« on: 14/08/2018 23:20:42 »
Quote from: Kryptid
create geometries very unlike such oxides at standard conditionsI agree that there will be crystal structures and molecules that would never be stable on Earth.
One unique thing that we don't have to worry about on Earth is that the gravitational potential energy on the surface of a neutron star is greater than the strength of mere chemical bonds. So elements would be sorted vertically by density. Chemical bonds would only be possible between atoms of very similar density.
The lightest element is hydrogen, and so it would be in the outer layer. Under these pressures hydrogen would probably form a metallic state, possibly superconducting?
A more speculative distorting factor is that the tidal forces and time dilation effects on the surface of a neutron star may be enough to distort the form of the electron's wave equation so that it takes on different forms than we have on Earth. What this would do to the interaction between light and matter is beyond me!
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