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How much energy is released in antimatter annihilation?

Sun, 23rd Jan 2011

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Question

@Ladislaz asked:

How much energy is released when a positron and an electron collides? I mean in practical terms. Cheers!

Answer

We posed this question to Professor Andy Parker from Cambridge University...

Andy -   In scientific terms, its about 10-13 Joules which means you'd need to do that about a thousand, million, million times to warm up your cup of tea.

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