Is a neutro star a giant neutron?

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Is a neutro star a giant neutron?
« on: 03/08/2013 03:30:02 »
Tim Camuti  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
I discovered your podcasts and I am enjoying their depth immensely.
I have a question that's been bugging me for some time. Is a neutron star actually a giant neutron?

Tim Camuti

What do you think?
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Re: Is a neutro star a giant neutron?
« Reply #1 on: 03/08/2013 04:53:06 »
No.  It is a giant collection of a very large number of neutrons.  It also has a smattering of protons and electrons (well a huge number but only a smattering compared to the number of neutrons).  You could, I suppose, think of it as a giant nucleus, although that doesn't really do much to help you understand either nuclei or neutron stars.

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Re: Is a neutro star a giant neutron?
« Reply #2 on: 03/08/2013 09:19:28 »
It is possible that there are some more exotic forms of matter at the center of a neutron star.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_star#Structure