Does the Higgs field of a fermion exclusively attract just like a gravitational field? Or can it also have repulsion? Is the Higgs field separate from the gravitational field or is the Higgs field the cause of gravity? If the Higgs field is separate from the gravitational field, then what is its significance if gravity does the work of attracting objects on a large scale and electromagnetic and nuclear forces are responsible for attraction and repulsion on the microscopic scale?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

It says in the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_field, on the Higgs field, that the Higgs field is responsible for giving fermions mass by transferring energy to the particles and that different fermions have different capacities for absorbing energy from the Higgs field and the limit to the energy capacity is the mass of the particle. So the Higgs field then interacts with the absorbed energy of the fermions which limits the speed of the fermions to below the speed of light.

Does the Higgs field simply permeate space? Or does each fermion carry its own Higgs field just like it has the other fields? Does a particle with a higher amount of mass have a corresponding increase in the strength of its Higgs and other fields, just like how an ionized atomic nucleus with more protons will be more massive and have correspondingly stronger electromagnetic fields?

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# What are the properties of the Higgs field?

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