Period-40 glider gun
|Period-40 glider gun|
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|Number of cells||2416|
|Discovered by|| Adam P. Goucher|
|Year of discovery||2013|
Period-40 glider gun is an extensible true period-40 glider gun discovered by Adam P. Goucher in 2013 and improved by Matthias Merzenich. It is based on a glider-releasing wick found by Jason Summers and Matthias Merzenich. It can be made to have more than 1 barrel.
A chain of honey farm precursors is hassled by figure eights and period-5 oscillators to produce 11 streams of gliders. One stream is the output, 4 are reflected to stabilize the ends of the honey farm chain, and the other 6 are absorbed by eater 1s.
The unrelated mechanism of using a blocker to filter the output of the period-20 glider gun yields a much smaller true period-40 gun, so this wick-based gun is of interest mainly for historical reasons.