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boson

[ boh-son ]
/ ˈboʊ sɒn /
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noun Physics.

any particle that obeys Bose-Einstein statistics: bosons have integral spins: 0, 1, 2, …

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Origin of boson

1945–50; named after S. N. Bose (1894–1974), Indian physicist; see -on1
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British Dictionary definitions for boson

boson
/ (ˈbəʊzɒn) /

noun

any of a group of elementary particles, such as a photon or pion, that has zero or integral spin and obeys the rules of Bose-Einstein statisticsCompare fermion

Word Origin for boson

C20: named after Satyendra Nath Bose; see -on
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Scientific definitions for boson

boson
[ bōsŏn ]

Any of a class of elementary or composite particles, including the photon, pion, and gluon, that are not subject to the Pauli exclusion principle (that is, any two bosons can potentially be in the same quantum state). The value of the spin of a boson is always an integer. Mesons are bosons, as are the gauge bosons (the particles that mediate the fundamental forces). They are named after the physicist Satyendra Nath Bose. Compare fermion. See Note at elementary particle. See Table at subatomic particle.
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