Clarification on Weak Nuclear Force

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FeDeX_LaTeX
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Hello;

I don't know a lot about the weak nuclear force, so I wanted to ask if some of these statements are correct;

-The weak nuclear force is what is responsible for radioactive decay
-When alpha and beta radiation occurs, the W+, W- and Z0 bosons are what carry the radiation force
-The W+, W- and Z0 bosons have a positive, negative, and neutral charge respectively
-The weak nuclear force is responsible for alpha, beta AND gamma radiation

Thanks.
 

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Weak force is responsible for beta decay. Alpha is a strong force effect. Gamma rays are byproducts of other decays. (This is a simplified picture).

The boson description is correct, but it applies only to the beta decay.
 
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What roles do each of the W+, W- and Z0 particles play in weak force during beta decay?
 
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Z0 play no role in beta decay
 

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