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Improving Detection Sensitivity for Nanoscale Targets Through Combined Photonic and Plasmonic Techniques

G. Zhang[1], Y. Zhao[1]
[1]Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Photonic technique such as the whispering gallery mode (WGM) is often used for detection of small particles like bacteria and viruses. It offers good detection sensitivity and is advantageous over other detection techniques because the detection can be label free. However, the detection sensitivity may not be sufficient when the size of the detection target is in nanoscale. To change this, we ...

Simple Finite Element Model of the Topografiner - new

H. Cabrera[1], D. A. Zanin[1], L. G. De Pietro[1], A. Vindigni[1], U. Ramsperger[1], D. Pescia[1]
[1]Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

In our recent experiments we are revisiting the topografiner technology for the imaging of surface topography with a resolution of a few nanometers. In these new technique called Near-Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (NFESEM), low-energy electrons are emitted from a polycrystalline tungsten tip via electric-field assisted tunneling. In order to characterize and improve the ...

3-Dimensional Numerical Modeling of Radio Frequency Selective Heating of Insects In Soybeans

S. Wang [1], Z. Huang [1],
[1] Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China

Radio frequency (RF) heating have potential as alternatives to chemical fumigation for disinfesting legumes. This study was conducted to investigate the feasibility of RF selective heating of insect larvae in 3 kg soybeans packed in a rectangular plastic container using a 6 kW, 27.12 MHz RF heating system. A finite element based computer simulation program-COMSOL Multiphysics® was used to solve ...

Multiphysics Analysis and Optimization of Mechatronic Device Applications for Switching Devices

O. Cracium[1]
[1]ABB, Ladenburg, Germany

Medium- and high-voltage circuit breakers and reclosers are important grid protection devices that connect different grid sources and increase the network/grid reliability. Currently, there is a clear need of increasing the numbers of switching operation. Therefore, the optimal design of these devices becomes of extreme importance in order to enable the required switching capabilities. This ...

Modeling Directional Two Arm Archimedes Spiral Coils in the RF Electromagnet Range

A. Kalinowski, and J. Maguire
Naval Undersea Warfare Center/Div. Npt. , Newport, RI, USA

The paper addresses a class of problems for modeling and consequently simulating the electromagnetic field radiation pattern from a two arm Archimedes spiral coil. The performance of particular interest is knowledge of the radiated magnetic field H and electric field E in the neighborhood of the coil. The results in this paper illustrate how COMSOL is used to solve for the radiated ...

Numerical Study of a DC Electromagnetic Liquid Metal Pump: Limits of the Model

N. Kandev[1]
[1]Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec, Shawinigan, QC, Canada

This work presents the results of a 3D numerical magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) simulation of an electromagnetic DC pump for liquid metal using a rectangular metal flow channel subjected to an externally imposed transversal inhomogeneous magnetic field. In this study. 3D numerical simulation based on the finite element method was carried out using the computer package COMSOL Multiphysics 3.5a. The ...

Electro Thermal Performance Prediction of Radio Frequency Ablation System for Efficient Cancer Treatment

C. Thiagarajan[1], V. Gnanasekar[2]
[1]ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt Ltd, Whitefield, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
[2]Perfint Healthcare Pvt. Ltd, T.Nagar, Chennai, India.

Cancer causes significant human deaths. Radiofrequency ablation is an encouraging procedure for cancer treatment. The objective is to demonstrate the multiphysics simulation methodology. This paper summarizes the problem , governing equations, methodology, assumptions, simulation results and discussion related to the thermal performance prediction of radio frequency ablation on a homogeneous ...

Numerical Simulation of Electrokinetic Convection-Enhanced Delivery of Macromolecules

Y. Ou [1], A. Jaquins-Gerstl [1], S. G. Weber [1],
[1] Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

The brain is a heterogeneous porous medium with regions of anisotropy. Measurements of tortuosity (λ) showed that diffusion in gray matter (e.g. striatum) is isotropic (λ = 1.65), whereas it is anisotropic in white matter (e.g. corpus callosum) (λparallel = 1.38, λperpendicular = 1.80)[1-2]. Pressure-driven convection-enhanced delivery (CED) of macromolecules (e.g. drugs) was first described in ...

Interactive Design of an Electrostatic Headphone Speaker Using COMSOL Server™

B. A. Marmo [1], M. P. Snaith [1],
[1] Xi Engineering Consultants, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

An electrostatic headphone includes many interrelated design elements that affect the frequency response of the headphone and the users listening experience. Xi Engineering Consultants (XI) partnered with Warwick Audio Technologies (WAT) to investigate the complex behavior of one-side electrostatic speakers. Xi developed a GUI that helped WAT engineers optimize their speaker using virtual tools ...

Modeling and Analysis of Aberrations in Electron Beam Melting (EBM) Systems

D. Svensson [1], A. Azhirnian [2],
[1] Arcam AB, Mölndal, Sweden
[2] Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Arcam AB has pioneered additive manufacturing using the electron beam melting (EBM) technology which provides a cost efficient and novel way of producing titanium components for the orthopedic and aerospace industries. In the heart of the EBM technology is the electron beam – whose quality directly relates to the performance of the EBM machine. The beam is controlled by using magnetic lenses, ...