Formation of Topological Defects in Gauge Field Theories


When a symmetry gets spontaneously broken in a phase transition, topological defects are typically formed. The theoretical picture of how this happens in a breakdown of a global symmetry, the Kibble-Zurek mechanism, is well established and has been tested in various condensed matter experiments. However, from the viewpoint of particle physics and cosmology… (More)


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