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Xi-Lin Wang, Luo-Kan Chen, W Li, H-L Huang, C Liu, C Chen, Y-H Luo, Z-E Su, D Wu, Z-D Li, H Lu, Y Hu, X Jiang, C-Z Peng, L Li, N-L Liu, Yu-Ao Chen, Chao-Yang Lu, Jian-Wei Pan
We report the first experimental demonstration of quantum entanglement among ten spatially separated single photons. A near-optimal entangled photon-pair source was developed with simultaneously a source brightness of ∼12  MHz/W, a collection efficiency of ∼70%, and an indistinguishability of ∼91% between independent photons, which was used for a step-by-step engineering of multiphoton entanglement. Under a pump power of 0.57 W, the ten-photon count rate was increased by about 2 orders of magnitude compared to previous experiments, while maintaining a state fidelity sufficiently high for proving the genuine ten-particle entanglement...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Lars J Petersen, Yuliya Shuytsky, Helle D Zacho
INTRODUCTION: The objective was to describe regional variations in M-staging in patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer within a Danish county and to compare clinical practice with guideline recommendations. METHODS: Data were as captured from 1) a prospective, non-interventional study counting 635 consecutive patients referred for M-staging in the 2008-2009 period at three regional hospitals within one county, and 2) a questionnaire on M-staging practice completed by the five sites performing M-staging in the same county in 2015...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
L B Fletcher, U Zastrau, E Galtier, E J Gamboa, S Goede, W Schumaker, A Ravasio, M Gauthier, M J MacDonald, Z Chen, E Granados, H J Lee, A Fry, J B Kim, C Roedel, R Mishra, A Pelka, D Kraus, B Barbrel, T Döppner, S H Glenzer
We present the first spectrally resolved measurements of x-rays scattered from cryogenic hydrogen jets in the single photon counting limit. The 120 Hz capabilities of the LCLS, together with a novel hydrogen jet design [J. B. Kim et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. (these proceedings)], allow for the ability to record a near background free spectrum. Such high-dynamic-range x-ray scattering measurements enable a platform to study ultra-fast, laser-driven, heating dynamics of hydrogen plasmas. This measurement has been achieved using two highly annealed pyrolytic graphite crystal spectrometers to spectrally resolve 5...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
G Acconcia, A Cominelli, I Rech, M Ghioni
In recent years, lifetime measurements by means of the Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC) technique have led to a significant breakthrough in medical and biological fields. Unfortunately, the many advantages of TCSPC-based approaches come along with the major drawback of a relatively long acquisition time. The exploitation of multiple channels in parallel could in principle mitigate this issue, and at the same time it opens the way to a multi-parameter analysis of the optical signals, e.g., as a function of wavelength or spatial coordinates...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
J P Holder, L R Benedetti, D K Bradley
Single hit pulse height analysis is applied to National Ignition Facility x-ray framing cameras to quantify gain and gain variation in a single micro-channel plate-based instrument. This method allows the separation of gain from detectability in these photon-detecting devices. While pulse heights measured by standard-DC calibration methods follow the expected exponential distribution at the limit of a compound-Poisson process, gain-gated pulse heights follow a more complex distribution that may be approximated as a weighted sum of a few exponentials...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
M J MacDonald, T Gorkhover, B Bachmann, M Bucher, S Carron, R N Coffee, R P Drake, K R Ferguson, L B Fletcher, E J Gamboa, S H Glenzer, S Göde, S P Hau-Riege, D Kraus, J Krzywinski, A L Levitan, K-H Meiwes-Broer, C P O'Grady, T Osipov, T Pardini, C Peltz, S Skruszewicz, M Swiggers, C Bostedt, T Fennel, T Döppner
Atomic clusters can serve as ideal model systems for exploring ultrafast (∼100 fs) laser-driven ionization dynamics of dense matter on the nanometer scale. Resonant absorption of optical laser pulses enables heating to temperatures on the order of 1 keV at near solid density conditions. To date, direct probing of transient states of such nano-plasmas was limited to coherent x-ray imaging. Here we present the first measurement of spectrally resolved incoherent x-ray scattering from clusters, enabling measurements of transient temperature, densities, and ionization...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
C Stoeckl, W Theobald, S P Regan, M H Romanofsky
A four-channel, time-resolved, hard x-ray detector (HXRD) has been operating at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics for more than a decade. The slope temperature of the hot-electron population in direct-drive inertial confinement fusion experiments is inferred by recording the hard x-ray radiation generated in the interaction of the electrons with the target. Measuring the energy deposited by hot electrons requires an absolute calibration of the hard x-ray detector. A novel method to obtain an absolute calibration of the HXRD using single photons from radioactive sources was developed, which uses a thermoelectrically cooled, low-noise, charge-sensitive amplifier...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Manli Song, Zhide Guo, Mengna Gao, Changrong Shi, Duo Xu, Linyi You, Xiaowei Wu, Xinhui Su, Rongqiang Zhuang, Weimin Pan, Ting Liu, Xianzhong Zhang
Folate receptor is an ideal target for tumor-specific diagnostic and therapeutic. The aim of this study was to synthesize (99m) Tc-labeled folate-polyamidoamine dendrimer modified with 2-hydrazinonicotinic acid ((99m) Tc-HP3 FA) for FR imaging. The (99m) Tc-HP3 FA conjugate was prepared using N-tris-(hydroxymethyl)-methylglycine and trisodium triphenylphosphine-3,3',3″-trisulfonate as coligands. Physicochemical properties, in vitro cell uptake study, and in vivo micro-single-photon emission computed tomography/CT imaging were performed...
November 7, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
Stelvio Sestini, Francesco Pestelli, Mario Leoncini, Francesco Bellandi, Christian Mazzeo, Luigi Mansi, Ignasi Carrio, Antonio Castagnoli
PURPOSE: To investigate changes in sympathetic activity, perfusion, and left ventricular (LV) functionality in takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) patients from onset (T0) to post-onset conditions at 1 month (T1), 1-2 years (T2, T3). METHODS: Twenty-two patients (70 ± 11 years) underwent serial gated single photon emission tomography (G-SPECT) studies with (123)I-mIBG and (99m)Tc-Sestamibi. Statistics were performed using ANOVA/Sheffé post-hoc, correlation test, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis (p < 0...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Yasushi Ueki, Atsushi Izawa, Daisuke Kashiwagi, Shigeki Nishiyama, Shinichi Aso, Chihiro Suzuki, Shumpei Sakurai, Kazuhiro Oguchi, Yoshikazu Yazaki, Uichi Ikeda, Koichiro Kuwahara
BACKGROUND: This study compared adenosine stress computed tomography myocardial perfusion (CTP) with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in the diagnosis of functionally significant coronary artery stenosis using fractional flow reserve (FFR) as reference standard. METHODS: We included a total of 93 coronary arteries from 31 patients in whom at least one vessel with ≥50% stenosis was detected with computed tomography coronary angiography. All patients underwent both SPECT and adenosine stress CTP, followed by invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and FFR...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
Stephen C Moore, Mi-Ae Park, Zhe Liu, Morgan C Lyon, Lindsay C Johnson, Victor H Lushear, James G Westberg, Scott D Metzler
PURPOSE: One approach to preclinical single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging that provides both high resolution and high sensitivity is based on imaging a mouse inside a collimating tube; many magnified pinhole projection images from a small target region, e.g., the heart, can be recorded simultaneously on multiple detectors with little multiplexing since each pinhole aperture's opening angle is restricted to view mostly the target organ. However, to obtain complete data for reconstruction, it may be necessary to scan the mouse through the target region of the tube...
December 2016: Medical Physics
José Gardiazabal, Philipp Matthies, Jakob Vogel, Benjamin Frisch, Nassir Navab, Sibylle Ziegler, Tobias Lasser
PURPOSE: Hand- and robot-guided mini gamma cameras have been introduced for the acquisition of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images. Less cumbersome than whole-body scanners, they allow for a fast acquisition of the radioactivity distribution, for example, to differentiate cancerous from hormonally hyperactive lesions inside the thyroid. This work compares acquisition protocols and reconstruction algorithms in an attempt to identify the most suitable approach for fast acquisition and efficient image reconstruction, suitable for localization of extended sources, such as lesions inside the thyroid...
December 2016: Medical Physics
Lukáš Lachman, Radim Filip
Quantum attributes of light have been related to non-classicality so far, i. e. to incompatibility with mixtures of coherent states. The progress in quantum optics indicates that this feature does not suffice to witness exotic behavior of light. Contrary, quantum non-Gaussianity is starting to appear as a promising and applicable property reflecting interesting states of light that are suitable for quantum protocols. We investigate a newly introduced hierarchy of criteria of quantum non-Gaussianity and predict this attribute can be observed on light emitted from many single photon emitters, even if the light undergoes realistic optical losses...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Takayuki Kiyohara, Ryo Okamoto, Shigeki Takeuchi
Heralded single-photon sources (HSPS) are widely used in experimental quantum science because they have negligibly small jitter and can therefore achieve high visibility for quantum interference. However, it is necessary to decrease the photon generation rate to suppress multi-photon components. To address this problem, two methods have been proposed and discussed: spatial (or temporal) source multiplexing and photon-pair number discrimination. Here, we report the experimental realization of a HSPS combining these two methods that can suppress the two-photon probability to 44...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Risheng Cheng, Xiang Guo, Xiaosong Ma, Linran Fan, King Y Fong, Menno Poot, Hong X Tang
We describe a micromachining process to allow back-side coupling of an array of single-mode telecommunication fibers to individual superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPDs). This approach enables a back-illuminated detector structure which separates the optical access and electrical readout on two sides of the chip and thus allows for compact integration of multi-channel detectors. As proof of principle, we show the integration of four detectors on the same silicon chip with two different designs and their performances are compared...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Hye Lim Park, Ie Ryung Yoo, Sung Hoon Kim, Sohee Lee
The most common manifestation of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is hyperparathyroidism. Treatment of hyperparathyroidism in MEN patients is surgical removal of the parathyroid glands, however ectopic parathyroid gland is challenging for treatment. A 51-year-old female, the eldest of 3 MEN1 sisters, had hyperparathyroidism with ectopic parathyroid adenoma in the mediastinal para-aortic region, which was detected by technetium-99m (Tc-99m) sestamibi scintigraphy and single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT)...
December 2016: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Karolin Römhild, Christiane A Fischer, Thomas L Mindt
Attaching polar pharmacological modifiers to molecular imaging probes is a common strategy to modulate their pharmacokinetic profiles to improve such parameters as the clearance rate of radiotracers and/or metabolites, and to enhance signal-to-background ratios. We combined the tumor-targeting peptide sequence of bombesin (BBN) with glucuronic acid and the single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) radionuclide (99m) Tc by the "click-to-chelate" methodology. The (99m) Tc-tricarbonyl-labeled glucuronated BBN conjugate was compared with a reference compound lacking the carbohydrate...
November 30, 2016: ChemMedChem
Seong-Jin Son, Mansu Kim, Hyunjin Park
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system. PD-related alterations in structural and functional neuroimaging have not been fully explored. This study explored multi-modal PD neuroimaging and its application for predicting clinical scores on the Movement Disorder Society-sponsored Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS). Multi-modal imaging that combined (123)I-Ioflupane single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) were adopted to incorporate complementary brain imaging information...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Thorsten Derlin, Desiree Weiberg
This report describes a case of brain death (BD) evaluated by 99mTc-hexamethylpropylene amine oxime (HMPAO) single photon emission tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT). A 16-year-old boy with a history of rapid unexpected brain herniation due to pilocytic astrocytoma underwent 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT/CT for evaluation of brain death in the context of organ donation. Flow images demonstrated lack of blood flow to the brain, and delayed images showed absence of demonstrable radionuclide activity within the brain...
2016: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
Hendrik J Boiten, Jan C van den Berge, Roelf Valkema, Ron T van Domburg, Felix Zijlstra, Arend F L Schinkel
BACKGROUND: It is not entirely clear whether ischemia burden on stress single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) effectively identifies patients who have a long-term benefit from coronary revascularization. METHODS: The study population consisted of 719 patients with ischemia on stress SPECT. Early coronary revascularization was defined as percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting ≤90 days after SPECT. Patients who underwent late revascularization (>90 days after SPECT) were excluded (n = 164)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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