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.
- 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 stage in the evolution of a star in which the pressure in the star is insufficient to maintain the star at a stable size. The material in the star or in the core of the star then falls inward under its own gravitational attraction. Depending on the mass, composition, and spin of the star, the collapse may proceed to the formation of a neutron star or black hole, possibly accompanied by a supernova explosion. See also: Stellar evolution
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