PT -symmetric interpretation of unstable effective potentials

Carl M. Bender, Daniel W. Hook, Nikolaos E Mavromatos, Sarben Sarkar

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The conventional interpretation of the one-loop effective potentials of the Higgs field in the standard model and the gravitino condensate in dynamically broken supergravity is that these theories are unstable at large field values. A ${ \mathcal P }{ \mathcal T }$-symmetric reinterpretation of these models at a quantum-mechanical level eliminates these instabilities and suggests the conjecture that these instabilities may also be tamed at the quantum-field-theory level.
Original languageEnglish
Article number45LT01
Number of pages10
JournalJournal Of Physics A-Mathematical And Theoretical
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2016


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