Cosmic strings with junctions : dynamics and cosmological implications
Pourtsidou, Alkistis (2011) Cosmic strings with junctions : dynamics and cosmological implications. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Cosmic strings are linear concentrations of energy that may have been formed after cosmological phase transitions in the early universe. Cosmic superstrings are analogous objects arising in string theory, and in particular in models of brane inflation. The latter possess two particular features, which differentiate them from the ordinary cosmic strings: a reduced intercommuting probability, and the ability to form junctions. This thesis is concerned with the dynamics and cosmological implications of cosmic strings and superstrings with junctions.
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