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The mathematical theory of cosmic strings : cosmic strings in the wire approximation

Author: Malcolm R Anderson
Publisher: Bristol : Institute of Physics Pub., ©2003.
Series: Series in high energy physics, cosmology, and gravitation.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a comprehensive survey of the state of knowledge about the dynamics and gravitational properties of cosmic strings treated in the idealized classical approximation as line singularities  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm R Anderson
ISBN: 0750301600 9780750301602
OCLC Number: 59487889
Description: xii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Cosmic strings and broken gauge symmetries --
Electromagnetism as a local gauge theory --
Electroweak unification --
The Nielsen--Olesen vortex string --
Strings as relics of the Big Bang --
The Nambu action --
The elements of string dynamics --
Describing a zero-thickness cosmic string --
The equation of motion --
Gauge conditions, periodicity and causal structure --
Conservation laws in symmetric spacetimes --
Invariant length --
Cusps and curvature singularities --
Intercommuting and kinks --
String dynamics in flat space --
The aligned standard gauge --
The GGRT gauge --
Conservation laws in flat space --
Initial-value formulation for a string loop --
Periodic solutions in the spinor representation --
The Kibble--Turok sphere and cusps and kinks in flat space --
Field reconnection at a cusp --
Self-intersection of a string loop --
Secular evolution of a string loop --
A bestiary of exact solutions --
Infinite strings --
The infinite straight string --
Travelling-wave solutions --
Strings with paired kinks --
Helical strings --
Some simple planar loops --
The collapsing circular loop --
The doubled rotating rod --
The degenerate kinked cuspless loop --
Cat's-eye strings --
Balloon strings --
Harmonic loop solutions --
Loops with one harmonic --
Loops with two unmixed harmonics --
Loops with two mixed harmonics --
Loops with three or more harmonics --
Stationary rotating solutions --
Three toy solutions --
The teardrop string --
The cardioid string --
The figure-of-eight string --
String dynamics in non-flat backgrounds.
Series Title: Series in high energy physics, cosmology, and gravitation.
Responsibility: Malcolm R. Anderson.
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