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Université de Neuchâtel

Evolution of the "Castanea sativa" - "Dryocosmus kuriphilus" - "Torymus sinensis" - system in southern Switzerland

Gehring, Eric ; Aebi, Alexandre (Dir.) ; Conedera, Marco (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

The arrival of new organisms that may potentially become harmful for people and ecosystems has become a world-wide daily concern to the point that in Switzerland about 800 established alien species exist, of which at least 107 are considered invasive. A possible way to control such pests is by importing and releasing natural enemies from their countries of origin, letting them to act as so-called...

Université de Neuchâtel

Ecosystem engineers’ contribution to soil structure formation in floodplains

Schomburg, Andreas ; Le Bayon, Claire (Dir.) ; Guenat, Claire (Codir.) ; Brunner, Philip (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

Soil structure formation constitutes an extremely important process in near-natural and restored floodplains. A stable soil structure protects riverbanks from erosion and contributes to the preservation of ecosystem services. However, developing a soil structure in alluvial soils is difficult for several reasons. Extensive alluvial dynamics cause periodic waterlogging and continuously rejuvenate...

Université de Neuchâtel

New frontiers of ultrafast thin-disk laser oscillators for applications in metrology and the generation of THz and XUV radiation

Modsching, Norbert Paul ; Südmeyer, Thomas (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

Ultrafast laser systems find application as versatile tool in industry and science. Ultrafast laser systems based on Ti:sapphire – the workhorse in ultrafast science – operate typically at kHz repetition rates and benefit from the available broad gain bandwidth for the direct generation of sub 100-fs pulse durations. However, thermal effects in the gain medium due to a high quantum defect...

Université de Neuchâtel

Persistance de processus de Markov déterministes par morceaux

Strickler, Edouard Antoine ; Benaïm, Michel (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

This thesis is devoted to the study of the long-term behaviour of Piecewise Deterministic Markov Processes (PDMP). That is, a process (Xt,It)t≥0 living in ℝd × E with E a finite space, where X is continuous and evolves between the jumps of I as dXt / dt = FIt (Xt),...

Université de Fribourg

Laboratory based XAS measurements, electron-induced double K-shell ionization of Sc, Cr and Cu : and, Chemical sensitivity of photoinduced Kʰβ hypersatelite transition in Cr compounds

Zeeshan, Faisal ; Dousse, Jean-Claude (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Fribourg, 2017 ; no. 2052.

The present PhD thesis includes three different projects which belong to the domain of inner-shell atomic physics and high energy resolution X-ray spectroscopy. The first project consists of a series of in-house measurements of the characteristic K and L X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) of several 3d, 4d and 5d transition metals. For this project the target chamber of the von Hamos curved crystal...

Université de Neuchâtel

Rubidium vapour-cell frequency standards : metrology of optical and microwave frequency references

Moreno, William ; Mileti, Gaetano (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

This thesis concerns the development, study, and optimisation of compact and high-performance frequency references based on rubidium (Rb) vapour cells1. More specially, two Rb vapour-cell frequency references are studied: an optical-frequency reference at 1.5 μm and a double-resonance pulsed optically pumped (POP) atomic clock. The use of vapour cells allows compact frequency...

Université de Neuchâtel

Groundwater recharge dynamics by snowmelt

Meeks, Jessica ; Hunkeler, Daniel (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018.

Understanding the recharge mechanisms for karst aquifers is of great importance because these aquifers are relied upon by a quarter of Earth’s population, and because their recharge and discharge dynamics are often strongly coupled. Given this coupling, karst groundwater resources are inherently susceptible to surface processes such as climate, where the timing and volume of water infiltration...

Université de Neuchâtel

Increasing the size of metalla-assemblies to target the EPR-effect of tumors and solid cancers

Mannancherril, Vidya ; Therrien, Bruno (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

Cancer, a malignant disease, is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among humans. However, selective targeting of cancerous tissue remains challenging. The enhanced permeability and retention effect (EPR-effect), a naturally occurring phenomenon in solid cancerous tissue, is a suitable treatment pathway to selectively target cancerous tissues, whereas healthy tissue remains...

Université de Neuchâtel

Handling auxiliary variables in survey sampling and nonresponse

Vallée, Audrey-Anne ; Tillé, Yves (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

This manuscript is dedicated to the use of auxiliary information in survey sampling and nonresponse. We are interested in the integration of auxiliary variables in sampling methods and in the treatment of nonresponse to improve the efficiency and the precision of surveys. We also deal with the calculation of the precision of estimators. Indeed, variances rapidly become difficult to calculate when...

Université de Neuchâtel

Semantic content in titi monkey alarm call sequences

Berthet, Mélissa ; Zuberbühler, Klaus (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018.

The comparative approach aims to understand the uniqueness of human language and how it evolved from primitive communication systems. Black-fronted titi monkeys Callicebus nigrifrons possess two soft alarm calls: A-calls are specific to threats within the canopy while B-calls are general calls emitted to terrestrial predators but also in non-predatory contexts, while moving near the...