Monday, June 6, 2011

CERN Scientists Refine Antimatter Trap

CERN Scientists Refine Antimatter 'Trap'

In the next few years we may be on the cusp of understanding a much larger chunk of the invisible cosmos. These types of experiments are designed to analyze antimatter created shortly after the big bang which disappear just as quickly. We have theoretical calculations to show that matter and antimatter are created during these types of collisions, but antimatter "disappears" too quickly to understand, until now. They have found a way to supercool these particles to less than 0.5 degrees above absolute zero, allowing a much longer sample time to analyze the particles. These studies may go a long way to explaining dark matter and dark energy and some of these alien forces we know are there but can't quite figure out what they are. Exciting stuff!

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