Hertz oscillator

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Hertz oscillator
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Pattern type Oscillator
Oscillator type Billiard table
Number of cells 35
Bounding box 11 × 12
Period 8
Mod 4
Heat 3
Volatility 0.19
Strict volatility 0.19
Discovered by JHC group
Year of discovery 1970

Hertz oscillator is a period-8 oscillator that was found in 1970 by John Conway's group.[1] It features two blocks and two snakes used as induction coils (i.e. to stabilize the sides).

An 11-glider synthesis is known for a stator variant of this oscillator which uses one block, one boat and two houses for stabilization. On February 10, 2020, Matti Ward found a 58-glider synthesis for the canonical version of this oscillator.[2]

See also


  1. Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on March 14, 2020.
  2. Matti Ward (February 10, 2020). Re: Synthesising Oscillators (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums

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