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What Happens When You Put Antimatter in a Double Slit Experiment?

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Interference patterns with particles have stumped scientists for years, but when they put antimatter through the test, they revealed an even bigger mystery.

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First Observation Of Antimatter Wave Interference
“The periodic spatial distribution generated by the interferometer (Fig. 1) is revealed by a nuclear
emulsion detector. Nuclear emulsions14 offer submicron level position resolution in the detection of
ionizing particles9,15. They work as photographic films by exploiting the properties of silver-bromide
crystals embedded in a 50 μm thick gelatin matrix. For this experiment we developed a glass-supported emulsion detector and experimentally demonstrated its capability to resolve periodic patterns at the micrometric scale even with low signal contrast and on large areas”

This Classic Physics Experiment Could Finally Reveal The Long-Awaited 'Theory of Everything'
“That’s not so strange though - we know that matter (ping-pong balls) doesn’t behave in the same way as waves. But when physicists fired particles like electrons and photons at the double slit, expecting them to act like matter, they instead acted like waves, producing an interference pattern. And it gets even crazier than that. These electrons and photons aren’t acting like matter, but they aren’t acting like waves either, because they’re not messing with each other to produce an interference pattern.”

Antimatter mysteries 2: How do you make antimatter?
“Two CERN experiments, ATRAP and ALPHA, are grappling with that question. Their aim is to make antihydrogen – the simplest anti-atom possible, just an antiproton and a positron bound together – in sufficient quantity and for long enough to compare the spectrum of light it emits with that of regular hydrogen. Even the slightest difference between the two would shake up the standard model.”

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