Cosmic strings - relativistic vortices in the early universe
Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute
AbstractIn 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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