Where Is the Antimatter?
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.“
You may have heard about antimatter but wondered what it is. Well, every subatomic particle of matter has an equal and opposite antimatter particle. For example, a proton is positively charged, so an antriproton is the same mass, but negatively charged. Similarly, there are positrons, which are like electrons, but positive instead of negative. There are also antineutrons. Both neutrons and antineutrons are neutral in electric charge, but a neutron is made of quarks, whereas an antineutron is comprised of antiquarks. If a matter particle comes into contact with its corresponding antimatter particle, they mutually annihilate, releasing energy from that destroyed mass, usually as photons or other bosons.
A hydrogen atom consists of a proton and an electron. Therefore, antihydrogen would consist of anti-atoms, each of which would comprise of an antiproton and a positron. Even atoms of antihelium are possible.
If mass came into existence from energy by a quantum event, such as, for example, the Big Bang, there would surely be an equal number of matter particles and antimatter particles. But there aren’t. The universe is made up almost entirely of ordinary matter particles. The antimatter particles are simply not there. Why not? Where did the antimatter go?
Once again, we see that a naturalistic attempt to explain the universe fails. The universe looks like it was designed – because it was. Once again, we are drawn back to God’s word for explanation.
Prayer: Lord God, once again we acknowledge that everything was made by You, through You, and for You. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Encyclopaedia Britannica, < https://www.britannica.com/science/antimatter >, accessed 7/27/2019.
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