# Higgs boson mass and electroweak energy scale

Is it a coincidence that the mass of the Higgs boson is exactly half the electroweak energy scale?

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## 1 Answer

It's not exactly half. The physical Higgs mass is something around 125 or 126 GeV, but the EW scale is a little less than twice that.

There is a relationship of sorts between the two values, though: the Higgs field $\phi$ is subject to a potential of the form

$$V(\phi) = \mu^2\lvert\phi\rvert^2 + \lambda\lvert\phi\rvert^4$$

Given this potential, the bare mass of the Higgs boson will be $\mu$ and the electroweak energy scale is $\sqrt{-\frac{\mu^2}{\lambda}}$. The relationship depends on the constant $\lambda$.