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The just-so Higgs story: a response to Adrian Wüthrich

Lyre, Holger (2010) The just-so Higgs story: a response to Adrian Wüthrich. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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I give a response to Adrian Wüthrich's critical review of my analysis of the Higgs mechanism, in which I try to clarify some possible misunderstandings. I concede that, as Wüthrich points out, many physicists see the Higgs mechanism as the roll-over from a symmetrical potential in the initial Lagrangian to a symmetry-breaking potential, while my former analysis had basically focused on the gauge-invariant transformation of the initial Lagrangian into the intended form. My main contention, however, still is that neither Higgs story has (as yet) much explanatory power.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Lyre, Holger
Commentary on: Wüthrich, Adrian (2010) Eating Goldstone bosons in a phase transition: A critical review of Lyre's analysis of the Higgs mechanism. [Preprint]
Keywords: Higgs mechanism, spontaneous symmetry breaking, gauge invariance, mass of gauge boson
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Holger Lyre
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2010
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:19
Item ID: 5513

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