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Offline Expectant_Philosopher

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Can an anti-matter fuel cell be controlled?
« on: 14/03/2015 19:11:51 »
I'm thinking of the horror of an anti-matter fuel cell exploding inadvertently.  Could we consider keeping not only the anti-matter separated from regular matter, but also keeping the anti-matter particles in the fuel cell separated from each other, so that if if there is a loss of containment only one reaction would occur, rather than a release of total potential.  I'm also thinking of the mechanism that introduces the anti-matter particle into the reaction chamber and the design of the chamber to harness electricity produced.  What initially comes to mind is the mechanism that only allows one lottery ball into the selection chamber at once, a mechanical limiting principle.  Instead of having a single volume of a reaction chamber, I envision a system the circulates the anti-matter in a continuous stream, and only one anti-matter is admitted to the reaction chamber, and the chamber is convoluted in a massive manifold within a magnetic bottle.  The manifold would be engineered to direct the flow of electrons and reduce/control the outflow of power.


 

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Re: Can an anti-matter fuel cell be controlled?
« Reply #1 on: 14/03/2015 19:47:07 »
In principle it can be controlled, yes.
 

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Re: Can an anti-matter fuel cell be controlled?
« Reply #2 on: 14/03/2015 20:02:35 »
You won't be able to contain antimatter directly with matter, but perhaps electric and/or magnetic fields to contain charged antimatter particles.

I also cannot think of a way to generate electricity (current or potential) directly from matter/antimatter reactions--most likely the device would produce gamma rays, which could then potentially be harnessed by the photo-electric effect to generate electrical power.
 

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