Scientists at CERN have announced a huge breakthrough in antimatter research, prompting fears that they have unleashed the Antichrist on Earth.
Earlier in the week, CERN managed to successfully use a laser to touch atoms of antimatter and make them shine.
The discovery means that scientists are one step closer to discovering the origins of the Universe.
However, conspiracy theorists are worried that the experiment may have unleashed ‘hell on Earth’ which will then prompt the return of the Antichrist.
According to Christian Truther,
‘Antimatter is the opposite of matter, it isn’t physical, it’s spiritual,’ writes Emily.
‘CERN is building the kingdom of the antichrist, hell on earth.’
‘Antimatter would be a demonically charged particle retrieved from the pit, bringing with it chaos and destruction.’
In particular, scientists from the ALPHA experiment at the CERN laboratory were able to hit the antihydrogen atoms with a laser to observe the light they gave off as positrons in the atoms returned to lower energy levels.
“Using a laser to observe a transition in antihydrogen and comparing it to hydrogen to see if they obey the same laws of physics has always been a key goal of antimatter research,” said Professor Jeffrey Hangst, spokesperson of the ALPHA collaboration.
This result is the culmination of 20 years of work for CERN’s antimatter team. Unable to find antihydrogen atoms in nature, scientists worked on creating them in the lab. The challenge has been to trap enough of them for long enough to be able to study them. Previous efforts averaged 1.2 antihydrogen atoms trapped every 15 minutes. The new method created about 25,000 antihydrogen atoms every 15 minutes and trapped about 14of them.
If you think your job is hard, try working with antimatter.
“What you hear about in science fiction — that antimatter gets annihilated by normal matter — is 100 percent true,” Hangst told NPR, “and is the greatest challenge in my everyday life.”
In other words, his test subjects would constantly disappear.
Interestingly, the researchers concluded that under the same test conditions, the antihydrogen atoms gave off the exact same light spectrum as regular hydrogen atoms.
“It’s long been thought that antimatter is an exact reflection of matter, and we are gathering evidence to show that is indeed true,” Tim Tharp from ALPHA said to Gizmodo.
To go back to the question of why the universe didn’t just collapse in on itself, with matter and antimatter cancelling each other out –
“Something happened, some small asymmetry that led some of the matter to survive, and we simply have no good idea that explains that right now,” explained Jeffrey Hangst to NPR.
Further study of antimatter might yield the answer, especially as the work by Hangst and the team at ALPHA points the way towards a whole new field of antihydrogen spectroscopy.
But what about making antimatter in a lab environment – could that blow us up eventually?
“The amount of antimatter involved in this experiment and created by the history of mankind is such a small amount that it poses no threat to anyone,” Tim Tharp reassured Gizmodo.