We don’t know why the universe isn’t destroying itself.

Key takeaways

  • Scientists are puzzled why the universe didn’t annihilate itself at birth due to matter and antimatter symmetry.
  • Extensive research has found no differences in mass, charge, or magnetism between matter and antimatter, deepening the mystery.
  • Researchers continue to explore potential reasons for this asymmetry, with some considering alternative theories like upside-down gravity for antimatter.

Scientists argue that our universe should not exist.

The world’s most top scientists are still trying to figure out why our universe did not annihilate itself as soon as it formed. That is what science says should have happened, but it plainly hasn’t, as far as we know.

According to the standard model, the cosmos began with equal quantities of matter and anti-matter. The problem is that they would have exterminated each other, leaving no trace of the situation we face now.

Researchers have been desperately searching for a distinction between matter and anti-matter that might explain why the cosmos exists. However, they tested a variety of alternatives, such having differing masses, electric charges, or anything else, but found no difference.

This has prompted academics to wonder why the universe is still existing at all.

“All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist,” noted Christian Smorra, the author of a recent CERN research.

“Asymmetry must exist someplace, but we don’t know where the difference is. What is the cause of the symmetry break?

The newest idea was that matter and antimatter had distinct magnetisms. However, new study reveals that they are also similar in this regard, adding to the puzzle of why the universe exists at all.

The current study, lead by Dr. Smorra, sought to measure anti-protons to see how they differed from the protons that surround us. They examined the magnetization of antimatter in more precision than ever before and were shocked to discover that both matter and antimatter appeared to be perfectly symmetrical.

Scientists at CERN used unique “Penning traps” to collect anti-protons because anti-matter cannot be held inside a physical container. “This tremendous increase in such a short period of time was only possible due to completely new methods,” said Stefan Ulmer, spokesperson for the group of academics that conducted the study.

The researchers expect to be able to investigate the anti-protons in greater detail and see whether there is a change when they probe deeper into the enigma. Other scientists, however, are considering other possibilities, such as anti-matter having upside-down gravity, which would cause it to tumble upwards, according to Cosmos Magazine.

 

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