fundamental interaction

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fundamental interaction

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Any of the four most basic ways in which subatomic particles interact, comprising the strong, weak, electromagnetic, and gravitational interactions.

fundamental interaction

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(General Physics) any of the four basic interactions that occur in nature: the gravitational, electromagnetic, strong, and weak interactions
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Noun1.fundamental interaction - (physics) the transfer of energy between elementary particles or between an elementary particle and a field or between fields; mediated by gauge bosons
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
physical phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
electromagnetic interaction - an interaction between charged elementary particles that is intermediate in strength between the strong and weak interactions; mediated by photons
gravitational interaction - a weak interaction between particles that results from their mass; mediated by gravitons
color force, strong force, strong interaction - (physics) the interaction that binds protons and neutrons together in the nuclei of atoms; mediated by gluons
weak force, weak interaction - (physics) an interaction between elementary particles involving neutrinos or antineutrinos that is responsible for certain kinds of radioactive decay; mediated by intermediate vector bosons
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If so, then by scrutinizing the gravitational waves that pervade today's cosmos, scientists might finally show that all four forces of nature arise from a single uber-force, achieving Einstein's dream.
The equations that would unify all four forces of nature were now completely unable to contain the even more wildly fluctuating energies, as manifested by infinite probability values that turned up to render those equations useless.
Efforts to build a Grand Unified Theory that connects the four forces of nature into a single force also seem to require that nature be supersymmetric.