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Want some Antimatter?

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Date: Nov 18, 2008 - 09:00 AM
Apparently, all it takes is some gold and an incredibly powerful laser.

In the experiment, the laser ionizes and accelerates electrons, which are driven right through the gold target. On their way, the electrons interact with the gold nuclei, which serve as a catalyst to create positrons. The electrons give off packets of pure energy, which decays into matter and anti-matter, following the predictions by Einstein?s famous equation that relates matter and energy. By concentrating the energy in space and time, the laser produces positrons more rapidly and in greater density than ever before in the laboratory.
Next step: warp drive.

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