Poster presented by Nikolaos Tetradis
Topic: Electroweak Phase Transition
Bubble-nucleation rates for cosmological phase transitions
Abstract: We estimate bubble-nucleation rates for cosmological phase transitions. We concentrate on the pre-exponential factor, for which we give approximate analytical expressions. Our approach relies on the use of a real coarse-grained potential. The consistency of the calculation implies that the coarse-graining scale must be larger than the typical scale of the critical bubble. We show how this scale can be determined in the studies of high-temperature phase transitions. We discuss the metastability bound on the Higgs-boson mass and the electroweak phase transition. We find that the saddle-point approximation is reliable in the first case and breaks down in the second case.