eightfold way


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eightfold way

[′āt¦fōld ′wā]
(particle physics)
The classification of hadrons composed of up, down, and strange quarks by SU3 symmetry; in particular, the eight-dimensional representation of the group SU3 over its center, which gives rise to unitary octets.
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He grouped them into families in which certain particle properties increased in value in a regular fashion and called it, whimsically, the Eightfold Way, with reference to certain Buddhist teachings.
Gell-Mann had suggested the Eightfold Way as a means of ordering hadrons into groups (see 1961).