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ALPHA observes light spectrum of antimatter for first time


December 19, 2016

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The NSF-funded ALPHA collaboration reports the first-ever measurement on the optical spectrum of an antimatter atom (an atom in which the component particles' electrical charges are reversed). This achievement features technological developments that open up a completely new era in high-precision antimatter research. It is the result of over 20 years of work by the CERN antimatter community.Full Story

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