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Re: starship-design: antimatter production
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Check this one out. Their plan is to use antiprotons to catalyze a
> fission/fusion drive for use within the solar system. They have a paper
> on antimatter production, storage and transport.
Yes, that is really exciting.
The general spaceship design resembles that described
by R.L. Forward in "Martian Rainbow".
The exciting information concerns the properties of antiprotons:
when they cool enough, the ratio of annihilation with the residual
gas in the vacuum chamber drops (unexpectedly) very rapidly !
Does it mean that sufficiently cool antimatter
is rather reluctant to annihilate with the normal matter?
If it proves to be true, storage and handling of the antimatter
would be a lot easier (expect tanks with kilograms of antimatter
hauled over interstate highways ... ;-))