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Ignorant Higgs question

  1. Jul 5, 2012 #1


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    Perhaps a Higgnorant question? Anyway. Am I correct in thinking that the mass of a Higgs-field-interacting particle is the energy stored in the Higgs field by that interaction?
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  3. Jul 5, 2012 #2


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    No. Without going into details, it does not even have the same units. Energy stored in a field would have an energy density (energy per volume), while the Higgs mass has an energy, without a volume.
  4. Jul 5, 2012 #3


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    The question of how much energy does the Higgs receives from self interaction is a interesting one, but indeed it is not directly related to the measured mass.
  5. Jul 5, 2012 #4


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    mfb: I bet the volume integral is infinite, right?

    Thanks for your replies. I think I need an easy reader quantum field theory book.
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