The Higgs boson as Inflaton

Affiliation: 
Humboldt University Berlin
Location: 
Higgs Centre Seminar Room, JCMB
Date: 
Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 
13:00 to 14:00

Abstract:

The Higgs boson mass miraculously turns out to have a value which has
been expected form vacuum stability up to the Planck scale. This opens
the possibility that the Higgs boson not only provides masses to all
SM particles, but very likely also supplied a huge dark energy which
inflated the young universe just after the Big Bang. The Higgs
boson looks to be a natural candidate for the inflaton. Higgs decays are
reheating the universe after inflation. I emphasize  the role of the
hierarchy problem and the cosmological constant problem.