CERN Team Achieves Breakthrough In Antimatter Research

November 18th, 2010 - 8:47 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
alpha-canada-researchersNov 18, (THAINDIAN NEWS) In a breakthrough developments scientists have claimed that they have resolved one of the riddles of physics that have eluded the physicists for ages. As per the claim they have succeeded in trapping anti atom which may help them understand what happened to the big bang made antimatter millions of years ago. The international team of CERN physicists succeeded in making an anti hydrogen atom and made it last for adequate time to experiment with it. Jeffrey Hangst an US based scientist who is the spokesman of the team said it is a big achievement for them as they can “take the next step, which is to try to compare matter and antimatter”.

The researchers have often felt baffled at the thought why antimatter can not be found in the universe. The existing theory says that both matter and antimatter were created at the time of Big bang. However, matter became the building block for everything while antimatter vanished. The universe was supposedly created almost 13.7 billion years ago. The scientists earlier succeeded in making separate particles of antimatter like anti-neutrons and anti-protons. After 2002 they also manged to fuse them and create anti atom but could not keep them long for studying. This is owing to the fact that atoms consisting of antimatter and matter destroy each other on contact.

Two teams of researchers have been competing to achieve that goal at CERN which is the biggest physics lab of the world, known for the creation of the famous LHC. However, the LHC was not employed for this ground breaking research. The APLHA team edged ahead of rival ATRAP team led by Gerald Gabrielse a Harvard physicist.

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