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Vacuum metastability with black holes

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We consider the possibility that small black holes can act as nucleation seeds for the decay of a metastable vacuum, focussing particularly on the Higgs potential. Using a thin-wall bubble approximation for the nucleation process, which is possible when generic quantum gravity corrections are added to the Higgs potential, we show that primordial black holes can stimulate vacuum decay. We demonstrate that for suitable parameter ranges, the vacuum decay process dominates over the Hawking evaporation process. Finally, we comment on the application of these results to vacuum decay seeded by black holes produced in particle collisions.

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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of High Energy Physics

Year: 2015

Volume: 2015

Issue: 8

Online publication date: 24/08/2015

Acceptance date: 01/08/2015

Date deposited: 06/01/2016

ISSN (electronic): 1029-8479

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/JHEP08(2015)114

Notes: arXiv:1503.07331v2


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Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Research and Innovation
Government of Canada through Industry Canada
Royal Society
Wolfson Foundation