Pauli Exclusion for Quarks
Name: Steven L.
When a star collapses, if the total mass is not too
large, the force between the electrons (Pauli Exclusion Principle) will
halt the collapse forming a white dwarf. If the mass is larger, the force
between the neutrons will cause the formation of a neutron star. If it is
even larger, it is said that gravity will overwhelm even the force
between the neutrons to form a black hole.
Since neutrons are composed of quarks, is there a Pauli Exclusion for
quarks which might halt the collapse of larger masses?
The Pauli Exclusion Principle applies to all particles of half-integer
spin. This category includes all fundamental particles that make up
what we normally think of as matter (protons, electrons, quarks, etc.)
and it excludes all particles that mediate forces (photons, gluons,
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