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  • Oksanen, Markku (Helsingin yliopisto, 2013)
    All the fundamental interactions except gravity have been successfully described in the framework of quantum field theory. Construction of a consistent quantum theory of gravity remains a challenge, because the general theory of relativity is not renormalizable. We consider gravitational theories that aim to improve the ultraviolet behavior of general relativity. The main tool of our analysis is the Hamiltonian formulation of theories that possess local (gauge) invariances. Hořava-Lifshitz gravity achieves power-counting renormalizability by assuming that space and time scale anisotropically at high energies. At long distances the theory flows to an effective theory that is relativistically invariant. We propose a generalization of this theory. Motivated by cosmology, the modified F(R) Hořava-Lifshitz gravity is constructed. It retains the renormalizability of the original Hořava-Lifshitz gravity. The Hamiltonian analysis shows that the theory contains two extra degrees of freedom compared to general relativity: one is associated with the lack of relativistic invariance at high energies and another with the presence of a second-order time derivative of the metric in the Lagrangian due to the nonlinearity of the function F(R). The theory is able to describe inflation and dark energy in a unified manner without extra components. For a certain choice of parameters the theory effectively flows to the relativistic F(R) gravity at long distances. Hamiltonian analysis of the recently proposed covariant renormalizable gravity is accomplished. The structure of constraints is discovered to be very complicated, especially for the new version of the theory with improved ultraviolet behavior. Moreover, this theory is found to contain a ghost, a degree of freedom with negative energy, which destabilizes the theory. The Hamiltonian analysis of relativistic higher-derivative gravity is revisited. Conformally invariant Weyl gravity is concluded to be the only theory of this type that could even in principle restrain the existing ghosts, since in all other potentially renormalizable cases the number of ghosts exceeds the number of local invariances. Lastly, we investigate the idea of deriving a gravitational theory by gauging the twisted Poincaré symmetry of noncommutative spacetime.
  • Sajavaara, Timo (Helsingin yliopisto, 2002)
  • Koponen, Jonna (Helsingin yliopisto, 2009)
    Several excited states of Ds and Bs mesons have been discovered in the last six years: BaBar, Cleo and Belle discovered the very narrow states D(s0)*(2317)+- and D(s1)(2460)+- in 2003, and CDF and DO Collaborations reported the observation of two narrow Bs resonances, B(s1)(5830)0 and B*(s2)(5840)0 in 2007. To keep up with experiment, meson excited states should be studied from the theoretical aspect as well. The theory that describes the interaction between quarks and gluons is quantum chromodynamics (QCD). In this thesis the properties of the meson states are studied using the discretized version of the theory - lattice QCD. This allows us to perform QCD calculations from first principles, and "measure" not just energies but also the radial distributions of the states on the lattice. This gives valuable theoretical information on the excited states, as we can extract the energy spectrum of a static-light meson up to D wave states (states with orbital angular momentum L=2). We are thus able to predict where some of the excited meson states should lie. We also pay special attention to the order of the states, to detect possible inverted spin multiplets in the meson spectrum, as predicted by H. Schnitzer in 1978. This inversion is connected to the confining potential of the strong interaction. The lattice simulations can also help us understand the strong interaction better, as the lattice data can be treated as "experimental" data and used in testing potential models. In this thesis an attempt is made to explain the energies and radial distributions in terms of a potential model based on a one-body Dirac equation. The aim is to get more information about the nature of the confining potential, as well as to test how well the one-gluon exchange potential explains the short range part of the interaction.
  • Svedström, Kirsi (Helsingin yliopisto, 2012)
    The interest in wood and its main constituent, cellulose, is growing continuously. This can be explained by the demands of sustainable development and the extending scope of applications enabled by novel materials like nanocrystalline cellulose. Outstanding mechanical properties are one of the main reasons for the usability of wood. However, details on the ultrastructure of wood cell wall are still lacking, and thus also the origin for the mechanical properties is partly unknown. The various properties of plant materials arise from their hierarchical structure. Thus information at several size scales is needed for revealing the structure-function relationships. In this study, the structure of plant cell wall and cellulose based materials was characterized from the micro- to nanometer scale: using x-ray microtomography, the three-dimensional cellular structure was revealed and using x-ray scattering methods, the nanostructure was investigated. In the cell wall, parallel cellulose chains form microfibrils, which are partially crystalline and embedded in an amorphous hemicellulose-lignin matrix. The orientation, width and length of the crystalline parts of microfibrils vary between the plant species and materials. In this thesis, the cellulose structure was characterized in various plant species, and the effects due to drying, chemical pulping and acid hydrolysis were determined. It was found that the properties of the amorphous matrix played a role in all the effects studied. The wide spectrum of the samples, including native cotton, flax, bamboo, various wood species, pulp, microcrystalline and nanofibrillated cellulose (MCC, NFC), enabled interesting comparisons. It was observed, that in tension wood, pulp, MCC, and NFC, the cellulose crystallite width was significantly larger than in native normal wood. The high cellulose content and lack of lignin were typical for all the samples with a larger crystallite width. It was also found that the lateral and longitudinal order of the cellulose chains in crystallites was higher in never-dried wood compared to the corresponding air-dried samples. This indicated that the moisture had impact on the structures formed by crystalline cellulose although the water molecules can not enter the crystallites. One of the objects of the thesis was the study of the cellulose structure of oak from the Swedish warship Vasa. The results gave information on the preservation of the historically important wood throughout the centuries at the bottom of the sea.
  • Alanen, Janne (Helsingin yliopisto, 2012)
    Gauge theories are used to describe interactions between the elementary particles of the standard model and beyond standard model theories. In the regime where interactions are strong perturbative methods cannot be used. Thus the non-perturbative part is generally studied by using lattice simulations and effective field theories. However a new method for exploring the non-perturbative part is the AdS/CFT duality that relates a specific string theory and a conformal field theory. In this thesis, the AdS/CFT duality is generalized to non-conformal gauge theories and its implications are studied. In particular, a holographic model for studying various large-N gauge theories is introduced.
  • Keränen, Ville (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    Superfluidity is perhaps one of the most remarkable observed macroscopic quantum effect. Superfluidity appears when a macroscopic number of particles occupies a single quantum state. Using modern experimental techniques one dark solitons) and vortices. There is a large literature on theoretical work studying the properties of such solitons using semiclassical methods. This thesis describes an alternative method for the study of superfluid solitons. The method used here is a holographic duality between a class of quantum field theories and gravitational theories. The classical limit of the gravitational system maps into a strong coupling limit of the quantum field theory. We use a holographic model of superfluidity to study solitons in these systems. One particularly appealing feature of this technique is that it allows us to take into account finite temperature effects in a large range of temperatures.
  • Stenlund, Mikko (Helsingin yliopisto, 2006)
    We study a Hamiltonian describing a pendulum coupled with several anisochronous oscillators, giving a simple construction of unstable KAM tori and their stable and unstable manifolds for analytic perturbations. When the coupling takes place through an even trigonometric polynomial in the angle variables, we extend analytically the solutions of the equations of motion, order by order in the perturbation parameter, to a large neighbourhood of the real line representing time. Subsequently, we devise an asymptotic expansion for the splitting (matrix) associated with a homoclinic point. This expansion consists of contributions that are manifestly exponentially small in the limit of vanishing gravity, by a shift-of-countour argument. Hence, we infer a similar upper bound for the splitting itself. In particular, the derivation of the result does not call for a tree expansion with explicit cancellation mechanisms.
  • Hirvonen, Åsa (Helsingin yliopisto, 2009)
    This thesis studies homogeneous classes of complete metric spaces. Over the past few decades model theory has been extended to cover a variety of nonelementary frameworks. Shelah introduced the abstact elementary classes (AEC) in the 1980s as a common framework for the study of nonelementary classes. Another direction of extension has been the development of model theory for metric structures. This thesis takes a step in the direction of combining these two by introducing an AEC-like setting for studying metric structures. To find balance between generality and the possibility to develop stability theoretic tools, we work in a homogeneous context, thus extending the usual compact approach. The homogeneous context enables the application of stability theoretic tools developed in discrete homogeneous model theory. Using these we prove categoricity transfer theorems for homogeneous metric structures with respect to isometric isomorphisms. We also show how generalized isomorphisms can be added to the class, giving a model theoretic approach to, e.g., Banach space isomorphisms or operator approximations. The novelty is the built-in treatment of these generalized isomorphisms making, e.g., stability up to perturbation the natural stability notion. With respect to these generalized isomorphisms we develop a notion of independence. It behaves well already for structures which are omega-stable up to perturbation and coincides with the one from classical homogeneous model theory over saturated enough models. We also introduce a notion of isolation and prove dominance for it.
  • Hagros, Annika (Helsingin yliopisto, 2006)
    A new rock mass classification scheme, the Host Rock Classification system (HRC-system) has been developed for evaluating the suitability of volumes of rock mass for the disposal of high-level nuclear waste in Precambrian crystalline bedrock. To support the development of the system, the requirements of host rock to be used for disposal have been studied in detail and the significance of the various rock mass properties have been examined. The HRC-system considers both the long-term safety of the repository and the constructability in the rock mass. The system is specific to the KBS-3V disposal concept and can be used only at sites that have been evaluated to be suitable at the site scale. By using the HRC-system, it is possible to identify potentially suitable volumes within the site at several different scales (repository, tunnel and canister scales). The selection of the classification parameters to be included in the HRC-system is based on an extensive study on the rock mass properties and their various influences on the long-term safety, the constructability and the layout and location of the repository. The parameters proposed for the classification at the repository scale include fracture zones, strength/stress ratio, hydraulic conductivity and the Groundwater Chemistry Index. The parameters proposed for the classification at the tunnel scale include hydraulic conductivity, Q´ and fracture zones and the parameters proposed for the classification at the canister scale include hydraulic conductivity, Q´, fracture zones, fracture width (aperture + filling) and fracture trace length. The parameter values will be used to determine the suitability classes for the volumes of rock to be classified. The HRC-system includes four suitability classes at the repository and tunnel scales and three suitability classes at the canister scale and the classification process is linked to several important decisions regarding the location and acceptability of many components of the repository at all three scales. The HRC-system is, thereby, one possible design tool that aids in locating the different repository components into volumes of host rock that are more suitable than others and that are considered to fulfil the fundamental requirements set for the repository host rock. The generic HRC-system, which is the main result of this work, is also adjusted to the site-specific properties of the Olkiluoto site in Finland and the classification procedure is demonstrated by a test classification using data from Olkiluoto. Keywords: host rock, classification, HRC-system, nuclear waste disposal, long-term safety, constructability, KBS-3V, crystalline bedrock, Olkiluoto
  • Lehtipalo, Katrianne (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    Aerosol particles deteriorate air quality, atmospheric visibility and our health. They affect the Earth s climate by absorbing and scattering sunlight, forming clouds, and also via several feed-back mechanisms. The net effect on the radiative balance is negative, i.e. cooling, which means that particles counteract the effect of greenhouse gases. However, particles are one of the poorly known pieces in the climate puzzle. Some of the airborne particles are natural, some anthropogenic; some enter the atmosphere in particle form, while others form by gas-to-particle conversion. Unless the sources and dynamical processes shaping the particle population are quantified, they cannot be incorporated into climate models. The molecular level understanding of new particle formation is still inadequate, mainly due to the lack of suitable measurement techniques to detect the smallest particles and their precursors. This thesis has contributed to our ability to measure newly formed particles. Three new condensation particle counter applications for measuring the concentration of nano-particles were developed. The suitability of the methods for detecting both charged and electrically neutral particles and molecular clusters as small as 1 nm in diameter was thoroughly tested both in laboratory and field conditions. It was shown that condensation particle counting has reached the size scale of individual molecules, and besides measuring the concentration they can be used for getting size information. In addition to atmospheric research, the particle counters could have various applications in other fields, especially in nanotechnology. Using the new instruments, the first continuous time series of neutral sub-3 nm particle concentrations were measured at two field sites, which represent two different kinds of environments: the boreal forest and the Atlantic coastline, both of which are known to be hot-spots for new particle formation. The contribution of ions to the total concentrations in this size range was estimated, and it could be concluded that the fraction of ions was usually minor, especially in boreal forest conditions. Since the ionization rate is connected to the amount of cosmic rays entering the atmosphere, the relative contribution of neutral to charged nucleation mechanisms extends beyond academic interest, and links the research directly to current climate debate.
  • Karesoja, Mikko (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    In this study several inorganic-organic hybrids and multiresponsive hybrid polymers were prepared and characterised in detail. Especially the focus has been on stimuli responsive materials but also on nanocomposites based on modified montmorillonite clay. Furthermore thin SiO2-capillaries were modified for electrophoretic separations. In all cases different controlled radical polymerisation techniques have been used. The modification of montmorillonite clay was conducted by surface initiated atom transfer polymerisation. Clay was grafted with random copolymer of butyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate and the modified clay was further mixed with a matrix polymer with the same chemical composition to create nanocomposite films. The relation of the nanocomposite structure to its mechanical properties was in the main focus. The extent of exfoliation of the clay in the composite films clearly affected mechanical properties. Montmorillonite clay was also grafted with pH- and thermoresponsive poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate). The thermoresponsive properties of the resulting hybrid materials were compared to similar homopolymer. The inner walls of thin silica capillaries were grafted with a cationic polymer, poly([2-(methacryloyl)oxyethyl]trimethylammonium chloride) (PMOTAC). These capillaries were further used in capillary electrophoresis to separate standard proteins, different β-blockers and low-density as well as high density lipoproteins. The separation of the analytes was not possible with bare SiO2-capillaries but with polymer coated capillaries good separation of the analytes was achieved. Hybrid materials based on mesoporous silica particles grafted with poly(N-vinylcaprolactam-b-polyethylene oxide) (PVCL-b-PEO) were synthesised. The challenging synthesis of these hybrids was performed as a combination of surface initiated atom transfer polymerisation and click reactions. Thermal behaviour and the colloidal stability of these hybrid particles were studied. The role of the PEO block in the colloidal stability of the particles was crucial. Finally, multiresponsive hybrid block copolymers based on N-vinylcaprolactam and 2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate was prepared. The thermal properties of these block copolymers can be tuned by varying the chain length of PVCL block. On the other hand the thermal behaviour of PDMAEMA block is highly dependent on the environmental conditions like pH and ionic strength.
  • Sillanpää, Ilkka (Helsingin yliopisto, 2008)
    In this dissertation we study the interaction between Saturn's moon Titan and the magnetospheric plasma and magnetic field. The method of research is a three-dimensional computer simulation model, that is used to simulate this interaction. The simulation model used is a hybrid model. Hybrid models enable individual tracking or tracing of ions and also take into account the particle motion in the propagation of the electromagnetic fields. The hybrid model has been developed at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. This thesis gives a general description of the effects that the solar wind has on Earth and other planets of our solar system. Planetary satellites can also have similar interactions with the solar wind but also with the plasma flows of planetary magnetospheres. Titan is clearly the largest among the satellites of Saturn and also the only known satellite with a dense atmosphere. It is the atmosphere that makes Titan's plasma interaction with the magnetosphere of Saturn so unique. Nevertheless, comparisons with the plasma interactions of other solar system bodies are valuable. Detecting charged plasma particles requires in situ measurements obtainable through scientific spacecraft. The Cassini mission has been one of the most remarkable international efforts in space science. Since 2004 the measurements and images obtained from instruments onboard the Cassini spacecraft have increased the scientific knowledge of Saturn as well as its satellites and magnetosphere in a way no one was probably able to predict. The current level of science on Titan is practically unthinkable without the Cassini mission. Many of the observations by Cassini instrument teams have influenced this research both the direct measurements of Titan as well as observations of its plasma environment. The theoretical principles of the hybrid modelling approach are presented in connection to the broader context of plasma simulations. The developed hybrid model is described in detail: e.g. the way the equations of the hybrid model are solved is shown explicitly. Several simulation techniques, such as the grid structure and various boundary conditions, are discussed in detail as well. The testing and monitoring of simulation runs is presented as an essential routine when running sophisticated and complex models. Several significant improvements of the model, that are in preparation, are also discussed. A main part of this dissertation are four scientific articles based on the results of the Titan model. The Titan model developed during the course of the Ph.D. research has been shown to be an important tool to understand Titan's plasma interaction. One reason for this is that the structures of the magnetic field around Titan are very much three-dimensional. The simulation results give a general picture of the magnetic fields in the vicinity of Titan. The magnetic fine structure of Titan's wake as seen in the simulations seems connected to Alfvén waves an important wave mode in space plasmas. The particle escape from Titan is also a major part of these studies. Our simulations show a bending or turning of Titan's ionotail that we have shown to be a direct result of the basic principles in plasma physics. Furthermore, the ion flux from the magnetosphere of Saturn into Titan's upper atmosphere has been studied. The modelled ion flux has asymmetries that would likely have a large impact in the heating in different parts of Titan's upper atmosphere.
  • Pellinen, Riikka (Helsingin yliopisto, 2001)
  • Lallo, Marko (Helsingin yliopisto, 2010)
    This research has been prompted by an interest in the atmospheric processes of hydrogen. The sources and sinks of hydrogen are important to know, particularly if hydrogen becomes more common as a replacement for fossil fuel in combustion. Hydrogen deposition velocities (vd) were estimated by applying chamber measurements, a radon tracer method and a two-dimensional model. These three approaches were compared with each other to discover the factors affecting the soil uptake rate. A static-closed chamber technique was introduced to determine the hydrogen deposition velocity values in an urban park in Helsinki, and at a rural site at Loppi. A three-day chamber campaign to carry out soil uptake estimation was held at a remote site at Pallas in 2007 and 2008. The atmospheric mixing ratio of molecular hydrogen has also been measured by a continuous method in Helsinki in 2007 - 2008 and at Pallas from 2006 onwards. The mean vd values measured in the chamber experiments in Helsinki and Loppi were between 0.0 and 0.7 mm s-1. The ranges of the results with the radon tracer method and the two-dimensional model were 0.13 - 0.93 mm s-1 and 0.12 - 0.61 mm s-1, respectively, in Helsinki. The vd values in the three-day campaign at Pallas were 0.06 - 0.52 mm s-1 (chamber) and 0.18 - 0.52 mm s-1 (radon tracer method and two-dimensional model). At Kumpula, the radon tracer method and the chamber measurements produced higher vd values than the two-dimensional model. The results of all three methods were close to each other between November and April, except for the chamber results from January to March, while the soil was frozen. The hydrogen deposition velocity values of all three methods were compared with one-week cumulative rain sums. Precipitation increases the soil moisture, which decreases the soil uptake rate. The measurements made in snow seasons showed that a thick snow layer also hindered gas diffusion, lowering the vd values. The H2 vd values were compared to the snow depth. A decaying exponential fit was obtained as a result. During a prolonged drought in summer 2006, soil moisture values were lower than in other summer months between 2005 and 2008. Such conditions were prevailing in summer 2006 when high chamber vd values were measured. The mixing ratio of molecular hydrogen has a seasonal variation. The lowest atmospheric mixing ratios were found in the late autumn when high deposition velocity values were still being measured. The carbon monoxide (CO) mixing ratio was also measured. Hydrogen and carbon monoxide are highly correlated in an urban environment, due to the emissions originating from traffic. After correction for the soil deposition of H2, the slope was 0.49±0.07 ppb (H2) / ppb (CO). Using the corrected hydrogen-to-carbon-monoxide ratio, the total hydrogen load emitted by Helsinki traffic in 2007 was 261 t (H2) a-1. Hydrogen, methane and carbon monoxide are connected with each other through the atmospheric methane oxidation process, in which formaldehyde is produced as an important intermediate. The photochemical degradation of formaldehyde produces hydrogen and carbon monoxide as end products. Examination of back-trajectories revealed long-range transportation of carbon monoxide and methane. The trajectories can be grouped by applying cluster and source analysis methods. Thus natural and anthropogenic emission sources can be separated by analyzing trajectory clusters.
  • Pennanen, Teemu (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    Paramagnetic, or open-shell, systems are often encountered in the context of metalloproteins, and they are also an essential part of molecular magnets. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool for chemical structure elucidation, but for paramagnetic molecules it is substantially more complicated than in the diamagnetic case. Before the present work, the theory of NMR of paramagnetic molecules was limited to spin-1/2 systems and it did not include relativistic corrections to the hyperfine effects. It also was not systematically expandable. --- The theory was first expanded by including hyperfine contributions up to the fourth power in the fine structure constant α. It was then reformulated and its scope widened to allow any spin state in any spatial symmetry. This involved including zero-field splitting effects. In both stages the theory was implemented into a separate analysis program. The different levels of theory were tested by demonstrative density functional calculations on molecules selected to showcase the relative strength of new NMR shielding terms. The theory was also tested in a joint experimental and computational effort to confirm assignment of 11 B signals. The new terms were found to be significant and comparable with the terms in the earlier levels of theory. The leading-order magnetic-field dependence of shielding in paramagnetic systems was formulated. The theory is now systematically expandable, allowing for higher-order field dependence and relativistic contributions. The prevailing experimental view of pseudocontact shift was found to be significantly incomplete, as it only includes specific geometric dependence, which is not present in most of the new terms introduced here. The computational uncertainty in density functional calculations of the Fermi contact hyperfine constant and zero-field splitting tensor sets a limit for quantitative prediction of paramagnetic shielding for now.
  • Wendland, Lauri (Helsingin yliopisto, 2009)
    This thesis describes methods for the reliable identification of hadronically decaying tau leptons in the search for heavy Higgs bosons of the minimal supersymmetric standard model of particle physics (MSSM). The identification of the hadronic tau lepton decays, i.e. tau-jets, is applied to the gg->bbH, H->tautau and gg->tbH+, H+->taunu processes to be searched for in the CMS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Of all the event selections applied in these final states, the tau-jet identification is the single most important event selection criterion to separate the tiny Higgs boson signal from a large number of background events. The tau-jet identification is studied with methods based on a signature of a low charged track multiplicity, the containment of the decay products within a narrow cone, an isolated electromagnetic energy deposition, a non-zero tau lepton flight path, the absence of electrons, muons, and neutral hadrons in the decay signature, and a relatively small tau lepton mass compared to the mass of most hadrons. Furthermore, in the H+->taunu channel, helicity correlations are exploited to separate the signal tau jets from those originating from the W->taunu decays. Since many of these identification methods rely on the reconstruction of charged particle tracks, the systematic uncertainties resulting from the mechanical tolerances of the tracking sensor positions are estimated with care. The tau-jet identification and other standard selection methods are applied to the search for the heavy neutral and charged Higgs bosons in the H->tautau and H+->taunu decay channels. For the H+->taunu channel, the tau-jet identification is redone and optimized with a recent and more detailed event simulation than previously in the CMS experiment. Both decay channels are found to be very promising for the discovery of the heavy MSSM Higgs bosons. The Higgs boson(s), whose existence has not yet been experimentally verified, are a part of the standard model and its most popular extensions. They are a manifestation of a mechanism which breaks the electroweak symmetry and generates masses for particles. Since the H->tautau and H+->taunu decay channels are important for the discovery of the Higgs bosons in a large region of the permitted parameter space, the analysis described in this thesis serves as a probe for finding out properties of the microcosm of particles and their interactions in the energy scales beyond the standard model of particle physics.
  • Heinonen, Satu-Maarit (Helsingin yliopisto, 2006)
    Epidemiological studies have associated high soy intake with a lowered risk for certain hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast and prostate cancers, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. Soy is a rich source of isoflavones, diphenolic plant compounds that have been shown to possess several biological activities. Soy is not part of the traditional Western diet, but many dietary supplements are commercially available in order to provide the proposed beneficial health effects of isoflavones without changing the original diet. These supplements are usually manufactured from extracts of soy or red clover, which is another important source of isoflavones. However, until recently, detailed studies of the metabolism of these compounds in humans have been lacking. The aim of this study was to identify urinary metabolites of isoflavones originating from soy or red clover using gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS). To examine metabolism, soy and red clover supplementation studies with human volunteers were carried out. In addition, the metabolism of isoflavones was investigated in vitro by identification of metabolites formed during a 24-h fermentation of pure isoflavones with a human fecal inoculum. Qualitative methods for identification and analysis of isoflavone metabolites in urine and fecal fermentation samples by GC-MS were developed. Moreover, a detailed investigation of fragmentation of isoflavonoids in electron ionization mass spectrometry (EIMS) was carried out by means of synthetic reference compounds and deuterated trimethylsilyl derivatives. After isoflavone supplementation, 18 new metabolites of isoflavones were identified in human urine samples. The most abundant urinary metabolites of soy isoflavones daidzein, genistein, and glycitein were found to be the reduced metabolites, i.e. analogous isoflavanones, a-methyldeoxybenzoins, and isoflavans. Metabolites having additional hydroxyl and/or methoxy substituents, or their reduced analogs, were also identified. The main metabolites of red clover isoflavones formononetin and biochanin A were identified as daidzein and genistein. In addition, reduced and hydroxylated metabolites of formononetin and biochanin A were identified; however, they occurred at much lower levels in urine samples than daidzein or genistein or their reduced metabolites. The results of this study show that the metabolism of isoflavones is diverse. More studies are needed to determine whether the new isoflavonoid metabolites identified here have biological activities that contribute to the proposed beneficial effects of isoflavones on human health. Another task is to develop validated quantitative methods to determine the actual levels of isoflavones and their metabolites in biological matrices in order to assess the role of isoflavones in prevention of chronic diseases.