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All of the antiprotons created at Fermilab’s Tevatron particle accelerator add up to only 15 nanograms. Those made at CERN amount to about 1 nanogram. At DESY in Germany, approximately 2 nanograms of positrons have been produced to date.
If all the antimatter ever made by humans were annihilated at once, the energy produced wouldn’t even be enough to boil a cup of tea.
The problem lies in the efficiency and cost of antimatter production and storage. Making 1 gram of antimatter would require approximately 25 million billion kilowatt-hours of energy and cost over a million billion dollars.
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originally posted by: Nickn3
Doesn't it take about 30 pounds of plutonium to fuel a chain reaction?
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: neutronflux
"They can make antimatter now?"
Very small amounts yes.
It would cost around $25 billion per gram.
That's rather an expensive overkill form of weapons system when a good old conventional nuke could do the same job.
If and when we make antimatter it wont be for bombs unless we are trying to destabilize a star.