Cosmic strings

  title={Cosmic strings},
  author={Mark Hindmarsh and Tom W. B. Kibble},
The topic of cosmic strings provides a bridge between the physics of the very small and the very large. They are predicted by some unified theories of particle interactions. If they exist, they may help to explain some of the largest-scale structures seen in the Universe today. They are `topological defects' that may have been formed at phase transitions in the very early history of the Universe, analogous to those found in some condensed-matter systems --- vortex lines in liquid helium, flux… 
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  • E. Copeland, T. Kibble
  • Physics
    Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
  • 2010
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