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Caption: Massless particles moving through the Higgs field, without interacting with it. The Higgs field explains why some particles have mass and some do not - if a particle interacts with the Higgs field, it has mass. This is described by analogy to a particle moving through a viscous fluid (the Higgs field), and being slowed by it. Particles that do not interact with the fluid (such as photons) are not slowed by it, and thus are massless and move at the speed of light. See clips K003/1518 and 1519 for massive particles interacting with the Higgs field. Although the Higgs mechanism is accepted due to substantial evidence, the existence of the Higgs boson itself (the quantum of the Higgs field) has not yet been confirmed or ruled out.

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Massless particles in the Higgs field

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