Higgs mass and vacuum stability in the Standard Model at NNLO

  • Giuseppe Degrassi
  • Stefano Di Vita
  • Joan Elias-Miró
  • José R. Espinosa
  • Gian F. Giudice
  • Gino IsidoriEmail author
  • Alessandro Strumia
Open Access


We present the first complete next-to-next-to-leading order analysis of the Standard Model Higgs potential. We computed the two-loop QCD and Yukawa corrections to the relation between the Higgs quartic coupling (λ) and the Higgs mass (M h ), reducing the theoretical uncertainty in the determination of the critical value of M h for vacuum stability to 1 GeV. While λ at the Planck scale is remarkably close to zero, absolute stability of the Higgs potential is excluded at 98 % C.L. for M h < 126 GeV. Possible consequences of the near vanishing of λ at the Planck scale, including speculations about the role of the Higgs field during inflation, are discussed.


Higgs Physics Standard Model Beyond Standard Model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Degrassi
    • 1
  • Stefano Di Vita
    • 1
  • Joan Elias-Miró
    • 2
  • José R. Espinosa
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gian F. Giudice
    • 4
  • Gino Isidori
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Alessandro Strumia
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di Roma Tre and INFN — Sezione di Roma TreRomaItaly
  2. 2.IFAEUniversitat Autónoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.ICREA, Instituciò Catalana de Recerca i Estudis AvançatsBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.CERN, Theory DivisionGeneva 23Switzerland
  5. 5.INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di FrascatiFrascatiItaly
  6. 6.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di Pisa and INFN — Sezione di PisaPisaItaly
  7. 7.National Institute of Chemical Physics and BiophysicsTallinnEstonia

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