Apr 6, 2022

Physicists Found a Way to Mimic Neutron Stars in the Lab

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Using a “laser pincer,” scientists can generate their own antimatter, simulations show.

An international team of physicists have come up with a way to generate antimatter in the lab, allowing them to recreate conditions that are similar to those near a neutron star.

This setup, at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) research laboratory in Germany, involves two high-intensity laser beams that can generate a jet of antimatter, as outlined in a paper published earlier this summer in the journal Communications Physics. That could make antimatter-based research far more accessible for scientists around the world.

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