Today I was having a discussion with a colleague about what would happen if you took a 1 cm cube of neutron star matter and set it on the earth. He thought it would fall through and I was trying to explain why it wouldn't
But that got me thinking... You could never do this experiment as the degeneracy pressure would blow it apart. So I began to try to find calculations about how much energy this would create... John Timlin wrote a paper (http://www.physics.drexel.edu/~bob/Term_Reports/John_Timlin.pdf) where he has many calculations starting with the Fermi energy in N Space, etc. However, as I read this, it seems to rely on the particles to be at 0K degrees.. which does not make sense. ON page 5 he even says this does not make sense.
His calculations are for a meter cubed and come out to 5.24*10^33 kg/ms(^2)
I have 2 questions....
Is there a way to convert this to the amount of energy released with the pressure blows the neutrons apart from each other?
Would the neutrons be damaged from being bound so close together? You would think that this force would somehow affect them....
Ok 3rd question.... What would happen after the neutrons separated from each other? Would they decay N ---> P+e+Ve? like normal?