University of Glasgow
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 17:15
Building 44 (Shackleton) Lect. Theatre B
Degenerate Vacua in the Standard Model
The so-called Multiple Point Principle, according to which there exist several vacua with the same energy density, will be introduced and applied to the Standard Model. In particular the prediction for the top quark and Higgs masses from the assumed existence of a degenerate vacuum near the Planck scale will be discussed. More speculatively the possible existence of another weak scale degenerate vacuum, caused by the condensation of an exotic bound state, will be considered. Its implications for a resolution of the hierarchy problem and a Standard Model based dark matter model will be presented.