Higgs mechanism

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Higgs mechanism

n.
The hypothetical mechanism in quantum mechanics by which certain particles interact with the Higgs field and thereby have the property of mass.

[After Peter Ware Higgs (born 1929), British physicist.]
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The Higgs boson plays a crucial role in our world - it provides mass to the Z and to the related W particles through a mechanism known as electroweak symmetry breaking.
It provides needed credibility for string theory and an elegant pathway for explaining electroweak symmetry breaking and the high energy interactions among weak, strong, and electromagnetic forces, all important to the 'Theory of Everything' advanced by Stephen Hawking.
In the coming years, direct searches at LHC will shed light on electroweak symmetry breaking and probe new physics models with new particles up to the TeV scale.