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The phrase “search for antimatter” is enveloped in an infinite impossibility. Its meaning, the very idea, is akin to looking for the unknown, as these negative particles have been considered hard to prove—if not completely nonexistent—by many scientists in the past. And when we say scientists, we are talking about Galileo, Newton, and Einstein—the greats, that is.
In the late 20s, British physicist Paul Dirac has shattered these modern greats’ theory on these negative particles’ nonexistence, let alone encouraged many scientists and astrophysicists to continue their research on their actuality, which carried on until today.
Almost seven years ago, in 2008, through a Congressional Act, NASA launched a space exploration that aimed to look for antimatter galaxies. It was the birth of Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a device capable of sensing distant galaxies.
“For the first time, AMS will measure very high-energy cosmic rays very accurately,” explained Nobel laureate Samuel Ting, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. AMS, Ting explained, is designed to detect strangelets, a theoretical form of ultra-massive antimatter for its strange quarks. It is also the American version of Geneva’s CERN, a European organization of nuclear scientists that uses a magnetic field-utilizing machine to look for the unknown, specifically antimatters.
Just recently Thunder Energies Corporation (OTCQB: TNRG), a private firm known for its revolutionary contribution to the technological world through its fossil fuel-combustion technology and nuclear instruments, announced that it has successfully developed a telescope that could detect—i.e. not only prove through an equation—that antimatters do exist.
The Santilli Telescope, a groundbreaking optical instrument that both uses and eschews the basic principles of the Galileo Telescope, is the first machine for space exploration that has successfully proven that these elusive cosmic negative particles are indeed present and could be seen by the naked eye.
“In searching for antimatter galaxies, it is of importance to note that when in contact, matter and antimatter annihilate into light. Hence, all features for capturing matter are reversed for capturing antimatter, including the index of refraction which is positive for matter-light, thus requiring a convex lens to focus images, but expected to be negative for antimatter-light, thus requiring a concave lens to focus images,” Dr Ruggero Maria Santilli, the man behind the invention, explained.
According to Paris’s Sorbonne University Svetlin Georgiev, the Santilli telescope’s inception could radically change the entire antimatter-search landscape.
“The mathematical relevance of Professor Santilli’s detection of antimatter galaxies is that it confirms the validity of the new isodual mathematics based on a new form of the differential calculus.” With this, universes and galaxies near and far from our planet could be now discovered.
Tanmay Vachaspati, a revered scientist from Arizona State University, strongly believes that the universe is made up not only of positive-matter particles but also of negative ones. In 2001, he predicted that the universe was once composed of these two opposing but complementing matters after detecting helical—or screw-like—magnetic fields in space. With this, he seamlessly theorized that it was the left-handed magnetic fields that made antimatters almost absent in the universe, in a tangible sense, at least.
“Both the planet we live on and the star we orbit are made up of ‘normal’ matter. Although it features in many science fiction stories, antimatter seems to be incredibly rare in nature. With this new result, we have one of the first hints that we might be able to solve this mystery,” Vachaspati told Daily Galaxy.
Just recently, scientists at CERN successfully recreated the universe right after it came to being by letting lead nuclei and protons collide at their highest beam, which is at a temperature 100,000 times higher than what is present in the hottest area of the Sun.
“ALICE is attempting to find a difference by means of high-precision measurements of the properties of particles and their antiparticles which are produced in particle collisions at the LHC,” explained Dr. Torsten Dahms of TU Munich. Through this, he suggested, understanding how antimatters were obliterated in the presence of the universe could be explained, explored, and identified, as, according to his research team’s findings, “there is a fundamental symmetry between particles and antiparticles in our very own universe.”
So are we there yet? Perhaps it’s safe to say that we are on our way to finally seeing these elusive antimatter particles as a galaxy, and we are on the right track.
There are still lots of work to be done. But having been able to detect them, let alone pinpoint and understand their inner workings, is one thing we never expected to hear or experience at this point in time because we only see these things in films and books. This, alone, is impressive.