Gravitational collapse in aged stars
Peters, Philip C. Department of Physics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Khochfar, Sadegh Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany.
Silk, Joseph Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
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- Stability of stars
- Contraction and the onset of collapse
- Collapse to a neutron star
- Collapse to a black hole
- General relativistic collapse
- Observation of collapse
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The late stage in stellar evolution in which the pressure in a star is insufficient to maintain the star at a stable size. During gravitational collapse, material in an aged star falls inward under its own gravitational attraction. Depending on the mass and composition of the collapsed star—known as a collapsar (Fig. 1)—the collapse will proceed to the formation of one of three possibilities: a white dwarf star, a neutron star, or a black hole. See also: Black hole; Gravity; Mass; Neutron star; Stellar evolution; White dwarf star
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