Hey everyone, I'm new here. I'm currently a Grade 12 Student interested in Astrophysics, who has just recently applied to University (in Canada: UBC, UVic, UofT, UWO, Queen's, and York; all for Astrophysics and/or Astronomy, if anyone wants to give me advice on which one to choose, please do ) Since the Ontario public/catholic curriculum barely delves into any detail on any theoretical physics, I've had to look into subjects that interest me currently by myself, with hardly anyone to give me proper answers. After watching some MIT lectures off of iTunes U and reading other astrophysics literature, I've come to ask what some of you may think of as a simple question: Is there a correlation between the Higgs Boson and Hawking Radiation. I've only read into both in simplest terms, but I was just thinking to myself if the two could be connected. My assumptions: Hawking Radiation needs an antiparticle-particle pair that we have not discovered to be torn apart into its antiparticle and particle parts, releasing the particle with energy and momentum from the black hole, slowly decreasing the black holes' life. Could this antiparticle-particle pair be a gauge particle? I know that the photon, a gauge particle, can be split into a positron and electron, as well as the annihilation of two produce a photon. Could the sought after Higgs boson share a similar characteristic? What I mean is that the Higgs boson, an ever existing virtual particle that exists all over our universe, dictating mass (as I've been explained to in simplest terms) could actually be an antiparticle-particle pair, like the photon. As this Higgs boson approaches the BH it is torn, producing Hawking Radiation. I'm sure you can all easily tell me I am completely wrong, as I assume I am, but I'm just simply inquiring.