Science & Technology
Angels and Demons anti-matter bombs - for real ?
By T.K. Randall
May 18, 2009 · 5 comments
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With the recent release of the movie adaptation of Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, the concept of an anti-matter bomb which in the film is used to threaten the Vatican with destruction has been introduced to cinemagoers everywhere. But how plausible is it ?
In principle, antimatter looks like the ultimate explosive. Matter and anti-matter annihilate each other on contact, releasing energy according to Einstein’s famous formula. This tells us that one pound of antimatter is equivalent to around 19 megatons of TNT."
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