The event that took place was a test of one of the Air Force’s new Revolutionary Munitions:
No, seriously. Read on…
(As a side note, I don’t post often, but rather, I save my responses for when I feel I can add something of value. Due to my…unique background and
education (to put it one way)…I feel that I can shed some light on what transpired here.)
WARNING: HEAVY SCIENCE/PARTICLE PHYSICS AHEAD – PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK
- What occurred was not “nuclear”, per se, as there was not atomic fusion or fission; nuclei were not split or fused together.
- What transpired took place at the subatomic level and is called annihilation
- Every particle has an “antiparticle” – the yin to their yang, so-to-speak. When subatomic particles (such as electrons) collide with their
antiparticle (in the case of electrons, positrons), the original particles cease to exist; due to the conservation of energy and momentum, however,
energy still exists.
- Just as the collision of a neutron and a nucleus (nuclear fission) gives off energy and radiation, so too does the collision of an electron and a
positron. This resulting annihilation also generates energy and gamma radiation.
- Much like the energy in a nuclear reaction is capable of being harnessed as a weapon, the energy produced in an antimatter reaction can also be used
- However, antimatter is exponentially more powerful than any other material on Earth – one gram of antimatter is equal to the explosive force of
83,000,000 pounds of TNT.
- Antimatter is extremely powerful – and “clean”. While immense amounts of gamma radiation are created, nuclear fallout is not.
- In 2004, scientists working with the Air Force
they were working on
- However, the overzealous civilian scientists (who were more concerned with antimatter’s potential in the fields of rocket propulsion and space
travel) spilled too many beans – and were quickly silenced.
- Academic research conducted by NASA in conjunction with Penn State University was quickly pulled from all public sources, and since then, neither
the Air Force nor Penn State will comment on the program.
Here's a link to a October 4, 2004 story from the
San Francisco Chronicle
detailing the Air
Force's antimatter weapons program.
Bottom line: the symptoms of the guys that were too close to UTTR (and the corresponding visual effects) sound like effects from ionizing radiation.
But this radiation didn't come from a dirty, 20th-century nuclear weapon.
No, this radiation came from a very 21st century weapon: antimatter.
edit on 15-9-2012 by diablo222 because: typo