The second ingredient that is needed to create antihydrogen are antiprotons. The Antiproton, p, is the antimatter counterpart of a proton. Antiprotons can be produced in collisions involving cosmic rays, but do not occur on earth naturally. That’s why we need to produce them with the accelerators at CERN.
Our latest breakthrough, the first observation of the 1S-2S transition in trapped antihydrogen has been published in Nature and is the first time a spectral line has been observed in antihydrogen.
ELENA, a new ring that will slow the Antiproton Decelerator's antiprotons down even further has now finished construction and is entering the commissioning phase. Read about it here and check out the timelapse video of the construction below. For more information, read the CERN Courier article or visit the ELENA project website.