Quantum instability of the Universe ground state

Affiliation: 
University of Genova
Location: 
Higgs Centre Seminar Room, JCMB
Date: 
Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 
13:00 to 14:00

The possibility that the quantum state of the present Universe is not a stable one is investigated, in the light of recent particle physics observations, in particular the discovery of the Higgs boson. The physics behind the decay mechanism of an unstable ground state is discussed in some detail. The effects of some non standard physics scenarios are reviewed and discussed.