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See detailNear-Death Experiences in patients with locked-in syndrome: Not always a blissful journey
Charland-Verville, Vanessa ULg; Lugo, Zulay; Jourdan, Jean-Pierre et al

in Consciousness & Cognition (2015), 34

Memories of Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) most often are recounted as emotionally positive events. At present, no satisfactory explanatory model exists to fully account for the rich phenomenology of NDEs ... [more ▼]

Memories of Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) most often are recounted as emotionally positive events. At present, no satisfactory explanatory model exists to fully account for the rich phenomenology of NDEs following a severe acute brain injury. The particular population of patients with locked-in syndrome (LIS) provides a unique opportunity to study NDEs following infratentorial brain lesions. We here retrospectively characterized the content of NDEs in 8 patients with LIS caused by an acute brainstem lesion (i.e., ‘‘LIS NDEs’’) and 23 NDE experiencers after coma with supratentorial lesions (i.e., ‘‘classical NDEs’’). Compared to ‘‘classical NDEs’’, ‘‘LIS NDEs’’ less frequently experienced a feeling of peacefulness or well-being. It could be hypothesized that NDEs containing less positive emotions might have a specific neuroanatomical substrate related to impaired pontine/paralimbic connectivity or alternatively might be related to the emotional distress caused by the presence of conscious awareness in a paralyzed body. [less ▲]

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See detailNear-death experiences: real or imagined?
Thonnard, Marie ULg; Laureys, Steven ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg et al

Conference (2010, June)

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See detailNear-field coupling of wireless devices and long communications cables
Christopoulos, Christos; Zhang, Yinghong ULg; Paul, J. et al

in IET Science, Measurement & Technology (2008), 2(1), 18-24

A comprehensive investigation of the coupling between mobile devices and communication/control cables in several environments is described here. Both experimental and numerical results are shown and ... [more ▼]

A comprehensive investigation of the coupling between mobile devices and communication/control cables in several environments is described here. Both experimental and numerical results are shown and compared using a number of different methods in different laboratories. Results indicate a good level of agreement between the different approaches thus giving confidence that predictive studies based on simulation can give a good quantitative assessment of coupling. Moreover, the studies show that varying the configuration of the coupled systems does not significantly affects the maximum coupling thus making it possible to obtain a reasonable worst case estimate of coupling from a small number of generic studies. [less ▲]

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See detailNear-infrared [Fe II] emission from supernova remnants and the supernova rate of starburst galaxies
Morel, Thierry ULg; Doyon, R.; St-Louis, N.

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2002), 329

In an effort better to calibrate the supernova rate of starburst galaxies as determined from near-infrared [FeII] features, we report on a [FeII] λ1.644μm line-imaging survey of a sample of 42 optically ... [more ▼]

In an effort better to calibrate the supernova rate of starburst galaxies as determined from near-infrared [FeII] features, we report on a [FeII] λ1.644μm line-imaging survey of a sample of 42 optically selected supernova remnants (SNRs) in M33. A wide range of [FeII] luminosities are observed within our sample (from less than 6 to 695L[SUB]solar[/SUB]). Our data suggest that the bright [FeII] SNRs are entering the radiative phase and that the density of the local interstellar medium (ISM) largely controls the amount of [FeII] emission. We derive the following relation between the [FeII] λ1.644μm line luminosity of radiative SNRs and the electronic density of the post-shock gas, n[SUB]e[/SUB]: L[SUB][FeII][/SUB] (L[SUB]solar[/SUB])~1.1n[SUB]e[/SUB] (cm[SUP]-3[/SUP]). We also find a correlation in our data between L[SUB][FeII][/SUB] and the metallicity of the shock-heated gas, but the physical interpretation of this result remains inconclusive, as our data also show a correlation between the metallicity and n[SUB]e[/SUB]. The dramatically higher level of [FeII] emission from SNRs in the central regions of starburst galaxies is most likely due to their dense environments, although metallicity effects might also be important. The typical [FeII]-emitting lifetime of a SNR in the central regions of starburst galaxies is found to be of the order of 10[SUP]4[/SUP]yr. On the basis of these results, we provide a new empirical relation allowing the determination of the current supernova rate of starburst galaxies from their integrated near-infrared [FeII] luminosity. [less ▲]

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See detailNear-infrared identification of the counterpart to X1908+075: a new OB-supergiant X-ray binary
Morel, Thierry ULg; Grosdidier, Y.

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2005), 356

We report the near-infrared (near-IR) identification of the likely counterpart to X1908+075, a highly absorbed Galactic X-ray source recently suspected to belong to the rare class of OB supergiant-neutron ... [more ▼]

We report the near-infrared (near-IR) identification of the likely counterpart to X1908+075, a highly absorbed Galactic X-ray source recently suspected to belong to the rare class of OB supergiant-neutron star binary systems. Our JHK[SUB]s[/SUB]-band imaging of the field reveals the existence within the X-ray error boxes of a near-IR source consistent with an early-type star lying at d~ 7 kpc and suffering A[SUB]V[/SUB]~ 16 mag of extinction, the latter value being in good agreement with the hydrogen column density derived from modelling of the X-ray spectrum. Our follow-up, near-IR spectroscopic observations confirm the nature of this candidate and lead to a late O-type supergiant classification, thereby supporting the identification of a new Galactic OB-supergiant X-ray binary. [less ▲]

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See detailA near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disc stars. II. CHARA/FLUOR observations of six early-type dwarfs
Absil, Olivier ULg; di Folco, E.; Mérand, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 487

Aims. We aim at directly detecting the presence of optically thin circumstellar dust emission within the terrestrial planetary zone around main sequence stars known to harbour cold debris discs. The ... [more ▼]

Aims. We aim at directly detecting the presence of optically thin circumstellar dust emission within the terrestrial planetary zone around main sequence stars known to harbour cold debris discs. The present study focuses on a sample of six bright A- and early F-type stars. Methods: High-precision interferometric observations have been obtained in the near-infrared K band with the FLUOR instrument installed on the CHARA Array. The measured squared visibilities are compared to the expected visibility of the stellar photospheres based on theoretical photospheric models taking into account rotational distortion. We search for potential visibility reduction at short baselines, a direct piece of evidence for resolved circumstellar emission. Results: Our observations bring to light the presence of resolved circumstellar emission around one of the six target stars (zeta Aql) at the 5sigma level. The morphology of the emission source cannot be directly constrained because of the sparse spatial frequency sampling of our interferometric data. Using complementary adaptive optics observations and radial velocity measurements, we find that the presence of a low-mass companion is a likely origin for the excess emission. The potential companion is characterised by a K-band contrast of four magnitudes. It has a most probable mass of about 0.6~Msun and is expected to orbit between about 5.5 AU and 8 AU from its host star assuming a purely circular orbit. Nevertheless, by adjusting a physical debris disc model to the observed Spectral Energy Distribution of the zeta Aql system, we also show that the presence of hot dust within 10 AU from zeta Aql, producing a total thermal emission equal to 1.69 ± 0.31% of the photospheric flux in the K band, is another viable explanation for the observed near-infrared excess. Our re-interpretation of archival near- to far-infrared photometric measurements shows however that cold dust is not present around zeta Aql at the sensitivity limit of the IRS and MIPS instruments onboard Spitzer, and urges us to remove zeta Aql from the category of bona fide debris disc stars. Conclusions: The hot debris disc around Vega (Absil et al. 2006) currently remains our only secure resolved detection within the context of this survey, with six genuine early-type debris disc stars observed so far. Further observations will be needed to assess whether zeta Aql also belongs to this hot debris disc category. Partly based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile, under program IDs 073.C-0733, 077.C-0295 and 080.C-0712. [less ▲]

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See detailA near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disc stars. III. First statistics based on 42 stars observed with CHARA/FLUOR
Absil, Olivier ULg; Defrère, Denis; Coudé du Foresto, Vincent et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 555

Context. Dust is expected to be ubiquitous in extrasolar planetary systems due to the dynamical activity of minor bodies. Inner dust populations are, however, still poorly known due to the high contrast ... [more ▼]

Context. Dust is expected to be ubiquitous in extrasolar planetary systems due to the dynamical activity of minor bodies. Inner dust populations are, however, still poorly known due to the high contrast and small angular separation with respect to their host star. Yet, a proper characterisation of exozodiacal dust is mandatory for the design of future Earth-like planet imaging missions. Aims. We aim to determine the level of near-infrared exozodiacal dust emission around a sample of 42 nearby main sequence stars with spectral types ranging from A to K, and to investigate its correlation with various stellar parameters and with the presence of cold dust belts. Methods. We use high-precision K-band visibilities obtained with the FLUOR interferometer on the shortest baseline of the CHARA array. The calibrated visibilities are compared with the expected visibility of the stellar photosphere to assess the presence of an additional, fully resolved circumstellar emission source. Results. Near-infrared circumstellar emission amounting to about 1% of the stellar flux is detected around 13 of our 42 target stars. Follow-up observations showed that one of them (eps Cep) is associated with a stellar companion, while another one was detected around what turned out to be a giant star (kap CrB). The remaining 11 excesses found around single main sequence stars are most probably due to the presence of hot circumstellar dust, yielding an overall occurrence rate of 28+8-6% for our (biased) sample. We show that the occurrence rate of bright exozodiacal discs correlates with spectral type, K-band excesses being more frequent around A-type stars. It also correlates with the presence of detectable far-infrared excess emission in the case of solar-type stars. Conclusions. This study provides new insights regarding the phenomenon of bright exozodiacal disc, showing that hot dust populations are probably linked to outer dust reservoirs in the case of solar-type stars. In the case of A-type stars, no clear conclusion can be made regarding the origin of the detected near-infrared excesses. [less ▲]

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See detailA near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disk stars. I. Probing the hot dust content around eps Eridani and tau Ceti with CHARA/FLUOR
Di Folco, Emmanuel; Absil, Olivier ULg; Augereau, J.-C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 475

Context: The quest for hot dust in the central region of debris disks requires high resolution and high dynamic range imaging. Near-infrared interferometry is a powerful means to directly detect faint ... [more ▼]

Context: The quest for hot dust in the central region of debris disks requires high resolution and high dynamic range imaging. Near-infrared interferometry is a powerful means to directly detect faint emission from hot grains. Aims: We probed the first 3 AU around tau Ceti and eps Eridani with the CHARA array (Mt Wilson, USA) in order to gauge the 2 mum excess flux emanating from possible hot dust grains in the debris disks and to also resolve the stellar photospheres. Methods: High precision visibility amplitude measurements were performed with the FLUOR single mode fiber instrument and telescope pairs on baselines ranging from 22 to 241 m of projected length. The short baseline observations allow us to disentangle the contribution of an extended structure from the photospheric emission, while the long baselines constrain the stellar diameter. Results: We have detected a resolved emission around tau Cet, corresponding to a spatially integrated, fractional excess flux of 0.98±0.21 × 10[SUP]-2[/SUP] with respect to the photospheric flux in the K'-band. Around eps Eri, our measurements can exclude a fractional excess of greater than 0.6× 10[SUP]-2[/SUP] (3sigma). We interpret the photometric excess around tau Cet as a possible signature of hot grains in the inner debris disk and demonstrate that a faint, physical or background, companion can be safely excluded. In addition, we measured both stellar angular diameters with an unprecedented accuracy: Theta_LD(tau Cet)= 2.015 ± 0.011 mas and Theta_LD(eps Eri)=2.126 ± 0.014 mas. [less ▲]

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See detailA near-infrared interferometric survey of debris-disk stars. IV. An unbiased sample of 92 southern stars observed in H band with VLTI/PIONIER
Ertel, S.; Absil, Olivier ULg; Defrere, D. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014), 570

Context. Detecting and characterizing circumstellar dust is a way to study the architecture and evolution of planetary systems. Cold dust in debris disks only traces the outer regions. Warm and hot ... [more ▼]

Context. Detecting and characterizing circumstellar dust is a way to study the architecture and evolution of planetary systems. Cold dust in debris disks only traces the outer regions. Warm and hot exozodiacal dust needs to be studied in order to trace regions close to the habitable zone. <BR /> Aims: We aim to determine the prevalence and to constrain the properties of hot exozodiacal dust around nearby main-sequence stars. <BR /> Methods: We searched a magnitude-limited (H <= 5) sample of 92 stars for bright exozodiacal dust using our VLTI visitor instrument PIONIER in the H band. We derived statistics of the detection rate with respect to parameters, such as the stellar spectral type and age or the presence of a debris disk in the outer regions of the systems. We derived more robust statistics by combining our sample with the results from our CHARA/FLUOR survey in the K band. In addition, our spectrally dispersed data allowed us to put constraints on the emission mechanism and the dust properties in the detected systems. <BR /> Results: We find an overall detection rate of bright exozodiacal dust in the H band of 11% (9 out of 85 targets) and three tentative detections. The detection rate decreases from early type to late type stars and increases with the age of the host star. We do not confirm the tentative correlation between the presence of cold and hot dust found in our earlier analysis of the FLUOR sample alone. Our spectrally dispersed data suggest that either the dust is extremely hot or the emission is dominated by the scattered light in most cases. The implications of our results for the target selection of future terrestrial planet-finding missions using direct imaging are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailNear-infrared spectroscopy for analysis of oil content and fatty acid profile in Jatropha curcas L. flour
Terren, Marieke ULg; Lecler, B.; Baeten, V. et al

Poster (2013)

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See detailNear-intrared observations of the HE 0450-2958 system: discovery of a second active galactic nucleus?
Letawe, Géraldine ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Chantry, Virginie ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2009), 396(1), 78-84

The quasi-stellar object (QSO) HE 0450−2958 was brought to the front scene by the non-detection of its host galaxy and strong upper limits on the latter's luminosity. The QSO is also a powerful infrared ... [more ▼]

The quasi-stellar object (QSO) HE 0450−2958 was brought to the front scene by the non-detection of its host galaxy and strong upper limits on the latter's luminosity. The QSO is also a powerful infrared emitter, in gravitational interaction with a strongly distorted ultraluminous infrared companion galaxy. We investigate the properties of the companion galaxy, through new near- and mid-infrared observations of the system obtained with Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) onboard Hubble Space Telescope, Infrared Spectrometer and Array Camera (ISAAC) and Very Large Telescope Imager and Spectrometer in the Infrared (VISIR) on the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope. The companion galaxy is found to harbour a point source revealed only in the infrared, in what appears as a hole or dark patch in the optical images. Various hypotheses on the nature of this point source are analysed and it is found that the only plausible one is that it is a strongly reddened active galactic nucleus hidden behind a thick dust cloud. The hypothesis that the QSO supermassive black hole might have been ejected from the companion galaxy in the course of a galactic collision involving three-body black holes interaction is also reviewed, on the basis of this new insight on a definitely complex system. [less ▲]

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See detailA Near-IR [Fe II] line imaging survey of supernova remnants in M33
Morel, Thierry ULg; Doyon, R.; St-Louis, N.

in Proceedings 232. WE-Heraeus Seminar (2000, December 01)

We report on the first near-IR [Fe II] line imaging survey of extragalactic SNRs. Observations of a sample of 42 objects drawn from an optically-selected catalogue of SNRs in M33 provide evidence for a ... [more ▼]

We report on the first near-IR [Fe II] line imaging survey of extragalactic SNRs. Observations of a sample of 42 objects drawn from an optically-selected catalogue of SNRs in M33 provide evidence for a wide range in the [Fe II]λ 1.644 micron luminosities. This can be understood as being primarily due to variations in the chemical abundances and density of the local ISM, although shock conditions may also play a significant role. We briefly discuss how these results may be used to better calibrate the supernova rate of star-forming galaxies. [less ▲]

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See detailThe near-IR counterpart to the high-mass X-ray binary X1908+075
Morel, Thierry ULg; Grosdidier, Y.

in The Astronomer's Telegram (2004), 291

<html> We report the near-IR identification of the likely counterpart to X1908+075, a highly-absorbed Galactic X-ray source recently suspected to belong to the rare class of OB supergiant-neutron star ... [more ▼]

<html> We report the near-IR identification of the likely counterpart to X1908+075, a highly-absorbed Galactic X-ray source recently suspected to belong to the rare class of OB supergiant-neutron star binary systems (Wen et al. 2000, ApJ, 532, 1119; Levine et al. 2004, ApJ, submitted, astro-ph/0404428). The <em>Einstein</em> and <em>HEAO 1</em> satellites have localized this X-ray source with an uncertainty of about 50''. [less ▲]

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See detailNear-surface Geophysical Imaging and Detection of Slow Active Faults
Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

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See detailNear-to-Surface properties affecting bond strength in concrete repair
Courard, Luc ULg; Piotrowski, Tomasz; Garbacz, Andrzej

in Cement and Concrete Composites (2014), 46

One of the main processes for repairing concrete structures is patch repair. Efficiency and durability of a repaired system depends on the bond between concrete substrate and repair material. By ... [more ▼]

One of the main processes for repairing concrete structures is patch repair. Efficiency and durability of a repaired system depends on the bond between concrete substrate and repair material. By increasing the surface roughness, the surface treatment of concrete substrate can promote mechanical interlocking that is one of the basic mechanisms of adhesion. Nevertheless, some problems may arise from “co-lateral” effects of the treatment, especially due to the development of microcracks inside the substrate. In the presented paper, the effect of concrete substrate surface preparation has been characterized by roughness measurement, description of microcracking in the near-to-surface layer and a pull-off cohesion test. After repair, pull-off bond strength has been evaluated. It is concluded that selection of a suitable surface treatment technique should be preceded by the analysis of its aggressiveness in relation to the concrete substrate strength. A procedure for bond strength estimation using multiple regression approach, based on parameters describing surface quality really generated from various roughening techniques, is then proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailNearby Galaxies Atlas -- R. B. Tully et J. R. Fisher
Manfroid, Jean ULg

in Ciel et Terre (1988), 104

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See detailNearby galaxies Catalog -- R. B. Tully
Manfroid, Jean ULg

in Ciel et Terre (1988), 104

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See detailThe Nebula around the Luminous Blue Variable WRAY 15-751 as seen by Herschel
Vamvatira-Nakou, Chloi ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Royer, P. et al

in Massive Stars: From alpha to Omega (2013, June 01)

To understand the evolution of massive stars it is crucial to study the nebulae associated to Luminous Blue Variables which can reveal the star mass-loss history. We obtained far-infrared Herschel PACS ... [more ▼]

To understand the evolution of massive stars it is crucial to study the nebulae associated to Luminous Blue Variables which can reveal the star mass-loss history. We obtained far-infrared Herschel PACS imaging and spectroscopic observations of the nebula associated with the Luminous Blue Variable star WRAY 15-751. These images revealed a second nebula, bigger and cooler, lying in an empty cavity that probably delineates the remnant of the O-star bubble formed when the star was on the Main Sequence. The dust mass and temperature were derived from the modeling of the far-infrared SED. The analysis of the emission line spectrum revealed that the main nebula consists of a region of photoionised gas surrounded by a thin photodissociation region. Both regions are mixed with dust. The calculated C, N, O abundances, together with the estimated mass-loss rate, show that the nebula was ejected from the star during a Red Supergiant phase. This is compatible with the latest evolutionary tracks for a ~40 Mo star with little rotation. [less ▲]

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See detailNebulae around R Coronae Borealis stars - Clues to their evolutionary status?
Pollacco, D. L.; Hill, P. W.; Houziaux, Léo ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (1991), 248

Imaging and spectroscopy are presented of the classical R CrB star UW Cen obtained when the star was in a deep minimum. These show the presence of a faint reflection nebula, the inner parts of which ... [more ▼]

Imaging and spectroscopy are presented of the classical R CrB star UW Cen obtained when the star was in a deep minimum. These show the presence of a faint reflection nebula, the inner parts of which display two sets of symmetrical 'jets' centered on the star. The possibilities of whether the nebular structure can be associated with last thermal pulse evolution, white dwarf merger, or the mechanism causing the characteristic R CrB minima are discussed. [less ▲]

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