CERN Physicists Create Antimatter (and Could Build a Bomb in a Billion Years)


Physicists at CERN have created the stuff of “Star Trek” for the first time ever: genuine antimatter. A 17-member team announced the production and preservation of 38 antihydrogen atoms. Physicists Emilio Segre and Owen Chamberlain of the University California, Berkeley, earned the 1959 Nobel Prize for producing part of an antihydrogen atom, antiprotons. “We’ve overcome the last important hurdle in the quest to do precision experiments on the antihydrogen atom, a goal for 20 years,” CERN co-investigator Francis Robicheaux. “It was an incredibly difficult undertaking to trap antihydrogen.”

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