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Journal Articles

Development and application of a $$^3$$He neutron spin filter at J-PARC

Okudaira, Takuya; Oku, Takayuki; Ino, Takashi*; Hayashida, Hirotoshi*; Kira, Hiroshi*; Sakai, Kenji; Hiroi, Kosuke; Takahashi, Shingo*; Aizawa, Kazuya; Endo, Hitoshi*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 977, p.164301_1 - 164301_8, 2020/10

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Instruments & Instrumentation)

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Status of neutron spectrometers at J-PARC

Kajimoto, Ryoichi; Yokoo, Tetsuya*; Nakamura, Mitsutaka; Kawakita, Yukinobu; Matsuura, Masato*; Endo, Hitoshi*; Seto, Hideki*; Ito, Shinichi*; Nakajima, Kenji; Kawamura, Seiko

Physica B; Condensed Matter, 562, p.148 - 154, 2019/06

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:60.07(Physics, Condensed Matter)

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A Telescoping view of solute architectures in a complex fluid system

Motokawa, Ryuhei; Kobayashi, Toru; Endo, Hitoshi; Mu, J.*; Williams, C. D.*; Masters, A. J.*; Antonio, M. R.*; Heller, W. T.*; Nagao, Michihiro*

ACS Central Science, 5(1), p.85 - 96, 2019/01

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:9.23(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, 2; Neutron scattering instruments

Nakajima, Kenji; Kawakita, Yukinobu; Ito, Shinichi*; Abe, Jun*; Aizawa, Kazuya; Aoki, Hiroyuki; Endo, Hitoshi*; Fujita, Masaki*; Funakoshi, Kenichi*; Gong, W.*; et al.

Quantum Beam Science (Internet), 1(3), p.9_1 - 9_59, 2017/12

The neutron instruments suite, installed at the spallation neutron source of the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC), is reviewed. MLF has 23 neutron beam ports and 21 instruments are in operation for user programs or are under commissioning. A unique and challenging instrumental suite in MLF has been realized via combination of a high-performance neutron source, optimized for neutron scattering, and unique instruments using cutting-edge technologies. All instruments are/will serve in world-leading investigations in a broad range of fields, from fundamental physics to industrial applications. In this review, overviews, characteristic features, and typical applications of the individual instruments are mentioned.

Journal Articles

Inelastic and quasi-elastic neutron scattering spectrometers in J-PARC

Seto, Hideki; Ito, Shinichi; Yokoo, Tetsuya*; Endo, Hitoshi*; Nakajima, Kenji; Shibata, Kaoru; Kajimoto, Ryoichi; Kawamura, Seiko; Nakamura, Mitsutaka; Kawakita, Yukinobu; et al.

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta; General Subjects, 1861(1), p.3651 - 3660, 2017/01

 Times Cited Count:19 Percentile:17.09(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

J-PARC, Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex provides short pulse proton beam at a repetition rate 25 Hz and the maximum power is expected to be 1 MW. Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) has 23 neutron beam ports and 21 instruments have already been operated or under construction / commissioning. There are 6 inelastic / quasi-elastic neutron scattering spectrometers and the complementary use of these spectrometers will open new insight for life science.

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Nanoscopic structural investigation of physically cross-linked nanogels formed from self-associating polymers

Sekine, Yurina; Endo, Hitoshi*; Iwase, Hiroki*; Takeda, Shigeo*; Mukai, Sadaatsu*; Fukazawa, Hiroshi; Littrell, K. C.*; Sasaki, Yoshihiro*; Akiyoshi, Kazunari*

Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120(46), p.11996 - 12002, 2016/11

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:65.71(Chemistry, Physical)

The detailed structure of a nanogel formed by self-association of cholesterol-bearing pullulans (CHP) was determined by contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering. The decomposition of scattering intensities into partial scattering functions of each CHP nanogel component, i.e., pullulan, cholesterol, and the cross-term between the pullulan and the cholesterol allows us to investigate the internal structure of the nanogel. The effective spherical radius of the skeleton formed by pullulan chains was found to be about 8.1 nm. In the CHP nanogel, there are about 19 cross-linking points where a cross-linking point is formed by aggregation of trimer cholesterol molecules with the spatially inhomogeneous distribution of the mass fractal dimension of 2.6. The average radius of the partial chains can also be determined to be 1.7 nm. As the result, the complex structure of the nanogels is coherently revealed at the nanoscopical level.

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Small-angle neutron scattering study of specific interaction and coordination structure formed by mono-acetyl-substituted dibenzo-20-crown-6-ether and cesium ions

Motokawa, Ryuhei; Kobayashi, Toru; Endo, Hitoshi*; Ikeda, Takashi; Yaita, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Shinichi; Narita, Hirokazu*; Akutsu, Kazuhiro*; Heller, W. T.*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(8), p.1205 - 1211, 2016/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:100(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Journal Articles

Neutron polarization analysis for biphasic solvent extraction systems

Motokawa, Ryuhei; Endo, Hitoshi*; Nagao, Michihiro*; Heller, W. T.*

Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, 34(5), p.399 - 406, 2016/07

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:86.63(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

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Mesoscopic structures of vermiculite and weathered biotite clays in suspension with and without cesium ions

Motokawa, Ryuhei; Endo, Hitoshi*; Yokoyama, Shingo*; Ogawa, Hiroki*; Kobayashi, Toru; Suzuki, Shinichi; Yaita, Tsuyoshi

Langmuir, 30(50), p.15127 - 15134, 2014/12

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:40.22(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

Collective structural changes in vermiculite clay suspensions induced by cesium ions

Motokawa, Ryuhei; Endo, Hitoshi*; Yokoyama, Shingo*; Nishitsuji, Shotaro*; Kobayashi, Toru; Suzuki, Shinichi; Yaita, Tsuyoshi

Scientific Reports (Internet), 4, p.6585_1 - 6585_6, 2014/10

 Times Cited Count:27 Percentile:24.02(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Journal Articles

Dynamics of polystyrene in a theta solvent investigated by neutron spin echo

Endo, Hitoshi

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 82(Suppl.A), p.SA014_1 - SA014_6, 2013/01

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:86.6(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Dynamics of polystyrene in cyclohexane at the theta temperature was investigated by neutron spin echo. The intermediate scattering function up to 50 nano seconds could be observed, then the result was quantitatively compared with the Zimm theory, where the Gaussian approximation for polymer dynamics and the preaveraging approximation for hydrodynamics effect are applied. It was found that the theory and the experimental result only agreed in low momentum transfer $$Q$$ range ($$Qtimes b<1$$ with the effective bond length $$b$$), which deviated gradually at higher $$Q$$. The experimentally observed decay rate was approximately factor 0.5 smaller than the theoretical prediction at the experimental $$Q$$ maximum ($$Qapprox 0.1 rm AA^{-1}$$).

Journal Articles

Small-angle neutron scattering for biology; Application of SANS to biological study

Endo, Hitoshi; Sugiyama, Masaaki*; Inoue, Rintaro*

Hamon, 22(3), p.258 - 267, 2012/08

In this text, the authors introduce two powerful techniques and one developing one for Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). The most fascinating feature of neutron as a scattering probe is its isotope effect in hydrogen. The first topic is concerning about recent progress on Contrast Variation Method: the author shows how to apply the contrast variation method to protein-mineral complex system and analyze the data. The second is concerning about deuteration-labeling: the author shows kinetics analysis in quaternary structure of homo-oligomeric protein with this technique. The final topic is concerning about the next generation analysis: an analysis method coupling SANS with neutron spin echo for dynamics of tertiary structure of protein.

Journal Articles

Mass production results of superconducting cables for CS and EF coils of JT-60SA

Sugimoto, Masahiro*; Kosugi, Keizo*; Katayama, Kota*; Ii, Hideki*; Takagi, Akira*; Endo, Sakaru*; Shimizu, Hitoshi*; Tsubouchi, Hirokazu*; Kizu, Kaname; Yoshida, Kiyoshi

Proceedings of 24th International Cryogenic Engineering Conference (ICEC 24) and International Cryogenic Materials Conference 2012 (ICMC 2012) (CD-ROM), p.799 - 802, 2012/05

We have successfully manufactured all superconducting cables for CS and EF coils of JT-60SA. The low temperature performance of superconducting wires satisfied the specifications under sufficiently low deviations and high production yields. Ni-plated strands of EF cables having the larger sliding friction between strands than that of Cr-plated strands of CS cable caused difficulties on the cabling without any defects. Consequently, the newly developed cabling techniques with the original inspection apparatus significantly enhanced the manufacturability and were effective for guarantee of the quality.

Journal Articles

Dynamics of soft matter studied by neutron spin echo technique

Endo, Hitoshi

Kobunshi, 60(4), p.193 - 194, 2011/04

Neutron spin echo (NSE) technique is a quite unique and advanced method to study soft matter dynamics. In this manuscript, NSE technique and its applications are briefly reviewed. Then, the Japanese NSE spectrometer iNSE is overviewed. At the end, the future prospects of NSE in Japan are described.

Journal Articles

Neutron spin echo applied on multi-component systems

Endo, Hitoshi

Hamon, 21(1), p.50 - 54, 2011/02

The application of neutron spin echo technique on multi-component systems is introduced. As an example, dynamics of polyrotaxane studied by neutron spin echo with contrast variation method is reviewed. In addition, the current status of iNSE is briefly described.

Journal Articles

The Static structure of polyrotaxane in solution investigated by contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering

Endo, Hitoshi; Mayumi, Koichi*; Osaka, Noboru*; Ito, Kozo*; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro*

Polymer Journal, 43(2), p.155 - 163, 2011/02

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:79.1(Polymer Science)

Polyrotaxane (PR) possesses a supramolecular structure in which cyclic molecules are threaded into an axial polymer. In this study, the static structure of PR dissolved in a good solvent was investigated using contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering. The conformation of the axial linear polymer and the alignment of cyclic molecules within the axial polymer were evaluated quantitatively with the help of a detailed derivation of scattering theory. The decomposed partial scattering functions of the cyclic molecules and the axial polymer and the cross-correlation between cyclic molecules and an axial polymer strongly supported the idea that the alignment of cyclic molecules threaded on the axial polymer is random. On the basis of experimental observation, the entropic origin of the stiffening of PR due to the array of cyclic molecules is discussed.

Journal Articles

Selective separation of heat-generating nuclide by silica gels loaded with ammonium molybdophosphate; Adv.-ORIENT cycle development

Endo, Yusuke*; Wu, Y.*; Mimura, Hitoshi*; Niibori, Yuichi*; Koyama, Shinichi; Onishi, Takashi; Obayashi, Hiroshi; Yamagishi, Isao; Ozawa, Masaki

Proceedings of International Conference on Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle; Sustainable Options & Industrial Perspectives (Global 2009) (CD-ROM), p.1007 - 1015, 2009/09

The separation of heat-generating nuclide (Cs) from high-level liquid wastes is important in relation to the waste volume reduction. The present paper deals with the preparation of Cs-selective ion-exchangers (silica gels loaded with ammonium molybdophosphate, AMP-SG), uptake properties and characterization. The AMP-SG exhibited large distribution coefficient above 10$$^{3}$$ cm$$^{3}$$/g for Cs even in the 2-3 M HNO$$_{3}$$ solution. The uptake isotherm of Cs followed a Langmuir-type equation, and the maximum Cs capacity was 0.24 mmol/g. The breakthrough curves of Cs had S-shaped profile, and the 94% of Cs adsorbed on the AMP-SG column was eluted with 5 M NH$$_{4}$$NO$$_{3}$$ - 1 M HNO$$_{3}$$ solution. The eluent containing ammonium salt is suitable for both the recovery of Cs and the regeneration of AMP-SG. The precise chromatographic separation of Cs and Rb was also accomplished by using mixed solutions of NH$$_{4}$$NO$$_{3}$$ and HNO$$_{3}$$.

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Selective separation of Cs by ammonium molybdophosphate loaded silica gels

Endo, Yusuke*; Wu, Y.*; Mimura, Hitoshi*; Niibori, Yuichi*; Yamagishi, Isao; Koyama, Shinichi; Onishi, Takashi; Ozawa, Masaki

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no abstracts in English

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Measurements of motions of actin by neutron spin-echo spectroscopy

Fujiwara, Satoru; Matsumoto, Fumiko; Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Endo, Hitoshi*; Oda, Toshiro*

no journal, , 

A variety of functions of F-actin related to cell motility arises from flexibility of F-actin that makes interactions with various actin-binding proteins possible. To understand flexibility of F-actin and thereby its multiple functions, it is important to understand dynamic properties of F-actin. As one of the ongoing projects towards this ultimate purpose, we employed neutron spin-echo (NSE) spectroscopy to investigate the motions of F-actin on pico-to-nanosecond timescales and nm spatial scales. We carried out the NSE experiments of F-actin and G-actin with the instrument, iNSE, run by the Institute for Solid State Physics, the University of Tokyo. It was shown that the motions of F-actin and G-actin on nano-scales were described by single relaxation processes, and the motions of F-actin were slower than those of G-actin. Diffusion constants obtained suggested the effects of internal motions of the actin-protomers.

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Structure and dynamics of supramolecules investigated by contrast variation neutron scattering

Endo, Hitoshi

no journal, , 

Polyrataxane (PR) is a new category of supermolecular assemblies in which a linear polymer (polyethylene glycol(PEG)) penetrates a few hundreds ring molecules ($$alpha$$-cyclodextrin ($$alpha$$CD)) and the axial polymer is terminally-modified with sterically-bulky compounds in order not to allow the ring molecules to escape from the string. We have investigated the structure and dynamics of PR by means of contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and contrast variation neutron spin echo (NSE) experiments. With neutrons as probe, contrast variation techniques based on hydrogen/deuterium replacement can be used to modify the visibility of different component in the system. In order to study the properties of $$alpha$$CD threaded into PEG, partially deuterated $$alpha$$CD and PEG were synthesized for the preparation of PR with protonated $$alpha$$CD and deuterated PEG ($$alpha$$CD visible) and PR with deuterated $$alpha$$CD and protonated PEG (PEG visible). SANS and NSE experiments were performed for these two materials and additional fully protonated PR, then the obtained scattering intensities were decomposed into the partial scattering functions for each components. The detailed analyses of each partial scattering function led to reveal the structure and dynamics of $$alpha$$CD and PEG in PR with nanoscopic temporal-spatial resolution.

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