# Roche Zone of a black hole vs Roche Zone of Neutron Star

Suppose a very unusually small back hole with the mass of about, lets say, 1.5 solar masses(hawking radiation should destroy a lot of mass let's assume). It thus would have a Roche limit smaller than larger black holes, and the Roche limit should be outside of the black hole instead of inside it, like some supermassive black holes.

Then, let's take a super massive neutron star, perhaps even with quark matter at its center. Even though this may not exist, let's say that is 3 solar masses by taking matter from a nearby red giant rather slowly. This would mean that it thus has a larger Roche limit.

Then, let's fit the two together in a binary system. Move the black hole inwards so that it is in the Roche limit of the neutron star, but its Roche limit is not affecting the neutron star.

My question is that, since a black hole can't physically be ripped apart by gravity due to it being a hole in space time itself, can it's structure be altered in any way by the gravitational pull of the neutron star? Like from a sphere to an oval or something like that? Can it separate into two smaller ones due to the gravity of the neutron star? In the system, who would win the gravity war?

Now assume that the black hole has angular momentum and change, giving it a magnetic field. Then make the neutron star a magnetar of the strongest kind, and place them in the same binary position as I described above. Would their magnetic fields have an effect on any of the bodies that are generating them? Would their magnetic fields have any effect on the other object's magnetic field?

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Commented Feb 22, 2019 at 0:28

However, the laws of black hole thermodynamics do not allow the horizon area to go down. Splitting a mass 2M hole into two holes of mass M would change the area from $$4 \times (4\pi G^2 M^2/c^4)$$ to $$2\times (4\pi G^2 M^2/c^4)$$. So that is not going to happen (unless there was a process that could release a black hole's worth of entropy in the outside universe - a very tall order).
The magnetic field case would complicate things in various ways, but remember that even magnetar magnetic fields only have the density of $$10^4$$ times lead - compared to the neutron star density this is nothing. There would presumably be a lot of electromagnetic dissipation, jets, and complex torques, but I suspect the endgame is the same.