When my advisor tells me to "minimize the Higgs potential", is she asking me to find the minimum (take the derivative of the potential and set it equal to zero)?

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    $\begingroup$ Your minimum energy principle ("For a closed system with fixed entropy, the total energy is minimized at equilibrium") seems flawed. You might want to have a look at: physics.stackexchange.com/q/47253 . $\endgroup$
    – Johannes
    Jul 23 '13 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ I do not think I am competent enough to answer the question, so I am deleting my answer. $\endgroup$
    – mehfoos
    Jul 23 '13 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ @user1218748: Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I think maybe I need to provide more information, like you said... $\endgroup$ Jul 23 '13 at 16:39
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    $\begingroup$ NP; yes, that would certainly help. $\endgroup$
    – mehfoos
    Jul 23 '13 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ The whole point of having higgs boson was to have a non zero normalised potential, r8? $\endgroup$
    – NiRVANA
    Sep 1 '20 at 5:06

Although rather late in answering (I just came across your question): Tomas Brauner, http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1001.5212, section 4.2, gives a general discussion about these matters.


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