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The fate of the Higgs vacuum

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian Moss



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We have recently suggested that tiny black holes can act as nucleation seeds for the decay of the metastable Higgs vacuum. Previous results applied only to the nucleation of thin-wall bubbles, and covered a very small region of parameter space. This paper considers bubbles of arbitrary profile and reaches the same conclusion: black holes seed rapid vacuum decay. Seeded and unseeded nucleation rates are compared, and the gravitational back reaction of the bubbles is taken into account. The evolution of the bubble interior is described for the unseeded nucleation. Results are presented for the renormalisation group improved Standard Model Higgs potential, and a simple effective model representing new physics.

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Author(s): Burda P, Gregory RAW, Moss IG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of High Energy Physics

Year: 2016

Volume: 6

Pages: 1-20

Online publication date: 06/06/2016

Acceptance date: 17/05/2016

Date deposited: 13/06/2016

ISSN (electronic): 1029-8479

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/JHEP06(2016)025


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