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2006 April 03

Wicks & Fuses
Wave Stabilization Update

2006-04-01-tamed-c4-wick.rle
new ends for Hartmut Holzwart's orthogonal c/4 wave from March 10.
Nicolay Beluchenko, 1 April 2006
Nicolay Beluchenko has found a solution for an unsolved stabilization problem described by Hartmut Holzwart back in February. Since the wick in question moves orthogonally at c/4 -- so it might better be called a "wave" rather than a "wick" -- a standard stationary oscillator can't be used as a fencepost to stabilize its ends. Instead, special-purpose terminal spaceships must be constructed that travel along with the wave with the appropriate speed and direction to provide the stabilizing sparks.