Electromagnetic and Weak Theory
Name: Nick L.
What was the main link between electromagnetism and weak
theories to create the electroweak theory? Does it have to do with beta
Originally, weak interactions were thought to be separate from
electromagnetic forces. Eventually, three fairly massive particles were
discovered: W+, W-, Z. The weak force is an electromagnetic interaction
producing one of these particles. The particle travels then is absorbed
through electromagnetic interactions with another particle. Although the
Z-particle has no electric charge, it does have a spin. It can interact
with magnetic force. Standard electromagnetic force is transmitted by
photons of light. Weak force is transmitted by these "weak" particles.
Still the actual interactions are the based on the same force.
Dr. Ken Mellendorf
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