degeneracy pressure


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degeneracy pressure

(di-jen -er-ă-see) See degenerate matter.

degeneracy pressure

[di′jen·ə·rə·sē ‚presh·ər]
(statistical mechanics)
The pressure exerted by a degenerate electron or neutron gas.
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Neutron degeneracy pressure has failed and now it is up to quark degeneracy pressure.
This behaviour will be modified by the intervention of nongravitational forces; in particular we have studied the effect of the Fermi degeneracy pressure in a neutron star [7], for which the density has a finite maximum well separated from both the surface and r = 0.
The result is a "degeneracy pressure" that keeps white dwarfs from collapsing under their own weight.
Up to a point, degeneracy pressure resists by pushing back even harder.