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Thermodynamics as a theory of decision-making with information-processing costs

Ortega, PA, Braun, DA

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A, 469(2153):1-18, May 2013 (article)

Abstract
Perfectly rational decision-makers maximize expected utility, but crucially ignore the resource costs incurred when determining optimal actions. Here, we propose a thermodynamically inspired formalization of bounded rational decision-making where information processing is modelled as state changes in thermodynamic systems that can be quantified by differences in free energy. By optimizing a free energy, bounded rational decision-makers trade off expected utility gains and information-processing costs measured by the relative entropy. As a result, the bounded rational decision-making problem can be rephrased in terms of well-known variational principles from statistical physics. In the limit when computational costs are ignored, the maximum expected utility principle is recovered. We discuss links to existing decision-making frameworks and applications to human decision-making experiments that are at odds with expected utility theory. Since most of the mathematical machinery can be borrowed from statistical physics, the main contribution is to re-interpret the formalism of thermodynamic free-energy differences in terms of bounded rational decision-making and to discuss its relationship to human decision-making experiments.

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Tank-like module-based climbing robot using passive compliant joints

Seo, T., Sitti, M.

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 18(1):397-408, 2013 (article)

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Enhanced fabrication and characterization of gecko-inspired mushroom-tipped microfiber adhesives

Song, J., Mengüç, Y., Sitti, M.

Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 27(17):1921-1932, Routledge, 2013 (article)

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Linear combination of one-step predictive information with an external reward in an episodic policy gradient setting: a critical analysis

Zahedi, K., Martius, G., Ay, N.

Frontiers in Psychology, 4(801), 2013 (article)

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One of the main challenges in the field of embodied artificial intelligence is the open-ended autonomous learning of complex behaviours. Our approach is to use task-independent, information-driven intrinsic motivation(s) to support task-dependent learning. The work presented here is a preliminary step in which we investigate the predictive information (the mutual information of the past and future of the sensor stream) as an intrinsic drive, ideally supporting any kind of task acquisition. Previous experiments have shown that the predictive information (PI) is a good candidate to support autonomous, open-ended learning of complex behaviours, because a maximisation of the PI corresponds to an exploration of morphology- and environment-dependent behavioural regularities. The idea is that these regularities can then be exploited in order to solve any given task. Three different experiments are presented and their results lead to the conclusion that the linear combination of the one-step PI with an external reward function is not generally recommended in an episodic policy gradient setting. Only for hard tasks a great speed-up can be achieved at the cost of an asymptotic performance lost.

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Switching modes in easy and hard axis magnetic reversal in a self-assembled antidot array

Haering, F., Wiedwald, U., Nothelfer, S., Koslowski, B., Ziemann, P., Lechner, L., Wallucks, A., Lebecki, K., Nowak, U., Gräfe, J., Goering, E., Schütz, G.

{Nanotechnology}, 24, IOP Pub., Bristol, UK, 2013 (article)

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Time-resolved imaging of nonlinear magnetic domain-wall dynamics in ferromagnetic nanowires

Stein, F.-U., Bocklage, L., Weigand, M., Meier, G.

{Scientific Reports}, 3, Nature Publishing Group, London, UK, 2013 (article)

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A cryogenically flexible covalent organic framework for efficient hydrogen isotrope separation by quantum sieving

Oh, H., Kalidindi, S. B., Um, Y., Bureekaew, S., Schmid, R., Fischer, R. A., Hirscher, M.

{Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English}, 52(50):13219-13222, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, D-69451 Weinheim, 2013 (article)

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Unexpected room-temperature ferromagnetism in bulk ZnO

Chen, Y., Goering, E., Jeurgens, L., Wang, Z., Phillipp, F., Baier, J., Tietze, T., Schütz, G.

{Applied Physics Letters}, (103), American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Large-area hard magnetic L10-FePt and composite L10-FePt based nanopatterns

Goll, D., Bublat, T.

{Physica Status Solidi A-Applications and Materials Science}, 210(7):1261-1271, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2013 (article)

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Wave modes of collective vortex gyration in dipolar-coupled-dot-array magnonic crystals

Han, D., Vogel, A., Jung, H., Lee, K., Weigand, M., Stoll, H., Schütz, G., Fischer, P., Meier, G., Kim, S.

{Scientific Reports}, 3, Nature Publishing Group, London, UK, 2013 (article)

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Micro-scale mobile robotics

Diller, E., Sitti, M.

Foundations and Trends in Robotics, 2(3):143-259, Now Publishers Incorporated, 2013 (article)

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Survey and Introduction to the Focused Section on Bio-Inspired Mechatronics

Sitti, M., Menciassi, A., Ijspeert, A., Low, K. H., Kim, S.

Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on, 18(2):409-418, DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2012. 2233492, 2013 (article)

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Robustness of guided self-organization against sensorimotor disruptions

Martius, G.

Advances in Complex Systems, 16(02n03):1350001, 2013 (article)

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Self-organizing processes are crucial for the development of living beings. Practical applications in robots may benefit from the self-organization of behavior, e.g.~to increase fault tolerance and enhance flexibility, provided that external goals can also be achieved. We present results on the guidance of self-organizing control by visual target stimuli and show a remarkable robustness to sensorimotor disruptions. In a proof of concept study an autonomous wheeled robot is learning an object finding and ball-pushing task from scratch within a few minutes in continuous domains. The robustness is demonstrated by the rapid recovery of the performance after severe changes of the sensor configuration.

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Controlled Reduction with Unactuated Cyclic Variables: Application to 3D Bipedal Walking with Passive Yaw Rotation

Gregg, R., Righetti, L.

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 58(10):2679-2685, October 2013 (article)

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This technical note shows that viscous damping can shape momentum conservation laws in a manner that stabilizes yaw rotation and enables steering for underactuated 3D walking. We first show that unactuated cyclic variables can be controlled by passively shaped conservation laws given a stabilizing controller in the actuated coordinates. We then exploit this result to realize controlled geometric reduction with multiple unactuated cyclic variables. We apply this underactuated control strategy to a five-link 3D biped to produce exponentially stable straight-ahead walking and steering in the presence of passive yawing.

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Ferromagnetism of zinc oxide nanograined films

Straumal, B. B., Protasova, S. G., Mazilkin, A. A., Schütz, G., Goering, E., Baretzky, B., Straumal, P. B.

{Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics Letters}, 97(6):367-377, Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2013 (article)

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Hydrogen adsorption properties of platinum decorated hierarchically structured templated carbons

Oh, H., Gennett, T., Atanassov, P., Kurttepeli, M., Bals, S., Hurst, K. E., Hirscher, M.

{Microporous and Mesoporous Materials}, pages: 66-74, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2013 (article)

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Extended s-d models for the dynamics of noncollinear magnetization: Short review of two different approaches

Fähnle, M., Zhang, S.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 326, pages: 232-234, NH, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2013 (article)

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Correlation between spin structure oscillations and domain wall velocities

Bisig, A., Stärk, M., Mawass, M., Moutafis, C., Rhensius, J., Heidler, J., Büttner, F., Noske, M., Weigand, M., Eisebitt, S., Tyliszczak, T., Van Wayenberge, B., Stoll, H., Schütz, G., Kläui, M.

{Nature Communications}, 4, Nature Publishing Group, London, 2013 (article)

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Recent advances in use of atomic layer deposition and focused ion beams for fabrication of Fresnel zone plates for hard x-rays

Keskinbora, K., Robisch, A., Mayer, M., Grévent, C., Szeghalmi, A. V., Knez, M., Weigand, M., Snigireva, I., Snigirev, A., Salditt, T., Schütz, G.

{Proceedings of SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering)}, 8851, 2013 (article)

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Magnetic states in low-pinning high-anisotropy material nanostructures suitable for dynamic imaging

Büttner, F., Moutafis, C., Bisig, A., Wohlhüter, P., Günther, C. M., Mohanty, J., Geilhufe, J., Schneider, M., v. Korff Schmising, C., Schaffert, S., Pfau, B., Hantschmann, M., Riemeier, M., Emmel, M., Finizio, S., Jakob, G., Weigand, M., Rhensius, J., Franken, J. H., Lavrijsen, R., Swagten, H. J. M., Stoll, H., Eisebitt, S., Kläui, M.

{Physical Review B}, 87, Published by the American Physical Society through the American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, NY, 2013 (article)

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Experimental and theoretical study of D2/H2 quantum sieving in a carbon molecular sieve

Gotzias, A., Charalambopoulou, G., Ampoumogli, A., Krkljus, I., Hirscher, M., Steriotis, T.

{Adsorption}, 19(2-4):373-379, Springer Science+Business Media, New York, 2013 (article)

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Non-parametric hand pose estimation with object context

Romero, J., Kjellström, H., Ek, C. H., Kragic, D.

Image and Vision Computing , 31(8):555 - 564, 2013 (article)

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In the spirit of recent work on contextual recognition and estimation, we present a method for estimating the pose of human hands, employing information about the shape of the object in the hand. Despite the fact that most applications of human hand tracking involve grasping and manipulation of objects, the majority of methods in the literature assume a free hand, isolated from the surrounding environment. Occlusion of the hand from grasped objects does in fact often pose a severe challenge to the estimation of hand pose. In the presented method, object occlusion is not only compensated for, it contributes to the pose estimation in a contextual fashion; this without an explicit model of object shape. Our hand tracking method is non-parametric, performing a nearest neighbor search in a large database (.. entries) of hand poses with and without grasped objects. The system that operates in real time, is robust to self occlusions, object occlusions and segmentation errors, and provides full hand pose reconstruction from monocular video. Temporal consistency in hand pose is taken into account, without explicitly tracking the hand in the high-dim pose space. Experiments show the non-parametric method to outperform other state of the art regression methods, while operating at a significantly lower computational cost than comparable model-based hand tracking methods.

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Regularized principal manifolds

Smola, A., Mika, S., Schölkopf, B., Williamson, R.

Journal of Machine Learning Research, 1, pages: 179-209, June 2001 (article)

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Many settings of unsupervised learning can be viewed as quantization problems - the minimization of the expected quantization error subject to some restrictions. This allows the use of tools such as regularization from the theory of (supervised) risk minimization for unsupervised learning. This setting turns out to be closely related to principal curves, the generative topographic map, and robust coding. We explore this connection in two ways: (1) we propose an algorithm for finding principal manifolds that can be regularized in a variety of ways; and (2) we derive uniform convergence bounds and hence bounds on the learning rates of the algorithm. In particular, we give bounds on the covering numbers which allows us to obtain nearly optimal learning rates for certain types of regularization operators. Experimental results demonstrate the feasibility of the approach.

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The psychometric function: II. Bootstrap-based confidence intervals and sampling

Wichmann, F., Hill, N.

Perception and Psychophysics, 63 (8), pages: 1314-1329, 2001 (article)

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The psychometric function: I. Fitting, sampling and goodness-of-fit

Wichmann, F., Hill, N.

Perception and Psychophysics, 63 (8), pages: 1293-1313, 2001 (article)

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The psychometric function relates an observer'sperformance to an independent variable, usually some physical quantity of a stimulus in a psychophysical task. This paper, together with its companion paper (Wichmann & Hill, 2001), describes an integrated approach to (1) fitting psychometric functions, (2) assessing the goodness of fit, and (3) providing confidence intervals for the function'sparameters and other estimates derived from them, for the purposes of hypothesis testing. The present paper deals with the first two topics, describing a constrained maximum-likelihood method of parameter estimation and developing several goodness-of-fit tests. Using Monte Carlo simulations, we deal with two specific difficulties that arise when fitting functions to psychophysical data. First, we note that human observers are prone to stimulus-independent errors (or lapses ). We show that failure to account for this can lead to serious biases in estimates of the psychometric function'sparameters and illustrate how the problem may be overcome. Second, we note that psychophysical data sets are usually rather small by the standards required by most of the commonly applied statistical tests. We demonstrate the potential errors of applying traditional X^2 methods to psychophysical data and advocate use of Monte Carlo resampling techniques that do not rely on asymptotic theory. We have made available the software to implement our methods

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Markovian domain fingerprinting: statistical segmentation of protein sequences

Bejerano, G., Seldin, Y., Margalit, H., Tishby, N.

Bioinformatics, 17(10):927-934, 2001 (article)

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Isotropic second-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities

Fischer, P., Buckingham, A., Albrecht, A.

PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 64(5), 2001 (article)

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The second-order nonlinear optical susceptibility, in the electric dipole approximation, is only nonvanishing for materials that are noncentrosymmetric. Should the medium be isotropic, then only a chiral system. such as an optically active liquid, satisfies this symmetry requirement. We derive the quantum-mechanical form of the isotropic component of the sum- and difference-frequency susceptibility and discuss its unusual spectral properties. We show that any coherent second-order nonlinear optical process in a system of randomly oriented molecules requires the medium to be chiral. and the incident frequencies to be different and nonzero. Furthermore, a minimum of two nondegenerate excited molecular states are needed for the isotropic part of the susceptibility to be nonvanishing. The rotationally invariant susceptibility is zero in the static field limit and shows exceptionally sensitive resonance and dephasing effects that are particular to chiral centers.

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Reply to “Comment on ‘Phenomenological damping in optical response tensors’”

Buckingham, A., Fischer, P.

PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 63(4), 2001 (article)

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We show that damping factors must not be incorporated in the perturbation of the ground state by a static electric field. If they are included, as in the theory of Stedman et al. {[}preceding Comment. Phys. Rev. A 63, 047801 (2001)], then there would be an electric dipole in the y direction induced in a hydrogen atom in the M-s = + 1/2 state by a static electric field in the x direction. Such a dipole is excluded by symmetry.

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The coercivity of the melt-spun Sm-Fe-Ga-C permanent magnets and the effect of additives (Nb, Cu and Zr)

Zhang, J. X., Kleinschroth, I., Goll, D., Cuevas, F., Kronmüller, H.

{Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter}, 13(46):10487-10496, 2001 (article)

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Hardness-depth profile of a carbon-implanted Ti-6Al-4V alloy and its relation to composition and microstructure

Kunert, M., Kienzle, O., Baretzky, B., Baker, S. P., Mittemeijer, E. J.

{Journal of Materials Research}, 16(8):2321-2335, 2001 (article)

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New Sm(Co, Fe, Cu, Zr)(z) magnets with better temperature stability

Tang, W., Zhang, Y., Goll, D., Hadjipanayis, G. C., Kronmüller, H.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 226(Sp. Iss. SI):1365-1366, 2001 (article)

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Hydrogen in nanostructured vanadium-hydrogen systems

Orimo, S., Kimmerle, F., Majer, G.

{Physical Review B}, 63(9), 2001 (article)

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Diffusion of hydrogen in heterogeneous systems

Herrmann, A., Schimmele, L., Mössinger, J., Hirscher, M., Kronmüller, H.

{Applied Physics A-Materials Science \& Processing}, 72(2):197-208, 2001 (article)

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Structural vacancies in B2-CoAl and NiAl

Meyer, B., Bester, G., Fähnle, M.

{Scripta Materialia}, 44, pages: 2485-2488, 2001 (article)

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Grain boundary phase transition in the Cu-Bi system

Straumal, B. B., Prokofyev, S. I., Chang, L.-S., Sluchanko, N. E., Baretzky, B., Gust, W., Mittemeijer, E. J.

{Diffusion and Defect Forum}, 194-199, pages: 1343-1348, 2001 (article)

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Carbon nanostructures: an efficient hydrogen storage medium for fuel cells

Atkinson, K., Roth, S., Hirscher, M., Grünwald, W.

{Fuel Cells Bulletin}, 4(38):9-12, 2001 (article)

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Magnetic domains in nanostructured media studied with M-TXM

Fischer, P., Eimüller, T., Schütz, G., Bayreuther, G., Tsunashima, S., Tagaki, N., Denbeaux, G., Attwood, D.

{Journal of Synchrotron Radiation}, 8, pages: 325-327, 2001 (article)

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Compound formation and abrasion resistance of ion-implanted Ti6Al4V

Schmidt, H., Schminke, A., Schmiedgen, M., Baretzky, B.

{Acta Materialia}, 49, pages: 487-495, 2001 (article)

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Interpretation of ab initio total energy results in a chemical language: I. Formalism and implementation into a mixed-basis pseudopotential code

Bester, G., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter}, 13(50):11541-11550, 2001 (article)

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Faceting of \sum3 and \sum9 grain boundaries in copper

Straumal, B. B., Polyakov, S. A., Bischoff, E., Gust, W., Mittemeijer, E. J.

{Interface Science}, 9(3-4):287-292, 2001 (article)

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Generation and application of ultra-high-intensity magnetic field gradient pulses for NMR spectroscopy

Galvosas, P., Stallmach, F., Seiffert, G., Karger, J., Kaess, U., Majer, G.

{Journal of Magnetic Resonance}, 151(2):260-268, 2001 (article)

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Formation and structure of highly over-stoichiometric LaNi5+x (x\textasciitilde1) alloys obtained by manifold non-equilibrium methods

Cuevas, F., Latroche, M., Hirscher, M., Percheron-Guegan, A.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 323, pages: 4-7, 2001 (article)

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Hydrogen permeability measurement through Pd, Ni and Fe membranes

Yamakawa, K., Ege, M., Ludescher, B., Hirscher, M., Kronmüller, H.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 321(1):17-23, 2001 (article)

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Ab-initio statistical mechanics for the phase diagram of NiAl including the effect of vacancies

Lechermann, F., Fähnle, M.

{Physica Status Solidi B-Basic Research}, 224(2):R4-R6, 2001 (article)

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Uniaxial orientational order-disorder transitions in diammine magnesium halides, Mg(ND3)2Cl2 and Mg(ND3)2Br2, investigated by neutron diffraction

Leineweber, A., Jacobs, H., Fischer, P., Böttger, G.

{Journal of Solid State Chemistry}, 156(2):487-499, 2001 (article)

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XMCD study of the Ruddlesden-Popper Phase La1.2Nd0.2Sr1.6Mn2O7

Weigand, F., Goering, E., Geissler, J., Justen, M., Dörr, K., Ruck, K., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Synchrotron Radiation}, 8, pages: 431-433, 2001 (article)

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Nonlinear magnetoelastic effect in ultrathin epitaxial fcc Co (001) films: an ab-initio study

Komelj, M., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 224, pages: L1-L4, 2001 (article)

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Element-specific imaging of magnetic domains at 25 nm spatial Resolution using soft X-ray microscopy

Fischer, P., Eimüller, T., Schütz, G., Denbeaux, G., Pearson, A., Johnson, L., Attwood, D., Tsunashima, S., Kumazawa, M., Takagi, N., Köhler, M., Bayreuther, G.

{Review of Scientific Instruments}, 72, pages: 2322-2324, 2001 (article)

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Magnetization reversal of a multilayered FeGd dot array imaged by transmission X-ray microscopy

Eimüller, T., Scholz, M., Guttmann, P., Fischer, P., Köhler, M., Bayreuther, G., Schmahl, G., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 89, pages: 7162-7164, 2001 (article)

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Ho-Fe - Garnet soft XMCD measurements below and above the compensation temperature

Goering, E., Gold, S., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Synchrotron Radiation}, 8, pages: 422-424, 2001 (article)

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