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Weltmaschine Exhibit #2.1 - Higgs Analogue / Higgs Analogon


To increase a general public's understanding of the Higgs Field, its relation to the Higgs Boson, and the question how the Higgs field can give different masses to different particles.


This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #5 "What is the origin of mass?" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Built by TU Dresden and University of Würzburg.
Drawings can be obtained from Technische Universität Dresden (contact: Michael Kobel)
In this apparatus, paddles (symbolizing particles) can be moved without drag in air (no Brout-Englert-Higgs field -> particles are massless) or with drag in silicone oil (Higgs field giving mass to particles, i.e. force is needed for their acceleration). Different particle masses can be simulated by varying the inclination angle of the paddles (representing different couplings to the Brout-Englert-Higgs field). By moving heavy particles with enough energy in the field, the field itself can be excited and Higgs Bosons created, manifesting themselves in buckling membranes on bulls eyes, labeled with an "H".    
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Post date: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 — 08:45
Updated date: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 — 15:53

Learning Topics

Higgs Boson