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How are Higgs bosons detected?
Experimental search Because the Higgs boson decays very quickly, particle detectors cannot detect it directly. Instead the detectors register all the decay products (the decay signature) and from the data the decay process is reconstructed.
What is so special about the Higgs boson?
Higgs Boson Facts Fundamental particles in our universe acquire mass through their interactions with the Higgs field. The Higgs boson can be a unique portal to finding signs of dark matter due to its own distinctive characteristics and properties.
Is the Higgs boson invisible?
When a Higgs boson is created in the high-energy proton collisions inside the Large Hadron Collider, it is so unstable that it immediately decays into other, less massive particles. But some precious Higgs bosons could be slipping through undetected because they are escaping as invisible particles of dark matter.
Why is the Higgs needed?
Looking at the history of the Standard Model the reason that Higgs’ theory is regarded as so important is that it is the last piece of the jigsaw that enabled physicists explain the mass of particles.
What is the Higgs boson in simple terms?
The Higgs boson is the fundamental particle associated with the Higgs field, a field that gives mass to other fundamental particles such as electrons and quarks. A particle’s mass determines how much it resists changing its speed or position when it encounters a force.
What is the Higgs boson and how does it work?
The Higgs boson, discovered at the CERN particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, in 2012, is the particle that gives all other fundamental particles mass, according to the standard model of particle physics.
Why can’t we see the Higgs field?
By the very way they’d defined it, the Higgs field would be virtually impossible to observe. The Higgs field was thought to be responsible for the fact that some particles that should not have mass, do. It is, in a sense, the universal medium which separates massless particles into different masses.
Does mass exist without the Higgs boson?
We tend to think of mass as an intrinsic property of all things, yet physicists believe that without the Higgs boson, mass fundamentally doesn’t exist. Some have claimed that Homer Simpson predicted the Higgs boson via Matt Groening’s propensity to hide very credible physics in The Simpsons.
How many muons does a Higgs boson decay into?
Candidate Higgs boson events from collisions between protons in the LHC. The top event in the CMS experiment shows a decay into two photons (dashed yellow lines and green towers). The lower event in the ATLAS experiment shows a decay into four muons (red tracks) (Image: CMS/ATLAS/CERN)