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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.
Author(s): Burda P, Gregory RAW, Moss IG
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of High Energy Physics
Online publication date: 06/06/2016
Acceptance date: 17/05/2016
Date deposited: 13/06/2016
ISSN (electronic): 1029-8479
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