False vacuum is a hypothesis that there exist a state that is a local minimum, but not the lowest energy state.

Why do we think such a state as false vacuum really exist?

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    $\begingroup$ The Higgs mechanism lends some credence to this hypothesis. $\endgroup$ Feb 11, 2018 at 6:32
  • $\begingroup$ @probably_someone Could you elaborate on this? $\endgroup$
    – Forge
    Feb 11, 2018 at 7:36
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    $\begingroup$ I'm new to this , but look up the VEV for the Higgs Field, why should it have a non zero value? $\endgroup$
    – user184116
    Feb 11, 2018 at 10:02


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