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Stochastic Gravitational Wave Background generated by Cosmic String Networks
Oral comunication

L. Sousa

Cosmic string interactions often result in the formation of cosmic string loops that detach from the network and radiate their energy in the form of gravitational radiation. These loops are copiously produced throughout the evolution of cosmic string networks, and the superimposition of their emissions gives rise to a stochastic gravitational wave background (SGWB) that spans a wide range of frequencies. In computations of this SGWB it is often assumed that the networks experience scale-invariant evolution throughout cosmological history. We demonstrate that this assumption leads to an underestimation of the amplitude and broadness of the peak of the spectrum and to signi cant underestimation of the total energy density of gravitational waves at the present time.

IX Iberian Cosmology Meeting
Aveiro, Portugal
2014 April

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia