weakon

weakon [wē′kän΄]
n.
Particle Physics any of three massive elementary particles, the positive and negative W particles and the neutral Z particle, that are thought to be responsible for weak interaction: a weakon is a boson

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  • weakon — [wē′kän΄] n. Particle Physics any of three massive elementary particles, the positive and negative W particles and the neutral Z particle, that are thought to be responsible for weak interaction: a weakon is a boson * * * …   Universalium

  • intermediate (vector) boson — n. Particle Physics WEAKON * * * …   Universalium

  • Z particle — n. Particle Physics the electrically neutral weakon with a mass of 91.2 GeV/c2, which is c. 178,000 times the mass of an electron: see W PARTICLE * * * Electrically neutral carrier of the weak force and the neutral partner of the electrically… …   Universalium

  • elementary particle — n. Particle Physics a subatomic particle that cannot be divided, as a lepton, quark, weakon, or classon: in the past any subatomic particle was thought to be an elementary particle: see also HADRON …   English World dictionary

  • intermediate (vector) boson — n. Particle Physics WEAKON …   English World dictionary

  • Z particle — n. Particle Physics the electrically neutral weakon with a mass of 91.2 GeV/c2, which is c. 178,000 times the mass of an electron: see W PARTICLE …   English World dictionary

  • messenger particle — messenger particle, Physics. any subatomic particle that transmits a fundamental force of nature. The graviton, photon, gluon, and weakon are messenger particles. »The four forces are transported across the space between particles by pointlike… …   Useful english dictionary

  • weak|on — «WEE kon», noun. Physics. a carrier of the weak interaction; W particle or Z particle: »For the weak force the mediating particle is the intermediate vector boson, now also known as the weakon (Scientific American). ╂[< weak (interaction or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Z-ze|ro — «ZEE ZIHR oh», noun. Nuclear Physics. a hypothetical elementary particle, about 100 times the mass of the proton, thought to be a weakon, or carrier of the weak interaction: »Discovery of the Z zero (so called because its electric charge is zero) …   Useful english dictionary

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