a method for spontaneous symmetry
of a system using a
(funny that), just the
thing required to give every particle
mass in the standard model
the Higgs' Boson
Reecently retired, hoping someone will find his particle
before he dies so that he can recieve a Nobel Prize.
He smiled at me once, well, ok, he was smiling
in the same corridor as me once, I am sure he
didn't even notice me.
I have heard from those that know that he gave
a very confusing course in quantum field theory.
Just a comment on Smurfette
's excellent writeup,
in particle physics the way particles know what
characteristics other particles have is by relaying
intermidating particles between each other. Electron
s tell each other about their charge by passing virtual photon
s amngst themselves, we say they are coupled together by photons. The intermediating particle
for mass is thought to be the Higgs boson
, however unlike with the electrons where
the photon has no charge
, the Higgs particle has a mass
and so it couples to it'self. This leads to a bit of a mess in the calculations and to a rather large predicted mass for the Higgs particle
, hence big accelerator
s are required.
The detection from CERN comes from a detector that is due to be closed down very shortly. They have said, "wait a moment look what we might have here, don't close us down"
The detection seem to be marginal, makes you think eh!
(not that I'm disputing them, just pointing out the importance in the timing of releasing scientific results)