Hamburg 2016 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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T: Fachverband Teilchenphysik

T 93: Andere Gebiete der Theorie

T 93.4: Vortrag

Donnerstag, 3. März 2016, 17:30–17:45, VMP6 HS D

The origin of mass - without Higgs — •Albrecht Giese — Taxusweg 15, 22605 Hamburg

The detection of the "Higgs" boson has caused great excitement in the physical community. However, most physicists overlook the fact that the corresponding theory is in no way able to explain inertial mass.

On the one hand, the theory does not provide a means to determine the mass of an individual particle. The necessary Youkawa coupling does not follow from the theory. On the other hand, cosmological investigations show that the Higgs field needed is at least 57 orders of magnitude stronger than any actual existing vacuum field.

The inertial mass follows very simply from the fact that any extended object necessarily displays inertial behaviour. This is a consequence of the finiteness of the speed of light, by which binding forces propagate. If this mechanism is applied to existing particles, it yields the mass of the electron, for example, with a precision of better than 10−5, using the size of the particle. It also covers the relativistic increase of mass due to motion, and as a consequence the famous equation E = mc2.

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