Higgs mass implications on the stability of the electroweak vacuum

Joan Elias-Miró, José R. Espinosa, Gian F. Giudice, Gino Isidori, Antonio Riotto, Alessandro Strumia

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We update instability and metastability bounds of the Standard Model electroweak vacuum in view of the recent ATLAS and CMS Higgs results. For a Higgs mass in the range 124-126 GeV, and for the current central values of the top mass and strong coupling constant, the Higgs potential develops an instability around 10 11 GeV, with a lifetime much longer than the age of the Universe. However, taking into account theoretical and experimental errors, stability up to the Planck scale cannot be excluded. Stability at finite temperature implies an upper bound on the reheat temperature after inflation, which depends critically on the precise values of the Higgs and top masses. A Higgs mass in the range 124-126 GeV is compatible with very high values of the reheating temperature, without conflict with mechanisms of baryogenesis such as leptogenesis. We derive an upper bound on the mass of heavy right-handed neutrinos by requiring that their Yukawa couplings do not destabilize the Higgs potential. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-228
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2012


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