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Is Higgs boson exactly energy ?

  1. Feb 19, 2013 #1
    Is Higgs boson a form of energy ?

    Hello all .
    We know Higgs boson or Higgs particle is a theoretical elementary particle and in the Standard Model, the Higgs particle is a boson with no spin, electric charge, or color charge and it just has mass .
    So what's the problem when we say they are exactly energy or a form of energy ?

    And we know Higgs boson can decay to two photons and photons have momentum so is that mean Higss boson has momentum ? ( refer to Conservation of momentum )
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    A fundamental particle in specially relativistic QFT is the reunion of its attributes, one of which being the 4-momentum covector with the normal components: rest mass + spatial linear momentum. The Higgs makes no exception, once its possible interactions with the rest of the fundamental particles (graphically illustrated by Feynman diagrams) are calculated.
  4. Feb 19, 2013 #3
    Re: Is Higgs boson a form of energy ?

    This is a bit like saying, "A zeppelin is a type of vehicle with no wheels, no trunk, and no mirrors, so can we say that a zeppelin is exactly gas mileage?"

    That is, it doesn't make much sense. Energy is a property of individual particles, just as gas mileage is a property of individual vehicles. It makes about as much sense to say that a particle "is energy" as it makes to say that a vehicle "is gas mileage."

    Any particle has a momentum. The momentum of a specific particle is related to its energy and its rest mass by the special relativistic formula ##p = \frac{1}{c}\sqrt{E^2 - (mc^2)^2}##.
  5. Apr 13, 2013 #4
    Anyone can answer .

    E stand on what ?
    How can calculate this energy ?
    Think about Z boson : how can we calculate momentum of Z boson in atom ?
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  6. Apr 13, 2013 #5

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    "E stand on what" is not English. If you are using a machine translator, you might want to try a different one.

    "How can calculate this energy ?" is not English either, and I would have said that I could figure out what you meant, except that you have the equation right there.

    "Think about Z boson : how can we calculate momentum of Z boson in atom ? " Please stick to the topic.
  7. Apr 14, 2013 #6
    It's obvious by his previous posts that this one has typos. Also, the equation is right there assuming that you simply substitute E with Z. However, I don't think that this is what he had in mind and I believe you know this.
  8. Apr 18, 2013 #7
    I'm sure the OP appreciates the English lesson, but I assume he was here out of interest in physics. Maybe YOU could stick to the topic.
  9. Apr 18, 2013 #8

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    If you understand what "E stand on what" means, perhaps you could answer him.
  10. May 1, 2013 #9
    I've never liked all this "mass = energy" talk. It comes from E= mc^2, but how come we never talk about "frequency = energy" in the relation E = hf for a wave? If something's got mass it has some stored energy associated with it, but it's not the same thing. Energy is just a number that dictates an object's capacity to behave a certain way, it isn't "stuff", it's just a number that has to stay the same before and after you've done all your calculations.
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