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There is a very general theorem that there is no stable configuration of matter that can exist above a threshhold that fundamentally just depends on the mass of the constituent particles that make up the matter (and the interatomic forces in the matter). There is some debate about the exact limit for neutron stars, but it is something like 2.5 - 3 solar ...


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There are a few big differences: Tidal effects change the rate at which the orbit decays The neutron stars touch before the black holes would have merged Ejected matter can contribute to the gravitational-wave signal The merged neutron star can have "mountains" that keep radiating Probably the most important effect: the matter in NSs can emit photons and ...



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