Time Portal: A Glimpse of the Future
It would not greatly surprise me if the Higgs boson is never found. It may (a) not exist; or, (b) exist, but be something like a concerted specific interaction of three photons in different dimensions. In the latter case would it ever be recognizable as something other than “photons” ? The Higgs mechanism may be needed to explain the origin of mass, but does the Higgs mechanism require a Higgs particle? Probably not. Suppose, for instance, that the Higgs mechanism involves, rather than a particle, an operator, which alone, through its functioning, results in the scalar Higgs field. This view will be addressed in more detail in future posts.
In particle physics, the Higgs mechanism is the process that gives mass to elementary particles. The particles gain mass by interacting with the Higgs field that permeates all space. More precisely, the Higgs mechanism endows gauge bosons in a gauge theory with mass through absorption of Nambu–Goldstone bosons arising in spontaneous symmetry breaking.
In the standard model, the phrase “Higgs mechanism” refers specifically to the generation of masses for the W±, and Z weak gauge bosons through electroweak symmetry breaking. Although the evidence for the electroweak Higgs mechanism is overwhelming, experiments have yet to discover the single Higgs boson predicted by the standard model. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is currently searching for Higgs bosons, and attempting to understand the electroweak Higgs mechanism.
The Higgs mechanism was incorporated into modern particle physics by Steven Weinberg and Abdus Salam, and is an essential part of the standard model.
Many thanks to Sven Sauer for his wonderful fantasy landscape above. More on the artist and his work can be found here»