# Probable or improbable universe? Correlating electroweak vacuum instability with the scale of inflation

@article{Hook2015ProbableOI, title={Probable or improbable universe? Correlating electroweak vacuum instability with the scale of inflation}, author={Anson Hook and John Kearney and Bibhushan Shakya and Kathryn M. Zurek}, journal={Journal of High Energy Physics}, year={2015}, volume={2015}, pages={1-21} }

A bstractMeasurements of the Higgs boson and top quark masses indicate that the Standard Model Higgs potential becomes unstable around ΛI ∼ 1011 GeV. This instability is cosmologically relevant since quantum fluctuations during inflation can easily destabilize the electroweak vacuum if the Hubble parameter during inflation is larger than ΛI (as preferred by the recent BICEP2 measurement). We perform a careful study of the evolution of the Higgs field during inflation, obtaining different…

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