Jul 11 – 15, 2016
University of Stavanger
Europe/Oslo timezone

Vacuum stability and early universe physics

Jul 12, 2016, 11:45 AM
G-001 (University of Stavanger)


University of Stavanger

Arne Rettedal building
Talk Plenary


Sami Nurmi (University of Jyväskylä)


Stability of the electroweak vacuum in the very early universe is a novel probe of high energy physics. A key question
is whether new physics beyond SM is required to maintain stability against inflationary fluctuations of the Higgs field.
Here curvature couplings induced by radiative corrections in curved space play a crucial role. I review the topic and show
that curvature effects can keep the electroweak vacuum stable in the early universe without any new physics. I also comment
on the use of vacuum stability as a new test for SM extensions and discuss the observational imprints of inflationary
Higgs fluctuations.

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