We consider the long term fate and evolution of cold degenerate stars under the action of gravity alone. Although such stars cannot emit radiation through the Hawking mechanism, the wave function of the star will contain a small admixture of black hole states. These black hole states will emit radiation and hence the star can lose its mass energy in the long term. We discuss the allowed range of possible degenerate stellar evolution within this framework.

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Also archived at: arXiv:astro-ph/9808250 v1 23 Aug 1998 This work was supported by a Department of Energy grant, an NSF Young Investigator Award, NASA Grant No. NAG 5-2869, and by funds from the Physics Department at the University of Michigan.ISSN:1550-2368 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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