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The fate of the Higgs vacuum.

Burda, P. and Gregory, R. and Moss, I. (2016) 'The fate of the Higgs vacuum.', Journal of high energy physics., 2016 (6). 025.

Abstract

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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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/JHEP06(2016)025
Publisher statement: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.
Date accepted:17 May 2016
Date deposited:22 July 2016
Date of first online publication:06 June 2016
Date first made open access:No date available

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