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Annihilation results in an extreme burst of energy

  1. Jul 7, 2014 #1
    Annihilation results in an extreme burst of energy..... If enough antimatter is isolated, it can be utilized for annihilation which can converted into useful energy.......This can make us approximately
    half as fast as light.... Just wanted to have ur comments ..?? Is it possible....?
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  3. Jul 7, 2014 #2


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    Not sure about this.

    Yes it is, theoretically. No such vehicle has yet been constructed. Antimatter is just not gasoline you can store in your tank. Antimatter annihilates with all types of 'matter'. So you need special 'magnetic confinement containers' to store them. You can't leave the antimatter to touch any type of 'matter' be it the walls of an 'antimatter engine' or the say on the whole 'the vehicle'. So it is not as simple as that for practical reasons.
  4. Jul 7, 2014 #3
    What do you mean by "This can make us approximately half as fast as light" ? There seems to be some context missing from your question.
  5. Jul 7, 2014 #4


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    I think it's a misconception, and he wanted to say that it allows us (theoretically) to create really effective in speeding up machines - eg spaceships. Of course as already pointed out, this is just a theoretical result, and practically by today's technology, we can't isolate enough antimatter ...
    If I recall well, a CERN scientist had said in public (due to the "Illuminati" book), that taking all the accelerators on earth, and the rate they produce antimatter which we can isolate, we need some thousands to millions of years to isolate enough antimatter to give the same power as one nuclear bomb.
  6. Jul 8, 2014 #5


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    While antimatter would have enough energy density to let a spacecraft reach half the speed of light with a reasonable amount of fuel, it is unclear how to use this energy in an efficient way. The easiest design (use it as in a chemical rocket) will waste a large fraction of the energy and heat the spacecraft - and that really limits the thrust you can get. More realistic designs are much more inefficient.

    In the same way: all the antimatter created in the last decades, assuming we would have it all available at the same time, could be used to boil a cup of water. Unfortunately, we don't have long-term storages for them. And we have cheaper ways to boil water.
  7. Jul 9, 2014 #6
    Thanks everyone...... and by the way, I did commit a mistake in the question.
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