• Maximum stellar iron core mass

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      Maximum; stellar; star; iron; core; mass; collapse; neutron star

    • Abstract

       

      An analytical method of estimating the mass of a stellar iron core, just prior to core collapse, is described in this paper. The method employed depends, in part, upon an estimate of the true relativistic mass increase experienced by electrons within a highly compressed iron core, just prior to core collapse, and is significantly different from a more typical Chandrasekhar mass limit approach. This technique produced a maximum stellar iron core mass value of 269 × 1030 kg (1.35 solar masses). This mass value is very near to the typical mass values found for neutron stars in a recent survey of actual neutron star masses. Although slightly lower and higher neutron star masses may also be found, lower mass neutron stars are believed to be formed as a result of enhanced iron core compression due to the weight of non-ferrous matter overlying the iron cores within large stars. And, higher mass neutron stars are likely to be formed as a result of fallback or accretion of additional matter after an initial collapse event involving an iron core having a mass no greater than 2.69 × 1030 kg

    • Author Affiliations

       

      F W Giacobbe1

      1. Chicago Research Center/American Air Liquide Inc., 5230 South East Avenue, Countryside, Illinois - 60525, USA
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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