This chapter contains the theories that are applied to explain the data that was described in the previous chapter.
There are basically 2 major theories discussed on this web site. Within those two main theories are a few “sub-theories” that purport to explain aspects of the overall context of analysis.
The two main theories under consideration are:
- NS-Capture Theory: This is the main theory proposed by the Secret of the Pulsars website. It is a “derived theory” in the sense that it emerges as a result of disproving the commonly accepted theory, that is referred to on this site as the NS-Creation theory. By showing that NS-Creation fails to explain the pulsar data, NS-Capture emerges as the only possible alternative to explain the pulsar data.
- NS-Creation Theory: This is the theory that was proposed in 1968 to explain the Crab pulsar, as well as all other puslars, and basically says that when a giant star reaches the end of its evolution that it simultaneously explodes in a SuperNova explosion and implodes to produce a 1.4 solar mass neutron star that is a rapidly rotating pulsar.
With this context in mind, this chapter on “The Theories” contains the following sections:
- Theory Overview.
(A brief discussion of both the NS-Capture and NS-Creation theories and their relationship.)
- NS-Capture Basic Theory.
(A very simple overview of NS-Capture to try to explain the fundamental simplicity of the capture process assuming a neutron star is passing by and captured by an ordinary regular star.)
- NS-Capture Theory Explained.
(Again, a very simple explanation of the physics of how a neutron star capture process takes place.)
- NS-Capture Theory (Index).
(A few links, similar to the links on this list)
- Terminology Used to Describe the NS-Capture Theory.
(This page presents the terminology used do describe the various entities and states that are used for a more formal description of the NS-Capture and NS-Creation theories.)
- NS-Capture vs NS-Creation.
(A high level description of the properties of pulsars as they relate to what these two theories need to explain.)
- Population Problems with NS-Creation.
(An overview of some of the obstacles that NS-Creation encounters when trying to explain a variety of pulsar properties.)
- The Critical Theoretical Choice.
(The NS-Capture and NS-Creation theories are complementary: i.e. only one of them can generally be true in terms of explaining all the pulsars. This section explores some aspects of the choice that must be made between them.)