Anti-matter Production and Other Accelerator Questions
Most recent answer: 08/10/2015
- steven chernets (age 22)
Brooklyn,NY , USA
The production rate ratios of matter and anti-matter depend on the incident energy of the bombarding particle and the constituencies of the target material. A low energy proton beam incident on a nucleus will usually just knock out a few protons and neutrons. Increase the energy enough and you can start getting positive pions and their anti-particles in pairs. Increase it still further and you can get proton and anti-proton pairs. Same for neutron anti-neutron pairs.
Your idea of using the anti-matter to recycle the energy doesn't work. There are always unavoidable losses that will lower the over all efficiency. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics rears its ugly head.
Multiple accelerators hitting a common target would in principle work but it would be extremely costly and doesn't provide any advantage over just increasing the intensity of a single set of intersecting beams.
(published on 08/10/2015)