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Star whose pressure support is degenerate electrons.

  1. Feb 1, 2012 #1
    My professor gave us a question to think about for discussion next week. He asked how the radius of a star, who is composed of ionized hydrogen and degenerate electrons, varies with mass. I am not quite sure where to start. How could I estimate the radius?
     
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  3. Feb 2, 2012 #2

    Chronos

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    Your professor is asking a question that requires you to consider hydrostatic equilibrium.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2012 #3

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    If the pressure support is degenerate electrons then you are talking about "electron degeneracy pressure"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron_degeneracy_pressure
    That might be a place to start.
     
  5. Feb 2, 2012 #4

    You might find these two links helpful as well.




     
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