Vacuum metastability with black holes

  title={Vacuum metastability with black holes},
  author={Philipp Burda and Ruth Gregory and Ian G. Moss},
  journal={Journal of High Energy Physics},
A bstractWe consider the possibility that small black holes can act as nucleation seeds for the decay of a metastable vacuum, focussing particularly on the Higgs potential. Using a thin-wall bubble approximation for the nucleation process, which is possible when generic quantum gravity corrections are added to the Higgs potential, we show that primordial black holes can stimulate vacuum decay. We demonstrate that for suitable parameter ranges, the vacuum decay process dominates over the Hawking… 

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