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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923156/improvement-of-effective-solid-angle-using-virtual-pivot-holder-and-large-eds-detector
#1
Shogo Koshiya, Koji Kimoto
This paper describes the effective solid angle improvement achieved using a large-area silicon drift detector together with a virtual-pivot double-tilt specimen holder. The virtual-pivot mechanism enables various designs of specimen-retaining and can reduce the shadowing effect. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectra were measured and converted into effective solid angles using different types of specimen holders and specimens. The investigated shadowing-free mechanical system yielded effective solid angles approaching the nominal solid angle of 0...
November 25, 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922729/swcnt-mos2-swcnt-vertical-point-heterostructures
#2
Jin Zhang, Yang Wei, Fengrui Yao, Dongqi Li, He Ma, Peng Lei, Hehai Fang, Xiaoyang Xiao, Zhixing Lu, Juehan Yang, Jingbo Li, Liying Jiao, Weida Hu, Kaihui Liu, Kai Liu, Peng Liu, Qunqing Li, Wei Lu, Shoushan Fan, Kaili Jiang
A vertical point heterostructure (VPH) is constructed by sandwiching a two-dimensional (2D) MoS2 flake with two cross-stacked metallic single-walled carbon nanotubes. It can be used as a field effect transistor with high on/off ratio and a light detector with high spatial resolution. Moreover, the hybrid 1D-2D-1D VPHs open up new possibilities for nanoelectronics and nanooptoelectronics.
December 6, 2016: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922539/effect-of-tomographic-operator-inaccuracies-and-respiratory-motion-on-pet-ct-lung-nodule-images-smearing
#3
Joël Daouk, Pascal Bailly, Roger Bouzerar, Marc-Étienne Meyer
BACKGROUND: In thoracic PET/computed tomography (CT) imaging, uptake foci usually appear smeared because of postreconstruction smoothing and respiratory motion. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to assess the respective contributions of the reconstruction process and respiratory motion on PET/CT images. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-one pulmonary lesions were studied. Free-breathing PET/CT acquisitions were followed by a 10-min respiratory-gated PET/CT acquisition...
December 2, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922021/the-colored-hanbury-brown-twiss-effect
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B Silva, C Sánchez Muñoz, D Ballarini, A González-Tudela, M de Giorgi, G Gigli, K West, L Pfeiffer, E Del Valle, D Sanvitto, F P Laussy
The Hanbury Brown-Twiss effect is one of the celebrated phenomenologies of modern physics that accommodates equally well classical (interferences of waves) and quantum (correlations between indistinguishable particles) interpretations. The effect was discovered in the late thirties with a basic observation of Hanbury Brown that radio-pulses from two distinct antennas generate signals on the oscilloscope that wiggle similarly to the naked eye. When Hanbury Brown and his mathematician colleague Twiss took the obvious step to propose bringing the effect in the optical range, they met with considerable opposition as single-photon interferences were deemed impossible...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921069/reaching-200-ps-timing-resolution-in-a-time-of-flight-and-depth-of-interaction-positron-emission-tomography-detector-using-phosphor-coated-crystals-and-high-density-silicon-photomultipliers
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Sun Il Kwon, Alessandro Ferri, Alberto Gola, Eric Berg, Claudio Piemonte, Simon R Cherry, Emilie Roncali
Current research in the field of positron emission tomography (PET) focuses on improving the sensitivity of the scanner with thicker detectors, extended axial field-of-view, and time-of-flight (TOF) capability. These create the need for depth-of-interaction (DOI) encoding to correct parallax errors. We have proposed a method to encode DOI using phosphor-coated crystals. Our initial work using photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) demonstrated the possibilities of the proposed method, however, a major limitation of PMTs for this application is poor quantum efficiency in yellow light, corresponding to the wavelengths of the converted light by the phosphor coating...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920145/three-small-receptive-field-ganglion-cells-in-the-mouse-retina-are-distinctly-tuned-to-size-speed-and-object-motion
#6
Jason Jacoby, Gregory W Schwartz
: Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are frequently divided into functional types by their ability to extract and relay specific features from a visual scene, such as the capacity to discern local or global motion, direction of motion, stimulus orientation, contrast or uniformity, or the presence of large or small objects. Here we introduce three previously uncharacterized, non-direction selective ON-OFF RGC types that represent a distinct set of feature detectors in the mouse retina. The three high definition (HD) RGCs possess small receptive field (RF) centers and strong surround suppression...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919623/assessment-of-the-neutron-dose-field-around-a-biomedical-cyclotron-fluka-simulation-and-experimental-measurements
#7
Angelo Infantino, Gianfranco Cicoria, Giulia Lucconi, Davide Pancaldi, Sara Vichi, Federico Zagni, Domiziano Mostacci, Mario Marengo
In the planning of a new cyclotron facility, an accurate knowledge of the radiation field around the accelerator is fundamental for the design of shielding, the protection of workers, the general public and the environment. Monte Carlo simulations can be very useful in this process, and their use is constantly increasing. However, few data have been published so far as regards the proper validation of Monte Carlo simulation against experimental measurements, particularly in the energy range of biomedical cyclotrons...
December 2, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919272/enhanced-lipid-and-biomass-production-by-a-newly-isolated-and-identified-marine-microalga
#8
Mouna Dammak, Sandra Mareike Haase, Ramzi Miladi, Faten Ben Amor, Mohamed Barkallah, David Gosset, Chantal Pichon, Bernhard Huchzermeyer, Imen Fendri, Michel Denis, Slim Abdelkafi
BACKGROUND: The increasing demand for microalgae lipids as an alternative to fish has encouraged researchers to explore oleaginous microalgae for food uses. In this context, optimization of growth and lipid production by the marine oleaginous V2-strain-microalgae is of great interest as it contains large amounts of mono-unsaturated (MUFAs) and poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). METHODS: In this study, the isolated V2 strain was identified based on 23S rRNA gene...
December 5, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918484/a-novel-wireless-wearable-volatile-organic-compound-voc-monitoring-device-with-disposable-sensors
#9
Yue Deng, Cheng Chen, Xiaojun Xian, Francis Tsow, Gaurav Verma, Rob McConnell, Scott Fruin, Nongjian Tao, Erica S Forzani
A novel portable wireless volatile organic compound (VOC) monitoring device with disposable sensors is presented. The device is miniaturized, light, easy-to-use, and cost-effective. Different field tests have been carried out to identify the operational, analytical, and functional performance of the device and its sensors. The device was compared to a commercial photo-ionization detector, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and carbon monoxide detector. In addition, environmental operational conditions, such as barometric change, temperature change and wind conditions were also tested to evaluate the device performance...
December 3, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918415/on-the-use-of-a-feedback-tracking-architecture-for-satellite-navigation-spoofing-detection
#10
Esteban Garbin Manfredini, Fabio Dovis
In this paper, the Extended Coupled Amplitude Delay Lock Loop (ECADLL) architecture, previously introduced as a solution able to deal with a multipath environment, is revisited and improved to tailor it to spoofing detection purposes. Exploiting a properly-defined decision algorithm, the architecture is able to effectively detect a spoofer attack, as well as distinguish it from other kinds of interference events. The new algorithm is used to classify them according to their characteristics. We also introduce the use of a ratio metric detector in order to reduce the detection latency and the computational load of the architecture...
December 2, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918080/the-hemileia-vastatrix-effector-hvec-016-suppresses-bacterial-blight-symptoms-in-coffee-genotypes-with-the-sh-1-rust-resistance-gene
#11
Thiago Maia, Jorge L Badel, Gustavo Marin-Ramirez, Cynthia de M Rocha, Michelle B Fernandes, José C F da Silva, Gilson M de Azevedo-Junior, Sérgio H Brommonschenkel
A number of genes that confer resistance to coffee leaf rust (SH 1-SH 9) have been identified within the genus Coffea, but despite many years of research on this pathosystem, the complementary avirulence genes of Hemileia vastatrix have not been reported. After identification of H. vastatrix effector candidate genes (HvECs) expressed at different stages of its lifecycle, we established an assay to characterize HvEC proteins by delivering them into coffee cells via the type-three secretion system (T3SS) of Pseudomonas syringae pv...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917520/sensitive-enhancement-of-vessel-wall-imaging-with-an-endoesophageal-wireless-amplified-nmr-detector-wand
#12
Xianchun Zeng, Mladen Barbic, Liangliang Chen, Chunqi Qian
PURPOSE: To improve the imaging quality of vessel walls with an endoesophageal Wireless Amplified NMR Detector (WAND). METHODS: A cylindrically shaped double-frequency resonator has been constructed with a single metal wire that is self-connected by a pair of nonlinear capacitors. The double-frequency resonator can convert wirelessly provided pumping power into amplified MR signals. This compact design makes the detector easily insertable into a rodent esophagus...
December 4, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917335/ultrastructural-analyses-of-the-novel-chimeric-hemostatic-agent-generated-via-nanotechnology-abs-nanohemostat-at-the-renal-tissue-level
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Emre Huri, Engin Dogantekin, Murvet Hayran, Umit Yavuz Malkan, Mine Ergun, Aysegul Firat, Yavuz Beyazit, Huseyin Ustun, Murat Kekilli, Mumtaz Dadali, Muzeyyen Astarci, Ibrahim C Haznedaroglu
Ankaferd Blood Stopper (ABS), a hemostatic agent of plant origin, has been registered for the prevention of clinical hemorrhages. Currently there is no data regarding the ultrastructural analysis of ABS at the tissue level. The aim of this study is to assess renal tissue effects via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analyses for the ABS and ABS nanohemostat (formed by the combination of self-assembling peptide amphiphile molecules and ABS). SEM experiments were performed with FEI Nova NanoSEM 230, using the ETD detector at low vacuum mode with 30 keV beam energy...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916914/comparing-sanitation-delivery-modalities-in-urban-informal-settlement-schools-a-randomized-trial-in-nairobi-kenya
#14
Kate Bohnert, Anna N Chard, Alex Mwaki, Amy E Kirby, Richard Muga, Corey L Nagel, Evan A Thomas, Matthew C Freeman
The provision of safely managed sanitation in informal settlements is a challenge, especially in schools that require durable, clean, sex-segregated facilities for a large number of children. In informal settlements in Nairobi, school sanitation facilities demand considerable capital costs, yet are prone to breakage and often unhygienic. The private sector may be able to provide quality facilities and services to schools at lower costs as an alternative to the sanitation that is traditionally provided by the government...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916906/enabling-smart-air-conditioning-by-sensor-development-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Chin-Chi Cheng, Dasheng Lee
The study investigates the development of sensors, in particular the use of thermo-fluidic sensors and occupancy detectors, to achieve smart operation of air conditioning systems. Smart operation refers to the operation of air conditioners by the reinforcement of interaction to achieve both thermal comfort and energy efficiency. Sensors related to thermal comfort include those of temperature, humidity, and pressure and wind velocity anemometers. Improvements in their performance in the past years have been studied by a literature survey...
November 30, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916128/a-paper-based-platform-with-a-pencil-drawn-dual-amperometric-detector-for-the-rapid-quantification-of-ortho-diphenols-in-extravirgin-olive-oil
#16
Nicolò Dossi, Rosanna Toniolo, Flavia Impellizzieri, Franco Tubaro, Gino Bontempelli, Fabio Terzi, Evandro Piccin
A simple, sensitive and fast responding device is described for the discrimination of hydrophilic ortho-diphenols, whose presence in abundant enough amounts is typical for extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs), from hydrophilic mono-phenols instead present in almost all vegetable oils. It consists of a dual electrode detector pencil-drawn at the end of a paper microfluidic channel, defined by hydrophobic barriers, where samples of these antioxidants, extracted from vegetable oils by a 80:20% v/v acetonitrile/water mixture, were applied...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915157/double-injection-single-detection-asymmetric-flow-injection-manifold-for-spectrophotometric-determination-of-ascorbic-acid-and-uric-acid-selection-the-optimal-conditions-by-mcdm-approach-based-on-different-criteria-weighting-methods
#17
Samira Boroumand, Mansour Arab Chamjangali, Ghadamali Bagherian
A simple and sensitive double injection/single detector flow injection analysis (FIA) method is proposed for the simultaneous kinetic determination of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA). This method is based upon the difference between the rates of the AA and UA reactions with Fe(3+) in the presence of 1, 10-phenanthroline (phen). The absorbance of Fe(2+)/1, 10-phenanthroline (Fe-phen) complex obtained as the product was measured spectrophotometrically at 510nm. To reach a good accuracy in the differential kinetic determination via the mathematical manipulations of the transient signals, different criteria were considered in the selection of the optimum conditions...
November 20, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913838/isolated-transverse-process-fractures-insignificant-injury-or-marker-of-complex-injury-pattern
#18
G Lombardo, P Petrone, K Prabhakaran, C P Marini
INTRODUCTION: This study investigates the incidence of isolated transverse process fractures (ITPFx) amongst vertebral fractures in trauma patients, and specific-associated injury patterns present in patients with ITPFx. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective, 4-year review of our Level 1 Trauma Center registry was performed. Patients with blunt spinal column fractures were identified. Data collected included patient demographics, Injury Severity Score (ISS), type of imaging obtained, and concomitant injuries, including rib and pelvic fractures, liver, spleen, and kidney injury (SOI)...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913377/optimization-and-assessment-of-three-different-high-performance-liquid-chromatographic-systems-for-the-combinative-fingerprint-analysis-and-multi-ingredients-quantification-of-sangju-ganmao-tablet
#19
Meng-Zhe Guo, Jie Han, Dan-Dan He, Jia-Hui Zou, Zheng Li, Yan Du, Dao-Quan Tang
Chromatographic separation is still a critical subject for the quality control of traditional Chinese medicine. In this study, three different high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) systems employing commercially available columns packed with 1.8, 3.5 and 5.0 μm particles were respectively developed and optimized for the combinative fingerprint analysis and multi-ingredients quantification of Sangju Ganmao tablet (SGT). Chromatographic parameters including the repeatability of retention time and peak area, symmetry factor, resolution, number of theoretical plates and peak capacity were used to assess the chromatographic performance of different HPLC systems...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913322/automatic-detection-and-classification-of-high-frequency-oscillations-in-depth-eeg-signals
#20
Nisrine Jrad, Amar Kachenoura, Isabelle Merlet, Fabrice Bartolomei, Anca Nica, Arnaud Biraben, Fabrice Wendling
GOAL: Interictal High Frequency Oscillations (HFOs [30-600 Hz]) have proven to be relevant biomarkers in epilepsy. In this paper, four categories of HFOs are considered: Gamma ([30- 80 Hz]), High-Gamma ([80-120 Hz]), Ripples ([120-250 Hz]) and Fast-Ripples ([250-600 Hz]). A universal detector of the four types of HFOs is proposed. It has the advantages of i) classifying HFOs, and thus being robust to inter- and intra-subject variability; ii) rejecting artefacts, thus being specific. METHODS: Gabor atoms are tuned to cover the physiological bands...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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