Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Higgs Starobinsky inflation
Physics and Astronomy, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QH, UK
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Accepted: 7 May 2016
Published online: 21 May 2016
In this paper we point out that Starobinsky inflation could be induced by quantum effects due to a large non-minimal coupling of the Higgs boson to the Ricci scalar. The Higgs Starobinsky mechanism provides a solution to issues attached to large Higgs field values in the early universe which in a metastable universe would not be a viable option. We verify explicitly that these large quantum corrections do not destabilize Starobinsky’s potential.
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