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RE: Eating Anti Matter

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Posted by CL on October 16, 2000 05:25:45 UTC

Just out of curiosity.....Where the hell do you work, where you can casualy discuss matters of physics with a general mutual understanding of such aspects as "expanding/shrinking horizons" and "antimatter".....?? .....Wouldn`t expect that from the average work place....pretty impressive.....

But to answer your question, anti-matter has mass (as opposed to negative mass) as does regular matter. It behaves the same as regular matter as far as inertia and gravity and all that good stuff. It`s just that the atoms of each are electromagneticly opposite eachother in the way that their constituant sub-atomic particles have "flipped poles". (Anti-matter electrons have positive charge as well as mass). So even if the anti-matter comes into contact with the "regular" matter, (should it still even exist as "matter as we know it"), it would only result in a pure energy discharge which still has mass according to good old E=mc^2. Result....?? Event horizon expands, mass increases. The only negative or reversal effect anti-matter would have, and this is pure speculation on my behalf, is that of the charge of the black hole. (This I can not back up, so don`t take my word for it.)

If you want to sound really smart when you go back to work....tell them about not only the mass and charge properties of anti-matter and how it reacts with regular matter, but bring up the theoretical particle called the tachyon. It has absolutely nothing to do with anti-matter but actualy does have a negative mass (represented by imaginary number coefficients). It technicaly cant be grabbed by a blackhole because it is constantly wizzing around at speeds much faster then the escape velocity (speed of light) of blackholes. It has a "rest velocity" of infinity in fact, but their existance has not yet been proven. (make sure you add that last part)


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