Universal gravitational-wave signatures from heavy new physics in the electroweak sector

Astrid Eichhorn*, Johannes Lumma, Jan M. Pawlowski, Manuel Reichert, Masatoshi Yamada

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We calculate the gravitational-wave spectra produced by the electroweak phase transition with TeV-scale Beyond-Standard-Model physics in the early universe. Our study captures the effect of quantum and thermal fluctuations within a non-perturbative framework. We discover a universal relation between the mean bubble separation and the strength parameter of the phase transition, which holds for a wide range of new-physics contributions. The ramifications of this result are three-fold: first, they constrain the gravitational-wave spectra resulting from heavy (TeV-scale) new physics. Second, they contribute to distinguishing heavy from light new physics directly from the gravitational-wave signature. Third, they suggest that a concerted effort of gravitational-wave observations together with collider experiments could be required to distinguish between different models of heavy new physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number006
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number5
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

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