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In particle physics, the X and Y bosons (sometimes collectively called "X bosons"[1]) are hypothetical elementary particles analogous to the W and Z bosons, but corresponding to a new type of force predicted by the Georgi–Glashow model, a grand unified theory.

X and Y bosons
CompositionElementary particle
StatisticsBosonic
StatusHypothetical
Types12
Mass≈ 1015 GeV/c2
Decays intoX: two quarks, or one antiquark and one charged antilepton
Y: two quarks, or one antiquark and one charged antilepton, or one antiquark and one antineutrino
Electric chargeX: +4/3 e
Y: +1/3 e
Color chargetriplet or antitriplet
Spin1
Spin states3
Weak isospin projectionX: +1/2
Y: −1/2
Weak hypercharge5/3
BL2/3

DetailsEdit

The X and Y bosons couple quarks to leptons, allowing violation of the conservation of baryon number, and thus permitting proton decay.

An X boson would have the following decay modes:[2]


X

u
+
u

X

e+
+
d

where the two decay products in each process have opposite chirality,
u
is an up quark,
d
is a down antiquark and
e+
is a positron.

A Y boson would have the following decay modes:[2]


Y

e+
+
u

Y

d
+
u

Y

d
+
ν
e

where the first decay product in each process has left-handed chirality and the second has right-handed chirality and
ν
e
is an electron antineutrino. Similar decay products exist for the other quark-lepton generations.

In these reactions, neither the lepton number (L) nor the baryon number (B) is conserved, but BL is. Different branching ratios between the X boson and its antiparticle (as is the case with the K-meson) would explain baryogenesis. For instance, if an
X
+/
X
pair is created out of energy, and they follow the two branches described above:
X
+
u
+
u
,
X

d
+
e
; re-grouping the result (
u
+
u
+
d
) +
e
=
p
+
e
shows it to be a hydrogen atom.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ta-Pei Cheng; Ling-Fong Li (1983). Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics. Oxford University Press. p. 437. ISBN 0-19-851961-3.
  2. ^ a b Ta-Pei Cheng; Ling-Fong Li (1983). Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics. Oxford University Press. p. 442. ISBN 0-19-851961-3.