What happens when a neutron star collapses into a black hole and it's no longer obeying the Pauli exclusion principle? In terms of quantum mechanics? Say it collapses because it gets more massive.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

A "neutron degeneracy pressure" can be calculated, which is what keeps the neutron star from collapsing.

Since this pressure can be calculated, I suppose people have some idea of what happens when gravitation overwhelms it, in terms of quantum mechanics?

I'm puzzled because from what I remember, the Pauli exclusion principle comes from adding two quantum states of two particles together, and they're out of phase so they cancel where both positions are the same. It sounds pretty basic and I wonder what happens when this stops working.

Laura

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# Collapse of Pauli exclusion principle

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