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Mar7-12, 11:36 PM
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Quote Quote by chill_factor View Post
the degeneracy pressure doesn't really disappear i think, its just that there's really enough energy to force the fermions into very high energy states close to each other (or inside each other).
Nope. What happens is that there are more energy states available, and so the effect of having the limited number of energy states disappears.

if it did actually disappear i'd think there'd be many problems with even chemistry that we could observe.

If you can have fermions at relativistic states, then degeneracy pressure should disappear. Now figuring out how to set up that sort of experiment in the lab is something I'll leave for other people to do.

as things go relativistic, can we think of it as "thermalizing" the degenerate materials such that they attain a more "Boltzman-like" distribution?
Not quite. What happens is that the energy levels change so that fermi and boltzman distributions converge to something that is different than non-relativistic gases.