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The vibrational dynamics of a permanently densified silica glass is compared to the one of an α-quartz polycrystal, the silica polymorph of the same density and local structure. The combined use of inelastic x-ray scattering experiments and ab initio numerical calculations provides compelling evidence of a transition, in the glass, from the isotropic(More)
DNA oligomers with properly designed sequences self-assemble into well defined constructs. Here, we exploit this methodology to produce bulk quantities of tetravalent DNA nanostars (each one composed of 196 nucleotides) and to explore the structural signatures of their aggregation process. We report small-angle neutron scattering experiments focused on the(More)
We measured the density of vibrational states (DOS) and the specific heat of various glassy and crystalline polymorphs of SiO2. The typical (ambient) glass shows a well-known excess of specific heat relative to the typical crystal (α-quartz). This, however, holds when comparing a lower-density glass to a higher-density crystal. For glassy and crystalline(More)
Still very little is known on the relaxation dynamics of glasses at the microscopic level due to the lack of experiments and theories. It is commonly believed that glasses are in a dynamical arrested state, with relaxation times too large to be observed on human time scales. Here we provide the experimental evidence that glasses display fast atomic(More)
Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy is employed to measure the size of the interstitial void spaces characterizing the structure of a set of permanently densified SiO2 glasses. The average volume of the voids is markedly affected by the densification process and linearly shrinks by almost an order of magnitude after a relative density variation of(More)
We report on the observation of a significant softening of the Boson peak (BP) frequency of vitreous GeO(2) above the glass transition temperature. The softening reminds a critical trend, with a transition temperature intermediate between the glass transition temperature, T(g), and the melting point. The softening of the BP frequency corresponds to a(More)
The terahertz dynamics of human cells of the U937 line and their chromatin has been investigated by high-resolution inelastic X-ray scattering. To highlight its dynamical features in situ, nuclear DNA has been stained by uranyl-acetate salt. The general behavior of the collective dynamics of the whole cell is quite similar to that of bulk water, with a(More)
To date, the BRISP spectrometer represents the state-of-the-art for every instrument aiming to perform Brillouin neutron scattering. Exploiting accurate ray-tracing McStas simulations, we investigate an improved configuration of the BRISP primary spectrometer to provide a higher flux at the sample position, while preserving all the present capabilities of(More)
A detailed inelastic neutron scattering investigation of the THz dynamics of liquid zinc is presented. The observed Q dependence clearly reveals the existence of a complex dynamics made up of two distinct excitations. The highest energy mode is the prolongation of the longitudinal acoustic density fluctuations whereas the comparison with the phonon dynamics(More)