Chandrasekhar Limit

A limit which mandates that no white dwarf (a collapsed, degenerate star) can be more massive than about 1.4 solar masses. Exclusion principle repulsion among the electrons in a star more massive than this canít support the star against its own gravity.

Any degenerate object more massive must inevitably collapse into a neutron star.

See also: Neutron Star, White Dwarf.

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Subjects: Physics