# Numerical simulations of string networks in the Abelian-Higgs model

@article{Vincent1998NumericalSO, title={Numerical simulations of string networks in the Abelian-Higgs model}, author={Graham Vincent and Nuno D. Antunes and Mark Hindmarsh}, journal={Physical Review Letters}, year={1998}, volume={80}, pages={2277-2280} }

We present the results of a field theory simulation of networks of strings in the Abelian-Higgs model. From a random initial configuration the resulting vortex tangle approaches a self-similar regime in which the length density of lines of zeros of reduces as t-2. The network loses energy directly into scalar and gauge radiations supporting a recent claim that particle production, not gravitational radiation, is the dominant energy loss mechanism for cosmic strings. This means that cosmic…

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