Will the summoned Higgs boson fill the accelerator with smoke and demand to be worshiped???
I’m having a little trouble understanding what’s being claimed about the Higgs. Is the Higgs boson supposed to be omnipresent and lend its qualities to all lesser particles?
Alas: the Higgs Boson may be a vital component of the physical universe but it turns out that it can’t forgive sin.
The way I understand it, Yes, Higgs does give properties to the other particles that they don’t have in them themselves.
Check the Wikipedia article or find the book called “Massive” by Ian Sample.
The Higgs boson is the only fundamental subatomic particle predicted by the Standard Model that has yet to be observed.
Higs Bosson if it is proven is what gives ALL matter its MASS.. pretty damned big deal.
Simplest explination that I have seen and understood is that there is an everpresent higgs bosson field, that everything travels through, and partilces Stick to this field in varing degrees.. this “STICK” is effectively MASS.. the more it sticks to the HIGGS BOSSON field the more mass it has.
For example, a PHOTON has no mass, so it flows through the ever present higgs bosson field with no “resistance”. A Proton however, does have mass, so as it moves through this ever present field it is resisted by the higgs bosson field, and that resistence, gives its mass.
I am not a particle or theoretical physicist, nor do I play one on TV, but that’s what this is all about. WHAT AND HOW MASS exists.
The Higgs boson is claimed to be the particle that gives all other particles their 'mass'.
The 'god particle' reference came from the title of the book, which was used only because the publishing house wouldn't allow the author to use the title, 'The goddamn particle'. (meaning it is so elusive, so expensive, and so frustrating).
Other choices for the title of the book were... The EX-WIFE particle, and the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION particle.
Hope that helps.
Particles, like so many things are sometimes named after their discoverer. In this case a guy named Peter Higgs. I guess calling it the 'god particle' makes for an accidental reference to the particle's creator, as opposed to its discoverer.