Powerful linear accelerator begins smashing atoms – 2 scientists on the team explain how it could reveal rare forms of matter

Oct 19, 2020
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"scandium, calcium and potassium. These isotopes are commonly found in neutron stars..."
Could you explain that quote a bit please - I thought that neutron stars were essentially one big nucleus?
From Wiki:
"Current models indicate that matter at the surface of a neutron star is composed of ordinary atomic nuclei crushed into a solid lattice with a sea of electrons flowing through the gaps between them."

The target rotates so that no one spot gets all the energy. This would make it melt.