Are there any differences between photons emited /absorbed by antimatter atoms to photon in usual atoms? for example, is it impossible to tell the difference between a photon emmited by an atom and it's anti matter counter part? Assuming the same orbital transitions for their electorn and positrons?

Are the absorptions lines the same as well? or are there absoption lines for anti hydrogen are expected to be different than the hydrogen?

What is convention for anti elements? e.g is anti matter counter part of He is just denoted as -He or $\bar{He}$?

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    $\begingroup$ actually anti-matter emits anti-photons... (a joke, but also true, since photons are their own anti-particle.) $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 18:12

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Yes, photons are the same if produced by matter or antimatter. A simple way to see this is that electromagnetism is CP, C and P invariant. Then, changing particles by antiparticles in any process one should obtain exactly the same "amplitude" (i.e. energy levels, probability of absortion emmission, etc...).

Weak interactions are neitehr CP nor C or P invariant,and there you can find processes where the probability is different if you change all particles by antiparticles. Take a look to CP violation in wikipedia.

About antielemtns, as far as I know, it is difficult to produce them experimentally, and I seriously doubt that something like anti-Helium have ever been measured. Only the nuclei of antihelium have been produced, but the full atom with positrons orbiting around is by far other history. Take a look at wikipedia again

  • $\begingroup$ To which of the questions above relates Your "Yes"? $\endgroup$
    – Georg
    Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 10:18
  • $\begingroup$ @Georg if you read the context, Alberto's answer is unambiguous. I'm sure you're capable of figuring out what "yes" means if you apply yourself. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Georg, @Mark, that is my fault for using negatives in the question "is it impossible to tell the difference?" , I should have used "Is it possible to tell the difference?", Negated questions are a pet hate of mine, as answering them. $\endgroup$
    – jimjim
    Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 2:13

According to the theory, there is no difference between matter and antimatter radiation of photons. Experimentally, of course, there is a big difference - antielements are much harder to obtain and thus make an antimatter radiation source ;-).


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