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See detailMagnetic Flux Closure Directly Induced by Interplanetary Shocks: Observations Using IMAGE-FUV and SuperDARN, and Modelling With GUMICS-4.
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Palmroth, M.; Milan, S. E. et al

Conference (2005, December 01)

A method has been developed to monitor the dayside and nightside reconnection rates using FUV remote sensing of the proton aurora and ionospheric convection patterns. Global images of the proton aurora ... [more ▼]

A method has been developed to monitor the dayside and nightside reconnection rates using FUV remote sensing of the proton aurora and ionospheric convection patterns. Global images of the proton aurora are obtained using the SI12 instrument of the FUV experiment on board the IMAGE satellite, and used to identify the open/closed (o/c) field line boundary. SuperDARN data are used to determine the ionospheric convection velocity, and the associated electric field. The dayside and nightside reconnection voltages are then determined accounting for the ionospheric electric field and the motion of the o/c boundary. This method is used to compute the dayside and nightside reconnection voltages during two interplanetary shocks for which the IMF was mostly northward, so that the amount of open magnetic flux was so small that no significant substorm expansion phase could develop. The flux closure voltage shows a sharp signature when the interplanetary shocks sweep by the nightside magnetosphere. MHD simulations conducted using the GUMICS-4 model for similar conditions show a similar signature in the nightside flux closure rate. We suggest that this flux closure event is directly induced by the compression of the magnetotail. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic flux distribution and hysteresis properties of bulk high temperature ferromagnet / superconductor / ferromagnet hybrid structures
Philippe, Matthieu ULg; Ainslie, Mark D; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

Poster (2014, August)

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets in various engineering applications such as rotating machines and magnetic bearings where their large flux density / volume ... [more ▼]

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets in various engineering applications such as rotating machines and magnetic bearings where their large flux density / volume ratio makes them more efficient than traditional ferromagnetic permanent magnets. However, the magnetic flux distribution above a bulk HTS magnet is strongly non-uniform (conic profile predicted by the Bean model) and influenced by the finite length of the superconductor (curvature of the flux lines through the volume of the superconductor). In the present work, we study how ferromagnetic materials can be combined with a bulk, large grain YBCO superconductor to improve the average value of the magnetic induction through the volume of the superconductor and to shape the magnetic induction at the surface. Various pieces of different shapes were machined in two high permeability ferromagnetic alloys with different saturation magnetizations (0.8 T and 1.4 T). These pieces were placed on (i) the top surface of the bulk HTS cylinder to form bulk ferromagnet / superconductor (F/S) hybrid structures and (ii) the top and bottom surfaces to form bulk F/S/F structures. The magnetic properties of each hybrid structure subjected to an axial magnetic field were measured at 77 K. Pick-up coils were used to measure the average magnetic induction inside the superconductor and miniature Hall probes were used to map the remanent induction near the top and bottom surfaces of the assemblies. The modifications of the hysteresis curves and flux distributions were examined taking into account that flux lines are trapped by the ferromagnetic component, which drives the return flux lines towards the outside of the superconductor. The superconductor hysteresis curve can be analysed as a combination of a diamagnetic and a ferromagnetic behaviour depending on the ferromagnet intrinsic properties (intrinsic permeability, saturation) and geometrical properties (size and volume). The bulk average remanent magnetization increases in presence of the ferromagnets (F/S/F structures give the best results) and is only slightly dependent on the saturation magnetization. When the ferromagnet is fully saturated, its saturation value dictates the magnetic behaviour of the hybrid structure which shows an addition of the superconductor and ferromagnet magnetic effects. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic flux patterns in superconductors deposited on a lattice of magnetic dots: A magneto-optical imaging study
Gheorghe, Diana G; Wijngaarden, Rinke J; Gillijns, Werner et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2008), 77(5),

We investigate the flux penetration in Pb films, of different shapes, deposited on top of a periodic array of Co/Pt dots with perpendicular anisotropy by means of magnetization and magneto-optical ... [more ▼]

We investigate the flux penetration in Pb films, of different shapes, deposited on top of a periodic array of Co/Pt dots with perpendicular anisotropy by means of magnetization and magneto-optical measurements. A clear dependence of the critical current density on the magnetic state of the dots and their polarity with respect to the direction of the applied magnetic field is observed by both techniques. The magnetic state of the dots changes the flux penetration from smooth to channelling. Additionally, in the fully magnetized state, an anisotropic current distribution is observed in circular-shaped samples. The flux penetration is dominated by avalanches only for configurations which correspond to a high critical current, irrespective of its origin, be it low temperature, magnetization state of the dots, or angle between the lattice of dots and the edge of the sample. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic flux penetration and creep in BSSCO-2223 composite ceramics
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Destombes, Christophe; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (1998), 11(1), 94-100

We have experimentally investigated the magnetic flux penetration through a Bi-2223 polycrystalline superconductor synthesized by a classical solid-state reaction method. Electrical resistance, AC ... [more ▼]

We have experimentally investigated the magnetic flux penetration through a Bi-2223 polycrystalline superconductor synthesized by a classical solid-state reaction method. Electrical resistance, AC susceptibility, the Campbell method and magnetic flux waveform recordings have been analysed and compared in order to separate clearly intergrain and intragrain contributions. The AC susceptibility frequency dependence has been also examined at T = 77 K in a broad field range (0.01 G < B-AC < 100 G) The activation energy as a function of AC applied magnetic field is found to present a pronounced minimum for an induction (8 G) corresponding to full magnetic flux penetration through the intergranular matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic flux penetration in Nb superconducting films with lithographically defined micro-indentations
Brisbois, Jérémy ULg; Adami, Obaïd-Allah ULg; Avila Osses, Jonathan ULg et al

in Physical Review B (2016), 93(5), 054521

We present a thorough investigation by magneto-optical imaging of the magnetic flux penetration in Nb thin films with lithographically defined border indentations. We demonstrate that discontinuity lines ... [more ▼]

We present a thorough investigation by magneto-optical imaging of the magnetic flux penetration in Nb thin films with lithographically defined border indentations. We demonstrate that discontinuity lines (d-lines), caused by the abrupt bending of current streamlines around the indentations, depart from the expected parabolic trend close to the defect and depend on the shape and size of the indentation as well as on the temperature. These findings are backed up and compared with theoretical results obtained by numerical simulations and analytical calculations highlighting the key role played by demagnetization effects and the creep exponent n. In addition, we show that the presence of nearby indentations and submicrometer random roughness of the sample border can severely modify the flux front topology and dynamics. Strikingly, in contrast to what has been repeatedly predicted in the literature, we do not observe that indentations act as nucleation spots for flux avalanches, but they instead help to release the flux pressure and avoid thermomagnetic instabilities. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic flux penetration in Nb superconducting films with lithographically defined micro-indentations
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg

Conference (2015, September 12)

We present a thorough investigation by magneto-optical imaging of the magnetic flux penetration in Nb thin films with lithographically defined micro-indentations. We demonstrate that discontinuity lines ... [more ▼]

We present a thorough investigation by magneto-optical imaging of the magnetic flux penetration in Nb thin films with lithographically defined micro-indentations. We demonstrate that discontinuity lines (d-lines) caused by the abrupt bending of current stream lines around the indentations, follow a nearly parabolic shape with concavity depending on the exact form and size of the indentation. We observe a progressive widening of the parabolic d-lines with increasing temperature whose origin may be linked to the weakening of the non-linearity of the current-voltage characteristics. These findings are corroborated and backed up by rigorous numerical simulations and analytical calculations. In addition, we show that the presence of nearby indentations and submicrometer random roughness of the sample border severely modifies the flux front topology. Unlike what has been predicted in the literature, indentations do not serve as nucleation spots for triggering flux avalanches, but instead help to release the flux pressure and avoid magnetothermal instabilities. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic flux transport in the Dungey cycle: A survey of dayside and nightside reconnection rates
Milan, S. E.; Provan, G.; Hubert, Benoît ULg

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2007), 112(A1),

Changes in the open flux content of the ionospheric polar cap, estimated from auroral, radar, and low-Earth orbit particle measurements, are used to determine dayside and nightside reconnection rates ... [more ▼]

Changes in the open flux content of the ionospheric polar cap, estimated from auroral, radar, and low-Earth orbit particle measurements, are used to determine dayside and nightside reconnection rates during 73 hours of observation spread over nine intervals. We identify 25 episodes of nightside reconnection and examine statistically the rates and durations of reconnection, as well as possible triggers for the onset of reconnection, such as changes in solar wind ram pressure or orientation of the interplanetary magnetic field. Approximately half of the events can possibly be identified with a trigger, the other half appearing spontaneous. On average 0.3 GWb of open flux are closed in each event, with average durations and reconnection rates being 70 min and 85 kV. We find no evidence for a low background rate of nightside reconnection between these events and conclude that substorms and other large reconnection bursts provide the major or only source of flux closure on the nightside. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic Fuel Savers
Makaire, Danielle ULg; Ngendakumana, Philippe ULg

Report (2007)

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See detailMagnetic ghosts and monopoles
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

in New Journal of Physics (2014), 16

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See detailMagnetic guide-wire navigation in pulmonary and systemic arterial catheterization: initial experience in pigs.
Grosse-Wortmann, Lars; Grabitz, Ralf; SEGHAYE, Marie-Christine ULg

in Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (2007), 18(4), 545-551

PURPOSE: Cardiovascular catheterization can be challenging whenever a stenosis or an abnormal vascular course interferes with probing the target vessel. This study addresses the feasibility of navigating ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Cardiovascular catheterization can be challenging whenever a stenosis or an abnormal vascular course interferes with probing the target vessel. This study addresses the feasibility of navigating a guide wire with a magnetic tip by an external magnetic field through pulmonary and systemic arteries in an experimental porcine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated six piglets using magnetic guide-wire navigation. Two pulmonary arteriograms were taken from different angles in order to reconstruct the three-dimensional vessel anatomy. A computer interface then calculated three-dimensional coordinates for the vessel in space. Using these coordinates, two external magnets were positioned to create magnetic vectors along the expected vessel course. Magnetically enabled guide wires were then navigated into the vessels using the magnetic field to orient the guide-wire tips. Aortic and renal branches were addressed in a similar fashion. Difficulty in reaching the target vessel was reflected by the number of attempts that were necessary. After 10 failed attempts, the maneuver was recorded to have failed. RESULTS: Thirty-five of 37 (94.6%) arteries with branches at acute angles were reached successfully using magnetic navigation. In two pigs, the left upper lobe artery could not be probed. Peripheral arteries of small diameter were easier to reach than large central arteries, requiring less attempts. CONCLUSIONS: Magnetic guide-wire navigation is feasible in the arteries of the lungs, the head and neck, and the kidneys. It is particularly useful in entering small arterial branches at acute angles and may facilitate interventional therapy in a variety of vascular diseases in children and adults. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic hybrid based on iron oxide nanoparticles and thermoresponsive block copolymer for biomedical applications
Sibret, Pierre ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid; Zhao, J. et al

Poster (2010, March 18)

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See detailMagnetic hybrid materials for triggered drug delivery and optical properties of intraocular lens
Liu, Ji ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Conference (2013, March 20)

Mesoporous silica nanoparticles have great potential for drug delivery system (DDS) due to their large volume for encapsulation of guest molecules in the porous channels. Due to the specific magnetic ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous silica nanoparticles have great potential for drug delivery system (DDS) due to their large volume for encapsulation of guest molecules in the porous channels. Due to the specific magnetic responsiveness, magnetic nanoparticles can penetrate body tissues under a magnetic guidance, providing a potential platform for magnetic-directed DDS. Furthermore, a sharp local heating can be obtained for superparamagnetic nanoparticles when exposed to an alternating magnetic field (AMF). This specific property opens up the possibility of the application in tumor treatments. Here, we fabricated maghemite/SiO2 mesoporous nanohybrids DDS with phase-changed molecules as gate-keepers. The channels were envisaged to be closed in the biological systems during the delivery; however, opened when exposed to external heating or internal heating from hyperthermia generated by the maghemite cores. Thus the uploaded drug can diffuse into the surrounding medium. MTS assay showed a good cytocompatibility of the vehicles in both mouse L929 cells and cancer MEL-5 cells, and also internalization into MEL-5 cells was confirmed by Fluoresce microscopy, fluoresce-activated cell sorting (FACS) and TEM techniques. The release of drugs can be controlled by varying the concentration of the nanohybrids vehicles, the period of AMF treatment, or both. In-vivo triggered-release of doxorubicin into MEL-5 cells was confirmed by the sharp decrease in cell viability. This DDS can be designed for controlled release to an urgent physiological need via chemotherapy, hyperthermia therapy, or both. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic hybrid materials for triggered drug delivery and optical properties of intraocular lens
Liu, Ji ULg; Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Mornet, Stephan et al

Poster (2012, March 30)

Stimuli-responsive nano-materials have been playing increasingly important roles in the biomedical field due to their ability to alter the physico-chemical properties in response to external stimuli, such ... [more ▼]

Stimuli-responsive nano-materials have been playing increasingly important roles in the biomedical field due to their ability to alter the physico-chemical properties in response to external stimuli, such as temperature, pH, ionic strength, magnetic field, etc. Nanohybrids bearing an inorganic core and thermo-responsive polymer shell are particularly applicable in target delivery and controlled drug release. Poly (N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) and its copolymers, exhibiting lower critical solution temperature (LCST) where the transition between hydrophilic and hydrophobic state happens, is one of the optimal choices for this core/shell structure. Here we present the in-situ fabrication of thermo-responsive gold nanohybrids coated with a novel poly (vinyl alcohol)-b-poly (N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVOH-b-PNVCL) block copolymers, which were prepared by the cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP). The interaction between both PVOH and PNVCL segments and gold nanoparticles was confirmed by FT-IR spectra. A sharp thermo-induced phase transition with a good reversibility upon change in temperature was detected by DLS and UV/vis spectrometer. Furthermore, the presence of hydrophilic PVOH moieties endows the gold nanohybrids with improved colloidal stability above LCST without any flocculation detected. This kind of gold nanohybrids can be envisaged as a new drug delivery vehicle. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic hysteresis cycle and remnant field distribution of bulk high temperature superconductor / ferromagnet hybrids
Philippe, Matthieu ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Wera, Laurent ULg et al

Poster (2013, September)

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets. The magnetic flux distribution above a bulk HTS magnet, however, is strongly non-uniform (conic profile predicted by the Bean ... [more ▼]

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets. The magnetic flux distribution above a bulk HTS magnet, however, is strongly non-uniform (conic profile predicted by the Bean model) compared to the rather flat distribution above a ferromagnet. In the present work, we study how FeNi soft ferromagnetic alloys of different shapes can be combined with a bulk, large grain (RE)BCO superconductor (RE denotes a rare-earth element) to improve the distribution of trapped field at the surface or its average value through the volume of the sample. A FeNi ferromagnetic alloy was machined into pieces of various shapes (cylinders and rings) and attached to (i) the top surface of the bulk HTS cylinder to form bulk ferromagnet / superconductor (F/S) hybrids and (ii) to the top and bottom surfaces to form bulk F/S/F hybrids. The magnetic properties of each hybrid structure were measured under axial magnetic field at 77 K. Pick-up coils wound around the superconductor were used to measure the average magnetic induction inside the superconductor while the remnant induction distribution near the top and bottom surfaces was determined by miniature Hall probe mapping. The modifications of the hysteresis curves and flux distributions were analyzed by taking into account the ferromagnet intrinsic properties (intrinsic permeability, saturation) and geometrical properties (shape, size and volume). The results show that the effect of the ferromagnet increases with its volume. In presence of a ferromagnet, the superconductor hysteresis curve shows a combination of a diamagnetic and a ferromagnetic behaviour on which it is worth noting that (i) the bulk remnant magnetization increases and (ii) in the magnetic saturation regime of the ferromagnet, the magnetic effects of the superconductor and the ferromagnet are superimposed. The results also give evidence that flux lines curve through the ferromagnetic component, which produces a decrease of the self-demagnetizing field inside the superconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic kinetic growth-models
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (1995), 140(Part 3), 2185-2186

Magnetic kinetic growth models are kinetic growth model(s), like the Eden or the DLA models, but allow for the growth to have an extra degree of freedom (a 'spin') which can be coupled to an external ... [more ▼]

Magnetic kinetic growth models are kinetic growth model(s), like the Eden or the DLA models, but allow for the growth to have an extra degree of freedom (a 'spin') which can be coupled to an external field. Two-dimensional simulations show interesting morphologies and parameter dependences. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic Massive Stars
Townsend, Rich; Cohen, David H; Dessart, Luc et al

in IAU Symposium (2008, June 01)

Magnetic fields are unexpected in massive stars, due to the absence of a sub-surface convective dynamo. However, advances in instrumentation over the past three decades have led to their detection in a ... [more ▼]

Magnetic fields are unexpected in massive stars, due to the absence of a sub-surface convective dynamo. However, advances in instrumentation over the past three decades have led to their detection in a small but growing subset of these stars. Moreover, complementary theoretical developments have highlighted their potentially significant influence over the structure, evolution and circumstellar environments of massive stars. Here, we summarize a special session convened prior to the main conference, focused on presenting recent developments in the study of massive-star magnetic fields. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic Model Refinement via a Coupling of Finite Element Subproblems
Dular, Patrick ULg; Vazquez Sabariego, Ruth; Krähenbühl, Laurent et al

in Scientific Computing in Electrical Engineering (2012)

Model refinements of magnetic circuits are performed via a subdomain finite element method. A complete problem is split into subproblems with overlap- ping meshes, to allow a progression from source to ... [more ▼]

Model refinements of magnetic circuits are performed via a subdomain finite element method. A complete problem is split into subproblems with overlap- ping meshes, to allow a progression from source to reaction fields, ideal to real flux tubes, 1-D to 3-D models, perfect to real materials, statics to dynamics, with any coupling of these changes. Its solution is then the sum of the subproblem solutions. The procedure simplifies both meshing and solving processes, and quantifies the gain given by each refinement on both local fields and global quantities. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic model refinement via a coupling of finite element subproblems
Dular, Patrick ULg; V Sabariego, Ruth ULg; Krähenbühl, Laurent et al

in Proceedings of Scientific Computing in Electrical Engineering (SCEE 2010) (2010)

Model refinements of magnetic circuits are performed via a subdomain finite element method. A complete problem is split into subproblems with overlap- ping meshes, to allow a progression from source to ... [more ▼]

Model refinements of magnetic circuits are performed via a subdomain finite element method. A complete problem is split into subproblems with overlap- ping meshes, to allow a progression from source to reaction fields, ideal to real flux tubes, 1-D to 3-D models, perfect to real materials, statics to dynamics, with any coupling of these changes. Its solution is then the sum of the subproblem solutions. The procedure simplifies both meshing and solving processes, and quantifies the gain given by each refinement on both local fields and global quantities. [less ▲]

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