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Cosmic String Evolution with a Conserved Charge

Miguel F. Oliveira

Cosmic strings are of particular interest among topological defects because they can play several of useful roles in cosmology. Although the behaviour of the simplest networks is well understood, it is also known that they do not provide a realistic model of the networks formed in higher-dimensional theories. For these cases, one needs models with additional degrees of freedom. In this work we develop an analytic model for string evolution with a conserved charge. We study both the evolution of exact loop solutions and that of the network as a whole. Finally we discuss the relevance and possible cosmological consequences of such a model.

2011 December 07, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (Classroom)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto

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