Re: Thunderstorms produce beams of antimatter



On 11/01/2011 3:58 PM, Sam Wormley wrote:
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—Thunderstorms produce beams of antimatter. That's
the surprising finding reported here yesterday at the 217th meeting of
the American Astronomical Society. Scientists already knew about flashes
of high-energy gamma-rays from Earth, which are associated with large
thunderstorms.

See:
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/01/scienceshot-thunderstorms-make-a.html

The thunderstorms produce gamma rays, which produce electron-positron pairs, which annihilate, and produce gamma rays again.

But according to this report, the secondary gamma rays are a different frequency from the original, and therefore they are indicative of the production of positron-electron pairs.

Yousuf Khan
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