Thursday, May 27, 2010

Diaspora Chapter 4: Lizard Heart - Greg Egan

"Gravitational Waves from Binary Neutron Stars

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In this model, two 1.4 solar-mass neutron stars (not drawn to scale) are in a perfectly circular orbit, viewed here at an oblique angle. The angle between the orbital plane and the line of sight can be changed with the pop-up menu near the top right-hand corner of the diagram. By adjusting the angle with the orbital plane, you can shift between sampling waves with purely linear polarisation (at 0 degrees) to purely circular polarisation (at 90 degrees)."

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