Exchange Bosons of the Weak Interaction

  • Bogdan Povh
  • Klaus Rith
  • Christoph Scholz
  • Frank Zetsche

Abstract

The idea that the weak interaction is mediated by very heavy exchange bosons was generally accepted long before they were discovered. The structure of the Fermi theory of β-decay implies that the interaction is point-like, which in turn implies that the exchange bosons have to be very heavy particles. Quantitatively, however, this was confirmed only when the W and the Z bosons were detected experimentally [Ar83, Ba83a] and their properties could be measured. The Z0 boson’s properties imply a mixing of the electromagnetic and weak interactions. The electroweak unification theory due to Glashow, Salam and Weinberg from the early seventies was thus confirmed. Today it is the basis of the standard model of elementary particle physics.

Keywords

Calorimeter cosB Aether 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bogdan Povh
    • 1
  • Klaus Rith
    • 2
  • Christoph Scholz
    • 3
  • Frank Zetsche
    • 4
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für KernphysikHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany
  3. 3.SAP AGWalldorfGermany
  4. 4.Universität Hamburg und Deutsches Elektronen-SynchrotronHamburgGermany

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