Antimatter Breakthrough Would Give More Insight About Universe

November 19th, 2010 - 8:39 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
antimatterNov 19, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The research facility that deals with the Large Hadron Collider, at CERN, have said that they have successfully created and stored antimatter in greater quantities that lasts for a longer period of time. Antimatters are substances that destroy matters the moment they come in contact with each other.

The researchers have said that they have created 38 atoms of anti-hydrogen, and these atoms were stable and intact to sustain themselves for almost one tenth of a second before annihilating. Scientists have been trying to create antimatters for several decades, but none of these artificial particles could sustain for too long and destroyed themselves immediately after its creation. This is for the first time, that these antimatter particles have survived for longer. Michio Kaku, physicist and author of “Physics of the Impossible” stated that this is the first major step that may take them to the stars. Physicists say that antimatters are the most mystical things in the universe. It is rather an achievement for them to trap this elusive antimatter atom for the first time. Jeffrey Hangst, a spokesman for the CERN team said that matters and antimatters create energy when they meet, before they annihilate.

The breakthrough of this experiment was to hold the antimatter for one tenth of a second. A better knowledge of antimatter and comparing them with the matters, would give them a better insight about the formation and destruction procedure involved in the law of universe. Lawrence Krauss, physicist and author of “The Physics of Star Trek” said the new level of precision was important for testing the properties of antimatters, as matters and antimatters might apparently behave similarly, but it is quite different if observed minutely.

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