Matter-antimatter annihilation

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Matter-antimatter annihilation is a theoretical form of power generation. The system brings particles of matter into contact with their oppositely charged anti-particles, allowing them to annihilate each other and release a burst of radiation. The system then converts the radiated energy into work.

The theoretical limit of M/AM annihilation power is defined by Einstein's classic equation of matter-energy equivalency: E=Mc2.

An obvious problem with M/AM annihilation power systems is the inherent difficulty of obtaining, containing, and transporting substantial quantities of antimatter.

In Science Fiction

Matter-antimatter annihilation is a common means of generating power in science fiction, especially Star Trek. The M-AM reactor used in Star Trek is called a warp core.

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