BEC-matter-antimatter propulsion

From: scerir (
Date: Fri Oct 26 2001 - 14:10:23 MDT

Bose-Einstein Condensate Antihydrogen:
Its Production and Storage
to Envision Antimatter Propulsion

Michael H. Holzscheiter, Michael Martin Nieto, Thomas J. Phillips

13 pages, 2 figures

We discuss the possibility that Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC)
antihydrogen could provide the necessary mechanism for a deep space
propulsion system. In a Bose-Einstein condensate, matter (or antimatter)
is in a coherent state analogous to photons in a laser beam, and individual atoms
lose their independent identity. This allows many atoms to be stored in a small volume.
In the context of recent advances in producing and controlling BECs,
this could potentially provide a revolutionary way to efficiently make and store
large quantities of antimatter.

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