What is Star collapse: Definition and 11 Discussions

Star formation is the process by which dense regions within molecular clouds in interstellar space, sometimes referred to as "stellar nurseries" or "star-forming regions", collapse and form stars. As a branch of astronomy, star formation includes the study of the interstellar medium (ISM) and giant molecular clouds (GMC) as precursors to the star formation process, and the study of protostars and young stellar objects as its immediate products. It is closely related to planet formation, another branch of astronomy. Star formation theory, as well as accounting for the formation of a single star, must also account for the statistics of binary stars and the initial mass function. Most stars do not form in isolation but as part of a group of stars referred as star clusters or stellar associations.

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  1. Lilian Sa

    Star collapse in general relativity — pressure as a function of star radius

    What I've done is using the TOV equations and I what I found at the end is: ##e^{[\frac{-8}{3}\pi G\rho]r^2+[\frac{16}{9}(G\pi\rho)^{2}]r^4}-\rho=P(r)## so I am sure that this is not right, if someone can help me knowing it I really apricate it :)
  2. J

    I If we teleport 1mm^3 of a neutron star outside it what hapens?

    if we teleport a small amount of millimeter cube of a neutron star outside it, will it remain still as a very dense heavy neutron clump or will it revert back into its components (iron) or will the neutron destabilize and turn into cosmic radiation of neutrons which then turn back into hydrogen?
  3. K

    B The star's core cannot withstand its own gravitational force?

    As the star runs out of nuclear fuel, some of its mass flows into its core. Eventually, the core is so heavy that it cannot withstand its own gravitational force.The core collapses, which results in the giant explosion of a supernova. Source...
  4. Z

    Neutron Star Collapse: Upper Limit & Physics Explained

    Neutron stars are supposed to have an upper limit in mass, beyond which they collapse into perhaps a further type of degenerate matter or a singularity. There doesn't seem to be precisely defined upper limit, but the limit is estimated to be 1.5-3 solar masses. However, a hypothetical neutron...
  5. anorlunda

    Neutron Star Collapse: Q&A on Physics and Observation

    I had a question and I found a thread on PF with a nearly identical question ---Slowly add mass to a neutron star till it collapses. I learned some very interesting physics from that thread, namely the Tolman–Oppenheimer–Volkoff limit, and the significance of "9/8 of its Schwarzschild radius"...
  6. shounakbhatta

    Star collapse to form directly a black hole

    Hello, Does a star collapse directly to form a black hole without creating a supernova or whether a supernova forms some neutron stars which after crossing the TOV limit forms a black hole? Thanks.
  7. TrickyDicky

    Oppenheimer-Snyder model of star collapse

    This comes from this thread https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=647627&page=7 discussion in posts #103,#104,#107 and #108. The Oppenheimer-Snyder model was mentioned by PeterDonis as a more plausible model than the Schwarzschild spacetime, well this has an element of subjectivity...
  8. aleazk

    More detailed discussion on star collapse

    Hi, I'm currently studying GR from Wald's book. The book is fine, but I want to know more details about the collapse of stars, e.g., more about white dwarfs, neutron stars, mass limits, the use of Fermi-Dirac statistics in this cases, etc. What book, paper or website would you recommend?. (I'm...
  9. M

    Neutron star collapse can produce GBBs?

    If a neutron star accumulate materials from its companion star ,then it's mass exceeded Tolman–Oppenheimer–Volkoff limit, it will collapse into a black hole! My question is ,in this case ,it will produce "gamma-ray burst"?
  10. H

    Angular Speed of a star collapse

    Homework Statement Under some circumstances, a star can collapse into an extremely dense object made mostly of neutrons and called a neutron star. The density of a neutron star is roughly 10^{14} times as great as that of ordinary solid matter. Suppose we represent the star as a uniform...
  11. B

    Star Collapse: Why Not in Early Stages?

    Why doesn't a star collapse in the early stages of its life instead of the later. You would think that with less gas at the end stages gravity would weaken and not allow a black hole.