PIRSA:20010100

Standard Model Meets Gravity: Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and Inflation

APA

Shaposhnikov, M. (2020). Standard Model Meets Gravity: Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and Inflation. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/20010100

MLA

Shaposhnikov, Mikhail. Standard Model Meets Gravity: Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and Inflation. Perimeter Institute, Jan. 28, 2020, https://pirsa.org/20010100

BibTex

          @misc{ pirsa_20010100,
            doi = {},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/20010100},
            author = {Shaposhnikov, Mikhail},
            keywords = {Cosmology},
            language = {en},
            title = {Standard Model Meets Gravity: Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and Inflation},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2020},
            month = {jan},
            note = {PIRSA:20010100 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}
          }
          

Abstract

We propose a model for combining the Standard Model (SM) with gravity. It relies on a non-minimal coupling of the Higgs field to the Ricci scalar and on the Palatini formulation of gravity. Without introducing any new degrees of freedom in addition to those of the SM and the graviton, this scenario achieves two goals. First, it generates the electroweak symmetry breaking by a non-perturbative gravitational effect. In this way, it does not only address the hierarchy problem but opens up the possibility to calculate the Higgs mass. Second, the model incorporates inflation at energies below the onset of strong-coupling of the theory. Provided that corrections due to new physics above the scale of inflation are not unnaturally large, we can relate inflationary parameters to data from collider experiments.