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Team Seeks to Find Difference Between Matter and Antimatter

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Scientists have long sought to understand the difference between matter and antimatter. Antimatter exists, yet the world around us is made up of matter. To better assess the difference between the two, a 54-member team called the ALPHA collaboration recently tackled the task of measuring the wavelength of a single atom of antimatter.

The team compared antihydrogen atoms to regular hydrogen atoms to determine whether or not they follow the same laws of physics. They found no difference in the characteristics of the two types of matter.

Scientists already knew they could learn a great deal by comparing the two. Unfortunately, they were stumped at how to properly study the differences. This new study took place at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN’s Antiproton Decelerator facility has the ability to create antihydrogen atoms and trap them for research purposes. By doing this, they have the opportunity to learn more about atoms.

Since antimatter doesn’t occur naturally, the team has to combine plasmas from tens of thousands of antiprotons with positrons. They do this using the decelerator. They don’t have a charge, so the team faces additional challenges when it comes to examining them.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is the author of the children's novels 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, from Simon & Schuster's Aladdin M!x line. A technology enthusiast, she regularly writes for a variety of online outlets about the latest gadgets and software solutions. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Neil.

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