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Nowadays the IEEE1588 synchronization protocol has been adopted in a growing number of fields, from automation to telecommunication systems. Usually, the quality of the services provided by these applications requires an accurate and reliable time synchronization. Several solutions have been already proposed to achieve these goals. However, the statistical(More)
Cross-sections and angular distributions for hadronic and lepton pair final states in e+e− collisions at a centre-of-mass energy near 189 GeV, measured with the OPAL detector at LEP, are presented and compared with the predictions of the Standard Model. The results are used to measure the energy dependence of the electromagnetic coupling constant αem, and(More)
The suspect carcinogens, heterocyclic amines (HAAs), found in well-done meat require host-mediated metabolic activation before inducing DNA mutations. The role of SULT1A1 and of NAT2 on the activation of HAAs suggests that NAT2 rapid acetylator genotype and SULT1A1 allele variants can have an effect on HAA carcinogenicity. Data were collected as part of a(More)
Women with a moderate intake of alcohol have higher concentrations of sex steroids in serum, and higher risk of developing breast cancer, compared to non-drinkers. In the present study, we investigate the relationships between alcohol consumption and serum levels of sex steroids and sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in 790 pre- and 1,291 post-menopausal(More)
This paper describes the silicon microstrip modules in the barrel section of the SemiConductor Tracker (SCT) of the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The module requirements, components and assembly techniques are given, as well as first results of the module performance on the fully-assembled barrels that make up the detector being(More)
Advantages of wireless fieldbuses, as cabling cost reduction, improved scalability and flexibility, are well known. In particular, the advent of WirelessHART, the first open and standard protocol dedicated to process control, has made wireless adoption a reality in industrial applications. This paper deals with the performance evaluation of WirelessHART(More)
The definition of several real-time Ethernet (RTE) protocols for industry use implies that new automation systems can include more than one technology. In the future different RTE protocols could share the same network infrastructure, raising the problem of coexistence. The paper introduces a new approach to evaluate coexistence of RTE protocols by means of(More)
This paper deals with the application of the Chirp Spread Spectrum (CSS) modulation for the synchronization of wireless sensors. Chirp modulation is a well known technique for precise localization, originally developed for RADAR applications. When CSS is used for communication purposes, radio frequency pulses are modulated in order to convey also user data.(More)
In the last years, the increasing focus on energy savings is the key factor in the transformation of the legacy distribution grid toward the so called smart grid. One of the most evident, it is the wide diffusion, in some countries, of smart metering technologies for monitoring of customer electrical consumption. The proven benefits of this technology(More)