Re: antihydrogen atoms

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Sat Feb 23 2002 - 12:47:00 MST

On Saturday, February 23, 2002 11:23 AM wrote:
> The paper indicates that several orders of magnitude would have to be
> achieved before such a fuel storage method becomes workable. I wonder
if such
> attempts to achieve this level of energy concentration can be
considered a
> safety hazzard? If several grams of antihydrogen detonate, would this
> something along the order of a nuclear explosion?

I would think so...

> Should we set up such experimental antihydrogen factories in Siberia,
> northern Canada, in Antartica, on the lunar surface? Ah! The Klingon
> production facility on Praxis, Star Trek 5?

I wonder if something of a safe burn method could be developed, so that
if the containment starts to fail, the energy is either a) focused in
some safe direction or b) proceeds slowly enough that it safely
dissipates. Perhaps a method could be found to reinforce the
containment with any antimatter that burned off -- akin to a
homeostatic/self-correcting/self-limiting process.

Also, wouldn't underground storage be enough? I mean, if it's stored
low enough, almost all of the shock, heat, and other radiation would be
absorbed by the ground -- as in underground nuclear tests.


Daniel Ust

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