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Asian Journal of Physics                                                                                                   Vol. 24, No 11 (2015) 1507-1521

A new feature of equatorial electrojet and space weather


R G Rastogi1, H Chandra1, A C Das1, R Sridharan2, B W Reinisch3, Khurshid Ahmed4, S L Fontes5, J A A Sanchez6

 1 Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad-380 009,India

2 Space Physics Laboratory, VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram-695 022 , India

3 University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA 01854, USA

4 Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, New Panvel, Navi Mumbai 410 218, India

5 Observatorio Nacional Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

6 Instituto Geofisico’ Agustin Cadazzi, uquene, Columbia


A new feature of the association between the equatorial electrojet and the solar wind parameters during the main phase of the magnetic storm on 24-25 September 1998 has been detected. A negative pulse in the horizontal magnetic field, H exceeding 200 nT at Trivandrum, India simultaneously with a positive pulse of more than 200 nT at Huancayo, Peru were recorded between 06-07 UT on 25 September 1998. The reversal of the sign of H pulse happened at station near the sunrise sector. The negative pulse in the Indian sector showed enhancement of the magnitude at the magnetic equator, while the positive pulse in the midnight sector was observed at all stations with similar magnitude. The ionograms at Thumba showed complete absence of equatorial sporadic-E (Es-q) echoes during the negative H impulse. Very strong equatorial spread-F echoes were recorded in ionograms over Jicamarca during the night of 24-25 September 1998 which continued even after the sunrise at frequencies beyond foF2.

The event has been shown to be associated with the sudden increase of solar wind density from 5 to 22 ions per cm3. This suggests a transient and impulsive interaction between solar wind and the magnetosphere because of an excess momentum directly. This can lead to impulsive penetration of solar wind plasma into the magnetosphere that results in a westward electric field in the ionosphere generated during the daytime and a positive electric field in the night time ionosphere. This dusk-dawn electric field imposed in the ionosphere primarily due to a large impulse in solar wind density points to a new relationship between solar wind and magnetosphere of the earth and needs further investigation.

Keywords:  Magnetic storm, Magnetic equator, Ionograms, Solar wind parameters, Magnetosphere Dusk-dawn electric field.

Total Refs: 40


Asian Journal of Physics                                                                                                  Vol. 24, No 11 (2015) 1523-1539


Polymer microcantilever for bio/chemical sensing: Fabrication, characterization, instrumentation 

for read out, and applications

Sheetal Patil

Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics, Department of Electrical Engineering, 

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-Bombay), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


Miniaturized microfabricated micro-mechanical or micro-electro-mechanical sensors (MEMS) have enabled different modes of transduction that involve nano-mechanical motion. As a result, enormous potential in chemical and biological domains have emerged. Among a variety of MEMS-based sensors, polymer microcantilevers modified with sensitive layers have attracted significant interest due to its small size, high sensitivity, and the possibility to integrate multiple sensors. Further, the microcantilever technology offers rapid, label-free, and in situ detection of specific bio/chemical analytes. In this review article, six important aspects of polymer microcantilever sensors such as: operation principles; fabrication of polymer microcantilevers; characterization; readout principles; and various bio/chemical applications have been discussed. ©Anita Publications. All rights reserved.

Keywords:Microcantilever, surface micromachining, Polymer MEMS, Optical/Electrical readout, Biosensing, Vapor-phase detection, Soil moisture.

Total Refs: 92


Asian Journal of Physics                                                                                                   Vol. 24, No 11 (2015) 1541-1548

SnO2 Thin film based electronic nose: A case study

Niranjan S Ramgir, V Patnaik, A Patel, A K. Debnath, D K Aswal, S K Gupta

Thin Films Devices Section, Technical Physics Division,

Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai -400 085, India


An e-nose based on SnO2 thin film comprising 10 sensing elements for determination of toxic gases was successfully designed and developed. An e-nose comprises of three main components namely multiple sensor arrays, data acquisition system and a pattern recognition algorithm. A multiple sensor array of dimension 1.3 cm × 2.5 cm is realized using thermally evaporated SnO2 thin films (~900 nm thick) modified with different sensitizers. To realize 10 sensing elements, SnO2 thin film was modified with 4 sensitizers namely Cu, Fe, Au and Ag with 10 nm thickness with selective masking. A data repository was developed by recording the response curves as a function of operating temperature, gas and its concentration. The fabricated e-nose was subjected to different gases namely NH3, H2S, NO, NO2, CO, CO2, LPG and C2H5OH. Of these gases the e-nose responded only towards H2S, NO and NO2. Measured data (SR values) was plotted on a bar plot and a unique response pattern of the sensor array was obtained for three gases namely, H2S, NO and NO2. This unique pattern was used for both qualitative and quantitative determination of the three gases. Thus, the developed e-nose can successfully detect three gases namely H2S, NO, NO2 at concentrations ranging between 1 and 10 ppm. © Anita Publications. All rights reserved.

Keywords: Toxic gases, Thin films, Chemical-senso


Asian Journal of Physics                                                                                                  Vol. 24, No 11 (2015) 1551-1560

Theoretical investigation on the electronic and optical properties of Phenanthrene adsorbed on silver cluster

U Reeta Felscia and Beulah J M Rajkumar

PG & Research Department of Physics, Lady Doak College, Madurai- 625 002, India


The Density Functional Theory has been invoked to investigate the nonlinear optical and charge  transfer properties of Phenanthrene (Phen) on silver cluster. Theoretical computations on the shifting of frontier molecular orbitals from HOMO to LUMO, Natural population analysis  (NPA) and the orbital overlapping between silver cluster and Phen in NBO analysis have been correlated to charge transfer from silver to Phen. Significant reduction identified in the band gap of Phen after adsorption on silver coupled with a redistribution of electron density in the molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) confirms the direction of charge transfer consequently to the process of adsorption. Additionally, an enhancement in the calculated dipole moment and polarizability values are also obtained. Based on the Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT), surface resonance peaks in the simulated UV-Vis spectra were obtained at 404 nm with major contributions due to the charge transfers from silver cluster to Phen. Enhancement in the first order hyperpolarizability of Phen-Ag suggests its potential applications in the design of NLO devices.  ©Anita Publications. All rights reserved.

Keywords:  Phenanthrene, DFT, Hyperpolarizability, Silver nanoparticles, NBO analysis, Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT)


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Asian Journal of Physics                                                                                                 Vol. 24, No 11 (2015)1561-1573

Crystallographic, vibrational, and DFT studies of  2,3,4-trimethoxybenzaldehyde

C S Chidan Kumara,b*, Cemal Parlakc, Mahir Tursunc, Hoong-Kun Funb,d and Siddegowda Chandrajue

aDepartment of Engineering Chemistry, Alva’s Institute of Engineering & Technology,

Visvesvaraya Technological University, Mijar, Moodbidri -574 225, Karnataka, India

bX-ray Crystallography Unit, School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia

cDepartment of Physics, Dumlupinar University, Kütahya 43100, Turkey

dDepartment of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia

eDepartment of Sugar Technology and Chemistry, Sir M Visvesvaraya PG Center,University of Mysore, Tubinakere, Mandya-571 402, India


Molecular structure and properties of 2,3,4-Trimethoxybenzaldehyde (TMB) were  investigated by X-ray diffraction technique and vibrational spectroscopy. The experimental results are supported with computational studies using the density functional theory (DFT), with the Becke-3-Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP) functional and the 6-311+G(3df,p) basis set. Potential energy distribution (PED) and potential energy surface (PES) analyses were performed to identify characteristic frequencies and reliable conformational investigation, respectively. The compound TMB (C10H12O4) crystallizes in monoclinic space group P21/c with the unit cell dimensions: a = 12.1046(13) Å, b = 7.0937(12) Å, c = 11.6557(12) Å, β(°) = 109.931(3). In general, the computed parameters are in good agreement with the reported experimental data. The highest occupied and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (HOMO and LUMO) of the compound were also analyzed.  ©Anita Publications. All rights reserved.

Keywords: DFT , Vibrational spectroscopy, Potential energy distribution (PED), Potential energy surface (PES), XRD, Monoclinic space group P21/c 

Total Refs:19


Asian Journal of Physics                                                                                                  Vol. 24, No 11 (2015)1575-1582

Theoretical study of zero field thermoelectric power of colossal magnetoresistive 

manganites (Re1–x AxMnO3): A variational treatment

Amit Chaudhary1, Sunil Panwar2, Vijay Kumar2, Rajendra Kumar1 and Ishwar Singh3

                1Department of Physics, Gurukula Kangri University, Haridwar-249 404, India

                2Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Gurukula Kangri University, Haridwar-249 404, India

3Department of Physics, I.I.T. Roorkee,Roorkee-247 667, India


Using a simple variational method, we have studied the thermoelectric power Q(T) at zero magnetic field as a function of temperature of rare earth manganites doped with alkaline earths namely, Re1-x AxMnO3 (where Re = La, Pr, Nd etc., and A = Ca, Sr, Ba etc.) which exhibit Colossal Magnetoresistance (CMR), metal- insulator transition and many other poorly understood phenomena. Here, we report the effects of the model parameters e.g. local Coulomb repulsion U, strong ferromagnetic Hund’s rule coupling JH between eg and t2g spins, hybridization Vk between ℓ– polarons & d- electrons of same spins on Q(T). It has been found from our results that Q(T) is positive at low temperatures and shows a pronounced peak at the metal – insulator transition which gets sharpened with alkaline earth doping x and shifts towards the high temperature region. Similar effects are observed on increasing JH also but on the contrary the magnitude of Q(T) decreases on increasing Vk and peak at low temperature becomes broader & shifts towards the high temperature region. The observed broad peak may be explained on the basis of the spin – wave theory and may be attributed to the magnon drag effect which increases with x or JH value. Q(T) as a function of temperature computed from this method is, generally, in good agreement with the available experimental data. ©Anita Publications. All rights reserved.

Keywords: Magnetic materials, Colossal Magnetoresistive Manganites, Variational techniques,Transport properties, Thermoelectric power.

Total Refs: 19


Asian Journal of Physics                                                                                                Vol. 24, No 11 (2015) 1583-1590

Development of PTh-PEO polymer composite as CO2 gas sensor

P D Shirbhate1, S P Yawale2 and S V Pakade2

1Department of Physics, Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering And Research, Nagpur-441 110, (India)

2Department of Physics, Government Vidarbha Institute of Science and Humanities, Amravati-444 604, (India)


In the present work, polythiophene-polyethylene oxide (PTh-PEO) polymer composite was synthesized by an in situ chemical oxidative polymerization method. PTh-PEO polymer composite films were characterized through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetry analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Pure PTh-PEO and doped PTh-PEO polymer composite with lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) as  sensors were prepared by screen-printing method on cladophora substrate followed by Al2O3 layer. The sensors were used for CO2 gas sensing detection at room temperature. Dynamic and static sensing response of both pure and doped sensor was studied. Sensitivity of sensors at different concentration (ppm) of CO2 gas was measured. The variation of sensitivity with CO2 gas concentration is found to be linear. At certain higher concentration of CO2 gas, saturation effect was observed in both sensors. Doped PTh-PEO composite sensor shows maximum sensitivity in presence of CO2 gas. The reproducibility and stability for both sensors were good. ©Anita Publications. All rights reserved.

Keywords: Polythiophene, Polymer Composite, Sensing response, CO2 gas.


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Asian Journal of Physics                                                                                                   Vol. 24, No 11 (2015) 1591-1600

Variation of D-region ionisation and its effects on VLF radiowave propagation

S C Chakravarty and Kamsali Nagaraja

ASSR Lab, Department of Physics, Bangalore University, Bengaluru – 560 056, India


The renewed interest in the study of the VLF propagation anomalies due to perturbations in the D-region electron densities under various solar/stellar and geophysical phenomena requires the availability of suitable simulation model as well as a baseline D-region electron density model for the region of interest. A Full Wave Model (FWM) for computing VLF propagation anomalies has been developed and tested by comparing results from a similar model for a given VLF path. The simulation has also been carried out under different conditions of D-region electron density profiles and the anomalies in VLF amplitude and phase for a sample propagation path determined to check the sensitivity of the model. Further work with new observations, computations of the D-region electron density profiles using measured solar radiation fluxes and simulation pertaining to different VLF networks will be required before the technique can be effectively used to identify and confirm anomalies pertaining to new applications. ©Anita Publications. All rights reserved.

Keywords:  VLF propagation, Full Wave Model (FWM), Solar radiation, Ionosphere.


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