Particle accelerators take particles (usually protons) from atoms contained within matter and accelerate these particles to extremely high velocity, containing and accelerating them with a large electromagnetic ring. After achieving a high enough velocity, two particle beams traveling opposite directions around the accelerator are smashed into each other, yielding dozens of strange, short lived particles. Well, this is Minecraft, and none of this really happens, you just need to build one of these and shoving dirt in it will make it work. After building a valid accelerator structure using Electromagnets and Electromagnetic glass, removing one of the middle blocks (relative to height) of the structure and placing a Particle Accelerator block creates a full particle accelerator. Putting in any matter (Even shoving in dirt) and empty cells into the accelerator, and providing a significant amount of energy will make Antimatter. If a "particle" of this matter is to somehow escape the magnetic containment of the structure (Maybe by removing a block of the structure), there is a chance it will generate Strange Matter.
An accelerator structure is composed of a line or loop of 3x3 vertical hollow rings of electromagnets or electromagnetic glass. Each ring can be composed of as few as 4 blocks, each surrounding the center empty space. After completing the structure, removing a block from the middle of a ring (Relative to height) and replacing it with a Particle Accelerator block should create a valid particle accelerator.
Particle accelerators require four things to function properly.
- Empty Cells
- Any source of matter
- Any source of power
- A redstone signal
Even though accelerators function at any input voltage, higher voltages (up to 480 volts) make for more efficiency. Putting in Empty Cells and matter (anything) in the two free slots within the Particle Accelerator block's GUI should begin to produce 125 milligrams of Antimatter over time. Matter goes into the top slot and can be literally anything (From diamonds to dirt) which is consumed to create particles. A redstone signal can be supplied with any valid redstone signal source, such as a lever or redstone block.
Antimatter EditIMPORTANT! some of the values stated here doesn't seem to be correct (I corrected the mathematically wrong ones, but to validate the other ones some experimentation is needed). Use at your own risk!
To build a linear particle accelerator (no corners) requires a distance 627 blocks for the particle to travel requiring 3.1MJ (megajoules) of energy. When including the particle accelerator block itself this collider is 628 blocks long. This is the least power consuming as it has no resistance but the materials to produce it, a minimum
1254 4*627=2508 of either Electromagnet or Electromagnet Glass blocks, would easily negate this benefit. One of the most material effective ways to build this is a 58x58 square with an outside wall which requires 459 (thats the amount of blocks required for a 30x30 loop (outer wall 32x32)) Electromagnet or Electromagnet Glass blocks; due to the loss of speed every time the particle hits a corner this method uses 6.1MJ (Megajoules) per Antimatter.
Strange matter EditStrange Matter needs a linear particle accelerator about 1-3 blocks long with an open end. At the end, the particle will simply explode creating no or minimal damage. After running for about a minute, it will have yourself strange matter. There's a chance strange matter can also be found in the rubble of a regular particle accelerator explosion.
YouTube Tutorial Edit
Tutorial on setup and use of anti-matter explosives