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Abstract: It is shown that nonvacuum pseudoparticles can account forquantum tunneling and metastability. In particular the saddle-point nature of the pseudoparticles is demonstrated, and the evaluation of path-integrals in their neighbourhood. Finally the relation between instantons and bounces is used to derive a result conjectured by Bogomolny andFateyev.

This report is intended to provide an introduction to the method of SmoothedParticle Hydrodynamics or SPH. SPH is a very versatile, fully Lagrangian, particle based code for solving fluid dynamical problems. Many technical aspects of the method are explained which can then be employed to extend the application of SPH to new problems.

By the use of locally supported basis functions for spherical spline interpolation the applicability of this approximation method is spread out since the resulting interpolation matrix is sparse and thus efficient solvers can be used. In this paper we study locally supported kernels in detail. Investigations on the Legendre coefficients allow a characterization of the underlying Hilbert space structure. We show now spherical spline interpolation with polynomial precision can be managed with locally supported kernels, thus giving the possibility to combine approximation techniques based on spherical harmonic expansions with those based on locally supported kernels.

Recently, Xu and Cheney (1992) have proved that if all the Legendre coefficients of a zonal function defined on a sphere are positive then the function is strictly positive definite. It will be shown in this paper, that even if finitely many of the Legendre coefficients are zero, the strict positive definiteness can be assured. The results are based on approximation properties of singular integrals, and provide also a completely different proof of the results ofXu and Cheney.

The paper describes the concepts and background theory for the analysis of a neural-like network for learning and replication of periodic signals containing a finite number of distinct frequency components. The approach is based on the combination of ideas from dynamic neural networks and systems and control theory where concepts of dynamics, adaptive control and tracking of specified time signals are fundamental. The proposed procedure is a two stage process consisting of a learning phase when the network is driven by the required signal followed by a replication phase where the network operates in an autonomous feedback mode whilst continuing to generate the required signal to a desired acccuracy for a specified time. The analysis draws on currently available control theory and, in particular, on concepts from model reference adaptive control.

In this paper we consider a certain class of geodetic linear inverse problems LambdaF=G in a reproducing kernel Hilbert space setting to obtain a bounded generalized inverse operator Lambda. For a numerical realization we assume G to be given at a finite number of discrete points to which we employ a spherical spline interpolation method adapted to the Hilbertspaces. By applying Lambda to the obtained spline interpolant we get an approximation of the solution F. Finally our main task is to show some properties of the approximated solution and to prove convergence results if the data set increases.