But will electron degeneracy pressure will halt the gravitational collapse of a star if its mass is below the Chandrasekhar Limit?. A star exceeding this limit and without usable nuclear fuel will continue to collapse to form either a neutron star or black hole, because the degeneracy pressure provided by the electrons is weaker than the inward pull of gravity.
“But will electron degeneracy pressure will halt the gravitational collapse of a star if its mass is below the Chandrasekhar Limit?”
At that point, you are asking the wrong guy :)
I’d suppose that if gravity can’t overcome the electron degeneracy pressure, the star would be stable, but I don’t know enough about how all the reactions at work in the star to say whether or not it would stay that way, just because the mass is below the limit to form a neutron star. It could still go supernova, couldn’t it?
There is speculation of various intermediate degenerate star stages, quark stars for example. I think the recent interest in neutrino measurements may affect current models. Just a hunch.