degenerate matter


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degenerate matter

n
(Astronomy) astronomy the highly compressed state of matter, esp in white dwarfs and neutron stars, supported against gravitational collapse by quantum mechanical effects
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Degenerate matter possesses such extremely high density that the normal atomic structure (a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by a cloud of electrons) has disintegrated completely.
These supernovas can leave behind a rapidly spinning neutron star (pulsar), composed primarily of neutron degenerate matter, which keeps this bizarre object bouncy against crushing gravity.
3, within astrophysics, liquid metallic hydrogen is believed to exist as fully degenerate matter within the interior of white dwarfs and giant planets such as Jupiter or Saturn.