# Cosmic Strings and Other Topological Defects

@inproceedings{Vilenkin1985CosmicSA, title={Cosmic Strings and Other Topological Defects}, author={Alexander Vilenkin and E. P. S. Shellard}, year={1985} }

Preface 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 References Index.

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