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  • 1451.
    Abellan-Flos, Marta
    et al.
    Univ Namur, Dept Chim, Lab Chim Bioorgan, Rue Bruxelles 61, B-5000 Namur, Belgium.;PSL Univ, CNRS, ESPCI Paris, Mol Macromol Chem & Mat, 10 Rue Vauquelin, F-75005 Paris, France..
    Timmer, Brian J. J.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Chemistry.
    Altun, Samuel
    Attana AB, Bjornnasvagen 21, S-11419 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Aastrup, Teodor
    Attana AB, Bjornnasvagen 21, S-11419 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Vincent, Stephane P.
    Univ Namur, Dept Chim, Lab Chim Bioorgan, Rue Bruxelles 61, B-5000 Namur, Belgium..
    Ramström, Olof
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Chemistry. Univ Massachusetts, Dept Chem, One Univ Ave, Lowell, MA 01854 USA.;Linnaeus Univ, Dept Chem & Biomed Sci, SE-39182 Kalmar, Sweden..
    QCM sensing of multivalent interactions between lectins and well-defined glycosylated nanoplatforms2019In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 139, article id 111328Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) methodology has been adopted to unravel important factors contributing to the "cluster glycoside effect" observed in carbohydrate-lectin interactions. Well-defined, glycosylated nanostructures of precise sizes, geometries and functionalization patterns were designed and synthesized, and applied to analysis of the interaction kinetics and thermodynamics with immobilized lectins. The nanostructures were based on Borromean rings, dodecaamine cages, and fullerenes, each of which carrying a defined number of carbohydrate ligands at precise locations. The synthesis of the Borromeates and dodecaamine cages was easily adjustable due to the modular assembly of the structures, resulting in variations in presentation mode. The binding properties of the glycosylated nanoplatforms were evaluated using flow-through QCM technology, as well as hemagglutination inhibition assays, and compared with dodecaglycosylated fullerenes and a monovalent reference. With the QCM setup, the association and dissociation rate constants and the associated equilibrium constants of the interactions could be estimated, and the results used to delineate the multivalency effects of the lectin-nanostructure interactions.

  • 1452. Abellán, F. J.
    et al.
    Indebetouw, R.
    Marcaide, J. M.
    Gabler, M.
    Fransson, C.
    Spyromilio, J.
    Burrows, D. N.
    Chevalier, R.
    Cigan, P.
    Gaensler, B. M.
    Gomez, H. L.
    Janka, H. -T
    Kirshner, R.
    Larsson, Josefin
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
    Lundqvist, P.
    Matsuura, M.
    McCray, R.
    Ng, C. -Y
    Park, S.
    Roche, P.
    Staveley-Smith, L.
    Loon, J. T. V.
    Wheeler, J. C.
    Woosley, S. E.
    Very Deep inside the SN 1987A Core Ejecta: Molecular Structures Seen in 3D2017In: Astrophysical Journal Letters, ISSN 2041-8205, E-ISSN 2041-8213, Vol. 842, no 2, article id L24Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Most massive stars end their lives in core-collapse supernova explosions and enrich the interstellar medium with explosively nucleosynthesized elements. Following core collapse, the explosion is subject to instabilities as the shock propagates outward through the progenitor star. Observations of the composition and structure of the innermost regions of a core-collapse supernova provide a direct probe of the instabilities and nucleosynthetic products. SN 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud is one of very few supernovae for which the inner ejecta can be spatially resolved but are not yet strongly affected by interaction with the surroundings. Our observations of SN 1987A with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array are of the highest resolution to date and reveal the detailed morphology of cold molecular gas in the innermost regions of the remnant. The 3D distributions of carbon and silicon monoxide (CO and SiO) emission differ, but both have a central deficit, or torus-like distribution, possibly a result of radioactive heating during the first weeks ("nickel heating"). The size scales of the clumpy distribution are compared quantitatively to models, demonstrating how progenitor and explosion physics can be constrained.

  • 1453.
    Abenius, Erik
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Numerical Analysis and Computer Science, NADA.
    Time-Domain Inverse Electromagnetic Scattering using FDTD and Gradient-based Minimization2004Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis addresses time-domain inverse electromagneticscattering for determining unknown characteristics of an objectfrom observations of the scattered .eld. Applications includenon-destructive characterization of media and optimization ofmaterial properties, for example the design of radar absorbingmaterials.A nother interesting application is the parameteroptimization of subcell models to avoid detailed modeling ofcomplex geometries.

    The inverse problem is formulated as an optimal controlproblem where the cost function to be minimized is thedi.erence between the estimated and observed .elds, and thecontrol parameters are the unknown object characteristics. Theproblem is solved in a deterministic gradient-basedoptimization algorithm using a parallel 2D FDTD scheme for thedirect problem.This approach is computationally intensive sincethe direct problem needs to be solved in every optimizationiteration in order to compute an estimated .eld.H ighlyaccurate analytical gradients are computed from the adjointformulation.In addition to giving better accuracy than .nitedi.erences, the analytical gradients also have the advantage ofonly requiring one direct and one adjoint problem to be solvedregardless of the number of parameters.

    When absorbing boundary conditions are used to truncate thecomputational domain, the equations are non-reversible and theentire time-history of the direct solution needs to be storedfor the gradient computation.Ho wever, using an additionaldirect simulation and a restart procedure it is possible tokeep the storage at an acceptable level.

    The inverse method has been successfully applied to a widerange of industrial problems within the European project,IMPACT (Inverse Methods for Wave Propagation Applications inTime-Domain).T he results presented here includecharacterization of layered dispersive media, determination ofparameters in subcell models for thin sheets and narrow slotsand optimization problems where the observed .eld is given bydesign objectives.

  • 1454.
    Abenoza, Roberto
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, System Analysis and Economics.
    Cats, Oded
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Transport Planning, Economics and Engineering. TU Delft.
    Susilo, Yusak
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, System Analysis and Economics.
    How does travel satisfaction sum up?: Decomposing the door-to-door experience for multimodal trips2018In: Transportation, ISSN 0049-4488, E-ISSN 1572-9435, p. 1-28Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Understanding how satisfaction with individual trip legs aggregates to the overall travel experience for different types of trips will enable the identification of the trip legs that are most impactful. For this purpose we analyze data on retrospective evaluations of entire multi-modal trip experiences and satisfaction with individual trip legs. We formulate and describe alternative aggregation rules and underpin them in theory and previous empirical findings. The results of a series of regression models show that for a large number of multi-modal trip configurations normative rules can better reproduce overall travel satisfaction than heuristic rules. This indicates that all trip legs need to be considered when evaluating the overall travel experience, especially for trips legs involving waiting and/or transferring time. In particular, weighting satisfaction with individual trip legs with perceived trip leg durations yielded the best predictor of overall travel satisfaction. No evidence for a disproportional effect of the last or most exceptional part of the trip was found. This research contributes to the literature on combining multi-episodic experiences and provides novel empirical evidence in the transport domain. 

  • 1455.
    Abenoza, Roberto
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, System Analysis and Economics.
    Cats, Oded
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Transport Planning, Economics and Engineering. TU Delft.
    Susilo, Yusak
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, System Analysis and Economics.
    Investigating the nature of Public Transport service attributes2018In: Transportation Science, ISSN 0041-1655, E-ISSN 1526-5447Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Classifying public transport service attributes based on their influence on overall traveler satisfaction can assist stakeholders and practitioners in introducing cost-efficient measures. To date most studies employed methods that were based on the assumption that the impact of service attributes on traveler satisfaction is entirely linear and symmetric. This study examines whether service attributes have a non-linear and asymmetric influence on the overall travel experience by employing the Three-factor theory (basic, performance and exciting factors). The analysis is conducted for different traveler segments depending on their level of captivity, travel frequency by public transport and travel mode used, and is based on a relatively large sample size collected for Stockholm County. Moreover, the estimated models control for important socio-demographic and travel characteristics that have been insofar overlooked. Results are presented in the form of a series of multi-level cubes that represent different essentiality of traveler needs which provide a useful methodological framework to further design quality service improvements that can be applied to various geographical contexts. Our findings highlight that a “one size fits all” approach is not adequate for identifying the needs of distinct traveler segments and of travelers using different travel modes. Furthermore, two-thirds of the attributes are consistently classified into the same factor category which entails important policy implications. This research deepens and expands the very limited knowledge of the application of the three-factor theory in the transport field.

  • 1456.
    Abenoza, Roberto
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science.
    Ceccato, Vania
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
    Susilo, Yusak O.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science.
    Cats, Oded
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science. Department of Transport and Planning, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands.
    Individual, Travel, and Bus Stop Characteristics Influencing Travelers’ Safety Perceptions2018In: TRR Journal of transportation research boardArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ensuring safety during door-to-door public transport trips is a fundamental challenge to service providers as safety influences individuals’ mobility. Using reported safety perceptions of travelers waiting at six bus stops with different characteristics in Stockholm, this study investigates factors that have an impact on determining travelers’ perceived safety and crime perceptions. This is done by assessing the importance of real-time information provision and the environmental characteristics of bus stops during the day and at night for different types of crime, after controlling for travelers’ individual and trip characteristics, and their previous experiences of victimization. Interaction effects of age, gender, and travel frequency are also tested. The  results  suggest  that  bus  shelter  characteristics,  natural  surveillance,  and  trustworthy  real-time  information  are  the most important factors influencing safety and crime perceptions. Additionally, safety perceptions are strongly influenced by previous experiences of victimization. The effect of perceived feelings about crime and safety are found to be nuanced by age and gender. Unlike some common beliefs, travelers: (1) feel less worried about becoming a victim of crime at bus stops associated with high crime rates; (2) prefer opaque shelters at night; and (3) have higher safety perceptions when the stop is located in an area of mixed land use. The impact of a bus stop’s number of passers-by is found to be insignificant. No direct or indirect effects can be attributed to frequency of travel by bus, indicating that familiar places and routine behavior have noeffect on declared crime and safety perceptions.

  • 1457.
    Abenoza, Roberto F.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
    Ettema, Dick F.
    Univ Utrecht, Fac Geosci, 7,POB 80115, NL-3508 TC Utrecht, Netherlands..
    Susilo, Yusak O.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
    Do accessibility, vulnerability, opportunity, and travel characteristics have uniform impacts on the traveler's experience?2018In: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, ISSN 0965-8564, E-ISSN 1879-2375, Vol. 114, p. 38-51Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 1458.
    Abenoza, Roberto F.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
    Liu, C.
    Cats, Oded
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
    Susilo, Yusak
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
    What is the role of weather, built-environment and accessibility geographical characteristics in influencing travelers’ experience?2019In: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, ISSN 0965-8564, E-ISSN 1879-2375, Vol. 122, p. 34-50Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We examine the effect of weather, accessibility and built-environment characteristics on overall travel experience as well as the experience with the latest trips. These are factors that are often disregarded in the travel satisfaction literature even though they are believed to largely influence the first mile of the door-to-door trip. This study fills a research gap in investigating all these factors by using, amongst other, a relatively large travel satisfaction survey from years 2009 to 2015 and by focusing on urban and peri-urban geographical contexts, the city and county of Stockholm (Sweden), respectively. The ordered logit model results show that county dwellers living close to a metro station and in well linked-to-all areas report higher overall travel satisfaction evaluations. In addition, precipitation and ground covered with snow have a negative influence on travel satisfaction. Our findings indicate that built-environment characteristics exert a rather weak influence on the travel experience, especially in the peri-urban context. However, some aspects such as living in areas with medium densities, low income and with high safety perceptions around public transport stations are associated with higher satisfaction levels. In turn, areas with single land uses are found to have lower travel satisfactions. These results are important for public transport planners and designers in devising measures to prevent and mitigate the negative outcome of some weather conditions and to conceive better designed transit oriented developments.

  • 1459.
    Abensour Sellström, Gabriel
    et al.
    KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
    Runefelt Tõnisson, Meidi
    KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
    Analysis of Voting Algorithms: a comparative study of the Single Transferable Vote.2012Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A voting system is defined as a procedure through which political power is distributed among candidates - from the ballot box to the parliament. This essay specifically seeks to contrast the Single Transferable Vote system with two other voting algorithms (Modified Sainte-Laguë and First-Past-The-Post), by constructing Java implementations of the algorithms and running example data through them. Thus, the suitability of a possible real-life implementation of the Single Transferable Vote method in a Swedish parliament context is evaluated. Furthermore, an alternative version of the original STV method which has been modified to fit these conditions is suggested. The effects of such an implementation on election outcomes are not entirely conclusive, and the conclusion is that more research is needed before a definite evaluation can be made.

  • 1460. Aberer, Karl
    et al.
    Alima, Luc Onana
    Ghodsi, Ali
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic, Computer and Software Systems, ECS.
    Girdzijauskas, Sarunas
    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
    Haridi, Seif
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic, Computer and Software Systems, ECS.
    Hauswirth, Manfred
    The Essence of P2P: A Reference Architecture for Overlay Networks2005In: Fifth IEEE International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing, Proceedings / [ed] Caronni, G; Weiler, N; Waldvogel, M; Shahmehri, N, 2005, p. 11-20Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The success of the P2P idea has created a huge diversity of approaches, among which overlay networks, for example, Gnutella, Kazaa, Chord, Pastry, Tapestry, P-Grid, or DKS, have received specific attention from both developers and researchers. A wide variety of algorithms, data structures, and architectures have been proposed. The terminologies and abstractions used, however have become quite inconsistent since the P2P paradigm has attracted people from many different communities, e.g., networking, databases, distributed systems, graph theory, complexity theory, biology, etc. In this paper we propose a reference model for overlay networks which is capable of modeling different approaches in this domain in a generic manner It is intended to allow researchers and users to assess the properties of concrete systems, to establish a common vocabulary for scientific discussion, to facilitate the qualitative comparison of the systems, and to serve as the basis for defining a standardized API to make overlay networks interoperable.

  • 1461. Aberg, A. C.
    et al.
    Thorstensson, A.
    Tarassova, O.
    Halvorsen, Kjartan
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Calculations of mechanisms for balance control during narrow and single-leg standing in fit older adults: A reliability study2011In: Gait & Posture, ISSN 0966-6362, E-ISSN 1879-2219, Vol. 34, no 3, p. 352-357Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    For older people balance control in standing is critical for performance of activities of daily living without falling. The aims were to investigate reliability of quantification of the usage of the two balance mechanisms M(1) 'moving the centre of pressure' and M(2) 'Segment acceleration' and also to compare calculation methods based on a combination of kinetic (K) and kinematic (Km) data, (K-Km), or Km data only concerning M(2). For this purpose nine physically fit persons aged 70-78 years were tested in narrow and single-leg standing. Data were collected by a 7-camera motion capture system and two force plates. Repeated measure ANOVA and Tukey's post hoc tests were used to detect differences between the standing tasks. Reliability was estimated by ICCs, standard error of measurement including its 95% Cl, and minimal detectable change, whereas Pearson's correlation coefficient was used to investigate agreement between the two calculation methods. The results indicated that for the tasks investigated, M(1) and M(2) can be measured with acceptable inter- and intrasession reliability, and that both Km and K-Km based calculations may be useful for M(2), although Km data may give slightly lower values. The proportional M(1) :M(2) usage was approximately 9:1, in both anterio-posterior (AP) and medio-lateral (ML) directions for narrow standing, and about 2:1 in the AP and of 1:2 in the ML direction in single-leg standing, respectively. In conclusion, the tested measurements and calculations appear to constitute a reliable way of quantifying one important aspect of balance capacity in fit older people.

  • 1462. Aberg, B
    et al.
    Koul, B L
    Liska, J
    Brodin, L A
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
    Landou, C
    Delayed left ventricular free wall rupture complicating coronary artery bypass surgery. A case report.1985In: Scandinavian journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, ISSN 0036-5580, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 273-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Rupture of the left ventricular free wall is a not uncommon life-threatening complication of acute myocardial infarction and after prosthetic mitral valve replacement. To our knowledge, no case of left ventricular rupture after coronary artery bypass surgery has been reported. A case is now described in which coronary artery bypass grafting was complicated by delayed rupture, which was successfully repaired. Different etiologic factors are discussed, but the cause considered most likely was trauma from elevation of and traction on the heart in exposure of its posterior aspect.

  • 1463. Aberg, D
    et al.
    Hallberg, T
    Svensson, B G
    Lindstrom, J L
    Linnarsson, M K
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
    Ultra-shallow thermal donor formation in oxygen-containing ambient1998In: Physica status solidi. B, Basic research, ISSN 0370-1972, E-ISSN 1521-3951, Vol. 210, p. 527-532Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Czochralski-grown phosphorus-doped (approximate to 2 x 10(14) cm(-3)) silicon wafers have been annealed in nitrogen, wet nitrogen, argon, oxygen, and vacuum ambients at 470 degrees C for times up to 500 h. Sample characterization was made with capacitance-voltage, four-point probe, DLTS, thermally stimulated capacitance, admittance spectroscopy, secondary ion-mass spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. This study finds a strong relation between the previously reported ultra-shallow thermal donors (USTDs) and shallow thermal donors (STDs), and it is shown that the net concentration of thermally formed donors is independent on annealing ambient within the experimental accuracy. It was found that the majority of formed donors for long anneals consisted of either STDs or USTDs, however, it was found that oxygen-containing ambient is indispensable for forming USTDs.

  • 1464. Aberg, D.
    et al.
    Hallén, Anders.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
    Pellegrino, P.
    Svensson, B. G.
    Nitrogen deactivation by implantation-induced defects in 4H-SiC epitaxial layers2001In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 78, no 19, p. 2908-2910Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ion implantation causes free charge carrier reduction due to damage in the crystalline structure. Here, nitrogen-doped 4H silicon carbide (n type) epitaxial layers have been investigated using low ion doses in order to resolve the initial stage of the charge carrier reduction. It was found that the reduction of free carriers per ion-induced vacancy increases with increasing nitrogen content. Nitrogen is suggested to be deactivated through reaction with migrating point defects, and silicon vacancies or alternatively interstitials are proposed as the most likely candidates.

  • 1465. Aberg, D.
    et al.
    Hallén, Anders.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
    Pellegrino, P.
    Svensson, B. G.
    Nitrogen passivation by implantation-induced point defects in 4H-SiC epitaxial layers2001In: Applied Surface Science, ISSN 0169-4332, E-ISSN 1873-5584, Vol. 184, no 04-jan, p. 263-267Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ion implantation causes damage to the crystal lattice resulting in the loss of free charge carriers. In this study, low dose implantations using different ions and implantation doses are made to resolve the initial carrier loss in nitrogen-doped epitaxial layers. A strong dependence of compensation on nitrogen concentration is seen, showing that nitrogen is passivated by implantation-induced point defects. An activation energy of 3.2 eV for the dissociation of the passivated nitrogen center is obtained.

  • 1466. Aberg, D
    et al.
    Linnarsson, M K
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
    Svensson, B G
    Hallberg, T
    Lindstrom, J L
    Ultrashallow thermal donor formation in silicon by annealing in ambient oxygen1999In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 85, p. 8054-8059Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Czochralski-grown silicon wafers doped with phosphorus (similar to 10(14) cm(-3)) have been annealed in nitrogen, wet nitrogen, oxygen, argon, and vacuum ambients at 470 degrees C for times up to 500 h. Sample characterization was made using predominantly electrical techniques such as admittance spectroscopy and thermally stimulated capacitance measurements but also secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were employed. In all samples, an increasing concentration of free carrier electrons is observed with increasing annealing time, reaching a maximum of similar to 10(16) cm(-3) at 100 h. For durations in excess of 100 h gradual decrease of the free electron concentration takes place except for the samples treated in wet nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres, which display donors stable even after 200 h. These stable centers are found to have shallower donor level positions in the energy band gap (similar to 25 meV below the conduction band edge E-c) than those of the centers formed in vacuum, argon, and nitrogen atmospheres (similar to 35 meV below E-c). The latter centers are associated with the well-established shallow thermal donors (STDs) while the origin of the former ones, which are labeled ultrashallow thermal donors (USTDs) is less known. However, on the basis of a wealth of experimental results we show that the USTDs are most likely perturbated STDs modified through interaction with fast-in diffusing oxygen species, possibly oxygen dimers. Further, comparison between the electrical data and the SIMS measurements reveals unambiguously that neither the STD nor the USTD centers involve nitrogen, in contrast to recent suggestions in the literature. (C) 1999 American Institute of Physics. [S0021-8979(99)06512-3].

  • 1467. Aberg, J
    et al.
    Persson, S
    Hellberg, Per-Erik
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
    Zhang, Shi-Li
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
    Smith, U
    Ericson, F
    Engstrom, M
    Kaplan, W
    Electrical properties of the TiSi2-Si transition region in contacts: The influence of an interposed layer of Nb2001In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 90, no 5, p. 2380-2388Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The influence of an interposed ultrathin Nb layer between Ti and Si on the silicide formation and the electrical contact between the silicide formed and the Si substrate is investigated. The presence of the Nb interlayer results in the formation of ternary alloy (Nb,Ti)Si-2 in the C40 crystallographic structure adjacent to the Si substrate. Depending on the nature of the Si substrates and/or the amount of the initial Nb, the interfacial C40 (Nb,Ti)Si-2 leads, in turn, to either epitaxial growth of a highly faulted metastable C40 TiSi2 or formation of the desired C54 TiSi2 at a lower temperature than needed for it to form in reference samples with Ti deposited directly on Si. On p-type substrates doped to various concentrations, the Nb also leads to a considerably lower specific contact resistivity than that obtained in the reference samples: a twofold to fourfold reduction in the contact resistivity is found using cross-bridge Kelvin structures in combination with two-dimensional numerical simulation. As C40 (Nb,Ti)Si-2 forms at the interface when an interfacial Nb is present, the interface characterized is likely to represent the one between (Nb,Ti)Si-2 and Si. For the reference samples, the interface studied is between TiSi2 and Si.

  • 1468. Aberg, P.
    et al.
    Geladi, P.
    Nicander, I, .
    Ollmar, Stig
    Variation of skin properties within human forearms demonstrated by non-invasive detection and multi-way analysis2002In: Skin research and technology, ISSN 0909-752X, E-ISSN 1600-0846, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 194-201Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: It is known that the properties of human skin vary locally. The purpose of this study was to investigate the properties of human volar forearms even further using advanced non-invasive techniques and numerical methods. Methods: The skin properties of human volar forearms were investigated using measurements of trans epidermal water loss and multifrequency electrical impedance. Eight sites on the forearms of 27 healthy volunteers were measured. The sites were oriented as squares, four sites on both left and right forearm, approximately 40-50 mm apart. Results: Analysis of variance showed significant differences for epidermal water loss (P < 0.01) and the skin impedance (P < 0.001) between the inner and outer sides of the arms. Additionally, parallel factor analysis of the full skin impedance spectra also showed that there are systematic differences between right and left arm (P < 0.01). Conclusions: It is crucial to design skin studies carefully in order to minimise the effects of the local skin properties of human skin.

  • 1469. Aberg, P.
    et al.
    Geladi, P.
    Nicander, I.
    Hansson, J.
    Holmgren, U, .
    Ollmar, Stig
    Non-invasive and microinvasive electrical impedance spectra of skin cancer - a comparison between two techniques2005In: Skin research and technology, ISSN 0909-752X, E-ISSN 1600-0846, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 281-286Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background/purpose: Bio-electrical impedance spectra of skin cancer and other lesions can be assessed using both regular non-invasive probes and a novel type of microinvasive electrode system with a surface furnished with tiny spikes that penetrate stratum corneum. The aim of the study was to compare the accuracy of detection for various types of skin cancer using impedance spectra measured with these two different electrode systems in an objective way without optimising the power of discrimination. Methods: Impedance spectra of 99 benign nevi, 28 basal cell carcinomas (BCC), and 13 malignant melanomas (MM) were measured using the two electrode systems. Classification of the lesions was made using Fisher's linear discriminant, and the sensitivities and specificities of the techniques were estimated using cross-validation. Results: The best separation between nevi and BCC was achieved using the regular non-invasive probe (96% sensitivity and 86% specificity), whereas the best separation between nevi and MM was achieved using the microinvasive electrodes (92% sensitivity and 80% specificity). Conclusions: Our results indicate that the choice of electrode system is application dependent.

  • 1470. Aberg, P.
    et al.
    Nicander, I, .
    Holmgren, U.
    Geladi, P.
    Ollmar, Stig
    Assessment of skin lesions and skin cancer using simple electrical impedance indices2003In: Skin research and technology, ISSN 0909-752X, E-ISSN 1600-0846, Vol. 9, no 3, p. 257-261Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background/aims: Purpose of this investigation was to assess benign pigmented cellular nevus (BEN), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), dermatofibroma (DER), dysplastic nevus (DYS), and seborrheic keratoses (SEB) using in vivo noninvasive electrical impedance technique. Methods: Electrical impedance was measured at 258 BEN, 34 BCC, 17 DER, 35 DYS, and 26 SEB lesions. Controls were measured at healthy skin close to the lesions. The impedance was measured between 1 kHz and 1 MHz at five depth settings. After the impedance measurements the lesions were histopathologically diagnosed. The impedance spectra were parameterized to four indices prior to the statistical analysis of the data. Results: There were significant differences between the lesions and their controls for BEN (P<0.001), BCC (P<0.001), DYS (P<0.01), and SEB(P<0.01). Conclusions: There are clear statistical differences between impedance of common lesions and control skin. With some further developments, the impedance technique can be useful as a diagnostic decision support tool for skin cancer assessment.

  • 1471. Aberg, P.
    et al.
    Nicander, I.
    Hansson, J.
    Geladi, P.
    Holmgren, U.
    Ollmar, Stig
    Skin cancer identification using multifrequency electrical impedance - A potential screening tool2004In: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, ISSN 0018-9294, E-ISSN 1558-2531, Vol. 51, no 12, p. 2097-2102Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Electrical bio-impedance can be used to assess skin cancers and other cutaneous lesions. The aim of this study was to distinguish skin cancer from benign nevi using multifrequency impedance spectra. Electrical impedance spectra of about 100 skin cancers and 511 benign nevi were measured. Impedance of reference skin was measured ipsi-laterally to the lesions. The impedance relation between lesion and reference skin was used to distinguish the cancers from the nevi. It was found that it is possible to separate malignant melanoma from benign nevi with 75% specificity at 100% sensitivity, and to distinguish nonmelanoma skin cancer from benign nevi with 87% specificity at 100% sensitivity. The power of skin cancer detection using electrical impedance is as good as, or better than, conventional visual screening made by general practitioners.

  • 1472. Aberg, V.
    et al.
    Bostrom, D.
    Fischer, Andreas
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemistry.
    Almqvist, F.
    Synthesis and absolute configuration of methyl(-)-(3R)-8-(4-bromophenyl)-7-(naphthalen-1-yl-methyl)-5-oxo-2,3-dihydro-5H-thiazolo 3,2-a pyridine-3-carboxylate2002In: Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online, ISSN 1600-5368, E-ISSN 1600-5368, Vol. 58, p. o812-o814Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The title molecule, C26H20BrNO3S, contains a ring-fused 2-pyridinone framework substituted with a 4-bromo-phenyl-, a naphthalen-1-ylmethyl and a methoxycarbonyl substituent. The main goal of this work was to confirm the stereochemistry for the methoxycarbonyl substituent, which proved to be 3R. Moreover, the 4-bromophenyl substituent was shown to be rotated out of the plane of the 2-pyridinone ring, with a torsion angle of 61.2 (5)degrees. To allow the best packing arrangement, the naphthalen-1-ylmethyl substituent is positioned to mediate an intermolecular pi-pi interaction.

  • 1473.
    Abergel, David
    KTH, Centres, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA. Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Excitonic condensation in spatially separated one-dimensional systems2015In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 106, no 21, article id 213103Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We show theoretically that excitons can form from spatially separated one-dimensional ground state populations of electrons and holes, and that the resulting excitons can form a quasicondensate. We describe a mean-field Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory in the low carrier density regime and then focus on the core-shell nanowire giving estimates of the size of the excitonic gap for InAs/GaSb wires and as a function of all the experimentally relevant parameters. We find that optimal conditions for pairing include small overlap of the electron and hole bands, large effective mass of the carriers, and low dielectric constant of the surrounding media. Therefore, one-dimensional systems provide an attractive platform for the experimental detection of excitonic quasicondensation in zero magnetic field.

  • 1474.
    Abergel, David
    et al.
    KTH, Centres, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA.
    Edge, Jonathan M.
    Balatsky, Alexander V.
    KTH, Centres, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA.
    The role of spin-orbit coupling in topologically protected interface states in Dirac materials2014In: New Journal of Physics, ISSN 1367-2630, E-ISSN 1367-2630, Vol. 16, p. 065012-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We highlight the fact that two-dimensional (2D) materials with Dirac-like low energy band structures and spin-orbit coupling (SOC) will produce linearly dispersing topologically protected Jackiw-Rebbi modes at interfaces where the Dirac mass changes sign. These modes may support persistent spin or valley currents parallel to the interface, and the exact arrangement of such topologically protected currents depends crucially on the details of the SOC in the material. As examples, we discuss buckled 2D hexagonal lattices such as silicene or germanene, and transition metal dichalcogenides such as MoS2.

  • 1475.
    Abergel, David
    et al.
    KTH, Centres, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA.
    Mucha-Kruczynski, Marcin
    Infrared absorption of closely aligned heterostructures of monolayer and bilayer graphene with hexagonal boron nitride2015In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 92, no 11, article id 115430Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We model optical absorption of monolayer and bilayer graphene on hexagonal boron nitride for the case of closely aligned crystal lattices. We show that perturbations with different spatial symmetry can lead to similar absorption spectra. We suggest that a study of the absorption spectra as a function of the doping for an almost completely full first miniband is necessary to extract meaningful information about the moire characteristics from optical absorption measurements and to distinguish between various theoretical proposals for the physically realistic interaction. Also, for bilayer graphene, the ability to compare spectra for the opposite signs of electric-field-induced interlayer asymmetry might provide additional information about the moire parameters.

  • 1476.
    Abergel, David S. L.
    KTH, Centres, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA. Center for Quantum Materials, Sweden.
    Robustness of topologically protected transport in graphene-boron nitride lateral heterostructures2017In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, E-ISSN 1361-648X, Vol. 29, no 7, article id 075303Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previously, graphene nanoribbons set in lateral heterostructures with hexagonal boron nitride were predicted to support topologically protected states at low energy. We investigate how robust the transport properties of these states are against lattice disorder. We find that forms of disorder that do not couple the two valleys of the zigzag graphene nanoribbon do not impact the transport properties at low bias, indicating that these lateral heterostructures are very promising candidates for chip-scale conducting interconnects. Forms of disorder that do couple the two valleys, such as vacancies in the graphene ribbon, or substantial inclusions of armchair edges at the graphene-hexagonal boron nitride interface will negatively affect the transport. However, these forms of disorder are not commonly seen in current experiments.

  • 1477. Abermann, S.
    et al.
    Efavi, J. K.
    Sjoblom, G.
    Lemme, Max C.
    AMO GmbH, AMICA, Aachen, Germany.
    Olsson, J.
    Bertagnolli, E.
    Processing and evaluation of metal gate/high-kappa/Si capacitors incorporating Al, Ni, TiN, and Mo as metal gate, and ZrO2 and HfO2 as high-kappa dielectric2007In: Microelectronic Engineering, ISSN 0167-9317, E-ISSN 1873-5568, Vol. 84, no 5-8, p. 1635-1638Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We evaluate various metal gate/high-K/Si capacitors by their resulting electrical characteristics. Therefore, we process MOS gate stacks incorporating aluminium (Al), nickel (Ni), titanium-nitride (TiN), and molybdenum (Mo) as the gate material, and metal organic chemical vapour deposited (MOCVD) ZrO2 and HfO2 as the gate dielectric, respectively. The influence of the processing sequence - especially of the thermal annealing treatment - on the electrical characteristics of the various gate stacks is being investigated. Whereas post metallization annealing in forming gas atmosphere improves capacitance-voltage behaviour (due to reduced interface-, and oxide charge density), current-voltage characteristics degrade due to a higher leakage current after thermal treatment at higher temperatures. The Flatband-voltage values for the TiN-, Mo-, and Ni-capacitors indicate mid-gap pinning of the metal gates, however, Ni seems to be thermally unstable on ZrO2, at least within the process scheme we applied.

  • 1478. Abermann, S.
    et al.
    Efavi, J.
    Sjoblom, G.
    Lemme, Max C.
    AMO GmbH, AMICA, Aachen, Germany.
    Olsson, J.
    Bertagnolli, E.
    Impact of Al-, Ni-, TiN-, and Mo-metal gates on MOCVD-grown HfO2 and ZrO2 high-k dielectrics2007In: Microelectronics and reliability, ISSN 0026-2714, E-ISSN 1872-941X, Vol. 47, no 4-5, p. 536-539Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work we compare the impacts of nickel (Ni), titanium-nitride (TiN), molybdenum (Mo), and aluminium (Al), gates on MOS capacitors incorporating HfO2- or ZrO2-dielectrics. The primary focus lies on interface trapping, oxide charging, and thermodynamical stability during different annealing steps of these gate stacks. Whereas Ni, Mo, and especially TIN are investigated as most promising candidates for future CMOS devices, Al acted as reference gate material to benchmark the parameters. Post-metallization annealing of both, TiN- and Mo-stacks, resulted in very promising electrical characteristics. However, gate stacks annealed at temperatures of 800 degrees C or 950 degrees C show thermodynamic instability and related undesirable high leakage currents.

  • 1479. Abermann, S.
    et al.
    Sjoblom, G.
    Efavi, J.
    Lemme, Max C.
    AMO GmbH, AMICA, Aachen, Germany.
    Olsson, J.
    Bertagnolli, E.
    Comparative study on the impact of TiN and Mo metal gates on MOCVD-grown HfO2 and ZrO2 high-kappa dielectrics for CMOS technology2007In: Physics of Semiconductors, Pts A and B, 2007, p. 293-294Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We compare metal oxide semiconductor capacitors, investigating Titanium-Nitride and Molybdenum as gate materials, as well as metal organic chemical vapor deposited ZrO2 and HfO2 as high-kappa dielectrics, respectively. The impact of different annealing steps on the electrical characteristics of the various gate stacks is a further issue. The positive effect of post metallization annealing in forming gas atmosphere as well as observed mid-gap pinning of TiN and Mo metal gates is presented.

  • 1480. Abeysekara, A. U.
    et al.
    Archer, A.
    Benbow, W.
    Bird, R.
    Brose, R.
    Buchovecky, M.
    Buckley, J. H.
    Bugaev, V.
    Chromey, A. J.
    Connolly, M. P.
    Cui, W.
    Daniel, M. K.
    Falcone, A.
    Feng, Q.
    Finley, J. P.
    Fortson, L.
    Furniss, A.
    Hütten, M.
    Hanna, D.
    Hervet, O.
    Holder, J.
    Hughes, G.
    Humensky, T. B.
    Johnson, C. A.
    Kaaret, P.
    Kar, P.
    Kertzman, M.
    Kieda, D.
    Krause, M.
    Krennrich, F.
    Kumar, S.
    Lang, M. J.
    Lin, T. T. Y.
    McArthur, S.
    Moriarty, P.
    Mukherjee, R.
    O'Brien, S.
    Ong, R. A.
    Otte, A. N.
    Park, N.
    Petrashyk, A.
    Pohl, M.
    Pueschel, E.
    Quinn, J.
    Ragan, K.
    Reynolds, P. T.
    Richards, G. T.
    Roache, E.
    Rulten, C.
    Sadeh, I.
    Santander, M.
    Sembroski, G. H.
    Shahinyan, K.
    Sushch, I.
    Tyler, J.
    Wakely, S. P.
    Weinstein, A.
    Wells, R. M.
    Wilcox, P.
    Wilhelm, A.
    Williams, D. A.
    Williamson, T. J.
    Zitzer, B.
    Abdollahi, S.
    Ajello, M.
    Baldini, L.
    Barbiellini, G.
    Bastieri, D.
    Bellazzini, R.
    Berenji, B.
    Bissaldi, E.
    Blandford, R. D.
    Bonino, R.
    Bottacini, E.
    Brandt, T. J.
    Bruel, P.
    Buehler, R.
    Cameron, R. A.
    Caputo, R.
    Caraveo, P. A.
    Castro, D.
    Cavazzuti, E.
    Charles, E.
    Chiaro, G.
    Ciprini, S.
    Cohen-Tanugi, J.
    Costantin, D.
    Cutini, S.
    D'Ammando, F.
    Palma, F. D.
    Lalla, N. D.
    Mauro, M. D.
    Venere, L. D.
    Dominguez, A.
    Favuzzi, C.
    Fegan, S. J.
    Franckowiak, A.
    Fukazawa, Y.
    Funk, S.
    Fusco, P.
    Gargano, F.
    Gasparrini, D.
    Giglietto, N.
    Giordano, F.
    Giroletti, M.
    Green, D.
    Grenier, I. A.
    Guillemot, L.
    Guiriec, S.
    Hays, E.
    Hewitt, J. W.
    Horan, D.
    Jóhannesson, G.
    KTH. Science Institute, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, IS-107, Iceland.
    Kensei, S.
    Kuss, M.
    Larsson, S.
    KTH. Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova, Stockholm, SE-106 91, Sweden.
    Latronico, L.
    Lemoine-Goumard, M.
    Li, J.
    Longo, F.
    Loparco, F.
    Lovellette, M. N.
    Lubrano, P.
    Magill, J. D.
    Maldera, S.
    Mazziotta, M. N.
    McEnery, J. E.
    Michelson, P. F.
    Mitthumsiri, W.
    Mizuno, T.
    Monzani, M. E.
    Morselli, A.
    Moskalenko, I. V.
    Negro, M.
    Nuss, E.
    Ojha, R.
    Omodei, N.
    Orienti, M.
    Orlando, E.
    Palatiello, M.
    Paliya, V. S.
    Paneque, D.
    Perkins, J. S.
    Persic, M.
    Pesce-Rollins, M.
    Petrosian, V.
    Piron, F.
    Porter, T. A.
    Principe, G.
    Raino, S.
    Rando, R.
    Rani, B.
    Razzano, M.
    Razzaque, S.
    Reimer, A.
    Reimer, O.
    Reposeur, T.
    Sgro, C.
    Siskind, E. J.
    Spandre, G.
    Spinelli, P.
    Suson, D. J.
    Tajima, H.
    Thayer, J. B.
    Thompson, D. J.
    Torres, D. F.
    Tosti, G.
    Troja, E.
    Valverde, J.
    Vianello, G.
    Vogel, M.
    Wood, K.
    Yassine, M.
    Alfaro, R.
    Alvarez, C.
    Alvarez, J. D.
    Arceo, R.
    Arteaga-Velázquez, J. C.
    Rojas, D. A.
    Solares, H. A. A.
    Becerril, A.
    Belmont-Moreno, E.
    Benzvi, S. Y.
    Bernal, A.
    Braun, J.
    Brisbois, C.
    Caballero-Mora, K. S.
    Capistrán, T.
    Carraminana, A.
    Casanova, S.
    Castillo, M.
    Cotti, U.
    Cotzomi, J.
    De León, S. C.
    León, C. D.
    Fuente, E. D. L.
    Dichiara, S.
    Dingus, B. L.
    Duvernois, M. A.
    Diaz-Vélez, J. C.
    Engel, K.
    Enriquez-Rivera, O.
    Fiorino, D. W.
    Fleischhack, H.
    Fraija, N.
    Garcia-González, J. A.
    Garfias, F.
    Munoz, A. G.
    González, M. M.
    Goodman, J. A.
    Hampel-Arias, Z.
    Harding, J. P.
    Hernandez, S.
    Hernandez-Almada, A.
    Hona, B.
    Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, F.
    Hui, C. M.
    Hüntemeyer, P.
    Iriarte, A.
    Jardin-Blicq, A.
    Joshi, V.
    Kaufmann, S.
    Lara, A.
    Lauer, R. J.
    Lee, W. H.
    Lennarz, D.
    Vargas, H. L.
    Linnemann, J. T.
    Longinotti, A. L.
    Luis-Raya, G.
    Luna-Garcia, R.
    López-Coto, R.
    Malone, K.
    Marinelli, S. S.
    Martinez, O.
    Martinez-Castellanos, I.
    Martinez-Castro, J.
    Martinez-Huerta, H.
    Matthews, J. A.
    Miranda-Romagnoli, P.
    Moreno, E.
    Mostafá, M.
    Nayerhoda, A.
    Nellen, L.
    Newbold, M.
    Nisa, M. U.
    Noriega-Papaqui, R.
    Pelayo, R.
    Pretz, J.
    Pérez-Pérez, E. G.
    Ren, Z.
    Rho, C. D.
    Riviere, C.
    Rosa-González, D.
    Rosenberg, M.
    Ruiz-Velasco, E.
    Salazar, H.
    Greus, F. S.
    Sandoval, A.
    Schneider, M.
    Arroyo, M. S.
    Sinnis, G.
    Smith, A. J.
    Springer, R. W.
    Surajbali, P.
    Taboada, I.
    Tibolla, O.
    Tollefson, K.
    Torres, I.
    Ukwatta, T. N.
    Villasenor, L.
    Weisgarber, T.
    Westerhoff, S.
    Wisher, I. G.
    Wood, J.
    Yapici, T.
    Yodh, G.
    Zepeda, A.
    Zhou, H.
    VERITAS and Fermi-LAT Observations of TeV Gamma-Ray Sources Discovered by HAWC in the 2HWC Catalog2018In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 866, no 1, article id 24Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) collaboration recently published their 2HWC catalog, listing 39 very high energy (VHE; >100 GeV) gamma-ray sources based on 507 days of observation. Among these, 19 sources are not associated with previously known teraelectronvolt (TeV) gamma-ray sources. We have studied 14 of these sources without known counterparts with VERITAS and Fermi-LAT. VERITAS detected weak gamma-ray emission in the 1 TeV-30 TeV band in the region of DA 495, a pulsar wind nebula coinciding with 2HWC J1953+294, confirming the discovery of the source by HAWC. We did not find any counterpart for the selected 14 new HAWC sources from our analysis of Fermi-LAT data for energies higher than 10 GeV. During the search, we detected gigaelectronvolt (GeV) gamma-ray emission coincident with a known TeV pulsar wind nebula, SNR G54.1+0.3 (VER J1930+188), and a 2HWC source, 2HWC J1930+188. The fluxes for isolated, steady sources in the 2HWC catalog are generally in good agreement with those measured by imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes. However, the VERITAS fluxes for SNR G54.1+0.3, DA 495, and TeV J2032+4130 are lower than those measured by HAWC, and several new HAWC sources are not detected by VERITAS. This is likely due to a change in spectral shape, source extension, or the influence of diffuse emission in the source region.

  • 1481.
    Abeywardana, Asela M.A.J.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Heat and Power Technology.
    Solar-Biomass hybrid system for process heat supply in medium scale hotels in Sri Lanka2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study aimed at evaluating and demonstrating the feasibility of using Concentrated Solar Thermal technology combined with biomass energy technology as a hybrid renewable energy system to supply the process heat requirements in small scale industries in Sri Lanka. Particularly, the focus was to apply the concept to the expanding hotel industry, for covering the thermal energy demand of a medium scale hotel.

    Solar modules utilize the rooftop area of the building to a valuable application. Linear Fresnel type of solar concentrator is selected considering the requirement of the application and the simplicity of fabrication and installation compared to other technologies. Subsequently, a wood-fired boiler is deployed as the steam generator as well as the balancing power source to recover the effects due to the seasonal variations in solar energy. Bioenergy, so far being the largest primary energy supply in the country, has a good potential for further growth in industrial applications like small hotels. 

    When a hotel with about 200-guests capacity and annual average occupancy of 65% is considered, the total annual CO2 saving is accounted as 207 tons compared with an entirely fossil fuel (diesel) fired boiler system. The annual operational cost saving is around $ 40,000 and the simple payback period is within 3-4 years. The proposed hybrid system can generate additional 26 employment opportunities in the proximity of the site location area.  

    This solar-biomass hybrid concept mitigates the weaknesses associated with these renewable technologies when employed separately. The system has been designed in such a way that the total heat demand of hot water and process steam supply is managed by renewable energy alone. It is thus a self-sustainable, non-conventional, renewable energy system. This concept can be stretched to other critical medium temperature applications like for example absorption refrigeration. The system is applicable to many other industries in the country where space requirement is available, solar irradiance is rich and a solid biomass supply is assured.

  • 1482. Abeywardena, D.
    et al.
    Wang, Zhan
    KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Computer Vision and Active Perception, CVAP. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, Centre for Autonomous Systems, CAS.
    Dissanayake, G.
    Waslander, S. L.
    Kodagoda, S.
    Model-aided state estimation for quadrotor micro air vehicles amidst wind disturbances2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper extends the recently developed Model-Aided Visual-Inertial Fusion (MA-VIF) technique for quadrotor Micro Air Vehicles (MAV) to deal with wind disturbances. The wind effects are explicitly modelled in the quadrotor dynamic equations excluding the unobservable wind velocity component. This is achieved by a nonlinear observability of the dynamic system with wind effects. We show that using the developed model, the vehicle pose and two components of the wind velocity vector can be simultaneously estimated with a monocular camera and an inertial measurement unit. We also show that the MA-VIF is reasonably tolerant to wind disturbances, even without explicit modelling of wind effects and explain the reasons for this behaviour. Experimental results using a Vicon motion capture system are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method and validate our claims.

  • 1483.
    Abeywecra, Ruchira
    et al.
    OUSL, Dept Mech Engn, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka..
    Scnanavakc, Nihal S.
    OUSL, Dept Mech Engn, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka..
    Jayasuriya, Jeevan
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Heat and Power Technology.
    Fransson, Torsten H.
    EIT InnoEnergy, Eindhoven, Netherlands..
    A Remote Mode High Quality International Master Degree Program in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT) -Pilot Program Experiences During First Year of Studies2018In: PROCEEDINGS OF 2018 IEEE GLOBAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION CONFERENCE (EDUCON) - EMERGING TRENDS AND CHALLENGES OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION, IEEE , 2018, p. 276-284Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Remote mode study programs at master degree level are becoming more popular than undergraduate level programs. Students after graduation with Bachelors degree very often are employed and the most appropriate mode for them to pursue higher studies is the remote mode. Postgraduate programs with one or two year duration mostly focus on specific areas of research based industrial application. Traditional remote education is thought to be more centered on web based on-line programs with a little opportunity for teacher student interaction and interaction with peers. In such programs motivation for studies has been a problem and as a result many students drop off and also those remain in the program for prolonged periods do not show good performance. One of the reasons for failures of students in remote studies is the isolation leading to discouragement for the completion studies. A remote mode Master Degree Program in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (MSc-SELECT), consisting of a number of innovative features aimed at improved student engagement, motivation, exposure to experiences in multi-national setting and team work, was developed and implemented by the Master School of the EIT-InnoEnergy, as a pilot project. The program was offered, collaboratively and simultaneously to students in three locations, Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Spain and the Open University of Sri Lanka. The students in Sweden and Spain each followed 50% of the courses on-campus and 50% in remote mode depending upon the university they registered with. The students in Sri Lanka followed the entire 1st year fully remotely. All the students (from KTH, OUSL and UPC) will spend the 2nd year on-campus at another university in the consortium. This paper discusses, from the perspective of the fully remote site, the remote program with its innovative aspects, student performance and experience together with future tasks for making the program viable and beneficial to all partner countries.

  • 1484. Abeyweera, Ruchira
    et al.
    Senanayake, Nihal S.
    Senaratne, Chamindie
    Jayasuriya, Jeevan
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Heat and Power Technology. EIT InnoEnergy, Sweden.
    Fransson, Torsten H.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Heat and Power Technology. EIT InnoEnergy, Sweden.
    Capacity Building Through a Web Based Master Degree Programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering2017In: PROCEEDINGS OF 2017 IEEE GLOBAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION CONFERENCE (EDUCON2017), IEEE, 2017, p. 800-805Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Open Distance Learning is gaining popularity as a successful alternative for on-campus higher education especially with the emergence of web based platforms which enable the online delivery of courses worldwide. This emerging educational pedagogy can successfully be employed as means of capacity building of the people living in the less fortunate parts of the world where higher education especially at master level are scarce. This paper presents a two-year collaborative master study programme in sustainable energy engineering offered in synchronous with an on-campus study programme conducted by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, to students of Sri Lanka, which was facilitated by the Open University of Sri Lanka. The paper describes the need of such a programme, the format of course delivery and assessment thereof, plus the benefits gained. This programme has produced 72 post graduates in Sri Lanka alone and more than 200 distant postgraduates worldwide in the field of sustainable energy engineering during last 10 years period. In terms of capacity building in the energy sector in Sri Lanka this is considered a great achievement. The experience gained by the local staff in the role of local facilitators who engaged in some of the academic related activities such as evaluation of students' presentation and co-supervision of thesis projects have been greatly appreciated as being additional benefits to the staff in terms of their own academic development and capacity building. Finally, conclusions are made on how remote programmes of study could successfully be delivered to places where such know-how is scarce by adapting appropriate technologies in training personnel at postgraduate level to meet the needs of the industry.

  • 1485.
    Abeywickrama, K. G. Nilanga B.
    et al.
    Chalmers, Div High Voltage Engn, Dept Mfg & Mat Technol, SE-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Daszczynski, Tadeusz
    Warsaw Univ Technol, PL-00611 Warsaw, Poland..
    Serdyuk, Yuriy V.
    Chalmers, Div High Voltage Engn, Dept Mfg & Mat Technol, SE-41296 Gothenburg, Sweden.;Natl Acad Sci Ukraine, Inst Electrodynam, Kiev, Ukraine.;ABB High Voltage Technol Ltd, R&D HV Lab, Zurich, Switzerland..
    Gubanski, Stanislaw M.
    KTH.
    Determination of complex permeability of silicon steel for use in high-frequency modeling of power transformers2008In: IEEE transactions on magnetics, ISSN 0018-9464, E-ISSN 1941-0069, Vol. 44, no 4, p. 438-444Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Information about frequency dependence of complex permeability of silicon steel is a vital input parameter in calculations of transformer winding inductance used for modeling. high-frequency behavior (100 Hz-1 MHz). We present two ways of determining small signal complex permeability spectra in frequency domain and compare and discuss the results. The first method is based on an optimization procedure, in which inductance of a winding is measured and calculated by analytical formulas and finite-element modeling. The second method makes use of a single sheet tester. We show that the magnitude of effective permeability of the silicon steel laminations remains significant up to about 100 kHz. We also report on the effect of magnetic viscosity on complex permeability.

  • 1486. Abeywickrama, S.
    et al.
    Furdek, Marija
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Optical Network Laboratory (ON Lab). University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Dept. of Telecommunications, Croatia.
    Monti, Paolo
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Optical Network Laboratory (ON Lab).
    Wosinska, Lena
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Optical Network Laboratory (ON Lab).
    Nag, A.
    Wong, E.
    Dual-homing based protection for enhanced network availability and resource efficiency2014In: Asia Communications and Photonics Conference, ACP, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An approach to enhance core network survivability by utilizing dual-homing capabilities of the access network. Results reveal significant improvements in core network resource utilization and connection availability, suggesting benefits to network operators and service providers.

  • 1487. Abeywickrama, S.
    et al.
    Wong, E.
    Furdek, Marija
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Optical Network Laboratory (ON Lab).
    Monti, Paolo
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Optical Network Laboratory (ON Lab).
    Wosinska, Lena
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Optical Network Laboratory (ON Lab).
    Energy-efficient survivability for core networks using dual-homing2015In: Asia Communications and Photonics Conference, ACPC 2015, 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper studies the energy efficiency of exploiting dual-homing in access network to provide core network survivability. Simulation results show reduced number of utilized wavelengths, suggesting significant energy saving opportunities in the core network. © 2015 OSA.

  • 1488. Abeywickrama, Sandu
    et al.
    Furdek, Marija
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Optical Network Laboratory (ON Lab).
    Monti, Paolo
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Optical Network Laboratory (ON Lab).
    Wosinska, Lena
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Optical Network Laboratory (ON Lab).
    Wong, Elaine
    Protecting core networks with dual-homing: A study on enhanced network availability, resource efficiency, and energy-savings2016In: Optics Communications, ISSN 0030-4018, E-ISSN 1873-0310, Vol. 381, p. 327-335Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Core network survivability affects the reliability performance of telecommunication networks and remains one of the most important network design considerations. This paper critically examines the benefits arising from utilizing dual-homing in the optical access networks to provide resource-efficient protection against link and node failures in the optical core segment. Four novel, heuristic-based RWA algorithms that provide dedicated path protection in networks with dual-homing are proposed and studied. These algorithms protect against different failure scenarios (i.e. single link or node failures) and are implemented with different optimization objectives (i.e., minimization of wavelength usage and path length). Results obtained through simulations and comparison with baseline architectures indicate that exploiting dual-homed architecture in the access segment can bring significant improvements in terms of core network resource usage, connection availability, and power consumption.

  • 1489.
    Abgrall, Corentin
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).
    Deep learning models as advisors to execute trades on financial markets2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Recent work has shown that convolutional networks can successfully handle time series as input in various different problems. This thesis embraces this observation and introduces a new method combining machine learning techniques in order to create profitable trading strategies. The method addresses a binary classification problem: given a specific time, access to prices before this moment and an exit policy, the goal is to forecast the next price movement. The classification method is based on convolutional networks combining two major improvements: a special form of bagging and a weight propagation, to enhance the accuracy and reduce the overall variance of the model. The rolling learning and the convolutional layers are able to exploit the time dependency to strongly improve the trading strategy. The presented architecture is able to surpass the expert traders.

  • 1490.
    Abhijeet, Kumar
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630).
    Governing water pollution effectively: A comparative study of legal frameworks & their implementation in India & Sweden.2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Case studies from India have shown that the legal regime governing water pollution control in India has miserably failed. Sectoral approach to water management is quite evident. On the other hand Sweden has shown a remarkable change with regard to environment management. The poor management of a resource makes the resource further poor. Thus effective management of the resources becomes crucial. Good governance has been vital in conservation of a resource. But the issue is what constitutes good governance with respect to water? Law has always played a steering role in governance aspect. But despite having pollution control laws the effective governance of water pollution has not been attainable in India. Are the pollution control laws fundamentally wrong or some other factors prevail which is beyond the reach of law to control the pollution problem. The thesis which is a comparative study of legal framework and their implementation in India and Sweden attempts to explore how control of water pollution has been effectively governed in Sweden and what needs to been done in India.

  • 1491.
    Abid, Fahim
    et al.
    KTH.
    Ghorbani, Hossein
    Pourrahimi, Amir Masoud
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Edin, Hans Ezz
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electromagnetic Engineering.
    Differences in morphology and polarization properties of heat-treated XLPE and LDPE insulation2016In: 2016 IEEE CONFERENCE ON ELECTRICAL INSULATION AND DIELECTRIC PHENOMENA (IEEE CEIDP), IEEE conference proceedings, 2016, p. 113-116Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) is the most commonly used insulating material for extruded high voltage cable applications. Degassing is a heat-treatment process that is performed to remove methane from XLPE insulation which is formed during the crosslinking reactions as a by-product. Apart from removing methane, heat-treatment influences the electrical properties through changing the morphology due to annealing and also removal of polar crosslinking by-products. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is generally used to observe the changes in crystalline structure of the polymer. Frequency domain spectroscopy (FDS) is widely used to study polarization properties of dielectric materials. In this study these two methods are used for a comparative analysis of XLPE and LDPE subjected to different heat-treatment time, with or without a diffusion barrier. Electrical measurements are performed at room temperature. From the SEM imaging conducted after permanganate acid etching, formation of spherulites due to heat-treatment is not obvious in neither LDPE nor in XLPE. However, distinctions between LDPE and XLPE in SEM micrographs are evident. From studies with dielectric polarization spectroscopy, it is found that the LDPE samples are less sensitive to heat-treatment in comparison to the XLPE samples while dissipation factor of XLPE samples are influenced by the choice of pressing film used during sample preparation.

  • 1492.
    Abid, Muhammad
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
    Global Supply Chain Design: Exploring configurational and coordination factors2015Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis addresses the topic of global supply chain design. One major challenge concerns how to manage the tension between separation and integration pertaining to the localization of business activities. In this regard Ferdows (2008) worked to create two new production network models (rooted production network and footloose production network). Earlier studies have highlighted the choices that are involved in the network of facilities but lack in providing a comprehensive picture in terms of both configurational and coordination factors that govern the design of global supply chain. There is a need for a conceptual model where factors affecting the design process of a global supply chain can be applied. Two main research questions have been addressed in this study. First, exploring and identifying the factors affecting global supply chain design. Second, investigating the factors that influence the position on the spectrum of rooted and footloose supply chain design.      

    A literature review analysis and multi-case studies have been performed for this study in order to explore the factors. The companies were selected in order to reflect upon the two types of network, i.e., rooted and footloose. The primary data were selected through interviews with the managers.

    This study highlighted that there are many factors that affect configurational and coordination decision areas within a global supply chain. This study categorized the factors and the configurational/coordination decision areas with two main competitive priorities, i.e., cost and differentiation in the form of a “conceptual model.” The study also highlighted the factors in a matrix, which showed their position on the spectrum of rooted and footloose network configurations. For instance, the coordination factors that drive towards a footloose network include: high orchestration capabilities, need access to new technology and knowledge, proximity to suppliers, etc. The configurational factors that drive towards a rooted network include: economic stability, proximity to market, concerns for sustainability issues, high transportation cost, need for high proximity between key functions, need for intellectual property rights protection, etc.

  • 1493.
    Abid, Muhammad
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). Högskolan i Gävle, Sweden.
    Relationship between competitive priorities and global supply chain design: A conceptual frameworkManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 1494.
    Abid, Muhammad
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). Högskolan i Gävle, Sweden.
    Bengtsson, Lars
    Dabhilkar, Mandar
    Factors affecting shifts in global supply chain networks: A configurational approach2013In: Proceedings of the 20th International Annual EurOMA conference, Dublin, Ireland, 9-12 June 2013, 2013, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In certain situations, global companies strive to take advantage of short-term changes in economic and exchange rates on the never-ending journey of competitiveness. This paper seeks to extend Ferdows’s (2008) production network models by adding the factors affecting shifts between rooted and footloose network configurations. Two companies were selected in order to illustrate the models and reveal other possible factors. The identified factors are differentiated in terms of configuration and coordination and merged in a matrix. The trends and implications on global supply chains are also discussed.

  • 1495.
    Abid, Muhammad
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). Högskolan i Gävle, Sweden.
    Bengtsson, Lars
    Hellberg, Roland
    Dabhilkar, Mandar
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
    Factors affecting global supply chain design2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to the limited existing knowledge pertaining to the factors which govern localization of operations and capabilities in a global supply chain, the purpose of the paper is to find out which factors and how they jointly affect the design of global supply chains. The relevant literature is reviewed and a concept matrix is developed. Five companies were selected in order to illustrate the issues of global supply chain design. Among them, three companies are considered to have efficient supply chain and less complex products, while the two others are considered to have responsive supply chain and more complex products. The issues discussed with the selected companies cover global sourcing, challenges, technological advancement and issues related to management control. The study identifies about fifty factors that affect global supply chain design, and specifically how theses relate to design decisions on location of factories and production, supplier selection and development, distribution of products and organisation of interfaces along the supply chain. The discrepancies between theory and practice as well as the implications for further research are discussed.

  • 1496.
    Abid, Muhammad Zeeshan
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Technische Universität Braunschweig.
    A Multi-leader Approach to Byzantine Fault Tolerance: Achieving Higher Throughput Using Concurrent Consensus2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Byzantine Fault Tolerant protocols are complicated and hard to implement.Today’s software industry is reluctant to adopt these protocols because of thehigh overhead of message exchange in the agreement phase and the high resourceconsumption necessary to tolerate faults (as 3 f + 1 replicas are required totolerate f faults). Moreover, total ordering of messages is needed by mostclassical protocols to provide strong consistency in both agreement and executionphases. Research has improved throughput of the execution phase by introducingconcurrency using modern multicore infrastructures in recent years. However,improvements to the agreement phase remains an open area.

    Byzantine Fault Tolerant systems use State Machine Replication to tolerate awide range of faults. The approach uses leader based consensus algorithms for thedeterministic execution of service on all replicas to make sure all correct replicasreach same state. For this purpose, several algorithms have been proposed toprovide total ordering of messages through an elected leader. Usually, a singleleader is considered to be a bottleneck as it cannot provide the desired throughputfor real-time software services. In order to achieve a higher throughput there is aneed for a solution which can execute multiple consensus rounds concurrently.

    We present a solution that enables multiple consensus rounds in parallel bychoosing multiple leaders. By enabling concurrent consensus, our approach canexecute several requests in parallel. In our approach we incorporate applicationspecific knowledge to split the total order of events into multiple partial orderswhich are causally consistent in order to ensure safety. Furthermore, a dependencycheck is required for every client request before it is assigned to a particular leaderfor agreement. This methodology relies on optimistic prediction of dependenciesto provide higher throughput. We also propose a solution to correct the course ofexecution without rollbacking if dependencies were wrongly predicted.

    Our evaluation shows that in normal cases this approach can achieve upto 100% higher throughput than conventional approaches for large numbers ofclients. We also show that this approach has the potential to perform better incomplex scenarios

  • 1497.
    Abili Nejad, Maryam
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemistry.
    Kinetics for oxidation of CRUD model compounds2004Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
    Abstract [en]

    The formation of CRUD (Chalk River Unidentified Deposit) inwater-cooled nuclear reactors constitute a severe problem. Thestability of CRUD under reactor conditions (high flux ofionizing radition, high temperature and pressure) must be knownin order to minimize the problem. The kinetics for CRUDoxidation by H2O2 and the two more potent oxidants IrCl62-and MnO4- has been studied using aqueous suspensions ofthree metal oxide powders, Fe3O4, Fe2CoO4 and Fe2NiO4. The metal oxides were used as model compounds forCRUD. The latter two oxidants were employed to study therelationship between kinetics and the reduction potential ofthe oxidant. In addition, the activation energies for thereaction between H2O2and the three metal oxides of CRUD model weredetermined. The mechanism of the reaction is discussedindicating that the final solid product in all three cases isFe2O3. Our experimental results show that the reactivityof the metal oxides towards oxidants is in the order Fe2CoO4>Fe3O4>Fe2NiO4. The relative reactivities of Fe2CoO4 and Fe3O4are in contrast with that expected from the studyof the ionization potentials of the divalent metals in theoxides. In addition to the experimental studies, thetheoretical grounds for kinetics of reactions in particlesolutions are discussed. The theoretical discussion is alsoused to explain the somewhat unexpected trends in reactivityobserved experimentally. The same reaction trend is alsoobserved in the reaction of the metal oxides with IrCl62-and MnO4-.

    We found experimentally that the logarithm of second orderrate constants of the reaction of metal oxides with oxidantsagainst the one electron potential of the oxidants follows aparabolic behavior in agreement with the Marcus theory forelectron transfer reactions. This work constitutes a good basisfor the design of further model studies aiming at resolving thestability of CRUD under reactor conditions.

    Keywords:Reactor Chemistry, Radiolysis, Oxidation,Kinetics, CRUD, Metal oxide

  • 1498. Abi-Rached, Laurent
    et al.
    Jobin, Matthew J.
    Kulkarni, Subhash
    McWhinnie, Alasdair
    Dalva, Klara
    Gragert, Loren
    Babrzadeh, Farbod
    Stanford University, United States .
    Gharizadeh, Baback
    Luo, Ma
    Plummer, Francis A.
    Kimani, Joshua
    Carrington, Mary
    Middleton, Derek
    Rajalingam, Raja
    Beksac, Meral
    Marsh, Steven G. E.
    Maiers, Martin
    Guethlein, Lisbeth A.
    Tavoularis, Sofia
    Little, Ann-Margaret
    Green, Richard E.
    Norman, Paul J.
    Parham, Peter
    The Shaping of Modern Human Immune Systems by Multiregional Admixture with Archaic Humans2011In: Science, ISSN 0036-8075, E-ISSN 1095-9203, Vol. 334, no 6052, p. 89-94Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Whole genome comparisons identified introgression from archaic to modern humans. Our analysis of highly polymorphic human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I, vital immune system components subject to strong balancing selection, shows how modern humans acquired the HLA-B*73 allele in west Asia through admixture with archaic humans called Denisovans, a likely sister group to the Neandertals. Virtual genotyping of Denisovan and Neandertal genomes identified archaic HLA haplotypes carrying functionally distinctive alleles that have introgressed into modern Eurasian and Oceanian populations. These alleles, of which several encode unique or strong ligands for natural killer cell receptors, now represent more than half the HLA alleles of modern Eurasians and also appear to have been later introduced into Africans. Thus, adaptive introgression of archaic alleles has significantly shaped modern human immune systems.

  • 1499. Abkar, A.
    et al.
    Hedenmalm, Håkan
    A Riesz representation formula for super-biharmonic functions2001In: Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae Mathematica, ISSN 1239-629X, E-ISSN 1798-2383, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 305-324Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Let u be a real-valued function defined on the unit disk D. We call u super-biharmonic provided that u is locally integrable and the bi-laplacian Delta (2)u is a positive distribution on D. In this paper, we shall establish a representation formula for super-biharmonic functions, This formula can be regarded as an analogue of the Poisson-Jensen representation formula for subharmonic functions.

  • 1500. Aboelfotoh, M. O.
    et al.
    Frojdh, C.
    Petersson, C. Sture
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
    Schottky-barrier behavior of metals on n- and p-type 6H-SiC2003In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 67, no 7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Schottky-barrier height of a number of metals (Ti, Ni, Cu, and Au) on n- and p-type Si-terminated 6H-SiC has been measured in the temperature range 150-500 K. It is found that the barrier height to n-type 6H-SiC does not exhibit a temperature dependence, while for p-type 6H-SiC the change in the barrier height with temperature follows very closely the change in the indirect energy gap in 6H-SiC. These results are inconsistent with models of Schottky-barrier formation based on the concept of a charge neutrality level. Furthermore, the present results cannot be reconciled with a defect pinning mechanism, contrary to the conclusions of earlier studies on III-V compound semiconductors. We suggest that chemical bonding at the metal-semiconductor interface plays an important role in determining the Schottky-barrier height.

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