Scientists create antimatter in the lab at CERN, then they blasted it with a laser. Here's what happened
FREE Catholic Classes
Scientists have developed a new way to study elusive anti-matter directly, using lasers. The discovery could pave the way for new experiments and help to answer an important question about the universe.
The particle accelerator at CERN can capture traces of subatomic particles when atoms are smashed together at nearly the speed of light.
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- At the creation of the universe, matter and anti-matter were formed. Antimatter has properties that are the opposite of normal matter. Because of this trait, matter and anti-matter annihilate one another when they come into contact.
Theoretically, all the matter and antimatter in the universe should have touched and annihilated each other, converting their mass into energy.
For some unknown reason, there was four percent more matter than antimatter. That reaming four percent is responsible for everything we can see in the universe.
But why? Why was there four percent more matter than antimatter created?
This question has kept scientists awake for years as it remains one of the enduring mysteries of the universe.
One way to study the question is to study anti-matter closely.
Researchers at CERN in Switzerland, where the world's largest particle accelerator is located, have managed to create and isolate antimatter atoms and blast them lasers. This has allowed them to study the light given off by the atom, a form of science known as spectroscopy.
The experiment is challenging, partly because the antimatter atoms cannot ever touch matter, or else both will disappear in a flash of light.
In the most recent experiment, researchers blasted a hydrogen antimatter atom with laser light. They discovered there is no difference between the light given off by a hydrogen atom and an anti-hydrogen atom. There is also no difference between the amount of energy needed to excite a hydrogen atom and an anti-hydrogen atom.
For now, scientists want to know if antimatter behaves the same as regular matter. To accomplish this, they will need to engineer new equipment and tests. However, they have become proficient in making anti-matter and suspending it in a magnetic field for an extended period, lasting several minutes. The magnetic field is important because it keeps the atom from touching anything else.
Once scientists are able to study antimatter in greater detail, they expect to be able to answer several questions about the universe, although such answers may also give way to new questions.
Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2019
Young People and the Example of Mary. That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.
Facebook stock plunged yesterday on a poor report to Wall Street. The company's stock fell almost 20 percent, wiping out almost $150 ... continue reading
Someone in China has just used blockchain technology to evade censorship, and the implications are staggering. Just as the printing press ... continue reading
The longest eclipse of the 21st century will occur on the night of July 28, 2018. The eclipse will last for a minute shy of 4 hours, and ... continue reading
Rich people stay rich by figuring out before the rest of us what will happen next. This is why futurists often look at what rich people are ... continue reading
Scientists are excited over the discovery of complex organic molecules on Enceladus. Here is what the discovery is and what it means for ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Readings for Sunday, February 24, 2019
- Vermont bishop: Abortion bill tests limits of human brokenness
- Prayer Requests Live for Friday, February 22nd, 2019
- St. John Theristus: Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 24, 2019
- Daily Reading for Monday, February 25th, 2019 HD Video
- Tagle: Confront the 'stench of filth' caused by abuse
- Making a Difference: U.S. bishops confront racism and call us to ...
- Daily Reading for Sunday, February 24th, 2019 HD
- Prayer Requests Live for Thursday, February 21st, 2019 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 HD
- Prayer Requests Live for Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org
Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel
Learn the Catholic way
Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all
K-12 & Adult Education Classes
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education
Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.