Monday, June 20, 2011

Random News

It is hardly worth mentioning, with excellent ongoing reports from viXra log, Dorigo and Resonaances, but the LHC has still not come up with any evidence for fairy fields of any kind. They are even hinting at a Higgs exclusion this year. Well, it's about time. Timothy Nelson speaks at KITP. Gee, these Theory Institutes will have to start screening experimentalists, for heretical thoughts. Some of these places have many so called experts in twistors, string theory, quantum information, quantum foundations, cosmology and more, but after all these years they still can't figure out that they need Categorical Motives.

So what will change when the main fairy field (Higgs) is finally excluded? Probably not much. The stringers will say this just requires a small modification of M Theory. Funny thing is, in a way they are right, mathematically speaking, as we have always tried to explain. Doesn't say much for their physics record, though.

Go LHCb!


  1. Do you have an approach to the unitarity problem facing a Higgsless standard model? (for scattering of longitudinal W bosons at high energy).

  2. Mitchell, I am not arguing with the Higgs mechanism as an effective picture, only with its absolutist particle interpretation. As Tanabashi points out on slide 12, we prefer the nonperturbative option.

    We already know, with the modern twistor methods, that both unitarity and locality are emergent features, so I don't see why we should be surprised that the incomplete Model is forced to violate these assumptions. You are looking at Feynman diagrams, yes? We don't even think in those terms. It is time theorists allowed people to work with non local techniques, and new mathematical methods. Don't you agree? Or would you rather wait another 20 years until all the prominent stringers have died or retired before admitting defeat?

  3. Let me put it this way. Can you guarantee that your alternative to the Higgs (whatever it is) won't show up as a particle, and if so, what would it look like? Or is it possible that nonlocal nonperturbative effects could still end up looking like a resonance?

    I couldn't even say which LHC experiment, if any, is guaranteed to test the places where the higgsless standard model breaks down, so I've asked at the Stack Exchange.

  4. 1. Nonperturbative methods required for the quark-gluon plasma behaviour already observed by CMS.
    2. The non standard mixing parameter, from b physics at LHCb.

    At present, I am of the opinion that these are the only interesting things the LHC will ever see, with the possible exception of small black holes. Of course, this is science, and I might be wrong.

  5. Welcome to our readers from CERN. I must admit that I am at present somewhat envious of your proximity to midsummer in the Alps, and of the nice meals that I hear you are served in the canteen. Anyway, all the best.


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