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Neutron Degeneracy Pressure

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Posted by RFL on July 23, 1998 12:50:35 UTC

Well, yes there are some electrons in the outer shell of a neutron star but they don't have an appreciable effect on the overall makeup of the star. If you will notice I said "neutron degeneracy pressure is what keeps the star from further collapse." And yes some neutron stars accumulate enough mass through accretion to collapse to a BH through a large variety of different processes, but the vast majority of these stars just stay neutron stars. However if they do overcome the neutron degeneracy pressure they, by necessity, must collapse to a BH. Once the electrons are forced into the protons to create neutrons there are no other fermionic states available.

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