Oh no! You are touching on one of my all-time favorite things to babble about
This is where my Wife just leaves the room
As much as I would love to fill up this message with 100,000 words, I'll just put in a few thoughts.
Also, I'll make up a small word document on transformers to post to the Xfmrs thread in this area. This will be in suppliment to the current flow message [holy cow, Batman!!].
Well, first off - you have a great idea to look at the overall picture for a complete [or should I say Complex??] look at energy.
The look at energy in the universe covers a broad area and _IS_ the underlying consept.
If we look at a Neutron Star [a "Pulsar"], we see the left over core of a star that has undergone a Supernova - either from some event leading to it collapsing on it's self, or from falling through a black hole.
After the nova event has ended, there's a leftover ball of matter that was once the star's inner core.
Prior to the event, the core was huge! we will say it was 900,000 KM diameter.
After the event, the core is now only 200 KM diameter!!
The core still weighs the same as it did before, which means that a spoonfull of it's matter could weigh more than 1,000,000 Kilograms!!
This is the result of almost all energy being released from the star - "blown out" over the vacuum of space. The extremely little bit of energy left over results in the rotating leftover core emmiting some type of light [Electro-Magnetic Radiation]. This is ejected out at the poles of the core. when the core rotates, it appears like a lighthouse's rotating light would look.
The reason for the unimaginable weights of a relatively small amount of matter is due to the loss of energy levels in the Atomic structures them selves.
A good explaination would be that the Electron shells have become extremely close to the kernal, which results in many more atoms occupying the same physical area.
Let's say that the first shell was a distance of 1,000 KM [3,000,000 feet] from the kernal, before the event.
After the event, this first shell has become a distance of 10 Meters [30 feet] away from the kernal [neucleus].
The loss of energy [heat and others] and gravity [gravitrons and anti-gravitrons], is the reason for this happening.
Under this condition, there are billions more atoms in the same physical area, which results in an increased mass [weight].
The energy given off from the Supernova event, results in both Kinetic Energy [heat, EMR, other moving subatomic stuff], and Potential Energy [the matter it's self - the star's gases, solids, liquids, etc.] thrown out to space.
This area is SOOOOOO extreme and deep, that it should not be discussed too much in this forum!!
If we do discuss it, we should keep the levels to something basic and simple - otherwise things will easilly become so extreme, messages will be too long to read!
Astrophysics sure can bring up a lot of questions to "normal" thinking - really questions the way we all were taught in School!
One begins to contiplate if stars really do die of old age, or if they die from other reasons.
Also begin to see a new view of energy produced from stars, plus actual light it's self. The first one that got my major interest are Neutrinos!!! I used to think that Photons were really interesting prior to this!!
[they still are
, just not the most interesting now]
Let me know if this touches base to your questions.