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    Fluorescent portable monitoring systems provide real-time and on-site analysis of a sample solution, avoiding transportation delays and solution degradation. However, some applications, such as environmental monitoring of bodies of water with algae pollution, rely on the temperature control that off-site systems provide for adequate solution results. The goal of this research is the development of a temperature stabilization module for a portable fluorescent sensing platform, which is necessary to prevent inaccurate results. Using a Peltier device-based system, the module heats/cools a solution through digital-to-analog control of the current, using three surface-mounted temperature modules attached to a copper cuvette holder, which is directly attached to the Peltier device. This system utilizes an in-house algorithm for control, which effectively minimizes temperature overshooting when a change is enacted. Finally, with the use of a sample fluorescent dye, Rhodamine B, the system's controllability is highlighted through the monitoring of Rhodamine B's fluorescence emission decrease as the solution temperature increases. 
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  2. Fluorescence dyes are widely used in biomolecule detection/quantification, flow tracing reference for gases and liquids, pathogen detection, and other life science applications. However, fluorescence emission efficiency of the dyes is easily affected by several parameters, such as polarity, pH, and temperature. Therefore, it is essential to monitor and control these parameters for reliable and accurate measurements. We propose a 3D-printed copper cuvette holder (i.materialise, Belgium) joined with a Peltier-based temperature controller platform for stable reading of fluorescence emission from the dye. For demonstration of temperature effects on fluorescence efficiency, rhodamine B, which is one of the widely used fluorescence standards and probes in bioscience, was used. For excitation, 530 nm wavelength lighting was utilized for stimulating the rhodamine B. A Peltier device was controlled with different levels of direct current (DC) to demonstrate the temperature controlling capability of the device and fluorescence efficiency of the rhodamine B was tested with a varying temperature level: 20 ºC to 80 ºC. For our device, the temperature will be monitored by temperature ICs that are attached at three different points of the copper body for uniform temperature heating of the solution in a cuvette. We have monitored the temperature distribution of the copper holder with an external temperature monitor, the DT304, and determined that the temperature is maintained to with a 5 ºC. We plan to monitor the solution temperature directly with the use of an infrared temperature sensor positioned down at the opening of the cuvette. The ambient temperature and the temperature of the opposite junction of the Peltier device will be monitored through the use of two thermocouples. An analysis of several different temperature components of the device allow for a better interpretation of what is happening in the system. Moreover, the implementation of a water-cooling apparatus will allow for a way to quickly decrease the temperature of the cuvette when desirable. These features allow for the sample to be monitored efficiently, allowing for proper stabilization techniques and the ability to fluctuate the temperature when required of an application. In summary, we have developed an 3D-printed copper cuvette holder with a Peltier-based temperature controller platform for stable reading of fluorescence emission from the dye or fluorophore solution. Our compact temperature controller system provides viable option for any fluorometers to easily apply it for temperature stabilization during the fluorescence dye testing. 
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  5. Abstract A data sample of events from proton-proton collisions with at least two jets, and two isolated same-sign or three or more charged leptons, is studied in a search for signatures of new physics phenomena. The data correspond to an integrated luminosity of $$137{\,{\text {fb}}^{-1}} $$ 137 fb - 1 at a center-of-mass energy of $$13\,{\text {TeV}} $$ 13 TeV , collected in 2016–2018 by the CMS experiment at the LHC. The search is performed using a total of 168 signal regions defined using several kinematic variables. The properties of the events are found to be consistent with the expectations from standard model processes. Exclusion limits at 95% confidence level are set on cross sections for the pair production of gluinos or squarks for various decay scenarios in the context of supersymmetric models conserving or violating R parity. The observed lower mass limits are as large as $$2.1\,{\text {TeV}} $$ 2.1 TeV for gluinos and $$0.9\,{\text {TeV}} $$ 0.9 TeV for top and bottom squarks. To facilitate reinterpretations, model-independent limits are provided in a set of simplified signal regions. 
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    A bstract The momentum-weighted sum of the electric charges of particles inside a jet, known as jet charge, is sensitive to the electric charge of the particle initiating the parton shower. This paper presents jet charge distributions in $$ \sqrt{s_{\mathrm{NN}}} $$ s NN = 5 . 02 TeV lead-lead (PbPb) and proton-proton (pp) collisions recorded with the CMS detector at the LHC. These data correspond to integrated luminosities of 404 μ b − 1 and 27.4 pb − 1 for PbPb and pp collisions, respectively. Leveraging the sensitivity of the jet charge to fundamental differences in the electric charges of quarks and gluons, the jet charge distributions from simulated events are used as templates to extract the quark- and gluon-like jet fractions from data. The modification of these jet fractions is examined by comparing pp and PbPb data as a function of the overlap of the colliding Pb nuclei (centrality). This measurement tests the color charge dependence of jet energy loss due to interactions with the quark-gluon plasma. No significant modification between different centrality classes and with respect to pp results is observed in the extracted quark- and gluon-like jet fractions. 
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