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I suspect you have misunderstood what is meant by the term field in relation to the Higgs boson. You say: an electron creates a radial electric field but in no way it can interact with the field it created and you are quite correct that the electron creates an electrostatic field around it. However in this context the term field refers to a quantum ...


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Take an Abelian example. The $U(1)$ gauge invariant kinetic term of the photon is given by $$\mathscr{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu \nu}F^{\mu \nu}$$ Where $$F_{\mu \nu} = \partial_{\mu}A_{\nu}-\partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}.$$ That is $\mathscr{L}$ is invariant under the transformation: $A_{\mu}(x) \rightarrow A_{\mu}(x)-\partial_{\mu} \eta(x)$ for any $\eta$ and $x$. If ...


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Mass comes from things other than the Higgs field--the latter is just the main contributor. What gives the Higgs boson its mass is still up for debate--for a more detailed discussion, see the following post: How does the Higgs Boson gain mass itself?


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Indeed, every fundamental particle is precisely the same. I think Griffiths quantum book is the one that uses the evocative phrasing "not even God can tell them apart". This is not just philosophy, it actually has important consequences. When we do many-body physics and thermodynamics, we often talk about the total number of states of the system. For ...


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Statistical mechanics of fluids and gases has been developed to account for situations where there are many individual particles which can not be individually traced. I think the philosophical basis for statistical analysis is that one deals with separate particles, each having an element of randomness in their trajectories due to unknown past histories and ...


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Dark matter is called "dark" precisely because it doesn't seem to interact with light, i.e. electromagnetism, at all, in the sense of being charged. Only it's gravitational influence can be seen (from which its existence is inferred).


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The filling order of the shells is 1s, 2s, 2p, 3s, 3p, 4s, 3d, ... Silicon, with 14 electrons, has only filled 1s, 2s, 2p, 3s and half of 3p. It hasn't any electrons in 4s or 3d (in the ground state). Although the 3rd orbital can have a maximum of 18 electrons, the shell is considered full with 8 electrons if the 4s is not filled.



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