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New Research by UCR Physicists Could Help Develop Gamma Ray Lasers and Produce Fusion Power

April 30, 2010

ultra-high vacuum target chamber Physicists at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), have succeeded in isolating for the first time a sample of spin polarized positronium atoms, needed to make the Bose-Einstein condensate. The researchers say they have effectively purified the positronium sample, which could lead to the development of a gamma ray laser and fusion power production. The research also could help scientists understand why the universe is made up of matter and not antimatter or just pure energy. Full Story

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