Re: Eidetic Anti Matter

Eugene Leitl (
Sun, 20 Jul 1997 17:43:56 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sun, 20 Jul 1997 wrote:

> > [antimatter!]
> Last year I got a chance to hear from the director of Los Alamos Nat'l Lab.
> I asked him if the lab was working on any weapons with a yield substantially
> greater than thermonuclear weapons. His response was, "I cannot comment on
> that at this time." After the seminar, one of our professors asked him,
> "Haven't you manufactured some anti-matter?" The director refused to answer.

Afaik the processes yielding antimatter are low-yield (not in the warhear
sense), and you can't store antimatter in quantities, anyway. This is
something reserved for future transhuman physics, an energy conserve to
drive tiny interstellar von Neumann probes e.g. via light sails, of the
Forward drive.

> I take it that means that it exists in a national laboratory, but they have
> not yet acknowledged its existence. What is to be done with it is another
> matter entirely.

Doesn't seem likely. How does one contain mg chunks of condensed
antimatter? UHV maglev containment sure doesn't suffice.


> Franklin