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Zhaoqiang Chu, Huaduo Shi, Mohammad Javad PourhosseiniAsl, Jingen Wu, Weiliang Shi, Xiangyu Gao, Xiaoting Yuan, Shuxiang Dong
The magnetic flux gate sensors based on Faraday's Law of Induction are widely used for DC or extremely low frequency magnetic field detection. Recently, as the fast development of multiferroics and magnetoelectric (ME) composite materials, a new technology based on ME coupling effect is emerging for potential devices application. Here, we report a magnetoelectric flux gate sensor (MEFGS) for weak DC magnetic field detection for the first time, which works on a similar magnetic flux gate principle, but based on ME coupling effect...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ningfang Song, Xiaoyang Wang, Xiaobin Xu, Wei Cai, Chunxiao Wu
We propose a method based on the white-light interference technique for measuring the Verdet constant of a polarization-maintaining air-core photonic bandgap fiber (PM-PBF). The experimental results show that the Verdet constant of the PM-PBF is ~3.3 mrad/T/m for the broadband light with a spectral width of ~38 nm and a mean wavelength of ~1550 nm, which is ~124 times less than that of a conventional stress-induced birefringent fibers called PANDA fibers (~0.41 rad/T/m for the same broad-spectrum light). The results indicate that the nonreciprocal error induced by the Faraday effect in a fiber optic gyroscope (FOG) made of the PM-PBF is theoretically ~25 times less than that of a conventional FOG made of the PANDA fiber when other conditions, such as the fiber twist, fiber coil area, and so on, are the same...
August 17, 2017: Sensors
Susumu Kitagawa
This paper is derived from my 'closing remarks' lecture at the 287th Faraday Discussions meeting on New Directions in Porous Crystalline Materials, Edinburgh, UK, 5-7 June, 2017. This meeting comprised sessions on the design of porous networks, and their capture, storage, separation, conducting properties, catalysts, resistance to chemicals and moisture, simulation, and electronic structures. This paper details the achievements and developments in the field, as reflected in invited speakers' papers and discussions with the attendees during the meeting...
August 16, 2017: Faraday Discussions
Michele Gianella, Tomas H P Pinto, Xia Wu, Grant A D Ritchie
We present the intra-cavity Faraday modulation spectroscopy technique, whereby optical feedback cavity-enhanced spectroscopy is coupled with Faraday modulation spectroscopy to greatly enhance the interaction path length of a laser beam with a paramagnetic sample in a magnetic field. We describe a first prototype based upon a cw quantum cascade laser targeting a selection of fundamental rovibrational R-branch transitions of nitric oxide (1890 cm(-1)), consisting of a linear cavity (finesse F=6300) and a water-cooled solenoid...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
John Meurig Thomas
In 1861, Michael Faraday gave one of his last Friday Evening Discourses at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, on platinum, which he described as "this beautiful, magnificent and valuable metal". More than a hundred and twenty years later (in 1989), the author re-enacted, at the Royal Institution, many of the demonstrations that Faraday carried out in his memorable Discourse. This article outlines many of Faraday's views on, and experiments with, platinum. It also describes the continuing importance and utilization of platinum, both as perceived in 1989 and from present perspectives...
August 7, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Sir John Meurig Thomas
Biographers of Michael Faraday, as well as many dictionaries of science, often describe him as a physicist, which he certainly was. But he was also an astonishingly effective chemist: in fact, he was the Fullerian Professor of Chemistry (at the Royal Institution, RI) from 1834 until the time of his death in August, 1867. To mark the sesquicentenary of his passing, this editorial, by one of his distant successors as Director and Fullerian Professor at the RI, focuses on Faraday's output and influence as a scientist...
August 7, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Guiqin Wang, Tiantian Sun, Jifeng Xu
RATIONALE: According to the Johnson-Nyquist noise equation, the value of electron noise is proportional to the square root of the resistor value. This relationship gives a theoretical improvement of √100 in the signal/noise ratio by going from 10(11) Ω to 10(13) Ω amplifiers for Faraday detection in thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). METHODS: We measured Os isotopes using static Faraday cups with 10(13) Ω amplifiers in a negative thermal ionization mass spectrometry (NTIMS) and compared the results with those obtained with 10(11) Ω amplifiers and by peak hopping on a single secondary electron multiplier (SEM)...
July 27, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Wei Deng, Hui Li, Chunxi Zhang, Pengjie Wang
The influence of optical parameters on the performance of closed-loop optical voltage sensors (OVSs) based on Pockels effect is analyzed and a control algorithm is proposed to suppress the nonlinearity caused by the unideal parameters of optical devices for optimizing the detection precision of OVSs. First, a quantified model of the feedback phase demonstrates how the optical parameters of optical devices (including light source, polarizer, 45° fusion point, Faraday rotator and half-wave plate) result in the nonlinearity of closed-loop OVSs...
July 27, 2017: Sensors
James A Dunne, David A Richards, Hsin-Wei Chen
Determination of (135)Cs/(137)Cs atom ratios has the potential to be a powerful tool for nuclear forensics and monitoring environmental processes. We present optimized chemical separation techniques and thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) protocols to obtain precise (135)Cs/(137)Cs atom ratios for a range of environmental sample types. We use a combination of double AMP-PAN separation and Sr-spec resin column purification to yield excellent separation from the alkali metals (Rb separation factor > 600), which normally suppress ionization of Cs...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
Cui Zhang, Prabesh Dulal, Bethanie J H Stadler, David C Hutchings
The first experimental TE-mode silicon-on-insulator (SOI) isolators using Faraday Rotation are here realized to fill the 'missing link' in source-integrated near infrared photonic circuits. The isolators are simple 1D 2-element waveguides, where garnet claddings and longitudinal magnetic fields produce nonreciprocal mode conversion, the waveguide equivalent of Faraday Rotation (FR). Quasi-phase matched claddings are used to overcome the limitations of birefringence. Current experimental SOI isolators use nonreciprocal phase shift (NRPS) in interferometers or ring resonators, but to date NRPS requires TM-modes, so the TE-modes normally produced by integrated lasers cannot be isolated without many ancillary polarisation controls...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
D P Hewett, I J Hewitt
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2016.0062.].
June 2017: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
A P Espejo, F Tejo, N Vidal-Silva, J Escrig
In this work we introduce an alternating magnetic field generator in a cylindrical nanostructure. This field appears due to the rotation of a magnetic domain wall located at some position, generating a magnetic region that varies its direction of magnetization alternately, thus inducing an alternating magnetic flux in its vicinity. This phenomenon occurs due to the competition between a spin-polarized current and a magnetic field, which allows to control both the angular velocity and the pinning position of the domain wall...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Mark W Rutland
It is an honour to be charged with providing the concluding remarks for a Faraday Discussion. As many have remarked before, it is nonetheless a prodigious task, and what follows is necessarily a personal, and probably perverse, view of a watershed event in the Chemical Physics of Electroactive materials. The spirit of the conference was captured in a single sentence during the meeting itself."It is the nexus between rheology, electrochemistry, colloid science and energy storage". The current scientific climate is increasingly dominated by a limited number of global challenges, and there is thus a tendency for research to resemble a football match played by 6 year olds, where everyone on the field chases the (funding) ball instead of playing to their "discipline"...
July 1, 2017: Faraday Discussions
Shaoyi Xu, Haiming Shao, Chuansheng Li, Fangfang Xing, Yuqiao Wang, Wei Li
In this work, a linear birefringence measurement method is proposed for an optical fiber current sensor (OFCS). First, the optical configuration of the measurement system is presented. Then, the elimination method of the effect of the azimuth angles between the sensing fiber and the two polarizers is demonstrated. Moreover, the relationship of the linear birefringence, the Faraday rotation angle and the final output is determined. On these bases, the multi-valued problem on the linear birefringence is simulated and its solution is illustrated when the linear birefringence is unknown...
July 3, 2017: Sensors
J Ko, J Chung
The safety factor profile evolutions have been measured from the plasma discharges with the external current drive mechanism such as the multi-ion-source neutral beam injection for the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) for the first time. This measurement has been possible by the newly installed motional Stark effect (MSE) diagnostic system that utilizes the polarized Balmer-alpha emission from the energetic neutral deuterium atoms induced by the Stark effect under the Lorentz electric field...
June 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
R John, M Berritta, D Hinzke, C Müller, T Santos, H Ulrichs, P Nieves, J Walowski, R Mondal, O Chubykalo-Fesenko, J McCord, P M Oppeneer, U Nowak, M Münzenberg
Manipulation of magnetisation with ultrashort laser pulses is promising for information storage device applications. The dynamics of the magnetisation response depends on the energy transfer from the photons to the spins during the initial laser excitation. A material of special interest for magnetic storage are FePt nanoparticles, for which switching of the magnetisation with optical angular momentum was demonstrated recently. The mechanism remained unclear. Here we investigate experimentally and theoretically the all-optical switching of FePt nanoparticles...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
Nahla A Hatab, Nichole A Crane, David K Mee, L Neville Howell, Larry R Mooney, Russell L Hallman, Michael J Sepaniak, Vincent E Lamberti
We introduce a chemical sensing technology, named ChIMES (Chemical Identification through Magneto-Elastic Sensing), that can detect a broad range of targets and that has the capability of untethered communication through a metallic or nonmetallic barrier. These features enable many applications in which penetrations into the sampled environment are unwanted or infeasible because of health, safety, or environmental concerns, such as following the decomposition of a dangerous material in a sealed container. The sensing element is passive and consists of a target response material hard-coupled to a magnetoelastic wire...
June 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Álvaro Sáenz de Inestrillas, Francisco Camarena, Manuel Bou Cabo, Julián M Barreiro, Antonio Reig
In certain circumstances when acoustic measurements are required in the presence of explosive atmospheres the sensor must be placed inside a Faraday Cage. Piezoelectric active materials are suitable for this purpose as they do not need an electrical power supply, although the metal shielding can considerably reduce sensor sensitivity, which is already low at the acoustic frequency range (<20 kHz). This paper describes a metal-shielded piezoelectric sensor designed to work in the range of frequencies between 1 and 2 kHz and in these environmental conditions...
June 4, 2017: Sensors
Z R Gong, Z F Jiang, Fuming Xu, B Wang, H C Fu
We study the effects of the Berry phases of the valley excitons in the monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) when the valley excitons are manipulated by an external terahertz field. We find that the decoherence of the valley degree of freedom of the valley excitons is spontaneously induced because of the different Berry phases of valley excitons accumulated along the opposite trajectories under the manipulation of the external field. It is called the geometric decoherence because it completely results from the geometric phases...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Leif Hammarström
This paper derives from my closing remarks lecture at the 198(th) Faraday Discussion meeting on Artificial Photosynthesis, Kyoto, Japan, February 28-March 2. The meeting had sessions on biological approaches and fundamental processes, molecular catalysts, inorganic assembly catalysts, and integration of systems for demonstrating realistic devices. The field has had much progress since the previous Faraday Discussion on Artificial Photosynthesis in Edinburgh, UK, in 2011. This paper is a personal account of recent discussions and developments in the field, as reflected in and discussed during the meeting...
June 2, 2017: Faraday Discussions
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