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To: Larry - Moe and Curly; Squantos
Ahhhh, but what is the Higgs Bosun made of?

It only exists as a real particle under certain conditions, but one of the fun things in physics is that particles don't have to exist in order to do stuff. For example, tritium is a radioactive isotope that decays when one of its neutrons emits a W- particle and turns into a proton. That W- particle in turn splits into an electron and an electron antineutrino.

The mass of a W- particle is about 80 GeV/c2 but the mass of a whole tritium atom is less than 3 GeV/c2, so conservation of mass says that you can't have a real W- there. Instead it exists as what's called a "virtual particle", appearing and disappearing quickly enough that it can evade the conservation law. To actually "see" a W- you need to whack some stuff together hard enough to provide at least 80 GeV of energy. It would be a similar scenario with the Higgs, but the energy required to flip it from virtual to real is even higher.

The Higgs mass is equal to 1/2 the sum of the masses of the W+, W-, and Z0 bosons, which is around 126 GeV/c2. So don't worry about it. But iof asked, you could say it's made of snips, snails, and puppydog tails.

28 posted on 07/13/2012 9:56:26 AM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: archy; Tijeras_Slim

Higgs boson has an inny versus an outty thus it is “sugar an spice” .....

Everything else is good .....:o)


29 posted on 07/13/2012 10:16:47 AM PDT by Squantos
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To: archy
Instead it exists as what's called a "virtual particle", appearing and disappearing quickly enough that it can evade the conservation law.

If this were banking, it would be like a situation in that your credit limit depends on how long you want the money. So you could borrow 100 000 USD for 2 years, or the whole national debt for 2 microseconds. (Not actually long enough to spend any of the proceeds, that is.)

Real banking is not like that, but real physics is.

30 posted on 07/13/2012 12:13:47 PM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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