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Recent Submissions

  • Towards multicaloric effect with ferroelectrics 

    Liu, Yang; Zhang, GuangZu; Li, Qi; Bellaiche, Laurent; Scott, James Floyd; Dkhil, Brahim; Wang, Qing (2016-12-02) - Journal article
    Utilizing thermal changes in solid state materials strategically offers caloric-based alternatives to replace current vapor-compression technology. To make full use of multiple forms of the entropy and achieve higher ...
  • Remotely controlled isomer selective molecular switching 

    Schendel, Verena; Borca, Bogdana; Pentegov, Ivan; Michnowicz, Tomasz; Kraft, Ulrike; Klauk, Hagen; Wahl, Peter; Schlickum, Uta; Kern, Klaus (2016-01-13) - Journal article
    Nonlocal addressing—the “remote control”—of molecular switches promises more efficient processing for information technology, where fast speed of switching is essential. The surface state of the (111) facets of noble metals, ...
  • The origin and fate of post-starburst galaxies : morphological and structural image analysis of local galaxies with recent episodes of enhanced star formation 

    Pawlik, Milena (University of St Andrews, 2016) - Thesis
    Post-starburst galaxies are a rare class of objects with unusual spectroscopic characteristics. Previous studies have shown that the presence of strong Balmer absorption lines in the spectra of these galaxies are consistent ...
  • Under the skin : Monte Carlo radiation transfer modelling of photodynamic therapy 

    Campbell, Catherine Louise (University of St Andrews, 2016) - Thesis
    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive treatment method used for treating superficial skin lesions such as non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). The combination of light, a photo- sensitive molecule and oxygen results ...
  • The enigma of imaging in the Maxwell fisheye medium 

    Sahebdivan(i), Sahar (University of St Andrews, 2016-11-30) - Thesis
    The resolution of optical instruments is normally limited by the wave nature of light. Circumventing this limit, known as the diffraction limit of imaging, is of tremendous practical importance for modern science and ...

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