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Annual scientific report : Microstructures and properties of materials under repeated laser irradiation( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this second year of the grant, we have made good progress toward our goals of elucidating the basic materials response to repeated laser pulsing. This work includes both computer simulation and experimentation, as we now describe
The metered delivery of solids into pressure : a radically new machine concept( )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the second report on the development of a machine concept for the continuous movement and accurately metered delivery of particulate solids (e.g., coal), wet or dry, into environments of ambient or differential fluid or mechanical pressure. It includes the first disclosure of continuous, direct delivery of US power plant coal into 26 psi gas pressure. The pump has only one moving part and is self-cleaning
A prompt start : Implementing the framework convention on climate change( )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Framework Convention on Climate Change is under active negotiation in the United Nations with the expectation it will be ready for Signature at the Rio Conference this June. Under the most optimistic projections, a Convention will not come into force and be an effective instrument for months, probably years. In recognition of the several institutional tasks that will be of crucial importance whatever the detailed content of the Convention a small group of high international organizations involved in the negotiations was convened at the Rockefeller Foundation's Conference Center at Bellagio in January. The discussions at Bellagio on the need for a Prompt Start on these institutional tasks benefitted from earlier meetings at Harvard in March and at Bermuda in May, 1991, that the co-organizers convened to discuss these and related aspects of the negotiations on a Climate Convention. Those meetings were attended by members of the academic community, officials from the United Nations, and representatives of governments involved in the negotiations
The geometric phase in quantum physics( )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After an explanatory introduction, a quantum system in a classical time-dependent environment is discussed; an example is a magnetic moment in a classical magnetic field. At first, the general abelian case is discussed in the adiabatic approximation. Then the geometric phase for nonadiabatic change of the environment (Anandan--Aharonov phase) is introduced, and after that general cyclic (nonadiabatic) evolution is discussed. The mathematics of fiber bundles is introduced, and some of its results are used to describe the relation between the adiabatic Berry phase and the geometric phase for general cyclic evolution of a pure state. The discussion is restricted to the abelian, U(1) phase
High temperature hydrogen sulfide removal( )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The objective is to develop and test a regenerable stannic oxide-based sorbent to remove H₂S from hot coal gases while producing sulfur as the only product. The detailed technical objectives in support of this are: (1) Develop mechanically strong and chemically inert support materials which will retain their properties through multiple absorption regeneration cycles. (2) Develop mathematical models to predict the performance of large-scale systems from benchscale results. (3) Test the durability of the best sorbent/support combinations. (4) Conduct a bench-scale proof of concept test with the best stannic-oxide sorbent. Several approaches are being used to develop long-life sorbents. The investigators have tested sorbents produced by agglomeration, pressing, and extrusion. To date over 50 formulations have been tested, with several showing promise. Table II presents the results on five of these formulations; all of these formulations had surface areas in excess of 2 m²/gm. All of the formulations meet the goals for porosity, tin content, and surface area. The crush strength for a 1/8inches dia. by 1/8inches long sorbent is significantly affected by the method of preparing the sorbent
Anode Materials for Rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries( )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the annual progress report for the Grant DE-FG03-00ER15035. This research is on materials for anodes and cathodes in electrochemical cells. The work is a mix of electrochemical measurements and analysis of the materials by transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffractometry. Our materials studies on electrode materials divide into electronic studies of the valence at and around Li atoms, and the crystal structures of these materials. We are addressing the basic questions of how these change with Li concentration, and what long-term changes take place during charge/discharge cycling of the materials
GT-MHR COMMERCIALIZATION STUDY TECHNICAL PROGRESS AND COST MANAGEMENT REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 1 THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2003( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OAK A271 GT-MHR COMERCIALZATION STUDY TECHNICAL PROGRESS AND COST MANAGEMENT REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 1 THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2003. In the process of fabricating the MHR-1 irradiation test capsule, Petten has advised that three thermocouples (out of 24) and the Self Powered Neutron detector were damaged during high temperature brazing with the upper capsule lid. Procurement of new TCs and SPN is in process but there will be a delay in the irradiation test of about nine weeks. Startup of the irradiation is now projected to be July or August 2004. In preparation for performing the nuclear design analysis activities required by the advanced fuel studies task, a complete 3-D nuclear design analysis is first being performed of the GT-MHR reference design. This will serve as the baseline for studies of the advanced fuel nuclear design performance
Final Project Report for Grant DE-FG03-00ER54581 Selective Control of Chemical Reactions With Plasmas( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OAK-B135 This research work focused on control of the reactive species inside a plasma through measurement and manipulation of the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) and on understanding the surface reaction mechanisms on the substrate exposed to a combination of ion and atom beam sources to simulate a real plasma. A GEC chamber (Gaseous Electronic Conference Reference Cell)8 with a mass spectrometer and a Langmuir probe (LP) system were used for this research. It was found that H2 and N2 additives to an Ar plasma could effectively change the EEDF and the average electron temperature (Te). This finding provides the possibility to selectively control reaction rates in the plasma to control etching selectivity on a surface. This concept was demonstrated in Ar/N2/H2 and Ar/CH4 /H2 systems
Optical Studies of Strong Coupling and Recombination in Ultracold Neutral Plasmas( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ultracold atoms and plasmas research group at Rice University uses a combination of atomic and plasma physics techniques to create neutral plasmas that are orders of magnitude colder than have ever been studied before. Through this work, we probe the basic plasma physics of this exotic regime. During the past year, the major components of a new experiment were completed. We demonstrated a powerful new diagnostic, optical imaging of the plasma, which led to a paper that was published in Physical Review Letters. (Figure A, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 143001 (2004)) This was the central feature of my DOE Junior Faculty Award proposal. DOE funding has been used to support one postdoctoral researcher, multiple graduate students, the principle investigator, apparatus construction, and normal laboratory expenses
Signal Transduction Pathways that Regulate CAB Gene Expression( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The process of chloroplast differentiation, involves the coordinate regulation of many nuclear and chloroplast genes. The cues for the initiation of this developmental program are both extrinsic (e.g., light) and intrinsic (cell-type and plastid signals). During this project period, we utilized a molecular genetic approach to select for Arabidopsis mutants that did not respond properly to environmental light conditions, as well as mutants that were unable to perceive plastid damage. These latter mutants, called gun mutants, define two retrograde signaling pathways that regulate nuclear gene expression in response to chloroplasts. A major finding was to identify a signal from chloroplasts that regulates nuclear gene transcription. This signal is the build-up of Mg-Protoporphyrin IX, a key intermediate of the chlorophyll biosynthetic pathway. The signaling pathways downstream of this signal are currently being studied. Completion of this project has provided an increased understanding of the input signals and retrograde signaling pathways that control nuclear gene expression in response to the functional state of chloroplasts. These studies should ultimately influence our abilities to manipulate plant growth and development, and will aid in the understanding of the developmental control of photosynthesis
Molecular and Genetic Analysis of Hormone-Regulated Differential Cell Elongation in Arabidopsis( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We have utilized the response of Arabidopsis seedlings to the plant hormone ethylene to identify new genes involved in the regulation of ethylene biosynthesis, perception, signal transduction and differential cell growth. In building a genetic framework for the action of these genes, we have developed a molecular model that has facilitated our understanding of the molecular requirements of ethylene for cell elongation processes. The ethylene response pathway in Arabidopsis appears to be primarily linear and is defined by the genes: ETR1, ETR2, ERS1, ERS2, EIN4, CTR1, EIN2, EIN3, EIN5, EIN6, and EIN. Downstream branches identified by the HLS1, EIR1, and AUX1 genes involve interactions with other hormonal (auxin) signals in the process of differential cell elongation in the hypocotyl hook. Cloning and characterization of HLS1 (and three HLL genes) and ETO1 (and ETOL genes) in my laboratory has been supported under this award. HLS1 is required for differential elongation of cells in the hypocotyl and may act in the establishment of hormone gradients. Also during the previous period, we have identified and characterized a gene that genetically acts upstream of the ethylene receptors. ETO1 encodes negative regulators of ethylene biosynthesis
GT-MHR COMMERCIALIZATION STUDY TECHNICAL PROGRESS AND COST MANAGEMENT REPORT FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 1-30, 2003( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OAK B202 Efforts are in process with GA Contracts and DOE-ID Contracts to set up a new I-NERI contract for CY-2004 and beyond for this test. A decision has not yet been made by DOE-ID concerning if this new contract can be sole-sourced to GA. Work continued on preparation for comparative nuclear analyses of cores containing coated particles with TRISO (IPyC/SiC/OPyC) coatings and TRIZO (IPyC/ZrC/OPyC) coatings. Comparison of the nuclear characteristics for 600 MW (th) cores using these two fuels will determine the impact on the core nuclear design of using coated particles where ZrC has been substituted for the SiC layer in TRISO coatings and set an upper bound for the other fuel particle designs where ZrC is used
Development of Laser-Ion Beam Photodissociation Methods( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OAK-B135 Our BES funded research is aimed at determining structure(s) of model gas-phase ions and understanding how structure influences unimolecular reactivity. The model gas-phase ions include positional isomers of di- and tri-amino acids synthesized in my laboratory, i.e., RGG, GRG, and GGR, to peptides derived from proteolytic digestion of biologically relevant proteins. We are especially interested in understanding the role of intramolecular interactions in the stabilizing ion structure and how changing the charge-site affects structure. The location of charge of gas-phase ions can be manipulated by changing the position of the charge carrying amino acid (basic vs. acidic side chains) and by derivatization of the N- and/or C-terminus. For example, the proton of [M + H]+ ions is mobile and migrates over the entire molecule, whereas Li+, Na+, and to some extent K+ prefers to bind to the C-terminal or side-chain carboxylic acid groups, and Cu+ binds exclusively to the N-terminus and/or basic side-chains such as H, K, and R. The studies are carried out using tandem TOF mass spectrometry, viz. 193 nm (6.43 eV) photodissociation, low (Elab = 10-100 eV) and high kinetic energy (Elab = 1-10 keV) collision-induced dissociation (CID) and surface-induced dissociation (SID)(Elab = 20-70 eV). These techniques are used to probe the structure of model gas-phase ions, i.e., to determine the amino acid sequence of the peptide ions or metal ion (alkali metal and/or transition metal ions) binding site(s) or the site(s) of other charge-carrying functional groups, i.e., oxidized side-chains as well as phosphate or sulfate groups. We are especially interested in understanding how metal ion binding alters the secondary/tertiary (2o/3o) structure of the peptide, i.e., intra-molecular interactions. We have also combine these studies with solution-phase studies and ion mobility spectrometry (IMS), which can be used to study 2o/3o structure of low-internal energy (collisionally stabilized) ions. It is difficult to probe 2o/3o structure of gas-phase ions using fragmentation chemistry, because the energy barriers to inter-conversion of different structural forms lie below the fragmentation threshold, studies of low internal energy ions are more suited for these studies. A major challenge for gas-phase ion research is the design of experimental structural probes that can be used in parallel with computational chemistry, molecular modeling and/or classical structural diagnostic tools to aid interpretation of the experimental data. Our experimental design and selection of research problems is guided by this philosophy. The following section of the progress report focus on three main issues: (i) technique and instrument development, and (ii) studies of ion structure and ion chemistry
DOE Final Technical Report for Grant Number DE-FG03-90ER14148( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OAK-B135 Thermal convection was studied in a horizontal layer of a binary fluid mixture of ethanol and water confined in a variety of cell geometries. In these mixtures, convection takes the form of traveling waves, thus providing a model for studying traveling-wave (TW) phenomena in non-equilibrium systems. A number of questions were addressed, including the evolution of initially chaotic states, the role of TW domains textures and convection-cell geometry in determining patterns, and the competition of TW and hexagonal patterns when non-Boussinesq effects are important
Final Report, NERI Project : ''An Innovative Reactor Analysis Methodology Based on a Quasidiffusion Nodal Core Model''( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OAK (B204) Final Report, NERI Project: ''An Innovative Reactor Analysis Methodology Based on a Quasidiffusion Nodal Core Model'' The present generation of reactor analysis methods uses few-group nodal diffusion approximations to calculate full-core eigenvalues and power distributions. The cross sections, diffusion coefficients, and discontinuity factors (collectively called ''group constants'') in the nodal diffusion equations are parameterized as functions of many variables, ranging from the obvious (temperature, boron concentration, etc.) to the more obscure (spectral index, moderator temperature history, etc.). These group constants, and their variations as functions of the many variables, are calculated by assembly-level transport codes. The current methodology has two main weaknesses that this project addressed. The first weakness is the diffusion approximation in the full-core calculation; this can be significantly inaccurate at interfaces between different assemblies. This project used the nodal diffusion framework to implement nodal quasidiffusion equations, which can capture transport effects to an arbitrary degree of accuracy. The second weakness is in the parameterization of the group constants; current models do not always perform well, especially at interfaces between unlike assemblies. The project developed a theoretical foundation for parameterization and homogenization models and used that theory to devise improved models. The new models were extended to tabulate information that the nodal quasidiffusion equations can use to capture transport effects in full-core calculations
DE-FG03-01ER15237 Annual Progress Report 2003( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OAK B262 Annual report. We have investigated the thermodynamics of several nanoscale systems: Iron oxides: We have completed and published heat capacity and entropy data on goethite, lepidocrocite, and maghemite, as well as measured their heats of formation. We also have enthalpy of formation data for several poorly crystalline nanophase oxides (schwertmannite, ferrihydrite, and epsilon-Fe₂O₃). The next step is to measure thermodynamic properties as a function of surface area for several oxides. CoO-MgO: Thermochemical data for bulk samples are in press. Heat capacities have been measured for CoO, MgO, and some intermediate samples. Nanosized samples at several compositions are being prepared this summer. Thin films have been prepared and some solution calorimetry done, but additional sample preparation and characterization is needed. Hydration energetics: Our setups for gas adsorption calorimetry and water immersion calorimetry are being completed. We will test them with known materials (Al₂O₃, selected zeolites) and then proceed to work on TiO₂, Fe₂O₃, and zeolites
GT-MHR COMMERCIALZATION STUDY TECHNICAL PROGRESS AND COST MANAGEMNET REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JULY 1 THROUGH JULY 31, 2003( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A271 GT-MHR COMMERCIALZATION STUDY TECHNICAL PROGRESS AND COST MANAGEMNET REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JULY 1 THROUGH JULY 31, 2003. Petten has completed design of the irradiation test rig for the HFR-EU2 test and has completed design and machining of the H-451 graphite sleeves which will be used to contain the HFR-EU2 fuel compacts. A plan, entitled ''Screening Tests for Selection of VHTR Advanced Fuel, '' has been drafted and has completed internal review. This screening program plan is a major portion of the Development Plan for Advanced High Temperature Coated-Particle currently under preparation
Final Technical Report( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The long term goal of this laboratory is to elucidate a detailed molecular description of the process of initiation of protein synthesis and its regulation. The specific goals of the project were: (1) development of an in vivo [{sup 32}P]- and/or [{sup 35}S]-labeling system for proteins using Arabidopsis suspension cells; (2) develop an in vitro protein synthesis assay from Arabidopsis suspension cells; (3) develop an assay for locating Arabidopsis kinases that phosphorylate the initiation factors; and (4) begin to identify Arabidopsis kinases that are involved in phosphorylation of the initiation factors
An Automated System for Measuring Microphysical and Radiative Cloud Characteristics from a Tethered Balloon( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OAK-B135 The rate of climate change in polar regions is now felt to be a harbinger of possible global warming. Long-lived, relatively thin stratus clouds play a predominant role in transmitting solar radiation and trapping long wave radiation emitted from open water and melt ponds. In situ measurements of microphysical and radiative properties of Arctic and Antarctic stratus clouds are needed to validate retrievals from remote measurements and simulations using numerical models. While research aircraft can collect comprehensive microphysical and radiative data in clouds, the duration of these aircraft is relatively short (up to about 12 hours). During the course of the Phase II research, a tethered balloon system was developed that supports miniaturized meteorological, microphysical and radiation sensors that can collect data in stratus clouds for days at a time. The tethered balloon system uses a 43 cubic meter balloon to loft a 17 kg sensor package to altitudes u p to 2 km. Power is supplied to the instrument package via two copper conductors in the custom tether. Meteorological, microphysical and radiation data are recorded by the sensor package. Meteorological measurements include pressure, temperature, humidity, wind speed and wind direction. Radiation measurements are made using a 4-pi radiometer that measures actinic flux at 500 and 800 nm. Position is recorded using a GPS receiver. Microphysical data are obtained using a miniaturized version of an airborne cloud particle imager (CPI). The miniaturized CPI measures the size distribution of water drops and ice crystals from 9 microns to 1.4 mm. Data are recorded onboard the sensor package and also telemetered via a 802.11b wireless communications link. Command signals can also be sent to the computer in the sensor package via the wireless link. In the event of a broken tether, a GMRS radio link to the balloon package is used to heat a wire that burns 15 cm opening in the top of the balloon. The balloon and sensor package slowly descends to the ground and a radio tracking beacon is activated to locate the balloon and sensor package. The tethered balloon system was deployed in upslope clouds at the Smokey Hills Bombing Range in western Kansas and at Ft. Carson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both of these areas are FAA Restricted Airspace up to FL180 (18,000 ft MSL) so that the tethered balloon could be flown to its maximum height without violating FAA regulations. Because the feasibility field programs took place at the very end of the research period covered by this DOE grant, a detailed analysis of the results are beyond the scope of this report. However, examples of water drops and ice crystals recorded by the CPI demonstrated the feasibility of the balloon and sensor package. Based on our initial analysis of results from the feasibility field deployments, we have determined that the tethered balloon system is capable of making long -term measurements of meteorological, microphysical and radiation properties of polar stratus clouds up to a height of about 2 km. However, further field trials should be conducted before deploying the system in a full-up field campaign
STABILITY OF HIGH VOLTAGE MODULATORS FOR NONLINEAR LOADS( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OAK-B135 Gyrotrons have a nonlinear voltage--current characteristic such that the small signal or ac impedance changes as operational voltage and currents are reached. The ac impedance determines the stability of a voltage or current control system. this can become particularly challenging when several gyrotron are connected in parallel to a single modulator. With all gyrotrons hooked to a common ground, large current loops can be generated as well as non-canceling currents in individual coaxial lines. These inequalities can provide the required feedback impulse to start an oscillation condition in the power system for the tubes. Recent operation of two CPI 110 GHz gyrotrons in the MN class from a single modulator on DIII-D has shown instability in the power system. An oscillation in the drive current occurs at various points in the ramp up and flat top portions of the 80 kV voltage pulse with each tube drawing 40 A at full voltage. Efforts to stabilize these instabilities are presented along with some modeling and examination of the issues for gyrotron modulators
 
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