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Thread #166522 Message #4093660
Posted By: Donuel
18-Feb-21 - 09:00 AM
Thread Name: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
The Higgs boson is the quantum manifestation of the Higgs field, which gives mass to elementary particles it interacts with, via the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism. By measuring the rate at which the Higgs boson decays into different particles, physicists can infer the strength of their interaction with the Higgs field!: the higher the rate of decay into a given particle, the stronger its interaction with the field. So far, the ATLAS and CMS experiments have observed the Higgs boson decays into different types of bosons such as W and Z, and heavier fermions such as tau leptons. The interaction with the heaviest quarks, the top and bottom, was measured in 2018. Muons are much lighter in comparison and their interaction with the Higgs field is weaker. Interactions between the Higgs boson and muons had, therefore, not previously been seen at the LHC at Cern. There is symmetry theory speculation that as many as 8 different types of bosons exist which to my way of thinking may include bosons that give dark matter gravitational mass and is composed of 'technicolor' fundamental particles. Technicolor models do not generically predict Higgs-like bosons as light as 125 GeV/c2; such a particle was discovered by experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012 and 2014. Some of these issues can be addressed with a class of theories known as “walking technicolor”. https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/-/testing-technicolor-physics
If gravity is an emergent force from other interactions and is not a fundamental force it makes the role that bosons play even more mysterious/complex for me. I'm hoping it gets simpler but it shows how we haven't solved the really big questions yet.
It is as though we have found jigsaw puzzle pieces that form most of the border of a picture but not the picture itself.
Maybe the God particle gave Amos comfort. The decay of a Higgs boson is only proof nothing lasts forever, except maybe entropy.
PS: grumpiness is the new happiness