In this article, we will look at why there are maximum mass limits for objects that are supported against gravity by degeneracy pressure instead of kinetic pressure. We will look at the two known cases of this, white dwarfs and neutron stars; but it should be noted that similar arguments will apply to any postulated object that meets the general definition given above. For example, the same arguments would apply to “quark stars” or “quark-gluon plasma objects”, etc.
Table of Contents
1The Chandrasekhar LimitThe Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff LimitA Final Note
The Chandrasekhar Limit