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I Is the Higgs Field a new form of an old idea?

  1. Apr 18, 2016 #1
    The Higgs mechanism requires a quantum field (the Higgs Field) to permeate all space.
    This field has been added to the Standard Model.
    Is the Higgs field a "new form" of an old idea (the eather)?
     
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  3. Apr 18, 2016 #2

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    No, all fields permeate all of space-time. Including, eg, the electromagnetic field.
     
  4. Apr 18, 2016 #3

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    The Higgs field does not have a preferred reference frame. It has nothing in common with the old idea of an ether.
     
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