Analogous to matter, but with charge of the particles opposite to their ordinary matter counterparts.

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Is there a possibility of anti-dark matter?

Based on Galactic Gamma Ray Emission My question is simply put. Although dark matter itself is almost a complete mystery, has anything been published which postulates the existence of anti-dark ...
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What is “pure energy” in matter-antimatter annihilation made of?

I used to read the term "pure energy" in the context of matter-antimatter annihilation. Is the "pure energy" spoken of photons? Is it some form of heat? Some kind of particles with mass? ...
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Can/will antimatter ever be superior to fusion as a practical electricity source?

I was reading the top answer on this page and I didn't quite understand if the author (presuming the answer is correct) meant a) that fusion was always better, or b) that once we figure out fusion we ...
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How is relativity related to anti-particles?

I have heard that a positron is like an electron moving backward through time. Can someone elucidate this statement for me. I would like to hear a deeper explanation of what we believe anti-matter to ...
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Do matter and antimatter annihilate or release energy?

Do matter and antimatter eliminate each other or release their equivalent energies? I'm almost certain it's the latter as mass can't be destroyed, but when speaking of the big bang it's said if there ...
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Can we extract positrons from gamma rays?

If gamma rays undergo pair production is there a way to say, deflect and collect the positrons using magnetic fields?
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Theoretical relativity of black hole and antimatter [closed]

(Theoretically), can black holes be considered antimatter that just cancels its equivalent mass and goes back to neutral stage? Note: Be kind I am not a physicist .
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C&CP-Symmetry Violation in Baryogenesis

In cosmology, during the big bang; how does C-Symmetry violation allow for a greater number of baryons to be produced than anti-baryons in Baryogenesis, similarly how does CP-Symmetry tie into this?
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Asymmetry vs. Simple Statistics WRT Matter / Antimatter Ratios

I'm not clear on why physicists suspect, and are looking for, an asymmetry in nature that favors matter over antimatter. Here's a simple thought experiment to illustrate my confusion: Assume I have ...
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Does anti-matter increase or decrease in entropy over time?

Antimatter is matter going backwards through time. From a matter-based observer does antimatter: Increase in entropy (and therefore decrease in entropy in its own time) OR Decrease in entropy ...
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Decay of matter

I was watching Stephen Hawking's documentary and in there he explained how he realized why black holes eventually disintegrate: There are ripples in space, an antiparticle and a particle get ...
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What would the consequences be if it was experimentally shown that antimatter bends spacetime opposite from matter?

This is inspired by another question I found on here about antimatter bending spacetime the "other way." The answers say that physicists believe antimatter will act the same as regular matter in terms ...
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What is the most common form of antimatter in the universe?

During our high energy accelerator collisions we are bale to produce antimatter. Processes in the Sun produce positrons. Neutron decay produces anti-neutrinos. Cosmic rays can produce a myriad of ...
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Can Antimatter undergo nuclear fission/fusion?

I was curious if antimatter could undergo nuclear fission/fusion with other antimatter. It makes sense, I was wondering if it would work?
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Anti-matter as matter going backwards in time? (requesting further clarification upon a previous post)

I understand this question has already been asked here, however, I don't have enough reputation points to place a comment (I suppose that's the reason) on a specific answer to request a reference. A ...
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Conversion of energy to matter or antimatter?

We all know that matter converts into energy, but will energy convert into matter? Does it form antimatter by converting? Illustrate me with example.
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Why are neutrino and antineutrino cross sections different?

Particularly in the case of Majorana neutrinos, it seems a little odd that the particle and antiparticle would have differing cross sections. Perhaps the answer is in here, but I've missed it: ...
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What is the mechanism of particle anti-particle annihilation

My question is loaded with assumptions so to minimize them, I would like to ask it with respect to an electron and anti-electron annihilating. When I think of annihilation, I think of electron and ...
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Is a matter anti-matter collision comparable to Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) energy output?

Is a matter anti-matter collision (please assume two cosmological objects, neutron star sized say), the largest energy release method known? Would it be comparable in order of magnitude to gamma ray ...
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Difference between anti-matter and matter black holes [duplicate]

Laymen question: Is there any way to determine by observation whether or not a black hole has resulted from the core collapse supernova of a star originally composed of anti-matter versus a star ...
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Could the universe's antimatter be hiding in black holes?

As far as we know almost all the mass in the universe is matter, not antimatter. There are three scenarios: The universe started off with more matter than antimatter and the small amount of ...
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Has the gravitational interaction of antimatter ever been examined experimentally?

I know that the gravitational interaction of antimatter is expected to be the same as normal matter. But my question is, has it ever been experimentally validated? I think it would not be a trivial ...
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What is antimatter and its role in the universe?

As we know everything has its opposite. Like matter its opposite is antimatter. So why the universe is not made by antimatter instead of matter. And what is the main role of antimatter in the ...
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Can antimatter becomes black hole? [duplicate]

I know it seems unlikely to accumulate sufficient amount of antimatter to let it collapse under its own weight to become a black hole(maybe the gravity works differently I don't know) since they will ...
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What makes *electric* charge special (wrt. CPT theorem)?

I'm wondering why the 'C' in CPT - charge conjugation - refers specifically to electric charge. Of course you could say that C is just defined as $e^+ \leftrightarrow e^-$... but there has to be ...
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can we see or accumulate antiparticles

I would like to know if we can see antiparticles with our bare eyes instead of a technological detector. I realize we cant see individual atoms or particles but enough photons grouped together, for ...
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Neutron antineutron reaction documentation

Has neutron-antinutron reaction been observed? If so, can you please provide a documentation (experimental observation) for neutron antineutron reaction?
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Sign of momentum in fermion propagator

Thinking of a process like Compton scattering, where we have an electron as a propagator, I would typically write down the propagator as $$i \frac{\not q+m}{q^2-m^2}.$$ If I were to replace the ...
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Is there a giant cloud of antimatter at centre of the Milky Way

Among others, this page says there is a giant cloud of antimatter at centre of the Milky Way, which was discovered in the 1970s. My brother doesn't believe there is any such cloud. I'm prepared to ...
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Charge operator for Dirac spinor

In QED, the gauge transformation which acts upon a fermionic field $\psi$ is $$\psi'(x)= e^{i \alpha(x) Q}\psi(x)$$ where $Q$ is the charge operator. Most of the time it's just written as $$\psi'(x)= ...
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Similarity between particles and antiparticles

I was doing a past exam paper and there was this question: State the similarities between a particle and its antiparticle. The answer given was: Same mass and rest energy. I am not too bothered ...
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Is the virtual photon a particle?

I just saw an exam question: Write down the antiparticle for the virtual photon. The answer was "virtual photon". Is the question even a meaningful one? If so please explain why?
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Does (mass $\rightarrow$ pure energy) conversion need both matter $and$ antimatter?

A question in my revision guide: "Explain why the mass of a tree cannot be converted directly into energy." The answer explains that the tree contains particles but not their corresponding ...
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Will 1 gram of matter moving at relativistic speeds completely annihilate a larger quantity of stationary antimatter?

This is a question about the relativistic mass concept which I am having trouble understanding, mainly because of the scenario below. Simple scenario: Suppose 1 gram of matter is accelerated to 99% ...
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Could the missing antimatter lie outside the observable universe?

While I was reading a similar question asking if other galaxy could be made of antimatter, to which the answer was: if they were, we should detect the radiation from matter interacting with antimatter ...
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Questions about the strange character of antimatter

Its been a few days and i have just been introduced to the concept of antimatter. Every Speck of matter in the world has its anti form basically that we have antimatter whenever we have matter. But I ...
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Has the human race ever done Antimatter experiments in outer space (e.g. on the ISS)? [closed]

If not, what is the roadmap for the first Antimatter experiment in outer space?
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Charge conservation in the complex Klein-Gordon Field

This is an extremely naive question (based on a knowledge of chapter 2 of peskin and schroeder) so apologies for any things that seem obvious. The complex scalar field, when quantized, has a conserved ...
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Antineutron repelled by gravity?

I was reading an old post, Can gravity be shielded, like electromagnetism?. One of the responses had this comment. There are some experiments trying to measure whether antiprotons ( antimatter) ...
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On Elementary Particles

The mass of positron and electron are same. Also their charges are equal in magnitude but opposite in nature. Then why positron is not called one of the elementary particles? Is this only because it ...
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Does a particle annihilate only with its antiparticle? If yes, why?

Or to put the question another way - what is the result of a proton-positron collision, or an up quark-charm antiquark collision, etc.? As far as I know, annihilation happens only between particles of ...
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Pair-annihilation why does it occour? [duplicate]

Why does pair annihilation occur with particles and only their matching anti-particle? E.g., electrons and positrons, but not protons and positrons? What is the difference?
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Do anti-photons exist?

I know what anti-matter is and how when it collides with matter both are annihilated. However, what about anti-photons? Are there such things as anti-photons? I initially thought the idea ...
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How can anti-matter annihilate matter?

I heard that anti-particles annihilate when in contact with normal-particles but the odd thing is that in fusion reaction normal-particles often "fuse" into each other but the weak force often ...
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Do quasiparticles have antiparticles?

Bosons (except for W) are their own antiparticles, since they have no electric charge. Charged fermions have antiparticles differing from the particles. Now my question is: has a charged ...
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Proton creation [closed]

My question is simple: if proton antiproton pairs can be created in the laboratory (given certain energies) then they should also be able to be created in the universe at any time, not only during ...
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Antimatter universe and Noether's theorem

I am studying Feynman's "symmetry in physical laws", where he talks about conservation laws for corresponding symmetries. (I know this is Noether's theorem, I am studying this from David Tong's ...
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the causality and the anti-particles

How can I quantitatively and qualitatively understand the fact that there is a relevence between the existence of anti-particles and the causality?