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  • The theory is that a supernova results when a huge star convert some of its radiation into matter and antimatter particles which triggers a thermonuclear blast.
  • Antimatter is identical to physical matter except that it is composed of particles whose electric charges are opposite to those found in normal matter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter is the most powerful energy source known to man.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter creates no pollution or radiation, and a droplet could power New York City for a full day.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • 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.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • There is, however, one catch . Antimatter is highly unstable.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A single gram of antimatter contains the energy of a 20-kiloton nuclear bomb-the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Until recently antimatter has been created only in very small amounts (a few atoms at a time).
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Director, you are looking at the world’s first specimens of antimatter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I sense you’ve heard of antimatter, Mr. Langdon?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • Isn’t antimatter what fuels the U.S.S. Enterprise?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter is yin to matter’s yang.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But there are enormous technological barriers to actually storing antimatter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • My father built a reverse polarity vacuum to pull the antimatter positrons out of the accelerator before they could decay.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Matter arced right, and antimatter arced left.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter cannot be stored inside canisters made out of matter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The antimatter would instantly react with-
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The antimatter is suspended.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter is highly unstable.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Energetically speaking, antimatter is the mirror image of matter, so the two instantly cancel each other out if they come in contact.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Keeping antimatter isolated from matter is a challenge, of course, because everything on earth is made of matter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • My father produced the first particles of antimatter but was stymied by how to store them.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Their opposing magnetic fields intersect in the center of the canister and hold the antimatter there, suspended in midvacuum.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter floating in a vacuum, not touching anything at all.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The antimatter falls out of suspension, hits the bottom of the trap, and we see an annihilation.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • If antimatter and matter make contact, both are destroyed instantly.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A particle of matter and a particle of antimatter combine to release two new particles-called photons.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • So if the antimatter falls, we see a tiny puff of light?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter has some astonishing characteristics, Mr. Langdon, which make it quite dangerous.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • You’re about to witness your first antimatter-matter annihilation.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Langdon looked out at the antimatter trap sitting alone on the floor of the enormous tank.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And when the matter and antimatter touch .
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter releases pure energy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter is important technology.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • My father wanted time to present antimatter in the appropriate light.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter technology could save the planet.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He had enemies here at CERN, you know that, but it couldn’t have had anything to do with antimatter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • All the antimatter specimens were accounted for.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter was the same way.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Firing up sixteen miles of electromagnets to create a tiny specimen of antimatter expended more energy than the resulting antimatter contained.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Firing up sixteen miles of electromagnets to create a tiny specimen of antimatter expended more energy than the resulting antimatter contained.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • In order to prove antimatter efficient and viable, one had to create specimens of a larger magnitude.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She argued that in order for antimatter to be taken seriously, she and her father had to prove two things.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The antimatter, her father had insisted, would be stored in Haz-Mat-a small granite hollow, an additional seventy-five feet below ground.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She pictured the antimatter below.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Suspended inside the trap, perfectly visible to the naked eye, danced a tiny sphere of antimatter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • That much antimatter could literally liquidate everything in a half-mile radius!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The specimen that was supposed to prove antimatter was a safe and viable energy source had been stolen.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A quarter of a gram . Like any technology-fire, gunpowder, the combustion engine-in the wrong hands, antimatter could be deadly.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Antimatter was a lethal weapon.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
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