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A philosophical look at the Higgs mechanism

Friederich, Simon (2012) A philosophical look at the Higgs mechanism. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    On the occasion of the recent experimental detection of a Higgs-type particle at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the paper reviews philosophical aspects of the Higgs mechanism as the presently preferred account of the generation of particle masses in the Standard Model
    of elementary particle physics and its most discussed extensions. The paper serves a twofold purpose: on the one hand, it offers an introduction to the Higgs mechanism and its most interesting philosophical aspects to readers not familiar with it; on the other hand, it clarifies widespread misunderstandings related to the role of gauge symmetries and their breaking in it.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: forthcoming in "Journal for General Philosophy of Science"; significant overlap with http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/8854/, but more pedagogical and more focused on the Higgs mechanism
    Keywords: Higgs mechanism, symmetry breaking, gauge symmetries, quantum field theory
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Depositing User: Dr. Simon Friederich
    Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2012 10:12
    Last Modified: 21 Dec 2012 10:12
    Item ID: 9327
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9327

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