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Non-minimal Higgs Inflation and Frame Dependence in Cosmology

Book

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Christian Friedrich Steinwachs
    Pages 1-3
  3. Christian Friedrich Steinwachs
    Pages 5-41
  4. Christian Friedrich Steinwachs
    Pages 43-70
  5. Christian Friedrich Steinwachs
    Pages 71-97
  6. Christian Friedrich Steinwachs
    Pages 99-151
  7. Christian Friedrich Steinwachs
    Pages 153-205
  8. Christian Friedrich Steinwachs
    Pages 207-237
  9. Christian Friedrich Steinwachs
    Pages 239-241
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 243-279

About this book

Introduction

This thesis explores the idea that the Higgs boson of the Standard Model and the cosmological inflaton are just two manifestations of one and the same scalar field - the Higgs-inflaton. By this unification two energy scales that are separated by many orders of magnitude are connected, thereby building a bridge between particle physics and cosmology. An essential ingredient for making this model consistent with observational data is a strong non-minimal coupling to gravity. Predictions for the value of the Higgs mass as well as for cosmological parameters are derived, and can be tested by future experiments. The results become especially exciting in the light of the recently announced discovery of the Higgs boson.
The model of non-minimal Higgs inflation is also used in a quantum cosmological context to predict initial conditions for inflation. These results can in turn be tested by the detection of primordial gravitational waves.
The presentation includes all introductory material about cosmology and the Standard Model that is essential for the further understanding. It also provides an introduction to the mathematical methods used to calculate the effective action by heat kernel methods.

Keywords

Cosmological Inflaton Higgs Boson Higgs Inflaton Field Inflation in Early Universe Initial Conditions of Universe Non-minimal Coupling of Higgs Field Prediction of Cosmological Parameters Primordial Gravitational Waves

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.NottinghamUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Dr. Christian Friedrich Steinwachs
465 Valley Road
NG5 1HZ Nottingham, UK
christian.steinwachs@nottingham.ac.uk

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