antimatter, cern, gravity, new discoveries

Collisions of Light Produce Matter and Antimatter from Pure Energy

Scientists studying particle collisions of light at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) — a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science user facility for nuclear physics research at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory — have produced definitive evidence for two physics phenomena predicted more than 80 years ago. The results were derived from a detailed analysis of ...

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A person at night shining a flashlight into the sky.

New Clues to Why There’s so Little Antimatter in the Universe

Why is there so little antimatter in the universe? Imagine a dust particle in a storm cloud, and you can get an idea of a neutron’s insignificance compared to the magnitude of the molecule it inhabits. But just as a dust mote might affect a cloud’s track, a neutron can influence the energy of its ...

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A radioactive molecule.

Canadian-Built Laser Chills Antimatter to Near Absolute Zero for the First Time

Today, the CERN-based ALPHA (Anti-hydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus) collaboration announced the world’s first laser-based manipulation of antimatter, leveraging a made-in-Canada laser system to cool a sample of antimatter down to near absolute zero. The achievement, detailed in an article published and featured on the cover of the journal Nature, will significantly alter the landscape of antimatter research and advance the next generation of experiments.  ...

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An artistic rendering of the movement of an antihydrogen atom in the ALPHA magnetic trap, before and after laser cooling.