You Antimatter!: CERN Successfully Traps Antihydrogen Atoms For A Solid 16-Minutes

June 6, 2011


You know what this antimatter trap needs? More tinfoil.

Antimatter: I have no idea what it is. I thought it was something you told a frienemy to hurt their feelings. But apparently it has something to do with particles. And now CERN has successfully trapped some for 1,000 seconds. That's like a whole f***ing year in butterfly-time!

Scientists used CERN's high-energy accelerator to create the antihydrogen atoms, and then chilled them to near-zero temperatures.

The aim is to use laser and microwave spectroscopy to compare the immobilised particles to their hydrogen counterparts.

The same team succeeded last year in trapping dozens of anti-matter atoms and holding them in place for a fraction of a second, a world first at the time.

Scientists will now look for "violations" or discrepancies in something called the charge-parity-time reversal (CPT) symmetry.

Measurements of trapped antihydrogen are due to get underway shortly, and could yield results before the end of the year.

Of course -- charge-parity-time reversal symmetry, why didn't you just say that? Pfft, and I thought this was going to be complicated. One time I trapped a burp in a jar and huffed it a whole year later. I vomed -- big time.

Scientists 'trap' and study elusive anti-matter [telegraph]

Thanks to Schmaltz, Woody and R-Man Supernova, who have both trapped lightning bugs for even longer.

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