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Sep 27 – 30, 2016
DESY Hamburg
Europe/Berlin timezone

Higgs instability during and after inflation

Sep 29, 2016, 3:15 PM
Seminar room 2 (DESY Hamburg)

Seminar room 2

DESY Hamburg

Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg
Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics Parallel Session: Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics


Mr Marco Zatta (University of Helsinki)


Current Higgs boson and top quark data favour metastability of our vacuum which raises questions as to why the Universe has chosen an energetically disfavoured state and remained there during the primordial dynamics. In this talk I will point out that allowing a simple Higgs-inflaton coupling can explain why the Higgs ended up in the electroweak vacuum after inflation. I will show that this coupling is present in many realistic models of reheating and thus well motivated. I will also discuss the effects of the Higgs-inflaton coupling during the initial period of reheating, also known as preheating, where the sizable production of Higgs particles can induce large fluctuations of the Higgs field which may destabilize the electroweak vacuum.

Primary author

Mr Marco Zatta (University of Helsinki)

Presentation materials