: a particle (such as a photon or meson) whose spin quantum number is zero or an integral number compare fermion
bosonic adjective

Examples of boson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To tide you over, here are Henry's latest videos about our favorite scalar boson. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 12 July 2012 The simplest theoretical models of this type involve new, lighter cousins of the Higgs boson or particles related to new forces of nature that act on muons. Marcela Carena, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 Supersymmetry hypothesizes an as-yet-undiscovered boson partner for every fermion, and a fermion partner for each boson. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 10 May 2023 The Higgs boson is a particle that generates a field other particles have to travel through. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 10 May 2023 The last to be found, the Higgs boson, was discovered almost a decade ago at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Marcela Carena, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 Michele is interested in models in which the Higgs is a pseudo-Goldstone boson and showed that in many such models, naturalness, coupled with a 125 GeV Higgs implies that there should also be new fermions in the model that are quite light, and may be within the reach of the LHC. Mark Trodden, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2012 Those blocks can be divided into two basic clans: fermions and bosons. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2023 This possibility arises from a fundamental difference between bosons and fermions. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


Satyendranath Bose †1974 Indian physicist + -on entry 2

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of boson was in 1947

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“Boson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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