# Barberpole

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A **barberpole** is any period 2 oscillator in the infinite sequence bipole, tripole, quadpole, pentapole, hexapole, heptapole...

A barberpole of order *n* (where n is the number of cells that move, an integer ≥ 2) has 6+n cells (6 of which are its stator, n of which are its rotor), a square bounding box with side length 2n+1, and heat 2n.

This sequence of oscillators was found by the MIT group in 1970. The term is also used (usually in the form "barber pole") to describe other extensible sections of oscillators or spaceships, especially those (usually of period 2) in which all generations look alike except for a translation and/or rotation/reflection.

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Barberpole at the Life Lexicon