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Angels and Demons anti-matter bombs - for real ?

Posted on Monday, 18 May, 2009 | Comment icon 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."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by SpIdErCyDe on 18 May, 2009, 13:17
It's not plausible at all currently. It takes power levels so extreme that it's way too costly to even bother with at the moment. Possibly when the LHC is repaired and operational (if that can even create antimatter) then it might be another story.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hermit007 on 18 May, 2009, 13:22
from CERN website: "There is no possibility to make antimatter bombs for the same reason you cannot use it to store energy: we can't accumulate enough of it at high enough density. (...) If we could assemble all the antimatter we've ever made at CERN and annihilate it with matter, we would have enough energy to light a single electric light bulb for a few minutes."
Comment icon #3 Posted by BlackRedLittleDevil on 19 May, 2009, 9:53
Image credit: Pippo-b 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 Einsteinís famous formula. This tells us that one pound of antimatter is equivalent to around 19 megatons of TNT." View: Full Article | Source: Wired Funny that! I saw the m... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by DONTEATUS on 20 May, 2009, 4:57
Yes indeed the Sci-chanel had the lead man on to rebuttle the subject and he did point out it would take a few hundred years of collecting to get 1/2 an oz. now that would tak out Rome he said! Better start counting down,LoL 2109-2108-2107
Comment icon #5 Posted by 2nd Reign on 20 May, 2009, 5:11
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