Finally! Scientist have finally seen what antimatter actually looks like for the first time since its discovery.
If you’ve ever heard of antimatter, material composed of antiparticles, which have the same mass as particles of ordinary matter, but opposite charges, lepton numbers, and baryon numbers, then you’ve imagined what it would look like.
The problem scientists faced with characterizing the physical nature of it was a hassle because it annihilates the in glimpse of an eye. According to a research published in the journal Nature, it looks just like matter. Go figure.
The research was conducted inside CERN at the ALPHA experiment where scientists have been trying to figure out the similarities and differences between matter and antimatter.
To be able to see the mysterious thing that fills space, they had to create a complex magnetic trap. Using a laser, they measured antihydrogen, the antimatter counterpart to hydrogen.
To make antihydrogen, they mixed a plasma of about 90,000 antiprotons with positrons, to make 25,000 antihydrogen atoms. Only 14 atoms were trapped by the experiment, and using a laser, scientists could compare them to hydrogen atoms.
Surprisingly, it was found that both hydrogen and antihydrogen have identical light spectrums, but antihydrogen is made of a positron and an antiproton, instead of one electron and a proton in Hydrogen.
Now, why is this important you might ask, and we will tell you why. For long it has been thought that during the Big Bang equal amounts of matter and antimatter was created in the universe. But what has been confusing scientists, is why matter outweighs antimatter by far.