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Cosmic Strings and Other Topological Defects

Cosmic Strings and Other Topological Defects

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Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: July 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521654760

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  • This book is a comprehensive and coherent introduction to the role of cosmic strings and other topological defects in the universe. After an introduction to standard cosmological theory and the theory of phase transitions in the early universe, the book then describes, in turn, the properties, formation, and cosmological implications of cosmic strings, monopoles, domain walls and textures. It concludes with a chapter considering the role of topological defects in inflationary universe models. Ample introductory material is included to make the book readily accessible. It will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology.

    • The first coherent text on cosmic strings
    • First author is leading researcher in this area
    • Particularly thorough bibliography which is very valuable for graduate students
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    "...a model of scientific exposition...should prove to be an invaluable reference for students and researchers in high-energy theory, providing a nice overview of a fairly large body of work." Nature

    "Their book is a remarkably complete and authoritative review of the broad range of physics issues underlying it." Science

    "...comprehensive and elaborate monograph....This is an excellent book..." Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521654760
    • length: 580 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Phase transitions in the early universe
    3. Topological defects
    4. String field theory
    5. Superconducting strings
    6. String dynamics
    7. String gravity
    8. String interactions
    9. String evolution
    10. Cosmological implications of strings
    11. Structure formation with strings
    12. Cosmology of superconducting and global strings
    13. Domain walls
    14. Monopoles
    15. Textures
    16. Topological defects and inflation

  • Authors

    A. Vilenkin, Tufts University, Massachusetts

    E. P. S. Shellard, University of Cambridge

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