Inflating to the Weak Scale

Michael Geller*, Yonit Hochberg, Eric Kuflik

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We present a new solution to the hierarchy problem, where the Higgs boson mass is at its observed electroweak value because such a patch inflates the most in the early Universe. If the Higgs boson mass depends on a field undergoing quantum fluctuations during inflation, then inflation will fill the Universe with the Higgs boson mass that corresponds to the largest vacuum energy. The hierarchy problem is solved if the maximum vacuum energy occurs for the observed Higgs boson mass. We demonstrate this notion with a proof-of-principle model containing an axion, a modulus field and the Higgs boson, and show that inflation can be responsible for the weak scale.

Original languageEnglish
Article number191802
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - 17 May 2019


FundersFunder number
German Israel Foundation2016153, 1111/17
National Science Foundation1719877
National Science Foundation
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation2016155
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
Israel Science Foundation1112/17
Israel Science Foundation
Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education of Israel1937/12
Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education of Israel


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