Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2019:199 | Cite as

The Selfish Higgs

  • G.F. Giudice
  • A. KehagiasEmail author
  • A. Riotto
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We propose a mechanism to solve the Higgs naturalness problem through a cosmological selection process. The discharging of excited field configurations through membrane nucleation leads to discrete jumps of the cosmological constant and the Higgs mass, which vary in a correlated way. The resulting multitude of universes are all empty, except for those in which the cosmological constant and the Higgs mass are both nearly vanishing. Only under these critical conditions can inflation be activated and create a non-empty universe.


Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM Effective Field Theories Higgs Physics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CERN, Theoretical Physics DepartmentGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Physics DivisionNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.Department of Theoretical Physics and Center for Astroparticle Physics (CAP)Geneva 4Switzerland

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