Why would neutron degenerate matter come apart if released from pressure?

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by Maast, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. orcot Valued Senior Member

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    Quistion neutron star's spin verry fast.
    How come that neutron stars are still spheres and not bulged ellipse shaped?

    Can a neutron stars spin itself to pieces?
     
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  3. Maast AF E-7 Retired Registered Senior Member

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    I've read that there are neutron stars that are bulged (that a word?) out at their equators.

    I suppose its possible, but I have no idea how the extreme additional angular momentum could be added short of a merger of two neutron stars, I've read that the escape velocity of a neutron star can be as high as .5C

    Under initial forming conditions the angular momentum is self-limiting; that is to say that if AM is too high, it flings off the matter required to continue to form a neutron star and the forming process stops at that limit (which I dont remember) and the matter of the original supergiant star is dispersed.
     
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