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Positron generator

  1. Aug 6, 2013 #1
    if you have a beam of high energy electrons ( enough energy to create positrons) that hit plate in a vacuum that was positively charged could you produce anit particles without the particels annihilating it self (hence the vacuum) and have the positivly charge particles suspended in a magnetic field? and could you have a 100% energy to matter generator. for example puting in 5000 watts and getting out 5.5632e-14 kgs of mass? direct e=mc2 or would this system be partly efficient
     
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  3. Aug 6, 2013 #2
    You could convert 100% of the mass to energy or vice versa.. BUT not with the technology that exists today or atleast for the next 15-20 years. Correct me if i am wrong but as of today u can convert i guess 0.7 % of mass to energy in the worlds best colliders.
    When u burn a paper u are converting around 0.001% or even lesser!
     
  4. Aug 6, 2013 #3

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    It's worth a taking a moment to do the math before posting... Not everyone reading your post will understand that by "or even lesser", you mean five decimal orders of magnitude. That's the difference between a glass of water and a decent-sized swimming pool.

    Besides, 0.00000001% makes your point so much better :smile:
     
  5. Aug 6, 2013 #4

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    There are two questions here: generating positrons, and storing/controlling them to do something interesting with them. If you google for "positron generation" and "positron storage" you'll find a bunch of interesting links, get a sense of just how effective the current techniques are.

    No matter what we do, the total amount of energy that we put into creating the initial beam of high-energy electron will far exceed the energy of the massive particles created by the collisions of that beam with its target.
     
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