October 5, 2004

Load the photon torpedos

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at October 5, 2004 2:06 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the U.S. Air Force is looking at antimatter: Air Force pursuing antimatter weapons

Put me down as skeptical. The storage technology would have to be perfect—after all, an antimatter bomb explodes if it comes into contact with any matter whatsoever. Right now the technology doesn't exist to trap this much antimatter in the lab, to say nothing of strapping such a trap onto a bomber or missile. That requires a pretty high level of vibration isolation, to put it mildly. And if the bomber gets shot down... well, at least there won't be much of a problem with unexploded antimatter bombs.

Also: Being a physics graduate student is stressful enough; I wouldn't want to imagine being the one working on high-capacity vibration-insensitive antimatter traps.


Did you read Dan Brown's Angels and Demons? The whole book is about antimatter: what it is, how to store it, how to use it, etc...

Posted by: Tracy | October 5, 2004 2:40 PM

P.S. Keep in mind it IS a Dan Brown book, so it's already lacking, but the subject material was very interesting to me.

Posted by: Tracy | October 5, 2004 2:41 PM

I haven't read it, but I hope he talked about (a) the Dirac Sea interpretation of antimatter and (b) Feynman's interpretation of antimatter as normal matter traveling backwards in time...

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | October 5, 2004 2:45 PM

Ummmm no and.....no. Hm.

Posted by: Tracy | October 5, 2004 2:55 PM
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