Is it possible to unbind a neutron star?

In summary, Type 1a supernovas can unbind a white dwarf, but there is also a theoretically possible scenario in which a neutron star can be unbound and turned into degenerate matter or regular matter. This can occur through high speed glancing collisions with another neutron star or by tidal disruption from a black hole. Two merging neutron stars can also result in the creation of regular matter, which is thought to be the source of heavy elements in our universe. For further reading, check out the link provided by phyzguy.
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Unbinding a neutron star
Type 1a supernovas unbind a white dwarf. Is there some theoretically possible scenario in which a neutron star could be unbound and thus turned into degenerate matter or even regular matter? For example, by a high speed glancing collision with another neutron star or by tidal disruption by a black hole?
 
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Yes! This is exactly what can happen when two neutron stars merge. Most of the matter is incorporated into a larger neutron star or black hole, but some small fraction (a few % ?) gets flung out into space, where it expands and becomes regular matter. We think this is the source of most of the heavy elements (heavier than iron) in our universe. Here's a starting point for further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_star_merger
 
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Thanks for that answer, phyzguy! I was hoping something along those lines could occur.
 
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1. Can a neutron star be unbound?

Yes, it is possible for a neutron star to become unbound, or free from its gravitational pull. This can happen through various processes such as a supernova explosion or a merger with another object.

2. How much energy would it take to unbind a neutron star?

The energy required to unbind a neutron star would be immense, as it is held together by the strong force and has a very high density. It would likely require the energy equivalent of several supernova explosions.

3. Is it possible for a neutron star to be unbound naturally?

Yes, it is possible for a neutron star to become unbound through natural processes such as a merger with another object or a supernova explosion. However, these events are rare and not easily observable.

4. Can humanity unbind a neutron star?

Currently, humanity does not have the technology or capability to unbind a neutron star. The energy and resources required would be beyond our current capabilities.

5. What would happen if a neutron star was unbound?

If a neutron star was unbound, it would likely result in a catastrophic event such as a supernova explosion. The released energy would have a significant impact on its surroundings and could potentially form a new black hole.

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