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Q & A: Reactions of anti-matter in materials of varying density

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Most recent answer: 01/29/2017
Q:
Would antimatter react with more or less energy if it reacted with a denser material? (E.g the reaction of solid hydrogen and antimatter vs solid osimium and antimatter)
- Thomas (age 19)
New zealand
A:

The density of material does not affect the total energy deposited which is just the mass of the anhilated matter plus  anti-matter times the speed of light squared, mtotalc2.    This energy can be of several forms: potential energy of resulting nuclear states,  kinetic energy of exiting particles, etc,  but the total energy is all the same.

LeeH


(published on 01/29/2017)

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