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On the interpretation of Feynman diagrams, or, did the LHC experiments observe H to gamma gamma?

Passon, Oliver (2018) On the interpretation of Feynman diagrams, or, did the LHC experiments observe H to gamma gamma? [Preprint]

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Abstract

According to the received view Feynman diagrams are a bookkeeping device in complex perturbative calculations. Thus, they do not provide a representation or model of the underlying physical process. This view is in apparent
tension with scientific practice in high energy physics, which analyses its data in terms of "channels". For example the Higgs discovery was based on the observation of the decay H to gamma gamma, a process which can be easily represented by the corresponding Feynman diagrams. I take issue with this tension and show that on closer analysis the story of the Higgs discovery should be told differently.


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Passon, Oliver0000-0003-1198-5100
Keywords: Feynman Diagrams, Quantum Field Theory, Higgs discovery
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Oliver Passon
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2018 20:32
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2018 20:32
Item ID: 15486
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 20 December 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15486

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