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degenerate matter





types of degenerate matter
Matter in which all the available quantum energy states allowed by the Pauli exclusion principle have been occupied. Degenerate matter occurs, for example, in stars that have collapsed under their own gravitational pull following the exhaustion of their useable nuclear fusion energy reserves. Electron degenerate matter is found in white dwarfs and baryon degenerate matter is found in neutron stars.


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