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Jan 19, 2021
Jaehong Jeong, Benjamin Lenz, Arsen Gukasov, Xavier Fabrèges, Andrew Sazonov, Vladimir Hutanu, Alex Louat, Dalila Bounoua, Cyril Martins, Silke Biermann, Véronique Brouet, Yvan Sidis, and Philippe Bourges 5d iridium oxides are of huge interest due to the potential for new quantum states driven by strong spin-orbit coupling.
Dec 23, 2020
Liu Chang; Hu Wenxian; Jiang Hanqiu; Liu Guoming; Han Charles; Sirringhaus Henning; Boué François; Wang Dujin The determination of intrinsic chain stiffness of conjugated polymers is challenging, in particular, for scattering techniques because of their strong light absorption and structural instability due to the complicated intra-/intermolecular interactions.
Dec 02, 2020
Simeon Minic, Burkhard Annighofer, Arnaud Helary, Djemel Hamdane, Gaston Hui Bon Hoa, Camille Loupiac, Annie Brulet, and Sophie Combet To probe intermediate states during unfolding and oligomerization of proteins remains a major challenge. High pressure (HP) is a powerful tool for studying these problems, revealing subtle structural changes in proteins not accessible by other means of denaturation.
Nov 18, 2020
Researchers from SPEC (in collaboration with the C2N and the University of Genoa) have observed the fading and partial reappearance of an electron injected at a finite energy into chiral one dimensional electronic channels propagating along the edges of a two dimensional electron system. These results will help elucidating to which extent these electrons can be used to implement the electronic analogues of quantum information experiments done with photons.
Nov 10, 2020
Chang Liu, Wenxian Hu, Hanqiu Jiang, Guoming Liu*, Charles C. Han, Henning Sirringhaus, François Boué, and Dujin Wang The determination of intrinsic chain stiffness of conjugated polymers is challenging, in particular, for scattering techniques because of their strong light absorption and structural instability due to the complicated intra-/intermolecular interactions.
Oct 20, 2020
K. Beauvois, V. Simonet, S. Petit, J. Robert, F. Bourdarot, M. Gospodinov, A.A. Mukhin, R. Ballou, V. Skumryev, and E. Ressouche The research field of magnetic frustration is dominated by triangle-based lattices but exotic phenomena can also be observed in pentagonal networks. A peculiar noncollinear magnetic order is indeed known to be stabilized in Bi2Fe4O9 materializing a Cairo pentagonal lattice.
Oct 16, 2020
Graphene is a two dimensional, material made of a carbon atomic plane, with exceptional physical properties that make it full of promises for applications in various fields. The realization of new functionalities for advanced devices is highly desirable and can be achieved by modifying the structure or chemical composition of graphene.
Sep 28, 2020
Li Shi, Florent Carn, Arsen Goukassov, Eric Buhler, and François Boué Mixing negatively charged polyelectrolyte (PEL) with positively charged gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) in aqueous solution results in electrostatics complexes of different shapes and compactness. Here, when complexing with a semirigid PEL hyaluronic acid (HA), we obtain crystals made of nanoparticles in a new region of the phase diagram, as evidenced by small-angle Xray scattering (SAXS).
Sep 28, 2020
Inauguré en mars 2019, le laboratoire commun entre l'Université technologique Nanyang (NTU) de Singapour et le CEA affiche ses premières publications co-signées par des chercheurs de NTU, du CEA-Iramis (NIMBE/LICSEN), de l’ICSM et de la DES à Marcoule.
Sep 02, 2020
Marine Le Goas, Tom Roussel, Maria Kalbazova, David Carrière, Elodie Barruet, Valerie Geertsen, Giulia C. Fadda, Fabienne Testard, Geraldine Carrot and Jean-Philippe Renault Nanomedicines are considered as promising therapeutics for cancer treatment. However, clinical translation is still scarce, partly because their biological behavior is not well understood.
Aug 11, 2020
Eni Kume, Patrick Baroni and Laurence Noirez Thermo-elasticity couples the deformation of an elastic (solid) body to its temperature and viceversa. It is a solid-like property. Highlighting such property in liquids is a paradigm shift: it requires long-range collective interactions that are not considered in current liquid descriptions. The present microthermal studies provide evidence for such solid-like correlations.
Jul 31, 2020
La recherche de l'origine de la vie demande d'identifier chaque étape élémentaire d'une longue chaine de processus pouvant, à partir des atomes issus de la nucléosynthèse au cœur des étoiles (essentiellement de l'hydrogène au fer) ou sous l'effet de l'explosion finale des supernovæ (éléments lourds au-delà du fer), conduire à la formation des générations successives de molécules de plus en plus complexes, pour aboutir aux molécules constitutives du vivant telles qu'elles sont présentes sur Terre.
Jul 21, 2020
Premakumar Yanda, I. V. Golosovsky, I. Mirebeau, N. V. Ter-Oganessian, Juan Rodríguez-Carvajal and A. Sundaresan In most of the spin-induced multiferroics, the ferroelectricity is caused by inversion symmetry breaking by complex spin structures of the transition-metal ions. Here, we report the importance of interplay of 4 f -3d magnetic interactions in inducing ferroelectricity in the centrosymmetric (Pnma) green phase compound Gd2BaCuO5.
Jul 09, 2020
Ce travail, publié dans  Appl. Phys. Lett. 116, 141605 (2020), présente l’exploration de la surface d’énergie potentielle de la face carbone du SiC. Depuis la première observation expérimentale en 1997 d’une reconstruction 3 × 3 sur cette surface, le modèle atomique sous-jacent reste l’objet de débat.
Jul 08, 2020
Contacts SPEC : Dana Stanescu, Helene Magnan, Jean-Baptiste Moussy, Cindy Rountree, Antoine Barbier
Les matériaux ferroélectriques ont connu un essor considérable en raison de leurs applications potentielles dans des domaines comme la spintronique ou la conversion de l’énergie solaire1–3. Au SPEC nous avons étudié le rôle des interfaces, du substrat et des couches d’oxyde supérieures sur les propriétés ferroélectriques des hétérostructures à base des couches minces de BaTiO34.
Jun 23, 2020
We show by X-ray and neutron small-angle scattering that gold nanoparticles with controlled sizes and morphologies can be obtained by the metallic reduction of AuCl4– ions trapped in 3D organic molds by X-ray radiolysis. The molds are spherical frozen micelles of polystyrene-b-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PDMAEMA) block copolymer in acidic aqueous solution with a PS spherical core surrounded by a corona of PDMAEMA chains in good solvent.
Jun 01, 2020
Editors : Véronique Arluison and Frank Wien This volume looks at the different spectroscopic and biophysical methods used by researchers to study the structure and folding of RNA, and to follow their interactions with proteins.
May 23, 2020
Au sein d'un échantillon solide, réduire la température des spins est une bonne méthode pour améliorer le signal de RMN ou de RPE, puisque cela favorise leur polarisation selon la direction imposée par le champ externe appliqué.
May 09, 2020
Andrew M. Jimenez, Dan Zhao, Kyle Misquitta, Jacques Jestin and Sanat K. Kumar Understanding the structure and dynamics of the bound polymer layer (BL) that forms on favorably interacting nanoparticles (NPs) is critical to revealing the mechanisms responsible for material property enhancements in polymer nanocomposites (PNCs).
Apr 28, 2020
Black phosphorus (BP) is a stack of monoatomic layers of phosphorus, bound together by Van der Waals forces. This 2d material is today attracting a great interest due to its widely tunable band gap, depending on the thickness of the material, the very high mobility of its carriers, for its application in field effect transistors (FETs), and the possible emergence of topologically protected states.
Apr 09, 2020
  Dans une nanostructure ferromagnétique, la dynamique de l’aimantation peut rester cohérente à des angles de précession remarquablement élevés, ce qui constitue un élément important pour un contrôle fiable des dispositifs nanomagnétiques.
Apr 08, 2020
Aline Maire du Poset, Mikaela Börjesson, Céline Rameau, Claire Madeleine-Perdrillat, Adrien Lerbret, Camille Loupiac, Fabrice Cousin, Ali Assifaoui We show here how the structure of polygalacturonate (polyGalA) hydrogels cross-linked by Ca2+ cations via external gelation controls the loading and release rate of beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), a globular protein.
Mar 17, 2020
A. C. Ferreira, S. Paofai, A. Létoublon, J. Ollivier, S. Raymond, B. Hehlen, B. Rufflé, S. Cordier, C. Katan, J. Even & P. Bourges   Hybrid organolead perovskites (HOP) have started to establish themselves in the field of photovoltaics, mainly due to their great optoelectronic properties and steadily improving solar cell efficiency. Study of the lattice dynamics is key in understanding the electron-phonon interactions at play, responsible for such properties.
Feb 13, 2020
de Oliveira-Silva, Rodrigo; Bélime, Agathe; Le Coeur, Clémence; Chennevière, Alexis; Helary, Arnaud; Cousin, Fabrice; Judeinstein, Patrick; Sakellariou, Dimitrios; Zanotti, Jean-Marc In soft condensed matter, Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) is a central tool to probe structures with characteristic sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nm. However, when used as a standalone technique, the dynamic properties of the sample are not accessible.
Jan 14, 2020
N. Martin, M. Deutsch, T. C. Hansen, M. T. Fernandez-Diaz, L. N. Fomicheva, A. V. Tsvyashchenko, and I. Mirebeau In the MnGe chiral magnet, the helimagnetic order and local moment collapse in two steps, showing the succession of high spin (HS) and low spin (LS) states as pressure increases. Here, we use high-pressure neutron diffraction to study the doped compounds Mn0.86Co0.14Ge and Mn0.9Rh0.1Ge, and show that the evolution of their microscopic magnetic properties is instead continuous.
Dec 21, 2019
M. Ruminy, S. Guitteny, J. Robert, L.-P. Regnault, M. Boehm, P. Steffens, H. Mutka, J. Ollivier, U. Stuhr, J. S. White, B. Roessli, L. Bovo, C. Decorse, M. K. Haas, R. J. Cava, I. Mirebeau, M. Kenzelmann, S. Petit, and T. Fennell Tb2Ti2O7 presents an ongoing conundrum in the study of rare-earth pyrochlores.
Dec 13, 2019
La ténacité d’un matériau définit sa résistance à rupture. Si on sait la mesurer expérimentalement de manière précise, on ne sait pas, à l’heure actuelle, prévoir sa valeur à partir de la structure atomistique du matériau considéré, même dans les cas les plus simples.
Nov 25, 2019
A. S. Sukhanov, Praveen Vir, A. S. Cameron, H. C. Wu, N. Martin, S. Mühlbauer, A. Heinemann, H. D. Yang, C. Felser, and D. S. Inosov The cubic chiral helimagnets with the P213 space group represent a group of compounds in which the stable skyrmion-lattice state is experimentally observed. The key parameter that controls the energy landscape of such systems and determines the emergence of a topologically nontrivial magnetic structure is the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI).
Oct 23, 2019
N. Martin, I. Mirebeau, C. Franz, G. Chaboussant, L. N. Fomicheva, and A. V. Tsvyashchenko We study the helimagnetic ground state of the MnGe cubic alloy using small-angle neutron scattering and a high-resolution method, the so-called MIEZE spectroscopy. Upon cooling below the Néel temperature TN = 170(5) K, we observe the proliferation of long-wavelength gapless spin fluctuations, concomitant with a continuous evolution of the helical correlation length.
Sep 22, 2019
Daniela Russo, Maya Dimova Lambreva, Christiane Alba Simionesco, Pierre Sebban,and Giuseppina Rea Studies on the dynamical properties of photosynthetic membranes of land plants and purple bacteria have been previously performed by neutron spectroscopy, revealing a tight coupling between specific photochemical reactions and macromolecular dynamics.


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