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First Lasing of the IR FEL at the Fritz-Haber-Institut Berlin

Schöllkopf, W.; Erlebach, W.; Gewinner, S.; Junkers, H.; Liedke, A.; Meijer, G.; von Helden, G.; Zhang, W.; Jordan, K.; Rathke, J.; Murray, A.; Todd, M.; Young, L. M.; Bluem, H.; Dowell, D.; Lange, R.; Park, J.; Davidsaver, M.; Lehnert, U.; Michel, P.; Seidel, W.; Wuensch, R.; Loos, H.; Gottschalk, S. C.

An IR and THz FEL with a design wavelength range from 4 to 500 µm has been commissioned at the Fritz-Haber-Institut (FHI) in Berlin, Germany, for applications in, i.a., molecular and cluster spectroscopy as well as surface science. The linac comprises two S-band standingwave copper structures. The first one operates at near fixed field to accelerate the electrons to 20 MeV, while the second one is designed to accelerate (or decelerate) to any final energy between 15 and 50 MeV. A key aspect of the system is low longitudinal emittance, < 50 keVpsec, at more than 200 pC bunch charge with a max. micro pulse rep. rate of 1 GHz. The up to 15 µs long macro pulses come at a rate of up to 20 Hz. The electrons are steered through either one of two FELs. A single-plane-focusing, 40 mm period hybrid magnet undulator combined with a 5.4 m long cavity has been commissioned for the mid-IR (< 50 µm). In addition, a two-plane- focusing undulator in combination with a 7.2 m long cavity with a 1-d waveguide for the optical mode is planned for the far-IR. In February 2012 we observed 'first lasing' at 28 MeV
and a wavelength of 18 µm. We will present first results characterizing the system.

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  • Poster
    34th International Free Electron Laser Conference 2012, 26.-31.08.2012, Nara, Japan
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    34th International Free Electron Laser Conference 2012, 26.-31.08.2012, Nara, Japan

Publ.-Id: 17468

Characterization of H-plasma treated ZnO crystals by positron annihilation and atomic force microscopy

Cizek, J.; Prochazka, I.; Kuriplach, J.; Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.; Cowan, T. E.; Grambole, D.; Schmidt, H.; Skuropa, W.

Nominally undoped, hydrothermally grown ZnO single crystals have been investigated before and after exposure to remote H-plasma. Defect characterization has been made by two complementary techniques of positron annihilation: positron lifetime spectroscopy and coincidence Doppler broadening. The high-momentum parts of the of the annihilation photon momentum distribution have been calculated from first principles in order to assist in defect identification. The positron annihilation results are supplemented by Atomic Force Microscopy for characterization of the crystal surface. It was found that virgin ZnO crystal contains Zn-vacancies associated with hydrogen. H-plasma treatment causes a significant reduction in concentration of these complexes. Physical mechanism of this effect is discussed in the paper.

Keywords: Zinc oxide; hydrogen; positron annihilation; atomic force microscopy


Publ.-Id: 17467

Structural studies of nanocrystalline thin Pd films electrochemically doped with hydrogen

Cizek, J.; Vlcek, M.; Lukac, F.; Vlach, M.; Prochazka, I.; Brauer, G.; Anwand, W.; Muecklich, A.; Wagner, S.; Uchida, H.; Pundt, A.

Hydrogen absorption in Pd causes a significant volume expansion. In free-standing bulk Pd, the hydrogen-induced volume expansion is isotropic. However, the situation becomes more complicated in thin Pd films. Contrary to bulk samples, thin films are clamped to an elastically stiff substrate, which prevents in-plane expansion. Hence, the volume expansion of a thin film is strongly anisotropic because it expands in the out-of-plane direction only. Internal stresses introduced by absorbed hydrogen may become so high that detachment of a film from the substrate is energetically favorable and buckles of various morphologies are formed. In the present work, we studied hydrogen-induced buckling in a nanocrystalline thin Pd film deposited on a sapphire substrate. Slow positron implantation spectroscopy (SPIS) was employed as a principal tool for the characterization of defects and investigation of defect interactions with hydrogen. SPIS studies were combined with X-ray diffraction and direct observations of buckling by light microscopy. It was found that buckling of thin Pd film occurs at hydrogen concentrations xH > 0.1 and is accompanied by a strong increase of dislocation density.

Keywords: palladium; hydrogen; thin films; positron annihilation


Publ.-Id: 17466

Structural characterization of lead sheets for organ pipes by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

Butterling, M.; Anwand, W.; Cowan, T. E.; Skorupa, W.; Wagner, A.; Häberle, J.; Jungmann, M.; Krille, A.; Krause-Rehberg, R.; Eule, A. C.

An important issue when restaurating organ pipes made from lead alloys is the engineering of such material by mechanical hammering to increase the density. Microscopic effects of work-hardening on the surface near layers of lead sheets were investigated by depth resolving Doppler Broadening Spectroscopy measurements using the slow positron beam SPONSOR [1] of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. The influence of small differences in the chemical composition of the samples is also discussed.

Keywords: Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy; Defect Characterization

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  • Lecture (Conference)
    76. Jahrestagung der DPG und DPG-Frühjahrstagung, 25.-30.03.2012, Berlin, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17465

Defect Behaviour in Yttria-Stabilised Zirconia Nanomaterials Studied by Positron Annihilation Techniques

Prochazka, I.; Cizek, J.; Melikhova, O.; Kuriplach, J.; Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.; Konstantinova, T. E.; Danilenko, I. A.; Yashchishyn, I. A.

Recent experimental and theoretical investigations on a variety of yttria-stabilised zirconia (YSZ) nanomaterials are reviewed. The investigations were conducted within the frame of a collaboration of three institutions: (i) Charles University in Prague (CZ), (ii) Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf (GER) and (iii) Nat. Academy of Science in Donetsk (UA), Materials studied involved pressure-compacted nanopowders of binary and ternary (with Cr2O3 additive) YSZ and YSZ ceramics obtained by sintering the nanopowders. The nanopowders were prepared by the co-precipitation technique. Positron annihilation spectroscopy including the conventional positron lifetime (LT) and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) techniques was employed as the main experimental tool. Slow positron implantation spectroscopy (SPIS) was used in investigation of commercial YSZ single crystals for reference purposes. Extended state-of-art theoretical ab-initio calculations of positron response in the ZrO2 lattice were carried out for various vacancy-like defect configurations. It was suggested by these calculations that none of the oxygen-vacancy related defects are capable to trap positrons. On the other hand, zirconium vacancy was demonstrated by the calculations to be a deep positron trap, even in case that a hydrogen atom is adjointed to the vacancy. The measured positron LT data clearly indicated that positrons annihilate in nanopowders predominantly from trapped states at defects of two kinds: (a) the vacancy-like misfit defects concentrated in layers along the grain boundaries and characterised with lifetimes of ≈ 0.180 ns, and (b) the larger defects of open volume comparable to a few vacancy cluster which are situated at intersections of three (or more) grain boundaries (characteristic lifetimes of ≈ 0.380 ns. Intensity ratio of LT components corresponding to these two kinds of defects was found to be correlated with the mean particle size. This correlation reconfirms the above interpretation of LT components and, moreover, the measured ratios could be used to estimate changes of the mean particle size with chromia content or sintering temperature. It was shown in this way that chromia addition to the YSZ nanopowder leads to a smaller particle size compared to the binary YSZ. Similarly, grain growth during sintering could be monitored via this intensity ratio. A portion of ≈ 10 % of positrons was found to form positronium (Ps) in binary YSZ compacted nanopowders. The observed ortho-Ps lifetimes correspond to Ps pick-off annihilation in cavities of ≈ 3 nm size which may be expected to occur between the primary nanoparticles. On the other hand, an addition of chromia at concentration as low as 0.3 mol.% appeared to be sufficient to suppress Ps formation below detection limit. Similarly, Ps formation could not be detected in binary YSZ sintered for 1 hour at a temperature of 1000 °C or higher. The former effect indicates an enhanced concentration of Cr cations at the particle surfaces, while the latter one appears due to a decrease of cavity concentration induced by sintering. The measured CDB data supported the idea that vacancy-like trapping centres are similar to zirconium vacancies and gave further evidence of a strong segregation of Cr segregation at particle interfaces.
SPIS was further involved in a trial experiment on binary YSZ nanopowders and sintered ceramics. This experiment clearly demonstrated that SPIS may reveal a valuable information about changes of depth profiles of microstructure during sintering,, e.g. a sintering induced diffusion of defects from sample interior to its surface.

Keywords: Yttria-stabilised zirconia; Chromia; Pressure-compacted nanopowders; Sintered ceramics; Positron lifetimes; Coincidence Doppler broadening; Slow positron implantation spectroscopy; Theoretical ab-initio calculations of positron parameters


Publ.-Id: 17464

Investigations of HAVAR® Alloy using Positrons

May-Tal Beck, S.; Anwand, W.; Wagner, W.; Brauer, G.; Beck, A.; Ocherashvili, A.; Hen, O.; Haroush, S.; Eisen, Y.; Moreno, D.

A study of irradiation-induced damage in HAVAR® foils was initiated in order to extract the highest proton dose the foils can sustain. The lattice structure of HAVAR® foils in different metallurgic conditions is presented, as well as visible internal structure, measured by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (PAS) techniques were used to investigate these foils, and another foil that had been irradiated to the maximal proton dose limit, set by the manufacturer, of 1 mAh. PAS techniques included Doppler Broadening (DB) measurement in the SPONSOR beam and Lifetime (LT) measurements, both carried at Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). Both positron spectroscopy methods show clear differences between the investigated foils, with distinguished characteristics for annealed, cold-rolled and irradiated foils. The advantages of using a slow positron beam to study thin foils and defect profiles, over a table-top LT spectrometer, are discussed and demonstrated by the HAVAR® measurements.

Keywords: positron annihilation; lifetime spectroscopy; Doppler broadening; slow positron beam; HAVAR® alloy; irradiation damage


Publ.-Id: 17463

Application of Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy to Irradiated Fe-Cr Alloys

Butterling, M.; Bergner, F.; Heintze, C.; Anwand, W.; Ulbricht, A.

The effect of Cr on the microstructure of neutron-irradiated Fe-Cr alloys is not yet known in detail. Available experimental results indicate that the addition of Cr to Fe or steels significantly influences the behavior of Fe-Cr alloys or ferritic/ martensitic high-Cr steels with regard to neutron irradiation. Neutron irradiation induced damage at its early stage was simulated by ion implantation. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy, known as a very sensitive method for revealing smallest open-volume defects with lowest concentrations, was applied to identify irradiation-induced defects depending on the Cr-content in Fe-Cr alloys. Different irradiation scenarios were used to investigate the influences of irradiation step by step.

Keywords: Fe-Cr alloys; Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy; ion implantation induced damage

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Publ.-Id: 17462

Design and Construction of a Slow Positron Beam for Solid and Surface Investigations

Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.; Butterling, M.; Kissener, H.-R.; Wagner, A.

On the basis of the design and construction of the slow positron beam “SPONSOR” at the Helmholtz-Centre Dresden-Rossendorf an example is given how to build-up a simple slow positron beam for solid surface investigations within a short time and without high financial costs. The system uses a 22Na source and consists of three main parts: (1) the source chamber with a thin film tungsten moderator used in transmission, and a pre-accelerator stage, (2) the vacuum system with magnetic transport, a bent tube for energy selection and an accelerator, (3) the sample chamber with a sample holder, Ge detectors and (4) facilities for remote control and data acquisition. These parts are described in detail. The paper is preferentially addressed to beginners in the field of slow positron beam techniques and other readers being generally interested in positron annihilation spectroscopy.

Keywords: slow positron beam; design and construction


Publ.-Id: 17461

Flash lamp annealing of W foils and meshes

Anwand, W.; Butterling, M.; Johnson, J.; Wagner, A.

Tungsten is often used as a positron moderator in mono-energetic positron beams [1] with 22Na positron sources. Therefore, mono-crystalline W foils with a thickness of about 2 µm are commonly used. The efficiency of such tungsten moderators strongly depends on the heat treatment of the tungsten foils. Currently, the annealing of such thin foils is mostly done at temperatures of about 2000 oC under vacuum conditions with a considerable difficulty. For this reason, a new method was sought to quickly anneal W foils to produce manageable, low-cost moderators with a high efficiency suitable for mono-energetic positron beams.
Flash lamp annealing (FLA) offers a chance for the optimization of the moderator properties. With FLA, the surface of a W foil can be heated above the melting point (3422ºC) in 1 to 3 ms without melting the whole volume. The heat treatment was carried out in an Ar flow. In this way, a surface cleaning and a considerably longer positron diffusion length could be reached.
Conventional poly-crystalline W foils with a thickness of 9 µm + 25% and heat treated by FLA were characterized by Auger electron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and slow positron implantation spectroscopy and then tested as positron moderators. First promising results obtained with these W foils will be presented and it will be shown that this technique is applicable to tungsten meshes too.

[1] P.G. Coleman, Positron Beams and their applications, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, 2000

Keywords: mono-energetic positron beam; W moderator; flash lamp annealing

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Treffen deutscher Positronengruppen, 28.02.-01.03.2012, Dresden, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17460

ELI - Extreme Light Infrastructure Science and Technology with Ultra-Intense Lasers. Whitebook

Aleonard, M. M.; Altarelli, M.; Antici, P.; Apolonskiy, A.; Audebert, P.; Bartnik, A.; Barty, C. P. J.; Bernstein, A.; Biegert, J.; Böni, P.; Booth, N.; Borghesi, M.; Bote, D.; Bulanov, S. V.; Butkus, R.; Cardoso, L.; Chambaret, J. P.; Charambilidis, D.; Cheriaux, G.; Clarke, R.; Collier, J.; Cramer, L.; Czitrovsky, A.; D’Humières, E.; Di Piazza, A.; Dietz, B.; Ditmire, T.; Dombi, P.; Dorobantu, A.; Dyer, G.; Ernstorfer, R.; Ertel, K.; Esarey, E.; Esirkepov, T. Z.; Esposito, A.; Fajardo, M.; Fedotov, A.; Fenic, C.; Fernandez, F.; Ferrari, A.; Földes, I. D.; Frederickson, C.; Fuchs, J.; Fülöp, J. A.; Fülöp, Z.; Galimberti, M.; Gaul, E.; Gies, H.; Giulietti, A.; Giulietti, D.; Gizzi, L.; Gliksohn, F.; Goulielmakis, E.; Grigsby, W.; Gross, M.; Grüner, F.; Habs, D.; Hajdu, J.; Hajima, R.; Harman, Z.; Hatsagortsian, K. Z.; Hebling, J.; Kalashnikov, M. P.; Kalpouzos, C.; Karsch, S.; Keitel, C. H.; Kiefer, D.; Kienberger, R.; Kling, M.; Kneip, S.; Korn, G.; Köster, U.; Kovács, M.; Kozlova, M.; Kraft, G.; Kraft, S.; Krausz, F.; Lancaster, K. L.; Le Blanc, C.; Le Garrec, B.; Leemans, W.; Lenner, M.; Limpouch, J.; Lippenyi, T.; Lopes, N. C.; Lopez-Martens, R.; Ma, W.; Major, Z.; Margarone, D.; Markey, K.; Marklund, M.; Marti, M.; Martinez, M.; Mason, P.; Mathieu, F.; Metzger, T.; Mocek, T.; Molls, M.; Mourou, G.; Moustaizis, S. D.; Müller, C.; Murphy, C. D.; Musgrave, I.; Narozhny, N. B.; Naumova, N.; Neely, D.; Negoita, F.; Nickles, P. V.; Nisoli, M.; Oliva, E.; Osvay, K.; Paillard, J. L.; Pepler, D.; Pegoraro, F.; Pervak, V.; Petrillo, V.; Pfeiffer, F.; Pietralla, N.; Piskarksas, A.; Ploumistakis, I.; Poleto, L.; Priebe, G.; Rodriguez Tajes, C.; Rohlena, K.; Roth, M.; Ruhl, H.; Ruiz, C.; Rus, B.; Ruth, R.; Růžička, V.; Sandner, W.; Sansone, G.; Savran, D.; Schreiber, J.; Schützhold, R.; Serafini, L.; Silva, L.; de Silvestri, S.; Sonnabend, K.; Stehle, C.; Symes, D. R.; Szabo, G.; Tajima, T.; Tempea, G.; Thirolf, P. G.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Tikhonchuk, V.; Tsakiris, G. D.; Tsohantjis, I.; Tzallas, P.; Urruti, E.; Ursescu, D.; Varjú, K.; Veisz, L.; Vrakking, M.; Weidenmüller, H. A.; White, W.; Wilkens, J. J.; Will, I.; Winstone, T.; Wittman, T.; Woolsey, N.; Wormser, G.; Yan, X. Q.; Zamfir, N. V.; Zepf, M.

The ELI Whitebook contains the description of the science, the technology basis and the implementation of the new international scientific infrastructure Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI)

Keywords: ultra-intense lasers; high-power lasers; ELI

  • Book (Authorship)
    Berlin: THOSS Media GmbH, Editors: G.A. Mourou, G. Korn, W. Sandner, 2011
    535 Seiten

Publ.-Id: 17459

A new experiment on the 2H(α,γ)6Li reaction

Anders, M.

The 2H(α,γ)6Li cross section has been measured by in-beam gamma-spectrometry at the deep underground 400 keV LUNA accelerator in Italy's Gran Sasso laboratory. An α-beam of 280-400 keV energy was incident on a windowless deuterium gas target, and the γ-rays from the reaction were detected in a large high-purity germanium detector. Due to elastically scattered deuterons, there is a low but not negligible parasitic neutron production of the order of 10 neutrons per second. These neutrons give rise to a significant background in the germanium detector. In addition to the underground in-beam experiment, also studies using americium-beryllium and deuterium-deuterium neutron sources and Monte Carlo simulations have been performed. The analysis of signal and background is described in detail.

Keywords: Gran Sasso; Nuclear Astrophysics; LUNA; Lithium; Big Bang; Nucleosynthesis

  • Poster
    XII International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos, 07.08.2012, Cairns, Australia
  • Contribution to proceedings
    XII International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos, 18.11.2012, Cairns, Australia
    PoS(NIC XII)137

Publ.-Id: 17458

Commissioning of the Fritz Haber Institute MID-IR FEL

Todd, A. M. M.; Bluem, H.; Ditta, J.; Dowell, D.; Jordan, K.; Lange, R.; Loos, H.; Park, J.; Rathke, J.; Young, L.; Gewinner, S.; Erlebach, W.; Junkes, H.; Liedke, A.; Meijer, G.; von Helden, G.; Schöllkopf, W.; Zhang, W.; Lehnert, U.; Michel, P.; Seidel, W.; Wuensch, R.

The free electron laser (FEL) at the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin is designed to deliver radiation from 4 to 400 microns. A single-plane-focusing undulator combined with a 5.4 m long optical cavity is used for the generation of mid-infrared (MIR) radiation up to 50 microns. A two-plane-focusing undulator, in combination with a 7.2 m long cavity with a 1-D waveguide for the optical mode, is planned for the far-infrared (FIR). Beam was delivered to the MIR beam dump in October 2011 and first light at 18 microns was achieved on Valentine’s Day, 2012. We describe progress to date and plans to complete the
commissioning of the MIR beamline and the installation of the FIR beamline.

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  • Poster
    International Particle Accelarator Conference 2012 (IPAC2012), 20.-25.05.2012, New Orleans, USA
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    International Particle Accelarator Conference 2012 (IPAC2012), 20.-25.05.2012, New Orleans, USA

Publ.-Id: 17457

A comparative glance into the HAVAR alloy by PAS and TEM methods

May-Tal Beck, S.; Anwand, W.; Wagner, A.; Haroush, S.; Eisen, Y.; Beck, A.; Ocherashvili, A.; Hen, O.; Moreno, D.

HAVAR foils are used in the medical industry as a window material for the production of 18FDG for PET scans. First comparative measurements of HAVAR foils, 25 μm thick, are presented. Three samples were measured: cold rolled (CR), annealed (AN), and proton irradiated (IR). These HAVAR foils were studied by means of Slow Positron Implantation Spectroscopy (SPIS), Positron Annihilation Lifetime spectroscopy (PAL), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). TEM and XRD results show that HAVAR has a fcc structure with a small amount of dislocations in the AN sample and a high density of dislocation nets in the CR sample. The positron diffusion lengths, extracted from the SPIS measurements, are ~8 nm and ~66 nm in the CR and AN samples, respectively, in agreement with TEM observations. The results of PAL measurements show significant differences between positron mean lifetimes in the three samples. Differences of ~50 ps and ~70 ps were measured between the mean lifetime in the AN sample and these in the CR and IR samples, respectively. GEANT4 simulations were used for the first time in PAL analysis. The simulation method and its benchmarking against previous measurements are described. Lifetime results obtained using conventional PAL analysis and GEANT4 based analysis are consistent within uncertainties for both the HAVAR and a Si reference sample.

Keywords: HAVAR foil; intrinsic and irradiation induced defects; positron annihilation spectroscopy; transmission electron microscopy

  • Contribution to proceedings
    Positron Studies of Defects 2011 (PSD-11), 28.08.-02.09.2011, Delft, Netherlands
    Physics Procedia 35: ELSEVIER, 63-68

Publ.-Id: 17456

Isolierung und Charakterisierung von Zellwandbestandteilen Gram-positiver Mikroorganismen

Drechsel, N.

Die Untersuchung von Metallen in Biosystemen stellt einen wichtigen Faktor im Verständnis von Mobilität und Stabilität, von z. B. Schwermetallen, in der Umwelt dar. Um diese Prozesse zu verstehen, bzw. um Aussagen zu verschiedenen Reaktionen treffen zu können, ist es notwendig die genauen Mechanismen zu bestimmen. Untersuchungen zeigten bei den hier verwendeten mikrobiellen Haldenisolaten sehr hohe Metallbindungskapazitäten. Da bisher größtenteils nur ganze Zellsysteme untersucht wurden, soll hier der Fokus auf die Einzelkomponenten von Gram-positiven Mikroorganismen gelegt werden. Dazu ist es notwendig diese zu isolieren und zu charakterisieren bevor Aussagen zu Bindungsereignissen und Wechselwirkungs-mechanismen getroffen werden können. In diesen Ausführungen sollen die gram-positiven Stämme JG-B53 und Lysinibacillus sphaericus JG-A12 in einem Batch-Verfahren kultiviert werden. Anschließend werden die Zellen geerntet und deren Zellwandbestandteile durch verschiedene Verfahren gewonnen. Zu den Extraktionsverfahren zählen die mechanisch-biochemische Gewinnung und die Lösungsmittelextraktion. Die zu isolierenden Komponenten sind vor allem Lipide und Hüllproteine, die auch als S-Layer bezeichnet werden. Die extrahierten Bestandteile werden mittels biochemischer, chemischer und strukturanalytischer Analysemethoden charakterisiert.

Keywords: S-Layer; Lipide; Biosorption; Bakterien; Biosysteme; Isolierung

  • Study thesis
    Hochschule Mittweida, 2012
    75 Seiten

Publ.-Id: 17455

Characterization of quenched-in vacancies in Fe–Al alloys

Cizek, J.; Lukac, F.; Prochazka, I.; Kuzel, R.; Jiraskova, Y.; Janickovic, D.; Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.

Physical and mechanical properties of Fe–Al alloys are strongly influenced by atomic ordering and point defects. In the present work positron lifetime (LT) measurements combined with slow positron implantation spectroscopy (SPIS) were employed for an investigation of quenched-in vacancies in Fe–Al alloys with the Al content ranging from 18 to 49 at.%. The interpretation of positron annihilation data was performed using ab-initio theoretical calculations of positron parameters. Quenched-in defects were identified as Fe-vacancies. It was found that the lifetime of positrons trapped at quenched-in defects increases with increasing Al content due to an increasing number of Al atoms surrounding the Fe vacancies. The concentration of quenched-in vacancies strongly increases with increasing Al content from 105 in Fe82Al18 (i.e. the alloy with the lowest Al content studied) up to 101 in Fe51Al49 (i.e. the alloy with the highest Al content studied in this work).

Keywords: Fe–Al alloys; vacancies; positron annihilation

Publ.-Id: 17454

Gestengesteuerte visuelle Datenanalyse einer Laser-Plasma-Simulation

Schneider, B.

Der ständige Zuwachs an Rechenleistung und die Entwicklung größerer Speichermedien fördert eine nie dagewesene Datenflut zu Tage. In Bereichen wie Astronomie, Biologie, Medizin, Physik und Wirtschaft werden Datenmengen im Petabyte-Bereich und darüber hinaus gemessen, beobachtet und berechnet.

Ein konkretes Beispiel liefert der am Institut für Strahlenphysik entwickelte PIConGPU-Code, welcher zur Simulation von Laser-Plasma-Kollisionen eingesetzt wird.

Zur effizienten Auswertung dieser Datenmengen bedarf es neuer Methoden und Werkzeuge, die eine intuitive und flexible Analyse ermöglichen. Ein natürliches Interface und eine immersive Darstellung der Visualisierung nutzt die kognitiven Fähigkeiten des Anwenders und erlaubt ihm sein Expertenwissen optimal einzusetzen.

Deshalb wurde in dieser Arbeit in Kooperation zwischen dem Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf und der TU Dresden ein Visualisierungssystem entwickelt, welches die Vorteile der visuellen Datenanalyse mit einem intuitiven Gesteninterface verbindet. Die Microsoft Kinect dient dabei als Trackinggerät für die Gestenerkennung. Einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Steigerung der Immersion leistet neben einer großen Displayfläche das implementierte Stereo-Rendering.

Keywords: Natürliche Interaktion; Wissenschaftliche Visualisierung; Gesten; Kinect; Powerwall; stereoskopisch; Datenanalyse

  • Study thesis
    TU Dresden, 2012
    70 Seiten

Publ.-Id: 17453

First lasing of the IR FEL at the Fritz-Haber-Institut

Schöllkopf, W.; Gewinner, S.; Zhang, W.; Junkes, H.; Erlebach, W.; Liedke, A.; von Helden, G.; Meijer, G.; Lehnert, U.; Seidel, W.; Wünsch, R.; Michel, P.; Bluem, H.; Todd, A.; Rathke, J.; Young, L.; Dowell, D.

An IR and THz free-electron laser for applications in, i.a., molecular and cluster spectroscopy as well as surface science has been installed at the Fritz-Haber-Institut in Berlin. Commissioning has started at the end of July 2011. On February 14th ‘first lasing’ was observed at a wavelength of about 18 µm.
The normal-conducting electron linac together with a gun-to-dump electron beam line has been designed, fabricated, and installed by Advanced Energy Systems, Inc. It comprises two S-band (2.99 GHz) standing-wave copper structures. The first one is designed to accelerate the electron bunches to a fixed energy of 20 MeV, while the second one shall accelerate or decelerate the electrons to any final energy between 15 and 50 MeV. Electron bunches of up to 300 pC charge are accelerated at a maximum rate of 1 GHz. A chicane between the two structures allows for variable bunch-compression down to 1 ps. Further, the design length of the electron macro-pulses is as long as 15 µs with a maximum repetition rate of 20 Hz.
The electrons will, eventually, be steered through either one of two oscillator FELs, So far, the first FEL has been installed. It includes a 2-m-long planar hybrid-magnet undulator made by STI Optronics, Inc. with a period of 40 mm, which is enclosed within a 5.4 m long IR cavity. At a minimum gap of 16.5 mm a maximum undulator parameter of more than 1.6 is reached. As a result, it is expected that MIR radiation in the range from 4 µm up to almost 50 µm can be produced with this system. Hole-outcoupling is used to extract a beam from the IR cavity. The cavity length will be stabilized using the feedback signal from a HeNe-laser interferometer.
The design of the FIR FEL, so far, has been outlined. It shall employ a 7.2 m long cavity containing a full-length 1-dimensional waveguide and a more than 4 m long undulator with a period of 11 cm. The design wavelength range covers the FIR from about 30 µm all the way to the THz regime up to about 500 µm. We will present the status of commissioning and design of the MIR and FIR FEL, respectively.

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  • Poster
    503th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Free-Electron Lasers: from Fundamentals to Applications, 10.-13.04.2012, 10.-13.04.2012, Bad Honneff, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17452

Actinides in Biological Systems

Geipel, G.; Viehweger, K.

Actinides are elements with atomic numbers between 89 and 103. All actinides are radioactive, heavy elements. Due to their occurrence the can be separated into two groups: Naturally occurring actinides and synthetic elements. However, the line between these two groups is not a sharp one. This is due human activities in use and testing nuclear power and nuclear weapons as well as in a very smaller amount due to natural nuclear reactors in the Proterozoic era. Thorium, protactinium, uranium and in much smaller amounts plutonium are the naturally occurring elements. Neptunium and all elements with atomic numbers (AN) larger than 94 are synthetic elements. The isotopes of elements beginning with einsteinium (AN=99) have relatively short lifetimes of the radioactive decay (< 472d Es-252) and there availability is very limited, therefore no information about their behaviour in biological systems have been published up to now.
Especially uranium, neptunium, plutonium and partly also americium can exist in different oxidation states. Therefore for these elements redox reactions in biological systems are of great significance.
Actinoides can be accumulated in the human body. However, the accumulating organs are different. While protactinium is mainly accumulated in kidneys and bones, plutonium is incorporated in lung, liver and bones. All actinoides show long residence times in the human body. Therefore it is sometimes not easy to distinguish between chemical toxicity and radiotoxicity.
Most of the literature deals with monitoring of radioactivity and calculation of doses in living systems, however, this will be not the focus of this contribution.
Thorium exits in the natural environment only in the oxidation state +4. Therefore it precipitates very easily. Due to this the transfer of thorium from soil to plants is much lower compared to uranium, for instance.
The only long living isotope of protactinium is Pa-231, a member of the U-235 decay chain. Up to now the biology of this element focuses only on the radiometric determination.
The use of depleted uranium in recent years increased the research in the behaviour of this element in biological environments latterly. New results show that due to the comprising coordination chemistry of uranium a change in the coordination of uranium occurs, when uranium is transported to different biological compartments. Additionally a lot of work to study the influence of uranium to microorganism and plants has been done in the past.
The next element in the actinoides series is neptunium. All members of this naturally occurring decay series have been decayed. Only studies with artificial neptunium isotopes have been done. It is known that microorganisms are able to reduce neptunium(V). Also neptunium is able to bond to transferrin and other proteins of the blood plasma.
Due to its high radio toxicity plutonium has been mainly studied with complexing agents as transferrin. Additionally several studies with microorganisms have been performed. Due to the five possible oxidation states the redox behaviour of plutonium in biological systems is of basic interest.
The next elements in the series of actinoides exits mainly in the oxidation state +3. Therefore it can be expected that their biological behaviour is similar. Nevertheless, several examples for americium, curium will be given. Some sorption behaviour of microorganisms towards americium has been published.
For curium the interaction with microorganism has been studied. It should be lined out here that curium shows an extraordinary high fluorescence emission yield, which enables studies at extremely low concentrations of this element down to 10-11 Mol/l. As an example the speciation of curium in human urine (Cm addition to urine) was determined.
No studies for berkelium in biological systems are reported.
Californium has been used as neutron source to irradiate blood lymphocytes.
Several data are available, dealing with questions of the decontamination of inhaled or ingested actinoides into human body.
Lanthanoides (elements of the 4f series) show similar chemical behaviour as actinoides in the same oxidation state.

Keywords: Actinoide; Lanthanoide; biological systems

  • Book chapter
    W. Maret: Binding, Transport and Storage of Metal Ions in Biological Systems, London: RSC, 2014, 978-1-78262-282-6, 800-832
    DOI: 10.1039/9781849739979-00800

Publ.-Id: 17451

Rétention de l’europium par la calcite : de l’adsorption à l’incorporation dans le matériau

Sabau, A.; Lomenech, C.; Marmier, N.; Jordan, N.; Barkleit, A.; Brendler, V.; Toulhoat, N.; Pipon, Y.; Moncoffre, N.; Giffaut, E.

Les mécanismes d’interaction entre cations et minéraux peuvent inclure des processus d’adsorption, de (co-)précipitation de surface, et aller jusqu’à l’incorporation au sein du matériau, ce qui peut entraîner l'irréversibilité de certaines réactions de sorption. Le minéral choisi pour cette étude est la calcite, présente dans les argilites du Callovo-Oxfordien et également produit d’altération des ciments sur des échelles géologiques, ce qui justifie son intérêt pour l’évaluation de la sûreté d’un site de stockage de déchets radioactifs en site géologique profond. Le cation étudié est l’europium, en tant qu’analogue de certains actinides. La démarche adoptée est la combinaison de données macroscopiques de rétention avec une étude spectroscopique : SLRT pour tenter d’élucider les mécanismes de sorption, et RBS pour confirmer la précipitation de surface ou l’incorporation au sein du matériau et obtenir les profils de diffusion.
Les expériences en réacteur fermé ont été menées sous conditions atmosphériques (pCO2 = 10-3.5 atm) en milieu NaCl 0,1 mol.L-1, pour des concentrations d’europium variant de 10-6 à 10-3 mol.L-1 et des temps de contact variant de quelques heures à 1 mois. Les analyses ICP-AES des surnageants montrent une rétention très forte par la calcite quelles que soient les conditions expérimentales.
Les résultats de SLRT montrent un comportement différent de l’europium en fonction de la concentration initiale et du temps de contact. Pour chacune des concentrations, deux espèces sont mises en évidence, leurs temps de vie augmentant lorsque la concentration initiale diminue, et lorsque le temps de contact augmente, ce qui correspond à une perte progressive des molécules d’eau entourant l’europium.
Pour les concentrations les plus fortes, les espèces identifiées semblent correspondre à un (co-)précipité de surface et un complexe de surface ayant conservé deux molécules d’eau en sphère interne. Les mesures RBS effectuées pour ces concentrations, montrent une accumulation de l’europium à la surface de l’échantillon, ce qui confirme l’hypothèse du précipité de surface. Pour les concentrations plus faibles, les temps de vie observés sur l’une des espèces, beaucoup plus longs, et proches de ceux obtenus par Fernandes et al. [1] qui ont effectué des synthèses directes par coprécipitation, semblent indiquer une incorporation de l´europium au sein du matériau.

Keywords: calcite; Eu; TRLFS; RBS

  • Lecture (Conference)
    XIIIe Journées Nationales de Radiochimie et Chimie Nucléaire, 04.-05.10.2012, Nantes, France

Publ.-Id: 17450

Emission bands of nitrogen-implantation induced luminescent centers in ZnO crystals: Experiment and theory

Dai, X. M.; Xu, S. J.; Gu, Q. L.; Ling, C. C.; Brauer, G.; Anwand, W.; Skorupa, W.

High quality ZnO crystal with the sharp band-edge excitonic emission and very weak green emission was implanted by nitrogen ions. An additional red emission band was observed in the as-implanted ZnO crystal and investigated as a function of temperature. By employing the underdamped multimode Brownian oscillator model for general electron-phonon coupling system, both the original green and nitrogen-implantation induced red emission bands were theoretically reproduced at different temperatures. Excellent agreement between theory and experiment enables us determine the energetic positions of the pure electronic levels associated with the green and red emission bands, respectively. The determined energy level of the red emission band is in good agreement with the data obtained from the deep-level transient spectroscopic measurements.

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Publ.-Id: 17448

Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 (CB2) Selective N-Aryl-oxadiazolyl-propionamides: Synthesis, Radiolabeling, Molekular Modelling and Biological Evaluation

Rühl, T.; Deuther-Conrad, W.; Fischer, S.; Günther, R.; Hennig, L.; Krautscheid, P.; Brust, P.

Background: The endocannabinoid system is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. Two receptors (cannabinoid receptor type 1, CB1, and type 2, CB2) are known so far. Many unwanted psychotic side effects of inhibitors of this system can be addressed to the interaction with CB1. While CB1 is one of the most abundant neuroreceptors, CB2 is expressed in the brain only at very low levels. Thus, high potent and selective compounds for CB2 are desired. N-Aryl-((hetero)aromatic)-oxadiazolyl-propionamides represent a promising class of such selective ligands for the human CB2. Here, a library of various derivatives is studied for suitable routes for labelling with [18F]. Such [18F]-labelled compounds can then be employed as CB2 selective radiotracers for molecular imaging studies employing positron emission tomography (PET).
Results: By varying the N-arylamide substructure we could explore the binding pocket of the human CB2 receptor and identified the 9-ethyl-9H-carbazole amide as the group with optimal size. Radioligand replacement experiments revealed that the modification of the (hetero)aromatic moiety in 3-position of the 1,2,4-oxadiazoles shows only moderate impact on affinity to CB2 but high impact on selectivity towards the CB2 with respect to CB1. Further, we could show by autoradiography studies, that the most promising compounds bind selectively on CB2 receptors in mouse spleen tissue. Molecular docking studies based in a novel 3D structural model of the human CB2 receptor in its activated form indicate that the compounds bind with the N-arylamide substructure in the binding pocket. [18F]-labelling at (hetero)aromatic moiety at the opposite site of the compounds via radiochemistry were carried out.
Conclusions: The synthesized selective CB2 compounds have high affinity towards CB2 and good selectivity against CB1 receptors. The introduction of labelling groups at the (hetero)aromatic moiety shows only moderate impact on CB2 affinity, indicating the introduction of potential labelling groups at this position as a promising approach to develop selective CB2 ligands suitable for molecular imaging with PET. The high affinity for human CB2 and selectivity against human CB1 of the herein presented compounds renders them as suitable candidates for molecular imaging studies.

Publ.-Id: 17447

The IR and THz user facility FELBE

Seidel, W.; Winnerl, S.; Bhattacharyya, J.; Teich, M.; Fehrenbacher, M.; Drachenko, O.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.; Zvyagin, S.; Wosnitza, J.; Bauer, C.; Gensch, M.; Schurig, R.; Lehnert, U.; Michel, P.

The FELBE user facility located at the Helmhotz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf operates two free-electron lasers (FELs). Here we discuss the basic parameters of the FELs and the experimental opportunities at the facility. The FELs are based on the superconducting electron linear accelerator ELBE, which provides short (picosecond) electron bunches with energies up to 35 MeV at a 13 MHz repetition rate. The two FELs of FELBE (FELBE stands for FEL@ELBE) are equipped with two undulators, one for the mid-infrared spectral range (wavelengths 4 – 22 µm) and one for the far-infrared or THz range (wavelengths 20 – 250 µm).
The key feature which distinguishes FELBE from other FEL user facilities is the possibility of “quasi cw” operation (meaning a continuous train of pulses, also called micropulses), made possible by the superconducting accelerator cavities. The FEL thus provides picosecond optical pulses at a repetition rate of 13 MHz. In this mode, the average power can reach up to 30 W (depending on the wavelength) corresponding to more than 1 µJ pulse energy. Additionally FELBE can be operated in a macrobunch mode and, via pulse-picking, a 1 kHz mode.
The two FELs can be synchronized to a number of tabletop femtosecond and picosecond lasers, enabling two-color experiments from the near-infrared to the THz frequency range. The main techniques at FELBE are pump-probe spectroscopy [1-3] and time-resolved photoluminescence [4]. Furthermore there is a lab devoted to near-field microscopy [5,6]. Spectroscopy with FELBE radiation is also possible in pulsed high magnetic fields up to 70 T (150 ms magnetic pulse duration) [7].
FELBE is operated as a user facility, i.e., scientists from other institutions are invited to submit short research proposals and apply for beamtime.

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  • Poster
    503th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar Free-Electron Lasers: from Fundamentals to Applications, 10.-13.04.2012, Bad Honneff, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17446

Bestimmung der Neutronennachweiseffektivität von Plastik-Szintillationsdetektoren

Hannaske, R.; Beyer, R.; Birgersson, E.; Junghans, A. R.; Kögler, T.; Nolte, R.

Der Rossendorf Low-Amplitude-Neutron Detector (RoLAND) besteht aus 1000 × 42 × 11mm3 großen Streifen des Materials EJ-200, dessen Szintillationslicht mit hoch-verstärkenden Photomultipliern an zwei Seiten detektiert wird. Durch koinzidenten Nachweis von Signalen geringer Amplitude liegt die Nachweisschwelle für Neutronen bei weniger als 10 keV. Zur Bestimmung absoluter Wirkungsquerschnitte von (𝛾, n)- und (n, n’𝛾)-Reaktionen, wie sie in den Bereichen nukleare Astrophysik oder Transmutation benötigt werden, wurden am supraleitenden Elektronen-Linearbeschleuniger ELBE Experimente durchgeführt, bei denen sich die Detektoren im Gegensatz zu einer früheren Bestimmung der Effektivität in einem wesentlich kleineren Abstand und in einer Abschirmung aus Blei befanden. Ein Vergleich der Neutronennachweiseffektivität mit Simulationen und neueren Messungen relativ zu einer 235U-Spaltkammer zeigten deutliche Abweichungen insbesondere nahe der Schwelle. Daher wurde an der PTB Braunschweig eine weitere Kalibrierung im Energiebereich 20 − 5000 keV durchgeführt,
deren Ergebnisse vorgestellt werden.

Keywords: neutron detector; efficiency; neutron time-of-flight

  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG Frühjahrstagung, 19.-23.03.2012, Mainz, Deutschland
  • Poster
    525. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar "Nuclear Physics Data for the Transmutation of Nuclear Waste", 25.-27.02.2013, Bad Honnef, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17445

Präzisionsmessung der Photodissoziation des Deuterons bei Energien im Bereich der Big-Bang-Nukleosynthese

Hannaske, R.; Bemmerer, D.; Beyer, R.; Birgersson, E.; Ferrari, A.; Grosse, E.; Junghans, A. R.; Kempe, M.; Kögler, T.; Kosev, K.; Marta, M.; Massarczyk, R.; Matic, A.; Schilling, K.-D.; Schramm, G.; Schwengner, R.; Wagner, A.; Yakorev, D.

Die für die primordiale Nukleosynthese wichtige Reaktion 𝑑(𝛾, 𝑛)𝑝 wurde am supraleitenden Elektronen-Linearbeschleuniger ELBE mit Bremsstrahlung bei einer Endpunktenergie von 5,0 MeV untersucht. Neutronen mit einer kinetischen Energie von 20 − 1400 keV wurden mit Hilfe der Flugzeit-Detektoren RoLAND (Rossendorf Low-Amplitude-Neutron Detector) nachgewiesen, deren Effektivität 2011 an der PTB Braunschweig bestimmt wurde. Wechselwirkungen der emittierten Neutronen mit dem Targetmaterial (23 Schichten aus Aluminium und deuteriertem Polyethylen) wurden simuliert. Der Photonenfluss wurde mit Hilfe der resonanten Streuung an Aluminiumkernen bei Energien von 2,2 und 3,0 MeV bestimmt. Der experimentelle Aufbau, die Datenanalyse sowie vorläufige Ergebnisse werden präsentiert.

Keywords: Big Bang nucleosynthesis; bremsstrahlung; gamma-ray spectroscopy; neutron time-of-flight; nuclear astrophysics; photon scattering

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  • Poster
    DPG Frühjahrstagung, 19.-23.03.2012, Mainz, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17444

Quantitative accuracy of MR-based attenuation correction in whole-body PET/MR

Schramm, G.; Langner, J.; Hofheinz, F.; Beuthien-Baumann, B.; Platzek, I.; Kotzerke, J.; Steinbach, J.; van den Hoff, J.

Objectives: In 2010, a hybrid whole body PET/MR system (Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR) was installed at our institute. PET/MR is expected to offer many new possibilities in the field of quantitative bimodal functional imaging. Quantitative PET image reconstruction requires attenuation correction (AC) which is commonly based on a measurement of photon attenuation using either a transmission scan in stand-alone PET
(TRAC) or a CT scan in PET/CT systems. In PET/MR, however, AC is performed with a software-based approach (MRAC) using dedicated tissue segmentation and tissue type identification (air, lung, soft tissue) of an MR image. Here, we present a first evaluation of the accuracy of the vendor-provided MRAC in whole body investigations.
Methods: We performed sequential PET scans of 9 patients on a stand-alone Siemens ECAT HR+ and on the Ingenuity PET/MR with a time delay of approximately 2h. In addition to the standard reconstruction using MRAC, we performed a second reconstruction of the emission data from the PET/MR using the coregistered transmission-based attenuation maps from the HR+. For the two resulting PET image volumes, we performed a voxel-by-voxel correlation analysis and a comparison of the SUVs in different ROIs.
Results: The PET correlation analysis yielded a Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.93 and 0.96 and average deviations of 4% and 3% between the two reconstructed images for all voxels in the lung and in the torso, respectively. In one patient we observed failure of correct lung detection because of severe motion artifacts of the heart in the MR image. Accordingly we found a very large average deviation of 65% in the lung.
Conclusions: The MRAC algorithm generally yields satisfactory results with respect to soft tissue and air segmentation. The average deviation between PET images reconstructed with TRAC and MRAC is usually small and quantitative accuracy is adequate. Failure of segmentation occur rarely which necessitates manual intervention to achieve adequate segmentation.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    SNM 2012 annual meeting 2012, 09.-13.06.2012, Miami, Florida/USA
  • Abstract in refereed journal
    Journal of Nuclear Medicine 53(2012), 373
    ISSN: 0161-5505

Publ.-Id: 17443

Charakterisierung von Rezeptor-Tyrosinkinasen der Eph/Ephrin-Familie bei humanen Melanomzelllinien

Komadina Garcia Meza, D.

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  • Bachelor thesis
    Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Fakultät Maschinenbau/Verfahrenstechnik, Studiengang Chemie, 2012
    56 Seiten

Publ.-Id: 17442

Neutron induced by an α-beam incident on a deuterium gas target, and the background for a study of the 2H(α,γ)6Li reaction at LUNA

Anders, M.; Trezzi, D.; Bellini, A.; Bemmerer, D.; Broggini, C.; Caciolli, A.; Costantini, H.; Corvisiero, P.; Elekes, Z.; Erhard, M.; Formicola, A.; Fülöp, Z.; Gervino, G.; Guglielmetti, A.; Gustavino, C.; Gyürky, G.; Junker, M.; Lemut, A.; Marta, M.; Mazzocchi, C.; Menegazzo, R.; Prati, P.; Rolfs, C.; Rossi Alvarez, C.; Somorjai, E.; Straniero, O.; Szücs, T.

The production of the stable isotope 6Li in standard Big Bang nucleosynthesis has recently attracted much interest. This is so because some recent observations in metal-poor stars suggest that a cosmological 6Li plateau may exist. If true, this plateau would come in addition to the well-known Spite plateau of 7Li abundances and would point to a primordial origin of 6Li, contrary to the results of standard Big Bang nucleosynthesis calculations. Therefore, the nuclear physics underlying Big Bang 6Li production must be revisited. The present work reports on the neutron-induced background encountered in a new study of the 2H(α,γ)6Li reaction. In the experiment, an α-beam from the ultra-low background underground accelerator LUNA in Gran Sasso, Italy, and a windowless deuterium gas target are used. A low neutron flux is induced by energetic deuterons from elastic scattering and, subsequently, the 2H(d,n)3He reaction. Due to the ultra-low laboratory neutron background at LUNA, the effect of this weak flux of 2-3 MeV neutrons on well-shielded high purity germanium detectors has been studied in detail. Data have been taken at 280 and 400 keV α-beam energy and for comparison also using an americium-beryllium neutron source. The ramifications for the planned 2H(α,γ)6Li measurement are discussed.

Keywords: Big Bang nucleosynthesis; Inelastic neutron scattering; Gas target; Geant4 simulation; AmBe neutron source; LUNA

Publ.-Id: 17440

Neutronics analysis around the spallation target for the MYRRHA ADS design

Ferrari, A.

The present study has been done in the framework of the Central Design Team european project (CDT), which has the goal to design the FAst Spectrum Transmutation Experimental Facility (FASTEF), able to demonstrate efficient transmutation of high level waste and associated ADS technology. On the FASTEF design will be based the MYRRHA facility at SCK•CEN in Mol (Belgium), which should start the construction phase in 2015. The heart of the system is a 100 MW lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) cooled reactor, working both in critical and sub-critical modes. The neutrons needed to sustain fission in the sub-critical mode are produced via spallation processes by a 600 MeV, 4 mA proton beam, which is provided by a linear accelerator and hits a LBE spallation target located inside the reactor core.
Starting from the initial need to assess the shielding of the reactor building and to characterize the irradiation of the materials in the last part of the proton beam-line, an extensive simulation study has been done to define the radiation fields around the spallation target, with special attention to the neutron component. Using a description that includes the last part of the proton beamline and the LBE spallation target, neutron yields and spectra have been computed with both Monte Carlo codes FLUKA (version 2011.2) and MCNPX (version 2.6.0), where in the second case different fragmentation/ evaporation models have been compared. As second step the neutron fluence behavior has been estimated in the whole structure around the reactor core, including fission neutrons. In this case a full MCNPX model has been used, including the vertical part of the proton beamline, the spallation target, the reactor core and the structure around, from the coolant until the external vessel, the reactor cover and the shielding walls. With the aim to compare the results, an additional simulation has been performed with the FLUKA code, using neutron source terms evaluated in the previous MCNPX calculations on suitable surfaces close to the reactor core. The results of the neutronics analysis are presented, together with the main implications on the design solutions.

Keywords: ADS; spallation sources; FLUKA; MCNPX

  • Lecture (Conference)
    13th International Conference on Nuclear Reaction Mechanisms, 11.-15.06.2012, Varenna, Italy

Publ.-Id: 17439

Development of [18F]Flubatine, a promising radiotracer for the imaging of α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs)

Hoepping, A.; Smits, R.; Fischer, S.; Hiller, A.; Funke, U.; Deuther-Conrad, W.; Sattler, B.; Sabri, O.; Steinbach, J.; Brust, P.

The density of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subtypes is reduced in brain of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients. Imaging of α4β2 receptors, the predominant subtype, could thus contribute to early diagnosis of AD. Existing radiotracers for α4β2 nAChRs have suffered from inadequate affinity, or very slow binding kinetics, but the novel compound [18F]Flubatine presents several advantages. Both enantiomers display high affinity in vitro and fast cerebral binding kinetics in living mice and pigs. Initial human PET imaging studies have confirmed high uptake in the thalamus, low non-specific binding, and attainment of equilibrium binding in less than two hours. Dosimetry studies in healthy human volunteers indicate that effective doses for (-)-[18F]Flubatine (< 10 mSv/300 MBq) are compatible with application in routine clinical studies.
We have described the organic synthesis of enantiomerically pure (–)-Flubatine and (+)-Flubatine. Moreover, several precursors with different protecting groups and leaving groups have been synthesized for optimised radiosynthesis. The best radiochemical results were obtained with a trimethylammonium precursor carrying a Boc-protecting group, employing a two-step radiosynthesis. Radiolabelling under phase transfer conditions afforded the protected 18F-intermediate in yields of 90%. Subsequent deprotection under mild conditions gave the final products with a radiochemical yield of 70±5%, and specific activity >350 GBq/µmol. [18F]Flubatine was stable in dilute HCl, NaOH and K2CO3 solutions, as well as under physiological conditions.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Seventh International Symposium on Radiohologens (7th ISR 2012), 15.-19.09.2012, Whistler, B.C., Canada

Publ.-Id: 17438

Design, synthesis, and preliminary in vitro and in vivo pharmacological evaluation of 4-{4-[2-(4-(2-substitutedquinoxalin-3-yl)piperazin-1-yl)ethyl]phenyl}thiazoles as atypical antipsychotic agents

Chandra Sekhar, K. V. G.; Rao, V. S.; Deuther-Conrad, W.; Sridhar, D.; Nagesh, H. N.; Kumar, V. S.; Brust, P.; Kumar, M. M. K.

A series of 4-{4-[2-(4-(2-substitutedquinoxalin-3-yl)piperazin-1-yl)ethyl] phenyl} thiazoles were synthesized in an effort to prepare novel atypical antipsychotic agents. The compounds were designed, synthesized, and characterized by spectral data (IR, 1H NMR, and MS) and the purity was ascertained by microanalysis. The D2 and 5-HT2A affinity of the synthesized compounds was screened in vitro by radioligand displacement assays on membrane homogenates isolated from rat striatum and rat cortex, respectively. Furthermore, all the synthesized final compounds (10a–g; 11a–g; 12a–g) were screened for their in vivo pharmacological activity in Swiss albino mice. D2 antagonism studies were performed using climbing mouse assay model and 5-HT2A antagonism studies were performed using quipazine-induced head twitches in mice. It was observed that none of the new chemical entities exhibited catalepsy and 12d, 11f, and 10a were found to be the most active compounds with 5-HT2A/D2 ratio of 1.23077, 1.14286, and 1.12857, respectively, while the standard drug risperidone exhibited 5-HT2A/D2 ratio of 1.0989. Among the twenty one new chemical entities, three compounds (12d, 11f, and 10a) were found to exhibit better atypical antipsychotic activity as they were found to have higher Meltzer index than the standard drug risperidone.

Keywords: Schizophrenia; Atypical antipsychotics; Quinoxalines; Phenyl thiazoles

Publ.-Id: 17437

Simulation and prototyping of 2 m long resistive plate chambers for detection of fast neutrons and multi–neutron event identification

Elekes, Z.; Aumann, T.; Bemmerer, D.; Boretzky, K.; Caesar, C.; Cowan, T. C.; Hehner, J.; Heil, M.; Kempe, M.; Rossi, D.; Röder, M.; Simon, H.; Sobiella, M.; Stach, D.; Reinhardt, T.; Wagner, A.; Yakorev, D.; Zilges, A.; Zuber, K.; for the R3B Collaboration

Resistive plate chamber (RPC) prototypes of 2 m length were simulated and built. The experimental tests using a 31 MeV electron beam, discussed in details, showed an efficiency higher than 90% and an excellent time resolution of around σ=100 ps. Furthermore, comprehensive simulations were performed by Geant4 toolkit in order to study the possible use of these RPCs for fast neutron (200 MeV–1 GeV) detection and multi–neutron event identification. The validation of simulation parameters was carried out via a comparison to experimental data. A possible setup for invariant mass spectroscopy of multiple neutron emission is presented and the characteristics are discussed. The results show that the setup has a high detection efficiency and is capable of determining the momentum of the outgoing neutrons and reconstructing the relative energy between the fragments from nuclear reactions.

Keywords: prototyping; simulation; Geant4; resistive plate chamber; nuclear reaction; multi–neutron; event reconstruction

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Publ.-Id: 17436

Natural Circulation Phenomena and Modelling for Advanced Water Cooled Reactors

Krepper, E.

The role of natural circulation in advanced water cooled reactor design has been extended with the adoption of passive safety systems. Some designs utilize natural circulation to remove core heat during normal operation. Most passive safety systems used in evolutionary and innovative water cooled reactor designs are driven by natural circulation. The use of passive systems based on natural circulation can eliminate the costs associated with the installation, maintenance and operation of active systems that require multiple pumps with independent and redundant electric power supplies. However, considering the weak driving forces of passive systems based on natural circulation, careful design and analysis methods must be employed to ensure that the systems perform their intended functions.

Keywords: natural circulation; nuclear reactor safety; passive systems

  • Open Access Logo Contribution to external collection
    N. Aksan, J.-H. Choi: Natural Circulation Phenomena and Modelling for Advanced Water Cooled Reactors, IAEA-TECDOC-1677, Vienna: IAEA, 2012, 978-92-0-127410-6

Publ.-Id: 17435

r3-Innovative Technologien für Ressourceneffizienz -Strategische Metalle und Mineralien

Dürkoop, A.

  • Poster
    Strategische Rohstoffe - Risikovorsorge. 4. Symposium Freiberg Innovationen, 19.-20.04.2012, Freiberg, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17434

"Das Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie"

Dürkoop, A.; Gutzmer, J.

Vorstellung des Helmholtz-Instituts Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    18. Firmenkolloquium Beak Consultants GmbH, 04.05.2012, Freiberg, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17433

Current quests in low-energy experimental nuclear astrophysics

Bemmerer, D.

The state of the art of low-energy experiments for nuclear astrophysics is reviewed, with an emphasis on the nuclear physics of the Sun, and on the production of the supernova marker titanium-44. An outlook will be given on the topics to be addressed at future underground low-energy ion accelerators, an important complement to the studies at FAIR.

Keywords: Nuclear Astrophysics LUNA Felsenkeller Solar abundance problem supernova nucleosynthesis

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  • Lecture (Conference)
    Workshop on Open questions in Galactic chemical evolution, 08.-09.05.2012, Heidelberg, Germany

Publ.-Id: 17432

Precise nuclear physics for the Big Bang and our Sun

Bemmerer, D.

There are a wealth of precise observations on our nearest star, the Sun, including spectroscopical, helioseismological, and neutrino data. The Sun may therefore be an ideal testing ground for stellar models, which have to be applied to scenarios where much less is known. After the long-standing solar neutrino problem had been spectacularly resolved one decade ago, hopes were high to develop the standard solar model to a precision of a few percent. However, a new discrepancy has since cropped up, called the solar abundance problem. In the talk, it will be discussed how nuclear physics experiments may help improve our understanding of the Sun. The impact of new nuclear data on the creation of the three lightest chemical elements in the first minutes of our universe will also be shown.

Keywords: Nuclear Astrophysics Felsenkeller LUNA Solar abundance problem

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  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    HIC for FAIR Kolloquium Gießen, 03.05.2012, Gießen, Deutschland
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Seminar Institut für Angewandte Physik, 04.05.2012, Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17431

2‐D Positronen‐Lebensdauerspektroskopie

Wagner, A.

First experiments ausing a multi-detector setup for 2-D tomographic Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy are presented.

Keywords: multi-detector tomographic Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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  • Lecture (Conference)
    Treffen deutscher Positronengruppen, 28.02.-01.03.2012, Dresden, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17430

Taming of Ga droplets on DLC layers – Size tuning and local arrangement with nanometer accuracy

Philipp, P.; Bischoff, L.; Schmidt, B.

A new method for the fabrication of spherical gallium nanoparticles (Ga-NPs) on diamond-like carbon (DLC) layers with high precision in their desired diameter and positioning is presented. The basic principle is the pre-patterning of a DLC film by focused Ga+ ion beam irradiation and subsequent annealing. During thermal treatment the evolution of single Ga NPs with spherical shape on irradiated areas is driven by phase separation and surface segregation of Ga from the supersaturated DLC layer. Shape and size of the implanted areas as well as the ion fluence serve as a Ga reservoir for the NP evolution which is strongly correlated with the NP diameter. For the formation of segregation seeds to avoid random segregation of the NPs small spots are additionally implanted with Ga within the irradiated areas. The NP evolution is than assessed to the seed position and the material for the Ga NP growth is gathered from the surrounding reservoir. Using this technique Ga NPs were fabricated with a diameter ranging from 40 nm up to several hundred nm. Prospective applications i.e. in the field of plasmonics arise from the arrangement in chains as well as in periodical two-dimensional arrays with defined NP size and interparticle distance.

Keywords: gallium droplets; nanoparticles; diamond-like carbon; focused ion beam; segregation; plasmonics

  • Lecture (Conference)
    56th international conference on electron, ion, and photon beam technology and nanofabrication (EIPBN), 29.05.-01.06.2012, Waikoloa Village, Hawaii, USA
  • Nanotechnology 23(2012)47, 475304
    Online First (2012) DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/23/47/475304
    Cited 6 times in Scopus

Publ.-Id: 17429

Activation studies around the proton beamline for the MYRRHA ADS design

Ferrari, A.; Biarrotte, J.-L.; Perrot, L.; Saugnac, H.; VandePlassche, D.

The design of sub-critical accelerator-driven systems requires high energy and high power proton accelerators, of the order of hundreds MeV and some MW for the proposed demonstration experiments. The use of high energy Mega-Watt beams presents many serious challenges for various aspects of accelerator design, radiation shielding and reliable operations, being the induced activation a central problem.
A key issue is the introduction of low-activation materials to improve the accessibility and the long-term treatment of the irradiated elements, maintaining - and sometimes improving - the shielding efficiency with a suitable material configuration. In this work a simulation study based on the FLUKA Monte Carlo transport code is presented: different solutions for the main beam dump of the 600 MeV, 4 mA MYRRHA proton beamline are investigated and discussed. For each proposed solution a complete analysis of the secondary radiation fields and of the residual activation is shown: the inventory of the produced radionuclides and the residual ambient dose equivalent at different distances from the dump are estimated, both for short-term and long-term irradiation conditions and for all the significant cooling times.

Keywords: Accelerator-driven systems; activation; shielding; Monte Carlo

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Accelerator Radiation Induced Activation (ARIA 2011), 15.-19.05.2011, Ma'ale Hachamisha, Israel

Publ.-Id: 17428

Shielding and activation studies around the proton beamline for the MYRRHA design

Ferrari, A.; Merk, B.; Konheiser, J.

Accelerator-driven systems (ADS) are one of the options studied for the transmutation of nuclear waste in the European Community. The design of sub-critical ADS requires high energy and high power proton accelerators, of the order of hundreds MeV and some MW for the proposed demonstration experiments. The use of high energy Mega-Watt proton beams, in combination with a nuclear reactor core operating in sub-critical or critical mode, presents many challenges for various aspects of the design. Radiation shielding and minimization of the induced activation are key points.
The present study has been done in the framework of the Central Design Team european project (CDT), which has the goal to design the FAst Spectrum Transmutation Experimental Facility (FASTEF), able to demonstrate efficient transmutation of high level waste and associated ADS technology. The heart of the system is a 100 MW LBE cooled reactor, working both in critical and sub-critical modes. A beamline aims to transport a 600 MeV, 4 mA proton beam produced by a linear accelerator up to the spallation target for the neutron production, which is located inside the reactor core. Based on the FASTEF design, the MYRRHA facility, which should enter the construction phase in 2015, will be built at SCK•CEN in Mol (Belgium). MYRRHA is conceived as a multi purpose facility: as technology demonstrator for lead-bismuth cooled fast reactor, as demonstrator for efficient transmutation, and as high flux irradiation facility for material testing and medical isotope production.
An extensive simulation study has been done to assess the shielding of the reactor building and the proton accelerator, as well as to fix the activation problems that have a heavy influence on the beamline and building design. Here the shielding assessment around the proton accelerator is presented, together with the optimization of the elements of the beamline that are devoted to the partial or total beam absorption (beam dump, collimators). This study has been fully carried out by using the FLUKA code, which has the unique feature to perform the transport of the residual radiation via a full Monte Carlo method, allowing in addition modifications in the geometry and material characterization from the prompt to the residual radiation transport. It will be shown how a suitable material configuration, with the introduction of low-activation materials, is a key issue: it will improve the accessibility and the long-term treatment of the irradiated elements allowing to maintain - and sometimes to improve – the shielding efficiency.

Keywords: Accelerator-driven systems; radiation transport; Monte Carlo; shielding

  • Lecture (Conference)
    International Conference of Transport Theory (ICTT-22), 12.-16.09.2011, Portland, Oregon, USA

Publ.-Id: 17426

Tin sorption to magnetite nanoparticles under anoxic conditions

Dulnee, S.; Banerjee, D.; Rossberg, A.; Scheinost, A. C.

The long-lived fission product 126Sn is of substantial interest in the context of nuclear waste disposal in deep underground repositories. However, the redox state (di- or tetravalent) under the expected anoxic conditions is still a matter of debate. We therefore investigated sorption and oxidation of Sn(II) in the presence of a typical corrosion product, magnetite (FeIIFeIII2O4), with a mean particle size of 9.4 nm. In order to simulate waste disposal conditions, the experiments were performed under strictly anoxic conditions in a glovebox at <2 ppm O2. Macroscopic parameters (pH, Eh, [Sn], [Fe]) were monitored along with redox state and local structure of Sn (X-ray absorption spectroscopy) and Fe (XPS) as a function of time, pH, and surface loading.
Magnetite rapidly sorbed Sn(II), reducing Sn concentration within 0.5 h from 10 to 0.0084 μμM. Tin was strongly sorbed by magnetite across a wide pH range from 3 to 9. Reduced sorption at pH <3 is in line with electrostatic repulsion between the positively charged surface of the magnetite nanoparticles (IEP ~6.7) and cationic Sn2+ or Sn4+ complexes. The reduced sorption at pH > 9 is in line with the transition from Sn(OH)20 to the anionic Sn(OH)3- which occurs at pH 9. Across the pH range 3-9 and reaction periods ≥1 h, EXAFS-derived sixfold oxygen coordination and XANES edge energy positions of ~29207 eV both indicate the presence of Sn(IV) at the magnetite surface. EXAFS shell fitting as well as Monte Carlo simulations showed formation of edge-sharing complexes of Sn(IV) with FeO6 octahedra (Sn-Fe distance of 3.15 Å), and formation of corner-sharing complexes with FeO4 tetrahedra (Sn-Fe distances of 3.60 Å). Even after the longest reaction periods of 1 month, we did not observe incorporation of Sn(IV) into the (compatible) magnetite structure. Also, precipitation of SnO2 was not observed in spite of an (initial) supersaturation.
In order to elucidate the reaction pathway, we also studied Fe in solution and at the surface (XPS). Starting with the PZC and increasing with [H+], the magnetite surface released Fe(II) into solution (0.11 g/L at pH 2). After addition of Sn(II), however, [Fe] in solution decreased as a function of Sn loading, in spite of the expected increase of structural Fe(II) due to the coupling to Sn(II) oxidation. This suggests a re-adsorption and possible re-precipitation of Fe(II) at the magnetite surface. Nevertheless, due to a protonation at low pH, Fe(II) again re-dissolved as a function of time. With XPS we were not able to detect an adequate increase of the Fe(II)/Fe(III) ratio at the surface, supporting an electron redistribution between bulk and surface Fe centers.
In conclusion, our study demonstrates that Sn is strongly retained by magnetite across a wide pH range, forming stable surfaces complexes and stabilising the magnetite surface against dissolution.

Keywords: tin; xafs; radionuclide; redox; magnetite

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  • Lecture (Conference)
    The 22nd V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, 24.-29.06.2012, Montreal, Canada

Publ.-Id: 17425

Abiotic U(VI) Reduction by Biogenic Mackinawite

Veeramani, H.; Qafoku, N.; Pruden, A.; Monsegue, N.; Kukkadapu, R.; Murayama, M.; Newville, M.; Lanzirotti, A.; Scheinost, A. C.; Hochella, M. F.

Biogenic mackinawite (FeS) produced by Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 is submicron in size but nanosized in one dimension (film-like morphology)
Biogenic FeS is very reactive evident by its propensity to reduced U(VI) and rapid oxidation to form lepidocrocite upon exposure to air.
U(VI) reduction is observed in the pasteurized control indicative of a non-enzymatic redox process.
XAS and nanodiffraction techniques (bulk and nanoscale analyses) confirm the formation of UO2.
UO2 particles are nanoparticulate measuring c.a. 2.5 nm in size.
The present work suggests that a remediation strategy could potentially incorporate subsurface abiotic redox interactions between biogenic Fe(II)-bearing minerals such as mackinawite & contaminant U(VI) to immobilize U as UO2 – an in-situ waste form.

Keywords: Mackinawite; uranyl; reduction; XAFS

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  • Poster
    The 22nd V.M. Goldschmidt Conference 2012, 24.-29.06.2012, Montreal, Canada

Publ.-Id: 17424

Phase-Based Profiling in GPGPU Kernels

Dietrich, R.; Schmitt, F.; Widera, R.; Bussmann, M.

More and more computationally intensive scientific applications make use of hardware accelerators like general purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs). Compared to software development for typical multi-core processors their programming is fairly complex and needs hardware specific optimizations to utilize the full computing power. To achieve high performance, critical parts of a program have to be identified and optimized. This paper proposes an approach for performance analysis of CUDA kernel source code regions, which for the first time allows measuring the execution times within GPGPU kernels. We developed a tool, which implements the presented method and supports the application developer to easily identify hot spots within the kernel. The presented tool uses compile time code analysis to automatically instrument suitable instrumentation points for minimal program perturbation and further provides support for manual instrumentation. To the best of our knowledge this is the first approach, which allows for scalable runtime analysis within GPGPU kernels. Combined with existing performance analysis techniques this facilitates obtaining the full potential of modern parallel systems.

Keywords: performance analysis; tracing; profiling; GPGPU; CUDA; accelerators; many-core

  • Lecture (Conference)
    41st International Conference on Parallel Processing Workshops, 10.-13.09.2012, Pittsburgh, USA
  • Contribution to proceedings
    41st International Conference on Parallel Processing Workshops, 10.-13.09.2012, Pittsburgh, USA
    Proceedings of the 41st International Conference on Parallel Processing Workshops, 978-1-4673-2509-7, 414-423
    DOI: 10.1109/ICPPW.2012.59
    Cited 4 times in Scopus

Publ.-Id: 17423

Neue proteinbasierte biosorptive Materialien zur (Rück-)gewinnung von Metallen

Pollmann, K.; Kutschke, S.; Lehmann, F.; Matys, S.; Raff, J.

Viele Mikroorganismen haben spezielle Oberflächenstrukturen entwickelt, die eine hohe Affinität zu Metallen besitzen. Diese Strukturen können zur Entwicklung von Filtermaterialien genutzt werden, um Metalle aus stark verdünnten wässerigen Lösungen zu binden und zurückzugewinnen.
Derartige biosorptive Materialien gewinnen zunehmend an Bedeutung für industrielle Anwendungen. Vorteile sind die nahezu vollständige Entfernung der Metalle, die geringen Kosten und die häufig gute Verfügbarkeit, ihre Regenerationsfähigkeit sowie die Möglichkeit der Gewinnung abgetrennter Metalle [1-3]. Ihre Leistungsfähigkeit ist vergleichbar mit der von Ionenaustauscher¬materialien, und sie liefern häufig bessere Ergebnisse als Aktivkohle oder natürliche Zeolithmaterialien [3]. Die Anwendung der Biomaterialien in Säulen erfordert meist ihre Immobilisierung auf geeigneten Trägermaterialien. Herausforderungen bei der Herstellung derartiger Biokompositen sind eine hohe Materialstabilität bei gleichzeitigem Erhalt der Funktion.
In unserer Gruppe werden Hüllproteine (S-Layer) von Bakterien zur Entwicklung von derartigen Materialien verwendet. Diese Proteine bilden auf den Zelloberflächen und nach ihrer Isolation auf Trägermaterialien durch Selbstorganisation zweidimensionale Gitterstrukturen aus. Sie eignen sich zur Beschichtung von unterschiedlichsten Trägermaterialien, aber auch zur Einbettung in Keramiken. Derartig immobilisierte Proteine wurden bereits zur Uranentfernung aus Wässern eingesetzt [4]. Neben Uran werden aber auch Edelmetalle wie Palladium oder Platin oder toxische Elemente wie Arsen gut gebunden. In der Präsentation werden Ergebnisse dieser Arbeiten vorgestellt und Perspektiven zur weiteren Entwicklung von Filtermaterialien zur selektiven Aufkonzentrierung von strategisch relevanten Metallen aufgezeigt.
[1] Volesky, B., Biosorption of heavy metals. 1990, Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. 396.
[2] Volesky, B., Advances in biosorption of metals: Selection of biomass types. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 1994. 14: p. 291-302.
[3] Matheickal, J.T. and Q. Yu, Biosorption of Lead(II) from aqueous solutions by Phellinus badius. Minerals Engineering, 1997. 10(9): p. 947-957.
[4] Raff, J., et al., Biosorption of uranium and copper by biocers. Chem. Mater., 2003. 15: p. 240-244.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    ProcessNET Jahrestagung 2012, 10.-13.09.2012, Karlsruhe, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17422

Design of Bio-based Multifunctional Composite Materials Using Self-assembling Bacterial S-layer Proteins

Pollmann, K.; Weinert, U.; Günther, T.; Suhr, M.; Vogel, M.; Bobeth, C.; Lehmann, F.; Matys, S.; Kutschke, S.; Raff, J.

Nanoscalic bio-inorganic hybrid materials are very attractive for various technical applications. Especially the use of self-assembling highly ordered proteins as part of such hybrid materials is an attractive approach and offer new possibilities to add novel properties to surfaces. In our group we use the proteinaceous paracrystalline bacterial surface layers (S-layers) that envelop bacterial cells as nanostructures for the assembly of novel materials. These proteins are mostly composed of protein monomers with the ability to self-assemble into two-dimensional arrays on interfaces and surfaces. These features are used for the nano-patterning of various technical surfaces. The regular distributed pores of these paracrystalline arrays are binding sites for various metals and offer ideal structures for the formation of regular distributed metallic nanoclusters of a defined size [1, 2]. In addition, the proteins can be modified with organic groups, thus adding additional functions to the nanocoatings.
We will present new results on the fabrication of S-layer based functional composite materials. The S-layer coatings are used as template for the bio-inspired mineralization and formation or deposition of various inorganic nanoparticles such as Pd, Pt, Au, ZnO and TiO2. The thus fabricated hybrid materials exhibit interesting chemical, physical and mechanical properties that can be used for different applications. Current projects concentrate on the development of photocatalytic materials based on S-layer supported metal oxide coatings. In another project we used TiO2 deposited on S-lLayer proteins for the high efficient removal of arsenic from waters.
Multifunctionality can be introduced to the materials either by genetic or by chemical engineering. In such an approach, we used S-layers for the assembly of sensory layers. These S-layers are functionalized by aptamers (oligonucleotides) that work as receptor and two different fluorophores working as donor/acceptor for detection via FRET. The binding of the analyte to the aptamer should influence the fluorescence, ideally causing the interruption of the FRET.
[1] Wahl, R. et al. (2001). Adv. Materials 13, 736-740
[2] Pollmann, K. et al. (2006). Biotechnol. Adv. 24, 58-68

  • Lecture (Conference)
    MSE 2012 - Materials Science Engineering, 25.-27.09.2012, Darmstadt, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17421

Kleine Kumpel – Metallgewinnung mit Bakterien

Pollmann, K.

Metallgewinnung mit Bakterien

  • Lecture (others)
    Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft Dresden, 05.07.2012, Dresden, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17420

Bergbau mit Bakterien

Pollmann, K.

Bergbau mit Bakterien

  • Poster
    4. Symposium Freiberger Innovationen, 19.-20.04.2012, Freiberg, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17419

Kleine Kumpel – Bergbau mit Bakterien

Pollmann, K.

Überblick über Biomining

  • Lecture (others)
    Tag des offenen Labors, 12.05.2012, Dresden, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17418

A CMFD-Model for multi-scale interfacial structures

Hänsch, S.; Lucas, D.; Krepper, E.; Höhne, T.

In many two-phase flows a mixture of both stratified and dispersed flow regimes is encountered. Depending on the interfacial scale resolving and averaging methods are established for the numerical simulation of these special flow regimes. However, multiphase flows that cover a wide range of scales should be investigated considering coexistent segregated and dispersed flow. The simulation of such flows is a challenging task which led to the recent field of research known as multi-scale CMFD-simulations. Especially the transitions between different flow regimes play an essential role for a better understanding of many flow applications. No general technique for the simulation of such a flow situation has evolved yet. This contribution introduces a new CMFD-strategy of a generalized two-phase flow (GENTOP) dealing with such complex flow situations.
Currently, the GENTOP-concept is presented using a three-field two-fluid simulation based on the Eulerian methodology. The flow is described by a continuous liquid phase, a polydispersed gas phase, consisting of different bubble size groups, and a continuous gas phase. By using the framework of the recently developed inhomogeneous Multiple Size Group (MUSIG)-model, transfers between different bubble sizes due to coalescence and breakup processes are described. The GENTOP-concept extends this framework by adding a continuous gas phase summarizing all gas structures characterized by an interfacial scale large enough to be resolved. Thus, two gaseous fields are assumed, each field having its own set of mass-, momentum- and energy balance. An additional interface stabilizing force is introduced enabling the resolution of the gas-liquid interface. By modelling an additional mass transfer between the continuous and the polydispersed gas phase, transitions between different gas morphologies can be considered. The modelling of interfacial transfer requires a detection of interfacial structure in order to accurately involve the resolved gas-liquid interface. Based on the Algebraic Interfacial Area Density (AIAD)-model a generalized formulation for interfacial area density and drag has been found considering free surfaces within a multi-field simulation. This new concept can provide a more general insight into non-homogeneous multiphase flows by capturing continuous as well as polydispersed gas structures simultaneously.
Many multiphase flows relevant for industrial and scientific issues can be described by the GENTOP-concept. One of them is the impingement of a liquid jet on a water pool with an associated bubble entrainment playing a key role for nuclear safety issues during a loss-of-coolant accident. This flow phenomenon shows the mass transfer from a continuous into a polydispersed gas phase forming a bubble plume of different bubble sizes. Various multiphase flows with high gas fractions show inverse transfers from a dispersed into a continuous gaseous morphology such as the transition from bubbly to slug flow in a vertical pipe. This paper presents the principles of the new concept and illustrates them within such representative flow situations using the CFD-code CFX 13.0. First computational results are compared to experiments carried out at HZDR and theoretical data reported in literature. Both characteristic polydispersed and continuous gas structures are captured and show qualitative agreement. Further developments will concentrate on new generalized closure models for coalescence and breakup processes between continuous and dispersed gas phases.

Keywords: multi-fluid model; MUSIG; AIAD; gas-liquid interface; flow regime transition; air entrainment

  • Contribution to proceedings
    CFD4NRS-4, The Experimental Validation and Application of CFD and CMFD Codes in Nuclear Reactor Technology, 10.-12.09.2012, Daejeon, Südkorea
  • Lecture (Conference)
    CFD4NRS-4, The Experimental Validation and Application of CFD and CMFD Codes in Nuclear Reactor Technology, 10.-12.09.2012, Daejeon, Südkorea

Publ.-Id: 17417

Transport Coefficients in Gluodynamics: From Weak Coupling towards the Deconfinement Transition

Bluhm, M.; Kämpfer, B.; Redlich, K.

We study the ratio of bulk to shear viscosity in gluodynamics within a phenomenological quasiparticle model. We show that at large temperatures this ratio exhibits a quadratic dependence on the conformality measure as known from weak coupling perturbative QCD. In the region of the deconfinement transition, however, this dependence becomes linear as known from specific strongly coupled theories. The onset of the strong coupling behavior is located near the maximum of the scaled interaction measure. This qualitative behavior of the viscosity ratio is rather insensitive to details of the equation of state.

Publ.-Id: 17416

Experimentelle Untersuchung der Stoffübertragung in einem geneigten rotierenden Festbettreaktor

Wiezorek, M.

Das Institut für Fluiddynamik beschäftigt sich unter anderem mit der Untersuchung mehrphasiger verfahrenstechnischer Prozesse sowie der Entwicklung und Charakterisierung neuer effizienter Mehrphasenkontaktapparate und -reaktoren.
Ein solches neuartiges Konzept stellt der geneigte und rotierende Festbettreaktor dar. Im Gegensatz zur herkömmlichen zeitlich-periodischen Betriebsweise vertikaler Rieselbettreaktoren erfolgt die Prozessintensivierung hier durch die Aufprägung einer örtlichen Periodizität unter stationären Betriebsbedingungen. Aus dieser veränderten Betriebsweise ergeben sich durch die Wahl von Reaktorneigung und Reaktordrehzahl zusätzliche Freiheitsgrade bei der Strömungsführung und damit zur Beeinflussung der Reaktorleistung.
Im Rahmen der Diplomarbeit wurde der Einfluss von Reaktorneigung und -drehzahl auf die Stoffübertragung bei ausgewählten Gas- und Flüssigkeitsdurchsätzen am Beispiel des flüssigkeitsseitigen Stoffdurchgangskoeffizienten untersucht und im Vergleich zum etablierten Rieselbettreaktor bewertet.

Keywords: Fixed bed reactor; Mass transfer; Inclination; Rotation

  • Diploma thesis
    TU Dresden, 2012
    0125 Seiten

Publ.-Id: 17415

Calibration of a single-shot M-IR spectrometer from (2-12µm)

Debus, A.; Zarini, O.; Couperus, J. P.; Irman, A.; Seidel, W.; Schramm, U.

Conclusion of the calibration campaign at the IR-FEL (FELBE) with detailed results on the calibration of a prism-based spectrometer using an MCT array detector in the wavelength range from 2-12 µm. An outlook onto the next stage of development, i.e. extension into the NIR, VIS and UV, is given.

Keywords: mercury cadmium telluride detector; MCT detector; mid-IR; spectrometer calibration; black body; FELBE; IR-FEL

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  • Lecture (others)
    Group seminar, 20.2.2012, Dresden, Germany

Publ.-Id: 17414

Ptychographic X-ray computed tomography at the nanoscale

Debus, A.

Presentation in the Oncoray Journal Club. Explained to a mainly medicine- and biology-oriented audience the benefits of a recent Nature paper: "Ptychographic X-ray computed tomography at the
nanoscale." (September 2010)

Topics addressed in presentation:

  • What is this all about and what can one do with it? (+ link to biology and medicine as modern x-ray imaging)
  • How does it work?
  • What are the technical requirements and limitations?
  • Briefly addressed towards the end: Current directions in research (challenges) and who works on it (people)

Keywords: x-ray imaging; ptychography; synchrotron source; x-ray tomography; nanoscale resolution

  • Lecture (others)
    Oncoray Journal Club, 3.5.2012, Oncoray, House 31, University Hospital, Dresden, Germany

Publ.-Id: 17413

Brilliant radiation sources by laser-plasma accelerators and optical undulators

Debus, A.

This thesis investigates the use of high-power lasers for synchrotron radiation sources with high brilliance, from the EUV to the hard X-ray spectral range. Hereby lasers accelerate electrons by laser-wakefield acceleration (LWFA), act as optical undulators, or both. Experimental evidence shows for the first time that LWFA electron bunches are shorter than the driving laser and have a length scale comparable to the plasma wavelength. Furthermore, a first proof of principle experiment demonstrates that LWFA electrons can be exploited to generate undulator radiation.

Building upon these experimental findings, as well as extensive numerical simulations of Thomson scattering, the theoretical foundations of a novel interaction geometry for laser-matter interaction are developed. This new method is very general and when tailored towards relativistically moving targets not being limited by the focusability (Rayleigh length) of the laser, while it does not require a waveguide.

In a theoretical investigation of Thomson scattering, the optical analogue of undulator radiation, the limits of Thomson sources in scaling towards higher peak brilliances are highlighted. This leads to a novel method for generating brilliant, highly tunable X-ray sources, which is highly energy efficient by circumventing the laser Rayleigh limit through a novel traveling-wave Thomson scattering (TWTS) geometry. This new method suggests increases in X-ray photon yields of 2-3 orders of magnitudes using existing lasers and a way towards efficient, optical undulators to drive a free-electron laser.

The results presented here extend far beyond the scope of this work. The possibility to use lasers as particle accelerators, as well as optical undulators, leads to very compact and energy efficient synchrotron sources. The resulting monoenergetic radiation of high brilliance in a range from extreme ultraviolet (EUV) to hard X-ray radiation is of fundamental importance for basic research, medical applications, material and life sciences and is going to significantly contribute to a new generation of radiation sources and free-electron lasers (FELs).

Keywords: brilliant radiation sources; x-ray; traveling-wave Thomson scattering; TWTS; laser-wakefield acceleration; LWFA; electron bunch duration measurement; THz interferometry; undulator; synchrotron source; free-electron laser; VLS grating; EUV; Thomson scattering

  • Open Access Logo Wissenschaftlich-Technische Berichte / Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf; HZDR-022 2012
    ISSN: 2191-8708, eISSN: 2191-8716


Publ.-Id: 17412

Elektromagnetische Felder und Elektronendynamik in der Travelling-Wave Thomsonstreuung

Steiniger, K.

Travelling-Wave Thomsonstreuung (TWTS) ist eine neuartige Thomsonstreuungsgeometrie mit großer Strahlungsausbeute pro Puls, bei der ultrakurze Laserpulse mit verkippten Pulsfronten als optische Undulatoren oder lichtgetriebene Freie-Elektronen-Laser für relativistische Elektronenpulse genutzt werden. Auf diese Weise können Röntgenstrahlungspulse mit hohem Kontrast und schmaler Bandbreite erzeugt werden.
Zur Untersuchung der Propagation von TWTS-Pulsen wird in dieser Arbeit ein wellenoptischer, analytischer Formalismus entwickelt, welcher die zeitliche Entwicklung des elektrischen Feldes eines hochintensiven und ultrakurzen Laserpulses mit Dispersionseigenschaften nach Beugung an VLS-Gittern beschreibt. Damit können die durch Dispersion verursachten Veränderungen am Laserpuls bei der Beugung in beliebiger Ordnung numerisch analysiert werden. Das habe ich genutzt, um für zwei Beispiele die TWTS-Pulse zu charakterisieren. Für eines der Beispiele wird anhand der Ergebnisse eine vereinfachte Darstellung des Pulses abgeleitet und die Dynamik eines relativistischen Elektrons bei der Wechselwirkung mit dem Puls und gestreuter Strahlung beschrieben. Daraus werden Schlüsse für die Anwendbarkeit des Schemas als Freie-Elektronen-Laser gezogen.

Keywords: Travelling-Wave Thomson Scattering; X-ray; VLS gratings

  • Diploma thesis
    TU Dresden, 2012
    89 Seiten

Publ.-Id: 17411

The Effect of the Growth Rate on the Microstructure of multi-crystalline Silicon

Schmid, E.; Würzner, S.; Funke, C.; Galindo, V.; Pätzold, O.; Stelter, M.

This paper presents an experimental study of the influence of the growth rate on the microstructure of multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si). Crystals with a diameter of 105 mm were grown from an inductively heated, well-mixed melt by the conventional vertical Bridgman technique. Axial and vertical samples were prepared from the crystals to analyze the grain structure as well as the distribution of dislocations and precipitates. The results show that the growth rate influences the microstructure of the crystals mainly at the beginning of the solidification process. Growth with a low growth rate, for instance, favors the formation of radially elongated grains near the bottom of the crystal and suppresses the heterogeneous nucleation of SiC precipitates at the inner crucible wall. The effect of the grain shape is restricted to the bottom region of the crystals, whereas the precipitates are identified to be the origin of dislocations or dislocation clusters propagating throughout the crystal during growth. As a consequence, the dislocation density in a slowly grown crystal is found to be significantly lower than in a fast grown crystal.

Keywords: A1. Directional solidification; A2. Bridgman technique; B2. Semiconducting silicon; A1. Crystal structure; A1. Defects

Publ.-Id: 17410

Functional properties of nickel cobalt oxide thin films

Iacomi, F.; Calin, G.; Scarlat, C.; Irimia, M.; Doroftei, C.; Dobromir, M.; Rusu, G. G.; Iftimie, N.; Sandu, A. V.

Cobalt–nickel oxide films of known stoichiometry (x = Ni / (Co + Ni) = 0.30–0.63) were deposited on glass slides by using a spin-coating method and were UV irradiated for 2 h. The structure and morphology of thin films evidenced nanocrystalline spinel structures. Thin films with x = 0.63–0.5 have a mixed phase structure and good sensing properties for ethanol. Thin films with x = 0.30–0.40 have a single spinel phase, are ferrimagnetic and highly conductive at 300 K and have magnetoresistance ratios of 5–8%. Four-probe measurements indicate an insulator–metal transition at temperatures slightly below ferromagnetic Curie temperature. Metallic Ni and Co particles improve thin film functional properties.

Keywords: Spinel structure; Electrical properties; Magnetic properties; Gas sensor

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Publ.-Id: 17409

Dipole Strength on the Tail of the Giant Dipole Resonance

Schwengner, R.

– Photon-scattering experiments at ELBE
– Data analysis
– Results
– Comparison of experimental results with model predictions
– Implications for reaction rates

Keywords: Photon scattering; bremsstrahlung; photoabsorption; dipole strength distribution; photonuclear and radiative-capture reaction rates; QRPA; RQTBA; QPM; shell model

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  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    The nuclear dipole polarizability and its impact on nuclear structure and astrophysics, 18.-22.06.2012, Trento, Italien

Publ.-Id: 17408

Electron-positron pair creation in short intense laser pulses

Nousch, T.; Seipt, D.; Kämpfer, B.

We study finite-size effects in the process of e+ e− pair production via the non-linear Breit-Wheeler process in ultra short laser pulses. Based on the Nikishov-Ritus method we use laser dressed electron and positron wave functions to derive the differential and total pair production cross section, focusing on the effects of a finite pulse duration. Hence, we go beyond the infinite laser pulse approximation and provide a more exact description of experiments with modern femtosecond laser systems.

Keywords: pair creation; short laser pulses; electron; positron

  • Poster
    ENLITE12 Laser-Plasma Interaction at Ultra-High Intensity, 16.-20.04.2012, Dresden, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17407

Aqueous Uranium(VI) Complexes with Acetic and Succinic Acid: Speciation and Structure Revisited

Lucks, C.; Rossberg, A.; Tsushima, S.; Foerstendorf, H.; Scheinost, A. C.; Bernhard, G.

We employed density functional theory (DFT) calculations, and ultraviolet–visible (UV-Vis), extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) and attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared (IR) spectroscopy analyzed with iterative transformation factor analysis (ITFA) to determine the structures and the pH-speciation of aqueous acetate (ac) and succinate (suc) U(VI) complexes. In the acetate system, all spectroscopies confirm the thermodynamically predicted pH-speciation by Ahrland (1951), with the hydrated uranyl ion and a 1:1, a 1:2 and a 1:3 U(VI)-ac complex. In the succinate system, we identified a new 1:3 U(VI)-suc complex, in addition to the previously known 1:1 and 1:2 U(VI)-suc complexes and determined the pH-speciation for all complexes. The IR spectra show absorption bands of the antisymmetric stretching mode of the uranyl mojety (υ3(UO2)) at 949, 939, 924 cm−1 and at 950, 938, 925 cm−1 for the 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 U(VI)-ac and U(VI)-suc complexes, respectively. IR absorption bands at 1535 and 1534 cm−1 and at 1465 and 1462 cm−1 are assigned to the antisymmetric υ3,as(COO) and symmetric υ3,s(COO) stretching mode of bidentately coordinated carboxylic groups in the U(VI)-ac and U(VI)-suc complexes. The assignment of the three IR bands (υ3(UO2), υ3,as(COO) υ3,s(COO)) and the stoichiometry of the complexes is supported by DFT calculations. The UV-Vis spectra of the equivalent U(VI)-ac and U(VI)-suc complexes are similar suggesting common structural features. Consistent with IR spectroscopy and DFT calculations, EXAFS showed a bidentate coordination of the carboxylic groups to the equatorial plane of the uranyl moiety for all uranyl ligand complexes except for the newly detected 1:3 U(VI)-suc complex, where two carboxylic groups coordinate bidentately and one carboxylic group coordinates monodentately. All 1:1 and 1:2 complexes have a U-Owater distance of ~2.36 Å, which is shorter than the U-Owater distance of ~2.40 Å of the hydrated uranyl ion. For all complexes the U-Ocarboxyl distance of the bidentately coordinated carboxylic group is ~2.47 Å, while the monodentately coordinated carboxylic group of the 1:3 U(VI)-suc complex has a U-Ocarboxyl distance of ~2.36 Å, i.e. similar to the short U-Owater distance in the 1:1 and 1:2 complexes.


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Publ.-Id: 17406

Pair production in short laser pulses near threshold

Nousch, T.; Seipt, D.; Kämpfer, B.; Titov, A. I.

The e+ e− pair production by a probe photon traversing a linearly polarized laser pulse is treated as generalized nonlinear Breit-Wheeler process. For short laser pulses with very few oscillations of the electromagnetic field we find below the perturbative weak-field threshold √s = 2m a similar enhancement of the pair production rate as for circular polarization. The strong subthreshold enhancement is traced back to the finite bandwidth of the laser pulse. A folding model is developed which accounts for the interplay of the frequency spectrum and the intensity distribution in the course of the pulse.

Keywords: pair production; Volkov states; short laser pulses; subthreshold

Publ.-Id: 17405

Boltzmann Transport Theory applied to Bi2Te3

Hölzer, M.; Hinsche, N. F.; Ernst, A.; Mertig, I.; Zahn, P.

Boltzmann transport theory for electrical and thermal transport in Bi2Te3 will be discussed

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Thermoelectric properties related to nanostructure and dimensionality in Bi2Te3 nanomaterials, 05.-06.07.2012, Darmstadt, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17404

Anomalous Hall effect as a Fermi surface property

Mook, A.; Pientka, F.; Mertig, I.; Zahn, P.

the calculation of the intrinsic anomalous Hall conductivity as a pure Fermi surface property is demonstrated

  • Poster
    DPG Frühjahrstagung, 25.-30.03.2012, Berlin, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17403

Thermoelectric Transport in Bi2Te3/Sb2Te3 heterostructures

Hinsche, N. F.; Yavorsky, B. Y.; Mertig, I.; Zahn, P.

thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3/Sb2Te3 superlattices are discussed

  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG Frühjahrstagung, 25.-30.03.2012, Berlin, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17402

Thermoelectric Transport in strained Si and Si/Ge heterostructures

Zahn, P.; Hinsche, N. F.; Mertig, I.

thermoelectric properties of Si strained along (111) and Si/Ge(111) superlattices are discussed

  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG Frühjahrstagung, 25.-30.03.2012, Berlin, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17401

Virtual Institute MEMRIOX

Zahn, P.; Gemming, S.

presentation of the planned activities, pre-requisites and know-how of the newly established Helmholtz Virtual Institute Memeriox

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Topical Problems in Theoretical Physics, 11.01.2012, Chemnitz, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17400

Near order structure of transparent conducting oxides: X-ray absorption study of Al-doped ZnO and ZnMgO in low doping regime

Zajac, D. A.; Ellmer, K.; Bikowski, A.; Vinnichenko, M.

ZnO belongs to the class of wide band gap semiconductors (Eg>3eV), with Eg=3.37eV, and exhibits very interesting optical and electrical properties. Used as a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) electrode in optoelectronic devices [1], ZnO has been developed as a low costs material, an alternative to commonly used and indium tin oxide (ITO). Due to the required transparency, at least in the solar spectral range and a low resistivity, ZnO has to be doped degenerately. While doping with Al leads to the required high carrier concentration [1], alloying with Mg increases the band gap up to 4.5 eV [2]. However, the increase of the conductivity by the increase of the carrier concentration (i.e. reaching the level of N=10^21cm^-3) can lead to a significant increase of the absorption of the light. Therefore, many researches focus on the increase of the electron mobility μ, in accordance with formula ρ=(eNμ)^-1.
The electron mobility is determined by the typical scattering processes in semiconductors, among other the extrinsic scattering on dopants and defects in the film. Since Al doped ZnO and ZnMgO layers, used for transparent electrodes are polycrystalline films, this process can be connected directly with dopants but also with local structure defects as Zn or/and O vacancies, stacking faults and grain boundaries are. These together with the small crystallographic domain size, in the range of 100nm, preferred growing orientation in c axis (perpendicular to the substrate), together with the Al and Mg dopants ionic radius smaller than for Zn [3] (respective crystal radii in tetrahedral coordination are: Al3+ 0.53Å, Mg2+ 0.71Å and Zn2+ 0.74Å), can cause the decrease of the local ordering of the samples.
In this paper we present XAS measurements on the Al doped ZnO and ZnMgO. The XANES spectra were fitted with the simulation program FEFF9 [4]. First results on the Al K edge, see Figure 1, show that the Al substitutes preferably the Zn lattice site in the material. For both dopants, Al and Mg, the spectra show a similar behaviour. The only clearly visible difference, the decrease of the intensity of the first peak for Al and Mg doped ZnO, in comparison to Al doped ZnO, can be attributed to the higher doping level (a similar effect is observed for double Al substitution of ZnO). The comparison of the experimental data with the simulation shows that the measured samples (3 at. % Al doped ZnO and 3 at. % Al doped ZnMgO (6 at.% Mg)) are in the low doping regime, where only single ion doping can be considered. The effect of the expansion of the c axis and the compression of a axis for the growth on glass substrate is also observed.

Acknowledgments: This work was supported by the German Ministry for Economy (AiF Köln).

[1] K. Ellmer, A. Klein, B. Rechs (Eds.), "Transparent Conductive Zinc Oxide: Basics and Applications in Thin Film Solar Cells", Springer, Berlin (2008)
[2] S. Choopun, R. D. Vispute, W. Yang, R. P. Sharma, T. Venkatesan, H. Shen, “Realization of band gap above 5.0 eV in metastable cubic-phase MgxZn1-xO alloy films” Appl. Phys. Lett. 80 (2002) 1529
[3] R.D. Shannon, “Revised Effective Ionic Radii and Systematic Studies of Interatomic Distances in Halides and Chalcogenides”, Acta Cryst. A32 (1976) 751
[4] J.J. Rehr, J.J. Kas, M.P. Prange, A.P. Sorini, Y. Takimoto, F. Vila, “Ab initio theory and calculations of X-ray spectra”, Comptes Rendus Physique 10 (2009) 548-559

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    11th International School and Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Science, 20.-25.05.2012, Krakow, Poland

Publ.-Id: 17399

Advanced thermal processing for advanced electronics and photovoltaics

Skorupa, W.

This talk reviews the advances that subsecond thermal processing using flash lamps and lasers brings to the processing of the most advanced semiconductor materials, thus enabling the fabrication of novel electronic structures and materials. It will be demonstrated how such developments can translate into important practical applications leading to a wide range of technological benefits.
Recently we could demonstrate that germanium and silicon exhibit superconductivity at ambient pressure. Regarding photovoltaic applications, we dealt with two aspects: (i) the ion beam doping and thermal processing of so-called dirty silicon demonstrating a distinct improvement of the minority carrier diffusion length compared to RTP and furnace treatments, and (ii), for the annealing of CIGS layers millisecond annealing leads to better optical output and lower degradation
Whereas all these examples base on solid phase processing the more sophisticated approach regards on working with the liquid phase at the surface of solid substrates. A very recent example is the controlled formation of III-V nanocrystals (InAs, GaAs) in silicon after ion beam synthesis (NanoLett. 11, 2814 (2011)). Moreover a new approach of measuring temperatures in the subsecond time range will be mentioned as well as the interesting field of large area-low cost electronics.

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  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    IX-th International Conference on Ion Implantation and other Applications of Ions and Electrons, 25.-28.06.2012, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Publ.-Id: 17398

Recent developments of TiO2:Nb sputtered with high deposition rates from a rotatable magnetron system

Junghähnel, M.; Fietzke, F.; Vinnichenko, M.; Cornelius, S.

The persistent competition for the cost-effective production of solar cells and displays requires low cost and high throughput production of transparent conductive oxides (TCOs). Nb-doped titania (TiO2:Nb) is a promising novel TCO material for these applications. The results of investigations of TiO2:Nb thin film deposited on large area substrates by sputtering with high deposition rates are reported. As a deposition method we used the direct current sputtering of a 780 mm length substoichiometric oxide tubular target arranged in a rotatable magnetron system in a pilot scale inline sputtering plant. The films were grown on unheated substrates and then thermally annealed at temperatures of 450°C. The influence of the magnetron magnetic field strength and oxygen partial pressure in the sputtering gas on the properties and structure of TiO2:Nb was investigated. A 100 nm thin film deposited on Borofloat® substrate shows after annealing a resistivity of 9.4 x 10-4Ωcm, 82% transmittance in the visible range and a refractive index of ~2.5 (λ=550 nm). The film properties were compared with those of the films grown using a planar oxidic target.

Keywords: magnetron sputtering; transparent conductive oxide; TiO2:Nb; electrical and optical properties

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  • Lecture (Conference)
    55th Annual Society of Vacuum Coaters Technical Conference, 28.04.-03.05.2012, Santa Clara, USA

Publ.-Id: 17397

Lorenz function of Bi2Te3/Sb2Te3 superlattices

Hinsche, N. F.; Mertig, I.; Zahn, P.

Combining first principles density functional theory and semi-classical Boltzmann transport, the anisotropic Lorenz function was studied for thermoelectric Bi2Te3/Sb2Te3 superlattices and their bulk constituents. It was found that already for the bulk materials Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3, the Lorenz function is not a pellucid function on charge carrier concentration and temperature. For electron-doped Bi2Te3/Sb2Te3 superlattices large oscillatory deviations for the Lorenz function from the metallic limit were found even at high charge carrier concentrations. The latter can be referred to quantum well effects, which occur at distinct superlattice periods.

Keywords: density functional theory; thermoelectric transport; Bi2Te3; Sb2Te3; heterostructures; Lorenz function

Publ.-Id: 17396

Experimental hypoxia does not influence Eph receptor and ephrin ligand expression in human melanoma cell lines

Pietzsch, J.; Reißenweber, B.; Komadina Garcia Meza, D.; Mosch, B.

Experimental evidence links the receptor tyrosine kinases EphA2 and EphB4 to melanoma progression and metastasis. Another factor contributing to melanoma invasion-metastasis cascade is hypoxia. However, data on the influence of tumor hypoxia on regulation of Eph receptors and their ephrin ligands are scarce. This study aimed at clarifying whether hypoxia influences expression and synthesis of EphA2 and EphB4 and, furthermore, ephrinA1 and ephrinB2, respectively, in four human melanoma cell lines (A375, A2058, MeWo, and MelJuso). In order to investigate Eph/ephrin expression under hypoxic conditions we used cell monolayer cultures as extrinsic hypoxia models and A2058 spheroids as intrinsic hypoxia model. Hypoxic conditions were approved by measurement of VEGF expression and cellular uptake of [18F]fluoromisonidazol ([18F]FMISO). In all models, both VEGF expression and ([18F]FMISO) uptake increased under hypoxic conditions. In normoxia, EphA2, EphB4, ephrinA1, and ephrinB2 expression was detectable in all cell lines showing a substantially varying extent. Protein synthesis of EphA2 was detected in all cell lines and, moreover, of EphB4 in A375 and A2058 cells. However, no effect of experimental hypoxia on Eph/ephrin expression and protein synthesis could be observed. The findings contribute to debating the hypothesis that hypoxia is an important regulator of Eph/ephrin expression in tumors.

  • Poster
    Melanocytes and Melanoma, 18.-20.06.2012, Malmö, Sweden
  • Contribution to proceedings
    Melanocytes and Melanoma, 18.-20.06.2012, Malmö, Sweden
    Melanocytes and melanoma: from basic science to clinical applications. Rönnstrand L, Steingrímsson E (Eds.), 72

Publ.-Id: 17395

Thermoelectric transport in Bi2Te3/Sb2Te3 superlattices

Hinsche, N. F.; Yavorsky, B. Y.; Gradhand, M.; Czerner, M.; Winkler, M.; König, J.; Böttner, H.; Mertig, I.; Zahn, P.

The thermoelectric transport properties of Bi2Te3/Sb2Te3 superlattices are analyzed on the basis of first-principles calculations and semi-classical Boltzmann theory. The anisotropy of the thermoelectric transport under electron and hole-doping was studied in detail for different superlattice periods at changing temperature and charge carrier concentrations. A clear preference for thermoelectric transport under hole-doping, as well as for the in-plane transport direction was found for all superlattice periods. At hole-doping the electrical transport anisotropies remain bulk-like for all investigated systems, while under electron-doping quantum confinement leads to strong suppression of the cross-plane thermoelectric transport at several superlattice periods. In addition, insights on the Lorenz function, the electronic contribution to the thermal conductivity and the resulting figure of merit are given.

Keywords: density functional theory; thermoelectric transport; Bi2Te3; Sb2Te3; heterostructures; Lorenz function

Publ.-Id: 17394

Non-Perturbative Two-Photon Compton Effect in Strong Short Laser Pulses

Seipt, D.; Kämpfer, B.

In relativistically strong laser fields with intensities well above 10^19 W/cm^2, multi-photon emission processes are important in collisions of relativistic electron beams with the laser pulse. We present results on the coherent two-photon process (double Compton scattering) in the presence of strong and short laser pulses, taking into account the finite temporal pulse length exactly for the first time.

Keywords: two-photon Compton; double Compton; short laser pulses; Volkov; Dirac-Volkov propagator

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Laser-Plasma Interaction at Ultra-High Intensity, 2nd Dresden Exchange on Laser-Plasma Interaction Theory, ENLITE, 16.-20.04.2012, Dresden, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17393

Non-perturbative two-photon Compton scattering in pulsed laser fields

Seipt, D.; Kämpfer, B.

In relativistically strong laser fields with intensities well above 10^19 W/cm^2, multi-photon emission processes are important in collisions of relativistic electron beams with the laser pulse. We present results on the coherent two-photon process (double Compton scattering) in the presence of strong and short laser pulses, taking into account the finite temporal pulse length exactly for the first time.

Keywords: two-photon Compton; double Compton; short laser pulses; Volkov; Dirac-Volkov propagator

  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG Frühjahrstagung der Sektion AMOP (SAMOP), 12.03.2012, Stuttgart, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17392

Thermoelectric transport in strained Si and Si/Ge heterostructures

Hinsche, N. F.; Mertig, I.; Zahn, P.

The anisotropic thermoelectric transport properties of bulk silicon strained in the [111]-direction were studied by detailed first-principles calculations focusing on a possible enhancement of the power factor. Electron and hole doping were examined in a broad doping and temperature range. At low temperature and low doping an enhancement of the power factor was obtained for compressive and tensile strain in the electron-doped case and for compressive strain in the hole-doped case. For the thermoelectrically more important high-temperature and high-doping regime a slight enhancement of the power factor was only found under small compressive strain with the power factor overall being robust against applied strain. To extend our findings the anisotropic thermoelectric transport of a [111]-oriented Si/Ge superlattice was investigated. Here, the cross-plane power factor under hole doping was drastically suppressed due to quantum-well effects, while under electron doping an enhanced power factor was found. For this, we state figures of merit of ZT = 0.2 and 1.4 at T = 300 and 900 K for the electron-doped [111]-oriented Si/Ge superlattice. All results are discussed in terms of band structure features.

Keywords: Thermoelectric and thermomagnetic effects; Density functional theory; Deformation and plasticity; Condensed matter; Semiconductors; Si; Ge; Si/Ge(111); heterostructures

Publ.-Id: 17391

Pygmy dipole strength in 86Kr and systematics of N=50 isotones

Schwengner, R.; Massarczyk, R.; Rusev, G.; Tsoneva, N.; Bemmerer, D.; Beyer, R.; Hannaske, R.; Junghans, A. R.; Kelley, J. H.; Kwan, E.; Marta, M.; Raut, R.; Schilling, K. D.; Tonchev, A.; Tornow, W.; Wagner, A.

The dipole strength of the N=50 nucleus 86Kr was studied in photon-scattering experiments using bremsstrahlung produced with electron beams of energies of 7.9 and 11.2 MeV delivered by the linear accelerator ELBE and using quasi-monoenergetic gamma rays of 10 energies within the range from 4.7 to 9.3 MeV delivered by the HIgS facility. A high-pressure gas target was used. We identified 42 levels up to an excitation energy of 10.1 MeV. Simulations of gamma-ray cascades were performed to estimate intensities of inelastic transitions and to correct the intensities of the ground-state transitions for their branching ratios. The photoabsorption cross section derived in this way up to the neutron-separation energy is combined with the photoabsorption cross section obtained from a recent (gamma,n) experiment at HIgS. The enhanced E1 strength found in the range from 6 to 10 MeV is compared with that in the N = 50 isotones 88Sr, 90Zr, and 92Mo and with predictions of calculations within the quasiparticle-phonon model.

Keywords: Photon scattering; bremsstrahlung; polarized gamma rays; photoabsorption cross section; gamma-ray strength function; random-phase-approximation; quasiparticle-phonon model

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Publ.-Id: 17390

Carrier and phonon dynamics in graphene

Malic, E.; Winnerl, S.

We present mciroscopic theory on the relaxation dynamics in graphene as well as experimental results. The excitation energies ccover the complete infrared spectral range.

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    1st Workshop of the Priority Programme Graphene, 04.-08.12.2011, Rothenfels, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17389

Taking the fast lane on laser acceleration

Bussmann, M.; Kluge, T.; Zeil, K.; Metzkes, J.; Kraft, S.; Debus, A.; Couperus, J. P.; Jochmann, A.; Irman, A.; Bock, S.; Loeser, M.; Siebold, M.; Burau, H.; Hübl, A.; Widera, R.; Pausch, R.; Zarini, O.; Steiniger, K.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T. E.

At Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf ultra-short high-power laser pulses drive sources of electron, ion and X-ray pulses. Close collaboration of experimental and theoretical studies drive the understanding and optimization of these sources for applications such as laser-driven ion beam tumour therapy.
When working close to the experiment fast simulation results and surveys of large parameter spaces are mandatory. We have developed a new code that works on accelerator hardware to return simulation results in hours instead of weeks. These fast response times allow us to add physical effects not yet available in simulation due to time constraints. We present simulations using our code PIConGPU, a particle-in-cell code working on graphic processing units, which show what is in reach of simulations based on modern hardware.
Besides developing new simulation software we work on making numerical and analytical models of laser-driven particle acceleration more realistic in order to better predict the outcome of experiments. This is necessary since our focus lies on optimum control of laser-driven radiation sources for applications. We present results on laser-driven ion acceleration and its applications that show how realistic models influence our experimental strategy.
We end with an outlook on why we see data analysis of large-scale simulations as an integrated part of our joint experimental and theoretical program and how we plan to integrate this into our daily work.

Keywords: particle in cell; electron; ion; acceleration; simulation; x-ray

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Publ.-Id: 17388

Switching magnetization by 180° with an electric field

Fechner, M.; Zahn, P.; Ostanin, S.; Bibes, M.; Mertig, I.

Magnetoelectric coupling allows for manipulating the magnetization by an external electric field or the electrical polarization by an external magnetic field. Here, we propose a mechanism to electrically induce 180 degree magnetization switching combining two effects: the magnetoelectric coupling at a multiferroic interface and magnetic interlayer exchange coupling. By means of first-principles methods, we investigate a ferroelectric layer in contact with a Fe/Au/Fe trilayer. The calculations show that the interface magnetism is strongly coupled to the ferroelectric layer. Furthermore, under certain conditions a reversal of polarization causes a sign reversal of the interlayer exchange coupling which is results in a 180 degree switching of the free layer magnetization. We argue that this magnetoelectric coupling mechanism is very robust and can find applications in magnetic data storage.

Keywords: 85.80.Jm; 31.15.A-; 75.30.Et; 85.75.-d; first principles electronic structure; magnetic multilayer; magneto-electric coupling; magnetic interlayer exchange coupling

Publ.-Id: 17387

Frames per Second Laser Plasma Simulations - Making large scale simulations really fast ... or slow

Bussmann, M.; Berninger, F.; Burau, H.; Cowan, T. E.; Debus, A.; Hübl, A.; Kluge, T.; Pausch, R.; Schramm, U.; Widera, R.; Hönig, W.; Juckeland, G.; Nagel, W.; Schmitt, F.

Many-core compute architectures such as graphic cards will be the building blocks of next-generation Exaflop computers. With these architectures, complex laser plasma simulations can run on a frames-per-second rate, decreasing the waiting time to get results to hours instead of weeks. Thus, large surveys for optimum acceleration parameters come in reach. This will enable theoreticians and experimentalists to discuss and understand the physics behind particle acceleration scenarios instead of simply adding a few pretty simulation pictures to a publication. When considering future applications of ultra-intense lasers, new physics will have to be taken into account. It is thus not only mandatory to make simulations fast, but to then add new physical effects into the code. This will require new strategies to leverage the power of next-generation supercomputers. We propose potentially successful techniques to get the most out of upcoming HPC systems based on our experience with PIConGPU and show what is already possible today.

Keywords: particle in cell; gpu; laser; plasma; acceleration; radiation; lwfa; simulation

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  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    15th Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop, 10.-15.6.2012, Austin, TX, United States of America

Publ.-Id: 17386

Taming Laser Plasma Interactions: PIConGPU

Bussmann, M.; Burau, H.; Widera, R.; Hübl, A.; Debus, A.; Kluge, T.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T. E.; Schmitt, F.; Dietrich, R.; Juckeland, G.; Nagel, W.; D’Humières, E.

We present PIConGPU, an implementation of a three-dimensional fully relativistic particle-in-cell (PIC) code for GPU clusters. PIConGPU can simulate laser matter interaction at relativistic laser intensities, for example to investigate laser particle acceleration schemes.

Keywords: gpu; particle in cell; laser; plasma; simulation; parallel computing

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    Accelerated HPC Symposium, 16.-17.5.2012, San Jose, CA, USA

Publ.-Id: 17385

First-principles calculations of the Berry curvature of Bloch states for charge and spin transport of electrons

Gradhand, M.; Fedorov, D. V.; Pientka, F.; Zahn, P.; Mertig, I.; Györfy, B. L.

Recent progress in wave packet dynamics based on the insight of Berry pertaining to adiabatic evolution of quantum systems has led to the need for a new property of a Bloch state, the Berry curvature, to be calculated from first principles. We report here on the response to this challenge by the ab initio community during the past decade. First we give a tutorial introduction of the conceptual developments we mentioned above. Then we describe four methodologies which have been developed for first-principle calculations of the Berry curvature. Finally, to illustrate the significance of the new developments, we report some results of calculations of interesting physical properties such as the anomalous and spin Hall conductivity as well as the anomalous Nernst conductivity and discuss the influence of the Berry curvature on the de Haas–van Alphen oscillation.

Publ.-Id: 17384

PIConGPU - Bringing Large-Scale Laser Plasma Simulations to GPU Supercomputing

Bussmann, M.; Juckeland, G.

With powerful lasers breaking the Petawatt barrier, applications for laser-accelerated particle beams are gaining more interest than ever. Ion beams accelerated by intense laser pulses foster new ways of treating cancer and make them available to more people than ever before. Laser-generated electron beams can drive new compact x-ray sources to create snapshots of ultrafast processes in materials. With PIConGPU laser-driven particle acceleration can be computed in hours compared to weeks on standard CPU clusters. We present the techniques behind PIConGPU, detailed performance analysis and the benefits of PIConGPU for real-world physics cases.

Keywords: particle in cell; gpu; plasma; laser; parallel computing

  • Lecture (Conference)
    GPU Technology Conference, 14.-17.5.2012, San Jose, CA, USA

Publ.-Id: 17383

Frames per Second is the new CPU hours - Particle-in-Cell Simulations on large GPU clusters

Bussmann, M.; Widera, R.; Burau, H.; Hübl, A.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T. E.; Schmitt, F.; Juckeland, G.; Nagel, W.

GPUs are one implementation of the many-core architecture that could be an important building block of future Exascale HPC-systems.
I present PIConGPU, an electromagnetic particle-in-cell code for laser-plasma interaction, discussing the important building blocks and techniques implemented in PIConGPU to leverage the power of large-scale GPU clusters.
PIConGPU hints at what to expect in the near-term future of massively-parallel particle-in-cell simulations in terms of parameter surveys, new physics modules and large-scale simulations.

Keywords: gpu; particle in cell; simulation; relativistic; parallel computing; laser; plasma

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    IAG Seminar, 04.05.2012, Stuttgart, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17382

A high peak brightness Thomson scattering x-ray source using high-power lasers

Bussmann, M.; Debus, A.; Steiniger, K.; Pausch, R.; Couperus, J. P.; Jochmann, A.; Irman, A.; Kraft, S.; Siebold, M.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T. E.

Thomson scattering of high-power laser pulses from relativistic bunches of electrons is a promising technique to deliver ultra-short x-ray pulses of high peak brightness. X-ray pulses in the multi-keV regime are obtainable using few MeV electrons delivered by conventional accelerators.

With laser-accelerated electrons photon energies of several MeV can be reached. We introduce concepts to improve the peak brightness of these beams using high power lasers and compare simulation results to experiment. Analytic models show that long interaction lengths could be obtained by spatio-temporal tayloring of the laser pulse. This Travelling-Wave Thomson Scattering technique would allow to produce narrow-bandwidth X-ray pulses of high peak brightness.

Keywords: thomson scattering; laser pulse; relativistic; radiation; travelling wave; x-ray; electron beam

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  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung der Sektion AMOP (SAMOP), 12.-16.3.2012, Stuttgart, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17381

PIConGPU - Bringing a GPU-driven PIC code to large machines

Bussmann, M.; Burau, H.; Widera, R.; Hübl, A.; Debus, A.; Kluge, T.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T. E.; Schmitt, F.; Juckeland, G.; Nagel, W.; D'Humières, E.; Kilian, P.; Ganse, U.; Siegel, S.; Spanier, F.

We present recent results on PIConGPU, a charge-conserving 3D relativistic particle-in-cell code running on graphic processors. We discuss best practices on how to implement the particle-in-cell algorithm on this new hardware and run it on large GPU clusters. We show that these codes have become mature enough to be considered for real life applications, delivering fast response time even for large physical problems.

Keywords: particle in cell; simulation; gpu; relativistic; parallel computing; laser; plasma

  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung der Sektion AMOP (SAMOP), 12.-16.3.2012, Stuttgart, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17380

Laser Cooling and Optical Diagnostics for Relativistic Ion Beams

Bussmann, M.; Stuhr, U.; Siebold, M.; Schramm, U.; Winters, D.; Kühl, T.; Kozhuharov, C.; Dimopoulou, C.; Nolden, F.; Steck, M.; Geppert, C.; Sanchez Alarcon, R. M.; Nörstershäuser, W.; Stöhlker, T.; Beck, T.; Walther, T.; Tichelmann, S.; Birkl, G.; Wen, W.; Ma, X.

Cooling of ion beams is essential for precision experiments at future storage rings. Laser cooling is one of the most promising techniques to reach high phase space densities at relativistic ion energies for all ion species which provide suitable atomic cooling transitions.

Establishing laser cooling as a standard technique at future storage rings requires laser sources that can address ion beams with large initial velocity spreads.

Without optical diagnostics however, the dynamics of ions at very low temperatures cannot be resolved, as conventional beam diagnostics reach their resolution limits.

We discuss concepts and techniques that pave the way for making laser cooling a reliable tool at future storage rings, some of which can already be tested at the ESR at GSI.

Keywords: laser cooling; ion beam; storage ring; relativistic

  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung der Sektion AMOP (SAMOP), 12.-16.3.2012, Stuttgart, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17379

Laserspektroskopie an relativistischen 209-Bi82+ und 209-Bi80+ Ionen am Speicherring ESR der GSI

Geppert, C.; Lochmann, M.; Sanchez, R. M.; Hammen, M.; Frömmgen, N.; Will, E.; Botermann, B.; Andjelkovic, Z.; Jöhren, R.; Mader, J.; Hannen, V.; Weinheimer, C.; Winters, D.; Kühl, T.; Litvinov, Y.; Stöhlker, T.; Dax, A.; Bussmann, M.; Wen, W.; Thompson, R.; Nörtershäuser, W.

Die genaue Bestimmung der Hyperfeinstrukturaufspaltung (HFS) von hochgeladenen Ionen erlaubt im Abgleich mit theoretischen Berechnungen einen Test der QED. Die Messung an schweren und hochgeladenen Ionen erlaubt einen Test der QED in starken Feldern.

Im Rahmen der LIBELLE (E083)-Kollaboration am Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) wurden hierzu wasserstoff- und lithium-ähnliches Bismut bei Geschwindigkeiten von β=0.7 im Speicherring ESR gespeichert und mittels Laserspektroskopie untersucht. Nach 12-jähriger Suche wurde nun erstmals der verbotene HFS-Übergang im lithium-ähnlichen Bismut gefunden.

Keywords: Spektroskpie; Speicherring; QED; relativistsich; Ionenstrahl; hochgeladene Ionen; starke Felder

  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung der Sektion AMOP (SAMOP), 12.-16.3.2012, Stuttgart, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17378

Electron temperature in laser-solid interaction

Kluge, T.; Huang, L.; Debus, A.; Zeil, K.; Bussmann, M.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T. E.

Recent theoretical results have led to a new understanding of how to derive the temperature of hot electrons generated in laser-solid interactions from the laser intensity.

We present new scaling laws for electron temperature with laser intensity. We then focus on the implications of our findings for applications such as laser-driven ion acceleration and laser-driven fusion using buried-layer targets.

Keywords: electron temperature; laser; solid; interaction; relativistic

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  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung der Sektion AMOP (SAMOP), 12.-16.3.2012, Stuttgart, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17377

Laboratory Astrophysics Research at HZDR

Schlenvoigt, H.-P.; Ramakrishna, B.; Kraft, S.; Herrmannsdörfer, T.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T.

The „Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf“ (HZDR) research center covers a wide area of fundamental research in the fields of matter, health and energy. In particular for the first domain, a key topic is the behavior of matter in strong fields. The center operates several large-scale facilities of excellent research: The „Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory“ (HLD), the accelerator and radiation source ELBE and the high-intensity laser system DRACO.
In view of preparatory research and training for the upcoming x-ray free electron laser XFEL at Hamburg, an initiative was taken in order to combine the expertises of generating ultra-strong magnetic fields, high-power laser-matter interaction, plasma physics, radiation physics and material science. The junction of all of these fields settles exactly at laboratory astrophysics.
We will present our experiences in the individual fields, outline the project and discuss possible experiments.

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  • Poster
    9th International Conference on High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics (HEDLA2012), 30.04.-04.05.2012, Tallahassee, USA

Publ.-Id: 17376

Direct Imaging Of Effective Spin Meron Pairs In Magnetic Multilayers

Wintz, S.; Körner, M.; Gemming, S.; Erbe, A.; Raabe, J.; Quitmann, C.; Fassbender, J.

Spin textures have been an interesting topic of magnetism research for many years. Within this field, magnetic vortices have attracted much attention, due to their non-trivial topology and the various dynamic modes they exhibit. Such a magnetic vortex consists of a planar, flux-closing magnetization curl that turns out of the plane in the central nanoscopic core region. In a single vortex, typically no significant radial magnetization components are present. Recent investigations show that this also holds true for multilayer vortex systems with bilinear interlayer exchange coupling (IEC).
Here we report on pairs of diverging-converging spin vortices occurring in patterned magnetic multilayers (Co/Rh/NiFe). These effective meron states can be understood as a superposition of the topological meron state (defined by a perfectly radial magnetization distribution) and a regular tangential vortex. Using magnetic scanning transmission x-ray microscopy (STXM) we directly image the individual effective merons in both ferromagnetic layers with high lateral resolution. Supporting SQUID measurements and micromagnetic simulations reveal that a significant biqudratic IEC is necessary to stabilize the states observed.

  • Poster
    The 21th International Colloqium on Magnetic Films and Surfaces (ICMFS), 24.-28.09.2012, Shanghai, China

Publ.-Id: 17375

Attempt to detect primordial 244Pu on Earth

Lachner, J.; Dillmann, I.; Faestermann, T.; Korschinek, G.; Poutivtsev, M.; Rugel, G.; Lierse Von Gostomski, C.; Türler, A.; Gerstmann, U.

With a half-life of 81.1 Myr, 244Pu could be both the heaviest and the shortest-lived nuclide present on Earth as a relic of the last supernova(e) that occurred before the formation of the Solar System. Hoffman et al. [Nature (London) 234, 132 (1971)] reported on the detection of this nuclide (1.0 × 10−18 g 244Pu/g) in the rare-earth mineral bastnäsite with the use of a mass spectrometer. Up to now these findings were never reassessed. We describe the search for primordial 244Pu in a sample of bastnäsite with the method of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). It was performed with a highly sensitive setup, identifying the ions by the determination of their time-of-flight and energy. Using AMS, the stripping to high charge states allows the suppression of any molecular interference. During our measurements we observed no event of 244Pu. Therefore, we can give an upper limit for the abundance of 244Pu in our sample of the mineral bastnäsite of 370 atoms per gram (1.5 × 10−19 g244Pu/g). The concentration of 244Pu in our sample of bastnäsite is significantly lower than the previously determined value.

Keywords: Elemental abundances in Universe; r-process (nuclear astrophysics); properties of superheavy elements

Publ.-Id: 17374

Environment Controlled Dewetting of Rh−Pd Bilayers: A Route for Core−Shell Nanostructure Synthesis

Abrasonis, G.; Wintz, S.; Liedke, M. O.; Aksoy, A. F.; Krause, M.; Kuepper, K.; Banerjee, D.; Liu, Z.; Gemming, S.

Chemical environment plays a significant role on the size, shape, or surface composition of nanostructures. Here, the chemical environment effects are studied in the context of core−shell nanoparticle synthesis. The environment driven dynamics and kinetics of Rh/Pd bilayers is investigated by in situ ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Thin Rh (∼1.5 nm)/Pd (∼ 1.5 nm) bilayers were grown on thermally oxidized Si substrates. The films were heated in CO or NO environments or heated in vacuum with a subsequent NO/CO cycling. This study demonstrates that not the initial stacking sequence but the chemical environment plays a crucial role in controlling the surface composition. Heating in CO results in a surface enrichment of Pd at ∼200°C and is followed by film dewetting at ∼300 °C. Heating in NO results in progressive oxidation of Rh starting at ∼150 °C, which stabilizes the film continuity up to >∼375 °C. The film rupture correlates with the thermal destabilization of the surface oxide. Heating in vacuum results in a significant increase in surface Pd concentration, and the following NO/CO cycling induces periodic surface composition changes. The quasi-equilibrium states are ∼50% and ∼20% of Rh/(Rh + Pd) for NO and CO environments, respectively. Possible surface composition change and dewetting mechanisms are discussed on the basis of the interplay of thermodynamic (surface/oxide energy and surface wetting) and kinetic (surface oxidation and thermally induced and chemically enhanced diffusion) factors. The results open alternative ways to synthesize supported (core−shell) nanostructures with controlled morphology and surface composition.

Publ.-Id: 17373

Search for superheavy elements with 292 ≤ A ≤ 310 in nature with accelerator mass spectrometry

Ludwig, P.; Faestermann, T.; Korschinek, G.; Rugel, G.; Dillmann, I.; Fimiani, L.; Bishop, S.; Kumar, P.

There is a possibility that small traces of long-lived superheavy elements (Z ≥ 104) still exist in nature. An ultrasensitive search for such superheavy elements has been conducted at the Maier-Leibnitz Laboratory in Garching (Germany) by means of accelerator mass spectrometry. A sample of raw platinum has been scanned for 13 different masses in the range 292 ≤ A ≤ 310. The masses A = 292 and 298 were scanned in pure osmium and pure lead fluoride, respectively. For each mass, several hours of background-free data were recorded. Since no events could be attributed to superheavy elements, upper limits on their abundances in the sample materials on the order of 10−14–10−16 were established.

Keywords: Properties of superheavy elements; time-of-flight mass spectrometry in chemical analysis; charged-particle beams sources and detectors; beams; charged-particle in accelerators

Publ.-Id: 17372

Lanthanide induced linkage of phosphorylated organic acids

Kretzschmar, J.; Barkleit, A.; Paasch, S.; Brunner, E.

Lanthanides have become a useful tool in NMR spectroscopy within the last 40 years. Due to their paramagnetic properties they can be utilized as probes to determine the binding sites of biologically or environmentally relevant organic molecules as they cause significant line broadenings and / or paramagnetic induced shifts.
In our former and actual research we investigate the interactions between actinides and biomolecules, revealing the structure as well as thermodynamic and kinetic behaviour. Lanthanides can easily be used as inactive analogues for trivalent actinides in consequence of their similar chemistry.
We found out that lanthanide ions are able to act as linkers to build up polymeric structures of bifunctional organic acids such as phosphorylated amino acids. For instance, in the case of O-phospho-L-serine the lanthanide ions can serve as a bridge between the carboxylate and the phosphate group of two amino acid molecules to form macromolecules with repetitive units. Solid state NMR spectroscopy was the most feasible tool for structure elucidation, proving that both the phosphate and the carboxylic group are involved in the complexation. By means of 1D and 2D methods it was confirmed that both functional groups lose their protons and, thus, must be the binding sites for the lanthanides, whereas the protons of the amino group are unaffected.
The interactions between the lanthanides (Eu3+, La3+) and the phosphorylated acids can be monitored by solution 31P-NMR spectroscopy and confirmed by dynamic light scattering. After mixing the reactants, colloids are formed immediately. After some minutes up to hours the formed aggregates precipitate. Different temperature, pH and ionic strength conditions may be object of further investigations.

Keywords: lanthanides; lanthanum(III); europium(III); phosphorylated amino acid; NMR spectroscopy

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Festkörper-NMR-Methoden und Anwendungen in der Materialforschung, 29.07.-02.08.2012, Oberjoch, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 17371

Effect of low energy He+-ion irradiation on structural and magnetic properties of thin Pt/Cr/Co multilayers

Tripathi, J. K.; Liedke, M. O.; Strache, T.; Sarangi, S. N.; Grotzschel, R.; Gupta, A.; Som, T.

In this work, we report on the changes in structural and magnetic properties of Pt (0.7 nm)/Cr (x nm)/Co (0.5 nm) was observed. Above finding is discussed in the realm of ion beam mixing, leading to the CoCrPt ternary alloy phase formation, after low-energy He+-ion irradiation.

Keywords: He+; ion irradiation; Pt; Co; multilayers; mixing; magnetic anisotropy

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  • Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 272(2012), 96-99

Publ.-Id: 17370

Reduced order modelling and optimization of an electromagnetically controlled shear layer

Metzkes, H.; Stiller, J.; Weier, T.; Albrecht, T.; Gerbeth, G.

In previous work it has been found that active flow control on a separated shear layer of an airfoil is able to increase lift by 50 percent. It was shown, the effect of control depends on various parameter like amplitude, frequency waveform of the signal. The electromagnetic actuator we use, induces a mainly wall normal body force. As the force amplitude is proportional to the external applied voltage a wide range of time signals can be generated.
Due to the variety of actuating variables present work was focused to study the variation of unique parameters. Our aim is to set up an optimization method including a wide range of variables to find the most effective constellation. In order to reduce the numeric costs for the optimization we use a reduced order model. The model is derived by projecting the Navier-Stokes equation to a basis derived from proper orthogonal decomposition (POD). The POD modes are computed from autocorrelated snapshots of a high fidelity solution (Direct Numerical Simulation or Large Eddy Simulation). To cope with pressure effects due to open boundaries we adopted the approach of Noack et al. (2005). The choice of the snapshots restricts the area of application of the model. For this reason the optimization has to be combined with a trust region method . As there are several references dealing with cylinder wake flow, we validate the approach with the flow past a circular cylinder with Re = 100. In order to work out a suitable strategy for controling separated shear flows we consider the backward-facing step as a simple, but yet characteristic example. As a particular challenge we plan to address the reduced order representation of short forcing peaks and a robust selection of snapshots within the trust region iteration of the optimizer.

Keywords: backward facing step; Lorentz force; flow control

  • Lecture (Conference)
    European Fluid Mechanics Conference 9 (EFMC9), 09.-13.09.2012, Rom, Italien

Publ.-Id: 17369

Separated flow response to single pulse actuation

Albrecht, T.; Weier, T.; Gerbeth, G.; Williams, D. R.

The response of a separated flow over a two-dimensional wing to a short duration disturbance from a Lorentz force leading-edge actuator is presented. The transient flow structures and lift force measurements were obtained from PIV measurements. The dependence of the lift response on actuator pulse duration, pulse amplitude, and direction of actuation was documented. The flow structures in the separated shear layer were identified using Finite Time Lyapunov Exponent (FTLE) method. The direction of the actuator pulse had a significant effect on the initial development of the shear layer, but the larger scale envelope of the separated flow had essentially the same response, irrespective of the direction of actuation.

Keywords: flow separation; Lorentz force; FTLE

  • Lecture (Conference)
    51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 07.-13.01.2013, Grapevine, USA
  • Contribution to proceedings
    51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 07.-13.01.2013, Grapevine, USA
    Proceedings of the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
    DOI: 10.2514/6.2013-849
  • AIAA Journal 53(2015)1, 190-199
    Online First (2014) DOI: 10.2514/1.J053026
    Cited 12 times in Scopus

Publ.-Id: 17368

Autonome Sensorpartikel zur Prozessdiagnose in Großbehältern

Reinecke, S.; Hampel, U.

Zur Erfassung räumlich verteilter Parameter in Prozessbehältern wurde das Konzept autonomer Sensorpartikel entwickelt und getestet. Die Sensorpartikel sind auftriebsneutral und bewegen sich frei mit der vorherrschenden Strömung im Prozess. Die integrierte Messelektronik erfasst die Signale der internen Messfühler für die Temperatur, die Eintauchtiefe und die Beschleunigung in einem autonomen und energieeffizienten Messregime. Die Validierung des Messsystems erfolgte unter realen Strömungsbedingungen in einem Versuchsfermenter. Die aufgenommenen Messda-ten und die daraus extrahierten Prozesskenndaten charakterisieren den Zustand des Prozesses und die Strömungsbedingungen.

Keywords: Strömungsfolger; Sensorpartikel; Autonomer Sensor; Parametererfassung; Fernüberwachung; Bioreaktor

Publ.-Id: 17367

A unifying picture of helical and azimuthal magnetorotational instability, and the universal significance of the Liu limit

Kirillov, O.; Stefani, F.; Fukumoto, Y.

The magnetorotational instability (MRI) plays a key role for cosmic structure formation by triggering turbulence in the rotating flows of accretion disks that would be otherwise hydrodynamically stable. In the limit of small magnetic Prandtl number, the helical and the azimuthal version of MRI are known to be governed by a quite different scaling behaviour than the standard MRI with a vertical applied magnetic field. Using the short-wavelength approximation for an incompressible, resistive, and viscous rotating fluid we present a unified description of helical and azimuthal MRI, and we identify the universal character of the Liu limit for the critical Rossby number.
From this universal behaviour we are also led to the prediction that the instability will be governed by a mode with an azimuthal wavenumber that is proportional to the ratio of axial to azimuthal applied magnetic field, when this ratio becomes large and the Rossby number is close to the Liu limit.

Keywords: helical and azimuthal magnetorotational instability; inductionless limit; Keplerian rotation; accretion disk

Publ.-Id: 17366

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