Yalgeth's Limit is a theoretical limit to the delta output of a VX Module, first theorized by VX pioneer Katherine Yalgeth in 1977. Yalgeth's theory suggested that a standard VX Module could not surpass a delta output of 0.88. It is represented with the capital upsilon, Υ.
Development of the theoryEdit
Yalgeth's Limit was based on observations she made of early VX Modules, coupled with experiments she performed on over 100 self-modified modules. Yalgeth theorized that after reaching a delta output of 0.88, any device whose internal deflation clips were calibrated to Moone's settings (a standard configuration for all second- and third-generation VX Modules) would experience a non-critical kicker overflow, causing the deltas to collapse asymptotically.
Relation to Yalgeth's ConstantEdit
Yalgeth's Law states that the achievable delta is bounded by the Nth root of Yalgeth's Constant (0.599708838) where N is the number of dimension of spacetime in which the energy vector is manifested. For our familiar 4 dimensions of spacetime, Yalgeth's limit is 0.88. In 5 spacetime dimensions, Yalgeth's limit is ~0.902 and in 6 it is ~0.918. As the number of dimensions approaches infinity, Yalgeth's limit tends to 1.
Attempts to reach Yalgeth's LimitEdit
Once Yalgeth published her theory, amateur and professional VX enthusiasts alike took it upon themselves to reach a delta output of 0.88. Due to Connery's distortion, reaching levels of 0.32 or lower are fairly simple, but increasing beyond that requires a disproportionate amount of both power and shielding, as the fundamental components cannot co-harmonize while producing southerly fields unless the supervisory chip is pushed to the point of electrostatic saturation. This made attempts to reach Yalgeth's limit incredibly expensive, shutting off the venture to all but incredibly dedicated (and financially secure) VX enthusiasts, and professional, corporate-sponsored, or research-funded experimenters.
Franz Dalstaff made significant progress toward the limit in 1984. By double-twisting his ratcheting block, he was able to re-delegate southerly field production to the normally latent grouper node, resulting in an output of 0.67 deltas. The double-twist he used was not thermostatically secure, however, and after two hours of running, the bottom of his module had liquefied, and his core dropped onto the floor, causing an immediate shutdown.
In 1999, a team of researchers at the University of Stockholm broke the previous record with a litany of new improvements. Their VX ran with dual-needled hypertweeters, which vastly improved the efficiency of all components in the nearby femocluster. In addition, they used not only one, but two Mornington Crescents, laid edgewise, a revolutionary configuration that more than tripled the conductivity of parallel coils. The device ran stable for three weeks, at a delta output level of 0.71, before an investigation into noise complaints and possible health hazards forced the team to power down the module.
In 2011, a member of the social news website Reddit, nicknamed "oneisnotprime," posted to the site's "AskReddit" section asking for advice. His VX was at a 0.43 delta in the ninth vector, and he was aiming to break the record set by the Stockholm team. A number of VX enthusiasts posted their support in the comments, guiding oneisnotprime. By using fourteen +j style indents, backpropagating, and running a mirrored single needle, oneisnotprime's device unexpectedly reached Yalgeth's Limit, at which point the deltas gracefully collapsed and the device, fully intact, powered down.