Volume 86, Issue 6, June 2015
Index of content:
- Optics; Atoms and Molecules; Spectroscopy; Photon Detectors
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Pressure-tuned laser diodes in external cavity were used as tunable sources for photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopy. The method was demonstrated in the 720 nm-1070 nm spectral range using a few commercial laser diodes. The samples for PLE measurements were quantum-well structures grown on GaAs and on InP. The method is superior to standard PLE measurements using titanium sapphire laser because it can be extended to any spectral range where anti-reflection coated laser diodes are available.
- Electronics; Electromagnetic Technology; Microwaves
A radio-frequency coil for the microwave characterization of vortex dynamics in thin film superconductors86(2015); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4921710View Description Hide Description
A radio-frequency coil for the experimental investigation of the magnetic properties of thin superconducting films under microwave fields at different values of temperature and dc magnetic field has been developed. The system has been used for low-temperature microwave frequency-dependent magnetization measurements in a Pb thin film with an engineered periodical antidot array. The characteristic frequencies and the electric and magnetic fields of the resonant system formed by a multi-turn coil with a sample loaded in its core are estimated using the helical approach. A good agreement of the calculated values with those recorded in swept-frequency spectra is obtained. The relation between the characteristics of the resonant structure and the frequency-driven magnetic response of the sample at different nominal microwave powers documents the capability and sensitivity of the layout.
- Sensors and Actuators/MEMS/NEMS
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As common high-precision inertial sensors, quartz flexure accelerometers have a wide application prospect in low-cost inertial navigation systems. To ameliorate their resolution performance restricted by differential capacitance detection, we proposed a modified type of quartz flexure accelerometer based on an emerging optical technique named laser self-mixing interferometry, which is utilized to sense the displacement of a quartz pendulous reed, and then an equal and opposite force is accordingly produced to maintain the reed motionless relative to the inertial frame. The configuration and working principle of the improved accelerometer have been introduced and analyzed. The preliminary experiments indicate that its bias stability reaches 0.75-0.85 μg, which shows some progress when compared to the traditional type. Further improvements are mainly limited by the characteristics of the laser diode and the multiple reflections from the pendulous reed.
- General Instruments
Lithographically fabricated silicon microreactor for in situ characterization of heterogeneous catalysts—Enabling correlative characterization techniques86(2015); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4921775View Description Hide Description
We report on a new modular setup on a silicon-based microreactor designed for correlative spectroscopic, scattering, and analytic on-line gas investigations for in situ studies of heterogeneous catalysts. The silicon microreactor allows a combination of synchrotron radiation based techniques (e.g., X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy) as well as infrared thermography and Raman spectroscopy. Catalytic performance can be determined simultaneously by on-line product analysis using mass spectrometry. We present the design of the reactor, the experimental setup, and as a first example for an in situ study, the catalytic partial oxidation of methane showing the applicability of this reactor for in situ studies.