Exchange Bosons of the Weak Interaction and the Higgs Boson
The idea that the weak interaction is mediated by very heavy exchange bosons was confirmed when the W and the Z bosons were detected experimentally and their properties could be measured. The Z0 boson’s properties imply a mixing of the electromagnetic and weak interactions as described by the electroweak unification theory due to Glashow, Salam and Weinberg. Necessary for a consistent description of electromagnetic and weak interactions is a concept called symmetry breaking, related to a new scalar particle. The discovery of this Higgs particle was a spectacular confirmation of the ideas and concepts behind the Standard Model.
KeywordsHiggs Boson Large Hadron Collider Charged Lepton Compact Muon Solenoid Gluon Fusion
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