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A self-inductor is a pattern divisible in two or more components, whose only interaction is to suppress the birth of new cells along their common border. Such a pattern will possibly, but not necessarily, have a reflection axis running along the seamline.

Typically a half of a self-inductor can also be stabilized by wall cells.

Some well-known self-inductors with amount of cells suppressed in parenthesis:

Self-inductor still lifes

Self-inductor oscillators

(All orthogonal))

Self-inductor spaceships

(All orthogonal)


A related concept: this is a pattern divisible in (symmetric) parts separated by two cells, which may contact, but with all cells at points of contact instantly dying. Examples include spark coil, sombreros and 70P5H2V0.