Gravitational stabilization of scalar potentials

L. F. Abbott, Q. H. Park

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Using the formalism of Boucher we derive the conditions under which gravity can stabilize otherwise metastable or unstable scalar field configurations. For the case of a double-welled potential we rederive the stability criteria first obtained by Coleman and DeLuccia. Our derivation does not require the assumption of O(4) symmetry or the thin-walled approximation used in their work. We also give the conditions for which gravity can stabilize the symmetric points of general quartic potentials and of a Coleman-Weinberg potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-375
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1985 Jun 27
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Supported in part by the US Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC03-76-ER03232-011 and by an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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