Jan 14 – 17, 2019
IST, Lisboa, Portugal
Europe/Lisbon timezone

Instability of the EW Vacuum: Protection Mechanisms

Jan 14, 2019, 11:00 AM
Anfiteatro Abreu Faro (IST, Lisboa, Portugal)

Anfiteatro Abreu Faro

IST, Lisboa, Portugal

Av Rovisco Pais 1049-001 Lisboa Portugal


Vincenzo Branchina


The EW vacuum lifetime is extremely sensitive to unknown (although necessarily present) high energy new physics. The latter can enormously lower the EW vacuum lifetime, posing a serious problem for the stability of our universe. After presenting the general issue of vacuum stability, and the reasons why new physics can be so highly destabilizing, I will discuss symmetries, physical models, as well as model-independent effects, that can provide the stabilization mechanism protecting our universe from decaying.

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