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Monoclonal antibody therapeutics to treat COVID-19 have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Many barriers exist when deploying a novel therapeutic during an ongoing pandemic, and it is critical to assess the needs of incorporating monoclonal antibody infusions into pandemic response activities. We examined the monoclonal antibody infusion site process during the COVID-19 pandemic and conducted a descriptive analysis using data from three sites at medical centers in the U.S. supported by the National Disaster Medical System. Monoclonal antibody implementation success factors included engagement with local medical providers, therapy batch preparation, placing the infusion center in proximity to emergency services, and creating procedures resilient to EUA changes. Infusion process challenges included confirming patient SARS-CoV-2 positivity, strained staff, scheduling, and pharmacy coordination. Infusion sites are effective when integrated into pre-existing pandemic response ecosystems and can be implemented with limited staff and physical resources.
Gravitational waves from coalescing neutron stars encode information about nuclear matter at extreme densities, inaccessible by laboratory experiments. The late inspiral is influenced by the presence of tides, which depend on the neutron star equation of state. Neutron star mergers are expected to often produce rapidly rotating remnant neutron stars that emit gravitational waves. These will provide clues to the extremely hot post-merger environment. This signature of nuclear matter in gravitational waves contains most information in the 2–4 kHz frequency band, which is outside of the most sensitive band of current detectors. We present the design concept and science case for a Neutron Star Extreme Matter Observatory (NEMO): a gravitational-wave interferometer optimised to study nuclear physics with merging neutron stars. The concept uses high-circulating laser power, quantum squeezing, and a detector topology specifically designed to achieve the high-frequency sensitivity necessary to probe nuclear matter using gravitational waves. Above 1 kHz, the proposed strain sensitivity is comparable to full third-generation detectors at a fraction of the cost. Such sensitivity changes expected event rates for detection of post-merger remnants from approximately one per few decades with two A+ detectors to a few per year and potentially allow for the first gravitational-wave observations of supernovae, isolated neutron stars, and other exotica.
Recent work on political divisions in the mass public has identified several manifestations of polarization linked to different types of attitudes, orientations, and behaviors. Of these, affective polarization and perceived polarization have attracted increasing attention, though we still know fairly little of the links between these variants of polarization. In this paper, we examine the association between affective and perceived polarization, with an aim toward disentangling any potential causal relationship between the two processes. Using two sets of nationally representative panel data from 1992 to 1996 and 2008 to 2009, we find evidence that affective polarization causes perceived polarization, and that perceived polarization is not related to future affective polarization. Stratifying the models by level of political information, we find that the strength and statistical significance of the relationships between past and future values of affective and perceived polarization are conditional on political sophistication: more sophisticated individuals exhibit stronger relationships.
Germ plasm, a cytoplasmic factor of germline cell differentiation, is suggested to be a perspective tool for in vitro meiotic differentiation. To discriminate between the: (1) germ plasm-related structures (GPRS) involved in meiosis triggering; and (2) GPRS involved in the germ plasm storage phase, we investigated gametogenesis in the marine medaka Oryzias melastigma. The GPRS of the mitosis-to-meiosis period are similar in males and females. In both sexes, five events typically occur: (1) turning of the primary Vasa-positive germ plasm granules into the Vasa-positive intermitochondrial cement (IMC); (2) aggregation of some mitochondria by IMC followed by arising of mitochondrial clusters; (3) intramitochondrial localization of IMC-originated Vasa; followed by (4) mitochondrial cluster degradation; and (5) intranuclear localization of Vasa followed by this protein entering the nuclei (gonial cells) and synaptonemal complexes (zygotene–pachytene meiotic cells). In post-zygotene/pachytene gametogenesis, the GPRS are sex specific; the Vasa-positive chromatoid bodies are found during spermatogenesis, but oogenesis is characterized by secondary arising of Vasa-positive germ plasm granules followed by secondary formation and degradation of mitochondrial clusters. A complex type of germ plasm generation, ‘the follicle cell assigned germ plasm formation’, was found in late oogenesis. The mechanisms discovered are recommended to be taken into account for possible reconstruction of those under in vitro conditions.
We performed a spatial-temporal analysis to assess household risk factors for Ebola virus disease (Ebola) in a remote, severely-affected village. We defined a household as a family's shared living space and a case-household as a household with at least one resident who became a suspect, probable, or confirmed Ebola case from 1 August 2014 to 10 October 2014. We used Geographic Information System (GIS) software to calculate inter-household distances, performed space-time cluster analyses, and developed Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE). Village X consisted of 64 households; 42% of households became case-households over the observation period. Two significant space-time clusters occurred among households in the village; temporal effects outweighed spatial effects. GEE demonstrated that the odds of becoming a case-household increased by 4·0% for each additional person per household (P < 0·02) and 2·6% per day (P < 0·07). An increasing number of persons per household, and to a lesser extent, the passage of time after onset of the outbreak were risk factors for household Ebola acquisition, emphasizing the importance of prompt public health interventions that prioritize the most populated households. Using GIS with GEE can reveal complex spatial-temporal risk factors, which can inform prioritization of response activities in future outbreaks.
The electronic structure of delta plutonium (δ-Pu) and plutonium compounds is investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy (PES). Results for δ-Pu show a small component of the valence electronic structure which might reasonably be associated with a 5f6 configuration. PES results for PuTe are used as an indication for the 5f6 configuration due to the presence of atomic multiplet structure. Temperature dependent PES data on δ-Pu indicate a narrow peak centered 20 meV below the Fermi energy and 100 meV wide. The first PES data for PuCoIn5 indicate a 5f electronic structure more localized than the 5fs in the closely related PuCoGa5. There is support from the PES data for a description of Pu materials with an electronic configuration of 5f5 with some admixture of 5f6 as well as a localized/delocalized 5f5 description.
The Rank Forum on Vitamin D was held on 2nd and 3rd July 2009 at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. The workshop consisted of a series of scene-setting presentations to address the current issues and challenges concerning vitamin D and health, and included an open discussion focusing on the identification of the concentrations of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) (a marker of vitamin D status) that may be regarded as optimal, and the implications this process may have in the setting of future dietary reference values for vitamin D in the UK. The Forum was in agreement with the fact that it is desirable for all of the population to have a serum 25(OH)D concentration above 25 nmol/l, but it discussed some uncertainty about the strength of evidence for the need to aim for substantially higher concentrations (25(OH)D concentrations>75 nmol/l). Any discussion of ‘optimal’ concentration of serum 25(OH)D needs to define ‘optimal’ with care since it is important to consider the normal distribution of requirements and the vitamin D needs for a wide range of outcomes. Current UK reference values concentrate on the requirements of particular subgroups of the population; this differs from the approaches used in other European countries where a wider range of age groups tend to be covered. With the re-emergence of rickets and the public health burden of low vitamin D status being already apparent, there is a need for urgent action from policy makers and risk managers. The Forum highlighted concerns regarding the failure of implementation of existing strategies in the UK for achieving current vitamin D recommendations.
As-grown crystals of ZnGeP2 are highly compensated and contain significant concentrations of donors and acceptors. The dominant acceptor in ZnGeP2 is believed to be the zinc vacancy. This center is paramagnetic in its normal singly ionized state, and gives rise to an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) signal characterized by a resolved primary hyperfine interaction with two equivalent phosphorus nuclei adjacent to the vacancy. The present investigation has focused on electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) measurements of additional hyperfine interactions which are not resolved in the regular EPR spectra. Principal values and principal axes directions for four additional phosphorus nuclei are determined from the ENDOR angular dependence. These parameters support the zinc-vacancy assignment for the acceptor and they provide an experimental check of wave functions generated in future computational modeling efforts.
Zinc composition variation and gross structural defects including grain and tilt boundaries, twins, and mechanical cracks in high pressure Bridgman Cd1−xZnxTe are characterized and correlated to various detector-related responses. Triple axis x-ray diffraction, double crystal x-ray topography, infrared microscopy, and etch pit density measurements are used to reveal and quantify the spatial distribution and the nature of the structural defects. Mechanical cracks in the material are found to act as conductive “shorting paths”, indicated by excessive leakage currents and reduced charge (electron) collection measured along these cracks. Reduced charge collection is also obtained across grain boundaries and in regions with poor crystallinity, indicating that they serve as carrier recombination sites. Finally, the effects of the zinc composition variation on the measured leakage current and the amount of electrons collected are found to be masked by gross structural defects. These characterization techniques provide a wealth of information which can be used not only to study the relationship between the structural and device properties of CdZnTe but also to screen production material for subsequent device fabrication.
InxGa1−xAs structures with compositionally graded buffers were grown with organometallic vapor phase epitaxy (OMVPE) on GaAs substrates and characterized with plan-view and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (PV-TEM and X-TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and x-ray diffraction (XRD). The results show that surface roughness experiences a maximum at growth temperatures where phase separation occurs in In.Gal.,As. The strain fields from misfit dislocations induce this phase separation in the <110> directions. At growth temperatures above and below this temperature, the surface roughness decreases significantly; however, only growth temperatures above this regime ensure nearly complete relaxed graded buffers with the most uniform composition caps. With the optimum growth temperature for grading InxGa1−x,As determined to be 700 °C, it was possible to produce In0.33Ga0.67As diodes on GaAs with threading dislocation densities < 8.5 × 106/cm2.
Oxygen related defects in Al-containing semiconductors have been determined to degrade luminescence efficiency and reduce free carrier lifetime, affecting the performance of light emitting diodes and laser diodes. We have used the oxygen doping source, diethylaluminum ethoxide, (C2H5)2A1OC2H5, to intentionally incorporate oxygen-related defects during growth of In0.5(AlxGa1−x)0.5P by Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy (MOVPE). Our investigations have identified several defects which are ‘intrinsic’ or present in non-intentionally oxygen-doped n-type In0.5(AlxGa1−x)0.5P as well as those due to oxygen, which introduces defect states near the middle of the conduction band. Deep level transient spectroscopy and photoluminescence data obtained for these defects over a range of composition, are presented illustrating the trends in defect structure with alloy composition. The impact of oxygen contamination on the visible emission spectrum is presented and discussed in terms of the defect structure.
Intersubband transitions in n-type InGaAs/AlGaAs multiple quantum wells were studied as a function of 1.0 to 5.0 MRad γ-ray irradiation dose using the optical absorption technique. The spectra were recorded at both 295 and 77K. The results show that the total integrated area of the intersubband transition is decreased as the irradiation dose is increased. This could be explained as follows: The secondary electrons generated from the γ-ray irradiation cause lattice damages where traps and point defects are created. Some of the electrons in the quantum wells are trapped by these defects causing the two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) density to decrease. The reduction of the 2DEG density thus leads to the reduction of the total integrated area of the intersubband transitions.
We are developing modular arrays of CdZnTe radiation detectors for high-resolution nuclear medicine imaging. Each detector is delineated into a 64×64 array of pixels; the pixel pitch is 380 ptm. Each pixel is connected to a corresponding pad on a multiplexer readout circuit. The imaging system is controlled by a personal computer. We obtained images of standard nuclear medicine phantoms in which the spatial resolution of approximately 1.5 mm was limited by the collimator that was used. Significant improvements in spatial resolution should be possible with different collimator designs. These results are promising for high-resolution nuclear medicine imaging.
Dislocations and traps in MBE grown p-InGaAs/GaAs lattice-mismatched heterostructures are investigated by Cross-section Transmission Electron Microscopy (XTEM), Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) and Photo-luminescence (PL). The misfit dislocations and the threading dislocations observed by XTEM in different samples with different In mole fractions and different InGaAs layer thickness generally satisfy the Dodson-Tsao's plastic flow critical layer thickness curve. The threading dislocations in bulk layers introduce three hole trap levels HI, H2 and H5 with DLTS activation energies of 0.32 eV, 0.40 eV, 0.88 eV, respectively, and one electron trap El with DLTS activation energy of 0.54 eV. The misfit dislocations in relaxed InGaAs/GaAs interface induce a hole trap level H4 with DLTS activation energy between the range of 0.67–0.73 eV. All dislocation induced traps are nonradiative recombination centers which greatly degrade the optical property of the InGaAs/GaAs layers.
There is increasing interest in the epitaxial growth of high quality InSb thin films on GaAs substrates for many device applications such as infrared optoelectronics. The large lattice mismatch (14.6%) between InSb and GaAs has meant that both growth techniques and conditions have a large influence on the interface properties and consequently the film quality. A surface science study, by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) together with Nomarski microscopy, on the surface and interface properties of InSb/GaAs by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition is presented. It is found fromthe XPS data that the ambient surface is composed of InSb, In2O3, Sb2O3 and Sb2O5. The interdiffusion phenomena are studied by AES depth profiling; the width of interdiffusion region is determined to be 50±10 nm for all the samples grown at different V/III ratios. This is narrower than the data previously obtained for InSb/GaAs interfaces produced by metalorganic magnetron sputtering. The results also demonstrate that uniform and stoichiometric InSb films have been obtained, and that the reproducibility of the MOCVD technique is excellent.
Raman scattering experiments on high quality ZnGeP2 single crystals grown by the seeded horizontal dynamic gradient technique have been carried out. Polarized Raman spectra were obtained in the backscattering geometry at both room and low temperatures for several crystal orientations and compared with group theoretical predictions. Raman spectra from as-grown and annealed samples display distinctive differences which were explored by utilizing two different excitation wavelengths: 514.3 nm and 632.8 nm; the observed differences are attributed to a surface interdiffuasion effect.
Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) shows great promise as a semiconductor radiation detector material. CZT possesses advantageous material properties over other radiation detector materials in use today, such as a high intrinsic resistivity and a high cross-section for x and γ-rays. However, presently available CZT is not without limitations. The hole transport properties severely limit the performance of these detectors, and the yield of material possessing adequate electron transport properties is currently much lower than desired. The result of these material deficiencies is a lack of inexpensive CZT crystals of large volume for several radiation detector applications. One approach to help alleviate this problem is to measure the spatial distribution (or map) the electrical properties of large area CZT wafers prior to device fabrication. This mapping can accomplish two goals: identify regions of the wafers suitable for detector fabrication and correlate the distribution of crystalline defects with the detector performance. The results of this characterization can then be used by the crystal manufacturers to optimize their growth processes. In this work, we discuss the design and performance of apparatus for measuring the electrical characteristics of entire CZT wafers (up to 10 cm × 10 cm). The data acquisition and manipulation will be discussed and some typical data will be presented.
Time-resolved all-optical techniques are used to measure the density and temperature dependence of electron-hole recombination in an InAs/GaInSb/InAs/AlGaInAsSb strain-balanced superlattice grown by molecular beam expitaxy on GaSb. This 4 μm bandgap structure, which has been designed for suppressed Auger recombination, is a candidate material for the active region of mid-infrared lasers. While carrier lifetime measurements at room temperature show unambiguous evidence of Auger recombination, the extracted Auger recombination rates are considerably lower than those reported for bulk materials of comparable bandgap energy. We find that the Auger rate saturates at carrier densities comparable to those required for degeneracy of the valence band, illustrating the impact of Fermi statistics on the Auger process. The measured results are compared with theoretical Auger rates computed using a band structure obtained from a semi-empirical 8-band K.p model. We find excellent agreement between theoretical and experimental results when Umklapp processes in the growth direction are included in the calculation. Measured recombination rates from 50 to 300 K are combined with calculated threshold carrier densities to determine a material To value for the superlattice.