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Observing the fate of the false vacuum with a quantum laboratory

  title={Observing the fate of the false vacuum with a quantum laboratory},
  author={Steven A. Abel and Michael Spannowsky},
  journal={arXiv: High Energy Physics - Theory},
We design and implement a quantum laboratory to experimentally observe and study dynamical processes of quantum field theories. Our approach encodes the field theory as an Ising model, which is then solved by a quantum annealer. As a proof-of-concept, we encode a scalar field theory and measure the probability for it to tunnel from the false to the true vacuum for various tunnelling times, vacuum displacements and potential profiles. The results are in accord with those predicted theoretically… 

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