Controlled antihydrogen propulsion for future missions into very deep space
Dr. Michael Martin-Nieto
Everybody is welcome on the 9th of September 2004. Time: 10:30.
Where: At ESTEC, Noordwijk. Room: Da026
To world-wide notice, the ATHENA collaboration at CERN in Geneva created 100,000 low energy antihydrogen atoms. Thus, the concept of using condensed antihydrogen as a low-weight, powerful fuel (It produces a thousand times more energy per unit weight of fuel than fission/fusion) for very deep space missions (the Oort cloud and beyond) has reached the realm of conceivability. We discuss the technologies that must be developed to reach this goal, and emphasize that a dedicated antiproton source (the main barrier to copious antihydrogen production) must be built. We compare the operational source at CERN and the soon to be started facility at GSI in Germany with the requirements to be fulfilled on a source to serve technical applications.
Dr. Martin-Nieto is senior researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratories. His interests lie in theoretical aspects and technology applications of high-energy physics, He has already a long-term interest in antimatter technology and in particular in antimatter-propulsion. Dr. Martin-Nieto is the author of numerous scientific publications on various aspects of antimatter technology, such as anti-hydrogen production, anti-hydrogen storage, anti-proton traps, and anti-proton production.