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.”