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Sir,

The Higgs Boson discovered in the LHC decays almost instantly. if it decays so very very fast, how does it exist in the universe? And if decays so fast, how does it give rise to the Higgs Field?

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The Higgs Boson is a disturbance in the Higgs field.  In the model, the Higgs field extends throughout all space.  When particles have mass, they interact with this field.  The Higgs boson is a way to quantify that interaction in the model.  I'm going to refer you to this excellent youtube video making the explanation simple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joTKd5j3mzk  The thing about it is, since the interaction with the Higgs field has an energy, it's associated with a carrier particle that has an equivalent mass (enter the old equation E=mc^2).  The Higgs field is everywhere, so the rapid decay of the Higgs boson isn't an issue.  And it doesn't give rise to the Higgs field, that field is just part of the universe.

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Dr. Stephen O. Nelson

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I can answer most basic physics questions, physics questions about science fiction and everyday observations of physics, etc. I'm also usually good for science fair advice (I'm the regional science fair director). I do not answer homework problems. I will occasionally point out where a homework solution went wrong, though. I'm usually good at explaining odd observations that seem counterintuitive, energy science, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, and alternative theories of physics are my specialties.

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I was a physics professor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, research in nuclear technology and nuclear astrophysics. My travelling science show saw over 20,000 students of all ages. I taught physics, nuclear chemistry, radiation safety, vacuum technology, and answer tons of questions as I tour schools encouraging students to consider careers in science. I moved on to a non-academic job with more research just recently.

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Ph. D. from Duke University in physics, research in nuclear astrophysics reactions, gamma-ray astronomy technology, and advanced nuclear reactors.

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