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A theoretical study of the effects of an external electric field on adsorbatesurface systems
(1997)We have used the density functional ab initio method to conduct investigations on the effects of an applied electric field on the chemisorption bonds of adsorbatesurface systems, and on the reactivity of a gas phase ... 
A theoretical study of the higher fullerenes carbon(76) and carbon(78)
(1993)Ab initio selfconsistent field HartreeFock calculations employing minimal and doublezeta basis sets have been carried out on the possible isolatedpentagon fullerene isomers of C$\sb{76}$ and C$\sb{78}$. Two possible ... 
A theory of escalation: The use of coercive bargaining strategies in international conflict
(1994)This thesis is a theoretical and empirical investigation of the escalation process that results when states are in dispute over some issue(s) in the international system. Escalation is viewed as a costimposing bargaining ... 

A theory of photometric stereo for a general class of reflectance maps
(1990)Photometric stereo is an image processing technique for 2$1\over 2$ dimensional surface reconstruction from local shading. The classical theory of photometric stereo has been developed only for surfaces that reflect in a ... 
A theory of thirdparty intervention in disputes in international politics
(2001)The occurrence of thirdparty intervention is a hallmark of many of the most devastating conflicts in world history, because the entrance of third parties into a conflict expands the scope of the violence, amplifies the ... 
A theory of willpower
(2002)This dissertation explores the phenomenology and folk theory of willpower, critically assesses existing scientific theories of willpower that seek to explain the phenomenology and folk theory, and proposes a new scientifically ... 
A thermodynamic analysis of tethers formed from lipid bilayers: Influence of electromechanical phenomena and entropicallydriven tensions
(2006)The material properties of biomembranes can be measured by forming a tether, a thin bilayer tube that extends from the membrane surface. The force required to maintain a tether at a given length depends upon both membrane ... 
A ThieleGeddes equilibrium stage calculation
(1964)The ThieleGeddes method as developed by Holland uses dew and bubble point calculations to determine new stage temperatures for each succeeding iteration. The method to be considered here involves the use of enthalpy ... 
A thin film lithium niobate ferroelectric transistor
(1991)The incorporation of a thin film of LiNbO$\sb3$ in a conventional MOS (metaloxidesemiconductor) structure gives the possibility of two fundamentally different types of computer memory architectures. One, based on ... 
"A THORNCHOKED GARDEN PLOT": WOMEN'S PLACE IN EMILY DICKINSON AND CHRISTINA ROSSETTI (ENGLAND, UNITED STATES)
(1986)Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti, born just five days apart in 1830, wrote similarly on love, restriction, identity, and death. Their similarities arose not because one poet influenced the other, but because both ... 
A THREE DIMENSIONAL MODEL OF THE PLASMA FLOW AND MAGNETIC FIELDS IN THE DAYSIDE IONOSPHERE OF VENUS
(1982)Today, the earth's instrinsic magnetic field prevents the streaming solar wind plasma from directly interacting with the terrestrial atmosphere. Periodically the geomagnetic field reverses direction, and during the transition ... 

A THREEDIMENSIONAL DOMAIN DECOMPOSITION ALGORITHM FOR THE NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF ELLIPTIC AND PARABOLIC PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
(1986)A threedimensional, nonsymmetric, domain decomposition algorithm is developed. The algorithm is based upon the use of a lower dimensional problem as a correction to the preconditioned generalized conjugate residual method ... 
A threedimensional finite element method for quantifying stress shielding following total hip replacement
(1993)One of the critical problems associated with total hip replacement is the loosening of femoral stem. A major cause of femoral stem loosening is believed to be stress shielding of the proximal femur following implantation. ... 
A threepulse algorithm for minimumfuel rotational maneuvers
(2004)Spacecraft equipped with a Reaction Control System (RCS) for attitude control typically utilize a "bangoffbang" control algorithm for rotational maneuvers. This type of algorithm, which commands two distinct control ... 
A threevariable model of the blood glucose regulatory system
(1968)A threevariable model of the blood glucose regulatory system is developed and conformed to glucose and insulin measurements from oral glucose tolerance tests. Three experimental conditions are considered: 1) resting normal ...