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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Academic Staff

Publication details for Ruth Gregory

Burda, P., Gregory, R. & Moss, I. (2016). The fate of the Higgs vacuum. Journal of High Energy Physics 2016(6): 25.

Author(s) from Durham

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.