Smile! Anti-Matter Finally Isolated and Photographed

International physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, have a photo of perhaps the most camera-shy element in the universe: anti-matter. In an incredible breakthrough, CERN was able to capture atoms of antimatter for a tenth of a second.

In the past, these atoms have disappeared so fast that they have escaped capture — until now.

The Journal Nature is reporting that the scientists said they’d been able to trap and suspend individual atoms for a tenth of a second. The breakthrough will allow a comparison of matter and antimatter.

The Scientists from Britain, Brazil, Canada, Israel and the United States, trapped 38 anti-hydrogen atoms.

To accomplish this result, the scientists created anti-hydrogen at temperatures less than a half-degree above absolute zero. Absolute zero is generally agreed to be absolute zero 0K on the Kelvin scale or −273.15°C on the Celsius scale or −459.67°F on the Fahrenheit scale.

Albert Einstein once explained: “On the big Bang theory: For every one billion particles of antimatter there were one billion and one particles of matter. And when the mutual annihilation was complete, one billionth remained – and that’s our present universe.”

Source: Yahoo

10 thoughts on “Smile! Anti-Matter Finally Isolated and Photographed”

  1. I saw a PBS show on the LHC at least a year ago and I was just inspired by one of the scientists that was interviewed. He had models of Star Trek and Star Wars ships in his work area and said that what people needed to realize with something like the LHC was that this is where all those things that are commonplace in our favorite sci-fi movies and series start.

    What the LHC will do is take the first baby steps to generate the kind of power and conditions necessary to warp space and manipulate matter to allow us to construct our own warp drives and open up real space travel, galactic travel. (He also explained how a functioning warp drive would have to work and how it was not out of the realm of possibility in time.) Not now, he said, in a hundred years, maybe more, but devices like the LHC were the first steps in practicing to do these things.

    This news was just geek-tastic!

  2. Semi-related:

    The Uncertainly Principle is found to limit Quantum Mechanics weirdness “spooky action at a distance” as uncertainly and nonlocality are measurably cojoined properties.

    Abstract:

    “Two central concepts of quantum mechanics are Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and a subtle form of nonlocality that Einstein famously called “spooky action at a distance.” These two fundamental features have thus far been distinct concepts. We show that they are inextricably and quantitatively linked: Quantum mechanics cannot be more nonlocal with measurements that respect the uncertainty principle. In fact, the link between uncertainty and nonlocality holds for all physical theories. More specifically, the degree of nonlocality of any theory is determined by two factors: the strength of the uncertainty principle and the strength of a property called ‘steering,’ which determines which states can be prepared at one location given a measurement at another.”

    Paper at: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6007/1072.full

  3. Note that anti-hydrogen costs one trillion trillion times as much as ordinary hydrogen. But it is soooooo worth it.

  4. This of course raises the question of does anti-matter frown when told to say “cheese”?

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