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The antimatter device that could destroy Europe possibly the world.

Posted by bady1990 on Jan 2nd, 2010

An antimatter weapon is a hypothetical device using antimatter as a power source, a propellant, or an explosive for a weapon. Antimatter weapons do not currently exist due to the cost of production and the limited technology available to produce enough antimatter in sufficient quantities for it to be an acceptable weapon. The United States Air Force, however, has been interested in military uses—including destructive applications—of antimatter since the Cold War, when it began funding antimatter-related physics research. The primary theoretical advantage of such a weapon is that antimatter and matter collisions, though significantly limited by neutrino losses, still convert a larger fraction of the weapon's mass into explosive energy than a fusion reaction in a hydrogen bomb, which is on the order of only 0.7%.

AntimatterOn March 24, 2004, Eglin Air Force Base Munitions Directorate official Kenneth Edwards spoke at the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. During the speech, Edwards ostensibly emphasized a potential property of positron weaponry, a type of antimatter weaponry: Unlike thermonuclear weaponry, positron weaponry would leave behind "no nuclear residue", such as the nuclear fallout generated by the nuclear fission reactions which power nuclear weapons. According to an article in San Francisco Chronicle, Edwards has granted funding specifically for positron weapons technology development, focusing research on ways to store positrons for long periods of time, a significant technical and scientific difficulty.

There is considerable skepticism within the physics community about the viability of antimatter weapons. According to an article on the website of the CERN laboratories, which produces antimatter on a regular basis, "There is no possibility to make antimatter bombs for the same reason you cannot use it to store energy: we can't accumulate enough of it at high enough density. (...) If we could assemble all the antimatter we've ever made at CERN and annihilate it with matter, we would have enough energy to light a single electric light bulb for a few minutes.

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wojciech
wojciech Jan 2 2010, 7:22am says:

huh its that true ?

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bady1990
bady1990 Jan 2 2010, 7:58am replied:

Yes its true .

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Gary_McTaggart
Gary_McTaggart Jan 2 2010, 4:17pm replied:

Yes, but very... theoretically.

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Da_Dooley
Da_Dooley Jan 2 2010, 10:55am says:

heck i didnt even know it was even possible to create or isolate antimatter

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Methis
Methis Jan 3 2010, 11:52am replied:

Create, yes, isolate, not so much. To isolate and contain antimatter, a container would have to be developed with an enormously powerful (electro)magnetic field and an high vacuum.
At any rate, the amount of antimatter required to destroy the world (even in just the sense of blasting its surface) is vast. The Tsar Bomba released an amount of energy equal to 2,3kg. While a hugely powerful weapon, not by far powerful enough to begin destroying the world. Also keep in mind that you need mass a power of 3 greater of each unit of radius you want to destroy, because you're working with a volume, not to mention that vast majority of the energy is radiated out into space, rather than added to the destructive radius.
The amount of antimatter required would likely run in the tonnes, which is a completely infeasible amount at this time, as it would likely take more time to generate than we will even exist, assuming you can keep it from touching anything in that time (you can probably see how a power outage would be catastrophic).

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moretanks!!!
moretanks!!! Jan 2 2010, 3:33pm says:

anti matter have it's disadvantages - to detonate a nuke all the explosives inside must be set off in a sycronised fasion, so if you accidentally drop one on your foot the worst you'll get is a broke leg.

antimatter weapons however just need to come in contact with matter to detonate.

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n5p29
n5p29 Jan 3 2010, 6:38am says: Online

angels and demons anyone?

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playmsbk
playmsbk Jan 4 2010, 11:34am says:

there are anti-matter weapons?! oh boy, they seem too... explosive.

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Cervi_Messias
Cervi_Messias Jan 4 2010, 12:33pm replied:

They said they are hypothetical devices not actually working.

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Cervi_Messias
Cervi_Messias Jan 4 2010, 12:36pm says:

If one of these were 2 be constructed it would make fission bombs obsolete & whovever had it would become a dominate world power, so i am going 2 beat CERN 2 the punch.... call me GOD EMPEROR DEER HUNTER.

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wojciech
wojciech Feb 4 2010, 3:59pm says:

amazingly huh i learn somthing about that yeaaaa it have power to blow up the world so many power xD

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Mavis130
Mavis130 Feb 11 2010, 9:57pm says:

It'll never work*. Using an existing super-collider would take thousands upon thousands of years to get the antimatter needed to make a bomb that'll do any real damage (and real damage is at least a small block of C3).

*-based on today's technology

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darkshade311
darkshade311 Apr 25 2010, 1:54pm says:

I wonder what anti-matter tastes like hmmm....

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