The Higgs boson and the electroweak theory used symmetry breaking from condensed matter physics as its inspiration. The BCS theory of superconductivity is one such condensed matter symmetry breaking theory. I believe this theory uses some kind of model for the underlying atomic structure of the metal. In a similar manner the vacuum works in the same way with particles popping in and out with charges all the time. Is there a relation between the vacuum and the atomic structure of condensed matter. If so, could one define the vacuum with particular properties to match the Higgs potential? I know the Higgs potential is a vaccuum, but can properties be assigned to space itself and the fluctuating charged particles that pop in and out that are analogous to the charged atoms in a condensed matter metal and produce the Higgs fields this way? Maybe the vacuum is discrete like a metal lattice instead of continuous.