This showed the team the presence of antimatter
in the vicinity of lightning.
But when this principle, known as charge parity, or CP, symmetry, is violated, matter and antimatter
Scientists believe that almost equal amounts of matter and antimatter
were created in the Big Bang, but it remains an unsolved problem why the visible universe today is composed mostly of ordinary matter.
The positron is the antimatter
of the electron, having an opposite charge of the electron, but the other properties are the same.
research could reveal why more matter than antimatter
survived the Big Bang at the start of the universe.
Measuring the electric charge of antihydrogen atoms is a way to study any subtle differences between matter and antimatter
which could account for the lack of antimatter
in the universe.
Scientists think the universe contained equal parts of matter and antimatter
after the Big Bang, believed to have started everything 13.
As far as we know, the Big Bang created equal amounts of matter and antimatter
, but today's universe contains matter only.
This is the first time antimatter
has been captured in a "normal" state rather than the short-lived.
particles match familiar particles such as protons and electrons but have the opposite electric charge.
They have capped five years of work by containing, for the first time, a few atoms of antimatter
Holding the antimatter
in a vacuum for this fraction of a second allowed the physicists to study the atoms, CERN said in an article in the British journal Nature.