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Advanced Topics in Quantum Field Theory by M. Shifman

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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.

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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 ...

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