Self-consistent radiative corrections to false vacuum decay

Garbrecht, Björn and Millington, Peter (2017) Self-consistent radiative corrections to false vacuum decay. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 873 . 012041/1-012041/10. ISSN 1742-6596

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With the Higgs mass now measured at the sub-percent level, the potential metastability of the electroweak vacuum of the Standard Model (SM) motivates renewed study of false vacuum decay in quantum field theory. In this note, we describe an approach to calculating quantum corrections to the decay rate of false vacua that is able to account fully and self-consistently for the underlying inhomogeneity of the solitonic tunneling configuration. We show that this method can be applied both to theories in which the instability arises already at the level of the classical potential and those in which the instability arises entirely through radiative effects, as is the case for the SM Higgs vacuum. We analyse two simple models in the thin-wall regime, and we show that the modifications of the one-loop corrections from accounting fully for the inhomogeneity can compete at the same level as the two-loop homogeneous corrections.

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Additional Information: Fifth Symposium on Prospects in the Physics of Discrete Symmetries, Warsaw, Poland, 28 November-3 December 2016.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
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Depositing User: Millington, Peter
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 12:09
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:57

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