Intermediate Bosons: Weak Interaction Couriers

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Science  12 Dec 1980:
Vol. 210, Issue 4475, pp. 1205-1211
DOI: 10.1126/science.210.4475.1205


Recent progress toward a complete theory of the weak interactions has led to sharper predictions for the properties of the hypothetical weak-force particles known as intermediate bosons. The history of speculations about intermediate bosons is briefly summarized and the (as yet negative) searches carried out for these particles are reviewed. Prospects for future searches—both direct ad indirect—are surveyed, and the consequences of finding the expected or unexpected are noted.