Gravity and the Stability of the Higgs Vacuum.

  title={Gravity and the Stability of the Higgs Vacuum.},
  author={Philipp Burda and Ruth Gregory and Ian G. Moss},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={115 7},
We discuss the effect of gravitational interactions on the lifetime of the Higgs vacuum where generic quantum gravity corrections are taken into account. Using a "thin-wall" approximation, we provide a proof of principle that small black holes can act as seeds for vacuum decay, spontaneously nucleating a new Higgs phase centered on the black hole with a lifetime measured in millions of Planck times rather than billions of years. The corresponding parameter space constraints are, however… 

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