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Carrier dynamics in graphene near the Dirac point

Winnerl, S.

The relaxation dynamics of charge carriers in graphene is characterized by interesting properties such as impact ionization resulting in carrier multiplication [1,2]. Apart from the fundamental interest, knowledge about the carrier dynamics is important for the development of graphene-based electronic and optoelectronic devices. In our study we apply picosecond mid-infrared and terahertz pulses to explore the carrier dynamics in the vicinity of the Dirac point. In particular the role of carrier-phonon and carrier-carrier scattering is discussed. The carrier dynamics was studied in single-color pump-probe experiments in a wide spectral range (photon energies: 10 meV – 245 meV). A significant increase of the relaxation time was observed as the photon energy was decreased to values below the optical phonon energy of about 200 meV [3]. Microscopic modelling based on the density matrix formalism revealed a suppression of optical-phonon scattering for low photon energies, however, this process is still more efficient than scattering via acoustic phonon [3,4].
The pump-probe study was extended to graphene in magnetic fields (B = 4.2 T, photon energy 75 meV), where the Landau level (LL) transitions LL-1 -> LL0 and LL0 -> LL1 were resonantly excited. Applying circularly polarized radiation allows one to distinguish between these energetically degenerate transitions. Pump-probe signals for all four different combinations of left- and right-circularly polarized radiation are characterized by complex dynamics involving positive and negative signals as well as fast and slow components. An analysis of the results indicates that the carrier occupation of the three LLs is strongly influenced by Auger-type scattering processes. In particular situations the population change by Auger scattering even dominates over the change induced by optical pumping. In summary the role of carrier-phonon scattering in graphene in the energetic vicinity of the Dirac point is clarified by a joint experiment-theory study. Furthermore we report strong evidence for efficient Auger-type scattering in Landau-quantized graphene. M. Mittendorff, H. Schneider, M. Helm, M. Orlita, and M. Potemski planned and performed the experiments, T. Winzer, F. Wendler, E. Malic, and A. Knorr carried out the microscopic modelling. The samples were grown by M. Sprinkle, C. Berger, and W. A. de Heer.

Keywords: graphene; relaxation dynamics; ultrafast spectroscopy

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    The 18th International Conference on Electron Dynamics in Semiconductors, Optoelectronics and Nanostructures, 22.-26.07.2013, Matsue, Japan

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Longitudinal fields in focused terahertz beams

Winnerl, S.; Hubrich, R.; Mittendorff, M.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.

We measure transverse as well as longitudinal terahertz field components in the focus of both radially and linearly polarized beams. A phase shift of pi/2 between the transverse and longitudinal field contributions is found in both cases for all frequency components. Furthermore tighter focusing of the longitudinal components of the radially polarized beam as compared to the transverse components of the linearly polarized beam is demonstrated.

Keywords: terahertz; vector beams; radial polarization

  • Lecture (Conference)
    38th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, 01.-06.09.2013, Mainz, Deutschland
  • Contribution to proceedings
    38th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, 01.-06.09.2013, Mainz, Deutschland
    DOI: 10.1109/IRMMW-THz.2013.6665517

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Publ.-Id: 19698


One-Group Cross Sections Generation for Monte Carlo Burnup Codes

Kotlyar, D.; Shwageraus, E.; Fridman, E.

Allowing Monte Carlo (MC) codes to perform fuel cycle calculations requires coupling to a point depletion solver. In order to perform depletion calculations, one-group (1-g) cross sections must be provided in advance. This paper focuses on generating accurate 1-g cross section values that are necessary for evaluation of nuclide densities as a function of burnup. The proposed method is an alternative to the conventional direct reaction rate tally approach, which is more computationally expensive. The method presented here is based on the multi-group (MG) approach(1), in which pre-generated MG sets are collapsed with MC calculated flux. In our previous studies(2), we showed that generating accurate 1-g cross sections requires their tabulation against the background cross-section (σ0) to account for the self-shielding effect. However, in previous studies, the model that was used to calculate σ0 was simplified by fixing Bell and Dancoff factors. This work demonstrates that 1-g values calculated under the previous simplified model may not agree with the tallied values. Therefore, the original background cross section model was extended by implicitly accounting for the Dancoff and Bell factors. The method developed here reconstructs the correct value of σ0 by utilizing statistical data generated within the MC transport calculation by default. The proposed method was implemented in BGCore code system. The 1-g cross section values generated by BGCore were compared with those tallied directly from the MCNP code. Very good agreement (<0.05%) in the 1-g cross values was observed. The method does not carry any additional computational burden and it is universally applicable to the analysis of thermal as well as fast reactor systems.

  • Contribution to proceedings
    The 27th Conference of the Nuclear Societies in Israel, 11.-13.02.2014, Daniel Dead Sea Hotel, Israel
    Proceedings of the 27th Conference of the Nuclear Societies

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Publ.-Id: 19697


Beyond the Liu limit: Extending the range of low-Pm magnetorotational instabilities

Kirillov, O. N.; Stefani, F.

The magnetorotational instability (MRI) can destabilize hydrodynamically stable rotational flows, thereby allowing angular momentum transport in accretion disks. A notorious problem for the MRI is ist questionable applicability in regions with low magnetic Reynolds number. Using the WKB method, we extend the range of applicability of the MRI by showing that the inductionless versions of the MRI, such as the helical MRI and the azimuthal MRI, can easily destabilize Keplerian profiles if the radial profile of the azimuthal magnetic field is only slightly modified from the current-free profile. This way we further show how the formerly known lower Liu limit of the critical Rossby number connects naturally with the upper Liu limit.

Keywords: Magnetorotational instability; accretion disk; WKB approximation

  • Lecture (Conference)
    3rd workshop on Rotational fluid dynamics for planetary and stellar applications, 29.-30.05.2013, Exeter, United Kingdom

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Publ.-Id: 19696


Ziegler-Bottema dissipation-induced instability and related topics

Kirillov, O. N.

Abstract: Exactly 60 years ago Ziegler [1] observed (I) that viscous dissipation can move pure imaginary eigenvalues of a Lyapunov stable time-reversible non-conservative mechanical system (Ziegler’s pendulum loaded by a follower force) to the right half of the complex plane and (II) that the threshold of asymptotic stability generically does not converge to the threshold of the Lyapunov stability of the non-damped system when dissipation coefficient tends to zero. In 1956 Bottema [2] related the structurally unstable situation (II) to the Whitney umbrella singularity [3] of the stability boundary. I will show the examples of Hamiltonian, reversible and PT -symmetric systems of physics and mechanics with the similar effects of dissipation-induced instabilities and non-commuting limits of vanishing dissipation. I will discuss the relation of these effects to the multiple non-derogatory eigenvalues occurring both on the stability boundary and inside the domain of asymptotic stability, show the connection to the spectral abscissa minimization [4] and in the Hamiltonian case will demonstrate that a suitable combination of damping and nonconservative positional forces can destabilize the eigenvalues with both positive and negative Krein (symplectic) signature of the unperturbed system [5-7].
1. H. Ziegler, Die Stabilit¨atskriterien der Elastomechanik, Ing.-Arch. 20, 49-56 (1952).
2. O. Bottema, The Routh-Hurwitz condition for the biquadratic equation, Indagationes Mathematicae, 18, 403-406 (1956).
3. W. F. Langford, Hopf Meets Hamilton Under Whitney’s Umbrella, in IUTAM Symposium on Nonlinear Stochastic Dynamics. Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium, Monticello, IL, USA, Augsut 2630, 2002, Solid Mech. Appl. 110, edited by S.N. Namachchivaya et al. (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2003), pp. 157-165.
4. J. V. Burke, A. S. Lewis and M. L. Overton, Optimal Stability and Eigenvalue Multiplicity, Foundations of Computational Mathematics 1, 205-225 (2001).
5. O. N. Kirillov, Gyroscopic stabilization in the presence of nonconservative forces, Dokl. Math. 76(2), 780-785 (2007).
6. O. N. Kirillov and F. Verhulst, Paradoxes of dissipation-induced destabilization or who opened Whitney’s umbrella? Z. Angew. Math. Mech., 90(6), 462-488 (2010).
7. O. N. Kirillov, Stabilizing and destabilizing perturbations of PT -symmetric indefinitely damped systems. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A (2012).

Keywords: Dissipation-induced instabilities; nonconservative systems; flutter; modulational instability

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Third Conference on Particle-Based Methods (PARTICLES 2013), Invited Session “Instability Mechanisms, from Particles to Structures”, 18.-20.09.2013, Stuttgart, Germany

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Publ.-Id: 19695


Inductionless Magnetorotational Instabilities: From Lab Tests To Accretion Disks

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

How stars and black holes are able to form from rotating matter is one of the big questions of astrophysics. What is known is that magnetic fields figure prominently into the picture via the mechanism of magnetorotational instability (MRI). However, the current understanding is that it only works if matter is electrically well conductive – but in rotating disks this is not always the case. In areas of low conductivity like the dead zones of protoplanetary disks or the far-off regions of accretion disks that surround supermassive black holes, the MRI’s effect is numerically difficult to comprehend and is thus a matter of dispute. Simulation of the MRI in a liquid metal experiment with an exclusively vertically oriented magnetic field requires that this field has to be rather strong. At the same time, since the rotational speed has to be very high, these types of experiments are extremely involved and thus far success has eluded them. By adding a circular magnetic field to a vertical one it became possible to observe the helical MRI at substantially smaller magnetic fields and rotational speeds. Very recently, the azimuthal MRI with m=1 has also been observed in the PROMISE facility in Dresden. However, one of the blemishes of these inductionless versions of MRI is the fact that they only act to destabilize rotational profiles that are relatively precipitous towards the periphery, which for now did not include rotation profiles obeying Kepler’s law. In this talk we present a study of the stability of rotational flows in the presence of a constant vertical magnetic field and an azimuthal magnetic field with a general radial dependence characterized by an appropriate magnetic Rossby number. Employing the short-wavelength approximation we develop a unified framework for the investigation of the standard, the helical, and the azimuthal version of the magnetorotational instability, as well as of current-driven kink-type instabilities. Considering the viscous and resistive case, our main focus is on the limit of small magnetic Prandtl numbers which applies, e.g., to liquid metal experiments but also to the colder parts of accretion disks. We rigorously demonstrate that the inductionless versions of MRI extend well to the Keplerian case if only the azimuthal field slightly deviates from its field-free profile.

Keywords: Magnetorotational instability; accretion disks; WKB

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Workshop "Putting Accretion Theory to the Test", 04.-06.11.2013, Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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Publ.-Id: 19694


Singular divergence instability thresholds of kinematically constrained circulatory systems

Kirillov, O. N.; Challamel, N.; Darve, F.; Lerbet, J.; Nicot, F.

Static instability or divergence threshold of both potential and circulatory systems with kinematic constraints depends singularly on the constraintsʼ coefficients. Particularly, the critical buckling load of the kinematically constrained Zieglerʼs pendulum as a function of two coefficients of the constraint is given by the Plücker conoid of degree n=2. This simple mechanical model exhibits a structural instability similar to that responsible for the Velikhov–Chandrasekhar paradox in the theory of magnetorotational instability.

Keywords: Ziegler pendulum; Static instability; Kinematic constraints; Non-commuting limits; Magnetorotational instability; Material instabilities

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Publ.-Id: 19693


Magnetization Reversal Mechanisms in Co-Antidot Arrays

Langer, M.; Bali, R.; Kowalska, E.; Neudert, A.; Lenz, K.; Potzger, K.; Kostylev, M.; Lindner, J.; Adeyeye, A.; Fassbender, J.

Co-antidots with holes arranged in the form of a square lattice, with lattice parameter of 415 nm and hole diameter d = 145 to 255 nm were fabricated using DUV photolithography. For arrays with film thickness of 50 nm, the angular dependence of the saturation field Hs shows presence of four-fold anisotropy with the hard axes along the <01> directions and easy axes was along the diagonal <11> directions. Spikes in the Hs were measured along the intermediate <12> directions. Kerr microscopy suggests that the reversal mechanism along the <01> is domain-wall (DW) depinning followed by propagation within the continuous channels along the <01>, whereas along the <11> the mechanism tends towards nucleation and growth. We postulate that the Hs-spikes occur because DW-propagation requires domino-like spin-reorientations through the continuous channels, whereas nucleation can only occur when a coherent region is formed with the spins oriented along the applied field. The frustration caused by the two possible spin-reorientation paths results in the larger Hs. We attempt to model these mechanisms using OOMMF and investigate the influence of varying d.

  • Poster
    DPG Frühjahrstagung, 10.-15.03.2013, Regensburg, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19692


Dependence of Ferromagnetic Resonance Behaviour on Chemical Disorder in Fe60Al40 Thin Films

Bali, R.; Schneider, T.; Gollwitzer, J.; Meutzner, F.; Boucher, R.; Potzger, K.; Bauch, J.; Fassbender, J.; Lenz, K.; Lindner, J.

We report on the influence of chemical disorder in Fe60Al40 thin films on their ferromagnetic resonance. Chemical disorder leads to increased nearest neighbour Fe-Fe magnetic interactions and plays a crucial role in inducing ferromagnetism. The saturation magnetization increases from 20 kA/m-1 for the chemically ordered film to 780 kA/m for disordered films. Disorder was induced by irradiation of Ne+ ions, and the depth-distribution of disorder was controlled by adjusting the ion-energy and -fluence. For moments aligned within the film plane, the resonant linewidth decreases with increasing ion-energy in the range from 2.5 to 30 keV, for a fixed ion-fluence. In-plane magnetic anisotropy is negligible in all cases. The linewidths for in-plane moment alignment are much larger than in materials that do not exhibit disorder induced ferromagnetism. These results may be explained by enhanced two-magnon scattering due to the presence of random defects, and help in preparing thin films with tailored spin-wave dynamic properties.

  • Poster
    DPG Frühjahrstagung 2014, 30.03.-04.04.2014, Dresden, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19691


Printing Nearly-Discrete Magnetic Patterns using Chemical Disorder Induced Ferromagnetism

Bali, R.; Wintz, S.; Meutzner, F.; Huebner, R.; Boucher, R.; Uenal, A. A.; Valencia, S.; Neudert, A.; Potzger, K.; Bauch, J.; Kronast, F.; Facsko, S.; Lindner, J.; Fassbender, J.

We show that sub-50 nm ion-induced lateral patterning of magnetic structures can be enabled by disorder induced ferromagnetism.[1] Disorder is induced through exposure of the chemically ordered alloy to energetic ions; collision cascades formed by the ions knock atoms from their ordered sites and the concomitant vacancies are filled randomly via thermal diffusion of atoms at room temperature. Here we consider the case of Fe60Al40 wherein the chemically ordered B2 structure is paramagnetic, and chemical disordering leads to the formation of the A2 structure which is ferromagnetic.[2] This ion-induced transition can be exploited to induce ferromagnetism in localized regions by ion-irradiation through lithographed shadow masks. We show that this technique may be useful for fabricating novel spin-transport devices.
First we demonstrate the disorder-induced increase in saturation magnetization, Ms, in continuous films. Fe60Al40 films of 40 nm thickness were deposited on SiO2(150 nm)/Si(001) substrates by magnetron sputtering. The films were annealed at 773 K in vacuum to form the chemically ordered B2 phase structure. Hysteresis loops were measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Figure 1a shows that the B2 film is weakly ferromagnetic with a saturation magnetization of Ms = 20 kA m-1.
The chemically ordered films were irradiated with 6 x 1014 ions cm-2 of Ne+-ions at 10 and 30 keV respectively. After irradiation, the Ms increases to 480 and 780 kA m-1, respectively for the 10 and 30 keV samples. The Ms of the 30 keV Ne+ sample is a factor of 40 larger than that of the annealed sample. Figure 1b shows X-ray Diffraction measurements around the 100 reflection for the sample after annealing, and after subsequent 10 keV Ne+-irradiation. The 100 reflection is allowed for the B2 superstructure but vanishes for the disordered A2 phase and this transition is clearly observed since the reflection initially present in the B2 film vanishes for the 10 keV sample.
Magnetic patterning was performed on a 10 μm wide and 400 μm long wire of chemically ordered Fe60Al40 (Figure 2a). The wire was covered with a 150 nm thick resist layer, and patterned using e-beam lithography. Simulations based on the binary collision approximation (TRIM) showed that the 150 nm thick resist layer is sufficient to block impinging 10 keV Ne+-ions.[3]
Lithography was used to carve out stripe like openings of 0.5 and 2 μm widths respectively. As shown in the micrograph in Figure 2b, the stripe-openings were separated by ~ 40 nm wide (and 150 nm high) resist walls, thereby stopping the impinging Ne+ ions reaching the areas directly underneath the resist. These areas can be expected to retain chemical order after exposure to Ne+, however, only if the lateral scattering of ions is restricted. The wire covered by the shadow-mask was exposed to 10 keV Ne+-ions at a fluence of 6 x 1014 ion cm-2. Figure 2c shows the magnetic contrast image, obtained using Kerr Microscopy on the sample prior to application of saturating magnetic fields. Striped magnetic regions are clearly observed possessing random magnetic orientations.
Magnetic contrast was captured whilst sweeping the field to obtain hysteresis loops shown in Figure 2d, on a set of 32 (0.5 μm/spacer/2 μm/spacer) stripe-pairs. Magnetization reversal occurs via a two-staged process; the first reversal step occurs at ≈ ±3 mT and the second step at ≈ ±7 mT. The magneto-optic intensity changes by 80% in the first reversal step, indicating that the 2 μm wide stripes reverse collectively at the smaller field. In the stripe geometry, the internal demagnetizing field increases with the stripe width. Reversal of the 2 μm wide stripes therefore occurs at smaller externally applied field as compared with the 0.5 μm stripes, resulting in selective reversal.
Magnetic contrast images were captured at remnant points of the above hysteresis loops and are shown in Figure 2e – h. Stripes with magnetization pointing towards the left or right appear as dark and bright contrast, respectively. Images captured after applying the saturating field of +/-18 mT followed by reduction to zero field show that the parallel magnetization configuration is preserved in remanence (Figure 2e and f). The antiparallel configuration is obtained after applying a reverse field of -/+5 mT to the saturated stripes and returning to zero field. Figure 2g and h show alternating light and dark contrast of the antiparallel state in remnant fields.
Spin-resolved Photo-Emission Electron Microscopy (SPEEM) measurements were performed to observe magnetic contrast with high spatial resolution of ~ 50 nm. The SPEEM micrographs are shown in Figure 2e and g as magnified equivalent regions of the Kerr-images. The color scale varies from red to blue for magnetic moments pointing left or right respectively. Straight, low-contrast regions are found to separate the 500 nm and 2 μm wide high-contrast regions that correspond to the magnetic stripes.
The straight low-contrast regions are unresponsive to the magnetic field and occur for both parallel and anti-parallel states. Since the straight low-contrast lines also exactly follow the pattern of the shadow mask, it can be concluded that these lines correspond to the 40 nm wide un-irradiated regions. Neighboring 500 nm and 2 μm magnetic stripes are therefore isolated by a continuous weakly magnetic spacer of 40 nm nominal width.
Thus, parallel and antiparallel magnetization configurations can be programmed using the magnetic field history and are non-volatile i.e., stable when the field is switched off. Selective reversal and the existence of binary magnetic states namely is a prerequisite for spin-valves and advantageous in devices for storing data bits. In particular with respect to spin-transport devices, it is also necessary to ensure that the magnetic regions are separated by narrow spacers of zero or low magnetization. Showing that discrete magnetic nanostructures can be prepared by ion-irradiation has important consequences not previously considered in literature, such as the possibility of laterally patterned spin-transport devices – our results are a step in this direction.

[1] R. Bali et al., Nano Letters 2013 (accepted). [2] J. Fassbender, et al., Phys. Rev. B 2008, 77, 174430. [3] J. F. Ziegler et al., Nucl. Instrum. Methods B 2010, 268, 11-12, 1818.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Intermag 2014, 04.-08.05.2014, Dresden, Germany
  • Poster
    Joint European Magnetism Symposia, 25.-30.08.2013, Rhodos, Greece
  • Poster
    International Conference on Ion Beam Modification of Materials (IBMM 2014), 14.-19.09.2014, Leuven, Belgium
  • Lecture (Conference)
    59th Annual Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM), 03.-07.11.2014, Honolulu, USA
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Sixth Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting, 03.-05.12.2014, Berlin, Deutschland
  • Poster
    Joint European Magnetism Symposia 2012, 09.-14.09.2012, Parma, Italy

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Draco The Dresden Laser Acceleration Source recent setups measurement techniques future perspectives

Bock, S.

The presentation depicts the recent setup and techniques we use to characterize the pulse properties of the lasersystem Draco. Also the upgrade of Draco is shown and its impact on the new diagnostics setup.

Keywords: Draco; diagnostic techniques

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Characterisation of ultra-short high energy laser pulses, 23.-24.09.2013, Abingdon, United Kingdom

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Publ.-Id: 19689


The enduring secret of Meissen Porcelain

Neelmeijer, C.; Pietsch, U.; Ulbricht, H.

Prior to their restoration the porcelain bulks of 34 pieces from various 18th century authentic Meissen objects were studied by proton beam analysis. In either case attention was paid that the proton beam touches only the area of fracture. Thus, possible contributions from residues of surface glaze to the measured spectra were excluded. The chemical compositions obtained by light element (Na-Si) plus heavier element analysis represent quiet consistent mixtures of porcelain primary material. This finding reflects the consistent keeping of recipes and raw materials for Meissen porcelain production already at that time. The technology of surface glazing, by contrast, makes use of modified ingredients. It is shown that non-destructive analysis of intact glazed porcelain does not stand for the bulk material composition, hence may pretend wrong conclusions if bulk analysis is of interest.
The proton beam of 4 MeV-energy (Rossendorf 5 MV Tandem accelerator) leaves the vacuum beam line onto air and may hit unique objects without sampling. Extremely low beam intensities and short irradiation times ensure non-destructive analysis of the valuable objects. The chemical elements of the irradiated material respond emitting characteristic radiations. They are detected simultaneously in order to get non-destructive and complete composition analysis using the established ion beam techniques PIXE (Particle induced X-ray Emission), PIGE (Particle Induced Gamma-ray emission) and RBS (Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry).

Keywords: Porcelain; chemical analysis; Ion beam Analysis; PIXE; PIGE

  • Lecture (Conference)
    38th International Symposium on Archaeometry, 10.-14.05.2010, Tampa, USA

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Publ.-Id: 19688


Effect of the solidified shell thickness on the impact of an electromagnetic brake on the flow in the continuous casting mould

Miao, X.; Timmel, K.; Lucas, D.; Eckert, S.; Gerbeth, G.

This paper presents numerical investigations with respect to the fluid flow in the continuous casting process under the influence of a ruler-type EMBR. The impact of the DC magnetic field on the outlet flow from the Submerged Entry Nozzle has been studied up to Hartmann numbers of about 400. Numerical calculations were performed by means of the software package CFX with an implemented RANS-SST turbulence model. The non-isotropic nature of the MHD turbulence was taken into account by specific modifications of the turbulence model. The numerical results were validated by flow measurements carried out in the small-scale mockup mini-LIMMCAST using the eutectic alloy GaInSn. The electrical wall conductance ratio was identified as an important parameter, which has a serious influence on the mould flow just as it is exposed to an external magnetic field. In a real casting process the solidifying shell plays the role of a conducting wall. The wall conductance ratio increases with growing thickness of the shell. It turns out that the solidifying shell has a considerable impact on the magnetic damping of the flow. An increasing wall conductance ratio improves the efficiency of the magnetic damping effect.

Keywords: Continous casting; EMBR; RANS-SST; MHD turbulence model

  • Lecture (Conference)
    SteelSim 2013 conference, 10.-12.09.2013, Ostrava, Czech Republic

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Comparative study of thermo-stimulated luminescence and electron emission of nitrogen nanoclusters and films

Boltnev, R. E.; Bykhalo, I. B.; Krushinskaya, I. N.; Pelmenev, A. A.; Khmelenko, V. V.; Lee, D. M.; Khyzhniy, I. V.; Uyutnov, S. A.; Savchenko, E. V.; Ponomaryov, A. N.; Gumenchuk, G. B.; Bondybey, V. E.

We have studied thermo-stimulated luminenscence and electron emission of nitrogen films and nanoclusters containing free radicals of atomic nitrogen. Thermo-stimulated electron emission from N2 nanoclusters was observed for the first time. Thermo-stimulated luminescence spectra obtained during the destruction of a N2–He sample are similar to those detected from N2 films pre-irradiated by an electron beam. This similarity reveals common mechanisms of energy transfer and relaxation. The correlation of luminescence intensity and electron current in both systems points to the important role of ionic species in relaxation cascades. Sublimation of solid helium shells isolating nitrogen nanoclusters is a trigger for the initiation of thermo-stimulated luminescence and electron emission in these nitrogen–helium condensates.

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New evidence for the mixing length concept in a narrow bubble column operated in the transition regime

Nedeltchev, S.; Schubert, M.; Donath, T.; Rabha, S.; Hampel, U.

Different scales of liquid mixing exist in bubble columns and it is very important to determine the prevailing mixing scale in each flow regime. Two independent parameters were found to exhibit a monotonous decline in the transition flow regime, which could be attributed to the decrease of the mixing length values L. In this work, a new parameter called ‘maximum number of visits in a region’ Nv max and the Kolmogorov entropy (KE) were extracted from the gas holdup time series (60 000 points). The latter were recorded at a high sampling frequency (2000 Hz) by a wire-mesh sensor. The measurements were performed in a narrow bubble column (0.15 m in ID, clear liquid height = 2 m) equipped with a perforated plate distributor (14 holes, Ø 4 × 10-3 m). Both parameters were capable of identifying concordantly the two main transition velocities at Utrans = 0.022 and 0.112 m/s, which delineate the boundaries of gas maldistribution, transition and churn-turbulent regimes, respectively.

Keywords: Narrow Bubble Column; Wire-Mesh Sensor; Gas Holdup Fluctuations; Mixing Length; Transition Flow Regime; Maximum Number of Visits; Kolmogorov Entropy

  • Open Access Logo Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan 47(2014)9, 722-729

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Publ.-Id: 19685


Anomalous low-temperature “post-desorption” from solid nitrogen

Savchenko, E. V.; Khyzhniy, I. V.; Uyutnov, S. A.; Ponomaryov, A. N.; Gumenchuk, G. B.; Bondybey, V. E.

Anomalous low-temperature post-desorption (ALTpD) from the surface of nominally pure solid nitrogen pre-liminary irradiated by an electron beam was detected for the first time. The study was performed using a combi-nation of activation spectroscopy methods — thermally stimulated exoelectron emission (TSEE) and spectrally resolved thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) — with detection of the ALTpD yield. Charge recombination reactions are considered to be the stimulating factor for the desorption from pre-irradiated α-phase solid nitrogen.

Keywords: solid nitrogen; exoelectron emission; thermoluminescence; desorption

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Lattice and orbital fluctuations in TiPO4

Wulferding, D.; Möller, A.; Choi, K.-Y.; Pashkevich, Y. G.; Babkin, R. Y.; Lamonova, K. V.; Lemmens, P.; Law, J. M.; Kremer, R. K.; Glaum, R.

In the s = 1/2 antiferromagnetic spin chain material TiPO4, the formation of a spin gap takes place in a two-step process with two characteristic temperatures, T = 111 K and T SP = 74 K. We observe an unusual lattice dynamics over a large temperature regime as well as evidence for an orbital instability preceding the spin-Peierls transition. We relate different intrachain exchange interactions of the high temperature compared to the spin-Peierls phase to a modification of the orbital ordering pattern. In particular, our observation of a high-energy excitation of mixed electronic and lattice origin suggests an exotic dimerization process different from other spin-Peierls materials.

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Long waves from short bunches: Concepts and applications of super-radiant THz sources

Gensch, M.

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Kolloquium der Fakultät für Physik, KIT, 31.01.2014, Karlsruhe, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19682


Investigations of the Magnetic Properties in the Pyrochlore Ho2Ti2O7

Schönemann, R.; Herrmannsdörfer, T.; Green, E. L.; Skrotzki, R.; Wang, Z.; Kaneko, H.; Suzuki, H.; Wosnitza, J.

Pyrochlore compounds such as R2Ti2O7 (where R is Ho or Dy) have an highly degenerate ground state where the R3+ moments obey the "ice rules". This provides access to study extraordinary physical phenomena, like the formation of magnetic monopoles. Recent publications evidence monopoles which can be probed using high frequency (adiabatic) susceptibility measurements [1]. We performed ac susceptibility measurements on a single-crystal Ho2Ti2O7 sample at low temperatures down to 30 mK and magnetic fields up to 14 T. Based on isothermal frequency sweeps we were able to determine spin relaxation rates. Both the real and imaginary parts of the temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements show the spins freezing below 1 K and provide insight into the magnetic-monopole density.

  • Poster
    DPG Frühjahrstagung, 10.-15.03.2013, Regensburg, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19681


Multimodal imaging of a novel pheochromocytoma tumor model

Bergmann, R. K.; Ullrich, M.; Ziegler, C. G.; Kniess, T.; Ehrhart-Bornstein, M.; Schally, A. V.; Eisenhofer, G.; Bornstein, S.; Steinbach, J.; Pietzsch, J.

Objective. Pheochromocytoma (PHEO) is a rare but potentially lethal neuroendocrine tumor arising from catecholamine producing chromaffin cells. Available treatment strategies are limited and, if the tumor has metastasized, not very effective. The abundant expression of peptide hormone receptors on endocrine tumor cells allows specific targeting and imaging by radioactive and highly effective anti-tumor peptide analogs. The present study focuses on the preclinical imaging and evaluation of potential therapies in the treatment of pheochromocytoma targeting peptide hormone receptors. Design and method. Somatostatin receptor 2 (SSTR2), luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone receptor (LHRH-R) and growth hormone-releasing hormone receptors (GHRH-R) were characterized by both RT-PCR and immunohistological analysis in a mouse pheochromocytoma (MPC) cell line . Based on these data, we evaluated the effects of cytotoxic peptide hormone analogs on cell viability, apoptosis, and necrosis on MPC cells. For in vivo studies, we furthermore established a new MPC mCherry transfected cell line and produced a subcutaneous mouse model of PHEO. The tumors were evaluated by multimodal imaging using PET, MRI, CT and optical imaging. Results. Our data reveal significant anti-tumor effects mediated by the cytotoxic peptide hormone analogs AN-162 and AN-238 targeting SSTR2, by the antagonist Cetrorelix targeting LHRH-R and by the cytotoxic analog AN-152 targeting as well as by the antagonist MIA-602 targeting growth GHRH-R on MPCs. Furthermore, using our newly established mouse model, we were able to visualize the growth, perfusion, metabolism, and hypoxia of MPC cell-derived subcutaneous PHEO in vivo by multimodal molecular imaging including SSTR2 PET. Additionally, histological ex vivo tumor characterization demonstrated unaltered functional peptide hormone receptor expression during in vivo tumor growth in mice. Conclusion. Our current investigation provides strong evidence for a possible future treatment of malignant PHEO using targeted peptide hormone receptor therapy. Support. This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Grants BE-2607/1 (R.B. & J.P.), and ZI-1362/2-1 (C.G.Z.&G.E.).

  • Poster
    World Molecular Imaging Congress, 18.-21.09.2013, Savannah, USA

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19680
Publ.-Id: 19680


Super-radiant THz sources: Perspectives

Gensch, M.

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Workshop on "The Science and Technology of Accelerator-based THz Lightsources", 18.-19.11.2013, Upsala, Sweden

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19679
Publ.-Id: 19679


"Material Science „at Home“ and at the Synchrotron"

Grenzer, J.

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Institutskolloquium, 21.01.2013, Freiberg, Germany

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19678
Publ.-Id: 19678


Numerical study of MHD instabilities in Liquid Metal Batteries

Weber, N.; Barry, L.; Galindo, V.; Grants, I.; Stefani, F.; Weier, T.

Nowadays, liquid metal batteries (LMBs) are considered as one promising device for storing electricity on the short and medium time scale. Built as a stable density stratification of two metals separated by a liquid salt electrolyte, liquid metal batteries offer comparatively very high current densities as well as a potentially superior live time, compared to solid batteries. Bearing in mind the low material price, LMBs may provide cheap power as well as energy, by simply upscaling the battery. This is where magnetohydrodynamics come into play. Currents in the order of kilo-amperes will induce fluid instabilities with the potential of short-circuiting the fully liquid battery. Beside of thermal convection and electro-vortex flows, surface instabilities, as known from aluminum smelters, and the kink-type Tayler instability (TI) are of particular significance.

We present a numerical model, based on the open source CFD library OpenFOAM which is able to simulate the Lorentz force induced fluid flow in LMBs. Starting with single phase simulations, the model shows good correspondence with a recent Tayler instability experiment. Further studies lead to a comprehensive characterization of the TI in liquid metal batteries and to a number of countermeasures for taming it. The influence of the current collectors and feeding cables of the battery is investigated, as well. Finally, first results of multiphase simulation are presented, particularly with regard to the deformation of the thin electrolyte layer.

Keywords: OpenFOAM Tayler instability simulation liquid metal battery

  • Lecture (Conference)
    9th PAMIR International Conference, 16.-20.06.2014, Riga, Lettland
  • Contribution to proceedings
    9th PAMIR International Conference, 16.-20.06.2014, Riga, Lettland

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Publ.-Id: 19677


Nanoindentation on ion-irradiated Fe-Cr alloys

Heintze, C.; Hernández Mayoral, M.; Bergner, F.

Ferritic/martensitic high-chromium steels are candidate structural materials for future nuclear applications such as fusion and generation IV fission reactors. Nevertheless these steels suffer hardening and embrittlement due to neutron irradiation. Ion irradiation is an efficient tool to simulate neutron irradiation effects without the drawbacks of producing radioactive material. In the present work ion-irradiation in combination with nanoindentation has been applied to study the irradiation-induced hardening of binary Fe-Cr alloys. The details of the approach are specified and the effects of Cr content and irradiation conditions including both single-beam and dual-beam irradiations are considered. Transmission electron microscopy is used to characterize irradiation-induced defects. Ion-irradiation-induced hardening is compared to hardening observed after neutron irradiation at similar conditions and dominant hardening mechanisms are identified.

Keywords: ion irradiation; Fe-Cr alloys; nanoindentation; TEM; radiation hardening

  • Lecture (Conference)
    5th Workshop on Nuclear Fe Alloys: Modeling and Experiment, 28.-29.11.2013, Roma, Italia

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19676
Publ.-Id: 19676


In-situ X-ray Scattering & Diffraction: Studying the Formation of Nanostructures using ion beam techniques

Grenzer, J.; Facsko, S.; Holy, V.; Bähtz, C.; Roshchupkina, O.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Workshop „Ionenstrahlen – Forschung und Anwendung“ 2013, 12.-14.06.2013, Leipzig, Germany

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19675
Publ.-Id: 19675


In-situ Ionen-Experimente @ ROBL-MRH

Grenzer, J.

  • Lecture (others)
    FWIZ Statusklausur 2013 am Institut für Ionenstrahlphysik und Materialforschung; Ionenstrahlzentrum, 10.-11.07.2013, HZDR, Germany

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Publ.-Id: 19673


Structure dependent magnetic properties of Co implanted TiO2

Yildirim, O.; Cornelius, S.; Vinnichenko, M.; Butterling, M.; Wagner, A.; Smekhova, A.; Potzger, K.

Magnetic and structural properties of amorphous and anatase TiO2 thin films implanted with Co ions have been investigated. Implantation induced defects have been characterized using positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) while for magnetic chracterization we have used magnetometry. Up to a doping level of 2.5 at.%, only a paramagnetic contribution has been detected. The susceptibility strength , however, depends on the structure of the unimplanted film. Results on the formation of secondary phases at higher doping level will also be presented.

This work is supported by the Initiative and Networking Fund of the German Helmholtz Association, Helmholtz-Russia Joint Research Group HRJRG-314, and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, RFBR #12-02-91321-SIG_а, Start: 01.02.2012

  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung, 30.03.-04.04.2014, Dresden, Germany

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19672
Publ.-Id: 19672


Erzeugung funktionaler Schichten auf Basis von bakteriellen Hüllproteinen

Weinert, U.

Die hier vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit Eignung bakterieller Hüllproteine als Bindungsmatrix für die Kopplung funktionaler Moleküle mit dem Ziel, sensorische Schichten zu erzeugen. Bakterielle Hüllproteine sind biologische SAMs, an deren Oberfläche sich modizierbare COOH-, NH2- und OH-Gruppen benden. Die Ausbildung polymerer Strukturen erfolgt dabei in wässrigen Systemen und auf Oberflächen. Im Zuge der boomenden Entwicklung von Biosensoren werden insbesondere Biotemplate gesucht, die zwischen biologischer Komponente und Sensoroberfläche vermitteln. Bakterielle Hüllproteine stellen eine solche Zwischenschicht dar. Als Anwendungsbeispiel wurden die Proteine daher mit einem FRET-Paar und Thrombin- und Kanamycin-Aptameren modiziert. Hierbei wurden das FRET-Paar H488 und H555 an die bakteriellen Hüllproteine der beiden Haldenisolate A12 und B53 mittels EDC mit einer Modifizierungsrate von 0,54 mol_Farbsto/mol_Protein kovalent gebunden. Bei der vorhandenen p4-Symmetrie bedeutet dies, dass ein FRET-Paar pro Einheitszelle vorhanden war. Der Nachweis eines Energietransfers zwischen den beiden am Protein gebundenen Fluoreszenzfarbstoffen H488 und H555 erfolgte mittels statischer und zeitaufgelöster Fluoreszenzmessung. Die Ergebnisse zeigten, dass ein Energietransfer nur möglich war, wenn die Proteine in polymerer Form vorlagen, unabhängig davon, ob sich die Proteine immobilisiert an einer Oberfläche oder in wässriger Lösung befanden. Mittels Variieren des Donor-Akzeptor-Verhältnisses konnte ein maximaler Energietransfer von 40 % generiert werden, wenn das Verhältnis der Fluoreszenzfarbstoffe von Donor und Akzeptor 4 betrug. Die Fluoreszenzintensität der Fluorophore wurde durch die Bindung an die Proteine nicht verringert oder gelöscht. Dies legt nahe, dass die Farbstoffe in den hydrophoben Poren immobilisiert wurden und die Poren die Fluoreszenzfarbstoffe schützen. Um weitere Aussagen über die Lage der gebundenen Fluoreszenzfarbstoffe zu erhalten, wurden die bakteriellen Hüllproteine der Stämme A12 und B53 enzymatisch verdaut und die Fragmente mittels SEC und SDS-PAGE untersucht. Dabei zeigten sich je nach Enzym und Protein unterschiedliche Bandenmuster bezüglich modifizierter und nativer Hüllproteine. Dies belegt, dass die Fluoreszenzfarbstoffe an NH2- und COOH-Gruppen der Proteine gebunden wurden und so teilweise den enzymatischen Verdau hinderten. Die SEC deutet an, dass die Fluoreszenzfarbstoffe an verschiedenen Stellen am Protein gebunden wurden. In einem zweiten Beispiel wurde das bakterielle Hüllprotein von A12 mit einem Aptamer modiziert. Aptamere sind kurze einzelsträngige Oligonukleotide, die u. a. mittels ihrer ausgebildeten 3D-Struktur spezifisch Zielstrukturen reversibel binden können. Die hier verwendeten Aptamere binden spezifisch Thrombin und Kanamycin. Die Aptamere wurden mit Hilfe einer der beiden Vernetzer PMPI oder Sulfo-SMCC an die bakteriellen Hüllproteine kovalent gebunden. Nach dem Modifizieren der Proteine wurden diese auf entsprechenden Sensorchips immobilisiert und die Aktivität des gekoppelten Aptamers mittels Affinitätsmessungen, SPR-Spektroskopie und QCM-D-Messungen analysiert. Die Funktion des gebundenen Thrombinaptamers konnte mittels Affinitätsmessungen und QCM-D nachgewiesen werden und entspricht in beiden Fällen einer Bindung von 2 nmol Thrombin pro Quadratzentimeter. Die Funktionalität des Kanamycinaptamers sollte mittels SPR bestimmt werden, jedoch konnte keine Funktionalität des gekoppelten Kanamycinaptamers nachgewiesen werden. Alle Messungen bestätigten jedoch, dass die Bindungsmatrix aus bakteriellen Hüllproteinen keinerlei oder nur ein sehr geringes Hintergrundsignal liefert. Werden nun beide Komponenten, FRET-Paar und Aptamere, an das Protein gebunden, ist es möglich, eine sensorische Schicht zu erzeugen. Die Zielstruktur, welche detektiert werden soll, wird an das Aptamer gebunden und so in räumliche Nähe zur Sensorfläche gebracht. Stellt die Zielstruktur einen Fluoreszenzlöscher dar, so wird der Energietransfer durch die räumliche Nähe des Fluoreszenzlöscher gestört. Die Detektion des Zielmoleküls erfolgt nun über die Änderung von Fluoreszenzintensitäten. Die hier vorgelegte Arbeit soll einen Grundstein legen für die Entwicklung eines solchen Sensors und insbesondere die Detektion eines Energietransfers optimieren und Schwachstellen in der Detektion nachweisen. Die systematische Untersuchung der Fluoreszenzfarbstoffe auf dem Protein ermöglichen es, in zukünftigen Arbeiten einen FRET zweifelsfrei zu detektieren. Die Modifizierung von bakteriellen Hüllproteinen von A12 mit Aptameren und die Detektion der Funktionalität der Aptamere mittels verschiedener Methoden zeigte auf, dass die bakteriellen Hüllproteine als universelle Bindungsmatrix für sensorische Moleküle dienen können, bei denen Affinitätsmessungen, SPR- oder QCM-D-Messungen genutzt werden. Besonders hervorzuheben ist, dass bakterielle Hüllproteine nahezu kein Hintergrundsignal liefern und aufgrund ihrer dünnen Monolage von etwa 6 - 9 nm die Sensitivität der Messungen nur gering beeinträchtigen.

Keywords: S-layer Proteins; sensors; aptamers; FRET; Protein modification

  • Doctoral thesis
    TU Dresden, 2013
    180 Seiten

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19671
Publ.-Id: 19671


S-layers as multifunctional templates for nanotechnology

Weinert, U.; Günther, T.; Pollmann, K.; Raff, J.

Surface-layer (S-layer) proteins are biomolecules which can self-assemble in aqueous solutions and on surfaces. Those polymers form highly ordered two dimensional structures with unit cell sizes of few nanometers. On surface of such protein polymers one can find a high amount of modifiable groups like COOH-, NH2- and OH-groups. The latter and its nanostructuring make S-layers a perfect platform for nanotechnology.
Therefore S-layers can work as biotemplate to build biosensors consisting of fluorescence dyes and aptamers. Thereby fluorescence dyes will work as signal transducer system by performing a Foerster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) between each other. Aptamers serve as receptor for one specific analyte. Analyte binding by the aptamer leads to a detectable signal change because of a disturbed FRET. An idealized design of such a biosensor is shown in Fig. 1a. In a recent published work a FRET-pair was chemically linked to S-layers and showed an energy transfer efficiency of 40 % [1]. In further work aptamers will be chemically linked to the S-layer-FRET-system to reach proof of concept.
Another application for those S-layer proteins can be the development of catalytic materials based on highly ordered nanoparticles. Thereby nanoparticles of platinum or palladium are synthesized in the pores of S-layers. Fig. 1b shows an idealized scheme. After removal of the organic matrix nanoparticles are arranged on the surface having a defined size and order. These materials can now work as catalysts for e.g. organic synthesis or metallization of polymers.

Keywords: S-layer; nanotechnology; surface modification; sensors; aptamer; nanoparticles

  • Lecture (Conference)
    COST Action "Bio-inspired nanotechnologies: from concepts to applications", 08.-09.10.2013, Leipzig, Deutschland

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19670
Publ.-Id: 19670


Bakterielle Hüllproteine als Matrix für die Entwicklung funktionaler Schichten

Weinert, U.; Günther, T.; Pollmann, K.; Raff, J.

Sensoren für spezifische Substanzen, wie z.B. Medikamente und Umweltgifte, gewinnen mit dem wachsenden Umweltbewusstsein der Gesellschaft und der Industrie z.B. in Bereichen wie der Wasserüberwachung und -aufbereitung immer mehr an Bedeutung. Die vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigt sich daher mit der Konzipierung einer sensorischen Schicht, bestehend aus bakteriellen Hüllproteinen, Fluoreszenzfarbstoffen und Aptameren, die es ermöglichen soll, kleinste Mengen an Schadstoffen im Wasser zu detektieren. Bakterielle Hüllproteine sind selbstassemblierende Proteine, die in wässrigen Systemen und an Oberflächen ebenmäßige Gitterstrukturen ausbilden und an deren Oberfläche zahlreiche modifizierbare funktionelle Gruppen, wie z. B. COOH- und NH2-Gruppen, zu finden sind. Sie stellen damit eine nahezu perfekte Bindungsmatrix für die sequentielle Kopplung sensorischer Komponenten dar, die mit wenigen Nanometern Abstand zueinander auf eine Oberfläche fixiert werden sollen. Die vorliegende Arbeit nutzt ein FRET-Paar als optische Komponente und Aptamere als Rezeptor-Moleküle. Die räumliche Nähe aller Komponenten zueinander soll gewährleisten, dass nach der Bindung des zu detektierenden Analyten, der Energietransfer zwischen den beiden Fluoreszenzfarbstoffen unterbunden wird. Das veränderte optische Signal kann dann einfach mittels Fluorometer detektiert und ausgewertet werden. Die nachfolgende Abbildung soll schematisch und idealisiert einen möglichen Aufbau der sensorischen Schicht darstellen. Die derzeitigen Arbeiten beschäftigen sich mit der erfolgreichen Funktionalisierung von bakteriellen Hüllproteinen mit einem FRET-Paar und Aptameren.

Keywords: FRET; aptamer; sensor; surface-layer Proteins; modification

  • Poster
    8. Deutsches BioSensor Symposium, 10.-13.03.2013, Wildau, Deutschland

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19669
Publ.-Id: 19669


X-ray diffraction and grazing-incidence diffraction

Grenzer, J.

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    9th Autumn School on X-ray Scattering from Surfaces and Thin Layers, 25.-28.09.2013, Smolenice Castle, Slovakia

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19668
Publ.-Id: 19668


Material Science at „Home“ and at the Synchrotron: Investigations of nanocrystalline films

Grenzer, J.

"Material Science at „Home“ and at the Synchrotron: Investigations of nanocrystalline films"

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Firma PANalytical B.V., 12.09.2013, ALMELO, The Netherlands

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19667
Publ.-Id: 19667


Inter-sublevel dephasing in quantum dots

Teich, M.; Schneider, H.; Bhattacharyya, J.; Winnerl, S.; Wilson, L.; Helm, M.

We use the Dresden Free-Electron-Laser (FELBE) to investigate intersublevel coherence times in semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) by degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) spectroscopy. We know from pump-probe measurements1 on a series of quantum dot samples with varying intersublevel energy that intersublevel relaxation times of the s-p intersublevel transition can become very long (up to 1.5 ns). Due to the discrete nature of these sublevels, intersublevel coherence times should exhibit similar time constants at low temperatures where “pure dephasing” is suppressed.

Keywords: semiconductor quantum dot; inter-sublevel transition; terahertz free-electron laser; degenerate four-wave mixing; homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening

  • Contribution to proceedings
    38th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz 2013), 01.-06.09.2013, Mainz, Deutschland: IEEE Xplore Digital Library
    DOI: 10.1109/IRMMW-THz.2013.6665455
  • Poster
    38th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz 2013), 01.-06.09.2013, Mainz, Deutschland

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19666
Publ.-Id: 19666


Extra-long hole spin relaxation time in InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells probed by cyclotron resonance spectroscopy

Drachenko, O.; Kozlov, D.; Ikonnikov, A.; Spirin, K.; Gavrilenko, V.; Schneider, H.; Helm, M.; Wosnitza, J.

We report a long, ms range, spin relaxation time of holes in InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells probed by cyclotronresonance spectroscopy in pulsed magnetic fields up to 60 Tesla. We found a strong hysteresis in the spectral weights of the cyclotron resonance absorption when a rapidly changing magnetic field is used for the experiment, while the hysteresis vanishes when a much slower changing magnetic field is used. We attribute this behavior to a long, comparable to the magnetic-field rise time, energy relaxation time between the two lowest spin-split hole Landau levels, i.e., a long hole spin relaxation time.

Keywords: cyclotron resonance spectroscopy; hole spin relaxation; pulsed magnetic fields; InGaAs/GaAs quantum well

  • Lecture (Conference)
    2013 38th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz 2013), 01.-06.09.2013, Mainz, Deutschland
  • Contribution to proceedings
    2013 38th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz 2013), 01.-06.09.2013, Mainz, Deutschland: IEEE Xplore Digital Library
    DOI: 10.1109/IRMMW-THz.2013.6665921

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19665
Publ.-Id: 19665


Plasmonic focusing on metal and semiconductor disks under radially polarized terahertz illumination

Kaltenecker, K. J.; Wallauer, J.; Waselikowski, S.; Hodapp, J.; Fischer, C.; Winnerl, S.; Schneider, H.; Fischer, B. M.; Walther, M.

Optimal focusing of surface plasmon polaritons in the center of a metal disc illuminated by radially polarized terahertz pulses is demonstrated. Due to the cylinder symmetrical structure surface plasmons can be excited along the entire circumference, which interfere constructively in the center of the disk forming a sharp frequency-depended focal spot. We map the field distribution on the disk by THz near-field microscopy and compare our result to numerical simulations. For comparison, behavior under linearly polarized THz illumination is characterized. Furthermore, first results of semiconducting plasmonic lenses are presented.

Keywords: Terhertz radiation; plasmon polaritons; radial polarization

  • Lecture (Conference)
    2013 38th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz 2013), 01.-06.09.2013, Mainz, Deutschland
  • Contribution to proceedings
    2013 38th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz 2013), 01.-06.09.2013, Mainz, Deutschland: IEEE Xplore Digital Library
    DOI: 10.1109/IRMMW-THz.2013.6665612

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19664
Publ.-Id: 19664


Krein space related physics: from mathematical structures towards experiments

Günther, U.

A compact overview is given about physical systems with antilinear symmetries as they have been intensively studied during the past 15 years and as they are currently still under intensive investigation worldwide. Starting from a few comments on the historical background, the underlying basic mathematical structures are sketched. This especially concerns the properties of the corresponding effective Hamiltonians, their non-selfadjointness in usual Hilbert spaces with positive definite (Euclidean type) inner products and their selfadjointness in Hilbert spaces with indefinite inner products, so called Krein spaces. Specific properties of these Hamiltonians like non-diagonalizability at spectral branch-points, hidden Jordan block structures, perturbation theory in terms of Puisseux series expansions instead of Taylor expansions as well as related group structures will be briefly discussed. Realizations of the antilinear symmetries are demonstrated for physical systems with simultaneous time-reversal and parity-inversion symmetries (PT symmetries). Specific physical effects like PT phase transitions and exciting new features of these systems are illustrated on simulations for various optical waveguide systems, Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs), microwave cavities, systems of coupled oscillators etc. Finally, a brief overview is given about recent experimental implementations as well as about a couple of promising new directions of research with interconnections to other areas of active research in theoretical and experimental physics.

Keywords: PT physics; PT phase transitions; operator theory; Krein spaces; branch points; Jordan blocks; Puisseux series expansions; Bose-Einstein condensates; optical waveguide systems; microwave cavities

  • Lecture (others)
    Lecture presented at the Physics Department, College of Sciences, Koc University, Istanbul, 16.12.2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19663
Publ.-Id: 19663


Stabilite des systemes non conservatifs et algebra lineaire

Lerbet, J.; Aldowaji, M.; Challamel, N.; Kirillov, O.; Nicot, F.; Darve, F.

Investigations about linear stability of nonconservative systems with non symmetric stiness matrices lead to linear algebra results that are unusual in mechanics. It may also lead to original linear algebra developments. It is illustrated about linear divergence stability when adding kinematic constraints on the nonconservative system. The original concept of m-positive definite matrices is proposed, the main result is given and some mathematical open problems are suggested.

Keywords: nonconservative systems; kinematic constraints

  • Open Access Logo Contribution to proceedings
    21eme Congres Francais de Mecanique, 26.-30.08.2013, Bordeaux, France
    Congrès Francais de Mécanique, 39/41 rue Louis Blanc, 92400 Courbevoie, France: AFM, Maison de la Mécanique

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19662
Publ.-Id: 19662


Robust stability at the swallowtail singularity

Kirillov, O. N.; Overton, M. L.

Consider the set of monic fourth-order real polynomials transformed so that the constant term is one. In the three-dimensional space of the coefficients describing this set, the domain of asymptotic stability is bounded by a surface with the Whitney umbrella singularity. The maximum of the real parts of the roots of these polynomials is globally minimized at the Swallowtail singular point of the discriminant surface of the set corresponding to a negative real root of multiplicity four. Motivated by this example, we review recent works on robust stability, abscissa optimization, heavily damped systems, dissipation-induced instabilities, and eigenvalue dynamics in order to point out some connections that appear to be not widely known.

Keywords: abscissa; optimization; overdamping; asymptotic stability; Whitney umbrella; Swallowtail; caustic; eigenvalue dynamics

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19661
Publ.-Id: 19661


In Vivo Imaging of Microglia Cells Activated by LPS-Induced Systemic Inflammation in Mouse

Mathe, D.; Futo, I.; Veres, D.; Horvath, I.; Semjeni, M.; Kovacs, N.; Tóth, M.; Bergmann, R. K.; Szigeti, K.

Introduction: The role of microglia cells in the pathogenesis of inflammations and chronic neurodegenerative disorders in the central nervous system (CNS) is an active research field in recent years. The ramified form of microglia cells is activated via inflammation markers (e.g. IL-1b, TNF-alpha). The activated form of microglia cells as a key player of the innate immune system in the CNS present MHC II and release antiinflammatory agents. The activation status of the microglial benzodiazepine (BZD) receptor system could be used to monitor the process of neuroinflammation. Methods: Healthy (n=6) and LPS induced inflamed (n=4) C57BL/6 mice were used. The activation of the microglia cells was induced by systemic injection of 0.3 g/bw kg lipopolysaccharide (LPS) 5h before the in vivo measurements. We used NanoSPECT/CT Plus and nanoScan PET/MRI (Mediso Ltd, Hungary) multimodal in vivo imaging systems. To detect dynamics and localization of microglia activation we used a micro dose partial inverse BZD agonist ( 125-I - Iomazenil). The change of the general metabolic state in the CNS was monitored by 18-F-FDG PET. 99m-Tc-HMPAO (hexamethylpropylene-amino-oxime) was used for the detection of altered regional cerebral perfusion. The segmentation of different mouse regions was first based on MRI measurements of the animals and for aims of standardization coregistered with an MRI atlas. Results: FDG uptake was increased by systemic LPS in every region of the brain (p<5%). HMPAO uptake was decreased in several brain regions (p<5%). We found that the activity concentration of 125-I-Iomazenil was increased in the hippocampus and cerebellum but not in the cortex after systemic induction of neuroinflammation. Conclusions: FDG uptake increase indicates an increased metabolic rate due to induced brain inflammation. HMPAO uptake change could show glutathione depletion generated decrease of HMPAO fixation induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by activated inflammatory cells. The surprising result of selective Iomazenil uptake increase could be attributed to a higher amount of an activated but already resident microglia cell pool in the hippocampus as an early step of acute systemic inflammation in the brain. Based on our results the LPS induced changes in the BZD system should be further monitored in neuroinflammation in concordance with ROS status and the time course of the inflammatory changes in this general neuroinflammatory model in mice. A multi-modal imaging approach combining detailed structural and functional approaches elucidates important unknown details of neuroinflammation monitoring. This work was supported in part by INMiND (HEALTH.2011.2.2.1-2 No.278850) of FP7.

  • Poster
    World Molecular Imaging Congress, 18.-21.09.2013, Savannah, USA

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19660
Publ.-Id: 19660


Preparation of PW-class laser driven radiation sources for radiation oncology and structural analysis

Schramm, U.

Over the last decade laser particle acceleration has made such progress that first applications in special fields can be envisioned. Prominent examples are radiation therapy with laser accelerated ion beams as well as the generation of pulsed X-ray sources.
In this presentation the status of the joint activities of the Dresden groups at HZDR running the high power laser Draco and at Oncoray, the national center for radiation research in oncology, will be discussed. Emphasis will be given to the energy scaling of proton bunches accelerated in the TNSA regime with and during ultra-short pulses, potential instabilities in the process, methods for online monitoring, and to the status of the ongoing upgrade of Draco to PW power level. This topic will be complemented by a presentation of the recently achieved results on X-ray generation via Thomson back-scattering.

Keywords: Laser plasma acceleration

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Institutsseminar HI Jena, 11.12.2013, Jena, Deutschland

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Status of the PW laser at the HZDR Dresden

Schramm, U.

Status of the HZDR PW laser project with respect to the upcoming installations in Salamanca.

Keywords: PW laser

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Third User Meeting of the Spanish Pulsed Laser Center CLPU, 02.-03.12.2013, Salamanca, Spanien

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Publ.-Id: 19658


Diffusion Processes in the Sintering of Zirconia-Based Nanomaterials

Melikhova, O.; Cizek, J.; Prochazka, I.; Anwand, W.; Konstantinova, T.; Danilenko, I.

In the present work, zirconia-based nanomaterials with various stabilizers were prepared by a co-precipitation technique. Defects in these nanomaterials were characterized by positron annihilation spectroscopy which is a non-destructive technique with a high sensitivity to open volume defects and atomic scale resolution. It was found that zirconia-based nanomaterials contain vacancies and also nano-scale and meso-scale pores. Diffusion processes which occur in the nanomaterials sintered at elevated temperatures were investigated by depth sensitive positron annihilation studies on a variable energy slow positron beam. It was found that sintering causes intensive grain growth and residual porosity is removed from samples by diffusion to the surface.

Keywords: Yttria-stabilised zirconia; nanopowders; sintering; porosity; positron annihilation

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Publ.-Id: 19657


Hydrogen absorption in thin ZnO films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

Melikhova, O.; Cizek, J.; Lukac, F.; Vlcek, M.; Novotny, M.; Bulir, J.; Lancok, J.; Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.; Connolly, J.; Mccarthy, E.; Krishnamurthy, S.; Mosnier, J.-P.

ZnO films with thickness of ~80 nm were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on MgO(100) single crystal and amorphous fused silica (FS) substrates. Structural studies of ZnO films and a high quality reference ZnO single crystal were performed by slow positron implantation spectroscopy (SPIS). It was found that ZnO films exhibit significantly higher density of defects than the reference ZnO crystal. Moreover, the ZnO film deposited on MgO substrate exhibits higher concentration of defects than the film deposited on amorphous FS substrate most probably due to a dense network of misfit dislocations. The ZnO films and the reference ZnO crystal were subsequently loaded with hydrogen by electrochemical cathodic charging. SPIS characterizations revealed that absorbed hydrogen introduces new defects into ZnO.

Keywords: ZnO; thin films; hydrogen; positron annihilation; defects

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Publ.-Id: 19656


GISAXS Messungen am Labor-Diffraktometer

Grenzer, J.; Gateshki, M.; Holz, T.; Kharchenko, A.

Die Entwicklung neuer Materialien geht meistens einher mit der Schaffung neuer funktionalisierter Nanostrukturen. Strukturuntersuchungen sind dabei der Schlüssel, um eine Verbindung zwischen der Funktion und den strukturellen Eigenschaften, welche diese Funktion generieren, herstellen zu können. Dieses Wissen macht es möglich neuartige Materialien mit genau vorbestimmten Eigen-schaften zu entwerfen. Dünne nanostrukturierte Schichten können Ober- und Grenzflächen-eigenschaften derart beeinflussen, dass die Materialeigenschaften von konventionellen Werkstoffen optimal an die jeweilige Aufgabe angepasst werden können. Dabei wird die Funktion von Nanostrukturen nicht nur von deren innerer Struktur sondern zu einem großen Teil durch Ihre Morphologie und Oberfläche bestimmt.
Kleinwinkel-Röntgenstreuung im streifenden Einfall (GISAXS - Grazing incidence small angle scattering) hat den Vorteil gegenüber bildgebenden mikroskopischen Methoden (TEM, SEM), dass in der Regel keine aufwendige Probenpräparation notwendig ist und größere Probenvolumina untersucht werden können. GISAXS erlaubt es die Morphologie von oberflächennahen Strukturen als auch deren (innere) Elektronendichteverteilung zu ermitteln. GISAXS-Untersuchungen wurden lange fast ausschließlich an spezialisierten Synchrotronstrahllinien durchgeführt, da die Anforderungen an die Strahlqualität, Detektor und Experimentierfläche (sehr lange Strahllinie) mit konventionellen Laborgeräten gar nicht oder nur schlecht zu erfüllen waren. Seit einigen Jahren kann man beobachten, dass die Kleinwinkelstreuung Einzug in das Labor hält. Die Entwicklung von Mikrofokusquellen in der Kombination von leistungsfähigen Optiken und vor allem die Entwicklung neuer Halbleiter-flächendetektoren etabliert GISAXS-Untersuchungen zunehmend an Laborgeräten.

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    7. PRORA 2013 - Fachtagung Prozessnahe Röntgenanalytik, 21.-22.11.2013, Berlin, Germany

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Publ.-Id: 19655


New structural constraints on the southern Provence thrust belt (France): evidences for an Eocene shortening event linked to the Corsica-Sardinia subduction

Andreani, L.; Loget, N.; Rangin, C.; Pichon, X. L.

We reply to the comments of J. Philip regarding the structure of La Nerthe range (southern Provence, France) and the timing of the deformation. We first agree with J. Philip on the structural independence of La Nerthe and L’Etoile ranges. We then discuss the allochthonous and autochthonous models. The allochthonous model mainly relies on a reactivation of a N-verging thrust during the Oligocene. There are no evidences for a Middle Rupelian thrusting event and the interpretation of the Oligocene series in southern Provence area was entirely revised. J. Philip’s Argumentation is solely based on the existence of steep dipping Rupelian limestones. However we demonstrate that they could be tilted along normal faults as it is the case in the Marseille basin. Recent works clearly show that the Oligocene Marseille and Saint-Pierre basins have a similar tectonic history resulting from two main extensional events. The last point debated by J. Philip is the age of the strike-slip faults. As it is pointed in our contribution the strike-slip fault planes cut folded strata and were reactivated during an extensional event. This strike-slip faulting event occurred between the latest stages of the main Bartonian compressional event and the beginning of the Early Rupelian extensional tectonics. As pointed by J. Philip the E-trending faults of Saint-Pierre basin acted as normal faults during the Oligocene. We however suggest that these faults were inherited from the Late Eocene strike-slip tectonics and reactivated during the Oligocene.

Keywords: Tectonics; Southern Provence; La Nerthe range; Paleogene; Neogene

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Publ.-Id: 19654


Deep-Sea Astronomy with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

Feige, J.; Wallner, A.; Fifield, L. K.; Korschinek, G.; Merchel, S.; Rugel, G.; Steier, P.; Tims, S.; Winkler, S. R.; Golser, R.

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) is a highly sensitive method to measure extremely low isotopic ratios of long-lived radionuclides relative to its stable isotope. Inspired by findings of an excess of 60Fe in a ferromanganese crust approximately 2 Myr ago, which was interpreted to be of supernova-origin, we use this method to determine concentrations of a variety of radionuclides in deep-sea sediment samples covering a time range from 1.7 to 3.2 Myr.
An international collaboration of different AMS facilities is utilized to search for signatures of 26Al, 53Mn, and 60Fe above terrestrial background production and extraterrestrial influx. In addition, the cosmogenic radionuclide 10Be is measured to confirm existing magnetostratigraphic dating of the samples and for comparison with atmospheric production ratios of 26Al/10Be. All 10Be and 26Al measurements arefinished, 53Mn and 60Fe is in progress. Measurement results and the influence of different background sources on a potential supernova signature will be presented and discussed.

Keywords: accelerator mass spectrometry; AMS; cosmogenic radionuclide; astronomy; supernova

  • Lecture (Conference)
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung der Sektion AMOP (SAMOP), 17.-21.03.2014, Berlin, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19653


Hydrogen interaction with defects in nanocrystalline, polycrystalline and epitaxial Pd films

Čížek, J.; Melikhova, O.; Vlček, M.; Lukáč, F.; Vlach, M.; Dobroň, P.; Procházka, I.; Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.; Wagner, S.; Uchida, H.; Gemma, R.; Pundt, A.

Hydrogen interaction with defects and structural development of Pd films with various microstructures were investigated. Nanocrystalline, polycrystalline and epitaxial Pd films were prepared and electrochemically loaded with hydrogen. Structural changes of Pd films caused by absorbed hydrogen were studied by in-situ X-ray diffraction combined with acoustic emission and measurement of electromotorical force. Development of defects during hydrogen loading was investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy. It was found that hydrogen firstly fills open volume defects existing already in the films ans subsequently it occupies also interstitial sites in Pd lattice. Absorbed hydrogen causes volume expansion, which is strongly anisotropic in thin films. This introduces high stress into the films loaded with hydrogen. Acoustic emission measurements revealed that when hydrogen-induced stress achieves certain critical level rearrangement of misfit dislocations takes place. The stress which grows with increasing hydrogen concentration can be further released by plastic deformation and also by detachment of the film from the substrate.

Keywords: hydrogen; palladium; thin films; defects; positron annihilation; acoustic emission; X-ray diffraction

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Publ.-Id: 19652


Forschungsprojekt am Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie zum Rohstoffrecycling in der GaAs-Waferfertigung

Eichler, S.; Reinhold, T.; Zeidler, O.

Der Vortrag gibt einen Überblick zur Fertigung und Anwendung von GaAs Wafern. Durch den hohen Preisdruck für Wafer bei gleichzeitig schwankenden Gallium-Preisen und einer begrenzter Rohstoffverfügbarkeit ist das Unternehmen auf die Erschließung bisher ungenutzter Recyclingpotentiale angewiesen. Zusammen mit dem Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg wurde ein umfassendes Konzept für ein ökonomisches Recycling auf Grundlage von Membranverfahren entwickelt.

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    9. Sächsischer Kreislaufwirtschaftstag, 21.-22.11.2013, Freiberg, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19651


Revisiting magnetic stripe domains - anisotropy gradient and stripe asymmetry

McCord, J.; Erkartal, B.; von Hofe, T.; Kienle, L.; Quandt, E.; Grenzer, J.; Roshchupkina, O.

The thickness dependent generation of magnetic stripe domains in NiFe films is investigated by in-depth magnetic domain and micromagnetic analysis, as well as complementary analysis of the microstructure by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. A gradient of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with film thickness is found. Micromagnetic simulations show that the anisotropy gradient results in an asymmetric stripe domain configuration. Columnar grain coarsening and texture development with thickness are derived from the microstructural investigations. The variations correspondingly lead to the gradient of magnetic anisotropy and to an asymmetric magnetic stripe domain structure.

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Publ.-Id: 19650


Neutron capture cross section measurements for 197Au from 4 to 80 keV at GELINA

Massimi, C.; Becker, B.; Dupont, E.; Kopecky, S.; Lampoudis, C.; Massarczyk, R.; Moxon, M.; Pronyaev, V.; Schillebeeckx, P.; Sirakov, I.; Volev, K.; Wynants, R.

Neutron induced capture cross section measurements for 197Au have been performed in the energy region between 4 keV and 80 keV. The experiments have been carried out at the time-of-flight facility GELINA. The prompt capture gamma-rays were detected by two C6D6 liquid scintillators, placed at 12.5 m distance from the neutron source. The shape of the neutron flux was measured with a 10B-loaded double Frisch-gridded ionization chamber based on the 10B(n,alpha) reaction. The total energy detection principle in combination with the pulse height weighting technique was applied. The data have been normalized to the well-isolated and saturated 197Au resonance at 4.9 eV. Special procedures have been applied to reduce bias effects due to the weighting function, normalization, dead time and background corrections. Uncertainties due to normalization, neutron flux and weighting function are 1.0 %. An additional uncertainty of 0.5 % results from the correction for self-shielding and multiple interactions, which have been verified by experiment. Resonance fluctuations have been studied by additional measurements at a 30 m flight path station. The results reported in this work deviate systematically by more than 5% from the cross section that is recommended as a reference for astrophysical applications. They are about 2% lower compared to a standard evaluation of the 197Au(n,gamma) cross section that was based on a least squares fit of experimental data available in the literature prior to this work and are fully consistent with the latest average capture cross section obtained in a quasi-Maxwellian spectrum at 25 keV.

Keywords: neutron capture; neutron resonances; neutron cross section

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Publ.-Id: 19649


Novel scintillators - new ways at ELBE

Massarczyk, R.; Schwengner, R.; Junghans, A.; Wagner, A.

Nuclear resonance fluorescence experiments are a suitable tool to measure photo-absorption cross sections, from which one can determine the electromagnetic photon-strength functions. These strength functions are one of the main ingredients in network calculations for the nucleosynthesis in supernovae as well as in simulations concerning future nuclear power facilities. However, with the new orientation of these power plants from pure power production to a site where the transmutation of nuclear waste becomes more and more important, new kinds of data sets are needed.
The talk will show how we started to use the unique characteristics of LaBr3 detectors in experiments at the ELBE accelerator in Dresden-Rossendorf.
Experiments with positrons, neutrons and photons are presented and potential improvements are pointed out, which show how these experiments can benefit from the developments in the field of novel scintillators.

Keywords: LaBr3; detector techniques; nuclear structure; dipole strength functions

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Physics with Large Arrays of Novel Scintillators, 15.-16.01.2014, Dublin, Ireland

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Publ.-Id: 19648


Dose enhancement and localisation by combining reduced mass targets and a pulsed solenoid for radiobiological effectiveness studies of laser accelerated protons

Kroll, F.; Kluge, T.; Bussmann, M.; Cowan, T. E.; Herrmannsdörfer, T.; Kraft, S. D.; Metzkes, J.; Sauerbrey, R.; Schmidt, B.; Schramm, U.; Zeil, K.; Zier, M.; Zherlitsyn, S.

Proton beams by means of the well-confined dose deposition in matter are a promising tool for improving radiotherapy of cancer. Wider clinical use, however, is limited by the complexity and expense of current proton accelerators. Compact laser-driven proton therapy accelerators are a potential alternative, yet require substantial development in reliable beam generation, transport and dosimetric monitoring as well as validation in radiobiological studies.

In vitro cell irradiations with laser-accelerated protons show radiobiological effectiveness similar to conventionally accelerated protons. In vivo animal irradiations – the next step in the translational research chain towards laser-driven proton therapy of cancer – are currently restricted by the low proton yield and energy at the irradiation site.

We report on systematic investigations of the ultrashort pulse laser-driven acceleration of protons from thin targets of narrow lateral dimension, so-called reduced mass targets (RMTs). A robust maximum energy enhancement (almost doubled) was found when compared to reference irradiations of plain foils of same thickness and material. Combining RMTs with a pulsed high-field solenoid for particle capturing, as developed at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, gives the potential to enhance and localise the dose per pulse applied to the tumour, thus making further radiobiological studies on volumetric tumours feasible in the future.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    1st European Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop, 02.-07.06.2013, La Biodola, Elba, Italien

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Publ.-Id: 19647


Nuclear structure - photon strength functions and nuclear level densities

Massarczyk, R.

Overview talk on investigations in nuclear structure today and their relation to astrophysical topics.

Keywords: nuclear structure; dipole strength

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    XLIV Arbeitstreffen Kernphysik in Schleching, 21.-28.02.2013, Schleching, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19646


Neutrons and Photons at ELBE - Contribution to the transmutation Project ERINDA

Massarczyk, R.; Schwengner, R.; Beyer, R.; Elekes, Z.; Ferrari, A.; Grosse, E.; Hannaske, R.; Junghans, A. R.; Kempe, M.; Kögler, T.; Wagner, A.

Contribution of experiments with neutrons and gamma rays at the radiation source ELBE to transmutation related projects like ERINDA

Keywords: transmutation; nuclear reaction

  • Poster
    11th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications on Accelerators, 05.-08.08.2013, Brugge, Belgien

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Publ.-Id: 19645


Depth profiling of Fe-implanted Si(100) by means of X-ray reflectivity and extremely asymmetric X-ray diffraction

Khanbabaee, B.; Biermanns, A.; Pietsch, U.; Grenzer, J.; Facsko, S.

This article reports on surface density variations that are accompanied by ion-beam-induced pattern formation processes on Si. The density profiles perpendicular to Si(100) surfaces were investigated after off-normal implantation with 5 keV Fe+ ions at fluences ranging from 1 x 10(16) to 5 x 10(17) ions cm(-2). Ripple formation was observed for ion fluences above 1 x 10(16) ions cm(-2). X-ray reflectivity (XRR) revealed the formation of a nanometre subsurface layer with incorporated Fe. Using XRR, no major dependence of the surface density on the ion fluence could be found. In order to improve the surface sensitivity, extremely asymmetric X-ray diffraction was applied. Depth profiling was achieved by measuring X-ray rocking curves as a function of the decreasing incidence angle down to 0 degrees using this noncoplanar scattering geometry. The density information was extracted from the dynamical Bragg shift of the diffraction peak caused by refraction of the X-ray beam at the air-sample interface.
Simulations based on the dynamical theory of X-ray diffraction revealed a decrease of density for increasing ion fluence in a region close to the surface, caused by the amorphization and surface roughening.

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Publ.-Id: 19644


Broadband, diode pumped Yb:SiO2 multicomponent glass laser

Roeser, F.; Loeser, M.; Reichelt, A.; Albach, D.; Siebold, M.; Schwuchow, A.; Litzkendorf, D.; Grimm, S.; Schramm, U.

The spectroscopic properties and laser performance of a Yb:SiO2 multicomponent glass has been investigated. A maximum slope efficiency of 51%, an optical to optical efficiency of 42% and a tuning range of 80nm was realized.

Keywords: Lasers, solid-state; Laser materials; Lasers, ytterbium

  • Poster
    Ultrafast Optics 2013, 04.-08.03.2013, Davos, Switzerland

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Publ.-Id: 19643


Progress at DREsden AMS

Rugel, G.; Akhmadaliev, S.; Merchel, S.; Pavetich, S.; Renno, A. D.; Ziegenrücker, R.

The combination of a mass spectrometer with an accelerator allows very sensitive detection limits for many applications. At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf an AMS (accelerator mass spectrometry) facility, DREsden AMS (DREAMS), with a 6-MV tandem accelerator has been successfully installed [1]. DREAMS has its applications in many scientic fields by determining 10Be, 26Al, 36Cl and 41Ca. We made progress to develop a negative ion source for volatile elements like chlorine or iodine by reducing the memory effect [2]. The range of isotopes is broaden to higher masses by the first experiments with actinides. A time-of-flight beam line will enable the measurement at higher count rates and of additional isotopes. Another focus is the combination of a commercial SIMS (CAMECA 7f Auto) with the accelerator. For this so called Super-SIMS the CAMECA 7f is utilized as ion source and low energy mass spectrometer. By complete destruction of molecules in the stripping process at the terminal of the accelerator detection limits some orders of magnitude better than for traditional dynamic SIMS are expected, i.e. ~10-9-10-12, see e.g. [3]. The Focus of applications will be geological samples in the framework of resource technology research. Ref.: [1] S. Akhmadaliev et al., NIMB 294 (2013) 5. [2] S. Pavetich et al., this conference. [3] C. Maden, Dissertation ETH Zürich 2003.

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung der Sektion AMOP (SAMOP), 17.-21.03.2014, Berlin, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19642


HZDR pulsed power developments for laser plasma applications and the LIGHT collaboration

Kroll, F.; Cowan, T. E.; Herrmannsdörfer, T.; Masood, U.; Karsch, L.; Kraft, S. D.; Pawelke, J.; Schlenvoigt, H.-P.; Schramm, U.; Zherlitsyn, S.

Since the mid-1950s, pulsed (iron-free) high-field magnets have become a common, versatile research tool. Applications in solid state physics have promoted the development of sophisticated magnets that nowadays can achieve fields above 90 T repeatedly.

We report here another area of application for pulsed power magnet technology in combination with high-intensity lasers; namely the use of pulsed magnets as research tools in laser-based laboratory astrophysics and as effective optical devices for laser-accelerated particle beams. Pulsed power solenoids for focusing of laser-accelerated particle beams might allow for the use of these new radiation qualities in medical radiation therapy or could function as a crucial part of a compact, laser-based ion source.

The talk gives a survey of developments at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf in portable pulse generator technology and pulsed high-field magnets, especially designed to match the requirements of different laser-plasma physics environments. The beam optical properties of a capacitor-driven air core solenoid are derived from experimental data and most recent experimental results collected within the LIGHT collaboration at the PHELIX laser system at GSI, Darmstadt are presented.

Keywords: High-field magnet; laser; plasmas; beam optics; astrophysics

  • Lecture (Conference)
    LaB 2013 - Exploring the coupling between intense magnetic fields and high-power lasers, 02.-04.12.2013, Palaiseau, France

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Publ.-Id: 19641


Algorithm for fluid velocity field quantification from image sequences in complex geomaterials

Korn, N.; Lippmann-Pipke, J.

Introduction
For reactive transport modelling in geosciences a velocity field v(xi,t) with i = 1, 2, or 3 is required. This velocity field can be a) obtained by definition, b) calculated on the basis of a given geometry, a set of partial differential equations and initial and boundary conditions or, c) obtained from observations:
By now, various tomographic methods have been applied to observe fluid flow also in dense geological material under realistic conditions. These are magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, e.g. (Greiner et al., 1997), neutron transmission tomography (e.g. (Pleinert and Degueldre, 1995), X-ray computed tomography (CT) (e.g. (Goldstein et al., 2007; Klise et al., 2008), electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), e.g. (Bowling et al., 2006; Gheith and Schwartz, 1998) and last but not least positron emission tomography (PET), e.g. (Khalili et al., 1998; Kulenkampff et al., 2008; Richter et al., 2005). Still, the extraction of quantitative velocity fields from observed concentrations fronts that pass through complex geological media is not a trivial task.
One option to solve this kind of problem is to inject a tracer pulse into a sample, record image sequences of the tracer's flow through the sample and generate local break through curves (BTC). Numerical simulations – e.g. on the basis of finite difference methods (e.g. (Yoon et al., 2008) – may then vary hydraulic conductivity, porosity and dispersivity values within appropriate ranges and evaluate the model fits of the data over different scales. The authors conclude that predicting water flow at fine scales (relative to permeability variations) is very challenging and that this may have large implications for modelling reactive transport, where reactant residence time and mixing can be greatly impacted by water flowpaths.

Methods
To overcome such problems that accompany the fitting of parameter values such as hydraulic conductivity, porosity or dispersivity in 3D numerical flow models, we designed, implemented and tested a new algorithm. It is conceptualized for application to real-world 3D PET image series of transport process observation in geological media that may be affected to some degree by noise, image artifacts and detection limits. Our algorithm does not need prior information about the internal geometry of the sample, but only the global flow rate and the geometric boundaries of the sample.
Still, the foundation of the algorithm is the continuity equation. Its validity serves as an optimization criterion to fit segments of flow paths to the images. In this way, the network of flow paths is recovered and the velocity can be computed using a robust and universal approach.
We model the flow path network inside a rock sample as a network of flow path segments. Each segment is a straight and typically a short part of a single flow path. For these segments, we assume that the fluid is incompressible and that there are no sinks and sources within a segment. These assumptions are typically true for water in a closed flow path.
As a first step, the algorithm identifies regions that show a significant increase in mass at some point in time (maxima in a BTC). At such regions nodes are placed, that are to be connected later with segments of the flow path network.
For each straight flow path segment, it is sufficient to use a 1D model, which greatly reduces computation time without sacrificing much accuracy, and makes the algorithm more robust against noise. For the algorithm, a segment is represented by a cylindrical tube that completely covers the flow path. Because there are no sinks and sources, the flow rate is constant when the tube covers exactly one flow path, but varies when it does not. Therefore, we can use the variation of the flow rate as an optimization criterion to decide where to place a tube, i.e. which of the aforementioned nodes to connect.
Finally, we can compute the velocity field from the flow rate and cross-sectional area of the tube.

Results & Discussion
For validating the algorithm we simulated a non-reactive tracer experiment in COMSOL Multiphysics® on a synthetic fracture network as a benchmark model for the algorithm. (Later, the image sequences obtained from the transport simulation are to be replaced by the PET image sequences). A velocity field (derived using the cubic law) was used to simulate transport of a conservative tracer. The resulting image sequence was provided to our new algorithm, which then computed the underlying velocity field.

Conclusion
Here we introduced our new algorithm (work in progress) that estimates velocity distributions from image sequences. It is robust against noise and static image artefacts, and requires no prior knowledge about the, possibly complex geometry of the sample. The current run-time for the example shown is well under ten seconds . These properties make the new algorithm universally suitable for tracer experiments for a wide range of applications.
The obtained velocity distributions (fig. 2, left) can directly be used for further reactive transport modelling.

References
Bowling, J.C., Zheng, C., Rodriguez, A.B. and Harry, D.L., 2006. Geophysical constraints on contaminant transport modeling in a heterogeneous fluvial aquifer. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 85(1–2): 72-88.
Gheith, H.M. and Schwartz, F.W., 1998. Electrical and visual monitoring of small scale three-dimensional experiments. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 34(3): 191-205.
Goldstein, L., Prasher, S.O. and Ghoshal, S., 2007. Three-dimensional visualization and quantification of non-aqueous phase liquid volumes in natural porous media using a medical X-ray Computed Tomography scanner. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 93(1–4): 96-110.
Greiner, A., Schreiber, W., Brix, G. and Kinzelbach, W., 1997. Magnetic resonance imaging of paramagnetic tracers in porous media: Quantification of flow and transport parameters. Water Resources Research, 33(6): 1461-1473.
Khalili, A., Basu, A.J. and Pietrzyk, U., 1998. Flow visualization in porous media via positron emission tomography. Physics of Fluids, 10: 1031-1033.
Klise, K.A., Tidwell, V.C. and McKenna, S.A., 2008. Comparison of laboratory-scale solute transport visualization experiments with numerical simulation using cross-bedded sandstone. Advances in Water Resources, 31(12): 1731-1741.
Kulenkampff, J., Richter, M., Gründig, M. and Seese, A., 2008. Observation of transport processes in soils and rocks with Positron Emission Tomography. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 9: 02754.
Pleinert, H. and Degueldre, C., 1995. Neutron radiographic measurement of porosity of crystalline rock samples: a feasibility study. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 19(1): 29-46.
Richter, M., Gründig, M., Zieger, K., Seese, A. and Sabri, O., 2005. Positron Emission Tomography for modelling of geochmical transport processes in clay. Radiochimica Acta, 93: 643-651.
Yoon, H., Zhang, C., Werth, C.J., Valocchi, A.J. and Webb, A.G., 2008. Numerical simulation of water flow in three dimensional heterogeneous porous media observed in a magnetic resonance imaging experiment. Water Resources Research, 44: W06405.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    TRePro III 2014, 05.-07.03.2014, Karlsruhe, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19640


AER Working Group D on VVER safety analysis – report of the 2013 meeting

Kliem, S.

The AER Working Group D on VVER reactor safety analysis held its 22th meeting in Paris, France, during the period April 10-11, 2013. The meeting was hosted by the OECD/NEA and was held in conjunction with the fifth workshop on the OECD/NEA Benchmark for the Kalinin-3 VVER-1000 NPP and the seventh workshop on the OECD Benchmark for Uncertainty Analysis in Best-Estimate Modeling (UAM) for Design, Operation and Safety Analysis of LWRs. Altogether 17 participants attended the meeting of the working group D, 12 from AER member organizations and 5 guests from non-member organization. The co-ordinator of the working group, Mr. S. Kliem, served as chairman of the meeting.
The meeting started with a general information exchange about the recent activities in the participating organizations.
The given presentations and the discussions can be attributed to the following topics:

  • Code development and benchmarking including the calculation of the OECD/NEA Benchmark for the Kalinin-3 VVER-1000 NPP and 7th AER Dynamic Benchmark
  • Safety analyses methods and results
  • Future activities
A list of the participants and a list of the handouts distributed at the meeting are attached to the report. The corresponding PDF-files of the handouts can be obtained from the chairman.
  • Contribution to proceedings
    23rd Symposium of AER on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety, 30.09.-04.10.2013, Štrbské pleso, Slovakia
    Proceedings of the 23rd Symposium of AER on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety, Budapest: MTA Energoatom, 417-422
  • Lecture (Conference)
    23rd Symposium of AER on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety, 30.09.-04.10.2013, Štrbské pleso, Slovakia

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Publ.-Id: 19639


Charakterisierung von Mineralen, Laugungsüberständen und Mikroorganismen mittels Raman-Spektroskopie

Kostudis, S.; Kutschke, S.; Pollmann, K.

Heute erfahren die regionalen Kupferschiefervorkommen nach dem Ende der 800jährigen Bergbauära im Jahr 1990 eine Wiederentdeckung. Der moderate Kupfergehalt fordert den Einsatz alternativer umweltschonender und effizienter Abbauprozesse. Ziel unserer Arbeit ist daher die Etablierung von Biolaugungsprozessen mit heterotrophen Mikroorganismen zu Kupfergewinnung. Bio-induzierte Veränderungen auf Mineraloberflächen, der Laugungsüberstände sowie Veränderungen der Biomasse durch Wechselwirkungen mit dem Laugungsmaterial sollen unter anderem mithilfe von Raman-Spektroskopie analysiert werden.
Als Grundlage für die Zuordnung der Minerale zu den Raman-Spektren wird die Polarisationsmikroskopie genutzt. Dasselbe mikroskopierte Areal wird mithilfe der zweidimensionalen Scanfunktion des mit einem Mikroskop gekoppelten Raman-Spektrometers analysiert. Aus den erhaltenen Daten ist die bildgebende Differenzierung zwischen den Hauptmineralen Chalkopyrit (CuFeS2) und Bornit (Cu5FeS4) im Kupferschiefer unter Verwendung univariater Datenanalyse möglich. Der Vergleich der Spektren von Chalkopyrit und Bornit zeigt, dass sich die verschiedenen Kristallgitter und Anteile von Kupfer, Schwefel und Eisen in unterschiedlichen Bandenintensitäten widerspiegeln.
Bei der Untersuchung der Laugungsüberstände können die von der Probe erhaltenen Spektren mithilfe von Referenzmessungen zugeordnet werden. Im Vergleich zu den abiotischen Komponenten des Laugungssystems sind deutliche Unterschiede in den Spektren der eingesetzten Biomasse sichtbar.

  • Poster
    Aufbereitung und Recycling, 13.-14.11.2013, Freiberg, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 19638


Investigation of the hydrophobization of silicate ore minerals using a Force Mapping Method combining Non contact Atomic Force Microscopy and Raman Spectroscopy

Rudolph, M.; Peuker, U. A.

The Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg (HIF) founded in 2011 conducts research on innovative techniques for the enhanced processing of strategic metal containing resources. Flotation has been identified as the most essential process in the minerals processing department to be focusing research on. In this paper we introduce a force mapping technique based on non-contact colloidal probe atomic force microscopy where a cantilever with an attached hydrophobic sphere is oscillating above a planarized ore sample in the aqueous environment including dissolved collector molecules. The physical background of force-distance conversion from amplitude- and phase-distance evaluations is presented to point out the opportunities when compared to conventional AFM force spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy is used in combination to identify the mineral phase localized at the cantilever position. The method is applied on samples of a rare earth containing silicate ore from southern Sweden made up of feldspars, aegirine, nepheline and the rare earth containing eudialyte.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Flotation '13, 18.-21.11.2013, Cape Town, South Africa

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19637
Publ.-Id: 19637


Highly efficient all diode pumped burst mode laser system for ultra-short pulses

Körner, J.; Hein, J.; Liebtrau, H.; Seifert, R.; Klöpfel, D.; Kahle, M.; Loeser, M.; Siebold, M.; Schramm, U.; Kaluza, M.

Concept and first results on an all diode pumped cryogenically cooled Yb:CaF2 based burst mode laser system are presented. Output parameters are designed to be 5J per burst of 1000 350fs pulses at 1MHz.

  • Contribution to proceedings
    Advanced Solid State Lasers (ASSL), 27.10.-01.11.2013, Paris, France
    Conference Papers ASSL, 978-1-55752-982-4, ATu3A.63
    DOI: 10.1364/ASSL.2013.ATu3A.63

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19636
Publ.-Id: 19636


Direct Observation of Waterglass Impregnation of Fractured Salt Rock with Positron Emission Tomography

Bittner, L.; Kulenkampff, J.; Gründig, M.; Lippmann-Pipke, J.; Enzmann, F.

Sealing with waterglass is one option of technical improvement of the geological barrier. The process of injection is rather involved, because it depends on the kinetics of reaction of the injected waterglass with salt and brines, on the nature of the fractures and the injection velocity. Generally, up to now only the final result of this impregnation could be tested with injection tests and tomographic methods.
We already applied PET process monitoring as laboratory method in a large number of studies of conservative and reactive flow, as well as diffusion experiments, in different geological materials. PET enables to observe the propagation of radiolabelled substances with ultimate sensitivity and with a reasonable spatial resolution of 1 mm. We now developed a method to observe the process of waterglass impregnation into salt rock with PET. Labelling of waterglass is possible by simply adding a small portion of [18F]KF solution, with an activity of around 100 MBq. During the injection of the labelled waterglass into the salt rock we acquire a sequence of PET scans which yield a sequence of the spatial activity distribution in the sample. The activity per voxel is proportional to the volume fraction of waterglass.
The method was tested on small volumes of salt grit and a drill core, which was previously damaged with a geomechanical test and characterized with CT-imaging. These first examples were conducted at a low entry pressure, which limited the achievable depth of penetration and thus the achieved permeability reduction. However, PET-monitoring of the flow process before and after the waterglass injection showed significant alterations of the flow field.
Generally, this method is applicable also with other impregnation agents and matrices. Our approach, where we combine numerical process simulation based on CT-imaging with direct experimental process observation with PET is suited to improve fundamental process understanding and to verify the underlying assumptions and model codes.

Keywords: PET; pet; reactive transport; tracer; flow experiments; geological barrier; nuclear waste disposal

  • Lecture (Conference)
    International Conference on the Performance of Engineered Barriers: Backfill, Plugs & Seals, 06.-07.02.2014, Hannover, Deutschland

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19635
Publ.-Id: 19635


Ressourcentechnologie ‚Made in Germany‘ -Das Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie (HIF)-

Birtel, S.; Klossek, A.; Gutzmer, J.

Die exportorientierte Industrie in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland ist in ihrer derzeitigen Ausrichtung nahezu vollständig abhängig von metallischen und mineralischen Rohstoffen, die auf dem Weltmarkt erworben und importiert werden müssen. Die Gründung des Helmholtz-Instituts Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie im August 2011 war daher motiviert durch den raschen Anstieg und die starke Fluktuation der Rohstoffpreise des letzten Jahrzehnts und der damit einhergehenden Sorge möglicher Versorgungsengpässe. Das Helmholtz-Institut ist organisatorisch an das Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf angegliedert und wird von diesem gemeinsam mit der Technischen Universität Bergakademie Freiberg aufgebaut. Die Forschung im Helmholtz-Institut fokussiert sich hauptsächlich auf interdisziplinäre und tech-nologieorientierte Projekte zur energie- und ressourceneffizienten Nutzung einer Auswahl von Hochtechnologierohstoffen (insbes. Seltene Erden, Indium, Germanium und Gallium), aber auch die Nutzung von anderen Hochtechnologiemetallen. Es werden sowohl Technologien zur primären Rohstoffnutzung als auch für das Recycling erforscht. Forschungsprojekte werden gemeinsam mit Partnern in Konsortien auf regionaler, nationaler und internationaler Ebene initiiert und durchgeführt. Nicht zuletzt leistet das Helmholtz-Institut einen signifikanten Beitrag zur Ausbildung einer neuen Generation hochqualifizierter Wissenschaftler und Techniker für die deutsche Industrie und den Hochschulsektor.

Keywords: Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie (HIF); Rohstoffstrategie; Rohstoffabkommen; Zusammenarbeit mit Industrie und Forschung

  • Other report
    Santiago: AHK Chile, 2014

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19634
Publ.-Id: 19634


Effect of compounding principles on thermal, mechanical and magnetic performance of soft magnetic polymethylmethacrylate/Fe3O4 nanocomposites

Xie, L.; Kirchberg, S.; Rudolph, M.; Ziegmann, G.; Peuker, U.

In this study, the effect of compounding principles on the properties of Polymer Bonded Soft Magnetic Nanocomposites (PBSMNs) was discussed. The polymethylmethacrylate /Fe3O4 magnetic nanocomposites (Fe3O4: 30 wt%) were prepared by the in situ process based on the solution and spray drying method, as well as by the ex situ process based on the kneading machine. As reference, the process combining these two compounding principles was also carried out for the PBSMN preparation, named as in-between process. The morphology structures, thermal, mechanical and magnetic properties of the magnetic nanocomposites achieved with different compounding principles were characterized. The results show that compounding principles have significant influence on the properties of the magnetic polymer nanocomposites. In the end, their contributions to the power electronic applications were discussed as well.

Keywords: compounding process; in situ polymerization; Polymer composites; soft magnetic composites

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19633
Publ.-Id: 19633


Start of user operation of the Mono-energetic Positron Source MePS

Butterling, M.; Anwand, W.; Büttig, H.; Cowan, T. E.; Jungmann, M.; Keßler, C.; Müller, A.; Krause-Rehberg, R.; Staats, G.; Wagner, A.

The Mono-energetic Positron Source MePS is an intense positron source for depth-resolving defect characterization at the superconducting accelerator ELBE (Electron LINAC for beams with high Brilliance and low Emittance) at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. In 2013 the chopper was added to improve timing resolution (before about 400 ps) and shape of positron lifetime spectra (by removing distortions). We also started user operation with investigations of porous samples. First measurements and results as well as the effect of the chopper will be presented.

Keywords: mono-energetic positrons; defect characterization; positron lifetime; accelerator

  • Lecture (others)
    13th International Workshop on Slow Positron Beam Techniques and Applications, 15.-20.09.2013, München, Deutschland

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19632
Publ.-Id: 19632


Radiolabeled cetuximab conjugates for EGFR targeted cancer diagnostics and therapy

Sihver, W.; Pietzsch, J.; Krause, M.; Baumann, M.; Steinbach, J.; Pietzsch, H. J.

The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) evolved over years one main molecular target for treatment of different cancer entities. The anti-EGFR antibody cetuximab has been approved alone or in combination with chemotherapy for palliative colorectal and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma therapy, or in combination with radiotherapy for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. The conjugation of radionuclides to cetuximab might increase the intrinsic activity in combination with the specific targeting properties of cetuximab. The article gives an overview of the preclinical studies that have been performed with radiolabeled cetuximab for imaging and / or treatment on different tumor models. A promising theranostic approach seems to be the treatment with therapeutic radionuclide-labeled cetuximab in combination with external radiotherapy. The therapeutic effect of this treatment method will be discussed. Present data support an important impact of the tumor micromilieu on treatment response that needs to be further validated in patients. Another important goal is the reduction of nonspecific uptake of radioactive substance in metabolic organs like liver and radiosensitive organs like bone marrow and kidneys. Overall, the integration of diagnosis, treatment and monitoring as a theranostic approach appears to be a promising strategy for improvement of individualized treatment.

Keywords: EGFR; radiolabeled cetuximab conjugates; radioimmunotherapy; cancer theranostics; external beam radiotherapy; endoradionuclide therapy

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19631
Publ.-Id: 19631


Investigation of the effective mass in GaAsN

Lomakina, F.; Drachenko, O.; Schneider, H.; Patanè, A.; Hopkinson, M.; Helm, M.

Dilute nitride semiconductors (DNS), such as GaAsN, with a nitrogen content y of a few percent or even less, have recently attracted considerable interest due to the giant bowing effect. That, in turn, offers the possibility to tailor the band structure of new devices, like LEDs, lasers, solar cells, and infrared photodetectors by varying the nitrogen content [1]. Determining proper values of the effective mass (EM) of DNS is a topic of interest because of the inconsistency of previous results (e.g. [2, 3]). To clarify the conflict we study a series of GaAsN samples (y = 0%-1%) by cyclotron resonance (CR) spectroscopy, Fourier spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy in magnetic fields in order to deduce the EM via the CR frequency, plasma frequency and the dielectric shift, respectively. So far, we are able to show that the discrepancies of former publications are most likely caused by the particular choice of the experimental technique. Probably the most direct and reliable method is the CR spectroscopy, which has rarely been used due to the low electron mobility in GaAsN. The CR does not signicantly change with different N contents and thus the EM. Our Magneto-PL spectroscopy results exhibit a completely dierent behavior. We use the same method as e.g. [2] and see a huge increase of the EM with the N content which is even bigger than in previous publications. On the other hand, the slope of ΔE, which is the key parameter in the calculation of the EM in this method, strongly depends on the region of interest. In our opinion, this method is not accurate enough for the EM determination.

[1] A. Erol, Dilute III-V Nitride Semiconductors and Material Systems, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg (2008).
[2] F. Masia et. al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 4474 (2003).
[3] Y. J. Wang et. al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 4453 (2003).

  • Poster
    20th International Conference on Electronic Properties of Two-Dimensional Systems (EP2DS-20) and 16th International Conference on Modulated Semiconductor Structures (MSS-16), 01.-05.07.2013, Wroclaw, Polska

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19630
Publ.-Id: 19630


Baseline Closure Model for Dispersed Bubbly Flow: Bubble Coalescence and Breakup

Liao, Y.; Rzehak, R.; Lucas, D.; Krepper, E.

A set of closures for two-fluid modelling of adiabatic bubbly flows has been defined as baseline model, which provides a common basis for further improvement and development. It includes closures for bubble forces, bubble-induced turbulence as well as bubble coalescence and breakup. In this work, the baseline model is applied to the case of adiabatic upward vertical pipe flows and validated with aid of the MTLoop database. Special attention is paid to the performance of the newly proposed coalescence and breakup model. The comparison with measurements shows that the baseline model is able to capture the evolution of bubble size distribution, gas volume fraction and velocity profiles along the pipe over a wide range of flow conditions.

Keywords: baseline model; bubble coalescence and breakup; MUSIG, poly-dispersed bubbly flow; vertical pipe

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19629
Publ.-Id: 19629


Investigation of the effective mass in dilute nitride semiconductors

Lomakina, F.; Drachenko, O.; Schneider, H.; Patanè, A.; Hopkinson, M.; Helm, M.

Dilute nitride semiconductors (DNS), such as GaAsN, with a nitrogen content y of a few percent or even less, have attracted considerable current interest due to the giant bowing effect. That, in turn, offers the possibility to tailor the band structure of new devices, like LEDs, lasers, solar cells, and infrared photodetectors by varying the nitrogen content [1]. Determining proper values of the effective mass (EM) of DNS is a topic of interest because of the inconsistency of previous results (e.g. [2,3]). To clarify the conflict we study a series of GaAsN and InAsN samples (y=0%-1.9%) by cyclotron resonance (CR) spectroscopy, Fourier spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy in magnetic fields in order to deduce the EM via the CR frequency, plasma frequency and the dielectric shift, respectively. First results of CR measurements indicate that the EM is not significantly affected by the nitrogen doping in contrast to previous publications.

[1] A. Erol, Dilute III-V Nitride semiconductors and Material Systems, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg (2008)
[2] F. Masia et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 4474 (2003)
[3] Y. J. Wang et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 4453 (2003)

  • Poster
    DPG-Frühjahrstagung der Sektion Kondensierte Materie, 10.-15.03.2013, Regensburg, Deutschland

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19628
Publ.-Id: 19628


Broadband THz detection and homodyne mixing using GaAs high-electron-mobility transistor rectifiers

Preu, S.; Regensburger, S.; Kim, S.; Mittendorff, M.; Winnerl, S.; Malzer, S.; Lu, H.; Burke, P. G.; Gossard, A. C.; Weber, H. B.; Sherwin, M. S.

We report on Terahertz (THz) detectors based on III-V high-electron-mobility field-effect transistors (FET). The detection results from a rectification process that is still highly efficient far above frequencies where the transistor provides gain. Several detector layouts have been optimized for specific applications at room temperature: we show a broadband detector layout, where the rectifying FET is coupled to a broadband logarithmic-periodic antenna. Another layout is optimized for mixing of two orthogonal THz beams at 370 GHz or, alternatively, 570 GHz. A third version uses a large array of FETs with very low access resistance allowing for detection of very short high-power THz pulses. We reached a time resolution of 20 ps.

Keywords: THz detection; field effect transistor; ultrafast detector; mixing

  • Contribution to proceedings
    6th International Conference on Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology, 24.-25.09.2013, Dresden, Deutschland
    Proceedings of SPIE 8900 (2013), 89000R
    DOI: 10.1117/12.2029478
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    6th International Conference on Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology, 24.-25.09.2013, Dresden, Deutschland

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19627
Publ.-Id: 19627


Experimental investigations of single and two-phase flow in a heated rod bundle

Barthel, F.; Franz, R.; Hampel, U.

Within the frame of the coordinated project "Modeling, simulation and experiments for boiling phenomena in pressurized water reactors" (BMBF FZK 02NUK010) an experimental facility for the study of boiling flows in a 3 · 3 rod bundle geometry was setup. The bundle resembles in essential geometrical parts the geometry in a pressurized water reactor fuel element. The facility is operated with a refrigerant fluid. Beside Standard instrumentation for temperature, pressure and flow rate we employed particle image velocimetry for single phase flow studies, gamma ray densitometry for integral gas fraction measurement sand ultrafast X-ray tomography for the study of the void Dynamics in the cross-section. Moreover extensive thermo-Instrumentation allows axial rod surface temperature measurements for the central heated rod. First experimental results have been achieved and will be introduced and discussed in this article.

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19626
Publ.-Id: 19626


Strategies for Contacting Single Molecule Devices

Wieser, M.; Sendler, T.; Kilibarda, F.; Teshome, B.; Keller, A.; Grebing, J.; Erbe, A.

Single molecules have been under investigation in terms of their suitability as building blocks for future electronics for more than a decade now. But the ultimate goal of molecular electronics is the (controlled) creation of functional electric circuits, i.e., networks, rather than individual devices. This requires two aspects to be addressed: The properties of the devices themselves and the properties of the contacts between individual devices as well as to the molecules forming the devices.

Traditionally, top-down methods are used to form these contacts. Here, results of measurements on PEEB (P-Ethoxy Ethyl Benzoate) molecules using the technique of mechanically controllable break junctions will be presented.

However, a bottom-up approach is favorable because of the reduced effort in fabrication. Therefore, in the second part an intermediate, hybrid approach using DNA double helix bundles as templates for leads and top-down fabricated contacts to establish a connection to the macroscopic world will be discussed.

Keywords: Molecular Electronics; Electronic Transport; Mesoscopic Physics; DNA

  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    IHRS NANONET Annual Workshop 2013, 10.10.2013, Dresden, Deutschland

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19625
Publ.-Id: 19625


Cosmic ray exposure and pre-atmospheric size of the Gebel Kamil iron meteorite

Ott, U.; Merchel, S.; Herrmann, S.; Pavetich, S.; Rugel, G.; Faestermann, T.; Fimiani, L.; Gomez-Guzman, J. M.; Hain, K.; Korschinek, G.; Ludwig, P.; D’Orazio, M.; Folco, L.

Cosmogenic He Ne and, Ar as well as the radionuclides 10Be, 26Al, 36Cl, 41Ca, 53Mn and 60Fe have been determined on samples from the Gebel Kamil ungrouped Ni-rich iron meteorite by noble gas mass spectrometry and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), respectively. The meteorite is associated with the ~45 m diameter Kamil crater in southern Egypt. Samples originate from an individual large fragment (“Individual”) as well as shrapnel. Concentrations of all cosmogenic nuclides – stable and radioactive - are a factor ~4x lower in the shrapnel samples than in the Individual. Assuming negligible 36Cl decay during terrestrial residence (indicated by the young crater age <5000 a; Folco et al. 2011), data are consistent with a simple exposure history and a 36Cl-36Ar cosmic ray exposure age (CRE) of ~(366 +- 18) Ma (systematic errors not included). Both noble gases and radionuclides point to a pre-atmospheric radius >85 cm, i.e. a pre-atmospheric mass >20 tons, with a preferred radius of 115-120 cm (50-60 tons). The analyzed samples came from a depth of ~20 cm (Individual) and ~50-80 cm (shrapnel). The size of the Gebel Kamil meteoroid determined in this work is close to estimates based on impact cratering models combined with expectations for ablation during passage through the atmosphere (Folco et al. 2010, 2011).

Keywords: accelerator mass spectrometry; AMS; cosmogenic nuclides; cosmochemsitry; meteorite

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19624
Publ.-Id: 19624


Green up-conversion of swift C5+ ion irradiated planar waveguide in Er3+, MgO codoped nearly stoichiometric LiNbO3 crystal

Liu, H.; Jia, Y.; Ren, Y.; Akhmadaliev, S.; Zhou, S.; Chen, F.

We report on the green up-conversion emission from Er3+, MgO codoped nearly stoichiometric LiNbO3 planar waveguides fabricated by the swift C5+ ion irradiation. The characteristics of the waveguides are investigated by using a continuous wave laser at wavelength of 800 nm. The reconstructed distribution of the refractive index of the C ion irradiated waveguides shows a “barrier and well” profile. The up-conversion emissions of green light, corresponding to the transition of 4H11/2→4I15/2 and 4S3/2→4I15/2 bands, have been observed in the waveguides with intensity of 40% of that from the bulk.

Keywords: Optical waveguides; Swift heavy ion irradiation; Green up-conversion emission; LiNbO3 crystal

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19623
Publ.-Id: 19623


Channel waveguide lasers at 1064  nm in Nd:YAG crystal produced by C5+ ion irradiation with shadow masking

Yao, Y.; Jia, Y.; Chen, F.; Akhmadaliev, S.; Zhou, S.

We report on the fabrication of channel waveguides in Nd:YAG crystals, using swift C5+ ion irradiation with ion energy of 15 MeV and fluence at 5×10^15  ions/cm2. A laser-cut shadow mask of a number of open stripes with varied width was covered on the sample surface during the ion irradiation. Channel waveguides were formed in the Nd:YAG crystal due to the refractive index increase along the ion trajectory. Room temperature waveguide laser oscillations at 1064 nm have been observed under 808 nm optical pumping, with laser slope efficiency at 38% and a maximum output power of 36 mW.

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19622
Publ.-Id: 19622


Is silicide formation the decisive factor in impurity induced ion beam pattern formation?

Engler, M.; Müller, S.; Will, M.; Frost, F.; Feder, R.; Spemann, D.; Hübner, R.; Facsko, S.; Michely, T.

Recent experiments showed that metal deposition during ion beam erosion causes the pattern formation at low incidence angles.
We performed 2 keV Kr+ ion beam erosion of Si(001) experiments using a scanned fine focus ion source with simultaneous deposition of metal atoms. After ion beam erosion we analyzed our samples in-situ with scanning tunneling microscopy and ex-situ with atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The metal concentration on the Si surface was analyzed ex-situ with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry.
To distinguish the effects of collision kinetics versus chemical interaction in metal co-deposition induced pattern formation on Si(001) we conducted Ag and Pd sputter co-deposition from a target mounted on the Si sample. This setup results in a flux and concentration gradient of the co-deposited metals on the Si sample. While for Pd a concentration dependent ripple pattern is observed, no pattern evolves for Ag co-deposition under ultra high vaccum conditions. Since Ag and Pd possess nearly the same nuclear charge and atomic mass, their different ability to form a pattern must be attributed to their different ability to form silicides. While Pd forms a variety of silicides, Ag forms none. Silicide formation of the co-deposited metal appears thus to be a necessary condition to induce a pattern on Si during ion exposure.

  • Lecture (Conference)
    Nanocale Pattern Formation at Surfaces, 26.-30.05.2013, Copenhagen, Denmark

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19621
Publ.-Id: 19621


Enhanced growth and Cu diffusion barrier properties of thermal ALD TaNC films in Cu/low-k interconnects

Wojcik, H.; Hossbach, C.; Kubasch, C.; Verdonck, P.; Barbarin, Y.; Merkel, U.; Bartha, J. W.; Hübner, R.; Engelmann, H.-J.; Friedemann, M.

For thermal ALD TaxNyCz films improved growth behaviour and Cu diffusion barrier performance are demonstrated by applying a plasma treatment prior to film deposition, in particular on low-k dielectrics. Two different kinds of ALD processes for depositing thermal ALD TaxNyCz films are applied in this study, involving either TBTDET or PDMAT as a precursor. Ammonia is used as a reactant and Ar as a purging gas in both processes. Within the experiment, two types of pre-treatments prior to ALD are investigated: a wet-chemical pre-treatment using diluted (0.5%) HF, and plasma pre-treatments using Ar/H2 or N2 plasmas. It is examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) from a microstuctural perspective whether improved growth behaviour of thermal ALD TaxNyCz films can be achieved by applying a plasma treatment prior to film deposition. The Cu diffusion barrier properties of 10-15 nm ALD TaNC films are then evaluated by bias temperature stress (BTS) and triangular voltage sweep (TVS) measurements on metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) test structures, after annealing at up to 600 °C under H2/N2 atmosphere. The results imply that, from a process side, thermal ALD TaNC films can intrinsically achieve a Cu diffusion barrier performance similar to PVD TaN. However, if no treatment was applied, Cu drift occurred.

Keywords: ALD TaN; Cu diffusion barrier; Triangular voltage sweep; Plasma treatment; Low-k

Permalink: https://www.hzdr.de/publications/Publ-19620
Publ.-Id: 19620


The giant Shakhdara migmatitic gneiss dome, Pamir, India–Asia collision zone, II:Timing of dome formation, Tectonics

Stübner, K.; Ratschbacher, L.; Weise, C.; Chow, J.; Hofmann, J.; Khan, J.; Rutte, D.; Sperner, B.; Pfänder, J. A.; Hacker, B. R.; Dunkl, I.; Tichomirowa, M.; Stearns, M. A.; Bahram, I.; Gadoev, M.; Gloaguen, R.; Jonckheere, R.; Kanaev, E.; Minaev, V.; Oimahmadoc, I.; Rajabov, N.; Stanek, K. P.

Cenozoic gneiss domes—exposing middle-lower crustal rocks—cover ~30% of the surface exposure of the Pamir, western India-Asia collision zone; they allow an unparalleled view into the deep crust of the Asian plate. We use titanite, monazite, and zircon U/Th-Pb, mica Rb-Sr and 40Ar/39Ar, zircon and apatite fission track, and zircon (U-Th)/He ages to constrain the exhumation history of the ~350 × 90 km Shakhdara-Alichur dome, southwestern Pamir. Doming started at 21–20 Ma along the Gunt top-to-N normal-shear zone of the northern Shakhdara dome. The bulk of the exhumation occurred by ~NNW-ward extrusion of the footwall of the crustal-scale South Pamir normal-shear zone along the southern Shakhdara dome boundary. Footwall extrusion was active from ~18–15 Ma to ~2 Ma at ~10 mm/yr slip and with vertical exhumation rates of 1–3 mm/yr; it resulted in up to 90 km ~N-S extension, coeval with ~N-S convergence between India and Asia. Erosion rates were 0.3–0.5 mm/yr within the domes and 0.1–0.3 mm/yr in the horst separating the Shakhdara and Alichur domes and in the southeastern Pamir plateau; rates were highest along the dome axis in the southern part of the Shakhdara dome. Incision along the major drainages was up to 1.0 mm/yr. Thermal modeling suggests geothermal gradients as high as 60°C/km along the trace of the South Pamir shear zone and their strong N-S variation across the dome; the gradients relaxed to ≤40–45°C/km since the end of doming.

Keywords: Pamir; gneiss dome; synorogenic extension; low-angle detachment

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Publ.-Id: 19619


The giant Shakhdara migmatitic gneiss dome, Pamir, India–Asia collision zone, I: Geometry and kinematics

Stübner, K.; Ratschbacher, L.; Rutte, D.; Stanek, K.; Minaev, V.; Wiesinger, M.; Gloaguen, R.; Bahram, I.; Gadoev, M.; Gordon, S. M.; Hacker, B. R.; Hofmann, J.; Kanaev, E.; Oimahmadoc, I.; Rajabov, N.

Cenozoic gneiss domes comprise one third of the surface exposure of the Pamir and provide a window into the deep crustal processes of the India-Asia collision. The largest of these are the doubly vergent, composite Shakhdara-Alichur domes of the southwestern Pamir, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan; they are separated by a low-strain horst. Top-to-SSE, noncoaxial pervasive flow over the up to 4 km thick South Pamir shear zone exhumed crust from 30–40 km depth in the ~250 × 80 km Shakhdara dome; the top-to-NNE Alichur shear zone exposed upper crustal rocks in the ~125 × 25 km Alichur dome. The Gunt shear zone bounds the Shakhdara dome in the north and records alternations of normal shear and dextral transpression; it contributed little to bulk exhumation. Footwall exhumation along two low-angle, normal-sense detachments resulted in up to 90 km syn-orogenic ~N-S extension. Extension in the southwestern Pamir opposes shortening in a fold-thrust belt north of the domes and in particular in the Tajik depression, where an evaporitic décollement facilitated upper crustal shortening. Gravitational collapse of the Pamir-plateau margin drove core-complex formation in the southwestern Pamir and shortening of the weak foreland adjacent to the plateau. Overall, this geometry defines a “vertical extrusion” scenario, comprising frontal and basal underthrusting and thickening, and hanging gravitationally driven normal shear. In contrast to the Himalayan vertical extrusion scenario, erosion in the Pamir was minor, preserving most of the extruded deep crust, including the top of the South Pamir shear zone at peak elevations throughout the dome.

Keywords: Pamir; gneiss dome; synorogenic extension; low-angle detachment

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Remote Sensing Analysis of Lake Dynamics in Semi-Arid Regions: Implication for Water Resource Management. Lake Manyara, East African Rift, Northern Tanzania

Deus, D.; Gloaguen, R.

We show here that a remote sensing (RS) approach is a cost-efficient and accurate method to study water resource dynamics in semi-arid areas. We use a MODIS surface reflectance dataset and a Modified Normalized Difference Water Index (MNDWI) to map the variability of Lake Manyara’s water surface area using a histogram segmentation technique. The results indicate that Lake Manyara’s water surface coverage has been decreasing from 520.25 km2 to 30.5 km2 in 2000 and 2011 respectively. We observe that the lake water surface and the lake water balance displayed a similar pattern from 2006 to 2009, probably initiated by heavy rainfall and low temperature in 2006. Lake water surface area appears to have an inverse relationship with MODIS evapotranspiration (ET) and MODIS land surface temperature (LST). We imply that recent fluctuations of Lake Manyara’s surface water area are a direct consequence of global and regional climate fluctuations. We therefore conclude that, by means of RS it is possible to provide timely and up-to-date water resource information to managers and hence enable optimized and operational decisions for sustainable management and conservation. We suggest that the method employed in this research should be applied to monitor water resource dynamics provided that remotely sensed datasets are available.

Keywords: water resource management; lake dynamics; climate variability; lake extraction; water index; remote sensing

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Tectonic and Climatic Forcing on the Panj River System During the Quaternary

Fuchs, M.; Gloaguen, R.; Pohl, E.

Surface processes involve complex feedback effects between tectonic and climatic influences in the high mountains of Pamir. The ongoing India–Asia collision provokes the development of east–west-trending mountain ranges that impose structural control on flow directions of the Pamir rivers. The evolving relief is further controlled by strong moisture gradients. The decreasing precipitations from the southern and western margins of the Pamir Plateau to its center, in their turn, control the emplacement of glaciers. Chronologies of glacial records from the Pamir Plateau attest for strong climatic variability during the Quaternary. Corresponding remnants of glacial advances suggest glacial morphodynamic restricted to 4,000 m a.s.l. since marine isotope stage 4. The Panj, the trunk river of Pamir, deflects from the predominant westward drainage, connecting its main tributaries at the western margin of the drainage basin. The geometry of the river network and the pattern of incision characterize the Panj as a composite river. River reaches of indicated low incision coincide with west-trending valleys, parallel to domes and their bounding faults. Valley shape ratios reflect increased incision in north-trending sections, but do not match with changes in the catchment geometry or erodibility of rock types. Modelled riverbed profiles distinguish three Panj reaches. The upstream increase in convexity suggests successive river captures in response to local base-level changes. The northward-deflected river reaches link the local base levels, which coincide with the southern boundaries of the Shakhdara and Yazgulom Dome and Darvaz Range. We argue that tectonics plays a large role controlling the drainage system of the Panj and hence surface processes in the Pamir mountains.

Keywords: Pamir; Panj river network; Tectonic; geomorphology; Glacial chronology; Fluvial incision; River profiles

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Automatic Extraction and Size Distribution of Landslides in Kurdistan Region, NE Iraq.

Othman, A. A.; Gloaguen, R.

This study aims to assess the localization and size distribution of landslides using automatic remote sensing techniques in (semi-) arid, non-vegetated, mountainous environments. The study area is located in the Kurdistan region (NE Iraq), within the Zagros orogenic belt, which is characterized by the High Folded Zone (HFZ), the Imbricated Zone and the Zagros Suture Zone (ZSZ). The available reference inventory includes 3,190 landslides mapped from sixty QuickBird scenes using manual delineation. The landslide types involve rock falls, translational slides and slumps, which occurred in different lithological units. Two hundred and ninety of these landslides lie within the ZSZ, representing a cumulated surface of 32 km2. The HFZ implicates 2,900 landslides with an overall coverage of about 26 km2. We first analyzed cumulative landslide number-size distributions using the inventory map. We then proposed a very simple and robust algorithm for automatic landslide extraction using specific band ratios selected upon the spectral signatures of bare surfaces as well as posteriori slope and the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) thresholds. The index is based on the contrast between landslides and their background, whereas the landslides have high reflections in the green and red bands. We applied the slope threshold map to remove low slope areas, which have high reflectance in red and green bands. The algorithm was able to detect ~96% of the recent landslides known from the reference inventory on a test site. The cumulative landslide number-size distribution of automatically extracted landslide is very similar to the one based on visual mapping. The automatic extraction is therefore adapted for the quantitative analysis of landslides and thus can contribute to the assessment of hazards in similar regions.

Keywords: brightness Indicator; landslide; automatic extraction; landslide index; remote sensing; GIS; number-size distribution; Zagros

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Water Balance Modeling in a Semi-Arid Environment with Limited in situ Data Using Remote Sensing in Lake Manyara, East African Rift, Tanzania.

Deus, D.; Gloaguen, R.; Krause, P.

The purpose of this paper is to estimate the water balance in a semi-arid environment with limited in situ data using a remote sensing approach. We focus on the Lake Manyara catchment, located within the East African Rift of northern Tanzania. We use a distributed conceptual hydrological model driven by remote sensing data to study the spatial and temporal variability of water balance parameters within the catchment. Satellite gravimetry GRACE data is used to verify the trends of the inferred lake level changes. The results show that the lake undergoes high spatial and temporal variations, characteristic of a semi-arid climate with high evaporation and low rainfall. We observe that the Lake Manyara water balance and GRACE equivalent water depth show comparable trends; a decrease after 2002 followed by a sharp increase in 2006–2007. Our modeling confirms the importance of the 2006–2007 Indian Ocean Dipole fluctuation in replenishing the groundwater reservoirs of East Africa. We thus demonstrate that water balance modeling can be performed successfully using remote sensing data even in complex climatic settings. Despite the small size of Lake Manyara, GRACE data showed great potential for hydrological research on smaller un-gauged lakes and catchments in similar semi-arid environments worldwide. The water balance information can be used for further analysis of lake variations in relation to soil erosion, climate and land cover/land use change as well as different lake management and conservation scenarios.

Keywords: semi-arid; water balance; remote sensing; rainfall; evapotranspiration; runoff; GRACE

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Publ.-Id: 19614


River Courses Affected by Landslides and Implications for Hazard Assessment: A High Resolution Remote Sensing Case Study in NE Iraq–W Iran

Othman, A. A.; Gloaguen, R.

The objective of this study is to understand the effect of landslides on the drainage network within the area of interest. We thus test the potential of rivers to record the intensity of landslides that affected their courses. The study area is located within the Zagros orogenic belt along the border between Iraq and Iran. We identified 280 landslides through nine QuickBird scenes using visual photo-interpretation. The total landslide area of 40.05 km2 and their distribution follows a NW–SE trend due to the tectonic control of main thrust faults. We observe a strong control of the landslides on the river course. We quantify the relationship between riverbed displacement and mass wasting occurrences using landslide sizes versus river offset and hypsometric integrals. Many valleys and river channels are curved around the toe of landslides, thus producing an offset of the stream which increases with the landslide area. The river offsets were quantified using two geomorphic indices: the river with respect to the basin midline (Fb); and the offset from the main river direction (Fd). Hypsometry and stream offset seem to be correlated. In addition; the analysis of selected river courses may give some information on the sizes of the past landslide events and therefore contribute to the hazard assessment.

Keywords: landslides; river offset; hypsometry; remote sensing; GIS; Zagros

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Geothermal activities in the Main Ethiopian Rift: Hydrogeochemical characterization of geothermal waters and geothermometry applications

Pürschel, M.; Gloaguen, R.; Stadler, S.

Ethiopia holds an enormous capacity to generate geothermal energy in the volcano-tectonically active zones of the East African Rift System. In this study, we investigate the potential of three geothermal prospect areas in the Main Ethiopian Rift (Dofan-Fantale, Gergede-Sodere, Aluto-Langano). We examine existing and new data from a water sampling campaign, both of which are evaluated in terms of geochemistry and applicability for the estimation of geothermal subsurface temperatures. Several solute geothermometers, Cl–SO4–HCO3 and Na–K–Mg ternary diagrams as well as silica-enthalpy and chloride-enthalpy mixing models were applied to the prevailing alkaline and Na–HCO3 or Na–Cl–HCO3 dominated waters. Mixing was most pronounced in the individual subregions of Dofan-Fantale and Gergede-Sodere, yet these areas still indicate high heat-generating capabilities. The applied enthalpy-chloride mixing model suggests a subsurface temperature of 190 ± 20 °C for these hot springs. This temperature estimate is in good agreement with those obtained from the Na–K and Na–K–Ca geothermometers (185 ± 20 °C) for both geothermal areas. Additionally, for Gergede-Sodere it agreed well with the silica-enthalpy mixing model hot spring water results with the assumption that steam loss occurs before mixing (170 ± 20 °C). Furthermore, the enthalpy-chloride mixing model refers to reservoir temperatures between 300 °C and 370 °C for the Aluto-Langano geothermal fluids, which are in the same magnitude than the ones obtained by the silica-enthalpy mixing model for hot springs, if no steam loss occurs before mixing (270 ± 30 °C). In addition, they are comparable with few known data collected in drilled wells in the Aluto-Langano geothermal field (231–282 °C for LA-4 and LA-8 as well as 315–363 °C for LA-3 and LA-6).

Keywords: Subsurface temperatures; Groundwater; Thermal waters; Geothermometry; Geothermal energy; Ethiopia

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Environmental change detection in the central part of Iraq using remote sensing data and GIS

Othman, A. A.; Al-Saady, Y. I.; Al-Khafaji, A. K.; Gloaguen, R.

This study aims to assess the potential of sev-eral ancillary input data for the improvement of unsuper-vised land cover change detection in arid environments. The study area is located in Central Iraq where deserti-fication has been observed. We develop a new scheme based on known robust indices. We employ Landsat (multispectral scanner, thematic mapper, and enhanced thematic mapper) satellite data acquired in 1976, 1990, and 2002. We use the Normalized Deferential Vegetation Index, Normalized Differential Water Index (NDWI), Salinity Index (SI), and Eolian Mapping Index. Two new equations were applied for the SI and the NDWI indices. Validation was performed using ground truth data collected in 16 days. We show that such an ap-proach allows a robust and low-cost alternative for pre-liminary and large-scale assessments. This study shows that desertification has increased in the study area since 1990.

Keywords: Remote sensing; changes detection; NDVI; NDWI; SI; EMI; MSS; TM; ETM; Land cover; Iraq

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Publ.-Id: 19611


Influence of rigid coregistration of PET and CT data on metabolic volumetry: a user's perspective

Steffen, I. G.; Hofheinz, F.; Rogasch, J. M. M.; Furth, C.; Amthauer, H.; Ruf, J.

Background
While non-rigid fusion is by definition expected to alter the information of positron emission tomography (PET) data, we assessed whether rigid transformation also influences metabolic tumor volume (MTV) determination.

Methods
The PET/computed tomography (CT) data of 28 solid pulmonary lesions of 20 tumor patients examined with 18 F-Fluordeoxyglucose (FDG) was retrospectively analyzed. The original (OR) hardware-coregistered PET images were fused with contrast-enhanced diagnostic CT (CT1, 1 mm slices) and low dose CT (CT5, 5 mm slices). After automatic rigid transformation (Mirada Fusion7D) using two algorithms (rigid fast (RF), rigid slow (RS)), MTV and maximal standardized uptake value (SUVmax) were determined applying four different segmentation methods with either fixed or background-adapted thresholding and compared to OR-PET data.

Results
Relative differences in SUVmax compared to OR data revealed no significant differences for RF (median, -0.1%; interquartile range (IQR), -1.1% to 0.9%; p = 0.75) and RS (median, 0.5%; IQR, -0.6% to 1.3%; p = 0.19) in CT1, whereas in CT5 significant deviations were observed for RF (median, -9.0%; IQR, -10.9 to -6.1; p < 0.001) and RS (median, -8.4%; IQR, -11.1 to -5.6; p < 0.001). Relative MTV differences were 0.7% (IQR, -3.0% to 2.7%; p = 0.76) for RF and -1.3% (IQR, -3.6% to 0.9%; p = 0.12) for RS in CT1. Coregistration led to significant MTV differences in RF (median, 10.4%; IQR, 7.4% to 16.7%; p < 0.001) and RS (median, 10.6%; IQR, 5.4% to 17.7%; p < 0.001) in CT5.

Conclusions
Rigid coregistration of PET data allows a quantitative evaluation with reasonable accuracy in most cases. However, in some cases, it can result in substantial deviations of MTV and SUVmax. Therefore, it is recommended to perform quantitative evaluation in the original PET data rather than in coregistered PET data.

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Evaluating SAR polarization modes at L-band for forest classification purposes in Eastern Amazon, Brazil

Liesenberg, V.; Gloaguen, R.

Single, interferometric dual, and quad-polarization mode data were evaluated for the characterization and classification of seven land use classes in an area with shifting cultivation practices located in the Eastern Amazon (Brazil). The Advanced Land-Observing Satellite (ALOS) Phased Array L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) data were acquired during a six month interval. A clear-sky Landsat-5/TM image acquired at the same period was used as additional ground reference and as ancillary input data in the classification scheme. We evaluated backscattering intensity, polarimetric features, interferometric coherence and texture parameters for classification purposes using support vector machines (SVM) and feature selection. Results showed that the forest classes were characterized by low temporal backscatter-ing intensity variability, low coherence and high entropy. Quad polarization mode performed better than dual and single polarizations but overall accuracies remain low and were affected by precipitation events on the date and prior SAR date acquisition. Misclassifications were reduced by integrating Landsat data and an overall accuracy of 85% was attained. The integration of Landsat to both quad and dual polarization modes showed similarity at the 5% significance level. SVM was not affected by SAR dimensionality and feature selection technique reveals that co-polarized channels as well as SAR derived parameters such as Alpha-Entropy decomposition were important ranked features after Landsat' near-infrared and green bands. We show that in absence of Landsat data, polarimetric features extracted from quad-polarization L-band increase classification accuracies when compared to single and dual polarization alone. We argue that the joint analysis of SAR and their derived parameters with optical data performs even better and thus encourage the further development of joint techniques under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) mechanism.

Keywords: Polarization modes; secondary forest; successional forest; ALOS/PALSAR; SVM; Eastern Amazon

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Publ.-Id: 19609


Beneficiation potential of low-grade iron ore from the Manganore Iron Formation through gravity concentration

Beyeme-Zogo, J. C.; Beukes, N. J.; Gutzmer, J.

About 84% of the high-grade iron ore produced in South Africa is hosted by the Manganore Iron Formation of the Ghaap Group of the Asbestos Hills Subgroup, Transvaal Supergroup. The Manganore Iron Formation (MIF) is slumped into sinkhole structures of the Campbellrand Subgroup and occurs exclusively on the Maremane Dome, an arcuate structure located between Postmasburg in the south and Sishen/Kathu in the north, in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. In the absence of major discoveries of new high-grade iron ore deposits around the world, mining companies have to turn to materials that were once classified as waste. This study was initiated to assess the beneficiation potential of banded MIF and brecciated MIF, two texturally distinct types of partly ferruginized iron formation that occur along the contact of the MIF with the immediately underlying Wolhaarkop Breccia and the Campbellrand Subgroup. The stratigraphic thickness of the partly ferruginized materials in drill core varied between from 23.2 m to 101.9 m. Both material types were sampled in drill cores, and Hand specimen samples were also collected from dump stockpiles and open pits at the Beeshoek and Khumani mines.
Partly ferruginized banded MIF consists of alternating bands of haematite and microbanded chert varying in thickness from the millimetre to the centimetre scale, with specularite filling fissures and pore spaces. The brecciated and partly ferruginized MIF comprises angular fragments of chert, quartz, iron formation, jasper, and high-grade haematite ore with or without matrix. Light microscopy and X-ray diffraction studies revealed that haematite is the principal ore mineral and quartz (chert) the main gangue mineral. Iron- and silica-rich bands were separated using a diamond saw for density measurements and for major element geochemistry by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. The bulk density varies between 2.7 g.cm-3 and 5.2 g.cm-3 , and correlates well with the iron concentration, which range from 13.5 to 69.4 wt.% Fe. Bulk samples of both raw material types were crushed using a jaw crusher, then sieved in different size ranges and a particle size range (-5.6+1.4 mm) was selected for gravity concentration. This crushed material was found to contain 35.9 wt% Fe (brecciated MIF) and 33.7 wt% Fe (banded MIF). The beneficiation potential of the Manganore low-grade raw material type was assessed using a mineral density separator. The Mintek fixed trailer jig was used with input parameters of 200 kpa pressure. Separation success was monitored by determining the iron concentration of different beds using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF). The best separation was observed for brecciated MIF, which yielded a gravity concentrate containing 60.7 wt.% Fe (1.69 enrichment ratio), while processing of banded MIF yielded gravity concentrates of up to 52.2 wt.% Fe (1.72 enrichment ratio). The results d e m o n s t r a t e clearly that partly ferruginized MIF holds potential to be processed into a high-grade iron ore concentrate. However, the texture of the low-grade iron formation impacts significantly on separation success.

Keywords: Manganore Iron Formation; Gravity Concentration; Beneficiation Potential; Iron Ore

  • Contribution to proceedings
    SAIMM Physical Beneficiation Conference, 19.-21.11.2013, Misty Hills, South Africa
    Physical Beneficiation 2013, Johannesburg: SAIMM, 1 919783 50 4, 1-28

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Publ.-Id: 19608


Lithium-Erkundung in Zinnwald, Osterzgebirge

Neßler, J.; Seifert, T.; Gutzmer, J.; Müller, A.; Stute, S.; Henker, J.; Kühn, K.

Nach einem beinahe 70-jährigen Stillstand der bergmännischen Tätigkeiten im Revier der Li-Sn-W-Lagerstätte Zinnwald im Osterzgebirge gehen die Erkundungsbemühungen in die nächste Runde. Die Freiberger Firma SolarWorld Solicium GmbH, einhundertprozentige Tochter der SolarWorld AG, erkundet seit der Erteilung der Aufsuchungsgenehmigung durch das Sächsische Oberbergamt im Februar 2011 gemeinsam mit der TU Bergakademie Freiberg und der GEOS Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH Mitteleuropas größtes bekanntes Li-Vorkommen.

Keywords: exploration; Saxony; resource technology

  • Acamonta 20(2013), 33-35

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Publ.-Id: 19607


"Erzminerale sehen heißt verstehen" - automatisierte Mineralogie und ihre Anwendung

Schulz, B.; Gutzmer, J.

Die von der Industrie benötigten Rohstoffe, insbesondere Metalle und Halbmetalle liegen in der Natur nur selten in einer elementaren und unmittelbar nutzbaren Form vor. Metalle wie beispielsweise Kupfer (Cu), Chrom (Cr) und Platin (Pt) finden sich vielmehr in vielfältigen molekularen Verbindungen mit Schwefel (S), Sauerstoff (O) und vielen weiteren Elementen in Erzmineralen wie Chalkopyrit (CuFeS2), Chromit ((Mg,Fe)Cr2O4) oder Braggit ((Pt,Pd,Ni)S. Diese Wertminerale treten wiederum oftmals in nur geringen Anteilen in den dazugehörigen Erzen.

Keywords: automated mineralogy; geometallurgy; mineral liberation analysis; resource technology

  • Acamonta 20(2013), 30-33

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Publ.-Id: 19606


Heimische Geopotenziale II - E3 - Rohstofferkundung im Erzgebirge mittels Geophysik

Osbahr, I.; Buske, S.; Spitzer, K.; Eiermann, M.; Siemon, B.; Meyer, U.; Gutzmer, J.; Gloaguen, R.; Stein, S.; Lehmann, U.

Im Januar dieses Jahres hat das Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie (HIF) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, der Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR), sowie dem Landesamt für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Geologie (LfULG) einen Antrag auf eine wissenschaftliche Aufsuchungsgenehmigung für ein Gebiet im Raum Geyer im Erzgebirgskreis beantragt. Das damit einhergehende Forschungsprojekt hat das Ziel, mittels geophysikalischer Verfahren das Rohstoffpotenzial des geologischen Untergrundes bis in eine Tiefe von ca. 500 m zu erfassen. Alle relevanten Daten, die im Rahmen dieser Aufsuchung erhoben werden, sollen genutzt werden, um ein 3D-Modell des geologischen Untergrunds im Aufsuchungsgebiet zu erstellen. Sowohl dieses Modell als auch die ihm zugrundeliegenden Daten sollen mit Abschluss des auf drei Jahre ausgelegten Projekts veröffentlicht werden.

Keywords: geophysics; exploration; Saxony; resource technology

  • Acamonta 20(2013), 28-30

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Publ.-Id: 19605


Heimische Geopotenziale I - Wertstoffe aus Bergbauhalden

Osbahr, I.; Buettner, P.; Gutzmer, J.; Bertau, M.; Fritze, M.; Heide, G.; Janneck, E.; Kleeberg, R.; Leißner, T.; Luhmer, R.

Im Erzgebirge wurde über Jahrhunderte hinweg Erzbergbau betrieben. Abhängig vom Stand der Technik wurden nicht auszubringende oder nicht verwertbare Bestandteile des geförderten Gesteins aufgehaldet. Daher existieren als Hinterlassenschaft des Erzbergbaus des vorigen Jahrhunderts auch heutzutage noch etliche große Bergehalden, Spülhalden und Waschsandhalden aus der Aufbereitung sowie Schlacke- und Flugstaubablagerungen aus der Verhüttung. Diese Halden enthalten noch für die damalige Aufbereitung zu fein verwachsenes Material bzw. Restkonzentrationen der abgebauten Erzmetalle – z. B. Zinn, Zink, Silber oder Wolfram – und Begleitelemente, wie Lithium oder Indium. Einige der Metalle, die bei der historischen Gewinnung wirtschaftlich von wenig Interesse waren, sind heute von wirtschaftsstrategischer Relevanz.

Keywords: resource technology; resource efficiency; mine tailings; Saxony

  • Acamonta 20(2013), 25-27

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Publ.-Id: 19604


Printing Nearly-Discrete Magnetic Patterns Using Chemical Disorder Induced Ferromagnetism

Bali, R.; Wintz, S.; Meutzner, F.; Hübner, R.; Boucher, R.; Ünal, A. A.; Valencia, S.; Neudert, A.; Potzger, K.; Bauch, J.; Kronast, F.; Facsko, S.; Lindner, J.; Fassbender, J.

Ferromagnetism in certain alloys consisting of magnetic and non-magnetic species can be activated by the presence of chemical disorder. This phenomenon is linked to an increase in the number of nearest-neighbour magnetic atoms and local variations in the electronic band structure due to the existence of disorder sites. An approach to induce disorder is through exposure of the chemically ordered alloy to energetic ions; collision cascades formed by the ions knock atoms from their ordered sites and the concomitant vacancies are filled randomly via thermal diffusion of atoms at room temperature. The ordered structure thereby undergoes a transition into a metastable solid solution. Here we demonstrate the patterning of highly resolved magnetic structures by taking advantage of the large increase in the saturation magnetization of Fe60Al40 alloy triggered by subtle atomic displacements. The sigmoidal characteristic and sensitive dependence of the induced magnetization on the atomic displacements manifests a sub-50 nm patterning resolution. Patterning of magnetic regions in the form of stripes separated by ~ 40 nm wide spacers was performed, wherein the magnet/spacer/magnet structure exhibits re-programmable parallel (↑/spacer/↑) and antiparallel (↑/spacer/↓) magnetization configurations in zero field. Materials in which the magnetic behavior can be tuned via ion-induced phase transitions may allow the fabrication of novel spin-transport and memory devices using existing lateral patterning tools.

Keywords: phase-transitions; chemical disorder; magnetic patterning; magnetic nanostructures; memory devices

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Publ.-Id: 19603


Preclinical PET/MRI – First time use and validation of a potential tool for image based dosimetry

Kranz, M.; Sattler, B.; Patt, M.; Donat, C. K.; Deuther-Conrad, W.; Hiller, A.; Smits, R.; Hoepping, A.; Sabri, O.; Brust, P.

Objectives :
PET image based preclinical dosimetry (ibPD) allows the dose assessment for new radiotracers. However, most of the small animal systems are combined with CT. The low soft tissue contrast results in poor organ delineation. Therefore, we like to evaluate a new preclinical PET/MRI system by comparing a recent ibPD in female mice (M) with a post mortem biodistribution (PMB) and previous PET/CT based studies in piglets (P) and humans (H), after i.v. injection of [18F]flubatine.

Methods :
Whole body ibPD was performed in 3 M (11 w, 27.8 g), 3 P (7 w, 14.0 kg) and 3 H (59.6 y, 74.3 kg). The anesthetized animals and the H were PET-imaged (M: MEDISO nanoScan PET/MRI; P, H: SIEMENS Biograph16 PET/CT) up to 7h post i.v. injection of 13.1 MBq, 183.5. MBq, 353.7 MBq [18F]flubatine, followed by iterative reconstruction including MR- and CT-based attenuation correction respectively. Exponential curves were fitted to the time-activity-data (%ID/organ). In M and P, time and mass were adapted to the human scale. The activity data from the PMB study was obtained by organ counting of 27 M (11 w, 28.2 g) in a γ-counter. The ODs were calculated with OLINDA and the ED using tissue weighting factors (ICRP103).

Results:
Based on preclinical PET/MRI, the highest OD (μSv/MBq) was in kidneys (47.5) and urinary bladder (33.4). The highest contribution to the ED (μSv/MBq) was by stomach (1.8) and lungs (1.7), resulting in an ED of 12.1 which is almost identical with the results of the PMB (12.5). The ED based on the PET/CT data is 14.3 (P) and 22.6 in H.

Conclusions :
It was proven, exemplary for [18F]flubatine, that ibPD studies with a preclinical PET/MRI in mice for dose assessment to humans are possible, taking into account an underestimation of the ED of about 40% as shown by earlier studies[1]. The investigation of further radiotracers is required to confirm the reliability of this study.

References:
[1] B. Sattler, M. Kranz, M. Patt et al. Incorporation dosimetry of F-18-Flubatine - Comparison of animal model data with first-in-man results. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2012; 53(suppl): 1503.

  • Poster
    SNMMI 2014 Annual Meeting, 07.-11.06.2014, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Abstract in refereed journal
    Journal of Nuclear Medicine 55(2014)1, 1140

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Publ.-Id: 19602


Triaryl-olefine based nitric oxide-releasing selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors as potential radiosensitizers

Bechmann, N.; Sehn, F.; Tondera, C.; Mosch, B.; Kniess, T.; Pietzsch, J.

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  • Poster
    40th Annual Meeting of the Europoean Radiation Research Society, 01.-05.09.2013, Dublin, Ireland
  • Contribution to proceedings
    40th Annual Meeting of the European Radiation Research Society, 01.-05.09.2013, Dublin, Ireland
    Congress Program and Abstracts, Dublin: ERR conference partner

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Publ.-Id: 19601


Near-room-temperature photon-noise-limited quantum well infrared photodetector

Hao, M. R.; Yang, Y.; Zhang, S.; Shen, W. Z.; Schneider, H.; Liu, H. C.

With the modern development of infrared laser sources such as broadly tunable quantum cascade lasers and frequency combs, applications of infrared laser spectroscopy are expected to become widespread. Consequently, convenient infrared detectors are needed, having properties such as fast response, high efficiency, and room-temperature operation. This work investigated conditions to achieve near-room-temperature photon-noise-limited performance of quantum well infrared photodetectors (QWIPs), in particular the laser power requirement. Both model simulation and experimental verification were carried out. At 300 K, it is shown that the ideal performance can be reached for typical QWIP designs up to a detection wavelength of 10 μm. At 250 K, which is easily reachable with a thermoelectric Peltier cooler, the ideal performance can be reached up to 12 μm. QWIPs are therefore suitable for detection and sensing applications with devices operating up to or near room temperature.

Keywords: Quantum well infrared photodetector; QWIP; background limited performance; detectivity; signal-to-noise ratio

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Publ.-Id: 19600


Strong Quadrupole-Strain Interaction of Vacancy Orbital in Boron-Doped Czochralski Silicon

Okabe, K.; Akatsu, M.; Baba, S.; Mitsumoto, K.; Nemoto, Y.; Yamada-Kaneta, H.; Goto, T.; Saito, H.; Kashima, K.; Saito, Y.

We have carried out ultrasonic measurements of a boron-doped silicon ingot grown by the Czochralski method in order to determine the quadrupole-strain interaction constant of a vacancy orbital. The low-temperature softening of the elastic constant C44 shows a remarkable variation depending on positions of the ingot, which reflects the distribution of vacancy concentration N in the ingot. An infrared laser scattering tomograph was employed to measure the density and size of voids in the silicon wafers by determining the vacancy concentration Ncons consumed in void formation. Using a combination of laser scattering tomography and low-temperature softening, we have found a sum rule in which the initially created vacancy concentration Ntotal corresponds to the sum of the residual vacancy concentration N and the consumed vacancy concentration Ncons as Ntotal = N + Ncons. Taking account of the sum rule, we deduce the interaction constant gΓ5 = (2.8±0.2)×105 K for the quadrupole-strain interaction HQS = -gΓ5Ozxεzx of the vacancy orbital. The huge deformation energy of 1.6×105 K per vacancy with the Γ8 ground state for unit strain εzx = 1 verified the strong electron–lattice interaction of the vacancy orbital. Employing the one-to-one correspondence between the softening of ΔC44/C44 = 1.0×10-4 down to 30 mK and the vacancy concentration of N = 1.5 ×1013 cm-3, we can determine the vacancy concentration by low-temperature ultrasonic measurements. The present work surely puts forward a novel semiconductor technology based on low-temperature ultrasonic measurements for evaluating vacancy concentration in silicon wafers.

Keywords: vacancy; boron-doped silicon wafer; ultrasound; quadrupole; softening

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Publ.-Id: 19599


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