One of the most mysterious astrophysical phenomena ever observed is called a pulsar. First discovered more than half a century ago, a pulsar is a source of regular pulses of radiation. Astronomers believe that the source of the emissions is a massively dense, highly magnetized and rapidly rotating star mostly composed of tightly packed neutrons, called a neutron star. A rapidly spinning neutron star is thought to act very much like a lighthouse, with the light beams becoming visible on Earth with each resolution of the star.
However, plasma cosmology and the Electric Universe theory have suggested that the “neutron star” is a physically implausible object, and that the source of a pulsar’s emissions is electromagnetic oscillations involving a normal star. In this episode, retired nuclear engineer Dr. Raymond Gallucci offers an independent analysis of the mathematical plausibilities of the respective theories.
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Born in Albany, NY, Dr. Raymond HV Gallucci, P.E. (retired) attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, earning Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Science (including the Erik Jonnson Award as undergraduate valedictorian). He worked ten years in the Pacific Northwest as a Senior Research Engineer specializing in nuclear power risk and reliability in two separate stints at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA; seven years at Combustion Engineering in Windsor, CT, as a Principal Engineer focusing again on nuclear power risk and reliability, but including statistical and probabilistic analyses for both nuclear and fossil fuel power systems as well; six years as a Principal Engineer at the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Reactor Station near Rochester, NY, as the Probabilistic Risk Analyst for operational safety of the Ginna nuclear reactor; and finally the last 15 years as a Senior Risk and Reliability Engineer for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, MD, from where he retired in 2018.
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