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We have carried out wide field imaging observations in the near-infrared (J, H and K′ band) with a large format array camera attached to the prime focus of the 105 cm Schmidt telescope at Kiso Observatory. The image resolution, limiting magnitudes and the effect of thermal radiation are discussed.
We present the results of wide-field imaging of nearby galaxies observed in the near-infrared using a large format array. The total magnitudes and mass-to-luminosity ratios of NGC 253, M 82, NGC 891, and some cluster members are discussed.
We are currently conducting three kinds of IR surveys of star forming regions (SFRs) in order to seek for very low-mass young stellar populations. First is a deep JHKs-bands (simultaneous) survey with the SIRIUS camera on the IRSF 1.4m or the UH 2.2m telescopes. Second is a very deep JHKs survey with the CISCO IR camera on the Subaru 8.2m telescope. Third is a high resolution companion search around nearby YSOs with the CIAO adaptive optics coronagraph IR camera on the Subaru. In this contribution, we describe our SIRIUS camera and present preliminary results of the ongoing surveys with this new instrument.
The region south of the reflection nebula NGC1333 in Perseus is an active star forming region including numerous Herbig-Haro objects and at least 5 protostar candidates with molecular outflows and far-infrared emission. It has been actively studied in various wave bands (e.g. Aspin et al 1994 and references therein). We observed this region with ASCA with the primary objective to detect X-rays from the protostars embedded deep in the molecular cloud.
Gamma-rays originating from radioactive decays of 56Ni and 56Co and hard X-rays due to Compton degradation of γ-rays have been predicted to emerge when the supernova becomes sufficiently thin. The X-ray detections by Ginga (Dotani et al. 1988) and Kvant (Sunyaev et al. 1988) and more recent report of γ-ray detections by SMM (Matz et al. 1988) were much earlier than the theoretical predictions. (See Itoh et al. 1987 and references therein.)
These observations would give important constraints on the distribution of the heavy elements and 56Co in the ejecta. We adopted the hydrodynamical model 11E1Y6 (Nomoto et al. 1988) and carried out Monte Carlo simulation for photon transfer. A step-like distribution of 56Co was assumed where the mass fraction of 56Co in the layers at Mr ≤ 4.6 M⊙, 4.6 − 6 M⊙, 6 − 8 M⊙, and 8 − 10 M⊙ are XCo = 0.0128, 0.0035, 0.0021, and 0.0011, respectively. Other heavy elements were distributed with mass fractions in proportion to 56Co.
We report on the spectral and temporal properties of the 50 ms pulsar PSR B0540–69 using ASCA archival data obtained during 1993 to 1995. From the spectral analysis it was found that the spectra of the whole (nebular and pulsed) emission and pulsed emission in the range 1-10 keV can be represented by a single power law of photon index, Γ = 2.00 ± 0.02 and Γpulsed = 1.7 ± 0.3 respectively. The parameters for pulse frequency change during 1993-1995 were obtained using the 9 pulse frequency measurements with ASCA. The parameters derived from the ASCA observations are consistent with the previous measurements, suggesting high stability of this pulsar, ΔΩ/Ω ≲ 0.5 × 10−7 over the past 10 years. These results confirm similarity of this pulsar with the Crab pulsar.
We have a plan to a radioastronomy mission at the Moon. This is dedicated to the mapping of the CBR anisotropy in order to study the properties of the early Universe, especially galaxy formation. This is a candidate for the Moon mission of NASDA, launched by an HIIA Rocket. The mission carries an 1.5 m (min.) offset parabola antenna with radiation shield to the north polar region of the Moon. This will observe CBR anisotropy at three (min.) frequencies between 30 to 90 GHz. The angular resolution is 9’ at 90 GHz. The telescope will observe the donut-shaped sky between 5 to 30 degree (not fixed) from the Moon celestial north pole. The resultant sensitivity will reach ΔT/T ⋍ 106K in 30’x30’ pixel and ΔT/T ⋍ 105K in 9’x9’ pixel.
Some of the stable isotopes of silicon and carbon have zero nuclear spin, whereas many of the other elements that constitute semiconductors consist entirely of stable isotopes that have nuclear spins. Silicon and diamond crystals composed of nuclear-spin-free stable isotopes (28Si, 30Si, or 12C) are considered to be ideal host matrixes to place spin quantum bits (qubits) for quantum-computing and -sensing applications, because their coherent properties are not disrupted thanks to the absence of host nuclear spins. The present paper describes the state-of-the-art and future perspective of silicon and diamond isotope engineering for development of quantum information-processing devices.
We investigated the relationships between conception rates (CRs) at first service in Japanese Holstein heifers (i.e. animals that had not yet had their first calf) and cows and their test-day (TD) milk yields. Data included records of artificial insemination (AI) for heifers and cows that had calved for the first time between 2000 and 2008 and their TD milk yields at 6 through 305 days in milk (DIM) from first through third lactations. CR was defined as a binary trait for which first AI was a failure or success. A threshold-linear animal model was applied to estimate genetic correlations between CRs of heifers or cows and TD milk yield at various lactation stages. Two-trait genetic analyses were performed for every combination of CR and TD milk yield by using the Bayesian method with Gibbs sampling. The posterior means of the heritabilities of CR were 0.031 for heifers, 0.034 for first-lactation cows and 0.028 for second-lactation cows. Heritabilities for TD milk yield increased from 0.324 to 0.433 with increasing DIM but decreased slightly after 210 DIM during first lactation. These heritabilities from the second and third lactations were higher during late stages of lactation than during early stages. Posterior means of the genetic correlations between heifer CR and all TD yields were positive (range, 0.082 to 0.287), but those between CR of cows and milk yields during first or second lactation were negative (range, −0.121 to −0.250). Therefore, during every stage of lactation, selection in the direction of increasing milk yield may reduce CR in cows. The genetic relationships between CR and lactation curve shape were quite weak, because the genetic correlations between CR and TD milk yield were constant during the lactation period.
Mucosal mast cells (MMC) play a crucial role in the expulsion of Strongyloides ratti adults from the small intestine of mice. We reported the large intestinal parasitism of S. ratti in rats, and there has been no report on MMC in the large intestine of the natural host. We studied kinetics of MMC, together with eosinophils, in the upper and lower small intestines, caecum and colon of infected rats. Two distinct phases of mastocytosis were revealed: one in the upper small intestine triggered by stimulation of ‘ordinary’ adults, and the other in the colon stimulated by ‘immune-resistant’ adults that started parasitizing the colon around 19 days post-infection. In all 4 intestinal sites, the MMC peaks were observed 5–7 days after the number of adult worms became the maximum and the height of MMC peaks appeared to be dependent on the number of parasitic adults, suggesting an important role played by worms themselves in the MMC buildup.
Besides the importance of the actinide dioxide series as a nuclear fuel, the magnetic properties of these compounds at low temperatures are particularly interesting. Their surprisingly varied physical properties at low temperatures stimulate continuing interest for both theory and experiment. Recently, we have performed 17O-NMR studies for the first time on Pu and Amcontaining dioxide systems, (Pu1-xAmx)O2. For the x=0.09 sample, a temperature-dependent NMR line broadening has been observed at low temperatures. By comparing the experimental data with the results of NMR line simulations, we have estimated the effective moment of Am ions to be Peff=1.38 μB. The value suggests the 5f5 (Am4+) state of the Am ion in PuO2. For the x=1 (=AmO2) sample, on the other hand, our 17O-NMR data provide the first microscopic evidence for a phase transition at 8.5 K as a bulk property in this system. A spectrum with a triangular line shape indicates that the internal field is distributed very nearly randomly in the ordered state.
Cobalt hydroxide thin films with a thickness of 100 nm were deposited onto glass, Si and indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrates by reactively sputtering a Co target in H2O gas. The substrate temperature was varied from -20 to +200°C. The EC performance of the films was investigated in 0.1 M KOH aqueous solution. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of the samples indicated that Co3O4 films were formed at substrate temperatures above 100°C, and amorphous CoOOH films were deposited in the range from 10 to -20°C. A large change in transmittance of approximately 26% and high EC coloration efficiency of 47 cm2/C were obtained at a wavelength of 600 nm for the CoOOH thin film deposited at -20°C. The good EC performance of the CoOOH films is attributed to the low film density and amorphous structure.
Optical and near-infrared observations of novae give us useful information for understanding the diversity of nova eruptions. Classical nova V1723 Aql was discovered by F. Kabashima and K. Nishiyama on 2010 September 11. We have conducted photometric and spectroscopic observations of V1723 Aql in both optical and near-infrared (NIR) wavelength regions since its discovery. The V-band decline time by 2 mag after the maximum, t2, was ~12 d. The apparent Fe II emission lines were also seen in the optical spectra. The Rc- and Ic-band light curves exhibited rapid declines (0.16 mag d−1 in Rc) 20 days after the visual maximum, while the NIR (J, H, and Ks) showed slow decline rates (~0.07 mag d−1). This rapid reddening suggests that dust particles formed during the very early phase of the expansion in V1723 Aql.
Results of our experimental investigation on the ozone zero phenomenon
suggested us the importance of the electrode surface condition. This means
that the main cause of the phenomenon, that is, temporal decrease of ozone
concentration at the outlet of DBD type ozone generator and the recovery
characteristics from the phenomenon are considered as the surface reaction
process, which are influenced strongly by the surface condition. The surface
condition is never constant during the ozone generation and varies gradually
or remarkably with time depending on the experimental conditions. Therefore
we have been continued to make clear the cause of the phenomenon, for
example, the reproducibility of the phenomenon, using new electrodes and
together with the surface analysis technique etc. In this paper, we describe
on the above results and discussion.
Strongyloides ratti (Nagoya strain) is unique in that a portion of adults parasitizing the small intestine withstands ‘worm expulsion’, which starts at around day 8 post-infection (p.i.) by host immunity, and establishes in the large intestine after day 19 p.i. To investigate the mechanism, adults obtained from the small intestine at day 7 or 19 p.i. were transplanted into the colon of infection-primed immune rats. Adults obtained at day 7 p.i. were rejected quickly, whereas those obtained at day 19 p.i. could establish infection. Moreover, the body length and the number of intrauterine eggs increased in the large intestine. In a separate experiment, large intestinal parasitism was abolished by the treatment of host rats with an anti-oxidant, butylated hydroxyanisole. These results indicate that small intestinal adults between days 7 and 19 p.i. acquired the ability to parasitize the large intestine of immune rats, and that free radicals produced by the host may have played a significant role in the process.
Higher crystalline Si volume fractions in hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon ( µc-Si:H) films have been achieved by the hot-wire assisted plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (HWA-PECVD) method compared with those in films by conventional PECVD. µc-Si:H films can also be prepared by HWA-PECVD under typical conditions used for preparing hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films by PECVD, in which the hydrogen-dilution ratio (H2 / SiH4) is ∼ 10. The hot wire seems to produce hydrogen radicals. As a result, the HWA- PECVD method can control hydrogen-radical densities in the RF plasma, and this method can also control the ratio of hydrogen coverage at the surface of the film.
Hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H) films are prepared by hot-wire assisted plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, which controls the hydrogen radical density by filament temperatures, Tf, without changing other conditions. The effect of hydrogen radical on the properties of incorporated hydrogen into μc-Si:H films is studied using infrared absorption and gas effusion spectroscopies. The hydrogen concentration decreases with increasing Tf. The crystalline volume fraction, Xc, increases with Tf and shows a peak at Tf of 1850 °C. Integrated intensities of the modes near 2000 and 2100 cm-1 decrease with increasing Tf. Integrated intensity of the mode near 880 cm-1 shows almost same tendency of Xc. The effect of hydrogen radical on the properties of incorporated hydrogen into μc-Si:H films is discussed.
In order to study a role of Si dangling bonds in the Er photoluminescence mechanism in a-Si:H, we prepared Er-doped a-Si:H films with various densities of Si dangling bonds using rf magnetron sputtering method. The density of Si dangling bonds was changed by three ways: (1) change of Ar-to-H2 gas ratio in the sputtering ambient, (2) light soaking and (3) annealing. The intensity of the Er photoluminescence at 1540 nm tends to decrease with increasing the density of Si dangling bonds in the first two cases. In the case of annealing, the intensity of the Er photoluminescence first increases with a decrease in the density of Si dangling bonds due to the structural relaxation up to 250 °C and continues to increase up to 350 °C even though the density of Si dangling bonds increases due to hydrogen evolution. This increase in the photoluminescence intensity is probably caused by a change of the environment of Er ions.
The field emission properties of hydrogenated amorphous carbon containing up to 29at% nitrogen (a-C:N:H), grown in an integrated distributed electron cyclotron resonance (IDECR) reactor were studied using a sphere-plane geometry. All films were smooth in character and required a high field (20-70V/νm) activation process before emission, which created micron- sized craters in the emission region. Further analysis suggested that the emission originates from activation-created geometrically enhanced areas around the crater region. Upon low-level nitrogen incorporation (N/N+C≤0.2), the field required for activation decreased from 54V/νm to a minimum value of 20V/νm. The turn-on field required for 1νA of current also decreased, reaching a minimum of 11.3V/νm. The decrease in activation and turn-on field was related to the increase in conductivity observed with increasing nitrogen content. At higher nitrogen concentrations, the increase in activation energy and turn on field for emission may be due to changes in overall material structure, as indicated by the decreasing optical gap