The Z boson is a type of fundamental particle that, along with the W boson
, mediates the weak nuclear force. It is a called a boson
because it has a quantum spin with an integer value. The Z boson has the following properties:
- 0 electrical charge; it is electrically neutral
- The anti-particle of a Z boson is another Z boson.
- Mass = 91.1876 GeV/c2
- Particle spin = 1
The Z boson was discovered in 1983, earning the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics for Simon van der Meer and Carlo Rubbia.
Also Known As: Z0 boson