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Neutron stars

  1. Dec 10, 2006 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Suppose the sun collapses into a neutron star. What will its radius be? The questions also gives some backround explaining that stars fuse hydrogen into helium until they collapse into a neutron star. The protons and electrons fuse into neutrons with the density of nuclear matter.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm not sure exactly how to begin. I am assuming I am supposed to use the number for the density of nuclear matter which is 2.3 * 10^17 kg/m^3 but I do not know where to go from here. It would be nice to just get a hint. Thanks.
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  3. Dec 10, 2006 #2


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    What you must assume is that the wntire mass of the sun gets condensed into an extrememly dense neutron core. You are given the density of a neutron star and thus it is easy to relate the mass to the volume and thus the radius as you assume the sun will condense into a sphere.

    [tex]\rho_{core} = \frac{m_{sun}}{\frac{4}{3}\pi r^3}[/tex]
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