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You asked HOW it is that the bonded neutron is stable, but the free neutron is not: 'What happens inside the nucleus that makes neutrons stable?' This is an ontological question and these are the hardest to answer. The best answer you can get in terms of conventional physics is differences in binding energy, as Lagerbaer explained. The Table of Nuclides ...


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Despite pop-science descriptions, neutron stars do not contain only neutrons. They contain both protons and electrons as well, and though there are many fewer of them the electrons are also degenerate. Accordingly it would be electron interactions (not those of neutrons) that transmitted that vast majority of the force between a normal matter pusher and a ...


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Repulsion happens with any fermion particles, not just electrons. If neutrons would not repel each other we wouldn't have neutron stars. All of them would always collapse into black holes instead. So neutrons in our atoms still repel neutron star. However what would really happen is, neutron star has really massive gravity to the point that protons and ...



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