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Saturday, 4 May 2002, 12:00AM

Antihydrogen - First Element of the Antiuniverse

Professor Frank Close

We continue the anitmatter theme: Antimatter would be a wonder fuel, but for the fact that the universe appears to be lacking in antimatter reserves. The first steps are being taken this year at CERN to make thousands of atoms of antihydrogen every hour. While this will never be enough to fuel an astrocruiser, it may shed light on the mystery of the missing antimatter.

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Frank Close is a particle physicist, author and speaker. He was the Gresham Professor of Astronomy between 2000 and 2003. He is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He was formerly vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science, Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Head of Communications and Public Education at CERN. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Antimatter, and the winner of the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his "outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics."

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