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The fate of the Higgs vacuum

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian MossORCiD



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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.

Publication metadata

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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Funder referenceFunder name
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Einstein Research Project "Gravitation and High Energy Physics"
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Quantum Universe grant from the I-CORE program of the Israeli Planning and Budgeting Committee
Government of Canada through Industry Canada
Province of Ontario through Ministry of Research and Innovation
Royal Society
Wolfson Foundation
812/11Israel Science Foundation
PHYS-1066293National Science Foundation