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Vacuum metastability with black holes.

Burda, Philipp and Gregory, Ruth and Moss, Ian (2015) 'Vacuum metastability with black holes.', Journal of high energy physics., 2015 (8). p. 114.

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Solitons Monopoles and Instantons, Black Holes.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/JHEP08(2015)114
Publisher statement:© 2015 The Authors. Article funded by SCOAP3. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits any use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
Record Created:22 Sep 2015 10:50
Last Modified:22 Sep 2015 11:14

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