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Title: Big Bang Day: 5 Particles - 3. The Anti-particle

Abstract

Simon Singh looks at the stories behind the discovery of 5 of the universe's most significant subatomic particles: the Electron, the Quark, the Anti-particle, the Neutrino and the "next particle". 3. The Anti-particle. It appears to be the stuff of science fiction. Associated with every elementary particle is an antiparticle which has the same mass and opposite charge. Should the two meet and combine, the result is annihilation - and a flash of light. Thanks to mysterious processes that occurred after the Big Bang there are a vastly greater number of particles than anti-particles. So how could their elusive existence be proved? At CERN particle physicists are crashing together subatomic particles at incredibly high speeds to create antimatter, which they hope will finally reveal what happened at the precise moment of the Big Bang to create the repertoire of elementary particles and antiparticles in existence today.

Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1011911
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
CERN
Language:
English
Subject:
physics; quantum physics; theory; quantum; particle physics; theoretical physics; nuclear physics; quantum field theory; atomic physics; experimental physics; advanced physics; physics forums; physics theory relativity quantum mechanics string; quantum mechanics; relativity theory; interdisciplinary physics; quantum gravity; mathematics; space; string theory; field equation; quantum security; chaos theory; microbiology theory; conspiracy theory; quantum collapse; perturbation theory; fiction; particle; universe

Citation Formats

None. Big Bang Day: 5 Particles - 3. The Anti-particle. CERN: N. p., 2009. Web.
None. Big Bang Day: 5 Particles - 3. The Anti-particle. CERN.
None. Wed . "Big Bang Day: 5 Particles - 3. The Anti-particle". CERN. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1011911.
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abstractNote = {Simon Singh looks at the stories behind the discovery of 5 of the universe's most significant subatomic particles: the Electron, the Quark, the Anti-particle, the Neutrino and the "next particle". 3. The Anti-particle. It appears to be the stuff of science fiction. Associated with every elementary particle is an antiparticle which has the same mass and opposite charge. Should the two meet and combine, the result is annihilation - and a flash of light. Thanks to mysterious processes that occurred after the Big Bang there are a vastly greater number of particles than anti-particles. So how could their elusive existence be proved? At CERN particle physicists are crashing together subatomic particles at incredibly high speeds to create antimatter, which they hope will finally reveal what happened at the precise moment of the Big Bang to create the repertoire of elementary particles and antiparticles in existence today.},
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place = {CERN},
year = {2009},
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