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Thermal evolution of the non-supersymmetric metastable vacua in N=2 SU(2) SYM softly broken to N=1

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Katifori,  Eleni
Max Planck Research Group Physics of Biological Organization, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society;

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Katifori, E., & Pastras, G. (2013). Thermal evolution of the non-supersymmetric metastable vacua in N=2 SU(2) SYM softly broken to N=1. Journal of High Energy Physics, 5: 142. doi:10.1007/JHEP05(2013)142.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-0FDD-4
Abstract
It has been shown that four dimensional N=2 gauge theories, softly broken to N=1 by a superpotential term, can accommodate metastable non-supersymmetric vacua in their moduli space. We study the SU(2) theory at high temperatures in order to determine whether a cooling universe settles in the metastable vacuum at zero temperature. We show that the corrections to the free energy because of the BPS dyons are such that may destroy the existence of the metastable vacuum at high temperatures. Nevertheless we demonstrate the universe can settle in the metastable vacuum, provided that the following two conditions are hold: first the superpotential term is not arbitrarily small in comparison to the strong coupling scale of the gauge theory, and second the metastable vacuum lies in the strongly coupled region of the moduli space.