Self-consistent radiative corrections to false vacuum decay

B Garbrecht, P Millington, B Grzadkowski (Editor), J Kalinowski (Editor), M Krawczyk (Editor)

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012041
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series (Print)
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2017


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