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Group housing of gestating sows benefits their welfare by allowing them freedom of movement and the opportunity for social interaction. However, social life could also bring disadvantages for individuals who receive direct aggression or are displaced from the feeder. The aim of this study was to investigate associations between social behaviour, body condition and live weight. Gestating sows (n=298) were investigated on a commercial farm. Sows were housed in mixed parity groups where two single space, ad libitum trough feeders served 12 animals. Sows were weighed, body condition scored and had their back fat layer measured at mixing, 4 weeks after insemination and again before farrowing. Social status was estimated based on the numbers of won and lost agonistic interactions at mixing and at the end of gestation. In addition, tear staining was scored before the farrowing and reproductive performance data were collected. With the aid of video recordings, 100 to 150 interactions per group were observed. Winning percentage at mixing and at the end of gestation were associated (P<0.05) and appeared relatively stable within individuals. Tear staining scores and litter sizes were not associated with winning percentage at the end of gestation. However, live weight, relative weight, body condition and back fat thickness were associated with winning percentage (P<0.05), giving heavier animals an advantage. Low winning percentage related to lower live weight gain, probably due to poorer success in competition for feed. Live weight within a mixed parity group could be used as a proxy measure for social status. Sows with low body condition score and submissive sows might need special attention with regard to group dynamics and housing to alleviate the effects of competition in group housing.
We report on results from an ongoing spectral scan of four nearby positions in the Sgr B2 molecular cloud using SEST (Swedish-ESO Submillimeter Telescope). The antenna beam size is approximately 22″ in the frequency range 226-245 GHz presently covered. This high angular resolution allows detailed studies of the physical and chemical conditions in the warm and compact cores discovered (Vogel et al. 1987, Goldsmith et al. 1987) inside the region previously surveyed in the 3 mm band with lower angular resolution (Cummins et al. 1986, Turner 1989, beam sizes of 1.5-2.9′ and 1-2′, respectively). The Sgr B2(OH) position used by these investigators is located about 30″ south of our M position, and hence the cores M and N will contribute to the observed spectral line emissions to a larger or lesser extent.
Our understanding of the complex relationship between schizophrenia symptomatology and etiological factors can be improved by studying brain-based correlates of schizophrenia. Research showed that impairments in value processing and executive functioning, which have been associated with prefrontal brain areas [particularly the medial orbitofrontal cortex (MOFC)], are linked to negative symptoms. Here we tested the hypothesis that MOFC thickness is associated with negative symptom severity.
This study included 1985 individuals with schizophrenia from 17 research groups around the world contributing to the ENIGMA Schizophrenia Working Group. Cortical thickness values were obtained from T1-weighted structural brain scans using FreeSurfer. A meta-analysis across sites was conducted over effect sizes from a model predicting cortical thickness by negative symptom score (harmonized Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms or Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale scores).
Meta-analytical results showed that left, but not right, MOFC thickness was significantly associated with negative symptom severity (βstd = −0.075; p = 0.019) after accounting for age, gender, and site. This effect remained significant (p = 0.036) in a model including overall illness severity. Covarying for duration of illness, age of onset, antipsychotic medication or handedness weakened the association of negative symptoms with left MOFC thickness. As part of a secondary analysis including 10 other prefrontal regions further associations in the left lateral orbitofrontal gyrus and pars opercularis emerged.
Using an unusually large cohort and a meta-analytical approach, our findings point towards a link between prefrontal thinning and negative symptom severity in schizophrenia. This finding provides further insight into the relationship between structural brain abnormalities and negative symptoms in schizophrenia.
Recent commentary has suggested that performance management (PM) is fundamentally “broken,” with negative feelings from managers and employees toward the process at an all-time high (Pulakos, Hanson, Arad, & Moye, 2015; Pulakos & O'Leary, 2011). In response, some high-profile organizations have decided to eliminate performance ratings altogether as a solution to the growing disenchantment. Adler et al. (2016) offer arguments both in support of and against eliminating performance ratings in organizations. Although both sides of the debate in the focal article make some strong arguments both for and against utilizing performance ratings in organizations, we believe there continue to be misunderstandings, mischaracterizations, and misinformation with respect to some of the measurement issues in PM. We offer the following commentary not to persuade readers to adopt one particular side over another but as a call to critically reconsider and reevaluate some of the assumptions underlying measurement issues in PM and to dispel some of the pervasive beliefs throughout the performance rating literature.
We have observed 2 compact PPNe, AFGL 2343 and IRAS 22272+5435, in the CO J=1-0 transition using the Owens Valley interferometer (OVRO), and the NRAO 12-meter telescope. Our observations were made in the low and intermediate resolution configurations of the interferometer and we obtain a synthesized beam (HPBW) of ≃ 4″. We are now modelling both sources using statistical equilibrium/radiative transfer codes. Our objectives are to a) map the distribution and kinematics of the molecular gas at high angular resolution and b) estimate the physical conditions (mass loss rate, temperature, density) in the molecular envelopes, through our models.
We present a study of the radiative recombination in In0.15Ga0.85N/GaN multiple quantum well samples, where the conditions of growth of the InGaN quantum layers were varied in terms of growth temperature (< 800 °C) and donor doping. The photoluminescence peak position varies strongly (over a range as large as 0.3 eV) with delay time after pulsed excitation, but also with donor doping and with excitation intensity. The peak position is mainly determined by the Stark effect induced by the piezoelectric field. In addition potential fluctuations, originating from segregation effects in the InGaN material, from interface roughness, and the strain fluctuations related to these phenomena, play an important role, and largely determine the width of the emission. These potential fluctuations may be as large as 0.2 eV in the present samples, and appear to be important for all studied growth temperatures for the InGaN layers. Screening effects from donor electrons and excited electron-hole pairs are important, and account for a large part of the spectral shift with donor doping (an upward shift of the photoluminescence peak up to 0.2 eV is observed for a Si donor density of 2 × 1018 cm−3 in the well), with excitation intensity and with delay time after pulsed excitation (also shifts up to 0.2 eV). We suggest a two-dimensional model for electron- and donor screening in this case, which is in reasonable agreement with the observed data, if rather strong localization potentials of short range (of the order 100 Å) are present. The possibility that excitons as well as shallow donors are impact ionized by electrons in the rather strong lateral potential fluctuations present at this In composition is discussed
In0.1Ga0.9N/In0.01Ga0.99N multiple quantum wells (MQWs) with heavily Si-doped barriers, grown with Metal Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy (MOVPE) at about 8000C, have been studied in detail with optical spectroscopy. Such structures are shown to be very sensitive to a near surface depletion field, and if no additional layer is grown on top of the MQW structure the optical spectra from the individual QWs are expected to be drastically different. For a sample with 3 near surface QWs and Si-doped barriers, only the QW most distant from the surface is observed in photoluminescence (PL). The strong surface depletion field is suggested to explain these results, so that the QWs closer to the surface cannot hold the photo-excited carriers. A similar effect of the strong depletion field is found in an LED structure where the MQW is positioned at the highly doped n-side of the pn-junction. The internal polarization induced electric field in the QWs is also rather strong, and incompletely screened by carriers transferred from the doped barriers. The observed PL emission for this QW is of localized exciton character, consistent with the temperature dependence of peak position and PL decay time. The excitonic lineshape of 35-40 meV in the QW PL is explained as caused by a combination of random alloy fluctuations and interface roughness; the corresponding localization potentials are also responsible for the localization of the excitons in the low temperature range (<150 K). These samples show no evidence of localization due to nanoscale In fluctuations, these commonly observed problems are concluded to be not present in our samples. A second PL feature at lower energy, observed at low temperatures, is shown to be related to an electron pocket at the interface to the underlying n-GaN buffer layer in these samples.
Optical properties of GaN epilayers of a cubic phase are studied. We show a strong influence of the sample morphology on intensity of the edge emission. Whereas edge luminescence is reduced at the grain boundaries, red emission is spatially homogeneous.
Photoluminescence spectra were measured for 100 Å wurtzite GaN AlGaN modulation doped quantum wells. Three well-resolved peaks originate from the quantum well. The theoretically calculated confinement energies have been compared to the experimental energy positions and found to be in good agreement with the data, assuming that the piezoelectric field is largely screened by the electron gas. The highest energy transition may originate from the Fermi edge, consistent with the temperature dependence of the photoluminescence. Decay times for the different transitions indicate that the photoexcited holes are localized.
We present a study of the radiative recombination in In0.15Ga0.85N/GaN multiple quantum well samples, where the conditions of growth of the InGaN quantum layers were varied. The piezoelectric field as well as short range potential fluctuations are screened via different mechanisms by donor electrons and excited electron-hole pairs. These effects account for a large part of the spectral shift with donor doping (an upward shift of the photoluminescence (PL) peak up to 0.2 eV is observed for a Si donor density of 2 × 1018 cm−3 in the well), with excitation intensity and with delay time after pulsed excitation (also shifts up to 0.2 eV). It appears like 2-dimensional screening of short range potential fluctuations is needed to fully explain the data. We suggest that excitons as well as shallow donors are at least partly impact ionized by electrons in the rather strong lateral potential fluctuations.
The acheulian site at Boxgrove contains one of the most extensive areas of in situ fauna and flintwork yet discovered in Britain. This material is found in a complex sequence of sediments which represent depositional conditions from a 42 m sea level rise to the onset of a full periglacial climate. Excavation of the archaeological horizon has been accompanied by a programme of multidisciplinary research examining site formation processes, palaeolandscape and palaeoecological development, using sedimentological and environmental reconstruction techniques. Dating of the site is tentative as no absolute dates are available at present. However, comparative analysis with other British sites would suggest a position for the Boxgrove sequence within the Middle Pleistocene. The archaeological horizon is interpreted as being deposited towards the latter part of an interglacial or an interstadial period.
In January 2009, the IAEA EMRAS II (Environmental Modelling for Radiation Safety II) program was launched. The goal of the program is to develop, compare and test models for the assessment of radiological impacts to the public and the environment due to radionuclides being released or already existing in the environment; to help countries build and harmonize their capabilities; and to model the movement of radionuclides in the environment. Within EMRAS II, nine working groups are active; this paper will focus on the activities of Working Group 1: Reference Methodologies for Controlling Discharges of Routine Releases. Within this working group environmental transfer and dose assessment models are tested under different scenarios by participating countries and the results compared. This process allows each participating country to identify characteristics of their models that need to be refined. The goal of this working group is to identify reference methodologies for the assessment of exposures to the public due to routine discharges of radionuclides to the terrestrial and aquatic environments. Several different models are being applied to estimate the transfer of radionuclides in the environment for various scenarios. The first phase of the project involves a scenario of nuclear power reactor with a coastal location which routinely (continuously) discharges 60Co, 85Kr, 131I, and 137Cs to the atmosphere and 60Co, 137Cs, and 90Sr to the marine environment. In this scenario many of the parameters and characteristics of the representative group were given to the modellers and cannot be altered. Various models have been used by the different participants in this inter-comparison (PC-CREAM, CROM, IMPACT, CLRP POSEIDON, SYMBIOSE and others). This first scenario is to enable a comparison of the radionuclide transport and dose modelling. These scenarios will facilitate the development of reference methodologies for controlled discharges.
We present the results of SiO maser observations at 43 GHz toward two AGB stars using the VLBA. Our preliminary results on the relative positions of the different J=1–0 SiO masers (v=1,2 and 3) indicate that the current ideas on SiO maser pumping could be wrong at some fundamental level. A deep revision of the SiO pumping models could be necessary.
We have observed electroluminescence from 4H-SiC Ni-Schottky diodes on 1015cm−3 nitrogen doped n-type epilayers. A high barrier Schottky contact will form an inversion layer close to it. This creates minority carriers that can be injected into the epi and recombine to emit light. The spectral composition and its temperature dependence have been investigated from liquid He temperatures to room temperature. Band edge luminescence, Al related luminescence and DI bound exciton have been observed. To study the electroluminescence from Schottky diodes provides an easy and additional technique for defect characterization of epitaxial layers.
An intrinsic defect spectrum, commonly observed after ion-implantation, electron, proton or neutron irradiation and even after SIMS measurements is investigated using photoluminescence techniques. The spectrum is associated with carbon related isoelec-tronic centers having a pseudodonor like behaviour. Vacancy-interstitial pair complexes are tentatively suggested as the defect centers responsible for this intrinsic spectrum.
We present a calculation of the optical properties of thin semi-continuous metal films near the percolative metal-insulator transition. The model is based on scaling assumptions, reflecting the fractal nature of these films. The film is divided into small squares of linear size L and the local complex conductivity of each square is calculated, using finite size scaling arguments and taking into account both ohmic resistance within the metallic clusters and intercluster capacitance. The size L, over which the finite size scaling is done, is related to the optical frequency by the anomalous diffusion relation, i.e. L(ω) α ωl/(2+θ). In this calculation two types of conductivities are found : good ones for the ‘metallic’ squares, showing that large clusters are present within these squares, and poor conductivities for ‘dielectric’ squares, where only small clusters are present. Moreover, the ‘metallic’ and ‘dielectric’ squares are not identical, thus a certain distribution of each type has to be considered. The width of the distribution is quite large close to the percolation threshold and decreases to zero when the film becomes homogeneous. The optical properties of the whole sample are obtained by summing the contribution from all squares, using a wide bimodal distribution function. Comparison with recent experimental results shows good agreement between this model and the experimental data.
While not telling the whole story, the representation of a composite medium by a homogeneous effective medium is often an excellent approximation for describing its macroscopic physical properties. Modern methods for calculating the effective medium properties are reviewed with special emphasis on understanding both successes and limitations. Outstanding problems that can and should be tackled are identified. The successes include calculations of the electrical conductivity, dielectric coefficient, and elastic stiffness moduli of composites with a periodic microstructure, and the simulation of those properties for disordered composites near a percolation threshold by means of discrete models such as a random-resistor-network. For composites where the microstructure is either unknown or very complicated, a whole class of exact bounds have been found for these properties based on various types of limited information. Recently, advances have been made in calculating the weak field magneto-transport and the thermoelectric behavior of two-component composites, and also some types of nonlinear properties. An important challenge remains the calculation of magneto-transport at high magnetic fields. Another is the theoretical treatment of multicomponent composites. A third is to find relations between different effective properties of a composite that can enable us to learn about property A by measuring a different property B. This is especially important when the measurement of A would destroy the sample, as when A is the yield stress, whereas the measurement of B is nondestructive, as when B is a small, nonlinear correction to the usual elastic stiffness moduli.
An explicit expression for the bulk effective thermoelectric coefficient αe of a two component composite is derived. This coefficient is found to depend only on the bulk effective electric conductivity σe and thermal conductivity γe, as well as on the moduli of the pure components. Using this expression and making standard scaling assumptions about the forms of σe and γe, the scaling behavior of αe, and of the effective figure of merit Ze are investigated. This behavior depends strongly on the thermal and electric conductivities ratios in the pure components. Upper and lower bounds for αe are calculated from its analytical properties.
The study of electronic properties of GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells (QWs) has traditionally been focused on intrinsic phenomena, in particular the free exciton behaviour. Defects and impurities have often been regarded as less relevant compared to the case of bulk semiconductors. Doping in QWs is important in many applications, however, and recently the knowledge about the structure of shallow donors and acceptors from optical spectroscopy has advanced to a level comparable to the situation in bulk semiconductors. A dramatic difference from the bulk case is the common occurrence of localisation effects due to interface roughness in QW structures. The recombination of bound excitons (BEs) differs drastically from bulk, BE lifetimes decrease with decreasing well thickness Lw, but increase with decreasing barrier thickness Lb (at constant Lw) below Lb=70Å. Exciton capture at impurities is a process which is strongly influenced by the localisation potentials from the interface roughness. The recombination process in doped QWs involves a nonradiative component, for shallow acceptors an excitonic Auger process has been identified. Deep nonradiative defects in the (MBE grown) QW as well as in the barrier material are manifested in measurements of the PL decay time vs temperature. In undoped multiple QWs the decay times vs T are consistent with thermal emission out of the well into the barrier, where nonradiative recombination via deep level defects occur. Nonradiative recombination in the well itself can be studied in electron-irradiated structures. Preliminary data also demonstrate the feasibility of hydrogen passivation of dopants as well as deep levels in the QW structures.
We have measured the photoluminescence decay time of the bound excitons at the neutral nitrogen donors in the 6H and 3C polytypes of SiC. At 2K the decay times are 8.0 ns, 1.8 ns and 1.5 ns, for the P, R and S bound excitons in 6H SiC. For the nitrogen exciton in 3C, we find a decay time of 160 ns. These values are faster than previously reported for shallow donors in other indirect bandgap materials such as Si or GaP. Each of the observed decay times is found to be independent of the doping level in the sample, is temperature independent at low temperatures but decrease when the bound excitons are thermally ionised. The decay time related to different donor levels in 6H exhibits a strong dependence on the donor binding energy. We suggest that the dominant mechanism responsible for the observed decay time is a phonon-less Auger process. In high-purity 6H samples we have also measured the free exciton decay time at low temperatures to be 12 ns.