The positron or antielectron is the antiparticle or the antimatter counterpart of the electron. The positron has an electric charge of +1e, a spin of ½, and has the same mass as an electron. When a low-energy positron collides with a low-energy electron, annihilation occurs, resulting in the production of two or more gamma ray photons. Positrons may be generated by positron emission radioactive decay, or by pair production from a sufficiently energetic photon.
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Scientists from Italy and Switzerland recently performed an experiment demonstrating that antimatter, like matter, has the ...