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The nature of antimatter

  1. Jun 26, 2003 #1
    A colleague has posted an essay on antimatter at www.rfprobes.com.au/gimliphysics/symm.htm . It is suggested that the missing antimatter of the universe is not missing at all. In other words there is no baryonic asymmetry and CP violation has been misinterpreted. I think the ideas are intesting if not radicle.

    What do forum members think about this?
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 21, 2003 #2

    How has CP violation been misinterpreted?

    - Michelle (inertia)
  4. Jul 21, 2003 #3
    very interesting,

    The proposal is that the down quarks in protons and neutrons are re-labeled to antidown. In this way no physical properties of protons or neutrons are changed. In this scheme a down quark now has a charge of +1/3 while an antidown quark carries a charge of -1/3. Thus a proton will now be composed of two up quarks and an antidown quark and a neutron of two antidown quarks and an up quark. Nothing has changed but a name. The change is, however, very significant and is possible to make only because there is no absolute frame of reference for fundamental matter.

    The outcome of re-labeling down quarks to antidown quarks is that all positive nuclear particles are now matter and all negative nuclear particles are antimatter. By extending this to include leptons it is now possible to have a universe that is 50% matter and 50% antimatter, ie. 50% positive and 50% negative. It means we humans also are 50/50 matter and antimatter. We do not annihilate because our like matter and antimatter particles are not available to do so. That is we do not have the required antiup quarks, down quarks and positrons to create an annihilation scenario.

    Could this explain spontanious combustion in humans hehehe, there antiquark flipped out man.
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