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Edward C Kirkpatrick, Jessica Steltzer, Pippa Simpson, Amy Pan, Andrea Dragulescu, Christine B Falkensammer, Sarah Gelehrter, Wyman W Lai, Jami Levine, Stephen Miller, Thomas A Miller, Jay Pruetz, Ritu Sachdeva, Deepika Thacker, Peter Frommelt
The aim of this study was to describe serial changes in echocardiographic Doppler pulmonary vein flow (PVF) patterns in infants with single right ventricle (RV) anomalies enrolled in the Single Ventricle Reconstruction trial. Measurement of PVF peak systolic (S) and diastolic (D) velocities, velocity time integrals (VTI), S/D peak velocity and VTI ratios, and frequency of atrial reversal (Ar) waves were made at three postoperative time points in 261 infants: early post-Norwood, pre-stage II surgery, and 14 months...
June 19, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
Marcin Abram, Michal Zegrodnik, Jozef Spalek
In the frst part of the paper, we study the stability of antiferromagnetic (AF), charge density wave (CDW), and superconducting (SC) states within the t-J-U-V model of strongly correlated electrons by using the statistically consistent Gutzwiller approximation (SGA). We concentrate on the role of the intersite Coulomb interaction term V in stabilizing the CDW phase. In particular, we show that the charge ordering appears only above a critical value of V in a limited hole-doping range $\delta$. The effect of the V term on SC and AF phases is that a strong interaction suppresses SC, whereas the AF order is not significantly influenced by its presence...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Yaroslav Koshka, Dilina Perera, Spencer Hall, M A Novotny
The possibility of using a quantum computer D-Wave 2X with more than 1000 qubits to determine the global minimum of the energy landscape of trained restricted Boltzmann machines is investigated. In order to overcome the problem of limited interconnectivity in the D-Wave architecture, the proposed RBM embedding combines multiple qubits to represent a particular RBM unit. The results for the lowest-energy (the ground state) and some of the higher-energy states found by the D-Wave 2X were compared with those of the classical simulated annealing (SA) algorithm...
July 2017: Neural Computation
Duk Y Kim, Shi-Zeng Lin, Franziska Weickert, Eric D Bauer, Filip Ronning, J D Thompson, Roman Movshovich
The thermal conductivity measurement in a rotating magnetic field is a powerful probe of the structure of the superconducting energy gap. We present high-precision measurements of the low-temperature thermal conductivity in the unconventional heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn_{5}, with the heat current J along the nodal [110] direction of its d_{x^{2}-y^{2}} order parameter and the magnetic field up to 7 T rotating in the ab plane. In contrast to the smooth oscillations found previously for J∥[100], we observe a sharp resonancelike peak in the thermal conductivity when the magnetic field is also in the [110] direction, parallel to the heat current...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Ori Barzilai, Zvi Lidar, Shlomi Constantini, Khalil Salame, Yifat Bitan-Talmor, Akiva Korn
Intramedullary spinal cord tumors (IMSCTs) represent a rare entity, accounting for 4%-10% of all central nervous system tumors. Microsurgical resection of IMSCTs is currently considered the primary treatment modality. Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) has been shown to aid in maximizing tumor resection and minimizing neurological morbidity, consequently improving patient outcome. The gold standard for IONM to date is multimodality monitoring, consisting of both somatosensory evoked potentials, as well as muscle-based transcranial electric motor evoked potentials (tcMEPs)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
C Chamon, E R Mucciolo, A E Ruckenstein, Z-C Yang
Mappings of classical computation onto statistical mechanics models have led to remarkable successes in addressing some complex computational problems. However, such mappings display thermodynamic phase transitions that may prevent reaching solution even for easy problems known to be solvable in polynomial time. Here we map universal reversible classical computations onto a planar vertex model that exhibits no bulk classical thermodynamic phase transition, independent of the computational circuit. Within our approach the solution of the computation is encoded in the ground state of the vertex model and its complexity is reflected in the dynamics of the relaxation of the system to its ground state...
May 12, 2017: Nature Communications
Wei Du, Xiao-Ting Wang, Yun Long, Da-Wei Liu
BACKGROUND: Evaluating the hemodynamic status and predicting fluid responsiveness are important in critical ultrasound assessment of shock patients. Transthoracic echocardiography with noninvasive diagnostic parameters allows the assessment of volume responsiveness. This study aimed to assess the hemodynamic changes in the liver and systemic hemodynamic changes during fluid challenge and during passive leg raising (PLR) by measuring hepatic venous flow (HVF) velocity. METHODS: This is an open-label study in a tertiary teaching hospital...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
Nurhafizah Mahri, Kok Beng Gan, Rusna Meswari, Mohd Hasni Jaafar, Mohd Alauddin Mohd Ali
Myocardial infarction (MI) is a common disease that causes morbidity and mortality. The current tools for diagnosing this disease are improving, but still have some limitations. This study utilised the second derivative of photoplethysmography (SDPPG) features to distinguish MI patients from healthy control subjects. The features include amplitude-derived SDPPG features (pulse height, ratio, jerk) and interval-derived SDPPG features (intervals and relative crest time (RCT)). We evaluated 32 MI patients at Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and 32 control subjects (all ages 37-87 years)...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
Mahdi Mashkoori, Kristofer Björnson, Annica M Black-Schaffer
Impurities in superconductors and their induced bound states are important both for engineering novel states such as Majorana zero-energy modes and for probing bulk properties of the superconducting state. The high-temperature cuprates offer a clear advantage in a much larger superconducting order parameter, but the nodal energy spectrum of a pure d-wave superconductor only allows virtual bound states. Fully gapped d-wave superconducting states have, however, been proposed in several cuprate systems thanks to subdominant order parameters producing d + is- or d + id'-wave superconducting states...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jun-Feng Liu, Yong Xu, Jun Wang
We propose the Josephson junctions linked by a normal metal between a d + id superconductor and another d + id superconductor, a d-wave superconductor, or a s-wave superconductor for identifying the chiral d + id superconductivity. The time-reversal breaking in the chiral d-wave superconducting state is shown to result in a Josephson φ0-junction state where the current-phase relation is shifted by a phase φ0 from the sinusoidal relation, other than 0 and π. The ground-state phase difference φ0 and the critical current can be used to definitely confirm and read the information about the d + id superconductivity...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Salvatore Mandrà, Zheng Zhu, Helmut G Katzgraber
We study the performance of the D-Wave 2X quantum annealing machine on systems with well-controlled ground-state degeneracy. While obtaining the ground state of a spin-glass benchmark instance represents a difficult task, the gold standard for any optimization algorithm or machine is to sample all solutions that minimize the Hamiltonian with more or less equal probability. Our results show that while naive transverse-field quantum annealing on the D-Wave 2X device can find the ground-state energy of the problems, it is not well suited in identifying all degenerate ground-state configurations associated with a particular instance...
February 17, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Edward Boyda, Saikat Basu, Sangram Ganguly, Andrew Michaelis, Supratik Mukhopadhyay, Ramakrishna R Nemani
Quantum annealing is an experimental and potentially breakthrough computational technology for handling hard optimization problems, including problems of computer vision. We present a case study in training a production-scale classifier of tree cover in remote sensing imagery, using early-generation quantum annealing hardware built by D-wave Systems, Inc. Beginning within a known boosting framework, we train decision stumps on texture features and vegetation indices extracted from four-band, one-meter-resolution aerial imagery from the state of California...
2017: PloS One
Yunkyu Bang, G R Stewart
Although the pairing mechanism of Fe-based superconductors (FeSCs) has not yet been settled with consensus with regard to the pairing symmetry and the superconducting (SC) gap function, the vast majority of experiments support the existence of spin-singlet sign-changing s-wave SC gaps on multi-bands ([Formula: see text]-wave state). This multi-band [Formula: see text]-wave state is a very unique gap state per se and displays numerous unexpected novel SC properties, such as a strong reduction of the coherence peak, non-trivial impurity effects, nodal-gap-like nuclear magnetic resonance signals, various Volovik effects in the specific heat (SH) and thermal conductivity, and anomalous scaling behaviors with a SH jump and condensation energy versus T c, etc...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Maryam Nabati, Ghasem Janbabai, Saideh Baghyari, Khadige Esmaili, Jamshid Yazdani
PURPOSE: Anthracyclines (ANTs) are a class of active antineoplastic agents with topoisomerase-interacting activity that are considered the most active agents for the treatment of breast cancer. We investigated the efficacy of carvedilol in the inhibition of ANT-induced cardiotoxicity. METHODS: In this randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled study, 91 women with recently diagnosed breast cancer undergoing ANT therapy were randomly assigned to groups treated with either carvedilol (n = 46) or placebo (n = 45)...
May 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Elizabeth Gibney
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January 24, 2017: Nature
Antonino Scibilia, Giovanni Raffa, Vincenzo Rizzo, Angelo Quartarone, Massimiliano Visocchi, Antonino Germanò, Francesco Tomasello
Although there is recent evidence for the role of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) in spine surgery, there are no uniform opinions on the optimal combination of the different tools. At our institution, multimodal IONM (mIONM) approach in spine surgery involves the evaluation of somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and motor evoked potentials (MEPs) with electrical transcranial stimulation, including the use of a multipulse technique with multiple myomeric registration of responses from limbs, and a single-pulse technique with D-wave registration through epi- and intradural recording, and free running and evoked electromyography (frEMG and eEMG) with bilateral recording from segmental target muscles...
2017: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
A Di Bernardo, O Millo, M Barbone, H Alpern, Y Kalcheim, U Sassi, A K Ott, D De Fazio, D Yoon, M Amado, A C Ferrari, J Linder, J W A Robinson
Electron pairing in the vast majority of superconductors follows the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity, which describes the condensation of electrons into pairs with antiparallel spins in a singlet state with an s-wave symmetry. Unconventional superconductivity was predicted in single-layer graphene (SLG), with the electrons pairing with a p-wave or chiral d-wave symmetry, depending on the position of the Fermi energy with respect to the Dirac point. By placing SLG on an electron-doped (non-chiral) d-wave superconductor and performing local scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy, here we show evidence for a p-wave triggered superconducting density of states in SLG...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
H Chu, L Zhao, A de la Torre, T Hogan, S D Wilson, D Hsieh
Layered perovskite iridates realize a rare class of Mott insulators that are predicted to be strongly spin-orbit coupled analogues of the parent state of cuprate high-temperature superconductors. Recent discoveries of pseudogap, magnetic multipolar ordered and possible d-wave superconducting phases in doped Sr2IrO4 have reinforced this analogy among the single layer variants. However, unlike the bilayer cuprates, no electronic instabilities have been reported in the doped bilayer iridate Sr3Ir2O7. Here we show that Sr3Ir2O7 realizes a weak Mott state with no cuprate analogue by using ultrafast time-resolved optical reflectivity to uncover an intimate connection between its insulating gap and antiferromagnetism...
January 16, 2017: Nature Materials
Marcin M Wysokiński, Jan Kaczmarczyk
We investigate the effect of the electron-hole (e-h) symmetry breaking on d-wave superconductivity induced by non-local effects of correlations in the generalized Hubbard model. The symmetry breaking is introduced in a two-fold manner: by the next-to-nearest neighbor hopping of electrons and by the charge-bond interaction-the off-diagonal term of the Coulomb potential. Both terms lead to a pronounced asymmetry of the superconducting order parameter. The next-to-nearest neighbor hopping enhances superconductivity for h-doping, while diminishes it for e-doping...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
R E Goetz, T A Isaev, B Nikoobakht, R Berger, C P Koch
Photoelectron circular dichroism refers to the forward/backward asymmetry in the photoelectron angular distribution with respect to the propagation axis of circularly polarized light. It has recently been demonstrated in femtosecond multi-photon photoionization experiments with randomly oriented camphor and fenchone molecules [C. Lux et al., Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 51, 4755 (2012) and C. S. Lehmann et al., J. Chem. Phys. 139, 234307 (2013)]. A theoretical framework describing this process as (2+1) resonantly enhanced multi-photon ionization is constructed, which consists of two-photon photoselection from randomly oriented molecules and successive one-photon ionization of the photoselected molecules...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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