False-vacuum decay and related topics
False-vacuum decay: what does it mean? — Under-the-barrier tunneling. — Bounces and their generalizations. — Metastable string breaking and domain wall fusion can be treated as false-vacuum decay too.
31 False-vacuum decay
This section could have been entitled “How water starts to boil,” or “How the universe could have been destroyed,” or in a dozen similar ways. We will consider the problem of false-vacuum decay, which finds a large number of applications in cosmology, high-energy physics, and solid ...