Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Higgs Appears

The Higgs has appeared at CERN! Not the boson or field, but THE Higgs, the physicist who hypothesised its existence over 40 years ago. The standard model of particle physics does not account for mass. Peter Higgs and others suggested the existence of a field or particle to account for this very important property. At first their work was ignored by physicists at CERN, which seems to be standard for new ideas. Last week Peter Higgs surfaced at CERN to tour the new Large Hadron Collider, expressing confidenced that the Higgs boson will finally be found.

Higgs and other physicists believe that initially the Universe had no mass at all. We have seen that any particle has a rest energy (or Einstein energy) of E and a potential energy (or Newton energy) of U. If we add them together:

E + U = 0

The total energy is just 0! This result applies to any particle, from the smallest electron to the most massive Black Hole. It even applies to massless particles like the photon. The total energy of our big Universe is just zero. It's the ultimate free lunch, which explains how the Universe could evolve from a tiny point into the immensity we observe today.

The first mass took the form of singularities, which formed fro tiny quantum fluctuations grown large by the rapid expansion of the Universe. The protons, electrons and neutrons that we are made of came later, and today form 4.507034% of the Universe. Perhaps the Higgs field or boson gave this portion mass.

The standard model of particle physics has been mostly successful in describing the microscopic world. As physicists have moved into astronomy, they have come up with their own standard model. Cosmology's model consists of ethereal energies: a repulsive "inflaton" near the Big Bang, another repulsive "dark energy" driving current acceleration, and our Ptolemaic world in the middle. None of these epicycles can be observed in nature.

Experience can make one suspicious of "standard models." Who is this Mr. Standard? Why doesn't he show his face at conferences? How many years did he labour in darkness while physics ignored his Standard Model? How much hard work was required for Standard's Model to be accepted? Did a Mrs. Standard do all the real work? The idea of "standard models" is suspiciously like groupthink, which led to "dark energy" and other messes.

Though no one has found his boson yet, best wishes to Peter Higgs. The mass problem is an omission that needs to be solved. Higgs has waited long enough for his hypothesis to be tested. Even if the Higgs field or boson is not found, it will lead to new ideas in physics. Thankfully we need not wait until age 78 to show that the speed of light is slowing.

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Blogger Kea said...

LOL! The Higgs sounds like a nice guy from what one reads. And best of luck to the CERN team in the future testing of standard particle physics ideas.

8:36 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

I'm afraid that even if the Higgs mechanism is completely wrong (as I believe it to be), there can still be a particle at about the right mass that does about the right sorts of things. And such a particle will be crowned as the Higgs.

By the way, my pendulum using buddy says that mass is being emitted from the singularity at the center of the earth. What's more, he says that the ultimate source of this mass is the singularity at the center of the galaxy.

In terms of putting math on this, my idea so far is to assume that the singularities are distinguished by possessing different absolute velocities, as well as the smaller singularities being in the well of the galactic singularity.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roses are red, violets are blue, if higgs arnt real then niether are you!

-Steve

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Blogger L. Riofrio said...

For Carl and Kea, when new ideas are led to that means yours.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Higgs and other physicists believe . . "

Call me old fashion, but I prefer the term "theorize" to "believe". There's too much crossover between
physics and metaphysics these days as it is.

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