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What would happen to pauli exclusion principle

  1. Apr 26, 2008 #1
    Pauli exclusion principle say that no two electrons can occupy the same state. But what would happen if we force them to occupy the same states?
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  3. Apr 26, 2008 #2


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    No two electrons can occupy the same state. Therefore your two cows *AHEM* electrons don't exist.
  4. Apr 26, 2008 #3


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    The pauli exclusion principle ultimately comes from the fact that the total wavefunction for a system of electrons must be antisymmetric. So, for example, if I have two electrons (with coordinates r1 and r2, respectively) and two states [itex]\phi[/itex] and [tex]\chi[/tex] the the total wavefunction would be
    \Psi_{\rm tot}(r_1,r_2)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left(\phi(r1)\chi(r2)-\chi(r1)\phi(r2)\right)\;.

    so now, you tell me... what happens if the electrons are in the same state (i.e., if [itex]\phi=\chi[/itex])
  5. Apr 26, 2008 #4


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    Can't put two fermions in the same state, but you can come very close. That is, for 2 spin up electrons, one could be at x=1.0, and another at 1.000000000000000001. Of course the electrostatic repulsive force between the two would make the assemblage difficult.
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  6. Apr 27, 2008 #5
    When electrons or other fermions are sucked into a black hole, are they converted to energy? Otherwise, how is the PEP not violated then by the singularity?
  7. Apr 27, 2008 #6
    AFAIK there is no violation of PEP, let alone conservation of energy. The universe outside of the event horizon gains energy and the black hole loses it. Net gain/loss to the universe 0.
  8. Apr 28, 2008 #7
    That doesn't answer the question. How does matter get packed into a single point in space without violating the PEP? The only thing I can conclude is everything that goes into the black hole gets abosrobed as energy and therefore is no longer a fermion.
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