Apr 24 – 28, 2017
Palais des Papes, Avignon
Europe/Paris timezone

Higgs Dynamics During And After Inflation

Apr 24, 2017, 4:30 PM
Chambre du Trésorier (Palais des Papes, Avignon)

Chambre du Trésorier

Palais des Papes, Avignon


Marco Zatta (University of Helsinki)


Current measurements of the Higgs boson and top quark mass favor metastability of the electroweak vacuum in the Standard Model. This raises some questions when we consider the evolution of our universe: how did it end up in such an energetically disfavored state? Why it remained there during inflation? These problems can be addressed by assuming for the Higgs a direct coupling with the inflaton and/or a non-minimal coupling to gravity. In this talk I will review the effects of these interactions on the Higgs dynamics during the inflationary period and the subsequent period of particle production, namely reheating.

Primary author

Marco Zatta (University of Helsinki)

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