Topology in the little Higgs models

Mark Trodden, Tanmay Vachaspati

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We investigate the implications of the nontrivial vacuum structure of little Higgs models. In particular, focusing on the littlest Higgs model, we demonstrate the existence of three types of topological defects. One is a global cosmic string that is truly topological. The second is more subtle; a semilocal cosmic string, which may be stable due to dynamical effects. The final defect is a [Formula Presented] monopole solution with an unusual structure. We briefly discuss the possible cosmological consequences of such nonperturbative structures, although we note that these depend crucially on the fermionic content of the models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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