Electroweak vacuum stability and finite quadratic radiative corrections

Isabella Masina, Germano Nardini, Mariano Quiros

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    © 2015 American Physical Society. If the Standard Model (SM) is an effective theory, as currently believed, it is valid up to some energy scale Λ to which the Higgs vacuum expectation value is sensitive throughout radiative quadratic terms. The latter ones destabilize the electroweak vacuum and generate the SM hierarchy problem. For a given perturbative ultraviolet (UV) completion, the SM cutoff can be computed in terms of fundamental parameters. If the UV mass spectrum involves several scales, the cutoff is not unique and each SM sector has its own UV cutoff Λi. We have performed this calculation assuming the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM) is the SM UV completion. As a result, from the SM point of view, the quadratic corrections to the Higgs mass are equivalent to finite threshold contributions. For the measured values of the top quark and Higgs masses, and depending on the values of the different cutoffs Λi, these contributions can cancel even at renormalization scales as low as multi-TeV, unlike the case of a single cutoff where the cancellation only occurs at Planckian energies, a result originally obtained by Veltman. From the MSSM point of view, the requirement of stability of the electroweak minimum under radiative corrections is incorporated into the matching conditions and provides an extra constraint on the focus point solution to the little hierarchy problem in the MSSM. These matching conditions can be employed for precise calculations of the Higgs sector in scenarios with heavy supersymmetric fields.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number035003
    JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2015


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