Publications [#247902] of Thomas J Phillips

Papers Published
  1. MM Nieto, MH Holzscheiter and TJ Phillips, Dense antihydrogen: its production and storage to envision antimatter propulsion, JOURNAL OF OPTICS B-QUANTUM AND SEMICLASSICAL OPTICS, vol. 5 no. 6 (December, 2003), pp. S547-S552 [Gateway.cgi], [doi] .

    We discuss the possibility that dense antihydrogen could provide a path towards a mechanism for a deep space propulsion system. We concentrate at first, as an example, on Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC) antihydrogen. In a BEC, matter (or antimatter) is in a coherent state analogous to photons in a laser beam, and individual atoms lose their independent identity. This allows many atoms to be stored in a small volume. In the context of recent advances in producing and controlling BECs, as well as in making antihydrogen, this could potentially provide a revolutionary path towards the efficient storage of large quantities of antimatter, perhaps eventually as a cluster or solid.