EDUCATION: Live From CERN: Antimatter!

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Science  03 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5493, pp. 895
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5493.895a

Although not the most intuitive of particle physics concepts, antimatter will nevertheless soon star in its own Web cast. On 18 November, the curious—from students to physicists—can click into the control room of the Antiproton Decelerator at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, for live footage of antimatter production. To find out what that means, the site provides an explanation of the experiments, as well as the history and motivation behind the drive to use low-energy antiprotons to produce antihydrogen, otherwise known as antimatter. The site discusses current and possible future applications of antimatter, including its use as a rocket fuel. But not just yet—the efficiency of the antimatter energy production process is just 0.00000001%.

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