As a general rule, people need to know that the Higgs boson is an elementary particle that is the quantum excitation of the Higgs field. The non-zero value of the ground state of this field gives mass to the other elementary particles such as quarks and electrons through the Higgs mechanism. It belongs to a class of particles known as bosons, characterized by the fact that multiple bosons can exist in the same quantum state. Because the Higgs boson has a large mass, a high energy accelerator is needed to observe it. The name boson is derived from the surname of the Indian physicist, Satyendra Nath Bose, a contemporary of the German physicist Albert Einstein, and the term higgs is named after the British physicist Peter Higgs.
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