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

Rethinking Higgs mass stability bounds

Sep 29, 2016, 2:00 PM
Seminar room 4b (DESY Hamburg)

Seminar room 4b

DESY Hamburg

Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg


René Sondenheimer (TPI FSU Jena)


We investigate nonperturbative renormalization group flows of various Higgs-Yukawa models mimicking the Higgs sector of the standard model. We reanalyze the conventional arguments that relate a lower bound for the Higgs mass with vacuum stability in the framework of the functional renormalization group as well as in the light of exact results for the regularized fermion determinant. In both cases, we find no indication for vacuum instability nor metastability induced by top fluctuations if the cutoff is kept finite but arbitrary for standard bare actions which are perturbatively renormalizable. For the class of standard bare potentials of quartic type at a given ultraviolet cutoff scale, we show that a finite infrared Higgs mass range emerges naturally from the RG flow itself. Higgs masses outside the resulting bounds cannot be connected to any conceivable set of bare parameters in this standard model quartic class. A lower bound for the Higgs mass arises from the requirement of a well-defined partition function, i.e., stability of the bare potential. This consistency bound can, however, be relaxed considerably by more general forms of the bare potential without necessarily introducing new metastable minima. We identify a simple renormalization group mechanism for this diminishing of the lower bound. Thus, Higgs masses smaller than the conventional infrared window do not necessarily require new physics at low scales or give rise to instability problems.

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René Sondenheimer (TPI FSU Jena)

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