What is Bosons: Definition and 223 Discussions

In quantum mechanics, a boson (, ) is a particle that follows Bose–Einstein statistics. Bosons make up one of two classes of elementary particles, the other being fermions. The name boson was coined by Paul Dirac to commemorate the contribution of Satyendra Nath Bose, an Indian physicist and professor of physics at University of Calcutta and at University of Dhaka in developing, with Albert Einstein, Bose–Einstein statistics, which theorizes the characteristics of elementary particles.Examples of bosons are fundamental particles such as photons, gluons, and W and Z bosons (the four force-carrying gauge bosons of the Standard Model), the recently discovered Higgs boson, and the hypothetical graviton of quantum gravity. Some composite particles are also bosons, such as mesons and stable nuclei of even mass number such as deuterium (with one proton and one neutron, atomic mass number = 2), helium-4, and lead-208; as well as some quasiparticles (e.g. Cooper pairs, plasmons, and phonons).An important characteristic of bosons is that there is no restriction on the number of them that occupy the same quantum state. This property is exemplified by helium-4 when it is cooled to become a superfluid. Unlike bosons, two identical fermions cannot occupy the same quantum state. Whereas the elementary particles that make up matter (i.e. leptons and quarks) are fermions, the elementary bosons are force carriers that function as the 'glue' holding matter together. This property holds for all particles with integer spin (s = 0, 1, 2, etc.) as a consequence of the spin–statistics theorem.
When a gas of Bose particles is cooled down to temperatures very close to absolute zero, then the kinetic energy of the particles decreases to a negligible amount, and they condense into the lowest energy level state. This state is called a Bose–Einstein condensate. This property is also the explanation for superfluidity.

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  1. Rayan

    Second moment of occupation number for bosons

    I tried to show this equality by explicitly determining what $$ \overline{(\Delta \eta)^2} $$ is, but I got a totally different answer for some reason, here is my attempt to solve it, what did I miss?
  2. patric44

    Derivation of an expression involving boson operators

    Hi all I found this expression in a paper that concerns the derivation of some relations about boson operators but it is not very clear to me how the results were obtained. The derivation starts as, let B be an operator as a linear combination of different boson operators: $$...
  3. J

    I Two hydrogen atoms and Pauli's exclusion principle

    Hello, I recently came across the following (apparent, I hope) paradox: suppose we have two H atoms. Now, a hydrogen atom is made up of one proton and one electron (fermions), so it is a boson. Then one could have two hydrogen atoms which are in the exact same state (including position). This...
  4. J

    A The Probability Distribution of a Bosonic Field when Emitted

    If a bosonic field is probabalistic, and if it can be emitted (suddenly coming into existence), what determines its probability distribution when it is emitted from a fermion? In other words, one thinks (or at least I think) of a fermion field as already being in existence and already having...
  5. A

    B Time Dilation & Bosons: Decay Rate Changes?

    Hi, It is easy to find discussions about time dilation and muon Half-Life. Is it meaningful to discuss whether bosons capable of pair production can have their decay rate changed if they pass through material?
  6. V

    B How does exchange of elementary particles result in a force?

    Homework Statement:: I came across the following in an online article. I am unable to understand how these elementary particles cause a force to exist. "Each of the four forces results from the exchange of force-carrier particles.". Above statement is taken from...
  7. Samama Fahim

    Finding Probability of Two-Identical-Particle System in a Given State

    Problem: A system contains two identical spinless particles. The one particle states are spanned by an orthonormal system ##|\phi_k>##. Suppose that particle states are ##|\phi_i>## and ##|\phi_j>## (##i \neq j##). (a) Find the probability of finding the particle in the state ##|\xi>## and...
  8. C

    I Zero spin of Higgs boson? Is it really zero?

    Zero spin of Higgs boson? Is it really zero? Where is the spin (intrinsic angular momentum) of the Higgs boson on so small that we quantify it as having zero spin?I am aware of the reduced plank constant. But I we sure there is nothing in between the reduce Planck’s constant and the zero spin of...
  9. Frigorifico9

    A For the W3 and B bosons, what is their hypercharge and isospin?

    In wikipedia you can find this neat tables with the hypercharge and isospin of a ton of particles and bosons. What I want to know is: what are the values of Isospin and Hypercharge for the W3 and B bosons? Now, I know electroweak unification, don't worry about that. I know W3 and B got mixed...
  10. R

    Weakly interacting Bosons in a 3D harmonic oscillator

    1. Since N is large, ignore the kinetic energy term. ##[-\mu + V(r) + U|\Psi (r)|^2]\Psi (r) = 0## 2. Solve for the density ##|\Psi (r)|^2## ##|\Psi (r)|^2 = \frac{\mu - V(r)}{U}## 3. Integrate density times volume to get number of bosons ##\int|\Psi (r)|^2 d\tau = \int \frac{\mu -...
  11. J

    A What is the meaning of "excess" Goldstone bosons?

    Although strictly speaking this is motivated by a classical field theory problem, I felt that the quantum physics subforum would be more appropriate because it pertains to topics which to my understanding are almost entirely dealt with in the context of QFT. The most commonly stated form of...
  12. J

    B Does the Higgs Boson really have 0 spin?

    Does the Higgs Boson really have 0 spin or is the spin between 0 and 1/2 x (1.054 571 817... x 10-34 J s)?
  13. I

    I Decay time of different types of bosons, hadrons and fermions

    I'm interested in knowing where can i find the information on decay time of (possibly every?) different type of bosons, hadrons and fermions, which is available to the public (tiletles of books, articles, ...). Any suggestions or ideas?
  14. M

    Fermions, Bosons, and nonidentical particles in a 1-d oscillator

    I'm having a hard time understanding how to treat fermions, bosons, and distinguishable particles differently for this problem. To the best of my understanding, I know that my overall state for bosons must be symmetric, and because they're spin-0, this means there's only one coupled spin state...
  15. Philip Koeck

    A Do bosons contradict basic probability laws?

    This questions was brought to my attention by Kazu Okayasu. According to probability theory the probabilities of mutually exclusive events add upp. As an example we can distribute 2 balls in two boxes with two compartments each. So there's a box on the left with a lower and an upper compartment...
  16. K

    I Quantum Field Operators for Bosons

    Consider the field creation operator ψ†(x) = ∫d3p ap†exp(-ip.x) My understanding is that this operator does not add particles from a particular momentum state. Rather it coherently (in-phase) adds a particle created from |0> expanded as a superposition of momentum eigenstates states...
  17. Vicga

    A W+/W- bosons ratio in proton-proton collision

    Hi guys, I'm studying my first-year physics in college, and I'm having to write a report of some proton-proton collisions that were registered in the LHC of CERN years ago. The main goal is to identify different bosons (W and Z) that are decaying into other elemental particles. I've been asked...
  18. A

    Partition function of 2 bosons in two energy level 0 and E

    For 2 bosons each of which can occupy any of the energy levels 0 and E the microstates will be 3 0 E a a aa - - aa the partition function is therefore $$z=1+e^{-\beta E}+e^{-2\beta E}...(1)$$ Another approach to do.. The single particle partition function is $$z=1+e^{-\beta E} $$...
  19. Bob3141592

    I Velocity of Bosons: Massless Particles & Electromagnetic Force

    I get it that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum, and that only massless particles can move that fast. Must move that fast. A photon, the massless boson that carries the electromagnetic force, moves as c, which is given by the inverse root of the electric permability...
  20. Philip Koeck

    A The probability of finding R out of N bosons in one half of a volume

    For the probability of finding R out of N (indistinguishable) bosons in one half of a volume with a total of 2g states (g in each half) I get the following expression: PR = WR / WT where WT is the number of ways of distributing N particles in the total volume: WT = (N+2g-1)! / (N! (2g-1)!)...
  21. D

    Quantum Quantum Fluctuations & Virtual Bosons: A Guide for Amateur Physicists

    I am searching for anything on quantum fluctuations and virtual bosons for someone who is a serious but amateur physicist ie. I have completed undergrad physics/math and some graduate level math at university. I am having a hard time finding anything that isn't beyond pop science. Not really...
  22. Ranku

    I Heavier bosons and their function and detection

    Heavier bosons like ##W## or ##H## require high energy accelerator to be detected. Yet these bosons fulfill their function in the ambient energy of the universe. Why is it that their detection takes high energy environment but their function is possible in lower ambient energy?
  23. A

    I Forbidden decay ##\rho^0\rightarrow \pi^0\pi^0##

    Hello everybody! I have a question regarding the forbidden decay ##\rho^0 \rightarrow \pi^0\pi^0##, but it is a general doubt. My book states that one of the reasons why the decay is forbidden is Bose-Einstein statistics, the final state of two equal pions must be in an antisymmetric state...
  24. Michael Price

    A Massive gauge bosons in QFT in/out states

    Because massive gauge bosons have a finite half life, are they excluded from the (infinitely, asymptotically remote?) in and out states of QFT? Or, to put it another way, are they restricted to the internal legs of Feynman diagrams, i.e. to being virtual only? We can see W and Z tracks in...
  25. A

    Quantum numbers of a system of particles

    Hello everybody! I have a problem with this exercise when I have to find the possible angular momentum. Since ##\rho^0 \rho^0## are two identical bosons, their wave function must be symmetric under exchange. $$(exchange)\psi_{\rho\rho} = (exchange) \psi_{space} \psi_{isospin} \psi_{spin} =...
  26. A

    A Manipulations with Hubbard operators

    Hi, I'm starting to study how to use Hubbard operators and I cannot understand one property: Consider the hopping terms for a lattice Hamiltonian with bosons: $$\sum_{i,j\neq i} t_{i,j} b^\dagger_i b_j$$ when writing this term in the basis of Hubbard operators $$X^{a,b}_i =| a,i \rangle \langle...
  27. F

    B Are bosons always their own antiparticle

    I'm wondering about the fundamental difference between fermions and bosons. Isn't it true that bosons are always their own antiparticle but fermions are not? But then I wonder about the Weak bosons, W+, W-, Z0. All these are bosons, right? But isn't the W+ the antiparticle of the W-. Or is it...
  28. RicardoMP

    Bosonic annihilation and creation operators commutators

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  29. RicardoMP

    Bosonic operator eigenvalues in second quantization

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  30. Nevada City Bob

    I Bosons: Explaining Particles That Defy Imagination

    I've never been able to get my head around the idea that forces are particles. In the case of fermions, a particle seems to be a natural concept. Even though it's really a wave, or an excitation in a quantum field, I can envision it as being something in a particular place. For bosons that...
  31. Philip Koeck

    A What happens when bosons become distinguishable?

    Assuming a system of bosons at high density and low temperature so that they obey Bose-Einstein statistics. If one had a high resolution, ultrafast tomographic imaging system that would allow to track every particle in this system and therefore make the particles distinguishable, what would...
  32. Philip Koeck

    A A paradox for bosons with non-degenerate states?

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  33. Philip Koeck

    A Is there an Expression for Entropy of Fermions or Bosons?

    Is there an expression similar to the Sackur-Tetrode equation that describes the statistical entropy of fermions or bosons, maybe for the electron gas in a metal or the photon gas in a cavity?
  34. H

    A Commutation relations for bosons and fermions

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  35. R

    A Mass of Higgs, W and Z bosons going to zero at high energies

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  36. D

    I In quantum statistics, inhibition/enhancement factors

    These ideas come from the book Quantum Physics by Eisberg and Resnick (specifically ch11), can anyone explain what the inhibition factor and enhancement factors are in a little more detail? I do not understand what the book is trying to explain, and I can't seem to find these anywhere online...
  37. V

    Rewriting neutral gauge bosons (EW) for vacuum with Y=-1

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  38. itoero

    B Can you detect stationary bosons?

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  39. bbbl67

    I Particles of matter as Bosons?

    Now from my basic understanding of particle physics, matter is supposed to be fermions, while particles involved in force interactions are bosons (photons, gluons, W/Z, and Higgs). Now, apparently there are also some composite particles of matter that are considered to be bosons too. For...
  40. L

    I Fermions Bosons vertices in SM - but no SUSY

    In the Standard Model fermions interact via exchanges of massless (virtual) spin-1 particles. Fermions are turned into a boson. How is that different from the SUSY transformation that turns fermions into bosons?
  41. D

    Momentum of W Bosons After Collision in Particle Physics Lab

    Homework Statement In a particle physics lab, an electron e− and a positron e+ collide, annihilate, and produce a W+ boson and a W− boson. Just before the collision, the electron and positron have a total energy of E = 100 GeV each, with velocities pointing along the +x-axis and -x-axis...
  42. A

    I Annihilation and production of bosons

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  43. S

    A Polarization of gauge bosons and gauge choice

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  44. Debaa

    B Tachyons: Bosons, Force Particles, Messenger Particles?

    Are tachyons force Particles/messenger particles ? Is so do they act messenger between two entangled particles and allow faster than light information exchange? Thank for the answer.
  45. I

    A What Are the Spin States of W Bosons and How Do They Affect Annihilation?

    How can a couple of W bosons annihilate each other, if both are left-handed particles? (there are no right handed Ws)
  46. Jezza

    I Why does topology matter in determining fermions and bosons?

    A straightforward argument for showing that indistinguishable particles in 3D can either be bosons or fermions goes as follows. Consider the wavefunction of identical particles 1 and 2 at positions \psi (\vec{r}_1, \vec{r}_2). If we swap these particles around then this just becomes \psi...
  47. S

    A HIggs coupling to electroweak gauge bosons

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  48. A

    I Goldstone bosons in description of superfluidity

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  49. J

    I Boltzmann bosons factor two

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