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Lewis D Ashwal, Michael Wiedenbeck, Trond H Torsvik
A fragment of continental crust has been postulated to underlie the young plume-related lavas of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius based on the recovery of Proterozoic zircons from basaltic beach sands. Here we document the first U-Pb zircon ages recovered directly from 5.7 Ma Mauritian trachytic rocks. We identified concordant Archaean xenocrystic zircons ranging in age between 2.5 and 3.0 Ga within a trachyte plug that crosscuts Older Series plume-related basalts of Mauritius. Our results demonstrate the existence of ancient continental crust beneath Mauritius; based on the entire spectrum of U-Pb ages for old Mauritian zircons, we demonstrate that this ancient crust is of central-east Madagascar affinity, which is presently located ∼700 km west of Mauritius...
January 31, 2017: Nature Communications
R G Burkovsky, I Bronwald, D Andronikova, B Wehinger, M Krisch, J Jacobs, D Gambetti, K Roleder, A Majchrowski, A V Filimonov, A I Rudskoy, S B Vakhrushev, A K Tagantsev
Antiferroelectric lead zirconate is the key ingredient in modern ferroelectric and piezoelectric functional solid solutions. By itself it offers opportunities in new-type non-volatile memory and energy storage applications. A highly useful and scientifically puzzling feature of this material is the competition between the ferro- and antiferroelectric phases due to their energetic proximity, which leads to a challenge in understanding of the critical phenomena driving the formation of the antiferroelectric structure...
January 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
Alexandre La Fontaine, Sandra Piazolo, Patrick Trimby, Limei Yang, Julie M Cairney
The application of atom probe tomography to the study of minerals is a rapidly growing area. Picosecond-pulsed, ultraviolet laser (UV-355 nm) assisted atom probe tomography has been used to analyze trace element mobility within dislocations and low-angle boundaries in plastically deformed specimens of the nonconductive mineral zircon (ZrSiO4), a key material to date the earth's geological events. Here we discuss important experimental aspects inherent in the atom probe tomography investigation of this important mineral, providing insights into the challenges in atom probe tomography characterization of minerals as a whole...
January 30, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
David A Budd, Valentin R Troll, Frances M Deegan, Ester M Jolis, Victoria C Smith, Martin J Whitehouse, Chris Harris, Carmela Freda, David R Hilton, Sæmundur A Halldórsson, Ilya N Bindeman
Quartz is a common phase in high-silica igneous rocks and is resistant to post-eruptive alteration, thus offering a reliable record of magmatic processes in silicic magma systems. Here we employ the 75 ka Toba super-eruption as a case study to show that quartz can resolve late-stage temporal changes in magmatic δ(18)O values. Overall, Toba quartz crystals exhibit comparatively high δ(18)O values, up to 10.2‰, due to magma residence within, and assimilation of, local granite basement. However, some 40% of the analysed quartz crystals display a decrease in δ(18)O values in outermost growth zones compared to their cores, with values as low as 6...
January 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
A Lindskog, M M Costa, C M Ø Rasmussen, J N Connelly, M E Eriksson
The catastrophic disruption of the L chondrite parent body in the asteroid belt c. 470 Ma initiated a prolonged meteorite bombardment of Earth that started in the Ordovician and continues today. Abundant L chondrite meteorites in Middle Ordovician strata have been interpreted to be the consequence of the asteroid breakup event. Here we report a zircon U-Pb date of 467.50±0.28 Ma from a distinct bed within the meteorite-bearing interval of southern Sweden that, combined with published cosmic-ray exposure ages of co-occurring meteoritic material, provides a precise age for the L chondrite breakup at 468...
January 24, 2017: Nature Communications
O Gomis, B Lavina, P Rodríguez-Hernández, A Muñoz, R Errandonea, D Errandonea, M Bettinelli
Zircon-type holmium phosphate (HoPO4) and thulium phosphate (TmPO4) have been studied by single-crystal x-ray diffraction and ab initio calculations. We report on the influence of pressure on the crystal structure, and on the elastic and thermodynamic properties. The equation of state for both compounds is accurately determined. We have also obtained information on the polyhedral compressibility which is used to explain the anisotropic axial compressibility and the bulk compressibility. Both compounds are ductile and more resistive to volume compression than to shear deformation at all pressures...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Yan Song, Weijie Wu, Feng Xie, Yilun Liu, Tiejun Wang
Residual stress arisen in fabrication process of Double-Ceramic-Layer Thermal Barrier Coating System (DCL-TBCs) has a significant effect on its quality and reliability. In this work, based on the practical fabrication process of DCL-TBCs and the force and moment equilibrium, a theoretical model was proposed at first to predict residual stress generation in its fabrication process, in which the temperature dependent material properties of DCL-TBCs were incorporated. Then, a Finite Element method (FEM) has been carried out to verify our theoretical model...
2017: PloS One
Melanie Barboni, Patrick Boehnke, Brenhin Keller, Issaku E Kohl, Blair Schoene, Edward D Young, Kevin D McKeegan
Establishing the age of the Moon is critical to understanding solar system evolution and the formation of rocky planets, including Earth. However, despite its importance, the age of the Moon has never been accurately determined. We present uranium-lead dating of Apollo 14 zircon fragments that yield highly precise, concordant ages, demonstrating that they are robust against postcrystallization isotopic disturbances. Hafnium isotopic analyses of the same fragments show extremely low initial (176)Hf/(177)Hf ratios corrected for cosmic ray exposure that are near the solar system initial value...
January 2017: Science Advances
Chun-Sheng Wei, Zi-Fu Zhao
Since water is only composed of oxygen and hydrogen, δ(18)O and δ(2)H values are thus utilized to trace the origin of water(s) and quantify the water-rock interactions. While Triassic high pressure (HP) and ultrahigh pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks across the Dabie-Sulu orogen in central-eastern China have been well documented, postcollisional magmatism driven hydrothermal systems are little known. Here we show that two sources of externally derived water interactions were revealed by oxygen isotopes for the gneissic country rocks intruded by the early Cretaceous postcollisional granitoids...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jeong-Suong Yang, Yunsung Kang, Inyoung Kang, Seungmo Lim, Seung-Joo Shin, Jungwon Lee, Kangheon Hur
The degradation of Niobium-doped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and two types of PZT thin films were investigated. Undoped PZT, 2-step PZT and heavily Nb-doped PZT (PNZT) around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) were in-situ deposited under optimum condition by RF-magnetron sputtering. All 2 μm thick films had dense perovskite columnar grain structure and self-polarized (100) dominant orientation. PZT thin films were deposited on Pt/TiOx bottom electrode on Si wafer, and Nb doped PZT thin film was on Ir/TiW electrode with help of orientation control...
January 4, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Zheng Chen, Haoran Wang, Xiao Wang, Ping Chen, Yunfei Liu, Hongyu Zhao, Yi Zhao, Yu Duan
Encapsulation is essential to protect the air-sensitive components of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) such as active layers and cathode electrodes. In this study, hybrid zirconium inorganic/organic nanolaminates were fabricated using remote plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) and molecular layer deposition at a low temperature. The nanolaminate serves as a thin-film encapsulation layer for OLEDs. The reaction mechanism of PEALD process was investigated using an in-situ quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and in-situ quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS)...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
Taehan Yeo, Hayoung Hwang, Dongjoon Shin, Byungseok Seo, Wonjoon Choi
There is an urgent need to develop a suitable energy source owing to the rapid development of various innovative devices using micro-nanotechnology. The thermopower wave (TW), which produces a high specific power during the combustion of solid fuel inside micro-nanostructure materials, is a unique energy source for unusual platforms that cannot use conventional energy sources. Here, we report on the significant enhancement of hybrid energy generation of pyroelectrics and thermoelectrics from TWs in carbon nanotube (CNT)-PZT (lead zirconate titanate, P(Z0...
January 4, 2017: Nanotechnology
Maryam Alsadat Rad, Auwal Shehu Tijjani, Mohd Ridzuan Ahmad, Shehu Muhammad Auwal
This paper proposes a new technique for real-time single cell stiffness measurement using lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-integrated buckling nanoneedles. The PZT and the buckling part of the nanoneedle have been modelled and validated using the ABAQUS software. The two parts are integrated together to function as a single unit. After calibration, the stiffness, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and sensitivity of the PZT-integrated buckling nanoneedle have been determined to be 0.7100 N·m(-1), 123.4700 GPa, 0...
December 23, 2016: Sensors
Yilin Sun, Dan Xie, Xiaowen Zhang, Jianlong Xu, Xinming Li, Xian Li, Ruixuan Dai, Xiao Li, Peilian Li, Xingsen Gao, Hongwei Zhu
We report the temperature and gate-voltage-dependent electrical properties of lead-zirconate-titanate-gated MoS2 field-effect transistors (MoS2-PZT FETs) within a temperature range of 300 to 380 K. The MoS2 transistors with PZT gating exhibit large reproducible clockwise hysteresis, which is induced by the dynamic charge-trapping/de-trapping process of interfacial states between PZT films and MoS2 channels under the modulation of ferroelectric polarization of PZT films. In this way, the modulation of the gate effect on the hysteresis behavior has been achieved by activating the dynamic charge-trapping/de-trapping process in the interfacial states under different V gs ...
January 27, 2017: Nanotechnology
S Fidan, F Muhaffel, M Riool, G Cempura, L de Boer, S A J Zaat, A Czyrska- Filemonowicz, H Cimenoglu
The aim of this study was to cover the surfaces of zirconium (Zr) with an antimicrobial layer for biomedical applications. For this purpose, the micro-arc oxidation (MAO) process was employed in a sodium silicate and sodium hydroxide containing base electrolyte with and without addition of silver acetate (AgC2H3O2). In general, synthesized MAO layers were composed of zirconium oxide (ZrO2) and zircon (ZrSiO4). Addition of AgC2H3O2 into the base electrolyte caused homogenous precipitation of silver-containing particles in the MAO layer, which exhibited excellent antibacterial efficiency against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as compared to the untreated and MAO-treated Zr...
February 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Salim Levent Aktuğ, Salih Durdu, Emine Yalçın, Kültigin Çavuşoğlu, Metin Usta
In the present work, hydroxyapatite (HAP)-based plasma electrolytic oxide (PEO) coatings were produced on zirconium at different current densities in a solution containing calcium acetate and β-calcium glycerophosphate by a single step. The phase structure, surface morphology, functional groups, thickness and roughness of the coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), eddy current method and surface profilometer, respectively...
February 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Jianhua Zhang, Hao Zhang, Yanqiong Zheng, Mengjie Wei, He Ding, Bin Wei, Zhilin Zhang
ZrO2/zircone nanolaminate thin films fabricated by atomic layer deposition were used for a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) in green organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). It is found that the novel ZrO2/zircone DBR structure significantly improves the light purity of green OLEDs without interfering with intrinsic electroluminescence properties. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the EL spectral band for the green OLEDs decreases with respect to increasing the ZrO2/zircone pairs. The FWHMs of OLEDs with 0, 2, 4, and 6 pairs of ZrO2/zircone layers are 72 nm, 48 nm, 24 nm, and 12 nm, respectively...
January 27, 2017: Nanotechnology
Mingzhang Luo, Weijie Li, Chuang Hei, Gangbing Song
Concrete-filled fiber-reinforced polymer tubes (CFFTs) have attracted interest for their structural applications in corrosive environments. However, a weak interfacial strength between the fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) tube and the concrete infill may develop due to concrete shrinkage and inadequate concrete compaction during concrete casting, which will destroy the confinement effect and thereby reduce the load bearing capacity of a CFFT. In this paper, the lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-based ultrasonic time-of-flight (TOF) method was adopted to assess the concrete infill condition of CFFTs...
December 7, 2016: Sensors
Alka B Garg, D Errandonea, P Rodríguez-Hernández, A Muñoz
The high-pressure (HP) behaviour of scandium vanadate (ScVO4) is investigated under non-hydrostatic compression. The compound is studied by means of synchrotron-based powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical-absorption techniques. The occurrence of a non-reversible phase transition is detected. The transition is from the zircon structure to the fergusonite-type structure and takes place around 6 GPa with nearly 10% volume discontinuity. XRD measurements on the pressure cycled sample confirm for the first time that the fergusonite-type ScVO4 can be recovered as the metastable phase at ambient conditions...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Nicholas J Gardiner, Christopher L Kirkland, Martin J Van Kranendonk
Hf isotope ratios measured in igneous zircon are controlled by magmatic source, which may be linked to tectonic setting. Over the 200-500 Myr periodicity of the supercontinent cycle - the principal geological phenomenon controlling prevailing global tectonic style - juvenile Hf signals, i.e. most radiogenic, are typically measured in zircon from granites formed in arc settings (crustal growth), and evolved zircon Hf signals in granites formed in continent-collision settings (crustal reworking). Interrogations of Hf datasets for excursions related to Earth events commonly use the median value, however this may be equivocal due to magma mixing...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
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