Abstract. It is argued that a change in particle rest mass reconnects space-time, just like particle mass curves space-time. The LHC can probe these topological effects through the particle leakage ( ≥ 20%) that it experiences in particle mass changing interactions. Mach’s principle formed one of the great motivations for Einstein’s general theory of relativity (GR); the inertia of matter locally is determined by the mass distribution of the universe globally. The Einstein equation, using the equality of inertial and gravitational mass, expresses this through the interplay between space-time curvature and energymomentum. In particle physics, the Higgs symmetry breaking mechanism is believed to introduce the rest masses of elementary particles below the, spatially constant, electroweak energy scale, EH = 246 GeV. If particles enter a measuring apparatus with an energy well above EH then the subsequent interactions can restore the electroweak symmetry locally and temporarily, and observers should find different rest masses. However, in order to quantify particle mass changes one needs to measure masses in a region that is not affected by such changes. I.e., any quantification of particle mas
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