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The god particle: why it is important

September 5, 2013
By JEREMIE FISH ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The Higgs boson has long been an obsession of the particle physics community. It was nicknamed the god particle because it was believed that this boson and its related field gave mass to all the other particles that have mass. If a particle has no mass (such as the photon) that meant that the particle did not interact with the Higgs field at all. If it has a lot of mass it must have a large interaction with the field.



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