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Cosmic strings - relativistic vortices in the early universe

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Topological Dynamics in the Physical and Biological Sciences

In many models of the very early universe, a tangle of relativistic vortices – cosmic strings – are spontaneously formed at a phase transition. I will briefly review the models and observational constraints, compare and contrast cosmic strings with superconductor flux tubes and superfluid vortices, and describe the latest large-scale simulations of their formation and decay.

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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