Pipsquirter 2

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Pipsquirter 2
Pipsquirter 2 image
Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 89
Bounding box 13×22
Period 7
Mod 7
Heat 15.4
Volatility 0.34
Strict volatility 0.34
Discovered by Noam Elkies
Year of discovery 1999

Pipsquirter 2 is a period 7 pipsquirter discovered by Noam Elkies in August, 1999.[1] Because of its easily-accessible domino spark, it is useful in the construction of larger patterns such as the p49 glider shuttle, the first known period 49 oscillator.

As a reflector

Pipsquirter 2 is most useful because of its ability to act as a 90-degree glider reflector when it is combined with a block, boat and eater 1. It takes 9 generations to recover from the impact, and the input path (in green) and output path (in red) of the glider are shown below. This reaction is the basis of the p49 glider shuttle and the bricklayer.

Pipsquirter 2 acting as a reflector
RLE: here

A version of the pipsquirter stator with slightly higher clearance is shown in the p7 bouncer article. The following larger period-7 pipsquirter reflector is used in cases where space is limited where the reflector should extend southward for as short a distance as possible.

A different version lead to a period 56 gun due to its thin size.

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RLE: here Plaintext: here


original (slightly bigger) pipsquirter
RLE: here
thin pipsquirter
RLE: here
gun based on two variants of pipsquirter 2
RLE: here

See also


  1. "reflector". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver.

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