Thursday, November 18, 2010

Antimatter Captured.

This was a cool article.  Scientists have created and captured antimatter.  It's not necessarily the creation, but the capture and manipulation that's so revolutionary.  According to the article, the first antimatter was actually created in 1955 by University of California, Berkeley physicists Emilio Segre and Owen Chamberlain.  They created antiprotons in an atom smasher.

In this study, physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva not only created antiprotons, but used them to form antihydrogen for about 1/6th of a second.

This type of research brings up questions about how antimatter could be used.  In Star Trek, starships used antimatter as an energy source, primarily for the warp drive and for weapons (photon torpedoes).  Although with current technology scientists probably couldn't create enough antimatter to launch anything much bigger than a bottle rocket (if that big), as research progresses they might find more efficient/effective ways to create antimatter.

In the meantime, it gives more scientific credibility to the use of anitmatter in science fiction writing and fuel dreams that we might see some type of practical application in our lifetime.

Until that happens,

Write On.

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