Is neutron star material stable?
Oft heard it said that a teaspoon of neutron star material may be heavier than a mountain. Is this stuff actually real? And stable? Also, if this were to say arrive at earth—would it just pass through the crust and settle in earth's core?
- Jeffrey KLv 73 years agoFavorite Answer
Neutrons are not stable. They decay into a proton, electron, and neutrino with a half life of 15 minutes. It takes enormous pressure to keep them from decaying.
- somegLv 63 years ago
I'm just burning, doing the neutron dance!
- cosmoLv 73 years ago
It's stable under enormous pressure. If you remove the pressure, it will explode.
- MorningfoxLv 73 years ago
At the surface of a neutron star, the gravity is about 200 billion g's. But even that is not enough to keep the neutron material stable, you have to go down 1 or 2 kilometers to get enough pressure to have the neutron-proton Fermi liquid.
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- Anonymous3 years ago
nobody knows , neutron stars, black holes etc are theoretical , we can't see them or study them we can only observe the effect they have on other bodies
- nebLv 73 years ago
It would be stable only under the enormous gravitational pressures of a neutron star. A teaspoon of a neutron star would not be stable if it was not part of the neutron star.