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Creating positron detector: ISU physicists help test prototype of device that could go into space

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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013 1:32 am | Updated: 12:47 am, Sun Dec 15, 2013.

    POCATELLO — Physicists from the Idaho State University Idaho Accelerator Center and astronomers from the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center collaborated on a project to calibrate and test a prototype of a positron detector which could potentially be launched into space on a future NASA mission.

    ISU physics professor Dan Dale explained that ordinary matter contains electrons. Positrons are their antimatter counterparts.  Positrons are similar to electrons in that they have the same mass, but they have the opposite charge.

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