Have you been pondering how to blow up the world, but keep laying the question aside because adequate means are just too hard to acquire? Well, perhaps your time has come!
Ten ounces of Antimatter in a conveniently recyclable can! That’s 283.5 grams of Antimatter. When Antimatter meets “regular” matter, the two mutually annihilate, releasing all their potential energy (stored in the form of mass) as kinetic energy. Now, Saint Albert has told us that:
- m is the mass in kilograms to be converted to energy,
- c is the speed of light in meters per second,
- E is the energy released, in joules.
Therefore, a single gram of matter (.001 kilogram) converted wholly to energy (multiply by 9*1016 meters2/second2) will release 9*1013 (90,000,000,000,000) joules of energy. If we apply the standard conversion factor:
…that tells us that 1 gram of wholly converted matter releases 21.51 kilotons of energy – and therefore of explosive power. From our 283.5 grams of conveniently canned Antimatter, we will therefore release an explosion equivalent to 6,136.95 kilotons of TNT, or approximately 6.1 megatons.
But wait: there’s more! We mustn’t neglect the 283.5 grams of “regular” matter that were annihilated along with the Antimatter. So that explosion is really 12.2 megatons, which puts it among the larger H-Bombs in the American nuclear arsenal. It would be more than large enough to destroy New York City completely.
A case – twenty-four cans – of Brooklyn Superhero Supply’s Antimatter would therefore suffice to end all life on Earth, and possibly shatter the planet to flinders into the bargain. Now that’s world-ending convenience!
Get yours while supplies last!
UPDATE: Reader Tregonsee has informed me that I made a scaling error in going from kilotons to megatons. Corrected above. [FWP]