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« on: 18/11/2010 10:24:07 »
Two groups at CERN have developed techniques for cooling anti Hydrogen sufficiently for it to be stored (albeit for only less than a second as yet).

http://www.scientificamerican.com/


 

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« Reply #1 on: 18/11/2010 10:53:19 »
'Beam me up, Scotty!" :D

Back in the real world - It sounds like an expensive 'battery' to charge!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 18/11/2010 11:33:22 »
If we are using archeological timescales to define soon, rather than the OED definition "The near future" yes, there is a chance.  However it may be that "We canna break the laws of physics, Jim"
 

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« Reply #3 on: 18/11/2010 15:44:18 »
For spaceflight you would need several grams of antimatter, and you have to be able to keep it completely isolated from normal matter indefinitely. Since CERN only produced a few atoms for a fraction of a second we have a long way to go, and the cost will be literally astronomical. I think the cost, practical problems and safety concerns will be an insurmountable barrier.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 18/11/2010 17:00:25 »
I feel that the biggest problem will be that when the firsts anti matter powered spaceship is ready to take off the nuclear fusion auxiliary power system will not be ready.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 18/11/2010 19:04:56 »
Uch crap! The warp drive's buggert up - again!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 18/11/2010 19:31:05 »
Uch crap! The warp drive's buggert up - again!
It's like his in the room ;D *back from the dead too*
 

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« Reply #7 on: 19/11/2010 09:13:50 »
I heard this on BBC Radio 4 yesterday and thought it was being a tad optomistic.

My question is, just how do you store antimatter so it can be used on demand? In a tank made from........ er........ antimatter!?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 19/11/2010 10:36:02 »
Well at the moment they have "stored" 38 atoms - it's held in a magnetic trap and sorted from the charged particles that formed it by varying electric fields.  Its gonna be a while before we can get even "the few grammes" wanted.
 

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