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Hello, I recently saw a lecture (over the Internet) about the Higgs Boson and field. Is it possible to find the "Anti-Higgs" field?



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Hello Stav,

One of my professors used to say "The Higgs has no hair!"

What that statement means is that the Higgs particle (at least in the simplest predicted form by the standard model of particle physics) does not possess any of the normal things that allow the particle to have different states. It just has mass. It doesn't have charge, spin, angular momentum, no parity, nor any quantum number associated with it. The only property it has is mass. The "hair" statement above means, if the Higgs had hair, we'd be able to tell if it was parted/combed to the left or the right. But as it is, the particle is completely bald. Another (more common) word for this is symmetry.

Similarly, the Higgs should not come in particle and anti-particle varieties. It doesn't distinguish between particle and anti-particle. Or said differently, it is its own anti-particle.

cheers,

Michael Pierce



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