Why the god particle theorized by Peter Higgs matters

Syllabus: GS-III, Subject: Science and technology, Topic: Space Technology, Issue: Astronomical concepts

Context: Physicist Peter Higgs, who predicted the existence of Higgs boson particle, passed away.

Higgs boson:

  • Discovered in 2012, imparts mass to other particles and completed the Standard Model of Particle Physics.
  • Its discovery at the Large Hadron Collider validated decades of theoretical work.
  • Higgs boson’s significance lies in its role as a carrier of the Higgs field, which interacts with particles to give them mass.
  • Particles like photons, which do not interact with the Higgs field, are massless.
  • Its discovery was a major achievement for the scientific community and validated the Standard Model’s predictions.
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