Jul 22 – 25, 2019
ECT* - Villa Tambosi
Europe/Rome timezone
Abstracts submission open. Posters do not require abstract submission.

Testing tunnelling with gravity

Jul 25, 2019, 9:30 AM
Meeting room (ECT* - Villa Tambosi)

Meeting room

ECT* - Villa Tambosi

Strada delle Tabarelle, 286 38123 - Villazzano (TN) Italy


Ruth Gregory (Durham University)


This is the first of three talks exploring the feasibility building a quantum simulator for vacuum decay.

Vacuum decay is an important quantum phenomenon that could have occurred in the early universe, and has current importance due to the metastability of the Standard Model. I will review the toolkit we use in QFT and Gravity for computing the probability of vacuum decay, also showing how impurities can catalyse decay, and discuss the implications for the Higgs vacuum. I will argue that it is extremely timely to revisit our description of tunnelling in field theory, and important to explore the possibility of experimental tests.

Primary authors

Ruth Gregory (Durham University) Dr Florent Michel (Durham University) Prof. Ian Moss (Newcastle University)

Presentation materials