Originally Posted by mr.monger
the thing about antimatter:
i would be willing to bet any sum of money the government is already looking into how they can weaponize it. i think in angels and demons, the guy wanted to blow up the vatican with antimatter.
also, how could antimatter have a whole different charge than regular matter, if the only charges are positive and negative and neutral, and theres plenty of matter with positive and plenty of matter with negative and prolly alot with neutral. ions i believe theyre called.
Everything in the universe that is comprised of normal matter (put it another way, everything except antimatter) is comprised of atoms. And atoms, no matter what substance they make up, are constructed the same:
The middle is comprised of Protons (positive charge) and neutrons (negative charge)
The things that fly around the outside are electons (negative charge)
Different elements (if I remember high school science correctly) have different numbers of electrons, protons and neutrons (I think)
Now with antimatter I think everything reverses (I'm not sure of this, and can't be bothered to research it) so protons would become negativly charged (become electrons) and electrons would become positivly charged (become protons), and neutrons I suppose would stay the same.
This is just speculation on my part, so feel free to disagree.
Ions involve atoms losing electrons to bond with other atoms (or become compounds) such as oxygen and hydrogen bonding to form water. But nothing reverses, the charge of the atom might change depending on the number of electrons (become neutral, negative or positive) but electrons stay electrons, protons stay protons etc
If you'd like me to explain more I'm sure I can give you an example.