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

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Is there a natural source of Antimatter in this universe?

I was just asking if there is an natural source of Antimatter in this universe capable of creating simple molecules/compounds? So, any good answers?
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Black hole starship: Would micro black-hole Hawking radiation emit anti-matter?

My understanding of Hawking radiation is that virtual particle pairs of matter and anti-matter are created from vacuum energy and one of those virtual particles may escape while the other enters the ...
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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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What exactly “triggers” a matter/antimatter detonation?

I know that when matter touches antimatter, they both explode and turn into energy. However, by my understanding, atoms don't really touch; their nuclei don't physically contact each other, since ...
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Accelerating antielectrons [closed]

I just signed up to the site. I am not a physicist, but I find physics fascinating. My understanding and knowledge is very little. I was doing some reading on Alpha collaboration < ...
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How close does a particle-antiparticle pair need to be for annihilation to happen?

I've most often seen the statement that the annihilation of a particle and its antiparticle occurs when they 'collide' with one another. So in other words when they get very close to one another ...
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Can Acoustic levitation be used to contain antimatter?

Can Acoustic levitation be used to contain antimatter? To me, It sounds like an obvious use of the phenomenon, but I didn't find any documentation about anyone trying this on the web, which could ...
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Are there models/simulations of antigravitational antimatter-galaxies?

In the comments to another question's answer, I started wondering: Assuming antimatter possessed negative gravitational mass§ (which is not proven impossible to date, though deemed unlikely), ...
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Electron-Positron Annihilation in a Gravitational Field

When an electron and positron annihilate what happens to any gravitational energy they have? In a way the energy is 'shared' between these two particles and all the matter in space. It must take a ...
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Why don't antiparticles have antispin?

Antiparticles are often said to particles moving backwards in time. However if they are moving backwards in time shouldn't they also "spin backwards", meaning they should have negative or antispin? ...
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Why does electron-positron annihilation prefer to emit photons?

If gravitons are also massless, and neutrinos nearly so, why aren't pairs of either of them normally expected outcomes of electron-positron annihilations? Are they possible but simply unlikely, or is ...
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How often does photons morph into matter and antimatter?

We know that matter-antimatter collisions are reducing the two into pure energy or photons. Similarly the reverse is possible where a photon can spontaneously morph into two equal particles of matter ...
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Is Light Amplification Synchronise Electron/Positron Radiation possible?

Light Amplification Stimulated by Emission of Radiation vs Light Amplification by Sychronised Electron/Positron Radiation By applying a "custom" undulator(a series of powerful magnets) to break up ...
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Under what conditions can a positron exist in everyday conditions?

I am still learning basic quantum field theory and I am curious in what circumstances could a positron exist as a stable particle like an electron or proton, say for example in a human body or a ...
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If atoms never “physically” touch each others, then how does matter-antimatter annihilation happen?

It is known that matter and antimatter annihilate each other when they "touch" each other. And as far as I know, the concept of "touching" as our brain gets it is not true on the atomic level since ...
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Questions regarding the Feynman-Stueckelberg interpretaion

I am studying for an introductory particle physics exam, and I am having some problems with the Feynman-Stueckelberg interpretation of antiparticle states. Background: The course was being thaught ...
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How to distinguish between dark matter and dark antimatter?

I know dark matter exists to account for the missing mass otherwise many galaxies should have already fall apart, unfortunately they seldom interact with other matter and perhaps even their own kind ...
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Baryon asymmetry

Baryon asymmetry refers to the observation that apparently there is matter in the Universe but not much antimatter. We don't see galaxies made of antimatter or observe gamma rays that would be ...
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Matter and Antimatter [closed]

I'm a noob when it comes to physics and most of my knowledge of physics comes from popular science; it's more likely that I'm wrong than not about this. From what I've understood; Matter and ...
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Hydrogen vs Antihelium (or vice versa)

I think it's fairly common knowledge that matter and antimatter annihilate each other on contact. But what happens if two dissimilar atoms collide? For example, what happens if a Hydrogen atom (1 ...
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How is relativity related to anti-particles? [duplicate]

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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How is conservation of momentum preserved in antimatter annihilation? [duplicate]

If an anti-proton collides with a proton, they are supposed to totally annihilate each other, correct? Then how is conservation of momentum preserved? Could you launch both protons and antiprotons ...
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Do different creation/annihilation operators always commute?

In a complex (non-hermitian) scalar QFT, is it correct that the creation/annihilation operators $a,a^\dagger$ (particle) and $b,b^\dagger$ (anti-particle) commute, i.e. $[a,b] = [a,b^\dagger] = ...
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Are antimatter particles made of ---?

Consider some particle P, and the antiparticle aP. Is it the case that: aP is made of the "usual" elementary particles, and indeed the same elementary particles as P, but arranged (or something) in ...
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Particle anti-particle annihilation and photon production

This is just a conceptual question I guess. The annihilation of a particle with a finite mass and its anti-particle cannot lead to the emission of only one photon, and this is due to the conservation ...
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Pair annihilation - can annihilation be moderated?

I recently asked this question: How close does a particle-antiparticle pair need to be for annihilation to happen? And that received a good answer. But there was a second part to my question that ...
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Is the long range neutron-antineutron interaction repulsive or attractive?

I can model this interaction as Zee does in "Quantum field theory in a nutshell". In chapter I.4 section "from particle to force" he uses two delta functions for the source. The integral gives ...
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Are Neutrons and anti-Neutrons attracted to each other over distance?

Lets create a scenario where you have a total vacuum and you're shooting into this vacuum two streams, one, a Neutron stream and the other an anti-Neutron stream and because you're curious what will ...
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Is antimatter attracted to matter by its opposite electric charge?

As it is said by many physicists that antimatter is just opposite of matter; it has opposite charge of matter, then is there is any possibility that antimatter is attracted to matter? For example - ...
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What exactly is an anti-neutrino?

According to the the definition of anti-particles, they are particles with same mass but opposite charge. Neutrinos by definition have no charge. So, how can it have an anti-particle?
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Naming anti-electrons and anti-protons [closed]

I think I understand why an anti-electron is called a positron (since it symbolizes positive charge) But why then is anti-proton called an anti-proton and not a negatron?
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How many electrons are there – quantum-wise?

If you consider that a particle exists as a quantum field, could you say that all the particles' fields combine into one field for that particle type? Why could you then not say there is no specific ...
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If there turns out to be matter with negative mass, would there also be antimatter with negative mass?

I just heard of the concept of negative mass. Googling led me to see that the concept of negative mass is often contrasted with antimatter. This made me to wonder whether there would then also be a ...
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How was there an extra particle in the early universe?

According to theories.. In the early universe.. There were particles and anti-particles in equal number.. But there seems to be one extra particle against the number of anti-particles.. As the ...
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How do matter and antimatter interact gravitationally?

Me and my brother were watching television tonight, and he asked me a question that was somewhat along the lines of this: What would happen if the Earth was made of matter, and the moon was made ...
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Identification of particles and anti-particles

The identification of an electron as a particle and the positron as an antiparticle is a matter of convention. We see lots of electrons around us so they become the normal particle and the rare and ...
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How does positronium work?

I've heard that in positronium, electrons and positrons orbit each other before annihilating one another shortly after. However, I thought that electrons never orbit anything, but instead have a ...
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Exotic Matter — What is it?

I have a conceptual understanding of some theoretical physics concepts, so without getting into the math, what is exotic matter? I have read some articles that say it is anything not normal, while ...
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How is it possible to store antimatter?

Antimatter is simply the opposite of regular matter and will destroy itself and any regular matter it contacts in a flash of raw energy, emitting radiation. Now somehow, scientists have been able to ...
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What happens to a particle and antiparticle that collide?

Matter can never be destroyed, so what happens to those particles? Do they just disappear? Where does the mass go?
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What happens when anti-matter falls into a black hole?

Let's say a black hole of mass $M$ and a very compact lump of anti-matter (not a singularity) also of mass $M$ are traveling toward each other. What does an outside observer see when they meet? Will ...
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What should be the anti-particle for proton? [closed]

In alpha decay (electron emission), the particles emitted along with electron is anti-neutrino. On the other hand, the particles emitted by beta decay (positron emission), is neutrino. Neutrino and ...
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What would antimatter planets look like?

Let's say – hypothetically – in the vastness of space, we found a planet made entirely out of antimatter and surrounded by barely any matter. If someone were to look at the planet, would they confuse ...
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Particle-antiparticle behaviour

I am trying to understand several particle-antiparticle concepts and there are questions that are not answered in any literature: Hawking's radiation: what happens if classic particle of ...
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What would happen if you split an antimatter nucleus? [duplicate]

If we had the huge money required to make it, could it be used as a weapon more destructive than a regular nuclear bomb? Here it would undergo fission AND annihilate regular particles, so...?
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Do antiparticles exhibit different chemical properties?

In my physics class today. My teacher mentioned anti-helium and since I had never heard of anti-atoms (if you get what I mean by that) just antiparticles, this made me think: If we could produce ...
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Each elementary particle has its own field. What about antiparticles?

I understand how particles correspond to their respective fields. What about antiparticles though? Do they have separate fields as well?
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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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How would Boltzmann Brain function with all anti-matter in it? [closed]

Please cope with me, I have been thinking about Boltzmann Brain yesterday and if Quantum fluctuations always happen in pairs of particle and antiparticle since sum of all energy has to be 0. My brain ...