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Does antimatter (negative matter) have negative mass ?

  1. Dec 2, 2011 #1
    Does antimatter (negative matter) have "negative mass"?

    If not, why is this so suspected? And could anything theoretically have negative mass?
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  3. Dec 2, 2011 #2

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    Re: Does antimatter (negative matter) have "negative mass"?

    Welcome to PF, easyconcepts! :smile:

    Antimatter has opposite charge, not negative mass.
    Indeed mass is guaranteed to be non-negative.
    And the only particle to have "rest-mass" zero is the photon.
  4. Dec 2, 2011 #3
    Re: Does antimatter (negative matter) have "negative mass"?

    Theoretically for something to have negative rest mass must mean it has negative rest energy.


    Therefore when rest mass of M0 < 0, any value for velocity v squared is greater than or equal to 0, since √ -1 = i where i ≠ ℝ.

    Anyway, negative mass means in my mind that the mass dimension is negative, thus when affected by gravity (if it would be), since F = ma and F = mg when free-falling under gravity, it would have negative acceleration (deceleration) or negative force (or positive relative to direction). Gravity would seemingly repel rather than absorb the object to the centre of the object.
  5. Dec 12, 2011 #4
    Re: Does antimatter (negative matter) have "negative mass"?

    Antimatter has a positive mass, but reversed charges. Negative matter has a negative mass, but the same charges. Antimatter is known to exist, but negative matter is only hypothesized to exist.
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