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Single Idea 21154

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 4. Standard Model / b. Standard model]

Full Idea

The quantum field theory of the weak force needs three carrier particles. The W+ and W- are electrically charged, and enable the weak force to change the charge of a particle. The Z is uncharged, and mediates weak interactions with no charge change.

Gist of Idea

Three particles enable the weak force: W+ and W- are charged, and Z is not

Source

New Scientist writers (Why the Universe Exists [2017], 02)

Book Reference

New Scientist writers: 'Why the Universe Exists' [John Murray 2017], p.28