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  • Antimatter is identical to physical matter except that it is composed of particles whose electric charges are opposite to those found in normal matter.
  • Antimatter is the most powerful energy source known to man.
  • Antimatter creates no pollution or radiation, and a droplet could power New York City for a full day.
  • FACT The world’s largest scientific research facility-Switzerland’s Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire (CERN)-recently succeeded in producing the first particles of antimatter.
  • There is, however, one catch . Antimatter is highly unstable.
  • A single gram of antimatter contains the energy of a 20-kiloton nuclear bomb-the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
  • Until recently antimatter has been created only in very small amounts (a few atoms at a time).
  • Director, you are looking at the world’s first specimens of antimatter.
  • I sense you’ve heard of antimatter, Mr. Langdon?
  • Isn’t antimatter what fuels the U.S.S. Enterprise?
  • Antimatter is yin to matter’s yang.
  • But there are enormous technological barriers to actually storing antimatter.
  • My father built a reverse polarity vacuum to pull the antimatter positrons out of the accelerator before they could decay.
  • Matter arced right, and antimatter arced left.
  • Antimatter cannot be stored inside canisters made out of matter.
  • The antimatter would instantly react with-
  • The antimatter is suspended.
  • Antimatter is highly unstable.
  • Energetically speaking, antimatter is the mirror image of matter, so the two instantly cancel each other out if they come in contact.
  • Keeping antimatter isolated from matter is a challenge, of course, because everything on earth is made of matter.
  • My father produced the first particles of antimatter but was stymied by how to store them.
  • Their opposing magnetic fields intersect in the center of the canister and hold the antimatter there, suspended in midvacuum.
  • Antimatter floating in a vacuum, not touching anything at all.
  • The antimatter falls out of suspension, hits the bottom of the trap, and we see an annihilation.
  • If antimatter and matter make contact, both are destroyed instantly.
  • A particle of matter and a particle of antimatter combine to release two new particles-called photons.
  • So if the antimatter falls, we see a tiny puff of light?
  • Antimatter has some astonishing characteristics, Mr. Langdon, which make it quite dangerous.
  • You’re about to witness your first antimatter-matter annihilation.
  • Langdon looked out at the antimatter trap sitting alone on the floor of the enormous tank.
  • And when the matter and antimatter touch .
  • Antimatter releases pure energy.
  • Antimatter is important technology.
  • My father wanted time to present antimatter in the appropriate light.
  • Antimatter technology could save the planet.
  • He had enemies here at CERN, you know that, but it couldn’t have had anything to do with antimatter.
  • All the antimatter specimens were accounted for.
  • Antimatter was the same way.
  • Firing up sixteen miles of electromagnets to create a tiny specimen of antimatter expended more energy than the resulting antimatter contained.
  • Firing up sixteen miles of electromagnets to create a tiny specimen of antimatter expended more energy than the resulting antimatter contained.
  • In order to prove antimatter efficient and viable, one had to create specimens of a larger magnitude.
  • She argued that in order for antimatter to be taken seriously, she and her father had to prove two things.
  • The antimatter, her father had insisted, would be stored in Haz-Mat-a small granite hollow, an additional seventy-five feet below ground.
  • She pictured the antimatter below.
  • Suspended inside the trap, perfectly visible to the naked eye, danced a tiny sphere of antimatter.
  • That much antimatter could literally liquidate everything in a half-mile radius!
  • The specimen that was supposed to prove antimatter was a safe and viable energy source had been stolen.
  • A quarter of a gram . Like any technology-fire, gunpowder, the combustion engine-in the wrong hands, antimatter could be deadly.
  • Antimatter was a lethal weapon.
  • Antimatter was the ultimate terrorist weapon.
  • Whoever killed Leonardo wanted one thing-the antimatter specimen.
  • If the Illuminati were still active, and if they stole the antimatter, what would be their intention?
  • The antimatter could have been stolen for financial gain.
  • Where does one sell a droplet of antimatter?
  • Antimatter technology must be worth a mint.
  • An antimatter trap was not something one could simply plug into a wall socket.
  • But nobody knew about the antimatter.
  • Do you really plan to escape accountability by never admitting this antimatter came from CERN?
  • You know antimatter technology has enormous implications for life on this planet.
  • I want to find the antimatter.
  • Vittoria, they stole a quarter gram of antimatter.
  • And I want to know if your agency can find the antimatter.
  • The antimatter is in Rome?
  • Every muscle in her body seemed tuned to one objective-finding the antimatter before it left a horrific legacy.
  • The bad news was that they obviously had not yet found the antimatter.
  • It was CERN’s antimatter canister.
  • Eerily, the area around the canister was almost entirely dark, as if the antimatter were in a closet or darkened room.
  • It contains an extremely combustible substance called antimatter.
  • I have not heard of antimatter.
  • Unfortunately, antimatter is nonradioactive, its chemical signature is that of pure hydrogen, and the canister is plastic.
  • I have seen an antimatter demonstration and will vouch for Ms. Vetra’s claim that it is exceptionally dangerous.
  • At least we’ll have a front-row seat when the antimatter goes off.
  • I personally designed the antimatter trap that is keeping that sample from annihilating right now.
  • The information on antimatter is . well, frankly, it’s quite troubling.
  • Just warned us that there is antimatter hidden inside the complex.
  • You’d asked me about antimatter, so I decided to advise you.
  • The chapel is clean, a safe haven, and I am confident the antimatter is not inside.
  • Nobody has ever created this much antimatter.
  • The killer knows where the antimatter is . and the missing cardinals.
  • Where is the antimatter?
  • Also, after speaking to Ms. Vetra, I had one of my guards consult our most advanced ballistics guide for any mention of this substance called antimatter.
  • These antimatter traps?
  • So antimatter is real?
  • It’s hard to imagine this information is accurate but it says here that pound for pound antimatter carries about a hundred times more payload than a nuclear warhead.
  • But CERN has now broken ground on its new Antiproton Decelerator-an advanced antimatter production facility that promises to create antimatter in much larger quantities.
  • But CERN has now broken ground on its new Antiproton Decelerator-an advanced antimatter production facility that promises to create antimatter in much larger quantities.
  • The canisters are called ’antimatter traps’ because they literally trap the antimatter in the center of the canister, suspending it at a safe distance from the sides and bottom.
  • The canisters are called ’antimatter traps’ because they literally trap the antimatter in the center of the canister, suspending it at a safe distance from the sides and bottom.
  • Antimatter, sir.
  • The antimatter.
  • Then again, he thought, there would be a rather majestic eloquence to it-antimatter, the ultimate scientific achievement, being used to vaporizeHe refused to accept the preposterous thought.
  • Although Langdon was ashamed to admit it, his initial horror on hearing about the antimatter’s location was not only the danger to human life in Vatican City, but for something else as well.
  • Antimatter.
  • Antimatter.
  • The dishes were emblazoned with familiar names: TELEVISOR EUROPEA VIDEO ITALIA BBC UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Langdon felt suddenly confused, wondering if the news of the antimatter had already leaked out.
  • Although antimatter technology had staggering potential as an efficient and nonpolluting energy source-if unveiled prematurely, antimatter ran the risk of being vilified by the politics and PR fiascoes that had killed nuclear and solar power.
  • Although antimatter technology had staggering potential as an efficient and nonpolluting energy source-if unveiled prematurely, antimatter ran the risk of being vilified by the politics and PR fiascoes that had killed nuclear and solar power.
  • I have also just left the search for this antimatter weapon in the hands of secondary officers.
  • Langdon found himself wondering how the cardinals were faring, and if the Swiss Guards’ search had turned up the antimatter.
  • Apparently, the antimatter search had turned up nothing so far.
  • Therefore he would only have been able to relocate the camera and antimatter in another public access area.
  • Let Captain Rocher find the antimatter.
  • Have you found the antimatter yet?
  • There was no mention of CERN or the antimatter.
  • About your father . I may know who he told about the antimatter.
  • And finally, his words almost a whisper, he spoke of a deadly new technology, antimatter, which in less than two hours threatened to destroy all of Vatican City.
  • Vittoria was plagued with guilt to think that it was her invention that had enabled the antimatter to be transported . her canister that was now counting down inside the Vatican.
  • However, after assessing the situation, I am confident the antimatter canister is located in one of our white zones-those Vatican sectors accessible to public tours-the museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, for example.
  • Antimatter technology already had some takers.
  • The Swiss Guard will also provide you a live video feed of the antimatter canister as it counts down.
  • Ever since the camerlegno’s address, all the networks were talking about CERN and antimatter.
  • He knows where the antimatter is.
  • Did the person somehow know where the antimatter was?
  • The antimatter annihilated early!
  • If publicity were the game, then antimatter was the jackpot winner tonight.
  • I bet people are already secretly lining up to license antimatter technology.
  • This is terrible for antimatter, trust me!
  • Maybe Kohler gambled that the Vatican would keep the antimatter a secret-refusing to empower the Illuminati by confirming the weapon’s existence.
  • He put the antimatter on TV, for God’s sake.
  • Maybe Kohler found out about the antimatter project weeks ago and didn’t like the religious implications.
  • He could have found out who knew about the antimatter project and has come to share information.
  • ANTIMATTER IS THE ANTICHRIST!
  • I know where the antimatter is.
  • Placing the antimatter on St. Peter’s tomb seemed painfully obvious now.
  • The Illuminati, in an act of symbolic defiance, had located the antimatter at the core of Christendom, both literally and figuratively.
  • Even if he found the antimatter?
  • Placing the antimatter three stories beneath the earth seemed an almost noble and merciful choice.
  • Deep underground-much as in Z-lab-an antimatter annihilation would be partially contained.
  • Was it so hard to believe that the camerlegno’s trauma had put his mind in a state where he had simply "realized" the antimatter’s location?
  • If you bring the antimatter up . everyone will die!
  • You must leave the antimatter where it is!
  • You cannot take the antimatter out of here!
  • He grabbed the antimatter in his hands and wheeled toward the others.
  • On televisions all over the world, larger than life, the camerlegno raced upward out of the Necropolis with the antimatter before him.
  • Mustering the last of his physical strength, he raised the antimatter high over his head.
  • The antimatter canister felt like deadweight in Langdon’s hands.
  • Inside the trap, the globule of antimatter hovered calmly, pulsing red in the glow of the LED countdown clock.
  • This was obviously where the camerlegno planned to take the antimatter!
  • The camerlegno had never intended to drop the antimatter.
  • What the camerlegno did with the antimatter took Langdon totally by surprise.
  • The antimatter canister was locked out of reach.
  • The antimatter . the helicopter . Langdon’s mind now kicked into gear.
  • If the diaries contain his processes for creating antimatter-
  • Vetra found himself, in addition to creating matter, creating antimatter.
  • He showed you an antimatter annihilation-the Big Bang-the power of Creation.
  • He also showed you a large specimen he kept locked away as proof that his new process could produce antimatter on a large scale.
  • That I would respect Leonardo’s confidentiality by pretending before the world tonight that I knew nothing of antimatter?
  • And yet he knew that antimatter was nothing-another weapon in man’s already burgeoning arsenal.
  • Intellectual miracles like antimatter arrive in this world with no ethical instructions attached.
  • "But the antimatter ." Vittoria demanded.
  • He had returned from his trip to CERN with news of Vetra’s Genesis and of antimatter’s horrific power.
  • Vittoria’s father had dreamed his antimatter discovery would bring about a spiritual awakening.
  • Jacobus and the others had run out to the dock to witness the antimatter explosion-a tremendous sphere of light like nothing any of them had ever seen.
  • The antimatter canister.
  • Although originally thought to have perished in the antimatter blast, we now have reports that Langdon was spotted in St. Peter’s Square after the explosion.
  • He could have placed the antimatter on St. Peter’s tomb-a highly restricted locale-and then commanded his guards not to waste time searching the Vatican’s restricted areas.
  • And in the wake of the explosion in the sky over the Vatican last night, CERN’s antimatter technology has become the hot topic among scientists, sparking excitement and controversy.
  • The towering media screens in the square were now transmitting a live countdown of the antimatter canister-a direct feed from the Swiss Guard security monitor-compliments of the camerlegno.
  • She tried to lose herself in the images that blazed in other’s minds . antimatter’s mind-boggling power . the Vatican’s deliverance . the camerlegno . feats of bravery . miracles . selflessness.
  • The camerlegno erupted through the doors of St. Peter’s Basilica at exactly 11:56 P.M. He staggered into the dazzling glare of the world spotlight, carrying the antimatter before him like some sort of numinous offering.
  • Not only had he accepted the camerlegno’s divine revelation of the antimatter’s location, but he was lobbying for the destruction of St. Peter’s Basilica-one of the greatest architectural feats on earth . as well as all of the art inside.
  • In addition to exclusively broadcasting the camerlegno’s address, she and Glick had provided the world with gruesome photos of the cardinals and of the Pope-that tongue!-as well as a live video feed of the antimatter canister counting down.
  • Other casualties include Leonardo Vetra, the renowned CERN physicist and pioneer of antimatter technology, as well as Maximilian Kohler, the director of CERN, who apparently came to Vatican City in an effort to help but reportedly passed away in the process.
  • A statement read by Mr. Kohler’s assistant in Geneva, Sylvie Baudeloque, announced this morning that CERN’s board of directors, although enthusiastic about antimatter’s potential, are suspending all research and licensing until further inquiries into its safety can be examined.
  • "Normally," Vittoria explained, "we’d have to wait the full twenty-four hours until the batteries died, but this chamber contains magnets beneath the floor that can override the trap, pulling the antimatter out of suspension.
  • In addition," Olivetti continued, "Captain Rocher tells me he is making excellent headway on the antimatter search."
  • "If this claim is true," Rocher repeated, "and our Holy Father was poisoned, then that has profound implications for our antimatter search.
  • The antimatter is on St. Peter’s tomb," the camerlegno said, his voice crystalline.
  • Was the antimatter really going to appear on St. Peter’s"Look!
  • I want to know what these Illuminati bastards intend to do with this antimatter.
  • He knows where the antimatter is . hell, he knows where the cardinals are!

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