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Originally posted by jkrog08
reply to post by proteus33
It is my understanding that the neutrons are permanently fused due to those extreme forces. Here is a good thread on neutron stars, pulsars, and magnetars:
Neutron Stars, Pulsars, and Magnetars
Originally posted by proteus33
now i have read that neutron stars and pulsars the matter is under such incredible gravity that the electron shells of atoms making up material of said star causing the neutrons to touch each other. supposedly a fist size piece would way tons. my question is if some of that material was removed from that extreme environment what would happen would it stay compacted and stable or would it decompress violently
material at the surface of a neutron star is believed to be made of regular atoms. No one's quite sure what though. Some think they could be iron atoms (one of the most stable types of atom), while others believe that iron atoms might "drown" beneath the surface, leaving only lighter atoms like helium. As you venture beneath the crust, you find atoms which are heavier and heavier. Unusual elements which belong underneath the bottom line of the periodic table. These nameless elements would fall apart in nanoseconds on Earth, but inside neutron stars, they're kept stable by the intense pressures.
Eventually you reach the delightfully named "neutron drip"; a region where neutrons actually start to leak from atomic nuclei. From here inwards, the actual atoms start to become smaller and smaller, immersed in a superfluid sea of neutrons and electrons. Eventually, by the time you reach the star's core, no atomic nuclei remain. Just a superfluid of degenerate matter. Actually, no one's quite sure what kind of matter would be in the core of a neutron star. No one's even sure if it would still be a fluid of neutrons. Some have even suggested cores of strange matter or quark degenerate matter.