Saturday, November 27, 2010

Anti-Matter Atoms (Anti-Hydrogen) Has Been Trapped For The First Time

Anti-Matter has tremendous potential. The mixing of matter and anti-matter gives you the most efficient and most powerful explosive force of anything we know of. That makes it the best choice for power generation, propulsion, and explosives; assuming of course we can figure out an efficient way to both mass produce and store it.

"Researchers at Cern, home of the Large Hadron Collider, have held 38 antihydrogen atoms in place, each for a fraction of a second.

Antihydrogen has been produced before but it was instantly destroyed when it encountered normal matter.

The team, reporting in Nature, says the ability to study such antimatter atoms will allow previously impossible tests of fundamental tenets of physics.
Such sculpted magnetic fields that make up the magnetic bottle are not particularly strong, so the trick was to make antihydrogen atoms that didn't have much energy - that is, they were slow-moving.

The team proved that among their 10 million antiprotons and 700 million positrons, 38 stable atoms of antihydrogen were formed, lasting about two tenths of a second each.

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