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The ALPHA Collaboration, an international team of scientists working at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, has created and stored a total of 309 antihydrogen atoms, some for up to 1,000 seconds (almost 17 minutes), with an indication of much longer storage time as well.
There is no possibility to use antimatter as energy ‘source’. Unlike solar energy, coal or oil, antimatter does not occur in nature; we first have to make every single antiparticle, and we have to invest (much) more energy than we get back during annihilation.
You can imagine antimatter as a storage medium for energy, much like you store electricity in rechargeable batteries. The process of charging the battery is reversible with relatively small loss. Still, it takes more energy to charge the battery than you get back.
The inefficiency of antimatter production is enormous: you get only a tenth of a billion (10-10) of the invested energy back. If we could assemble all the antimatter we've ever made at CERN and annihilate it with matter, we would have enough energy to light a single electric light bulb for a few minutes.
No. It would take billions of years to produce enough antimatter for a bomb having the same destructiveness as ‘typical’ hydrogen bombs, of which there exist more than ten thousand already.
Sociological note: scientists realized that the atom bomb was a real possibility many years before one was actually built and exploded, and then the public was totally surprised and amazed. On the other hand, the public somehow anticipates the antimatter bomb, but we have known for a long time that it cannot be realized in practice.
Originally posted by Miccey
Now we need a storage device, a way to guide the atoms and a way to let
the crash into ordinary atoms...Then, its a done deal....
You name it.
Originally posted by manontrial
Can't wait until it's weaponised.
That's not sarcasm either. Nuclear weapons are NOT 'mass' destructive, I mean even if we used the most powerful hydrogen bombs we've got, it would take literally thousands of them to destroy a single country. Over 2000 nuclear bombs have been detonated in the U.S. alone, and is it destroyed? No.
We need a weapon that can actually DESTROY a country in a single detonation, only then can a country truely claim to be a 'super' power.
Anti-matter, what a godsend.
Originally posted by sbctinfantry
I'm sure many were skeptical about creating enough refined uranium or plutonium to construct a feasable bomb. Right now we are witnessing the creation of Anti-Matter. It took exactly 70 years to get where we are today in computing power. It only took two years to create the atomic bomb, and it was theorized long before it was created.
I wouldn't discount the possibility that we could refine the art of making antimatter in 70-100 years, and create it en masse much more efficiently than in this infancy of understanding. To think otherwise is to spit in the face of the entirety of human evolution and ingenuity.
It's pretty laughable actually that people toss aside the idea so quickly.
Originally posted by Allred5923
16 minutes and 40 secs is a long time to sustain, but I am curious to what made it fizzle out? Seems as if they figured a way to trap antimatter, wonder what was wrong with method of containment?
I had read this article before I had gotten here on the forums, was curious to see how many times someone had threaded it......LOL "A few!!"
With it's fragile state of entrapment, wonder how far the rabbit hole can physically go? Once it is bombarded it seems to mutate to another form of released energy, which means there is more they are probably aren't telling us the whole story.