Hot! Mini Laser Gun That Generates Anti-Matter

Remember that time you mixed vinegar and baking soda and decided you wanted to be a scientist? Maybe you should have followed through. Then you could have been one of the guys that just developed a tabletop “gun” that creates positrons by shooting lasers at gold.

A team of physicists working at the University of Michigan just published a paper about their device in Physical Review Letters. But basically, it’s small enough to sit on a table and can create positrons—anti-electrons—like its big, big brother, the particle accelerator at CERN. Positrons, if you aren’t familar, are found around black holes and pulars. You know, cool stuff.

PhysOrg explains the process in more detail

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