I do not know much about x-ray physics or degenerate matter, but I have the intuitive feeling that the high electron density and what must be some crazy band structures in electron degenerate matter might give rise to a high x-ray reflectivity. So as a purely hypothetical question that suddenly struck me; does anyone who does know something about these topics think that you could bounce x-rays of white dwarfs?

  • $\begingroup$ Closely related: physics.stackexchange.com/q/89330 and physics.stackexchange.com/q/57632 and physics.stackexchange.com/q/22722. Surely we have a good answer somewhere... $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2014 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ I couldn't find an answer there, but thanks for pointing them out. All those questions concern neutron stars/neutron degenerate matter, and the answers more or less assume no electrons or simply says that there will be a surface of "normal matter". I'm wondering about the (high energy) optical effects of the weird electronic structure of electron degenerate matter. $\endgroup$
    – Knut
    Mar 9, 2014 at 18:56


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.