Sunday, November 21, 2010

CERN Physicists Create Antimatter (and Could Build a Bomb in a Billion Years)

A product of the Big Bang theoretically produced in abundance, antimatter didn't survive whatever powerful evolutionary pressures permitted the matter we see all around us to reign supreme. As a result, it must be coaxed, very carefully, into existence. The "Alpha Experiment" had a simple goal, said CERN investigator Jeffrey Hangst. "We wanted to see if matter and antimatter behaved identically, as predicted by Dirac."

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