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See detailAladdin nulling instrument
Barillot, Marc; Coudé Du Foresto, Vincent; Surdej, Jean ULg et al

in Spinoglio, L.; Epchtein, N. (Eds.) 3rd ARENA Conference: An Astronomical Observatory at CONCORDIA (Dome C, Antarctica) (2010)

The ALADDIN project aims at detecting warm dust populations around nearby main sequence stars. In order to achieve the significantly improved sensitivity with respect to existing instruments, the ... [more ▼]

The ALADDIN project aims at detecting warm dust populations around nearby main sequence stars. In order to achieve the significantly improved sensitivity with respect to existing instruments, the architecture of the system is focused and optimised for the mission: ALADDIN implements the nulling interferometry technique at the focal plane of a 2-telescope interferometer mounted on a rotating structural beam. Concerning the beam combining nulling instrument, the ALADDIN design is inherited from a Definition Study of the VLTI/GENIE instrument. In this paper, we demonstrate how the ALADDIN instrument preliminary definition can be made simpler and more representative of a space instrument than GENIE thanks to both the outstanding atmospheric properties of Dome C and the dedicated architecture of the system. Finally, we discuss the compatibility of the instrument with the Antarctic environment and constraints, and underline the experimental and industrial know-how learnt from the MAII and PERSEE nulling breadboards in which our Team is also involved. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-Months Cycles Observed in Climatic Data
Nicolay, Samuel ULg; Mabille, Georges ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg et al

in Simard, Suzanne (Ed.) Climate Change and Variability (2010)

Climatic variations happen at all time scales and since the origins of these variations are usually of very complex nature, climatic signals are indeed chaotic data. The identification of the cycles ... [more ▼]

Climatic variations happen at all time scales and since the origins of these variations are usually of very complex nature, climatic signals are indeed chaotic data. The identification of the cycles induced by the natural climatic variability is therefore a knotty problem, yet the knowing of these cycles is crucial to better understand and explain the climate (with interests for weather forecasting and climate change projections). Due to the non-stationary nature of the climatic time series, the simplest Fourier-based methods are inefficient for such applications (see e.g. Titchmarsh (1948)). This maybe explains why so few systematic spectral studies have been performed on the numerous datasets allowing to describe some aspects of the climate variability (e.g. climatic indices, temperature data). However, some recent studies (e.g. Matyasovszky (2009); Paluš & Novotná (2006)) show the existence of multi-year cycles in some specific climatic data. This shows that the emergence of new tools issued from signal analysis allows to extract sharper information from time series. Here, we use a wavelet-based methodology to detect cycles in air-surface temperatures obtained from worldwide weather stations, NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data, climatic indices and some paleoclimatic data. This technique reveals the existence of universal rhythms associated with the periods of 30 and 43 months. However, these cycles do not affect the temperature of the globe uniformly. The regions under the influence of the AO/NAO indices are influenced by a 30 months period cycle, while the areas related to the ENSO index are affected by a 43 months period cycle; as expected, the corresponding indices display the same cycle. We next show that the observed periods are statistically relevant. Finally, we consider some mechanisms that could induce such cycles. This chapter is based on the results obtained in Mabille & Nicolay (2009); Nicolay et al. (2009; 2010). [less ▲]

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See detailExamen de jurisprudence récente en matière de règlement collectif de dettes
Grella, Vanessa ULg; Fry, Ariane

in J. CLESSE et M. DUMONT (Ed.) Actualités de droit social - CUP (2010)

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See detailLe biomimétismeau service du développement durable
Jaminon, Martine ULg; Theyskens, Benoît; Vercheval, Catherine et al

Learning material (2010)

Plaquette de l'expositon " Biomimétisme au service du développement durable" : 16 thèmes

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See detailInfluence of cysteamine on in vitro maturation, in vitro and in vivo fertilization of equine oocytes
Deleuze, Stefan ULg; Dubois, Clotilde; Caillaud, Maud et al

in Reprod Domest Anim (2010), 45(1), 1-7

Contents The effect of cysteamine on in vitro nuclear and cytoplasmic maturation of equine oocytes collected by transvaginal ultrasound guided follicular aspiration was assessed. Oocytes were matured in ... [more ▼]

Contents The effect of cysteamine on in vitro nuclear and cytoplasmic maturation of equine oocytes collected by transvaginal ultrasound guided follicular aspiration was assessed. Oocytes were matured in vitro with (cysteamine group) or without (control group) cysteamine. The nuclear stage after DNA Hoechst staining, penetration rates after two different in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques (IVF media with ionophore and Hepes buffer with heparin) and the embryo yield following oocyte intra-oviductal transfer were used as a criterion for assessing nuclear and cytoplasmic maturation, respectively. Contrary to the data described in other domestic species, there was no effect of cysteamine on in vitro nuclear maturation, IVF or in vivo embryonic development under our conditions. Ovum pick up yields (52%) and maturation rates (control group: 47% and cysteamine group: 55%) were similar to those previously reported. From 57 oocytes transferred to the oviduct in each group, the number of embryos collected was 10 (17%) in the control group and five in the cysteamine group (9%). Those two percentages were not statistically different (p > 0.05). No effect of IVF technique was seen on the success rate (6%) in each group. [less ▲]

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See detailCation Involvement in Telomestatin Binding to G-Quadruplex DNA
Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Nucleic Acids (2010)

The binding mode of telomestatin to G-quadruplex DNA has been investigated using electrospray mass spectrometry, by detecting the intact complexes formed in ammonium acetate. The mass measurements show ... [more ▼]

The binding mode of telomestatin to G-quadruplex DNA has been investigated using electrospray mass spectrometry, by detecting the intact complexes formed in ammonium acetate. The mass measurements show the incorporation of one extra ammonium ion in the telomestatin complexes. Experiments on telomestatin alone also show that the telomestatin alone is able to coordinate cations in a similar way as a crown ether. Finally, density functional theory calculations suggest that in the G-quadruplex-telomestatin complex, potassium or ammonium cations are located between the telomestatin and a G-quartet. This study underlines that monovalent cation coordination capabilities should be integrated in the rational design of G-quadruplex binding ligands. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro and in vivo antimalarial and cytotoxic activity of five plants used in Congolese traditional medicine.
Lusakibanza, M.; Mesia, G.; Tona, G. et al

in Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2010), 129

AIM OF THE STUDY: The in vitro antiplasmodial activity and cytotoxicity of methanolic and dichloromethane extracts from five Congolese plants were evaluated. The plants were selected following an ... [more ▼]

AIM OF THE STUDY: The in vitro antiplasmodial activity and cytotoxicity of methanolic and dichloromethane extracts from five Congolese plants were evaluated. The plants were selected following an ethnobotanical survey conducted in D.R. Congo and focusing on plants used traditionally to treat malaria. The in vivo antimalarial activity of aqueous and methanolic extracts active in vitro was also determined in mice infected by Plasmodium berghei berghei. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The growth inhibition of Plasmodium falciparum strains was evaluated using the measurement of lactate dehydrogenase activity. The extracts (aqueous, CH(3)OH, EtOH and CH(2)Cl(2)) were prepared by maceration and tested in vitro against the 3D7 (chloroquine sensitive) and W2 (chloroquine resistant) strains of Plasmodium falciparum and against the human normal fetal lung fibroblasts WI-38 to determine the selectivity index. Some extracts were also used at the dose of 300mg/kg to evaluate their activity in mice infected since 4 days by Plasmodium berghei. RESULTS: Two plants presented a very high activity (IC(50)<3mug/ml). These plants were Strychnos icaja roots bark (MeOH and CH(2)Cl(2)) and Physalis angulata leaves (MeOH and CH(2)Cl(2)). One plant (Anisopappus chinensis whole plant, MeOH and CH(2)Cl(2)) presented a high activity (IC50<15mug/ml). The extracts of Anisopappus chinensis and Physalis angulata showed also a good inhibition of parasitemia in vivo. Flavonoids, phenolic acids and terpenes were identified in these plants by a general phytochemical screening method. CONCLUSION: Three plants showed a very interesting antiplasmodial activity (Anisopappus chinensis, Physalis angulata and Strychnos icaja) and one of them showed a good selectivity index (>10, Anisopappus chinensis). Anisopappus chinensis and Physalis angulata were also active in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailEntanglement equivalence of N-qubit symmetric states
Mathonet, Pierre ULg; Krins, Stéphanie ULg; Godefroid, M. et al

in Physical Review. A (2010), 81

We study the interconversion of multipartite symmetric N-qubit states under stochastic local operations and classical communication (SLOCC). We demonstrate that if two symmetric states can be connected ... [more ▼]

We study the interconversion of multipartite symmetric N-qubit states under stochastic local operations and classical communication (SLOCC). We demonstrate that if two symmetric states can be connected with a nonsymmetric invertible local operation (ILO), then they belong necessarily to the separable, W, or Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger (GHZ) entanglement class, establishing a practical method of discriminating subsets of entanglement classes. Furthermore, we prove that there always exists a symmetric ILO connecting any pair of symmetric N-qubit states equivalent under SLOCC, simplifying the requirements for experimental implementations of local interconversion of those states. [less ▲]

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See detailLes métiers en pénurie : un contexte favorable à une gestion des âges pro-active?
Dieu, Anne-Marie ULg; Randaxhe, David ULg; Cornet, Annie ULg et al

in scouarnec, alice (Ed.) Management et métiers : vision d'experts, Mélanges en l'honneur de Luc BOYER (2010)

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See detailHedge fund return specification with errors-in-variables
Coën, Alain; Hübner, Georges ULg; Desfleurs, Aurélie

in Journal of Derivatives and Hedge Funds (2010), 16(1), 22-52

In linear models for hedge fund returns, errors-in-variables may significantly alter the measurement of factor loadings and the estimation of abnormal performance. The higher moment estimator (HME ... [more ▼]

In linear models for hedge fund returns, errors-in-variables may significantly alter the measurement of factor loadings and the estimation of abnormal performance. The higher moment estimator (HME) introduced by Dagenais and Dagenais (1997) effectively deals with these issues. Results on individual funds show that the HME specification does not uncover systematic performance biases, but can modify estimated alphas in most cases and identifies relative persistence for directional funds in bearish market conditions. Overall, the risk premia calculated with HME remain relatively stable when compared to ordinary least squares specifications. [less ▲]

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See detailVariability in carbon exchange of European croplands
Moors, E. J.; Jacobs, C.; Jans, W. et al

in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2010), 139

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See detailExozodiacal discs with ALADDIN: how faint can we detect them?
Absil, Olivier ULg; Coudé Du Foresto; Barillot, M. et al

in Spinoglio, L.; Epchtein, N. (Eds.) 3rd ARENA Conference: An Astronomical Observatory at CONCORDIA (Dome C, Antarctica) (2010)

In this paper, we describe the expected performance of ALADDIN, a nulling interferometer project optimised for operation at Dome C. After reviewing the main atmospheric parameters pertaining to infrared ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we describe the expected performance of ALADDIN, a nulling interferometer project optimised for operation at Dome C. After reviewing the main atmospheric parameters pertaining to infrared interferometry on the high Antarctic plateau, we shortly describe the ALADDIN instrument and compute its estimated performance in terms of the smallest exozodiacal dust disc density that can be detected. Our estimations are based on a thorough end-to-end software simulator previously developed for the GENIE nulling interferometer project at VLTI. We then propose a possible mission scenario, where the southern target stars of future exo-Earth characterisation missions can be surveyed for the presence of bright exozodiacal discs (>50 zodi) within one winter-over at Concordia. [less ▲]

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See detailWorking Group 3 Infrared interferometry at Dome C
Coudé Du Foresto; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Spinoglio, L.; Epchtein, N. (Eds.) ies 3rd ARENA Conference: An Astronomical Observatory at CONCORDIA (Dome C, Antarctica) (2010)

The goal of the working group was to define and realize a pre-feasibility study of an Antarctic interferometer dedicated to the characterization of exozodis with the sensitivity required (30 zodis 5 Ï ... [more ▼]

The goal of the working group was to define and realize a pre-feasibility study of an Antarctic interferometer dedicated to the characterization of exozodis with the sensitivity required (30 zodis 5 Ï detection) to discriminate sources suitable for future exoearth spectroscopic analysis. The engineering study was carried out at AMOS, based on a concept by Thalès Alenia Space derived from the GENIE instrument studied for ESA. Particular emphasis was put on the compatibility with Concordia logistic and operational constraints, for which input was provided by IPEV through long visits by a system engineer student, Xavier Daudigeos. The preliminary results are encouraging enough so that we recommend to move forward with a proposal for full industrial feasibility study that could be submitted to FP7 and/or to ESA. [less ▲]

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See detailLes significations du style graphique: Mon fiston d’Olivier Schrauwen et Faire semblant, c’est mentir de Dominique Goblet
Meesters, Gert ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2010), (36-37), 215-233

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See detailSelf-heating of bulk high temperature superconductors of finite height subjected to a large alternating magnetic field
Laurent, Philippe; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Hari Babu, N. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2010), 23

In this work we study, both experimentally and numerically, the self-heating of a bulk, large YBCO pellet of aspect ratio (thickness / diameter) ~ 0.4 subjected to a large AC magnetic field. To ensure ... [more ▼]

In this work we study, both experimentally and numerically, the self-heating of a bulk, large YBCO pellet of aspect ratio (thickness / diameter) ~ 0.4 subjected to a large AC magnetic field. To ensure accurate temperature measurements, the sample was placed in an experimental vacuum chamber to achieve a small and reproducible heat transfer coefficient between the superconductor and the cryogenic fluid. The temperature was measured at several locations on the sample surface during the self-heating process. The experimentally determined temperature gradients are found to be very small in this arrangement (< 0.2 K across the radius of the superconductor). The time-dependence of the average temperature T(t) is found to agree well with a theoretical prediction based on the one-dimensional (1-D) Bean model, assuming a uniform temperature in the sample. A 2-D magneto-thermal model was also used to determine the space and time-dependent temperature distribution T(r, z, t) during the application of the AC field. The losses in the bulk pellet were determined using an algorithm based on the numerical method of Brandt, which was combined with a heat diffusion algorithm implemented using a finite-difference method. The model is shown to be able to reproduce the main trends of the observed temperature evolution of the bulk sample during a self-heating process. Finally, the 2-D model is used to study the effect of a non-uniform distribution of critical current density Jc(r, z) on the losses within the bulk superconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailLa place du français dans les identités linguistiques des Belges issus de l’immigration
Lucchini, Silvia ULg; Hambye, Philippe; Forlot, Gilles et al

in Dialogues et Cultures (2010), I(55), 389-402

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See detailSketSha
Leclercq, Pierre ULg; Delfosse, Vincent ULg; Schroyen, Géraldine et al

Software (2010)

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See detailFuran formation in baby food model systems from vitamin C and unsaturated fatty acids
Owczarek-Fendor, Agnieszka; De Meulenaer, Bruno; Scholl, Georges ULg et al

Conference (2010)

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