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Strange Matter

  1. Aug 30, 2005 #1
    The wikipedia entry on strange matter didn't tell me all I wanted to know, so I'll have to ask here:

    Is strange matter a fluid like 'neutronium' matter is? i.e. given advanced enough technology, could a cube or other non-spherical shape of strange matter be created? Or would it form a sphere because it's a fluid and its own gravity would force it to this shape? The wiki said that under some theories strange matter would be stable without gravitational pressure holding it together. Why, may I ask, does 'neutronium' need gravity to stay as 'neutronium' after it has collapsed from atomic form?
    The point of all this is I'm trying to find a material that could be the foundation material of an Orbital without needing a fictional material and 'force fields'.
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  3. Aug 30, 2005 #2


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    Strange matter is matter which contains strange quarks in addition to the usual up and down. To the best of my knowledge it is stable only under extreme conditions, like in neutron stars. On earth strange quarks quickly decay into down quarks plus photons.
  4. Sep 1, 2005 #3


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    I will direct you to this link, where I recently learned quite a bit about neutronium, I suspect you will enjoy it. It will answer most of your questions

  5. Sep 1, 2005 #4

    Interesting. :smile:

    This doesn't answer why strange matter could be stable outside of a grav field though.(if those theories are right)

    I also don't understand why neutronium would be a fluid instead of a solid. Why doesn't it form a crystal structure to be rigid?
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