The Forgotten Landscape

2014-03-17T16:28:00Z (GMT) by Tommy Anderberg

Essay as originally posted on FQXi, August 31, 2012 ( Abstract:

Contrary to common lore, the standard model of particle physics has a “landscape” of physically inequivalent vacua, most of them quite different from ours. I discuss some cosmological consequences and related observational constraints, show how non-perturbative electroweak dynamics selects our special vacuum, and put an old idea to rest.