AlarmingAffect0 OP t1_iufoexp wrote

> Gamma rays might end up interacting with the surface and having pair production (coverting to an electron snd positron) before reaching the neutron density layer.

Is there a way of estimating how much of the gamma radiation would make it to the neutron density layer?

Also is that hot iron in the form of vapor rather than plasma?


AlarmingAffect0 OP t1_iudo3jg wrote

> You would have to get into subatomic matter and such materials do not cluster in large enough masses to create an important obstruction.

I suppose Neutron Stars might reflect Gamma then? Though the point would be moot unless one could direct enough gamma towards the surface of one that the reflection would be appreciable compared to the vast amounts of energy it already radiates.

> basic optics is, because of optical mineralogy and coloration of minerals

Having done some optical mineralogy in Uni, I have nothing but respect for those who are actually comfortable with the study of crystalline structures and how we could guess them out using various frequencies of electromagnetic radiations. That sort of stuff was practically opaque to me, pun intended. I remember trying to read an explanation of why Calcite did its double refraction thingie and coming out more confused than when I came in.

On the other hand, historical geology is very intuitive to understand and it really feels amazing to be able to make rather reliable educated guesses as to why our world looks the way it does. It's truly wondrous stuff.

Anyway, Geologists, severely underrated, need more hype.