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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    03 Nov '13 15:22
    So the world generates about 50 odd terawatts of energy. So suppose you had a magic matter antimatter converter and re-converter which generated that much energy.

    How much total matter would be converted per year, lets assume 100% conversion and generation and with the new magical hyperconductor (superconductor that works at 2000 degrees C and below)
  2. 03 Nov '13 20:30
    Happy with the matter/anti matter conversion. After all they do that on Star Trek, which as we all know is true. I like to think of it as a documentary about something that has not happened yet.

    -2000C. Please, lets get real. -273K absolute zero. You can't break the laws of physics!
  3. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    04 Nov '13 15:04 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by eltricky
    Happy with the matter/anti matter conversion. After all they do that on Star Trek, which as we all know is true. I like to think of it as a documentary about something that has not happened yet.

    -2000C. Please, lets get real. -273K absolute zero. You can't break the laws of physics!
    Er, I think you read it wrong, I didn't put in a minus sign. I was just posing how much antimatter mixed with matter that would give 50 TW for a year, calling a year 8000 hours for simplicity, 400,000 TW hours of energy. I was able to do an approximation in my head.

    The best superconductors so far only work at the temperature of liquid nitrogen or so. A room temperature superconductor would be a game changer for transmission of power but I like to extend that to a couple thousand degrees C, that way you could have a superconducting shield around a space shuttle and if it went bonkers would take the 2500 degree F temperature of re-entry.

    I think the higher the temperature superconductor the higher the magnetic field it can generate and repel.