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Cosmic strings - relativistic vortices in the early universe

Hindmarsh, M (Helsinki Institute of Physics/University of Sussex)
Tuesday 04 December 2012, 09:50-10:30

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


In many models of the very early universe, a tangle of relativistic vortices - cosmic strings - are spontaneously formed at a phase transition. I will briefly review the models and observational constraints, compare and contrast cosmic strings with superconductor flux tubes and superfluid vortices, and describe the latest large-scale simulations of their formation and decay.


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