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Scientists generate powerful antimatter ray

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"Researchers at North Carolina State University have produced the world's most powerful antimatter beam. 'There is a reactor in Munich, Germany, that has been generating those types of radiation beams for some time now, and our analysis of the data shows that we have exceeded what they have reported,' Dr. Ayman Hawari, director of the Nuclear Reactor Program at North Carolina State, told the university's website. The beam, consisting of an intense burst of positrons, was generated at the school's PULSTAR campus nuclear reactor, which first went online in 1972. A positron is the 'mirror image' of an electron -- it has the same weight and properties of the most basic atomic particle, but is positively rather than negatively charged. Theoretical physicists believe there are equal amounts of matter and antimatter in the universe, but few antimatter particles have been found 'in the wild.'" (10/23/07)



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This is so Flash Gordon or Star Wars. Amazing, and a bit scary. Luckily they can't make a handweapon out if this yet. A reactor is a bit too heavy to carry around.

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So everytime this thing fires, antimatter is made? Wouldn't that set the universe off balance, or would it also create matter at the same time?


See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang#Baryon_asymmetry

and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Hurtubise#Angel_Light


not necessarily... I'd widen the search to a little more than Wiki...

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