As far as we know, antimatter behaves the same as matter in terms of it's physical properties with repect to gravity and EM fields, and so on.At this point I get curious about the nature of antimatter. Even if one could imagine as much as microgram of antimatter, it could not be simply carried about in a jar - could it? Surely there would be enormous energy-gobbling infrastructure just to keep a little of it existing for fractions of a second, even if it were aquired for free, yes?
The reaction between matter and antimatter is annihilation. Positrons and electrons annihilate with the product being at least two photons. Positrons behave in normal matter as electrons do, however they are repelled from the nucleus and attracted to electrons.In an imaginary matter-antimatter fusion, is there the same need to overcome all sorts of forces to push the stuff together, as with present fusions that make helium?
Protons and anti-protons annihilate with the product being pions, or possibly gammas.
Anti-matter has to be stored carefully around matter so that it does not contact matter. Here is a paper on some storage concepts. Unfortunately it has to be purchased to get the details. http://link.aip.org/link/?APCPCS/504/1230/1 [Broken]
PPT of Howe-Smith Concept - http://www.niac.usra.edu/files/library/meetings/annual/mar99/24Howe.pdf
Here is a student term paper which describes an application of anti-matter to fusion (and fission) - http://fti.neep.wisc.edu/neep602/SPRING00/TERMPAPERS/mcmahon.pdf
Here is another paper describing a storage concept
Penning-Malmberg storage systems seem to be the approach for anti-matter storage.
Some experience - CERN's Antihydrogen TRAP Collaboration - ATRAP
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