ANTIMATTER AND THE UNIVERSE,
FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The article discusses the fundamental problems concerning the symmetry of the Universe with respect to matter and antimatter in popular terms. After a brief discussion of the work of Burbridge and Hoyle, it is pointed out that the existing reasons for doubting the possibility of such symmetry are insufficiently substantiated. The cosmological difficulties in devising a symmetrical Universe do not appear to be insoluble. After an analysis of the phenomena which take place in a symmetric plasma, as indicated by Alven and Klein, the author charts the methods of solving these difficulties. Some methods of observing antimatter are examined, and the article draws attention to the importance of developing experimental methods for detecting antimatter, in particular, to the most effective methods of gamma-astronomy and optical astrophysics. It concludes that the process of annihilation should be studied as one of the possible causes of some observed but not yet explained astronomical phenomena.