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New Antenna Design

RS2 Fora Comments - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 11:10

Rainer has come up with a spherical antenna structure, designed to amplify the electric field effect. The idea was to increase the surface area, which will increase the electric field while distributing the RF energy in a more spherical pattern, rather than radial, to lessen the possibility of interference.

We went to great expense, using stainless steel mixing bowls from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

The sphere on the left is the receiver, which is designed as a capacitor with a dielectric between the halves and an internal coil to make the resonant frequency near the 2-meter transmit frequency (which also helps eliminate noise, which is considerable here in the city).

The right sphere is the transmitter, just two bowls bolted together.

We initially tried to put them on the pole setup from the last experiment, but they were a bit too heavy and kept tipping over. Made some quick pedestals, but the results were only showing the speed of light in all tests, indicating that the RF was dominant. Some checks indicated that the dielectric field was just jumping to ground (only 2 inches away), so we've made some extension pipes to get them up higher and will re-run the tests this evening.

Also, I took some photos of Rainer's vacuum tube experiments that are described in his papers, so you can see what they look like. We may try to fire these up again as well, now that there is much better technology available than there was in 1979.

Categories: RS2 Research

How the "Pillars of Creation" were created

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 18:00
A new computer simulation indicates that massive stars play a much more complex role than previously thought in future star formation.
Categories: Astronomy

Couple emerges from trio of supermassive black holes

Physics World - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 09:52
Tightly orbiting pair could create detectable gravitational waves
Categories: Conventional Science

Athena to study the hot and energetic universe

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 04:00
The observatory will take the “L2” slot in the European Space Agency’s Cosmic Vision 2015–25 plan with a launch foreseen in 2028.
Categories: Astronomy

Clumped galaxies give general relativity its toughest test yet

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 18:00
The most precise measurements to date of the strength of gravitational interactions between distant galaxies show perfect consistency with general relativity’s predictions.
Categories: Astronomy

Trio of supermassive black holes shakes space-time

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 17:00
The discovery suggests that such closely packed supermassive black holes are far more common than previously thought.
Categories: Astronomy

8 grados de libertad

RS2 Fora Comments - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 14:06

Sorry 8 grados de libertad (8*8=64)

File Attachments:  cosmico-material.pdf
Categories: RS2 Research

Dwarf planet could illuminate the dark sector

Physics World - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 08:41
How to test antigravity using Kuiper belt objects
Categories: Conventional Science

Astronomers map space’s icy wastes

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:00
Against conventional ideas about the formation of water in space, scientists have found ice in regions with little dust or gas.
Categories: Astronomy

Telescope digs for ice on Pluto

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 20:00
Anticipating the New Horizons flyby past Pluto, scientists have used forgotten data to map the subsurface of Pluto, peering beneath its icy coating to uncover hidden chemicals that give a hint of the future of this distant world.
Categories: Astronomy

Mysterious X-ray signal intrigues astronomers

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 19:00
One possibility is that the galaxy cluster X-rays are produced by the decay of sterile neutrinos, a type of particle that has been proposed as a candidate for dark matter.
Categories: Astronomy

Relaxation and repulsion helps viruses pack DNA

Physics World - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:39
Research could have biomedical applications
Categories: Conventional Science

Titan’s building blocks might predate Saturn

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 04:00
A study has found evidence that nitrogen in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan originated in conditions similar to the cold birthplace of the most ancient comets from the Oort Cloud.
Categories: Astronomy

Solar moss shakes at 10,000 miles per hour

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 18:30
Astronomers have obtained exceptionally sharp images of “solar moss,” bright features on the Sun that may hold the key to a longstanding mystery.
Categories: Astronomy

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