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Question about newly forming red giants - degenerate matter/helium flash

  1. Sep 1, 2011 #1
    Hey there,

    I'm doing my my Extended Project on stellar evolution. Reading over some material about how the helium flash occurs in newly forming red giants, I found this in a textbook:

    From what I understand of the idea of degeneracy in accordance with the Pauli exclusion principle, degenerate-electron pressure is independent of heat - so why does the degenerate state end when the temperature increases?

    Any help you could give would be really great :)

  2. jcsd
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