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TEM and STEM Observations of a Flat Continuous Silicon-Germanium Thin Film Epitaxially Grown on Porous Silicon  [PDF]
Junji Yamanaka, Noritaka Usami, Sevak Amtablian, Alain Fave, Mustapha Lemiti, Chiaya Yamamoto, Kiyokazu Nakagawa
Journal of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering (MSCE) , 2017, DOI: 10.4236/msce.2017.51004
Strain-relaxed SiGe is an attractive material for use as a substrate of strained Si, in which carrier mobility is higher than that of bulk Si. The concept of this study is the use of porous Si as a sponge like substrate so that a SiGe lattice can relax without introducing dislocations. We produced porous Si specimens by electrochemical anodization and annealed them under a H2 atmosphere. Then, SiGe thin films were grown by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy. We observed the microstructure of the specimens using transmission electron microscopy. The result showed that we succeeded in producing a single-crys- tal continuous Si0.73Ge0.27 film with a 10% relaxation ratio and a low dislocation density on porous Si.
Configuration and local elastic interaction of ferroelectric domains and misfit dislocation in PbTiO3/SrTiO3 epitaxial thin films
Takanori Kiguchi, Kenta Aoyagi, Yoshitaka Ehara, Hiroshi Funakubo, Tomoaki Yamada, Noritaka Usami and Toyohiko J Konno
Science and Technology of Advanced Materials , 2011,
Abstract: We have studied the strain field around the 90° domains and misfit dislocations in PbTiO3/SrTiO3 (001) epitaxial thin films, at the nanoscale, using the geometric phase analysis (GPA) combined with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and high-angle annular dark field––scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM). The films typically contain a combination of a/c-mixed domains and misfit dislocations. The PbTiO3 layer was composed from the two types of the a-domain (90° domain): a typical a/c-mixed domain configuration where a-domains are 20–30 nm wide and nano sized domains with a width of about 3 nm. In the latter case, the nano sized a-domain does not contact the film/substrate interface; it remains far from the interface and stems from the misfit dislocation. Strain maps obtained from the GPA of HRTEM images show the elastic interaction between the a-domain and the dislocations. The normal strain field and lattice rotation match each other between them. Strain maps reveal that the a-domain nucleation takes place at the misfit dislocation. The lattice rotation around the misfit dislocation triggers the nucleation of the a-domain; the normal strains around the misfit dislocation relax the residual strain in a-domain; then, the a-domain growth takes place, accompanying the introduction of the additional dislocation perpendicular to the misfit dislocation and the dissociation of the dislocations into two pairs of partial dislocations with an APB, which is the bottom boundary of the a-domain. The novel mechanism of the nucleation and growth of 90° domain in PbTiO3/SrTiO3 epitaxial system has been proposed based on above the results.
Recent Synthetic Studies Leading to Structural Revisions of Marine Natural Products
Yoshihide Usami
Marine Drugs , 2009, DOI: 10.3390/md7030314
Abstract: Because of the highly unique structures of marine natural products, there are many examples of structures that were originally proposed based on spectral analyses but later proven incorrect. In many cases, the total syntheses of the originally proposed structures of marine natural products has confirmed their incorrectness and the subsequent total syntheses of the newly proposed structures proved the revised structures. This review will show such cases appearing after 2005 and demonstrate how the true structures were elucidated.
Quantum-noise-limited Angular Momentum Measurement for a Micron-sized Dielectric Object
Koji Usami
Physics , 2007,
Abstract: An approach is described for observing quantum features of micron-sized spinning objects. Specifically, we consider a birefringent (uniaxial positive) dielectric object in the shape of an oblate (i.e., frisbee-like) symmetric top. It can be trapped in the air, its extraordinary axis can be aligned, and its angular momentum along the extraordinary axis can be stabilized, all optically. We show that the angular momentum quantum noise of the object perpendicular to the gigantic angular momentum along the extraordinary axis can be measured as a linear birefringent phase shift of a probe laser in an analogous fashion to the spin quantum nondemolition (QND) measurement in atomic physics.
Small-Scale Module of the Rat Granular Retrosplenial Cortex: An Example of the Minicolumn-Like Structure of the Cerebral Cortex
Noritaka Ichinohe
Frontiers in Neuroanatomy , 2012, DOI: 10.3389/fnana.2011.00069
Abstract: Structures associated with the small-scale module called “minicolumn” can be observed frequently in the cerebral cortex. However, the description of functional characteristics remains obscure. A significant confounding factor is the marked variability both in the definition of a minicolumn and in the diagnostic markers for identifying a minicolumn (see for review, Jones, 2000; DeFelipe et al., 2002; Rockland and Ichinohe, 2004). Within a minicolumn, cell columns are easily visualized by conventional Nissl staining. Dendritic bundles were first discovered with Golgi methods, but are more easily seen with microtubule-associated protein 2 immunohistochemistry. Myelinated axon bundles can be seen by Tau immunohistochemistry or myelin staining. Axon bundles of double bouquet cell can be seen by calbindin immunohistochemistry. The spatial interrelationship among these morphological elements is more complex than expected and is neither clear nor unanimously agreed upon. In this review, I would like to focus first on the minicolumnar structure found in layers 1 and 2 of the rat granular retrosplenial cortex. This modular structure was first discovered as a combination of prominent apical dendritic bundles from layer 2 pyramidal neurons and spatially matched thalamocortical patchy inputs (Wyss et al., 1990). Further examination showed more intricate components of this modular structure, which will be reviewed in this paper. Second, the postnatal development of this structure and potential molecular players for its formation will be reviewed. Thirdly, I will discuss how this modular organization is transformed in mutant rodents with a disorganized layer structure in the cerebral cortex (i.e., reeler mouse and shaking rat Kawasaki). Lastly, the potential significance of this type of module will be discussed.
Nuclear shell-model code for massive parallel computation, "KSHELL"
Noritaka Shimizu
Physics , 2013,
Abstract: A new code for nuclear shell-model calculations, "KSHELL", is developed. It aims at carrying out both massively parallel computation and single-node computation in the same manner. We solve the Schr\"{o}dinger's equation in the $M$-scheme shell-model model space, utilizing Thick-Restart Lanczos method. During the Lanczos iteration, the whole Hamiltonian matrix elements are generated "on-the-fly" in every matrix-vector multiplication. The vectors of the Lanczos method are distributed and stored on memory of each parallel node. We report that the newly developed code has high parallel efficiency on FX10 supercomputer and a PC with multi-cores.
Pain-Relief Effects of Aroma Touch Therapy with Citrus junos Oil Evaluated by Quantitative EEG Occipital Alpha-2 Rhythm Powers  [PDF]
Tomomi Bohgaki, Yoshitada Katagiri, Makoto Usami
Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science (JBBS) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/jbbs.2014.41002

Aroma touch therapy is widely used in clinical fields for alleviating pain-related symptoms; however, few studies have reported the pain-relief mechanisms. The present study aimed to elucidate the analgesic effects of aroma touch therapy with Citrus junos oil based on the quantitative evaluation of deep brain network (DBN) activity using electroencephalogram (EEG) occipital alpha-2 rhythm (10-13 Hz) powers. Experimental investigations were performed with 13 healthy volunteers using the cold pressor task for simulating chronic pain in three different sessions: a baseline session with no therapies, a control session with a touch therapy, and an aroma touch therapy. We have found for the first time that the interviewed pain ratings represented by Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) scores were strongly correlated with a DBN activity index, which was derived from the slow fluctuation components of occipital EEG alpha-2 rhythm powers. The correlation was characterized by a V-shaped curve in the DBN activity index versus the pain rating, i.e., the NRS score, which provided the complete analgesic states (NRS = 0) for some subjects under aroma touch therapy at an appropriate DBN activity index. Such analgesic states were not so strongly correlated with emotional valence. In conclusion, aroma touch therapy may directly modulate DBN activity so that pain-induced outcomes are minimized.

Design of a 108 Pin VLSI Package With Low Thermal Resistance
Kanji Otsuka,Tamotsu Usami
Active and Passive Electronic Components , 1983, DOI: 10.1155/apec.10.311
Observation of Topological and Parity-dependent Phase of $m=0$ Spin States
Koji Usami,Mikio Kozuma
Physics , 2007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.140404
Abstract: A Ramsey interrogation scheme was used to measure the phase shift of laser-cooled $^{87}$Rb clock-transition pseudospins arising as a result of a reversal of a bias magnetic field, i.e., $\textbf{B} \to -\textbf{B}$, during the interrogation. While no phase shift occurred when the reversal was sudden, the Ramsey fringes were shifted by a factor of $\pi$ when the reversal was adiabatic. We thus verified the prediction that the spin states $|F,m=0 >$ acquire a purely topological and parity-dependent phase factor of $(-1)^{F}$ as a result of $\textbf{B} \to -\textbf{B}$.
Critical properties of S=1/2 Heisenberg ladders in magnetic fields
M. Usami,S. Suga
Physics , 1998, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.58.14401
Abstract: The critical properties of the $S=1/2$ Heisenberg two-leg ladders are investigated in a magnetic field. Combining the exact diagonalization method and the finite-size-scaling analysis based on conformal field theory, we calculate the critical exponents of spin correlation functions numerically. For a strong interchain coupling, magnetization dependence of the critical exponents shows characteristic behavior depending on the sign of the interchain coupling. We also calculate the critical exponents for the $S=1/2$ Heisenberg two-leg ladder with a diagonal interaction, which is thought as a model Hamiltonian of the organic spin ladder compound ${Cu}_2({1,4-diazacycloheptane})_2{Cl}_4$. Numerical results are compared with experimental results of temperature dependence of the NMR relaxation rate $1/T_1$.
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