Afaik there is some function, for example, for the mass of the electron $m_e(\phi_1, \phi_2, \phi_3, \phi_4)= ...$, and similarly to the other elemental particles. (Here the $\phi_{1..4}$ are the components of the Higgs field.)

What is this function?


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Look around page 700 of Peskin and Schroeder. Now change the variable they call v.

You get things like $m_e = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \lambda_e v$ at least at first. You then have to do the whole renormalization of bare parameters rigamarole.

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    – peterh
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  • $\begingroup$ Ok. My layman intuition says the result will have the form $m_e={c_1}{\phi}_1^2+{c_2}{\phi}_2^2+{c_3}{\phi}_3^2+{c_4}{\phi}_4^2$, where $c_{1..4}$ are constants specific to a given particle. Am I right? $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Jun 25, 2016 at 7:01
  • $\begingroup$ What are $\phi$? $\endgroup$
    – AHusain
    Jun 25, 2016 at 7:21
  • $\begingroup$ The 4 components of the Higgs field. $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Jun 25, 2016 at 8:04

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