Outside magazine, April 1996
After four years of trying, a team of physicists in Geneva has produced a thimbleful of something that, technically speaking, isn't anything at all: the world's first batch of antimatter. Like matter, the stuff is made of real atomic particles, says one of the scientists, but curiously, "It also doesn't exist." Adding to the intrigue, antimatter obliterates anything it touches. The ramifications of the new find seem daunting, to say the least, so we called up physicist Walter Oelert, head of the groundbreaking project, to find out more.
To be honest, we don't quite get it yet. It's matter, but it's not matter?
Can you use antimatter's destructive powers to, say, get rid of your neighbor's yapping poodle?
What can you do with it?