The study of antimatter physics by the production of atomic systems containing antiparticles.
The study of antimatter physics by the production of atomic systems containing antiparticles that can be used to test some of the most fundamental laws of nature. This research area focuses on production and fine control of trapped, charged antiparticles and on learning how to manipulate the properties (for example the quantum state and velocity) of the atoms they form. It also includes theoretical and experimental studies of positronium.
We will continue to sustain the UK’s leadership in this fundamental field of physics. UK participation in the Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus (ALPHA) capability at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) will be protected to ensure the UK’s part in the collaboration.
We will work with other relevant funders to ensure the maintenance of clear linkages and collaboration between this community and particle and fundamental physics research, and especially with particle physics funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the EPSRC Mathematical physics and Cold atoms and molecules research areas.
Where appropriate, we will encourage researchers to link their fundamental studies to other disciplines and applications, through links with technique-based disciplines and links between emerging experimental positronium research and analytical science, healthcare technologies and possible energy applications.