TY - JOUR
AB - The precise engineering of thermoelectric materials using nanocrystals as their building blocks has proven to be an excellent strategy to increase energy conversion efficiency. Here we present a synthetic route to produce Sb-doped PbS colloidal nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are then consolidated into nanocrystalline PbS:Sb using spark plasma sintering. We demonstrate that the introduction of Sb significantly influences the size, geometry, crystal lattice and especially the carrier concentration of PbS. The increase of charge carrier concentration achieved with the introduction of Sb translates into an increase of the electrical and thermal conductivities and a decrease of the Seebeck coefficient. Overall, PbS:Sb nanomaterial were characterized by two-fold higher thermoelectric figures of merit than undoped PbS.
AU - Cadavid, Doris
AU - Wei, Kaya
AU - Liu, Yu
AU - Zhang, Yu
AU - Li, Mengyao
AU - Genç, Aziz
AU - Berestok, Taisiia
AU - Ibáñez, Maria
AU - Shavel, Alexey
AU - Nolas, George S.
AU - Cabot, Andreu
ID - 9206
IS - 4
JF - Materials
TI - Synthesis, bottom up assembly and thermoelectric properties of Sb-doped PbS nanocrystal building blocks
VL - 14
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We propose a novel hybridization method for stability analysis that over-approximates nonlinear dynamical systems by switched systems with linear inclusion dynamics. We observe that existing hybridization techniques for safety analysis that over-approximate nonlinear dynamical systems by switched affine inclusion dynamics and provide fixed approximation error, do not suffice for stability analysis. Hence, we propose a hybridization method that provides a state-dependent error which converges to zero as the state tends to the equilibrium point. The crux of our hybridization computation is an elegant recursive algorithm that uses partial derivatives of a given function to obtain upper and lower bound matrices for the over-approximating linear inclusion. We illustrate our method on some examples to demonstrate the application of the theory for stability analysis. In particular, our method is able to establish stability of a nonlinear system which does not admit a polynomial Lyapunov function.
AU - Garcia Soto, Miriam
AU - Prabhakar, Pavithra
ID - 9202
T2 - 2020 IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium
TI - Hybridization for stability verification of nonlinear switched systems
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - In the multiway cut problem we are given a weighted undirected graph G=(V,E) and a set T⊆V of k terminals. The goal is to find a minimum weight set of edges E′⊆E with the property that by removing E′ from G all the terminals become disconnected. In this paper we present a simple local search approximation algorithm for the multiway cut problem with approximation ratio 2−2k . We present an experimental evaluation of the performance of our local search algorithm and show that it greatly outperforms the isolation heuristic of Dalhaus et al. and it has similar performance as the much more complex algorithms of Calinescu et al., Sharma and Vondrak, and Buchbinder et al. which have the currently best known approximation ratios for this problem.
AU - Bloch-Hansen, Andrew
AU - Samei, Nasim
AU - Solis-Oba, Roberto
ID - 9227
SN - 0302-9743
T2 - Conference on Algorithms and Discrete Applied Mathematics
TI - Experimental evaluation of a local search approximation algorithm for the multiway cut problem
VL - 12601
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Half a century after Lewis Wolpert's seminal conceptual advance on how cellular fates distribute in space, we provide a brief historical perspective on how the concept of positional information emerged and influenced the field of developmental biology and beyond. We focus on a modern interpretation of this concept in terms of information theory, largely centered on its application to cell specification in the early Drosophila embryo. We argue that a true physical variable (position) is encoded in local concentrations of patterning molecules, that this mapping is stochastic, and that the processes by which positions and corresponding cell fates are determined based on these concentrations need to take such stochasticity into account. With this approach, we shift the focus from biological mechanisms, molecules, genes and pathways to quantitative systems-level questions: where does positional information reside, how it is transformed and accessed during development, and what fundamental limits it is subject to?
AU - Tkačik, Gašper
AU - Gregor, Thomas
ID - 9226
IS - 2
JF - Development
TI - The many bits of positional information
VL - 148
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - We consider a model of the Riemann zeta function on the critical axis and study its maximum over intervals of length (log T)θ, where θ is either fixed or tends to zero at a suitable rate.
It is shown that the deterministic level of the maximum interpolates smoothly between the ones
of log-correlated variables and of i.i.d. random variables, exhibiting a smooth transition ‘from
3/4 to 1/4’ in the second order. This provides a natural context where extreme value statistics of
log-correlated variables with time-dependent variance and rate occur. A key ingredient of the
proof is a precise upper tail tightness estimate for the maximum of the model on intervals of
size one, that includes a Gaussian correction. This correction is expected to be present for the
Riemann zeta function and pertains to the question of the correct order of the maximum of
the zeta function in large intervals.
AU - Arguin, Louis-Pierre
AU - Dubach, Guillaume
AU - Hartung, Lisa
ID - 9230
T2 - arXiv
TI - Maxima of a random model of the Riemann zeta function over intervals of varying length
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Cesium lead halides have intrinsically unstable crystal lattices and easily transform within perovskite and nonperovskite structures. In this work, we explore the conversion of the perovskite CsPbBr3 into Cs4PbBr6 in the presence of PbS at 450 °C to produce doped nanocrystal-based composites with embedded Cs4PbBr6 nanoprecipitates. We show that PbBr2 is extracted from CsPbBr3 and diffuses into the PbS lattice with a consequent increase in the concentration of free charge carriers. This new doping strategy enables the adjustment of the density of charge carriers between 1019 and 1020 cm–3, and it may serve as a general strategy for doping other nanocrystal-based semiconductors.
AU - Calcabrini, Mariano
AU - Genc, Aziz
AU - Liu, Yu
AU - Kleinhanns, Tobias
AU - Lee, Seungho
AU - Dirin, Dmitry N.
AU - Akkerman, Quinten A.
AU - Kovalenko, Maksym V.
AU - Arbiol, Jordi
AU - Ibáñez, Maria
ID - 9118
IS - 2
JF - ACS Energy Letters
TI - Exploiting the lability of metal halide perovskites for doping semiconductor nanocomposites
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the Fröhlich polaron model in the strong coupling limit. It is well‐known that to leading order the ground state energy is given by the (classical) Pekar energy. In this work, we establish the subleading correction, describing quantum fluctuation about the classical limit. Our proof applies to a model of a confined polaron, where both the electron and the polarization field are restricted to a set of finite volume, with linear size determined by the natural length scale of the Pekar problem.
AU - Frank, Rupert
AU - Seiringer, Robert
ID - 8603
IS - 3
JF - Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
SN - 00103640
TI - Quantum corrections to the Pekar asymptotics of a strongly coupled polaron
VL - 74
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - This paper is concerned with a non-isothermal Cahn-Hilliard model based on a microforce balance. The model was derived by A. Miranville and G. Schimperna starting from the two fundamental laws of Thermodynamics, following M. Gurtin's two-scale approach. The main working assumptions are made on the behaviour of the heat flux as the absolute temperature tends to zero and to infinity. A suitable Ginzburg-Landau free energy is considered. Global-in-time existence for the initial-boundary value problem associated to the entropy formulation and, in a subcase, also to the weak formulation of the model is proved by deriving suitable a priori estimates and by showing weak sequential stability of families of approximating solutions. At last, some highlights are given regarding a possible approximation scheme compatible with the a-priori estimates available for the system.
AU - Marveggio, Alice
AU - Schimperna, Giulio
ID - 8792
IS - 2
JF - Journal of Differential Equations
SN - 00220396
TI - On a non-isothermal Cahn-Hilliard model based on a microforce balance
VL - 274
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - Expansion microscopy is a recently developed super-resolution imaging technique, which provides an alternative to optics-based methods such as deterministic approaches (e.g. STED) or stochastic approaches (e.g. PALM/STORM). The idea behind expansion microscopy is to embed the biological sample in a swellable gel, and then to expand it isotropically, thereby increasing the distance between the fluorophores. This approach breaks the diffraction barrier by simply separating the emission point-spread-functions of the fluorophores. The resolution attainable in expansion microscopy is thus directly dependent on the separation that can be achieved, i.e. on the expansion factor. The original implementation of the technique achieved an expansion factor of fourfold, for a resolution of 70–80 nm. The subsequently developed X10 method achieves an expansion factor of 10-fold, for a resolution of 25–30 nm. This technique can be implemented with minimal technical requirements on any standard fluorescence microscope, and is more easily applied for multi-color imaging than either deterministic or stochastic super-resolution approaches. This renders X10 expansion microscopy a highly promising tool for new biological discoveries, as discussed here, and as demonstrated by several recent applications.
AU - Truckenbrodt, Sven M
AU - Rizzoli, Silvio O.
ID - 7941
SN - 0091-679X
T2 - Methods in Cell Biology
TI - Simple multi-color super-resolution by X10 microscopy
VL - 161
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Interspecific crossing experiments have shown that sex chromosomes play a major role in reproductive isolation between many pairs of species. However, their ability to act as reproductive barriers, which hamper interspecific genetic exchange, has rarely been evaluated quantitatively compared to Autosomes. This genome-wide limitation of gene flow is essential for understanding the complete separation of species, and thus speciation. Here, we develop a mainland-island model of secondary contact between hybridizing species of an XY (or ZW) sexual system. We obtain theoretical predictions for the frequency of introgressed alleles, and the strength of the barrier to neutral gene flow for the two types of chromosomes carrying multiple interspecific barrier loci. Theoretical predictions are obtained for scenarios where introgressed alleles are rare. We show that the same analytical expressions apply for sex chromosomes and autosomes, but with different sex-averaged effective parameters. The specific features of sex chromosomes (hemizygosity and absence of recombination in the heterogametic sex) lead to reduced levels of introgression on the X (or Z) compared to autosomes. This effect can be enhanced by certain types of sex-biased forces, but it remains overall small (except when alleles causing incompatibilities are recessive). We discuss these predictions in the light of empirical data comprising model-based tests of introgression and cline surveys in various biological systems.
AU - Fraisse, Christelle
AU - Sachdeva, Himani
ID - 9168
IS - 2
JF - Genetics
SN - 1943-2631
TI - The rates of introgression and barriers to genetic exchange between hybridizing species: Sex chromosomes vs autosomes
VL - 217
ER -