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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Metaphysics and spacial dimensions
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comment How literally should you take “The Higgs boson gives other particles mass”?
@Per Arve, the question is not asking about electroweak symmetry breaking specifically, it is about how the Higgs field "gives" particles mass. I'm well aware of the role of the Higgs mechanism in EW symmetry breaking; that aspect of the Higgs mechanism is factorized out of my question, and belongs as an answer to a different question.
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reviewed Edit suggested edit on A force opposing Gravity
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Thermodynamics for Dummies: Entropy and temperature
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Alternate method of transmitting wireless electricity?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Spherical charge distribution along a wire of length $L$ in which its center coincides with the origin of the system
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Explanation for this type of (magic-trick) suspension?
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comment Is relational QM experimentally distinguishable from standard QM?
@ACuriousMind, well "interpretation" in practice does not necessarily imply that it is not distinguishable, there are a number of "interpretations" (t'Hooft for example) that predict, for example, that large QM computers won't work. Other examples include the "Penrose interpretation" and sometimes dynamical collapse theories are also categorized as "interpretations."
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is magnetic levitation a good way to vibrationally isolate a speaker from its support?
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comment How literally should you take “The Higgs boson gives other particles mass”?
@FredericBrünner, as far as I know I'm the source of this explanation, but it is easy to see that it is correct. The case of the photon in a box can easily be worked out yourself. The Higgs-fermion interaction term in the Lagrangian can easily be checked (and is universally known) to flip helicity, which is equivalent to flipping the fermion's momentum or spin (by definition of helicity). If you interpret the momentum as flipping then the analogy is complete. It works the same if you interpret the spin as flipping but it's less intuitive.
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comment How literally should you take “The Higgs boson gives other particles mass”?
@Nikos M, the point was to show why and/or how the inertia is changed.
Aug
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comment How literally should you take “The Higgs boson gives other particles mass”?
@Nikos M, that's the whole point! The Higgs field takes a massless particle (like a photon), confines it, yielding a composite system with invariant mass. The example shows that photons can indeed "acquire mass" if you enclose them in a tiny mirror.