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How to make an atom splitter/gravity hammer? Answered

My cynical friend would like to see if it's possible to make a homemade atom splitter, a.k.a. gravity hammer. He says he wants to observe a thermonuclear explosion created by the collision of matter and antimatter.

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critterfluffyBest Answer (author)2010-04-10

I don't know about a gravity hammer but an atom spitter is completely possible.  There isn't antimatter involved but the splitting of an atom is.  I have personally built a linear particle accelerator using a teslacoil before and it worked well enough.  The trick(being the part I didn't do) is to syncronize two discharge points to pulse at the same time.  The basics(using my coil specs):
-Huge teslacoil(preferably 1 million volts minimum) using atleast 0.6 micro-ferads.  The capacitor array for me was acheived using an 11x11 series/parallel setup with 2,000v 0.6 micro-ferad caps.  This gives a cap bank capable of handling 22,000v input at 0.6 micro-ferads.
-a straight tube that can have a vacuum imparted onto it.  One end of the tube has a pin placed in with a flat(as flat as you can get it) tip.  This is the electron gun. The other end has a ground to give the electrons a path to travel.
-the vacuum should be lower than acheivable from a roughing pump.  Use something better.

This will allow a beam of electrons to be created.  You could use two of these beams to create a collision.  If you can scrape together most of the parts you could build something like this for a couple hundred dollars.

One day I should rebuild this project and I will write up the instructable.  It has been years.  Sorry if any of these numbers are off, I am operating off of a 10 year old memory.

WARNING: Beta particles(what make up this particle beam) have a nasty tendency to release radiation when it collides with ANYTHING(including air).  For safety, if you build this make sure to have protection(Cinderblock wall) and do not use in residencial areas.

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jeff-o (author)2010-04-05

Well, if he does witness such an explosion, he'll probably be the first person to do so.

Also, it'll be the last thing he ever sees.

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gun487 (author)jeff-o2010-05-04

 and the last thing many of us would see O.o.  I couldn't imagine. An antimatter bomb?

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orksecurity (author)2010-04-02

Splitting atoms isn't that hard. Getting antimatter is; getting more than a single particle of antimatter is harder. Getting any reaction beyond trivial size without killing yourself with radiation before you get the reaction is harder yet. And I have no clue what a "gravity hammer" is supposed to be.

Your cynical friend is reading too much bad science fiction. Put him or her onto the good stuff.

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kelseymh (author)orksecurity2010-04-02

Google is your friend.  Apparently "gravity hammer" is the name of a weapon from the Halo 2 and Halo 3 video games.

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orksecurity (author)kelseymh2010-04-03

Yep, too much bad science fiction.

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Bigev (author)2010-04-03

Quick and dirty, you cant.

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