TY - JOUR

T1 - Fate of the false vacuum. II. First quantum corrections

AU - Callan, Curtis Gove

AU - Coleman, Sidney

PY - 1977

Y1 - 1977

N2 - It is possible for a classical field theory to have two homogeneous stable equilibrium states with different energy densities. In the quantum version of the theory, the state of higher energy density becomes unstable through barrier penetration. In the first paper in this series, it was argued that the relevant quantity to study was a decay probability per unit time per unit volume, V = Ae-B[1+O()], and the theory of the coefficient B was given. This paper gives the theory of the coefficient A.

AB - It is possible for a classical field theory to have two homogeneous stable equilibrium states with different energy densities. In the quantum version of the theory, the state of higher energy density becomes unstable through barrier penetration. In the first paper in this series, it was argued that the relevant quantity to study was a decay probability per unit time per unit volume, V = Ae-B[1+O()], and the theory of the coefficient B was given. This paper gives the theory of the coefficient A.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevD.16.1762

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevD.16.1762

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:19644367467

SN - 1550-7998

VL - 16

SP - 1762

EP - 1768

JO - Physical review D: Particles and fields

JF - Physical review D: Particles and fields

IS - 6

ER -