Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Positronium: Anti-matter turning up at the lab

Positronium is formed when an electron pairs up with a positron, its antimatter twin.
First observed 2007.  Lasts a few billionths of a second.
Now released in low temperature process from silicon, lasting 200 times longer than bound ones, 2011.
Related: 300 atoms of anti-hydrogen trapped for quarter hour at CERN, 2011.
Related:  Anti-matter trapped in Van Allen belts.

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