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    • U-PB Detrital Zircon Geochronology of the Lower Danube and Its Tributaries: Implications for the Geology of the Carpathians

      Ducea, Mihai N.; Giosan, Liviu; Carter, Andrew; Balica, Constantin; Stoica, Adriana M.; Roban, Relu D.; Balintoni, Ion; Filip, Florin; Petrescu, Lucian; Univ Arizona (AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION, 2018-09)
      We performed a detrital zircon (DZ) U-Pb geochronologic survey of the lower parts of the Danube River approaching its Danube delta, Black Sea sink, and a few large tributaries (Tisza, Jiu, Olt, and Siret) originating in the nearby Carpathian Mountains. Samples are modern sediments. DZ age spectra reflect the geology and specifically the crustal age formation of the source area, which in this case is primarily the Romanian Carpathians and their foreland with contributions from the Balkan Mountains to the south of Danube and the East European Craton. The zircon cargo of these rivers suggests a source area that formed during the latest Proterozoic and mostly into the Cambrian and Ordovician as island arcs and back-arc basins in a Peri-Gondwanan subduction setting (similar to 600-440Ma). The Inner Carpathian units are dominated by a U-Pb DZ peak in the Ordovician (460-470Ma) and little inheritance from the nearby continental masses, whereas the Outer Carpathian units and the foreland have two main peaks, one Ediacaran (570-610 Ma) and one in the earliest Permian (290-300 Ma), corresponding to granitic rocks known regionally. A prominent igneous Variscan peak (320-350 Ma) in the Danube's and tributaries DZ zircon record is difficult to explain and points out to either an extra Carpathian source or major unknown gaps in our understanding of Carpathian geology. Younger peaks corresponding to arc magmatism during the Alpine period make up as much as about 10% of the DZ archive, consistent with the magnitude and surface exposure of Mesozoic and Cenozoic arcs.
    • (U-Th)/He and 4He/3He Thermochronology of Secondary Oxides in Faults and Fractures: A Regional Perspective From Southeastern Arizona

      Scoggin, S.H.; Reiners, P.W.; Shuster, D.L.; Davis, G.H.; Ward, L.A.; Worthington, J.R.; Nickerson, P.A.; Evenson, N.S.; Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona (John Wiley and Sons Inc, 2021)
      Fe- and Mn-oxides are common secondary minerals in faults, fractures, and veins and potentially record information about the timing of fluid movement through their host rocks. These phases are difficult to date by most radioisotopic techniques, but relatively high concentrations of U and Th make the (U-Th)/He system a promising approach. We present new petrographic, geochronologic and thermochronologic analyses of secondary oxides and associated minerals from fault zones and fractures in southeastern Arizona. We use these phases in attempt to constrain the timing of fluid flow and their relationship to magmatic, tectonic, or other regional processes. In the shallowly exhumed Galiuro Mountains, Fe-oxide (U-Th)/He dates correspond to host-rock crystallization and magmatic intrusions from ca. 1.6 to 1.1 Ga. Step-heating 4He/3He experiments and polydomain diffusion modeling of 3He release spectra on these samples are consistent with a crystallite size control on He diffusivity, and little fractional loss of radiogenic He since formation in coarse-grained hematite, but large losses from fine-grained Mn-oxide. In contrast to Proterozoic dates, Fe- and Mn-oxides from the Catalina-Rincon and Pinaleño metamorphic core complexes are exclusively Cenozoic, with dates clustering at ca. 24, 15, and 9 Ma, which represent distinct cooling or fluid-flow episodes during punctuated periods of normal faulting. Finally, a subset of Fe-oxides yield dates of ca. 5 Ma to 6 ka and display either pseudomorphic cubic forms consistent with oxidative retrogression of original pyrite or magnetite, or fine-grained botryoidal morphologies that we interpret to represent approximate ages of recrystallization or pseudomorphic replacement at shallow depths. © 2021 The Authors.
    • UAS-based plant phenotyping for research and breeding applications

      Guo, W.; Carroll, M.E.; Singh, A.; Swetnam, T.L.; Merchant, N.; Sarkar, S.; Singh, A.K.; Ganapathysubramanian, B.; BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona; Data Science Institute, University of Arizona (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2021)
      Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is a particularly powerful tool for plant phenotyping, due to reasonable cost of procurement and deployment, ease and flexibility for control and operation, ability to reconfigure sensor payloads to diversify sensing, and the ability to seamlessly fit into a larger connected phenotyping network. These advantages have expanded the use of UAS-based plant phenotyping approach in research and breeding applications. This paper reviews the state of the art in the deployment, collection, curation, storage, and analysis of data from UAS-based phenotyping platforms. We discuss pressing technical challenges, identify future trends in UAS-based phenotyping that the plant research community should be aware of, and pinpoint key plant science and agronomic questions that can be resolved with the next generation of UAS-based imaging modalities and associated data analysis pipelines. This review provides a broad account of the state of the art in UAS-based phenotyping to reduce the barrier to entry to plant science practitioners interested in deploying this imaging modality for phenotyping in plant breeding and research areas. Copyright © 2021 Wei Guo et al.
    • UAV-Based High Resolution Thermal Imaging for Vegetation Monitoring, and Plant Phenotyping Using ICI 8640 P, FLIR Vue Pro R 640, and thermoMap Cameras

      Sagan, Vasit; Maimaitijiang, Maitiniyazi; Sidike, Paheding; Eblimit, Kevin; Peterson, Kyle; Hartling, Sean; Esposito, Flavio; Khanal, Kapil; Newcomb, Maria; Pauli, Duke; et al. (MDPI, 2019-02-01)
      The growing popularity of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in recent years, along with decreased cost and greater accessibility of both UAVs and thermal imaging sensors, has led to the widespread use of this technology, especially for precision agriculture and plant phenotyping. There are several thermal camera systems in the market that are available at a low cost. However, their efficacy and accuracy in various applications has not been tested. In this study, three commercially available UAV thermal cameras, including ICI 8640 P-series (Infrared Cameras Inc., USA), FLIR Vue Pro R 640 (FLIR Systems, USA), and thermoMap (senseFly, Switzerland) have been tested and evaluated for their potential for forest monitoring, vegetation stress detection, and plant phenotyping. Mounted on multi-rotor or fixed wing systems, these cameras were simultaneously flown over different experimental sites located in St. Louis, Missouri (forest environment), Columbia, Missouri (plant stress detection and phenotyping), and Maricopa, Arizona (high throughput phenotyping). Thermal imagery was calibrated using procedures that utilize a blackbody, handheld thermal spot imager, ground thermal targets, emissivity and atmospheric correction. A suite of statistical analyses, including analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation analysis between camera temperature and plant biophysical and biochemical traits, and heritability were utilized in order to examine the sensitivity and utility of the cameras against selected plant phenotypic traits and in the detection of plant water stress. In addition, in reference to quantitative assessment of image quality from different thermal cameras, a non-reference image quality evaluator, which primarily measures image focus that is based on the spatial relationship of pixels in different scales, was developed. Our results show that (1) UAV-based thermal imaging is a viable tool in precision agriculture and (2) the three examined cameras are comparable in terms of their efficacy for plant phenotyping. Overall, accuracy, when compared against field measured ground temperature and estimating power of plant biophysical and biochemical traits, the ICI 8640 P-series performed better than the other two cameras, followed by FLIR Vue Pro R 640 and thermoMap cameras. Our results demonstrated that all three UAV thermal cameras provide useful temperature data for precision agriculture and plant phenotying, with ICI 8640 P-series presenting the best results among the three systems. Cost wise, FLIR Vue Pro R 640 is more affordable than the other two cameras, providing a less expensive option for a wide range of applications.
    • Ubiquitous [O II] Emission in Quiescent Galaxies at z ≈ 0.85 from the LEGA-C Survey

      Maseda, M.V.; Van Der Wel, A.; Franx, M.; Bell, E.F.; Bezanson, R.; Muzzin, A.; Sobral, D.; D'Eugenio, F.; Gallazzi, A.; De Graaff, A.; et al. (IOP Publishing Ltd, 2021)
      Using deep rest-frame optical spectroscopy from the Large Early Galaxy Astrophysical Census (LEGA-C) survey, conducted using VIMOS on the ESO Very Large Telescope, we search for low-ionization [O ii] λ λ 3726,3729 emission in the spectra of a mass-complete sample of z ≈ 0.85 galaxies. We find that 59% of UVJ-quiescent (i.e., non-star-forming) galaxies in the sample have [O ii] emission detected above our completeness limit of 1.5 Å, and the median-stacked spectrum of the remaining sample also shows [O ii] emission. The overall fraction of sources with [O ii] above our equivalent width limit is comparable to what we find in the low-redshift universe from GAMA and MASSIVE, except perhaps at the highest stellar masses (>1011.5 M o˙). However, stacked spectra for the individual low-equivalent-width systems uniquely indicates ubiquitous [O ii] emission in the higher-z LEGA-C sample, with typical [O ii] luminosities per unit stellar mass that are a factor of ×3 larger than the lower-z GAMA sample. Star formation at higher-z could play a role in producing the [O ii] emission, although it is unlikely to provide the bulk of the ionizing photons. More work is required to fully quantify the contributions of evolved stellar populations or active galactic nuclei to the observed spectra. © 2021. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..
    • Ubiquitous Fractal Scaling and Filtering Behavior of Hydrologic Fluxes and Storages from A Mountain Headwater Catchment

      Dwivedi, Ravindra; Knowles, John F.; Eastoe, Christopher; Minor, Rebecca; Abramson, Nathan; Mitra, Bhaskar; Wright, William E.; McIntosh, Jennifer; Meixner, Thomas; “Ty” Ferre, Paul A.; et al. (MDPI, 2020-02-24)
      We used the weighted wavelet method to perform spectral analysis of observed long-term precipitation, streamflow, actual evapotranspiration, and soil water storage at a sub-humid mountain catchment near Tucson, Arizona, USA. Fractal scaling in precipitation and the daily change in soil water storage occurred up to a period of 14 days and corresponded to the typical duration of relatively wet and dry intervals. In contrast, fractal scaling could be observed up to a period of 0.5 years in streamflow and actual evapotranspiration. By considering long-term observations of hydrologic fluxes and storages, we show that, in contrast to previous findings, the phase relationships between water balance components changed with component period and were not perfectly in or out of phase at all periods. Self-averaging behavior was apparent, but the temporal scales over which this behavior was applicable differed among the various water balance components. Conservative tracer analysis showed that this catchment acted as a fractal filter by transforming white noise in the precipitation input signal to a 1/f flicker in the streamflow output signal by means of both spatial and temporal subsurface advection and dispersion processes and soil wetting properties. This study provides an improved understanding of hydrological filtering behavior in mountain critical zones that are critical sources of water and ecosystem services throughout the world.
    • Ubiquitous Molecular Outflows in z > 4 Massive, Dusty Galaxies. I. Sample Overview and Clumpy Structure in Molecular Outflows on 500 pc Scales

      Spilker, J.S.; Phadke, K.A.; Aravena, M.; Béthermin, M.; Chapman, S.C.; Dong, C.; Gonzalez, A.H.; Hayward, C.C.; Hezaveh, Y.D.; Jarugula, S.; et al. (IOP Publishing Ltd, 2020)
      Massive galaxy-scale outflows of gas are one of the most commonly invoked mechanisms to regulate the growth and evolution of galaxies throughout the universe. While the gas in outflows spans a large range of temperatures and densities, the cold molecular phase is of particular interest because molecular outflows may be capable of suppressing star formation in galaxies by removing the star-forming gas. We have conducted the first survey of molecular outflows at z > 4, targeting 11 strongly lensed dusty, star-forming galaxies (DSFGs) with high-resolution Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array observations of OH 119 μm absorption as an outflow tracer. In this first paper, we give an overview of the survey, focusing on the detection rate and structure of molecular outflows. We find unambiguous evidence for outflows in 8/11 galaxies (73%), more than tripling the number known at z > 4. This implies that molecular winds in z > 4 DSFGs must have both a near-unity occurrence rate and large opening angles to be detectable in absorption. Lensing reconstructions reveal that 500 pc scale clumpy structures in the outflows are common. The individual clumps are not directly resolved, but from optical depth arguments we expect that future observations will require 50-200 pc spatial resolution to resolve them. We do not detect high-velocity [C ii] wings in any of the sources with clear OH outflows, indicating that [C ii] is not a reliable tracer of molecular outflows. Our results represent a first step toward characterizing molecular outflows at z > 4 at the population level, demonstrating that large-scale outflows are ubiquitous among early massive, dusty galaxies. © 2020. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..
    • Ubiquitous Molecular Outflows in z > 4 Massive, Dusty Galaxies. II. Momentum-driven Winds Powered by Star Formation in the Early Universe

      Spilker, J.S.; Aravena, M.; Phadke, K.A.; Béthermin, M.; Chapman, S.C.; Dong, C.; Gonzalez, A.H.; Hayward, C.C.; Hezaveh, Y.D.; Litke, K.C.; et al. (IOP Publishing Ltd, 2020)
      Galactic outflows of molecular gas are a common occurrence in galaxies and may represent a mechanism by which galaxies self-regulate their growth, redistributing gas that could otherwise have formed stars. We previously presented the first survey of molecular outflows at z > 4 toward a sample of massive, dusty galaxies. Here we characterize the physical properties of the molecular outflows discovered in our survey. Using low-redshift outflows as a training set, we find agreement at the factor of 2 level between several outflow rate estimates. We find molecular outflow rates of 150-800 M yr-1 and infer mass loading factors just below unity. Among the high-redshift sources, the molecular mass loading factor shows no strong correlations with any other measured quantity. The outflow energetics are consistent with expectations for momentum-driven winds with star formation as the driving source, with no need for energy-conserving phases. There is no evidence for active galactic nucleus activity in our sample, and while we cannot rule out deeply buried active galactic nuclei, their presence is not required to explain the outflow energetics, in contrast to nearby obscured galaxies with fast outflows. The fraction of the outflowing gas that will escape into the circumgalactic medium (CGM), though highly uncertain, may be as high as 50%. This nevertheless constitutes only a small fraction of the total cool CGM mass based on a comparison to z ∼ 2-3 quasar absorption line studies, but could represent ⪆10% of the CGM metal mass. Our survey offers the first statistical characterization of molecular outflow properties in the very early universe. © 2020. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..
    • Ubiquity of fourier transformation in optical sciences (part II)

      Mansuripur, M.; James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona (SPIE, 2021)
      This paper contains a transcript of my presentation at the Wyant Tribute Symposium on August 2, 2021 at SPIE’s Optics & Photonics conference in San Diego, California. The technical part of the paper has no overlap with a previous article of mine that was published in Applied Optics last year, bearing the same title as this one.1 The applications of Fourier transformation described in the present paper include the central limit theorem of probability and statistics, the Shannon-Nyquist sampling theorem, and computing the electromagnetic field radiated by an oscillating magnetic dipole. © 2021 SPIE
    • UCHL1, a deubiquitinating enzyme, regulates lung endothelial cell permeability in vitro and in vivo

      Mitra, Sumegha; Epshtein, Yulia; Sammani, Saad; Quijada, Hector; Chen, Weiguo; Bandela, Mounica; Desai, Ankit A; Garcia, Joe G N; Jacobson, Jeffrey R; Department of Medicine, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona (American Physiological Society, 2021-01-13)
      Increasing evidence suggests an important role for deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) in modulating a variety of biological functions and diseases. We previously identified the upregulation of the DUB ubiquitin carboxyl terminal hydrolase 1 (UCHL1) in murine ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). However, the role of UCHL1 in modulating vascular permeability, a cardinal feature of acute lung injury (ALI) in general, remains unclear. We investigated the role of UCHL1 in pulmonary endothelial cell (EC) barrier function in vitro and in vivo and examined the effects of UCHL1 on VE-cadherin and claudin-5 regulation, important adherens and tight junctional components, respectively. Measurements of transendothelial electrical resistance confirmed decreased barrier enhancement induced by hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and increased thrombin-induced permeability in both UCHL1-silenced ECs and in ECs pretreated with LDN-57444 (LDN), a pharmacological UCHL1 inhibitor. In addition, UCHL1 knockdown (siRNA) was associated with decreased expression of VE-cadherin and claudin-5, whereas silencing of the transcription factor FoxO1 restored claudin-5 levels. Finally, UCHL1 inhibition in vivo via LDN was associated with increased VILI in a murine model. These findings support a prominent functional role of UCHL1 in regulating lung vascular permeability via alterations in adherens and tight junctions and implicate UCHL1 as an important mediator of ALI.
    • UHRF1 predicts poor prognosis by triggering cell cycle in lung adenocarcinoma

      Tu, Zhenbo; Deng, Xinzhou; Hou, Shengqi; Feng, Anlin; Zhang, Qiuping; Univ Arizona, Coll Med Phoenix, Dept Internal Med (WILEY, 2020-06-03)
      Accumulating evidence suggests that ubiquitin-like with plant homeodomain and ring finger domains 1 (UHRF1) is overexpressed in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); however, the expression and function of UHRF1 in the subtype of NSCLC are still unclear. Here, we investigate the expression and prognosis traits of UHRF1 in large NSCLC cohorts and explore the molecular characters during UHRF1 up-regulation. We find that UHRF1 is predominantly overexpressed in lung squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Surprisingly, the up-regulated UHRF1 is only associated with the overall survival of lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) and knockdown of UHRF1 dramatically attenuates ADC tumorigenesis. Mechanically, we identify a hub gene that includes a total of 55 UHRF1-related genes, which are tightly associated with cell cycle pathway and yield to the poor clinical outcome in ADC patients. What's more, we observe knockdown of UHRF1 only affects ADC cells cycle and induces cell apoptosis. These results suggest that up-regulated UHRF1 only contributes to lung ADC survival by triggering cell cycle pathway, and it may be a prognostic biomarker for lung ADC patients.
    • Ultimate Accuracy Limit of Quantum Pulse-Compression Ranging

      Zhuang, Q.; Shapiro, J.H.; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona; James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona (American Physical Society, 2022)
      Radars use time-of-flight measurement to infer the range to a distant target from its return’s round-trip range delay. They typically transmit a high time-bandwidth product waveform and use pulse-compression reception to simultaneously achieve satisfactory range resolution and range accuracy under a peak transmitted-power constraint. Despite the many proposals for quantum radar, none have delineated the ultimate quantum limit on ranging accuracy. We derive that limit through continuous-time quantum analysis and show that quantum illumination ranging—a quantum pulse-compression radar that exploits the entanglement between a high time-bandwidth product transmitted signal pulse and and a high time-bandwidth product retained idler pulse—achieves that limit. We also show that quantum illumination ranging offers mean-squared range-delay accuracy that can be tens of dB better than that of a classical pulse-compression radar of the same pulse bandwidth and transmitted energy. Published by the American Physical Society
    • Ultimate causes of antipredator vocalizations in a nonhibernating squirrel

      Burnett, Alexandra D.; Koprowski, John L.; Univ Arizona, Sch Nat Resources & Environm (ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2020-09-22)
      Communication plays an integral role in facilitating intra- and interspecific interactions. The study of signal function and content reveals the rules that govern such interactions, informing hypotheses in behavioural ecology and evolution. The ubiquitous nature of antipredator vocalizations in ground squirrels provides a useful model for studying the evolution of communication. Conspecifics in many ground squirrel species respond to anti-predator vocalizations, and sociality functions as a strong selective force favouring more informative antipredator vocalizations. However, studies of a single antipredator vocalization system in both social and nonsocial contexts are relatively scarce, preventing diagnosis of selective forces other than sociality. We conducted a 2-year study to test two alternative hypotheses relating to the function of antipredator vocalizations in a nonhibernating squirrel, the Harris' antelope squirrel, Ammospermophilus harristi. We hypothesized that if vocalizations function as a predator deterrent, callers should be of equal sex ratio and vocalize year-round. If vocalizations function primarily as a warning to offspring, callers should be predominantly female and vocalize only when juveniles are above ground. We found that spontaneous callers were predominantly female but vocalized throughout the year. We also found that call bouts varied in trill number, which could hold additional layers of information. Our results suggest that antipredator vocalizations function as both a predator deterrent and a warning to offspring. Antipredator vocalizations with multiple functions or receivers are subject to a greater compilation of selective forces that may induce communicative complexity to arise. (C) 2020 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    • Ultimate Limits for Multiple Quantum Channel Discrimination

      Zhuang, Quntao; Pirandola, Stefano; Univ Arizona, Dept Elect & Comp Engn; Univ Arizona, James C Wyant Coll Opt Sci (AMER PHYSICAL SOC, 2020-08)
      Quantum hypothesis testing is a central task in the entire field of quantum information theory. Understanding its ultimate limits will give insight into a wide range of quantum protocols and applications, from sensing to communication. Although the limits of hypothesis testing between quantum states have been completely clarified by the pioneering works of Helstrom in the 1970s, the more difficult problem of hypothesis testing with quantum channels, i.e., channel discrimination, is less understood. This is mainly due to the complications coming from the use of input entanglement and the possibility of employing adaptive strategies. In this Letter, we establish a lower limit for the ultimate error probability affecting the discrimination of an arbitrary number of quantum channels. We also show that this lower bound is achievable when the channels have certain symmetries. As an example, we apply our results to the problem of channel position finding, where the goal is to identify the location of a target channel among multiple background channels. In this general setting, we find that the use of entanglement offers a great advantage over strategies without entanglement, with nontrivial implications for data readout, target detection, and quantum spectroscopy.
    • Ultimate limits of approximate unambiguous discrimination

      Zhuang, Q.; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona; James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona (American Physical Society, 2020)
      Quantum hypothesis testing is an important tool for quantum information processing. Two main strategies have been widely adopted: in a minimum error discrimination strategy, the average error probability is minimized; while in an unambiguous discrimination strategy, an inconclusive decision (abstention) is allowed to vanish any possibility of errors when a conclusive result is obtained. In both scenarios, the testing between quantum states is relatively well understood, for example, the ultimate limits of the performance are established decades ago; however, the testing between quantum channels is less understood. Although the ultimate limit of minimum error discrimination between channels has been explored recently, the corresponding limit of unambiguous discrimination is unknown. In this paper, we formulate an approximate unambiguous discrimination scenario, and derive the ultimate limits of the performance for both states and channels. In particular, in the channel case, our lower bound of the inconclusive probability holds for arbitrary adaptive sensing protocols. For the special class of "teleportation-covariant"channels, the lower bound is achievable with maximum entangled inputs and no adaptive strategy is necessary. © 2020 authors. Published by the American Physical Society. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI.
    • Ultimate Preference and Explanation

      Lehrer, Keith; University of Arizona (Brill, 2020-11-24)
      The articles by Corlett, McKenna and Waller in the present issue call for some further enlightenment on Lehrer's defense of classical compatibilism. Ultimate explanation in terms of a power preference, which is the primary explanation for choice, is now the central feature of his defense. This includes the premise that scientific determinism may fail to explain our choices. Sylvain Bromberger (1965) showed that nomological deduction is not sufficient for explanation. A power preference, which is by definition a preference over alternatives, is the primary explanation when the power preference explains the choice without the need to appeal to anything else, including even anything that explains it. The author notes that explanation is not generally transitive. The power preference must stand alone as an ultimate explanation independent of other explanations. It is thus the ultimate preference over alternatives of choice. © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2020
    • Ultra high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for rapid analysis of trace organic contaminants in water

      Anumol, Tarun; Merel, Sylvain; Clarke, Bradley; Snyder, Shane; Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona, 1133 E James E Rogers Way, Harshbarger 108, Tucson, AZ, 85721-0011, USA; School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, 100 LaTrobe St, Melbourne, 3000, Australia (Chemistry Central, 2013)
      BACKGROUND:The widespread utilization of organic compounds in modern society and their dispersion through wastewater have resulted in extensive contamination of source and drinking waters. The vast majority of these compounds are not regulated in wastewater outfalls or in drinking water while trace amounts of certain compounds can impact aquatic wildlife. Hence it is prudent to monitor these contaminants in water sources until sufficient toxicological data relevant to humans becomes available. A method was developed for the analysis of 36 trace organic contaminants (TOrCs) including pharmaceuticals, pesticides, steroid hormones (androgens, progestins, and glucocorticoids), personal care products and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) using a single solid phase extraction (SPE) technique with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS). The method was applied to a variety of water matrices to demonstrate method performance and reliability.RESULTS:UHPLC-MS/MS in both positive and negative electrospray ionization (ESI) modes was employed to achieve optimum sensitivity while reducing sample analysis time (<20min) compared with previously published methods. The detection limits for most compounds was lower than 1.0 picogram on the column while reporting limits in water ranged from 0.1 to 15ng/L based on the extraction of a 1L sample and concentration to 1mL. Recoveries in ultrapure water for most compounds were between 90-110%, while recoveries in surface water and wastewater were in the range of 39-121% and 38-141% respectively. The analytical method was successfully applied to analyze samples across several different water matrices including wastewater, groundwater, surface water and drinking water at different stages of the treatment. Among several compounds detected in wastewater, sucralose and TCPP showed the highest concentrations.CONCLUSION:The proposed method is sensitive, rapid and robust
    • Ultra-compact integrated silicon photonics balanced coherent photodetector

      Meyer, Jason T.; Fallahi, Mahmoud; Univ Arizona, Coll Opt Sci (SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 2016-02-13)
      In this paper, the performance simulations of a novel ultra-compact balanced coherent photodetector for operation at a wavelength of 1.5 mu m are presented and design proposals for future fabrication processes are provided. It consists of a compact 2x2 MMI that is evanescently coupled into a germanium MSM photodetection layer. The simulations demonstrate dark current less than 10 nA, capacitance less than 20 fF, and optical bandwidth in the 10-30 GHz range. We propose utilizing the simplicity of direct wafer bonding to bond the detection layer to the output waveguides to avoid complicated epitaxial growth issues. This ultra-compact device shows promise as a high-speed, low-cost integrated silicon photonics solution for the telecommunications infrastructure.
    • Ultra-diffuse Galaxies at Ultraviolet Wavelengths

      Singh, Pranjal Rajendra; Zaritsky, Dennis; Donnerstein, Richard; Spekkens, Kristine; Univ Arizona, Steward Observ (IOP PUBLISHING LTD, 2019-05-06)
      We measure near-ultraviolet (NUV) aperture magnitudes from Galaxy Evolution Explorer images for 258 ultra-diffuse galaxy (UDG) candidates drawn from the initial Systematically Measuring Ultra-Diffuse Galaxies (SMUDGes) survey of similar to 300 square degrees surrounding, and including, the Coma galaxy cluster. For the vast majority, 242 of them, we present flux upper limits due either to a lack of significant flux in the aperture or confusion with other objects projected within the aperture. These limits often place interesting constraints on the UDG candidates, indicating that they are non-star-forming or quiescent. In particular, we identify field, quiescent UDG candidates, which are a challenge for formation models and are, therefore, compelling prospects for spectroscopic follow-up and distance determinations. We present far-ultraviolet (FUV) and NUV magnitudes for 16 detected UDG candidates and compare those galaxies to the local population of galaxies on color-magnitude and specific star formation rate diagrams. The NUV-detected UDG candidates form mostly an extension toward lower stellar masses of the star-forming galaxy sequence, and none of these lie within regions of high local galaxy density. UDG candidates span a range of properties, although almost all are consistent with being quiescent, low surface brightness galaxies, regardless of environment.
    • Ultra-high aspect ratio copper nanowires as transparent conductive electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells

      Zhu, Zhaozhao; Mankowski, Trent; Shikoh, Ali Sehpar; Touati, Farid; Benammar, Mohieddine A.; Mansuripur, Masud; Falco, Charles M.; Univ Arizona, Coll Opt Sci; College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States); College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States); et al. (SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 2016-09-23)
      We report the synthesis of ultra-high aspect ratio copper nanowires (CuNW) and fabrication of CuNW-based transparent conductive electrodes (TCE) with high optical transmittance (> 80%) and excellent sheet resistance (R-s < 30 Omega/sq). These CuNW TCEs are subsequently hybridized with aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin-film coatings, or platinum thinfilm coatings, or nickel thin-film coatings. Our hybrid transparent electrodes can replace indium tin oxide (ITO) films in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) as either anodes or cathodes. We highlight the challenges of integrating bare CuNWs into DSSCs, and demonstrate that hybridization renders the solar cell integrations feasible. The CuNW/AZO-based DSSCs have reasonably good open-circuit voltage (V-oc = 720 mV) and short-circuit current-density (J(sc) = 0.96 mA/cm(2)), which are comparable to what is obtained with an ITO-based DSSC fabricated with a similar process. Our CuNW-Ni based DSSCs exhibit a good open-circuit voltage (V-oc = 782 mV) and a decent short-circuit current (J(sc) = 3.96 mA/cm2), with roughly 1.5% optical-to-electrical conversion efficiency.