Metastability of the Higgs field

  • #1

Main Question or Discussion Point

One current theory surrounding the higgs field is that it might be metastable, as in it acts stable but could (through quantum tunneling) drop it's energy level to become truly stable. This drop in energy would release all of the potential energy contained in the field. This is of course vacuum decay, which would destroy the universe as we know it. How do we predict this? We probably can't, however help would be appreciated.
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Orodruin
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Insights Author
Gold Member
16,817
6,627
How do we predict this?
What do you mean with this? Do you mean when it will happen or do you mean how we predict than it can occur. The answers are widely different.
 
  • #3
What do you mean with this? Do you mean when it will happen or do you mean how we predict than it can occur. The answers are widely different.
I mean how do we know that it CAN happen, I haven't found data on it.
 
  • #4
Orodruin
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Insights Author
Gold Member
16,817
6,627
I mean how do we know that it CAN happen, I haven't found data on it.
This is not knowable. It is an extrapolation of the current Standard Model - which is also known to be incomplete.
 

Related Threads on Metastability of the Higgs field

Replies
5
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
9
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
5K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
0
Views
2K
Replies
11
Views
4K
Replies
1
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
3K
Replies
10
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
3K
Top