Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

What is the Higgs Boson made up of?

  1. Jul 28, 2012 #1
    what particles?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 28, 2012 #2

    jtbell

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    In the Standard Model, the Higgs is a fundamental particle, like the quarks, leptons (electron, muon, tau), and gauge bosons (photon, W, Z). It's not a combination of other particles, like protons and neutrons are combinations of quarks.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2012 #3

    Ibix

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    In our current understanding, it's not made up of anything. It just is. That's been thought before, of course, but at the moment it's where we're at. There is no evidence of any structure to it, nor to quarks, electrons and the other fundamental particles.

    If I understood one of the conversations here correctly, one of the theories not yet ruled out by the LHC discovery of the Higgs implies that our current 'fundamental' particles are genuinely fundamental. There are other theories that say otherwise, and time and study will tell which (if any) is correct.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook




Similar Discussions: What is the Higgs Boson made up of?
Loading...