An introduction to the Higgs mechanism based on classical physics secondary school curriculum

Giovanni Organtini
2017 Proceedings of The European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics — PoS(EPS-HEP2017)   unpublished
The Higgs mechanism is introduced in a completely classical framework in which the concept of energy is reviewed. After a brief review of the classical energy of a particle in a gravitational or electromagnetic fields, we show that postulating the existence of a new field (the Higgs field) one can easily introduce a new term in the energy that is consistent with the relativistic energy at rest of a particle, making the mass of a particle the result of a dynamic effect of the interaction with a
more » ... calar field. Our model also gives rise to interaction terms between particles and the new field, as well as to the mass of such a field (i.e. to the Higgs boson). Our approach allows a formal introduction of the Higgs field dynamics, much similar to other topics of classical textbooks, that does not require any knowledge of quantum field theory.
doi:10.22323/1.314.0563 fatcat:edifbred2bcuvdvlqcyzwuqlvu