B meson

noun

Definition of B meson

: any of a class of short-lived mesons that are thought to be a combination of one bottom antiquark and either an up, down, or strange quark
Note: B mesons are primarily useful for theoretical purposes, such as verifying proposed models that explain the natural laws of the universe.
  • Since then, independent teams … have been colliding tens of millions of electrons and their antimatter counterparts, positrons, looking for firm evidence of B meson CP violation.
  • —Peter WeissScience News3 Mar. 2001
  • Answering that question has become The Next Big Thing in high-energy physics, and the quest is focusing on a short-lived, formerly obscure particle called the B meson that is produced in particle collisions.
  • —Curt SupleeWashington Post13 Oct. 1997

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1977


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