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Zhengcui Wu, Yejing Xue, Zexian Zou, Xia Wang, Feng Gao
Crystal facet engineering and surface modification of semiconductor have become important strategies to improve photocatalytic activity by optimizing surface charge carrier separation/transfer and extending solar spectrum utilization. In this work, we report anatase single-crystalline TiO2 hollow tetragonal nanocones with large exposed (101) facets by a facile liquid-phase interfacial synthetic strategy, using the hydrolysis of tetrabutyltitanate with adscititious water in the organic solvent of cyclohexane and a capping agent of 1, 6-hexanediamine...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Tatiana Șuleșco, Heidrun von Thien, Lidia Toderaș, Ion Toderaș, Renke Lühken, Egbert Tannich
BACKGROUND: Over the last two decades, a significant spread of dirofilariasis has been observed in eastern and central Europe. However, data on the circulation of Dirofilaria spp. in Moldova were absent although direct neighbor states reported high incidence rates of human dirofilariasis. METHODS: Daily mean temperature data were used to calculate Dirofilaria spp. development units, which were used to estimate the potential for complete extrinsic development in the mosquitoes (= sum of potential Dirofilaria spp...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
S Jyothi, Tridib Ray, Sourav Dutta, A R Allouche, Romain Vexiau, Olivier Dulieu, S A Rangwala
The direct photodissociation of trapped ^{85}Rb_{2}^{+} (rubidium) molecular ions by the cooling light for the ^{85}Rb magneto-optical trap (MOT) is studied, both experimentally and theoretically. Vibrationally excited Rb_{2}^{+} ions are created by photoionization of Rb_{2} molecules formed photoassociatively in the Rb MOT and are trapped in a modified spherical Paul trap. The decay rate of the trapped Rb_{2}^{+} ion signal in the presence of the MOT cooling light is measured and agreement with our calculated rates for molecular ion photodissociation is observed...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Yao-Tang Chang, Sunil Sharma, Miao-Ken Hung, Yu-Hsuan Lee, Show-An Chen
σ-π conjugated polymer strategy is proposed for designing electroluminescent host polymers with silylene-diphenylene as the backbone repeat unit giving a high triplet energy (ET = 2.67 eV). By incorporation of high ET (3.0 eV) electron (oxadiazole, OXD) and hole (triphenyl amine, TPA) transport moieties, or TPA alone (in this case, the main chain acts as electron transport channel) as side arms on the silylene, the high ET bipolar and unipolar polymers are formed, allowing a use of iridium green phosphor (Ir(ppy)2(acac), Ir-G) (ET = 2...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
Y M Hou, C R Wu, J Huang, W W Heidbrink, M G von Hellermann, Z Xu, Z Jin, J F Chang, Y B Zhu, W Gao, Y J Chen, B Lyu, R J Hu, P F Zhang, L Zhang, W Gao, Z W Wu, Y Yu, M Y Ye
In toroidal magnetic fusion devices, fast-ion D-alpha diagnostic (FIDA) is a powerful method to study the fast-ion feature. The fast-ion characteristics can be inferred from the Doppler shifted spectrum of Dα light according to charge exchange recombination process between fast ions and probe beam. Since conceptual design presented in the last HTPD conference, significant progress has been made to apply FIDA systems on the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). Both co-current and counter-current neutral beam injectors are available, and each can deliver 2-4 MW beam power with 50-80 keV beam energy...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
N Hell, P Beiersdorfer, E W Magee, G V Brown
We report the calibration of the Orion High-Resolution X-ray (OHREX) imaging crystal spectrometer at the EBIT-I electron beam ion trap at Livermore. Two such instruments, dubbed OHREX-1 and OHREX-2, are fielded for plasma diagnostics at the Orion laser facility in the United Kingdom. The OHREX spectrometer can simultaneously house two spherically bent crystals with a radius of curvature of r = 67.2 cm. The focusing properties of the spectrometer allow both for larger distance to the source due to the increase in collected light and for observation of extended sources...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Jianfa Zhang, Wenbin Liu, Zhihong Zhu, Xiaodong Yuan, Shiqiao Qin
Graphene plasmons are rapidly emerging as a versatile platform for manipulating light at the deep subwavelength scale. Here we show numerically that strong optical near-field forces can be generated under the illumination of mid-IR light when dielectric nanoparticles are located in the vicinity of a nanostructured graphene film. These near-field forces are attributed to the excitation of the graphene's plasmonic mode. The optical forces can generate an efficient optical trapping potential for a 10-nm-diameter dielectric particle when the light intensity is only about about 4...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
Payel Sil, Craig P Hayes, Barbara J Reaves, Patrick Breen, Shannon Quinn, Jeremy Sokolove, Balázs Rada
Human neutrophils (polymorphonuclear leukocytes [PMNs]) generate inflammatory responses within the joints of gout patients upon encountering monosodium urate (MSU) crystals. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are found abundantly in the synovial fluid of gout patients. The detailed mechanism of MSU crystal-induced NET formation remains unknown. Our goal was to shed light on possible roles of purinergic signaling and neutrophil migration in mediating NET formation induced by MSU crystals. Interaction of human neutrophils with MSU crystals was evaluated by high-throughput live imaging using confocal microscopy...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Jin Chang, Yuhei Ogomi, Chao Ding, Yao Hong Zhang, Taro Toyoda, Shuzi Hayase, Kenji Katayama, Qing Shen
The surface chemistry of colloidal quantum dots (QDs) plays an important role in determining the photoelectric properties of QD films and the corresponding quantum dot heterojunction solar cells (QDHSCs). To investigate the effects of the ligand structure on the photovoltaic performance and exciton dynamics of QDHSCs, PbS QDHSCs were fabricated by the solid state ligand exchange method with mercaptoalkanoic acid as the cross-linking ligand. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence and ultrafast transient absorption spectra show that the electronic coupling and charge transfer rate within QD ensembles were monotonically enhanced as the ligand length decreased...
November 30, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Yang Zhang, Yongbo Yuan, Jinsong Huang
Ultraweak light detection with solid-state and cooling-free photodetectors is important for both fundamental research and practical applications. A general phototransistor architecture for detecting ultraviolet-visible light down to 100 fW cm(-2) at room temperature is demonstrated. The exceptional sensitivity stems from an amplification process triggered by incident light. A responsivity of ≈10(7) A W(-1) is achieved.
November 29, 2016: Advanced Materials
Victor Leong, Mathias Alexander Seidler, Matthias Steiner, Alessandro Cerè, Christian Kurtsiefer
Scattering of light by matter has been studied extensively in the past. Yet, the most fundamental process, the scattering of a single photon by a single atom, is largely unexplored. One prominent prediction of quantum optics is the deterministic absorption of a travelling photon by a single atom, provided the photon waveform matches spatially and temporally the time-reversed version of a spontaneously emitted photon. Here we experimentally address this prediction and investigate the influence of the photon's temporal profile on the scattering dynamics using a single trapped atom and heralded single photons...
November 29, 2016: Nature Communications
Olha Shpotyuk, Adam Ingram, Oleh Shpotyuk
Positron annihilation spectroscopy in lifetime measuring mode exploring conventional fast-fast coincidence ORTEC system is employed to characterize free volume structure of commercially available acrylic-type dental restorative composite Charisma® (Heraeus Kulzer GmbH, Germany). The measured lifetime spectra for uncured and light-cured composites are reconstructed from unconstrained x3-term fitting and semi-empirical model exploring x3-x2-coupling decomposition algorithm. The governing channel of positron annihilation in the composites studied is ascribed to mixed positron-Ps trapping, where Ps decaying in the third component is caused entirely by input from free-volume holes in polymer matrix, while the second component is defined by free positron trapping in interfacial free-volume holes between filler nanoparticles and surrounded polymer matrix...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Valentino Giacomuzzi, Luca Cappellin, Iuliia Khomenko, Franco Biasioli, Stefan Schütz, Marco Tasin, Alan L Knight, Sergio Angeli
This study investigated the volatile emission from apple (Malus x domestica Borkh., cv. Golden Delicious) foliage that was either intact, mechanically-damaged, or exposed to larval feeding by Pandemis heparana (Denis and Schiffermüller) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Volatiles were collected by closed-loop-stripping-analysis and characterized by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in three time periods: after 1 h and again 24 and 48 h later. Volatiles for all treatments also were monitored continuously over a 72-h period by the use of proton transfer reaction - time of flight-mass spectrometry (PTR-ToF-MS)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Ecology
José Manuel Direni Mancini, Cecilia Adriana Veggiani-Aybar, Ana Denise Fuenzalida, Mercedes Sara Lizarralde de Grosso, María Gabriela Quintana
Within the Ceratopogonidae family, many genera transmit numerous diseases to humans and animals, while others are important pollinators of tropical crops. In the Yungas ecoregion of Argentina, previous systematic and ecological research on Ceratopogonidae focused on Culicoides, since they are the main transmitters of mansonelliasis in northwestern Argentina; however, few studies included the genera Forcipomyia, Dasyhelea, Atrichopogon, Alluaudomyia, Echinohelea, and Bezzia. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the presence and abundance of Ceratopogonidae in this region, their association with meteorological variables, and their variation in areas disturbed by human activity...
2016: PeerJ
Z H Fang, H Chen, F S Yang, C R Luo, X P Zhao
Slowing down or even stopping light is the first task to realising optical information transmission and storage. Theoretical studies have revealed that metamaterials can slow down or even stop light; however, the difficulty of preparing metamaterials that operate in visible light hinders progress in the research of slowing or stopping light. Metasurfaces provide a new opportunity to make progress in such research. In this paper, we propose a dendritic cell cluster metasurface consisting of dendritic structures...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Pau Farrera, Georg Heinze, Boris Albrecht, Melvyn Ho, Matías Chávez, Colin Teo, Nicolas Sangouard, Hugues de Riedmatten
The generation of ultra-narrowband, pure and storable single photons with widely tunable wave shape is an enabling step toward hybrid quantum networks requiring interconnection of remote disparate quantum systems. It allows interaction of quantum light with several material systems, including photonic quantum memories, single trapped ions and opto-mechanical systems. Previous approaches have offered a limited tuning range of the photon duration of at most one order of magnitude. Here we report on a heralded single photon source with controllable emission time based on a cold atomic ensemble, which can generate photons with temporal durations varying over three orders of magnitude up to 10 μs without a significant change of the readout efficiency...
November 25, 2016: Nature Communications
Duy Le Pham, Ga-Young Ban, Seung-Hyun Kim, Yoo Seob Shin, Young-Min Ye, Yong-Joon Chwae, Hae-Sim Park
BACKGROUND: Autophagy and neutrophil extracellular DNA traps (NETs) are implicated in asthma; however, their roles in asthma pathogenesis have not been elucidated. OBJECTIVES: We compared autophagy and NET production levels from peripheral blood neutrophils (PBNs) of patients with severe asthma (SA) and non-severe asthma (NSA). Additionally, we investigated the inflammatory effects of NETs on human airway epithelial cells (AECs) and peripheral blood eosinophils (PBEs)...
November 24, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Xiao-Wu Lei, Cheng-Yang Yue, Jun-Chao Wei, Rui-Qing Li, Yan Li, Fu-Qi Mi
With similar transition metal (TM) complex cations as structural directing agents (SDAs), six new hybrid lead bromides were synthesized and structurally characterized as [Co(2,2-bipy)3]2{[Co(2,2-bipy)]3Pb7Br24} (1), [Co(2,2-bipy)2Br]PbBr3 (2), [TM(phen)3]Pb2Br6 (TM = Co (3) and Ni (4)), [Co(2,2-bipy)3]Pb3Br9 (5) and [Co(2,2-bipy)3]Pb5Br13·CH3CN (6) with distinct structural types from zero-dimensional (0D) unit, one-dimensional (1D) chain to two-dimensional (2D) layer. Compound 1 contains the 0D {[Co(bipy)]3Pb7Br24}(4-) units built from the [Pb7Br24] ring attached by three unsaturated [Co(2,2-bipy)](2+) complexes via Co-Br bonds...
November 24, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
L P C Carvalho, A M Pereira Júnior, E S Farias, J F Almeida, M S Rodrigues, F Resadore, F A C Pessoa, J F Medeiros
There is very little information available about Culicoides species (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in the western Brazilian Amazon. However, studies of the fauna of this region are essential to knowledge of the species and potential vectors within it. Thus, the present study aims to evaluate the abundance, richness and composition of Culicoides species in rural areas in the state of Rondônia, Brazil. Culicoides specimens were collected in forest and pasture environments in the municipality of Porto Velho, using light traps...
November 23, 2016: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Guanglong Liu, Qian Tang, Yiyong Zhou, Xiuyun Cao, Jianwei Zhao, Duanwei Zhu
The photodegradation of organic phosphorus is one of the most important processes of the phosphorus cycle by which phosphate is regenerated in the water environment. In this study, the influence of direct photolysis or indirect photolysis of organic phosphorus using natural photosensitizers on the released phosphate was examined in deionized and natural water under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation using diazinon as the organic phosphorus model. Phosphate was released when diazinon was exposed to UV light, and the solution pH also exhibited distinct influences on the phosphate that was released from diazinon photodegradation...
November 23, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
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