Re: antihydrogen atoms

From: Chuck Kuecker (
Date: Sun Feb 24 2002 - 07:29:19 MST

Looks like I was off (high) a couple of orders of magnitude on c - serves
me right for not looking it up...

Even a megaton release would make life uncomfortable for the residents /
operators of the fuel plant , if any. A small industrial accent could wipe
out the whole plant. Expensive...

Can the reaction be done remotely enough so there's little or no danger of
containment failure resulting in a blast?

Chuck Kuecker

At 09:56 AM 2/24/02 +0100, you wrote:
>On Sat, 23 Feb 2002, Chuck Kuecker wrote:
> > From : 1 joule = 2.39e-10 tons
> > of TNT - multiply - 2.15x10^9 tons of TNT per gram of AH, or 2.15x10^6
> > kilotons. Or 2150 megatons.
> > Boom.
>Two gigatons on Luna does not register down here. You'll sure see it, and
>it might generate a very small EMP, but that's about all.
>Assuming, you want to create antimatter, you would not want to stay on a
>planetary surface. An accelerator as a solar powered string of devices in
>a circular orbit around Luna (built on an launched from surface) would
>have free vacuum, circular beam path, cheap energy, and safety from
>accidents (but would be a veritable weapon, of course).

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