PURPOSE: To illustrate beaming pattern of pulsars and pulsed binary X-ray sources.
DESCRIPTION: Flashlights are mounted antiparallel to each other on a rod which is mounted at an oblique angle onto a second rod. The second rod is then rotated to obtain the pulsar effect. The angle of obliquity can be easily adjusted.
SUGGESTIONS: A wider beam angle (50-60 degrees) would provide a more accurate model.
REFERENCES: (PIRA 8B10.65)
EQUIPMENT: Flashlights taped to 75cm tubing, table with optical rail, 2 sliding carriages with assembly pins and right parallel clamps, one-meter rod with crank, rotatable clamp.
SETUP TIME: 10 min.
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