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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110141/synchrotron-fourier-transform-infrared-mapping-a-novel-approach-for-membrane-fouling-characterization
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Ming Xie, Wenhai Luo, Stephen R Gray
We described a synchrotron-based infrared (IR) microscopic method to characterize fouling layer induced by organic foulants and colloidal silica in membrane distillation (MD). This technique, utilizing the ultrahigh brightness of synchrotron infrared source, enables spectra with high signal-to-noise ratio that was obtained from micrometer-sized samples. Our results showed that synchrotron IR mapping was able to resolve the foulant spatial distribution in combined fouling in MD. Synchrotron IR mapping showed the spatial distribution of binary foulant (i...
January 11, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106453/giant-amplification-of-noise-in-fluctuation-induced-pattern-formation
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Tommaso Biancalani, Farshid Jafarpour, Nigel Goldenfeld
The amplitude of fluctuation-induced patterns might be expected to be proportional to the strength of the driving noise, suggesting that such patterns would be difficult to observe in nature. Here, we show that a large class of spatially extended dynamical systems driven by intrinsic noise can exhibit giant amplification, yielding patterns whose amplitude is comparable to that of deterministic Turing instabilities. The giant amplification results from the interplay between noise and nonorthogonal eigenvectors of the linear stability matrix, yielding transients that grow with time, and which, when driven by the ever-present intrinsic noise, lead to persistent large amplitude patterns...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105469/qin-dawg-validation-of-gradient-nonlinearity-bias-correction-workflow-for-quantitative-diffusion-weighted-imaging-in-multicenter-trials
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Dariya I Malyarenko, Lisa J Wilmes, Lori R Arlinghaus, Michael A Jacobs, Wei Huang, Karl G Helmer, Bachir Taouli, Thomas E Yankeelov, David Newitt, Thomas L Chenevert
Previous research has shown that system-dependent gradient nonlinearity (GNL) introduces a significant spatial bias (nonuniformity) in apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. Here, the feasibility of centralized retrospective system-specific correction of GNL bias for quantitative diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in multisite clinical trials is demonstrated across diverse scanners independent of the scanned object. Using corrector maps generated from system characterization by ice-water phantom measurement completed in the previous project phase, GNL bias correction was performed for test ADC measurements from an independent DWI phantom (room temperature agar) at two offset locations in the bore...
December 2016: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102197/a-novel-dominant-gjb2-dfna3-mutation-in-a-chinese-family
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Hongyang Wang, Kaiwen Wu, Lan Yu, Linyi Xie, Wenping Xiong, Dayong Wang, Jing Guan, Qiuju Wang
To decipher the phenotype and genotype of a Chinese family with autosomal dominant non-syndromic hearing loss (ADNSHL) and a novel dominant missense mutation in the GJB2 gene (DFNA3), mutation screening of GJB2 was performed on the propositus from a five-generation ADNSHL family through polymerase chain reaction amplification and Sanger sequencing. The candidate variation and the co-segregation of the phenotype were verified in all ascertained family members. Targeted genes capture and next-generation sequencing (NGS) were performed to explore additional genetic variations...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101403/quantitative-assessment-of-hemodynamic-and-structural-characteristics-of-in-vivo-brain-tissue-using-total-diffuse-reflectance-spectrum-measured-in-a-non-contact-fashion
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Yinchen Song, Sarahy Garcia, Yisel Frometa, Jessica C Ramella-Roman, Mohammad Soltani, Mohamed Almadi, Jorge J Riera, Wei-Chiang Lin
Here we present a new methodology that investigates the intrinsic structural and hemodynamic characteristics of in vivo brain tissue, in a non-contact fashion, and can be easily incorporated in an intra-operative environment. Within this methodology, relative total diffuse reflectance spectra (RTD(λ)) were acquired from targets using a hybrid spectroscopy imaging system. A spectral interpretation algorithm was subsequently applied to RTD(λ) to retrieve optical properties related to the compositional and structural characteristics of each target...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101402/identification-and-removal-of-laser-induced-noise-in-photoacoustic-imaging-using-singular-value-decomposition
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Emma R Hill, Wenfeng Xia, Matthew J Clarkson, Adrien E Desjardins
Singular value decomposition (SVD) was used to identify and remove laser-induced noise in photoacoustic images acquired with a clinical ultrasound scanner. This noise, which was prominent in the radiofrequency data acquired in parallel from multiple transducer elements, was induced by the excitation light source. It was modelled by truncating the SVD matrices so that only the first few largest singular value components were retained, and subtracted prior to image reconstruction. The dependency of the signal amplitude and the number of the largest singular value components used for noise modeling was investigated for different photoacoustic source geometries...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098201/fiber-laser-based-ultrasound-sensor-for-photoacoustic-imaging
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Yizhi Liang, Long Jin, Lidai Wang, Xue Bai, Linghao Cheng, Bai-Ou Guan
Photoacoustic imaging, especially for intravascular and endoscopic applications, requires ultrasound probes with miniature size and high sensitivity. In this paper, we present a new photoacoustic sensor based on a small-sized fiber laser. Incident ultrasound waves exert pressures on the optical fiber laser and induce harmonic vibrations of the fiber, which is detected by the frequency shift of the beating signal between the two orthogonal polarization modes in the fiber laser. This ultrasound sensor presents a noise-equivalent pressure of 40 Pa over a 50-MHz bandwidth...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094540/examining-mechanisms-underlying-fear-control-in-the-extended-parallel-process-model
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Brian L Quick, Nicole R LaVoie, Tobias Reynolds-Tylus, Andrea Martinez-Gonzalez, Chris Skurka
This investigation sought to advance the extended parallel process model in important ways by testing associations among the strengths of efficacy and threat appeals with fear as well as two outcomes of fear-control processing, psychological reactance and message minimization. Within the context of print ads admonishing against noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and the fictitious Trepidosis virus, partial support was found for the additive model with no support for the multiplicative model. High efficacy appeals mitigated freedom threat perceptions across both contexts...
January 17, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088153/signatures-of-spatially-correlated-noise-and-non-secular-effects-in-two-dimensional-electronic-spectroscopy
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James Lim, David J Ing, Joachim Rosskopf, Jan Jeske, Jared H Cole, Susana F Huelga, Martin B Plenio
We investigate how correlated fluctuations affect oscillatory features in rephasing and non-rephasing two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectra of a model dimer system. Based on a beating map analysis, we show that non-secular environmental couplings induced by uncorrelated fluctuations lead to oscillations centered at both cross- and diagonal-peaks in rephasing spectra as well as in non-rephasing spectra. Using an analytical approach, we provide a quantitative description of the non-secular effects in terms of the Feynman diagrams and show that the environment-induced mixing of different inter-excitonic coherences leads to oscillations in the rephasing diagonal-peaks and non-rephasing cross-peaks...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079527/binary-moving-blocker-based-scatter-correction-in-cone-beam-computed-tomography-with-width-truncated-projections-proof-of-concept
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Ho Lee, Benjamin 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, one-dimensional B-Spline interpolation/extrapolation is applied by using the detected information in the shaded regions...
January 12, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077280/engineering-out-the-noise
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Kurt Yankaskas, Raymond Fischer, Jesse Spence, Jeff Komrower
The US Navy, through an Office of Naval Research (ONR) lead effort on Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), is investigating methods and techniques to mitigate hearing loss for the crews and warfighters. Hearing protection is a viable and increasingly popular method of reducing hearing exposure for many ship crewmembers; however, it has limitations on comfort and low frequency effectiveness. Furthermore, Personal Hearing Protection (PHP) is often used improperly. Proper vessel planning, programmatic changes and advances in noise control engineering can also have significant impacts by inherently reducing noise exposure through ship design and use of noise control treatments...
January 7, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074609/rapid-chemical-shift-encoding-with-single-acquisition-single-slab-3d-grase
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Hahnsung Kim, Dong-Hyun Kim, Chul-Ho Sohn, Jaeseok Park
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of chemical shift encoded, single-slab 3D GRASE for rapid fat-water separation within a single acquisition. METHODS: The proposed method incorporates signal-to-noise-ratio-optimal chemical shift encoding into single-slab 3D GRASE with variable flip angles. Chemical shift induced phase information was encoded in succession to different positions in k-space by inserting phase encoding blips between adjacent lobes of the oscillating readout gradients...
January 11, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074559/effects-of-traffic-noise-on-tree-frog-stress-levels-immunity-and-color-signaling
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Mathieu Troïanowski, Nathalie Mondy, Adeline Dumet, Caroline Arcanjo, Thierry Lengagne
During the last decade, many studies have focused on the detrimental effects of noise pollution on acoustic communication. Surprisingly, while it is known that noise exposure strongly influences health in humans, studies on wildlife remain scarce. In order to gain insight into the consequences of traffic noise exposure, we experimentally manipulated traffic noise exposure as well as the endocrine status of animals to investigate physiological and phenotypic consequences of noise pollution in an anuran species...
January 11, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069221/effects-of-different-hydrostatic-pressure-on-lesions-in-ex-vivo-bovine-livers-induced-by-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound
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Min He, Zhiqiang Zhong, Xing Li, Xiaobo Gong, Zhibiao Wang, Faqi Li
It is well-known that acoustic cavitation associated with the high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment often would change the morphology and size of lesions in its treatment. In most studies reported in literature, high ambient hydrostatic pressure was used to suppress the cavitation completely. Investigation of the effects by varying the ambient hydrostatic pressure (Pstat) is still lacking. In this paper, the effects of HIFU on lesions in ex vivo bovine liver specimens under various Pstat are systematically investigated...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068090/femtosecond-to-millisecond-dynamics-of-light-induced-allostery-in-the-avena-sativa-lov-domain
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Agnieszka A Gil, Sergey P Laptenok, Jarrod B French, James N Iuliano, Andras Lukacs, Christopher R Hall, Igor V Sazanovich, Gregory M Greetham, Adelbert Bacher, Boris Illarionov, Markus Fischer, Peter J Tonge, Stephen R Meech
The rational engineering of photosenor proteins underpins the field of optogenetics, in which light is used for spatio-temporal control of cell signalling. Optogenetic elements function by converting electronic excitation of an embedded chromophore into structural changes on the μs-sec timescale, which then modulate the activity of output domains responsible for biological signalling. Using time resolved vibrational spectroscopy coupled with isotope labelling we have mapped the structural evolution of the LOV2 domain of the flavin binding phototropin Avena sativa (AsLOV2) over 10 decades of time, reporting structural dynamics between 100 femtoseconds and one millisecond after optical ex-citation...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062444/robust-parameter-estimation-for-dynamical-systems-from-outlier-corrupted-data
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Corinna Maier, Carolin Loos, Jan Hasenauer
MOTIVATION: Dynamics of cellular processes are often studied using mechanistic mathematical models. These models possess unknown parameters which are generally estimated from experimental data assuming normally distributed measurement noise. Outlier corruption of datasets often cannot be avoided. These outliers may distort the parameter estimates, resulting in incorrect model predictions. Robust parameter estimation methods are required which provide reliable parameter estimates in the presence of outliers...
January 6, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059372/contribution-of-off-resonant-states-to-the-phase-noise-of-quantum-dot-lasers
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Cheng Wang, Jun-Ping Zhuang, Frédéric Grillot, Sze-Chun Chan
The phase noise of quantum dot lasers is investigated theoretically by coupling the Langevin noise sources into the rate equations. The off-resonant populations in the excited state and in the carrier reservoir contribute to the phase noise of ground-state emission lasers through the phase-amplitude coupling effect. This effect arises from the optical-noise induced carrier fluctuations in the off-resonant states. In addition, the phase noise has low sensitivity to the carrier scattering rates.
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059341/high-speed-three-dimensional-tomographic-laser-induced-incandescence-imaging-of-soot-volume-fraction-in-turbulent-flames
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Terrence R Meyer, Benjamin R Halls, Naibo Jiang, Mikhail N Slipchenko, Sukesh Roy, James R Gord
High-speed, laser-based tomographic imaging of the three-dimensional time evolution of soot volume fraction in turbulent jet diffusion flames is demonstrated to be feasible at rates of 10 kHz or higher. The fundamental output of a burst-mode Nd:YAG laser with 1 J/pulse is utilized for volumetric impulsive heating of soot particles with a laser fluence of 0.1 J/cm<sup>2</sup>, enabling signal-to-noise ratios of ~100:1 in images of the resulting incandescence. The three-dimensional morphology of the soot distribution is captured with a spatial resolution of <1...
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057941/combining-in-situ-lithography-with-3d-printed-solid-immersion-lenses-for-single-quantum-dot-spectroscopy
#19
Marc Sartison, Simone Luca Portalupi, Timo Gissibl, Michael Jetter, Harald Giessen, Peter Michler
In the current study, we report on the deterministic fabrication of solid immersion lenses (SILs) on lithographically pre-selected semiconductor quantum dots (QDs). We demonstrate the combination of state-of-the-art low-temperature in-situ photolithography and femtosecond 3D direct laser writing. Several QDs are pre-selected with a localization accuracy of less than 2 nm with low-temperature lithography and three-dimensional laser writing is then used to deterministically fabricate hemispherical lenses on top of the quantum emitter with a submicrometric precision...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056268/-investigation-into-the-relationship-between-mitochondrial-12-s-rrna-gene-trna-gene-and-cytochrome-oxidase-%C3%A2-gene-variations-and-the-risk-of-noise-induced-hearing-loss
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J Jiao, G Z Gu, G S Chen, Y H Li, H L Zhang, Q Y Yang, X R Xu, W H Zhou, H Wu, L H He, Y X Zheng, S F Yu
Objective: To explore the relationship between mitochondrial 12 S rRNA gene variation, tRNA gene variation and cytochrome oxidase Ⅱ gene point mutations and the risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Methods: A nested case-control study was performed that followed a cohort of 7 445 noise-exposed workers in a steel factory in Henan province, China, from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2015. Subjects whose average hearing threshold was more than 40 dB(A) in high frequency were defined as the case group, and subjects whose average hearing threshold was less than 35 dB(A) in high frequency and less than 25 dB (A) in speech frequency were defined as the control group...
January 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
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