The Construction of the Higgs Mechanism and the Emergence of the Electroweak Theory

Publication Year:
2011
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9247
Author(s):
Karaca, Koray
preprint description
I examine the construction process of the Higgs mechanism and its subsequent use by Steven Weinberg to formulate the electroweak theory in particle physics. I characterize the development of the Higgs mechanism to be a historical process that is guided through analogies drawn to the theories of solid-state physics and that is progressive through diverse contributions from a number of physicists working independently. I also offer a detailed comparative study that analyzes the similarities and differences in these contributions.