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Firing Neutrons at Neutronium

  1. Feb 24, 2010 #1


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    What would happen if you fired a neutron at neutronium? Would it become apart of the neutronium substance of would it shatter the neutronium substance if the velocity of the neutron particle were quick enough?

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  3. Feb 25, 2010 #2


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    Or would it result in a great deal of energy being released, proportional to the statistics of the neutronium substance?
  4. Feb 25, 2010 #3
    According to wikipedia there doesn't seem to be any observational evidence for it. At least if it refers to bound states of a few neutrons.

    A phenomenon called "neutron capture" can occur when a neutron collides with a nucleus:

    I have no idea if the theory behind neutron capture would be able to give an indication if neutron capture is possible to the hypothetical "neutronium".

  5. Mar 17, 2010 #4


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    So neutronium is hypothetical? i.e. we have not seen any observable masses of neutronium in space?
  6. Mar 17, 2010 #5
    The interior of neutron stars is the only environment where a vast number of neutrons is stable. Small amount decay into protons and electrons because that state has less energy. I assume that if you shoot neutrons on a neutron star they are just absorbed, unless you shoot so many on them that the neutron star collapses into a black hole.
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