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Rhodri Mansell, Tarun Vemulkar, Dorothée C M C Petit, Yu Cheng, Jason Murphy, Maciej S Lesniak, Russell P Cowburn
We demonstrate the effectiveness of out-of-plane magnetized magnetic microdiscs for cancer treatment through mechanical cell disruption under an applied rotating magnetic field. The magnetic particles are synthetic antiferromagnets formed from a repeated motif of ultrathin CoFeB/Pt layers. In-vitro studies on glioma cells are used to compare the efficiency of the CoFeB/Pt microdiscs with Py vortex microdiscs. It is found that the CoFeB/Pt microdiscs are able to damage 62 ± 3% of cancer cells compared with 12 ± 2% after applying a 10 kOe rotating field for one minute...
June 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
Chengzhi Shi, Marc Dubois, Yuan Wang, Xiang Zhang
Long-range acoustic communication is crucial to underwater applications such as collection of scientific data from benthic stations, ocean geology, and remote control of off-shore industrial activities. However, the transmission rate of acoustic communication is always limited by the narrow-frequency bandwidth of the acoustic waves because of the large attenuation for high-frequency sound in water. Here, we demonstrate a high-throughput communication approach using the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of acoustic vortex beams with one order enhancement of the data transmission rate at a single frequency...
June 26, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jing Cui, Liang Zhao, Weiwei Zhu, Bi Wang, Cancan Zhao, Liming Fang, Fuzeng Ren
Tantalum has been widely used in orthopedic and dental implants. However, the major barrier to the extended use of such medical devices is the possibility of bacterial adhesion to the implant surface which will cause implant-associated infections. To solve this problem, bulk Ta-5Cu alloy has been fabricated by a combination of mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering. The effect of the addition of Cu on the hardness, antibacterial activity, cytocompatibility, corrosion resistance and wear performance was systematically investigated...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Yulong Guo, Xiaopei Liu, Chi Xiong, Xuemiao Xu, Chi-Wing Fu
Superfluidity is a special state of matter exhibiting macroscopic quantum phenomena and acting like a fluid with zero viscosity. In such a state, superfluid vortices exist as phase singularities of the model equation with unique distributions. This paper presents novel techniques to aid the visual understanding of superfluid vortices based on the state-of-the-art non-linear Klein-Gordon equation, which evolves a complex scalar field, giving rise to special vortex lattice/ring structures with dynamic vortex formation, reconnection, and Kelvin waves, etc...
June 26, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Qian Kong, Ning Wei, Cuizhi Fan, Jielong Shi, Ming Shen
Dynamics and collapse of two-dimensional Airy beams are investigated numerically in nonlocal nonlinear media with split step Fourier transform method. In particular, the stability and self-healing properties of the Airy beams depend crucially on the location and topological charge of the vortex when the beams carry angular momentum. The propagation of abruptly autofocusing Airy beams is also demonstrated in local and nonlocal media. In strongly self-focusing regime, with the help of nonlocality, stationary propagation of two-dimensional Airy beams can be obtained, which always collapse in local nonlinear media...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ankita Asati, G N V Satyanarayana, Smita Panchal, Ravindra Singh Thakur, Nasreen G Ansari, Devendra K Patel
A sensitive, rapid and efficient ionic liquid-based vortex assisted liquid-liquid microextraction (IL-VALLME) with Liquid Chromatography Mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method is proposed for the determination of bisphenols in thermal paper. Extraction factors were systematically optimized by response surface methodology. Experimental factors showing significant effects on the analytical responses were evaluated using design of experiment. The limit of detection for Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Bisphenol-S (BPS) in thermal paper were 1...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
Hiroki Nambu, Yuuki Noguchi, Koh Saitoh, Masaya Uchida
A method for generating electron lattice beams carrying vortices using nanofabricated polygonal slits in a transmission electron microscope is proposed. Experimental and simulation study of the intensity of the beams verified their Bessel beam-like nearly nondiffracting behavior. Phase analysis using a diffractive imaging method found arrays of quantized vortices, forming an electron beam lattice with cylindrical intensity distribution in the propagation direction. Such vortex lattice beams may be used in a variety of applications including nanofabrication, particle manipulation or a new electron imaging method...
June 15, 2017: Microscopy
Lingyan Shi, Lukas Lindwasser, Wubao Wang, Robert Alfano, Adrián Rodríguez-Contreras
Light transmission of Gaussian (G) and Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) vortex beams in mouse brain tissue is investigated. Transmittance is measured with different orbital angular momentums (OAM) at various tissue thicknesses. In both ballistic and diffusive regions, transmittances of G and LG beams show no significant difference. The transition point from ballistic to diffusive region for the mouse brain tissue is determined at about 480 μm. The observed transmittances of the G and LG beams show independence on OAM modes, which may be attributed to poorly understood interference effects from brain tissue...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
Changming Liu, Jinsong Liu, Liting Niu, Xuli Wei, Kejia Wang, Zhengang Yang
Vortex beams have received considerable research interests both in optical and millimeter-wave domain since its potential to be utilized in the wireless communications and novel imaging systems. Many well-known optical beams have been demonstrated to carry orbital angular momentum (OAM), such as Laguerre-Gaussian beams and high-order Bessel beams. Recently, the radially symmetric Airy beams that exhibit an abruptly autofocusing feature are also demonstrated to be capable of carrying OAM in the optical domain...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Huicheng Feng, Yi Huang, Teck Neng Wong, Fei Duan
This paper reports an interesting phenomenon that the velocity increases with increasing sodium chloride (NaCl) concentration in induced charge electroosmosis (ICEO) around a conducting cylinder measured by microparticle image velocimetry (μPIV). It is different from the widely reported velocity decay with increasing electrolyte concentration in AC electroosmosis (ACEO) [M. Z. Bazant et al., MicroTAS, 2007, 2875-2878] and induced charge electrophoresis (ICEP) of Janus particles [S. Gangwal et al., Phys. Rev...
June 20, 2017: Soft Matter
J N Fernando, D E Rival
The dynamics of a simple perching manoeuvre are investigated using circular and aspect-ratio-two elliptical flat plates, as abstractions of low-aspect-ratio planforms observed in highly-manoeuvrable birds. The perching kinematic investigated in this study involves a pitch-up motion from an angle of attack of [Formula: see text] to [Formula: see text], while simultaneously decelerating. This motion is defined by the shape change number, [Formula: see text], which acts as a measure of the relative contributions of added-mass and circulatory effects...
June 20, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
Xiaohua Wu, Parviz Moin, James M Wallace, Jinhie Skarda, Adrián Lozano-Durán, Jean-Pierre Hickey
Two observations drawn from a thoroughly validated direct numerical simulation of the canonical spatially developing, zero-pressure gradient, smooth, flat-plate boundary layer are presented here. The first is that, for bypass transition in the narrow sense defined herein, we found that the transitional-turbulent spot inception mechanism is analogous to the secondary instability of boundary-layer natural transition, namely a spanwise vortex filament becomes a [Formula: see text] vortex and then, a hairpin packet...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jingqing Mu, Xun Gao, Qing Li, Xiaomei Yang, Wenling Yang, Xu Sun, Kaishun Bi, Huifen Zhang
Guanxin Shutong Capsule, an effective traditional Chinese medicine, is widely used for coronary heart disease clinically. Volatile components are one of its important bioactive constituents. To better understand the material basis for the therapeutic effects, the components of Guanxin Shutong Capsule absorbed into the blood and their metabolites were identified based on gas chromatography with mass spectrometry coupled with vortex-ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction. As a result, three prototypes and 15 metabolites were identified or tentatively characterized in rat plasma...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
Takumi Adachi, Takehiko Sahara, Hidetoshi Okuyama, Naoki Morita
Here, we describe a new method for genetic transformation of thraustochytrids, well-known producers of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) like docosahexaenoic acid, by combining mild glass (zirconia) bead treatment and electroporation. Because the cell wall is a barrier against transfer of exogenous DNA into cells, gentle vortexing of cells with glass beads was performed prior to electroporation for partial cell wall disruption. G418-resistant transformants of thraustochytrid cells (Aurantiochytrium limacinum strain SR21 and thraustochytrid strain 12B) were successfully obtained with good reproducibility...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
Andres A Aguirre-Pablo, Meshal K Alarfaj, Er Qiang Li, J F Hernández-Sánchez, Sigurdur T Thoroddsen
We demonstrate the viability of using four low-cost smartphone cameras to perform Tomographic PIV. We use colored shadows to imprint two or three different time-steps on the same image. The back-lighting is accomplished with three sets of differently-colored pulsed LEDs. Each set of Red, Green & Blue LEDs is shone on a diffuser screen facing each of the cameras. We thereby record the RGB-colored shadows of opaque suspended particles, rather than the conventionally used scattered light. We subsequently separate the RGB color channels, to represent the separate times, with preprocessing to minimize noise and cross-talk...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Simone Zuccher, Renzo L Ricca
By numerically solving the three-dimensional Gross-Pitaevskii equation we analyze the cascade process associated with the evolution and decay of a pair of linked vortex rings. The system decays through a series of reconnections to produce finally three unlinked, unfolded, almost planar vortex loops. Total helicity, initially zero, remains unchanged throughout the process. The gradual transfer from writhe (due to initial linking) to twist helicity, followed by a continuous relaxation of twist across scales during the evolution is shown to be a generic mechanism that consistently takes place on each individual component...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
L B Ju, C T Zhou, T W Huang, K Jiang, H Zhang, S Z Wu, B Qiao, S C Ruan
It was shown that in the interactions of ultra-intense circularly polarized laser pulse with the near-critical plasmas, the angular momentum can be transferred efficiently from the laser beam to electrons through the resonance acceleration process. The transferred angular momentum increases almost linearly with the acceleration time t_{a} when the electrons are resonantly accelerated by the laser field. In addition, it is shown analytically that the averaged angular momentum of electrons is proportional to the laser amplitude a_{L}, and the total angular momentum of the accelerated electron beam is proportional to the square of the laser amplitude a_{L}^{2} for a fixed parameter of n_{e}/n_{c}a_{L}...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
Audun Skaugen, Luiza Angheluta
We establish a statistical relationship between the inverse energy cascade and the spatial correlations of clustered vortices in two-dimensional quantum turbulence. The Kolmogorov spectrum k^{-5/3} on inertial scales r corresponds to a pair correlation function between the vortices with different signs that decays as a power law with the pair distance given as r^{-4/3}. To test these scaling relations, we propose a forced and dissipative point vortex model that captures the turbulent dynamics of quantized vortices by the emergent clustering of same-sign vortices...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
Xiang Gao, Xia Feng, Teng-Chao Li, Shixian Qu, Xingang Wang, Hong Zhang
Pinning of vortices by obstacles plays an important role in various systems. In the heart, anatomical reentry is created when a vortex, also known as the spiral wave, is pinned to an anatomical obstacle, leading to a class of physiologically very important arrhythmias. Previous analyses of its dynamics and instability provide fine estimates in some special circumstances, such as large obstacles or weak excitabilities. Here, to expand theoretical analyses to all circumstances, we propose a general theory whose results quantitatively agree with direct numerical simulations...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
Hsiang-Hsuan Hung, Jiansheng Wu, Kuei Sun, Ching-Kai Chiu
We study a vortex chain in a thin film of a topological insulator with proximity-induced superconductivity-a promising platform to realize Majorana zero modes (MZMs)-by modeling it as a two-leg Majorana ladder. While each pair of MZMs hybridizes through vortex tunneling, we hereby show that MZMs can be stabilized on the ends of the ladder with the presence of tilted external magnetic field and four-Majorana interaction. Furthermore, a fruitful phase diagram is obtained by controlling the direction of magnetic field and the thickness of the sample...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
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