gauge theory


Definition of gauge theory

: any of several theories in physics that explain the transmission of a fundamental force between two interacting particles by the exchange of an elementary particle

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Recent Examples on the Web Gerard ’t Hooft and Martinus Veltman [who shared the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics] provided a method for calculating the mathematics in gauge theories, which underlie the Standard Model. Quanta Magazine, "A Wormhole Between Physics and Education," 18 Oct. 2016

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Gauge theory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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