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What is electroweak symmetry?

  1. Oct 5, 2014 #1
    I was thinking whether to ask this question or not because the mentor might not like it. Again it could be my misconception. But I think I should ask this question because it would help others who are at the same level of study as I am. So those people can just see this post of mine and clear their doubts.

    When the Energy is > 100 GeV the electroweak symmetry is unbroken. So Electroweak force is unification of Electromagnetic and the weak force. So does breaking the electroweak symmetry mean that the two forces electromagnetism and weak force are separated?

    Then when this symmetry is broken average particle energies fall below around 1016 GeV. So when this energy falls then where does the remaining energy go? Does this energy convert to mass?

    Also before the electroweak symmetry breaks the particles are massless am I right?

    (I know Drakkith you wont like this post but I have a valid reason to post this as stated above that it would help people who are at the same level of understanding as me and it would clear their misunderstanding.)
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  3. Oct 5, 2014 #2


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    Yes, that is exactly what it means.

    You have it backwards. Symmetry is broken because the energy has fallen below the threshold, not the other way around.

    There's no need to "justify" posting a question. It just makes you look silly.
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