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See detailMultimodal evidence of a rostro-caudal and ventro-dorsal organization in the dorsal premotor cortex
Genon, Sarah ULg; Li, Hai; Fan, Lingzhong et al

Poster (2016)

Introduction Different methods for in-vivo characterization have resulted in different maps of the human dorsal premotor cortex (PMd): Task-based functional studies suggested a rostro-caudal gradient ... [more ▼]

Introduction Different methods for in-vivo characterization have resulted in different maps of the human dorsal premotor cortex (PMd): Task-based functional studies suggested a rostro-caudal gradient corresponding to a cognitive-motor gradient1,2 and mapping based on resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) likewise suggested a subdivision along the rostro-caudal axis3. In contrast, mapping based on structural connectivity as assessed by probabilistic diffusion tractography (PDT) provided evidence that the dorsal part of the precentral gyrus (PG) is organized along a ventro-dorsal axis4. However, there is currently no multimodal mapping of a broadly defined PMd. The present study used a multimodal approach to (1) identify a robust topographical organization of the right PMd by using connectivity-based parcellation (CBP) applied to a meta-analytic approach of task-related coactivation data (i.e. meta-analytic connectivity modeling, MACM5,6), and (2) examine whether the thus obtained parcellation pattern would be reproduced by CBP based on two other connectivity modalities: unconstrained functional (as reflected by RSFC) and structural as measured by PDT based on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). Methods A volume of interest (VOI) was defined by merging PMd activation sites from several meta-analyses serving as robust functional localizers of the PMd while excluding primary sensorimotor areas. MACM-CBP6 was performed using Brainmap database. RSFC-CBP and PDT-CBP were performed on distinct datasets to ensure independent parcellation7. RSFC-CBP was computed on RS data of 124 healthy subjects (age: 39.5 ± 11.5 yrs., 66 males) from the 1000BRAINS project8. The voxels’ time series (TS) were first cleaned from confounding effects using PCA denoising and global signal regression. RSFC was then computed by Pearson correlations between the TS of the VOI voxels and those of the rest of the brain. PDT-CBP9 was performed on DWI data of 20 healthy subjects (age: 18.5 ± .76, 10 males) using FSL. Several cluster solutions (k solution) were examined with k-means for MACM- and RSFC-CBP and spectral clustering for PDT-CBP. The choice of the k solution was driven by task-based functional data (MACM) based on three criteria: variation of information, percentage of deviants, and silhouette value6. Results The selected criteria jointly identified the 5-cluster (5k) solution as optimal across the range of functional studies from Brainmap database (Figure 1). Examination of stability across subjects following PDT-CBP further suggested that k=5 may be considered a local optimum within 2 ≤ k ≤ 6. This solution revealed a similar pattern of topographical organization across modalities (Figure 2) with a subdivision along both rostro-caudal and ventro-dorsal axes, including a rostral cluster lying mainly anteriorly to the PG, a central one at the intersection of the precentral sulcus and the superior frontal gyrus, a caudal one in the posterior part of the PG, a ventral one adjacent to ventral PM, and a dorsal one adjacent to the inter-hemispheric premotor areas. Discussion For the first time our study revealed that the PMd could be divided along two axes: rostro-caudal and ventro-dorsal. This is consistent with previous functional2 and microstructure studies10 in humans and non-human primates suggesting a rostro-caudal distinction and with a previous PDT-CBP of the (dorsal) precentral gyrus4 showing that it could be subdivided in the ventro-dorsal direction. Importantly, this topographical organization was found in the independent analysis of three different connectivity aspects: task functional, unconstrained functional and structural, each based on different datasets. In sum, different modalities consistently show that the PMd can be subdivided into 5 subregions organized along both rostro-caudal and ventro-dorsal axes, comprehensively integrating patterns previously revealed by different methods. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodal evoked potentials for functional quantification and prognosis in multiple sclerosis
GIFFROY, Xavier ULg

in BMC Neurology (2016)

Functional biomarkers able to identify multiple sclerosis (MS) patients at high risk of fast disability progression are lacking. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of multimodal (upper and ... [more ▼]

Functional biomarkers able to identify multiple sclerosis (MS) patients at high risk of fast disability progression are lacking. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of multimodal (upper and lower limbs motor, visual, lower limbs somatosensory) evoked potentials (EP) to monitor disease course and identify patients exposed to unfavourable evolution. One hundred MS patients were assessed with visual, somatosensory and motor EP and rated on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) at baseline (T0) and about 6 years later (T1). The Spearman correlation (rS) was used to evaluate the relationship between conventional EP scores and clinical findings. Multiple (logistic) regression analysis estimated the predictive value of baseline electrophysiological data for three clinical outcomes: EDSS, annual EDSS progression, and the risk of EDSS worsening. In contrast to longitudinal correlations, cross-sectional correlations between the different EP scores and EDSS were all significant (0.33 ≤ rS < 0.67, p < 0.001). Baseline global EP score and EDSS were highly significant predictors (p < 0.0001) of EDSS progression 6 years later. The aseline global EP score was found to be an independent predictor of the EDSS annual progression rate (p < 0.001), and of the risk of disability progression over time (p < 0.005). Based on a ROC curve determination, we defined a Global EP Score cut off point (17/30) to identify patients at high risk of disability progression illustrated by a positive predictive value of 70 %. This study provides a proof of the concept that electrophysiology could be added to MRI and used as another complementary prognostic tool in MS patients. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodal modelling of the human brain
Ziegler, Erik ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

There are many ways to model properties of the brain from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data. One acquisition technique, known as diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), can map the speed and direction of ... [more ▼]

There are many ways to model properties of the brain from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data. One acquisition technique, known as diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), can map the speed and direction of water diffusion within the brain. This work explores the quantitative potential of DWI, in combination with other neuroimaging modalities, for in vivo modelling of the human brain. Fiber tractography from DWI can be used to construct a wiring diagram of the brain (or connectome) and identify connectivity patterns between regions. To explore the utility of connectome modelling, we constructed brain networks from healthy subjects carrying known genetic variations. Using machine learning, we demonstrated high classification accuracy between subjects with different genotypes using only their connectomes. Next, we tested whether fiber track density images could be used to de- tect early pathological effects in patients with Parkinson’s disease. We found increases in track density in disease-relevant regions of the white matter, including the nigrostriatal pathway, used unbiased whole-brain statistical testing. This result is extremely encouraging, as axonal degen- eration within this area is challenging to identify with standard magnetic resonance imaging contrasts. Finally, a finite element modelling (FEM) approach was developed for solving the electroencephalography (EEG) forward problem. Electrical conductivity tensors were estimated from DWI in order to represent the heterogeneous conductivity profile of the white matter. When tested against the analytical solution, this FEM method proved more reliable than the current state-of-the-art alternative. Advanced brain modelling from DWI can clearly provide lucrative results. These methods have been open-sourced for use by the community. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodal neuroimaging in patients with disorders of consciousness showing "functional hemispherectomy".
Bruno, Marie-Aurélie ULg; Fernandez-Espejo, D.; Lehembre, Remy ULg et al

in Progress in Brain Research (2011), 193

Beside behavioral assessment of patients with disorders of consciousness, neuroimaging modalities may offer objective paraclinical markers important for diagnosis and prognosis. They provide information ... [more ▼]

Beside behavioral assessment of patients with disorders of consciousness, neuroimaging modalities may offer objective paraclinical markers important for diagnosis and prognosis. They provide information on the structural location and extent of brain lesions (e.g., morphometric MRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI-MRI) assessing structural connectivity) but also their functional impact (e.g., metabolic FDG-PET, hemodynamic fMRI, and EEG measurements obtained in "resting state" conditions). We here illustrate the role of multimodal imaging in severe brain injury, presenting a patient in unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS; i.e., vegetative state, VS) and in a "fluctuating" minimally conscious state (MCS). In both cases, resting state FDG-PET, fMRI, and EEG showed a functionally preserved right hemisphere, while DTI showed underlying differences in structural connectivity highlighting the complementarities of these neuroimaging methods in the study of disorders of consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodality blood conservation strategy in cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass: the CHU of Liege experience
ERPICUM, Marie ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg et al

Poster (2012, November 20)

This study presents the transfusion rates of cardiac surgery patients and describes the in-house strategy of blood conservation applied in a single centre

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See detailMultimodality blood conservation strategy in cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass : the CHU of Liège experience
ERPICUM, Marie ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg et al

Poster (2012, September 29)

Introduction: The aim of this study is to analyze the transfusion rates of cardiac surgery patients in a single centre following an in-house strategy of blood conservation. Methods: The data of all adult ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The aim of this study is to analyze the transfusion rates of cardiac surgery patients in a single centre following an in-house strategy of blood conservation. Methods: The data of all adult patients undergoing normothermic cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) over a 1 year period were retrospectively collected (n=491). Management protocols were described. The transfusion rates of allogeneic blood components were recorded: red blood cells (RBC), fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and platelets (PT), as well as the number of units transfused. The timing of transfusion was categorized: during CPB (peroperative period), within the first 48 postoperative hours after wean out CPB (early postoperative period) and during the hospitalisation from surgery until discharge (hospitalisation). The hematocrit values were recorded during CPB, 10 minutes after wean out CPB, after the first 48 postoperative hours and at discharge from hospital. Results: Two hundred and forty-eight patients (50%) received an allogeneic blood component transfusion during hospitalisation. One hundred and twenty-one patients (25%) received RBC during the operative period; the median of units transfused was 2(1-2).The lowest hematocrit value during CPB was 21(19-24) % in median. A cell salvage device was used in each case: the median volume of washed red blood cells transfused was 678(512-891) mL. The median hematocrit value after CPB was 23(21-25) %. One hundred and sixty-five patients (34%) were transfused in the early postoperative period: 27% received RBC, 18% received FFP and 18% received PT. The median of units transfused was 2(1-3) for RBC, 4(2-6) for FFP and 1(1-2) for PT. The median hematocrit value after 48 hours was 32(29-34) % and 32(30-35) % at discharge. Conclusion: The transfusion rates observed in this series are relatively high compared with the literature. Improvements will be made in our practice and protocols management in order to decrease the need of transfusion. This detailed audit of the transfusion practices in our cardiac surgery centre would be helpful to value the effectiveness of further improvements. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodality imaging assessment of the deleterious role of the intraluminal thrombus on the growth of abdominal aortic aneurysm in a rat model
NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg; Courtois, Audrey ULg; EL HACHEMI, Mounia ULg et al

in European Radiology (2015), online

Objectives To evaluate imaging changes occurring in a rat model of elastase-induced abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), with emphasis on the intraluminal thrombus (ILT) occurrence. Methods The post-induction ... [more ▼]

Objectives To evaluate imaging changes occurring in a rat model of elastase-induced abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), with emphasis on the intraluminal thrombus (ILT) occurrence. Methods The post-induction growth of the AAA diameter was characterized using ultrasound in 22 rats. ILT was reported on 13 rats that underwent 14 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 2-18 days post-surgery, and on 10 rats that underwent 18 fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/microcomputed tomography examinations 2-27 days post-surgery. Logistic regressions were used to establish the evolution with time of AAA length, diameter, ILT thickness, volume, stratification, MRI and FDG PET signalling properties, and histological assessment of inflammatory infiltrates. Results All of the following significantly increased with time post-induction (p < 0.001): AAA length, AAA diameter, ILT maximal thickness, ILT volume, ILT iron content and related MRI signalling changes, quantitative uptake on FDG PET, and the magnitude of inflammatory infiltrates on histology. However, the aneurysm growth peak followed occurrence of ILT approximately 6 days after elastase infusion. Conclusion Our model emphasizes that occurrence of ILT precedes AAA peak growth. Aneurysm growth is associated with increasing levels of iron, signalling properties changes in both MRI and FDG PET, relating to its biological activities. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodality staging of lung cancer
THULKAR; NAMUR, Gauthier ULg; HUSTINX, Roland ULg et al

in PET Clinics (2011), 6

Lung cancer is among the most common and lethal cancers around the world. Most lung cancers are directly attributed to smoking. Common histologic subtypes of lung carcinomas are squamous cell carcinoma ... [more ▼]

Lung cancer is among the most common and lethal cancers around the world. Most lung cancers are directly attributed to smoking. Common histologic subtypes of lung carcinomas are squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma. These carcinomas have similar presentations and are primarily treated surgically. Hence, these are usually classified as non-small cell lung carcinoma. Small cell lung carcinoma is an aggressive neuroendocrine tumor with a generally poor prognosis. It usually presents with massive mediastinal lymphadenopathy and widespread metastases at initial diagnosis, and is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy; surgery has little role.Cough, dyspnea and hemoptysis are the consistent clinical features of most lung cancers. Advances tumors with pleural, chest wall, or mediastinal invasion produce a variety of additional clinical features such as chest pain, brachial plexus neuropathy, Horner syndrome, phrenic or recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy, dysphagia, or superior vena cava syndrome. Sone of the lung cancers are detected as small pulmonary nodules in asymptomatic individuals. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodular Penicillin-Binding Proteins: An Enigmatic Family of Orthologs and Paralogs
Goffin, Colette ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Microbiology & Molecular Biology Reviews (1998), 62(4), 1079-1093

The monofunctional penicillin-binding DD-peptidases and penicillin-hydrolyzing serine beta-lactamases diverged from a common ancestor by the acquisition of structural changes in the polypeptide chain ... [more ▼]

The monofunctional penicillin-binding DD-peptidases and penicillin-hydrolyzing serine beta-lactamases diverged from a common ancestor by the acquisition of structural changes in the polypeptide chain while retaining the same folding, three-motif amino acid sequence signature, serine-assisted catalytic mechanism, and active-site topology. Fusion events gave rise to multimodular penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs). The acyl serine transferase penicillin-binding (PB) module possesses the three active-site defining motifs of the superfamily; it is linked to the carboxy end of a non-penicillin-binding (n-PB) module through a conserved fusion site; the two modules form a single polypeptide chain which folds on the exterior of the plasma membrane and is anchored by a transmembrane spanner; and the full-size PBPs cluster into two classes, A and B. In the class A PBPs, the n-PB modules are a continuum of diverging sequences; they possess a five-motif amino acid sequence signature, and conserved dicarboxylic amino acid residues are probably elements of the glycosyl transferase catalytic center. The PB modules fall into five subclasses: A1 and A2 in gram-negative bacteria and A3, A4, and A5 in gram-positive bacteria. The full-size class A PBPs combine the required enzymatic activities for peptidoglycan assembly from lipid-transported disaccharide-peptide units and almost certainly prescribe different, PB-module specific traits in peptidoglycan cross-linking. In the class B PBPs, the PB and n-PB modules cluster in a concerted manner. A PB module of subclass B2 or B3 is linked to an n-PB module of subclass B2 or B3 in gram-negative bacteria, and a PB module of subclass B1, B4, or B5 is linked to an n-PB module of subclass B1, B4, or B5 in gram-positive bacteria. Class B PBPs are involved in cell morphogenesis. The three motifs borne by the n-PB modules are probably sites for module-module interaction and the polypeptide stretches which extend between motifs 1 and 2 are sites for protein-protein interaction. The full-size class B PBPs are an assortment of orthologs and paralogs, which prescribe traits as complex as wall expansion and septum formation. PBPs of subclass B1 are unique to gram-positive bacteria. They are not essential, but they represent an important mechanism of resistance to penicillin among the enterococci and staphylococci. Natural evolution and PBP- and beta-lactamase-mediated resistance show that the ability of the catalytic centers to adapt their properties to new situations is limitless. Studies of the reaction pathways by using the methods of quantum chemistry suggest that resistance to penicillin is a road of no return. [less ▲]

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See detailLa multimorbidité : le médecin généraliste et les systèmes de santé mis au défi
Belche, Jean ULg; Crismer, André ULg

in Minerva: Tijdschrift Voor Evidence Based Medicine (2016), 15(3), 55-57

Nous observons une hausse de la prévalence des maladies chroniques et, dans la majorité des situations, la présence concomitante d’au moins deux maladies chroniques, définition minimale de la ... [more ▼]

Nous observons une hausse de la prévalence des maladies chroniques et, dans la majorité des situations, la présence concomitante d’au moins deux maladies chroniques, définition minimale de la multimorbidité, chez un même patient. La manière dont sont structurés la production scientifique et les systèmes de santé, dont le paradigme dominant est la prise en charge de patients avec une seule morbidité, complique la prise en charge adéquate de cette population (1). Søndergaard a dès lors exploré les difficultés que rencontre le médecin généraliste (MG) face aux patients en situation de multimorbidité au travers d’ateliers auxquels ont participé près de 180 MG et chercheurs scandinaves. [less ▲]

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See detailMultinational Compagnies, Social Responsibility and Human Resource Manager
Robert, Jocelyne ULg; Goemans, Adeline; Delhez, Gauthier

Conference (2014, July 16)

This communication analyzes the situation of six multinational companies’ policy of "social responsibility" and of "sustainable development". The purpose of this communication is to define how these ... [more ▼]

This communication analyzes the situation of six multinational companies’ policy of "social responsibility" and of "sustainable development". The purpose of this communication is to define how these companies, especially the subsidiaries, are socially responsible and take into account environmental issues. This exploratory and qualitative study is based on the analysis of official discourse of six firms and those of human resources managers. We highlight different types of "social responsibility", the "stakeholders" that are taken into account by companies and the means implemented to achieve the policies of "sustainable development" and of "social responsibility". Our purpose is to show, beyond the official discourse, which role the subsidiaries play and which autonomy they have in their policies’ implementation. We wonder in conclusion about the hypothesis that a new way of human resource management of organizations is likely to appear through this new “social responsibility” and, conversely, if the new management involves the emergence of a new social responsibility. We will show that the types of responsibility, shown through the web site and in the HR discourses, are “ethic” (stands for the respect of the values, the standards and the requirements that stakeholders find fair) and “economic” ( focuses on the production of goods and services). Those classifications depend on the firm’s sector. The Human Resources can be more regardful for the legal aspects or for the political aspects, especially in crisis situation. The human resources play different roles and highlight different priorities: respect of fundamental values, actions of the subsidiary that are presented as models, transparent communication, gather the employees around values and projects… [less ▲]

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See detailMultinational Federalism and Immigrant Multiculturalism in Brussels
Bousetta, Hassan ULg

in Zapata-Barrero, Ricard (Ed.) Immigration and Self-government of Minority Nations (2009)

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See detailLes multinationales de l’information face à l’État : l'exemple des agences de presse anglo-saxonnes
Geuens, Geoffrey ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2003)

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See detailMultinationales et droit de la propriété intellectuelle – Le cas des savoirs traditionnels
Neyrinck, Norman ULg

in Brüls, Christine (Ed.) Les Multinationales (2012)

The present contribution provides an overview of various issues susceptible to arise in the international management of intellectual property right. Chapter I deals with patents and describes, on the one ... [more ▼]

The present contribution provides an overview of various issues susceptible to arise in the international management of intellectual property right. Chapter I deals with patents and describes, on the one hand, a variety of legal options (novelty, exhaustivity, mandatory licensing, ...) that States can take to influence the management of patent portfolios abroad and, on the other hand, the forum shopping strategies that multinationals may implement to take advantage from the rules that favor them most. Chapter II deals with traditional knowledge issues and lists the various methods of protection – whether defensive or offensive – that States may implement to prevent free exploitation of traditional knowledge abroad. Sui generis regimes, trade secrecy, unjust enrichment and extra contractual liability are discussed. Various examples are given. [less ▲]

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See detailMULTIOBJECTIVE DESIGN OF CONTROL CHARTS
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg

Conference (2011, September 24)

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See detailMultiobjective Genetic Algorithm Approach to the Economic Statistical Design of Control Charts with an application to Xbar and S2 charts
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Saniga, Erwin

in Quality and Reliability Engineering International (2013), 29(3), 407-415

Control charts are the primary tools of statistical process control. These charts may be designed by using a simple rule suggested by Shewhart, by a statistical criterion, an economic criterion or a joint ... [more ▼]

Control charts are the primary tools of statistical process control. These charts may be designed by using a simple rule suggested by Shewhart, by a statistical criterion, an economic criterion or a joint economic-statistical criterion. Each method has its strengths and weaknesses. One weakness of the methods of design listed above is their lack of flexibility and adaptability, a primary objective of practical mathematical models. In this paper, we explore multi objective models as an alternative for the methods listed above. These provide a set of optimal solutions rather than a single optimal solution and thus allow the user to tailor their solution to the temporal imperative of a specific industrial situation. We present a solution to a well known industrial problem and compare optimal multi objective designs to economic designs, statistical designs, economic statistical designs and heuristic designs. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiparametric observation and analysis of the Sea
Alvera Azcarate, Aïda ULg; Poulain, Pierre-Marie

in Ocean Dynamics (2011)

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See detailMultiparametric observations and analysis in the Bay of Calvi (Corsica), an ideal site for studying the human activity effects and climate changes in the Mediterranean Sea; STARESO
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Alvera Azcarate, Aïda ULg; Barth, Alexander ULg et al

Conference (2010, May)

STARESO (Station de REcherche Sous marine et Océanographique) is the marine and oceanographic research station of the University of Liège (Belgium) managed by the French company STARESO S.A.. Constructed ... [more ▼]

STARESO (Station de REcherche Sous marine et Océanographique) is the marine and oceanographic research station of the University of Liège (Belgium) managed by the French company STARESO S.A.. Constructed in 1969, it is located near Calvi (Corsica, Western Mediterranean Sea) in an oligotrophic area chosen for the exceptional quality of its coastal waters STARESO offers to the oceanographers, by diving or with boats, a direct access to the sea. The variety of the accessible ecosystems is remarkable and unique in the Mediterranean basin: -the Bay of Calvi is characterized by healthy and very diverse biocenosis (e.g. Posidonia meadows, rocky and sandy communities, -a steep submarine canyon, with depths greater than 1 000 meters, is accessible in 15 minutes of navigation; -the Liguro-Provençal front, a major hydrologic structure, is situated between 10 and 15 miles of the coast. STARESO is accessible all the year for everybody and is functioning like an oceanographic research vessel. The Station is a platform for all oceanographic disciplines with a scientific expertise widely based on a long tradition of interdisciplinary work, and a direct access to time series of physical, chemical and biological data registered with automated systems and variety of sensors deployed in the Bay of Calvi since 30 years. This platform provides the opportunity to reach coastal, pelagic, benthic, deep systems with a manageable cost and ship requirements in a pristine zone. [less ▲]

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See detailMultipartite entanglement criterion from uncertainty relations
Gillet, Jérémie ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg; Agarwal, G. S.

in Physical Review. A (2008), 78

We formulate an entanglement criterion using Peres-Horodecki positive partial transpose operations combined with the Schrödinger-Robertson uncertainty relation. We show that any pure entangled bipartite ... [more ▼]

We formulate an entanglement criterion using Peres-Horodecki positive partial transpose operations combined with the Schrödinger-Robertson uncertainty relation. We show that any pure entangled bipartite and tripartite state can be detected by experimentally measuring mean values and variances of specific observables. Those observables must satisfy a specific condition in order to be used, and we show their general form in the 2 x 2 (two qubits) dimension case. The criterion is applied on a variety of physical systems including bipartite and multipartite mixed states and reveals itself to be stronger than the Bell inequalities and other criteria. The criterion also work on continuous variable cat states and angular momentum states of the radiation field. [less ▲]

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