Antimatter pod invented

Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:10 pm

Can somebody tell me what happens when Antimatter is created? I mean, what is the actual process done? Energy is focused how? It "materialise"?
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby Nickswitz » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:22 pm

Same way normal matter is created, I believe.
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:45 pm

Nickswitz wrote:Same way normal matter is created, I believe.


Actually, they are both created at the same time (methink).

The thing is, I have no idea how.
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby IanKennedy » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:09 pm

We do know how, at least the theory for it. It's to do with zero point energy. Basically, pairs of matter/antimatter particles spontaneously appear in a vacuum all the time. Usually they annihilate each other pretty quickly, however, if you apply a large magnetic field to the vacuum they move off in opposite directions. Given a strong enough field the particles separate fast enough that they don't get a chance to annihilate each other. In this way you end up with one antimatter particle and one matter one also.
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby Lighthawk » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:16 pm

Tyyr wrote:Interesting idea which immediately begs the question of why wouldn't it be stable given that it's a mirror image of regular matter.


Wild baseless guessing here, but maybe it has something to do with the way the four forces interact with the stuff?
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:29 pm

IanKennedy wrote:We do know how, at least the theory for it. It's to do with zero point energy. Basically, pairs of matter/antimatter particles spontaneously appear in a vacuum all the time. Usually they annihilate each other pretty quickly, however, if you apply a large magnetic field to the vacuum they move off in opposite directions. Given a strong enough field the particles separate fast enough that they don't get a chance to annihilate each other. In this way you end up with one antimatter particle and one matter one also.



How appropriate that the explination came from the man with Spock as his AV. :P
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby Foxfyre » Fri Dec 03, 2010 4:00 am

Mark wrote:
IanKennedy wrote:We do know how, at least the theory for it. It's to do with zero point energy. Basically, pairs of matter/antimatter particles spontaneously appear in a vacuum all the time. Usually they annihilate each other pretty quickly, however, if you apply a large magnetic field to the vacuum they move off in opposite directions. Given a strong enough field the particles separate fast enough that they don't get a chance to annihilate each other. In this way you end up with one antimatter particle and one matter one also.



How appropriate that the explination came from the man with Spock as his AV. :P



Agreed, this is an interesting article, can't wait for the photon torps :angel1:
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:25 pm

Foxfyre wrote:
Mark wrote:
IanKennedy wrote:We do know how, at least the theory for it. It's to do with zero point energy. Basically, pairs of matter/antimatter particles spontaneously appear in a vacuum all the time. Usually they annihilate each other pretty quickly, however, if you apply a large magnetic field to the vacuum they move off in opposite directions. Given a strong enough field the particles separate fast enough that they don't get a chance to annihilate each other. In this way you end up with one antimatter particle and one matter one also.



How appropriate that the explination came from the man with Spock as his AV. :P



Agreed, this is an interesting article, can't wait for the photon torps :angel1:


Not so sure. Nuke-scale explosives without the radiation drawbacks? With no way to identify the origin of the bomb's fuel, like you might with atomic nukes?

Like I said, I am not so sure we wanna see AM-ICBM.
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby Tyyr » Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:41 pm

Given our current refining abilities no one would be able to afford to actually launch the thing. They'd be firing a century's worth of their GDP away in a single shot.
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:38 pm

Tyyr wrote:Given our current refining abilities no one would be able to afford to actually launch the thing. They'd be firing a century's worth of their GDP away in a single shot.


If you accept the theory that political leaders are compensating for something with their weapons, I think what you just wrote isn't entirely out of character for them. :poke:
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Re: Antimatter pod invented

Postby Tsukiyumi » Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:39 pm

Generally, I'd say they're "compensating" for the fact that most people don't want to fight wars with bare-knuckle combat.
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