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B Is nuclear matter a solid or liquid?

  1. Nov 5, 2017 #1

    Paul Colby

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    Managed to get through a Ph.D. in nuclear physics without covering nuclear matter calculations (or I just don't recall it). My question is does nuclear matter have any shear strength, or is it like an ideal gas? What little I see of elementary calculations it's like a fermi gas so one would expect no shear stresses to speak of.
     
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  3. Nov 6, 2017 #2

    mathman

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    What are you calling nuclear matter? All ordinary matter consists of atoms with nuclei and electrons.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2017 #3

    Paul Colby

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    Okay, nuclear matter is a thing people study like for neutron stars and such where there are no free electrons. In ancient time (before quarks were more of a certainty) it's an ##A = \infty## where, ##A## is the atomic number nucleus, held together by a repulsive nuclear force and gravity. My question is does the current nuclear matter theory predict such stuff have a shear strength or is it more like a fermi gas?
     
  5. Nov 7, 2017 #4

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