A good description of the ether, the 19th century version of the Higgs field
Its discovery would confirm that subatomic particles acquire their mass by interacting with a pervasive Higgs field
Electrons, protons, neutrons and the like bulked up because the Higgs field
slowed them down, while photons somehow remained immune to the molasses and stayed weightless.
If the Higgs field
didn't exist, all particles would be like photons.
The Higgs Boson is a hypothetical particle that is the quantum of the Higgs field
, which is claimed to be the missing link in the Standard Model of the Universe.
Known as the Higgs field
, its existence also required a new particle--the Higgs boson.
The Higgs boson is theorized to be the "force carrier" of the Higgs field
- a field thought to permeate the entire Universe, endowing matter with mass.
Before the Higgs field
appeared in the vacuum, those two forces were one and indivisible.
In their paper, Krauss and Dent explore how a possible small coupling between the Higgs particle, and possible new particles likely to be associated with what is conventionally called the Grand Unified Scale - a scale perhaps 16 orders of magnitude smaller than the size of a proton at which the three known non-gravitational forces in nature might converge into a single theory - could result in the existence of another background field in nature in addition to the Higgs field
, which would contribute an energy density to empty space of precisely the correct scale to correspond to the observed energy density.
The Higgs boson is thought to generate an invisible field known as, appropriately enough, the Higgs field
It and the closely related Higgs field
are the reason the universe didn't remain a sea of massless particles after the Big Bang.
The Higgs boson is the force-carrying particle that helps transmit the effects of the Higgs field