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‘I like a challenge’: CERN physicist on the draw of weird antimatter


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‘I like a challenge’: CERN physicist on the draw of weird antimatter

CERN physicist Jeffrey Hangst spends his days making antimatter. He explains why the world is safe in his hands – and why he plays in a band called Diracula 27 November 2019 As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I always wanted to be a scientist. I grew up…

‘I like a challenge’: CERN physicist on the draw of weird antimatter

CERN physicist Jeffrey Hangst spends his days making antimatter. He explains why the world is safe in his hands – and why he plays in a band called Diracula


27 November 2019

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As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a scientist. I grew up during the space race, and I clearly remember thinking that being an astronaut would be cool, but that being a scientist would be cooler.

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I work with antimatter, which is this weird, mirror opposite to “normal” matter. It is a huge puzzle, because we think matter and antimatter existed in equal quantities just after the big bang, but we can’t explain why only matter survived. My ALPHA experiment is …

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