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P1311-Anordnung zur schnellen Elektronenstrahl-Röntgencomputertomographie
Barthel, F.
Abstract: Aufgabe der Erfindung ist es, eine Anordnung zur Elektronenstrahl-Röntgen-Computertomographie anzugeben, die ohne die erhebliche axiale Ausdehnung des Elektronenstrahlers auskommt, und weitgehend auf elektronenoptische Strahlführungselemente verzichtet. Die Erfindung umfasst, dass ein Röntgendetektorbogen (6) und das Target (4) um den Untersuchungsquerschnitt innerhalb einer Bestrahlungsebene angeordnet sind, und ein im Elektronenstrahlerzeuger generierter Elektronenstrahl in den Durchflutungsbereich einer oder mehrerer Längsspulen radial eingebracht wird, und durch das Magnetfeld auf eine Kreisbahn gezwungen wird. Durch periodisches Verstellen der Feldstärke wird der Radius der Kreisbahn vergrößert, was dazu führt, dass der Elektronenstrahl das Target (4) in einem tangential wandernden Brennfleck (7) trifft. Vom das Target umgebenden Röntgendetektor(6) werden Durchstrahlungsprojektionen des in der Mitte der Anordnung befindlichen Objekts (8) aufgenommen. Der Elektronenstrahlerzeuger (1) kann sowohl innerhalb als auch außerhalb der Längsspulen (3) angeordnet sein. Darüber hinaus kann die Target- und Röntgendetektorebene mit oder ohne Axialversatz angeordnet sein.
  • Patent:
    DE102013206252A1 - Offenlegung-09.10.2014
Registration No. 21010

Improvement of the resistance of titanium aluminides to environmental embrittlement
Masset, P. J.; Bleicher, F.; Bortolotto, L.; Geiger, G.; Kolitsch, A.; Langlade, C.; Paul, J.; Pelic, B.; Pyczak, F.; Rafaja, D.; Schumacher, P.; Schütze, M.; Wolf, G.; Yankov, R. A.
Abstract: Aluminum enriched coatings have been developed for titanium aluminide alloys. It has been shown that Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MO-CVD) and Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) processes combined with fluorination of the coating enables to reduce significantly the embrittlement of TiAl alloys through oxidation. Even after oxidation at 900 °C for 100h, the coatings exhibit suitable adhesion and 90 % of the fracture toughness and ductility of the alloy are maintained. Registration No. 20991

Development of new coatings to prevent environmental embrittlement of titanium aluminides
P. Masset; F. Bleicher; L. Bortolotto; G. Geiger; A. Kolitsch; C. Langlade; J. Paul; B. Pelic; F. Pyczak; D. Rafaja; P. Schumacher; M. Schütze; G. Wolf; R. Yankov
Abstract: Abstract: For temperatures above 750°C, TiAl alloys still show insufficient oxidation resistance and suffer from environmental embrittlement. This work focuses on the surface modification of alloys and development of coatings against environmental embrittlement, as well as on testing of mechanical properties after high temperature oxidation. Aluminum enriched coatings (between 50 and 60 at.%) containing alloying elements, i.e. Cr, Nb, Si, Y, to improve the oxidation behavior and the corrosion resistance have been produced by MO-CVD, CVD, PVD and thermal spraying techniques (HVOF, APS), and have subsequently been chemically modified with halogen elements, notably fluorine. The mechanical properties have been studied by means of 4-point bending and tensile tests on coated samples after 100h oxidation at 900 °C in laboratory air. The CVD process combined with fluorine treatment using plasma immersion implantation (PI³) of F offers the best combination to remedy environmental embrittlement. It has been shown in particular that 90% of the initial fracture strain and fracture stress can be maintained.
Keywords: titanium, titanium aluminides, high-temperature oxidation, protective coatings
  • Lecture (Conference):
    TMS 2014, 143rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 16.-20.02.2014, San Diego, United States
Registration No. 20988

Protection of Ti-alloys against high temperature environmental attack by a two step process, aluminization + fluorination
A. Donchev; M. Galetz; M. Schütze; R. Yankov; A. Kolitsch
Abstract: Ti-alloys cannot be used at elevated temperatures above approximately 600°C in oxidizing environments. They suffer from accelerated oxidation and oxygen uptake in the subsurface zone, which deteriorates the mechanical properties. The addition of Al (usually < 10%) into standard Ti-alloys is not enough to form a protective alumina layer. Aluminization of technical Ti-alloys and formation of intermetallic Al-rich phases (e.g. TiAl3) change the oxidation behavior from fast and non-protective rutile formation to slow growing alumina kinetics, but only for a limited period of time. A subsequent fluorination of the aluminized components gets the fluorine effect to operate. This is away to improve the resistance of technical Ti-alloys against environmental attack, even for longer service times. In this paper the results of high temperature oxidation tests of several untreated and treated Ti-alloys will be presented and their behavior compared.
Keywords: Environmental embrittlement; Fluorine effect; Oxidation
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    TMS 2014 143rd TMS Annual Meeting 2014, 16.-20.02.2014, San Diego, United States
    TMS 2014 Supplemental Proceedings, 9781118889725, 79-85
    DOI-Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118889879
Registration No. 20987

Potential Impairment of Core Coolability during LOCA due to Precipitation of Zinc Borate
Pointner, W.; Kryk, H.; Kästner, W.; Austregesilo, H.
Abstract: Within the framework of German nuclear safety research, generic experimental investigations were carried out at HZDR and the Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz aiming at the elucidation of physicochemical and thermo hydraulic mechanism of corrosion product formation, which may occur during the sump circulation operation after loss-of-coolant accidents in pressurized water reactors.
The contact of the boric acid containing coolant with hot-dip galvanized steel containment internals causes corrosion of the corresponding materials resulting in dissolution of the zinc coating. As main result of batch experiments, decreasing solubility of zinc corrosion products in boric acid solutions with increasing temperature was found. Thus, the formation and deposition of solid corrosion products cannot be ruled out if zinc containing coolant is heated up due to its recirculation into hot regions within the cooling circuit. Generic corrosion and deposition experiments at a lab-scale test facility proved that dissolved zinc, formed at low temperatures in boric acid solution by zinc corrosion, may turn into solid deposits of zinc borates when contacting heated zircaloy surfaces during the heating of the coolant. The results obtained at lab-scale were confirmed by generic experiments at semi-technical scale using a 3x3 heating rod configuration including spacer segments as well as a 16x16 (8x8 heated) fuel rod dummy.
Experiments regarding the corrosion kinetics of zinc-coated components were not subject of the study. Therefore, a quantitative transferability of the results to postulated PWR-LOCA is not given so far.

Keywords: pressurized water reactor, loss-off-coolant accident, corrosion, zinc, boric acid, in-vessel effects
  • Lecture (Conference):
    17th WGAMA Meeting, 23.-26.09.2014, Paris, France
Registration No. 20986

Recent developments in surface protection of titanium and titanium-aluminum alloys against environmental degradation at elevated temperatures
R. Yankov; J. von Borany; P. J. Masset; A. Donchev; M. Schütze
Abstract: Titanium and its alloys with aluminum are lightweight structural materials, which find ever-increasing use in a number of advanced aerospace, automotive and power generation applications. These materials, however, are limited in applicability by their inadequate oxidation resistance at elevated temperatures (> 500°C for Ti, and > 750°C for TiAl).
This talk reviews recent advances in using state-of-the-art techniques for surface engineering of Ti, Ti-base alloys and γ-TiAl intermetallics, with a view to rendering them resistant to high-temperature environmental oxidation and oxygen embrittlement.
The first part of the talk covers the surface modification of Ti and low-Al-content Ti-base alloys by using combined techniques involving either aluminization followed by plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) of fluorine or formation of a surface barrier coating by magnetron sputter co-deposition of Ti and Al followed by vacuum annealing and PIII of F.
The second part focuses on the direct surface treatment of γ-TiAl by PIII of F. Such type of fluorination enables the F-implanted alloy surface to develop a stable, adherent and highly protective alumina scale upon subsequent oxidation in air at temperatures in excess of 1000°C for extended exposure times.
The last part deals with the fabrication of protective TiAl coatings using a two-step coating scheme. First, an Al-rich TiAl layer is formed on the γ-TiAl alloy by either MO-CVD, PVD or thermal spraying. Then the TiAl layer is treated by PIII of F. The resulting coatings are tested for oxidation resistance, oxygen embrittlement, and retention of mechanical properties. A combination of an Al-rich CVD coating and treatment by PIII of F gives the best results. An example is also given of a thermal barrier coating whose structure comprises, instead of a bond coat, a thin alumina layer formed by PIII of F and subsequent high-T oxidation. The results of these studies have been helpful in understanding the oxidation behavior of the surface-engineered alloys from both a scientific and a technological standpoint.

Keywords: titanium, titanium aluminides, high-temperature oxidation, protective coatings
  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    Shechtman International Symposium, 29.06.-04.07.2014, Cancun, Mexico
Registration No. 20985

The Use of Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation in the High-Temperature Oxidation Protection of Low-Al-Content Ti-Base Alloys and TiAl Intermetallics
R. Yankov; J. von Borany; B. Pelic; A. Donchev; M. Schütze
Abstract: Low-Al content Ti-base alloys and TiAl intermetallics are attractive lightweight materials for advanced medium-temperature (500°-750°C) structural applications including components such as jet engine and industrial gas turbine blades, turbocharger rotors and automotive engine valves. However, envisaged service temperatures are in the range of 750° to 1050°C at which these alloys are prone to both destructive oxidation and oxygen embrittlement. Therefore, development of surface-engineering techniques for preventing high-T environmental damage is critical in exploiting the advantages of the TiAl alloys to their fullest extent.
We propose two techniques for protecting candidate Ti-base and TiAl alloys from high-temperature (>750°C) oxidation environments. The first technique involves a single step, namely treating the alloys directly by plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) of fluorine using a mixture of CH2F2+6.25% Ar as the precursor gas. This technique is applicable to TiAl alloys of an Al content of ~ 45 to 55 at.%. The F implant dose has been found to depend critically on the gas flow rate ratio (GFRR, i.e. CH2F2/Ar) while the resulting F depth profiles show dependence on both the GFRR and the alloy material. Optimum implantation conditions have been established under which the F-implanted alloy surface is able to form a highly protective Al2O3 film upon subsequent oxidation in air. Oxidation resistance has been evaluated by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) at temperatures as high as 1050°C for extended exposure times.
The alternative technique is applicable to low-Al-content Ti-base alloys (< 40 at.% Al). It involves the fabrication of a barrier coating in a three-step process, namely formation of a Ti+Al layer by magnetron co-sputtering of Ti and Al followed by vacuum annealing to form a gamma-TiAl coating and, finally, PIII of fluorine. The coating so formed has been shown to prevent further oxidation of the base material at elevated temperatures.

Keywords: Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation, High-Temperature Oxidation, TiAl Intermetallics
  • Poster:
    19th International Conference on Ion Beam Modification of Materials (IBMM), 14.-19.09.2014, Leuven, Belgium
Registration No. 20984

Velocity measurements of heavy liquid metal flows by the Ultrasound Doppler method
Franke, S.; Eckert, S.; Gundrum, T.; Gerbeth, G.
Abstract: The application of heavy liquid metals as coolant or heat transfer medium in advanced reactor systems demands for a comprehensive knowledge of the flow characteristics. CFD simulations are the main tool to predict the flow behaviour, however, the numerical models have to be validated by experimental data. Flow measurements in hot liquid metals are challenging and the available choice of measuring techniques is rather limited. A great deal of work was done during the last decade to develop suitable measuring principles for applications in metallic melts. The Ultrasound Doppler method can be considered as an attractive technique to obtain real-time velocity profiles in liquid metal flows. Flow measurements in hot metallic melts involve several specific problems, especially the high temperature and the abrasive character of the melt. Furthermore, a sufficient input of acoustic energy into the melt to be measured requires favourable conditions concerning acoustic coupling, transmission and wetting. Moreover, the availability of seeding particles has to be guaranteed to obtain Doppler signals from the fluid. We will present a concept for velocity measurement in a liquid metal channel flow based on high temperature transducer probes in combination with a matched mechanical design of the probe seating. Specific measuring procedure enables us for reliable measurements in a temperature range up to 230°C. The measuring principles are successfully applied at experimental facilities operating with different metal alloys and geometric configurations: At the LIMMCAST (Liquid Metal Model for Continuous Casting) facility of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf we studied the flow profile of a Sn60Bi40 alloy in a circular pipe. Furthermore, the LBE duct flow of the META:LIC loop (Megawatt Target: Lead Bismuth Cooled) at the Institute of Physics in Riga-Salaspils (University of Latvia) was measured. Parametric studies of the velocity profile measurements in the ducts will be presented here. Specific problems arising for the application of the Ultrasound Doppler method in the considered experimental configuration will be discussed.
Keywords: Hot metallic melt flow measurements, Heavy liquid metal coolant, LBE, Ultrasound Doppler velocimetry, LIMMCAST, META:LIC
  • Lecture (Conference):
    SEARCH/MAXSIMA 2014 International Workshop, 07.-10.10.2014, Karlsruhe, Deutschland
Registration No. 20982

Formation of zinc corrosion products at water-chemical PWR post-LOCA conditions - Physicochemical effects
Kryk, H.; Hoffmann, W.
Abstract: During loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs) in pressurized water reactors (PWRs), coolant spilling from the leak in the primary cooling circuit is collected in the reactor sump and recirculated to the reactor core by low pressure injection pumps as part of the emergency core cooling system. The long-term contact of the boric acid containing coolant with hot-dip galvanized steel containment inter-nals (e.g. grating treads, channels, supporting grids of sump strainers) may cause corrosion of the corresponding materials influencing the cooling water chemistry due to dissolution of the zinc coating. Experimental investigations regarding the solubility of Zn corrosion products in boric acid solutions resulted in a decreasing solubility with increasing temperature. Thus, the formation of solid (i.e. particulate) corrosion products cannot be ruled out if the Zn containing coolant is heated up due to its recirculation into hot zones.
During lab-scale experiments, significant amounts of solid corrosion products have been found as deposited layers on hot surfaces as well as in the form of deposits at tubes, fittings and retaining components depending on formation temperature and hydrodynamic conditions. The solid corrosion products were identified as zinc borates. Depending on their forming temperature, different zinc borate compounds may occur having different physicochemical properties.
Although the kinetics of the processes obtained at lab-scale are not transferable to those proceeding during a PWR LOCA due to their dependency on the corroding surface area as well as on the local thermal hydraulics, the results give an insight into physicochemical processes, which might occur in case of zinc corrosion in cooling circuits.

Keywords: loss-of-coolant accident, pressurized water reactor, corrosion, zinc, zinc borate, chemical effects
  • Lecture (Conference):
    Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology 2014, 06.-08.05.2014, Frankfurt, Deutschland
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology 2014, 06.-08.05.2014, Frankfurt, Deutschland
Registration No. 20978

Partikelentstehung und -transport im Kern von Druckwasserreaktoren - Thermo- und fluiddynamische Mechanismen
Renger, S.; Kästner, W.; Alt, S.; Seeliger, A.; Kryk, H.; Hoffmann, W.
Abstract: Im Rahmen der Reaktorsicherheitsforschung erfolgten an der Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz in Kooperation mit dem Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf experimentelle und methodische Untersuchungen für die systematische Klärung physiko-chemischer Mechanismen und deren Auswirkungen auf thermo-fluiddynamische Prozesse, welche während des Sumpfumwälzbetriebs nach Kühlmittelverluststörfällen in einem Kernkraftwerk ablaufen können, falls in boriertem Kühlmittel (KM) gelöstes Zink in Kernbereiche höherer Temperatur (Hot-Spots) gelangt. Das im KM befindliche Zink kann hierbei im Vorfeld durch die Korrosion feuerverzinkter Bauteile freigesetzt werden.
In den Untersuchungen im halbtechnischen Maßstab wurden die physiko-chemischen Mechanismen und der Temperatureinfluss analysiert. Gleichzeitig wurden Auswirkungen dieser Prozesse auf das thermo-fluiddynamische Verhalten in einer Heizstabkonfiguration (3x3-Anordnung mit für Druckwasserreaktoren (DWR) typischen Zirkaloy-Hüllrohren) mit Abstandshaltern erfasst. Im Fokus der Untersuchungen stand dabei das Verhalten derart zusammengesetzter Fluide an beheizten Konfigurationen, die im Kern von DWR auftreten können.
Die durchgeführten Untersuchungen tragen generischen Charakter und liefern Aussagen zum Löslichkeitsverhalten von Zink in borsäurehaltigem KM sowie zur Bildung fester Korrosionsprodukte und den daraus folgenden Auswirkungen.

Keywords: loss-of-coolant accident, pressurized water reactor, corrosion, zinc, chemical effects
  • Poster:
    46. Kraftwerkstechnisches Kolloquium 2014, 14.-15.10.2014, Dresden, Deutschland
Registration No. 20977

In Situ Tuning the Conductance of Single Molecular Diarylethene Switches
Sendler, T.; Luka-Guth, K.; Wieser, M.; Lokamani, M.; Wolf, J.; Huhn, T.; Scheer, E.; Kerbusch, J.; Gemming, S.; Erbe, A.
Abstract: A major goal of molecular electronics is the development and implementation of molecular electronic devices such as single molecular switches. In this work we present a detailed study of single diarylethene molecules that were in situ switched from their non-conductive to conductive state in the presence of gold nanoelectrodes via controlled light irradiation. The molecules were dissolved in two different solvents and measured with two different side-groups. Histograms of conductance traces were taken and complemented by extracting the relative position of the current carrying molecular level and its level broadening from current-voltage characteristics by means of the single level transport model. The obtained results show a clear light-induced ring forming isomerization, which is almost independent of the side-groups, while electron withdrawing side groups lead to a reduction of conductance, a decrease of the level broadening and an increased difference between the molecular level and the Fermi energy of the metals. Quantum chemical calculations of the light-induced switching processes correlate these observations with the fundamentally different low-lying electronic states of the opened and closed forms and their comparably small modification by the electron-withdrawing substituents.
  • Poster:
    Annual Workshop IHRS NanoNet 2014, 29.-30.09.2014, Lohmen/Bastei, Deutschland
Registration No. 20976

Variability and lower bound of fracture toughness of welds in the ductile to brittle transition regime
Schindler, H.-J.; Kalkhof, D.; Viehrig, H.-W.
Abstract: The reference temperature T0 was measured for both T-S and T-L- specimen orientation in 24 layers across the thickness of the beltline weld of a reactor pressure vessel. It turned out to vary in a bandwidth of more than 40K. Because of a high scatter, no clear pattern of T0 as a function of the thickness position could be recognized. A more detailed analysis revealed that the median of KJc was considerably steeper than predicted by the Master-Curve, which leads to a bias of T0 with respect to the testtemperature relative to T0. By a modified evaluation procedure, the scatter of the reference temperature could be significantly reduced, which enabled the global pattern of T0 to be recognized. By comparing the theoretical lower bound to KJc-data of the used specimens with the individual measured KJc a representative T0 that characterizes the overall toughness behaviour of the weld was determined. It turned out to be about 10 K lower than the maximum local T0.
Keywords: reactor pressure vessel, weld metal, fracture toughness, reference temperature Registration No. 20973

Intra-band dynamics in single InAs/GaAs quantum dots under the influence of strong far-infrared excitation
Stephan, D.; Bhattacharyya, J.; Helm, M.; Huo, Y. H.; Schmidt, O.; Rastelli, A.; Schneider, H.
Abstract: Inter-band transitions in single quantum dots (QDs) have received a huge amount of scientific interest in the recent past. However, mostly due to technical challenges in dealing with mid- and far-infrared radiation, intra-band transitions have not been explored quite as thoroughly. In this work, we combine micro-photoluminescence (µPL) on low-density annealed InAs/GaAs QDs with additional excitation at intra-band transition energies by pulsed radiation from a free-electron laser (FEL). This scheme enables the probing of the single-dot response in spite of the large diameter of the FEL focus. The investigation of single QDs eliminates undesirable effects such as inhomogeneous broadening which has been observed in previous studies on QD ensembles1–3. In the time domain, the FEL pulse leads to an initial decrease in the PL transient (Fig.1), which we attribute to a temporary redistribution of carriers. The subsequent recovery is significantly larger than would be expected for simple redistribution. By varying the NIR excitation energy, we find that this increase is due to carriers which are initially present close to but not inside the QD (in the wetting layer or in defect states) and which are freed and/or transported to the dot upon incidence of the FEL pulse. When investigating at the PL spectrum of a single dot, we observe a marked difference caused by the FEL pulse (Fig. 2), which implies a change of the excitonic state of the QD.
  • Lecture (Conference):
    International Conference on Superlattices, Nanostructures and Nanodevices, 03.-08.08.2014, Savannah, United States of America
Registration No. 20972

Intra-band dynamics in single InAs/GaAs quantum dots probed with a free-electron laser
Stephan, D.; Bhattacharyya, J.; Helm, M.; Huo, Y. H.; Schmidt, O.; Rastelli, A.; Schneider, H.
Abstract: Compared to the vast amount of research done in the past on inter-band transitions in single quantum dots (QDs), transitions within the bands have received much less attention. The main reasons for this are most likely the largely non-radiative character of intra-band transitions and the technical difficulties associated with the corresponding mid- and far-infrared radiation. In our contribution, we approach this challenge by combining conventional micro-photoluminescence (µPL) on low-density annealed InAs/GaAs self-assembled QDs with additional excitation at intra-band (i.e. inter-sublevel) transition energies by pulsed radiation from a free-electron laser (FEL). In contrast to previous studies on ensembles of QDs1–3, using single dots eliminates undesirable effects such as inhomogeneous broadening. The FEL pulse leads to an initial decrease in the PL transient (Fig.1), which we attribute to a temporary redistribution of carriers. This is followed by a pronounced recovery, such that the integrated PL is larger than for a reference transient without FEL excitation. By varying the NIR excitation energy, we find that this increase is due to carriers which are initially present close to but not inside the QD (in the wetting layer or in defect states) and which are freed and/or transported to the dot upon incidence of the FEL pulse.
  • Poster:
    8th International Conerence on Quantum Dots, 11.05.-16.10.2014, Pisa, Italia
Registration No. 20971

Optical investigations of GaAsN in high magnetic fields
Eßer, F.; Drachenko, O.; Schneider, H.; Patanè, A.; Hopkinson, M.; Helm, M.
Abstract: Introducing a few hundredths of a percent of nitrogen into a GaAs-based semiconductor leads to dramatic changes of the electronic and optical properties of the original material system. This can be used in order to intentionally tune the semiconductors characteristics. In particular the bandgap of semiconductors like GaAs and InGaAs, can be strongly reduced by slight nitrogen incorporation, which is attractive for applications, in particular for detectors or light sources.

Even though a lot of effort has been made on the investigation of the effective mass in GaAsN, it is rather challenging to describe the and stucture and in particular the effective mass of this system. We investigate a series of GaAsN samples and make use of high magnetic fields in combination with THz radiation from a free-electron laser, which provides a unique approach in order to find the source of previous inconsistencies. Cyclotron resonance spectroscopy is probably the most direct way to measure the effective mass, but has never been applied before to GaAsN bulk. We compare the results of this method with those of magneto-photoluminescence (PL), which is more commonly applied to dilute nitrides.

Our cyclotron resonance spectroscopy results indicate that the effective mass is not very much affected by the nitrogen doping, in contrast to previous reports (e.g. [1–4]) based on magneto-PL. In our PL investigations in magnetic fields up to 61 T, the observed blueshift of the PL spectrum indicates a similar increase of the effective mass, as reported before in e.g. [1–4]. We will discuss the significance of the particular method and argue that some assumptions have to be reconsidered.

Keywords: GaAsN, ditute nitrides, effective mass, cyclotron-resonance, magneto-photoluminescence, high magnetic field
  • Poster:
    Optical Properties of Individual Nanowires and Quantum Dots in High Magnetic Field, 24.-26.09.2014, Toulouse, France
Registration No. 20969

5 MeV Proton and 15 MeV Electron Radiation Effects Study on 4H-SiC nMOSFET Electrical Parameters
Alexandru, M.; Florentin, M.; Constant, A.; Schmidt, B.; Michel, P.; Godignon, P.
Abstract: The impact of proton and electron irradiations on the electrical parameters of 4H-SiC nMOSFETs has been investigated by the time bias stress instability method. This study has allowed observing the effect of holes trapped in the gate oxide together with the generated interface traps. Improvements of important electrical parameters, such as the threshold voltage, the effective mobility and the maximum drain current were observed. These improvements could be connected with the Nitrogen and residual Hydrogen atoms diffusion from the SiO2/SiC interface toward the epilayer during irradiation. These atoms are likely to create other bonds by occupying the Silicon and Carbon’s dangling bond vacancies. This way, the number of passivated Carbon atoms is increased, hence improving the SiO2/SiC interface quality.
Keywords: Charge trapping, electron irradiation, mobility, proton irradiation, SiC MOSFET, SiO2/SiC interface, threshold voltage shift, time bias stress instability. Registration No. 20968

Spin Nernst Angle: Definition and qualitative Estimation for Cu Alloys
Zahn, P.; Gemming, S.
Abstract: The spin Nernst effect describes the occurrence of a spin current perpendicular to an applied thermal gradient and the spin quantization axis in a non-magnetic material. To quantify the effect, the spin Nernst angle will be defined in a more general way than in ref. [1]. This allows for a clear separation of the transverse spin current into two opposite contributions proportional to the spin Hall angle and the spin Nernst angle, respectively. Qualitative trends for Cu alloys with 3d, 4d and 5d defects extending a resonant scattering model by Fert and Levy [2] will be presented.
The work was partially supported by the Initiative and Networking Fund of the German Helmholtz Association, Helmholtz Virtual Institute MEMRIOX (VH-VI-442) and the DFG Priority Program 'Nanostructured Thermoelectrics' (ZA264/3-2).

Keywords: spin Nernst effect, spin caloric, spin orbit coupling, Cu, dilute alloys, thermoelectrics, spin dependent transport
  • Poster:
    Material Science and Engineering conference - MSE 2014, 23.-25.09.2014, Darmstadt, Deutschland
Registration No. 20967

Kurzzeit-Spektroskopie an Halbleiter-Quantenstruktren am Freie-Elektronen-Laser FELBE
Winnerl, S.; Mittendorff, M.; Teich, M.; Jacob, R.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.
Abstract: Der mittlere Infrarot- und Terahertz-Bereich bietet Zugang zu einer Vielzahl von faszinierenden Effekten in Halbleiter-Quantenstrukturen, da in diesem Spektralbereich eine Vielzahl von elementaren und kollektiven Anregungen wie z.B. Phononen, Plasmonen und Intersubbandübergängen liegen. Der Freie-Elektronen-Laser FELBE ist durchstimmbar im Bereich von 1 – 80 THz und liefert einen kontinuierlichen Zug von intensiven, schmalbandigen Pikosekundenpulsen, die sich ideal für nichtlineare Spektroskopie und resonante Anregung eignen. Wir zeigen exemplarisch Experimente an zweidimensionalen und nulldimensionalen Systemen und diskutieren sie hinsichtlich spektraler, zeitlicher und räumlicher Auflösung. Insbesondere wird die Ladungsträgerdynamik in selbstorganisierten Halbleiter-Quantenpunkten sowie Spektroskopie an einzelnen Quantenpunkten gezeigt [1-3]. Weiterhin stellen wir Resultate zur Ladungsträgerdynamik in Graphen vor [4,5]. Die Untersuchungen geben wichtige Einblicke in das Verhalten von Ladungsträgern auf kurzen Zeitskalen, insbesondere zu ihrer Phasenkohärenz, ihrer Wechselwirkung untereinander und ihrer Wechselwirkung mit Phononen. Neben der grundlegenden Bedeutung ist die Kenntnis er Kurzzeitdynamik wichtig für die Entwicklung zukünftiger optoelektronischer Bauelemente wie Detektoren, Strahlungsquellen und Elementen zur Informationsspeicherung in Quantencomputern.

[1] E. A. Zibik et al., Nature Mat. 8, 803 (2009).
[2] M. Teich et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 252110 (2013).
[3] R. Jacob, Nano Lett. 12, 4336 (2012).
[4] S. Winnerl et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 237401 (2011).
[5] M. Mittendorff et al., Nature Phys. (under review).
  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    Deutsche Tagung für Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung, Neutronen und Ionenstrahlen an Großgeräten 2014 (SNI 2014), 21.-23.09.2014, Bonn, Deutschland
Registration No. 20963

Anisotropy of absorption bleaching and carrier relaxation in graphene
Winnerl, S.; Mittendorff, M.; Winzer, T.; Malic, E.; Knorr, A.; Berger, C.; de Heer, W. A.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.
Abstract: In the energy region between –1 eV and 1 eV the band structure of graphene is in good approximation described by identical isotropic Dirac cones for electrons and holes, respectively. Therefore, optical properties for interband excitations are typically considered to be isotropic for photon energies below 2 eV. However, our pump-probe experiments at a photon energy of 1.6 eV reveal a pronounced anisotropy in both the excitation characteristics and the subsequent relaxation dynamics. The anisotropy with 2-fold symmetry is induced by the linear polarization of the pump radiation. We compare the experimental results with calculations based on the density matrix formalism and show that optical phonons are mainly responsible for reaching an isotropic carrier distribution.
In the experiments, carried out on multilayer epitaxial graphene, the angle between the polarization of pump and probe beam was varied. Pumping and probing with parallel polarization resulted in two times larger pump-induced transmission as compared to pumping and probing with orthogonal polarization [1]. The initial relaxation after the transmission maximum is faster in the parallel polarization configuration. For time delays larger than 150 fs the induced transmission is similar for the two polarization configurations, indicating that an isotropic carrier distribution is reached. The observed anisotropy in the induced transmission is direct evidence for an anisotropic carrier distribution in k-space. This anisotropy has been predicted by theory [2]. Carriers are preferentially excited in directions perpendicular to the polarization vector of the pump beam. Microscopic modelling, which describes the experimental finding well, allows us to attribute the fast initial relaxation to collinear carrier-carrier scattering. Scattering via optical phonons is mainly responsible for reaching an isotropic distribution.
The results are of fundamental importance as they concern an aspect of the carrier dynamics that has escaped experimental observation so far, despite the large number of publications describing near-infrared pump-probe experiments on graphene. With respect to applications our findings may enable all-optical switches that react differently to pulses of different polarization direction.

[1] M. Mittendorff, T. Winzer, E. Malic, A. Knorr, C. Berger, W.A. de Heer, H. Schneider, and M. Helm, Nano Lett. (2014) dx.doi.org/10.1021/nl404730y.
[2] M. Malic, T. Winzer, and A. Knorr, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 221115 (2012).

Keywords: Carrier dynamics, ultrafast spectroscopy, graphene
  • Poster:
    Graphene Week, 23.-27.06.2014, Goteborg, Sweden
Registration No. 20962

Time-resolved spectroscopy on Landau-quantized graphene revealing strong Auger scattering
Winnerl, S.; Mittendorff, M.; Wendler, F.; Malic, E.; Knorr, A.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.
Abstract: The carrier dynamics within the system of Landau levels of index n = -1 to n = 0 and n = 1 in graphene is investigated by pump-probe experiments using circularly polarized terahertz radiation. The study, complemented by microscopic modelling, reveals a pronounced carrier redistribution caused by strong Auger scattering.
Keywords: Carrier dyanmics, ultrafast spectroscopy, graphene, Landau quantization, Auger scattering
  • Lecture (Conference):
    4th EOS Topical Meeting on Terahertz Science & Technology (TST 2014), 11.-14.05.2014, Camogli, Italia
Registration No. 20961

Population dynamics in graphene Landau levels
Helm, M.; Mittendorff, M.; Winnerl, S.; Wendler, F.; Malic, E.; Knorr, A.
Abstract: Population dynamics in graphene Landau levels
Keywords: graphene, Landau levels, population, pump-probe, free-electron laser, Auger scattering
  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    International Quantum Cascade Lasers School and Workshop 2014, 07.-12.09.2014, Policoro, Italy
Registration No. 20958

Intrinsic Formation of Neptunium Nanoparticles in Presence and Absence of Silica: Formation of Np(IV)-silica Colloids and NpO2 Nanocrystals
Husar, R.; Hübner, R.; Hennig, C.; Weiss, S.; Ikeda-Ohno, A.; Zänker, H.; Stumpf, T.
Abstract: The chemistry of tetravalent actinides An(IV) in aqueous solution is typical of a small highly-charged metal ion with a strong tendency to hydrolize and therefore a low solubility. Disregarding the formation of clusters, nanoparticles and colloids lead to underestimation of the migration behavior. The reaction mechanisms of formation and growth, especially under alkaline and near-neutral environmental conditions are still unexplored. On the way from aqueous species to nanoparticles two fundamental questions in An(IV) chemistry provoke discussion in literature: 1) are hydrolysis and condensation the driving forces toward nano-scaled solids or 2) are formed aggregates ill-defined complex hydroxides, hydrous oxides or highly structured clusters/nanoparticles? Excluding the presence of other oxidation states then An(IV), we performed in situ investigation of the self organised formation of neptunium(IV) aggregates and nanoparticles from aqueous complex precursor under alkaline conditions. The kinetics of the self-assembling of the nanoparticles, their morphology and internal structures were determined. The influence of silica on the formation of highly coordinated NpO2 structure was proved. In particular, former studies confirmed the formation of amorphous silica-containing U(IV) and Th(IV) colloids. Starting from aqueous neptunium(IV) carbonate complexes, we investigated the behavior after dilution in presence and absence of silica by TEM, EXAFS, UV vis spectroscopy, Ultrafiltration and DLS (dynamic light scattering). The formation of nanoparticles was observed. TEM and diffraction pattern show different morphologies and internal structures in dependence of presence or absence of silica.
Keywords: Neptunium, Np(IV), nanoparticles, colloids, An(IV), hydrolysis, neptunium carbonate complex
  • Poster:
    Plutonium Futures 2014 - the science, 07.-12.09.2014, Las Vegas, USA
Registration No. 20956

Der Salzschmelzenreaktor als Transmutationssystem vor dem Hintergrund des Kernenergieausstiegs
Merk, B.
Abstract: Salzschmelzenreaktoren besitzen eine lange Historie, zurückgehend auf mehrere Experimente am Oak Ridge Mational Laboratory, die bereits in den 50er und 60er Jahren stattfanden. Das bekannteste hiervon ist das Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE). Das Konzept des Salzschmelzenreaktors verschwand danach aus dem wissenschaftlichen Fokus. Um die Jahrtausendwende wurde das Konzept dann von russischer und von europäischer Seite wieder aufgegriffen. Zusätzlich wurde das Konzept des Salzschmelzenreaktors im Rahmen des Generation IV International Forums (GIF) als eines der 6 Reaktorkonzepte verankert.
Mit Hinblick auf das Ziel Sustainability des GIF hat sich bereits nach kurzer Zeit eine Verschiebung des Konzeptes für Salzschmelzenreaktoren ergeben. Derzeit untersuchte Reaktoren sind als sogenannte schnelle Systeme ausgelegt und besitzen in im Gegensatz zum MSRE keine Graphitstrukturen innerhalb des Reaktorkerns. Salzschmelzenreaktoren mit schnellem Neutronenspektrum eigenen sich aber nicht nur zur Energieproduktion, sondern sind auch als Transmutationssystem von Interesse und bieten für diesen speziellen Einsatz diverse Vorteile.
Im Vortrag werden die wichtigsten Unterschiede von Reaktoren mit festem Brennstoff (z. B. Sodium Cooled Fast Reactor) und Reaktoren mit flüssigem Brennstoff analysiert und diskutiert. Darauf aufbauend werden die spezifischen Vorteile von Salzschmelzenreaktoren für die Transmutation hergeleitet und die spezifischen Herausforderungen erörtert. Ein besonderer Blick gilt auch den Konsequenzen die sich durch das veränderte Neutronenspektrum, im Vergleich zum MSRE, ergeben.
Abschließend werden ausgewählte neueste wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse zu Salzschmelzenreaktoren vorgestellt. Es wird ein kurzer Einblick in die Ergebnisse der deutschen P&T Studie gegeben und die daraus resultierenden Konsequenzen auf eventuelle zukünftige Forschungsarbeiten zu Salzschmelzenreaktoren beleuchtet.

An overview on the history of molten salt reactors and the projects of the last years is given. The major advantages of molten salt reactors in the view of transmutation are discussed and evaluated in comparison with sodium cooled fast reactors. Finally some scientific highlights are given for the application of molten salt reactors under the bounday conditions of the nuclear ophase out decission in Germany.

Keywords: nuclear, nuclear reactor, molten salt, molten salt reactor, fast reactor, transmutation, nuclear waste management
  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    Seminar an der RWTH Aachen, 08.07.2014, Aachen, Deutschland
Registration No. 20955

On an optimized neutron shielding for an advanced molten salt fast reactor design
Merk, B.; Konheiser, J.
Abstract: The molten salt reactor technology has gained renewed interest. In contrast to the historic molten salt reactors, the current projects are based on designing a molten salt fast reactor. Thus the shielding becomes significantly more challenging than in historic concepts. One very interesting and innovative result of the most recent EURATOM project on molten salt reactors – EVOL – is the fluid flow optimized design of the inner core vessel using curved blanket walls. The developed structure leads to a very uniform flow distribution. The design avoids all core internal structures. On the basis of this new geometry a model for neutron physics calculation is presented and applied for a shielding optimization. Based on these results an optimized shielding strategy is developed for the molten salt fast reactor to keep the fluence in the safety related outer vessel below expected limit values. A lifetime of 80 years can be assured, but the size of the core/blanket system has to be significantly increased and will finally be comparable to a sodium cooled fast reac-tor. The HELIOS results are verified against Monte-Carlo calculations with very satisfactory agreement for a deep penetration problem.
Keywords: fast reactor, molten salt reactor, neutron shielding, neutron transport, HELIOS, optimization
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    PHYSOR 2014 – The Role of Reactor Physics Toward a Sustainable Future, 28.09.-03.10.2014, Kyoto, Japan
  • Lecture (Conference):
    PHYSOR 2014 – The Role of Reactor Physics Toward a Sustainable Future, 28.09.-03.10.2014, Kyoto, Japan
Registration No. 20954

Mineral Processing of Lithium-bearing Mica.
Leißner, T.; Rode, S.; Bachmann, K.; Gutzmer, J.; Peuker, U.
Abstract: This contribution deals with the mineral processing of Li-silicate greisen-type ores comprising of quartz, topaz and zinnwaldite (lithium-rich mica). The origin of the greisen-type ores processed is the Ore Mountains(Germany) where it is explored as a potential resource for the production of lithium carbonate. The goal is to develop a process chain for the enrichment of zinnwaldite using dry techniques only. As basis for the investigation the process chain, which historically was used to process the greisen focused on cassiterite and wolframite, is taken and modified towards the zinnwaldite.
Starting with crushed material with particle sizes smaller than 35 millimeters, investigations on different approaches to grinding to liberate mica from gangue are carried out. Concentrates of zinnwaldite are then produced by magnetic separation of size fractions. To assess the success of grinding, classification and separation, mineral liberation analysis and atomic absorption spectroscopy are used. The amount of lithium measured in the sample with atomic absorption spectroscopy was used to calculate the content of zinnwaldite based on its known mineral chemistry. Combined with the particle size distributions, product qualities are determined. Altogether, this allows the thorough evaluation of the success of comminution with focus on following steps of concentration.

Keywords: lithium, zinnwaldite, magnetic separation, mineral liberation analysis
  • Lecture (Conference):
    International Mineral Processing Congress, 24.-28.09.2012, New Delhi, India
Registration No. 20948

Recent advances in structural geology, lithogeochemistry and exploration for VHMS deposits, Kristineberg area, Skellefte District, Sweden.
Jansson, N.; Hermansson, T.; Persson, M.; Berglund, A.; Kruuna, A.; Skyttä, P.; Bachmann, K.; Gutzmer, J.; Chmielowski, R.; Weihed, P.
Abstract: Kristineberg is the largest mine and VHMS deposit in the Palaeoproterozoic Skellefte District, Sweden. The deposit was discovered in 1918, and it has been mined since 1941. Besides the Kristineberg deposit, several other VHMS deposits have been mined in the Kristineberg area. Despite the long history of mining, significant advances are still being made in terms of exploration and understanding the geological framework of the ore bodies. A key to this success has been persistence in exploration and a combination of local and regional scale geological, geophysical and geochemical surveys. Holistic industry-university collaborative research projects have furthermore played an important role in bringing together geologists and geophysicists from different disciplines to tackle the large-scale geological framework. Among other things, these projects have resulted in the first structural geological 3D model of the Kristineberg area, better age constraints on the formation of the deposits, a regional alteration map as well as ongoing work to model alteration in 3D. This contribution summarizes the results of these investigations and recent exploration.
Keywords: Kristineberg, Skellefte District, VHMS, 3D modelling, Exploration
  • Poster:
    12th Biennial SGA Meeting: Mineral deposit research for a high-tech world, 12.-15.08.2013, Uppsala, Sweden
Registration No. 20947

Alteration in the area of the Kristineberg VHMS deposit, Skellefte district, Sweden.
Bachmann, K.; Gutzmer, J.; Persson, M.; Jansson, N.
Abstract: The Skellefte district in north-central Sweden is one of the most important mining districts in northern Europe. It contains over 85 pyritic Zn-Cu-Au-Ag massive sulphide deposits of which 21 deposits have been mined since 1924 and 4 are still in operation by Boliden Mineral AB. The most productive deposit, the Kristineberg mine, has been operated by Boliden since 1940 with a current annual production of 670,000 t of polymetallic ore containing 3.0 wt.-% Zn, 0.7 wt.-% Cu, 0.4 wt.-% Pb, 1.9 g/t Au and 47 g/t Ag. Alteration of the volcanic rocks around the Kristineberg deposit is very intense. The main aim of this study has been to describe the alteration intensity and to define alteration trends around the Kristineberg deposit. The success of this approach provides a new exploration tool for future exploration in the Skellefte District where alteration renders the recognition of primary volcanic facies difficult.
Keywords: Kristineberg, Skellefte district, VHMS, alteration
  • Poster:
    12th Biennial SGA Meeting: Mineral deposit research for a high-tech world, 12.-15.08.2013, Uppsala, Sweden
Registration No. 20946

Raman spectroscopy – casting (laser) light on microbe – mineral interactions
Kostudis, S.; Kutschke, S.; Pollmann, K.
Abstract: Highly efficient and sustainable mining strategies gain importance due to the fact that available resources of base metals like copper but strategic elements such as gallium and molybdenum as well face a steadily decreasing grade. This issue is enhanced by the increased demand and production amounts of those metal compounds. Biohydrometallurgy – the use of microorganisms or related substances in metal extraction - provides the potential of processing low grade ores efficiently. Thus it is applied yet in some gold and uranium mining.
Also due to strategic reasons mining of regional resources such as the European Kupferschiefer come to the fore. Its complex composition including sulphide rich ores, carbonates and organic compounds challenges biotechnological approaches. Nevertheless promising approaches have been reported. We examine heterotrophic bioleaching of copper from Kupferschiefer ores. To investigate the interactions between mineral surface and microorganisms Raman spectroscopy offers a versatile applicability: Identification of minerals and differentiation of microorganisms is nicely provided and is accompanied by imaging opportunities in a two or even three dimensional manner. Thus biofilms, for example, can be analysed with respect to microbial diversity or preferences of minerals during the attaching process.
  • Poster:
    Microbiology and Infection, 05.-08.10.2014, Dresden, Deutschland
Registration No. 20945

Evaluation of mineral processing by assessment of liberation and upgrading.
Leißner, T.; Mütze, T.; Bachmann, K.; Rode, S.; Gutzmer, J.; Peuker, U.
Abstract: A model is presented to evaluate mineral processing on basis of gangue recovery and valuables recovery. It combines mineralogical limiting curves with upgrading curves in the Fuerstenau diagram. These curves are used to assess mineral liberation and mineral beneficiation compared with the ideal result. Two new parameters (ratio of separation and ratio of liberation) are calculated based on a comparison of areas enclosed by the mineralogical limiting curve, the upgrading curve, the curve representing a total liberation of valuables, and the curve representing a perfect mixture of valuables and gangue.
An assessment of the success of mineral processing is possible using these parameters. The assessment shows whether the quality of a separation product is influenced by the separation process itself or by the achieved liberation of the feed.
A series of experiments on the magnetic separation of a greisen-type ore proves the applicability of this model to mineral processing. SEM-based image analysis and ICP-OES measurements have been used to obtain the necessary data.

Keywords: liberation, upgrading, separation, mineral liberation analysis Registration No. 20944

Discrimination of hematite and magnetite in finely intergrown natural iron ores by automated mineralogy.
Bachmann, K.; Bartzsch, A.; Gutzmer, J.
Abstract: Providing a fast, quantitative characterization of iron ores in terms of liberation, grain sizes and shapes as well as mineral association remains a big challenge. Whilst quantitative mineralogical data are easily attained by QXRD, an automated SEM-EDS based approach is needed for the quantification of relevant microfabric attributes. Two different iron ores were investigated for this study, to illustrate the capabilities and limitations of the latter approach. The first example is a banded-iron formation (BIF) ore from Thabazimbi/RSA, the second ore type studied is a magnetite iron ore from Svappavaaragruvan, c. 50 km east of Kiruna/N-Sweden. The greatest difficulty in the characterization of iron ores is certainly the discrimination between different relevant iron oxides (magnetite, hematite, goethite) that are all of very similar elemental composition – and thus have both very similar backscattered electron (BSE) brightness, as well as almost identical EDS spectra. A principle approach was suggested by Figueroa et al. (2011) by using the Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA). The suitability of this method was illustrated on synthetic mixtures. The approach of the present study utilizes the method on thin sections of natural iron ores, which show a fine intergrowth of hematite and magnetite with an unknown composition. For calibration, an in-house magnetite and hematite standard was prepared to further optimize the set-up of the method. A new feature in the MLA suite v.3.1.4 is the capability to define the exact working distance for every single sample separately. Slight variations in the working distance between the different samples and the standard were equalized. The MLA results were compared to bulk chemical data as well as traditional point counting-data by reflected light-microscopy. The results are within a relative error of 5 %. It can be concluded that the method was successfully applied and can be applied to iron ores with complex oxide mineral associations.
  • Poster:
    EMAS 2014 - 11th EMAS Regional Workshop on Electron Probe Microanalysis of Materials Today - Practical Aspects, 22.-24.09.2014, Leoben, Austria
Registration No. 20943

Li isotopes and geochemistry of Li–F–Sn greisen from the Zinnwald deposit.
Bachmann, K.; Seifert, T.; Magna, T.; Neßler, J.
Abstract: The Sn–W greisen deposits, located in the eastern part of the Variscan metallogenic Erzgebirge province (zinnwaldite Ar–Ar ages between 313 and 315 Ma), are emplaced in highly metamorphosed and/or igneous rocks and typically are associated with post-collisional Li–F-enriched small granitic intrusions. This metallogenic province traditionally belonged to the major source of economic Sn, Ag, U, W, Co and fluorite–barite deposits for central Europe. The Zinnwald/Cínovec Li–Sn greisen deposit is associated with a unique zinnwaldite–quartz–topaz mineralization hosted by an albitized stock-granite.
Li contents and isotope compositions were measured in host albite granites (n=2), greisens (n=3), and a sample from a flat-dipping vein in the Zinnwald deposit, paralleled by individual mineral phases. All investigated bulk rocks have extreme Li contents reaching from 1,600–2,200 ppm in albite-granite, to 3,400–6,200 ppm in greisen-type rocks and to ~8,000 ppm in a vein-type sample, most likely carried by zinnwaldite (15,000–19,200 ppm) and muscovite (9,500–15,700 ppm) whereas albite and quartz, in particular, have significantly lower Li abundances (560–660 and 33–330 ppm, respectively). The high bulk Li contents are very unusual even for chemically evolved granitic systems with the exception of Li-rich pegmatites. Bulk 7Li values are restricted (–1.0 to 0.3 ‰), consistent with late orogenic granites from a larger area of the Erzgebirge Mts.. Zinnwaldite and muscovite carry isotopically heavy Li relative to the corresponding bulk rocks and, at the same time, muscovite always is slightly heavier than zinnwaldite. 7Li values of quartz become progressively heavier from granites through greisens to a vein sample. Zinnwaldite may represent a late-stage ingress of Li-rich fluids/melts rather than indigenous phase of these lithologies because from mass balance considerations and mineral modes, bulk [Li] and 7Li values cannot easily be reconstructed for either sample of the suite.
  • Poster:
    Goldschmidt2014, 08.-14.06.2014, Sacramento, USA
Registration No. 20942

Multifunctional S-layer proteins as building blocks for hybrid materials
Weinert, U.; Günther, T.; Lehmann, F.; Vogel, M.; Suhr, M.; Matys, S.; Bobeth, C.; Kutschke, S.; Pollmann, K.; Raff, J.
Abstract: Nanostructured bio-inorganic hybrid materials are very attractive for technical applications, e.g. nanocatalysts, photocatalytic materials, sensors and filter systems. Self-assembling biomolecules like Surface layer (S-layer) proteins represent a promising tool as hybrid material due to their ability to self-assembly in aqueous solutions and on surfaces. In nature S-layer proteins coat the bacterial and archaeal cells with a highly ordered nanostructure and defined symmetry and fulfill various functions, e.g. protection, binding matrix for exoenzymes and molecular sieves. Isolates, which were taken from a uranium mining waste pile in Saxony, produce S layer proteins to protect themselves from heavy metals and radionuclides. If the S layer proteins are saturated with heavy metals or radio nucleotides, the protein will be rejected and a new one will be produced.

We take advantage of the high affinity to heavy metals to produce hybrid filter materials from micro sieves and S-layers. The so called “S-sieves” will be able to bind heavy and noble metals from aqueous solutions even in low concentration ranges economically.

Another aspect will be the synthesis of Pd, Pt and Au nanoparticles on S-layer proteins. Pd and Au nanoparticles were built in the pores of S-layer proteins. Due to that a surface of nanoparticles of a defined size and regularly arrangement can be constructed. Those surfaces will work as nanocatalysts for many technical applications, e.g. the production of CNTs which has already been demonstrated.

Further work deals with the design of a hybrid materials which will work as photocatalysators for drinking water purification. Especially pharmaceuticals can be disintegrated by radicals. The radicals are formed in sunlight and in presence of the catalytic active ZnO- or TiO2-nanoparticles which are coupled and regularly arranged on S-layer protein interface.

These three examples emphasize the use of S-layer proteins their potential in nanotechnology and will give new prospective in the mentioned techniques.

Keywords: hybrid material, s-layer, nanaoparticles, filter material, nanocatalysts
  • Lecture (Conference):
    Multifunctional S-layer proteins as building blocks for hybrid materials, 23.-25.09.2014, Darmstadt, Deutschland
Registration No. 20939

Bioinspired hybrid nanomaterials based on self-assembling proteins
Weinert, U.; Lederer, F.; Günther, T.; Lehmann, F.; Drobot, B.; Vogel, M.; Pollmann, K.; Raff, J.
Abstract: Many microorganisms like bacteria developed during evolution highly effective mechanisms and structures to survive at the most forbidding, uninviting places on Earth. One example is the binding of heavy metals and actinides by cell surface proteins of uranium mining waste pile isolates. The so called surface layer (S-layer) proteins (Fig. 1a) bind toxic metals and metalloids and thusly protect the cells from being damaged by these elements. On other cells, S-layers may act for example as immobilization matrix for exoenzymes, as molecular sieve or as ion and molecule trap.
These properties and their ability to self-assemble in suspension, on surfaces and at interfaces qualify S-layers as interesting building blocks for the construction of new bioinspired nanomaterials for different technical applications. Using the two-dimensional protein arrays, different kinds of surfaces can be nanostructured and novel bio-inorganic hybrid materials with multiple functions can be produced.
Currently three materials are in the focus: metal filters, catalysts and sensors (Fig. 1b). Biocomposites made of microsieves and S-layers are under development to selectively recover strategic metals from aqueous solutions. S-layer proteins with immobilized and regularly arranged metals or metal oxides are useful for diverse catalytic applications. Furthermore, S-layer coatings combining highly specific receptors like aptamers and stable fluorescence dyes are very promising for the construction of new biosensors for organics or pharmaceuticals.
Basis for those materials and their industrial application is an effective production of S-layer proteins. The latter is possible by the extraction of the S-layers from growing cells or by heterologous expression of the proteins. In bacteria or yeasts expressed S-layers can be genetically engineered with molecular modifications to further combine the outstanding S layer protein characteristics with additional expedient features. Native as well as engineered S-layer proteins have an application potential going far beyond above mentioned applications ranging from the chemical industry, water and environmental technologies to medicine.

Keywords: nanoparticles, filter material, S-layer, biosensors, nanocatalysts
  • Lecture (Conference):
    Biomaterials - Made in Bioreactors, 26.-28.05.2014, Radebeul, Deutschland
Registration No. 20938

Quantum structure THz photonics and spectroscopy at HZDR
Schneider, H.
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  • Lecture (others):
    Seminarvortrag, Centre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique SA (CSEM), 19.09.2014, Neuchâtel, Schweiz
Registration No. 20936

Photoinduzierte Dynamik in der ps Zeit- und THz Frequenz-Domäne
Schneider, H.; Schmidt, J.; Teich, M.; Stephan, D.; Fehrenbacher, M.; Franke, C.; Winnerl, S.; Gensch, M.; Seidel, W.; Helm, M.
Abstract: Dieser Vortrag stellt die im Rahmen des BmBF-Verbundprojekts PIDID geschaffenen erweiterten Messmöglichkeiten für den Nutzerbetrieb am Freie-Elektronenlaser (FEL) FELBE vor und beschreibt einige exemplarische Experimente. FELBE erlaubt als einziger FEL in Europa einen quasikontinuierlichen Pulsbetrieb, der bei vielen Experimenten zu erheblichen Vorteilen führt im Hinblick auf die Stabilität sowie das Signal-zu-Rauschverhältnis. Aufgrund der Resonatorlänge beträgt die FEL-Pulsrate hierbei 13 MHz (77 ns Pulsabstand). Innerhalb des PIDID-Vorhabens wurden reduzierte Pulsraten (1 kHz bzw. 100 kHz) realisiert, wie sie zur Untersuchung physikalischer Prozesse mit längeren Zeitkonstanten im Bereich µs bis ms benötigt werden. Hierzu wurde ein optischer Schalter aufgebaut, der auf der hohen Reflektivität eines Elektron-Loch-Plasmas beruht, das mittels synchroner optischer Pulse in einem Germaniumkristall angeregt wurde. Des Weiteren wurden ein Fourier-Spektrometer sowie ein Tieftemperatur-Nahfeldmikroskop aufgebaut, die vorwiegend in Teilprojekten der Projektpartner eingesetzt wurden. Im zweiten Teil des Vortrags werden die wichtigsten Messmöglichkeiten an FELBE anhand einiger ausgewählter Experimente dargelegt.
  • Lecture (Conference):
    Deutsche Tagung für Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung, Neutronen und Ionenstrahlen an Großgeräten 2014 (SNI 2014), 21.-23.09.2014, Bonn, Deutschland
Registration No. 20935

Monte-Carlo Simulationen zur Untersuchung der Auswirkungen von Quelländerung im Reaktorkern auf die Excore-Instrumentierung
Konheiser, J.
Abstract: Verschiedene Auswirkungen von möglichen Variationen der Kerngeometrie auf die Signalwerte der Excore-Instrumentierung eines Druckwasserreaktors (DWR) werden in dieser Arbeit gezeigt. Zu diesem Zweck werden Neutronenflüsse für mögliche Brennelementanordnungen mit Hilfe stationären Monte Carlo-Berechnungen außerhalb des Reaktors bestimmt. Typische Daten eines deutschen PWR wurden für die Untersuchungen verwendet.
Unterschiede in den Neutronenflüssen der Excore-Instrumentierung von bis zu 4 % wurden bei Änderungen der Abstände von 1 mm zwischen bestimmten Brennelementen, die im Randbereich des Kerns liegen, berechnet.
Der Grund ist eine verbesserte Moderation von Neutronen, die zu einem höheren Leistung bzw. Neutronenfluss im Randbereich des Kerns führt. Die Folge ist ein höherer Neutronenstrom in Richtung der Excore-Instrumentierung. Dieser Effekt ist Abhängigkeit von Zykluszeitpunkt.
Mögliche Wassertemperaturschwankungen von 1K im Ringspalt, die zu Veränderungen der Wasserdichte und somit des Absorptionsvermögens führen, haben dagegen kaum Auswirkungen auf den Neutronenfluss an der Excore-Instrumentierung.

Effects of possible variations of the core geometry on the signal values of excore instrumentation of a pressure water reactor (PWR) are shown in this work. For this purpose, neutron fluxes outside of the reactor are determined for possible arrangements of fuel assemblies by means of stationary Monte Carlo calculations. Typical data of a German PWR were used for the investigations. Differences in the neutron flux of the excore instrumentation of up to 4% were calculated with changes of the pitch from 1 mm between certain fuel assemblies, which lie in the boundary area of the core. The reason is an improved moderation of neutrons, which results in a higher power and neutron flux in the periphery of the core. The result is a higher neutron flux in the direction of excore instrumentation. This effect is a function of cycle time. Possible water temperature fluctuations of 1 K in the downcomer, which leads to changes in water density and thus in the absorbance, have marginal effect on the neutron flux at the excore instrumentation.

Keywords: excore instrumentation, Monte Carlo calculation, pressure water reactor, neutron flux
  • Article, self-published (no contribution to HZDR-Annual report):
    Forschungszentrum Rossendorf 2014
    0056 Seiten
Registration No. 20932

Terahertz spectroscopy of zero- and two-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures with the free-electron laser FELBE
Schneider, H.; Teich, M.; Bhattacharyya, J.; Zybell, S.; Jacob, R.; Winnerl, S.; Helm, M.
Abstract: The free-electron laser facility FELBE in Dresden, a unique source of intense, quasi-cw, nearly transform-limited ps pulses in the mid-infrared and terahertz (THz) regimes, provides unique research opportunities. In high-quality semiconductor quantum wells, we investigate the dynamics of excitons, i.e. two-dimensional, hydrogen-like electron-hole quasi-atoms. Tuning FELBE in resonance with the transition between the excitonic 2s and 2p states (at ca. 2 THz) allows us to study the dynamics of intra-excitonic population transfer. Moreover, strong terahertz pumping results in a characteristic Rabi splitting of the 1s exciton state, which is a manifestation of the intra-excitonic Autler-Townes effect. In semiconductor quantum dots, resonant THz excitation between different sublevels is shown to produce an absorption contrast in aperture-less scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM). This effect allows us to obtain functional s-SNOM images with deep sub-wavelength resolution, where the contrast originates from far-infrared absorption by single electrons. Quantum dots are also known to have very long electronic relaxation times caused by a reduced phase space for optical phonon scattering. We will report on THz four-wave mixing experiments demonstrating that the associated electronic coherence times approximately equal the population relaxation time at low temperatures. This property makes quantum dots promising for quantum optical applications at THz frequencies.
Keywords: free-electrpn laser
  • Lecture (Conference):
    Science@FELs 2014, 15.-17.09.2014, Villigen, Schweiz
Registration No. 20931

QWIP-Based “Ultrafast” Detectors for QCL Research
Schneider, H.
Abstract: In this talk, I will summarize two approaches for “ultrafast” QWIP-based detection of mid-infrared signals and cover a few examples for practical applications.
  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    International Quantum Cascade Laser School and Workshop 2014 (IQCLSW2014), 07.-12.09.2014, Policoro (Matera), Italien
Registration No. 20930

Selektive Trennung sehr feiner Partikelsysteme mittels Flüssig/Flüssig-Flotation
Müller, M.; Erler, J. V.; Rudolph, M.; Peuker, U. A.
Abstract: Die Vergrößerung des effizienten Anwendungsbereiches von Sortierprozessen in den Bereich feinster Partikelsysteme (0,1 – 10 μm) stellt eine erhebliche Herausforderung für die Forschung dar. Ein möglicher Prozessansatz zur Verbesserung des Sortierergebnisses ist die Flüssig/Flüssig-Flotation. In dieser Studie werden Aussagen bezüglich Anwendbarkeit und Prozessverhalten dieses Ansatzes in Abhängigkeit von ausgewählten Prozessparametern an verschiedenen Modellpartikelsystemen präsentiert.
Keywords: Particle-oil-water emulsions; Phase transfer; Surfactant; Two-liquid flotation; Ultrafine particle separation Registration No. 20927

Efficient and accurate identification of platinum group minerals by a combination of mineral liberation and electron microprobe analysis
Osbahr, I.; Krause, J.; Bachmann, K.; Gutzmer, J.
Abstract: Identification and accurate characterization of platinum group minerals (PGM) is a very cumbersome procedure due to grain sizes that are mostly below 10 µm and inconspicuous appearance. A novel strategy on finding and quantifying PGM was applied by combining Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA) 650F, point logger (JEOL) and a field emission electron probe micro-analyzer (FE-EPMA, JEOL JXA-8530F). Thin sections from a layered intrusion (UG2) in the Bushveld Complex and from two Uralian-Alaskan-type complexes in the Ural Mountains, Russia, were investigated as case studies.
As a first step the PGM are identified, using the Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA). The SPL (Sparse Phase Liberation) mode is the best way to find and identify the PGM with high spatial resolution and great accuracy. For this purpose, a series of back-scattered electron images is collected. Within these images, mineral grains are selected that match or exceed a set grey-scale value. These grains are characterized by collecting EDS spectra. Grains identified as PGMs are then marked and coordinates recorded in a format suitable for the EPMA at the point logger. With these coordinates recorded, the sample can be transferred to the microprobe. Despite their small grain sizes the PGM can be retrieved without any difficulties (deviation from the position logged with the point logger is only a few µm). Case studies illustrate that the combination of MLA, point logger and EPMA results in the identification of 4-5 times more PGMs than by careful reflected light microscopy. This is mainly due to the facts that (a) PGM with grain sizes < 5µm are reliably identified and (b) PGM and closely associated base metal sulfides and sulfosalts are well differentiated with the MLA. Furthermore, identification of PGMs remains unaffected by human error and is efficient with respect to the time spent by the mineralogist on a particular sample.
Despite the efficient identification of PGM grains using MLA, the combination with FE-EPMA bears at least one significant advantage. FE-EPMA allows for the accurate determination of mineral chemical composition by WDS, whereas MLA permits only for EDS spot analyses. WDS analyses of PGM by FE-EPMA requires considerable caution, though, due to overlaps of X-rays on both peak and background of almost all PGE and associated elements (e.g. OsMβ on IrMα and AuMβ on HgMα). It is thus necessary to look carefully at every element and to set peak and backgrounds individually for every element. X-ray lines suitable for quantitative analyses (e.g. Mβ instead of Mα) need to be carefully selected. As peak overlaps cannot be avoided completely, an offline overlap correction has been developed in order to correct the interferences afterwards. Results obtained in this study attain acceptable totals and atomic proportions, suggesting that the applied corrections are appropriate.

Keywords: Mineral Liberation Analyser, Electron Microprobe, Pointlogger, Platinum Group Minerals, Overlap corrections
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    EMAS 2014 - 11th EMAS Regional Workshop on Electron Probe Microanalysis of Materials Today, Practical Aspects, 21.-24.09.2014, Leoben, Österreich
    EMAS Regional Workshop on Electron Probe Microanalysis of Materials Today, Antwerp-Wilrijk, Belgien: European Microbeam Analysis Society eV EMAS, 9789082276909, 303-303
  • Poster:
    EMAS 2014 - 11th EMAS Regional Workshop on Electron Probe Microanalysis of Materials Today, 21.-24.09.2014, Leoben, Österreich
Registration No. 20926

Abschlussbericht "WTZ Russland - Fluenzberechnungen für Voreilproben beim WWER-440"
Konheiser, J.; Grahn, A.
Abstract: Reactor pressure vessels (RPV) are non-restorable equipment and their lifetime may restrict the nuclear power plant-life as a whole. Surveillance specimen programs for RPV materials are among the most important measures of in-service inspection pro-grams that are necessary for realistic and reliable assessment of the RPV residual lifetime. In addition to the chemical composition of the RPV steel, the radiation pa-rameters (neutron and gamma fluences and spectra) have the most important impact on the RPV embrittlement characteristics.
In this work, different geometric positions which have influence on the radiation conditions of the samples are investigated. Thus, the uncertainties can be determined in the fluence values of surveillance specimens. The fluence calculations were carried out by the codes TRAMO and DORT. This study was accompanied by ex-vessel neutron dosimetry experiments at Kola NPP, Unit 3 (VVER-440/213), which provide the basis for validation of calculated neutron fluences. The main neutron-activation monitoring reactions were 54Fe(n,p)54Mn and 58Ni(n,p)58Co. The activity measurements were carried out by “Scientific and Engineering Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SEC NRS).
Good agreement between the deterministic and stochastic calculation results as well as between the calculations and the ex-vessel measurements was found. The aver-age difference between measured and calculated values is 5%. The influence of the channels for surveillance specimens and the shielding effect of a baffle rib on the monitors and on the Monte-Carlo calculated results was studied.
For the surveillance specimens in the maximum of the flux, an average flux of around 2.45 * 1012 neutrons/cm2 was calculated for the neutron flux E> 0.5 MeV. The differences in the surveillance specimens could be up to 20% depending on the direction to the core. Discrepancies up to 10% can be caused by the change of the position of the capsules in the irradiation channel. Based on these calculations the lead factor of specimens was determined. The maximum fluence of RPV may be achieved after two cycles.
The calculated maximum gamma flux is around 3.4 * 1012 g/cm2s for E> 1.0 MeV and around 8.4 * 1012 g/cm2s for E> 0.5 MeV, with the largest part of the flux (around 97%) from the neutron reactions. The gamma fluxes in the surveillance specimens are two to three times bigger than the neutron fluxes. Nevertheless, the material damage by the gamma radiation is very small, because the dpa (displacement per atom) cross sections of gamma rays are about two to three orders of magnitude smaller.
In order to exclude the possibility of healing effects of the samples due to excessive temperatures, the heat release in the surveillance specimens was determined based on the calculated gamma fluences. The analytic treatment of the heat conduction equation and simplified SS geometries were adopted to calculate the range of tem-peratures to be expected. The temperature increase of 20 K above the inlet coolant temperature was estimated using a conservative approach. Under comparatively re-alistic conditions, the heating was reduced to less than 5 K.

Keywords: Reactor pressure vessels, Surveillance specimen, fluence calculation, neutron-activation monitors
  • Wissenschaftlich-Technische Berichte / Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf; HZDR-053 2014
2,5 MB PDF
Registration No. 20925

Tomographic imaging of gas holdup distribution in pressurized bubble columns
Bieberle, A.; Schubert, M.; Rollbusch, P.; Becker, M.; Schleicher, E.; Hampel, U.
Abstract: The averaged and radial gas holdup as well as gas phase dynamics and approximate bubble size distribution were studied in a high-pressure bubble column reactor of 4000 mm height and 330 mm diameter. Novel imaging measurement techniques, namely high-resolution gamma-ray computed tomography and wire-mesh sensor, were developed and adapted to the industrial reactor system. The gas phase was nitrogen. Deionized water and cumene were applied as liquid phases. The effect of the superficial gas velocity was studied over a range of 0 to 0.05 m/s at low liquid superficial velocities of 0.008 and 0.018 m/s for operating temperatures and pressures up to 75°C and 18.5 bar, respectively.
Keywords: Bubble column, gas holdup, flow structure, gamma tomography, wire-mesh sensor
  • Poster:
    2nd International Symposium on Multiscale Multiphase Process Engineering, 24.-27.09.2014, Hamburg, Deutschland
  • Lecture (Conference):
    2nd International Symposium on Multiscale Multiphase Process Engineering, 24.-27.09.2014, Hamburg, Deutschland
Registration No. 20924

INTRA r³+ Integration und Transfer der r³ Ergebnisse
Dürkoop, A.
Abstract: Das Poster präsentiert die Arbeiten im Begleitforschungsprojekt INTRA r³+ zur r³ Fördermaßnahme "Innovative Technologien für Ressourceneffizienz.
  • Poster:
    Urban Mining Kongress und r³ Statusseminar 2014, 11.-12.06.2014, Essen, Deutschland
Registration No. 20923

Evidence for Deposition of Interstellar Material on the Lunar Surface
Fimiani, L.; Cook, D. L.; Faestermann, T.; Gómez Guzmán, J. M.; Hain, K.; Herzog, G. F.; Knie, K.; Korschinek, G.; Ligon, B.; Ludwig, P.; Park, J.; Reedy, R. C.; Rugel, G.
Abstract: Astronomical observations indicate that one or more supernovae (SN) ocurred in the vicinity of our solar system in the recent past (~10Myr) [1,2]. One possible indication of the arrival of SN (or perhaps AGB) debris locally was the detection of 60Fe/Fe (T1/2 = 2.62 Myr [3]) excesses in a ferroman-ganese crust from the Pacific Ocean [4,5]. Another indication came from the Moon. In a previous study [6] we reported a 60Fe/Fe depth profile constructed with 2 samples of the Apollo 12 core 12025, 4 samples of the Apollo 15 core 15008, 2 samples known as ‘skim’, ‘scoop’ and ‘under boulder’ soil collected near the shade of a small boulder in Station 9 during the Apollo 16 mission (shaded samples), and 5 samples of the deep drill core 60007/6, sampled during the same mission. We complete the previous work by reporting new measurements of 53Mn (T1/2 = 3.7 Myr [7]) in the same samples, including deeper samples of the 12025 core, and by using those measurements for a critical assessment of the 60Fe results. We also determined the activities of 60Fe and 53Mn of 7 samples from 4 iron meteorites; these activities were used to establish reference levels for local production due to galactic cosmic rays.
Keywords: supernova, Fe-60, Mn-53
  • Poster:
    45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17.-21.03.2014, Houston, USA
Registration No. 20920

Geometallurgy of REE deposits - state of the art
Renno, Axel D.; Gutzmer, J.; Birtel, S.; Atanasova, P.; Bachmann, K.; Matos Camacho, S.; Schulz, B.; Kern, M.; Krause, J.; Munnik, F.
Abstract: Review of the most recent activities of the Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology in the field of geometallurgy of REE deposits
Keywords: geometallurgy, REE
  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    Geology to Metallurgy of Critical Rare Earths, 24.-25.03.2014, Penryn, UK
Registration No. 20916

High-Speed PIXE – a new tool for Automated Mineralogy using a Color X-Ray Camera
Renno, A. D.; Buchriegler, J.; Dressler, S.; Hanf, D.; Merchel, S.; Munnik, F.; Nowak, S.; Scharf, O.; Ziegenrücker, R.
Abstract: Methods of automated mineralogy form the analytical backbone of geometallurgy. Most of them exploit the combined imaging and analytical capabilities of optical and scanning electron microscopes. Typical results are „phase maps“ either derived from the distribution of major elements or determined directly. The effective application of such methods for strategic metals which are won as by-products from other metal ores or secondary raw materials is handicapped by the restricted possibilities to determine the spatial distribution of such trace elements like In, Ga, Ge or the rare earth elements (REE). The recently commissioned High-Speed PIXE (Particle Induced X-Ray Emission) setup at the Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technologies will overcome these limitations by using the advantages of PIXE over traditional electron beam based methods like the better peak-background ratio. We use the SLcam® Colour X-ray Camera - a novel pnCCD pixel detector (264×264=69696 pixel) combined with a polycapillary X-ray optics (Scharf et al., 2011) as detector for element specific X-ray radiation. This design allows us the simultaneous determination of trace element distributions on a 12 × 12 mm2 area with a lateral resolution better than 100 μm. First results of geometallurgical applications of this method are presented.
Keywords: PIXE, High-Speed PIXE
  • Lecture (Conference):
    92nd Annual Meeting Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG) 2014, 21.-24.09.2014, Jena, Deutschland
Registration No. 20914

High field THz sources operating at 100 kHz Repetition rates: Challenges and Opportunities
Gensch, M.
Abstract: Picosecond long transients of electric and magnetic fields in combination with repetition rates in the few 100 kHz to even MHz regime is crucial to understand several recently observed fascinating nonequilibrium phenomena driven by THz excitations. A new class of compact accelerator based THz sources based on super-radiant amplification of radiation from ultra-short electron bunches allows to generate high field THz pulses at unprecedented repetition rates. First measurements at a prototype facility proof the feasibility of the approach and demonstrate already parameters which exceeds laser-based sources by more than 2 orders of magnitude. Results from first pilot experiments aiming at investigating THz driven magnetization dynamics in MnGa, NiO and YIG are discussed and an outlook into the opportunities for High-field THz science at the future TELBE user facility is given.
  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    Seminar of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, 12.09.2014, Stanford / SLAC, USA
Registration No. 20913

High-Speed PIXE: Automated Mineralogy using a Color X-Ray Camera
Renno, A. D.; Buchriegler, J.; Hanf, D.; Munnik, F.; Nowak, S.; Scharf, O.; Ziegenrücker, R.
Abstract: Methods of automated mineralogy form the analytical backbone of geometallurgy. Most of them exploit the combined imaging and analytical capabilities of optical and scanning electron microscopes. Typical results are „phase maps“ either derived from the distribution of major elements or determined directly. The effective application of such methods for strategic metals which are won as by-products from other metal ores is handicapped by the restricted possibilities to determine the spatial distribution of such trace elements like In, Ga, Ge or the rare earth elements (REE). The recently comissioned High-Speed PIXE (Particle Induced X-Ray Emission) setup at the Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technologies will overcome these limitations.
We use the SLcam® X-ray Color Camera - a novel pnCCD Pixel detector (264 x 264 = 69696 Pixel) combined with a polycapillary X-ray optic (Scharf et al., 2011) as the detector for the element specific X-ray radiation. This design allows us the simultaneous determination of the trace element distribution on a 12 * 12 mm2 area with a lateral
resolution of about 50 μm. First results of geometallurgical applications of this method are presented.

Keywords: PIXE, High-Speed PIXE
  • Lecture (Conference):
    21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association, 01.-05.09.2014, Sandton, South Africa
Registration No. 20912

Electron Microprobe Analysis of REE in Eudialyte Group Minerals: Challenges and Solutions
Atanasova, P.; Krause, J.; Möckel, R.; Osbahr, I.; Gutzmer, J.
Abstract: Alkaline complexes containing eudialyte group minerals (EGM) comprise one of the most promising sources for future rare earth element (REE) supply. Complex mineral chemistry and crystal structure of EGM pose particular challenges for resource analytics and ore characterisation. A combination of qualitative scanning electron microscope (SEM)-based image analysis and quantitative analytical methods like electron microprobe (EPMA) is required. For this purpose polished thick sections are first mapped by the mineral liberation analyzer (MLA) to effectively identify the ore-bearing minerals and mineral associations. Backscattered electron images (BSE images) indicate varying BSE contrast within the EGM crystals. In order to determine the assumed elemental variations, element distribution maps of main (e.g., Zr, Si, Al) and minor (e.g., Ce, Y) elements are obtained by EPMA. These maps illustrate variable and complex zonation patterns within the EGM crystals. Based on the element distribution maps, quantitative analyses are then performed with a field emission electron microprobe JEOL JXA 8530F.
The accurate quantification of the chemical composition of EGM is complicated by both mineralogical and X-ray-specific challenges. These include: 1) structural and chemical variability of EGM composition (e.g., [1-3]); 2) mutual interferences of X-ray lines from major and trace elements, in particular REE elements [4]; 3) the diffusive volatility of light anions as F and Cl and cations such as K and Na; 4) particular instability of EGM under the electron beam.
A novel analytical approach has been developed to account for the above mentioned analytical challenges. Additionally, loss on ignition und differential scanning calorimetry data has been applied to constrain the content and composition of volatiles in the EGM structure. All correction for the overlapping of X-ray lines is processed offline. Preliminary results demonstrate that the parameters mentioned above need to be considered and carefully optimized to perform accurate quantitative analyses on the chemical composition of EGM with the electron microprobe.

Keywords: Electron Mikroprobe, EPMA, rare earth elements, eudialyte
  • Poster:
    EMAS 2014 - 11th EMAS Regional Workshop on Electron Probe Microanalysis of Materials Today - Practical Aspects, 22.-24.09.2014, Leoben, Austria
Registration No. 20910

Commissioning Results of the 2nd 3.5 cell SRF Gun for ELBE
Arnold, A.; Freitag, M.; Murcek, P.; Teichert, J.; Vennekate, H.; Xiang, R.; Kneisel, P.; Ciovati, G.; Turlington, L.
Abstract: As in 2007 the first 3.5 cell superconducting radio frequency (SRF) gun was taken into operation, it turned out that the specified performance has not been achieved. However, to demonstrate the full potential of this new type of electron source, a second and slightly modified SRF gun II was built in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF). We will report on commissioning and first results of the new gun, which includes in particular the characterization of the most important RF properties as well as their comparison with previous vertical test results.
Keywords: superconducting, radio frequency, electron, injector, SRF gun
  • Poster:
    27th Linear Accelerator Conference, LINAC14, 31.08.-05.09.2014, Geneva, Switzerland
Registration No. 20908

Assessments of boundary conditions and requirements for Rare Earth Underground Mining due to presence of NORMs
Barakos, G.; Mischo, H.; Gutzmer, J.
Abstract: Rare earths contain NORMs, such as uranium, thorium and their progeny, like radium and radon. The varying concentrations of NORMs are quite often significant enough to result in occupational and environmental radiation exposures during the mining, milling and processing procedures of rare earths and compounds. Ventilation is the primary technique of controlling ambient concentrations of radon. Fresh air volume flow rates, the distribution of airflow within the mine and the radon emanation rate are primary factors affecting such concentrations. In this paper, it is attempted to determine the factors that may result in radiation risks and evaluate the boundary conditions that will contribute to the restriction or even elimination of radon progeny, with a goal to use the evaluations in order to build an overall assessment tool.
Keywords: Rare Earth Elements, NORMs, Radon, Thoron, Underground Mining, Occupational Safety
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    ERES 2014 - 1st International Conference on European Rare Earth Resources, 04.-07.09.2014, Milos Island, Greece
    ERES 2014 - 1st International Conference on European Rare Earth Resources, Imerovigli, Santorini GR‐84700: Heliotopos Conferences Ltd., 978‐960‐6746‐15‐4
Registration No. 20904

Simulation of aerosol particle deposition and resuspension in high temperature reactors
Lecrivain, G.; Hampel, U.
Abstract: In a high temperature pebble-bed reactor core where thousands of pebbles are amassed, the friction between the outer graphite layer of the fuel elements triggers the formation of carbonaceous dust. This dust is eventually conveyed by the cooling carrier phase in the primary circuit of the high temperature reactor. Depending on the gas velocity, the solid aerosol particles can either attach to the wall surfaces or be re-entrained in the turbulent flow. Two numerical models developed for the prediction of particle attachment and detachment are presented.
  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    Seminar / Commissariat à l’énergie atomique / Invited lecture, 20.06.2014, Saclay, France
Registration No. 20903

Simulation of aerosol particle deposition in a high temperature reactor
Lecrivain, G.; Hampel, U.; Hurtado, A.
Abstract: In a high temperature pebble-bed reactor core where thousands of pebbles are amassed, the friction between the outer graphite layer of the fuel elements triggers the formation of carbonaceous dust. This dust is eventually conveyed by the cooling carrier phase in the primary circuit of the high temperature reactor. Depending on the gas velocity, the solid aerosol particles can either attach to the wall surfaces or be re-entrained in the turbulent flow. Two numerical models developed for the prediction of particle attachment and detachment are presented.
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    Workshop des CFD-Kompetenzverbunds / German CFD Network, 19.-20.03.2014, Garching, Germany
    Proceedings of the German CFD Network
Registration No. 20902

Surface and Material Analytics based on Dresden-EBIS Platform Technology
Schmidt, M.; König, J.; Bischoff, L.; Pilz, W.; Zschornack, G.
Abstract: Nowadays widely used mass spectrometry systems utilize energetic ions hitting a sample and sputter material from the surface of a specimen. The generated secondary ions are separated and detected with high mass resolution to determine the target materials constitution. Based on this principle, we present an alternative approach implementing a compact Electron Beam Ion Source (EBIS) in combination with a Liquid Metal Ion Source (LMIS).
An LMIS can deliver heavy elements which generate high sputter yields on a target surface. More than 90% of this sputtered material consists of mono- and polyatomic neutrals. These particles are able to penetrate the magnetic field of an EBIS and they will be ionized within the electron beam.
A broad spectrum of singly up to highly charged ions can be extracted depending on the operation conditions. Polyatomic ions will decay during the charge-up process. A standard bending magnet or a Wien filter is used to separate the different ion species due to their mass-to-charge ratio. Using different charge states of ions as it is common with EBIS it is also possible to resolve interferring charge-to-mass ratios of only singly charged ions.
Different setups for the realization of feeding the electron beam with sputtered atoms of solids will be presented and discussed. As an example the analysis of a copper surface is used to show high-resolution spectra with low background noise. Individual copper isotopes and clusters with different isotope compositions can be resolved at equal atomic numbers.
These results are a first step for the development of a new compact low-cost and high-resolution mass spectrometry system. In a more general context, the described technique demonstrates an efficient method for feeding an EBIS with atoms of nearly all solid elements from various solid target materials. The new straightforward design of the presented setup should be of high interest for a broad range of applications in materials research as well as for applications connected to analyzing the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, cosmosphere and technosphere.

Keywords: Electron Beam Ion Source, LMIS, Sputter yield, Mass Spectra
  • Lecture (Conference):
    International Symposium Electron Beam Ion Sources and Traps, EBIST 2014, 18.-21.05.2014, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Registration No. 20900

Development and characterization of new liquid metal ion sources
Bischoff, L.; Pilz, W.; Tajmar, M.
Abstract: In the last decades liquid metal ion sources (LMIS) working in focused ion beam (FIB) systems became an irrecoverable instrument in research and industry [1]. Sample preparation, local ion implantation and ion analysis are the main application topics. Most of the systems are equipped with a gallium LMIS. But, modern trends in nanotechnology require more extended properties like variable ion species for local doping, non-contaminating milling at higher rates or the application of focused cluster beams for surface modifications [2]. LMIS are also used for space propulsion as precision thrusters to provide ultrastable attitude and orbit control for satellites called Field-Emission- Electric-Propulsion [3].
In this contribution the basics of LMIS operation, the measurement of the main parameters and so the characterization of this type of ion sources will be presented. Moreover, the application of new source concepts including prototypes will be shown. At present about half of the periodic table can be provided as single or double charged ions as well as heavy cluster ions up to five atoms per ion by alloy LMIS. This provokes the interest to apply such sources not only in focused ion beam systems but also in high energy single-end ion accelerators. A first concept for an injector module to adapt a high current LMIS with integrated mass separation to a high energy ion beam system will be presented and discussed.

The authors would like to thank BMBF for financial support under Projekt 05K130DC: "Verbundprojekt 05K2013 – Ioneninduzierte Materialanalyse/-modifizierung: Modifizierung und in-situ Analyse von Materialien durch mittelenergetische Ionenbestrahlung. TP 1: Ultraschwere Ionen und deren Nutzung an HZDR-Beschleunigern."

[1] L. Bischoff, R. Böttger, P. Philipp and B. Schmidt, Nanostructures by mass-separated FIB, Book chapter in “FIB Nanostructures” in “Lecture Notes in Nanoscale Science and Technology” ed. Z. Wang, Peking, Berlin: Springer, 2013, Vol. 20, 465.
[2] L. Bischoff, K.-H. Heinig, B. Schmidt, S. Facsko and W. Pilz, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 2012, 272 198.
[3] M. Tajmar, I. Vasiljevich and W. Grienauer, Ultramicroscopy 2010, 111, 1.

Keywords: Liquid metal ion source, cluster, single-end ion accelerators
  • Lecture (Conference):
    Workshop Ionenstrahlen & Nanostrukturen, 20.-22.07.2014, Paderborn, Deutschland
Registration No. 20899

Efficient corrosion protection of organ pipes and turbine blades by Plasma immersion ion implantation.
Pelic, B.; Skorupa, W.; Yankov, R.
Abstract: Experiments have been undertaken to explore the improvement of the high temperature oxidation and aqueous corrosion of Ti-Al and Cu-Zn, respectively, by applying plasma based ion implantation (PBII).
The atmospheric corrosion of the tongues within the reed pipes which consist of a Cu-20Zn alloy (namely brass) is strongly enhanced by traces of acid vapors (from wooden parts and glue) and also the alloy’s instability caused by dezincification. A significant improvement in corrosion resistance has been achieved by applying a 30 nm aluminum oxide film using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and implanting nitrogen ions into the near surface and the interface regions. In the case of Γ-TiAl alloys which exhibit poor oxidation resistance, despite their good mechanical properties at elevated temperatures, this limits their replacement of the nowadays used heavy components made of Ni-alloys. A significant improvement in high temperature oxidation resistance of TiAl alloys (up to 900 °C) has been achieved by implanting fluorine ions (1017 cm-2) at 30 keV into the alloy’s subsurface using PBII process. A TiAl alloy modified in this way has been shown to acquire a stable, adherent and highly protective alumina scale (Al2O3) under high temperature oxidation in air. The influence of the implanted N+ into CuZn and F+ into TiAl samples on the corrosion process has been investigated. For the sample evaluation, different characterization methods including scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM / EDX), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), Elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA), and Dektak stylus profiling have been applied to determine the chemical composition, the elemental depth profiles, roughness and defect formation of the samples before and after exposure.

Keywords: Plasma based ion implantation (PBII), Pulsed laser deposition (PLD), oxidation protection, Ti-Al alloys, corrosion of reed organ pipes, Cu-Zn alloys
  • Poster:
    IBMM 2014 - 19th International Conference on Ion Beam Modification of Materials, 14.-19.09.2014, Leuven, Belgium
Registration No. 20897

Ultraschwere Ionen und deren Nutzung an HZDR-Beschleunigern.
Tajmar, M.; Pilz, W.; Bischoff, L.
Abstract: Die Modifizierung von Festkörperoberflächen durch energiereiche polyatomare Ionen („Cluster­ionen“) ist ein neues For­schungsgebiet von hohem Interesse. Diese Projektile (mehrere100 atomare Masseeinheiten) deponieren eine extrem hohe Energie­dichte, da zur glei­chen Zeit am gleichen Ort mehrere Atome mit der Fest­körperoberfläche wechselwirken. Dadurch können z.B. Oberflächenmodifikationen durch nano­skaliges Oberflächenschmelzen erreicht aber auch Io­nen­erosion durch thermisch aktiviertes Sputtern untersucht werden. Bisherige aussichtsreiche Untersuchungen wurden an Fokussierten Ionenstrahlsystemen (FIB) mit Flüssigmetall-Ionenquellen (LMIS) durchgeführt, die auf Grund der kleinen Ionenströme nur Strukturen im µm- Bereich zuließen. Um diese Erfahrungen für großflächige Untersuchungen nutzbar zu machen, sind Clusterinjektionssysteme erforderlich, die etwa den 1000fachen Ionenstrom liefern und so für Ionenbeschleuniger mittlerer Energie interessant werden.
Dafür werden nun Flüssigmetallionenquellen, die mit neuartigen porö­sen Emittern arbeiten, eingesetzt (Spin-Off aus der Weltraumforschung zu Ionenantrieben), die unterschiedlichste Metall-Clusterionen (z.B. Bi3 mit über 600 atomaren Masseneinheiten) emittieren können und lange Lebensdauern garantieren. Diese Quellen werden mit einer speziell entwickelten Ionenoptik kombiniert, um einen maximalen Ionenstrom fokussiert bereitzustellen.
Derartige Clusterionen-Injektoren werdend zuerst am 500 kV Ionenbeschleuniger des Ionenstrahlzentrums des HZDR (IBC) in Betrieb genom­men, sind aber nachfolgend auch für andere Singletron-Maschinen oder als Ter­mi­nal­quelle an einem Tandem-Beschleuniger nutzbar.

Keywords: Cluster ions, surface modification, implanter source
  • Lecture (Conference):
    SNI 2014 Deutsche Tagung für Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung, Neutronen und Ionenstrahlen an Großgeräten, 21.-23.09.2014, Bonn, Deutschland
Registration No. 20896

Sputter yield of heavy monatomic and polyatomic ions: dependence on impact angle and substrate temperature
Bischoff, L.; Böttger, R.; Facsko, S.; Heinig, K.-H.; Pilz, W.
Abstract: Focussed ion beam irradiation can be used to pattern surfaces at a scale of tens of nm by direct writing as well as by self-organization. Both patterning modes are controlled by ion beam erosion, where the sputter yield depends on the ion species, i.e. their mass, energy and angle of incidence. It depends also on the composition, temperature and surface roughness of the substrate.
Here, peculiarities of sputtering with heavy monatomic and very heavy polyatomic ions will be presented. Ion erosion of Si, SiO2, Ge and GaAs with Au_n and Bi_n ions from a liquid metal ion source has been investigated for different irradiation conditions.
The sputter yield per incoming atom is, compared with monatomic ions, considerably higher for polyatomic ions, even if the kinetic energy per atom is chosen to be equal. A newly developed sample holder allows irradiation at substrates temperatures up to 500°C and angles of ion incidence in the range from 0° to almost 90°, which will be used to elaborate sputter yield data of polyatomic ions in a range not yet explored so far. Due to the extremely high energy density deposition into the collision cascade volume by a very heavy polyatomic ion impact, an almost classical but tiny, transient melt pool can form, which adds to the collisional sputtering a loss of atoms by evaporation [1]. The latter contribution can be increased by substrate heating. Besides of the increased sputter yield, the repeated melting and resolidification of tiny pools leads to well-ordered surface pattern [2], which in turn influence the sputter yield.
[1] C. Anders, K.-H. Heinig and H. Urbassek, Phys. Rev. B 87 (2012) 198.
[2] L. Bischoff, K.-H. Heinig, B. Schmidt, S. Facsko and W. Pilz, Nucl. Instr. Meth. Phys. Res.
B 272 (2012) 198.

Keywords: Sputtering, heavy ions, impact angle, temperature
  • Lecture (Conference):
    19th International Conference on Ion Beam Modification of Materials (IBMM 2014), 14.-19.09.2014, Leuven, Belgien
Registration No. 20895

Microbial leaching of rare earth elements from fluorescent phosphor
Mey, S.; Kutschke, S.; Pollmann, K.
Abstract: Rare Earth Elements (REE) are used in mostly all new technologies and until now, there is no environmentally friendly recycling-process for fluorescent phosphor. Furthermore, China has with a worldwide market share of 94 % (2011) [1] a virtual monopoly in the production of REE. Therefore, there is increasing demand for novel recycling technologies to secure the supply of REE. During recycling of energy-saving bulbs fluorescent phosphor containing rare earth elements (REE) is collected as a distinct fraction. In this study hydrometallurgical techniques were investigated to recycle REE from spent technological products. Due to electrochemical restrictions, leaching with organic acids and metal binding molecules is more promising, than oxidation or reduction reactions [2, 3]. On this basis, different hetero- and autotroph aerobe microorganism pure and mixed cultures are selected. Among them are “classical” leaching organisms like Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans and A. thiooxidans, as well as the organic acid producing Corynebacterium collunae (glutamic acid), the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica (citric acid) and the tea fungus kombucha. The investigations regarding their ability to leach the REE from fluorescent phosphor, originating from recycling processes, were performed in fed-batch experiments.
It could be shown that complexation of the REE by organic acids produced by the microorganisms lead to considerable higher concentrations of REE in the supernatant than in the control. These results show that the usage of microbial processes for the recovery of REE is possible and could be an eco-friendly alternative to the currently employed methods.

1. Roskill, Rare Earths & Yttrium: Market Outlook to 2015. 14th Edition ed. 2011, London. 534.
2. Evans, C.H., Biochemistry of the Lanthanides. Biochemistry of the Elements, ed. E. Frieden. Vol. 1. 1990, New York, London: Plenum Press. 444.
3. Morss, L.R., Yttrium, Lanthanum, and the Lanthanide Elements, in Standard Potentials in Aqueous Solution, A.J. Bard, R. Parsons, and J. Jordan, Editors. 1985, Marcel Dekker, Ink.: New York, Basel. p. 587-629.

Keywords: Bioleaching Fluorescent Phosphor Recycling Kombucha
  • Lecture (Conference):
    Microbiology and Infection 2014 4. Gemeinsamer Kongress von DGHM und VAAM, 05.-08.10.2014, Dresden, Deutschland
Registration No. 20893

Microbial Leaching of Rare Earth Elements from fluorescent phosphor
Mey, S.; Kutschke, S.; Möckel, R.; Pollmann, K.
Abstract: kein Abstract (war für die Summer School nicht erforderlich)
Keywords: Bioleaching Fluorescent Phosphor Recycling Kombucha
  • Poster:
    EREAN Summer School on Rare Earth Technology, 18.-21.08.2014, Leuven, Belgien
Registration No. 20892

Paramagnetic moments in YBa2Cu3O7-δ nanocomposite films
Dias, F. T.; Vieira, V. N.; Silva, D. L.; Albino Aguiar, J.; Valadao, D. R. B.; Obradors, X.; Puig, T.; Wolff-Fabris, F.; Kampert, E.
Abstract: We report on magnetization studies in YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films with dispersed Ba2YTaO6 nanoparticles. The magnetization measurements were made using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Magnetic moments were measured as functions temperature using zero-field cooling (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) prescriptions for magnetic fields up to 10 T applied parallel and perpendicular to the ab planes. A paramagnetic response related to the superconducting state was observed during the FC experiments. This effect, known as paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME), apparently increases when the magnetic field is increased. We discuss our PME results in terms of the strong pinning scenario modulated by Ba2YTaO6 nanoparticles dispersed into the superconducting matrix. Registration No. 20891

Commissioning of an improved superconducting RF photo injector at ELBE
Teichert, J.; Arnold, A.; Freitag, M.; Lu, P.; Michel, P.; Murcek, P.; Vennekate, H.; Xiang, R.; Kneisel, P.; Will, I.
Abstract: In order to produce high-brightness electron beams in a superconducting RF photo injector, the most important point is to reach a high acceleration field in the cavity. For this reason two new 3.5-cell niobium cavities were fabricated, chemically treated and cleaned in collaboration with Jlab. The first of these two cavities was shipped to HZDR and assembled in new cryomodule. This new gun (SRF Gun II) was installed in the ELBE accelerator hall in May 2014 and replaces the previous SRF Gun I which was in operation since 2007. Beside the new cavity the ELBE SRF gun II differs from the previous gun by the integration of a superconducting solenoid in the cryomodule. After a first test run with a Cu cathode the gun will be operated with normal-conducting Cs2Te photo cathodes.
Keywords: superconducting RF photo enjector, electron source, SRf gun, photo cathode, niobium cavity
  • Poster:
    36th International Free Electron Laser Conference FEL 2014, 25.-29.08.2014, Basel, Schweiz
Registration No. 20890

Inbetriebnahme der SRF-Gun II am ELBE-Beschleuniger
Teichert, J.; Arnold, A.; Lu, P.; Murcek, P.; Vennekate, H.; Xiang, R.; Kamps, T.; Will, I.; Kneisel, P.
Abstract: Hochfrequenz-Photoelektronenquellen mit supraleitenden Resonatoren (SRF-Gun) besitzen das Potential Elektronenstrahlen exzellenter Qualität und mit hohem Strahlstrom zu liefern, die für zukünftige Lichtquellen benötigt werden. An der Strahlungsquelle ELBE ist eine solche Quelle seit 2007 in Betrieb. In den vergangen Jahren wurde eine verbesserte Version (ELBE SRF-Gun II) entwickelt. Im Mai 2014 wurde die SRF-Gun II am Beschleuniger installiert. Das Poster stellt diese Elektronenquelle vor und berichtet über die Inbetriebnahme.
Keywords: electron injector, SRF, superconducting RF accelerator, photo cathode
  • Poster:
    Deutsche Tagung für Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung, Neutronen und Ionenstrahlen an Großgeräten 2014, 21.-23.09.2014, Bonn, Germany
Registration No. 20889

Deutsche Forschungskompetenz im europäischen Rahmen im Rohstoffbereich
Köpf, H.; Gutzmer, J.; Klossek, A.
Abstract: Eine der Grundbedingungen für den wirtschaftlichen Erfolg des produzierenden Sektors der Industrie ist die Verfügbarkeit von mineralischen und metallischen Rohstoffen.
Rohstoffe müssen nach den Erfordernissen der Industrie in adäquaten Mengen und zu wirtschaftlich vertretbaren Preisen verfügbar sein. Dies wurde in den letzten Jahren durch Verwerfungen und Preisvolatilitäten auf den globalen Rohstoffmärkten – gefolgt von zum Teil sehr heftigen Reaktionen aus der betroffenen Industrie – eindringlich unterstrichen. Die Versorgung der Industrie mit mineralischen und metallischen Rohstoffen ist vollständig globalisiert, vielstufig und in vielen Fällen für den Endverbraucher intransparent. Dies gilt insbesondere für die Märkte der so genannten Hochtechnologiemetalle, die in der Regel ein sehr geringes globales Volumen erreichen, aber zeitgleich hochspezialisiert und vielgliedrig sind.
Als dicht bevölkerter und hochindustrialisierter Kontinent ist Europa weitgehend abhängig von Rohstoffimporten. Diese Situation wird sich auch in absehbarer Zukunft nicht wesentlich verändern. Insbesondere gilt dies für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Als größte europäische Volkswirtschaft hat die Bundesrepublik Deutschland eine stark ausgeprägte industrielle Basis. Dies zieht einen hohen Rohstoffbedarf nach sich, welcher im Falle von Deutschland zusammentrifft mit einer weitgehend erodierten heimischen Metallerzbergbau- und Hüttenindustrie, sowie einer fast vollständig fehlenden Beteiligung deutscher Firmen an der globalen Rohstoffindustrie. Tatsächlich geriet die Forschung und Entwicklung zur Rohstoffversorgung, d.h. der Exploration, der Gewinnung und der Aufbereitung von Rohstoffen, seit Ende der 1980er Jahre zunehmend aus dem wirtschafts- wissenschaftspolitischen Fokus. Dies führte dazu, dass die Forschung und Entwicklung im akademischen Bereich und das Engagement von deutschen Industrieunternehmen in den relevanten Forschungsfeldern nahezu zum Erliegen kam [4].
Auf der anderen Seite hat die Bundesrepublik Deutschland den Anspruch, ein weltweit führender Hochtechnologiestandort zu sein – und verfolgt das Ziel, diese Position zu halten bzw. auszubauen. In der Tat gibt es eine erhebliche Anzahl deutscher Firmen, die in ihren Marktnischen im Anbietermarkt für Technologien zur Rohstoffgewinnung und -verarbeitung (Bergbau, Aufbereitung, Metallurgie, Recycling) Marktführer sind. Dies gilt insbesondere für den Maschinen- und Anlagenbau. Weiterhin gibt es eine kleine Anzahl von Universitäten und außeruniversitären Einrichtungen in Deutschland, die einen signifikanten Beitrag zu Ausbildung und Innovation für die globale Rohstoffindustrie leisten. Nur durch eine geeignete enge Verzahnung der relevanten Kompetenzen in Industrie und Forschung erscheint es möglich, den Beitrag Deutschlands zur effizienten und umweltgerechten Produktion mineralischer und metallischer Rohstoffe rasch signifikant zu erhöhen. Gleichzeitig wird auch eine engere Vernetzung auf europäischer Ebene angestrebt, wobei Deutschland mit seiner hohen Abhängigkeit von Rohstoffimporten auch hier besondere Verantwortung übernehmen muss.
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    Berliner Recycling- und Rohstoffkonferenz, 24.-25.03.2014, Berlin, Germany
    Recycling und Rohstoffe, Berlin: TK Verlag
Registration No. 20887

Morphology analysis of sponge-like Si-SiO2 nanocomposites using energy-filtered electron tomography and electron holographic tomography
Hübner, R.; Wolf, D.; Friedrich, D.; Liedke, B.; Schmidt, B.; Heinig, K.-H.
Abstract: Due to the possibility of band-gap engineering by quantum confinement, Si nanosponge structures embedded in SiO2 formed by spinodal decomposition of metastable silicon-rich silicon oxide are promising absorbers for 3rd generation solar cells. High-temperature annealing of thermodynamically metastable, silicon-rich oxide SiOx with x < 2 leads to phase separation of elemental Si from stoichiometric SiO2. While this phase separation results in disconnected Si nanoclusters for 1.2 ≤ x < 2, percolated Si nanostructures with a sponge-like morphology are observed for x < 1.2 [1].
To visualize the sponge-like morphology in SiOx films for x around 1 after thermal treatment, energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) imaging, EFTEM tomography, and electron holographic tomography (EHT) [2] were carried out. To this end, 200 nm thick SiOx layers were prepared on p type (100) Si wafers by magnetron sputtering in Ar plasma from two simultaneously operating Si and SiO2 targets. During subsequent annealing, samples were heated up to 1150 °C. Sponge-like nanostructures were investigated by EFTEM imaging using an image-corrected FEI Titan 80-300 microscope equipped with a GIF 863. For EFTEM tomography, a tilt series between ±70° was acquired in a Philips CM200 FEG microscope with a GIF 678, and for EHT, a tilt series from -74° to +79° was recorded in an image-corrected FEI Tecnai TF20 microscope. Tomographic reconstruction of the Si 3D morphology was performed with the Weighted Simultaneous Iterative Reconstruction Technique [3].
Valence-band plasmon energy-loss imaging is an appropriate approach to visualize the Si morphology in phase-separated Si-SiO2 nanocomposites [4]. As an example, Figure 1 shows the Si plasmon EFTEM images (Eloss = 17 eV) of a SiOx≈1 layer decomposed into Si and SiO2 after thermal treatment at 1100 °C for 3 min (left) and 3 h (right). As indicated by the selected area electron diffraction patterns, coarsening of the Si nanostructure is accompanied by Si crystallite growth. Although Si plasmon EFTEM imaging can show the Si phase distribution in a planar projection, it does not provide 3D information. Therefore, EFTEM tomography was applied, revealing that a spinodal sponge-like morphology of Si is only partially visible in a volume of ca. (30 nm)³ (Figure 2). However, in a larger volume of ca. (140 nm)³ - as demonstrated by applying EHT on a needle-shaped specimen prepared by FIB - both isolated nanoparticles and percolated Si nanostructures with a sponge-like morphology are observed (Figure 3).

[1] T. Müller et al., Appl Phys Lett 85 (2004) 12.
[2] D. Wolf et al., Curr Opin Solid St M 17 (2013) 126.
[3] D. Wolf et al., Ultramicroscopy 136 (2014) 15.
[4] D. Friedrich et al., Appl Phys Lett 103 (2013) 131911.

The authors kindly acknowledge TEM sample preparation by Annette Kunz and Martina Missbach.

Keywords: silicon-rich silicon oxide, EFTEM imaging, EFTEM tomography, electron holographic tomography
  • Poster:
    18th International Microscopy Congress, 07.-12.09.2014, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    18th International Microscopy Congress, 07.-12.09.2014, Prague, Czech Republic
Registration No. 20883

Biologische Bausteine für Materialien der Zukunft
Kostudis, S.; Weinert, U.; Raff, J.
Abstract: Der Vortrag stellt das Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf sowie das Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie vor und gibt Einblick in Arbeiten der Arbeitsgruppe Biotechnologie. Mithilfe mikrobiologischer Organismen, Bausteine und Prozesse können neue umweltfreundliche und nachhaltige industrielle Anwendungen wie Filter und Sensoren entwickelt werden.
  • Lecture (others):
    Vortragsreihe "Werte-Wege-Welt", 13.12.2013, Bautzen, Deutschland
Registration No. 20880

Spectral and geochemical characterization of onshore hydrocarbon seep-induced alteration in the Dezful Embayment, SW Iran
Salati, S.; van Ruitenbeek, F.; de Smeth, B.; van der Meer, F.
Abstract: The presence of hydrocarbon seeps at the surface is indirect evidence of the presence of mature source rocks within a geologi- cal system at depth. Chemical changes in the environment of sur- face rocks caused by hydrocarbon seeps cause mineralogical alterations. To determine the nature of the alterations and the influences of lithology and type of seep, rock samples were col- lected from altered and unaltered evaporite and marly limestone formations in the Dezful embayment, southwest Iran. Reflectance spectroscopy, bulk rock/wet chemical analyses, and sulfur, carbon, and oxygen isotopic analyses were used to delin- eate surficial alterations and relate alterations to hydrocarbons seeping from underlying reservoirs. In addition, the boosted regression trees (BRT) method was used to predict the presence of alterations from spectral indices. Comparisons of geochemical data and spectral data of altered evaporites and altered marly lime- stones showed that the minerals within alteration facies have dis- tinctive spectral, chemical, and isotopic signatures. Gas-induced alterations were characterized by the formation of gypsum and native sulfur and depletion in 34S. The released H2S in natural gas reacted with gypsum in the evaporite sediments and calcite in the marly limestone formations, which led to precipitation of secondary gypsum and native sulfur. Oil-induced alterations were characterized by formation of secondary calcite and depletion in 13C. The oxidation of seeping oil and reactions between this oil and host rocks caused precipitation of secondary calcite within both formations. The combination of fieldwork data and spectral-geochemical data showed a connection exists between surficial alterations and underlying petroleum reservoirs, which can be used in exploration campaigns.
Keywords: Hydrocarbon seeps, Alterations, Spectroscopy, Geochemistry, Isotopic analysis, Boosted Regression Trees (BRT) Registration No. 20879

Detection of Alteration Induced by Onshore Gas Seeps from ASTER and WorldView-2 Data
Salati, S.; van Ruitenbeek, F.; van der Meer, F.; Naimi, B.
Abstract: Hydrocarbon seeps cause chemical and mineralogical changes at the surface, which can be detected by remote sensing. This paper aims at the detection of mineral alteration induced by gas seeps in a marly limestone formation, SW Iran. For this purpose, the multispectral Advance Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) and the high spatial resolution WorldView-2 (WV-2) data were utilized for mapping surficial rock alteration. In addition, the potential of Visible Near Infrared (VNIR) bands of the WV-2 and its high spatial resolution for mapping alterations was determined. Band ratioing, principal component analysis (PCA), data fusion and the boosted regression trees (BRT) were applied to enhance and classify the altered and unaltered marly limestone formation. The alteration zones were identified and mapped by remote sensing analyses. Integrating the WV-2 into the ASTER data improved the spatial accuracy of the BRT classifications. The results showed that the BRT classification of the multiple band imagery (created from ASTER and WV-2) using regions of interest (ROIs) around field data provides the best discrimination between altered and unaltered areas. It is suggested that the WV-2 dataset can provide a potential tool along higher spectral resolution data for mapping alteration minerals related to hydrocarbon seeps in arid and semi-arid areas.
Keywords: hydrocarbon seep; alteration mineral; ASTER; WorldView-2; boosted regression trees (BRT) classification Registration No. 20878

Near surface silicide formation after off-normal Fe-implantation of Si(001) surfaces
Khanbabaee, B.; Lützenkirchen-Hecht, D.; Hübner, R.; Grenzer, J.; Facsko, S.; Pietsch, U.
Abstract: We report on formation of non-crystalline Fe-silicides of various stoichiometries below the amorphized surface of crystalline Si(001) after irradiation with 5 keV Fe+ ions under off-normal incidence. We examined samples prepared with ion fluences of 0.1 × 1017 and 5 × 1017 ions cm−2 exhibiting a flat and patterned surface morphology, respectively. Whereas the iron silicides are found across the whole surface of the flat sample, they are concentrated at the top of ridges at the rippled surface. A depth resolved analysis of the chemical states of Si and Fe atoms in the near surface region was performed by combining X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) using synchrotron radiation. The chemical shift and the line shape of the Si 2p core levels and valence bands were measured and associated with the formation of silicide bonds of different stoichiometric composition changing from an Fe-rich silicides (Fe3Si) close to the surface into a Si-rich silicide (FeSi2) towards the inner interface to the Si(001) substrate. This finding is supported by XAS analysis at the Fe K-edge which shows changes of the chemical environment and the near order atomic coordination of the Fe atoms in the region close to surface. Because a similar Fe depth profile has been found for samples co-sputtered with Fe during Kr+ ion irradiation, our results suggest the importance of chemically bonded Fe in the surface region for the process of ripple formation. Registration No. 20877

Biologische Bausteine für Materialien der Zukunft
Kostudis, S.; Weinert, U.; Raff, J.
Abstract: Der Vortrag stellt das Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf sowie das Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie vor und gibt Einblick in Arbeiten der Arbeitsgruppe Biotechnologie. Mithilfe mikrobiologischer Organismen, Bausteine und Prozesse können neue umweltfreundliche und nachhaltige industrielle Anwendungen wie Filter und Sensoren entwickelt werden.
  • Lecture (others):
    Tag der Wissenschaften 2013, 13.06.2013, Radebeul, Deutschland
Registration No. 20876

Bioleaching of copper from Kupferschiefer by organic acid and heterotrophic bacteria
Kostudis, S.; Bachmann, K.; Kutschke, S.; Pollmann, K.
Abstract: Increasing prices of metals and strategic issues such as independent resource access force reconsideration of European Kupferschiefer deposits in Germany. For the mode of exploitation is cost-intensive and the copper content does hardly exceed four percent the processing has to be all the more efficient. This advantage of efficiency as well as ecological friendliness is brought along by biomining – the usage of biological components for metal extraction. For Kupferschiefer (Polkowice, Poland) bears carbonates up to 10 % commonly used bioleaching with acidophilic microorganisms is an issue. Therefore heterotrophic microbes and their metabolites were investigated. Results show copper yields up to nearly 48 % in undirected proof-of-principle batches.
Keywords: sulphide ores, bacteria, bioleaching, liberation analysis, environmental
  • Lecture (Conference):
    Biohydrometallurgy '14, 09.-11.06.2014, Falmouth, United Kingdom
Registration No. 20875

Visualization and quantitative analysis of dispersive mixing by a helical static mixer in upward co-current gas-liquid flow
Rabha, S.; Schubert, M.; Grugel, F.; Banowski, M.; Hampel, U.
Abstract: Growing interest towards process intensification in chemical industries over the last decade promotes static mixers as an attractive contactor alternative to the bubble column and mechanically stirred vessels. In the present work, the dispersion provided by a helical static mixer in a vertical pipe at turbulent gas-liquid flow conditions was studied using ultrafast electron beam X-ray tomography. Dispersive mixing was quantified upstream and downstream of three, six and nine helical static mixer elements in terms of bubble size distribution and gas holdup. Bubble breakup within the mixer elements was visualized and quantified via bubble size distribution and interfacial area density. Moreover, the power dissipation per unit mass of liquid was calculated for different number of static mixer elements and slip. The results provide a new insight into the development of the gas phase distribution within helical static mixers and a sound basis for design improvement, optimization of flow conditions and CFD validation.
Keywords: Helical static mixer, Ultrafast electron beam X-ray tomography, Gas-liquid flows, Specific interfacial area. Registration No. 20874

PGE geochemistry of the Fengshan porphyry–skarn Cu–Mo deposit, Hubei Province, Eastern China
Wang, M.; Gutzmer, J.; Michalak, P. P.; Guo, X.; Xiao, F.; Wang, W.; Liu, K.
Abstract: The Fengshan Cu–Mo deposit is located in the western part of the Jiurui Cu–Au–Mo district in the Late Mesozoic Middle–Lower Yangtze River Metallogenic Belt (YRMB), Eastern China. The mineralization is spatially associated with the Fengshan granodiorite porphyry stock (149–138 Ma), where two types of ore bodies (porphyry, skarn) occur. The Fengshan deposit is located on the Yangtze Craton, i.e., in an intracontinental extensional environment, a geological setting not considered by previous studies of PGE abundance and distribution in porphyry systems. For the present investigation the PGE geochemistry of fourteen samples of the granodiorite, ore and flotation concentrates were determined by ICP-MS, after preconcentration by the Lead Fire Assay technique from large (30 g) samples. A maximum of 32 ppb Pd and 81.2 ppb Pt is reported for the molybdenum flotation concentrate. Cu, Au, Pt, Pd contents from flotation concentrate samples are almost 1 to 2 orders of magnitude higher than those reported for ore samples; this is especially true for the Pt content. Covariant diagrams of Cu and Mo with noble metals (Au, Ag, Pt and Pd) reveal weak correlation between Cu vs. Au, Ag, and Mo vs. Pt. Also, Au shows a slightly positive relationship with Pt and Pd.

It is apparent that Pd and Pt contents of flotation concentrate from the Fengshan deposit are considerably lower than those reported for porphyry deposits in an island arc setting. However, Au and Ag appear to be elevated in the Fengshan deposit. The intrusion derived from an enriched mantle source, high oxygen fugacity (fO2), and liberation of mantle sulfates during partial melting, are the first steps for PGE enrichment in porphyry Cu deposits. However, the Fengshan granodiorite was most likely generated by partial melting of enriched mantle that was previously metasomatized by slab melts related to an ancient subduction system. Au, Pt, and Pd in potassic alteration zones and/or endocontact zones are transported as an aqueous chloride complex in high temperature, hypersaline fluid. In contrast, Au, Pt and Pd would be transported by bisulfide complex in low temperature, intermediate salinity fluid in phyllic alteration zones and/or exocontact marble. That is distinctly different from the porphyry Cu deposits in an island arc environment, where intrusion derived directly from slab melting and Pd and Pt are transported only as chloride complexes.

Keywords: Platinum group elements; Porphyry–skarn Cu–Mo deposit; Fengshan; Eastern China Registration No. 20873

New lithogeochemical and mineralogical exploration of Li-Sn greisen mineralisation in old mining adits of the Zinnwald deposit, Germany
Neßler, J.; Seifert, T.; Gutzmer, J.; Müller, A.; Henker, J.; Kühn, K.
Abstract: The polymetallic Zinnwald-Cínovec deposit is represented by greisen-type mineralisation hosted within the apical portion of a small granite intrusion. Similar to other granitic stocks with Sn-W mineralisation in the Erzgebirge, the Zinnwald granite intruded during the post-collisional stage of the late-Variscan (Permo-Carboniferous) magmatic evolution. These intrusions are characterised by the prominent enrichment of incompatible elements (F, Li, Rb, Cs, Sn, Nb and Ta) and the depletion of P2O5. The deposit is located in the eastern part of the Erzgebirge region, Germany and straddles the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. It is characterised by flat dipping, sheet-like greisen ore bodies (up to 40 m in thickness) and veins (up to 1 m in thickness) located in the apical part and along the quaquaversal dipping edges of the granite stock. The greisen bodies predominantly consist of quartz, Li-Rb-Cs-bearing mica (named zinnwaldite), topaz, fluorite and accessory kaolinite and cassiterite. Historically mined for its cassiterite and wolframite ores since the 16th and 19th century, respectively, the deposit still provides access to a wide spread system of drifts and adits. Selected parts of the underground mine are now presented by the visitor's mine "Vereinigt Zwitterfeld zu Zinnwald". These local conditions are favourable for the re-examination of the exhibited greisen mineralisation. Within the framework of the ongoing Li and Sn exploration project of the SolarWorld Solicium GmbH in the German part of the deposit, an underground sampling campaign has been conducted, incorporating a series of 88 channel samples gained at two different levels (Tiefer Bünau adit = 750 m a.s.l.; Tiefe Hilfe Gottes adit = 720 m a.s.l.). Equally spaced channels of 2 m intervals and approximate dimensions of 180 x 5 x 2.5 cm have been created on pre-selected and detailed mapped walls of two different adits within the mine. The sample material has been gained for mineralogical and geochemical investigation using optical light microscopy and ICP-MS. The herein presented work aims to provide information about the horizontal distribution of selected elements (Li, Rb, Cs, Sn, W, Sc, Nb, Ta and Zn) and to assess historic data on mineralogy and geochemistry. Furthermore, the question of a sufficient sampling distance is tried to answer with the help of statistical exclusion principles. Investigations on the chemical composition of the greisen ore yielded homogeneous concentration of elements contained in micas (Li, Rb, Cs, Zn and Sc!) with Li concentration of about 0.3 wt. %, whereas concentrations of Sn and W (but also Nb and Ta) are more heterogenic distributed with some high-grade values connected to local mica-nests, veins and/or joint planes. Moreover, results of investigated elements from this campaign are in good agreement with the overall geochemical pattern obtained by past investigations. Compared with geochemical whole rock data from drill core samples of surrounding drill holes, the mean Li grades of channel samples are consistent for different areas within the mine. In case of Li, the application of statistical exclusion principles can provide a good estimation of the sufficient maximum sampling distance (about 5 m).
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    EGU General Assembly, 27.04.-02.05.2014, Vienna, Austria
    Geophysical Research Abstracts 16(2014), Vienna: Copernicus
Registration No. 20872

Provenance of the Neoproterozoic rocks of the Gifberg Group (Western South Africa)
van Staden, A.; Zimmermann, U.; Gutzmer, J.; Germs, G. J. B.
Abstract: New petrographic and lithogeochemical data are presented for siliciclastic units of the Gifberg Group (western South Africa), a succession rarely studied in the past. The main detrital source for the oldest succession of the Gifberg Group, the Karoetjes Kop Formation, has been identified as sourced by local metamorphic rocks with a felsic geochemical composition. Nearly unweathered detritus (Chemical index of alteration: 50 to 60; K/Cs >>5000) occurs in the metadiamictite of this formation and is interpreted as palaeovalley infill, deposited only a short distance from its sources. The provenance signature of the overlying Aties Formation indicates significant mafic and/or intermediate sources. Possible sources are rocks of the Bushmanland Group and an unknown unmetamorphosed mafic to intermediate rock succession, which might have been exposed during the deposition of the Aties Formation. The overlying Bloupoort Formation is characterised by a geochemically homogenous metadiamictite (Swartleikrans Bed) with only slightly weathered detritus (K/Cs >10000) and overlying mature silica-rich metarenites and metaconglomerates. It is proposed that the Gifberg basin formed as a small-scale rift basin and then widened through time with subsequent longer sedimentary transport of the detritus which have caused the higher compositional maturity. The predominance of detrital input from local sources in the Karoetjes Kop Formation hinders correlation based on its mineralogical and geochemical content alone. A glacial origin for the Swartleikrans Bed was proposed previously based on the occurrence of possible dropstones. Certain criteria for a glacial depositional environment as outlined by Arnaud and Etienne (2011) were met in our study and include poor sorting, rapid lateral facies changes, crude stratification, variable thicknesses, compositional immaturity, and a gradational contact plus a chaotic texture with large boulders. While these observations point to a ‘rainout’ deposit, there is still a lack of evidence for glacial transport on grain surfaces or in the form of faceted clasts and pebbles. Registration No. 20871

P1309-Magnetooptik mit strukturierten unmagnetischen Metallen
Schmidt, H.; Kaspar, T.; Schmidt, Oliver G.; Brunner, R.
Abstract: Die Erfindung beschreibt die Auslegung einer Anordnung eines regelmäßig strukturierten unmagnetischen Einzel- oder Mehrschichtsystems mit mehreren Basiselementen in der Einheitszellen, bei dem für eine vorgegebene Wellenlänge der einfallenden elektromagnetischen Welle eine bestimmte Polarisation der reflektierten oder transmittierten Welle in Abhängigkeit von einem von außen angelegten Magnetfeld erreicht wird.
  • Patent:
    DE102013203761: Offenlegung-11.09.14; Nachanmeldung WO
Registration No. 20870

Dynamo action driven by a periodically perturbed Beltrami-flow.
Giesecke, A.; Stefani, F.
Abstract: We apply kinematic simulations of the induction equations in order to examine the ability of a Beltrami flow (with curl(V) ~V) generating dynamo action. In the basic state we find a surprisingly complex behavior of the leading azimuthal modes that have a wavenumber up to m=3. Depending on the relation of poloidal to toroidal flow the eigenmodes show slow amplitude modulations and a azimuthal drift of the field pattern.

In a more complex model we add a non-axisymmetric time-dependent flow perturbation. In extension of a previous study we change the (azimuthal) pattern and amplitude of the perturbation flow. Consequently, the magnetic field growth rates are enhanced when the frequency of the perturbation is in the appropriate regime. We find small windows of perturbation frequencies with strong enhancement of the growth rates as well as broader regimes for rather fast drifting perturbations when the perturbation amplitude is sufficient to alter structure of the basic axisymmetric flow.

The effect may be relevant for forthcoming dynamo experiments conducted in Madison or in the precession dynamo experiment at HZDR, where, however, the basic flow will look quite different.

Keywords: Dynamo
  • Lecture (Conference):
    IGDR Annual Meeting Cambridge, 01.-04.09.2014, Cambridge, Great Britain
Registration No. 20865

How to identify groundwater-caused thermal anomalies in lakes based on multi-temporal satellite data in semi-arid regions
Mallast, U.; Gloaguen, R.; Friesen, J.; Roediger, T.; Geyer, S.; Merz, R.; Siebert, C.
Abstract: The deduction by conventional means of qualitative and quantitative information about groundwater discharge into lakes is complicated.
Nevertheless, at least for semi-arid regions with limited surface water availability, this information is crucial to ensure future water availability for drinking and irrigation purposes.
Overcoming this lack of discharge information, we present a satellite-based multi-temporal sea-surface-temperature (SST) approach.
It exploits the occurrence of thermal anomalies to outline groundwater discharge locations using the example of the Dead Sea. Based on a set of 19 Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM+) images 6.2 (high gain), recorded between 2000 and 2002, we developed a novel approach which includes (i) an objective exclusion of surface-runoff-influenced data which would otherwise lead to erroneous results and (ii) a temporal SST variability analysis based on six statistical measures amplifying thermal anomalies caused by groundwater.
After excluding data influenced by surface runoff, we concluded that spatial anomaly patterns of the standard deviation and range of the SST data series spatially fit best to in situ observed discharge locations and, hence, are most suitable for detecting groundwater discharge sites.
Registration No. 20864

Sulfur sources of sedimentary "buckshot" pyrite in the Auriferous Conglomerates of the Mesoarchean Witwatersrand and Ventersdorp Supergroups, Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa
Guy, B. M.; Ono, S.; Gutzmer, J.; Lin, Y.; Beukes, N. J.
Abstract: Large rounded pyrite grains (> 1 mm), commonly referred to as "buckshot" pyrite grains, are a characteristic feature of the auriferous conglomerates (reefs) in the Witwatersrand and Ventersdorp supergroups, Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa. Detailed petrographic analyses of the reefs indicated that the vast majority of the buckshot pyrite grains are of reworked sedimentary origin, i.e., that the pyrite grains originally formed in the sedimentary environment during sedimentation and diagenesis. Forty-one of these reworked sedimentary pyrite grains from the Main, Vaal, Basal, Kalkoenkrans, Beatrix, and Ventersdorp Contact reefs were analyzed for their multiple sulfur isotope compositions (delta S-34, Delta S-33, and Delta S-36) to determine the source of the pyrite sulfur. In addition, five epigenetic pyrite samples (pyrite formed after sedimentation and lithification) from the Middelvlei and the Ventersdorp Contact reefs were measured for comparison. The delta S-34, Delta S-33, and Delta S-36 values of all 41 reworked sedimentary pyrite grains indicate clear signatures of mass-dependent and mass-independent fractionation and range from -6.8 to +13.8 aEuro degrees, -1.7 to +1.7 aEuro degrees, and -3.9 to +0.9 aEuro degrees, respectively. In contrast, the five epigenetic pyrite samples display a very limited range of delta S-34, Delta S-33, and Delta S-36 values (+0.7 to +4.0 aEuro degrees, -0.3 to +0.0 aEuro degrees. and -0.3 to +0.1 aEuro degrees, respectively). Despite the clear signatures of mass-independent sulfur isotope fractionation, very few data points plot along the primary Archean photochemical array suggesting a weak photolytic control over the data set. Instead, other factors command a greater degree of influence such as pyrite paragenesis, the prevailing depositional environment, and non-photolytic sulfur sources. In relation to pyrite paragenesis, reworked syngenetic sedimentary pyrite grains (pyrite originally precipitated along the sediment-water interface) are characterized by negative delta S-34 and Delta S-33 values, suggesting open system conditions with respect to sulfate supply and the presence of microbial sulfate reducers. On the contrary, most reworked diagenetic sedimentary pyrite grains (pyrite originally precipitated below the sediment-water interface) show positive delta S-34 and negative Delta S-33 values, suggesting closed system conditions. Negligible Delta S-33 anomalies from epigenetic pyrite suggest that the sulfur was sourced from a mass-dependent or isotopically homogenous metamorphic/hydrothermal fluid. Contrasting sulfur isotope compositions were also observed from different depositional environments, namely fluvial conglomerates and marine-modified fluvial conglomerates. The bulk of the pyrite grains from fluvial conglomerates are characterized by a wide range of delta S-34 values (-6.2 to +4.8 aEuro degrees) and small Delta S-33 values (+/- 0.3 aEuro degrees). This signature likely represents a crustal sulfate reservoir derived from either volcanic degassing or from weathering of sulfide minerals in the hinterland.
Reworked sedimentary pyrite grains from marine-modified fluvial conglomerates share similar isotope compositions, but also produce a positive Delta S-33/delta S-34 array that overlaps with the composition of Archean barite, suggesting the introduction of marine sulfur.
These results demonstrate the presence of multiple sources of sulfur, which include atmospheric, crustal, and marine reservoirs. The prevalence of the mass-dependent crustal sulfur isotope signature in fluvial conglomerates suggests that sulfate concentrations were probably much higher in terrestrial settings in comparison to marine environments, which were sulfate-deficient. However, the optimum conditions for forming terrestrial sedimentary pyrite were probably not during fluvial progradation but rather during the early phases of flooding of low angle unconformities, i.e., during retrogradational fluvial deposition, coupled in some cases with marine transgressions, immediately following inflection points of maximum rate of relative sea level fall.
Registration No. 20863

P1308-Anordnung zur Bestimmung der Phasenverteilung in mehrphasigen Medien mit mindestens einer hochleitfähigen Phase
Schleicher, E.; Löschau, M.; van Campen, L.
Abstract: Die Erfindung betrifft einen Gittersensor zur Messung der Phasenverteilung eines mehrphasigen Stoffgemisches mit gasförmigen und flüssigen Komponenten unter Vorhandensein einer hochleitfähigen Phase (wie Salzwasser oder Flüssigmetall). Anwendungsgebiete sind die Bestimmung der Flüssigkeitsverteilung und des Füllstands in Gefäßen sowie die Untersuchung von Gas-Flüssigkeits-Mehrphasenströmungen, insbesondere in Rohrleitungen z. B. in der Erdölproduktion und -verarbeitung.
  • Patent:
    DE102013203437.7 - Offenlegung-28.08.2014; Nachanmeldung: WO
Registration No. 20862

Redirection of CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes via a novel antibody-based modular targeting system triggers efficient killing of PSCA+ prostate tumor cells
Arndt, C.; Feldmann, A.; Töpfer, K.; Koristka, S.; Cartellieri, M.; Temme, A.; Ehninger, A.; Ehninger, G.; Bachmann, M.
There is still a need for new therapeutic options against prostate cancer. Conventional single-chain bispecific antibodies (bsAbs), that directly cross-link T cells and tumor cells, hold great potential for efficient tumor treatment. However, rapid development of novel bsAbs is hampered by laborious optimization to improve their efficacy and reduce potential side effects. To accelerate the development of a novel antibody tool for the redirection of T cells to different tumor-associated antigens, we recently introduced a modular targeting system.
We here describe a novel modular system for treatment of prostate cancer by retargeting of T cells to the prostate stem cell antigen (PSCA). Functionality of the novel PSCA-specific modular system was investigated in vitro by T cell activation and chromium release assays as well as in immunodeficient mice.
Similar to a conventional bsAb CD3-PSCA, the novel PSCA-specific modular system induces activation of both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells leading to secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines and highly efficient target-specific tumor cell lysis. The novel TM was ready-to-use from the time point of construction and functional at low E:T ratios and picomolar concentrations without further optimization. In addition, the PSCA-specific modular system delays outgrowth of s.c. tumors in mice comparable to bsAb CD3-PSCA.
We have developed a novel PSCA-specific modular system which triggers an efficient T cell-mediated killing of PSCA+ tumor cells in vitro and in vivo. The new Ab-based targeting strategy can functionally replace conventional bsAbs and allows a flexible redirection of T cells to different tumor-associated antigens.
Registration No. 20861

Ion-surface interaction in plasma processing
Möller, W.
Abstract: Whereas the studies of ion-surface interaction have been a significant issue in nuclear fusion research through about four decades, corresponding knowledge in the area of low-pressure plasma processing can still be considered as marginal. Qualitatively, it is well accepted that energetic ion bombardment is essential for several processes of plasma surface treatment or plasma-assisted deposition of thin films. For the latter, it plays an important role in determining the growing thin film structure and stoichiometry. However, more quantitative models are only available for a few selected processes and for specific materials.
The lecture will briefly review the state of knowledge. It will particularly focus on the process physics of non-reactive and reactive sputtering. Open questions will be addressed in connection with recent experimental findings and computer simulation results, such as describing self-organized topographical and stoichiometric pattern formation under ion bombardment, and the characteristics of sputtering from such modified surfaces.

Keywords: Ion-surface interaction Hard coatings Magnetron sputtering Plasma processing
  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    PSE 2014 - International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering, 15.-20.09.2014, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Deutschland
Registration No. 20860

Sputtering of nanospheres - a computer simulation study
Möller, W.; Nietiadi, Maureen L.; Urbassek, Herbert M.; Sandoval, L.
Abstract: The sputtering of spherical objects – such as clusters, nanoparticles or aerosol particles – being exposed to energetic ion irradiation has been studied using both Monte Carlo simulation in the binary collisions approximation (MC) and molecular dynamics simulation (MD). 20 keV Ar impact on a-Si has been chosen as a typical example. With a denoting the mean depth of energy deposition in a planar target, inverse scaled cluster radii a/R ranging from 0 to 20 have been investigated, both addressing the impact parameter dependence and the average sputtering yield. For large radii (a/R < 0.2) sphere sputtering follows closely the sputtering of planar targets, if the variation of the incidence angle on the sphere surface is taken into account. For smaller radii, the yield increases due to the influence of sphere curvature. For a/R > 1, pronounced forward sputtering leads to a maximum in the sputter yield. In the limit of small radii, sputter emission becomes largely isotropic, but decreases in yield since the projectile energy is only partly deposited in the sphere and the surface area shrinks. However, for all spheres studied, the average sputter yield is larger than for the planar surface. Within the uncertainties of the modelling, there is an excellent agreement between the planar surface sputtering yields as obtained by MC and MD. For small spheres, however, the MD yields are significantly larger which is attributed to the influence of collisional spikes.
Keywords: Sputtering Nanostructures Computer Simulation
  • Lecture (Conference):
    IBMM 2014 - International Conference on Ion Beam Modification of Materials, 15.-19.09.2014, Leuven, Belgien
Registration No. 20859

Ion beam synthesis of InAs, InGaAs and GaAs nanocrystals in Silicon
Rebohle, L.; Wutzler, R.; Prucnal, S.; Hübner, R.; Grenzer, J.; Helm, M.; Skorupa, W.
Abstract: InAs, InGaAs and GaAs nanocrystals (NCs) were fabricated by sequential ion implantation and flash lamp annealing. In detail, silicon-SiO2-silicon structures were provided with a SiO2 capping layer followed by the sequential implantation of In, Ga and As ions with fluences in the range of a few 1016 at./cm2. In the following step of flash lamp annealing the NCs will be formed in the Si device layer by liquid phase epitaxy. The resulting III-V NCs are mostly single-crystalline with sizes in the range of a few to a few tens of nm. Depending on the specific segregation coefficients and melting temperatures, elemental In clusters can be also formed. The proposed qualitative model for the NC formation is based on Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements.
Keywords: InAs, InGaAs and GaAs nanocrystals, ion implantation, flash lamp annealing, III-V integration into silicon
  • Poster:
    EMRS Fall Meeting 2014, 15.-18.09.2014, Warschau, Polen
Registration No. 20858

Sputtering of Si nanospheres
Nietiadi, M. L.; Sandoval, L.; Urbassek, Herbert M.; Möller, W.
Abstract: Spherical objects, such as clusters, nanoparticles, or aerosol particles, are sputtered when exposed to energetic irradiation.We use Monte Carlo (MC) and molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulation to study this process, with 20 keV Ar impact on a-Si clusters as a prototypical example. The sputter yield is quantified as being influenced by oblique incidence and target curvature. Cluster radii R are scaled to the energy deposition depth, a. For large R (R/a > 5) sphere sputtering follows closely the sputtering of planar targets, if the variation of the incidence angle on the sphere surface is taken into account. For smaller radii, the yield increases due to the influence of curvature. For radii R/a  1 pronounced forward sputtering leads to a maximum in the sputter yield. For smaller R, sputter emission becomes isotropic, but decreases in magnitude since not all the projectile energy is deposited in the sphere. However, for all spheres studied (R > 0.05a) the average sputter yield is larger than for infinitely large spheres (R→∞). A simple model based on linear collision cascade theory and assuming that the energy deposition profile is independent of the sphere size predicts sputtering for large spheres well, but fails for small spheres where it strongly underestimates sputtering. The MC data for the smaller spheres are supplemented by MD calculations, which indicate a significant additional contribution caused by spike sputtering.
Keywords: Sputtering Nanostructures Computer Simulation Binary Collision Approximation Molecular Dynamics Registration No. 20857

The electroluminescence mechanism of Er3+ in different silicon oxide and silicon nitride environments
Rebohle, L.; Berencén, Y.; Wutzler, R.; Braun, M.; Hiller, D.; Ramírez, J. M.; Garrido, B.; Skorupa, M. Helm W.
Abstract: Rare earth doped metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structures are of great interest for Si-based light emission. However, several physical limitations make it difficult to achieve the performance of light emitters based on compound semiconductors. To address this point, in this work the electroluminescence (EL) excitation and quenching mechanism of Er-implanted MOS structures with different designs of the dielectric stack are investigated. The devices usually consist of an injection layer made of SiO2 and an Er-implanted layer made of SiO2, Si-rich SiO2, silicon nitride or Si-rich silicon nitride. All structures implanted with Er show intense EL around 1540 nm with EL power efficiencies in the order of 2×10-3 (for SiO2:Er) or 2×10-4 (all other matrices) for lower current densities. The EL is excited by the impact of hot electrons with an excitation cross section in the range of 0.5-1.5×10-15 cm-2. Whereas the fraction of potentially excitable Er ions in SiO2 can reach values up to 50%, five times lower values were observed for other matrices. The decrease of the EL decay time for devices with Si-rich SiO2 or Si nitride compared to SiO2 as host matrix implies an increase of the number of defects adding additional non-radiative de-excitation paths for Er3+. For all investigated devices EL quenching cross sections in the 10-20 cm2 range and charge-to-breakdown values in the range of 1-10 Ccm-2 were measured. For the present design with a SiO2 acceleration layer, thickness reduction and the use of different host matrices did not improve the EL power efficiency or the operation lifetime, but strongly lowered the operation voltage needed to achieve intense EL.
Keywords: electroluminescence, ion implantation, erbium, MOS structure, decay time Registration No. 20856

Electromagnetic fields of a vertical magnetic dipole above and within a horizontal stratified earth in due consideration of the electrical permittivity
Scheunert, M.; Börner, R.-U.; Siemon, B.
Abstract: Our poster is motivated by the helicopter electromagnetic forward and inversion problem. In this context, we use the secondary field approach to evaluate the total electromagnetic fields of a vertical magnetic dipole (VMD) by a numerical discretization scheme. This approach requires the calculation of an analytic solution of the primary field at every receiver position, located within the air half-space. Furthermore, in order to calculate the Jacobian matrix using the sensitivity equation approach, these primary fields have to be calculated at every degree of freedom within the stratified media. The primary fields are the solution of the Helmholtz equation for a 1-D conductivity distribution.
We show the complete derivation of the electromagnetic fields of a VMD for the magnetic vector potential based on the spatial Hankel transformation. To avoid inaccuracies at high frequencies, varying electrical permittivities are incorporated. We furthermore explain the recursion algorithm that is used to find general expressions at arbitrary depths and which allows us to easily derive the different electromagnetic field components. The calculations start with the simple two layer case and are subsequently expanded to the more general N-layer case. Special attention is payed to a singularity problem arising at the derivation of the horizontal electrical and vertical magnetic fields in the air layer which is resolved by an integration by parts approach.

Keywords: fields of a VMD, stratified earth, HEM, vector potential, Fourier transform
  • Poster:
    22nd EM Induction Workshop, 24.-30.08.2014, Weimar, Deutschland
Registration No. 20855

A Concept for 3-D Inversion of Helicopter Electromagnetic Data Using a Tensor-based Problem Formulation
Scheunert, M.; Afanasjew, M.; Börner, R.-U.; Eiermann, M.; Ernst, O. G.; Spitzer, K.
Abstract: Helicopter electromagnetic (HEM) measurements allow to manage huge surveys in a very short time. Due to the enormous data and model sizes, laterally constrained 1-D inversion schemes for the entire survey are still state of the art, even for those parts of the survey where 3-D conductivity anomalies are expected.

We introduce a new strategy that is based on the precedent localization of the entire HEM survey to parts which are actually affected by an expected local 3-D anomalies. A full 3-D inversion scheme capable of revealing those anomalous conductivity structures is presented that directly benefits from a-priori information, resulting from the localization procedure. We therefore reformulate the discrete forward problem in terms of the secondary electric field, employing either finite difference or finite element methods. For solving the inverse problem, we apply a straightforward Gauss-Newton method and a Tikhonov-type regularization scheme. The concept allows us to additionally restrict the domain where the inverse problem is solved, acting as an implicit regularization. The derived linear least squares problem is solved with Krylov subspace methods, such as LSQR, that are able to deal with the inherent ill-conditioning. The resulting systems of linear equations subsequently yield expressions for the gradient and approximate Hessian of the minimization problem. Resulting from the unique transmitter-receiver relation of the HEM problem, an explicit representation of the Jacobian matrix is used. We further introduce a tensor-based problem formulation that provides a fast update of the linear system of the forward problem and an effective handling of the sensitivity related algebraic quantities, respectively.

Keywords: HEM, 3-D inversion, cut-&-paste strategy, field data, explicit Jacobian
  • Poster:
    74. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Geophysikalischen Gesellschaft (DGG), 10.-13.03.2014, Karlsruhe, Deutschland
Registration No. 20854

EM fields of a VMD calculated at arbitrary points within a layered half-space
Scheunert, M.; Börner, R.-U.; Siemon, B.
Abstract: In this paper, we derive expressions for all electromagnetic (EM) field components which can be observed, when a vertical magnetic dipole (VMD) is located at z = −h, h > 0 over a stratified earth, i.e., when the electrical conductivity is a piecewise constant function of depth z. We further allow a non-vanishing but small electrical conductivity in the air layer, and let the electrical permittivity vary from its vacuum value. Apart from traditional approaches, we use a non-vanishing air conductivity to be consistent with our 3-D discretizations which would otherwise yield singular mass matrices. The basic ideas of the derivation within the following paragraphs emanate from Ward and Hohmann (1988) and Zhdanov (2009). While the first sections of this paper concern the two-layer (i.e., the nearly non-conductive air and the conductive homogeneous half-space) case we expand the concept to the general N-layer case in the last section. This work has been motivated by the one-dimensional forward and inverse problem of helicopter electromagnetics (HEM). To evaluate the observed total fields by a numerical discretization scheme, the secondary field approach requires the calculation of the analytical solution of the EM fields at the receiver positions within the air half-space. Furthermore, in order to calculate the Jacobian matrix, these fields are required at arbitrary points within the conductive layered half-space.
Keywords: electromagnetic fields, vertical magnetic dipole, stratified earth, magnetic vector potential, Fourier transform
  • Contribution to proceedings:
    25. Schmucker-Weidelt-Kolloquium für Elektromagnetische Tiefenforschung, 23.-27.09.2013, Kirchhundem-Rahrbach, Deutschland
    Protokoll über das 25. Schmucker-Weidelt-Kolloquium für Elektromagnetische Tiefenforschung : Kirchhundem-Rahrbach 23.-27. September 2013, Potsdam: Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft e. V., 5-20
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Registration No. 20853

Hyperspectral remote sensing of carbonatite hosted REE deposits in Namibia
Zimmermann, R.; Salati, S.; Andreani, L.; Brandmeier, M.; Gloaguen, R.
Abstract: High spectral and spatial resolution of hyperspectral images allow mapping and determination of minerals on the earth surface. It also provide valuable information about ore deposits and their alteration zoning.
Carbonatites are well known for hosting economic concentrations of REE-bearing minerals like bastnäsite, monazite and apatite among others (WINTER 2001). They show signifcant spectral characteristics, even REE-absorption bands (ROWAN et al. 1986).
The aim of our study is to apply recent advances in hyperspectral imaging and to develop new tools in order to map these rocks. A refnement of the geological map by lithological mapping, image classifcation, mineral mapping and tectonic geomorphology is also done.
Our research mainly focuses on carbonatites from Namibia. We selected two sites with well known occurrences in Northern Namibia: the Epembe and the Lofdal dykes. Both yield signifcant REE- concentrations and being under exploration. In these areas LANDSAT 8, SRTM, EO-1 Hyperion and airborne hyperspectral (HyMap) data overlap giving an excellent coverage.
The data had been processed for atmospherical and geometric corrections frst. For the EO-1 Hyperion data a more carefully pre-processing had to be applied due to streaking and smiling effects. Results of LANDSAT 8 classifcation had been used for validation and classifcation purposes. Detailed spectral signatures and mineral maps are extracted by hyperspectral imaging. The results confrm former observations by BEDINI (2009) on the Sarfartoq carbonatite complex in West Greenland. Secondly the structural controls of emplacement of the selected carbonatite dykes had been carried out using tectonic geomorphology and feld observation. For this purpose the TecDEM-toolbox (SHAHZAD & GLOAGUEN 2011) was applied to the SRTM-data for drainage- network and stream-profle analysis.
Combining all these information with geological knowledge of carbonatites and their occurrences, it is possible to explore new, unknown deposits by remote sensing applications.
  • Poster:
    GeoFrankfurt 2014, 22.-24.09.2014, Frankfurt/Main, Deutschland
Registration No. 20851

Cockade breccia: Product of mineralisation along dilational faults
Frenzel, M.; Woodcock, N. H.
Abstract: Cockade breccias are fault fills in which individual clasts are completely surrounded by concentric layers of cement. They occur particularly in low-temperature near-surface hydrothermal veins. At least six mechanisms have been proposed for the formation of cockade breccia-like textures, but only two – repeated rotation-accretion, and partial metasomatic replacement of clast minerals – have been supported by detailed evidence. A typical example of cockade breccia from the Gower Peninsula (South Wales) shows clear evidence for the rotation-accretion mechanism: in particular, overgrown breakage points in cement layers – where cockades were previously touching each other – and rotated geopetal infills of haematitic sediment. Based on the available evidence, it is proposed that cockade textures result from low rates of cement growth compared to high rates of dilational fault slip. Seven criteria are given for the correct identification of cockade breccias.
Keywords: cockade ore; ring ore; syntectonic mineralisation; dilational faulting; epithermal veins Registration No. 20850

Recent results from the high magnetic field laboratory Dresden: Probing the 1D or 2D nature of M2+Ta2O6 (M2+=Ni,Co)
Law, J. M.
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  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    Moscow International Symposium on Magnetism MISM-2014, 29.06.-03.07.2014, Moscow, Russia
Registration No. 20844

ESR Studies of the Spin-1/2 Heisenberg Antiferromagnet Copper Pyrazine Dinitrate
Ozerov, M.
Abstract: Copper pyrazine dinitrate, Cu(C4H4N2)(NO3), is one of the best known model spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet chain system. Here, we present electron spin resonance (ESR) studies of this material. Angular, temperature and field dependences of ESR parameters are studied. We evidence the inequivalence of Cu sites belonging to adjacent spin chains in the ac planes. It is revealed that the dominating interchain interaction in this compound is of zig-zag-type. This interaction gives rise to geometrical frustration strongly affecting the character of antiferromagnetic ordering. Combining our experimental findings with the results of a quasiclassical approach we predict that at low temperatures the system orders in an incommensurate spiral state.
  • Poster:
    International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, 07.-11.07.2014, Grenoble, France
Registration No. 20843

A 3D microstructural model of freckle initiation from pre-existing imperfections
Karagadde, S.; Yuan, L.; Shevchenko, N.; Eckert, S.; Lee, P. D.
Abstract: The quality and lifing of high performance turbine blades are severely hampered by presence of freckles, which are initiated by presence of enriched solute plumes during solidification [1]. Nickel based turbine blades can be cast as equiaxed, directionally solidified or single crystals. Several types of perturbations may occur during these casting techniques, which can eventually lead to freckles.
In this work, a 3D microstructural numerical model of freckle formation is presented [2]. A typical simulation of stabilized solute plume formation leading to a freckle channel is shown in Fig. 1. The model is validated with in situ x-ray radiographic measurements [3], comparing solute partitioning, convection and freckle channel width. This model was then used to investigate freckle formation under a range of solidification conditions. Using the dendrite tip growth and solute profiles, freckle onset was observed to occur in two distinct stages. The influence of imperfections that occur in primary arm spacing and grain boundary was investigated from the proposed model. It was found that the freckles initiate from these irregularities, with a higher propensity for converging grain boundaries. In addition, the effect of dendrite orientation angle on freckle formation is studied.

Keywords: 3D microstructural model, freckle, x-ray radiography, model validation, dendrite tip growth
  • Lecture (Conference):
    4th International Conference on Advances in Solidification Processes, 08.-11.07.2014, Old Windsor, United Kingdom
Registration No. 20841

Melt flow and temperature gradient effects on freckle formation
Shevchenko, N.; Roshchupkina, O.; Eckert, S.
Abstract: A visualization of the segregation freckle formation and the main convection pattern in solidifying Ga - In alloys was obtained by using the X-ray imaging technique [1, 2]. A Ga - In alloy was used because its density variation and thermo-physical properties are similar to many commercial alloys. Furthermore, it has a very good X-ray contrast and shows a melting point near room temperature. Recently, formation of stable chimney at several solidification conditions and captured the solute distribution and flow velocities were reported [2]. Variations of the vertical and lateral temperature gradients induce modifications of the melt flow pattern, which lead to different segregation structures.
In the case of solidification at higher vertical temperature gradients (up to 2 K/mm), we identified a converging flow ahead of the mushy zone coming from the side walls. Such flow patterns are driven by the lateral temperature gradient and the convex shape of the solidification front. This leads to a continuous accumulation of solute in the central part of the solidification cell followed by a remelting of the solid fraction and the occurrence of a sustaining chimney. This mechanism of chimney formation is different as compared to the case where the evolution of the segregation channel is related to any initial growth defect.
Variations of the lateral temperature gradient by additional side cooling lead to a collapse of the double-vortex convection over entire cell volume. A more complicated flow pattern occurs consisting of multiple convection rolls along the solid - liquid interface. At such solidification conditions a sustainable development of stable chimneys was rarely observed.

Keywords: Visualization, X-ray radioscopy, freckle formation, solid - liquid interface, flow patterns, temperature gradient
  • Lecture (Conference):
    4th International Conference on Advances in Solidification Processes, 08.-11.07.2014, Old Windsor, United Kingdom
Registration No. 20840

In situ X-ray radiography study on the impact of forced melt convection on solidification processes
Shevchenko, N.; Roshchupkina, O.; Eckert, S.
Abstract: In this paper, we present experimental investigations focusing on the question how natural and forced convection influence the microstructure formation in solidifying alloys.
In situ visualization of the solidification of Ga–25wt%In alloys was carried out by means of X-ray radioscopy. An electromagnetically driven flow was produced inside the solidifying liquid by a rotating wheel with two parallel disks containing at their inner sides a set of permanent NdFeB magnets with alternating polarisation [1, 2]. Rotation speeds of the magnetic wheel were chosen in the range of 10 – 80 revolutions per minute resulting in local flow velocities between 0.5 and 1.5 mm/s in the area just ahead of the solidification front. The melt flow is almost perpendicular with respect to the growth direction of the dendrites.
The forced convection induces a redistribution of solute concentration, re-orientation of the dendritic structure, changes of primary and secondary branching, and leads to a formation of segregation channels. Flow patterns, dendrite morphologies and tip velocities were quantified by image analysis and related to the experimental conditions. In principle, the forced flow is an external operational parameter that can be used to control the final microstructure. However, the optimization of the microstructure by electromagnetic flow control is a complex task which requires a deep understanding of the complex interplay between melt flow and solidification process.

Keywords: X-ray radiography, Solidification, Ga-In alloy, Forced convection, Dendritic structure, Tip velocity
  • Lecture (Conference):
    4th International Conference on Advances in Solidification Processes, 08.-11.07.2014, Old Windsor, United Kingdom
Registration No. 20839

Dependence of all-optical magnetic switching on the sublattice magnetization orientation in Tb-Fe thin films
Hassdenteufel, A.; Schubert, C.; Schmidt, J.; Richter, P.; Zahn, D. R. T.; Salvan, G.; Helm, M.; Bratschitsch, R.; Albrecht, M.
Abstract: We demonstrate that the direction of all-optical switching (AOS) in rare-earth transition-metal (RE-TM) alloy Tb-Fe thin films depends on the orientation of the sublattice magnetization and not on the direction of the resulting net magnetization. For this purpose, we investigated the AOS ability for a sample dominated by the Fe sublattice magnetization (Tb24Fe76) and another dominated by the Tb sublattice (Tb30Fe70). This finding of the sublattice dependence of AOS contributes to the understanding of switching in RE-TM multilayered thin films and heterostructures.
Keywords: all-optical magnetic switching, AOS, sublattice magnetization, rare earth metal alloy, Registration No. 20838

Why Do Strategic Alliances Persist? A Behavioral Decision Model
Klossek, A.; Meyer, K. E.; Nippa, M.
Abstract: Strategic alliances are considered a flexible form of organizing, yet they are often long-lived. Even when systematic benefit–cost analysis suggests that their organizational form should be changed or terminated, some alliances still persist. Drawing on behavioral decision theory, we propose a theoretical model that explains this phenomenon. Decision makers are subject to a variety of biases that can lead to the overvaluation of the net benefits of an alliance and, hence, inhibit the change or discontinuation of underperforming alliances. Our model illustrates how decision-making biases at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, and interorganizational levels are moderated by the design of an alliance and the tools employed in the decision-making process. This behavioral decision perspective advances our theoretical understanding of the longevity of strategic alliances and their embeddedness in complex decision-making contexts. Registration No. 20837

High-magnetic-field properties of frustrated magnets
Wosnitza, J.
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  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    13th Japanese-German Symposium “Interplay of Spin- and Orbital Degrees of Freedom in Strongly Correlated Electron Systems”, 13.-16.07.2014, Rottach-Egern, Deutschland
Registration No. 20834

Emerging evidence for FFLO states in layered organic superconductors
Wosnitza, J.
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  • Invited lecture (Conferences):
    2nd International Symposium of the SFB/TR 49 on “Novel states in correlated condensed matter – from model systems to real materials”, 08.-10.04.2014, Königstein, Deutschland
Registration No. 20833
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