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Pulsar beams

  1. Jul 5, 2010 #1
    how fast are the particles in the 2 beams of a Pulsar traveling? and what happens when two of those beams intersect? do those particles collide at extremly high velocities like in particle accelerators?
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  3. Jul 5, 2010 #2


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    Photons do not 'collide'. Particle emissions from pulsars are negligible. Collisions between such particles would not be directly observable. We could, however, detect particle 'sprays' from any such collisions. The energy levels would be much higher than achievable by any colliders on earth.
  4. Jul 5, 2010 #3
    Okay, I didn't know if they put out just or mainly photons or other particles as well. i was just trying to think of circumstances in the real world where atoms would be colliding at high speeds, such as where 2 or more planetary nebulae meet (I think that is what is caused by super novae explosions) possibly. Rather difficult since I am not sure what objects even produce atoms traveling at high velocities. I know Pulsars have jets coming from them, but are they just radio waves being emitted?
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