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Antimatter excotic particle or another reality?

  1. Apr 27, 2009 #1
    Antimatter excotic particle or another reality?
    Is it a mirror of matter or just another form of matter?
     
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  3. Apr 27, 2009 #2

    mathman

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    It is another form of matter and is no more exotic than ordinary matter. The most common form consists of positrons. There isn't much around, since contact of an antimatter particle with its matter counterpart results in mutual destruction, ending up as gamma rays.
     
  4. Apr 27, 2009 #3
    Is it known if matter attracts antimatter( and vice versa ) via gravity? From what I could find googling it, there was no actual experimental evidence of this.
     
  5. Apr 28, 2009 #4

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    Current theory has antimatter experiencing gravity like ordinary matter (or dark matter). It is hard to set up an experiment, since the life of antiparticles is short (hitting ordinary matter).
     
  6. Apr 28, 2009 #5
    Antimatter, in the form of antihydrogen, has been made at CERN since about 2002. It is in the form of antiprotons and positrons. No gravity/antigravity measurements have been made yet, but that is one of the oblectives of the AEGIS experiment. See
    http://www.webalice.it/datrezzi/aegis.htm
     
  7. Apr 28, 2009 #6

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    One BIG problem with testing the weak equivalence principle is that gravity is incredibly weak and electrical charges can swamp any gravitational effects. At CERN, they intend to produce cold, neutral antihydrogen to minimize noise from charge effects so gravitational equivalence can be tested. That's a big test.
     
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