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A nanoscale, visible-light, self-sensing stress probe would be highly desirable in a variety of biological, imaging, and materials engineering applications, especially a device that does not alter the mechanical properties of the material it seeks to probe. Here we present the CdSe-CdS tetrapod quantum dot, incorporated into polymer matrices via(More)
With the availability of nanoparticles with controlled size and shape, there has been renewed interest in the mechanical properties of polymer/nanoparticle blends. Despite the large number of theoretical studies, the effect of branching for nanofillers tens of nanometers in size on the elastic stiffness of these composite materials has received limited(More)
In this paper, we develop a method to estimate the two parameters of the discrete stable distribution. By minimizing the quadratic distance between transforms of the empirical and theoretical probability generating functions, we obtain estimators simple to calculate, asymptotically unbiased and normally distributed. We also derive the expression for their(More)
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