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Ray Palmer's A.T.O.M. suit is said to be made out of "dwarf star alloy". What exactly is this? Is it literally from a dwarf star? Or is it just a fancy name for something else?

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    It's also cropped up in Doctor Who (new and old) so it might be a reference within a reference depending on the dates involved.
    – user66777
    May 27 '16 at 22:41
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Yes, it is from a dwarf star

Specifically, this is a reference to the character of the Atom from DC Comics, who created his size-changing suit out of material from a white dwarf star.

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In the show, Palmer gets it from a mine:

Yep, I just sent the notarized transfer of ownership. Now listen, I want to get a jump on the mining operations immediately. Let me know as soon as the first of the dwarf star alloy is extracted.

In either case, the material is literally a piece of a white dwarf star, though in the Arrowverse it would seem to be further underground.

As an aside, a white dwarf star has a density of about 1,000,000,000 kilograms per cubic meter. Assuming that little piece of star Palmer is picking up is 0.1 meters in radius, it should have a mass of about 4,000,000 kilograms, or a weight of about 10 million pounds. Even for a field scientist, Palmer is surprisingly athletic.

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  • Wow, he can pick up the dwarf star alloy with his bare hands, then points out how dense it is. Are we sure one of Ray doesn't have super strength ;-) May 17 '16 at 3:09
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    Science in old comics was fun. For example, apparently “ultraviolet” simply means “very violet.”
    – Adamant
    Nov 24 '16 at 10:07
  • I love how a scientist picks up a METEOR, a radioactive and very hot with his bare hands, and let's not forget that this thing would probably weight hundreds of tons
    – Petersaber
    Nov 24 '16 at 10:19
  • @Petersaber - Thousands, probably.
    – Adamant
    Nov 24 '16 at 10:20
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    @Petersaber meteors are not very hot. They've been in space a lot longer than the brief atmospheric re-entry. If you pick them up with bear hands you're more likely to get frostbite.
    – OrangeDog
    Nov 24 '16 at 14:06
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yes it is actually from a white dwarf star, but Raymond has a shrink ray emitter in his suit to compress, or thread, the actual dwarf star fragment through the exoskin, making the exoskin the armour itself.

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    This seems to answer the question, but could you elaborate/add some sources? Spare answers often receive downvotes, whereas the detailed ones tend to get upvoted.
    – Adamant
    Nov 24 '16 at 9:48

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