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 mechanism, which was proposed by several physicists besides Higgs at about the same time, predicts the existence of a new particle, the Higgs Boson.
Once the temperature drops below the critical value, T ~ 170 GeV, the electroweak phase transition has occurred and the Higgs boson, gauge bosons, and fermions (except neutrinos) acquire masses through the Higgs mechanism. The order of this phase transition depends on the details of the Higgs potential with the temperature dependent terms [2-5].
The Higgs mechanism is a process for particles to gain masses from the interaction with the Higgs scalar field.
"Despite the experimental success of the Higgs mechanism, unanswered fundamental questions arise from this model.
It is important to emphasize that without the Higgs mechanism described above these conclusions could not arise.
Prof Higgs, who was born in Elswick, Newcastle, came up with the Higgs mechanism concept in 1964 and ever since experts have been searching for the elusive Higgs boson.
Without the Higgs mechanism all particles would travel at the speed of light and atoms would not exist.
"We've closed it down now to upgrade beam energy to 6.5 teraelectronvolts per nucleon that will help us explore the masses of elementary particles generated by the Higgs mechanism via electroweak symmetry breaking."
Retired Professor Peter Higgs, 83, born in Newcastle's Elswick, came up with the Higgs mechanism concept in 1964 and ever since experts have been searching for the elusive Higgs boson.
The 83-year-old professor hit on the concept of the Higgs mechanism in 1964 while walking in the Cairngorms.
Certain formulations of the Higgs mechanism are tied to theories that predict extra dimensions of space; others are linked to supersymmetry, a theory that could account for all of the dark matter pervading our universe, according to CERN.