Scientists discover world's heaviest anti-matter

Scientists discover world's heaviest anti-matter

Anti-matter is bang opposite to matter. There is no way to find and locate anti-matter in the current matter world because matter and anti-matter will annihilate each other the moment they come in contact.

But even if it cannot be seen or felt, anti-matter does exist. Numerous proofs supporting its existence were found. They live for a fraction of second in high energy physics experiments. Scientists reported discovery of the world’s heaviest ainti-particle, which was discovered after scientists diligently poured through data generated from one-billion atom-smashing data at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, US.

“The discovery might provide scientific hints to understand why matter dominated in the universe even though matter and anti-matter was created in equal amounts in the Big Bang,” Subhasis Chattopadhyay, one of the project scientists from Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata told Deccan Herald. The discovery has been reported in a latest issue of the journal Nature. Anti-Helium-4 will remain the heaviest stable anti-matter nucleus observed for the foreseeable future as the energy level required to produce anti-particles beyond Helium was too large and out of bounds for current accelerators, Chattopadhyay said.

The collaboration known as STAR involves 54 institutions from 12 countries. Besides VECC, four other institutes—Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, University of Rajasthan and Punjab University—are partners in the STAR collaboration, which simulates the early universe, seconds after the Big Bang.

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