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What is degeneracy pressure?

  1. Apr 12, 2013 #1
    Sorry for the noob question, but is there a resource anyone can point me to for an easy to understand explanation of degeneracy pressure?

    I have no scientific background at all, so when I say easy I'm not kidding, but I am looking for a bit more than the pop sci bit of the Wikipedia entry.

    All help gratefully received, and thank you in advance.
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  3. Apr 12, 2013 #2
    If all you found in Wikipedia was 'quantum degeneracy pressure',

    try looking under 'electron degeneracy pressure' and

    'neutron degeneracy pressure',

    I think those are pretty good.

    edit: also,


    The Tolman–Oppenheimer–Volkoff limit (or TOV limit) is an upper bound to the mass of stars composed of neutron-degenerate matter (i.e. neutron stars). The TOV limit is analogous to the Chandrasekhar limit for white dwarf stars.
  4. Apr 12, 2013 #3
    Thank you, I will take a look.
  5. Apr 12, 2013 #4
    Here are a couple of quotes I keep for such issues:
    [from Wikipedia somewhere]

    I hope these are not too basic.....

  6. Apr 13, 2013 #5

    That's excellent, thank you.
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