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Edward J Tanner, Erica Dun, Yukio Sonoda, Alexander B Olawaiye, Dennis S Chi
OBJECTIVES: Complete cytoreduction of ovarian cancer often requires excision or ablation of bowel serosa implants. Both argon beam coagulator (ABC) and thermal plasma energy (TPE) (PlasmaJet; PlasmaSurgical, Roswell, Ga) have been used to ablate bowel serosa implants. Our objective was to identify comparable power settings as well as determine the rate of bowel perforation, depth of thermal injury, and extent of inflammatory response with ABC versus TPE in a porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine pigs underwent vaporization of small bowel and colon serosa according to assigned treatment group (TPE vs ABC) and settings (ABC: 30, 50, and 70 W; TPE: Cut 10U, 20U, and 30U and Coagulation 10U, 20U, and 30U)...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Alessandro Neri, Daniele Marrelli, Costantino Voglino, Giulio Di Mare, Francesco Ferrara, Mario Marini, Franco Roviello
Recurrent esophago-gastric junction adenocarcinoma is not a rare event and its correct management is still debated. Many approaches for the treatment of these patients exist, but only few studies compare the different techniques. Most of the studies are retrospectives series and describe the experiences of single institutions in the treatment of recurrent esophageal and esophago-gastric junction cancers. Nowadays surgery is still the main and only curative treatment. Other alternative palliative therapies could be endoscopic stent placement and balloon dilation, photodynamic therapy, thermal tumor ablation (laser photoablation and Argon plasma coagulation), radiation therapy and brachytherapy, and chemotherapy...
December 2016: Surgical Oncology
Yi-Ping Mo, Xuan-He Liu, Bing Sun, Hui-Juan Yan, Dong Wang, Li-Jun Wan
The introduction of intramolecular H-bonding by adding -OH functionalities adjacent to the Schiff base centers is considered to be a useful strategy to enhance the stability and crystallinity of bulk covalent organic frameworks (COFs). However, the influence of intramolecular H-bonding on the synthesis of surface COFs (SCOFs) have been barely explored. Herein, SCOFs based on the Schiff-base reaction between 1,3,5-tris(4-aminophenyl)benzene (TAPB) and terephthalaldehydes with symmetry or asymmetrically substituted hydroxyl functional groups are designed...
December 2, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
S Chakraborty Thakur, K Adriany, J J Gosselin, J McKee, E E Scime, S H Sears, G R Tynan
We report experimental measurements of the axial plasma flow and the parallel ion temperature in a magnetized linear plasma device. We used laser induced fluorescence to measure Doppler resolved ion velocity distribution functions in argon plasma to obtain spatially resolved axial velocities and parallel ion temperatures. We also show changes in the parallel velocity profiles during the transition from resistive drift wave dominated plasma to a state of weak turbulence driven by multiple plasma instabilities...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
T M Biewer, S Meitner, J Rapp, H Ray, G Shaw
A Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic has been successfully implemented on the prototype Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment (Proto-MPEX) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The diagnostic collects the light scattered by plasma electrons and spectroscopically resolves the Doppler shift imparted to the light by the velocity of the electrons. The spread in velocities is proportional to the electron temperature, while the total number of photons is proportional to the electron density. TS is a technique used on many devices to measure the electron temperature (Te) and electron density (ne) of the plasma...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
G Bertschinger, O Marchuk, R Barnsley
In the present and the next generation of fusion devices, imaging Bragg spectrometers are key diagnostics to measure plasma parameters in the hot core, especially ion temperature and plasma rotation. The latter quantities are routinely obtained using the Doppler-width and -shift of the emitted spectral lines, respectively. Line shift measurements require absolute accuracies Δλ/λ of about 10 ppm, where λ-is the observed wavelength. For ITER and the present fusion devices, spectral lines of He-and H-like argon, iron, and krypton as well as Ne-like tungsten are foreseen for the measurements...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
K Zhai, T Schindler, J Kinley, B Deng, M C Thompson
The C-2/C-2U Thomson scattering system has been substantially upgraded during the latter phase of C-2/C-2U program. A Rayleigh channel has been added to each of the three polychromators of the C-2/C-2U Thomson scattering system. Onsite spectral calibration has been applied to avoid the issue of different channel responses at different spots on the photomultiplier tube surface. With the added Rayleigh channel, the absolute intensity response of the system is calibrated with Rayleigh scattering in argon gas from 0...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
S Germer, F Pietag, J Polak, T Arnold
This study presents the imaging and characterization of low-current ion beams in the neutralized state monitored via single crystal YAG:Ce (Y3Al5O12) scintillators. To validate the presented beam diagnostic tool, Faraday cup measurements and test etchings were performed. Argon ions with a typical energy of 1.0 keV were emitted from an inductively coupled radio-frequency (13.56 MHz) ion beam source with total currents of some mA. Different beam properties, such as, lateral ion current density, beam divergence angle, and current density in pulsed ion beams have been studied to obtain information about the spatial beam profile and the material removal rate distribution...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
B Lyu, J Chen, R J Hu, F D Wang, Y Y Li, J Fu, Y C Shen, M Bitter, K W Hill, L F Delgado-Aparicio, N Pablant, S G Lee, M Y Ye, Y J Shi, B N Wan
A two-crystal assembly was deployed on the tangential X-ray crystal spectrometer to measure both helium-like and hydrogen-like spectra on EAST. High-quality helium-like and hydrogen-like spectra were observed simultaneously for the first time on one detector for a wide range of plasma parameters. Profiles of line-integrated core ion temperatures inferred from two spectra were consistent. Since tungsten was adopted as the upper divertor material, one tungsten line (W XLIV at 4.017 Å) on the short-wavelength side of the Lyman-α line (Lα1) was identified for typical USN discharges, which was diffracted by a He-like crystal (2d = 4...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Chijie Xiao, Yihang Chen, Xiaoyi Yang, Tianchao Xu, Long Wang, Min Xu, Dong Guo, Yi Yu, Chen Lin
Some preliminary results of plasma rotations in a linear plasma experiment device, Peking University Plasma Test (PPT) device, are reported in this paper. PPT has a cylindrical vacuum chamber with 500 mm diameter and 1000 mm length, and a pair of Helmholtz coils which can generate cylindrical or cusp magnetic geometry with magnitude from 0 to 2000 G. Plasma was generated by a helicon source and the typical density is about 10(13) cm(-3) for the argon plasma. Some Langmuir probes, magnetic probes, and one high-speed camera are set up to diagnose the rotational plasmas...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
W Yan, Z Y Chen, W Jin, S G Lee, Y J Shi, D W Huang, R H Tong, S Y Wang, Y N Wei, T K Ma, G Zhuang
An x-ray imaging crystal spectrometer has been developed on joint Texas experimental tokamak for the measurement of electron and ion temperatures from the Kα spectra of helium-like argon and its satellite lines. A two-dimensional multi-wire proportional counter has been applied to detect the spectra. The electron and ion temperatures have been obtained from the Voigt fitting with the spectra of helium-like argon ions. The profiles of electron and ion temperatures show the dependence on electron density in ohmic plasmas...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Fudi Wang, Jun Chen, Ruiji Hu, Bo Lyu, Gilles Colledani, Jia Fu, Yingying Li, Manfred Bitter, Kenneth Hill, Sangon Lee, Minyou Ye, Yuejiang Shi, Baonian Wan
During the past two years, key parts of poloidal and tangential x-ray imaging crystal spectrometers (PXCSs and TXCSs) have been upgraded. For poloidal XCSs, double-crystals of ArXVII and FeXXV were deployed. For fulfilling in situ alignment of a poloidal XCS, the beryllium window must be flexibly removed. By utilizing a design, where the beryllium window was installed in the vacuum chamber of the double-crystal, and between the double-crystal and wall of this chamber, an in situ alignment for the two spectrometers was fulfilled...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
A Bauer, G Benka, A Regnat, C Franz, C Pfleiderer
We report the development of a versatile material preparation chain for intermetallic compounds, which focuses on the realization of a high-purity growth environment. The preparation chain comprises an argon glovebox, an inductively heated horizontal cold boat furnace, an arc melting furnace, an inductively heated rod casting furnace, an optically heated floating-zone furnace, a resistively heated annealing furnace, and an inductively heated annealing furnace. The cold boat furnace and the arc melting furnace may be loaded from the glovebox by means of a load-lock permitting to synthesize compounds starting with air-sensitive elements while handling the constituents exclusively in an inert gas atmosphere...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Thomas-C Jagau
The theory and implementation of the complex-scaled coupled-cluster method with singles and doubles excitations (cs-CCSD) for studying resonances induced by static electric fields are presented. Within this framework, Stark shifts and ionization rates are obtained directly from the real and imaginary parts of the complex energy. The method is applied to the ground states of hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, neon, argon, and carbon at varying field strengths. Complex-scaled Hartree-Fock, second-order many-body perturbation theory, and CCSD results are reported and analyzed with a focus on the impact of electron correlation on the ionization process...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Christian Fastner, Sebastian Belle, Ibrahim Akin
History and findings | A 56-year-old female with a gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE) suffered from recurrent episodes of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Because of a history of a permanent atrial fibrillation (CHA2DS2-VASc score 3 points) an oral anticoagulation therapy with phenprocoumon was carried out which even worsened the bleeding frequency and intensity. A change of medication to low-molecular weight heparin did not lead to success. The frequent periods in hospital limited the patient's quality of life...
November 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Sonia Matencio, Esther Barrena, Carmen Ocal
Two dimensional copper oxides obtained on Cu(111) by air-enriched argon sputtering plus annealing have been measured at room temperature by means of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. Depending on the oxygen content different oxide frameworks and diverse stoichiometric metal/oxide interfaces exist. In particular, we report on a novel open honeycomb structure with a large unit cell which is modeled as a two dimensional network made out of Cu3O units...
November 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
J Arribas Anta, C Zaera de la Fuente, R Martín Mateos, J A González Martín, A Cañete Ruiz, D Boixeda de Miquel, A Albillos Martínez
INTRODUCTION: Gastrointestinal angiodysplasias are defined as vascular dilations that communicate capillaries and veins in the walls of the digestive tract. The clinical presentation of these lesions varies from chronic occult bleeding to severe gastrointestinal hemorrhage. AIM: The primary aim of our study was to analyze lesion location, the efficacy of therapeutic endoscopy with argon plasma coagulation, and the factors associated with rebleeding in patients with gastrointestinal angiodysplasias...
November 25, 2016: Revista de Gastroenterología de México
Qilin Gu, Kongjun Zhu, Qiaomei Sun, Jinsong Liu, Jing Wang, Jinhao Qiu, John Wang
Structural modification, especially the stabilization of metastable phases at room temperature, has emerged as an effective strategy to understand their stabilization mechanism and improve their functional properties. In this work, a facile solvothermal approach is developed to synthesize metastable sodium niobate (NaNbO3) crystals with the cubic symmetry. XRD, Raman and TEM results all confirmed the selective synthesis of cubic and orthorhombic NaNbO3via adjustment of the reaction medium. The fact that traditional hydrothermal synthesis often yields orthorhombic NaNbO3 inspires us to elucidate the formation mechanism of cubic NaNbO3 with respect to the solvent effect...
November 28, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
S Beaulieu, S Camp, D Descamps, A Comby, V Wanie, S Petit, F Légaré, K J Schafer, M B Gaarde, F Catoire, Y Mairesse
We investigate the role of excited states in high-order harmonic generation by studying the spectral, spatial, and temporal characteristics of the radiation produced near the ionization threshold of argon by few-cycle laser pulses. We show that the population of excited states can lead either to direct extreme ultraviolet emission through free induction decay or to the generation of high-order harmonics through ionization from these states and recombination to the ground state. By using the attosecond lighthouse technique, we demonstrate that the high-harmonic emission from excited states is temporally delayed by a few femtoseconds compared to the usual harmonics, leading to a strong nonadiabatic spectral redshift...
November 11, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Daniela Kerlé, Majid Namayandeh Jorabchi, Ralf Ludwig, Sebastian Wohlrab, Dietmar Paschek
We have determined the temperature dependence of the solvation behavior of a large collection of important light gases in imidazolium-based ionic liquids with the help of extensive molecular dynamics simulations. The motivation of our study is to unravel common features of the temperature dependent solvation under well controlled conditions, and to provide a guidance for cases, where experimental data from different sources disagree significantly. The solubility of molecular hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, methane, krypton, argon, neon and carbon dioxide in the imidazolium based ionic liquids of type 1-n-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Cnmim][NTf2]) with varying alkyl side chain lengths n = 2, 4, 6, 8 is computed for a temperature range between 300 K and 500 K at 1 bar...
November 25, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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