Welcome to restarted blog: Key Points Proving NS-Capture Theory
This post is intended to explain in very basic terms the reason why a new theory of pulsar creation is necessary. Once the need is recognized, then the “Secret of the Pulsars” is enabled to reveal itself.
April 29, 2020
For an introduction to what this website is all about, go to the Introduction and Overview page.
Probably the most important question about this web site is:
“Why do we need a new theory to explain pulsars?”
The reason is actually quite simple:
“Existing theories of pulsar creation cannot explain the existence of the binary x-ray pulsars.”
The next question one is likely to ask is:
“Why not? What’s wrong with the existing theory?”
Again, the answer is fairly straight-forward:
“Existing theories predict that a supernova explosion creates a fast spinning pulsar that is slowing down with time.”
“However, binary x-ray pulsars are found to be slow spinning, and, in fact, spinning faster with time as a result of their interaction with their binary companions.”
“Therefore, if you use a supernova to create a pulsar in a binary system, it will initially be created as spinning fast and trying to slow down. However, it is also in a binary environment, where existing pulsars are spinning slow and experiencing force that causes them to spin faster, which means that a supernova-created fast spinning pulsar cannot slow down to produce the observed slow binary x-ray pulsars.”
That is the basic logic that underlies the work that is done on this web-site.
For those who want to this logic explained in more depth, the “Diagrammatic Proof of the NS-Capture Theory” contains the most up to date analysis.
The second part of the NS-Capture theory basically says:
“If the slow binary x-ray pulsar could not have come from a supernova explosion, then it must have been introduced in some other manner. The only other plausible manner is that a pre-existing neutron star had a chance encounter with some random ordinary star, and ended up being bound in a binary and started to spin up from that point.”
I believe that sums up the fundamental logic of the NS-Capture Theory. Much of the discussion on this site begins with the assumption that the NS-Capture Theory is true, and builds from there. A more in-depth discussion of the results one obtains starting with the NS-Capture Theory is described in “How NS-Capture Theory Explains the P/P-dot Diagram“.