US physicists successfully measure force that glues antimatters together

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For the first time in history of antimatter research, physicists have successfully detected and measured the force that keeps the elusive negative particles attracted to each other. But what surprised the researchers is that the newly discovered force resembles the same one that glues regular matters together.

According to an all-US team of researchers, the discovery could later disprove the theory that the imbalance in the matter-antimatter ratio in the universe was a result of the antimatters’ inability to stick with each other. This could also add new insight about the Big Bang theory, wherein the great collision was said to be the one responsible for the annihilation of the negative matter particles.

American physicists at Rice University did it by creating a special kind of antiproton out of smashed heavy gold irons. One of them explained that what they did is to emulate the scenario that occurs in magnets when they face each other. They measured the scattering length (or the distance between a travelling particle to its source) and the range of interaction between two antiprotons, or how near antiprotons to each other have before they create tension or any sort of force.

"This is about the subtle difference in the way matter and antimatter interact with each other," Frank Geurts, one of the lead researchers from Rice University, said in a statement . “It could have been that antimatter didn't have the same attractive force as matter and would have helped explain how these differences, during the initial part of the Big Bang, might have resulted in antimatter not having survived in the shape of stars and planets, as matter did.”

Geurts added that the similarity between two antimatters’ respective “gluing forces” has sent the antimatter research segment a rung closer to its goal of understanding not only these elusive particles but also the universe’s real nature.

“ It may not give us a solution to the bigger problem, but we most definitely removed one option,” he admitted, suggesting that this is only a small discovery in a vast landscape.

A new discovery on antimatters’ verity in space can help expand this new finding. The Santilli Telescope , the recent invention from tech innovator Thunder Energies Corporation ( OTCQB: TNRG ) , is the only optical instrument on the market that can detect antimatter particles and galaxies. With this, antimatter can now be recorded and seen with the naked eye. Dr Ruggero Maria Santilli, Thunder Energies’ chief scientist and the inventor of the said telescope, said that the revolutionary optical equipment is available not only to scientists but also so amateur space explorers.

“The good news is that the amateur and professional world are helping each other to accomplish the goal faster, and more efficient,” Santilli said.

Like Geurts, Santilli believes that there are still a lot of work to do to fully understand the universe’s real nature. A full account of RU’s discovery is published on Nature on Nov 4, 2015. 

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