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Electrostrong Force

  1. Apr 24, 2008 #1
    I understand that the scientific community now accepts the unification of electromagnetism and the weak force.

    Wikipedia explains that there has been some progress towards unifying this "electroweak" force with the strong force (into the "electrostrong" force) but that this is still a work in progress (search "Unified Field Theory" in Wikipedia). Is this still a work in progress, or have physicsts now accepted the electrostrong force (in the same sense as they currently "accept" that electricity and magnetism are one force)?
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  3. Apr 25, 2008 #2


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    That would be what's called a GUT, or Grand Unification Theory. Still a work in progress, there's no consensus on the details of how such a theory would work, you can see a somewhat technical discussion of ideas involving various possible new symmetry groups here:
    Unfortunately I think the energies where electroweak and strong are thought to unite are too high to probe experimentally, although GUTs might have some other testable consequences like proton decay.
  4. Apr 25, 2008 #3
    Thanks JesseM!
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