News FocusHigh-Energy Physics

Shadowy 'Weak Force' Steps Into the Light

Science  12 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5579, pp. 184-187
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5579.184

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The weak force, the most mysterious of the fundamental forces of nature, is poised to come into much sharper focus. For more than 3 decades physicists have studied how the force interacts with quarks, the fundamental particles that make up most of the ordinary matter in the universe. Now, they are gearing up to continue the exploration with a radically different class of particles--neutrinos--in hopes of understanding the full nature of the weak force.