The Weak Field by Rodney Brooks

Color it brown. We now may need a color scheme to really help us visualize the weak field. I have run out of cool colors (green, blue, purple) for force fields, hence I will opt for brown. Brown is really pretty colorless and therefore proper for a field that is generally so weak. Given that the weak field interacts with all matter, one ought to envision a faint brown halo around every nucleon, electron, neutrino, and so forth. The halo is actually even smaller and tighter than the “purple” halo around nucleons as the weak field features an even shorter range, the mass being larger by a factor of 500. (As a result there will be no illustrations concerning this “brown” field.).

The suggestion that a field could lead to a particle to decay, i.e., alter itself into other particles, was an unique one. The activity is composed of two cycles. The first phase is similar to the way an electron emits a photon when falling to a lesser energy state within an atom (i.e., shifting nearer to the nucleus), together with the lost energy entering into the photon. Likewise, the field equations when it comes to the weak force demonstrate how a neutron can convert to a lower energy state (i.e., become a proton) whilst discharging a “brown” quantum of the weak field. However the mass of the weak field quantum is so large that there is not enough energy in order to produce a fully independent quantum. Rather what is truly produced is truly a type of incipient quantum that does not contain enough energy to travel out and live an individual existence of its own. You could dub it a fledgling quantum– intermediate between connected and detached fields. (Particle people term it a virtual particle.).

Even so there is actually enough energy in the incipient quantum to produce an electron as well as a neutrino. This is actually possible due to the fact that the weak field equation consists of interaction terms with both nucleon and also lepton fields. Since the weak field possesses charge, the incipient quantum can easily transport the negative charge the minute the neutron transforms into a proton. Thereby beta decay occurs as soon as a neutron shifts into a proton and in the process releases an incipient “brown” weak field quantum that changes into an electron and a neutrino.

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