What is the electric charge of Higgs particle?

In summary, the electric charge of the Higgs particle is neutral. This is because in the GWS model, a scalar field is introduced in the spinor representation of SU(2), and as the Higgs field acquires a vev and EW symmetry is broken, the two components of the charged field are eaten by the W bosons and the imaginary part of the neutral component is eaten by the Z boson. This leaves one real scalar field, which is the Higgs boson with charge zero. There are no would-be Goldstone bosons as observable particles left, and the particle content is as given in the unitary gauge, particularly there are no would-be Goldstone bosons as observable particles left but only one Higgs
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What is the electric charge of Higgs particle?Then if it is charge particle why must we give that particle the charge?

In GWS model we introduce a scalar field in the spinor representation of SU(2):(H^+,H^0) .Then why must we choose positive charge for H^+?

Now,I think that Q=T^3+Y/2,and we choose Y=1 so that H^+ has +1e and H^0 has 0e?

So Higgs particle is neutral particle?
 
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Please use the edit function instead of making multiple posts.

Which Higgs particle do you mean? The standard model particle clearly has no electric charge, other models predict charged Higgs bosons in addition.

Every positively charged particle also has a negatively charged antiparticle.
 
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To expand a bit on mfb's reply: The scalar field that you introduce is a complex SU(2) doublet and you can introduce it as it is generally introduced or as the complex conjugate of how it is generally introduced. This is essentially just bookkeeping and will result in the same physics, you could just as well have chosen a doublet with a negative component and a neutral component, it is just a matter of what you are choosing to call different things.

As the Higgs field acquires a vev and EW symmetry is broken, the two components of the charged field are eaten by the W bosons and the imaginary part of the neutral component is eaten by the Z boson. You are left with one real scalar field, which is the Higgs boson, which has charge zero.
 
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None of these H+ or H0 are the Higgs particles... Because both of these are complex fields... In particular both of them together have 4 degrees of freedom:
[itex] H^+ = Re [H^+] + i Im[H^+] [/itex]
[itex] H^0 = Re [H^0] + i Im[H^0] [/itex]
So 4 fields...

The Higgs is just one of these components- the other 3 are "eaten" by Ws and Zs... In particular you can do that, in an introductory level, by rotating out the Higgs field and making those unphysical degrees of freedom vanish...
However if anyone has any reference for how this is done in a Path Integral formalism, I'd be happy to see it :)
What happens is that one of these components gets a non-vanishing vev, and Higgs physical field is said to be the perturbations around that vev:
[itex]H_{phys} (x)= <H> + h(x) [/itex]
 
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The clever way to do this are 't Hooft's ##R_{\xi}## gauges. You use the usual Faddeev-Popov path-integral formalism. You can go to the unitary gauge as the limit ##\xi \rightarrow \infty##. The point is that the proper vertex functions are renormalizable only for finite ##\xi##. So if you want to do loop calculations you should use a finite ##\xi##. The S-matrix elements of physical processes are gauge invariant and thus independent of ##\xi##. This shows that the particle content is as given in the unitary gauge, particularly there are no would-be Goldstone bosons as observable particles left but only one Higgs boson.

A great book, explaining this very well, is

J. C. Taylor, Gauge Theories of Weak Interactions, Cambridge University Press (1976)

It's one Higgs boson in the usual formulation of the standard model with a minimal Higgs sector; you can invent more sophisticated Higgs fields, where you have more then one kind of Higgs boson left, and it's an interesting question, if the "Higgs like particle" declared as discovered on July 4, 2012 is the one described with the minimal Higgs sector or whether there are more Higgs bosons in nature or whatever it is what's behind the "Higgs mechanism".
 

What is the electric charge of Higgs particle?

The Higgs particle has no electric charge. It is a neutral particle.

How was the electric charge of Higgs particle determined?

The electric charge of the Higgs particle was determined through experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), where the particle was first discovered in 2012.

What is the significance of the electric charge of Higgs particle?

The electric charge of the Higgs particle is significant because it is one of the fundamental properties that helps define the nature of the particle and its interactions with other particles.

Does the electric charge of Higgs particle affect its mass?

No, the electric charge of the Higgs particle does not affect its mass. The mass of the Higgs particle is determined by its interactions with the Higgs field.

Is the electric charge of Higgs particle related to the Higgs boson?

Yes, the Higgs particle and the Higgs boson are two terms used to describe the same particle. The electric charge of the Higgs particle is one of its defining properties as a boson.

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