Hi, please could someone kindly answer a few questions regarding the higgs boson. Everywhere I read about this topic I seem constantly faced with information that is not consistent. I have focused on sources (mainly YouTube videos) of well known physicists and other Physics Forum threads in an attempt to get a truer understanding. From what I gather, the Higgs field is what gives the particles their mass not the higgs boson. However, some people seems to suggest that the Higgs field is composed of virtual particles called higgs bosons. This link () is from a physicist at fermi lab who says that the higgs field is made up of higgs bosons where I am guessing he means virtual higgs bosons? But a higgs boson that is detected in the LHC is apparently a real higgs boson. This is where I am becoming confused. So I guess the main questions I have are: Can the higgs field really be interpreted to be made up of virtual higgs particles. So when one talks about interacting with the higgs field can this be thought of as an exchange of virtual higgs bosons? What does a real higgs boson actually do as it seems you only get them in the LHC? If the field is responsible for the mass then what role does the higgs boson itself actually have? Thank you for any help given.