones. In 1885 a dealer in Geneva began to sell ruby that is now believed to have been created by flame fusion. Gemnologists rapidly concluded that the stones were artificial, but the Geneva ruby stimulated A. V. L. Verneuil in Paris to develop a flame fusion process to produce higher quality ruby and sapphire. By 1900 there was brisk demand for ruby manufactured by Verneuil's method, even though Verneuil did not publicly announce his work until 1902 and did not publish details until 1904. The Verneuil process was used with little alteration for the next 50 years. From 1932-1953, S. K. Popov in the Soviet Union established a capability for manufacturing high quality sapphire by the Verneuil process. In the U.S., under government contract, Linde Air Products Co. implemented the Verneuil process for ruby and sapphire when European sources were cut off during World War II. These materials were essential to the war effort for jewel bearings in precision instruments. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Czochralski process was implemented by Linde and its successor, Union Carbide, to make higher crystal quality material for ruby lasers. Stimulated by a government contract for structural fibers in 1966, H. LaBelle invented edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG). The Saphikon company, which is currently owned by Saint-Gobain, evolved from this effort. Independently and simultaneously, Stepanov developed edge-defined film-fed growth in the Soviet Union. In 1967 F. Schmid and D. Viechnicki at the Army Materials Research Lab grew sapphire by the heat exchanger method (HEM). Schmid went on to establish Crystal Systems, Inc. around this technology. Rotem Industries, founded in Israel in 1969, perfected the growth of sapphire hemispheres and near-net-shape domes by gradient solidification. In the U.S., growth of near

  11. Failure mechanism of single crystal alumina (sapphire) in conventional machining

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    Liang, H.

    1995-12-31

    This work is to investigate the types of common failure of sapphire during machining. The various features of failure indicated and types of failure characteristics will be discussed, and where appropriate, several of the fundamental mechanisms involved will be explained. The objective of this work is to show how sapphire is removed during machining. Based on a good understanding of the failure mechanism, the machining conditions can be optimized. Machining methods discussed in this work are all conventional methods. They include grinding, diamond saw cutting, diamond core drilling, abrasive and chemomechanical polishing. The machining conditions used for each different orientation of crystal planes were consistent. The machining surfaces were observed by using optical microscope and scanning electron microscope. The surface roughness and subsurface damage were also measured and compared. Under a consistent machining condition, sapphire is machined based on its different crystal orientations. Before machining, these crystals were annealed in order to get rid of the preexisting defects. After machining, these samples were etched, and observed under optical and scanning electronic microscope. A series of observations was compared. The machining induced failures, as observed, for example, are cleavage, twinning, chipping, and pitting, etc. The effect of crystal orientation on machining is also discussed. Results show the effect of crystal orientation on material removal rate, surface and subsurface damage and thereafter surface finish. It suggests a certain orientation of crystal for a certain type of machining method.

  12. Modal reduction in single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2015-10-01

    A type of single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design is proposed to reduce the number of guided modes via a highly dispersive cladding with a periodic array of high- and low-index regions in the azimuthal direction. The structure retains a "core" region of pure single crystal (SC) sapphire in the center of the fiber and a "cladding" region of alternating layers of air and SC sapphire in the azimuthal direction that is uniform in the radial direction. The modal characteristics and confinement losses of the fundamental mode were analyzed via the finite element method by varying the effective core diameter and the dimensions of the "windmill"-shaped cladding. The simulation results showed that the number of guided modes was significantly reduced in the windmill fiber design, as the radial dimension of the air and SC sapphire cladding regions increase with corresponding decrease in the azimuthal dimension. It is anticipated that the windmill SCSF will readily improve the performance of current fiber optic sensors in the harsh environment and potentially enable those that were limited by the extremely large modal volume of unclad SCSF.

  13. Modal reduction in single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2015-10-12

    A new type of single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design is proposed to reduce the number of guided modes via a highly dispersive cladding with a periodic array of high and low index regions in the azimuthal direction. The structure retains a “core” region of pure single crystal (SC) sapphire in the center of the fiber and a “cladding” region of alternating layers of air and SC sapphire in the azimuthal direction that is uniform in the radial direction. The modal characteristics and confinement losses of the fundamental mode were analyzed via the finite element method by varying the effective core diameter and the dimensions of the “windmill” shaped cladding. The simulation results showed that the number of guided modes were significantly reduced in the “windmill” fiber design, as the radial dimension of the air and SC sapphire cladding regions increase with corresponding decrease in the azimuthal dimension. It is anticipated that the “windmill” SCSF will readily improve the performance of current fiber optic sensors in the harsh environment and potentially enable those that were limited by the extremely large modal volume of unclad SCSF.

  14. Modal reduction in single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2015-10-12

    A new type of single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design is proposed to reduce the number of guided modes via a highly dispersive cladding with a periodic array of high and low index regions in the azimuthal direction. The structure retains a “core” region of pure single crystal (SC) sapphire in the center of the fiber and a “cladding” region of alternating layers of air and SC sapphire in the azimuthal direction that is uniform in the radial direction. The modal characteristics and confinement losses of the fundamental mode were analyzed via the finite element method by varying themore » effective core diameter and the dimensions of the “windmill” shaped cladding. The simulation results showed that the number of guided modes were significantly reduced in the “windmill” fiber design, as the radial dimension of the air and SC sapphire cladding regions increase with corresponding decrease in the azimuthal dimension. It is anticipated that the “windmill” SCSF will readily improve the performance of current fiber optic sensors in the harsh environment and potentially enable those that were limited by the extremely large modal volume of unclad SCSF.« less

  15. Single-Crystal Sapphire Optical Fiber Sensor Instrumentation

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    Pickrell, Gary; Scott, Brian; Wang, Anbo; Yu, Zhihao

    2013-12-31

    This report summarizes technical progress on the program “Single-Crystal Sapphire Optical Fiber Sensor Instrumentation,” funded by the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. This project was completed in three phases, each with a separate focus. Phase I of the program, from October 1999 to April 2002, was devoted to development of sensing schema for use in high temperature, harsh environments. Different sensing designs were proposed and tested in the laboratory. Phase II of the program, from April 2002 to April 2009, focused on bringing the sensor technologies, which had already been successfully demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensors could be deployed in harsh industrial environments and eventually become commercially viable through a series of field tests. Also, a new sensing scheme was developed and tested with numerous advantages over all previous ones in Phase II. Phase III of the program, September 2009 to December 2013, focused on development of the new sensing scheme for field testing in conjunction with materials engineering of the improved sensor packaging lifetimes. In Phase I, three different sensing principles were studied: sapphire air-gap extrinsic Fabry-Perot sensors; intensity-based polarimetric sensors; and broadband polarimetric sensors. Black body radiation tests and corrosion tests were also performed in this phase. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. At the beginning of Phase II, in June 2004, the BPDI sensor was tested at the Wabash River coal gasifier

  16. SINGLE-CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION

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    A. Wang; G. Pickrell; R. May

    2002-09-10

    Accurate measurement of temperature is essential for the safe and efficient operation and control of a wide range of industrial processes. Appropriate techniques and instrumentation are needed depending on the temperature measurement requirements in different industrial processes and working environments. Harsh environments are common in many industrial applications. These harsh environments may involve extreme physical conditions, such as high-temperature, high-pressure, corrosive agents, toxicity, strong electromagnetic interference, and high-energy radiation exposure. Due to these severe environmental conditions, conventional temperature sensors are often difficult to apply. This situation has opened a new but challenging opportunity for the sensor society to provide robust, high-performance, and cost-effective temperature sensors capable of operating in those harsh environments. The focus of this research program has been to develop a temperature measurement system for temperature measurements in the primary and secondary stages of slagging gasifiers. For this application the temperature measurement system must be able to withstand the extremely harsh environment posed by the high temperatures and corrosive agents present in these systems. Real-time, accurate and reliable monitoring of temperature for the coal gasification process is important to realize the full economic potential of these gasification systems. Long life and stability of operation in the high temperature environment is essential for the temperature measurement system to ensure the continuous running of the coal gasification system over the long term. In this high temperature and chemically corrosive environment, rather limited high temperature measurement techniques such as high temperature thermocouples and optical/acoustic pyrometers are available, each with their own limitations. In this research program, five different temperature sensing schemes based on the single crystal sapphire

  17. SINGLE-CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION

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    A. Wang; G. Pickrell; R. May

    2002-10-18

    Accurate measurement of temperature is essential for the safe and efficient operation and control of a wide range of industrial processes. Appropriate techniques and instrumentation are needed depending on the temperature measurement requirements in different industrial processes and working environments. Harsh environments are common in many industrial applications. These harsh environments may involve extreme physical conditions, such as high-temperature, high-pressure, corrosive agents, toxicity, strong electromagnetic interference, and high-energy radiation exposure. Due to these severe environmental conditions, conventional temperature sensors are often difficult to apply. This situation has opened a new but challenging opportunity for the sensor society to provide robust, high-performance, and cost-effective temperature sensors capable of operating in those harsh environments. The focus of this research program has been to develop a temperature measurement system for temperature measurements in the primary and secondary stages of slagging gasifiers. For this application the temperature measurement system must be able to withstand the extremely harsh environment posed by the high temperatures and corrosive agents present in these systems. Real-time, accurate and reliable monitoring of temperature for the coal gasification process is important to realize the full economic potential of these gasification systems. Long life and stability of operation in the high temperature environment is essential for the temperature measurement system to ensure the continuous running of the coal gasification system over the long term. In this high temperature and chemically corrosive environment, rather limited high temperature measurement techniques such as high temperature thermocouples and optical/acoustic pyrometers are available, each with their own limitations. In this research program, five different temperature sensing schemes based on the single crystal sapphire

  18. Numerical computation of sapphire crystal growth using heat exchanger method

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    Lu, Chung-Wei; Chen, Jyh-Chen

    2001-05-01

    The finite element software FIDAP is employed to study the temperature and velocity distribution and the interface shape during a large sapphire crystal growth process using a heat exchanger method (HEM). In the present study, the energy input to the crucible by the radiation and convection inside the furnace and the energy output through the heat exchanger is modeled by the convection boundary conditions. The effects of the various growth parameters are studied. It is found that the contact angle is obtuse before the solid-melt interface touches the sidewall of the crucible. Therefore, hot spots always appear in this process. The maximum convexity decreases significantly when the cooling-zone radius (RC) increases. The maximum convexity also decreases significantly as the combined convection coefficient inside the furnace (hI) decreases.

  19. Clinical evaluation of a single crystal sapphire tooth implant in human beings.

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    Sclaroff, A; el-Mofty, S; Guyer, S E

    1990-08-01

    Single crystal sapphire implants are commercially prepared ceramics of aluminum oxide. These endosseous implants have been placed in patients at Washington University since 1978. The course of patients has been followed closely with periodic clinical and radiographic evaluations. Sapphire is well tolerated by hard and soft tissue and provides excellent abutments for fixed partial dentures.

  20. Modeling habit forms of sapphire crystals using the principles of periodic-bond-chain method

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    Bakholdin, S. I.; Maslov, V. N.

    2015-03-01

    The potential of the periodic-bond-chain method for calculating the sequence of manifestation of faces of corundum single crystals is considered. The leading role of the faces of the pinacoid, high rhombohedron, and hexagonal prism is demonstrated. The calculation results are compared with the experimental data on faceting the lateral surface of cylindrical sapphire single crystals grown by the Stepanov method and with the faceting data for crystals grown by the flux method and natural crystals.

  1. Optical Properties of Single-Crystal Sapphire Fibers

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    Merberg, Glenn N.

    1992-01-01

    The optical properties of edge-defined, film-fed growth (EFG) and laser heated pedestal growth (LHPG) sapphire fibers were characterized, and the utility of these fibers for medical and industrial applications assessed. While EFG fibers are not yet produced with good optical quality, they offer enormous potential for mass production of sapphire fibers. The LHPG process has been successfully employed to produce good optical quality sapphire. This dissertation focussed on the optical attenuation mechanisms which limit the transmission properties of both EFG and LHPG sapphire fibers. The EFG fibers obtained for this research were found to contain bubbles along the fiber axes. As a result of the bubble inclusions, the measured optical scattering coefficients of the fibers were quite high. At a wavelength of 2.94 mum, a typical 280 μm diameter EFG fiber had a total attenuation coefficient of 18 dB/m. The contribution of scattering to this loss was measured as 17 dB/m, and the absorptive component as measured by laser calorimetry was 1 dB/m. The wavelength dependence of the scattering in EFG fibers was found to be lambda^{-1.5}, which is consistent with a Mie scattering model for scattering of light by bubbles on the dimensional order of the wavelength. Some of the LHPG fibers grown at Rutgers had measured attenuation coefficients of less than 2 dB/m at 2.94 μm wavelength. The absorptive component of this loss was measured by laser calorimetry as 0.7 dB/m, while the scattering loss was 1 dB/m. Optical scattering in Rutgers LHPG fibers had a lambda^ {-4} wavelength dependence, although the scattering coefficients were considerably higher than predicted for intrinsic scattering. Although visible absorbing color -centers were discovered in Rutgers LHPG fibers, excessive optical scattering dominated the attenuation in this spectral region. Melt extruded Teflon-FEP claddings were applied to LHPG fibers. The claddings were very effective in reducing evanescent coupling of Er

  2. Survival of single crystal sapphire implants supporting mandibular overdentures.

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    Berge, T I; Grønningsaeter, A G

    2000-04-01

    One hundred and sixteen sapphire (Bioceram, Kyocera) implants were inserted in 30 patients between 1984 and 1991 to support mandibular overdentures. Survival analyses were made on the basis of clinical and radiographic follow-up evaluation for 15 patients with 56 implants. For the 15 patients who were lost to follow-up, 7 of whom were deceased, reviews of records and available radiographs determined outcome and observation time. The resulting Kaplan-Meier cumulative survival rate for the sapphire implants was 68.66%, mean survival time 11.44 years, 95% confidence interval 10.56-12.32 years. Uni- and multivariate analysis using the Cox Regression model, indicated an increased risk of implant failure in patients over 60 years at time of operation, and in patients who smoke. Limited experience in implant surgery were associated with increased implant failure rate. A qualitative analysis of survived implants showed a mean annual bone loss of 0.2 mm, moderate to excellent plaque control, and excellent to good subjective global assessment of the treatment. The long-term results of the sapphire implant system used for mandibular overdenture support are inferior to other implants systems.

  3. Properties Data for Adhesion and Surface Chemistry of Aluminum: Sapphire-Aluminum, Single-Crystal Couple

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    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa; Pohlchuck, Bobby; Whitle, Neville C.; Hector, Louis G., Jr.; Adams, Jim

    1998-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to examine the adhesion and surface chemistry of single-crystal aluminum in contact with single-crystal sapphire (alumina). Pull-off force (adhesion) measurements were conducted under loads of 0. I to I mN in a vacuum of 10(exp -1) to 10(exp -9) Pa (approx. 10(exp -10) to 10(exp -11) torr) at room temperature. An Auger electron spectroscopy analyzer incorporated directly into an adhesion-measuring vacuum system was primarily used to define the chemical nature of the surfaces before and after adhesion measurements. The surfaces were cleaned by argon ion sputtering. With a clean aluminum-clean -sapphire couple the mean value and standard deviation of pull-off forces required to separate the surfaces were 3015 and 298 micro-N, respectively. With a contaminated aluminum-clean sapphire couple these values were 231 and 241 micro-N. The presence of a contaminant film on the aluminum surface reduced adhesion by a factor of 13. Therefore, surfaces cleanliness, particularly aluminum cleanliness, played an important role in the adhesion of the aluminum-sapphire couples. Pressures on the order of 10(exp -8) to 10(exp -9) Pa (approx. 10(exp -10) to 10(exp -11) torr) maintained a clean aluminum surface for only a short time (less then 1 hr) but maintained a clean sapphire surface, once it was achieved, for a much longer time.

  4. Light refraction in sapphire plates with a variable angle of crystal optical axis to the surface

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    Vetrov, V. N. Ignatenkov, B. A.

    2013-05-15

    The modification of sapphire by inhomogeneous plastic deformation makes it possible to obtain plates with a variable angle of inclination of the crystal optical axis to the plate surface. The refraction of light in this plate at perpendicular and oblique incidence of a parallel beam of rays is considered. The algorithm of calculating the refractive index of extraordinary ray and the birefringence is proposed.

  5. Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals

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    El-Kady, Ihab F; Olsson, Roy H; Hopkins, Patrick; Reinke, Charles; Kim, Bongsang

    2013-08-13

    Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals can simultaneously have a large Seebeck coefficient, high electrical conductivity, and low thermal conductivity. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials can enable improved thermoelectric devices, such as thermoelectric generators and coolers, with improved performance. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials and devices can be fabricated using techniques that are compatible with standard microelectronics.

  6. Design and analysis of large-core single-mode windmill single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2016-06-01

    We present a large-core single-mode "windmill" single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design, which exhibits single-mode operation by stripping off the higher-order modes (HOMs) while maintaining the fundamental mode. The "windmill" SCSF design was analyzed using the finite element analysis method, in which all the HOMs are leaky. The numerical simulation results show single-mode operation in the spectral range from 0.4 to 2 μm in the windmill SCSF, with an effective core diameter as large as 14 μm. Such fiber is expected to improve the performance of many of the current sapphire fiber optic sensor structures.

  7. Single-crystal sapphire tubes as economical probes for optical pyrometry in harsh environments

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    Ruzicka, Jakub; Houzvicka, Jindrich; Bok, Jiri; Praus, Petr; Mojzes, Peter

    2011-12-20

    One-end-sealed single-crystal sapphire tubes are presented as a simple, robust, and economical alternative for bulky lightpipe probes. Thermal radiation from a blackbody cavity created at the inner surface of the sealed end is gathered by a simple lens-based collecting system and transmitted via optical fiber to the remote detection unit. Simplicity and applicability of the concept are demonstrated by the combination of commercially available sapphire tubes with a common optical pyrometer. Radiation thermometers with sapphire tubes as invasive probes can be useful for applications requiring immunity to electromagnetic interference, resistance to harsh environments, simple replacement in the case of failure, and enhanced mechanical firmness, enabling wider range probe positioning inside the medium of interest.

  8. Single-crystal sapphire tubes as economical probes for optical pyrometry in harsh environments.

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    Růžička, Jakub; Houžvička, Jindřich; Bok, Jiří; Praus, Petr; Mojzeš, Peter

    2011-12-20

    One-end-sealed single-crystal sapphire tubes are presented as a simple, robust, and economical alternative for bulky lightpipe probes. Thermal radiation from a blackbody cavity created at the inner surface of the sealed end is gathered by a simple lens-based collecting system and transmitted via optical fiber to the remote detection unit. Simplicity and applicability of the concept are demonstrated by the combination of commercially available sapphire tubes with a common optical pyrometer. Radiation thermometers with sapphire tubes as invasive probes can be useful for applications requiring immunity to electromagnetic interference, resistance to harsh environments, simple replacement in the case of failure, and enhanced mechanical firmness, enabling wider range probe positioning inside the medium of interest.

  9. Single-crystal sapphire tubes as economical probes for optical pyrometry in harsh environments.

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    Růžička, Jakub; Houžvička, Jindřich; Bok, Jiří; Praus, Petr; Mojzeš, Peter

    2011-12-20

    One-end-sealed single-crystal sapphire tubes are presented as a simple, robust, and economical alternative for bulky lightpipe probes. Thermal radiation from a blackbody cavity created at the inner surface of the sealed end is gathered by a simple lens-based collecting system and transmitted via optical fiber to the remote detection unit. Simplicity and applicability of the concept are demonstrated by the combination of commercially available sapphire tubes with a common optical pyrometer. Radiation thermometers with sapphire tubes as invasive probes can be useful for applications requiring immunity to electromagnetic interference, resistance to harsh environments, simple replacement in the case of failure, and enhanced mechanical firmness, enabling wider range probe positioning inside the medium of interest. PMID:22193189

  10. Low Temperature Rhombohedral Single Crystal SiGe Epitaxy on c-plane Sapphire

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    Duzik, Adam J.; Choi, Sang H.

    2016-01-01

    Current best practice in epitaxial growth of rhombohedral SiGe onto (0001) sapphire (Al2O3) substrate surfaces requires extreme conditions to grow a single crystal SiGe film. Previous models described the sapphire surface reconstruction as the overriding factor in rhombohedral epitaxy, requiring a high temperature Al-terminated surface for high quality films. Temperatures in the 850-1100 C range were thought to be necessary to get SiGe to form coherent atomic matching between the (111) SiGe plane and the (0001) sapphire surface. Such fabrication conditions are difficult and uneconomical, hindering widespread application. This work proposes an alternative model that considers the bulk sapphire structure and determines how the SiGe film nucleates and grows. Accounting for thermal expansion effects, calculations using this new model show that both pure Ge and SiGe can form single crystal films in the 450-550 C temperature range. Experimental results confirm these predictions, where x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy show the films fabricated at low temperature rival the high temperature films in crystallographic and surface quality. Finally, an explanation is provided for why films of comparable high quality can be produced in either temperature range.

  11. Low temperature rhombohedral single crystal SiGe epitaxy on c-plane sapphire

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    Duzik, Adam J.; Choi, Sang H.

    2016-04-01

    Current best practice in epitaxial growth of rhombohedral SiGe onto (0001) sapphire (Al2O3) substrate surfaces requires extreme conditions to grow a single crystal SiGe film. Previous models described the sapphire surface reconstruction as the overriding factor in rhombohedral epitaxy, requiring a high temperature Al-terminated surface for high quality films. Temperatures in the 850-1100°C range were thought to be necessary to get SiGe to form coherent atomic matching between the (111) SiGe plane and the (0001) sapphire surface. Such fabrication conditions are difficult and uneconomical, hindering widespread application. This work proposes an alternative model that considers the bulk sapphire structure and determines how the SiGe film nucleates and grows. Accounting for thermal expansion effects, calculations using this new model show that both pure Ge and SiGe can form single crystal films in the 450-550°C temperature range. Experimental results confirm these predictions, where x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy show the films fabricated at low temperature rival the high temperature films in crystallographic and surface quality. Finally, an explanation is provided for why films of comparable high quality can be produced in either temperature range.

  12. Modelling of Verneuil process for the sapphire crystal growth

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    Barvinschi, Floricica; Santailler, Jean-Louis; Duffar, Thierry; Le Gal, Hervé

    1999-03-01

    The finite element software FIDAP was used to simulate the Verneuil crystal growth process. The turbulent combustion between hydrogen and oxygen, giving water, the hydrodynamics of the gas phase, the inlet and outlet chemical species flow resulting from the combustion and the heat transfer in the furnace (including internal wall-to-wall radiation) are taken into account. A problem with 10 degrees of freedom per node is generated, solved and the results of the axisymmetric model have shown that the coupling of all these phenomena can be achieved in one numerical model. The effects of transparency of the crystal is discussed. A qualitative agreement between some experimental observations and the model is found, so that modelling may be a good tool for studying the Verneuil process. Nevertheless, some improvements of the model in conjunction with other experimental validations appear necessary.

  13. Design and analysis of large-core single-mode windmill single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2016-06-01

    We present a large-core single-mode “windmill” single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design, which exhibits single-mode operation by stripping off the higher-order modes (HOMs) while maintaining the fundamental mode. The “windmill” SCSF design was analyzed using the finite element analysis method, in which all the HOMs are leaky. The numerical simulation results show single-mode operation in the spectral range from 0.4 to 2 μm in the windmill SCSF, with an effective core diameter as large as 14 μm. Such fiber is expected to improve the performance of many of the current sapphire fiber optic sensor structures.

  14. Pulsed Laser Deposition of VO2 Single Crystal Thin Films on Sapphire Substrates

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    Zhu, Pei-ran; S, Yamamoto; A, Miyashita; H, Naramoto

    1998-12-01

    Thin films of VO2 single-crystalline on (0001) sapphire substrates have been prepared by visible pulsed laser ablation technique. The crystal quality and properties of the films are evaluated through electrical resistance measurement, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and Rutherford-backscattering spectroscopy/channeling (RBS/C) analysis. The dependence of the surface electrical resistance of the films on the temperature shows semiconductor-to-metal transitions with the resistance change of 7 × 103-2 × 104. The hysteresis widths are from less than 1 to 3 K. XRD and RBS/C data reveal that the films prepared in particular conditions are single-crystalline VO2 with the (010) planes parallel to the surface of the sapphire substrate.

  15. A new material (single crystal sapphire screw) for internal fixation of the mandibular ramus.

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    Iizuka, T; Fujimoto, H; Ono, T

    1987-02-01

    A new single crystal sapphire bone screw which has favourable properties such as chemical stability, mechanical strength and biocompatibility, was applied for rigid internal fixation of the sagittal split osteotomies in 86 cases since 1982. Radiographic findings supported the excellent biocompatibility of the material; there was no noticeable bone loss around the screw and the excellent bone adaptation to the threaded portion was observed. The screws can mechanically support the split mandibular rami until bone union occurs. Complications due to the screw were not encountered in follow-up periods of 0.5-3.5 years.

  16. Initial bone-implant interfaces of submergible and supramergible endosseous single-crystal sapphire implants.

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    Akagawa, Y; Hashimoto, M; Kondo, N; Satomi, K; Takata, T; Tsuru, H

    1986-01-01

    Three types of bone-single-crystal sapphire implant interfaces were histologically determined in submergible and supramergible implant: direct bone apposition (type I), thin connective tissue with poor collagen fibers (type II), and dense fibrous connective tissue (type III). Type I interface was predominant and type III interface was sparsely seen in submergible implants. In contrast to these findings, type III interfaces frequently appeared in supramergible implants, primarily at the apical region. These differences were considered to occur by the biomechanical variable of postoperative healing.

  17. Single-crystal sapphire microstructure for high-resolution synchrotron X-ray monochromators

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    Asadchikov, Victor E.; Butashin, Andrey V.; Buzmakov, Alexey V.; Deryabin, Alexander N.; Kanevsky, Vladimir M.; Prokhorov, Igor A.; Roshchin, Boris S.; Volkov, Yuri O.; Zolotov, Dennis A.; Jafari, Atefeh; et al

    2016-03-22

    We report on the growth and characterization of several sapphire single crystals for the purpose of x-ray optics applications. Structural defects were studied by means of laboratory double-crystal X-ray diffractometry and white beam synchrotron-radiation topography. The investigations confirmed that the main defect types are dislocations. The best quality crystal was grown using the Kyropoulos technique with a dislocation density of 102-103 cm-2 and a small area with approximately 2*2 mm2 did not show dislocation contrast in many reflections and has suitable quality for application as a backscattering monochromator. As a result, a clear correlation between growth rate and dislocation densitymore » is observed, though growth rate is not the only parameter impacting the quality.« less

  18. Laser-diode pumped glass-clad Ti:sapphire crystal fiber laser.

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    Wang, Shih-Chang; Hsu, Chun-Yang; Yang, Tzu-Te; Jheng, Dong-Yo; Yang, Teng-I; Ho, Tuan-Shu; Huang, Sheng-Lung

    2016-07-15

    Efficient glass-clad crystal fiber (CF) lasers were demonstrated using a Ti:sapphire crystalline core as the gain medium. With a core diameter of 18 μm, the laser diode (LD) pump source can be effectively coupled and guided throughout the crystal fiber for a low threshold and high slope efficiency laser operation. The advantage of high heat dissipation efficiency of the fiber structure can be derived from the low core temperature rising measurement (i.e., 17 K/W) with passive cooling. At an output transmittance of 23%, the lowest absorbed threshold of 118.2 mW and highest slope efficiency of 29.6% were achieved, with linear laser polarization.

  19. Laser-diode pumped glass-clad Ti:sapphire crystal fiber laser.

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    Wang, Shih-Chang; Hsu, Chun-Yang; Yang, Tzu-Te; Jheng, Dong-Yo; Yang, Teng-I; Ho, Tuan-Shu; Huang, Sheng-Lung

    2016-07-15

    Efficient glass-clad crystal fiber (CF) lasers were demonstrated using a Ti:sapphire crystalline core as the gain medium. With a core diameter of 18 μm, the laser diode (LD) pump source can be effectively coupled and guided throughout the crystal fiber for a low threshold and high slope efficiency laser operation. The advantage of high heat dissipation efficiency of the fiber structure can be derived from the low core temperature rising measurement (i.e., 17 K/W) with passive cooling. At an output transmittance of 23%, the lowest absorbed threshold of 118.2 mW and highest slope efficiency of 29.6% were achieved, with linear laser polarization. PMID:27420499

  20. Mid-infrared silicon-on-sapphire waveguide coupled photonic crystal microcavities

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    Zou, Yi E-mail: swapnajit.chakravarty@omegaoptics.com Chen, Ray T. E-mail: swapnajit.chakravarty@omegaoptics.com; Chakravarty, Swapnajit E-mail: swapnajit.chakravarty@omegaoptics.com

    2015-08-24

    We experimentally demonstrate a photonic crystal (PC) microcavity side coupled to a W1.05 photonic crystal waveguide fabricated in silicon-on-sapphire working in mid-IR regime at 3.43 μm. Using a fixed wavelength laser source, propagation characteristics of PC waveguides without microcavity are characterized as a function of lattice constant to determine the light line position, stop gap, and guided mode transmission behavior. The resonance of an L21 PC microcavity coupled to the W1.05 PCW in the guided mode transmission region is then measured by thermal tuning of the cavity resonance across the source wavelength. Resonance quality factor ∼3500 is measured from the temperature dependency curve.

  1. Synthesis and Transfer of Large-Area Monolayer WS2 Crystals: Moving Toward the Recyclable Use of Sapphire Substrates.

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    Xu, Zai-Quan; Zhang, Yupeng; Lin, Shenghuang; Zheng, Changxi; Zhong, Yu Lin; Xia, Xue; Li, Zhipeng; Sophia, Ponraj Joice; Fuhrer, Michael S; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2015-06-23

    Two-dimensional layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) show intriguing potential for optoelectronic devices due to their exotic electronic and optical properties. Only a few efforts have been dedicated to large-area growth of TMDs. Practical applications will require improving the efficiency and reducing the cost of production, through (1) new growth methods to produce large size TMD monolayer with less-stringent conditions, and (2) nondestructive transfer techniques that enable multiple reuse of growth substrate. In this work, we report to employ atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) for the synthesis of large size (>100 μm) single crystals of atomically thin tungsten disulfide (WS2), a member of TMD family, on sapphire substrate. More importantly, we demonstrate a polystyrene (PS) mediated delamination process via capillary force in water which reduces the etching time in base solution and imposes only minor damage to the sapphire substrate. The transferred WS2 flakes are of excellent continuity and exhibit comparable electron mobility after several growth cycles on the reused sapphire substrate. Interestingly, the photoluminescence emission from WS2 grown on the recycled sapphire is much higher than that on fresh sapphire, possibly due to p-type doping of monolayer WS2 flakes by a thin layer of water intercalated at the atomic steps of the recycled sapphire substrate. The growth and transfer techniques described here are expected to be applicable to other atomically thin TMD materials.

  2. Synthesis and Transfer of Large-Area Monolayer WS2 Crystals: Moving Toward the Recyclable Use of Sapphire Substrates.

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    Xu, Zai-Quan; Zhang, Yupeng; Lin, Shenghuang; Zheng, Changxi; Zhong, Yu Lin; Xia, Xue; Li, Zhipeng; Sophia, Ponraj Joice; Fuhrer, Michael S; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2015-06-23

    Two-dimensional layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) show intriguing potential for optoelectronic devices due to their exotic electronic and optical properties. Only a few efforts have been dedicated to large-area growth of TMDs. Practical applications will require improving the efficiency and reducing the cost of production, through (1) new growth methods to produce large size TMD monolayer with less-stringent conditions, and (2) nondestructive transfer techniques that enable multiple reuse of growth substrate. In this work, we report to employ atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) for the synthesis of large size (>100 μm) single crystals of atomically thin tungsten disulfide (WS2), a member of TMD family, on sapphire substrate. More importantly, we demonstrate a polystyrene (PS) mediated delamination process via capillary force in water which reduces the etching time in base solution and imposes only minor damage to the sapphire substrate. The transferred WS2 flakes are of excellent continuity and exhibit comparable electron mobility after several growth cycles on the reused sapphire substrate. Interestingly, the photoluminescence emission from WS2 grown on the recycled sapphire is much higher than that on fresh sapphire, possibly due to p-type doping of monolayer WS2 flakes by a thin layer of water intercalated at the atomic steps of the recycled sapphire substrate. The growth and transfer techniques described here are expected to be applicable to other atomically thin TMD materials. PMID:25961515

  3. ON-LINE SELF-CALIBRATING SINGLE CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION FOR ACCURATE AND RELIABLE COAL GASIFIER TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang

    2003-04-01

    This report summarizes technical progress over the first six months of the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the BPDI sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Research efforts were focused on analyzing and testing factors that impact performance degradation of the initially designed sensor prototype, including sensing element movement within the sensing probe and optical signal quality degradation. Based these results, a new version of the sensing system was designed by combining the sapphire disk sensing element and the single crystal zirconia right angle light reflector into one novel single crystal sapphire right angle prism. The new sensor prototype was tested up to 1650 C.

  4. The study on the nanomachining property and cutting model of single-crystal sapphire by atomic force microscopy.

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    Huang, Jen-Ching; Weng, Yung-Jin

    2014-01-01

    This study focused on the nanomachining property and cutting model of single-crystal sapphire during nanomachining. The coated diamond probe is used to as a tool, and the atomic force microscopy (AFM) is as an experimental platform for nanomachining. To understand the effect of normal force on single-crystal sapphire machining, this study tested nano-line machining and nano-rectangular pattern machining at different normal force. In nano-line machining test, the experimental results showed that the normal force increased, the groove depth from nano-line machining also increased. And the trend is logarithmic type. In nano-rectangular pattern machining test, it is found when the normal force increases, the groove depth also increased, but rather the accumulation of small chips. This paper combined the blew by air blower, the cleaning by ultrasonic cleaning machine and using contact mode probe to scan the surface topology after nanomaching, and proposed the "criterion of nanomachining cutting model," in order to determine the cutting model of single-crystal sapphire in the nanomachining is ductile regime cutting model or brittle regime cutting model. After analysis, the single-crystal sapphire substrate is processed in small normal force during nano-linear machining; its cutting modes are ductile regime cutting model. In the nano-rectangular pattern machining, due to the impact of machined zones overlap, the cutting mode is converted into a brittle regime cutting model.

  5. Comparison between numerical modeling and experimental measurements of the interface shape in Kyropoulos growth of Ti-doped sapphire crystals

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    Stelian, C.; Sen, G.; Barthalay, N.; Duffar, T.

    2016-11-01

    Numerical modeling is applied to investigate the factors affecting the shape of the crystal-melt interface during the growth of Ti-doped sapphire crystals by using the Kyropoulos method. Numerical results are compared to experimental visualization of the growth interface in the case of ingots grown in crucibles of 15 cm in diameter. The transient computations of the heat transfer and melt convection show that the interface curvature depends on the internal radiative effect in the sapphire crystal. The effective thermal conductivity increases significantly in the case of Ti-doped crystals, leading to conical shapes of the interface with large curvatures. The growth interface is less curved in the case of non-doped sapphire crystals which have a smaller absorption coefficient. The convection driven by buoyancy and Marangoni effects has also a strong effect on the interface shape. The intensity of the Marangoni flow increases significantly during the shouldering stage of the growth, leading to a more curved interface with a convex-concave shape. The comparison between numerically computed interface deflection and the experimental results shows a good agreement. According to present numerical analysis, the formation of a plateau and the temporal concave shape of the crystal are related to unfavorable thermal conditions at the beginning of the growth process.

  6. Defect Analysis of Boron Phosphide Thin Films and Sapphire Single Crystal Using Synchrotron X-ray Topography

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    Ding, Zihao

    Boron phosphide is an ideal semiconductor material used for neutron detectors because of its superior material properties, such as wide band gap and large thermal neutron capture cross-section of 10B. Since bulk BP is not readily available for neutron detector application, BP thin films are mainly synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Among all the feasible substrates for BP deposition, SiC stands out due to its small lattice mismatch (4.5%) with BP, however it is necessary to optimize the growth condition to synthesize high quality BP thin films on SiC. In chapter III, BP thin film samples deposited on 4H-SiC and 6H-SiC under different growth conditions are characterized, mainly using synchrotron X-ray topography and other techniques such as optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The relationship between BP thin film crystal quality and substrate material and orientation and other growth conditions is investigated. It can be concluded from the experimental data that the crystal quality of BP thin films on 4H-SiC substrate is much better than that on 6H-SiC substrate. Besides, poor crystalline quality of substrate will likely degrade the crystalline quality of epitaxial thin films. Sapphire single crystal has been widely used in high-technology industry because of its excellent combination between optical, electrical and mechanical properties. In this thesis, a-plane sapphire ribbon grown by Edge-defined Film-fed Growth method (EFG) is analyzed by characterizing the seed crystals used and the quality of as-grown ribbon, by reflection X-ray topography. Distributions and formation mechanisms of defects inside both the sapphire seed crystal and ribbon crystal are studied. Transmission topographs reveal the presence of two sets of slip bands that are nucleated from either edge, the distribution of which is symmetric in the used seed crystal and asymmetric in the pristine seed crystal. This phenomenon could be caused by the unstable growth

  7. Laser-induced microexplosion confined in the bulk of a sapphire crystal: evidence of multimegabar pressures.

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    Juodkazis, S; Nishimura, K; Tanaka, S; Misawa, H; Gamaly, E G; Luther-Davies, B; Hallo, L; Nicolai, P; Tikhonchuk, V T

    2006-04-28

    Extremely high pressures (approximately 10 TPa) and temperatures (5 x 10(5) K) have been produced using a single laser pulse (100 nJ, 800 nm, 200 fs) focused inside a sapphire crystal. The laser pulse creates an intensity over 10(14) W/cm2 converting material within the absorbing volume of approximately 0.2 microm3 into plasma in a few fs. A pressure of approximately 10 TPa, far exceeding the strength of any material, is created generating strong shock and rarefaction waves. This results in the formation of a nanovoid surrounded by a shell of shock-affected material inside undamaged crystal. Analysis of the size of the void and the shock-affected zone versus the deposited energy shows that the experimental results can be understood on the basis of conservation laws and be modeled by plasma hydrodynamics. Matter subjected to record heating and cooling rates of 10(18) K/s can, thus, be studied in a well-controlled laboratory environment.

  8. Bulk vertical micromachining of single-crystal sapphire using inductively coupled plasma etching for x-ray resonant cavities

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    Chen, P.-C.; Lin, P.-T.; Mikolas, D. G.; Tsai, Y.-W.; Wang, Y.-L.; Fu, C.-C.; Chang, S.-L.

    2015-01-01

    To provide coherent x-ray sources for probing the dynamic structures of solid or liquid biological substances on the picosecond timescale, a high-aspect-ratio x-ray resonator cavity etched from a single crystal substrate with a nearly vertical sidewall structure is required. Although high-aspect-ratio resonator cavities have been produced in silicon, they suffer from unwanted multiple beam effects. However, this problem can be avoided by using the reduced symmetry of single-crystal sapphire in which x-ray cavities may produce a highly monochromatic transmitted x-ray beam. In this study, we performed nominal 100 µm deep etching and vertical sidewall profiles in single crystal sapphire using inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching. The large depth is required to intercept a useful fraction of a stopped-down x-ray beam, as well as for beam clearance. An electroplated Ni hard mask was patterned using KMPR 1050 photoresist and contact lithography. The quality and performance of the x-ray cavity depended upon the uniformity of the cavity gap and therefore verticality of the fabricated vertical sidewall. To our knowledge, this is the first report of such deep, vertical etching of single-crystal sapphire. A gas mixture of Cl2/BCl3/Ar was used to etch the sapphire with process variables including BCl3 flow ratio and bias power. By etching for 540 min under optimal conditions, we obtained an x-ray resonant cavity with a depth of 95 µm, width of ~30 µm, gap of ~115 µm and sidewall profile internal angle of 89.5°. The results show that the etching parameters affected the quality of the vertical sidewall, which is essential for good x-ray resonant cavities.

  9. Single-crystal sapphire resonator at millikelvin temperatures: Observation of thermal bistability in high-Q factor whispering gallery modes

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    Creedon, Daniel L.; Tobar, Michael E.; Le Floch, Jean-Michel; Reshitnyk, Yarema; Duty, Timothy

    2010-09-01

    Resonance modes in single crystal sapphire ({alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) exhibit extremely high electrical and mechanical Q factors ({approx_equal}10{sup 9} at 4 K), which are important characteristics for electromechanical experiments at the quantum limit. We report the cool down of a bulk sapphire sample below superfluid liquid-helium temperature (1.6 K) to as low as 25 mK. The electromagnetic properties were characterized at microwave frequencies, and we report the observation of electromagnetically induced thermal bistability in whispering gallery modes due to the material T{sup 3} dependence on thermal conductivity and the ultralow dielectric loss tangent. We identify ''magic temperatures'' between 80 and 2100 mK, the lowest ever measured, at which the onset of bistability is suppressed and the frequency-temperature dependence is annulled. These phenomena at low temperatures make sapphire suitable for quantum metrology and ultrastable clock applications, including the possible realization of the quantum-limited sapphire clock.

  10. ON-LINE SELF-CALIBRATING SINGLE CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION FOR ACCURATE AND RELIABLE COAL GASIFIER TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang

    2003-11-01

    This report summarizes technical progress over the second six month period of the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the BPDI sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Research efforts were focused on evaluating corrosion effects in single crystal sapphire at temperatures up to 1400 C, and designing the sensor mechanical packaging with input from Wabash River Power Plant. Upcoming meetings will establish details for the gasifier field test.

  11. Mandibular single crystal sapphire implants: changes in crestal bone levels over three years.

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    Fartash, B; Eliasson, S; Arvidson, K

    1995-09-01

    A total of 190 single crystal sapphire implants, 85 short (4S9S) and 105 long (4S9L), were monitored with panoramic and intraoral radiographs for 3 years. The implants were used as abutments for overdentures in edentulous mandibles in 51 patients. Within the first year, 2 patients lost one implant each due to pain and lack of osseointegration. Neither was replaced and the superstructures remained stable. At baseline registration, i.e., immediately after the prosthetic installation, the bone height relative to the length of the implant was calculated. The mean bone implant score (BIS) was 63.55 +/- 1.34% (mean +/- SE). BIS decreased during the first year 62.18 +/- 1.51%. At the 2- and 3-year recordings, the mean BIS were 61.81 +/- 1.58% and 61.73 +/- 1.63%, respectively. There were no statistically significant differences in BIS changes over the 3-year period or between men and women. The decrease in mean BIS was greater for implants in the premolar region than in the incisor region and for short implants than for long implants.

  12. DOE SAPPHIRE PROJECT

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    Dr. Gary R. Pickrell

    2000-03-01

    Since this is the first report for this project an extensive background section follows on the theory of operation of the single crystal sapphire sensor technology which will be developed and field tested at the Wabash River Coal Gasification Facility. Requirements for the temperature sensors for implementation in the coal gasifiers has been established in conjunction with the industrial partner, Dynegy. Coal slag immersion tests indicate good corrosion resistance of the single crystal sapphire. However, a more sophisticated corrosion apparatus has been constructed in order to test the optical attenuation of a single crystal sapphire fiber immersed in the coal slag at high temperature. These results will be reported in the next period. The data to date for sapphire sensor development is promising. More extensive data on the sapphire fiber sensor development will be reported for the next period.

  13. On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement

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    Kristie Cooper; Anbo Wang

    2007-03-31

    This report summarizes technical progress October 2006 - March 2007 on the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. During the second phase, an alternative high temperature sensing system based on Fabry-Perot interferometry was developed that offers a number of advantages over the BPDI solution. The objective of this program is to bring the sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. The sapphire wafer-based interferometric sensing system that was installed at TECO's Polk Power Station remained in operation for seven months. Our efforts have been focused on monitoring and analyzing the real-time data collected, and preparing for a second field test.

  14. An approach to crystallizing proteins by synthetic symmetrization.

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    Banatao, D Rey; Cascio, Duilio; Crowley, Christopher S; Fleissner, Mark R; Tienson, Heather L; Yeates, Todd O

    2006-10-31

    Previous studies of symmetry preferences in protein crystals suggest that symmetric proteins, such as homodimers, might crystallize more readily on average than asymmetric, monomeric proteins. Proteins that are naturally monomeric can be made homodimeric artificially by forming disulfide bonds between individual cysteine residues introduced by mutagenesis. Furthermore, by creating a variety of single-cysteine mutants, a series of distinct synthetic dimers can be generated for a given protein of interest, with each expected to gain advantage from its added symmetry and to exhibit a crystallization behavior distinct from the other constructs. This strategy was tested on phage T4 lysozyme, a protein whose crystallization as a monomer has been studied exhaustively. Experiments on three single-cysteine mutants, each prepared in dimeric form, yielded numerous novel crystal forms that cannot be realized by monomeric lysozyme. Six new crystal forms have been characterized. The results suggest that synthetic symmetrization may be a useful approach for enlarging the search space for crystallizing proteins.

  15. ON-LINE SELF-CALIBRATING SINGLE CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION FOR ACCURATE AND RELIABLE COAL GASIFIER TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang; Zhengyu Huang; Yizheng Zhu

    2005-04-01

    This report summarizes technical progress October 2004-March 2005 on the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the BPDI sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Due to the difficulties described on the last report, field testing of the BPDI system has not continued to date. However, we have developed an alternative high temperature sensing solution, which is described in this report.

  16. On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang

    2005-11-01

    This report summarizes technical progress April-September 2005 on the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Due to the difficulties described on the last report, field testing of the BPDI system has not continued to date. However, we have developed an alternative high temperature sensing solution, which is described in this report. The sensing system will be installed and tested at TECO's Polk Power Station. Following a site visit in June 2005, our efforts have been focused on preparing for that field test, including he design of the sensor mechanical packaging, sensor electronics, the data transfer module, and the necessary software codes to accommodate this application.. We are currently ready to start sensor fabrication.

  17. ON-LINE SELF-CALIBRATING SINGLE CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION FOR ACCURATE AND RELIABLE COAL GASIFIER TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang; Zhengyu Huang

    2004-04-01

    This report summarizes technical progress over the third six month period of the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the BPDI sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Research efforts were focused on sensor probe design and machining, sensor electronics design, software algorithm design, sensor field installation procedures, and sensor remote data access and control. Field testing will begin in the next several weeks.

  18. Comparative evaluation of chewing function with removable partial dentures and fixed prostheses supported by the single-crystal sapphire implant in the Kennedy Class II partially edentulous mandible.

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    Akagawa, Y; Okane, H; Kondo, N; Tsuga, K; Tsuru, H

    1989-01-01

    Differential chewing function with removable partial dentures (RPDs) and fixed prostheses supported by the single-crystal sapphire implant was evaluated in five subjects with Kennedy Class II partially edentulous mandibles by means of electromyography. Rehabilitation with the single-crystal sapphire implant resulted in regular chewing patterns with a low variation coefficient and higher activity of chewing-side masticatory muscles compared to RPD rehabilitation. This difference in chewing function between the two rehabilitation modalities could be the result of differences in stability of occlusion and neurophysiologic feedback systems.

  19. Structure analysis on synthetic emerald crystals

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    Lee, Pei-Lun; Lee, Jiann-Shing; Huang, Eugene; Liao, Ju-Hsiou

    2013-05-01

    Single crystals of emerald synthesized by means of the flux method were adopted for crystallographic analyses. Emerald crystals with a wide range of Cr3+-doping content up to 3.16 wt% Cr2O3 were examined by X-ray single crystal diffraction refinement method. The crystal structures of the emerald crystals were refined to R 1 (all data) of 0.019-0.024 and w R 2 (all data) of 0.061-0.073. When Cr3+ substitutes for Al3+, the main adjustment takes place in the Al-octahedron and Be-tetrahedron. The effect of substitution of Cr3+ for Al3+ in the beryl structure results in progressively lengthening of the Al-O distance, while the length of the other bonds remains nearly unchanged. The substitution of Cr3+ for Al3+ may have caused the expansion of a axis, while keeping the c axis unchanged in the emerald lattice. As a consequence, the Al-O-Si and Al-O-Be bonding angles are found to decrease, while the angle of Si-O-Be increases as the Al-O distance increases during the Cr replacement.

  20. High performance sapphire windows

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    Bates, Stephen C.; Liou, Larry

    1993-01-01

    High-quality, wide-aperture optical access is usually required for the advanced laser diagnostics that can now make a wide variety of non-intrusive measurements of combustion processes. Specially processed and mounted sapphire windows are proposed to provide this optical access to extreme environment. Through surface treatments and proper thermal stress design, single crystal sapphire can be a mechanically equivalent replacement for high strength steel. A prototype sapphire window and mounting system have been developed in a successful NASA SBIR Phase 1 project. A large and reliable increase in sapphire design strength (as much as 10x) has been achieved, and the initial specifications necessary for these gains have been defined. Failure testing of small windows has conclusively demonstrated the increased sapphire strength, indicating that a nearly flawless surface polish is the primary cause of strengthening, while an unusual mounting arrangement also significantly contributes to a larger effective strength. Phase 2 work will complete specification and demonstration of these windows, and will fabricate a set for use at NASA. The enhanced capabilities of these high performance sapphire windows will lead to many diagnostic capabilities not previously possible, as well as new applications for sapphire.

  1. Histology of tissues surrounding single crystal sapphire endosseous dental implants: an experimental study in the beagle dog.

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    Fartash, B; Arvidson, K; Ericsson, I

    1990-12-01

    9 single crystal sapphire dental implants were installed bilaterally into pre-extracted areas in the lower jaw of two beagle dogs and histologically analysed after 180 days in situ. 8 implants were stable and radiographs disclosed complete bone healing. Light-, scanning- and transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that the stable implants were surrounded by a mineralizing bone boundary and a mucosa nearly free from inflammatory cell infiltrations. The 9th implant was mobile and surrounded by a non-mineralized connective tissue capsule containing bundles of collagen. The ultrastructure of the mucosa surrounding the implants closely resembled the mucosa surrounding the tooth. Histometric analysis of the alveolar bone surrounding the stable implants revealed that the value of the bone contact surface ranged from 37.1% to 86.9% (mean value 61.8%) at the light microscopic level.

  2. Crystal orientation mechanism of ZnTe epilayers formed on different orientations of sapphire substrates by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Nakasu, T. Yamashita, S.; Aiba, T.; Hattori, S.; Sun, W.; Taguri, K.; Kazami, F.; Kobayashi, M.

    2014-10-28

    The electrooptic effect in ZnTe has recently attracted research attention, and various device structures using ZnTe have been explored. For application to practical terahertz wave detector devices based on ZnTe thin films, sapphire substrates are preferred because they enable the optical path alignment to be simplified. ZnTe/sapphire heterostructures were focused upon, and ZnTe epilayers were prepared on highly mismatched sapphire substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. Epitaxial relationships between the ZnTe thin films and the sapphire substrates with their various orientations were investigated using an X-ray diffraction pole figure method. (0001) c-plane, (1-102) r-plane, (1-100) m-plane, and (11-20) a-plane oriented sapphire substrates were used in this study. The epitaxial relationship between ZnTe and c-plane sapphire was found to be (111) ZnTe//(0001) sapphire with an in-plane orientation relationship of [−211] ZnTe//[1-100] sapphire. It was found that the (211)-plane ZnTe layer was grown on the m-plane of the sapphire substrates, and the (100)-plane ZnTe layer was grown on the r-plane sapphire. When the sapphire substrates were inclined from the c-plane towards the m-axis direction, the orientation of the ZnTe thin films was then tilted from the (111)-plane to the (211)-plane. The c-plane of the sapphire substrates governs the formation of the (111) ZnTe domain and the ZnTe epilayer orientation. These crystallographic features were also related to the atom arrangements of ZnTe and sapphire.

  3. Influence of the crucible geometry on the shape of the melt crystal interface during growth of sapphire crystal using a heat exchanger method

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    Chen, Jyh-Chen; Lu, Chung-Wei

    2004-05-01

    Computer simulations using the commercial code FIDAP, which is based on finite element techniques, were performed to investigate the effect of the shape of the crucible on the temperature distribution, velocity distribution and shape of the melt-crystal interface, during the application of the heat exchanger method (HEM) of growing sapphire crystals. Heat transfer from the furnace to the crucible and heat extraction from the heat exchanger can be modeled by the convection boundary conditions. Cylindrical crucibles with differently curved corners at their base are considered. The curved base of the crucible decreases the convexity of the melt-crystal interface and suppresses the appearance of "hot spots". A hemispherically shaped crucible base yields the lowest maximum convexity. The variation in convexity of the melt-crystal interface is less abrupt for a cylindrical crucible with curved corners at the base than one without curved corners. The effects of the thickness and the conductivity of the crucible are also addressed. The convexity of the melt-crystal interface decreases as the thickness of the crucible wall increases. The convexity also declines as the conductivity of the crucible increases.

  4. Characterization of critically cleaned sapphire single-crystal substrates by atomic force microscopy, XPS and contact angle measurements

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    Zhang, Dan; Wang, You; Gan, Yang

    2013-06-01

    A contaminant-free surface of single-crystal α-Al2O3 (or sapphire) substrates is key to the experimental studies of its surface and interfacial properties at ambient conditions. Here we critically evaluated methods reported in the literature using comprehensive surface analysis techniques including atomic force microscopy, XPS and contact angle measurements. We found that reported methods did not perform well in terms of removing both organic and particulate contaminants from the (0 0 0 1) basal surface. After thoroughly examining the cleaning effect of various chemical solutions and UV light and plasma irradiation, and based on modified RCA cleaning protocols, we proposed a new wet-cleaning method showing outstanding cleaning performance. This new reliable method will be very useful for the next-step surface chemistry study of single-crystal α-Al2O3. It was also demonstrated that AFM, due to its high spatial resolution and sensitivity as a local probe technique, was an indispensable tool for surface contamination control studies.

  5. Crystallization by Particle Attachment in Synthetic, Biogenic, and Geologic Environments

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    De Yoreo, James J.; Gilbert, Pupa U.; Sommerdijk, Nico; Penn, R. Lee; Whitelam, Stephen B.; Joester, Derk; Zhang, Hengzhong; Rimer, Jeffrey D.; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Banfield, Jillian F.; Wallace, Adam F.; Michel, F. M.; Meldrum, Fiona C.; Colfen, Helmut; Dove, Patricia M.

    2015-07-31

    Field and laboratory observations show that crystals commonly form by the addition and attachment of particles that range from multi-ion complexes to fully formed nanoparticles. These non-classical pathways to crystallization are diverse, in contrast to classical models that consider the addition of monomeric chemical species. We review progress toward understanding crystal growth by particle attachment processes and show that multiple pathways result from the interplay of free energy landscapes and reaction dynamics. Much remains unknown about the fundamental aspects; particularly the relationships between solution structure, interfacial forces, and particle motion. Developing a predictive description that connects molecular details to ensemble behavior will require revisiting long-standing interpretations of crystal formation in synthetic systems and patterns of mineralization in natural environments.

  6. Solidification and crystallization kinetics of synthetic and lunar simulant basalts

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    Dela'o, J. D.; Hellawell, A.; Pletka, B. J.; Rose, W. I.

    A program of extraterrestrial materials research has been initiated in order to improve understanding of the evolution of planetary crystal structures and to devise methods of processing extraterrestrial materials at their source. As part of this program, samples of synthetic silicates with compositions in the quasi-binary eutectic system Diopside-Anorthite and naturally occurring terrestrial basalts having compositions approximating lunar basalts (Minnesota Lunar Simulant, MLS) were float zone-melted and solidified in an arc image furnace. At growth rates less than 6 mm/yr, samples of each composition solidified as wholly crystalline materials, while at higher growth rates samples of MLS and synthetics of compositions intermediate between anorthite and diopside showed decreasing proportions of crystalline material. MLS samples grown in air showed greater crystallization rates than those grown in argon; the crystalline phases had compositions corresponding to common igneous materials.

  7. Helical tubuland diols: a synthetic and crystal engineering quest.

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    Bishop, Roger

    2009-01-20

    Despite many advances in recent years, crystal engineering remains a risky venture. A successful outcome requires manipulation of the noncovalent bonding and properties such as size, shape, repulsion, attraction, polarity, and chirality. In this Account, we describe the interplay of crystal engineering and synthetic organic chemistry required to develop the family of helical tubuland diol hosts, the members of which exhibit a wide range of tube dimensions and inclusion properties. Certain alicyclic dialcohols crystallize with a hydrogen-bonded network structure, termed the helical tubuland lattice, in space group P3(1)21 (or its enantiomorph P3(2)21). Double helices of diol molecules surround parallel tubes that contain guest molecules, which are included on the basis of size and shape rather than functional group. The crystal structure of (diol)(3).(chloroacetic acid)(1.2) is illustrative. These chiral helical tubulate lattice inclusion compounds are formed when the racemic host diol is allowed to crystallize from solution. Complete enantiomer separation occurs during this process, producing a 1:1 mixture of pure (+)- and pure (-)-crystals (a conglomerate). The challenge of creating this family of compounds required the development of much synthetic chemistry, in particular new pathways to alicyclic ring systems with specific substitution patterns. It was also necessary to understand and control the supramolecular properties of the diol molecules. What makes the original compound tick, and why did it behave in this remarkable manner, when most of its structural neighbors crystallize totally differently? The synthesis of new helical tubuland diols requires not just preparation of a new molecular structure but also a transplant of the original unchanged hydrogen-bonding supramolecular synthon. Synthesis of the specific crystal space group is necessary. This was achieved by defining structural characteristics, termed molecular determinants, which are essential for

  8. Optical Properties of Natural and Synthetic Beryl Crystals

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    Skvortsova, V.; Mironova-Ulmane, N.; Trinkler, L.; Merkulov, V.

    2015-03-01

    The results of investigation of photoluminescence and UV-Visible absorption spectra of natural beryl crystals from Ural Mountains before and after fast neutron irradiation and synthetic crystal grown in Belarus and Russia are presented. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of synthetic beryl crystals contain a broad band with maxima 740 nm excited both by UV light (λex = 260 nm, 271 nm) and laser excitation (λex =263 nm). This band is connected with Fe2+ ions. The temperature lowering down to 8 K leads to appearance of narrow lines in the 680 - 720 nm regions. Emission lines observed in the luminescence spectra are connected with electron transition 2Eg→4A2g of the Cr3+ ions: R-lines (682.5 nm) arise from isolated Cr3+ ions occupying Al3+ sites; N-lines (691, 698, 703, 706 and 711 nm) arise from several types of exchange-coupled pairs of Cr3+ ions occupying first, second and third nearest and related neighbour Al3+ sites. It is shown that the absorption bands in the 690-580 nm region of natural pale blue beryl crystals caused by neutron irradiation belong to a complex center, which consists of Cr3+ ions and radiation defect - F or F+- center. Presence of Fe2+ ions contributes to the persistence of the complex defect.

  9. Influence of gamma-irradiation sterilization on the structural defects of sapphire single crystals (alpha-Al(2)O(3)).

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    Dubois, J C; Jardin, C; Exbrayat, P; Lissac, M; Treheux, D

    2001-01-01

    The influence of sterilization by gamma rays on the structure and the electrical behaviour of sapphire single crystal (alpha-Al(2)O(3)) was studied successively by thermoluminescence, by cathodoluminescence and by observation of the scanning electron microscope mirror effect. The mirror method allowed us to measure the capacity of an insulating material to trap electrons. The structural analysis of the alpha-Al(2)O(3) showed that there were oxygen vacancies, as well as chromium and titanium impurities. It was possible to demonstrate that these defects, especially the oxygen vacancies, are in a different state after a 30 kilogray irradiation. The valency state changes of these defects and the presence of trapped charges are accompanied by a deformation of the crystalline lattice which results in a modification of its electrical properties. At room temperature, the irradiated alpha-Al(2)O(3), unlike non irradiated alpha-Al(2)O(3), is capable of trapping electrons. It can be concluded that gamma-ray sterilization modifies the cohesive energy of alpha-Al(2)O(3), which could lead to mechanical changes (surface charge, friction, wear, fracture strength, em leader) in this material. PMID:11564909

  10. Brazil twinning in natural and synthetic amethyst crystals

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    Taijing, Lu; Sunagawa, I.; Balitsky, V. S.

    1990-01-01

    The structures of Brazil twin boundaries, the micro-textures due to Brazil twinning, and the sites and the conditions for the generation of Brazil twins have been investigated on natural amethyst crystals with and without Brewster fringes, synthetic amethyst crystals hydrothermally grown under various conditions, and natural milky quartz crystals of epithermal origin. Their generation is triggered by the precipitation of solid inclusions on the growing smooth surfaces due to a perturbation of growth parameters. Brewster fringes appear through a process of incorporation of a large number of Brazil twin lamellae, whereas fibrous or other micro-textures appear when there is no such process. The former is assumed to have been formed under more stable conditions than the latter.

  11. Long-term evaluation of single crystal sapphire implants as abutments in fixed prosthodontics.

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    Fartash, B; Arvidson, K

    1997-02-01

    49 patients participated in a prospective study of treatment of total or partial edentulism with fixed prosthodontics supported by Bioceram sapphire implants. 15 patients were treated for maxillary or mandibular edentulism, and 7 for a missing maxillary anterior tooth. The remaining 27 patients, with Applegate-Kennedy Class I-IV residual dentitions, were treated with fixed bridges supported by free-standing implants, or bridges supported by teeth and implants. Implant success, prosthesis stability, radiographic marginal bone level as well as parameters for peri-implant health were evaluated. The study began in 1982, and clinical treatment of the last patients was completed in 1988, i.e., a follow-up period ranging from 7 to 13 years. Of the patients treated for total mandibular edentulism, one implant fractured after 6 years in situ. The bone implant score (BIS) values for those implants were at the time for the bridge cementation 63.5 +/- 1.4 and at 1, 2, 3 and 5 year follow-ups 62.1 +/- 1.4, 61.9 +/- 1.5, 61.5 +/- 1.6, and 60.95 +/- 1.3, respectively. The success rate was 100%, 100% and 97.7% for the mandible at 3, 5 and 10 years, respectively. Of the 7 edentulous patients treated with maxillary fixed bridges, 6 implants in 1 patient had to be removed after 1 year in service. Another 2 patients lost all their implants, 6 each, after 36 months. 6 implants in the 4th patient did not fulfil the criteria for success and were rated as failures at the four year follow-up. The success rate was thus 58.1%, 44.2% and 44.2% for the maxilla at 3, 5 and 10 year follow-ups, respectively. Of the 7 patients in whom single missing teeth were replaced, 1 implant in the premolar region was lost during the 1st year post-operatively, but no other complications or changes in BIS were observed. Of the 27 patients treated for partial edentulism (56 implants total) 1 implant, of a 4-unit free standing maxillary bridge fractured after 6 years and was later replaced. There were no

  12. Ion Milling of Sapphire

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    Gregory, Don A.

    2002-01-01

    The ion figuring system at the Marshall Space Flight Center has been successfully used for at least three previous investigations into the ion milling of metals. The research was directed toward improving the surface quality of X-ray directing optics. These studies were performed on surfaces that were already hand polished to an excellent surface quality and were intended to remove the residual unwanted figure left by those techniques. The ion milling was typically carried out on test surfaces or mandrels that were several centimeters in width and length. The good thermal conductivity of the metal samples allowed the ion beam to be directed onto the sample for an indefinite period of time. This is not true of sapphire or most electrical insulators and problems have arisen in recent attempts to ion mill thin samples of sapphire. The failure and fracture of the material was likely due to thermal stresses and the relatively low thermal conductivity of sapphire (compared to most metals), These assumed stresses actually provided the key as to how they might be monitored. A thermal gradient in the sapphire sample will induce an effective index of refraction change and because of the shape constraint and the crystal structure and simple thermal expansion, this index change will be nonuniform across the sample. In all but simple cubic crystal structures, this leads to a spatially nonuniform optical retardance induced on any polarized optical beam traversing the sample, and it is this retardance that can be monitored using standard polarimetric procedures.

  13. Synthetic Strategies Toward DNA-Coated Colloids that Crystallize.

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    Wang, Yufeng; Wang, Yu; Zheng, Xiaolong; Ducrot, Étienne; Lee, Myung-Goo; Yi, Gi-Ra; Weck, Marcus; Pine, David J

    2015-08-26

    We report on synthetic strategies to fabricate DNA-coated micrometer-sized colloids that, upon thermal annealing, self-assemble into various crystal structures. Colloids of a wide range of chemical compositions, including poly(styrene), poly(methyl methacrylate), titania, silica, and a silica-methacrylate hybrid material, are fabricated with smooth particle surfaces and a dense layer of surface functional anchors. Single-stranded oligonucleotides with a short sticky end are covalently grafted onto particle surfaces employing a strain-promoted alkyne-azide cycloaddition reaction resulting in DNA coatings with areal densities an order of magnitude higher than previously reported. Our approach allows the DNA-coated colloids not only to aggregate upon cooling but also to anneal and rearrange while still bound together, leading to the formation of colloidal crystal compounds when particles of different sizes or different materials are combined. PMID:26192470

  14. Synthetic Strategies Toward DNA-Coated Colloids that Crystallize.

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    Wang, Yufeng; Wang, Yu; Zheng, Xiaolong; Ducrot, Étienne; Lee, Myung-Goo; Yi, Gi-Ra; Weck, Marcus; Pine, David J

    2015-08-26

    We report on synthetic strategies to fabricate DNA-coated micrometer-sized colloids that, upon thermal annealing, self-assemble into various crystal structures. Colloids of a wide range of chemical compositions, including poly(styrene), poly(methyl methacrylate), titania, silica, and a silica-methacrylate hybrid material, are fabricated with smooth particle surfaces and a dense layer of surface functional anchors. Single-stranded oligonucleotides with a short sticky end are covalently grafted onto particle surfaces employing a strain-promoted alkyne-azide cycloaddition reaction resulting in DNA coatings with areal densities an order of magnitude higher than previously reported. Our approach allows the DNA-coated colloids not only to aggregate upon cooling but also to anneal and rearrange while still bound together, leading to the formation of colloidal crystal compounds when particles of different sizes or different materials are combined.

  15. Two-Step Growth of (0001) ZnO Single-Crystal Layers on (0001) Sapphire Substrates by Halide Vapor Phase Epitaxy

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    Masuda, Rui; Togashi, Rie; Murakami, Hisashi; Kumagai, Yoshinao; Koukitu, Akinori

    2011-12-01

    The heteroepitaxial growth of (0001) ZnO on (0001) sapphire substrates by halide vapor phase epitaxy using a two-step growth procedure was investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that single-crystal (0001) ZnO layers on (0001) sapphire substrates were grown at 400 °C. High-temperature heteroepitaxy at 1000 °C on (0001) sapphire substrates was realized by two-step growth using the ZnO layer grown at 400 °C as a buffer layer. Two-dimensional layer growth at 1000 °C was realized on buffer layers thicker than 0.4 µm. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements performed at room temperature for the ZnO layer grown on the 0.4-µm-thick buffer layer showed a significant blueshift of near-band-edge emission (NBE). A thick buffer layer of 0.8 µm was found to be necessary for a successful two-step growth without a blueshift of NBE in the PL spectra, which is caused by a large compressive stress.

  16. Tridimensional morphology and kinetics of etch pit on the {l_brace}0 0 0 1{r_brace} plane of sapphire crystal

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    Zhang Lunyong; Sun Jianfei; Zuo Hongbo; Yuan Zhiyong; Zhou Ji; Xing Dawei; Han Jiecai

    2012-08-15

    The tridimensional morphology and etching kinetics of the etch pit on the C-{l_brace}0 0 0 1{r_brace} plane of sapphire crystal ({alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) in molten KOH were studied experimentally. It was shown that the etch pit takes on tridimensional morphologies with triangular symmetry same as the symmetric property of the sapphire crystal. Pits like centric and eccentric triangular pyramid as well as hexagonal pyramid were observed, but the latter is less in density. In-depth analyses show the side walls of the etch pits belong to the {l_brace}1 1{sup Macron} 0 2{sup Macron }{r_brace} family, and the triangular pit contains edges full composed by Al{sup 3+} ions on the etching surface so it is more stable than the hexagonal pit since its edges on the etching surface contains Al{sup 2+} ions. The etch pits developed in a manner of kinematic wave by the step moving with constant speed, which is controlled by the chemical reaction with activation energy of 96.6 kJ/mol between Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and KOH. - Graphical abstract: Schematic showing the atomic configuration of the predicted side walls of regular triangular pyramid shaped etch pit on the C-{l_brace}0 0 0 1{r_brace} plane of sapphire crystal. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Observed the tridimensional morphology of etch pits. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Figured out the atomic configuration origin of the etch pits. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quantitatively determined the etch rates of the etch pits.

  17. CRYSTAL GROWTH. Crystallization by particle attachment in synthetic, biogenic, and geologic environments.

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    De Yoreo, James J; Gilbert, Pupa U P A; Sommerdijk, Nico A J M; Penn, R Lee; Whitelam, Stephen; Joester, Derk; Zhang, Hengzhong; Rimer, Jeffrey D; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Banfield, Jillian F; Wallace, Adam F; Michel, F Marc; Meldrum, Fiona C; Cölfen, Helmut; Dove, Patricia M

    2015-07-31

    Field and laboratory observations show that crystals commonly form by the addition and attachment of particles that range from multi-ion complexes to fully formed nanoparticles. The particles involved in these nonclassical pathways to crystallization are diverse, in contrast to classical models that consider only the addition of monomeric chemical species. We review progress toward understanding crystal growth by particle-attachment processes and show that multiple pathways result from the interplay of free-energy landscapes and reaction dynamics. Much remains unknown about the fundamental aspects, particularly the relationships between solution structure, interfacial forces, and particle motion. Developing a predictive description that connects molecular details to ensemble behavior will require revisiting long-standing interpretations of crystal formation in synthetic systems, biominerals, and patterns of mineralization in natural environments. PMID:26228157

  18. Differences in crystal habitus of natural and synthetic colloids

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    Wieczorek, Arkadiusz K.; Händel, Matthias; Totsche, Kai Uwe

    2014-05-01

    The formation of colloids from natural aqueous solutions is influenced by a multitude of biogeochemical and physicochemical processes and the presence of a large diversity of geogen and biogen, inorganic and organic solution phase components. A thereby frequently neglected class of components is the dissolved and colloidal phase organic matter (DOM). As DOM will interact with other solution phase components, we hypothesize that nanosized and colloidal particles formed in DOM bearing solutions may differ from synthetic precipitates either by size, shape, crystal habitus, crystallinity, composition or combinations of that. To investigate this, we analyzed natural colloidal particles collected from a limestone aquifer of the Upper Muschelkalk formation at Hainich National Park, Thuringia, Germany. Major groundwater components are Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, SO42-, Cl-, HCO3- , and about 1 ppm of total organic carbon (TOC) in dissolved and colloidal form. Synthetic nanoparticles were precipitated from a series of oversaturated solutions containing single or mixtures of the following salts CaSO4, MgSO4, Ca(HCO3)2 NaCl typical for limestone environments. The solutions were produced with both natural groundwater and pure water (milli-Q). Droplets of such produced colloidal suspension were pipetted on silicon wafers and subject to air drying. The wafers were then analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). We found that particles from oversaturated CaSO4 solution in pure water precipitate as large needle shaped crystals, whereas precipitates from CaSO4 solution in natural water were much smaller and showed a rosette like shape - similar in size and shape to gypsum crystals collected from the limestone formation water. Similar differences we found for other aqueous solution compositions. From this pilot study we presume that even minute amounts of dissolved and colloidal phase organic matter in

  19. Crystal chemistry of natural and synthetic trioctahedral micas: Exploring the limits of geometric crystal chemical models

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    Mercier, Patrick H. J.

    Seventy-five synthetic powder trioctahedral mica samples (between Mg, Co, Ni, and Fe end members, with different degrees of oxidation, vacancy and Al/Si contents, and including an OH/F substitution series) were studied by room-temperature powder X-ray diffraction. The iron-bearing samples were studied by 57Fe Mossbauer spectroscopy. Subsets of the samples were also characterized by scanning electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive spectroscopy, optical microscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, and gas chromatography. Lattice parameters (refined under the 1M stacking polytype, space group C2/m) were determined for all powder samples and iron site populations ([4]Fe 3+, [6]Fe2+, and [6]Fe 2+) were obtained from Mossbauer spectroscopy. The relation (c/a)cosbeta* = 113 was found to hold exactly (within experimental error) for all synthetic powders whereas it does not hold in general for synthetic and natural 1M single-crystals. The above relation is predicted to hold for geometric home-octahedral sheets (having equal M1 and M2 site bond lengths) and not to hold for geometric meso-octahedral sheets (having unequal M1 and M2 site bond lengths). The counter-rotation of the M2 site of 1M single-crystals exactly (within experimental error) follows the geometric meso-octahedral sheet model, which, assuming a uniform octahedral sheet height and site-specific M1 and M2 bond lengths, predicts site-specific flattening angles and a counter-rotation angle for the M2 site which is uniquely determined by the bond length difference between the M1 and M2 sites. A geometric meso-octahedral 2:1 layer silicate was shown to require corrugated tetrahedral sheets composed of bond-distorted tetrahedra. Key geometric meso-octahedral distortions in 1M single-crystals were identified and elucidated: (i) intra-layer top-bottom displacements within a TOT layer; and (ii) a tetrahedral bending angle between the apical bond and the pyramidal base formed by the three basal bonds. Plots

  20. Single-crystal sapphire endosseous dental implant loaded with functional stress--clinical and histological evaluation of peri-implant tissues.

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    Hashimoto, M; Akagawa, Y; Nikai, H; Tsuru, H

    1988-01-01

    Peri-implant tissues of the single-crystal sapphire implant connected with neighbouring teeth by a metal bridge-work were examined clinically, radiographically, and histologically in ten monkeys. Professional tooth cleaning was performed during the study. At 3-12 months after insertion, most of the implants were firmly connected to the surrounding tissues and peri-implant gingiva was regarded as healthy, based on various periodontal parameter scores. Destructive changes of the peri-implant bone were not found radiographically. Histologically, peri-implant gingiva was revealed to show similar structure to that of the gingiva around natural teeth. Direct bone-implant interface was observed at 3 months after insertion, while a thin loose fibrous connective tissue layer was present between bone and implant at 6 and 12 months. Such different interrelationship between bone and implant might be attributable to the difference in distribution of functional stress.

  1. System and method for forming synthetic protein crystals to determine the conformational structure by crystallography

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    Craig, George D.; Glass, Robert; Rupp, Bernhard

    1997-01-01

    A method for forming synthetic crystals of proteins in a carrier fluid by use of the dipole moments of protein macromolecules that self-align in the Helmholtz layer adjacent to an electrode. The voltage gradients of such layers easily exceed 10.sup.6 V/m. The synthetic protein crystals are subjected to x-ray crystallography to determine the conformational structure of the protein involved.

  2. System and method for forming synthetic protein crystals to determine the conformational structure by crystallography

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    Craig, G.D.; Glass, R.; Rupp, B.

    1997-01-28

    A method is disclosed for forming synthetic crystals of proteins in a carrier fluid by use of the dipole moments of protein macromolecules that self-align in the Helmholtz layer adjacent to an electrode. The voltage gradients of such layers easily exceed 10{sup 6}V/m. The synthetic protein crystals are subjected to x-ray crystallography to determine the conformational structure of the protein involved. 2 figs.

  3. Thermal characteristics of sapphire contact probe delivery systems for laser angioplasty.

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    Ashley, S; Brooks, S G; Gehani, A A; Kester, R C; Rees, M R

    1990-01-01

    Contact probes made from synthetic sapphire crystal, designed for general laser surgery, are currently being evaluated for use in laser angioplasty. Their mode of action and safety in the context of arterial recanalisation is unknown, particularly with respect to the degree of probe and catheter heating. Infrared thermal imaging was used to investigate the surface temperature rise of various rounded sapphire probes during emission of continuous wave Nd-YAG (1,064 nm) laser energy. Catheter safety was addressed by analyzing the temperature of the metal interface between the optical fiber and sapphire, as well as the catheter proximal to this junction. Transmission of Nd-YAG energy through each probe was also measured. Five rounded probes of 1.8-3.0 mm diameter (three supplied by Surgical Laser Technologies [SLT], two by Living Technology [LT]), along with their respective optical catheters, were compared. There was a large temperature gradient between the front and rim of the probes. The maximum surface temperature rise of the sapphire (at 20 W, 5-second exposure) was 314-339 degrees C (SLT) and 90-108 degrees C (LT) [P less than 0.001, 3-way ANOVA]. The reason for this difference may be related to "crazing" of the front surface of the SLT sapphires. At all energy levels sapphire temperatures were considerably lower than attained by metal laser thermal angioplasty probes. Forward transmission was slightly higher in the SLT probes (75-85%) than the LT sapphires (54-69%). With fiber perfusion at 2 ml/minute, a minor degree of heating of the metal sapphire holders was recorded (maximum rise 35 degrees C), but heating of the catheter proximal to this was negligible. Therefore, it would appear that the risk of tip detachment or arterial injury due to heating of the connecting metal interface is extremely low. Without perfusion, however, there was a greater degree of interface heating in the LT delivery system suggestive of more laser backscattering by these sapphires

  4. Thermal characteristics of sapphire contact probe delivery systems for laser angioplasty.

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    Ashley, S; Brooks, S G; Gehani, A A; Kester, R C; Rees, M R

    1990-01-01

    Contact probes made from synthetic sapphire crystal, designed for general laser surgery, are currently being evaluated for use in laser angioplasty. Their mode of action and safety in the context of arterial recanalisation is unknown, particularly with respect to the degree of probe and catheter heating. Infrared thermal imaging was used to investigate the surface temperature rise of various rounded sapphire probes during emission of continuous wave Nd-YAG (1,064 nm) laser energy. Catheter safety was addressed by analyzing the temperature of the metal interface between the optical fiber and sapphire, as well as the catheter proximal to this junction. Transmission of Nd-YAG energy through each probe was also measured. Five rounded probes of 1.8-3.0 mm diameter (three supplied by Surgical Laser Technologies [SLT], two by Living Technology [LT]), along with their respective optical catheters, were compared. There was a large temperature gradient between the front and rim of the probes. The maximum surface temperature rise of the sapphire (at 20 W, 5-second exposure) was 314-339 degrees C (SLT) and 90-108 degrees C (LT) [P less than 0.001, 3-way ANOVA]. The reason for this difference may be related to "crazing" of the front surface of the SLT sapphires. At all energy levels sapphire temperatures were considerably lower than attained by metal laser thermal angioplasty probes. Forward transmission was slightly higher in the SLT probes (75-85%) than the LT sapphires (54-69%). With fiber perfusion at 2 ml/minute, a minor degree of heating of the metal sapphire holders was recorded (maximum rise 35 degrees C), but heating of the catheter proximal to this was negligible. Therefore, it would appear that the risk of tip detachment or arterial injury due to heating of the connecting metal interface is extremely low. Without perfusion, however, there was a greater degree of interface heating in the LT delivery system suggestive of more laser backscattering by these sapphires

  5. Some new results on irradiation characteristics of synthetic quartz crystals and their application to radiation hardening

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    Bahadur, H.; Parshad, R.

    1983-01-01

    The paper reports some new results on irradiation characteristics of synthetic quartz crystals and their application to radiation hardening. The present results show how the frequency shift in quartz crystals can be influenced by heat processing prior to irradiation and how this procedure can lead to radiation hardening for obtaining precise frequencies and time intervals from quartz oscillators in space.

  6. Characterization of single crystal films of molybdenum (011) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on sapphire (112¯0) and studied by low-energy electron microscopy

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    Świȩch, W.; Mundschau, M.; Flynn, C. P.

    1999-08-01

    Films of molybdenum grown on the (112¯0) plane of sapphire (Al 2O 3) are characterized using low-energy microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction. Stress fields observed on the Mo surface originate at dislocations and at miscut steps of the buried molybdenum-alumina vicinal interface. As-grown films contain small-angle grain boundaries. These are largely eliminated upon heating to 1700 K as edge dislocations that form the boundaries become extremely mobile. Edge dislocations attract and annihilate one another, and the small-angle grain boundaries disappear. Mobility of edge dislocations is correlated with rapid diffusion of carbon, which apparently pins dislocations up to temperatures that allow diffusion of carbon from dislocations into the bulk. The main contaminants of the Mo surface are carbon, oxygen and carbon monoxide. The most stable impurities are carbides that persist to 1700 K. Oxygen promotes bunching of monatomic steps into groups of two, three and four. Electron beams dissociate CO with energy less than 1 eV and deposit residues of carbon. Fairly ideal single crystal films of Mo produced by annealing exhibit monatomic surface step and terrace structure, and a minimum of dislocations. The quality of surfaces on these films exceeds that of typical single crystal bulk samples and is well suited for fundamental studies in surface science.

  7. An approach to crystallizing proteins by metal-mediated synthetic symmetrization

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    Laganowsky, Arthur; Zhao, Minglei; Soriaga, Angela B.; Sawaya, Michael R.; Cascio, Duilio; Yeates, Todd O.

    2011-12-09

    Combining the concepts of synthetic symmetrization with the approach of engineering metal-binding sites, we have developed a new crystallization methodology termed metal-mediated synthetic symmetrization. In this method, pairs of histidine or cysteine mutations are introduced on the surface of target proteins, generating crystal lattice contacts or oligomeric assemblies upon coordination with metal. Metal-mediated synthetic symmetrization greatly expands the packing and oligomeric assembly possibilities of target proteins, thereby increasing the chances of growing diffraction-quality crystals. To demonstrate this method, we designed various T4 lysozyme (T4L) and maltose-binding protein (MBP) mutants and cocrystallized them with one of three metal ions: copper (Cu2+), nickel (Ni2+), or zinc (Zn2+). The approach resulted in 16 new crystal structures-eight for T4L and eight for MBP-displaying a variety of oligomeric assemblies and packing modes, representing in total 13 new and distinct crystal forms for these proteins. We discuss the potential utility of the method for crystallizing target proteins of unknown structure by engineering in pairs of histidine or cysteine residues. As an alternate strategy, we propose that the varied crystallization-prone forms of T4L or MBP engineered in this work could be used as crystallization chaperones, by fusing them genetically to target proteins of interest.

  8. Crystallization of Synthetic Blast Furnace Slags Pertaining to Heat Recovery

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    Esfahani, Shaghayegh

    Heat recovery from blast furnace slags is often contradicted by another requirement, to generate amorphous slag for its use in cement production. As both the rate and extent of heat recovery and slag structure are determined by its cooling rate, a relation between the crystallization kinetics and the cooling conditions is highly desired. In this study, CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO (CSAM) slags with different basicities were studied by Single Hot Thermocouple Technique (SHTT) during isothermal treatment and non-isothermal cooling. Their time-temperature-transformation (TTT) and continuous-cooling-transformation (CCT) diagrams were plotted and compared with each other. Furthermore, kinetic parameters such as the Avrami exponent (n), rate coefficient (K) and effective activation energy of crystallization (EA) were found by analysis of data obtained from in-situ observation of glassy to crystalline transformation and image analysis. Also, the dependence of nucleation and growth rates of crystalline phases were quantified as a function of time, temperature, and slag basicity. Together with the observations of crystallization front, they facilitated establishing the dominant mechanisms of crystallization. In addition to the experimental work, a mathematical model was developed and validated that predicts the amount of crystallization during cooling. A second mathematical model that calculates temperature history of slag during its cooling was coupled with the above model, to allow studying the effect of parameters such as the slag/air ratio and granule size on the heat recovery and glass content of slag.

  9. Synthetic single crystal diamond dosimeters for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy applications

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    Almaviva, S.; Ciancaglioni, I.; Consorti, R.; De Notaristefani, F.; Manfredotti, C.; Marinelli, Marco; Milani, E.; Petrucci, A.; Prestopino, G.; Verona, C.; Verona-Rinati, G.

    2009-09-01

    A synthetic single crystal diamond Schottky diode, in a p-type/intrinsic/metal structure, deposited by Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) and operating in photovoltaic regime, with no external bias voltage applied, was tested as a dosimeter for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) applications. The device response was compared with dose measurements from two commercial ionization chambers and a 2D diode array in an IMRT prostate cancer treatment plan. The obtained results indicate that CVD synthetic single crystal diamond-based dosimeters can successfully be used for highly conformed radiotherapy and IMRT dosimetry, due to their small size and high sensitivity per unit volume.

  10. Advances in sapphire optical fiber sensors

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    Wang, Anbo; Wang, George Z.; Gollapudi, Sridhar; May, Russell G.; Murphy, Kent A.; Claus, Richard O.

    1993-01-01

    We describe the development and testing of two sapphire fiber sensor designs intended for use in high temperature environments. The first is a birefringence-balanced polarimetric sapphire fiber sensor. In this sensor, two single crystal sapphire rods, acting as the birefringence sensing element, are connected to each other in such a way that the slow axis of the first rod is aligned along with the fast axis of the second rod, and the fast axis of the first rod is along the slow axis of the second rod. This sensor has been demonstrated for measurement of temperature up to 1500 C. The second is a sapphire-fiber-based intrinsic interferometric sensor. In this sensor, a length of uncoated, unclad, structural-graded multimode sapphire fiber is fusion spliced to a singlemode silica fiber to form a Fabry-Perot cavity. The reflections from the silica-to-sapphire fiber splice and the free endface of the sapphire fiber give rise to the interfering fringe output. This sensor has been demonstrated for the measurement of temperature above 1510 C, and a resolution of 0.1 C has been obtained.

  11. Post-Synthetic Anisotropic Wet-Chemical Etching of Colloidal Sodalite ZIF Crystals.

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    Avci, Civan; Ariñez-Soriano, Javier; Carné-Sánchez, Arnau; Guillerm, Vincent; Carbonell, Carlos; Imaz, Inhar; Maspoch, Daniel

    2015-11-23

    Controlling the shape of metal-organic framework (MOF) crystals is important for understanding their crystallization and useful for myriad applications. However, despite the many advances in shaping of inorganic nanoparticles, post-synthetic shape control of MOFs and, in general, molecular crystals remains embryonic. Herein, we report using a simple wet-chemistry process at room temperature to control the anisotropic etching of colloidal ZIF-8 and ZIF-67 crystals. Our work enables uniform reshaping of these porous materials into unprecedented morphologies, including cubic and tetrahedral crystals, and even hollow boxes, by an acid-base reaction and subsequent sequestration of leached metal ions. Etching tests on these ZIFs reveal that etching occurs preferentially in the crystallographic directions richer in metal-ligand bonds; that, along these directions, the etching rate tends to be faster on the crystal surfaces of higher dimensionality; and that the etching can be modulated by adjusting the pH of the etchant solution.

  12. The effect of nucleation layer thickness on the structural evolution and crystal quality of bulk GaN grown by a two-step process on cone-patterned sapphire substrate

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    Shang, Lin; Zhai, Guangmei; Mei, Fuhong; Jia, Wei; Yu, Chunyan; Liu, Xuguang; Xu, Bingshe

    2016-05-01

    The role of nucleation layer thickness on the GaN crystal quality grown on cone-patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) was explored. The morphologies of epitaxial GaN at different growth stages were investigated by a series of growth interruption in detail. After 10- and 15-min three-dimensional growth, the nucleation sites are very important for the bulk GaN crystal quality. They have a close relationship with the nucleation layer thickness, as confirmed through the scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis. Nucleation sites formed mainly on patterns are bad for bulk GaN crystal quality and nucleation sites formed mainly in the trenches of PSS mounds are good for bulk GaN crystal quality, as proved by X-ray diffraction analysis. Nucleation layer thickness can effectively control the nucleation sites and thus determine the crystal quality of bulk GaN.

  13. Control of macromolecule distribution within synthetic and biogenic single calcite crystals

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    Aizenberg, J.; Weiner, S.; Addadi, L.; Hanson, J.; Koetzle, T.F.

    1997-02-05

    The ability of organisms to exercise control over crystal growth is wonderfully exemplified by skeleton formation in echinoderms. A sea urchin spine is a unique composite of a single crystal of calcite and glycoproteins intercalated inside the crystal during its growth. Here we performed a detailed morphological and high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction study of the textures of synthetic and biogenic calcite crystals. We show that the intracrystalline macromolecules from sea urchin spines, when allowed to interact with growing calcite crystals in vitro, selectively reduce the coherence lengths and degrees of alignment of the perfect domains in specific crystallographic directions. These directions also correspond to the newly-developed stable faces. In contrast, the defect distribution of young sea urchin spines composed entirely of spongy stereomic structure is much more isotropic. In mature spines containing secondarily filled-in wedges of calcite, the degree of anisotropy is intermediate between that of the synthetic crystals and the young spines. The macromolecules extracted from young and mature spines are, however, very similar. These observations demonstrate the inherent capability of occluded matrix macromolecules to finely differentiate between crystal planes by stereochemical recognition processes. 20 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Reactive ion etching of high optical quality GaN/sapphire photonic crystal slab using CH{sub 4}-H{sub 2} chemistry

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    Bouchoule, S.; Boubanga-Tombet, S.; Le Gratiet, L.; Le Vassor d'Yerville, M.; Torres, J.; Chen, Y.; Coquillat, D.

    2007-02-15

    Reactive ion etching (RIE) using a CH{sub 4}-H{sub 2} plasma is investigated for the fabrication of a GaN one-dimensional (1D) photonic crystal (PhC) slab. The dominant control parameter for the etch rate and the sidewall profile is the dc bias. The influence of operating pressure, CH{sub 4}/H{sub 2} ratio, and total gas flow rate on the etching characteristics is also presented. An etch rate as high as 85 nm/min and an overcut angle as low as 5 degree sign obtained in this work are among the best values reported for conventional RIE technique. The CH{sub 4}-H{sub 2} process is used to etch 1D PhCs with a lattice parameter ranging from 700 to 350 nm and an air filling factor of 0.30 into a 600-nm-thick GaN/sapphire slab. Sharp peaks corresponding to the resonant modes of the nanopatterned structures are observed in the experimental reflection spectra for all the lattice periods. Furthermore, the good optical quality of the nanostructures is evidenced by a resonantly enhanced second-harmonic generation experiment around 400 nm. A second-harmonic generation enhancement factor as high as 10{sup 5} is obtained, compared with the unpatterned GaN reference slab. These results demonstrate that the CH{sub 4}-H{sub 2} conventional RIE technique is well adapted to the etching of GaN PhC for the fabrication of next generation photonic devices exploiting nonlinear processes.

  15. Transformation and Crystallization Energetics of Synthetic and Biogenic Amorphous Calcium Carbonate

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    Radha, A. V.; Forbes, Tori Z.; Killian, Christopher E.; Gilbert, P.U.P.A; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2010-01-01

    Amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is a metastable phase often observed during low temperature inorganic synthesis and biomineralization. ACC transforms with aging or heating into a less hydrated form, and with time crystallizes to calcite or aragonite. The energetics of transformation and crystallization of synthetic and biogenic (extracted from California purple sea urchin larval spicules, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) ACC were studied using isothermal acid solution calorimetry and differential scanning calorimetry. Transformation and crystallization of ACC can follow an energetically downhill sequence: more metastable hydrated ACC → less metastable hydrated ACC→anhydrous ACC ~ biogenic anhydrous ACC→vaterite → aragonite → calcite. In a given reaction sequence, not all these phases need to occur. The transformations involve a series of ordering, dehydration, and crystallization processes, each lowering the enthalpy (and free energy) of the system, with crystallization of the dehydrated amorphous material lowering the enthalpy the most. ACC is much more metastable with respect to calcite than the crystalline polymorphs vaterite or aragonite. The anhydrous ACC is less metastable than the hydrated, implying that the structural reorganization during dehydration is exothermic and irreversible. Dehydrated synthetic and anhydrous biogenic ACC are similar in enthalpy. The transformation sequence observed in biomineralization could be mainly energetically driven; the first phase deposited is hydrated ACC, which then converts to anhydrous ACC, and finally crystallizes to calcite. The initial formation of ACC may be a first step in the precipitation of calcite under a wide variety of conditions, including geological CO₂ sequestration.

  16. Effects of Cr 3+ impurity concentration on the crystallography of synthetic emerald crystals

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    Lee, Pei-Lun; Huang, Eugene; Lee, Jan-Shing; Yu, Shu-Cheng

    2011-06-01

    Flux method has been adopted for the synthesis of emerald crystals using PbO-V 2O 5 as a flux in order to study the crystallography of the synthetic crystals. In general, the hue of green color of emerald deepens with the addition of Cr 3+. The molar volume of the synthesized crystals was found to increase with the incorporation of Cr 2O 3 dopant. The substitution of Cr 3+ for Al 3+ in the octahedral sites of beryl results in the expansion of a-axis, while c-axis remains nearly unchanged. The maximum Cr 2O 3-content allowed in the crystal lattice of emerald has been found to be about 3.5 wt%. When the doping Cr 2O 3-content exceeds 3.5 wt%, a significant anomaly in lattice parameters starts to take place, accompanying the precipitation of an unknown phase in the emerald matrix.

  17. Photonic detection and characterization of DNA using sapphire microspheres

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    Murib, Mohammed Sharif; Yeap, Weng-Siang; Martens, Daan; Bienstman, Peter; De Ceuninck, Ward; van Grinsven, Bart; Schöning, Michael J.; Michiels, Luc; Haenen, Ken; Ameloot, Marcel; Serpengüzel, Ali; Wagner, Patrick

    2014-09-01

    A microcavity-based deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) optical biosensor is demonstrated for the first time using synthetic sapphire for the optical cavity. Transmitted and elastic scattering intensity at 1510 nm are analyzed from a sapphire microsphere (radius 500 μm, refractive index 1.77) on an optical fiber half coupler. The 0.43 nm angular mode spacing of the resonances correlates well with the optical size of the sapphire sphere. Probe DNA consisting of a 36-mer fragment was covalently immobilized on a sapphire microsphere and hybridized with a 29-mer target DNA. Whispering gallery modes (WGMs) were monitored before the sapphire was functionalized with DNA and after it was functionalized with single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). The shift in WGMs from the surface modification with DNA was measured and correlated well with the estimated thickness of the add-on DNA layer. It is shown that ssDNA is more uniformly oriented on the sapphire surface than dsDNA. In addition, it is shown that functionalization of the sapphire spherical surface with DNA does not affect the quality factor (Q≈104) of the sapphire microspheres. The use of sapphire is especially interesting because this material is chemically resilient, biocompatible, and widely used for medical implants.

  18. Double Sided Si(Ge)/Sapphire/III-Nitride Hybrid Structure

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    Park, Yeonjoon (Inventor); Choi, Sang Hyouk (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    One aspect of the present invention is a double sided hybrid crystal structure including a trigonal Sapphire wafer containing a (0001) C-plane and having front and rear sides. The Sapphire wafer is substantially transparent to light in the visible and infrared spectra, and also provides insulation with respect to electromagnetic radio frequency noise. A layer of crystalline Si material having a cubic diamond structure aligned with the cubic <111> direction on the (0001) C-plane and strained as rhombohedron to thereby enable continuous integration of a selected (SiGe) device onto the rear side of the Sapphire wafer. The double sided hybrid crystal structure further includes an integrated III-Nitride crystalline layer on the front side of the Sapphire wafer that enables continuous integration of a selected III-Nitride device on the front side of the Sapphire wafer.

  19. Sapphire tube pressure vessel

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    Outwater, John O.

    2000-01-01

    A pressure vessel is provided for observing corrosive fluids at high temperatures and pressures. A transparent Teflon bag contains the corrosive fluid and provides an inert barrier. The Teflon bag is placed within a sapphire tube, which forms a pressure boundary. The tube is received within a pipe including a viewing window. The combination of the Teflon bag, sapphire tube and pipe provides a strong and inert pressure vessel. In an alternative embodiment, tie rods connect together compression fittings at opposite ends of the sapphire tube.

  20. Analysis of synthetic diamond single crystals by X-ray topography and double-crystal diffractometry

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    Prokhorov, I. A.; Ralchenko, V. G.; Bolshakov, A. P.; Polskiy, A. V.; Vlasov, A. V.; Subbotin, I. A.; Podurets, K. M.; Pashaev, E. M.; Sozontov, E. A.

    2013-12-15

    Structural features of diamond single crystals synthesized under high pressure and homoepitaxial films grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) have been analyzed by double-crystal X-ray diffractometry and topography. The conditions of a diffraction analysis of diamond crystals using Ge monochromators have been optimized. The main structural defects (dislocations, stacking faults, growth striations, second-phase inclusions, etc.) formed during crystal growth have been revealed. The nitrogen concentration in high-pressure/high-temperature (HPHT) diamond substrates is estimated based on X-ray diffraction data. The formation of dislocation bundles at the film-substrate interface in the epitaxial structures has been revealed by plane-wave topography; these dislocations are likely due to the relaxation of elastic macroscopic stresses caused by the lattice mismatch between the substrate and film. The critical thicknesses of plastic relaxation onset in CVD diamond films are calculated. The experimental techniques for studying the real diamond structure in optimizing crystal-growth technology are proven to be highly efficient.

  1. Transformation and crystallization energetics of synthetic and biogenic amorphous calcium carbonate

    PubMed Central

    Radha, A. V.; Forbes, Tori Z.; Killian, Christopher E.; Gilbert, P. U. P. A.; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2010-01-01

    Amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) is a metastable phase often observed during low temperature inorganic synthesis and biomineralization. ACC transforms with aging or heating into a less hydrated form, and with time crystallizes to calcite or aragonite. The energetics of transformation and crystallization of synthetic and biogenic (extracted from California purple sea urchin larval spicules, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) ACC were studied using isothermal acid solution calorimetry and differential scanning calorimetry. Transformation and crystallization of ACC can follow an energetically downhill sequence: more metastable hydrated ACC → less metastable hydrated ACC⇒anhydrous ACC ∼ biogenic anhydrous ACC⇒vaterite → aragonite → calcite. In a given reaction sequence, not all these phases need to occur. The transformations involve a series of ordering, dehydration, and crystallization processes, each lowering the enthalpy (and free energy) of the system, with crystallization of the dehydrated amorphous material lowering the enthalpy the most. ACC is much more metastable with respect to calcite than the crystalline polymorphs vaterite or aragonite. The anhydrous ACC is less metastable than the hydrated, implying that the structural reorganization during dehydration is exothermic and irreversible. Dehydrated synthetic and anhydrous biogenic ACC are similar in enthalpy. The transformation sequence observed in biomineralization could be mainly energetically driven; the first phase deposited is hydrated ACC, which then converts to anhydrous ACC, and finally crystallizes to calcite. The initial formation of ACC may be a first step in the precipitation of calcite under a wide variety of conditions, including geological CO2 sequestration. PMID:20810918

  2. Electronically tuned Ti:sapphire laser

    SciTech Connect

    Wada, S.; Akagawa, K.; Tashiro, H.

    1996-05-01

    We have applied a birefringent acousto-optic crystal for wavelength tuning of a Ti:sapphire laser. A continuous-tuning range of 12 nm, which was limited by wavelength-dependent angle deviation of the beam deflection in the crystal, was extended to over 100 nm by optical correction. Fast and random access of lasing wavelengths by direct electronic tuning was demonstrated at a pulsed operation of 10 Hz. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  3. Crystallization studies of lunar igneous rocks: crystal structure of synthetic armalcolite.

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    Lind, M D; Housley, R M

    1972-02-01

    Crystals of armalcolite, Mg(0.5)Fe(0.5)Ti(2)O(5), up to several millimeters in length have been grown from a glass initially having the composition of lunar rock 10017. A single-crystal x-ray study has confirmed that the crystals are isomorphous with pseudobrookite and has shown that the cations are strongly ordered, with the Ti(4+) ions occupying the 8f sites and the Fe(2+) and Mg(2+) ions randomly distributed over the 4c sites. An examination of karrooite, MgTi(2)O(5), has revealed a similar distribution of Mg(2+) and Ti(4+) ions. A reexamination of earlier x-ray and Mössbauer data for pseudobrookite, Fe(2)TiO(5), has shown that it is more consistent with this type of ordering than with the inverse structure that has been generally assumed.

  4. Intense laser propagation in sapphire

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    Tate, Jennifer L.

    When a sufficiently energetic short laser pulse propagates through a medium it can generate an explosive increase in bandwidth leading to the creation of white light; this is known as supercontinuum generation (SCG). Although it is frequently referred to as a single process, SCG is actually the result of many different parallel and competing processes. In this work we investigate the contribution of the individual physical processes underlying the SCG effect, focusing specifically on Raman processes and plasma formation in sapphire. For our experiments we use an amplified Ti:sapphire laser system producing nearly transform limited 60 fs pulses at 800 nm. Typical pulse energies for the experiments are 1--3 muJ/pulse. Using a new experimental technique, the spectrally resolved interferometric double pump, we study the contribution of non-instantaneous Raman effects. We see two distinct Raman contributions in sapphire which are much stronger than indicated in previous work. One Raman process has a period of approximately 185 fs and is related to an available optical phonon; the second Raman process has a period of 20 fs and is related to defect states caused by an oxygen vacancy in the sapphire crystal. Data from the same experiment show that the SCG light is not phase stable at low excitation energies, but that the phase stability is restored and saturates with increasing laser intensity. In a separate experiment we investigate the dynamics of plasma formation using a pump-probe technique. We observe that in sapphire both the formation and the decay of the plasma occur over time scales much longer than predicted by current theory. The plasma rise time is ˜225 fs, while the decay time is ˜150 ps; we also observe that these values do not depend on input pulse energy. In addition to these experiments, we perform a numerical integration of the extended (3 + 1) dimensional nonlinear Schrodinger equation, which models the propagation of a short laser pulse through a

  5. Crystals, colloids, or molecules?: Early controversies about the origin of life and synthetic life.

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    Deichmann, Ute

    2012-01-01

    Crystals, colloids, and (macro-)molecules have played major roles in theoretical concepts and experimental approaches concerning the generation of life from the mid-19th century on. The notion of the crystallization of life out of a nonliving fluid, a special case of the doctrine of spontaneous generation, was most prominently incorporated into Schleiden's and Schwann's version of cell theory. Refutation at the end of the 19th century of spontaneous generation of life and cells, in particular by Pasteur, Remak, and Virchow, not only gave rise to the flourishing fields of microbiology and cytology, but it also opened up research on synthetic life. These approaches focused on growth and form and colloidal chemistry on the one hand, and on the specificity of organisms' macromolecules and chemical reactions on the other. This article analyzes the contribution of these approaches to synthetic life research and argues that researchers' philosophical predilections and basic beliefs have played important roles in the choice of experimental and theoretical approaches towards synthetic life.

  6. Crystals, colloids, or molecules?: Early controversies about the origin of life and synthetic life.

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    Deichmann, Ute

    2012-01-01

    Crystals, colloids, and (macro-)molecules have played major roles in theoretical concepts and experimental approaches concerning the generation of life from the mid-19th century on. The notion of the crystallization of life out of a nonliving fluid, a special case of the doctrine of spontaneous generation, was most prominently incorporated into Schleiden's and Schwann's version of cell theory. Refutation at the end of the 19th century of spontaneous generation of life and cells, in particular by Pasteur, Remak, and Virchow, not only gave rise to the flourishing fields of microbiology and cytology, but it also opened up research on synthetic life. These approaches focused on growth and form and colloidal chemistry on the one hand, and on the specificity of organisms' macromolecules and chemical reactions on the other. This article analyzes the contribution of these approaches to synthetic life research and argues that researchers' philosophical predilections and basic beliefs have played important roles in the choice of experimental and theoretical approaches towards synthetic life. PMID:23502562

  7. Sapphire: A kinking nonlinear elastic solid

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    Basu, S.; Barsoum, M. W.; Kalidindi, S. R.

    2006-03-01

    Kinking nonlinear elastic (KNE) solids are a recently identified large class of solids that deform fully reversibly by the formation of dislocation-based kink bands [Barsoum et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 255508 (2004)]. We further conjectured that a high c/a ratio-that ensures that only basal slip is operative-is a sufficient condition for a solid to be KNE. The c/a ratio of sapphire is 2.73 and thus, if our conjecture is correct, it should be a KNE solid. Herein by repeatedly loading-up to 30 times-the same location of sapphire single crystals of two orientations-A and C-with a 1 μm radius spherical nanoindenter, followed by atomic force microscopy, we showed that sapphire is indeed a KNE solid. After pop-ins of the order of 100 nm, the repeated loadings give rise to fully reversible, reproducible hysteresis loops wherein the energy dissipated per unit volume per cycle Wd is of the order of 0.5 GJ/m3. Wd is due to the back and fro motion of the dislocations making up the incipient kink bands that are fully reversible. The results presented here strongly suggest that-like in graphite and mica-kink bands play a more critical role in the room temperature constrained deformation of sapphire than had hitherto been appreciated. Our interpretation is also in agreement with, and can explain most, recent nanoindentation results on sapphire.

  8. Synthetic polymers enable non-vitreous cellular cryopreservation by reducing ice crystal growth during thawing.

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    Deller, Robert C; Vatish, Manu; Mitchell, Daniel A; Gibson, Matthew I

    2014-01-01

    The cryopreservation of cells, tissue and organs is fundamental to modern biotechnology, transplantation medicine and chemical biology. The current state-of-the-art method of cryopreservation is the addition of large amounts of organic solvents such as glycerol or dimethyl sulfoxide, to promote vitrification and prevent ice formation. Here we employ a synthetic, biomimetic, polymer, which is capable of slowing the growth of ice crystals in a manner similar to antifreeze (glyco)proteins to enhance the cryopreservation of sheep and human red blood cells. We find that only 0.1 wt% of the polymer is required to attain significant cell recovery post freezing, compared with over 20 wt% required for solvent-based strategies. These results demonstrate that synthetic antifreeze (glyco)protein mimics could have a crucial role in modern regenerative medicine to improve the storage and distribution of biological material for transplantation.

  9. The characterization of strain, impurity content, and crush strength of synthetic diamond crystals

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    McCormick, T.L.; Jackson, W.E.; Nemanich, R.J.

    1997-01-01

    This study addresses the correlation of the macroscopic and microscopic characteristics of synthetic diamond crystals produced by high pressure, high temperature conditions. Microscopic properties were characterized using Raman spectroscopy, birefringence, and photoluminescence (PL). Macroscopic properties characterized included inclusion content and crush force. Raman measurements detected measurable stress shifts in only two samples. The PL measurements indicated an increased presence of the H3 center in areas of high strain. The absence of the H3 center and the presence of the N-V PL center was correlated to lower average crush force. A hierarchy has been developed that relates microscopic properties to average crush force. {copyright} {ital 1997 Materials Research Society.}

  10. The crystal structures of the synthetic C-terminal octa- and dodecapeptides of trichovirin.

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    Gessmann, R; Benos, P; Brückner, H; Kokkinidis, M

    1999-02-01

    The structures of two synthetic peptides with sequences corresponding to the C-terminal region of the naturally occurring 14-residue peptaibol trichovirin have been determined. The crystal structures of 8- and 12-residue segments are presented and are compared with the structures of the tetrapeptide and of the 9-residue segment, which have been reported earlier. A comparison between these segments leads to the hypothesis that the three-dimensional structure of trichovirin is to a large extent determined by the properties of a periodically repeating -Aib-Pro- pattern in the sequence of the peptide.

  11. Crystal structure of T4-lysozyme generated from synthetic coding DNA expressed in Escherichia coli.

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    Rose, D R; Phipps, J; Michniewicz, J; Birnbaum, G I; Ahmed, F R; Muir, A; Anderson, W F; Narang, S

    1988-10-01

    The polypeptide produced by expressing a chemically synthesized gene coding for the amino-acid sequence of T4-lysozyme has been crystallized and subjected to X-ray diffraction. The crystal structure has been refined to a standard R-factor of 0.191 for data between 8 and 2 A resolution. The refined model is essentially the same as the well-known structure of wild-type T4-lysozyme determined previously by Matthews et al. (1987). Some small changes in the C-terminal region, which is important in maintaining the folded structure, have been noted. In addition to confirming that the synthetic gene product is very close to the wild type, this structure provides a benchmark for protein engineering experiments on the folding and the catalytic activity of this molecule by the method of gene synthesis.

  12. Boron analysis by electron microprobe using MoB4C layered synthetic crystals

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    McGee, J.J.; Slack, J.F.; Herrington, C.R.

    1991-01-01

    Preliminary electron microprobe studies of B distribution in minerals have been carried out using MoB4C-layered synthetic crystals to improve analytical sensitivity for B. Any microprobe measurements of the B contents of minerals using this crystal must include analyses for Cl to assess and correct for the interference of Cl X-rays on the BK?? peak. Microprobe analyses for B can be made routinely in tourmaline and other B-rich minerals, and minor B contents also can be determined in common rock-forming minerals. Incorporation of unusually high B contents in minerals other than borosilicates has been discovered in prograde and retrograde minerals in tourmalinites from the Broken Hill district, Australia, and may reflect high B activities produced during the metamorphism of tourmaline-rich rocks. -from Authors

  13. Damage testing of sapphire and Ti: sapphire laser materials

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    1999-01-01

    Diffusion bonded sapphire and Ti (Titanium). Sapphire laser materials that will be damage tested to determine if there is an increase in damage threshold. Photographed in building 1145, photographic studio.

  14. Optical and paramagnetic properties of synthetic diamond crystals irradiated with electrons and annealed

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    Poklonski, N. A. Gusakov, G. A.; Bayev, V. G. Lapchuk, N. M.

    2009-05-15

    The optical and paramagnetic properties of single crystals of synthetic diamond grown by the temperature-gradient method in high-pressure apparatuses with the systems of catalytic solvents (Co, Fe) and (Ni, Fe) are studied at room temperature. The optical absorption spectra (in the wavelength range {lambda} = 400-800 nm) and the spectra of electron spin resonance are registered for the initial diamond crystals, the crystals irradiated with 6 MeV electrons (the fluence 1.5 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -2}), and the irradiated diamonds subjected to isochronous thermal annealing in vacuum (for 60 min). It is shown that, with such treatment, the diamond crystals synthesized with different metal catalysts (Co or Ni) exhibit similar optical properties, but different paramagnetic properties. The data obtained by infrared spectroscopy and electron spin resonance spectroscopy are coincident for radiation defects and different for nitrogen centers (the P1 centers and exchange-coupled pairs of nitrogen atoms). The spectra of the electron spin resonance of the samples annealed at temperatures below 1273 K (in the case of the Co-containing catalyst) and 1073 K (in the case of Ni-containing catalyst) exhibited broad lines produced by residual impurities of the catalyst metal and were accompanied by a distortion of the spectrum of paramagnetic nitrogen in the form of a tilt of the ESR spectra with respect to the zero line.

  15. Thermal-gradient migration of brine inclusions in salt crystals. [Synthetic single crystals of NaCl and KCl

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    Yagnik, S.K.

    1982-09-01

    It has been proposed that high-level nuclear waste be disposed in a geologic repository. Natural-salt deposits, which are being considered for this purpose, contain a small volume fraction of water in the form of brine inclusions distributed throughout the salt. Radioactive-decay heating of the nuclear wastes will impose a temperature gradient on the surrounding salt which mobilizes the brine inclusions. Inclusions filled completely with brine migrate up the temperature gradient and eventually accumulate brine near the buried waste forms. The brine may slowly corrode or degrade the waste forms which is undesirable. In this work, thermal gradient migration of both all-liquid and gas-liquid inclusions was experimentally studied in synthetic single crystals of NaCl and KCl using a hot-stage attachment to an optical microscope which was capable of imposing temperature gradients and axial compressive loads on the crystals. The migration velocities of the inclusions were found to be dependent on temperature, temperature gradient, and inclusion shape and size. The velocities were also dictated by the interfacial mass transfer resistance at brine/solid interface. This interfacial resistance depends on the dislocation density in the crystal, which in turn, depends on the axial compressive loading of the crystal. At low axial loads, the dependence between the velocity and temperature gradient is non-linear.At high axial loads, however, the interfacial resistance is reduced and the migration velocity depends linearly on the temperature gradient. All-liquid inclusions filled with mixed brines were also studied. For gas-liquid inclusions, three different gas phases (helium, air and argon) were compared. Migration studies were also conducted on single crystallites of natural salt as well as in polycrystalline natural salt samples. The behavior of the inclusions at large angle grain boundaries was observed. 35 figures, 3 tables.

  16. Thermoluminescence, electron paramagnetic resonance and optical absorption in natural and synthetic rhodonite crystals

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    Paião, J. R. B.; Watanabe, S.

    2008-10-01

    Thermoluminescence, electron paramagnetic resonance and optical absorption properties of rhodonite, a natural silicate mineral, have been investigated and compared to those of synthetic crystal, pure and doped. The TL peaks grow linearly for radiation dose up to 4 kGy, and then saturate. In all the synthetic samples, 140 and 340°C TL peaks are observed; the difference occurs in their relative intensities, but only 340°C peak grows strongly for high doses. Al2O3 and Al2O3 + CaO-doped synthetic samples presented several decades intenser TL compared to that of synthetic samples doped with other impurities. A heating rate of 4°C/s has been used in all the TL readings. The EPR spectrum of natural rhodonite mineral has only one huge signal around g = 2.0 with width extending from 1,000 to 6,000 G. This is due to Mn dipolar interaction, a fact proved by numerical calculation based on Van Vleck dipolar broadening expression. The optical absorption spectrum is rich in absorption bands in near-UV, visible and near-IR intervals. Several bands in the region from 540 to 340 nm are interpreted as being due to Mn3+ in distorted octahedral environment. A broad and intense band around 1,040 nm is due to Fe2+. It decays under heating up to 900°C. At this temperature it is reduced by 80% of its original intensity. The pink, natural rhodonite, heated in air starts becoming black at approximately 600°C.

  17. Bismuth-ceramic nanocomposites through ball milling and liquid crystal synthetic methods

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    Dellinger, Timothy Michael

    Three methods were developed for the synthesis of bismuth-ceramic nanocomposites, which are of interest due to possible use as thermoelectric materials. In the first synthetic method, high energy ball milling of bismuth metal with either MgO or SiO2 was found to produce nanostructured bismuth dispersed on a ceramic material. The morphology of the resulting bismuth depended on its wetting behavior with respect to the ceramic: the metal wet the MgO, but did not wet on the SiO2. Differential Scanning Calorimetry measurements on these composites revealed unusual thermal stability, with nanostructure retained after multiple cycles of heating and cooling through the metal's melting point. The second synthesis methodology was based on the use of lyotropic liquid crystals. These mixtures of water and amphiphilic molecules self-assemble to form periodic structures with nanometer-scale hydrophilic and hydrophobic domains. A novel shear mixing methodology was developed for bringing together reactants which were added to the liquid crystals as dissolved salts. The liquid crystals served to mediate synthesis by acting as nanoreactors to confine chemical reactions within the nanoscale domains of the mesophase, and resulted in the production of nanoparticles. By synthesizing lead sulfide (PbS) and bismuth (Bi) particles as proof-of-concept, it was shown that nanoparticle size could be controlled by controlling the dimensionality of the nanoreactors through control of the liquid crystalline phase. Particle size was shown to decrease upon going from three-dimensionally percolating nanoreactors, to two dimensional sheet-like nanoreactors, to one dimensional rod-like nanoreactors. Additionally, particle size could be controlled by varying the precursor salt concentration. Since the nanoparticles did not agglomerate in the liquid crystal immediately after synthesis, bismuth-ceramic nanocomposites could be prepared by synthesizing Bi nanoparticles and mixing in SiO2 particles which

  18. Synthetical bone-like and biological hydroxyapatites: a comparative study of crystal structure and morphology.

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    Marković, Smilja; Veselinović, Ljiljana; Lukić, Miodrag J; Karanović, Ljiljana; Bračko, Ines; Ignjatović, Nenad; Uskoković, Dragan

    2011-08-01

    Phase composition, crystal structure and morphology of biological hydroxyapatite (BHAp) extracted from human mandible bone, and carbonated hydroxyapatite (CHAp), synthesized by the chemical precipitation method, were studied by x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman (R) spectroscopy techniques, combined with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Structural and microstructural parameters were determined through Rietveld refinement of recorded XRD data, performed using the FullProf computing program, and TEM. Microstructural analysis shows anisotropic extension along the [00l] crystallographic direction (i.e. elongated crystallites shape) of both investigated samples. The average crystallite sizes of 10 and 8 nm were estimated for BHAp and CHAp, respectively. The FTIR and R spectroscopy studies show that carbonate ions substitute both phosphate and hydroxyl ions in the crystal structure of BHAp as well as in CHAp, indicating that both of them are mixed AB-type of CHAp. The thermal behaviour and carbonate content were analysed using thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis. The carbonate content of about 1 wt.% and phase transition, at near 790 °C, from HAp to β-tricalcium phosphate were determined in both samples. The quality of synthesized CHAp powder, particularly, the particle size distribution and uniformity of morphology, was analysed by a particle size analyser based on laser diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. These data were used to discuss similarity between natural and synthetic CHAp. Good correlation between the unit cell parameters, average crystallite size, morphology, carbonate content and crystallographic positions of carbonate ions in natural and synthetic HAp samples was found. PMID:21659698

  19. Layer matching epitaxy of NiO thin films on atomically stepped sapphire (0001) substrates

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    Yamauchi, Ryosuke; Hamasaki, Yosuke; Shibuya, Takuto; Saito, Akira; Tsuchimine, Nobuo; Koyama, Koji; Matsuda, Akifumi; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2015-01-01

    Thin-film epitaxy is critical for investigating the original properties of materials. To obtain epitaxial films, careful consideration of the external conditions, i.e. single-crystal substrate, temperature, deposition pressure and fabrication method, is significantly important. In particular, selection of the single-crystal substrate is the first step towards fabrication of a high-quality film. Sapphire (single-crystalline α-Al2O3) is commonly used in industry as a thin-film crystal-growth substrate, and functional thin-film materials deposited on sapphire substrates have found industrial applications. However, while sapphire is a single crystal, two types of atomic planes exist in accordance with step height. Here we discuss the need to consider the lattice mismatch for each of the sapphire atomic layers. Furthermore, through cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy analysis, we demonstrate the uniepitaxial growth of cubic crystalline thin films on bistepped sapphire (0001) substrates. PMID:26402241

  20. Ion Milling of Sapphire

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    Gregory, Don A.; Herren, Kenneth A.

    2004-01-01

    The ion milling of sapphire is a complicated operation due to several characteristics of the material itself. It is a relatively hard transparent nonconductive crystalline material that does not transfer heat nearly as well as metals that have been successfully ion milled in the past. This investigation involved designing an experimental arrangement, using existing ion milling equipment, as the precursor to figuring the surface of sapphire and other insulating optical materials. The experimental arrangement employs a laser probe beam to constantly monitor the stresses being induced in the material, as it is being ion milled. The goal is to determine if the technique proposed would indeed indicate the stress being induced in the material so that these stresses can be managed to prevent failure of the optic.

  1. Crystallization of synthetic coal-petcoke slag mixtures simulating those encountered in entrained bed slagging gasifiers

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    Jinichiro Nakano; Seetharaman Sridhar; Tyler Moss; James Bennett; Kyei-Sing Kwong

    2009-09-15

    Commercial entrained bed slagging gasifiers use a carbon feedstock of coal, petcoke, or combinations of them to produce CO and H{sub 2}. These carbon sources contain mineral impurities that liquefy during gasification and flow down the gasification sidewall, interacting with the refractory linear and solidifying in the cooler zones of the gasifier. Proper slag flow is critical to good gasifier operation. A hot-stage confocal scanning laser microscope (CSLM) was used to analyze the kinetic behavior of slag crystallization for a range of synthetic coal-petcoke mixtures. On the basis of the observed precipitation during cool down studies in the 1200-1700{sup o}C temperature range, a time-temperature-transformation (TTT) diagram was created. The crystallization studies were conducted with a CO/CO{sub 2} (=1.8) corresponding to a gasification PO{sub 2} of approximately 10-8 atm at 1500{sup o}C. Ash chemistries were chosen such that they correspond to coal-petcoke feedstock mixtures with coal ash amounts of 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, and 100% (by weight), with the balance being petcoke ash. The TTT diagram exhibited two crystallization areas, one above and one below 1350{sup o}C. At the nose of the higher temperature curves, karelianite (V{sub 2}O{sub 3}) crystallization occurred and was fastest for a 30% coal-petcoke ash mixture. The second nose was located below 1350{sup o}C and had spinel-type phases that formed at 1200{sup o}C, in which preferred atomic occupation at the octahedral and tetrahedral sites varied depending upon the ash composition. At 1200{sup o}C, an Al-rich spinel formed for 100% coal slag and a Fe-rich spinel formed in petcoke-enriched slags. The addition of petcoke ash to coal ash promoted crystallization in the slag, with additional crystalline phases, such as V-rich spinel, forming at the lower temperatures. These phases were not predicted using commercially available databases. 30 refs., 18 figs.

  2. Rehabilitation of mandibular edentulism by single crystal sapphire implants and overdentures: 3-12 year results in 86 patients. A dual center international study.

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    Fartash, B; Tangerud, T; Silness, J; Arvidson, K

    1996-09-01

    86 patients, in 2 Scandinavian centers, participated in a prospective study of mandibular edentulism, treated with overdentures supported by Bioceram sapphire implants. Implant success and prosthesis stability as well as parameters for peri-implant health were evaluated. Masticatory function and complications were also documented. The study began in 1991 and clinical treatment of the last patients was completed in 1991. The patients have been followed for at least 3 years, and up to 12 years. 4 patients were lost to follow-up. Of the initial 324 implants, 7 implants failed before prosthetic treatment. 3 patients lost 1 implant each within the 1st year, and 4 patients lost all 4 implants. 16 implants were lost between 36 and 42 months in function, due to lack of osseointegration and pain. The loss of implants could be attributable to an association, not statistically verified, between bone quality and anatomy, with heavy smoking as a risk factor. Based on the remaining implants, the cumulative implant success rates were 95.2%, 91.3%, 91.3%, 91.3% at 3, 5, 10 and 12 year follow-up respectively. The cumulative success rates for overdentures were 96.4%, 92.8% and 92.8% respectively, for the same follow-up periods. Indices for the health of the peri-implant mucosa disclosed no serious inflammatory reactions in the surrounding soft tissues. Patient satisfaction with this form of oral rehabilitation was high in all but 2 patients who experienced discomfort.

  3. Optimization of the structural quality of sapphire rods grown by the Stepanov method in a reducing atmosphere

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    Kryvonosov, Ye. V.; Konevskiy, P. V. Lytvynov, L. A.; Tkachenko, V. F.

    2015-03-15

    Historically, the Stepanov method has been used for growing long shaped sapphire crystals (rods, tubes, and ribbons) for practical design. The recent intense development of this technique was stimulated by sapphire applications in optics and electronics; thus, the optical and structural quality of these crystals is of great importance. The results of studying the structural quality of sapphire rods up to 18 mm in diameter grown under optimized conditions are reported.

  4. The kinetics of desilication of synthetic spent Bayer liquor seeded with cancrinite and cancrinite/sodalite mixed-phase crystals

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    Barnes, Mark C.; Addai-Mensah, Jonas; Gerson, Andrea R.

    1999-04-01

    Isothermal, batch desilication kinetics of synthetic, sodium aluminate solution (spent Bayer liquor) via cancrinite and cancrinite/sodalite mixed-phase crystal growth, have been studied under conditions at which sodium aluminosilicate scale forms at the surfaces of steel heat exchangers of alumina plant. Seeding with the pure cancrinite and mixed-phase crystals results in the suppression of scale formation and a faster rate of liquor desilication in comparison with its sodalite dimorph. Cancrinite seed crystals prepared from NO -3-rich solutions exhibited crystal growth mechanism and kinetic behaviour different from dimorphic mixed-phase crystals prepared from CO 2-3-rich solutions, when both were used to desilicate CO 2-3-rich spent Bayer liquor. The rate of desilication due to crystal growth on CO 2-3-cancrinite/sodalite mixed phase crystals followed a second-order dependence on the relative supersaturation of SiO 2. An activation energy of 52 kJ mol -1 was estimated for the crystal growth process. For desilication kinetics involving NO -3-cancrinite seed crystal growth, a third-order dependence on relative supersaturation of SiO 2 and an activation energy of 63 kJ mol -1 were obtained.

  5. Characterization of a synthetic single crystal diamond Schottky diode for radiotherapy electron beam dosimetry

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    Di Venanzio, C.; Marinelli, Marco; Milani, E.; Prestopino, G.; Verona, C.; Verona-Rinati, G.; Falco, M. D.; Bagala, P.; Santoni, R.; Pimpinella, M.

    2013-02-15

    Purpose: To investigate the dosimetric properties of synthetic single crystal diamond based Schottky diodes under irradiation with therapeutic electron beams from linear accelerators. Methods: A single crystal diamond detector was fabricated and tested under 6, 8, 10, 12, and 15 MeV electron beams. The detector performances were evaluated using three types of commercial detectors as reference dosimeters: an Advanced Markus plane parallel ionization chamber, a Semiflex cylindrical ionization chamber, and a p-type silicon detector. Preirradiation, linearity with dose, dose rate dependence, output factors, lateral field profiles, and percentage depth dose profiles were investigated and discussed. Results: During preirradiation the diamond detector signal shows a weak decrease within 0.7% with respect to the plateau value and a final signal stability of 0.1% (1{sigma}) is observed after about 5 Gy. A good linear behavior of the detector response as a function of the delivered dose is observed with deviations below {+-}0.3% in the dose range from 0.02 to 10 Gy. In addition, the detector response is dose rate independent, with deviations below 0.3% in the investigated dose rate range from 0.17 to 5.45 Gy/min. Percentage depth dose curves obtained from the diamond detector are in good agreement with the ones from the reference dosimeters. Lateral beam profile measurements show an overall good agreement among detectors, taking into account their respective geometrical features. The spatial resolution of solid state detectors is confirmed to be better than that of ionization chambers, being the one from the diamond detector comparable to that of the silicon diode. A good agreement within experimental uncertainties was also found in terms of output factor measurements between the diamond detector and reference dosimeters. Conclusions: The observed dosimetric properties indicate that the tested diamond detector is a suitable candidate for clinical electron beam dosimetry.

  6. Epitaxial growth of hexagonal silicon polytypes on sapphire

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    Pavlov, D. A.; Pirogov, A. V. Krivulin, N. O.; Bobrov, A. I.

    2015-01-15

    The formation of a single-crystal silicon polytype is observed in silicon-on-sapphire structures by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The appearance of inclusions with a structure different from that of diamond is attributed to the formation of strong-twinning regions and the aggregation of stacking faults, which form their own crystal structure in the crystal lattice of silicon. It is demonstrated that the given modification belongs to the 9R silicon polytype.

  7. Refinement of the crystal structures of synthetic nickel- and cobalt-bearing tourmalines

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    Rozhdestvenskaya, I. V.; Setkova, T. V.; Vereshchagin, O. S.; Shtukenberg, A. G.; Shapovalov, Yu. B.

    2012-01-01

    The crystal structures of synthetic tourmalines with a unique composition containing 3 d elements (Ni, Fe, and Co) have been refined: (Ca0.12▭0.88)(Al1.69Ni{0.81/2+}Fe{0.50/2+})(Al5.40Fe{0.60/3+})(Si5.82Al0.18O18)(BO3)3(OH)3.25O0.75 I, a = 15.897(5), c = 7.145(2) Å, V = 1564(1) Å; Na0.91(Ni{1.20/2+}Cr{0.96/3+}Al0.63Fe{0.18/2+}Mg0.03)(Al4.26Ni{1.20/2+}Cr{0.48/3+}Ti0.06)(Si5.82Al0.18)O18(BO3)3(OH)3.73O0.27 II, a = 15.945(5), c = 7.208(2) Å, V = 1587(1) Å3 and Na0.35(Al1.80Co{1.20/2+})(Al5.28Co{0.66/2+}Ti0.06)(Si5.64B0.36)O18(BO3)3(OH)3.81O0.19 III, a = 15.753(8), c = 7.053(3) Å, V = 1516(2) Å3. The reliability factors are R 1 = 0.038-0.057 and wR 2 = 0.041-0.060. It is found that 3 d elements occupy both Y- and Z positions in all structures. The excess positive charge is compensated for due to the incorporation of divalent oxygen anions into the O3(V)+O1(W) positions.

  8. Integrated diamond sapphire laser

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    Fork, Richard L.; Walker, Wesley W.; Laycock, Rustin L.; Green, Jason J. A.; Cole, Spencer T.

    2003-10-01

    We use analytic expressions and simulations to examine a model laser gain element formed by integrating diamond and a solid state laser material, such as, Ti:sapphire. The gain element is designed to provide in a single composite structure the thermal management capabilities of diamond and the optical amplification of the laser material. The model results indicate low temperature and a specific radial dependence of the heat transfer coefficient at the material interfaces are needed to access the highest average powers and highest quality optical fields. We outline paths designed to increase average output power of a lowest order mode laser oscillator based on these gain elements to megawatt levels. The long term goal is economically viable solar power delivered safely from space. The short term goal is a design strategy that will facilitate "proof of principle" demonstrations using currently accessible optical pump and thermal management capabilities.

  9. Control of initial bow of sapphire substrates for III-nitride epitaxy by internally focused laser processing

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    Aida, Hideo; Aota, Natsuko; Takeda, Hidetoshi; Koyama, Koji

    2012-12-01

    Processing by a laser beam focused within the substrate is used to control the initial bowing of sapphire substrates for III-nitride epitaxy. The process modifies the sapphire crystallinity at and near the focal area from single crystal to an amorphous phase. As volume expansion occurs inside the sapphire, strain is generated and, consequently, changes in the bowing. By controlling the focal depth and process pitch, we demonstrate a ˜250 μm pre-bowed sapphire substrate while only ±15 μm of bowing control is possible with a regular wafering process. We also demonstrate epitaxial growth of III-nitride on the pre-bowed sapphire substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), which suggests an enlargement for the process window for III-nitride epitaxy on sapphire substrate. It is also shown that the pre-bowing by laser treatment functions to improve the crystal quality of grown III-nitride films.

  10. Removal of Lattice Imperfections that Impact the Optical Quality of Ti:Sapphire using Advanced Magnetorheological Finishing Techniques

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    Menapace, J A; Schaffers, K I; Bayramian, A J; Davis, P J; Ebbers, C A; Wolfe, J E; Caird, J A; Barty, C J

    2008-02-26

    Advanced magnetorheological finishing (MRF) techniques have been applied to Ti:sapphire crystals to compensate for sub-millimeter lattice distortions that occur during the crystal growing process. Precise optical corrections are made by imprinting topographical structure onto the crystal surfaces to cancel out the effects of the lattice distortion in the transmitted wavefront. This novel technique significantly improves the optical quality for crystals of this type and sets the stage for increasing the availability of high-quality large-aperture sapphire and Ti:sapphire optics in critical applications.

  11. TH-C-19A-06: Measurements with a New Commercial Synthetic Single Crystal Diamond Detector

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    Laub, W; Crilly, R

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: A commercial version of a synthetic single crystal diamond detector in a Scottky diode configuration was recently released as the new type 60019 microDiamond detector (PTW-Freiburg). In this study we investigate the dosimetric properties of this detector and explore if the use of the microDiamond detector can be expanded to high energy photon beams of up to 15MV and to large field measurements. Methods: Energy dependency was investigated. Photon and electron depth-dose curves were measured. Photon PDDs were measured with the Semiflex type 31010, microLion type 31018, P-Diode type 60016, SRS Diode type 60018, and the microDiamond type 60019 detector. Electron depth-dose curves were measured with a Markus chamber type 23343, an E Diode type 60017 and the microDiamond type 60019 detector (all PTW-Freiburg). Profiles were measured with the E-Diode and microDiamond at dose maximum depths. Results: The microDiamond detector shows no energy dependence in high energy photon or electron dosimetry. Electron PDD measurements with the E-Diode and microDiamond are in good agreement except for the bremsstrahlungs region, where values are about 0.5 % lower with the microDiamond detector. Markus detector measurements agree with E-Diode measurements in this region. For depths larger than dmax, depth-dose curves of photon beams measured with the microDiamond detector are in close agreement to those measured with the microLion detector for small fields and with those measured with a Semiflex 0.125cc ionization chamber for large fields. For profile measurements, microDiamond detector measurements agree well with microLion and P-Diode measurements in the high-dose region and the penumbra region. For areas outside the open field, P-Diode measurements are about 0.5–1.0% higher than microDiamond and microLion measurements. Conclusion: The investigated diamond detector is suitable for a wide range of applications in high energy photon and electron dosimetry and is interesting

  12. Sapphire Fiber Optics Sensors for Engine Test Instrumentation

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    Janney, MA

    2003-09-19

    This document is the final report for the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between UT-Battelle and Prime Photonics, Inc. The purpose of this CRADA was to improve the properties of single crystal sapphire optical fibers for sensor applications. A reactive coating process was developed to form a magnesium aluminate spinel cladding on sapphire optical fibers. The resulting clad fiber had a numerical aperture, NA, of 0.09 as compared with 0.83 for the unclad fiber, dramatically enhancing its usefulness for sensor applications. Because the process allows one to control the diameter of the sapphire core within the fiber, it may be possible using this technology to develop waveguides that approach single-mode transmission character.

  13. Spherical-sapphire-based whispering gallery mode resonator thermometer

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    Yu, Lili; Fernicola, V.

    2012-09-01

    A novel microwave whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonator based on a spherical sapphire crystal was developed at INRIM and its use as a thermometer was tested. The temperature dependence of the WGM frequencies was studied and the most promising resonance near to 13.6 GHz, with a loaded quality factor as large as 82 000, was carefully investigated. Its potential use in thermometry was evaluated through a study of its main metrological characteristics, such as the temperature sensitivity, the frequency stability, the repeatability, and the resolution at several temperatures over the temperature range -40 °C to 85 °C. Finally, the INRIM spherical sapphire thermometer was compared with the NIST SWGT, a dielectric thermometer based on a cylindrical sapphire resonator [V. B. Braginsky, V. S. Ilchenko, and Kh. S. Bagdassarov, Phys. Lett. A 120(3), 300 (1987), 10.1016/0375-9601(87)90676-1].

  14. Morphology of synthetic chrysoberyl and alexandrite crystals: Analysis of experimental data and theoretical modeling

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    Gromalova, N. A.; Eremin, N. N.; Dorokhova, G. I.; Urusov, V. S.

    2012-07-01

    A morphological analysis of chrysoberyl and alexandrite crystals obtained by flux crystallization has been performed. Seven morphological types of crystals are selected. The surface energies of the faces of chrysoberyl and alexandrite crystals and their isostructural analogs, BeCr2O4 and BeFe2O4, have been calculated by atomistic computer modeling using the Metadise program. A "combined" approach is proposed which takes into account both the structural geometry and the surface energy of the faces and thus provides better agreement between the theoretical and experimentally observed faceting of chrysoberyl and alexandrite crystals.

  15. Study of green light-emitting diodes grown on semipolar (11-22) GaN/m-sapphire with different crystal qualities

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    Oh, Dong-Sub; Jang, Jong-Jin; Nam, Okhyun; Song, Keun-Man; Lee, Sung-Nam

    2011-07-01

    We investigated the anisotropic optical and structural properties of semipolar (11-22) InGaN-based green light emitting diodes (LEDs) grown on GaN templates with the different crystallographic properties. By introducing the N 2-GaN as a seed layer grown at a N 2 atmosphere, the full width at half maximum (FWHMs) of X-ray rocking curves (XRCs) for semipolar GaN templates were decreased from 1331 to 727 arcsec and from 1955 to 1076 arcsec with the incident beam directions of [11-2-3] and [1-100], respectively. It was found that the interfacial qualities of InGaN/GaN quantum wells (QWs) would be improved by reducing the FWHMs of XRCs with regardless of crystallographic directions. However, the thickness uniformity of InGaN QWs was significantly deteriorated for the direction of [11-2-3] rather than [1-100]. In addition, the EL intensity of semipolar green LEDs would be increased by enhancing the crystal quality of semipolar GaN template, which could also be resulted in the formation of abrupt interface and the enhancement of homogeneity at InGaN/GaN QWs.

  16. Miniature Sapphire Acoustic Resonator - MSAR

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    Wang, Rabi T.; Tjoelker, Robert L.

    2011-01-01

    A room temperature sapphire acoustics resonator incorporated into an oscillator represents a possible opportunity to improve on quartz ultrastable oscillator (USO) performance, which has been a staple for NASA missions since the inception of spaceflight. Where quartz technology is very mature and shows a performance improvement of perhaps 1 dB/decade, these sapphire acoustic resonators when integrated with matured quartz electronics could achieve a frequency stability improvement of 10 dB or more. As quartz oscillators are an essential element of nearly all types of frequency standards and reference systems, the success of MSAR would advance the development of frequency standards and systems for both groundbased and flight-based projects. Current quartz oscillator technology is limited by quartz mechanical Q. With a possible improvement of more than x 10 Q with sapphire acoustic modes, the stability limit of current quartz oscillators may be improved tenfold, to 10(exp -14) at 1 second. The electromagnetic modes of sapphire that were previously developed at JPL require cryogenic temperatures to achieve the high Q levels needed to achieve this stability level. However sapphire fs acoustic modes, which have not been used before in a high-stability oscillator, indicate the required Q values (as high as Q = 10(exp 8)) may be achieved at room temperature in the kHz range. Even though sapphire is not piezoelectric, such a high Q should allow electrostatic excitation of the acoustic modes with a combination of DC and AC voltages across a small sapphire disk (approximately equal to l mm thick). The first evaluations under this task will test predictions of an estimated input impedance of 10 kilohms at Q = 10(exp 8), and explore the Q values that can be realized in a smaller resonator, which has not been previously tested for acoustic modes. This initial Q measurement and excitation demonstration can be viewed similar to a transducer converting electrical energy to

  17. LASE Ti: Sapphire Laser

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    1995-01-01

    In the photo, Messrs. Leroy F. Matthews (left) and Frank J. Novak (Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co.) are preparing the Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment (LASE) Instrument for integration into a NASA/ER-2 aircraft for a field mission. LASE is the first fully- engineered, autonomous differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) System for the measurement of water vapor, aerosol and cloud in the troposphere. LASE uses a double-pulsed Ti:Sapphire laser for the transmitter with a 30 ns pulse length and 150 mJ/pulse. The laser beam is seeded to operate on a selected water vapor absorption line in the 815-nm region using a laser diode and an onboard absorption reference cell. A 40 cm diameter telescope collects the backscattered signals and directs them onto two detectors. LASE collects DIAL data at 5 Hz while flying at altitudes from 16-21 km. LASE was designed to operate autonomously within the environment and physical constraints of the ER-2 aircraft and to make water vapor profile measurements across the troposphere with accuracy having less than 6% of error. No other instrument can provide the spatial coverage and accuracy of LASE. Water vapor is the most radiative active gas in the troposphere, and the lack of understanding about its distribution provides one of the largest uncertainties in modeling climate change. LASE has demonstrated the necessary potential in providing high resolution water vapor measurements that can advance the studies of tropospheric water vapor distributions. LASE has flown 19 times during the development of the instrument and the validation of the science data. A joint international field mission was completed in the summer of 1996; adding 9 more successful flights. The LASE Instrument is being adapted to other aircraft platforms to support planned missions and to increase its utility.

  18. LASE Ti: Sapphire Laser

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    1995-01-01

    In the photo, Mr. Leroy F. Matthews (Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co.) is connecting the Thermal Control Unit cables in preparing the Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment (LASE) Instrument for integration into a NASA/ER-2 aircraft for a field mission. LASE is the first fully-engineered, autonomous differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) System for the measurement of water vapor, aerosol and cloud in the troposphere. LASE uses a double-pulsed Ti:Sapphire laser for the transmitter with a 30 ns pulse length and 150 mJ/pulse. The laser beam is seeded to operate on a selected water vapor absorption line in the 815-nm region using a laser diode and an onboard absorption reference cell. A 40 cm diameter telescope collects the backscattered signals and directs them onto two detectors. LASE collects DIAL data at 5 Hz while flying at altitudes from 16-21 km. LASE was designed to operate autonomously within the environment and physical constraints of the ER-2 aircraft and to make water vapor profile measurements across the troposphere with accuracy having less than 6% of error. No other instrument can provide the spatial coverage and accuracy of LASE. Water vapor is the most radiative active gas in the troposphere, and the lack of understanding about its distribution provides one of the largest uncertainties in modeling climate change. LASE has demonstrated the necessary potential in providing high resolution water vapor measurements that can advance the studies of tropospheric water vapor distributions. LASE has flown 19 times during the development of the instrument and the validation of the science data. A joint international field mission was completed in the summer of 1996; adding 9 more successful flights. The LASE Instument is being adapted to other aircraft platforms to support planned missions and to increase its utility.

  19. Microstructure of spinel islands on the sapphire surface grown by ion implantation and annealing.

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    Wang, Y; Liu, X P; Qin, G W

    2014-09-01

    Fe ions were implanted into α-Al2O3 single crystals (sapphire) at energy of 50 keV and annealed in an oxidizing environment. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation indicated that Fe ions in the near surface region precipitated as α-Fe2O3 islands and spinel islands on the specimen surface, at the same time, Fe ions in the region away from the surface precipitated as α-Fe particles in the interior region of specimen. Two orientation relationships (ORs) between the spinel islands and sapphire substrate were discovered as follows: (111)spinel∥(0001)sapphire, [1 1 2¯]spinel∥[1 1 2¯ 0]sapphire and (1 1 2¯)spinel∥(0 0 0 1)sapphire, [1 1 1]spinel∥[1 1 2¯ 0]sapphire. The first OR was frequently observed in the spinel/sapphire system, however, the second OR has never been reported before. The interfaces between the spinel islands and sapphire substrate are a type-3 incoherent interface (i.e. low-index OR in at least one direction with an ill-matched low-index habit planes). The formation of spinel islands on the specimen surface can be attributed to the oxidizing atmosphere and the low accelerating voltage for ion implantation.

  20. Optical Extinction of Sapphire Shock Loaded to 250-260 GPa

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    Hare, D E; Webb, D J; Lee, S H; Holmes, N

    2001-08-21

    Sapphire, a common optical window material used in shock-compression studies, displays significant shock-induced optical emission and extinction. It is desirable to quantify such non-ideal window behavior to enhance the usefulness of sapphire in optical studies of opaque shock-compressed samples, such as metals. At the highest stresses we can achieve with a two-stage gas gun it is technically very difficult to study the optical properties of sapphire without the aid of some opaque backing material, hence one is invariably compelled to deconvolve the optical effects of the opaque surface and the sapphire. In an effort to optimize this deconvolution process, we have constructed sapphire/thin-film/sapphire samples using two basic types of thin films: one optimized to emit copious optical radiation (the hot-film sample), the other designed to yield minimal emission (the cold-film sample). This sample geometry makes it easy to maintain the same steady shock-stress in the sapphire window (255 GPa in our case) while varying the window/film interface temperature. A six-channel time-resolved optical pyrometer is used to measure the emission from the sample assemblies. Two different sapphire crystal orientations were evaluated. We also comment on finite thermal conductivity effects of the thin-film geometry on the interpretation of our data.

  1. Sapphire hard X-ray Fabry-Perot resonators for synchrotron experiments.

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    Tsai, Yi Wei; Wu, Yu Hsin; Chang, Ying Yi; Liu, Wen Chung; Liu, Hong Lin; Chu, Chia Hong; Chen, Pei Chi; Lin, Pao Te; Fu, Chien Chung; Chang, Shih Lin

    2016-05-01

    Hard X-ray Fabry-Perot resonators (FPRs) made from sapphire crystals were constructed and characterized. The FPRs consisted of two crystal plates, part of a monolithic crystal structure of Al2O3, acting as a pair of mirrors, for the backward reflection (0 0 0 30) of hard X-rays at 14.3147 keV. The dimensional accuracy during manufacturing and the defect density in the crystal in relation to the resonance efficiency of sapphire FPRs were analyzed from a theoretical standpoint based on X-ray cavity resonance and measurements using scanning electron microscopic and X-ray topographic techniques for crystal defects. Well defined resonance spectra of sapphire FPRs were successfully obtained, and were comparable with the theoretical predictions.

  2. Fabrication of a new substrate for atomic force microscopic observation of DNA molecules from an ultrasmooth sapphire plate.

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    Yoshida, K; Yoshimoto, M; Sasaki, K; Ohnishi, T; Ushiki, T; Hitomi, J; Yamamoto, S; Sigeno, M

    1998-01-01

    A new stable substrate applicable to the observation of DNA molecules by atomic force microscopy (AFM) was fabricated from a ultrasmooth sapphire (alpha-Al2O3 single crystal) plate. The atomically ultrasmooth sapphire as obtained by high-temperature annealing has hydrophobic surfaces and could not be used for the AFM observation of DNA. However, sapphire treated with Na3PO4 aqueous solution exhibited a hydrophilic character while maintaining a smooth surface structure. The surface of the wet-treated sapphire was found by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and AFM to be approximately 0.3 nm. The hydrophilic surface character of the ultrasmooth sapphire plate made it easy for DNA molecules to adhere to the plate. Circular molecules of the plasmid DNA could be imaged by AFM on the hydrophilic ultrasmooth sapphire plate. PMID:9545030

  3. Oxidation states of Fe and Ti in blue sapphire

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    Wongrawang, P.; Monarumit, N.; Thammajak, N.; Wathanakul, P.; Wongkokua, W.

    2016-02-01

    X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) can be used to study the oxidation state of a dilute system such as transition metal defects in solid-state samples. In blue sapphire, Fe and Ti are defects that cause the blue color. Inter-valence charge transfer (IVCT) between Fe2+ and Ti4+ has been proposed to describe the optical color’s origin. However, the existence of divalent iron cations has not been thoroughly investigated. Fluorescent XANES is therefore employed to study K-edge absorptions of Fe and Ti cations in various blue sapphire samples including natural, synthetic, diffused and heat-treated sapphires. All the samples showed an Fe absorption edge at 7124 eV, corresponding to the Fe3+ state; and Ti at 4984 eV, corresponding to Ti4+. From these results, we propose Fe3+-Ti4+ mixed acceptor states located at 1.75 eV and 2.14 eV above the valence band of corundum, that correspond to 710 nm and 580 nm bands of UV-vis absorption spectra, to describe the cause of the color of blue sapphire.

  4. Temperature Compensated Sapphire Resonator for Ultra-Stable Oscillator Capability at Temperatures Above 77 Kelvin

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    Dick, G.; Santiago, D.; Wang, R.

    1994-01-01

    We report on the design and test of a whispering gallery sapphire resonator for which the dominant (WGH xxxsubn11) microwave mode family shows frequency-stable, compensated operation for temperatures above 77 Kelvin. The resonator makes possible a new ultra-stable oscillator (USO) capability that promises performance improvements over the best available crystal quartz oscillators in a compact cryogenic package. A mechanical compensation mechanism, enabled by the difference between copper and sapphire expansion coefficients, tunes the resonator to cancel the temperature variation of sapphire's dielectric constant.

  5. Pumping of titanium sapphire laser

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    Jelínková, H.; Vaněk, P.; Valach, P.; Hamal, K.; Kubelka, J.; Škoda, V.; Jelínek, M.

    1993-02-01

    Two methods of Ti:Sapphire pumping for the generation of tunable laser radiation in the visible region were studied. For coherent pumping, the radiation of the second harmonic of a Nd:YAP laser was used and a maximum output energy of E out=4.5 mJ was reached from the Ti:Sapphire laser. For noncoherent pumping, two different lengths of flashlamp pulses were used and a maximum of E out=300 mJ was obtained. Preliminary estimations of the wavelength range of tunability were made.

  6. Jones calculus modeling and analysis of the thermal distortion in a Ti:sapphire laser amplifier.

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    Cho, Seryeyohan; Jeong, Jihoon; Yu, Tae Jun

    2016-06-27

    The mathematical modeling of an anisotropic Ti:sapphire crystal with a significant thermal load is performed. The model is expressed by the differential Jones matrix. A thermally induced distortion in the chirped-pulse amplification process is shown by the solution of the differential Jones matrix. Using this model, the thermally distorted spatio-temporal laser beam shape is calculated for a high-power and high-repetition-rate Ti:sapphire amplifier. PMID:27410590

  7. Methodology of growing gigantic sapphire for GSLW project

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    Abgaryan, Artoush A.; Hartounian, Gomidas

    2005-09-01

    In our present world the Crystal Growth Technology does not have the necessary and sufficient conditions to manufacture large sizes; especially in the Sapphire Crystal world. We have a theoretical and methodological development for growing gigantic Sapphire Crystal Lenses. Our gigantic Sapphire Crystal Lenses have a unique optical characteristic which will be used in the Global System of Laser Weapons (GSLW); hence solving one of the crucial problems in the Relay Mirror System; where it captures the Laser beam from the earth surface, cleaning the beam in the Satellite and redirecting the laser energy to the precise desired target. Developed and solution for the temperature and heat-elasticity fields in growth systems are considered theoretical, in order to assess their effects on the optical symmetry of the growing crystal. The process is modeled using three-dimensional curvilinear coordinates to describe a closed, low-strain heat-elasticity system, with allowance made for the temperature variations of the thermal properties of the multilayer growth system, and nonlinear and unsteady-state process with arbitrary boundary conditions. The results presented as plots of the strain, stress, displacement, and temperature fields; demonstrate the potential of the method for designing new growth units and improving the existing ones and suggesting that crystals, in general, without frustration of optical symmetry can, in principle, be grown. In order to solve generalized problem for large optics. It is required to have super and correct mathematical computing calculations, and using basic fundamental laws of nature regarding optical symmetry in the crystal, and discovering the radical "new wave method" for crystal growth technology.

  8. Combined protein construct and synthetic gene engineering for heterologous protein expression and crystallization using Gene Composer

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    Raymond, Amy; Lovell, Scott; Lorimer, Don; Walchli, John; Mixon, Mark; Wallace, Ellen; Thompkins, Kaitlin; Archer, Kimberly; Burgin, Alex; Stewart, Lance

    2009-12-01

    With the goal of improving yield and success rates of heterologous protein production for structural studies we have developed the database and algorithm software package Gene Composer. This freely available electronic tool facilitates the information-rich design of protein constructs and their engineered synthetic gene sequences, as detailed in the accompanying manuscript. In this report, we compare heterologous protein expression levels from native sequences to that of codon engineered synthetic gene constructs designed by Gene Composer. A test set of proteins including a human kinase (P38{alpha}), viral polymerase (HCV NS5B), and bacterial structural protein (FtsZ) were expressed in both E. coli and a cell-free wheat germ translation system. We also compare the protein expression levels in E. coli for a set of 11 different proteins with greatly varied G:C content and codon bias. The results consistently demonstrate that protein yields from codon engineered Gene Composer designs are as good as or better than those achieved from the synonymous native genes. Moreover, structure guided N- and C-terminal deletion constructs designed with the aid of Gene Composer can lead to greater success in gene to structure work as exemplified by the X-ray crystallographic structure determination of FtsZ from Bacillus subtilis. These results validate the Gene Composer algorithms, and suggest that using a combination of synthetic gene and protein construct engineering tools can improve the economics of gene to structure research.

  9. Evaluation of the dosimetric properties of a synthetic single crystal diamond detector in high energy clinical proton beams

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    Mandapaka, A. K.; Ghebremedhin, A.; Patyal, B.; Marinelli, Marco; Prestopino, G.; Verona, C.; Verona-Rinati, G.

    2013-12-15

    Purpose: To investigate the dosimetric properties of a synthetic single crystal diamond Schottky diode for accurate relative dose measurements in large and small field high-energy clinical proton beams.Methods: The dosimetric properties of a synthetic single crystal diamond detector were assessed by comparison with a reference Markus parallel plate ionization chamber, an Exradin A16 microionization chamber, and Exradin T1a ion chamber. The diamond detector was operated at zero bias voltage at all times. Comparative dose distribution measurements were performed by means of Fractional depth dose curves and lateral beam profiles in clinical proton beams of energies 155 and 250 MeV for a 14 cm square cerrobend aperture and 126 MeV for 3, 2, and 1 cm diameter circular brass collimators. ICRU Report No. 78 recommended beam parameters were used to compare fractional depth dose curves and beam profiles obtained using the diamond detector and the reference ionization chamber. Warm-up/stability of the detector response and linearity with dose were evaluated in a 250 MeV proton beam and dose rate dependence was evaluated in a 126 MeV proton beam. Stem effect and the azimuthal angle dependence of the diode response were also evaluated.Results: A maximum deviation in diamond detector signal from the average reading of less than 0.5% was found during the warm-up irradiation procedure. The detector response showed a good linear behavior as a function of dose with observed deviations below 0.5% over a dose range from 50 to 500 cGy. The detector response was dose rate independent, with deviations below 0.5% in the investigated dose rates ranging from 85 to 300 cGy/min. Stem effect and azimuthal angle dependence of the diode signal were within 0.5%. Fractional depth dose curves and lateral beam profiles obtained with the diamond detector were in good agreement with those measured using reference dosimeters.Conclusions: The observed dosimetric properties of the synthetic single

  10. Nature of the gel to liquid crystal transition of synthetic phosphatidylcholines.

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    Albon, N; Sturtevant, J M

    1978-01-01

    High sensitivity differential scanning calorimetry is employed in the study of the gel to liquid crystal phase transition of a highly purified sample of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine in multilamellar bilayer suspension. It is concluded from the calorimetric data that the purity of the sample is better than 99.94 mol % and that the transition closely approximates an isothermal first-order transition. PMID:276866

  11. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of synthetic sodium-hydronium jarosite

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    Najorka, Jens; Lewis, James M. T.; Spratt, John; Sephton, Mark A.

    2016-05-01

    Na-H3O jarosite was synthesized hydrothermally at 413 K for 8 days and investigated using single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron microprobe analysis (EMPA). The chemical composition of the studied crystal is [Na0.57(3) (H3O)0.36 (H2O)0.07]A Fe2.93(3) (SO4)2 (OH)5.70 (H2O)0.30, and Fe deficiency was confirmed by both EMPA and XRD analysis. The single-crystal XRD data were collected at 298 and 102 K, and crystal structures were refined in space group Roverline{3}m. The room-temperature data match structural trends of the jarosite group, which vary linearly with the c axis. The low-temperature structure at 102 K shows an anisotropic decrease in the unit cell parameters, with c and a decreasing by 0.45 and 0.03 %, respectively. Structural changes are mainly confined to the A site environment. Only minor changes occur in FeO6 and SO4 polyhedra. The structure responds upon cooling by increasing bond length distortion and by decreasing quadratic elongation of the large AO12 polyhedra. The structural parameters at low temperature follow very similar patterns to structural changes that correspond to compositional variation in the jarosite group, which is characterised by the flexibility of AO12 polyhedra and rigidity of Fe(OH)4O2-SO4 layers. The most flexible areas in the jarosite structure are localized at AO12 edges that are not shared with neighbouring FeO6 octahedra. Importantly, for the application of XRD in planetary settings, the temperature-related changes in jarosite can mimic compositional change.

  12. A novel synthetic route to freely adjust the crystal structures of Ni-P compounds

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    Xu, Hanghui; Lu, Shaoxiang; Ren, Lili

    2016-10-01

    Crystal-structure-controllable Ni-P compounds were synthesized using nickel chloride, nontoxic red phosphorus and polyethylene glycol. The hexagonal Ni2P and tetragonal Ni12P5 could be freely transformed via adjusting the amount of polyethylene glycol, and the mechanism of phase transformation was discussed. The catalytic performances of Ni-P compounds were promoted markedly with moderate quantity of PEG. However, excessive PEG will cover the active sites of catalysts and decrease the catalytic activity.

  13. Isolation of brassicasterol, its synthetic prodrug-crystal structure, stereochemistry and theoretical studies

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    Sethi, Arun; Prakash, Rohit; Srivastava, Sangeeta; Amandeep; Bishnoi, Abha; Singh, Ranvijay Pratap

    2014-07-01

    In the present study brassicasterol (1), was isolated from the chloroform extract of the flowers of Allamanda violacea and identified with the help of different spectroscopic techniques like 1H, 13C, 2D NMR (1H-1H COSY), IR, UV and mass spectrometry. A novel prodrug was synthesized by carrying out esterification of brassicasterol (1) with the well known drug naproxen using Steglich esterification to give 3β-(2-(6-methoxynaphthalene-2yl) propionoxy) 24 methyl cholest-5, 22-dien (2). Compounds 2 was subjected to single crystal X-ray diffraction technique and crystallized out in monoclinic form having P21 space group and stabilized by CH-π interactions. Structure and stereochemistry of compound 2 was established with the help of modern spectroscopic techniques like 1H NMR, IR, UV, mass spectrometry as well as with single crystal X-ray diffraction. Molecular geometry and vibrational frequencies of compounds 1 and 2 were calculated by density functional method (DFT/B3LYP) using 6-31G (d, p) basis set, bond parameters and IR frequencies were correlated with the experimental data. 1H and 13C chemical shifts of compound 1 and 1H chemical shifts of compound 2 were calculated with GIAO method and correlated with experimental data. Hyperconjugative interactions were studied with the help of natural bond order analysis (NBO). Electronic properties of both the compounds such as HOMO-LUMO energies were measured with the help of time dependent DFT method.

  14. Role of Stearic Acid in the Strain-Induced Crystallization of Crosslinked Natural Rubber and Synthetic Cis-1,4-Polyisoprene

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    Kohjiya,S.; Tosaka, M.; Furutani, M.; Ikeda, Y.; Toki, S.; Hsiao, B.

    2007-01-01

    Strain-induced crystallization of crosslinked natural rubber (NR) and its synthetic analogue, cis-1,4-polyisoprene (IR), both mixed with various amounts of stearic acid (SA), were investigated by time-resolved X-ray diffraction using a powerful synchrotron radiation source and simultaneous mechanical (tensile) measurement. No acceleration or retardation was observed on NR in spite of the increase of SA amount. Even the SA-free IR crystallized upon stretching, and the overall crystallization behavior of IR shifted to the larger strain ratio with increasing SA content. No difference due to the SA was detected in the deformation of crystal lattice by stress for both NR and IR. These results suggested that the extended network chains are effective for the initiation of crystallization upon stretching, while the role of SA is trivial. These behaviors are much different from their crystallization at low temperature by standing, where SA acts as a nucleating agent.

  15. Germanium Nanocrystals Embedded in Sapphire

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    Xu, Q.; Sharp, I.D.; Liao, C.Y.; Yi, D.O.; Ager III, J.W.; Beeman, J.W.; Yu, K.M.; Chrzan, D.C.; Haller, E.E.

    2005-04-15

    {sup 74}Ge nanocrystals are formed in a sapphire matrix by ion implantation followed by damage. Embedded nanocrystals experience large compressive stress relative to bulk, as embedded in sapphire melt very close to the bulk melting point (Tm = 936 C) whereas experience considerably lower stresses. Also, in situ TEM reveals that nanocrystals ion-beam-synthesized nanocrystals embedded in silica are observed to be spherical and measured by Raman spectroscopy of the zone center optical phonon. In contrast, reveals that the nanocrystals are faceted and have a bi-modal size distribution. Notably, the matrix remains crystalline despite the large implantation dose and corresponding thermal annealing. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of as-grown samples those embedded in silica exhibit a significant melting point hysteresis around T{sub m}.

  16. Lattice-Matched Semiconductor Layers on Single Crystalline Sapphire Substrate

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    Choi, Sang; King, Glen; Park, Yeonjoon

    2009-01-01

    SiGe is an important semiconductor alloy for high-speed field effect transistors (FETs), high-temperature thermoelectric devices, photovoltaic solar cells, and photon detectors. The growth of SiGe layer is difficult because SiGe alloys have different lattice constants from those of the common Si wafers, which leads to a high density of defects, including dislocations, micro-twins, cracks, and delaminations. This innovation utilizes newly developed rhombohedral epitaxy of cubic semiconductors on trigonal substrates in order to solve the lattice mismatch problem of SiGe by using trigonal single crystals like sapphire (Al2O3) as substrate to give a unique growth-orientation to the SiGe layer, which is automatically controlled at the interface upon sapphire (0001). This technology is different from previous silicon on insulator (SOI) or SGOI (SiGe on insulator) technologies that use amorphous SiO2 as the growth plane. A cubic semiconductor crystal is a special case of a rhombohedron with the inter-planar angle, alpha = 90 deg. With a mathematical transformation, all rhombohedrons can be described by trigonal crystal lattice structures. Therefore, all cubic lattice constants and crystal planes (hkl) s can be transformed into those of trigonal crystal parameters. These unique alignments enable a new opportunity of perfect lattice matching conditions, which can eliminate misfit dislocations. Previously, these atomic alignments were thought to be impossible or very difficult. With the invention of a new x-ray diffraction measurement method here, growth of cubic semiconductors on trigonal crystals became possible. This epitaxy and lattice-matching condition can be applied not only to SiGe (111)/sapphire (0001) substrate relations, but also to other crystal structures and other materials, including similar crystal structures which have pointgroup rotational symmetries by 120 because the cubic (111) direction has 120 rotational symmetry. The use of slightly miscut (less than

  17. Anisotropic Thermoelectric Properties of MnSiγ Film Prepared on R-Sapphire

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    Takeda, Komei; Kikuchi, Yuta; Hayashi, Kei; Miyazaki, Yuzuru; Kajitani, Tsuyoshi

    2012-05-01

    We attempted to obtain an epitaxial MnSiγ (γ˜1.7) film on R-sapphire, i.e., Sapphire(1102), substrate by pulsed laser deposition. We prepared MnSiγ films by changing the substrate temperature gradient. It was found that the MnSiγ film, whose temperature gradient in a substrate is parallel to Sapphire[1120], could be grown epitaxially on the substrate. The epitaxial relationship was MnSiγ(1000)[0010] ∥ Sapphire(1102)[1120]. The thermoelectric properties of the epitaxial MnSiγ film were different in the a- and c-axes, reflecting the anisotropic MnSiγ crystal structure. The anisotropic thermoelectric properties are discussed in terms of the electronic structure.

  18. Spectroscopic studies of excitons in cuprous oxide: Natural crystals and synthetic thick films on magnesium oxide

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    Sun, Yi

    2001-10-01

    We observed exciton photoluminescence from Cu2O natural bulk crystals under two-photon excitation to the 1s, as well as to the 2s level, over a wide temperature range. The direct recombination emission, denoted as Xo, and a phonon- assisted, electric-dipole radiative transition involving G-12 longitudinal optical phonons, denoted as Xo- G-12 , were observed for 1s excitation. We have studied the angular (at 1.8K) and temperature (from 1.8K to 297K) dependence of the time integrated photoluminescence intensity of both emission features. For resonant pumping to the 1s level, the direct emission is strongly enhanced at low temperature. It is forward directed, however, with an angular width substantially larger than the divergence of the excitation beam; excitation to the 2s level (which subsequently decays into a 1s level) results in a more isotropic angular distribution of Xo emission. The lifetime of the Xo emission resulting from resonant excitation to the 1s level at 1.8K is ~2ns, shorter than the decay time of thermalized orthoexcitons. The results support the idea that resonant two-photon excitation to the 1s level results primarily in a quadrupole-orthoexciton-polariton formation. A theory involving the Green's function and coupled photon-exciton wave equations was developed to simulate the coherent polariton propagation. To study excitons in a spatially confined geometry, we developed an ex situ growth technique to obtain single-crystal like Cu2O thick films on MgO substrates. The optical absorption spectrum exhibits the exciton absorption series up to n = 5p at low temperature. 1s orthoexciton direct emission and phonon-assisted emission features were observed to split into three (on MgO (110)) and two (on MgO (111)) peaks. The distortion of film crystal structure and the effective Hamiltonian including a deformation potential were used to explain the energy level splitting and shift of the 1s orthoexcitons in Cu2O films. Cu2O dots and waveguides were also

  19. Synthetic single crystal diamond as a fission reactor neutron flux monitor

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    Marinelli, Marco; Milani, E.; Prestopino, G.; Tucciarone, A.; Verona, C.; Verona-Rinati, G.; Angelone, M.; Lattanzi, D.; Pillon, M.; Rosa, R.; Santoro, E.

    2007-04-01

    Thermal neutron flux monitors were fabricated using chemical vapor deposited single crystal diamond in a p-type/intrinsic/metal/Li6F layered structure. They were placed 80cm above the core midplane of a 1MW research fission reactor, where the maximum neutron flux is 2.2×109neutrons/cm2s. Good stability and reproducibility of the device response were observed over the whole reactor power range. A 150000counts/s count rate was measured at the maximum reactor power with no degradation of the detector signal. As the multiple pile-up process due to the slow readout electronics is accounted for, an excellent linearity of the diamond response is observed.

  20. Microwave Frequency Discriminator With Sapphire Resonator

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    Santiago, David G.; Dick, G. John

    1994-01-01

    Cooled sapphire resonator provides ultralow phase noise. Apparatus comprises microwave oscillator operating at nominal frequency of about 8.1 GHz, plus frequency-discriminator circuit measuring phase fluctuations of oscillator output. One outstanding feature of frequency discriminator is sapphire resonator serving as phase reference. Sapphire resonator is dielectric ring resonator operating in "whispering-gallery" mode. Functions at room temperature, but for better performance, typically cooled to operating temperature of about 80 K. Similar resonator described in "Sapphire Ring Resonator for Microwave Oscillator" (NPO-18082).

  1. Crystal structure of a novel synthetic inhibitor of HIV-1 protease

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    Hilgeroth, Andreas; Tykarska, Ewa; Jaskolski, Mariusz

    2002-02-01

    The crystal structure of a novel non-peptidic HIV-1 protease inhibitor derived by simple solid-state dimerization of 4-aryl-1,4-dihydropyridines, reveals a strained central cage and the conformation of its phenyl, benzyl, and hydroxymethylene substituents. The polycyclic cage includes two nearly flat cyclobutane rings and four fused piperidine rings in boat conformations. The cage geometry reveals two unexpected features, namely marked distortions of the valence angles in every second piperidine and a shortening of one of the cyclobutane bonds. The molecule displays exact centrosymmetry, but the central cage and the hydroxymethylene substituents also approximate the C2-symmetry of the target enzyme. The two independent hydroxyl groups are involved in intermolecular hydrogen bonding, one as a donor, the other as an acceptor. The disposition of the hydroxyl groups in the molecular framework is compatible with the dual role of the inhibitor in the active-site cavity of HIV-1 protease, whereby one OH group is hydrogen-bonded to the catalytic aspartates, whereas another one provides an interface to the locked flaps of the enzyme.

  2. An Insight into the Pharmacophores of Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitors from Synthetic and Crystal Structural Studies

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    Chen,G.; Wang, H.; Robinson, H.; Cai, J.; Wan, Y.; Ke, H.

    2008-01-01

    Selective inhibitors of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) have been used as drugs for treatment of male erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension. An insight into the pharmacophores of PDE5 inhibitors is essential for development of second generation of PDE5 inhibitors, but has not been completely illustrated. Here we report the synthesis of a new class of the sildenafil derivatives and a crystal structure of the PDE5 catalytic domain in complex with 5-(2-ethoxy-5-(sulfamoyl)-3-thienyl)-1-methyl-3-propyl-1, 6-dihydro-7H-pyrazolo[4, 3-d]pyrimidin-7-one (12). Inhibitor 12 induces conformational change of the H-loop (residues 660-683), which is different from any of the known PDE5 structures. The pyrazolopyrimidinone groups of 12 and sildenafil are well superimposed, but their sulfonamide groups show a positional difference of as much as 1.5 Angstroms . The structure-activity analysis suggests that a small hydrophobic pocket and the H-loop of PDE5 are important for the inhibitor affinity, in addition to two common elements for binding of almost all the PDE inhibitors: the stack against the phenylalanine and the hydrogen bond with the invariant glutamine. However, the PDE5-12 structure does not provide a full explanation to affinity changes of the inhibitors. Thus alternatives such as conformational change of the M-loop are open and further structural study is required.

  3. Experimental analysis of sapphire contact probes for Nd-YAG laser angioplasty.

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    Ashley, S; Brooks, S G; Gehani, A A; Kester, R C; Rees, M R

    1990-06-01

    Laser angioplasty may offer percutaneous recanalization of occluded vessels where conventional guidewire and balloon techniques fail. Metal laser thermal angioplasty probes may, however, cause excessive thermal damage due to high tip temperatures (greater than 400.C). Therefore, contact probes made from artificial sapphire crystal designed for general laser surgery are currently being evaluated for use in laser angioplasty with continuous wave Nd-YAG energy. The sapphire modifies the laser energy in various ways, and this paper examines the physical characteristics of five types of rounded sapphire probe (SMTR, MTR, MTRL, OS, LT) and how these properties are affected by clinical usage. The laser beam profile emitted by these probes demonstrates a focal spot 1-2 mm in front of the tip. However, the forward transmission of Nd-YAG energy through the sapphires varied (SMTR, 85%; MTR, 83%; MTRL, 75%; OS, 54%; LT, 69%). Probe heating occurs owing to energy absorption within the sapphire. The surface temperature of the sapphires was measured in air by infrared thermography and the hottest region within the probes localized by an isothermographic technique. At energy settings used clinically (20 J, 10 watts for 2 s) the SMTR, MTR, and MTRL probes exhibited higher temperature rises (94-112.C) than the OS and LT probes (30.C), and heating was localized to the front surface of the former probes. Peak sapphire temperatures remained lower than those of metal probes even at higher energies. After clinical use, the MTR probe demonstrated reduced transmission, beam defocusing, and increased heating, due to surface pitting. Thus, recanalization with sapphire probes occurs by a combination of photothermal and contact thermal effects that are localized to the probe tip and may reduce the degree of thermal injury associated with metal probes. Understanding these basic properties is important to the application and development of contact probes for laser recanalization. PMID:2142867

  4. Experimental analysis of sapphire contact probes for Nd-YAG laser angioplasty.

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    Ashley, S; Brooks, S G; Gehani, A A; Kester, R C; Rees, M R

    1990-06-01

    Laser angioplasty may offer percutaneous recanalization of occluded vessels where conventional guidewire and balloon techniques fail. Metal laser thermal angioplasty probes may, however, cause excessive thermal damage due to high tip temperatures (greater than 400.C). Therefore, contact probes made from artificial sapphire crystal designed for general laser surgery are currently being evaluated for use in laser angioplasty with continuous wave Nd-YAG energy. The sapphire modifies the laser energy in various ways, and this paper examines the physical characteristics of five types of rounded sapphire probe (SMTR, MTR, MTRL, OS, LT) and how these properties are affected by clinical usage. The laser beam profile emitted by these probes demonstrates a focal spot 1-2 mm in front of the tip. However, the forward transmission of Nd-YAG energy through the sapphires varied (SMTR, 85%; MTR, 83%; MTRL, 75%; OS, 54%; LT, 69%). Probe heating occurs owing to energy absorption within the sapphire. The surface temperature of the sapphires was measured in air by infrared thermography and the hottest region within the probes localized by an isothermographic technique. At energy settings used clinically (20 J, 10 watts for 2 s) the SMTR, MTR, and MTRL probes exhibited higher temperature rises (94-112.C) than the OS and LT probes (30.C), and heating was localized to the front surface of the former probes. Peak sapphire temperatures remained lower than those of metal probes even at higher energies. After clinical use, the MTR probe demonstrated reduced transmission, beam defocusing, and increased heating, due to surface pitting. Thus, recanalization with sapphire probes occurs by a combination of photothermal and contact thermal effects that are localized to the probe tip and may reduce the degree of thermal injury associated with metal probes. Understanding these basic properties is important to the application and development of contact probes for laser recanalization.

  5. Titanium-doped sapphire laser research and design study

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    Moulton, Peter F.

    1987-01-01

    Three main topics were considered in this study: the fundamental laser parameters of titanium-doped sapphire, characterization of commercially grown material, and design of a tunable, narrow-linewidth laser. Fundamental parameters investigated included the gain cross section, upper-state lifetime as a function of temperature and the surface-damage threshold. Commercial material was found to vary widely in the level of absorption of the laser wavelength with the highest absorption in Czochralski-grown crystals. Several Yi:sapphire lasers were constructed, including a multimode laser with greater than 50mJ of output energy and a single-transverse-mode ring laser, whose spectral and temporal characteristics were completely characterized. A design for a narrow-linewidth (single-frequency) Ti:sapphire laser was developed, based on the results of the experimental work. The design involves the use of a single-frequency, quasi-cw master oscillator, employed as an injection source for a pulsed ring laser.

  6. Chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) of sapphire

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    Zhu, Honglin

    The concept of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) was examined for finishing sapphire. In this study sapphire was used as a model system for oxide ceramics. The removal rates were determined by weight loss. Surface quality and structure were characterized with surface probe microscopy (SPM). Polishing experiments were designed to test the chemically modified surface layer. A series of abrasives with various hardnesses including mono-crystalline and polycrystalline diamond, alpha and gamma alumina, zirconia, ceria and silica were used. Diaspore was also evaluated. The results indicated that, with similar particle size and shape, harder abrasives do not necessarily cause faster material removal and better surface finish, and abrasives with hardness equal to or less than sapphire such as alpha alumina and gamma alumina achieved the best surface finish and efficient material removal. A hypothesis was proposed that the sapphire surface was modified by water to form a thin hydration laver with structure and hardness close to diaspore. Abrasives with a hardness between diaspore and sapphire polished the c-plane of sapphire with good surface finish and efficient removal. SPM indicated the hydration layer on the c-plane surface was about 1 nm thick. Removal rate and surface finish as a function of pH were also examined on c-plane sapphire with nano-alumina abrasives. The removal rate as a function of pH was compared to the solubility behavior of alumina. The results showed the deviation of pH from the lowest solubility pH for alumina (pH = 5) was a driving force for the surface reaction to form a hydration layer. The anisotropy of sapphire strongly affects removal rate and surface quality in CMP. The relationships among orientation. pH and abrasive were studied for sapphire with c (0001), a (11-20), and m (10-10) planes. Based on the results, the CMP process for sapphire includes chemical reaction of the surface to form a thin reaction layer that is softer than sapphire

  7. Sapphire reinforced alumina matrix composites

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    Jaskowiak, Martha H.; Setlock, John A.

    1994-01-01

    Unidirectionally reinforced A1203 matrix composites have been fabricated by hot pressing. Approximately 30 volume % of either coated or uncoated sapphire fiber was used as reinforcement. Unstabilized ZrO2 was applied as the fiber coating. Composite mechanical behavior was analyzed both after fabrication and after additional heat treatment. The results of composite tensile tests were correlated with fiber-matrix interfacial shear strengths determined from fiber push-out tests. Substantially higher strength and greater fiber pull-out were observed for the coated fiber composites for all processing conditions studied. The coated fiber composites retained up to 95% and 87% of their as-fabricated strength when heat treated at 14000C for 8 or 24 hours, respectively. Electron microscopy analysis of the fracture surfaces revealed extensive fiber pull-out both before and after heat treatment.

  8. LASE Ti:Sapphire Laser

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    1995-01-01

    In the photo, Dr. Larry B. Petway (Science Applications International Corp.) is making final adjustments to the Ti:Sapphire Laser in preparing the Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment (LASE) Instrument for intergration into a NASA/ER-2 aircraft. LASE is the first fully- engineered, autonomous differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) System for the measurement of water vapor, aerosol and cloud in the troposphere. LASE uses a double-pulsed Ti:Sapphire laser for the transmitter with a 30 ns pulse length and 150mJ/pulse. The laser beam is seeded to operate on a selected water vapor absorption line in the 815-nm region using a laser diode and an onboard absorption reference cell. A 40 cm diameter telescope collects the backscattered signals and directs them onto two detectors. LASE collects DIAL data at 5 Hz while flying at altitudes from 16-21 km. LASE was designed to operate autonomously within the environment and physical constraints of the ER-2 aircraft and to make water vapor profile measurements across the troposphere with accuracy having less than 6% of error. No other instrument can provide the spatial coverage and accuracy of LASE.Water vapor is the most radiative active gas in the troposphere, and the lack of understanding about its distribution provides one of the largest uncertainties in modeling climate change. LASE has demonstrated the necessary potential in providing high resolution water vapor measurements that can advance the studies of tropospheric water vapor distributions. LASE has flown 19 times during the development of the instrument and the validation of the science data. A joint international field mission was completed in the summer of 1996; adding 9 more successful flights. The LASE Instument is being adapted to other aircraft platforms to support planned missions and to increase its utility.

  9. Temperature dependence of sapphire fiber Raman scattering

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    Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Tian, Zhipeng; Homa, Daniel; Hill, Cary; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2015-04-27

    Anti-Stokes Raman scattering in sapphire fiber has been observed for the first time. Temperature dependence of Raman peaks’ intensity, frequency shift, and linewidth were also measured. Three anti-Stokes Raman peaks were observed at temperatures higher than 300°C in a 0.72-m-long sapphire fiber excited by a second-harmonic Nd YAG laser. The intensity of anti-Stokes peaks are comparable to that of Stokes peaks when the temperature increases to 1033°C. We foresee the combination of sapphire fiber Stokes and anti-Stokes measurement in use as a mechanism for ultrahigh temperature sensing.

  10. Ti:Sapphire micro-structures by femtosecond laser inscription: Guiding and luminescence properties

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    Ren, Yingying; Jiao, Yang; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Chen, Feng

    2016-08-01

    We report on the fabrication of buried cladding waveguides with different diameters in a Ti:Sapphire crystal by femtosecond laser inscription. The propagation properties are studied, showing that the cladding waveguides could support near- to mid-infrared waveguiding at both TE and TM polarizations. Confocal micro-photoluminescence experiments reveal that the original fluorescence properties in the waveguide region are very well preserved, while it suffers from a strong quenching at the centers of laser induced filaments. Broadband waveguide fluorescence emissions with high efficiency are realized, indicating the application of the cladding waveguides in Ti:Sapphire as compact broadband luminescence sources in biomedical fields.

  11. Detection of beryllium treatment of natural sapphires by NRA

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    Gutiérrez, P. C.; Ynsa, M.-D.; Climent-Font, A.; Calligaro, T.

    2010-06-01

    Since the 1990's, artificial treatment of natural sapphires (Al 2O 3 crystals coloured by impurities) by diffusion of beryllium at high temperature has become a growing practice. This process permits to enhance the colour of these gemstones, and thus to increase their value. Detection of such a treatment - diffusion of tens of μg/g of beryllium in Al 2O 3 crystals - is usually achieved using high sensitivity techniques like laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP/MS) or laser-induced breakdown spectrometry (LIBS) which are unfortunately micro-destructive (leaving 50-100-μm diameter craters on the gems). The simple and non-destructive alternative method proposed in this work is based on the nuclear reaction 9Be(α, nγ) 12C with an external helium ion beam impinging on the gem directly placed in air. The 4439 keV prompt γ-ray tagging Be atoms are detected with a high efficiency bismuth germanate scintillator. Beam dose is monitored using the 2235 keV prompt γ-ray produced during irradiation by the aluminium of the sapphire matrix through the 27Al(α, pγ) 30Si nuclear reaction. The method is tested on a series of Be-treated sapphires previously analyzed by LA-ICP/MS to determine the optimal conditions to obtain a peak to background appropriate to reach the required μg/g sensitivity. Using a 2.8-MeV external He beam and a beam dose of 200 μC, beryllium concentrations from 5 to 16 μg/g have been measured in the samples, with a detection limit of 1 μg/g.

  12. Thermal and optical behavior of sapphire fiber tips for laser angioplasty

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    Ashley, Simon; Brooks, Stephen G.; Gehani, Abdurrazak A.; Kester, Ralph C.; Rees, Michael R.

    1990-07-01

    Atraumatic rounded contact probes made from artificial sapphire crystal were developed for general laser surgery and are currently being evaluated for use in percutaneous laser angioplasty utilising continuous wave (cw) Nd-YAG energy (1064nm). The thermal and optical characteristics of five different types of rounded sapphire probe [Surgical Laser Technologies (SLT) - SMTR (1.8mm), MTh (2.2mm), MTRL (3.0mm); Living Technology - LT (2.2mm), OS (2.2mm)] were investigated and related to efficiency of contact ablation of arterial wall in vitro. The sapphire probes were mounted on catheters containing a 0.6 mm quartz optical fiber, coupled to a cw Nd-YAG laser. All probes produced a similar beam profile but there was some variation in their forward transmission of energy (54-85%).Probe heating occurs due to energy absorption within the sapphire and was measured in air by infrared thermography. There was a high temperature gradient from the front surface of the sapphires to the probe rim. But, at energy settings used clinically (10 J pulses, 10 Watts for 1 second) the SMTR, MTR, and MTRL probes exhibited a higher mean temperature rise (63-74 C) than the OS and LT probes (20 C) [3-way ANOVA psapphire temperature rise recorded after 5 seconds exposure at 20 Watts was 340 C, but at all energy settings sapphire temperatures were much lower than attained by metal probes. Furthermore, there was relatively little heating of the metal jacket behind the sapphires (maximum 35 C) reducing the risk of thermal injury to surrounding vessel. These properties enhanced contact ablation by the MTR probe relative to the other 2.2mm probes when applied with a downward force of 80 g, perpendicular to fresh porcine aortic segments immersed in whole blood. Penetration efficiencies at energy levels producing the most efficient ablation by each probe were as follows [mean (SD) microns/JI:- MTR 50 (7), LT 9 (5), 05 4 (2), (p

  13. High Q Miniature Sapphire Acoustic Resonator

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    Wang, Rabi T.; Tjoelker, R. L.

    2010-01-01

    We have demonstrated high Q measurements in a room temperature Miniature Sapphire Acoustic Resonator (MSAR). Initial measurements of bulk acoustic modes in room temperature sapphire at 39 MHz have demonstrated a Q of 8.8 x 10(exp 6). The long term goal of this work is to integrate such a high Q resonator with small, low noise quartz oscillator electronics, providing a fractional frequency stability better than 1 x 10(exp -14) @ 1s.

  14. Effect of microstructure on Au/sapphire interfacial thermal resistance

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    Xu Yibin; Kato, Ryozo; Goto, Masahiro

    2010-11-15

    We deposit Au films on single crystal sapphire substrates by sputtering and evaporation methods. The microstructure characteristics such as crystal textures, grain sizes, and fraction of contacted area of the films are examined by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The sputtered films have an average grain size of about 200 nm and perfectly attach to the substrates; the as-evaporated films partially attach to the substrate; the grain size varies from 10 to 30 nm, and after annealing, increases to 50 nm. Au{sub 2}Al phase is observed in the annealed samples. The interfacial thermal resistance is measured by a frequency domain thermoreflectance method. The thermal resistance of the sputtered Au/sapphire interfaces is 35.5x10{sup -9} m{sup 2} K W{sup -1}, and those of the evaporated samples are up to three times as large as this value. The change in interfacial thermal resistance is explained by the effect of detachment using a parallel arranged thermal resistance model, the effect of grain size, and the influence of chemical bonding at the interfaces.

  15. Interfacial shear strength of cast and directionally solidified NiAl-sapphire fiber composites

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    Tewari, S. N.; Asthana, R.; Noebe, R. D.

    1993-09-01

    The feasibility of fabricating intermetallic NiAl-sapphire fiber composites by casting and zone directional solidification has been examined. The fiber-matrix interfacial shear strengths measured using a fiber push-out technique in both cast and directionally solidified composites are greater than the strengths reported for composites fabricated by powder cloth process using organic binders. Microscopic examination of fibers extracted from cast, directionally solidified (DS), and thermally cycled composites, and the high values of interfacial shear strengths suggest that the fiber-matrix interface does not degrade due to casting and directional solidification. Sapphire fibers do not pin grain boundaries during directional solidification, suggesting that this technique can be used to fabricate sapphire fiber reinforced NiAl composites with single crystal matrices.

  16. Fabrication of Monolithic Sapphire Membranes for High T(sub c) Bolometer Array Development

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    Pugel, D. E.; Lakew, B.; Aslam, S.; Wang, L.

    2004-01-01

    This paper examines the effectiveness of Pt/Cr thin film masks for the architecture of monolithic membrane structures in r-plane single crystal sapphire. The development of a pinhole-free Pt/Cr composite mask that is resistant to boiling H2SO4:H3PO4 etchant will lead to the fabrication of smooth sapphire membranes whose surfaces are well-suited for the growth of low-noise high Tc films. In particular, the relationship of thermal annealing conditions on the Pt/Cr composite mask system to: (1) changes in the surface morphology (2) elemental concentration of the Pt/Cr thin film layers and (3) etch pit formation on the sapphire surface will be presented.

  17. Interfacial Shear Strength of Cast and Directionally Solidified Nial-Sapphire Fiber Composites

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    Tewari, S. N.; Asthana, R.; Noebe, R. D.

    1993-01-01

    The feasibility of fabricating intermetallic NiAl-sapphire fiber composites by casting and zone directional solidification has been examined. The fiber-matrix interfacial shear strengths measured using a fiber push-out technique in both cast and directionally solidified composites are greater than the strengths reported for composites fabricated by powder cloth process using organic binders. Microscopic examination of fibers extracted from cast, directionally solidified (DS), and thermally cycled composites, and the high values of interfacial shear strengths suggest that the fiber-matrix interface does not degrade due to casting and directional solidification. Sapphire fibers do not pin grain boundaries during directional solidification, suggesting that this technique can be used to fabricate sapphire fiber reinforced NiAl composites with single crystal matrices.

  18. Rate of F center formation in sapphire under low-energy low-fluence Ar+ irradiation

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    Epie, E. N.; Wijesundera, D. N.; Tilakaratne, B. P.; Chen, Q. Y.; Chu, W. K.

    2016-03-01

    Ionoluminescence, optical absorption spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry channelling (RBS-C) have been used to study the rate of F center formation with fluence in 170 keV Ar+ irradiated single crystals of α-Al2O3 (sapphire) at room temperature. Implantation fluences range between 1013 cm-2 and 5 ×1014 cm-2. F center density (NF) has been found to display an initial rapid linear increase with Ar+ fluence followed by saturation to a maximum value of 1.74 ×1015 cm-2. Experimental results show a 1-1 correlation between radiation damage in the oxygen sublattice and F center density. This suggest F center kinetics in sapphire under low-energy low-fluence Ar irradiation is a direct consequence of dynamic competition between oxygen defect creation and recombination. An attempt has also been made to extend this discussion to F center kinetics in sapphire under swift heavy ion irradiation.

  19. Temperature Compensated Sapphire Resonator for Ultrastable Oscillator Operating at Temperatures Near 77 Deg Kelvin

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    Dick, G. John (Inventor); Santiago, David G. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A sapphire resonator for an ultrastable oscillator capable of substantial performance improvements over the best available crystal quartz oscillators in a compact cryogenic package is based on a compensation mechanism enabled by the difference between copper and sapphire thermal expansion coefficients for so tuning the resonator as to cancel the temperature variation of the sapphire's dielectric constant. The sapphire resonator consists of a sapphire ring separated into two parts with webs on the outer end of each to form two re-entrant parts which are separated by a copper post. The re-entrant parts are bonded to the post by indium solder for good thermal conductivity between parts of that subassembly which is supported on the base plate of a closed copper cylinder (rf shielding casing) by a thin stainless steel cylinder. A unit for temperature control is placed in the stainless steel cylinder and is connected to the subassembly of re-entrant parts and copper post by a layer of indium for good thermal conduction. In normal use, the rf shielding casing is placed in a vacuum tank which is in turn placed in a thermos flask of liquid nitrogen. The temperature regulator is controlled from outside the thermos flask to a temperature in a range of about 40K to 150K, such as 87K for the WGH-811, mode of resonance in response to microwave energy inserted into the rf shielding casing through a port from an outside source.

  20. A comparison of the abilities of natural rubber (NR) and synthetic polyisoprene cis-1,4 rubber (IR) to crystallize under strain at high strain rates.

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    Candau, Nicolas; Chazeau, Laurent; Chenal, Jean-Marc; Gauthier, Catherine; Munch, Etienne

    2016-02-01

    Strain induced crystallization (SIC) of a natural rubber (NR) and a synthetic rubber (IR) with a high amount of cis-1,4 units (98.6%) is studied, thanks to in situ wide angle X-ray (WAXS) experiments at room temperature performed in a large range of strain rates. During stretching at a low strain rate (4.2 × 10(-3) s(-1)), SIC in IR occurs at a larger stretching ratio than in NR. As a result, the crystallinity index at a given stretching ratio is lower in IR than in NR, in spite of the similar crosslink densities of the chains involved in the crystallization in both materials. This lower ability for crystallization in IR is attributed to the presence of branching along its backbone and its lower stereoregularity. Conversely, dynamic experiments performed at high strain rates (10(1)/10(2) s(-1)) show for both materials a similar ability to crystallize. This unexpected result is confirmed by monotonic tensile tests performed in a large range of strain rates. The reason is thermodynamic: the chain extension plays a predominant role compared to the role of the microstructure defects when the strain rate is high, i.e. when the kinetics of the crystallite nucleation forces the crystallization to occur at a large stretching ratio. A thermodynamic model enables qualitative reproduction of the experimental results. PMID:26750589

  1. Heteroepitaxial growth of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} thin film on sapphire substrate by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Song, Ning E-mail: n.song@student.unsw.edu.au; Huang, Yidan; Li, Wei; Huang, Shujuan; Hao, Xiaojing E-mail: n.song@student.unsw.edu.au; Wang, Yu; Hu, Yicong

    2014-03-03

    The heteroepitaxy of tetragonal Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films on hexagonal sapphire (0001) single crystal substrates is successfully obtained by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The sputtered CZTS film has a mirror-like smooth surface with a root mean square roughness of about 5.44 nm. X-ray θ-2θ scans confirm that CZTS film is (112) oriented on sapphire with an out of plane arrangement of CZTS (112) ‖ sapphire (0001). X-ray Phi scan further illustrates an in plane ordering of CZTS [201{sup ¯}] ‖ sapphire [21{sup ¯}1{sup ¯}0]. The high resolution transmission electron microscopy image of the interface region clearly shows that the CZTS thin film epitaxially grows on the sapphire (0001) substrate. The band gap of the film is found to be approximately 1.51 eV.

  2. Temperature behavior of damage in sapphire implanted with light ions

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    Alves, E.; Marques, C.; Sáfrán, G.; McHargue, Carl J.

    2009-05-01

    In this study, we compare and discuss the defect behavior of sapphire single crystals implanted with different fluences (1 × 1016-1 × 1017 cm-2) of carbon and nitrogen with 150 keV. The implantation temperatures were RT, 500 °C and 1000 °C to study the influence of temperature on the defect structures. For all the ions the Rutherford backscattering-channeling (RBS-C) results indicate a surface region with low residual disorder in the Al-sublattice. Near the end of range the channeled spectrum almost reaches the random indicating a high damage level for fluences of 1 × 1017 cm-2. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) photographs show a layered contrast feature for the C implanted sample where a buried amorphous region is present. For the N implanted sample the Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) elemental mapping give evidence for the presence of a buried damage layer decorated with bubbles. Samples implanted at high temperatures (500 °C and 1000 °C) show a strong contrast fluctuation indicating a defective crystalline structure of sapphire.

  3. The effect of zirconium implantation on the structure of sapphire

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    Sina, Younes; McHargue, Carl J; Duscher, Gerd; Zhang, Yanwen

    2012-01-01

    The effect of zirconium implantation on the structure of sapphire was investigated by 175 keV Zr implantation at room temperature to a fluence of 4 1016 ions/cm2 into sapphire single crystals. Samples were examined by several experimental techniques: Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy along a channeling direction (RBS-C), electron-energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and Z-contrast images obtained in an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. Range and deposited energy were simulated with SRIM-2008.04. The Z-contrast images from transmission electron microscope indicated: a near surface damaged layer ~30 nm thick, a subsurface region exhibiting "random" de-channeling ~52 nm thick, and a deeper damaged, crystalline zone ~64 nm thick. The RBS-C spectra confirmed the presence of these three regions. The two damaged regions contained high concentrations of as yet unresolved defect clusters. The intermediate region contained Zr-clusters embedded in an "amorphous" matrix that exhibited short-range order corresponding to -Al2O3, i.e., a defective spinel structure. The EELS measurements show that the amorphous region is deficient in oxygen.

  4. Bonding of sapphire to sapphire by eutectic mixture of aluminum oxide and zirconium oxide

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    Deluca, J. J. (Inventor)

    1979-01-01

    An element comprising sapphire, ruby or blue sapphire can be bonded to another element of such material with a eutectic mixture of aluminum oxide and zirconium oxide. The bonding mixture may be applied in the form of a distilled water slurry or by electron beam vapor deposition. In one embodiment the eutectic is formed in situ by applying a layer of zirconium oxide and then heating the assembly to a temperature above the eutectic temperature and below the melting point of the material from which the elements are formed. The formation of a sapphire rubidium maser cell utilizing eutectic bonding is shown.

  5. Bonding of sapphire to sapphire by eutectic mixture of aluminum oxide and zirconium oxide

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    Deluca, J. J. (Inventor)

    1975-01-01

    Bonding of an element comprising sapphire, ruby or blue sapphire to another element of such material with a eutectic mixture of aluminum oxide and zirconium oxide is discussed. The bonding mixture may be applied in the form of a distilled water slurry or by electron beam vapor deposition. In one embodiment the eutectic is formed in situ by applying a layer of zirconium oxide and then heating the assembly to a temperature above the eutectic temperature and below the melting point of the material from which the elements are formed. The formation of a sapphire rubidium maser cell utilizing eutectic bonding is shown.

  6. Laser-induced desorption from sapphire surfaces

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    Hamza, A.V.; Schildbach, M.A.

    1992-03-01

    Laser-induced desorption of energetic ({approximately}7eV) aluminum ions was observed from clean and water-covered sapphire (1102) surfaces using time-of-flight mass spectrometry with laser wavelengths of 1064, 355, and 266 nm. In sharp contrast, O{sup +} (H{sup +} and OH{sup +}) ions were observed in electron-induced desorption measurements with 300 eV electrons from the bare (water- covered) (1102) surface. Sapphire surfaces were characterized with low energy electron diffraction, reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy. 8 refs.

  7. Variable Synthetic Capacitance

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    Kleinberg, L. L.

    1986-01-01

    Feedback amplifier circuit synthesizes electronically variable capacitance. Variable Synthetic Capacitor is amplifier circuit with follower/feedback configuration. Effective input capacitance depends on input set current. If synthetic capacitor is connected across resonant element of oscillator, oscillator frequency controlled via input set current. Circuit especially suitable for fine frequency adjustments of piezoelectric-crystal or inductor/capacitor resonant oscillators.

  8. Enhanced performances of diode-pumped sapphire/Er³⁺:Yb³⁺:LuAl₃(BO₃)₄/sapphire micro-laser at 1.5-1.6 μm.

    PubMed

    Chen, Yujin; Lin, Yanfu; Huang, Jianhua; Gong, Xinghong; Luo, Zundu; Huang, Yidong

    2015-05-01

    A sandwich-type sapphire/Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4/sapphire micro-laser was fabricated by tightly pressing two sapphire crystals and a Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4 microchip together, and directly depositing cavity mirrors onto the outside surfaces of the sapphire crystals. Pumped by a continuous-wave 976 nm diode laser, a 1543 nm laser with maximum output power of 1.17 W and slope efficiency of 33% with respect to incident pump power was realized in the sandwich-type micro-laser, whereas a laser with maximum output power of 0.46 W and slope efficiency of 17% was obtained in a monolithic Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4 micro-laser. Furthermore, efficient 1521 nm continuous-wave and passively Q-switched pulse lasers were also demonstrated in the sandwich-type micro-laser.

  9. Enhanced performances of diode-pumped sapphire/Er³⁺:Yb³⁺:LuAl₃(BO₃)₄/sapphire micro-laser at 1.5-1.6 μm.

    PubMed

    Chen, Yujin; Lin, Yanfu; Huang, Jianhua; Gong, Xinghong; Luo, Zundu; Huang, Yidong

    2015-05-01

    A sandwich-type sapphire/Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4/sapphire micro-laser was fabricated by tightly pressing two sapphire crystals and a Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4 microchip together, and directly depositing cavity mirrors onto the outside surfaces of the sapphire crystals. Pumped by a continuous-wave 976 nm diode laser, a 1543 nm laser with maximum output power of 1.17 W and slope efficiency of 33% with respect to incident pump power was realized in the sandwich-type micro-laser, whereas a laser with maximum output power of 0.46 W and slope efficiency of 17% was obtained in a monolithic Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4 micro-laser. Furthermore, efficient 1521 nm continuous-wave and passively Q-switched pulse lasers were also demonstrated in the sandwich-type micro-laser. PMID:25969325

  10. Crystallization of calcium sulfate dihydrate and calcium sulfite hemihydrate from synthetic flue gas desulfurization solutions: Final report

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    Trofe, T.W.; Fishman, V.A.; Meserole, F.B.

    1986-10-01

    The precipitation of calcium sulfate dihydrate (CaSO/sub 4/.2H/sub 2/O) and calcium sulfite hemihydrate (CaSO/sub 3/.1/2H/sub 2/O) from high, up to 240,000 mg/L, total dissolved solids (TDS) solutions was studied at 50/sup 0/C. The solutions were selected to cover a range of solution compositions of magnesium, calcium, sodium, chloride, and sulfate. Precipitation rates along with crystal habit and size changes were measured to determine the effects of these dissolved species as compared to dilute solution conditions. Calcium sulfate dihydrate (gypsum) precipitation rate was accelerated in the high TDS solutions, especially those containing chloride ion. Alternatively, calcium sulfite hemihydrate precipitation rate was found to be faster in high sulfate ion containing solutions. Sodium ion appears to produce gypsum crystals more columnar in habit while solutions containing high amounts of calcium produced very lamellar gypsum crystals. Solutions containing magnesium produced acicular gypsum crystals. Calcium sulfite hemihydrate solids precipitated from solutions containing high sulfate concentrations were rod shaped and globular as compared to the lamellar calcium sulfite hemihydrate crystals precipitated from high chloride and dilute solution liquors. Calcium sulfate-calcium sulfite solid solutions were characterized using infrared spectroscopy. Ion scavenging of Na, Mg, and Cl by gypsum and calcium sulfite solids precipitated from these high TDS solutions was also investigated. 10 refs., 21 figs., 13 tabs.

  11. Acoustic and NMR investigations of melting and crystallization of indium-gallium alloys in pores of synthetic opal matrices

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    Pirozerskii, A. L.; Charnaya, E. V.; Lee, M. K.; Chang, L. J.; Nedbai, A. I.; Kumzerov, Yu. A.; Fokin, A. V.; Samoilovich, M. I.; Lebedeva, E. L.; Bugaev, A. S.

    2016-05-01

    The paper presents the results of studying the crystallization and melting processes of Ga-In eutectic alloys, which are embedded in opal matrices, using acoustic and NMR methods. The indium concentrations in the alloys were 4, 6, 9, and 15 at %. Measurements were performed upon cooling from room temperature to complete crystallization of the alloys and subsequent heating. It is revealed how the size effects and alloy composition influence the formation of phases with α- and β-Ga structures and on changes in the melting-temperature ranges. A difference was observed between the results obtained using acoustic and NMR methods, which was attributed to different temperature measurement conditions.

  12. Final EDP Ti: sapphire amplifiers for ELI project

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    Chvykov, Vladimir; Kalashnikov, Mikhail; Osvay, Károly

    2015-05-01

    Recently several ultrahigh intensity Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) laser systems have reached petawatt output powers [1, 2] setting the next milestone at tens or even hundreds petawatts for the next three to ten years [3, 4]. These remarkable results were reached when laser amplifiers (opposite to Optical Parametric Amplification (OPA) [5]) were used as final ones and from them Ti:Sapphire crystals supposed to be the working horses as well in the future design of these laser systems. Nevertheless, the main limitation that arises on the path toward ultrahigh output power and intensity is the restriction on the pumping and extraction energy imposed by Transverse Amplified Spontaneous Emission (TASE) [6] and/or transverse parasitic generation (TPG) [7] within the large aperture of the disc-shape amplifier volume.

  13. Compressive failure in sapphire under CO2 laser heating

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    Miles, P. A.; Gallagher, J.; Gentilman, R. L.

    1980-07-01

    Irreversible changes were observed in sapphire crystals subjected to surface heating by CO2 laser irradiation at levels above 300 watts/square centimeter. The changes are interpreted as due to plastic flow under compressive stress at temperatures above 900 C. The recognition of possible compressive failures in refractory oxides is of importance in defining laser tolerance levels in high power optics, in the design of laser heating experiments to assess the thermal shock resistance of materials, and possibly in the field of laser assisted machining of ceramics. A detailed thermomechanical analysis was carried out to predict the temperature and stress conditions throughout disk samples as a function of time, heat flux level and flux distribution. Compressive stresses in excess of 200,000 psi were generated. Compressive failure is likely to precede tensile fracture in most experiments where partially heated disks are used.

  14. Temperature-Compensated Sapphire Microwave Resonator

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    Dick, G. John; Santiago, David G.

    1996-01-01

    Sapphire-dielectric-ring microwave resonator operating in "whispering-gallery" electromagnetic mode features differential-thermal-expansion design providing temperature compensation for ultrahigh frequency stability. Designed to minimize frequency fluctuations caused by temperature fluctuations at normal temperature equal to or even somewhat greater than temperature of liquid nitrogen. Ancillary equipment needed for operation smaller and less expensive, and liquid nitrogen used as coolant.

  15. Neutron reflectivity study of substrate surface chemistry effects on supported phospholipid bilayer formation on (1120) sapphire.

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    Oleson, Timothy A.; Sahai, Nita; Wesolowski, David J; Dura, Joseph A; Majkrzak, Charles F; Giuffre, Anthony J.

    2012-01-01

    Oxide-supported phospholipid bilayers (SPBs) used as biomimetric membranes are significant for a broad range of applications including improvement of biomedical devices and biosensors, and in understanding biomineralization processes and the possible role of mineral surfaces in the evolution of pre-biotic membranes. Continuous-coverage and/or stacjed SPBs retain properties (e.,g. fluidity) more similar to native biological membranes, which is desirable for most applications. Using neutron reflectivity, we examined face coverage and potential stacking of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayers on the (1120) face of sapphire (a-Al2O3). Nearly full bilayers were formed at low to neutral pH, when the sapphire surface is positively charged, and at low ionic strength (l=15 mM NaCl). Coverage decreased at higher pH, close to the isoelectric point of sapphire, and also at high I>210mM, or with addition of 2mM Ca2+. The latter two effects are additive, suggesting that Ca2+ mitigates the effect of higher I. These trends agree with previous results for phospholipid adsorption on a-Al2O3 particles determined by adsorption isotherms and on single-crystal (1010) sapphire by atomic force microscopy, suggesting consistency of oxide surface chemistry-dependent effects across experimental techniques.

  16. Vanadium-rich ruby and sapphire within Mogok Gemfield, Myanmar: implications for gem color and genesis

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    Zaw, Khin; Sutherland, Lin; Yui, Tzen-Fu; Meffre, Sebastien; Thu, Kyaw

    2015-01-01

    Rubies and sapphires are of both scientific and commercial interest. These gemstones are corundum colored by transition elements within the alumina crystal lattice: Cr3+ yields red in ruby and Fe2+, Fe3+, and Ti4+ ionic interactions color sapphires. A minor ion, V3+ induces slate to purple colors and color change in some sapphires, but its role in coloring rubies remains enigmatic. Trace element and oxygen isotope composition provide genetic signatures for natural corundum and assist geographic typing. Here, we show that V can dominate chromophore contents in Mogok ruby suites. This raises implications for their color quality, enhancement treatments, geographic origin, exploration and exploitation and their comparison with rubies elsewhere. Precise LA-ICP-MS analysis of ruby and sapphire from Mogok placer and in situ deposits reveal that V can exceed 5,000 ppm, giving V/Cr, V/Fe and V/Ti ratios up to 26, 78, and 97 respectively. Such values significantly exceed those found elsewhere suggesting a localized geological control on V-rich ruby distribution. Our results demonstrate that detailed geochemical studies of ruby suites reveal that V is a potential ruby tracer, encourage comparisons of V/Cr-variation between ruby suites and widen the scope for geographic typing and genesis of ruby. This will allow more precise comparison of Asian and other ruby fields and assist confirmation of Mogok sources for rubies in historical and contemporary gems and jewelry.

  17. Epitaxial aluminum-doped zinc oxide thin films on sapphire. 2: Defect equilibria and electrical properties

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    Srikant, V.; Sergo, V.; Clarke, D.R.

    1995-07-01

    The electrical transport properties of epitaxial ZnO films grown on different orientations of sapphire substrates have been measured as a function of partial pressure of oxygen. After equilibration, the carrier concentration is found to change from a p{sub O{sub 2}}{sup {minus}1/4} to a p{sub O{sub 2}}{sup {minus}3/8} dependence with increasing oxygen partial pressure. The partial pressure dependence is shown to be consistent with zinc vacancies being the rate-controlling diffusive species. In addition, the carrier concentration in ZnO films grown on A-, C-, and M-plane sapphire are the same but that of R-plane sapphire is systematically lower. Electron Hall mobility measurements as a function of carrier concentration for all the substrate orientations exhibit a transition from ``single-crystal`` behavior at high carrier concentrations to ``polycrystalline`` behavior at low carrier concentrations. This behavior is attributed to the effective height of potential barriers formed at the low-angle grain boundaries in the epitaxial ZnO films. The trap density at the grain boundaries is deduced to be {approximately}7 {times} 10{sup 12}/cm{sup 2}. The electron mobility, at constant carrier concentration, varies with the substrate orientation on which the ZnO films were grown. The difference is attributed to the difference in dislocation density in the films produced as a result of lattice mismatch with the different sapphire orientations.

  18. Femtosecond-irradiation-induced refractive-index changes and channel waveguiding in bulk Ti{sup 3+}:Sapphire

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    Apostolopoulos, V.; Laversenne, L.; Colomb, T.; Depeursinge, C.; Salathe, R.P.; Pollnau, M.; Osellame, R.; Cerullo, G.; Laporta, P.

    2004-08-16

    We have employed femtosecond laser writing in order to induce refractive-index changes and waveguides in Ti{sup 3+}-doped sapphire. Doping the sapphire crystal with an appropriate ion significantly reduces the threshold for creating structural changes, thus enabling the writing of waveguide structures. Passive and active buried channel waveguiding is demonstrated and images of the guided modes, propagation-loss values, fluorescence spectra, and output efficiencies are presented. The guiding area is located around the laser-damaged region, indicating that the guiding effect is stress induced. Refractive-index changes are measured by digital holography. Proper active doping should enable femtosecond processing and waveguide writing in various crystalline materials.

  19. Synthetic strategy of porous ZnO and CdS nanostructures doped ferroelectric liquid crystal and its optical behavior

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    Pal, Kaushik; Maiti, Uday Narayan; Majumder, Tapas Pal; Debnath, Subhas Chandra; Bennis, Noureddine; Otón, Jose Manuel

    2013-03-01

    A simple and scalable chemical approach has been proposed for the generation of 1-dimensional nanostructures of two most important inorganic materials such as zinc oxide and cadmium sulfide. By controlling the growth habit of the nanostructures with manipulated reaction conditions, the diameter and uniformity of the nanowires/nanorods were tailored. We studied extensively optical behavior and structural growth of CdS NWs and ZnO NRs doped ferroelectric liquid crystal Felix-017/100. Due to doping band gap has been changed and several blue shifts occurred in photoluminescence spectra because of nanoconfinement effect and mobility of charges.

  20. Synthetic, structural and biological studies of the ubiquitin system: synthesis and crystal structure of an analogue containing unnatural amino acids.

    PubMed Central

    Love, S G; Muir, T W; Ramage, R; Shaw, K T; Alexeev, D; Sawyer, L; Kelly, S M; Price, N C; Arnold, J E; Mee, M P; Mayer, R J

    1997-01-01

    Ubiquitin is a 76-amino acid protein involved in the targeting for destruction of proteins in the cell. The protein can readily be synthesized chemically affording an extra dimension to studies of protein stability. Ubiquitin with various modifications to the hydrophobic core has been synthesized. In particular, two core amino acids have been replaced by aminobutyric acid (Val-26) and norvaline (for Ile-30) and the product crystallized. The refined crystal structure shows an overall contraction of the molecule and the side chain of Nva-30 rotates relative to Ile-30. However, the side chain rotation is not sufficient to compensate for the effect of the loss of the methyl group and hence a small cavity is introduced into the structure, which decreases the stability of the protein. The biological behaviour of the modified protein is unaltered. The observed changes in stability are of the magnitude expected for the removal of methyl groups from the hydrophobic core of a protein. Interestingly, the effect appears to be independent of the position of the removed methyl group. The intact structure, but not its stability, is important for recognition by the biological conjugating system. PMID:9169606

  1. Measurement of the dielectric properties of high-purity sapphire at 1.865 GHZ from 2-10 Kelvin

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    N. Pogue, P. McIntyre, Akhdiyor Sattarov, Charles Reece

    2012-06-01

    A dielectric test cavity was designed and tested to measure the microwave dielectric properties of ultrapure sapphire at cryogenic temperatures. Measurements were performed by placing a large cylindrical crystal of sapphire in a Nb superconducting cavity operating in the TE01 mode at 1.865 GHz. The dielectric constant, heat capacity, and loss tangent were all calculated using experimental data and RF modeling software. The motivation for these measurements was to determine if such a sapphire could be used as a dielectric lens to focus the magnetic field onto a sample wafer in a high field wafer test cavity. The measured properties have been used to finalize the design of the wafer test cavity.

  2. Sapphire Viewports for a Venus Probe

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    Bates, Stephen

    2012-01-01

    A document discusses the creation of a viewport suitable for use on the surface of Venus. These viewports are rated for 500 C and 100 atm pressure with appropriate safety factors and reliability required for incorporation into a Venus Lander. Sapphire windows should easily withstand the chemical, pressure, and temperatures of the Venus surface. Novel fixture designs and seals appropriate to the environment are incorporated, as are materials compatible with exploration vessels. A test cell was fabricated, tested, and leak rate measured. The window features polish specification of the sides and corners, soft metal padding of the sapphire, and a metal C-ring seal. The system safety factor is greater than 2, and standard mechanical design theory was used to size the window, flange, and attachment bolts using available material property data. Maintenance involves simple cleaning of the window aperture surfaces. The only weakness of the system is its moderate rather than low leak rate for vacuum applications.

  3. Combined CW ring single-frequency Ti:sapphire/dye laser for atom cooling and high-precision spectroscopy

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    Kobtsev, Sergey; Baraulya, Vladimir; Lunin, Vladimir

    2007-04-01

    Presented in the work are the results of the development of a new combined CW ring single-frequency laser with universal design that allows efficient use as the active medium of both a Ti:Sapphire crystal and a dye jet. For the first time such combination has been implemented in a horizontal resonator configuration that offers an improvement of stability in the position of optical elements and more convenient operation. The short-term line width without the frequency stabilisation is less than 5 MHz (Ti:Sapphire) and < 10 MHz (Dye); with the frequency stabilisation to a specially designed thermo-stabilised reference interferometer with high finesse, the line width is less than 10 kHz (Ti:Sapphire) and 90 kHz (Dye), output frequency drift being less than 25 MHz/hour. The total working spectral range of the combined laser stretches from 550 to 1000 nm (550-770 nm for the Dye and 695-1000 nm for Ti:Sapphire) when pumped with 532/515-nm radiation. The maximum output power with a 10-W pump exceeds 2 W for the Ti:Sapphire configuration and is > 1 .5 W for the Dye one.

  4. Shear strength of metal-sapphire contacts

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    Pepper, S. V.

    1976-01-01

    The shear strength of polycrystalline Ag, Cu, Ni, and Fe contacts on clean (0001) sapphire has been studied in ultrahigh vacuum. Both clean metal surfaces and surfaces exposed to O2, Cl2, and C2H4 were used. The results indicate that there are two sources of strength of Al2O3-metal contacts: an intrinsic one that depends on the particular clean metal in contact with Al2O3 and an additional one due to intermediate films. The shear strength of the clean metal contacts correlated directly with the free energy of oxide formation for the lowest metal oxide, in accord with the hypothesis that a chemical bond is formed between metal cations and oxygen anions in the sapphire surface. Contacts formed by metals exposed to chlorine exhibited uniformly low shear strength indicative of van der Waals bonding between chlorinated metal surfaces and sapphire. Contacts formed by metals exposed to oxygen exhibited enhanced shear strength, in accord with the hypothesis that an intermediate oxide layer increases interfacial strength.

  5. Failure Analysis of Sapphire Refractive Secondary Concentrators

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    Salem, Jonathan A.; Quinn, George D.

    2009-01-01

    Failure analysis was performed on two sapphire, refractive secondary concentrators (RSC) that failed during elevated temperature testing. Both concentrators failed from machining/handling damage on the lens face. The first concentrator, which failed during testing to 1300 C, exhibited a large r-plane twin extending from the lens through much of the cone. The second concentrator, which was an attempt to reduce temperature gradients and failed during testing to 649 C, exhibited a few small twins on the lens face. The twins were not located at the origin, but represent another mode of failure that needs to be considered in the design of sapphire components. In order to estimate the fracture stress from fractographic evidence, branching constants were measured on sapphire strength specimens. The fractographic analysis indicated radial tensile stresses of 44 to 65 MPa on the lens faces near the origins. Finite element analysis indicated similar stresses for the first RSC, but lower stresses for the second RSC. Better machining and handling might have prevented the fractures, however, temperature gradients and resultant thermal stresses need to be reduced to prevent twinning.

  6. Extraordinary alignment of Nb films with sapphire and the effects of added hydrogen

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    Reimer, P. M.; Zabel, H.; Flynn, C. P.; Dura, J. A.

    1992-05-01

    We present the results of high-resolution x-ray scattering studies of the structural coherence of niobium [110] films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on sapphire [112¯0] substrates. In transverse scans of the out-of-plane (110) Bragg peak we find two components, the sharper of which implies mosaicities an order of magnitudes better than bulk single-crystal Nb, and transverse structural coherence lengths exceeding 104 Å. In addition, we observe that the planes associated with the sharp component are exactly aligned with the sapphire (112¯0) planes. Upon hydrogen loading of the Nb film, we find evidence for a dramatic increase of the lateral coherence length.

  7. High-Temperature Mechanical Properties of Cr(3+) Doped Sapphire Fibers

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    Sayir, A.; QuispeCancapa, J. J.; deArellanoLopez, A. R.; Gray, Hugh R. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    High-temperature slow-crack growth of single crystal 10 wt% Cr2O3 - Al2O3 (nominal composition) fibers has been studied by tensile rupture experiments at 1400 C, under different stressing rates (0.5 to 41.5 MPa/s). Slow-crack growth (SCG) is less pronounced with increasing Cr2O3. Rupture stresses increased with the stressing rate from 397 MPa to 515 MPa, resulting in a SCG exponent, N=19. The Cr2O3 composition was analyzed by Energy Dispersed X-Ray Spectra (EDS) and fracture surfaces were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results are compared with previous studies on 100-300 ppm Cr3(+) doped sapphire fibers and on commercial sapphire fibers.

  8. 100-kHz 22-fs Ti:sapphire regenerative amplification laser with programmable spectral control

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    Sung, Jae Hee; Lee, Hwang Woon; Nam, Chang Hee; Lee, Seong Ku

    2016-05-01

    An ultrashort, high-power Ti:sapphire laser operating at 100 kHz was developed. A regenerative amplifier with a cryogenically cooled Ti:sapphire crystal and a grism compressor were incorporated in the laser. For achieving a wide bandwidth of 78 nm, a programmable spectral control filter was applied to the regenerative amplifier to compensate for the gain narrowing effect. An output power of 1.4 GW with near Fourier-transform-limited pulse duration of 22 fs was achieved after minimizing a spectral phase error with the grism compressor, and the measured beam quality factor ( M 2) was less than 1.2. This high-quality laser will facilitate applications requiring high-repetition rate, ultrashort, high-power laser pulses.

  9. Formation of Hematite fine crystals by hydrothermal alteration of synthetic Martian basalt, static and fluid flow experiments

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    Kobayashi, K.; Isobe, H.

    2011-12-01

    Exploration made by Martian rovers and probes provided enormous information on the composition of the Martian surface materials. Origin and formation processes of the Martian surface materials should be various depending on topography and history of the Martian crust. Especially, iron minerals in the Martian soil should have essential role to characterize surface environment of the "red planet". In the present study, experimental reproduction of the Martian soil was carried out by hydrothermal alteration of the synthetic iron-rich basaltic rock. Experimental conditions for temperature and fluid composition followed Isobe and Yoshizawa (2010). Static alteration experiments are carried out at 100 °C and 150 °C, and mass ratio of the starting material to the pH1.0 sulfuric acid solution is 1:50. Run durations are 1, 2, 4 or 8 weeks. Appropriate mass of dry ice was sealed in the experimental vessels to expel atmospheric oxygen with CO2. For the static experiments, powdered starting materials were charged in PFA vial to keep textures of the run products. For the fluid flow experiments, we constructed closed loop with Teflon tube inclined approximately 45°. One of the vertical tube is charged with crushed synthetic basalt and heated approximately 150°C by aluminum block with ribbon heater. Surlfuric acid solution flows through the tube from bottom to top and cooled at the end of the aluminum block. Cooled solution returns to the bottom of the heated tube through another vertical tube without heating block. In the static condition run products, characteristic iron mineral particles are formed for 100°C and 150°C concordant with Isobe and Yoshizawa (2010). These iron minerals distributed not only inside the starting material powder but also on the surface of the reaction vessel and the PFA vial in the reactive solution. The surface of the reaction vessel shows orange and reddish color on 100°C and 150°C run products, respectively. By SEM observation, dissolution of

  10. The influence of detector size relative to field size in small-field photon-beam dosimetry using synthetic diamond crystals as sensors

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    Ade, N.; Nam, T. L.

    2015-08-01

    The choice of a detector for small-field dosimetry remains a challenge due to the size/volume effect of detectors in small fields. Aimed at selecting a suitable crystal type and detector size for small-field dosimetry, this study investigates the relationship between detector and field size by analysing output factors (OFs) measured with a Diode E (reference detector), a Farmer chamber and synthetic diamond detectors of various types and sizes in the dosimetry of a 6 MV photon beam with small fields between 0.3×0.3 cm2 and 10×10 cm2. The examined diamond sensors included two HPHT samples (HP1 and HP2) and six polycrystalline CVD specimens of optical grade (OG) and detector grade (DG) qualities with sizes between 0.3 and 1.0 cm. Each diamond was encapsulated in a tissue-equivalent probe housing which can hold crystals of various dimensions up to 1.0×1.0×0.1 cm3 and has different exposure geometries ('edge-on' and 'flat-on') for impinging radiation. The HPHT samples were found to show an overall better performance compared to the CVD crystals with the 'edge-on' orientation being a preferred geometry for OF measurement especially for very small fields. For instance, down to a 0.4×0.4 cm2 field a maximum deviation of 1.9% was observed between the OFs measured with Diode E and HP2 in the 'edge-on' orientation compared to a 4.6% deviation in the 'flat-on' geometry. It was observed that for fields below 4×4 cm2, the dose deviation between the OFs measured with the detectors and Diode E increase with increasing detector size. It was estimated from an established relationship between the dose deviation and the ratio of detector size to field size for the detectors that the dose deviation probably due to the volume averaging effect would be >3% when the detector size is >3/4 of the field size. A sensitivity value of 223 nC Gy-1 mm-3 was determined in a 0.5×0.5 cm2 field with HP2 compared to a value of 159.2 nC Gy-1 mm-3 obtained with the diode. The results of this

  11. Tailoring of crystal phase and Néel temperature of cobalt monoxides nanocrystals with synthetic approach conditions

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    Ravindra, A. V.; Behera, B. C.; Padhan, P.; Lebedev, O. I.; Prellier, W.

    2014-07-21

    Cobalt monoxide (CoO) nanocrystals were synthesized by thermal decomposition of cobalt oleate precursor in a high boiling point organic solvent 1-octadecene. The X-ray diffraction pattern and transmission electron microscopy studies suggest that pure face-centered-cubic (fcc) phase of CoO can be synthesized in the temperature range of 569–575 K. Thermolysis product at higher synthesis temperature 585 K is a mixture of fcc and hexagonal-closed-packed (hcp) phases. These nanocrystals are single crystals of CoO and exhibit mixture of two types of morphologies; one is nearly spherical with 5–25 nm diameter, and other one is 5–10 nm thick flake. The pure fcc-CoO nanocrystals show enhanced, and mixture of fcc- and hcp-CoO nanocrystals show reduced antiferromagnetic ordering temperature. Such results provide new opportunities for optimizing and enhancing the properties and performance of cobalt oxide nanomaterials.

  12. Study of Ti:sapphire laser created by PLD

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    Jelinek, M.; Lancok, J.; Jastrabik, L.; Eason, R.W.; Anderson, A.A.; Grivas, C.; Fotakis, C.; Flory, F.

    1996-12-31

    Thin films of Ti:sapphire were fabricated by KrF laser ablation on (0001) and (1102) sapphire, on (001) quartz and on fused silica substrates from crystalline Ti:sapphire targets (0.12 wt% and 0.49 wt%). Substrates were heated during the deposition at low temperatures (500 C--600 C) or at high temperatures (1,000 C--1,390 C). Films luminescence, crystallinity, fluorescence lifetime, dopants content, waveguiding and surface morphology of created Ti:sapphire films were studied. Results are presented and discussed.

  13. Reduced cost and improved figure of sapphire optical components

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    Walters, Mark; Bartlett, Kevin; Brophy, Matthew R.; DeGroote Nelson, Jessica; Medicus, Kate

    2015-10-01

    Sapphire presents many challenges to optical manufacturers due to its high hardness and anisotropic properties. Long lead times and high prices are the typical result of such challenges. The cost of even a simple 'grind and shine' process can be prohibitive. The high precision surfaces required by optical sensor applications further exacerbate the challenge of processing sapphire thereby increasing cost further. Optimax has demonstrated a production process for such windows that delivers over 50% time reduction as compared to traditional manufacturing processes for sapphire, while producing windows with less than 1/5 wave rms figure error. Optimax's sapphire production process achieves significant improvement in cost by implementation of a controlled grinding process to present the best possible surface to the polishing equipment. Following the grinding process is a polishing process taking advantage of chemical interactions between slurry and substrate to deliver excellent removal rates and surface finish. Through experiments, the mechanics of the polishing process were also optimized to produce excellent optical figure. In addition to reducing the cost of producing large sapphire sensor windows, the grinding and polishing technology Optimax has developed aids in producing spherical sapphire components to better figure quality. In addition to reducing the cost of producing large sapphire sensor windows, the grinding and polishing technology Optimax has developed aids in producing spherical sapphire components to better figure quality. Through specially developed polishing slurries, the peak-to-valley figure error of spherical sapphire parts is reduced by over 80%.

  14. Leveraging Python Interoperability Tools to Improve Sapphire's Usability

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    Gezahegne, A; Love, N S

    2007-12-10

    The Sapphire project at the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) develops and applies an extensive set of data mining algorithms for the analysis of large data sets. Sapphire's algorithms are currently available as a set of C++ libraries. However many users prefer higher level scripting languages such as Python for their ease of use and flexibility. In this report, we evaluate four interoperability tools for the purpose of wrapping Sapphire's core functionality with Python. Exposing Sapphire's functionality through a Python interface would increase its usability and connect its algorithms to existing Python tools.

  15. Sapphire-fiber-based intrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer

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    Wang, Anbo; Gollapudi, Sridhar; Murphy, Kent A.; May, Russell G.; Claus, Richard O.

    1992-01-01

    A sapphire optical fiber intrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometric sensor is demonstrated. A length of multimode sapphire fiber that functions as a Fabry-Perot cavity is spliced to a silica single-mode fiber. The interferometric signals of this sensor are produced by the interference between the reflection from the silica-sapphire fiber splice and the reflection from the free end face of the sapphire fiber. This sensor has been demonstrated for temperature measurement. A resolution of 0.2 C has been obtained over a measurement range of 310 C to 976 C.

  16. Fabrication of GaN Microporous Structure at a GaN/Sapphire Interface as the Template for Thick-Film GaN Separation Grown by HVPE

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    Chen, Jianli; Cheng, Hongjuan; Zhang, Song; Lan, Feifei; Qi, Chengjun; Xu, Yongkuan; Wang, Zaien; Li, Jing; Lai, Zhanping

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, a microporous structure at the GaN/sapphire interface has been obtained by an electrochemical etching method via a selective etching progress using an as-grown GaN/sapphire wafer grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. The as-prepared GaN interfacial microporous structure has been used as a template for the following growth of thick-film GaN crystal by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE), facilitating the fabrication of a free-standing GaN substrate detached from a sapphire substrate. The evolution of the interfacial microporous structure has been investigated by varying the etching voltages and time, and the formation mechanism of interfacial microporous structure has been discussed in detail as well. Appropriate interfacial microporous structure is beneficial for separating the thick GaN crystal grown by HVPE from sapphire during the cooling down process. The separation that occurred at the place of interfacial microporous can be attributed to the large thermal strain between GaN and sapphire. This work realized the fabrication of a free-standing GaN substrate with high crystal quality and nearly no residual strain.

  17. Noncollinear parametric generation in LiIO(3) and beta-barium borate by frequency-doubled femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses.

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    Krylov, V; Kalintsev, A; Rebane, A; Erni, D; Wild, U P

    1995-01-15

    In LiIO(3) and BBO crystals the wave-matching conditions for femtosecond noncollinear parametric light generation at lambda = 390 nm pumping wavelength are investigated. In the LiIO(3) crystal simultaneous phase- and group-velocity-matching angles are determined. Parametric generation occurred at 0.45-2.9-mu;m wavelengths by pumping with the second harmonic of 150-fs Ti:sapphire laser pulses and is in qualitative agreement with calculated directions in both crystals.

  18. Crystal violet: Study of the photo-fading of an early synthetic dye in aqueous solution and on paper with HPLC-PDA, LC-MS and FORS

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    Confortin, Daria; Neevel, Han; Brustolon, Marina; Franco, Lorenzo; Kettelarij, Albert J.; Williams, Renè M.; van Bommel, Maarten R.

    2010-06-01

    The photo-fading of crystal violet (CV), one of the earliest synthetic dyes and an ink component, is examined both in solution and on paper. Aqueous solutions of CV were exposed to UV light (365nm) and samples were taken at constant time intervals and analysed with a High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Photo Diode Array (HPLC-PDA) and Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (LC-MS). Demethylation products were positively identified. Also, deamination probably occurred. The oxidation at the central carbon likely generates Michler's ketone (MK) or its derivatives, but still needs confirmation. To study CV on paper, Whatman paper was immersed in CV and exposed to UV light. Before and after different irradiation periods, reflectance spectra were recorded with Fibre Optic Reflectance Spectrophotometry (FORS). A decrease in CV concentration and a change in aggregation type for CV molecules upon irradiation was observed. Colorimetric L*a*b* values before and during irradiation were also measured. Also, CV was extracted from paper before and after different irradiation periods and analysed with HPLC-PDA. Photo-fading of CV on paper produced the same products as in solution, at least within the first 100 hours of irradiation. Finally, a photo-fading of CV in the presence of MK on Whatman paper was performed. It was demonstrated that MK both accelerates CV degradation and is consumed during the reaction. The degradation pathway identified in this work is suitable for explaining the photo/fading of other dyes belonging to the triarylmethane group.

  19. Crystal-structure and FTIR spectroscopy of synthetic Na(NaMg)Mg5Si8O22(OH)2, a P21/m amphibole

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    Iezzi, G.; Camara, F.; della Ventura, G.; Oberti, R.; Holtz, F.

    2003-04-01

    Na(NaMg)Mg_5Si_8O22(OH)_2 is an interesting amphibole composition never found in nature, which has been the object of much experimental work (Maresch and Langer, 1976; Raudsepp et al., 1991). It typically gives very high-yield run-products, consisting of extremely acicular and well formed crystals, generally less than 1 or 2 μm wide. X-ray powder analysis suggested various symmetries and space groups. The IR spectrum in the OH region consists of two major absorbances: a single well-resolved and rather sharp band at 3714 cm-1, and a broader band, possibly consisting of three overlapping components, centred at 3743 cm-1. No clear explanations for such a pattern have been provided so far. We prepared four samples, using hydrothermal techniques, at the following T and P conditions: 750, 800 and 850^oC and 0.4 GPa and 900^oC and 0.5 GPa. Runs at 800^oC and 900^oC yielded crystals suitable for single-crystal X-ray data collection. All samples have P2_1/m symmetry, similarly to what found by Oberti et al. (2002) for a similar composition with excess water synthesised by W. Maresch. This symmetry implies non equivalence of the two double-chains of tetrahedra facing base-to-base, which is mainly expressed by different degrees of stretching and kinking. There are also two independent anion sites (O3A and O3B) which may be occupied by OH. This feature explains the IR pattern. The band at 3743 cm-1 is assigned to the shorter O3B-H2 bond, whereas the 3715 cm-1 is assigned to the longer O3A-H1 bond. In addition, the broader shape of the higher-frequency, 3743 cm-1 band, suggests a stronger interaction of the O3B-H2 dipole with ^ANa, which is confirmed by structure refinement. Increasing T of syntheses implies progressive departure from the ideal stoichiometry via the ^BMg^ANa-1 exchange, which has been characterised by EMPA, structure refinement and FTIR spectroscopy. The latter in particular can now be used to detect unusual symmetries in X-ray powder patterns of synthetic

  20. Description of Project Sapphire. Revision 1

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    Taylor, R.G.

    1995-06-06

    The mission of Project Sapphire was to repackage approximately 600 kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in the Republic of Kazakhstan into internationally acceptable shipping packages and transport the material to a storage location in the United States. There were four material types to be repackaged: metal; oxide; uranium/beryllium (U/Be) alloy; and residues from U/Be alloy production. Seven major steps described in this report were necessary for successful execution of the project: planning and training; readiness assessment; deployment; set up; process; take down; and transport. Nuclear criticality safety especially affected several of these steps.

  1. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Sample Preparation of Si(1-x)Gex in c-Plane Sapphire Substrate

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    Kim, Hyun Jung; Choi, Sang H.; Bae, Hyung-Bin; Lee, Tae Woo

    2012-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration-invented X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods, including the total defect density measurement method and the spatial wafer mapping method, have confirmed super hetero epitaxy growth for rhombohedral single crystalline silicon germanium (Si1-xGex) on a c-plane sapphire substrate. However, the XRD method cannot observe the surface morphology or roughness because of the method s limited resolution. Therefore the authors used transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with samples prepared in two ways, the focused ion beam (FIB) method and the tripod method to study the structure between Si1-xGex and sapphire substrate and Si1?xGex itself. The sample preparation for TEM should be as fast as possible so that the sample should contain few or no artifacts induced by the preparation. The standard sample preparation method of mechanical polishing often requires a relatively long ion milling time (several hours), which increases the probability of inducing defects into the sample. The TEM sampling of the Si1-xGex on sapphire is also difficult because of the sapphire s high hardness and mechanical instability. The FIB method and the tripod method eliminate both problems when performing a cross-section TEM sampling of Si1-xGex on c-plane sapphire, which shows the surface morphology, the interface between film and substrate, and the crystal structure of the film. This paper explains the FIB sampling method and the tripod sampling method, and why sampling Si1-xGex, on a sapphire substrate with TEM, is necessary.

  2. Mode Orientation Control For Sapphire Dielectric Ring Resonator

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    Santiago, David G.; Dick, G. John; Prata, Aluizio

    1996-01-01

    Small sapphire tuning wedge used in technique for solving mode-purity problem associated with sapphire dielectric-ring resonator part of cryogenic microwave frequency discriminator. Breaks quasi-degeneracy of two modes and allows selective coupling to just one mode. Wedge mounted on axle entering resonator cavity and rotated while resonator cryogenically operating in vacuum. Furthermore, axle moved vertically to tune resonant frequency.

  3. On-Orbit Results for Canada's Sapphire Optical Payload

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    Scott, A.; Hackett, J.

    2013-09-01

    Sapphire is the first Space Situational Awareness (SSA) satellite mission flown by Canada's Department of National Defence (DND). On February 25, 2013 Sapphire was successfully launched into a sun synchronous orbit at ~786 km altitude. The commissioning phase was a success and the Sapphire system is entering its operational phase. Canada and the United States signed an SSA Memorandum of Understanding on May 4, 2012. Under the agreement, data from DND's Sapphire satellite will be contributed to the U.S. Space Surveillance Network (SSN), enhancing the ability of both countries to detect and avoid the collision of critical space platforms with orbital debris. The Sapphire system is now collecting SSA data that will be shared with the SSN. This SSA partnership will strengthen the long standing defence relationship between the US and Canada and provide diversity in space based sensors at a time of fiscal constraint. The Sapphire satellite optical imaging payload was designed and built by COM DEV based around a small (13.25 cm) Three Mirror Anastigmat (TMA) telescope similar in design to the Space Based Visible sensor on the US Mid-Course Space Experiment satellite. The paper provides an overview of the design and operational performance of the Sapphire instrument, comparing the actual performance to the requirements. Based on lessons learned on this program we discuss potential improvements that would be feasible in a second generation Sapphire payload including the potential for using this sensor as a hosted payload in other applications.

  4. Structural characterization of Nb on sapphire as a buffer layer for MBE growth

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    Reimer, P. M.; Zabel, H.; Flynn, C. P.; Dura, J. A.

    1993-02-01

    Niobium films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on sapphire substrates are among the highest quality ones that thin-film metal science has yet produced. This system is in intense use as a buffer layer for epitaxial growth of other metal thin films, magnetic films and superlattices as well. We studied films of Nb [110] deposited by MBE on Al 2O 3 [11 overline20] substrates using high-precision X-ray diffraction. Rocking curves of the out-of-plane Nb (110) peak reveal a two-component line shape. The sharper component implies a mosaic distribution an order of magnitude sharper than bulk single crystal Nb and a transverse structural coherence length exceeding 10 3 nm. The atomic planes associated with the sharp component are exactly aligned with the sapphire (11 overline20) planes, while those associated with the broad component are slightly misaligned. Upon loading the Nb film with a small amount of hydrogen, we find a further, dramatic increase of the lateral coherence length. The resulting mosaic distribution of the sharp component appears to be limited only by that of the sapphire substrate. We will discuss the results in terms of strain relief by hydrogen-induced dislocation motion.

  5. Proton and neutron irradiation effect of Ti: Sapphires

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    Wang, G.; Zhang, J.; Yang, J.

    1999-07-01

    Various effects of proton and neutron irradiated Ti: sapphires were studied. Proton irradiation induced F, F{sup +} and V center in Ti: sapphires and 3310 cm{sup -1} infrared absorption, and made ultraviolet absorption edge shift to short wave. Neutron irradiation produced a number of F, F{sup +} and F{sub 2} centers and larger defects in Ti: sapphires, and changed Ti{sup 4+}into Ti{sup 3+} ions. Such valence state variation enhanced characteristic luminescence of Ti: sapphires, and no singular variances of intrinsic fluorescence spectra of Ti: sapphires took place with neutron flux of 1 x 10{sup 17}n/cm{sup 2}, but the fluorescence vanished with neutron flux of 1 x 10{sup 18}n/cm{sup 2} which means the threshold for the concentration of improving Ti{sup 3+} ions by neutron irradiation.

  6. Direct diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser

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    Durfee, Charles G.; Storz, Tristan; Garlick, Jonathan; Hill, Steven; Squier, Jeff A.; Kirchner, Matthew; Taft, Greg; Shea, Kevin; Kapteyn, Henry; Murnane, Margaret; Backus, Sterling

    2012-01-01

    We describe a Ti:sapphire laser pumped directly with a pair of 1.2W 445nm laser diodes. With over 30mW average power at 800 nm and a measured pulsewidth of 15fs, Kerr-lens-modelocked pulses are available with dramatically decreased pump cost. We propose a simple model to explain the observed highly stable Kerr-lens modelocking in spite of the fact that both the mode-locked and continuous-wave modes are smaller than the pump mode in the crystal. PMID:22714433

  7. Direct diode-pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Durfee, Charles G; Storz, Tristan; Garlick, Jonathan; Hill, Steven; Squier, Jeff A; Kirchner, Matthew; Taft, Greg; Shea, Kevin; Kapteyn, Henry; Murnane, Margaret; Backus, Sterling

    2012-06-18

    We describe a Ti:sapphire laser pumped directly with a pair of 1.2 W 445 nm laser diodes. With over 30 mW average power at 800 nm and a measured pulsewidth of 15 fs, Kerr-lens-modelocked pulses are available with dramatically decreased pump cost. We propose a simple model to explain the observed highly stable Kerr-lens modelocking in spite of the fact that both the mode-locked and continuous-wave modes are smaller than the pump mode in the crystal. PMID:22714433

  8. Frequency Stability of 1x10(sup -13) in a Compensated Sapphire Oscillator Operating Above 77K

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    Dick, G. J.; Santiago, D. G.; Wang, R. T.

    1996-01-01

    We report on the design and test of a whispering gallery sapphire resonator for which the dominant (WGH(sub n11)) microwave mode family shows frequency-stable, compensated operation for temperatures above 77 kelvin. The resonator makes possible a new ultra-stable oscillator (USO) capability that promises performance improvements over the best available crystal quartz oscillators in a compact cryogenic package.

  9. van der Waals epitaxial growth of graphene on sapphire by chemical vapor deposition without a metal catalyst.

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    Hwang, Jeonghyun; Kim, Moonkyung; Campbell, Dorr; Alsalman, Hussain A; Kwak, Joon Young; Shivaraman, Shriram; Woll, Arthur R; Singh, Arunima K; Hennig, Richard G; Gorantla, Sandeep; Rümmeli, Mark H; Spencer, Michael G

    2013-01-22

    van der Waals epitaxial growth of graphene on c-plane (0001) sapphire by CVD without a metal catalyst is presented. The effects of CH(4) partial pressure, growth temperature, and H(2)/CH(4) ratio were investigated and growth conditions optimized. The formation of monolayer graphene was shown by Raman spectroscopy, optical transmission, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), and low voltage transmission electron microscopy (LVTEM). Electrical analysis revealed that a room temperature Hall mobility above 2000 cm(2)/V·s was achieved, and the mobility and carrier type were correlated to growth conditions. Both GIXRD and LVTEM studies confirm a dominant crystal orientation (principally graphene [10-10] || sapphire [11-20]) for about 80-90% of the material concomitant with epitaxial growth. The initial phase of the nucleation and the lateral growth from the nucleation seeds were observed using atomic force microscopy. The initial nuclei density was ~24 μm(-2), and a lateral growth rate of ~82 nm/min was determined. Density functional theory calculations reveal that the binding between graphene and sapphire is dominated by weak dispersion interactions and indicate that the epitaxial relation as observed by GIXRD is due to preferential binding of small molecules on sapphire during early stages of graphene formation. PMID:23244231

  10. Electron Beam Welder Used to Braze Sapphire to Platinum

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    Forsgren, Roger C.; Vannuyen, Thomas

    1998-01-01

    A new use for electron beam brazing was recently developed by NASA Lewis Research Center's Manufacturing Engineering Division. This work was done to fabricate a fiberoptic probe (developed by Sentec Corporation) that could measure high temperatures less than 600 deg C of vibrating machinery, such as in jet engine combustion research. Under normal circumstances, a sapphire fiber would be attached to platinum by a ceramic epoxy. However, no epoxies can adhere ceramic fibers to platinum under such high temperatures and vibration. Also, since sapphire and platinum have different thermal properties, the epoxy bond is subjected to creep over time. Therefore, a new method had to be developed that would permanently and reliably attach a sapphire fiber to platinum. Brazing a sapphire fiber to a platinum shell. The fiber-optic probe assembly consists of a 0.015-in.-diameter sapphire fiber attached to a 0.25-in.-long, 0.059-in.-diameter platinum shell. Because of the small size of this assembly, electron beam brazing was chosen instead of conventional vacuum brazing. The advantage of the electron beam is that it can generate a localized heat source in a vacuum. Gold reactive braze was used to join the sapphire fiber and the platinum. Consequently, the sapphire fiber was not affected by the total heat needed to braze the components together.

  11. Adsorption and desorption studies of cesium on sapphire surfaces

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    Zavadil, K.R.; Ing, J.L.

    1993-12-01

    Adsorption/desorption were studied using combined surface analytical techniques. An approximate initial sticking coefficient for Cs on sapphire was measured using reflection mass spectrometry and found to be 0.9. Thermal Desorption Mass Spectrometry (TDMS) and Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) were used to verify that a significant decrease in sticking coefficient occurs as the Cs coverage reaches a critical submonolayer value. TDMS analysis demonstrates that Cs is stabilized on a clean sapphire surface at temperatures (1200 K) in excess of the temperatures experienced by sapphire in a TOPAZ-2 thermionic fuel element (TFE). Surface contaminants on sapphire can enhance Cs adsorption relative to the clean surface. C contamination eliminates the high temperature state of Cs desorption found on clean sapphire but shifts the bulk of the C desorption from 400 to 620 K. Surface C is a difficult contaminant to remove from sapphire, requiring annealing above 1400 K. Whether Cs is stabilized on sapphire in a TFE environment will most likely depend on relation between surface contamination and surface structure.

  12. Ruby and sapphire from Jegdalek, Afghanistan

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    Bowersox, G.W.; Foord, E.E.; Laurs, B.M.; Shigley, J.E.; Smith, C.P.

    2000-01-01

    This study provides detailed mining and gemological information on the Jegdalek deposit, in east-central Afghanistan, which is hosted by elongate beds of corundum-bearing marble. Some facet-grade ruby has been recovered, but most of the material consists of semitransparent pink sapphire of cabochon or carving quality. The most common internal features are dense concentrations of healed and nonhealed fracture planes and lamellar twin planes. Color zoning is common, and calcite, apatite, zircon, mica, iron sulfide minerals, graphite, rutile, aluminum hydroxide, and other minerals are also present in some samples. Although the reserves appear to be large, future potential will depend on the establishment of a stable government and the introduction of modern mining and exploration techniques. ?? 2000 Gemological Institute of America.

  13. Fe-sapphire and C-Fe-sapphire interactions and their effect on the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition.

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    Yudasaka, M; Kasuya, Y; Jing, F; Zhang, M; Iijima, S

    2004-04-01

    We previously reported that the quantity of single-walled carbon nanotubes grown on Fe-coated sapphire by chemical vapor deposition depended on the crystallographic faces of sapphires. In this report, we show that the interaction of Fe, sapphire, and carbon depended on the sapphire faces. We deduce that the quantity of Fe available to catalyze the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes was suppressed by the formation of Fe-Al alloys and whether the Fe-Al alloys were formed on Fe-coated sapphire or not depended on the sapphire-surface structure. PMID:15296233

  14. Fe-sapphire and C-Fe-sapphire interactions and their effect on the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition.

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    Yudasaka, M; Kasuya, Y; Jing, F; Zhang, M; Iijima, S

    2004-04-01

    We previously reported that the quantity of single-walled carbon nanotubes grown on Fe-coated sapphire by chemical vapor deposition depended on the crystallographic faces of sapphires. In this report, we show that the interaction of Fe, sapphire, and carbon depended on the sapphire faces. We deduce that the quantity of Fe available to catalyze the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes was suppressed by the formation of Fe-Al alloys and whether the Fe-Al alloys were formed on Fe-coated sapphire or not depended on the sapphire-surface structure.

  15. Sapphire fiber interferometer for microdisplacement measurements at high temperatures

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    Murphy, Kent A.; Fogg, Brian R.; Wang, George Z.; Vengsarkar, Ashish M.; Claus, Richard O.

    1991-01-01

    We report the use of a short-length, multimode sapphire rod as an extension to a Michelson configuration, but operated as a low-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity. We demonstrate the performance of such a device as an interferometric sensor, where the interference between the reflections from the sapphire-air interface and an air-metallic surface is observed for microdisplacement of the metallic surface which is placed close to the sapphire endface. We describe in detail the fabrication procedure and present results obtained from the detection of temperature changes, applied strain, and surface acoustic waves.

  16. Optimization of thin-film YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/ deposition by dc sputtering onto sapphire substrates

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    Tomlinson, E.J.; Barber, Z.H.; Morris, G.W.; Somekh, R.E.; Evetts, J.E.

    1989-03-01

    The authors report on the deposition of Yba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/ thin films onto epitaxial magnesia coated single crystal sapphire substrates at deposition temperatures in the range 600/sup 0/-850/sup 0/C. Using a UHV dc magnetron sputter deposition system with both composite metal and ceramic oxide targets, the dependence of film composition on sputtering parameters has been investigated. Films deposited onto epitaxial magnesia are compared with those deposited directly onto sapphire and yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ).

  17. Investigation of GaN-Based Light-Emitting Diodes Grown on Patterned Sapphire Substrates by Contact-Transferred and Mask-Embedded Lithography

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    Kao, Chien-Chih; Su, Yan-Kuin; Hsieh, Yi-Ta; Lee, Yung-Chun; Cheng, Chiao-Yang; Lin, Chuing-Liang

    2011-06-01

    The influences of pattern size and etching depth of patterned sapphire substrates (PSSs) on crystal quality and light output power of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were investigated by contact-transferred and mask-embedded lithography. The present results indicate that a smaller pattern size facilitates superior light extraction efficiency. However, a suitable pattern size and etching depth should be chosen to obtain the highest quality of GaN film. In comparison with the conventional sapphire substrate, the largest light output enhancement (˜28.9%) was observed when the pattern diameter and the etching depth of PSS were 400 and 400 nm, respectively.

  18. Removal of Lattice Imperfections that Impact the Optical Quality of Ti:Sapphire using Advanced Magnetorheological Finishing Techniques

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    Menapace, J A; Schaffers, K I; Bayramian, A J; Davis, P J; Ebbers, C A; Wolfe, J E; Caird, J A; Barty, C J; Joyce, D B; Schmid, K; Schmid, F

    2007-10-09

    Ti:sapphire has become the premier lasing medium material for use in solid-state femtosecond high-peak power laser systems because of its wide wavelength tuning range. With a tuneable range from 680 to 1100 nm, peaking at 800 nm, Ti:sapphire lasing crystals can easily be tuned to the required pump wavelength and provide very high pump brightness due to their good beam quality and high output power of typically several watts. Femtosecond lasers are used for precision cutting and machining of materials ranging from steel to tooth enamel to delicate heart tissue and high explosives. These ultra-short pulses are too brief to transfer heat or shock to the material being cut, which means that cutting, drilling, and machining occur with virtually no damage to surrounding material. Furthermore, these lasers can cut with high precision, making hairline cuts of less than 100 microns in thick materials along a computer-generated path. Extension of laser output to higher energies is limited by the size of the amplification medium. Yields of high quality large diameter crystals have been constrained by lattice distortions that may appear in the boule limiting the usable area from which high quality optics can be harvested. Lattice distortions affect the transmitted wavefront of these optics which ultimately limits the high-end power output and efficiency of the laser system, particularly when operated in multi-pass mode. To make matters even more complicated, Ti:sapphire is extremely hard (Mohs hardness of 9 with diamond being 10) which makes it extremely difficult to accurately polish using conventional methods without subsurface damage or significant wavefront error. In this presentation, we demonstrate for the first time that Magnetorheological finishing (MRF) can be used to compensate for the lattice distortions in Ti:sapphire by perturbing the transmitted wavefront. The advanced MRF techniques developed allow for precise polishing of the optical inverse of lattice

  19. Laser damage resistant anti-reflection microstructures in Raytheon ceramic YAG, sapphire, ALON, and quartz

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    Hobbs, Douglas S.; MacLeod, Bruce D.; Sabatino, Ernest, III; Hartnett, Thomas M.; Gentilman, Richard L.

    2011-06-01

    A study of the laser induced damage threshold (LiDT) of anti-reflection (AR) microstructures (ARMs) built in the end facets of metal ion doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) laser gain material, has been conducted. Test samples of undoped and ytterbium-doped polycrystalline YAG produced by Raytheon Company were processed with ARMs in one surface and subjected to standardized pulsed LiDT testing at the near-infrared (NIR) wavelength of 1064nm. As received YAG samples with a simple commercial polish were also submitted to the damage tests for comparison, along with YAG samples that were treated with a single layer thin-film AR coating designed for maximum transmission at 1064nm. Additional samples of single crystal sapphire and quartz, and polycrystalline ALONTM windows were prepared with thin-film AR coatings and ARMs textures to expand the 1064nm laser damage testing to other important NIR transmitting materials. It was found that the pulsed laser damage resistance of ARMs textured ceramic YAG windows is 11 J/cm2, a value that is 43% higher than untreated ceramic YAG windows, suggesting that ARMs fabrication removed residual sub-surface damage, a factor that has been shown to be important for increasing the damage resistance of an optic. This conclusion is also supported by the high damage threshold values found with the single layer AR coatings on ceramic YAG where the coatings may have shielded the sub-surface polishing damage. Testing results for the highly polished sapphire windows also support the notion that better surface preparation produces higher damage resistance. The damage threshold for untreated sapphire windows exceeded 32 J/cm2 for one sample with an average of 27.5 J/cm2 for the two samples tested. The ARMs-treated sapphire windows had similar damage thresholds as the untreated material, averaging 24.9 J/cm2, a value 1.5 to 2 times higher than the damage threshold of the thin film AR coated sapphire windows.

  20. Crystal Structures of Type-II Inositol Polyphosphate 5-Phosphatase INPP5B with Synthetic Inositol Polyphosphate Surrogates Reveal New Mechanistic Insights for the Inositol 5-Phosphatase Family

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    2016-01-01

    The inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatase INPP5B hydrolyzes the 5-phosphate group from water- and lipid-soluble signaling messengers. Two synthetic benzene and biphenyl polyphosphates (BzP/BiPhPs), simplified surrogates of inositol phosphates and phospholipid headgroups, were identified by thermodynamic studies as potent INPP5B ligands. The X-ray structure of the complex between INPP5B and biphenyl 3,3′,4,4′,5,5′-hexakisphosphate [BiPh(3,3′,4,4′,5,5′)P6, IC50 5.5 μM] was determined at 2.89 Å resolution. One inhibitor pole locates in the phospholipid headgroup binding site and the second solvent-exposed ring binds to the His-Tag of another INPP5B molecule, while a molecule of inorganic phosphate is also present in the active site. Benzene 1,2,3-trisphosphate [Bz(1,2,3)P3] [one ring of BiPh(3,3′,4,4′,5,5′)P6] inhibits INPP5B ca. 6-fold less potently. Co-crystallization with benzene 1,2,4,5-tetrakisphosphate [Bz(1,2,4,5)P4, IC50 = 6.3 μM] yielded a structure refined at 2.9 Å resolution. Conserved residues among the 5-phosphatase family mediate interactions with Bz(1,2,4,5)P4 and BiPh(3,3′,4,4′,5,5′)P6 similar to those with the polar groups present in positions 1, 4, 5, and 6 on the inositol ring of the substrate. 5-Phosphatase specificity most likely resides in the variable zone located close to the 2- and 3-positions of the inositol ring, offering insights to inhibitor design. We propose that the inorganic phosphate present in the INPP5B–BiPh(3,3′,4,4′,5,5′)P6 complex mimics the postcleavage substrate 5-phosphate released by INPP5B in the catalytic site, allowing elucidation of two new key features in the catalytic mechanism proposed for the family of phosphoinositide 5-phosphatases: first, the involvement of the conserved Arg-451 in the interaction with the 5-phosphate and second, identification of the water molecule that initiates 5-phosphate hydrolysis. Our model also has implications for the proposed “moving metal” mechanism

  1. Temperature Compensated Sapphire Resonator for Ultra-Stable Oscillator Capability

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    Dick, G. J.; Santiago, D. G.; Wang, R. T.

    1994-01-01

    We report on the design and test of a whispering gallery sapphire resonator for which the dominant microwave mode family shows frequency-stable, compensated operation for temperatures above 77 kelvin.

  2. A high sensitivity sapphire transducer for vibration measurements

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    Peng, H.; Blair, D.G.; Ivanov, E.

    1994-12-31

    In this report we describe an interferometric Sapphire Dielectric Resonator (SDR) transducer which avoids the need for an ultra low noise oscillator. An initial performance of the transducer is presented.

  3. Second generation 50 K dual-mode sapphire oscillator.

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    Anstie, James D; Hartnett, John G; Tobar, Michael E; Ivanov, Eugene N; Stanwix, Paul L

    2006-02-01

    Low-temperature, high-precision sapphire resonators exhibit a turning point in mode frequency-temperature dependence at around 10 K. This, along with sapphire's extremely low dielectric losses at microwave frequencies, results in oscillator fractional frequency stabilities on the order of 10(-15). At higher temperatures the lack of a turning point makes single-mode oscillators very sensitive to temperature fluctuations. By exciting two quasi-orthogonal whispering gallery (WG) modes in a single sapphire resonator, a turning point in the frequency-temperature dependence can be found in the beat frequency between the two modes. A temperature control technique based on mode frequency temperature dependence has been used to maintain the sapphire at this turning point and the fractional frequency instability of the beat frequency has been measured to be at a level of 4.3 X 10(-14) over 1 s, dropping to 3.5 X 10(-14) over 4 s integration time.

  4. Buffer layers for high-Tc thin films on sapphire

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    Wu, X. D.; Foltyn, S. R.; Muenchausen, R. E.; Cooke, D. W.; Pique, A.; Kalokitis, D.; Pendrick, V.; Belohoubek, E.

    1992-01-01

    Buffer layers of various oxides including CeO2 and yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) have been deposited on R-plane sapphire. The orientation and crystallinity of the layers were optimized to promote epitaxial growth of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) thin films. An ion beam channeling minimum yield of about 3 percent was obtained in the CeO2 layer on sapphire, indicating excellent crystallinity of the buffer layer. Among the buffer materials used, CeO2 was found to be the best one for YBCO thin films on R-plane sapphire. High Tc and Jc were obtained in YBCO thin films on sapphire with buffer layers. Surface resistances of the YBCO films were about 4 mOmega at 77 K and 25 GHz.

  5. Progress on 10 Kelvin cryo-cooled sapphire oscillator

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    Wang, Rabi T.; Dick, G. John; Diener, William A.

    2004-01-01

    We present recent progress on the 10 Kelvin Cryocooled Sapphire Oscillator (10K CSO). Included are incorporation of a new pulse tube cryocooler, cryocooler vibration comparisons between G-M and pulse-tube types, phase noise, and frequency stability tests. For the advantage of a single stage pulse tube cryocooler, we also present results for a 40K Compensated Sapphire Oscillator (40K CSO).

  6. Investigation of a direction sensitive sapphire detector stack at the 5 GeV electron beam at DESY-II

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    Karacheban, O.; Afanaciev, K.; Hempel, M.; Henschel, H.; Lange, W.; Leonard, J. L.; Levy, I.; Lohmann, W.; Schuwalow, S.

    2015-08-01

    Extremely radiation hard sensors are needed in particle physics experiments to instrument the region near the beam pipe. Examples are beam halo and beam loss monitors at the Large Hadron Collider, FLASH or XFEL. Currently artificial diamond sensors are widely used. In this paper single crystal sapphire sensors are considered as a promising alternative. Industrially grown sapphire wafers are available in large sizes, are of low cost and, like diamond sensors, can be operated without cooling. Here we present results of an irradiation study done with sapphire sensors in a high intensity low energy electron beam. Then, a multichannel direction-sensitive sapphire detector stack is described. It comprises 8 sapphire plates of 1 cm2 size and 525 μ m thickness, metallized on both sides, and apposed to form a stack. Each second metal layer is supplied with a bias voltage, and the layers in between are connected to charge-sensitive preamplifiers. The performance of the detector was studied in a 5 GeV electron beam. The charge collection efficiency measured as a function of the bias voltage rises with the voltage, reaching about 10% at 095 V. The signal size obtained from electrons crossing the stack at this voltage is about 02200 e, where e is the unit charge. The signal size is measured as a function of the hit position, showing variations of up to 20% in the direction perpendicular to the beam and to the electric field. The measurement of the signal size as a function of the coordinate parallel to the electric field confirms the prediction that mainly electrons contribute to the signal. Also evidence for the presence of a polarisation field was observed.

  7. High aspect ratio micro-explosions in the bulk of sapphire generated by femtosecond Bessel beams

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    Rapp, L.; Meyer, R.; Giust, R.; Furfaro, L.; Jacquot, M.; Lacourt, P. A.; Dudley, J. M.; Courvoisier, F.

    2016-01-01

    Femtosecond pulses provide an extreme degree of confinement of light matter-interactions in high-bandgap materials because of the nonlinear nature of ionization. It was recognized very early on that a highly focused single pulse of only nanojoule energy could generate spherical voids in fused silica and sapphire crystal as the nanometric scale plasma generated has energy sufficient to compress the material around it and to generate new material phases. But the volumes of the nanometric void and of the compressed material are extremely small. Here we use single femtosecond pulses shaped into high-angle Bessel beams at microjoule energy, allowing for the creation of very high 100:1 aspect ratio voids in sapphire crystal, which is one of the hardest materials, twice as dense as glass. The void volume is 2 orders of magnitude higher than those created with Gaussian beams. Femtosecond and picosecond illumination regimes yield qualitatively different damage morphologies. These results open novel perspectives for laser processing and new materials synthesis by laser-induced compression. PMID:27669676

  8. Development and Characterization of a Hybrid TITANIUM:SAPPHIRE/NEODYMIUM:GLASS Multiterawatt Laser System

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    Chien, Chingyuan

    The broad bandwidth of Ti:sapphire, and the high energy storage/extraction capability of Nd:glass have made it possible to develop a hybrid Ti:sapphire/Nd:glass chirped -pulse-amplification (CPA) laser system. This 400-fs laser system generates pulses with a contrast ratio of 10 ^6:1, and is capable of producing a focused intensity in excess of 10^{19} W/cm^2. The plasma produced by the interaction of an intense 400-fs laser pulse with an Al solid target is studied using a time-integrated x-ray spectrometer. The temporal behavior of the keV x-ray pulse emitted from the laser-produced plasma is studied with an x-ray streak camera (with 2 ps time resolution). The characteristic of the x-ray emission strongly depends on the contrast of the laser pulse. Second harmonic generation of a 1 mu m, 400-fs laser pulses is investigated for Type I and Type II conversion schemes with a KDP crystal. High conversion efficiencies (up to 80%) are obtained in the intensity range from 100-400 GW/cm^2, with no obvious damage to the crystal. In the Type II predelay scheme, a pulse shortening effect is observed and the shortest measured pulse duration is 180 fs. The experimental results generally agree with the simulations of the code MIXER.

  9. On the generation of charge-carrier recombination centers in the sapphire substrates of silicon-on-sapphire structures

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    Aleksandrov, P. A. Belova, N. E.; Demakov, K. D.; Shemardov, S. G.

    2015-08-15

    A method for the production of high-quality radiation-resistant silicon-on-sapphire structures through the fabrication of a layer of nanopores in sapphire by helium ion implantation, i.e., by creating charge-carrier recombination centers, is proposed. In this case, the quality of the silicon layer is simultaneously improved. The problem of the thermal stability of the pores is discussed with the aim of analyzing the possibility of producing a microcircuit on the resultant modified silicon-on-sapphire sample. The layer of pores possesses a large total surface area and, hence, decreases the lifetime of charge carriers generated during irradiation of the operating microcircuit. This effect reduces the charge at the silicon-sapphire interface and improves radiation resistance.

  10. Compared growth mechanisms of Zn-polar ZnO nanowires on O-polar ZnO and on sapphire.

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    Perillat-Merceroz, G; Thierry, R; Jouneau, P H; Ferret, P; Feuillet, G

    2012-03-30

    Controlling the growth of zinc oxide nanowires is necessary to optimize the performance of nanowire-based devices such as photovoltaic solar cells, nano-generators, or light-emitting diodes. With this in mind, we investigate the nucleation and growth mechanisms of ZnO nanowires grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy either on O-polar ZnO or on sapphire substrates. Whatever the substrate, ZnO nanowires are Zn-polar, as demonstrated by convergent beam electron diffraction. For growth on O-polar ZnO substrate, the nanowires are found to sit on O-polar pyramids. As growth proceeds, the inversion domain boundary moves up in order to remain at the top of the O-polar pyramids. For growth on sapphire substrates, the nanowires may also originate from the sapphire/ZnO interface. The presence of atomic steps and the non-polar character of sapphire could be the cause of the Zn-polar crystal nucleation on sapphire, whereas it is proposed that the segregation of aluminum impurities could account for the nucleation of inverted domains for growth on O-polar ZnO.

  11. Analysis of limits for sapphire growth in a micro-pulling-down system

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    Samanta, Gaurab; Yeckel, Andrew; Daggolu, Parthiv; Fang, Haisheng; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith D.; Derby, Jeffrey J.

    2011-11-01

    A two-dimensional, quasi-steady-state, thermal-capillary model is developed for a micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) system to study limitations to steady growth of sapphire. The model incorporates mass, energy, and momentum conservation equations, and also accounts for the physics of the melt meniscus, the solidification front, and the crystal radius. Limit points with respect to pull rate are found under higher-gradient thermal conditions but are shown to unfold with changes in die heating and ambient temperature. Limit points related to crystal size and capillary effects are also found with respect to static head (melt height); however, classical criteria of capillary instability are shown to be invalid. Thus, a more fundamental understanding is obtained for μ-PD operating limits, their origins, and their possible avoidance.

  12. Cryogenic Pound Circuits for Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillators

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    Dick, G. John; Wang, Rabi

    2006-01-01

    Two modern cryogenic variants of the Pound circuit have been devised to increase the frequency stability of microwave oscillators that include cryogenic sapphire-filled cavity resonators. The original Pound circuit is a microwave frequency discriminator that provides feedback to stabilize a voltage-controlled microwave oscillator with respect to an associated cavity resonator. In the present cryogenic Pound circuits, the active microwave devices are implemented by use of state-of-the-art commercially available tunnel diodes that exhibit low flicker noise (required for high frequency stability) and function well at low temperatures and at frequencies up to several tens of gigahertz. While tunnel diodes are inherently operable as amplitude detectors and amplitude modulators, they cannot, by themselves, induce significant phase modulation. Therefore, each of the present cryogenic Pound circuits includes passive circuitry that transforms the AM into the required PM. Each circuit also contains an AM detector that is used to sample the microwave signal at the input terminal of the high-Q resonator for the purpose of verifying the desired AM null at this point. Finally, each circuit contains a Pound signal detector that puts out a signal, at the modulation frequency, having an amplitude proportional to the frequency error in the input signal. High frequency stability is obtained by processing this output signal into feedback to a voltage-controlled oscillator to continuously correct the frequency error in the input signal.

  13. Precision measurement of a low-loss cylindrical dumbbell-shaped sapphire mechanical oscillator using radiation pressure

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    Bourhill, J.; Ivanov, E.; Tobar, M. E.

    2015-08-01

    We present first results from a number of experiments conducted on a 0.53-kg cylindrical dumbbell-shaped sapphire crystal. Here we report on an optomechanical experiment utilizing a modification to the typical cylindrical architecture. Mechanical motion of the crystal structure alters the dimensions of the crystal, and the induced strain changes the permittivity. These two effects result in parametric frequency modulation of resonant microwave whispering gallery modes that are simultaneously excited within the crystal. A microwave readout system is implemented, allowing extremely low noise measurements of this frequency modulation near our modes of interest, having a phase noise floor of -165 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz. Fine tuning of the crystal's suspension has allowed for the optimization of mechanical quality factors in preparation for cryogenic experiments, with a value of Q =8 ×107 achieved at 127 kHz. This results in a Q ×f product of 1013, equivalent to the best measured values in a macroscopic sapphire mechanical system. Results are presented that demonstrate the excitation of mechanical modes via radiation pressure force, allowing an experimental method of determining the transducer's displacement sensitivity d f /d x and calibrating the system. Finally, we demonstrate parametric backaction phenomenon within the system. These are all important steps towards the goal of achieving quantum limited measurements of a kilogram-scale macroscopic device for the purpose of detecting deviations from standard quantum theory resulting from quantum gravitational effects.

  14. Spontaneous formation of GaN/AlN core-shell nanowires on sapphire by hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    Trassoudaine, Agnès; Roche, Elissa; Bougerol, Catherine; André, Yamina; Avit, Geoffrey; Monier, Guillaume; Ramdani, Mohammed Réda; Gil, Evelyne; Castelluci, Dominique; Dubrovskii, Vladimir G.

    2016-11-01

    Spontaneous GaN/AlN core-shell nanowires with high crystal quality were synthesized on sapphire substrates by vapor-liquid-solid hydride vapor phase epitaxy (VLS-HVPE) without any voluntary aluminum source. Deposition of aluminum is difficult to achieve in this growth technique which uses metal-chloride gaseous precursors: the strong interaction between the AlCl gaseous molecules and the quartz reactor yields a huge parasitic nucleation on the walls of the reactor upstream the substrate. We open up an innovative method to produce GaN/AlN structures by HVPE, thanks to aluminum etching from the sapphire substrate followed by redeposition onto the sidewalls of the GaN core. The paper presents the structural characterization of GaN/AlN core-shell nanowires, speculates on the growth mechanism and discusses a model which describes this unexpected behavior.

  15. Surface Structure of Protonated R-Sapphire (1$\\bar{1}$02) Studied by Sum-Frequency Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Sung, Jaeho; Zhang, Luning; Tian, Chuanshan; Waychunas, Glenn A.; Shen, Y. Ron

    2011-03-23

    Sum frequency vibrational spectroscopy was used to study the protonated R-plane (1$\\bar{1}$02 ) sapphire surface. The OH stretch vibrational spectra show that the surface is terminated with three hydroxyl moieties, two from AlOH2 and one from Al2OH functional groups. The observed polarization dependence allows determination of the orientations of the three OH species. The results suggest that the protonated sapphire (1$\\bar{1}$02 ) surface differs from an ideal stoichimetric termination in a manner consistent with previous X-ray surface diffraction (crystal truncation rod) studies. However, in order to best explain the observed hydrogenbonding arrangement, surface oxygen spacing determined from the X-ray diffraction study requires modification.

  16. Response to Comment on '#28;Twin Symmetry Texture of Energetically Condensed 2 Niobium Thin Films on Sapphire Substrate' #29; [J. Appl. Phys. 110, 033523(2011)

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    Xin Zhao, Charles Reece, Phillips Larry, Mahadevan Krishnan, Kang Seo

    2012-07-01

    Welander commented that in our article [J. Appl. Phys. 110, 033523(2011)] , Zhao et al claim to have found a new three-dimensional (3D) relationship for niobium-on-sapphire epitaxy”. Welander might have misunderstood the purpose of our article, which was to show that energetic condensation of Nb on sapphire drives crystal growth that is quite distinct from the type of epitaxy encountered in lower energy deposition. Welander is correct about the misidentified crystal-directions in the top-view sapphire lattice (Fig.4[ref.1]). He is also correct about the misorientation of the pole figures in Fig4[ref.1]. In Fig.1 of this response, we have corrected these errors. Perhaps because of these errors, Welander misconstrued our discussion of the Nb crystal growth as claiming a new 3D registry. That was not our intention. Rather, we wished to highlight the role of energetic condensation that drives low-defect crystal growth by a combination of non-equilibrium sub-plantation that disturbs the substrate lattice and thermal annealing that annihilates defects and promotes large-grain crystal growth.

  17. Gain-switched Ti:sapphire laser-based photoacoustic imaging.

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    Lee, Jisu; Lee, Yong-Jae; Jeong, Eun Ju; Jung, Moon Youn; Lee, Susung; Kim, Bong Kyu; Song, Dong Hoon

    2016-07-10

    We demonstrate photoacoustic (PA) imaging using a compact gain-switched Ti:sapphire laser. Additionally, a simple laser configuration is provided. The Ti:sapphire laser is pumped using a frequency-doubled pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet pulse laser operating at a repetition rate of 10 Hz, with a pump energy of 37 mJ. No water cooling is required for the Ti:sapphire crystal. The output pulse energy and pulse duration of the laser are 13.6 mJ and 11 ns, respectively. Thus, the power conversion efficiency is 36.7%. As the end mirror in a laser cavity is adjusted in a horizontal direction, the output wavelength can be tuned within a range of 725-880 nm with a spectral bandwidth of approximately 1 nm. The laser has a small footprint size of 50 cm×35 cm including even laser pumping. Because the near-infrared region has significant advantages in the context of absorption and scattering in biological tissues, our laser can be used for PA imaging. Apart from obtaining PA images of a tube filled with indocyanine green immersed in water and placed under chicken breast tissue, our laser system could also be used for the simultaneous PA and ultrasound (US) dual-modality imaging of blood vessels lying beneath the skin of a human middle finger. We used a commercially available US machine for the PA and US dual-modality imaging. PMID:27409320

  18. Detailed performance modeling of a pulsed high-power single-frequency Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Wagner, Gerd; Wulfmeyer, Volker; Behrendt, Andreas

    2011-11-01

    Differential absorption lidar (DIAL) is a unique technique for profiling water vapor from the ground up to the lower stratosphere. For accurate measurements, the DIAL laser transmitter has to meet stringent requirements. These include high average power (up to 10 W) and high single-shot pulse energy, a spectral purity >99.9%, a frequency instability <60 MHz rms, and narrow spectral bandwidth (single-mode, <160 MHz). We describe extensive modeling efforts to optimize the resonator design of a Ti:sapphire ring laser in these respects. The simulations were made for the wavelength range of 820 nm, which is optimum for ground-based observations, and for both stable and unstable resonator configurations. The simulator consists of four modules: (1) a thermal module for determining the thermal lensing of the Brewster-cut Ti:sapphire crystal collinear pumped from both ends with a high-power, frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser; (2) a module for calculating the in-cavity beam propagations for stable and unstable resonators; (3) a performance module for simulating the pumping efficiency and the laser pulse energy; and (4) a spectral module for simulating injection seeding and the spectral properties of the laser radiation including spectral impurity. Both a stable and an unstable Ti:sapphire laser resonator were designed for delivering an average power of 10 W at a pulse repetition frequency of 250 Hz with a pulse length of approximately 40 ns, satisfying all spectral requirements. Although the unstable resonator design is more complex to align and has a higher lasing threshold, it yields similar efficiency and higher spectral purity at higher overall mode volume, which is promising for long-term routine operations. PMID:22086016

  19. Measurement of nonlinear optical refraction of composite material based on sapphire with silver by Kerr-lens autocorrelation method.

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    Yu, Xiang-xiang; Wang, Yu-hua

    2014-01-13

    Silver nanoparticles synthesized in a synthetic sapphire matrix were fabricated by ion implantation using the metal vapor vacuum arc ion source. The optical absorption spectrum of the Ag: Al2O3 composite material has been measured. The analysis of the supercontinuum spectrum displayed the nonlinear refractive property of this kind of sample. Nonlinear optical refraction index was identified at 800 nm excitation using the Kerr-lens autocorrelation (KLAC) technique. The spectrum showed that the material possessed self-defocusing property (n(2) = -1.1 × 10(-15) cm(2)W). The mechanism of nonlinear refraction has been discussed.

  20. Synthetic shibkovite K(K{sub 1.67}H{sub 2}O{sub 0.33})(Ca{sub 1.3}Na{sub 0.7})[Zn{sub 3}Si{sub 12}O{sub 30}]: the crystal structure and comparative crystal chemistry

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    Kiriukhina, G. V. Yakubovich, O. V.; Dimitrova, O. V.

    2015-01-15

    The structure of a single crystal of a synthetic analog of mineral shibkovite K(K{sub 1.67}H{sub 2}O{sub 0.33})(Ca{sub 1.3}Na{sub 0.7})[Zn{sub 3}Si{sub 12}O{sub 30}] (milarite structure type) obtained by hydrothermal synthesis in the AlPO{sub 4}-K{sub 3}PO{sub 4}-CaCO{sub 3}-Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-ZnCO{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2}-H{sub 2}O system has been solved (R = 0.0406) by X-ray diffraction analysis: a = 10.5327(2) Å, c = 14.2019(3) Å, sp. gr. P6/mcc, Z = 2, and ρ{sub calcd} = 2.90 g/cm{sup 3}. The crystal-chemical features of the new phase are studied in comparison with the other terms of the milarite group. It is shown that the crystallization conditions for minerals and synthetic analogs of this group determine the presence or absence of crystallization water in the structures of compounds.

  1. Synthetic oils

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    Hatton, R. E.

    1973-01-01

    Synthetic lubricants are discussed by chemical class and their general strengths and weaknesses in terms of lubrication properties are analyzed. Comparative ratings are given for 14 chemical classes and are used as a guide for lubricant selection. The effects of chemical structure on the properties of the lubricant are described with special emphasis on thermal stability. The diversity of synthetic lubricants which is provided by the wide range of properties permits many applications, some of which are reported.

  2. DPSSL pumped 20-TW Ti:sapphire laser system for DD fusion experiment

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    Sekine, T.; Hatano, Y.; Takeuchi, Y.; Kawashima, T.

    2016-03-01

    A diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) pumped 20-TW output Ti:sapphire laser system has been developed. A diode-pumped Nd:glass laser with output energy of 12.7 J in 527 nm was used as a pump source for a 20-TW Ti:sapphire amplifier. A CeLiB6O10 nonlinear optical crystal was used as a frequency doubler of the Nd:glass DPSSL[1]. Figure 1 shows typical output pulse energy of the 20-TW amplifier as a function of pumping energy and a near field pattern. A 1.65 J pulse energy was obtained by 4.5 J pump energy. The amplified seed pulse is compressed to typically 60 fs as shown in Fig. 1 by a vacuumed pulse compressor with 80% of transmissivity. Encircled energy ratio, into a circled with 8 μm diameter area, of far field pattern focused by off-axis parabolic mirror with F# of 3 is numerically evaluated to 40% at TW class output condition. Then focal intensity would reach to 1018W/cm2. This all- DPSSL system contributes for stable and continual investigation of laser induced plasma experiment. We have succeeded continual and high efficient generation of DD fusion neutron from CD nano-particles by cluster fusion scheme using the 20-TW laser. A yield of ∼105 neutrons per shot was stably observed during continuous 100 shots with repetition rate of 0.1Hz.

  3. Voltage-Controlled Sapphire Oscillator: Design, Development, and Preliminary Performance

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    Wang, R. T.; Dick, G. J.; Tjoelker, R. L.

    2007-08-01

    We present the design for a new short-term frequency standard, the voltage-controlled sapphire oscillator, as a practical and lower-cost alternative to a cryogenic sapphire oscillator operating at liquid helium temperatures. Performance goals are a frequency stability of 1 x 10^-14 (1 second equal to or less than tau equal to or less than 100 seconds), more than 2 years of continuous operation, and practical operability. Key elements include the sapphire resonator, low-power and long-life cryocooler, frequency compensation method, and cryo-Pound design. We report the design verification, experimental results, and test results of the cryocooler environmental sensitivity, as well as a preliminary stability measurement.

  4. Sapphire test-masses for measuring the standard quantum limit and achieving quantum non-demolition

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    Tobar, M. E.; Ivanov, E. N.; Oi, D. K. L.; Cuthbertson, B. D.; Blair, D. G.

    1996-01-01

    . In this paper we show that the available technology is sufficient to measure the Standard Quantum Limit (SQL) of a low loss acoustic oscillator, with a readout based on a microwave parametric transducer. The experiment makes use of the low electrical and acoustical losses in monocrystalline sapphire and new low-noise microwave technology. The crystal acts as an electrical vibration sensor and an acoustic oscillator in one monolithic structure. We analyze two new types of such structures: (1) The sapphire bar dielectric transducer and (2) the slotted sapphire dielectric transducer. We show that with a 40-60rdB double-cavity phase-noise suppression system the SQL may be measured using the sapphire bar. For the slotted structure, the phase noise requirements are less stringent because of its smaller resonant frequency and mass. We show that the SQL of this structure may be measured with a standard parametric readout. The principle of operation is demonstrated by some simple room-temperature experiments with all results verified using finite-element analysis. Given that we can expect to measure the SQL with one of these schemes, we analyze the properties of a microwave displacement measurement system based upon a high-Q parametric transducer and a double-frequency oscillator. Such a readout system represents a practical implementation of a black action evasion (BAE) displacement sensor allowing the discrimination between the quadratures of the mechanical oscillator. We determine the set of conditions which allows the enhanced sensitivity with respect to the desired quadrature and suppressed sensitivity to the unwanted quadrature. We find that tuning of the BAE system at the particular quadrature of interest can be performed by varying the phase relationship between the microwave carriers available from the double-frequency oscillator. We establish the importance of having the frequency and the phase-control servos to maintain the optimal tuning of the micro

  5. Sapphire-fiber-based distributed high-temperature sensing system.

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    Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Hill, Cary; Cheng, Yujie; Homa, Daniel; Pickrell, Gary; Wang, Anbo

    2016-09-15

    We present, for the first time to our knowledge, a sapphire-fiber-based distributed high-temperature sensing system based on a Raman distributed sensing technique. High peak power laser pulses at 532 nm were coupled into the sapphire fiber to generate the Raman signal. The returned Raman Stokes and anti-Stokes signals were measured in the time domain to determine the temperature distribution along the fiber. The sensor was demonstrated from room temperature up to 1200°C in which the average standard deviation is about 3.7°C and a spatial resolution of about 14 cm was achieved. PMID:27628409

  6. Molecular-orbital model for metal-sapphire interfacial strength

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    Johnson, K. H.; Pepper, S. V.

    1982-01-01

    Self-consistent-field X-Alpha scattered-wave cluster molecular-orbital models have been constructed for transition and noble metals (Fe, Ni, Cu, and Ag) in contact with a sapphire (Al2O3) surface. It is found that a chemical bond is established between the metal d-orbital electrons and the nonbonding 2p-orbital electrons of the oxygen anions on the Al2O3 surface. An increasing number of occupied metal-sapphire antibonding molecular orbitals explains qualitatively the observed decrease of contact shear strength through the series Fe, Ni, Cu, and Ag.

  7. Inversion domains in AlN grown on (0001) sapphire

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    Jasinski, J.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Paduano, Q.S.; Weyburne, D.W.

    2003-08-25

    Al-polarity inversion domains formed during AlN layer growth on (0001) sapphire were identified using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). They resemble columnar inversion domains reported for GaN films grown on (0001) sapphire. However, for AlN, these columns have a V-like shape with boundaries that deviate by 2 {+-} 0.5{sup o} from the c-axis. TEM identification of these defects agrees with the post-growth surface morphology as well as with the microstructure revealed by etching in hot aqueous KOH.

  8. SERS Raman Sensor Based on Diameter-Modulated Sapphire Fiber

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    Shimoji, Yutaka

    2010-08-09

    Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been observed using a sapphire fiber coated with gold nano-islands for the first time. The effect was found to be much weaker than what was observed with a similar fiber coated with silver nanoparticles. Diameter-modulated sapphire fibers have been successfully fabricated on a laser heated pedestal growth system. Such fibers have been found to give a modest increase in the collection efficiency of induced emission. However, the slow response of the SERS effect makes it unsuitable for process control applications.

  9. Sapphire fiber interferometer for microdisplacement measurements at high temperature

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    Murphy, Kent A.; Feth, Shari; Vengsarkar, Ashish M.; Claus, Richard O.

    1992-01-01

    Attention is given to the use of a short-length multimode sapphire rod as an extension to a conventional Michelson interferometric configuration, but with operation of Fabry-Perot cavity-based sensor element type. The performance of such a device as an interferometric sensor is demonstrated for a case where the interference between the reflections from the sapphire-air interface and an air-metallic surface is inspected for microdisplacements of the metallic surface. A detailed account is given of the sensor's fabrication procedure; results are presented for the detection of surface-acoustic waves.

  10. The effects of incomplete annealing on the temperature dependence of sheet resistance and gage factor in aluminum and phosphorus implanted silicon on sapphire

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    Pisciotta, B. P.; Gross, C.

    1976-01-01

    Partial annealing of damage to the crystal lattice during ion implantation reduces the temperature coefficient of resistivity of ion-implanted silicon, while facilitating controlled doping. Reliance on this method for temperature compensation of the resistivity and strain-gage factor is discussed. Implantation conditions and annealing conditions are detailed. The gage factor and its temperature variation are not drastically affected by crystal damage for some crystal orientations. A model is proposed to account for the effects of electron damage on the temperature dependence of resistivity and on silicon piezoresistance. The results are applicable to the design of silicon-on-sapphire strain gages with high gage factors.

  11. Semipolar (202{sup ¯}1) GaN and InGaN quantum wells on sapphire substrates

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    Leung, Benjamin; Wang, Dili; Kuo, Yu-Sheng; Xiong, Kanglin; Song, Jie; Chen, Danti; Park, Sung Hyun; Han, Jung; Hong, Su Yeon; Choi, Joo Won

    2014-06-30

    Here, we demonstrate a process to produce planar semipolar (202{sup ¯}1) GaN templates on sapphire substrates. We obtain (202{sup ¯}1) oriented GaN by inclined c-plane sidewall growth from etched sapphire, resulting in single crystal material with on-axis x-ray diffraction linewidth below 200 arc sec. The surface, composed of (101{sup ¯}1) and (101{sup ¯}0) facets, is planarized by the chemical-mechanical polishing of full 2 in. wafers, with a final surface root mean square roughness of <0.5 nm. We then analyze facet formation and roughening mechanisms on the (202{sup ¯}1) surface and establish a growth condition in N{sub 2} carrier gas to maintain a planar surface for further device layer growth. Finally, the capability of these semipolar (202{sup ¯}1) GaN templates to produce high quality device structures is verified by the growth and characterization of InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well structures. It is expected that the methods shown here can enable the benefits of using semipolar orientations in a scalable and practical process and can be readily extended to achieve devices on surfaces using any orientation of semipolar GaN on sapphire.

  12. Synthetic environments

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    Lukes, George E.; Cain, Joel M.

    1996-02-01

    The Advanced Distributed Simulation (ADS) Synthetic Environments Program seeks to create robust virtual worlds from operational terrain and environmental data sources of sufficient fidelity and currency to interact with the real world. While some applications can be met by direct exploitation of standard digital terrain data, more demanding applications -- particularly those support operations 'close to the ground' -- are well-served by emerging capabilities for 'value-adding' by the user working with controlled imagery. For users to rigorously refine and exploit controlled imagery within functionally different workstations they must have a shared framework to allow interoperability within and between these environments in terms of passing image and object coordinates and other information using a variety of validated sensor models. The Synthetic Environments Program is now being expanded to address rapid construction of virtual worlds with research initiatives in digital mapping, softcopy workstations, and cartographic image understanding. The Synthetic Environments Program is also participating in a joint initiative for a sensor model applications programer's interface (API) to ensure that a common controlled imagery exploitation framework is available to all researchers, developers and users. This presentation provides an introduction to ADS and the associated requirements for synthetic environments to support synthetic theaters of war. It provides a technical rationale for exploring applications of image understanding technology to automated cartography in support of ADS and related programs benefitting from automated analysis of mapping, earth resources and reconnaissance imagery. And it provides an overview and status of the joint initiative for a sensor model API.

  13. Synthetic Jets

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    Milanovic, Ivana M.

    2003-01-01

    Current investigation of synthetic jets and synthetic jets in cross-flow examined the effects of orifice geometry and dimensions, momentum-flux ratio, cluster of orifices, pitch and yaw angles as well as streamwise development of the flow field. This comprehensive study provided much needed experimental information related to the various control strategies. The results of the current investigation on isolated and clustered synthetic jets with and without cross-flow will be further analyzed and documented in detail. Presentations at national conferences and publication of peer- reviewed journal articles are also expected. Projected publications will present both the mean and turbulent properties of the flow field, comparisons made with the data available in an open literature, as well as recommendations for the future work.

  14. Micro-Structured Sapphire Fiber Sensors for Simultaneous Measurements of High-T and Dynamic Gas Pressure in Harsh Environments

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    Xiao, Hai; Tsai, Hai-Lung; Dong, Junhang

    2014-09-30

    This is the final report for the program “Micro-Structured Sapphire Fiber Sensors for Simultaneous Measurements of High Temperature and Dynamic Gas Pressure in Harsh Environments”, funded by NETL, and performed by Missouri University of Science and Technology, Clemson University and University of Cincinnati from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2014. Securing a sustainable energy economy by developing affordable and clean energy from coal and other fossil fuels is a central element to the mission of The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). To further this mission, NETL funds research and development of novel sensor technologies that can function under the extreme operating conditions often found in advanced power systems. The main objective of this research program is to conduct fundamental and applied research that will lead to successful development and demonstration of robust, multiplexed, microstructured silica and single-crystal sapphire fiber sensors to be deployed into the hot zones of advanced power and fuel systems for simultaneous measurements of high temperature and gas pressure. The specific objectives of this research program include: 1) Design, fabrication and demonstration of multiplexed, robust silica and sapphire fiber temperature and dynamic gas pressure sensors that can survive and maintain fully operational in high-temperature harsh environments. 2) Development and demonstration of a novel method to demodulate the multiplexed interferograms for simultaneous measurements of temperature and gas pressure in harsh environments. 3) Development and demonstration of novel sapphire fiber cladding and low numerical aperture (NA) excitation techniques to assure high signal integrity and sensor robustness.

  15. Chemistry and origin of the Mayo Kila sapphires, NW region Cameroon (Central Africa): Their possible relationship with the Cameroon volcanic line

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    Paul Mbih, Kemeng; Meffre, Sebastien; Yongue, Rose Fouateu; Kanouo, Nguo Sylvestre; Jay, Thomson

    2016-06-01

    Mineralogical, chemical and geochronological studies constrained the origin of sapphires from Mayo Kila, Northwest Cameroon. The sapphires are mostly blue, with sizes ranging from 2 to 5 mm. The pale blue grains are transparent, whereas, other corundums are transparent to translucent and/or opaque. The sapphires are dominantly euhedral to sub-hedral with few polished lustrous grains, acquired features during moderate to short distance transport from a proximal source rock. Solid inclusions are limited to rutile and zircon. Trace element analysis of sapphires shows significant concentration (in ppm) in some elements: Fe (2208-14,473), Ti (82-1783), Ga (77-512), Mg (0.9-264.9), Cr (b.d.l -168) and V (1.3-82). The other elements (e.g. Sn, Nb, Ta, Th, Zr, Ni, Ce) are generally below 10 ppm. The calculated ratios for some of the selected elements show an extreme variation: Fe/Mg (43-3043), Fe/Ti (2-76), Ti/Mg (1-328), and Ga/Mg (0.4-363). They are dominantly corundum crystallized in alkaline magma (s) with few from metamorphic source (s). Trace elemental features with Hf (13,354-26,238 ppm), Th (4018-45,584 ppm) and U (7825-17,175 ppm), and Th/U (0.39-2.65) found in zircon inclusions are compatible with quantified values in magmatic crystallized zircons. The Cenozoic age (mean of 30.78 ± 0.28 Ma) obtained for zircon inclusions is close to the age of some igneous rocks found within the Cameroon Volcanic Line (e.g. rocks of the Mount Oku: 31-22 Ma), showing the same period of formation. The most probable source of the zircon host sapphires is the Oku Mountain located SW of Mayo Kila.

  16. In situ conductance measurements of copper phthalocyanine thin film growth on sapphire [0001].

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    Murdey, Richard; Sato, Naoki

    2011-06-21

    The current flowing through a thin film of copper phthalocyanine vacuum deposited on a single crystal sapphire [0001] surface was measured during film growth from 0 to 93 nm. The results, expressed as conductance vs. nominal film thickness, indicate three distinct film growth regions. Conductive material forms below about 5 nm and again above 35 nm, but in the intermediate thicknesses the film conductance was observed to decrease with increasing film thickness. With the aid of ac-AFM topology images taken ex situ, the conductance results are explained based on the Stranski-Krastanov (2D + 3D) film growth mechanism, in which the formation of a thin wetting layer is followed by the growth of discrete islands that eventually coalesce into an interpenetrating, conductive network.

  17. Microstructure of nitrides grown on inclined c-plane sapphire and SiC substrate

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    Imura, M.; Honshio, A.; Miyake, Y.; Nakano, K.; Tsuchiya, N.; Tsuda, M.; Okadome, Y.; Balakrishnan, K.; Iwaya, M.; Kamiyama, S.; Amano, H.; Akasaki, I.

    2006-04-01

    High-quality (1 1 2bar 0) GaN layers with atomically flat surface have been grown on a precisely offset-angle-controlled (1 1bar 0 2) sapphire substrate by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE). Insertion of AlGaN layer between underlying AlN layer and GaN was found to improve crystalline quality of upper GaN layer. In addition, a combination of high growth condition followed and epitaxial lateral overgrowth has been employed for the growth of GaN and this helped in reducing the dislocation density in the resultant layers. GaN and AlN were grown on (3 0 3bar 8) SiC substrates by MOVPE and sublimation methods, respectively. The crystal orientation of GaN and AlN could be just aligned to that of the substrate. Microstructure analysis of the layers was also carried out by transmission electron microscopy.

  18. The core structure of basal dislocations in deformed sapphire (alpha-Al₂O₃).

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    Heuer, A H; Jia, C L; Lagerlöf, K P D

    2010-11-26

    The atomic structure of dislocation cores is decisive for the understanding of plasticity in crystalline solids. The core structure of dislocations in sapphire introduced by high-temperature plastic deformation has been investigated with the use of the negative spherical-aberration imaging technique. The ability of this technique to discriminate oxygen columns from aluminum (Al) columns, combined with reproduction of subtle contrast features by image simulation, leads to a markedly detailed atomic model of the dislocation cores. The partial dislocations are Al-terminated, with electrical neutrality being achieved because half of the Al columns are missing. These partials also undergo core spreading, which results in random occupancy of both tetrahedrally and octahedrally coordinated sites, though Al in tetrahedral coordination never occurs in a perfect crystal. Unusual dislocation core structures may be present in other technologically important nonmetallic solids. PMID:21109669

  19. Change in equilibrium position of misfit dislocations at the GaN/sapphire interface by Si-ion implantation into sapphire. II. Electron energy loss spectroscopic study

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    Lee, Sung Bo Han, Heung Nam; Kim, Young-Min

    2015-07-15

    In Part I, we have shown that the addition of Si into sapphire by ion implantationmakes the sapphire substrate elastically softer than for the undoped sapphire. The more compliant layer of the Si-implanted sapphire substrate can absorb the misfit stress at the GaN/sapphire interface, which produces a lower threading-dislocation density in the GaN overlayer. Here in Part II, based on experimental results by electron energy loss spectroscopy and a first-principle molecular orbital calculation in the literature, we suggest that the softening effect of Si results from a reduction of ionic bonding strength in sapphire (α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) with the substitution of Si for Al.

  20. Complementary analyses on the local polarity in lateral polarity-inverted GaN heterostructure on sapphire (0001) substrate

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    Katayama, Ryuji; Kuge, Yoshihiro; Onabe, Kentaro; Matsushita, Tomonori; Kondo, Takashi

    2006-12-04

    The fabrication of the lateral polarity-inverted GaN heterostructure on sapphire (0001) using a radio-frequency-plasma-enhanced molecular beam epitaxy is demonstrated. Its microscopic properties such as surface potentials, piezoelectric polarizations, and residual carrier densities were investigated by Kelvin force microscopy and micro-Raman scattering. The inversion from Ga polarity to N polarity in a specific domain and its higher crystal perfection had been unambiguously confirmed by these complementary analyses. The results were also fairly consistent with that of KOH etching, which suggests the applicability of these processes to the fabrication of photonic nanostructures.

  1. Ultrasonic flexural vibration assisted chemical mechanical polishing for sapphire substrate

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    Xu, Wenhu; Lu, Xinchun; Pan, Guoshun; Lei, Yuanzhong; Luo, Jianbin

    2010-04-01

    The sapphire substrates are polished by traditional chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) and ultrasonic flexural vibration (UFV) assisted CMP (UFV-CMP) respectively with different pressures. UFV-CMP combines the functions of traditional CMP and ultrasonic machining (USM) and has special characteristics, which is that ultrasonic vibrations of the rotating polishing head are in both horizontal and vertical directions. The material removal rates (MRRs) and the polished surface morphology of CMP and UFV-CMP are compared. The MRR of UFV-CMP is two times larger than that of traditional CMP. The surface roughness (root mean square, RMS) of the polished sapphire substrate of UFV-CMP is 0.83 Å measured by the atomic force microscopy (AFM), which is much better than 2.12 Å obtained using the traditional CMP. And the surface flatness of UFV-CMP is 0.12 μm, which is also better than 0.23 μm of the traditional CMP. The results show that UFV-CMP is able to improve the MRR and finished surface quality of the sapphire substrates greatly. The material removal and surface polishing mechanisms of sapphire in UFV-CMP are discussed too.

  2. High-temperature healing of lithographically introduced cracks in sapphire

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    Rodel, J.; Glaeser, A.M. . Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering)

    1990-03-01

    A new method for producing controlled-geometry, controlled-crystallography, cracklike defects using photolithography has been developed. The method has been applied to sapphire, and used to study crack healing behavior at 1800{degrees}C. Effects of crack face and crack perimeter crystallography, crack face microstructure, and impurities on healing behavior have been identified.

  3. High power continuous-wave titanium:sapphire laser

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    Erbert, G.V.; Bass, I.L.; Hackel, R.P.; Jenkins, S.L.; Kanz, V.K.; Paisner, J.A.

    1993-09-21

    A high-power continuous-wave laser resonator is provided, wherein first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth mirrors form a double-Z optical cavity. A first Ti:sapphire rod is disposed between the second and third mirrors and at the mid-point of the length of the optical cavity, and a second Ti:sapphire rod is disposed between the fourth and fifth mirrors at a quarter-length point in the optical cavity. Each Ti:sapphire rod is pumped by two counter-propagating pump beams from a pair of argon-ion lasers. For narrow band operation, a 3-plate birefringent filter and an etalon are disposed in the optical cavity so that the spectral output of the laser consists of 5 adjacent cavity modes. For increased power, seventy and eighth mirrors are disposed between the first and second mirrors to form a triple-Z optical cavity. A third Ti:sapphire rod is disposed between the seventh and eighth mirrors at the other quarter-length point in the optical cavity, and is pumped by two counter-propagating pump beams from a third pair of argon-ion lasers. 5 figures.

  4. High power continuous-wave titanium:sapphire laser

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    Erbert, Gaylen V.; Bass, Isaac L.; Hackel, Richard P.; Jenkins, Sherman L.; Kanz, Vernon K.; Paisner, Jeffrey A.

    1993-01-01

    A high-power continuous-wave laser resonator (10) is provided, wherein first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth mirrors (11-16) form a double-Z optical cavity. A first Ti:Sapphire rod (17) is disposed between the second and third mirrors (12,13) and at the mid-point of the length of the optical cavity, and a second Ti:Sapphire rod (18) is disposed between the fourth and fifth mirrors (14,15) at a quarter-length point in the optical cavity. Each Ti:Sapphire rod (17,18) is pumped by two counter-propagating pump beams from a pair of argon-ion lasers (21-22, 23-24). For narrow band operation, a 3-plate birefringent filter (36) and an etalon (37) are disposed in the optical cavity so that the spectral output of the laser consists of 5 adjacent cavity modes. For increased power, seventy and eighth mirrors (101, 192) are disposed between the first and second mirrors (11, 12) to form a triple-Z optical cavity. A third Ti:Sapphire rod (103) is disposed between the seventh and eighth mirrors (101, 102) at the other quarter-length point in the optical cavity, and is pumped by two counter-propagating pump beams from a third pair of argon-ion lasers (104, 105).

  5. Characterization of refractory materials using sapphire strain gages

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    Tran, T.A.; Greene, J.A.; Alcock, M.A.

    1995-12-31

    A high-temperature sapphire strain gage based on the optical fiber extrinsic Fizeau interferometric sensor (EFI) was used to measure strain on a compressive loaded silicon carbide rod at a temperature of 1100{degrees}C. Experimental strain sensitivities on the order of 1 {mu}{epsilon} were obtained.

  6. Noncollinear parametric generation and amplification in LiIO3 and Beta-barium borate by frequency-doubled femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses

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    Krylov, Vitaly N.; Rebane, Aleksander; Kalintsev, Alexander G.; Erni, Daniel; Wild, Urs P.

    1996-05-01

    In LilO3 and BBO crystals noncollinear parametric generation with tuning range 0.45 - 2.9 micrometers is investigated by pumping with the second harmonic of 150 fs Ti:sapphire laser pulses. In LilO3 propagation angles simultaneous phase- and group-velocity-matching are determined. Noncollinear parametric amplification with the wavelength tunability from 0.6 to 1.2 micrometers is demonstrated.

  7. Synthetic Astrobiology

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    Rothschild, Lynn J.

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic biology - the design and construction of new biological parts and systems and the redesign of existing ones for useful purposes - has the potential to transform fields from pharmaceuticals to fuels. Our lab has focused on the potential of synthetic biology to revolutionize all three major parts of astrobiology: Where do we come from? Where are we going? and Are we alone? For the first and third, synthetic biology is allowing us to answer whether the evolutionary narrative that has played out on planet earth is likely to have been unique or universal. For example, in our lab we are re-evolving the biosynthetic pathways of amino acids in order to understand potential capabilities of an early organism with a limited repertoire of amino acids and developing techniques for the recovery of metals from spent electronics on other planetary bodies. In the future synthetic biology will play an increasing role in human activities both on earth, in fields as diverse as human health and the industrial production of novel bio-composites. Beyond earth, we will rely increasingly on biologically-provided life support, as we have throughout our evolutionary history. In order to do this, the field will build on two of the great contributions of astrobiology: studies of the origin of life and life in extreme environments.

  8. Synthetic Astrobiology

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    Rothschild, Lynn J.

    2016-01-01

    Synthetic biology - the design and construction of new biological parts and systems and the redesign of existing ones for useful purposes - has the potential to transform fields from pharmaceuticals to fuels. Our lab has focused on the potential of synthetic biology to revolutionize all three major parts of astrobiology: Where do we come from? Where are we going? and Are we alone? For the first and third, synthetic biology is allowing us to answer whether the evolutionary narrative that has played out on planet earth is likely to have been unique or universal. For example, in our lab we are re-evolving the biosynthetic pathways of amino acids in order to understand potential capabilities of an early organism with a limited repertoire of amino acids and developing techniques for the recovery of metals from spent electronics on other planetary bodies. And what about the limits for life? Can we create organisms that expand the envelope for life? In the future synthetic biology will play an increasing role in human activities both on earth, in fields as diverse as human health and the industrial production of novel bio-composites. Beyond earth, we will rely increasingly on biologically-provided life support, as we have throughout our evolutionary history. In order to do this, the field will build on two of the great contributions of astrobiology: studies of the origin of life and life in extreme environments.

  9. Highly efficient, widely tunable, 10-Hz parametric amplifier pumped by frequency-doubled femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses.

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    Zhang, J Y; Xu, Z; Kong, Y; Yu, C; Wu, Y

    1998-05-20

    We report a 10-Hz, highly efficient, widely tunable (from the visible to the IR), broadband femtosecond optical parametric generator and optical parametric amplifier (OPA) in BBO, LBO, and CBO crystals pumped by the frequency-doubled output of a regeneratively amplified Ti:sapphire laser at 400 nm. The output of the system is continuously tunable from 440 nm to 2.5 microm with a maximum overall efficiency of approximately 25% at 670 nm and an optical conversion efficiency of more than 36% in the OPA stage. The effects of the seed beam energy, the type of the crystal and the crystal length, and the pumping energy of the output of the OPA, such as the optical efficiency, the bandwidth, the pulse duration, and the group velocity mismatch between the signal and the idler and between the seeder and the pump, are investigated. The results provide useful information for optimization of the design of the system.

  10. Highly efficient, widely tunable, 10-Hz parametric amplifier pumped by frequency-doubled femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulses.

    PubMed

    Zhang, J Y; Xu, Z; Kong, Y; Yu, C; Wu, Y

    1998-05-20

    We report a 10-Hz, highly efficient, widely tunable (from the visible to the IR), broadband femtosecond optical parametric generator and optical parametric amplifier (OPA) in BBO, LBO, and CBO crystals pumped by the frequency-doubled output of a regeneratively amplified Ti:sapphire laser at 400 nm. The output of the system is continuously tunable from 440 nm to 2.5 microm with a maximum overall efficiency of approximately 25% at 670 nm and an optical conversion efficiency of more than 36% in the OPA stage. The effects of the seed beam energy, the type of the crystal and the crystal length, and the pumping energy of the output of the OPA, such as the optical efficiency, the bandwidth, the pulse duration, and the group velocity mismatch between the signal and the idler and between the seeder and the pump, are investigated. The results provide useful information for optimization of the design of the system. PMID:18273287

  11. Temperature-modulated annealing of c-plane sapphire for long-range-ordered atomic steps

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    Yatsui, Takashi; Kuribara, Kazunori; Sekitani, Tsuyoshi; Someya, Takao; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2016-03-01

    High-quality single-crystalline sapphire is used to prepare various semiconductors because of its thermal stability. Here, we applied the tempering technique, which is well known in the production of chocolate, to prepare a sapphire substrate. Surprisingly, we successfully realised millimetre-range ordering of the atomic step of the sapphire substrate. We also obtained a sapphire atomic step with nanometre-scale uniformity in the terrace width and atomic-step height. Such sapphire substrates will find applications in the preparation of various semiconductors and devices.

  12. Large-scale fabrication of nanopatterned sapphire substrates by annealing of patterned Al thin films by soft UV-nanoimprint lithography

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    Cui, Lin; Han, Jie-Cai; Wang, Gui-Gen; Zhang, Hua-Yu; Sun, Rui; Li, Ling-Hua

    2013-11-01

    Large-scale nanopatterned sapphire substrates were fabricated by annealing of patterned Al thin films. Patterned Al thin films were obtained by soft UV-nanoimprint lithography and reactive ion etching. The soft mold with 550-nm-wide lines separated by 250-nm space was composed of the toluene-diluted polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) layer supported by the soft PDMS. Patterned Al thin films were subsequently subjected to dual-stage annealing due to the melting temperature of Al thin films (660°C). The first comprised a low-temperature oxidation anneal at 450°C for 24 h. This was followed by a high-temperature annealing in the range of 1,000°C and 1,200°C for 1 h to induce growth of the underlying sapphire single crystal to consume the oxide layer. The SEM results indicate that the patterns were retained on sapphire substrates after high-temperature annealing at less than 1,200°C. Finally, large-scale nanopatterned sapphire substrates were successfully fabricated by annealing of patterned Al thin films for 24 h at 450°C and 1 h at 1,000°C by soft UV-nanoimprint lithography.

  13. Large-scale fabrication of nanopatterned sapphire substrates by annealing of patterned Al thin films by soft UV-nanoimprint lithography

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Large-scale nanopatterned sapphire substrates were fabricated by annealing of patterned Al thin films. Patterned Al thin films were obtained by soft UV-nanoimprint lithography and reactive ion etching. The soft mold with 550-nm-wide lines separated by 250-nm space was composed of the toluene-diluted polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) layer supported by the soft PDMS. Patterned Al thin films were subsequently subjected to dual-stage annealing due to the melting temperature of Al thin films (660°C). The first comprised a low-temperature oxidation anneal at 450°C for 24 h. This was followed by a high-temperature annealing in the range of 1,000°C and 1,200°C for 1 h to induce growth of the underlying sapphire single crystal to consume the oxide layer. The SEM results indicate that the patterns were retained on sapphire substrates after high-temperature annealing at less than 1,200°C. Finally, large-scale nanopatterned sapphire substrates were successfully fabricated by annealing of patterned Al thin films for 24 h at 450°C and 1 h at 1,000°C by soft UV-nanoimprint lithography. PMID:24215718

  14. Polarizance of a synthetic mica crystal polarizer and the degree of linear polarization of an undulator beamline at 880 eV evaluated by the rotating-analyzer method

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    Imazono, Takashi; Hirono, Toko; Kimura, Hiroaki; Saitoh, Yuji; Ishino, Masahiko; Muramatsu, Yasuji; Koike, Masato; Sano, Kazuo

    2005-12-15

    The polarization performance of a reflection-type polarizer made with a synthetic mica (fluorophlogopite) single crystal (002) in symmetric Bragg geometry was evaluated at the photon energy of 880 eV by means of the rotating-analyzer method. An experiment was performed at the undulator beamline at the SPring-8. The reflectance in the s-polarization configuration was 2.6% at an incidence angle of around 45 deg. As the result of the analysis based on the rotating-analyzer method, the polarizance of the polarizer and the degree of linear polarization of the incident light at 880 eV were found to be 0.997{+-}0.002 and 0.993{+-}0.004, respectively.

  15. Kinetic study of isothermal crystallization process of Gd2Ti2O7 precursor's powder prepared through the Pechini synthetic approach

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    Janković, Bojan; Marinović-Cincović, Milena; Dramićanin, Miroslav

    2015-10-01

    Crystallization process of Gd2Ti2O7 precursor's powder prepared by Pechini-type polymerized complex route has been studied under isothermal experimental conditions in an air atmosphere. It was found that the crystallization proceeds through two-parameter Šesták-Berggren (SB) autocatalytic model, in the operating temperature range of 550 °C≤T≤750 °C. Based on the behavior of SB parameters (M, N), it was found that in the lower operating temperature range, the crystallites with relatively low compactness exist, which probably disclosed low dimensionality of crystal growth from numerous nucleation sites, where the amorphous solid is produced. In the higher operating temperature region (above 750 °C), it was established that a morphological well-defined and high-dimensional particles of the formed pyrochlore phase can be expected. It was found that at T=850 °C, there is a change in the rate-determining reaction step, from autocatalytic into the contracting volume mechanism.

  16. The crystal structure of Z-Aib-Gly-Aib-Leu-Aib-OtBu, the synthetic, protected N-terminal pentapeptide of trichotoxin.

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    Gessmann, R; Brueckner, H; Kokkinidis, M

    1991-01-01

    Z-Aib-Gly-Aib-Leu-Aib-OtBu, the alpha-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib)-containing N-terminal pentapeptide of the antibiotic trichotoxin, has been studied by x-ray crystallography. The molecule forms a right-handed helix with a reversal of the sense of the helix at the C-terminus. Torsion angles and hydrogen bonding pattern are consistent with a mixed 3(10)-/alpha-helical conformation. In the crystal, continuous columns are formed by head-to-tail arrangement of hydrogen-bonded molecules along the helix axis. The helical columns associate via hydrogen bonds forming closely packed parallel pairs.

  17. Expression, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic data analysis of PigI, a putative l-prolyl-AMP ligase from the prodigiosin synthetic pathway in Serratia

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    Han, Ning; Ran, Tingting; Lou, Xiangdi; Gao, Yanyan; He, Jianhua; Tang, Lin; Xu, Dongqing; Wang, Weiwu

    2014-01-01

    Prodigiosin, a member of the prodiginines, is a tripyrrole red pigment synthesized by Serratia and some other microbes. A bifurcated biosynthesis pathway of prodigiosin has been proposed in Serratia in which MBC (4-methoxy-2,2′-bipyrrole-5-carbaldehyde) and MAP (2-methyl-3-N-amyl-pyrrole) are synthesized separately and then condensed by PigC to form prodigiosin. The first step for the synthesis of MBC is the activation of l-proline by PigI, but its catalytic mechanism has remained elusive. To elucidate its mechanism, recombinant PigI was purified and crystallized. Crystals obtained by the sitting-drop method belonged to space group P1 and diffracted to 2.0 Å resolution, with unit-cell parameters a = 51.2, b = 62.8, c = 91.3 Å, α = 105.1, β = 90.1, γ = 92.2°. Matthews coefficient analysis suggested two molecules in the asymmetric unit, with a V M of 2.6 Å3 Da−1 and a solvent content of 52.69%. PMID:24817724

  18. Expression, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic data analysis of PigI, a putative L-prolyl-AMP ligase from the prodigiosin synthetic pathway in Serratia.

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    Han, Ning; Ran, Tingting; Lou, Xiangdi; Gao, Yanyan; He, Jianhua; Tang, Lin; Xu, Dongqing; Wang, Weiwu

    2014-05-01

    Prodigiosin, a member of the prodiginines, is a tripyrrole red pigment synthesized by Serratia and some other microbes. A bifurcated biosynthesis pathway of prodigiosin has been proposed in Serratia in which MBC (4-methoxy-2,2'-bipyrrole-5-carbaldehyde) and MAP (2-methyl-3-N-amyl-pyrrole) are synthesized separately and then condensed by PigC to form prodigiosin. The first step for the synthesis of MBC is the activation of L-proline by PigI, but its catalytic mechanism has remained elusive. To elucidate its mechanism, recombinant PigI was purified and crystallized. Crystals obtained by the sitting-drop method belonged to space group P1 and diffracted to 2.0 Å resolution, with unit-cell parameters a = 51.2, b = 62.8, c = 91.3 Å, α = 105.1, β = 90.1, γ = 92.2°. Matthews coefficient analysis suggested two molecules in the asymmetric unit, with a VM of 2.6 Å(3) Da(-1) and a solvent content of 52.69%.

  19. Progress Report for a New Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillator

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    Wang, Rabi T.; Dick, G. J.; Tjoelker, R. L.

    2006-01-01

    We present design progress and subsystem test results for a new short-term frequency standard, the Voltage Controlled Sapphire Oscillator (VCSO). Included are sapphire resonator and coupling design, cryocooler environmental sensitivity tests, Q measurement results, and turnover temperature results. A previous report presented history of the design related to resonator frequency and frequency compensation [1]. Performance goals are a frequency stability of 1x10(exp -14) (1 second less than or equal to (tau) less than or equal to 100 seconds) and two years or more continuous operation. Long-term operation and small size are facilitated by use of a small Stirling cryo-cooler (160W wall power) with an expected 5 year life.

  20. GaN grown on nano-patterned sapphire substrates

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    Jing, Kong; Meixin, Feng; Jin, Cai; Hui, Wang; Huaibing, Wang; Hui, Yang

    2015-04-01

    High-quality gallium nitride (GaN) film was grown on nano-patterned sapphire substrates (NPSS) and investigated using XRD and SEM. It was found that the optimum thickness of the GaN buffer layer on the NPSS is 15 nm, which is thinner than that on micro-patterned sapphire substrates (MPSS). An interesting phenomenon was observed for GaN film grown on NPSS:GaN mainly grows on the trench regions and little grows on the sidewalls of the patterns at the initial growth stage, which is dramatically different from GaN grown on MPSS. In addition, the electrical and optical properties of LEDs grown on NPSS were characterized. Project supported by the Suzhou Nanojoin Photonics Co., Ltd and the High-Tech Achievements Transformation of Jiangsu Province, China (No.BA2012010).

  1. Inversion domains in GaN grown on sapphire

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    Romano, L.T.; Northrup, J.E.; OKeefe, M.A.

    1996-10-01

    Planar defects observed in GaN films grown on (0001) sapphire have been identified as inversion domain boundaries (IDBs) by a combination of high resolution transmission electron microscopy, multiple dark field imaging, and convergent beam electron diffraction techniques. Films grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), metalorganic vapor deposition (MOCVD), and hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) were investigated and all were found to contain IDBs. The IDBs in the MBE and HVPE films extended from the interface to the film surface and formed columnar domains that ranged in width from 3 to 20 nm in the MBE films and up to 100 nm in the HVPE films. For the films investigated, the MBE films had the highest density, and the MOCVD films had the lowest density of IDBs. The nucleation of inversion domains (IDs) may result from step-related inhomogeneities of the GaN/sapphire interface. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  2. SAPPHIRE WILDERNESS STUDY AREA AND CONTIGUOUS ROADLESS AREAS, MONTANA.

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    Wallace, C.A.; Bannister, D'Arcy P.

    1984-01-01

    Geologic and mineral studies located sulfide-bearing quartz veins with demonstrated metallic mineral resources in granitic and metasedimentary rocks in several parts of the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area and contiguous roadless areas, Montana. Mines and prospects contain demonstrated resources of gold, silver, lead, copper, and zinc. Gold-bearing placers occur downstream from each of these vein occurrences; most of the gold placers have a probable mineral-resource potential. A replacement body of sulfide minerals is present at the Senate mine adjacent to the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area. Around the Senate mine is an area of probable mineral-resource potential that extends into the study area. There is little promise for the occurrence of energy resources in the study area.

  3. Ti:sapphire laser with long-pulse lamp pumping

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    Koselja, Michael P.; Kubelka, Jiri; Kvapil, Jiri

    1992-06-01

    Lamp pumping of Ti:Sapphire has some advantages over laser pumping and represents some interest due to possible applications. The paper will present laser behavior of Ti:Sapphire under very long lamp pulse pumping. Pulse lamp duration (FWHM) was more than 100 times greater than the lifetime of Ti3+. Output energy with no tuning element was achieved greater than 1.5 J with 0.12% electrical-to-optical efficiency. Dimensions of the rod used was 7 mm in diameter and 148 mm in length. The doping level of Ti3+ was 0.09% Ti2O3 in the rod. Tuning characteristics with different tuning elements are also presented. Further development to obtain CW lamp pumping operation will be discussed.

  4. A neutron method for NDA analysis in the SAPPHIRE Project

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    Lewis, K.D.

    1995-01-09

    The implementation of Project SAPPHIRE, the top secret mission to the Republic of Kazakhstan to recover weapons grade nuclear materials, consisted of four major elements: (1) the re-packing of fissile material from Kazakh containers into suitable US containers; (2) nondestructive analyses (NDA) to quantify the U-235 content of each container for Nuclear Criticality Safety and compliance purposes; (3) the packaging of the fissile material containers into 6M/2R drums, which are internationally approved for shipping fissile material; and (4) the shipping or transport of the recovered fissile material to the United States. This paper discusses the development and application of a passive neutron counting technique used in the NDA phase of SAPPHIRE operations to analyze uranium/beryllium (U/Be) alloys and compounds for U-235 content.

  5. Measurements of prompt radiation induced conductivity of alumina and sapphire.

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    Hartman, E. Frederick; Zarick, Thomas Andrew; Sheridan, Timothy J.; Preston, Eric F.

    2011-04-01

    We performed measurements of the prompt radiation induced conductivity in thin samples of Alumina and Sapphire at the Little Mountain Medusa LINAC facility in Ogden, UT. Five mil thick samples were irradiated with pulses of 20 MeV electrons, yielding dose rates of 1E7 to 1E9 rad/s. We applied variable potentials up to 1 kV across the samples and measured the prompt conduction current. Analysis rendered prompt conductivity coefficients between 1E10 and 1E9 mho/m/(rad/s), depending on the dose rate and the pulse width for Alumina and 1E7 to 6E7 mho/m/(rad/s) for Sapphire.

  6. Synthetic Cathinones ("Bath Salts")

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    ... still unknown about how synthetic cathinones affect the human brain. Researchers do know that synthetic cathinones are chemically ... of the chemicals in synthetic cathinones affect the human brain. Synthetic cathinones can cause: nosebleeds paranoia increased sociability ...

  7. Surface modification of sapphire for enhanced infrared window performance

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    McHargue, C.J.; Joslin, D.L.; Williams, J.M.; O`Hern, M.E.

    1993-09-01

    Two ion implantation conditions were evaluated for improving the mechanical performance of sapphire IR window material. Both increased the average strength as measured by 4-point bend tests and were effective in preventing the propagation of surface flaws. Ion implantation that produced a damaged crystalline surface improved the reliability at lower stresses more than the implantation that produced an amorphous surface. Neither process significantly affected the IR transmission.

  8. [MORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES OF NEUTROPHILS AND EOSINOPHILS GRANULES IN SAPPHIRE MINKS].

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    Uzenbaeva, L B; Kizhina, A G; Ilyukha, V A

    2015-01-01

    It has been established that sapphire minks have abnormality of subcellular structure of blood and bone marrow neutrophils and eosinophils. The abnormality consists in forming of abnormal "giant" granules. The si- ze and the number of abnormal granules significantly change during maturation of leucocytes in bone marrow. We have found differences between abnormal granules forming in neutrophils and eosinophils that depend on the maturing stage and the cells life cycle duration as well as morphofunctional features of these granulocytes. PMID:26863773

  9. Response function of single crystal synthetic diamond detectors to 1-4 MeV neutrons for spectroscopy of D plasmas

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    Rebai, M.; Giacomelli, L.; Milocco, A.; Nocente, M.; Rigamonti, D.; Tardocchi, M.; Camera, F.; Cazzaniga, C.; Chen, Z. J.; Du, T. F.; Fan, T. S.; Giaz, A.; Hu, Z. M.; Marchi, T.; Peng, X. Y.; Gorini, G.

    2016-11-01

    A Single-crystal Diamond (SD) detector prototype was installed at Joint European Torus (JET) in 2013 and the achieved results have shown its spectroscopic capability of measuring 2.5 MeV neutrons from deuterium plasmas. This paper presents measurements of the SD response function to monoenergetic neutrons, which is a key point for the development of a neutron spectrometer based on SDs and compares them with Monte Carlo simulations. The analysis procedure allows for a good reconstruction of the experimental results. The good pulse height energy resolution (equivalent FWHM of 80 keV at 2.5 MeV), gain stability, insensitivity to magnetic field, and compact size make SDs attractive as compact neutron spectrometers of high flux deuterium plasmas, such as for instance those needed for the ITER neutron camera.

  10. A versatile synthetic approach for the synthesis of CoO, CoxC, and Co based nanocomposites: tuning kinetics and crystal phase with different polyhydric alcohols

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    Huba, ZJ; Carpenter, EE

    2014-07-04

    The solution synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles allows for precise control of a particle's shape, size, and crystal phase on the nanoscale, key parameters in tuning the intrinsic magnetic properties of nanoparticles. In this study, we investigate the role of polyhydric alcohols for the solution synthesis of cobalt carbide nanoparticles, a newly discovered hard ferromagnetic material. The oxidative stability of the polyhydric alcohol at reaction temperatures plays a significant role in the kinetics of carbide formation, as well as the phase produced (Co2C vs. Co3C). By tuning the oxidation rate of the polyhydric alcohol, composites of CoO, CoxC, and Co phases can be produced, allowing for magnetic composites comprised of anti ferromagnetic, hard ferromagnetic and soft ferromagnetic phases.

  11. Fractal analysis of surface topography in ground monocrystal sapphire

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    Wang, Qiuyan; Liang, Zhiqiang; Wang, Xibin; Zhao, Wenxiang; Wu, Yongbo; Zhou, Tianfeng

    2015-02-01

    The surface characterization of ground monocrystal sapphire is investigated by fractal analysis method. A serial of ground sapphire surfaces in ductile removal and brittle removal mode are obtained by grinding experiments, and their three dimensional (3D) and two dimensional (2D) fractal dimensions are calculated and analyzed by box-counting methods. The 3D surface fractal dimension Ds shows a negative correlation with the surface roughness parameter Ra and is sensitive to the ground surface defects. For the ground surface with larger fractal dimension Ds, its micro-topography is more exquisite with minor defects. Once the fractal dimension Ds become smaller, deep cracks and pronounced defects are exhibited in ground surface. Moreover, the material removal mode can be implied from the distribution of 2D cross-sectional profile fractal dimension DL. The workpiece surface generated in ductile removal mode has high surface quality with high 2D and 3D fractal dimensions. This study indicates that the box-counting fractal analysis is an effective method to evaluate ground sapphire surface comprehensively.

  12. Microstructure evolution in carbon-ion implanted sapphire

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    Orwa, J. O.; McCallum, J. C.; Jamieson, D. N.; Prawer, S.; Peng, J. L.; Rubanov, S.

    2010-01-15

    Carbon ions of MeV energy were implanted into sapphire to fluences of 1x10{sup 17} or 2x10{sup 17} cm{sup -2} and thermally annealed in forming gas (4% H in Ar) for 1 h. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy results obtained from the lower dose implant showed retention of implanted carbon and accumulation of H near the end of range in the C implanted and annealed sample. Three distinct regions were identified by transmission electron microscopy of the implanted region in the higher dose implant. First, in the near surface region, was a low damage region (L{sub 1}) composed of crystalline sapphire and a high density of plateletlike defects. Underneath this was a thin, highly damaged and amorphized region (L{sub 2}) near the end of range in which a mixture of i-carbon and nanodiamond phases are present. Finally, there was a pristine, undamaged sapphire region (L{sub 3}) beyond the end of range. In the annealed sample some evidence of the presence of diamond nanoclusters was found deep within the implanted layer near the projected range of the C ions. These results are compared with our previous work on carbon implanted quartz in which nanodiamond phases were formed only a few tens of nanometers from the surface, a considerable distance from the projected range of the ions, suggesting that significant out diffusion of the implanted carbon had occurred.

  13. Synthetic Cannabinoids.

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    Mills, Brooke; Yepes, Andres; Nugent, Kenneth

    2015-07-01

    Synthetic cannabinoids (SCBs), also known under the brand names of "Spice," "K2," "herbal incense," "Cloud 9," "Mojo" and many others, are becoming a large public health concern due not only to their increasing use but also to their unpredictable toxicity and abuse potential. There are many types of SCBs, each having a unique binding affinity for cannabinoid receptors. Although both Δ-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and SCBs stimulate the same receptors, cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2), studies have shown that SCBs are associated with higher rates of toxicity and hospital admissions than is natural cannabis. This is likely due to SCBs being direct agonists of the cannabinoid receptors, whereas THC is a partial agonist. Furthermore, the different chemical structures of SCBs found in Spice or K2 may interact in unpredictable ways to elicit previously unknown, and the commercial products may have unknown contaminants. The largest group of users is men in their 20s who participate in polydrug use. The most common reported toxicities with SCB use based on studies using Texas Poison Control records are tachycardia, agitation and irritability, drowsiness, hallucinations, delusions, hypertension, nausea, confusion, dizziness, vertigo and chest pain. Acute kidney injury has also been strongly associated with SCB use. Treatment mostly involves symptom management and supportive care. More research is needed to identify which contaminants are typically found in synthetic marijuana and to understand the interactions between different SBCs to better predict adverse health outcomes.

  14. A Compact Ti:Sapphire Laser With its Third Harmonic Generation (THG) for an Airborne Ozone Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) Transmitter

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    Chen, Songsheng; Storm, Mark E.; Marsh, Waverly D.; Petway, Larry B.; Edwards, William C.; Barnes, James C.

    2000-01-01

    A compact and high-pulse-energy Ti:Sapphire laser with its Third Harmonic Generation (THG) has been developed for an airborne ozone differential absorption lidar (DIAL) to study the distributions and concentrations of the ozone throughout the troposphere. The Ti:Sapphire laser, pumped by a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser and seeded by a single mode diode laser, is operated either at 867 nm or at 900 nm with a pulse repetition frequency of 20 Hz. High energy laser pulses (more than 110 mJ/pulse) at 867 nm or 900 nm with a desired beam quality have been achieved and utilized to generate its third harmonic at 289nm or 300nm, which are on-line and off-line wavelengths of an airborne ozone DIAL. After being experimentally compared with Beta-Barium Borate (beta - BaB2O4 or BBO) nonlinear crystals, two Lithium Triborate (LBO) crystals (5 x 5 x 20 cu mm) are selected for the Third Harmonic Generation (THG). In this paper, we report the Ti:Sapphire laser at 900 nm and its third harmonic at 300 nm. The desired high ultraviolet (UV) output pulse energy is more than 30 mJ at 300 nm and the energy conversion efficiency from 900 nm to 300 nm is 30%.

  15. Nanomechanical probing of the layer/substrate interface of an exfoliated InSe sheet on sapphire.

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    Beardsley, Ryan; Akimov, Andrey V; Greener, Jake D G; Mudd, Garry W; Sandeep, Sathyan; Kudrynskyi, Zakhar R; Kovalyuk, Zakhar D; Patanè, Amalia; Kent, Anthony J

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) layered crystals and heterostructures have attracted substantial interest for potential applications in a wide range of emerging technologies. An important, but often overlooked, consideration in the development of implementable devices is phonon transport through the structure interfaces. Here we report on the interface properties of exfoliated InSe on a sapphire substrate. We use a picosecond acoustic technique to probe the phonon resonances in the InSe vdW layered crystal. Analysis of the nanomechanics indicates that the InSe is mechanically decoupled from the substrate and thus presents an elastically imperfect interface. A high degree of phonon isolation at the interface points toward applications in thermoelectric devices, or the inclusion of an acoustic transition layer in device design. These findings demonstrate basic properties of layered structures and so illustrate the usefulness of nanomechanical probing in nanolayer/nanolayer or nanolayer/substrate interface tuning in vdW heterostructures.

  16. Nanomechanical probing of the layer/substrate interface of an exfoliated InSe sheet on sapphire

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    Beardsley, Ryan; Akimov, Andrey V.; Greener, Jake D. G.; Mudd, Garry W.; Sandeep, Sathyan; Kudrynskyi, Zakhar R.; Kovalyuk, Zakhar D.; Patanè, Amalia; Kent, Anthony J.

    2016-06-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) layered crystals and heterostructures have attracted substantial interest for potential applications in a wide range of emerging technologies. An important, but often overlooked, consideration in the development of implementable devices is phonon transport through the structure interfaces. Here we report on the interface properties of exfoliated InSe on a sapphire substrate. We use a picosecond acoustic technique to probe the phonon resonances in the InSe vdW layered crystal. Analysis of the nanomechanics indicates that the InSe is mechanically decoupled from the substrate and thus presents an elastically imperfect interface. A high degree of phonon isolation at the interface points toward applications in thermoelectric devices, or the inclusion of an acoustic transition layer in device design. These findings demonstrate basic properties of layered structures and so illustrate the usefulness of nanomechanical probing in nanolayer/nanolayer or nanolayer/substrate interface tuning in vdW heterostructures.

  17. Nanomechanical probing of the layer/substrate interface of an exfoliated InSe sheet on sapphire.

    PubMed

    Beardsley, Ryan; Akimov, Andrey V; Greener, Jake D G; Mudd, Garry W; Sandeep, Sathyan; Kudrynskyi, Zakhar R; Kovalyuk, Zakhar D; Patanè, Amalia; Kent, Anthony J

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) layered crystals and heterostructures have attracted substantial interest for potential applications in a wide range of emerging technologies. An important, but often overlooked, consideration in the development of implementable devices is phonon transport through the structure interfaces. Here we report on the interface properties of exfoliated InSe on a sapphire substrate. We use a picosecond acoustic technique to probe the phonon resonances in the InSe vdW layered crystal. Analysis of the nanomechanics indicates that the InSe is mechanically decoupled from the substrate and thus presents an elastically imperfect interface. A high degree of phonon isolation at the interface points toward applications in thermoelectric devices, or the inclusion of an acoustic transition layer in device design. These findings demonstrate basic properties of layered structures and so illustrate the usefulness of nanomechanical probing in nanolayer/nanolayer or nanolayer/substrate interface tuning in vdW heterostructures. PMID:27256805

  18. Nanomechanical probing of the layer/substrate interface of an exfoliated InSe sheet on sapphire

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    Beardsley, Ryan; Akimov, Andrey V.; Greener, Jake D. G.; Mudd, Garry W.; Sandeep, Sathyan; Kudrynskyi, Zakhar R.; Kovalyuk, Zakhar D.; Patanè, Amalia; Kent, Anthony J.

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) layered crystals and heterostructures have attracted substantial interest for potential applications in a wide range of emerging technologies. An important, but often overlooked, consideration in the development of implementable devices is phonon transport through the structure interfaces. Here we report on the interface properties of exfoliated InSe on a sapphire substrate. We use a picosecond acoustic technique to probe the phonon resonances in the InSe vdW layered crystal. Analysis of the nanomechanics indicates that the InSe is mechanically decoupled from the substrate and thus presents an elastically imperfect interface. A high degree of phonon isolation at the interface points toward applications in thermoelectric devices, or the inclusion of an acoustic transition layer in device design. These findings demonstrate basic properties of layered structures and so illustrate the usefulness of nanomechanical probing in nanolayer/nanolayer or nanolayer/substrate interface tuning in vdW heterostructures. PMID:27256805

  19. [Gemology characterization and identification of beryllium diffused, heated and untreated bicolor sapphires from Changle City, China].

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    Chen, Tao; Yang, Ming-xing

    2012-03-01

    Be-diffused, heated and untreated bicolor sapphires (blue and yellow) from Changle City, Shandong Province, China were studied by using standard gemological methods, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, electron microprobe, and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) to obtain the spectra characterization, and to suggest identification methods for them. Only Fe(3+)-Fe3+ absorption bands formed in ultraviolet region appear in Be-diffused bicolor sapphire, which is especially strong at 377 nm. In IR absorption spectra, absorption peak at 3 310 cm(-1) appears in heated and untreated bicolor sapphires, while it disappears in Be-diffused bicolor sapphire. Therefore, UV-Vis and IR absorption spectra can be used to identify Be-diffused, heated and untreated bicolor sapphires. On the other hand, methylene iodide immersion observation also can be used to identify Be-diffused bicolor sapphire. PMID:22582625

  20. [Gemology characterization and identification of beryllium diffused, heated and untreated bicolor sapphires from Changle City, China].

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    Chen, Tao; Yang, Ming-xing

    2012-03-01

    Be-diffused, heated and untreated bicolor sapphires (blue and yellow) from Changle City, Shandong Province, China were studied by using standard gemological methods, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, electron microprobe, and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) to obtain the spectra characterization, and to suggest identification methods for them. Only Fe(3+)-Fe3+ absorption bands formed in ultraviolet region appear in Be-diffused bicolor sapphire, which is especially strong at 377 nm. In IR absorption spectra, absorption peak at 3 310 cm(-1) appears in heated and untreated bicolor sapphires, while it disappears in Be-diffused bicolor sapphire. Therefore, UV-Vis and IR absorption spectra can be used to identify Be-diffused, heated and untreated bicolor sapphires. On the other hand, methylene iodide immersion observation also can be used to identify Be-diffused bicolor sapphire.

  1. "Invisible" gold and PGE elements in synthetic crystals of sphalerite and covellite: A EPMA, LA-ICP-MS and XAFS study

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    Tonkacheev, Dmitry; Chareev, Dmitry; Abramova, Vera; Tagirov, Boris

    2016-04-01

    Sphalerite and covellite are widespread minerals in the different genetic types of deposits and forms under the various conditions. The purpose of this work is to determine the possible range of concentration and chemical state of Au and PGE (Pt, Pd, Rh) in sphalerite (Zn,Fe) S and covellite (CuS). These minerals were synthesized using gas transport and salt flux techniques. The crystals of ZnS were grown using the gas transport method at 850°C and the salt flux one using NaCl/KCl, CsCl/NaCl/KCl, and LiCl/RbCl eutectic mixtures at 850, 645 and 470°C, respectively. CuS crystals were synthesized using the salt flux method in RbCl/LiCl melt at 470 and 340°C. The trace metal activity was always controlled by the presence of pure metal or its sulfide, and, therefore, the concentration of these elements in synthesized phases represent the maximum possible value for given T/f(S2) synthesis parameters. The LA-ICP-MS and/or EPMA techniques were used to determine the Au concentration in synthesized phases. The concentration of Au in sphalerite, synthesized at 850°C with admixture of Cd, Se, In, Fe, and Mn, reached 0.3wt%, whereas the sphalerite cell parameter extremely increased up to 5.4161Å relatively to 5.4060 Å for pure ZnS. It was found that the observed high Au concentration is caused by the presence of In (2091±46 ppm Au in sample with Fe and In in comparison with 14±7 for Se-bearing ZnS, 94±12 ppm for Fe-Mn-bearing sphalerite, and 96±46 for Fe-bearing sphalerite. The concentration of Au in Fe-bearing sphalerite synthesized at 645°C does not exceed 5 ppm. Therefore, increase of temperature results in the increase of Au concentration in sphalerite. The concentration of Au in another Fe-bearing-sphalerite series synthesized using gas transport method at 850°C various from 200 to 500 ppm and depends on the iron content. This fact could be related to the oxidation state or Fe in ZnS-FeS solid solution series. The concentration of Pt and Pd, Rh in sphalerite is

  2. Impact of layer and substrate properties on the surface acoustic wave velocity in scandium doped aluminum nitride based SAW devices on sapphire

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    Gillinger, M.; Shaposhnikov, K.; Knobloch, T.; Schneider, M.; Kaltenbacher, M.; Schmid, U.

    2016-06-01

    This paper investigates the performance of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices consisting of reactively sputter deposited scandium doped aluminum nitride (ScxAl1-xN) thin films as piezoelectric layers on sapphire substrates for wireless sensor or for RF-MEMS applications. To investigate the influence of piezoelectric film thickness on the device properties, samples with thickness ranging from 500 nm up to 3000 nm are fabricated. S21 measurements and simulations demonstrate that the phase velocity is predominantly influenced by the mass density of the electrode material rather than by the thickness of the piezoelectric film. Additionally, the wave propagation direction is varied by rotating the interdigital transducer structures with respect to the crystal orientation of the substrate. The phase velocity is about 2.5% higher for a-direction compared to m-direction of the sapphire substrate, which is in excellent agreement with the difference in the anisotropic Young's modulus of the substrate corresponding to these directions.

  3. Arsenic speciation in synthetic gypsum (CaSO4·2H2O): A synchrotron XAS, single-crystal EPR, and pulsed ENDOR study

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    Lin, Jinru; Chen, Ning; Nilges, Mark J.; Pan, Yuanming

    2013-04-01

    Gypsum (CaSO4·2H2O) is a major by-product of mining and milling processes of borate, phosphate and uranium deposits worldwide and, therefore, potentially plays an important role in the stability and bioavailability of heavy metalloids, including As, in tailings and surrounding areas. Gypsum containing 1900 and 185 ppm As, synthesized with Na2HAsO4·7H2O and NaAsO2 in the starting materials, respectively, have been investigated by synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), single-crystal electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR), and pulsed electron nuclear double resonance spectroscopy (ENDOR). Quantitative analyses of As K edge XANES and EXAFS spectra show that arsenic occurs in both +3 and +5 oxidation states and the As3+/As5+ value varies from 0.35 to 0.79. Single-crystal EPR spectra of gamma-ray-irradiated gypsum reveal two types of arsenic-associated oxyradicals: [AsO3]2- and an [AsO2]2-. The [AsO3]2- center is characterized by principal 75As hyperfine coupling constants of A1 = 1952.0(2) MHz, A2 = 1492.6(2) MHz and A3 = 1488.7(2) MHz, with the unique A axis along the S-O1 bond direction, and contains complex 1H superhyperfine structures that have been determined by pulsed ENDOR. These results suggest that the [AsO3]2- center formed from electron trapping on the central As5+ ion of a substitutional (AsO4)3- group after removal of an O1 atom. The [AsO2]2- center is characterized by its unique A(75As) axis approximately perpendicular to the O1-S-O2 plane and the A2 axis along the S-O2 bond direction, consistent with electron trapping on the central As3+ ion of a substitutional (AsO3)3- group after removal of an O2 atom. These results confirm lattice-bound As5+ and As3+ in gypsum and point to potential application of this mineral for immobilization and removal of arsenic pollution.

  4. Synthetic Brainbows

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    Wan, Y.; Otsuna, H.; Hansen, C.

    2014-01-01

    Brainbow is a genetic engineering technique that randomly colorizes cells. Biological samples processed with this technique and imaged with confocal microscopy have distinctive colors for individual cells. Complex cellular structures can then be easily visualized. However, the complexity of the Brainbow technique limits its applications. In practice, most confocal microscopy scans use different florescence staining with typically at most three distinct cellular structures. These structures are often packed and obscure each other in rendered images making analysis difficult. In this paper, we leverage a process known as GPU framebuffer feedback loops to synthesize Brainbow-like images. In addition, we incorporate ID shuffing and Monte-Carlo sampling into our technique, so that it can be applied to single-channel confocal microscopy data. The synthesized Brainbow images are presented to domain experts with positive feedback. A user survey demonstrates that our synthetic Brainbow technique improves visualizations of volume data with complex structures for biologists. PMID:25018576

  5. Recrystallization of silicon-on-sapphire structures at various amorphization-ion-beam energies

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    Alexandrov, P. A. Demakov, K. D.; Shemardov, S. G.; Kuznetsov, Yu. Yu.

    2013-02-15

    Silicon films on sapphire substrates are grown via recrystallization from the silicon-sapphire interface. An amorphous layer is formed using ion implantation with silicon ion energies of 90-150 keV. An X-ray rocking curve is used to estimate the crystalline perfection of the silicon films. After recrystallization, the silicon layer consists of two parts with different crystalline quality. The recrystallized silicon-on-sapphire structures have a highly perfect upper layer (for fabricating microelectronic devices) and a lower layer adjacent to the sapphire substrate containing a large number of defects.

  6. Ga/Mg ratio as a new geochemical tool to differentiate magmatic from metamorphic blue sapphires

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    Peucat, J. J.; Ruffault, P.; Fritsch, E.; Bouhnik-Le Coz, M.; Simonet, C.; Lasnier, B.

    2007-10-01

    Using ICP-MS-LA analyses, we demonstrate that the use of the Ga/Mg ratio, in conjunction with the Fe concentration, is an efficient tool in discriminating between "metamorphic" and "magmatic" blue sapphires. Magmatic blue sapphires found in alkali basalts (e.g. southeastern Asia, China, Africa) are commonly medium-rich to rich in Fe (with average contents between 2000 and 11000 ppm), high in Ga (> 140 ppm), and low in Mg (generally < 20 ppm) with high Ga/Mg ratios (> 10). Conversely, metamorphic blue sapphires found in basalts (e.g. Pailin pastel) and in metamorphic terrains (e.g. Mogok, Sri Lanka, Ilakaka) are characterized by low average iron contents (< 3000 ppm), low Ga contents (< 75 ppm), and high Mg values (> 60 ppm) with low average Ga/Mg ratios (< 10). Basaltic magmatic sapphires have Fe, Ga and Mg contents similar to those obtained for primary magmatic sapphires found in the Garba Tula syenite. This suggests that these both sets of sapphires have a possible common "syenitic" origin, as previously proposed from other criteria. In addition, plumasite-related sapphires and metamorphic sapphires also exhibit similar composition in trace elements. Based on results from the present study, we suggest that fluid circulations during a metamorphic stage produced metasomatic exchanges between mafic and acidic rocks (plumasite model), thus explaining the high Mg contents and converging Ga/Mg ratios observed in metamorphic sapphires.

  7. Sapphire surface preparation and gallium nitride nucleation by hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    Dwikusuma, Fransiska

    The nucleation and initial growth of gallium nitride (GaN) films on sapphire substrates using hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) technique depends on many factors including the chemical treatment of sapphire surface, nitridation, and the specific growth conditions. Liquid and gas phase treatments of the sapphire surface were systematically studied as a function of temperature and time. Phosphoric acid (H3PO4) etches sapphire preferentially at defect sites and resulted in pits formation on the surface, while etching in sulfuric acid (H2SO4) can produce a smooth, pit-free surface. Air-annealing the sapphire at 1400°C produces an atomically smooth surface consisting of a terrace-and-step structure. The mechanism of sapphire nitridation within the HVPE environment was elucidated. During nitridation, nitrogen is incorporated into the sapphire surface. The sapphire nitridation mechanism can be modeled as a diffusion couple of aluminum nitride (AlN) and aluminum oxide (Al2O 3), where N3- and O2- inter-diffuse in the 'rigid' Al3+ framework. Nitrogen diffuses into sapphire and substitutes for oxygen to bond with aluminum. The replaced oxygen diffuses out to the surface. The overall nitridation rate is controlled by the diffusion of oxygen. Sapphire surface treatments of air-annealing and liquid-based etchings have different effects on nitridation and HVPE GaN nucleation. Upon nitridation, the air-annealed sapphire has ˜1.5 times higher nitrogen content compared to liquid-based etchings. Nevertheless, the air-annealed sapphire yields the lowest density of GaN islands. Sapphire nitridation, which yields a thin AlN layer, results in the growth of higher GaN island densities with a smaller mosaic spread. Sapphire surface, which is etched in H2SO4 and then nitridated, produces a high density GaN islands resulting in improved-quality of thick GaN films. The nucleation and initial growth kinetics of GaN on sapphire grown by HVPE were investigated. As the growth temperature

  8. Influence of fabrication technique on the fiber pushout behavior in a sapphire-reinforced NiAl matrix composite

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    Asthana, R.; Tewari, S. N.; Bowman, R. R.

    1995-01-01

    Directional solidification (DS) of “powder-cloth” (PC) processed sapphire-NiAl composites was carried out to examine the influence of fabrication technique on the fiber-matrix interfacial shear strength, measured using a fiber-pushout technique. The DS process replaced the fine, equiaxed NiAl grain structure of the PC composites with an oriented grain structure comprised of large columnar NiAl grains aligned parallel to the fiber axis, with fibers either completely engulfed within the NiAl grains or anchored at one to three grain boundaries. The load-displacement behavior during the pushout test exhibited an initial “pseudoelastic” response, followed by an “inelastic” response, and finally a “frictional” sliding response. The fiber-matrix interfacial shear strength and the fracture behavior during fiber pushout were investigated using an interrupted pushout test and fractography, as functions of specimen thickness (240 to 730 μm) and fabrication technique. The composites fabricated using the PC and the DS techniques had different matrix and interface structures and appreciably different interfacial shear strengths. In the DS composites, where the fiber-matrix interfaces were identical for all the fibers, the interfacial debond shear stresses were larger for the fibers embedded completely within the NiAl grains and smaller for the fibers anchored at a few grain boundaries. The matrix grain boundaries coincident on sapphire fibers were observed to be the preferred sites for crack formation and propagation. While the frictional sliding stress appeared to be independent of the fabrication technique, the interfacial debond shear stresses were larger for the DS composites compared to the PC composites. The study highlights the potential of the DS technique to grow single-crystal NiAl matrix composites reinforced with sapphire fibers, with fiber-matrix interfacial shear strength appreciably greater than that attainable by the current solid

  9. Designable buried waveguides in sapphire by proton implantation

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    Laversenne, L.; Hoffmann, P.; Pollnau, M.; Moretti, P.; Mugnier, J.

    2004-11-29

    Buried and stacked planar as well as buried single and parallel channel waveguides are fabricated in sapphire by proton implantation. Good control of the implantation parameters provides excellent confinement of the guided light in each structure. Low propagation losses are obtained in fundamental-mode, buried channel waveguides without postimplantation annealing. Choice of the implantation parameters allows one to design mode shapes with different ellipticity and/or mode asymmetry in each orthogonal direction, thus demonstrating the versatility of the fabrication method. Horizontal and vertical parallelization is demonstrated for the design of one- or two-dimensional waveguide arrays in hard crystalline materials.

  10. Cost effective fabrication method for large sapphire sensor windows

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    Walters, Mark; Gould, Alan; Bartlett, Kevin; Brophy, Matthew R.; DeGroote Nelson, Jessica

    2013-09-01

    Sapphire poses very difficult challenges to optical manufacturers due to its high hardness and anisotropic properties. These challenges can result in long lead times and high prices. Large optical sensor windows demand much higher precision surfaces compared to transparent armor (windshields) to achieve acceptable image quality. Optimax is developing a high speed, cost effective process to produce such windows. The Optimax high speed process is a two-step process that combines precision fixed abrasive grinding and high speed polishing. In-house studies have demonstrated cycle time reduction of up to 6X as compared to conventional processing.

  11. cw passive mode locking of a Ti:sapphire laser

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    Sarukura, N.; Ishida, Y.; Nakano, H.; Yamamoto, Y. )

    1990-02-26

    cw passive mode locking of a Ti:sapphire laser is achieved with 1,1{prime}-dietyl-2,2{prime}-dicarbocyanine iodide as the saturable absorber dye, using a 5 {mu}m thin dye jet flow. The pulse width is 4.0 ps, which is almost the transform-limited pulse for the observed spectrum width. The output power is {similar to}50 mW, when it is pumped by a 5 W cw Ar laser, while the tuning range is 745--755 nm.

  12. Injection mode-locking Ti-sapphire laser system

    DOEpatents

    Hovater, James Curtis; Poelker, Bernard Matthew

    2002-01-01

    According to the present invention there is provided an injection modelocking Ti-sapphire laser system that produces a unidirectional laser oscillation through the application of a ring cavity laser that incorporates no intracavity devices to achieve unidirectional oscillation. An argon-ion or doubled Nd:YVO.sub.4 laser preferably serves as the pump laser and a gain-switched diode laser serves as the seed laser. A method for operating such a laser system to produce a unidirectional oscillating is also described.

  13. Synthetic peptides.

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    Francis, M J

    1996-01-01

    Efforts to produce more stable and defined vaccines have concentrated on studying, in detail, the immune response to many infectious diseases in order to identify the antigenic sites on the pathogens that are involved in stimulating protective immumty. Armed with this knowledge, it is possible to mimic such sites by producing short chains of amino acids (peptides) and to use these as the basis for novel vaccines. The earliest documented work on peptide immunization is actually for a plant virus, tobacco mosaic virus. In 1963, Anderer (1) demonstrated that rabbit antibodies to an isolated hexapeptide fragment from the virus-coat protein coupled to bovine serum albumm would neutralize the infectious vn-us in culture. Two years later, he used a synthetically produced copy of the same peptide to confirm this observation. This was pioneering work, and it was over 10 years before the next example of a peptide that elicited antivirus antibody appeared following work by Sela and his colleagues (2) on a virus, MS2 bacteriophage, which infects bacteria. The emergence of more accessible techniques for sequencing proteins in 1977, coupled with the ability to synthesize readily peptides already developed in 1963, heralded a decade of intensive research into experimental peptide vaccines. The first demonstration that peptides could elicit protective immunity in vivo, in addition to neutralizing activity in vitro, was obtained using a peptide from the VP1 coat protein of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) in 1982, with the guinea pig as a laboratory animal model (3, 4). PMID:21359696

  14. Ruby-sapphire-spinel mineralization in marble of the middle and southern Urals: Geology, mineralogy, and genesis

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    Kisin, A. Yu.; Murzin, V. V.; Tomilina, A. V.; Pritchin, M. E.

    2016-07-01

    Ruby and spinel occurrences hosted in marble on the eastern slope of the Urals are considered. Ruby- and spinel-bearing marble is a specific rock in granite-gneiss complexes of the East Ural Megazone, which formed at the Late Paleozoic collision stage of the evolution of the Urals. Organogenic marine limestone is the protolith of the marble. No relict sedimentary bedding has been retained in the marble. The observed banding is a secondary phenomenon related to crystallization and is controlled by flow cleavage. Magnesian metasomatism of limestone with the formation of fine-grained dolomite enriched in Cr, V, Ti, Mn, Cu, Zn, Ga, and REE took place at the prograde stage of metamorphism. Dedolomitization of rocks with the formation of background calcite marble also developed at the prograde stage. Mg-calcite marble with spinel and ruby of the first type formed in the metamorphic fluid circulation zone. Magnesian metasomatism with the formation of bicarbonate marble with ruby, pink sapphire, and spinel of the second type developed at the early retrograde stage. The formation of mica-bearing mineralized zones with corundum and spinel of the third type controlled by cleavage fractures is related to the pneumatolytic-hydrothermal stage. The data on ruby-bearing marble in the Urals may be used for forecasting and prospecting of ruby and sapphire deposits hosted in marble worldwide.

  15. Air-void embedded GaN-based light-emitting diodes grown on laser drilling patterned sapphire substrates

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    Liu, Hao; Li, Yufeng; Wang, Shuai; Feng, Lungang; Xiong, Han; Su, Xilin; Yun, Feng

    2016-07-01

    Air-void structure was introduced in GaN-based blue light-emitting diodes (LED) with one-step growth on periodic laser drilling patterned sapphire substrate, which free of any photolithography or wet/dry etching process. The influence of filling factors (FF) of air-void on crystal quality and optical performance were investigate. Transmission electron microscopy images and micro-Raman spectroscopy indicated that the dislocation was bended and the partially compressed strain was released. When FF was 55.43%, compared with the LED structure grown on flat sapphire substrate, the incorporation of air-void was observed to reduce the compressed stress of ˜20% and the luminance intensity has improved by 128%. Together with the simulated reflection intensity enhancement by finite difference time-domain (FDTD) method, we attribute the enhanced optical performance to the combined contribution of strong back-side light reflection of air-void and better GaN epitaxial quality. This approach provides a simple replacement to the conventional air-void embedded LED process.

  16. Study of defect management in the growth of semipolar (11-22) GaN on patterned sapphire

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    Vennéguès, P.; Tendille, F.; De Mierry, P.

    2015-08-01

    This work describes, using mainly transmission electron microscopy as an investigation tool, the nature and behaviour of the crystalline defects which are present in (11-22) semipolar GaN films grown epitaxially on patterned r-sapphire substrates using a 3 step growth process. The microstructure at these different growth stages is described. The independent 3D-crystallites nucleated on the substrate surface contain threading dislocations resulting from the epitaxy on c-sapphire facets and basal stacking faults (BSFs), mainly in the  -c-wings. These defects are concentrated in a few hundred nanometre wide stripe-like regions emerging on the top facet of the islands. By a careful choice of the growth conditions, these defective regions may be overgrown by defect-free material, blocking their propagation towards the coalesced surface. However, when the 3D crystals coalesce, new dislocations together with very few BSFs are created at the coalescence boundaries. These coalescence defects propagate to the surface of the films in (0001) planes. In summary, the control of the nucleation and propagation of the crystalline defects allows obtaining large area semipolar films with very low defect densities: 7   ×   107 cm-2 for TDs and 70 cm-1 for BSFs.

  17. The improvement of GaN-based light-emitting diodes using nanopatterned sapphire substrate with small pattern spacing

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    Zhang, Yonghui; Wei, Tongbo Wang, Junxi; Chen, Yu; Hu, Qiang; Lu, Hongxi; Li, Jinmin; Lan, Ding

    2014-02-15

    Self-assembly SiO{sub 2} nanosphere monolayer template is utilized to fabricate nanopatterned sapphire substrates (NPSSs) with 0-nm, 50-nm, and 120-nm spacing, receptively. The GaN growth on top of NPSS with 0-nm spacing has the best crystal quality because of laterally epitaxial overgrowth. However, GaN growth from pattern top is more difficult to get smooth surface than from pattern bottom. The rougher surface may result in a higher work voltage. The stimulation results of finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) display that too large or too small spacing lead to the reduced light extracted efficiency (LEE) of LEDs. Under a driving current 350 mA, the external quantum efficiencies (EQE) of GaN-based LEDs grown on NPSSs with 0-nm, 50-nm, and 120-nm spacing increase by 43.3%, 50.6%, and 39.1%, respectively, compared to that on flat sapphire substrate (FSS). The optimized pattern spacing is 50 nm for the NPSS with 600-nm pattern period.

  18. Frequency Stability of 1X10(sup -13) in a Compensated Sapphire Oscillator Operating Above 77 K

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    Santiago, D. G.; Dick, G. J.; Wang, R. T.

    1996-01-01

    We report on a frequency-stable temperature compensated sapphire oscillator (CSO) at temperatures above 77 K. Previously, high stability in sapphire oscillators had only been obtained with liquid helium cooling.

  19. Crystalline quality improvement in silicon films on sapphire using recrystallization from the silicon-sapphire interface

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    Alexandrov, P. A. Demakov, K. D.; Shemardov, S. G.; Kuznetsov, Yu. Yu.

    2010-10-15

    The use of the process of solid-phase recrystallization reduces to a great extent the number of defects in the silicon layer. An amorphous layer was formed by implantation of silicon ions. The crystalline quality of the SOS structures has been assessed by the method of high-resolution double-crystal X-ray diffraction. Silicon layers with a thickness d = 1000-2500 A and a high crystalline quality have been obtained after implantation of 150-keV silicon ions with subsequent high-temperature annealing.

  20. Effect of Charging Electron Exposure on 1064nm Transmission through Bare Sapphire Optics and SiO2 over HfO2 AR-coated Sapphire Optics

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    Ottens, Brian P.; Connelly, Joseph; Brown, Stephen; Roeder, james; Kauder, Lonny; Cavanaugh, John

    2008-01-01

    Experiments measuring the effect of electron exposure on 1064nm transmission for optical sapphire were conducted. Detailed before and after inspections did not identify any resulting Litchenburg patterns. Pre- and post-exposure 1064nm transmission measurements are compared.

  1. Effect of Charging Electron Exposure on 1064nm Transmission Through Bare Sapphire Optics and SiO2 over HfO2 AR-Coated Sapphire Optics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ottens, Brian P.; Connelly, Joseph; Brown, Stephen; Roeder, James; Kauder, Lonny; Cavanaugh, John

    2010-01-01

    Experiments measuring the effect of electron exposure on 1064nm transmission for optical sapphire were conducted. Detailed before and after inspections did not identify any resulting Litchenburg patterns. Pre- and post-exposure 1064nm transmission measurements are compared.

  2. Analysis and modification of blue sapphires from Rwanda by ion beam techniques

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    Bootkul, D.; Chaiwai, C.; Tippawan, U.; Wanthanachaisaeng, B.; Intarasiri, S.

    2015-12-01

    Blue sapphire is categorised in a corundum (Al2O3) group. The gems of this group are always amazed by their beauties and thus having high value. In this study, blue sapphires from Rwanda, recently came to Thai gemstone industry, are chosen for investigations. On one hand, we have applied Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE), which is a highly sensitive and precise analytical technique that can be used to identify and quantify trace elements, for chemical analysis of the sapphires. Here we have found that the major element of blue sapphires from Rwanda is Al with trace elements such as Fe, Ti, Cr, Ga and Mg as are commonly found in normal blue sapphire. On the other hand, we have applied low and medium ion implantations for color improvement of the sapphire. It seems that a high amount of energy transferring during cascade collisions have altered the gems properties. We have clearly seen that the blue color of the sapphires have been intensified after nitrogen ion bombardment. In addition, the gems were also having more transparent and luster. The UV-Vis-NIR measurement detected the modification of their absorption properties, implying of the blue color increasing. Here the mechanism of these modifications is postulated and reported. In any point of view, the bombardment by using nitrogen ion beam is a promising technique for quality improvement of the blue sapphire from Rwanda.

  3. Demonstration of transverse-magnetic deep-ultraviolet stimulated emission from AlGaN multiple-quantum-well lasers grown on a sapphire substrate

    SciTech Connect

    Li, Xiao-Hang E-mail: dupuis@gatech.edu; Kao, Tsung-Ting; Satter, Md. Mahbub; Shen, Shyh-Chiang; Yoder, P. Douglas; Detchprohm, Theeradetch; Dupuis, Russell D. E-mail: dupuis@gatech.edu; Wei, Yong O.; Wang, Shuo; Xie, Hongen; Fischer, Alec M.; Ponce, Fernando A.

    2015-01-26

    We demonstrate transverse-magnetic (TM) dominant deep-ultraviolet (DUV) stimulated emission from photo-pumped AlGaN multiple-quantum-well lasers grown pseudomorphically on an AlN/sapphire template by means of photoluminescence at room temperature. The TM-dominant stimulated emission was observed at wavelengths of 239, 242, and 243 nm with low thresholds of 280, 250, and 290 kW/cm{sup 2}, respectively. In particular, the lasing wavelength of 239 nm is shorter compared to other reports for AlGaN lasers grown on foreign substrates including sapphire and SiC. The peak wavelength difference between the transverse-electric (TE)-polarized emission and TM-polarized emission was approximately zero for the lasers in this study, indicating the crossover of crystal-field split-off hole and heavy-hole valence bands. The rapid variation of polarization between TE- and TM-dominance versus the change in lasing wavelength from 243 to 249 nm can be attributed to a dramatic change in the TE-to-TM gain coefficient ratio for the sapphire-based DUV lasers in the vicinity of TE-TM switch.

  4. Characterization of the annealed (0001) surface of sapphire (alpha-Al2O3) and interaction with silver by reflection electron microscopy and scanning reflection electron microscopy.

    PubMed

    Ndubuisi, G C; Liu, J; Cowley, J M

    1992-02-15

    Annealed (0001) surfaces of single-crystal sapphire (alpha-Al2O3) rod have been studied in the electron microscope using reflection electron microscopy (REM), scanning reflection electron microscopy (SREM), and reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED). Annealed surfaces of (0001) sapphire are vicinal and characterized by close-packed (0001)-oriented terraces separated by faceted multiple-height steps, with edges parallel to energetically preferred low-index directions (less than 1010 greater than and less than 1120 greater than). These structural features are not seen on cleaved surfaces or polished surfaces treated at temperatures less than 1,250 degrees C. Oxygen-annealing produces clean surfaces which prove useful for investigating the interaction of deposited metals with the (0001) sapphire. Both REM and SREM (with microdiffraction spots) techniques have been used to observe fine structure of flat Ag islands on the scale of 1-100 nm on the (0001)-oriented terraces as well as aggregations at the steps. A preliminary result on interaction with Cu is also included.

  5. Electron induced surface chemistry at the Cs/sapphire interface

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    Zavadil, K.R.; Ing, J.L.

    1995-11-01

    Electron induced etching of sapphire in the presence of Cs has been studied using a variety of surface analytical techniques. We find that this process occurs on both the (0001) and (1102) orientations of sapphire. Monolayer amounts of Al and sub-oxides of Al are thermally desorbed from the surface at temperatures as low as 1000 K when the surface is irradiated with electrons in the presence of Cs. Etching is highly dependent on Cs coverage with the (0001) and (1102) surfaces requiring 2.0 {times} 10{sup 14} and 3.4 {times} 10{sup 14} atoms/cm{sup 2} to support etching, respectively. Adsorption profiles demonstrate that these coverages correspond to initial saturation of the surface with Cs. Electron damage of the surface in the absence of Cs also produces desorption of Al and sub-oxides of Al indicating a possible mechanism for etching. The impact of etching on the surface is to increase the adsorption capacity on the (0001) surface while decreasing both initial adsorption probability and capacity on the (1102) surface.

  6. The SAPPHIRE trial: investigations on angular deviation caused by refraction

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    Stein, Karin; Seiffer, Dirk

    2007-10-01

    The NATO Panel SET-088 TG-51 has the charter to investigate infrared research topics relating to Littoral Ship Self-Defence. The two main research areas for TG-51 are low-altitude maritime IR propagation phenomenology and ship signature properties. Atmospheric scintillation and refraction prediction models were validated in several trials conducted by different NATO groups. So far most trials were conducted in cold waters. In June 2006, TG 51 performed the SAPPHIRE trial (Ship and Atmospheric Propagation PHenomenon InfraRed Experiment) to collect data in littoral areas under conditions of warm sea temperatures. The location of the trial was the US Naval Research Laboratory's Chesapeake Bay Detachment (CBD) field site on Chesapeake Bay. The objectives of the trial were to validate ship signature models and scintillation/refraction models. In the SAPPHIRE trial, the purpose of FGAN-FOM was to investigate the influence of changing weather conditions on the apparent elevation of a target. Therefore, we set up an IR-camera at CBD overlooking Chesapeake Bay observing a set of lights installed on an Island in 16 km distance. In this paper we discuss and analyse the measured elevations and compare them to the propagation model IRBLEM (IR Boundary Layer Effects Model) by DRDC, Canada.

  7. Characterization of sapphire: For its material properties at high temperatures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bal, Harman Singh

    There are numerous needs for sensing, one of which is in pressure sensing for high temperature application such as combustion related process and embedded in aircraft wings for reusable space vehicles. Currently, silicon based MEMS technology is used for pressure sensing. However, due to material properties the sensors have a limited range of approximately 600 °C which is capable of being pushed towards 1000 °C with active cooling. This can introduce reliability issues when you add more parts and high flow rates to remove large amounts of heat. To overcome this challenge, sapphire is investigated for optical based pressure transducers at temperatures approaching 1400 °C. Due to its hardness and chemical inertness, traditional cutting and etching methods used in MEMS technology are not applicable. A method that is being investigated as a possible alternative is laser machining using a picosecond laser. In this research, we study the material property changes that occur from laser machining and quantify the changes with the experimental results obtained by testing sapphire at high-temperature with a standard 4-point bending set-up.

  8. Surface Functionalized Graphene Biosensor on Sapphire for Cancer Cell Detection.

    PubMed

    Joe, Daniel J; Hwang, Jeonghyun; Johnson, Christelle; Cha, Ho-Young; Lee, Jo-Won; Shen, Xiling; Spencer, Michael G; Tiwari, Sandip; Kim, Moonkyung

    2016-01-01

    Graphene has several unique physical, optical and electrical properties such as a two-dimensional (2D) planar structure, high optical transparency and high carrier mobility at room temperature. These make graphene interesting for electrical biosensing. Using a catalyst-free chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method, graphene film is grown on a sapphire substrate. There is a single or a few sheets as confirmed by Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Electrical graphene biosensors are fabricated to detect large-sized biological analytes such as cancer cells. Human colorectal carcinoma cells are sensed by the resistance change of an active bio-functionalized graphene device as the cells are captured by the immobilized antibody surface. The functionalized sensors show an increase in resistance as large as ~20% of the baseline with a small number of adhered cells. This study suggests that the bio-functionalized electrical graphene sensors on sapphire, which is a highly transparent material, can potentially detect circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and monitor cellular electrical behavior while being compatible with fluorescence-based optical-detection bioassays. PMID:27398439

  9. Photoluminescence from CdTe/sapphire films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Edwards, S. T.; Schreiner, A. F.; Myers, T. M.; Schetzina, J. F.

    1983-11-01

    Photoluminescence studies at 77 K are reported for CdTe/sapphire films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy. The CdTe/sapphire epilayers exhibited very bright photoluminescence spectra that were dominated by the near-edge emission band at 1.58 eV. The best CdTe/sapphire film proved to be the brightest source of luminescence of any CdTe specimen studied in our laboratories, including homoepitaxial films and bulk hydroplane polished samples. The CdTe/sapphire films also exhibited the best lateral uniformity as manifested by a nearly constant luminescence intensity over their surfaces. These results provide new evidence that high quality CdTe epitaxy on sapphire has been achieved.

  10. High T(sub c) Superconducting Bolometer on Chemically Etched 7 Micrometer Thick Sapphire

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    Lakew, B.; Brasunas, J. C.; Pique, A.; Fettig, R.; Mott, B.; Babu, S.; Cushman, G. M.

    1997-01-01

    A transition-edge IR detector, using a YBa2Cu3O(7-x) (YBCO) thin film deposited on a chemically etched, 7 micrometer thick sapphire substrate has been built. To our knowledge it is the first such high T(sub c) superconducting (HTS) bolometer on chemically thinned sapphire. The peak optical detectivity obtained is l.2 x 10(exp 10) cmHz(sup 1/2)/W near 4Hz. Result shows that it is possible to obtain high detectivity with thin films on etched sapphire with no processing after the deposition of the YBCO film. We discuss the etching process and its potential for micro-machining sapphire and fabricating 2-dimensional detector arrays with suspended sapphire membranes. A 30 micrometer thick layer of gold black provided IR absorption. Comparison is made with the current state of the art on silicon substrates.

  11. Epitaxial aluminum-doped zinc oxide thin films on sapphire. 1: Effect of substrate orientation

    SciTech Connect

    Srikant, V.; Sergo, V.; Clarke, D.R.

    1995-07-01

    Epitaxial thin films of Al-doped zinc oxide have been grown on sapphire substrates by pulsed laser ablation. The effect of substrate temperature, background pressure of oxygen, and substrate orientation (A, M, R, C) on the orientation relationships between ZnO and sapphire have been evaluated using on- and off-axis X-ray diffractometry. Under all growth conditions zinc oxide, on A- and C-plane sapphire, grew with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. In contrast, on M and R orientations of sapphire, ZnO grew with its c-axis parallel or perpendicular to the substrate depending on the substrate temperature and background pressure employed during growth. In all cases only one unique in-plane relationship between the sapphire substrate and the zinc oxide film was found with the exception of the M-plane at high substrate temperatures.

  12. Femtosecond laser-induced periodic surface structural formation on sapphire with nanolayered gold coating

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    Yin, Kai; Wang, Cong; Duan, Ji'an; Guo, Chunlei

    2016-09-01

    Sapphire has a potential as a new generation of electronics display. However, direct processing of sapphire surface by visible or near-IR laser light is challenging since sapphire is transparent to these wavelengths. In this study, we investigate the formation of femtosecond laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSSs) on sapphire coated with nanolayered gold film. We found a reduced threshold by about 25 % in generating uniform LIPSSs on sapphire due to the nanolayered gold film. Different thickness of nanolayered gold films are studied, and it is shown that the change in thickness does not significantly affect the threshold reduction. It is believed that the diffusion of hot electrons in the gold films increases interfacial carrier density and electron-phonon coupling that results in a reduced threshold and more uniform periodic surface structure generation.

  13. Influence of the X-site composition on tourmaline's crystal structure: investigation of synthetic K-dravite, dravite, oxy-uvite, and magnesio-foitite using SREF and Raman spectroscopy

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    Berryman, E. J.; Wunder, B.; Ertl, A.; Koch-Müller, M.; Rhede, D.; Scheidl, K.; Giester, G.; Heinrich, W.

    2016-02-01

    The crystal structures of synthetic K-dravite [XKYMg 3 Z Al 6 T Si6O18(BO3) 3 V (OH) 3 W (OH)], dravite [XNaYMg 3 Z Al 6 T Si6O18(BO3) 3 V (OH) 3 W (OH)], oxy-uvite [XCaYMg 3 Z Al 6 T Si6O18(BO3) 3 V (OH) 3 W O], and magnesio-foitite [X☐Y(Mg2Al)ZAl 6 T Si6O18(BO3) 3 V (OH) 3 W (OH)] are investigated by polarized Raman spectroscopy, single-crystal structure refinement (SREF), and powder X-ray diffraction. The use of compositionally simple tourmalines characterized by electron microprobe analysis facilitates the determination of site occupancy in the SREF and band assignment in the Raman spectra. The synthesized K-dravite, oxy-uvite, and magnesio-foitite have significant Mg-Al disorder between their octahedral sites indicated by their respective average < Y-O> and < Z-O> bond lengths. The Y- and Z-site compositions of oxy-uvite (YMg1.52Al1.48(10) and ZAl4.90Mg1.10(15)) and magnesio-foitite (YAl1.62Mg1.38(18) and ZAl4.92Mg1.08(24)) are refined from the electron densities at each site. The Mg-Al ratio of the Y and Z sites is also determined from the relative integrated peak intensities of the Raman bands in the O-H stretching vibrational range (3250-3850 cm-1), producing values in good agreement with the SREF data. The unit cell volume of tourmaline increases from magnesio-foitite (1558.4(3) Å3) to dravite (1569.5(4)-1571.7(3) Å3) to oxy-uvite (1572.4(2) Å3) to K-dravite (1588.1(2) Å3), mainly due to lengthening of the crystallographic c-axis. The increase in the size of the X-site coordination polyhedron from dravite (Na) to K-dravite (K) is accommodated locally in the crystal structure, resulting in the shortening of the neighboring O1- H1 bond. In oxy-uvite, Ca2+ is locally associated with a deprotonated W (O1) site, whereas vacant X sites are neighbored by protonated W ( O1) sites. Increasing the size of the X-site-occupying ion does not detectably affect bonding between the other sites; however, the higher charge of Ca and the deprotonated W ( O1) site in

  14. High-quality single crystalline NiO with twin phases grown on sapphire substrate by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Uchida, Kazuo; Yoshida, Ken-ichi; Zhang, Dongyuan; Koizumi, Atsushi; Nozaki, Shinji

    2012-12-01

    High-quality single crystalline twin phase NiO grown on sapphire substrates by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy is reported. X-ray rocking curve analysis of NiO films grown at different temperatures indicates a minimum full width at half maximum of the cubic (111) diffraction peak of 0.107° for NiO film grown at as low as 550 °C. Detailed microstructural analysis by Φ scan X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy reveal that the NiO film consists of large single crystalline domains with two different crystallographic orientations which are rotated relative to each other along the [111] axis by 60°. These single crystal domains are divided by the twin phase boundaries.

  15. Laser soldering of sapphire substrates using a BaTiAl6O12 thin-film glass sealant

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    de Pablos-Martin, A.; Tismer, S.; Benndorf, G.; Mittag, M.; Lorenz, M.; Grundmann, M.; Höche, Th.

    2016-07-01

    Two sapphire substrates are tightly bonded through a BaTiAl6O12-glass thin film, by irradiation with a nanosecond laser. After the laser process, the composition of the glass sealant changes, due to incorporation of Al2O3 from the upper substrate. After annealing of the bonded samples (950 °C for 30 minutes) crystalline structures are observed by TEM which are attributed to crystalline BaTiAl6O12. These crystals together with Al2O3:Ti centers are the responsible of the observed strong blue luminescence of the laser irradiated region upon UV excitation. The structural and optical characterizations of the bonded samples clarify the laser soldering procedure as well as the origin of the luminescence. Bond quality and bond strength were evaluated by scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) and tensile tests, which results in a tensile stress of nearly 13 MPa, which is an acceptable value for glass sealants.

  16. Crystallization Pathways in Biomineralization

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    Weiner, Steve; Addadi, Lia

    2011-08-01

    A crystallization pathway describes the movement of ions from their source to the final product. Cells are intimately involved in biological crystallization pathways. In many pathways the cells utilize a unique strategy: They temporarily concentrate ions in intracellular membrane-bound vesicles in the form of a highly disordered solid phase. This phase is then transported to the final mineralization site, where it is destabilized and crystallizes. We present four case studies, each of which demonstrates specific aspects of biological crystallization pathways: seawater uptake by foraminifera, calcite spicule formation by sea urchin larvae, goethite formation in the teeth of limpets, and guanine crystal formation in fish skin and spider cuticles. Three representative crystallization pathways are described, and aspects of the different stages of crystallization are discussed. An in-depth understanding of these complex processes can lead to new ideas for synthetic crystallization processes of interest to materials science.

  17. Response to “Comment on ‘Twin symmetry texture of energetically condensed niobium thin films on sapphire substrate’ ” [J. Appl. Phys. 112, 016101 (2012)

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    Zhao, X.; Philips, L.; Reece, C. E.; Seo, Kang; Krishnan, M.; Valderrama, E.

    2012-07-01

    Welander is correct about the misidentified crystal-directions in the top-view sapphire lattice (Fig. 4 [Zhao et al., J. Appl. Phys. 110, 033523 (2011)]). He is also correct about the misorientation of the pole figures in Fig. 4. In Fig. 1 of this response, we have corrected these errors. Perhaps because of these errors, Welander misconstrued our discussion of the Nbcrystal growth as claiming a new 3D registry. That was not our intention. Rather, we wished to highlight the role of energetic condensation that drives low-defect crystal growth by a combination of non-equilibrium sub-plantation that disturbs the substrate lattice and thermalmore » annealing that annihilates defects and promotes large-grain crystal growth.« less

  18. Integrated Multi-Color Light Emitting Device Made with Hybrid Crystal Structure

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    Park, Yeonjoon (Inventor); Choi, Sang Hyouk (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    An integrated hybrid crystal Light Emitting Diode ("LED") display device that may emit red, green, and blue colors on a single wafer. The various embodiments may provide double-sided hetero crystal growth with hexagonal wurtzite III-Nitride compound semiconductor on one side of (0001) c-plane sapphire media and cubic zinc-blended III-V or II-VI compound semiconductor on the opposite side of c-plane sapphire media. The c-plane sapphire media may be a bulk single crystalline c-plane sapphire wafer, a thin free standing c-plane sapphire layer, or crack-and-bonded c-plane sapphire layer on any substrate. The bandgap energies and lattice constants of the compound semiconductor alloys may be changed by mixing different amounts of ingredients of the same group into the compound semiconductor. The bandgap energy and lattice constant may be engineered by changing the alloy composition within the cubic group IV, group III-V, and group II-VI semiconductors and within the hexagonal III-Nitrides.

  19. Optical transmission of strained GaN/sapphire structures

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    Kurin, S. Yu; Puzyk, M. V.; Ermakov, I. A.; Antipov, A. A.; Barash, I. S.; Roenkov, A. D.; Ratnikov, V. V.; Usikov, A. S.; Papchenko, B. P.; Helava, H.; Makarov, Yu N.; Chernyakov, A. E.

    2016-08-01

    In this work we correlated transmission spectra of GaN layers grown on sapphire substrates by hydride vapour phase epitaxy with biaxial stress measured in the layers. It was observed that the sign of stress in the GaN layer is changed by Si doping and growth conditions. Transmission curves are shifted relative to each other depending on the stress in the layer. The cut-off wavelength of the transmission curves has a tendency to shift near parallel to a shorter wavelength range when the GaN layer is under the compression biaxial stress. When the GaN layer is under the tensile biaxial stress the cut off wavelength has a tendency to shift near parallel to a longer wavelength range).

  20. Laser surface and subsurface modification of sapphire using femtosecond pulses

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    Eberle, G.; Schmidt, M.; Pude, F.; Wegener, K.

    2016-08-01

    Two methods to process sapphire using femtosecond laser pulses are demonstrated, namely ablation (surface), and in-volume laser modification followed by wet etching (subsurface). Firstly, the single and multipulse ablation threshold is determined and compared with previous literature results. A unique application of ablation is demonstrated by modifying the entrance aperture of water jet orifices. Laser ablation exhibits advantages in terms of geometric flexibility and resolution, however, defects in the form of edge outbreaks and poor surface quality are evident. Secondly, the role of material transformation, polarisation state and formation of multi-focus structures after in-volume laser modification is investigated in order to explain their influence during the wet etching process. Laser scanning and electron microscopy as well as electron backscatter diffraction measurements supported by ion beam polishing are used to better understand quality and laser-material interactions of the two demonstrated methods of processing.

  1. Growth of rare-earth monolayers on synthetic fluorine mica

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    Tsui, F.; Han, P. D.; Flynn, C. P.

    1993-05-01

    We have grown single-crystal rare-earth films on cleaved faces of synthetic fluorine mica fluorophlogopite by molecular-beam-epitaxy techniques. This has made it possible to measure material properties such as magnetism in monolayer structures.

  2. Close-spaced crystal growth and characterization of BP crystals

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    Schmitt, J. O.; Edgar, L. J. H.; Liu, L.; Nagarajan, R.; Szyszko, T.; Podsiadlo, S.; Wojciech, G.

    2005-02-01

    The present study was undertaken to determine if boron phosphide (BP) crystals could be produced by a simple technique, close-spaced vapor transport (CVST). This technique has proven very successful in achieving very high growth rates for a wide variety of materials including ZnSe, AlN, and SiC. Both silicon (100) and sapphire substrates were used for the CSVT growth. The resulting films were characterized by Raman spectroscopy. Sublimation of BP powder from 1050 to 1450 °C in an argon atmosphere produced a range of deep orange colour, single and polycrystalline BP crystals. The crystal size increased and the crystal density decreased with increasing temperature. Well-faceted crystals were produced at an intermediate temperature of 1200 °C. At temperatures higher then 1450 °C no BP crystals were grown. Only a fibrous mass of fine whiskers, loosely attached to the substrate were produced. The peak position of the Raman LO mode of the BP crystals was shifted to higher wavenumbers than the BP powder source, suggesting that the crystals were compressively strained.

  3. Structural and electronic characterization of graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition and transferred onto sapphire

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    Joucken, Frédéric; Colomer, Jean-François; Sporken, Robert; Reckinger, Nicolas

    2016-08-01

    We present a combination of magnetotransport and local probe measurements on graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition on copper foil and subsequently transferred onto a sapphire substrate. A rather strong p-doping is observed (∼9 × 1012 cm-2) together with quite low carrier mobility (∼1350 cm2/V s). Atomic force and tunneling imaging performed on the transport devices reveals the presence of contaminants between sapphire and graphene, explaining the limited performance of our devices. The transferred graphene displays ridges similar to those observed whilst graphene is still on the copper foil. We show that, on sapphire, these ridges are made of different thicknesses of the contamination layer and that, contrary to what was reported for hBN or certain transition metal dichalcogenides, no self-cleansing process of the sapphire substrate is observed.

  4. Sapphire decomposition and inversion domains in N-polar aluminum nitride

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    Hussey, Lindsay White, Ryan M.; Kirste, Ronny; Bryan, Isaac; Guo, Wei; Osterman, Katherine; Haidet, Brian; Bryan, Zachary; Bobea, Milena; Collazo, Ramón; Sitar, Zlatko; Mita, Seiji

    2014-01-20

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques and potassium hydroxide (KOH) etching confirmed that inversion domains in the N-polar AlN grown on c-plane sapphire were due to the decomposition of sapphire in the presence of hydrogen. The inversion domains were found to correspond to voids at the AlN and sapphire interface, and transmission electron microscopy results showed a V-shaped, columnar inversion domain with staggered domain boundary sidewalls. Voids were also observed in the simultaneously grown Al-polar AlN, however no inversion domains were present. The polarity of AlN grown above the decomposed regions of the sapphire substrate was confirmed to be Al-polar by KOH etching and TEM.

  5. Aleutian disease of mink: the antibody response of sapphire and pastel mink to Aleutian disease virus.

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    Bloom, M E; Race, R E; Hadlow, W J; Chesebro, B

    1975-10-01

    The specific antiviral antibody response of sapphire and pastel mink to Pullman strain of ADV has been examined. Sapphire mink inoculated with from 300,000-3 LD50 developed high levels of specific antibody and AD. Pastel mink inoculated with parallel doses of ADV also produced antibody but did not develop AD. The low incidence of AD in pastel mink inoculated with Pullman strain of ADV is probably related to factors other than antiviral antibody.

  6. Growth of crystalline ZnO films on the nitridated (0001) sapphire surface

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    Butashin, A. V.; Kanevsky, V. M.; Muslimov, A. E. Prosekov, P. A.; Kondratev, O. A.; Blagov, A. E.; Vasil’ev, A. L.; Rakova, E. V.; Babaev, V. A.; Ismailov, A. M.; Vovk, E. A.; Nizhankovsky, S. V.

    2015-07-15

    The surface morphology and structure of (0001) sapphire substrates subjected to thermochemical nitridation in a mixture of N{sub 2}, CO, and H{sub 2} gases are investigated by electron and probe microscopy and X-ray and electron diffraction. It is shown that an aluminum nitride layer is formed on the substrate surface and heteroepitaxial ZnO films deposited onto such substrates by magnetron sputtering have a higher quality when compared with films grown on sapphire.

  7. Plant synthetic biology.

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    Liu, Wusheng; Stewart, C Neal

    2015-05-01

    Plant synthetic biology is an emerging field that combines engineering principles with plant biology toward the design and production of new devices. This emerging field should play an important role in future agriculture for traditional crop improvement, but also in enabling novel bioproduction in plants. In this review we discuss the design cycles of synthetic biology as well as key engineering principles, genetic parts, and computational tools that can be utilized in plant synthetic biology. Some pioneering examples are offered as a demonstration of how synthetic biology can be used to modify plants for specific purposes. These include synthetic sensors, synthetic metabolic pathways, and synthetic genomes. We also speculate about the future of synthetic biology of plants.

  8. Shaped Crystal Growth

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    Tatartchenko, Vitali A.

    fundamental principles of shaping. Some shaped crystals, especially sapphire and silicon, have specified structures. The crystal growth of these materials, and some metals, including crystal growth in space, is discussed.

  9. Wafer-scale highly-transparent and superhydrophilic sapphires for high-performance optics.

    PubMed

    Leem, Jung Woo; Yu, Jae Su

    2012-11-19

    We reported the wafer-scale highly-transparent and superhydrophilic sapphires with antireflective subwavelength structures (SWSs) which were fabricated by dry etching using thermally dewetted gold (Au) nanomasks. Their optical transmittance properties were experimentally and theoretically investigated. The density, size, and period of the thermally dewetted Au nanopatterns can be controlled by the Au film thickness. For the sapphire with both-side SWSs at 5 nm of Au film, the average total transmittance (T(avg)) of ~96.5% at 350-800 nm was obtained, indicating a higher value than those of the flat sapphire (T(avg)~85.6%) and the sapphire with one-side SWSs (T(avg)~91%), and the less angle-dependent transmittance property was observed. The calculated transmittance results also showed a similar tendency to the measured data. The SWSs enhanced significantly the surface hydrophilicity of sapphires, exhibiting a water contact angle (θ(c)) of < 5° for Au film of 5 nm compared to θ(c)~37° of the flat sapphire. PMID:23187471

  10. Cellular and humoral antibody responses of normal pastel and sapphire mink to goat erythrocytes.

    PubMed

    Lodmell, D L; Bergman, R K; Hadlow, W J; Munoz, J J

    1971-02-01

    This study was undertaken to determine whether normal sapphire and royal pastel mink differ immunologically at the cellular and humoral levels. Two days after primary intraperitoneal (ip) inoculation of goat erythrocytes (GE), essentially no 19 or 7S plaque-forming cells (PFC) per 10(6) cells were detected in spleen or in abdominal and peripheral lymph nodes of either color phase. On the 4th day, more 19S PFC were detected in pastel than in sapphire tissues; pastel tissues also contained 7S PFC, whereas essentially none was present in sapphires until the 6th day. After an ip booster inoculation, the number of PFC was markedly different between the two color phases. These differences were most apparent in spleen and peripheral lymph nodes. In parallel with differences observed in PFC responses between the color phases, total hemolysin and 2-mercaptoethanol-resistant hemolysin titers of pastels exceeded those of sapphires in all but one interval after the primary, and at every interval after the booster, inoculation. These data indicate that sapphire mink are not immunological cripples, nor are they immunologically hyperactive, but that differences do exist between sapphire and royal pastel mink, especially in the response to booster injections of GE. PMID:16557957

  11. Feasibility for non-destructive discrimination of natural and beryllium-diffused sapphires using Raman spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Chang, Kyeol; Lee, Sanguk; Park, Jimin; Chung, Hoeil

    2016-03-01

    Raman spectroscopy based non-destructive discrimination between natural and beryllium-diffused (Be-diffused) sapphires has been attempted. The initial examination of Raman image acquired on a sapphire revealed that microscopic structural and compositional heterogeneity was apparent in the sample, so acquisition of spectra able to represent a whole body of sapphire rather than a localized area was necessary for a reliable discrimination. For this purpose, a wide area illumination (WAI) scheme (illumination area: 28.3mm(2)) providing a large sampling volume was employed to collect representative Raman spectra of sapphires. Upon the diffusion of Be into a sapphire, the band shift originated from varied lattice structure by substitution of Be at cation sites was observed and utilized as a valuable spectral signature for the discrimination. In the domain of principal component (PC) scores, the groups of natural and Be-diffused sapphires were identifiable with minor overlapping and the cross-validated discrimination error was 7.3% when k-Nearest Neighbor (k-NN) was used as a classifier. PMID:26717849

  12. Cellular and humoral antibody responses of normal pastel and sapphire mink to goat erythrocytes.

    PubMed

    Lodmell, D L; Bergman, R K; Hadlow, W J; Munoz, J J

    1971-02-01

    This study was undertaken to determine whether normal sapphire and royal pastel mink differ immunologically at the cellular and humoral levels. Two days after primary intraperitoneal (ip) inoculation of goat erythrocytes (GE), essentially no 19 or 7S plaque-forming cells (PFC) per 10(6) cells were detected in spleen or in abdominal and peripheral lymph nodes of either color phase. On the 4th day, more 19S PFC were detected in pastel than in sapphire tissues; pastel tissues also contained 7S PFC, whereas essentially none was present in sapphires until the 6th day. After an ip booster inoculation, the number of PFC was markedly different between the two color phases. These differences were most apparent in spleen and peripheral lymph nodes. In parallel with differences observed in PFC responses between the color phases, total hemolysin and 2-mercaptoethanol-resistant hemolysin titers of pastels exceeded those of sapphires in all but one interval after the primary, and at every interval after the booster, inoculation. These data indicate that sapphire mink are not immunological cripples, nor are they immunologically hyperactive, but that differences do exist between sapphire and royal pastel mink, especially in the response to booster injections of GE.

  13. Wafer-scale highly-transparent and superhydrophilic sapphires for high-performance optics.

    PubMed

    Leem, Jung Woo; Yu, Jae Su

    2012-11-19

    We reported the wafer-scale highly-transparent and superhydrophilic sapphires with antireflective subwavelength structures (SWSs) which were fabricated by dry etching using thermally dewetted gold (Au) nanomasks. Their optical transmittance properties were experimentally and theoretically investigated. The density, size, and period of the thermally dewetted Au nanopatterns can be controlled by the Au film thickness. For the sapphire with both-side SWSs at 5 nm of Au film, the average total transmittance (T(avg)) of ~96.5% at 350-800 nm was obtained, indicating a higher value than those of the flat sapphire (T(avg)~85.6%) and the sapphire with one-side SWSs (T(avg)~91%), and the less angle-dependent transmittance property was observed. The calculated transmittance results also showed a similar tendency to the measured data. The SWSs enhanced significantly the surface hydrophilicity of sapphires, exhibiting a water contact angle (θ(c)) of < 5° for Au film of 5 nm compared to θ(c)~37° of the flat sapphire.

  14. Feasibility for non-destructive discrimination of natural and beryllium-diffused sapphires using Raman spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Chang, Kyeol; Lee, Sanguk; Park, Jimin; Chung, Hoeil

    2016-03-01

    Raman spectroscopy based non-destructive discrimination between natural and beryllium-diffused (Be-diffused) sapphires has been attempted. The initial examination of Raman image acquired on a sapphire revealed that microscopic structural and compositional heterogeneity was apparent in the sample, so acquisition of spectra able to represent a whole body of sapphire rather than a localized area was necessary for a reliable discrimination. For this purpose, a wide area illumination (WAI) scheme (illumination area: 28.3mm(2)) providing a large sampling volume was employed to collect representative Raman spectra of sapphires. Upon the diffusion of Be into a sapphire, the band shift originated from varied lattice structure by substitution of Be at cation sites was observed and utilized as a valuable spectral signature for the discrimination. In the domain of principal component (PC) scores, the groups of natural and Be-diffused sapphires were identifiable with minor overlapping and the cross-validated discrimination error was 7.3% when k-Nearest Neighbor (k-NN) was used as a classifier.

  15. Cellular and Humoral Antibody Responses of Normal Pastel and Sapphire Mink to Goat Erythrocytes

    PubMed Central

    Lodmell, D. L.; Bergman, R. K.; Hadlow, W. J.; Munoz, J. J.

    1971-01-01

    This study was undertaken to determine whether normal sapphire and royal pastel mink differ immunologically at the cellular and humoral levels. Two days after primary intraperitoneal (ip) inoculation of goat erythrocytes (GE), essentially no 19 or 7S plaque-forming cells (PFC) per 106 cells were detected in spleen or in abdominal and peripheral lymph nodes of either color phase. On the 4th day, more 19S PFC were detected in pastel than in sapphire tissues; pastel tissues also contained 7S PFC, whereas essentially none was present in sapphires until the 6th day. After an ip booster inoculation, the number of PFC was markedly different between the two color phases. These differences were most apparent in spleen and peripheral lymph nodes. In parallel with differences observed in PFC responses between the color phases, total hemolysin and 2-mercaptoethanol-resistant hemolysin titers of pastels exceeded those of sapphires in all but one interval after the primary, and at every interval after the booster, inoculation. These data indicate that sapphire mink are not immunological cripples, nor are they immunologically hyperactive, but that differences do exist between sapphire and royal pastel mink, especially in the response to booster injections of GE. PMID:16557957

  16. CW STED nanoscopy with a Ti:Sapphire oscillator

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    Liu, Yujia; Xie, Hao; Alonas, Eric; Santangelo, Philip J.; Jin, Dayong; Xi, Peng

    2012-12-01

    Fluorescence microscopy has become an essential tool to study biological molecules, pathways and events in living cells, tissues and animals. Meanwhile, the conventional optical microscopy is limited by the wavelength of the light. Even the most advanced confocal microscopy or multiphoton microscopy can only yield optical resolution approaching the diffraction limit of ~200 nm. This is still larger than many subcellular structures, which are too small to be resolved in detail. These limitations have driven the development of super-resolution optical imaging methodologies over the past decade. The stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy was the first and most direct approach to overcoming the diffraction limit for far-field nanoscopy. Typically, the excitation focus is overlapped by an intense doughnut-shaped spot to instantly de-excite markers from their fluorescent state to the ground state by stimulated emission. This effectively eliminates the periphery of the Point Spread Function (PSF), resulting in a narrower focal region, or super-resolution. Scanning a sharpened spot through the specimen renders images with sub-diffraction resolution. Multi-color STED imaging can present important structural and functional information for protein-protein interaction. In this work, we presented a dual color, synchronization-free STED stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy with a Ti:Sapphire oscillator. The excitation wavelengths were 532nm and 635nm, respectively. With pump power of 4.6 W and sample irradiance of 310 mW, we achieved super-resolution as high as 71 nm. We also imaged 200 nm nanospheres as well as all three cytoskeletal elements (microtubules, intermediate filaments, and actin filaments), clearly demonstrating the super-resolution resolving power over conventional diffraction limited imaging. It also allowed us to discover that, Dylight 650, exhibits improved performance over ATTO647N, a fluorophore frequently used in STED. Furthermore, we

  17. [SYNTHETIC PEPTIDE VACCINES].

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    Sergeyev, O V; Barinsky, I F

    2016-01-01

    An update on the development and trials of synthetic peptide vaccines is reviewed. The review considers the successful examples of specific protection as a result of immunization with synthetic peptides using various protocols. The importance of conformation for the immunogenicity of the peptide is pointed out. An alternative strategy of the protection of the organism against the infection using synthetic peptides is suggested.

  18. [From synthetic biology to synthetic humankind].

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    Nouvel, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we propose an historical survey of the expression "synthetic biology" in order to identify its main philosophical components. The result of the analysis is then used to investigate the meaning of the notion of "synthetic man". It is shown that both notions share a common philosophical background that can be summed up by the short but meaningful assertion: "biology is technology". The analysis allows us to distinguish two notions that are often confused in transhumanist literature: the notion of synthetic man and the notion of renewed man. The consequences of this crucial distinction are discussed.

  19. Laboratory experiments on simultaneous removal of K and P from synthetic and real urine for nutrient recycle by crystallization of magnesium-potassium-phosphate-hexahydrate in a draft tube and baffle reactor.

    PubMed

    Xu, Kangning; Wang, Chengwen; Wang, Xiaoxue; Qian, Yi

    2012-06-01

    The simultaneous removal of K and P from urine for nutrient recycling by crystallization of magnesium potassium phosphate hexahydrate (MPP) in a laboratory-scale draft tube and baffle reactor (DTBR) is investigated. Results show that mixing speed and hydraulic retention time are important operating factors that influence crystallization and crystal settlement. Slurry should be discharged at a crystal retention time of 11 h to maintain fluidity in the reactor. Further applications of the DTBR using real urine (pretreated by ammonia stripping and diluted five times) showed that 76% K and 68% P were recycled to multi-nutrient products. The crystals collected were characterized and confirmed mainly as a mixture of magnesium ammonium phosphate hexahydrate, MPP, and magnesium sodium phosphate heptahydrate. Results indicate that the DTBR effectively achieved the simultaneous recycling of K and P from urine to multi-nutrient products through MPP crystallization.

  20. Compact cryogenically cooled Ti:Sapphire dual multi-kilohertz amplifiers for synchrotron radiation ultra-fast x-ray applications

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    Feng, J.; Nasiatka, J.; Hertlein, M.; Rude, B.; Padmore, H.

    2013-05-15

    A titanium-doped sapphire regenerative dual-amplifier array operating at multi-kHz repetition rates has been developed for synchrotron radiation ultra-fast x-ray applications. The thermal lensing of the crystal in the amplifiers is virtually eliminated by cryogenic cooling of the laser crystal. The output energy of the amplifiers is measured to be greater than 2.6 mJ and the pulse length was compressed to less than 70 fs. The output laser mode is a near perfect Gaussian TEM00 with an M{sup 2} factor of 1.02. The performance of the amplifier system is in excellent agreement with theoretical calculation.

  1. Temporal and energetic characteristics of ultrabroadband Ti3+:sapphire laser

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    Ter-Mikirtychev, Valery V.; Arestova, Ekaterina L.

    1999-04-01

    The main temporal and energetic characteristics of an ultra- broadband nanosecond Ti3+:sapphire laser are measured. The laser resonator employs a prism pair and a diaphragm creating a `spatially dispersive' cavity, and then is allowed to maintain the lasing conditions simultaneously for different spectral components in different areas of the active element. Second-harmonic radiation from a Q-switched YAG:Nd3+ laser with a 632-nm oscillating wavelength and up to 210 mJ of pulse energy was utilized as a pumping source. The ultrabroadband laser was transversely pumped and operated simultaneously in 685- to 955-nm region with a minimum pulse duration of 25 ns, pulse energy of up to 17.8 mJ, a pulse repetition rate of 10 Hz, and 8.5% real pumping to lasing efficiency. Oscillation build-up time was 19.8 ns at a 775-nm wavelength and was varied for different spectral components by only 7 ns in the 700- to 912-nm region.

  2. Density distribution in the liquid Hg-sapphire interface.

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    Zhao, Meishan; Rice, Stuart A

    2011-04-28

    We present the results of a computer simulation study of the liquid density distribution normal to the interface between liquid Hg and the reconstructed (0001) face of sapphire. The simulations are based on an extension of the self-consistent quantum Monte Carlo scheme previously used to study the structure of the liquid metal-vapor interface. The calculated density distribution is in very good agreement with that inferred from the recent experimental data of Tamam et al. (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2010, 1, 1041-1045). We conclude that, to account for the difference in structure between the liquid Hg-vapor and liquid-Hg-reconstructed (0001) Al(2)O(3) interfaces, it is not necessary to assume there is charge transfer from the Hg to the Al(2)O(3). Rather, the available experimental data are adequately reproduced when the van der Waals interactions of the Al and O atoms with Hg atoms and the exclusion of electron density from Al(2)O(3) via repulsion of the electrons from the closed shells of the ions in the solid are accounted for.

  3. Microwave properties of peeled HEMT devices sapphire substrates

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    Young, Paul G.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.; Mena, Rafael A.; Smith, Edwyn D.

    1992-01-01

    The focus of this research is to demonstrate the first full radio frequency characterization of high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) device parameters. The results of this research are used in the design of circuits with peeled HEMT devices, e.g. 10 GHz amplifiers. Devices were fabricated using two HEMT structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy methods. A 500 A AlAs release layer for 'peel off' was included under the active layers of the structure. The structures are a homogeneously doped Al(0.3)GA(0.7)As/GaAs and a delta doped square well Al(.23)Ga(.77)As/GaAs HEMT structure. Devices were fabricated using a mesa isolation process. Contacts were done by sequentially evaporating Au/Ge/Au/Ni/Au followed by rapid thermal anneal at 400 C for 15 seconds. Gates were wet etch recessed and 1 to 1.4 micron Ti/Au gate metal was deposited. Devices were peeled off the GaAs substrate using Apiezon wax to support the active layer and a HF:DI (1:10) solution to remove the AlAs separation layer. Devices were then attached to sapphire substrates using van der Waals bonding.

  4. Ion beam mixing of Fe with sapphire and silica

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    Sinha, S. K.; Vigen, K. M.; Kothari, D. C.; Som, T.; Kulkarni, V. N.; Nair, K. G. M.

    1999-06-10

    We have studied ion beam mixing of Fe with sapphire, silica, Al and Si using different mass of the ions (Ne{sup +},Ar{sup +}), different doses (5x10{sup 15} to 2x10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2}) and different temperatures (273 deg. K, 423 deg. K and 573 deg. K). Thin film of Fe was deposited by thermal evaporation method. Ion energy was chosen from 30 to 110 keV so that F{sub d} is maximum at the interface. All the specimens were analyzed by RBS. It is found that the square of the diffusion length Dt is proportional to the ion dose for both types of the substrates (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and SiO{sub 2}) implying that mixing is due to the ballistic effect (i.e. cascade mixing). Also mixing is more when irradiated by Ar{sup +} ions than Ne{sup +} ions. Comparison of Dt's shows that mixing is less in ceramics than in pure-elements Al and Si. In Fe-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples, mixing decreases with increase in irradiation temperatures implying de-mixing in crystalline ionic bonded oxide whereas mixing increases in the covalently bonded oxide SiO{sub 2}. Irradiated annealed samples of Fe/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe/SiO{sub 2} show de-mixing and mixing respectively.

  5. Properties of GaN grown on sapphire substrates

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    Crouch, R. K.; Debnam, W. J.; Fripp, A. L.

    1978-01-01

    Epitaxial growth of GaN on sapphire substrates using an open-tube growth furnace has been carried out to study the effects of substrate orientation and transfer gas upon the properties of the layers. It has been found that for the (0001) substrates, surface appearance was virtually independent of carrier gas and of doping levels. For the (1(-1)02) substrates surface faceting was greatly reduced when He was used as a transfer gas as opposed to H2. Faceting was also reduced when the GaN was doped with Zn, and the best surfaces for the (1(-1)02) substrates were obtained in a Zn-doped run using He as the transfer gas. The best sample in terms of electrical properties for the (1(-1)02) substrate had a mobility greater than 400 sq cm/V per sec and a carrier concentration of about 10 to the 17th per cu cm. This sample was undoped and used He as the transfer gas. The best (0001) sample was also grown undoped with He as the transfer gas and had a mobility of 300 sq cm/V per sec and a carrier concentration of 1 x 10 to the 18th per cu cm.

  6. Harmonic Generation in Argon by Femtosecond Ti:Sapphire Laser

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    Qindeel, Rabia; Samad, Ricardo Elgul; de Freitas, Anderson Zanardi; de Matos, Paulo Sergio Fabris; Falcão, Edilson Lucena; Vieira Junior, Nilson Dias

    Generation of harmonics using a gas nozzle has remarkable feature in various applications. Pulses from a Ti:Sapphire laser, centered at 785 nm, in a 4 kHz train, with 25 femtoseconds and 800 μJ of maximum energy were employed to generate harmonics in an argon gas nozzle. We present the current results on the focusability of the nozzle, harmonic radiation, measurement of the influence of laser power and laser focus position on the divergence of gas nozzle. We have successfully generated 3rd, 5th and 7th harmonics in Argon at different laser powers. The results show that the harmonic signals are almost same for laser average powers over 1.0 W and variation always appears below 1.0 W. It means that there is saturation in the physical phenomenon happening inside the gas nozzle at high laser powers and the variation is non-linear below 1.0 W. These results are embedded in an effort towards x-ray generation in the water window.

  7. Optical properties of sapphire in its opacity range

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    Rogalin, V. E.; Kaplunov, I. A.; Tsenina, I. S.; Andreeva, M. S.; Filin, S. A.

    2016-06-01

    We have studied the reflection spectrum of leucosapphire in the range of 2.5-25.0 μm. Based on the analysis of the known frequency and temperature dependences of the absorption coefficient in the range of 2.5-7.0 μm, its extrapolation to the range of 10.6 μm has been performed. We have shown that the absorption coefficient in the range of 10.6 μm and in the temperature interval 300-2300 K can be evaluated as β = (2-3) × 104 cm-1. It has also been shown that the value of this characteristic correlates with the results of investigations of the action of a powerful radiation pulse of a CO2 laser on the surface of anodized aluminum. These data can be used in the development of technologies of laser processing of articles made of sapphire and ceramics based on aluminum oxide, as well as anodized articles made of aluminum alloys.

  8. Behavior of a Josephson Flux Qubit on a Sapphire Substrate

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    Przybysz, Anthony; Crowe, E.; Kwon, H.; Cooper, B. K.; Lewis, R. M.; Palmer, B. S.; Anderson, J. R.; Lobb, C. J.; Wellstood, F. C.

    2009-03-01

    We discuss the design, fabrication, and testing of a Nakamura- style [1] flux qubit. The device consists of a four-Josephson junction qubit loop that is directly coupled to a small dc SQUID, which is used for detection. The device was built on a sapphire substrate using electron beam lithography and double angle evaporation to form the Al/AlOx/Al tunnel junctions. A 200 nm thick layer of aluminum was deposited on the e-beam resist in order to counteract charging effects during the lithography. Three of the junctions in the qubit loop were 100 nm x 250 nm, and the fourth was 100 nm x 150 nm. The large junctions are the main contribution to the inductance of the qubit loop, and the smaller junction creates an energy splitting of 1-10 GHz between the two circulating current states. The SQUID junctions were 100 nm x 2000 nm, and the critical current of the detection SQUID was 240 nA. We present the results of ongoing measurements on the behavior of the device at 25 mK. This project was funded by the JQI, LPS, and CNAM. [1] F. Yoshihara, Y. Nakamura, et al.,``Decoherence of Flux Qubit Due to 1/f Flux Noise,'' PRL 97, 167001 (2006).

  9. Self-assembling hybrid nanoparticles during simultaneous deposition of Co and C60 on sapphire.

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    Lavrentiev, Vasily; Vacik, Jiri; Naramoto, Hiroshi; Sakai, Seiji

    2009-07-01

    The Co-C60 nano-composite film prepared by simultaneous deposition of Co and C60 at room temperature (RT) on sapphire with high content of cobalt (50 at.% Co) is recognized as ensemble of the fcc-Co crystals (5-6 nm in size) separated by the C60-based matrix. It is shown formation of internal stress in the composition arising due to the phase separation. The internal stress causes the phenomena sufficiently influencing structure of the nano-composite. One of them is locking the Co atoms within the C60-based matrix (retained Co atoms) occurring during the separation process. Analysis of the Raman spectrum argues that the retained Co atoms are included in the Co-C60 polymer dominating in the matrix of nano-composite. It is suggested importance of the internal stress for the polymer formation. Another phenomenon is the structural relaxation releasing the internal stress. These phenomena are tested through applying different thermal treatments. Raman spectrum of the mixture film deposited at 200 degrees C shows the lower polymerization efficiency in the C60-based matrix due to the more complete phase separation decreasing number of the retained Co atoms. Post-deposition annealing of the RT-deposited Co-C60 mixture film done at 300 degrees C for 1 hour induces the structural relaxation as conversion of fullerene into the regular carbon structure. According to the Raman analysis the regular carbon structure corresponds to the single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) doped by cobalt. Similar analysis of the 200 degrees C-deposited mixture film treated by the following annealing reveals formation of SWNT only after much longer annealing. These experiments designate the Co diffusion as a main process driven by the carbon nanotube formation. The results demonstrate remarkable opportunity to control structure of the Co-C60 nano-composite using proper thermal treatments.

  10. The study of optical property of sapphire irradiated with 73 MeV Ca ions

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    Yang, Yitao; Zhang, Chonghong; Song, Yin; Gou, Jie; Liu, Juan; Xian, Yongqiang

    2015-12-01

    Single crystals of sapphire were irradiated with 73 MeV Ca ions at room temperature to the fluences of 0.1, 0.5 and 1.0 × 1014 ions/cm2. Optical properties of these samples were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectrometry (UV-VIS) and fluorescence spectrometer (PL). In UV-VIS spectra, it is observed the absorbance bands from oxygen single vacancy (F and F+ color centers) and vacancy pair (F2+ and F22+ color centers). The oxygen single vacancy initially increases rapidly and then does not increase in the fluence range from 0.1 to 0.5 × 1014 ions/cm2. When the fluence is higher than 0.5 × 1014 ions/cm2, oxygen single vacancy starts to increase again. Oxygen vacancy pair increases monotonically with fluence for all irradiated samples. The variation of oxygen single vacancy with fluence is probably associated with the recombination of oxygen vacancies with Al interstitials and complex defect formation (such as vacancy clusters). From PL spectra, two emission bands around 3.1 and 2.34 eV are observed. The PL intensity of the emission band around 3.1 eV decreases for all the irradiated samples. For the emission band around 2.34 eV, the PL intensity initially decreases, and then increases with fluence. Meanwhile, the peak position of the emission band around 2.34 eV gradually shifts to high energy direction with increase of fluence. The decrease of the intensity of the emission bands around 3.1 and 2.34 eV could be induced by stress from the damage layer in the irradiated samples. The shift of peak position for the emission band around 2.34 eV is induced by the appearance of emission band from Al interstitials.

  11. Hydrogen speciation in synthetic quartz

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    Aines, R.D.; Kirby, S.H.; Rossman, G.R.

    1984-01-01

    The dominant hydrogen impurity in synthetic quartz is molecular H2O. H-OH groups also occur, but there is no direct evidence for the hydrolysis of Si-O-Si bonds to yield Si-OH HO-Si groups. Molecular H2O concentrations in the synthetic quartz crystals studied range from less than 10 to 3,300 ppm (H/Si), and decrease smoothly by up to an order of magnitude with distance away from the seed. OH- concentrations range from 96 to 715 ppm, and rise smoothly with distance away from the seed by up to a factor of three. The observed OH- is probably all associated with cationic impurities, as in natural quartz. Molecular H2O is the dominant initial hydrogen impurity in weak quartz. The hydrolytic weakening of quartz may be caused by the transformation H2O + Si-O-Si ??? 2SiOH, but this may be a transitory change with the SiOH groups recombining to form H2O, and the average SiOH concentration remaining very low. Synthetic quartz is strengthened when the H2O is accumulated into fluid inclusions and cannot react with the quartz framework. ?? 1984 Springer-Verlag.

  12. Generating multiple wavelengths, simultaneously, in a Ti:sapphire ring laser with a ramp-hold-fire seeding technique

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    Moore, Thomas Z.; Anderson, F. Scott

    2012-03-01

    The ability to simultaneously produce pulsed laser output over multiple discrete wavelengths can mitigate many of the timing and jitter issues associated with the use of multiple laser systems. In addition, Fourier-transform limited laser output on every pulse is required for many applications such as with pump-probe detection, non-linear frequency mixing, differential absorption lidar (DIAL), and resonance ionization. As a matter of practice, such lasers need to be capable of operating within uncontrolled or noisy environments. We report on a novel Ti:sapphire ring laser that has been developed to produce Fourier-transform limited 20-ns laser pulses at multiple discrete wavelengths, simultaneously, utilizing a Ramp-Hold-Fire (RHF) seeding technique. Resonance of the seed light is achieved by using a KD*P crystal to modify the phase of the light circulating within the slave oscillator cavity where the fast response of the crystal results in a seeding technique that is immune to noise throughout the acoustic regime.

  13. Atomic Resolution of Calcium and Oxygen Sublattices of Calcite in Ambient Conditions by Atomic Force Microscopy Using qPlus Sensors with Sapphire Tips.

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    Wastl, Daniel S; Judmann, Michael; Weymouth, Alfred J; Giessibl, Franz J

    2015-01-01

    Characterization and imaging at the atomic scale with atomic force microscopy in biocompatible environments is an ongoing challenge. We demonstrate atomically resolved imaging of the calcite (101̅4) surface plane using stiff quartz cantilevers ("qPlus sensors", stiffness k = 1280 N/m) equipped with sapphire tips in ambient conditions without any surface preparation. With 10 atoms in one surface unit cell, calcite has a highly complex surface structure comprising three different chemical elements (Ca, C, and O). We obtain true atomic resolution of calcite in air at relative humidity ranging from 20% to 40%, imaging atomic steps and single atomic defects. We observe a great durability of sapphire tips with their Mohs hardness of 9, only one step below diamond. Depending on the state of the sapphire tip, we resolve either the calcium or the oxygen sublattice. We determine the tip termination by comparing the experimental images with simulations and discuss the possibility of chemical tip identification in air. The main challenges for imaging arise from the presence of water layers, which form on almost all surfaces and have the potential to dissolve the crystal surface. Frequency shift versus distance spectra show the presence of at least three ordered hydration layers. The measured height of the first hydration layer corresponds well to X-ray diffraction data and molecular dynamic simulations, namely, ∼220 pm. For the following hydration layers we measure ∼380 pm for the second and third layer, ending up in a total hydration layer thickness of at least 1 nm. Understanding the influence of water layers and their structure is important for surface segregation, surface reactions including reconstructions, healing of defects, and corrosion.

  14. Atomic Resolution of Calcium and Oxygen Sublattices of Calcite in Ambient Conditions by Atomic Force Microscopy Using qPlus Sensors with Sapphire Tips.

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    Wastl, Daniel S; Judmann, Michael; Weymouth, Alfred J; Giessibl, Franz J

    2015-01-01

    Characterization and imaging at the atomic scale with atomic force microscopy in biocompatible environments is an ongoing challenge. We demonstrate atomically resolved imaging of the calcite (101̅4) surface plane using stiff quartz cantilevers ("qPlus sensors", stiffness k = 1280 N/m) equipped with sapphire tips in ambient conditions without any surface preparation. With 10 atoms in one surface unit cell, calcite has a highly complex surface structure comprising three different chemical elements (Ca, C, and O). We obtain true atomic resolution of calcite in air at relative humidity ranging from 20% to 40%, imaging atomic steps and single atomic defects. We observe a great durability of sapphire tips with their Mohs hardness of 9, only one step below diamond. Depending on the state of the sapphire tip, we resolve either the calcium or the oxygen sublattice. We determine the tip termination by comparing the experimental images with simulations and discuss the possibility of chemical tip identification in air. The main challenges for imaging arise from the presence of water layers, which form on almost all surfaces and have the potential to dissolve the crystal surface. Frequency shift versus distance spectra show the presence of at least three ordered hydration layers. The measured height of the first hydration layer corresponds well to X-ray diffraction data and molecular dynamic simulations, namely, ∼220 pm. For the following hydration layers we measure ∼380 pm for the second and third layer, ending up in a total hydration layer thickness of at least 1 nm. Understanding the influence of water layers and their structure is important for surface segregation, surface reactions including reconstructions, healing of defects, and corrosion. PMID:25816927

  15. Effect of heating conditions on flow patterns during the seeding stage of Kyropoulos sapphire crystal growth

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    Timofeev, Vladimir V.; Kalaev, Vladimir V.; Ivanov, Vadim G.

    2016-07-01

    We apply numerical simulation to understand the effect of heating conditions on melt convection in an industrial Ky furnace. The direct numerical simulation (DNS) approach was used to investigate the features of melt flow during the seeding stage. Two different cases of Kyropoulos furnace hot zone design were studied numerically, and results were compared with experimental data to understand the effect of modifications on melt convection.

  16. All-glass optical fibers derived from sapphire

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    Dragic, Peter D.; Hawkins, Thomas; Foy, Paul; Morris, Stephanie; Ballato, John

    2013-02-01

    Increasing power levels and novel applications are demanding from fibers performance capabilities that have, to date, not been realized. One such example arises from the nascent push towards the 10-kW power threshold for narrow linewidth fiber lasers designed for applications including coherently-phased laser arrays and spectroscopic lidars. It is well-known that Brillouin scattering still restricts continued power scaling in these systems, despite several recent advances in acoustic-wave Brillouin management. Accordingly, novel fibers possessing a Brillouin gain coefficient 10 dB or more less than previously demonstrated would be of great practical benefit if they comprise novel materials in simple geometries and are manufactured using industry-accepted methods. Introducing a new and effective approach to the management of Brillouin scattering, we present on all-glass optical fibers derived from silica-clad sapphire with alumina concentrations up to 55 mole percent; considerably greater than conventionally possible enabling the design of optical fiber possessing a series of essential properties. Markedly, a Brillouin gain coefficient of 3.1 × 10-13 m/W was measured for a fiber with an average alumina concentration of 54 mole percent. This value is nearly 100 times lower than standard commercial single-mode fiber and is likely the lowest ever specified value. This reduction in Brillouin gain is enabled by a number of key material properties of the alumina-silica system, amazingly even leading to a predicted, but not yet demonstrated, composition with zero Brillouin gain. Optical fiber materials with these and other crucial properties will be discussed in the context high energy fiber laser systems.

  17. Evolvable synthetic neural system

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    Curtis, Steven A. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    An evolvable synthetic neural system includes an evolvable neural interface operably coupled to at least one neural basis function. Each neural basis function includes an evolvable neural interface operably coupled to a heuristic neural system to perform high-level functions and an autonomic neural system to perform low-level functions. In some embodiments, the evolvable synthetic neural system is operably coupled to one or more evolvable synthetic neural systems in a hierarchy.

  18. Synthetic cathinone abuse

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    Capriola, Michael

    2013-01-01

    The abuse of synthetic cathinones, widely known as bath salts, has been increasing since the mid-2000s. These substances are derivatives of the naturally occurring compound cathinone, which is the primary psychoactive component of khat. The toxicity of synthetic cathinones includes significant sympathomimetic effects, as well as psychosis, agitation, aggression, and sometimes violent and bizarre behavior. Mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone are currently the predominantly abused synthetic cathinones. PMID:23869180

  19. [SYNTHETIC PEPTIDE VACCINES].

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    Sergeyev, O V; Barinsky, I F

    2016-01-01

    An update on the development and trials of synthetic peptide vaccines is reviewed. The review considers the successful examples of specific protection as a result of immunization with synthetic peptides using various protocols. The importance of conformation for the immunogenicity of the peptide is pointed out. An alternative strategy of the protection of the organism against the infection using synthetic peptides is suggested. PMID:27145593

  20. Chirped-Pulse Amplification with flashlamp-pumped Ti:Sapphire amplifiers. Revision 1

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    Bonlie, J.D.; White, W.E.; Price, D.F.; Reitze, D.H.

    1994-01-01

    Ti:Sapphire (Ti:Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) amplifier stages are typically pumped with Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers doubled to 532 nm because of good spectral overlap, short temporal width, high repetition rate (i.e., 10 Hz to > 5 kHz) and the problems associated with flashlamp pumping a material with a relatively short upper state lifetime. Limitations to this pumping method arise due to the 1 to 1.5 joule/pulse ceiling found in most commercial high rep rate Nd:YAG lasers. The availability of high quality, large aperture Ti:Sapphire rods has made the flashlamp-pumping scheme an attractive option. The excellent thermal properties of Ti:Sapphire also allows an amplifier to be operated at high repetition rates. The front end of our laser relies on Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) in laser pumped Ti:Sapphire to generate 55 mJ, 90 fsec pulses at a 10 Hz rate. We report the use of a flashlamp pumped Ti:Sapphire head to further amplify the output of our system, producing 90 fsec, 250 mJ pulses at 5 Hz. The excellent output spatial profile yields a near diffraction-limited 5 {mu}m spot size and peak irradiance in excess of 5 {times} 10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}.

  1. Chirped-Pulse Amplification with flashlamp-pumped Ti:Sapphire amplifiers

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    Bonlie, J.D.; White, W.E.; Price, D.F.; Reitze, D.H.

    1994-01-01

    Ti:Sapphire (Ti:Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) amplifier stages are typically pumped with Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers doubled to 532 nm because of good spectral overlap, short temporal width, high repetition rate (i.e., 10 Hz to > 5 kHz) and the problems associated with flashlamp pumping a material with a relatively short upper state lifetime. Limitations to this pumping method arise due to the 1 to 1.5 joule/pulse ceiling found in most commercial high rep rate Nd:YAG lasers. The availability of high quality, large aperture Ti:Sapphire rods has made the flashlamp-pumping scheme an attractive option. The excellent thermal properties of Ti:Sapphire also allows an amplifier to be operated at high repetition rates. The front end of our laser relies on Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) in laser pumped Ti:Sapphire to generate 55 NJ, 90 fsec pulses at a 10 Hz rate. We report the use of a flashlamp pumped Ti:Sapphire head to further amplify the output of our system, producing 90 fsec, 250 NJ pulses at 5 Hz. The excellent output spatial profile yields a near diffraction-limited 5 {mu}m spot size and peak irradiance in excess of 5 {times} 10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}.

  2. Experimental study of laser dicing sapphire substrate by green DPSS laser

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    Xie, Xiao-zhu; Huang, Fu-min; Wei, Xin; Hu, Wei; Ren, Qing-lei

    2010-11-01

    Sapphire is an important material for fabricating photonic devices such as light emitting diode (LED). The matter is strongly resistant to wet and dry chemical etching because of its unique physical property. Moreover, there also exist some problems like chipping and edge crack by diamond dicing. Thereby, lots of emerging laser-based techniques have been invented, including various lasers at different wavelength and different technologies, which have gradually become the alternative powerful and efficient methods to dicing this material. Most of investigations on laser dicing sapphire are conducted by UV and ultra-short pulse laser, few by green laser with wavelength of 532nm. So a green laser with wavelength of 532nm and high repetition frequency is employed to dice sapphire substrate. The effects of machining parameters as laser power, repetition frequency, scanning velocity and number of scans on kerf width, kerf depth and aspect ratio are analyzed. Kerf width and depth are measured by optical microscope (OM) and micro-morphology of sapphire is observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results indicate that narrower kerf, higher aspect ratio and better surface quality can be obtained under the combined processing parameters of medium laser power, lower repetition frequency, medium scanning velocity and multiple scans, which proves green laser to be an effective tool to dice sapphire substrate.

  3. Enhancing the Thermal Conductance of Polymer and Sapphire Interface via Self-Assembled Monolayer.

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    Zheng, Kun; Sun, Fangyuan; Zhu, Jie; Ma, Yongmei; Li, Xiaobo; Tang, Dawei; Wang, Fosong; Wang, Xiaojia

    2016-08-23

    Interfacial thermal conductance (ITC) receives enormous consideration because of its significance in determining thermal performance of hybrid materials, such as polymer based nanocomposites. In this study, the ITC between sapphire and polystyrene (PS) was systematically investigated by time domain thermoreflectance (TDTR) method. Silane based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with varying end groups, -NH2, -Cl, -SH and -H, were introduced into sapphire/PS interface, and their effects on ITC were investigated. The ITC was found to be enhanced up by a factor of 7 through functionalizing the sapphire surface with SAM, which ends with a chloride group (-Cl). The results show that the enhancement of the thermal transport across the SAM-functionalized interface comes from both strong covalent bonding between sapphire and silane-based SAM, and the high compatibility between the SAM and PS. Among the SAMs studied in this work, we found that the ITC almost linearly depends on solubility parameters, which could be the dominant factor influencing on the ITC compared with wettability and adhesion. The SAMs serve as an intermediate layer that bridges the sapphire and PS. Such a feature can be applied to ceramic-polymer immiscible interfaces by functionalizing the ceramic surface with molecules that are miscible with the polymer materials. This research provides guidance on the design of critical-heat transfer materials such as composites and nanofluids for thermal management.

  4. Enhancing the Thermal Conductance of Polymer and Sapphire Interface via Self-Assembled Monolayer.

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    Zheng, Kun; Sun, Fangyuan; Zhu, Jie; Ma, Yongmei; Li, Xiaobo; Tang, Dawei; Wang, Fosong; Wang, Xiaojia

    2016-08-23

    Interfacial thermal conductance (ITC) receives enormous consideration because of its significance in determining thermal performance of hybrid materials, such as polymer based nanocomposites. In this study, the ITC between sapphire and polystyrene (PS) was systematically investigated by time domain thermoreflectance (TDTR) method. Silane based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with varying end groups, -NH2, -Cl, -SH and -H, were introduced into sapphire/PS interface, and their effects on ITC were investigated. The ITC was found to be enhanced up by a factor of 7 through functionalizing the sapphire surface with SAM, which ends with a chloride group (-Cl). The results show that the enhancement of the thermal transport across the SAM-functionalized interface comes from both strong covalent bonding between sapphire and silane-based SAM, and the high compatibility between the SAM and PS. Among the SAMs studied in this work, we found that the ITC almost linearly depends on solubility parameters, which could be the dominant factor influencing on the ITC compared with wettability and adhesion. The SAMs serve as an intermediate layer that bridges the sapphire and PS. Such a feature can be applied to ceramic-polymer immiscible interfaces by functionalizing the ceramic surface with molecules that are miscible with the polymer materials. This research provides guidance on the design of critical-heat transfer materials such as composites and nanofluids for thermal management. PMID:27501117

  5. Absorption and fluorescence of alexandrite and of titanium in sapphire and glass

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    Byvik, C. E.; Hess, R. V.; Buoncristiani, A. M.

    1985-01-01

    The fluorescence and absorption data for titanium in crystalline sapphire and titanium doped into two silicate and one phosphate glass structures are analyzed. It is observed that the Ti-doped silicate glass sample exhibits no absorption related to the Ti(III) ion, the Ti-doped phosphate glass is deep blue, the absorption line width of the glass samples are a factor of two larger than that of sapphire, and the absorption peak for the Ti in the glass shifted about 100 nm to the red from the Ti:sapphire absorption peak. This shift reveals that the Ti(III) ion is sensitive to the crystalline environment and not to the glass environment. The photoluminescence spectra for Ti-doped sapphire and alexandrite are compared. It is detected that the Ti:sapphire exhibits a broader spectrum than that for alexandrite with a peak at 750 nm. The three zero phonon transitions of Ti:Al2O3 at liquid nitrogen temperatures are studied.

  6. Phase behavior and crystal structure of 3-(1-naphthyloxy)- and 3-(4-indolyloxy)-propane-1,2-diol, synthetic precursors of chiral drugs propranolol and pindolol

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    Bredikhin, Alexander A.; Gubaidullin, Aidar T.; Bredikhina, Zemfira A.; Fayzullin, Robert R.; Samigullina, Aida I.; Zakharychev, Dmitry V.

    2013-08-01

    Valuable precursors of popular chiral drugs propranolol and pindolol, 3-(1-naphthyloxy)-propane-1,2-diol 3 and 3-(4-indolyloxy)-propane-1,2-diol 4 were investigated by IR spectroscopy, DSC, and X-ray diffraction methods. Both compounds, crystallizing from enantiopure feed material, form "guaifenesin-like" crystal packing in which the classic H-bonded bilayers, framed in both sides by hydrophobic fragments of the molecules, acts as the basic crystal-forming motif. Diol 4 prone to spontaneous resolution and conserves its packing pattern crystallizing from racemate. Under the same conditions, diol 3 forms weakly stable solid racemic compound. Some reasons for such a behavior are identified and discussed.

  7. Functionalizing single crystals: incorporation of nanoparticles inside gel-grown calcite crystals.

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    Liu, Yujing; Yuan, Wentao; Shi, Ye; Chen, Xiaoqiang; Wang, Yong; Chen, Hongzheng; Li, Hanying

    2014-04-14

    Synthetic single crystals are usually homogeneous solids. Biogenic single crystals, however, can incorporate biomacromolecules and become inhomogeneous solids so that their properties are also extrinsically regulated by the incorporated materials. The discrepancy between the properties of synthetic and biogenic single crystals leads to the idea to modify the internal structure of synthetic crystals to achieve nonintrinsic properties by incorporation of foreign material. Intrinsically colorless and diamagnetic calcite single crystals are turned into colored and paramagnetic solids, through incorporation of Au and Fe3O4 nanoparticles without significantly disrupting the crystalline lattice of calcite. The crystals incorporate the nanoparticles and gel fibers when grown in agarose gel media containing the nanoparticles, whereas the solution-grown crystals do not. As such, our work extends the long-history gel method for crystallization into a platform to functionalize single-crystalline materials.

  8. Fluoride laser crystals: old and new

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    Jenssen, Hans P.; Cassanho, Arlete

    2006-02-01

    The development of oxide and fluoride materials as gain materials of choice for solid state lasers ranges from early materials such as Calcium Fluoride and Calcium Tungstate crystals to the now ubiquitous Nd hosts YLF, YAG and Vanadate. Among Tunable laser materials, MgF II - an early favorite, gave way to superior oxides such as Alexandrite and Ti:Sapphire only to be followed by development of still newer tunable fluoride media, notably, fluoride colquiriites such as Cr-doped LiSAF and LiCaF. Newer fluoride crystals, such as Barium Yttrium Fluoride BaY II F 8 (BYF), KY 3F 10 (KYF) and the tunable Cr doped LiCaGaF 6 are attractive laser materials, but their growth has not been optimized. Key advantages of two of these new crystals are discussed. Crystal growth results for BYF and Cr:LiCaGaF 6 as well as some material characterization are presented.

  9. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11-22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers.

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-02-10

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11-22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11-22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the in-plane anisotropic structural characteristics of GaN layer are azimuthal dependent. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the majority of dislocations in the GaN epitaxial layer grown on m-sapphire are the mixed-type and the orientation of GaN layer was rotated 58.4° against the substrate. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the PL intensity and wavelength have polarization dependence along parallel and perpendicular to the [1-100] axis (polarization degrees ~ 0.63). The realization of a high polarization semi-polar GaN would be useful to achieve III-nitride based lighting emission device for displays and backlighting.

  10. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-01-01

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11–22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the in-plane anisotropic structural characteristics of GaN layer are azimuthal dependent. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the majority of dislocations in the GaN epitaxial layer grown on m-sapphire are the mixed-type and the orientation of GaN layer was rotated 58.4° against the substrate. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the PL intensity and wavelength have polarization dependence along parallel and perpendicular to the [1–100] axis (polarization degrees ~ 0.63). The realization of a high polarization semi-polar GaN would be useful to achieve III-nitride based lighting emission device for displays and backlighting. PMID:26861595

  11. Generation of 3.5W high efficiency blue-violet laser by intracavity frequency-doubling of an all-solid-state tunable Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Ding, X; Wang, R; Zhang, H; Wen, W Q; Huang, L; Wang, P; Yao, J Q; Yu, X Y; Li, Z

    2008-03-31

    In this paper, we report a high power, high efficiency blue-violet laser obtained by intracavity frequency-doubling of an all-solid-state Q-switched tunable Ti:sapphire laser, which was pumped by a 532 nm intracavity frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser. A beta-BaB2O4 (BBO) crystal was used for frequency-doubling of the Ti:sapphire laser and a V-shape folded three-mirror cavity was optimized to obtain high power high efficiency second harmonic generation (SHG). At an incident pump power of 22 W, the tunable output from 355 nm to 475 nm was achieved, involving the maximum average output of 3.5 W at 400 nm with an optical conversion efficiency of 16% from the 532 nm pump laser to the blue-violet output. The beam quality factor M(2) was measured to be Mx(2)=2.15, My(2)=2.38 for characterizing the tunable blue laser.

  12. High Temperature Testing with Sapphire Fiber White-Light Michelson Interferometers

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    Barnes, A.; Pedrazzani, J.; May, R.; Murphy, K.; Tran, T.; Coate, J.

    1996-01-01

    In the design of new aerospace materials, developmental testing is conducted to characterize the behavior of the material under severe environmental conditions of high stress, temperature, and vibration. But to test these materials under extreme conditions requires sensors that can perform in harsh environments. Current sensors can only monitor high temperature test samples using long throw instrumentation, but this is inherently less accurate than a surface mounted sensor, and provides no means for fabrication process monitoring. A promising alternative is the use of sapphire optical fiber sensors. Sapphire is an incredibly rugged material, being extremely hard (9 mhos), chemically inert, and having a melting temperature (over 2000 C). Additionally, there is a extensive background of optical fiber sensors upon which to draw for sapphire sensor configurations.

  13. Radio-Frequency Performance of Epitaxial Graphene Field-Effect Transistors on Sapphire Substrates

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    Liu, Qing-Bin; Yu, Cui; Li, Jia; Song, Xu-Bo; He, Ze-Zhao; Lu, Wei-Li; Gu, Guo-Dong; Wang, Yuan-Gang; Feng, Zhi-Hong

    2014-07-01

    We report dc and the first-ever measured small signal rf performance of epitaxial graphene field-effect transistors (GFETs), where the epitaxial graphene is grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on a 2-inch c-plane sapphire substrate. Our epitaxial graphene material has a good flatness and uniformity due to the low carbon concentration during the graphene growth. With a gate length Lg = 100 nm, the maximum drain source current Ids and peak transconductance gm reach 0.92 A/mm and 0.143 S/mm, respectively, which are the highest results reported for GFETs directly grown on sapphire. The extrinsic cutoff frequency (fT) and maximum oscillation frequency (fmax) of the device are 12 GHz and 9.5 GHz, and up to 32 GHz and 21.5 GHz after de-embedding, respectively. Our work proves that epitaxial graphene on sapphire substrates is a promising candidate for rf electronics.

  14. Thermal-induced wavefront aberration in sapphire-cooled Nd:glass slab

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    Huang, Tingrui; Huang, Wenfa; Wang, Jiangfeng; Lu, Xinghua; Li, Xuechun

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate for the first time a sapphire-cooled Nd:glass composite assembly based on optical bonding of two thin sapphire plates to a Nd:glass slab for efficient heat removal. The distributions of temperature, stress, depolarization loss, and wavefront aberration were obtained by finite element analysis. The simulation results were verified experimentally. Although the heat generation rate was 4.5 W/cm3, the temperature increase was within 5.7 °C at the center of the sapphire surface, and the whole wavefront aberration was 1.21 λ ( λ = 1053 nm). This demonstration opens up a viable path toward novel repetition rate Nd:glass laser amplifier designs with efficient double-sided room-temperature heat sinking on both sides of the slab.

  15. Fabrication of Monolithic Sapphire Membranes for High Tc Bolometer Array Development

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    Pugel, D. E.; Lakew, B.; Aslam, S.; Wang, L.

    2003-01-01

    This paper examines the effectiveness of Pt/Cr thin film masks for the architecture of monolithic membrane structures in r-plane sapphire. The development of a pinhole-free Pt/Cr composite mask that is resistant to hot H2SO4:H3PO4 etchant, will lead to the fabrication of smooth sapphire membranes whose surfaces are well-suited for the growth of low-noise high Tc films. In particular, the relationship of thermal annealing conditions on the Pt/Cr composite mask system to: (1) changes in the surface morphology and elemental concentration of the Pt/Cr thin film layers and (2) etch pit formation on the sapphire surface will be presented.

  16. Surface characterization of diamond film tool grinding on the monocrystal sapphire under different liquid environments

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    Feng, Wei; Lu, Wenzhuang; Zhou, Hai; Yang, Bin; Zuo, Dunwen

    2016-11-01

    Surface characterization of diamond film tool on the monocrystal sapphire under H2O, 3% ethylene glycol and 3% ethylenediamine was investigated. The typical components and chemical changes of the surface of diamond thick film were studied by means of Raman and XPS. Results showed that tribological properties of diamond film tool were associated with the liquid environment located the grinding. Diamond film tool under 3% ethylenediamine solution exhibited the minimum value of friction coefficient, while that under H2O exhibited maximum value of friction coefficient. As the ethylenediamine and ethylene glycol were added during the grinding process, the reaction between diamond film and the sapphire pieces occurred, and the chemical composition change of the surface was also studied. Under the same process parameters, a better surface quality of sapphire under the grinding fluid of ethylenediamine can be obtained.

  17. Influence of strain relaxation on the relative orientation of ZnO and ZnMnO wurtzite lattice with respect to sapphire substrates

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    Avramenko, K. A.; Bryksa, V. P.; Petrenko, T. L.; Kladko, V. P.; Stanchu, H. V.; Belyaev, A. E.; Deparis, C.; Zuñiga-Pérez, J.; Morhain, C.

    2016-09-01

    ZnO and Zn1-x Mn x O (0≤slant x≤slant 0.07) films with 2 μm thickness were grown on (0001) sapphire substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. X-ray, electronic and optical studies show that films have a single crystalline columnar structure with unevenly distributed impurities and defects at the interfaces and boundaries of columns. ZnO and Zn1-x Mn x O films shows a high-quality hexagonal crystal structure with ZnO cells rotated by 30° relative to the sapphire substrate. We establish that the lateral coherence length obtained from x-ray analysis of Zn1-x Mn x O films is decreased from 900 nm to 400 nm at Mn variation from x = 0 to 0.07, which corresponds to variation of an average column diameter in these films. We find that in Zn1-x Mn x O films the area sizes of coherent phonon decaying are determined by the coherent areas of concentration homogeneity of Mn distributions which are much smaller then the dimensions of the columns. Modeling of ZnO/Al2O3 interface structure and properties was performed by means of first-principle density functional theory calculations. We employ an approach based on the use of large supercells (up to 460 atoms) which makes the simulation of interfaces with very large lattice mismatch possible. In this case amorphization of crystal structure in the vicinity of the interface is appears as a natural result of calculations leading to reduction of internal strains that that originate from the ZnO/Al2O3 lattice mismatch. In all cases the double ZnO layer next closest to the to interface (as well as the upper layers) maintains a nearly perfect wurtzite crystal structure. Based on calculations we propose a new model of interface microstructure which includes Zn- or O-monolayers located between conventional ZnO and Al2O3 surfaces. Adhesion energies of ZnO films to sapphire substrate were calculated for unrotated as well as for 30° rotated domains in the cases of Zn- and O-faced ZnO surfaces both with and without additional Zn- or O

  18. Influence of strain relaxation on the relative orientation of ZnO and ZnMnO wurtzite lattice with respect to sapphire substrates

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    Avramenko, K. A.; Bryksa, V. P.; Petrenko, T. L.; Kladko, V. P.; Stanchu, H. V.; Belyaev, A. E.; Deparis, C.; Zuñiga-Pérez, J.; Morhain, C.

    2016-09-01

    ZnO and Zn1‑x Mn x O (0≤slant x≤slant 0.07) films with 2 μm thickness were grown on (0001) sapphire substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. X-ray, electronic and optical studies show that films have a single crystalline columnar structure with unevenly distributed impurities and defects at the interfaces and boundaries of columns. ZnO and Zn1‑x Mn x O films shows a high-quality hexagonal crystal structure with ZnO cells rotated by 30° relative to the sapphire substrate. We establish that the lateral coherence length obtained from x-ray analysis of Zn1‑x Mn x O films is decreased from 900 nm to 400 nm at Mn variation from x = 0 to 0.07, which corresponds to variation of an average column diameter in these films. We find that in Zn1‑x Mn x O films the area sizes of coherent phonon decaying are determined by the coherent areas of concentration homogeneity of Mn distributions which are much smaller then the dimensions of the columns. Modeling of ZnO/Al2O3 interface structure and properties was performed by means of first-principle density functional theory calculations. We employ an approach based on the use of large supercells (up to 460 atoms) which makes the simulation of interfaces with very large lattice mismatch possible. In this case amorphization of crystal structure in the vicinity of the interface is appears as a natural result of calculations leading to reduction of internal strains that that originate from the ZnO/Al2O3 lattice mismatch. In all cases the double ZnO layer next closest to the to interface (as well as the upper layers) maintains a nearly perfect wurtzite crystal structure. Based on calculations we propose a new model of interface microstructure which includes Zn- or O-monolayers located between conventional ZnO and Al2O3 surfaces. Adhesion energies of ZnO films to sapphire substrate were calculated for unrotated as well as for 30° rotated domains in the cases of Zn- and O-faced ZnO surfaces both with and without additional Zn- or O

  19. Synthetic polymer-layer silicate clay composites

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    Carrado, K.A.; Elder, D.L.; Thiyagarajan, P.

    1995-07-01

    Synthetic hectorites were hydrothermally crystallized with direct incorporation of water-soluble polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a cationic polymer poly(dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride) (PDDA), and two cellulosic polymers: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC). The molecular weight of polyvinyl alcohols had little effect on the success of hydrothermal hectorite synthesis, d-spacing, or amount of polymer incorporated; the basal spacings range from 19.5 {angstrom} to 20.8 {angstrom} and the percent of polymer incorporated ranges from 20.4 wt% to 23.0 wt%. Synthetic PDDA-hectorite displays the lowest d-spacing at 15.8 {angstrom}, and less cationic PDDA is incorporated into hectorite (7.8 wt% organic) than the other neutral polymers (17.8-23.0 wt% organic). The basal spacing for synthetic HPMC-hectorite is the largest at 25.2 {angstrom}. Small angle neutron scattering was used to further examine the PVA-clay systems.

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  1. Optical characterization of synthetic faceted gem materials grown from hydrothermal solutions

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    Lu, Taijin; Shigley, James E.

    1998-10-01

    Various non-destructive optical characterization techniques have been used to characterize and identify synthetic gem materials grown from hydrothermal solutions, to include ruby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst and ametrine (amethyst-citrine), from their natural counterparts. The ability to observe internal features, such as inclusions, dislocations, twins, color bands, and growth zoning in gem materials is strongly dependent on the observation techniques and conditions, since faceted gemstones have many polished surfaces which can reflect and scatter light in various directions which can make observation difficult. However, diagnostic gemological properties of these faceted synthetic gem materials can be obtained by choosing effective optical characterization methods, and by modifying optical instruments. Examples of some of the distinctive features of synthetic amethyst, ametrine, pink quartz, ruby and emerald are presented to illustrate means of optical characterization of gemstones. The ability to observe defects by light scattering techniques is discussed.

  2. High-power Ti:sapphire lasers for spectroscopy of antiprotonic atoms and radioactive ions

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    Hori, M.; Dax, A.; Soter, A.

    The ASACUSA collaboration has developed injection-seeded Ti:sapphire lasers of linewidth Γpl ˜ 6 MHz, pulse energy 50-100 mJ, and output wavelength λ = 726-941 nm. They are being used in two-photon spectroscopy experiments of antiprotonic helium atoms at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) of CERN. Ti:sapphire lasers of larger linewidth Γpl ˜ 100 MHz but more robust design will also be used in collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy (CRIS) experiments of neutron-deficient francium ions at the ISOLDE facility.

  3. High-power Ti:sapphire lasers for spectroscopy of antiprotonic atoms and radioactive ions

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    Hori, M.; Dax, A.; Soter, A.

    2012-12-01

    The ASACUSA collaboration has developed injection-seeded Ti:sapphire lasers of linewidth Γpl ˜ 6 MHz, pulse energy 50-100 mJ, and output wavelength λ = 726-941 nm. They are being used in two-photon spectroscopy experiments of antiprotonic helium atoms at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) of CERN. Ti:sapphire lasers of larger linewidth Γpl ˜ 100 MHz but more robust design will also be used in collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy (CRIS) experiments of neutron-deficient francium ions at the ISOLDE facility.

  4. Blocks and residual stresses in sapphire rods of different crystallographic orientations grown by the Stepanov method

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    Krymov, V. M. Nosov, Yu. G.; Bakholdin, S. I.; Maslov, V. N.; Shul’pina, I. L.

    2015-05-15

    The formation of blocks in shaped sapphire rods of two crystallographic orientations has been investigated. It is shown that, when growth occurs in the direction of the optical c axis, blocks are formed with a higher probability than in the case of growth in the a direction. A model of formation of blocks in rods of different orientations is proposed. The distribution of residual stresses over sapphire rod cross sections is measured by conoscopy. It is found that stresses increase from the middle of a rod to its periphery and reach 20 MPa.

  5. Analysis of the growth dependences of silicon-on-sapphire heteroepitaxy

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    Pavlov, D. A.; Shilyaev, P. A.; Pirogov, A. V. Krivulin, N. O. Bobrov, A. I.; Pegasina, M. D.

    2013-06-15

    The formation of nanoislands of two forms (dome-shaped and a truncated dome) is experimentally found during the initial stage of silicon-on-sapphire heteroepitaxy. Atomic-resolution images of the silicon islands on sapphire are obtained by transmission electron microscopy. A model is proposed to explain the instability of the shape of islands and its transition from isotropic to anisotropic and to describe the evolution of average island sizes during growth. It is shown that the height dependence of the island diameter is approximately linear; however, for large island sizes there is a significant discrepancy with the experimental data due to island coalescence, which is disregarded in the model.

  6. Incident beam polarization for laser Doppler velocimetry employing a sapphire cylindrical window

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    Lock, J. A.; Schock, H. J.

    1985-01-01

    For laser Doppler velocimetry studies employing sapphire windows as optical access ports, the birefringency of sapphire produces an extra beam intersection volume which serves to effectively smear the acquired velocity flow field data. It is shown that for a cylindrical window geometry, the extra beam intersection volume may be eliminated with minimal decrease in the fringe visibility of the remaining intersection volume by suitably orienting the polarizations of the initial laser beams. For horizontally incident beams, these polarizations were measured at three intersection locations within the cylinder. It was found that the measured polarization angles agreed with the theoretical predictions.

  7. Synthesis of ZnO nanocrystals in sapphire by ion implantation and vacuum annealing

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    Marques, C.; Franco, N.; Alves, L. C.; da Silva, R. C.; Alves, E.; Safran, G.; McHargue, C. J.

    2007-04-01

    The synthesis of embedded ZnO nanoparticles in m-cut sapphire was achieved through high fluence Zn ion implantation, 0.9 × 1017 cm-2 at room temperature, followed by annealing at 1000 °C in vacuum. In c-cut samples subjected to similar annealing conditions only buried precipitates of Zn form. TEM results in these samples show a high concentration of faceted precipitates distributed along the c-plane and the presence of Kirkendall voids distributed along the entire implanted region. In both cases a strong loss of Zn is observed upon annealing, which depends on the sapphire host orientation.

  8. Introduction of SILEX-I Femto-second Ti:sapphire laser Facility

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    Zhu, Qihua; Peng, Hansheng; Wei, Xiaofeng; Huang, Xiaojun; Zhang, Xiaomin; Wang, Xiaodong; Zhou, Kainan; Liu, Lanqin; Zeng, Xiaoming; Wang, Xiao; Guo, Yi; Lin, Donghui; Xu, Bing; Chu, Xiaoling

    2007-06-01

    We have built a Ti:sapphire laser system, referred to as SILEX-I, with a peak power of 286TW for a pulse duration of 30fs using chirped-pulse amplification technique. A number of spectral and spatio-temporal beam control measures have been taken and near-diffraction limited focal spots have been obtained which, to our knowledge, are the best far fields ever measured for any existing high-power Ti:sapphire laser system without deformable mirror corrections.

  9. Large-area YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on sapphire for microwave applications

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    Cole, B. F.; Liang, G.-C.; Newman, N.; Char, K.; Zaharchuk, G.; Martens, J. S.

    1992-01-01

    We have deposited YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) films with low microwave surface resistance (Rs) on 5-cm-diam, oxide-buffered sapphire substrates by planar magnetron sputtering. MgO buffer layers are used on M-plane (1 0 -1 0) sapphire, and R-plane (1 -1 0 2) sapphire is buffered by CeO2. Rs values of 450-620 microhms at 77 K and 10 GHz were measured across an entire 5-cm diam YBCO film on M-plane sapphire. For YBCO on R-plane sapphire, Rs values at 77 K and 10 GHz were 950 microohms for a 5-cm-diam wafer and 700 microohms for 1 x 1 sq cm samples.

  10. Saga of synthetic rubber

    SciTech Connect

    Solo, R.A.

    1980-04-01

    The proposal to establish an Energy Mobilization Board and a synthetic fuels industry is reminiscent of World War II efforts to produce synthetic rubber. To avoid the mistakes made in the earlier effort, Mr. Solo suggests that the synthetic-fuel program should (1) use a more-successful technological development project as a model; (2) commit public funding and not rely on profit-oriented private enterprise; and (3) avoid entrusting social planning to single-purpose entities that have not been sensitive to social values. (DCK)

  11. Synthetic Base Fluids

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    Brown, M.; Fotheringham, J. D.; Hoyes, T. J.; Mortier, R. M.; Orszulik, S. T.; Randles, S. J.; Stroud, P. M.

    The chemical nature and technology of the main synthetic lubricant base fluids is described, covering polyalphaolefins, alkylated aromatics, gas-to-liquid (GTL) base fluids, polybutenes, aliphatic diesters, polyolesters, polyalkylene glycols or PAGs and phosphate esters.Other synthetic lubricant base oils such as the silicones, borate esters, perfluoroethers and polyphenylene ethers are considered to have restricted applications due to either high cost or performance limitations and are not considered here.Each of the main synthetic base fluids is described for their chemical and physical properties, manufacture and production, their chemistry, key properties, applications and their implications when used in the environment.

  12. Building synthetic memory

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    Inniss, Mara C.; Silver, Pamela A.

    2013-01-01

    Synopsis Cellular memory – conversion of a transient signal into a sustained response – is a common feature of biological systems. Synthetic biologists aim to understand and reengineer such systems in a reliable and predictable manner. Synthetic memory circuits have been designed and built in vitro and in vivo based on diverse mechanisms such as oligonucleotide hybridization, recombination, transcription, phosphorylation, and RNA editing. Thus far, building these circuits has helped us explore the basic principles required for stable memory and ask novel biological questions. Here we discuss strategies for building synthetic memory circuits, their use as research tools, and future applications of these devices in medicine and industry. PMID:24028965

  13. Requiem for synthetic fuels

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    Myers, R.

    1982-01-27

    US plans to launch a synthetic fuels industry revive whenever a price or supply crisis occurs, but industrial hopes descend as soon as the short-term market begins improving in terms of real prices. The capital requirements of a synthetic fuels project combined with fears of a noncompetitive product have caused several major oil companies to scale down or cancel their plans. In the author's view, the Reagan administration's hands-off policy and false sense of security from the current oil supply glut have further discouraged industry. The Synthetic Fuels Corporation has been slow to organize, and appears to be favoring small-size plants. (DCK)

  14. Stabilization and phase control of femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser with a repetition rate of 90MHz

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    Zhang, Wei; Han, Hainian; Wang, Peng; Wei, Zhiyi

    2007-01-01

    Carrier-enveloped phase controlled femtosecond laser has an important application in the absolute frequency measurement, which lead to a revolutionary progress in the frequency metrology. In this paper we will report a high stable optical frequency comb based on a 90MHz repetition rate Ti:sapphire laser, by using a photonic crystal fiber to broaden octave spanning spectrum and a self-reference technology to measure the offset frequency f ceo, both the repetition rate f rep and f ceo are locked simultaneously to a cesium clock with phase lock loop (PLL) technology. For simultaneous stabilization of f rep and f ceo, two sets of phase-locked loop electronics are introduced to control separately the laser cavity length for f rep with a PZT and the pump laser for f ceo with an acoustic optics modulation (AOM) respectively. As the result, we stabilized the f rep at a fluctuation within the order of μHz, and f ceo is in the order of mHz, which support a frequency comb with an uncertainty of 10 -14.

  15. Twin symmetry texture of energetically condensed niobium thin films on sapphire substrate (a-plane Al2O3)

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    Zhao, X.; Phillips, L.; Reece, C. E.; Seo, Kang; Krishnan, M.; Valderrama, E.

    2011-08-01

    An energetic condensation technique, cathodic arc discharge deposition, is used to grow epitaxial Niobium (Nb) thin films on a-plane sapphire (hexagonal-closed-packed Al2O3) at moderate substrate heating temperature (<400 °C). The epitaxial Nb(110)/Al2O3(1,1,-2,0) thin films reached a maximum residual resistance ratio (RRR) value 214, despite using a reactor-grade Nb cathode source whose RRR was only 30. The measurements suggest that the film's density of impurities and structural defects are lower when compared to Nb films produced by other techniques, such as magnetron sputtering, e-beam evaporation or molecular-beam-epitaxy. At lower substrate temperature, textured polycrystalline Nb thin films were created, and the films might have twin symmetry grains with {110} orientations in-plane. The texture was revealed by x-ray diffraction pole figures. The twin symmetry might be caused by a combination effect of the Nb/Al2O3 three-dimensional epitaxial relationship ("3D-Registry" Claassen's nomenclature) and the "Volmer-Weber" (Island) growth model. However, pole figures obtained by electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD) found no twin symmetry on the thin films' topmost surface (˜50 nm in depth). The EBSD pole figures showed only one Nb{110} crystal plane orientation. A possible mechanism is suggested to explain the differences between the bulk (XRD) and surface (EBSD) pole figures.

  16. What Are Synthetic Cannabinoids?

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    ... those produced by marijuana: elevated mood relaxation altered perception —awareness of surrounding objects and conditions symptoms of ... those produced by marijuana: elevated mood relaxation altered perception symptoms of psychosis Synthetic cannabinoids can also cause ...

  17. Analysis of Synthetic Polymers.

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    Smith, Charles G.; And Others

    1989-01-01

    Reviews techniques for the characterization and analysis of synthetic polymers, copolymers, and blends. Includes techniques for structure determination, separation, and quantitation of additives and residual monomers; determination of molecular weight; and the study of thermal properties including degradation mechanisms. (MVL)

  18. Transmittance enhancement of sapphires with antireflective subwavelength grating patterned UV polymer surface structures by soft lithography.

    PubMed

    Lee, Soo Hyun; Leem, Jung Woo; Yu, Jae Su

    2013-12-01

    We report the total and diffuse transmission enhancement of sapphires with the ultraviolet curable SU8 polymer surface structures consisting of conical subwavelength gratings (SWGs) at one- and both-side surfaces for different periods. The SWGs patterns on the silicon templates were transferred into the SU8 polymer film surface on sapphires by a simple and cost-effective soft lithography technique. For the fabricated samples, the surface morphologies, wetting behaviors, and optical characteristics were investigated. For theoretical optical analysis, a rigorous coupled-wave analysis method was used. At a period of 350 nm, the sample with SWGs on SU8 film/sapphire exhibited a hydrophobic surface and higher total transmittance compared to the bare sapphire over a wide wavelength of 450-1000 nm. As the period of SWGs was increased, the low total transmittance region of < 85% was shifted towards the longer wavelengths and became broader while the diffuse transmittance was increased (i.e., larger haze ratio). For the samples with SWGs at both-side surfaces, the total and diffuse transmittance spectra were further enhanced compared to the samples with SWGs at one-side surface. The theoretical optical calculation results showed a similar trend to the experimentally measured data. PMID:24514482

  19. Titanium: Sapphire laser as an excitation source in two-photon spectroscopy

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    Fisher, W.G.; Wachter, E.A.; Armas, M.; Seaton, C.

    1997-02-01

    The passively mode-locked titanium:sapphire laser provides new opportunities for acquiring two-photon spectral data in the near-infrared, a region not commonly accessible to synchronously pumped dye lasers. This source generates pulses with peak powers near 100 kW at average powers over 1 W and is capable of yielding two-photon signals roughly two orders of magnitude larger than is possible with synchronously pumped dye lasers. However, the multimode output of this laser exhibits significant temporal and spectral pulse profile variations as the laser wavelength is tuned. As a consequence, peak powers of the titanium:sapphire laser can vary independently from average power across the tuning range. This wavelength dependence, coupled with the quadratic dependence of the two-photon signal upon the instantaneous power of the laser, precludes simple average power correction of nonlinear spectral band shapes. Here, we investigate the key properties of the titanium:sapphire laser as an excitation source for two-photon spectroscopy. We also identify a chemical reference suitable for obtaining source-corrected excitation spectra in the near-infrared using a double-beam, ratiometric approach; this is based on a source-independent two-photon excitation spectrum for the laser dye coumarin-480 that has been obtained with a single-frequency titanium:sapphire laser. From these data, correction factors are generated for correction of multimode source data. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital Society for Applied Spectroscopy}

  20. A mechanically compensated sapphire oscillator optimized for operation at 40 Kelvin

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    Dick, G. J.; Wang, R. T.

    2000-01-01

    We present features for a second-generation thermomechanically compensated sapphire resonator. The new design shares the short thermal time constants characteristic of previously developed 10K and 77K CSO resonators. This, together with a thermal ballast methodology, allows effective compensation of temperature fluctuations over a wide range of time scales.

  1. In situ measurement of complete intracavity dispersion in an operating Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser.

    PubMed

    Knox, W H

    1992-04-01

    Broadband measurements of the frequency-dependent group delay in a Ti:sapphire passive mode-locked laser operating at a 100-fs pulse width under various conditions are reported. From these measurements one can determine the dispersive limits and the connection between dispersion and mode-locking stability in the self-mode-locked regime. PMID:19794543

  2. Mathematical modeling of a Ti:sapphire solid-state laser

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    Swetits, John J.

    1987-01-01

    The project initiated a study of a mathematical model of a tunable Ti:sapphire solid-state laser. A general mathematical model was developed for the purpose of identifying design parameters which will optimize the system, and serve as a useful predictor of the system's behavior.

  3. Transmittance enhancement of sapphires with antireflective subwavelength grating patterned UV polymer surface structures by soft lithography.

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    Lee, Soo Hyun; Leem, Jung Woo; Yu, Jae Su

    2013-12-01

    We report the total and diffuse transmission enhancement of sapphires with the ultraviolet curable SU8 polymer surface structures consisting of conical subwavelength gratings (SWGs) at one- and both-side surfaces for different periods. The SWGs patterns on the silicon templates were transferred into the SU8 polymer film surface on sapphires by a simple and cost-effective soft lithography technique. For the fabricated samples, the surface morphologies, wetting behaviors, and optical characteristics were investigated. For theoretical optical analysis, a rigorous coupled-wave analysis method was used. At a period of 350 nm, the sample with SWGs on SU8 film/sapphire exhibited a hydrophobic surface and higher total transmittance compared to the bare sapphire over a wide wavelength of 450-1000 nm. As the period of SWGs was increased, the low total transmittance region of < 85% was shifted towards the longer wavelengths and became broader while the diffuse transmittance was increased (i.e., larger haze ratio). For the samples with SWGs at both-side surfaces, the total and diffuse transmittance spectra were further enhanced compared to the samples with SWGs at one-side surface. The theoretical optical calculation results showed a similar trend to the experimentally measured data.

  4. "You Hafta Push": Using Sapphire's Novel to Teach Introduction to American Government

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    Pappas, Christine

    2007-01-01

    Using fiction in the classroom can dramatize public policy issues and political science concepts, therefore, making them more real and relevant to students. Sapphire's 1996 novel "Push" puts a face on welfare, rape, incest, child abuse, educational inequalities, homophobia, and AIDS. I also use this novel to discuss the public policy process,…

  5. Absorption of Near UV Light by HNO3/NO3(-) on Sapphire Surfaces.

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    Sangwan, Manuvesh; Stockwell, William R; Stewart, Devoun; Zhu, Lei

    2016-05-12

    We have determined absorption of the near UV light (290-345 nm) by nitric acid (HNO3) deposition on sapphire window surfaces as a function of the HNO3 pressure, by using Brewster angle cavity ring-down spectroscopy. Apparent monolayer HNO3 surface absorption cross sections have been obtained; they range between (1.7 ± 1.1) × 10(-19) and (0.29 ± 0.03) × 10(-19) cm(2)/molecule. When nitric acid cross section values on sapphire surfaces were divided by those on fused silica surfaces for which only molecular HNO3 adsorption was reported, a new absorption band appeared in the 320-345 nm region. The shape of this absorption band is similar to that reported for surface nitrate (NO3(-)) at quartz/water interfaces, but is red-shifted by about 10 nm. Our study suggests that a small percentage (<7%) of adsorbed HNO3 formed by HNO3 deposition on sapphire surfaces is dissociated into surface nitrate on the time scale of about 5-7 min. Background transmission changes in the 320-350 nm region after exposing clean sapphire surfaces with many repeated HNO3 deposition/evacuation cycles are consistent with surface nitrate formation. We obtained nitrate surface absorption cross section data over 320-350 nm range. We also modeled photolysis rates of HNO3/NO3(-) on urban grimes. Atmospheric implications of the results are discussed.

  6. Large scale metal-free synthesis of graphene on sapphire and transfer-free device fabrication.

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    Song, Hyun Jae; Son, Minhyeok; Park, Chibeom; Lim, Hyunseob; Levendorf, Mark P; Tsen, Adam W; Park, Jiwoong; Choi, Hee Cheul

    2012-05-21

    Metal catalyst-free growth of large scale single layer graphene film on a sapphire substrate by a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process at 950 °C is demonstrated. A top-gated graphene field effect transistor (FET) device is successfully fabricated without any transfer process. The detailed growth process is investigated by the atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies. PMID:22526246

  7. Contact application of Nd:YAG laser through a fiberoptic and a sapphire tip.

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    Peyman, G A; Katoh, N; Tawakol, M; Khoobehi, B; Desai, A

    1987-10-01

    We evaluated the effects of Nd:YAG laser energy directly applied to ocular tissue through a fiberoptic and a sapphire tip. All ocular tissue could be easily cut with the maximum 4 watts of energy. The coagulated borders extended 20 to 200 mu into the healthy tissue depending on the speed with which the cutting was performed.

  8. Synthetic battery cycling techniques

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    Leibecki, H.; Thaller, L. H.

    1982-01-01

    The group of techniques that as a class are referred to as synthetic battery cycling are described with reference to spacecraft battery systems. Synthetic battery cycling makes use of the capability of computer graphics to illustrate some of the basic characteristics of operation of individual electrodes within an operating electrochemical cell. It can also simulate the operation of an entire string of cells that are used as the energy storage subsystem of a power system.

  9. Synthetic approaches to monofluoroalkenes.

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    Landelle, Grégory; Bergeron, Maxime; Turcotte-Savard, Marc-Olivier; Paquin, Jean-François

    2011-05-01

    Monofluoroalkenes are an important fluorinated class of compounds with applications in medicinal chemistry, material sciences and organic chemistry. An overview of methods allowing synthetic access to these fluorinated building blocks is provided. In particular, this critical review, which covers publications up to October 2010, will be divided according to the substitution pattern of the monofluoroalkenes, i.e. di-, tri- or tetra-substituted. Within each group, the various synthetic approaches will be divided according to the reaction type (282 references).

  10. Active synthetic soil

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    Ming, Douglas W. (Inventor); Henninger, Donald L. (Inventor); Allen, Earl R. (Inventor); Golden, Dadigamuwage C. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A synthetic soil/fertilizer for horticultural application having all the agronutrients essential for plant growth is disclosed. The soil comprises a synthetic apatite fertilizer having sulfur, magnesium and micronutrients dispersed in a calcium phosphate matrix, a zeolite cation exchange medium saturated with a charge of potassium and nitrogen cations, and an optional pH buffer. Moisture dissolves the apatite and mobilizes the nutrient elements from the apatite matrix and the zeolite charge sites.

  11. Active synthetic soil

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    Ming, Douglas W. (Inventor); Henninger, Donald L. (Inventor); Allen, Earl R. (Inventor); Golden, Dadigamuwage C. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A synthetic soil/fertilizer for horticultural application having all the agronutrients essential for plant growth is disclosed. The soil comprises a synthetic apatite fertilizer having sulfur, magnesium, and micronutrients dispersed in a calcium phosphate matrix, a zeolite cation exchange medium saturated with a charge of potassium and nitrogen cations, and an optional pH buffer. Moisture dissolves the apatite and mobilizes the nutrient elements from the apatite matrix and the zeolite charge sites.

  12. Synthetic biology and biosecurity.

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    Robienski, Jürgen; Simon, Jürgen

    2014-01-01

    This article discusses the conflict fields and legal questions of synthetic biology, esp. concerning biosecurity. A respective jurisprudential discussion has not taken place yet in Germany apart from few statements and recommendations. But in Germany, Europe and the USA, it is generally accepted that a broad discussion is necessary. This is esp. true for the question of biosecurity and the possible dangers arising from Synthetic Biology. PMID:25845204

  13. Synthetic Vision Systems

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    Prinzel, L.J.; Kramer, L.J.

    2009-01-01

    A synthetic vision system is an aircraft cockpit display technology that presents the visual environment external to the aircraft using computer-generated imagery in a manner analogous to how it would appear to the pilot if forward visibility were not restricted. The purpose of this chapter is to review the state of synthetic vision systems, and discuss selected human factors issues that should be considered when designing such displays.

  14. Quasi ?non-destructive? laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry fingerprinting of sapphires

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    Guillong, M.; Günther, D.

    2001-07-01

    A homogenized 193 nm excimer laser with a flat-top beam profile was used to study the capabilities of LA-ICP-MS for 'quasi' non-destructive fingerprinting and sourcing of sapphires from different locations. Sapphires contain 97-99% of Al 2O 3 (corundum), with the remainder composed of several trace elements, which can be used to distinguish the origin of these gemstones. The ablation behavior of sapphires, as well as the minimum quantity of sample removal that is required to determine these trace elements, was investigated. The optimum ablation conditions were a fluency of 6 J cm -2, a crater diameter of 120 μm, and a laser repetition rate of 10 Hz. The optimum time for the ablation was determined to be 2 s, equivalent to 20 laser pulses. The mean sample removal was 60 nm per pulse (approx. 3 ng per pulse). This allowed satisfactory trace element determination, and was found to cause the minimum amount of damage, while allowing for the fingerprinting of sapphires. More than 40 isotopes were measured using different spatial resolutions (20-120 μm) and eight elements were reproducibly detected in 25 sapphire samples from five different locations. The reproducibility of the trace element distribution is limited by the heterogeneity of the sample. The mean of five or more replicate analyses per sample was used. Calibration was carried out using NIST 612 glass reference material as external standard. The linear dynamic range of the ICP-MS (nine orders of magnitude) allowed the use of Al, the major element in sapphire, as an internal standard. The limits of detection for most of the light elements were in the μg g -1 range and were better for heavier elements (mass >85), being in the 0.1 μg g -1 range. The accuracy of the determinations was demonstrated by comparison with XRF analyses of the same set of samples. Using the quantitative analyses obtained using LA-ICP-MS, natural sapphires from five different origins were statistically classified using ternary plots and

  15. Protein crystal growth in space

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    Bugg, C. E.; Clifford, D. W.

    1987-01-01

    The advantages of protein crystallization in space, and the applications of protein crystallography to drug design, protein engineering, and the design of synthetic vaccines are examined. The steps involved in using protein crystallography to determine the three-dimensional structure of a protein are discussed. The growth chamber design and the hand-held apparatus developed for protein crystal growth by vapor diffusion techniques (hanging-drop method) are described; the experimental data from the four Shuttle missions are utilized to develop hardware for protein crystal growth in space and to evaluate the effects of gravity on protein crystal growth.

  16. Microstructural properties and dislocation evolution on a GaN grown on patterned sapphire substrate: A transmission electron microscopy study

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    Kim, Y. H.; Ruh, H.; Noh, Y. K.; Kim, M. D.; Oh, J. E.

    2010-03-01

    The microstructural properties of a GaN layer grown on a patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) were studied in detail using transmission electron microscope techniques to determine dislocation and growth behaviors. Regular and uniform recrystallized GaN islands were observed on the protruding pattern. On a flat sapphire surface, the crystallographic orientation relationship of ⟨1¯21¯0⟩GaN on FS//⟨11¯00⟩sapphire and {11¯01}GaN on FS//{12¯13}sapphire existed between the GaN and the substrate. On the other hand, the orientation relationship of ⟨1¯21¯0⟩GaN layer//⟨1¯21¯0⟩GaN island on IS//⟨11¯00⟩sapphire and {11¯01}GaN layer//{0002}GaN island on IS//{12¯13}sapphire was confirmed among the GaN layer, the recrystallized GaN islands on an inclined sapphire surface and the PSS. The flat surface among the protruding patterns began to fill rapidly with GaN. Then, the GaN gradually overgrew the protruding pattern and coalesced near the summit as the growth time increased. The generation of threading dislocations was observed in the vicinity of the coalescence points near the top of the protruding patterns.

  17. Growing Crystaline Sapphire Fibers By Laser Heated Pedestal Techiques

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    Phomsakha, Vongvilay; Chang, Robert S. F.; Djeu, Nicholas I.

    1997-03-04

    An improved system and process for growing crystal fibers comprising a means for creating a laser beam having a substantially constant intensity profile through its cross sectional area, means for directing the laser beam at a portion of solid feed material located within a fiber growth chamber to form molten feed material, means to support a seed fiber above the molten feed material, means to translate the seed fiber towards and away from the molten feed material so that the seed fiber can make contact with the molten feed material, fuse to the molten feed material and then be withdrawn away from the molten feed material whereby the molten feed material is drawn off in the form of a crystal fiber. The means for creating a laser beam having a substantially constant intensity profile through its cross sectional area includes transforming a previously generated laser beam having a conventional gaussian intensity profile through its cross sectional area into a laser beam having a substantially constant intensity profile through its cross sectional area by passing the previously generated laser beam through a graded reflectivity mirror. The means for directing the laser beam at a portion of solid feed material is configured to direct the laser beam at a target zone which contains the molten feed material and a portion of crystal fiber drawn off the molten feed material by the seed fiber. The means to support the seed fiber above the molten feed material is positioned at a predetermined height above the molten feed material. This predetermined height provides the seed fiber with sufficient length and sufficient resiliency so that surface tension in the molten feed material can move the seed fiber to the center of the molten feed material irrespective of where the seed fiber makes contact with the molten feed material. The internal atmosphere of the fiber growth chamber is composed substantially of Helium gas.

  18. Growth Of Large-Diameter Crystals By Hem Tmfor Optical And Laser Applications

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    Khattak, C. P.; Schmid, F.

    1984-12-01

    The Heat Exchanger Method (HEM), a new crystal growth process, is in commercial production for 20 cm diameter sapphire crystals and 40 cm diameter silicon ingots for optical applications. The simplicity of the HEM combined with a very high degree of control of the submerged, solid-liquid interface allows growth of high-quality crystals. The HEM is also being adapted for the growth of Co:MgF2, Ti:A1203 and Cr:A1203 crystals for laser applications.

  19. Differential Synthetic Aperture Ladar

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    Stappaerts, E A; Scharlemann, E

    2005-02-07

    We report a differential synthetic aperture ladar (DSAL) concept that relaxes platform and laser requirements compared to conventional SAL. Line-of-sight translation/vibration constraints are reduced by several orders of magnitude, while laser frequency stability is typically relaxed by an order of magnitude. The technique is most advantageous for shorter laser wavelengths, ultraviolet to mid-infrared. Analytical and modeling results, including the effect of speckle and atmospheric turbulence, are presented. Synthetic aperture ladars are of growing interest, and several theoretical and experimental papers have been published on the subject. Compared to RF synthetic aperture radar (SAR), platform/ladar motion and transmitter bandwidth constraints are especially demanding at optical wavelengths. For mid-IR and shorter wavelengths, deviations from a linear trajectory along the synthetic aperture length have to be submicron, or their magnitude must be measured to that precision for compensation. The laser coherence time has to be the synthetic aperture transit time, or transmitter phase has to be recorded and a correction applied on detection.

  20. Synthesis and crystal structure of the synthetic analogue of mineral minyulite K[Al 2F(H 2O) 4(PO 4) 2]. Structural correlations with AlPO 4-CJ2

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    Dumas, Eddy; Taulelle, Francis; Férey, Gérard

    2001-07-01

    The validation of our program of simulation for the prediction of unknown dehydrated structures needs accurate information of the mother hydrated structure at the starting point. This paper describes the synthesis (95°C, 10 days, autogenous pressure) and the structure (space group Pba2; a=9.3477(2), b=9.7571(1), c=5.5280(1) Å, V=503.91 Å 3, Z=2) of the synthetic homologue of two-dimensional mineral minyulite K[Al 2F(H 2O) 4(PO 4) 2]. The 27Al, 19F and 31P solid state NMR characteristics are reported, as well as the thermal decomposition which confirms the prediction of a collapse of the structure. Finally, structural correlations between minyulite and AlPO 4-CJ2 are given.

  1. Promising new wavelengths for multi-photon microscopy: thinking outside the Ti:Sapphire box

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    Norris, Greg; Amor, Rumelo; Dempster, John; Amos, William B.; McConnell, Gail

    2013-02-01

    Multi-photon excitation (MPE) imaging is dominated by the Ti:Sapphire laser as the source for excitation. However, it is limited when considering 3PE of common fluorophores and efficient 2PE of UV dyes which require wavelengths beyond the range of the Ti:Sapphire. Two ultra-short pulsed sources are presented as alternatives: a novel optical parametric oscillator (OPO) geometry (1400-1600nm) and the sum-frequency mixing of an OPO and Yb-doped fibre laser, providing a tunable output (626-635nm). For long wavelengths, we report three-photon laser scanning microscopy (3PLSM) using a bi-directional pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO) with signal wavelength output at 1500 nm. This novel laser was used to overcome the high optical loss in the infrared spectral region observed in laser scanning microscopes and objective lenses that renders them otherwise difficult to use for imaging. To test our system, we performed 3PLSM auto-fluorescence imaging of live plant cells at 1500 nm, specifically Spirogyra, and compared performance with two-photon excitation (2PLSM) imaging using a femtosecond pulsed Ti:Sapphire laser at 780 nm. Analysis of cell viability based on cytoplasmic organelle streaming and structural changes of cells revealed that at similar peak powers, 2PLSM caused gross cell damage after 5 minutes but 3PLSM showed little or no interference with cell function after 15 minutes. The 1500 nm OPO was thus shown to be a practical laser source for live cell imaging. For short wavelengths, we report the use of an all-solid-state ultra-short pulsed source specifically for two-photon microscopy at wavelengths shorter than those of the conventional Ti:Sapphire laser. Our approach involved sumfrequency mixing of the output from the long-wavelength OPO described above with residual pump radiation to generate fs-pulsed output in the red spectral region. We demonstrated the performance of our ultra-short pulsed system using fluorescently labelled and autofluorescent tissue

  2. Synthetic battery cycling techniques

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    Leibecki, H. F.; Thaller, L. H.

    1982-01-01

    Synthetic battery cycling makes use of the fast growing capability of computer graphics to illustrate some of the basic characteristics of operation of individual electrodes within an operating electrochemical cell. It can also simulate the operation of an entire string of cells that are used as the energy storage subsystem of a power system. The group of techniques that as a class have been referred to as Synthetic Battery Cycling is developed in part to try to bridge the gap of understanding that exists between single cell characteristics and battery system behavior.

  3. Synthetic guide star generation

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Page, Ralph H.; Ebbers, Christopher A.; Beach, Raymond J.

    2004-03-09

    A system for assisting in observing a celestial object and providing synthetic guide star generation. A lasing system provides radiation at a frequency at or near 938 nm and radiation at a frequency at or near 1583 nm. The lasing system includes a fiber laser operating between 880 nm and 960 nm and a fiber laser operating between 1524 nm and 1650 nm. A frequency-conversion system mixes the radiation and generates light at a frequency at or near 589 nm. A system directs the light at a frequency at or near 589 nm toward the celestial object and provides synthetic guide star generation.

  4. Synthetic guide star generation

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    Payne, Stephen A [Castro Valley, CA; Page, Ralph H [Castro Valley, CA; Ebbers, Christopher A [Livermore, CA; Beach, Raymond J [Livermore, CA

    2008-06-10

    A system for assisting in observing a celestial object and providing synthetic guide star generation. A lasing system provides radiation at a frequency at or near 938 nm and radiation at a frequency at or near 1583 nm. The lasing system includes a fiber laser operating between 880 nm and 960 nm and a fiber laser operating between 1524 nm and 1650 nm. A frequency-conversion system mixes the radiation and generates light at a frequency at or near 589 nm. A system directs the light at a frequency at or near 589 nm toward the celestial object and provides synthetic guide star generation.

  5. Comparison of Strain in GaN-Based Blue Light-Emitting Diode Grown on Silicon(111) and Sapphire Substrates.

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    Jeon, K S; Sung, J H; Lee, M W; Song, H Y; Lee, E A; Kim, S O; Choi, H J; Shin, H Y; Park, W H; Jang, Y I; Kang, M G; Choi, Y H; Lee, J S; Ko, D H; Ryu, H Y

    2015-07-01

    We compare the strain states and device performances of GaN-based blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) grown on Si(111) and sapphire substrates. The strain characteristics are investigated using micro-Raman spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. These analyses reveal that GaN layer grown on Si has a residual tensile strain in contrast to a compressive strain for GaN on sapphire, and quantum wells (QWs) on GaN/Si experience reduced lattice mismatch than those of GaN/sapphire. When external quantum efficiencies of LED on sapphire and Si substrates are compared, the LED on Si shows better efficiency droop characteristics and this is attributed to a decrease in piezo-electric field strength in InGaN/GaN layers owing to reduced lattice mismatch.

  6. γ-LiAlO 2 layer on (0 0 0 1) sapphire fabricated by vapor transport equilibration

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    Zhou, Shengming; Xu, Jun; Li, Shuzhi; Yang, Weiqiao; Peng, Guanliang; Zou, Jun; Wang, Yinzhen; Liu, Shiliang; Zhao, Guangjun; Li, Hongjun; Zhou, Guoqing; Hang, Yin

    2004-07-01

    Single-phase γ-LiAlO 2 layer with a preferred (1 0 0) orientation on (0 0 0 1) sapphire substrate is successfully fabricated by vapor transport equilibration (VTE) technique. The VTE-treated surface of (0 0 0 1) sapphire is polycrystalline shown to be a single-phase of γ-LiAlO 2 at low VTE temperature (750-900°C), and becomes highly oriented in [1 0 0] direction at proper VTE temperature of ˜1100°C. The transparence of the obtained γ-LiAlO 2//sapphire(0 0 0 1) is greatly enhanced as the γ-LiAlO 2 layer becomes oriented. These results reveal the possibility of fabricating γ-LiAlO 2(1 0 0)//sapphire(0 0 0 1) composite substrate by VTE for M-plane GaN-based epitaxial film.

  7. Synthetic Visibility System

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1989-01-01

    Test pilot Lee Person evaluates a Synthetic Visibility System - in essence, two helmet-mounted eyepieces connected to video cameras that swivel in response to head movements. Photograph published in Winds of Change, 75th Anniversary NASA publication (page 113), by James Schultz.

  8. Adaptive synthetic vision

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    Julier, Simon J.; Brown, Dennis; Livingston, Mark A.; Thomas, Justin

    2006-05-01

    Through their ability to safely collect video and imagery from remote and potentially dangerous locations, UAVs have already transformed the battlespace. The effectiveness of this information can be greatly enhanced through synthetic vision. Given knowledge of the extrinsic and intrinsic parameters of the camera, synthetic vision superimposes spatially-registered computer graphics over the video feed from the UAV. This technique can be used to show many types of data such as landmarks, air corridors, and the locations of friendly and enemy forces. However, the effectiveness of a synthetic vision system strongly depends on the accuracy of the registration - if the graphics are poorly aligned with the real world they can be confusing, annoying, and even misleading. In this paper, we describe an adaptive approach to synthetic vision that modifies the way in which information is displayed depending upon the registration error. We describe an integrated software architecture that has two main components. The first component automatically calculates registration error based on information about the uncertainty in the camera parameters. The second component uses this information to modify, aggregate, and label annotations to make their interpretation as clear as possible. We demonstrate the use of this approach on some sample datasets.

  9. Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry

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    Rosen, P. A.; Hensley, S.; Joughin, I. R.; Li, F.; Madsen, S. N.; Rodriguez, E.; Goldstein, R. M.

    1998-01-01

    Synthetic aperture radar interferometry is an imaging technique for measuring the topography of a surface, its changes over time, and other changes in the detailed characteristics of the surface. This paper reviews the techniques of interferometry, systems and limitations, and applications in a rapidly growing area of science and engineering.

  10. Towards a Synthetic Chloroplast

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    Agapakis, Christina M.; Niederholtmeyer, Henrike; Noche, Ramil R.; Lieberman, Tami D.; Megason, Sean G.; Way, Jeffrey C.; Silver, Pamela A.

    2011-01-01

    Background The evolution of eukaryotic cells is widely agreed to have proceeded through a series of endosymbiotic events between larger cells and proteobacteria or cyanobacteria, leading to the formation of mitochondria or chloroplasts, respectively. Engineered endosymbiotic relationships between different species of cells are a valuable tool for synthetic biology, where engineered pathways based on two species could take advantage of the unique abilities of each mutualistic partner. Results We explored the possibility of using the photosynthetic bacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 as a platform for studying evolutionary dynamics and for designing two-species synthetic biological systems. We observed that the cyanobacteria were relatively harmless to eukaryotic host cells compared to Escherichia coli when injected into the embryos of zebrafish, Danio rerio, or taken up by mammalian macrophages. In addition, when engineered with invasin from Yersinia pestis and listeriolysin O from Listeria monocytogenes, S. elongatus was able to invade cultured mammalian cells and divide inside macrophages. Conclusion Our results show that it is possible to engineer photosynthetic bacteria to invade the cytoplasm of mammalian cells for further engineering and applications in synthetic biology. Engineered invasive but non-pathogenic or immunogenic photosynthetic bacteria have great potential as synthetic biological devices. PMID:21533097

  11. Biodegradable synthetic bone composites

    DOEpatents

    Liu, Gao; Zhao, Dacheng; Saiz, Eduardo; Tomsia, Antoni P.

    2013-01-01

    The invention provides for a biodegradable synthetic bone composition comprising a biodegradable hydrogel polymer scaffold comprising a plurality of hydrolytically unstable linkages, and an inorganic component; such as a biodegradable poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate)/hydroxyapatite (pHEMA/HA) hydrogel composite possessing mineral content approximately that of human bone.

  12. Synthetic Bursae for Robots

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    Lovchik, Christopher S.

    2005-01-01

    Synthetic bursae are under development for incorporation into robot joints that are actuated by motor-driven cables in a manner similar to that of arthropod joints actuated by muscle-driven tendons. Like natural bursae, the synthetic bursae would serve as cushions and friction reducers. A natural bursa is a thin bladder filled with synovial fluid, which serves to reduce friction and provide a cushion between a bone and a muscle or a tendon. A synthetic bursa would be similar in form and function: It would be, essentially, a compact, soft roller consisting of a bladder filled with a non-Newtonian fluid. The bladder would be constrained to approximately constant volume. The synthetic bursa would cushion an actuator cable against one of the members of a robot joint and would reduce the friction between the cable and the member. Under load, the pressure in the bladder would hold the opposite walls of the bladder apart, making it possible for them to move freely past each other without rubbing.

  13. Synthetic Confrontation Therapy.

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    Gilliam, Larry

    After initially dispelling predictable fears that his paper might suggest that computers can be equated with man, the author states the problem: what part, if any, might computers play in counseling. Specifically, the possibilities for therapeutic synthetic (artificial) counseling encounters are discussed. Two propositions are significant: (1) the…

  14. Synthetic Vision Workshop 2

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    Kramer, Lynda J. (Compiler)

    1999-01-01

    The second NASA sponsored Workshop on Synthetic/Enhanced Vision (S/EV) Display Systems was conducted January 27-29, 1998 at the NASA Langley Research Center. The purpose of this workshop was to provide a forum for interested parties to discuss topics in the Synthetic Vision (SV) element of the NASA Aviation Safety Program and to encourage those interested parties to participate in the development, prototyping, and implementation of S/EV systems that enhance aviation safety. The SV element addresses the potential safety benefits of synthetic/enhanced vision display systems for low-end general aviation aircraft, high-end general aviation aircraft (business jets), and commercial transports. Attendance at this workshop consisted of about 112 persons including representatives from industry, the FAA, and other government organizations (NOAA, NIMA, etc.). The workshop provided opportunities for interested individuals to give presentations on the state of the art in potentially applicable systems, as well as to discuss areas of research that might be considered for inclusion within the Synthetic Vision Element program to contribute to the reduction of the fatal aircraft accident rate. Panel discussions on topical areas such as databases, displays, certification issues, and sensors were conducted, with time allowed for audience participation.

  15. Hydrogen defects in α-Al2O3 and water weakening of sapphire and alumina ceramics between 600°C and 1000°C: II. Mechanical properties

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    Castaing, J.; Kronenberg, A.K.; Kirby, S.H.; Mitchell, T.E.

    2000-01-01

    Hydrogen impurities in alumina have been introduced by hydrothermal annealing (see part I). In this paper, we report on reductions in the flow strength of α-Al2O3 single crystals and polycrystals associated with hydrogen incorporation. Prior to deformation, α-Al2O3 single crystal and ceramic specimens were annealed in the presence of supercritical water at 850° or 900°C, under 1500 MPa pressure. Sapphire and alumina ceramics were plastically deformed between 600° and 1000°C under 1500 MPa pressure, by the addition of a uniaxial stress. Flow stresses are reduced by a factor of two, due to the presence of water, for sapphire and large grain (30–50 μm) polycrystals, as a result of enhanced dislocation mobility. Flow stresses of fine-grained (3–5 μm) polycrystals are reduced by water by a factor of six. This large reduction in strength is attributed to a change in mechanism from dislocation glide under dry conditions to grain boundary sliding under hydrothermal conditions.

  16. Photonic crystal microcavity lasers and laser arrays

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    Cao, Jiang-Rong

    As a state-of-the-art technology, photonic crystal microcavity lasers have great potentials to resolve many semiconductor laser performance challenges, owing to their compact size, high spontaneous emission factor, and inherent advantages in dimension scalability. This thesis describes efficient numerical analyzing methods for multimode photonic crystal microcavities, including a parallel computing three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain method combined with Pade interpolation, point group projection, and vectorial Green's function method. With the help of these analyzing tools, various experimental photonic crystal microcavity devices fabricated in InGaAsP/InP based materials were studies. Room temperature optical pumped InGaAsP suspended membrane photonic crystal microcavity lasers were demonstrated. Their lithographical fine-tuning, above room temperature operations, mode identifications and polarizations were demonstrated. Room temperature continuous wave (CW) optically pumped photonic crystal microcavity lasers at diameter less than 3.2 mum were demonstrated with crystalline alpha-Al 2O3 (sapphire) as a cladding layer to the InGaAsP membrane. The far-field radiation profiles from these microcavity lasers were measured and compared with our numerical modeling predictions. Two electrical injection scenes for photonic crystal microcavity lasers were introduced, together with some preliminary results including the demonstrations of optically pumped lasing of highly doped cavities and cavities with an electrical conduction post underneath. Electrically excited photonic crystal microcavity light emitting diodes (LEDs) were also experimentally demonstrated.

  17. Gate-controlled-diodes in silicon-on-sapphire: A computer simulation

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    Gassaway, J. D.

    1974-01-01

    The computer simulation of the electrical behavior of a Gate-Controlled Diode (GCD) fabricated in Silicon-On-Sapphire (SOS) was described. A procedure for determining lifetime profiles from capacitance and reverse current measurements on the GCD was established. Chapter 1 discusses the SOS structure and points out the need of lifetime profiles to assist in device design for GCD's and bipolar transistors. Chapter 2 presents the one-dimensional analytical formula for electrostatic analysis of the SOS-GCD which are useful for data interpretation and setting boundary conditions on a simplified two-dimensional analysis. Chapter 3 gives the results of a two-dimensional analysis which treats the field as one-dimensional until the silicon film is depleted and the field penetrates the sapphire substrate. Chapter 4 describes a more complete two-dimensional model and gives results of programs implementing the model.

  18. Pseudorotational epitaxy of self-assembled octadecyltrichlorosilane monolayers on sapphire (0001)

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    Steinrück, H. -G.; Magerl, A.; Deutsch, M.; Ocko, B. M.

    2014-10-06

    The structure of octadecyltrichlorosilane self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on sapphire (0001) was studied by Å-resolution surface-specific x-ray scattering methods. The monolayer was found to consist of three sublayers where the outermost layer corresponds to vertically oriented, closely packed alkyl tails. Laterally, the monolayer is hexagonally packed and exhibits pseudorotational epitaxy to the sapphire, manifested by a broad scattering peak at zero relative azimuthal rotation, with long powderlike tails. The lattice mismatch of ~1% – 3% to the sapphire’s and the different length scale introduced by the lateral Si-O-Si bonding prohibit positional epitaxy. However, the substrate induces an intriguing increase in themore » crystalline coherence length of the SAM’s powderlike crystallites when rotationally aligned with the sapphire’s lattice. As a result, the increase correlates well with the rotational dependence of the separation of corresponding substrate-monolayer lattice sites.« less

  19. Fast-switching system for injection seeding of a high-power Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Khalesifard, Hamid R; Fix, Andreas; Ehret, Gerhard; Schiller, Max; Wulfmeyer, Volker

    2009-07-01

    A high frequency switching and tunable seed laser system has been designed and constructed for injection seeding of a high-power pulsed Ti:sapphire laser. The whole laser system operates as the transmitter of a scanning, ground-based, water-vapor differential absorption lidar (DIAL). The output of two seed lasers can be tuned in the wavelength range of 815-840 nm up to the power of 20 mW and switched between the online and offline wavelengths of the DIAL at frequencies of 0-1 kHz. The frequency stability of online and offline seed lasers is better than +/-20 MHz rms and the mode-hop-free tuning range is greater than 40 GHz with external cavity diode lasers. The advantage of this system for efficient injection seeding of the Ti:sapphire cavity is that it is modular, robust, fully fiber-coupled, and polarization maintaining.

  20. Oscillatory Mass Transport in Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth of Sapphire Nanowires

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    Oh, Sang Ho; Chisholm, Matthew F; Kauffmann, Yaron; Kaplan, Prof. Wayne D.; Luo, Weidong; Ruhle, M.; Scheu, Christina

    2010-01-01

    In vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth, the liquid phase plays a pivotal role in mediating mass transport from the vapor source to the growth front of a nanowire. Such transport often takes place through the liquid phase. However, we observed by in situ transmission electron microscopy a different behavior for self-catalytic VLS growth of sapphire nanowires. The growth occurs in a layer-by-layer fashion and is accomplished by interfacial diffusion of oxygen through the ordered liquid aluminum atoms. Oscillatory growth and dissolution reactions at the top rim of the nanowires occur and supply the oxygen required to grow a new (0006) sapphire layer. A periodic modulation of the VLS triple-junction configuration accompanies these oscillatory reactions.

  1. Structural, transport and microwave properties of 123/sapphire films: Thickness effect

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    Predtechensky, M. R.; Smal, A. N.; Varlamov, Yu. D.; Vatnik, S. M.; Tukhto, O. M.; Vasileva, I. G.

    1995-01-01

    The effect of thickness and growth conditions on the structure and microwave properties has been investigated for the 123/sapphire films. It has been shown that in the conditions of epitaxial growth the Al atoms do not diffuse from substrate into the film and the films with thickness up to 100 nm exhibit the excellent direct current (DC) properties. The increase of thickness of GdBaCuO films causes the formation of extended line-mesh defects and the increase of the surface resistance (R(sub S)). The low value of surface resistance R(sub S)(75 GHz, 77K) = 20 mOhm has been obtained for the two layer YBaCuO/CdBaCuO/sapphire films.

  2. Bend Properties of Sapphire Fibers at Elevated Temperatures. 1; Bend Survivability

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    Morscher, Gregory N.; Sayir, Haluk

    1995-01-01

    The effect of temperature on the bend radius that a c-axis-oriented sapphire fiber can withstand was determined for fibers of various diameter. Bend stress rupture tests were performed for times of 1-100 h and temperatures of 300-1700 C. Fibers would survive the bend test undeformed, would fracture or would deform. The bend survival radius was determined to be the radius above which no fibers fractured or deformed for a given time-temperature treatment. It was found that the ability of fibers to withstand curvature decreases substantially with time and increasing temperature and that fibers of smaller diameter (46-83 micron) withstood smaller bend radii than would be expected from just a difference in fiber diameter when compared with the bend results of the fibers of large diameter (144 micron). This was probably due to different flaw populations, causing high temperature bend failure for the tested sapphire fibers of different diameters.

  3. Interfacial thermal resistance between high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and sapphire

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    Zheng, Kun; Zhu, Jie; Ma, Yong-Mei; Tang, Da-Wei; Wang, Fo-Song

    2014-10-01

    To improve the thermal conductivity of polymeric composites, the numerous interfacial thermal resistance (ITR) inside is usually considered as a bottle neck, but the direct measurement of the ITR is hardly reported. In this paper, a sandwich structure which consists of transducer/high density polyethylene (HDPE)/sapphire is prepared to study the interface characteristics. Then, the ITRs between HDPE and sapphire of two samples with different HDPE thickness values are measured by time-domain thermoreflectance (TDTR) method and the results are ~ 2 × 10-7 m2·K·W-1. Furthermore, a model is used to evaluate the importance of ITR for the thermal conductivity of composites. The model's analysis indicates that reducing the ITR is an effective way of improving the thermal conductivity of composites. These results will provide valuable guidance for the design and manufacture of polymer-based thermally conductive materials.

  4. Pseudorotational epitaxy of self-assembled octadecyltrichlorosilane monolayers on sapphire (0001)

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    Steinrück, H. -G.; Magerl, A.; Deutsch, M.; Ocko, B. M.

    2014-10-06

    The structure of octadecyltrichlorosilane self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on sapphire (0001) was studied by Å-resolution surface-specific x-ray scattering methods. The monolayer was found to consist of three sublayers where the outermost layer corresponds to vertically oriented, closely packed alkyl tails. Laterally, the monolayer is hexagonally packed and exhibits pseudorotational epitaxy to the sapphire, manifested by a broad scattering peak at zero relative azimuthal rotation, with long powderlike tails. The lattice mismatch of ~1% – 3% to the sapphire’s and the different length scale introduced by the lateral Si-O-Si bonding prohibit positional epitaxy. However, the substrate induces an intriguing increase in the crystalline coherence length of the SAM’s powderlike crystallites when rotationally aligned with the sapphire’s lattice. As a result, the increase correlates well with the rotational dependence of the separation of corresponding substrate-monolayer lattice sites.

  5. Si nanowire growth on sapphire: Classical incubation, reverse reaction, and steady state supersaturation

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    Shakthivel, Dhayalan; Rathkanthiwar, Shashwat; Raghavan, Srinivasan

    2015-04-28

    Si nanowire growth on sapphire substrates by the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method using Au catalyst particles has been studied. Sapphire was chosen as the substrate to ensure that the vapor phase is the only source of Si. Three hitherto unreported observations are described. First, an incubation period of 120–480 s, which is shown to be the incubation period as defined in classical nucleation theory, is reported. This incubation period permits the determination of a desolvation energy of Si from Au-Si alloys of 15 kT. Two, transmission electron microscopy studies of incubation, point to Si loss by reverse reaction as an important part of the mechanism of Si nanowire growth by VLS. Three, calculations using these physico-chemical parameters determined from incubation and measured steady state growth rates of Si nanowires show that wire growth happens from a supersaturated catalyst droplet.

  6. Determination of Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility of GaN Films on Sapphire

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    Fujita, Takashi; Hasegawa, Tatsuo; Haraguchi, Masanobu; Okamoto, Toshihiro; Fukui, Masuo; Nakamura, Syuji

    2000-05-01

    The second-order nonlinear susceptibilities of GaN films on sapphire were determined by the Maker fringe technique. In deriving the second-harmonic intensity, the bound wave propagating from the GaN-air interface to the GaN-sapphire interface and that propagating in the opposite direction were taken into account. We obtained |χ(2)zxx|=14.7±0.2 pm/V, |χ(2)xzx|=14.4±0.2 pm/V and |χ(2)zzz|=29.7±0.7 pm/V for the GaN film with a thickness of 2.55 μm using fundamental light with a wavelength of 1.064 μm.

  7. Fast-switching system for injection seeding of a high-power Ti:sapphire laser.

    PubMed

    Khalesifard, Hamid R; Fix, Andreas; Ehret, Gerhard; Schiller, Max; Wulfmeyer, Volker

    2009-07-01

    A high frequency switching and tunable seed laser system has been designed and constructed for injection seeding of a high-power pulsed Ti:sapphire laser. The whole laser system operates as the transmitter of a scanning, ground-based, water-vapor differential absorption lidar (DIAL). The output of two seed lasers can be tuned in the wavelength range of 815-840 nm up to the power of 20 mW and switched between the online and offline wavelengths of the DIAL at frequencies of 0-1 kHz. The frequency stability of online and offline seed lasers is better than +/-20 MHz rms and the mode-hop-free tuning range is greater than 40 GHz with external cavity diode lasers. The advantage of this system for efficient injection seeding of the Ti:sapphire cavity is that it is modular, robust, fully fiber-coupled, and polarization maintaining. PMID:19655946

  8. Direct Growth Properties of Graphene Layers on Sapphire Substrate by Alcohol-Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Nakamura, Atsushi; Miyasaka, Yuta; Temmyo, Jiro

    2012-04-01

    Few nanometers thick graphene layers were directly grown on a-plane (11bar 20) sapphire substrates by alcohol-chemical vapor deposition (alcohol-CVD) using ethanol as a carbon source and without any catalytic metal on the substrate surface. The growth relationship between the graphene layer and substrate was analyzed using a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The growth rate of graphene layers with different growth temperatures revealed that the Al atom act as a catalyst for synthesizing a graphitic material during the decomposition of ethanol. An optical transmittance and a sheet resistance of the graphene sheet directly grown on sapphire substrate were observed. SiO2/Si and n-6H-SiC substrates were also examined for graphene direct growth to discuss the catalytic behavior of Si atoms compared with Al atoms.

  9. Structural, transport and microwave properties of 123/sapphire films: Thickness effect

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    Predtechensky, MR.; Smal, A.N.; Varlamov, Y.D.

    1994-12-31

    The effect of thickness and growth conditions on the structure and microwave properties has been investigated for the 123/sapphire films. It has been shown that in the conditions of epitaxial growth and Al atoms do not diffuse from substrate into the film and the films with thickness up to 100nm exhibit the excellent DC properties. The increase of thickness of GdBaCuO films causes the formation of extended line-mesh defects and the increase of the surface resistance (R{sub S}). The low value of surface resistance R{sub S}(75GHz,77K)=20 mOhm has been obtained for the two layer YBaCuO/CdBaCuO/sapphire films.

  10. System design and relaxation oscillations of a titanium-sapphire laser. Master thesis

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    Erikson, W.L.

    1992-08-01

    A general method for designing a laser system is presented. Using the Ti:sapphire laser as an example, the requirements of stability, astigmatic compensation, and matching of the pump and cavity modes are addressed. Investigations into the relaxation oscillations of a Ti-sapphire laser are reported. Using four level laser rate equation theory, a technique is developed for analyzing relaxation oscillations exhibited by a laser. This technique presents a new and simple method for measuring the upper state lifetime and intrinsic cavity losses of a laser system. Beam-like vector solutions to Maxwell's equations are also presented. These solutions present a more detailed description of the polarization properties of laser beams. Experimental evidence of these properties is shown using an Argon laser.

  11. Synthetic plant defense elicitors

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    Bektas, Yasemin; Eulgem, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    To defend themselves against invading pathogens plants utilize a complex regulatory network that coordinates extensive transcriptional and metabolic reprogramming. Although many of the key players of this immunity-associated network are known, the details of its topology and dynamics are still poorly understood. As an alternative to forward and reverse genetic studies, chemical genetics-related approaches based on bioactive small molecules have gained substantial popularity in the analysis of biological pathways and networks. Use of such molecular probes can allow researchers to access biological space that was previously inaccessible to genetic analyses due to gene redundancy or lethality of mutations. Synthetic elicitors are small drug-like molecules that induce plant defense responses, but are distinct from known natural elicitors of plant immunity. While the discovery of some synthetic elicitors had already been reported in the 1970s, recent breakthroughs in combinatorial chemical synthesis now allow for inexpensive high-throughput screens for bioactive plant defense-inducing compounds. Along with powerful reverse genetics tools and resources available for model plants and crop systems, comprehensive collections of new synthetic elicitors will likely allow plant scientists to study the intricacies of plant defense signaling pathways and networks in an unparalleled fashion. As synthetic elicitors can protect crops from diseases, without the need to be directly toxic for pathogenic organisms, they may also serve as promising alternatives to conventional biocidal pesticides, which often are harmful for the environment, farmers and consumers. Here we are discussing various types of synthetic elicitors that have been used for studies on the plant immune system, their modes-of-action as well as their application in crop protection. PMID:25674095

  12. Synthetic River Valleys

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    Brown, R.; Pasternack, G. B.

    2011-12-01

    The description of fluvial form has evolved from anecdotal descriptions to artistic renderings to 2D plots of cross section or longitudinal profiles and more recently 3D digital models. Synthetic river valleys, artificial 3D topographic models of river topography, have a plethora of potential applications in fluvial geomorphology, and the earth sciences in general, as well as in computer science and ecology. Synthetic river channels have existed implicitly since approximately the 1970s and can be simulated from a variety of approaches spanning the artistic and numerical. An objective method of synthesizing 3D stream topography based on reach scale attributes would be valuable for sizing 3D flumes in the physical and numerical realms, as initial input topography for morphodynamic models, stream restoration design, historical reconstruction, and mechanistic testing of interactions of channel geometric elements. Quite simply - simulation of synthetic channel geometry of prescribed conditions can allow systematic evaluation of the dominant relationships between river flow and geometry. A new model, the control curve method, is presented that uses hierarchically scaled parametric curves in over-lapping 2D planes to create synthetic river valleys. The approach is able to simulate 3D stream geometry from paired 2D descriptions and can allow experimental insight into form-process relationships in addition to visualizing past measurements of channel form that are limited to two dimension descriptions. Results are presented that illustrate the models ability to simulate fluvial topography representative of real world rivers as well as how channel geometric elements can be adjusted. The testing of synthetic river valleys would open up a wealth of knowledge as to why some 3D attributes of river channels are more prevalent than others as well as bridging the gap between the 2D descriptions that have dominated fluvial geomorphology the past century and modern, more complete, 3D

  13. Use of Be(p,{alpha}) and Be(p,d) Reactions to Determine Be Content in Sapphire

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    Franklyn, C. B.

    2011-12-13

    Since natural coloured sapphire ({alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) commands a high gem stone market price there is a need for a reliable method of identifying artificially coloured sapphire that has an inherently lower value. Diffusing beryllium into sapphire at high temperatures results in a coloured stone virtually indistinguishable from a natural one. Beryllium can occur naturally in sapphire but at levels of <1 ppma. Beryllium diffused sapphire typically contains >10 ppma, which is difficult to determine in a non destructive way. It is possible to utilize nuclear reaction analysis techniques to determine the beryllium content in a macroscopically non destructive way. Kinematically ideal reactions are Be(p,{alpha}) and Be(p,d) which, for Ep = 0.5 to 0.9 MeV, exhibit distinct reaction product signatures well separated from other proton induced reactions in aluminium or oxygen. Due to the lack of comprehensive cross section data for the Be(p,{alpha}) and Be(p,d) reactions in the energy range of interest, a series of measurements were made at the Van de Graaff accelerator facility at Necsa to create a new data base. A further outcome of these measurements was a deviation in reported values for the non-Rutherfordian proton back-scatter cross section. These new data bases, which extend to Ep = 2.6MeV, can now facilitate a procedure for determining beryllium content in sapphire.

  14. Surface-induced anisotropic orientations of interfacial ethanol molecules at air/sapphire (1-102) and ethanol/sapphire (1-102) interfaces

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    Sung, J.; Waychunas, G. A.; Shen, Y. R.

    2011-06-01

    Sum frequency vibrational spectroscopy was used to study the interfacial arrangement of ethanol molecules at the vapor/α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (1{bar 1}02 ) and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (1{bar 1}02 )/ethanol liquid interfaces. The spectra in the C-H range show that ethanol molecules adsorbed from vapor onto α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (1{bar 1}02 ) surface have a welldefined anisotropic arrangement following the structure of the α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (1{bar 1}02 ) surface. The arrangement can be explained by the formation of two specific hydrogen bonds between the adsorbed ethanol molecule and hydroxyls on the sapphire surface. At the α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (1{bar 1}02 )/ethanol liquid interface, the first ethanol monolayer assumes a similar anisotropic arrangement as in the case of an ethanol monolayer on the dry sapphire surface. The second monolayer has a rather broad orientation distribution that is azimuthally nearly isotropic, but with molecules flipped 180 degrees with respect to those in the first monolayer.

  15. A Ti:Sapphire laser for the new polarized electron source

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    Frisch, J.; Woods, M.B.; Zolotorev, M.

    1992-10-01

    The SLAC polarized electron source uses a laser driven photo cathode gun. We have developed a Titanium Sapphire laser at SLAC to replace the dye laser currently used for the source. The new laser is designed to operate at wavelengths between 750 and 850 nm while producing 400mJ of energy in 1.6 ns pulses at 120 Hz. Installation on the accelerator is expected in January of 1993.

  16. Self-seeding of a pulsed double-grating Ti:sapphire laser oscillator.

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    Tamura, Koji

    2008-04-01

    A self-seeded pulsed double-grating Ti:sapphire laser oscillator consisting of a grazing incidence cavity geometry with a pair of gratings and a standing-wave cavity pumped by a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser was developed and characterized. With self-seeding, narrow-linewidth single-longitudinal-mode (SLM) operation and SLM scanning were possible with a reduced lasing threshold, which was desirable for the intended applications.

  17. Single-longitudinal-mode scan of a pulsed double-grating Ti:sapphire oscillator.

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    Tamura, Koji

    2007-08-10

    The method of the single-longitudinal-mode (SLM) scan of a pulsed double-grating Ti:sapphire laser oscillator with the grazing incidence cavity configuration was proposed based on the analysis of the optical path length. The SLM scan was experimentally confirmed for this cavity configuration, where the second grating was rotated around an arbitrary point with the translational scan of a back mirror.

  18. Sub-100 fs high average power directly blue-diode-laser-pumped Ti:sapphire oscillator

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    Rohrbacher, Andreas; Markovic, Vesna; Pallmann, Wolfgang; Resan, Bojan

    2016-03-01

    Ti:sapphire oscillators are a proven technology to generate sub-100 fs (even sub-10 fs) pulses in the near infrared and are widely used in many high impact scientific fields. However, the need for a bulky, expensive and complex pump source, typically a frequency-doubled multi-watt neodymium or optically pumped semiconductor laser, represents the main obstacle to more widespread use. The recent development of blue diodes emitting over 1 W has opened up the possibility of directly diode-laser-pumped Ti:sapphire oscillators. Beside the lower cost and footprint, a direct diode pumping provides better reliability, higher efficiency and better pointing stability to name a few. The challenges that it poses are lower absorption of Ti:sapphire at available diode wavelengths and lower brightness compared to typical green pump lasers. For practical applications such as bio-medicine and nano-structuring, output powers in excess of 100 mW and sub-100 fs pulses are required. In this paper, we demonstrate a high average power directly blue-diode-laser-pumped Ti:sapphire oscillator without active cooling. The SESAM modelocking ensures reliable self-starting and robust operation. We will present two configurations emitting 460 mW in 82 fs pulses and 350 mW in 65 fs pulses, both operating at 92 MHz. The maximum obtained pulse energy reaches 5 nJ. A double-sided pumping scheme with two high power blue diode lasers was used for the output power scaling. The cavity design and the experimental results will be discussed in more details.

  19. Influence of Si doping on the infrared reflectance characteristics of GaN grown on sapphire

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    Hou, Y. T.; Feng, Z. C.; Chua, S. J.; Li, M. F.; Akutsu, N.; Matsumoto, K.

    1999-11-01

    Si-doped GaN films grown on sapphire are investigated by infrared reflectance. A damping behavior of the interference fringes is observed, and interpreted to be due to the presence of an interface layer between the film and the substrate. A theoretical calculation using a two-layer model to take into account the interface layer resulted in this damping in agreement with the experiment. The damping behavior and an improvement of interface properties by Si incorporation are demonstrated.

  20. Self-seeding of a pulsed double-grating Ti:sapphire laser oscillator

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    Tamura, Koji

    2008-04-01

    A self-seeded pulsed double-grating Ti:sapphire laser oscillator consisting of a grazing incidence cavity geometry with a pair of gratings and a standing-wave cavity pumped by a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser was developed and characterized. With self-seeding, narrow-linewidth single-longitudinal-mode (SLM) operation and SLM scanning were possible with a reduced lasing threshold, which was desirable for the intended applications.