# Is there a radiation equivalent in the strong and weak forces?

I know that light is electromagnetic radiation (sourced by accelerating charge) and gravitational waves are gravitational radiation (sourced by accelerating mass).

Is there equivalent radiation for the strong and weak nuclear forces? If so, what is the source? If not, what properties of these forces (short range? symmetry?) prohibits radiation?

• What is your definition of "radiation"? – probably_someone Jul 1 '19 at 13:13
• Are you asking whether there's a classical field that embodies these interactions? If so, then this is a duplicate of physics.stackexchange.com/questions/39229/… – user4552 Jul 1 '19 at 13:33

The $$W$$ and $$Z$$ gauge fields that mediate the weak interaction are massive, more than 80 times the mass of a proton. Combined with the fact that they interact with (at least the left-handed components of) all of the matter fields in the Standard Model, this makes them very unstable, with a very short lifetime, so we don't see any macroscopic-range "radiation" composed of the $$W$$ and $$Z$$ fields.