Day 26: Learning About the Search for the Higgs

Today I was at a workshop as part of the College in the Schools class I teach, and part was a talk on the history of the search for the Higgs.

The first three pictures below depict the basic idea of how the Higgs gives things mass. In the model,  space is filled with the Higgs field (remember aether?).

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Now the analogy explains how we might see evidence of the Higgs field even without something for it to glom onto. This requires an energy input.

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Always great to learn!

 

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