American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hypothetical boson having no charge or spin and small mass, proposed to explain the existence of certain symmetries of the strong nuclear force.
- Named by Frank Wilczek after Axion, a brand of laundry detergent, for its -on suffix and the notion that the new particle could "clean up" a problem in physics. (Wiktionary)
- axi(al) + -on1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This might be obstructed by something called the axion, which is a light particle-field which gives strong interactions CP physics similar to weak interactions.”
“The axion relevant to the strong CP problem has certain definite properties, but other similar spin-0 particles may exist that couple to photons in similar ways, and these are generically referred to as axion-like.”
“The axion is a “pseudoscalar” (changes sign under parity), and couples to electromagnetism in a particular way, so that photons can convert into axions in a strong magnetic field.”
“With its very small mass and lack of electric charge, the axion is a candidate for the mysterious dark matter particle.”
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“By the end of the year, physicists at the DESY laboratory in Germany may have caught a glimpse of an exotic dark-matter particle known as an axion.”
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“If you doubt the truth of that, try explaining what it means to say that a neuron or axion "sees," "thinks" or has a "personality.”
“There is also the axion particle issue, putative small mass particles which “protect” QCD from CP violations.”
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