13-18 December 2015
International Conference Centre Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

On stability of electroweak vacuum during inflation

14 Dec 2015, 16:15
Level -1, Room 16 (International Conference Centre Geneva)

Level -1, Room 16

International Conference Centre Geneva


Andrey Shkerin (EPFL)


We study Coleman – De Luccia tunneling of the Standard Model Higgs field during inflation in the case when the electroweak vacuum is metastable. We verify that the tunneling rate is exponentially suppressed. The main contribution to the suppression is the same as in flat space-time. We analytically estimate the corrections due to the expansion of the universe and an effective mass term in the Higgs potential that can be present at inflation.

Primary author


Sergey Sibiryakov (CERN & EPFL & INR RAS)

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