Gravitational wave bursts from cosmic strings

  title={Gravitational wave bursts from cosmic strings},
  author={Damour and Vilenkin},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={85 18},
Cusps of cosmic strings emit strong beams of high-frequency gravitational waves (GW). As a consequence of these beams, the stochastic ensemble of gravitational waves generated by a cosmological network of oscillating loops is strongly non-Gaussian, and includes occasional sharp bursts that stand above the rms GW background. These bursts might be detectable by the planned GW detectors LIGO/VIRGO and LISA for string tensions as small as G&mgr; approximately 10(-13). The GW bursts discussed here… 

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