# Is there any sense in which mesons could act as force carriers, in the way that gauge bosons do?

Gauge bosons are force carriers. Mesons are composite bosons and have similar characteristics to gauge bosons. Is there any sense in which mesons could act as force carriers?

• Mesons act as intermediary force carriers for the strong interaction between nucleons, yes. – Slereah Sep 15 '15 at 20:47