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Structural phase transition in cobalt oxyfluoride Co$$_{3}$$Sb$$_{4}$$O$$_{6}$$F$$_{6}$$ observed by high-resolution synchrotron and neutron diffraction

Shimono, Seiya*; Ishibashi, Hiroki*; Nagayoshi, Yusuke*; Ikeno, Hidekazu*; Kawaguchi, Shogo*; Hagihara, Masato; Torii, Shuki*; Kamiyama, Takashi*; Ichihashi, Katsuya*; Nishihara, Sadafumi*; et al.

Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, 163, p.110568_1 - 110568_7, 2022/04

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Relation between resistance random access memory effect and electronic structure in amorphous alumina

Kubota, Masato

Isotope News, (771), p.40 - 42, 2020/10

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Repeatability and reproducibility of measurements of low dissolved radiocesium concentrations in freshwater using different pre-concentration methods

Kurihara, Momo*; Yasutaka, Tetsuo*; Aono, Tatsuo*; Ashikawa, Nobuo*; Ebina, Hiroyuki*; Iijima, Takeshi*; Ishimaru, Kei*; Kanai, Ramon*; Karube, Jinichi*; Konnai, Yae*; et al.

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 322(2), p.477 - 485, 2019/11

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:42.44(Chemistry, Analytical)

We assessed the repeatability and reproducibility of methods for determining low dissolved radiocesium concentrations in freshwater in Fukushima. Twenty-one laboratories pre-concentrated three of 10 L samples by five different pre-concentration methods (prussian-blue-impregnated filter cartridges, coprecipitation with ammonium phosphomolybdate, evaporation, solid-phase extraction disks, and ion-exchange resin columns), and activity of radiocesium was measured. The z-scores for all of the $$^{137}$$Cs results were within $$pm$$2, indicating that the methods were accurate. The relative standard deviations (RSDs) indicating the variability in the results from different laboratories were larger than the RSDs indicating the variability in the results from each separate laboratory.

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Direct observation of electronic structure change by resistance random access memory effect in amorphous alumina

Kubota, Masato; Nigo, Seisuke*; Kato, Seiichi*; Amemiya, Kenta*

AIP Advances (Internet), 9(9), p.095050_1 - 095050_4, 2019/09

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Nanoscience & Nanotechnology)

We measured the X-ray absorption spectra of amorphous alumina with vacancy-type oxygen defects which exhibits the resistance random access memory effect. For the first time, we detected changes in the electronic structure owing to the memory effect. A major difference in spectrum was observed near the O K-absorption edge.

Journal Articles

Domain structure and electronic state in P3HT:PCBM blend thin films by soft X-ray resonant scattering

Kubota, Masato; Sakurai, Takeaki*; Miyadera, Tetsuhiko*; Nakao, Hironori*; Sugita, Takeshi*; Yoshida, Yuji*

Journal of Applied Physics, 120(16), p.165501_1 - 165501_5, 2016/10

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Physics, Applied)

We performed soft X-ray resonant scattering experiments on P3HT:PCBM blend thin films to reveal the domain structure and electronic state, where P3HT and PCBM mean regioregular poly (3-hexylthiophene) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-buteric acid methyl ester, respectively. We measured two films, where chloroform (CF sample) and 1,2-dichlorobenzene (DCB sample) are used as solvents in the fabrication process. There is negligible X-ray incident angle dependence of the X-ray absorption spectra at the S $$K$$-absorption edge in the CF sample, whereas the DCB sample exhibits clear incident angle dependence. We obtained the wave-number resolved spectra at $mbox{boldmath $Q$}$ = (1, 0, 0) for P3HT molecules in both samples. The packing growth of P3HT molecules is revealed to be much more developed in the DCB sample than the CF sample. In addition, the electronic structure at local sulfur element sites clearly changes for both of the samples.

JAEA Reports

Decommissioning activities and R&D of nuclear facilities in the second midterm plan

Terunuma, Akihiro; Mimura, Ryuji; Nagashima, Hisao; Aoyagi, Yoshitaka; Hirokawa, Katsunori*; Uta, Masato; Ishimori, Yuu; Kuwabara, Jun; Okamoto, Hisato; Kimura, Yasuhisa; et al.

JAEA-Review 2016-008, 98 Pages, 2016/07


Japan Atomic Energy Agency formulated the plan to achieve the medium-term target in the period of April 2010 to March 2015(hereinafter referred to as "the second medium-term plan"). JAEA determined the plan for the business operations of each year (hereinafter referred to as "the year plan"). This report is that the Sector of Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management has summarized the results of the decommissioning technology development and decommissioning of nuclear facilities which were carried out in the second medium-term plan.

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Processes of silver photodiffusion into Ge-chalcogenide probed by neutron reflectivity technique

Sakaguchi, Yoshifumi*; Asaoka, Hidehito; Uozumi, Yuki; Kawakita, Yukinobu; Ito, Takayoshi*; Kubota, Masato; Yamazaki, Dai; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Sheoran, G.*; Mitkova, M.*

Physica Status Solidi (A), 213(7), p.1894 - 1903, 2016/07

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:41.71(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

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Measurement of transient photo-induced changes in thin films at J-PARC; Time-resolved neutron reflectivity measurements of silver photo-diffusion into Ge-chalcogenide films

Sakaguchi, Yoshifumi*; Asaoka, Hidehito; Uozumi, Yuki; Kawakita, Yukinobu; Ito, Takayoshi*; Kubota, Masato; Yamazaki, Dai; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Ailavajhala, M.*; Wolf, K.*; et al.

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 8, p.031023_1 - 031023_6, 2015/09

We report recent results of time-resolved neutron reflectivity measurements for silver photo-diffusion into Ge$$_{x}$$S$$_{1-x}$$ (x=0.20, 0.33, 0.40) films performed on BL17 (SHARAKU). It is well known that silver diffuses into Ge-chalcogenide layer by visible light exposure with a distinct diffusion front, where the silver concentration abruptly drops off. Using an event recording system at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility, neutron reflectivity profiles were collected with a time-resolution of 30 seconds in the shortest case. It was found from the measurements that a relatively stable Ag-rich phase in the reaction layer is firstly formed, and then, slower diffusion occurs at the interface between Ag-rich and Ag-poor layers. Fourier transform analysis showed that the position of the interface is essentially fixed. This result is in contrast to the previously reported model of silver diffusion that postulates a mechanism involving progression of the diffusion front. The results of the measurements on Ag/Ge-Se films performed on the INTER instrument at ISIS are also reported.

Journal Articles

Current status of decommissioning activities in JAEA; Second midterm plan from FY2010 to FY2014

Tachibana, Mitsuo; Murata, Masato; Tasaki, Tadayuki; Usui, Hideo; Kubota, Shintaro

Proceedings of 21st International Conference & Exhibition; Nuclear Fuel Cycle for a Low-Carbon Future (GLOBAL 2015) (USB Flash Drive), p.1987 - 1996, 2015/09

230 various types of nuclear facilities were constructed in JAEA's R&D Institutes or Center until the establishment of the JAEA in 2005. The JAEA has efficiently and systematically decommissioned nuclear facilities that would no longer be required after the establishment of the JAEA. Decommissioning of nuclear facilities in each JAEA's R&D Institutes or Center was continued based on the second midterm plan of the JAEA from FY2010 to FY2014. Decommissioning of 2 nuclear facilities was completed during the second midterm. This report describes current status of decommissioning activities in the JAEA during the second midterm and outline of the decommissioning plan in the third midterm.

Journal Articles

Dynamics of silver photo-diffusion into Ge-chalcogenide films; Time-resolved neutron reflectometry

Sakaguchi, Yoshifumi*; Asaoka, Hidehito; Uozumi, Yuki; Kawakita, Yukinobu; Ito, Takayoshi*; Kubota, Masato; Yamazaki, Dai; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Ailavajhala, M.*; Latif, M. R.*; et al.

Journal of Physics; Conference Series, 619(1), p.012046_1 - 012046_4, 2015/06

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:97.27

We report the results of time-resolved neutron reflectivity measurements of Ag/a- Ge$$_{20}$$S$$_{80}$$/Si and a- Ge$$_{40}$$Se$$_{60}$$/Ag/ Si films taken while the films are exposed to visible light. Silver diffuses into an amorphous (a-) chalcogenide layer while visible light illuminates Ag/a-chalcogenide films. Neutron reflectometry is a suitable technique probing time evolution of the multi-layer structure without damaging the sample by the probe beam itself. It was found from the measurements of Ag/a-Ge$$_{20}$$S$$_{80}$$/Si films that a relatively stable Ag-rich phase in the reaction layer is first formed, and then, slower diffusion occurs at the interface between Ag-rich and Ag-poor layers. This result is in contrast to the previously reported model of silver diffusion that suggests a mechanism involving progression of the diffusion front. From the measurements of a-Ge$$_{40}$$Se$$_{60}$$/Ag/ Si films, we found enormous changes in the neutron reflectivity profile, including loss of total reflection region, with continuous illumination even after forming one homogeneous layer, which was about 60 min after starting illumination. At this stage, clear off-specular scattering was observed by a linear detector and a surface roughness was observed with naked eyes.

Journal Articles

Increment of the machine protection system in J-PARC rapid cycling synchrotron

Yamamoto, Kazami; Kawase, Masato; Iwama, Yuhei; Fukuta, Shimpei; Kato, Yuko; Ouchi, Nobuo; Meigo, Shinichiro; Oi, Motoki; Kamikubota, Norihiko*

Proceedings of 11th Annual Meeting of Particle Accelerator Society of Japan (Internet), p.771 - 774, 2014/10

The radiation leak accident happened in the hadron experimental hall of J-PARC on May 23, 2013. The accident was caused by a target sublimation due to an unanticipated beam from the 50 GeV main ring (MR). To detect and prevent the radiation leakage in all facilities of J-PARC, we improve the machine protection system (MPS). In the J-PARC 3GeV synchrotron (Rapid Cycling Synchrotron, RCS), a monitoring system of an abnormal state of the extraction beam to the mercury target of material life science experiment facility (MLF) were prepared. The radiation level of the gas in the tunnel were able to always observed by connecting radiation safety system and accelerator control system. The dump temperature was included in the MPS. We also developed new interlock system that can stop the beam immediately when the beam current exceed the limit.

Journal Articles

Studies of silver photo diffusion dynamics in Ag/Ge$$_{x}$$S$$_{1-x}$$ ($$x$$=0.2 and 0.4) films using neutron reflectometry

Sakaguchi, Yoshifumi*; Asaoka, Hidehito; Uozumi, Yuki; Kawakita, Yukinobu; Ito, Takayoshi*; Kubota, Masato; Yamazaki, Dai; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Ailavajhala, M.*; Latif, R.*; et al.

Canadian Journal of Physics, 92(7/8), p.654 - 658, 2014/07

 Times Cited Count:12 Percentile:66.54(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

We report our recent results of neutron reflectivity measurements for Ag/a-Ge $$_{x}$$S$$_{1-x}$$ (x=0.2, 0.4) films under light illumination. The neutron reflectivity measurements have been performed on a polarized neutron reflectometer (BL17, SHARAKU) at Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC), Japan. By using the time-of flight instrument with intensive pulsed neutrons produced by 300kW proton beams, time evolution of the neutron reflectivity under a light illumination has been revealed, with at least 2-min time resolution. From the detailed analysis, it was found for Ag 50nm/Ge $$_{40}$$S $$_{60}$$ 150nm films under a light illumination from the Ag layer side that there are two types of diffusion processes: a fast change observed in the first 10 min after illumination using a xenon lamp, which is then followed by a slow change observed after a 1 hour of additional light exposure. The result indicates that there is a comparatively stable (metastable) state in the Ag-doped Ge $$_{40}$$S $$_{60}$$ layer in terms of Ag composition, and the next silver diffusion process occurs by affecting the Ag-doped Ge $$_{40}$$S $$_{60}$$ layer / interface. This coincides with the Ge $$_{40}$$S $$_{60}$$ results of Wagner et al. obtained for Ag/As-S films. These results are also in accord with the results reported by some of us by modeling of the Ag transport in Ge-Se glass showing the presence of slow and fast moving Ag ions. Our result demonstrated that the idea of a two-step reaction process can be applied to Ge-chalcogenide system. We also discuss illumination-side dependence and Ge-composition dependence of reaction process.

Journal Articles

Magnetic and electronic properties of (LaMnO$$_3$$)$$_5$$(SrMnO$$_3$$)$$_5$$ superlattice revealed by resonant soft X-ray scattering

Kubota, Masato; Yamada, Hiroyuki*; Nakao, Hironori*; Okamoto, Jun*; Yamasaki, Yuichi*; Sawa, Akihito*; Murakami, Yoichi*

Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 53(5S1), p.05FH07_1 - 05FH07_5, 2014/05

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:10.57(Physics, Applied)

Journal Articles

Antiferromagnetic order of the Co$$^{2+}$$ high-spin state with a large orbital angular momentum in La$$_{1.5}$$Ca$$_{0.5}$$CoO$$_{4}$$

Okamoto, Jun*; Nakao, Hironori*; Yamasaki, Yuichi*; Wadachi, Hiroki*; Tanaka, Arata*; Kubota, Masato; Horigane, Kazumasa*; Murakami, Yoichi*; Yamada, Kazuyoshi*

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 83(4), p.044705_1 - 044705_6, 2014/04

 Times Cited Count:7 Percentile:53.57(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

Journal Articles

Conduction band caused by oxygen vacancies in aluminum oxide for resistance random access memory

Nigo, Seisuke*; Kubota, Masato; Harada, Yoshitomo*; Hirayama, Taisei*; Kato, Seiichi*; Kitazawa, Hideaki*; Kido, Giyu*

Journal of Applied Physics, 112(3), p.033711_1 - 033711_6, 2012/08

 Times Cited Count:53 Percentile:89.52(Physics, Applied)

Journal Articles

Current status of a new polarized neutron reflectometer at the intense pulsed neutron source of the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) of J-PARC

Takeda, Masayasu; Yamazaki, Dai; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Maruyama, Ryuji; Hayashida, Hirotoshi; Asaoka, Hidehito; Yamazaki, Tatsuya; Kubota, Masato; Aizawa, Kazuya; Arai, Masatoshi; et al.

Chinese Journal of Physics, 50(2), p.161 - 170, 2012/04

Journal Articles

Plan to develop overall-control system for 3GeV synchrotron accelerator

Kawase, Masato; Kikuzawa, Nobuhiro; Takayanagi, Tomohiro; Kamikubota, Norihiko*; Yamamoto, Noboru

Proceedings of 8th Annual Meeting of Particle Accelerator Society of Japan (Internet), p.574 - 578, 2011/08

J-PARC has been shifting to stable beam operation phase for the experimental facility, and the beam commissioning is going to be needed of 3 GeV Synchrotron Accelerator (RCS) after 400 MeV upgrade of Linear Accelerator (LINAC). In order to achieve more stable and safety beam commissioning, it is necessary to implement of control and monitor using machine interface for prevention of human error. We plan to develop the ideal application and high performance data acquisition system for the beam commissioning. This report shows problems of this control system and the required performance for overall-control system of RCS.

Journal Articles

Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy study of PrFeAsO$$_{0.7}$$; Comparison with LaFePO

Nishi, Ichiro*; Ishikado, Motoyuki; Ideta, Shinichiro*; Malaeb, W.*; Yoshida, Teppei*; Fujimori, Atsushi*; Kotani, Yoshinori*; Kubota, Masato*; Ono, Kanta*; Yi, M.*; et al.

Physical Review B, 84(1), p.014504_1 - 014504_5, 2011/07

 Times Cited Count:20 Percentile:66.65(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

We have performed an angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) study of the iron-based superconductor PrFeAsO$$_{0.7}$$ and examined the Fermi surfaces and band dispersions near the fermi level. Heavily hole-doped electronic states have been observed due to the polar nature of the cleaved surfaces. Nevertheless, we have found that the ARPES spectra basically agree with band dispersions calculated in the local density approximation (LDA) if the bandwidth is reduced by a factor of $$sim$$ 2.5 and then the chemical potential is lowered by $$sim$$ 70 meV. Comparison with previous ARPES results on LaFePO reveals that the energy positions of the $$d$$$$_{3z^{2}-r^{2}}$$- and $$d$$$$_{yz,zx}$$-derived bands are considerably different between the two materials, which we attribute to the different pnictogen height as predicted by the LDA calculation.

Journal Articles

LLRF controller upgrade for the J-PARC 400 MeV linac

Fang, Z.*; Michizono, Shinichiro*; Anami, Shozo*; Yamaguchi, Seiya*; Naito, Fujio*; Fukui, Yuji*; Kawamura, Masato*; Kubota, Chikashi*; Nammo, Kesao*; Kobayashi, Tetsuya; et al.

Proceedings of 1st International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC '10) (Internet), p.1434 - 1436, 2010/05

The output energy of the J-PARC proton linac will be upgraded from 181 to 400 MeV in the next two years by adding high-b acceleration sections. The upgrade of the FPGA-based digital LLRF controller for the 400 MeV linac will be presented in this paper. This new LLRF controller works for both the 324-MHz low-b and 972-MHz high-b sections. Many functions have been added into the LLRF controller, such as (1) working for different RF systems, (2) gradually increasing the feedback gains in the feedback loop instead of fixed ones, (3) automatic chopped beam compensation, (4) automatically switching the beam loading compensation in accordance with different beam operation mode, (5) input RF-frequency tuning to match the RF cavities during RF start-up, and (6) auto-tuning of the RF cavity tuner by detecting the phase curve of the RF cavity during the field decay instead of the phase difference between the cavity input and output signals.

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Current status of the control system for J-PARC accelerator complex

Yoshikawa, Hiroshi; Sakaki, Hironao; Sako, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Hiroki; Shen, G.; Kato, Yuko; Ito, Yuichi; Ikeda, Hiroshi*; Ishiyama, Tatsuya*; Tsuchiya, Hitoshi*; et al.

Proceedings of International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems (ICALEPCS '07) (CD-ROM), p.62 - 64, 2007/10

J-PARC is a large scale facility of the proton accelerators for the multi-purpose of scientific researches in Japan. This facility consists of three accelerators and three experimental stations. Now, J-PARC is under construction, and LINAC is operated for one year, 3GeV synchrotron has just started the commissioning in this October the 1st. The completion of this facility will be next summer. The control system of accelerators established fundamental performance for the initial commissioning. The most important requirement to the control system of this facility is to minimize the activation of accelerator devices. In this paper, we show that the performances of each layer of this control system have been achieved in the initial stage.

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