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Qualification tests of optical coatings in space environment
Pelizzo, M. G.; Corso, A. J.; Tessarolo, E.; Martucci, A.; Donazzan, A.; Böttger, R.; Hübner, R.; Napolitani, E.;
Optical components such as mirrors, filters and windows need to be tested and qualified to verify their resistance in space environments. Future space missions, such as ESA JUICE and SOLO, will operate in harsh environments, rich of ions and electrons. Experiments and development of appropriate protocols are needed to develop proper radiation-hard components and to qualify them.
Keywords: Ions, Coatings, Radiation effects, Nonhomogeneous media, Reflectivity, Optical filters, Protons
  • Contribution to proceedings
    2017 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace), 21.-23.07.2017, Padua, Italy: IEEE, 978-1-5090-4234-0
    DOI: 10.1109/MetroAeroSpace.2017.7999570
  • Lecture (Conference)
    IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace), 21.-23.07.2017, Padua, Italy

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Structural and optical studies of Pr implanted ZnO films subjected to a long-time or ultra-fast thermal annealing
Ratajczak, R.; Mieszczynski, C.; Prucnal, S.; Guziewicz, E.; Stachowicz, M.; Snigurenko, D.; Gaca, J.; Böttger, R.; Wojcik, M.; Heller, R.; Skorupa, W.; Borany, J. V.; Turos, A.;
Epitaxial thin ZnO films grown by Atomic Layer Depositionwere implanted with 150 keV Pr ions to a fluence of 1 × 1015 at/cm2. Implanted samples were subjected to two different kinds of annealing: rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and millisecond-range flash lamp annealing (FLA). Structural properties of implanted and annealed ZnO and the optical response were evaluated by the Channeling Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS/c), High-resolution X-ray diffraction and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy (PL), respectively. The results shown, that both annealing techniques lead to recrystallization of the ZnO lattice, that was damaged during the ion implantation. Upon RTA performed at 800 °C a return of Zn atoms from interstitial to their regular site positions is accompanied by rejection of primarily substitutional Pr atoms to the interstitial sites. Consequently, it leads to the out-diffusion and precipitation of Pr atoms on the surface. In contrast to RTA, the diffusion of implanted Pr during a millisecond range FLA treatment is completely suppressed. Despite differences in location of Pr inside the ZnO matrix after FLA and RTA, both annealing techniques lead to the optical activation of Pr3+. Interestingly, our RBS/c study for as implanted layers also revealed the anomalous damage peak, called intermediate peak (IP) located between the expected surface and the bulk damage peak. The PL spectra clearly suggest, that the defect which forms the IP, can be assigned to Zn interstitials. The long-time annealing at 800 °C in oxygen atmosphere causes the complete removal of the IP.
Keywords: Zinc oxide Atomic layer deposition Rare-earth Ion implantation Praseodymium Rapid thermal annealing Flash lamp annealing Channeling Rutherford backscattering spectrometry High-resolution X-ray diffraction Photoluminescence

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Dosimetric evidence confirms computational model of magnetic field induced dose distortions of therapeutic proton beams
Schellhammer, S. M.ORC; Gantz, S.; Lühr, A.; Oborn, B. M.; Bussmann, M.; Hoffmann, A. L.
Given the sensitivity of proton therapy to anatomical variations, this cancer treatment modality is expected to benefit greatly from integration with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. One of the obstacles hindering such an integration are strong magnetic field induced dose distortions. These have been predicted in simulation studies, but no experimental validation has been performed so far. Here we show the first measurement of planar distributions of dose deposited by therapeutic proton pencil beams traversing a one-Tesla transversal magnetic field while depositing energy in a tissue-like phantom using film dosimetry. The lateral beam deflection ranges from one millimeter to one centimeter for 80 to 180 MeV beams. Simulated and measured deflection agree within one millimeter for all studied energies. These results proof that the magnetic field induced proton beam deflection is both measurable and accurately predictable. This demonstrates the feasibility of accurate dose calculation as well as measurement within the framework of MR-integrated proton therapy.

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Electrical behaviour of carbon nanotubes under low-energy proton irradiation
Abbe, E.; Schüler, T.; Klosz, S.; Starruß, E.; Pilz, W.; Böttger, R.; Kluge, O.; Schmiel, T.; Tajmar, M.;
Several applications for carbon nanotubes (CNT) have been proposed for space applications in the last years. However, their behaviour in the harsh space environment is mostly unknown. Energetic particles such as protons can influence the material degradation in space. This material damage could result in a system failure of space systems. Therefore it is necessary to investigate the performance of new materials under proton irradiation.

Screen and jet printed disordered single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes/resin composites (ME) were exposed to 1 keV, 15 keV and 100 keV protons. The electrical behaviour of the CNT conductor paths was measured during the experiment. After this exposure, the CNTs were analyzed using Raman scattering and a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

Their is a clear evidence that proton radiation can destroy carbon nanotubes and influence their electrical performance.
Keywords: Mulltiwalled carbon nanotubes; Single walled carbon nanotubes; Irradation; Protons; Enviromental behaviour

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Beam loading limited high peak current laser wakefield accelerators
Köhler, A.ORC; Couperus, J. P.ORC; Krämer, J. M.; Kurz, T.; Zarini, O.; Pausch, R.; Debus, A.; Garten, M.; Hübl, A.; Bussmann, M.; Schramm, U.; Irman, A.ORC
Laser wakefield accelerators (LWFA) can potentially generate high-peak current electron beams at the order of a few tens of kiloAmperes which are very attractive as drivers for compact secondary radiation sources ranging from THz up togamma-ray or as drivers for beam driven wakefield accelerators (PWFA).
The phenomenon of beam loading affects the amount of trapped charge inside the plasma cavity while influencing the final beam parameters, i.e., transverse emittance and maximum attainable energy and spread.
We experimentally investigate these effects in the self-truncated ionization injection scheme (STII) by loading several hundreds of pC of charge into the wakefield within a monoenergetic bunch. We explore the influence of beam loading on electron energy, energy spread and beam divergence. We show that beam quality is maintained up to an estimated peak-current of 30 kA, which is an order of magnitude higher than can be reached in current state-of-the-art conventional electron accelerators.
  • Poster
    8th International Particle Accelerator Conference, 14.05.2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Investigation of electron dynamics in a ionization-injection laser-wakefield accelerator via betatron radiation
Koehler, A.ORC; Couperus, J. P.ORC; Zarini, O.; Pausch, R.; Krämer, J. M.; Debus, A.; Irman, A.; Bussmann, M.; Schramm, U.ORC
The features of betatron radiation emitted from accelerated electrons in a laser-wakefield accelerator can help as a diagnostic tool to investigate their dynamics during the acceleration. Here we describe our recent LWFA experiments deploying the ionization induced injection technique carried out with the Draco Ti:Sapphire laser. Equipped with an 2D spectroscopy technique based on single pixel absorption events, we analyze the spectral features of the emitted betatron radiation for a set of different plasma densities. Combined with electron spectra acquired at the same time, the betatron source size for a set of different electron bunches is deduced.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics, 24.04.2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Publ.-Id: 26012 - Permalink

Singularity consideration in the integral equations for contactless inductive flow tomography
Jacobs, R. T.; Wondrak, T.; Stefani, F.;
The Contactless Inductive Flow Tomography is a procedure that enables the reconstruction of the global three-dimensional flow structure of an electrically conducting fluid by measuring the flow induced magnetic flux density outside the melt and by subsequently solving the associated linear inverse problem. The accurate computation of the forward problem which is essential for the inversion represents the focal point of this investigation. The tomography procedure is described by a system of coupled integral equations where the integrals contain a singularity when a source point coincides with a field point. The contribution of a singular point to the value of the surface and volume integrals in the system is considered in detail. A significant improvement of the accuracy is achieved by applying higher order elements and by attributing special attention to the singularities inherent in the integral equations. The treatment of the singularities described in this investigation is similar to the procedure applied in the boundary element method. It represents a novelty in the Contactless Inductive Flow Tomography.
Keywords: Contactless inductive flow tomography, magnetohydrodynamics, integral equations, inverse problems
  • The International Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering 37(2018)4, 1366-1375
    DOI: 10.1108/COMPEL-08-2017-0361

Publ.-Id: 26010 - Permalink

Inclusion of Incidental Radiation Dose to the Cardiac Atria and Ventricles Does Not Improve the Prediction of Radiation Pneumonitis in Advanced-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
Wijsman, R.; Dankers, F. J. W. M.; Troost, E. G. C.; Hoffmann, A. L.; van der Heijden, E. H. F. M.; de Geus-Oei, L.-F.; Bussink, J.;
Purpose: To evaluate if inclusion of incidental radiation dose to the cardiac atria and ventricles improves the prediction of Grade ≥3 radiation pneumonitis (RP) in advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer (AS-NSCLC) patients treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy or volumetric-modulated arc therapy.
Material and methods: Using a bootstrap modelling approach, clinical parameters and dose-volume histogram (DVH) parameters of lungs and heart (assessing atria and ventricles separately and combined) were evaluated for RP prediction in 188 AS-NSCLC patients.
Results: After a median follow-up of 18.4 months, 26 patients (13.8%) developed RP. Only the median mean lung dose (MLD) differed between groups (15.3 Gy vs 13.7 Gy for the RP and non-RP group, respectively; p=0.004). The MLD showed the highest Spearman correlation coefficient (Rs) for RP (Rs=0.21; p<0.01). Most Rs of the lung DVH parameters exceeded those of the heart DVH parameters. After bootstrap modelling, the heart DVH parameters were seldom included in the model predicting Grade ≥3 RP. The optimal model for RP consisted of the parameters: MLD and cardiac comorbidity (area under the curve: 0.71).
Conclusion: Incidental dose to the cardiac atria and ventricles did not improve RP risk prediction in our cohort of AS-NSCLC patients.
Keywords: Non-small cell lung cancer; Intensity-modulated radiation therapy; Volumetric-modulated arc therapy; radiation pneumonitis; cardiac exposure.

Publ.-Id: 26009 - Permalink

Use of small animal PET/MRI for internal radiation dose assessment
Kranz, M.;
The thesis is based on three publications investigating newly developed radiotracers in different animal models. The radiation safety and biodistribution has to be proven prior to the application of first-in-man studies. Resultantly, based on the preclinical dosimetry presented herein, a clinical trial was approved by the competent authorities of Germany for (-)-[18F]flubatine, (+)-[18F]flubatine and (S)-(-)-[18F]fluspidine. Although the radiation safety was proven for (R)-(+)-[18F]fluspidine too, so far it is used in preclinical studies only.
  • Doctoral thesis
    Universität Leipzig, 2017
    Mentor: Prof. Brust, Prof. Sattler

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Laser-driven proton acceleration from a solid hydrogen ribbon
Kraft, S.;
In the last years, more and more high repetition rate ultrahigh power lasers are build. In order to use the novel capabilities in applications with laser accelerated ion beams, new target types have to be developed. These targets have to fulfil two conditions: they have to stand several hundreds or even thousands of shots and produce as less debris as possible in order to spare the expensive optics. Promising candidates are pure hydrogen targets.
Here we report on experiments with a solid hydrogen ribbon performed at the ELFIE facility in France and compare the results to shots on normal metal and plastic foils.
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Laserlab User Meeting, 27.-29.08.2017, Vilnius, Litauen

Publ.-Id: 26007 - Permalink

Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields: A stroke of luck for High-Intensity Lasers at the European XFEL
Schlenvoigt, H.-P.ORC; Cowan, T.ORC
We will present the status of HiBEF, a UserConsortium driving HED science at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser, and discuss a possible route towards the detection of Vacuum Birefringence.
Keywords: HiBEF XFEL HED Vacuum Birefringence
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    2nd Conference on Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics, 05.09.2017, Lisbon, Portugal

Publ.-Id: 26006 - Permalink

X-ray polarimetry of high-intensity laser-driven phenomena
Schlenvoigt, H.-P.ORC
The talk will present two prominent examples of X-ray polarimetry, namely Faraday rotation and vacuum birefringence. A general model for polarimetry will be presented. Detailed technical requirements from both XFEL and optical laser will be discussed.
Keywords: HiBEF XFEL Faraday Rotation Polarimetry
  • Lecture (Conference)
    High Intensity Laser Matter Science at The HED Instrument at The European XFEL, 06.04.2017, Schenefeld, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 26005 - Permalink

Novel insights into the covalent bonding character of tetravalent actinide complexes with N-donor ligands
Kloditz, R.; Radoske, T.; Schöne, S.; Patzschke, M.; Stumpf, T.;
The electronical properties of f-elements, especially of the actinides, are a very puzzling topic to investigate. The frontier orbitals (5f, 6d, 7s) all lying in a similar energy regime along with open shells and relativistic effects contribute to a very complex situation, where single-reference methods like DFT and Hartree-Fock may be not suitable any more. In recent years, the investigation of actinides in combination with organic ligands revealed a very rich chemistry with many forms of coordination and chemical bonding. Besides that, many visually appealing and intuitive tools have been developed, with which the chemical bond can be analysed. These tools for bond analysis include natural-bonding orbitals (NBO) and density-difference plots. The aim of this study is therefore to apply these bond analysis tools to a range of tetravalent actinide complexes with N- donor ligands, like Schiff bases and amidinates, to elucidate their complicated electronic properties. Thermodynamic computations on the stability of the complexes will also be presented to understand the chemical properties of the actinides and predict yet unknown complexes.
Keywords: Actinides, theoretical chemistry, real-space bonding analysis, non-covalent interactions
  • Poster
    Relativistic Effects on heavy Element Chemistry and Physics, 02.-06.09.2017, Marburg, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 26004 - Permalink

GMaps – eine dreidimensinale Datenstruktur zur Modellierung und Simulation von realen Erz-Mikrostrukturen
Menzel, P.;
Zur Bestimmung der optimalen Prozessketten zur Verarbeitung von Komplexerzen muss der gesamte Prozess simuliert und auf spezifisches Eingabematerial optimiert werden. Für diese Simulation ist die genaue Kenntnis der Mikrostruktur im Erzkörper notwendig.
Diese Erz-Mikrostruktur ist sehr komplex und kann nur mit sehr allgemeinen Datenstrukturen digital abgebildet und verarbeitet werden. Wir verwenden dafür ein Konzept genannt „Generalized Map“, dass es erlaubt, nahezu beliebige Vermaschungen innerhalb von natürlichen Körpern abzubilden und dennoch sehr effizient auf die einzelnen Bestandteile zugreifen zu können.

In dieser Arbeit werden die Verwendung von Generalized Maps zur Modellierung und Simulation von Erz-Mikrostrukturen und verschiedenen Anwendungen vorgestellt.
Keywords: GMaps, Mikrostrukturen/Microstruccures
  • Lecture (others)
    Geophysikalisches Barbara-Kolloquium, 02.12.2017, Freiberg, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 26003 - Permalink

Thermally induced magnetic switching in bit-patterned media
Pfau, B.; Günther, C. M.; Hauet, T.; Eisebitt, S.; Hellwig, O.;
We have studied the thermal variation of the switching field of magnetic islands at room temperature. A model bit-pattern media composed of an assembly of islands with 80 nm width was fabricated by sputter deposition onto a pre-patterned substrate. Using direct magnetic-contrast imaging of the islands under applied field, we extract the switching probabilities of individual islands. Based on an analytical model for the thermally activated switching of the islands, we are able to determine the intrinsic magnetic anisotropy of each island and, consequentially, a distribution of anisotropies for the island ensemble investigated. In the distribution, we identify a separated group of islands with a particularly small anisotropy. We attribute this group to islands containing misaligned grains triggering the magnetic reversal. At room temperature and slow field sweep rates, the observed thermal broadening of the switching-field distribution is small compared to the intrinsic broadening. However, we illustrate that thermal fluctuations play a crucial role at high sweep rates by extrapolating our results to technological relevant regimes.


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Magnonic band structure in a Co/Pd stripe domain system investigated by Brillouin light scattering and micromagnetic simulations
Banerjee, C.; Gruszecki, P.; Klos, J. W.; Hellwig, O.; Krawczyk, M.; Barman, A.;
By combining Brillouin light scattering and micromagnetic simulations, we studied the spin-wave (SW) dynamics of a Co/Pd thin film multilayer, which features a stripe domain structure at remanence. The periodic up and down domains are separated by corkscrew type domain walls. The existence of these domains causes a scattering of the otherwise bulk and surface SW modes, which form mode families, similar to a one-dimensional magnonic crystal. The dispersion relation and mode profiles of SWs are measured for the transferred wave vector parallel and perpendicular to the domain axis.


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Core degradation analysis for a generic German PWR with the severe accident code ATHLET-CD
Wilhelm, P.; Jobst, M.;
The progress of core degradation as well as evaluation of time spans for key events during the accident evolvement provides essential information related to the safety assessment of nuclear power plants. Knowledge is gained from performed experimental programmes which support the development of computer models incorporated in computer codes for analysis of severe accidents. Severe accident codes are applied since decades and constantly improved on the basis of gained new knowledge. Code-to-experiment comparison as well as code-to-code comparison is of paramount importance for the verification and validation of the codes.
For assessment of the core degradation progression in a generic German pressurized water reactor of type KONVOI a computer model based on the severe accident code ATHLET-CD was applied. The model was primarily developed within the frames of the joint research project WASA-BOSS (Weiterentwicklung und Anwendung von Severe Accident Codes – Bewertung und Optimierung von Störfallmaßnahmen) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The model was applied for simulation and analysis of accidents with core degradation from two main groups of accidents – station blackout and small-break loss-of-coolant-accident. For the current paper we have focused on analysis of core degradation during a hypothetical station blackout severe accident scenario. Analysed is the severe accident progression with failure of the safety barriers providing insights into the main phenomena which could arise in such an accident like core heat-up, cladding failure, release of fission products, hydrogen production, core degradation and reactor pressure vessel failure.
The analysis of the simulation results showed the applicability of the developed model for simulation of accidents with core degradation from the initiating event until failure of the reactor pressure vessel. The model was tested for simulations with varying the fuel burnup, with main focus on the release of the fission products from the core.
Keywords: Core Degradation, Severe Accident, Generic German PWR, ATHLET-CD, Fission Product Release, Burnup
  • Contribution to proceedings
    IAEA Technical Meeting on the Status and Evaluation of Severe Accident Simulation Codes for Water Cooled Reactors (I3-TM-54660), 09.-12.10.2017, Vienna, Austria
    Status and Evaluation of Severe Accident Simulation Codes for Water Cooled Reactors, Wien: IAEA, 9789201029195
  • Lecture (Conference)
    IAEA Technical Meeting on the Status and Evaluation of Severe Accident Simulation Codes for Water Cooled Reactors (I3-TM-54660), 09.-12.10.2017, Vienna, Austria

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Synthesis and X-ray Crystal Structure of N’-Cyano-N,N’-dimethyl-4-nitrobenzohydrazide
Löser, R.ORC; Pitzschler, R.; Köckerling, M.
Using a two-step procedure N’-Cyano-N,N’-dimethyl-4-nitrobenzohydrazide was synthesized. The structure was established using single crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystalized in the orthorhombic space group P212121 with a = 8.1974(6), b = 10.6696(7), and c = 12.9766(8) Å. The first reported crystal structure of an acyclic cyanohydrazide is discussed with the focus on the geometry of the hydrazide moiety but also intermolecular contacts in the crystal are considered. Implications of the structural findings towards the enzyme inhibitory activity of related azapeptide nitriles are indicated.

Publ.-Id: 25999 - Permalink

Time-lapse 3D imaging by positron emission tomography of Cu mobilized in a soil column by the herbicide MCPA
Kulenkampff, J.; Stoll, M.; Gründig, M.; Mansel, A.; Lippmann-Pipke, J.; Kersten, M.;
Phenoxyalkanoic acids like the 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) are the second highest used xenobiotic herbicides worldwide after glyphosate because of their apparently favorable environmental properties. Experimental batch equilibration data suggested a reduced Cu adsorption efficiency with the soil mineral goethite below pH 6 in presence of MCPA. This has been verified by advanced surface complexation adsorption modelling involving dissolved Cu-MCPA complexation constants. Positron emission tomography is a non-invasive molecular imaging method for time-resolved three-dimensional information commonly applied on non-retarded tracers in soil core scale experiments. Mineral surface reactive tracers like Cu-64 are too immobile for the relatively short observation times available with this advanced imaging technique. However, Cu-64 radiolabeled Cu-MCPA complex migration could be observed in as long as 10-cm artificial soil test columns where break-through occurred within a few days. For the first time, time-lapse movies of Cu migration in the opaque soil columns were recorded using this novel reactive transport process tomography approach.
Keywords: PET, reactive transport, soil, process tomography


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Radiative and non-radiative de-excitation of slow highly charged ions transmitted through freestanding single layer graphene
Wilhelm, R. A.; Schwestka, J.; Gruber, E.; Heller, R.; Kozubek, R.; Schleberger, M.; Facsko, S.; Aumayr, F.;
Slow highly charged ions interacting with a solid surface undergo an ultrafast charge exchange combined with a rapid electronic de-excitation within less than 10 fs. These processes involve capture of some 10 electrons, emission of at least some 10 additional electrons from the surface and radiative as well as non-radiative de-excitation of the ion. To investigate the branching ratio of radiative vs. non-radiative de-excitation we measured x-ray emission of highly charged Ar ions with two, one or no K-shell hole(s) when they are transmitted through a freestanding single layer of graphene.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    Conference on Ion-Surface Interactions 2017 (ISI2017), 20.-25.08.2017, Moskau, Russland

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Oncoidal granular iron formation in the Mesoarchaean Pongola Supergroup, southern Africa: Textural and geochemical evidence for biological activity during iron deposition
Smith, A. J. B.; Beukes, N. J.; Gutzmer, J.; Czaja, A. D.; Johnson, C. M.; Nhleko, N.;
We document the discovery of the first granular iron formation (GIF) of Archaean age and present textural and geochemical results that suggest these formed through microbial iron oxidation. The GIF occurs in the Nconga Formation of the ca. 3.0–2.8 GacPongola Supergroup in South Africa and Swaziland. It is interbedded with oxide and silicate facies micritic iron formation (MIF). There is a strong textural control on iron mineralization in the GIF not observed in the associated MIF. The GIF is marked by oncoids with chert cores surrounded by magnetite and calcite rims. These rims show laminated domal textures, similar in appearance to microstromatolites. The GIF is enriched in silica and depleted in Fe relative to the interbedded MIF. Very low Al and trace element contents in the GIF indicate that chemically precipitated chert was reworked above wave base into granules in an environment devoid of siliciclastic input. Microbially mediated iron precipitation resulted in the formation of irregular, domal rims around the chert granules. During storm surges, oncoids were transported and deposited in deeper water environments. Textural features, along with positive δ56Fe values in magnetite, suggest that iron precipitation occurred through incomplete oxidation of hydrothermal Fe2+ by iron-oxidizing bacteria. The initial Fe3+-oxyhydroxide precipitates were then post-depositionally transformed to magnetite. Comparison of the Fe isotope compositions of the oncoidal GIF with those reported for the interbedded deeper water iron formation (IF) illustrates that the Fe2+ pathways and sources for these units were distinct. It is suggested that the deeper water IF was deposited from the evolved margin of a buoyant Fe2+aq-rich hydrothermal plume distal to its source. In contrast, oncolitic magnetite rims of chert granules were sourced from ambient Fe2+aq-depleted shallow ocean water beyond the plume.

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Incorporation of Europium(III) into Scheelite-Related Host Matrices ABO4 (A = Ca2+, Sr2+, Ba2+; B = W6+, Mo6+): Role of A- and B- Sites on the Dopant Site-Distribution and Photoluminescence
Xiao, B.; Schmidt, M.;
Scheelite and powellite related materials doped with trivalent lanthanides or actinides have been the subject of extensive research due to their important role in mineralogical, technological and environmental implications. Detailed structural knowledge of these solid solutions is essential for understanding their physicochemical properties and predicting material properties. In this work, we conduct a comprehensive spectroscopic analysis by means of polarization-dependent site-selective time resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (p-TRLFS), to delineate the influence of the host phase cations for a series of scheelite-type matrices based on a general formulae of ABO4 (A = Ca2+, Sr2+, Ba2+; B = W6+, Mo6+) on the local environment of the Eu3+ dopant. Eu3+ has been used as a luminescent probe to access the local structural environment of crystalline substitutional sites suitable for trivalent lanthanides or actinides occupation. Our results show that the lattice distortion is overall minor, but increases with increasing mismatch of host and guest cation size. We observe a linear dependence of Eu3+’s excitation energy on the host cation size and the A – O bond distance, which can be used to determine the hitherto unknown Eu – O bond distance in NaEu(WO4)2. A value of 2.510 Å was determined, somewhat larger than a previously reported number for NaEu(MoO4)2. The results also show clear evidence that the local coordination environment of Eu in WO42- materials is more symmetrical than in their isostructural MoO42- counterparts. The detailed spectroscopic interpretation conducted in this study resolves the relation between local distortion around a dopant and the host phase cations in structural disordered materials and may give novel insights with respect to rational design and tailoring of functional materials.
Keywords: scheelite, laser spectrum, TRLFS, site symmetry


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Time-resolved imaging of the gyration dynamics of magnetic bubbles and magnetic skyrmioniums
Finizio, S.; Wintz, S.; Kirk, E.; Weigand, M.; Raabe, J.;
Time-resolved imaging of the gyration dynamics of magnetic bubbles and magnetic skyrmioniums
Keywords: magnetism, spin dynamics, skyrmionium, x-ray microscopy
  • Poster
    62nd Annual Magnetism & Magnetic Materials Conference, 06.-10.11.2017, Pittsburgh, USA

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Imaging of magnetic materials at sub-µm and sub-ns resolutions at the Pollux endstation of the Swiss Light Source
Finizio, S.; Wintz, S.; Watts, B.; Raabe, J.; Keywords: magnetism, x-ray microscopy
  • Poster
    62nd Annual Magnetism & Magnetic Materials Conference, 06.-10.11.2017, Pittsburgh, USA

Publ.-Id: 25993 - Permalink

Imaging of magnetic skyrmions with the PolLux endstation of the Swiss Light Source
Finizio, S.; Wintz, S.; Watts, B.; Raabe, J.; Keywords: magnetism, x-ray microscopy, skyrmions
  • Poster
    Skymag 2017, 02.-05.05.2017, Paris, Frankreich

Publ.-Id: 25992 - Permalink

Frequency- and Amplitude Modulation of Spin-Wave Signals generated in Topological Spin Textures
Wintz, S.; Finizio, S.; Schultheiss, K.; Liersch, V.; Kilibarda, F.; Warnatz, T.; Suszka, A. K.; Warnicke, P.; Wohlhüter, P.; Erbe, A.; Lindner, J.; Raabe, J.; Fassbender, J.ORC Keywords: magnetism, spin waves, x-ray microscopy
  • Poster
    IEEE International Magnetics Conference, 24.-28.04.2017, Dublin, Irland

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In-situ membrane bending setup for the investigation of magnetostrictive materials with XMCD-STXM imaging
Finizio, S.; Wintz, S.; Kirk, E.; Raabe, J.; Keywords: magnetism, magnetostriction, spin dynamics
  • Poster
    IEEE International Magnetics Conference, 24.-28.04.2017, Dublin, Irland

Publ.-Id: 25990 - Permalink

Spin textures as local and tunable spin-wave emitters
Wintz, S.; Sluka, V.; Dieterle, G.; Weigand, M.; Tiberkevich, V.; Schneider, T.; Gallardo, R. A.; Finizio, S.; Erbe, A.; Lindner, J.; Schütz, G. A.; Slavin, A. N.; Raabe, J.; Fassbender, J.ORC Keywords: magnetism, spin waves, x-ray microscopy
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    62nd Annual Magnetism & Magnetic Materials Conference, 06.-10.11.2017, Pittsburgh, USA

Publ.-Id: 25989 - Permalink

Spin Wave Emission from Topological Spin Textures
Wintz, S.; Sluka, V.; Schneider, T.; Kakay, A.; Weigand, M.; Schultheiss, K.; Warnatz, T.; Mattheis, R.; Gallardo, R. A.; Roldan-Molina, A.; Landeros, P.; Tiberkevich, V.; Slavin, A.; Erbe, A.; Deac, A.; Lindner, J.; Fassbender, J.ORC; Raabe, J. Keywords: magnetism, spin waves, x-ray microscopy
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Moscow International Symposium on Magnetism, 01.-05.07.2017, Moskau, Russische Föderation

Publ.-Id: 25988 - Permalink

Tailoring the gyrotropic resonance of magnetic vortices by strain
Finizio, S.; Wintz, S.; Kirk, E.; Suszka, A.; Gliga, S.; Wohlhüter, P.; Zeissler, K.; Raabe, J.; Keywords: magnetism, vortex, magnetostriction, spin dynamics
  • Lecture (Conference)
    62nd Annual Magnetism & Magnetic Materials Conference, 06.-10.11.2017, Pittsburgh, USA

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Control of the magnetic vortex core dynamics in magnetostrictive microstructured elements through the Magneto-Elastic coupling
Finizio, S.; Wintz, S.; Kirk, E.; Suszka, A.; Gliga, S.; Raabe, J.; Keywords: magnetism, vortex, magneto elastic, spin dynamics
  • Lecture (Conference)
    IEEE International Magnetics Conference, 24.-28.04.2017, Dublin, Ireland

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Software commissioning of a Monte-Carlo model for the double-scattering treatment head at University Proton Therapy Dresden
Eulitz, J.; Lühr, A.; Enghardt, W.; Lutz, B.;
Compared to treatment planning systems (TPS) in proton therapy, Monte-Carlo simulations have the potential to describe radiation fields in patients more precisely. However, next to an accurate Monte-Carlo model of the treatment head a benchmarking with respect to dose measurements is required. The purpose of this work was to set up and validate a Monte-Carlo simulation model of the clinical proton treatment fields at the University Proton Therapy Dresden (UPTD).
A detailed model of the treatment head geometry of the UPTD in double-scattering mode was implemented using the Monte-Carlo simulation environment TOPAS. The proton beam source was optimized to match measured reference depth-dose distributions for all clinically available treatment field options. The commissioned software model was validated against an independent set of depth-dose and lateral dose validation data measured in a water phantom. A setup for the direct simulation of so-called monitor units (MU), relating dosimeter readings in the treatment head to absolute dose in a water phantom, was implemented.
Validation data on depth-dose distributions were reproduced within range differences of 0.26 mm and a relative dose uncertainty of 1% for all treatment options (i.e., comparable to measurement uncertainties). Simulated lateral dose profiles differed from validation data in lateral width and penumbra less than 0.95 mm and 0.56 mm, respectively. Measured MU values were predicted within 2% accuracy for several reference and patient treatment fields.
The commissioned Monte-Carlo model reproduced the dose validation data measured during the clinical validation of the UPTD within clinical tolerances. This enables high-precision simulations of clinical proton beams. Furthermore, it has the potential to predict absolute doses and to use patient-specific MU values, which might decrease the patient-specific measurement effort at UPTD.
This, however, requires further validation.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    Jahrestagung der BIOMEDIZINISCHEN TECHNIK und Dreiländertagung der MEDIZINISCHEN PHYSIK, 10.-13.09.2017, Dresden, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 25985 - Permalink

Control of the gyration of magnetic vortices by the magneto-elastic effect
Finizio, S.; Wintz, S.; Kirk, E.; Suszka, A.; Gliga, S.; Wohlhüter, P.; Zeissler, K.; Raabe, J.;
The influence of a strain-induced uniaxial magnetoelastic anisotropy on the magnetic vortex core dynamics microstructured magnetostrictive Co40 Fe40 B20 elements was investigated with time-resolved scanning transmission x-ray microscopy. The measurements revealed a monotonically decreasing eigenfrequency of the vortex core gyration with the increasing magnetoelastic anisotropy, which follows closely the predictions from in micromagnetic modeling.
Keywords: magnetism, x-ray microscopy, vortex, spin dynamics


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Investigation of the LET-dependency from BeO using single photon detection for dosimetry in proton beams
Radtke, J.; Kormoll, T.; Grabs, L.; Lutz, B.ORC; Lühr, A.; Ullrich, W.; Sponner, J.; Henniger, J.
Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) is gaining greater importance in the field of personal dosimetry in the last few years. Its principle is based on the release of small amounts of light induced by the prior absorption of ionizing radiation. One suitable luminophore for OSL is beryllium oxide (BeO). Because of its near tissue equivalent effective atomic number of 7, it is excellent for personal dosimetry. Furthermore, the luminescence signal has a wide dose linearity ranging from the µGy region up to few Gy. For this reason, this ceramic can be used for several different areas of application. A new generation of measurement systems based on the OSL of BeO, which has a very low OSL light intensity, was developed by the radiation physics group at TU Dresden. This property allows single photon detection which is superior in contrast to other detection methods. Therefore, a single photon sensor was used as a detector. The single photon mode of the detector in combination with the so called timestamp detection method allows accessing the greatest possible information of the OSL light. This work applies the new system to dosimetry of a proton beam. Because of the LET-dependencies of the luminescence light, this presents a challenge. Common problems of solid state dosimetry are local saturation effects, which were investigated for BeO. Opportunities for correction in terms of the LET-dependency of the luminophore are being discussed. For the empirical determination of the behavior of BeO in proton beams, measurements at the medical proton therapy facility at the University Proton Therapy Dresden (UPTD) were carried out. All collected data were analyzed for LET-dependency on the response signal. For the measurements, BeO ceramics were placed at different depth infront and inside the spread out Bragg peak (SOBP). The dose read from dosimeters was analyzed with respect to the applied dose and the LET. All measurements infront of the SOBP shows no deviation of the estimated dose. The dose determination in the SOBP yielded an underestimation by 15%. This is object of current investigation.
  • Poster
    Jahrestagung der biomedizinischen Technik und Dreiländertagung der medizinischen Physik, 10.-13.09.2017, Dresden, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 25983 - Permalink

Monte-Carlo simulation of proton treatment fields in patients to support treatment planning
Eulitz, J.; Lutz, B.ORC; Oesten, H.; Wohlfahrt, P.; Enghardt, W.; Lühr, A.
Monte-Carlo (MC) simulations may allow for reducing range margins and applying variable relative-biological-effectiveness (RBE) models in proton therapy. Here, an approach is presented to support treatment planning of patients by highlighting regions with increased dose uncertainties originating from dose calculation and the assumption of a constant RBE of 1.1.
A software framework was developed and experimentally validated, which simulates proton plans at the University Proton Therapy Dresden (UPTD) using the MC tool TOPAS. It is based on a commissioned model of the UPTD treatment head in double-scattering mode. Clinical treatment plans and computed tomography datasets were imported in DICOM format. MC-based dose distributions were compared with dose distributions received from the clinically applied treatment planning system (TPS) XIO, Elekta. Obtained dose, linear-energy-transfer (LET), and modelled RBE maps (using experimental in vitro data) were imported into the TPS RayStation, RaySearch for plan evaluation.
TPS doses above the 95% iso dose level are reproduced within gamma pass rates GPR ≥ 98%, when applying 1 mm local and 2 % dose gamma criterion. Dose differences reached values up to 8 Gy for field volumes up to 4 cm 3 , particularly at regions with high-density gradients (e.g. bone and air cavities) and at the field edges. LET and variable RBE hot spots were obtained at (distal) field edges while at the field center RBE values below 1.1 were predicted. Clinical dose values differed by up to 10 Gy using either the assumption of a constant or a variable RBE.
The treatment planning and delivery workflow at UPTD was mapped in a MC simulation. In general, good agreement between TPS and MC clinical dose values was found. However, relevant clinical dose differences were obtained and emphasise the necessity of using MC to enhance the physical and biological dose prediction in patients.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    Jahrestagung der biomedizinischen Technik und Dreiländertagung der medizinischen Physik, 10.-13.09.2017, Dresden, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 25982 - Permalink

Experimental verification of particle-range prediction in biological tissue by single- and dual-energy computed tomography
Möhler, C.ORC; Russ, T.; Wohlfahrt, P.ORC; Elter, A.; Runz, A.; Richter, C.; Greilich, S.
We introduce a hybrid experimental setup to accurately measure x-ray and ion absorption in tissue or other materials. With this setup using a 3D-printed sample container, the stopping-power ratio (SPR) of homogeneous materials can be measured with an uncertainty of below 0.1%. A total of 40 homogeneous porcine and bovine soft-tissue samples were prepared for measurement, comprising five samples each of eight tissue types (three different muscle and fatty tissues, liver, lung). Using a standard stoichiometric calibration for single-energy CT (SECT) as well as a state-of-the-art dual-energy CT (DECT) approach, SPR was predicted for all tissues and then compared to the measured reference. With the SECT approach, the SPR of all tissues, excluding lung due to its large heterogeneity, was underestimated by up to -3% with a mean (absolute) error of -1.5% (1.5%). In contrast, the DECT-based SPR prediction showed no significant bias with a mean error below the measurement uncertainty of 0.1% and a mean absolute error of 0.2%. In this study, the potential of DECT to decrease range uncertainty could thus be confirmed in biological tissue.
Keywords: proton and ion radiation therapy, treatment planning, stopping-power ratio, range verification

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Die Energiewende braucht verlässliche Rahmenbedingungen für den Metallerzbergbau - The energy transition needs a reliable framework for metal ore mining
Wellmer, F. W.; Gutzmer, J.; Kullik, J.; Erlach, B.;
Mit dem Projekt Energiesysteme der Zukunft (ESYS) wollen acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, die Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina und die Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften Impulse für die mittel- bis langfristige Umsetzung der Energiewende in Deutschland setzen. Im Rahmen des Projekts haben Wissenschaftler(innen) unterschiedlicher Fachrichtungen auch die Stellungnahme Rohstoffe für die Energiewende – Wege zu einer sicheren und nachhaltigen Versorgung (acatech et al. 2017) verfasst. Sie zeigt Handlungsoptionen für eine langfristige und nachhaltige Versorgung mit den für die Energiewende erforderlichen Rohstoffen auf. Die wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen der Handlungsoptionen sind in der Publikation Rohstoffe für die Energieversorgung der Zukunft: Geologie – Märkte – Umwelteinflüsse (Angerer et. al. 2016) dargestellt.
Martin David, Magdalena Wallkamm und Alena Bleicher haben sich in GAIA mit beiden Publikationen auseinandergesetzt (David et al. 2017). Ihre wesentliche Kritik lautet: ESYS habe eine überwiegend technologische (Umwelt-)Perspektive, während andere gesellschaftliche Fragen zu kurz kämen. Wir gehen im Folgenden auf die Kritikpunkte ein.
Keywords: energy transition, metals, mining, rare earths, social-license to operate
  • GAIA - Ökologische Perspektiven für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft 26(2017)3, 233-236
    DOI: 10.14512/gaia.26.3.4

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Cues to greater recycling efficiency-characterization of a crushed mobile phone by mineral liberation analysis
Sandmann, D.ORC; Jäckel, H.-G.; Gutzmer, J.
In 2016 more than 1.35 billion smartphones have been manufactured (TrendForce Corp. 2017). Smartphones can contain up to 60 different elements and the summarized metal weight of the 2016 production is very likely more than 50,000 tons (The Royal Society of Chemistry 2017, 911Metallurgist 2013). However, at present, very few of the elements contained in these devices are recycled at recycling rates of more than 50%. For most elements, the recycling rates are significantly lower than 50%, and the recycling rates of rare earths, indium, tantalum or gallium are even below 1% (Compound Interest 2015)! The major challenge of mobile phone recycling is the complex composition of the devices made of many individual components. This is aggravated by the fact that many elements occur in traces only and / or are located in highly complex material composites.
To enable more effective recycling of mobile phones, it is imperative to characterise their components, the presence of elements in it, as well as the crushing behaviour as detailed as possible.
In a pilot study, a Nokia mobile phone Model 5228 Type RM-625, crushed with a Universal Granulator UG300 by colleagues of the Professorship of recycling machines of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, was examined by Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA). The analysis on three sieve fractions of the comminuted material was carried out with an MLA 650F at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. The samples were scanned in an automated MLA measurement with a grid of EDX spectra (GXMAP mode). A total of 130 different phases were detected during the analysis. More than 100 of these phases occur at levels <1 % by weight. This strongly illustrates the very complex composition of mobile phones and the need for detailed analytical characterisation. A comparison of the modal content of the three sieve fractions showed an enrichment of certain components in specific fractions.

911Metallurgist (2013) - Mining & iPhone Recycling, [accessed 2017 Aug 15].
Compound Interest (2015) - The Recycling Rates of Smartphone Metals, [accessed 2017 Aug 15].
The Royal Society of Chemistry (2017) - Getting the metals out of old phones, [accessed 2017 Aug 15].
TrendForce Corp. (2017) - Press Release. TrendForce Reports Global Smartphone Production Volume Totaled 1.36 Billion Units; Samsung Held On as Leader While OPPO and Vivo Burst into Global Top Five, [accessed 2017 Aug 15].
  • Contribution to proceedings
    69. BHT - FREIBERGER UNIVERSITÄTSFORUM 2018, Fachkolloquium 8: E-Mobility & Circular Economy, 06.-07.06.2018, Freiberg, Germany
    Materials Science Forum, Vol. 959, 134-141
    DOI: 10.4028/

Publ.-Id: 25979 - Permalink

Enhancing Charge Carrier Lifetime in Metal Oxide Photoelectrodes through Mild Hydrogen Treatment
Jang, J.; Friedrich, D.; Müller, S.; Lamers, M.; Hempel, H.; Lardhi, S.; Cao, Z.; Harb, M.; Cavallo, L.; Heller, R.; Eichberger, R.; van de Krol, R.; Abdi, F. F.;
Widespread application of solar water splitting for energy conversion is largely dependent on the progress in developing not only efficient but also cheap and scalable photoelectrodes. Metal oxides, which can be deposited with scalable techniques and are relatively cheap, are particularly interesting, but high efficiency is still hindered by the poor carrier transport properties (i.e., carrier mobility and lifetime). In this paper, a mild hydrogen treatment is introduced to bismuth vanadate (BiVO4), which is one of the most promising metal oxide photoelectrodes, as a method to overcome the carrier transport limitations. Time-resolved microwave and terahertz conductivity measurements reveal more than twofold enhancement of the carrier lifetime for the hydrogen-treated BiVO4, without significantly affecting the carrier mobility. This is in contrast to the case of tungsten-doped BiVO4, although hydrogen is also shown to be a donor type dopant in BiVO4. The enhancement in carrier lifetime is found to be caused by significant reduction of trap-assisted recombination, either via passivation of deep trap states or reduction of trap state density, which can be related to vanadium antisite on bismuth or vanadium interstitials according to density functional theory calculations. Overall, these findings provide further insights on the interplay between defect modulation and carrier transport in metal oxide photoelectrodes, which will benefit the development of low-cost, highly efficient solar energy conversion devices.

Publ.-Id: 25977 - Permalink

Hydrogen calibration of GD-spectrometer using Zr-1Nb alloy
Mikhaylov, A. A.; Priamushko, T. S.; Babikhina, M. N.; Kudiiarov, V. N.; Heller, R.; Laptev, R. S.; Lider, A. M.;
To study the hydrogen distribution in Zr-1Nb alloy (E(cyrillic)110 alloy) GD-OES was applied in this work. Qualitative analysis needs the standard samples with hydrogen. However, the standard samples with high concentrations of hydrogen in the zirconium alloy which would meet the requirements of the shape, size are absent. In this work method of Zr + H calibration samples production was performed at the first time. Automated Complex Gas Reaction Controller was used for samples hydrogenation. To calculate the parameters of post-hydrogenation incubation of the samples in an inert gas atmosphere the diffusion equations were used. Absolute hydrogen concentrations in the samples were determined by melting in the inert gas atmosphere using RHEN602 analyzer (LECO Company). Hydrogen distribution was studied using nuclear reaction analysis (HZDR, Dresden, Germany). RF GD-OES was used for calibration. The depth of the craters was measured with the help of a Hommel-Etamic profilometer by Jenoptik, Germany. © 2017.
Keywords: Calibration, Glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GD-OES), Hydrogen, Standard samples, Zirconium alloy

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Zur Ligandenentwicklung für den vesikulären Acetylcholintransporter im Gehirn
Barthel, C.;
Es ist kein Abstract vorhanden.
  • Doctoral thesis
    Universität Leipzig, 2017
    Mentor: Dr. Barbara Wenzel
    203 Seiten

Publ.-Id: 25975 - Permalink

Holographic vector mesons in a dilaton background
Zöllner, R.; Kämpfer, B.;
Within a holographic framework, we consider vector mesons riding on a gravity-dilaton background. The latter one is determined directly from a Schr\"odinger equivalent potential which delivers a proper ρ meson Regge trajectory. The mapping on the dilaton potential yields a thermodynamic phase structure with a first-order transition.

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Improvements of the ELBE Control System Infrastructure and SCADA Environment
Justus, M.; Steinbrück, R.; Leege, K. W.; Schamlott, A.; Michel, P.;
The ELBE Center for High-Power Radiation Sources comprises a 40 MeV c.w. electron linear accelerator, driving diverse secondary beams, both electromagnetic radiation and particles. Its control system is based on PLCs, fast data acquisition systems and the industrial SCADA system WinCC. In the past three years, requirements for availability and reliability increased, while at the same time changes of the machine configuration and instrumentation need to be handled permanently. Improvements of the control system infrastructure concerning power supply, IT and systems monitoring have been realized and are still under way. Second, along with the last major SCADA system upgrade, we implemented a more redundant SCADA infrastructure, improved long term data storage and continuously improved our standards for software development.
Keywords: ELBE, Control System
  • Poster
    ICALEPCS 2017 - 16th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Control Systems, 08.-13.10.2017, Barcelona, Espana
  • Open Access LogoContribution to proceedings
    ICALEPCS 2017 - 16th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Control Systems, 08.-13.10.2017, Barcelona, Espana
    16th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems: JACoW Publishing, 978-3-95450-193-9, 1405-1408
    DOI: 10.18429/JACoW-ICALEPCS2017-THPHA027

Publ.-Id: 25973 - Permalink

Synthese und Entwicklung eines fluorierten Pyrimidingrundkörpers für weitere Radiotracerentwicklungen
Milewski, M.;
Es ist kein Abstract vorhanden.
  • Bachelor thesis
    Universität Leipzig, 2017
    Mentor: Lindemann, Marcel
    52 Seiten

Publ.-Id: 25971 - Permalink

High-Mobility, Band-Like Charge Transport in a Semiconducting Two-Dimensional Metal-Organic Framework
Dong, R.; Han, P.; Arora, H.ORC; Ballabio, M.; Karakus, M.; Zhang, Z.; Shekhar, C.; Adler, P.; St. Petkov, P.; Erbe, A.ORC; Mannsfeld, S. C. B.; Felser, C.; Heine, T.; Bonn, M.; Feng, X.; Canovas, E.
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are hybrid materials based on crystalline coordination polymers that consist of metal ions connected by organic ligands. In addition to the traditional applications in gas storage and separation or catalysis, the long-range crystalline order in MOFs, as well as the tunable coupling between the organic and inorganic constituents, has led to the recent development of electrically conductive MOFs as a new generation of electronic materials. However, to date, the nature of charge transport in the MOFs has remained elusive. Here we demonstrate, using high-frequency terahertz photoconductivity and Hall effect measurements, Drude-type band-like transport in a semiconducting, π–d conjugated porous Fe3(THT)2(NH4)3 (THT, 2,3,6,7,10,11-triphenylenehexathiol) two-dimensional MOF, with a room-temperature mobility up to ~ 220 cm2 V–1 s–1. The temperature-dependent conductivity reveals that this mobility represents a lower limit for the material, as mobility is limited by impurity scattering. These results illustrate the potential for high-mobility semiconducting MOFs as active materials in thin-film optoelectronic devices.
Keywords: conductive metal-organic frameworks, polymers, microelectronics


  • Secondary publication expected

Publ.-Id: 25970 - Permalink

Individualized risk assessment in neuroblastoma: does the tumoral metabolic activity on 123I-MIBG SPECT predict the outcome?
Rogasch, J.; Hundsdoerfer, P.; Furth, C.; Wedel, F.; Hofheinz, F.; Krüger, P.; Lode, H.; Brenner, W.; Eggert, A.; Amthauer, H.; Schatka, I.;

Risk-adapted treatment in children with neuroblastoma (NB) is based on clinical and genetic factors. This study evaluated the metabolic tumour volume (MTV) and its asphericity (ASP) in pretherapeutic 123I-MIBG SPECT for individualized image-based prediction of outcome.


This retrospective study included 23 children (11 girls, 12 boys; median age 1.8 years, range 0.3–6.8 years) with newly diagnosed NB consecutively examined with pretherapeutic 123I-MIBG SPECT. Primary tumour MTV and ASP were defined using semiautomatic thresholds. Cox regression analysis, receiver operating characteristic analysis (cut-off determination) and Kaplan-Meier analysis with the log-rank test for event-free survival (EFS) were performed for ASP, MTV, laboratory parameters (including urinary homovanillic acid-to-creatinine ratio, HVA/C), and clinical (age, stage) and genetic factors. Predictive accuracy of the optimal multifactorial model was determined in terms of Harrell’s C and likelihood ratio χ2.


Median follow-up was 36 months (range 7–107 months; eight patients showed disease progression/relapse, four patients died). The only significant predictors of EFS in the univariate Cox regression analysis were ASP (p = 0.029; hazard ratio, HR, 1.032 for a one unit increase), MTV (p = 0.038; HR 1.012) and MYCN amplification status (p = 0.047; HR 4.67). The mean EFS in patients with high ASP (>32.0%) and low ASP were 21 and 88 months, respectively (p = 0.013), and in those with high MTV (>46.7 ml) and low MTV were 22 and 87 months, respectively (p = 0.023). A combined risk model of either high ASP and high HVA/C or high MTV and high HVA/C best predicted EFS.


In this exploratory study, pretherapeutic image-derived and laboratory markers of tumoral metabolic activity in NB (ASP, MTV, urinary HVA/C) allowed the identification of children with a high and low risk of progression/relapse under current therapy.
Keywords: Neuroblastoma, Prognosis, 123I-MIBG, Asphericity, Metabolic tumour volume

Publ.-Id: 25969 - Permalink

Specific Features of the Ion-Beam Synthesis of Ge Nanocrystals in SiO2 Thin Films
Tyschenko, I. E.; Cherkov, V. A.; Volodin, V. A.; Voelskow, M.;
The systematic features of the formation of Ge nanocrystals in SiO2 thin films implanted with Ge ions and then subjected to high-temperature annealing (1130°C) are studied in relation to hydrostatic pressure. It is established that annealing at atmospheric pressure is accompanied by the diffusion of Ge atoms from the implantation region to the Si substrate and does not induce the formation of Ge nanocrystals. An increase in pressure during annealing yields a deceleration in the diffusion of germanium into silicon and is accompanied by the formation of twinned lamellae at the Si/SiO2 interface (at pressures of ~103 bar) or by the nucleation and growth of Ge nanocrystals (at pressures of ~104 bar) in the SiO2 film. The results are discussed on the basis of the concept of a change in the activation volume of the formation and migration of point defects under conditions of compression.
Keywords: Ion Beam Synthesis, nanocrystals, SiO2

Publ.-Id: 25968 - Permalink

The precession dynamo at HZDR -- Preliminary flow measurements and simulations
Giesecke, A.; Vogt, T.; Gundrum, T.; Stefani, F.;
No abstract required
Keywords: Dynamo Dresdyn
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Max Planck Princeton Research Center for Plasma Physics Greifswald Meeting — September 2017, 19.-22.09.2017, Greifswald, Deutschland

Publ.-Id: 25967 - Permalink

Dynamo action from a laminar non-linear flow in a precessing cylinder
Giesecke, A.; Vogt, T.; Gundrum, T.; Stefani, F.;
Within the project DRESDYN (DREsden Sodium facility for DYNamo and thermohydraulic studies) a dynamo experiment is under development in which a precession driven flow of liquid sodium will be used to excite dynamo action. In my presentation I will address preparative numerical simulations and flow measurements conducted at a small model experiment filled with water. The results provide typical flow pattern and flow amplitudes in dependence of precession ratio and Reynolds number and are used for the setup of kinematic dynamo models in order to estimate whether the particular flow is able to drive a dynamo.

In the strongly non-linear regime the flow essentially consists of the directly forced Kelvin mode superimposed by standing inertial waves caused by non-linear self-interaction of the forced mode whereas time-dependent contributions in terms of randomly distributed small-scale noise remain negligible. Most remarkable feature is the occurrence of a resonant-like axisymmetric mode around a precession ratio of Omega_prec/Omega_cyl = 0.1. Only the combination of this axisymmetric mode and the forced m=1 Kelvin mode is capable of driving a dynamo. Our simulations yield a critical magnetic Reynolds number of Rm_c=430 which is well within the regime that will be achieved in the experiment. However, the occurrence of the axisymmetric mode slightly depends on the absolute rotation rate of the cylinder and future experiments are required to indicate whether this instability will persist at the extremely large Re that will be obtained in the large scale experiment.
Keywords: Dynamo Dresdyn
  • Poster
    MREP 2017, 11.-12.09.2017, Cambridge, Great Britain

Publ.-Id: 25966 - Permalink

Horizon 2020 EuPRAXIA design study
Walker, P. A.; Alesini, P. D.; Alexandrova, A. S.; Anania, M. P.; Andreev, N. E.; Andriyash, I.; Aschikhin, A.; Assmann, R. W.; Audet, T.; Bacci, A.; Barna, I. F.; Beaton, A.; Beck, A.; Beluze, A.; Bernhard, A.; Bielawski, S.; Bisesto, F. G.; Boedewadt, J.; Brandi, F.; Bringer, O.; Brinkmann, R.; Bründermann, E.; Büscher, M.; Bussmann, M.; Bussolino, G. C.; Chance, A.; Chanteloup, J. C.; Chen, M.; Chiadroni, E.; Cianchi, A.; Clarke, J.; Cole, J.; Couprie, M. E.; Croia, M.; Cros, B.; Dale, J.; Dattoli, G.; Delerue, N.; Delferriere, O.; Delinikolas, P.; Dias, J.; Dorda, U.; Ertel, K.; Pousa, A. F.; Ferrario, M.; Filippi, F.; Fils, J.; Fiorito, R.; Fonseca, R. A.; Galimberti, M.; Gallo, A.; Garzella, D.; Gastinel, P.; Giove, D.; Giribono, A.; Gizzi, L. A.; Grüner, F. J.; Habib, A. F.; Haefner, L. C.; Heinemann, T.; Hidding, B.; Holzer, B. J.; Hooker, S. M.; Hosokai, T.; Irman, A.; Jaroszynski, D. A.; Jaster-Merz, S.; Joshi, C.; Kaluza, M. C.; Kando, M.; Karger, O. S.; Karsch, S.; Khazanov, E.; Khikhlukha, D.; Knetsch, A.; Kocon, D.; Koester, P.; Kononenko, O.; Korn, G.; Kostyukov, I.; Labate, L.; Lechner, C.; Leemans, W. P.; Lehrach, A.; Li, F. Y.; Li, X.; Libov, V.; Lifschitz, A.; Litvinenko, V.; Lu, W.; Maier, A. R.; Malka, V.; Manahan, G. G.; Mangles, S. P. D.; Marchetti, B.; Marocchino, A.; Ossa, A. M. D. L.; Martins, J. L.; Massimo, F.; Mathieu, F.; Maynard, G.; Mehrling, T. J.; Molodozhentsev, A. Y.; Mosnier, A.; Mostacci, A.; Mueller, A. S.; Najmudin, Z.; Nghiem, P. A. P.; Nguyen, F.; Niknejadi, P.; Osterhoff, J.; Papadopoulos, D.; Patrizi, B.; Pattathil, R.; Petrillo, V.; Pocsai, M. A.; Poder, K.; Pompili, R.; Pribyl, L.; Pugacheva, D.; Romeo, S.; Rossi, A. R.; Roussel, E.; Sahai, A. A.; Scherkl, P.; Schramm, U.; Schroeder, C. B.; Schwindling, J.; Scifo, J.; Serafini, L.; Sheng, Z. M.; Silva, L. O.; Silva, T.; Simon, C.; Sinha, U.; Specka, A.; Streeter, M. J. V.; Svystun, E. N.; Symes, D.; Szwaj, C.; Tauscher, G.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Thompson, N.; Toci, G.; Tomassini, P.; Vaccarezza, C.; Vannini, M.; Vieira, J. M.; Villa, F.; Wahlström, C.-G.; Walczak, R.; Weikum, M. K.; Welsch, C. P.; Wiemann, C.; Wolfenden, J.; Xia, G.; Yabashi, M.; Yu, L.; Zigler, J. Z. A.;
The Horizon 2020 Project EuPRAXIA ("European Plasma Research Accelerator with eXcellence In Applications") is preparing a conceptual design report of a highly compact and cost-effective European facility with multi-GeV electron beams using plasma as the acceleration medium. The accelerator facility will be based on a laser and/or a beam driven plasma acceleration approach and will be used for photon science, high-energy physics (HEP) detector tests, and other applications such as compact X-ray sources for medical imaging or material processing. EuPRAXIA started in November 2015 and will deliver the design report in October 2019. EuPRAXIA aims to be included on the ESFRI roadmap in 2020.
Keywords: Plasma accelerator


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Engineering of optical and electrical properties of ZnO by non-equilibrium thermal processing: The role of zinc interstitials and zinc vacancies
Prucnal, S.; Wu, J.; Berencen, Y.; Liedke, M. O.; Wagner, A.; Liu, F.; Wang, M.; Rebohle, L.; Zhou, S.; Cai, H.; Skorupa, W.;
A controlled manipulation of defects in zinc oxide (ZnO) and the understanding of their electronic structure can be a key issue towards the fabrication of p-type ZnO. Zn vacancy (V-Zn), Zn interstitials (I-Zn), and O vacancy (V-O) are mainly native point defects, determining the optoelectronic properties of ZnO. The electronic structure of these defects still remains controversial. Here, we experimentally demonstrate that the green emission in ZnO comes from V-Zn-related deep acceptor and V-Zn-V-O clusters, which is accompanied by the radiative transition between the triplet and the ground singlet state with the excited singlet state located above the CB minimum. Moreover, the I-Zn is identified to be a shallow donor in ZnO, being mainly responsible for the n-type conductivity of non-intentionally doped ZnO.
Keywords: ZnO, flash lamp annealing, defects, photoluminescence, positron annihilation spectroscopy


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FEL-Based Near-Field Infrared to THz Nanoscopy
Kehr, S.; Doering, J.; Gensch, M.; Helm, M.; Eng, L. M.;


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Detecting Threatening States in Laser Beams
Kelling, J.; Juckeland, G.;
This poster presents our approach to automatic detection of critical failure states in the pulsed Petawatt laser systems DRACO and PENELOPE, used for investigations of exotic states of matter and medical applications. The beam shape is controlled to avoid high destructive energy densities. However, randomly occurring states threatening the device must be detected between pulses and trigger an interlock in the device firing at 10Hz.

The states we are aiming to detect are rare; thus, training data for this category is scarce. To address this, we present two approaches: First, to identify regions of interest based on physical properties of the system and apply a convolutional neural network (CNN) to to identify true positives. Secondly, using CNN-based image segmentation to localize and classify regions of interest.
Keywords: image classification, deep learning, smart laser operation
  • Poster
    Deep Learning Bootcamp 2017, 21.-25.08.2017, Dresden, Deutschland

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Efficient Parallel Monte-Carlo Simulations for Large-Scale Studies of Surface Growth Processes
Kelling, J.; Ódor, G.; Weigel, M.; Gemming, G.;
Lattice Monte Carlo methods are used to investigate far from and out-of-equilibrium systems, including surface growth, spin systems and solid mixtures. Such studies require observations of large systems over long times scales, to allow structures to grow over orders of magnitude, which necessitates massively parallel simulations. This talk presents work done to address the problem of parallel processing introducing correlations in Monte Carlo updates. Studies of the effect of correlations on scaling and dynamical properties of surface growth systems and related lattice gases is investigated further by comparing results obtained by correlation-free and intrinsically correlated simulations. Where the latter, based on a stochastic cellular automaton approach, are of interest because of their high efficiency. The primary subject of study is the Kardar–Parisi–Zhang surface growth in (2+1) dimensions. Key physical insights about this universality class, like precise universal exponent values and exponent relations, obtained from large-scale simulations are presented.
At the end of the talk, I will also speak about my current work at the computational science group at HZDR, which includes problems like frameworkdevelopment, image analysis and related machine learning applications.
Keywords: Lattice Monte Carlo, GPU, Surface Growth, Kardar-Parisi-Zhang
  • Lecture (Conference)
    IHRS NanoNet Annual Workshop 2017, 16.-18.08.2017, Neuklingenberg, Deutschland

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Direct Measurement of the Magnetocaloric Effect in La(Fe,Si,Co)13 Compounds in Pulsed Magnetic Fields
Ghorbani Zavareh, M.; Skourski, Y.; Skokov, K. P.; Karpenkov, D. Y.; Zvyagina, L.; Waske, A.; Haskel, D.; Zhernenkov, M.; Wosnitza, J.; Gutfleisch, O.;
We report on magnetization, magnetostriction, and magnetocaloric-effect measurements of polycrystalline LaFe11.74Co0.13Si1.13 and LaFe11.21Co0.65Si1.11 performed in both pulsed and static magnetic fields. Although the two compounds behave rather differently at low fields (∼5 T), they show quite similar values of the magnetocaloric effect, namely a temperature increases of about 20 K at high fields (50–60 T). The magnetostriction and magnetization also reach very similar values here. We are able to quantify the magnetoelastic coupling and, based on that, apply the Bean-Rodbell criterion distinguishing first- and second-order transitions.

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Doubly dressed bosons: Exciton polaritons in a strong terahertz field
Piętka, B.; Bobrovska, N.; Stephan, D.; Teich, M.; Król, M.; Winnerl, S.; Pashkin, A.; Mirek, R.; Lekenta, K.; Morier-Genoud, F.; Schneider, H.; Deveaud, B.; Helm, M.; Matuszewski, M.; Szczytko, J.;
We demonstrate the existence of a novel quasiparticle, an exciton in a semiconductor doubly dressed with two photons of different wavelengths: a near infrared cavity photon and terahertz (THz) photon, with the THz coupling strength approaching the ultrastrong coupling regime. This quasiparticle is composed of three different bosons, being a mixture of a matter-light quasiparticle. Our observations are confirmed by a detailed theoretical analysis, treating quantum mechanically all three bosonic fields. The doubly dressed quasiparticles retain the bosonic nature of their constituents, but their internal quantum structure strongly depends on the intensity of the applied terahertz field.
Keywords: ultrastrong coupling regime, dressed states, exciton polaritons


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Observation of Reactive Transport in Soil Columns with Positron Emission Tomography (GeoPET)
Kulenkampf, J.; Stoll, M.; Gründig, M.; Mansel, A.; Lippmann-Pipke, J.;
Here we investigate reactive transport in soils with GeoPET as quantitative spatiotemporal molecular imaging method. As PET directly yields tracer concentrations, the data can be utilised for parameterization and validation of reactive transport computer models.
Artificial soil columns (sand/silt/clay/Goethit, length 90 mm, diameter 40 mm) have been prepared under CO2-atmosphere. Four different experiments on one and the same soil column are shown as motion pictures from the GeoPET-observations:
1) Injection of water, labelled with [18F]KF, into the CO2-saturated column
2) Conservative transport of [18F]KF solution through the water-saturated column
3) Injection of the reactive tracer [64Cu]Cu(MCPA)2 into the unconditioned water-saturated column
4) Injection of the reactive tracer [64Cu]Cu(MCPA)2 into the preconditioned column.

The study was supported within the framework of the priority program “Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soil” by the German Science Foundation (DFG SPP 1315: KE508/19 and LI872/5).

Kulenkampff, J., Zakhnini, A., Gründig, M., and Lippmann-Pipke, J.: Quantitative experimental monitoring of molecular diffusion in clay with positron emission tomography, Solid Earth, 7, 1207-1215, 2016.
Kulenkampff, J., Gründig, M., Zakhnini, A., Gerasch, R., and Lippmann-Pipke, J.: Process tomography of diffusion, using PET, to evaluate anisotropy and heterogeneity, Clay Miner., 50, 369–375, 2015.
Kulenkampff, J., Gründig, M., Zakhnini, A., and Lippmann-Pipke, J.: Geoscientific process monitoring with positron emission tomography (GeoPET), Solid Earth, 7, 1217–1231, 2016.
Zakhnini, A., Kulenkampff, J., Sauerzapf, S., Pietrzyk, U., and Lippmann-Pipke, J.: Monte Carlo simulations of GeoPET experiments: 3D images of tracer distributions (18F, 124I and 58Co) in Opalinus Clay, anhydrite and quartz, Comput. Geosci., 57, 183–196, 2013.
Lippmann-Pipke, J., Gerasch, R., Schikora, J., and Kulenkampff, J.: Benchmarking PET for geoscientific applications: 3D quantitative diffusion coefficient estimation in clay rock, Comput. Geosci. 101, 21-27, 2017.
Stoll, M., Kulenkampff, J., Gründig, M., Lippmann-Pipke, J., and Kersten, M.: Molecular positron emission tomography imaging of Cu mobility enhanced by the herbicide 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxy-acetic acid in a soil column, submitted
Lippold, H., Karimzadeh L., Kulenkampff, J. Wissmeier, L., Stuhlfauth, C., Stoll, M., Lippmann-Pipke, L.: Effect of pH on the mobility of the herbicide MCPA in a goethite-sand matrix: 1D and 2D reactive transport modelling, to be submitted
Keywords: PET, reactive transport, soil, tomography


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Origin of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Co/Ni multilayers
Arora, M.; Hübner, R.; Suess, D.; Heinrich, B.; Girt, E.;
We studied the variation in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of (111) textured Au/N×[Co/Ni]/Au films as a function of the number of bilayer repeats N. The ferromagnetic resonance and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer measurements show that the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of Co/Ni multilayers first increases with N for N≤10 and then moderately decreases for N>10. The model we propose reveals that the decrease of the anisotropy for N<10 is predominantly due to the reduction in the magnetoelastic and magnetocrystalline anisotropies. A moderate decrease in the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy for N>10 is due to the reduction in the magnetocrystalline and the surface anisotropies. To calculate the contribution of magnetoelastic anisotropy in the Co/Ni multilayers, in-plane and out-of-plane x-ray diffraction measurements are performed to determine the spacing between Co/Ni (111) and (220) planes. The magnetocrystalline bulk anisotropy is estimated from the difference in the perpendicular and parallel g factors of Co/Ni multilayers that are measured using the in-plane and out-of-plane ferromagnetic resonance measurements. Transmission electron microscopy has been used to estimate the multilayer film roughness. These values are used to calculate the roughness-induced surface and magnetocrystalline anisotropy coefficients as a function of N.

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Combining Absorption and Emission Spectroscopy for the Detection and Characterization of Rare Earth Elements
Jakob, S.; Fuchs, M.; Gloaguen, R.;
In the last decade, the fast development of technology and high-tech industry distinctly increased the demand of Rare Earth Elements (REEs). The combination with the globally strongly concentrated distribution of production sites classifies REEs as critical raw materials and raises the need for the exploration of complex deposits with lower concentrations or remote locations. Spectroscopic methods are the key for an advanced, fast and non-invasive approach to reduce the economic and ecologic costs of REE characterization, not only within exploration, but along the whole raw material value chain. 
Currently, the research of spectral detection and characterization of REEs is concentrated on absorption spectroscopy. Although a considerable amount of REEs can be detected by their characteristic reflectance spectrum, the commonly low intensity of characteristic absorption limits its applicability for robust detection and characterization to a few REEs, such as Neodymium and Samarium.
In the past decades, studies were conducted to characterize REE crystals by their fluorescence properties. In contrast to absorption spectroscopy, an emission is induced in the sample using a laser with a defined excitation wavelength to maximize the response that depends on the investigated material. With emission spectroscopy, a broad set of REEs can be characterized, but still, the attribution of emission features is challenging, as it depends on crystal structure and experimental parameters.
Hereby, we propose a new approach for combining absorption and emission spectroscopy to characterize REEs and overcome the limitations of the single method. For that, we first investigated single REE crystal standards with different bindings using absorption as well as emission spectroscopy. The results can be used to create a library or decision routine for the detection of REE using combined absorption and emission spectroscopy. We will then test the proposed method on natural REE bearing samples, which are additionally characterized chemically and mineralogically to provide a proper validation. Hereby, the influence of the mineral matrix, natural crystal structure and mixed REE composition can be estimated and overcome by using lasers with different stimulation wavelengths in the UV and visible range of the spectrum. Absorption spectroscopy is conducted by point measurements with a reflectance spectrometer as well as with hyperspectral cameras. We developed the tools for processing and the analysis of the spectral data to ensure a fast and robust interpretation of the spectral features.
First results show the detectability of Dy, Er, Ho, Nd, Pr, Sm, and Tm with absorption and the detection of Er, Eu, Ho, Nd, Pr, Tb, and Yb with emission spectroscopy. Additionally, for REEs having spectral signatures in both cases, absorption features overprint the emission spectra within the broad fluorescence signal of the mineral matrix. They coincide with known and measured absorption features of the specific REEs. This, the integration of both features remarkably increases the detectability and the robustness of detection for those elements.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    10th EARSeL SIG Imaging Spectroscopy Workshop, 19.-21.04.2017, Zürich, Switzerland

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Nanorattles with tailored electric field enhancement
Schnepf, M. J.; Mayer, M.; Kuttner, C.; Tebbe, M.; Wolf, D.; Dulle, M.; Altantzis, T.; Formanek, P.; Förster, S.; Bals, S.; König, T. A. F.; Fery, A.;
Nanorattles are metallic core-shell particles with core and shell separated by a dielectric spacer. These nanorattles have been identified as a promising class of nanoparticles, due to their extraordinary high electric-field enhancement inside the cavity. Limiting factors are reproducibility and loss of axial symmetry owing to the movable metal core; movement of the core results in fluctuation of the nanocavity dimensions and commensurate variations in enhancement factor. We present a novel synthetic approach for the robust fixation of the central gold rod within a well-defined box, which results in an axisymmetric nanorattle. We determine the structure of the resulting axisymmetric nanorattles by advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Optical absorption and scattering cross-sections obtained from UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy quantitatively agree with finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations based on the structural model derived from SAXS. The predictions of high and homogenous field enhancement are evidenced by scanning TEM electron energy loss spectroscopy (STEM-EELS) measurement on single-particle level. Thus, comprehensive understanding of structural and optical properties is achieved for this class of nanoparticles, paving the way for photonic applications where a defined and robust unit cell is crucial.

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Ultrafast carrier dynamics in VO₂ across the pressure-induced insulator-to-metal transition
Braun, J. M.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.; Mirek, R.; Boatner, L. A.ORC; Marvel, R. E.; Haglund, R. F.; Pashkin, A.
We utilize near-infrared pump ‒ mid-infrared probe spectroscopy to investigate the ultrafast electronic response of pressurized VO₂. Distinct pump‒probe signals and a pumping threshold behavior are observed even in the pressure-induced metallic state showing a noticeable amount of localized electronic states. Our results are consistent with a scenario of a bandwidth-controlled Mott-Hubbard transition.
Keywords: pressure-induced metallization, bandwidth-controlled Mott-Hubbard transition, insulator-to-metal transition, high pressure, diamond anvil cell, vanadium dioxide, VO₂, pump - probe spectroscopy
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Local Lorentz force and ultrasound Doppler velocimetry in a vertical convection liquid metal flow
Zürner, T.; Vogt, T.; Resagk, C.; Eckert, S.; Schumacher, J.;
We report velocitymeasurements in a vertical turbulent convection flow cell that is filled with the eutectic liquid metal alloy gallium-indium-tin by a combined use of local Lorentz force velocimetry (LLFV) and ultrasound Doppler velocimetry (UDV). We demonstrate the applicability of LLFV for a thermal convection flow and reproduce a linear dependence of the measured force in the range of micronewtons on the local flow velocitymagnitude. Furthermore, the presented experiment is used to explore scaling laws of the global turbulent transport of heat and momentum in this low-Prandtl-number convection flow. Our results are found to be consistent with theoretical predictions and recent direct numerical simulations.
  • Open Access LogoExperiments in Fluids 59(2018)1, 3
    DOI: 10.1007/s00348-017-2457-0
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Magnetic flow control in growth and casting of photovoltaic silicon: Numerical and experimental results
Poklad, A.; Pal, J.; Galindo, V.ORC; Grants, I.; Heinze, V.; Meier, D.; Pätzold, O.; Stelter, M.; Gerbeth, G.
A novel, vertical Bridgman-type technique for growing multi-crystalline silicon ingots in an induction furnace is described. In contrast to conventional growth, a modified setup with a cone-shaped crucible and susceptor is used. A detailed numerical simulation of the setup is presented. It includes a global thermal simulation of the furnace and a local simulation of the melt, which aims at the influence of the melt flow on the temperature and concentration fields. Furthermore, seeded growth of cone-shaped Si ingots using either a monocrystalline seed or a seed layer formed by pieces of poly-Si is demonstrated and compared to growth without seeds. The influences of the seed material on the grain structure and the dislocation density of the ingots are discussed. The second part addresses model experiments for the Czochralski technique using the room temperature liquid metal GaInSn. The studies were focused on the influence of a rotating and a horizontally static magnetic field on the melt flow and the related heat transport in crucibles being heated from bottom and/or side, and cooled by a crystal model covering about 1/3 of the upper melt surface.
Keywords: Magnetic flow control, Crystall-Growth, Photovoltaic Silicon, Numerical Simulation

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The effect of the initial microstructure in terms of sink strength on the ion-irradiation-induced hardening of ODS alloys studied by nanoindentation
Duan, B.; Heintze, C.; Bergner, F.ORC; Ulbricht, A.; Akhmadaliev, S.; Oñorbe, E.; de Carlan, Y.; Wang, T.
Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) Fe-Cr alloys are promising candidates for structural components in nuclear energy production. The small grain size, high dislocation density and the presence of particle matrix interfaces may contribute to the improved irradiation resistance of this class of alloys by providing sinks and/or traps for irradiation-induced point defects. The extent to which these effects impede hardening is still a matter of debate. To address this problem, a set of alloys of different grain size, dislocation density and oxide particle distribution were selected. In this study, three-step Fe-ion irradiation at both 300 C and 500 C up to 10 dpa was used to introduce damage in five different materials including three 9Cr-ODS alloys, one 14Cr-ODS alloy and one 14Cr-non-ODS alloy. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), small angle neutron scattering (SANS), and nanoindentation testing were applied, the latter before and after irradiation. Significant hardening occurred for all materials and temperatures, but it is distinctly lower in the 14Cr alloys and also tends to be lower at the higher temperature. The possible contribution of Cr-rich alpha’-phase particles is addressed. The impact of grain size, dislocation density and particle distribution is demonstrated in terms of an empirical trend between total sink strength and hardening.
Keywords: Oxide dispersion strengthened alloys, Ion irradiation, Nanoindentation, Hardening, Sink strength


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Microstructure characterization and strengthening mechanisms of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) Fe-9%Cr and Fe-14%Cr extruded bars
Chauhan, A.; Bergner, F.ORC; Etienne, A.; Aktaa, J.; de Carlan, Y.; Heintze, C.; Litvinov, D.; Hernandez-Mayoral, M.; Oñorbe, E.; Radiguet, B.; Ulbricht, A.
The collaborative study is focused on the relationship between microstructure and yield stress for an ODS Fe-9%Cr-based transformable alloy and an ODS Fe-14%Cr-based ferritic alloy. The contributions to the total room temperature yield stress arising from various strengthening mechanisms are addressed on the basis of a comprehensive description of the microstructures uncovered by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and atom probe tomography (APT). While these methods provide a high degree of complementarity, a reasonable agreement was found in cases of overlap of information. The derived set of microstructure parameters along with reported strengthening equations was used to calculate the room temperature yield stress. The estimates were critically compared with the measured yield stress for an extended set of alloys including data reported for Fe-Cr model alloys and steels thus covering one order of magnitude or more in grain size, dislocation density, particle density and yield stress. The comparison shows that particle strengthening, dislocation forest strengthening, and Hall-Petch strengthening are the major contributions and that a mixed superposition rule reproduces the measured yield stress within experimental scatter for the whole extended set of alloys. The wide variation of microstructures additionally underpins the conclusions and goes beyond previous work, in which one or few ODS steels and narrow microstructure variations were typically covered.
Keywords: ODS steel, Strengthening mechanisms, TEM, APT, SANS


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Modeling electromagnetically driven free-surface flows motivated by the Ribbon Growth on Substrate (RGS) process
Beckstein, P.; Galindo, V.ORC; Schönecker, A.; Gerbeth, G.
The Ribbon Growth on Substrate (RGS) technology is a crystallization technique that allows direct casting of silicon wafers and sheets of advanced metal-silicide compounds. With the potential of reaching high crystallization rates, it promises a very efficient approach for future photo-voltaic silicon wafer production compared to well-established processes in industry. However, a number of remaining problems, like process stability and controllability, need to be addressed for the RGS technology to eventually become a competitor in the near future. In this regard, it is very desirable to gain detailed insights into the characteristic process dynamics. To comply with this demand, we have developed a new numerical tool based on OpenFOAM (foam-extend), capable of simulating the free-surface dynamics of the melt flow under the influence of an applied alternating magnetic field. Our corresponding model thereby resolves the interaction of hydrodynamic and magnetodynamic effects in three-dimensional space. Although we currently focus on the RGS process, the modeling itself has been formulated in a more general form, which may be used for the investigation of similar problems, too. Here we provide a brief overview of these developments.
Keywords: RGS process, OpenFOAM, electromagnetic driven flow, foam-extend, free-surface

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Charakterisierung eines zerkleinerten Mobiltelefons mittels Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA)
Sandmann, D.ORC
Mobiltelefone, von denen im Jahr 2016 weltweit über 1,4 Milliarden Geräte hergestellt wurden, können bis zu 60 verschiedene Elemente enthalten (TrendForce Corp., The Royal Society of Chemistry). Gegenwärtig werden allerdings nur sehr wenige der in den Mobiltelefonen enthaltenen Elemente mit Recycling-Raten von mehr als 50 % recycelt (Compound Interest). Bei den meisten Elementen liegt die Recycling-Rate bei deutlich unter 50 % und bei den Seltenen Erden, Indium, Tantal oder Gallium sogar bei unter 1 %! Ein Hauptproblem beim Recycling von Mobiltelefonen ist ihre komplexe Zusammensetzung aus vielen Einzelbauteilen. Erschwerend kommt hinzu, dass viele Elemente kommen nur in Spuren vorhanden sind und / oder sich in hoch-komplexen Materialverbunden befinden.
Um ein effektiveres Recycling der Mobiltelefone zu ermöglichen, ist es unumgänglich ihre Bauteile, das Vorkommen der Elemente darin, sowie das Zerkleinerungsverhalten möglichst detailliert zu charakterisieren.
In einer Pilotstudie wurde ein, vom Lehrstuhl für Recyclingmaschinen der TU Bergakademie Freiberg, mit einem Universal-Granulator UG300 zerkleinertes Nokia-Mobiltelefon Modell 5228 Typ RM-625 mit Hilfe von Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA) untersucht. Die Analyse an drei Siebfraktionen des zerkleinerten Materials erfolgte mit einer MLA 650F am Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie.
Eine erste manuelle Aufnahme von Rückstreuelektronenbildern zeigt unter anderem Metallphasen mit einer Kleinheit von < 0,5 µm. Nachfolgend wurden die Proben in einer automatisierten MLA-Messung mit einem Gitternetz von EDX-Spektren abgerastert (GXMAP-Modus). Insgesamt wurden bei der Analyse ca. 130 verschiedene Phasen detektiert. Mehr als 100 davon treten mit Anteilen von < 1 Gewichtsprozent auf. Ein Vergleich des Modalbestandes der drei Siebfraktionen zeigte eine Anreicherung bestimmter Bauteile in speziellen Fraktionen.

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  • Lecture (Conference)
    Tagung 2017 „Aufbereitung und Recycling“, 08.-09.11.2017, Freiberg, Deutschland


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Validation of X-ray radiography for characterization of gas bubbles in liquid metals
Keplinger, O.; Shevchenko, N.; Eckert, S.;
X-ray radiography has proved to be an efficient and powerful tool for the visualization of two-phase flows in non-transparent fluids, in particular in liquid metals. This paper presents a validation of the X-ray radiography by comparing measurements in water with corresponding results obtained by optical methods. For that purpose Ar bubbles were injected through a single orifice. The measurements results are compared in terms of bubble size, bubble shape and velocity. Furthermore, visualization experiments were performed in the eutectic alloy GaInSn where the image contrast between the liquid phase and the gas bubble is much stronger. Some obvious differences of the bubble dynamics in water and GaInSn are discussed.
Keywords: X-ray radiography, two-phase flows, GaInSn, water

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Spins in Formation
Schultheiss, H.;
Spinwellen sind kollektive Anregungen magnetischer Momente eines Festkörpers. Lokal lassen sie sich auf sehr kleinen Längenskalen lenken durch ein Drehen der Magnetisierung. Damit ist es möglich, den Fluss von Spinwellen gezielt zu steuern. Dieser Vorgang könnte in der Informationstechnologie als Logik- baustein Anwendung finden.
Keywords: Spintronic, Magnonic
  • Physik Journal 09(2017), 59
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    Physikalisches Kolloquium Universität Augsburg, 27.11.2017, Augsburg, Deutschland
  • Lecture (others)
    Physikalisches Kolloquium TU Chemnitz, 15.11.2017, Chemnitz, Deutschland
  • Lecture (others)
    Kolloquium Walther Meissner Institut, 27.1.2017, Garching, Deutschland
  • Lecture (others)
    SFB Seminar Uni Regensburg, 26.1.2017, Regensburg, Deutschland
  • Lecture (others)
    Physikalisches Kolloquium TU Dresden, 13.6.2017, Dresden, Deutschland
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    DPG Frühjahrstagung, 22.3.2017, Dresden, Deutschland
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    633tes Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Seminar, 5.1.2017, Bad Honnef, Deutschland

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Magnonics: Spin waves connecting charges, spins and photons
Chumak, A. V.; Schultheiss, H.;
Spin waves (SW) are the excitation of the spin system in a ferromagnetic condensed matter body. They are collective excitations of the electron system and, from a quasi-classical point of view, can be understood as a coherent precession of the electrons' spins. Analogous to photons, they are also referred to as magnons indicating their quasi-particle character. The collective nature of SWs is established by the short-range exchange interaction as well as the non-local magnetic dipolar interaction, resulting in coherence of SWs from mesoscopic to even macroscopic length scales. As one consequence of this collective interaction, SWs are 'charge current free' and, therefore, less subject to dissipation caused by scattering with impurities on the atomic level. This is a clear advantage over diffusive transport in spintronics that not only uses the charge of an electron but also its spin degree of freedom. Any (spin) current naturally involves motion and, thus, scattering of electrons leading to excessive heating as well as losses. This renders SWs a promising alternative to electric (spin) currents for the transport of spin information—one of the grand challenges of condensed matter physics.
Keywords: Magnonics, Spintronics, Photonics, Spin Waves

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Towards ion beam therapy based on laser plasma accelerators
Karsch, L.; Beyreuther, E.ORC; Enghardt, W.ORC; Gotz, M.; Masood, U.; Schramm, U.; Zeil, K.; Pawelke, J.ORC
Only few ten radiotherapy facilities worldwide provide ion beams, in spite of their physical advantage of better achievable tumor conformity of the dose compared to conventional photon beams. Since, mainly the large size and high costs hinder their wider spread, great efforts are ongoing to develop more compact ion therapy facilities.
One promising approach for smaller facilities is the acceleration of ions on micrometre scale by high intensity lasers. Laser accelerators deliver pulsed beams with a low pulse repetition rate, but a high number of ions per pulse, broad energy spectra and high divergences. A clinical use of a laser based ion beam facility requires not only a laser accelerator providing beams of therapeutic quality, but also new approaches for beam transport, dosimetric control and tumor conformal dose delivery procedure together with the knowledge of the radiobiological effectiveness of laser-driven beams.
Over the last decade research was mainly focused on protons and progress was achieved in all important challenges. Although currently the maximum proton energy is not yet high enough for patient irradiation, suggestions and solutions have been reported for compact beam transport and dose delivery procedures, respectively, as well as for precise dosimetric control. Radiobiological in vitro and in vivo studies show no indications of an altered biological effectiveness of laser-driven beams.
Laser based facilities will hardly improve the availability of ion beams for patient treatment in the next decade. Nevertheless, there are possibilities for a need of laser based therapy facilities in future.


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Tunable nonlinear optical resonances in Landau-quantized graphene
König-Otto, J. C.; Wang, Y.; Belyanin, A.; Berger, C.; de Heer, W. A.; Orlita, M.; Venanzi, T.; Pashkin, A.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.; Winnerl, S.;
Graphene has been in discussion as a candidate as a strong THz nonlinear material for a long time, because of its linear band structure [1,2]. However, an experimental demonstration of strong nonlinearities in Graphene in this spectral range is still missing. For Landau-quantized Graphene, in which the absorption is resonantly enhanced for allowed transitions between the Landau-levels, theory predicts a strongly enhanced nonlinearity, too [3]. In our joint experimental and theoretical work we study the third order nonlinearity in Landau-quantized graphene by employing a degenerate timeintegrated four-wave mixing experiment (FWM) in the mid-infrared spectral range. The free-electron laser FELBE was tuned to a photon energy of 78meV and the graphene sample was kept at 10K in a thin helium gas atmosphere. The magnetic field was set to 4.5T bringing the LL-1→LL0 and LL0→LL1 transition into resonance with the linearly polarized beams (see Fig.1a). The measured FWM signal (see Fig.1c) features a faster dynamics than the pump-probe signal (see Fig.1b) and is beyond the time resolution of our experiment. Nevertheless, we can recover the expected field dependencies of the studied third order nonlinearity in the experiment. The resonance behavior is measured by sweeping the magnetic field and is in agreement with our theoretical calculation. Furthermore, we derive a value of χ(3) from our experimental data that confirms the predicted strongly enhanced nonlinearity [4].
[1] S. A. Mikhailov and K. Ziegler, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, 20, 384204, (2008)
[2] Z. Zhang and P. L. Voss, Opt. Lett., 36, 4569, (2011)
[3] X. Yao and A. Belyanin, Phys. Rev. Lett., 108, 255503, (2012)
[4] J. C. König-Otto, Y. Wang, A. Belyanin, C. Berger, W. A. de Heer, M. Orlita, A. Pashkin, H.
Schneider, M. Helm, and S. Winnerl, Nano Lett., 17, 2184, (2017)
Keywords: graphene, Landau-quantized graphene, nonlinear optics, carrier dynamics, spectroscopy
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    Graphene Week 2017, 25.-29.09.2017, Athena, Hellas

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THz Nonlinear Response of Landau-Quantized Graphene
König-Otto, J. C.; Wang, Y.; Belyanin, A.; Berger, C.; de Heer, W. A.; Orlita, M.; Pashkin, A.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.; Winnerl, S.;
The third-order nonlinear susceptibility of Landau-quantized graphene is studied by degenerate time-integrated four-wave mixing in the THz regime. The revealed resonance behavior and the observed field dependencies are in agreement with our theoretical calculations.
Keywords: graphene, Landau-quantized graphene, nonlinear optics, carrier dynamics, spectroscopy
  • Lecture (Conference)
    CLEO, 14.-19.05.2017, San Jose, USA

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Influence of structural quality on the carrier dynamics in graphene
König-Otto, J. C.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.; Winnerl, S.;
Production of large-scale high quality graphene is a challenging task. Therefore understanding how quality will influence the properties of graphene is crucial for industrial applications. In this work we focus on the influence of defects on the carrier dynamics. To this end areas of a multilayer epitaxial graphene sample with high structural quality [1] are irradiated with different doses of low energy carbon ions. The different areas with now varying graphene quality (see D-Peaks in Raman spectra in Figure 1) are studied by a pump-probe experiment utilizing low energetic photons from a free-electron laser (photon energy 75meV). In this regime carrier relaxation is particularly slow as compared to excitation with visible light since scattering with optical phonons (energy 200meV) is efficiently suppressed [2]. The change in transmission is depicted in Figure 2 for three different structural qualities. One can directly see that the relaxation in the damaged areas is significantly faster than in the pristine graphene. This might be an indication for the presence of the intensively discussed supercollisions in graphene [3].
[1] C. Berger et al., Science 312, 1191 (2006).
[2] S. Winnerl et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 237401 (2011).
[3] J. C. W. Song et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 106602 (2012).
Keywords: graphene, defects, carrier dynamics
  • Poster
    Graphene2017, 28.-31.03.2017, Barcelona, Espana

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Landau-Quantized Graphene: A Tunable Nonlinear Optical Material in the THz Range
König-Otto, J. C.; Wang, Y.; Belyanin, A.; Berger, C.; de Heer, W. A.; Orlita, M.; Pashkin, A.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.; Winnerl, S.;
Finding nonlinear optical materials for the THz and mid-infrared regimes is not straightforward. State-of-the-art devices with a high third-order optical susceptibility are often processed as complex multiquantum-well structures designed to feature one specific resonance frequency. In our work we study Landau-quantized graphene as a tunable and simple to produce nonlinear material. To this end we perform time-integrated degenerate four-wave mixing (FWM) experiments at a photon energy of 78 meV resonant to the transitions between the Landau levels LL−1, LL0 and LL1 at a magnetic field of roughly 4 T. We can recover expected scaling of the FWM-signal with the incident fields and the resonance behavior. The value of the third-order surface susceptibility in this material is in agreement with our calculations based on the density matrix formalism. We find the order of 𝜒(3) of Landau-quantized graphene to be competitive with more complex and elaborated solutions.
Keywords: graphene, Landau-quantized graphene, nonlinear optics, carrier dynamics, spectroscopy
  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung, 19.-24.03.2017, Dresden, Deutschland

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Carrier Dynamics in Graphene: Ultrafast Many-Particle Phenomena
Malic, E.; Winzer, T.; Wendler, F.; Brem, S.; Jago, R.; Knorr, A.; Mittendorff, M.; König-Otto, J. C.; Plötzing, T.; Neumaier, D.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.; Winnerl, S.;
Graphene is an ideal material to study fundamental Coulomb- and phonon-induced carrier scattering processes. Its remarkable gapless and linear band structure opens up new carrier relaxation channels. In particular, Auger scattering bridging the valence and the conduction band changes the number of charge carriers and gives rise to a significant carrier multiplication - an ultrafast many-particle phenomenon that is promising for the design of highly efficient photodetectors. Furthermore, the vanishing density of states at the Dirac point combined with ultrafast phonon-induced intraband scattering results in an accumulation of carriers and a population inversion suggesting the design of graphene-based terahertz lasers. Here, we review our work on the ultrafast carrier dynamics in graphene and Landau-quantized graphene is presented providing a microscopic view on the appearance of carrier multiplication and population inversion.
Keywords: graphene, carrier dynamics, spectroscopy


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“Brothers in Arms” – HIF High-Speed PIXE and MEGA Spectrometer
Renno, A. D.ORC; Buchriegler, J.; Dreßler, S.; Hanf, D.; Munnik, F.; Scharf, O.; Ziegenrücker, R.
In a fast growing world with increasing demand on resources like high-tech metals as In, Ga, Ge, or rare earth elements (REE), mineralogists and economic geologists need faster and automated analytical tools to explore mineral deposits, make them accessible and define necessary initial data for all subsequent processing steps. Next to the necessary knowledge in which phases the elements of interest, ecotoxical as well as deleterious elements are concentrated, it is important to determine structural parameters like grain sizes and possible intergrowths relations of these minerals. These are typical geometallurgical analytical tasks, which are so far routinely performed by electron beam based methods of automated mineralogy, like MLA (mineral liberation analysis) or QEMSCAN, with their advantages and disadvantages. The methodological problems of these type of methods are, for example, the necessary measurement time, insufficient limits of detection (no trace element detection) and high background (electron Bremsstrahlung).

Some of these hurdles can be overcome by using alternative excitation radiation, like ions, known as particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) or X-rays, known as X-ray fluorescence (XRF). Combining these with a full-field detection system, such as the so-called SLcam®[1], allows the determination of trace element distributions in reasonable time over a large field of view.

The SLcam® consists of a 12 x 12 mm², X-ray sensitive pnCCD chip with 69696 pixels. A high read-out speed of up to 1000 Hz, allows the acquisition of complete X-ray spectra (2-20 keV) on each pixel simultaneously, with an energy resolution of around 160 eV (@ Mn-K even for high photon fluxes. A poly-capillary lens is used to guide the X-rays from their point of origin on the sample to the corresponding pixel on the detector-chip. Usage of a straight 1:1 lens results in a lateral resolution better than 100 µm.

The MEGA spectrometer is equipped with a laboratory-scale X-ray tube. XRF is used for the determination of major and trace element data. It’s “small”, table-top like size would in principle allow to use the set-up directly at the mining site. The so called High-Speed PIXE[2] uses a broad proton beam to excite the fluorescence radiation. Samples with a total weight of up to 10 kg and a maximum size 25 x 25 x 2.5 cm³ can be mounted in a dedicated vacuum sample chamber. The instrument is installed at the Ion Beam Center at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. The advantages and disadvantages of both instruments will be presented, as well as first results of combined qualitative studies of the distribution of trace elements in representative samples to demonstrate the importance of these innovative concepts for geometallurgical research.

[1] Scharf, O., et al. (2011). Compact pnCCD-Based X-ray Camera with High Spatial and Energy Resolution: A Color X-ray Camera. Analytical Chemistry, 83(7), 2532–2538.
[2] Hanf, D., et al. (2016). A new particle-induced X-ray emission set-up for laterally resolved analysis over wide areas. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 377, 7-24.
Keywords: PIXE, High-Speed PIXE, XRF, Trace Elemenet Analysis
  • Poster
    2nd International Conference on Applied Mineralogy & Advanced Materials and 13th International Conference on Applied Mineralogy, 05.-09.06.2017, Castellaneta Marina- Taranto, Italy

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Relevance of qualitative trace element distribution maps at answering geoscientific questions
Renno, A. D.ORC; Buchriegler, J.; Hanf, D.; Klingner, N.; Munnik, F.; Nowak, S. H.; Scharf, O.; von Borany, J.; Ziegenrücker, R.
In recent years significant efforts have been made to combine Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) techniques with the advantages of the Color X-ray Camera [1] to produce full-field PIXE images of trace element distributions in geological samples [2]. Decisive progress was made by the implementation of several image enhancement techniques [3, 4]. The ultimate objective is the installation of an analytical instrument running in routine operation. The major advantage of this new approach is the ability to gather elemental distribution maps over a large field of view (some cm²) with reasonable spatial resolution (< 100 µm) in real-time. Setting a matrix-dependent threshold value for a certain trace element concentration will allow us to reduce the measurement time compared to beam scanning based methods. This is an enormous advantage for resource technological application.
The present status of the installation at HZDR Ion Beam Center does not enable us to obtain quantitative information about trace element concentration in the single pixels of the resulting elemental distribution maps. The information content of qualitative and quantitative distribution maps is different. But it is a myth that only quantitative information is suitable of gathering information about rocks, ores and minerals. Using selected examples from petrology, economic geology and resource technology we will demonstrate the different types of qualitative information and its interpretation.
[1] O. Scharf, et al., Analytical Chemistry 83 (7) (2011) 2532–2538.
[2] D. Hanf, et al., NIM B 377, pp. 17-24 (2016).
[3] J. Buchriegler, et al. submitted (2017).
[4] S. Nowak, et al., arXiv:1705.08939, (2017).
This work has been supported by BMBF (INTRA r3 033R070) and by the EU project SPRITE (GA-No. 317 169).
Keywords: PIXE, Qualitative Analysis, Trace element analysis, element distribution map
  • Lecture (Conference)
    23rd International Conference on Ion Beam Analysis IBA-2017, 08.-13.10.2017, Shanghai, China

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Status report of Super-SIMS for resource technology
Rugel, G.; Akhmadaliev, S.; Belokonov, G.; Böttger, R.; von Borany, J.; Gutzmer, J.; Kaever, P.; Meyer, M.; Noga, P.; Renno, A. D.ORC; Scharf, A.; Tiessen, C. J.; Voigtländer, J.; Wagner, N.; Wiedenbeck, M.; Winter, A.; Wu, H. S.; Ziegenrücker, R.
The combination of an ion source with very good spatial resolution with a tandem accelerator is a long standing idea to improve the sensitivity by orders of magnitude [1-3]. Translating this idea to reality has its challenges [e.g. 4-6]. Having a strong focus on natural, metal, and mineral resources the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology installed such a system at the Ion Beam Centre at HZDR. This so-called Super-SIMS will be embedded into a system of consecutive micro-analytical methods devoted to the characterization of minerals and ores.
The secondary ion beam of the SIMS (CAMECA IMS 7f-auto) is injected into the pre-existing Dresden Accelerator Mass Spectrometry facility [7,8] which removes isobaric molecular signatures in the ion beam. The SIMS component remains as an autonomous analytical instrument with the additional option/advantage to inject the negative secondary ion beam at energies of up to 40 keV (to match the acceptance conditions) into the accelerator. A dedicated ion optical unit has been constructed and installed to focus the ion beam to the accelerator entrance.
First measurements of the performance parameters will be presented. We analyzed several matrices and mass ranges of isotopes like a P-doped Si-wafer, natural galena (PbS) and the elements between Ga and As in several natural and synthetic matrices.

[1] Purser et al. Surface and Interface Analysis 1(1), 1979, 12. [2] J. M. Anthony, D. J. Donahue, A. J. T. Jull, MRS Proceedings 69 (1986) 311-316. [3] S. Matteson, Mass Spectrom. Rev., 27 (2008) 470. [4] Ender et al. NIMB 123 (1997) 575. [5] Maden, PhD thesis, ETH Zurich 2003. [6] Fahey et al. Analytical Chemistry 88(14), 2016, 7145. [7] Akhmadaliev et al., NIMB 294 (2013) 5. [8] Rugel et al. NIMB 370 (2016) 94.
Keywords: Super-SIMS
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    23rd International Conference on Ion Beam Analysis IBA-2017, 08.-13.10.2017, Shanghai, China

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The analysis of nothing and nearly nothing – some theoretical considerations about reference materials for the Super-SIMS
Renno, A. D.ORC
The Super-SIMS idea goes back to the year 1979 [1]. Since then several attempts have been made to install such instruments [2-5], although with varied success.
Most of the published data were either analysis of semiconductor materials or isotope ratios of natural materials. Having a strong focus on natural, metal, and mineral resources the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology installed such a system at the Ion Beam Centre at HZDR. This new Super-SIMS will be embedded into a system of consecutive micro-analytical methods devoted to the characterization of minerals and ores. Therefore, our focus will lie on the analysis of ultra-trace elements in these natural matrices.
Despite the high precision, the accuracy of SIMS analysis can be problematic. The sensitivity factor as well as the instrumental mass fractionation vary with the chemical composition. This so-called matrix effect demands that the sample and the reference material (RM) should have exactly the same chemical composition and structure, this is difficult to achieve. Even trace elements and in the case of the Super-SIMS ultra-trace elements may affect the sensitivity factor. The compromise is the usage of matrix matched RMs.
The combination of good lateral and depth resolution of the SIMS instrument with the resulting small sample volumes / masses (sub ng-range) and the aspired detection limits in the pg/g range yield to the fact that the probability to meet one atom of the analyte in the sample volume will be < 1.
This contribution will stimulate the discussion about the concepts of detection limit, homogeneity and heterogeneity in RMs and present considerations about the design of future RMs for ultra-trace element analysis with the Super-SIMS.

[1] Purser et al. Surface and Interface Analysis 1(1), 1979, 12.; [2] S. Matteson, Mass Spectrom. Rev., 27 (2008) 470.; [3] Ender et al. NIMB 123 (1997) 575.; [4] Maden, PhD thesis, ETH Zurich 2003.;
[5] Fahey et al. Analytical Chemistry 88(14), 2016, 7145
Keywords: Super-SIMS, Reference Material
  • Lecture (Conference)
    23rd International Conference on Ion Beam Analysis IBA-2017, 08.-13.10.2017, Shanghai, China

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Radially resolved electronic structure and charge carrier transport in silicon nanowires
Fuchs, F.; Gemming, S.; Schuster, J.;
The electronic structure of silicon nanowires is studied using density functional theory. A radially resolved density of states is discussed for different nanowire diameters and crystal orientations, which allows new insight into the transport properties. Strong differences between the surface and the center of the nanowire are found, indicating that the carrier transport will mainly take place in the nanowire center. For increasing diameter the density of states in the center approaches the bulk value. We find that bulk properties such as the indirect nature of the band gap become already significant at a nanowire diameter of approximately 5 nm and beyond. Finally, the spatial characteristic of the current is visualized in terms of transmission pathways. The electron transport is found to be more localized in the nanowire center compared to the hole transport. It also depends on the crystal orientation of the wire.
Keywords: silicon nanowire, density functional theory, density of states, quantum confinement

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Three-dimensional velocity vector determination algorithm for individual bubble identified with Wire-Mesh Sensors
Furuya, M.; Kanai, T.; Arai, T.; Takiguchi, H.; Prasser, H.-M.; Hampel, U.; Schleicher, E.;
The bubble pairing scheme was devised to quantify three-dimensional velocity of each bubble. We used two sets of Wire-Mesh Sensors to identify locations of each bubble according to bubble identification algorithm, which was developed by HZDR. The devised scheme was applied to the vertical upward air-water flow at 0.64. m/s for both air and water superficial velocities in a large diameter pipe (i.d. 224. mm). The bubble pairing scheme visualized the developing process of two-phase flow: large bubbles coalesced with each other to move toward the center, while the rest of bubbles broke up into smaller bubbles and decelerated.
Keywords: wire-mesh sensor, multiphase flow, bubbly flow, gas phase velocity measurement, bubble pairing

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Transglutaminase 2 als molekulares Target zur funktionellen Bildgebung von Tumoren ─ Untersuchungen zu Inhibitoren und fluorogenen Substraten
Wodtke, R.;
Die TGase 2 ist ein konstitutiv exprimiertes Enzym, dessen bekannteste Funktion in der posttranslationalen Modifizierung von Proteinen durch Ca2+-abhängige Transamidierung zwischen proteingebundenen Glutaminyl-Resten und verschiedenen primären Aminen liegt. Obwohl ursprünglich namensgebend, wird diese Quervernetzungsfunktion des Proteins erst in zellulären Stresssituationen wie der Apoptose oder der Wundheilung aktiviert. Folglich erscheint es nicht überraschend, dass der TGase 2 und vor allem der Glutamyltransferase-Aktivität auch in diversen pathophysiologischen Prozessen eine große Bedeutung zukommt. Für diese Arbeit stand die Beteiligung der TGase 2 in tumorassoziierten Prozessen im Fokus. So ist bekannt, dass eine gesteigerte Expression der TGase 2 einen entscheidenden Beitrag zum Überleben, zur Resistenz gegenüber Chemo- und Strahlentherapie sowie zum Metastasierungspotential neoplastischer Zellen liefert. Dabei wurde das Enzym als ein Schlüsselprotein für die Progression zahlreicher Krebsarten identifiziert. Somit stellt das Enzym ein interessantes Target für die funktionelle Bildgebung von Tumoren mittels Positronen-Emissions-Tomographie (PET) sowie der Therapie von Tumorerkrankungen dar.
Die Zielstellungen dieser Arbeit waren durch die Entwicklung von Radiotracern für die TGase 2 motiviert, um perspektivisch mit Hilfe der nicht-invasiven Bildgebungsmodalität PET Aufschlüsse über die Relevanz des Proteins, die Bedeutung von dessen Glutamyltransferase-Aktivität in Tumoren sowie dessen molekulare Adressierbarkeit in vivo (auch im Hinblick auf therapeutische Anwendungen) zu erhalten. Dementsprechend setzt sich die vorliegende Dissertation aus zwei inhaltlichen Schwerpunkten zusammen:
• Der erste Teil befasst sich mit der Etablierung eines fluorimetrischen TGase 2-Assays einschließlich der Synthese und kinetischen Charakterisierung fluorogener Substrate als Voraussetzung für die Identifizierung und Charakterisierung von Molekülen, die zur Adressierung der TGase 2 hinsichtlich molekularer Bildgebung und therapeutischer Hemmung bestimmt sind
• Der zweite Teil beinhaltet die Entwicklung sowie enzymkinetische Charakterisierung, einschließlich Struktur-Wirkungsbeziehungen, irreversibler TGase 2-Inhibitoren als potentielle Radiotracerkandidaten. Darüber hinaus sollte eine initiale pharmakokinetische Evaluierung der Verbindungen in vitro erfolgen.

Fluorimetrischer TGase 2-Assay

Der literaturbekannte Acyldonor 2a, der durch TGase 2-vermittelte Umsetzung das stark fluoreszierende 7-Hydroxycumarin freisetzt, ist ein attraktives Substrat für Untersuchungen zur TGase 2 mittels fluorimetrischen Assays. Allerdings weist 2a nur eine geringe Löslichkeit im wässrigen Milieu auf (<10 µM). Dies schränkt sowohl die detaillierte kinetische Untersuchung der Verbindung als auch darauf beruhende Anwendungen der Verbindung ein. Daher wurden Acyldonoren auf der Basis kleiner Glutamat enthaltender Peptide entwickelt, bei denen die freie Carboxylgruppe löslichkeitsvermittelnd wirken sollte. Die Synthese der Verbindungen erfolgte mit einer modularen Synthesestrategie an einem polymeren Träger (Festphasensynthese). Alle Verbindungen konnten in ausreichenden Ausbeuten und hohen Reinheiten dargestellt werden. Die Untersuchungen zur Löslichkeit zeigten, dass die Verbindungen bis zu Konzentrationen von 250 µM im wässrigen Milieu löslich sind. Diese erheblich verbesserte Wasserlöslichkeit erlaubte die ausführliche kinetische Charakterisierung der neuartigen fluorogenen Substrate hinsichtlich ihrer TGase 2-katalysierten Hydrolyse und Aminolyse. Z-Glu(HMC)-Gly-OH (5b) erwies sich dabei als Cumarinylester mit den günstigsten Substrateigenschaften gegenüber humaner TGase 2 und kann darüber hinaus auch zur Charakterisierung weiterer Isoformen der Transglutaminase-Familie genutzt werden. Die Eignung von 5b zur Charakterisierung irreversibler Inhibitoren wurde ebenfalls demonstriert. Somit liegt nun eine verlässliche Assay-Methode zur Bewertung des Hemmpotentials und der Selektivität von TGase 2-gerichteten Inhibitoren vor.

Nε-Acryloyllysine als irreversible Inhibitoren der TGase 2

Für die Entwicklung potentieller Radiotracer wurden irreversible Inhibitoren der TGase 2 als geeigneter Ausgangspunkt erachtet. In diesem Zusammenhang wurde das Nε-Acryloyllysinpiperazid 8a in der Literatur beschrieben, das neben einem hohen inhibitorischen Potential eine ausgezeichnete Selektivität sowie vielversprechende pharmakokinetische Eigenschaften aufweist. Daher wurde dieser Inhibitor zur Leitverbindung für das Design von potentiellen Radiotracern bestimmt. Die geplanten Strukturvariationen sollten daher vor allem Funktionalisierungen mit Fluor beinhalten, die auch eine Synthese der entsprechenden Fluor-18-Analoga ermöglichen. Zusätzlich sollten Modifikationen durchgeführt werden, die das Aufdecken von Struktur-Wirkungsbeziehungen erlauben. Zu diesem Zweck wurde eine modulare Syntheseroute entworfen, die sich aus den folgenden Schritten zusammensetzt: Nε-Acryloylierung von Nα-Boc-Lysin, Amidknüpfung mit dem jeweiligen Piperazinbaustein, Boc-Entschützung und Nα-Acylierung. Die benötigten Piperazinbausteine wurden in wenigen Syntheseschritten synthetisiert oder waren kommerziell erhältlich. Mit dieser Syntheseroute konnten schließlich 56 neue Inhibitoren der TGase 2 in hohen Reinheiten hergestellt werden.
Die kinetische Charakterisierung der Verbindungen erfolgte mit dem zuvor etablierten fluorimetrischen TGase 2-Assay unter Nutzung des Acyldonors 5b. Die Charakterisierung des (R)-konfigurierten Enantiomers von 8a belegte zunächst den deutlichen Vorteil der (S)-Konfiguration am Cα-Atom des Lysyl-Restes hinsichtlich des inhibitorischen Potentials gegenüber TGase 2. Die systematisch durchgeführten Strukturvariationen ermöglichten die Aufdeckung verschiedener quantitativer Struktur-Wirkungsbeziehungen. Einige der Strukturvariationen führten sogar zu Inhibitoren mit größerem inhibitorischen Potential als das der Leitverbindung. Die beste Toleranz gegenüber der Einführung von Fluor wurde durch Substitution des H-Atoms in ortho-Position der Phenylacetylgruppe sowie der Methylgruppe am Pyridinring der Leitverbindung erreicht (Verbindungen 9b und 20).
Zur initialen pharmakokinetischen Einschätzung der TGase 2-Inhibitoren wurden die Permeabilitätseigenschaften aller Verbindungen mittels PAMPA-Methode untersucht. Dabei wurden unter anderem Inhibitoren identifiziert, die schlecht permeabel sind und somit wahrscheinlich ausschließlich die extrazelluläre TGase 2 adressieren können. Dies ist im Hinblick auf die differentielle Betrachtung von intra- und extrazellulärer TGase 2, vor allem mittels molekularer Bildgebung in vivo, von großer Bedeutung.
  • Doctoral thesis
    TU Dresden, 2017
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Jörg Steinbach, Dr. Reik Löser
    285 Seiten

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Simultaneous Excitation of a TE011- and a TM010-Mode in a 3.5 Cell SRF Gun Cavity
Arnold, A.; Lu, P.; Murcek, P.; Teichert, J.; Vennekate, H.; Xiang, R.; Ciovati, G.; Forehand, D.; Kneisel, P.; Turlington, L.;
For future linear CW accelerators, superconducting (SC) RF guns are discussed to be the most promising solution to fulfil the demands on high average current and high brightness at the same time. But in difference to the NCRF guns, the application of static magnetic fields near the cathode to compensate for space charge forces is not possible. Instead, magnetic fields of transverse electric (TE) modes excited in parallel to the accelerating mode were proposed. Experiments at the 1st Rossendorf SRF gun using the existing fundamental mode coupler in combination with a RF diplexer have shown that this is feasible. However, since the cavity was not designed for this purpose, the mode was strongly damped by HOM couplers and cavity beam tubes and thus only low field strength could be achieved. In this contribution we will present a modified cavity design that avoids these problems and provides a separate RF coupler for the TE mode. Additionally, we will report on the first vertical test that demonstrated the functionality of the whole RF setup as well as realized significant higher field of the excited TE011 mode in parallel to the TM010 mode.
Keywords: SRF gun, superconducting RF injector, ELBE, electron source, TE mode, RF focussing, emittance compensation
  • Poster
    18th International Conference on RF Superconductivity, 17.-21.07.2017, Lanzhou, China

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Beam Parameter Measurements of the 2nd 3.5 Cell SRF Gun for ELBE
Arnold, A.; Freitag, M.; Lu, P.; Murcek, P.; Teichert, J.; Vennekate, H.; Xiang, R.; Kneisel, P.; Ciovati, G.; Turlington, L.;
In May 2014 the 1st superconducting photo injector (SRF gun) at HZDR was replaced by a new gun, featuring a new resonator and cryostat. The intention for this upgrade was to reach higher beam energy, higher bunch charge and lower emittance at the same time in order to serve user experiments at the superconducting CW accelerator ELBE. In this contribution we will report on the commissioning of the SRF gun by presenting detailed beam parameter measurements up to a bunch charge of 300 pC. Additionally, we will report the results of the first two user experiments (neutron and THz generation) that demonstrated the reliability of this gun concept.
Keywords: SRF gun, superconducting RF injector, ELBE, electron source
  • Poster
    The 59th ICFA Advanced Beam Dynamics Workshop on Energy Recovery Linacs, 18.-23.06.2017, Genf, Schweiz

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The FLUKA Monte Carlo simulation package and its applications at the HZDR
Müller, S. E.;
Vorstellung der FLUKA Monte Carlo Simulations Software und deren Anwendungen am HZDR
Keywords: FLUKA, Radiation Transport, HZDR
  • Lecture (Conference)
    VKTA KS-Klausurberatung, 08.-09.08.2017, Lohmen, Germany

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Commissioning and RF Results of the Second 3.5 Cell Rossendorf SRF Gun
Arnold, A.; Freitag, M.; Lu, P.; Murcek, P.; Teichert, J.; Vennekate, H.; Xiang, R.; Kneisel, P.; Ciovati, G.; Turlington, L.;
In May 2014 the 1st superconducting photo injector (SRF gun) at HZDR was replaced by a new gun, featuring a new resonator and cryostat. The intention for this upgrade was to reach higher beam energy, higher bunch charge and lower emittance at the same time in order to serve user experiments at the superconducting CW accelerator ELBE. In this contribution we will report on the commissioning of the SRF gun by presenting a full set of RF performance results.
Keywords: SRF gun, superconducting RF injector, ELBE, electron source
  • Poster
    The 59th ICFA Advanced Beam Dynamics Workshop on Energy Recovery Linacs, 18.-23.06.2017, Genf, Schweiz

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Emittance Compensation for SRF Photoinjectors
Vennekate, H.;
The advantages of contemporary particle injectors are high bunch charges and good beam quality in the case of normal conducting RF guns and increased repetition rates in the one of DC injectors. The technological edge of the concept of superconducting radio frequency injectors is to combine the strengths of both these sides. As many future accelerator concepts, such as energy recovery linacs, high power free electron lasers and certain collider designs, demand particle sources with high bunch charges and high repetition rates combined, applying the superconductivity of the accelerator modules to the injector itself is the next logical step. However, emittance compensation — the cornerstone for high beam quality — in case of a superconducting injector is much more challenging than in the normal conducting one. The use of simple electromagnets generating a solenoid field around the gun’s resonator interferes with its superconducting state. Hence, it requires novel and sophisticated techniques to maintain the high energy gain inside the gun cavity, while at the same time alleviating the detrimental fast transverse emittance growth of the bunch.
In the case of the ELBE accelerator at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, a superconducting electron accelerator provides beam for several independent beamlines in continuous wave mode. The applications include IR to THz free electron lasers, neutron and positron generation, to Thompson backscattering with an inhouse TW laser, and hence, call for a flexible CW injector. Therefore, the development of a 3.5 cell superconducting electron gun was initiated in 1997.
The focus of this thesis lies on three approaches of transverse emittance compensation for this photoinjector: RF focusing, the installation of a superconducting solenoid close to the cavity’s exit, and the introduction of a transverse electrical mode of the RF field in the resonator. All three methods are described in theory, examined by numerical simulation, and experimentally reviewed in the particular case of the ELBE SRF Gun II at HZDR and a copy of its niobium resonator at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory, Newport News, VA, USA.
Keywords: SRF Injector, Emittance, ELBE, Superconductivity, Accelerator Physics
  • Open Access LogoWissenschaftlich-Technische Berichte / Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf; HZDR-081 2017


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Development and characterization of human melanoma cell lines and xenograft models exhibiting different levels of transglutaminase 2
Hauser, S.; Aepler, J.; Pufe, J.; Wodtke, R.; Pietsch, M.; Löser, R.; Pietzsch, J.;
Tissue transglutaminase (TGase 2) is involved in the progression of many different tumor entities, including malignant melanoma, via antiapoptotic processes and mechanisms supporting cellular survival, adhesion, and epithelial-mesenchymal transition [1]. Accordingly, it has been shown that TGase 2 expression is higher in metastatic and chemoresistant tumors compared to primary tumors, underlining its role during tumor progression [2]. Therefore, TGase 2 represents an interesting target for the development of selective inhibitors for theranostics of progressive malignant melanoma. In order to evaluate potent candidate compounds in vitro and in vivo, suitable transgenic melanoma cell lines and xenograft models with different TGase 2 expression and activity were developed.
A375 and MeWo cells, two human malignant melanoma cell lines with high and very low TGase 2 expression, respectively, were stably transfected with a lentiviral pHATtrick-mCherry vector (mCherry control cells) and a lentiviral pHATtrick-TGase 2 vector (TGase 2 cells). The resulting cell lines differed in their TGase 2 expression and activity, as determined by Western Blotting and fluorescence anisotropy assay [3]. Transfection and overexpression of TGase 2 did not influence cell proliferation behavior. 5×106 cells of each cell line were injected subcutaneously in athymic nude mice (NMRI-Foxn1nu) to form tumor xenografts that differed in their growth characteristics as well as in their TGase 2 expression and activity. TGase 2 activity in tumors was evaluated ex vivo by incorporation of fluorescently labeled cadaverine derivatives, which could be inhibited by a selective TGase 2 inhibitor. These results indicate that the established tumor xenograft models provide the opportunity to evaluate potent candidate substances for diagnosis and therapy of melanoma on the one hand and to investigate pathophysiological processes associated with TGase 2 in detail on the other.

[1] Huang, L et al. Am J Cancer Res. 2015, 5, 2756-2776
[2] Fok, JY et al. Mol Cancer Ther 2006, 5, 1493-1503
[3] Hauser, C et al. Amino Acids 2017, 49, 567–583
  • Poster
    Debrecen University Symposium "Transglutaminases in Medicine", 03.-05.08.2017, Debrecen, Ungarn

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Light-activated ruthenium(II) carbonyl complexes
Kubeil, M.ORC; Stephan, H.; Johnston, A.; Graham, B.; Spiccia, L.
The development of photo-activated carbon monoxide releasing molecules (photoCORMs) has received considerable attention as a new prodrug approach, since the CO is released only upon exposure to electromagnetic radiation [1]. Carbon monoxide itself has been demonstrated to exhibit several beneficial effects on biological targets such as anti-inflammation, anti-proliferation, anti-apoptosis, anti-oxidation and vasodilatory effects [2]. However, despite a large number of photoCORMs reported, relatively little information is available on the precise mechanism of CO release from most photoCORMs and even less compounds have been tested as anti-cancer agents in cells so far. Overall, a fundamental understanding of the mechanism of CO release from photoCORMs is essential for their exploitation as therapeutics.

Herein, we report the synthesis of ruthenium(II) carbonyl complexes functionalized with bidentate pyridyl (1) and tridentate diquinolyl ligands (2) and investigate the mechanism of CO release in aqueous media (before and after light-activation). The photo-induced CO release kinetics of the Ru(II) photoCORMs, as well as the identity of the intermediates and photo-activated products, will be presented [3]. Moreover, the complexes have been tested in cancer cell lines showing a reduced viability after CO release.

[1] U. Schatzschneider, Br. J. Pharmacol. 2015, 172, 1638. [2] R. Motterlini, L. E. Otterbein, Nat. Rev. Drug Discov. 2010. 9, 728-743. [3] M. Kubeil, R. R. Vernooij, C. Kubeil, B. R. Wood, B. Graham, H. Stephan, L. Spiccia, Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 5941−5952.
Keywords: ruthenium carbonyl complexes, kinetics, in vitro studies
  • Poster
    Wissenschaftsforum, 10.-14.09.2017, Berlin, Deutschland

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Laser-driven Ion Beam Radiotherapy (LIBRT)
Enghardt, W.; Pawelke, J.ORC; Wilkens, J. J.ORC
Laser-driven particle acceleration may promise more compact and cost effective heavy charged particle (proton and heavier ions) radiotherapy facilities and also potentially offers treatment benefits like better irradiation of moving tumours. In contrast to conventional accelerators, laser accelerators deliver short, very intense ion bunches of low repetition rate, broad energy spectra and large divergences. In addition to laser particle accelerator development, laser-driven ion beam radiotherapy (LIBRT) demands new solutions for beam transport, dosimetric control and tumour conformal dose delivery along with full characterization of radiobiological effects. Laser-driven beams are already used for radiobiological studies with cells and small animals. For irradiation of extended tumour volumes in patients, a compact light-weight gantry based on pulsed, high-field magnets has been designed, enabling the capture and transport of divergent, broad energy bunches and including a novel beam shaping and dose delivery system. High quality treatment plans could be achieved based on the axial and lateral clustering method, deliverable via such a gantry. However, laser-driven bunch parameters are still far away from therapy requirements. Beside improvement in stability and reproducibility, a considerable increase of the maximum ion energy is necessary which is expected from the ongoing development of high-repetition petawatt-class lasers.
  • Book chapter
    P.R. Bolton, K. Parodi, J. Schreiber: Applications of laser-driven particle acceleration, Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018, 164-180

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Coupling and stability of interfacial waves in liquid metal batteries
Horstmann, G. M.; Weber, N.; Weier, T.;
We investigate the interfacial wave coupling dynamics in liquid metal batteries and their effects to the battery's operation safety. Similar to aluminum reduction cells, liquid metal batteries can be highly susceptible to magnetohydrodynamical instabilities that excite undesired interfacial waves capable to provoke short-circuits. However, in liquid metal batteries the wave dynamics is far more complex since two metal-electrolyte interfaces are present that may step into resonance. In the first part of this paper, we present a Potential analysis of coupled gravity-capillary interfacial waves in a three-layer battery model of cylindrical shape. Analytical expressions for the amplitude ratio and the wave frequencies are derived and it is shown that the wave coupling can be completely described by two independent dimensionless parameters. We provide a decoupling criterion clarifying that wave coupling will be present in most future liquid metal batteries. In the second part, the theory is validated by comparing it with multiphase direct numerical simulations. An accompanying parameter study is conducted to analyze the system stability for differently strongly coupled interfaces. Three different coupling regimes are identified involving characteristic coupling dynamics. For strongly coupled interfaces we observe novel instabilities that may have beneficial effects on the operational safety.
Keywords: Liquid metal battery, Wave Theory, MHD, Interfacial instabilities


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A discrete population balance equation for binary breakage
Liao, Y.; Oertel, R.; Kriebitzsch, S.; Schlegel, F.; Lucas, D.;
The numerical solution of the population balance equation is frequently achieved by means of discretization, i.e., by the method of classes. An important concern of discrete formulations is the preservation of a chosen set of moments of the distribution, e.g. numbers and mass, while remaining exible on the grid applied. As for the physical modeling of the breakup rate, two approaches exist. One type states the breakup rate of a mother particle and requires a function that describes the distribution of daughter particles. The other type gives the breakup rate between a mother and a daughter particle directly, usually under the assumption of binary breakage. The lack of an explicitly stated daughter size distribution function has implications on the formulation of the discrete equations, because existing formulations contain integrals over the daughter size distribution function. To the knowledge of the authors, no efficient formulations for this type of models exist. In the present work, a discrete formulation of the breakup terms due to binary breakage is proposed, which allows a direct implementation of both kinds of models and an efficient solution of the population balance equation, making it favorable for the coupling to computational fluid dynamics codes.
Keywords: Binary Breakup, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Incorporated Daughter Size Distribution, Method of Classes, Population Balance Equation
  • Open Access LogoInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 87(2018)4, 202-215
    DOI: 10.1002/fld.4491


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Tomographic observation of injection procedures for fracture sealing
Kulenkampff, J.; Bittner, L.; Gründig, M.; Lippmann-Pipke, J.;
Networks of micro fissures may exist in rock salt in the excavation damage zone. Though they will not affect the integrity of the barrier function as a whole it might be advantageous to seal such likely permeable structures by means of impregnation procedures. However, the lasting effect of such procedures is difficult to judge from simple measurements of the decrease of porosity and permeability, because spatial distribution and penetration depth of the impregnation agent should be known. We therefore suggest evaluating such impregnation methods with the help of tomographic laboratory methods of macroscopic samples.
The sample size should exceed the mean fracture distance. Therefore the size of standard drill cores with a diameter in the order of 100 mm is appropriate. This rather large size limits the achievable spatial resolution and thus the detectability of fractures with the otherwise well-established µCT-method. The low contrast between the density of the fracture fill and the solid material further complicates detection and segmentation of the structures. To overcome these issues, we apply positron emission tomography (PET). This tomographic modality yields quantitative images of the concentration of a positron emitting radiotracer with molecular sensitivity and a spatial resolution of 1 mm. We obtain images of the penetration of the labelled impregnation agent, as average tracer concentration over the voxel volume of 1 µL.
As prove of principle, we applied waterglass (sodium silcate) labelled with 18F as agent that was injected into an artificially fractured sylvinite core (Z2KSTh) from Staßfurt. The sample was structurally characterized before and after impregnation with µCT, and the flow field was determined with PET process tomography of propagating saturated NaCl-solution labelled with 18F. Although we achieved a significant decrease of permeability by waterglass injection, no significant structural effect could be seen with µCT. In contrast, PET showed a superficial covering of the sample surface with solid waterglass and penetration into larger voids with a penetration depth of a few millimetres (Fig. 1). This rather small effect is a consequence of the experimental conditions – low injection rate and low pressure – that were chosen to keep the setup simple. Although it was not intended here to estimate the effectiveness of waterglass impregnation as method for improving the geological barrier, we experienced the delicate interplay between reaction kinetics of waterglass solidification and local flow rate which makes its prediction difficult. However, we could prove the applicability of the visualization method which is uncomplicated to adapt to other impregnation agents and materials, higher pressure and injection rate.
Keywords: nuclear waste disposal, positron emission tomography
  • Lecture (Conference)
    Saltmech IX, 12.-14.09.2018, Hannover, Deutschland
  • Open Access LogoContribution to proceedings
    Saltmech IX, 12.-14.09.2018, Hannover, Deutschland
    The Mechanical Behavior of Salt IX, Hannover: BGR, 978-3-9814108-6-0, 225-236

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Evaluation of defect formation in helium irradiated Y2O3 doped W-Ti alloys by positron annihilation and nanoindentation
Richter, A.; Anwand, W.; Chen, C.-L.; Böttger, R.;
Helium implanted tungsten-titanium ODS alloys are investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy and nanoindentation. Titanium reduces the brittleness of the tungsten alloy, which is manufactured by mechanical alloying. The addition of Y2O3 nanoparticles increases the mechanical properties at elevated temperature and enhances irradiation resistance. Helium ion implantation was applied to simulate irradiation effects on these materials. The irradiation was performed using a 500 kV He ion implanter at fluences around 5 × 1015 cm−2 for a series of samples both at room temperature and at 600 °C. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the pristine and irradiated W-Ti-ODS alloy are compared with respect to the titanium and Y2O3 content. Radiation damage is studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy analyzing the lifetime and the Doppler broadening. Three types of helium-vacancy defects were detected after helium irradiation in the W-Ti-ODS alloy: small defects with high helium-to-vacancy ratio (low S parameter) for room temperature irradiation, larger open volume defects with low helium-to-vacancy ratio (high S parameter) at the surface and He-vacancy complexes pinned at nanoparticles deeper in the material for implantation at 600 °C. Defect induced hardness was studied by nanoindentation. A drastic hardness increase is observed after He ion irradiation both for room temperature and elevated irradiation temperature of 600 °C. The Ti alloyed tungsten-ODS is more affected by the hardness increase after irradiation compared to the pure W-ODS alloy.
Keywords: W-Ti-ODS alloys; He implantation; Positron annihilation spectroscopy; Nanoindentation; Vacancy defects

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The influence of microorganisms on subsurface, salt-based nuclear waste repositories
Swanson, J.; Cherkouk, A.; Bader, M.; Reed, D.;
Subterranean salt formations have been considered by some countries, and are in use by others, for the permanent disposal of nuclear waste. Because the biogeochemistry of other deep geologic settings (e.g., granite, clay) differs significantly from subterranean salt, it is not possible to extrapolate microbial activity from one site type to the other. However, because of a lack of sufficient data, this is precisely what has been done in most safety case scenarios in salt. Thus, performance models assume the worst-case scenarios: 1) that the organisms present in rock salt will thrive on the organics present in the radioactive waste, leading to the generation of complexing agents that enhance radionuclide solubility, 2) that they will take up significant amounts of radionuclides and transport them away from the repository, and 3) that they may interact adversely with barrier components, thereby compromising their integrity. Current research being conducted by Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf for the German concept is providing a more realistic view of the potential effects of all microorganisms, both indigenous and introduced, on salt-based nuclear waste repositories. Results suggest: 1) that the activity of repository-indigenous and introduced organisms will be constrained by the projected conditions (some combination of low water activity, high chaotropicity, anoxic atmosphere) and also by a lack of suitable organic substrates in the near-field but that organisms located in the far-field will not be as constrained; 2) that some organisms may alter brine composition in ways that may affect radionuclide solubility; 3) that the radionuclides present in some waste drums are inhibitory, but not completely lethal, at their soluble concentrations in repository brine; 4) that bioassociation of radionuclides appears to differ with oxidation state, organism, and brine composition; and 5) that microbially-induced radionuclide transformation via redox reactions may be limited to the far-field.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    Goldschmidt Konferenz, 13.-18.08.2017, Paris, Frankreich

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Speciation of Se(IV) and Eu(III) associated with Stenotrophomonas bentonitica BII-R7 isolated from Spanish bentonites
Ruiz-Fresneda, M. A.; Gomez-Bolivar, J.; Fernandez-Cantos, M. V.; Delgado-Martín, J.; Cherkouk, A.; Moll, H.; Merroun, M. L.;
Deep geological repositories (DGR) are designed to store radioactive wastes in the near future using artificial barriers like bentonites. These formations have been characterized by their high microbial diversity and activity [1]. Consequently, bentonite microbial populations would interact with radionuclides stored within DGR affecting their fate and behaviour. This study is focused on the elucidation of the mechanism involved in the interactions of Se(IV) and Eu(III) withthe bacterial strain Stenotrophomonas bentonitica BII-R7 under anaerobic and alkaline conditions using multidisciplinary approach combining microscopy, microbiology and spectroscopy. This strain was isolated from bentonites of Cabo de Gata (Almeria, Spain) [2]. The isolate BII-R7 is able to reduce Se(IV) to Se(0) under DGR relevant conditions forming Senanoparticles (Se NPs). Size, structure, morphology and cellular location of the Se NPswere analysed by STEM/HAADF, FESEM, UV-Vis spectroscopy, etc. In addition, flow cytometry studies were conducted to evaluatethe toxicity of Se(IV) on cell viability and metabolic activity.S. bentoniticais also able to interact with Eu(III) mainly by a biosorption process as indicated spectroscopic, microscopic and kinetic studies. Time-Resolved Laser-induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TRLFS) results also suggested that phosphoryl and carboxyl groups from the cells have an important role in the Eu(III) coordination sites.
[1] Lopez-Fernandez et al. (2014) Appl Geochem 49, 77-86.
[2] Sanchez-Castro et al. (2017) ) Int J Syst Evol Microbiol [in revision].
  • Poster
    Goldschmidt Konferenz, 13.-18.08.2017, Paris, Frankreich

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Kooperationsprozess und strategisches Management entwickeln
Joehnk, P.;
Anforderungen an das künftige Verhältnis zwischen Zuwendungsgebern, Forschungseinrichtungen und den Rechnungshöfen - Mängel im öffentlichen Sektor am Beispiel des Bundesrechnungshofs beheben
  • Science Finance 1(2017), 25-31

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HZDR, ZA Technischer Service, Abt. Bau- und technisches Gebäudemanagement
Oelke, M.;
  • Lecture (others)
    HGF Arbeitskreis - Facility Management 2017, 16.-17.05.2017, xxx, Deutschland

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Gebäudeautomation im HZDR - Erfahrungsbericht
Oelke, M.;
  • Lecture (others)
    HGF Arbeitskreis Facility Management, 09.-10.05.2012, xxx, Deutschland

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