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New Semiclassical Picture of Vacuum Decay

Braden, Jonathan; Johnson, Matthew C.; Peiris, Hiranya V.; Pontzen, Andrew; Weinfurtner, Silke

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Jonathan Braden

Matthew C. Johnson

Hiranya V. Peiris

Andrew Pontzen


© 2019 authors. Published by the American Physical Society. We introduce a new picture of vacuum decay which, in contrast to existing semiclassical techniques, provides a real-time description and does not rely on classically forbidden tunneling paths. Using lattice simulations, we observe vacuum decay via bubble formation by generating realizations of vacuum fluctuations and evolving with the classical equations of motion. The decay rate obtained from an ensemble of simulations is in excellent agreement with existing techniques. Future applications include bubble correlation functions, fast decay rates, and decay of nonvacuum states.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 18, 2019
Publication Date Jul 19, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 17, 2019
Journal Physical Review Letters
Print ISSN 0031-9007
Electronic ISSN 1079-7114
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 123
Issue 3
Article Number 031601
Keywords General Physics and Astronomy
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Additional Information New Semiclassical Picture of Vacuum Decay, Jonathan Braden, Matthew C. Johnson, Hiranya V. Peiris, Andrew Pontzen, and Silke Weinfurtner
Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 031601.


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