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School of Particles and Accelerator
  Title:   When Higgs Meets Starobinsky in the Early Universe
  Author(s):  Mahdi Torabian
  Status:   Submitted
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  Year:  2014
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
The measurement of the Higgs mass has confirmed that the Standard Model electroweak vacuum is a shallow local minimum and is not absolutely stable. In addition to a probable unacceptably fast tunneling to the deep true minimum, it is not the clear how the observable present-day vacuum could be reached from the early Universe particularly following inflation. In this note it is shown that these problems can be alleviated if the Higgs field is non-minimally coupled to a higher-curvature theory of gravity which is effective in deriving inflation a la Starobinsky.

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