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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106037/a-robust-and-tuneable-mid-infrared-optical-switch-enabled-by-bulk-dirac-fermions
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Chunhui Zhu, Fengqiu Wang, Yafei Meng, Xiang Yuan, Faxian Xiu, Hongyu Luo, Yazhou Wang, Jianfeng Li, Xinjie Lv, Liang He, Yongbing Xu, Junfeng Liu, Chao Zhang, Yi Shi, Rong Zhang, Shining Zhu
Pulsed lasers operating in the mid-infrared (3-20 μm) are important for a wide range of applications in sensing, spectroscopy, imaging and communications. Despite recent advances with mid-infrared gain platforms, the lack of a capable pulse generation mechanism remains a significant technological challenge. Here we show that bulk Dirac fermions in molecular beam epitaxy grown crystalline Cd3As2, a three-dimensional topological Dirac semimetal, constitutes an exceptional ultrafast optical switching mechanism for the mid-infrared...
January 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099808/dynamics-in-a-room-temperature-ionic-liquid-from-the-cation-perspective-2d-ir-vibrational-echo-spectroscopy
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Steven A Yamada, Heather E Bailey, Amr Tamimi, Chunya Li, Michael D Fayer
The dynamics of the room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (BmimNTf2) were investigated with two dimensional infrared (2D IR) vibrational echo spectroscopy and polarization selective pump-probe (PSPP) experiments. The CN stretch frequency of a modified Bmim+ cation (referred to hereafter as 2-SeCN-Bmim+), in which a SeCN moiety was substituted onto the C-2 position of the imidazolium ring, was used as a vibrational probe. A major result of the 2D IR experiments is the observation of a long timescale structural spectral diffusion component of 600 ps in addition to short and intermediate timescales similar to those measured for selenocyanate anion (SeCN‒) dissolved in BmimNTf2...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098986/investigation-of-the-energy-transfer-mechanism-in-ho-3-and-yb-3-codoped-lu2o3-phosphor-with-efficient-near-infrared-downconversion
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Guotao Xiang, Yan Ma, Xianju Zhou, Sha Jiang, Li Li, Xiaobing Luo, Zhendong Hao, Xia Zhang, Guo-Hui Pan, Yongshi Luo, Jiahua Zhang
A high-temperature solid-state method was used to synthesize the Ho(3+)- and Yb(3+)-codoped cubic Lu2O3 powders. The crystal structures of the as-prepared powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction. The energy-transfer (ET) phenomenon between Ho(3+) ions and Yb(3+) ions was verified by the steady-state spectra including visible and near-infrared (NIR) regions. Beyond that, the decay curves were also measured to certify the existence of the ET process. The downconversion phenomena appeared when the samples were excited by 446 nm wavelength corresponding to the transition of Ho(3+): (5)I8→(5)G6/(5)F1...
January 18, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095551/acne-treatment-with-3-step-broadband-light-protocol
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Patrick Bitter
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: A new 3-step protocol using broadband light allows patients with moderate to severe in ammatory acne to avoid potential side effects of systemic acne treatments and the risks and uncertainties associated with laser and light treatments to date. The protocol also addresses acne scarring and, with appropriate modi cations, all skin types. METHODS: The protocol consists of 6 to 8 treatments performed with a single device that allows the user to select wavelength, spot size, uence, and pulse duration...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094512/a-combined-spectroscopic-molecular-dynamic-study-for-investigating-a-methyl-carboxylated-pei-as-a-potential-uranium-decorporation-agent
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Florian Lahrouch, Anne Christine Chamayou, Gaëlle Creff, Magali Duvail, Christoph Hennig, Marisol Janeth Lozano Rodriguez, Christophe Den Auwer, Christophe Di Giorgio
Natural uranium has a very limited radioactive dose impact, but its chemical toxicity due to chronic exposure is still a matter of debate. Once inside the human body, the soluble uranium, under its uranyl form (U(VI)), is quickly removed from the blood system, partially excreted from the body, and partially retained in targeted organs, that is, the kidneys and bone matrix essentially. It is then crucial to remove or prevent the incorporation of uranium in these organs to limit the long-term chronic exposure...
January 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094370/probing-sub-nano-level-molecular-packing-and-correlated-positron-annihilation-characteristics-of-ionic-cross-linked-chitosan-membranes-using-positron-annihilation-spectroscopy
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Rui Xia, Xingzhong Cao, Meizhen Gao, Peng Zhang, Minfeng Zeng, Baoyi Wang, Long Wei
Chitosan, CS, cross-linked with bivalent palladium has shown enhanced mechanical and thermal properties depending on the transformation of the structure at a microscopic scale. In the present study, CS directly cross-linked by palladium cation membranes (CS-cr-PM) was prepared through a solution-casting method. Mobility of chitosan chains were greatly reduced after crosslinking, making a great reduction in the swelling ratio studied by a water-swelling degree measurement, which led to an improvement in molecular chain rigidity...
January 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092825/non-invasive-techniques-for-revealing-the-palette-of-the-romantic-painter-francesco-hayez
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Laura Rampazzi, Valentina Brunello, Cristina Corti, Elena Lissoni
This paper describes the first systematic analysis of the palette of Francesco Hayez, one of the most outstanding artists of European Romanticism, whose painting technique has never been extensively investigated despite the plethora of artistic studies. He lived in a particular moment in the history of painting, as in the first half of the 19th century many synthetic pigments were available, also in tin tubes, but traditional materials were still used. Sixteen paintings on canvas and on panels, created between 1823 and 1868, were analyzed in situ through non-invasive techniques (infrared reflectography and infrared reflection spectroscopy)...
January 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090506/cystic-duct-variation-detected-by-near-infrared-fluorescent-cholangiography-during-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Nam Seok Kim, Hyeong Yong Jin, Eun Young Kim, Tae Ho Hong
Near-infrared fluorescent cholangiography (NIRFC) is an emerging technique for easy intraoperative recognition of biliary anatomy. We present a case of cystic duct variation detected by NIRFC which had a potential risk for biliary injury if not detected. A 32-year-old female was admitted to the Seoul St. Mary's Hospital for surgery for an incidental gallbladder polyp. We performed laparoscopic cholecystectomy with NIRFC. In fluorescence mode, a long cystic duct and an accessory short hepatic duct joining to the cystic duct were found and the operation was completed safely...
January 2017: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087436/functional-connectivity-analysis-using-fnirs-in-healthy-subjects-during-prolonged-simulated-driving
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Liwei Xu, Bitian Wang, Gongcheng Xu, Wei Wang, Zhian Liu, Zengyong Li
Noninvasive and accurate assessment of driving fatigue in relation to brain activity during long-term driving can contribute to traffic safety and accident prevention. This study evaluated functional connectivity (FC) in relevant brain regions. Synergistic mechanisms in different brain regions were detected by a novel simulator, which combined semi-immersive virtual reality technology and functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Each subject was instructed to complete driving tasks coupled with a mental calculation task...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078485/a-simple-method-for-improving-the-spatial-resolution-in-infrared-laser-ablation-mass-spectrometry-imaging
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Juha-Pekka Hieta, Anu Vaikkinen, Samuli Auno, Heikki Räikkönen, Markus Haapala, Gianmario Scotti, Jaakko Kopra, Petteri Piepponen, Tiina J Kauppila
In mass spectrometry imaging of tissues, the size of structures that can be distinguished is determined by the spatial resolution of the imaging technique. Here, the spatial resolution of IR laser ablation is markedly improved by increasing the distance between the laser and the focusing lens. As the distance between the laser and the lens is increased from 1 to 18 m, the ablation spot size decreases from 440 to 44 μm. This way, only the collimated center of the divergent laser beam is directed on the focusing lens, which results in better focusing of the beam...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076610/intraoperative-near-infrared-fluorescent-imaging-during-robotic-operations
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Antonio Luiz de Vasconcellos Macedo, Vladimir Schraibman
The intraoperative identification of certain anatomical structures because they are small or visually occult may be challenging. The development of minimally invasive surgery brought additional difficulties to identify these structures due to the lack of complete tactile sensitivity. A number of different forms of intraoperative mapping have been tried. Recently, the near-infrared fluorescence imaging technology with indocyanine green has been added to robotic platforms. In addition, this technology has been tested in several types of operations, and has advantages such as safety, low cost and good results...
October 2016: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075022/the-mechanistic-basis-for-photobiomodulation-therapy-of-neuropathic-pain-by-near-infrared-laser-light
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Vanessa Milanesi Holanda, Maria Cristina Chavantes, Xingjia Wu, Juanita J Anders
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Various irradiances have been reported to be beneficial for the treatment of neuropathic pain with near infrared light. However, the mechanistic basis for the beneficial outcomes may vary based on the level of irradiance or fluence rate used. Using in vivo and in vitro experimental models, this study determined the mechanistic basis of photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) for the treatment of neuropathic pain using a high irradiance. STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro experiments: Cultured, rat DRG were randomly assigned to control or laser treatment (LT) groups with different irradiation times (2, 5, 30, 60, or 120 seconds)...
January 11, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074643/ultra-photostable-mesoporous-silica-coated-gap-enhanced-raman-tags-gerts-for-high-speed-bioimaging
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Yuqing Zhang, Yuanyuan Qiu, Li Lin, Hongchen Gu, Zeyu Xiao, Jian Ye
Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tags can be utilized as optical labeling nanoprobes similar to fluorescent dyes and quantum dots for bioimaging with additional advantages of the fingerprint vibrational signal as a unique optical code and the ultra-narrow linewidth for multiplexing. However, the development of SERS imaging technique is much less well-established compared to fluorescence imaging mainly due to the speed limitation. An effective strategy to improve the SERS imaging speed and simultaneously maintain the photostability of SERS tags has been never reported to the best of our knowledge...
January 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071694/structures-stabilities-and-spectral-properties-of-borospherene-b44-and-metalloborospherenes-mb44-0-m%C3%A2-%C3%A2-li-na-and-k
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Shixiong Li, Zhengping Zhang, Zhengwen Long, Shuijie Qin
Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations are carried out to study the stabilities, photoelectron, infrared, Raman and electronic absorption spectra of borospherene B44(-) and metalloborospherenes MB44(0/-) (M = Li, Na, and K). It is found that all atoms can form stable exohedral metalloborospherenes M&B44(0/-), whereas only Na and K atoms can be stably encapsulated inside B44(0/-) cage. In addition, relative energies of these metalloborospherenes suggest that Na and K atoms favor exohedral configuration...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069552/longitudinal-monitoring-of-skin-accumulation-of-nanocarriers-and-biologicals-with-fiber-optic-near-infrared-fluorescence-spectroscopy-fonirs
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James I Griffin, Michael J Benchimol, Dmitri Simberg
Systemically injected drug delivery systems distribute into various organs and tissues, including liver, spleen and kidneys. Recent reports pointed out a significant accumulation of systemically injected nanoparticles in the skin. Skin constitutes the largest organ in the body with important immune functions, and accumulation of drug delivery systems could have significant implications for skin toxicity in living subjects. Fiber optic-based near-infrared spectroscopy (FONIRS) setup was developed and tested for measuring of NIR (760nm excitation) emission spectra in the skin...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069501/photothermal-and-biodegradable-polyaniline-porous-silicon-hybrid-nanocomposites-as-drug-carriers-for-combined-chemo-photothermal-therapy-of-cancer
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Bing Xia, Bin Wang, Jisen Shi, Yu Zhang, Qi Zhang, Zhenyu Chen, Jiachen Li
: To develop photothermal and biodegradable nanocarriers for combined chemo-photothermal therapy of cancer, polyaniline/porous silicon hybrid nanocomposites had been successfully fabricated via surface initiated polymerization of aniline onto porous silicon nanoparticles in our experiments. As-prepared polyaniline/porous silicon nanocomposites could be well dispersed in aqueous solution without any extra hydrophilic surface coatings, and showed a robust phototherml effect under near-infrared (NIR) laser irradiation...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069367/co-variability-and-its-association-with-household-cooking-fuels-consumption-over-the-indo-gangetic-plains
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Alok Kumar Pandey, Amit Kumar Mishra, Ritesh Kumar, Shivesh Berwal, Rakhesh Devadas, Alfredo Huete, Krishan Kumar
This study examines the spatio-temporal trends obtained from decade long (Jan 2003-Dec 2014) satellite observational data of Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) on carbon monoxide (CO) concentration over the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) region. The time sequence plots of columnar CO levels over the western, central and eastern IGP regions reveal marked seasonal behaviour, with lowest CO levels occurring during the monsoon months and the highest CO levels occurring during the pre-monsoon period...
January 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068771/perturbation-approach-for-computing-infrared-spectra-of-the-local-mode-of-probe-molecules
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Rui-Jie Xue, Adam Grofe, He Yin, Zexing Qu, Jiali Gao, Hui Li
Linear and two-dimensional infrared (IR) spectroscopy of site-specific probe molecules provides an opportunity to gain a molecular-level understanding of the local hydrogen-bonding network, conformational dynamics, and long-range electrostatic interactions in condensed-phase and biological systems. A challenge in computation is to determine the time-dependent vibrational frequencies that incorporate explicitly both nuclear quantum effects of vibrational motions and an electronic structural representation of the potential energy surface...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068061/looking-at-photoinduced-charge-transfer-processes-in-the-ir-answers-to-several-long-standing-questions
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Bogdan Dereka, Marius Koch, Eric Vauthey
Because of its crucial role in many areas of science and technology, photoinduced electron transfer is the most investigated photochemical reaction. Despite this, several important questions remain open. We present recent efforts to answer some of them, which concern both inter- and intramolecular processes. The decisive factor that allowed these issues to be successfully addressed was the use of time-resolved infrared (TRIR) spectroscopy. Many different transient species, such as tight and loose ion pairs (TIPs and LIPs) and exciplexes, have been invoked to explain the dynamics of intermolecular photoinduced charge separation reactions (i...
January 9, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064392/chemical-composition-structural-properties-and-source-apportionment-of-organic-macromolecules-in-atmospheric-pm10-in-a-coastal-city-of-southeast-china
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Yanting Chen, Wenjiao Du, Jinsheng Chen, Youwei Hong, Jinping Zhao, Lingling Xu, Hang Xiao
Particulate matter (PM10) associated with the fractions of organic macromolecules, including humic acid (HA), kerogen + black carbon (KB), and black carbon (BC), was determined during summer and winter at urban and suburban sites in a coastal city of southeast China. The organic macromolecules were characterized by elemental analysis (EA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and their sources were identified by using stable carbon/nitrogen isotope (δ(13)C/δ(15)N) and the Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory (HYSPLIT) Model...
January 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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