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Biao Lu, Peilian Li, Zhenhua Tang, Yingbang Yao, Xingsen Gao, Wolfgang Kleemann, Sheng-Guo Lu
Both relaxor ferroelectric and antiferroelectric materials can individually demonstrate large electrocaloric effects (ECE). However, in order to further enhance the ECE it is crucial to find a material system, which can exhibit simultaneously both relaxor ferroelectric and antiferroelectric properties, or easily convert from one into another in terms of the compositional tailoring. Here we report on a system, in which the structure can readily change from antiferroelectric into relaxor ferroelectric and vice versa...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Steve Campbell, Sebastian Deffner
Achieving effectively adiabatic dynamics is a ubiquitous goal in almost all areas of quantum physics. Here, we study the speed with which a quantum system can be driven when employing transitionless quantum driving. As a main result, we establish a rigorous link between this speed, the quantum speed limit, and the (energetic) cost of implementing such a shortcut to adiabaticity. Interestingly, this link elucidates a trade-off between speed and cost, namely, that instantaneous manipulation is impossible as it requires an infinite cost...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Xuele Liu, G S Agarwal
Finding new phase of matter is a fundamental task in physics. Generally, various phases or states of matter (for instance solid/liquid/gas phases) have different symmetries, the phase transitions among them can be explained by Landau's symmetry breaking theory. The topological phases discovered in recent years show that different phases may have the same symmetry. The different topological phases are characterized by different integer values of the Berry phases. By studying one dimensional (1D) trimer lattices we report new phases beyond topological phases...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Duygu Tosun, Susan Landau, Paul S Aisen, Ronald C Petersen, Mark Mintun, William Jagust, Michael W Weiner
A long-term goal of our field is to determine the sequence of pathological events, which ultimately lead to cognitive decline and dementia. In this study, we first assessed the patterns of brain tau tangle accumulation (measured with the positron emission tomography tracer 18F-AV-1451) associated with well-established Alzheimer's disease factors in a cohort including cognitively healthy elderly individuals and individuals at early symptomatic stages of Alzheimer's disease. We then explored highly associated patterns of greater 18F-AV-1451 binding and increased annualized change in cortical amyloid-β plaques measured as florbetapir positron emission tomography binding antecedent to 18F-AV-1451 positron emission tomography scans, and to what extent these multimodal pattern associations explained the variance in cognitive performance and clinical outcome measures, independently and jointly...
March 17, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Yonatan Perez, Zamir Shorer, Keren Liani-Leibson, Pauline Chabosseau, Rotem Kadir, Michael Volodarsky, Daniel Halperin, Shiran Barber-Zucker, Hanna Shalev, Ruth Schreiber, Libe Gradstein, Evgenia Gurevich, Raz Zarivach, Guy A Rutter, Daniel Landau, Ohad S Birk
A novel autosomal recessive cerebro-renal syndrome was identified in consanguineous Bedouin kindred: neurological deterioration was evident as of early age, progressing into severe intellectual disability, profound ataxia, camptocormia and oculomotor apraxia. Brain MRI was normal. Four of the six affected individuals also had early-onset nephropathy with features of tubulo-interstitial nephritis, hypertension and tendency for hyperkalemia, though none had rapid deterioration of renal function. Genome wide linkage analysis identified an ∼18 Mb disease-associated locus on chromosome 4 (maximal logarithm of odds score 4...
February 9, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Otoniel Denis-Alpizar, Raymond J Bemish, Markus Meuwly
Vibrational energy relaxation (VER) of diatomics following collisions with the surrounding medium is an important elementary process for modeling high-temperature gas flow. VER is characterized by two parameters: the vibrational relaxation time τvib and the state relaxation rates. Here the vibrational relaxation of CO(ν=0←ν=1) in Ar is considered for validating a computational approach to determine the vibrational relaxation time parameter (pτvib) using an accurate, fully dimensional potential energy surface...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
Jean-Marc Bomont, Giorgio Pastore, Jean-Pierre Hansen
The pair structure, free energy, and configurational overlap order parameter Q of an annealed system of two weakly coupled replicas of a supercooled "soft sphere" fluid are determined by solving the hypernetted-chain (HNC) and self-consistent Rogers-Young (RY) integral equations over a wide range of thermodynamic conditions ρ (number-density), T (temperature), and inter-replicas couplings ε12. Analysis of the resulting effective (or Landau) potential W(ρ,T; Q) and of its derivative with respect to Q confirms the existence of a "precursor transition" between weak and strong overlap phases below a critical temperature Tc well above the temperature To of the "ideal glass" transition observed in the limit ε12→0...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
Jun Huang, Xiaokong Liu, Xiaoyong Qiu, Lei Xie, Bin Yan, Xiaogang Wang, Qingxue Huang, Hongbo Zeng
Surface functionalization by alkylsilanes has been widely used in many engineering applications. In this work, a systematic investigation was conducted on the deposition behaviors of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTCS) on freshly cleaved mica surfaces that possess low density of reactive sites (i.e., silanol groups) via a vapor deposition method. The deposition of OTCS molecules on mica was found to follow a two-stage process, as monitored by measuring the surface morphology using atomic force microscope (AFM) and wettability of the samples obtained at different deposition times...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
M Sendra, M P Yeste, J M Gatica, I Moreno-Garrido, J Blasco
TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) are employed in many products (paints, personal care products, especially sunscreens, plastics, paper, water potabilization and food products) and are then released into the environment from these products. These nanoparticles present potential risk to freshwater and marine microalgae. The primary toxicity mechanism is adsorption between NPs and microalgae (heteroagglomeration); however, studies of interactions of this kind are scarce. We investigated the heteroagglomeration process that occurs between two forms of TiO2 material, nanoparticles and bulk, and three different microalgae species, and under different environmental conditions (freshwater and marine water), in order to assess the influence of pH and ionic strength (IS)...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Houzhen Wei, Guang Yang, Boya Wang, Runwei Li, Gang Chen, Zhenze Li
Bacterial adhesion and transport in the geological formation are controlled by their mutual complex interactions, which have been quantified by the traditional and extended Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory as well as direct atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. In this research, the DLVO forces calculated based on the independently determined bacterial and porous media surface thermodynamic properties were compared with those of AFM measurements. Although differences in the order of several magnitudes existed, forces obtained from both ways could explain the observations of E...
March 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Stefanie Schreiber, Frank Schreiber, Samuel N Lockhart, Andy Horng, Alexandre Bejanin, Susan M Landau, William J Jagust
Importance: There are conflicting results claiming that Alzheimer disease signature neurodegeneration may be more, less, or similarly advanced in individuals with β-amyloid peptide (Aβ)-negative (Aβ-) suspected non-Alzheimer disease pathophysiology (SNAP) than in Aβ-positive (Aβ+) counterparts. Objective: To examine patterns of neurodegeneration in individuals with SNAP compared with their Aβ+ counterparts. Design, Setting, and Participants: A longitudinal cohort study was conducted among individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and cognitively normal individuals receiving care at Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative sites in the United States and Canada for a mean follow-up period of 30...
March 20, 2017: JAMA Neurology
Benjamin L Farah, Rohit A Sinha, Yajun Wu, Brijesh K Singh, Andrea Lim, Masahiro Hirayama, Dustin J Landau, Boon Huat Bay, Dwight D Koeberl, Paul M Yen
Glycogen storage disease type Ia (GSDIa, von Gierke disease) is the most common glycogen storage disorder. It is caused by the deficiency of glucose-6-phosphatase, an enzyme which catalyses the final step of gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis. Clinically, GSDIa is characterized by fasting hypoglycaemia and hepatic glycogen and triglyceride overaccumulation. The latter leads to steatohepatitis, cirrhosis, and the formation of hepatic adenomas and carcinomas. Currently, little is known about the function of various organelles and their impact on metabolism in GSDIa...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Velayudhan Satheeja Santhi, Liora Salame, Levana Dvash, Hussein Muklada, Hassan Azaizeh, Raghda Mreny, Safaa Awwad, Alex Markovics, Serge Yan Landau, Itamar Glazer
Heterorhabditis bacteriophora can represent a model system for herbal medication against gastro-intestinal strongylid parasites in determining the recovery and development due to their unique parasitic infectious cycle. The fact that plant extracts impair nematode development is known but their differential impact on stages of the life cycle of H. bacteriophora has never been investigated. We examined the developmental stages resumed from eggs, young juveniles (J1-3), infective juveniles (IJs), young and adult hermaphrodites of H...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
F P C Benetti, B Marcos
Systems of particles with long-range interactions present two important processes: first, the formation of out-of-equilibrium quasistationary states (QSS) and, second, the collisional relaxation towards Maxwell-Boltzmann equilibrium in a much longer time scale. In this paper, we study the collisional relaxation in the Hamiltonian mean-field model using the appropriate kinetic equations for a system of N particles at order 1/N: the Landau equation when collective effects are neglected and the Lenard-Balescu equation when they are taken into account...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
A Bendib, K Bendib-Kalache, B Cros, C Deutsch, G Maynard
Electromagnetic instability is investigated in homogeneous plasmas heated by a laser wave in the range α=v_{0}^{2}/v_{t}^{2}≤2, where v_{0} is the electron quiver velocity and v_{t} is the thermal velocity. The anisotropic electron distribution function that drives unstable quasistatic electromagnetic modes is calculated numerically with the Vlasov-Landau equation in the high ion charge number approximation. A dispersion relation of electromagnetic waves which accounts for further nonlinear terms on v_{0}^{2} from previous results is derived...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
I Halliday, X Xu, K Burgin
An extended Benzi-Dellar lattice Boltzmann equation scheme [R. Benzi, S. Succi, and M. Vergassola, Europhys. Lett. 13, 727 (1990)EULEEJ0295-507510.1209/0295-5075/13/8/010; R. Benzi, S. Succi, and M. Vergassola, Phys. Rep. 222, 145 (1992)PRPLCM0370-157310.1016/0370-1573(92)90090-M; P. J. Dellar, Phys. Rev. E 65, 036309 (2002)1063-651X10.1103/PhysRevE.65.036309] is developed and applied to the problem of confirming, at low Re and drop fluid concentration, c, the variation of effective shear viscosity, η_{eff}=η_{1}[1+f(η_{1},η_{2})c], with respect to c for a sheared, two-dimensional, initially crystalline emulsion [here η_{1} (η_{2}) is the fluid (drop fluid) shear viscosity]...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
K Premalatha, V K Chandrasekar, M Senthilvelan, M Lakshmanan
We show the existence of chimeralike states in two distinct groups of identical populations of globally coupled Stuart-Landau oscillators. The existence of chimeralike states occurs only for a small range of frequency difference between the two populations, and these states disappear for an increase of mismatch between the frequencies. Here the chimeralike states are characterized by the synchronized oscillations in one population and desynchronized oscillations in another population. We also find that such states observed in two distinct groups of identical populations of nonlocally coupled oscillators are different from the above case in which coexisting domains of synchronized and desynchronized oscillations are observed in one population and the second population exhibits synchronized oscillations for spatially prepared initial conditions...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
Kyounghwan Kim, Ashley DaSilva, Shengqiang Huang, Babak Fallahazad, Stefano Larentis, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Brian J LeRoy, Allan H MacDonald, Emanuel Tutuc
According to electronic structure theory, bilayer graphene is expected to have anomalous electronic properties when it has long-period moiré patterns produced by small misalignments between its individual layer honeycomb lattices. We have realized bilayer graphene moiré crystals with accurately controlled twist angles smaller than 1° and studied their properties using scanning probe microscopy and electron transport. We observe conductivity minima at charge neutrality, satellite gaps that appear at anomalous carrier densities for twist angles smaller than 1°, and tunneling densities-of-states that are strongly dependent on carrier density...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Michele Invernizzi, Omar Valsson, Michele Parrinello
A powerful way to deal with a complex system is to build a coarse-grained model capable of catching its main physical features, while being computationally affordable. Inevitably, such coarse-grained models introduce a set of phenomenological parameters, which are often not easily deducible from the underlying atomistic system. We present a unique approach to the calculation of these parameters, based on the recently introduced variationally enhanced sampling method. It allows us to obtain the parameters from atomistic simulations, providing thus a direct connection between the microscopic and the mesoscopic scale...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Guizhou Xu, Zhipeng Hou, Yue Wang, Xiaoming Zhang, Hongwei Zhang, Enke Liu, X Xi, Feng Xu, Guangheng Wu, Xixiang Zhang, Wenhong Wang
The recent discovery of ultrahigh mobility and large positive magnetoresistance in topologically non-trivial Half-Heusler semimetal LuPtBi provides a unique playground for studying exotic physics and significant perspective for device applications. As an fcc-structured electron-hole-compensated semimetal, LuPtBi theoretically exhibits six symmetrically arranged anisotropic electron Fermi pockets and two nearly-spherical hole pockets, offering the opportunity to explore the physics of Fermi surface with a simple angle-related magnetotransport properties...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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