Does the Higgs boson give everything mass?
The Higgs boson does not technically give other particles mass. More precisely, the particle is a quantized manifestation of a field (the Higgs field) that generates mass through its interaction with other particles.
What is the theory of supersymmetry?
Supersymmetry is an extension of the Standard Model that aims to fill some of the gaps. It predicts a partner particle for each particle in the Standard Model. Theorists have come up with a mechanism to give particles masses that requires the existence of a new particle, the Higgs boson.
Can supersymmetric particles solve the mass of the Higgs boson?
It predicts a partner particle for each particle in the Standard Model. These new particles would solve a major problem with the Standard Model – fixing the mass of the Higgs boson. If the theory is correct, supersymmetric particles should appear in collisions at the LHC.
Does the Higgs boson really exist?
For all the revelry surrounding the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, which completed the “Standard Model” of particle physics and earned Peter Higgs and François Englert the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, it came as little surprise; the particle’s existence and measured mass of 125 giga-electron volts (GeV) agreed with years of indirect evidence.
What is the mass of the Higgs field?
At the classical level, the minimal supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model predicts that the Higgs mass (125 GeV) should be less than the Z mass (91 GeV), which is obviously not true, and has been known to be false since the late 1990s. Fortunately, there are quantum mechanical corrections to the Higgs mass that raise it.
Will supersymmetric particles appear at the Large Hadron Collider?
If the theory is correct, supersymmetric particles should appear in collisions at the LHC. At first sight, the Standard Model seems to predict that all particles should be massless, an idea at odds with what we observe around us.