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Butler Scientists Trap Antimatter Atoms


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Scientists at Holcomb Observatory believe they have taken a step toward finding out what exactly happened in the first moments of the birth of the universe.

Nuclear scientists at Butler University recently announced they have found a way to trap antimatter atoms for more than fifteen minutes. Brian Murphy, with the Holcomb Observatory, said the development will give scientists more time to study the atoms properly, in the hope of understanding what happened during the first moments of the universe.

Previously, antimatter disappeared after a fraction of a second. But the Butler team has improved the efficiency of the antimatter trap by cooling anti-hydrogen atoms down to less than half a degree above absolute zero.

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