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Isaac Tuffour
BACKGROUND: There is a growing body of literature providing reflective accounts and critical examination of the challenges faced by insider researchers. However, there is little research about the specific challenges that black African insider nurse researchers face. AIM: To reflect on the complexities black African insider nurse researchers face in the context of research sites, participants and the interpretation of data. DISCUSSION: Insider researchers are susceptible to various entanglements and dilemmas...
May 22, 2018: Nurse Researcher
Scott M Grant, Rennie Sullivan, Kevin J Hedges
The Greenland Shark ( Somniosus microcephalus ) is the most common bycatch in the Greenland halibut ( Reinhardtius hippoglossoides ) bottom longline fishery in Cumberland Sound, Canada. Historically, this inshore fishery has been prosecuted through the ice during winter but winter storms and unpredictable landfast ice conditions since the mid-1990s have led to interest in developing a summer fishery during the ice-free season. However, bycatch of Greenland shark was found to increase substantially with 570 sharks captured during an experimental Greenland halibut summer fishery (i...
2018: PeerJ
Matthew Reichert, Hugo Defienne, Jason W Fleischer
Entangled states of light are essential for quantum technologies and fundamental tests of physics. Current systems rely on entanglement in 2D degrees of freedom, e.g., polarization states. Increasing the dimensionality provides exponential speed-up of quantum computation, enhances the channel capacity and security of quantum communication protocols, and enables quantum imaging; unfortunately, characterizing high-dimensional entanglement of even bipartite quantum states remains prohibitively time-consuming. Here, we develop and experimentally demonstrate a new theory of camera detection that leverages the massive parallelization inherent in an array of pixels...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rikizo Ikuta, Toshiki Kobayashi, Tetsuo Kawakami, Shigehito Miki, Masahiro Yabuno, Taro Yamashita, Hirotaka Terai, Masato Koashi, Tetsuya Mukai, Takashi Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Imoto
Long-lifetime quantum storages accessible to the telecom photonic infrastructure are essential to long-distance quantum communication. Atomic quantum storages have achieved subsecond storage time corresponding to 1000 km transmission time for a telecom photon through a quantum repeater algorithm. However, the telecom photon cannot be directly interfaced to typical atomic storages. Solid-state quantum frequency conversions fill this wavelength gap. Here we report on the experimental demonstration of a polarization-insensitive solid-state quantum frequency conversion to a telecom photon from a short-wavelength photon entangled with an atomic ensemble...
May 21, 2018: Nature Communications
Matthias Bock, Pascal Eich, Stephan Kucera, Matthias Kreis, Andreas Lenhard, Christoph Becher, Jürgen Eschner
Entanglement between a stationary quantum system and a flying qubit is an essential ingredient of a quantum-repeater network. It has been demonstrated for trapped ions, trapped atoms, color centers in diamond, or quantum dots. These systems have transition wavelengths in the blue, red or near-infrared spectral regions, whereas long-range fiber-communication requires wavelengths in the low-loss, low-dispersion telecom regime. A proven tool to interconnect flying qubits at visible/NIR wavelengths to the telecom bands is quantum frequency conversion...
May 21, 2018: Nature Communications
German Alberto Parada, Xuanhe Zhao
In this article we introduce the concept of ideal reversible polymer networks, which have well-controlled polymer network structures similar to ideal covalent polymer networks but exhibit viscoelastic behaviors due to the presence of reversible crosslinks. We first present a theory to describe the mechanical properties of ideal reversible polymer networks. Because short polymer chains of equal length are used to construct the network, there are no chain entanglements and the chains' Rouse relaxation time is much shorter than the reversible crosslinks' characteristic time...
May 21, 2018: Soft Matter
E J Vernon-Carter, J Alvarez-Ramirez, L A Bello-Perez, A Garcia-Hernandez, C Roldan-Cruz, S Garcia-Diaz
Aqueous dispersions of normal and waxy corn starch (3% w/w) were mixed with Tween 80 (0, 7.5, 15, 22.5 and 30 g/100 g of starch), and gelatinized (90 °C, 20 min). Optical microscopy of the gelatinized starch dispersions (GSDx ; x = Tween 80 concentration) revealed that the microstructure was characterized by a continuous phase of leached amylose and amylopectin entangled chains, and a dispersed phase of insoluble remnants, called ghosts, on whose surface small granules were observed, imputed to Tween 80...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Masahiro Hotta, Yasusada Nambu, Koji Yamaguchi
We propose a model with multiple qubits that reproduces the thermal properties of four-dimensional Schwarzschild black holes (BHs) by simultaneously taking account of the emission of Hawking particles and the zero-energy soft-hair evaporation at the horizon. The results verify that the entanglement entropy between a qubit and other subsystems, including emitted radiation, is much larger than the BH entropy analogue of the qubit, as opposed to the Page curve prediction. Our result suggests that early Hawking radiation is entangled with soft hair and that late Hawking radiation can be highly entangled with the degrees of freedom of a BH, avoiding the emergence of a firewall at the horizon...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Yuto Ashida, Masahito Ueda
The ability to measure single quanta allows the complete characterization of small quantum systems known as full-counting statistics. Quantum gas microscopy enables one to observe many-body systems at the single-atom precision. We extend the idea of full-counting statistics to nonequilibrium open many-particle dynamics and apply it to discuss the quench dynamics. By way of illustration, we consider an exactly solvable model to demonstrate the emergence of unique phenomena such as nonlocal and chiral propagation of correlations, leading to a concomitant oscillatory entanglement growth...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Xiao-Min Hu, Bi-Heng Liu, Yu Guo, Guo-Yong Xiang, Yun-Feng Huang, Chuan-Feng Li, Guang-Can Guo, Matthias Kleinmann, Tamás Vértesi, Adán Cabello
We present the first experimental confirmation of the quantum-mechanical prediction of stronger-than-binary correlations. These are correlations that cannot be explained under the assumption that the occurrence of a particular outcome of an n≥3-outcome measurement is due to a two-step process in which, in the first step, some classical mechanism precludes n-2 of the outcomes and, in the second step, a binary measurement generates the outcome. Our experiment uses pairs of photonic qutrits distributed between two laboratories, where randomly chosen three-outcome measurements are performed...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Alexander R Klotz, Beatrice W Soh, Patrick S Doyle
Knots in DNA occur in biological systems, serve as a model system for polymer entanglement, and affect the efficacy of modern genomics technologies. We study the motion of complex knots in DNA by stretching molecules with a divergent electric field that provides an elongational force. We demonstrate that the motion of knots is nonisotropic and driven towards the closest end of the molecule. We show for the first time experimentally that knots can go from a mobile to a jammed state by varying an applied strain rate, and that this jamming is reversible...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Long Yu, Gleb E Yakubov, Marta Martínez-Sanz, Elliot P Gilbert, Jason R Stokes
Two gel-forming arabinoxylan (AX) fractions with very similar linkage composition and molecular weight distributions have been isolated from Plantago ovata seed mucilage. Both isolated fractions have distinct gel properties attributed to differences in intermolecular hydrogen bonding. This study probes the effect of hydrogen bonding on molecular interactions of P. ovata AX fractions under non-gelled conditions achieved using a mild hydrogen bonding inhibitor, 0.2 M KOH. Chain conformation, relaxation dynamics and interactions between AX molecules are investigated using a combination of rheological techniques and small angle X-ray and neutron scattering...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
José Roberto Pereira Guedes, Leoni Villano Bonamin, Vera Luiza Capelozzi
INTRODUCTION:  There are two critical pillars of homeopathy that contrast with the dominant scientific approach: the similitude principle and the potentization of serial dilutions. Three main hypotheses about the mechanisms of action are in discussion: nanobubbles-related hormesis; vehicle-related electric resonance; and quantum non-locality. OBJECTIVES:  The aim of this paper is to review and discuss some key points of such properties: the imprint of supramolecular structures based on the nanoparticle-allostatic, cross-adaptation-sensitization (NPCAS) model; the theory of non-molecular electromagnetic transfer of information, based on the coherent water domains model, and relying (like the NPCAS model) on the idea of local interactions; and the hypothesis of quantum entanglement, based on the concept of non-locality...
May 16, 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Qiang Liu, Jiao Wang, Linnan Yang, Xiaofei Xia, Mei Wang, Shengguang Chen, Rongrong Zhu, Qingxiu Wang, Xianzheng Wu, Shilong Wang
In this study, a promising drug nano-carrier system consisting of mono-dispersed and pH sensitive carboxylated chitosan-hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Ccs-HMSNs) suitable for the treatment of malignant cells was synthesised and investigated. At neutral pH, the Ccs molecules are orderly aggregated state, which could effectively hinder the release of loaded drug molecules. However, in slightly acidic environment, Ccs chains are heavily and flexibly entangled in gel state, which would enhance the subsequent controlled release of the loaded drug...
June 2018: IET Nanobiotechnology
Pavlos S Stephanou, Martin Kröger
The steady-state extensional viscosity of dense polymeric liquids in elongational flows is known to be peculiar in the sense that for entangled polymer melts it monotonically decreases-whereas for concentrated polymer solutions it increases-with increasing strain rate beyond the inverse Rouse time. To shed light on this issue, we solve the kinetic theory model for concentrated polymer solutions and entangled melts proposed by Curtiss and Bird, also known as the tumbling-snake model, supplemented by a variable link tension coefficient that we relate to the uniaxial nematic order parameter of the polymer...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Minhaeng Cho
Parametric down-conversion is a second-order nonlinear optical process annihilating a pump photon and creating a pair of photons in the signal and idler modes. Then, by using two parametric down-converters and introducing a path indistinguishability for the two generated idler modes, a quantum coherence between two conjugate signal beams can be induced. Such a double spontaneous or stimulated parametric down-conversion scheme has been used to demonstrate quantum spectroscopy and imaging with undetected idler photons via measuring one-photon interference between their correlated signal beams...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Judith Zeevenhooven, Pamela D Browne, Monique P L'Hoir, Carolina de Weerth, Marc A Benninga
Infant colic is a commonly reported phenomenon of excessive crying in infancy with an enigmatic and distressing character. Despite its frequent occurrence, little agreement has been reached on the definition, pathogenesis or the optimal management strategy for infant colic. This Review aims to delineate the definitional entanglement with the Rome IV criteria, which were published in 2016, as the leading, most recent diagnostic criteria. Moreover, neurogenic, gastrointestinal, microbial and psychosocial factors that might contribute to the pathophysiology of infant colic are explored...
May 14, 2018: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Tanay Nag, Atanu Rajak
We investigate the effect of a time-reversal-breaking impurity term (of strength λ_{d}) on both the equilibrium and nonequilibrium critical properties of entanglement entropy (EE) in a three-spin-interacting transverse Ising model, which can be mapped to a p-wave superconducting chain with next-nearest-neighbor hopping and interaction. Importantly, we find that the logarithmic scaling of the EE with block size remains unaffected by the application of the impurity term, although, the coefficient (i.e., central charge) varies logarithmically with the impurity strength for a lower range of λ_{d} and eventually saturates with an exponential damping factor [∼exp(-λ_{d})] for the phase boundaries shared with the phase containing two Majorana edge modes...
April 2018: Physical Review. E
Dmitry N Makarov
A system of two coupled quantum harmonic oscillators with the Hamiltonian H[over ̂]=1/2(1/m_{1}p[over ̂]_{1}^{2}+1/m_{2}p[over ̂]_{2}^{2}+Ax_{1}^{2}+Bx_{2}^{2}+Cx_{1}x_{2}) can be found in many applications of quantum and nonlinear physics, molecular chemistry, and biophysics. The stationary wave function of such a system is known, but its use for the analysis of quantum entanglement is complicated because of the complexity of computing the Schmidt modes. Moreover, there is no exact analytical solution to the nonstationary Schrodinger equation H[over ̂]Ψ=iℏ∂Ψ/∂t and Schmidt modes for such a dynamic system...
April 2018: Physical Review. E
Yiping Cao, Sreenath Bolisetty, Jozef Adamcik, Raffaele Mezzenga
We provide a constitutive model of semiflexible and rigid amyloid fibril networks by combining the affine thermal model of network elasticity with the Derjaguin-Landau-Vervey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory of electrostatically charged colloids. When compared to rheological experiments on β-lactoglobulin and lysozyme amyloid networks, this approach provides the correct scaling of elasticity versus both concentration (G∼c^{2.2} and G∼c^{2.5} for semiflexible and rigid fibrils, respectively) and ionic strength (G∼I^{4...
April 13, 2018: Physical Review Letters
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