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Zhihua Xie, Yannick Lefier, Miguel Angel Suarez, Mathieu Mivelle, Roland Salut, Jean-Marc Merolla, Thierry Grosjean
Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have drawn strong interest in the past for their high prospects in scientific, medical, and industrial applications. However, the full characterization of these quantum emitters is currently restricted to the visible wavelengths, and it remains a key challenge to optically probe single CQDs operating in the infrared spectral domain, which is targeted by a growing number of applications. Here, we report the first experimental detection and imaging at room temperature of single infrared CQDs operating at telecommunication wavelengths...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
Nancy Rahbany, Wei Geng, Renaud Bachelot, Christophe Couteau
Overcoming the diffraction limit to achieve high optical resolution is one of the main challenges in the fields of plasmonics, nanooptics and nanophotonics. In this work, we introduce novel plasmonic structures consisting of nanoantennas (nanoprisms, single bowtie nanoantennas and double bowtie nanoantennas) integrated in the center of ring diffraction gratings. Propagating surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) are generated by the ring grating and coupled with localized surface plasmons (LSPs) at the nanoantennas exciting emitters placed in their gap...
March 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
Takeshi Ohno, Fujio Araki, Ryota Onizuka, Masahiro Hatemura, Toshiaki Shimonobou, Takashi Sakamoto, Shuichiro Okumura, Daichi Ideguchi, Keiichi Honda, Kenji Kawata
This study compared dosimetric properties among four commercial multi-detector CT (MDCT) scanners. The X-ray beam characteristics were obtained from photon intensity attenuation curves of aluminum and off-center ratio (OCR) profiles in air, which were measured with four commercial MDCT scanners. The absorbed dose for MDCT scanners was evaluated with Farmer ionization chamber measurements at the center and four peripheral points in the body- and head-type cylindrical water phantoms. Measured collected charge was converted to absorbed dose using a (60)Co absorbed dose-to-water calibration factor and Monte Carlo (MC)-calculated correction factors...
February 18, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
Michelle Thunders, Jo Cavanagh, Yinsheng Li
BACKGROUND: Earthworms are sensitive to toxic chemicals present in the soil and so are useful indicator organisms for soil health. Eisenia fetida are commonly used in ecotoxicological studies; therefore the assembly of a baseline transcriptome is important for subsequent analyses exploring the impact of toxin exposure on genome wide gene expression. RESULTS: This paper reports on the de novo transcriptome assembly of E. fetida using Trinity, a freely available software tool...
February 27, 2017: Biological Research
John S Muryn, Ashraf G Morgan, Chris L Liptak, Frank F Dong, W Paul Segars, Andrew N Primak, Xiang Li
In Monte Carlo simulation of CT dose, many input parameters are required (e.g. bowtie filter properties and scan start/end location). Our goal was to examine the uncertainties in patient dose when input parameters were inaccurate. Using a validated Monte Carlo program, organ dose from a chest CT scan was simulated for an average-size female phantom using a reference set of input parameter values (treated as the truth). Additional simulations were performed in which errors were purposely introduced into the input parameter values...
April 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Yukun Zhao, Feng Yun, Yi Huang, Shuai Wang, Lungang Feng, Yufeng Li, Maofeng Guo, Wen Ding, Ye Zhang
In this paper, a novel array of quasi-three-dimensional (quasi-3D) bowtie nanoantennas has been investigated numerically and experimentally. A low-cost and facile method has been designed and implemented to fabricate the quasi-3D bowtie nanoantennas. The fabrication processes containing laser patterning and wet etching have demonstrated the advantages of easily tuning the periodic and diameter of microhole arrays. According to the simulated results, the electric and magnetic resonances at visible wavelengths are obtained in the tips and contours of the metamaterials made of the quasi-3D bowtie nanoantennas, respectively...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
W A Vitale, M Tamagnone, N Émond, B Le Drogoff, S Capdevila, A Skrivervik, M Chaker, J R Mosig, A M Ionescu
The modulated scattering technique is based on the use of reconfigurable electromagnetic scatterers, structures able to scatter and modulate an impinging electromagnetic field in function of a control signal. The modulated scattering technique is used in a wide range of frequencies up to millimeter waves for various applications, such as field mapping of circuits or antennas, radio-frequency identification devices and imaging applications. However, its implementation in the terahertz domain remains challenging...
February 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
Dapeng Wang
RNA-Seq technology has been gradually becoming a routine approach for characterizing the properties of transcriptome in terms of organisms, cell types and conditions and consequently a big burden has been put on the facet of data analysis, which calls for an easy-to-learn workflow to cope with the increased demands from a large number of laboratories across the world. We report a one-in-all solution called hppRNA, composed of four scenarios such as pre-mapping, core-workflow, post-mapping and sequence variation detection, written by a series of individual Perl and R scripts, counting on well-established and preinstalled software, irrespective of single-end or paired-end, unstranded or stranded sequencing method...
January 17, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
Ho Lee, Benjamin P Fahimian, Lei Xing
This paper proposes a binary moving-blocker (BMB)-based technique for scatter correction in cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). In concept, a beam blocker consisting of lead strips, mounted in front of the x-ray tube, moves rapidly in and out of the beam during a single gantry rotation. The projections are acquired in alternating phases of blocked and unblocked cone beams, where the blocked phase results in a stripe pattern in the width direction. To derive the scatter map from the blocked projections, 1D B-Spline interpolation/extrapolation is applied by using the detected information in the shaded regions...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
R Kramer, V F Cassola, M E A Andrade, M W C de Araújo, D J Brenner, H J Khoury
The purpose of bowtie filters in CT scanners is to homogenize the x-ray intensity measured by the detectors in order to improve the image quality and at the same time to reduce the dose to the patient because of the preferential filtering near the periphery of the fan beam. For CT dosimetry, especially for Monte Carlo calculations of organ and tissue absorbed doses to patients, it is important to take the effect of bowtie filters into account. However, material composition and dimensions of these filters are proprietary...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
I Ali, S Hossain, E Syzek, S Ahmad
PURPOSE: To quantitatively investigate the surface dose deposited in patients imaged with a kV on-board-imager mounted on a radiotherapy machine using different clinical imaging techniques and filters. METHODS: A high sensitivity photon diode is used to measure the surface dose on central-axis and at an off-axis-point which is mounted on the top of a phantom setup. The dose is measured for different imaging techniques that include: AP-Pelvis, AP-Head, AP-Abdomen, AP-Thorax, and Extremity...
June 2016: Medical Physics
C Hua, W Yao, T Kidani, J Farr, K Tomida, S Ozawa, T Nishimura, T Fujusawa, R Shinagawa, T Merchant
PURPOSE: To describe the design and performance of a ceiling-mounted robotic C-arm CBCT system for image-guided proton therapy. METHODS: Uniquely different from traditional C-arm CBCT used in interventional radiology, the imaging system was designed to provide volumetric image guidance for patients treated on a 190-degree proton gantry system and a 6 degree-of-freedom (DOF) robotic patient positioner. The mounting of robotic arms to the ceiling rails, rather than gantry or nozzle, provides the flexibility in imaging locations (isocenter, iso+27cm in X, iso+100cm in Y) in the room and easier upgrade as technology advances...
June 2016: Medical Physics
J Hoffman, F Noo, S Young, M McNitt-Gray
PURPOSE: Recent work has shown that current TCM profile designs boost detection of low-contrast lung lesions in the lung apices, but yield reduced detection performance in the mid and lower lung regions relative to fixed tube current cases. This observed imbalance suggests that the TCM scheme might be tailored in new ways to maximize nodule detection throughout the entire lung. In this work, we begin a preliminary investigation into custom TCM profiles in an attempt to achieve uniform lesion detection throughout the extent of the lung...
June 2016: Medical Physics
T Liu, H Lin, Y Gao, P Caracappa, G Wang, W Cong, X Xu
PURPOSE: Dynamic bowtie filter is an innovative design capable of modulating the X-ray and balancing the flux in the detectors, and it introduces a new way of patient-specific CT scan optimizations. This study demonstrates the feasibility of performing fast Monte Carlo dose calculation for a type of dynamic bowtie filter for cone-beam CT (Liu et al. 2014 9(7) PloS one) using MIC coprocessors. METHODS: The dynamic bowtie filter in question consists of a highly attenuating bowtie component (HB) and a weakly attenuating bowtie (WB)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
S Kim, D Rangaraj
PURPOSE: Although cone-beam CT (CBCT) imaging became popular in radiation oncology, its imaging dose estimation is still challenging. The goal of this study is to assess the kilovoltage CBCT doses using GMctdospp - an EGSnrc based Monte Carlo (MC) framework. METHODS: Two Varian OBI x-ray tube models were implemented in the GMctpdospp framework of EGSnrc MC System. The x-ray spectrum of 125 kVp CBCT beam was acquired from an EGSnrc/BEAMnrc simulation and validated with IPEM report 78...
June 2016: Medical Physics
H Youn, J Kim, H Jeon, H Kim, M Cho, S Yun, J Nam, J Lee, J Lee, D Park, W Kim, Y Ki, D Kim
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of an analytic framework to estimate patients' absorbed dose distribution owing to daily cone-beam CT scan for image-guided radiation treatment. METHODS: To compute total absorbed dose distribution, we separated the framework into primary and scattered dose calculations. Using the source parameters such as voltage, current, and bowtie filtration, for the primary dose calculation, we simulated the forward projection from the source to each voxel of an imaging object including some inhomogeneous inserts...
June 2016: Medical Physics
J Xu, A Sisniega, W Zbijewski, H Dang, J Stayman, X Wang, D Foos, N Aygun, V Koliatsos, J Siewerdsen
PURPOSE: This work reports the design, development, and first technical assessment of a cone-beam CT (CBCT) scanner developed specifically for imaging of acute intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) at the point of care, with target applications in diagnosis and monitoring of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and postsurgical hemorrhage. METHODS: System design employed a task-based image quality model to quantify the influence of factors such as additive noise and high-gain (HG) detector readout on ICH detectability...
June 2016: Medical Physics
Yifang Zhou, Jessica Nute, Alexander Scott, Christina Lee
PURPOSE: For CT dose optimization, one needs to address two important questions. The first is how various lesion-specific detection tasks demand different patient doses for the same patient. The second is how the variation of the patient size requires different patient doses for the same lesion detection task. In this study, we attempted to find quantitative solutions to these questions by utilizing a wide range of abdomen phantoms. METHODS: A simplified model with a monochromatic fan beam passing through a bowtie-filter and an elliptical object was proposed...
March 2017: Medical Physics
Yang Chen, Jin Qin, Jianfeng Chen, Liang Zhang, Chengfu Ma, Jiaru Chu, Xianfan Xu, Liang Wang
Photolithography has long been a critical technology for nanoscale manufacturing, especially in the semiconductor industry. However, the diffractive nature of light has limited the continuous advance of optical lithography resolution. To overcome this obstacle, near-field scanning optical lithography (NSOL) is an alternative low-cost technique, whose resolution is determined by the near-field localization that can be achieved. Here, we apply the newly-developed backside milling method to fabricate bowtie apertures with a sub-15 nm gap, which can substantially improve the resolution of NSOL...
February 3, 2017: Nanotechnology
A A Lyamkina, K Schraml, A Regler, M Schalk, A K Bakarov, A I Toropov, S P Moshchenko, Michael Kaniber
Deterministically integrating semiconductor quantum emitters with plasmonic nano-devices paves the way towards chip-scale integrable, true nanoscale quantum photonic technologies. For this purpose, stable and bright semiconductor emitters are needed, which moreover allow for CMOS-compatibility and optical activity in the telecommunication band. Here, we demonstrate strongly enhanced light-matter coupling of single near-surface (< 10 nm) InAs quantum dots monolithically integrated into electromagnetic hot-spots of sub-wavelength sized metal nanoantennas...
December 12, 2016: Optics Express
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