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Offline acecharly

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If a blackhole lost mass, would it swell up?
« on: 28/08/2012 10:51:56 »
If a blackhole were to lose enough mass that it droped below the chandrasekhar limit, would it suddenly expand like it suddenly shrunk when it went above the limit?

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« Last Edit: 29/08/2012 00:02:34 by chris »


 

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Re: blackhole question
« Reply #1 on: 28/08/2012 16:00:45 »
Ace - No.  The limits are specifically for stars - above and one thing happens, below and something else.  They are based on the characteristics of stars and don't hold for black holes or neutron stars.  An aging star at a certain temperature, size, fuel-left etc has various things that can happen to it - and we can estimate that very well by just the mass; but once the star has proceeded down one course the density/compostion change is often so extreme that the path is irreversible. 
 

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Re: If a blackhole lost mass, would it swell up?
« Reply #2 on: 30/08/2012 10:46:59 »
Once a star becomes a neutron star, the gravity becomes so much more intense that it stays a neutron star.

Once a neutron star becomes a black hole, the gravity becomes so much more intense that it stays a black hole.

There is a theoretical mechanism called Hawking radiation that allows a black hole to evaporate, but it has the biggest impact on very small black holes (eg with a mass less than a gram, not ones with the mass of a star). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_black_hole
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Re: If a blackhole lost mass, would it swell up?
« Reply #3 on: 01/09/2012 19:00:50 »
A stellar mass black hole can loose mass if it is placed in a very cold place much colder than the current temperature of the cosmic microwave background radiation so it will not start to loose mass by radiation until the universe gets a lot colder than it is now.  However as it radiates away its mass it will get smaller and hotter over trillions of trillions of years and finally go out with a small bang about as bright as a big solar flare.
 

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