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Islam Hassan
Jun12-11, 05:17 PM
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Quote Quote by mathman View Post
In order for a neutron star to turn into a black hole it needs to add sufficient mass. It is highly unlikely one high energy proton would do the job.
Sufficient mass within a sufficiently small volume, ie sufficient density too, no? In that case, would the local peak density created by the particle impact be sufficient to initiate a mini-black hole and the "gobbling" up of adjacent (and very high-density) matter of the neutron star by such mini-BH? In that case, the embyonic BH may graduate to higher status via gobbling up of more and more neutron star matter.