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X-B Zhao, G-S Ren
OBJECTIVE: Concomitant chemo-radiotherapy after modified radical mastectomy for breast cancer is an effective means of achieving high survival rates. In this study different radiotherapy optimization regimens are compared to assess their effectiveness and toxicity rates. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 112 patients with modified radical mastectomy participated, and were randomly assigned to one of three groups, all receiving adjuvant chemotherapy for 4-6 weeks prior to radiotherapy: group A received intensity modulated radiotherapy (radiation dose (DT) 50 Gy, 2...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Ruina Liu, Baoxin Liao, Xiangdong Guo, Debo Hu, Hai Hu, Luojun Du, Hua Yu, Guangyu Zhang, Xiaoxia Yang, Qing Dai
The performance of electronic circuits is becoming limited by on-chip digital information transmission. Graphene plasmons with ultra-high confinement and low damping rates offer an effective solution to this problem as they allow for the implementation of optical interconnects. However, direct contact with the semiconductor always deteriorates the plasmonic properties due to large damping of the plasmon in the semiconductor. Here, we studied graphene plasmons in heterostructures of graphene and monolayer MoS2 which represents a promising semiconductor for next-generation electronic devices...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Fengli Gao, Liqiang Liu, Gang Cui, Liguang Xu, Xiaoling Wu, Hua Kuang, Chuanlai Xu
Reliable and ultrasensitive quantification of dopamine (DA) is essential in the precise diagnotherapy of neurological diseases. In this study, dual mode counterpropagating-responsive gold@silver nanoparticle-gold nanorod (Au@AgNP-AuNR) nano-assemblies were fabricated for the precise quantification of DA. The plasmonic Au@AgNP-AuNR assemblies possessed high surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity and strong fluorescence quenching, due to the prominent electromagnetic enhancement between the hotspots of the assemblies...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
S Ter-Avetisyan, A Andreev, K Platonov, J H Sung, S K Lee, H W Lee, J Y Yoo, P K Singh, H Ahmed, C Scullion, K F Kakolee, T W Jeong, P Hadjisolomou, M Borghesi
A significant level of back reflected laser energy was measured during the interaction of ultra-short, high contrast PW laser pulses with solid targets at 30° incidence. 2D PIC simulations carried out for the experimental conditions show that at the laser-target interface a dynamic regular structure is generated during the interaction, which acts as a grating (quasi-grating) and reflects back a significant amount of incident laser energy. With increasing laser intensity above 10<sup>18</sup> W/cm<sup>2</sup> the back reflected fraction increases due to the growth of the surface modulation to larger amplitudes...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Yi-Sha Ku, Chia-Liang Yeh, Yi-Chang Chen, Chun-Wei Lo, Wei-Ting Wang, Ming-Chang Chen
We have developed an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) scatterometer based on the analysis of coherent EUV light diffracted from a periodic array with nano-scale features. We discuss the choice of appropriate orders of the high harmonics generated coaxially along with the intense Ti:sapphire laser pulses for high resolution spatial performance. We describe an inverse-problem methodology for determining the structural parameters, and present preliminary measurement results confirming the functionality of the scatterometer...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Jen-Hao Rick Chang, B V K Vijaya Kumar, Aswin C Sankaranarayanan
Projectors create grayscale images by outputting a series of bitplanes or binary images within a short time period. While this technique works well for projecting low bit-depth (8-bit) images, it becomes infeasible for high bit-depth (say, 16-bit) projection - a capability that is increasingly desirable in many applications including cinemas and gaming. Existing designs for high bit-depth projection rely on multiple spatial light modulators and, as a consequence, their costs and complexities are usually far beyond the average consumer...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Torrey R S Hayden, Gregory B Rieker
We demonstrate large amplitude wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) with a MEMS-tunable vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (MEMS-VCSEL) to measure high-density gases. WMS enables sensitive measurements of gas phase thermodynamic properties in harsh environments, but has been limited to moderate pressure and density conditions because of the narrow tuning range of traditional DFB lasers. The MEMS-tunable laser is able to rapidly modulate across the broadened features of high-density gas mixtures to produce the harmonic signals in the detected light intensity typical of WMS...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Yanlong Yang, Shaohui Yan, Xianghua Yu, Manman Li, Baoli Yao
We propose a non-paraxial hollow accelerating beam, which is formed by incoherently superposing two well-designed coherent accelerating beams. Very interestingly, this incoherent superposition does not hamper the acceleration dynamics pertaining to the coherent ones, but results in a hollow intensity pattern in the cross section transverse to the circular accelerating trajectory. By a simple optimization, this hollow cross section pattern can be effectively extended to an angle close to 90°. The magnitude and the phase of the angular spectrum of the beam are given followed by a suggested scheme to generate the beam in practice...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Jun Young Kim, Jeongyong Kim, Jinsoo Joo
Two-dimensional (2-D) transition metal dichalcogenides, such as MoS<sub>2</sub>, WSe<sub>2</sub>, and WS<sub>2</sub>, are promising materials for application in field effect transistors, optoelectronics, and sensing devices. In this study, 2-D WSe<sub>2</sub> samples with various numbers of layers were hybridized with functionalized gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) to achieve surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The nanoscale Raman and photoluminescence spectra of the WSe<sub>2</sub> layers and WSe<sub>2</sub>/Au-NP hybrids were measured using a high-resolution laser confocal microscope...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Jingdong Zhang, Tao Zhu, Huan Zhou, Shihong Huang, Min Liu, Wei Huang
We demonstrate a cost-effective distributed fiber sensing system for the multi-parameter detection of the vibration, the temperature, and the strain by integrating phase-sensitive optical time domain reflectometry (φ-OTDR) and Brillouin optical time domain reflectometry (B-OTDR). Taking advantage of the fast changing property of the vibration and the static properties of the temperature and the strain, both the width and intensity of the laser pulses are modulated and injected into the single-mode sensing fiber proportionally, so that three concerned parameters can be extracted simultaneously by only one photo-detector and one data acquisition channel...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Zhirong Liu, P H Jones
We propose and demonstrate a novel high numerical aperture (NA) focusing system composed of an annular beam with alternate radially and azimuthally polarized rings, focused by a devil's lens (DL), and further investigate its radiation forces acting upon a Rayleigh particle both analytically and numerically. Strongly focused cylindrical vector beams produce either dark-centered or peak-centered intensity distributions depending on the state of polarization, whereas the DL produces a series of foci along the propagation direction...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
Wen Chen
In this paper, an optical cryptosystem is developed based on single-pixel encoding using the modified Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm with a cascaded structure. A series of random intensity-only patterns are pre-generated as principal security keys, and phase-only masks for optical encoding and decoding are generated by the modified Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm with a cascaded structure. Subsequently, a series of 1D intensity points, i.e., ciphertexts, are recorded by a single-pixel detector, which may provide a potential for establishing low-cost and compact security systems...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
Weerawat Manosuthi, Surasak Wiboonchutikul, Somnuek Sungkanuparph
Tuberculosis (TB) has been the most common opportunistic infection and cause of mortality among HIV-infected patients, especially in resource-limited countries. Clinical manifestations of TB vary and depend on the degree of immunodeficiency. Sputum microscopy and culture with drug-susceptibility testing are recommended as a standard method for diagnosing active TB. TB-related mortality in HIV-infected patients is high especially during the first few months of treatment. Integrated therapy of both HIV and TB is feasible and efficient to control the diseases and yield better survival...
May 12, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
Brynmor Lloyd-Evans, Gary R Bond, Torleif Ruud, Ada Ivanecka, Richard Gray, David Osborn, Fiona Nolan, Claire Henderson, Oliver Mason, Nicky Goater, Kathleen Kelly, Gareth Ambler, Nicola Morant, Steve Onyett, Danielle Lamb, Sarah Fahmy, Ellie Brown, Beth Paterson, Angela Sweeney, David Hindle, Kate Fullarton, Johanna Frerichs, Sonia Johnson
BACKGROUND: Crisis Resolution Teams (CRTs) provide short-term intensive home treatment to people experiencing mental health crisis. Trial evidence suggests CRTs can be effective at reducing hospital admissions and increasing satisfaction with acute care. When scaled up to national level however, CRT implementation and outcomes have been variable. We aimed to develop and test a fidelity scale to assess adherence to a model of best practice for CRTs, based on best available evidence. METHODS: A concept mapping process was used to develop a CRT fidelity scale...
December 1, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
Carlos Cristi-Montero, Rodrigo Ramírez-Campillo, Cristian Alvarez, Alex Garrido Méndez, María Adela Martínez, Ximena Díaz Martínez, Ana María Leiva, Carlos Salas, Manuel Gutiérrez, Ruth Sanzana-Inzunza, Eliana Durán, Ana María Labraña, Nicolás Aguilar-Farías, Carlos Celis-Morales
BACKGROUND: A high level of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is an important protector against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. AIM: To explore the association of CRF with several metabolic markers and estimate the variation of these parameters by an increase of 1 MET change in CRF. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 447 adults (56% women) without medical history of cardiometabolic diseases. Physical activity evaluated using accelerometry, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose and insulin and lipid profile were measured...
August 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
Yingbo Liu, Liang Zhou, Yanan Li, Ruiping Deng, Hongjie Zhang
High quantum yields (QY) and stable performances are prerequisites for implementing carbon dots in practical applications. In this study, we demonstrate that nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs), which were prepared via the hydrothermal treatment of citric acid (CA) and tris(hydroxymethyl)methyl aminomethane (Tris), have a high QY of 75%, together with excellent thermal and photo stability. These N-CDs deliver an excellent thermal stability performance over the temperature range of 25 °C to 95 °C, and even at a heating temperature of 90 °C for 360 min...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Qiong-Xin Hua, Bo Xin, Jun-Xia Liu, Ling-Xi Zhao, Zu-Jing Xiong, Tao Chen, Ze-Qiang Chen, Chong Li, Wen-Liang Gong, Zhen-Li Huang, Ming-Qiang Zhu
We report the design and synthesis of a tetraphenylethene substituted with naphthalimide at the 4, 6 positions, named NI-2TPE. NI-2TPE exhibits strong solvent-dependent emission properties with combined ICT and AIE characteristics in THF-H2O systems. This probe was used directly on test papers to distinguish normal organic solvents using their emission colours under UV light based on its AIE and ICT nature. Thanks to the vinyl group in NI-2TPE, we synthesized a copolymer of NIPAM and NI-2TPE, termed P(NIPAM-co-NI-2TPE)...
December 1, 2016: Faraday Discussions
Jane Sprigg, Tao Peng, Yanhua Shih
We report an experimental demonstration of a nonclassical imaging mechanism with super-resolving power beyond the Rayleigh limit. When the classical image is completely blurred out due to the use of a small imaging lens, by taking advantage of the intensity fluctuation correlation of thermal light, the demonstrated camera recovered the image of the resolution testing gauge. This method could be adapted to long distance imaging, such as satellite imaging, which requires large diameter camera lenses to achieve high image resolution...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zeinab Hajjarian, Hadi Tavakoli Nia, Shawn Ahn, Alan J Grodzinsky, Rakesh K Jain, Seemantini K Nadkarni
Natural and synthetic hydrogel scaffolds exhibit distinct viscoelastic properties at various length scales and deformation rates. Laser Speckle Rheology (LSR) offers a novel, non-contact optical approach for evaluating the frequency-dependent viscoelastic properties of hydrogels. In LSR, a coherent laser beam illuminates the specimen and a high-speed camera acquires the time-varying speckle images. Cross-correlation analysis of frames returns the speckle intensity autocorrelation function, g2(t), from which the frequency-dependent viscoelastic modulus, G*(ω), is deduced...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sagnik Basuray, Avinash Pathak, Sangho Bok, Biyan Chen, Steven C Hamm, Cherian J Mathai, Suchismita Guha, Keshab Gangopadhyay, Shubhra Gangopadhyay
Classical methods for enhancing the electromagnetic field from substrates for spectroscopic applications, such as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), have involved the generation of hotspots through directed self-assembly of nanoparticles or by patterning nanoscale features using expensive nanolithography techniques. A novel large-area, cost-effective soft lithographic technique involving glancing angle deposition (GLAD) of silver on polymer gratings is reported here. This method produces hierarchical nanostructures with high enhancement factors capable of analyzing single-molecule SERS...
December 1, 2016: Nanotechnology
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