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Subject: What happens to neutrons when neutron degeneracy fails?

Date: Mon Nov 1 15:37:56 1999
Posted by Edward Cherlin
Grade level: grad (science) School: No school entered.
City: Cupertino State/Province: CA Country: 95014
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 941488676.As

Discussions of collapsing stars explain that when electron degeneracy 
fails, electrons start combining with protons to give neutrons and 
neutrinos. Nobody says what happens to neutrons when neutron degeneracy 
fails. This question is not about the end product (a black hole, of course, 
with 3 or more solar masses squeezed either into a volume determined by the  
wavelengths of the resulting particles, or into a point singularity, 
depending on whether you give quantum mechanics or general relativity 
priority). I want to know what physicists think happens during the 
collapse, after degeneracy fails and before the resulting substances 
fall to the center.

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