electroweak

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From electro- +‎ weak. Coined by Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam and used informally as early as 1978, and by him in print and his Nobel Prize lecture in 1979.

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electroweak (not comparable)

  1. (physics) Describing the combination of the electromagnetic and weak nuclear forces.
    • 1979, Abdus Salam, “The Electroweak Force, Grand Unification and Superunification”, in Physica Scripta, volume 20, page 216:
      In the next section we ignore these intermediate energy scales and the intermediate unification steps and concentrate on the main problem of the Grand Unification schemes of electroweak and strong unification: What is the probable Grand Unification mass, M, beyond which the three forces, electromagnetism, weak and strong, may manifest themselves with the same effective strength?

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