Pulsar Myth

Pulsar Theory Anomalies

Currently accepted pulsar theory has too many self-contradictions:

  1. Some free protons and electrons are assumed to remain inexplicably at the star’s surface, immune to intense gravity, whilst the rest succumb to being squashed into neutrons.
  2. This “atmosphere” of particles is assumed to cut the star’s rotating magnetic field to generate the current necessary for the production of radio energy. To do so would require it to remain static.
  3. IF such a generator did exist its magnetic field would not coincide with the accepted axial deployment.
  4. The proposed starting point of jets at a stars surface would give poor collimation compared to those originating in a more central position.

Pulsating bodies in space came as a profound shock to astrophysicists with their exclusively gravitational view of the universe. Coming up with an explanation, whilst maintaining the customary embargo on electricity and its attributes, took much ingenuity, but not enough. Astrophysicists were stumped until the ingenious assumption of a focussing effect. A beam sweeping the sky explained the intermittent flashes but incurred penalties requiring even more guesses of a most unscientific sort.

There are two widely accepted “lighthouse” models of pulsars. Neither stands up to scrutiny. The first relies on the mistaken idea that magnetic fields can focus radio waves. Charged particles, yes, but radio waves and light waves, no. If it were otherwise we could expect to see lensless, magnetically-focussing cameras, radio telescopes with magnets in place of metal dishes, and concentrated beams of light (in addition to plasma) pouring in at the Earth’s magnetic poles.

The second says that the radio beams are a secondary emission engendered by the rotation of electrons in the pulsars axial magnetic field, magnetron fashion, and this too has attendant problems. A transverse (equatorial or parallel to) electric field would be needed for magnetron action and as electrons could not survive in an all-neutron environment, it would have to be outside the star. Current theory recognises this and places free protons and electrons “at the stars surface” (see above). Such a “shell” though would create a magnetic field which fails to coincide with the accepted axial location. The contradictions multiply.

Electronics experts have had a ready source of radio frequency pulses since the early days of radar, with its requirement for periodic, high-intensity beeps. The “blocking oscillator” was the answer, but to co-opt it as a proposed basis for pulsar operation demands the promotion of electricity from its present lowly role in astrophysics to that of prime-mover in space, a mental wrench which would effectively deny over half a century of cosmological dogma.

There is every reason to do so: so many old problems are resolved.