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### Space fabrication: Graphite composite truss welding and cap forming subsystems

An automated beam builder for the fabrication of space structures is described. The beam builder forms a triangular truss 1.3 meters on a side. Flat strips of preconsolidated graphite fiber fabric in a polysulfone matrix are coiled in a storage canister. Heaters raise the material to forming temperature then the structural cap section is formed by a series of rollers. After cooling, cross members and diagonal tension cords are ultrasonically welded in place to complete the truss. The stability of fabricated structures and composite materials is also examined

### Observations of stratospheric aerosols associated with the El Chichon eruption

Lidar observations of aerosols were carried out at Aberystwyth between Nov. 1982 and Dec. 1985 using a frequency doubled and frequency tripled Nd/Yag laser and a receiver incorporating a 1 m diameter in a Newtonian telescope configuration. In analyses of the experimental data attention is paid to the magnitude of the coefficient relating extinction and backscatter, the choice being related to the possible presence of aerosols in the upper troposphere and the atmospheric densities employed in the normalisation procedure. The aerosol loading showed marked day to day changes in early months and an overall decay was apparent only after April 1983, this decay being consistent with an e sup -1 time of about 7 months. The general decay was accompanied by a lowering of the layer but layers of aerosols were shown intermittently at heights above the main layer in winter months. The height variations of photon counts corrected for range, or of aerosol backscatter ratio, showed clear signatures of the tropopause. A strong correlation was found between the heights of the tropopause identified from the lidar measurements and from radiosonde-borne temperature measurements. A notable feature of the observations is the appearance of very sharp height gradients of backscatter ratio which seem to be produced by differential advection

### Electromagnetic Moments of the Baryon Decuplet

We compute the leading contributions to the magnetic dipole and electric
quadrupole moments of the baryon decuplet in chiral perturbation theory. The
measured value for the magnetic moment of the $\Omega^-$ is used to determine
the local counterterm for the magnetic moments. We compare the chiral
perturbation theory predictions for the magnetic moments of the decuplet with
those of the baryon octet and find reasonable agreement with the predictions of
the large--$N_c$ limit of QCD. The leading contribution to the quadrupole
moment of the $\Delta$ and other members of the decuplet comes from one--loop
graphs. The pionic contribution is shown to be proportional to $I_z$ (and so
will not contribute to the quadrupole moment of $I=0$ nuclei), while the
contribution from kaons has both isovector and isoscalar components. The chiral
logarithmic enhancement of both pion and kaon loops has a coefficient that
vanishes in the $SU(6)$ limit. The third allowed moment, the magnetic octupole,
is shown to be dominated by a local counterterm with corrections arising at two
loops. We briefly mention the strange counterparts of these moments.Comment: Uses harvmac.tex, 15 pages with 3 PostScript figures packed using
uufiles. UCSD/PTH 93-22, QUSTH-93-05, Duke-TH-93-5

### A scalable architecture for quantum computation with molecular nanomagnets

A proposal for a magnetic quantum processor that consists of individual
molecular spins coupled to superconducting coplanar resonators and transmission
lines is carefully examined. We derive a simple magnetic quantum
electrodynamics Hamiltonian to describe the underlying physics. It is shown
that these hybrid devices can perform arbitrary operations on each spin qubit
and induce tunable interactions between any pair of them. The combination of
these two operations ensures that the processor can perform universal quantum
computations. The feasibility of this proposal is critically discussed using
the results of realistic calculations, based on parameters of existing devices
and molecular qubits. These results show that the proposal is feasible,
provided that molecules with sufficiently long coherence times can be developed
and accurately integrated into specific areas of the device. This architecture
has an enormous potential for scaling up quantum computation thanks to the
microscopic nature of the individual constituents, the molecules, and the
possibility of using their internal spin degrees of freedom.Comment: 27 pages, 6 figure

### Coupling single molecule magnets to quantum circuits

In this work we study theoretically the coupling of single molecule magnets
(SMMs) to a variety of quantum circuits, including microwave resonators with
and without constrictions and flux qubits. The main results of this study is
that it is possible to achieve strong and ultrastrong coupling regimes between
SMM crystals and the superconducting circuit, with strong hints that such a
coupling could also be reached for individual molecules close to constrictions.
Building on the resulting coupling strengths and the typical coherence times of
these molecules (of the order of microseconds), we conclude that SMMs can be
used for coherent storage and manipulation of quantum information, either in
the context of quantum computing or in quantum simulations. Throughout the work
we also discuss in detail the family of molecules that are most suitable for
such operations, based not only on the coupling strength, but also on the
typical energy gaps and the simplicity with which they can be tuned and
oriented. Finally, we also discuss practical advantages of SMMs, such as the
possibility to fabricate the SMMs ensembles on the chip through the deposition
of small droplets.Comment: 23 pages, 12 figure

### Propagation in the atmosphere of ultrahigh-energy charmed hadrons

Charmed mesons may be produced when a primary cosmic ray or the leading
hadron in an air shower collide with an atmospheric nucleon. At energies \ge
10^8 GeV their decay length becomes larger than 10 km, which implies that they
tend to interact in the air instead of decaying. We study the collisions of
long-lived charmed hadrons in the atmosphere. We show that (\Lambda_c,D)-proton
diffractive processes and partonic collisions of any q^2 where the charm quark
is an spectator have lower inelasticity than (p,\pi)-proton collisions. In
particular, we find that a D meson deposits in each interaction just around 55%
of the energy deposited by a pion. On the other hand, collisions involving the
valence c quark (its annihilation with a sea cbar quark in the target or
c-quark exchange in the t channel) may deposit most of D meson energy, but
their frequency is low (below 0.1% of inelastic interactions). As a
consequence, very energetic charmed hadrons may keep a significant fraction of
their initial energy after several hadronic interactions, reaching much deeper
in the atmosphere than pions or protons of similar energy.Comment: 13 pages, version to appear in PR

### The Decuplet Revisited in $\chi$PT

The paper deals with two issues. First, we explore the quantitiative
importance of higher multiplets for properties of the $\Delta$ decuplet in
chiral perturbation theory. In particular, it is found that the lowest order
one--loop contributions from the Roper octet to the decuplet masses and
magnetic moments are substantial. The relevance of these results to the chiral
expansion in general is discussed. The exact values of the magnetic moments
depend upon delicate cancellations involving ill--determined coupling
constants. Second, we present new relations between the magnetic moments of the
$\Delta$ decuplet that are independent of all couplings. They are exact at the
order of the chiral expansion used in this paper.Comment: 7 pages of double column revtex, no figure

### Universal velocity distributions in an experimental granular fluid

We present experimental results on the velocity statistics of a uniformly
heated granular fluid, in a quasi-2D configuration. We find the base state, as
measured by the single particle velocity distribution $f(c)$, to be universal
over a wide range of filling fractions and only weakly dependent on all other
system parameters. There is a consistent overpopulation in the distribution's
tails, which scale as $f\propto\exp(\mathrm{const.}\times c^{-3/2})$. More
importantly, the high probability central region of $f(c)$, at low velocities,
deviates from a Maxwell-Boltzmann by a second order Sonine polynomial with a
single adjustable parameter, in agreement with recent theoretical analysis of
inelastic hard spheres driven by a stochastic thermostat. To our knowledge,
this is the first time that Sonine deviations have been measured in an
experimental system.Comment: 13 pages, 15 figures, with minor corrections, submitted to Phys. Rev.

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