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Hey guys...This is actually a question from my youngest son Nathan... The below quote..I took from his facebook page...In as much as he knows he would still like to know what the neutron stars are made up of to make them so dense? Maybe you guys can give him the answers he never recieved?
. Thus the star is essentially a enormous atom consisting of only neutrons. Further collapse is halted due to a quantum mechanical force called quantum degeneracy pressure. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degenerate_matter
Quote from: PmbPhy on 24/04/2015 15:54:34. Thus the star is essentially a enormous atom consisting of only neutrons. Further collapse is halted due to a quantum mechanical force called quantum degeneracy pressure. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degenerate_matter On the way to being an enormous atom, it might work it's way through a periodic table of elements far heavier than anything we have on earth. Is there any evidence of this in spectrum lines during the collapse?
... Thanks for pointing this out to me in a round about way.
How you get something like a black hole is a bit of a mystery.
People tend to think of protons neutrons and electrons as orbs (particles) as if they were tiny tennis balls ...
particles are not like tiny balls, they are more like "fields" a bit like magnetic a "field" (which 2 out of 3 particles have) they are these bundles of fields of probability, they are very ghostly believe it or not.
It may be possible for particles to occupy the same space if they are forced to with enough energy.
I believe that particle's fields overlap inside black hole and all the countless particles are in the same spot in space and that's why black holes are so incredibly dense.
It's a rather abstract concept that goes deep into quantum physics. But if you are familiar with the particle cloud idea then you might understand what I mean by "ghost particle" and why these particles would be capable of overlapping in space.
Just because something has mass does not mean it is a solid thing, that's a huge miss conception that makes people tend to think of such a theory as impossible but you decide for yourself what you believe.
countless particles are in the same spot in space